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MAXIMUS Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-K)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: November 16, 2012 05:06PM

MAXIMUS Inc. (MMS) filed Annual Report for the period ended 2012-09-30. Maximus, Inc. has a market cap of $1.96 billion; its shares were traded at around $58.58 with a P/E ratio of 25.5 and P/S ratio of 2.1. The dividend yield of Maximus, Inc. stocks is 0.6%. Maximus, Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 9.4% over the past 10 years.

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Our effective tax rates were 42.2%, 34.8%, and 35.9% in 2012, 2011 and 2010, respectively. The tax charge for the year ended September 30, 2012 includes a charge of $2.7 million to correct an error from prior years. Without this adjustment, the tax rate would have been 40.3%. We do not believe this adjustment is material to the financial statements. The tax rate increased in fiscal 2012 owing to the effect of a greater share of the Company’s income being earned in the United States, which has a higher corporate tax charge than other jurisdictions in which the Company does business. The increase in United States profits was driven by organic growth, the acquisition of PSI, which conducts business entirely within the United States, and the anticipated decline in profits in the United Kingdom owing to a transition between contracts which is discussed below.

Revenue increased by 18.6%, or 18.9% on a constant currency basis, in fiscal 2012 compared to fiscal 2011. Organic growth was 14.8%. In addition to PSI’s results, the Company also benefitted from new work and expansion on existing contracts including the expansion of Medicaid managed care, primarily in Texas. Operating margin declined in fiscal 2012. The Texas contract operates at a lower margin than that of our other work and it is the principal driver of the decline in operating margin. The segment also benefitted in 2012 from $10.2 million of additional revenue and operating income related to a contract amendment.

Revenue increased 4.2% to $379.0 million in fiscal year 2012 compared to fiscal 2011. On a constant currency basis, the growth would have been 4.4%. Excluding acquisition driven growth from PSI, segment revenues would have declined 6.4%. This decline was principally driven by the Company’s United Kingdom operations where the “Flexible New Deal” contract, which was in place through much of fiscal 2011, was terminated and replaced with the “Work Programme”. The decline in revenues was anticipated and reflects the back-ended payment structure of the Work Programme where a greater share of the revenue is earned when individuals remain in sustained employment for a pre-determined period of time, typically six months. Segment results were also tempered by lower revenue from our Australian operations due to the completion of short-term projects which concluded earlier in the year as well as lower caseload volumes. The operating margin in fiscal 2012 received the benefit of $6.8 million related to changes on a fixed price contract, partially offset by the dampened margins from the transition to the “Work Programme”.

Revenue increased 14.6% to $363.8 million in fiscal 2011 compared to fiscal 2010. On a constant currency basis, the growth would have been 6.9%. Growth was principally driven by our welfare-to-work businesses, particularly in Australia and the United Kingdom. The Australian business provided much of this growth driven by strong volumes, new short-term assignments and performance. Within the United Kingdom, we accelerated the recognition of deferred revenue as a result of the earlier end date of the Flexible New Deal which was offset by cost increases related to the start-up of the Work Programme contract. Operating margins improved compared to the prior year, principally due to increased contract performance in Australia and profit improvement on the Flexible New Deal contract in the United Kingdom. The Company also incurred $7.3 million of charges related to a fixed-price education contract in the United States, compared to a similar charge of $10.3 million in fiscal 2010. No further charges have been incurred by this project since the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

Cash provided by operating activities from continuing operations was $97.6 million in fiscal 2011, a decline of $43.4 million compared to fiscal 2010. The principal driver for this decline was the cash flows associated with the United Kingdom’s Flexible New Deal program, which provided significant up-front funds during fiscal 2010, resulting in a larger deferred revenue balance. In the United Kingdom, we received $22.7 million of cash in excess of revenues in fiscal 2010 and recognized revenues in excess of cash receipts of $9.0 million in fiscal 2011, a net change in deferred revenue of $31.7 million. Fiscal 2011 cash flows were also adversely affected by the timing of tax payments, with payments in excess of expense of $8.4 million, resulting in prepaid income taxes. These declines were offset by an increase in net income of $10.8 million.

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