Press Release

Ceridian Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

Minneapolis, MN and Toronto, ON, May 6, 2020

  • Dayforce revenue of $168.8 million, up 27.1% year-over-year, and up 27.3% on a constant currency basis.
  • Excluding float revenue, Dayforce revenue of $154.7 million, up 31.7% year-over-year, and up 31.9% on a constant currency basis.
  • Dayforce recurring revenue of $128.1 million, up 24.5% year-over-year, and up 24.7% on a constant currency basis.
  • Excluding float revenue, Dayforce recurring revenue of $114.0 million, up 30.1% year-over-year, and up 30.4% on a constant currency basis.
  • Excluding float revenue and on a fixed currency basis, Dayforce revenue per customer was $124,129 for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2020, up 13.3% year-over year.
  • Recurring services gross margin of 71.2%, an increase of 70 basis points year-over-year, driven by Cloud recurring services gross margin of 72.6%, an increase of 250 basis points year-over-year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $55.2 million, up 10.8% year-over-year.
  • Excluding float revenue, Adjusted EBITDA up 39.6% year-over-year.

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Ceridian HCM Holding Inc. (“Ceridian” or the “Company”) (NYSE:CDAY) (TSX:CDAY), a global human capital management (“HCM”) software company, announced today its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. All financial results are reported in U.S. dollars unless otherwise stated. A reconciliation of U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) to non-GAAP financial measures has been provided in this press release, including the accompanying tables. An explanation of these measures is also included below under the heading “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

“Our first quarter financial performance was strong, and our underlying business continues to perform well,” said David Ossip, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ceridian. “Throughout the first quarter, demand for Dayforce continued to be high, and our pipeline expanded. Even in this new environment, we continue to close business and take customers live. In addition, we recently launched the Dayforce Wallet and are seeing the demand we expected.”

The average U.S. dollar to Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate was $1.34, with a daily range of $1.30 to $1.45, for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to $1.33, with a daily range of $1.31 to $1.36, for the three months ended March 31, 2019. As of March 31, 2020, the U.S. dollar to Canadian dollar foreign exchange rate was $1.41. To present the performance of the business excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations, the Company presents revenue on a constant currency basis, which we believe is useful to management and investors. We have calculated revenue on a constant currency basis by applying the average foreign exchange rate in effect during the comparable prior period.

Financial Highlights for the First Quarter 2020

The financial highlights below are on a year-over-year basis, unless otherwise stated.

Revenue

  • Dayforce revenue was $168.8 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 27.1%, or 27.3% on a constant currency basis.
  • Excluding float revenue, Dayforce revenue was $154.7 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 31.7%, or 31.9% on a constant currency basis.
  • Dayforce recurring revenue was $128.1 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 24.5%, or 24.7% on a constant currency basis.
  • Excluding float revenue, Dayforce recurring revenue was $114.0 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 30.1%, or 30.4% on a constant currency basis.
  • Cloud revenue, which includes both Dayforce and Powerpay, was $190.9 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 23.5%, or 23.7% on a constant currency basis.  
  • Excluding float revenue, Cloud revenue was $174.0 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 27.8%, or 28.1% on a constant currency basis.
  • Total revenue, which includes revenue from both our Cloud and Bureau solutions, was $222.7 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 9.3%, or 9.5% on a constant currency basis.
  • Excluding float revenue, total revenue was $203.1 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 13.2%, or 13.4% on a constant currency basis.

Net Income and Net Income Per Share

  • Net income was $8.6 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $11.2 million. Adjusted net income was $22.0 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $20.4 million.
  • Diluted net income per share was $0.06 for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $0.08. Adjusted diluted net income per share was $0.15 for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $0.14. Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding were 151.2 million and 147.0 million for the first quarter of 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Gross Margin, Operating Profit, and Adjusted EBITDA

  • Gross margin of 45.1% for the first quarter of 2020, compared to 45.9%. 
  • Recurring services gross margin improved to 71.2% for the first quarter of 2020, compared to 70.5%. Cloud recurring services gross margin improved to 72.6% for the first quarter of 2020, compared to 70.1%.
  • Professional services and other gross margin improved to (3.4)% for the first quarter of 2020, compared to (14.2)%.
  • Operating profit was $26.3 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $27.4 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 10.8% to $55.2 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $49.8 million.
  • Excluding float revenue, Adjusted EBITDA increased 39.6%.

