Achieves Fourth Quarter Revenue Growth of 13.3%; Non-GAAP Organic Revenue Growth of 7.5%;
Achieves High End of Performance Range on 2014 Full Year Financial Guidance
Charleston, S.C. (February 10, 2015) – Blackbaud, Inc. (NASDAQ: BLKB), a leading global provider of software and services for the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities, today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014.
Fourth Quarter 2014 Highlights
- Subscriptions revenue of $73.1 million, achieving growth of 20.1%
- Non-GAAP organic revenue growth accelerates to 7.5%
- Total revenue of $152.8 million, achieving 13.3% growth
- Recurring revenue represented 73.0% of total revenue
- Non-GAAP income from operations of $27.6 million
2015 Full Year Financial Guidance
- Total non-GAAP revenue of $625 million to $645 million
- Total non-GAAP revenue growth of approximately 10% to 13%
- Non-GAAP operating income of $112 million to $118 million
- Non-GAAP operating margin of 17.9% to 18.3%
- Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share of $1.39 to $1.47
- Cash flow from operations of $110 million to $120 million
Mike Gianoni, president and chief executive officer, commented, “Our fourth quarter performance continued to illustrate the increasing momentum we have generated in 2014 at Blackbaud. We are proud of our team’s commitment to success and focus on executing our five growth and operational improvement strategies. Our organization achieved several key milestones in 2014, including our goals to accelerate organic revenue growth, which was 7.5% in the fourth quarter and 7.1% for the year, and to provide improved product quality and innovative solutions for our customers.”
Fourth Quarter 2014 GAAP Financial Results
Blackbaud generated total revenue of $152.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 13.3% compared to $134.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2013. Income from operations and net income were $7.6 million and $4.8 million, respectively, compared to $14.6 million and $11.8 million, respectively, for the fourth quarter of 2013. Diluted earnings per share were $0.10 for the fourth quarter of 2014, compared to $0.26 in the same period last year.
Income from operations, net income and diluted earnings per share were negatively impacted in the fourth quarter because of increased operating expenses from costs associated with acquisitions completed in 2014 and the impairment of capitalized software development costs. The greatest impacts resulted from increased amortization of intangible assets arising from acquisitions completed in 2014 and implementation of the company’s 2014 incremental investments plan which focused on accelerating revenue growth, product optimization, accelerating product transition to the cloud and increasing operating efficiencies.
Fourth Quarter 2014 Non-GAAP Financial Results
Blackbaud achieved non-GAAP organic revenue growth of 7.5% in the fourth quarter of 2014. Fourth quarter non-GAAP organic revenue growth excludes incremental acquisition-related GAAP revenue of $7.9 million.
Non-GAAP income from operations was $27.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, an increase of 10.0% compared to $25.1 million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP net income increased to $15.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2014, up from $14.5 million in the same period last year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.34 for the fourth quarter of 2014, up from $0.32 in the same period last year. An explanation of these measures is included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
The company ended the fourth quarter with $14.7 million of cash and cash equivalents, compared to $54.0 million on September 30, 2014. The company generated $16.8 million in cash flow from operations during the fourth quarter, used $20.0 million of cash on hand to fund the acquisition of MicroEdge, returned $5.5 million to stockholders by way of a cash dividend and had cash outlays of $7.8 million for capital expenditures and capitalized software.
Full Year 2014 GAAP and Non-GAAP Financial Results
Blackbaud reported total revenue of $564.4 million for the full year 2014, an increase of 12.0% compared to $503.8 million for 2013. Income from operations and net income, determined in accordance with GAAP, were $46.4 million and $28.3 million for the full year 2014, respectively, compared with $51.5 million and $30.5 million, respectively, for 2013. Diluted earnings per share were $0.62 for the full year 2014, compared with $0.67 for 2013.
Income from operations, net income and diluted earnings per share were negatively impacted because of increased operating expenses from costs associated with acquisitions completed in 2014, the impairment of capitalized software development costs and expenses associated with our CEO transition. The greatest impacts resulted from increased amortization of intangible assets arising from acquisitions completed in 2014 and implementation of the company’s 2014 incremental investments plan.
Blackbaud achieved non-GAAP organic revenue growth of 7.1% for the full year 2014. Non-GAAP organic revenue growth includes $13.7 million of incremental non-GAAP revenue in 2013 as if the company had applied gross revenue accounting treatment for certain payments solutions in 2013 on a basis consistent with 2014 and it excludes incremental acquisition-related GAAP revenue of $10.4 million attributable to acquisitions completed in the current fiscal year.
