OMAHA, NE, July 23, 2008 — West Corporation, a leading provider of outsourced communication solutions, today announced its second quarter 2008 results.
1 See Reconciliation of Financial Measures below.
Consolidated Operating Results
For the second quarter ended June 30, 2008, revenues were $551.4 million compared to $520.2 million for the same quarter last year, an increase of 6.0 percent. Revenue from acquired entities was $34.6 million during the second quarter, including $26.0 million from Genesys.
During the quarter, the Company recorded a $19.8 million reduction in revenue in its Receivables Management segment from an allowance for impairment of purchased accounts receivable which were acquired prior to January 1, 2008. The Company believes this impairment was due to reduced second quarter liquidation rates resulting from weaker economic conditions for consumers which resulted in a collection environment that was more difficult than expected. This impairment charge results in a 300 basis point reduction in consolidated second quarter operating margin. In addition, minority interest was reduced by $4.2 million to account for the minority owner's share of this impairment.
Excluding the $19.8 million revenue impairment charge, consolidated revenue would have been $571.2 million. Organic growth before the impairment charge was 3.2 percent for the quarter.
As a result of the impairment charge in the Receivables Management segment, the Company now anticipates the following results for the year ending December 31, 2008. This guidance assumes no additional acquisitions or changes in the current operating environment and excludes unrealized synergies from the Genesys acquisition.
Balance Sheet and Liquidity
At June 30, 2008, West Corporation had cash and cash equivalents totaling $54.9 million and working capital of $46.1 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the second quarter was $147.9 million, or 26.8 percent of revenue. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to cash flow from operating activities is presented below.2 Acquired entities include Omnium Worldwide, Inc. (acquired in May 2007) in the Receivables Management segment, HBF Communications (acquired in April 2008) in the Communications Services segment and Genesys (acquired in May 2008) in the Conferencing Services segment.
During the quarter, the Company invested $26.0 million in capital expenditures primarily for information technology systems, software and equipment.
The Company will hold a conference call to discuss these topics on Thursday, July 24, 2008 at 11:00 AM Eastern Time (10:00 AM Central Time). Investors may access the call by visiting the Financials section of the West Corporation website at www.west.com and clicking on the Webcast link. A replay of the call will be available on the Company's website at www.west.com.
About West Corporation
West Corporation is a leading provider of outsourced communication solutions to many of the world's largest companies, organizations and government agencies. West helps its clients communicate effectively, maximize the value of their customer relationships and drive greater profitability from every interaction. The Company's integrated suite of customized solutions includes customer acquisition, customer care, automated voice services, emergency communications, conferencing and accounts receivable management services.
Founded in 1986 and headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, West has a team of 39,000 employees based in North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, please visit www.west.com.
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of words such as "may," "should," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "predicts," "intends," "continue" or similar terminology. These statements reflect only West's current expectations and are not guarantees of future performance or results. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include the ability to integrate or achieve the objectives of our recent acquisitions, West's ability to complete future acquisitions, competition in West's highly competitive industries, extensive regulation in many of West's markets, West's ability to recover on its charged-off consumer receivables, capacity utilization of West's contact centers, the cost and reliability of voice and data services, availability of key personnel and employees, the cost of labor and turnover rates, the political, economic and other conditions in countries where West operates, the loss of any key clients, West's ability to purchase, and finance the acquisition of, charged-off receivable portfolios on acceptable terms and in sufficient amounts, the nature of West's forward flow contracts, the non-exclusive nature of West's client contracts and the absence of revenue commitments, the possibility of an emergency interruption to West's data and contact centers, acts of terrorism or war, security or privacy breaches of West's systems and databases, West's ability to protect proprietary information or technology, West's ability to continue to keep pace with technological developments, the cost of pending and future litigation and other risk factors described in documents filed by the company with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission including West's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2007 and quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2008. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which the statements were made. West undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Reconciliation of Financial Measures
The common definition of EBITDA is "Earnings Before Interest Expense, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization." In evaluating liquidity, we use earnings before interest expense, share based compensation, taxes, depreciation and amortization, minority interest, non-recurring litigation settlement costs, other non-cash reserves, transaction costs and after acquisition synergies and excluding unrestricted subsidiaries, or "Adjusted EBITDA." We also use "Adjusted EBITDA Excluding Interest Income," which we define as earnings before interest expense and non-recurring interest income, share based compensation, taxes, depreciation and amortization, minority interest, non-recurring litigation settlement costs, other non-cash reserves, transaction costs and after acquisition synergies and excluding unrestricted subsidiaries. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Excluding Interest Income are not measures of financial performance or liquidity under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Excluding Interest Income should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income, cash flow from operations or other income or cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Excluding Interest Income, as presented, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Excluding Interest Income are presented as we understand certain investors use them as one measure of our historical ability to service debt. Adjusted EBITDA is also used in our debt covenants, although the precise adjustments used to calculate Adjusted EBITDA included in our credit facility and indentures vary in certain respects among such agreements and from those presented below. Set forth below is a reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Excluding Interest Income to cash flow from operations.
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