Career Education Corporation (NASDAQ: CECO) today reported operating and financial results for the second quarter of 2015.

Business Highlights:
  • Increased University Group revenue by 2.6 percent year-over-year to $138.2 million, driven by increased total enrollments
  • Increased University Group operating income by 50.0 percent year-over-year to $29.4 million, driven by ongoing cost discipline and modest total student enrollment growth
  • 2015 operating expenses for continuing operations remain in line with the Company's expectations and were lowered by $25.9 million, excluding severance charges of $12.6 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $26.6 million for the University Group and Corporate, an improvement of 36.3 percent or $7.1 million as compared to the prior year quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the Transitional Group and Discontinued Operations improved to ($30.8) million, compared to ($39.1) million in the same quarter last year, as a result of continued progress in executing legacy teach-outs, reducing lease obligations and benefits from the accretive nature of the Career College teach-outs announced in early May
  • Pleased to welcome experienced education industry executive Todd Nelson as President & CEO, effective August 12, 2015

Chairman and Interim CEO Ron McCray commented, "Our core University assets continued to perform very well during the quarter driven by modest total enrollment growth and our commitment to providing high-quality educational experiences to our students. Further, our cost discipline initiatives were quite evident in our performance during the second quarter as the University Group's operating income increased approximately 50%. This improved business performance will allow us to expand and incrementally invest in our predominantly online University platform in the future. For example, we were very pleased this past quarter to announce that American InterContinental University (AIU) has received approval for its new Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree programs focused on Elementary and Secondary Education."

BUSINESS TRANFORMATION UPDATE

In May 2015, Career Education announced that the Company would teach out its Sanford-Brown institutions and pursue strategies to divest or teach-out the remaining institutions within the former Career Colleges group. As part of the process to focus its resources on the University Group, the Company also announced that it was taking actions to better align its corporate overhead and streamline operations in order to make the University Group more efficient and effective in supporting its students.

Transformation Highlights:
  • Company continues to make progress against its strategy to divest and/or teach-out its remaining Career Colleges. Excluding restructuring charges, the Company expects these actions to be accretive to 2015 results. In addition to other initiatives, the Company has
    • Initiated teach-outs at the 15 Sanford-Brown campuses, including Sanford-Brown Online
    • Completed the sale of Brooks Institute in June 2015
    • Signed a purchase agreement for Missouri College and initiated the divestiture process for Briarcliffe College
  • Sale process for Le Cordon Bleu ("LCB") campuses continues, and a number of prospective buyers have initiated due diligence processes; Company expects to execute an agreement by year end
  • Company remains on track to generate flat-to-modest total student enrollment growth within the University Group over time
  • Updated restructuring charges for the teach out and divestiture initiatives, which are now expected to total $32 to $38 million, compared to the original projection of $40 to $50 million
    • Recorded approximately $12.6 million for severance and related costs during the second quarter, which are expected to be paid through 2018
    • The Company expects to record an additional $20 million - $25 million of aggregate charges associated with exiting lease obligations as campuses cease operations through 2018, with cash payments continuing through 2023
  • Based on the Company's analysis and the key assumptions referenced below, Adjusted EBITDA (1) from the Transitional Group and Discontinued Operations, excluding our LCB campuses (1) is now estimated to be approximately ($100) million in 2015 and ($85) million in 2016
  • Transformation strategy is expected to remove approximately $375 million in operating expenses (1) by the end of 2018 compared to annualized second quarter 2015 operating expenses (including discontinued operations and excluding asset impairments). Key drivers of this expense reduction will be
    • Completion of the teach-out/divestiture of Transitional Group and LCB
    • Right-sizing of corporate overhead to serve primarily online institutions
    • Achievement of greater operating efficiencies within the core University Group

McCray concluded, "The strategic actions that we began implementing during the quarter were transformational. As a result of these decisions, and based on the assumption that our divestitures will be completed by early 2016 while maintaining flat-to-modest total enrollment growth within our University Group, we expect total company operating margins to increase to mid-single digits in 2016 as we continue to make progress toward competitive operating margins. Furthermore, we expect to not only maintain a cash, cash equivalents and investment balance above $190 million in 2015, we expect that balance to remain stable in 2016 and to grow in 2017 and beyond as a result of the accretive nature of this transformation. We believe Career Education has a long and prosperous future ahead of it, and we look forward to sharing our success with our students, employees and shareholders as we execute against our strategic plan.

