HERNDON, Va., April 27, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN), a technology-based education company and leading provider of proprietary curriculum and online school programs for students in pre-K through high school, today announced its results for the third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2016.

Financial Highlights for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2016 (Third Quarter Fiscal Year 2016)

  • Revenues of $221.3 million, compared to $244.6 million in the third quarter of FY 2015.
  • EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure (see reconciliation below), of $36.7 million, compared to $45.2 million in the third quarter of FY 2015.
  • Operating income of $19.1 million, compared to $27.4 million in the third quarter of FY 2015.
  • Net income attributable to common stockholders of $14.3 million, compared to $17.0 million in the third quarter of FY 2015. 
  • Diluted net income attributable to common stockholders per share of $0.37, compared to $0.45 in the third quarter of FY 2015. 

Financial Highlights for the Nine Months Ended March 31, 2016

  • Revenues of $651.4 million, compared to $712.6 million for the first nine months of FY 2015.
  • EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure (see reconciliation below), of $64.0 million, compared to $87.0 million for the first nine months of FY 2015.
  • Operating income of $13.4 million compared to $34.7 million for the first nine months of FY 2015.
  • Net income attributable to common stockholders of $10.0 million, compared to $22.6 million for the first nine months of FY 2015.
  • Diluted net income attributable to common stockholders per share of $0.26, compared to $0.60 for the first nine months of FY 2015.

Changes to the year-over-year financial results, for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2016, are primarily due to the transition of the Agora Cyber Charter School contract from a managed to a non-managed program.

Comments from Management                         

“We continue to achieve financial results in line with the guidance we provided for the year,” said Stuart Udell, Chief Executive Officer. “I am also extremely proud of this year’s academic accomplishments and the extraordinary efforts of our dedicated teachers and school teams.  While we have made great strides in the last few years, we will continue to work with our partners to further improve the academic outcomes for all the students we serve,” added Udell.

Cash, Capital Expenditures and Capital Leases

As of March 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $199.5 million, an increase of $3.6 million compared to the $195.9 million reported at June 30, 2015. This increase is largely the result of normal seasonal trends.

Capital expenditures for the nine months ended March 31, 2016 were $41.0 million, a decrease of $4.3 million from the prior year’s first nine months, and was comprised of:

  • $2.5 million for property and equipment,
  • $26.3 million for capitalized software development, and
  • $12.2 million for capitalized curriculum.

Capital leases financed additional purchases of $6.9 million during the nine months ended March 31, 2016, primarily for student computers.  This compares to capital leases financed during the nine months ended March 31, 2015 of $12.1 million.


The following table sets forth the Company’s revenues -- Managed Public School Programs (curriculum and services sold to managed public schools), Institutional (curriculum, technology and services provided to school districts, public schools and other educational institutions that the Company does not manage), and Private Pay Schools and Other (private schools for which the Company charges student tuition and makes direct consumer sales) – for the periods indicated.

Beginning in fiscal 2016, the Company has presented revenue from Non-managed Programs as part of the Institutional line of business, along with the Institutional Software and Services, which together constitute total Institutional revenue.  In the prior year these revenues were presented as part of the Public School Programs line of business, which included both Managed and Non-managed Public School Programs. We believe this revised presentation clarifies and better aligns the disclosure of Non-Managed Program revenues with the Company’s operational and sales structure.

 Three Months Ended Change Nine Months Ended Change
 March 31, 2016 / 2015 March 31, 2016 / 2015
($ in thousands) 2016  2015   $ %  2016  2015   $ %
Managed Public School Programs (1)$185,832 $213,230  $(27,398) -12.8% $533,633 $612,344  $(78,711) -12.9%
Non-managed Public School Programs (1) 13,145  9,324   3,821  41.0%  44,441  31,009   13,432  43.3%
Institutional Software & Services 10,645  10,954   (309) -2.8%  36,134  35,670   464  1.3%
Total Institutional 23,790  20,278   3,512  17.3%  80,575  66,679   13,896  20.8%
Private Pay Schools and Other 11,718  11,115   603  5.4%  37,173  33,617   3,556  10.6%
Total$221,340 $244,623  $(23,283) -9.5% $651,381 $712,640  $(61,259) -8.6%
(1) Managed Programs include schools where K12 provides substantially all of the management, technology and academic support services in addition to curriculum, learning systems and instructional services. Non-managed Programs include schools where K12 provides curriculum and technology, and the school can also contract for instruction or other educational services.  Non-managed programs, however, do not offer primary administrative oversight.

