Benefitfocus Announces First Quarter 2019 Financial Results

5/1/2019, 10:05 PM (Source: GlobeNewswire)

CHARLESTON, S.C., May 01, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Benefitfocus, Inc. (NASDAQ: BNFT), a leading cloud-based benefits management platform and services provider, today announced its first quarter 2019 financial results.  Highlights from the quarter include: 

  • Net benefit eligible lives grew to 15.5 million at the end of the first quarter, up from 13.3 million at the end of the prior quarter and 11.8 million at the end of the prior year period.
  • BenefitsPlace™ expanded to include personal property insurance products to complement the company’s health, wealth and lifestyle categories, premiering the benefits industry’s first integrated personal auto and renters’ insurance offerings.
  • BenefitsPlace welcomed 9 new suppliers, including MassMutual and three major personal auto insurers: MetLife Auto & Home, Liberty Mutual and Bristol West Insurance, a member of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies.
  • Our One Place user conference had the largest attendance to date, growing 40% from last year’s event. 
  • BenefitSAIGE™ launched, a Superior Artificial Intelligence Guidance Engine that is fully deployed across our platform.

“Benefitfocus delivered strong first quarter results, which marks our sixth consecutive quarter of meeting or exceeding our expectations,” said Ray August, President and Chief Executive Officer of Benefitfocus.  “Our selling season is off to a solid start and we are well positioned to accelerate growth in the second half of 2019.”

August added, “We are making meaningful progress towards achieving our vision of being the essential benefits platform that connects buyers and sellers.  Our strategy is resonating, our market position is strengthening and our ecosystem is flourishing.”

First Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights

Revenue

  • Total revenue was $68.3 million, an increase of 10% compared to the first quarter of 2018.

  • Software services revenue was $53.0 million, an increase of 10% compared to the first quarter of 2018.

  • Professional services revenue was $15.3 million, an increase of 8% compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Net Loss

  • GAAP net loss was ($14.2) million, compared to ($13.8) million in the first quarter of 2018. GAAP net loss per share was ($0.44), based on 32.1 million basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding, compared to ($0.44) for the first quarter of 2018, based on 31.3 million basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding.

Non-GAAP Net Loss and Adjusted EBITDA

  • Non-GAAP net loss was ($6.7) million, compared to ($8.0) million in the first quarter of 2018. Non-GAAP net loss per share was ($0.21), based on 32.1 million basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding, compared to ($0.26) for the first quarter of 2018, based on 31.3 million basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding.

  • Adjusted EBITDA was $3.6 million, compared to ($1.0) million in the first quarter of 2018.

See important disclosures about non-GAAP measures, and a reconciliation of them to GAAP, below.

Balance Sheet

  • Cash and cash equivalents at March 31, 2019 totaled $144.2 million, compared to $190.9 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2018. 

Business Outlook

Based on information available as of May 1, 2019, Benefitfocus is providing guidance for the second quarter and full year 2019 as indicated below.

Second Quarter 2019:

  • Total revenue is expected to be in the range of $66.5 million to $68.5 million.

  • Non-GAAP net loss is expected to be in the range of ($15.0) million to ($13.0) million, or ($0.46) to ($0.40) per share, based on 32.6 million basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding.

  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of ($5.0) million to ($3.0) million.

Full Year 2019:

  • Total revenue is expected to be in the range of $301.0 million to $309.0 million.

  • Non-GAAP net loss is expected to be in the range of ($27.0) million to ($22.0) million, or ($0.83) to ($0.68) per share, based on 32.5 million basic and diluted weighted average common shares outstanding.

  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of $15.0 million to $20.0 million.

Management has not reconciled forward-looking non-GAAP net loss and Adjusted EBITDA to their most directly comparable GAAP measure of GAAP net loss.  Management is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of the various necessary GAAP components of such reconciliations, including, for example, those related to compensation, acquisition transactions and integration, or others that may arise during the year, without unreasonable effort. These components and other factors could materially impact the amount of the future directly comparable GAAP measures, which may differ significantly from their non-GAAP counterparts. See below for additional important disclosures regarding our non-GAAP financial measures.

Conference Call Details:

In conjunction with this announcement, Benefitfocus will host a conference call today, May 1, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the company’s financial results. To access this call, dial (877) 407-9208 (domestic) or (201) 493-6784 (international). A live webcast, as well as the replay, of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at http://investor.benefitfocus.com/. After the conference call, a replay will be available until May 8, 2019, and can be accessed by dialing (844) 512-2921 (domestic) or (412) 317-6671 (international) with passcode 13689938.

