EXL Reports 2007 First Quarter Results
NEW YORK, May 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- ExlService Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXLS), a recognized provider of offshore solutions, including business process outsourcing, research and analytics and advisory services, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2007.
The Company's highlights for the first quarter of 2007 include: -- Revenues for the quarter increased 85% to $39.9 million from $21.6 million in the first quarter of 2006 comprised of 65% organic revenue growth and 20% acquisition-related revenue growth. -- Gross margin for the quarter was 38.6% compared to 35.3% in the first quarter of 2006. -- Operating margin for the quarter was 12.4% compared to 6.5% in the first quarter of 2006; adjusted operating margin for the quarter, excluding the impact of stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangibles, was 15.9% compared to 7.5% in the first quarter of 2006. -- Net income to common stockholders for the quarter was $5.4 million compared to $1.9 million in the first quarter of 2006; net income to common stockholders for the quarter includes stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangibles of $1.4 million and $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2007 and 2006, respectively.
Reconciliations of adjusted financial measures to GAAP are included at the end of this release.
Vikram Talwar, CEO and Vice-Chairman of EXL, commented: "EXL delivered a strong quarter both financially and operationally. I am enthusiastic about the continued rapid growth in our BPO business during the quarter. The research and analytics business experienced a slow quarter due to a reduction in project-based work, however we continue to succeed in cross-selling our BPO, research and analytics and advisory services to EXL's clients. Our world-class research and analytics and advisory services continue to be strong differentiators for us in the marketplace."
Matt Appel, CFO of EXL, commented: "EXL's first quarter results reflect revenue growth of 85% year over year and strong operating margins that significantly exceeded our expectations for the quarter. Our first quarter results were driven by continued rapid growth and operating leverage in our BPO and advisory business lines. Despite the slowdown for the quarter in the research and analytics business line, EXL delivered operating profit margins that were almost 400 basis points above our stated guidance."
Rohit Kapoor, President of EXL, commented: "The strategic investments we continue to make in our business are expected to enable sustainable and profitable long-term growth. Based on continuing strong demand we are accelerating our infrastructure planning and investment, hiring aggressively at the middle and senior management levels in both operations and enabling functions, and continuing to invest in the sales and marketing and relationship management functions. We expect these investments to deliver attractive, sustainable returns."
Financial Highlights - First Quarter 2007 -- Revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 increased 85% to $39.9 million from $21.6 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2006. BPO revenue for the quarter of $32.7 million reflects organic growth of 67% year over year. Research and analytics revenue for the quarter of $4.2 million is not comparable with the first quarter of 2006 since the size of this business line was not significant. Advisory revenue of $2.9 million for the quarter reflects organic growth of 100% year over year. -- Gross margin for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 was 38.6% compared to 35.3% in the quarter ended March 31, 2006. Gross margins exceeded expectation primarily as a result of continued revenue growth and strong infrastructure utilization in our BPO business. BPO gross margins for the quarter were 42.4%. Research and analytics gross margins for the quarter of 13.4% reflected the impact of lower revenues. Advisory gross margins for the quarter were 32.3% reflecting strong growth and the impact of costs attributable to staff and management additions. -- Operating margin for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 was 12.4%, compared to 6.5% in the quarter ended March 31, 2006. Adjusted operating margin, excluding the impact of stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangibles, for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 was 15.9% compared to 7.5% in the quarter ended March 31, 2006. Operating margin was negatively impacted by the reduction in gross margins in the research and analytics business line. -- Net income to common stockholders for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 was $5.4 million compared to $1.9 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2006; net income to common stockholders for the quarter includes stock-based compensation expense and amortization of intangibles of $1.4 million and $0.2 million in the first quarter of 2007 and 2006, respectively. -- Revenue generated from our largest client was 28% of total revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 compared to 46% for the quarter ended March 31, 2006. Revenue generated from our three largest clients was 59% of total revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2007 compared to 66% for the quarter ended March 31, 2006.
Note: Results may not be comparable due to the inclusion of the financial results of Inductis, Inc. in our consolidated financial statements from July 1, 2006.
