Fourth Quarter Highlights
CoreLogic® (NYSE: CLGX), a leading global provider of property information, insight, analytics and data-enabled solutions, today reported financial results for the quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2016.
“CoreLogic delivered an outstanding operating performance in 2016 with strong growth in revenue, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EPS and free cash flow. Fourth quarter and full-year revenues grew at double-digit rates as both of our segments notched solid gains. Importantly, we also doubled our first half organic growth trend of 3% to 7% over the final six months of 2016,” said Frank Martell, President and Chief Executive Officer of CoreLogic. “Throughout 2016, we invested in our products and solutions, technology leadership and operational improvements, which we believe will sustain and expand our long-term market leadership. This leadership, and our durable business model, has allowed us to return over $1 billion dollars to our stockholders over the past 6 years, including $195 million in 2016.”
“Despite forecasts for a decline in U.S. mortgage refinancing volumes, we are entering 2017 with a clear pathway to sustained long-term growth and margin expansion. We believe our core data-driven solutions are unique and enable our current and future clients to more precisely underwrite and manage their risks and capitalize on opportunities as they arise. In addition, our focus on automating and transforming property valuation and expanding our footprint in non-U.S. mortgage industry verticals as well as internationally should be significant future growth catalysts for CoreLogic,” Martell added.
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights
Fourth quarter reported revenues totaled $475 million compared with $391 million in the same 2015 period. The year-over-year increase of 21% was driven primarily by valuation solutions (acquisition-related) upsides, growth in insurance and spatial solutions, international operations and higher RMW revenues; offset partially by the timing of project-related revenues and the wind-down of non-core product lines. PI revenues rose 33% to $255 million driven principally by growth in valuation solutions as well as insurance and spatial solutions and international operations. RMW revenues totaled $222 million, 10% above 2015 levels, as growth in tax, flood-zone determination and credit services more than offset the wind-down of non-core product lines.
Operating income from continuing operations totaled $57 million for the fourth quarter compared with $27 million for the fourth quarter of 2015. The 111% year-over-year increase in operating income was principally attributable to higher revenues and cost productivity related gains. Fourth quarter operating income margin was 12% compared with 7% for the fourth quarter of 2015.
Fourth quarter income from continuing operations, net of tax totaled $6 million compared with $38 million in the same 2015 period. During the quarter, higher levels of income from operating activities and lower interest costs were more than offset by non-cash charges ($23 million) recorded as a result of the wind-down of two investments in affiliates. In addition, 2015 income from continuing operations, net of tax included a $26 million after-tax gain on investments associated with the acquisition of RELS. Diluted EPS from continuing operations totaled $0.07 for the fourth quarter of 2016 compared with $0.42 in 2015. Adjusted diluted EPS totaled $0.56, up 60% reflecting the positive impacts of growth, reduced operating expenses and interest and share repurchases.
Adjusted EBITDA totaled $116 million in the fourth quarter compared with $88 million in the same prior year period. The 32% year-over-year increase in adjusted EBITDA was principally the result of revenue growth and expense productivity programs. PI segment adjusted EBITDA totaled $60 million compared to $47 million in 2015, driven by higher revenues and productivity programs. RMW adjusted EBITDA was $66 million, up 33% from 2015 levels, as a result of revenue growth and operating leverage benefits.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
At December 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $72 million compared with $79 million at September 30, 2016 and $99 million at December 31, 2015. Total debt as of December 31, 2016 was $1,619 million compared with $1,634 million as of September 30, 2016 and $1,364 million as of December 31, 2015. As of December 31, 2016, the Company had available capacity on its revolving credit facility of $248 million.
Net cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 was $414 million. Free cash flow (FCF) for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 totaled $333 million, which represented 67% 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.
In 2016, the Company repurchased 5 million of its common shares for $195 million. This resulted in a reduction of CoreLogic's fully diluted share count of approximately 6%.
Financial Guidance and Assumptions
Based on the assumptions provided below, the Company provides the following 2017 guidance ranges.
($ in millions except adjusted EPS)
2016 Actual Results
2017 Outlook / Guidance
$1,825 - $1,875
$450 - $480
$2.15 - $2.40
(1) Definition of adjusted results, as well as other non-GAAP financial measures used by management, is included in the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures section found at the end of the release.
The CoreLogic press release announcing its financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year 2016 is available to download as a PDF by clicking the link below.
CoreLogic Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Financial Results
2017 Guidance Assumptions
CoreLogic management will host a live webcast and conference call on Thursday, February 23, 2017, 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: 1-866-807-9684 for U.S./Canada callers or 1-412-317-5415 for international callers.
Additional detail on the Company's fourth 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 10 days and also through the conference call number 1-877-344-7529 for U.S. participants, 855-669-9658 for Canada participants or 1-412-317-0088 for international participants using Conference ID 10100124.
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CoreLogic (NYSE: CLGX) is a leading global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider. The Company's combined data from public, contributory and proprietary sources includes over 4.5 billion records spanning more than 50 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, and the public sector. CoreLogic delivers value to clients through unique data, analytics, workflow technology, advisory and managed solutions. Clients rely on CoreLogic to help identify and manage growth opportunities, improve performance and mitigate risk. Headquartered in Irvine, Calif., CoreLogic operates in North America, Western Europe and Asia Pacific. 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 investment and strategic growth plans, cost reductions, and productivity excellence; the Company's overall financial performance, including future revenue and profit growth, and the Company's margin and cash flow profile; the Company's updated 2016 financial results and 2017 financial guidance and assumptions thereunder; including those related to the mortgage market overall and the Company's plans to continue to return capital to shareholders through the share repurchase program. 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 include the risks and uncertainties set forth in Part I, Item 1A of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended or updated by our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These additional risks and uncertainties include but are not limited to: limitations on access to or increase in prices for data from external sources, including government and public record sources; changes in applicable government legislation, regulations and the level of regulatory scrutiny affecting our customers or us, including with respect to consumer financial services and the use of public records and consumer data; compromises in the security of our data, including the transmission of confidential information or systems interruptions; difficult conditions in the mortgage and consumer lending industries and the economy generally; our ability to protect proprietary rights; our cost reduction program, technology and growth strategies and our ability to effectively and efficiently implement them; risks related to the outsourcing of services and international operations; our indebtedness and the restrictions in our various debt agreements; our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of certain acquisitions and/or divestitures and the timing thereof; the inability to control the operations or dividend policies of our partially-owned affiliates; and impairments in our goodwill or other intangible assets. 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 most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or a substitute for U.S. GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included in this press release. The Company is not able to provide a reconciliation of projected adjusted EBITDA or projected adjusted earnings per share to respective GAAP results due to the unknown effect, timing and potential significance of special charges or gains.
The Company believes that its presentation of non-GAAP measures, such as adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EPS and FCF, provides useful supplemental information to investors and management regarding CoreLogic's financial condition and results. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income from continuing operations adjusted for interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock compensation, non-operating gains/losses and other adjustments. Adjusted EPS is defined as income from continuing operations, net of tax per share adjusted for stock compensation, amortization of acquisition-related intangibles, non-operating gains/losses, and other adjustments; tax affected at an assumed effective tax rate of 35%, 36% and 35% for 2017, 2016 and 2015, respectively. 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. Other firms may calculate non-GAAP measures differently than CoreLogic, which limits comparability between companies.