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Earnings Details
4th Quarter March 2018
Wednesday, May 16, 2018 4:05:00 PM
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Summary

Acxiom Guides Below Estimates

Acxiom Cp (ACXM) reported 4th Quarter March 2018 earnings of $0.14 per share on revenue of $244.8 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.08 per share on revenue of $239.6 million. Revenue grew 8.9% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects fiscal 2019 non-GAAP earnings of $0.90 to $0.95 per share on revenue of $935.0 million to $955.0 million. The current consensus earnings estimate is $1.02 per share on revenue of $979.1 million for the year ending March 31, 2019.

Acxiom Corp is an enterprise data, analytics and software-as-a-service company. It serves clients from locations in the United States, Europe, South America and the Asia-Pacific region.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.14
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.08
Reported Revenue
$244.8 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$239.6 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Acxiom Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year Results

Fourth Quarter Revenue Increases 9%

All Segments Post Fourth Quarter Revenue Growth Led by Connectivity Up 30%

Record Bookings Quarter for Marketing Services

Repurchases 1.7 Million Shares in the Quarter

CONWAY, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Acxiom® (Nasdaq: ACXM), the data foundation for the world’s best marketers, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2018.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20180516006285/en/

Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: Total revenue was $245 million, up 9% compared to the fourth quarter of last year.
  • Operating Income (Loss): GAAP operating income was $5 million compared to an operating loss of $9 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP operating income grew 61% to $34 million.
  • Earnings (Loss) per Share: GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.06 compared to a loss per share of $0.10 in the prior year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.27 compared to $0.15 a year ago. Current period results include a $0.02 GAAP tax benefit and $0.03 non-GAAP tax benefit associated with the recent tax reform legislation.
  • Operating Cash Flow: Operating cash flow was $36 million, up from $31 million in the prior year.
  • Free Cash Flow to Equity: Free cash flow to equity was $14 million, down from $26 million in the prior year.

Fiscal Year Financial Highlights

  • Revenue: Total revenue was $917 million, up 4% compared to fiscal 2017 driven by 43% year-over-year growth for Connectivity.
  • Operating Income: GAAP operating income was $11 million compared to $16 million in the prior year. Non-GAAP operating income grew 25% to $126 million.
  • Earnings per Share: GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.29 compared to earnings per share of $0.05 in the prior year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.94 compared to $0.71 a year ago. Current period results include a $0.31 GAAP tax benefit and $0.08 non-GAAP tax benefit associated with the recent tax reform legislation.
  • Operating Cash Flow: Operating cash flow was $112 million, down from $116 million in the prior year.
  • Free Cash Flow to Equity: Free cash flow to equity was $55 million, down from $63 million in the comparable period.

Segment Results
$M

Connectivity

   

Q418

 

Q417

 

Y/Y ?

   

FY18

 

FY17

 

Y/Y ?

Revenue

    $ 57   $ 44   30%    

$ 211

  $ 147   43%

Gross Profit

$ 40 $ 28 45% $ 141 $ 88 60%

Gross Margin

70% 63% 710 bps 67% 60% 690 bps

Segment Operating Income

$ 6 $ 2 295% $ 18 $ 5 245%
Segment Margin 10% 3% 690 bps 9% 4% 510 bps
 

Audience Solutions

    Q418   Q417   Y/Y ?    

FY18

  FY17   Y/Y ?

Revenue

$ 88 $ 86 2% $ 327 $ 322 2%

Gross Profit

$ 54 $ 55 (2%) $ 202 $ 198 2%
Gross Margin 61% 64% (290 bps) 62% 62% 20 bps

Segment Operating Income

$ 33 $ 34

(2%)

$ 124 $ 123 1%
Segment Margin 37% 39% (150 bps) 38% 38% (30 bps)
 

Marketing Services

    Q418   Q417   Y/Y ?     FY18   FY17   Y/Y ?

Revenue*

$ 99 $ 94 5% $ 379 $ 411 (8%)

Gross Profit

$ 38 $ 31 21% $ 139 $ 141 (1%)
Gross Margin 38% 33% 500 bps 37% 34% 250 bps

Segment Operating Income

$ 20 $ 20 0% $ 83 $ 81 3%
Segment Margin 20% 21% (90 bps) 22% 20% 240 bps
 

*Excluding the divesture of Acxiom Impact, Marketing Services FY18 revenue was down 3% year-over-year.

A detailed discussion of our non-GAAP financial measures and a reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP results is provided in the schedules attached to this press release.

Beginning April 1, 2018, the Company will report its results in two business segments: LiveRamp and Acxiom Marketing Solutions.

“Our fourth quarter performance reflects solid global execution,” said Acxiom CEO Scott Howe. “LiveRamp® continues to drive the ubiquity of its identity solution across the open ecosystem, as evidenced by strong new client adoption, progress with the people-based programmatic consortium, the launch of IdentityLink™ for Television and the acceleration of its B2B efforts. At the same time, Marketing Services had its strongest bookings quarter in over five years driven by several meaningful new logo wins.”

“Looking ahead, we are excited about the prospects for both LiveRamp and Acxiom Marketing Solutions,” continued Howe. “We are well down the road in looking at potential strategic alternatives for Acxiom Marketing Solutions and are confident in a successful outcome that will benefit our clients, partners, associates and shareholders.”

