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Formula Systems Reports First Quarter 2023 Financial Results: Revenues for the First Quarter Increased by 3% Year Over Year to a Record-Breaking $670.4 Million

Operating Income for the First Quarter Increased by 2.3% Year Over Year to a Record-Breaking $60.8 million

OR YEHUDA, Israel, May 23, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Formula Systems (1985) Ltd. (Nasdaq and TASE: FORTY) (“Formula” or the “Company”), a global information technology group engaged, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, in providing software consulting services and computer-based business solutions and developing proprietary software products, today announced its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023.

Financial Highlights for the First Quarter Ended March 31, 2023

  • Consolidated revenues for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023 increased by approximately 3.0% to $670.4 million, compared to $650.7 million in the same period last year. On a constant currency basis (calculated based on average currency exchange rates for the three months ended March 31, 2022), consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2023 would have increased by approximately 11.3% to a record breaking $724.1 million.

  • Consolidated operating income for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023 increased by approximately 2.3% to $60.8 million, compared to $59.4 million in the same period last year. On a constant currency basis (calculated based on average currency exchange rates for the three months ended March 31, 2022), consolidated operating income for the first quarter of 2023 would have increased by approximately 9.0% to a record-breaking result of $64.7 million.

  • Consolidated net income attributable to Formula’s shareholders for the first quarter ended March 31, 2023 decreased by approximately 3.4% to $15.7 million, or $1.01 per fully diluted share, compared to $16.2 million, or $1.04 per fully diluted share, in the same period last year. The decrease in Net income was mainly attributable to the increase in interest expenses resulting from the increase in variable interest rates. Financial expenses net, increased by approximately 51.3% to $7.1 million, compared to $4.7 million in the same period last year.

  • As of March 31, 2023, Formula held 48.2%, 44.1%, 46.3%, 100%, 50%, 90.1%, 80%, 100% and 100% of the outstanding ordinary shares of Matrix IT Ltd., Sapiens International Corporation N.V., Magic Software Enterprises Ltd., Michpal Micro Computers (1983) Ltd., TSG IT Advanced Systems Ltd., Insync Staffing Solutions, Inc., Ofek Aerial Photography Ltd., ZAP Group Ltd., and Shamrad Electronic (1997) Ltd., respectively.

  • Consolidated cash and cash equivalents, short-term bank deposits and short-term investments totaled approximately $516.9 million as of March 31, 2023, compared to $569.1 million as of December 31, 2022.

  • Total equity as of March 31, 2023, was $1.19 billion (representing 42.9% of the total consolidated statements of financial position), compared to $1.18 billion (representing 42.1% of the total consolidated statements of financial position) as of December 31, 2022.

Declaration of Dividend for the Second Half of 2022

  • Based on the Company’s results, the Company’s board of directors approved the distribution of a cash dividend in an amount of NIS 2.30 per share (approximately $0.63 per share) and in an aggregate amount of approximately NIS 35.3 million (approximately $9.7 million).

  • The dividend is payable on June 22, 2023, to all of the Company’s shareholders of record at the close of trading on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (or the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange, as appropriate) on June 5, 2023. The dividend will be paid in New Israeli Shekels with respect to the Company’s ordinary shares traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and American Depositary Receipts traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market.


In accordance with Israeli tax law, the dividend is subject to withholding tax at source at the rate of 30% (if the recipient of the dividend is at the time of distribution or was at any time during the preceding 12-month period the holder of 10% or more of the Company’s share capital) or 25% (for all other dividend recipients) of the dividend amount payable to each shareholder of record, subject to applicable exemptions.

Debentures Covenants

As of March 31, 2023, Formula was in compliance with all of its financial covenants under the debenture series issued by it, based on the following achievements:

Covenant 1

  • Target equity attributable to Formula’s shareholders (excluding non-controlling interests): above $215 million.

  • Actual equity attributable to Formula’s shareholders as of March 31, 2023 was $564.4 million.

Covenant 2

  • Target ratio of net financial indebtedness to net capitalization (in each case, as defined under the indenture for Formula’s Series A and C Secured Debentures): below 65%.

  • Actual ratio of net financial indebtedness to net capitalization, as of March 31, 2023 was 8.0%.

Covenant 3

  • Target ratio of net financial indebtedness to EBITDA (based on the accumulated calculation for the four most recent quarters): below 5.

  • Actual ratio of net financial indebtedness to EBITDA as of March 31, 2023, was 0.29.

