Laureate Education Reports Third Quarter And Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017 Financial Results
BALTIMORE, MARYLAND – November 8, 2017 – Laureate Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: LAUR), the global leader in higher education, today announced financial results for the third quarter and the nine months ended September 30, 2017.
Third Quarter 2017 Highlights (compared to third quarter 2016):
- Revenue increased 6% to $983.4 million; up 4% on an organic constant currency basis.
- Operating (loss) income decreased by $18.2 million to an operating loss of $(5.7) million in the 2017 fiscal quarter from operating income of $12.5 million in the 2016 fiscal quarter, due in part to the impact from the earthquake in Mexico which resulted in the deferral of approximately $11.7 million of revenue (due to class disruptions) from the third to fourth quarter as well as approximately $2.7 million of operating expenses incurred related to repairs. Results for the quarter were also affected by seasonality and timing of expenses.
- Net (loss) income for the quarter was $(103.5) million, as compared to net income of $80.9 million in the third quarter of 2016 which included a $155.2 million gain from the sale of our French institutions.
- Adjusted EBITDA decreased 12% to $86.5 million due in part to the impact from the Mexico earthquake, as well as seasonality and timing items. On an organic constant currency basis, Adjusted EBITDA was down 19% versus the prior year.
- The third quarter represents a large enrollment intake period, but is seasonally low from an earnings perspective as many of our institutions are out of session during a portion of the quarter (summer in the northern hemisphere, winter in the southern hemisphere).
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017 Highlights (compared to nine months ended September 30, 2016):
- New enrollments increased 3%.
- Total enrollments increased 3%.
- Revenue increased by $48.5 million to $3,116.8 million; up 5% on an organic constant currency basis.
- Operating income decreased by $36.6 million to $175.3 million, 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 and the deferral of approximately $11.7 million of revenue from class disruptions caused by the earthquake in Mexico and approximately $2.7 million of operating expense for related repairs.
- Net (loss) income for the nine months was a net loss of $(106.7) million, as compared to net income of $327.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2016 which included a $398.4 million gain related to the sale of our Swiss and French institutions.
- Adjusted EBITDA decreased 1% to $477.0 million; however, on an organic constant currency basis, Adjusted EBITDA was up 12% excluding the $22.8 million one-time charge associated with our debt refinancing transactions in the second quarter of 2017.
“We are pleased to report favorable enrollment growth in many of our key markets during our intake for the period, including particularly strong results in Brazil,” said Douglas Becker, Laureate founder, Chairman, and Chief Executive Officer. Current President, and incoming Chief Executive Officer, Eilif Serck-Hanssen added, “We continue to make good progress on our key strategic initiatives, looking to leverage scale and technology to further improve student experiences and drive stronger returns for our shareholders.”
Effective August 1, 2017, we changed our operating segments in order to align them with how our chief operating decision maker allocates resources and assesses performance. The segments changes resulted in Laureate increasing its number of operating segments from three to six, and is consistent with our goal of flattening our organizational structure to improve decision speed and operating effectiveness.
The change includes the creation of three operating segments (Brazil, Mexico and Andean & Iberian) from the previous Latin America (LatAm) segment. Our institutions in Spain and Portugal (Iberian) have moved from the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific (EMEAA) segment and combined 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, have combined with our campus-based institutions in the United States, which were previously part of the GPS segment, to form the Central America and U.S. Campuses segment. The Online & Partnerships segment consists of the online institutions that were previously part of the GPS segment.
Third Quarter 2017 Results
Revenue in the third quarter of 2017 was $983.4 million, a 6% increase compared to the third quarter of 2016. Operating (loss) income decreased by $18.2 million to an operating loss of $(5.7) million from operating income of $12.5 million in the third quarter of 2016, due in part to the impact from the earthquake in Mexico which resulted in the deferral of approximately $11.7 million of revenue (due to class disruptions) from the third to fourth quarter as well as approximately $2.7 million of operating expenses incurred related to repairs. Results for the quarter were also affected by seasonality and timing of expenses. Net (loss) income was a net loss of $(103.5) million for the third quarter, compared to a net income of $80.9 million in the third quarter of the prior year which included a gain of approximately $155.2 million related to the sale of our French institutions. Diluted loss per share was $(1.02) for the third quarter of 2017.
Adjusted EBITDA was $86.5 million in the third quarter of 2017, a 12% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2016. On an organic (i.e., excluding acquisitions and asset dispositions) constant currency basis, revenue increased 4% and Adjusted EBITDA decreased 19% compared to the third quarter of 2016, due in part to the impact from the Mexico earthquake, as well as seasonality and timing of expenses.
Nine Months Ended September 30, 2017 Results
New enrollments through year-to-date September 2017, excluding asset dispositions, increased 3% compared to our new enrollment activity through year-to-date September 2016. New enrollment growth reflects favorable performance in many of our largest markets including Brazil which is up 11% versus prior year-to-date. New enrollment growth was positive in Peru as well, and Mexico was essentially flat versus prior year due to an estimated loss of 4,000 – 5,000 enrollments as a result of the earthquake (roughly half in the third quarter, and half in the fourth quarter). EMEAA new enrollments reflect a planned strategic shift to longer length-of-stay students with higher revenue and contribution margins. This strategy is resulting in favorable growth in organic constant currency revenue versus prior year-to-date September in that segment. Both Chile and Online & Partnerships experienced new enrollment declines year-over-year. Chile was affected by regulatory challenges during 2016 in that market. Online & Partnerships reflected a planned shift for our international fully online enrollments to longer length-of-stay students with higher revenue and contribution margins, combined with recent softness in the U.S. related to lower lead volume and conversion rates. Total enrollments at September 30, 2017 grew 3% compared to September 30, 2016.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, revenue was $3,116.8 million, an increase of $48.5 million compared to the fiscal period 2016. Operating income decreased $36.6 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, the deferral of approximately $11.7 million of revenue from class disruptions caused by the earthquake in Mexico and approximately $2.7 million of operating expense for related repairs. Net loss for the 2017 fiscal period was $(106.7) million compared to a net income of $327.7 million in the 2016 fiscal period which included a gain of approximately $398.4 million in the 2016 fiscal period related to the sale of the Swiss and French schools. Diluted loss per share was $(1.77) for the 2017 fiscal period.
