Laureate Education Reports Second Quarter and Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 Financial Results

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – August 8, 2017 – Laureate Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAUR), the global leader in higher education,today announced financial results for the second quarter and the six months ended June 30, 2017.

Second Quarter 2017 Highlights (compared to second quarter 2016):

  • Revenue increased 4% to $1,277.4 million; up 8% on an organic constant currency basis
  • Operating income increased by33.3 million to $243.9 million, including a22.8 million one-time charge related to the debt refinancing transactions that were completed during the second quarter of 2017
  • Net income for the quarter was117.1 million, as compared to net income of349.2 million in the second quarter of 2016, which included a243.3 million gain in 2016 related to the sale of the Swiss hospitality management schools
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 11% to341.9 million and, on an organic constant currency basis, Adjusted EBITDA was up 22% excluding the22.8 million one-time charge associated with our debt refinancing transactions in the second quarter of 2017, and including some favorable timing impacts from class starts

Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 Highlights (compared to six months ended June 30, 2016):

  • New enrollments increased 2%
  • Total enrollments increased 2%, up 3% excluding asset dispositions made in 2016
  • Revenue decreased by5.0 million to $2,133.4 million; up 6% on an organic constant currency basis
  • Operating income decreased by18.4 million to $181.0 million, due primarily to a22.8 million one-time charge related to the debt refinancing transactions that were completed during the second quarter of 2017
  • Net loss for the six months was3.3 million, as compared to net income of246.8 million in the six months ended June 30, 2016, which included a243.3 million gain in 2016 related to the sale of the Swiss hospitality management schools
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 2% to390.4 million and, on an organic constant currency basis, Adjusted EBITDA was up 22% excluding the22.8 million one-time charge associated with our debt refinancing transactions in the second quarter of 2017, and including some favorable timing impacts from class starts

“We are pleased to report favorable results for the second quarter of 2017,” said Douglas Becker, Laureate founder, chairman, and chief executive officer. “The operating momentum in the business demonstrates the quality of our institutions and the committed teams that lead them, all of whom have embraced our initiatives to gain the benefit of our collective scale. The growing global demand for higher education, particularly in emerging markets, positions us well for continued growth in the future.”

Second Quarter 2017 Results

Revenue in the second quarter of 2017 was1,277.4 million, a 4% increase compared to the second quarter of 2016. Operating income increased33.3 million compared to the second quarter of 2016, including a22.8 million one-time charge related to the debt refinancing transactions that were completed during the second quarter of 2017. Net income was117.1 million compared to a net income of349.2 million in the second quarter of the prior year which included a gain of approximately243.3 million in the 2016 fiscal quarter related to the sale of the Swiss hospitality management schools. Diluted earnings per share was0.28 for the second quarter of 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA was341.9 million in the second quarter of 2017, a 11% increase compared to the second quarter of 2016. On an organic (i.e., excluding acquisitions and asset dispositions) constant currency basis, revenue increased 8% and Adjusted EBITDA increased 22% compared to the second quarter of 2016, excluding the22.8 million one-time charge associated with our debt refinancing transactions in the second quarter of 2017, and including some favorable timing impacts from class starts.

As disclosed in our Quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2017, effective August 1, 2017, we changed our operating segments in order to realign our segments according to how our chief operating decision maker will now allocate resources and assess performance. The segment changes will result in Laureate increasing its number of operating segments from three operating segments to six operating segments.

The change includes the creation of three operating segments (Brazil, Mexico and Andean & Iberian) from the current LatAm segment. Our institutions inSpain and Portugal (Iberian) will move from the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific (EMEAA) segment and combine with our institutions in Chile and Peru to form the Andean & Iberian segment. In addition, our institutions in Central America, which were previously part of the LatAm segment, will combine with our campus-based institutions in the United States, which were previously part of the Global Products and Services (GPS) segment, to form the Central America and U.S. Campuses segment. The Online & Partnerships segment will consist of the online institutions that were previously part of the GPS segment. In summary, our six operating segments will be as follows:

  • Brazil;
  • Mexico;
  • Andean & Iberian;
  • Central America & U.S. Campuses;
  • Online & Partnerships; and
  • EMEAA.

This change will be reflected in the segment information beginning in the third quarter of 2017, the period in which the change occurred.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2017 Results

New enrollments through year-to-date June 2017, excluding asset dispositions, increased 2% compared to our new enrollment activity through year-to-date June 2016. New enrollment growth reflects favorable performance in all Latin American markets exceptChile which was affected by regulatory changes made during 2016 in that market. A planned strategic shift in the second half of 2016 in EMEAA and GPS to longer length of stay students with higher revenue and contribution margins affected the comparability of the new enrollments through year-to-date June 2017 as compared to year-to-date June 2016 for those segments. Despite the resulting and planned reduction in new enrollment activity in EMEAA and GPS, both segments show favorable growth in organic constant currency revenue versus prior year-to-date June, reflecting the benefit of this strategic mix shift. Additionally, a summer intake in our GPS segment occurred in early July of 2017 as compared to late June 2016, affecting the year-over-year comparability, therefore we are showing new enrollment activity for the GPS segment on a timing adjusted basis in our table below which shows new enrollment performance.

Total enrollments at June 30, 2017 grew 2% compared to June 30, 2016. Excluding the impact from the divestiture in 2016 of our assets in France and Switzerland, total enrollments at June 30, 2017 increased by 3% compared to June 30, 2016.

