Altisource Announces Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Third Quarter 2019
Service revenue of $133.8 millionIncome from operations of $18.2 million and adjusted operating income(1) of $7.8 millionIncome before income taxes and non-controlling interests of $13.0 million and adjusted pretax income attributable to Altisource(1) of $4.4 million
Net income attributable to Altisource of $7.2 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, and adjusted net income attributable to Altisource(1) of $4.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted shareLUXEMBOURG, Oct. 24, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Altisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. (“Altisource” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: ASPS), a leading provider and marketplace for the real estate and mortgage industries, today reported financial results for the third quarter 2019.“During the third quarter, we continued to make solid progress on-boarding new customers and growing revenue from other newer customers.  Third quarter 2019 revenue from customers other than Ocwen, NRZ and RESI in our core lines of business was 12.3% higher than the same period in 2018 and 16.5% higher than last quarter.  We anticipate this trend, on a seasonally adjusted basis, to continue,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer William B. Shepro.Mr. Shepro further commented, “We also continued to streamline Altisource to focus on the larger growth opportunities in our core lines of business.  We sold the Financial Services business, created a separate Pointillist entity to position it to raise equity capital, sold the remaining buy-renovate-lease-sell (“BRS”) inventory and, in October, we began winding down and closing the Owners.com business.  We have used proceeds from these and other sales to repay $110 million of debt since June of last year.”Third quarter 2019 service revenue of $133.8 million was 32% lower than the third quarter 2018, primarily from the July 1, 2019 sale of the Financial Services business, lower REALServicing revenue from Ocwen’s second quarter 2019 migration to  another servicing system, discontinuation of the BRS business, reduction in size of the Ocwen Financial Corporation (“Ocwen”) servicing portfolio and Front Yard Residential Corporation (“RESI”) REO portfolio, and the temporary impact that Ocwen’s transition to another servicing system had on default related referral volume and REO inventory conversion rates.  The Company estimates that revenue was approximately $7.8 million lower in the third quarter of 2019 because of lower REO inventory conversion rates related to Ocwen’s transition to a new servicing system.  Pretax earnings were negatively impacted by a similar amount since the Company’s cost structure would have supported this anticipated revenue. The Company believes that the lower conversion rates are a timing item and anticipates returning to normal conversion rates over the course of the next couple of quarters.Third quarter 2019 operating income of $18.2 million was 13% lower than the third quarter 2018, primarily from the impact of revenue declines discussed above, revenue mix with lower revenue from high margin businesses and higher restructuring costs, partially offset by lower selling, general and administrative expenses from the benefits of restructuring activities and a higher pretax gain on the sale of businesses.Third quarter 2019 adjusted operating income(1) of $7.8 million was 70% lower than the third quarter 2018, primarily from the impact of revenue declines and revenue mix discussed above, partially offset by the benefits of restructuring activities.Third quarter 2019 income before income taxes and non-controlling interests of $13.0 million was 20% lower than the third quarter 2018, primarily from lower operating income discussed above, partially offset by higher unrealized gains on our investment in RESI and lower interest expense.Third quarter 2019 adjusted pretax income attributable to Altisource(1) of $4.4 million was 76% lower than the third quarter 2018, primarily from lower adjusted operating income(1) discussed above, partially offset by lower interest expense.Third quarter 2019 earnings per diluted share was $0.44, or 10% lower compared to third quarter 2018 earnings per share of $0.49.  The decline in earnings per share was primarily due to lower income before income taxes and non-controlling interests discussed above, partially offset by fewer diluted shares outstanding from share repurchases.Third quarter 2019 adjusted earnings per share(1) of $0.25 was 64% lower than the third quarter 2018, primarily from lower adjusted pretax income attributable to Altisource(1) discussed above, partially offset by fewer diluted shares outstanding from share repurchases.Third Quarter 2019 Highlights(2)Streamlining Altisource:Closed the sale of our Financial Services business, consisting of our Asset Recovery Management, Customer Relationship Management and Mortgage Charge-Off Collections businesses, for $44 million, consisting of an up-front payment of $40 million less adjustments for targeted working capital and transaction costs, and an additional $4 million scheduled to be paid on the one year anniversary of the closingSold 110,434 RESI shares for net proceeds of $1.3 millionSold the remaining BRS inventory for net proceeds of $0.4 millionOn October 8, 2019, announced the decision to wind down and close Owners.com operations given the anticipated time horizon and level of additional investment needed in order for Owners.com to operate independently, eliminating the cash burn associated with the businessFinancial:Repurchased 0.3 million shares of Altisource common stock at an average price of $20.24 per shareUsed net proceeds from the sale of the Financial Services business and the sale of RESI shares to repay $39 million of the senior secured term loanEnded the third quarter 2019 with $107.0 million of cash, cash equivalents and investment in equity securitiesEnded the third quarter 2019 with $187.0 million of net debt less investment in equity securities(1), 22% lower than September 30, 2018Business Highlights:Field ServicesGrew