Business Highlights - First Quarter 2007 -- Our BPO business line continued to experience rapid revenue growth and grew 11% compared to the preceding quarter while maintaining operational excellence across all major client relationships. -- Our research and analytics business line experienced a significant reduction in project-based revenue from a major customer during the quarter. However, this business line continued to win new business involving services that are long-term in nature. For example, we signed a three-year agreement to provide modeling and claims analytics services for a leading U.S. insurance company. The research and analytics business line earned revenue from ten new clients in the first quarter in addition to cross-selling to three clients that were existing BPO clients. -- Our advisory business line achieved record quarterly revenues and successfully mitigated the seasonality the business has historically experienced by diversifying its service offerings. During the quarter, our advisory business line increased the scope of its finance and accounting services for a leading insurance company and expanded its compliance assistance for a global mail management company.
As of March 31, 2007, EXL had approximately 9,000 total employees, an increase of 45% from approximately 6,200 total employees at March 31, 2006. The Company's headcount during the first quarter of 2007 increased by approximately 800 employees from the end of the preceding quarter. The attrition rate for billable employees during the first quarter of 2007 was 43.7% as compared to 41.9% in the fourth quarter of 2006. We believe that the nominal increase in attrition is the result of an increasingly competitive environment for our India-based employees and does not pose a risk to service delivery quality for our clients.
Based on current visibility, the Company is providing the following guidance:
-- Calendar year 2007 revenue and adjusted operating margin guidance remain unchanged. -- Second quarter of 2007 expectation that operating margin will be negatively impacted by currency movement and softness in the research and analytics business line. Conference Call
EXL will host a conference call on Thursday, May 10, at 8:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss the Company's quarterly results and discuss the Company's operating performance and financial outlook. The conference call will be available live via the Internet by accessing the EXL web site at www.exlservice.com, where the accompanying presentation can also be accessed. Please go to the web site 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 +1-888-873-4896 or 1-617-213-8850 and reference "EXLS". For those who cannot access the live broadcast, a replay will be available by dialing +1-888-286-8010 or +1-617-801-6888 and entering "38402507" from two hours after the end of the call until 11:59 p.m. (EDT) on May 24, 2007. The replay will also be available at the EXL web site.
About ExlService Holdings, Inc.
ExlService Holdings, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXLS), is a recognized provider of offshore solutions including business process outsourcing (BPO), research and analytics and advisory services. It primarily serves the needs of Global 1000 companies in the banking, financial services and insurance sector. EXL is headquartered at 350 Park Avenue, New York, NY. Find additional information about EXL at www.exlservice.com.
This 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 the Company's operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond the Company's control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning the Company's possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of its business strategy. These statements often 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 the Company believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect the Company'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 are discussed in more details in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006. These risks could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by forward-looking statements in this release.
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EXLSERVICE HOLDINGS, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED) Three months ended March 31, 2007 2006 Total revenues $39,854,448 $21,557,984 Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 24,481,968 13,945,943 Gross profit 15,372,480 7,612,041 Operating expenses: General and administrative expenses 6,035,547 3,675,030 Selling and marketing expenses 1,963,530 762,191 Depreciation and amortization 2,440,902 1,764,731 Total operating expenses 10,439,979 6,201,952 Income from operations 4,932,501 1,410,089 Other income (expense): Foreign exchange gain 570,107 400,821 Interest and other income 1,007,802 237,623 Interest expense (17,521) (102,019) Income before income taxes 6,492,889 1,946,514 Income tax provision/(benefit) 1,084,263 (166,768) Net income 5,408,626 2,113,282 Dividends and accretion on preferred stock - (168,728) Net income to common stockholders $5,408,626 $1,944,554 Basic earnings per share to common stockholders $0.19 $0.09 Diluted earnings per share to common stockholders $0.19 $0.09 Weighted-average number of shares used in computing earnings per share: Basic (1) 28,141,321 21,211,012 Diluted (1) 29,084,264 21,683,116 (1) The number of shares and earnings per share data as at March 31, 2006 has been adjusted to reflect the stock split and conversion effected by the Company in connection with its October 2006 initial public offering. EXLSERVICE HOLDINGS, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS March 31, December 31, 2007 2006 Assets (Unaudited) (Audited) Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $73,927,180 $85,366,103 Restricted cash 417,946 1,093,277 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $22,539 at March 31, 2007 and $100,828 at December 31, 2006 34,995,770 26,801,058 Accounts receivable from related parties 