CoreLogic® (NYSE:CLGX), a leading residential property information, analytics and services provider, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.
“CoreLogic is off to a very strong start in 2013. We delivered double-digit top-line growth by capitalizing on an expanding number of opportunity areas presented by a gradually improving housing market. We also boosted margins through our relentless focus on cost productivity,” said Anand Nallathambi, President and Chief Executive Officer of CoreLogic. “Continued strengthening in U.S. housing market fundamentals, low interest rates and the recently announced HARP extension should support top-line growth at improving margins throughout the remainder of 2013. Over the course of the year, we expect to continue to aggressively reinvest in strategic growth areas and our technology transformation initiatives, and to return capital to our shareholders.”
“We continue to transform CoreLogic into a higher-growth, higher-margin Company. During the first quarter, our Data and Analytics and Mortgage Origination segments accounted for about 85% of our revenues and continued to grow through product and service innovation, operating leverage and market share gains,” added Frank Martell, Chief Financial Officer of CoreLogic. “Project 30 and our Technology Transformation Initiatives are an integral part of our transformation and continue to progress. Based on CoreLogic's continued strong financial performance and expected long-term benefits from implementing our strategic business plan we are raising our 2013 share repurchase target to 5 million shares in line with our long-established commitment to return capital to our shareholders.”
First Quarter Financial Highlights
Consolidated first quarter revenues increased 10.9% to $397.2 million. Mortgage Origination Services segment (MOS) revenues grew 24.5% to $176.5 million primarily as a result of higher market demand for credit reports, tax services and flood certifications as well as market share gains by the tax services business. Data & Analytics segment (D&A) revenues rose 9.5% to $161.1 million driven principally by higher demand for property-related information and analytics as well as advisory services related to assisting clients with regulatory compliance. Asset Management and Processing Services segment (AMPS) revenues of $66.8 million were down 10.9% reflecting a double-digit drop in market volumes of delinquent loans and foreclosure starts as well as the impact of the exit of unprofitable product lines over the past twelve months.
Operating income totaled $55.3 million for the first quarter of 2013 compared with $45.2 million for the first quarter of 2012. The 22.2% increase in operating income was principally attributable to revenue gains in the MOS and D&A segments and improved MOS operating leverage which more than offset the impact of lower AMPS revenues and margins and investments in the Technology Transformation Initiative (TTI) which have no first quarter 2012 counterpart. The primary objective of the TTI is to convert the Company's existing technology infrastructure to a new platform which is expected to provide CoreLogic with new functionality, increased performance and a reduction in application management and development costs. First quarter 2013 expenses related to the TTI were $7.4 million, of which $5.2 million were non-cash charges.
First quarter 2013 operating income margins were 13.9% (15.8% excluding TTI costs discussed above) compared with 12.6% for the first quarter of 2012. Improved operating margins reflect the benefit of a shift in business mix toward higher-margin MOS and D&A revenues and well as ongoing cost reduction programs. First quarter 2013 cost reductions related to the Company's Project 30 program were approximately $4.8 million. Project 30 cost savings relate primarily to workforce productivity and cuts in spending on real estate and outside services.
Net income from continuing operations totaled $34.2 million, up 18.1% from the prior year. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations totaled $0.35 for the first quarter of 2013 compared with $0.27 in the first quarter of 2012. Adjusted diluted EPS totaled $0.45, which represented a $0.13 or 40.6% increase over the same 2012 period. Increases in EPS and adjusted EPS reflect higher revenue and profit margins as well as the impact of share repurchases during 2012 and 2013.
Adjusted EBITDA totaled $116.2 million in the first quarter 2013, up $15.9 million or 15.9% from first quarter 2012. First quarter 2013 adjusted EBITDA included cash investments of $2.2 million related to the launch of the TTI which had no 2012 counterpart. The Company’s first quarter 2013 adjusted EBITDA margin was 29.3% compared with 28.0% in the first quarter of 2012. First quarter 2013 adjusted EBITDA margin excluding TTI cash investment was 29.8%. MOS adjusted EBITDA increased 34.1% to $72.5 million compared with prior-year levels driven by higher origination volumes, market share gains and operating leverage. D&A adjusted EBITDA totaled $45.7 million, a 6.9% increase from first quarter 2012 as growth in advisory services revenues and increased demand for property information and analytical solutions more than offset continued reinvestment in new product and service capabilities. Adjusted EBITDA attributable to AMPS was $7.7 million; 31.4% below prior year levels.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
At March 31, 2013, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $125.6 million compared with $148.9 million at December 31, 2012. During the first quarter, the Company repurchased 2.9 million common shares for a total of $75.7 million. First quarter 2013 free cash flow (FCF) totaled $65.4 million, which represented 56.3% of adjusted EBITDA. FCF is defined as net cash provided by continuing operating activities less capital expenditures for purchases of property and equipment, capitalized data and other intangible assets.
