Strategic Education, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2024 Results

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HERNDON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Strategic Education, Inc. (Strategic Education) (NASDAQ: STRA) today announced financial results for the period ended March 31, 2024.

“As we begin a new year, we are pleased with strength across our business and proud of the organization’s ongoing commitment to the success of our students,” said Karl McDonnell, Chief Executive Officer of Strategic Education. “The U.S. Higher Education segment delivered another quarter of strong growth driven by employer affiliated enrollment; the Education Technology Services segment continued to see strength, including from Sophia subscriptions; and the Australia/New Zealand segment returned to total enrollment growth.”

STRATEGIC EDUCATION CONSOLIDATED RESULTS

Three Months Ended March 31

  • Revenue increased 13.1% to $290.3 million compared to $256.6 million for the same period in 2023. Revenue on a constant currency basis, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, increased 13.9% to $292.3 million in the first quarter of 2024 compared to $256.6 million for the same period in 2023. For more details on non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release, refer to the information in the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this press release.
  • Income from operations was $41.4 million or 14.2% of revenue, compared to loss from operations of $1.3 million for the same period in 2023. Adjusted income from operations, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $35.8 million compared to $8.2 million for the same period in 2023. The adjusted operating income margin, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, was 12.4% compared to 3.2% for the same period in 2023.
  • Net income was $29.7 million compared to net loss of $2.0 million for the same period in 2023. Adjusted net income, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $26.7 million compared to $5.8 million for the same period in 2023.
  • Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $54.3 million compared to $27.2 million for the same period in 2023.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $1.23 compared to diluted loss per share of $0.09 for the same period in 2023. Adjusted diluted earnings per share, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, increased to $1.11 from $0.24 for the same period in 2023. Adjusted diluted earnings per share on a constant currency basis, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $1.11. Diluted weighted average shares outstanding increased slightly to 24,060,000 from 24,023,000 adjusted diluted weighted average shares outstanding, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, for the same period in 2023.

U.S. Higher Education Segment Highlights

  • The U.S. Higher Education segment (USHE) is comprised of Capella University and Strayer University.
  • For the first quarter, student enrollment within USHE increased 9.8% to 87,731 compared to 79,935 for the same period in 2023.
  • For the first quarter, FlexPath enrollment was 23% of USHE enrollment compared to 21% for the same period in 2023.
  • Revenue increased 11.3% to $219.2 million in the first quarter of 2024 compared to $196.9 million for the same period in 2023, driven by higher first quarter enrollment.
  • Income from operations was $28.0 million in the first quarter of 2024 compared to $9.6 million for the same period in 2023. The operating income margin was 12.8%, compared to 4.9% for the same period in 2023.

Education Technology Services Segment Highlights

  • The Education Technology Services segment (ETS) is comprised primarily of Enterprise Partnerships, Sophia Learning, and Workforce Edge.
  • For the first quarter, employer affiliated enrollment was 29.2% of USHE enrollment compared to 26.3% for the same period in 2023.
  • For the first quarter, average total subscribers at Sophia Learning increased approximately 42% from the same period in 2023.
  • As of March 31, 2024, Workforce Edge had a total of 68 corporate agreements, collectively employing approximately 1,470,000 employees.
  • Revenue increased 29.8% to $23.6 million in the first quarter of 2024 compared to $18.2 million for the same period in 2023, driven by growth in Sophia Learning subscriptions and employer affiliated enrollment.
  • Income from operations was $10.1 million in the first quarter of 2024 compared to $5.8 million for the same period in 2023. The operating income margin was 42.7%, compared to 31.8% for the same period in 2023.

Australia/New Zealand Segment Highlights

  • The Australia/New Zealand segment (ANZ) is comprised of Torrens University, Think Education, and Media Design School.
  • For the first quarter, student enrollment within ANZ increased 4.8% to 20,197 compared to 19,269 for the same period in 2023.
  • Revenue increased 14.1% to $47.4 million in the first quarter of 2024 compared to $41.5 million for the same period in 2023, driven by higher first quarter enrollment and revenue-per-student. Revenue on a constant currency basis, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, increased 19.1% to $49.4 million in the first quarter of 2024 compared to $41.5 million for the same period in 2023, driven by higher first quarter enrollment and revenue-per-student.
  • Loss from operations was $2.3 million in the first quarter of 2024 compared to loss from operations of $7.2 million for the same period in 2023. Loss from operations on a constant currency basis, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, was $2.2 million in the first quarter of 2024 compared to loss from operations of $7.2 million for the same period in 2023.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

At March 31, 2024, Strategic Education had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $253.6 million, and $61.3 million outstanding under its revolving credit facility. For the first three months of 2024, cash provided by operations was $77.6 million compared to $35.2 million for the same period in 2023. Capital expenditures for the first three months of 2024 were $9.2 million compared to $8.3 million for the same period in 2023.

