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Earnings Details
1st Quarter March 2017
Thursday, May 04, 2017 6:30:20 AM
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Summary

Blucora Guides Above Estimates

Blucora (BCOR) reported 1st Quarter March 2017 earnings of $1.00 per share on revenue of $182.4 million. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.82 per share on revenue of $179.0 million. Revenue grew 10.0% on a year-over-year basis.

The company said it expects second quarter earnings of $0.63 to $0.69 per share on revenue of $135.0 million to $138.5 million and 2017 earnings of $1.28 to $1.45 per share on revenue of $493.0 million to $506.0 million. The current consensus earnings estimate is $0.65 per share on revenue of $129.0 million for the quarter ending June 30, 2017 and $1.12 per share on revenue of $484.5 million for the year ending December 31, 2017.

Blucora Inc is engaged in operating Internet business. It operates an internet Search & Content business, an online Tax Preparation business, and an E-Commerce business providing search services to users, online tax preparation service & sales services.

Results
Reported Earnings
$1.00
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.82
Reported Revenue
$182.4 Mil
Revenue Estimate
$179.0 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Blucora Announces First Quarter 2017 Results and Preliminary Tax Season Results

Blucora, Inc. (BCOR), a leading provider of technology-enabled financial solutions to consumers, small businesses and tax professionals, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.

First Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

TaxAct revenue and segment income expected to grow approximately 15 and 14 percent respectively for the six months through June 30, 2017 compared to the same period last year

HD Vest exceeded $11 billion in fee-based assets under management, up 16 percent versus prior year

Repaid $38 million in debt and exited the quarter with a 3.3x leverage ratio down from 5.2x in the same period last year

Expect to close new credit facility in May 2017 that we believe will simplify capital structure, increase tenor and reduce interest expense by approximately $3.4 million in cash annually

Appointed two new independent directors with substantial financial services and public company board experience

"A focus on operational execution, a continued shift to profitable customers in tax preparation, and market tailwinds in wealth management have together driven double-digit revenue and segment income growth for the first quarter," said John Clendening, Blucora’s President and Chief Executive Officer. "The strong segment performance coupled with continued debt reduction resulted in strong EPS growth. The efforts we have taken to transform and reposition our company while reducing debt are bearing fruit, which we believe will continue to become more evident as the year progresses."

Summary Financial Performance: Q1 2017
($ in millions except per share amounts)
Q1
Q1
2017
2016
Change
Revenue
$
182.4
$
165.8
10
%
Wealth Management
$
82.7
$
77.3
7
%
Tax Preparation
$
99.7
$
88.5
13
%
Segment Income
$
65.0
$
58.5
11
%
Wealth Management
$
11.9
$
10.9
9
%
Tax Preparation
$
53.1
$
47.6
12
%
Unallocated Corporate Operating Expenses
$
(6.8
)
$
(4.7
)
44
%
GAAP:
Operating Income
$
43.9
$
39.4
11
%
Net Income Attributable to Blucora, Inc.
$
30.6
$
22.7
35
%
Diluted Net Income Per Share Attributable to Blucora, Inc. (EPS) $
0.67
$
0.54
24
%
Non-GAAP:
Adjusted EBITDA
$
58.2
$
53.8
8
%
Net Income
$
47.4
$
39.3
21
%
Diluted Net Income Per Share (EPS)
$
1.04
$
0.94
11
%
See reconciliations of all non-GAAP to GAAP measures presented in this release in the tables below.

Tax Season Update

"This is our second year in a multi-year pivot in our TaxAct business to focus on profitable customers," Clendening continued. "Our new strategy, utilizing our pricing power, enabled us to grow average revenue per user, increase our completion and retention rate, and improve paid mix. We are encouraged by these metrics and believe that they reinforce the merits of our strategy of focusing on higher value customers despite that as expected, we lost share in DDIY e-files."