Recent Business Highlights

  • LiveRamp added approximately 30 new direct clients during the quarter and added several new partner integrations. Marketers can now onboard and activate their data across a growing network of 575 publishers and marketing technology providers.
  • LiveRamp acquired Pacific Data Partners to accelerate its ability to power people-based business-to-business (B2B) marketing. Pieter De Temmerman and Grant Ries, co-founders of Pacific Data Partners and former Oracle and BlueKai veterans, will lead LiveRamp’s efforts to expand IdentityLink to the world’s largest B2B marketers.
  • LiveRamp launched IdentityLink for Television to transform the world’s largest marketing medium. For the first time, brands, agencies, programmers and technology platforms will be able to execute people-based TV media planning, buying and measurement that is scalable and secure across the TV ecosystem.
  • Marketing Services posted its largest new bookings quarter in the last five years, driven by new logo wins with Toyota, Santander Bank and American Life.
  • Acxiom was granted six U.S. patents in fiscal 2018, representing the most patents granted in a single year in the Company’s history.
  • Acxiom repurchased 1.7 million shares for approximately $49 million during the fourth quarter. Since March 31, 2018, the Company repurchased an additional 1.9 million shares for approximately $46 million. Since the inception of its share repurchase program in August 2011, Acxiom has repurchased a total of 21.9 million shares for $420 million, with $80 million remaining under the current authorization.

Financial Outlook

Acxiom’s non-GAAP guidance excludes the impact of non-cash stock compensation, purchased intangible asset amortization, restructuring charges and strategic evaluation support costs.

For fiscal 2019, Acxiom expects to report:

  • Total revenue of between $935 million and $955 million.
  • GAAP loss per share of between $0.23 and $0.18.
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of between $0.90 and $0.95.

Conference Call

Acxiom will hold a conference call at 4:00 p.m. CT today to further discuss this information. Interested parties are invited to listen to the call which will be broadcast via the Internet and can be found on our investor site. A slide presentation will be referenced during the call and can be accessed here.

About Acxiom

Acxiom provides the data foundation for the world’s best marketers. We enable people-based marketing everywhere through a simple, open approach to connecting systems and data that drives seamless customer experiences and higher ROI. A leader in identity and ethical data use for nearly 50 years, Acxiom helps thousands of clients and partners around the globe work together to create a world where all marketing is relevant. Acxiom is a registered trademark of Acxiom Corporation. For more information, visit Acxiom.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release and today’s conference call contain forward-looking statements including, without limitation, statements regarding expected levels of revenue and earnings per share. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. The following are factors, among others, that could cause actual results to differ materially from these forward-looking statements: the possibility that the expected revenue from the divisions may not be realized within the expected timeframe; the possibility that our exploration of potential strategic alternatives for Acxiom Marketing Solutions does not have a successful outcome; the possibility that the integration of acquired businesses may not be successful as planned; the possibility that certain contracts may not generate the anticipated revenue or profitability or may not be closed within the anticipated time frames; the possibility that significant customers may experience extreme, severe economic difficulty or otherwise reduce or cancel the amount of business they do with us; the possibility that we will not successfully complete customer contract requirements on time or meet the service levels specified in the contracts, which may result in contract penalties or lost revenue; the possibility that data purchasers will reduce their reliance on us by developing and using their own, or alternative, sources of data generally or with respect to certain data elements or categories; the possibility that data suppliers might withdraw data from us, leading to our inability to provide certain products and services to our clients; the possibility that we may not be able to attract, retain or motivate qualified technical, sales and leadership associates, or that we may lose key associates; the possibility that we may not be able to adequately adapt to rapidly changing computing environments, technologies and marketing practices; the possibility that we will not be able to continue to receive credit upon satisfactory terms and conditions; the possibility that negative changes in economic conditions in general or other conditions might lead to a reduction in demand for our products and services; the possibility that there will be changes in consumer or business information industries and markets that negatively impact the company; the possibility that the historical seasonality of our business may change; the possibility that we will not be able to achieve anticipated cost reductions and avoid unanticipated costs; the possibility that the fair value of certain of our assets may not be equal to the carrying value of those assets now or in future time periods; the possibility that unusual charges may be incurred; the possibility that changes in accounting pronouncements may occur and may impact these forward-looking statements; the possibility that we may encounter difficulties when entering new markets or industries; the possibility that we could experience loss of data center capacity or interruption of telecommunication links; the possibility the European General Data Protection Regulation, which becomes effective May 25, 2018, will make it more difficult and/or costly for us to do business in the EU; the possibility that new laws may be enacted which limit our ability to provide services to our clients and/or which limit the use of data; and the possibility that other risks and uncertainties may emerge, including those detailed from time to time in our current and periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our current reports on Form 8-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and annual reports on Form 10-K, particularly the discussion under the caption “Item 1A. RISK FACTORS” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended March 31, 2017, which was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on May 26, 2017.

With respect to the provision of products or services outside our primary base of operations in the United States, all of the above factors apply, along with the difficulty of doing business in numerous sovereign jurisdictions due to differences in scale, competition, culture, laws and regulations.

We undertake no obligation to update the information contained in this press release or any other forward-looking statement.

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Acxiom, LiveRamp, IdentityLink, InfoBase and all other Acxiom marks contained herein are trademarks or service marks of Acxiom Corporation. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

       
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 
For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
$ %
2018 2017 Variance Variance
 
Revenues 244,781 224,867 19,914 8.9 %
 
Cost of revenue 121,484   118,294   3,190 2.7 %

Gross profit

123,297 106,573 16,724 15.7 %
% Gross margin 50.4 %

47.4

%
 
Operating expenses:
Research and development 23,979 23,478 501 2.1 %
Sales and marketing 63,311 48,433 14,878 30.7 %
General and administrative 28,360 37,721 (9,361 ) (24.8 %)
Gains, losses and other items, net 2,852   5,650   (2,798 ) (49.5 %)
Total operating expenses 118,502   115,282   3,220 2.8 %
 
