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ePlus Reports Third Quarter and Nine Month Financial Results and Announces a 2 for 1 Stock Split


Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2016

  • Net sales increased 9.4% to $326.7 million; technology segment net sales increased 10.0% to $318.3 million.
  • Adjusted gross billings of product and services increased 9.8% to $432.4 million.
  • Gross margin on sales of product and services and consolidated gross margin both expanded 110 basis points to 20.7% and 22.6%, respectively.
  • Diluted earnings per share increased 29.3% to $1.81.  Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 30.8% to $1.91.

Nine Months Ended December 31, 2016

  • Net sales increased 10.1% to $996.6 million; technology segment net sales increased 10.9% to $972.5 million.
  • Adjusted gross billings of product and services increased 13.8% to $1.32 billion.
  • Gross margin on sales of product and services and consolidated gross margin both increased 80 basis points to 20.5% and 22.4%, respectively.
  • Diluted earnings per share increased 20.5% to $5.71.  Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 20.7% to $5.90.

HERNDON, VA - February 2, 2017 - ePlus inc. (NASDAQ NGS: PLUS - news), a leading provider of technology solutions, today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2016.

Management Comment

“We continue to report sales growth that outpaces the market rate of IT spending by focusing on our key strategic objectives of driving transformative solutions, and producing the best business outcomes for our customers,” said Mark Marron, president and chief executive officer.  “The gross margin expansion we experienced in the third quarter was due, in part, to an improved product mix of higher margin products and services, as well as traction with higher margin emerging vendors.  We are pleased that our performance enabled us to report solid earnings growth that exceeded revenue growth, even with the costs of integrating our most recent acquisition and bringing on additional headcount to support future growth.

“Our year-to-date results reflect solid execution on our business plan to drive organic growth through a focus on providing customized solutions that address the most pressing needs of our client base.  In particular, the sales volume of security products and services increased at a double-digit rate in the first nine months of fiscal 2017, and accounted for 16.7% of adjusted gross billings of product and services. Additionally, sales growth benefited from capturing additional IT spend among our larger customers,” Mr. Marron noted.

ePlus Announces a 2 for 1 Stock Split

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a two-for-one split of its Common Stock.  The stock split will be in the form of a 100 percent stock dividend payable on March 31, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 16, 2017. The Company expects its Common stock will begin trading at the split-adjusted price on April 3, 2017. All share and per share amounts reflected herein are prior to the stock split.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

For the third quarter ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the third quarter of the prior fiscal year ended December 31, 2015:

Consolidated net sales rose 9.4% to $326.7 million, from $298.6 million.

Technology segment net sales rose 10.0% to $318.3 million, from $289.4 million.

Adjusted gross billings of product and services increased 9.8% to $432.4 million. Adjusted gross billings are sales of product and services adjusted to exclude the costs incurred of applicable third-party software assurance, maintenance, and services.

Financing segment net sales decreased 10.0% to $8.4 million, from $9.3 million due to lower portfolio earnings and transactional gains.

Consolidated gross profit rose 15.2% to $73.8 million, from $64.1 million.

Consolidated operating income rose 20.8% to $21.3 million, from $17.6 million.

Net earnings rose 22.6% to $12.6 million.

Adjusted EBITDA rose 22.3% to $23.2 million, from $19.0 million.

Diluted earnings per share was $1.81, compared with $1.40 in the prior year quarter. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $1.91, compared with $1.46 last year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is based on net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude other income and acquisition related amortization expense, net of taxes.

Fiscal Year to Date Results

For the nine months ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2015:

Consolidated net sales rose 10.1% to $996.6 million, from $904.8 million.

Technology segment net sales rose 10.9% to $972.5 million, from $876.9 million.

Adjusted gross billings of product and services increased 13.8% to $1.32 billion.

Financing segment net sales decreased 13.6% to $24.1 million, from $27.9 million due to lower portfolio earnings and transactional gains.  However, gross profit grew 10.7%, or $2.0 million, to $20.7 million due to lower direct lease costs.

Consolidated gross profit rose 14.5% to $223.4 million, from $195.1 million.

Consolidated operating income rose 12.8% to $67.0 million, from $59.4 million.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2017, we received $0.4 million related to the dynamic random access memory (“DRAM”) class action lawsuit, which claimed that manufacturers fixed the price for DRAM (a memory part that is sold as part of electronic devices), which was included in other income.  