For the first quarter of 2024, consolidated bad debt expense as a percentage of revenue was 4.2%, compared to 3.8% of revenue for the same period in 2023.

COMMON STOCK CASH DIVIDEND

Strategic Education announced today that it declared a regular, quarterly cash dividend of $0.60 per share of common stock. This dividend will be paid on June 3, 2024 to shareholders of record as of May 24, 2024.

CONFERENCE CALL WITH MANAGEMENT

Strategic Education will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2024 results at 10:00 a.m. (ET) today. This call will be available via webcast. To access the live webcast of the conference call, please go to www.strategiceducation.com in the Investor Relations section 15 minutes prior to the start time of the call to register. An earnings release presentation will also be posted to www.strategiceducation.com in the Investor Relations section. Following the call, the webcast will be archived and available at www.strategiceducation.com in the Investor Relations section. To participate in the live call, investors should register here prior to the call to receive dial-in information and a PIN.

About Strategic Education, Inc.

Strategic Education, Inc. (NASDAQ: STRA) (www.strategiceducation.com) is dedicated to helping advance economic mobility through higher education. We primarily serve working adult students globally through our core focus areas: 1) U.S. Higher Education, including Capella University and Strayer University, each institutionally accredited, and collectively offer flexible and affordable associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs including the Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, and non-degree web and mobile application development courses through Strayer University’s Hackbright Academy and Devmountain; 2) Education Technology Services, developing and maintaining relationships with employers to build education benefits programs providing employees access to affordable and industry-relevant training, certificate, and degree programs, including through Workforce Edge, a full-service education benefits administration solution for employers, and Sophia Learning, enabling education benefits programs through low-cost online general education-level courses that are ACE-recommended for college credit; and 3) Australia/New Zealand, comprised of Torrens University, Think Education, and Media Design School that collectively offer certificate and degree programs in Australia and New Zealand. This portfolio of high quality, innovative, relevant, and affordable programs and institutions helps our students prepare for success in today’s workforce and find a path to bettering their lives.

Forward-Looking Statements

This communication contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements may be identified by the use of words such as “expect,” “estimate,” “assume,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “may,” “will,” “forecast,” “outlook,” “plan,” “project,” “potential” and other similar words, and include all statements that are not historical facts, including with respect to, among other things, the future financial performance and growth opportunities of Strategic Education; Strategic Education’s plans, strategies and prospects; and future events and expectations. The statements are based on Strategic Education’s current expectations and are subject to a number of assumptions, uncertainties and risks, including but not limited to:

  • the pace of student enrollment;
  • Strategic Education’s continued compliance with Title IV of the Higher Education Act, and the regulations thereunder, as well as other federal laws and regulations, institutional accreditation standards and state regulatory requirements;
  • rulemaking and other action by the Department of Education or other governmental entities, including without limitation action related to borrower defense to repayment applications, gainful employment, 90/10, and increased focus by the U.S. Congress on for-profit education institutions;
  • competitive factors;
  • risks associated with the opening of new campuses;
  • risks associated with the offering of new educational programs and adapting to other changes;
  • risks associated with the acquisition of existing educational institutions, including Strategic Education’s acquisition of Torrens University and associated assets in Australia and New Zealand;
  • the risk that the benefits of the acquisition of Torrens University and associated assets in Australia and New Zealand may not be fully realized or may take longer to realize than expected;
  • the risk that the acquisition of Torrens University and associated assets in Australia and New Zealand may not advance Strategic Education’s business strategy and growth strategy;
  • risks relating to the timing of regulatory approvals;
  • Strategic Education’s ability to implement its growth strategy;
  • the risk that the combined company may experience difficulty integrating employees or operations;
  • risks associated with the ability of Strategic Education’s students to finance their education in a timely manner;
  • general economic and market conditions; and
  • additional factors described in Strategic Education’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

