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Ebix Q3 Revenues Rose 24% to a Record $92.8M, Operating Income Rose 15% to $27.9M and Diluted EPS Rose 4% to $0.76

JOHNS CREEK, Ga., Nov. 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Ebix, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBIX), a leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance, financial, e-governance and healthcare industries, today reported results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2017. Ebix will host a conference call to review its results today at 11:00 a.m. EST (details below).

Ebix delivered the following results for the third quarter of 2017:

Revenues: Q3 2017 revenue rose 24% to $92.8 million compared to $74.6 million in Q3 2016 and increased 6% over Q2 2017 revenue of $87.4 million. The revenue improvement reflected growth in the Company’s Exchange and Risk Compliance channels, with the revenues from the Financial Exchange service in India, reflected in the Exchange channel.

Q3 and Q2 2017 both included a full quarter of revenues from EbixCash Financial Exchange with Q3 2017 revenues of $11.1 million versus $8.4 million in Q2 of 2017. Q3 2017 results also included one month of revenues totaling $0.54 million, from the acquisition of the YouFirst inward remittance business in India. Revenues from the acquisitions of Paul Merchants, Wall Street and Via will be reflected in Q4 2017 results.

On a constant currency basis, Ebix Q3 2017 revenue increased 23% to $91.6 million compared to $74.6 million in Q3 2016. The Exchange channel continued to be Ebix’s largest, accounting for 69% of Q3 2017 revenues. Also, on a constant currency basis, year to date revenue increased 18% to $257.1 million as compared to $218.2 million in 2016.

(dollar amounts in thousands)
ChannelQ3 2017Q3 2016ChangeYTD
2017
YTD 2016Change
Exchanges$64,130$52,016+23%$177,117$151,424+17%
Risk Compliance Solutions (RCS) 24,265 18,076+34% 68,780 53,489+29%
Broker Solutions 3,715 3,557+4% 11,098 10,654+4%
Carrier Systems 690 959-28% 2,295 2,681-14%
Total Revenue$ 92,800$ 74,608+24%$ 259,290$ 218,248+19%
Total Revenue on Constant Currency Basis$ 91.6M$ 74.6M+23%$ 257.1M$ 218.2M+18%

Earnings per Share: Q3 2017 diluted earnings per share increased 4% to $0.76 compared to $0.74 in Q3 2016. Ebix’s weighted average diluted shares outstanding decreased to 31.6 million in Q3 2017 compared to 32.7 million in Q3 2016 and consistent with Q2 2017.

Operating Income and Margins: Q3 2017 operating margins decreased to 30% as compared to 33% in Q3 2016. Excluding the impact of the recent ItzCash acquisition, Q3 2017 operating margins would have been 33%. Operating income for Q3 2017 rose 15% or $3.6 million to $27.9 million compared to $24.3 million in Q3 2016.

Net Income: Higher operating income was offset by a $1.6 million increase in interest expense, a $1.0 million increase in foreign exchange losses and a $1.2 million reduction in non-operating income, resulting Q3 2017 net income of $24.2 million, a slight increase over $24.1 million in Q3 2016.

Operating Cash: Cash generated from operations was $18.9 million in Q3 2017 compared to $22.1 million in Q3 2016 and $15.5 million in Q2 2017. Q3 2017 cash from operations was impacted by increased receivables associated with some of the contracts in Brazil, the US and India that have longer payment terms.

Q4 2017 Diluted Share Count: As of today, Ebix expects its diluted share count for Q4 2017 to be approximately 31.6 million.

Dividend: Ebix paid its regularly quarterly dividend of $0.075 per share in Q3 2017 for a total cost of $2.4 million.

Subsequent Event: BSE Investments Limited (BIL), a 100% subsidiary of BSE and Ebix Fincorp Exchange Pte Ltd, a 100% subsidiary of Ebix signed a Memorandum of Understanding on October 26th, 2017, to form a joint venture, to set up a pioneering insurance distribution exchange in India. The exchange will allow distribution outlets, stock brokers, wealth management advisors and financial institutions etc. to sell life insurance and non-life financial products countrywide.

