Formula Systems Reports First Quarter Results for 2016 According to International Financial Reporting Standards


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Or Yehuda, Israel, June 22, 2016Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (NASDAQ: FORTY), a global information technology holding company engaged primarily, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, in providing software consulting services and computer-based business solutions and developing proprietary software, today announced its results for the first quarter of 2016 in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

In accordance with Formula’s May 2016 announcement that it will report its financial results under IFRS as of January 1, 2016 (date of adoption), the company’s Consolidated Statements of Financial Position and Consolidated Statements of Profit or Loss for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016 and the comparative periods of 2015 are also reported under IFRS. Up until the most recent reporting period, Formula’s reporting was based on US GAAP.

The main difference between IFRS and US GAAP reporting, as it applies to the Company, relates to the consolidation of the results of operations of subsidiaries. Under US GAAP, companies are evaluated for consolidation purposes based on voting interests, to determine whether the reporting entity controls and therefore consolidates them. Under US GAAP, the majority voting interest holder of a company (i.e., ownership of more than 50% of the outstanding voting shares of an entity) consolidates that company. Upon transitioning to reporting based on IFRS, the Company consolidated the results of operations of Sapiens International Corporation N.V. and Magic Software Enterprises Ltd. over which it has effective control (“de facto control”), as required under IFRS. “De facto control” exists when the Company’s rights in such entities are sufficient to give it power to have the practical ability to direct the relevant activities of such entities even where it does not have more than 50% of the voting power therein. The Company believes that consolidating the results of operations of entities over which it has “de facto control” provides more consistency in accounting treatment and financial reporting over future periods, whether or not the Company's interest in these entities exceeds 50% (but provided that, and for as long as, it has “de facto control” over such entities). The concept of “de facto control” does not exist under US GAAP. The Company believes that this change provides shareholders with information that better reflects the Company's operations through the subsidiaries that it effectively controls.  

Financial Highlights for the First Quarter of 2016 (in accordance with IFRS)

  • Consolidated revenues for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016, increased 11% to $262.2 million, compared to $237.1 million in the same period last year.
  • Consolidated operating income for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016, increased 7% to $21.5 million, compared to $20.2 million in the same period last year. 
  • Consolidated net income for the first quarter ended March 31, 2016, was $4.0 million, or $0.27 per fully diluted share, compared to $6.5 million, or $0.44 per fully diluted share, in the same period last year. Net income was negatively impacted by increased tax expenses recorded in Magic Software and in Sapiens and the appreciation of Formula's debentures nominated in New Israel Shekels as a result of exchange rate fluctuations.
  • As of March 31, 2016, Formula held 50.0%, 49.0% and 47.3% of the outstanding ordinary shares of Matrix, Sapiens and Magic, respectively. 
  • Consolidated cash and short-term and long-term investments in marketable securities totaled approximately $325.1 million as of March 31, 2016. 
  • Total consolidated equity as of March 31, 2016, was $717.1 million (representing 58% of the total balance sheet).
  • As of March 31, 2016, Formula was in compliance with all of its financial covenants.

Comments of Management

Commenting on the results, Guy Bernstein, CEO of Formula Systems, said, “We are very pleased to report another quarter of excellent results across our entire portfolio. Sapiens' revenues grew by 20.9% to $49.6 million for the first quarter. In addition, Sapiens launched several products including its new advanced analytics solution, Sapiens INTELLIGENCE, thereby continuing to expand its revenue base and enhance its competitive position. Matrix reported a tremendous first quarter, improving both its top and bottom line. Matrix’s growth is a direct result of having strategically identified future growth engines and executing its growth plan by investing in its offerings and infrastructure to target these high growth segments. Magic reported another quarter with double-digit revenue growth year over year while maintaining operational profitability at a solid 15%. Magic continues to invest in its products, receiving very positive customer feedback and strong uptake for its solutions, including its professional services for cloud and mobility solutions. We are looking forward to adding the results of our 50% stake in TSG – formerly a subsidiary and the military arm of Ness Technologies, which we acquired in equal parts with Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) during May 2016. Engaged in the fields of command and control systems, intelligence, homeland security and cyber security, TSG adds a valuable fourth leg to our portfolio.”

About Formula

Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. is a global information technology company principally engaged, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, in providing software consulting services, developing proprietary software products, and providing computer-based business solutions.

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Except for any historical information contained herein, matters discussed in this press release might include forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Regarding any financial statements, actual results might vary significantly based upon a number of factors including, but not limited to, risks in product and technology development, market acceptance of new products and continuing product conditions, both locally and abroad, release and sales of new products by strategic resellers and customers, and other risk factors detailed in Formula's most recent annual report and other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise the forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.