Income (loss) from operations 4,795 (8,709 ) 13,504 155.1 %
% Margin 2.0 % -3.9 %
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (2,699 ) (2,137 ) (562 ) (26.3 %)
Other, net 302   199   103 51.6 %
Total other expense (2,397 ) (1,937 ) (460 ) (23.7 %)
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 2,398 (10,646 ) 13,044 122.5 %
 
Income taxes (2,777 ) (2,565 ) (212 ) (8.3 %)
 
Net earnings (loss) 5,175   (8,081 ) 13,256 164.0 %
 
Basic earnings (loss) per share 0.07   (0.10 ) 0.17 170.0 %
 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share 0.06   (0.10 ) 0.16 160.0 %
 
Basic weighted average shares 78,614 78,012
 
Diluted weighted average shares 81,282 78,012
 
       
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
 
For the Twelve Months Ended
March 31,
$ %
2018 2017 Variance Variance
 
Revenues 917,406 880,247 37,159 4.2 %
 
Cost of revenue 466,436   477,686   (11,250 ) (2.4 %)
Gross profit 450,970 402,561 48,409 12.0 %
% Gross margin 49.2 % 45.7 %
 
Operating expenses:
Research and development 94,873 82,109 12,764 15.5 %
Sales and marketing 215,599 166,676 48,923 29.4 %
General and administrative 123,526 129,714 (6,188 ) (4.8 %)
Gains, losses and other items, net 6,373   8,373   (2,000 ) (23.9 %)
Total operating expenses 440,371   386,872   53,499 13.8 %
 
Income from operations 10,599 15,689 (5,090 ) (32.4 %)
% Margin 1.2 % 1.8 %
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (10,131 ) (7,381 ) (2,750 ) (37.3 %)
Other, net 241   334   (93 ) (27.8 %)
Total other expense (9,890 ) (7,047 ) (2,843 ) (40.3 %)
 
Income before income taxes 709 8,642 (7,933 ) (91.8 %)
 
Income taxes (22,771 ) 4,534   (27,305 ) (602.2 %)
 
Net earnings 23,480   4,108   19,372 471.6 %
 
Basic earnings per share 0.30   0.05   0.25 500.0 %
 
Diluted earnings per share 0.29   0.05   0.24 480.0 %
 
Basic weighted average shares 78,891 77,609
 
Diluted weighted average shares 81,516 79,848
 
       
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP EPS (1)

(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
For the Three Months Ended For the Twelve Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
 
Earnings (loss) before income taxes 2,398 (10,646 ) 709 8,642
 
Income taxes (2,777 ) (2,565 ) (22,771 ) 4,534  
 
Net earnings (loss) 5,175   (8,081 ) 23,480   4,108  
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
 
Basic 0.07   (0.10 ) 0.30   0.05  
 
Diluted 0.06   (0.10 ) 0.29   0.05  
 
Excluded items:
Purchased intangible asset amortization (cost of revenue) 5,963 6,056 23,920 18,644
Non-cash stock compensation (cost of revenue and operating expenses) 16,527 15,190 63,234 49,145
Restructuring and merger charges (gains, losses, and other) 2,852 7,321 6,373 10,045
Gain on sale of assets (gains, losses, and other) - (1,671 ) - (1,671 )
Separation and transformation costs (general and administrative) 3,070 3,066 20,846 8,639
Accelerated amortization (cost of revenue) 999   -   999   -  
 
Total excluded items 29,411   29,962   115,372   84,802  
 
Income before income taxes
and excluding items 31,809 19,315 116,081 93,444
 
Income taxes (2) 10,045   7,139   39,758   36,652  
 
Non-GAAP net earnings 21,764   12,177   76,323   56,792  
 
Non-GAAP earnings per share:
 
Basic 0.28   0.16   0.97   0.73  
 
Diluted 0.27   0.15   0.94   0.71  
 
Basic weighted average shares 78,614   78,012   78,891   77,609  
 
Diluted weighted average shares 81,282   80,912   81,516   79,848  
 

(1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.  For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to comparable GAAP measures, the reasons why management uses these measures and the material limitations on the usefulness of these measures, please see Appendix A.

 

(2) Income taxes were calculated using an effective non-GAAP tax rate of 31.6% and 37.0% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 and 2017, respectively, and 34.3% and 39.2% for the  twelve  months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, respectively.  The difference between our GAAP and non-GAAP tax rates were primarily due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and net tax effects of the excluded items.

 
       
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP INCOME FROM OPERATIONS (1)

(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
For the Three Months Ended For the Twelve Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
 
Income (loss) from operations 4,795 (8,709 ) 10,599 15,689  
 
Excluded items:
Purchased intangible asset amortization (cost of revenue) 5,963 6,056 23,920 18,644
Non-cash stock compensation (cost of revenue and operating expenses) 16,527 15,190 63,234 49,145
Restructuring and merger charges (gains, losses, and other) 2,852 7,321 6,373 10,045
Gain on sale of assets (gains, losses and other) - (1,671 ) - (1,671 )
Separation and transformation costs (general and administrative) 3,070 3,066 20,846 8,639
Accelerated amortization (cost of revenue) 999 -   999 -  
 
Total excluded items 29,411 29,962   115,372 84,802  
 
Income from operations before excluded items 34,206 21,253   125,971 100,491  
 

(1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.  For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to comparable GAAP measures, the reasons why management uses these measures and the material limitations on the usefulness of these measures, please see Appendix A.

