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Nov 01, 2018

EXL Reports 2018 Third Quarter Results

2018 Third Quarter Revenues of $231.1 Million, up 20.2% year over year 
Q3 Diluted EPS (GAAP) of $0.43, down from $0.60 in Q3 of 2017 
Q3 Adjusted Diluted EPS (Non-GAAP) of $0.71, up from $0.69 in Q3 of 2017

NEW YORK, Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- ExlService Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXLS), a leading operations management and analytics company, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2018.

Rohit Kapoor, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “EXL generated revenues of $231.1 million, up 20.2% year-over-year.  Our adjusted diluted EPS was $0.71. EXL’s revenue growth was led by a 53.9% increase in Analytics revenues driven by an 18.2% increase in organic revenue and the acquisition of SCIO Health Analytics. Our operations management businesses revenues grew by 7.1%, which was driven largely by revenues growth in Insurance and Finance & Accounting.

“Our differentiated Digital Intelligence strategy is resonating well in the marketplace and is driving a strong pipeline.  Additionally, the integration of SCIO is on track and will create a compelling offering across the Analytics and healthcare markets.”

Vishal Chhibbar, Chief Financial Officer, said, “We are narrowing our revenue guidance for 2018 to $877 million - $885 million from $878 million - $892 million. The mid-point of our guidance is now $881 million driven by foreign exchange headwind of $4 million at current exchange rates.  Our guidance represents annual revenue growth of 16% to 17% on a constant currency basis. We are narrowing the range of adjusted diluted EPS guidance for 2018 to $2.72 - $2.78 from $2.70 - $2.80, with the mid-point unchanged at $2.75. Our cash and short-term investments were $242.5 million on September 30, 2018.”

Financial Highlights: Third Quarter 2018

We have six reportable segments: Insurance, Healthcare, Travel, Transportation & Logistics, Finance & Accounting, All Other (Banking & Financial Services, Utilities and Consulting) and Analytics. Reconciliations of adjusted (non-GAAP) financial measures to GAAP measures are included at the end of this release.

  • Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 increased to $231.1 million compared to $192.3 million for the third quarter of 2017, an increase of 20.2% on a reported basis and 21.4% on a constant currency basis from the third quarter of 2017, as well as an increase of 10.0% sequentially on a reported basis and 10.7% on a constant currency basis, from the second quarter of 2018.
    Revenues   Gross Margin
    Three months ended   Three months ended
Reportable Segments   September
30, 2018
  September
30, 2017
  June 30,
2018
  September
30, 2018
  September
30, 2017(1)(2)
  June 30,
2018
                 
    (dollars in millions)            
Insurance   $ 64.3     $ 59.6     $ 64.8     32.3 %   34.3 %   32.1 %
Healthcare   20.4     18.9     19.8     22.5 %   36.0 %   15.7 %
Travel, Transportation & Logistics   17.3     18.5     18.6     42.4 %   46.0 %   42.7 %
Finance & Accounting   24.5     21.6     24.2     39.2 %   41.6 %   40.0 %
All Other   21.9     20.0     23.1     34.7 %   32.1 %   34.7 %
                         
Analytics   82.7     53.7     59.6     35.1 %   33.7 %   35.2 %
Total revenues, net   $ 231.1     $ 192.3     $ 210.1     34.2 %   36.0 %   33.5 %
                                           
  • Operating income margin for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was 8.5% compared to 10.9% in the third quarter of 2017 and 8.1% for the second quarter of 2018. Adjusted operating income margin for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was 14.1% compared to 15.9% in the third quarter of 2017 and 13.6% for the second quarter of 2018.
  • Diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $0.43 compared to $0.60 in the third quarter of 2017 and $0.41 for the second quarter of 2018.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended September 30, 2018 was $0.71 compared to $0.69 for the third quarter of 2017 and $0.67 for the second quarter of 2018.

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(1)(2) Refer to the notes to the Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Income for details.

