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IBEX Limited Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Results

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Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2021

  • Record revenue of $117.2 million, representing an increase of 8.7% year-over-year

  • Net income was $2.5 million (non-GAAP adjusted net income of $6.2 million)

  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 18.7% to $17.6 million, achieved record adjusted EBITDA margin of 15.0%

  • Company raises fiscal year 2021 guidance

WASHINGTON, Feb. 18, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- IBEX Limited (“ibex”), a leading global provider of outsourced CX solutions, today announced financial results for three and six months ended December 31, 2020.

“In May 2015, when I joined ibex as CEO, I set out on a vision to be a growth leader, a leader in the nearshore markets and to push to and above 15% adjusted EBITDA,” said Bob Dechant, Chief Executive Officer of ibex. “I am proud to report that we are achieving each of these goals and delivered a record second quarter. Revenues increased to an all-time high of $117.2 million, as our organic growth continues to outpace the industry. We received the very prestigious Frost and Sullivan Central America and Caribbean CX Company of the year award which validates and distinguishes our success in the nearshore market. And lastly, we reported 15% adjusted EBITDA for the quarter!”

Dechant continued, “We had full focus on execution this quarter – delivering on the critical seasonal ramps for our clients. As evidenced by our results, we had a stellar quarter of performance. Despite the growing cases of COVID-19 throughout the world, we continued managing all of our centers and kept all of our Work@Home employees operational. In addition, during the quarter we launched a new center in Jamaica, expanded in the Philippines, we won several key new logos, and we grew our sales pipeline to position us for growth in the second half of 2021 and beyond.”

Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2021 Financial Highlights:

Revenue

  • Revenue increased 8.7% to $117.2 million, compared to $107.8 million in the prior year quarter.

Net Income

  • Net income was $2.5 million, including $1.6 million in non-recurring costs, compared to net income of $4.8 million in the prior year quarter.

  • Non-GAAP adjusted net income increased to $6.2 million, compared to $5.6 million in the prior year quarter (see Exhibit 1 for reconciliation).

  • Net margin was 2.1%, compared to 4.4% in the prior year quarter.

  • On a Non-GAAP basis, net margin increased to 5.3%, compared to 5.2% in the prior year quarter (see Exhibit 1 for reconciliation).

Adjusted EBITDA

  • Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA, increased to $17.6 million, compared to $14.8 million in the prior year quarter (see Exhibit 2 for reconciliation).

  • Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 15.0%, compared to 13.8% in the prior year quarter.

Earnings Per Share

  • IFRS basic and fully diluted earnings per share was $0.14 and $0.13, respectively, compared to IFRS basic and fully diluted earnings per share of $0.00 and $0.00, respectively, in the prior year quarter.*

  • Non-GAAP pro forma fully diluted adjusted earnings per share (see Exhibit 1 for reconciliation) increased to $0.33, compared to $0.30 in the prior year quarter.

* IFRS fully diluted earnings per share for the three and six months ended December 31, 2019 does not reflect the recapitalization that occurred in connection with ibex’s August 7, 2020 initial public offering.

Balance Sheet

  • Strong cash position of $74.6 million compared to $21.9 million at June 30, 2020.

  • Non-GAAP net debt (see Exhibit 4 below) decreased to $50.7 million, compared to $84.1 million as of June 30, 2020.

Second Quarter of Fiscal Year 2021 Business Highlights:

  • Top three client concentration decreased to 36.4% from 45.1% in the prior year quarter

  • Won 3 new customer logos across key verticals, including healthcare and utilities

  • Opened a new 1,200 seat center in Jamaica and added 600 seats in the Philippines

  • New Economy revenue increased by 10.5% compared to the prior year quarter, and when adjusted for one client that was adversely impacted by the pandemic, New Economy revenue increased by 28.1%.

Raised Fiscal Year 2021 Business Outlook

We are raising our fiscal year 2021 guidance for revenue to between $445 million and $448 million, an increase of approximately 10% over the prior year, compared to $440 million to $443 million previously provided.

