Financial Highlights for the Fourth Quarter Ended December 31, 2018
- Consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter increased by 7.4% to a record-breaking $393.7 million, reflecting record-breaking results recorded across Formula’s entire investment portfolio. Revenues for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017 amounted to $366.5 million.
- Consolidated operating income for the fourth quarter increased by 64.2% to $32.5 million, compared to $19.8 million in the same period last year.
- Consolidated net income attributable to Formula’s shareholders for the fourth quarter was $10.6 million, or $0.70 per fully diluted share, compared to $4.6 million, or $0.31 per fully diluted share, in the same period last year, reflecting an increase of 130.0%.
Financial Highlights for the Year Ended December 31, 2018
- Consolidated revenues for the year increased by 10.2% to a record-breaking $1,493.0 million, reflecting record-braking results recorded across Formula’s entire investment portfolio. Revenues for the year ended December 31, 2017 amounted to $1,355.1 million.
- Consolidated operating income for the year increased by 50.6% to a record-breaking $109.6 million, compared to $72.8 million in the same period last year.
- Consolidated net income attributable to Formula’s shareholders for the year amounted to $32.2 million, or $2.13 per fully diluted share, compared to $10.4 million, or $0.68 per fully diluted share, in the same period last year, reflecting an increase of 211.1%.
- As of December 31, 2018 Formula held 49.21%, 48.08%, 45.21%, 100%, 50% and 90.09% of the outstanding ordinary shares of Matrix IT Ltd., Sapiens International Corporation N.V, Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., Michpal Micro Computers (1983) Ltd., TSG IT Advanced Systems Ltd. and Insync Staffing Solutions, Inc., respectively.
- Consolidated cash and cash equivalents, bank deposits and investments in marketable securities totaled approximately $295.6 million as of December 31, 2018, compared to $260.8 million as of December 31, 2017.
- Total equity as of December 31, 2018 was $805.1 million (representing 48.4% of the total balance sheet), compared to $772.9 million (representing 49.4% of the total balance sheet) as of December 31, 2017.
- As of December 31, 2018 Formula was in compliance with all of its financial covenants under the debentures issued by Formula and under a loan granted by a financial institution.
Comments of Management
Commenting on the results, Guy Bernstein, CEO of Formula Systems, said, “We are very pleased to report our full year 2018 record breaking results with a strong finish reflecting continued growth in all major financial indices recorded across our entire investment portfolio.”
“In 2018, Matrix reached all-time high in all its financial indices for the quarter and for the entire year, reporting revenues of NIS 870.7 million in the fourth quarter and NIS 3.2 billion for the full year of 2018, reflecting an increase of 10.9% and 13.7% year over year, respectively. Gross profit amounted to NIS 137.1 million for the fourth quarter and NIS 465.1 million for the full year of 2018, reflecting an increase of 10.6% and 16.8% year over year, respectively. Operating income for the quarter amounted to NIS 68.3 million and NIS 220.6 million for the full year of 2018, reflecting an increase of 11.4% and 21.6% year over year, respectively, and net profit reached NIS 44.0 million for the fourth quarter and NIS 144.2 million for the full year of 2018, reflecting an increase of 10% and 13.9% year over year, respectively.”
“With many changes taking place in the business arena in general and in the technology arena in particular, Matrix continues to adhere to its core values of innovation, professionalism, agility, stable management and transparency, which allow it to continue its growth, protect its position as a leader in the Israeli IT services market, and develop and improve its positioning in both the Israeli and the North-American markets by breaking into new fields.”
“Matrix continues its growth by providing strategic consulting to its customers, winning and managing projects and mega-projects and through mergers and acquisitions in both Israel and abroad.”
“I am very pleased with Matrix’s results for 2018 and that Matrix's operations in the US show prominent contribution to its growth, comprising approximately 12.1% of Matrix’s revenues for 2018 and 26.1% of its operating profit for the year.”
