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Blucora Announces Third Quarter 2020 Results

Blucora, Inc.
·27 min read

DALLAS, Nov. 09, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOR), a provider of data and technology-driven tax software and wealth management solutions that empower people to improve their financial wellness, today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

Third Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments

  • Closed acquisition of HK Financial Services, adding a historically fast-growing, highly profitable registered investment advisor (“RIA”) to the Company’s wealth management business

  • Advisory assets increased 23% year-over-year, including addition of HKFS

  • Total client assets ended the quarter at $76.2 billion, with $32.4 billion, or 42.6% in advisory assets

  • Announced appointment of Karthik Rao, Nielsen COO, to our Board of Directors

“I’m pleased to report that Blucora’s third quarter results showed incremental improvement and came in better than expected on a number of metrics,” commented Chris Walters, Blucora’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “In wealth management, we hit record levels of advisory assets. Our acquisition of HK Financial Services allows us to serve CPA firms and tax advisors in compelling new ways. In tax preparation, we completed the extended tax season while simultaneously working to ensure that we will enter the fast-approaching new season optimized across product and marketing.”

“Over the first nine months of my tenure, we have identified several key challenges and opportunities and acted quickly to address a number of immediate needs. We have brought on the right people and aligned our organizational structure to a common set of goals. We’ve developed plans to ensure that we have the right technology systems and service models across the Company and laid the groundwork to test synergies across our two business units. We have done all of this while facing the COVID-19-related headwinds, and I believe we are making the right moves to set Blucora up for sustainable long-term success.”

Summary Financial Performance: Q3 2020
($ in millions except per share amounts)

Q3 2020

Q3 2019

Change

Revenue:

Wealth Management

$

135.9

$

145.4

(7

)

%

Tax Preparation

$

39.4

$

3.6

999

%

Total Revenue

$

175.4

$

149.0

18

%

Segment Operating Income:

Wealth Management

$

17.5

$

20.6

(15

)

%

Tax Preparation

$

16.2

$

(12.1

)

(234

)

%

Total Segment Operating Income

$

33.7

$

8.6

294

%

Unallocated Corporate-Level General and Administrative Expenses

$

(6.7

)

$

(6.5

)

4

%

GAAP:

Operating Income (Loss)

$

1.0

$

(72.1

)

(101

)

%

Net Loss Attributable to Blucora, Inc.

$

(26.2

)

$

(62.4

)

(58

)

%

Diluted Net Loss Per Share Attributable to Blucora, Inc.

$

(0.55

)

$

(1.28

)

(58

)

%

Non-GAAP: (1)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

27.0

$

2.1

1197

%

Net Income (Loss)

$

15.1

$

(9.6

)

(257

)

%

Diluted Net Income (Loss) per Share (EPS)

$

0.31

$

(0.20

)

(255

)

%

_________________________
(1) See reconciliations of all non-GAAP to GAAP measures presented in this release in the tables below.

Full Year 2020 Outlook

($ in millions except per share amounts)

Prior Outlook

Current Outlook

Difference at
Midpoint

Wealth Management Revenue (1)

$530.0 - $541.0

$535.5 - $540.5

$2.5

TaxAct Revenue

$203.0 - $206.0

$207.0 - $208.0

$3.0

Total Revenue

$733.0 - $747.0

$742.5 - $748.5

$5.5

Wealth Management Segment Operating Income (1)

$65.5 - $69.5

$68.5 - $70.5

$2.0

TaxAct Segment Operating Income

$46.5 - $48.0

$47.5 - $48.5

$0.8

Unallocated Corporate-Level General and Administrative Expenses

$26.0 - $24.5

$27.5 - $26.5

$1.8

GAAP:

Net Loss (1)

($343.5) – ($334.0)

($339.0) – ($333.0)

$2.8

Net Loss per share (1)

($7.09) – ($6.92)

($7.05) – ($6.94)

$0.01

Non-GAAP:

Adjusted EBITDA (1)(2)

$86.0 - $93.0

$88.5 - $92.5

$1.0

Non-GAAP Net Income (1)(2)

$40.5 - $48.0

$46.0 - $51.0

$4.3

Non-GAAP Net Income per share (1)(2)

$0.83 - $0.98

$0.95 - $1.05

$0.10

_________________________
(1) Includes HKFS results from July 1, 2020 to December 31, 2020.
(2) See reconciliations of all non-GAAP to GAAP measures presented in this release in the tables below.

