ATLANTA, GA – August 9, 2013 – Ebix, Inc. (NASDAQ: EBIX) a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance industry, today reported results for the fiscal second quarter ended June 30, 2013.
Ebix delivered the following results for the second quarter of 2013:
Revenue: Total Q2 2013 revenue was $51.0 million, an increase of 7% on a year-over-year basis, as compared to Q2 2012 revenue of $47.7 million. During the six months ended June 30, 2013, revenue increased $12.0 million or 13%, to $103.6 million compared to $91.5 million during the same period in 2012.
Earnings per Share: Q2 2013 diluted earnings per share decreased 25% year-over-year to $0.35, as compared to $0.47 in the second quarter of 2012. For purposes of the Q2 2013 EPS calculation, there was an average of 38.8 million diluted shares outstanding during the quarter, which approximately is the same as Q2 2012.
Operating Cash: Cash generated from operations during Q2 2013 was $10.6 million, down 50% year-over-year as compared to $21.0 million in Q2 2012. During the six months ended June 30, 2013, the Company generated $24.8 million of net cash flow from operating activities, a decrease of 28% as compared to $34.7 million in the first six months of 2012.
Margins:Operating margins for Q2 2013 were higher at 37.8% as compared to 37.1% for Q2 2012, and 36.7% for Q1 2013. The operating margins in Q2 2013 were positively impacted by a $5.8 million gain from the reduction of the earn out accrual relating to our acquisition of PlanetSoft, while being negatively impacted by certain legal and extraordinary operational costs adding up to $4.5 million in Q2 of 2013. The Company was also negatively impacted by the impact of lower initial operating margins from some of the businesses acquired in 2012 and 2013, as compared to our existing operations. The Company expects a portion of the legal costs in Q2 of 2013 to continue for a few more quarters, impacting our operating margins negatively.
Diversified Revenue Base: Ebix continued to have highly diversified revenue streams across thousands of clients, with the largest client accounting for less than 2.5% of the Company's Q2 2013 revenues.
Channel Revenues: The Exchange channel continued to be the largest channel for Ebix accounting for 79% of the Company's Q2 2013 Revenues as compared to 80% in Q2 2012.
Share Repurchases: The Company purchased 250,900 shares of its common stock in June at an average price of $9.93 for an aggregate amount of $2.5 million. No shares have been purchased in Q3 2013. The Company currently has approximately $102.9 million remaining in its share repurchase authorization.
Q3 2013 Diluted Share Count: As of today, the Company expects the diluted share count for Q3 2013 to be approximately 38.6 million.
Debt Payments: In Q2 the Company used $5.6 million to reduce its bank debt, and in the month subsequent to June 30th, the Company made additional debt payments in the amount of $7.4 million to further reduce its bank debt, thus bringing its total current bank debt down to $ 62.2 million as of August 9, 2013 date. Our current net debt as of August 9, 2013 is $30.8 million.
Tax Payments: In the first 6 months of 2013, the Company paid $11.8 million of cash in taxes vs. $4.8 million for the same period in 2012.
"With a few distractions in the quarter, Ebix grew its revenue 7% year over year to $51.0 million which did not match our goals for the quarter. The entire Ebix team is currently focused on building our sales pipeline and implementing signed contracts" Ebix Chairman, President & CEO Robin Raina said. "We have had good customer wins in late June and July and are in the process of negotiating large customer contracts. We are focused on generating increased subscription and transaction revenue and adding to our net operating cash flow and income over the next few quarters."
Robin said, "We believe there is great opportunity ahead of us, many of our key initiatives such as the Annuity Maintenance platform, Ebix Enterprise and ADAM-on-Demand are going into active production mode. All these initiatives are targeted at clients that can generate large amounts of recurring revenue streams for us with high operating margins. We are committed to achieving our operating margin target of 40% plus minus a few points as we move away from the events of the last few months."
Robin added, "We believe that many of our utility model services have the ability to lead the industry, in different geographies across the world. We are presently in discussions with numerous clients for deals, that on an individual basis have the potential to change our recurring revenue streams meaningfully. While there are no guarantees that any of these will be closed, we will try our best to sign deals that can have a positive impact on our future."
"During the second quarter Ebix reduced debt on our revolver and other debt by $5.6 million." said Ebix SVP and CFO Robert Kerris. In addition, we bought $2.5 million of shares in June after we announced our $100 million share buyback authorization. During the quarter the Company continued to invest in the growth of the business with the purchase of Qatarlyst for $4.7 million, the payment of $2.4 million in earn-out obligations and $307 thousand of capital expenditures. Our balance sheet reflects the aggregate cash, cash equivalents, and short-term cash deposit investments in the amount of $36.1 million as of June 30, 2013, and working capital of $12.4 million. Our accounts receivable DSO stood at 68 days as of June 30 as compared to 63 days from year-end 2012, and 59 days from a year earlier at June 30, 2012. Our net debt stood at $36.0 million as of June 30, 2013.
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. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.ebix.com
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