Verisk Reports Second-Quarter 2018 Financial Results

  • Revenue grew 14.9% to $601 million; organic constant currency revenue growth was 7.4%.
  • Net income was $154 million; adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $291 million.
  • Net income grew 26.9%; organic constant currency adjusted EBITDA growth was 8.9%.
  • Diluted GAAP earnings per share (GAAP EPS) were $0.91; diluted adjusted earnings per share (adjusted EPS), a non-GAAP measure, were $1.06.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $534 million year-to-date. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, was $435 million year-to-date.
  • The company repurchased $141 million of its shares for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

JERSEY CITY, N.J., July 31, 2018 — Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider, today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Scott Stephenson, chairman, president, and CEO, said, “We’re pleased to deliver another quarter of solid organic revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth ahead of our long-term targets, reflecting continued strength in our Insurance business and ongoing progress in our Energy and Specialized Markets and Financial Services businesses. We continue to be excited about the level of engagement with our clients and our opportunity to invest in all of our businesses.”

Lee Shavel, CFO and executive vice president, said, “Free cash flow growth and capital generation remained strong. We continued to manage capital carefully through internal investment, the recent acquisition of Validus-IVC, and the return of $141 million to shareholders in the second quarter through share repurchases and a $50 million accelerated share repurchase program to be completed in the third quarter.”

Table 1: Summary of Results (GAAP and Non-GAAP)

(in millions, except per share amounts)
Note: Adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, and diluted adjusted EPS are non-GAAP measures.

Revenue

Total revenue increased 14.9% in second-quarter 2018 compared with second-quarter 2017. Organic constant currency revenue growth was 7.4%. Insurance led the revenue growth in the quarter.

Table 2: Revenues and Revenue Growth by Segment

(in millions)

Insurance segment revenue grew 12.3% in the second quarter of 2018 and 8.4% in organic constant currency.

  • Underwriting & rating revenue increased 10.3% in the quarter and 6.2% on an organic constant currency basis, resulting primarily from increases within our underwriting and catastrophe modeling solutions revenue.
  • Claims revenue grew 16.7% in the quarter and 13.2% on an organic constant currency basis. Growth was driven by our repair cost estimating solutions, claims analytics, and aerial imagery solutions revenue.

Energy and Specialized Markets segment revenue increased 17.7% in the quarter and 5.0% on an organic constant currency basis, as the energy business’s end market has continued to improve. Currency fluctuations have also been favorable in the energy business, and there was growth in our environmental health and safety services revenue.

Financial Services segment revenue increased 37.7% in the quarter and 4.4% on an organic constant currency basis. In particular, our enterprise data management and portfolio management solutions revenue saw growth in the quarter.

Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA

Operating income increased 8.9% to $212 million in the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA expenses increased 15.4% compared with second-quarter 2017. On an organic constant currency basis, adjusted EBITDA expenses increased 5.9% in the quarter. The year-over-year organic constant currency increase was primarily due to salaries and benefits related to innovation and business growth.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 14.4% to $291 million in second-quarter 2018. On an organic constant currency basis, adjusted EBITDA increased 8.9% in the quarter. Organic constant currency adjusted EBITDA margin of 49.6% was up from the second-quarter 2017 level of 48.9%.

Table 3: Adjusted EBITDA by Segment

(in millions)

Table 4: Adjusted EBITDA Margin by Segment

(in millions)

Net Income and Earnings Per Share

Net income increased 26.9% to $154 million. Diluted GAAP EPS was $0.91 for second-quarter 2018, an increase of 26.4% compared with the same period in 2017. Diluted adjusted EPS was $1.06 for second-quarter 2018, an increase of 29.3% compared with the same period in 2017. Equalizing the second-quarter 2017 effective tax rate to that of second-quarter 2018, both adjusted net income and diluted adjusted EPS would have increased 11.6%. Diluted adjusted EPS benefited from organic growth in the business, contributions from acquisitions, and 2017 tax reform. The benefits were offset by increased depreciation and amortization expense, increased interest expense, and higher share count.

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities was $534 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, an increase of 24.3%. Capital expenditures increased 37.0% to $99 million and were 8.4% of revenues for the six months ended June 30, 2018. The increase in capital expenditures for the second quarter of 2018 compared with the second quarter of 2017 was primarily related to the purchase of aircraft and sensors and software development for our recent acquisitions. Free cash flow was $435 million year-to-date, an increase of 21.7%.

Free cash flow represented 77.2% of adjusted EBITDA for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared with 71.5% in the prior-year period.

Share Repurchases

The company repurchased 1.3 million shares at an average price of $105.78, for a total cost of $141 million in the quarter ended June 30, 2018. In second-quarter 2018, the company also entered into a $50 million accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreement. Shares repurchased under the ASR will be delivered to the company in third-quarter 2018. At June 30, 2018, the company had $686 million remaining under its share repurchase authorization, which includes the recent authorization of $500 million approved on May 16, 2018.