Non-GAAP income from operations was $101.7 million for the full year 2014, compared to $101.3 million for 2013. Non-GAAP net income was $58.3 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, for the full year 2014, compared to $58.0 million, or $1.28 per diluted share, for 2013. An explanation of these measures is included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”
Tony Boor, executive vice president and chief financial officer, commented, “Our strong cash generation of $102.3 million from operations in 2014 and increasing operating leverage enabled the company to fund our 2014 incremental investment plan targeted toward future growth and allowed the company to achieve the high-end of the range of our financial guidance. Additionally, we were able to complete scalability, automation and process improvements in our back-office. We consolidated 24 legacy systems into six best-of-breed platforms, which are expected to drive increasing operating efficiency and contribute to the margin improvement plan we are focused on executing through 2017. Our balance sheet is strong, and provides us with flexibility to fuel growth and market expansion through acquisitions and investments in our operations and product portfolio. Our acquisitions of WhippleHill and MicroEdge in 2014 expanded customer and market opportunities, and provided a broadening scope of capabilities, innovative solutions and expertise for our customers. We will continue to effectively manage our capital structure to enable us to seize compelling opportunities in 2015.”
“In summary, 2014 was a very good year for our customers and for the company. We delivered on our financial guidance, remained on track to achieve our long-term aspirational goals, strengthened our operating platform and heightened our quality and innovation. We look forward to continuing on this path in 2015, as evidenced by our 2015 financial guidance,” concluded Gianoni.
Blackbaud announced today that its Board of Directors has approved a first quarter 2015 dividend of $0.12 per share payable on March 13 to stockholders of record on February 27.
Conference Call Details
Blackbaud will host a conference call February 11 at 8:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) to discuss the company’s financial results, operations and related matters. To access this call, dial 1-888-542-1104 (domestic) or 1-719-457-2693 (international) and enter passcode 351831. To access a replay of this conference call, which will be available through February 24, dial 1-888-203-1112 (domestic) or 1-719-457-0820 (international), and enter passcode 6589933. A live webcast of this conference call will be available on the Investor Relations page of the company’s website at www.blackbaud.com/investorrelations and a replay will be archived on the website as well.
Investors and others should note that Blackbaud announces material financial information including, SEC filings, press releases, public conference calls and webcasts, on its website. Blackbaud also uses this channel, as well as social media channels, to communicate information about the company, its services and other issues with its customers and public. It is possible that information shared through social media channels could be deemed as material information, therefore investors, the media, and others interested in the company, are encouraged to visit Blackbaud’s press room to further review any information shared through social media.
Serving the nonprofit, charitable giving and education communities for more than 30 years, Blackbaud (NASDAQ:BLKB) combines technology solutions and expertise to help organizations achieve their missions. Blackbaud works in over 60 countries to support more than 30,000 customers, including nonprofits, K12 private and higher education institutions, healthcare organizations, foundations and other charitable giving entities, and corporations. The company offers a full spectrum of cloud and on-premise solutions, and related services for organizations of all sizes, including nonprofit fundraising and relationship management, eMarketing, advocacy, accounting, payments, analytics, as well as grant management, corporate social responsibility, education and other solutions. Using Blackbaud technology, these organizations raise, invest, manage and award more than $100 billion each year. Recognized as a top company, Blackbaud is headquartered in Charleston, South Carolina and has operations in the United States, Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Ireland and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit www.blackbaud.com.
