Career Education Corporation Reports Results for First Quarter 2013

Career Education Corporation Reports Results forFirst Quarter 2013

SCHAUMBURG, Ill.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Career Education Corporation (NAS: CECO) today reported total revenue of $340.5 million, and a net loss of $15.2 million, or -$0.23 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2013 compared to total revenue of $431.4 million and net income of $52.1 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012.

"Since joining Career Education a month ago, I believe even more strongly that this organization has the right tools to achieve high levels of academic and financial success," said Scott W. Steffey, president and chief executive officer. "We are taking the necessary steps to right-size and re-engineer our organization to become more efficient and effective, better reflecting the support structure needed at our current enrollment levels."

"While we implement these changes, we must continue to retool and expand our academic programs for our domestic schools, foster continued educational innovation like our new adaptive learning technology, and improve our efforts and success in attracting, enrolling and retaining students. As we right-size and re-engineer the domestic schools we will also continue fostering growth in our highly successful International schools, and ensure that our Transitional Schools segment serves students with quality and integrity while teaching out those schools," Steffey said. "We're moving in the right direction and I look forward to leading this organization."


Quarter Ended March 31, 2013

  • Total revenue was $340.5 million for the first quarter of 2013, a 21.1 percent decrease from $431.4 million for the first quarter of 2012.
  • An operating loss of $18.1 million was reported for the first quarter of 2013 versus operating income of $47.9 million for the first quarter of 2012. The operating margin was -5.3 percent for the first quarter of 2013 versus 11.1 percent for the first quarter of 2012. Operating income for the first quarter of 2012 included a $19.0 million ($0.18 per diluted share) insurance recovery related to the settlement of claims under certain insurance policies.
  • The loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2013 was $14.5 million, or -$0.22 per diluted share compared to the income from continuing operations of $41.7 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2012.
  • The net loss for the first quarter of 2013 included a $6.7 million ($0.10 per diluted share) loss related to the pending sale of the American InterContinental University campus in London, England which is reported in other (expense) income. The sale closed on April 1, 2013.


Cash Flows

Net cash flows used in operating activities totaled $14.2 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, compared to net cash flows provided by operating activities of $17.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

Capital expenditures decreased to $4.1 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, from $12.3 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. Capital expenditures represented 1.2 percent and 2.8 percent of total revenue of continuing and discontinued operations during the quarters ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively.

Financial Position

As of March 31, 2013 and December 31, 2012, cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $299.2 million and $402.3 million, respectively. During the first quarter of 2013, the Company repaid the $80 million of outstanding borrowings under its Credit Agreement. Accordingly, restricted cash balances decreased to $11.4 million at March 31, 2013 from $97.9 million at December 31, 2012.


Student Population

Total student population by reportable segment as of March 31, 2013 and 2012, was as follows:

As of March 31, % Change
2013 20122013 vs. 2012

Student Population

Total University Schools37,00042,400-13%
Health Education9,50013,600-30%
Culinary Arts8,60012,500-31%
Design & Technology5,6007,800-28%
Total Career Schools23,70033,900-30%
International (1)10,0008,00025%
Transitional Schools4,30011,100-61%
Total Student Population75,00095,400-21%

Student population as of March 31, 2013 includes approximately 900 students enrolled in the International schools acquired the second and fourth quarters of 2012. Excluding the impact of these acquisitions, student population increased 14%.


New Student Starts

New student starts by reportable segment for the quarters ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, were as follows:

For the Quarter Ended

March 31,

 % Change
2013 20122013 vs. 2012

New Student Starts

CTU (1)4,5205,670-20%
AIU (1)4,6106,640-31%
Total University Schools9,13012,310-26%
Health Education2,7803,160-12%
Culinary Arts2,8103,160-11%
Design & Technology9801,080-9%
Total Career Schools6,5707,400-11%
International (2)1,08074046%
Transitional Schools (3)702,630NM
Total New Student Starts16,85023,080-27%



During 2012 and 2013, CTU and AIU had established certain programs to enable students to assess their readiness to commit to enrolling in college-level courses. Excluding the impact of these readiness programs, the change in new student starts for CTU and AIU is -10% and -22%, respectively.



The first quarter of 2013 was favorably impacted when compared to the prior year quarter due to the timing of program offerings in the first quarter of 2013 versus the prior year. Excluding the impact of these items, the change in new student starts for International would have been 22%.


Campuses within the Transitional Schools segment no longer enroll new students; students who re-enter after 365 days are reported as new student starts.



