Or Yehuda, Israel, May 23, 2019 – Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (NASDAQ: FORTY), a global information technology holding company engaged, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, in providing software consulting services and computer-based business solutions and developing proprietary software products, today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
Financial Highlights for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2019
- Consolidated revenues for the first quarter increased by 4.8% to $391.4 million, with growth recorded across Formula’s entire investment portfolio. Revenues for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 amounted to $373.4 million. On a constant currency basis, excluding the negative impact from the erosion of foreign exchange rates, revenues for the first quarter would have reflected an increase of 8% year over year to a record-breaking $403 million.
- Consolidated operating income for the first quarter increased by 22.8% to $31.7 million, with growth recorded across Formula’s entire investment portfolio. Consolidated operating income for the first quarter ended March 31, 2018 amounted to $25.8 million.
- Consolidated net income attributable to Formula’s shareholders for the first quarter was $10.0 million, or $0.58 per fully diluted share, compared to $7.2 million, or $0.48 per fully diluted share, in the same period last year, reflecting an increase of 38.6%.
- As of March 31, 2019 Formula held 48.88%, 48.06%, 45.16%, 100%, 50% and 90.09% of the outstanding ordinary shares of Matrix IT Ltd., Sapiens International Corporation N.V, Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., Michpal Micro Computers (1983) Ltd., TSG IT Advanced Systems Ltd. and Insync Staffing Solutions, Inc., respectively.
- Consolidated cash and cash equivalents, bank deposits and investments in marketable securities totaled approximately $297.5 million as of March 31, 2019, compared to $295.3 million as of December 31, 2018.
- Total equity as of March 31, 2019 was $846.3 million (representing 43.9% of the total balance sheet), compared to $805.4 million (representing 48.4% of the total balance sheet) as of December 31, 2018.
- On March 31, 2019, Formula reported the completion of an institutional public offering of series C debentures (the “Offering”). Formula Series C debentures are secured by liens over shares of Formula’s subsidiaries that are held by Formula (with an LTV of not more than 60%). The New Debentures were listed for trading on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange.
The Company issued a total amount of NIS 300 million par-value ($82.6 million) of the New Debentures in the Offering, bearing interest at a fixed annual rate of 2.29%, paid out on a semi-annual basis, at a price per debenture unit (each unit comprised of NIS 1,000 par value of debentures) of NIS 1,000. The principal amount of the Series C Debentures will be payable by Formula in seven annual installments from December 1, 2020 through December 1, 2026, the first five of which will each constitute 11% of the principal, and the final two of which will each constitute 22.5% of the principal.
- As a result of conversions that were effected prior to the maturity of Formula Series B Convertible Debentures in March 2019, holders of Series B Convertible Debentures converted an aggregate principal par value amount of NIS 80.5 million (of which NIS 0.2 million were converted in 2018) into 545,485 ordinary shares (of which 1,556 ordinary shares were issued in 2018), constituting 3.57% of Formula’s issued and outstanding share capital (following those conversions). The remaining outstanding Series B Convertible Debentures matured on March 26, 2019, and the remaining outstanding principal of NIS 44.5 million (or $11.4 million) and interest on those debentures of $1.1 million were paid on that date.
- As of March 31, 2019 Formula was in compliance with all of its financial covenants under the debentures issued by Formula and under a loan granted by a financial institution, based on achieving the following in its consolidated financial results:
- Target equity attributable to Formula’s shareholders (excluding non-controlling interests): above $215 million.
- Actual equity attributable to Formula’s shareholders is equal to $402 million.
- Target ratio of net financial indebtedness to net capitalization (in each case, as defined under the indenture for the Formula’s Series A and C Secured Debentures): below 65%.
- Actual ratio of net financial indebtedness to net capitalization is equal to 9%.
- Target ratio of net financial indebtedness to EBITDA (based on the accumulated calculation for the four recent quarters): below 5.
- Actual ratio of net financial indebtedness to EBITDA (based on the accumulated calculation for the four recent quarters) is equal to 0.52.