About Benefitfocus
Benefitfocus (NASDAQ: BNFT) unifies the entire U.S. benefits industry on a single technology platform to protect consumers' health, wealth and lifestyle. Our powerful cloud-based software, data-driven insights and thoughtfully-designed services, enable employers, insurance brokers, carriers and suppliers to simplify the complexity of benefits administration and deliver a world-class benefits experience. Learn more at www.benefitfocus.com, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures in this release, including non-GAAP gross profit, operating loss, net loss, net loss per common share, and adjusted EBITDA. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company’s performance or financial position that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. 

Non-GAAP gross profit, operating loss, net loss and net loss per common share exclude stock-based compensation expenses, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, transaction and acquisition-related costs expensed, if any, and costs not core to our business, if any.  We define adjusted EBITDA as net loss before net interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense, adjusted to eliminate stock-based compensation expense, expense related to the impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, transaction and acquisition-related costs expensed, and costs not core to our business.   Please note that other companies might define their non-GAAP financial measures differently than we do.

Management presents these non-GAAP financial measures in this release because it considers them to be important supplemental measures of performance. Management uses these non-GAAP financial measures for planning purposes, including analysis of the company's performance against prior periods, the preparation of operating budgets and to determine appropriate levels of operating and capital investments. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the company's financial and operational performance. Management also intends to provide these non-GAAP financial measures as part of the company’s future earnings discussions and, therefore, their inclusion should provide consistency in the company’s financial reporting.

Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures provided in this release, including in the accompanying tables.

Safe Harbor Statement

Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this press release are forward-looking statements. Actual results might differ materially from those explicit or implicit in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include: our continuing losses and need to achieve GAAP profitability; fluctuations in our financial results; the immature and volatile market for our products and services; risks related to changing healthcare and other applicable regulations; risks associated with acquisitions; our ability to maintain our culture, recruit and retain qualified personnel and effectively expand our sales force; cyber-security risks;  the need to innovate and provide useful products and services; our ability to compete effectively; privacy, security and other risks associated with our business; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in our SEC filings,  copies of which are available free of charge within the Investor Relations section of the Benefitfocus website at http://investor.benefitfocus.com/sec-filings or upon request from our Investor Relations Department. Benefitfocus assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law.

Source: Benefitfocus, Inc.

 

Benefitfocus, Inc.
843-284-1052 ext. 3527
pr@benefitfocus.com

Investor Relations:
Michael Bauer
843-284-1052 ext. 6654
michael.bauer@benefitfocus.com 


Benefitfocus, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Loss
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,  
  2019  2018 
Revenue $68,299  $62,363 
Cost of revenue (1)(2)(3)  32,852   31,403 
Gross profit  35,447   30,960 
Operating expenses:(1)(2)(3)        
Sales and marketing  19,619   19,917 
Research and development  13,090   12,023 
General and administrative  11,796   9,693 
Total operating expenses  44,505   41,633 
Loss from operations  (9,058)  (10,673)
Other income (expense):        
Interest income  660   58 
Interest expense on building lease financing obligations (prior to adoption of ASC 842)     (1,866)
Interest expense  (5,814)  (1,317)
Other expense  9    
Total other expense, net  (5,145)  (3,125)
Loss before income taxes  (14,203)  (13,798)
Income tax expense  6   4 
Net loss $(14,209) $(13,802)
Comprehensive loss $(14,209) $(13,802)
         
Net loss per common share:        
Basic and diluted $(0.44) $(0.44)
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:        
Basic and diluted  32,056,934   31,333,348 
         
         
(1) Stock-based compensation included in above line items:        
Cost of revenue $899  $711 
Sales and marketing  1,686   954 
Research and development  1,192   768 
General and administrative  2,590   1,892 
         
(2) Amortization of acquired intangible assets included in above line items:        
Cost of revenue $99  $34 
Sales and marketing  36   14 
Research and development  40   12 
General and administrative  15   4 
         
(3) Transaction and acquisition-related costs expensed included in above line items:        
General and administrative $642  $ 

 

Benefitfocus, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 
  As of 
March 31, 
  As of 
December 31, 
 
     
  2019   2018  
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents $144,158  $190,928 
Accounts receivable, net  28,247   21,077 
Contract, prepaid and other current assets  19,039   16,667 
Total current assets  191,444   228,672 
Property and equipment, net  27,324   69,965 
Financing lease right-of-use assets  80,867    
Operating lease right-of-use assets  2,172    
Intangible assets, net  14,411    
Goodwill  12,304   1,634 
Deferred contract costs and other non-current assets  12,507   13,668 
Total assets $341,029  $313,939 
Liabilities and stockholders' deficit        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable $4,755  $8,687 
Accrued expenses  10,310   11,461 
Accrued compensation and benefits  13,989   17,269 
Deferred revenue, current portion  36,326   36,540 
Lease liabilities and financing obligations, current portion  6,771   4,486 
Total current liabilities  72,151   78,443 
Deferred revenue, net of current portion  10,569   9,323 
Convertible senior notes  179,442   176,692 
Lease liabilities and financing obligations, net current portion  89,095   57,116 
Other non-current liabilities  162   2,575 
Total liabilities  351,419   324,149 
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders' deficit:        
Preferred stock, par value $0.001, 5,000,000 shares authorized,        
  no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019        
  and December 31, 2018  –     – 
Common stock, par value $0.001, 50,000,000 shares authorized,        
  32,070,628 and 32,017,773 shares issued and outstanding        
  at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively   32    32 
Additional paid-in capital  409,973   403,631 
Accumulated deficit  (420,395)  (413,873)
Total stockholders' deficit  (10,390)  (10,210)
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit $341,029  $313,939 