Preliminary 2021 Tax Preparation Outlook

Due to the extended tax season in 2020, we believe it is more helpful to provide a full-year 2021, rather than first half, outlook for tax preparation.

As we continue to improve our product features, implement our new marketing approach and prepare to launch our new hybrid-assisted offering, we feel confident approaching the new tax year. At the same time, given our planned transition from price-driven growth to unit-driven growth, supplemented by ARPU benefits of incremental offerings, and the longer guidance period, we want to be appropriately cautious in our outlook. Given these and other factors, we are targeting low single digit revenue growth in tax preparation for full-year 2021 and reaffirming our prior segment operating income outlook, which calls for a minimum of $20 million improvement vs. 2020.

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 third quarter results, its outlook for full year 2020 and other business matters. We will also provide supplemental financial information to our results on the Investor Relations section of the Blucora corporate website at www.blucora.com prior to the call. The supplemental financial information has also been furnished with the SEC on Form 8-K. A replay of the call will be available on our website.

About Blucora®

Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOR) is on the forefront of financial technology, a provider of data and technology-driven solutions that empowers people to improve their financial wellness. Blucora operates in two segments including (i) wealth management, through its tax-focused Avantax Wealth Management and HK Financial Services brands, with a collective $76 billion in total client assets as of September 30, 2020 and (ii) tax preparation, through its TaxAct business, a market leader in tax preparation software with approximately 3 million consumer and 20,000 professional users in 2020. With integrated tax focused software and wealth management, Blucora is uniquely positioned to assist our customers in achieving better long-term outcomes via holistic, tax-advantaged solutions. For more information on Blucora, visit www.blucora.com.

Source: Blucora

Contact:
Blucora Investor Relations
IR@Blucora.com
(972) 870-6463

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. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Forward-looking statements can also be identified by words such as “believes,” “estimates,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “may,” “forecasts,” “future,” “will,” “projects,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continues,” “target,” “outlook” and similar expressions and variations. Actual results may differ significantly from management’s expectations due to various risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on our results of operations and our business, including the impact of the resulting economic and market disruption, the extension of tax filing deadlines and other related relief; 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 financial professionals, qualified employees, clients, and customers, as well as our ability to provide strong customer/client service; our ability to close, finance, and realize all of the anticipated benefits of acquisitions, as well as our ability to integrate the operations of recently acquired businesses, and the potential impact of such acquisitions on our existing indebtedness and leverage; our future capital requirements and the availability of financing, if necessary; our ability to meet our current and future debt service obligations, including our ability to maintain compliance with our debt covenants; downgrade of the Company’s credit ratings; our ability to generate strong performance for our clients and the impact of the financial markets on our clients’ portfolios; the impact of new or changing legislation and regulations (or interpretations thereof) on our business, including our ability to successfully address and comply with such legislation and regulations (or interpretations thereof) and increased costs, reductions of revenue, and potential fines, penalties or disgorgement to which we may be subject as a result thereof; risks, burdens, and costs, including fines, penalties or disgorgement, associated with our business being subjected to regulatory inquiries, investigations or initiatives; risks associated with legal proceedings, including litigation and regulatory proceedings; our ability to manage leadership and employee transitions, including costs and time burdens on management and our board of directors related thereto; political and economic conditions and events that directly or indirectly impact the wealth management and tax preparation industries; our ability to respond to rapid technological changes, including our ability to successfully release new products and services or improve upon existing products and services; the compromising of confidentiality, availability or integrity of information, including cyberattacks; our expectations concerning the revenues we generate from fees associated with the financial products that we distribute; risks related to goodwill and other intangible asset impairment; our ability to develop, establish, and maintain strong brands; risks associated with the use and implementation of information technology and the effect of security breaches, computer viruses, and computer hacking attacks; our ability to comply with laws and regulations regarding privacy and protection of user data; our ability to maintain our relationships with third-party partners, providers, suppliers, vendors, distributors, contractors, financial institutions, industry associations, and licensing partners, and our expectations regarding and reliance on the products, tools, platforms, systems, and services provided by these third parties; our beliefs and expectations regarding the seasonality of our business; our assessments and estimates that determine our effective tax rate; and our ability to protect our intellectual property and the impact of any claim that we have infringed on the intellectual property rights of others. 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 hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, except as may be required by law.


