Perdoceo Education Corporation Reports Second Quarter and Year to Date 2022 Results

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill., August 08, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Perdoceo Education Corporation (NASDAQ: PRDO) today reported operating and financial results for the quarter and year to date ended June 30, 2022.

Second Quarter 2022 Results as Compared to Prior Year Quarter

  • Revenue decreased 4.5 percent to $167.7 million, with both CTU and AIUS contributing to the decline.

  • Operating income decreased 5.6 percent to $33.9 million, while adjusted operating income decreased 0.8 percent to $41.9 million.*

  • Earnings per diluted share was $0.37 for both the current and prior year quarter, while adjusted earnings per diluted share was $0.42 compared to $0.41.*

  • Total student enrollments at June 30, 2022 decreased by 7.0 percent, with a 2.3 percent decrease at CTU and a 14.5 percent decrease at AIUS.

  • Ended the quarter with $516.8 million in cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and available-for-sale-short-term investments.

Year to Date 2022 Results as Compared to Prior Year to Date

  • Total revenue decreased 2.4 percent to $350.6 million, with a 2.8 percent increase at CTU more than offset with a 9.5 percent decline at AIUS.

  • Operating income increased 1.4 percent to $77.6 million while adjusted operating income increased 6.6 percent to $92.9 million.*

  • Earnings per diluted share was $0.83 for the current year to date compared to $0.80 for the prior year to date, while adjusted earnings per diluted share was $0.93 as compared to $0.85.*

*See GAAP (U.S. generally accepted accounting principles) to non-GAAP reconciliation attached to this press release

"We are pleased with the year to date operating results, which continue to underscore our commitment to student experiences, retention and academic outcomes. I’m proud of the entire Perdoceo team for their focus on educating, serving and supporting our students," said Andrew Hurst, Chief Executive Officer. "We continue to leverage and integrate technology across various academic and student support processes, which improves the efficiency and effectiveness of our student related processes and overall operations."

REVENUE

  • For the quarter ended June 30, 2022, total revenue of $167.7 million decreased 4.5 percent compared to total revenue of $175.5 million for the prior year quarter.

  • For the year to date ended June 30, 2022, total revenue of $350.6 million decreased 2.4 percent compared to total revenue of $359.2 million for the prior year to date.

For the Quarter Ended June 30,

For the Year to Date Ended June 30,

Revenue ($ in thousands)

2022

2021

%
Change

2022

2021

%
Change

CTU

$

100,461

$

102,035

-1.5

%

$

213,609

$

207,857

2.8

%

AIUS

66,920

73,223

-8.6

%

136,452

150,700

-9.5

%

Corporate and Other

303

281

NM

582

620

NM

Total

$

167,684

$

175,539

-4.5

%

$

350,643

$

359,177

-2.4

%

TOTAL STUDENT ENROLLMENTS

  • As of June 30, 2022, CTU’s total student enrollments decreased 2.3 percent, while AIUS’ total student enrollments decreased 14.5 percent as compared to the prior year quarter end.

At June 30,

Total Student Enrollments

2022

2021

% Change

CTU

26,000

26,600

-2.3

%

AIUS

14,100

16,500

-14.5

%

Total

40,100

43,100

-7.0

%

OPERATING INCOME

  • For the quarter ended June 30, 2022, operating income decreased by 5.6 percent to $33.9 million as compared to the prior year quarter.

  • For the year to date ended June 30, 2022, operating income increased by 1.4 percent to $77.6 million as compared to the prior year to date.

For the Quarter Ended June 30,

For the Year to Date Ended June 30,

Operating Income ($ in thousands)

2022

2021

%
Change

2022

2021

%
Change

CTU

$

33,008

$

35,398

-6.8

%

$

76,034

$

71,541

6.3

%

AIUS

10,733

9,218

16.4

%

20,256

20,541

-1.4

%

Corporate and Other

(9,795

)

(8,654

)

NM

(18,651

)

(15,503

)

NM

Total

$

33,946

$

35,962

-5.6

%

$

77,639

$

76,579

1.4

%

ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME

The Company believes it is useful to present non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude certain significant and non-cash items, as a means to understand the performance of its operations. (See table below and the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation attached to this press release for further details.)

  • For the quarter ended June 30, 2022, adjusted operating income of $41.9 million decreased 0.8 percent compared to adjusted operating income of $42.3 million for the prior year quarter.

