RE/MAX Holdings Reports Second Quarter 2018 Results

DENVER - Aug. 2, 2018 // PRNewswire // -

Second Quarter 2018 Highlights
(Compared to second quarter 2017 unless otherwise noted)

  • Total agent count increased 5.9% to 123,082 agents
  • U.S. and Canada combined agent count increased 1.8% to 85,861 agents
  • Over 90 Motto franchises sold and over 60 Motto franchises opened from inception to date
  • Revenue increased 11.4% to $54.3 million
  • Net income attributable to RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. of $7.6 million and earnings per diluted share (GAAP EPS) of $0.43
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $28.7 million, Adjusted EBITDA margin1 of 53.0% and Adjusted earnings per diluted share (Adjusted EPS1) of $0.62

RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (the "Company" or "RE/MAX Holdings") (NYSE: RMAX), parent company of RE/MAX, one of the world's leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, and Motto Mortgage ("Motto"), an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise, today announced operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

"We are seeing solid performance in our business, driven by multiple organic growth sources, recent acquisitions and robust home sales," stated Adam Contos, RE/MAX Holdings Chief Executive Officer. "In the second quarter, we grew our worldwide network by almost 7,000 agents year-over-year, we accelerated Motto office openings and we made great progress integrating booj, our recent technology acquisition."

Contos continued, "Additionally, we are pleased that for the fourth consecutive year, more RE/MAX agents than any other brand were listed in the 2018 REAL Trends 'America's Best Real Estate Professionals' rankings. RE/MAX accounted for nearly a fourth of the agents on the list. 'America's Best' and other prominent industry reports continue to substantiate one of our defining characteristics: RE/MAX agents are more productive than agents at competing national brands."

Second Quarter 2018 Operating Results

Agent Count

The following table compares agent count as of June 30, 2018 and 2017:

As of June 30

 

Change

 

2018

 

2017

 

#

 

%

U.S.

64,495

 

63,249

 

1,246

 

2.0

Canada

21,366

 

21,053

 

313

 

1.5

Subtotal

85,861

 

84,302

 

1,559

 

1.8

Outside the U.S. & Canada

37,221

 

31,968

 

5,253

 

16.4

Total

123,082

 

116,270

 

6,812

 

5.9

Revenue

RE/MAX Holdings generated total revenue of $54.3 million in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of $5.6 million or 11.4% compared to $48.7 million in the second quarter of 2017. Revenue increased 6.0% from acquisitions, 4.9% from organic growth, and 0.5% from foreign-currency movements. Organic growth was driven primarily by increased revenue from agent count increases, rising home prices, and Motto expansion.

Recurring revenue streams, which consist of continuing franchise fees and annual dues, increased $2.6 million or 8.2% over the second quarter of 2017 and accounted for 63.0% of revenue in the second quarter of 2018 compared to 64.9% in the comparable period in 2017.

Operating Expenses

Total operating expenses were $33.4 million for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of $7.3 million or 28.0% compared to the second quarter of 2017. Operating expenses increased principally due to higher selling, operating and administrative expenses, partially offset by reduced amortization expense.

Selling, operating and administrative expenses were $28.3 million in the second quarter of 2018, an increase of $7.6 million or 36.9% compared to the second quarter of 2017 and represented 52.2% of revenue compared to 42.4% in the prior-year period. Expenses increased primarily due to the acquisition of booj, investments in technology, Motto, and the recently acquired Northern Illinois region, and an increase in personnel expenses.

Net Income and GAAP EPS

Net income attributable to RE/MAX Holdings was $7.6 million for the second quarter of 2018, an increase of $0.2 million or 2.5% from the second quarter of 2017. The increase was due to contributions from multiple organic growth drivers – including agent count growth and rising home prices – and the acquisition of the Northern Illinois region, as well as reductions in our provision for income taxes and amortization expense. These were partially offset by increased selling, operating and administrative expenses, as described above. Reported basic and diluted GAAP EPS were each $0.43 for the second quarter of 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS

Adjusted EBITDA was $28.7 million for the second quarter of 2018, virtually the same as compared to the second quarter of 2017. Contributions from the acquisition of the Northern Illinois region, agent count growth, and rising home prices were offset by investments in technology and Motto, and increased personnel expenses. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 53.0% in the second quarter of 2018 compared to 59.0% in the second quarter of 2017.

Adjusted basic and diluted EPS were each $0.62 for the second quarter of 2018 and benefited from the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act compared to the prior-year period. The ownership structure used to calculate Adjusted basic and diluted EPS for the quarter ended June 30, 2018 assumes RE/MAX Holdings owned 100% of RMCO, LLC ("RMCO"). The weighted average ownership RE/MAX Holdings had in RMCO was 58.6% for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.

Balance Sheet

As of June 30, 2018, the Company had a cash balance of $39.8 million, a decrease of $11.0 million from December 31, 2017. As of June 30, 2018, RE/MAX had $229.1 million of outstanding debt, net of an unamortized debt discount and issuance costs, essentially flat compared to $229.0 million as of December 31, 2017.

