Universal Technical Institute Reports Fiscal Year 2012 First Quarter Results

Feb 02, 2012, 16:05 ET from Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI), the leading provider of automotive technician training, today reported net revenues for the first quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011 of $106.4 million, a 9.4 percent decrease from $117.4 million for the first quarter of the prior year.  Net income for the first quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011 was $4.0 million, a decrease of 60.6 percent from $10.3 million for the first quarter of the prior year.  Earnings per share for the first quarter ended Dec. 31, 2011 was 16 cents per diluted share as compared to 42 cents per diluted share for the first quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010.  

Return on equity for the trailing four quarters ended Dec. 31, 2011 was 15.6 percent compared to 21.4 percent for the trailing four quarters ended Sept. 30, 2011.

"As expected, with our lower student population levels, we experienced negative operating leverage across our campuses during the first quarter," said Kim McWaters, chief executive officer.  "We remain focused on cost containment while rebuilding our student population and are encouraged by improvements in our leading indicators.  We are cautiously optimistic that we will continue to gain momentum in rebuilding our student population levels during the second half of the year. Additionally, we expect to continue to see variability in new student starts among quarters," said McWaters.

Student Metrics

Three Months Ended

December 31,

2011

2010

(Rounded to hundreds)

Total starts

3,300

3,300

Average undergraduate full-time student enrollment

18,300

20,400

End of period undergraduate full-time student enrollment

17,300

19,300

First Quarter Operating Performance

For the first quarter of 2011, revenues were $106.4 million, a 9.4 percent decrease from $117.4 million for last year's first quarter.  The decrease in revenues primarily relates to a decrease in average undergraduate full-time student enrollment of 10.7 percent and one less earning day in the current year partially offset by an increase in tuition rates.  During the first quarter of 2011 and 2010, tuition excluded $2.6 million and $1.8 million, respectively, related to students participating in the Company's proprietary loan program which will be recognized as revenue when payments are received.

Operating income and margin for the first quarter of 2011 was $6.6 million and 6.2 percent, respectively, compared to operating income and margin of $16.9 million and 14.3 percent, respectively, in the same period last year.  The decrease in operating income is primarily attributable to the decrease in revenues and an increase in advertising expense, partially offset by a decrease in tools and training aids expense.  

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the first quarter of 2011 was $13.2 million compared to $23.3 million in the same period last year.  See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

Liquidity

Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $113.0 million at Dec. 31, 2011, compared to $109.6 million at Sept. 30, 2011.  At Dec. 31, 2011, shareholders' equity totaled $147.3 million as compared to $142.1 million at Sept. 30, 2011.  

Cash flow provided by operating activities was $5.6 million for the three months Dec. 31, 2011, compared with $11.7 million for the three months ended Dec. 31, 2010.

2012 Outlook

For the remainder of 2012, we expect to continue to be impacted by the macro-economic headwinds, continued pressure on program affordability and our lower student populations as we entered the year. The rate of decline improved for both applications and new student starts during the first quarter. We expect new student starts during the second quarter will decline year over year and be lower than the first quarter results before they potentially turn positive in the second half of the year. However, we continue to expect average student populations for the full year to decline, resulting in a mid to high single digit decline in revenue in 2012 and an overall decline in operating margins compared to 2011. Given these trends and the higher fixed component in our admissions cost structure as a result of regulatory changes, we are focused on efficiencies and managing costs.  Due to the seasonality of our business and normal fluctuations in student populations, we would expect volatility in our quarterly results.

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call to discuss the 2012 first quarter results today at 2:30 p.m. MST (4:30 p.m. EST). This call can be accessed by dialing 412-858-4600 or 800-860-2442.  Investors are invited to listen to the call live at http://uti.investorroom.com/.  Please access the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software.  A replay of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of UTI's website for 60 days or the replay can be accessed through February 9, 2012 by dialing 412-317-0088 or 877-344-7529 and entering pass code 10009184.

Safe Harbor Statement

All statements contained herein, other than statements of historical fact, are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Such statements are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties that could cause actual performance and results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could affect the Company's actual results include, among other things, changes to federal and state educational funding, changes to regulations affecting the for-profit education industry, possible failure or inability to obtain regulatory consents and certifications for new or expanding campuses, potential increased competition, changes in demand for the programs offered by UTI, increased investment in management and capital resources, the effectiveness of the recruiting, advertising and promotional efforts, changes to interest rates and unemployment, general economic conditions of the Company and other risks that are described from time to time in the Company's public filings.  Further information on these and other potential factors that could affect the financial results or condition may be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.  Except as required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in expectations, any changes in events, conditions or circumstances, or otherwise.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release and the related conference call contains non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures, which are intended to supplement, but not substitute for, the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Management chooses to disclose to investors, these non-GAAP financial measures because they provide an additional analytical tool to clarify the results from operations and helps to identify underlying trends.  Additionally, such measures help compare the Company's performance on a consistent basis across time periods. To obtain a complete understanding of the Company's performance these measures should be examined in connection with net income, determined in accordance with GAAP, as presented in the financial statements and notes thereto included in the annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  Since the items excluded from these measures are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance under GAAP, these measures should not be considered to be an alternative to net income as a measure of the Company's operating performance or profitability.  Exclusion of items in the non-GAAP presentation should not be construed as an inference that these items are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Other companies, including other companies in the education industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than UTI does, limiting their usefulness as a comparative measure across companies.  A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included below.  