(in thousands, except %s)
Tax seasons ended
April 18, 2017
April 19, 2016
% change
Consumer:
Online e-files
3,958
4,613
(14
)%
Desktop e-files
184
234
(21
)%
Sub-total e-files
4,142
4,847
(15
)%
Free File Alliance e-files
164
158
4
%
Total consumer e-files
4,306
5,005
(14
)%
Professional tax preparer:
E-files
1,717
1,630
5
%
Total e-files (consumer and preparer) 6,023
6,635
(9
)%
Tax season begins on the first day that the IRS begins accepting e-files and ends on tax day +1.
This information includes non-financial metrics used in measuring the performance of the consumer and professional tax preparer sides of the Tax Preparation business.

Second Quarter and Full Year 2017 Outlook

For the second quarter of 2017, the Company expects revenues to be between $135.0 million and $138.5 million, GAAP net loss attributable to Blucora, Inc. to be between $4.0 million and $0.2 million, or $(0.09) to nil per diluted share, Adjusted EBITDA to be between $39.4 million and $42.0 million, and Non-GAAP net income to be between $28.5 million and $31.5 million, or $0.63 to $0.69 per diluted share.

For the full year 2017, the Company expects revenues to be between $493.0 million and $506.0 million, GAAP net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc. to be between $(3.4) million and $2.9 million, or $(0.08) to $0.06 per diluted share, Adjusted EBITDA to be between $96.0 million and $103.3 million, and Non-GAAP net income to be between $59.0 million and $66.8 million, or $1.28 to $1.45 per diluted share.

The second quarter and fiscal 2017 outlook for GAAP net income or loss attributable to Blucora assumes an estimated tax rate of approximately 20%. Our actual tax rate may differ significantly from this estimated tax rate due to our projected near break even pre-tax income, and the adoption of Accounting Standards Update No. 2016-09, Compensation - Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to Employee Share-Based Accounting ("ASU 2016-09"). In addition, our GAAP net income or loss attributable to Blucora outlook excludes any impact to tax expense for discrete items, which are affected by ASU 2016-09, and variable stock-based compensation related to grants to non-employee advisors, and including these items in our actual results when they occur may cause our actual results to differ significantly from the outlook provided.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time during which the Company will further discuss first quarter results, its outlook for the second quarter and full year 2017, tax season update, and other business matters. We will also provide the prepared remarks for the conference call along with supplemental financial information to our results on the Investor Relations section of the Blucora corporate website at http://www.blucora.com prior to the call. The supplemental financial information has also been filed with the SEC on Form 8-K. A replay of the call be available on our website.

About Blucora(R)

Blucora, Inc. (BCOR) is a leading provider of technology-enabled financial solutions to consumers, small businesses and tax professionals. Our products and services in tax preparation and wealth management, through TaxAct and HD Vest, help consumers manage their financial lives. TaxAct is an affordable digital tax preparation solution for individuals, business owners and tax professionals. HD Vest Financial Services supports an independent network of tax professionals who provide comprehensive financial planning solutions. For more information on Blucora or its businesses, please visit www.blucora.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Actual results may differ significantly from management’s expectations due to various risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: risks associated with the Company’s strategic transformation and the successful execution of its strategic initiatives, operating plans and marketing strategies; general economic, political, industry, and market conditions; the Company’s ability to attract and retain productive advisors; the Company’s ability to successfully make technology enhancements and introduce new products and services; information technology and cybersecurity risks; the effect of current, pending and future legislation, regulation and regulatory actions, such as the new Department of Labor rule and any changes in tax laws; dependence on third parties to distribute products and services; litigation risks; the Company’s ability to hire, retain and motivate key employees; the Company’s ability to protect its intellectual property; and financing risks, including risks related to the Company’s existing debt obligations and the closing of its proposed credit facility. A more detailed description of these and certain other factors that could affect actual results is included in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release.

Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)
Three months ended March 31,
2017
2016
Revenue:
Wealth management services revenue
$
82,667
$
77,291
Tax preparation services revenue
99,708
88,474
Total revenue
182,375
165,765
Operating expenses:
Cost of revenue:
Wealth management services cost of revenue
55,874
52,269
Tax preparation services cost of revenue
3,818
3,207
Amortization of acquired technology
48
667
Total cost of revenue
59,740
56,143
Engineering and technology
4,748
4,295
Sales and marketing
48,998
43,837
General and administrative
13,483
12,753
Depreciation
940
975
Amortization of other acquired intangible assets
8,288
8,316
Restructuring
2,289
--
Total operating expenses
138,486
126,319
Operating income
43,889
39,446
Other loss, net
(9,708
)
(7,514
)
Income from continuing operations before income taxes
34,181
31,932
Income tax expense
(3,471
)
(11,643
)
Income from continuing operations
30,710
20,289
Discontinued operations, net of income taxes
--
2,522
Net income
30,710
22,811
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests
(126
)
(144
)
Net income attributable to Blucora, Inc.
$
30,584
$
22,667
Net income per share attributable to Blucora, Inc. - basic:
Continuing operations
$
0.73
$
0.49
Discontinued operations
--
0.06
Basic net income per share
$
0.73
$
0.55
Net income per share attributable to Blucora, Inc. - diluted:
Continuing operations
$
0.67
$
0.48
Discontinued operations
--
0.06
Diluted net income per share
$
0.67
$
0.54
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic
42,145
41,171
Diluted
45,428
41,610
Stock-based compensation expense was allocated among the following captions (in thousands):
Three months ended March 31,
2017
2016
Cost of revenue
$
46
$
42
Engineering and technology
285
411
Sales and marketing
691
601
General and administrative
1,543
3,175
Restructuring
443
--
Total stock-based compensation expense
$
3,008
$
4,229
Other loss, net consisted of the following (in thousands):
Three months ended March 31,
2017
2016
Interest income
$
(20
)
$
(25
)
Interest expense
6,436
9,191
Amortization of debt issuance costs
387
610
Accretion of debt discounts
1,085
1,406
(Gain) loss on debt extinguishment and modification expense
1,780
(3,843
)
Other
40
175
Other loss, net
$
9,708
$
7,514
Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
March 31,
December 31,
2017
2016
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents
$
74,609
$
51,713
Cash segregated under federal or other regulations 1,872
2,355
Available-for-sale investments
160
7,101
Accounts receivable, net of allowance
11,448
10,209
Commissions receivable
15,402
16,144
Other receivables
2,380
4,004
Prepaid expenses and other current assets, net
6,800
6,321
Total current assets
112,671
97,847
Long-term assets:
Property and equipment, net
8,990
10,836
Goodwill, net
548,778
548,741
Other intangible assets, net
353,847
362,178
Other long-term assets
2,897
3,057
Total long-term assets
914,512
924,812
Total assets
$
1,027,183
$
1,022,659
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable
$
7,223
$
4,536
Commissions and advisory fees payable
16,389
16,587
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
25,887
18,528
Deferred revenue
7,435
12,156
Current portion of long-term debt, net
2,560
2,560
Total current liabilities
59,494
54,367
Long-term liabilities:
Long-term debt, net
212,264
248,221
Convertible senior notes, net
165,350
164,176
Deferred tax liability, net
59,102
111,126
Deferred revenue
1,145
1,849
Other long-term liabilities
8,546
10,205
Total long-term liabilities
446,407
535,577
Total liabilities
505,901
589,944
Redeemable noncontrolling interests
15,822
15,696
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock
4
4
Additional paid-in capital
1,516,421
1,510,152
Accumulated deficit
(1,010,628
)
(1,092,756
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(337
)
(381
)
Total stockholders’ equity
505,460
417,019
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
1,027,183
$
1,022,659
Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
Three months ended March 31,
2017
2016
Operating Activities:
Net income
$
30,710
$
22,811
Less: Discontinued operations, net of income taxes
--
2,522
Net income from continuing operations
30,710
20,289
Adjustments to reconcile net income from continuing operations to net cash from operating activities:
Stock-based compensation
2,565
4,229
Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets
9,470
10,105
Restructuring (non-cash)
864
--
Deferred income taxes
(481
)
(5,127
)
Amortization of premium on investments, net
10
79
Amortization of debt issuance costs
387
610
Accretion of debt discounts
1,085
1,406
(Gain) loss on debt extinguishment and modification expense
1,780
(3,843
)
Other
--
13
Cash provided (used) by changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable
(1,239
)
(2,967
)
Commissions receivable
742
1,266
Other receivables
2,198
20,146
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
(479
)
2,709
Other long-term assets
122
95
Accounts payable
2,687
5,217
Commissions and advisory fees payable
(198
)
(1,705
)
Deferred revenue
(5,425
)
(2,610
)
Accrued expenses and other current and long-term liabilities
8,102
18,809
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations
52,900
68,721
Investing Activities:
Purchases of property and equipment
(1,165
)
(677
)
Proceeds from sales of investments
249
--
Proceeds from maturities of investments
7,092
--
Purchases of investments
(409
)
(403
)
Net cash provided (used) by investing activities from continuing operations
5,767
(1,080
)
Financing Activities:
Repurchase of convertible notes
--
(20,667
)
Repayment of credit facility
(38,000
)