Net earnings rose 15.2% to $40.1 million, inclusive of non-operating income of $0.4 million relating to the Company’s claim in the class action lawsuit mentioned above.  Our effective tax rate for the first nine months of fiscal 2017 was 40.5%, which includes a tax benefit of $0.5 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, related to the adoption of the new share-based compensation accounting standard.

Adjusted EBITDA rose 14.7% to $72.4 million, from $63.1 million.

Diluted earnings per share was $5.71, compared with $4.74 in the first nine months of fiscal 2016. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $5.90, compared with $4.89 last year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is based on net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude other income and acquisition related amortization expense, net of taxes and the tax benefit of $0.5 million recognized in fiscal 2017.

Balance Sheet Highlights

As of December 31, 2016, ePlus had cash and cash equivalents of $69.7 million, compared with $94.8 million as of March 31, 2016.  The decrease is primarily the result of investments made in our financing portfolio, working capital required for the growth in our technology segment, a $77.7 million increase to $111.1 million of inventory committed to customer orders, and 328,481 shares bought under our share repurchase plan.  Deferred revenue increased $47.1 million to $67.3 million due to payments for the committed inventory.  Total stockholders' equity was $333.8 million and total shares outstanding were 7.1 million, compared with $318.9 million and shares outstanding of 7.4 million on March 31, 2016.

Summary and Outlook

“We are pleased with our results to date and believe we have set the stage for continued progress in fiscal 2018.   Our strategic plan includes investing in critical transformative solutions, leveraging our relationships with both strategic partners and emerging technology vendors to broaden our product lines, and expanding our services offerings and capabilities to provide superior business outcomes for our customers.  We will continue to focus on developing new and innovative solutions to capture customer spend, expand our geographic footprint, and ensure that we remain at the forefront of the latest technology innovations.

“At the same time, we continue to successfully execute on our acquisition strategy. IGX, which we acquired in December 2015, has enhanced our engineering delivery of advanced security and secured network solutions and has enabled us to win projects for our global customers that neither organization could have won independently.  The acquisition of the IT Services and integration business of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., in December 2016 expands our reach to the upper Midwest, a new geography for ePlus, and enables us to market our advanced technology solutions to their long-standing client base.  We continue to evaluate additional acquisition candidates that expand our geographic footprint and deepen our expertise in high-growth areas, notably cloud, security, and digital infrastructure.

“We are pleased to announce that the Board has declared a two-for-one stock split.  We believe this action demonstrates our confidence in the Company’s long-term growth strategy and future opportunities,” Mr. Marron concluded.

Results of Operations – Three Months Ended December 31, 2016

The Company's operations are conducted through two business segments. The technology segment includes sales of information technology products, third-party software, third-party maintenance contracts, advanced professional services and managed services, and the Company's proprietary software to commercial entities and state and local governments. The financing segment consists of the financing of equipment, software, and related services to commercial entities, state and local governments, and government contractors.

Technology Segment

The results of operations for the technology segment for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

     
    Three Months Ended December 31,
      2016     2015   Change
Sales of product and services   $ 317,391   $ 287,859   $ 29,532     10.3 %
Fee and other income     915     1,506     (591 )   (39.2 %)
Net sales     318,306     289,365     28,941     10.0 %
                 
Cost of sales, product and services     251,729     231,503     20,226     8.7 %
                 
Gross profit     66,577     57,862     8,715     15.1 %
                 
Professional and other fees     1,216     1,608     (392 )   (24.4 %)
Salaries and benefits     40,155     35,043     5,112     14.6 %
General and administrative     6,409     5,203     1,206     23.2 %
Depreciation and amortization     1,908     1,327     581     43.8 %
Interest and financing costs     -     10     (10 )   (100.0 %)
Operating expenses     49,688     43,191     6,497     15.0 %
                 
Operating income   $ 16,889   $ 14,671   $ 2,218     15.1 %
                 
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 18,797   $ 15,998   $ 2,799     17.5 %
                           

Net sales rose 10.0% to $318.3 million, from $289.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

Adjusted gross billings of products and services grew 9.8% to $432.4 million, from $393.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The increase in net sales and adjusted gross billings of products and services was a result of an increase in demand for products and services from our largest corporate customers, and the acquisition of IGX in December 2015.

Gross margin on sales of product and services was 20.7%, up from 19.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.  The increase in gross margin was due to shifts in our product revenue mix as we sold products with higher margins.

