Bridgepoint Education Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results

Operating Loss of $34.5 million Includes $44.9 million of Restructuring and Impairment Charges

05 Nov, 2015, 16:01 ET from Bridgepoint Education, Inc.

SAN DIEGO, Nov. 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services, announced today its results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Financial Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2015

Revenue for the third quarter of 2015 was $140.8 million, compared with revenue of $162.7 million for the same period in 2014.

Operating loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $34.5 million compared with operating income of $10.6 million for the same period in 2014.

Net loss for the third quarter of 2015 was $62.7 million compared with net income of $6.3 million for the same period in 2014.

Fully diluted loss per share for the third quarter of 2015 was $1.37 compared with fully diluted earnings per share of $0.14 for the same period in 2014.

The Company recognized income tax expense of $28.7 million for the three months ended September 30, 2015.

Non-GAAP Financial Results for the Three Months Ended September 30, 2015

Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter was $10.4 million compared with non-GAAP operating income of $10.6 million for the same period in 2014. Non-GAAP operating income for the third quarter excludes restructuring and impairment charges of $44.9 million.

Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter was $6.0 million compared with non-GAAP net income of $6.3 million for the same period in 2014. Non-GAAP net income for the third quarter excludes restructuring and impairment charges of $44.9 million and the related tax effect, as well as tax expense of $40.7 million to establish a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets.

Non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share for the third quarter was $0.13 compared with non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share of $0.14 for the same period in 2014.

Refer to the accompanying tables and related explanations for a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share.

Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $430.3 million, compared with revenue of $491.4 million for the same period in 2014.

Operating loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $36.2 million compared with operating income of $25.1 million for the same period in 2014.

Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $63.8 million compared with net income of $14.9 million for the same period in 2014.

Fully diluted loss per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $1.40 compared with fully diluted earnings per share of $0.32 for the same period in 2014.

The Company recognized income tax expense of $29.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015.

Non-GAAP Financial Results for the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2015

Non-GAAP operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $23.1 million compared with non-GAAP operating income of $25.1 million for the same period in 2014. Non-GAAP operating income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 excludes restructuring and impairment charges of $59.3 million.

Non-GAAP net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $14.0 million compared with non-GAAP net income of $14.9 million for the same period in 2014. Non-GAAP net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 excludes restructuring and impairment charges of $59.3 million and the related tax effect, as well as tax expense of $40.7 million to establish a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets.

Non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $0.30 compared with non-GAAP fully diluted earnings per share of $0.32 for the same period in 2014.

Refer to the accompanying tables and related explanations for a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of September 30, 2015, the Company had cash, restricted cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities of $360.5 million, compared with $356.5 million as of December 31, 2014. 

The Company generated $16.6 million of cash from operating activities during the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared with $24.6 million of cash provided by operating activities during the same period in 2014.

Student Enrollment

Total student enrollment at Bridgepoint Education's academic institutions, Ashford University and University of the Rockies, was 49,982 students at September 30, 2015, compared with 59,552 students at September 30, 2014.

For the third quarter of 2015, the twelve-month retention for all Ashford students who were active on the last day of the third quarter of 2014 was 60.1%.  For the third quarter of 2014, the twelve-month retention for all Ashford students who were active on the last day of the third quarter of 2013 was 65.8%.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses non-GAAP financial measures for internal evaluation and to report the results of its business. These non-GAAP financial measures include non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. These measures are not prepared in accordance with, nor an alternative to, U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. These measures are intended to supplement GAAP financial information, and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. The Company believes that these measures provide useful information to its management, board of directors and investors regarding its ongoing operating activities and business trends related to its financial condition and results of operations. The Company believes that it is useful to provide investors with information to understand how specific line items in the statement of operations are affected by certain items that may not be indicative of the Company's core business operating results, such as restructuring and impairment expenses and income tax adjustments. Further, to the extent that other companies use similar methods in calculating non-GAAP measures, the provision of supplemental non-GAAP information can allow for a comparison of the Company's relative performance against other companies that also report non-GAAP operating results. In addition, the Company's management and board of directors use these non-GAAP financial measures in developing operating budgets and in reviewing the Company's results of operations, since such items have limited impact on their current and future operating decisions. Additionally, the Company believes that inclusion of these non-GAAP financial measures provides consistency and comparability with its past reports of financial results. However, investors should be aware that non-GAAP measures have inherent limitations and should be read in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP. Refer to the accompanying tables for a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share.

Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

Bridgepoint Education will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. ET (2:00 p.m. PT) today to discuss its latest financial results and recent highlights. The dial-in number for callers in the United States / Canada is 866-205-7692, and for other callers, 970-315-0754. The access code for all callers is 67706253. A live webcast will also be available on the Company's website at http://ir.bridgepointeducation.com.

A replay of the call will be available via telephone through December 4, 2015. To access the replay, dial 855-859-2056 in the United States / Canada and for other callers, 404-537-3406; then enter the access code 67706253.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE: BPI) harnesses the latest technology to reimagine the modern student experience. Bridgepoint owns two academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies. Ashford University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs while University of the Rockies offers master's and doctoral degree programs.  Both provide progressive online platforms as well as campuses in Iowa and Colorado, respectively.  Bridgepoint stands for greater access, social learning, and exposure to leading minds. For more information, visit http://ir.bridgepointeducation.com/investor-relations/ or www.facebook.com/BridgepointEducation.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release may contain forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding management's intentions, hopes, beliefs or expectations, and statements regarding the Company's outlook for 2015 and beyond. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause the Company's actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation:

  • the failure to comply with the extensive regulatory framework applicable to the Company and its institutions, including Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and its regulations, the newly issued Gainful Employment rules and regulations, state laws and regulatory requirements, and accrediting agency requirements;
  • adverse administrative, economic, legislative or regulatory changes affecting the Company and its institutions;
  • the imposition of fines or other corrective measures against the Company's institutions;
  • competition in the postsecondary education market and its potential impact on the Company's market share, recruiting costs and tuition rates;
  • reputational and other risks related to potential compliance audits, regulatory actions, negative publicity or service disruptions; and
  • the inability to recruit and retain students or develop new or expanded programs in a timely and cost-effective manner.

Additional information on factors that could affect the Company's performance or results is included from time to time in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of the Company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014, filed with the SEC on March 10, 2015, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2015, filed with the SEC on May 5, 2015, the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2015, filed with the SEC on August 4, 2015, and the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2015, to be filed with the SEC.

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 or expectations or any other factors affecting such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except to the extent required by applicable securities laws.

Contact: Kevin Royal, Chief Financial Officer 866.475.0317 x11120 investorrelations@bridgepointeducation.com

BRIDGEPOINT EDUCATION, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended  September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Revenue

$

140,762

$

162,654

$

430,337

$

491,446

Costs and expenses:

Instructional costs and services

69,197

79,707

215,656

239,641

Admissions advisory and marketing

47,794

56,783

148,636

178,079

General and administrative

13,346

15,583

42,914

48,589

Restructuring and impairment charges

44,904

59,322

Total costs and expenses

175,241

152,073

466,528

466,309

Operating income (loss)

(34,479)

10,581

(36,191)

25,137

Other income, net

465

1,080

1,499

2,159

Income (loss) before income taxes

(34,014)

11,661

(34,692)

27,296

Income tax expense

28,732

5,370

29,075

12,380

Net income (loss)

$

(62,746)

$

6,291

$

(63,767)

$

14,916

Earnings (loss) per share:

Basic

$

(1.37)

$

0.14

$

(1.40)

$

0.33

Diluted

(1.37)

0.14

(1.40)

0.32

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding used in computing earnings per share:

Basic

45,754

45,301

45,620

45,145

Diluted

45,754

46,474

45,620

46,495

 

