SOURCE: National American University Holdings, Inc.

National American University Holdings, Inc.

April 01, 2015 16:05 ET

National American University Holdings, Inc. Reports Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter and Nine Months Results

Company to Host Conference Call on April 2, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. EDT

RAPID CITY, SD--(Marketwired - Apr 1, 2015) - National American University Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: NAUH)

Financial and Operational Highlights

  • FY 2015 third quarter net income attributable to the Company increased 36.4% to $1.5 million, from $1.1 million in the prior-year period, primarily as a result of lower SG&A expenses during the quarter.

  • Enrollment by headcount decreased 13.4% over the prior-year period to 9,595 students as of February 28, 2015.

  • FY 2015 third quarter total revenue was $29.1 million, compared to $31.7 million in the prior-year period. The Company's academic segment's revenue was $28.8 million in the FY 2015 third quarter, compared to $31.1 million in the prior-year period.

  • The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend in the amount of $0.045 per share on all shares of the Company's common stock outstanding and of record as of the close of business on March 31, 2015, which will be paid on or about April 17, 2015.

  • Balance sheet at February 28, 2015, included cash and cash equivalents and investments of $38.5 million; working capital of $35.2 million; no outstanding lending debt; and stockholders' equity of $53.3 million, or approximately $2.12 per diluted share.

National American University Holdings, Inc. (the "Company") (NASDAQ: NAUH), which through its wholly owned subsidiary operates National American University ("NAU"), a regionally accredited, proprietary, multi-campus institution of higher learning, today reported unaudited financial results for its fiscal 2015 third quarter and nine months ended February 28, 2015.

Ronald L. Shape, Ed.D., Chief Executive Officer of the Company, commented, "We continued to focus on improving our profitability during a period of transition that is focused on improving both our enrollment and student counseling. We saw enrollment declines across each of our degree platforms, and have accelerated methods to address this decline through leveraging NAU's strong brand and academic expertise. We plan to continue expanding and developing our academic programming focusing on growth at our 37 existing locations. We have worked diligently to ensure that prospective students understand the differentiated factors between NAU and its peers, and believe that through targeted marketing programs, a new branding campaign, and continued improvements in student outcomes we can reverse these recent trends. In addition, we have been approved to participate in the US Department of Education's Experimental Sites Initiative regarding the use of prior learning assessments to help students more efficiently achieve their educational goals. Finally, we are pleased that despite these headwinds we have continued to decrease expenses, maximize free cash flow, and ultimately improve profitability.

"We have a strong balance sheet with no long-term debt and have the necessary financial and operational flexibility to carry out our goal of growing without taking unnecessary risk. We believe that this is a critical differentiator from our competitors, as we are continually working to perfect our academic programs and improve the quality of our educational offering to students. We believe that this will ultimately benefit NAU in both the short and long term."

Operating Review

Enrollment Update

Total NAU student enrollment for the winter term of 2014 decreased 13.4% to 9,595 students from 11,081 during the prior winter term. Students enrolled in 83,933 credit hours compared to 95,377 credit hours during the prior winter term. The current average age of NAU's students continues to be in the mid-30s, with those seeking undergraduate degrees remaining the highest portion of NAU's student population.

The following is a summary of student enrollment at February 28, 2015, and February 28, 2014, by degree level and by instructional delivery method:

             
    February 28, 2015
(Winter '14-'15 Qtr)
    February 28, 2014
(Winter '13-'14 Qtr)
 
    No. of Students   % of Total     No. of Students   % of Total  
Continuing Ed   98   1.0 %   0   0 %
                     
Doctoral   52   0.5 %   0   0 %
                     
Graduate   290   3.0 %   397   3.6 %
                     
Undergraduate   9,155   95.4 %   10,684   96.4 %
                     
Total   9,595   100.0 %   11,081   100.0 %
                     
    February 28, 2015     February 28, 2014  
    No. of Students   % of Total     No. of Students   % of Total  
Online   6,212   64.7 %   6,767   61.1 %
On-Campus   1,849   19.3 %   2,504   22.6 %
Hybrid   1,534   16.0 %   1,810   16.3 %
                     
Total   9,595   100.0 %   11,081   100.0 %
                     
                     

Financial Review

The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiary, operates in two business segments: the academic segment, which consists of NAU's undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral education programs and contributes the primary portion of the Company's revenue; and ownership in multiple apartments and condominium complexes from which it derives sales and rental income. The real estate operations generated approximately 1.0% of the Company's revenues for the quarter ended February 28, 2015.

