ATLANTA, GA – November 08, 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2013.
Ebix delivered the following results for the third quarter of 2013:
Revenue: Total Q3 2013 revenue was $50.3 million, a decrease of 7% on a year-over-year basis, as compared to Q3 2012 revenue of $53.8 million. On a constant currency basis, Ebix revenue increased sequentially to $51.9 million in Q3 of 2013 as compared to $51.5 million in Q2 of 2013.
On a year-over-year basis, Ebix quarterly revenue was affected negatively by approximately $1.6 million due to the strengthening of the US dollar, while the professional services revenues from one of the Company's 2012 acquisitions - PlanetSoft dropped by $1.3 million due to certain delayed implementations announced earlier in Q4 of 2012.
During the nine months ended September 30, 2013, revenue increased $8.5 million or 6%, to $153.9 million compared to $145.3 million during the same period in 2012.
Earnings per Share: Q3 2013 diluted earnings per share decreased 26% year-over-year to $0.34, as compared to $0.46 in the third quarter of 2012. For purposes of the Q3 2013 EPS calculation, there was an average of 38.5 million diluted shares outstanding during the quarter compared to 39.1 million during the same period in 2012.
Operating Cash: Cash generated from operations during Q3 2013 was $12.9 million, down 33% year-over-year as compared to $19.3 million in Q3 2012. During the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the Company generated $37.8 million of net cash flow from operating activities, a decrease of 30% as compared to $54.0 million in the first nine months of 2012.
Margins: Operating margins for Q3 2013 were at 37.0% as compared to 38.5% for Q3 2012, and 37.8% for Q2 2013. The operating margins in Q3 2013 were positively impacted by a $4.1 million gain from the reduction of the earn out accrual relating to our acquisition of PlanetSoft and Trisystems, while being negatively impacted by certain legal and extraordinary operational costs totaling $3.7 million in Q3 of 2013.
The Company was also negatively impacted by the temporary initial 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 legal costs in future quarters to be lower than Q3 of 2013, although these costs are expected to continue affecting margins for some additional period of time..
Net Income: Q3 2013 net income was $13.1 million, a 27% decrease on a year-over-year basis, as compared to Q3 2012 net income of $18.1 million. During the nine months ended September 30, 2013, net income decreased $7.8 million or 15%, to $44.0 million compared to $51.8 million during the same period in 2012. The Company's net income in Q3 2013 was impacted by the one-time charge to earnings associated with a contingent liability of $4.23 million, accrued in Q3 of 2013 for the possible resolution of the federal class action matter, and also by the Company increasing its reserve for uncertain tax positions by $1.0 million in Q3 of 2013.
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 Q3 2013 revenues. The Company also reported that it is not aware of having lost any existing Exchange client, that accounted for 0.05% of its annual revenues, to its competition in Q3 of 2013.
New Customer Contracts: The Company signed new deals with accounts which included Walmart, Swiss Re, Sanofi US Services, Pershing LLC, TD Ameritrade, Ohio Cooperative Exchange, Purdue, Bayer, Pfizer, Glaxo SmithKline, Jazz Pharma, Northeast Utilities Service Co., Thai Re, HSBC, Zenith Insurance, Four Seasons Financial Group, LifeMark, American General, Mass Mutual Insurance, Federal Reserve Bank, Los Angeles County Office, eClinical Works, Security Life Insurance, Truven Health Analytics, Merrill Lynch, Consolidated Health Plans, AON, Sempra Energy Utility, Automobile Club of Southern California, QBE America, City of Roseville, MetLife, Guardian Life, Nationwide Insurance, Prudential, AIG, Wells Fargo and Omaha Insurance Company. This list of names is a sample representation of contracts signed by the Company in the third quarter of 2013. The Company also signed two material 5-year recurring revenue contracts with one of the largest brokers in the world. With the signing of these two contracts, this client has the potential to overtake Ebix's largest client at present, in terms of annual revenues generated for Ebix in future years.
Channel Revenues: The Exchange channel continued to be the largest channel for Ebix accounting for 81% of the Company's Q3 2013 Revenues as compared to 81% in Q3 2012.
The quarter over quarter Exchange revenue drop was primarily due to the considerable strengthening of the US dollar as compared to the Australian dollar and the Brazilian Real; and the reduced professional services revenues associated from the delayed implementation of a few client projects associated with one of its acquisitions, namely PlanetSoft.
The BPO channel's quarter over quarter revenue from its certificate tracking and creation business was essentially the same, while the professional services revenue from one of its custom development projects dropped by around $600 thousand.
Debt Payments: In Q3 the Company used $12.4 million to reduce its bank debt, thus bringing its total current bank debt down to $ 57.2 million as of November 8, 2013 date. Our current net debt as of November 8, 2013 is $16.5 million.
Tax Payments: In the first nine months of 2013, the Company paid $13.0 million of cash in taxes vs. $6.3 million for the same period in 2012.
"Considering the challenges that the Company has recently faced, we are pleased with the progress we made in Q3 of 2013." Ebix Chairman, President & CEO Robin Raina said. "On a constant currency basis, the Company revenues grew sequentially from $51.5 million in Q2 of 2013 to $51.9 million in Q3 of 2013. We continued to strengthen our recurring business, by signing new clients while at the same time retaining our existing client base. In fact, the agreement with one of our new clients has the potential to result in a relationship that will generate revenues in 2014 and beyond that are larger than those from any single client that we currently serve."
Robin added, "We remain focused on trying to create and sustain a strong healthy long term future for Ebix, and thus took many steps towards that goal in Q3. While the non-recurring costs associated with some of these steps affected our short-term profitability, they have the potential to clear up the air on many fronts. For example, with respect to the earn out litigation filed in federal court in Ohio related to our acquisition of Peak, the company and the other parties to the action recently reached a mutually agreeable resolution, which resulted in the dismissal of the action with prejudice. We are fully aware that a Company's true strength is measured by its ability to generate recurring revenue streams with strong operating margins and cash flows from operations. Our business fundamentals continue to be strong and we are committed to working towards ensuring that the year 2014 can possibly be one of our best years in history, in terms of financial performance."
Ebix SVP and CFO Robert Kerris said, "The Company continues to hold substantial cash, cash equivalent, and short-term investments that in the aggregate had a combined balance of $37.7 million at September 30th consistent with the $37.4 million held at December 31st 2012, although during the past nine months we have reduced debt by $22.2 million, paid $13.0 million in taxes, spent $4.7 million on a strategic business acquisition, and paid $3.0 million for earn-out obligations in connection with prior business acquisitions. Our working capital position is $24.7 million at September 30th, up $12.3 million from Q2 due to lower trade payables and accrued liabilities. The Company's net debt stood at $22.2 million at September 30th. The Company intends to use its working capital and cash generated from operations to support the continued growth of the Company, both organically and through accretive acquisitions, and to pay down debt thereby further strengthening our balance sheet. Operating income for the quarter of $18.6 million reflects a 37% operating margin consistent with both the 38% operating margin from Q2 this year and the 38% operating margin from Q3 2012.
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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