  • For the year to date ended June 30, 2022, adjusted operating income of $92.9 million increased 6.6 percent compared to adjusted operating income of $87.2 million for the prior year to date.

For the Quarter Ended June 30,

For the Year to Date Ended June 30,

Adjusted Operating Income ($ in thousands)

2022

2021

2022

2021

Operating income

$

33,946

$

35,962

$

77,639

$

76,579

Depreciation and amortization (1)

4,909

3,913

9,791

7,915

Legal fee expense related to certain matters (2)

3,087

2,416

5,434

2,658

Adjusted Operating Income

$

41,942

$

42,291

$

92,864

$

87,152

Increase (Decrease)

-0.8

%

6.6

%

(1)

Amortization relates to definite-lived intangible assets associated with acquisitions.

(2)

Legal fee expense associated with (i) responses to the Department of Education (the "Department") relating to borrower defense to repayment applications from former students, and (ii) acquisition efforts.

NET INCOME AND EARNINGS PER DILUTED SHARE

For the quarter ended June 30, 2022, the Company recorded:

  • Net income of $25.8 million compared to $26.6 million for the prior year quarter.

  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.37 for both the current and prior year quarter.

  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.42 compared $0.41 for the prior year quarter. (See table below and the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation attached to this press release for further details.)

For the year to date ended June 30, 2022, the Company recorded:

  • Net income of $57.8 million compared to $57.4 million for the prior year to date.

  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.83 compared to $0.80 for the prior year to date.

  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.93 compared $0.85 for the prior year to date. (See table below and the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation attached to this press release for further details.)

For the Quarter Ended June 30,

For the Year to Date Ended June 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Reported Earnings Per Diluted Share

$

0.37

$

0.37

$

0.83

$

0.80

Pre-tax adjustments included in operating expenses:

Amortization for acquired intangible assets (1)

0.02

0.01

0.05

0.02

Legal fee expense related to certain matters (2)

0.05

0.04

0.08

0.04

Tax effect of adjustments (3)

(0.02

)

(0.01

)

(0.03

)

(0.01

)

Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share

$

0.42

$

0.41

$

0.93

$

0.85

(1)

Amortization relates to definite-lived intangible assets associated with acquisitions.

(2)

Legal fee expense associated with (i) responses to the Department relating to borrower defense to repayment applications from former students, and (ii) acquisition efforts.

(3)

The tax effect of adjustments was calculated by multiplying the pre-tax adjustments with a tax rate of 25.0%. This tax rate is intended to reflect federal and state taxable jurisdictions as well as the nature of the adjustments.

BALANCE SHEET AND CASH FLOW

  • For the quarter ended June 30, 2022, net cash provided by operating activities was $32.6 million, compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $38.0 million for the prior year quarter.

  • At June 30, 2022 and December 31, 2021, cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and available-for-sale short-term investments totaled $516.8 million and $499.4 million, respectively.

For the Quarter Ended June 30,

For the Year to Date Ended June 30,

Selected Cash Flow Items ($ in thousands)

2022

2021

%
Change

2022

2021

%
Change

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

32,625

$

38,037

-14.2

%

$

54,779

$

82,745

-33.8

%

Capital expenditures

$

2,023

$

2,017

0.3

%

$

6,765

$

3,059

121.2

%

OUTLOOK

The Company is providing the following third quarter outlook along with an updated full year outlook, subject to the key assumptions identified below. Please see the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation for adjusted operating income and adjusted earnings per diluted share attached to this press release for further details.

Total Company Outlook

For Quarter Ending September 30,

For the Year Ending December 31,

OUTLOOK

ACTUAL

OUTLOOK

ACTUAL

2022

2021

2022

2021

Operating Income

$19.7M - $21.7M

$37.9M

$111.8M - $117.8M

$149.0M

Depreciation and amortization

$5.0M

$3.9M

$19.9M

$16.8M

Legal fee expense related to certain matters (1)

$3.3M

$4.5M

$10.3M

$9.7M

Adjusted Operating Income

$28.0M - $30.0M

$46.3M

$142.0M - $148.0M

$175.5M

Earnings Per Diluted Share

$0.22 - $0.24

$0.39

$1.23 - $1.30

$1.55

Amortization of acquired intangible assets

$0.02

$0.01

$0.10

$0.06

Legal fee expense related to certain matters (1)

$0.05

$0.06

$0.15

$0.14

Tax effect of adjustments

($0.01)

($0.01)

($0.07)

($0.05)

Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share

$0.28 - $0.30

$0.45

$1.41 - $1.48

$1.70

(1)

Legal fee expense associated with (i) responses to the Department relating to borrower defense to repayment applications from former students, and (ii) acquisition efforts.