Comments of Management

Commenting on the results, Guy Bernstein, CEO of Formula Systems, said: “I am very proud of our first quarter achievements. During the quarter, we continued to make big strides across multiple fronts, which is reflected by our record-breaking results (revenues and operating income). Our broad investment portfolio allows us to carefully mitigate the current risks in the IT market, which are mainly a product of the challenging macro-economic environment. We continue our efforts across our entire group to create significant value for our customers in managing, streamlining, accelerating, and contributing to their growth.”

“Matrix concluded the first quarter with double digit growth and record-breaking results recorded across all its key financial indices: revenues, gross profit, operating income, EBITDA and net income attributable to shareholders. Matrix revenues grew organically by 11.8% year over year reaching an all-time quarterly high of NIS 1.29 billion (approximately $365.1 million). Operating income grew organically by 12.2%, crossing for the first time ever the NIS 100 million mark (approximately $24.6 million), amounting to NIS 101.5 million (approximately $24.6 million). We are pleased with Matrix’s continued recognition as a market leader in Israel in the implementation of fastest-growing technologies, such as cloud, cyber, digital, data, DevOps and AI, which enable the company to create significant value for its customers in managing, streamlining, accelerating and making their businesses thrive. There is a strong demand in Israel for software services in digital, cloud, cyber, data, and core operating systems—areas in which Matrix is a market leader, and which are at the center of the IT market demand. North America, which accounts for 8% of Matrix’s first quarter revenues and 14% of its operating income, also showed significant growth, with an increase of approximately 31.2% in operating income, along with a substantial improvement in operating margin. We believe that Matrix has significant growth potential in the North American market especially in the field AI-based solutions for anti-money laundering and prevention of financial crimes, as well as across all of its other areas of expertise in the North American market.”

“Sapiens’ revenues for the first quarter reached $124.7 million, and on a constant currency basis, grew by approximately 10%. Non-GAAP operating income for the first quarter reached $22.5 million, representing an operating margin of 18.0%. Sapiens’ customer-centric model, implemented globally, has consistently driven growth and profitability while generating cash flow. Sapiens ended 2022 with significant enhancements in its products, delivery, and talent that helped it build a momentum that has carried over into 2023. Since the beginning of the year Sapiens has already signed new deals for P&C, Life, and Reinsurance and is optimistic as to the quality of its new business pipeline. Sapiens has increased its full-year 2023 non-GAAP revenues guidance to $507 million to $512 million compared to its previous guidance of $502 million to $507 million, and also increased its guidance for the full year 2023 non-GAAP operating margin to 17.8%-18.2%, compared to previous guidance of 17.6% to 18.0%. These revised targets demonstrate Sapiens’ commitment to delivering outstanding results and driving sustained growth.”

“Magic Software delivered a solid first quarter, with revenues increasing year-over-year by 3% to $142.4 million, and growing on a constant currency basis by approximately 8%. Magic Software continues to lead complex and strategic projects that are critical for its clients, across multiple sectors, while remaining cautious on the macro-economic environment. As we move forward, Magic Software remains committed to executing its strategy to build a broad portfolio of software products and services that create value for its customers in managing, streamlining, accelerating and maximizing their businesses.”

“Michpal continues to monetize on its business model with its revenues for the first quarter growing organically by 11.5% year over year on a constant currency basis compared to the same period last year, to NIS 33.5 million (approximately $9.5 million). Michpal ended 2022 with significant enhancements to its product offering and is well-positioned to continue its positive momentum from the first quarter throughout the remainder of the year.”

“TSG continues materializing its strategy of expanding its presence in the Israeli municipal institutions sector after acquiring 60% of the outstanding share capital of E.P.R. Systems Ltd in 2022. E.P.R offers comprehensive software solutions for municipal institutions primarily to manage all their billing and collection operations for all types of revenues, including taxes, fees and levies and several innovative extension modules. Additionally, E.P.R offers a full scope of expert implementation, application management and hosting services, enabling municipal institutions to execute their digital and business strategies. During the first quarter of 2023 TSG concluded the acquisition of 100% of the equity of BAR Technologies Ltd., a leading provider of property management software solutions and services in the Israeli municipal institutions sector. Headquartered in Israel, BAR Technologies has over 25 years of experience and serves more than 170 clients, including dozens of local authorities and local committees for planning and construction. The company offers comprehensive software solutions for municipal institutions primarily to manage, monitor and control all their land, real estate and construction projects.”

“Lastly, Zap Group, a leading group of consumer sites in Israel and a well-reputable brand in the Israeli market, offering a wide range of solutions in the field of advertising, continues to invest both organically and inorganically in its service lines and is currently in the final stages before going live with its new marketplace platform. We believe this new platform will enable small and medium businesses in Israel to sell their products through an advanced platform that combines objective price comparison between sellers with a reliable and comfortable online buying experience.”

