H&R Block Announces Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Results; Introducing Upfront, Transparent Pricing and Virtual Tax Innovations for the Upcoming Tax Season
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) today released its financial results for the fiscal 2019 second quarter ended October 31, 2018. The company normally reports a fiscal second quarter loss due to the seasonality of its tax business. The fiscal second quarter typically represents less than 5 percent of annual revenues and less than 15 percent of annual expenses.
Fiscal Second Quarter Highlights1
- Fiscal second quarter financial results were in line with expectations.
- Revenues increased $8 million, or 6 percent, to $149 million primarily due to increased Assisted tax preparation revenues and the timing of revenues related to the company’s Tax Plus products.
- Pretax loss from continuing operations improved 2 percent to $232 million; loss per share from continuing operations2 increased $0.12 to $0.83 due to a lower effective tax rate, which negatively impacts those fiscal quarters with a seasonal net loss.
- The company reiterated its financial outlook for the full fiscal year.
“We’re implementing a number of initiatives for the upcoming tax season that will significantly improve the way clients interact with H&R Block, including our industry-leading announcement of upfront, transparent pricing in all of our channels,” said Jeff Jones, H&R Block’s president and chief executive officer. “This, combined with our innovative virtual tax offerings will help us deliver unique and better experiences to consumers, bring our brand promise to life, and allow us to deliver for the long term.”
Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Results From Continuing Operations
“The fiscal second quarter results reflect planned increases in expenses related to strategic investments being made in the business,” said Tony Bowen, H&R Block’s chief financial officer. “We are focused on executing the operational elements of our strategy for the upcoming tax season, and remain on track to achieve our financial outlook for the fiscal year.”
Key Financial Metrics
- Total revenues increased $8.0 million, or 5.7 percent, to $148.9 million primarily due to increased Assisted tax preparation revenues and the timing of revenues from Tax Identity Shield®, partially offset by lower international revenues related to fluctuations in exchange rates.
- Total operating expenses increased $7.3 million, or 2.0 percent, to $364.1 million primarily due to increases in occupancy and compensation expenses, partially offset by lower depreciation and amortization and the timing of marketing expense.
- Pretax loss improved $4.3 million, or 1.8 percent, to $232.0 million.
- Loss per share from continuing operations increased $0.12, from $0.71 to $0.83, due to a lower effective tax rate, which negatively impacts those fiscal quarters with a seasonal net loss.
As previously announced, a quarterly cash dividend of $0.25 per share is payable on January 2, 2019 to shareholders of record as of December 3, 2018. H&R Block has paid quarterly dividends consecutively since the company went public in 1962.
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Discussion of the fiscal 2019 second quarter results, future outlook, and a general business update will occur during the company’s previously announced fiscal second quarter earnings conference call for analysts, institutional investors, and shareholders. The call is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Eastern time on December 6, 2018. To access the call, please dial the number below approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled starting time:
U.S./Canada: (855) 702-5257
International: (213) 358-0868
Conference ID: 8661109
The call, along with a presentation for viewing, 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. The presentation will be posted on the Webcasts and Presentations page at http://investors.hrblock.com following the conclusion of the call.
A replay of the call will be available beginning at 11:30 a.m. Eastern time on December 6, 2018, and continuing until January 6, 2019, by dialing (855) 859-2056 (U.S./Canada) or (404) 537-3406 (International). The conference ID is 8661109. The webcast will be available for replay beginning on December 7, 2018 and continuing for 90 days at http://investors.hrblock.com.
About H&R Block
H&R Block, Inc. (NYSE: HRB) is a global consumer tax services provider. Tax return preparation services are provided by professional tax preparers in approximately 12,000 company-owned and franchise retail tax offices worldwide, and through H&R Block tax software products for the DIY consumer. H&R Block also offers adjacent Tax Plus products and services. In fiscal 2018, H&R Block had annual revenues of over $3.1 billion with over 23 million tax returns prepared worldwide. For more information, visit the H&R Block Newsroom.
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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For Further Information
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 All per share amounts are based on fully diluted shares at the end of the corresponding period.
3 The company reports non-GAAP financial measures of performance, including earnings before interest, tax, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA) from continuing operations, EBITDA margin from continuing operations, and free cash flow, which it considers to be useful metrics for management and investors to evaluate and compare the ongoing operating performance of the company. See “About Non-GAAP Financial Information” below for more information regarding financial measures not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).
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