 
     
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RESULTS BY SEGMENT
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
     
 
For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
$ %
2018 2017 Variance Variance
 
Revenues
Marketing Services 98,954 94,269 4,685 5.0 %
Audience Solutions 88,374 86,396 1,978 2.3 %
Connectivity 57,453   44,203   13,251 30.0 %
Total operating segment revenues 244,781 224,867 19,914 8.9 %
 
Gross profit
Marketing Services 37,708 31,207 6,501 20.8 %
Audience Solutions 53,883 55,154 (1,271 ) (2.3 %)
Connectivity 40,155   27,742   12,413 44.7 %
Total operating segment gross profit 131,746 114,104 17,643 15.5 %
 
Gross margin %
Marketing Services 38.1 % 33.1 %
Audience Solutions 61.0 % 63.8 %
Connectivity 69.9 % 62.8 %
Total operating segment gross margin 53.8 % 50.7 %
 
Income from operations
Marketing Services 19,583 19,513 70 0.4 %
Audience Solutions 33,041 33,598 (557 ) (1.7 %)
Connectivity 5,924   1,502   4,422 294.4 %
Total operating segment income from operations 58,548 54,613 3,935 7.2 %
 
Operating income margin %
Marketing Services 19.8 % 20.7 %
Audience Solutions 37.4 % 38.9 %
Connectivity 10.3 % 3.4 %
Total operating segment operating margin 23.9 % 24.3 %
 
 
Some totals may not add due to rounding.
 
     
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RESULTS BY SEGMENT
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
     
 
For the Twelve Months Ended
March 31,
$ %
2018 2017 Variance Variance
 
Revenues
Marketing Services 379,047 410,840 (31,793 ) (7.7 %)
Audience Solutions 327,358 322,065 5,293 1.6 %
Connectivity 211,001   147,342   63,659 43.2 %
Total operating segment revenues 917,406 880,247 37,159 4.2 %
 
Gross profit
Marketing Services 139,185 140,647 (1,462 ) (1.0 %)
Audience Solutions 202,235 198,185 4,050 2.0 %
Connectivity 140,885   88,251   52,634 59.6 %
Total operating segment gross profit 482,305 427,084 55,221 12.9 %
 
Gross margin %
Marketing Services 36.7 % 34.2 %
Audience Solutions 61.8 % 61.5 %
Connectivity 66.8 % 59.9 %
Total operating segment gross margin 52.6 % 48.5 %
 
Income from operations
Marketing Services 83,304 80,622 2,682 3.3 %
Audience Solutions 124,192 123,238 954 0.8 %
Connectivity 18,399   5,333   13,066 245.0 %
Total operating segment income from operations 225,895 209,193 16,702 8.0 %
 
Operating income margin %
Marketing Services 22.0 % 19.6 %
Audience Solutions 37.9 % 38.3 %
Connectivity 8.7 % 3.6 %
Total operating segment operating margin 24.6 % 23.8 %
 
 
Some totals may not add due to rounding.
     
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF SEGMENT RESULTS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
   
For the Three Months Ended For the Twelve Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
 
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
Total operating segment gross profit 131,746 114,104 482,305 427,084
 
Less:
Purchased intangible asset amortization 5,963 6,056 23,920 18,644
Non-cash stock compensation 1,487 1,475 6,416 5,879
Accelerated amortization 999 -   999 -
 
Gross profit 123,297 106,573   450,970 402,561
 
 
Total operating segment income from operations 58,548 54,613 225,895 209,193
 
Less:
Corporate expenses 24,342 33,360 99,924 108,702
Purchased intangible asset amortization 5,963 6,056 23,920 18,644
Non-cash stock compensation 16,527 15,190 63,234 49,145
Restructuring charges 2,852 5,650 6,373 8,374
Separation and transformation costs 3,070 3,066 20,846 8,639
Accelerated amortization 999 -   999 -
 
Income (loss) from operations 4,795 (8,709 ) 10,599 15,689
 
 
Some totals may not add due to rounding.
 
       
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF ADJUSTED EBITDA (1)
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
For the Three Months Ended For the Twelve Months Ended
March 31, March 31,
2018 2017 2018 2017
 
 

Net earnings (loss)

5,175 (8,081 ) 23,480 4,108
 
Income taxes (2,777 ) (2,565 ) (22,771 ) 4,534
 
Other expense (2,397 ) (1,937 ) (9,890 ) (7,047 )
 
Income (loss) from operations 4,795 (8,709 ) 10,599 15,689
 
Depreciation and amortization 22,652   21,593   86,371   82,690  
 
EBITDA 27,447   12,884   96,970   98,379  
 
 
Other adjustments:
Non-cash stock compensation (cost of revenue and operating expenses) 16,527 15,190 63,234 49,145
Restructuring and merger charges (gains, losses, and other) 2,852 7,321 6,373 10,045
Gain on sale of assets (gains, losses, and other) - (1,671 ) - (1,671 )
Separation and transformation costs (general and administrative) 3,070   3,066   20,846   8,639  
 
Other adjustments 22,449   23,906   90,453   66,158  
 
Adjusted EBITDA 49,896   36,790   187,423   164,537  
 

(1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to comparable GAAP measures, the reasons why management uses these measures, the usefulness of these measures and the material limitations on the usefulness of these measures, please see Appendix A.