Dividend

On August 1, 2018, the Company's Board of Directors approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per share. The quarterly dividend is payable on August 29, 2018, to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 15, 2018.

Outlook

The Company's third quarter and full-year 2018 Outlook assumes no further currency movements, acquisitions or divestitures.

For the third quarter of 2018, RE/MAX Holdings expects:

  • Agent count to increase 5.0% to 6.0% over third quarter 2017;
  • Revenue in a range of $54.0 million to $56.0 million; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA in a range of $27.0 million to $29.0 million.

For the full-year 2018, RE/MAX Holdings expects:

  • Agent count to increase 5.0% to 6.0% over 2017;
  • Revenue in a range of $213.0 million to $216.0 million; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA in a range of $103.5 million to $106.5 million.

The effective U.S. GAAP tax rate attributable to RE/MAX Holdings is estimated to be between 15% and 17% in 2018.

Webcast and Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call for interested parties on Friday, August 3, 2018, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. Interested parties can access the conference call using the following dial-in numbers:

  • U.S.
    1-833-287-0798
  • Canada & International
    1-647-689-4457

Interested parties can access a live webcast through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at investors.remax.com. Please dial-in or join the webcast 10 minutes before the start of the conference call. An archive of the webcast will be available on the Company's website for a limited time as well. For the RE/MAX Quarterly Update Q2 2018 infographic, visit http://rem.ax/2cYFT50.

Basis of Presentation

Unless otherwise noted, the results presented in this press release are consolidated and exclude adjustments attributable to the non-controlling interest.

Footnote:

1 Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin and Adjusted EPS are non-GAAP measures. These terms are defined at the end of this release. Please see Tables 5 and 6 appearing later in this release for reconciliations of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

About the RE/MAX Network

RE/MAX was founded in 1973 by David and Gail Liniger, with an innovative, entrepreneurial culture affording its agents and franchisees the flexibility to operate their businesses with great independence. Over 120,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of over 100 countries and territories. Nobody in the world sells more real estate than RE/MAX as measured by total residential transaction sides.

RE/MAX, one of the world's leading franchisors of real estate brokerage services, and Motto Mortgage, an innovative mortgage brokerage franchise, are subsidiaries of RMCO, LLC, which is controlled and managed by RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: RMAX).

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are often identified by the use of words such as "believe," "intend," "expect," "estimate," "plan," "outlook," "project," "anticipate," "may," "will," "would" and other similar words and expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends that are not statements of historical matters. Forward-looking statements include statements related to the Company's outlook for the third quarter and full-year 2018 (including expectations regarding agent count, revenue, and Adjusted EBITDA), the Company's estimated effective U.S. GAAP tax rate for 2018, dividends, housing market conditions, agent productivity, as well as other statements regarding the Company's strategic and operational plans and business models. Forward-looking statements should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily accurately indicate the times at which such performance or results may be achieved. Forward-looking statements are based on information available at the time those statements are made and/or management's good faith belief as of that time with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, (1) the impact of the findings and recommendations of the Special Committee on the Company and its management and operations, including reputational damage to the Company and the time and expenses incurred in implementing the recommendations of the Special Committee, (2) any legal proceedings or governmental or regulatory investigations or actions directly or indirectly related to the underlying matters of the Special Committee's internal investigation or other matters may result in adverse findings, the imposition of fines or other penalties, increased costs and expenses, and the diversion of management's time and resources to address such matters, any of which may have a material adverse effect on the Company, (3) the impact of recent changes to our senior management team, (4) the impact of disclosing previously undisclosed transactions between members of our management team, including the loan from David Liniger to Adam Contos, (5) the existence and identification of control deficiencies, including disclosure controls or internal controls over financial reporting, and any impact of such control deficiencies as well as the associated costs in remediating those control deficiencies, (6) changes in business and economic activity in general, (7) changes in the real estate market or interest rates and availability of financing, (8) the Company's ability to attract and retain quality franchisees, (9) the Company's franchisees' ability to recruit and retain real estate agents and mortgage loan originators, (10) changes in laws and regulations, (11) the Company's ability to enhance, market, and protect the RE/MAX and Motto Mortgage brands, (12) fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, as well as those risks and uncertainties described in the sections entitled "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") and similar disclosures in subsequent periodic and current reports filed with the SEC, which are available on the investor relations page of the Company's website at www.remax.com and on the SEC website at www.sec.gov. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date on which they are made. Except as required by law, the Company does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update this information to reflect future events or circumstances.

For full spreadsheet release, please go to: https://investors.remax.com/investor-relations/press-releases/financial-releases/press-release-details/2018/REMAX-Holdings-Reports-Second-Quarter-2018-Results/default.aspx

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The SEC has adopted rules to regulate the use in filings with the SEC and in public disclosures of financial measures that are not in accordance with U.S. GAAP, such as Adjusted EBITDA and the ratios related thereto, Adjusted net income, Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share (Adjusted EPS) and Free cash flow. These measures are derived on the basis of methodologies other than in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA (consolidated net income before depreciation and amortization, interest expense, interest income and the provision for income taxes, each of which is presented in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements included earlier in this press release), adjusted for the impact of the following items that are either non-cash or that the Company does not consider representative of its ongoing operating performance: loss or gain on sale or disposition of assets and sublease, equity-based compensation expense, acquisition-related expense, Special Committee investigation and remediation expense, expense or income related to changes in the estimated fair value measurement of contingent consideration, and other non-recurring items. The Company now adjusts for expense or income related to changes in the estimated fair value measurement of contingent consideration as it is a noncash item that the Company believes is not reflective of operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA was revised in prior periods to reflect this change for consistency in presentation.

