Stride Inc. Posts Revenue Of $392.1 Million – Career Learning Revenue Grows 191% Year-over-Year

HERNDON, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN), one of the nation’s leading tech-enabled education companies, today announced its results for the third fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2021.

Financial Highlights for the Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 compared with the Third Quarter Fiscal 2020

  • Revenues of $392.1 million, compared with $257.2 million. The increase is largely due to higher enrollments.
  • Income from operations of $38.6 million, compared with $14.5 million.
  • Net income of $23.8 million, compared with $8.8 million.
  • Diluted net income per share of $0.57, compared with $0.22.
  • Cash and cash equivalents as of March 31, 2021 of $329.0 million, compared with $212.3 million as of June 30, 2020.
  • Adjusted operating income of $54.9 million, compared with $22.4 million. (1)
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $75.0 million, compared with $39.0 million. (1)

Third Quarter Fiscal 2021 Summary Financial Metrics

Three Months Ended March 31,

 

Change 2021/2020

2021

 

2020

 

$

 

%

(In thousands, except percentages)

Revenues

$

392,145

$

257,154

$

134,991

52.5

%

 
Income from operations

 

38,553

 

14,499

 

24,054

165.9

%

Adjusted operating income (1)

 

54,906

 

22,350

 

32,556

145.7

%

 
Net income

 

23,789

 

8,754

 

15,035

171.8

%

 
EBITDA (1)

 

62,153

 

32,913

 

29,240

88.8

%

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

 

75,007

 

38,999

 

36,008

92.3

%

Financial Highlights for the Nine Months Ended March 31, 2021 Compared to the Nine Months Ended March 31, 2020

  • Revenue of $1,139.3 million, compared with $771.8 million.
  • Income from operations of $89.1 million, compared with $25.4 million.
  • Net income of $61.0 million, compared with $19.6 million.
  • Diluted net income per share of $1.46, compared with $0.48.
  • Adjusted operating income of $128.0 million, compared with $46.5 million. (1)
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $184.9 million, compared with $96.0 million. (1)

Nine Months Ended March 31, 2021 Summary Financial Metrics

Nine Months Ended March 31,

 

Change 2021/2020

2021

 

2020

 

$

 

%

(In thousands, except percentages)

Revenues

$

1,139,250

$

771,834

$

367,416

47.6

%

 
Income from operations

 

89,069

 

25,416

 

63,653

250.4

%

Adjusted operating income (1)

 

127,965

 

46,451

 

81,514

175.5

%

 
Net income

 

60,956

 

19,618

 

41,338

210.7

%

 
EBITDA (1)

 

154,107

 

78,206

 

75,901

97.1

%

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

 

184,928

 

95,991

 

88,937

92.7

%

(1)

 

To supplement our financial statements presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), we also present non-GAAP financial measures including adjusted operating income, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA. Management believes that these additional metrics provide useful information to investors relating to our financial performance. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is provided below.

Cash Flow and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2021, the Company’s cash and cash equivalents totaled $329.0 million, compared with $212.3 million reported at June 30, 2020. The increase in the cash balance is largely the result of the $348.3 million in proceeds the Company received from its issuance of convertible senior notes during the first quarter, partially offset by the use of $100 million to pay down its revolving credit facility and $72.8 million in cash used to acquire Tech Elevator and MedCerts.

Capital Expenditures

Capital expenditures for the nine months ended March 31, 2021 were $34.9 million, down 2% from the nine months ended March 31, 2020 and comprised of,

  • $3.0 million on property and equipment,
  • $20.2 million on capitalized software development, and
  • $11.7 million on capitalized curriculum development.

Revenue and Enrollment Data

During the first quarter of fiscal year 2021, the Company revised its lines of revenue reporting into two categories:

  1. General Education – products and services that are predominantly focused on kindergarten through twelfth grade students for core subjects including math, English, science, and history to help build a common foundation of knowledge, and
  2. Career Learning – products and services that are focused on developing skills for students, in middle school through high school and adult learners, to enter careers in high-growth, in-demand industries—including information technology, business, and health services. Middle and high school students also take general education courses per state standards in addition to coursework in career pathways.

