Franklin Covey Reports Strong Second Quarter of Fiscal 2020

Net Sales in the Second Quarter Increase 7%, or $3.4 Million, to $53.7 Million with Growth in Both the Enterprise and Education Divisions

All Access Pass and Pass-Related Sales Increase 28% Over Prior Year Second Quarter

Gross Profit Increases 9%, or $3.3 Million, to $38.7 Million for the Second Quarter Compared with $35.4 Million in Fiscal 2019

Results of Operations Improve $3.2 Million in the Quarter Compared with the Prior Year and Adjusted EBITDA Improves 321%, or $3.1 Million, to $4.1 Million Compared with $1.0 Million in the Second Quarter of Fiscal 2019

Cash Flows from Operations Increase 30% to $17.4 Million Compared with $13.4 Million in the First Half of Fiscal 2019

Company’s On-Demand, Live-Online, and Microlearning Modalities Assist Clients Through Uncertainty and Change

Company Addresses Guidance for Fiscal 2020

SALT LAKE CITY–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC), a global performance improvement company that creates, and on a subscription basis, distributes world-class content, training, processes, and tools that organizations and individuals use to achieve systemic changes in human behavior to transform their results, today announced financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2020, which ended on February 29, 2020.

Introduction

Bob Whitman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, “In these challenging times, we have been doing a lot to help our clients, and even non-clients, respond to the new challenges they face. We created a special set of digital materials for our All Access Pass holder organizations entitled, Leading Through Uncertainty that provided them with a guide for utilizing various All Access Pass resources to help them lead through change, build the skills of proactivity and resiliency throughout their workforce, and lead in a remote environment, etc. These resources are providing clients with the ability to engage their work forces, and provide team-building and development opportunities for their remote workers, utilizing digital assets and training, as well as experiencing even higher engagement by having Franklin Covey consultants facilitate these sessions live on-line. Similarly, in the Education Division, we curated a special collection of family educational resources and provided them to all of our Education clients. In addition, given that so many families are now in a home-schooling situation, we are providing these resources free of charge to the general public on our website, LeaderInMe.org. These robust educational resources include hundreds of videos, articles, and tools for families to be used with their children at home, including such things as animated videos that teach life skills, coloring pages, in-home activities for families, award winning videos made by students, and our Leader in Me Weekly newsletter, which features relevant tools and articles for these challenging times. Our employees, many of whom have always worked remotely, are now all working remotely. We are pleased to report that, with only a few exceptions, they and their families are safe and healthy. We appreciate the extraordinary lengths to which our employees are going to serve our clients now, more than ever.”

Whitman continued, “Following a strong start to fiscal 2020 in our first quarter, we were very pleased with our second quarter results, which reflected continued growth in our subscription-based business model and high levels of flow-through from incremental sales to Adjusted EBITDA. In the second quarter of fiscal 2020, we generated strong growth in sales and gross profit, improved operating results, and achieved a 321% increase in Adjusted EBITDA over the second quarter of the prior year. Our revenue increased 7%, or $3.4 million, to $53.7 million, with growth occurring in both our Enterprise and Education Divisions, and our Adjusted EBITDA improved $3.1 million over last year’s second quarter to $4.1 million.”

Whitman added, “Our second quarter results were driven by continued strong growth in our subscription-based offerings. Sales of Franklin Covey’s All Access Pass (AAP) and related services grew 28% over the prior year and the Education Division’s 12% sales growth in the quarter was primarily driven by increased Leader in Me subscription revenues. Our second quarter results reflect a significant number of big client wins and many contract expansions. Domestic direct office revenues grew by 9% over the prior year and our direct office segment managed to grow 4% despite significant business disruptions from the COVID-19 outbreak in Asia that significantly impacted our direct office operations in China and Japan. Tragically, the COVID-19 pandemic will impact many lives, and unfortunately will also adversely impact world economies and our business operations during the second half of fiscal 2020.”