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

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenue:

Wealth management services revenue

$

135,932

$

145,428

$

396,805

$

362,791

Tax preparation services revenue

39,421

3,588

202,990

205,733

Total revenue

175,353

149,016

599,795

568,524

Operating expenses:

Cost of revenue:

Wealth management services cost of revenue

96,122

102,030

282,332

250,881

Tax preparation services cost of revenue

2,692

1,633

9,759

8,983

Total cost of revenue

98,814

103,663

292,091

259,864

Engineering and technology

6,007

8,635

21,899

22,323

Sales and marketing

31,018

19,976

150,785

104,804

General and administrative

18,605

19,642

63,533

55,721

Acquisition and integration

10,276

6,759

18,782

17,739

Depreciation

1,874

1,470

5,345

3,846

Amortization of other acquired intangible assets

7,746

10,082

22,167

27,295

Impairment of goodwill and an intangible asset

50,900

270,625

50,900

Total operating expenses

174,340

221,127

845,227

542,492

Operating income (loss)

1,013

(72,111

)

(245,432

)

26,032

Other loss, net (1)

(11,963

)

(2,606

)

(23,386

)

(11,682

)

Income (loss) before income taxes

(10,950

)

(74,717

)

(268,818

)

14,350

Income tax benefit (expense)

(15,256

)

12,331

(23,237

)

16,470

Net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc.

$

(26,206

)

$

(62,386

)

$

(292,055

)

$

30,820

Net income (loss) per share attributable to Blucora, Inc.:

Basic

$

(0.55

)

$

(1.28

)

$

(6.09

)

$

0.64

Diluted

$

(0.55

)

$

(1.28

)

$

(6.09

)

$

0.62

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

48,039

48,652

47,936

48,456

Diluted

48,039

48,652

47,936

49,596

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

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Interest expense

$

7,254

$

5,469

$

17,410

$

14,015

Amortization of debt issuance costs

362

301

1,006

848

Accretion of debt discounts

276

66

414

189

Total interest expense

7,892

5,836

18,830

15,052

Interest income

(2

)

(52

)

(27

)

(341

)

Gain on the sale of a business

(349

)

(3,256

)

(349

)

(3,256

)

Non-capitalized debt issuance costs

3,687

3,687

Other

735

78

1,245

227

Other loss, net

$

11,963

$

2,606

$

23,386

$

11,682



Blucora, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited) (Amounts in thousands)

September 30,
2020

December 31,
2019

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

151,166

$

80,820

Cash segregated under federal or other regulations

203

5,630

Accounts receivable, net of allowance

12,191

16,266

Commissions receivable

22,656

21,176

Other receivables

5,811

2,902

Prepaid expenses and other current assets, net

9,428

12,349

Total current assets

201,455

139,143

Long-term assets:

Property and equipment, net

53,940

18,706

Right-of-use assets, net

24,028

10,151

Goodwill, net

449,221

662,375

Other intangible assets, net

331,014

290,211

Deferred tax asset, net

9,997

Other long-term assets

4,093

6,989

Total long-term assets

862,296

998,429

Total assets

$

1,063,751

$

1,137,572

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

6,464

$

10,969

Commissions and advisory fees payable

16,893

19,905

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

42,815

36,144

Deferred revenue—current

4,281

12,014

Lease liabilities—current

1,552

3,272

Current portion of long-term debt, net

1,782

11,228

Total current liabilities

73,787

93,532

Long-term liabilities:

Long-term debt, net

552,417

381,485

Deferred tax liability, net

12,802

Deferred revenue—long-term

6,478

7,172

Lease liabilities—long-term

36,973

5,916

Other long-term liabilities

22,150

5,952

Total long-term liabilities

630,820

400,525

Total liabilities

704,607

494,057

Stockholders’ equity:

Common stock, par $0.0001—900,000 authorized shares; 49,350 shares issued and 48,044 shares outstanding at September 30, 2020; 49,059 shares issued and 47,753 shares outstanding at December 31, 2019

5

5

Additional paid-in capital

1,594,384

1,586,972

Accumulated deficit

(1,206,846

)

(914,791

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(272

)

Treasury stock, at cost—1,306 shares at September 30, 2020 and December 31, 2019

(28,399

)

(28,399

)

Total stockholders’ equity

359,144

643,515

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

1,063,751

$

1,137,572



Blucora, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited) (Amounts in thousands)

Nine months ended September 30,

2020

2019

Operating activities:

Net income (loss)

$

(292,055

)

$

30,820

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash from operating activities:

Stock-based compensation

7,220

11,164

Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets

29,619

32,078

Impairment of goodwill and an intangible asset

270,625

50,900

Reduction of right-of-use lease assets

8,335

3,117

Deferred income taxes

23,199

(23,343

)