"We also look forward to the addition of Todd Nelson as our next CEO, whom we recently announced will be joining us on August 12. We strongly believe that he is the best leader to execute the remaining steps of this transformation while positioning the Company for long-term success."

(1) The estimates provided above for future Transitional Group and Discontinued Operations Adjusted EBITDA (excluding LCB) and company-wide operating expense reductions are based on the following key assumptions and factors, among others: (i) flat-to-modest total enrollment growth within the University Group over time, (ii) teach-outs and divestitures to occur as planned and performance consistent with historical experience, (iii) signed purchase agreement for LCB by year end and transaction closed by early 2016, (iv) achievement of projected rates of recovery for our real estate lease obligations which are consistent with historical experience, (v) right-sizing of our Corporate expense structure to serve primarily online institutions, (vi) no material changes in the legal or regulatory environment, and (vii) consistent working capital trends as compared to historical results. All projections for 2016 and beyond assume a completed sale of our LCB campuses . Although these estimates and assumptions are based upon management's good faith beliefs regarding current events and actions that we may undertake in the future, actual results could differ from these estimates.

REVENUE

For the second quarter of 2015, total revenue was $174.8 million, a 6.1 percent decrease from $186.2 million for the second quarter of 2014. Total revenue for the University Group was $138.2 million for the second quarter of 2015 compared to $134.7 million for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 2.6 percent. Adjusting for changes related to accounting for withdrawn students that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2014, revenue increased 3.9 percent for the current quarter as compared to the prior year quarter for the University Group.
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Revenue ($ in thousands)   Q2 2015 (3)   Q1 2015 (3)   Q4 2014 (3)   Q3 2014   Q2 2014
             
CTU $ 86,174 $ 85,127 $ 82,202 $ 82,410 $ 85,041
AIU   52,024     53,066     44,749     51,889     49,685
Total University Group   138,198     138,193     126,951     134,299     134,726
Corporate and Other 39 39 40 52 38
Transitional Group (1)   36,543     44,070     47,216     48,474     51,408
Total (2) $ 174,780   $ 182,302   $ 174,207   $ 182,825   $ 186,172

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(1)   Teach-out campuses included in the Transitional Group are in the process of being taught out and therefore no longer enroll new students. Additionally, campuses which have ceased operations subsequent to December 31, 2014 and no longer qualify for discontinued operations treatment under Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 360 - Property, Plant & Equipment or campuses that were announced for sale subsequent to December 31, 2014 are also included in the Transitional Group.
(2) Excludes discontinued operations, which consists of the results of operations for campuses that have ceased operations prior to 2015 and the LCB campuses which are held for sale.
(3) Fourth quarter of 2014 total revenue was negatively impacted by approximately $9.4 million due to the change in how the Company accounts for revenue for students who withdrew from one of its institutions prior to completion of their programs. This cumulative adjustment was recorded during the fourth quarter of 2014. First quarter and second quarter of 2015 were negatively impacted by approximately $1.9 million and $2.2 million, respectively, related to this change in accounting.
 

TOTAL AND NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENTS

For the second quarter of 2015, total student enrollments for the University Group were 31,300, which increased 2.3 percent as compared to the prior year quarter. New student enrollments for the University Group were 7,950, an increase of 9.1 percent as compared to the prior year quarter due to growth at Colorado Technical University (CTU). This increase was also partially attributable to a change in the methodology used to calculate new student enrollments at AIU beginning in the second quarter of 2014 related to cancelled student enrollments. Excluding the impact of this change, new student enrollments within the University Group increased by 2.4 percent during the second quarter as compared to the prior year quarter.
                     
