Capella Education Company Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

Capella Education Company Reports Third Quarter 2012 Results

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Capella Education Company (NAS: CPLA) , a provider of online post-secondary education, primarily through its wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, today announced financial results for the three months ended Sept. 30, 2012.

"We are pleased to report year-over-year new enrollment growth within a continued challenging overall market environment," said Kevin Gilligan, chairman and chief executive officer. "This performance is further indication that our business fundamentals are stabilizing. We continue to focus on innovation to further differentiate Capella's value proposition by improving the affordability of education and more tightly aligning our programs with the needs of employers."

For the three months ended Sept. 30, 2012:

  • Revenues were $99.3 million, compared to $102.3 million in the third quarter of 2011, a decrease of 2.9 percent.
  • Capella University total active enrollment decreased 2.1 percent to 34,989 and new enrollment increased by 10.5 percent from third quarter 2011.
  • Operating income was $8.3 million, compared to $14.9 million for the same period in 2011. Operating margin was 8.3 percent, compared to 14.5 percent for the third quarter 2011.
  • Net income attributable to Capella Education Company for the third quarter of 2012 was $5.1 million, compared to $9.9 million for the same period in 2011.
  • Diluted net income per share was $0.39, compared to $0.66 for the same period in 2011.

For the nine-month period ended Sept. 30, 2012:

  • Revenues decreased by 1.6 percent to $314.9 million, compared to $320.1 million for the same period in 2011.
  • Operating income for the nine-month period ended Sept. 30, 2012 was $44.3 million, or 14.1 percent of revenue, compared to $61.2 million, or 19.1 percent of revenue during the same period in 2011.
  • Net income was $27.8 million or $2.07 per diluted share outstanding, compared to $40.1 million or $2.56 per share for the same period in 2011.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

As of Sept. 30, 2012, the Company had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable securities of $117.4 million, compared to $127.0 million at Dec. 31, 2011, and no debt for the same periods.

Cash flow from operations for the nine months ended Sept. 30, 2012 was $48.7 million compared to $55.7 million in the same period a year ago.

Share Repurchase

The Company repurchased approximately 1.1 million shares of Capella stock for total consideration of $38.8 million during the nine-month period ended Sept. 30, 2012. In the third quarter 2012, the Company repurchased approximately 422,000 shares of Capella stock for total consideration of $13.3 million. The remaining authorization as of the end of the third quarter was $20.9 million.


For the fourth quarter ending Dec. 31, 2012, Capella University new enrollment growth is expected to be approximately flat in a continuing soft demand environment, compared to fourth quarter 2011. Total enrollment is expected to decline by about 4.0 to 5.0 percent and consolidated revenue is expected to decline by about 3.5 to 4.5 percent compared to fourth quarter 2011.

The consolidated operating margin is anticipated to be approximately 13.5 to 14.5 percent of total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to 17.2 percent in the same period last year. The year-over-year change is in part due to Capella University's lower revenue expectations related to lower enrollment and increases in spending related to our learner success initiatives.

"While we are encouraged that Capella's business is stabilizing, we expect continued quarter-to-quarter volatility," said Steve Polacek, senior vice president and chief financial officer. "We are confident in our strategies and are diligently managing costs as we position Capella for long-term sustainable growth and shareholder value creation."

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information in this news release does not relate to historical financial information, including statements relating to our future prospects and our expectations regarding our revenues, enrollment, and operating performance, and may be deemed to constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The company cautions investors not to place undue reliance on any such forward-looking statements, which are based on information available at the time those statements are made or management's good faith belief as of that time with regard to future events, and should not be read as a guarantee of future performance or results. Such statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause the company's actual results in the future to differ materially from its historical results and those presently anticipated or projected. The company undertakes no obligation to update its forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances arising after such date.

Among these risks and uncertainties are any failure to materially comply with the extensive regulatory framework applicable to us, including compliance with Title IV of the Higher Education Act and the regulations thereunder; complying with U.S. Department of Education rules, including those regarding incentive compensation; maintaining our business in accordance with regional and specialized accreditation standards and state regulatory and program approval requirements; changes in the administration, funding and availability for Title IV programs; responding to any additional governmental inquiries into our financial aid practices; attracting and retaining high quality, academically prepared learners; updating and expanding the content of existing programs and developing new programs; the review of our business and financial aid practices by governmental authorities, including changes in applicable federal and state laws and regulations and accrediting agency policies, such as recently revised Higher Learning Commission accreditation standards, and requests for information from the Minnesota Office of Higher Education and other states; maintaining and expanding existing commercial relationships with employers and developing new such relationships; effectively instituting changes in our marketing and brand management approach and with the use of aggregators; improving our learner cohort retention rate; improving our conversion rates; keeping up with advances in technology important to the online learner experience; successfully identifying and integrating acquisitions; complying with regulations applicable to our international operations; managing operational challenges with acquired entities; using business technology to accurately store, process and report relevant data; effectively implementing cost reductions in our business; managing increases in our expenses; and managing risks associated with the overall competitive environment and general economic conditions.