Stand-Alone Financial Measures

This press release presents, further below, certain stand-alone financial measures to reflect Formula’s stand-alone financial position in reference to its assets and liabilities as the parent company of the group. These financial measures are prepared consistent with the accounting principles applied in the consolidated financial statements of the group. Such measures include investments in subsidiaries and a jointly controlled entity measured at cost adjusted by Formula’s share in the investees’ accumulated undistributed earnings and other comprehensive income or loss.

Formula believes that these financial measures provide useful information to management and investors regarding Formula’s stand-alone financial position. Formula’s management uses these measures to compare the Company’s performance to that of prior periods for trend analyses. These measures are also used in financial reports prepared for management and in quarterly financial reports presented to the Company’s board of directors. The Company believes that the use of these stand-alone financial measures provides an additional tool for investors to use in evaluating Formula’s financial position.

Management of the Company does not consider these stand-alone measures in isolation or as an alternative to financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Formula urges investors to review the consolidated financial statements which it includes in press releases announcing quarterly financial results, including this press release, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company’s business or financial position.

About Formula

Formula Systems, whose ordinary shares are traded on the Tel-Aviv Stock Exchange and ADSs are traded on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, is a global information technology holding company engaged, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, in providing software consulting services and computer-based business solutions and developing proprietary software products.

For more information, visit www.formulasystems.com.

Press Contact:

Formula Systems (1985) Ltd.
+972-3-5389487
ir@formula.co.il

Forward Looking Statements

Certain matters discussed in this press release that are incorporated herein and therein by reference are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act, Section 21E of the Exchange Act and the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, that are based on our beliefs, assumptions and expectations, as well as information currently available to us. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of the words “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “may,” “will,” “plan” and similar expressions. Such statements reflect our current views with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. There are important factors that could cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements to differ materially from the results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: adverse macro-economic trends, including inflation, rising interest rates and supply chain delays, which trends may last for a significant period and materially adversely affect our results of operations; the degree of our success in our plans to leverage our global footprint to grow our sales; the degree of our success in integrating the companies that we have acquired through the implementation of our M&A growth strategy; the lengthy development cycles for our solutions, which may frustrate our ability to realize revenues and/or profits from our potential new solutions; our lengthy and complex sales cycles, which do not always result in the realization of revenues; the degree of our success in retaining our existing customers or competing effectively for greater market share; difficulties in successfully planning and managing changes in the size of our operations; the frequency of the long-term, large, complex projects that we perform that involve complex estimates of project costs and profit margins, which sometimes change mid-stream; the challenges and potential liability that heightened privacy laws and regulations pose to our business; occasional disputes with clients, which may adversely impact our results of operations and our reputation; various intellectual property issues related to our business; potential unanticipated product vulnerabilities or cybersecurity breaches of our or our customers’ systems; risks related to the insurance industry in which our clients operate; risks associated with our global sales and operations, such as changes in regulatory requirements, adverse consequences of international conflicts such as Russia’s invasion of the Ukraine, or fluctuations in currency exchange rates; and risks related to our principal location in Israel.

While we believe such forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, should one or more of the underlying assumptions prove incorrect, or these risks or uncertainties materialize, our actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Please read the risks discussed under the heading “Item 3.D Risk Factors” in our most recent Annual Report on Form 20-F for the year ended December 31, 2022, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on May 15, 2023, in order to review conditions that we believe could cause actual results to differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that future results, levels of activity, performance and events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements will be achieved or will occur. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements for any reason, or to conform those statements to actual results or to changes in our expectations.

 

 

 

 

 

FORMULA SYSTEMS (1985) LTD.

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED CONDENSED STATEMENTS OF PROFIT OR LOSS

 

U.S. dollars in thousands (except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

 

 

March 31,

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

Unaudited

 

Revenues

670,399

 

650,716

(*)

Cost of revenues

508,468

 

494,874

(*)

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

161,931

 

155,842

(*)

Research and development costs, net

19,308

 

17,350

 

Selling, marketing and general and administrative expenses

81,829

 

79,093

(*)

Operating income

60,794

 

59,399

 

 

 

 

 

 

Financial expenses, net

7,084

 

4,683

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income before taxes on income

53,710

 

54,716

 

Taxes on income

11,490

 

11,502

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income after taxes

42,220

 

43,214

 

Share of profit of companies accounted for at equity, net

35

 

233

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

42,255

 

43,447

 

Net income attributable to non-controlling interests

26,571

 

27,213

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income attributable to Formula Systems shareholders

15,684

 

16,234

 

 

 

 

 

 

Earnings per share (basic)

1.02

 

1.06

 

Earnings per share (diluted)

1.01

 

1.04

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of shares used in computing earnings per share (basic)

15,300,267

 

15,292,392

 

Number of shares used in computing earnings per share (diluted)

15,464,464

 

15,502,775

 

 

 

 

 

 

(*) Immaterial adjustments to comparative data.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



FORMULA SYSTEMS (1985) LTD.