Many of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions are beyond Strategic Education’s ability to control or predict. Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, you should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Furthermore, these forward-looking statements speak only as of the information currently available to Strategic Education on the date they are made, and Strategic Education undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, except as required by law. Actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

STRATEGIC EDUCATION, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (LOSS)

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2024

 

Revenues

$

256,606

 

 

$

290,250

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

Instructional and support costs

 

152,938

 

 

 

157,709

 

General and administration

 

95,465

 

 

 

96,695

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

3,532

 

 

 

 

Merger and integration costs

 

425

 

 

 

 

Restructuring costs

 

5,595

 

 

 

(5,510

)

Total costs and expenses

 

257,955

 

 

 

248,894

 

Income (loss) from operations

 

(1,349

)

 

 

41,356

 

Other income

 

398

 

 

 

1,794

 

Income (loss) before income taxes

 

(951

)

 

 

43,150

 

Provision for income taxes

 

1,077

 

 

 

13,448

 

Net income (loss)

$

(2,028

)

 

$

29,702

 

Earnings (loss) per share:

 

 

 

Basic

$

(0.09

)

 

$

1.27

 

Diluted

$

(0.09

)

 

$

1.23

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

Basic

 

23,430

 

 

 

23,391

 

Diluted

 

23,430

 

 

 

24,060

 

STRATEGIC EDUCATION, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

December 31, 2023

 

March 31, 2024

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

168,481

 

 

$

222,116

 

Marketable securities

 

39,728

 

 

 

31,448

 

Tuition receivable, net

 

76,102

 

 

 

83,082

 

Other current assets

 

44,758

 

 

 

53,801

 

Total current assets

 

329,069

 

 

 

390,447

 

Property and equipment, net

 

118,529

 

 

 

116,419

 

Right-of-use lease assets

 

119,202

 

 

 

114,653

 

Marketable securities, non-current

 

483

 

 

 

 

Intangible assets, net

 

251,623

 

 

 

248,855

 

Goodwill

 

1,251,888

 

 

 

1,229,882

 

Other assets

 

54,419

 

 

 

54,980

 

Total assets

$

2,125,213

 

 

$

2,155,236

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

90,888

 

 

$

99,245

 

Income taxes payable

 

2,200

 

 

 

10,659

 

Contract liabilities

 

92,341

 

 

 

128,503

 

Lease liabilities

 

24,190

 

 

 

23,316

 

Total current liabilities

 

209,619

 

 

 

261,723

 

Long-term debt

 

61,400

 

 

 

61,256

 

Deferred income tax liabilities

 

28,338

 

 

 

30,439

 

Lease liabilities, non-current

 

127,735

 

 

 

116,350

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

45,603

 

 

 

42,885

 

Total liabilities

 

472,695

 

 

 

512,653

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.01; 32,000,000 shares authorized; 24,406,816 and 24,607,939 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2023 and March 31, 2024, respectively

 

244

 

 

 

246

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

1,517,650

 

 

 

1,519,291

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

(34,247

)

 

 

(60,754

)

Retained earnings

 

168,871

 

 

 

183,800

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

1,652,518

 

 

 

1,642,583

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

2,125,213

 

 

$

2,155,236

 

STRATEGIC EDUCATION, INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2024

 

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

Net income (loss)

$

(2,028

)

 

$

29,702

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:

 

 

 

Gain on early termination of operating leases

 

 

 

 

(6,166

)

Amortization of deferred financing costs

 

138

 

 

 

140

 

Amortization of investment discount/premium

 

3

 

 

 

(27

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

14,651

 

 

 

11,069

 

Deferred income taxes

 

1,872

 

 

 

2,406

 

Stock-based compensation

 

5,632

 

 

 

5,329

 

Impairment of right-of-use lease assets

 

3,649

 

 

 

 

Changes in assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

Tuition receivable, net

 

(8,892

)

 

 

(7,183

)

Other assets

 

(10,891

)

 

 

(7,950

)

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

1,831

 

 

 

6,218

 

Income taxes payable and income taxes receivable

 

(4,613

)

 

 

8,586

 

Contract liabilities

 

34,035

 

 

 

