Universal Technical Institute Reports Fiscal Year 2017 Second Quarter Results

Now expects to deliver fiscal 2017 cost savings at the higher end of between $30 million and $40 million

May 4, 2017

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., May 4, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI), the leading provider of automotive technician training, reported financial results for the fiscal 2017 second quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Kim McWaters, UTI's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "During the second quarter, we made progress on our plan to expand our program offerings, advance our smaller campus initiative and enhance our strategic partnerships with industry leading manufacturers such as INFINITI with whom we launched a first-of-its-kind advanced training program in April. In addition, we continued to improve our financial foundation and in fact, now expect to deliver full-year cost savings at the higher end of our $30 million to $40 million estimate. This represents a meaningful step in our goal to return the company to profitability while maintaining our commitments to providing a quality educational experience, meeting our partners' increasing demand for trained technicians, and growing our student population.

"While student starts were softer than expected during the first half of the year, we have adjusted our marketing strategy and further enhanced our student support services to achieve our goal of generating new start growth in the second half of the year. We are encouraged by the initial results from these efforts. Looking ahead, we will continue to balance maintaining efficient operations with investing in the business to drive long-term growth."

Financial Results for the Three-Month Period Ended March 31: 2017 Compared to 2016

  • Revenues for the quarter were $82.5 million, compared to $88.2 million for the prior year period. Revenues exclude tuition related to students participating in the company's proprietary loan program, which were $4.4 million and $4.6 million for the second fiscal quarter of 2017 and 2016, respectively. This tuition will be recognized as revenues when payments are received.
  • Operating expenses for the quarter were $81.8 million, compared to $94.0 million for the prior year period. The $12.2 million decrease is largely due to lower compensation expense and improved operating efficiencies pursuant to the implementation of the Financial Improvement Plan.
  • Operating income for the quarter was $0.7 million, compared to an operating loss of $5.8 million for the prior year period. The improvement reflects the aforementioned significant cost reductions and $1.0 million in operating income from the Long Beach campus, which opened in August 2015.
  • Income tax expense was $2.1 million for the quarter, reflecting a full valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, compared to $25.7 million for the prior year period.
  • Net loss for the quarter was $1.7 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $32.0 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, for the prior year period.
  • Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) for the three months ended March 31, 2017 was $5.6 million, compared to a loss of $0.6 million for the prior year period.
  • Cash, cash equivalents and investments totaled $98.7 million at March 31, 2017, compared to $120.7 million at September 30, 2016. The decrease was primarily attributable to collateral requirements for surety bonds renewed during the second quarter of fiscal 2017 and changes in working capital.

Financial Results for the Six-Month Period Ended March 31: 2017 Compared to 2016

  • Revenues were $166.7 million, compared to $178.0 million, and excluded $9.4 million and $10.3 million, respectively, of tuition related to students participating in the proprietary loan program.
  • Operating expenses were $164.6 million, compared to $185.9 million for the prior year period.
  • Operating income was $2.1 million, compared to an operating loss of $8.0 million for the prior year period.
  • Income tax expense was $4.8 million for the year-to-date period, reflecting a full valuation allowance on deferred tax assets, compared to $24.7 million for the prior year period.
  • Net loss for the year-to-date period was $3.5 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, compared to a net loss of $33.7 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, for the prior year period.
  • UTI recorded a preferred stock cash dividend of $2.6 million for the six months ended March 31, 2017 in accordance with the company's Series A Preferred Stock purchase agreement.
  • EBITDA was $11.9 million, compared to $2.3 million. (See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.)

