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Dice Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

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SOURCE Dice Holdings, Inc.

NEW YORK, April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --

  • Revenues increased 20% year-over-year to $60.7 million in the first quarter
  • Net income totaled $4.4 million, resulting in earnings per diluted share of $0.08
  • Cash flows from operations totaled $12.0 million during the first quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 10% year-over-year to $18.6 million (see "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures")
  • Deferred Revenue totaled $88.2 million, a 14% increase from December 31, 2013
  • More hiring managers make Open Web the clear leader in big data recruiting

Dice Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DHX), a leading provider of specialized websites for professional communities, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 totaled $60.7 million, an increase of 20% from $50.4 million in the comparable quarter of 2013 due primarily to revenues from businesses acquired within the past year.  Overall recruitment activity was fairly consistent in tech, energy, healthcare and hospitality during the first quarter, while activity improved in financial services.  OnTargetjobs®, acquired in November 2013, The IT Job Board®, acquired in July 2013, and OilCareers, acquired in March 2014, contributed revenues of $8.8 million, $2.1 million, and $0.2 million, respectively, in the first quarter.

During the first quarter, the number of hiring managers and recruiters utilizing Dice's Open Web increased and the Company launched Open Web, in beta, with The IT Job Board service.  Open Web combines publicly available information from about 50 social and professional networks to create an all-in-one candidate profile and a more efficient way to connect with candidates.  

Operating expenses for the first quarter totaled approximately $52.8 million, an increase of $13.8 million from the year ago first quarter, driven by the inclusion of $14.5 million for the aforementioned acquisitions.  The Company's net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 totaled approximately $4.4 million, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $0.08.

Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $12.0 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, as compared to $21.9 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 increased 10% year-over-year to $18.6 million or 30% of Adjusted Revenues.  See "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

Operating Segment Results

For the quarter ended March 31, 2014, Tech & Clearance segment revenues increased 1% year-over-year to $32.4 million, or 53% of Dice Holdings' consolidated revenues.  The acquisition of The IT Job Board added $2.1 million to Tech & Clearance revenues in the first quarter, while revenues from Dice and ClearanceJobs declined 4% and 9% year-over-year, respectively.  

Finance segment revenues for the first quarter of 2014 increased 2% year-over-year to $8.8 million, with currency translation from pound sterling to U.S. dollars positively impacting revenues by $0.5 million year-over-year. Recruitment activity in financial services increased in the quarter, particularly in Europe and Asia, including increased buying of the Company's service by large financial institutions.  

The Energy segment grew 14% year-over-year to contribute $5.9 million in revenues in the quarter ended March 31, 2014, accounting for 10% of consolidated revenues.  Supplementing Rigzone's organic growth was the acquisition of OilCareers, the leading recruitment site for oil and gas professionals in Europe, which added $0.2 million in the first quarter.

For the quarter ended March 31, 2014, the Healthcare segment and the Hospitality segment contributed $6.5 million and $2.9 million of Dice Holdings' consolidated revenues, respectively. 

Corporate & Other segment revenues totaled $4.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2014.  During the quarter, the Company initiated actions to align Slashdot Media's cost structure with the financial performance of its underlying advertising business.

Balance Sheet

Deferred revenue at March 31, 2014 was $88.2 million compared to $77.2 million at March 31, 2013 and $77.4 million at December 31, 2013.  The $10.8 million or 14% sequential increase was primarily driven by increases at three of our key recruiting brands - Dice.com, Rigzone and eFinancialCareers.  The acquisition of OilCareers added $1.0 million to the March 31, 2014 Deferred revenue balance.

Net Debt, defined as total debt less cash and cash equivalents and investments, was $103.3 million at March 31, 2014, consisting of total debt of $121.4 million minus cash and cash equivalents of $18.0 million.  This compares to Net Debt of $79.6 million at December 31, 2013, consisting of total debt of $119.0 million minus cash and cash equivalents and investments of $39.4 million

In March 2014, the Company purchased the outstanding shares of OilCareers for $26.1 million, net of cash acquired.  The Company purchased 960,593 shares of its common stock on the open market during the first quarter of 2014 pursuant to its stock repurchase plan at an average cost of $7.26 per share, for a total cost of approximately $7.0 million.

