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Zovio Inc Reports First Quarter 2021 Results

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CHANDLER, Ariz., May 12, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Zovio Inc (NASDAQ: ZVO), an education technology services company, today announced its results for the three months ended March 31, 2021.

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"For the first quarter of 2021, our Zovio Growth segment generated further momentum delivering nearly 80% top-line growth year-over-year. At the same time, we continued to advance our relationship with the University of Arizona Global Campus, and recently added a new partner in our University Partners Group segment," commented George Pernsteiner, Zovio Board Chair and Interim CEO. "As we move forward with our comprehensive search for Zovio's next leader, we have retained a search firm to facilitate this process, which we believe will yield the right blend of vision, industry and operational expertise to advance Zovio's strategy and deliver shareholder value for years to come."

On December 1, 2020, the Company consummated a Sale Transaction in which the Company transferred the academic and related operations and assets comprising the University of Arizona Global Campus ("Global Campus"). The Company now provides services to Global Campus, which include recruiting, financial aid, counseling, institutional support, information technology, and academic support services. The Company made changes in its presentation of its revenue line items and operating expenses and reclassified prior periods to conform to the current presentation.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

Revenue and other revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $76.9 million, compared with revenue and other revenue of $97.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Operating loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $9.3 million, compared with operating loss of $10.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $9.5 million, compared with net income of $2.0 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Diluted loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $0.29, compared with diluted income per share of $0.06 for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

The Company recognized an income tax expense of approximately $0.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared with an income tax benefit of $12.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Non-GAAP Financial Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2021

Non-GAAP operating loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $3.1 million, compared with non-GAAP operating loss of $2.7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Non-GAAP operating loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 excludes separation transaction costs of $0.8 million, acquisition costs of $0.8 million and severance costs of $4.6 million. Non-GAAP operating loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 excludes restructuring and impairment expense of $2.8 million, separation transaction costs of $1.5 million and acquisition costs of $3.5 million.

Non-GAAP net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $3.3 million, compared with non-GAAP net loss of $3.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020. Non-GAAP net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2021 excludes separation transaction costs of $0.8 million, acquisition costs of $0.8 million, severance costs of $4.6 million, and income tax expense of approximately $10 thousand. Non-GAAP net loss for the three months ended March 31, 2020 excludes restructuring and impairment expense of $2.8 million, separation transaction costs of $1.5 million, acquisition costs of $3.5 million, and income tax benefit of $13.0 million.

Non-GAAP diluted loss per share for the three months ended March 31, 2021 was $0.10, compared with non-GAAP diluted loss per share of $0.10 for the three months ended March 31, 2020.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of March 31, 2021, the Company had combined cash and cash equivalents of $35.1 million, compared with combined cash and cash equivalents of $35.5 million as of December 31, 2020.

The Company had $0.8 million of cash provided by operating activities during the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared with $6.2 million of cash used in operating activities during the three months ended March 31, 2020.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures for non-GAAP operating income (loss), non-GAAP net income (loss), non-GAAP diluted income (loss) per share, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. These non-GAAP measures exclude restructuring and impairment expense, separation transaction costs, acquisition costs, severance costs, as well as certain income tax adjustments, as applicable. These non-GAAP financial measures are not prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and are not based on a comprehensive set of accounting rules. Management believes non-GAAP financial measures are useful in providing investors with an understanding of how specific line items in the consolidated statements of income (loss) are affected by items that may not be indicative of the operating results of the Company's core business. To the extent that other companies use similar methods in calculating and reporting non-GAAP operating results, the Company believes provision of supplemental non-GAAP financial information allows for a meaningful comparison of the Company's performance against the performance of other companies. The Company further believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information regarding its ongoing operating activities and business trends related to its results of operations, as well as a meaningful comparison with historical financial results. The Company's management and board of directors utilize these non-GAAP financial measures, together with the Company's financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP, in developing operating budgets and evaluating the Company's performance. These non-GAAP financial measures are intended to supplement GAAP financial information, and should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Refer to the accompanying tables for a detailed reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Zovio Inc will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time (2:00 p.m. Pacific Time) today to discuss its latest financial results and recent highlights. The dial-in number for callers in the United States is (877) 395-6119, and the dial-in number for other callers is (647) 689-5537. The access code for all callers is 4682767. A live broadcast of the call will also be available on the Company's website at http://ir.zovio.com.

About Zovio Inc

Zovio Inc (NASDAQ: ZVO) is an education technology services company that partners with higher education institutions and employers to deliver innovative, personalized solutions to help learners and leaders achieve their aspirations. The Zovio network, which includes Fullstack Academy and TutorMe, leverages its core strengths and applies its technology and capabilities to priority market needs. Using advanced data and analytics, Zovio identifies the most meaningful ways to enhance the learner experience and deliver strong outcomes for higher education institutions, employers, and learners. Zovio's purpose is to help everyone be in a class of their own. For more information, visit www.zovio.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements which are not statements of historical fact and are subject to the Safe Harbor provisions created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, without limitation, statements regarding management's intentions, hopes, beliefs or expectations, and statements regarding the Company's outlook for the remainder of 2021 and beyond. These forward-looking statements are based on current information and expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The Company's actual performance or results may differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by such statements due to various factors, including, without limitation: our ability to successfully transition to being an education technology services company.