 

Benefitfocus, Inc.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)

 
  Three Months Ended  
  March 31,  
  2019  2018 
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net loss $(14,209) $(13,802)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash and cash        
  equivalents used in operating activities:        
Depreciation and amortization  5,335   3,930 
Stock-based compensation expense  6,367   4,325 
Accretion of interest on convertible senior notes  2,749    
Interest accrual on financing obligations (prior to adoption of ASC 842)     1,879 
Rent expense in excess of payments  9    
Provision for doubtful accounts  265   359 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Accounts receivable, net  (6,514)  54 
Contract, prepaid and other current assets  (2,495)  881 
Deferred costs and other non-current assets  1,568   1,166 
Accounts payable and accrued expenses  (4,867)  2,722 
Accrued compensation and benefits  (3,580)  (2,962)
Deferred revenue  (5,089)  (2,127)
Other non-current liabilities  (23)  (108)
Net cash and cash equivalents used in operating activities  (20,484)  (3,683)
Cash flows from investing activities        
Business combination, net of cash acquired  (21,033)   
Purchases of property and equipment  (2,955)  (1,641)
Net cash and cash equivalents used in investing activities  (23,988)  (1,641)
Cash flows from financing activities        
Draws on revolving line of credit     31,000 
Payments on revolving line of credit     (24,000)
Payments of debt issuance costs  (357)   
Proceeds from exercises of stock options and ESPP  89   222 
Payments on capital lease and financing obligations  (655)  (2,448)
Payments of principal on financing lease obligations  (1,375)   
Net cash and cash equivalents (used in) provided by financing activities  (2,298)  4,774 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents  (46,770)  (550)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  190,928   55,335 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $144,158  $54,785 
         
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities        
Property and equipment purchases in accounts payable and accrued expenses $382  $452 
Property and equipment purchased with financing and capital lease obligations $  $713 
Post contract support purchased with financing obligations $  $275 

 

 

Benefitfocus, Inc.
Unaudited Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended 
March 31,
  2019  2018 
Reconciliation from Gross Profit to Non-GAAP Gross Profit:        
Gross profit $35,447  $30,960 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets  99   34 
Stock-based compensation expense  899   711 
Total net adjustments  998   745 
Non-GAAP gross profit $36,445  $31,705 
         
Reconciliation from Operating Loss to Non-GAAP Operating Loss:        
Operating loss $(9,058) $(10,673)
Amortization of acquired intangible assets  190   64 
Stock-based compensation expense  6,367   4,325 
Transaction and acquisition-related costs expensed  642    
Costs not core to our business  320   1,371 
Total net adjustments  7,519   5,760 
Non-GAAP operating loss $(1,539) $(4,913)
         
Reconciliation from Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA:        
Net loss $(14,209) $(13,802)
Depreciation  3,967   2,977 
Amortization of software development costs  1,178   889 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets  190   64 
Interest income  (660)  (58)
Interest expense on building lease financing obligations (prior to the adoption of ASC 842)     1,866 
Interest expense  5,814   1,317 
Income tax expense  6   4 
Stock-based compensation expense  6,367   4,325 
Transaction and acquisition-related costs expensed  642    
Costs not core to our business  320   1,371 
Total net adjustments  17,824   12,755 
Adjusted EBITDA $3,615  $(1,047)
         
Reconciliation from Net Loss to Non-GAAP Net Loss:        
Net loss $(14,209) $(13,802)
Amortization of acquired intangible assets  190   64 
Stock-based compensation expense  6,367   4,325 
Transaction and acquisition-related costs expensed  642    
Costs not core to our business  320   1,371 
Total net adjustments  7,519   5,760 
Non-GAAP net loss $(6,690) $(8,042)
         
Calculation of Non-GAAP Earnings Per Share:        
Non-GAAP net loss $(6,690) $(8,042)
         
Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and diluted   32,056,934     31,333,348  
Shares used in computing non-GAAP net loss per share - basic and diluted   32,056,934     31,333,348  
Non-GAAP net loss per common share - basic and diluted $(0.21) $(0.26)


 

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