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Universal Technical Institute Reports Fiscal Year 2021 Third Quarter Results

PHOENIX, Aug. 2, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI), the leading provider of transportation technician training, reported financial results for the fiscal 2021 third quarter ended June 30, 2021.

  • New student starts in the third quarter increased 38.8% from the prior year quarter, while average active students increased 19.1%.
  • Revenue of $83.8 million in the third quarter, an increase of 53.8% compared to the prior year quarter.
  • Net income of $3.0 million compared to a net loss of $13.3 million and adjusted EBITDA* of $7.2 million compared to an adjusted EBITDA loss* of $8.8 million.
  • Management reaffirms fiscal year 2021 guidance given strong front-end demand and ongoing operating improvements.

"We delivered exceptionally strong double-digit growth across our key operating metrics this quarter and returned to profitability as the dramatic impacts from the pandemic, which inhibited our business in the comparable quarter last year, have largely diminished," said Jerome Grant, UTI's Chief Executive Officer. "Notably, our active student population and revenue have rebounded and exceed fiscal 2019 pre-pandemic levels. We are very optimistic for the future of the business and look forward to closing out 2021 positively and bringing our momentum forward into our next fiscal year."

Grant continued, "Over the past several years we have built a platform that should enable us to consistently grow our core business, regardless of the economic environment.  Additionally, our blended learning model provides essential flexibility for our students and teaches them in-demand technology skills that employers are looking for, all while providing additional efficiencies for our business. This platform and innovative teaching model, coupled with our ongoing growth and diversification initiatives, will allow us to continue to expand our value proposition and help us reach our ultimate goal of providing significantly more students the opportunity to pursue careers in high-demand fields."

Financial Results for the Three-Month Period Ended June 30, 2021 Compared to 2020

  • New student starts increased 38.8% reflecting strong front-end demand across all channels and the prior year period impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Revenues increased 53.8% to $83.8 million compared to $54.5 million.  The increase is primarily a result of new student start growth, elevated student leaves of absence in the prior year due to the onset of the pandemic, and the timing of students progressing through the lab make-up process which resulted in a revenue deferral of $10.8 million in the prior year period. 
  • Operating expenses increased by 18.2% to $80.7 million, compared to $68.3 million.  The increase is primarily due to maintaining full operations during the current year period while in the prior year period operations were limited because of the pandemic and as a result labor and student related expenses were decreased accordingly. 
  • Operating income was $3.1 million, compared to an operating loss of $13.8 million.
  • Net income was $3.0 million, compared to a net loss of $13.3 million. Adjusted net income* was $3.3 million compared to adjusted net loss* of $11.8 million.
  • Basic and diluted income (loss) per share (EPS) were $0.03 compared to $(0.45).    
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was $7.2 million, compared to an adjusted EBITDA* loss of $8.8 million.

"We saw continued recovery and further acceleration across our base business this quarter, which positions us well to meet our guidance for this fiscal year and to achieve our longer-term expectations. We are preparing for new campus launches next year and are optimistic about the timing regarding our pending acquisition of the MIAT College of Technology." said UTI Chief Financial Officer Troy Anderson. "Additionally, as supported by our growing liquidity position, we remain active in exploring additional growth opportunities to further drive value for our students, shareholders, and industry partners. I am confident in our plans and what our team will accomplish going forward."

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

At June 30, 2021, UTI's total available liquidity was $103.1 million including short-term, held-to-maturity securities.  During the quarter, the company completed the financing of its Avondale, Arizona campus, yielding proceeds of $31.2 million.  The campus was purchased in December 2020 for $45.2 million

Financial Results for the Nine-Month Period Ended June 30, 2021 Compared to 2020

  • New student starts increased 24.6%.
  • Revenues increased 5.9% to $237.6 million compared to $224.4 million.  Similar to the three months ended, the overall increase is primarily due to new student start growth, a higher number of students on leave of absence in the prior year due to the onset of the pandemic during the period and the timing of students progressing through the lab make-up process including the related $10.8 million revenue deferral as of June 30, 2020. 
  • Operating expenses increased by 0.4% to $235.4 million, compared to $234.5 million.
  • Operating income was $2.2 million, compared to an operating loss of $10.0 million.
  • Net income was $2.5 million, compared to $1.6 million.  Adjusted net income* was $3.6 million, compared to an adjusted net loss* of $4.5 million.  The prior year net income included a $10.8 million income tax benefit resulting from the application of revised net operating loss carryback regulations from the CARES Act. 
  • Basic and diluted EPS were $(0.04) compared to $(0.08).    
  • Adjusted EBITDA* was $14.3 million, compared to $4.3 million.
  • Operating cash flow provided $14.8 million, compared to an operating cash flow use of $10.1 million.
  • Adjusted free cash flow* provided cash of $5.0 million, compared to a use of cash of $16.2 million.