Total debt as of March 31, 2013 was $788.2 million, down $4.3 million from December 31, 2012. As of March 31, 2013, the Company had available capacity on its revolving credit facility of $500 million.
On March 20, 2013, the Company acquired Case-Shiller from Fiserv, Inc. for approximately $6.0 million. Case-Shiller, one of the most widely recognized experts in home price trends and property valuation services, is a highly complementary addition to CoreLogic’s existing residential property insights platform. The acquisition underscores CoreLogic’s ongoing commitment to provide comprehensive data, analytics and services to financial services, government and real estate professionals. The acquisition is expected to be accretive to 2013 earnings.
The CoreLogic press release announcing its financial results for the first quarter 2013 is available to download as a PDF by clicking the link below.
CoreLogic Reports First Quarter 2013 Financial Results
CoreLogic management will host a live webcast and conference call on Thursday, April 25, 2013, at 8:00 a.m. Pacific time (11:00 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss these results. All interested parties are invited to listen to the event via webcast on the CoreLogic website at http://investor.corelogic.com. Alternatively, participants may use the following dial-in numbers: 1-866-318-8616 for U.S./Canada callers or 617-399-5135 for international callers. The Conference ID for the call is 70198418.
Additional detail on the Company’s first quarter results is included in the quarterly financial supplement, available on the Investor Relations page at http://investor.corelogic.com.
A replay of the webcast will be available on the CoreLogic investor website for 30 days and also through the conference call number 1-888-286-8010 for U.S./Canada participants or 617-801-6888 for international participants using Conference ID 59123845.
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CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading property information, analytics and services provider in the United States and Australia. The Company's combined data from public, contributory, and proprietary sources includes over 3.3 billion records spanning more than 40 years, providing detailed coverage of property, mortgages and other encumbrances, consumer credit, tenancy, location, hazard risk and related performance information. The markets CoreLogic serves include real estate and mortgage finance, insurance, capital markets, transportation and government. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed services. Clients rely on CoreLogic to help identify and manage growth opportunities, improve performance and mitigate risk. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic operates in seven countries. For more information, please visit www.corelogic.com.
Safe Harbor / Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements made in this press release are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws, including but not limited to those statements related to the Company's overall financial performance, including future revenue and profit growth, future margin improvement, future adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS performance, and future free cash flow generation and margin expansion, our ability to meet our 2013 business, strategic growth and financial objectives and generate longer-term positive returns including return on capital for our stockholders; the Company's full-year expected results and 2013 financial guidance; estimated future cost savings and the impact thereof; mortgage and housing market trends, including mortgage origination and mortgage delinquency volumes; net operating expense reductions, expected non-recurring cash and non-cash charges; and targeted cost reductions including Project 30 and the Technology Transformation Initiative. Risks and uncertainties exist that may cause the results to differ materially from those set forth in these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause the anticipated results to differ from those described in the forward-looking statements are set forth in Part I, Item 1A of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, as updated by our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, including but not limited to: limitations on access to or increase in prices for data from various external sources; government legislation, regulations and the level of regulatory scrutiny affecting our customers or us, including the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and with respect to the use of public records and consumer data; compromises in the security of our data transmissions, including the transmission of confidential information or systems interruptions; difficult conditions in the mortgage and consumer lending industries and the economy generally, together with our customer concentration and the impact of these factors thereon; our growth strategy and cost reduction plan and our ability to significantly decrease future allocated costs and other amounts in connection therewith; risks related to the outsourcing of services and our international operations; the inability to control the operations and dividend policies of our partially-owned affiliates; impairments in our goodwill or other intangible assets; and the restrictive covenants in the agreements governing certain of our outstanding indebtedness. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. The Company does not undertake to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made.
Use of Non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) Financial Measures
This press release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures which are provided only as supplemental information. Investors should consider these non-GAAP financial measures only in conjunction with the comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or a substitute for, U.S. GAAP.
The Company believes that its presentation of non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EPS provides useful supplemental information to investors and management regarding CoreLogic's financial condition and results. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-cash stock compensation, non-operating gains/losses and other one-time adjustments plus pretax equity in earnings of affiliates. Adjusted net income is defined as income from continuing operations before equity earnings of affiliates, adjusted for non-cash stock compensation, non-operating gains/losses, and other adjustments plus pretax equity in earnings of affiliates, tax affected at an assumed effective tax rate of 40%. Adjusted EPS is derived by dividing adjusted net income by diluted weighted shares. Other firms may calculate non-GAAP measures differently than CoreLogic, which limits comparability between companies.
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