For the six months ended June 30, 2017, revenue was $2,133.4 million, a decrease of5.0 million compared to the fiscal period 2016. Operating income decreased18.4 million compared to the 2016 fiscal period due primarily to a $22.8 million one-time charge related to the debt refinancing transactions that were completed during the second quarter of 2017. Net loss for the 2017 fiscal period was $3.3 million compared to a net income of246.8 million in the 2016 fiscal period which included a gain of approximately $243.3 million in the 2016 fiscal period related to the sale of the Swiss hospitality management schools. Diluted loss per share was(0.71) for the 2017 fiscal period.

Adjusted EBITDA was390.4 million in the 2017 fiscal period, a 2% increase compared to the 2016 fiscal period. On an organic (i.e., excluding acquisitions and asset dispositions) constant currency basis, revenue increased 6% and Adjusted EBITDA increased 22% compared to the 2016 fiscal period, excluding the22.8 million one-time charge associated with our debt refinancing transactions in the second quarter of 2017, and including some favorable timing impacts from class starts.

Balance Sheet and Capital Structure

Laureate ended the second quarter of 2017 with 367.2 million of cash on hand and 752.2 million in liquidity, including our undrawn revolver. In April 2017, Laureate completed a refinancing of its corporate debt obligations, extending the maturity and reducing the cost of those obligations.

On April 15, 2016, the Company entered into note exchange agreements pursuant to which we agreed to exchange250.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 9.250% Replacement Senior Notes due 2019 for shares of the Company’s Class A common stock. On August 2, 2017, we sent notices to the holders of these notes indicating that the closing of the exchange contemplated by these note exchange agreements is expected to be consummated on Friday, August 11, 2017. At closing, these senior notes will be exchanged for a total of 18.7 million shares of the Company’s Class A common stock and these senior notes will be canceled.

Outlook for Fiscal 2017

Laureate is updating its financial guidance for full-year 2017, reflecting the inclusion of our accelerator plan and a more favorable currency environment. The guidance for 2017 reflects the impact from the sale of our French and Swiss assets in 2016, which will unfavorably impact both year-over-year Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA by approximately (3%). Additionally, currency translation from foreign exchange rates, based on current rates, is now expected to have no material year-over-year impact in 2017 for Adjusted EBITDA, and a slightly below 1% favorable impact on Revenue is expected.

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Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes statements that express Laureate’s opinions, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or projections regarding future events or future results and therefore are, or may be deemed to be, ‘‘forward-looking statements’’ within the meaning of the federal securities laws, which involve risks and uncertainties. Laureate’s actual results may vary significantly from the results anticipated in these forward-looking statements. You can identify forward-looking statements because they contain words such as ‘‘believes,’’ ‘‘expects,’’ ‘‘may,’’ ‘‘will,’’ ‘‘should,’’ ‘‘seeks,’’ ‘‘approximately,’’ ‘‘intends,’’ ‘‘plans,’’ ‘‘estimates’’ or ‘‘anticipates’’ or similar expressions that concern our strategy, plans or intentions. All statements we make relating to guidance, including total enrollments, estimated and projected Adjusted EBITDA and earnings, costs, expenditures (including capital expenditures), cash flows, growth rates and financial results are forward-looking statements. In addition, we, through our senior management, from time to time make forward-looking public statements concerning our expected future operations and performance and other developments. All of these forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may change at any time, and, therefore, our actual results may differ materially from those we expected. We derive most of our forward-looking statements from our operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While we believe that our assumptions are reasonable, we caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and, of course, it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations are disclosed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC on March 29, 2017, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q filed and to be filed with the SEC and other filings made with the SEC. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the time of this release and we do not undertake to publicly update or revise them, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to the results provided in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) throughout this press release, Laureate has provided a non-GAAP measurement of Adjusted EBITDA. We have included Adjusted EBITDA because it is a key measure used by our management and board of directors to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve our annual budget and to develop short- and long-term operational plans. In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating Adjusted EBITDA can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our core business. Additionally, Adjusted EBITDA is a key input into the formula used by the compensation committee of our board of directors and our Chief Executive Officer in connection with the payment of incentive compensation to our executive officers and other members of our management team. Accordingly, we believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides useful information to investors and others in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors. Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled from the respective measures under GAAP in the attached table “Non-GAAP Reconciliations.”

Key Metrics and Financial Tables(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts, and may not sum due to rounding)

Consolidated Statements of Operations

Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA by segment

(4) Organic Constant Currency results exclude the period-over-period impact from currency fluctuations, acquisitions and divestitures. The “Organic Constant Currency” % changes are calculated by dividing the Organic Constant Currency amounts by the 2016 Revenues and Adjusted EBITDA amounts, excluding the impact of the divestitures and the one-time charge associated with our debt refinancing transactions in the second quarter of 2017.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Non-GAAP Reconciliation

(a) Represents non-cash, share-based compensation expense pursuant to the provisions of ASC Topic 718.

(b) EiP implementation expenses are related to our enterprise-wide initiative to optimize and standardize our processes, creating vertical integration of procurement, information technology, finance, accounting and human resources. The first wave of EiP, which began in 2014, is expected to be substantially completed by 2017 and includes the establishment of regional SSOs around the world, as well as improvements to our system of internal controls over financial reporting. Given the success of the first wave of EiP, we now anticipate expanding the initiative into other back- and mid-office areas in order to generate additional efficiencies and create a more efficient organizational structure