IRVING, Texas, May 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: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, 2018.

First Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

  • Increased total revenue by 13% year-over-year
  • Grew wealth management revenue by 11%, Advisory Assets Under Management (AUM) by 15% and Total Assets Under Administration by 10% year-over-year
  • Strengthened balance sheet by reducing debt by $40 million in first quarter, improving net leverage ratio to 2.1x vs. 3.3x in prior year period
  • Tax preparation revenue and segment income expected to grow approximately 15% and 11% respectively for the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared to the same period last year, with a return to paid unit growth

“We’re pleased to report a strong start to the year with double-digit growth rates in revenue, segment income, adjusted EBITDA as well as both GAAP and Non-GAAP EPS,” commented John Clendening, Blucora’s President and Chief Executive Officer.  "Strong cash flow generation enabled us to further strengthen our balance sheet and reduce our net leverage ratio to its lowest level since the end of 2015.  Additionally, our wealth management business grew assets under management by 15% to $12.7 billion and total assets under administration by 10% to $43.9 billion.”

Summary Financial Performance: Q1 2018
($ in millions except per share amounts)

 Q1 Q1  
 2018 2017 Change
Revenue$206.0  $182.4  13%
Wealth Management$92.1  $82.7  11%
Tax Preparation$113.9  $99.7  14%
Segment Income$71.9  $65.0  11%
Wealth Management$13.1  $11.9  10%
Tax Preparation$58.8  $53.1  11%
Unallocated Corporate Operating Expenses$(5.5) $(6.8) (18)%
GAAP:     
Operating Income$52.7  $43.9  20%
Net Income Attributable to Blucora, Inc.$45.3  $30.6  48%
Diluted Net Income Per Share Attributable to Blucora, Inc. (EPS)$0.93  $0.67  39%
Non-GAAP:     
Adjusted EBITDA$66.3  $58.2  14%
Net Income$58.2  $47.4  23%
Diluted Net Income Per Share (EPS)$1.20  $1.04  15%
See reconciliations of all non-GAAP to GAAP measures presented in this release in the tables below.

Tax Season Update

Clendening continued, “Our tax preparation business had a strong tax season.  In the third year of a multi-year pivot to focus on profitable customers, while total units, including free, declined as expected, I’m pleased to report a return to growth in paid units, as well as continued growth in average revenue per user.  Based on these results we now expect full first-half 2018 tax revenue growth of approximately 15% versus the comparable period last year, well ahead of our previous outlook range of 8-10%.”

“This season we significantly enhanced our mobile experience, moved to the cloud, and improved our customer support capabilities.  In addition, this season we launched our BluPrintTM financial assessment which turns insights from a customer’s tax return into actionable recommendations to improve their financial lives.  We have been encouraged by the customer adoption of BluPrint this year as well the progress of the associated partnerships in our inaugural year of the program,” Clendening concluded.

(in thousands except %s) Tax seasons ended
  April 19, 2018 April 18, 2017 % change
Consumer:      
  Online e-files 3,432  3,958  (13)%
  Desktop e-files 152  184  (17)%
Sub-total e-files 3,584  4,142  (13)%
  Free File Alliance e-files 188  164  15%
Total consumer e-files 3,772  4,306  (12)%
Professional tax preparer:      
  E-files 1,763  1,717  3%
Total e-files (consumer and preparer) 5,535  6,023  (8)%

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 2018 Outlook

For the second quarter of 2018, the Company expects revenues to be between $151.8 million and $155.6 million, GAAP net income attributable to Blucora, Inc. to be between $27.0 million and $28.9 million, or $0.55 to $0.59 per diluted share, Adjusted EBITDA to be between $45.0 million and $48.0 million, and Non-GAAP net income to be between $39.8 million and $42.9 million, or $0.82 to $0.88 per diluted share.