Enrollment Data

The following table sets forth enrollment data for students in Managed Public School Programs and our Non-managed Public School Programs for the periods indicated.  These figures exclude enrollments from classroom pilot programs and consumer programs.

 Three Months Ended  March 31, 2016 / 2015 Nine Months Ended  March 31, 2016 / 2015
  2016   2015   Change   Change % 
  2016   2015   Change   Change % 
Managed Public School Programs (1,2)104,640 115,330  (10,690)  -9.3% 104,229 116,198  (11,969)  -10.3%
Non-managed Public School Programs (1)26,816 20,165  6,651   33.0% 27,326 20,341  6,985   34.3%
(1) If a school changes from a Managed to a Non-managed program, the corresponding enrollment classification would change in the period in which the contract arrangement changed.
(2) Managed Public School Programs include enrollments for which K12 receives no public funding or revenue.

Revenue per Enrollment Data

The following table sets forth revenue per average enrollment data for students in Public School Programs for the periods indicated.

 Three Months Ended Change Nine Months Ended Change
 March 31, 2016 / 2015 March 31, 2016 / 2015
  2016   2015  $ %  2016   2015  $ %
Managed Public School Programs$1,776  $1,849  $(73)  -3.9% $5,120  $5,270  $(150)  -2.8%
Non-managed Public School Programs 490   462   28   6.0%  1,626   1,524   102   6.7%

Fourth Quarter Outlook

The Company is forecasting the following for the fourth quarter of FY 2016:

  • Revenue in the range of $205 million to $215 million.
  • Operating income in the range of $5 million to $9 million.
  • Capital expenditures, which includes curriculum and software development, computers and infrastructure, of $22 million to $27 million.

Special Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We have tried, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements using words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “continues,” “likely,” “may,” “opportunity,” “potential,” “projects,” “will,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends” and similar expressions to identify forward looking statements, whether in the negative or the affirmative. These statements reflect our current beliefs and are based upon information currently available to us. Accordingly, such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such statements. These risks, uncertainties, factors and contingencies include, but are not limited to: reduction of per pupil funding amounts at the schools we serve; inability to achieve sufficient levels of new enrollments to sustain or to grow our business model; failure of the schools we serve to comply with regulations resulting in a loss of funding or an obligation to repay funds previously received; declines or variations in academic performance outcomes as curriculum and testing standards evolve; harm to our reputation resulting from poor performance or misconduct by operators or us in any school in our industry and in any school in which we operate; legal and regulatory challenges from opponents of virtual public education, public charter schools or for-profit education companies; discrepancies in interpretation of legislation by regulatory agencies that may lead to payment or funding disputes; termination of our contracts with schools due to a loss of authorizing charter; failure to enter into new school contracts or renew existing contracts, in part or in their entirety; unsuccessful integration of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures; failure to further develop, maintain and enhance our technology, products, services and brands; inadequate recruiting, training and retention of effective teachers and employees; infringement  of our intellectual property; non-compliance with laws and regulations related to operating schools in a foreign jurisdiction; entry of new competitors with superior competitive technologies and lower prices; and other risks and uncertainties associated with our business described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the expectations will be attained or that any deviation will not be material. All information in this release is as of April 27, 2016, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company’s expectations.

Conference Call

The Company will discuss its third quarter fiscal year 2016 financial results during a conference call scheduled for Wednesday, April 27, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. eastern time (ET).

The conference call will be webcast and available at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=119013.  Please access the web site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call.

To participate in the live call, investors and analysts should dial (877) 407-4019 (domestic) or (201) 689-8337 (international) at 8:15 a.m. (ET). No passcode is required. 