*See "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

Student Metrics


Three Months Ended


Nine Months Ended


June 30,


June 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Total new student starts

2,532



1,824



6,864



5,511


Average undergraduate full-time active students

10,797



9,068



11,280



10,218


End of period undergraduate full-time active students

10,583



9,774



10,583



9,774


For UTI's most recent investor presentation and quarterly financial supplement, please see the "Events" section of its investor relations website at https://investor.uti.edu.

Conference Call

Management will hold a conference call to discuss the financial results for the fiscal 2021 third quarter ended June 30, 2021, on Monday, August 2, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. ET.

To participate in the live call, investors are invited to dial (844) 881-0138 (domestic) or (412) 317-6790 (international).  A live webcast of the call will be available via the Universal Technical Institute investor relations website at https://investor.uti.edu. Please go to the website at least 10 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The conference call webcast will be archived for fourteen days at https://investor.uti.edu or the telephone replay can be accessed through August 16, 2021, by dialing (877) 344-7529 (domestic) or (412) 317-0088 (international) and entering passcode 10158745.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to disclosing financial results that are determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), UTI also discloses certain non-GAAP financial information in this press release and may similarly disclose non-GAAP financial information on the related conference call. These financial measures are not recognized measures under GAAP and are not intended to be and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP.  UTI discloses these non-GAAP financial measures because it believes that they provide investors an additional analytical tool to clarify its results of operations and identify underlying trends. Additionally, UTI believes that these measures may also help investors compare its performance on a consistent basis across time periods. In the quarter ended March 31, 2021, UTI introduced Adjusted Net Income (Loss) as a new non-GAAP measure replacing Adjusted Operating Income, which it believes is a better performance indicator of UTI's business given its expected profitability and the impact of multiple strategic initiatives. Additional details on this measure are provided below and the tables reconciling this measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Adjusted EBITDA

UTI defines adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, interest income, income taxes, depreciation, amortization and adjusted for items not considered as part of the company's normal recurring operations.

Adjusted Free Cash Flow

UTI defines adjusted free cash flow as net cash provided by (used in) operating activities less capital expenditures, adjusted for items not considered as part of the company's normal recurring operations.

Adjusted Net Income (Loss)

UTI defines adjusted net income (loss) as net income (loss), adjusted for items that affect trends in underlying performance from year to year and are not considered normal recurring operations, including the income tax effect on the adjustments utilizing the effective tax rate.      

UTI discloses any campus adjustments as direct costs (net of any corporate allocations). Management utilizes adjusted figures as performance measures internally for operating decisions, strategic planning, annual budgeting and forecasting.  For the periods presented, this includes acquisition-related costs for both announced and potential acquisitions, costs related to the purchase of our Avondale, Arizona campus, start-up costs associated with the Austin, TX and Miami, FL campus openings, the income tax benefit recorded as a result of the CARES Act, severance expenses due to the CEO transition, and costs related to the teach-out and closure of the Norwood, MA campus. To obtain a complete understanding of UTI's performance, these measures should be examined in connection with net income (loss) and net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, determined in accordance with GAAP, as presented in the financial statements and notes thereto included in the annual and quarterly filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").  Because the items excluded from these non-GAAP measures are significant components in understanding and assessing UTI's financial performance under GAAP, these measures should not be considered to be an alternative to net income (loss) or net cash provided by (used in) operating activities as a measure of UTI's operating performance or liquidity.  Exclusion of items in the non-GAAP presentation should not be construed as an inference that these items are unusual, infrequent or non-recurring. Other companies, including other companies in the education industry, may define and calculate non-GAAP financial measures differently than UTI does, limiting their usefulness as a comparative measure across similarly titled performance measures presented by other companies. A reconciliation of the historical non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures is provided below and investors are encouraged to review the reconciliations.