For the full year 2018, the Company expects revenues to be between $545.8 million and $559.8 million, GAAP net income attributable to Blucora, Inc. to be between $38.7 million and $45.0 million, or $0.79 to $0.92 per diluted share, Adjusted EBITDA to be between $110.5 million and $118.3 million, and Non-GAAP net income to be between $86.3 million and $94.2 million, or $1.76 to $1.93 per diluted share.

The second quarter and fiscal 2018 outlook for GAAP net income or loss attributable to Blucora assumes an estimated tax rate of approximately 4% to 8%.

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 2018 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®

Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: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, respectively, 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.

Source: Blucora

Blucora Contact:
Bill Michalek (972) 870-6463
VP, Investor Relations

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. When used in this release, terms such as “believes,” “estimates,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “may,” “forecasts,” “projects” and similar expressions and variations as they relate to the Company or its management are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ significantly from management’s expectations due to various risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: our ability to effectively implement our future business plans and growth strategy; our ability to effectively compete within our industry; our ability to attract and retain customers; the availability of financing and our ability to meet our current and future debt service obligations and comply with our debt covenants; our ability to generate strong investment performance for our customers and the impact of the financial markets on our customers’ portfolios; political and economic conditions and events that directly or indirectly impact the wealth management and tax preparation industries; our ability to attract and retain productive financial advisors; our ability to successfully make technology enhancements and introduce new and improve on existing products and services; our expectations concerning the revenues we generate from fees associated with the financial products that we distribute; our ability to comply with laws and regulations, including, among others, those related to privacy protection and consumer data; our ability to successfully transition our wealth management business to a new clearing platform and our expectations concerning the benefits that may be derived therefrom; cybersecurity risks; our ability to maintain our relationships with third party partners; the seasonality of our business; litigation risks; our ability to attract and retain qualified employees; our assessments and estimates that determine our effective tax rate; the impact of new or changing tax legislation; our ability to develop, establish and maintain strong brands; our ability to protect our intellectual property; and our ability to effectively integrate companies or assets that we acquire. 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, except as may be required by applicable law.


Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Revenue:   
Wealth management services revenue$92,082  $82,667 
Tax preparation services revenue113,883  99,708 
Total revenue205,965  182,375 
Operating expenses:   
Cost of revenue:   
Wealth management services cost of revenue63,067  55,874 
Tax preparation services cost of revenue4,353  3,818 
Amortization of acquired technology50  48 
Total cost of revenue (1)67,470  59,740 
Engineering and technology (1)5,131  4,748 
Sales and marketing (1)55,253  48,998 
General and administrative (1)14,866  13,483 
Depreciation1,915  940 
Amortization of other acquired intangible assets8,307  8,288 
Restructuring (1)289  2,289 
Total operating expenses153,231  138,486 
Operating income52,734  43,889 
Other loss, net (2)(5,228) (9,708)
Income before income taxes47,506  34,181 
Income tax expense(1,963) (3,471)
Net income45,543  30,710 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests(205) (126)
Net income attributable to Blucora, Inc.$45,338  $30,584 
Net income per share attributable to Blucora, Inc.:   
Basic$0.97  $0.73 
Diluted$0.93  $0.67 
Weighted average shares outstanding:   
Basic46,641  42,145 
Diluted48,665  45,428 

(1) Stock-based compensation expense was allocated among the following captions (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Cost of revenue$259  $46 
Engineering and technology210  285 
Sales and marketing516  691 
General and administrative1,973  1,543 
Restructuring  443 
Total stock-based compensation expense$2,958  $3,008 

(2) Other loss, net consisted of the following (in thousands):

 Three Months Ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Interest income$(40) $(20)
Interest expense4,181  6,436 
Amortization of debt issuance costs203  387 
Accretion of debt discounts47  1,085 
(Gain) loss on debt extinguishment776  1,780 
Other61  40 
Other loss, net$5,228  $9,708 


Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)

