March 3, 2016

Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2015 Financial and Operating Results

Record 2015 Revenue of $104.7 Million, Up 18% From 2014

Q4 2015 Adjusted Earnings Per Share of $0.10

Full Year 2015 Adjusted Earnings Per Share of $0.27

Record Policies in Force Totaled Approximately 195,100, an 84% Increase YOY


TAMPA, Fla., March 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. (HII) (NASDAQ:HIIQ), a leading developer, distributor, and virtual administrator of affordable health plans, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2015.  The Company will host a live conference call on Friday, March 4, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. EST .

Fourth Quarter 2015 Consolidated Financial Highlights

  • Record revenue was $33.6 million, an increase of 26.7% over $26.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Record total collections from customers, which our industry refers to as premium equivalents, of $55.6 million, an increase of 21.7% over $45.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) was $2.6 million, compared to $2.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Adjusted EPS, also referred to as Adjusted Net Income per Share, was $0.10 in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $0.12 in the fourth quarter of 2014. 
  • Net Income per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $0.02, compared to $0.01 in the fourth quarter of 2014.
  • Record policies in force as of December 31, 2015, totaled approximately 195,100, an 84% increase from 106,200 as of December 31, 2014

See the reconciliations for premium equivalents, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EPS within this press release.

2016 Full Year Guidance

For the full year 2016 we expect Revenue to grow 24% to 30% year-over-year ($130 million to $136 million) and Adjusted EPS to grow 26% to 41% ($0.34 to $0.38).

"We were pleased that we exceeded our annual revenue and adjusted earnings per share guidance with a record revenue quarter and strong profit growth as well.  Our sales accelerated in the 2016 open enrollment period, driven by our strong sales effort across our existing and new channels.  Our on-line ecommerce site, AgileHealthInsurance.com, delivered strong volume and is rapidly becoming our top distributor," said Patrick McNamee, HII's Chief Executive Officer and President.

"We had record policies in force at the end of 2015 - 195,100 policies, representing an 84% YOY increase.  During the quarter, we also had our all-time record of submitted policies - 153,300, representing a 174% YOY increase. Our strategy to diversify our distribution is working; open enrollment is now a tailwind to our growth," said McNamee.

Full Year 2015 Consolidated Financial Highlights

  • Record annual revenues of $104.7 million, representing an 18.0% increase from fiscal year 2014, exceeding guidance of $98 to $103 million.
  • Record total collections from customers, which our industry refers to as premium equivalents of $175.8 million, representing a 12.7% increase from fiscal year 2014.
  • Adjusted EPS or Net Income per Share was $0.27 for the year ended in 2015, exceeding guidance of $0.18 to $0.25 per share.
  • Adjusted gross margin of $48.7 million, representing 10% growth from $44.1 million in 2014.
  • Net Income per diluted share of $0.08, compared to $(0.06) for the fiscal year ended 2014.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $6.6 million, with $2.6 million contributed in the fourth quarter.
  • Record policies in force as of December 31, 2015, totaled approximately 195,100, an 84% increase from 106,200 as of December 31, 2014

Fourth Quarter Financial Discussion

Fourth quarter revenues of $33.6 million increased by 26.7%, as compared to the fourth quarter of 2014, driven primarily by an increase in policies in force and accelerating sales in the fourth quarter through the ACA open enrollment period.

Adjusted gross margin, which is calculated starting with revenues and then adjusted for third party commissions, and credit card and ACH fees, decreased to 26.2% of premium equivalents for the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to 30.3% of premium equivalents in the same period in 2014. The decrease in adjusted gross margin is largely due to a higher mix of sales from non-owned call centers. 

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $14.9 million (44.5% of Revenues) in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $12.0 million (45.2% of Revenues) in 2014.  During the quarter, we restructured our owned call centers and recognized the accelerated expenses of $2.6 million relating to those restructurings.  Additionally, we capitalized approximately $420,000 in Internally Developed Software at our consumer division, further enhancing our technology advantage.  Improvements in the core SG&A for the quarter as percentage of revenue were realized due to management efficiencies that occurred in Q3 2015.

EBITDA was ($0.4) million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $1.4 million in the same period in 2014.  Adjusted EBITDA is calculated starting with EBITDA, which is then further adjusted for items that are not part of regular operating activities, including restructuring costs and other non-cash items such as stock-based compensation.  EBITDA for the quarter was negatively impacted by the restructuring of our owned call centers and the up-front cost of acquisition at Agile.  Adjusted EBITDA was $2.6 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $2.8 million in the same period in 2014.  A reconciliation of net (loss) income to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2015 and 2014 is included within this press release.

Adjusted EPS for Q4 2015 was $0.10 compared with $0.12 last year.  For total 2015, GAAP EPS or net income per diluted share was $0.08 compared with ($0.06) last year.

