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H&R Block Reports Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Earnings

KANSAS CITY, MO -- (Marketwired) -- 09/03/13 -- H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today announced financial results for its fiscal 2014 first quarter ended July 31, 2013. The company typically reports a first quarter operating loss due to the seasonality of its core U.S. tax business.

First Quarter 2014 Highlights1

  • Revenues increased 32 percent, or $31 million, to $127 million
  • Adjusted net loss from continuing operations increased 3 percent to $108 million, or $0.40 per share2
  • Net loss from continuing operations increased 7 percent to $113 million, or $0.42 per share

First Quarter Results From Continuing Operations3

Actual Adjusted
in millions, except Earnings Per Share Fiscal Year
2014
Fiscal Year
2013
Fiscal Year
2014
Fiscal Year
2013
Revenue $127 $96 $127 $96
EBITDA ($147) ($127) ($139) ($129)
Pretax Loss ($184) ($169) ($176) ($172)
Net Loss ($113) ($106) ($108) ($105)
Weighted-Avg. Shares - Diluted 273.1 277.2 273.1 277.2
Earnings Per Share ($0.42) ($0.38) ($0.40) ($0.38)

H&R Block Bank Update

On July 11, 2013 the company announced that H&R Block Bank had reached an agreement to sell its assets and liabilities to Republic Bank & Trust Company ("Republic"). The transaction is subject to various closing conditions, including the finalization of various operating agreements, on which the company and Republic continue to make progress. The transaction is also subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals from each party's respective regulators. In order for the transaction to occur in 2013, the agreement requires all regulatory approvals to be received by September 30. If regulatory approvals are obtained after September 30, 2013, but on or before March 31, 2014, the agreement provides for the transaction to occur between April 30, 2014 and June 18, 2014.

Prior to entering into this agreement, Republic filed an application with its regulators to convert to a national bank charter which is being processed concurrently with the review of the transaction between H&R Block Bank and Republic. Republic has indicated to the company that Republic does not believe it will receive a decision from the OCC regarding its applications before September 30, 2013. The company, therefore, expects to continue offering its financial services products to its clients through H&R Block Bank for the upcoming tax season.

CEO Perspective

"While we're disappointed that it is not likely that we'll be able to complete the bank transaction in time for this tax season, we remain focused on exiting our bank and continue to believe it is in the best interests of our shareholders," said Bill Cobb, H&R Block's President and CEO. "Our overall strategy has not changed, and we're well positioned to continue growing our business profitably and to continue providing significant shareholder returns," added Cobb.

Business Segment Results and Highlights

Tax Services

  • Revenues increased $31 million to $122 million, primarily due to timing differences in our Australian operations. Additionally, increased fees from financial services contributed to the increase
  • Operating expenses increased $35 million to $266 million due to increased variable costs on the increase in revenues, foreign exchange currency losses, and higher legal fees
  • Pretax loss increased $3 million to $144 million

Corporate

  • Total operating expenses increased $11 million to $46 million, primarily due to professional fees related to the H&R Block Bank divestiture transaction and mortgage loan loss provisions, partially offset by lower interest expense
  • Pretax loss increased $12 million to $40 million

Discontinued Operations

  • Net loss of $2 million essentially flat to the prior year
  • Sand Canyon Corporation (SCC), a separate legal entity of H&R Block, Inc., received new claims for alleged breaches of representations and warranties in the principal amount of $69 million
  • SCC's accrual for contingent losses relating to representations and warranties remained unchanged at $159 million

Dividends

A previously announced quarterly cash dividend of 20 cents per share is payable on October 1, 2013 to shareholders of record as of September 10, 2013. The October 1 payment marks the company's 204th consecutive quarterly dividend since the company went public in 1962.

Conference Call

At 4:30 p.m. Eastern on September 3, 2013, the company will host a conference call for analysts, institutional investors and shareholders to discuss the fiscal 2014 first quarter results, fiscal year 2014 outlook and a general business update. To access the call, please dial the number below approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time:

U.S./Canada(877) 809-6980 or International (706) 758-0071
Conference ID: 31098974

The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and public. The link to the webcast can be accessed directly at http://investors.hrblock.com.

A replay of the call will be available beginning at 6:30 p.m. Eastern on September 3, 2013, continuing until October 3, 2013, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID is 31098974. The webcast will be available for replay beginning September 4, 2013 at http://investors.hrblock.com.