 
 
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Dollars in thousands)
       
March 31, March 31, $ %
2018 2017 Variance Variance
 

Assets

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents 142,279 170,343 (28,064 ) (16.5 %)
Trade accounts receivable, net 167,188 142,768 24,420 17.1 %
Refundable income taxes 9,733 7,098 2,635 37.1 %
Other current assets 41,145   48,310   (7,165 ) (14.8 %)
 
Total current assets 360,345   368,519   (8,174 ) (2.2 %)
 
Property and equipment 491,266 476,281 14,985 3.1 %
Less - accumulated depreciation and amortization 334,733   320,307   14,426 4.5 %
 
Property and equipment, net 156,533   155,974   559 0.4 %
 
Software, net of accumulated amortization 34,984 47,638 (12,654 ) (26.6 %)
Goodwill 595,995 592,731 3,264 0.6 %
Purchased software licenses, net of accumulated amortization 7,703 7,972 (269 ) (3.4 %)
Deferred income taxes 12,225 10,261 1,964 19.1 %
Other assets, net 41,468   51,443   (9,975 ) (19.4 %)
 
1,209,253   1,234,538   (25,285 ) (2.0 %)
 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current liabilities:
Current installments of long-term debt 1,583 39,819 (38,236 ) (96.0 %)
Trade accounts payable 46,688 40,208 6,480 16.1 %
Accrued payroll and related expenses 42,499 53,238 (10,739 ) (20.2 %)
Other accrued expenses 55,865 59,861 (3,996 ) (6.7 %)
Deferred revenue 31,720   37,087   (5,367 ) (14.5 %)
 
Total current liabilities 178,355   230,213   (51,858 ) (22.5 %)
 
Long-term debt 227,837 189,241 38,596 20.4 %
 
Deferred income taxes 40,243 58,374 (18,131 ) (31.1 %)
 
Other liabilities 13,723 17,730 (4,007 ) (22.6 %)
 
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 13,609 13,288 321 2.4 %
Additional paid-in capital 1,235,679 1,154,429 81,250 7.0 %
Retained earnings 628,331 602,609 25,722 4.3 %
Accumulated other comprehensive income 10,767 7,999 2,768 34.6 %
Treasury stock, at cost (1,139,291 ) (1,039,345 ) (99,946 ) (9.6 %)
Total stockholders' equity 749,095   738,980   10,115 1.4 %
 
1,209,253   1,234,538   (25,285 ) (2.0 %)
 
   
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
For the Three Months Ended
March 31,
2018 2017
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings (loss) 5,175 (8,081 )
Non-cash operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 22,652 21,593
Loss on disposal or impairment of assets 702 3,560
Deferred income taxes 356 (6,836 )
Non-cash stock compensation expense 16,527 15,201
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (10,568 ) (5,000 )
Other assets (3,463 ) (8,825 )
Accounts payable and other liabilities 6,994 16,110
Deferred revenue (2,613 ) 2,943  
Net cash provided by operating activities 35,762   30,665  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capitalized software (3,407 ) (3,306 )
Capital expenditures (17,247 ) (17,897 )
Data acquisition costs (286 ) (418 )
Proceeds from sale of assets - 25,494
Equity investments - (1,000 )
Net cash paid in acquisitions (4,478 ) -  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities (25,418 ) 2,873  
Cash flows from financing activities:
Payments of debt (588 ) (8,070 )
Sale of common stock, net of stock acquired for withholding taxes 3,558 6,039
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation - 1,067
Acquisition of treasury stock (49,443 ) -  
Net cash used in financing activities (46,473 ) (964 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 601   (81 )
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (35,528 ) 32,493
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 177,807   137,850  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 142,279   170,343  
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest 2,457 2,478
Income taxes 84 2,070
 
   
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
For the Twelve Months Ended
March 31,
2018 2017
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net earnings 23,480 4,108
Non-cash operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 86,371 82,690
Loss on disposal or impairment of assets 3,348 3,040
Write-off of debt issuance costs 720 -
Deferred income taxes (20,095 ) (8,818 )
Non-cash stock compensation expense 63,234 49,145
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (22,000 ) (11,161 )
Other assets (4,740 ) (172 )
Accounts payable and other liabilities (11,238 ) 4,302
Deferred revenue (6,927 ) (7,304 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 112,153   115,830  
Cash flows from investing activities:
Capitalized software (13,739 ) (14,477 )
Capital expenditures (44,197 ) (47,993 )
Data acquisition costs (907 ) (881 )
Equity investments (1,000 ) (1,000 )
Net cash received in disposition 4,000 16,988
Proceeds from sale of assets - 25,494
Net cash paid in acquisitions (4,478 ) (137,383 )
Net cash used in investing activities (60,321 ) (159,252 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Proceeds from debt 230,000 70,000
Payments of debt (227,320 ) (32,243 )
Debt issuance costs (4,001 ) -
Sale of common stock, net of stock acquired for withholding taxes 8,665 15,709
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation - 2,852
Acquisition of treasury stock (88,884 ) (30,542 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities (81,540 ) 25,776  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 1,644   (1,640 )
 
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (28,064 ) (19,286 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 170,343   189,629  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period 142,279   170,343  
 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest 9,169 7,779
Income taxes 1,236 6,866
 
Noncash investing and financing activities:
Leasehold improvements paid directly by lessor 978 -
 
                       
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CALCULATION OF FREE CASH FLOW TO EQUITY (1)
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
 
   
06/30/16   09/30/16   12/31/16   03/31/17   FY2017 06/30/17   09/30/17   12/31/17   03/31/18   FY2018
 
Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 750 35,482 48,933 30,665 115,830 4,951 27,810 43,630 35,762 112,153
 
Less (plus):
Capitalized software (3,982 ) (3,893 ) (3,296 ) (3,306 ) (14,477 ) (3,388 ) (3,756 ) (3,188 ) (3,407 ) (13,739 )
Capital expenditures (10,694 ) (9,845 ) (9,557 ) (17,897 ) (47,993 ) (6,888 ) (7,630 ) (12,432 ) (17,247 ) (44,197 )
Data acquisition costs (20 ) (247 ) (196 ) (418 ) (881 ) (190 ) (233 ) (198 ) (286 ) (907 )
Required debt payments (8,053 ) (8,058 ) (8,062 ) (8,070 ) (32,243 ) (572 ) (578 ) (582 ) (588 ) (2,320 )
Net cash received in disposition - 16,988 - - 16,988 - 4,000 - - 4,000
Proceeds from sales of assets -     -     -     25,494     25,494   -     -     -     -     -  
 
Free Cash Flow to Equity (21,999 )   30,427     27,822     26,468     62,718   (6,087 )   19,613     27,230     14,234     54,990  
 

(1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to comparable GAAP measures, the reasons why management uses these measures, the usefulness of these measures and the material limitations on the usefulness of these measures, please see Appendix A.

