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National Research Corporation Announces First Quarter 2019 Results

103 Days ago

LINCOLN, Neb., May 07, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Research Corporation (NASDAQ: NRC) today announced results for the first quarter of 2019.

  • Net New Sales of $4.1 million
  • Net Income increased to $8.2 million
  • 650+ core clients achieve Contract Value CAGR of 20%

Commenting on recent performance, Michael D. Hays, chief executive officer of National Research Corporation said, “The Company’s shift from its legacy mix of business in favor of our VoC platform with embedded tools such as Transparency and Care Transitions, has surpassed 20% CAGR for our 650+ core clients. This group of clients now accounts for $101 million of contract value, up from $53 million at year-end 2015.”

Revenue for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 was $31.5 million, compared to $31.0 million for the same quarter in 2018. Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, was $8.2 million, compared to $7.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.32 for the common stock (formerly Class A) for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, from diluted earnings per share of $0.17 for Class A shares and $1.01 for Class B shares for the quarter ended March 31, 2018. Due to the recapitalization transaction on April 17, 2018, income has been allocated to both classes of shares through April 16, 2018, and allocated only to common stock (formerly Class A) after April 16, 2018.

Regarding the Company’s first quarter financial performance, Kevin Karas, chief financial officer of National Research Corporation, said, “We achieved record high operating margins in the first quarter, due in large part to variable cost savings driven by the shift in our revenue mix from legacy solutions to VoC platform revenue. On a cumulative basis, through the first quarter of 2019, this shift in revenue mix represents over $12 million in lower variable cost of product expense since the end of 2015. Our continued focus on adding new customers to the VoC platform solution and driving value for existing customers resulted in an increase in total contract value in the first quarter of 7% over prior year.”

A listen-only simulcast of National Research Corporation’s 2019 first quarter conference call will be available online at http://edge.media-server.com/m6/p/b2o44bov on May 8, 2019, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. The online replay will follow approximately one hour later and continue for 30 days.
           
For more than 38 years, National Research Corporation has been a leading provider of analytics and insights that facilitate measurement and improvement of the patient and employee experience while also increasing patient engagement and customer loyalty for healthcare providers, payers and other healthcare organizations in the United States and Canada.  The Company’s solutions enable its clients to understand the voice of the customer with greater clarity, immediacy and depth.

This press release includes “forward-looking” statements related to the Company that can generally be identified as describing the Company’s future plans, objectives or goals.  Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those currently anticipated.  These forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  For further information about the factors that could affect the Company’s future results, please see the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact:  
Kevin R. Karas  

Chief Financial Officer
402-475-2525

 

NATIONAL RESEARCH CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share data)

               Three months ended
   March 31,       
 
    2019       2018  
     
Revenue $   31,480     $   31,017  
     
Operating expenses:    
Direct   11,654       12,909  
Selling, general and administrative   7,707       7,867  
Depreciation and amortization     1,415         1,283  
  Total operating expenses     20,776         22,059  
     
  Operating income   10,704       8,958  
     
Other income (expense):    
  Interest income   6       45  
  Interest expense   (570 )     (8 )
  Other, net     (280 )       (28 )
     
  Total other income (expense)     (844 )       9  
     
  Income before income taxes   9,860       8,967  
     
Provision for income taxes     1,664         1,661  
     
  Net income $   8,196     $   7,306  
     
Earnings Per Share of Common Stock:    
  Basic Earnings Per Share:    
   Common (formerly Class A) $     0.33     $     0.17  
  Class B $      --     $   1.04  
   Diluted Earnings Per Share:    
  Common (formerly Class A) $   0.32     $   0.17  
  Class B $      --     $   1.01  
     
Weighted average shares and share equivalents outstanding
  Common (formerly Class A) - Basic
    24,766         20,884  
  Class B - Basic     --          3,527  
  Common (formerly Class A) - Diluted     25,509         21,837  
  Class B - Diluted      --          3,630  

   

NATIONAL RESEARCH CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARY
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Dollars in thousands, except per share amounts and par value)

    March 31,
2019
    December 31,
2018
 
    (unaudited)          
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 2,641     $ 12,991  
Accounts receivable, net     15,888       11,922  
Income taxes receivable     217       348  
Other current assets     4,127       3,149  
Total current assets     22,873       28,410  
                 
Net property and equipment     13,968       14,153  
Goodwill     57,877       57,831  
Other, net     9,853       7,638  
Total assets   $ 104,571     $ 108,032  
                 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity                
Current liabilities:                
Notes payable and line of credit   $ 5,464     $ 3,667  
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     4,101       3,447  
Accrued compensation     4,017       5,798  
Income taxes payable     1,763       636  
Dividends payable     4,724       17,113  
Deferred revenue     18,241       16,244  
Other current liabilities     928       204  
Total current liabilities     39,238       47,109  
                 
Non-current liabilities     42,594       41,840  
Total liabilities     81,832       88,949  
                 
Shareholders’ equity:                
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, authorized 2,000,000 shares, none issued     --       --  
Common stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 60,000,000 shares, issued 30,009,919 in 2019
and 29,917,667 in 2018, outstanding 24,864,391 in 2019 and 24,800,796 in 2018
    30       30  
Additional paid-in capital     158,247       157,312  
Retained earnings (accumulated deficit)     (102,867     (106,339
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, foreign currency translation adjustment     (2,551 )     (2,916 )
Treasury stock     (30,120 )     (29,004 )
Total shareholders’ equity     22,739       19,083  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity   $ 104,571     $ 108,032  

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