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Blucora Announces Second Quarter Results

BELLEVUE, WA–(Marketwired – August 07, 2014) – Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOR) today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014.

“We made progress in the second quarter,” said Bill Ruckelshaus, President and Chief Executive Officer of Blucora. “We are driving stability at InfoSpace through operational changes and focused execution. We were pleased to welcome Bernard Luthi as the new President of Monoprice, and TaxACT capped a strong season with impressive results and important advancements across our product offerings.”

 
Summary Financial Performance: Q2 2014
($ in millions except per share amounts)
    Q2
 2014
  Q2
 2013
  Change
Revenues   $141.6   $117.2   21%
  Search and Content   $ 79.8   $ 94.5   -16%
  Tax Preparation   $ 26.5   $ 22.7   17%
  E-Commerce   $ 35.3   N/A   N/A
             
Adjusted EBITDA   $29.8   $29.2   2%
Non-GAAP Net Income   $23.9   $24.6   -3%
Non-GAAP Diluted EPS   $0.55   $0.58   -5%
             
GAAP Net Income   $ 8.7   $8.4   4%
GAAP Diluted EPS   $0.20   $0.20   0%
             
See reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures in table below.
 

Segment Information

Tax Preparation
Tax preparation segment income for the second quarter of 2014 was $17.2 million or approximately 65 percent of segment revenue for the second quarter 2014.

Search and Content
During the second quarter of 2014, the Company acquired the assets and operations of HowStuffWorks, a trusted digital information resource. As a result, the Company renamed the segment to reflect the addition of HowStuffWorks.

Search and Content segment income for the second quarter of 2014 was $14.0 million or 18 percent of segment revenue for the second quarter 2014.

E-Commerce
E-Commerce segment income for the second quarter of 2014 was $2.4 million or 7 percent of segment revenue for the second quarter 2014. 

Corporate Operating Expenses
Unallocated corporate operating expenses for the second quarter of 2014 were $3.8 million, compared to $3.1 million for the second quarter of 2013.

Third Quarter Outlook
For the third quarter of 2014, the Company expects revenues to be between $112.5 million and $122.5 million, Adjusted EBITDA to be between $7.0 million and $10.0 million, Non-GAAP Net Income to be between $3.2 million and $6.0 million, or $0.07 to $0.14 per diluted share, and GAAP Net Loss to be between $6.3 million and $4.2 million, or ($0.15) to ($0.10) per share. 

Conference Call and Webcast
A conference call and live webcast will be held today at 2 p.m. Pacific time / 5 p.m. Eastern time during which the Company will further discuss second quarter results and its outlook for the third quarter 2014. The live webcast and supplemental materials are included in a current report on form 8-K filed today and can be accessed in the Investor Relations section of the Blucora corporate website at http://www.blucora.com. A replay of the call will also be available on our website.

About Blucora®
Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOR) operates a diverse group of Internet businesses. Its mission is to deliver long-term value to its customers, partners and shareholders through financial discipline, operational expertise, and technology innovation. Recently named one of Fortune® Magazine’s 100 Fastest-Growing Companies, Blucora’s online businesses reach millions of users worldwide every day. Blucora is headquartered in Bellevue, Washington. For more information, please visit www.Blucora.com. Follow and subscribe to Blucora on Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.

This announcement contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management’s expectations due to various risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: general economic, industry, and market sector conditions; the timing and extent of market acceptance of developed products and services and related costs; our dependence on companies to distribute our products and services; the ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses; future acquisitions; the successful execution of the Company’s strategic initiatives, technology enhancements, operating plans, and marketing strategies; and the condition of our cash investments. A more detailed description of these and certain other factors that could affect actual results is included in Blucora, Inc.’s most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and subsequent reports filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Blucora, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect new information, events, or circumstances after the date of this release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