Balance Sheet

  • Cash and equivalents were $255.3 million as of March 31, 2020, compared to $281.3 million as of December 31, 2019.
  • Total debt was $674.7 million as of March 31, 2020, a reduction of $2.4 million, compared to $677.1 million as of December 31, 2019. Total debt included financing lease obligations of $11.4 million and $12.4 million as of March 31, 2020, and December 31, 2019, respectively.

Dayforce Live Customer Count

  • 4,480 Dayforce customers were live on the Dayforce platform as of March 31, 2020, a net increase of 629 customers, compared to 3,851 Dayforce customers as of March 31, 2019, and a net increase of 117 customers, compared to 4,363 as of December 31, 2019.
  • Excluding float revenue and on a fixed currency basis, Dayforce revenue per customer was $124,129 for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2020, an increase of 13.3% from $109,582 for the trailing twelve months ended March 31, 2019.

Withdrawing Guidance

It is impossible to accurately predict the depth and duration of the COVID-19 crisis, and in particular, its impact on the employment levels at our customers.  Accordingly, we are suspending our remaining quarterly guidance and withdrawing our full year 2020 guidance at this time.

To help stockholders and analysts to understand the impact of COVID-19 on our business as the COVID-19 recovery progresses, we are providing additional detail on Dayforce revenue and other performance indicators. Please refer to our Q1 2020 Stockholder Letter (Exhibit 99.2 to our Current Report on Form 8-K furnished by the Company on May 6, 2020) for additional information.  

Conference Call Details

Ceridian will host a conference call on May 6, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time to discuss the financial results for the first quarter of 2020. Those wishing to participate via the webcast should access the call through Ceridian’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.ceridian.com. Those wishing to participate via the telephone may dial in at 877-701-0459 (USA) or 647-689-5466 (International). The conference call replay will be available via webcast through Ceridian’s Investor Relations website at https://investors.ceridian.com.

 

About Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.

Ceridian. Makes Work Life Better™.

Ceridian is a global human capital management software company. Dayforce, our flagship cloud HCM platform, provides human resources, payroll, benefits, workforce management, and talent management functionality. Our platform is used to optimize management of the entire employee lifecycle, including attracting, engaging, paying, deploying, and developing people. Ceridian has solutions for organizations of all sizes.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
We use certain non-GAAP financial measures in this release including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, Adjusted net income, and revenue on a constant currency and fixed currency basis. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income, non-GAAP financial measures, are useful to management and investors as supplemental measures to evaluate our overall operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are components of our management incentive plan and are used by management to assess performance and to compare our operating performance to our competitors. We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization, as adjusted to exclude gain (loss) on assets and liabilities held in a foreign currency other than the functional currency of a company subsidiary, share-based compensation expense and related employer taxes, severance charges, restructuring consulting fees, and other non-recurring charges. Adjusted EBITDA margin is determined by calculating the percentage Adjusted EBITDA is of total revenue. Adjusted net income is defined as net income, as adjusted to exclude release of the valuation allowance, gain (loss) on assets and liabilities held in a foreign currency other than the functional currency of a company subsidiary, share-based compensation expense and related employer taxes, severance charges, restructuring consulting fees, and other non-recurring charges, all of which are adjusted for the effect of income taxes. Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income are helpful in highlighting management performance trends because Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income exclude the results of decisions that are outside the normal course of our business operations.

Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income are intended as supplemental measures of our performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income should not be considered as alternatives to operating profit, net income, earnings per share, or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, or as measures of operating cash flows or liquidity. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income should not be construed to imply that our future results will be unaffected by similar items to those eliminated in this presentation. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income are included in this discussion because they are key metrics used by management to assess our operating performance.

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income are not defined under GAAP, are not measures of net income, operating profit, or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP, and are subject to important limitations. Our use of the terms Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies in our industry and are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income have important limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

In evaluating Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, and Adjusted net income, you should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to those eliminated in this presentation.