 March 31,
 2018
 December 31,
 2017
ASSETS   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$77,107  $59,965 
Cash segregated under federal or other regulations1,314  1,371 
Accounts receivable, net of allowance12,655  10,694 
Commissions receivable17,062  16,822 
Other receivables592  3,180 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets, net7,534  7,365 
Total current assets116,264  99,397 
Long-term assets:   
Property and equipment, net8,769  9,831 
Goodwill, net548,916  549,037 
Other intangible assets, net319,841  328,205 
Other long-term assets16,282  15,201 
Total long-term assets893,808  902,274 
Total assets$1,010,072  $1,001,671 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$7,703  $4,413 
Commissions and advisory fees payable17,535  17,813 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities20,168  19,577 
Deferred revenue4,195  9,953 
Total current liabilities49,601  51,756 
Long-term liabilities:   
Long-term debt, net299,078  338,081 
Deferred tax liability, net42,684  43,433 
Deferred revenue500  804 
Other long-term liabilities6,830  8,177 
Total long-term liabilities349,092  390,495 
Total liabilities398,693  442,251 
    
Redeemable noncontrolling interests18,238  18,033 
    
Stockholders’ equity:   
Common stock5  5 
Additional paid-in capital1,560,262  1,555,560 
Accumulated deficit(966,985) (1,014,174)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(141) (4)
Total stockholders’ equity593,141  541,387 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$1,010,072  $1,001,671 


Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)

 Three months ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Operating Activities:   
Net income$45,543  $30,710 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash from operating activities:   
Stock-based compensation2,958  2,565 
Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets10,359  9,470 
Restructuring (non-cash)  864 
Deferred income taxes(749) (481)
Amortization of premium on investments, net, and debt issuance costs202  397 
Accretion of debt discounts47  1,085 
Loss on debt extinguishment776  1,780 
Cash provided (used) by changes in operating assets and liabilities:   
Accounts receivable(1,961) (1,239)
Commissions receivable(240) 742 
Other receivables2,588  2,198 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets(319) (479)
Other long-term assets(1,109) 122 
Accounts payable3,290  2,687 
Commissions and advisory fees payable(278) (198)
Deferred revenue(4,213) (5,425)
Accrued expenses and other current and long-term liabilities556  8,102 
Net cash provided by operating activities57,450  52,900 
Investing Activities:   
Purchases of property and equipment(940) (1,165)
Proceeds from sales of investments  249 
Proceeds from maturities of investments  7,092 
Purchases of investments  (409)
Net cash provided (used) by investing activities(940) 5,767 
Financing Activities:   
Payments on credit facility(40,000) (38,000)
Proceeds from stock option exercises2,534  4,234 
Proceeds from issuance of stock through employee stock purchase plan703  662 
Tax payments from shares withheld for equity awards(1,493) (2,209)
Contingent consideration payments for business acquisition(1,313) (946)
Net cash used by financing activities(39,569) (36,259)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash(6) 5 
Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash16,935  22,413 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period62,311  54,868 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period$79,246  $77,281 


Blucora, Inc.
Preliminary Segment Information
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)

 Three months ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Revenue:   
Wealth Management (1)$92,082  $82,667 
Tax Preparation (1)113,883  99,708 
Total revenue205,965  182,375 
Operating income:   
Wealth Management13,075  11,853 
Tax Preparation58,806  53,133 
Corporate-level activity (2)(19,147) (21,097)
Total operating income52,734  43,889 
Other loss, net(5,228) (9,708)
Income tax expense(1,963) (3,471)
Net income$45,543  $30,710 

(1) Revenues by major category within each segment are presented below (in thousands):

 Three months ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Wealth Management:   
Commission$42,870  $39,595 
Advisory39,301  33,576 
Asset-based7,172  5,966 
Transaction and fee2,739  3,530 
Total Wealth Management revenue$92,082  $82,667 
Tax Preparation:   
Consumer$101,912  $88,242 
Professional11,971  11,466 
Total Tax Preparation revenue$113,883  $99,708 

(2) Corporate-level activity included the following (in thousands):

