Insperity Inc.NSP delivered fourth-quarter 2017 adjusted earnings of 55 cents per share, which improved 89.7% year over year. The figure also beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 9 cents.
Insperity's revenues of $826.5 million increased 13.4% on a year-over-year basis and surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $814.1 million. Top-line growth can be attributed to 9.8% increase in average number of worksite employees paid per month.
2017 at a Glance
In 2017, earnings were $2.45 per share, up 37% over 2016. Revenues of $3.30 billion increased 12.2% on a year-over-year basis.
Average number of worksite employees paid per month increased 10% over 2016. Additionally, worksite employee retention was 85% in 2017.
Insperity, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
Insperity's shares have gained 44.5% in the past year, substantially outperforming the industry 's rally of 19.4%.
Insperity's gross margin expanded 210 basis points (bps) from the year-ago quarter to 17.3%. Gross profit per worksite employee per month increased 17.3% to $251.
Adjusted EBITDA soared 67% year over year to $38.5 million. EBITDA per worksite employee per month surged 40.5% to $52, primarily driven by efficient price management and improved performance in benefits, workers' compensation and payroll tax areas.
Adjusted operating expenses increased 23.2% year over year to $118.4 million. Adjusted operating expenses per worksite employee per month grew 11.8% to $208.
Balance Sheet & Share Repurchase
Insperity exited 2017 with adjusted cash, cash equivalents and marketable of $61.1 million compared with $44.9 million as on Dec 31, 2016.
The company repurchased roughly 901,000 shares at $38.7 million, issued dividends totaling $65.8 million, including both regular quarterly dividend and the $1.00 per share special dividend declared in December.
Capital expenditure of $33.3 million was incurred in 2017 compared with $34 million in the past year.
For first-quarter 2018, Insperity projects adjusted earnings in the range of $1.12-$1.16 per share, representing a year-over-year increase of 22-26%.
Adjusted EBITDA is anticipated to increase 10-13%, in a range of $69-$71 million. Average worksite employees (WSEs) are expected in a range of 193,500 to 195,300, representing growth of 11-12%.
For 2018, Insperity projects adjusted earnings between $2.96 and $3.08 per share implying growth of 21-26%.
Adjusted EBITDA is projected to grow 11-15%, in a range of $197-$204 million. Average WSEs are expected to be in the 203,700 to 207,400 bracket, representing growth of 11.5-13.5%.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Currently, Insperity carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
Some better-ranked stocks worth considering are Heidrick & Struggles International HSII , Aspen Technology AZPN and The Ultimate Software Group ULTI , each sporting a Zacks Rank #1 (Strong Buy). You can see the complete list of today's Zacks #1 Rank stocks here .
Long-term earnings growth rate for Heidrick & Struggles International, Aspen Technology and The Ultimate Software Group is projected at 15%, 1.7% and 22.1%, respectively.
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