Cambium Learning Group Announces Third Quarter Earnings

Nov 06, 2014
Company Reports Third Quarter Order Volume Growth of 6%
Improvement Driven by Technology-Enabled Products, Which Grew Over 30%
Technology-Enabled Products Now Comprise 57% of Total Order Volume

DALLAS, Nov. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Cambium Learning®Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD, the "Company"), a leading educational solutions and services company committed to helping all students reach their full potential by providing evidence-based solutions and expert professional services, announced today its financial results for the third quarter of 2014.

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Three Months Ended September 30,



Nine Months Ended September 30,


(in millions)

2014



2013



$ Change



2014



2013



$ Change


GAAP net revenues

$

41.1



$

43.0



$

(1.8)



$

108.5



$

117.2



$

(8.7)


GAAP net income (loss)


1.0




0.1




0.9




(6.9)




(8.5)




1.6


EBITDA


11.2




10.9




0.2




23.2




22.1




1.0


Adjusted EBITDA


11.1




11.3




(0.2)




23.8




24.8




(0.9)


Cash income


28.1




22.1




6.1




18.9




19.2




(0.2)


 

For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, company-wide order volumes were down 5% compared with the same period of 2013. The Company's first half results were sluggish in three of its four segments and were impacted by some instability with respect to support of Common Core State Standards.  Many customers shifted purchases of the Company's products into the latter half of the year and, as a result, third quarter 2014 order volumes were 6% better than the third quarter of 2013.  Order volume changes by segment for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 compared to the same periods of 2013 were as follows:

 


Order Volume % Change



Q3 - 2014


YTD - 2014


Learning A-Z

43%


33%


ExploreLearning®

19%


7%


Voyager Sopris Learning

(14)%


(21)%


Kurzweil Education

0%


(21)%


Cambium Learning Group, Inc.

6%


(5)%


 

"We were very pleased to see overall order volume growth in the third quarter versus prior year.  Our strategy to focus on and invest in technology-enabled educational solutions has driven this improvement," said John Campbell, chief executive officer of Cambium Learning Group, Inc.  "Although our order volumes have declined for the year to date period and will likely be down a bit for the full year, the year over year growth in technology-enabled solutions – 40% for the third quarter and 31% for the year to date period – is exciting for our future."

The Company continues to execute its strategy to shift resources to subscription and technology-enabled products. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, 57% of order volumes were generated by technology-enabled products versus 41% for the same period of 2013.  Additionally, the Company reported that as a result of higher order volumes, Cash Income improved $6.1 million to $28.1 million for the third quarter of 2014 compared to $22.1 million for the third quarter of 2013.

Learning A–Z delivered another historical high period of order volumes during the third quarter of 2014, continuing its trend of double-digit growth rates due to quality content, award-winning technology, and ongoing strategic investments.  ExploreLearning was able to achieve strong year over year growth in the third quarter of 2014, bringing the year to date 2014 growth versus prior year to 7% and reversing the unfavorable trend from the first half of the year.  Both Voyager Sopris Learning and Kurzweil Education showed some improvement in order volumes during the third quarter of 2014 compared to 2013, with Voyager Sopris Learning down 14% quarter over quarter and Kurzweil Education approximately flat quarter over quarter.  These segments continue to experience declines in legacy products, which are outpacing gains from the newer technology-enabled solutions.

Other highlights include:

  • Overall, GAAP net revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 decreased by 7% to $108.5 million compared with $117.2 million for the same period in 2013. GAAP net revenues by segment for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, and the change from the comparable period in 2013, were as follows: 
    • Learning A–Z—$31.8 million, increased $7.8 million or 32%
    • ExploreLearning—$13.1 million, increased $1.6 million or 14%
    • Voyager Sopris Learning—$57.6 million, decreased ($16.4) million or (22%)
    • Kurzweil Education—$5.9 million, decreased ($1.7) million or (23%)
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $23.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014, down $0.9 million from $24.8 million in 2013. Most of the revenue decline was overcome by increasing contributions from the Company's higher margin technology-enabled products, combined with lower costs in the Voyager Sopris Learning segment attributable to efforts to right-size costs in slower-growing or declining areas of the Company.
  • Cash Income was $18.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 compared to $19.2 million for the same period in 2013.
  • The Company has cash and cash equivalents of $44.4 million on the balance sheet as of September 30, 2014. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, cash provided by operations was $3.4 million, cash used in investing activities was $15.8 million, including $3.6 million related to the December 2013 Headsprout® acquisition, and cash used in financing activities was $11.1 million. During the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company repurchased $10.0 million aggregate principal amount of its 9.75% senior secured notes due 2017 for approximately $10.1 million.
  • On October 15, 2014, the Company entered into a note repurchase agreement with an investor, whereby it repurchased $10.0 million aggregate principal of its outstanding 9.75% senior secured notes due 2017 for $9.9 million plus accrued and unpaid interest.  The Company expects to record a Loss on Extinguishment of Debt of approximately $0.1 million in connection with this repurchase, primarily related to the write-off of unamortized deferred financing costs.  After completion of this transaction, total principal outstanding under the Company's 9.75% senior secured notes due 2017 is $155.0 million.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Cash Income are not prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from similarly named, non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures provide useful information to investors because they reflect the underlying performance of the ongoing operations of the Company and provide investors with a view of the Company's operations from management's perspective. Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Income remove significant purchase accounting, non-operational, or certain non-cash items from earnings. The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA and Cash Income to monitor and evaluate the operating performance of the Company and as the basis to set and measure progress towards performance targets, which directly affect compensation for employees and executives. The Company generally uses these non-GAAP measures as measures of operating performance and not as measures of the Company's liquidity. The Company's presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Cash Income should not be construed as an indication that our future results will be unaffected by unusual, non-operational, or non-cash items.

About Cambium Learning Group, Inc.
Cambium Learning® Group is a leading educational solutions and services company that is committed to helping all students reach their full potential by providing evidence-based solutions and expert professional services to empower educators and raise the achievement levels of all students. The company is composed of four business units: Voyager Sopris Learning(www.voyagersopris.com), Learning A–Z (www.learninga-z.com), ExploreLearning® (www.explorelearning.com), and Kurzweil Education (www.kurzweiledu.com). Together, these business units provide best-in-class intervention and supplemental instructional materials; gold-standard professional development and school-improvement services; breakthrough technology solutions for online learning and professional support; valid and reliable assessments; and proven materials to support a positive and safe school environment. Cambium Learning Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: ABCD), is based in Dallas, Texas. For more information, please visit www.cambiumlearning.com

Media and Investor Contact:
Barbara Benson
Cambium Learning Group, Inc.
investorrelations@cambiumlearning.com

Forward-Looking Statements
Some of the statements contained herein constitute forward-looking statements. These statements relate to future events, including the future financial performance of Cambium Learning Group, Inc., and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the markets, actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements of Cambium Learning Group, Inc., to be materially different from any actual future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. These risks and other factors you should consider include, but are not limited to, the ability to successfully attract and retain a broad customer base for current and future products, changes in customer demands or industry standards, success of ongoing product development, maintaining acceptable margins, the ability to control costs, K–12 enrollment and demographic trends, the level of educational and education technology funding, the impact of federal, state, and local regulatory requirements on the business of the company, the loss of key personnel, the impact of competition, the uncertainty of general economic conditions and financial market performance, and those other risks and uncertainties listed under the heading "RISK FACTORS" in Cambium Learning Group, Inc.'s Form 10-K and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as "may," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential," "continue," "projects," "intends," "prospects," or "priorities," or the negative of such terms, or other comparable terminology. These statements are only predictions. Actual events or results may differ materially. Cambium Learning Group, Inc., does not assume or undertake any obligation to update the information contained in this press release, and expressly disclaims any obligation to do so, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.


 

Cambium Learning Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)









Three Months Ended

September 30,



Nine Months Ended

September 30,



2014



2013



2014



2013


Net revenues

$

41,144



$

42,957



$

108,467



$

117,172


Cost of revenues:
















Cost of revenues


11,045




12,950




29,986




37,000


Amortization expense


4,695




4,692




13,213




12,680


Total cost of revenues


15,740




17,642




43,199




49,680


Research and development expense


2,745




2,486




8,090




7,345


Sales and marketing expense


11,015




10,943




31,680




32,991


General and administrative expense


5,039




5,122




14,676




16,795


Shipping and handling costs


666




721




1,266




1,419


Depreciation and amortization expense


1,050




1,227




3,150




3,663


Embezzlement-related expense





3







118


Total costs and expenses


36,255




38,144




102,061




112,011


Income before interest, other income (expense)

   and income taxes


4,889




4,813




6,406




5,161


Net interest expense


(4,377)




(4,773)




(13,535)




(14,028)