Fiscal 2015 Third Quarter Financial Results

  • Total revenues for the FY 2015 third quarter were $29.1 million, compared to $31.7 million in the same period last year. The academic segment's total revenue was $28.8 million, compared to $31.2 million in the prior-year period. This decrease in academic segment revenues was primarily a result of a decrease in enrollment, which was driven by weaker market demand among NAU's targeted student demographic, but was partially offset by a Board of Governors-approved tuition increase of 2.5% that became effective for the winter term.

  • For the FY 2015 third quarter, educational services expense was $7.3 million, or 25.4% of the academic segment's total revenue, compared to $7.2 million, or 23.1%, for the FY 2014 third quarter. The increase in cost of educational services as a percentage of total academic revenue was the result of fixed facility costs on lower revenues.

    Educational services expense specifically relates to the academic segment, and includes salaries and benefits of faculty and academic administrators, costs of educational supplies, facility costs, faculty reference and support material and related academic costs.

  • During the FY 2015 third quarter, SG&A expenses decreased 16.1% to $17.9 million, or 61.5% of total revenues, from $21.3 million, or 67.3%, in the prior-year period.

  • Income before income taxes and non-controlling interest for the FY 2015 third quarter increased 31.5% to $2.4 million, from $1.8 million in the same period last year, primarily as a result of lower SG&A expenses.

  • Net income attributable to the Company for the FY 2015 third quarter increased to $1.5 million, or $0.06 per diluted share based on 25.2 million shares outstanding, compared to $1.1 million, or $0.04 per diluted share based on 25.1 million shares outstanding, in the prior-year period.

  • EBITDA for the FY 2015 third quarter increased 16.8% to $4.1 million from $3.5 million in the prior-year period. A table reconciling EBITDA to net income can be found at the end of this release.

Fiscal 2015 Nine Months Financial Results

  • Total revenues for the first nine months of FY 2015 were $89.0 million, compared to $95.8 million in the prior-year period. The academic segment's total revenue was $87.7 million, compared to $94.5 million in the prior-year period, as a result of the 13.4% decrease in enrollment, which was partially offset by the previously mentioned tuition increase. The Company believes it will achieve increased revenue growth as it continues to execute on its strategic plan, which includes growing enrollments at its current existing locations by investing in new program development and expansion, a new branding campaign, academic advisor support, and student retention initiatives.

  • NAU's educational services expense for the first nine months of FY 2015 was $21.5 million, or 24.6% of the academic segment's total revenue, compared to $21.8 million, or 23.1%, in the prior-year period.

  • During the first nine months of FY 2015, SG&A expenses decreased to $53.8 million, or 60.5% of total revenues, compared to $65.1 million, or 68.0%, in the prior-year period. The decrease was driven by cost-cutting initiatives to better align expenditures with current enrollments.

  • Income before income taxes and non-controlling interest for the first nine months of FY 2015 increased to $10.4 million, from $3.5 million in the prior-year period.

  • Net income attributable to the Company during the first nine months of FY 2015 increased to $6.5 million, or $0.26 per diluted share based on 25.2 million shares outstanding, compared to $2.1 million, or $0.09 per diluted share based on 25.1 million shares outstanding, in the prior-year period.

  • The Company's EBITDA for the first nine months of FY 2015 increased to $15.6 million, from $8.7 million in the prior-year period. A table reconciling EBITDA to net income can be found at the end of this release.

Balance Sheet Highlights

             
(in millions except for percentages)   2/28/2015   5/31/2014   % Change
Cash and Cash Equivalents/Investments   $ 38.5   $ 19.6   96.4* %
Working Capital     35.2     25.7   36.9 %
Total Long-term Debt     0     0   N/A  
Stockholders' Equity     53.3     51.2   4.1 %
                   
* The increase in cash is primarily due to increased net income and the timing of funds received from student receivables, which the Company received in June and July this year versus April and May of last year.
 
 

Quarterly Dividend

The Board of Directors declared a cash dividend in the amount of $0.045 per share on all shares of the Company's common stock outstanding and of record as of the close of business on March 31, 2014, that will be paid on or about April 17, 2015.

Conference Call Information

Management will discuss these results in a conference call (with accompanying presentation) on Thursday, April 2, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. EDT.

The dial-in numbers are:
(877) 407-9078 (U.S.)
(201) 493-6745 (International)

Accompanying Slide Presentation and Webcast

The Company will also have an accompanying slide presentation available in PDF format at the "Investor Relations" section of the NAU website at http://www.national.edu/about-nau/investor-relations/. The presentation will be made available 30 minutes prior to the conference call. In addition, the call will be simultaneously webcast over the Internet via the "Investor Relations" section of the NAU website or by clicking on the conference call link: http://national.equisolvewebcast.com/q3-2015.

