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|Dice Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2011 Results|
NEW YORK, Nov. 2, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX), a leading provider of specialized career websites for professional communities, today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2011.
Third Quarter Operating Results
Revenues for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 totaled $46.8 million, an increase of 36% from $34.4 million in the comparable quarter of 2010. The increase was driven by 31% revenue growth at Dice.com and 29% at eFinancialCareers. Our energy segment contributed revenues of $4.1 million in the third quarter of 2011. Excluding the energy segment (because Rigzone was not owned for the entire comparable quarter of 2010), Dice Holdings consolidated revenues increased 30% year-over-year.
Operating income totaled $15.0 million in the third quarter of 2011, an increase of 71% from $8.8 million earned in the comparable quarter a year ago. The strong increase was a function of higher revenues, partially offset by a 24% increase in operating expenses of $6.2 million, including ongoing investments in product development and marketing, both of which grew more than 30% year-over-year. In addition, the $1.2 million change in acquisition related contingencies was driven primarily by the finalization of the Rigzone earn-out.
Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 grew 51% to $9.3 million from the $6.2 million earned in the comparable quarter of 2010. Diluted earnings per share were $0.13 for the third quarter of 2011, as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.09 in the comparable quarter a year ago.
Net cash provided by operating activities for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 was $17.3 million, an increase of 38% from $12.5 million in the comparable quarter of 2010.
Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 increased 52% to $21.1 million or 45% of revenues, as compared with $13.9 million or 40% of revenues for the comparable quarter of 2010. See "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."
Operating Segment Results
For the quarter ended September 30, 2011, Tech & Clearance segment revenues increased 30% year-over-year to $30.0 million or 64% of Dice Holdings' consolidated revenues. Growth was driven by an 18% increase in the average number of recruitment package customers served at Dice.com to 8,250 at September 30, 2011, as well as a 12% increase in the average monthly revenue those customers generated. In addition, revenues from ClearanceJobs.com increased 26% year-over-year.
The Finance segment, which consists of eFinancialCareers worldwide operations, accounted for 25% of Dice Holdings' consolidated revenues in the third quarter of 2011. eFinancialCareers revenues for the third quarter of 2011 increased 29% year-over-year to $11.7 million. Currency translation from pound sterling to U.S. dollars favorably impacted revenues by $0.4 million from the third quarter of 2010. As measured in pound sterling, Finance segment revenues grew 25% from the comparable quarter a year ago.
In the third quarter of 2011, the Energy segment represented 9% of consolidated revenues and includes Rigzone (since the date of acquisition, August 11, 2010) and WorldwideWorker (since the date of acquisition, May 6, 2010). The energy segment contributed $4.1 million in revenues in the quarter ended September 30, 2011. On a proforma basis, Energy segment revenues would have increased 64% year-over-year if Rigzone had been owned for entire third quarter of 2010.
Other segment revenues increased 42% to $1.0 million for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 from the comparable 2010 period. The Other segment includes AllHealthcareJobs and Targeted Job Fairs.
Nine Month Operating Results
Revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 increased 45% to $131.8 million, as compared to $91.1 million in the same period in 2010. Recruitment activity at Dice.com and eFinancialCareers improved as compared to the same period a year ago. In addition, the energy segment contributed revenues of $11.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, driven by the acquisitions of Rigzone and WorldwideWorker. Currency translation from pound sterling to U.S. dollars favorably impacted revenues for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 by $1.5 million from the comparable 2010 period.
By segment, Tech & Clearance revenues increased 32% to $83.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. In the same period, the Finance segment contributed revenues of $33.8 million, an increase of 41% (or 34% measured in pound sterling). The Energy segment contributed $11.4 million and Other segment revenues increased 39% to $2.6 million.
Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 increased 80% to $23.6 million, as compared to $13.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, net cash provided by operating activities increased 60% to $55.5 million, as compared with $34.7 million for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 increased 58% to $55.6 million, compared with $35.1 million for the same period in 2010. See "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."
Deferred revenue at September 30, 2011 was $59.4 million compared to $60.0 million at June 30, 2011 and $44.7 million at September 30, 2010. The sequential decline of $0.5 million was primarily due to the slowdown in the Finance segment.