A replay of the call will be available starting on April 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. ET through May 27, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. ET, at (877) 660-6853 (domestic) or (201) 612-7415 (international) using conference ID 13634573. A webcast replay of the call will be available at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=119013 for 30 days.

Financial Statements

The financial statements set forth below are not the complete set of K12 Inc.’s financial statements for the three months and nine months ended March 31, 2016, and are presented below without footnotes. Readers are encouraged to obtain and carefully review K12 Inc.’s Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2016, including all financial statements contained therein and the footnotes thereto, filed with the SEC. The Form 10-Q may be retrieved from the SEC's website at www.sec.gov or from K12 Inc.’s website at www.k12.com.

K12 INC.
 March 31, June 30,
  2016   2015 
 (In thousands, except share and per share data)
Current assets   
Cash and cash equivalents$199,508  $195,852 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $9,949 and $9,657 at March 31, 2016 and June 30, 2015, respectively 222,884   188,246 
Inventories, net 16,146   29,571 
Deferred tax asset 8,406   8,989 
Prepaid expenses 16,837   11,428 
Other current assets 24,797   24,877 
Total current assets 488,578   458,963 
Property and equipment, net 26,717   34,407 
Capitalized software, net 67,710   62,683 
Capitalized curriculum development costs, net 58,345   58,696 
Intangible assets, net 19,347   21,195 
Goodwill 66,160   66,160 
Deposits and other assets 7,049   6,495 
Total assets$733,906  $708,599 
Current liabilities   
Current portion of capital lease obligations$13,453  $16,635 
Accounts payable 15,745   29,819 
Accrued liabilities 14,209   12,486 
Accrued compensation and benefits 26,898   26,790 
Deferred revenue 50,898   24,927 
Total current liabilities 121,203   110,657 
Capital lease obligations, net of current portion 9,660   13,022 
Deferred rent, net of current portion 6,958   7,692 
Deferred tax liability 27,654   22,456 
Other long-term liabilities 6,475   8,233 
Total liabilities 171,950   162,060 
Commitments and contingencies -   - 
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 9,801   9,601 
Stockholders’ equity       
Common stock, par value $0.0001; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 42,593,095 and 41,837,894 shares issued and 39,090,497 and 38,335,296 shares outstanding at March 31, 2016 and June 30, 2015, respectively 4   4 
Additional paid-in capital 668,238   663,461 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (643)  (1,065)
Accumulated deficit (40,444)  (50,462)
Treasury stock of 3,502,598 shares at cost at March 31, 2016 and June 30, 2015 (75,000)  (75,000)
Total stockholders’ equity 552,155   536,938 
Total liabilities, redeemable noncontrolling interest and equity$733,906  $708,599 


K12 INC.
 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
 March 31, March 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015 
 (In thousands, except share and per share data)
Revenues$221,340  $244,623  $651,381  $712,640 
Cost and expenses               
Instructional costs and services 134,755   148,985   403,374   440,857 
Selling, administrative, and other operating expenses 64,888   64,871   225,598   226,972 
Product development expenses 2,563   3,337   9,004   10,065 
Total costs and expenses 202,206   217,193   637,976   677,894 
Income from operations 19,134   27,430   13,405   34,746 
Interest expense, net (101)  (315)  (596)  (134)
Income before income tax expense and noncontrolling interest 19,033   27,115   12,809   34,612 
Income tax expense (5,368)  (10,586)  (3,924)  (12,711)
Net income 13,665   16,529   8,885   21,901 
Adjust net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest 608   484   1,133   667 
Net income attributable to common stockholders$14,273  $17,013  $10,018  $22,568 
Net income attributable to common stockholders per share               
Basic$0.38  $0.46  $0.27  $0.60 
Diluted$0.37  $0.45  $0.26  $0.60 
Weighted average shares used in computing per share amounts:               
Basic 37,692,826   37,211,634   37,562,106   37,334,598 
Diluted 38,999,871   37,408,911   38,559,204   37,574,665 


