Liberty Tax Service Reports Fiscal Year 2013 Results Including Restatement of Fiscal Years 2011 and 2012

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VIRGINIA BEACH, VA--(Marketwired - Sep 26, 2013) - JTH Holding, Inc. (NASDAQ: TAX) (the "Company"), the parent company of Liberty Tax Service, today reported that it has completed its restatement of fiscal years 2012 and 2011 and is reporting its results for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2013. All amounts included in this press release reflect the impact of the restatement. The Company continues to expect to file its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2013 and its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended July 31, 2013 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) by October 14, 2013, the date its plan for listing compliance is due to the NASDAQ. 

"We have been working diligently and are pleased to have the restatement of our annual financial statements completed and we are reporting our fiscal 2013 results. The restatement affected the timing of when we recognized a portion of our revenues, but our underlying business and goals have not changed," said Mark Baumgartner, CFO. "Now that the accounting for the restatement is behind us, we have turned our attention to completing our SEC filings, including amending our previously filed fiscal 2013 10-Qs." 

Restatement
As previously announced, the Company changed certain of its accounting policies in regards to the timing of revenue recognition for area developer and franchise fees. The policy changes approved by the Audit Committee of the Company's Board of Directors that are reflected in the restatement included:

  • Area Developer Arrangements: For accounting purposes, the Company no longer accounts for its area developer arrangements as franchise sales and therefore recognizes fees over the term of the agreement rather than at the beginning of the relationship. This change also required the Company to record gross revenues for the area developer portion of the franchise fees, interest and royalties and a corresponding and equal expense for the amount due to the area developer. 
  • Territory Franchise Fees: The Company has changed its policy from recording franchise fee revenue, net of an allowance for refunds, at the beginning of the relationship to recording franchise fee revenue only as payments are made by the franchisee. 
  • The Company also revised its methodology for the allocation of the purchase price associated with the acquisition of businesses from franchisees. The new methodology allocates the purchase price to all identifiable intangible assets, which consist of reacquired rights and customer lists, with any unallocated purchase price recorded as goodwill. Previously, the entire purchase price was allocated to customer lists. 

As a result of the restatement, the Company estimates that non-recurring, pre-tax costs incurred during fiscal year 2014 attributable to the restatement will be in the range of $700,000 - $850,000. Additionally, since late August, the Company has been unable to renew its franchise disclosure documents with updated financial statements and is therefore unable to sell franchises until its annual financial statements are completed and franchise disclosure documents are up-to-date, which is expected to occur in October. 

At the end of fiscal year 2013, due to changes in the Company's revenue recognition policies, the Company had a balance of $39.7 million in the unrecognized revenue portion of notes receivable and $16.9 million of deferred revenue, totaling $56.6 million in unrecognized revenue. Of the $56.6 million, $38.0 million was related to area developer fees and will be recognized over a weighted-average period of 4 years, subject to the receipt of payments on the notes receivable. The remaining $18.6 million is related to franchise fees and gains on the sale of company-owned offices, and the note balances associated with that revenue will be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2 years, subject to the receipt of payments on the notes receivable.

Fiscal Year 2013 Highlights

  • Net income was $17.6 million, or $1.25 per diluted share, compared to $16.4 million, or $1.16 per diluted share, in fiscal year 2012.
  • Adjusted net income was $19.5 million compared to $17.2 million in fiscal year 2012.
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 13.9% to $1.39 from $1.22 in fiscal year 2012.
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $42.1 million compared to $36.5 million in fiscal year 2012. 
  • Revenues were $147.6 million compared to $131.2 million in fiscal year 2012. 
  • Systemwide revenue was $381.2 million compared to $359.1 million in fiscal year 2012.
  • Cash flow from operations was $28.4 million compared to $20.4 million in fiscal year 2012. 
  • Cash and cash equivalents at April 30, 2013 were $19.0 million compared to $19.8 million at April 30, 2012.
  • At April 30, 2013, the Company had a zero balance on its $143.4 million revolving credit facility.
  • The Company repurchased approximately 422,000 shares of its common stock during fiscal 2013 for $6.5 million. 

"Even with all the challenges this year presented, we are pleased that we were able to grow our market share and increase the number of customers we served during fiscal 2013 by 4%," said John Hewitt, Chairman and CEO. "At our annual franchise convention in early June, we received great feedback from our franchisees on things we did well and things we need to improve on. The morale of the franchisee base is high as we prepare for another year of working closely with them to grow the business."