 
Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
 
    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
Revenues:                                
  Services revenue   $ 106,270     $ 117,181     $ 285,314     $ 282,519  
  Product revenue, net     35,299             72,438        
      Total revenues     141,569       117,181       357,752       282,519  
Operating expenses:                                
  Cost of revenues:                                
    Services cost of revenue (1)     56,233       69,352       127,526       146,339  
    Product cost of revenue     23,137             48,166        
      Total cost of revenues (2)     79,370       69,352       175,692       146,339  
  Engineering and technology (2)     4,817       2,508       8,952       5,046  
  Sales and marketing (2)     22,287       14,695       78,123       53,179  
  General and administrative (2)     10,425       6,557       19,057       12,941  
  Depreciation     1,135       524       2,193       1,041  
  Amortization of intangible assets     5,761       3,168       11,345       6,337  
      Total operating expenses     123,795       96,804       295,362       224,883  
Operating income     17,774       20,377       62,390       57,636  
Other loss, net (3)     (3,724 )     (6,304 )     (7,793 )     (7,309 )
Income before income taxes     14,050       14,073       54,597       50,327  
Income tax expense     (5,313 )     (5,667 )     (19,873 )     (18,313 )
Net income   $ 8,737     $ 8,406     $ 34,724     $ 32,014  
Net income per share:                                
  Basic   $ 0.21     $ 0.20     $ 0.83     $ 0.78  
  Diluted   $ 0.20     $ 0.20     $ 0.79     $ 0.75  
Weighted average shares outstanding:                                
  Basic     41,570       41,050       41,866       40,981  
  Diluted     43,084       42,724       43,803       42,657  
                                   

(1) Includes amortization of acquired intangible assets of $1.9 million and $1.9 million for the three months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and $3.8 million and $3.9 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively.

(2) Stock-based compensation expense was allocated among the following captions (in thousands):

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
    2014   2013   2014   2013
Cost of revenues   $ 113   $ 228   $ 272   $ 447
Engineering and technology     315     319     744     572
Sales and marketing     722     526     1,641     1,003
General and administrative     1,808     1,680     3,709     3,216
  Total stock-based compensation expense   $ 2,958   $ 2,753   $ 6,366   $ 5,238
                           

(3) Other loss, net was allocated among the following captions (in thousands):

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
Interest income   $ (88 )   $ (109 )   $ (196 )   $ (164 )
Interest expense     2,764       2,890       5,779       4,038  
Amortization of debt issuance costs     284       476       565       583  
Accretion of debt discounts     916       949       1,822       1,110  
Loss on derivative instrument           2,323             1,975  
Other     (152 )     (225 )     (177 )     (233 )
  Other loss, net   $ 3,724     $ 6,304     $ 7,793     $ 7,309  
                                   
                                   
 
Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
 
    June 30,
 2014
  December 31,
 2013
ASSETS            
Current assets:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 69,764     $ 130,225  
  Available-for-sale investments     208,856       203,480  
  Accounts receivable, net     35,680       48,081  
  Other receivables     3,915       8,292  
  Inventories     30,564       28,826  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets, net     8,656       9,774  
    Total current assets     357,435       428,678  
Property and equipment, net     16,330       16,108  
Goodwill     364,054       348,957  
Other intangible assets, net     188,323       178,064  
Other long-term assets     5,575       6,223  
Total assets   $ 931,717     $ 978,030  
  LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                
Current liabilities:                
  Accounts payable   $ 43,257     $ 61,268  
  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     23,714       31,109  
  Deferred revenue     5,880       7,510  
  Short-term portion of long-term debt, net     7,912       7,903  
  Convertible senior notes, net (1)           181,583  
    Total current liabilities     80,763       289,373  
Long-term liabilities:                
  Long-term debt, net     57,242       113,193  
  Convertible senior notes, net (1)     183,347        
  Deferred tax liability, net     38,443       56,861  
  Deferred revenue     2,889       1,814  
  Other long-term liabilities     2,669       2,719  
    Total long-term liabilities     284,590       174,587  
    Total liabilities     365,353       463,960  
                 
Stockholders’ equity:                
  Common stock     4       4  
  Additional paid-in capital     1,481,523       1,466,043  
  Accumulated deficit     (917,253 )     (951,977 )
  Accumulated other comprehensive income     2,090        
    Total stockholders’ equity     566,364       514,070  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 931,717     $ 978,030  
                 

(1) The convertibility of the Notes is determined at the end of each reporting period. If the Notes are determined to be convertible, they remain convertible until the end of the subsequent quarter and are classified in “Current liabilities”; otherwise, they are classified in “Long-term liabilities.” Depending upon the price of our common stock or the trading price of the Notes within the reporting period, the Notes could be convertible during one reporting period but not convertible during a comparable reporting period.