Career Education Corporation will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. Interested parties can access the live webcast of the conference call at in the Investor Relations section of the website. Participants can also listen to the conference call by dialing 800-580-9478 (domestic) or 630-691-2769 (international) and citing code 34607968. Please log-in or dial-in at least 10 minutes prior to the start time to ensure a connection. An archived version of the webcast will be accessible for 90 days at in the Investor Relations section of the website. A replay of the call will also be available for seven days by calling 888-843-7419 (domestic) or 630-652-3042 (international) and citing code 34607968.


The colleges, schools and universities that are part of the Career Education Corporation ("CEC") family offer high-quality education to a diverse student population of approximately 75,000 students across the world in a variety of career-oriented disciplines through online, on-ground and hybrid learning program offerings. The more than 90 campuses that serve these students are located throughout the United States, and in France and Monaco, and offer doctoral, master's, bachelor's and associate degrees and diploma and certificate programs.

CEC is an industry leader whose institutions are recognized globally. Those institutions include, among others, American InterContinental University ("AIU"); Brooks Institute; Colorado Technical University ("CTU"); Harrington College of Design; INSEEC Group ("INSEEC") Schools; International University of Monaco ("IUM"); International Academy of Design & Technology ("IADT"); Le Cordon Bleu North America ("LCB"); and Sanford-Brown Institutes and Colleges. Through its schools, CEC is committed to providing high-quality education, enabling students to graduate and pursue rewarding career opportunities.

For more information, see CEC's website at The website includes a detailed listing of individual campus locations and web links to CEC's colleges, schools, and universities.

Except for the historical and present factual information contained herein, the matters set forth in this release, including statements identified by words such as "anticipate," "believe," "plan," "expect," "intend," "project," "will," "potential" and similar expressions, are forward-looking statements as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements are based on information currently available to us and are subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our results of operations, financial condition, cash flows, performance, business prospects and opportunities to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these statements. Except as expressly required by the federal securities laws, we undertake no obligation to update or revise such factors or any of the forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect future events, developments or changed circumstances, or for any other reason. These risks and uncertainties, the outcomes of which could materially and adversely affect our financial condition and operations, include, but are not limited to, the following: declines in enrollment; our ability to implement our strategic initiatives and effective cost reduction strategies; our continued compliance with and eligibility to participate in Title IV Programs under the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, and the regulations thereunder (including the "90-10 Rule" and financial responsibility standards prescribed by the U.S. Department of Education), as well as national and regional accreditation standards and state regulatory requirements; our ability to successfully defend litigation and other claims brought against us; rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Education and increased focus by the U.S. Congress and governmental agencies on for-profit education institutions; and changes in the overall U.S. or global economy. Further information about these and other relevant risks and uncertainties may be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012 and its subsequent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

(In thousands)

March 31,

December 31,



Cash and cash equivalents, unrestricted$223,816$240,559
Restricted cash11,40897,878
Short-term investments 63,951  63,876 
Total cash and cash equivalents and short-term investments299,175402,313
Student receivables, net50,42068,885
Receivables, other, net4,4133,845
Prepaid expenses57,71044,386
Deferred income tax assets, net7,1257,092
Other current assets6,8454,422
Assets of discontinued operations 3,716  4,104 
Total current assets 436,904  543,561 
Property and equipment, net259,121277,416
Intangible assets, net61,12761,670
Student receivables, net6,6526,832
Deferred income tax assets, net48,12847,900
Other assets, net32,32433,331
Assets of discontinued operations 18,643  18,968 
TOTAL ASSETS$994,624 $1,122,703 
Short-term borrowings and current maturities of capital lease obligations$103$80,211
Accounts payable42,60138,419
Accrued expenses:
Payroll and related benefits46,12446,586
Advertising and production costs20,63420,963
Deferred tuition revenue83,718112,018
Liabilities of discontinued operations 12,306  9,888 
Total current liabilities 246,657  352,715 
Deferred rent obligations93,26095,146
Other liabilities30,05729,853
Liabilities of discontinued operations 28,178  33,199 
Total non-current liabilities 151,495  158,198 
Preferred stock--
Common stock818816
Additional paid-in capital598,903596,826
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(6,527)(4,785)
Retained earnings217,718232,921
Cost of shares in treasury (214,440) (213,988)
Total stockholders' equity 596,472  611,790 

During the first quarter of 2013 and the fourth quarter of 2012, the Company completed the teach-out of SBC Hazelwood and LCB Pittsburgh, respectively. As a result, all current and prior period results for these campuses are reflected as components of discontinued operations.


(In thousands, except per share amounts and percentages)
For the Quarter Ended March 31,(1)
% of% of
Tuition and registration fees$ 335,28598.5%$ 420,88597.6%
Total revenue340,483431,364
Educational services and facilities132,88339.0%150,73934.9%
General and administrative206,41960.6%212,97349.4%
Depreciation and amortization19,1255.6%19,7134.6%
Goodwill and asset impairment
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