Adjusted EBITDA is now expected to be between $62.0 million and $63.5 million, an increase of approximately 14% to 17% over the prior year, compared to $60.5 million to $62.0 million previously provided.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

IBEX Limited will host a conference call and live webcast to discuss its second quarter of fiscal year 2021 financial results at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time today, February 18, 2021. To access the conference call, dial (833) 614-1408 for the U.S. or Canada, or for international callers (914) 987-7129 and provide conference ID 6963453. The webcast will be available live on the Investors section of ibex's website at: https://investors.ibex.co/.

An audio replay of the call will also be available to investors beginning at approximately 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on February 18, 2021, until 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on February 25, 2021, by dialing (855) 859-2056 for the U.S. or Canada, or for international callers, (404) 537-3406 and entering passcode 6963453. In addition, an archived webcast will be available on the Investors section of ibex's website at: https://investors.ibex.co/.

Financial Information

While the financial figures included in this press release have been computed in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) as issued by the International Accounting Standards Board (“IASB”) applicable to interim periods, this announcement does not contain sufficient information to constitute an interim financial report as defined in International Accounting Standards 34, “Interim Financial Reporting.” The financial information in this press release has not been audited.

ibex is not providing a quantitative reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable IFRS measure because it is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of certain significant items without unreasonable effort. These items include, but are not limited to, non-recurring expenses, fair value adjustments, share-based compensation expense, and impairment of assets. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and could have a material impact on IFRS reported results for the guidance period.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We present non-GAAP financial measures because we believe that they and other similar measures are widely used by certain investors, securities analysts and other interested parties as supplemental measures of performance and liquidity. We also use these measures internally to establish forecasts, budgets and operational goals to manage and monitor our business, as well as evaluate our underlying historical performance, as we believe that these non-GAAP financial measures depict the true performance of the business by encompassing only relevant and controllable events, enabling us to evaluate and plan more effectively for the future. The non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies and have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our operating results as reported under IFRS as issued by the IASB. Non-GAAP financial measures and ratios are not measurements of our performance, financial condition or liquidity under IFRS as issued by the IASB and should not be considered as alternatives to operating profit or net income / (loss) or as alternatives to cash flow from operating, investing or financing activities for the period, or any other performance measures, derived in accordance with IFRS as issued by the IASB or any other generally accepted accounting principles.

About ibex

ibex helps the world’s preeminent brands more effectively engage their customers with services ranging from customer support, technical support, inbound/outbound sales, business intelligence and analytics, digital demand generation, and CX surveys and feedback analytics.

Forward Looking Statements

In addition to historical information, this release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “should,” “plan,” “expect,” “predict,” “potential,” or the negative of these terms or other similar expressions. These statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our future financial and operating performance, including our outlook and guidance, and our strategies, priorities and business plans. Our expectations and beliefs regarding these matters may not materialize, and actual results in future periods are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Factors that could impact our actual results include: developments relating to COVID-19; the Frontier restructuring and its proceedings under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code; our ability to attract new business and retain key clients; our ability to enter into multi-year contracts with our clients at appropriate rates; the potential for our clients or potential clients to consolidate; our clients deciding to enter into or further expand their insourcing activities; our ability to operate as an integrated company under the ibex brand; our ability to manage portions of our business that have long sales cycles and long implementation cycles that require significant resources and working capital; our ability to manage our international operations, particularly in Pakistan and the Philippines and increasingly in Jamaica and Nicaragua; our ability to comply with applicable laws and regulations, including those regarding privacy, data protection and information security; our ability to manage the inelasticity of our labor costs relative to short-term movements in client demand; our ability to realize the anticipated strategic and financial benefits of our relationship with Amazon; our ability to recruit, engage, motivate, manage and retain our global workforce; our ability to anticipate, develop and implement information technology solutions that keep pace with evolving industry standards and changing client demands; our ability to maintain and enhance our reputation and brand; and other factors discussed under the heading “Risk Factors” in our annual report on Form 20-F filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on October 23, 2020 and any other risk factors we include in subsequent reports on Form 6-K. Because of these uncertainties, you should not make any investment decisions based on our estimates and forward-looking statements. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements for any reason after the date of this press release whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Media Contact: Barry Canty, Senior Vice President of Marketing, ibex, (323) 217-5428, barry.canty@ibex.co