Operating expenses rose 15.0% to $49.7 million, from $43.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, reflecting increased amortization expenses associated with the acquisitions of IGX in December 2015 and Consolidated IT Services in December 2016.  Salaries and benefits also increased due to an increase in variable compensation and an increase of 107, or 10.6%, in personnel to 1,113 from 1,006, of which 48 relate to the acquisition of Consolidated IT Services.  The position additions included 95 sales and engineering positions with the remaining additions being administrative hires.

Segment operating income was $16.9 million, up 15.1% from $14.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.  Adjusted EBITDA increased 17.5% to $18.8 million for the quarter, from $16.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. 

Financing Segment

The results of operations for the financing segment for the three months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

     
    Three Months Ended December 31,
      2016       2015     Change
Financing revenue   $ 8,190     $ 9,289     $ (1,099 )   (11.8 %)
Fee and other income     161       (10 )     171     1,710.0 %
Net sales     8,351       9,279       (928 )   (10.0 %)
                 
Direct lease costs     1,142       3,081       (1,939 )   (62.9 %)
                 
Gross profit     7,209       6,198       1,011     16.3 %
                 
Professional and other fees     181       274       (93 )   (33.9 %)
Salaries and benefits     2,230       2,329       (99 )   (4.3 %)
General and administrative     (31 )     231       (262 )   (113.4 %)
Depreciation and amortization     2       4       (2 )   (50.0 %)
Interest and financing costs     409       386       23
    6.0 %
Operating expenses     2,791       3,224       (433 )   (13.4 %)
                 
Operating income   $ 4,418     $ 2,974     $ 1,444     48.6 %
                 
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 4,420     $ 2,978     $ 1,442     48.4 %
                               

Net sales were $8.4 million, compared with $9.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, as a result of lower portfolio earnings and transactional gains, which was offset by higher post-contract earnings. Direct lease costs decreased $1.9 million or 62.9% due to a lower depreciation expense from operating leases.

Operating expenses decreased 13.4% over the previous year period, mainly due to a higher reserve for credit losses necessitated by an expansion of the financing portfolio in the comparable quarter last year.

Segment operating income and adjusted EBITDA both increased to $4.4 million from $3.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

Results of Operations – Nine Months Ended December 31, 2016

Technology Segment

The results of operations for the technology segment for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

     
    Nine Months Ended December 31,
      2016     2015   Change
Sales of product and services   $ 968,799   $ 871,814   $ 96,985     11.1 %
Fee and other income     3,679     5,038     (1,359 )   (27.0 %)
Net sales     972,478     876,852     95,626     10.9 %
                 
Cost of sales, product and services     769,780     700,429     69,351     9.9 %
                 
Gross profit     202,698     176,423     26,275     14.9 %
                 
Professional and other fees     4,138     4,175     (37 )   (0.9 %)
Salaries and benefits     117,822     101,471     16,351     16.1 %
General and administrative     19,335     16,653     2,682     16.1 %
Depreciation and amortization     5,400     3,728     1,672     44.8 %
Interest and financing costs     -     51     (51 )   (100.0 %)
Operating expenses     146,695     126,078     20,617     16.4 %
                 
Operating income   $ 56,003   $ 50,345   $ 5,658     11.2 %
                 
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 61,403   $ 54,073   $ 7,330     13.6 %
                           

Net sales rose 10.9% to $972.5 million, from $876.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016.

Adjusted gross billings grew 13.8% to $1.32 billion, from $1.16 billion in the first nine months of fiscal 2016. The increase in net sales and adjusted gross billings of products and services was a result of an increase in demand for products and services from our largest corporate and SLED customers, and the acquisition of IGX in December 2015.

Gross margin on sales of product and services was 20.5%, up from 19.7% in the first nine months of fiscal 2016.  The increase in gross margin was due to shifts in our product revenue mix as we sold products with higher margins and a higher proportion of sales of third party software assurance, maintenance and services, which are presented on a net basis.

Operating expenses rose 16.4% to $146.7 million, from $126.1 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016, reflecting increased amortization expenses associated with the acquisitions of IGX in December 2015 and Consolidated IT Services in December 2016, as well as increased salaries and benefits due to increased variable compensation and a 10.6% increase in personnel to 1,113 from 1,006.

Segment operating income was $56.0 million, up 11.2% from $50.3 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016.  Adjusted EBITDA increased 13.6% to $61.4 million, from $54.1 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016.