Forward Looking Statements

All statements contained in this press release and the related conference call, other than statements of historical fact, are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the safe harbor from civil liability provided for such statements by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (set forth in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended). These forward-looking statements which address UTI's expected future business and financial performance, may contain words such as "goal," "target," "future," "estimate," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "seek," "project," "may," "should," "will," the negative form of these expressions or similar expressions. Examples of forward-looking statements include, among others, statements regarding (1) UTI's expectation that it will meet its fiscal year 2021 guidance for new student start growth (decline), revenue growth, net income, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Free Cash Flow; (2) expectation that it will continue to expand its value proposition and build a business that can grow in low-to-mid single digits with potential upside, regardless of the economic environment; (3) UTI's expectation that it will succeed in new campus launches next year; and (4) UTI's expectation of the successful and timely closing of the MIAT acquisition,. Forward-looking statements are neither historical facts nor assurances of future performance. Instead, they are based only on UTI's current beliefs, expectations and assumptions regarding the future of its business, future plans and strategies, projections, anticipated events and trends, the economy and other future conditions. Because forward-looking statements relate to the future, they are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict and many of which are outside of UTI's control. UTI's actual results and financial condition may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements. Therefore, you should not rely on any of these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could affect UTI's actual results include, among other things, impacts related to the COVID-19 pandemic, changes to federal and state educational funding, changes to regulations or agency interpretation of such regulations affecting the for-profit education industry, possible failure or inability to obtain regulatory consents and certifications for new or modified campuses or instruction, potential increased competition, changes in demand for the programs UTI offers, increased investment in management and capital resources, failure to comply with the restrictive covenants and UTI's ability to pay the amounts when due under the Credit Agreement with Fifth Third Bank, National Association, the effectiveness of UTI student recruiting, advertising and promotional efforts, changes to interest rates and unemployment, general economic and political conditions, the adoption of new accounting standards, and other risks that are described from time to time in UTI's public filings. Further information on these and other potential factors that could affect the financial results or condition may be found in the company's filings with the SEC.  Any forward-looking statements made by UTI in this press release and the related conference call are based only on information currently available to UTI and speak only as of the date on which it is made.  UTI expressly disclaims any obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether written or oral, that may be made from time to time, whether as a result of new information, future developments, changes in expectations, any changes in events, conditions or circumstances, or otherwise.

Social Media Disclosure

Universal Technical Institute (UTI) uses its websites (https://www.uti.edu/ and https://investor.uti.edu/) and LinkedIn page (https://www.linkedin.com/school/universal-technical-institute/) as channels of distribution of information about its programs, its planned financial and other announcements, its attendance at upcoming investor and industry conferences, and other matters. Such information may be deemed material information, and UTI may use these channels to comply with its disclosure obligations under Regulation FD. Therefore, investors should monitor the company's website and its social media accounts in addition to following the company's press releases, SEC filings, public conference calls, and webcasts.

About Universal Technical Institute, Inc.

Founded in 1965 and with more than 225,000 graduates in its history, Universal Technical Institute, Inc. (NYSE: UTI) is the nation's leading provider of technical training for automotive, diesel, collision repair, motorcycle and marine technicians, and also offers welding technology and computer numerical control (CNC) machining programs. The company has built partnerships with industry leaders, outfits its state-of-the-industry facilities with current technology, and delivers training that is aligned with employer needs. Through its network of 12 campuses nationwide, UTI offers post-secondary programs under the banner of several well-known brands, including Universal Technical Institute (UTI), Motorcycle Mechanics Institute and Marine Mechanics Institute (MMI) and NASCAR Technical Institute (NASCAR Tech). The company is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona.

For more information, visit www.uti.edu. Like UTI on www.facebook.com/UTI or follow UTI on Twitter @UTITweet, @MMITweet, and @NASCARTechUTI.

