* Revenues of $33.3 million up 43% year-over-year
ATLANTA, GA – November 9, 2010 – Ebix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIX), a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance industry, today reported record financial results for the third quarter of 2010.
Ebix delivered the following results for its third quarter, fiscal year 2010:
Revenues: Total Q3 2010 revenue grew to a record $33.3 million, an increase of 43% on a year-over-year basis, as compared to Q3 2009 revenue of $23.3 million. During the nine months ended September 30, 2010 revenue increased $30.7 million or 46%, to $97.1 million compared to $66.4 million during the same period in 2009.
Channel Revenues: The Exchange channel grew 66% year over year to $23.5 million or 71% of the Q3 revenues. The BPO channel grew 13% year over year, to $4.1 million or 12% of the Q3 revenues. The Broker Channel grew 18% year over year, to $3.5 million or 10% of the Q3 revenues. The Carrier channel dropped 14% year over year, to $2.2 million or 7% of the Q3 revenues.
Customers: The Company also announced the signing of new contracts with named accounts like Zurich Data Exchange, Transamerica, Fidelity, Security Mutual, AEGON Canada, ING North America, Arrowpoint, CBIZ Special Risk Insurance, Symetra Life Insurance, NFP, Principal Financial Group, Marsh, Mutual of Omaha, National Capital, Consolidated Health Plans, United Medical Alliance, Catholic Foreign Mission Society, Getty Images, LA County of Education, San Diego Gas & Electric, Parsons Corp, Mohawk, Willis – Illinois, International Paper Company, LBA Realty, Energy Trust of Oregon, City of San Diego, Arthur J. Gallagher, Utah School Board, Maine Motor Transport, IBTX Risk Services, Schneider Electric, Sempra, Summit Consulting, ATC Management, Motorist Mutual, Calibre Risk Services, Caregivers United Liability, Mississippi Health Care Insurance, State of Arizona, Farmers & Merchants State Bank, MFL Consulting, Ace Life, Chartis, Brasilprev, Bradesco and Allianca da Bahai. This list of names is a sample representation of contracts signed by the Company in the third quarter of 2010.
Net Income: Q3 2010 net income was $16.7 million, an increase of 77% on a year-over-year basis, as compared to Q3 2009 net income of $9.4 million. This included non-operating income of $3.9 million resulting from the gain recognized in regards to the decrease in the fair value of the put option that was issued to the two former stockholders of E-Z Data who received shares of Ebix common stock as part of the acquisition consideration paid by the Company.
Earnings per Share: Q3 2010 diluted earnings per share rose 72% year-over-year to $0.43, as compared to $0.25 in the third quarter of 2009. For purposes of the Q3 2010 EPS calculation, there was an average of 39.0 million diluted shares outstanding during the quarter, as compared to 37.8 million diluted shares outstanding in Q3 of 2009.
Expenses: The Company’s operating expenses for the quarter grew by 50 percent to $20.2 million as compared to $13.5 million for the third quarter of 2009, and operating expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2010 were $58.2 million as compared to $39.0 million for the same period in 2009.
Margins: Operating margins were 39.3% and 40.0% for the three and nine months ending September 30, 2010 respectively, as compared to 42.0% and 41.3% respectively for the same periods during 2009.
Cash Flows: During the nine months ended September 30, 2010 the Company generated $33.8 million of net cash flow from ongoing operations, as compared to $22.1 million for the same nine-month period in 2009.
Convertible Debt: During Q3 2010 White box VSC, Ltd and IAM Mini-Fund 14 Limited elected to convert $9.5 million of their August 26, 2009 Convertible Promissory Notes. The Company settled these conversion elections by paying $9.5 million in cash with respect to the principal component, paying $2.5 million in cash for a portion of the conversion spread and issuing 58,357 shares of Ebix common stock for the remainder of the conversion spread. Accordingly, the Company’s total convertible debt as of 30th September 2010 was reduced to $15.5 million.
As of November 9, 2010 the Company’s convertible debt was further reduced to a total of $5.0 million, as all remaining conversion elections made by White box VSC, Ltd and IAM Mini-Fund 14 Limited since the end of Q3 2010 were settled by the Company paying an additional $10.5 million in cash with respect to the principal component and issuing 225,000 shares of Ebix common stock for the conversion spread. The $5.0 million of convertible debt that remains is with the Rennes Foundation.
Share Repurchases: During Q3 2010, the Company repurchased 328,408 shares of our common stock at an average price of $17.18 per share for an aggregate amount of $5.6 million. The Company’s total share repurchases to date for the year 2010 amount to a total of 669,978 million shares, for an aggregate amount of $ 10.6 million at an average price of $15.87 per share. Since the announcement of the ADAM merger on August 29, 2010, the Company has not made any new repurchases of Ebix stock, in order to be in compliance with SEC guidelines mandating a suspension of share repurchases until the merger is completed.
Ebix Chairman, President & CEO Robin Raina said “We are pleased with these results as we are able to deliver these results despite the present economic crisis in the insurance industry, as also with our continued investment in future Exchange and On-Demand Based products and services for the insurance and financial services industries. We are presently in the process of building many new products designed to expand the portfolio and geographical reach of many of our services such as life, health and annuity exchanges, as also cloud computing based carrier back end systems. We expect to launch some of these services in the first half of 2011.”
Robin further said, “We remain focused on creating a fundamentally strong Company with recurring revenue streams, 40% operating margins, minimal customer attrition and healthy operating cash flows. We have always believed that a Company with all these attributes has the potential of becoming the largest Insurance software services player worldwide. Accordingly, the Company has not tried to grow its top line aggressively at the cost of its bottom-line. We intend to make efforts to grow both proportionately.”
Robin added, “We feel good about our future prospects both in the United States and abroad especially in the area of Exchanges. Accordingly, we are presently in the process of doubling our sales resources across the Company especially in the Exchange arena.”
Ebix SVP & CFO Robert Kerris said, “We are pleased with the Company’s consistent ability to generate strong operating cash flows, and in particular the fact that the $33.8 million of cash flow from our operating activities for the nine months ending September 30, 2010 represents a 93% realization of adjusted net income (defined as net income less net non-cash gains from derivative instruments and unrealized foreign exchange gains, or $43.1 million less $5.4 million and $1.3 million, respectively) for the same period. Despite our rapid growth, only 1.4% of our receivables have been outstanding for more than a year, implying that virtually all of our operating revenues are realized in the form of cash inflows within our annual reporting cycle. As to the health of our balance sheet, we are pleased with the fact that our current ratio has improved to 1.09 at September 30, 2010 as compared to 0.62 at December 31, 2009 due to stronger operating cash flows, retirement of convertible debt obligations, and the refinancing of our revolving credit facility.”
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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). Ebix has also earned ISO 9001:2000 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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