Operating income, which is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to adjusted operating income, and earnings per diluted share may not follow the same trends stated in the outlook above because of adjustments made for certain significant and non-cash items. The operating income, adjusted operating income, earnings per share and adjusted earnings per share outlook provided above for 2022 are based on the following key assumptions and factors, among others: (i) prospective student interest in the Company’s programs and student retention remain consistent with management’s estimates, (ii) no significant impact of new or proposed regulations, including recent Department of Education negotiated rulemaking initiatives, or other adverse changes in the legal or regulatory environment, (iii) no significant operating impacts from the settlements with the U.S. Federal Trade Commission and state attorneys general or other legal or regulatory matters, (iv) earnings per diluted share outlook assumes an effective income tax rate of approximately 26.5% for the third quarter and 26.0% for the full year, and (v) any future impact from the Company’s stock repurchase program is excluded. Although these estimates and assumptions are based upon management’s good faith beliefs regarding current and future circumstances and actions that may be undertaken, actual results could differ materially from these estimates. In addition, decisions the Company makes in the future as it continues to evaluate diverse strategies to enhance stockholder value may impact the outlook provided above.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

Perdoceo Education Corporation will host a conference call on Monday, August 8, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern time to discuss second quarter and year to date 2022 results and 2022 outlook. Interested parties can access the live webcast of the conference at www.perdoceoed.com in the Investor Relations section of the website. Participants can also listen to the conference call by dialing 1-844-200-6205 (domestic) or 1-929-526-1599 (international). Both dial-in numbers will use the access code 076271. Viewers can also access the conference call by following this link https://events.q4inc.com/attendee/287915325. Please log-in or dial-in at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure a connection. An archived version of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days at www.perdoceoed.com in the Investor Relations section of the website.

ABOUT PERDOCEO EDUCATION CORPORATION

Perdoceo’s academic institutions offer a quality postsecondary education primarily online to a diverse student population, along with campus-based and blended learning programs. The Company’s accredited institutions – Colorado Technical University ("CTU") and the American InterContinental University System ("AIUS" or "AIU System") – provide degree programs from the associate through doctoral level as well as non-degree professional development and continuing education offerings. Perdoceo’s universities offer students industry-relevant and career-focused academic programs that are designed to meet the educational needs of today’s busy adults. CTU and AIUS continue to show innovation in higher education, advancing personalized learning technologies like their intellipath® learning platform and using data analytics and technology to support students and enhance learning. Perdoceo is committed to providing quality education that closes the gap between learners who seek to advance their careers and employers needing a qualified workforce. For more information, please visit www.perdoceoed.com.

Except for the historical and present factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this release, including statements identified by words such as "believe," "will," "expect," "continue," "outlook," "remain," "focused on," "should" and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are based on information currently available to us and are subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, performance, business prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update or revise such factors or any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events, developments or changed circumstances, or for any other reason. These risks and uncertainties, the outcomes of which could materially and adversely affect our financial condition and operations, include, but are not limited to, the following: declines in enrollment or interest in our programs; our continued compliance with and eligibility to participate in Title IV Programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the regulations thereunder (including the 90-10, financial responsibility and administrative capability standards prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education), as well as applicable accreditation standards and state regulatory requirements; the impact of various versions of "borrower defense to repayment" regulations; rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Education or any state or accreditor and increased focus by Congress and governmental agencies on, or increased negative publicity about, for-profit education institutions; the success of our initiatives to improve student experiences, retention and academic outcomes; our continued eligibility to participate in educational assistance programs for veterans or other military personnel; increased competition; the impact of management changes; and changes in the overall U.S. economy which may continue to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Further information about these and other relevant risks and uncertainties may be found in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and its subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

PERDOCEO EDUCATION CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands)

June 30,

December 31,

2022

2021

(unaudited)

ASSETS

CURRENT ASSETS:

Cash and cash equivalents, unrestricted

$

148,749

$

319,982

Restricted cash

1,191

5,196

Short-term investments

366,840

174,213

Total cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments

516,780

499,391

Student receivables, net

32,186

43,033

Receivables, other

8,617

1,692

Prepaid expenses

10,306

6,919

Inventories

1,168