K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) Reports Bad News, But Blames Contract Changes

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The management of K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) has attempted to explain why its headline result for F3Q2016 couldn’t match a similar quarter last year: changes in a major client account. Revenue in F3Q2016 as well as in the nine months to March 2016 fell compared to a similar period a year earlier because of the same reason.

The affected client account was that of Agora Cyber Charter School. K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) said that contracted moved to Non-managed from Managed program, thus causing revenue disruption.

What was the report for 1Q?

K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN)’s F3Q2016 revenue of $221.3 million marked a pullback from $224.6 million in a similar quarter a year ago. Non-GAAP EBITDA of $36.7 million also fell from $45.2 million in the previous year.

Almost all of K12’s key financial metrics fell in the latest quarter compared to a year ago because operating income of $19.1 million was down from $27.4 million in 1Q2015. Net income attributable to common shareholders contracted to $14.3 million from $17 million and diluted EPS attributable to common shareholders shrunk to $0.37 from $0.45.

What about the nine months to end of March?

The narrative was largely the same. Revenue of $651.4 million in the first nine months of F2016 was down from $712.6 million in the first nine months of F2015. Non-GAAP EBITDA of $64 million pulled back from $87 million and operating income of $13.4 million sharply down from $34.7 million.

K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) further reported that net income attributable to common shareholders of $10 million was down from $22.6 million in the initial nine months of F2015. The same story went for diluted EPS attributable to shareholders that came in at $0.26 relative to $0.60 in the initial nine months of F2015.

Performance in line with expectations

Despite the pullback in both the results of F3Q2016 and the first nine months of F2015, CEO, Stuart Udell, insisted that the company continues to achieve results according to its guidance for the year. Perhaps that is another way of saying that the transition of the Agora Cyber Charter School contract was expected and had been baked in the projections for the year.

What about the future?

For F4Q2016, K12 Inc. (NYSE:LRN) is looking for revenue in the band of $205 to $215 million. Operating income for the quarter is expected to be between $5 million and $9 million.

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