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MAXIMUS Reports First Quarter Results and Raises Fiscal 2018 Earnings Guidance as a Result of Tax Reform Benefits in the United States
[February 08, 2018]

MAXIMUS Reports First Quarter Results and Raises Fiscal 2018 Earnings Guidance as a Result of Tax Reform Benefits in the United States


RESTON, Va., Feb. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- MAXIMUS (NYSE: MMS), a leading provider of government services worldwide, today reported financial results for the three months ended December 31, 2017.

Highlights for the first quarter of fiscal year 2018 include:

  • Revenue of $623.1 million
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.89 compared to $0.71 for the same period last year
  • Cash flows from operations of $37.9 million and free cash flow of $31.4 million
  • Year-to-date signed contract awards of $1.2 billion and contracts pending (awarded but unsigned) of $236.0 million at December 31, 2017
  • Sales pipeline of $3.2 billion at December 31, 2017
  • Updated fiscal 2018 diluted earnings per share guidance to range between $3.30 and $3.50 due to the benefits from U.S. tax reform

For the first quarter of fiscal 2018, revenue increased 3% to $623.1 million compared to $607.6 million reported for the same period last year. The increase was driven by revenue increases in the Health Services and Human Services Segments, including favorable foreign exchange movements, which offset expected revenue declines in the U.S. Federal Services Segment in the quarter.

Total company operating margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 improved 70 basis points to 12.8% compared to the prior-year period.

For the first quarter of fiscal 2018, net income attributable to MAXIMUS totaled $59.1 million (or $0.89 of diluted earnings per share). This compares to fiscal 2017 first quarter diluted earnings per share of $0.71.

The passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017 in the United States creates significant benefits for MAXIMUS. The reduction of the corporate income tax rate in the U.S. will increase the Company's earnings and cash flow. Excluding the benefits from U.S. tax reform, diluted earnings per share would have been $0.78 for the first quarter of fiscal 2018.

Health Services Segment
Health Services Segment revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 increased 3% to $352.1 million compared to $340.7 million reported for the same period last year. The increase in revenue was driven by organic growth and favorable currency exchange movements. On a constant currency basis, segment revenue growth would have been 2%.

Operating margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was 16.4% compared to 14.7% reported for the prior-year period. Operating margin expansion reflects a portfolio of contracts at varying stages of maturity, as well as improved service delivery on the Health Assessment Advisory Service contract compared to the prior-year period.

U.S. Federal Services Segment
U.S. Federal Services Segment revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 decreased 6% to $133.0 million compared to $141.3 million reported for the same period last year. As previously disclosed, the lower revenue was largely due to some contracts that ended, including the wind down of the Company's subcontract supporting a program with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This subcontract ended in April 2017.

Operating margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was 12.6% compared to 12.7% reported for the prior-year period.

Human Services Segment
Human Services Segment revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 increased 10% to $138.1 million compared to $125.5 million reported for the same period last year. The increase in revenue was driven by higher levels of pass-through revenue from the Company's Australian operations, and to a lesser extent, favorable foreign exchange movements, both of which offset the expected wind down of the Work Programme in the United Kingdom.

Operating margin for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 was 5.8% compared to 9.4% reported for the prior-year period. As expected, operating margin was unfavorably impacted by a number of new contracts that are in the start-up phase and the aforementioned pass-through revenue in Australia.

Sales and Pipeline
Year-to-date signed contract awards at December 31, 2017 totaled $1.2 billion and contracts pending (awarded but unsigned) totaled $236.0 million.

The sales pipeline at December 31, 2017 was $3.2 billion (comprised of approximately $1.0 billion in proposals pending, $0.2 billion in proposals in preparation, and $1.9 billion in opportunities tracking). This compares to a pipeline of $2.4 billion at September 30, 2017.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flows
Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2017 totaled $196.9 million. For the three months ended December 31, 2017, cash flows from operations totaled $37.9 million, with free cash flow of $31.4 million.

At December 31, 2017, days sales outstanding (DSO) were 69 and consistent with the prior year.

On November 30, 2017, MAXIMUS paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.045 per share. On January 11, 2018, the Company announced a $0.045 per share cash dividend, payable on February 28, 2018 to shareholders of record on February 15, 2018.

Outlook
MAXIMUS continues to expect revenue to range between $2.475 billion and $2.550 billion for fiscal 2018 with a bias toward the lower half of the range due to contracts that are ending in the U.S. Federal Services Segment, including temporary work in support of federal disaster relief efforts that came to an end earlier than expected. 

MAXIMUS has historically paid a high income tax rate in the United States and the majority of its earnings are also derived in the U.S. As a result of the benefits of tax reform in the U.S., the Company expects that its fiscal 2018 earnings will benefit by approximately $0.35 of diluted earnings per share and estimates its effective income tax rate for fiscal 2018 will range between 26% and 28%. As a result, the Company is raising its fiscal 2018 earnings guidance and now expects GAAP diluted earnings per share to range between $3.30 and $3.50 for fiscal 2018. This compares to the Company's prior guidance of $2.95 to $3.15.