Adjusted EBITDA was $477.0 million in the 2017 fiscal period, a 1% decrease compared to the 2016 fiscal period. On an organic (i.e., excluding acquisitions and asset dispositions) constant currency basis, revenue increased 5% and Adjusted EBITDA increased 12% compared to the 2016 fiscal period, excluding the $22.8 million one-time charge associated with our debt refinancing transactions in the second quarter of 2017.
Balance Sheet and Capital Structure
Laureate ended the third quarter of 2017 with $505.0 million of cash on hand and $890.0 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 exchange $250.0 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 11, 2017, the senior notes were exchanged for a total of 18.7 million shares of the Company’s Class A common stock and these senior notes were canceled.
Outlook for Fiscal 2017
Laureate is updating its financial guidance for full-year 2017. 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 a slightly negative year-over-year impact in 2017 for Adjusted EBITDA following the recent strengthening of the US dollar versus some of our key currencies in a high earnings quarter, but a slightly favorable impact on Revenue is still expected for the year following the foreign exchange gains in prior periods.
Based on the current foreign exchange spot rates1, Laureate currently expects its organic (i.e., excluding acquisitions and asset dispositions) performance for full-year 2017 to be as follows:
- Total enrollments in the range of 1,059,000 to 1,064,000, representing 1.5-2.0% growth as compared to December 31, 2016, reflecting an estimated 4,000-5,000 student loss in Mexico from the earthquake, and the enrollment declines experienced in the U.S. for the most recent intake;
- Revenues to be approximately $4,345 million, the bottom end of the previous range reflecting the impact from the Mexico earthquake and recent U.S. intake, representing approximately 5.0% organic (pro forma for asset dispositions in 2016) constant currency growth, and including a benefit of $38 million from foreign currency;
- No change in Adjusted EBITDA on an organic constant currency basis due to tighter cost controls although we are reducing the foreign exchange impact by ($6) million from previous guidance, reflecting the recent strengthening of the US dollar. We anticipate Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $780 million to $789 million, inclusive of the $23 million charge for debt refinancing that affected us during the second quarter. Excluding that one-time impact, we expect Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $803 million to $812 million, representing 8.5%-9.5% organic (pro forma for asset dispositions in 2016) constant currency growth;
- Capex spending at 6% to 7% of revenues to support growth initiatives and ongoing maintenance, down one percentage point from previous guidance due partially to timing (versus 2018 spend) and improved results from our hybridity initiative; and
- Reported earnings per share in 2017 to be affected by a $290-$300 million non-cash charge to earnings per share related to accounting for the non-cash beneficial redemption and conversion features due to the terms of the shares of our Series A Preferred Stock.
1 Based on actual FX rates for January-October 2017, and current spot FX rates (local currency per US dollar) of MXN 19.02, BRL 3.27, CLP 631.00, PEN 3.63, EUR 0.86 for November – December 2017. FX impact may change based on fluctuations in currency rates in future periods.
An outlook for 2017 net income and a reconciliation of the forward-looking 2017 Adjusted EBITDA outlook to net income are not being provided as Laureate does not currently have sufficient data to accurately estimate the variables and individual adjustments for such outlook and reconciliation.
Please see the “Forward-Looking Statements” section in this release for a discussion of certain risks related to this outlook.
Laureate will host an earnings conference call today at 5:00 pm ET. Interested parties are invited to listen to the earnings call by dialing 1-855-307-2849 (for U.S.- based callers) or 1-703-639-1262 (for international callers), and request to join the Laureate conference call. Replays of the entire call will be available through November 15, 2017 at 1-855-859-2056 (for U.S.- based callers) and at 1-404-537-3406 (for international callers), conference ID 6380978. The webcast of the conference call, including replays, and a copy of this press release and the related slides will be made available through the Investor Relations section of Laureate’s web site at www.laureate.net.
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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.”
About Laureate Education, Inc.
Laureate Education, Inc. is the largest global network of degree-granting higher education institutions, with more than one million students enrolled across nearly 70 institutions in 25 countries at campuses and online. Laureate offers high-quality, undergraduate, graduate and specialized degree programs in a wide range of academic disciplines that provide attractive employment prospects. Laureate believes that when our students succeed, countries prosper and societies benefit. This belief is expressed through the company’s philosophy of being ‘Here for Good’ and is represented by its status as a certified B Corporation® and conversion in 2015 to a Delaware public benefit corporation, a new class of corporation committed to creating a positive impact on society.
Key Metrics and Financial Tables
(Dollars in millions, except per share amounts, and may not sum due to rounding)
New and Total Enrollments by segment
(1) New enrollments affected by the sale of two business units in France and Switzerland (EMEAA segment) during 2016.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA by segment
(3) 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.
Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA by segment
(3) 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