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Arco Platform Limited Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

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Arco reaffirms its mission with a fast, client-oriented and employee-focused response to COVID-19 challenges

SÃO PAULO, Brazil, May 27, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Arco Platform Limited, or Arco (ARCE), today reported financial and operating results for the first quarter 2020.

“2020 started at a strong pace for our business and the challenges faced by our partner schools given the COVID-19 pandemic has further strengthened our role as a mission critical partner for them. During the schools’ shutdown, Arco’s digital transformation accelerated years. We believe our consistent and intense investments in technology over the years as well as the evolution of out platform will put us in a stronger competitive position as our value proposition becomes even greater to all schools. We are grateful and incredibly inspired by the tireless work of our 1,900 employees who, over the past couple of months, contributed in an unprecedent way to our clients and our community. We are very excited with the outlook ahead and hopeful that we will all overcome this period soon.”

First Quarter 2020 Results

  • Net Revenue of R$261.6 million;

  • Net Profit of R$3.8 million;

  • Adjusted Net Income of R$56.2 million; and

  • Adjusted EBITDA of R$96.9 million.

Revenue Recognition and Seasonality

As we report the first quarter 2020 results, it is important to highlight the revenue recognition and seasonality of our business.

We typically deliver our Core Curriculum content four times each year, in March, June, August and December and our Supplemental Solutions content twice each year, in June and December, usually two to three months prior to the start of each school quarter. The amount of revenue recognized is proportional to the amount of content made available, which is not linearly distributed among the quarters, which causes revenue seasonality in our business.

A significant portion of our expenses is also seasonal. Due to the nature of our business cycle, we require significant working capital, typically in September or October of each year, to cover costs related to production and accumulation of inventory, selling and marketing expenses, and delivery of our teaching materials at the end of each fiscal year in preparation for the beginning of each school year. Therefore, such operating expenses are generally incurred in the period between September and December of each year.

Second Quarter 2020 guidance:

  • We expect to recognize in the second quarter (2Q20) ~20% of the consolidated ACV Bookings for 2020.

Full Year 2020 guidance:

  • Adjusted EBITDA Margin is expected to be in the range of 35.5% to 37.5%.

Information related to COVID-19 pandemic:
As discussed in more detail in our March 31, 2020 consolidated financial statements submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission on Form 6-K, the COVID-19 pandemic has not had a material impact on the Company’s operations, distribution capacity and revenue recognition so far. As of March 31, 2020, except for the revision of the Company’s estimated credit losses from its trade receivables based on expected increases in financial default and in unemployment rates in Brazil for the next months, which resulted in an increase of R$3,115 thousand, there were no other material impacts to the Company’s financial performance or position.

Despite legally mandated school closures, the Company did not suspend its activities and, following health and social distancing guidelines, its workforce continues to work remotely from home, for which investments in IT and network infrastructure were made in order to enable stable remote operations. In order to safeguard the health and safety of its employees, customers and suppliers, the Company has taken several preventive measures. Our content production continues according to the scheduled curriculum calendar and the current educational material has been delivered to the schools according to the planned schedule, enabling the Company to recognize the revenues on these products.

The future impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on an ongoing basis is still uncertain, and the Company’s management team will continue to closely monitor and assess the potential impacts it may have on the Company’s business, its financial performance and position.

The extent to which the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts our financial results and operations will depend on future developments, which are uncertain, including new information which may emerge concerning the severity of the coronavirus and the actions to contain the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Based on future developments of the coronavirus (COVID-19), it is possible that we may, in the future, be required to take actions or steps in relation to our business that could have a disruptive or a material and adverse effect on our business.

About Arco Platform Limited (ARCE)

Arco has empowered hundreds of thousands of students to rewrite their futures through education. Our data-driven learning, interactive proprietary content, and scalable curriculum allows students to personalize their learning experience with high-quality solutions while enabling schools to provide a broader approach to education.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements as pertains to Arco Platform Limited (the “Company”) within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, the Company’s expectations or predictions of future financial or business performance conditions. The achievement or success of the matters covered by statements herein involves substantial known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and assumptions, including with respect to the COVID-19 pandemic. If any such risks or uncertainties materialize or if any of the assumptions prove incorrect, the Company’s results could differ materially from the results expressed or implied by the statements we make. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Forward looking statements are made based on the Company’s current expectations and projections relating to its financial conditions, result of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business, and these statements are not guarantees of future performance.