Comments of Management
Commenting on the results, Guy Bernstein, CEO of Formula Systems, said, “We are very pleased with our strong start to 2019, demonstrating our continued impressive momentum from previous year recorded in the first quarter across our entire investment portfolio.”
"Matrix delivered all-time record financial results for the first quarter of 2019 with record results in all parameters, including revenues of NIS 851.9 million (approximately $233.8 million), operating income of NIS 60.1 million (approximately $16.5 million), net income of 36.7 million (approximately $10.1 million) and EBITDA of about NIS 90 million (approximately $25.2 million). Such results are attributable to Matrix growth recorded both in Israel and in the US, organically and through acquisitions. Matrix is focused on keeping with its successful strategy of completing strategic acquisitions (such as in the case of its latest acquisition of Medatech, an integrator of Priority ERP system), executing complex ‘Mega-projects’ (such as in the case of the establishment of Israel’s national credit database for the Bank of Israel which was completed and launched at the beginning of 2019 and considered to be the largest computerization project carried out in Israel’s civil sector) and focusing on the US market”.
“Sapiens continued its momentum from 2018 with top line growth and increased profitability recorded during the first quarter of 2019. Sapiens revenues’ growth was mainly driven by acceleration in Sapiens’ North-American segment, specifically the strong wins in the P&C business. Sapiens’ primary growth drivers for 2019 are continued expansion in the P&C segment, a stable L&A segment and increase of cross-sales for its current customer base, all are expected to enable Sapiens to deliver its 2019 full-year guidance (non-GAAP revenues between $318 million and $323 million and non-GAAP operating margins between 15.2% and 15.6%).”
“Magic Software continued its strong momentum from 2018, reporting a strong start to 2019. Magic Software adheres to its market positioning and strong strategy, aspires to enrich its product offering with new, powerful and innovative technologies. A notable milestone during the first quarter of 2019 was the acquisition of PowWow SmartUX™, a leading low-code development platform for mobilizing and modernizing enterprise apps. SmartUX™ is strongly synergetic to Magic’s low-code existing solutions, and by bringing them together, Magic is able to offer to new and existing clients stronger solutions and services that are well-tuned for today’s high demand for digital transformation.”
“Lastly, I am pleased that during the first quarter of 2019 we successfully concluded the institutional public offering of our NIS 300 million Series C secured debentures listed for trading only on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange. These funds will serve to support our M&A strategy mainly in supporting the growth of our currently privately held subsidiaries and to improving our equity to debt structure.”
Stand-Alone Financial Measures
This press release presents, further below, certain stand-alone financial measures to reflect Formula’s stand-alone financial position in reference to its assets and liabilities as the parent company of the group. These financial measures are prepared consistent with the accounting principles applied in the consolidated financial statements of the group. Such measures include investments in subsidiaries and a jointly controlled entity measured at cost adjusted by Formula's share in the investees' accumulated undistributed earnings and other comprehensive income or loss.
Formula believes that these financial measures provide useful information to management and investors regarding Formula’s stand-alone financial position. Formula’s management uses these measures to compare the Company's performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses. These measures are also used in financial reports prepared for management and in quarterly financial reports presented to the Company's board of directors. The Company believes that the use of these stand-alone financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating Formula’s financial position.
Management of the Company does not consider these stand-alone measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Formula urges investors to review the consolidated financial statements which it includes in press releases announcing quarterly financial results, including this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company's business or financial position.
Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. is a global information technology company engaged, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, in providing software consulting services and computer-based business solutions and developing proprietary software products.
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Formula Systems (1985) Ltd.
Except for any historical information contained herein, matters discussed in this press release might include forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Regarding any financial statements, actual results might vary significantly based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to, risks in product and technology development, market acceptance of new products and continuing product conditions, both locally and abroad, release and sales of new products by strategic resellers and customers, and other risk factors detailed in Formula's most recent annual report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
 These non-GAAP measures are subject to the discussion under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in Sapiens’ press release issued on May 6, 2019