Liberty Tax Service's parent company,
JTH Holding Inc
) reported fourth-quarter fiscal 2014 (ending Apr 30) net income of
$2.18 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by about 4%.
However, the bottom line increased 8% year over year on improved
The company's shares hit the 52-week high of $30.33 yesterday,
following the year-over-year improvement. At the close of trading,
the share price was $27.79, up 6.1%.
Behind the Headlines
JTH Holding reported total revenue of $103.6 million, surpassing
the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $102 million and improving 11% year
over year. The increase was attributable to higher franchise fees,
royalties and advertising fees, financial products, interest income
and tax preparation fees.
On the other hand, JTH Holding's total operating expenses escalated
4.1% year over year to $51.1 million. Higher advertising expense,
and depreciation, amortization and impairment expense largely drove
A higher magnitude of increase in revenues offset the increase in
expenses, resulting in operating income improvement of 12%.
JTH Holding delivered fiscal 2014 adjusted net income of $1.45 per
share on revenues of $159.7 million. Both top and bottom line
represent year-over-year improvement of 8% and 4%, respectively.
The bottom line, however, missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of
In fiscal 2014, the company served 2.4 million customers in the U.S
and Canada, reflecting an increase of 6%.
Tax returns prepared in offices in the U.S. grew 5%, better than
the IRS reported growth rate of 0.7%, with average net fee
increasing 6%. Higher average net fee coupled with higher number of
returns processed fueled the revenue growth.
Total assets of JTH Holding were approximately $198.8 million as of
Apr 30, up 17% from $169.5 million at 2013 fiscal end.
Total cash and cash equivalents surged 142% year over year to $46.1
million as of Apr 30.
Total long-term debt amounted to $21.7 million at the end of fiscal
2014, reflecting an improvement of about 11% from $24.3 million at
2013 fiscal end.
JTH Holding's cash flow from operations totaled $43.5 million in
fiscal 2014, improving 53% over fiscal 2013. Given higher cash
flows, the company has bought back 0.8 million shares this month.
Zacks Rank and Others
JTH Holding presently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). Some
better-ranked stocks -
Avis Budget Group, Inc
) with a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy) and
ExamWorks Group, Inc
) with a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) - surpassed their respective Zacks
Consensus Estimate in last reported quarter.
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