Conference Call

Verisk’s management team will host a live audio webcast on Wednesday, August 1, 2018, at 8:30 a.m. EDT (5:30 a.m. PDT, 12:30 p.m. GMT) to discuss the financial results and business highlights. All interested parties are invited to listen to the live event via webcast on the Verisk investor website at http://investor.verisk.com. The discussion is also available through dial-in number 1-877-755-3792 for U.S./Canada participants or 1-512-961-6560 for international participants.

A replay of the webcast will be available for 30 days on the Verisk investor website and also through the conference call number 1-855-859-2056 for U.S./Canada participants or 1-404-537-3406 for international participants using conference ID #7319819.

About Verisk

Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK) is a leading data analytics provider serving customers in insurance, energy and specialized markets, and financial services. Using advanced technologies to collect and analyze billions of records, Verisk draws on unique data assets and deep domain expertise to provide first-to-market innovations that are integrated into customer workflows. Verisk offers predictive analytics and decision support solutions to customers in rating, underwriting, claims, catastrophe and weather risk, global risk analytics, natural resources intelligence, economic forecasting, and many other fields. Around the world, Verisk helps customers protect people, property, and financial assets.

Headquartered in Jersey City, N.J., Verisk operates in 30 countries and is a member of Standard & Poor’s S&P 500® Index. In 2017, Forbes magazine named Verisk to its America’s Best Mid-Size Employers list and to its World’s Most Innovative Companies list. Verisk is one of only seven companies to appear on both lists. For more information, please visit www.verisk.com.

Contact:

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Forward-Looking Statements

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Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company has provided certain non-GAAP financial information as supplemental information regarding its operating results. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, U.S. GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures reported by other companies. The company believes that its presentation of non-GAAP measures, such as organic constant currency revenue and organic constant currency revenue growth; EBITDA, EBITDA margin, and EBITDA growth; adjusted EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA margin, and adjusted EBITDA growth on an as-reported, organic, and organic constant currency basis; adjusted net income and adjusted net income growth; basic and diluted adjusted EPS and adjusted EPS growth; and free cash flow and free cash flow growth, provides useful information to management and investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to its financial condition and results of operations. In addition, the company’s management uses these measures for reviewing the financial results of the company and for budgeting and planning purposes.

Our operating results reported in U.S. dollars are affected by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations because the underlying foreign currencies in which we transact change in value over time compared with the U.S. dollar; accordingly, we present certain constant currency financial information to provide a framework to assess how our businesses performed excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. We use the term “constant currency” to present results that have been adjusted to exclude foreign currency impact. Foreign currency impact represents the difference in results that are attributable to fluctuations in the currency exchange rates used to convert the results for businesses where the functional currency is not the U.S. dollar. This impact is calculated by translating comparable prior-period year results at the currency exchange rates used in the current period, rather than the exchange rates in effect during the prior period.

Organic revenue, a non-GAAP measure, is defined as revenues excluding the effect of recent acquisitions that have occurred over the past year. An acquisition is included in organic revenue at the beginning of the calendar quarter that occurs subsequent to the one-year anniversary of the acquisition date. Once an acquisition is included in our current-period organic revenue, its comparable prior-year period revenue is also included to calculate organic revenue growth.

EBITDA is a financial measure that management uses to evaluate the performance of our segments. In all periods shown here and going forward, the company defines “EBITDA” as net income before interest expense, provision for income taxes, and depreciation and amortization expense. “Organic EBITDA,” a non-GAAP measure, is defined as EBITDA excluding the effect of recent acquisitions. The company also defines “adjusted EBITDA” as EBITDA before nonoperating acquisition-related costs.

Although securities analysts, lenders, and others frequently use EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA in their evaluation of companies, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for an analysis of our statement of cash flow reported under U.S. GAAP. Management uses EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA in conjunction with traditional U.S. GAAP operating performance measures as part of its overall assessment of company performance. Some of these limitations are as follows:

  • EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments.
  • EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs.
  • Although depreciation and amortization are noncash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized often will have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements.
  • Other companies in our industry may calculate EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, limiting the usefulness of their calculations as comparative measures.

See Table 5 (below) for a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA expenses to cost of revenues; selling, general and administrative expense; investment income and others, net; and acquisition-related liabilities (earn-out). See Table 6 (below) for a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to net income, Table 7 for a reconciliation of adjusted net income to net income, and Table 8 for a reconciliation of free cash flow to net cash provided by operating activities.

Table 5: Adjusted EBITDA Expense Reconciliation

(in millions)

Table 6: Segment Results Summary and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

(in millions)

Table 7: Adjusted Net Income Reconciliation

(in millions, except per share amounts)

Table 8: Free Cash Flow Reconciliation

(in millions)
Note: Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure.

Attached Financial Statements

Please refer to the full Form 10-Q filing for the complete financial statements and related notes.

VERISK ANALYTICS, INC.
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