Revenues
Revenues for fiscal year 2013 increased 12.5% to $147.6 million compared to $131.2 million in the prior year period. The increase in revenue was driven primarily by increases in royalties and advertising fees, tax preparation fees and financial product revenue. The increase in royalties and advertising fees was the result of a 6.2% increase in systemwide revenue versus the prior year period. Tax preparation fees increased due to the higher number of company-owned offices because of the operation of Walmart kiosks and an increase in the number of returns processed through the Company's online product, eSmart. The increase in financial product revenue was a result of processing more products in-house through the Company's subsidiary, JTH Financial.

Operating Expenses
Operating expenses for fiscal year 2013 increased 13.1% to $116.8 million compared to $103.2 million in the prior year period. The increase was primarily due to an increase in employee compensation and benefits for personnel to support anticipated growth, operating additional company-owned offices and stock compensation expense.

During the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2013, the cash settlement of certain stock option transactions caused the accounting treatment of some of the outstanding stock options to change from being classified as equity instruments to liability instruments. This caused a one-time increase in stock compensation expense of $2.6 million, pre-tax, during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013. On June 7, 2013, the Board of Directors approved a new policy regarding the settlement of stock options. As a result, these options returned to being classified as equity instruments in the first quarter of fiscal 2014, which generated a one-time decrease in stock compensation expense during the first quarter of approximately $872,000, pre-tax.

Operating expenses for fiscal year 2013 included approximately $1.9 million of costs associated with being a public company that were not incurred in the prior year.

Balance Sheet Highlights
Cash and cash equivalents at April 30, 2013 were $19.0 million versus $19.8 million at April 30, 2012. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents was primarily due to an investment in marketable securities and the repurchase of common stock partially offset by the increase in net cash provided by operating activities. During the fiscal year, the Company repurchased approximately 422,000 shares of common stock for $6.5 million. 

The Company's debt-to-total capital ratio at April 30, 2013 was 25.3% versus 30.2% at April 30, 2012. The decrease was primarily due to an increase in stockholders' equity and the repayment of a portion of the term loan during the fiscal year. At April 30, 2013, the Company had a zero balance on its $143.4 million revolving credit facility. 

Cash Flow Highlights
Cash flow from operations totaled $28.4 million for fiscal year 2013 compared to $20.4 million for fiscal year 2012. Cash flow from operations was positively impacted by an increase in net income and an increase in non-cash expenses. 

Fiscal Year 2013 Operational Data
For the fiscal year 2013, the Company served almost 2.3 million customers in the U.S. and Canada, an increase of 4.0% over the prior year. Tax returns prepared in offices in the U.S. and Canada grew 2.0% over the prior year. The Company believes the growth in returns was negatively impacted by the fiscal cliff legislation, which not only delayed the start of the tax season, but also resulted in an inability to file a number of forms even later into the season, the majority of states converting to modernized efiling for the first time, and changes the IRS implemented with regard to the Earned Income Tax Credit. Through July 25, 2013, the IRS reported total tax returns were down 0.5% versus the prior year through July 19, 2012. 

Systemwide revenue for fiscal year 2013 in the U.S. and Canada grew 6.2% to $381.2 million from $359.1 million in fiscal year 2012. The increase in systemwide revenue was due to the growth in returns and a 4.0% increase in average net fee per return from $173 in fiscal year 2012 to $180 in fiscal year 2013. 

Conference Call
The Company intends to host a conference call in conjunction with its first quarter of fiscal 2014 earnings report which will be announced at a later date. At that time, the Company will discuss results from fiscal 2013, the first quarter of fiscal 2014 and the restatement. 

Audited Financial Statements
The Company's audited financial statements for the year ended April 30, 2013 will be available on the annual report page of its investor relations website after 9:00pm ET this evening, which can be reached at the following web address, http://ir.libertytax.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=233197&p=irol-reportsannual

About JTH Holding, Inc.
Founded in 1997 by CEO John T. Hewitt, JTH Holding, Inc. is the parent company of Liberty Tax Service. As the fastest-growing tax preparation franchise, Liberty Tax Service has prepared almost 16 million individual income tax returns. Liberty Tax Service also offers an online tax service, eSmart Tax, which enables customers to do their own taxes wherever there's a computer. eSmart Tax is backed by the tax professionals at Liberty Tax Service and its nationwide network of over 30,000 tax preparers, ready to offer their assistance at any time. For a more in-depth look at Liberty Tax Service, visit www.libertytax.com.

