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Ebix Q2 Revenues Rose 43% to a Record $124.6M, EPS Rose 25% to $0.92 and Operating Income Rose 44% to $38.3M

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JOHNS CREEK, Ga., Aug. 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ebix, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBIX), a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance, financial, e-learning and healthcare industries, today reported results for its second quarter ended June 30, 2018. Ebix will host a conference call to review its results today at 11:00 a.m. EDT (details below).

Ebix delivered the following results for the second quarter of 2018:

Revenues: Q2 2018 revenue rose 42.6% to $124.6 million compared to $87.4 million in Q2 2017 and increased 15.1% over Q1 2018 revenue of $108.2 million. The year over year revenue improvement reflected growth in the Company's Exchange channel, with the revenues from the EbixCash Financial Exchange reflected in the Exchange channel.

On a constant currency basis, Ebix Q2 2018 revenue increased 44% to $125.4 million compared to $87.4 million in Q2 2017. The Exchange channel continued to be Ebix's largest, accounting for 82% of Q2 2018 revenues. Also, on a constant currency basis, year to date revenue increased 40% to $232.6 million as compared to $166.5 million during the same period in 2017.

(dollar amounts in thousands)            
Channel Q2 2018 Q2 2017 Change YTD
2018
YTD 2017 Change
Exchanges $ 101,582 $ 60,373 +68 % $ 183,439 $ 112,987 +62 %
Risk Compliance Solutions (RCS)   19,007   22,663 -16 %   41,274   44,515 -7 %
Broker Solutions   3,696   3,595 +3 %   7,306   7,383 -1 %
Carrier Systems   342   756 -55 %   837   1,605 -48 %
Total Revenue $ 124,627 $ 87,387 +43 % $ 232,856 $ 166,490 +40 %
             
Total Revenue on Constant Currency Basis $ 125.4M $ 87.4M +44 % $ 232.6M $ 166.5M +40 %

Earnings per Share:  Q2 2018 diluted earnings per share increased 25% to $0.92 compared to $0.74 in Q2 2017 due to a 25% increase in net income. Ebix's weighted average diluted shares outstanding slightly decreased to 31.63 million in Q2 2018 compared to 31.64 million in Q2 2017 and 31.66 million in Q1 2018.

Operating Income and Margins: Q2 2018 operating margins increased to 31% as compared to 30% in Q2 2017. Operating income for Q2 2018 rose 44% to $38.3 million compared to $26.5 million in Q2 2017.

Net Income: Q2 2018 net income increased by 25% to $29.2 million, compared to $23.4 million in Q2 2017.

Operating Cash: Cash generated from operations was $14.4 million in Q2 2018 compared to $15.5 million in Q2 2017 and $25.5 million in Q1 2018. The operating cash in Q2 2018 reflected the increased receivables associated with our travel exchange Via in India.

Share Repurchases: In Q2 2018, Ebix had no repurchases of its outstanding common stock.

Q3 2018 Diluted Share Count: As of today, Ebix expects its diluted share count for Q3 2018 to be approximately 31.7 million.

Dividend: Ebix paid its regularly quarterly dividend of $0.075 per share in Q2 2018 for a total cost of $2.4 million.

Ebix Chairman, President and CEO Robin Raina said, "In the Q1 investor call, I had talked about an aspirational Annualized revenue run rate goal of Half a Billion dollars by Q4 2018. I am excited that we are almost there two quarters earlier, while reporting operating margins of 31%. These results are significant, as they do not include revenues from our recent acquisitions of Indus, Mercury and Leisure Corp, as also exclude the full effect of acquisition synergies. As those synergistic initiatives take full effect over the next 6 months, our operating margins are expected to inch up."

"Over the next few quarters, we expect substantial revenue growth from a number of areas – principal amongst them are the revenues expected to be generated from the implementation of many of our recent foreign exchange, travel, underwriting, bus exchange, and e-learning contract wins, besides many of our new organic and inorganic initiatives."