Amortization of debt issuance costs

1,006

848

Accretion of debt discounts

414

189

Gain on sale of a business

(349

)

(3,256

)

Change in fair value of acquisition-related contingent consideration

(1,000

)

Accretion of lease liability

1,413

460

Other

984

48

Cash provided (used) by changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

12,267

352

Commissions receivable

(1,480

)

(19

)

Other receivables

(2,909

)

(18

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

2,555

13,828

Other long-term assets

2,763

497

Accounts payable

(7,018

)

(2,346

)

Commissions and advisory fees payable

(3,012

)

(602

)

Lease liabilities

(3,568

)

(3,371

)

Deferred revenue

(8,582

)

(21,694

)

Accrued expenses and other current and long-term liabilities

(5,113

)

6,595

Net cash provided by operating activities

35,314

96,247

Investing activities:

Business acquisition, net of cash acquired

(102,425

)

(166,561

)

Purchases of property and equipment

(28,711

)

(6,887

)

Proceeds from sale of a business, net of cash

349

7,467

Net cash used by investing activities

(130,787

)

(165,981

)

Financing activities:

Proceeds from credit facilities

226,278

121,489

Payments on credit facilities

(66,078

)

Stock repurchases

(11,968

)

Payment of redeemable noncontrolling interests

(24,945

)

Proceeds from stock option exercises

25

3,811

Proceeds from issuance of stock through employee stock purchase plan

1,201

1,144

Tax payments from shares withheld for equity awards

(1,034

)

(5,508

)

Contingent consideration payments for business acquisition

(943

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

160,392

83,080

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

38

Net increase in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

64,919

13,384

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period

86,450

85,366

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period

$

151,369

$

98,750



Blucora, Inc.

Segment Information
(Unaudited) (Amounts in thousands)

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenue:

Wealth Management (1)

$

135,932

$

145,428

$

396,805

$

362,791

Tax Preparation (1)

39,421

3,588

202,990

205,733

Total revenue

175,353

149,016

599,795

568,524

Operating income (loss):

Wealth Management

17,498

20,631

51,827

49,150

Tax Preparation

16,234

(12,075

)

60,646

108,565

Corporate-level activity (2)

(32,719

)

(80,667

)

(357,905

)

(131,683

)

Total operating income (loss)

1,013

(72,111

)

(245,432

)

26,032

Other loss, net

(11,963

)

(2,606

)

(23,386

)

(11,682

)

Income tax benefit (expense)

(15,256

)

12,331

(23,237

)

16,470

Net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc.

$

(26,206

)

$

(62,386

)

$

(292,055

)

$

30,820

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

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Wealth Management:

Advisory

$

82,612

$

75,579

$

227,672

$

176,746

Commission

44,921

52,623

135,337

137,851

Asset-based

4,351

13,618

18,911

36,530

Transaction and fee

4,048

3,608

14,885

11,664

Total Wealth Management revenue

$

135,932

$

145,428

$

396,805

$

362,791

Tax Preparation:

Consumer

$

38,482

$

4,280

$

186,724

$

190,908

Professional

939

(692

)

16,266

14,825

Total Tax Preparation revenue

$

39,421

$

3,588

$

202,990

$

205,733

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

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

General and administrative expenses

$

6,745

$

6,476

$

19,571

$

19,802

Stock-based compensation

4,517

4,639

7,220

11,164

Acquisition and integration costs

10,276

6,759

18,782

17,739

Executive transition costs

405

10,225

Headquarters relocation costs

410

1,863

Depreciation

2,620

1,811

7,452

4,783

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

7,746

10,082

22,167

27,295

Impairment of goodwill and an intangible asset

50,900

270,625

50,900

Total corporate-level activity

$

32,719

$

80,667

$

357,905

$

131,683


Blucora, Inc.
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures (1)

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

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc. (2)

$

(26,206

)

$

(62,386

)

$

(292,055

)

$

30,820

Stock-based compensation

4,517

4,639

7,220

11,164

Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets

10,366

11,893

29,619

32,078

Other loss, net

11,963

2,606

23,386

11,682

Acquisition and integration costs

10,276

6,759

18,782

17,739

Impairment of goodwill and an intangible asset

50,900

270,625

50,900

Executive transition costs

405

10,225

Headquarters relocation costs

410

1,863

Income tax (benefit) expense

15,256

(12,331

)

23,237

(16,470

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

26,987

$

2,080

$

92,902

$

137,913


Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) and Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) Per Share Reconciliation (1)
(Unaudited) (Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three months ended
September 30,

Nine months ended
September 30,

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc. (2)