Because Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin omit certain non-cash items and other non-recurring cash charges or other items, the Company believes that each measure is less susceptible to variances that affect its operating performance resulting from depreciation, amortization and other non-cash and non-recurring cash charges or other items. The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA and the related Adjusted EBITDA margin because the Company believes they are useful as supplemental measures in evaluating the performance of its operating businesses and provides greater transparency into the Company's results of operations. The Company's management uses Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin as factors in evaluating the performance of the business.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analyzing the Company's results as reported under U.S. GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • these measures do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company's working capital needs;
  • these measures do not reflect the Company's interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on its debt;
  • these measures do not reflect the Company's income tax expense or the cash requirements to pay its taxes;
  • these measures do not reflect the cash requirements to pay dividends to stockholders of the Company's Class A common stock and tax and other cash distributions to its non-controlling unitholders;
  • these measures do not reflect the cash requirements to pay RIHI Inc. and Oberndorf pursuant to the tax receivable agreements;
  • although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often require replacement in the future, and these measures do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
  • although equity-based compensation is a non-cash charge, the issuance of equity-based awards may have a dilutive impact on earnings per share; and
  • other companies may calculate these measures differently so similarly named measures may not be comparable.

The Company's Adjusted EBITDA guidance does not include certain charges and costs. The adjustments to EBITDA in future periods are generally expected to be similar to the kinds of charges and costs excluded from Adjusted EBITDA in prior quarters, such as gain on sale or disposition of assets and sublease and acquisition-related expense, among others. The exclusion of these charges and costs in future periods will have a significant impact on the Company's Adjusted EBITDA. The Company is not able to provide a reconciliation of the Company's non-GAAP financial guidance to the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures without unreasonable effort because of the uncertainty and variability of the nature and amount of these future charges and costs.

Adjusted net income is calculated as Net income attributable to RE/MAX Holdings, assuming the full exchange of all outstanding non-controlling interests for shares of Class A common stock as of the beginning of the period (and the related increase to the provision for income taxes after such exchange), plus primarily non-cash items and other items that management does not consider to be useful in assessing the Company's operating performance (e.g., amortization of acquired intangible assets, gain on sale or disposition of assets and sub-lease, Special Committee investigation and remediation expense, acquisition-related expense and equity-based compensation expense).

Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share (Adjusted EPS) are calculated as Adjusted net income (as defined above) divided by pro forma (assuming the full exchange of all outstanding non-controlling interests) basic and diluted weighted average shares, as applicable.

When used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, Adjusted net income and Adjusted EPS are supplemental measures of operating performance that management believes are useful measures to evaluate the Company's performance relative to the performance of its competitors as well as performance period over period. By assuming the full exchange of all outstanding non-controlling interests, management believes these measures:

  • facilitate comparisons with other companies that do not have a low effective tax rate driven by a non-controlling interest on a pass-through entity;
  • facilitate period over period comparisons because they eliminate the effect of changes in Net income attributable to RE/MAX Holdings, Inc. driven by increases in its ownership of RMCO, LLC, which are unrelated to the Company's operating performance; and
  • eliminate primarily non-cash and other items that management does not consider to be useful in assessing the Company's operating performance.

Free cash flow is calculated as cash flows from operations less capital expenditures, both as reported under GAAP, and quantifies how much cash a company has to pursue opportunities that enhance shareholder value. The Company believes free cash flow is useful to investors as a supplemental measure as it calculates the cash flow available for working capital needs, re-investment opportunities, potential independent region and strategic acquisitions, dividend payments or other strategic uses of cash.

Free cash flow after tax and non-dividend distributions to RIHI is calculated as free cash flow less tax and other non-dividend distributions paid to RIHI (the non-controlling interest holder) to enable RIHI to satisfy its income tax obligations. Similar payments would be made by the Company directly to federal and state taxing authorities as a component of the Company's consolidated provision for income taxes if a full exchange of non-controlling interests occurred in the future. As a result and given the significance of the Company's ongoing tax and non-dividend distribution obligations to its non-controlling interest, free cash flow after tax and non-dividend distributions, when used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, provides a meaningful view of cash flow available to the Company to pursue opportunities that enhance shareholder value.

Unencumbered cash generated is calculated as free cash flow after tax and non-dividend distributions to RIHI less quarterly debt principal payments less annual excess cash flow payment on debt, as applicable. Given the significance of the Company's excess cash flow payment on debt, when applicable, unencumbered cash generated, when used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, provides a meaningful view of the cash flow available to the Company to pursue opportunities that enhance shareholder value after considering its debt service obligations.

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SOURCE RE/MAX Holdings, Inc.

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