(40,000
)
Proceeds from stock option exercises
4,234
1,088
Proceeds from issuance of stock through employee stock purchase plan
662
562
Tax payments from shares withheld for equity awards
(2,209
)
(329
)
Contingent consideration payments for business acquisition
(946
)
--
Net cash used by financing activities from continuing operations
(36,259
)
(59,346
)
Net cash provided by continuing operations
22,408
8,295
Net cash provided by operating activities from discontinued operations
--
9,795
Net cash used by investing activities from discontinued operations
--
(479
)
Net cash used by financing activities from discontinued operations
--
(5,000
)
Net cash provided by discontinued operations
--
4,316
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash
5
--
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash
22,413
12,611
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period
54,868
59,830
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period
$
77,281
$
72,441
Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Segment Information
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
Three months ended March 31,
2017
2016
Revenue:
Wealth Management
$
82,667
$
77,291
Tax Preparation
99,708
88,474
Total revenue
182,375
165,765
Operating income:
Wealth Management
11,853
10,906
Tax Preparation
53,133
47,573
Corporate-level activity
(21,097
)
(19,033
)
Total operating income
43,889
39,446
Other loss, net
(9,708
)
(7,514
)
Income tax expense
(3,471
)
(11,643
)
Discontinued operations, net of income taxes --
2,522
Net income
$
30,710
$
22,811
Revenues by major category within each segment are presented below (in thousands):
Three months ended March 31,
2017
2016
Wealth Management:
Commission
$
39,595
$
36,856
Advisory
33,576
31,532
Asset-based
5,966
5,818
Transaction and fee
3,530
3,085
Total Wealth Management revenue
$
82,667
$
77,291
Tax Preparation:
Consumer
$
88,242
$
77,471
Professional
11,466
11,003
Total Tax Preparation revenue
$
99,708
$
88,474
Corporate-level activity included the following (in thousands):
Three months ended March 31,
2017
2016
Operating expenses
$
6,773
$
4,699
Stock-based compensation
2,565
4,229
Depreciation
1,134
1,122
Amortization of acquired intangible assets
8,336
8,983
Restructuring
2,289
--
Total corporate-level activity
$
21,097
$
19,033
Blucora, Inc.
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures
Preliminary Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)
Three months ended March 31,
2017
2016
Operating income (loss)
$
43,889
$
39,446
Stock-based compensation
2,565
4,229
Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets 9,470
10,105
Restructuring
2,289
--
Adjusted EBITDA
$
58,213
$
53,780
Preliminary Non-GAAP Net Income Reconciliation
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three months ended March 31,
2017
2016
Net income attributable to Blucora, Inc.
$
30,584
$
22,667
Discontinued operations, net of income taxes
--
(2,522
)
Stock-based compensation
2,565
4,229
Amortization of acquired intangible assets
8,336
8,983
Accretion of debt discount on Convertible Senior Notes
934
963
Accelerated accretion of debt discount on Convertible Senior Notes
--
1,628
Gain on Convertible Senior Notes repurchased
--
(7,724
)
Restructuring
2,289
--
Impact of noncontrolling interests
126
144
Cash tax impact of adjustments to GAAP net income
(587
)
339
Non-cash income tax expense
3,160
10,579
Non-GAAP net income
$
47,407
$
39,286
Per diluted share:
Net income attributable to Blucora, Inc.
$
0.67
$
0.54
Discontinued operations, net of income taxes
--
(0.06
)
Stock-based compensation
0.06
0.10
Amortization of acquired intangible assets
0.18
0.23
Accretion of debt discount on Convertible Senior Notes
0.02
0.02
Accelerated accretion of debt discount on Convertible Senior Notes
--
0.04
Gain on Convertible Senior Notes repurchased
--
(0.19
)
Restructuring
0.05
--
Impact of noncontrolling interests
0.00
0.00
Cash tax impact of adjustments to GAAP net income
(0.01
)
0.01
Non-cash income tax expense
0.07
0.25
Non-GAAP net income
$
1.04
$
0.94
Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing per diluted share amounts 45,428
41,610
Preliminary Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation for Forward-Looking Guidance
(Amounts in thousands)
Ranges for the three months ending
Ranges for the year ending
June 30, 2017
December 31, 2017
Net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc.
$
(4,000 )
$
(200
)
$
(3,400 )
$
2,900
Stock-based compensation
3,500
3,400
12,600
12,400
Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets 9,600
9,400
38,100
37,900
Restructuring
700
600
3,300
3,100
Other loss, net
25,600
25,300
45,800
45,400
Impact of noncontrolling interests
200
200
400
700
Income tax (benefit) expense
3,800
3,300
(800
)
900
Adjusted EBITDA
$
39,400
$
42,000
$
96,000
$
103,300
Preliminary Non-GAAP Net Income Reconciliation for Forward-Looking Guidance
(Amounts in thousands)
Ranges for the three months ending
Ranges for the year ending
June 30, 2017
December 31, 2017
Net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc.
$
(4,000 )
$
(200
)
$
(3,400 )
$
2,900
Stock-based compensation
3,500
3,400
12,600
12,400
Amortization of acquired intangible assets
8,400
8,300
33,400
33,300
Accretion of debt discount on Convertible Senior Notes 800
800
1,800
1,800
Loss on debt extinguishment and modification expense
16,100
16,100
16,100
16,100
Restructuring
700
600
3,300
3,100
Impact of noncontrolling interests
200
200
400
700
Cash tax impact of adjustments to net income (loss)
--
--
(600
)
(600
)
Non-cash income tax (benefit) expense
2,800
2,300
(4,600
)
(2,900
)
Non-GAAP net income
$
28,500
$
31,500
$
59,000
$
66,800

