• Q1 Diluted EPS of $0.40 with Revenues of $51.4 million
ATLANTA, GA – May 9, 2014 – 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2014.
Ebix delivered the following results for the first quarter of 2014:
Revenues: Total Q1 2014 revenue was $51.4 million, a decrease of 2% on a year-over-year basis, as compared to Q1 2013 revenue of $52.6 million and a sequential increase of $0.60 million over Q4 2013 revenue of $50.8 million.
On a constant currency basis, Ebix Q1 2014 revenue increased year over year to $53.3 million as compared to $52.6 million in Q1 of 2013. The Company’s Q1 2014 revenues, on a constant currency basis, increased by $1.0 million from $50.8 million for Q4 of 2013.
Earnings per Share: Q1 2014 diluted earnings per share declined 11% year-over-year to $0.40, as compared to $0.45 in the first quarter of 2013. For purposes of the Q1 2014 EPS calculation, there was an average of 38.6 million diluted shares outstanding during the quarter, as compared to 38.8 million diluted shares outstanding in Q1 2013.
Operating Cash: Cash generated from operations Q1 2014 was $10.8 million, down 24% year-over-year as compared to $14.3 million in Q1 2013. The operating cash was impacted primarily by the $4.2 million payment made in Q1 2014 for the securities litigation settlement in addition to tax payments of $3.1 million made in Q1 of 2014, including $2.7 million of minimum alternative tax payments in India.
Operating Income and Margins: Operating income for Q1 2014 of $19.4 million was essentially flat as compared to the $19.3 million of operating income from a year back at Q1 2013. Operating margins, though, for Q1 2014 were higher at 38% as compared to 37% for Q1 2013.
Net Income: Q1 2014 net income was $15.4 million, an 11% decrease on a year-over-year basis, as compared to Q1 2013 net income of $17.3 million primarily owing to an increase in the effective tax rate (net of discrete items) to 12.0% from 8.3% a year ago.
Q2 2014 Diluted Share Count:As of today, the Company expects the diluted share count for Q2 2014 to be approximately 38.5 million.
Channel Revenues: The Exchange channel continued to be the largest channel for Ebix accounting for 82% of the Company’s Q1 2014 Revenues.
The continuing strengthening of the US dollar as compared to the Australian dollar and the Brazilian Real decreased revenue by $1.9 million across the Exchange and Broker Systems Channels. The RCS channel’s quarter over quarter revenue from its core certificate tracking and creation business was essentially flat, with the decline in revenues due to the non-recurring nature of certain third party software development activities undertaken a year ago for CurePet which is now 100% owned by Ebix as of January 2014.
Ebix Chairman, President & CEO Robin Raina said, “I am pleased with these revenue numbers as they represent sequential and year over year growth, on a constant currency basis. This is in spite of many factors that had the impact of affecting our revenues adversely. Firstly, our revenues in Europe were impacted by the various market entities delaying any new decisions in Q1 of 2014, in view of a prospective aggregation utility deal in London with Ebix. Secondly, with the acquisition of the pet exchange, we did not have the development revenues received from CurePet as their Development partner in 2013. Thirdly, as stated in 2013, we had to bear the continuing impact of decreased professional services revenues from the delays associated with certain PlanetSoft implementations.”
Robin said, “The quarter also marked a few key events for us on the customer front. Our Ebix Enterprise straight through processing Health solution went into production with two leading US based health carriers – IHC and Security Life, in the first quarter. The platform represents more than two years of work from inception, to delivery to successful execution making Ebix’s product the only end-to-end cloud based Health straight through processing solution in the market. Also we are pleased to have the world’s largest retailer in Canada, Walmart sign a contract in Q1 and go into production in April, as our client on our vendor pay model RCS solution.”
Robin added, “We feel good about our direction – both in terms of vision and depth of offering. We now have successful enterprise solutions with references, which allows us to bid for large recurring revenue deals, that have high margins associated with them. If we can close in on some of the large deals in play at present, we will be able to impact both our revenue and margins meaningfully in future quarters.”
Ebix EVP and CFO Robert Kerris said, “Ebix ended the quarter with combined cash, cash equivalent, and short-term investments of $58.6 million slightly higher the $57.5 million held at December 31st 2013. The Company’s balance sheet has been further strengthened with a net cash position at quarter-end of $3.3 million as compared to net debt of $179,000 on December 31, 2013. Of particular note is that during quarter the company reduced debt by $2.5 million, disbursed $4.2 million in settlement of the class action lawsuit, paid $3.1 million in taxes, repurchased $2.2 million of stock, and paid $2.9 million in dividends to our stockholders. As of May 9th, the Company is in a net cash position of approximately $6.1 million.”
Robert added, “Our working capital position was $47.0 million at March 31st up from $35.7 million on December 31st and up from $32.1 million from a year earlier at the end of Q1 2013 primarily due to the $10.8 million of additional cash generated by our operating activities resulting in higher cash balances, and increased trade receivables. Finally, our operating performance remains strong as demonstrated by this past quarter’s operating margin of 38%.”
About Ebix, Inc.
A leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance industry, Ebix, Inc., (NASDAQ: EBIX) provides end-to-end solutions ranging from infrastructure exchanges, carrier systems, agency systems and risk compliance solutions to custom software development for all entities involved in the insurance industry.
With 35+ offices across Australia, Brazil, Canada, India, New Zealand, Singapore, the US and the UK, Ebix powers multiple exchanges across the world in the field of life, annuity, health and property & casualty insurance. 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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