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ePlus Reports First Quarter Financial Results


 

--Strong, Broad-Based Demand Drives Double-Digit Sales Growth--

HERNDON, Va., Aug. 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --

 

Quarterly Highlights:

  • Net sales increased 17.4% to $416.6 million
    • Technology segment net sales increased 17.3% to $400.4 million which includes service revenues growth of 16.3% to $55.6 million.
    • Financing segment net sales increased 18.0% to $16.3 million.
  • Adjusted gross billings increased 15.9% to $633.0 million.
  • Consolidated gross profit increased 7.1% to $105.5 million.
  • Consolidated gross margin was 25.3%, down from 27.8%.
  • Net earnings increased 35.5% to $23.5 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 24.6% to $38.3 million.
  • Diluted earnings per share increased 34.6% to $1.75.
  • Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 29.8% to $1.96.

ePlus inc. (NASDAQ:  PLUS), a leading provider of technology and financing solutions, today announced financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2021.

"Fiscal 2022 is off to a strong start, underscoring growing demand for our diverse portfolio of solutions that enable our customers to support their digital transformation and hybrid workforce initiatives efficiently and cost-effectively.  We are very pleased with our first quarter net sales and adjusted gross billings growth of 17.4% and 15.9%, respectively. Our robust sales growth and disciplined cost management is driving solid operating leverage leading to improved bottom line results.  Our net earnings and net earnings per share both increased approximately 35%, and non-GAAP earnings per share increased almost 30%. Our operating platform enables ePlus to meet improving customer demand in a scalable manner," said Mark Marron, president and chief executive officer of ePlus.

"We remain focused on capturing the cloud, security, digital infrastructure and collaboration solutions that meet our customer's requirements in today's complex IT environment.  While we continue to monitor shortages in the IT supply chain that could delay deliveries and create revenue headwinds, we are well-positioned for continued growth given our diversified business model, with increasing annuity-type revenues, expanding services, multiple channel partners, and the contribution from our financing business," Mr. Marron noted.

First Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results

For the first quarter ended June 30, 2021 as compared to the first quarter of the prior fiscal year ended June 30, 2020:

Consolidated net sales increased 17.4% to $416.6 million, from $355.0 million.

Technology segment net sales increased 17.3% to $400.4 million, from $341.2 million primarily due to higher product sales. Service revenues also increased 16.3% to $55.6 million, from $47.8 million due to increases in professional services and managed services.  Adjusted gross billings increased 15.9% to $633.0 million from $546.4 million. 

Financing segment net sales increased 18.0% to $16.3 million, from $13.8 million due to an increase from sales of off lease equipment.

Consolidated gross profit increased 7.1% to $105.5 million, from $98.6 million. Consolidated gross margin was 25.3%, compared with 27.8% last year, due to lower product margins.

Operating expenses were $73.1 million, down 0.7% from $73.6 million last year.  Our headcount at the end of the quarter was 1,547, up 11 from a year ago.  

Consolidated operating income increased 29.8% to $32.5 million.

Our effective tax rate for the current quarter was 27.8%, lower than the prior year quarter of 30.8%, primarily due to an adjustment recorded in the prior year to the federal benefit from state taxes.

Net earnings increased 35.5% to $23.5 million.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 24.6% to $38.3 million, from $30.7 million.

Diluted earnings per share was $1.75, compared with $1.30 in the prior year quarter. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $1.96, compared with $1.51 last year.

Balance Sheet Highlights

As of June 30, 2021, ePlus had cash and cash equivalents of $93.8 million, compared with $129.6 million as of March 31, 2020.  Inventory, which represents equipment ordered by customers but not yet delivered, increased 11.1% from March 31, 2021, due to ongoing projects.  Total shareholders' equity was $583.6 million, compared with $562.4 million as of March 31, 2021.  Total shares outstanding were 13.5 million on June 30, 2021 and March 31, 2021.

Summary and Outlook

"The strength of our first quarter results, coupled with strong backlog for our service offerings, reinforces our confidence in our fiscal 2022 prospects. With worldwide IT spending poised to accelerate this year, we are experiencing solid demand across our suite of managed and annuity services offerings, particularly those that address cybersecurity risks, as well as for our financing solutions.  The financing segment closed several outsized transactions in July 2021, which we estimate will contribute $0.32 to $0.37 per diluted share to our second quarter.  Against this favorable backdrop, we are cognizant of potential headwinds that may result from more limited product availability. To date, our deep roster of vendors and distributors has enabled us to deliver for our customers.  