The company makes short term loans to our distributors based on actual sales that we refer to as advance commissions.  These advance commissions assist our distributors with cost of lead acquisition and provide working capital.  We recover the advanced commissions from future commissions earned on premiums collected over the period in which policies renew.  In the fourth quarter, we experienced a $10.0 million increase in the advanced commission loan balance, taking the year-end balance to $24.5 million.

Cash and short-term investments totaled $7.7 million at the end of the fourth quarter of 2015. Cash decreased by $0.2 million during the quarter. We borrowed an additional $5.0 million on our bank line of credit in the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily to fund the advance commission loans. 

Conference Call and Webcast

The company will host an earnings conference call on March 4, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time.  All interested parties can join the call by dialing (877) 407-9039; or (201) 689-8470; the conference ID is 13631116.  A webcast of the call may be accessed in the Investor Relations section of Health Insurance Innovations' website at http://investor.hiiquote.com/events.com.  An archive of the call will be available for 30 days through the same website.

About Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. (HII)

HII is a market leader in developing innovative health insurance products that are affordable and meet the needs of health insurance plan shoppers. HII develops insurance products through partnerships with best-in-class insurance companies and markets them via its broad distribution network of licensed insurance agents across the nation, its call center network and its unique online capability.  Additional information about HII can be found at HiiQuote.com. HII's Consumer Division includes AgileHealthInsurance.com, a website for researching, comparing and purchasing short-term health insurance products online and HealthPocket.com, a free website that compares and ranks all health insurance plans, and uses objective data to publish unbiased health insurance market analyses and other consumer advocacy research. 

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical fact, and may include statements relating to goals, plans and projections regarding new markets, products, services, growth strategies, anticipated trends in our business and anticipated changes and developments in the United States health insurance system and laws. Forward-looking statements are based on HII's current assumptions, expectations and beliefs are generally identifiable by use of words "may," "might," "will," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "potential" or "continue," or similar expressions and involve significant risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results, developments and business decisions to differ materially from those contemplated by these statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, our ability to maintain relationships and develop new relationships with health insurance carriers and distributors, our ability to retain our members, the demand for our products, the amount of commissions paid to us or changes in health insurance plan pricing practices, our ability to integrate our acquisitions (including our July 2014 acquisition of HealthPocket, Inc.), competition, changes and developments in the United States health insurance system and laws, and HII's ability to adapt to them, the ability to maintain and enhance our name recognition, difficulties arising from acquisitions or other strategic transactions, and our ability to build the necessary infrastructure and processes to maintain effective controls over financial reporting. These and other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements are discussed in HII's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 and subsequent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, all as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as well as other documents that may be filed by HII from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release is based only on information currently available to us and speaks only as of the date on which it is made. You should not rely on any forward-looking statement as representing our views in the future. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise.


HEALTH INSURANCE INNOVATIONS, INC.
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)
($ in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
 December 31,
  2015   2014 
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$7,695  $15,985 
Cash held on behalf of others 7,906   5,913 
Short-term investments -   461 
Accounts receivable, net, prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,778   2,332 
Advanced commissions 24,531   5,973 
Income taxes receivable 591   12 
Total current assets 42,501   30,676 
Property and equipment, net 2,004    526 
Goodwill 41,076   41,076 
Intangible assets, net 10,061   13,565 
Other assets 142   329 
Total assets$95,784  $86,172 
Liabilities and stockholders' equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable and accrued expenses$17,847  $ 11,397 
Deferred revenue 384   64 
Current portion of contingent consideration 532   2,647 
Deferred tax liability -   13 
Due to member 342   229 
Other current liabilities 203   189 
Total current liabilities 19,308   14,539 
Revolving line of credit 7,500   - 
Contingent acquisition consideration -   1,753 
Deferred tax liability 358   2,287 
Due to member 406   387 
Other liabilities 158   494 
Total liabilities 27,730   19,460 
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders' equity:   
Class A common stock (par value $0.001 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized; 7,910,085 and 7,900,085 shares issued, respectively; and, 7,759,092 and 7,852,941 outstanding, respectively) 8   8 
Class B common stock (par value $0.001 per share, 20,000,000 shares authorized; 6,841,667 and 6,841,667 shares issued and outstanding, respectively) 7   7 
Preferred stock (par value $0.001 per share, 5,000,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding) -   - 
Additional paid-in capital 44,592   42,647 
Treasury stock, at cost (150,993 and 47,144 shares, respectively) (1,542)  (347)
Accumulated deficit (3,093)  (3,694)
Total Health Insurance Innovations, Inc. stockholders' equity 39,972   38,621 
Noncontrolling interests 28,082   28,091 
Total stockholders' equity 68,054    66,712 
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$95,784  $86,172 


HEALTH INSURANCE INNOVATIONS, INC.
 
Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)
($ in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
 Three Months Ended
December 31,
 Year Ended
December 31,
 2015 2014 2015 2014
Revenues (premium equivalents of $175,768, and $156,039 for the years ended December 31, 2015 and 2014, respectively)  $ 33,617  $26,530 $ 104,704  $ 88,758 
Operating expenses:           
Third-party commissions  18,363   12,183   53,700    42,760 
Credit card and ACH fees  706   496   2,287     1,863 
Selling, general and administrative  14,964   12,020   47,324    39,895 
Depreciation and amortization  699   644   2,954    2,367 
Total operating expenses  34,732   25,343   106,265    86,885 
(Loss) income from operations  (1,115)  1,187   (1,561)    1,873 
Other expense (income):           
Interest income  3   4    (22)   (13)
Fair value adjustment of contingent consideration  (441)  164    (1,265)   1,103 
Other expense  353    252   183    270 
Net (loss) income loss before income taxes  (1,030)  767   (457)   513 
(Benefit) provision for income taxes  (1,258)  295   (1,922)   90 
Net income  228   472   1,465    423 
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests  85   398   864    762 
Net income (loss) attributable to Health Insurance Innovations, Inc.$ 144  $74 $ 601  $ (339)
Per share data:           
Net income (loss) per share attributable to Health Insurance Innovations, Inc.           
Basic$ 0.02  $ 0.01 $ 0.08  $ (0.06)
Diluted$  0.02  $0.01 $ 0.08  $ (0.06)
Weighted average Class A shares outstanding           
Basic7,534,780 7,597,868 7,524,566 6,057,516
Diluted7,616,164 7,628,496 7,601,789 6,057,516
        

Restructuring Expense

During the last quarter of the year ended December 31, 2015, the company committed to and communicated a plan to restructure its operations at ICE and Secured. The company determined certain processes and cost centers of ICE and Secured to be duplicative and recognized that efficiencies could be gained by leveraging these operations with other owned call centers. The reorganization is expected to improve profitability and scalability. As of December 31, 2015, the restructuring plan was communicated to employees and substantially complete.

In connection with the restructuring, the total amount expected to be incurred can be aggregated into six categories: severance, asset write off, lease cancellation, legal fees, travel, and miscellaneous expense.  Estimated total costs expected to be incurred by category is as follows ($ in thousands):

Severance$1,401 
Asset write off 1,013 
Lease cancellation                                                   138 
Legal fees 21 
Travel 15 
Misc. 7 
Total$2,595 
 

The amount of expense incurred as of December 31, 2015 for the restructuring activities that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2015 is $2.6 million and is included in the consolidated statement of operations in selling, general and administrative. The company has recorded a liability at December 31, 2015, of $1.2 million which is included in the consolidated balance sheet as accounts payable and accrued expenses. 

In connection with the restructuring, intangible assets were reviewed for impairment and as a result of our assessment, we have recorded a loss on intangibles related to distributors of $878,000. This amount is included in the asset write off category above and the associated loss is included with restructuring expenses in consolidated statement of operations as selling, general and administrative. See Notes 5 and 8 of the accompanying audited financial statements for further information about our intangible assets and restructuring activities.

All liabilities associated with the restructuring approximate their fair values. All recorded liabilities are classified as current within the consolidated balance sheet.




Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
(Unaudited)
($ in thousands)
 
  Year Ended December 31, 
  2015  2014 
Net income (loss) $1,465  $ 423  
Interest income  (22)   (13) 
Depreciation and amortization  2,954    2,367  
Benefit for income taxes  (1,922)   90   
EBITDA  2,475    2,867  
Non-cash stock-based compensation  1,364    2,454  
Fair value adjustment to contingent consideration                  (1,265)   1,103  
Transaction costs  24    776  
Tax receivable agreement liability adjustment  361      
Other non-recurring charges  3,623    863  
Adjusted EBITDA $6,583  $ 8,063  
 


Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Adjusted Net Income per Share
(Unaudited)
($ in thousands except per share data)
 
  Year Ended  December 31, 
  2015  2014 
Adjusted EBITDA $6,583  $8,063 
Less depreciation  329   160 
Adjusted pre-tax income  6,254   7,903 
Less income tax expense   2,377   3,003 
Adjusted net income $3,878  $4,900 
Total weighted average diluted share count                        14,443   12,899 
Adjusted net income per share $0.27  $0.38 
 
  1. EBITDA is defined as net (loss) income before interest expense, income taxes and depreciation and amortization. We have included EBITDA in this report because it is a key measure used by our management and Board of Directors to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve our annual budget and to develop short- and long-term operational plans. In particular, the exclusion of certain expenses in calculating EBITDA can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our business. However, EBITDA does not represent, and should not be considered as, an alternative to net income or cash flows from operations, each as determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("GAAP"). Other companies may calculate EBITDA differently than we do. EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.
     