Forward Looking Statements
In addition to historical information, this release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including implied and express statements regarding the restatement of the Company's historical financial statements, the costs associated with the restatement, the filing of the Company's periodic reports with the SEC, the Company's ability to regain compliance under the NASDAQ Listing Rules, the Company's anticipated growth and expansion of its business, and the completion of the Company's franchise disclosure documents and related filings. These forward-looking statements are based upon the Company's current expectations and there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Because forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and speak only as of the date on which they are made, the Company's actual results could differ materially from these statements. These risks and uncertainties relate to, among other things, the impact of changes in our accounting practices on historical and future financial results; the consequences of any restatements of our financial statements; the timing for and results of the pending restatements, including our filings with the SEC; uncertainties regarding the Company's ability to attract and retain clients; meet its prepared returns targets; competitive factors; the Company's effective income tax rate; litigation defense expenses and costs of judgments or settlements; and changes in market, economic, political or regulatory conditions. Information concerning these risks and uncertainties is contained in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and in other filings by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company does not undertake any duty to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 
JTH Holding, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
Amounts in thousands
         
    April 30,
    2013   2012
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 19,013   $ 19,848
  Receivables, net     71,306     64,782
  Other current assets     12,814     9,515
    Total current assets     103,133     94,145
               
  Property, equipment, and software, net     33,037     23,948
  Notes receivable, excluding current portion, net     14,352     11,711
  Goodwill     5,685     5,400
  Other intangible assets, net     10,921     10,314
  Other assets, net     2,402     6,678
    Total assets   $ 169,530   $ 152,196
             
Current liabilities:            
  Current installments of long-term debt   $ 3,400   $ 2,736
  Accounts payable and accrued expenses     11,954     14,170
  Due to area developers     18,248     15,956
  Income taxes payable     5,897     6,689
  Deferred revenue - short-term portion     7,555     6,920
    Total current liabilities     47,054     46,471
               
  Long-term debt, excluding current installments     24,283     26,249
  Revolving credit facility     -     -
  Deferred revenue - long-term portion     10,381     12,411
  Other non-current liabilities     5,976     -
    Total liabilities     87,694     85,131
             
Stockholders' Equity:            
  Class A preferred stock, $0.01 par value per share     -     2,129
  Class A common stock, $0.01 par value per share     120     103
  Class B common stock, $0.01 par value per share     9     9
  Exchangeable shares, $0.01 par value     1     1
  Additional paid-in capital     1,920     3,182
  Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of taxes     1,194     676
  Retained earnings     78,592     60,965
    Total stockholders' equity     81,836     67,065
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 169,530   $ 152,196
                 
                 
   
JTH Holding, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Income Statement  
Amounts in thousands, except per share and share data  
                       
    Fiscal years ended April 30,  
    2013   2012   2011   2010   2009  
Revenues:                                
  Franchise fees   $ 8,721   $ 7,996   $ 8,780   $ 13,366   $ 10,056  
  Area developer fees     7,699     6,702     6,335     6,476     6,881  
  Royalties and advertising fees     73,129     70,016     66,182     58,361     47,874  
  Financial products     30,345     22,903     16,507     14,175     18,560  
  Interest income     13,848     12,406     11,322     9,963     9,032  
  Tax preparation fees, net of discounts     10,148     7,026     4,789     5,982     5,075  
  Other revenue     3,723     4,176     4,021     4,262     3,345  
    Total revenues     147,613     131,225     117,936     112,585     100,823  
                                 
Operating expenses:                                
  Employee compensation and benefits     37,998     29,802     25,162     24,526     21,418  
  General and administrative expenses     31,212     26,878     22,472     19,151     17,751  
  Area developer expense     25,736     23,872     23,094     22,031     19,084  
  Advertising expense     15,293     15,346     15,078     12,872     12,085  
  Depreciation, amortization, and impairment charges     6,538     5,999     5,439     6,790     4,806  
  Other     -     1,348     -     5,690     1,637  
    Total operating expenses     116,777     103,245     91,245     91,060     76,781  
    Income from operations     30,836     27,980     26,691     21,525     24,042  
                                 
