Franklin Covey Announces Strong Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results

Franklin Covey Announces Strong Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Results

Sales and Adjusted EBITDA Each Increase 11% Over the Prior Year
Operating Income Increases 43%
Diluted EPS Growth of 67%

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Franklin Covey Co. (NYS: FC) , a global performance improvement company that creates and distributes world-class content, training, processes, and tools that organizations and individuals use to transform their results, today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 1, 2012.


Net sales for the quarter ended December 1, 2012 increased 11% to $44.1 million, all of which was organic growth, compared with $39.5 million in the first quarter of the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased $0.7 million to $7.1 million, an 11% increase compared with $6.4 million in fiscal 2012. The Company's Adjusted EBITDA margin (Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of sales) remained strong, and was consistent with the prior fiscal year's first quarter at 16.1% of sales. Income from operations increased by $1.6 million to $5.3 million, a 43% increase compared with $3.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Net income improved by $1.2 million to $2.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, a 74% increase compared with $1.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

For the four-quarter period ended December 1, 2012, net sales increased $14.1 million, or 9%, to $175.0 million, compared with $160.9 million in the four-quarter period ended November 26, 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the four-quarter period ended December 1, 2012 increased to $27.8 million, a 27% increase compared with $21.8 million in the four-quarter period ended November 26, 2011. Income from operations increased $7.8 million to $19.2 million, a 69% increase compared with $11.4 million in the four-quarter period ended November 26, 2011. Net income improved to $9.1 million, a 60% increase compared with $5.7 million during the four-quarter period ended November 26, 2011.

Bob Whitman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are very pleased to have achieved another quarter of significant growth in revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, operating income, and earnings per share. This performance reflects the transformational impact that Franklin Covey's world-leading intellectual property and content is having on our client organizations. The strength of our momentum and the size of our booking pipeline over the past several years strongly underscore our expectation of continued growth in revenue, profitability, and cash flows from operations in fiscal 2013 and beyond."

Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Financial Results

The Company's consolidated sales increased to $44.1 million compared with $39.5 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Sales increased at all of the Company's major channels, including its U.S./Canada direct offices, the government services office, international direct offices, international licensee channel, national account practices, and from increased leasing revenues. Revenue in the Company's U.S./Canada direct offices (including the government services office) increased 18% compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Sales growth was generally broad-based across the Company's key Practice areas and the Company benefitted from strong facilitator sales during the quarter. Sales in the Company's international direct offices increased 11% primarily due to sales growth in Japan and Australia as a result of improved publishing and training sales. Many of the Company's international licensee partners also recognized stronger sales during the quarter, resulting in a 10% overall increase in royalty revenues. The Company's national account practices reported a 13% increase in revenues, led by increased education practice sales. Other revenues, which consist primarily of leasing and shipping and handling revenues, increased by 51%, primarily as a result of new leasing contracts at the Company's corporate headquarters facility.

Gross profit increased to $29.6 million, an increase of 11% compared with $26.5 million in the prior year's first quarter. Essentially all of this increase was due to sales growth as the Company's gross margin remained strong and was consistent with the prior year at 67.1% of sales.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) increased $1.6 million compared with the first quarter of fiscal 2012, reflecting increases in investments in hiring new sales-related personnel and marketing. However, as a percent of sales, SG&A expenses decreased to 52.1 percent of sales in the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared with 54.1 percent of sales in the prior year. The increase in SG&A expenses was primarily due to a $2.3 million increase in associate costs, primarily related to the addition of new personnel and increased commissions on higher sales, and a $0.3 million increase in advertising and promotional costs related to new strategic initiatives that we believe had a favorable impact on the current quarter's sales. These increases were partially offset by a $0.7 million decrease in non-cash share-based compensation and decreases in various other expense categories. Depreciation expense declined compared with the prior year primarily due to the full depreciation of certain assets, which contributed to improved income from operations during the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Income from operations increased $1.6 million to $5.3 million, a 43% increase compared with $3.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012. Net income improved by $1.2 million, or 74%, to $2.9 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, compared with $1.7 million, or $0.09 per diluted share in fiscal 2012.

The Company's balance sheet and liquidity position remained strong through the first quarter as the Company had $7.3 million in cash and cash equivalents at December 1, 2012 compared with $11.0 million at August 31, 2012. Net working capital increased to $30.1 million at December 1, 2012 compared with $27.5 million on August 31, 2012. The Company had no borrowings on its line of credit facility at December 1, 2012.

Fiscal 2013 First Quarter Financial Highlights

  • Sales increased 11% to $44.1 million, compared with $39.5 million in the prior year.
  • Sales grew at all of the Company's major channels, including all of its U.S./Canada direct offices, all of its international direct offices, from its licensee partners, and through the national account practices channel.
  • Gross profit increased 11% to $29.6 million, as the Company's gross margin percentage remained strong at 67.1% of sales.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 11% to $7.1 million compared with $6.4 million in the prior year.
  • Net income increased 74% to $2.9 million compared with $1.7 million in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.
  • EPS growth of 67%, to $0.15 per diluted share, from $0.09 per diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2012.

Fiscal 2013 Outlook

The Company reaffirms its previous guidance that Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal 2013 is expected to range from $30 million to $32 million.

