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The Advisory Board Company Reports Results For Quarter Ended 3/31/10
May 05, 2010 (04:05 PM EDT)
Company Reports Quarterly Revenue of $63.4 million, Contract Value Growth of 13%, and Member Renewal Rate of 89%; Raises Revenue and Earnings Guidance
WASHINGTON, May 5 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Advisory Board Company (Nasdaq: ABCO) today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, the fourth quarter of its fiscal year. Revenue for the quarter increased 12.8% to $63.4 million, from $56.2 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2009. Contract value increased 13.1% to $261.1 million as of March 31, 2010, up from $230.8 million as of March 31, 2009. Net income was $5.1 million, or $0.32 per diluted share for the quarter ended March 31, 2010, compared to net income of $3.9 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago. Included in net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 are pre-tax costs of $1.1 million relating to the acquisition of Concuity. Excluding the effects, net of tax, of these charges, adjusted net income for the quarter was $5.8 million and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.37. Adjusted EBITDA was $10.6 million for the quarter, compared to $7.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.
For the year ended March 31, 2010, revenue increased 3.9% to $239.3 million, from $230.4 million for the year ended March 31, 2009. Net income was $11.4 million, or $0.73 per diluted share, compared to net income of $21.5 million, or $1.30 per diluted share, for the prior fiscal year. Excluding the effects, net of tax, of the non-cash charges incurred during the quarter ended September 30, 2009 associated with the write-off of capitalized developed software costs and the cancellation of certain stock options, and the costs incurred during the quarter ended March 31, 2010 relating to the acquisition of Concuity, adjusted net income for the year was $18.3 million and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $1.17. Adjusted EBITDA was $33.2 million for the year ended March 31, 2010, compared to $35.6 million for the year ended March 21, 2009.
Robert Musslewhite, Chief Executive Officer of The Advisory Board Company, commented, "We are pleased to report a strong quarter and a good start to 2010. As our members face unprecedented change and complexity, they continue to turn to us as their trusted advisor for best practice guidance, tools, and support. As a result, we have continued to see momentum build for our own business, as evidenced by our revenue and net income growth for the quarter, as well as our contract value growth over last year at this time. Further, our member renewal rate for the year of 89%, which is at the high end of our historical range, is particularly gratifying given the acute challenges our members faced over much of 2009. This performance demonstrates not only that our programs continue to address members' most important strategic and operational issues, but also that our 2,985 member institutions derive concrete economic returns from their participation with us."
Mr. Musslewhite continued, "I am excited to announce that our Concuity acquisition closed on April 1 and that today we are launching our newest membership program in the revenue cycle vertical, the Payer Integrity Performance Program. Through best practice research, peer networking, and access to Concuity's robust, web-based ClearContracts analytical tool, the renewable Payer Integrity Performance Program helps members hardwire best practice workflow intervention, advanced payment calculations, and sophisticated payer contract modeling to halt revenue leakage and ensure proper payment, with capabilities to serve both hospitals and physician practices. We are excited to offer this unique ability to integrate the facility and professional revenue cycle as we expand and build on both our strong revenue cycle franchise and our growing portfolio of products focused on improving physician practice economics. Given Concuity's market-leading solution and our own track record of member results in this terrain, we are confident that this new offering will provide significant impact for the membership and will be a strong platform for our continued growth and expansion."
During the three months ended March 31, 2010, the Company repurchased 31,095 shares of its common stock at a total cost of approximately $1.0 million. To date the Company has repurchased 7,331,741 shares of its common stock at a total cost of approximately $308.0 million.
