American Public Education Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

CHARLES TOWN, W.V., Aug. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEI) – parent company of online learning…

CHARLES TOWN, W.V., Aug. 9, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEI) – parent company of online learning provider American Public University System (APUS) and on-ground pre-licensure Hondros College of Nursing (HCN or Hondros) – announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Second Quarter Highlights:

  • Consolidated revenue decreased 5% year-over-year to $78.0 million
  • Net income decreased to $0.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to net income of $6.7 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA decreased 36% year-over-year to $9.9 million
  • Total net course registrations at APUS decreased 8% year-over-year to 82,600
  • Total student enrollment at HCN increased 36% year-over-year to 2,380 the highest in school history.

Angela Selden, APEI’s Chief Executive Officer, said, «Second quarter financial results reflected the challenging enrollment environment at APUS due predominantly to the outage of the Army’s new tuition assistance registration portal, Army IgnitED, for the entirety of the quarter. This was offset in part by the continued strong enrollment and financial performance at Hondros, which once again recorded record student enrollments and continued profitability this quarter.  While Army IgnitED started to process Tuition Assistance in the third week of July and we have begun to enroll students through that portal, the system does not yet appear to be operating at full capacity and the enrollment ramp has been slow.  Despite this, we have taken several steps to shore up enrollment momentum and improve financial performance in the back half of 2021.»

Financial Results:

Total consolidated revenue for the second quarter of 2021 decreased by 5% to $78.0 million, compared to total revenue of $82.1 million in the second quarter of 2020. The decrease was driven by a $6.7 million, or 9%, decrease in APEI Segment revenue, offset by a $2.5 million, or 29%, increase in HCN Segment revenue resulting from increases in student enrollment.

Consolidated income from operations before interest income and income taxes in the second quarter of 2021 decreased to $2.0 million, compared to $9.0 million in the prior year period. APEI Segment income from operations before interest income and income taxes decreased to $1.9 million, compared to $9.1 million in the prior year period. APEI Segment expenses include $3.3 million in professional fees associated with strategic growth opportunities, including the Rasmussen University acquisition, compared to $1.3 million in professional fees associated with strategic growth opportunities in the prior year period. HCN Segment income from operations before interest income and income taxes was $0.1 million during the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to a loss of $35,000 in the same period in 2020.

GAAP net income for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was $0.5 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, compared to net income of $6.7 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, in the same period of 2020. Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2021 was $9.9 million, compared to $15.5 million in the prior year period. The weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the second quarter of 2021 and 2020 were approximately 18.8 million and 14.9 million, respectively.  

For the six months ended June 30, 2021, total consolidated revenue increased by 6% to $166.6 million, compared to total revenue of $156.7 million in the prior year period.  The increase was driven by an $3.6 million, or 3%, increase in APEI Segment revenue and a $6.1 million, or 38%, increase in HCN Segment revenue, both resulting from increases in student enrollment.   

Consolidated income from operations before interest income and income taxes for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $12.6 million, compared to $11.7 million in the prior year period. This increase was driven by a $1.8 million increase in HCN Segment income from operations before interest income and income taxes. APEI Segment income from operations before interest income and income taxes decreased $0.9 million, or 7%, compared to the prior year.

Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2021 was $8.6 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, compared to net income of $9.1 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the prior year period. The weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the six months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020 were approximately 17.7 million and 15.0 million, respectively.

Total cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2021 were approximately $317.0 million, compared to $227.7 million as of December 31, 2020. Total cash and cash equivalents as of June 30, 2021 reflects that on March 1, 2021, APEI closed its previously announced underwritten public offering of 3,680,000 shares for net proceeds of approximately $86.2 million.

Capital expenditures were approximately $3.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $2.9 million in the prior year period. Depreciation and amortization expense was $2.5 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021, compared to $3.4 million in the prior year period.

Registrations and Enrollment:

American Public University System1




For the three months ended June 30,

2021

2020

% Change

  Net Course Registrations

82,600

89,600

-8%





For the six months ended June 30,




  Net Course Registrations

175,600

174,400

1%





As of June 30,




  APUS Student Enrollment2

89,100

83,700

7%





Hondros College of Nursing3




For the three months ended June 30, 

2021

2020

% Change

  Total Student Enrollment

2,380

1,750

36%








1APUS Net Course Registrations represents the approximate aggregate number of courses for which students remain enrolled after the date by which they may drop a course without financial penalty.

2APUS Student Enrollment represents the number of unique active students, including those who are currently on an approved leave of absence, who are currently in class or have completed a course within the past 12 months. Excludes students in doctoral programs. 

3HCN Student Enrollment represents the approximate number of students enrolled in a course after the date by which students may drop a course without financial penalty.   