The Company believes that the change in the lines of revenue will facilitate a better understanding of its business strategy and the markets in which the Company competes. Additional information on the new lines of revenue, including revenue and enrollments for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020 revised to reflect the new lines of revenue format can be found in Appendix A. Additional information on the new lines of revenue for fiscal years 2020 and 2019 revised to reflect the new lines of revenue format can be found in our first quarter, fiscal year 2021 press release. This information is provided for investor reference only. Readers are encouraged to obtain and carefully review Stride Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021, including all financial statements contained therein and the footnotes thereto, filed with the SEC.

Revenue

The following table sets forth the Company’s revenues for the periods indicated:

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

Change

2021 / 2020

 

Nine Months Ended

March 31,

 

Change

2021 / 2020

2021

 

2020

 

$

 

%

 

2021

 

2020

 

$

 

%

(In thousands, except percentages)
 
General Education $

322,304

$

233,147

$

89,157

38.2%

$

950,142

$

699,332

$

250,810

35.9%

Career Learning
Middle – High School

52,382

20,820

31,562

151.6%

152,529

69,315

83,214

120.1%

Adult

17,459

3,187

14,272

447.8%

36,579

3,187

33,392

1,047.8%

Total Career Learning

69,841

24,007

45,834

190.9%

189,108

72,502

116,606

160.8%

Total Revenues $

392,145

$

257,154

$

134,991

52.5%

$

1,139,250

$

771,834

$

367,416

47.6%

Enrollment Data

The following table sets forth total enrollment data for students in our General Education and Career Learning lines of revenue. Enrollments for General Education and Career Learning include those students in full service public or private programs where Stride provides a combination of curriculum, technology, instructional and support services inclusive of administrative support.

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

Change

2021 / 2020

 

Nine Months Ended

March 31,

 

Change

2021 / 2020

2021

 

2020

 

#

 

%

 

2021

 

2020

 

#

 

%

(In thousands, except percentages)

 
General Education (1)

155.8

108.9

46.9

43.1%

159.4

108.3

51.1

47.2%

Career Learning (1) (2)

29.5

13.2

16.3

123.5%

30.0

13.2

16.8

127.3%

Total Enrollment

185.3

122.1

63.2

51.8%

189.4

121.5

67.9

55.9%

(1)

 

This data includes enrollments for which Stride receives no public funding or revenue.

(2)

 

No enrollments are included in Career Learning for Galvanize, Tech Elevator or MedCerts.

Revenue per Enrollment Data

The following table sets forth revenue per average enrollment data for students for the period indicated. If the mix of enrollments changes, our revenues will be impacted to the extent the average revenues per enrollments are significantly different.

Three Months Ended

March 31,

 

Change

2021 / 2020

 

Nine Months Ended

March 31,

 

Change

2021 / 2020

2021

 

2020

 

#

 

%

 

2021

 

2020

 

#

 

%

 
General Education $

1,876

$

1,946

$

(70)

(3.6%)

$

5,384

$

5,787

$

(403)

(7.0%)

Career Learning

1,759

1,569

190

12.1%

5,033

5,189

(156)

(3.0%)

Outlook

The Company is raising its outlook and guidance for the full fiscal year 2021:

  • Revenue in the range of $1.525 billion to $1.530 billion.
  • Capital expenditures in the range of $50 million to $55 million. Note that capital expenditures include the purchase of property and equipment and capitalized software and curriculum development costs as defined on our Statement of Cash Flows.
  • Tax rate of 27% to 29% after discrete items.
  • Adjusted operating income in the range of $156 million to $159 million. (1)

(1)

 

In addition to providing an outlook for revenue and capital expenditures, adjusted operating income is provided as a supplemental non-GAAP financial measure as management believes that it provides useful information to our investors. Please also see Special Note on Forward Looking Statements below.

Year Ended June 30, 2021
Low High
(In millions)
Income from operations

$

102.5

$

103.5

Stock-based compensation expense

 

42.0

 

44.0

Amortization of intangible assets

 

11.5

 

11.5

Adjusted operating income

$

156.0

$

159.0

Conference Call

The Company will discuss its third quarter 2021 financial results during a conference call scheduled for Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 5:00 p.m. eastern time (ET).

