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Solera Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter Fiscal Year 2012 Results
Nov 03, 2011 (04:11 PM EDT)
First Quarter Revenue of $198.7 Million, up 25.0% on a GAAP Basis and up 18.5% on a Constant Currency Basis; Adjusted EBITDA Margin increases to 44.3%, up 44 basis points on an Actual Currency Basis and up 118 basis points on a Constant Currency Basis; Company Announces Quarterly Dividend
WESTLAKE, Texas, Nov. 3, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Solera Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: SLH), the leading global provider of software and services to the automobile insurance claims processing industry, today reported results for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012.
Results for the First Quarter Ended September 30, 2011:
"We are pleased with a good start to fiscal 2012, despite the global macro volatility. Our constant currency revenue for the quarter grew by 18.5% - the highest constant currency total revenue growth rate since fiscal 2007 and well ahead of our total growth target of 7% to 9%," said Tony Aquila, founder, Chairman and CEO of Solera Holdings, Inc. "With our focus on profitable growth, we achieved a 45.0% Adjusted EBITDA margin on a constant currency basis, also our highest ever. We take pride in the value we continue to deliver to our customers and stockholders."
In the first quarter of fiscal year 2012, we announced the formation of the Netherlands, Germany, Austria and Switzerland ("NGAS") Region to leverage the operational and technological achievements and investments we made in the Highly Established Markets Initiative ("HEMI") Region across our markets. As a result of the creation of the NGAS Region, we transferred our Netherlands operating segment from our Americas reportable segment to our EMEA reportable segment in the first quarter of fiscal year 2012. The financial information presented below reflects the inclusion of the Netherlands in EMEA for all periods.
Fiscal year 2012 Outlook:
We are updating our previously issued outlook for our full fiscal year ending June 30, 2012 as follows:
Previous Fiscal Year Current Fiscal Year 2012 Outlook 2012 Outlook ---------------------------- ---------------------------- Revenues $822 million -- $832 million $804 million -- $810 million Net Income attributable to Solera Holdings, Inc. $116 million -- $121 million $108 million -- $112 million Adjusted EBITDA $360 million -- $365 million $354 million -- $358 million Adjusted Net Income $204 million -- $208 million $199 million -- $202 million Adjusted Net Income per diluted common share $2.85 -- $2.90 $2.79 -- $2.83
The fiscal year 2012 outlook above assumes a 28% tax rate to calculate Adjusted Net Income, and constant currency exchange rates from those currently prevailing. During the period from August 24, 2011, when we disclosed our initial fiscal 2012 guidance, through November 2, 2011, the U.S. Dollar has strengthened significantly versus most major foreign currencies we have used to transact our business. For example, on August 24, 2011, one Euro was equal to approximately $1.44, and on November 2, 2011, one Euro was equal to approximately $1.38. This change from August 24, 2011 to November 2, 2011 represents a strengthening of the U.S. Dollar versus the Euro of approximately 5%. We anticipate that currency exchange rates will have a negative impact on our revenues, but have a positive impact on our interest expense and our intangibles amortization expense for the full fiscal year ending June 30, 2012.
Exchange rates between most of the major foreign currencies we use to transact our business and the U.S. dollar have fluctuated significantly over the last few years and we expect that they will continue to fluctuate. The majority of our revenues and costs are denominated in Euros, Pound Sterling, Swiss francs, Canadian dollars and other international currencies. The following table provides the average quarterly exchange rates for the Euro and Pound Sterling since the beginning of fiscal year 2011:
Average Pound Average Euro-to- Sterling-to-U.S. U.S. Dollar Dollar Exchange Period Exchange Rate Rate -------------------------------------- ------------- ---------- Quarter ended September 30, 2010 $1.29 $1.55 Quarter ended December 31, 2010 1.36 1.58 Quarter ended March 31, 2011 1.37 1.60 Quarter ended June 30, 2011 1.44 1.63 Quarter ended September 30, 2011 1.42 1.61
During the three months ended September 30, 2011 as compared to the three months ended September 30, 2010, the U.S. dollar weakened against most major foreign currencies we use to transact our business. The average U.S. dollar weakened versus the Euro by 9.7% and the Pound Sterling by 4.0%, which increased our revenues and expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2011. A hypothetical 5% increase or decrease in the U.S. dollar versus other currencies in which we transact our business would have resulted in an increase or decrease, as the case may be, to our revenues of $7.1 million during the three months ended September 30, 2011.
All percentage amounts and ratios were calculated using the underlying data in whole dollars. We measure constant currency, or the effects on our results that are attributable to FX Changes, by measuring the incremental difference between translating the prior period and the current results at the monthly average rates for the same period from the prior year.