IR Contact: Brinlea Johnson, The Blueshirt Group, 415.269.2645, brinlea@blueshirtgroup.com


IBEX Limited

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

US$ in thousands

December 31, 2020

June 30, 2020

Assets

Non-current assets

Goodwill

$

11,832

$

11,832

Other intangible assets

3,174

2,781

Property and equipment

103,397

84,588

Investment in joint venture

330

331

Deferred tax asset

2,400

2,223

Warrant asset

2,161

2,611

Other assets

5,532

4,834

Total non-current assets

$

128,826

$

109,200

Current assets

Trade and other receivables

74,056

62,579

Due from related parties

1,922

1,587

Cash and cash equivalents

74,615

21,870

Total current assets

$

150,593

$

86,036

Total assets

$

279,419

$

195,236

Equity and liabilities

Equity attributable to owners of the parent

Share capital

$

2

$

12

Additional paid-in capital

158,008

96,207

Other reserves

31,889

29,456

Accumulated deficit

(114,470

)

(109,527

)

Total equity

$

75,429

$

16,148

Non-current liabilities

Deferred revenue

$

1,725

$

434

Lease liabilities

72,587

62,044

Borrowings

4,217

3,782

Deferred tax liability

87

117

Other non-current liabilities

13,304

7,058

Total non-current liabilities

$

91,920

$

73,435

Current liabilities

Trade and other payables

$

51,158

$

53,213

Income tax payables

3,200

3,087

Lease liabilities

10,858

12,668

Borrowings

37,701

27,476

Deferred revenue

4,825

3,470

Due to related parties

4,328

5,739

Total current liabilities

$

112,070

$

105,653

Total liabilities

$

203,990

$

179,088

Total equity and liabilities

$

279,419

$

195,236


IBEX Limited

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss and Other Comprehensive Income / (Loss)

Three months ended December 31,

Six months ended December 31,

US$ in thousands, except share and per share amounts

2020

2019

2020

2019

Revenue

$

117,181

$

107,784

$

225,952

$

203,131

Payroll and related costs

78,960

73,185

151,224

139,240

Share-based payments

617

51

2,706

93

Reseller commission and lead expenses

3,399

4,505

7,501

9,326

Depreciation and amortization

6,983

6,413

13,422

12,113

Other operating costs

20,888

16,017

45,678

30,153

Income from operations

$

6,334

$

7,613

$

5,421

$

12,206

Finance expenses

(2,374

)

(2,507

)

(4,613

)

(4,814

)

Income before taxation

$

3,960

$

5,106

$

808

$

7,392

Income tax expense

(1,472

)

(349

)

(1,743

)

(299

)

Net income / (loss)

$

2,488

$

4,757

$

(935

)

$

7,093

Other comprehensive income / (loss)

Items that will be subsequently reclassified to profit or loss

Foreign currency translation adjustment

$

(77

)

$

(62

)

$

(113

)

$

(32

)

Cash flow hedge - changes in fair value

52

-

85

-

$

(25

)

$

(62

)

$

(28

)

$

(32

)

Total comprehensive income / (loss)

$

2,463

$

4,695

$

(963

)

$

7,061

Earnings per share attributable to the ordinary equity holders of the parent

Basic

$

0.14

$

-

$

(0.05

)

$

-

Diluted

$

0.13

$

-

$

(0.05

)

$

-

Weighted average shares outstanding

Basic

17,988,508

12,556,972

17,183,501

12,556,972

Diluted

18,719,169

12,755,131

17,931,867

12,755,131


IBEX Limited

Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

Three months ended December 31,

Six months ended December 31,

US$ in thousands

2020

2019

2020

2019

CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES

Income before taxation

$

3,960

$

5,105

$

808

$

7,391

Adjustments to reconcile income before taxation to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

6,983

6,413

13,422

12,113

Amortization of warrant asset

243

300

448

535

(Gain) / loss on disposal of fixed assets

-

16

(192

)

