“Frontdoor is off to a strong start in 2021, achieving a new record for quarterly revenue growth since the Spin-off,” said Chief Executive Officer Rex Tibbens. “We are making great progress on delivering sustainable double-digit revenue growth, expanding automation initiatives, leveraging technology to improve the customer experience and accelerating velocity in ProConnect and Streem.”
“I am pleased first quarter Adjusted EBITDA exceeded the top end of our outlook as a result of double-digit revenue growth and lower than expected costs,” said Chief Financial Officer Brian Turcotte. “Our full-year outlook remains unchanged and is predicated on a decline in COVID-19 related service requests in the second half of 2021 and further investments in the business to support our growth objectives.”
First-Quarter 2021 Results
|Revenue by Major Customer Channel|
|Three Months Ended|
|Real estate (First-Year)||57||56||2||%|
|* not meaningful|
First-quarter 2021 revenue increased 12 percent over the prior year period. Renewal revenue increased 12 percent due to improved price realization and growth in the number of renewed home service plans. First-year real estate revenue increased two percent, primarily reflecting improved price realization. Due to the annual nature of our home service plan agreements, first-year real estate revenue continues to be impacted by a significant decline in existing U.S. home sales during the second quarter of 2020 as well as a strong home seller’s market that has constrained demand for home service plans. First-year direct-to-consumer revenue increased 16 percent, primarily due to increased investments in marketing that resulted in a higher number of home service plans. Other revenue increased $5 million, primarily as a result of growth in the ProConnect and Streem businesses.
First-quarter 2021 net income was $5 million, or diluted earnings per share of $0.06. Net income declined $8 million from the prior year period due to the operating results described below, offset, in part, by a decrease in the provision for income taxes as a result of lower income before income taxes.
|Period-over-Period Adjusted EBITDA(1) Bridge|
|Three Months Ended March 31, 2020||$||47|
|Impact of change in revenue(3)||28|
|Contract claims costs||(26||)|
|Sales and marketing costs||(5||)|
|Customer service costs||(2||)|
|General and administrative costs||(4||)|
|Three Months Ended March 31, 2021||$||36|
First-quarter 2021 Adjusted EBITDA of $36 million was $11 million lower than the prior year period, as $28 million of higher revenue conversion(3) was more than offset by:
- $26 million of higher contract claims costs in first-quarter 2021 versus prior year, excluding the impact of claims costs related to the change in revenue;
- $5 million of increased sales and marketing costs, primarily investments to drive growth in the direct-to-consumer channel, ProConnect and Streem;
- $2 million of higher customer service costs due to a higher number of service requests and investments in customer retention initiatives; and
- $4 million of higher general and administrative costs due to increased personnel expense and investments in technology.
The $26 million increase in contract claims costs was mainly driven by a higher number of service requests in the appliance and plumbing trades, primarily a result of customers sheltering at home in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, increased cost pressure in the appliance trade due to industry-wide availability challenges and inflation, partially offset by process improvement benefits. Higher costs in the appliance trade were primarily a result of industry-wide parts availability issues that drove additional replacements as well as an overall shortage of new appliances. Contract claims costs also reflect an unfavorable weather impact of approximately $5 million, mainly due to winter storms across the U.S.
|Three Months Ended|
|Net cash provided from (used for):|
|Cash (decrease) increase during the period||$||(59||)||$||54|
Net cash provided from operating activities was $52 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, $7 million lower than the prior year period primarily due to lower earnings.
Net cash used for investing activities was $7 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $3 million for the prior year period.
Net cash used for financing activities was $105 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $3 million for the prior year period. The increase was primarily due to a discretionary term loan debt repayment of $100 million in February.
Free Cash Flow was $45 million for the three months ended March 31, 2021, compared to $52 million for the prior year period. The decrease was due to lower cash from operating activities.
Cash at March 31, 2021 was $538 million and included restricted net assets of $175 million and Unrestricted Cash of $363 million.
Available liquidity was $611 million at March 31, 2021, consisting of Unrestricted Cash and $248 million of available borrowing capacity under the revolving credit facility.
Second-Quarter 2021 Outlook
- Revenue is anticipated to range from $460 million to $470 million, compared to $417 million in the prior year period.