Management Comments

"Our overall sales performance improved in the first quarter.  While it will take some time to get the company's organic growth rate to a reasonable pace, we are satisfied by the first signs of progress, which demonstrates that hiring managers continue to strongly value our specialized approach," said Michael Durney, President and CEO of Dice Holdings, Inc.  "We seized an opportunity to expand our energy recruiting service in Europe with the acquisition of OilCareers and we began the expansion of Open Web to Europe during the quarter."  Mr. Durney added, "With the best position in each of our six key recruiting verticals, our early progress is rewarding, because we understand leveraging success amongst each brand will deliver the right returns for professionals, hiring managers and shareholders."

"Our first quarter financial performance includes several elements of forward movement, including the growth in deferred revenue and an increase in the renewal rate on annual customers at Dice.com," said John Roberts, CFO.  "We are on track to meet our financial goals this year, while investing for growth, returning cash to shareholders and considering additional acquisitions."

Business Outlook

The Company is providing a current, point-in-time view of estimated financial performance based on what it sees as of April 30, 2014 for the quarter ending June 30, 2014 and the year ending December 31, 2014.  The Company's actual performance will vary based on a number of factors including those that are outlined in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 in the sections entitled "Risk Factors," "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations." In addition, for a description of Adjusted EBITDA as used below, see "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures."

 


Quarter ending

June 30, 2014

Year ending

December 31, 2014




Revenues

$62 - $63 mm

$248 - $255 mm




Estimated Contribution by Segment



Tech & Clearance

52%

53%

Finance

15%

14%

Energy

12%

12%

Healthcare

10%

10%

Hospitality

5%

5%

Corporate & Other

6%

6%




Adjusted EBITDA*

$19.0 - $19.5 mm

$75 - $77 mm

Adjusted EBITDA Margin*

30%

30%




Depreciation and Amortization

$8.5 mm

$ 31 mm

Non-cash stock compensation expense

$2.5 mm

$ 10 mm

Interest expense, net

$1.0 mm

$ 5 mm

Income taxes

$2.2 - $2.4 mm

$9.5 - $10 mm




Net income

$3.8 - $4.1 mm

$16.5 - $18.0 mm




Fully diluted share count

55.4 mm

55.4 mm




*Estimated Adjusted EBITDA includes an estimated fair value adjustment to deferred revenue of $1 million and $3 million, respectively, for the quarter ending June 30, 2014 and year ending December 31, 2014. Adjusted EBITDA margin is computed as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Adjusted Revenues (see "Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.")

 

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call to discuss first quarter results today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.  Hosting the call will be Michael P. Durney, President and Chief Executive Officer and John J. Roberts, Chief Financial Officer.

The conference call can be accessed live over the phone by dialing 866-515-2915 or for international callers by dialing 617-399-5129; the passcode is 75442536.  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 67264224. The replay will be available until May 7, 2014.

The call will also be webcast live from the Company's website at www.diceholdingsinc.com under the Investor Relations section.

Upcoming Investor Conference

On Wednesday, May 7, 2014, Mr. Durney will present at the Jefferies 2014 Technology, Media and Telecom Conference to be held in Miami.  The presentation will be held at 10:00 AM Eastern time and will be webcast live from the Company's website.

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 websites for professional communities, including technology and engineering, financial services, energy, healthcare, hospitality 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 20 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, Asia and Australia.

Notes Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

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 similarly titled 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, Adjusted Revenues, 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.  The Company has provided required reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures in the section entitled "Supplemental Information and Non-GAAP Reconciliations."

Adjusted EBITDA

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 plus (to the extent deducted in calculating such net income 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) 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.

Adjusted Revenues

Adjusted Revenues is a metric used by management to measure operating performance.  Adjusted Revenues, represents Revenues plus the fair value adjustment to deferred revenue related to purchase accounting of acquisitions.  We consider Adjusted Revenues to be an important measure to evaluate the performance of our acquisitions. 

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 includes cash used for capital expenditures during the period and is adjusted for acquisition related payments within operating cash flows.

