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Ebix Q1 Diluted EPS Rose 24% to a Record $0.83 on Revenues of $79.1M




JOHNS CREEK, GA — (Marketwired) — 05/09/17 — 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 first quarter ended March 31, 2017. Ebix will host a conference call to review its results today at 11:00 a.m. EDT (details below).

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

Q1 2017 revenue rose 11% to $79.1 million compared to $71.1 million in Q1 2016 and decreased 1% over Q4 2016 revenue of $80.0 million. The year over year revenue improvement reflected growth in the Company–s Exchange, Risk Compliance, and Broker Solution channels.

On a constant currency basis, Ebix Q1 2017 revenue increased 10% to $78.5 million compared to $71.1 million in Q1 2016. The Exchange channel continued to be Ebix–s largest, accounting for 67% of Q1 2017 revenues.

Q1 2017 diluted earnings per share increased 24% to $0.83 compared to $0.67 in Q1 2016, reflecting higher net income and the benefit of ongoing share repurchase activity. Ebix–s weighted average diluted shares outstanding decreased to 32.0 million in Q1 2017 compared to 33.3 million in Q1 2016 and 32.5 million in Q4 2016.

Cash generated from operations rose 49% to $15.7 million in Q1 2017 compared to $10.5 million in Q1 2016. Q1 2017 cash flows reflected cumulative cash payment of $8.95 million for bank interest and income tax, principally on account of non-recurring advance Minimum Alternate Tax (MAT) payments in India.

Q1 2017 operating margins decreased to 33% as compared to 35% in Q1 2016. Operating income for Q1 2017 rose 4% to $25.7 million compared to $24.8 million in Q1 2016.

Q1 2017 net income rose 19% to $26.4 million, compared to $22.2 million in Q1 2016. The improvement principally reflected the benefit of higher revenues and operating income as compared to the same period last year.

In Q1 2017, Ebix repurchased 594,048 shares of its outstanding common stock for aggregate cash consideration of $34.2 million, not including 109,475 shares totaling $6.4 million repurchased in Q4 2016 that were settled in January 2017.

As of today, Ebix expects its diluted share count for Q2 2017 to be approximately 31.7 million.

Ebix paid its regular quarterly dividend of $0.075 per share in Q1 2017 for a total cost of $2.4 million.

Ebix Chairman, President and CEO Robin Raina, said, “We are pleased to start 2017 on a consistent and strong note, with respect to revenue, net income and cash flow growth. The first quarter was strong from a business development standpoint as we agreed to undertake a few substantial deals that involve implementations that should contribute to our results over the balance of 2017. Considering one time seasonal revenue increases from the Continuing Education and Health administration exchange segments that contributed approximately $3 million in Q4 of 2016, we were pleased with our Q1 2017 performance on a sequential basis.”

Robin added, “Ebix continues to review each of our business lines in terms of margin performance. From this disciplined review, we are able to focus our resources on our best performing opportunities as well as possibly reduce our focus on areas where margins are under pressure. Ebix continues to deploy increased man power on strategic opportunities such as our implementation of the PPL Reinsurance Exchange in London, and the underwriting exchanges in the US. These steps have not only contributed new consistent long term revenue streams but have also created tremendous goodwill for Ebix and a customer salesforce that helps us sell purely on the strength of our reference base. The growing customer awareness of Ebix–s domain expertise and performance has opened up many new business opportunities — deals that we would not have known about, had our customers not made the strong positive recommendations.”

“From an M&A standpoint, we continue to pursue a few acquisition opportunities that in my view have the potential to be major growth drivers for Ebix. We hope to announce one such strategic acquisition soon,” Robin said.

Sean Donaghy, Ebix CFO, said, “We are very pleased with the Company–s continued ability to generate cash and fund its growth and investor friendly initiatives. In Q1 2017, we spent a total of $52.3 million on share buybacks, dividends, tax payments and building construction. Specifically, during the quarter, we used $40.5 million to repurchase 703,523 shares of Ebix common stock, paid $6.7 million of taxes, spent $2.7 million on building out our facilities in India and Johns Creek, GA, and paid dividends of $2.4 million, while drawing just $40.0 million from our Bank credit facilities. After these significant uses of cash, Ebix still ended the quarter with cash flow from operating activities of $15.7 million and $123.5 million of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments, an increase of $52.1 million as compared to March 31, 2016.”

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 40+ 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

As used herein, the terms “Ebix,” “the Company,” “we,” “our” and “us” refer to Ebix, Inc., a Delaware corporation, and its consolidated subsidiaries as a combined entity, except where it is clear that the terms mean only Ebix, Inc.

The information contained in this Press Release contains forward-looking statements and information within the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. This information includes assumptions made by, and information currently available to management, including statements regarding future economic performance and financial condition, liquidity and capital resources, acceptance of the Company–s products by the market, and management–s plans and objectives. In addition, certain statements included in this and our future filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), in press releases, and in oral and written statements made by us or with our approval, which are not statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. Words such as “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “estimate,” “intend,” “seeks,” “plan,” “project,” “continue,” “predict,” “will,” “should,” and other words or expressions of similar meaning are intended by the Company to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. These forward-looking statements are found at various places throughout this report and in the documents incorporated herein by reference. These statements are based on our current expectations about future events or results and information that is currently available to us, involve assumptions, risks, and uncertainties, and speak only as of the date on which such statements are made.

Our actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in these forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause such a difference, include, but are not limited to those discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent reports filed with the SEC, as well as: the risk of an unfavorable outcome of the pending governmental investigations or shareholder class action lawsuits, reputational harm caused by such investigations and lawsuits, the willingness of independent insurance agencies to outsource their computer and other processing needs to third parties; pricing and other competitive pressures and the Company–s ability to gain or maintain share of sales as a result of actions by competitors and others; changes in estimates in critical accounting judgments; changes in or failure to comply with laws and regulations, including accounting standards, taxation requirements (including tax rate changes, new tax laws and revised tax interpretations) in domestic or foreign jurisdictions; exchange rate fluctuations and other risks associated with investments and operations in foreign countries (particularly in Australia, UK and India wherein we have significant operations); equity markets, including market disruptions and significant interest rate fluctuations, which may impede our access to, or increase the cost of, external financing; and international conflict, including terrorist acts.

Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to update any such factors, or to publicly announce the results of, or changes to any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events, developments, changed circumstances, or for any other reason.

Readers should carefully review the disclosures and the risk factors described in the documents we file from time to time with the SEC, including future reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K, and any amendments thereto.

You may obtain our SEC filings at our website, under the “Investor Information” section, or over the Internet at the SEC–s web site, .

Darren Joseph
678 -281-2027

David Collins or Chris Eddy
Catalyst Global
212-924-9800





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