Business Highlights: Third Quarter 2018

  • EXL closed the acquisition of SCIOInspire Holdings, Inc. (or SCIO Health Analytics). The aggregate merger consideration was $236.5 million, subject to certain post-closing adjustments.
  • Won 14 new clients, including eight in our operations management businesses and six in Analytics.
  • Appointed Jaynie Studenmund to EXL’s Board of Directors.
  • Recognized as a Leader in the ISG Provider Lens™ for FAO Digital Outsourcing Services 2018.
  • Positioned as a Major Contender in the Everest Group Finance and Accounting Digital Augmentation Suite Solutions PEAK Matrix™ Assessment 2018.

Post-Third Quarter Highlight

As previously announced, subsequent to the third quarter of 2018, on October 4, 2018, EXL sold $150 million in an aggregate principal amount of 3.50% Convertible Senior Notes due 2024 to Orogen Echo LLC, an affiliate of The Orogen Group LLCVikram Pandit, Chairman and CEO of The Orogen Group LLC, was appointed to EXL’s Board of Directors at closing.

2018 Guidance

Based on current visibility, and a U.S. Dollar to Indian Rupee exchange rate of 74.0, British Pound to U.S. Dollar exchange rate of 1.32, U.S. Dollar to the Philippine Peso exchange rate of 54.0 and all other currencies at current exchange rates, we are providing the following guidance:

  • Revenue of $877 million to $885 million, representing an annual revenue growth rate of 16% to 17% on a constant currency basis.
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $2.72 to $2.78.

Conference Call

ExlService Holdings, Inc. will host a conference call on Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 8:00 A.M. ET to discuss the Company’s quarterly operating and financial results. The conference call will be available live via the internet by accessing the investor relations section of EXL’s website at ir.exlservice.com, where an accompanying investor-friendly spreadsheet of historical operating and financial data can also be accessed. Please access the website at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

To listen to the conference call via phone, please dial 1-877-303-6384, or if dialing internationally, 1-224-357-2191 and an operator will assist you. For those who cannot access the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the EXL website ir.exlservice.com for a period of twelve months.

About ExlService Holdings, Inc.

EXL (NASDAQ: EXLS) is a leading operations management and analytics company that designs and enables agile, customer-centric operating models to help clients improve their revenue growth and profitability. Our delivery model provides market-leading business outcomes using EXL’s proprietary Business EXLerator Framework®, cutting-edge analytics, digital transformation and domain expertise. At EXL, we look deeper to help companies improve global operations, enhance data-driven insights, increase customer satisfaction, and manage risk and compliance. EXL serves the insurance, healthcare, banking and financial services, utilities, travel, transportation and logistics industries. Headquartered in New York, New York, EXL has more than 28,000 professionals in locations throughout the United States, Europe, Asia (primarily India and Philippines), Colombia, Australia and South Africa. For more information, visit www.exlservice.com.

Continuing Statement Regarding Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on those statements because they are subject to numerous uncertainties and factors relating to EXL's operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond EXL’s control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning EXL’s possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of its business strategy. These statements may include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate” or similar expressions. These statements are based on assumptions that we have made in light of management's experience in the industry as well as its perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. You should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although EXL believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect EXL’s actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors, which include our ability to successfully close and integrate strategic acquisitions, are discussed in more detail in EXL’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including EXL’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. These risks could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by forward-looking statements in this release. You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which it is made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible to predict these events or how they may affect EXL. EXL has no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws.

