Contracted Backlog Growth Continues on First Quarter Sales Activity
Significant Improvement in Year Over Year Operating Results

BROOKFIELD, Wis., May 08, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Connecture, Inc. (Nasdaq:CNXR), a provider of web-based information systems used to create health insurance marketplaces, today announced financial results for the first quarter 2017. 

“The first quarter of 2017 was a strong start to the new year,” remarked Jeff Surges, President and CEO of Connecture. “I am extremely pleased with our progress in multiple areas.  First, our go-to-market strategy and initiatives combined with our new sales teams are delivering traction in the marketplace.  We had another solid bookings quarter as evidenced by the growth in our contracted backlog and our pipeline since the start of the year.  Next, all of our scheduled renewals occurred as planned, a positive confirmation of the value we are delivering to our clients.  On the operations and cost side, we executed ahead of plan in the quarter and continue to implement efficiency initiatives to further improve our performance.  Overall, our year-over-year financial results reflect our progress on all fronts, and we are encouraged by the start to the new year.”

Surges added, “We have entered the seasonal cycle of our clients preparing for their annual and open enrollment periods.  Supporting their efforts will be our primary focus for the remainder of the year.”

First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

  • First quarter revenue was $18.3 million, increasing 4.1% compared to $17.6 million in the first quarter of 2016.  The growth was driven by our Medicare and Private Exchange segments.
  • Gross margin was $6.8 million, or 37.2% of total revenue, compared to $5.2 million, or 29.6% of total revenue, in the first quarter of 2016.  Adjusted gross margin was $7.9 million, or 43.3% of total revenue, compared to $6.3 million, or 35.9% of total revenue.  The increase in gross margin and adjusted gross margin was primarily due to our increase in revenue combined with our operational improvement and cost reduction initiatives.
  • Our net loss from operations improved $3.2 million from a loss of ($5.9) million in the first quarter of 2016 to a loss of ($2.7) million in the first quarter of 2017.  The improvement was due to the increase in revenue and gross margin, accompanied by a decrease in operating expenses of $1.6 million.

Recent Business Highlights

  • Total contracted backlog at March 31, 2017 was $90.6 million, compared to $86.7 million at December 31, 2016. The sequential increase reflects increased sales activity in our Medicare, Enterprise Commercial and Private Exchange segments.
  • As previously announced on March 10, 2017, the Company issued and sold a new class of Series B Convertible Preferred Stock to Francisco Partners and Chrysalis Ventures, both existing shareholders, and amended its Credit Agreement with Wells Fargo Bank to establish new covenants and re-set its principal repayment terms.

Business Outlook

Connecture is re-affirming its previously provided guidance for the full year 2017 as follows:

  • Total revenue is expected to be in the range of $73.0 to $78.0 million.  The guidance reflects the assumed completion of the last Enterprise State contract in 2017 and the non-recurrence of certain deferred revenue recognized in 2016 upon completion of several contractual obligations.  Excluding the impact of these two items, the guidance is for flat to modest revenue growth in 2017.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in the range of a ($3.0) million loss to $0.5 million income, and includes the cost reduction actions taken in 2016 combined with further reductions in 2017 which are expected to decrease our total cost of revenue and operating expenses in 2017 by at least $15.0 million.  This reflects a substantial improvement from our ($13.6) million loss in 2016, establishing a new base level from which we expect to improve in subsequent years.

Conference Call

Connecture’s management will host a conference call at 5:00 p.m. EDT on Monday, May 8, 2017, to discuss the first quarter 2017 results.  The conference call will be accessible by dialing 877-930-8068 (U.S.) or 253-336-8043 (international) and referencing participant code 16554104.  A live webcast of the conference call will also be available on the investor relations section of the Company’s website at investors.connecture.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

To provide additional information regarding Connecture’s financial results, Connecture has disclosed in this press release adjusted gross margin and adjusted EBITDA, each a non-GAAP financial measure.  Connecture defines adjusted gross margin as gross margin before depreciation and amortization expense, as well as stock-based compensation expense.  Connecture defines adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before net interest, other expense (income), taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, adjusted to eliminate stock-based compensation and non-cash changes in fair value of contingent consideration and impairments of goodwill, intangible and long-lived assets, if any.