About H&R Block

H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is the world's largest consumer tax services provider. More than 625 million tax returns have been prepared worldwide by and through H&R Block since 1955. In fiscal 2013, H&R Block had annual revenues of $2.9 billion with 25.4 million tax returns prepared worldwide. Tax return preparation services are provided in company-owned and franchise retail tax offices by over 80,000 professional tax preparers and associates, and through H&R Block At Home™ digital products. H&R Block Bank provides affordable banking products and services. For more information, visit the H&R Block Newsroom.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and the accompanying tables include non-GAAP financial measures. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses each measure, and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, please see the section of the accompanying tables titled "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the securities laws. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They often include words or variation of words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "projects," "forecasts," "targets," "would," "will," "should," "could" or "may" or other similar expressions. Forward-looking statements provide management's current expectations or predictions of future conditions, events or results. All statements that address operating performance, events or developments that we expect or anticipate will occur in the future are forward-looking statements. They may include estimates of revenues, income, earnings per share, capital expenditures, dividends, liquidity, capital structure or other financial items, descriptions of management's plans or objectives for future operations, products or services, or descriptions of assumptions underlying any of the above. All forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made and reflect the company's good faith beliefs, assumptions and expectations, but they are not guarantees of future performance or events. Furthermore, the company disclaims any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statement to reflect changes in underlying assumptions, factors, or expectations, new information, data or methods, future events or other changes, except as required by law. By their nature, forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested by the forward-looking statements. Factors that might cause such differences include, but are not limited to, a variety of economic, competitive and regulatory factors, many of which are beyond the company's control and which are described in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended April 30, 2013 in the section entitled "Risk Factors," as well as additional factors we may describe from time to time in other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission including our Form 8-K filed July 11, 2013. In addition, with respect to the agreement to sell the assets of H&R Block Bank, there can be no assurances regarding the ability to obtain all required regulatory and other approvals, the ability of the parties to negotiate and execute the additional required agreements as expected, or the terms and conditions of the additional agreements. You should understand that it is not possible to predict or identify all such factors and, consequently, you should not consider any such list to be a complete set of all potential risks or uncertainties.

1 Unless otherwise noted, all growth rates refer to the current period compared to the corresponding prior year period.
2 All per share amounts are based on fully diluted shares.
3 Adjusted amounts and EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) are non-GAAP financial measures. See "About Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below for more information regarding financial measures not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).