Student Metrics


Three Months Ended March 31,


Six Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016


2017


2016



(Rounded to hundreds)


Total starts

1,900


2,300


3,200


4,100


Average undergraduate full-time student enrollment

10,900


12,200


11,400


12,700


End of period undergraduate full-time student enrollment

10,300


11,700


10,300


11,700












 Updated Fiscal 2017 Outlook

  • UTI expects new student starts to decline by high-single digits in fiscal 2017. Combined with the number of students currently in school and the timing of the anticipated start growth, the average student population is projected to be down in the low-double digits as a percentage compared with the prior year period. UTI reaffirms its goal to grow student starts in the second half of fiscal 2017.
  • UTI now expects revenue to be down in the mid-to-high single digits in fiscal 2017.
  • UTI now expects its Financial Improvement Plan implemented in September 2016 to deliver annualized cost savings at the higher end of between $30 million and $40 million in fiscal 2017.
  • Netting the increased cost savings with softer-than-anticipated student starts in the first half of fiscal 2017, UTI expects annual operating results to range between operating income of $1 million and an operating loss of $1 million. The company expects an operating loss would be driven by the identification of and investments in additional success-based marketing initiatives in 2017 that would build out its student pipeline into 2018.
  • UTI reaffirms previous expectations of significantly improved EBITDA for fiscal 2017 as compared to the prior year.
  • Capital expenditures are now expected to approximate between $10.0 million and $11.0 million for the 2017 fiscal year.

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call to discuss the 2017 second quarter results on Thursday, May 4th at 1:30 p.m. PDT (4:30 p.m. EDT). This call can be accessed by dialing 412-317-6790 or 844-881-0138.  Investors are invited to listen to the call live at http://uti.investorroom.com/.  Please access the website at least 10 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software.  A replay of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of UTI's website for 60 days or the replay can be accessed through May 15, 2017 by dialing 412-317-0088 or 877-344-7529 and entering pass code 10106031.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release and the related conference call contains non-GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) financial measures, which are intended to supplement, but not substitute for, the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Management chooses to disclose to investors, these non-GAAP financial measures because they provide an additional analytical tool to clarify the results from operations and helps to identify underlying trends.  Additionally, such measures help compare the Company's performance on a consistent basis across time periods. To obtain a complete understanding of the Company's performance these measures should be examined in connection with net income (loss), determined in accordance with GAAP, as presented in the financial statements and notes thereto included in the annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Since the items excluded from these measures are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance under GAAP, these measures should not be considered an alternative to net income as a measure of the Company's operating performance or profitability.  Exclusion of items in the non-GAAP presentation should not be construed as an inference that these items are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Other companies, including other companies in the education industry, may calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than UTI does, limiting their usefulness as a comparative measure across companies.  A reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are included below.

Safe Harbor Statement

All statements contained herein, other than statements of historical fact, are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  Such statements are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to a number of uncertainties that could cause actual performance and results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements.  Factors that could affect the Company's actual results include, among other things, changes to federal and state educational funding, changes to regulations or agency interpretation of such regulations affecting the for-profit education industry, possible failure or inability to obtain regulatory consents and certifications for new or expanding campuses, potential increased competition, changes in demand for the programs offered by UTI, increased investment in management and capital resources, the effectiveness of the recruiting, advertising and promotional efforts, changes to interest rates and unemployment, general economic conditions of the Company and other risks that are described from time to time in the Company's public filings.  Further information on these and other potential factors that could affect the financial results or condition may be found in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release.  Except as required by law, the Company expressly disclaims any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events, changes in expectations, any changes in events, conditions or circumstances, or otherwise.

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the leading provider of post-secondary education for students seeking careers as professional automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians. With more than 200,000 graduates in its 52-year history, UTI offers undergraduate degree and diploma programs at 12 campuses across the United States, as well as manufacturer-specific training programs at dedicated training centers. Through its campus-based school system, UTI provides specialized post-secondary education programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech). For more information visit www.uti.edu.