Robin added, "Our EbixCash and E-Learning operations have continued to grow in Q2 2018. With India business contributing $55.4 million in revenues in Q2 2018, as compared to $14.4 million in Q2 2017 and $32.9 million in Q1 2018, we are now targeting an annualized revenue run rate of $300 million or more for India, by Q4 2018."

"Ebix continues to deliver strong operating performance in the quarter. Q2'18 revenue of $124.6 million represents an annual run rate of $498.4 million, reflecting a $37.2 million or 43% increase from Q2 2017 and a sequential $16.4 million or 15% increase from Q1 2018." Sean Donaghy, Ebix CFO commented, "During Q2 2018, we invested a total of $173.6 million related to the Centrum Direct and SmartClass acquisitions, $2.2 million on share buybacks, $2.4 million on dividend payments, $2.3 million on CapEx, $3.1 million on principal payments towards the term loan and $5.3 million to pay down cash overdrafts associated with our financial exchanges in India. We funded these initiatives from existing cash plus operating cash flow of $14.4 million during Q2 2018, as well as by drawing $185 million from our Bank credit facilities. Ebix ended the quarter with cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $134.7 million up by $53.4 million from Q2 2017, with available cash reserves of approximately $326 million, including the available borrowing capacity and the accordion available to the Company."

Conference Call Details:

Call Date/Time: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. EDT

 
Call Dial-In: +1-877-837-3909 or 1-973-409-9690; Call ID # 7368513

 
Live Audio Webcast: www.ebix.com/webcast

 
Audio Replay URL: www.ebix.com/result_18_Q2 after 2:00 p.m. EDT on August 8th

 

About Ebix, Inc.

With 50+ offices across 5 continents, Ebix, Inc., (NASDAQ:EBIX) endeavors to provide On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance, financial, healthcare and e-learning industries. In the Insurance sector, the Company's main focus is to develop and deploy a wide variety of insurance and reinsurance exchanges on an on-demand basis, while also, providing Software-as-a-Service ("SaaS") enterprise solutions in the area of CRM, front-end & back-end systems, outsourced administrative and risk compliance, across the world.

With a "Phygital" strategy that combines 260,000 physical distribution outlets in many Southeast Asian Nations ("ASEAN") countries, to an Omni-channel online digital platform, the Company's EbixCash Financial exchange portfolio encompasses leadership in areas of domestic & international money remittance, Forex, travel, pre-paid & gift cards, utility payments, lending etc., in an emerging country like India. The Company's Forex Exchange has an approximate 70% market share of India's airport Foreign Exchange business encompassing 25 international airports like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata International airports, while conducting over 1 million transactions per annum. EbixCash, through its travel portal Via.com, is also one of Southeast Asia's leading travel exchanges with over 110,000 distribution outlets and 8,000 corporate clients processing over 24.5 million transactions every year. For further details, visit www.ebixcash.com  

Through its various SaaS-based software platforms, Ebix employs thousands of domain-specific technology professionals to provide products, support and consultancy to thousands of customers on six continents. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.ebix.com   

SAFE HARBOR REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

As used herein, the terms "Ebix," "the Company," "we," "our" and "us" refer to Ebix, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and its consolidated subsidiaries as a combined entity, except where it is clear that the terms mean only Ebix, Inc.

The information contained in this Press Release contains forward-looking statements and information within the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. This information includes assumptions made by, and information currently available to management, including statements regarding future economic performance and financial condition, liquidity and capital resources, acceptance of the Company's products by the market, and management's plans and objectives. In addition, certain statements included in this and our future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), in press releases, and in oral and written statements made by us or with our approval, which are not statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Words such as "may," "could," "should," "would," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "intend," "seeks," "plan," "project," "continue," "predict," "will," "should," and other words or expressions of similar meaning are intended by the Company to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These forward-looking statements are found at various places throughout this report and in the documents incorporated herein by reference. These statements are based on our current expectations about future events or results and information that is currently available to us, involve assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, and speak only as of the date on which such statements are made.