The Company maintained its balanced portfolio of customer-end markets. The breakdown of net sales by customer-end market for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows:

     
  Twelve Months Ended
December 31,
 
  2016    2015    Change
Technology 22 %   23 %   (1 %)
State & Local Government & Educational Institutions 21 %   23 %   (2 %)
Telecom, Media, and Entertainment 16 %   14 %   2 %
Financial Services 12 %   12 %   -  
Healthcare 11 %   10 %   1 %
Other 18 %   18 %   -  
Total 100 %   100 %      
                 

Financing Segment

The results of operations for the financing segment for the nine months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

     
    Nine Months Ended December 31,
      2016     2015   Change
Financing revenue   $ 23,899   $ 27,914   $ (4,015 )   (14.4 %)
Fee and other income     245     30     215     716.7 %
Net sales     24,144     27,944     (3,800 )   (13.6 %)
                 
Direct lease costs     3,459     9,256     (5,797 )   (62.6 %)
                 
Gross profit     20,685     18,688     1,997     10.7 %
                 
Professional and other fees     780     738     42     5.7 %
Salaries and benefits     6,657     6,855     (198 )   (2.9 %)
General and administrative     1,089     737     352     47.8 %
Depreciation and amortization     8     11     (3 )   (27.3 %)
Interest and financing costs     1,158     1,320     (162 )   (12.3 %)
Operating expenses     9,692     9,661     31     0.3 %
                 
Operating income   $ 10,993   $ 9,027   $ 1,966     21.8 %
                 
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 11,001   $ 9,038   $ 1,963     21.7 %
                           

Net sales were $24.1 million, compared with $27.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016.  The decrease was a result of lower portfolio earnings and transactional gains, which was offset by higher post-contract earnings. Direct lease costs decreased $5.8 million or 62.6% due to a lower depreciation expense from operating leases.

Operating expenses were consistent with the prior year as a higher reserve for credit losses were offset by lower salaries and benefits, and interest and financing costs. Segment operating income and adjusted EBITDA both increased to $11.0 million from $9.0 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016.

Recent Corporate Developments

  • On January 24, 2017, ePlus announced that it is hosting a presentation with Ingram Micro at the HIMSS annual conference in February, 2017 to explore “The Compelling Case for Improving Healthcare IT Security.”
  • On January 12, 2017, ePlus announced that it has been selected as the 2016 Major National Partner of the Year by Veeam® Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise™.
  • On January 10, 2017, ePlus announced a long-term partnership with veteran training organization, Tech Qualled, to help U.S. Military veterans secure jobs in the IT industry.
  • On January 4, 2017, ePlus announced that it designed and deployed a full technology infrastructure upgrade for Garrett Regional Medical Center.
  • On December 27, 2016 ePlus announced that it has successfully completed its Type 2 SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements) examination for its Managed Services Center and OneSource family of software products that provide information technology acquisition, asset management, procurement and catalog management software services.
  • On December 6, 2016, ePlus announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., acquired the IT Services equipment and integration business of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: CNSL).
  • On November 28, 2016 ePlus announced that it will be presenting at the HPE Discover Conference being held November 29 – December 1 at the ExCel in London.
  • On November 17, 2016 ePlus launched its CyberSecurity Management Program, a programmatic security service that allows organizations to establish, implement, maintain and improve their cybersecurity processes.
  • On November 16, 2016, ePlus announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., was named Cisco’s Americas Enterprise Networks Partner of the Year and US Nationals Services Partner of the Year.

Conference Call Information

ePlus will hold a conference call and webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET on February 2, 2017:

Date:  Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time:  4:30 p.m. ET 
Live Call:  (877) 870-9226, domestic, (973) 890-8320, international
Replay:  (855) 859-2056, domestic, (404) 537-3406, international
Passcode:  47712503 (live and replay)
Webcast: http://www.eplus.com/investors (live and replay)

The replay of this webcast will be available approximately two hours after the call and be available through February 10, 2017.

About ePlus inc.

ePlus is a leading integrator of technology solutions. ePlus enables organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering complex information technology solutions, which may include managed and professional services and products from top manufacturers, flexible financing, and proprietary software. Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 1,000 associates serving commercial, state, municipal, and education customers nationally and in the UK. The Company is headquartered in Herndon, VA. For more information, visit http://www.eplus.com/, call 888-482-1122, or email info@eplus.com. Connect with ePlus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ePlusinc and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ePlus.