16

Foreign currency translation loss

55

206

203

359

Fair value adjustment

2,159

133

5,745

882

Phantom expense

129

15

254

28

Share-based payments

488

36

2,452

65

Provision for retirement benefit expense

66

108

144

134

Allowance of expected credit losses

209

157

452

97

Share of profit from investment in joint venture

(103

)

(175

)

(226

)

(339

)

Finance costs

2,374

2,507

4,613

4,814

(Increase) / decrease in trade and other receivables

(257

)

7,860

(10,984

)

3,197

Increase in prepayments and other assets

(381

)

(63

)

(697

)

(536

)

(Decrease) / increase in trade and other payables and other liabilities

(8,101

)

(879

)

1,052

(3,817

)

Cash generated from operations

7,824

21,739

17,494

24,939

Interest paid

(2,374

)

(2,507

)

(4,613

)

(4,814

)

Income taxes paid

(1,163

)

(657

)

(2,655

)

(763

)

Net cash inflow from operating activities

$

4,287

$

18,575

$

10,226

$

19,362

CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES

Purchase of property and equipment

$

(5,804

)

$

(2,039

)

$

(8,705

)

$

(2,239

)

Purchase of other intangible assets

(557

)

(17

)

(867

)

(165

)

Capital repayment from joint venture

112

124

227

195

Net cash outflow from investing activities

$

(6,249

)

$

(1,932

)

$

(9,345

)

$

(2,209

)

CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES

Proceeds from line of credit

$

34,231

$

43,419

$

66,575

$

78,211

Repayments of line of credit

(23,908

)

(54,320

)

(55,296

)

(81,018

)

Proceeds from borrowings

-

-

1,714

1,000

Repayment of borrowings

(3,031

)

(1,690

)

(5,827

)

(3,389

)

Payment of related party loan

(1,614

)

-

(1,614

)

-

Net proceeds from initial public offering

-

-

63,107

-

Payment of listing related cost

(227

)

-

(1,052

)

-

Principal payments on lease obligations

(8,575

)

(3,145

)

(11,630

)

(6,145

)

Dividends paid

-

(121

)

(4,000

)

(121

)

Net cash (outflow) / inflow from financing activities

$

(3,124

)

$

(15,857

)

$

51,977

$

(11,462

)

Effects of exchange rate difference on cash and cash equivalents

(78

)

(62

)

(113

)

(33

)

Net (decrease) / increase in cash and cash equivalents

$

(5,164

)

$

724

$

52,745

$

5,658

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period

$

79,779

$

13,807

$

21,870

$

8,873

Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period

$

74,615

$

14,531

$

74,615

$

14,531


IBEX Limited

Reconciliation of IFRS Financial Measures to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EXHIBIT 1: Adjusted net income and pro forma fully diluted adjusted earnings per share

We define “Adjusted net income” as net income / (loss) before the effect of the following items: non-recurring expenses (including litigation and settlement expenses, costs related to COVID-19, and expenses related to our initial public offering), other income, fair value adjustment related to the Amazon warrant, share-based payments, foreign exchange gains or losses, and impairment losses, as applicable, net of the tax effect of such adjustments. We define “pro forma fully diluted adjusted earnings per share” as Adjusted net income for the period divided by the weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding for the current periods.

Three months ended December 31,

Six months ended December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

US$ in thousands, except share and per share amounts

Amount

Per Share

Amount

Per Share

Amount

Per Share

Amount

Per Share

Net income / (loss)

$

2,488

$

0.13

$

4,757

$

0.25

(3)

$

(935

)

$

(0.05

)

$

7,093

$

0.40

(3)

Non-recurring expenses

1,593

$

0.09

596

$

0.03

5,991

$

0.33

596

$

0.03

Other income

(140

)

$

(0.01

)

(188

)

$

(0.01

)

(291

)

$

(0.02

)

(387

)

$

(0.02

)

Fair value adjustment

2,159

$

0.12

133

$

0.01

5,745

$

0.32

882

$

0.05

Share-based payments

617

$

0.03

51

$

0.00

2,706

$

0.15

93

$

0.01

Foreign exchange losses

55

$

0.00

206

$

0.01

203

$

0.01

359

$

0.02

Total adjustments

$

4,284

$

0.23

$

798

$

0.04

$

14,354

$

0.80

$

1,543

$

0.09

Tax impact of adjustments(1)