Net Cash, defined as cash and cash equivalents and investments less total debt, was $58.5 million at September 30, 2011, consisting of cash and cash equivalents and investments of $74.5 million minus total debt of $16.0 million. This compares to a Net Cash balance of $49.9 million at June 30, 2011, consisting of cash and cash equivalents and investments of $66.9 million minus total debt of $17.0 million.
In August 2011, the Company's Board of Directors authorized the purchase of up to $30 million of its common stock over a one year period. During the three months ended September 30, 2011, the Company purchased 915,583 shares of its common stock on the open market at an average cost of $9.06 per share, for a total of approximately $8.3 million.
In October 2011, the Company paid the $12.7 million earn-out payment due under the Rigzone acquisition agreement.
Scot Melland, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "The third quarter marked another successful quarter characterized by more than 30% growth in revenues and even faster profitability growth. Recruitment activity did improve in September after a seasonally slower summer, however, the magnitude was less than what we traditionally experience. As expected, recruitment activity slowed in financial services and economic uncertainty is impacting the urgency some companies place on recruiting. However, the efficiency in our services, combined with our specialty focus gives us an edge in our markets." Mr. Melland added, "Our focus on profitable growth is unchanged and we will continue to invest, pursuing growth opportunities for our company."
Mike Durney, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Our operating results continue to be characterized by the two fundamental elements of our business model -- high levels of profitability and strong cash flow. Adjusted EBITDA margins reached 45% -- the high end of our long-term target and cash flows from operations grew more than 35%. At Dice.com, revenue per customer reached another record and increased 12% year-over-year driven by customers upgrading their levels of usage. This financial marker demonstrates how effectively Dice is competing in the market." Mr. Durney added, "Our competitive position and financial flexibility puts us in a strong position to pursue our strategic initiatives."
The Company is providing a current, point-in-time view of estimated financial performance based on what it sees as of November 2, 2011 for the quarter and year ending December 31, 2011. The Company's actual performance will vary based on a number of factors including those that are outlined in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2010, in the sections entitled "Risk Factors," "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.
*For the purposes of the December 31, 2011 estimate, the change in acquisition related contingencies only includes the results to date or through nine months ended September 30, 2011.
Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2011 results today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Hosting the call will be Scot W. Melland, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Michael P. Durney, Senior Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer.
The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 866-788-0540 or for international callers by dialing 857-350-1678; the passcode is 39743025. A replay will be available two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 888-286-8010 or 617-801-6888 for international callers; the replay passcode is 84860188. The replay will be available until November 9, 2011.
The call will also be webcast live from the Company's website at http://www.diceholdingsinc.com/ under the Investor Relations section.
Investor & Media Contact: Jennifer Bewley Vice-President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications Dice Holdings, Inc. 212-448-4181 IR@dice.com
About Dice Holdings, Inc.
Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX) is a leading provider of specialized career websites for professional communities, including technology and engineering, financial services, energy, healthcare, and security clearance. Our mission is to help our customers source and hire the most qualified professionals in select and highly skilled occupations, and to help those professionals find the best job opportunities in their respective fields and further their careers. For more than 21 years, we have built our company by providing our customers with quick and easy access to high-quality, unique professional communities and offering those communities access to highly relevant career opportunities and information. Today, we serve multiple markets primarily in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Australia.
Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
Dice Holdings, Inc. (the "Company") has provided certain non-GAAP financial information as additional information for its operating results. These measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("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 adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, non-cash stock based compensation expense, and other non-recurring income or expense ("Adjusted EBITDA"), free cash flow, net cash and net debt, 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.
Adjusted EBITDA is a metric used by management to measure operating performance. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA as a performance measure for internal monitoring and planning, including preparation of annual budgets, analyzing investment decisions and evaluating profitability and performance comparisons between us and our competitors. The Company also uses this measure to calculate amounts of performance based compensation under the senior management incentive bonus program. Adjusted EBITDA, as defined in our Credit Agreement, represents net income (loss) plus (to the extent deducted in calculating such net income (loss)) interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, non-cash stock option expenses, losses resulting from certain dispositions outside the ordinary course of business, certain writeoffs in connection with indebtedness, impairment charges with respect to long-lived assets, expenses incurred in connection with an equity offering, extraordinary or non-recurring non-cash expenses or losses, transaction costs in connection with the Credit Agreement up to $250,000, deferred revenues written off in connection with acquisition purchase accounting adjustments, writeoff of non-cash stock compensation expense, and business interruption insurance proceeds, minus (to the extent included in calculating such net income (loss)) non-cash income or gains, interest income, and any income or gain resulting from certain dispositions outside the ordinary course of business.