36,035

 

Other liabilities

 

(145

)

 

 

(529

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

35,242

 

 

 

77,630

 

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

(8,270

)

 

 

(9,188

)

Purchases of marketable securities

 

(17,103

)

 

 

 

Proceeds from marketable securities

 

1,960

 

 

 

8,220

 

Proceeds from other investments

 

457

 

 

 

 

Other investments

 

(118

)

 

 

(34

)

Cash paid for acquisition, net of cash acquired

 

(211

)

 

 

 

Net cash used in investing activities

 

(23,285

)

 

 

(1,002

)

 

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

Common dividends paid

 

(14,755

)

 

 

(14,734

)

Net payments for stock awards

 

(4,964

)

 

 

(3,686

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

(19,719

)

 

 

(18,420

)

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

(887

)

 

 

(2,305

)

Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash

 

(8,649

)

 

 

55,903

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash — beginning of period

 

227,454

 

 

 

181,925

 

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash — end of period

$

218,805

 

 

$

237,828

 

STRATEGIC EDUCATION, INC.

UNAUDITED SEGMENT REPORTING

(in thousands)

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2024

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

U.S. Higher Education

$

196,895

 

 

$

219,236

 

Australia/New Zealand

 

41,503

 

 

 

47,375

 

Education Technology Services

 

18,208

 

 

 

23,639

 

Consolidated revenues

$

256,606

 

 

$

290,250

 

Income (loss) from operations:

 

 

 

U.S. Higher Education

$

9,589

 

 

$

28,013

 

Australia/New Zealand

 

(7,182

)

 

 

(2,255

)

Education Technology Services

 

5,796

 

 

 

10,088

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

(3,532

)

 

 

 

Merger and integration costs

 

(425

)

 

 

 

Restructuring costs

 

(5,595

)

 

 

5,510

 

Consolidated income (loss) from operations

$

(1,349

)

 

$

41,356

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In our press release and schedules, we report certain financial measures that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). We discuss management’s reasons for reporting these non-GAAP measures below, and the press release schedules that follow reconcile the most directly comparable GAAP measure to each non-GAAP measure that we reference. Although management evaluates and presents these non-GAAP measures for the reasons described below, please be aware that these non-GAAP measures have limitations and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for revenue, total costs and expenses, income (loss) from operations, operating margin, income (loss) before income taxes, net income (loss), earnings (loss) per share or any other comparable financial measure prescribed by GAAP. In addition, we may calculate and/or present these non-GAAP financial measures differently than measures with the same or similar names that other companies report, and as a result, the non-GAAP measures we report may not be comparable to those reported by others.

Management uses certain non-GAAP measures to evaluate financial performance because those non-GAAP measures allow for period-over-period comparisons of the Company’s ongoing operations before the impact of certain items described below. Management believes this information is useful to investors to compare the Company’s results of operations period-over-period. These measures are Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Total Costs and Expenses, Adjusted Income from Operations, Adjusted Operating Margin, Adjusted Income Before Income Taxes, Adjusted Net Income, Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (EBITDA), Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share (EPS). We define Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Total Costs and Expenses, Adjusted Income from Operations, Adjusted Operating Margin, Adjusted Income Before Income Taxes, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Diluted EPS to exclude (1) amortization and depreciation expense related to intangible assets and software assets associated with the Company’s acquisition of Torrens University and associated assets in Australia and New Zealand, (2) integration expenses associated with the Company’s merger with Capella Education Company and the Company’s acquisition of Torrens University and associated assets in Australia and New Zealand, (3) severance costs, lease and fixed asset impairment charges, gains on sale of real estate and early termination of leased facilities, and other costs associated with the Company’s restructuring activities, (4) income/loss recognized from the Company’s investments in partnership interests and other investments, and (5) discrete tax adjustments utilizing adjusted effective income tax rates of 30.0% and 29.5% for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2024, respectively. To illustrate currency impacts to operating results, Adjusted Revenue, Adjusted Total Costs and Expenses, Adjusted Income from Operations, Adjusted Operating Margin, Adjusted Income Before Income Taxes, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Diluted EPS for the three months ended March 31, 2024 are also presented on a constant currency basis utilizing an exchange rate of 0.68 Australian Dollars to U.S. Dollars, which was the average exchange rate for the same period in 2023. We define EBITDA as net income (loss) before other income (expense), the provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, and from this amount in arriving at Adjusted EBITDA we also exclude stock-based compensation expense, amortization expense associated with deferred implementation costs incurred in cloud computing arrangements, and the amounts in (2) and (3) above. These non-GAAP measures are reconciled to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in the sections that follow. Non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as substitutes for GAAP measures.