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

We define Adjusted EBITDA as operating income, determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding the effects of depreciation, amortization of acquired intangible assets (including acquired technology), stock-based compensation, and restructuring costs. Restructuring costs relate to the upcoming move of our corporate headquarters, which was announced in the fourth quarter of 2016.

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

We define non-GAAP net income as net income attributable to Blucora, Inc., determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding the effects of discontinued operations, stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets (including acquired technology), accretion of debt discount and accelerated accretion of debt discount on the Convertible Senior Notes, gain on Convertible Senior Notes repurchased, restructuring costs, the impact of noncontrolling interests, the related cash tax impact of those adjustments, and non-cash income taxes. Restructuring costs relate to the upcoming move of our corporate headquarters, which was announced in the fourth quarter of 2016. We exclude the non-cash portion of income taxes because of our ability to offset a substantial portion of our cash tax liabilities by using deferred tax assets, which primarily consist of U.S. federal net operating losses. The majority of these net operating losses will expire, if unutilized, between 2020 and 2024.

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

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

(3) Other loss, net primarily includes items such as interest income, interest expense, amortization of debt issuance costs, accretion of debt discounts, and gain/loss on debt extinguishment and modification expense.

Blucora Contact:
Bill Michalek (972) 870-6463
bill.michalek@blucora.com

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