"Looking ahead, we will continue to invest throughout fiscal 2022 in our technology capabilities and in our people to meet our customers' evolving needs. Supported by the strength of our balance sheet, we continue to identify and evaluate potential acquisitions that enhance our geographic presence and broaden our technology solution offerings," Mr. Marron concluded.     

Recent Corporate Developments/Recognitions

  • In the month of June:
    • Ranked in the top 10 percent of North American IT Channel Partners in the 2021 Solution Provider 500 List published by CRN®, a brand of The Channel Company.
  • In the month of May:
    • Achieved the Amazon Web Service (AWS) Service Delivery designation for Amazon Elastic Compute Service (Amazon EC2) for Windows Server, recognizing that ePlus follows best practices and has proven success delivering AWS services to customers.

Conference Call Information

ePlus will hold a conference call and audio webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET on August 4, 2021:

Audio Webcast (Live & Replay):

https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/LH3iCo2KK8HvRpkSzHZ9Y?domain=event.on24.com:


Live Call:

(833) 714-0957 (toll-free/domestic)

(778) 560-2893 (international)

Replay:

(800) 585-8367 (toll-free/domestic)

(416) 621-4642 (international)

Passcode:

3959877 (live call and replay)

The replay of this webcast will be available approximately two hours after the call concludes through August 11, 2021.

About ePlus inc.

ePlus is a leading consultative technology solutions provider that helps customers imagine, implement, and achieve more from their technology.  With the highest certifications from top technology partners and lifecycle services expertise across key areas including security, cloud, data center, collaboration, networking, and emerging technologies, ePlus transforms IT from a cost center to a business enabler.  Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 1,500 associates serving a diverse set of customers in the U.S., Europe, and Asia-Pac.  The Company is headquartered at 13595 Dulles Technology Drive, Herndon, VA, 20171.  For more information, visit https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/e9vDCqx556tX369UEXPXP?domain=eplus.com, call 888-482-1122, or email info@eplus.com.  Connect with ePlus on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram.

ePlus, Where Technology Means More®.

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, the duration and impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, which could materially adversely affect our financial condition and results of operations and has resulted worldwide in governmental authorities imposing numerous unprecedented measures to try to contain the virus that has impacted and may further impact our workforce and operations, the operations of our customers, and those of our respective vendors, suppliers, and partners; national and international political instability fostering uncertainty and volatility in the global economy including an economic downturn, significant and rapid inflation, an increase in tariffs or adverse changes to trade agreements, exposure to fluctuation in foreign currency rates, interest rates and pressure on prices; reduction of vendor incentive programs; and restrictions on our access to capital necessary to fund our operations; our ability to successfully perform due diligence and integrate acquired businesses; disruptions or a security breach in our or our vendors' or suppliers' IT systems and data and audio communication networks, supply chains or other systems; the possibility of goodwill impairment charges in the future; significant adverse changes in, reductions in, or losses of relationships with one or more of our largest volume customers or vendors; a possible decrease in the capital spending budgets of our customers or a decrease in purchases from us; our ability to raise capital, maintain or increase as needed our lines of credit with vendors or floor planning facility, or obtain debt for our financing transactions; uncertainty regarding the phase out of LIBOR may negatively affect our operating results; 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 implement comprehensive plans for the integration of sales forces, cost containment, asset rationalization, systems integration and other key strategies; the creditworthiness of our customers and our ability to reserve adequately for credit losses; our ability to secure our own and our customers' electronic and other confidential information and remain secure during a cyber-security or ransomware attack; future growth rates in our core businesses; our dependence on continued innovation in hardware, software and services offerings by our vendors, availability of these products from our vendors and our ability to partner with them; our reliance on third parties to perform some of our service obligations to our customers; the possibility of defects in our products or catalog content data; our ability to adapt to changes in the IT industry and/or rapid changes in product offerings, including the proliferation of the cloud, infrastructure as a service, software as a service and platform as a service; our ability to realize our investment in leased equipment; maintaining and increasing advanced professional services by recruiting and retaining highly skilled, competent personnel and vendor certifications; 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.

ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES





UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS





(in thousands, except per share amounts)












June 30, 2021


March 31, 2021

ASSETS










Current assets:





Cash and cash equivalents


$93,840


$129,562

Accounts receivable—trade, net


465,424


391,567

Accounts receivable—other, net


33,979


41,053

Inventories


77,752


69,963

Financing receivables—net, current


63,082


106,272

Deferred costs


27,812


28,201

Other current assets


12,309


10,976

Total current assets


774,198


777,594






Financing receivables and operating leases—net


98,277


90,165

Deferred tax asset—net


1,468


1,468

Property, equipment and other assets


41,282


42,289

Goodwill


126,651


126,645

Other intangible assets—net


35,540


38,614

TOTAL ASSETS


$1,077,416


$1,076,775






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY










LIABILITIES










Current liabilities:





Accounts payable


$149,685


$165,162

Accounts payable—floor plan


139,574


98,653

Salaries and commissions payable


31,758


36,839

Deferred revenue


76,821


72,802

Recourse notes payable—current


5,997


5,450

Non-recourse notes payable—current


12,700


50,397

Other current liabilities


29,870


30,061

Total current liabilities


446,405


459,364






Recourse notes payable—long term


11,016


12,658

Non-recourse notes payable—long term


2,587


5,664

Other liabilities


33,789


36,679

TOTAL LIABILITIES 


493,797


514,365






COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES










STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Preferred stock, $.01 per share par value; 2,000 shares authorized; 
     none outstanding


-


-

Common stock, $.01 per share par value; 25,000 shares 
     authorized; 13,536 outstanding at June 30, 2021 and 
     13,503 outstanding at March 31, 2021


146


145

Additional paid-in capital


154,101


152,366

Treasury stock, at cost, 1,038 shares at June 30, 2021 and





        993 shares at March 31, 2021


(79,483)


(75,372)

Retained earnings


508,134


484,616

Accumulated other comprehensive income—foreign currency 





        translation adjustment


721


655

Total Stockholders' Equity


583,619


562,410

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY


$1,077,416


$1,076,775

 

 

ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES


UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)





Three Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020





Net sales




     Product

$361,057


$307,240

     Services

55,592


47,791

          Total

416,649


355,031





Cost of sales




     Product

277,227


226,634

     Services

33,910


29,840

          Total

311,137


256,474





Gross profit

105,512


98,557





Selling, general, and administrative

68,775


69,467

Depreciation and amortization

3,926


3,516

Interest and financing costs

359


577

Operating expenses

73,060


73,560





Operating income

32,452


24,997





Other income

123


98





Earnings before taxes

32,575


25,095





Provision for income taxes

9,057


7,735





Net earnings

$23,518


$17,360





Net earnings per common share—basic

$1.76


$1.30

Net earnings per common share—diluted

$1.75


$1.30





Weighted average common shares outstanding—basic

13,333


13,322

Weighted average common shares outstanding—diluted

13,441


13,388

 

 

Technology Segment


Three Months Ended June 30,



2021


2020


Change


(in thousands)









Net sales






    Product

$344,766


$293,433


17.5%

    Services

55,592


47,791


16.3%

          Total

400,358


341,224


17.3%







Cost of sales






     Product

271,015


224,543


20.7%

     Services

33,910


29,840


13.6%

          Total

304,925


254,383


19.9%







Gross profit

95,433


86,841


9.9%







Selling, general, and administrative

66,153


65,556


0.9%

Depreciation and amortization

3,898


3,488


11.8%

Interest and financing costs

159


265


(40.0%)

Operating expenses

70,210


69,309


1.3%







Operating income

$25,223


$17,532


43.9%

Adjusted gross billings

$633,007


$546,394


15.9%

Adjusted EBITDA

$30,958


$23,161


33.7%




Technology Segment Net Sales by Customer End Market



Twelve Months Ended June 30,



2021


2020


Change







Telecom, Media & Entertainment

27%


19%


8%

Technology

16%


21%


(5%)

SLED

15%


16%


(1%)

Healthcare

14%


15%


(1%)

Financial Services

12%


13%


(1%)