BRIDGEPOINT EDUCATION, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

September 30,  2015

December 31,  2014

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

242,673

$

207,003

Restricted cash

24,591

25,934

Investments

21,902

12,051

Accounts receivable, net

30,793

21,274

Student loans receivable, net

928

1,003

Deferred income taxes

12,757

21,301

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

33,577

22,818

Total current assets

367,221

311,384

Property and equipment, net

30,560

78,219

Investments

71,364

111,557

Student loans receivable, net

7,607

9,510

Goodwill and intangibles, net

22,221

24,775

Deferred income taxes

4,118

20,175

Other long-term assets

2,209

2,475

Total assets

$

505,300

$

558,095

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable

$

2,128

$

1,013

Accrued liabilities

72,364

51,403

Deferred revenue and student deposits

89,614

108,048

Total current liabilities

164,106

160,464

Rent liability

21,397

22,098

Other long-term liabilities

11,902

9,652

Total liabilities

197,405

192,214

Total stockholders' equity

307,895

365,881

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

505,300

$

558,095

 

BRIDGEPOINT EDUCATION, INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

Cash flows from operating activities

Net income (loss)

$

(63,767)

$

14,916

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

Provision for bad debts

24,269

21,961

Depreciation and amortization

15,403

17,914

Amortization of premium/discount

364

85

Deferred income taxes

24,081

1,124

Stock-based compensation

7,324

7,891

Excess tax benefit of option exercises

(426)

(1,171)

Loss on impairment of student loans receivable

1,207

1,466

Net gain (loss) on marketable securities

125

(22)

Loss on termination of leased space

13,540

Loss on impairment of fixed assets

38,855

80

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Restricted cash

7,712

12,202

Accounts receivable

(33,524)

(30,314)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

5,537

3,317

Student loans receivable

831

763

Other long-term assets

266

368

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(2,883)

(532)

Deferred revenue and student deposits

(18,313)

(23,600)

Other liabilities

(3,960)

(1,864)

Net cash provided by operating activities

16,641

24,584

Cash flows from investing activities:

Capital expenditures

(2,324)

(9,644)

Purchases of investments

(20,242)

(87,855)

Non-operating restricted cash

(6,369)

(29)

Capitalized costs for intangible assets

(1,761)

(2,957)

Sales and maturities of investments

50,195

50,000

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

19,499

(50,485)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

260

3,076

Excess tax benefit of option exercises

426

1,171

Proceeds from the issuance of stock under employee stock purchase plan

136

Tax withholdings on issuance of stock awards

(1,292)

(2,093)

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(470)

2,154

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

35,670

(23,747)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

207,003

212,526

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

242,673

$

188,779

 

BRIDGEPOINT EDUCATION, INC.

Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended September 30,

Nine Months Ended September 30,

2015

2014

2015

2014

Operating Income (Loss) Reconciliation:

GAAP operating income (loss)

$

(34,479)

$

10,581

$

(36,191)

$

25,137

Restructuring and impairment charges

44,904

59,322

Non-GAAP operating income

$

10,425

$

10,581

$

23,131

$

25,137

Net Income (Loss) Reconciliation:

GAAP net income (loss)

$

(62,746)

$

6,291

$

(63,767)

$

14,916

Restructuring and impairment charges

44,904

59,322

Income tax expense related to restructuring and impairment charges (1)

(16,839)

(22,246)

Incremental income tax expense related to establishment of valuation allowance

40,666

40,666

Non-GAAP net income

$

5,985

$

6,291

$

13,975

$

14,916

Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share Reconciliation:

GAAP diluted earnings (loss) per share

$

(1.37)

$

0.14

$

(1.40)

$

0.32

Restructuring and impairment charges

0.98

1.30

Income tax expense related to restructuring and impairment charges (1)

(0.37)

(0.49)

Incremental income tax expense related to establishment of valuation allowance

0.89

0.89

Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share

$

0.13

$

0.14

$

0.30

$

0.32

(1) -  Calculated using a statutory tax rate equal to 37.5%.

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