Verisk Reports Third-Quarter 2019 Financial Results

  • Consolidated revenue was $653 million for the third quarter of 2019, up 9.0%, and up 7.6% on an organic constant currency (OCC) basis.
  • Net income was $33 million for the third quarter of 2019, down 80.2%. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, was $309 million, up 9.0%, and up 7.7% on an OCC basis.
  • Diluted earnings per share (diluted EPS) were $0.20 for the third quarter of 2019; diluted adjusted earnings per share (adjusted EPS), a non-GAAP measure, were $1.12.
  • The Company has recorded a $125 million reserve for litigation associated with our remote imagery business.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $214 million for the third quarter of 2019, down 5.7%. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, was $153 million, down 10.8%.
  • The company paid a cash dividend of 25 cents per share on September 30, 2019. The company’s Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of 25 cents per share payable on December 31, 2019.
  • The Company repurchased $75 million of its shares for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

JERSEY CITY, N.J., October 29, 2019 — Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider, today announced results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Scott Stephenson, chairman, president, and CEO, said, “I’m pleased to report that Verisk delivered strong revenue and EBITDA growth in the third quarter driven by continued strength in our Insurance segment and solid improvement in Energy and Specialized Markets. We’re strongly positioned to continue to deliver on our strategies to drive long-term shareholder value as we focus on serving our customers while investing in market-leading innovation and in our people.”

Lee Shavel, CFO and executive vice president, said, “Verisk delivered organic constant currency revenue growth of 7.6% and organic constant currency adjusted EBITDA growth of 7.7% while continuing to invest in our business. We continue to manage our capital prudently, and in the quarter, we demonstrated our ability to fund internal investment and make selective strategic acquisitions while also returning cash to shareholders.”

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Revenue

Consolidated revenue increased 9.0% for the third quarter of 2019 and increased 7.6% on an OCC basis.

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Insurance segment revenue grew 9.2% in the third quarter of 2019 and 7.7% on an OCC basis.

  • Underwriting & rating revenue increased 8.8% in the quarter and 7.9% on an OCC basis, resulting primarily from increases in our industry-standard insurance programs, property-specific underwriting solutions, and catastrophe modeling solutions.
  • Claims revenue grew 9.8% in the quarter and 7.4% on an OCC basis, resulting primarily from growth in claims analytics revenue and repair cost estimating solutions revenue.

Energy and Specialized Markets segment revenue increased 11.6% in the quarter and 8.7% on an OCC basis, resulting primarily from increases in market and cost intelligence solutions and core research and consulting revenues.

Financial Services segment revenue increased 0.1% in the quarter and 2.7% on an OCC basis, resulting primarily from increases in enterprise data management and fraud and credit risk management solutions offset by decreases in portfolio management from nonrecurring consulting revenues.

Net Income and Adjusted EBITDA

Net income decreased 80.2%, negatively impacted by the $125 million litigation reserve related to our remote imagery business, a year-over-year increase in acquisition-related costs (earn-out), the loss on the sale of our retail analytics solution business, and a higher effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2019. Adjusted EBITDA increased 9.0%, and on an OCC basis, adjusted EBITDA increased 7.7% for the third quarter of 2019. Both were positively affected by leverage on solid sales growth and cost discipline.

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Earnings Per Share

Diluted EPS decreased 79.8% to $0.20 for the third quarter of 2019, due to a $125 million litigation reserve related to our remote imagery business, a year-over-year increase in acquisition-related costs (earn-out), the loss on the sale of our retail analytics solution business, and a higher effective tax rate for the third quarter of 2019.

Diluted adjusted EPS grew 3.7% to $1.12 for the third quarter of 2019, reflecting organic growth in the business, contributions from acquisitions, a decrease in interest expense, and lower average share count. These increases were offset in part by increases in depreciation and amortization expense and a higher effective tax rate.

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities was $214 million for the third quarter of 2019, down 5.7%. Capital expenditures were $61 million for the third quarter of 2019, up 10.1%. Free cash flow was $153 million for the third quarter of 2019, down 10.8%, primarily due to higher income tax payments and timing differences related to the payment of certain expenses.

Free cash flow represented 49.4% of adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019, compared with 60.4% in the prior-year period.

Litigation Reserve

In the third quarter, a jury determined that the Company had willfully infringed five patents related to our remote imagery business and assessed damages of $125 million, for which we have recorded a reserve. The Company plans to appeal this decision.