Total Student Enrollment   Q2 2015   Q1 2015   Q4 2014   Q3 2014   Q2 2014
           
CTU 20,600 20,300 20,400 19,800 19,800
AIU 10,700   13,500   11,600   11,500   10,800
Total University Group 31,300   33,800   32,000   31,300   30,600
Transitional Group 7,000   9,500   9,400   11,300   10,300
Total 38,300   43,300   41,400   42,600   40,900
 
                           
New Student Enrollments   Q2 2015   Q1 2015   Q4 2014   Q3 2014   Q2 2014
 
CTU 5,670 5,040 5,670 5,460 5,280
AIU (1) 2,280   5,090   3,370   3,300   2,010
Total University Group 7,950   10,130   9,040   8,760   7,290
Transitional Group (2) 830   1,830   1,150   3,290   1,660
Total 8,780   11,960   10,190   12,050   8,950

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(1)   Beginning in the second quarter of 2014, AIU changed its methodology related to certain cancelled student enrollments. As a result, the increase in the current quarter versus the prior year quarter was a result of this change in methodology.
(2) Teach-out campuses within the Transitional Group no longer enroll new students; students who re-enter after 365 days are reported as new student enrollments.
 

OPERATING (LOSS) INCOME

For the second quarter of 2015, operating loss of $9.3 million improved 17.1 percent compared to an operating loss of $11.3 million in the prior year quarter. Total University Group operating income increased to $29.4 million from $19.6 million in the prior year quarter, an increase of 50.0 percent. This increase in operating income was primarily driven by ongoing cost improvement initiatives, which were partially offset by increased administrative expense as a result of general corporate overhead no longer being allocated to the LCB campuses which are held for sale, therefore increasing the percentage allocated to the University Group.
                           
Operating (Loss) Income   Q2 2015   Q1 2015   Q4 2014   Q3 2014   Q2 2014
  ($ in thousands)                      
 
CTU $ 24,263 $ 14,616 $ 23,356 $ 10,698 $ 20,957
AIU   5,174       (2,887 )     (304 )     (4,194 )     (1,331 )
Total University Group   29,437       11,729       23,052       6,504       19,626  
Corporate and Other (1) (7,036 ) (5,860 ) (7,048 ) 2,528 (5,513 )
Transitional Group (2)   (31,733 )     (30,470 )     (23,788 )     (40,764 )     (25,364 )
Total (3) $ (9,332 )   $ (24,601 )   $ (7,784 )   $ (31,732 )   $ (11,251 )
(1)   Income related to a net insurance recovery of $8.6 million was recorded during the third quarter of 2014.
(2) Asset impairment charges of $1.7 million, $6.0 million, $3.9 million and $12.9 million were recorded during the second quarter of 2015, first quarter of 2015, fourth quarter of 2014 and third quarter of 2014, respectively.
(3) Excludes discontinued operations, which consists of the results of operations for campuses that have ceased operations prior to 2015 and the LCB campuses which are held for sale.
 

ADJUSTED EBITDA

The Company believes it is useful to present non-GAAP financial measures, which exclude certain significant items, as a means to understand the performance of its operations. (See tables below and the GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliation attached to this press release for further details.)

For the second quarter of 2015, Adjusted EBITDA for the University Group and Corporate increased $7.1 million compared to the prior year quarter, driven by increased revenue and continued cost reduction initiatives. Adjusted EBITDA for the Transitional Group and Discontinued Operations was ($30.8) million for the second quarter of 2015, compared to ($39.1) million in the prior year quarter. This favorability is a result of the completion of teach-out campus operations and continued focus on reducing lease obligations once a teach-out is complete.

                               
Adjusted EBITDA         Q2 2015   Q1 2015   Q4 2014   Q3 2014   Q2 2014
  ($ in thousands)                          
   

University Group and Corporate:
Pre-tax loss from continuing operations $ (10,218 ) $ (24,990 ) $ (7,747 ) $ (31,651 ) $ (11,664 )
Transitional Group pre-tax loss 32,624 30,470 23,788 40,764 25,364
Interest (income) expense, net (52 ) 2 (38 ) (120 ) (177 )
Depreciation and amortization (1) 3,956 4,361 5,170 5,402 5,732
Stock-based compensation (1) 530 940 966 950 1,020
Legal settlements (1) (2) - - - - (400 )
Asset impairments (1) - - - 73 -
Unused space charges (1) (3) (348 ) 556 (373 ) (368 ) (363 )
Insurance recovery - - - (8,588 ) -
Cumulative adjustment related to revenue recognition (1)   94       93       1,354       -       -  
Adjusted EBITDA--University Group and Corporate $ 26,586     $ 11,432     $ 23,120     $ 6,462     $ 19,512  
                 
Memo: Advertising Expenses $ 34,258     $ 50,587     $ 36,731     $ 50,410     $ 37,407  
 