 
                     
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
         
    Q4 FY18 to Q4 FY17
06/30/16   09/30/16   12/31/16   03/31/17   FY2017 06/30/17   09/30/17   12/31/17   03/31/18   FY2018 %   $
Revenues 214,801 217,267 223,312 224,867 880,247 212,514 225,240 234,871 244,781 917,406 8.9 % 19,914
 
Cost of revenue 122,819     120,105     116,468     118,294     477,686   113,960     115,072     115,920     121,484     466,436   2.7 % 3,190
Gross profit 91,982 97,162 106,844 106,573 402,561 98,554 110,168 118,951 123,297 450,970 15.7 % 16,724
% Gross margin 42.8 % 44.7 % 47.8 % 47.4 % 45.7 % 46.4 % 48.9 % 50.6 % 50.4 % 49.2 %
 
Operating expenses
Research and development 18,652 19,029 20,950 23,478 82,109 23,563 24,013 23,318 23,979 94,873 2.1 % 501
Sales and marketing 37,348 37,847 43,048 48,433 166,676 48,440 50,118 53,730 63,311 215,599 30.7 % 14,878
General and administrative 27,506 32,866 31,620 37,721 129,714 32,356 31,924 30,886 28,360 123,526 -24.8 % (9,361 )
Gains, losses and other items, net 314     300     2,111     5,650     8,373   (98 )   3,660     (41 )   2,852     6,373   -49.5 % (2,798 )
Total operating expenses 83,820 90,042 97,729 115,282 386,872 104,261 109,715 107,893 118,502 440,371 2.8 % 3,221
 
Income (loss) from operations 8,162 7,120 9,115 (8,709 ) 15,689 (5,707 ) 453 11,058 4,795 10,599 155.1 % 13,504
% Margin 3.8 % 3.3 % 4.1 % -3.9 % 1.8 % -2.7 % 0.2 % 4.7 % 2.0 % 1.2 %
Other income (expense)
Interest expense (1,812 ) (1,689 ) (1,743 ) (2,137 ) (7,381 ) (2,342 ) (2,524 ) (2,566 ) (2,699 ) (10,131 ) -26.3 % (562 )
Other, net 307     (207 )   35     199     334   (672 )   192     419     302     241   51.7 % 103
Total other expense (1,505 ) (1,896 ) (1,708 ) (1,937 ) (7,047 ) (3,014 ) (2,332 ) (2,147 ) (2,397 ) (9,890 ) -23.7 % (460 )
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 6,657 5,224 7,407 (10,646 ) 8,642 (8,721 ) (1,879 ) 8,911 2,398 709 122.5 % 13,044
Income taxes 2,681     (1,916 )   6,334     (2,565 )   4,534   (7,421 )   1,457     (14,030 )   (2,777 )   (22,771 ) -8.3 % (212 )
 
Net earnings (loss) 3,976 7,140 1,073 (8,081 ) 4,108 (1,300 ) (3,336 ) 22,941 5,175 23,480 164.0 % 13,256
 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share 0.05     0.09     0.01     (0.10 )   0.05   (0.02 )   (0.04 )   0.28     0.06     0.29   161.5 % 0.17
 
Some earnings (loss) per share amounts may not add due to rounding.
 
Basic shares 77,471 77,446 77,507 78,012 77,609 78,672 79,235 79,043 78,614 78,891
Diluted shares 79,353 79,277 79,851 80,912 79,848 81,440 81,472 81,869 81,282 81,516
 
                   
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP EPS (1)
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
         
 
   
06/30/16   09/30/16   12/31/16   03/31/17   FY2017 06/30/17   09/30/17   12/31/17   03/31/18   FY2018
 
 
Earnings (loss) before income taxes 6,657 5,224 7,407 (10,646 ) 8,642 (8,721 ) (1,879 ) 8,911 2,398 709
 
Income taxes 2,681   (1,916 )   6,334   (2,565 )   4,534   (7,421 )   1,457     (14,030 )   (2,777 )   (22,771 )
 
Net earnings (loss) 3,976   7,140     1,073   (8,081 )   4,108   (1,300 )   (3,336 )   22,941     5,175     23,480  
 
Earnings (loss) per share:
 
Basic 0.05   0.09     0.01   (0.10 )   0.05   (0.02 )   (0.04 )   0.29     0.07     0.30  
 
Diluted 0.05   0.09     0.01   (0.10 )   0.05   (0.02 )   (0.04 )   0.28     0.06     0.29  
 
Excluded items:

Purchased intangible asset amortization (cost of revenue)

4,077 3,890 4,621 6,056 18,644 5,966 6,021 5,971 5,963 23,920
Non-cash stock compensation (cost of revenue and operating expenses) 8,590 11,938 13,427 15,190 49,145 15,031 15,757 15,919 16,527 63,234
Restructuring and merger charges (gains, losses, and other) 314 300 2,111 7,321 10,045 (98 ) 3,660 (41 ) 2,852 6,373
Gain on sales of assets (gains, losses and other) - - - (1,671 ) (1,671 ) - - - - -
Separation and transformation costs (general and administrative) - 1,455 4,118 3,066 8,639 7,119 5,442 5,214 3,070 20,846
Accelerated amortization (cost of revenue) -   -     -   -     -   -     -     -     999     999  
 