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.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release and oral statements made from time to time by our representatives 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 without limitation 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.  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 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, failure to attract qualified professionals to our websites or grow the number of qualified professionals who use our websites, 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 such indebtedness.  These factors and others are discussed in more detail in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, all of which are available on the Investor Relations page of our website at www.diceholdingsinc.com, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013, under the headings "Risk Factors," "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations."

You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made by the Company or its representatives herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which it is made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible 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.

 

DICE HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands except per share amounts)
















For the three months ended

March 31,







2014


2013










Revenues


$

60,690



$

50,435










Operating expenses:





Cost of revenues


8,854



5,118

Product development

6,403


5,433

Sales and marketing

19,018


16,601

General and administrative

11,362


8,423

Depreciation

2,821


1,657

Amortization of intangible assets

4,311


1,701

Change in acquisition related contingencies



45




47



Total operating expenses


52,814



38,980

Operating income


7,876



11,455

Interest expense


(893)



(375)

Other income (expense)


(8)



9

Income before income taxes


6,975



11,089

Income tax expense


2,580



4,014

Net income


$

4,395



$

7,075










Basic earnings per share


$

0.08



$

0.12

Diluted earnings per share


$

0.08



$

0.12










Weighted average basic shares outstanding


53,105



57,529

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding


55,376



61,097



















 

DICE HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)












For the three months ended

March 31,





2014


2013

Cash flows from operating activities:






Net income


$

4,395



$

7,075


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows from operating activities:






Depreciation


2,821



1,657



Amortization of intangible assets


4,311



1,701



Deferred income taxes


(1,452)



(483)



Amortization of deferred financing costs


93



61



Share based compensation


2,346



2,038



Change in acquisition related contingencies


45



47



Change in accrual for unrecognized tax benefits


153



(196)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities:






Accounts receivable


(4,143)



2,580



Prepaid expenses and other assets


(2,544)



(1,236)



Accounts payable and accrued expenses


(5,763)



366



Income taxes receivable/payable


2,169



188



Deferred revenue


9,587



8,148



Other, net


2



(1)


Net cash flows from operating activities


12,020



21,945


Cash flows from investing activities:






Payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired


(26,724)



-



Purchases of fixed assets


(2,569)



(2,989)



Maturities and sales of investments


-



485


Net cash flows from investing activities


(29,293)



(2,504)


Cash flows from financing activities:






Payments on long-term debt


(3,625)



(12,000)



Proceeds from long-term debt


6,000



-



Payments under stock repurchase plan


(6,872)



(5,116)



Payment of acquisition related contingencies


(824)



-



Proceeds from stock option exercises


2,514



2,223



Purchase of treasury stock related to vested restricted stock



(1,054)




(951)



Excess tax benefit over book expense from stock based compensation


197



989


Net cash flows from financing activities


(3,664)



(14,855)


Effect of exchange rate changes


(373)



(665)


Net change in cash and cash equivalents for the period


(21,310)



3,921


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


39,351



40,013


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


$

18,041



$

43,934


 

DICE HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited)

(in thousands)











ASSETS


March 31, 2014


December 31, 2013

Current assets






Cash and cash equivalents





$

18,041



$

39,351


Accounts receivable, net


44,082



37,760


Deferred income taxes - current


1,190



1,399


Income taxes receivable


559



2,399


Prepaid and other current assets


6,273



3,739



Total current assets


70,145



84,648

Fixed assets, net


17,959



18,612

Acquired intangible assets, net


94,942



84,905

Goodwill


244,833



230,190

Deferred financing costs, net


1,593



1,685

Other assets


874



601



Total assets





$

430,346



$

420,641

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY





Current liabilities






Accounts payable and accrued expenses


$

21,869



$

27,468


Deferred revenue


88,161



77,394


Current portion of acquisition related contingencies


9,050



5,751


Current portion of long-term debt


2,500



2,500


Deferred income taxes - current

117



123


Income taxes payable


1,144



400



Total current liabilities


122,841



113,636

Long-term debt


118,875



116,500

Deferred income taxes - non-current


15,721



13,641

Accrual for unrecognized tax benefits


2,771



2,618

Acquisition related contingencies


-



4,042

Other long-term liabilities


2,519



2,392



Total liabilities


262,727



252,829

Total stockholders' equity


167,619



167,812



Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$

430,346



$

420,641











 

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 three month periods ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 and a balance sheet as of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 are provided elsewhere in this press release. 