Senior Notes

During the third quarter of 2019, the Company completed an additional $200 million issuance of the 4.125% senior notes due 2029, at an issue price of 110.904% for an effective yield of 2.78%. The Company used the proceeds to fund acquisitions and for general corporate purposes.

Dividend

On September 30, 2019, Verisk paid a cash dividend of 25 cents per share of common stock issued and outstanding to the holders of record as of September 13, 2019.

On October 23, 2019, Verisk’s Board of Directors approved a cash dividend of 25 cents per share of common stock issued and outstanding, payable on December 31, 2019, to holders of record as of December 13, 2019.

Share Repurchases

The company repurchased, through an accelerated share repurchase (ASR) agreement, approximately 491,000 shares at an average price of $152.84, for a total cost of $75 million for the third quarter of 2019. The company also entered into an additional $50 million ASR agreement; the associated shares will be delivered and settled in the fourth quarter of 2019. At September 30, 2019, the company had $228 million remaining under its share repurchase authorization.

Conference Call

Verisk’s management team will host a live audio webcast on Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. EDT (5:30 a.m. PDT, 1:30 p.m. BST) 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 #2364679.

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 2018, Forbes magazine named Verisk to its World’s Best Employers list. For more information, please visit www.verisk.com.

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Verisk
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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 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, for budgeting and planning purposes, and for evaluating the performance of senior management.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA Expenses: EBITDA represents GAAP net income adjusted for (i) depreciation and amortization of fixed assets; (ii) amortization of intangible assets; (iii) interest expense; and (iv) provision for income taxes. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA adjusted for acquisition-related costs (earn-outs), nonrecurring gain/loss, and interest income on the subordinated promissory note. Adjusted EBITDA expenses represent adjusted EBITDA net of revenues. The company believes these measures are useful and meaningful because they allow for greater transparency regarding the company’s operating performance and facilitate period-to-period comparison.

Adjusted Net Income and Diluted Adjusted EPS: Adjusted net income represents GAAP net income adjusted for (i) amortization of intangible assets, net of tax; (ii) acquisition-related costs (earn-outs), net of tax; (iii) nonrecurring gain/loss, net of tax; and (iv) interest income on the subordinated promissory note, net of tax. Diluted adjusted EPS represents adjusted net income divided by weighted-average diluted shares. The company believes these measures are useful and meaningful because they allow evaluation of the after-tax profitability of the company’s results excluding the after-tax effect of acquisition-related costs and nonrecurring items.

Free Cash Flow: Free cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities determined in accordance with GAAP minus payments for capital expenditures. The company believes free cash flow is an important measure of the recurring cash generated by the company’s operations that may be available to repay debt obligations, repurchase its stock, invest in future growth through new business development activities, or make acquisitions.

Organic Constant Currency (OCC): The company’s operating results, such as, but not limited to, revenue and adjusted EBITDA, reported in U.S. dollars are affected by foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations because the underlying foreign currencies in which it transacts change in value over time compared with the U.S. dollar; accordingly, it presents certain constant currency financial information to assess how the company performed excluding the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. The company calculates constant currency by translating comparable prior-year-period results at the currency exchange rates used in the current period. The company defines “organic” as operating results excluding the effect of recent acquisitions and dispositions that have occurred over the past year. An acquisition is included as organic 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 its current-period organic base, its comparable prior-year-period operating results are also included to calculate organic growth. A disposition is excluded from organic at the beginning of the calendar quarter in which the disposition occurs. Once a disposition is excluded from its current-period organic base, its comparable prior-year-period operating results are also excluded to calculate organic growth. The organic presentation enables investors to assess the growth of the business without the impact of recent acquisitions for which there is no prior-year comparison. A disposition’s results are removed from all prior periods presented to allow for comparability. The company believes organic constant currency is a useful and meaningful measure to enhance investors’ understanding of the continuing operating performance of its business and to facilitate the comparison of period-to-period performance, because it excludes the impact of foreign exchange rate movements, acquisitions, and dispositions.

See pages 10 and 11 for a reconciliation of consolidated adjusted EBITDA and a segment results summary and a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA. See page 11 for a reconciliation of segment adjusted EBITDA margin. See page 12 for a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA expenses and a reconciliation of diluted adjusted EPS. See page 13 for a reconciliation of net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow.

Attached Financial Statements

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

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