Whitman concluded, “In our experience, during times of uncertainty and fear, it is natural for there to be a period of time when people and organizations are busy adapting to change. During such times, normal business and decision-making processes are often interrupted. The past weeks have been just such a time. However, once organizations gain their bearings they confront the new reality, and seek to sharpen the focus and execution of their organization, build trust with all stakeholders in a time of uncertainty, and transform fear and uncertainty into high levels of engagement. Helping organizations achieve results that require behavioral change, at scale, is what Franklin Covey does best, and we are honored at the trust which is being extended to us by hundreds of organizations during these times to help them accomplish these, and similar objectives. While the coming months will be full of uncertainty and challenges, we are grateful that we entered this period strong operationally, strategically, and financially: 1) Operationally Strong – with continued broad-based momentum from the second quarter and for fiscal 2020, especially in our subscription business; 2) Strategically Strong – our subscription model provides clients with the ability to access our best-in-class content and solutions across a wide variety of delivery modalities, including digital, live on-line, and in weekly micro-learning bursts. Our investments in technology are allowing us to work with clients who have the need to convert previously-booked onsite services to live-on-line or digital to accommodate employees working remotely; and 3) Financially Strong – we entered this period with significant cash balances and a strong balance sheet. We know the days ahead will be very challenging; however, we expect to exit this period having significantly increased our strategic strength by helping our clients achieve their most important organizational results during these challenging times.”

Financial Overview

The following is a summary of key financial results for the quarter ended February 29, 2020:

  • Net Sales: Consolidated revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2020 increased 7% to $53.7 million, an increase of $3.4 million, compared with net sales of $50.4 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. Sales growth during the quarter was broad-based across the Company’s Divisions. Enterprise Division sales during the second quarter of fiscal 2020 increased 3% to $40.7 million, compared with $39.3 million in fiscal 2019 despite significant decreases in the Company’s China and Japan direct offices and certain international licensees related to business disruption from the COVID-19 pandemic. Education Division revenues increased 12% to $10.9 million, compared with $9.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. The Company’s sales growth during the quarter was primarily driven by increased sales of subscription services in both the Enterprise and Education Divisions, and sales of All Access Pass and related services in the Enterprise Division increased 28% in the quarter. For the last 12 months, net sales grew 6% to $233.5 million, an increase of $14.1 million, compared with $219.5 million for the 12 months ended February 28, 2019.
  • Deferred Subscription Revenue and Unbilled Deferred Revenue: For the quarter ended February 29, 2020, the Company’s reported subscription and subscription-related revenue grew 24% compared with the second quarter of fiscal 2019. At February 29, 2020, the Company had $48.0 million of deferred subscription revenue on its balance sheet, a 21%, or $8.4 million, increase compared with deferred subscription revenue on the balance sheet at February 28, 2019. At February 29, 2020, the Company also had $34.8 million of unbilled deferred revenue, a 39%, or $9.8 million, increase compared with $25.0 million of unbilled deferred revenue at February 28, 2019. Unbilled deferred revenue represents business that is contracted but unbilled, and excluded from the Company’s balance sheet.
  • Gross profit: Second quarter 2020 gross profit increased 9%, or $3.3 million, to $38.7 million compared with $35.4 million in fiscal 2019. The Company’s gross margin for the quarter ended February 29, 2020 improved 171 basis points to 71.9% of sales compared with 70.2% in the second quarter of the prior year, reflecting increased subscription revenues.
  • Operating Expenses: The Company’s operating expenses for the quarter ended February 29, 2020 increased $0.1 million compared with the prior year, which was due to increased selling, general, and administrative (SG&A) expenses. However, SG&A expenses as a percent of sales decreased to 67.4% compared with 71.3% in the second quarter of the prior year. Increases in SG&A expense were primarily related to increased commissions and bonuses on higher sales, increased investments in new sales and sales-related personnel, and a $0.8 million increase in non-cash stock-based compensation. These increases were partially offset by $0.4 million of decreased licensee transition costs related to the fiscal 2019 acquisition of the Company’s licensee in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria (GSA); a $0.4 million decrease in China office expenses resulting from suspended business operations due to the COVID-19 outbreak; and cost savings in various other areas of the Company’s operations. At February 29, 2020, the Company had 255 client partners compared with 230 client partners at February 28, 2019.
  • Operating Loss: The Company reported a loss from operations for the second quarter of fiscal 2020, but its loss improved to $(0.4) million compared with $(3.6) million in the same quarter of fiscal 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter increased 321%, or $3.1 million, to $4.1 million, compared with $1.0 million in the second quarter of the prior year.
  • Income Taxes: The Company’s effective income tax benefit rate for the quarter ended February 29, 2020 was approximately 219% of the loss before income taxes compared with an effective benefit rate of approximately 10% of the loss before income taxes in the second quarter of fiscal 2019. The higher tax benefit rate in fiscal 2020 was primarily due to the exercise of stock options, which produced a $1.8 million tax benefit in the quarter. The tax benefit rate in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was decreased significantly by Global Intangible Low-Taxed Income (GILTI), nondeductible expenses, and effective foreign tax rates which were considerably higher than the U.S. federal statutory rate.
  • Net Income: The Company reported net income of $1.1 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the second quarter 2020, compared with a net loss of $(3.5) million, or ($0.25) per share, in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, reflecting the above-noted factors.
  • Cash and Liquidity Remain Strong: The Company’s balance sheet and liquidity position remained strong with $24.8 million of cash at February 29, 2020, compared with $27.7 million at August 31, 2019. Subsequent to February 29, 2020, the Company drew down the $14.9 million of available borrowing on its revolving line of credit facility to maximize its flexibility during this period of uncertainty. Cash flows from operating activities for the first two quarters of fiscal 2020 increased 30% to $17.4 million, compared with $13.4 million in the first half of fiscal 2019.