Transitional Group and Discontinued Operations:
Pre-tax loss from discontinued operations $ (11,252 ) $ (102 ) $ (17,195 ) $ (15,201 ) $ (33,046 )
Transitional Group pre-tax loss (32,624 ) (30,470 ) (23,788 ) (40,764 ) (25,364 )
Loss on sale of business (4) 917 - - - 311
Depreciation and amortization (4) 3,231 2,351 7,319 7,739 8,662
Legal settlements (4) (166 ) 1,485 - 225 2,000
Asset impairments (4) 11,372 6,019 14,203 14,412 7,454
Unused space charges (3) (4) (2,305 ) (2,424 ) (2,063 ) (3,343 ) 920
Cumulative adjustment related to revenue recognition (4)   13       (67 )     1,029       -       -  
Adjusted EBITDA--Transitional and Discontinued Operations $ (30,814 )   $ (23,208 )   $ (20,495 )   $ (36,932 )   $ (39,063 )
                 
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $ (4,228 )   $ (11,776 )   $ 2,625     $ (30,470 )   $ (19,551 )
(1)   Quarterly amounts relate to the University Group and Corporate
(2) Legal settlement amounts are net of insurance recoveries
(3) Unused space charges include initial charge and subsequent accretion
(4) Quarterly amounts relate to Transitional Group and Discontinued Operations
 

BALANCE SHEET AND CASH FLOW

Net cash used in operating activities improved to $6.4 million for the second quarter of 2015, compared to $45.9 million in the prior year quarter. The current quarter operating cash usage included the cash receipt of $14.0 million for an income tax refund. The prior year quarter cash usage included $21.6 million of payments related to legal settlements. The Company continues to expect to end 2015 with over $190 million in total cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term and long-term investments.

Capital expenditures decreased to $1.6 million during the quarter ended June 30, 2015, compared to $3.6 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014.

As of June 30, 2015 and June 30, 2014, cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term and long-term investments totaled $204.1 million and $282.0 million, respectively.
                           
Cash and Cash Flow from   Q2 2015   Q1 2015 (3)   Q4 2014 (3)   Q3 2014   Q2 2014
  Operations ($ in thousands)                    
     

Consolidated Cash, Cash Equivalents,Restricted Cash and Short-Termand Long-Term Investments (1)
$ 204,104   $ 213,739   $ 247,002   $ 258,274   $ 281,991
 
Cash Flow from Operations (2) $ (6,419)   $ (20,176)   $ (17,479)   $ (19,860)   $ (45,865)

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(1)   Consolidated cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term and long-term investment balances are quarter end balances and include both continuing and discontinued operations. Long-term investment balances of $7.4 million for each of the periods disclosed are reflected within other non-current assets on our consolidated balance sheets.
(2) Cash flow from operations includes payments of legal settlements of $2.4 million, $1.3 million and $21.6 million during the first quarter of 2015, fourth quarter of 2014 and second quarter of 2014, respectively.
(3) The fourth quarter of 2014 ending cash, cash equivalents, restricted cash and investment balance includes $10.0 million of restricted cash related to borrowings under the Credit Agreement. The $10.0 million of outstanding borrowings was repaid during the first quarter of 2015.
 

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

Career Education Corporation will host a conference call on Friday, August 7, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. Interested parties can access the live webcast of the conference call and the related presentation materials at www.careered.com in the Investor Relations section of the website. Participants can also listen to the conference call by dialing 888-317-6016 (domestic) or 412-317-6016 (international). Please log-in or dial-in at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure a connection. An archived version of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days at www.careered.com in the Investor Relations section of the website.

ABOUT CAREER EDUCATION CORPORATION

Career Education's academic institutions offer a high-quality education to a diverse student population in a variety of disciplines through online, on-ground and hybrid learning programs. Our two universities - American InterContinental University ("AIU") and Colorado Technical University ("CTU") - provide degree programs through the master's or doctoral level as well as associate and bachelor's levels. Both universities predominantly serve students online with career-focused degree programs that meet the educational demands of today's busy adults. AIU and CTU continue to show innovation in higher education, advancing new personalized learning technologies like their intellipath™ adaptive learning platform that allow students to more efficiently move toward earning a degree by receiving course credit for knowledge they can already demonstrate. Career Education is committed to providing high-quality education that closes the gap between learners who seek to advance their careers and employers needing a qualified workforce.