Company Contact:
Troy R. Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
(623) 445-9365

Media Contact:
Mark Brenner
Vice President, Corporate Affairs & External Communications
Universal Technical Institute, Inc.
(623) 445-0872

Investor Relations Contact:
Robert Winters or Wyatt Turk
Alpha IR Group
(312) 445-2870
UTI@alpha-ir.com

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UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Nine Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Revenues

$

83,768



$

54,483



$

237,602



$

224,434


Operating expenses:








Educational services and facilities

42,238



32,476



122,049



118,261


Selling, general and administrative

38,478



35,786



113,387



116,197


Total operating expenses

80,716



68,262



235,436



234,458


Income (loss) from operations

3,052



(13,779)



2,166



(10,024)


Other income:








Interest (expense) income, net

(119)



216



(60)



896


Other income (expense), net

153



316



508



(13)


Total other income, net

34



532



448



883


Income (loss) before income taxes

3,086



(13,247)



2,614



(9,141)


Income tax (expense) benefit

(86)



(21)



(78)



10,699


Net income (loss)

$

3,000



$

(13,268)



$

2,536



$

1,558


Preferred stock dividends

1,313



1,309



3,938



3,941


Net income (loss) available for distribution

$

1,687



$

(14,577)



$

(1,402)



$

(2,383)










Earnings per share:








Net income (loss) per share - basic

$

0.03



$

(0.45)



$

(0.04)



$

(0.08)


Net income (loss) per share - diluted

$

0.03



$

(0.45)



$

(0.04)



$

(0.08)










Weighted average number of shares outstanding:







Basic

32,821



32,607



32,746



28,871


Diluted

33,036



32,607



32,746



28,871


 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except par value and per share amounts)

(Unaudited)



June 30, 2021


September 30, 2020

Assets


Cash and cash equivalents

$

102,856



$

76,803


Restricted cash

11,924



12,116


Held-to-maturity investments

250



38,055


Receivables, net

25,611



35,411


Notes receivable, current portion

5,441



5,184


Prepaid expenses

7,409



6,121


Other current assets

8,395



6,489


Total current assets

161,886



180,179


Property and equipment, net

117,490



72,743


Goodwill

8,222



8,222


Notes receivable, less current portion

29,952



27,609


Right-of-use assets for operating leases

147,596



144,663


Other assets

9,864



8,565


Total assets

$

475,010



$

441,981


Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity




Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

50,659



$

51,891


Dividends payable

1,313




Deferred revenue

41,993



40,694


Accrued tool sets

3,454



3,148


Operating lease liability, current portion

19,999



23,666


Long term debt, current portion

918



129


Other current liabilities

2,009



2,112


Total current liabilities

120,345



121,640


Deferred tax liabilities, net

674



674


Operating lease liability

138,999



134,089


Long-term debt

30,065



131


Other liabilities

7,730



8,925


Total liabilities

297,813



265,459


Commitments and contingencies




Shareholders' equity:




Common stock, $0.0001 par value, 100,000 shares authorized, 32,907 and 32,730 shares issued

3



3


Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value, 10,000 shares authorized; 700 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock issued and outstanding, liquidation preference of $100 per share




Paid-in capital - common

141,787



141,002


Paid-in capital - preferred

68,853



68,853


Treasury stock, at cost, 82 shares

(365)



(365)


Retained deficit

(32,729)



(32,971)


Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(352)




Total shareholders' equity

177,197



176,522


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

475,010



$

441,981


 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)




Nine Months Ended June 30,



2021


2020

Cash flows from operating activities:





Net income


$

2,536



$

1,558


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





Depreciation and amortization


10,470



8,821


Amortization of right-of-use assets for operating leases


11,856



18,163


Bad debt expense


1,025



1,138


Stock-based compensation


1,186



1,509


Deferred income taxes




345


Training equipment credits earned, net


504



503


Unrealized loss on derivative contract


(352)




Other (losses) gains, net


(330)



8


Changes in assets and liabilities:





Receivables


6,093



(13,917)


Prepaid expenses


(4,906)



(1,591)


Other assets


(773)



40


Notes receivable


(956)



1,115


Accounts payable and accrued expenses


(1,693)



12,494


Deferred revenue


1,299



(9,973)


Income tax receivable


2,522



(11,070)


Accrued tool sets and other current liabilities


1,122



1,030


Operating lease liability


(13,546)



(19,264)


Other liabilities


(1,274)



(1,026)


Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities


14,783



(10,117)


Cash flows from investing activities:





Purchase of held-to-maturity securities




(41,562)


Proceeds from maturities of held-to-maturity securities


37,401



9,761


Purchase of property and equipment


(54,245)



(7,190)