“Sapiens had a strong finish to 2018, closing a year of outstanding financial performance with another quarter of growth and profitability by executing on its key objectives. In non-GAAP terms, Sapiens’ revenues for the fourth quarter of 2018 totaled $73.4 million and $290.3 for the full year of 2018, reflecting an increase of 1.4% and 6.7% year over year, respectively. The Non-GAAP operating income of Sapiens increased by 18.7% to a record breaking result of $10.8 million during the fourth quarter of 2018 and by 71.4% to a record breaking result of $39.6 million for the full year of 2018, with operating margin for the fourth quarter increasing by 230 basis points to 14.8% and by 510 basis points to 13.6% for the full year of 2018. Non-GAAP net income for the fourth quarter increased by 31.7% to $7.9 million and by 83.8% to $28.3 million for the full year of 2018.”
“Sapiens results reflect the expanding of its P&C businesses in key markets, such as EMEA, cost managing and aligning of R&D investments with its growth segments, winning new deals, acquiring companies, completing the integration of Stream and Adaptik operations (which accelerated the growth of its US P&C business), reaching meaningful headway in the L&A business and performing synergies and cost control.”
“I am pleased with Sapiens winning new business and earning increased industry recognition as a result of Sapiens expending its solutions and services offerings from both product development initiatives and acquisitions, as well as its continues collaborations with Insurtech groups which complement its core offerings.”
“Magic had a strong finish to 2018 with double-digit growth for the full year of 2018, powered by strong demand across its entire portfolio and throughout all of its regions. Magic enjoyed nine year consecutive all-time high annual revenues of $284 million and non-GAAP operating income of $39.5 million for the full year of 2018, reflecting an increase of 10% and 12% year over year, respectively, driven primarily by organic growth. Magic expects its momentum to continue into 2019 due to its strong financial position, coupled with activity to promote and grow its markets performed during 2018”.
“TSG expanded in 2018 its local operations by entering to new fields like Spectrum Control, Setup & Operation of Data Centers and Municipality Command & Control and in addition continued to expand its activities in the Cyber Security and Smart City arenas in Israel and abroad. In 2019, TSG expects to continue expanding its activities abroad in the areas of Cyber Security and in Command & Control solutions (specially Air Defense Command & Control).”
“Lastly, I am happy to conclude a successful year in Michpal, after the official launch of its new pension product and service line, "Michpal Pension" and "Michpal PensionPlus" in January 2018, which led to a 25% increase in revenues year over year.”
“Michpal recently launched a supplement service line, "Michpal 360", specially tailored for payroll service providers allowing them to offer their clients to digitally report their employees’ pension fund payments to their respective pension funds as required by law.”
“Furthermore, during November 2018 Michpal expanded its business through the acquisition of an 80% share interest in Effective Solutions Ltd, an Israeli company that provides consulting services in the fields of operational cost savings and procurement, as well as salary control and monitoring. The two companies have launched, in November 2018, a new service called ‘Michpal YEDA’, adopted by more than 50% of Michpal's customers, which allows clients to consult with team of experienced professionals, including employment attorneys and HR experts, with respect to payroll, labor, pensions, social security and employee income tax matters.”
“The acquisition of Effective Solutions and the launch of Michpal YEDA are important steps in the execution of our growth strategy to expand Michpal’s market share by offering clients comprehensive and holistic solutions in the payroll software and services market encompassing payroll, labor laws, employee income taxes, pensions and provident funds – all under one rooftop.”
Stand-Alone Financial Measures
This press release presents, further below, certain stand-alone financial measures to reflect Formula’s stand-alone financial position in reference to its assets and liabilities as the parent company of the group. These financial measures are prepared consistent with the accounting principles applied in the consolidated financial statements of the group. Such measures include investments in subsidiaries and a jointly controlled entity measured at cost adjusted by Formula's share in the investees' accumulated undistributed earnings and other comprehensive income or loss.
Formula believes that these financial measures provide useful information to management and investors regarding Formula’s stand-alone financial position. Formula’s management uses these measures to compare the Company's performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses. These measures are also used in financial reports prepared for management and in quarterly financial reports presented to the Company's board of directors. The Company believes that the use of these stand-alone financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating Formula’s financial position.
Management of the Company does not consider these stand-alone measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Formula urges investors to review the consolidated financial statements which it includes in press releases announcing quarterly financial results, including this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company's business or financial position.
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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Formula Systems (1985) Ltd.
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.
 These non-GAAP measures are subject to the discussion under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in Sapiens’ press release issued on February 26, 2019
 These non-GAAP measures are subject to the discussion under “Non-GAAP Financial Measures” in Magic Software Enterprises’ press release issued on March 4, 2019