We present revenue on a constant currency and fixed currency basis to assess how our underlying businesses performed, excluding the effect of foreign currency rate fluctuations, which we believe is useful to management and investors. We calculate revenue on a constant currency basis by applying the average foreign exchange rate in effect during the comparable prior period. Dayforce revenue per customer is calculated on a fixed currency basis by applying the prior year average exchange rate to all comparable periods.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical fact or relating to present facts or current conditions included in this press release are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements give our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. You can identify forward-looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Forward-looking statements in this press release include statements relating to second quarter and full year fiscal 2020, as well as those relating to future growth initiatives. These statements may include words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “project,” “seek,” “plan,” “intend,” “believe,” “will,” “may,” “could,” “continue,” “likely,” “should,” and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events but not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based on assumptions that we have made in light of our industry experience and our perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors that we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. As you consider this press release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. These assumptions and our future performance or results involve risks and uncertainties (many of which are beyond our control). These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • the impact of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (“COVID-19”) pandemic on our business, operations, and financial results;
  • our inability to attain or to maintain profitability;
  • significant competition for our solutions;
  • our inability to continue to develop or to sell our existing Cloud solutions;
  • our inability to manage our growth effectively;
  • the risk that we may not be able to successfully migrate our Bureau customers to our Cloud solutions or to offset the decline in Bureau revenue with Cloud revenue;
  • the decline or slower than expected development of the market for enterprise cloud computing;
  • failure of our efforts to increase use of our Cloud solutions and our other applications may not succeed;
  • our failure to provide enhancements and new features and modifications to our solutions;
  • failure to comply the Federal Trade Commission’s ongoing consent order regarding data protection;
  • system interruptions or failures, including cyber-security breaches, identity theft, or other disruptions that could compromise our information;
  • our failure to comply with applicable privacy, security, data, and financial services laws, regulations and standards;
  • changes in regulations governing financial services, privacy concerns, and laws or other domestic or foreign data protection regulations;
  • the risk of loss caused by customer failure to repay distribution of earned net wages and associated tax amounts made on behalf of our customers for our Dayforce Wallet or other services;
  • our inability to successfully expand our current offerings into new markets or further penetrate existing markets;
  • our inability to meet the more complex configuration and integration demands of our large customers;
  • reductions in our customers’ employment levels or other overall declines in the financial viability of our current and prospective customers;
  • the risk of our customers declining to renew their agreements with us or renewing at lower performance fee levels;
  • our failure to manage our technical operations infrastructure;
  • our inability to maintain necessary third party relationships, and third party software licenses or there are errors in the software we license;
  • our inability to protect our intellectual property rights, proprietary technology, information, processes, and know-how;
  • our failure to keep pace with rapid technological changes and evolving industry standards;
  • general economic, political and market forces beyond our control;
  • changes in laws and regulations related to the Internet or changes in the Internet infrastructure itself; or
  • other risks and uncertainties described in our most recent annual report on Form 10-K, subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Additional factors or events that could cause our actual performance to differ from these forward-looking statements may emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for us to predict all of them. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any of our assumptions prove incorrect, our actual financial condition, results of operations, future performance and business may vary in material respects from the performance projected in these forward-looking statements. In addition to any factors and assumptions set forth above in this press release, the material factors and assumptions used to develop the forward-looking information include, but are not limited to: the general economy remains stable; the competitive environment in the HCM market remains stable; the demand environment for HCM solutions remains stable; our implementation capabilities and cycle times remain stable; foreign exchange rates, both current and those used in developing forward-looking statements, specifically USD to CAD, remain stable at, or near, current rates; we will be able to maintain our relationships with our employees, customers and partners; we will continue to attract qualified personnel to support our development requirements and the support of our new and existing customers; and that the risk factors noted above, individually or collectively, do not have a material impact on the Company. Any forward-looking statement made by us in this press release speaks only as of the date on which it is made. We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise, except as may be required by law.

 

 

Source: Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.


For further information, please contact:

Investor Relations
Jeremy Johnson
Vice President, Finance and Investor Relations
Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.
1-844-829-9499
investors@ceridian.com

Public Relations
Teri Murphy
Director, Corporate Communications
Ceridian HCM Holding Inc.
1-647-417-2117
teri.murphy@ceridian.com

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