Additional information on factors that could cause actual plans implemented and actual results achieved to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements is included from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including, but not limited to, the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020 filed with the SEC on February 24, 2021, the Company's quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and the Company's current reports on Form 8-K which are available at www.zovio.com. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are made on the basis of management's good faith beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding future events based on information available at the time such statements are made. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect actual results or any changes in assumptions, expectations or other factors affecting such forward-looking statements, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws.

ZOVIO INC

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended March 31 ,


2021


2020





University Partners segment revenue

$

69,679



$

93,866


Zovio Growth segment revenue

7,180



4,006


Revenue and other revenue

$

76,859



$

97,872


Costs and expenses:




Technology and academic services

$

19,144



$

18,528


Counseling services and support

25,325



23,319


Marketing and communication

25,831



25,068


General and administrative

15,896



13,387


University-related expenses



25,302


Restructuring and impairment expense



2,763


Total costs and expenses

86,196



108,367


Operating loss

(9,337)



(10,495)


Other expense, net

(73)



(262)


Loss before income taxes

(9,410)



(10,757)


Income tax expense (benefit)

83



(12,777)


Net income (loss)

$

(9,493)



$

2,020






Income (loss) per share:




Basic

$

(0.29)



$

0.07


Diluted

$

(0.29)



$

0.06


Weighted average number of common shares outstanding used in computing
income (loss) per share:




Basic

32,769



30,340


Diluted

32,769



32,056


ZOVIO INC

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)



March 31,
2021


December 31,
2020

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

35,052



$

35,462


Restricted cash

20,033



20,035


Investments

1,366



1,515


Accounts receivable, net

6,831



7,204


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

15,393



12,617


Total current assets

78,675



76,833


Property and equipment, net

29,565



30,575


Operating lease assets

18,581



20,114


Goodwill and intangibles, net

30,921



31,785


Other long-term assets

2,304



1,999


Total assets

$

160,046



$

161,306






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

69,038



$

62,693


Deferred revenue and student deposits

8,077



8,090


Total current liabilities

77,115



70,783


Rent liability

23,267



24,125


Other long-term liabilities

8,758



7,181


Total liabilities

109,140



102,089


Total stockholders' equity

50,906



59,217


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

160,046



$

161,306


ZOVIO INC

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)



Three Months Ended March 31 ,


2021


2020

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income (loss)

$

(9,493)



$

2,020


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating
activities:




Provision for bad debts

661



3,337


Depreciation and amortization

2,285



2,978


Deferred income taxes



32


Stock-based compensation

2,382



4,138


Noncash lease expense

2,077



3,911


Net loss (gain) on marketable securities

(68)



326


Loss (gain) on disposal or impairment of fixed assets



(12)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(288)



(15,007)


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(2,776)



(7,948)


Other long-term assets

(305)



(193)


Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

7,457



(3,168)


Deferred revenue and student deposits

(13)



7,245


Operating lease liabilities

(2,598)



(3,672)


Other liabilities

1,455



(193)


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

776



(6,206)


Cash flows from investing activities:




Capital expenditures

(184)



(1,213)


Purchases of investments

(30)



(36)


Capitalized costs for intangible assets

(143)



(95)


Sale of investments

247




Net cash used in investing activities

(110)



(1,344)


Cash flows from financing activities:




Borrowings from long-term liabilities



1,149


Tax withholdings on issuance of stock awards

(1,078)



(202)


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(1,078)



947


Net decrease in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(412)



(6,603)


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

55,497



92,537


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

55,085



$

85,934


ZOVIO INC

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)



Three Months Ended

March 31,


2021


2020

Operating Income (Loss) Reconciliation:




GAAP operating loss

$

(9,337)



$

(10,495)


Restructuring and impairment expense



2,763


Separation transaction costs

777



1,522


Acquisition costs, net

832



3,490


Severance costs

4,601




Non-GAAP operating loss

$

(3,127)



$

(2,720)






Net Income (Loss) Reconciliation:




GAAP net income (loss)

$

(9,493)



$

2,020


Restructuring and impairment expense



2,763


Separation transaction costs

777



1,522


Acquisition costs, net

832



3,490


Severance costs

4,601




Income tax impact, non-GAAP

(10)



(12,981)


Non-GAAP net loss

$

(3,293)



$

(3,186)






Diluted Income (Loss) Per Share Reconciliation:




GAAP diluted income (loss) per share

$

(0.29)



$

0.06


Restructuring and impairment expense



0.09


Separation transaction costs

0.02



0.05


Acquisition costs, net

0.03



0.11


Severance costs

0.14




Income tax impact, non-GAAP

0.00



(0.41)


Non-GAAP diluted loss per share

$

(0.10)



$

(0.10)


ZOVIO INC

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures (continued)

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)



Three Months Ended

March 31,


2021


2020

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation:




GAAP net income (loss)

$

(9,493)



$

2,020


Interest expense (income), net

73



(53)


Income tax expense (benefit)

83



(12,777)


Depreciation and amortization

2,285



2,978


EBITDA

(7,052)



(7,832)


Restructuring and impairment expense



2,763


Separation transaction costs

777



1,522


Other acquisition costs



2,658


Severance costs

4,601




Adjusted EBITDA

$

(1,674)



$

(889)


Contact: Alanna Vitucci
alanna.vitucci@zovio.com
858 668 2586 x11636

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