Atlanta, GA – March 14, 2013 – Ebix, Inc. (EBIX), a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance industry, today reported results for the fiscal fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012. Ebix will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. EDT (details below)
"The Company's 2012 results reflect the strength of Ebix's core businesses that helped us deliver outstanding results in one of the most challenging years for the insurance industry in a decade," said Robin Raina, Chairman, President and CEO, Ebix Inc. "Our revenue, operating cash flow, liquidity and diluted EPS were all at record levels as we look forward to continued high levels of performance in 2013."
Ebix delivered the following results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2012:
Revenues: Total Q4 2012 revenue was $54.0 million, an increase of 22.6% on a year-over-year basis, as compared to Q4 2011 revenue of $44.1 million.
For the full fiscal year of 2012, the company reported revenue of $199.4 million, an increase of 18.0% from the prior year revenues of $169.0 million.
Earnings per Share: Q4 2012 diluted earnings per share rose 9% year-over-year to $0.48, as compared to $0.44 in the fourth quarter of 2012. For purposes of the Q4 2012 EPS calculation, there was an average of 38.9 million diluted shares outstanding during the quarter, as compared to 39.4 million diluted shares outstanding in Q4 of 2011.
For the full year of 2012, diluted earnings per share rose 3% year-over-year to $1.80 from $1.75 in 2011. For purposes of the EPS calculation, there was an average of approximately 39.1 million diluted shares outstanding during the year 2012 as compared to an average of 40.9 million diluted shares outstanding in 2011.
Operating Cash: Cash generated from operations for the fiscal fourth quarter was $18.3 million, down 5% year-over-year due primarily to the payment of certain acquisition earnout liabilities. For the full year, operating cash flow totaled $72.3 million in 2012, up 2% year-over-year as compared to $70.6 million in 2012.
Margins:In 2012, the Company achieved gross margins of 81% compared to 80% in 2011. Operating margins for 2012 were slightly lower at 39% as compared to 41% for 2011 due to business acquisitions made in 2012, which were not at the same operating margins as Ebix's legacy businesses when acquired.
Diversified Revenue Base: Ebix continued to have highly diversified revenue streams across thousands of clients, with the largest client accounting for only 3% of the Company's 2012 revenues.
Channel Revenues: The Exchange channel continued to be the largest channel for Ebix accounting for 80% of the Company's 2012 Revenues as compared to 77% in 2011.
Share Repurchases: During Q4 2012, the Company repurchased 196,300 shares of our common stock at an average price of $16.42 per share for an aggregate amount of $3.2 million. For 2012, Ebix repurchased 983,818 shares for an aggregate amount of $18.4 million or an average price of $18.68. The Board of Directors has authorized a total repurchase limit of $100 million of which $5.4 million still remains outstanding.
Net Income: Q4 2012 net income was $18.7 million, an 8% increase on a year-over-year basis, as compared to Q4 2011 net income of $17.3 million. For 2012, Net Income declined 1% to $70.6 million compared to $71.4 million in 2011.
Q1 2013 Diluted Share Count: As of today, the Company expects the diluted share count for Q1 2013 to be approximately 38.8 million.
Ebix SVP & CFO Robert Kerris said, "The Company continues to produce robust operating cash flows, generating $72.3 million during 2012, which in combination with access to our commercial banking financing facility, enabled Ebix to spend $57.1 million on new strategic business acquisitions and investments, to reacquire 984 thousand shares of our common stock at a cost of $18.4 million, and to return $7.0 million of capital to our shareholders in the form of cash dividends. Our financial position is strong with $37.4 million in the aggregate cash, cash equivalents, and short-term cash deposit investments, working capital/short-term liquidity of $25.0 million, and an accounts receivable DSO of 63 days. The Company's net debt stood at $44.8 million as of December 31, 2012. Ebix presently has access to approximately $55 million of readily available cash resources from its financing facility with Citi Bank combined with cash on hand to support continued organic and acquisitive growth, and to expand the existing operations of the Company."
Ebix Chairman, President & CEO Robin Raina said, "In the year 2012, we were able to make significant strides in building Ebix to be the foremost global provider of Exchanges in the insurance industry. Our acquisitions in the US, Australia, Canada and the formation of Ebix Europe based in the insurance hub of London, have added strategic product solutions and broadened our geographic reach. We believe that this positions us well for growth in the years ahead."
Robin continued, "Ebix's financial goals were achieved in 2012. In June, we forecasted a minimum quarterly run-rate of $50 million in revenue which we exceeded in the third quarter. We believe we are on track to achieve a quarterly run-rate of $25 million of EBITDA in the first half of 2013. Our global team is dedicated to achieve revenue growth across all of our business lines in 2013, to provide innovative cloud-based SaaS and mobile solutions and to maintain our high operating margins."
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About Ebix, Inc.
With 30+ offices across Brazil, Singapore, Australia, the US, New Zealand, India and Canada, Ebix powers multiple exchanges across the world in the field of life, annuity, health and property & casualty insurance while conducting in excess of $100 billion in insurance premiums on its platforms. Through its various SaaS-based software platforms, Ebix employs hundreds of insurance and technology professionals to provide products, support and consultancy to thousands of customers on six continents. Ebix's focus on quality has enabled it to be awarded Level 5 status of the Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute's Capability Maturity Model (CMM). With a recent ISO 27001-security certification, the Company also has an ISO 9001:27001 certification for both its development and BPO units in India. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.ebix.com.
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