- Adjusted EBITDA(2) is anticipated to range from $90 million to $105 million, compared to $100 million in the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA(2) reflects improved revenue growth, higher costs and inflation, an elevated level of service requests and additional investments in marketing and customer service.
Full-Year 2021 Outlook
- Revenue range remains between $1.63 million to $1.65 million.
- Continue to target gross margin of approximately 48 percent.
- Adjusted EBITDA(2) range remains between $280 million and $300 million.
- Capital expenditures range remains between $35 million and $45 million.
- Annual effective tax rate remains at approximately 25 percent.
First-Quarter 2021 Earnings Conference Call
Frontdoor has scheduled a conference call today, May 6, 2021, at 3:30 p.m. Central time (4:30 p.m. Eastern time). During the call, Rex Tibbens, Chief Executive Officer, and Brian Turcotte, Chief Financial Officer, will discuss the company’s operational performance and financial results for first-quarter 2021 and respond to questions from the investment community. To participate on the conference call, interested parties should call 1-844-750-4895 (or international participants, 1-421-317-5291). Additionally, the conference call will be available via webcast which will include a slide presentation highlighting the company’s results. To participate via webcast and view the slide presentation, visit Frontdoor’s investor relations home page. The call will be available for replay for approximately 60 days. To access the replay of this call, please call 1-877-344-7529 and enter conference ID 10153843 (international participants: 1-412-317-0088, conference ID 10153843).
Frontdoor is a company that’s obsessed with taking the hassle out of owning a home. With services powered by people and enabled by technology, it is the parent company of four home service plan brands: American Home Shield, HSA, Landmark and OneGuard, as well as ProConnect, an on-demand membership service for home repairs and maintenance, and Streem, a technology company that enables businesses to serve customers through an enhanced augmented reality, computer vision and machine learning platform. Frontdoor serves 2.2 million customers across the U.S. through a network of approximately 17,500 pre-qualified contractor firms that employ an estimated 62,000 technicians. The company’s customizable home service plans help customers protect and maintain their homes from costly and unexpected breakdowns of essential home systems and appliances. With 50 years of home services experience, the company responds to over four million service requests annually. For details, visit frontdoorhome.com.
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Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement Frontdoor’s results presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“U.S. GAAP”), Frontdoor has disclosed the non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, and Unrestricted Cash.
We define “Adjusted EBITDA” as net income before: provision for income taxes; interest expense; depreciation and amortization expense; non-cash stock-based compensation expense; restructuring charges; loss on extinguishment of debt; and other non-operating expenses. We believe Adjusted EBITDA is useful for investors, analysts and other interested parties as it facilitates company-to-company operating performance comparisons by excluding potential differences caused by variations in capital structures, taxation, the age and book depreciation of facilities and equipment, restructuring initiatives and equity-based, long-term incentive plans.
We define “Free Cash Flow” as net cash provided from operating activities less property additions. Free Cash Flow is not a measurement of our financial performance or liquidity under U.S. GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to net cash provided from operating activities or any other performance or liquidity measures derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Free Cash Flow is useful as a supplemental measure of our liquidity. Management uses Free Cash Flow to facilitate company-to-company cash flow comparisons, which may vary from company to company for reasons unrelated to operating performance.
We define “Adjusted Net Income” as net income before: amortization expense; restructuring charges; loss on extinguishment of debt; other non-operating expenses; and the tax impact of the aforementioned adjustments. We believe Adjusted Net Income is useful for investors, analysts and other interested parties as it facilitates company-to-company operating performance comparisons by excluding potential differences caused by items listed in this definition.
We define “Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share” as Adjusted Net Income divided by the weighted-average diluted common shares outstanding.
We define “Unrestricted Cash” as cash not subject to third-party restrictions. For additional information related to our third-party restrictions, see “Liquidity and Capital Resources — Liquidity” under the heading “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our 2020 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.
See the schedules attached hereto for additional information and reconciliations of such non-GAAP financial measures. Management believes these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information for its and investors’ evaluation of Frontdoor’s business performance and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of the performance of Frontdoor’s business. While we believe that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful in evaluating our business, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the related financial information prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may not be the same as similarly entitled measures reported by other companies.