A listing of individual campus locations and web links to Career Education's institutions can be found at www.careered.com.

Except for the historical and present factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this release, including statements identified by words such as "expect," "estimate," "believe," "will," "anticipate," "continue," "on track," "position us" and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are based on information currently available to us and are subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, performance, business prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update or revise such factors or any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events, developments or changed circumstances, or for any other reason. These risks and uncertainties, the outcomes of which could materially and adversely affect our financial condition and operations, include, but are not limited to, the following: declines in enrollment; the success of our initiatives to divest our LCB culinary arts campuses and remaining Career College institutions, which could be impacted by the level of buyer interest and related valuations, required regulatory approvals, the various factors noted in this paragraph, among other things; negative trends in the real estate market which could impact the costs related to teaching out campuses and the success of our initiatives to reduce our real estate obligations; our ability to achieve anticipated cost savings and business efficiencies; rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Education or any state and increased focus by Congress, the President and governmental agencies on for-profit education institutions; our continued compliance with and eligibility to participate in Title IV Programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the regulations thereunder (including the gainful employment and financial responsibility standards prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education), as well as national and regional accreditation standards and state regulatory requirements; the impact of management changes; our ability to successfully defend litigation and other claims brought against us; and changes in the overall U.S. or global economy. Further information about these and other relevant risks and uncertainties may be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014 and its subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
 
CAREER EDUCATION CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands)
   

June 30,

December 31,

2015

2014
(unaudited)
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents, unrestricted $ 63,266 $ 93,832
Restricted cash 13,438 22,938
Short-term investments   120,026     122,858  
Total cash and cash equivalents, restricted cash and short-term investments 196,730 239,628
 
Student receivables, net 25,872 24,564
Receivables, other, net 4,472 18,925
Prepaid expenses 17,513 14,679
Inventories 2,668 3,305
Other current assets 1,852 2,384
Assets held for sale (1) 66,541 76,846
Assets of discontinued operations   280     473  
Total current assets   315,928     380,804  
 
NON-CURRENT ASSETS:
Property and equipment, net 57,946 73,083
Goodwill 87,356 87,356
Intangible assets, net 7,900 9,819
Student receivables, net 2,887 2,926
Other assets 17,506 18,571
Assets of discontinued operations   853     975  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 490,376   $ 573,534  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Short-term borrowings $ - $ 10,000
Accounts payable 17,636 21,968
Accrued expenses:
Payroll and related benefits 31,754 29,545
Advertising and production costs 12,735 13,162
Income taxes 1,545 1,633
Other 17,884 21,440
Deferred tuition revenue 37,105 37,572
Liabilities held for sale (1) 44,999 50,357
Liabilities of discontinued operations   13,343     15,506  
Total current liabilities   177,001     201,183  
 
NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Deferred rent obligations 39,883 48,381
Other liabilities 20,040 19,178
Liabilities of discontinued operations   14,984     22,859  
Total non-current liabilities   74,907     90,418  
 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY:
Preferred stock - -
Common stock 828 823
Additional paid-in capital 608,935 606,531
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (701 ) (853 )
Retained deficit (155,007 ) (109,403 )
Cost of shares in treasury   (215,587 )   (215,165 )
Total stockholders' equity   238,468     281,933  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 490,376   $ 573,534  

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(1)   During the second quarter of 2015, the Company made the decision to sell one of its campuses which is currently reported within the Transitional Group segment. As a result of the decision to sell this campus, the assets and liabilities for this campus are classified as held for sale within continuing operations and are presented along with the LCB campuses as held for sale on our condensed consolidated balance sheet as of June 30, 2015.
 
