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2U, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results

Raises full-year revenue growth guidance to 43%

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LANHAM, Md., Aug. 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWOU), a global leader in education technology, today reported financial and operating results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Second Quarter 2018 Results

  • Revenue was $97.4 million, an increase of 50% from $65.0 million in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Net loss was $(18.3) million, or $(0.33) per share, compared to $(11.8) million, or $(0.25) per share, in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Adjusted net loss was $(10.3) million, or $(0.19) per share, compared to $(5.2) million, or $(0.11) per share, in the second quarter of 2017.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss was $(5.6) million, compared to $(1.5) million in the second quarter of 2017.

"In the three months since our last earnings report, we've announced a total of eight new graduate programs, putting us on pace to complete our 2019 launch cohort this quarter, the earliest in 2U's history" said CEO and Co-Founder Christopher "Chip" Paucek. "Ten years in, we have a proven and unparalleled track record of delivering for our partners and their students, which continues to drive exceptional momentum in both degree and short course pipeline as well as long-term contract extensions by existing clients."

Program Developments

2U recently announced the following:

  • Two DGPs with Tufts University to deliver GlobalBusiness@Tufts, an online Master of Global Business Administration, and Education@Tufts, a suite of online graduate-level education degrees.
  • A DGP with the University of Dayton School of Law to deliver Law@Dayton, an accredited hybrid Juris Doctor degree. The School of Law received approval from an American Bar Association variance in May.
  • The addition of the MBA@Pepperdine offering to the previously announced Business@Pepperdine DGP at the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School.
  • A DGP with the American University Washington College of Law to deliver Law@American, an online Master of Legal Studies degree.
  • An expansion of a partnership with the Baylor University Robbins College of Health and Human Sciences to deliver a new DGP, Speech@Baylor, an online Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders degree.
  • Washington University in St. Louis School of Law has extended their existing partnership with the Company for 12 years through 2033. This extension includes the addition of a new L.L.M. in Taxation degree offering.
  • A DGP with the University of Denver Daniel Felix Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science to deliver DataScience@Denver, an online Master of Science in Data Science program.
  • Two DGPs with Fordham University to deliver Law@Fordham, a Master of Studies in Law in Compliance, and Business@Fordham, a suite of specialized management and finance degrees.

Other Recent Developments

  • The Company hired two new senior executives. Mark Chernis, former 2U Board member, was named chief operating officer, and John Ellis joined the Company as senior vice president, corporate controller, and chief accounting officer.
  • 2U was named a 2018 Top Workplace by The Washington Post for the fourth consecutive year.

Financial Outlook

Based on information available as of today, 2U is issuing the following guidance for third quarter and full-year of 2018. This guidance assumes foreign exchange rates as of June 30, 2018, including a U.S. dollar/South African rand rate of 13.72.



3Q 2018


FY 2018




(in millions, except per share amounts)


Revenue


$106.0 - $107.0


$409.7 - $412.2


Net loss


$(11.6) - $(11.0)


$(42.7) - $(41.5)


Net loss per share, basic and diluted


$(0.20) - $(0.19)


$(0.77) - $(0.75)


Adjusted net loss


$(1.7) - $(1.1)


$(5.8) - $(4.6)


Adjusted net loss per share


$(0.03) - $(0.02)


$(0.10) - $(0.08)


Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic


57.5


55.7


Adjusted EBITDA


$4.2 - $4.8


$16.9 - $18.1


Stock-based compensation expense


$8.7 - $8.8


$33.9 - $34.2


 

In giving third quarter and full-year guidance, the Company's expectations for the fourth quarter are implied. Note that the cost seasonality driven by reduced marketing spend during the holiday period in the fourth quarter typically improves margins in that quarter; fourth quarter margins therefore should not be viewed as a run rate for the first quarter of the following year.

For more information regarding the guidance above, the Company's management team strongly encourages stockholders and other interested parties to listen to the Company's second quarter 2018 financial results conference call or review the transcript thereof. Both can be found on the Company's investor relations website at investor.2u.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), we use adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted net income (loss) per share, which are non-GAAP financial measures.

We define adjusted EBITDA as net income or net loss, as applicable, before net interest income (expense), taxes, depreciation and amortization, foreign currency gains or losses, acquisition-related gains or losses and stock-based compensation expense. Some or all of these items may not be applicable in any given reporting period. Adjusted EBITDA margin represents adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenue.