EXLSERVICE HOLDINGS, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

  Three months ended September 30,   Nine months ended September 30,
  2018   2017(1) (2)   2018   2017(1) (2)
Revenues, net $ 231,124     $ 192,345     $ 648,209     $ 564,435  
Cost of revenues(3) 152,157     123,077     429,907     365,883  
Gross profit(3) 78,967     69,268     218,302     198,552  
Operating expenses:              
General and administrative expenses 28,704     26,545     85,610     75,007  
Selling and marketing expenses 16,490     12,196     45,593     38,631  
Depreciation and amortization 14,099     9,582     35,185     28,489  
Total operating expenses 59,293     48,323     166,388     142,127  
Income from operations 19,674     20,945     51,914     56,425  
Foreign exchange gain, net 1,385     637     3,414     1,905  
Interest expense (2,475 )   (482 )   (3,719 )   (1,380 )
Other income, net 2,466     2,796     8,232     8,495  
Income before income tax expense 21,050     23,896     59,841     65,445  
Income tax expense 5,739     2,819     6,796     7,202  
Loss from equity-method investment 62         176      
Net income attributable to ExlService Holdings, Inc. stockholders $ 15,249     $ 21,077     $ 52,869     $ 58,243  
Earnings per share attributable to ExlService Holdings, Inc. stockholders:              
Basic $ 0.44     $ 0.62     $ 1.53     $ 1.72  
Diluted $ 0.43     $ 0.60     $ 1.50     $ 1.66  
Weighted-average number of shares used in computing earnings per share attributable to ExlService Holdings, Inc. stockholders:              
Basic 34,458,520     33,838,374     34,472,232     33,834,392  
Diluted 35,207,991     35,043,987     35,217,814     35,048,672  

(1) The Company early adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2017-12, Derivative and Hedging (Topic 815), Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities. Pursuant to this adoption, effective January 1, 2017, the Company recorded settlement gain/(loss) on cash flow hedges in cost of revenues and operating expenses, as applicable, in the consolidated statements of income for each of the quarters of 2017. In prior periods, such gain/(loss) were recorded under “Foreign exchange gain, net” in the consolidated statements of income.

(2) On January 1, 2018, the Company adopted ASU 2017-07, Compensation-Retirement Benefits (Topic 715), Improving the Presentation of Net Periodic Pension Cost and Net Periodic Post Retirement Benefit Cost. Pursuant to this adoption, effective January 1, 2017, the interest cost, expected return on plan assets and amortization of actuarial gains/loss, have been reclassified from cost of revenues and  operating expenses, as applicable to “Other income, net” in the consolidated statements of income for each of the quarters of 2017.

(3) Exclusive of depreciation and amortization.

EXLSERVICE HOLDINGS, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share and per share amounts)

    As of
    September 30, 2018   December 31, 2017
    (Unaudited)    
Assets        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 97,636     $ 86,795  
Short-term investments   144,878     178,479  
Restricted cash   4,679     3,674  
Accounts receivable, net   164,307     135,705  
Prepaid expenses   10,325     9,781  
Advance income tax, net   7,700     8,801  
Other current assets   24,302     29,582  
Total current assets   453,827     452,817  
Property and equipment, net   67,675     66,757  
Restricted cash   3,499     3,808  
Deferred tax assets   12,201     8,585  
Intangible assets, net   114,799     48,958  
Goodwill   357,533     204,481  
Other assets   32,779     36,369  
Investment in equity affiliate   2,824     3,000  
Total assets   $ 1,045,137     $ 824,775  
Liabilities and Equity        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 4,310     $ 5,918  
Current portion of long-term borrowings   12,318     10,318  
Deferred revenue   7,600     10,716  
Accrued employee costs   46,638     55,664  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   67,084     61,366  
Current portion of capital lease obligations   221     267  
Total current liabilities   138,171     144,249  
Long term borrowings   288,309     50,391  
Capital lease obligations, less current portion   261     331  
Income taxes payable   8,721     13,557  
Deferred tax liabilities   13,352      
Other non-current liabilities   21,875     16,202  
Total liabilities   470,689     224,730  
Commitments and contingencies        
Preferred stock, $0.001 par value; 15,000,000 shares authorized, none issued        
ExlService Holdings, Inc. Stockholders’ equity:        
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 37,703,974 shares issued and 34,253,291 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2018 and 36,790,751 shares issued and 33,888,733 shares outstanding as of December 31, 2017   38     37  
Additional paid-in capital   344,720     322,246  
Retained earnings   480,387     427,064  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (114,330 )   (45,710 )
Total including shares held in treasury   710,815     703,637  
Less: 3,450,683 shares as of September 30, 2018 and 2,902,018 shares as of December 31, 2017, held in treasury, at cost   (136,609 )   (103,816 )
Stockholders’ equity   $ 574,206     $ 599,821  
Non-controlling interest   242     224  
Total equity   $ 574,448     $ 600,045  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 1,045,137     $ 824,775  
                 

