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Cambium Learning Group Announces Growth in the Second Quarter
Aug 09, 2011 (04:08 PM EDT)


DALLAS, Aug. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: ABCD, the "Company"), a leading educational company focused primarily on serving the needs of at-risk and special student populations, will hold a conference call today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss 2011 second quarter earnings. The call will be based on unaudited financial results through June 30, 2011.

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Second Quarter Financial Summary and Other Operational Metrics


Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended

(In millions)

June 30, 2011


June 30, 2010


$ Change


% Change


June 30, 2011


June 30, 2010


$ Change


% Change

















GAAP net revenues

$   57.2


$   47.9


$       9.3


19%


$   87.9


$   76.1


$     11.8


15%

















Adjusted net revenues

57.5


52.5


5.0


10%


88.5


85.8


2.7


3%

















Change in adjusted deferred revenue

0.5


(2.8)


3.3


117%


(6.6)


(10.2)


3.6


35%

















Adjusted net revenues plus change in adjusted deferred revenue

58.0


49.7


8.3


17%


81.9


75.6


6.3


8%

















GAAP net income (loss)

3.8


(2.2)


6.0


275%


(6.0)


(21.6)


15.6


72%

















EBITDA

17.6


12.2


5.4


45%


20.3


6.5


13.8


213%

















Adjusted EBITDA

18.8


17.5


1.3


8%


20.3


20.2


0.1


0%



  • The Company's adjusted net revenues plus change in adjusted deferred revenue improved by $8.3 million in the second quarter versus the same period in 2010 and $6.3 million for the first six months versus the same period in 2010.  These represent increases of 17% and 8%, respectively, for the second quarter and year-to-date.  Adjusted net revenues plus change in adjusted deferred revenue is a close approximation for the Company's internal management metric order volume.
  • Year-to-date GAAP net revenues improved by 15% to $87.9 million compared with the first six months of 2010.  The improvement was primarily caused by purchase accounting adjustments, which significantly reduced 2010 net revenues by $9.7 million with the corresponding reduction in 2011 being only $0.7 million.
  • Adjusted net revenues, which exclude the impact of purchase accounting, increased by 10% in the second quarter 2011 versus the same period in 2011 and by 3% for the first six months of 2011 versus 2010.  
  • While the Company experienced a year-to-date order volume increase of 8%, adjusted net revenues for the same period increased by only 3% due to continued shifts to more technology and service-based sales, which have delayed revenue recognition.  
  • Adjusted net revenues by business unit for the first half of 2011 and the percentage change from the first half of 2010 were as follows:
    • Voyager: $50.2 million, down 4%
    • Sopris: $12.5 million, up 22%
    • Cambium Learning Technologies: $25.8 million, up 12%
  • The first half of the year has produced particularly favorable growth for the Sopris and Cambium Learning Technologies units as investments made in 2010 and into 2011 in the areas of new products, E-commerce capabilities and expanded sales resources have provided key growth engines for the unit.  
  • Over one third of the Company's total adjusted revenue now comes from technology enabled offerings in the various business units.
  • Total GAAP costs and expenses declined considerably as onetime, merger-related costs in 2010 were not repeated in 2011.  Excluding onetime costs, the Company increased overall spending by approximately $2.5 million in the first half of 2011 versus 2010. Increased spending occurred in the Cambium Learning Technologies and Sopris units in line with the growth in those units.  Lower shared services costs helped offset some of the increase.
  • Overall the Company experienced a sharp improvement in GAAP net loss and EBITDA.  This was partially provided by the improved top line, but significant improvement came from the non-recurrence of merger related costs from 2010.  On an adjusted EBITDA basis, the Company exceeded $20 million in the first six months of 2011, which was a modest improvement over the same period for 2010.    

"I am pleased with the year-to-date growth in order volume across all the business units," says Ron Klausner, Chief Executive Officer of Cambium Learning Group. "We recognize that the new norm for our customers is a state of fiscal austerity and that sustained growth in our sales is contingent upon enabling educators to effectively and efficiently improve student outcomes."