Statements which herein address activities, events, conditions or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. You can generally identify forward-looking statements by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “can,” “continue,” “could,” “estimate,” “evaluate,” “expect,” “explore,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “might,” “outlook,” “plan,” “potential,” “predict,” “probable,” “project,” “seek,” “should,” “view,” or “will,” or the negative thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. All statements other than statements of historical fact could be deemed forward looking, including risks and uncertainties related to statements about our competition; our ability to attract, upsell and retain customers; our ability to increase the price of our solutions; our ability to expand our sales and marketing capabilities; general market, political, economic, and business conditions in Brazil or abroad; and our financial targets which include revenue, share count and other IFRS measures, as well as non-IFRS financial measures including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Margin, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow.

Forward-looking statements represent the Company management’s beliefs and assumptions only as of the date such statements are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements made in this presentation to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect new information or the occurrence of unanticipated events, except as required by law.

Further information on these and other factors that could affect the Company’s financial results is included in filings the Company makes with the Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including the section titled “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Forms 20-F and 6-K. These documents are available on the SEC Filings section of the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at: https://investor.arcoplatform.com/

Key Business Metrics

ACV Bookings: We define ACV Bookings as the revenue we would contractually expect to recognize from a partner school in each school year pursuant to the terms of our contract with such partner school, assuming no further additions or reductions in the number of enrolled students that will access our content at such partner school in such school year (we define “school year” for purposes of calculation of ACV Bookings as the twelve-month period starting in October of the previous year to September of the mentioned current year). We calculate ACV Bookings by multiplying the number of enrolled students at each partner school with the average ticket per student per year; the related number of enrolled students and average ticket per student per year are each calculated in accordance with the terms of each contract with the related partner school.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements, which are prepared and presented in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board—IASB, we use Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Margin, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow which are non-GAAP financial measures.

We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as profit for the year (or period) plus income taxes, plus/minus finance result, plus depreciation and amortization, plus share of loss of equity-accounted investees, plus share-based compensation plan, plus M&A expenses, plus non-recurring expenses and plus effects related to Covid-19 pandemic. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Net Revenue.

We calculate Adjusted Net Income as profit for the year (or period) plus share-based compensation plan, plus amortization of intangible assets from business combinations (which refers to the amortization of the following intangible assets from business combinations: (i) rights on contracts, (ii) customer relationships, (iii) educational system, (iv) trademarks, (v) non-compete agreement and (vi) software resulting from acquisitions), less/plus changes in fair value of derivative instruments (which refers to (i) changes in fair value of derivative instruments—finance income, and plus (ii) changes in fair value of derivative instruments—finance costs), less/plus changes in accounts payable to selling shareholders plus share of loss of equity-accounted investees, plus interest expenses, plus/minus changes in current and deferred tax recognized in statements of income applied to all adjustments to net income, plus/minus foreign exchange gains/loss on cash and cash equivalents, plus M&A expenses, plus non-recurring expenses and plus effects related to Covid-19 pandemic. We calculate Adjusted Net Income Margin as Adjusted Net Income divided by Net Revenue.

We calculate Free Cash Flow as Net Cash Flows from Operating activities less acquisition of property and equipment less acquisition of intangible assets. We consider Free Cash Flow to be a liquidity measure that provides useful information to management and investors about the amount of cash generated by operating activities and cash used for investments in property and equipment required to maintain and grow our business. We calculate Adjusted Free Cash Flow as free cash flow for the year (or period) plus (i) non-recurring expenses, (ii) M&A expenses and (iii) interest change in financial investments.

We understand that, although Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Margin, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow are used by investors and securities analysts in their evaluation of companies, these measures have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results of operations as reported under IFRS. Additionally, our calculations of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA Margin, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income Margin Free Cash Flow and Adjusted Free Cash Flow may be different from the calculation used by other companies, including our competitors in the education services industry, and therefore, our measures may not be comparable to those of other companies.

Conference Call Information

Arco will discuss its first quarter 2020 results today, May 27, 2020, via a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the call (ID:8895947), please dial: (866) 679-4032 or +1 (409) 217-8315. An audio replay of the call will be available through June 10, 2020 by dialing (855) 859-2056 or +1 (404) 537-3406 and entering access code 8895947. A webcast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at https://arcoeducacao.gcs-web.com/.

