Ebix, Inc. – Value Analysis (NASDAQ:EBIX) : September 15, 2016

Capitalcube gives Ebix, Inc. a score of 78.

Our analysis is based on comparing Ebix, Inc. with the following peers – Guidewire Software, Inc., Ultimate Software Group, Inc., John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Class A, salesforce.com, inc., Prism Technologies Group, Inc., Benefitfocus, Inc., Majesco, Computer Sciences Corporation and Thomson Reuters Corporation (GWRE-US, ULTI-US, JW.A-US, CRM-US, PRZM-US, BNFT-US, MJCO-US, CSC-US and TRI-US).

Investment Outlook

Ebix, Inc. has a fundamental score of 78 and has a relative valuation of UNDERVALUED.

Fundamental Score

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Company Overview

  • Considering peers, relative outperformance over the last year and the last month suggest a leading position.
  • Ebix, Inc.’s current Price/Book of 4.20 is about median in its peer group.
  • We classify EBIX-US as Harvesting because of the market’s relatively low growth expectations despite its relatively high returns.
  • EBIX-US‘s relatively high profit margins are burdened by relative asset inefficiency.
  • The company’s year-on-year change in revenues and earnings are better than the median among its peer group.
  • EBIX-US‘s return on assets currently and over the past five years suggest that its relatively high operating returns are sustainable.
  • The company’s relatively high gross and pre-tax margins suggest a differentiated product portfolio and tight control on operating costs relative to peers.
  • While EBIX-US‘s revenues growth in recent years has been around the peer median, the stock’s below peer median P/E ratio suggests that the market likely sees the company’s long-term growth prospects to be fading.
  • The company’s level of capital investment seems appropriate to support the company’s growth.
  • EBIX-US has the financial and operating capacity to borrow quickly.

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Leverage & Liquidity

EBIX-US has the financial and operating capacity to borrow quickly.

  • With debt at a relatively low 14.17% of its enterprise value compared to an overall benchmark of 25% (Note: The peer median is currently 14.17%), and a well-cushioned interest coverage level of 14.64x, EBIX-US can probably borrow quickly. We classify the company as Quick & Able in terms of its capacity to raise additional debt.
  • Of the 9 chosen peers for the company, only 8 of the stocks have an outstanding debt balance. Companies with no debt include .

EBIX-US has maintained its Quick & Able profile from the recent year-end.

  • EBIX-US‘s interest coverage is its lowest relative to the last five years and compares to a high of 90.58x in 2011.
  • While its interest coverage decreased to 14.64x from 20.22x (in 2015), its peer median increased during this period to 2.69x from 1.65x.
  • Interest coverage fell 6.63 points relative to peers.
  • EBIX-US‘s debt-EV continues to trend downward but is still within one standard deviation above its five-year average debt-EV of 12.61%.
  • The decrease in its debt-EV to 14.17% from 16.65% (in 2015) was also accompanied by a decrease in its peer median during this period to 14.17% from 16.65%.

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Key Liquidity Items

Company Debt/Enterprise Value (%) Current Ratio Interest Coverage (x) Cash Flow To Total Debt (%)
Guidewire Software, Inc. N/A 5.94 0 999
Ultimate Software Group, Inc. 0.16 1.08 72.26 1420.41
John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Class A 17.18 0.97 13.04 55.13
salesforce.com, inc. 4.38 0.57 2 75.16
Prism Technologies Group, Inc. 71.1 0.59 -18.02 -131.09
Benefitfocus, Inc. 6.63 1 -5.98 -33.38
Majesco 9.13 1.22 -5.99 -15.77
Computer Sciences Corporation 34.35 1.23 2.69 37.06
Thomson Reuters Corporation 22.63 0.82 4.81 34.73
Ebix, Inc. 14.17 2.48 14.64 38.6
Peer Median 14.17 1.04 2.69 37.83
Best In Class 0.16 5.94 72.26 1420.41

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Company Profile

Ebix, Inc. is a supplier of software and e-commerce solutions to the insurance industry. It provides a series of application software products for the insurance industry ranging from carrier systems, agency systems and exchanges to custom software development for all entities involved in the insurance and financial industries. Ebix was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.

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