CAREER EDUCATION CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF LOSS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(In thousands, except per share amounts and percentages)
         

For the Quarter Ended June 30,
% of % of
Total Total
2015 Revenue 2014 Revenue
 
REVENUE:
Tuition and registration fees $ 173,963 99.5 % $ 185,136 99.4 %
Other   817   0.5 %   1,036   0.6 %
Total revenue   174,780     186,172  
 
OPERATING EXPENSES:
Educational services and facilities 53,949 30.9 % 59,001 31.7 %
General and administrative 121,365 69.4 % 129,051 69.3 %
Depreciation and amortization 7,113 4.1 % 9,368 5.0 %
Asset impairment   1,685   1.0 %   3   0.0 %
Total operating expenses   184,112   105.3 %   197,423   106.0 %
Operating loss   (9,332 ) -5.3 %   (11,251 ) -6.0 %
 
OTHER (EXPENSE) INCOME:
Interest income 222 0.1 % 285 0.2 %
Interest expense (170 ) -0.1 % (108 ) -0.1 %
Loss on sale of business (917 ) -0.5 % - 0.0 %
Miscellaneous expense   (21 ) 0.0 %   (590 ) -0.3 %
Total other expense   (886 ) -0.5 %   (413 ) -0.2 %
 
PRETAX LOSS (10,218 ) -5.8 % (11,664 ) -6.3 %
 
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes   (747 ) -0.4 %   1,854   1.0 %
 
LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (9,471 ) -5.4 % (13,518 ) -7.3 %
 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax   (11,252 ) -6.4 %   (33,046 ) -17.8 %
 
NET LOSS   (20,723 ) -11.9 %   (46,564 ) -25.0 %
 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE LOSS, net of tax:
Unrealized loss on investments   (43 )   (107 )
 
COMPREHENSIVE LOSS $ (20,766 ) $ (46,671 )
 
NET LOSS PER SHARE - DILUTED:
Loss from continuing operations $ (0.14 ) $ (0.20 )
Loss from discontinued operations   (0.17 )   (0.49 )
Net loss per share $ (0.31 ) $ (0.69 )
 
DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING   67,893     67,157  
 
CAREER EDUCATION CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF LOSS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS
(In thousands, except per share amounts and percentages)
         

For the Year to Date Ended June 30,
% of % of
Total Total
2015 Revenue 2014 Revenue
 
REVENUE:
Tuition and registration fees $ 355,364 99.5 % $ 382,045 99.4 %
Other   1,718   0.5 %   2,281   0.6 %
Total revenue   357,082     384,326  
 
OPERATING EXPENSES:
Educational services and facilities 108,900 30.5 % 120,639 31.4 %
General and administrative 260,513 73.0 % 277,497 72.2 %
Depreciation and amortization 13,898 3.9 % 19,313 5.0 %
Asset impairment   7,704   2.2 %   77   0.0 %
Total operating expenses   391,015   109.5 %   417,526   108.6 %
Operating loss   (33,933 ) -9.5 %   (33,200 ) -8.6 %
 
OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):
Interest income 382 0.1 % 391 0.1 %
Interest expense (332 ) -0.1 % (189 ) 0.0 %
Loss on sale of business (917 ) -0.3 % - 0.0 %
Miscellaneous expense   (408 ) -0.1 %   (108 ) 0.0 %
Total other (expense) income   (1,275 ) -0.4 %   94   0.0 %
 
PRETAX LOSS (35,208 ) -9.9 % (33,106 ) -8.6 %
 
(Benefit from) provision for income taxes   (958 ) -0.3 %   2,074   0.5 %
 
LOSS FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (34,250 ) -9.6 % (35,180 ) -9.2 %
 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax   (11,354 ) -3.2 %   (69,527 ) -18.1 %
 
NET LOSS   (45,604 ) -12.8 %   (104,707 ) -27.2 %
 
OTHER COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS) , net of tax:
Unrealized income (loss) on investments   152     (135 )
 
COMPREHENSIVE LOSS $ (45,452 ) $ (104,842 )
 
NET LOSS PER SHARE - DILUTED:
Loss from continuing operations $ (0.51 ) $ (0.52 )
Loss from discontinued operations   (0.16 )   (1.04 )
Net loss per share $ (0.67 ) $ (1.56 )
 
DILUTED WEIGHTED AVERAGE SHARES OUTSTANDING:   67,714     67,076  
 
CAREER EDUCATION CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
   
For the Year to date

Ended June 30,
  2015       2014  
 
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:
Net loss $ (45,604 ) $ (104,707 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:
Asset impairment 17,391 7,521
Depreciation and amortization expense 13,899 29,825
Bad debt expense 9,138 12,409
Compensation expense related to share-based awards 1,470 2,361
Loss on sale of businesses, net 917 311
Loss on disposition of property and equipment 3 32
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (23,809 )   (29,037 )
Net cash used in operating activities   (26,595 )   (81,285 )
 