Business Summary

  • Sopris, in collaboration with the American College of Education, recently announced the launch of a new model for its professional development program, LETRS® (Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling) Louisa Moats Literacy Academy. The new online model, developed by literacy expert, Louisa Moats, Ed.D., enables participants to receive professional development, earn a Concentration in Literacy, and/or a Master's degree, thereby helping teachers professionalize their work in reading.
  • The Company's products continue to be recognized by industry peer groups. Kurzweil 3000® Version 12, won a Stevie® Award in the category of New Product of the Year – Computer Software.  Learning A-Z won a 2011 CODiE Award from the Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) for Best Reading/English Instructional Solution. In addition, ExploreLearning and Learning A-Z both won awards from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP). ExploreLearning was recognized with a Distinguished Achievement Award in the Science category and Learning A-Z won a Beacon Award.
  • On May 17, 2011, the Board appointed Dr. Walter G. Bumphus to the Board of Directors to fill the vacancy created by Fred Schwab's resignation. Dr. Bumphus currently serves as President and CEO of the American Association of Community Colleges and comes to us with over 35 years of leadership experience in the area of education.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net revenues are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net revenues provide useful information to investors because they reflect the underlying performance of the ongoing operations of the Company, and provide investors with a view of the Company's operations from management's perspective. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net revenues exclude items that do not reflect the underlying performance of the combined Company by removing significant one-time or certain non-cash items. The Company uses these measures to monitor and evaluate the operating performance of the Company and as the basis to set and measure progress towards performance targets, which directly affect compensation for employees and executives. The Company generally uses these non-GAAP measures as measures of operating performance and not as measures of the Company's liquidity.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will provide additional commentary on today's conference call. To listen to the Company's conference call, please dial (800) 860-2442 and reference "Cambium Learning" at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, August 9, 2011. The call will be recorded and archived until Wednesday, September 7, 2011, and can be replayed by calling (877) 344-7529 and entering ID# 10001457. The conference call will also be Webcast and available on the Company's Website at http://cambiumlearning.investorroom.com/events.

About Cambium Learning Group, Inc.

Cambium Learning Group (Nasdaq: ABCD) is the leading educational company focused primarily on serving the needs of at-risk and special student populations. The company operates three core divisions: Voyager, which provides comprehensive interventions; Sopris, which is known for supplemental solutions; and Cambium Learning Technologies, which comprises IntelliTools®, Kurzweil Educational Systems®, Learning A–Z, and ExploreLearning. Cambium Learning Group is committed to providing research-based solutions that help educators raise the achievement levels of preK–12 students as well as adult learning communities. The company's website is www.cambiumlearning.com.

Media and Investor Contact:
Shannan Overbeck
Cambium Learning Group, Inc.
214.932.9476
shannan.overbeck@cambiumlearning.com

Forward Looking Statements

Some of the statements contained herein constitute forward-looking statements.  These statements relate to future events, including the future financial performance of Cambium Learning Group, Inc., and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the markets, actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements of Cambium Learning Group, Inc. to be materially different from any actual future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements.  These risks and other factors you should consider include, but are not limited to, the ability to successfully attract and retain a broad customer base for current and future products, changes in customer demands or industry standards, success of ongoing product development, maintaining acceptable margins, the ability to control costs, K-12 enrollment and demographic trends, the level of educational and education technology funding, the impact of federal, state and local regulatory requirements on the business of the company, the loss of key personnel, the impact of competition, the uncertainty of general economic conditions and financial market performance, and those other risks and uncertainties listed under the heading "RISK FACTORS" in Cambium Learning Group, Inc.'s Form 10-K. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "projects," "intends," "prospects," or "priorities," or the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions.  Actual events or results may differ materially. Cambium Learning Group, Inc. does not assume or undertake any obligation to update the information contained in this press release, and expressly disclaims any obligation to do so, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Cambium Learning Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)












Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



June 30,


June 30,


June 30,


June 30,



2011


2010


2011


2010










Net revenues


$ 57,191


$ 47,901


$ 87,886


$  76,123










Cost of revenues:









Cost of revenues


17,819


15,217


28,786


26,529

Amortization expense


6,844


7,245


13,462


13,987










Total cost of revenues


24,663


22,462


42,248


40,516










Research and development expense


2,515


2,563


4,894


5,573

Sales and marketing expense


12,874


11,176


23,777


22,233

General and administrative expense


5,529


5,605


11,341


13,543

Shipping and handling costs


817


1,168


1,151


1,712

Depreciation and amortization expense


1,748


2,360


3,484


4,937

Embezzlement and related expense (recoveries)


40


11


(2,396)


30










Total costs and expenses


48,186


45,345


84,499


88,544










Income (loss) before interest, other income (expense)









and income taxes


9,005


2,556


3,387


(12,421)










Net interest expense


(4,882)


(4,614)


(9,287)


(8,982)










Other income (expense), net


2


(85)


365


(95)










Income (loss) before income taxes


4,125


(2,143)


(5,535)


(21,498)










Income tax expense


(318)


(34)


(415)


(119)










Net income (loss)


$   3,807


$ (2,177)


$ (5,950)


$ (21,617)



















Net income (loss) per common share:









Basic net income (loss) per common share


$     0.09


$   (0.05)


$   (0.14)


$     (0.49)

Diluted net income (loss) per common share


$     0.09


$   (0.05)


$   (0.14)


$     (0.49)










Average number of common shares and equivalents outstanding:









Basic


43,610


44,324


43,979


44,321

Diluted


44,431


44,324


43,979


44,321



Cambium Learning Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except per share data)








June 30,


December 31,



2011


2010



(unaudited)



ASSETS





Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$      12,578


$          11,831

Accounts receivable, net


35,837


31,627

Inventory


24,926


22,015

Deferred tax assets


3,703


3,703

Restricted assets, current


1,463


3,064

Assets held for sale


2,727


-

Other current assets


3,791


3,937

Total current assets


85,025


76,177






Property, equipment and software at cost


36,881


32,944

Accumulated depreciation and amortization


(10,052)