All Others

16%


16%


-

Total

100%


100%






Financing Segment


Three Months Ended June 30,



2021


2020


Change


(in thousands)









Net sales

$16,291


$13,807


18.0%

Cost of sales

6,212


2,091


197.1%

Gross profit

10,079


11,716


(14.0%)







Selling, general, and administrative

2,622


3,911


(33.0%)

Depreciation and amortization

28


28


0.0%

Interest and financing costs

200


312


(35.9%)

Operating expenses

2,850


4,251


(33.0%)







Operating income

$7,229


$7,465


(3.2%)

Adjusted EBITDA

$7,314


$7,553


(3.2%)

 

ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION

We included reconciliations below for the following non-GAAP information: (i) Adjusted Gross Billings, (ii) Adjusted EBITDA, (iii) Segment Adjusted EBITDA, (iv) non-GAAP Net Earnings and (v) non-GAAP Net Earnings per Common Share - Diluted.

We define adjusted gross billings as our technology segment net sales calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude the costs incurred related to sales of third-party maintenance, software assurance and subscription/SaaS licenses, and services.   

We define adjusted EBITDA as net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for the following: interest expense, depreciation and amortization, share based compensation, acquisition and integration expense, provision for income taxes, and other income (expense). Segment adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for interest expense, share based compensation, acquisition and integration expenses, 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 and non-GAAP net earnings per common share – diluted are based on net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude other income (expense), share based compensation, and acquisition related amortization expense, and the related tax effects.

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 non-GAAP adjusted gross billings, adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP net earnings and non-GAAP net earnings per common share or similarly titled measures differently, which may reduce their usefulness as comparative measures.


Three Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020


(in thousands)





Technology segment net sales

$400,358


$341,224

Costs incurred related to sales of third-party
maintenance, software assurance and
subscription / SaaS licenses, and services

232,649


205,170

Adjusted gross billings

$633,007


$546,394




Three Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020


(in thousands)

Consolidated




Net earnings

$23,518


$17,360

Provision for income taxes

9,057


7,735

Depreciation and amortization [1]

3,926


3,516

Share based compensation

1,735


1,907

Acquisition and integration expense

-


29

Interest and financing costs

159


265

Other income [2]

(123)


(98)

Adjusted EBITDA

$38,272


$30,714




Three Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020


(in thousands)

Technology Segment




Operating income

$25,223


$17,532

Depreciation and amortization [1]

3,898


3,488

Share based compensation

1,678


1,847

Acquisition and integration expense

-


29

Interest and financing costs

159


265

Adjusted EBITDA

$30,958


$23,161





Financing Segment




Operating income

$7,229


$7,465

Depreciation and amortization [1]

28


28

Share based compensation

57


60

Adjusted EBITDA

$7,314


$7,553




Three Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020


(in thousands)



GAAP: Earnings before taxes

$32,575


$25,095

Share based compensation

1,735


1,907

Acquisition and integration expense

-


29

Acquisition related amortization expense [3]

2,696


2,228

Other income [2]

(123)


(98)

Non-GAAP: Earnings before taxes

36,883


29,161





GAAP: Provision for income taxes

9,057


7,735

Share based compensation

496


587

Acquisition and integration expense

-


9

Acquisition related amortization expense [3]

757


667

Other (income) expense [2]

(35)


(30)

Tax benefit on restricted stock

(255)


(14)

Non-GAAP: Provision for income taxes

10,530


8,954





Non-GAAP: Net earnings

$26,353


$20,207




Three Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020





GAAP: Net earnings per common share – diluted

$1.75


$1.30





Share based compensation

0.09


0.10

Acquisition related amortization expense [3]

0.15


0.12

Other income [2]

(0.01)


(0.01)

Tax benefit from share based compensation

(0.02)


-

Total non-GAAP adjustments – net of tax

0.21


0.21





Non-GAAP: Net earnings per common share – diluted

$1.96


$1.51


[1] Amount consists of depreciation and amortization for assets used internally.

[2] Interest income and foreign currency transaction gains and losses.

[3] Amount consists of amortization of intangible assets from acquired businesses.

 

 




 

Contact

Kley Parkhurst, SVP
ePlus inc.
kparkhurst@eplus.com 
703-984-8150

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