ePlus® and ePlus products referenced herein are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ePlus inc. in the United States and/or other countries. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward-looking statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements." Actual and anticipated future results may vary materially due to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, possible adverse effects resulting from financial market disruption and fluctuations in foreign currency rates, and general slowdown of the U.S. economy such as our current and potential customers' delaying or reducing technology purchases or put downward pressure on prices, increasing credit risk associated with our customers and vendors, reduction of vendor incentive programs, the possibility of additional goodwill impairment charges, and restrictions on our access to capital necessary to fund our operations; significant adverse changes in, reductions in, or losses of relationships with major customers or vendors; our ability to implement comprehensive plans to achieve customer account coverage, cost containment, asset rationalization, systems integration and other key strategies; our ability to secure our electronic and other confidential information or that of our customers or partners; changes to our senior management team and/or failure to implement succession plans; the demand for and acceptance of, our products and services; our ability to adapt our services to meet changes in market developments; our ability to adapt to changes in the IT industry and/or rapid change in product standards; our ability to hire and retain sufficient personnel; our ability to realize our investment in leased equipment; our ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions; the creditworthiness of our customers; our ability to raise capital and obtain non-recourse financing for our transactions; our ability to reserve adequately for credit losses; the impact of competition in our markets; the possibility of defects in our products or catalog content data; and other risks or uncertainties detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information set forth in this press release is current as of the date of this release and ePlus undertakes no duty or obligation to update this information.

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UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS          
           
    As of   As of
    December 31, 2016   March 31, 2016
                     
ASSETS   (in thousands, except per share data)
         
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 69,677     $ 94,766  
Accounts receivable—trade, net     297,460       234,628  
Accounts receivable—other, net     34,183       41,771  
Inventories—net     111,076       33,343  
Financing receivables—net, current     65,945       56,448  
Deferred costs     6,418       6,371  
Other current assets     4,035       10,649  
Total current assets     588,794       477,976  
         
Financing receivables and operating leases—net     74,490       75,906  
Property, equipment and other assets     11,704       8,644  
Goodwill and other intangible assets—net     61,690       54,154  
TOTAL ASSETS   $ 736,678     $ 616,680  
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
         
LIABILITIES        
         
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 121,562     $ 76,780  
Accounts payable—floor plan     120,854       121,893  
Salaries and commissions payable     17,412       14,981  
Deferred revenue     63,665       18,344  
Recourse notes payable—current     1,605       2,288  
Non-recourse notes payable—current     41,785       26,042  
Other current liabilities     15,842       13,118  
Total current liabilities     382,725       273,446  
         
Recourse notes payable—long term     -       1,054  
Non-recourse notes payable—long term     10,608       18,038  
Deferred tax liability—net     3,075       3,001  
Other liabilities     6,475       2,263  
TOTAL LIABILITIES     402,883       297,802  
         
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES        
         
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Preferred stock, $.01 per share par value; 2,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding     -       -  
Common stock, $.01 per share par value; 25,000 shares authorized; 13,310 issued and 7,080 outstanding at December 31, 2016 and 13,237 issued and 7,365 outstanding at March 31, 2016     133       132  
Additional paid-in capital     122,031       117,511  
Treasury stock, at cost, 6,230 and 5,872 shares, at December 31, 2016 and March 31, 2016, respectively
    (158,948 )     (129,518 )
Retained earnings     371,290       331,224  
Accumulated other comprehensive income—foreign currency 
  translation adjustment
    (711 )     (471 )
Total Stockholders' Equity     333,795       318,878  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   $ 736,678     $ 616,680  
                 

 

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UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
               
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  December 31,   December 31,
    2016     2015     2016     2015
                                     
  (in thousands, except per share data)
               
Net sales $ 326,657   $ 298,644   $ 996,622   $ 904,796
Cost of sales   252,871     234,584     773,239     709,685
Gross profit   73,786     64,060     223,383     195,111
               
Professional and other fees   1,397     1,882     4,918     4,913
Salaries and benefits   42,385     37,372     124,479     108,326
General and administrative expenses   6,378     5,434     20,424     17,390
Depreciation and amortization   1,910     1,331     5,408     3,739
Interest and financing costs   409     396     1,158     1,371
Operating expenses   52,479     46,415     156,387     135,739
               
OPERATING INCOME   21,307     17,645     66,996     59,372
               
Other income   -     -     380     -
               
EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES   21,307     17,645     67,376     59,372
               
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES   8,687     7,348     27,310     24,582
               
NET EARNINGS $ 12,620   $ 10,297   $ 40,066   $ 34,790
               
NET EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE—BASIC $ 1.83   $ 1.41   $ 5.77   $ 4.79
NET EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE—DILUTED $ 1.81   $ 1.40   $ 5.71   $ 4.74
               