About National American University Holdings, Inc.

National American University Holdings, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary, operates National American University ("NAU"), a regionally accredited, proprietary, multi-campus institution of higher learning offering associate, bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in technical and professional disciplines. Accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, NAU has been providing technical and professional career education since 1941. NAU opened its first campus in Rapid City, South Dakota, and has since grown to multiple locations throughout the United States. In 1998, NAU began offering online courses. Today, NAU offers degree programs in traditional, online, and hybrid formats, which provide students increased flexibility to take courses at times and places convenient to their busy lifestyles.

Forward Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding the Company's business. Statements made in this release, other than those concerning historical financial information, may be considered forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release and are based on current beliefs and expectations and involve a number of assumptions. These forward-looking statements include outlooks or expectations for earnings, revenues, expenses or other future financial or business performance, strategies or expectations, or the impact of legal or regulatory matters on business, results of operations or financial condition. Specifically, forward-looking statements may include statements relating to the future financial performance of the Company; the ability to continue to receive Title IV funds; the growth of the market for the Company's services; expansion plans and opportunities; consolidation in the market for the Company's services generally; and other statements preceded by, followed by or that include the words "estimate," "plan," "project," "forecast," "intend," "expect," "anticipate," "believe," "seek," "target" or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve a number of known and unknown risks and uncertainties or other assumptions that may cause actual results or performance to be materially different from those expressed or implied by those forward-looking statements. Other factors that could cause the Company's results to differ materially from those contained in its forward-looking statements are included under, among others, the heading "Risk Factors" in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed on August 8, 2014, and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information contained in this release.

   
   
NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME FOR THE THREE MONTHS AND NINE MONTHS ENDED FEBRUARY 28, 2015 AND 2014  
(In thousands except share data)  
   
    Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended  
    February 28,     February 28,  
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
REVENUE:                                
  Academic revenue   $ 27,053     $ 29,469     $ 81,862     $ 87,702  
  Auxiliary revenue     1,747       1,702       5,840       6,792  
  Rental income -- apartments     283       283       876       851  
  Condominium sales     0       220       447       440  
                                   
    Total revenue     29,083       31,674       89,025       95,785  
                                 
OPERATING EXPENSES:                                
  Cost of educational services     7,327       7,234       21,537       21,835  
  Selling, general and administrative     17,896       21,325       53,839       65,090  
  Auxiliary expense     1,279       1,028       4,144       4,696  
  Cost of condominium sales     0       192       368       386  
  (Gain) loss on disposition of property     0       (3 )     (1,678 )     (73 )
                                   
    Total operating expenses     26,502       29,776       78,210       91,934  
                                 
OPERATING INCOME     2,581       1,898       10,815       3,851  
                                 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):                                
  Interest income     17       72       128       122  
  Interest expense     (220 )     (168 )     (671 )     (567 )
  Other income -- net     38       35       138       115  
                                   
    Total other expense     (165 )     (61 )     (405 )     (330 )
                                 
INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES     2,416       1,837       10,410       3,521  
                                 
INCOME TAX EXPENSE     (938 )     (710 )     (3,924 )     (1,397 )
                                 
NET INCOME     1,478       1,127       6,486       2,124  
                                 
NET LOSS (INCOME) ATTRIBUTABLE TO NON-CONTROLLING INTEREST     (14 )     (10 )     (26 )     26  
                                 
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES     1,464       1,117       6,460       2,150  
                                 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) -- Unrealized gains (losses) on investments, net of tax     2       (9 )     3       (16 )
                                 
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY HOLDINGS, INC.   $ 1,466     $ 1,108     $ 6,463     $ 2,134  
                                 
                                 
Basic net earnings attributable to National American University Holdings, Inc.   $ 0.06     $ 0.04     $ 0.26     $ 0.09  
Diluted net earnings attributable to National American University Holdings, Inc.   $ 0.06     $ 0.04     $ 0.26     $ 0.09  
Basic weighted average shares outstanding     25,181,951       25,108,559       25,151,670       25,086,144  
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding     25,191,074       25,114,875       25,160,601       25,088,575  
                                 
                                 
   
   
NATIONAL AMERICAN UNIVERSITY HOLDINGS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET  
AS OF FEBRUARY 28, 2015 AND CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET AS OF MAY 31, 2014  
(In thousands except share data)            
             