 

 

 

 

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

 

U.S. dollars in thousands

 

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 ASSETS

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

447,893

 

544,342

 

 

Short-term deposits

68,972

 

23,976

 

 

Short-term investments

-

 

738

 

 

Trade receivables, net

717,782

 

702,727

 

 

Prepaid expenses and other accounts receivable

80,910

 

64,535

 

 

Inventories

38,627

 

35,181

 

Total current assets

1,354,184

 

1,371,499

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term investments and receivables

40,896

 

38,985

 

 

Deferred taxes

42,928

 

42,027

 

 

Investments in companies accounted for at equity

20,194

 

20,746

 

 

Property, plants and equipment, net

54,323

 

54,971

 

 

Right-of-use assets

120,025

 

116,840

 

 

Intangible assets, net and goodwill

1,138,517

 

1,148,887

 

Total non-current assets

1,416,883

 

1,422,456

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total assets

2,771,067

 

2,793,955

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Credit from banks and others

163,324

 

157,882

 

 

Debentures

76,692

 

68,293

 

 

Current maturities of lease liabilities

48,217

 

45,497

 

 

Trade payables

194,199

 

222,482

 

 

Deferred revenues

156,502

 

131,639

 

 

Employees and payroll accrual

194,028

 

201,225

 

 

Other accounts payable

89,373

 

86,340

 

 

Liabilities in respect of business combinations

19,561

 

27,129

 

 

Put options of non-controlling interests

60,300

 

60,500

 

Total current liabilities

1,002,196

 

1,000,987

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

Loans from banks and others

111,133

 

115,874

 

 

Debentures

269,215

 

305,632

 

 

Lease liabilities

79,416

 

78,966

 

 

Other long-term liabilities

13,839

 

14,101

 

 

Deferred taxes

62,078

 

59,465

 

 

Deferred revenues

7,417

 

8,859

 

 

Liabilities in respect of business combinations

7,836

 

12,345

 

 

Put options of non-controlling interests

18,485

 

11,688

 

 

Employees benefit liabilities, net

9,280

 

9,116

 

Total long-term liabilities

578,699

 

616,046

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

Equity attributable to Formula Systems shareholders

564,413

 

551,875

 

 

Non-controlling interests

625,759

 

625,047

 

Total equity

1,190,172

 

1,176,922

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total liabilities and equity

2,771,067

 

2,793,955

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



FORMULA SYSTEMS (1985) LTD.

 

 

 

STAND-ALONE STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION

 

 

U.S. dollars in thousands

 

 

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2023

 

2022

 

 

(Unaudited)

 ASSETS

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

33,840

 

39,363

 

Dividend receivable

17,890

 

-

 

Other accounts receivable and prepaid expenses

6,780

 

7,326

Total current assets

58,510

 

46,689

 

 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

Investment in subsidiaries and a jointly controlled entity (*)

 

 

 

 

Matrix IT Ltd.

149,577

 

149,701

 

Sapiens International Corporation N.V.

228,939

 

228,860

 

Magic Software Enterprises Ltd.

121,444

 

125,058

 

Other

151,650

 

154,408

 

Total investment in subsidiaries and a jointly controlled entity

651,610

 

658,027

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long term receivables and other investments

13,625

 

12,870

 

Property, plants and equipment, net

8

 

8

Total long-term assets

665,243

 

670,905

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL ASSETS

723,753

 

717,594

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

Debentures

33,024

 

32,999

 

Trade payables

15

 

125

 

Other accounts payable

2,581

 

5,596

 

Put options of non-controlling interests

819

 

848

 

Liability in respect of a business combination

415

 

426

Total current liabilities

36,854

 

39,994

 

 

 

 

 

LONG-TERM LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

Debentures

122,252

 

125,484

 

Liability in respect of a business combination

234

 

241

Total long-term liabilities

122,486

 

125,725

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY

564,413

 

551,875

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

723,753

 

717,594

 

 

 

 

 

(*)

The investments’ carrying amounts are measured consistent with the accounting principles applied in the

 

consolidated financial statements of the group and representing the investments’ cost adjusted by Formula’s

 

share in the investees’ accumulated undistributed earnings and other comprehensive income or loss.