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 160,000 graduates in its 47-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree, diploma and certificate programs at 11 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NTI). To learn more about UTI and its training services, log on to www.uti.edu.

(Tables Follow)

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

December 31,

2011

2010

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Revenues

$ 106,427

$ 117,447

Operating expenses:

Educational services and facilities

51,691

53,836

Selling, general and administrative

48,170

46,758

Total operating expenses

99,861

100,594

Income from operations

6,566

16,853

Other income:

Interest income, net

92

88

Other income

153

130

Total other income

245

218

Income before income taxes

6,811

17,071

Income tax expense

2,771

6,815

Net income

$  4,040

$  10,256

Earnings per share:

Net income per share – basic

$      0.16

$      0.42

Net income per share – diluted

$      0.16

$      0.42

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:

Basic

24,693

24,282

Diluted

24,802

24,585

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)

December 31,

September 30,

2011

2011

(In thousands)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$             51,067

$            53,670

Investments, current portion

53,872

50,052

Receivables, net

10,644

11,205

Deferred tax assets

6,293

7,837

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

12,810

10,709

Total current assets

134,686

133,473

Investments, less current portion

8,095

5,830

Property and equipment, net

95,091

100,377

Goodwill

20,579

20,579

Other assets

5,660

5,328

               Total assets

$           264,111

$          265,587

Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$             37,200

$            35,905

Deferred revenue

54,092

61,394

Accrued tool sets

4,632

4,723

Income tax payable

1,887

2,032

Other current liabilities

635

642

Total current liabilities

98,446

104,696

Deferred tax liabilities

1,141

2,443

Deferred rent liability

12,162

11,799

Other liabilities

5,040

4,534

Total liabilities

116,789

123,472

Commitments and contingencies

Shareholders' equity:

Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized,

29,887,257 shares issued and 24,699,930

shares outstanding at December 31, 2011 and

29,560,276 shares issued and 24,690,050

shares outstanding at September 30, 2011

3

3

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized,

0 shares issued and outstanding

-

-

Paid-in capital

163,233

156,497

Treasury stock, at cost, 5,187,327 shares at December 31, 2011 and

4,870,226 shares at September 30, 2011

(82,075)

(76,506)

Retained earnings

66,161

62,121

Total shareholders' equity

147,322

142,115

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$          264,111

$          265,587

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

December 31,

2011

2010

(In thousands)

Cash flows from operating activities:

Net income

$           4,040

$           10,256

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

Depreciation and amortization

6,293

6,082

Amortization of held-to-maturity investments

537

217

Bad debt expense

2,533

2,283

Stock-based compensation

1,682

1,710

Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation

-

(4)

Deferred income taxes

(219)

1,507

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

23

139

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Receivables

(1,972)

2,548

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(2,121)

(991)

Other assets

(333)

(549)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

2,137

(11,895)

Deferred revenue

(7,302)

(5,486)

Income tax payable

(145)

5,035

Accrued tool sets and other current liabilities

(98)

106

Deferred rent liability

363

489

Other liabilities

153

297

Net cash provided by operating activities

5,571

11,744

Cash flows from investing activities:

Purchase of property and equipment

(1,498)

(6,448)

Purchase of investments

(16,770)

(3,454)

Proceeds received upon maturity of investments

10,148

7,669

Net cash used in investing activities

(8,120)

(2,233)

Cash flows from financing activities:

Payment of payroll taxes on stock-based compensation through shares withheld

(54)

(89)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock under employee plans

-

61

Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation

-

4

Net cash used in financing activities

(54)

(24)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(2,603)

9,487

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period

53,670

48,974

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period

$           51,067

$           58,461

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(UNAUDITED)

Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA

Three Months Ended

December 31,

2011

2010

(In thousands)

Net income

$   4,040

$   10,256

Interest income, net

(92)

(88)

Income tax expense

2,771

6,815

Depreciation and amortization

6,523

6,290

                 EBITDA

$   13,242

$   23,273

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(UNAUDITED)

Three Months Ended

December 31,

2011

2010

(In thousands)

Salaries expense

$     40,176

$       40,241

Employee benefits and tax

8,340

7,113

Bonus expense

3,686

4,857

Stock-based compensation

1,682

1,710

Total compensation and related costs

$     53,884

$       53,921

Occupancy expense

$      9,777

$       10,155

Bad debt expense

$      2,533

$         2,283

Depreciation expense

$      6,521

$        6,287

SOURCE Universal Technical Institute, Inc.



RELATED LINKS

http://www.uti.edu