Rasmussen University Transaction:

«We remain on track to close our transaction with Rasmussen University in the third quarter.  We have worked collaboratively with Rasmussen on integration planning for the past several months and are looking forward to welcoming that institution.  Our focus is to ensure a smooth transition so as not to disrupt Rasmussen’s momentum.  As we have become more familiar with the Rasmussen team, its leaders and the business, we are extremely pleased that the institution we’re acquiring is as good as we thought and even better in many areas,» added Selden.

Third Quarter 2021 Outlook: 

The following statements are based on APEI’s current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially. APEI undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason unless required by law.

  • APEI expects third quarter 2021 consolidated revenue to decline between 4% and 7% compared to the prior year period.
  • APEI anticipates net income of between $0 and $1.0 million or between $0.00 and $0.05 per diluted share.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be between $6.5 million and $8.5 million in the third quarter of 2021.

American Public Education expects the following results from its subsidiaries in the third quarter of 2021:

  • At APUS, total net course registrations are expected to decline between 8% and 13% year-over-year to 78,500 to 83,000.
  • At HCN total student enrollment increased to over 2,300 or 19% year-over-year.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

This press release contains the non-GAAP financial measures of  EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) and Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA less non-cash expenses such as stock compensation and non-recurring expenses). APEI believes that the use of these measures is useful because they allow investors to better evaluate APEI’s operating profit and cash generation capabilities.

For the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2021, adjusted EBITDA excludes non-cash compensation expense, loss on disposals of long-lived assets, and M&A-related professional fees.

These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to measures determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). The principal limitation of our non-GAAP measures are that they exclude expenses that are required by GAAP to be recorded. In addition, non-GAAP measures are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgment by management about which expenses are excluded.

APEI is presenting EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA in connection with its GAAP results and urges investors to review the reconciliation of EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA to the comparable GAAP financial measures that is included in the tables following this press release (under the captions «GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA,» and «GAAP Outlook Net Income to Outlook Adjusted EBITDA») and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate its business.

Webcast:

A live webcast of the APEI’s second quarter 2021 earnings conference call will be held today at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. This webcast will be open to listeners who log in through the APEI’s investor relations website, www.apei.com.  

A replay of the live webcast will also be available starting approximately one hour after the conclusion of the live webcast. The replay will be archived and available to listeners through APEI’s investor relations website for one year.

About American Public Education

American Public Education, Inc. (Nasdaq: APEI) is a leading provider of higher learning dedicated to preparing students all over the world for excellence in service, leadership and achievement. APEI offers respected, innovative and affordable academic programs and services to students, universities and partner organizations through wholly owned subsidiaries: American Public University System and National Education Seminars, Inc., which we refer to in this press release as Hondros College of Nursing. Together, these institutions serve more than 91,500 adult learners worldwide and offer more than 240 degree and certificate programs in fields ranging from homeland security, military studies, intelligence, and criminal justice to technology, business administration, public health, nursing, and liberal arts. For additional information, please visit www.apei.com.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release regarding APEI or its subsidiaries that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements based on current expectations, assumptions, estimates and projections about APEI and the industry. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by words such as «anticipate,» «believe,» «seek,» «could,» «estimate,» «expect,» «intend,» «may,» «plan,» «should,» «will,» «would,» and similar words or their opposites. Forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding impacts of and APEI’s response to the recent disruption of the Army’s tuition assistance program, expected growth, registration and enrollments, revenues, income and EBITDA, benefits of the acquisition of Rasmussen University (the «Acquisition»), the timing of the closing of the Acquisition, the ability to deliver a return on learners’ educational investment, the ability to maintain an attractive risk profile, and plans with respect to recent, current and future initiatives.

Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, among others, risks related to: actions taken by the Department of Defense or branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, including actions taken related to the disruption and suspension of Department of Defense tuition assistance; the effects, duration, and severity of and APEI’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic; moderation or decrease in demand as the pandemic abates; risks related to the Acquisition, including the inability to complete the Acquisition on the anticipated timeline or at all, and other events that could impact the Acquisition and its closing; changes to and expectations regarding enrollment, registrations and composition of APEI’s student body; APEI’s dependence on the effectiveness of its ability to attract students who persist in its institutions’ programs; APEI’s inability to effectively market its institutions’ programs; adverse effects of changes APEI makes to improve the student experience and enhance the ability to identify and enroll students who are likely to succeed; APEI’s inability to maintain strong relationships with the military and maintain course registrations and enrollments from military students; APEI’s failure to comply with regulatory and accrediting agency requirements and to maintain institutional accreditation; APEI’s loss of eligibility to participate in Title IV programs or ability to process Title IV financial aid; APEI’s need to successfully adjust to future market demands by updating existing programs and developing new programs; APEI’s dependence on its technology infrastructure; and the various risks described in the «Risk Factors» section and elsewhere in APEI’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2021 and Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, and in other filings with the SEC. You should not place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements. APEI undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason, unless required by law, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future.