Except for historical information, all of the statements, expectations, and assumptions contained in this news release are forward-looking statements which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including, but not limited to, statements regarding: estimates for achievement of 2015 financial guidance; expectations for continuing to successfully execute our five point growth strategy; expectations that achieving our goals will provide improved product quality and innovative solutions for our customers; expectations that our 2014 incremental investments will provide future growth; expectations that the consolidation of legacy systems into best-of-breed platforms will drive increasing operating efficiency and contribute to the margin improvement plan we are focused on executing through 2017; expectations that our financial position provides flexibility to fuel future growth through acquisitions or other opportunities; expectations that past acquisitions have expanded our customer and market opportunities; expectations that we will continue to effectively manage our capital structure; and expectations that we will remain on track to achieve our long-term aspirational goals. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Although Blackbaud attempts to be accurate in making these forward-looking statements, it is possible that future circumstances might differ from the assumptions on which such statements are based. In addition, other important factors that could cause results to differ materially include the following: management of integration of acquired companies; uncertainty regarding increased business and renewals from existing customers; a shifting revenue mix that may impact gross margin; continued success in sales growth; risks related to our dividend policy and stock repurchase program, including the possibility that we might discontinue payment of dividends; and the other risk factors set forth from time to time in the SEC filings for Blackbaud, copies of which are available free of charge at the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or upon request from Blackbaud’s investor relations department. Blackbaud assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements, except as required by law. All Blackbaud product names appearing herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of Blackbaud, Inc.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Blackbaud has provided in this release financial information that has not been prepared in accordance with GAAP. This information includes non-GAAP revenue, non-GAAP gross profit, non-GAAP gross margin, non-GAAP income from operations, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share. The company has acquired businesses whose net tangible assets include deferred revenue. In accordance with GAAP reporting requirements, the company recorded write-downs of acquired deferred revenue to fair value, which results in lower recognized revenue for a certain period of time until the related obligations to provide services are fulfilled. Both on a quarterly and year-to-date basis, our GAAP revenues after the acquisition will not reflect the full amount of revenues that would have been reported if the acquired deferred revenue was not written down to fair value. The non-GAAP measures described above reverse the acquisition-related deferred revenue write-downs so that the full amount of revenue booked by the acquired companies is included, which we believe provides a more accurate representation of a revenue run-rate in a given period. In addition to reversing write-downs of acquisition-related deferred revenue, non-GAAP financial measures discussed above exclude items such as stock-based compensation expense, amortization of intangibles arising from business combinations, impairment of capitalized software development costs, acquisition-related integration costs, acquisition-related expenses, CEO transition costs, employee severance, restructuring costs and loss on debt extinguishment and termination of derivative instruments, because they are not directly related to our performance in any particular period, but are for our long-term benefit over multiple periods.
In addition, we discuss non-GAAP organic revenue growth which we believe provides a useful tool for evaluating the periodic growth of our business on a consistent basis. In this non-GAAP financial measure, we reflect certain revenue derived from our payment processing services for the year ended December 31, 2013 on a gross basis rather than a net basis for presentation consistent with 2014. Non-GAAP organic revenue growth excludes incremental acquisition-related revenue attributable to companies acquired in the current fiscal year. For companies acquired in the immediately preceding fiscal year, non-GAAP organic revenue growth reflects presentation of full year or stub period incremental non-GAAP revenue derived from such companies as if they were combined throughout the prior period, and it includes the current period non-GAAP revenue attributable to those companies. We believe this presentation provides a more comparable representation of our current business’ organic revenue growth and revenue run-rate. There was no incremental non-GAAP revenue attributable to companies acquired in the immediate prior fiscal year in either the fourth quarter 2014 or full year 2014 measures of non-GAAP organic revenue growth.
We have included the results of operations of acquired companies in our consolidated results of operations from the date of their respective acquisition, which impacts the comparability of our results of operations when comparing 2014 to 2013. We have noted in the discussion above, to the extent meaningful, the impact on the comparability of our consolidated results of operations due to the inclusion of acquired companies. Because we are integrating these operations, we expect it will become impracticable to determine the operating results attributable solely to the acquired businesses in 2015.
Blackbaud uses these non-GAAP financial measures internally in analyzing its financial results and believes they are useful to investors, as a supplement to GAAP measures, in evaluating Blackbaud’s ongoing operational performance. Blackbaud believes that the use of these non-GAAP financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends and in comparing its financial results from period to period with other companies in Blackbaud’s industry, many of which present similar non-GAAP financial measures to investors. These non-GAAP financial measures may not be completely comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies due to potential differences in the exact method of calculation between companies. In addition, non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. Investors are encouraged to review the reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of our non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP measures has been provided in the financial statement tables included below in this press release.
Investors are also encouraged to refer to previously released financial information on the “Investor Relations” page of our website at www.blackbaud.com/investorrelations for analysis of Blackbaud’s historical financial statements for the four quarters and year ended December 31, 2013 that is intended to assist with the evaluation of the company and its performance in light of the change in presentation of our payments solutions from a net to gross basis. That financial information includes non-GAAP operating results as if the previously disclosed change in presentation effective October 1, 2013 had instead occurred on January 1, 2013, which provides the 2013 period base revenue used in calculating non-GAAP organic revenue growth. That financial information also includes operating results as if the previously disclosed change in presentation effective October 1, 2013 had not occurred.