The Audit Committee of our Board of Directors approved the payment of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per outstanding share of common stock and per outstanding restricted stock unit. The Audit Committee also approved a quarterly stock dividend equivalent of $0.10 per outstanding restricted stock unit granted to certain of our executive officers during fiscal years 2011 and 2012 in lieu of the cash dividend, which dividend equivalent will be paid to the restricted stock unit holders as the restricted stock unit vests. The dividends are payable on December 5, 2011 to stockholders and restricted stock unit holders of record at the close of business on November 17, 2011.
Earnings Conference Call:
We will host our first quarter ended September 30, 2011 earnings call today at 5:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) – November 3, 2011. The conference call will be webcast live in listen-only mode and can be accessed by visiting the Investor Relations section of the Solera website: www.solerainc.com. A webcast replay will be available on the website until midnight on November 17, 2011. A live audiocast will also be accessible to the public by calling (866) 804-6922 or from outside the U.S., (857) 350-1668. When prompted, the following access is required: 83898053. Callers should dial in approximately 10 minutes before the call begins. For those unable to participate in the live audiocast, a replay will be available until midnight on November 17, 2011. To access the replay, dial (888) 286-8010 or, from outside the U.S., (617) 801-6888 and enter the following access code when prompted: 32739929.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We use a number of non-GAAP financial measures that are not intended to be used in lieu of GAAP presentations, but are provided because management believes that they provide additional information with respect to the performance of our fundamental business activities and are also frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties to facilitate the evaluation of our business on a comparable basis to other companies. The three primary non-GAAP financial measures that we use are Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Net Income per diluted common share. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per diluted common share are useful to investors in providing information regarding our operating results. We rely on Adjusted EBITDA as a primary measure to review and assess the operating performance of our company and our management team in connection with our executive compensation and bonus plans. Adjusted EBITDA also allows us to compare our current operating results with corresponding prior periods as well as to the operating results of other companies in our industry. We present Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per diluted common share because we believe both of these measures provide useful information regarding our operating results in addition to our GAAP measures. We believe that Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per diluted common share provide investors with valuable insight into our profitability exclusive of unusual adjustments, and provide further insight into the cash impact resulting from the different treatments of goodwill for financial reporting and tax purposes.
Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income per diluted common share have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for net income, net income per share and other consolidated income statement data prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Net Income per diluted common share should not be considered as a replacement for net income. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our GAAP results and using Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Net Income per diluted common share as supplemental information.
Solera is the leading global provider of software and services to the automobile insurance claims processing industry. Solera is active in nearly 60 countries across six continents. The Solera companies include Audatex in the United States, Canada, and in more than 45 additional countries, Informex in Belgium, Sidexa in France, ABZ and Market Scan in the Netherlands, HPI in the United Kingdom, Hollander serving the North American recycling market, AUTOonline providing salvage disposition in a number of European and Latin American countries, IMS providing medical review services, and Explore providing data and analytics to United States property and casualty insurers. For more information, please refer to the company's website at http://www.solerainc.com.
Cautions about Forward-Looking Statements:
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including statements about: continued profitable growth; customer and stockholder value; our expectations regarding our prospects and business outlook for fiscal year 2012; our expectations and beliefs regarding changes in foreign currency exchange rates; and statements about dividends, our effective tax rate and historical results or performance that may suggest trends for our business. These statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and assumptions and are subject to many risks, uncertainties and unknown future events that could cause actual results to differ materially. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this press release due to the risks and uncertainties inherent in our business, including, without limitation: our reliance on a limited number of customers for a substantial portion of our revenues; unpredictability and volatility of our operating results, which include the volatility associated with foreign currency exchange risks, our sales cycle, seasonality, global economic conditions and other factors; risks associated with and possible negative consequences of acquisitions, joint ventures, divestitures and similar transactions, including our ability to successfully integrate Explore or our other acquired businesses; effects of competition on our software and service pricing and our business; time and expenses associated with customers switching from competitive software and services to our software and services; rapid technology changes in our industry; risks associated with operating in multiple countries; use of cash to service our debt and effects on our business of restrictive covenants in our debt facility and indenture; effects of changes in or violations by us or our customers of government regulations; costs and possible future losses or impairments relating to our acquisitions; the financial impact of future significant restructuring and severance charges; the impact of changes in our tax provision (benefit) or effective tax rate; our ability to obtain additional financing as necessary to support our operations; our ability to pay dividends in future periods; our dependence on a limited number of key personnel; effects of system failures or security breaches on our business and reputation; our reliance on third-party information for our software and services; and any material adverse impact of current or future litigation on our results or business. For a discussion of these and other factors that could impact our operations or financial results and cause our results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements, please refer to our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, particularly our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the Year Ended June 30, 2011. Solera is under no obligation to (and specifically disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
SOURCE Solera Holdings, Inc.