Tailwinds’ Take: 2017 was a solid year for MTBC operationally as they integrated a major acquisition, returned to positive cash flow, and repaired their balance sheet. 2018 should be an exciting year of both organic growth and acquisitions.
SOMERSET, N.J., Jan. 09, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MTBC (Nasdaq: MTBC) (Nasdaq: MTBCP), a leading provider of proprietary, cloud-based healthcare IT solutions and services, issued a letter to shareholders today with an update on full year 2017 results.
“We are pleased to report that 2017 was a year of significant revenue and profitability growth for MTBC, leaving us in a great position as we begin 2018,” said Stephen Snyder, MTBC’s Chief Executive Officer. “We expect to report annual revenue growth of approximately 30% for 2017, at the high end of our upward-adjusted revenue guidance range. We also expect to hit our full-year adjusted EBITDA guidance, as we anticipate reporting more than $2 million in adjusted EBITDA – the highest in our company’s history.”
- Full year 2017 revenue was approximately $31.8 million – an increase of approximately 30% over 2016 revenue of $24.5 million, and our highest revenue ever;
- Full year 2017 adjusted EBITDA was approximately $2 million – an increase of approximately $2.6 million over 2016, and our highest adjusted EBITDA ever;
- Year-end 2017 cash was approximately $4.4 million – an increase of approximately 25% from year-end 2016, and we have an untapped $5 million credit facility; and
- Year-end 2017 debt was approximately $0.3 million – a decrease of approximately 98% from $14.7 million at year-end 2016.
In the company’s letter to shareholders, Mr. Snyder also made the following points:
The improvement between our January 1, 2017 balance sheet and our December 31, 2017 balance sheet leaves us well positioned for continued growth. At the beginning of the year, we had $9.3 million outstanding on our credit facility and owed an additional $5 million for an acquisition we completed in late 2016. During 2017, we successfully integrated our 2016 acquisition, resumed generating positive cash from operations, and we raised capital, primarily by selling additional shares of our non-convertible Series A Preferred Stock. As a result, we ended the year practically debt-free, with $4.4 million in cash on hand and a new, untapped $5 million revolving line of credit with Silicon Valley Bank, the pre-eminent lender to high growth technology and healthcare companies such as MTBC.
Our operating results showed similar proof of success during 2017. At the end of 2016, we acquired substantially all of the assets of a struggling competitor. The purchase price was attractive, but we knew we would face operating losses for a couple quarters as we focused on integration and cost rationalization. While our adjusted EBITDA was ($814,000) during Q4 of 2016, we returned to positive adjusted EBITDA positive during Q2 of 2017, grew it significantly during Q3 and Q4 of 2017, and we expect to report over $2 million of adjusted EBITDA for the year.
During 2017 we also started to reap the benefits of our investment in several growth initiatives. For example, we successfully launched our next-generation, voice-enabled electronic health records solution, talkEHR™, with provider sign-ups in most states. It’s our vision with talkEHR to design a user-friendly, intuitive platform that automates and increases patient charting efficiency by using artificial intelligence and natural language processing. talkEHR is offered free of cost to all U.S. healthcare providers, with an option to upgrade to a premium billing solution that generates revenue for MTBC.
We also signed one of the 10 largest insurance carriers in the U.S. as our first client for EnrollmentPlus™, a new solution we launched during 2017 that is designed to improve the industry’s standard insurance enrollment workflow. We believe the insurance industry is yearning for faster onboarding times, reduced data remediation costs, process visibility and powerful analytics ‒ and we believe that we’ve developed a solution that will help accomplish these important objectives.
During late November 2017, we also signed a 950 clinician practice that provides physical, occupational and speech therapy services to patients in multiple states. This customer has gone live, and is already our largest customer as measured by monthly revenue.
Having made significant progress in 2017, we look forward to another strong year of continued top-line and bottom line growth during 2018. We are grateful to our shareholders who have enthusiastically responded to the success of our strategy and since management and the Board own almost 50% of our outstanding common stock, you can be confident that we will continue to make decisions that we believe to be in the best interests of all shareholders.
Please join us at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, when our management team will host a conference call to discuss our 2017 results. The live webcast of the conference call can be accessed under Events & Presentations at ir.mtbc.com. A replay of the conference call, as well as investor presentations, interviews with management, press releases and access to all our SEC filings are available at the same link.
Medical Transcription Billing, Corp. (MTBC) is a healthcare information technology company that provides a fully integrated suite of proprietary web-based solutions, together with related business services, to healthcare providers practicing in ambulatory care settings. Our integrated Software-as-a-Service (or SaaS) platform helps our customers increase revenues, streamline workflows and make better business and clinical decisions, while reducing administrative burdens and operating costs. MTBC’s common stock trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol “MTBC,” and its Series A Preferred Stock trades on the NASDAQ Capital Market under the ticker symbol “MTBCP.”
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