Sapiens Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results and Announces a Cash Dividend of $0.14 Per Share
Holon, Israel, May 14, 2020 – Sapiens International Corporation, (NASDAQ and TASE: SPNS), a leading global provider of software solutions for the insurance industry, and a member of the Formula Group (NASDAQ: FORTY and TASE: FORT), today announced its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020.
Summary Results for First Quarter 2020 (USD in millions, except per share data)
|March 31, 2020||March 31, 2019||% Change||March 31, 2020||March 31, 2019||% Change|
|Gross Margin||40.1%||38.8%||130 bps||44.0%||43.1%||90 bsp|
|Operating Margin||11.4%||10.5%||90 bps||16.1%||15.3%||80 bsp|
|Net Income (*)||$6.8||$5.2||32.3%||$10.4||$8.4||24.1%|
(*) Attributable to Sapiens’ shareholders.
“Sapiens’ first-quarter performance reflects our continued focus on supporting our existing customers and closing new business,” said Roni Al-Dor, president and CEO, Sapiens. “On a non-GAAP basis, we reported 17.9% revenue growth and increased operating margins by 80 basis points to 16.1%, with both P&C and L&A contributing to growth in the quarter.”
“In March, we responded to the COVID-19 global outbreak per country, controlling expenses where appropriate, while maintaining productivity. I’m incredibly proud of my teams’ accomplishments in this unique and challenging environment, and impressed by our customers’ rapid shift to remote work, while they remained committed to their customers and their own digital transformation projects. As a result, Sapiens maintained momentum through the quarter,” said Al-Dor.
Continued Al-Dor: “Across all our product lines, we see a growing demand for managed services, which is a testament to our delivery model – it allows carriers to focus on running their business. The current business disruption highlights the need for legacy insurance companies to migrate their platforms and increase their relevancy with more digital solutions. Our recent acquisition in Germany, sum.cumo, expands our digital offerings, helping us become even more competitive. While there continues to be uncertainty resulting from COVID-19, we remain focused on executing our long-term strategy. I am confident that as the global economy recovers, Sapiens will emerge stronger and well- positioned for continued growth.”
“Strong demand for our digital products, combined with high recurring revenue and a solid balance sheet, position us for success in this challenging environment. We’ve taken appropriate actions to provide the necessary flexibility for revenue growth and operating efficiency within the current circumstances. While our business remains strong, due to macro events there could be delays in closing new deals, which could slightly impact our revenue. Therefore, we are slightly revising our annual revenue guidance for 2020 to the range of $368 million to $377 million, as compared to our prior range of $377 million to $383 million. Overall, we changed the mid-point of the revenue guidance by 2.0%. Sapiens’ guidance for annual operating margin remains unchanged at 16.0% to 16.5%,” said Al-Dor.
“Furthermore, Sapiens remains committed to returning value to shareholders,” concluded Al-Dor. “Despite the condition in the market, we announce a dividend of $0.14 per share – approximately $7 million – reflecting our continued confidence in our business and Sapiens’ ability to generate cash.”
The dividend will be paid on June 10, 2020 to Sapiens Shareholders of record as of May 27, 2020.
The prospective dividend is subject to withholding tax at source, under the Israeli Tax law, at the rate of 25% of the dividend amount payable to each shareholders of record.
Quarterly Results Conference Call
Management will host a conference call and webcast on May 14, 2020 at 9:30 a.m. Eastern Time (4:30 p.m. in Israel) to review and discuss Sapiens’ results.
Please call the following numbers (at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time) to participate North America (toll-free): + 1-888-407-2553; International: +972-3-918-0610; UK: 0-800-917-9141
The live webcast of the call can be viewed on Sapiens’ website at: https://www.sapiens.com/investor-relations/ir-events-presentations/
If you are unable to join live, a replay of the call will be accessible until May 23, 2020, as follows:
North America: 1-888-326-9310; International: +972-3-925-5925
A recorded version of the webcast will also be available via the Sapiens website, for three months at the same location.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains the following non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income attributed to Sapiens shareholders, non-GAAP basic and diluted earnings per share, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Free Cash-Flow.
Sapiens believes that these non-GAAP measures of financial results provide useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to Sapiens’ financial condition and results of operations. The Company’s management uses these non-GAAP measures to compare the Company’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses, for purposes of determining executive and senior management incentive compensation and for budgeting and planning purposes. These measures are used in financial reports prepared for management and in quarterly financial reports presented to the Company’s board of directors. The Company believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends, and in comparing the Company’s financial measures with other software companies, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors.
Non-GAAP financial measures consist of GAAP financial measures adjusted to exclude: Valuation adjustment on acquired deferred revenue, amortization of capitalized software development and other intangible assets, capitalization of software development, stock-based compensation, restructuring and cost reduction costs, tax adjustments related to non-GAAP adjustments, and acquisition-related costs, which pertain to charges on behalf of M&A agreements related to future performance targets and retention criteria as determined upon acquisition date of the respective acquired company, as well as third-party services, such as, tax, accounting and legal rendered until the acquisition date.
Management of the Company does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation, or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. The principal limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company’s financial statements. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations, as they reflect the exercise of judgment by management about which expenses and income are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures.
To compensate for these limitations, management presents non-GAAP financial measures in connection with GAAP results. Sapiens urges investors to review the reconciliation of its non-GAAP financial measures to the comparable GAAP financial measures, which it includes in press releases announcing quarterly financial results, including this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company’s business.
Reconciliation tables of the most comparable GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release are included with the financial tables of this release.
The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net profit, adjusted for valuation adjustment on acquired deferred revenue, stock-based compensation expense, depreciation and amortization, capitalized of software development costs, compensation expenses related to acquisition and acquisition-related costs, restructuring and cost reduction costs, financial expense (income), provision for income taxes and other income (expenses). These amounts are often excluded by other companies to help investors understand the operational performance of their business.
The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA as a measurement of its operating performance, and reconciles Non-GAAP Operating Income to Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted for amortization and capitalization of capitalized software and amortization other intangible assets, stock-based compensation and acquisition-related costs, and valuation adjustment on acquired deferred revenues. The Company uses Adjusted EBITDA, because it assists in comparing the operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of certain non-cash and non-operating items. Adjusted EBITDA reflects an additional way of viewing aspects of the operations that the Company believes, when viewed with the GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting its business.
The Company uses Adjusted Free Cash-Flow as a measurement of its operating performance, and reconciles cash-flow from operating activities to Adjusted Free Cash-Flow, while reducing the amounts for capitalization of software development costs and capital expenditures. The Company adds back payments related to investment in the new campus in India, cash payments made for former acquisitions in respect of future performance targets and retention criteria as determined upon acquisition date of the respective acquired company, which were included in the cash-flow from operating activities. We believe that Adjusted Free Cash-Flow is useful in evaluating our business, because Adjusted Free Cash-Flow reflects the cash surplus available to fund the expansion of our business.
Sapiens International Corporation empowers insurers to succeed in an evolving industry. The company offers digital software platforms, solutions and services for the property and casualty, life, pension and annuity, reinsurance, financial and compliance, workers’ compensation and financial markets. With more than 35 years of experience delivering to over 500 organizations globally, Sapiens has a proven ability to satisfy customers’ core, data and digital requirements. For more information: www.sapiens.com
Forward Looking Statement
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These statements speak only as of the date they were made, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. We operate in a changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all risks that may affect us. For more information regarding these risks and uncertainties, as well as certain additional risks that we face, please refer to the Risk Factors detailed in Item 3 of Part III of our Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2018, and subsequent reports and registration statements filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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