WESTON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 31, 2018--Ultimate Software (Nasdaq: ULTI), a leading provider of human capital management (HCM) solutions in the cloud, announced today our financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018. Ultimate reported recurring revenues of $239.5 million, a 23% increase, and total revenues of $271.2 million, a 21% increase, both compared with 2017's second quarter. GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $13.7 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, as compared with GAAP net income of $4.5 million, or $0.15 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2017.

Non-GAAP net income for the second quarter of 2018 was $40.9 million, or $1.32 per diluted share, as compared with non-GAAP net income for 2017's second quarter of $28.2 million, or $0.92 per diluted share. For further discussion of our non-GAAP financial measures, see "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information" below.

“We had a strong second quarter, achieving all of our top-line financial objectives, keeping us on track to reach our 2018 target of $1 billion in total revenues, and laying the foundation for our future. At the same time, we delivered the best quarter in our history for new-business contracts, and our year-over-year customer retention rate was approximately 96% for the trailing 12 months ending June 30, 2018,” said Scott Scherr, founder, president, and CEO of Ultimate.

“Our Customer Service department received the Gold award for being the #1 Customer Service Department of the Year for companies with 2,500 employees or more by Customer Sales and Service World Awards. In June, Fortune magazine ranked Ultimate #1 on its 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials list for 2018, our second consecutive year at the top. In addition, Ultimate was ranked #2 on the 25 Highest-Rated Public Cloud Computing Companies to Work For  list by Battery Ventures, a global investment firm, and Glassdoor, one of the world’s largest job and recruiting websites, and we were ranked #2 on the Best Workplaces in Canada list for 2018 by Great Place to Work,” added Scherr.

“Earlier in July, Ultimate entered into a binding Letter of Intent with the controlling shareholders of PeopleDoc for the purpose of acquiring the company, and we completed that acquisition on July 27, 2018. A cloud-based pioneer in global HR Service Delivery, PeopleDoc is based in Paris, France, with additional offices in Germany, the UK, Finland, the Netherlands, Canada, and the United States. PeopleDoc has more than 1,000 customers with users in 180 countries. Adding its global HR Service Delivery platform to our offerings will further our mission to enhance our customers’ employee experience with new, person-centric features, such as an online employee help center, HR case management, and employee file management,” said Scherr.

Ultimate’s financial results teleconference will be held today, July 31, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time, at http://www.investorcalendar.com/event/22106. The call will be available for replay at the same address beginning at 9:00 p.m. Eastern time today. Windows Media Player software is required to listen to the call and can be downloaded from the site. Forward-looking information about future company performance will be discussed during the teleconference call.

Financial Highlights

For 2018’s second quarter, recurring revenues from our cloud offering grew by 23% over the same period in 2017, and recurring revenues were 88% of total revenues, as compared with 87% of total revenues for the second quarter of 2017. Ultimate’s total revenues for 2018's second quarter increased by 21% versus those for the 2017’s second quarter. Ultimate’s annualized retention rate, on a rolling 12-month basis, was approximately 96% for our recurring revenue cloud customer base as of June 30, 2018. Cash flows from operating activities for the six months ended June 30, 2018, were $118.1 million, compared with $89.5 million for the same period of 2017. Our operating cash flow margin for the six months ended June 30, 2018, was 21.6%, compared with 19.7% for the same period of 2017. Free cash flows were $77.0 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared with $46.0 million for the same period of 2017. Our free cash flow margin was 14.1% for the six months ended June 30, 2018, compared with 10.1% for the same period of 2017.

Stock Repurchases

The combination of cash, cash equivalents, and corporate marketable securities was $188.1 million as of June 30, 2018, compared with $165.1 million as of December 31, 2017.

During the six months ended June 30, 2018, we used $51.8 million to acquire 227,588 shares of our common stock, $0.01 par value common stock ("Common Stock") to settle employees’ tax withholding obligations associated with their restricted stock that vested during the period. We have 1,342,005 shares available for repurchase under our Stock Repurchase Plan.