Fiscal 2020 Year-to-Date Financial Results

Consolidated revenue for the first half of fiscal 2020 increased 8% to $112.4 million compared with $104.2 million in the first two quarters of fiscal 2019. Enterprise Division sales increased 6% to $86.5 million compared with $81.5 million for the first two quarters of fiscal 2019, driven by a 25% increase in AAP and related sales. Enterprise Division sales were favorably impacted by a 9% increase in domestic direct office revenues, which were primarily attributable to increased subscription and subscription-related revenues. However, these favorable results were partially offset by significant business disruptions in Asia during the second quarter resulting from the COVID-19 outbreak. Education Division revenues increased 10% to $22.0 million compared with $20.0 million in the first half of fiscal 2019, primarily due to increased Leader in Me subscription revenues. Consolidated gross profit for the first two quarters of fiscal 2020 was $80.7 million compared with $72.1 million in the first two quarters of fiscal 2019. Gross margin for the first half of fiscal 2020 improved 257 basis points to 71.8% of sales compared with 69.2% in the first half of fiscal 2019, reflecting the favorable impact of increased subscription revenues.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses for the first two quarters of fiscal 2019 increased $5.1 million compared with the first half of fiscal 2019, but decreased as a percent of revenue to 67.3% compared with 67.7% in the first half of fiscal 2019. Increased SG&A expense was primarily due to increased commissions on higher sales, new sales and sales related personnel, and a $1.7 million increase in non-cash stock-based compensation expense. The Company’s loss from operations through February 29, 2020 improved significantly to $(0.5) million compared with a loss of $(4.2) million in the first two quarters of fiscal 2019. Adjusted EBITDA for the two quarters ended February 29, 2020 improved 118%, or $4.9 million, to $9.0 million compared with $4.1 million for the first two quarters of fiscal 2019. In constant currency, the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA increased to $9.3 million for the first half of fiscal 2020. Including the impact of a significantly increased tax benefit resulting primarily from the exercise of stock options in the second quarter, the Company reported net income of $0.6 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for the first two quarters of fiscal 2019, compared with a $(4.9) million loss, or $(.35) per share, in the first half of fiscal 2019.

Fiscal 2020 Outlook

Despite the Company’s strong results for the second quarter, and first half of fiscal 2020, given the meaningful COVID-19 impact experienced to date and the uncertainty and fluidity of the ongoing business and educational institution disruptions resulting from the current situation, investors should no longer rely on the Company’s previously released guidance and assumptions for fiscal 2020. The Company remains confident, however, that once the global economy begins to return to normalcy, the same factors that have driven its growth trajectory this year-to-date, and in recent years, will help the Company to begin to resume accelerated growth.