KEY OPERATING RESULTS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data
Three months ended July 31,
Revenues Income (loss)
2013 2012 2013 2012
Tax Services $ 121,691 $ 90,253 $ (144,394 ) $ (140,905 )
Corporate and Eliminations 5,504 6,236 (40,100 ) (28,364 )
$ 127,195 $ 96,489 (184,494 ) (169,269 )
Income tax benefit (71,224 ) (63,619 )
Net loss from continuing operations (113,270 ) (105,650 )
Net loss from discontinued operations (1,917 ) (1,791 )
Net loss $ (115,187 ) $ (107,441 )
Basic and diluted loss per share:
Continuing operations $ (0.42 ) $ (0.38 )
Discontinued operations - (0.01 )
Consolidated $ (0.42 ) $ (0.39 )
Basic and diluted shares 273,080 277,155
NOTES TO FINANCIAL RESULTS
Basic earnings per share is computed using the two-class method and is based on the weighted average number of shares outstanding. The dilutive effect of potential common shares is included in diluted earnings per share, except in those periods with a loss from continuing operations.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data
July 31,
2013
July 31,
2012
April 30,
2013
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,163,876 $ 939,871 $ 1,747,584
Cash and cash equivalents - restricted 55,477 43,109 117,837
Receivables, net 121,309 116,357 206,835
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 356,662 318,262 390,087
Mortgage loans held for sale 7,608 - -
Total current assets 1,704,932 1,417,599 2,462,343
Mortgage loans held for investment, net 309,681 386,759 338,789
Investments in available-for-sale securities 487,033 380,765 486,876
Property and equipment, net 286,584 242,585 267,880
Intangible assets, net 280,455 271,533 284,439
Goodwill 435,667 431,101 434,782
Other assets 258,536 463,935 262,670
Total assets $ 3,762,888 $ 3,594,277 $ 4,537,779
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Customer banking deposits $ 757,929 $ 648,378 $ 936,464
Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities 443,065 414,604 523,921
Accrued salaries, wages and payroll taxes 32,926 35,234 134,970
Accrued income taxes 215,834 278,539 416,128
Current portion of long-term debt 730 600,642 722
Total current liabilities 1,450,484 1,977,397 2,012,205
Long-term debt 905,902 408,992 905,958
Other noncurrent liabilities 301,187 362,215 356,069
Total liabilities 2,657,573 2,748,604 3,274,232
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock, no par, stated value $.01 per share 3,166 3,166 3,166
Additional paid-in capital 753,209 744,616 752,483
Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) (257 ) 7,350 10,550
Retained earnings 1,163,651 955,873 1,333,445
Less treasury shares, at cost (814,454 ) (865,332 ) (836,097 )
Total stockholders' equity 1,105,315 845,673 1,263,547
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 3,762,888 $ 3,594,277 $ 4,537,779
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share data
Three months ended July 31,
2013 2012
Revenues:
Service revenues $ 107,800 $ 79,896
Product and other revenues 8,198 6,720
Interest income 11,197 9,873
127,195 96,489
Expenses:
Cost of revenues:
Compensation and benefits 46,312 39,585
Occupancy and equipment 78,736 79,951
Provision for bad debt and loan losses 11,491 4,645
Interest 14,446 22,077
Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment 16,804 14,534
Other 42,264 32,632
210,053 193,424
Selling, general and administrative expenses 96,697 75,478
306,750 268,902
Operating loss (179,555 ) (172,413 )
Other income (expense), net (4,939 ) 3,144
Loss from continuing operations before taxes (184,494 ) (169,269 )
Income tax benefit (71,224 ) (63,619 )
Net loss from continuing operations (113,270 ) (105,650 )
Net loss from discontinued operations (1,917 ) (1,791 )
Net loss $ (115,187 ) $ (107,441 )
Basic and diluted loss per share:
Continuing operations $ (0.42 ) $ (0.38 )
Discontinued operations - (0.01 )
Consolidated $ (0.42 ) $ (0.39 )
Basic and diluted shares 273,080 277,155
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Unaudited, amounts in thousands
Three months ended July 31,
2013 2012
Net cash used in operating activities $ (318,742 ) $ (373,140 )
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of available-for-sale securities (45,158 ) (28,990 )
Maturities of and payments received on available-for-sale securities 32,061 21,129
Principal repayments on mortgage loans held for investment, net 11,707 12,652
Purchases of property and equipment (34,386 ) (13,273 )
Franchise loans:
Loans funded (6,657 ) (5,062 )
Payments received 7,164 5,154
Other, net 6,179 1,675
Net cash used in investing activities (29,090 ) (6,715 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repayments of long-term debt - (30,831 )
Customer banking deposits, net (179,364 ) (179,519 )
Dividends paid (54,550 ) (54,201 )
Repurchase of common stock, including shares surrendered (4,201 ) (339,088 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options, net 21,953 468
Other, net (13,093 ) (19,939 )
Net cash used in financing activities (229,255 ) (623,110 )
Effects of exchange rates on cash (6,621 ) (1,498 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (583,708 ) (1,004,463 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 1,747,584 1,944,334
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 1,163,876 $ 939,871
Supplementary cash flow data:
Income taxes paid, net of refunds received $ 106,467 $ 19,747
Interest paid on borrowings 15,883 13,494
Interest paid on deposits 640 1,336
Transfers of foreclosed loans to other assets 2,100 3,074
Accrued additions to property and equipment 8,048 7,107
Transfer of mortgage loans held for investment to held for sale 7,608 -
Tax Services Income Statement
Unaudited, amounts in thousands
Three months ended July 31,
2013 2012
Tax preparation fees:
U.S. $ 22,026 $ 18,835
International 32,094 14,058
54,120 32,893
Royalties 6,562 5,851
Fees from Emerald Card 14,611 12,056
Fees from POM guarantees 27,826 26,983
Other 18,572 12,470
Total revenues 121,691 90,253
Compensation & benefits:
Field wages 39,904 32,408
Other wages 34,735 34,367
Benefits and other compensation 15,937 14,774
90,576 81,549
Occupancy and equipment 78,550 79,851
Marketing and advertising 7,017 7,452
Depreciation and amortization 22,802 20,471
Other 67,140 41,835
Total expenses 266,085 231,158
Pretax loss $ (144,394 ) $ (140,905 )
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except per share amounts
Three months ended July 31,
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA (1) 2013 2012
Net loss from continuing operations - as reported $ (113,270 ) $ (105,650 )
Add back:
Income taxes (71,224 ) (63,619 )
Interest expense 14,446 22,077
Depreciation and amortization 22,874 20,551
(33,904 ) (20,991 )
EBITDA from continuing operations (147,174 ) (126,641 )
Adjustments:
Loss contingencies - litigation 373 (2,302 )
Severance 1,105 (501 )
Professional fees related to pending HRB Bank transaction 7,024 -
Loss on sales of tax offices - 230
8,502 (2,573 )
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations $ (138,672 ) $ (129,214 )
Non-GAAP Pretax Results
Pretax loss from continuing operations - as reported $ (184,494 ) $ (169,269 )
Add back:
Loss contingencies - litigation 373 (2,302 )
Severance 1,105 (501 )
Professional fees related to pending HRB Bank transaction 7,024 -
Loss on sales of tax offices - 230
8,502 (2,573 )
Pretax loss from continuing operations - as adjusted $ (175,992 ) $ (171,842 )
Non-GAAP After-Tax Results
Net loss from continuing operations - as reported $ (113,270 ) $ (105,650 )
Add back (net of tax):
Loss contingencies - litigation 229 (1,400 )
Severance 677 (305 )
Professional fees related to pending HRB Bank transaction 4,306 -
Loss on sales of tax offices - 140
Discrete tax items 157 2,701
5,369 1,136
Net loss from continuing operations - as adjusted $ (107,901 ) $ (104,514 )
(1) Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.
Three months ended July 31,
Non-GAAP EPS 2013 2012
EPS from continuing operations - as reported $ (0.42 ) $ (0.38 )
Add back:
Loss contingencies - litigation - (0.01 )
Severance - -
Professional fees related to pending HRB Bank transaction 0.02 -
Loss on sales of tax offices - -
Discrete tax items - 0.01
0.02 -
EPS from continuing operations - as adjusted $ (0.40 ) $ (0.38 )
Non-GAAP Pretax Results - Tax Services segment
Pretax loss - as reported $ (144,394 ) $ (140,905 )
Add back:
Loss contingencies - litigation 373 (2,302 )
Severance 1,105 (501 )
Loss on sales of tax offices - 230
1,478 (2,573 )
Pretax loss - as adjusted $ (142,916 ) $ (143,478 )
Supplemental Information
Stock-based compensation expense:
Pretax $ 4,552 $ 2,353
After-tax 2,791 1,431
Amortization of intangible assets:
Pretax $ 6,071 $ 6,017
After-tax 3,722 3,660