(7,838)

Property, equipment and software, net


26,829


25,106






Goodwill


151,915


151,915

Acquired curriculum and technology intangibles, net


28,045


33,063

Acquired publishing rights, net


32,784


38,707

Other intangible assets, net


19,984


22,132

Pre-publication costs, net


8,972


7,834

Restricted assets, less current portion


11,707


12,641

Other assets


22,262


15,487






Total assets


$    387,523


$        383,062






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY










Current liabilities:





Current portion of long-term debt


$              -


$            1,280

Current portion of capital lease obligations


422


378

Accounts payable


4,937


6,465

Contingent value rights, current


-


1,623

Accrued expenses


25,388


22,888

Deferred revenue, current


28,007


34,140






Total current liabilities


58,754


66,774






Long-term liabilities:





Long-term debt, less current portion


174,083


150,850

Capital lease obligations, less current portion


12,092


12,317

Deferred revenue, less current portion


3,574


3,416

Contingent value rights, less current portion


5,896


5,746

Other liabilities


19,370


19,947






Total long-term liabilities


215,015


192,276






Stockholders' equity:





Preferred stock ($.001 par value, 15,000 shares authorized,





zero shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2011





and December 31, 2010)


-


-

Common stock ($.001 par value, 150,000 shares authorized,





43,915 and 43,869 shares issued, and 42,271 and 43,869 shares





outstanding at June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively)


44


44

Capital surplus


260,510


259,887

Accumulated deficit


(141,168)


(135,218)

Treasury stock at cost (1,644 and zero shares at





June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively)


(4,931)


-

Other comprehensive income (loss):





Pension and postretirement plans


(702)


(702)

Net unrealized gain on securities


1


1






Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)


(701)


(701)






Total stockholders' equity


113,754


124,012






Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$    387,523


$        383,062



Reconciliation Between Net Revenues and Adjusted Net Revenues and Between Net Income (Loss)

and Adjusted EBITDA for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)








Three Months Ended June 30,



2011


2010






Total net revenues

$ 57,191


$ 47,901

Non-recurring and non-operational costs included in





net revenues but excluded from adjusted net revenues:





Adjustments related to purchase accounting

323


4,560

Adjusted net revenues

$ 57,514


$ 52,461











Net income (loss)

$   3,807


$ (2,177)

Reconciling items between net income (loss) and EBITDA:





Depreciation and amortization

8,592


9,605


Net interest expense

4,882


4,614


Other (income) expense

(2)


85


Income tax

318


34

Income from operations before interest and other income





(expense), income taxes, and depreciation and





amortization (EBITDA)

17,597


12,161






Non-recurring, non-operational, and certain non-cash costs





included in EBITDA but excluded from Adjusted EBITDA:





Integration and merger-related costs

-


1,114


Legacy VLCY corporate

366


175


Stock-based compensation expense

314


299


Embezzlement and related expenses (recoveries)

40


11


Adjustments related to purchase accounting

283


3,710


Adjustments to CVR liability

212


-

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 18,812


$ 17,470



Reconciliation Between Net Revenues and Adjusted Net Revenues and Between Net Loss and

Adjusted EBITDA for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2011 and 2010

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)








Six Months Ended June 30,



2011


2010






Total net revenues

$ 87,886


$  76,123

Non-recurring and non-operational costs included in





net revenues but excluded from adjusted net revenues:





Adjustments related to purchase accounting

655


9,712

Adjusted net revenues

$ 88,541


$  85,835











Net loss

$ (5,950)


$ (21,617)

Reconciling items between net loss and EBITDA:





Depreciation and amortization

16,946


18,924


Net interest expense

9,287


8,982


Other (income) expense

(365)


95


Income tax

415


119

Income from operations before interest and other income





(expense), income taxes, and depreciation and





amortization (EBITDA)

20,333


6,503






Non-recurring, non-operational, and certain non-cash costs





included in EBITDA but excluded from Adjusted EBITDA:





Integration and merger-related costs

-


4,557


Legacy VLCY corporate

677


475


Stock-based compensation expense

604


533


Embezzlement and related expenses (recoveries)

(2,396)


30


Adjustments related to purchase accounting

571


8,069


Adjustments to CVR liability

520


-

Adjusted EBITDA

$ 20,309


$  20,167



Cambium Learning Group, Inc.

Change in Adjusted Deferred Revenue

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)






















As of:





December 31,


March 31,


June 30,


September 30,


December 31,


March 31,


June 30,





2009


2010


2010


2010


2010


2011


2011

Deferred revenue


$          24,181


$   21,842


$ 23,643


$            33,301


$          37,556


$   30,779


$ 31,581

Purchase accounting fair

















value adjustment


14,374


9,222


4,662


2,262


1,437


1,105


782


Adjusted deferred revenue


38,555


31,064


28,305


35,563


38,993


31,884


32,363




















Change in adjusted deferred revenue




$   (7,491)


$ (2,759)


$              7,258


$            3,430


$   (7,109)


$      479



SOURCE Cambium Learning Group, Inc.