$

(26,206

)

$

(62,386

)

$

(292,055

)

$

30,820

Stock-based compensation

4,517

4,639

7,220

11,164

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

7,746

10,082

22,167

27,295

Gain on the sale of a business

(349

)

(3,256

)

(349

)

(3,256

)

Acquisition and integration costs

10,276

6,759

18,782

17,739

Impairment of goodwill and an intangible asset

50,900

270,625

50,900

Executive transition costs

405

10,225

Headquarters relocation costs

410

1,863

Non-capitalized debt issuance costs

3,687

3,687

Cash tax impact of adjustments to GAAP net income

(418

)

(710

)

(1,413

)

(1,892

)

Non-cash income tax (benefit) expense

14,987

(15,593

)

22,327

(23,759

)

Non-GAAP net income (loss)

$

15,055

$

(9,565

)

$

63,079

$

109,011

Per diluted share:

Net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc. (2) (3)

$

(0.54

)

$

(1.28

)

$

(6.06

)

$

0.62

Stock-based compensation

0.09

0.10

0.15

0.23

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

0.16

0.19

0.46

0.55

Gain on the sale of a business

(0.01

)

(0.07

)

(0.01

)

(0.07

)

Acquisition and integration costs

0.21

0.14

0.39

0.36

Impairment of goodwill and an intangible asset

1.05

5.62

1.03

Executive transition costs

0.01

0.21

Headquarters relocation costs

0.01

0.04

Non-capitalized debt issuance costs

0.08

0.08

Cash tax impact of adjustments to GAAP net income

(0.01

)

(0.01

)

(0.03

)

(0.04

)

Non-cash income tax (benefit) expense

0.31

(0.32

)

0.46

(0.48

)

Non-GAAP net income (loss) per share

$

0.31

$

(0.20

)

$

1.31

$

2.20

Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing per diluted share amounts

48,203

48,652

48,184

49,596


Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation for Forward-Looking Guidance (1)
(Amounts in thousands)

Ranges for the year ending

December 31, 2020

Low

High

Net loss attributable to Blucora, Inc.

$

(339,000

)

$

(333,000

)

Stock-based compensation

11,900

11,800

Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets

40,800

40,500

Other loss, net

31,700

31,200

Acquisition, integration, executive transition, and headquarters relocation costs

40,900

40,600

Impairment of goodwill

270,600

270,600

Income tax expense

31,600

30,800

Adjusted EBITDA

$

88,500

$

92,500


Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income Per Share Reconciliation
for Forward-Looking Guidance (1)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

Ranges for the year ending

December 31, 2020

Low

High

Net loss attributable to Blucora, Inc.

$

(339,000

)

$

(333,000

)

Stock-based compensation

11,900

11,800

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

30,000

29,900

Acquisition, integration, executive transition, and headquarters relocation costs

40,900

40,600

Debt issuance expenses

3,700

3,700

Impairment of goodwill

270,600

270,600

Gain on sale of a business

(300

)

(300

)

Cash tax impact of adjustments to net loss

(1,900

)

(1,800

)

Non-cash income tax expense

30,100

29,500

Non-GAAP net income

$

46,000

$

51,000

Per diluted share:

Net loss attributable to Blucora, Inc. (4)

$

(6.98

)

$

(6.87

)

Stock-based compensation

0.24

0.24

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

0.62

0.62

Acquisition, integration, executive transition, and headquarters relocation costs

0.84

0.84

Debt issuance expenses

0.08

0.08

Impairment of goodwill

5.57

5.58

Gain on sale of a business

Cash tax impact of adjustments to net loss

(0.04

)

(0.04

)

Non-cash income tax expense

0.62

0.60

Non-GAAP net income per share

$

0.95

$

1.05

Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing per diluted share amounts

48,600

48,500



Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation for Prior Guidance (1)
(Amounts in thousands)

Ranges for the year ending

December 31, 2020

Low

High

Net loss attributable to Blucora, Inc.

$

(343,500

)

$

(334,000

)

Stock-based compensation

12,100

11,900

Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets

47,800

45,500

Other loss, net

31,800

31,300

Acquisition, integration, executive transition, and headquarters relocation costs

43,300

43,000

Impairment of goodwill

270,600

270,600

Income tax expense

23,900

24,700

Adjusted EBITDA

$

86,000

$

93,000


Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income Per Share Reconciliation for Prior Guidance (1)
(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

Ranges for the year ending

December 31, 2020

Low

High

Net loss attributable to Blucora, Inc.

