H&R Block Announces Fiscal 2016 First Quarter Results
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB), the world’s largest consumer tax services provider, today released its financial results for the fiscal 2016 first quarter ended July 31, 2015. The company typically reports a first quarter operating loss due to the seasonality of its U.S. tax business.
First Quarter 2016 Highlights1
- Bank divestiture transaction closes, H&R Block no longer regulated as a savings and loan holding company.2
- Total revenues increased $4 million, or 3%, to $138 million
- Loss per share from continuing operations improved $0.05 to $0.35 per share3 due primarily to discrete tax benefits
Revenues increased 3%, to $138 million, due primarily to higher product revenues, partially offset by the negative impact of foreign currency rates. The net loss from continuing operations improved $12 million to $97 million. Loss per share from continuing operations was $0.35.
“We are pleased that we have successfully closed the bank transaction and are committed to ensuring a smooth transition for our clients as we prepare for the upcoming tax season,” said Bill Cobb, H&R Block’s president and chief executive officer. “Our teams are now fully focused on developing and executing a strategy that ensures an exceptional client service experience. We look forward to delivering another successful tax year for both our clients and our shareholders.”
Business Segment Financial Results and Highlights
- Revenues increased 2.7% to $133 million, due primarily to higher Peace of Mind (POM) revenues and royalties, partially offset by the negative impact of foreign currency rates.
- Total operating expenses increased 6.6% to $297 million, resulting from increased occupancy costs and amortization due to the annualization of expenses related to prior year franchise acquisitions.
- Pretax loss increased 12.5% to $169 million.
- Interest expense on borrowings declined $5 million due to the repayment of senior notes in October, 2014.
- Pretax loss improved by $8 million to $18 million.
- Income tax benefit increased due to favorable discrete tax items.
- Sand Canyon Corporation (SCC), a separate legal entity from H&R Block, Inc., continued to engage in constructive settlement discussions with counterparties that have made a significant majority of previously denied and possible future representation and warranty claims.
- SCC’s accrual for contingent losses related to representation and warranty claims was unchanged from the prior quarter at $150 million.
As previously announced, a quarterly cash dividend of 20 cents per share is payable on October 1, 2015 to shareholders of record as of September 9, 2015. The October 1 dividend payment will be H&R Block’s 212th consecutive quarterly dividend since the company went public in 1962.
Discussion of the divestiture of H&R Block Bank, the company’s capital structure plans, fiscal 2016 first quarter results, future outlook and a general business update, will occur during the company’s previously announced fiscal first quarter earnings conference call for analysts, institutional investors, and shareholders. The call is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 1, 2015. To access the call, please dial the number below approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time:
U.S./Canada (888) 895-5260 or International (443) 842-7595
Conference ID: 73769267
The call will also be webcast in a listen-only format for the media and public. The link to the webcast can be accessed directly at http://investors.hrblock.com.
A replay of the call will be available beginning at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on Sept. 1, 2015, and continuing until Oct. 1, 2015, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID is 73769267. The webcast will be available for replay Sept. 2, 2015 at http://investors.hrblock.com.
About Non-GAAP Financial Information
This press release and the accompanying tables include non-GAAP financial information. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses each measure, and reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, please see the section of the accompanying tables titled “Non-GAAP Financial Information.”
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1 All amounts in this release are unaudited. Unless otherwise noted, all comparisons refer to the current period compared to the corresponding prior year period.
2 See separate press release dated September, 1, 2015 for further details regarding the bank divestiture.
3 All per share amounts are based on fully diluted shares at the end of the corresponding period.