Ebix Chairman, President and CEO Robin Raina said, “We are excited with the growth momentum and record revenue we are achieving in our business. We grew revenues sequentially by $5.4 million or 6% compared to Q2 2017 with only $0.5 million coming from an acquisition. We were able to deliver this growth while also adhering to our margin discipline to achieve a blended operating margin of 30%.”

“We expect Q4 2017 top line to be substantially better than Q3 2017 as it will include revenues from a few additional acquisitions expected to close in Q4. On the bottom line, we expect operating margins to improve by a few points beyond 30% over the next 6 months as we implement cost, operational and sales and marketing synergies related to our recent acquisitions.”

Robin added, “Our aspirational goal for Ebix is to reach a quarterly revenue run rate above $100 million by Q1 2018 with operating margins at or above 30%. While there are no guarantees that we will achieve this aspirational goal, you can be sure that we will make a strong endeavor to get there.”

Sean Donaghy, Ebix CFO commented, “During Q3 2017, we invested a total of $2.4 million on dividend payments, $1.4 million on CapEx, $3.1 million on principal payments towards the term loan and $0.6 million on tax payments. We funded these initiatives from existing cash plus operating cash flow of $16.6 million during Q3 2017, while drawing $20 million from our bank credit facilities to fund the closing of one of our acquisitions in Q4. Ebix ended the quarter with cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments of $102.3 million, which combined with accordion and the available borrowing capacity under our Bank credit facility, provides approximately $243 million, in available resources to fund the growth of our business.”

Conference Call Details:

Call Date/Time:Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. EST
Call Dial-In:+1-877-837-3909 or 1-973-409-9690; Call ID # 4293018
Live Audio Webcast:www.ebix.com/webcast
Audio Replay URL:www.ebix.com/result_17_Q3 after 2:00 p.m. EST on November 8th

About Ebix, Inc.

A leading international supplier of On-Demand software and E-commerce services to the insurance, financial, e-governance and healthcare industries, Ebix, Inc. provides end-to-end on-Demand solutions ranging from infrastructure exchanges, front end & back end enterprise systems, outsourced administrative & custom software development solutions, and risk compliance solutions for various entities involved in these industries.

With 45+ 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 while conducting in excess of $100 billion in insurance premiums annually on its platforms. Through its various SaaS-based software platforms, Ebix employs hundreds of domain specific business 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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You may obtain our SEC filings at our website, www.ebix.com under the "Investor Information" section, or over the Internet at the SEC's web site, www.sec.gov.


Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Operating revenue$92,800 $74,608 $259,290 $218,248
Operating expenses:
Cost of services provided34,937 22,425 91,056 62,606
Product development8,536 8,563 25,303 24,913
Sales and marketing3,833 4,463 12,312 13,002
General and administrative, net14,874 12,126 42,156 37,019
Amortization and depreciation2,709 2,738 8,323 8,088
Total operating expenses64,889 50,315 179,150 145,628
Operating income27,911 24,293 80,140 72,620
Interest income375 635 1,614 1,219
Interest expense(3,552) (1,922) (9,038) (5,381)
Non-operating income, gain on joint venture investment 1,162 1,162
Foreign currency exchange gain (loss)(400) 578 2,705 852
Income before income taxes24,334 24,746 75,421 70,472
Income tax (expense) benefit204 (789) (363) (1,121)
Net income including noncontrolling interest24,538 23,957 75,058 69,351
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest354 (110) 1,013 133
Net income attributable to Ebix, Inc.$24,184 $24,067 $74,045 $69,218
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Ebix, Inc.$0.77 $0.74 $2.34 $2.12
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Ebix, Inc.$0.76 $0.74 $2.33 $2.10
Basic weighted average shares outstanding31,453 32,421 31,582 32,716
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding31,622 32,705 31,743 32,994


Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share amounts)
September 30,
2017
December 31,
2016
ASSETS(Unaudited)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$96,734 $114,118
Short-term investments5,524 3,105
Restricted cash11,219
Fiduciary funds- restricted7,953 14,394
Trade accounts receivable, less allowances of $3,560 and $2,833, respectively102,813 62,713
Other current assets16,531 12,716
Total current assets240,774 207,046
Property and equipment, net41,430 37,061
Goodwill559,163 441,404
Intangibles, net47,011 41,336
Indefinite-lived intangibles38,694 30,887
Capitalized software development costs, net8,744 5,955
Deferred tax asset, net35,398 31,345
Other assets54,718 8,721
Total assets$1,025,932 $803,755
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities$50,845 $30,461
Accrued payroll and related benefits7,006 7,474
Fiduciary funds- restricted7,953 14,394
Short term debt, net of deferred financing costs of $13612,364 12,364
Acquisition obligations43,824
Capital lease obligations9 9
Current deferred rent283 281
Contingent liability for accrued earn-out acquisition consideration5,921 1,921
Deferred revenue20,302 22,564
Other current liabilities259 244
Total current liabilities148,766 89,712
Revolving line of credit234,029 154,029
Long term debt and capital lease obligations, less current portion, net of deferred financing costs of $367 and $452, respectively96,580 105,824
Other liabilities9,305 6,070
Contingent liability for accrued earn-out acquisition consideration33,258 6,589
Deferred revenue1,321 1,886
Long term deferred rent752 1,009
Total liabilities524,011 365,119
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock, $0.10 par value, 500,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2017 and December 31, 2016
Common stock, $0.10 par value, 120,000,000 shares authorized, 31,463,603 issued and outstanding, at September 30, 2017 and 60,000,000 shares authorized, 32,093,294 issued and outstanding at December 31, 20163,146 3,209
Additional paid-in capital659
Retained earnings486,771 457,364
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(29,760) (33,677)
Total Ebix, Inc. stockholders’ equity460,816 426,896
Noncontrolling interest41,105 11,740
Total stockholders' equity501,921 438,636
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$1,025,932 $803,755


Ebix, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(Unaudited)
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2017 2016
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income attributable to Ebix, Inc.$74,045 $69,218
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest1,013 133
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Amortization and depreciation8,323 8,088
Benefit for deferred taxes(6,327) (6,250)
Share based compensation1,994 2,078
Provision for doubtful accounts1,107 700
Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss432 (328)
Gain on investment interest in IHC/Ebix joint venture (1,162)
Amortization of capitalized software development costs1,304 1,040
Reduction of acquisition earnout accruals(164) (1,726)
Purchase accounting adjustment(948)
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:
Accounts receivable(30,250) (11,205)
Other assets126 (3,402)
Accounts payable and accrued expenses838 (4,499)
Accrued payroll and related benefits(1,009) 79
Deferred revenue(3,160) (290)
Deferred rent(292) (168)
Reserve for potential uncertain income tax return positions3,335 700
Other liabilities(255) 44
Net cash provided by operating activities50,112 53,050
Cash flows from investing activities:
Acquisition of beBetter, net of cash acquired(1,000)
Investment in the EbixHealth JV, net of cash acquired (696)
Acquisition of ItzCash, net of cash acquired(70,184)
Acquisition of YouFirst, net of cash acquired(1,806)
Funding of escrow account for possible future contingent earn-out payment related to business acquisition(3,998)
Funding of escrow account for acquisition pending shareholder approval(7,221)
Maturities of marketable securities7,517
Capitalized software development costs(2,109) (1,034)
Maturities (Purchases) of marketable securities (1,078)
Capital expenditures(6,370) (4,420)
Net cash used in investing activities(85,171) (7,228)
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from revolving line of credit, net80,000 (72,436)
Proceeds from term loan 125,000
Principal payments of term loan obligation(9,375) (3,125)
Repurchases of common stock(45,732) (43,775)
Proceeds from the exercise of stock options52 29
Forfeiture of certain shares to satisfy exercise costs and the recipients income tax obligations related to stock options exercised and restricted stock vested(327) (147)
Dividend payments(7,176) (7,401)
Principal payments of debt obligations (600)
Payments of capital lease obligations(7) (4)
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities17,435 (2,459)
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash240 (736)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents(17,384) 42,627
Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period114,118 57,179
Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period$96,734 $99,806
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
Interest paid$8,474 $5,318
Income taxes paid$8,536 $14,068


CONTACT: Darren Joseph 678-281-2027 or IR@ebix.com David Collins or Chris Eddy Catalyst Global - 212-924-9800 or ebix@catalyst-ir.com

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