Total excluded items 12,981   17,583     24,277   29,962     84,802   28,018     30,880     27,063     29,411     115,372  
 

Income before income taxes and excluding items

19,638 22,807 31,683 19,315 93,444 19,297 29,001 35,974 31,809 116,081
 
Income taxes 7,852   8,910     12,751   7,139     36,652   7,720     11,289     10,704     10,045     39,758  
 
Non-GAAP net earnings 11,786   13,897     18,932   12,177     56,792   11,577     17,712     25,270     21,764     76,323  
 
Non-GAAP earnings per share:
 
Basic 0.15   0.18     0.24   0.16     0.73   0.15     0.22     0.32     0.28     0.97  
 
Diluted 0.15   0.18     0.24   0.15     0.71   0.14     0.22     0.31     0.27     0.94  
 
Basic weighted average shares 77,471   77,446     77,507   78,012     77,609   78,672     79,235     79,043     78,614     78,891  
 
Diluted weighted average shares 79,353   79,277     79,851   80,912     79,848   81,440     81,472     81,869     81,282     81,516  
 
Some totals may not add due to rounding
 

(1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.  For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to comparable GAAP measures, the reasons why management uses these measures and the material limitations on the usefulness of these measures, please see Appendix A.

 

 
                     
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
RESULTS BY SEGMENT
(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands)
          Q4 FY18 to Q4 FY17
06/30/16   09/30/16   12/31/16   03/31/17   FY2017 06/30/17   09/30/17   12/31/17   03/31/18   FY2018 %   $
   
Revenues:
 
Marketing Services 109,715 105,679 101,177 94,269 410,840 91,594 94,042 94,457 98,954 379,047 5.0 % 4,685
Audience Solutions 73,744 78,526 83,399 86,396 322,065 75,734 78,814 84,436 88,374 327,358 2.3 % 1,978
Connectivity 31,342     33,062     38,736     44,203     147,342   45,186     52,384     55,978     57,453     211,001   30.0 % 13,250
 
Total operating segment revenues 214,801     217,267     223,312     224,867     880,247   212,514     225,240     234,871     244,781     917,406   8.9 % 19,914
 
Gross profit:
 
Marketing Services 37,466 34,480 37,494 31,207 140,647 31,358 34,320 35,798 37,708 139,185 20.8 % 6,501
Audience Solutions 41,912 47,998 53,120 55,154 198,185 47,210 48,321 52,821 53,883 202,235 (2.3 %) (1,271 )
Connectivity 17,575     19,843     23,091     27,742     88,251   27,525     35,291     37,914     40,155     140,885   44.7 % 12,413
 
Total operating segment gross profit 96,953     102,321     113,705     114,104     427,084   106,093     117,932     126,533     131,746     482,305   15.5 % 17,642
 
Gross margin %:
 
Marketing Services 34.1 % 32.6 % 37.1 % 33.1 % 34.2 % 34.2 % 36.5 % 37.9 % 38.1 % 36.7 %
Audience Solutions 56.8 % 61.1 % 63.7 % 63.8 % 61.5 % 62.3 % 61.3 % 62.6 % 61.0 % 61.8 %
Connectivity 56.1 % 60.0 % 59.6 % 62.8 % 59.9 % 60.9 % 67.4 % 67.7 % 69.9 % 66.8 %
 
Total operating segment gross margin 45.1 % 47.1 % 50.9 % 50.7 % 48.5 % 49.9 % 52.4 % 53.9 % 53.8 % 52.6 %
 
Income (loss) from operations:
 
Marketing Services 20,145 19,837 21,127 19,513 80,622 19,784 21,874 22,063 19,583 83,304 0.4 % 70
Audience Solutions 25,096 29,972 34,572 33,598 123,238 28,542 29,497 33,112 33,041 124,192 (1.7 %) (557 )
Connectivity 291     1,663     1,877     1,502     5,333   (48 )   5,715     6,808     5,924     18,399   294.4 % 4,422
 
Total operating segment income from operations 45,532     51,472     57,576     54,613     209,193   48,277     57,086     61,983     58,548     225,895   7.2 % 3,935
 
Operating income (loss) margin %:
 
Marketing Services 18.4 % 18.8 % 20.9 % 20.7 % 19.6 % 21.6 % 23.3 % 23.4 % 19.8 % 22.0 %
Audience Solutions 34.0 % 38.2 % 41.5 % 38.9 % 38.3 % 37.7 % 37.4 % 39.2 % 37.4 % 37.9 %
Connectivity 0.9 % 5.0 % 4.8 % 3.4 % 3.6 % -0.1 % 10.9 % 12.2 % 10.3 % 8.7 %
 
Total operating segment operating margin 21.2 % 23.7 % 25.8 % 24.3 % 23.8 % 22.7 % 25.3 % 26.4 % 23.9 % 24.6 %
 
Some totals may not add due to rounding.
 
   
ACXIOM CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP EPS GUIDANCE (1)

(Unaudited)
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)
   
For the year ending
March 31, 2019
 
Low Range High Range
 
Loss before income taxes (15,500 ) (10,000 )
 
Income taxes   3,000     4,500  
 
Net loss   (18,500 )   (14,500 )
 
Diluted loss per share

$

(0.23

) $ (0.18 )
 
Excluded items:
Purchased intangible asset amortization 16,000 16,000
Non-cash stock compensation 84,000 84,000
Gains, losses and other items, net 3,000 3,000
Separation and related costs   16,000     16,000  
 
Total excluded items   119,000     119,000  
 
Income before income taxes and excluding items 103,500 109,000
 
Income taxes (2)   29,000     30,500  
 
Non-GAAP net earnings   74,500     78,500  
 
Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share $ 0.90   $ 0.95  
 
Basic weighted average shares 81,000 81,000
 
Diluted weighted average shares 83,000 83,000
 

(1) This presentation includes non-GAAP measures. Our non-GAAP measures are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a  substitute for comparable GAAP measures, and should be read only in conjunction with our condensed consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. For a detailed explanation of the adjustments made to comparable GAAP measures, the reasons why management uses these measures, the usefulness of these measures and the material limitations on the usefulness of these measures, please see Appendix A.