Earnings Conference Call

On Thursday, April 2, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (3:00 p.m. Mountain time) Franklin Covey will host a conference call to review its financial results for the fiscal quarter ended February 29, 2020. Interested persons may participate by dialing 800-708-4540 (International participants may dial 847-619-6397), access code: 49496403. Alternatively, a webcast will be accessible at the following Web site: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/ecbnx4pk. A replay will be available from April 2 (7:30 pm ET) through April 9, 2020 by dialing 888-843-7419 (International participants may dial 630-652-3042), access code: 49496403#. The webcast will remain accessible through April 9, 2020 on the Investor Relations area of the Company’s Web site.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 including those statements related to the Company’s future results and profitability and other goals relating to the growth and operations of the Company. Forward-looking statements are based upon management’s current expectations and are subject to various risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: general economic conditions; the severity and duration of global business disruptions from the COVID-19 outbreak; the ability of the Company to operate effectively during and in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic; renewals of subscription contracts; the impact of new sales personnel; the impact of deferred revenues on future financial results; market acceptance of new products or services, including new AAP portal upgrades; the ability to achieve sustainable growth in future periods; and other factors identified and discussed in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and other periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of these conditions are beyond the Company’s control or influence, any one of which may cause future results to differ materially from the Company’s current expectations, and there can be no assurance that the Company’s actual future performance will meet management’s expectations. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances subsequent to this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This earnings release includes the concepts of adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) and “constant currency,” which are non-GAAP measures. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income or loss excluding the impact of interest expense, income taxes, intangible asset amortization, depreciation, stock-based compensation expense, and certain other items such as adjustments to the fair value of expected contingent consideration liabilities arising from business acquisitions. Constant currency is a non-GAAP financial measure that removes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and is calculated by translating the current period’s financial results at the same average exchange rates in effect during the prior year and then comparing this amount to the prior year.

The Company references these non-GAAP financial measures in its decision making because they provide supplemental information that facilitates consistent internal comparisons to the historical operating performance of prior periods and the Company believes they provide investors with greater transparency to evaluate operational activities and financial results. Refer to the attached table for the reconciliation of a non-GAAP financial measure, “Adjusted EBITDA,” to consolidated net income or loss, a comparable GAAP financial measure.

About Franklin Covey Co.

Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is a global public company, specializing in organizational performance improvement. We help organizations achieve results that require lasting changes in human behavior. Our world-class solutions enable greatness in individuals, teams, and organizations and are accessible through the FranklinCovey All Access Pass®. These solutions are available across multiple delivery modalities, including online presentations, in 21 languages. Clients have included organizations in the Fortune 100, Fortune 500, thousands of small and mid-sized businesses, numerous government entities, and educational institutions. FranklinCovey has directly owned and licensee partner offices providing professional services in more than 160 countries and territories.

FRANKLIN COVEY CO.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per-share amounts, and unaudited)
   
 

Quarter Ended

 

Two Quarters Ended

 

February 29,

 

February 28,

 

February 29,

 

February 28,

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

   
Net sales  

$

53,745

 

$

50,356

 

$

112,357

 

$

104,185

 

   
Cost of sales  

 

15,079

 

 

14,990

 

 

31,662

 

 

32,037

 

Gross profit  

 

38,666

 

 

35,366

 

 

80,695

 

 

72,148

 

   
Selling, general, and administrative  

 

36,221

 

 

35,925

 

 

75,620

 

 

70,568

 

Depreciation  

 

1,653

 

 

1,697

 

 

3,273

 

 

3,251

 

Amortization  

 

1,170

 

 

1,300

 

 

2,340

 

 

2,538

 

Loss from operations  

 

(378

)

 

(3,556

)

 

(538

)

 

(4,209

)

   
Interest expense, net  

 

(544

)

 

(371

)

 

(1,144

)

 

(975

)

Loss before income taxes  

 

(922

)

 

(3,927

)

 

(1,682

)

 

(5,184

)

   
Income tax benefit  

 

2,019

 

 

410

 

 

2,235

 

 

310

 

Net income (loss)  

$

1,097

 

$

(3,517

)

$

553

 

$

(4,874

)

   
Net income (loss) per common share:  
Basic and diluted  

$

0.08

 

$

(0.25

)