Earnings Conference Call

On Thursday, January 3, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (3:00 p.m. Mountain time) Franklin Covey will host a conference call to review its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended December 1, 2012. Interested persons may participate by dialing 800-264-7882 (International participants may dial 847-413-3708), access code: 33961606. Alternatively, a webcast will be accessible at the following Web site: http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/3dhuu593/lan/en. A replay will be available from January 3 (7:30 p.m. ET) through January 10, 2013 by dialing 888-843-7419 (International participants may dial 630-652-3042), access code: 33961606#. The webcast will remain accessible through January 10, 2013 on the Investor Relations area of the Company's Web site at: http://investor.franklincovey.com/phoenix.zhtml?c=102601&p=irol-IRHome.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including those statements related to the Company's future results and profitability; expected Adjusted EBITDA in fiscal 2013; anticipated future sales; and goals relating to the growth of the Company. Forward-looking statements are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: general economic conditions; the expected number of booked days to be delivered; market acceptance of new products or services and marketing strategies; the ability to achieve sustainable growth in future periods; and other factors identified and discussed in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of these conditions are beyond the Company's control or influence, any one of which may cause future results to differ materially from the Company's current expectations, and there can be no assurance that the Company's actual future performance will meet management's expectations. These forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances subsequent to this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

Refer to the attached table for the reconciliation of a non-GAAP financial measure, "Adjusted EBITDA," to consolidated net income, the most comparable GAAP financial measure. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income or loss from operations excluding the impact of interest expense, income tax expense, amortization, depreciation, share-based compensation expense, and other non-recurring items. The Company references this non-GAAP financial measure in its decision making because it provides supplemental information that facilitates consistent internal comparisons to the historical operating performance of prior periods and the Company believes it provides investors with greater transparency to evaluate operational activities and financial results. We do not provide forward-looking GAAP measures or a reconciliation of the forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP measures because of our inability to project certain of the costs included in the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA.

About Franklin Covey Co.

Franklin Covey Co. (NYS: FC) (www.franklincovey.com), is a global provider of training and consulting services in the areas of leadership, productivity, strategy execution, customer loyalty, trust, sales performance, government, education and individual effectiveness. Over its history, Franklin Covey has worked with 90 percent of the Fortune 100, more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, and thousands of small and mid-sized businesses, as well as numerous government entities and educational institutions. Franklin Covey has more than 40 direct and licensee offices providing professional services in over 140 countries.

         

FRANKLIN COVEY CO.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

(in thousands, except per share amounts, and unaudited)
 
Quarter Ended
December 1, November 26,
2012 2011
 
Net sales $ 44,061 $ 39,540
 
Cost of sales   14,502     12,998  
Gross profit 29,559 26,542
 
Selling, general, and administrative 22,943 21,373
Depreciation 702 834
Amortization   622     631  
Income from operations 5,292 3,704
 
Interest expense, net (452 ) (630 )
Discount on related party receivable   (147 )   -  
Income before income taxes 4,693 3,074
 
Income tax provision   (1,796 )   (1,412 )
Net income $ 2,897   $ 1,662  
 
Net income per common share:
Basic $ 0.16 $ 0.09
Diluted 0.15 0.09
 
Weighted average common shares:
Basic 18,161 17,733
Diluted 19,275 17,998
 
Other data:
Adjusted EBITDA(1) $ 7,089   $ 6,360  
 
(1)  

The term Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation, and certain other items) is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company believes is useful to investors in evaluating its results. For a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to the most comparable GAAP equivalent, refer to the Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA as shown below.

 
 
                   

FRANKLIN COVEY CO.

Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA

(in thousands and unaudited)
 
Quarter Ended Four-Quarter Period Ended
December 1, November 26, December 1, November 26,
2012 2011 2012 2011
Reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA:
Net Income $ 2,897 $ 1,662 $ 9,075 $ 5,675
Adjustments:
Interest expense, net 452 630 2,285 2,589
Discount on related party receivable 147 - 1,516 -
Income tax provision 1,796 1,412 6,292 3,104
Amortization 622 631 2,490 3,242
Depreciation 702 834 3,010 3,491
Share-based compensation 473 1,191 3,117 3,598
Severance costs   -     -     -   150
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 7,089   $ 6,360   $ 27,785 $ 21,849
 
Adjusted EBITDA margin 16.1 % 16.1 %
 
 
 

FRANKLIN COVEY CO.

Additional Sales Information

(in thousands and unaudited)
 
Quarter Ended
December 1, November 26,
2012 2011
Sales Detail by Category:
Training and consulting services $ 41,063 $ 36,382
Products 1,943 2,463
Leasing   1,055     695  
 
Total $ 44,061   $ 39,540  
 
Sales Detail by Region/Type:
U.S./Canada direct $ 21,759 $ 18,398
International direct 8,431 7,573
Licensees 4,330 3,921
National account practices 6,172 5,479
Self-funded marketing 1,493 2,926
Other   1,876     1,243  
 
Total $ 44,061   $ 39,540  
 
 
         

FRANKLIN COVEY CO.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands and unaudited)
 
 
December 1, August 31,
2012 2012

Assets

Current assets:
Cash $ 7,278 $ 11,011

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $667 and $851

35,465 38,087
Receivable from related party 3,852 3,588
Inventories 3,688 4,161
Deferred income taxes 3,601 3,634
Other current assets   4,166     3,714  
Total current assets 58,050 64,195
 
Property and equipment, net 18,275 18,496
Intangible assets, net 58,582 59,205
Goodwill 9,172 9,172
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