Other income (expense):                                
  Foreign currency transaction gains (losses)     -     4     75     1,014     (451 )
  Net gain on short-term investments     -     -     -     2,454     762  
  Interest expense     (2,039 )   (1,854 )   (1,954 )   (1,947 )   (1,769 )
    Income before income taxes     28,797     26,130     24,812     23,046     22,584  
  Income tax expense     11,170     9,747     10,142     8,657     9,427  
                                   
    Net income   $ 17,627   $ 16,383   $ 14,670   $ 14,389   $ 13,157  
                                 
  Net income attributable to common stockholders Class A and Class B   $ 16,102   $ 13,216   $ 9,755   $ 11,527   $ 10,577  
                                 
    Net income for diluted earnings per share   $ 17,627   $ 16,383   $ 12,175   $ 14,389   $ 13,157  
                                 
Net income per share of Class A and Class B common stock:                                
  Basic   $ 1.26   $ 1.17   $ 0.85   $ 0.99   $ 0.89  
  Diluted   $ 1.25   $ 1.16   $ 0.83   $ 0.95   $ 0.85  
                                 
Weighted-average shares outstanding:                                
  Basic   12,783,214   11,283,780   11,488,954   11,679,038   11,888,391  
  Diluted   14,072,358   14,167,936   14,662,248   15,069,806   15,483,135  
                         
                         
   
JTH Holding, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows  
Amounts in thousands  
       
    Fiscal years ended April 30,  
    2013     2012     2011  
Cash flows from operating activities:                        
  Net income   $ 17,627     $ 16,383     $ 14,670  
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:                        
    Provision for doubtful accounts     7,098       5,788       5,497  
    Depreciation and amortization     5,750       5,511       5,001  
    Amortization of deferred financing costs     301       418       254  
    Impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets     788       488       438  
    Stock-based compensation expense related to equity classified awards     1,496       1,429       1,494  
    Stock-based compensation expense related to liability classified awards     2,625       -       -  
    Gain on sale of company-owned offices     (777 )     (973 )     (1,109 )
    Equity in loss of affiliate     193       138       -  
    Deferred tax expense     4,119       2,304       1,671  
    Changes in assets and liabilities decreasing cash flows from operating activities     (10,779 )     (11,043 )     (3,141 )
      Net cash provided by operating activities     28,441       20,443       24,775  
                         
Cash flows from investing activities:                        
  Issuance of operating loans to franchisees     (75,605 )     (67,969 )     (56,400 )
  Payments received on operating loans from franchisees     68,782       60,918       50,921  
  Purchases of area developer rights and company-owned offices     (5,980 )     (4,741 )     (3,091 )
  Proceeds from sale of company-owned offices and area developer rights     4,072       2,146       1,711  
  Purchase of marketable equity securities     (2,980 )     -       -  
  Purchase of equity method investment     -       (1,009 )     -  
  Purchases of property and equipment     (11,928 )     (10,288 )     (7,051 )
      Net cash used in investing activities     (23,639 )     (20,943 )     (13,910 )
                         
Cash flows from financing activities:                        
  Proceeds from the exercise of stock options     3,801       742       3,805  
  Repurchase of common stock     (6,456 )     (4,260 )     (10,076 )
  Repurchase of preferred stock     -       -       (2,722 )
  Term debt borrowings     -       25,000       -  
  Repayment of long-term debt     (2,953 )     (2,118 )     (2,284 )
  Borrowings under revolving credit facility     121,216       124,270       135,484  
  Repayments under revolving credit facility     (121,216 )     (124,270 )     (135,484 )
  Payment for debt issue costs     (289 )     (1,123 )     (333 )
  Tax benefit of stock option exercises     271       458       408  
      Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities     (5,626 )     18,699       (11,202 )
                         
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, net     (11 )     (13 )     (113 )
      Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents     (835 )     18,186       (450 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year     19,848       1,662       2,112  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year   $ 19,013     $ 19,848     $ 1,662  
                         
Supplementary cash flow data:                        
  Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest   $ 1,872     $ 1,640     $ 1,671  
  Cash paid for taxes, net of refunds     7,328       7,222       8,032  
                           
                           
 
JTH Holding, Inc.
GAAP to Non - GAAP Reconciliation
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share and share data
 

We report our financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  However, we believe certain non-GAAP performance measures and ratios used in managing the business may provide additional meaningful comparisons between current year results and prior periods.  Reconciliations to GAAP financial measures are provided below.  These non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, not as an alternative for, our reported GAAP results.