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:
Purchases of available-for-sale investments (33,707 ) (121,590 )
Sales of available-for-sale investments 36,051 28,726
Purchases of property and equipment (4,994 ) (7,031 )
Payments of cash upon sale of businesses (2,018 ) (250 )
Other   -     (11 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (4,668 )   (100,156 )
 
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:
Issuance of common stock 939 392
Payment on borrowings (10,000 ) -
Change in restricted cash   9,500     636  
Net cash provided by financing activities   439     1,028  
 
EFFECT OF FOREIGN CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATE
CHANGES ON CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS:   258     78  
 
NET DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (30,566 ) (180,335 )
DISCONTINUED OPERATIONS CASH ACTIVITY INCLUDED ABOVE:
Add: Cash balance of discontinued operations, beginning of the period - 475
Less: Cash balance of discontinued operations, end of the period - -
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, beginning of the period   93,832     318,468  
CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS, end of the period $ 63,266   $ 138,608  
 
CAREER EDUCATION CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED SELECTED SEGMENT INFORMATION
(In thousands, except percentages)
   
For the Quarter Ended June 30,
2015 2014
 
REVENUE:
CTU $ 86,174 $ 85,041
AIU   52,024     49,685  
Total University Group   138,198     134,726  
Corporate and Other 39 38
Transitional Group   36,543     51,408  
Total $ 174,780   $ 186,172  
 
OPERATING (LOSS) INCOME:
CTU $ 24,263 $ 20,957
AIU   5,174     (1,331 )
Total University Group   29,437     19,626  
Corporate and Other (7,036 ) (5,513 )
Transitional Group   (31,733 )   (25,364 )
Total $ (9,332 ) $ (11,251 )
 
OPERATING (LOSS) MARGIN:
CTU 28.2 % 24.6 %
AIU 9.9 % -2.7 %
Total University Group 21.3 % 14.6 %
 
Corporate and Other NM NM
 
Transitional Group NM NM
Total -5.3 % -6.0 %
 
CAREER EDUCATION CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED SELECTED SEGMENT INFORMATION
(In thousands, except percentages)
   
For the Year to Date Ended June 30,
2015 2014
 
REVENUE:
CTU $ 171,301 $ 171,961
AIU   105,090     102,258  
Total University Group   276,391     274,219  
Corporate and Other 78 138
Transitional Group   80,613     109,969  
Total $ 357,082   $ 384,326  
 
OPERATING (LOSS) INCOME:
CTU $ 38,879 $ 35,438
AIU   2,287     (4,914 )
Total University Group   41,166     30,524  
Corporate and Other (12,896 ) (16,649 )
Transitional Group   (62,203 )   (47,075 )
Total $ (33,933 ) $ (33,200 )
 
OPERATING (LOSS) MARGIN:
CTU 22.7 % 20.6 %
AIU 2.2 % -4.8 %
Total University Group 14.9 % 11.1 %
Corporate and Other NM NM
Transitional Group NM NM
Total -9.5 % -8.6 %
 
CAREER EDUCATION CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP ITEMS (1)
(In thousands)
                     
Adjusted EBITDA     Q2 2015 Q1 2015 Q4 2014 Q3 2014 Q2 2014
                     
   

University Group and Corporate:
Pre-tax loss from continuing operations $ (10,218 ) $ (24,990 ) $ (7,747 ) $ (31,651 ) $ (11,664 )
Transitional Group pre-tax loss 32,624 30,470 23,788 40,764 25,364
Interest (income) expense, net (52 ) 2 (38 ) (120 ) (177 )
Depreciation and amortization (3) 3,956 4,361 5,170 5,402 5,732
Stock-based compensation (3) 530 940 966 950 1,020
Legal settlements (3) (5) - - - - (400 )
Asset impairments (3) - - - 73 -
Unused space charges (3) (6) (348 ) 556 (373 ) (368 ) (363 )
Insurance recovery - - - (8,588 ) -
Cumulative adjustment related to revenue recognition (3) (7)   94     93     1,354     -     -  
Adjusted EBITDA--University Group and Corporate (2) $ 26,586   $ 11,432   $ 23,120   $ 6,462   $ 19,512  
         
Memo: Advertising Expenses (3) $ 34,258   $ 50,587   $ 36,731   $ 50,410   $ 37,407  
 