Our actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such a difference, include, but are not limited to those discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the SEC, as well as: the risk of an unfavorable outcome of the pending governmental investigations or shareholder class action lawsuits, reputational harm caused by such investigations and lawsuits, the willingness of independent insurance agencies to outsource their computer and other processing needs to third parties; pricing and other competitive pressures and the Company's ability to gain or maintain share of sales as a result of actions by competitors and others; changes in estimates in critical accounting judgments; changes in or failure to comply with laws and regulations, including accounting standards, taxation requirements (including tax rate changes, new tax laws and revised tax interpretations) in domestic or foreign jurisdictions; exchange rate fluctuations and other risks associated with investments and operations in foreign countries (particularly in Australia, UK and India wherein we have significant operations); equity markets, including market disruptions and significant interest rate fluctuations, which may impede our access to, or increase the cost of, external financing; and international conflict, including terrorist acts.

Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any such factors, or to publicly announce the results of, or changes to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events, developments, changed circumstances, or for any other reason.

Readers should carefully review the disclosures and the risk factors described in the documents we file from time to time with the SEC, including future reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K, and any amendments thereto.

You may obtain our SEC filings at our website, www.ebix.com under the "Investor Information" section, or over the Internet at the SEC's web site, www.sec.gov.

Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Operating revenue $ 124,626     $ 87,387     $ 232,856     $ 166,490  
               
Operating expenses:              
Cost of services provided 43,559     30,932     83,150     56,119  
Product development 8,671     8,417     17,105     16,767  
Sales and marketing 4,823     4,142     8,821     8,479  
General and administrative 26,724     14,598     46,228     27,282  
Amortization and depreciation 2,534     2,759     5,341     5,614  
Total operating expenses 86,311     60,848     160,645     114,261  
               
Operating income 38,315     26,539     72,211     52,229  
Interest income 85     465     206     1,239  
Interest expense (5,750 )   (3,018 )   (10,597 )   (5,486 )
Non-operating income         53      
Foreign currency exchange (loss) gain (1,357 )   (391 )   (1,998 )   3,105  
Income before income taxes 31,293     23,595     59,875     51,087  
Income tax expense (2,222 )   302     (4,348 )   (567 )
Net income including noncontrolling interest 29,071     23,897     55,527     50,520  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest (109 )   463     139     659  
Net income attributable to Ebix, Inc. $ 29,180     $ 23,434     $ 55,388     $ 49,861  
               
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Ebix, Inc. $ 0.93     $ 0.74     $ 1.76     $ 1.58  
               
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Ebix, Inc. $ 0.92     $ 0.74     $ 1.75     $ 1.57  
               
Basic weighted average shares outstanding 31,465     31,490     31,474     31,648  
               
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 31,626     31,637     31,643     31,805  
                       

Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share amounts)

  June 30,
 2018
  December 31,
 2017
ASSETS (Unaudited)    
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 113,410     $ 63,895  
Short-term investments 21,262     25,592  
Restricted cash 3,992     4,040  
Fiduciary funds- restricted 8,043     8,035  
Trade accounts receivable, less allowances of $6,069 and $4,143, respectively 148,317     117,838  
Other current assets 33,205     33,532  
Total current assets 328,229     252,932  
       
Property and equipment, net 41,061     41,704  
Goodwill 825,526     666,863  
Intangibles, net 42,042     45,711  
Indefinite-lived intangibles 42,055     42,055  
Capitalized software development costs, net 9,135     8,499  
Deferred tax asset, net 46,819     43,529  
Other assets 22,710     11,720  
Total assets $ 1,357,577     $ 1,113,013  
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 97,985     $ 75,073  
Accrued payroll and related benefits 8,345     8,201  
Cash overdraft 4,283     9,243  
Fiduciary funds- restricted 8,043     8,035  
Short term debt, net of deferred financing costs of $449 and $136, respectively 13,824     14,364  
Capital lease obligations 113     17  
Deferred rent 170     278  
Contingent liability for accrued earn-out acquisition consideration 16,392     4,000  
Deferred revenue 31,011     22,562  
Other current liabilities 13,911     5,159  
Total current liabilities 194,077     146,932  
       