    February 28,     May 31,  
    2015     2014  
ASSETS                
CURRENT ASSETS:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 16,104     $ 4,154  
  Available for sale investments     22,348       15,435  
  Student receivables -- net of allowance of $738 and $1,026 at February 28, 2015 and May 31, 2014, respectively     4,275       16,532  
  Other receivables     1,261       291  
  Income taxes receivable     848       0  
  Deferred income taxes     1,060       1,688  
  Prepaid and other current assets     2,313       2,180  
    Total current assets     48,209       40,280  
Total property and equipment - net     37,871       43,258  
OTHER ASSETS:                
  Condominium inventory     377       744  
  Land held for future development     312       312  
  Course development -- net of accumulated amortization of $2,677 and $2,421 at February 28, 2015 and May 31, 2014, respectively     853       1,000  
  Note receivable - tenant improvements     0       1,308  
  Deposit on property and equipment     0       200  
  Other     1,195       1,355  
    Total other assets     2,737       4,919  
TOTAL   $ 88,817     $ 88,457  
                 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY                
CURRENT LIABILITIES:                
  Current portion of capital lease payable   $ 234     $ 206  
  Accounts payable     4,826       3,411  
  Dividends payable     1,137       1,134  
  Student accounts payable     616       969  
  Income taxes payable     0       1,158  
  Deferred income     519       341  
  Accrued and other liabilities     5,681       7,347  
    Total current liabilities     13,013       14,566  
DEFERRED INCOME TAXES     4,372       4,168  
OTHER LONG-TERM LIABILITIES     6,174       6,431  
CAPITAL LEASE PAYABLE, NET OF CURRENT PORTION     11,918       12,097  
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES (Note 8)                
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:                
  Common stock, $0.0001 par value (50,000,000 authorized; 28,254,451 issued and 25,185,841 outstanding as of February 28, 2015; 28,177,827 issued and 25,117,454 outstanding as of May 31, 2014)     3       3  
  Additional paid-in capital     58,274       59,191  
  Retained earnings     14,631       11,573  
  Treasury stock, at cost (3,068,610 shares at February 28, 2015 and 3,060,373 at May 31, 2014)     (19,448 )     (19,423 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of taxes -- unrealized loss on available for sale securities     0       (3 )
Total National American University Holdings, Inc. stockholders' equity     53,460       51,341  
Non-controlling interest     (120 )     (146 )
Total stockholders' equity     53,340       51,195  
TOTAL   $ 88,817     $ 88,457  
                 
                 

The following table provides a reconciliation of net income attributable to the Company to EBITDA:

             
    Three Months Ended
February 28,
    Nine Months Ended
February 28,
 
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
    (dollars in thousands)  
Net Income attributable to the Company   $ 1,464     $ 1,117     $ 6,460     $ 2,150  
(Income) Loss attributable to non-controlling interest     14       10       26       (26 )
Interest Income     (17 )     (72 )     (128 )     (122 )
Interest Expense     220       168       671       567  
Income Taxes     938       710       3,924       1,397  
Depreciation and Amortization     1,521       1,611       4,636       4,734  
                                 
EBITDA   $ 4,140     $ 3,544     $ 15,589     $ 8,700  
                                 
                                 

EBITDA consists of income attributable to the Company, less income from non-controlling interest, plus loss from non-controlling interest, minus interest income, plus interest expense (which is not related to any debt but to the accounting required for the capital lease), plus income taxes, plus depreciation and amortization. The Company uses EBITDA as a measure of operating performance. However, EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, and when analyzing its operating performance, investors should use EBITDA in addition to, and not as an alternative for, income as determined in accordance with GAAP. Because not all companies use identical calculations, the Company's presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies and is therefore limited as a comparative measure. Furthermore, as an analytical tool, EBITDA has additional limitations, including that (a) it is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as tax payments; (b) it does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, its working capital needs; and (c) although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized often will have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements, or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments. To compensate for these limitations, the Company evaluates its profitability by considering the economic effect of the excluded expense items independently as well as in connection with its analysis of cash flows from operations and through the use of other financial measures.

The Company believes EBITDA is useful to an investor in evaluating its operating performance because it is widely used to measure a company's operating performance without regard to certain non-cash expenses (such as depreciation and amortization) and expenses that are not reflective of its core operating results over time. The Company believes EBITDA presents a meaningful measure of corporate performance exclusive of its capital structure, the method by which assets were acquired and non-cash charges, and provides us with additional useful information to measure its performance on a consistent basis, particularly with respect to changes in performance from period to period.

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