Transitional Group and Discontinued Operations (4) :
Pre-tax loss from discontinued operations $ (11,252 ) $ (102 ) $ (17,195 ) $ (15,201 ) $ (33,046 )
Transitional Group pre-tax loss (32,624 ) (30,470 ) (23,788 ) (40,764 ) (25,364 )
Loss on sale of business (8) 917 - - - 311
Depreciation and amortization (8) 3,231 2,351 7,319 7,739 8,662
Legal settlements (5) (8) (166 ) 1,485 - 225 2,000
Asset impairments (8) 11,372 6,019 14,203 14,412 7,454
Unused space charges (6) (8) (2,305 ) (2,424 ) (2,063 ) (3,343 ) 920
Cumulative adjustment related to revenue recognition (7) (8)   13     (67 )   1,029     -     -  
Adjusted EBITDA--Transitional and Discontinued Operations (2) $ (30,814 ) $ (23,208 ) $ (20,495 ) $ (36,932 ) $ (39,063 )
         
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $ (4,228 ) $ (11,776 ) $ 2,625   $ (30,470 ) $ (19,551 )
                     
 
(1) The Company believes it is useful to present non-GAAP financial measures which exclude certain significant items as a means to understand the performance of its operations. As a general matter, the company uses non-GAAP financial measures in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP to help analyze the performance of its operations, assist with preparing the annual operating plan, and measure performance for some forms of compensation. In addition, the company believes that non-GAAP financial information is used by analysts and others in the investment community to analyze the company's historical results and to provide estimates of future performance and that failure to report non-GAAP measures could result in a misplaced perception that the company's results have underperformed or exceeded expectations.
 
We believe adjusted EBITDA allows us to compare our current operating results with corresponding historical periods and with the operational performance of other companies in our industry because it does not give effect to potential differences caused by items we do not consider reflective of underlying operating performance. We also present adjusted EBITDA because we believe it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties as a measure of performance. In evaluating adjusted EBITDA, investors should be aware that in the future we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments presented above. Our presentation of adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by expenses that are unusual, non-routine or non-recurring. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider it in isolation, or as a substitute for net income (loss), operating income (loss), or any other performance measure derived in accordance and reported under GAAP or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities or as a measure of our liquidity.
 
Non-GAAP financial measures, when viewed in a reconciliation to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide an additional way of viewing the company's results of operations and the factors and trends affecting the company's business. Non-GAAP financial measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the corresponding financial results presented in accordance with GAAP.
 
(2) Management assesses results of operations for the University Group and Corporate separately from the Transitional Group. As a result, management views adjusted EBITDA from the University Group and Corporate separately from the remainder of the organization, to assess results and make decisions. Accordingly, the Transitional Group pre-tax losses are added back to pre-tax loss from continuing operations and subtracted from pre-tax loss from discontinued operations.
 
(3) Quarterly amounts relate to the University Group and Corporate.
 
(4)

The Company announced the Culinary Arts segment as held for sale during the fourth quarter of 2014 and it is therefore now reported within discontinued operations. Quarterly adjusted EBITDA amounts for Culinary Arts include:
         
Q2 2015 Q1 2015 Q4 2014 Q3 2014 Q2 2014
 
Pre-tax (loss) income $ (10,532 ) $ 250 $ (15,927 ) $ (12,602 ) $ (19,771 )
Depreciation and amortization - - 4,504 4,282 4,310
Legal settlements - 775 - - 2,000
Asset impairments 9,687 - 10,320 1,523 7,400
Unused space charges (982 ) (377 ) 65 213 (467 )
Cumulative adjustment related to revenue recognition   5     54     514     -     -  
Total $ (1,822 ) $ 702   $ (524 ) $ (6,584 ) $ (6,528 )
 
(5) Legal settlement amounts are net of insurance recoveries.
 
(6) Unused space charges represent the net present value of remaining lease obligations less an estimated amount for sublease income as well as the subsequent accretion of these charges.
 
(7) Revenue recognition adjustment relates to the accounting for students who withdraw from one of our institutions prior to completion of their program. This adjustment now reflects revenue earned on a cash-basis of accounting beginning in the fourth quarter of 2014 for these students.
 
(8) Quarterly amounts relate to the Transitional Group and Discontinued Operations.
 

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