Field Services revenue from customers other than Ocwen, New Residential Investment Corp. (“NRZ”) and RESI by 173% compared to the third quarter of 2018 and by 51% compared to second quarter of 2019Began receiving Field Services referrals from a Top Five servicer and pre-foreclosure Field Services referrals from another servicerMarketplaceGrew Hubzu revenue from customers other than Ocwen, NRZ and RESI by 43% compared to the third quarter of 2018 and by 42% compared to second quarter of 2019Grew Hubzu inventory from customers other than Ocwen, NRZ and RESI by 63% since September 30, 2018, with such inventory representing 31% of total Hubzu inventory as of September 30, 2019Began receiving Hubzu REO auction referrals from a top tier non-bank specialty servicerMortgage and Real Estate SolutionsGrew Mortgage and Real Estate Solutions revenue from customers other than Ocwen, NRZ and RESI by 13% compared to the third quarter of 2018 and by 16% compared to second quarter of 2019Third Quarter and Year-to-Date September 30, 2019 Results Compared to the Third Quarter and Year-to-Date September 30, 2018:Third quarter and year-to-date September 30, 2019 income from operations include restructuring charges of $2.8 million and $9.1 million, respectively ($3.4 million in the third quarter and year-to-date September 30, 2018), related to Project Catalyst.  Third quarter and year-to-date September 30, 2019 include a $17.6 million gain on the sale of the Financial Services business and the third quarter and year-to-date September 30, 2018 include a $13.7 million gain on the sale of the Rental Property Management Business.  The third quarter 2019 includes a net sales tax loss reimbursement from clients of $1.7 million and year-to-date September 30, 2019 includes a net sales tax accrual of $0.3 million ($5.9 million sales tax accrual in the third quarter and year-to-date September 30, 2018).  Year-to-date September 30, 2019 includes a loss on the BRS portfolio sale of $1.8 million and an other asset write-off from a business exit of $0.2 million (no comparable amounts in 2018).  Third quarter and year-to-date September 30, 2018 include a litigation settlement loss of $0.5 million (no comparable amounts in 2019).Third quarter and year-to-date September 30, 2019 pretax income attributable to Altisource(1) include unrealized mark-to-market (loss) gain on our equity investment in RESI of $(2.3) million and $11.7 million, respectively, compared to the third quarter and year-to-date 2018 unrealized mark-to-market gain (loss) on our equity investment in RESI of $1.8 million and $(4.2) million, respectively. Year-to-date September 30, 2018 includes the write-off of net discount and debt issuance costs from debt refinancing of $4.4 million (no comparable amounts in 2019).Year-to-date September 30, 2019 net income (loss) attributable to Altisource includes non-cash income tax provision of $12.3 million to reflect a change in the Luxembourg statutory income tax rate from 26.0% to 24.9% (no comparable amounts in the third quarter 2019 and year-to-date 2018).  Third quarter 2019 includes an adjustment to foreign income tax reserves (no comparable amounts in 2018).  Third quarter and year-to-date September 30, 2018 include a $1.6 million income tax provision for certain foreign income tax reserves (no comparable amounts in 2019).________________________(1) This is a non-GAAP measure that is defined and reconciled to the corresponding GAAP measure herein.(2) Applies to 2019 unless otherwise indicated.Forward-Looking StatementsThis press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  These forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical fact, including statements about management’s beliefs and expectations.  These statements may be identified by words such as “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” “may,” “could,” “should,” “would,” “plan,” “estimate,” “seek,” “believe,” “potential” and similar expressions.  Forward-looking statements are based on management’s beliefs as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to management.  Because such statements are based on expectations as to the future and are not statements of historical fact, actual results may differ materially from what is contemplated by the forward-looking statements.  Altisource does not undertake, and expressly disclaims, any obligation to update any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.  The risks and uncertainties to which forward-looking statements are subject include, but are not limited to, our ability to retain existing customers and attract new customers and the potential for changes in our customer relationships; various risks relating to our ability to effectively manage our regulatory and contractual obligations; the adequacy of our financial resources, including our sources of liquidity and ability to repay borrowings and comply with our Credit Agreement, including the financial and other covenants contained therein; as well as Altisource’s ability to retain key executives or employees, general economic and market conditions, behavior of customers, suppliers and/or competitors, technological developments, governmental regulations, taxes and policies, and other risks and uncertainties detailed in the “Forward-Looking Statements,” “Risk Factors” and other sections of Altisource’s Form 10-K and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.WebcastAltisource will host a webcast at 8:30 a.m. EDT today to discuss our third quarter.  A link to the live audio webcast will be available on Altisource’s website in the Investor Relations section.  Those who want to listen to the call should go to the website at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.  A replay of the conference call will be available via the website approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call and will remain available for approximately 30 days.About AltisourceAltisource Portfolio Solutions S.A. is an integrated service provider and marketplace for the real estate and mortgage industries.  Combining operational excellence with a suite of innovative services and technologies, Altisource helps solve the demands of the ever-changing markets we serve.  Additional information is available at www.Altisource.com.FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Michelle D. Esterman