 

(2)  Income taxes were calculated using an effective non-GAAP tax rate of approximately 28.0%.  The difference between our GAAP and Non-GAAP tax rates was due to the effect of excluded items.

 

APPENDIX A

ACXIOM CORPORATION
Q4 FISCAL 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS
EXPLANATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES

To supplement our financial results, we use non-GAAP measures which exclude certain acquisition related expenses, non-cash stock compensation and restructuring charges. We believe these measures are helpful in understanding our past performance and our future results. Our non-GAAP financial measures and schedules are not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for comparable GAAP measures and should be read only in conjunction with our consolidated GAAP financial statements. Our management regularly uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally to understand, manage and evaluate our business and to make operating decisions. These measures are among the primary factors management uses in planning for and forecasting future periods. Compensation of our executives is also based in part on the performance of our business based on these non-GAAP measures.

Our non-GAAP financial measures, including non-GAAP earnings per share, income from operations and adjusted EBITDA reflect adjustments based on the following items, as well as the related income tax effects when applicable:

Purchased intangible asset amortization: We incur amortization of purchased intangibles in connection with our acquisitions. Purchased intangibles include (i) developed technology, (ii) customer and publisher relationships, and (iii) trade names. We expect to amortize for accounting purposes the fair value of the purchased intangibles based on the pattern in which the economic benefits of the intangible assets will be consumed as revenue is generated. Although the intangible assets generate revenue for us, we exclude this item because this expense is non-cash in nature and because we believe the non-GAAP financial measures excluding this item provide meaningful supplemental information regarding our operational performance.

Non-cash stock compensation: Non-cash stock compensation consists of charges for associate restricted stock units, performance shares and stock options in accordance with current GAAP related to stock-based compensation including expense associated with stock-based compensation related to unvested options assumed in connection with our acquisitions. As we apply stock-based compensation standards, we believe that it is useful to investors to understand the impact of the application of these standards to our operational performance. Although stock-based compensation expense is calculated in accordance with current GAAP and constitutes an ongoing and recurring expense, such expense is excluded from non-GAAP results because it is not an expense that typically requires or will require cash settlement by us and because such expense is not used by us to assess the core profitability of our business operations.

Restructuring charges: During the past several years, we have initiated certain restructuring activities in order to align our costs in connection with both our operating plans and our business strategies based on then-current economic conditions. As a result, we recognized costs related to termination benefits for associates whose positions were eliminated, lease termination charges, and leasehold improvement write offs. These items, reported as gains, losses, and other items, net, are excluded from non-GAAP results because such amounts are not used by us to assess the core profitability of our business operations.

Separation and transformation costs: In previous years, we incurred significant expenses in connection with the separation of our IT Infrastructure Management (“ITO”) and the subsequent transformation of our remaining operating segments. This work enabled us to transform our external reporting and provide investors with enhanced transparency and more granular segment-level disclosures in addition to facilitating the ITO disposition. In the prior and current year, we are incurring expenses to further separate the financial statements of our three operating segments, with particular focus on segment-level balance sheets, and to evaluate portfolio priorities. Our criteria for excluding separation and transformation expenses from our non-GAAP measures is as follows: 1) projects are discrete in nature; 2) excluded expenses consist only of third-party consulting fees that we would not incur otherwise; and 3) we do not exclude employee related expenses or other costs associated with the ongoing operations of our business. We substantially completed these projects during the third quarter of fiscal year 2018. Beginning in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018, we incurred transaction analysis and support expenses related to the Company’s announced evaluation of strategic options for its Marketing Solutions business. Our criteria for excluding these transaction related costs are the same. We believe excluding these items from our non-GAAP financial measures is useful for investors and provides meaningful supplemental information.

Our non-GAAP financial schedules are:

Non-GAAP EPS and Non-GAAP Income from Operations: Our non-GAAP earnings per share and Non-GAAP income from operations reflect adjustments as described above, as well as the related tax effects where applicable.

Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income from continuing operations before income taxes, other expenses, depreciation and amortization, and including adjustments as described above. We use Adjusted EBITDA to measure our performance from period to period both at the consolidated level as well as within our operating segments and to compare our results to those of our competitors. We believe that the inclusion of Adjusted EBITDA provides useful supplementary information to and facilitates analysis by investors in evaluating the Company’s performance and trends. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is not meant to be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net earnings as an indicator of our performance.

Free Cash Flow to Equity: To supplement our statement of cash flows, we use a non-GAAP measure of cash flow to analyze cash flows generated from operations. Free cash flow to equity is defined as operating cash flow less cash used by investing activities (excluding the impact of cash paid in acquisitions), less required payments of debt, and excluding the impact of discontinued operations. Management believes that this measure of cash flow is meaningful since it represents the amount of money available from continuing operations for the Company’s discretionary spending after funding all required obligations including scheduled debt payments. The presentation of non-GAAP free cash flow to equity is not meant to be considered in isolation or as an alternative to cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity.

Acxiom Investor Relations
Lauren Dillard, 650-372-2242
investor.relations@acxiom.com
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Source: Acxiom Corporation