EXLSERVICE HOLDINGS, INC.

Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures to GAAP Measures

In addition to its reported operating results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), EXL has included in this release certain financial measures that are considered non-GAAP financial measures, including the following:

(i)   Adjusted operating income and adjusted operating income margin;
(ii)  Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin;
(iii) Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share; and
(iv) Revenue growth on a constant currency basis.

These non-GAAP financial measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Accordingly, the financial results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations from those financial statements should be carefully evaluated. EXL believes that providing these non-GAAP financial measures may help investors better understand EXL’s underlying financial performance. Management also believes that these non-GAAP financial measures, when read in conjunction with EXL’s reported results, can provide useful supplemental information for investors analyzing period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s results and comparisons of the Company’s results with the results of other companies. Additionally, management considers some of these non-GAAP financial measures to determine variable compensation of its employees. The Company believes that it is unreasonably difficult to provide its earnings per share financial guidance in accordance with GAAP for a number of reasons, including, without limitation, the Company’s inability to predict its future stock-based compensation expense under ASC Topic 718, the amortization of intangibles associated with further acquisitions and the currency fluctuations and associated tax impacts. As such, the Company presents guidance with respect to adjusted diluted earnings per share. The Company also incurs significant non-cash charges for depreciation that may not be indicative of the Company’s ability to generate cash flow.

EXL non-GAAP financial measures exclude, where applicable, stock-based compensation expense, provision for litigation settlement and acquisition-related expenses. Acquisition-related expenses include, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, changes in the fair value of earn-out consideration liabilities, charges for impairment of acquired intangible assets and other acquisition-related costs such as external deal costs, integration expenses and direct and incremental travel costs. In addition to excluding the above items, our adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS also excludes the effect of incremental income tax expense related to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the “Tax Reform Act”) and income tax impact of the above pre-tax items, as applicable. The income tax impact of each item is calculated by applying the statutory rate and local tax regulations in the jurisdiction in which the item was incurred.

A limitation of using non-GAAP financial measures versus financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP is that non-GAAP financial measures do not reflect all of the amounts associated with our operating results as determined in accordance with GAAP and exclude costs that are recurring, namely stock-based compensation and amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets. EXL compensates for these limitations by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP financial measures to allow investors to evaluate such non-GAAP financial measures.

Effective second quarter of 2018, EXL excludes other acquisition-related costs such as external deal costs, integration expenses and direct and incremental travel costs pertaining to successful acquisitions from its non-GAAP financial measures, wherever applicable. Considering EXL’s frequent acquisitions of varying scale and size, and the difficulty in predicting expenses relating to acquisitions, EXL’s management believes that providing non-GAAP financial measures that exclude such expenses allows investors to make additional comparisons from period-to-period and between EXL’s operating results and those of other companies. Other acquisition-related costs are excluded in the period in which an acquisition is consummated. To facilitate comparison, the previously reported periods presented have been adjusted with the effects of the exclusion of these other acquisition-related costs.