We define adjusted net income (loss) as net income or net loss, as applicable, before foreign currency gains or losses, acquisition-related gains or losses and stock-based compensation expense. Adjusted net income (loss) per share is calculated as adjusted net income (loss) divided by diluted weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding for periods which result in adjusted net income, and basic weighted-average shares outstanding for periods which result in an adjusted net loss.

The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company's financial statements. These non-GAAP measures are key metrics Company management uses to compare the Company's performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses and for budgeting and planning purposes. These measures also provide useful information to investors and analysts relating to 2U's financial condition and results of operations. These financial measures are not intended to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes.

For more information on 2U's non-GAAP financial measures and reconciliations of such measures to the nearest GAAP measures, see the reconciliation tables on the last page of this press release under the heading "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures." 2U urges investors to review these reconciliations and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company's business.

Conference Call Information

What:


2U, Inc.'s second quarter 2018 financial results conference call

When:


Thursday, August 2, 2018

Time:


5 p.m. ET

Live Call:


(877) 359-9508

Webcast:


investor.2U.com

About 2U, Inc. (NASDAQ:TWOU)

2U partners with great colleges and universities to build what we believe is the world's best digital education. Our platform provides a comprehensive fusion of technology, services and data architecture to transform high-quality and rigorous campus-based universities into the best digital versions of themselves. 2U's No Back Row® approach allows qualified students and working professionals around the world to experience a first-rate university education and achieve desired outcomes. To learn more, visit 2U.com.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding our future business expectations, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this press release, including statements regarding future results of the operations and financial position of 2U, Inc., including financial targets, business strategy, and plans and objectives for future operations, are forward-looking statements. 2U has based these forward-looking statements largely on its estimates of its financial results and its current expectations and projections about future events and financial trends that it believes may affect its financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, short term and long-term business operations and objectives, and financial needs as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to update these statements as a result of new information or future events. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results predicted, including, trends in the higher education market and the market for online education, and expectations for growth in those markets; the acceptance, adoption and growth of online learning by colleges and universities, faculty, students, employers, accreditors and state and federal licensing bodies; our ability to comply with evolving regulations and legal obligations related to data privacy, data protection and information security; our expectations about the potential benefits of our cloud-based software-as-a-service ("SaaS") technology and technology-enabled services to university clients and students; our dependence on third parties to provide certain technological services or components used in our solutions; our ability to meet the anticipated launch dates of our graduate programs and short courses; our expectations about the predictability, visibility and recurring nature of our business model; our ability to acquire new university clients and expand our graduate programs and short courses with existing university clients; our ability to successfully integrate the operations of Get Educated International Proprietary Limited, or GetSmarter, achieve the expected benefits of the acquisition and manage, expand and grow the combined company; our ability to execute our growth strategy in the international, undergraduate and non-degree alternative markets; our ability to continue to acquire prospective students for our graduate programs and short courses; our ability to affect or increase student retention in our graduate programs; our ability to successfully execute our growth strategy; our expectations regarding the scalability of our cloud-based SaaS technology; our expectations regarding future expenses in relation to future revenue; potential changes in regulations applicable to us or our university clients; and our expectations regarding the amount of time our cash balances and other available financial resources will be sufficient to fund our operations. These and other potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted are more fully detailed under the heading "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2017 and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Moreover, 2U operates in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for 2U management to predict all risks, nor can 2U assess the impact of all factors on its business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements 2U may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this press release may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated.

Investor Relations Contact: Ed Goodwin, 2U, Inc., egoodwin@2u.com
Media Contact: Molly Greenberg, 2U, Inc., mgreenberg@2u.com

 

2U, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)






June 30,
2018


December 31,
2017




(unaudited)




Assets






Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents


$

488,834


$

223,370


Accounts receivable, net


50,031


14,174


Prepaid expenses and other assets


15,087


10,509


Total current assets


553,952


248,053


Property and equipment, net


50,264


49,055


Goodwill


64,873


71,988


Amortizable intangible assets, net


126,062


90,761


Prepaid expenses and other assets, non-current


30,313


22,205


Total assets


$

825,464


$

482,062


Liabilities and stockholders' equity






Current liabilities






Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$

32,055


$

22,629


Accrued compensation and related benefits


16,956


19,017


Deferred revenue


30,862


7,024


Other current liabilities


17,096


9,330


Total current liabilities


96,969


58,000


Deferred government grant obligations


3,500


3,500


Deferred tax liabilities, net


6,935


10,087


Lease-related and other liabilities, non-current


24,613


22,643


Total liabilities


132,017


94,230


Stockholders' equity






Preferred stock, $0.001 par value, 5,000,000 shares authorized, none issued




Common stock, $0.001 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 57,315,585 shares issued and outstanding as of June 30, 2018; 52,505,856 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2017