Revolving line of credit 358,694     274,529  
Long term debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion, net of deferred financing costs of $1,636 and $298, respectively 232,950     110,978  
Other liabilities 11,230     11,658  
Contingent liability for accrued earn-out acquisition consideration 5,216     33,096  
Deferred revenue 7,152     1,423  
Deferred rent 356     638  
Total liabilities 809,675     579,254  
       
Commitments and Contingencies      
       
Stockholders' equity:      
Preferred stock, $0.10 par value, 500,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017      
Common stock, $0.10 par value, 120,000,000 shares authorized, 31,458,976 issued and outstanding, at June 30, 2018, 2017 and 120,000,000 shares authorized, 31,473,654 issued and outstanding at December 31, 2017 3,146     3,148  
Additional paid-in capital 734     1,410  
Retained earnings 550,480     510,975  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (54,960 )   (24,023 )
Total Ebix, Inc. stockholders' equity 499,400     491,510  
Noncontrolling interest 48,502     42,249  
Total stockholders' equity 547,902     533,759  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,357,577     $ 1,113,013  
               

Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)

  Six Months Ended
  June 30,
  2018   2017
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income attributable to Ebix, Inc. $ 55,388     $ 49,861  
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 139     659  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Amortization and depreciation 5,341     5,614  
Benefit for deferred taxes (1,321 )   (5,877 )
Share based compensation 1,509     1,243  
Provision for doubtful accounts 2,098     723  
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain) 1,262     365  
Amortization of capitalized software development costs 1,080     790  
Purchase accounting adjustment     (948 )
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:      
Accounts receivable (22,907 )   (14,266 )
Other assets (40 )   487  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses 4,891     (7,254 )
Accrued payroll and related benefits (327 )   (1,694 )
Deferred revenue (5,544 )   (1,622 )
Deferred rent (382 )   (195 )
Reserve for potential uncertain income tax return positions 59     3,280  
Other liabilities (1,353 )   66  
Net cash provided by operating activities 39,893     31,232  
       
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Acquisition of Transcorp (6,554 )    
Cash received from Paul Merchants for 10% stake in MTSS combined business 4,996      
Acquisition of beBetter, net of cash acquired     (1,000 )
Acquisition of ItzCash, net of cash acquired     (70,184 )
Acquisition of Centrum, net of cash acquired (166,017 )    
Acquisition of SmartClass, net of cash acquired (7,593 )    
Capitalized software development costs (2,016 )   (1,345 )
Maturities (Purchases) of marketable securities 725     1,626  
Capital expenditures (1,472 )   (4,956 )
Net cash used in investing activities (177,931 )   (75,859 )
       
Cash flows from financing activities:      
(Repayments of) Proceeds from revolving line of credit, net 84,165     60,000  
Proceeds from term loan 124,250      
Principal payments of term loan obligation (3,125 )   (6,250 )
Repurchases of common stock (2,226 )   (45,732 )
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options 42     52  
Forfeiture of certain shares to satisfy exercise costs and the recipients income tax obligations related to stock options exercised and restricted stock vested (100 )   (237 )
Dividend payments (4,737 )   (4,800 )
Cash Overdraft (4,554 )    
Payments of capital lease obligations (6 )   (6 )
Net cash provided by financing activities 193,709     3,027  
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash (6,545 )   (39 )
Net change in cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash 49,126     (41,639 )
Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the beginning of the period 70,867     116,941  
Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the end of the period $ 119,993     $ 75,302  
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:      
Interest paid $ 9,714     $ 5,173  
Income taxes paid $ 8,357     $ 7,958  

CONTACT:

Darren Joseph
678 -281-2027 or IR@ebix.com

David Collins or Chris Eddy
Catalyst Global - 212-924-9800 or ebix@catalyst-ir.com

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