The information provided on a constant currency basis reflects a comparison of current period results translated at the prior period currency rates. This information is provided because EXL believes that it provides useful comparative incremental information to investors regarding EXL’s true operating performance. EXL’s primary exchange rate exposure is with the Indian Rupee, the U.K. pound sterling and the Philippine Peso. The average exchange rate of the U.S. Dollar against the Indian Rupee increased from 64.45 during the quarter ended September 30, 2017 to 70.67 during the quarter ended September 30, 2018, representing depreciation of 9.6%. The average exchange rate of the U.S. Dollar against the Philippine Peso increased from 50.82 during the quarter ended September 30, 2017 to 53.53 during the quarter ended September 30, 2018, representing a depreciation of 5.3%. The average exchange rate of the British Pound against the U.S. Dollar remained flat at 1.31 during the quarter ended September 30, 2017 and 2018.

The following table shows the reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, and the three months ended June 30, 2018:

Reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA
(Amounts in thousands)

    Three Months Ended
    September 30,   June 30,
    2018   2017
(Restated)
  2018
Net Income (GAAP)   $ 15,249     $ 21,077     $ 14,462  
add: Income tax expense/(benefit)   5,739     2,819     5,510  
subtract: Interest expense, foreign exchange gain, net, loss from equity-method investment and other income, net   (1,314 )   (2,951 )   (2,882 )
Income from operations (GAAP)   $ 19,674     $ 20,945     $ 17,090  
add: Stock-based compensation expense (a)   5,344     5,708     6,893  
add: Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (b)   6,718     3,487     3,761  
add: Acquisition-related expenses (c)   855     457     841  
Adjusted operating income (Non-GAAP)   $ 32,591     $ 30,597     $ 28,585  
Adjusted operating income margin as a % of Revenues (Non-GAAP)   14.1 %   15.9 %   13.6 %
add: Depreciation   7,381     6,095     6,821  
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)   $ 39,972     $ 36,692     $ 35,406  
Adjusted EBITDA margin as a % of revenue  (Non-GAAP)   17.3 %   19.1 %   16.9 %

(a) To exclude stock-based compensation expense under ASC Topic 718.

(b) To exclude amortization of acquisition-related intangibles.

(c) To exclude acquisition related expenses. Effective second quarter of 2018, EXL excludes acquisition-related costs such as external deal costs, integration expenses and direct and incremental travel costs pertaining to successful acquisitions from its non-GAAP financial measures. The previously reported periods presented have been adjusted with the effects of exclusion. See descriptions above for more information.

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share
(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

    Three Months Ended
    September 30,   June 30,
    2018   2017
(Restated)
  2018
Net income (GAAP)   $ 15,249     $ 21,077     $ 14,462  
add: Stock-based compensation expense (a)   5,344     5,708     6,893  
add: Amortization of acquisition-related intangibles (b)   6,718     3,487     3,761  
add: Acquisition-related expenses (c)   855     457     841  
subtract: Tax impact on stock-based compensation expense (d)   (1,460 )   (5,564 )   (1,891 )
subtract: Tax impact on amortization of acquisition-related intangibles   (1,435 )   (942 )   (679 )
subtract: Tax impact on acquisition-related expenses   (218 )   (183 )   (12 )
Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP)   $ 25,053     $ 24,040     $ 23,375  
Adjusted diluted earnings per share (Non-GAAP)   $ 0.71     $ 0.69     $ 0.67  

(a) To exclude stock-based compensation expense under ASC Topic 718.

(b) To exclude amortization of acquisition-related intangibles.

(c) To exclude acquisition related expenses. Effective second quarter of 2018, EXL excludes acquisition-related costs such as external deal costs, integration expenses and direct and incremental travel costs pertaining to successful acquisitions from its non-GAAP financial measures. The previously reported periods presented have been adjusted with the effects of exclusion. See descriptions above for more information.

(d) Tax impact include $288 and $3,488 during the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017 respectively, and $323 during the three months ended June 30, 2018 related to discrete benefit recognized in income tax expense on adoption of ASU No. 2016-09, Compensation - Stock Compensation.

Contact: Steven N. Barlow
Vice President, Investor Relations
(212) 624-5913
steven.barlow@exlservice.com 

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