Contact:

Richard W. Sunderland, Jr., CPA

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

(304) 885-5371

 

American Public Education, Inc.

Consolidated Statement of Income

(In thousands, except per share data)










Three Months Ended



June 30,



2021



2020



(unaudited)










Revenues 

$

78,014



$

82,127


Costs and expenses: 








   Instructional costs and services 


30,394




30,744


   Selling and promotional 


17,490




17,056


   General and administrative 


25,457




21,737


   Loss on disposals of long-lived assets


174




158


   Depreciation and amortization


2,524




3,391


   Total costs and expenses


76,039




73,086


Income from operations before








  interest income and income taxes


1,975




9,041


Interest income, net


24




179


Income before income taxes


1,999




9,220


Income tax expense


646




2,532


Equity investment income (loss)


(822)




1


Net income  

$

531



$

6,689








Net income per common share: 






    Basic

$

0.03



$

0.45


        Diluted

$

0.03



$

0.45








Weighted average number of 








   common shares:








    Basic


18,684




14,789


        Diluted


18,840




14,948

















Three Months Ended


Segment Information: 

June 30,



2021



2020


Revenues:








  American Public Education, Inc.

$

66,893



$

73,547


  Hondros College of Nursing

$

11,134



$

8,602


  Intersegment Elimination1

$

(13.00)



$

(22)


Income (loss) from operations before








interest income and income taxes:








  American Public Education, Inc.

$

1,859.00



$

9,077


  Hondros College of Nursing

$

117



$

(35)


  Intersegment Elimination1

$

(1)



$

(1)



















Six Months Ended



June 30,



2021



2020



(unaudited)










Revenues 

$

166,555



$

156,743


Costs and expenses: 








   Instructional costs and services 


62,713




59,974


   Selling and promotional 


36,892




35,242


   General and administrative 


48,981




42,740


   Loss on disposals of long-lived assets


182




324


   Depreciation and amortization


5,175




6,729


   Total costs and expenses


153,943




145,009


Income from operations before








  interest income and income taxes


12,612




11,734


Interest income, net


138




881


Income before income taxes


12,750




12,615


Income tax expense


3,285




3,506


Equity investment income (loss)


(827)





Net income  

$

8,638



$

9,109








Net income per common share: 






    Basic

$

0.49



$

0.61


        Diluted

$

0.49



$

0.61








Weighted average number of 








   common shares:








    Basic


17,454




14,907


        Diluted


17,654




15,026

















Six Months Ended


Segment Information: 

June 30,



2021



2020


Revenues:








  American Public Education, Inc.

$

144,315



$

140,641


  Hondros College of Nursing

$

22,266



$

16,141


  Intersegment Elimination1

$

(26)



$

(39)


Income (loss) from operations before








interest income and income taxes:








  American Public Education, Inc.

$

11,713



$

12,655


  Hondros College of Nursing

$

900



$

(921)


  Intersegment Elimination1

$

(1)



$










1.The APEI Segment charges the HCN Segment for the value of courses taken by HCN Segment employees at APUS. The intersegment elimination represents the elimination of this intersegment revenue in consolidation.

 


GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:















The following table sets forth the reconciliation of the Company’s reported GAAP net income to the calculation of adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2021 and 2020:



































Three Months Ended


Six Months Ended



June 30,


June 30,


(in thousands, except per share data)

2021



2020


2021



2020


Net income 

$

531



$

6,689



8,638




9,109


Income tax expense


646




2,532



3,285




3,506


Interest income, net


(24)




(179)



(138)




(881)


Equity investment loss (income)


822




(1)



827





Depreciation and amortization


2,524




3,391



5,175




6,729


EBITDA


4,499




12,432



17,787




18,463

















Stock Compensation


1,985




1,573



4,165




3,323


Loss on disposals of long-lived assets


174




158



182




324


M&A – related professional fees


3,264




1,295



3,725




1,866


Adjusted EBITDA

$

9,922



$

15,458



25,859




23,976

 


GAAP Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA:









The following table sets forth the reconciliation of the Company’s reported GAAP net income to the calculation of adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended September 30, 2021:






















Three Months Ended




September 30, 2021



(in thousands, except per share data)

Low



High



Net income 

$



$

1,000



Income tax expense





280



Interest income, net


(23)




(23)



Equity investment loss (income)







Depreciation and amortization


2,600




2,600



EBITDA


2,577




3,857












Stock Compensation


2,000




2,000



Integration Expenses


1,900




2,600



Adjusted EBITDA

$

6,477



$

8,457


 

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