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CBIZ Reports First-Quarter 2019 Results; Affirms Full-Year Guidance

CLEVELAND, April 25, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

FIRST-QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • REVENUE +1.5%
  • SAME-UNIT REVENUE +1.0%
  • EPS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS +4.7%

CBIZ, Inc. (CBZ) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.

For the 2019 first quarter, CBIZ reported revenue of $270.0 million, an increase of $3.9 million, or 1.5%, over the $266.1 million reported in 2018. Same-unit revenue increased by $2.7 million, or 1.0%, for the quarter, compared with the same period a year ago. Newly acquired operations, net of divestitures, contributed $1.2 million, or 0.5%, to revenue growth in the quarter. CBIZ reported income from continuing operations of $37.6 million, or $0.67 per diluted share, in the 2019 first quarter, compared with income of $35.8 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the same period a year ago. Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter was $57.7 million, compared with $55.9 million for the first quarter of 2018.

In the 2019 first quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 580,000 shares of its common stock at a cost of approximately $11.6 million. As a result of this activity, the Company expects a weighted average fully diluted share count within a range of 56.0 to 56.5 million shares for 2019. The balance outstanding on the Company's $400 million unsecured credit facility at March 31, 2019, was $182 million with approximately $210 million of unused borrowing capacity.

Jerry Grisko, President and Chief Executive Officer of CBIZ, said, "Our revenue growth in the first quarter was generally in line with our expectations and an improvement over the exceptionally strong first quarter a year ago. As a reminder, the first quarter of 2018 included very strong results from some of our non-core transactional businesses and revenue from two accounting practices that were divested at year-end.  In addition, tax compliance work in the first quarter of 2019, which is normally at a seasonal peak, was negatively impacted by delays in IRS-issued regulations and guidance associated with tax reform. This work has been temporarily deferred and is expected to be completed later in the year."

"Despite the relatively modest growth in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period a year ago, we are encouraged by continued strong demand for our services and a healthy level of optimism among many of our clients that the business climate will remain favorable throughout 2019," concluded Grisko.

2019 Outlook

  • The Company expects growth in total revenue within a range of 4% to 6%.
  • Although a number of factors may impact the tax rate, the Company expects an effective tax rate of approximately 25%.
  • The Company expects a weighted average fully diluted share count of approximately 56.0 to 56.5 million shares.
  • The Company expects to grow fully diluted earnings per share within a range of 10% to 12% over the $1.09 reported for 2018.

Conference Call

CBIZ will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. (ET) today to discuss its results. The call will be webcast live for the media and the public, and can be accessed at www.cbiz.com. Shareholders and analysts who would like to participate in the call can register at http://dpregister.com/10130754 to receive the dial-in number and unique personal identification number. Participants may register at any time, including up to and after the call start time.

A replay of the webcast will be made available approximately two hours following the call on the Company's website at www.cbiz.com. For those without internet access, a replay of the call will also be available starting at approximately 1:00 p.m. (ET), April 25, through 5:00 p.m. (ET), May 1, 2019. The toll-free dial-in number for the replay is 1-877-344-7529. If you are listening from outside the United States, dial 1-412-317-0088. The access code for the replay is 10130754.

About CBIZ

CBIZ, Inc. provides financial, insurance and advisory services to businesses throughout the United States. Financial services include accounting, tax, government health care consulting, transaction advisory, risk advisory, and valuation services. Insurance services include employee benefits consulting, retirement plan consulting, property and casualty insurance, payroll, and human capital consulting. With more than 100 Company offices in 32 states, CBIZ is one of the largest accounting and insurance brokerage providers in the U.S. For more information, visit www.cbiz.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the Company's ability to adequately manage and sustain its growth; the Company's dependence on the current trend of outsourcing business services; the Company's dependence on the services of its CEO and other key employees; competitive pricing pressures; general business and economic conditions; and changes in governmental regulation and tax laws affecting the Company's insurance business or its business services operations. A more detailed description of such risks and uncertainties may be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov.

 


CBIZ, INC.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2019 AND 2018

(In thousands, except percentages and per share data)






THREE MONTHS ENDED





MARCH 31,





2019


%



2018


%



Revenue


$

269,998


100.0

%


$

266,090


100.0

%


Operating expenses (1)



215,496


79.8

%



204,750


76.9

%


Gross margin



54,502


20.2

%



61,340


23.1

%


Corporate general and administrative expenses (1)



11,680


4.3

%



10,028


3.8

%


Operating income



42,822


15.9

%



51,312


19.3

%


Other income (expense):















Interest expense



(1,401)


-0.5

%



(1,780)


-0.7

%


Gain on sale of operations, net



497


0.2

%



663


0.3

%


Other income (expense), net (1) (2)



9,260


3.4

%



(1,229)


-0.5

%


Total other income (expense), net



8,356


3.1

%



(2,346)


-0.9

%


Income from continuing operations before income tax

   expense



51,178


19.0

%



48,966


18.4

%


Income tax expense



13,613







13,156






Income from continuing operations



37,565


13.9

%



35,810


13.5

%


(Loss) income from operations of discontinued operations, net of
tax



(96)







41






Net income


$

37,469


13.9

%


$

35,851


13.5

%


















Diluted earnings per share:
















Continuing operations


$

0.67






$

0.64






Discontinued operations



-







-






Net income


$

0.67






$

0.64






















Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding



55,915







55,924






Other data from continuing operations:
















Adjusted EBITDA (3)


$

57,741






$

55,858







(1)

CBIZ sponsors a deferred compensation plan, under which a CBIZ employee's compensation deferral is held in a rabbi trust and invested accordingly as directed by the employee. Income and expenses related to the deferred compensation plan are included in "Operating expenses" ($8.2 million expense in 2019 and $0.1 million income in 2018, or 3.0% and 0.0% of revenue, respectively) and "Corporate general and administrative expenses" ($0.9 million expense in 2019 and $16 thousand income in 2018, or 0.3% and 0.0% of revenue for 2019 and 2018, respectively) and are directly offset by deferred compensation gains or losses in "Other income (expense), net" ($9.1 million income in 2019 and $0.1 million expense in 2018, or 3.4% and 0.0% of revenue, respectively). The deferred compensation plan has no impact on "Income from continuing operations before income tax expense". 