$

0.04

 

$

(0.35

)

   
Weighted average common shares:  
Basic  

 

13,841

 

 

13,937

 

 

13,911

 

 

13,927

 

Diluted  

 

13,990

 

 

13,937

 

 

14,118

 

 

13,927

 

   
Other data:  
Adjusted EBITDA(1)  

$

4,056

 

$

964

 

$

9,017

 

$

4,133

 

(1)

The term Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, and certain other items) is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company believes is useful to investors in evaluating its results. For a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure to a comparable GAAP equivalent, refer to the Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA as shown below.
FRANKLIN COVEY CO.
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands and unaudited)
 

Quarter Ended

 

Two Quarters Ended

February 29,

 

February 28,

 

February 29,

 

February 28,

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Reconciliation of net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:
Net income (loss)

$

1,097

 

$

(3,517

)

$

553

 

$

(4,874

)

Adjustments:
Interest expense, net

 

544

 

 

371

 

 

1,144

 

 

975

 

Income tax benefit

 

(2,019

)

 

(410

)

 

(2,235

)

 

(310

)

Amortization

 

1,170

 

 

1,300

 

 

2,340

 

 

2,538

 

Depreciation

 

1,653

 

 

1,697

 

 

3,273

 

 

3,251

 

Stock-based compensation

 

1,793

 

 

1,043

 

 

3,644

 

 

1,989

 

Increase (decrease) in the fair value of contingent consideration liabilities

 

(182

)

 

52

 

 

(91

)

 

76

 

Knowledge Capital wind-down costs

 

 

 

 

 

389

 

 

 

Licensee transition costs

 

 

 

428

 

 

 

 

488

 

 
Adjusted EBITDA

$

4,056

 

$

964

 

$

9,017

 

$

4,133

 

 
Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

7.5

%

 

1.9

%

 

8.0

%

 

4.0

%

FRANKLIN COVEY CO.
Additional Financial Information
(in thousands and unaudited)
 

Quarter Ended

 

Two Quarters Ended

February 29,

 

February 28,

 

February 29,

 

February 28,

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

Sales by Division/Segment:
Enterprise Division:
Direct offices

$

37,973

 

$

36,414

 

$

80,085

 

$

74,885

 

International licensees

 

2,691

 

 

2,906

 

 

6,411

 

 

6,583

 

 

40,664

 

 

39,320

 

 

86,496

 

 

81,468

 

Education Division

 

10,893

 

 

9,698

 

 

21,974

 

 

20,044

 

Corporate and other

 

2,188

 

 

1,338

 

 

3,887

 

 

2,673

 

 
Consolidated

$

53,745

 

$

50,356

 

$

112,357

 

$

104,185

 

 
Gross Profit by Division/Segment:
Enterprise Division:
Direct offices

$

28,702

 

$

27,294

 

$

60,113

 

$

54,364

 

International licensees

 

2,237

 

 

2,221

 

 

5,357

 

 

5,084

 

 

30,939

 

 

29,515

 

 

65,470

 

 

59,448

 

Education Division

 

6,460

 

 

5,429

 

 

13,117

 

 

11,822

 

Corporate and other

 

1,267

 

 

422

 

 

2,108

 

 

878

 

 
Consolidated

$

38,666

 

$

35,366

 

$

80,695

 

$

72,148

 

 
Adjusted EBITDA by Division/Segment:
Enterprise Division:
Direct offices

$

4,734

 

$

2,543

 

$

10,444

 

$

6,183

 

International licensees

 

1,384

 

 

1,218

 

 

3,419

 

 

2,846

 

 

6,118

 

 

3,761

 

 

13,863

 

 

9,029

 

Education Division

 

(1,068

)

 

(909

)

 

(2,171

)

 

(1,174

)

Corporate and other

 

(994

)

 

(1,888

)

 

(2,675

)

 

(3,722

)

 
Consolidated

$

4,056

 

$

964

 

$

9,017

 

$

4,133

 

Contacts

Investor Contact:

Franklin Covey

Steve Young

801-817-1776

investor.relations@franklincovey.com

Media Contact:

Franklin Covey

Debra Lund

801-817-6440

Debra.Lund@franklincovey.com

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