Investor Relations Contact:

Arco Platform Limited
IR@arcoeducacao.com.br
Source: Arco Platform Ltd.

Arco Platform Limited

Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

March 31,

December 31,

(In thousands of Brazilian reais)

2020

2019

(unaudited)

Assets

Current assets

Cash and cash equivalents

72,991

48,900

Financial investments

759,944

574,804

Trade receivables

343,973

329,428

Inventories

41,120

40,106

Recoverable taxes

23,382

15,612

Financial instruments - call options on equity method investments

3,957

3,794

Related parties

1,311

1,298

Other assets

31,286

14,630

Total current assets

1,277,964

1,028,572

Non-current assets

Financial instruments - call options on equity method investments

27,893

32,152

Deferred income tax

182,327

156,748

Recoverable taxes

6,483

6,613

Financial investments

4,765

4,690

Related parties

14,980

14,813

Other assets

14,915

14,399

Investments and interests in other entities

60,543

48,574

Property and equipment

22,169

21,328

Right-of-use assets

20,471

21,631

Intangible assets

1,800,352

1,811,903

Total non-current assets

2,154,898

2,132,851

Total assets

3,432,862

3,161,423


March 31,

December 31,

(In thousands of Brazilian reais)

2020

2019

(unaudited)

Liabilities

Current liabilities

Trade payables

47,159

34,521

Labor and social obligations

66,716

68,511

Taxes and contributions payable

4,948

7,508

Income taxes payable

32,391

52,038

Advances from customers

75,106

25,626

Lease liabilities

6,774

6,845

Loans and financing

298,069

98,561

Accounts payable to selling shareholders

143,089

117,959

Other liabilities

567

607

Total current liabilities

674,819

412,176

Non-current liabilities

Labor and social obligations

4,942

2,801

Lease liabilities

17,714

19,012

Loans and financing

1,211

-

Financial instruments - put options on equity method investments

29,899

33,940

Provision for legal proceedings

284

251

Accounts payable to selling shareholders

1,096,313

1,098,273

Other liabilities

142

160

Total non-current liabilities

1,150,505

1,154,437

Equity

Share capital

11

11

Capital reserve

1,607,622

1,607,622

Share-based compensation reserve

93,453

84,546

Accumulated losses

(93,548)

(97,369)

Total equity

1,607,538

1,594,810

Total liabilities and equity

3,432,862

3,161,423


Arco Platform Limited

Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

March 31,

March 31,

(In thousands of Brazilian reais, except earnings per share)

2020

2019

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Net revenue

261,579

117,055

Cost of sales

(67,220)

(21,869)

Gross profit

194,359

95,186

Operating expenses:

Selling expenses

(87,900)

(36,135)

General and administrative expenses

(66,783)

(20,832)

Other income, net

412

3,359

Operating profit

40,088

41,578

Finance income

9,387

16,956

Finance costs

(38,339)

(16,481)

Finance result

(28,952)

475

Share of loss of equity-accounted investees

(706)

(492)

Profit before income taxes

10,430

41,561

Income taxes - income (expense)

Current

(32,188)

(18,252)

Deferred

25,579

7,532

Total income taxes – income (expense)

(6,609)

(10,720)

Net profit for the period

3,821

30,841

Equity holders of the parent

3,821

30,841

Non-controlling interests

-

-

Basic earnings per share – in Brazilian reais

Class A

0.07

0.61

Class B

0.07

0.61

Diluted earnings per share – in Brazilian reais

Class A

0.07

0.59

Class B

0.07

0.59

Weighted-average shares used to compute net income per share:

Basic

54,939

50,298

Diluted

55,336

51,157


Arco Platform Limited

Interim Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

March 31,

March 31,

(In thousands of Brazilian reais)

2020

2019

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Operating activities

Profit before income taxes for the period

10,430

41,561

Adjustments to reconcile profit before income taxes

Depreciation and amortization

28,675

7,240

Inventory reserves

2,106

2,228

Allowance for doubtful accounts

6,168

1,653

Loss on sale/disposal of property and equipment and intangible assets disposed

672

102

Fair value change in financial instruments from acquisition interests

54

1,866

Changes in accounts payable to selling shareholders

6,600

-

Share of loss of equity-accounted investees

706

492

Share-based compensation plan

8,907

137

Accrued interest

1,242

-

Interest accretion on acquisition liability

20,266

5,942

Income from non-cash equivalents

(2,039)