Proceeds from insurance policy




1,566


Proceeds from disposal of property and equipment


6



48


Return of capital contribution from unconsolidated affiliate


226



190


Net cash used in investing activities


(16,612)



(37,187)


Cash flows from financing activities:





Proceeds from term loan


31,150




Debt issuance costs related to the term loan


(272)




Proceeds from equity offering




49,137


Payment of preferred stock cash dividend


(2,625)



(2,632)


Payments on term loan and finance leases


(162)



(68)


Payment of payroll taxes on stock-based compensation through shares withheld


(401)



(527)


Net cash provided by financing activities


27,690



45,910


Change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash


25,861



(1,394)


Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period


76,803



65,442


Restricted cash, beginning of period


12,116



15,113


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period


88,919



80,555


Cash and cash equivalents, end of period


102,856



59,956


Restricted cash, end of period


11,924



19,205


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period


$

114,780



$

79,161


 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


Reconciliation of Net (Loss) Income to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA



Three Months Ended June 30,


Nine Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Net (loss) income

$

3,000



$

(13,268)



$

2,536



$

1,558


Interest expense (income), net

119



(216)



60



(896)


Income tax expense (benefit)

86



21



78



(10,699)


Depreciation and amortization

3,619



3,259



10,470



9,831


EBITDA

$

6,824



$

(10,204)



$

13,144



$

(206)


Acquisition related costs

251





1,040




Start-up costs associated with Austin, TX and Miami, FL campus openings

79





79




Severance expense due to CEO transition







1,531


Norwood, MA campus EBITDA



1,356





2,939


Adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP

$

7,154



$

(8,848)



$

14,263



$

4,264


 

Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Adjusted Free Cash Flow



Nine Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, as reported

$

14,783



$

(10,117)


Purchase of property and equipment

(54,245)



(7,190)


Free cash flow, non-GAAP

(39,462)



(17,307)


Adjustments:




Purchase of Avondale, Arizona campus

45,240




Income tax refund received from CARES tax benefit

(2,739)




Acquisition related costs paid

949




Cash outflow for Austin, TX and Miami, FL start-up costs

365




Cash outflow for Austin, TX and Miami, FL purchase of property and equipment

407




Severance payment due to CEO transition

215



1,078


Cash outflow associated with Norwood, MA campus operating activities



31


Adjusted free cash flow, non-GAAP

$

4,975



$

(16,198)


 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted Net Income (Loss)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Nine Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Net income (loss)

$

3,000



$

(13,268)



$

2,536



$

1,558


Add back: Income tax expense (benefit)

86



21



78



(10,699)


     Income (loss) before income taxes

3,086



(13,247)



2,614



(9,141)


Adjustments:








   Acquisition related costs

251





1,040




Start-up costs associated with Austin, TX and Miami, FL campus openings

79





79




   Severance expense due to CEO transition







1,531


   Norwood, MA campus operating loss



1,430





3,169


Adjusted income (loss) before income taxes

3,416



(11,817)



3,733



(4,441)


Income tax effect: (expense) benefit

(95)



(19)



(111)



(100)


     Adjusted net income (loss), non-GAAP

$

3,321



$

(11,836)



$

3,622



$

(4,541)










GAAP effective income tax rate(1)

2.8

%


(0.2)

%


3.0

%


(2.3)

%


(1)

The GAAP effective income tax rate for the nine months ended June 30, 2020 has been adjusted to remove the impact of the income tax benefit recorded as a result of the CARES Act.   

 

UNIVERSAL TECHNICAL INSTITUTE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

SELECTED SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)


Selected Supplemental Financial Information



Three Months Ended June 30,


Nine Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020


2021


2020

Salaries expense

$

33,768



$

29,577



$

98,484



$

96,785


Employee benefits and tax

5,700



5,482



16,738



18,161


Bonus expense

5,088



4,777



12,544



12,298


Stock-based compensation

(596)



553



1,261



1,560


Total compensation and related costs

$

43,960



$

40,389



$

129,027



$

128,804










Advertising expense

$

10,388



$

9,045



$

30,010



$

30,062


Occupancy expense, net of subleases

7,946



9,907



24,186



29,310


Depreciation and amortization

3,619



3,259



10,470



9,831


Contract services expense

1,874



1,391



6,083



5,293


 

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