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The accompanying press release contains non-GAAP financial measures. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as a substitute for, or superior to, measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). Because these measures are not measures of financial performance under GAAP and are susceptible to varying calculations, they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures in other companies.

We consider non-GAAP financial measures to be a useful metric for management and investors to evaluate and compare the ongoing operating performance of our business on a consistent basis across reporting periods, as it eliminates the effect of items that are not indicative of our core operating performance.
The following are descriptions of adjustments we make for our non-GAAP financial measures:

  • We exclude from our non-GAAP financial measures litigation charges we incur and favorable reserve adjustments. This does not include legal defense costs.
  • We exclude from our non-GAAP financial measures non-cash charges to adjust the carrying values of goodwill, intangible assets, other long-lived assets and investments to their estimated fair values.
  • We exclude from our non-GAAP financial measures severance and other restructuring charges in connection with the termination of personnel, closure of facilities and related costs.
  • We exclude from our non-GAAP financial measures the gains and losses on business dispositions, including investment banking, legal and accounting fees.
  • We exclude from our non-GAAP financial measures the gains and losses on extinguishment of debt.
  • We exclude from our non-GAAP financial measures the effects of discrete income tax reserve and related adjustments recorded in a specific quarter.

We may consider whether other significant items that arise in the future should also be excluded from our non-GAAP financial measures.

We measure the performance of our business using a variety of metrics, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted pretax and net income of continuing operations, adjusted EPS and adjusted pretax results of our Tax Services segment. We also use EBITDA and pretax income of continuing operations as factors in incentive compensation calculations for our employees. These adjusted results eliminate the impact of items that we do not consider indicative of our core operating performance and, we believe, provide meaningful information to assist in understanding our financial results, analyzing trends in our underlying business, and assessing our prospects for future performance.

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Source: H & R Block