 Three months ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Operating expenses$(5,541) $(6,773)
Stock-based compensation(2,958) (2,565)
Depreciation(2,002) (1,134)
Amortization of acquired intangible assets(8,357) (8,336)
Restructuring(289) (2,289)
Total corporate-level activity$(19,147) $(21,097)


Blucora, Inc.
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures

Preliminary Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation (1)
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands)

(In thousands)Three Months Ended March 31,
 2018 2017
Net income attributable to Blucora, Inc.(2)$45,338  $30,584 
Stock-based compensation2,958  2,565 
Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets10,359  9,470 
Restructuring289  2,289 
Other loss, net (3)5,228  9,708 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests205  126 
Income tax expense1,963  3,471 
Adjusted EBITDA$66,340  $58,213 


Preliminary Non-GAAP Net Income Reconciliation (1)
(Unaudited)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

 Three months ended March 31, 2018
 2018 2017
Net income attributable to Blucora, Inc.(2)$45,338  $30,584 
Stock-based compensation2,958  2,565 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets8,357  8,336 
Accretion of debt discount on Convertible Senior Notes  934 
Restructuring289  2,289 
Impact of noncontrolling interests205  126 
Cash tax impact of adjustments to GAAP net income(313) (587)
Non-cash income tax expense (1)1,398  3,160 
Non-GAAP net income$58,232  $47,407 
Per diluted share:   
Net income attributable to Blucora, Inc.$0.93  $0.67 
Stock-based compensation0.06  0.06 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets0.18  0.18 
Accretion of debt discount on Convertible Senior Notes  0.02 
Restructuring0.01  0.05 
Impact of noncontrolling interests0.00  0.00 
Cash tax impact of adjustments to GAAP net income(0.01) (0.01)
Non-cash income tax expense0.03  0.07 
Non-GAAP net income$1.20  $1.04 
Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing per diluted share amounts48,665  45,428 


Preliminary Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation for Forward-Looking Guidance
(Amounts in thousands)

 Ranges for the three months ending Ranges for the year ending
 June 30, 2018 December 31, 2018
 Low High Low High
Net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc.$27,000  $28,900  $38,700  $45,000 
Stock-based compensation3,900  3,800  14,200  14,000 
Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets9,700  9,600  38,900  38,800 
Restructuring100    400  300 
Other loss, net (3)2,900  3,000  15,900  15,600 
Impact of noncontrolling interests200  200  700  700 
Income tax (benefit) expense1,200  2,500  1,700  3,900 
Adjusted EBITDA$45,000  $48,000  $110,500  $118,300 


Preliminary Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) Reconciliation for Forward-Looking Guidance
(Amounts in thousands)

 Ranges for the three months ending Ranges for the year ending
 June 30, 2018 December 31, 2018
 Low High Low High
Net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc.$27,000  $28,900  $38,700  $45,000 
Stock-based compensation3,900  3,800  14,200  14,000 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets8,400  8,400  33,300  33,300 
Restructuring100    400  300 
Impact of noncontrolling interests200  200  700  700 
Cash tax impact of adjustments to net income (loss)(400) (300) (800) (800)
Non-cash income tax benefit600  1,900  (200) 1,700 
Non-GAAP net income (loss)$39,800  $42,900  $86,300  $94,200 


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

(1) We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income attributable to Blucora, Inc., determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding the effects of stock-based compensation, depreciation, amortization of acquired intangible assets (including acquired technology), restructuring, other loss, net, the impact of noncontrolling interests and income tax expense. Restructuring costs relate to the relocation of our corporate headquarters during 2017.

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 stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets (including acquired technology), accelerated accretion of debt discount on our Convertible Senior Notes that were outstanding for a portion of 2017 (the "Notes"), restructuring costs (described further under Adjusted EBITDA above), the impact of noncontrolling interests, the related cash tax impact of those adjustments, and non-cash income taxes.  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 and non-GAAP net income per share 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 and net income per share.  Other companies may calculate non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share differently, and, therefore, our non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

(2) 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.