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING—              
BASIC   6,896     7,280     6,946     7,260
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING—              
DILUTED   6,960     7,329     7,013     7,336
                       

 

ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES              
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION              

We included reconciliations below for the following non-GAAP information: (i) Adjusted Gross Billings of Product and Services, (ii) Adjusted EBITDA, (iii) Segment Adjusted EBITDA, and (iv) non-GAAP Net Earnings per Common Share - Diluted. We define adjusted gross billings of product and services as our sales of product and services calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude the costs incurred related to sales of third-party software assurance, maintenance and services.  We define Adjusted EBITDA as net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for the following: interest expense, depreciation and amortization, provision for income taxes, and other income. Segment Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for interest expense, and depreciation and amortization. We consider the interest on notes payable from our financing segment and depreciation expense presented within cost of sales, which includes depreciation on assets financed as operating leases, to be operating expenses.  Non-GAAP net earnings per common share are based on net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude other income and acquisition related amortization expense, and the related effects on income taxes.

Our use of non-GAAP information as analytical tools has limitations, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our financial results as reported under GAAP. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, might calculate similar non-GAAP Adjusted Gross Billings, Adjusted EBITDA, and non-GAAP Net Earnings per Common Share - Diluted or similarly titled measures differently, which may reduce their usefulness as comparative measures.

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Nine Months Ended December 31,
    2016     2015     2016     2015
                       
  (in thousands)
               
GAAP: Sales of product and services $ 317,391   $ 287,859   $ 968,799   $ 871,814
Plus: Costs incurred related to sales of
  third party software assurance,
  maintenance and services
 

115,016
   

106,063
   

348,389
   

285,513
Non-GAAP adjusted gross billings of
  product and services
$ 432,407   $ 393,922   $ 1,317,188   $ 1,157,327
                       

 

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Nine Months Ended December 31,
    2016     2015     2016       2015
                         
  (in thousands)
               
GAAP: Net earnings $ 12,620   $ 10,297   $ 40,066     $ 34,790
Plus: Provision for income taxes   8,687     7,348     27,310       24,582
Plus: Depreciation and amortization [1]   1,910     1,331     5,408       3,739
Less: Other income [2]   -     -     (380 )     -
Non-GAAP: Adjusted EBITDA $ 23,217   $ 18,976   $ 72,404     $ 63,111
               
       
  Three Months Ended December 31,   Nine Months Ended December 31,
    2016     2015     2016       2015
                         
  (in thousands)
Technology Segment              
Operating income $ 16,889   $ 14,671   $ 56,003     $ 50,345
Plus: Depreciation and amortization [1]   1,908     1,327     5,400       3,728
Adjusted EBITDA $ 18,797   $ 15,998   $ 61,403     $ 54,073
               
Financing Segment              
Operating income $ 4,418   $ 2,974   $ 10,993     $ 9,027
Plus: Depreciation and amortization [1]   2     4     8       11
Adjusted EBITDA $ 4,420   $ 2,978   $ 11,001     $ 9,038
               

 

  Three Months Ended December 31,   Nine Months Ended December 31,
    2016     2015     2016       2015
                         
  (in thousands, except per share data)
GAAP: Earnings before provision for income taxes $ 21,307   $ 17,645   $ 67,376     $ 59,372
Plus:  Acquisition related amortization expense [3]   1,035     680     3,098       1,793
Less:  Other income [2]   -     -     (380 )     -
Non-GAAP: Earnings before provision for income taxes   22,342     18,325     70,094       61,165
Non-GAAP: Provision for income taxes [4]   9,048     7,631     28,711       25,325
Non-GAAP: Net earnings $ 13,294   $ 10,694   $ 41,383     $ 35,840
               
GAAP net earnings per common share – diluted $ 1.81   $ 1.40   $ 5.71     $ 4.74
Non-GAAP net earnings per common share – diluted $ 1.91   $ 1.46   $ 5.90     $ 4.89
                         

 

[1] Amount consists of depreciation and amortization for assets used internally.
[2] Gain on a class action claim during the nine months ended December 31, 2016.
[3] Amount consists of amortization of intangible assets from acquired businesses.
[4] Non-GAAP provision for income taxes is calculated based on the effective tax rate for the non-GAAP adjustments. For comparative purposes, the non-GAAP provision for income taxes for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2016 excludes the tax benefit of $6 thousand and $514 thousand, respectively, associated with adopting the stock-based compensation accounting standard.

 





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