STRATEGIC EDUCATION, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

ADJUSTED REVENUE, ADJUSTED TOTAL COSTS AND EXPENSES, ADJUSTED INCOME FROM OPERATIONS, ADJUSTED OPERATING MARGIN, ADJUSTED INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES, ADJUSTED NET INCOME, AND ADJUSTED EPS

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2023

Non-GAAP Adjustments

 

 

 

As Reported

(GAAP)

 

Amortization of intangible assets(1)

 

Merger and integration costs(2)

 

Restructuring costs(3)

 

Income from other investments(4)

 

Tax

adjustments(5)

 

As Adjusted

(Non-GAAP)

Revenues

$

256,606

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

256,606

 

Total costs and expenses

$

257,955

 

 

$

(3,532

)

 

$

(425

)

 

$

(5,595

)

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

248,403

 

Income (loss) from operations

$

(1,349

)

 

$

3,532

 

 

$

425

 

 

$

5,595

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

8,203

 

Operating margin

 

-0.5

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3.2

%

Income (loss) before income taxes

$

(951

)

 

$

3,532

 

 

$

425

 

 

$

5,595

 

 

$

(325

)

 

$

 

 

$

8,276

 

Net income (loss)

$

(2,028

)

 

$

3,532

 

 

$

425

 

 

$

5,595

 

 

$

(325

)

 

$

(1,406

)

 

$

5,793

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings (loss) per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

$

(0.09

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

0.24

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted(6)

 

23,430

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24,023

 

 

 

 

For the three months ended March 31, 2024

Non-GAAP Adjustments

 

 

 

As Reported

(GAAP)

 

Amortization of intangible assets(1)

 

Merger and integration costs(2)

 

Restructuring costs(3)

 

Loss from other investments(4)

 

Tax

adjustments(5)

 

As Adjusted

(Non-GAAP)

Revenues

$

290,250

 

 

$

 

$

 

$

 

 

$

 

$

 

$

290,250

 

Total costs and expenses

$

248,894

 

 

$

 

$

 

$

5,510

 

 

$

 

$

 

$

254,404

 

Income from operations

$

41,356

 

 

$

 

$

 

$

(5,510

)

 

$

 

$

 

$

35,846

 

Operating margin

 

14.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.4

%

Income before income taxes

$

43,150

 

 

$

 

$

 

$

(5,510

)

 

$

212

 

$

 

$

37,852

 

Net income

$

29,702

 

 

$

 

$

 

$

(5,510

)

 

$

212

 

$

2,282

 

$

26,686

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

$

1.23

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

$

1.11

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted

 

24,060

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

24,060

 

(1)

Reflects amortization and depreciation expense of intangible assets and software assets acquired through the Company’s acquisition of Torrens University and associated assets in Australia and New Zealand.

(2)

Reflects integration expenses associated with the Company’s merger with Capella Education Company and the Company’s acquisition of Torrens University and associated assets in Australia and New Zealand.

(3)

Reflects severance costs, lease and fixed asset impairment charges, gains on sale of real estate and early termination of leased facilities, and other costs associated with the Company’s restructuring activities.

(4)

Reflects income/loss recognized from the Company’s investments in partnership interests and other investments.

(5)

Reflects tax impacts of the adjustments described above and discrete tax adjustments related to stock-based compensation and other adjustments, utilizing adjusted effective income tax rates of 30.0% and 29.5% for the three months ended March 31, 2023 and 2024, respectively.

(6)

For the three months ended March 31, 2023, 593,000 shares issuable in connection with stock options, restricted stock and restricted stock units were excluded from the diluted loss per share calculation because the effect would have been anti-dilutive due to the Company’s net loss during the period.

