National Research Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End 2015 Results
Board of Directors Declares Quarterly Dividend
LINCOLN, Neb., Feb. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- National Research Corporation (NASDAQ:NRCIA) and (NASDAQ:NRCIB) today announced results for the fourth quarter and year-end 2015.
Remarking on the upcoming year, Michael D. Hays, chief executive officer of National Research Corporation said, “We start the year with a solid base of contract value largely comprised of core products that have shown consistent growth. Building on that base is our focus.”
Revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, was $26.4 million, compared to $25.1 million for the same quarter in 2014. Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, was $5.9 million, compared to $4.1 million for the same quarter in 2014. Diluted earnings per share increased to $0.14 for Class A shares and $0.84 for Class B shares for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, from diluted earnings per share of $0.10 for Class A shares and $0.58 for Class B shares for the quarter ended December 31, 2014. Combined diluted earnings per share (a non-GAAP measure) increased to $0.24 for the quarter ended December 31, 2015, from $0.17 for the fourth quarter of 2014.
Revenue for the year ended December 31 2015, was $102.3 million, compared to $98.8 million for the same quarter in 2014. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2015, was $17.6 million, compared to $18.2 million for the year ended 2014. Diluted earnings per share decreased to $0.41 for Class A shares and $2.49 for Class B shares for the year ended December 31, 2015, from diluted earnings per share of $0.43 for Class A shares and $2.57 for Class B shares for the year ended December 31, 2014. Combined diluted earnings per share (a non-GAAP measure) decreased to $0.71 for the year ended December 31, 2015, from $0.74 for the year ended 2014.
Regarding fourth quarter performance, Kevin Karas, chief financial officer of National Research Corporation, said, “We were able to significantly leverage our revenue growth to achieve a 20% increase in operating income in the quarter compared to the prior year. In addition, we realized a pre-tax gain of $1.1 million on the sale of our clinical workflow product in the fourth quarter.”
The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $.08 (eight cents) per Class A share and $.48 (forty-eight cents) per Class B share payable April 15, 2016, to shareholders of record as of the close of business on March 31, 2016.
A listen-only simulcast of National Research Corporation’s 2015 fourth quarter and year-end conference call will be available online at http://edge.media-server.com/m/p/obpo9wir on February 10, 2016, beginning at 11:00 a.m. Eastern time. The online replay will follow approximately one hour later and continue for 30 days.
For almost 35 years, National Research Corporation has been at the forefront of patient-centered care, helping healthcare providers measure and improve quality and services through analytics that offer a rich understanding of customers’ experiences, preferences, risks and behaviors across the healthcare continuum.
The information discussed within this release includes financial results and projections that are in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP). In addition, certain non-GAAP financial measures have been provided that calculate combined earnings per share based on combined Class A and Class B shares and share equivalents outstanding, respectively. The non-GAAP measures should be read in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures and should be considered in addition to, and not as an alternative or substitute for, the measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Please note that the Company’s non-GAAP measures may be different than those used by other companies. The additional non-GAAP financial information the Company presents should be considered in conjunction with, and not as a substitute for, the Company’s financial information presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures are provided in an effort to provide information that investors may deem relevant to evaluate results from the company's core business operations and to compare the company's performance with prior periods. The company uses both GAAP and these non-GAAP financial measures for evaluating comparable financial performance against prior periods.
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Contact: Kevin R. Karas Chief Financial Officer 402-475-2525