Company Contact:
Bryce Peterson
Chief Financial Officer
Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
(623) 445-0993

Investor Relations Contact:
Becky Herrick/Kirsten Chapman
LHA Investor Relations
(415) 433-3777
UTI@lhai.com

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UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF LOSS

(UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended March 31,


Six Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016


2017


2016



(In thousands, except per share amounts)

Revenues


$

82,497



$

88,192



$

166,676



$

177,965


Operating expenses:









Educational services and facilities


44,834



49,770



91,988



99,422


Selling, general and administrative


36,976



44,192



72,614



86,506


  Total operating expenses


81,810



93,962



164,602



185,928


Income (loss) from operations


687



(5,770)



2,074



(7,963)


Other income (expense):









Interest expense, net


(712)



(797)



(1,461)



(1,614)


Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates


125



104



253



239


Other income


315



124



435



378


  Total other expense, net


(272)



(569)



(773)



(997)


Income (loss) before income taxes


415



(6,339)



1,301



(8,960)


Income tax expense


2,145



25,663



4,755



24,722


Net loss


$

(1,730)



$

(32,002)



$

(3,454)



$

(33,682)


Preferred stock dividends


1,295





2,618




Loss available for distribution


$

(3,025)



$

(32,002)



$

(6,072)



$

(33,682)











Loss per share:









Net loss per share - basic


$

(0.12)



$

(1.32)



$

(0.25)



$

(1.39)


Net loss per share - diluted


$

(0.12)



$

(1.32)



$

(0.25)



$

(1.39)


Weighted average number of shares outstanding:









Basic


24,666



24,270



24,645



24,252


Diluted


24,666



24,270



24,645



24,252


Cash dividends declared per common share


$



$

0.02



$



$

0.04



 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE LOSS

(UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended March 31,


Six Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016


2017


2016



(In thousands)

Net loss


$

(1,730)



$

(32,002)



$

(3,454)



$

(33,682)


Other comprehensive loss (net of tax):









Equity interest in investee's unrealized losses on hedging derivatives, net of taxes


(6)





(9)



(1)


Comprehensive loss


$

(1,736)



$

(32,002)



$

(3,463)



$

(33,683)


 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(UNAUDITED)




March 31, 2017


Sept. 30, 2016

Assets


(In thousands)

Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$

88,984



$

119,045


Restricted cash


14,702



5,956


Investments, current portion


8,984



1,691


Receivables, net


9,972



15,253


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


20,347



20,004


  Total current assets


142,989



161,949


Investments, less current portion


724




Property and equipment, net


109,877



114,033


Goodwill


9,005



9,005


Other assets


12,058



12,172


  Total assets


$

274,653



$

297,159







Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity





Current liabilities:





Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$

34,719



$

42,545


Deferred revenue


35,347



44,491


Accrued tool sets


2,972



2,938


Financing obligation, current


1,007



913


Income tax payable


427




Other current liabilities


4,003



3,673


  Total current liabilities


78,475



94,560


Deferred tax liabilities, net


3,141



3,141


Deferred rent liability


8,014



8,987


Financing obligation


42,606



43,141


Other liabilities


10,423



10,716


  Total liabilities


142,659



160,545







Commitments and contingencies










Shareholders' equity:





Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 31,609,900 shares issued and 24,745,003 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and 31,489,331 shares issued and 24,624,434 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2016


3



3


Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized; 700,000 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2017 and September 30, 2016, liquidation preference of $100 per share





Paid-in capital - common


184,043



182,615


Paid-in capital - preferred


68,853



68,820


Treasury stock, at cost, 6,864,897 shares as of March 31, 2017 and September 30, 2016


(97,388)



(97,388)


Retained deficit


(23,526)



(17,454)


Accumulated other comprehensive income


9



18


Total shareholders' equity


131,994



136,614


      Total liabilities and shareholders' equity


$

274,653



$

297,159


 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(UNAUDITED)




Six Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016



(In thousands)

Cash flows from operating activities:





Net loss


$

(3,454)



$

(33,682)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:





Depreciation and amortization


7,172



7,682


Amortization of assets subject to financing obligation


1,341



1,341


Amortization of discount on held-to-maturity investments


12



336


Bad debt expense


327



752


Stock-based compensation


1,435



2,286


Deferred income taxes




27,928


Equity in earnings of unconsolidated affiliates


(253)



(239)


Training equipment credits earned, net


(409)



(348)


(Gain) loss on disposal of property and equipment


(6)



100


Changes in assets and liabilities:





Restricted cash


(11,102)



34


Receivables


2,748



9,000


Prepaid expenses and other current assets


(265)



(957)


Other assets


(161)



(68)


Accounts payable and accrued expenses


(7,881)



(6,135)


Deferred revenue


(9,144)



(5,263)


Income tax payable/receivable


2,634



(4,648)


Accrued tool sets and other current liabilities


574



(184)


Deferred rent liability


(973)



(910)


Other liabilities


(229)



490


Net cash used in operating activities


(17,634)



(2,485)


Cash flows from investing activities:





Purchase of property and equipment


(3,929)



(4,905)


Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment


1




Purchase of investments


(9,671)




Proceeds received upon maturity of investments


1,642



19,320


Acquisitions




(1,500)


Investment in unconsolidated affiliates




(1,000)


Capitalized costs for intangible assets




(250)


Return of capital contribution from unconsolidated affiliate


241



240


Restricted cash: proprietary loan program


2,355



3,393


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities


(9,361)



15,298


Cash flows from financing activities:





Payment of common stock cash dividends




(1,457)


Payment of preferred stock cash dividend


(2,618)




Payment of financing obligation


(441)



(354)


Payment of payroll taxes on stock-based compensation through shares withheld


(7)



(7)


Net cash used in financing activities


(3,066)



(1,818)


Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents


(30,061)



10,995


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


119,045



29,438


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

88,984



$

40,433


 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(UNAUDITED)


Reconciliation of Net Loss to EBITDA




Three Months Ended March 31,


Six Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016


2017


2016



(In thousands)

Net loss


$

(1,730)



$

(32,002)



$

(3,454)



$

(33,682)


Interest expense, net


712



797



1,461



1,614


Income tax expense


2,145



25,663



4,755



24,722


Depreciation and amortization


4,522



4,940



9,161



9,625


EBITDA


$

5,649



$

(602)



$

11,923



$

2,279


 

Reconciliation of Loss Per Share Impact of Deferred Tax Valuation Allowance




Three Months Ended March 31,


Six Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016


2017


2016



(In thousands)

Loss available for distribution


$

(3,025)



$

(32,002)



$

(6,072)



$

(33,682)


Income tax expense related to increase in deferred tax asset valuation allowance


1,874



27,949



4,013



27,949


Loss available for distribution, adjusted for deferred tax asset valuation allowance


$

(1,151)



$

(4,053)



$

(2,059)



$

(5,733)











Diluted loss per share, as reported


$

(0.12)



$

(1.32)



$

(0.25)



$

(1.39)


Diluted loss per share, adjusted for deferred tax asset valuation allowance


$

(0.05)



$

(0.17)



$

(0.08)



$

(0.24)











Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


24,666



24,270



24,645



24,252


 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

(UNAUDITED)


Selected Supplemental Financial Information




Three Months Ended March 31,


Six Months Ended March 31,



2017


2016


2017


2016



(In thousands)

Salaries expense


$

34,928



$

39,997



$

70,724



$

79,178


Employee benefits and tax


7,264



8,583



14,768



17,022


Bonus expense


295



1,371



2,081



2,667


Stock-based compensation


937



1,375



1,485



2,286


Total compensation and related costs


$

43,424



$

51,326



$

89,058



$

101,153











Occupancy expense


$

9,484



$

9,593



$

19,032



$

19,322


Depreciation and amortization expense


$

4,522



$

4,940



$

9,161



$

9,625


Bad debt expense


$

78



$

270



$

327



$

752


 

SOURCE Universal Technical Institute, Inc.


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