$

(343,500

)

$

(334,000

)

Stock-based compensation

12,100

11,900

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

34,700

32,900

Acquisition, integration, executive transition, and headquarters relocation costs

43,300

43,000

Debt issuance expenses

4,300

4,300

Impairment of goodwill

270,600

270,600

Cash tax impact of adjustments to net loss

(1,900

)

(1,800

)

Non-cash income tax expense

20,900

21,100

Non-GAAP net income

$

40,500

$

48,000

Per diluted share:

Net loss attributable to Blucora, Inc. (5)

$

(7.00

)

$

(6.83

)

Stock-based compensation

0.25

0.24

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

0.70

0.68

Acquisition, integration, executive transition, and headquarters relocation costs

0.88

0.88

Debt issuance expenses

0.09

0.09

Impairment of goodwill

5.52

5.53

Cash tax impact of adjustments to net loss

(0.04

)

(0.04

)

Non-cash income tax expense

0.43

0.43

Non-GAAP net income per share

$

0.83

$

0.98

Weighted average shares outstanding used in computing per diluted share amounts

49,050

48,900


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

(1) We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc., determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding the effects of stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets, other loss, net, acquisition and integration costs, impairment of goodwill and an intangible asset, executive transition costs, headquarters relocation costs, and income tax (benefit) expense. Acquisition and integration costs primarily relate to the acquisition of 1st Global and the acquisition of HKFS. Impairment of goodwill relates to the impairment of our Wealth Management reporting unit goodwill that was recognized in the first quarter of 2020. Impairment of an intangible asset relates to the impairment of the HD Vest trade name intangible asset following the rebranding of the Wealth Management business in the third quarter of 2019. Executive transition costs relate to the departure of certain executives in the first quarter of 2020. Headquarters relocation costs relate to the ongoing process to move from our Dallas and Irving offices to our new headquarters.

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 (loss). 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 (loss) as net income (loss) attributable to Blucora, Inc., determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding the effects of stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets, gain on the sale of a business, acquisition and integration costs, impairment of goodwill and an intangible asset, executive transition costs, headquarters relocation costs, non-capitalized debt issuance expense, the related cash tax impact of those adjustments, and non-cash income tax (benefit) expense. We exclude the non-cash portion of income tax expense 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. Gain on the sale of a business relates to the disposition of SimpleTax in the third quarter of 2019 and the subsequent working capital adjustment in the third quarter of 2020. Non-capitalized debt issuance expense relates to the expense recognized as a result of the increase to our term loan in the third quarter of 2020.

We believe that non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) 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 (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share are common measures used by investors and analysts to evaluate our performance and the valuation of our business. Non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) 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 (loss) and net income (loss) per share. Other companies may calculate non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share differently, and, therefore, our non-GAAP net income (loss) and non-GAAP net income (loss) per share may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

(2) As presented in the condensed consolidated statements of operations (unaudited).

(3) As presented in the condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income(loss), net loss per share attributable to Blucora, Inc. was $0.55 and $6.09 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively, and was calculated based on weighted average shares outstanding of 48,039,000 and 47,936,000, respectively, which excluded the effect of potentially dilutive shares due to the net loss earned for the period. For non-GAAP reconciliation purposes, net loss per share attributable to Blucora, Inc. of $0.54 and $6.06 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2020, respectively, included the effects of potentially dilutive shares due to non-GAAP net income during the period.

(4) As presented in the “Full Year 2020 Outlook” section of this press release, the range of net loss per share attributable to Blucora, Inc. for the year ending December 31, 2020 (Current Outlook) was $6.94 to $7.05, and these amounts were calculated based on weighted average shares outstanding of 48,000,000 and 48,100,000, respectively, which excluded the effect of potentially dilutive shares due to the net loss earned for the period. For non-GAAP reconciliation purposes, net loss per share attributable to Blucora, Inc. included the effect of potentially dilutive shares due to non-GAAP net income projected to be earned during these periods.

(5) As presented in the “Full Year 2020 Outlook” section of this press release, the range of net loss per share attributable to Blucora, Inc. for the year ending December 31, 2020 (Prior Outlook) was $6.92 to $7.09, and these amounts were calculated based on weighted average shares outstanding of 48,300,000 and 48,450,000, respectively, which excluded the effect of potentially dilutive shares due to the net loss earned for the period. For non-GAAP reconciliation purposes, net loss per share attributable to Blucora, Inc. included the effect of potentially dilutive shares due to non-GAAP net income projected to be earned during these periods.