Loss on extinguishment of debt








(570)





Other income, net


535




215




965




645


Income (loss) before income taxes


1,047




255




(6,734)




(8,222)


Income tax expense


(52)




(127)




(146)




(297)


Net income (loss)

$

995



$

128



$

(6,880)



$

(8,519)


Net income (loss) per common share:
















Basic

$

0.02



$

0.00



$

(0.15)



$

(0.18)


Diluted

$

0.02



$

0.00



$

(0.15)



$

(0.18)


Average number of common shares and

      equivalents outstanding:
















Basic


45,664




47,563




45,663




47,439


Diluted


45,753




47,657




45,663




47,439


 

 


Cambium Learning Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except per share data)





As of



September 30,

2014



December 31,

2013



(Unaudited)






ASSETS








Current assets:








Cash and cash equivalents

$

44,403



$

67,993


Accounts receivable, net


28,561




15,767


Inventory


6,311




9,221


Restricted assets, current


1,463




1,343


Other current assets


8,872




6,873


Total current assets


89,610




101,197


Property, equipment and software at cost


49,576




43,224


Accumulated depreciation and amortization


(29,148)




(22,909)


Property, equipment and software, net


20,428




20,315


Goodwill


47,842




47,842


Acquired curriculum and technology intangibles, net


6,038




8,719


Acquired publishing rights, net


3,248




4,705


Other intangible assets, net


4,871




6,251


Pre-publication costs, net


15,081




13,401


Restricted assets, less current portion


4,451




5,492


Other assets


8,578




8,288


Total assets

$

200,147



$

216,210


 

 


Cambium Learning Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands, except per share data)





As of



September 30,

2014



December 31,

2013



(Unaudited)






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (DEFICIT)








Current liabilities:








Capital lease obligations, current

$

1,061



$

995


Accounts payable


3,723




1,301


Accrued expenses


15,943




25,279


Deferred revenue, current


60,416




53,532


Total current liabilities


81,143




81,107


Long-term liabilities:








Long-term debt


164,635




174,491


Capital lease obligations, less current portion


1,217




2,019


Deferred revenue, less current portion


10,204




7,829


Other liabilities


12,818




13,954


Total long-term liabilities


188,874




198,293


Stockholders' equity (deficit):








Preferred stock ($.001 par value, 15,000 shares authorized, zero

   shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2014 and

   December 31, 2013)






Common stock ($.001 par value, 150,000 shares authorized,

  51,251 and 51,208 shares issued, and  44,917 and 45,042

shares outstanding at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013,

   respectively)


51




51


Capital surplus


284,109




283,673


Accumulated deficit


(339,575)




(332,695)


Treasury stock at cost (6,334 and 6,166 shares at September 30,

2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively)


(12,448)




(12,147)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss:








Pension and postretirement plans


(2,007)




(2,072)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(2,007)




(2,072)


Total stockholders' equity (deficit)


(69,870)




(63,190)


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity (deficit)

$

200,147



$

216,210


 

 

Reconciliation Between Net Income (Loss) and Cash Income

(Unaudited)








Three Months Ended

September 30,



Nine Months Ended

September 30,


(in thousands)

2014



2013



2014



2013


Net income (loss)

$

995



$

128



$

(6,880)



$

(8,519)


Reconciling items between net income (loss) and EBITDA:
















Depreciation and amortization expense


5,745




5,919




16,363




16,343


Net interest expense


4,377




4,773




13,535




14,028


Income tax expense


52




127




146




297


Income from operations before interest,

   income taxes, and depreciation and

   amortization (EBITDA)


11,169




10,947




23,164




22,149


Non-operational or non-cash costs included in

   EBITDA but excluded from

   Adjusted EBITDA:
















Other income, net


(535)




(215)




(965)




(645)


Loss on extinguishment of debt








570





Merger, acquisition and disposition activities


346




171




689




485


Stock-based compensation and expense


135




384




383




975


Embezzlement-related expense





3







118


Adjustments related to purchase accounting





57







95


Adjustments to CVR liability











74


Management transition











1,501


Adjusted EBITDA


11,115




11,347




23,841




24,752


Change in deferred revenues


24,436




17,085




9,300




7,556


Change in deferred costs


(2,745)




(1,972)




(1,182)




(768)


Capital expenditures


(4,667)




(4,409)




(13,027)




(12,383)


Cash income

$

28,139



$

22,051



$

18,932



$

19,157


 

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