A live webcast of the call will be available at https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3081392/A9D9252C3927749F0B31617B75AC2CB3. To participate in the live call, investors and analysts should dial (833) 900-1536 (domestic) or (236) 712-2276 (international) at 4:45 p.m. (ET). The conference ID number is 1779113. Please access the website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call.

A replay of the call will be available starting on April 20, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) through May 20, 2021 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) by dialing (800) 585-8367 (domestic) or (416) 621-4642 (international) and entering the conference ID 1779113. A webcast replay will be available at https://event.on24.com/wcc/r/3081392/A9D9252C3927749F0B31617B75AC2CB3 for 30 days.

About Stride Inc.

At Stride, Inc. (NYSE: LRN) – formerly K12 Inc. – we are reimagining learning – where learning is lifelong, deeply personal, and prepares learners for tomorrow. The company has transformed the teaching and learning experience for millions of people by providing innovative, high-quality, tech-enabled education solutions, curriculum, and programs directly to students, schools, the military, and enterprises in primary, secondary, and post-secondary settings. Stride is a premier provider of K-12 education for students, schools, and districts, including career learning services through middle and high school curriculum. For adult learners, Stride delivers professional skills training in healthcare and technology, as well as staffing and talent development for Fortune 500 companies. Stride has delivered millions of courses over the past decade and serves learners in all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The company is a proud sponsor of the Future of School, a nonprofit organization dedicated to closing the gap between the pace of technology and the pace of change in education. More information can be found at stridelearning.com, K12.com, galvanize.com, techelevator.com, and medcerts.com.

Special Note on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. We have tried, whenever possible, to identify these forward-looking statements using words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “continues,” “likely,” “may,” “opportunity,” “potential,” “projects,” “will,” “expects,” “plans,” “intends” and similar expressions to identify forward looking statements, whether in the negative or the affirmative. These statements reflect our current beliefs and are based upon information currently available to us. Accordingly, such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which could cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, such statements. These risks, uncertainties, factors and contingencies include, but are not limited to: reduction of per pupil funding amounts at the schools we serve; inability to achieve a sufficient level of new enrollments to sustain our business model; failure to replace students who have graduated from the terminal grade in a school or have left our programs for other reasons with new students of a sufficient number; inability to maintain our current rate of retention of students enrolled in our courses; an increase in the amount of failures to enter into new school contracts or renew existing contracts, in part or in their entirety; the failure of perceived industry trends and projections resulting from the expected effects of COVID-19 on virtual education; failure of the schools we serve or us to comply with federal, state and local regulations, resulting in a loss of funding, an obligation to repay funds previously received or contractual remedies; governmental investigations that could result in fines, penalties, settlements, or injunctive relief; declines or variations in academic performance outcomes of the students and schools we serve as curriculum standards, testing programs and state accountability metrics evolve; harm to our reputation resulting from poor performance or misconduct by operators or us in any school in our industry and/or in any school in which we operate; legal and regulatory challenges from opponents of virtual public education or for-profit education companies; changes in national and local economic and business conditions and other factors such as natural disasters, pandemics and outbreaks of contagious diseases and other adverse public health developments, such as COVID-19; discrepancies in interpretation of legislation by regulatory agencies that may lead to payment or funding disputes; termination of our contracts, or a reduction in the scope of services with schools; failure to develop the career learning education business; entry of new competitors with superior technologies and lower prices; unsuccessful integration of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures, failure to further develop, maintain and enhance our technology, products, services and brands; inadequate recruiting, training and retention of effective teachers and employees; infringement of our intellectual property; disruptions to our Internet-based learning and delivery systems, including but not limited to our data storage systems, resulting from cybersecurity attacks; misuse or unauthorized disclosure of student and personal data; and other risks and uncertainties associated with our business described in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the Company believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that the expectations will be attained or that any deviation will not be material. All information in this presentation is as of today’s date, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company’s expectations.