 

DICE HOLDINGS, INC.

NON-GAAP AND QUARTERLY SUPPLEMENTAL DATA

(Unaudited)

(dollars in thousands except per customer data)








For the three months ended March 31,


2014


2013

Revenues by Segment (GAAP Revenue)




Tech & Clearance (1)

$

32,442



$

31,967


Finance

8,809



8,608


Energy (2)

5,921



5,201


Healthcare (3)

6,451



576


Hospitality

2,931



-


Corporate & Other

4,136



4,083




$

60,690



$

50,435


Add back fair value adjustment to deferred revenue




Tech & Clearance

$

179



$

-


Energy

126



-


Healthcare

413



-


Hospitality

524



-




$

1,242



$

-


Adjusted Revenues by Segment




Tech & Clearance

$

32,621



$

31,967


Finance

8,809



8,608


Energy

6,047



5,201


Healthcare

6,864



576


Hospitality

3,455



-


Corporate & Other

4,136



4,083




$

61,932



$

50,435


Reconciliation of Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:




Net income

$

4,395



$

7,075



Interest expense

893



375



Income tax expense

2,580



4,014



Depreciation

2,821



1,657



Amortization of intangible assets

4,311



1,701



Change in acquisition related contingencies

45



47



Non-cash stock compensation expense

2,346



2,038



Deferred revenue adjustment

1,242



-



Other

8



(9)


Adjusted EBITDA

$

18,641



$

16,898






Reconciliation of Operating Cash Flows to Adjusted EBITDA:




Net cash provided by operating activities

$

12,020



$

21,945



Interest expense

893



375



Amortization of deferred financing costs

(93)



(61)



Income tax expense

2,580



4,014



Deferred income taxes

1,452



483



Change in accrual for unrecognized tax benefits

(153)



196



Change in accounts receivable

4,143



(2,580)



Change in deferred revenue

(9,587)



(8,148)



Deferred revenue adjustment

1,242



-



Changes in working capital and other

6,144



674


Adjusted EBITDA

$

18,641



$

16,898












Adjusted EBITDA

$

18,641



$

16,898


Adjusted EBITDA Margin (4)

30.1

%


33.5

%
















DICE HOLDINGS, INC.

NON-GAAP AND QUARTERLY SUPPLEMENTAL DATA (CONTINUED)

(Unaudited)






For the three months ended March 31,


2014


2013





Calculation of Free Cash Flow




Net cash provided by operating activities

$

12,020



$

21,945


Purchases of fixed assets

(2,569)



(2,989)


Free Cash Flow

$

9,451



$

18,956







Dice.com Recruitment Package Customers




Beginning of period

8,100



8,400


End of period

8,000



8,650


Average for the period (5)

8,100



8,600







Dice.com Average Monthly Revenue per

   Recruitment Package Customer (6)

$

1,022



$

992












Segment Definitions:




Tech & Clearance: Dice.com, ClearanceJobs, The IT Job Board (from acquisition, July 2013) and related career fairs

Finance: eFinancialCareers

Energy: Rigzone, OilCareers (from acquisition, March 2014) and related career fairs

Healthcare: Health Callings; HEALTHeCAREERS and BioSpace (both from acquisition, November 2013)

Hospitality: Hcareers (from acquisition, November 2013)

Corporate & Other: Corporate related costs, Slashdot Media (since date of acquisition, September 2012) and WorkDigital (since date of acquisition, October 2012)






(1) Includes $2.1 million of The IT Job Board revenue for the first quarter 2014.

(2) Includes $0.2 million of OilCareers revenue for the first quarter 2014.

(3) Includes $5.9 million of HEALTHeCAREERS and BioSpace revenue for the first quarter 2014.

(4) Adjusted EBITDA margin is computed as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Adjusted Revenues.

(5) Reflects the daily average of recruitment package customers during the period.

(6) Reflects simple average of three months in each period.

 

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