(611

)

$

(0.03

)

38

$

0.00

(2,057

)

$

(0.11

)

101

$

0.01

Adjusted net income

$

6,161

$

0.33

$

5,593

$

0.30

$

11,363

$

0.63

$

8,737

$

0.49

Adjusted net income margin

5.3

%

5.2

%

5.0

%

4.3

%

IFRS Weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding

18,719,169

12,755,131

17,931,867

12,755,131

Adjustment for share re-capitalization on August 7, 2020

-

5,964,039

-

5,176,736

Pro forma fully diluted shares outstanding and pro forma adjusted earnings per share(2)

18,719,169

$

0.33

18,719,169

$

0.30

17,931,867

$

0.63

17,931,867

$

0.49

(1) The tax impact of each adjustment is calculated using the effective tax rate in the relevant jurisdiction.
(2) We provide “pro forma fully diluted adjusted earnings per share” because the share structure for the prior year does not reflect the re-capitalization that occurred in connection with ibex’s initial public offering on August 7, 2020. For purposes of this calculation, we have included 18,719,169 shares for the three months ended December 31, 2019, and 17,931,867 shares for the six months ended December 31, 2019, the weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding for the three and six months ended December 31, 2020, respectively, in order to enhance comparability between the current and prior year periods. Beginning with the first quarter of fiscal year 2022, our share structure will be comparable year over year, and this measure will reflect the respective periods’ weighted average fully diluted shares outstanding.
(3) On an IFRS basis, this amount is $0.00. For purposes of this reconciliation, it represents the proforma impact of the share re-capitalization on August 7, 2020.

EXHIBIT 2: EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

We define “EBITDA” as net (loss) / income before the effect of the following items: finance expenses (including finance costs related to lease liabilities), income tax expense / (benefit), and depreciation and amortization (including depreciation of right-of-use assets). We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as EBITDA before the effect of the following items: non-recurring expenses (including litigation and settlement expenses, costs related to COVID-19, and expenses related to our initial public offering), other income, fair value adjustment related to the Amazon warrant, share-based payments, foreign exchange gains or losses, and impairment losses, as applicable.

Three months ended December 31,

Six months ended December 31,

US$ in thousands

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net income / (loss)

$

2,488

$

4,757

$

(935

)

$

7,093

Finance expense

2,374

2,507

4,613

4,814

Income tax expense

1,472

349

1,743

299

Depreciation and amortization

6,983

6,413

13,422

12,113

EBITDA

$

13,317

$

14,026

$

18,843

$

24,319

Non-recurring expenses

1,593

596

5,991

596

Other income

(140

)

(188

)

(291

)

(387

)

Fair value adjustment

2,159

133

5,745

882

Share-based payments

617

51

2,706

93

Foreign exchange losses

55

206

203

359

Adjusted EBITDA

$

17,601

$

14,824

$

33,197

$

25,862

Adjusted EBITDA margin

15.0

%

13.8

%

14.7

%

12.7

%

EXHIBIT 3: Free cash flow

We define “free cash flow” as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures and lease payments on right-of-use assets.

Three months ended December 31,

Six months ended December 31,

US$ in thousands

2020

2019

2020

2019

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

4,287

$

18,575

$

10,226

$

19,362

Less:

Capital expenditures

7,165

4,094

11,690

13,432

Lease payments on right-of-use assets

2,843

2,338

5,171

4,727

Free cash flow

$

(5,721

)

$

12,143

$

(6,635

)

$

1,203

EXHIBIT 4: Net debt
We define “net debt” as total borrowings less cash and cash equivalents.

US$ in thousands

December 31, 2020

June 30, 2020

Borrowings

Non-current

$

4,217

$

3,782

Current

37,701

27,476

$

41,918

$

31,258

Leases

Non-current

72,587

62,044

Current

10,858

12,668

$

83,445

$

74,712

Total Debt

$

125,363

$

105,970

Cash

74,615

21,870

Net debt

$

50,748

$

84,100