312,342 254,803 Employee receivables 831,528 638,589 Prepaid expenses 1,578,124 1,673,721 Deferred tax assets 3,479,167 3,570,990 Other current assets 2,236,267 3,321,992 Total current assets 117,778,324 122,720,533 Fixed assets, net 23,429,313 21,545,324 Intangibles, net of amortization 1,380,000 1,970,000 Goodwill 16,585,487 16,651,462 Restricted cash 330,877 302,160 Deferred tax assets 1,275,843 818,219 Other assets 5,488,745 1,601,244 Total assets $166,268,589 $165,608,942 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable $3,032,113 $3,161,942 Deferred revenue 5,864,736 6,376,725 Accrued employee cost 5,752,992 10,251,197 Other accrued expenses and current liabilities 7,955,351 14,336,829 Income taxes payable 1,793,281 2,705,326 Current portion of capital lease obligation 111,636 165,995 Deferred tax liabilities 509,450 700,901 Total current liabilities 25,019,559 37,698,915 Capital lease obligations, less current portion 195,501 227,651 Deferred tax liabilities 73,101 146,200 Other non current liabilities 410,910 339,715 Total liabilities 25,669,071 38,412,481 Stockholders' equity: Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 28,609,638 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2007 and 28,262,289 shares issued and outstanding as of December 31, 2006 28,610 28,263 Additional paid-in capital 104,772,151 98,429,374 Retained earnings 34,073,274 28,664,647 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 1,730,999 109,693 140,605,034 127,231,977 Less: 149,138 shares as at March 31, 2007 and December 31, 2006, held in treasury, at cost (35,516) (35,516) Total stockholders' equity 140,569,518 127,196,461 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $166,268,589 $165,608,942 EXLSERVICE HOLDINGS, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED) Reconciliation of Adjusted Financial Measures to GAAP Measures
To supplement the consolidated financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, this press release includes the following measures defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission as non-GAAP financial measures: non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. These non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles and should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures, the financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations of EXL's GAAP financial statements to such non-GAAP measures should be carefully evaluated.
For its internal management reporting and budgeting purposes, EXL's management uses financial statements that do not include stock-based compensation expense related to employee stock options and amortization of acquisition-related intangibles for financial and operational decision making, to evaluate period-to-period comparisons or for making comparisons of EXL's operating results to that of its competitors. Moreover, because of varying available valuation methodologies, subjective assumptions and the variety of award types that companies can use when adopting FAS 123( R ), EXL's management believes that providing a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes stock-based compensation and amortization of acquisition-related intangibles allows investors to make additional comparisons between EXL's operating results to those of other companies. The Company also believes that it is unreasonably difficult to provide its financial outlook 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 FAS 123( R ) and the amortization of intangibles associated with further acquisitions. Accordingly, EXL believes that the presentation of non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share, when read in conjunction with the Company's reported results, can provide useful supplemental information to investors and management regarding financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations.
A limitation of using non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share versus operating margin and diluted earnings per share calculated in accordance with GAAP is that non-GAAP operating margin and non- GAAP diluted earnings per share exclude costs, namely, stock-based compensation, that are recurring. Stock-based compensation has been and will continue to be a significant recurring expense in EXL's business for the foreseeable future. Management compensates for this limitation by providing specific information regarding the GAAP amounts excluded from non-GAAP operating margin and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share and evaluating such non-GAAP financial measures with financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.
The following table shows the reconciliation of these adjusted financial measures from GAAP for the three month periods ended March 31, 2007 and March 31, 2006: ($ in thousands) Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 Adjustments 2007 US GAAP Non-GAAP Revenues $39,854 - $39,854 Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 24,482 (212)(a) 24,270 Gross profit 15,372 212 15,584 Gross Margin % 38.6% 39.1% Selling, general and administrative expenses 7,998 (616)(a) 7,382 Depreciation and amortization expense 2,441 (590)(b) 1,851 Income from operations $4,933 1,418 $6,351 Operating Margin % 12.4% 15.9% Three Months Ended March 31, 2006 Adjustments 2006 US GAAP Non-GAAP Revenues $21,558 $- $21,558 Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization) 13,946 - 13,946 Gross profit 7,612 0 7,612 Gross Margin % 35.3% 35.3% Selling, general and administrative expenses 4,437 (200)(a) 4,237 Depreciation and amortization expense 1,765 1,765 Income from operations $1,410 200 $1,610 Operating Margin % 6.5% 7.5% (a) To exclude stock-based compensation expense under FAS 123(R). (b) To exclude amortization of intangibles recorded in the quarter ending March 31, 2007 in connection with the Inductis acquisition. Note: The income statement for the three months ended March 31, 2006 does not include Inductis, Inc.
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