  2. To calculate adjusted EBITDA, we calculate EBITDA, which is then further adjusted for items that are not part of regular operating activities, including acquisition costs, and other non-cash items such as non-cash stock-based compensation. Adjusted EBITDA does not represent, and should not be considered as, an alternative to net income or cash flows from operations, each as determined in accordance with GAAP. We have presented adjusted EBITDA because we consider it an important supplemental measure of our performance and believe that it is frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies. Other companies may calculate adjusted EBITDA differently than we do. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.
     
  3. Adjusted net income is computed by subtracting depreciation (but not amortization of intangible assets) from adjusted EBITDA to determine adjusted pre-tax income, from which an assumed tax expense calculated at the 38% federal statutory rate is deducted. We have included adjusted net income in this report because it is a key measure used by our management to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends and because we believe it is frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies. Other companies may calculate this measure differently than we do. Adjusted net income has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or substitution for earnings per share as reported under GAAP.
     
  4. Adjusted net income per share is computed by dividing adjusted net income by the total number of diluted Class A and Class B shares of our common stock for each period. We have included adjusted net income per share in this report because it is a key measure used by our management to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends and because we believe it is frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies. Other companies may calculate this measure differently than we do. Adjusted net income per share has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for earnings per share as reported under GAAP.

              

    Reconciliation of Premium Equivalents to Revenues & Adjusted Gross Margin    
(Unaudited)
($ in thousands)
 
 Year Ended
December 31,  
  2015 
 2014
Premium equivalents$175,768  $156,039 
Less risk premium 67,445   63,900 
Less amounts earned by third party obligors 3,619   3,381 
Revenues 104,704   88,758 
Third-party commissions  53,700   42,760 
Credit card and ACH fees 2,287   1,863 
Adjusted gross margin$48,717  $44,135 
 
  1. Premium equivalents is defined as the combination of premiums, fees for discount benefit plans, and enrollment fees. All amounts not paid out as risk premium to carriers or paid out to other third-party obligors are considered to be revenues for financial reporting purposes. We have included premium equivalents in this report because it is a key measure used by our management to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve our annual budget and to develop short- and long-term operational plans. In particular, the inclusion of premium equivalents can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our business. This financial measurement is considered a non-GAAP financial measure and is not recognized under GAAP and should not be used as, and is not an alternative to, revenues as a measure of our operating performance.
     
  2. Adjusted gross margin is defined as revenue less third party commissions and credit card and ACH fees.  Adjusted gross margin does not represent, and should not be considered as, an alternative to revenues, as determined in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted gross margin is a key measure used by our management to understand and evaluate our core operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve our annual budget and to develop short-term and long-term operational plans. In particular, adjusted gross margin can provide a useful measure for period-to-period comparisons of our business. Adjusted gross margin has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.


Summary of selected metrics
(Unaudited)
($ in thousands)
 
 Submitted Applications during
Three Months Ended
December 31,
    Submitted Applications during
Year Ended
December 31,
   
    
 2015  2014  Change (%)
 2015 2014  Change (%)
IFP 69,200   30,900   123%   176,900  131,200   35%
Supplemental products 84,100   25,100   236%  186,700  98,300   90%
Total 153,300   56,000   174%  363,600  229,500   58%


 
 Policies in Force as of
December 31,
   
 2015  2014  Change (%) 
IFP 84,500   50,800   65% 
Supplemental products       110,600   55,400   102% 
Total 195,100   106,200   84% 


 
 Submitted IFP Applications by Channel
 Q1'15 Q2'15 Q3'15 Q4'15 2015 2014 
Agile  -     300   5,800    11,300   17,400   - 
All Others        30,700 31,700 39,100 57,900 159,500 131,200 
Total  30,700   32,000   44,900   69,200   176,900   131,200 


 
 SG&A Expense
 Q1'15 Q2'15 Q3'15 Q4'15  2015   2014 
Total SG&A$11,165   $10,350   $10,845   $14,964   $47,324   $39,895  
Less: Stock-based compensation  61   626   313   363   1,363   2,454 
Less: Other non-recurring charges (69)  468   273   2,952   3,623   863 
Less: Marketing and Advertising 2,659   1,809    2,305   3,046   9,818    8,525 
Core SG&A 8,514   7,448   7,954   8,604   32,519   28,054 
% of Revenue 37.8%  32.7%  30.8%  25.6%  31.1%  31.6%


CONTACTS:



Health Insurance Innovations, Inc.:

Michael Hershberger

Chief Financial Officer

(877) 376-5831 ext. 282

mhershberger@hiiquote.com



Investor Contact:

Investor Relations office

(813) 452-5221

IR@hiiquote.com



Media Contact for HealthPocket.com:

Kevin McVicker

Shirley & Banister Public Affairs

(703) 739-5920 or (800) 536-5920

kmcvicker@sbpublicaffairs.com

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