The Company's guidance does not include any future acquisitions or future legal expenses or recoveries.

"In the near-term, MAXIMUS is focusing on the role of digital technology and clinical expertise to enhance our competitive position, help drive efficiencies, and improve overall service delivery. The benefit of U.S. tax reform enables us to invest more capital and resources to bring our current capacity for innovation and delivery to the next level. Our long-term growth strategy of growing in our current core markets, moving into adjacent markets and geographies, and incorporating new platforms provides us with multiple paths. This strategy will naturally evolve, but we believe it provides us with the flexibility to meet the changing needs of our clients and capitalize on emerging opportunities in dynamic global markets," commented MAXIMUS CEO Richard A. Montoni.

Conference Call and Webcast Information
MAXIMUS will host a conference call this morning, February 8, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. (ET). The call is open to the public and is available by webcast at http://investor.maximus.com or by phone at:

877.407.8289 (Domestic)/+1.201.689.8341 (International)

For those unable to listen to the live call, a replay will be available through February 22, 2018. Callers can access the replay by calling:

877.660.6853 (Domestic)/+1.201.612.7415 (International)
Replay conference ID number: 13675721

About MAXIMUS
Since 1975, MAXIMUS has operated under its founding mission of Helping Government Serve the People®, enabling citizens around the globe to successfully engage with their governments at all levels and across a variety of health and human services programs. MAXIMUS delivers innovative business process management and technology solutions that contribute to improved outcomes for citizens and higher levels of productivity, accuracy, accountability and efficiency of government-sponsored programs. With more than 20,000 employees worldwide, MAXIMUS is a proud partner to government agencies in the United States, Australia, Canada, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit maximus.com.

Non-GAAP Measures
We utilize non-GAAP measures where we believe it will assist the user of our financial statements in understanding our business. The presentation of these measures is meant to complement, and not replace, other financial measures in this document. The presentation of non-GAAP numbers is not meant to be considered in isolation, nor as alternatives to revenue growth, cash flows from operations or net income as measures of performance. These non-GAAP measures, as determined and presented by us, may not be comparable to related or similarly titled measures presented by other companies.

In this news release, we use the non-GAAP measures organic revenue growth, constant currency movement and free cash flow. A description of these measures, including a description of our use of these measures and our methodology for calculating them, is included in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on November 20, 2017. We have included a reconciliation of free cash flow to cash flows from operations in this news release.

Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about the Company's confidence and strategies and the Company's expectations about revenues, results of operations, profitability, future contracts, market opportunities, market demand or acceptance of the Company's products are forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These uncertainties could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements and include reliance on government clients; risks associated with government contracting; risks involved in managing government projects; legislative changes and political developments; opposition from government unions; challenges resulting from growth; adverse publicity; and legal, economic, and other risks detailed in Exhibit 99.1 to the Company's most recent Annual Report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, found on maximus.com.

 

 





MAXIMUS, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)






Three Months Ended December 31,



2017


2016

Revenue


$

623,148



$

607,564


Cost of revenue


471,188



462,746


Gross profit


151,960



144,818


Selling, general and administrative expenses


69,559



65,398


Amortization of intangible assets


2,718



3,402


Restructuring costs




2,242


   Operating income


79,683



73,776


Interest expense


168



849


Other income, net


287



263


   Income before income taxes


79,802



73,190


Provision for income taxes


19,850



26,861


Net income


59,952



46,329


Income/(loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests


861



(335)


Net income attributable to MAXIMUS


$

59,091



$

46,664


Basic earnings per share attributable to MAXIMUS


$

0.90



$

0.71


Diluted earnings per share attributable to MAXIMUS


$

0.89



$

0.71


Dividends paid per share


$

0.045



$

0.045


Weighted average shares outstanding:





Basic


65,866



65,770


Diluted


66,177



66,020



 

 

MAXIMUS, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Amounts in thousands)



December 31, 2017


September 30, 2017


(unaudited)



ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

196,905



$

166,252


Accounts receivable — billed and billable

438,995



394,338


Accounts receivable — unbilled

30,944



36,475


Income taxes receivable

2,086



4,528


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

49,919



55,649


   Total current assets

718,849



657,242


Property and equipment, net

95,931



101,651


Capitalized software, net

24,629



26,748


Goodwill

403,261



402,976


Intangible assets, net

96,138



98,769


Deferred contract costs, net

14,901



16,298


Deferred compensation plan assets

29,826



28,548


Deferred income taxes

7,679



7,691


Other assets

10,316



10,739


Total assets

$

1,401,530



$

1,350,662


LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

133,408



$

122,083


Accrued compensation and benefits

67,304



105,667


Deferred revenue

63,185



71,722


Income taxes payable

2,794



4,703


Other liabilities

12,565



12,091


   Total current liabilities

279,256



316,266


Deferred revenue, less current portion

24,264



28,182


Deferred income taxes

25,914



20,106


Long-term debt

12,050



527


Deferred compensation plan liabilities, less current portion

34,162



30,707


Other liabilities

18,232



9,106


Total liabilities

393,878



404,894


Shareholders' equity:




Common stock, no par value

481,261



475,592


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(27,304)



(27,619)


Retained earnings

547,151



492,112


   Total MAXIMUS shareholders' equity

1,001,108



940,085


Noncontrolling interests

6,544



5,683


   Total equity

1,007,652



945,768


   Total liabilities and equity

$

1,401,530



$

1,350,662



 

 

MAXIMUS, Inc.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended

December 31,



2017


2016

Cash flows from operations:





Net income


$

59,952



$

46,329


Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash flows from operations:





Depreciation and amortization of property, equipment and capitalized software


13,719



14,562


Amortization of intangible assets


2,718



3,402


Deferred income taxes


5,707



5,910


Stock compensation expense


5,402



4,889







Change in assets and liabilities:





Accounts receivable — billed and billable


(44,381)



14,687


Accounts receivable — unbilled


5,535



(1,998)


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


6,019



6,245


Deferred contract costs


1,413



44


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities


11,387



(14,575)


Accrued compensation and benefits


(29,588)



(17,237)


Deferred revenue


(12,405)



(10,096)


Income taxes


9,642



16,902


Other assets and liabilities


2,748



2,076


Cash flows from operations


37,868



71,140







Cash flows from investing activities:





Purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software costs


(6,514)



(7,768)


Proceeds from the sale of a business




385


Other


45



43


Cash used in investing activities


(6,469)



(7,340)







Cash flows from financing activities:





Cash dividends paid to MAXIMUS shareholders


(2,930)



(2,920)


Repurchases of common stock


(1,038)



(28,767)


Tax withholding related to RSU vesting


(8,529)



(9,255)


Borrowings under credit facility


59,683



65,000


Repayment of credit facility and other long-term debt


(48,156)



(80,067)


Other




(1,145)


Cash used in financing activities


(970)



(57,154)







Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


224



(3,078)







Net increase in cash and cash equivalents


30,653



3,568







Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


166,252



66,199







Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

196,905



$

69,767








 

 

MAXIMUS, Inc.

SEGMENT INFORMATION

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended December 31,



2017


% (1)


2016


% (1)

Revenue:









Health Services


$

352,090



100

%


$

340,729



100

%

U.S. Federal Services


132,983



100

%


141,298



100

%

Human Services


138,075



100

%


125,537



100

%

Total


$

623,148



100

%


$

607,564



100

%










Gross Profit:









Health Services


$

91,056



25.9

%


$

78,234



23.0

%

U.S. Federal Services


33,358



25.1

%


37,576



26.6

%

Human Services


27,546



20.0

%


29,008



23.1

%

Total


$

151,960



24.4

%


$

144,818



23.8

%










Selling, general, and administrative expense:









Health Services


$

33,416



9.5

%


$

28,107



8.2

%

U.S. Federal Services


16,648



12.5

%


19,695



13.9

%

Human Services


19,495



14.1

%


17,239



13.7

%

Other (3)




NM


357



NM

Total


$

69,559



11.2

%


$

65,398



10.8

%










Operating income:









Health Services


$

57,640



16.4

%


$

50,127



14.7

%

U.S. Federal Services


16,710



12.6

%


17,881



12.7

%

Human Services


8,051



5.8

%


11,769



9.4

%

Amortization of intangible assets


(2,718)



NM


(3,402)



NM

Restructuring costs (2)




NM


(2,242)



NM

Other (3)




NM


(357)



NM

Total


$

79,683



12.8

%


$

73,776



12.1

%


(1)

Percentage of respective segment revenue. Percentages not considered meaningful are marked "NM."

(2)

During fiscal year 2017, we incurred costs in restructuring our United Kingdom Human Services business.

(3)

Other costs and credits relate to SG&A balances that do not relate directly to segment business activities. During the three months ended December 31, 2016, we incurred $0.4 million of legal costs related to a matter that occurred in fiscal year 2009. This matter was settled in the third quarter of fiscal year 2017.

 

 

MAXIMUS, Inc.

FREE CASH FLOW

(Non-GAAP measure)

(Amounts in thousands)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended

December 31,



2017


2016

Cash flows from operations


$

37,868



$

71,140


Purchases of property and equipment and capitalized software costs


(6,514)



(7,768)


Free cash flow


$

31,354



$

63,372







 

CONTACT:

Lisa Miles 703.251.8637


lisamiles@maximus.com

 

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