Other factors that could cause the company's results to differ materially from those contained in its forward-looking statements are included under, among others, the heading "Risk Factors" in our most recent Form 10-K and Form 10-Qs on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and other documents filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Conference Call

Capella will discuss its third quarter 2012 results and outlook during a conference call scheduled today, Oct. 23, 2012, at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time (ET). To participate in the live call, investors should dial 866.385.4179 (domestic) or 702.928.7882 (international) at 8:50 a.m. (ET), conference ID# 32477833. The webcast, including the accompanying presentation, will be available on the Capella Education Company Web site at A replay of the call will be available starting on Oct. 23, 2012 through Oct. 30, 2012, at 855.859.2056 (domestic) or 404.537.3406 (international), conference ID# 32477833. It will also be archived at in the investor relations section for 60 days.

About Capella Education Company

Founded in 1991, Capella Education Company is a leader in online education, primarily through our wholly owned subsidiary Capella University, a regionally accredited* online university. In addition, Capella Education Company offers online education through Resource Development International Ltd. (RDI), an independent provider of United Kingdom (UK) university distance learning qualifications. Capella Education Company also owns an innovative startup company called Sophia ( - a social teaching and learning platform that integrates education with technology.

Capella University offers online graduate degree programs in business, counseling, education, health administration, homeland security, human resource management, human services, information technology, nonprofit management and leadership, nursing, psychology, public administration, public health, public safety, and social work, and bachelor's degree programs in business, information technology, nursing, psychology, and public safety. These academic programs are designed to meet the needs of working adults, combining high quality, competency-based curricula with the convenience and flexibility of an online learning format. Currently, Capella University offers 44 graduate and undergraduate degree programs with 149 specializations. Nearly 35,000 learners were enrolled as of Sept. 30, 2012, with about 75 percent of learners enrolled in graduate degree programs. For more information about Capella Education Company, please visit For more information about Capella University, please visit or call 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552).

Resource Development International Ltd. partners with a number of the top 100 universities in the UK to develop, validate and deliver UK higher education qualifications, predominantly through online courses. For more information, visit

Sophia is a first-of-its-kind social education platform that offers students many ways to learn by making free, credible, academic content available to anyone, anywhere, at anytime. The site offers tens of thousands of tutorials created by hundreds of teachers and experts that are taught in a variety of ways. The platform further enhances the learning process by offering quizzes, assessing learning preferences and providing learning paths. For more information, visit

*Capella University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA), Capella University, Capella Tower, 225 South Sixth Street, Ninth Floor, Minneapolis, MN 55402, 1.888.CAPELLA (227.3552),

Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except par value)
  As of  As of
September 30,December 31,
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$99,294$61,977
Marketable securities18,09365,067
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $5,090 at September 30, 2012, and $5,789 at December 31, 201117,55918,239
Prepaid expenses and other current assets12,16112,493
Deferred income taxes 3,101 3,452
Total current assets150,208161,228
Property and equipment, net46,94650,713
Intangibles, net 5,143 6,552
Total assets$219,213$235,473
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable$8,951$8,977
Accrued liabilities23,22629,306
Income taxes payable2,427
Deferred revenue 11,710 7,769
Total current liabilities43,88748,479
Deferred rent4,1494,215
Other liabilities6,5646,425
Deferred income taxes 10,521 12,575
Total liabilities65,12171,694
Redeemable noncontrolling interest1,180
Shareholders' equity:
Common stock, $0.01 par value: Authorized shares — 100,000, Issued and Outstanding shares — 12,799 at September 30, 2012, and 13,882 at December 31, 2011128139
Additional paid-in capital98,670103,900
Accumulated other comprehensive income86307
Retained earnings 55,208 58,253
Total shareholders' equity 154,092 162,599
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$219,213$235,473
Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended  Nine Months Ended
September 30,September 30,
2012  20112012  2011
Costs and expenses:
Instructional costs and services44,39842,523136,190127,528
Marketing and promotional32,96433,67398,53799,812
General and administrative13,66411,25335,88629,631
Reduction of workforce    1,862
Total costs and expenses 91,026  87,449 270,613  258,833
Operating income8,28314,85744,27661,228
Other income (expense), net (21) 477 (4) 1,474
Income before income taxes8,26215,33444,27262,702
Income tax expense 3,139  5,549 16,630  23,037
Net income5,1239,78527,64239,665
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest  149 186  394
Net income attributable to Capella Education Company$5,123 $9,934$27,828 $40,059
Net income attributable to Capella Education Company per common share:
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
  Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2012  2011
Operating activities
Net income$27,642$39,665
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Provision for bad debts11,9976,744
Depreciation and amortization21,72117,369
Amortization of investment discount/premium5901,663
Impairment of property and equipment1,15035
Loss (gain) on disposal of property and equipment78(38)
Share-based compensation3,1083,191
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation(64)(70)
Deferred income taxes(1,577)4,873
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable(11,337)(9,453)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets2,329(5,596)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities(5,710)(3,569)
Income tax payable(5,164)(625)
Deferred rent(66)765
Deferred revenue 3,988  756 
Net cash provided by operating activities48,68555,710
Investing activities
Capital expenditures(17,964)(20,020)
Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment303
Payment for acquisition, net of cash acquired(12,640)
Redemption of noncontrolling interest(1,576)
Purchases of marketable securities(653)(3,500)
Sales and maturities of marketable securities 46,650  30,685 
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities26,760(5,475)
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