TORONTO, ONTARIO (November 2, 2023) – Topicus.com Inc. (TSXV:TOI) in a joint release with Constellation Software Inc. (TSX:CSU) today announced financial results for Topicus.com Inc. (“Topicus” or the “Company”) for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023. Please note that all amounts referred to in this press release are in Euros unless otherwise stated.
The following press release should be read in conjunction with the Company’s Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Interim Financial Statements for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and the accompanying notes, our Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 and the Annual Consolidated Financial Statements of Topicus.com Inc. for the year ended December 31, 2022, which we prepared in accordance with International Financial Reporting Standards (“IFRS”) and the Company’s annual Management’s Discussion and Analysis for the year ended December 31, 2022, which can be found on SEDAR at www.sedarplus.ca and on Topicus.com Inc.’s website www.topicus.com. Additional information about Topicus.com Inc. is also available on SEDAR at www.sedarplus.ca.
Q3 2023 Headlines:
- Revenue increased 22% (8% organic growth) to €278.8 million compared to €228.6 million in Q3 2022.
- Net income increased to €28.3 million (€0.22 on a diluted per share basis) from €18.4 million (€0.15 on a diluted per share basis).
- Acquisitions were completed for aggregate cash consideration of €7.2 million (which includes acquired cash). Deferred payments associated with these acquisitions have an estimated value of €0.2 million resulting in total consideration of €7.4 million.
- Cash flows from operations (“CFO”) increased €14.6 million to €25.5 million compared to €10.9 million in Q3 2022 representing an increase of 134%.
- Free cash flow available to shareholders1 (“FCFA2S”) increased €7.0 million to €6.5 million compared to negative €0.5 million in Q3 2022.
Total revenue for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 was €278.8 million, an increase of 22%, or €50.2 million, compared to €228.6 million for the comparable period in 2022. For the first nine months of 2023 total revenues were €815.3 million, an increase of 25%, or €162.4 million, compared to €653.0 million for the comparable period in 2022. The increase for both the three and nine-month periods compared to the same periods in the prior year is primarily attributable to growth from acquisitions as the Company experienced organic growth of 8% and 7%. Organic growth is not a standardized financial measure and might not be comparable to measures disclosed by other issuers.
Net income for the quarter ended September 30, 2023 increased €9.9 million to €28.3 million compared to €18.4 million for the same period in 2022. On a per share basis, this translated into net income per basic and diluted share of €0.22 in the quarter ended September 30, 2023 compared to net income per basic and diluted share of €0.15 for the same period in 2022. For the nine months ended September 30, 2023 net income increased €14.0 million to €72.9 million compared to €58.9 million for the same period in 2022. On a per share basis, this translated into net income per basic and diluted share of €0.57 in the nine months ended September 30, 2023 compared to €0.45 for the same period in 2022.
For the quarter ended September 30, 2023, CFO were €25.5 million compared to €10.9 million for the same period in 2022 representing an increase of 134%. Many of the businesses invoice customers for annual software maintenance fees in Q1 each year resulting in a disproportionate amount of cash being received in the first quarter as compared to the remaining three quarters. A longer collection cycle for the Q1 invoiced amounts in 2023 as compared to 2022 is the primary reason for the large Q3 increase. For the nine months ended September 30, 2023, CFO increased €29.2 million to €184.1 million compared to €154.9 million for the same period in 2022 representing an increase of 19%.
For the quarter ended September 30, 2023, FCFA2S was €6.5 million compared to negative €0.5 million for the same period in 2022. For the nine months ended September 30, 2023, FCFA2S increased €58.8 million to €94.5 million compared to €35.7 million for the same period in 2022 representing an increase of 165%. The increase for the nine month period is primarily as a result of the dividend paid to the Preferred Securities holders during the quarter ended March 31, 2022. Excluding the dividend, FCFA2S increased €18.4 million or 24% for the nine months ended September 30, 2023.
1. See Non-IFRS measures.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements herein may be “forward looking” statements that involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Topicus or the industry to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, should not be read as guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of whether or not such results will be achieved. A number of factors could cause actual results to vary significantly from the results discussed in the forward looking statements. These forward looking statements reflect current assumptions and expectations regarding future events and operating performance and are made as of the date hereof and Topicus assumes no obligation, except as required by law, to update any forward looking statements to reflect new events or circumstances.
Free cash flow available to shareholders ‘‘FCFA2S’’ refers to net cash flows from operating activities less interest paid on lease obligations, interest paid on other facilities, credit facility transaction costs, repayments of lease obligations, dividends paid to redeemable preferred securities holders, and property and equipment purchased, and includes interest and dividends received, and the proceeds from sale of interest rate caps. The portion of this amount applicable to non-controlling interests is then deducted. Topicus believes that FCFA2S is useful supplemental information as it provides an indication of the uncommitted cash flow that is available to shareholders if Topicus does not make any acquisitions, or investments, and does not repay any debts. While Topicus could use the FCFA2S to pay dividends or repurchase shares, Topicus’ objective is to invest all of our FCFA2S in acquisitions which meet Topicus’ hurdle rate.
FCFA2S is not a recognized measure under IFRS and, accordingly, readers are cautioned that FCFA2S should not be construed as an alternative to net cash flows from operating activities.
The following table reconciles FCFA2S to net cash flows from operating activities:
About Topicus.com Inc.
Topicus’ subordinate voting shares are listed on the Toronto Venture Stock Exchange under the symbol "TOI". Topicus acquires, manages and builds vertical market software businesses.
About Constellation Software Inc.
Constellation's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "CSU". Constellation acquires, manages and builds vertical market software businesses.
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