Outlook for Calendar Year 2010
For calendar year 2010, the Company is raising its revenue growth guidance to a range of approximately 13% to 15% over calendar year 2009. The Company is also raising its adjusted EBITDA guidance to a range of approximately $35.5 million to $40.5 million, and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share to a range of approximately $1.11 to $1.27 for calendar year 2010. For the remainder of calendar year 2010, the Company expects an effective tax rate of approximately 35.5% to 36.5%.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and the accompanying tables include a discussion of EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, which are non-GAAP financial measures provided as a complement to the results provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America ("GAAP"). As used in this release, the term "EBITDA" refers to a financial measure that we define as earnings before other income, net, which includes interest income and foreign currency losses and gains; income taxes; and depreciation and amortization. The term "adjusted EBITDA" refers to a financial measure that we define as earnings before other income, net, which includes interest income and foreign currency losses and gains; income taxes; depreciation and amortization; non-cash charges associated with the write-off of capitalized software and the cancellation of certain stock options that occurred in the quarter ending September 30, 2009, and costs associated with the acquisition of Concuity that occurred in the quarter ending March 31, 2010. The term "adjusted net income" refers to net income excluding the net of tax effect of non-cash charges associated with the write-off of capitalized software, the cancellation of certain stock options, and costs associated with the acquisition of Concuity. "Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share" refers to net income per share excluding the per share effect, net of tax, of non-cash charges associated with the write-off of capitalized software, the cancellation of certain stock options, and costs associated with the acquisition of Concuity. These non-GAAP measures may be calculated differently from similarly titled measures used by other companies and should be considered in addition to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, but should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, GAAP measures or results. We use these non-GAAP financial measures for internal budgeting and other managerial purposes because it enables the Company's management to evaluate projected operating results on a basis that allows for comparability without regard to changes arising from applicable tax rates, variability in interest income and foreign currency exchange rates, periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets, and certain non-cash and special charges.
There are limitations associated with EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, including that they do not reflect all changes in applicable tax rates, foreign currency exchange rates, or the periodic costs of certain capitalized tangible and intangible assets used in generating revenue in our business. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to GAAP results is provided below.
Web and Conference Call Information
The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter performance this evening, May 5, 2010 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call will be available via live web cast on the Company's web site at www.advisoryboardcompany.com/IR. To participate by telephone, the dial-in number is 866.700.0161 and the access code is 47517295. Investors are advised to dial-in at least five minutes prior to the call to register. The web cast will be archived for seven days from 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, until 9:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, 2010.
About The Advisory Board Company
The Advisory Board Company provides best practices research, analysis, executive education and leadership development, software tools, management and advisory services and installation support services primarily to the health care industry, focusing on business strategy, operations and general management issues. The Company provides best practices and research through discrete programs to a membership of approximately 2,900 organizations, including leading hospitals, health systems, pharmaceutical and biotech companies, health care insurers, medical device companies, colleges, universities, and other educational institutions. Members of each program are typically charged a fixed annual fee and have access to an integrated set of services that may include best practice research studies, executive education seminars, customized research briefs, web-based access to the program's content database and software tools.
This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on information available to the Company as of May 5, 2010, the date of this news release, as well as the Company's current projections, forecasts, and assumptions, and involve risks and uncertainties. You are hereby cautioned that these statements may be affected by certain factors, including those set forth below. Consequently, actual operations and results may differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements, and reported results should not be considered as an indication of future performance. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by forward-looking statements include, among others, changes in the financial condition of the health care industry, our dependence on renewal of membership-based services, the need to attract new business and retain current members and qualified personnel, new product development, competition, risks associated with our software tools and installation support tools, our ability to license technology from third parties, risks associated with anticipating market trends, industry consolidation, variability of quarterly operating results, possible volatility in the Company's stock price, and various factors related to income and other taxes, including whether the District of Columbia withdraws the Company's status as a Qualified High-Tech Company, as well as those risks and uncertainties described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2009 and also disclosed from time to time in its subsequent reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K, which are available on the Company's website at www.advisoryboardcompany.com/IR and at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov. Additional information will also be set forth in the Company's report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2010, which will be filed with the SEC in June 2010.
Accordingly, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements made in this news release, which speak only as of the date of this news release, and the Company does not undertake to update these statements, whether as a result of circumstances or events that arise after the date they are made, new information, or otherwise.
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