57


53


Additional paid-in capital


936,664


588,289


Accumulated deficit


(239,054)


(205,836)


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)


(4,220)


5,326


Total stockholders' equity


693,447


387,832


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

825,464


$

482,062


 

 

 

2U, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share amounts)






Three Months Ended
June 30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,




2018


2017


2018


2017


Revenue


$

97,423


$

64,995


$

189,711


$

129,824


Costs and expenses










Curriculum and teaching


6,007



10,314



Servicing and support


17,297


13,458


32,530


24,383


Technology and content development


15,235


11,140


29,075


20,345


Marketing and sales


58,376


37,242


111,434


71,912


General and administrative


22,480


13,930


44,349


27,594


Total costs and expenses


119,395


75,770


227,702


144,234


Loss from operations


(21,972)


(10,775)


(37,991)


(14,410)


Interest income


912


53


1,254


249


Interest expense


(27)


(1)


(54)


(1)


Other income (expense), net


(825)


(1,031)


(1,220)


(1,031)


Loss before income taxes


(21,912)


(11,754)


(38,011)


(15,193)


Income tax benefit


3,565



4,793



Net loss


$

(18,347)


$

(11,754)


$

(33,218)


$

(15,193)


Net loss per share, basic and diluted


$

(0.33)


$

(0.25)


$

(0.62)


$

(0.32)


Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic and diluted


54,981,192


47,668,397


53,840,582


47,454,059


Other comprehensive loss










Foreign currency translation adjustments, net of tax of $0 for all periods presented


(14,178)



(9,546)



Comprehensive loss


$

(32,525)


$

(11,754)


$

(42,764)


$

(15,193)



















 

 

2U, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited, in thousands)






Six Months Ended
June 30,




2018


2017


Cash flows from operating activities






Net loss


$

(33,218)


$

(15,193)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:






Depreciation and amortization


14,783


7,431


Stock-based compensation expense


16,131


9,390


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:






Increase in accounts receivable, net


(35,932)


(15,566)


(Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets


(3,705)


179


Increase in accounts payable and accrued expenses


10,207


5,135


(Decrease) increase in accrued compensation and related benefits


(1,998)


1,417


Increase in deferred revenue


24,086


4,228


Increase in payments to university clients


(8,923)


(7,471)


(Decrease) increase in other liabilities, net


(2,854)


1,282


Other


1,221


1,031


Net cash used in operating activities


(20,202)


(8,137)


Cash flows from investing activities






Additions of amortizable intangible assets


(40,039)


(10,808)


Purchases of property and equipment


(5,124)


(15,449)


Advances made to university clients


(100)



Net cash used in investing activities


(45,263)


(26,257)


Cash flows from financing activities






Proceeds from issuance of common stock, net of offering costs


330,862



Proceeds from exercise of stock options


4,793


2,908


Tax withholding payments associated with settlement of restricted stock units


(3,407)


(1,291)


    Proceeds from debt



3,500


Net cash provided by financing activities


332,248


5,117


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash


(1,319)


(1,031)


Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash


265,464


(30,308)


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period


223,370


168,730


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period


$

488,834


$

138,422



 

 

 

2U, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
(unaudited)




The following table presents a reconciliation of net loss to adjusted net income (loss) for each of the periods indicated:






Three Months Ended
June  30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,




2018


2017


2018


2017




(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)


Net loss


$

(18,347)


$

(11,754)


$

(33,218)


$

(15,193)


Adjustments:










Foreign currency loss


825


1,031


1,220


1,031


Amortization of acquired intangible assets


1,597



3,277



Income tax benefit on amortization of acquired intangible assets


(438)



(898)



Acquisition-related tax benefit


(2,987)



(2,987)



Stock-based compensation expense


9,009


5,495


16,131


9,390


Total adjustments


8,006


6,526


16,743


10,421


Adjusted net loss


$

(10,341)