K12 INC.
 Nine Months Ended March 31,
  2016   2015 
 (In thousands)
Cash flows from operating activities   
Net income$8,885  $21,901 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities       
Depreciation and amortization expense 50,622   52,273 
Stock-based compensation expense 13,759   13,471 
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation (6)  (8)
Deferred income taxes (552)  4,128 
Provision for doubtful accounts 2,895   1,442 
Provision for excess and obsolete inventory 543   541 
Benefit for student computer shrinkage and obsolescence (422)  (262)
Expensed leased computer peripherals 2,532   - 
Changes in assets and liabilities:       
Accounts receivable (37,521)  (81,421)
Inventories 12,882   15,532 
Prepaid expenses (5,409)  (4,226)
Other current assets 79   (3,719)
Deposits and other assets (159)  (425)
Accounts payable (14,074)  (10,979)
Accrued liabilities 3,483   (1,974)
Accrued compensation and benefits 110   4,619 
Deferred revenue 25,971   32,336 
Deferred rent and other liabilities (2,496)  2,510 
Net cash provided by operating activities 61,122   45,739 
Cash flows from investing activities       
Purchase of property and equipment (2,458)  (7,656)
Capitalized software development costs (26,321)  (25,430)
Capitalized curriculum development costs (12,206)  (12,194)
Investment in LearnBop, Inc. -   (6,512)
Net cash used in investing activities (40,985)  (51,792)
Cash flows from financing activities       
Repayments on capital lease obligations (13,428)  (16,743)
Purchase of treasury stock -   (26,452)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 14   513 
Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation 6   8 
Retirement of restricted stock for income tax withholding (3,056)  (2,388)
Net cash used in financing activities (16,464)  (45,062)
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (17)  (2,144)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents 3,656   (53,259)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 195,852   196,109 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period$199,508  $142,850 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures


EBITDA consists of net income plus net interest expense, plus income tax expense, minus income tax benefit, plus depreciation and amortization and non-controlling interest. Interest expense primarily consists of interest expense for capital leases. We use EBITDA in addition to income from operations and net income as a measure of operating performance. However, EBITDA is not a recognized measurement under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, and when analyzing our operating performance, investors should use EBITDA in addition to, and not as an alternative for, net income as determined in accordance with GAAP. Not all companies use identical calculations for EBITDA, therefore our presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Furthermore, EBITDA is not intended to be a measure of free cash flow for our management's discretionary use, as it does not consider certain cash requirements such as capital expenditures, tax payments, interest payments, or other working capital.

We believe EBITDA is useful to an investor in evaluating our operating performance because it is widely used to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items such as depreciation and amortization, which can vary depending upon accounting methods and the book value of assets, and to present a meaningful measure of corporate performance exclusive of our capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired. Our management uses EBITDA:

  • as an additional measurement of operating performance because it assists us in comparing our performance on a consistent basis; and
  • in presentations to the members of our Board of Directors to enable our Board to have the same measurement basis of operating performance as is used by management to compare our current operating results with corresponding prior periods and with the results of other companies in our industry.

The following tables provide a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA:

  Three Months Ended March 31,  Nine Months Ended December 31, 
    2016    2015     2016    2015  
  (In thousands) (In thousands)
Net income — K12 Inc.  $  14,273 $  17,013  $  10,018 $  22,568 
Interest expense (income), net     101    315     596    134 
Income tax expense    5,368    10,586     3,924    12,711 
Depreciation and amortization     17,586    17,764     50,622    52,273 
Noncontrolling interest     (608)   (484)    (1,133)   (667)
EBITDA  $  36,720 $  45,194  $  64,027 $  87,019 

About K12 Inc.

K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) is driving innovation and advancing the quality of education by delivering state-of-the-art, digital learning platforms and technology to students and school districts across the globe. K12’s award winning curriculum serves over 2,000 schools and school districts and has delivered more than four million courses over the past decade. K12 is a company of educators with the nation's largest network of K-12 online school teachers, providing instruction, academic services, and learning solutions to public schools and districts, traditional classrooms, blended school programs, and directly to families. The K12 program is offered through K12 partner public schools in 33 states and the District of Columbia, and through school districts and public and private schools serving students in all 50 states and more than 100 countries.  More information can be found at K12.com.

K12 Inc.
Investor Contact:
Mike Kraft, 571-353-7778
VP Finance & Corporate Treasurer