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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
[August 08, 2018]

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


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)      
ChannelQ2 2018Q2 2017ChangeYTD
2018
YTD 2017Change
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 provided43,559  30,932  83,150  56,119 
Product development8,671  8,417  17,105  16,767 
Sales and marketing4,823  4,142  8,821  8,479 
General and administrative26,724  14,598  46,228  27,282 
Amortization and depreciation2,534  2,759  5,341  5,614 
Total operating expenses86,311  60,848  160,645  114,261 
        
Operating income38,315  26,539  72,211  52,229 
Interest income85  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 taxes31,293  23,595  59,875  51,087 
Income tax expense(2,222) 302  (4,348) (567)
Net income including noncontrolling interest29,071  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 outstanding31,465  31,490  31,474  31,648 
        
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding31,626  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 investments21,262  25,592 
Restricted cash3,992  4,040 
Fiduciary funds- restricted8,043  8,035 
Trade accounts receivable, less allowances of $6,069 and $4,143, respectively148,317  117,838 
Other current assets33,205  33,532 
Total current assets328,229  252,932 
    
Property and equipment, net41,061  41,704 
Goodwill825,526  666,863 
Intangibles, net42,042  45,711 
Indefinite-lived intangibles42,055  42,055 
Capitalized software development costs, net9,135  8,499 
Deferred tax asset, net46,819  43,529 
Other assets22,710  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 benefits8,345  8,201 
Cash overdraft4,283  9,243 
Fiduciary funds- restricted8,043  8,035 
Short term debt, net of deferred financing costs of $449 and $136, respectively13,824  14,364 
Capital lease obligations113  17 
Deferred rent170  278 
Contingent liability for accrued earn-out acquisition consideration16,392  4,000 
Deferred revenue31,011  22,562 
Other current liabilities13,911  5,159 
Total current liabilities194,077  146,932 
    
Revolving line of credit358,694  274,529 
Long term debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion, net of deferred financing costs of $1,636 and $298, respectively232,950  110,978 
Other liabilities11,230  11,658 
Contingent liability for accrued earn-out acquisition consideration5,216  33,096 
Deferred revenue7,152  1,423 
Deferred rent356  638 
Total liabilities809,675  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, 20173,146  3,148 
Additional paid-in capital734  1,410 
Retained earnings550,480  510,975 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(54,960) (24,023)
Total Ebix, Inc. stockholders’ equity499,400  491,510 
Noncontrolling interest48,502  42,249 
Total stockholders' equity547,902  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 interest139  659 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:   
Amortization and depreciation5,341  5,614 
Benefit for deferred taxes(1,321) (5,877)
Share based compensation1,509  1,243 
Provision for doubtful accounts2,098  723 
Unrealized foreign exchange loss (gain)1,262  365 
Amortization of capitalized software development costs1,080  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 expenses4,891  (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 positions59  3,280 
Other liabilities(1,353) 66 
Net cash provided by operating activities39,893  31,232 
    
Cash flows from investing activities:   
Acquisition of Transcorp(6,554)  
Cash received from Paul Merchants for 10% stake in MTSS combined business4,996   
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 securities725  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, net84,165  60,000 
Proceeds from term loan124,250   
Principal payments of term loan obligation(3,125) (6,250)
Repurchases of common stock(2,226) (45,732)
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options42  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 activities193,709  3,027 
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash(6,545) (39)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash49,126  (41,639)
Cash and cash equivalents, and restricted cash at the beginning of the period70,867  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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