Financial Statements

The financial statements set forth below are not the complete set of Stride Inc.’s financial statements for the three and nine months ended March 31, 2021 and are presented below without footnotes. Readers are encouraged to obtain and carefully review Stride Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2021, including all financial statements contained therein and the footnotes thereto, filed with the SEC, which may be retrieved from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or from Stride Inc.’s website at www.stridelearning.com.

 

STRIDE INC.

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 

Three Months Ended
March 31,

 

Nine Months Ended
March 31,

2021

 

2020

 

2021

 

2020

(In thousands except share and per share data)

Revenues $

392,145

 

$

257,154

 

$

1,139,250

 

$

771,834

 

Instructional costs and services

253,128

 

178,968

 

740,951

 

515,796

 

Gross margin

139,017

 

78,186

 

398,299

 

256,038

 

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

100,464

 

63,687

 

309,230

 

230,622

 

Income from operations

38,553

 

14,499

 

89,069

 

25,416

 

Interest income (expense), net

(5,371

)

(76

)

(12,502

)

1,275

 

Other income (expense), net

486

 

(1,093

)

2,276

 

(736

)

Income before income taxes and income (loss) from equity method investments

33,668

 

13,330

 

78,843

 

25,955

 

Income tax expense

(10,275

)

(4,419

)

(18,541

)

(5,993

)

Income (loss) from equity method investments

396

 

(157

)

654

 

(344

)

Net income attributable to common stockholders $

23,789

 

$

8,754

 

$

60,956

 

$

19,618

 

Net income attributable to common stockholders per share:
Basic $

0.59

 

$

0.22

 

$

1.52

 

$

0.50

 

Diluted $

0.57

 

$

0.22

 

$

1.46

 

$

0.48

 

Weighted average shares used in computing per share amounts:
Basic

40,286,109

 

39,539,791

 

40,143,610

 

39,426,121

 

Diluted

41,690,509

 

39,938,898

 

41,701,955

 

40,461,290

 

 
STRIDE INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 

March 31,
2021

 

June 30,
2020

 

 

(audited)

(In thousands except share and per share data)

ASSETS
Current assets
Cash and cash equivalents $

329,031

 

$

212,299

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $21,697 and $6,808

422,786

 

236,134

 

Inventories, net

28,814

 

28,300

 

Prepaid expenses

26,656

 

13,058

 

Other current assets

22,918

 

11,480

 

Total current assets

830,205

 

501,271

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

100,027

 

111,768

 

Property and equipment, net

82,918

 

38,668

 

Capitalized software, net

51,922

 

48,493

 

Capitalized curriculum development costs, net

48,482

 

48,849

 

Intangible assets, net

103,047

 

77,451

 

Goodwill

240,251

 

174,939

 

Deposits and other assets

77,316

 

71,824

 

Total assets $

1,534,168

 

$

1,073,263

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities
Accounts payable $

47,043

 

$

40,428

 

Accrued liabilities

44,199

 

27,351

 

Accrued compensation and benefits

62,816

 

47,227

 

Deferred revenue

53,449

 

24,417

 

Credit facility

 

100,000

 

Current portion of finance lease liability

26,036

 

13,304

 

Current portion of operating lease liability

21,259

 

20,689

 

Total current liabilities

254,802

 

273,416

 

Long-term finance lease liability

43,117

 

4,634

 

Long-term operating lease liability

82,600

 

96,544

 

Long-term debt

295,388

 

 

Deferred tax liability

31,531

 

13,771

 

Other long-term liabilities

39,951

 

9,569

 

Total liabilities

747,389

 

397,934

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

Stockholders’ equity
Preferred stock, par value $0.0001; 10,000,000 shares authorized; zero shares issued or outstanding

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.0001; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 46,877,934 and 46,341,627 shares issued; and 41,543,191 and 41,006,884 shares outstanding

4

 

4

 

Additional paid-in capital

788,028

 

730,761

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

(427

)

93

 

Retained earnings

101,656

 

46,953

 

Treasury stock of 5,334,743 shares at cost

(102,482

)

(102,482

)

Total stockholders’ equity

786,779

 

675,329

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $

1,534,168

 