                       
Adjusted Net Income  
           
    Fiscal years ended April 30,    
    2013   2012   2011   2010   2009  
                                 
Net income - as reported   $ 17,627   $ 16,383   $ 14,670   $ 14,389   $ 13,157  
                                 
Add back (net of tax):                                
  Stock-based compensation expense related to liability classified awards     1,607     -     -     -     -  
  Restructuring charge     260     -     -     -     -  
  Costs associated with postponed IPO     -     845     -     -     -  
  Foreign currency transaction gains     -     (3 )   (44 )   (633 )   263  
  Net gain in short-term investments     -     -     -     (1,532 )   (444 )
  Loss on discontinued use of software     -     -     -     3,478     -  
Net income - as adjusted   $ 19,494   $ 17,225   $ 14,626   $ 15,702   $ 12,976  
Earnings per diluted share - as adjusted   $ 1.39   $ 1.22   $ 1.00   $ 1.04   $ 0.84  
                                 
                       
Adjusted EBITDA  
       
    Fiscal years ended April 30,  
    2013   2012   2011   2010   2009  
                                 
Net income - as reported   $ 17,627   $ 16,383   $ 14,670   $ 14,389   $ 13,157  
  Interest expense     2,039     1,854     1,954     1,947     1,769  
  Income tax expense     11,170     9,747     10,142     8,657     9,427  
  Depreciation, amortization and impairment charges     6,538     5,999     5,439     6,790     4,806  
  Loss on discontinued use of software     -     -     -     5,570     -  
  Foreign currency transaction gain     -     (4 )   (75 )   (1,014 )   451  
  Net gain on short-term investments     -     -     -     (2,454 )   (762 )
  Costs associated with postponed IPO     -     1,348     -     -     -  
  Restructuring charge     425     -     -     -     -  
  Litigation settlements     187     (239 )   (56 )   43     1,557  
  Stock-based compensation expense related to liability classified awards     2,625     -     -     -     -  
  Stock-based compensation expense     1,496     1,429     1,494     1,000     1,055  
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 42,107   $ 36,517   $ 33,568   $ 34,928   $ 31,460  
                                 
                                 
 
JTH Holding, Inc.
Operational Data
Unaudited
    Fiscal years ended April 30,
    2013   2012
Franchisees            
  U.S.     2,073     1,959
  Canada     138     139
    Total Franchisees     2,211     2,098
             
Offices1            
  U.S.            
    Franchised     4,028     3,845
    Company-Owned     234     75
      Total U.S.     4,262     3,920
               
  Canada            
    Franchised     231     244
    Company-Owned     27     19
      Total Canada     258     263
               
  Total            
    Franchised     4,259     4,089
    Company-Owned     261     94
      Total Offices     4,520     4,183
             
Tax Returns Processed            
  U.S.     1,805,000     1,790,000
  Canada     311,000     285,000
    Total Returns Processed in Offices     2,116,000     2,075,000
               
  Online     159,000     113,000
    Total Tax Returns Processed     2,275,000     2,188,000
             
Systemwide Revenue ($ in thousands)2            
  U.S.   $ 358,000   $ 337,000
  Canada     23,200     22,100
    Total Systemwide Revenue   $ 381,200   $ 359,100
             
Average Net Fee Per Return3   $ 180   $ 173
             
     
1   We measure our number of offices per fiscal year based on franchised and company-owned offices open at any point during the tax season.
2   Our systemwide revenue represents the total tax preparation revenue generated by our franchised and company-owned offices. It does not represent our revenue, but because our franchise royalties are derived from the operations of our franchisees, and because we maintain an infrastructure to support systemwide operations, we consider growth in systemwide revenue to be an important measurement.
3   The net average fee per tax return prepared reflects amounts for our franchised and company-owned offices.
     
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CONTACTS:
Investors:
Darby Schoenfeld
JTH Holding, Inc.
Director of Investor Relations
(757) 453-6047
Email Contact

Media:
Martha O'Gorman
JTH Holding, Inc.
Chief Marketing Officer
(757) 301-8022
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