$

(5,228)


$

(16,475)


$

(4,772)


Net loss per share, basic and diluted (1)


$

(0.33)


$

(0.25)


$

(0.62)


$

(0.32)


Adjusted net loss per share, basic and diluted (1)


$

(0.19)


$

(0.11)


$

(0.31)


$

(0.10)


Weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic and diluted (1)


54,981,192


47,668,397


53,840,582


47,454,059




 

(1)

The Company computes net income (loss) per share and/or adjusted net income (loss) per share using diluted weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding for periods which result in net income and/or adjusted net income, and uses basic weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding for periods which result in net loss and/or adjusted net loss.

 

 

The following table presents a reconciliation of net loss to adjusted EBITDA (loss) for each of the periods indicated:




Three Months Ended
June 30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,




2018


2017


2018


2017




(in thousands)


Net loss


$

(18,347)


$

(11,754)


$

(33,218)


$

(15,193)


Adjustments:










Interest income


(912)


(53)


(1,254)


(249)


Interest expense


27


1


54


1


Foreign currency loss


825


1,031


1,220


1,031


Depreciation and amortization expense


7,408


3,783


14,783


7,431


Income tax benefit


(3,565)



(4,793)



Stock-based compensation expense


9,009


5,495


16,131


9,390


Total adjustments


12,792


10,257


26,141


17,604


Adjusted EBITDA (loss)


$

(5,555)


$

(1,497)


$

(7,077)


$

2,411


 


 

 

2U, Inc.
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
(unaudited)


The following table presents (i) a reconciliation of net loss guidance to adjusted net income (loss) guidance and adjusted EBITDA guidance and (ii) a reconciliation of net loss per share guidance to adjusted net income (loss) per share guidance, each at the midpoint of the ranges provided by the Company, for each of the periods indicated:




Three Months Ended
September 30, 2018


Year Ended
December 31, 2018




$


$/Share


$


$/Share




(in thousands, except per share amounts)


Net loss


$

(11,275)


$

(0.20)


$

(42,150)


$

(0.76)


Foreign currency loss




1,200


0.02


Amortization of acquired intangible assets


1,675


0.03


6,650


0.12


Income tax benefit on amortization of acquired intangible assets


(550)


(0.01)


(1,800)


(0.03)


Acquisition-related tax benefit




(2,975)


(0.05)


Stock-based compensation expense


8,775


0.16


33,850


0.61


Adjusted net loss


(1,375)


(0.02)


(5,225)


(0.09)


Net interest income


(1,450)


*


(4,100)


*


Depreciation and amortization expense


7,525


*


26,700


*


Income tax (benefit) expense


(175)


*


150


*


Adjusted EBITDA


$

4,525


$

*


$

17,525


$

*


Projected weighted-average shares of common stock outstanding, basic




57,475




55,750




*              Not provided.

 

 

 

Key Financial Performance Metrics
(unaudited)


Full Course Equivalent Enrollments


Graduate Program Segment


The following table sets forth the full course equivalent enrollments and average revenue per full course equivalent enrollment in our Graduate Program Segment for the last eight quarters.




Q3 '16


Q4 '16


Q1 '17


Q2 '17


Q3 '17


Q4 '17


Q1 '18


Q2 '18


Graduate Program full course

  equivalent enrollments


19,126


21,686


23,857


23,903


24,062


27,082


29,770


30,548




















Graduate Program average revenue

  per full course equivalent

  enrollment


$

2,717


$

2,645


$

2,717


$

2,719


$

2,740


$

2,758


$

2,706


$

2,658




























 

Short Course Segment


The following table sets forth the full course equivalent enrollments and average revenue per full course equivalent enrollment in our Short Course Segment for the last four quarters, since the acquisition of GetSmarter on July 1, 2017.




Q3 '17


Q4 '17


Q1 '18


Q2 '18


Short Course full course equivalent

  enrollments


4,079


6,751


6,002


8,222












Short Course average revenue per

  full course equivalent enrollment*


$

1,232


$

1,777


$

1,954


$

1,972
















 

*       

The calculation of the Short Course Segment's average revenue per full course equivalent enrollment includes $0.7 million of revenue that was excluded from the results of operations in the third quarter of 2017, due to an adjustment recorded as part of the valuation of GetSmarter.

 

 

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