 
 
 
Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
 
    Six months ended June 30,
    2014   2013
Operating Activities:                
  Net income   $ 34,724     $ 32,014  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                
    Stock-based compensation     6,366       5,238  
    Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets     17,920       12,197  
    Excess tax benefits from stock-based award activity     (34,369 )     (27,036 )
    Deferred income taxes     (18,172 )     (10,632 )
    Amortization of premium on investments, net     2,221       1,311  
    Amortization of debt issuance costs     565       583  
    Accretion of debt discounts     1,822       1,110  
    Loss on derivative instrument           1,975  
    Other     57       237  
  Cash provided (used) by changes in operating assets and liabilities:                
    Accounts receivable     12,347       (591 )
    Other receivables     4,362       (180 )
    Inventories     (1,738 )      
    Prepaid expenses and other current assets     874       4,383  
    Other long-term assets     48       (94 )
    Accounts payable     (18,011 )     (2,641 )
    Deferred revenue     (555 )     1,088  
    Accrued expenses and other current and long-term liabilities     26,789       30,214  
      Net cash provided by operating activities     35,250       49,176  
Investing Activities:                
    Business acquisition, net of cash acquired     (44,927 )      
    Purchases of property and equipment     (2,859 )     (2,047 )
    Change in restricted cash           287  
    Equity investment in privately-held company           (4,000 )
    Proceeds from sales of investments     21,546       8,710  
    Proceeds from maturities of investments     121,496       53,398  
    Purchases of investments     (144,049 )     (167,434 )
      Net cash used by investing activities     (48,793 )     (111,086 )
Financing Activities:                
    Proceeds from issuance of convertible notes, net of debt issuance costs of $6,432           194,818  
    Proceeds from credit facilities     4,000        
    Repayment of credit facilities     (60,000 )     (10,000 )
    Stock repurchases     (25,785 )     (1,051 )
    Excess tax benefits from stock-based award activity     34,369       27,036  
    Proceeds from stock option exercises     1,746       1,244  
    Proceeds from issuance of stock through employee stock purchase plan     665       461  
    Tax payments from shares withheld upon vesting of restricted stock units     (1,913 )     (1,442 )
      Net cash provided (used) by financing activities     (46,918 )     211,066  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     (60,461 )     149,156  
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period     130,225       68,278  
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period   $ 69,764     $ 217,434  
                 
                 
 
Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Segment Information
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
 
    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
    2014   2013   2014   2013
Revenues:                                
  Search and Content   $ 79,818     $ 94,497     $ 186,583     $ 195,098  
  Tax Preparation     26,452       22,684       98,731       87,421  
  E-Commerce     35,299             72,438        
    Total revenues     141,569       117,181       357,752       282,519  
Operating income:                                
  Search and Content     14,032       17,912       33,262       36,182  
  Tax Preparation     17,211       14,438       54,613       45,222  
  E-Commerce     2,378             5,856        
  Corporate-level activity (1)     (15,847 )     (11,973 )     (31,341 )     (23,768 )
    Total operating income     17,774       20,377       62,390       57,636  
Other loss, net     (3,724 )     (6,304 )     (7,793 )     (7,309 )
Income tax expense     (5,313 )     (5,667 )     (19,873 )     (18,313 )
Net income   $ 8,737     $ 8,406     $ 34,724     $ 32,014  

 (1) Corporate-level activity included the following (in thousands):

    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
    2014   2013   2014   2013
Operating expenses   $ 3,833   $ 3,135   $ 7,055   $ 6,333
Stock-based compensation     2,958     2,753     6,366     5,238
Depreciation     1,414     990     2,809     1,993
Amortization of intangible assets     7,642     5,095     15,111     10,204
  Total corporate-level activity   $ 15,847   $ 11,973   $ 31,341   $ 23,768
                         
                         
 
Blucora, Inc.
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures
 
Preliminary Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation(1)
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
         
    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
    2014   2013   2014   2013
Net income (2)   $ 8,737   $ 8,406   $ 34,724   $ 32,014
Stock-based compensation     2,958     2,753     6,366     5,238
Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets     9,056     6,085     17,920     12,197
Other loss, net (3)     3,724     6,304     7,793     7,309
Income tax expense     5,313     5,667     19,873     18,313
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 29,788   $ 29,215   $ 86,676   $ 75,071
                         
                         
 