Chief Financial Officer
T:  (770) 612-7007
E:  Michelle.Esterman@altisource.com

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
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NON-GAAP MEASURES
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Adjusted operating income, pretax income attributable to Altisource, adjusted pretax income attributable to Altisource, adjusted net income attributable to Altisource, adjusted diluted earnings per share, adjusted cash flows from operating activities, adjusted cash flows from operating activities less additions to premises and equipment and net debt less investment in equity securities, which are presented elsewhere in this earnings release, are non-GAAP measures used by management, existing shareholders, potential shareholders and other users of our financial information to measure Altisource’s performance and do not purport to be alternatives to income from operations, income before income taxes and non-controlling interests, net (loss) income attributable to Altisource, diluted earnings (loss) per share, cash flows from operating activities and long-term debt, including current portion, as measures of Altisource’s performance.  We believe these measures are useful to management, existing shareholders, potential shareholders and other users of our financial information in evaluating operating profitability and cash flow generation more on the basis of continuing cost and cash flows as they exclude amortization expense related to acquisitions that occurred in prior periods and non-cash share-based compensation, as well as the effect of more significant non-operational items from earnings, cash flows from operating activities and long-term debt net of cash on-hand and investment in equity securities.  We believe these measures are also useful in evaluating the effectiveness of our operations and underlying business trends in a manner that is consistent with management’s evaluation of business performance.  Furthermore, we believe the exclusion of more significant non-operational items enables comparability to prior period performance and trend analysis.It is management’s intent to provide non-GAAP financial information to enhance the understanding of Altisource’s GAAP financial information, and it should be considered by the reader in addition to, but not instead of, the financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP.  Each non-GAAP financial measure is presented along with the corresponding GAAP measure so as not to imply that more emphasis should be placed on the non-GAAP measure.  The non-GAAP financial information presented may be determined or calculated differently by other companies.  The non-GAAP financial information should not be unduly relied upon.Adjusted operating income is calculated by removing intangible asset amortization expense, share-based compensation expense, loss on BRS portfolio sale, gain on sale of businesses, sales tax accrual, net of reimbursement, restructuring charges, other asset write-off from business exit and litigation settlement loss from income from operations.  Pretax income attributable to Altisource is calculated by removing non-controlling interests from income before income taxes and non-controlling interests.  Adjusted pretax income attributable to Altisource is calculated by removing non-controlling interests, intangible asset amortization expense, share-based compensation expense, loss on BRS portfolio sale, gain on sale of businesses, sales tax accrual, net of reimbursement, restructuring charges, other asset write-off from business exit, write-off of net discount and debt issuance costs from debt refinancing, unrealized (loss) gain on investment in equity securities and litigation settlement loss from income before income taxes and non-controlling interests.  Adjusted net income attributable to Altisource is calculated by removing intangible asset amortization expense (net of tax), share-based compensation expense (net of tax), loss on BRS portfolio sale (net of tax), gain on sale of businesses (net of tax), sales tax accrual, net of reimbursement (net of tax), restructuring charges (net of tax), other asset write-off from business exit (net of tax), write-off of net discount and debt issuance costs from debt refinancing (net of tax), unrealized (loss) gain on investment in equity securities (net of tax), litigation settlement loss (net of tax) and certain income tax related items from net income (loss) attributable to Altisource.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share is calculated by dividing net income (loss) attributable to Altisource after removing intangible asset amortization expense (net of tax), share-based compensation expense (net of tax), loss on BRS portfolio sale (net of tax), gain on sale of businesses (net of tax), sales tax accrual, net of reimbursement (net of tax), restructuring charges (net of tax), other asset write-off from business exit (net of tax), write-off of net discount and debt issuance costs from debt refinancing (net of tax), unrealized (loss) gain on investment in equity securities (net of tax), litigation settlement loss (net of tax) and certain income tax related items by the weighted average number of diluted shares.  Adjusted cash flows from operating activities is calculated by removing the decrease (increase) in short-term investments in real estate and payment of sales tax accrual from cash flows from operating activities.  Adjusted cash flows from operating activities less additions to premises and equipment is calculated by removing the decrease (increase) in short-term investments in real estate, payment of sales tax accrual and additions to premises and equipment from cash flows from operating activities.  Net debt less investment in equity securities is calculated as long-term debt, including current portion, minus cash and cash equivalents and investment in equity securities.ALTISOURCE PORTFOLIO SOLUTIONS S.A.
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