EXL Reports 2018 First Quarter Results

Friday, May 4, 2018

2018 First Quarter Revenues of $207.0 Million, up 13.1% year over year

Q1 Diluted EPS (GAAP) of $0.66, up from $0.48 in Q1 of 2017

Q1 Adjusted Diluted EPS (Non-GAAP) of $0.64, up from $0.60 in Q1 of 2017

New York, NY – May 1, 2018 – ExlService Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXLS), a leading operations management and analytics company, today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2018.

Rohit Kapoor, Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, “EXL delivered strong revenue growth and profitability in the first quarter of 2018, driven by demand from our existing clients and the ramp-up of 2017 wins. Revenues were $207.0 million, up 13.1% year-over-year, and adjusted diluted EPS was $0.64. Our revenue growth was broad-based, led by a 16.5% increase in Analytics revenues and an 11.8% increase in our Operations Management businesses.

“I am pleased to announce that EXL has signed a definitive agreement to acquire SCIOInspire Holdings, Inc. (“SCIO®”) for $240 million. This strategic acquisition combines EXL’s large-scale healthcare and analytics businesses with SCIO’s leading healthcare analytics solutions and services. SCIO generates revenues from two high growth healthcare areas – payment integrity and care optimization. The acquisition will broaden EXL’s capabilities to engage with clients across a variety of healthcare payers, pharmacy benefit managers, healthcare providers and life sciences companies.”

Vishal Chhibbar, Chief Financial Officer, said, “We are updating our revenue guidance for 2018 to $835 million – $855 million from $830 million – $855 million reflecting better performance in the first quarter and an improved outlook for the year. Our guidance represents annual revenue growth of 9% to 12% on a constant currency basis. Our adjusted diluted EPS guidance for 2018 remains $2.70 – $2.80. Our guidance does not include the impact of the SCIO acquisition. Our cash and short-term investments were $239 million on March 31, 2018.”

Financial Highlights: First Quarter 2018
We have six reportable segments: Insurance, Healthcare, Travel, Transportation & Logistics, Finance & Accounting, All Other (Banking & Financial Services, Utilities and Consulting) and Analytics. Reconciliations of adjusted (non-GAAP) financial measures, including those reflecting constant currency, to GAAP measures are included at the end of this release.

Revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 increased to $207.0 million compared to $183.0 million for the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 13.1% on a reported basis and 11.9% on a constant currency basis from the first quarter of 2017, as well as an increase of 4.6% sequentially on a reported basis and 4.3% on a constant currency basis, from the quarter ended December 31, 2017.

Operating income margin for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 was 7.3% compared to 9.4% in the first quarter of 2017 and 8.2% for the quarter ended December 31, 2017. Adjusted operating income margin for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 was 12.8% compared to 14.6% in the first quarter of 2017 and 13.2% for the quarter ended December 31, 2017.
Diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 was $0.66. Diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2017 was $0.48. Diluted loss per share for the quarter ended December 31, 2017 was $0.27 as we recorded a one-time provisional income tax expense of $29.2 million related to the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (“Tax Reform Act”), which reduced our GAAP diluted EPS by $0.83 for the quarter. Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2018 was $0.64 compared to $0.60 for the first quarter of 2017 and $0.67 for the quarter ended December 31, 2017.
Business Highlights: First Quarter 2018

Won seven new clients, including three in our operations management businesses and four in Analytics.
Recognized as a Leader in the Everest Group Property & Casualty Insurance BPO PEAK Matrix™ 2018.
Cited as a Leader for Cost Optimization and Revenue Generation in the NelsonHall NEAT for “CX Services in Travel, Transport & Hospitality.”
Recognized as a Super Star of the IAOP Global Outsourcing 100 and a Top Company for Programs for Innovation.
Included in The Breakthrough 15 for Americas and EMEA in the Q1 2018 ISG Index™.
Received the DSCI 2017 award for ‘Best Privacy Practices in the IT/ITeS/BPM industry’.
Post-First Quarter Highlight
Subsequent to the first quarter of 2018, on April 28, 2018, EXL signed a definitive agreement to acquire SCIOInspire Holdings, Inc., doing business as SCIO Health Analytics. The aggregate merger consideration is $240 million, subject to adjustment based on, among other things, SCIO’s cash, debt, working capital position and other adjustments set forth in the Merger Agreement. EXL intends to fund the purchase with available cash on hand and borrowing from its credit facility. The acquisition is expected to close in the next three months, subject to the fulfillment of certain closing conditions, including regulatory and other customary consents.

2018 Guidance
Based on current visibility, and a U.S. Dollar to Indian Rupee exchange rate of 66.0, British Pound to U.S. Dollar exchange rate of 1.40, U.S. Dollar to the Philippine Peso exchange rate of 52.0 and all other currencies at current exchange rates, we are providing the following guidance:

Revenue of $835 million to $855 million, representing an annual revenue growth rate of 9% to 12% on a constant currency basis.
Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $2.70 to $2.80.
Conference Call
ExlService Holdings, Inc. will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at 8:00 A.M. ET to discuss the Company’s quarterly operating and financial results. The conference call will be available live via the internet by accessing the investor relations section of EXL’s website at ir.exlservice.com, where an accompanying investor-friendly spreadsheet of historical operating and financial data can also be accessed. Please access the website at least fifteen minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

To listen to the conference call via phone, please dial 1-877-303-6384, or if dialing internationally, 1-224-357-2191 and an operator will assist you. For those who cannot access the live broadcast, a replay will be available on the EXL website ir.exlservice.com for a period of at least twelve months.

About ExlService Holdings, Inc.
EXL (NASDAQ: EXLS) is a leading operations management and analytics company that designs and enables agile, customer-centric operating models to help clients improve their revenue growth and profitability. Our delivery model provides market-leading business outcomes using EXL’s proprietary Business EXLerator Framework®, cutting-edge analytics, digital transformation and domain expertise. At EXL, we look deeper to help companies improve global operations, enhance data-driven insights, increase customer satisfaction, and manage risk and compliance. EXL serves the insurance, healthcare, banking and financial services, utilities, travel, transportation and logistics industries. Headquartered in New York, New York, EXL has more than 27,000 professionals in locations throughout the United States, Europe, Asia (primarily India and Philippines), Colombia, Australia and South Africa. For more information, visit www.exlservice.com.

Continuing Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements. You should not place undue reliance on those statements because they are subject to numerous uncertainties and factors relating to EXL’s operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond EXL’s control. Forward-looking statements include information concerning EXL’s possible or assumed future results of operations, including descriptions of its business strategy. These statements may include words such as “may,” “will,” “should,” “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate” or similar expressions. These statements are based on assumptions that we have made in light of management’s experience in the industry as well as its perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors it believes are appropriate under the circumstances. You should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. They involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Although EXL believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, you should be aware that many factors could affect EXL’s actual financial results or results of operations and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. These factors, which include our ability to successfully close and integrate strategic acquisitions, are discussed in more detail in EXL’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including EXL’s Annual Report on Form 10-K. These risks could cause actual results to differ materially from those implied by forward-looking statements in this release. You should keep in mind that any forward-looking statement made herein, or elsewhere, speaks only as of the date on which it is made. New risks and uncertainties come up from time to time, and it is impossible to predict these events or how they may affect EXL. EXL has no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date hereof, except as required by federal securities laws.

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