We consider Adjusted EBITDA, as defined above, to be an important indicator to investors because it provides information related to our ability to provide cash flows to meet future debt service, capital expenditures and working capital requirements and to fund future growth as well as to monitor compliance with financial covenants. We present Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental performance measure because we believe that this measure provides our board of directors, management and investors with additional information to measure our performance, provide comparisons from period to period and company to company by excluding potential differences caused by variations in capital structures (affecting interest expense) and tax positions (such as the impact on periods or companies of changes in effective tax rates or net operating losses), and to estimate our value.
We present Adjusted EBITDA because covenants in our Credit Agreement contain ratios based on this measure. Our Credit Agreement is material to us because it is one of our primary sources of liquidity. If our Adjusted EBITDA were to decline below certain levels, covenants in our Credit Agreement that are based on Adjusted EBITDA may be violated and could cause a default and acceleration of payment obligations under our Credit Agreement.
Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, operating income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our profitability or liquidity.
Free Cash Flow
We define free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities minus capital expenditures. We believe free cash flow is an important non-GAAP measure as it provides useful cash flow information regarding our ability to service, incur or pay down indebtedness or repurchase our common stock. We use free cash flow as a measure to reflect cash available to service our debt as well as to fund our expenditures. A limitation of using free cash flow versus the GAAP measure of net cash provided by operating activities is that free cash flow does not represent the total increase or decrease in the cash balance from operations for the period since it excludes cash used for capital expenditures during the period.
Net Cash/Net Debt
Net Cash is defined as cash and cash equivalents and investments less total debt. Net Debt is defined as total debt less cash and cash equivalents and investments. We consider Net Cash and Net Debt to be important measures of liquidity and indicators of our ability to meet ongoing obligations. We also use Net Cash and Net Debt, among other measures, in evaluating our choices for capital deployment. Net Cash and Net Debt presented herein are non-GAAP measures and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
This press release contains forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on those statements because they are subject to numerous uncertainties and factors relating to our operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of our business strategy. These statements often include words such as "may," "will," "should," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate" or similar expressions, including without limitation statements under the heading "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." These statements are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our experience in the industry as well as our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect our actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition from existing and future competitors in the highly competitive developing market in which we operate, failure to adapt our business model to keep pace with rapid changes in the recruiting and career services business, failure to maintain and develop our reputation and brand recognition, failure to increase or maintain the number of customers who purchase recruitment packages, cyclicality or downturns in the economy or industries we serve, the failure to attract qualified professionals to our websites or grow the number of qualified professionals who use our websites, the failure to successfully identify or integrate acquisitions, U.S. and foreign government regulation of the Internet and taxation, our ability to borrow funds under our revolving credit facility or refinance our indebtedness and restrictions on our current and future operations under our credit facility. These factors and others are discussed in more detail in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010, under the headings "Risk Factors," "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, all of which are available on the Investor Relations page of our website at http://www.diceholdingsinc.com/.
You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made by us herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which we make it. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible for us to predict these events or how they may affect us. We have no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws.
Supplemental Information and Non-GAAP Reconciliations
On the pages that follow, the Company has provided certain supplemental information that we believe will assist the reader in assessing our business operations and performance, including certain non-GAAP financial information and required reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measure. A statement of operations and statement of cash flows for the for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2011 and a balance sheet for the period then ended are provided elsewhere in this press release. Supplemental schedules provided include:
QuarterlyAdjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2011 and 2010 is provided. This information provides the reader with the information we believe is necessary to analyze the Company.
Non-GAAP and Quarterly Supplemental Data
On this schedule, the Company provides certain non-GAAP information as of and for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2011 and 2010 that we believe is useful to understanding the business operations of the Company.
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