(2)

Included in "Other income (expense), net" for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, is income of $0.3 million and expense of $1.6 million, respectively, related to net changes in the fair value of contingent consideration related to CBIZ's prior acquisitions.



(3)

Refer to the financial highlights tables for a reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") financial measure, and for additional information as to the usefulness of the Non-GAAP financial measures to shareholders and investors. 

 

 


CBIZ, INC.

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS (UNAUDITED)

(In thousands)

SELECT SEGMENT DATA






THREE MONTHS ENDED




MARCH 31,




2019


2018


Revenue







Financial Services


$

185,144


$

180,603


Benefits and Insurance Services



76,255



77,330


National Practices



8,599



8,157


Total


$

269,998


$

266,090









Gross Margin







Financial Services


$

50,686


$

47,570


Benefits and Insurance Services



14,884



16,197


National Practices



599



882


Operating expenses - unallocated (1):








Other



(3,449)



(3,423)


Deferred compensation



(8,218)



114


Total


$

54,502


$

61,340



(1)

Represents operating expenses not directly allocated to individual businesses, including stock-based compensation, consolidation and integration charges, and certain advertising expenses. "Operating expenses - unallocated" also include gains or losses attributable to the assets held in the Company's deferred compensation plan, which do not impact "Income from continuing operations before income tax expense" as they are directly offset by the same adjustment to "Other income (expense), net" in the Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income. Net gains/losses recognized from adjustments to the fair value of the assets held in the deferred compensation plan are recorded as compensation income/expense in "Operating expenses" and as income/expense in "Other income (expense), net".

 

 

CBIZ, INC.

SELECT CASH FLOW DATA

(In thousands)




THREE MONTHS ENDED




MARCH 31,




2019



2018


Net income


$

37,469



$

35,851


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating

   activities:









Depreciation and amortization expense



5,659




5,775


Bad debt expense, net of recoveries



1,054




1,766


Adjustments to contingent earnout liability



(281)




1,609


Other



511




(1,244)


Net income, after adjustments to reconcile net income to net

   cash used in operating activities



44,412




43,757


Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and 
     divestitures



(69,074)




(64,396)


Operating cash flows used in continuing operations



(24,662)




(20,639)


Operating cash flows (used in) provided by discontinued
operations



(91)




139


Net cash used in operating activities



(24,753)




(20,500)


Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities



(9,736)




37,455


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities



10,025




(20,296)


Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash


$

(24,464)



$

(3,341)


 

 


CBIZ, INC.

SELECT FINANCIAL DATA AND RATIOS

(In thousands, except for percentages and days sales outstanding)






MARCH 31,



DECEMBER 31,





2019



2018



Cash and cash equivalents


$

2,143



$

640



Restricted cash



27,721




27,481



Accounts receivable, net



264,434




207,287



Current assets before funds held for clients



319,082




262,249



Funds held for clients



138,779




161,289



Goodwill and other intangible assets, net



635,881




637,009













Total assets


$

1,377,319



$

1,183,031













Current liabilities before client fund obligations



172,256




159,241



Client fund obligations



138,866




162,073



Bank debt, net of debt issuance costs



180,564




133,974













Total liabilities


$

753,832



$

589,368













Treasury stock


$

(520,008)



$

(508,530)













Total stockholders' equity


$

623,487



$

593,663













Debt to equity



29.3

%



23.0

%


Days sales outstanding (DSO) - continuing operations (1)



91




70













Shares outstanding



54,901




55,072



Basic weighted average common shares outstanding



54,287




54,561



Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding



55,915




56,487




(1)

DSO is provided for continuing operations and represents accounts receivable, net, at the end of the period, divided by trailing twelve month daily revenue. The Company has included DSO data because such data is commonly used as a performance measure by analysts and investors and as a measure of the Company's ability to collect on receivables in a timely manner. DSO should not be regarded as an alternative or replacement to any measurement of performance under GAAP. DSO at March 31, 2018 was 92.

 

 


CBIZ, INC.

GAAP RECONCILIATIONS




Income from Continuing Operations to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (1)

(In thousands)






THREE MONTHS ENDED





MARCH 31,





2019


2018



Income from continuing operations


$

37,565


$

35,810



Interest expense



1,401



1,780



Income tax expense



13,613



13,156



Gain on sale of operations, net



(497)



(663)



Depreciation



2,157



1,404



Amortization



3,502



4,371



Adjusted EBITDA


$

57,741


$

55,858




(1)

CBIZ reports its financial results in accordance with GAAP. This table reconciles Non-GAAP financial measures to the nearest GAAP financial measure, "Income from continuing operations". Adjusted EBITDA is not defined by GAAP and should not be regarded as an alternative or replacement to any measurement of performance or cash flow under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA is commonly used by the Company, its shareholders and debt holders to evaluate, assess and benchmark the Company's operational results and to provide an additional measure with respect to the Company's ability to meet future debt obligations.

 

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