Connecture has included adjusted gross margin and adjusted EBITDA as supplemental financial measures in this press release because they are key measures used by its management and board of directors to understand and evaluate its core operating performance and trends, to prepare and approve its annual budget and to develop short- and long-term operational plans, and because management believes that they provide useful information in understanding and evaluating Connecture’s operating results.  However, use of adjusted gross margin and adjusted EBITDA as analytical tools has limitations, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of Connecture’s financial results as reported under GAAP.  A reconciliation to the closest GAAP measures of these non-GAAP measures is contained in the accompanying tables.

Connecture has also provided forward-looking guidance on adjusted EBITDA.  Connecture is unable to predict with reasonable certainty the ultimate outcome of the exclusions to net income (loss) required to calculate adjusted EBITDA without unreasonable effort.  Therefore, Connecture has not provided guidance for GAAP net loss or reconciliation of the forward-looking adjusted EBITDA guidance to GAAP net income (loss).

About Connecture

Connecture (NASDAQ:CNXR) is a leading web-based consumer shopping, enrollment and retention platform for health insurance distribution. Connecture offers a personalized health insurance shopping experience that recommends the best fit insurance plan based on an individual’s preferences, health status, preferred providers, medications and expected out-of-pocket costs.  Connecture’s customers are health insurance marketplace operators such as health plans, brokers and exchange operators, who must distribute health insurance in a cost-effective manner to a growing number of insured consumers.  Connecture’s solutions automate key functions in the health insurance distribution process, allowing its customers to price and present plan options accurately to consumers and efficiently enroll, renew and manage plan members.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve substantial risks and uncertainties.  All statements, other than statements of historical facts, contained in this press release, including statements regarding Connecture’s strategy, future operations, future financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, are forward-looking statements. The words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “may,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “target,” “potential,” “will,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “continue,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words.

These forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements about management’s estimates regarding future market growth, revenues and financial performance and other statements about management’s beliefs, intentions or goals.  Connecture may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements, and you should not place undue reliance on Connecture’s forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, risks related to (1) Connecture’s ability to manage its anticipated long-term growth, including accurately planning and forecasting its financial results and hiring, retaining and motivating employees; (2) the competitive environment for Connecture’s business and the market for Connecture’s solutions; (3) Connecture’s ability to maintain historical contract terms; (4) Connecture’s ability to operate its proprietary software, transition to new platforms and provide innovative and high quality software and services; (5) errors, interruptions or delays in Connecture’s services; (6) breaches of Connecture’s security measures; (7) Connecture’s ability to comply with regulatory requirements; (8) technological and regulatory developments, including developments with respect to the potential repeal and replacement of Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; (9) litigation related to intellectual property and other matters and any related claims, negotiations and settlements; (10) Connecture’s compliance with requirements for continued listing on the Nasdaq Global Market; (11) concentration of ownership of Connecture’s securities with one significant stockholder and Connecture’s status as a “controlled company” under Nasdaq rules as a result thereof; (12) the existence of senior preferred stock and the rights, preferences and privileges granted to the holders of that stock; and (13) other risks and potential factors that could affect Connecture’s business and financial results identified in Connecture’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), including Connecture’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.  The forward-looking statements contained in this press release reflect Connecture’s current views with respect to future events, and Connecture assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements except as required by applicable law.

         
Connecture, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)
 
         
      Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
      2017       2016  
Revenue     $ 18,272       $ 17,557  
Cost of revenue (1)       11,474         12,353  
Gross margin       6,798         5,204  
Operating expenses:                    
Research and development (1)       4,461         5,504  
Sales and marketing (1)       2,186         2,338  
General and administrative (1)       2,829         3,264  
Total operating expenses       9,476         11,106  
Loss from operations       (2,678 )       (5,902 )
Other expenses:                    
Interest expense       723         1,409  
Other expense, net       299          
Loss before income taxes       (3,700 )       (7,311 )
Income tax provision               (25 )
Net loss     $ (3,700 )     $ (7,336 )
Comprehensive loss     $ (3,700 )     $ (7,336 )
Net loss per common share:                    
Basic and diluted     $ (0.22 )     $ (0.33 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:                    
Basic and diluted       22,570,207         22,112,273  
                     
      Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
      2017       2016  
(1) Cost of revenue and operating expenses include
  following stock-based compensation expense:
                   
Cost of revenue     $ 129       $ 162  
Research and development       49         187  
Sales and marketing       40         116  
General and administrative       271         347  

             
Connecture, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
(unaudited)
 
             
    As of
March 31, 2017
    As of
December 31, 2016
 
Assets                
Current assets:                
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 12,920     $ 6,208  
Accounts receivable – net of allowances     8,461       8,390  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     980       1,153  
Total current assets     22,361       15,751  
Property and equipment, net     1,832       1,957  
Goodwill     31,072       31,072  
Other intangibles, net     8,353       9,188  
Deferred implementation costs     23,943       23,257  
Other assets     1,034       1,263  
Total assets   $ 88,595     $ 82,488  
Liabilities, redeemable preferred stock and stockholders’ deficit                
Current liabilities:                
Accounts payable   $ 6,090     $ 7,387  
Accrued payroll and related liabilities     4,110       4,945  
Other liabilities     2,028       1,950  
Current maturities of debt     1,313       578  
Deferred revenue     27,967       31,606  
Total current liabilities     41,508       46,466  
Deferred revenue     7,961       9,310  
Deferred tax liability     23       23  
Long-term debt     30,678       31,944  
Other long-term liabilities     282       235  
Total liabilities     80,452       87,978  
Redeemable preferred stock     69,881       51,894  
Total stockholders’ deficit     (61,738 )     (57,384 )
Total liabilities, redeemable preferred stock and stockholders’ deficit   $ 88,595     $ 82,488  

     
Connecture, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
(unaudited)
 
     
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
  2017     2016  
Cash flows from operating activities:              
Net loss $ (3,700 )   $ (7,336 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:              
Depreciation and amortization   1,119       1,185  
Stock-based compensation expense   489       812  
Other   (313 )     69  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:              
Accounts receivable   (71 )     5,026  
Prepaid expenses and other assets   113       (193 )
Deferred implementation costs   (686 )     (359 )
Accounts payable   (1,371 )     1,108  
Accrued expenses and other liabilities   (730 )     (32 )
Deferred revenue   (4,988 )     (5,717 )
Net cash used in operating activities   (10,138 )     (5,437 )
Cash flows from investing activities:              
Purchases of property and equipment   (160 )     (49 )
Business acquisition, net of cash acquired   82        
Net cash used in investing activities   (78 )     (49 )
Cash flows from financing activities:              
Borrowings of debt         1,000  
Repayments of debt         (781 )
Proceeds from preferred stock, net   16,927        
Other   1       50  
Net cash provided by financing activities   16,928       269  
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   6,712       (5,217 )
Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period   6,208       5,424  
Cash and cash equivalents – end of period $ 12,920     $ 207  

     
Connecture, Inc.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Measures
(In thousands)
(unaudited)
 
     
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
  2017     2016  
Reconciliation from Gross Margin to Adjusted Gross Margin:              
Gross margin $ 6,798     $ 5,204  
Depreciation and amortization   986       941  
Stock-based compensation expense   129       162  
Adjusted gross margin $ 7,913     $ 6,307  
               
Reconciliation from Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA:              
Net loss $ (3,700 )   $ (7,336 )
Depreciation and amortization   1,119       1,185  
Interest expense   723       1,409  
Other expense, net   299        
Income tax provision         25  
Stock-based compensation expense   489       812  
Total net adjustments $ 2,630     $ 3,431  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (1,070 )   $ (3,905 )

CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact:
Vincent Estrada
Chief Financial Officer
Connecture, Inc.
Phone: 262-432-8210
vestrada@connecture.com

Media Contact:
Jeff Hyman
Channel Marketing Director
Connecture, Inc.
Phone: 818-415-2569
jhyman@connecture.com
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