Formula Systems Reports Record-Breaking Revenues of $311 Million for the First Quarter with 19% Year Over Year Growth


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Formula expands portfolio, entering Israeli market for payroll software solutions with acquisition of Michpal Micro Computers

Or Yehuda, Israel, May 18, 2017 – Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (NASDAQ: FORTY), a global information technology holding company engaged, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, in providing software consulting services and computer-based business solutions and developing proprietary software products, today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS).

Financial Highlights for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2017

  • In January 2017, Formula acquired all of the share capital of Michpal Micro Computers (1983) Ltd., an Israeli privately-held company that develops, sells and supports a proprietary on-premise payroll software solution and complementary modules for processing traditional payroll stubs to Israeli enterprises and payroll service providers. The Michpal payroll software solution is recognized throughout Israel, with approximately 8,000 customers, most of which are long-term customers.

As part of its payroll software solution Michpal allows the preparation of employee pay statements, supporting journals, summaries, and management reports and supports monthly and year-end regulatory and       legislative payroll tax statements and other forms such as payroll social and income taxes, to its clients and their employees. Formula paid a purchase price of $22.1 million

  • Consolidated Revenues for the first quarter increased by 19% to a record-breaking $310.9 million, compared to $262.2 million in the same period last year.
  • Consolidated operating income for the first quarter, decreased by 25% to $16.2 million, compared to $21.5 million in the same period last year. The decrease in operating income is attributable to Sapiens’ operating income decreasing from $ 6.4 million in the first quarter of 2016 to an operating loss of ($1.6) million due to the halt of a software development project with a significant customer of Sapiens and the integration of StoneRiver, Sapiens recent acquisition. In the second quarter, Sapiens will continue restructuring steps to address these developments and remain on track in the second half of 2017. Excluding the negative impact of Sapiens results, Formula operating income increased 17% year over year.  
  • Consolidated net income attributable to Formula’s shareholders for the first quarter was $0.2 million, or $0.01 per fully diluted share, compared to $4.1 million, or $0.27 per fully diluted share, in the same period last year. The decrease in net income attributable to Formula’s shareholders is primarily attributable to a decrease in Sapiens net income from $5.0 million in the first quarter of 2016 to a loss of ($2.2) million (as detailed above) and to devaluation of long term liabilities to banks and others denominated in New Israeli Shekels following the erosion of the US dollar against the new Israeli shekel amounting to $3.5 million.   
  • As of March 31, 2017, Formula held 50.0%, 48.8%, 47.2%, 100% 50% and 90% of the outstanding ordinary shares of Matrix IT, Sapiens International Corporation N.V, Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., Michpal Micro Computers (1983) Ltd., TSG IT Advanced Systems, and Insync Staffing Solutions, respectively.
  • Consolidated cash, short-term and long-term investments in marketable securities and bank deposits totaled approximately $211.1 million as of March 31, 2017. 
  • Total consolidated equity as of March 31, 2017, was $741.9 million (representing 51% of the total balance sheet).
  • As of March 31, 2017, Formula was in compliance with all of its financial covenants under the debentures issued by Formula in September 2015 and under loans granted from other financial institutions.

Comments of Management

Commenting on the results, Guy Bernstein, CEO of Formula Systems, said, “We are pleased to report another quarter of double-digit revenue growth across our entire portfolio. While our top-line growth was strong, our profitability was impacted mostly by certain aspects of Sapiens’ business activities. Sapiens revenues reached $56.5 million for the quarter, driven by a mix of organic growth and its recent StoneRiver acquisition. Sapiens operational profitability was affected by the loss of a significant customer and the integration of StoneRiver activities. Sapiens is taking steps to address and overcome these developments and has declared that it is on track to return to double-digit operating margins in the second half of 2017. Sapiens is maintaining its recently revised 2017 full-year revenue guidance of $265-$275 million. Matrix achieved another quarter of double-digit revenue growth, showing continued growth across all financial indicators. Matrix’s consistent growth in revenues and profitability is a result of both organic growth and ongoing acquisitions. Magic had a strong start to the year with $61 million in Q1 revenues, reflecting 36% growth year over year, and record-breaking non-GAAP operating income for the quarter of $8.4 million, reflecting 26% year over year growth. Magic showed positive results across all financial metrics due to continued solid demand for its products and professional services. We are very excited about the opportunities provided by our Michpal acquisition, which enables us entry to the Israeli payroll market. The highly regulated market means that employers need to find advanced solutions to keep up with new requirements. Formula’s Group capabilities allow us to create even more advanced software and services to serve the needs of this market.”

About Formula

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

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