CoreLogic® (NYSE:CLGX), a leading residential property information, analytics and services provider, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2013.
“CoreLogic delivered strong operating performance in the third quarter despite the sharp downturn in loan originations tied to refinancing and the continued drop in loan delinquency and foreclosure rates. Our success is the result of a relentless focus on building out our D&A and MOS segments, margin expansion and disciplined capital management," said Anand Nallathambi, President and Chief Executive Officer of CoreLogic. “As we close out 2013, we are continuing to invest in areas of strategic growth and operational excellence which we believe will provide sustainable, long-term value creation for our stakeholders.”
“Our strong margin and cash flow profile provides the financial flexibility to execute against our plan despite market headwinds. Consistent with prior quarters, CoreLogic continued to focus on the key pillars of our strategic plan including driving our core growth strategies and our core lines of business, improving cost productivity, and repurchase of our shares,” added Frank Martell, Chief Financial Officer of CoreLogic. “The launch of our 2014 cost reduction program as well as the aggressive integration of Bank of America’s tax and flood operations (BAC Acquisition) and ultimately the acquisition of MSB and DataQuick should provide significant financial benefits beginning in 2014.”
Consolidated third quarter revenues totaled $405.5 million, in line with prior-year levels, as gains from increased market share, organic growth and acquisition-related revenues mostly offset the impact of sharply lower mortgage origination volumes and delinquent loan counts. MOS revenues grew 8.8% to $184.3 million as the benefit of market share gains, including the BAC Acquisition, more than offset the impact of lower mortgage market activity. D&A revenues rose 2.9% to $159.3 million driven principally by growth in geospatial solutions, property information revenues in Australia and advisory services which more than offset the impact of lower mortgage loan application volumes, unfavorable currency translation and declines in specialty credit. AMPS revenues of $68.3 million were down 23.5% from prior-year levels reflecting a double-digit drop in market volumes of delinquent loans and foreclosure starts, lower revenues in the field services business and the exit of several unprofitable product lines over the past year.
Operating income from continuing operations totaled $72.0 million for the third quarter of 2013 compared with $61.4 million for the third quarter of 2012. The 17.3% increase in operating income was due principally to revenue gains in MOS and D&A, lower TTI-related costs, and cuts in general and administrative expenses which more than offset the impact of lower AMPS revenues as well as integration costs attributable to the BAC Acquisition. Third quarter 2013 operating income margin was 17.8% compared with 15.0% for the third quarter of 2012. Positive operating margin trends reflect the benefit of a shift in business mix toward higher margin revenues as well as lower costs. Third quarter 2013 cost reductions related to the Company's Project 30 program were approximately $5.0 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 $50.0 million, up 38.3% year-on-year. The increase was attributable to operating upsides and certain non-operating gains in the third quarter of 2013 and one-time charges in the prior-year period. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations totaled $0.52 for the third quarter of 2013, up 48.6% from the third quarter of 2012. Adjusted diluted EPS totaled $0.48, which represented a 6.7% increase over the same 2012 period reflecting improvement in the Company’s profit margin profile as well as the impact of share repurchases partially offset by integration costs related to the BAC Acquisition.
Adjusted EBITDA totaled $118.4 million in third quarter 2013, in line with prior year levels despite significantly lower market volumes. Third quarter 2013 adjusted EBITDA margin was 29.2%, in line with prior-year levels. MOS adjusted EBITDA decreased 8.8% to $64.7 million compared with prior-year levels driven primarily by lower market volumes and integration costs related to the BAC Acquisition. D&A adjusted EBITDA totaled $48.0 million, a 1.9% decrease from third quarter 2012 as the impact of lower mortgage loan application volumes, declines in specialty credit and unfavorable currency translation were partially offset by higher revenues. Adjusted EBITDA attributable to AMPS was $14.6 million, 17.2% below prior-year levels as cost reduction programs partially offset the impact of lower revenues. Year-over-year, corporate and TTI cost trends were favorable.
Revenue and adjusted EBITDA contributions included in MOS results associated with the BAC Acquisition in the third quarter of 2013 were $12.9 million and negative $2.6 million (including one-time integration costs totaling $7.4 million), respectively.
At September 30, 2013, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $135.6 million compared with $148.9 million at December 31, 2012. Year-to-date, the Company repurchased 5 million of its common shares for a total of $133.6 million. Year-to-date free cash flow (FCF) totaled $184.4 million, which represented 50.2% of adjusted EBITDA. Third quarter 2013 FCF totaled $70.0 million, which represented 59.1% 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 September 30, 2013 was $789.4 million, down $3.1 million from December 31, 2012. As of September 30, 2013, the Company had available capacity on its revolving credit facility of $500.0 million.
During the third quarter, the Company purchased assets and platforms related to BAC's flood zone determination and tax processing services operations for $62.5 million in cash. The Company also announced the pending acquisition of MSB and DataQuick for $661.0 million which is subject to customary closing conditions including regulatory clearance. In connection with this transaction, on September 18, 2013, the Company entered into a credit agreement (CA) to refinance its existing term loan debt upon the closing of the acquisition. For information on the material terms of the CA, refer to the Company’s Form 8-K filed on September 18, 2013.
The Company expects to generate revenues between $1.575 and $1.6 billion, adjusted EBITDA of $460 - $475 million and adjusted EPS of $1.70 - $1.80 based on current markets trends. These ranges are consistent with the guidance provided in conjunction with the Company's second quarter earnings release and exclude the impact of the BAC Acquisition and the pending acquisition of MSB and DataQuick.
Revenues and adjusted EBITDA contributions from the BAC Acquisition for 2013 are expected to be approximately $20.0 million and $7.0 million (before one-time integration costs), respectively. One-time integration costs are expected to aggregate about $18.0 million in 2013. The Company plans to issue guidance related to the impact of the acquisition of MSB and DataQuick, as appropriate, upon the closing of the transaction.
The CoreLogic press release announcing its financial results for the third quarter 2013 is available to download as a PDF by clicking the link below.
CoreLogic Reports Third Quarter 2013 Financial Results
CoreLogic management will host a live webcast and conference call on Thursday, October 24, 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: 1-866-318-8618 for U.S./Canada callers or 617-399-5137 for international callers. The Conference ID for the call is 78296778.
Additional detail on the Company's third 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 34682506.
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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, visit www.corelogic.com.
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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; 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; targeted cost reductions including Project 30 and the Technology Transformation Initiative; the anticipated benefits of the acquisitions of MSB, DataQuick, and Bank of America's flood and tax processing operations to the Company's 2013 financial results and the expected timing thereof; and our plans to continue to return capital to shareholders through our 2013 share repurchase program, including the expected number of shares expected to be repurchased. 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 failure to consummate or delay in consummating the transaction if required closing conditions or regulatory clearances are not satisfied or for any other reason; failure to successfully integrate the operations, technology, infrastructure and employees of MSB, DataQuick and Bank of America's flood and tax processing operations into our Data & Analytics and Mortgage Origination Services segments; and the additional 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 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; our ability to realize the anticipated benefits of certain acquisitions and the timing thereof; 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. 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 EBIDTA or projected adjusted earnings per share, where provided, to expected 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 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.