Financial Outlook

For the third quarter of 2018:

Recurring revenues of approximately $250 to $252 million, including approximately $5 million as a result of the PeopleDoc acquisition, Total revenues of approximately $286 to $288 million, including approximately $6 million as a result of the PeopleDoc acquisition, and Operating margin, on a non-GAAP basis (discussed below), to be approximately 20%. Excluding the impact of the acquisition of PeopleDoc, we would expect our operating margin, on a non-GAAP basis (discussed below), to be approximately 21% for the third quarter of 2018.

For the year 2018:

Recurring revenues to increase by approximately 23% over 2017, including the impact of the PeopleDoc acquisition, Total revenues to increase by approximately 21% over 2017, including the impact of the PeopleDoc acquisition, and Operating margin, on a non-GAAP basis (discussed below), of approximately 21%, including the impact of the PeopleDoc acquisition.

Operating margin expectations were determined on a non-GAAP basis using the methodologies identified under the caption “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information” in this press release.

We have not reconciled our forward-looking operating margin on a non-GAAP basis to the corresponding GAAP financial measure, as permitted by Item 10(e)(1)(i)(B) of Regulation S-K. Such reconciliation would require unreasonable effort at this time to estimate and quantify with a reasonable degree of certainty various necessary GAAP components, including, for example, those related to stock-based compensation or others that may arise during the year. In particular, stock-based compensation is impacted by factors that are outside of the Company’s control and can be difficult to predict. The actual amount of stock-based compensation expense, for the year ending December 31, 2018, will have a significant impact on our operating margin on a GAAP basis.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are, and certain statements on the teleconference call may be, forward-looking statements within the meaning provided under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements are made only as of the date hereof. These statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties that may cause Ultimate’s actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by such forward-looking statements, including risks and uncertainties associated with fluctuations in Ultimate’s quarterly operating results, concentration of Ultimate’s product offerings, development risks involved with new products and technologies, competition, contract renewals with business partners, compliance by our customers with the terms of their contracts with us, and other factors disclosed in Ultimate’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ultimate undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

About Ultimate Software

Ultimate is a leading provider of cloud-based human capital management solutions, with approximately 40 million people records in the Ultimate cloud. Our award-winning UltiPro delivers HR, payroll, talent, and time and labor management solutions that connect people with the information they need to work more effectively. Founded in 1990, Ultimate is headquartered in Weston, Florida, and employs approximately 4,500 professionals. In 2018, Ultimate ranked #3 on Fortune’s prestigious 100 Best Companies to Work For list, our seventh consecutive year in the top 25; #1 on its Best Workplaces in Technology list for the third year in a row; and #1 on its 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials list, our second year at the top. Also in 2018, PEOPLE magazine ranked Ultimate #3 on its 50 Companies That Care list. In 2017, Forbes ranked Ultimate #7 on its list of 100 Most Innovative Growth Companies. Ultimate’s Customer Services organization was recognized as the #1 Customer Service Department of the Year for companies with 2,500 employees or larger by Customer Sales and Service World Awards in 2018, and by the National Customer Service Association as Service Organization of the Year in the Large Business category in 2017. Ultimate has approximately 4,400 customers with employees in 160 countries, including Bloomin’ Brands, Culligan International, Feeding America, Red Roof Inn, SUBWAY, Texas Roadhouse, and Yamaha Corporation of America. More information on Ultimate’s products and services for people management can be found at .

UltiPro is a registered trademark of The Ultimate Software Group, Inc. All other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

Stock-based Compensation, Amortization of Acquired Intangibles, and Transaction Costs Related to Business Combinations

The following table sets forth the stock-based compensation expense resulting from stock-based arrangements (excluding the income tax effect, or “gross”), the amortization of acquired intangibles, and transaction costs related to business combinations that are recorded in Ultimate’s unaudited condensed consolidated statements of income for the periods indicated and are included within the Unaudited Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Financial Measures in this press release (in thousands):

Stock-based compensation expense associated with modifications and terminations made to the Company’s change-in-control plans in March 2015, February 2016, and February 2017, is shown in the table below (in thousands). As previously disclosed, these changes were made to better align management's incentives with long-term value creation for our shareholders. As part of the modifications in connection with the terminations of the change-in-control plans, time-based restricted stock awards (vesting over three years) were granted to certain senior officers in March 2015, February 2016 and February 2017.

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