Preliminary Non-GAAP Net Income Reconciliation(1)
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
    Three months ended June 30,   Six months ended June 30,
    2014   2013   2014   2013
Net income (2)   $ 8,737     $ 8,406     $ 34,724     $ 32,014  
Stock-based compensation     2,958       2,753       6,366       5,238  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     7,642       5,095       15,111       10,204  
Accretion of debt discount on Convertible Senior Notes     890       841       1,764       973  
Loss on derivative instrument           2,323             1,975  
Cash tax impact of adjustments to GAAP net income     (197 )     (17 )     (251 )     (180 )
Non-cash income tax expense (1)     3,878       5,231       16,197       16,405  
Non-GAAP net income   $ 23,908     $ 24,632     $ 73,911     $ 66,629  
                                 
Per diluted share:                                
Net income   $ 0.20     $ 0.20     $ 0.79     $ 0.75  
Stock-based compensation     0.07       0.07       0.15       0.12  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     0.17       0.12       0.34       0.24  
Accretion of debt discount on Convertible Senior Notes     0.02       0.02       0.04       0.02  
Loss on derivative instrument           0.05             0.05  
Cash tax impact of adjustments to GAAP net income     (0.00 )     (0.00 )     (0.00 )     (0.00 )
Non-cash income tax expense     0.09       0.12       0.37       0.38  
Non-GAAP net income per share   $ 0.55     $ 0.58     $ 1.69     $ 1.56  
Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing diluted non-GAAP net income per share and its components     43,084       42,724       43,803       42,657  
                                 
                                 
 
Preliminary Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation for Forward-Looking Guidance
(Amounts in thousands)
 
    Ranges for the three months ending
    September 30, 2014
Net loss   $ (6,300 )   $ (4,200 )
Stock-based compensation     3,500       3,300  
Depreciation and amortization of intangible assets     9,500       9,400  
Other loss, net (3)     3,900       3,900  
Income tax benefit     (3,600 )     (2,400 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 7,000     $ 10,000  
                 
 
Preliminary Non-GAAP Net Income Reconciliation for Forward-Looking Guidance
(Amounts in thousands)
 
    Ranges for the three months ending
    September 30, 2014
Net loss   $ (6,300 )   $ (4,200 )
Stock-based compensation     3,500       3,300  
Amortization of acquired intangible assets     8,000       8,000  
Accretion of debt discount on Convertible Senior Notes     900       900  
Non-cash income tax benefit     (2,900 )     (2,000 )
Non-GAAP net income   $ 3,200     $ 6,000  
                 

Notes to Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures:

(1) We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income, determined in accordance with the accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), excluding the effects of income taxes, depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, stock-based compensation, and other loss, net (as described in note (3) below).

We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance. We use this non-GAAP financial measure for internal management and compensation purposes, when publicly providing guidance on possible future results, and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA is a common measure used by investors and analysts to evaluate our performance, that it provides a more complete understanding of the results of operations and trends affecting our business when viewed together with GAAP results, and that management and investors benefit from referring to this non-GAAP financial measure. Items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant and necessary components to the operations of our business and, therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, GAAP net income. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently and, therefore, our Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

We define non-GAAP net income as net income, determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding the effects of stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets, accretion of debt discount on the Convertible Senior Notes, loss on debt extinguishment and modification expense, gains or losses on derivative instrument, other- than-temporary impairment losses on equity investments, the related cash tax impact of those adjustments, and non-cash income taxes. We exclude the non-cash portion of income tax expense because of our ability to offset a substantial portion of our cash tax liabilities by using deferred tax assets, which consist primarily of U.S. federal net operating losses. The majority of these deferred tax assets will expire, if unutilized, between 2020 and 2024.

We believe that non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share provide meaningful supplemental information to management, investors, and analysts regarding our performance and the valuation of our business by excluding items in the statement of operations that we do not consider part of our ongoing operations or have not been, or are not expected to be, settled in cash. Additionally, we believe that non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share are common measures used by investors and analysts to evaluate our performance and the valuation of our business. Non-GAAP net income should be evaluated in light of our financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP and should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, GAAP net income. Other companies may calculate non-GAAP net income differently, and, therefore, our non-GAAP net income may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

(2) As presented in the Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited).

(3) Other loss, net primarily includes items such as interest income, interest expense, amortization of debt issuance costs, accretion of debt discounts, loss on debt extinguishment and modification expense, gains or losses on derivative instrument, other-than-temporary impairment losses on equity investments, and adjustments to the fair values of contingent liabilities related to business combinations.

Blucora Contact:
Stacy Ybarra
425-709-8127
stacy.ybarra@blucora.com

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