-

Interest on lease liabilities

732

395

Provision for legal proceedings

33

79

Provision for payroll taxes (restricted stock units)

5,888

-

Foreign exchange income

(742)

(76)

Gain on sale of investment

-

(3,288)

89,698

58,331

Changes in assets and liabilities

Trade receivables

(20,712)

(16,201)

Inventories

(485)

36

Recoverable taxes

(1,694)

(4,972)

Other assets

(17,036)

1,952

Trade payables

12,638

686

Labor and social obligations

(5,542)

4,774

Taxes and contributions payable

(2,560)

(572)

Advances from customers

49,480

20,828

Other liabilities

(58)

(301)

Cash generated from operations

103,729

64,561

Income taxes paid

(57,543)

(18,035)

Interest paid on lease liabilities

(425)

-

Net cash flows from operating activities

45,761

46,526

Investing activities

Acquisition of property and equipment

(2,377)

(2,793)

Payment of investments and interests in other entities

(12,675)

-

Acquisition of intangible assets

(17,059)

(11,492)

Purchase of financial investments

(183,176)

(26,291)

Loans to related parties

-

(14,000)

Net cash flows used in investing activities

(215,287)

(54,576)

Financing activities

Capital increase

-

1,218

Share issuance costs

-

(673)

Payment of lease liabilities

(2,354)

(515)

Loans and financing

198,925

-

Dividends paid by subsidiaries

(3,696)

-

Net cash flows from financing activities

192,875

30

Foreign exchange effects on cash and cash equivalents

742

76

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

24,091

(7,944)

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

48,900

12,301

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

72,991

4,357

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

24,091

(7,944)


Arco Platform Limited

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures

March 31,

March 31,

(In thousands of Brazilian reais)

2020

2019

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Profit for the period

3,821

30,841

(+) Income taxes

6,609

10,720

(+/-) Finance result

28,952

(475)

(+) Depreciation and amortization

28,675

7,240

(+) Share of loss of equity-accounted investees

706

492

EBITDA

68,763

48,818

(+) Share-based compensation plan, restricted stock units and provision for payroll taxes (restricted stock units).

15,960

137

(+) M&A expenses

1,564

-

(+) Non-recurring expenses

7,231

-

(+) Effects related to Covid-19 pandemic

3,402

-

Adjusted EBITDA

96,920

48,955

Net Revenue

261,579

117,055

EBITDA Margin

26.3%

41.7%

Adjusted EBITDA Margin

37.1%

41.8%

March 31,

March 31,

(In thousands of Brazilian reais)

2020

2019

Adjusted Net Income Reconciliation

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Profit for the period

3,821

30,841

(+) Share-based compensation plan, restricted stock units and provision for payroll taxes (restricted stock units).

15,960

137

(+) Amortization of intangible assets from business combinations

17,983

2,980

(+/-) Changes in fair value of derivative instruments

54

1,866

(+/-) Changes in accounts payable to selling shareholders

6,600

-

(+) Share of loss of equity-accounted investees

706

492

(-) Tax effects

(20,428)

(2,992)

(+) Foreign exchange on cash and cash equivalents

(742)

(76)

(+) Interest expenses (income), net

20,018

7,524

(+) M&A expenses

1,564

-

(+) Non-recurring expenses

7,231

-

(+) Effects related to Covid-19 pandemic

3,402

-

Adjusted Net Income

56,169

40,772

Net Revenue

261,579

117,055

Adjusted Net Income Margin

21.5%

34.8%

March 31,

March 31,

(In thousands of Brazilian reais)

2020

2019

Free Cash Flow Reconciliation

(unaudited)

(unaudited)

Cash generated from operations

103,729

64,561

(-) Income tax paid

(57,543)

(18,035)

(-) Interest paid on lease liabilities

(425)

-

Cash Flow from Operating Activities

45,761

46,526

(-) Acquisition of property and equipment

(2,377)

(2,793)

(-) Acquisition of intangible assets

(17,059)

(11,492)

Free Cash Flow

26,325

32,241

(+) Interest change in financial investments

2,039

-

(+) M&A expenses

1,564

-

(+) Others

11,581

-

Adjusted Free Cash Flow

41,509

32,241