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Newtek Shows Strong Second Quarter

Newtek-headerNewtek Business Services, Inc. Reports 67% Increase In Second Quarter 2013 Diluted EPS To $0.05

  • Second Quarter 2013 Total Operating Revenues Up 14.5% to $37 Million
  • Company Reaffirms 2013 Guidance; Expects 20% Growth in Diluted Earnings Per Share in 2013

Newtek Business Services, today reported its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Second Quarter 2013 Consolidated Highlights:

  • Diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) were $0.05; an increase of 66.7% over $0.03 in the second quarter of 2012.
  • For the six months ended June 30, 2013, EPS were $0.09; an increase of 50.0% over $0.06 for the six months ended June 30, 2012.
  • Consolidated pretax income was $2.9 million; an increase of 48.0% over $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Net income attributable to Newtek Business Services, Inc. was $1.8 million; an increase of 48.2% over $1.2 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Modified EBITDA was $5.2 million; an increase of 39.3% over $3.7 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Operating revenues were $37.0 million; an increase of 14.5% over $32.3 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Second Quarter 2013 Operating Segment Highlights:

  • Small business finance segment pretax income was $2.0 million; an increase of 37.3% over $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • The SBA lender funded $42.8 million in loans during the second quarter of 2013; an increase of 103.7% over $21.0 million in the second quarter of 2012.
  • Electronic payment processing segment pretax income was $2.5 million; an increase of 28.4% over $1.9 million in the second quarter of 2012.

Reaffirmation of 2013 Consolidated Guidance:

  • The Company expects:
    • EPS midpoint forecast at $0.18 per share, with a range of $0.17 and $0.19, which represents an increase of 20.0% over 2012 diluted EPS.
    • ­Revenue midpoint forecast at $148.2 million, with a range of $145.1 million and $151.2 million, which represents an increase of 13.0% over 2012 revenue.
    • ­Pretax income midpoint forecast at $11.5 million, with a range of $10.0 million and $13.0 million, which represents an increase of 22.3% over 2012 pretax income.
    • ­Modified EBITDA midpoint forecast at $20.9 million, with a range of $19.3 million and $22.4 million, which represents an increase of 25.4% over 2012 Modified EBITDA.
  • The Company expects to fund between $160 million and $190 million of SBA 7(a) loans in 2013.
  • The Company expects to increase its total loan servicing portfolio by a minimum of 32.4% to at least $700 million by the end of 2013.

Barry Sloane, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer said, “We are pleased with this quarter’s results, with a 67% increase in diluted earnings per share to $0.05. That said, historically, the second half of the year has proven to be stronger than the first half of the year. Having reached earnings of $0.09 per share for the first six months of this year, we believe we are well-poised to deliver at least 20% growth in earnings for 2013.

“Our three primary segments – Small business finance, Electronic payment processing, and Managed technology solutions – all made solid contributions to our overall results for the quarter.”  Mr. Sloane explained, “We continue to be the largest non-bank SBA 7(a) lender and the 11th largest government-guaranteed SBA 7(a) lender in the U.S. including banks. Our funded loan amount increased by over 100% to $42.8 million in the second quarter, bringing total funded loans to almost $80 million for the first six months of the year.  With our current robust lending pipeline of $391 million, we expect to grow our funded loans by approximately 63% to $175 million in 2013, and expect continued loan growth in 2014 and beyond.

“Furthermore, we experienced an increase of nearly 30% in pretax income and approximately 10% revenue growth in our Electronic payment processing segment. We increased our average monthly processing volume per merchant by 8% year over year, and currently anticipate processing approximately $4.5 billion of annualized electronic payment processing volume by the end of 2013. Going forward, if we can increase our client base through our independent sales organization (ISO) channel, our Electronic payment processing segment should realize a significant increase in revenue during the second half of 2013.

“Finally, we are pleased to report that we have begun to reap the benefits of our repositioning strategy in our Managed technology solutions segment, evidenced by this quarter’s reversal to a slight year-over-year increase in revenue in this segment as well as the sequential upward trend in both revenue and pretax income over the first quarter of 2013. Our upgrade to Linux-based platforms and the increase in our cloud-based offerings have fostered the growth in this segment, and we believe will enable us to capture additional market share in this space.  Notably, we continued to achieve year-over-year growth in key metrics including a 187% increase in new Linux accounts within our cloud environment. Cloud-computing instances and cloud service accounts increased by 8% and 31%, respectively, further illustrating the growth in our cloud-based offerings.  As our strategy continues to take a greater hold, we fully expect to maintain this upward trend, and expect a year-over-year increase in revenue of approximately 3% in 2013.”

Mr. Sloane concluded, “The Small Business Authority® brand continues to provide high levels of satisfaction to independent business owners in all 50 states.  Evidenced by our consistent top- and bottom-line growth, Newtek is quickly becoming the brand of choice for small- and medium-sized businesses with our myriad of financial and technological solutions coupled with our premier level of service. And while we have experienced significant growth both financially and operationally, we still have a tremendous opportunity to continue to penetrate the vast small- to medium-sized business market of over 27.5 million businesses. In short, we believe the best is yet to come, and we anticipate delivering our fourth consecutive year of growth and upward trending profitability in 2013, with guidance of a 13% increase in operating revenues and a 22% increase in pretax net income.”

Cautionary Statement

2013 Guidance information contained in this press release is based on management’s current expectations.  These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially.  See “Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” below.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In evaluating its business, Newtek considers and uses Modified EBITDA as a supplemental measure of its operating performance.  The Company defines Modified EBITDA as earnings before income from tax credits, interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization, stock compensation expense, other than temporary decline in value of investments, Capco fair value change and the amortization of the 2011 accrued loss on the lease restructure.  The Company also presents Modified EBITDA because it believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as a measure of financial performance.

The term Modified EBITDA is not defined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP, and is not a measure of operating income (loss), operating performance or liquidity presented in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Modified EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and, when assessing the Company’s operating performance, investors should not consider Modified EBITDA in isolation, or as a substitute for net income (loss) or other consolidated income statement data prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP.  Among other things, Modified EBITDA does not reflect the Company’s actual cash expenditures.  Other companies may calculate similar measures differently than Newtek, limiting their usefulness as comparative tools.  The Company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results supplemented by Modified EBITDA.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call to discuss second quarter 2013 results will be hosted by Barry Sloane, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jennifer Eddelson, Executive Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, today, Tuesday, August 6, 2013 at 4:15 p.m. EDT.  The live conference call can be accessed by dialing (877) 303-6993 or (760) 666-3611.

A live audio webcast of the call and the corresponding presentation will be available in the ‘Events & Presentation’ section of the Investor Relations portion of Newtek’s website at http://investor.newtekbusinessservices.com/events.cfm.  A replay of the webcast with the corresponding presentation will be available on Newtek’s website shortly following the live presentation.

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