LIVERMORE, Calif., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Performant Financial Corporation (Nasdaq:PFMT), a leading provider of technology-enabled recovery and related analytics services in the United States, today reported the following financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016:
Fourth Quarter Financial Highlights
Full Year 2016 Financial Highlights
“Although 2016 was another transitional period, as we awaited contracting decisions, we made aggressive expense management decisions and managed our business with the intent of maintaining a sustainable financial platform,” said Lisa Im, Performant's Chief Executive Officer.
Fourth Quarter 2016 Results
Student lending revenues in the fourth quarter were $27.4 million, a decrease of 16.7% from $32.8 million in the prior year period. The U.S. Department of Education and Guaranty Agencies accounted for revenues of $3.7 million and $23.7 million, respectively, in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared to $9.7 million and $23.2 million in the prior year period. Student loan placement volume (defined below) during the quarter totaled $0.6 billion, compared to $0.9 billion in the prior year period. The Company has protested the Department of Education’s December 2016 announcement that the Company would not be awarded a new student loan recovery contract. The GAO’s decision on the Company's protest is expected in April 2017.
Healthcare revenues in the fourth quarter were $2.3 million, down from $4.3 million in the prior year period. Medicare audit recovery revenues were $0.6 million in the fourth quarter, a decrease of $2.2 million from the prior year period, as the Company's recovery activities were effectively suspended between the expiration of the first Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) contract in mid-2016 and the start-up of the two new RAC contracts awarded to the Company in October 2016. The Company expects work under the new contracts to commence in April 2017. Commercial healthcare clients contributed revenues of $1.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, an increase of $0.2 million from the prior year period.
Other revenues in the fourth quarter were $4.1 million, up from $3.9 million in the prior year period.
As part of the Company’s financial reporting, it evaluates depreciable intangible assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount of such assets may not be recoverable. In the fourth quarter of 2016, after not being included in the Department of Education contract award, the Company reviewed for impairment its $15.4 million Department of Education customer relationship intangible asset. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the contract award decision and the Company’s protest, the Company concluded that the Department of Education customer relationship was impaired, and a non-cash charge of $15.4 million was taken as an impairment expense to write-off the asset.
Net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $12.3 million, or $(0.24) per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to net income of $2.2 million or $0.04 per share on a fully diluted basis in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $4.9 million as compared to $9.8 million in the prior year period. Adjusted net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $1.5 million, resulting in $(0.03) per share on a fully diluted basis. This compares to adjusted net income of $4.0 million or $0.08 per fully diluted share in the prior year period.
As of December 31, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of approximately $33.0 million.
Full Year 2016 Results
Revenues for the full year ended December 31, 2016 were $141.4 million, a decrease of 11.3% compared to $159.4 million in 2015. Student lending revenues declined 8.2% to $109.6 million from $119.4 million in 2015. Student Loan Placement Volume totaled $3.2 billion as compared to $5.3 billion in 2015. Healthcare revenues declined 42.8% to $11.4 million from $19.9 million in the prior year. Other revenues increased 1.6% to $20.4 million from $20.1 million in 2015.
Net loss for the full year was $11.5 million, or $(0.23) per share on a fully diluted basis, compared to net loss of $1.8 million or $(0.04) per share on a fully diluted basis in 2015. Adjusted EBITDA for 2016 was $25.9 million as compared to $28.8 million in 2015. Adjusted net income for 2016 was $4.1 million, resulting in adjusted earnings per share of $0.08 on a fully diluted basis. This compares to adjusted net income of $6.6 million or $0.13 per fully diluted share in 2015.
“As we look ahead, our focus remains on continuing to make improvements in productivity, the ability to grow share with our clients, and effectively managing ongoing expenses. The recent Internal Revenue Service and RAC contract awards demonstrate not only a recognition of our leadership in asset recovery, but also our ability to expand into adjacent markets where we can leverage our core skills. Our competitive differentiation continues to be: overarching client-centric focus, service value proposition, consumer sensitivity and deep commitment to regulatory compliance. For 2017 we anticipate reporting revenue in the range of $125.0 to $145.0 million with adjusted EBITDA in the range of $10.0 to $13.0 million," concluded Im.
Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In this press release, to supplement our consolidated financial statements, the Company presents adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income. These measures are not in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and accordingly reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income to net income determined in accordance with GAAP are included in the “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Results” table at the end of this press release. We have included adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income in this press release because they are key measures used by our management and board of directors to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends and to prepare and approve our annual budget. Accordingly, we believe that adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income provide useful information to investors and analysts in understanding and evaluating our operating results in the same manner as our management and board of directors. Our use of adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. In particular, many of the adjustments to our GAAP financial measures reflect the exclusion of items, specifically interest, tax and depreciation and amortization expenses, equity-based compensation expense and certain other non-operating expenses, that are recurring and will be reflected in our financial results for the foreseeable future. In addition, these measures may be calculated differently from similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes.
Terms used in this Press Release
Student Loan Placement Volume refers to the dollar volume of defaulted student loans first placed with us during the specified period by public and private clients for recovery. Placement Volume allows us to measure and track trends in the amount of inventory our clients in the student lending market are placing with us during any period. The revenue associated with the recovery of a portion of these loans may be recognized in subsequent accounting periods, which assists management in estimating future revenues and in allocating resources necessary to address current Placement Volumes.
Earnings Conference Call
The Company will hold a conference call to discuss its fourth quarter and full year 2016 results today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern. A live webcast of the call may be accessed on the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at investors.performantcorp.com. The conference call is also available by dialing 877-705-6003 (domestic) or 201-493-6725 (international).
A replay of the call will be available on the Company's website or by dialing 844-512-2921 (domestic) or 412-317-6671 (international) and entering the passcode 13656222. The telephonic replay will be available approximately three hours after the call, through March 8, 2017.
About Performant Financial Corporation
Performant helps government and commercial organizations enhance revenue and contain costs by preventing, identifying and recovering waste, improper payments and defaulted assets. Performant is a leading provider of these services in several industries, including healthcare, student loans and government. Performant has been providing recovery audit services for more than nine years to both commercial and government clients, including serving as a Recovery Auditor for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Powered by a proprietary analytic platform and workflow technology, Performant also provides professional services related to the recovery effort, including reporting capabilities, support services, customer care and stakeholder training programs meant to mitigate future instances of improper payments. Founded in 1976, Performant is headquartered in Livermore, California.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements regarding our outlook for revenues, net income and adjusted EBITDA in 2017. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections that are subject to change and actual results may differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, that we have significant indebtedness maturing in 2018 that we will need to refinance and refinancing may not be available to us on reasonable terms or at all, that we did not receive a new student loan recovery contract award from the Department of Education, our longstanding and significant client, and our protest of this contract award decision may not be successful, that limitations on the scope of our audit activity under our RAC contract over the past three years have significantly reduced our revenue opportunities, that the amount of commissions we are required to return to CMS due to successful appeals by providers could exceed our estimated appeals reserve, the high level of revenue concentration among the Company's three largest customers, that many of the Company's customer contracts are subject to periodic renewal, are not exclusive and do not provide for committed business volumes, that the Company faces significant competition in all of its markets, that the U.S. federal government accounts for a significant portion of the Company's revenues, that future legislative and regulatory changes may have significant effects on the Company's business, that failure of the Company's or third parties' operating systems and technology infrastructure could disrupt the operation of the Company's business and the threat of breach of the Company's security measures or failure or unauthorized access to confidential data that the Company possesses. More information on potential factors that could affect the Company's financial condition and operating results is included from time to time in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and subsequently filed reports on Forms 10-Q and 8-K. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this press release and the Company does not undertake to update any forward-looking statements to conform these statements to actual results or revised expectations.
We are providing the following preliminary estimates of our financial results for the year ended December 31, 2017:
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