STRATEGIC EDUCATION, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Q1 2024 AS ADJUSTED WITH CONSTANT CURRENCY

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

As Adjusted

(Non-GAAP)

 

Constant currency adjustment(1)

 

As Adjusted with Constant Currency

(Non-GAAP)

Revenues

$

290,250

 

 

$

2,074

 

$

292,324

 

Total costs and expenses

$

254,404

 

 

$

1,975

 

$

256,379

 

Income from operations

$

35,846

 

 

$

99

 

$

35,945

 

Operating margin

 

12.4

%

 

 

 

 

12.3

%

Income before income taxes

$

37,852

 

 

$

123

 

$

37,975

 

Net income

$

26,686

 

 

$

86

 

$

26,772

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

Diluted

$

1.11

 

 

 

 

$

1.11

 

Weighted average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

Diluted

 

24,060

 

 

 

 

 

24,060

 

(1)

Reflects an adjustment to translate foreign currency results for the three months ended March 31, 2024 at a constant exchange rate of 0.68 Australian Dollars to U.S. Dollars, which was the average exchange rate for the same period in 2023.

STRATEGIC EDUCATION, INC.

UNAUDITED NON-GAAP SEGMENT REPORTING

(in thousands)

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2024

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

U.S. Higher Education

$

196,895

 

 

$

219,236

 

Australia/New Zealand

 

41,503

 

 

 

47,375

 

Education Technology Services

 

18,208

 

 

 

23,639

 

Consolidated revenues

 

256,606

 

 

 

290,250

 

 

 

 

 

Income (loss) from operations:

 

 

 

U.S. Higher Education

$

9,589

 

 

$

28,013

 

Australia/New Zealand

 

(7,182

)

 

 

(2,255

)

Education Technology Services

 

5,796

 

 

 

10,088

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

(3,532

)

 

 

 

Merger and integration costs

 

(425

)

 

 

 

Restructuring costs

 

(5,595

)

 

 

5,510

 

Consolidated income (loss) from operations

 

(1,349

)

 

 

41,356

 

 

 

 

 

Adjustments to consolidated income (loss) from operations:

 

 

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

3,532

 

 

 

 

Merger and integration costs

 

425

 

 

 

 

Restructuring costs

 

5,595

 

 

 

(5,510

)

Total adjustments to consolidated income (loss) from operations

 

9,552

 

 

 

(5,510

)

 

 

 

 

Adjusted income (loss) from operations by segment:

 

 

 

U.S. Higher Education

 

9,589

 

 

 

28,013

 

Australia/New Zealand

 

(7,182

)

 

 

(2,255

)

Education Technology Services

 

5,796

 

 

 

10,088

 

Total adjusted income from operations

$

8,203

 

 

$

35,846

 

STRATEGIC EDUCATION, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

ADJUSTED EBITDA

(in thousands)

 

 

For the three months ended March 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2024

 

Net income (loss)

$

(2,028

)

 

$

29,702

 

Provision for income taxes

 

1,077

 

 

 

13,448

 

Other (income) expense

 

(398

)

 

 

(1,794

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

14,651

 

 

 

11,069

 

EBITDA (1)

 

13,302

 

 

 

52,425

 

Stock-based compensation

 

5,632

 

 

 

5,329

 

Merger and integration costs (2)

 

425

 

 

 

 

Restructuring costs (3)

 

6,095

 

 

 

(5,646

)

Cloud computing amortization (4)

 

1,745

 

 

 

2,160

 

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

$

27,199

 

 

$

54,268

 

(1)

Denotes non-GAAP financial measures. Please see the information in the Non-GAAP Financial Measures section of this press release for more detail regarding these adjustments and management’s reasons for providing this information.

(2)

Reflects integration charges associated with the Company’s merger with Capella Education Company and the Company’s acquisition of Torrens University and associated assets in Australia and New Zealand.

(3)

Reflects severance costs, lease and fixed asset impairment charges, gains on sale of real estate and early termination of leased facilities, and other costs associated with the Company’s restructuring activities. Excludes $0.5 million of depreciation and amortization benefit related to a gain on the sale of property and equipment for the three months ended March 31, 2023. Excludes $0.1 million of stock-based compensation expense for the three months ended March 31, 2024.

(4)

Reflects amortization expense associated with deferred implementation costs incurred in cloud computing arrangements.

 

Terese Wilke Director of Investor Relations Strategic Education, Inc. (612) 977-6331 terese.wilke@strategiced.com

Source: Strategic Education, Inc.

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