$

1,073,263

 

 
STRIDE INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 

Nine Months Ended
March 31,

2021

 

2020

(In thousands)

Cash flows from operating activities
Net income $

60,956

 

$

19,618

 

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization expense

65,038

 

52,790

 

Stock-based compensation expense

30,821

 

17,785

 

Deferred income taxes

2,256

 

1,151

 

Provision for (recovery of) doubtful accounts

7,635

 

(88

)

Amortization of discount and fees on debt

8,737

 

 

Other

22,456

 

11,605

 

Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable

(197,659

)

(76,187

)

Inventories, prepaid expenses, deposits and other current and long-term assets

(27,798

)

240

 

Accounts payable

(913

)

(20,066

)

Accrued liabilities

8,850

 

6,260

 

Accrued compensation and benefits

14,913

 

(15,543

)

Operating lease liability

(15,650

)

(8,151

)

Deferred revenue and other liabilities

31,480

 

13,611

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

11,122

 

3,025

 

Cash flows from investing activities
Purchase of property and equipment

(2,967

)

(1,493

)

Capitalized software development costs

(20,189

)

(18,825

)

Capitalized curriculum development costs

(11,742

)

(15,463

)

Sale of long-lived assets

223

 

 

Acquisition of Galvanize, Inc., net of cash acquired

 

(167,995

)

Acquisition of MedCerts, LLC, net of cash acquired

(54,795

)

 

Acquisition of Tech Elevator, Inc., net of cash acquired

(16,030

)

 

Other acquisitions and investments, net of distributions

(1,008

)

(4,277

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(106,508

)

(208,053

)

Cash flows from financing activities
Repayments on finance lease obligations

(17,103

)

(21,603

)

Borrowing from credit facility

 

105,000

 

Repayments on credit facility

(100,000

)

(5,000

)

Issuance of convertible senior notes

408,610

 

 

Purchases of capped calls in connection with convertible senior notes

(60,354

)

 

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

724

 

48

 

Withholding of stock options for tax withholding

(10,885

)

 

Repurchase of restricted stock for income tax withholding

(8,872

)

(6,504

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

212,120

 

71,941

 

Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

116,734

 

(133,087

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

213,299

 

284,621

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period $

330,033

 

$

151,534

 

 
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash to balance sheet as of March 31st:
Cash and cash equivalents $

329,031

 

$

150,034

 

Other current assets (restricted cash)

502

 

500

 

Deposits and other assets (restricted cash)

500

 

1,000

 

Total cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash $

330,033

 

$

151,534

 

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial statements presented in accordance with GAAP, we have presented adjusted operating income (loss), and adjusted EBITDA, which are not presented in accordance with GAAP.

  • Adjusted operating income (loss) is defined as income (loss) from operations as adjusted for stock-based compensation and the amortization of intangible assets.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is defined as income (loss) from operations as adjusted for stock-based compensation and depreciation and amortization.
  • Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income (loss) exclude stock-based compensation, which consists of expenses for stock options, restricted stock, restricted stock units, and performance stock units.

Management believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information to investors relating to our financial performance. These measures remove stock-based compensation, which is a non-cash charge that varies based on market volatility and the terms and conditions of the awards. Adjusted EBITDA also removes depreciation and amortization, which can vary depending upon accounting methods and the book value of assets. Adjusted EBITDA provides a measure of corporate performance exclusive of capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired.

Our management uses these non-GAAP financial measures:

  • as additional measures of operating performance because they assist us in comparing our performance on a consistent basis; and
  • in presentations to the members of our Board of Directors to enable our Board to review the same measures used by management to compare our current operating results with corresponding prior periods.

Other companies may define these non-GAAP financial measures differently and, as a result, our use of these non-GAAP financial measures may not be directly comparable to similar non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Although we use these non-GAAP financial measures to assess the performance of our business, the use of non-GAAP financial measures is limited as they include and/or do not include certain items not included and/or included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

Contacts

Stride Inc.
Investor Contact:
Timothy Casey, 571-392-2606

Sr. Director, Investor Relations

tcasey@k12.com

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