Universal Technical Institute Reports Fiscal Year 2016 First Quarter Results

Feb 04, 2016, 16:05 ET from Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Feb. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI), the leading provider of automotive technician training, today reported revenues for the first quarter ended December 31, 2015 of $89.8 million, a 6.2 percent decrease from $95.7 million for the first quarter of the prior year.  Net loss for the first quarter ended December 31, 2015 was $1.7 million, or a loss of 7 cents per diluted share, compared to net income of $3.1 million, or 12 cents earnings per diluted share, for the first quarter ended December 31, 2014. Our new campus in Long Beach, California, which opened during the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, negatively impacted earnings for the quarter by $1.7 million (pre-tax) or 4 cents per diluted share.

"Our financial performance in the first quarter of 2016 was in line with our expectations and reflects the ongoing headwinds that are challenging our entire sector," said Kim McWaters, chairman and CEO.  "As anticipated, our new Long Beach, California campus impacted profitability this quarter, however we continue to be very pleased with its initial performance and expect it to be accretive to earnings within this fiscal year. As we go forward, we will remain focused on providing a quality education that delivers strong student outcomes and on implementing our proven strategies, which are helping us weather the current economic cycle and can put us in a strong position to deliver results long term."

Student Metrics


Three Months Ended Dec. 31,


2015


2014


(Rounded to hundreds)

Total starts

1,800


1,900

Average undergraduate full-time student enrollment

13,300


14,500

End of period undergraduate full-time student enrollment

12,300


13,400





First Quarter Operating Performance

Revenues for the first quarter of 2016 were $89.8 million, a 6.2 percent decrease from $95.7 million for last year's first quarter. Tuition excluded $5.7 million in each period related to students participating in the Company's proprietary loan program which will be recognized as revenues when payments are received.

Operating loss and margin for the first quarter of 2016 were $2.2 million and 2.4 percent, respectively, compared to operating income and margin of $5.6 million and 5.9 percent, respectively, in the same period last year. The decreases in operating income and margin were related to the decrease in revenues and the impact of our Long Beach, California campus. Excluding the impact of the Long Beach, California campus, operating loss and margin were $0.8 million and 0.9% for the first quarter of 2016. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the first quarter of 2016 was $2.9 million compared to $11.1 million in the same period last year. See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

Liquidity

Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $52.5 million at December 31, 2015, compared to $59.2 million at September 30, 2015.  At December 31, 2015, shareholders' equity totaled $112.2 million as compared to $113.5 million at September 30, 2015.  We paid cash dividends of $0.02 per common share on October 5 and December 18, 2015 totaling approximately $1.0 million

Cash used in operating activities was $3.6 million for the three months ended December 31, 2015 compared to cash provided by operating activities of $2.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2014.

2016 Outlook

For the year ending September 30, 2016, we expect new student starts to be down in the low to mid single digits and expect our average student population to be down in the mid to high single digits as a percentage compared with the year ended September 30, 2015. While annual tuition increases will slightly offset the decline in average students, we expect revenue to decline approximately three to five percent. To support future student growth, we will continue to invest in growth opportunities during the year which will result in lower operating income and minimal levels of EBITDA. Capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $19.5 million to $20.5 million for the year ending September 30, 2016. 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 2016 first quarter results on Thursday, February 4 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 15, 2016 by dialing 412-317-0088 or 877-344-7529 and entering pass code 10079751.

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.

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 or agency interpretation of such 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.

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 190,000 graduates in its 50-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree and diploma programs at 12 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 (NASCAR Tech). For more information visit www.uti.edu.

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UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

(UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended Dec. 31,



2015


2014



(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Revenues


$      89,773


$     95,680

Operating expenses:





 Educational services and facilities


49,652


47,830

 Selling, general and administrative


42,314


42,250

   Total operating expenses


91,966


90,080

Income (loss) from operations


(2,193)


5,600

Other (expense) income:





 Interest expense, net


(817)


(499)

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate


135


118

 Other income


254


112

   Total other (expense) income, net


(428)


(269)

Income (loss) before income taxes


(2,621)


5,331

Income tax expense (benefit)


(941)


2,237

Net income (loss)


$       (1,680)


$       3,094

Other comprehensive income (net of tax):





Equity interest in investee's unrealized gains on hedging derivatives, net of taxes


(1)


11

Comprehensive income (loss)


$       (1,681)


$       3,105






Earnings per share:





Net income (loss) per share - basic


$         (0.07)


$         0.12

Net income (loss) per share - diluted


$         (0.07)


$         0.12

Weighted average number of shares outstanding:





 Basic


24,234


24,827

 Diluted


24,234


24,926

Cash dividends declared per common share


$          0.02


$         0.10

 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)




Dec. 31, 2015


Sept. 30, 2015

Assets


(In thousands)

Current assets:





 Cash and cash equivalents


$          32,443


$           29,438

 Restricted cash


4,796


5,824

 Investments, current portion


19,076


28,086

 Receivables, net


22,991


22,409

 Deferred tax assets, net


4,811


4,539

 Prepaid expenses and other current assets


19,238


17,761

   Total current assets


103,355


108,057

Investments, less current portion


975


1,719

Property and equipment, net


121,109


124,144

Goodwill


8,222


8,222

Deferred tax assets, net


19,634


20,248

Other assets


11,904


11,912

   Total assets


$        265,199


$         274,302






Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity





Current liabilities:





 Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$          35,659


$           42,620

 Deferred revenue


46,303


44,693

 Accrued tool sets


3,556


3,624

 Dividends payable



485

 Financing obligation, current


780


737

 Income tax payable



1,187

 Other current liabilities


2,966


3,148

   Total current liabilities


89,264


96,494

Deferred rent liability


10,373


10,822

Financing obligation


43,841


44,053

Construction liability



Other liabilities


9,502


9,458

   Total liabilities


152,980


160,827






Commitments and contingencies










Shareholders' equity:





 Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 31,099,384 shares issued and 24,234,487 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2015 and 31,098,193 shares issued and 24,233,296 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2015


3


3

 Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares issued and outstanding



 Paid-in capital


179,112


178,202

 Treasury stock, at cost, 6,864,897 shares as of December 31, 2015 and September 30, 2015 


(97,388)


(97,388)

 Retained earnings


30,473


32,638

 Accumulated other comprehensive income


19


20

   Total shareholders' equity


112,219


113,475

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$        265,199


$         274,302

 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended
December 31,



2015


2014



(In thousands)

Cash flows from operating activities:





Net income (loss)


$    (1,680)


$        3,094

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





 Depreciation and amortization


3,582


4,482

 Amortization of assets subject to financing obligation


801


468

 Amortization of held-to-maturity investments


199


488

 Bad debt expense


482


934

 Stock-based compensation


912


873

 Excess tax benefit from stock-based compensation



 Deferred income taxes


342


1,990

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliate


(135)


(118)

 Training equipment credits earned, net


(100)


(290)

 Loss on disposal of property and equipment


25


2

Changes in assets and liabilities:





 Restricted cash: Title IV credit balances


(123)


34

 Receivables


463


(7,425)

 Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(1,492)


(835)

 Other assets


(79)


(559)

 Accounts payable and accrued expenses


(5,122)


(922)

 Deferred revenue


1,610


2,845

 Income tax payable/receivable


(2,714)


(4,177)

 Accrued tool sets and other current liabilities


(104)


365

 Deferred rent liability


(449)


425

 Other liabilities


29


323

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities


(3,553)


1,997

Cash flows from investing activities:





 Purchase of property and equipment


(2,626)


(3,731)

 Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment



3

 Purchase of investments



(7,954)

 Proceeds received upon maturity of investments


9,555


6,427

 Change in note receivable


(250)


 Capitalized costs for intangible assets


(250)


 Return of capital contribution from unconsolidated affiliate


119


110

 Restricted cash: proprietary loan program


1,151


(104)

Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities


7,699


(5,249)

Cash flows from financing activities:





 Payment of cash dividend


(970)


(2,483)

 Payment of financing obligation


(169)


(199)

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


(2)


(7)

Net cash used in financing activities


(1,141)


(2,689)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


3,005


(5,941)

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


29,438


38,985

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$    32,443


$      33,044

 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(UNAUDITED)


Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA




Three Months Ended Dec. 31,



2015


2014



(In thousands)

Net income (loss)


$   (1,680)


$      3,094

Interest expense, net


817


499

Income tax expense (benefit)


(941)


2,237

Depreciation and amortization


4,685


5,257

EBITDA


$     2,881


$    11,087



Reconciliation of Income (Loss) from Operations Impact of Long Beach, California Campus




Three Months Ended Dec. 31,



2015


2014



(In thousands)

Income (loss) from operations, as reported


$          (2,193)


$      5,600

Long Beach,California campus loss from operations


1,408


Income (loss) from operations, adjusted for Long Beach, California campus


$             (785)


$      5,600

Operating margin, adjusted for Long Beach, California campus


(0.9)%


5.9 %



Reconciliation of Earnings Per Share Impact of Long Beach, California Campus




Three Months Ended Dec. 31,



2015


2014



(In thousands)

Net income (loss), as reported


$          (1,680)


$      3,094

Long Beach, California campus loss before income taxes


1,720


Less:  tax effects of Long Beach, California campus loss before income taxes


(657)


Net income (loss), adjusted for Long Beach, California campus


$             (617)


$      3,094






Diluted earnings (loss) per share, as reported


$            (0.07)


$        0.12

Diluted earnings (loss) per share, adjusted for Long Beach, California campus


$            (0.03)


$        0.12






Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


24,234


24,926

 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

(UNAUDITED)


Selected Supplemental Financial Information




Three Months Ended Dec. 31,



2015


2014



(In thousands)

Salaries expense


$          39,182


$    38,197

Employee benefits and tax


8,438


7,674

Bonus expense


1,295


2,139

Stock-based compensation


912


873

Total compensation and related costs


$          49,827


$    48,883






Occupancy expense


$            9,729


$      9,591

Depreciation and amortization expense


$            4,685


$      5,257

Bad debt expense


$               482


$         934

 

SOURCE Universal Technical Institute, Inc.



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