Blucora Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Results

February 16, 2022

DALLAS, Feb. 16, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOR), a leading provider of technology-enabled, tax focused financial solutions, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2021.

Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2021 Highlights and Recent Developments

  • Grew total revenue 17% for full year 2021 to $885.2 million.
  • Ended year with total client assets of $89.1 billion, growing percent of advisory assets over 400bps to 47.3%. Advisory assets at year-end were $42.2 billion.
  • Closed eight transactions, migrating nearly $2.0 billion in assets from the independent model to the employee-based RIA model.
  • Successfully held TaxAct consumer e-files flat at 3.2 million, with no decrease for the first time since 2014.
  • Launched Xpert Assist, providing all TaxAct filers access to a team of CPAs and tax experts at no cost, and premium Xpert Full Service, a personalized service for simple and complex return completion.

“Blucora made substantial progress in 2021, positioning the business for sustainable and profitable growth. Our team continued to exceed expectations as we achieved or exceeded all elements of our outlook from last quarter and we are on track to achieve our three-year revenue and EBITDA growth goals. My thanks go out to all of our team and our financial professionals for the hard work in achieving these goals,” commented Chris Walters, Blucora’s President and Chief Executive Officer. Mr. Walters continued, “The continued progress that we have seen across the business allows us to confirm our expectations of positive net flows for the wealth business and our outlook for strong continued momentum in tax software in the current tax season.”

Full Year 2022 Tax Software Outlook

With the tax season now underway and positive early results from the Company’s new marketing efforts and from its new product and service offerings, Blucora is reconfirming its full-year 2022 outlook for the Tax Software segment to provide revenue growth of between 14% and 18% from the mid-point of our full-year 2021 guidance range, $226 million, as presented on November 4, 2021 and segment operating income of between $98 and $106 million.

Summary Financial Performance: Q4 and Full Year 2021
($ in millions, except per share amounts)

 Q4
2021
 Q4
2020
 Change Full Year
2021
 Full Year
2020
 Change
Revenue:           
Wealth Management$172.2  $149.4  15% $658.2  $546.2  21%
Tax Software 6.1   5.8  5%  227.0   208.8  9%
Total Revenue$178.3  $155.2  15% $885.2  $755.0  17%
Segment Operating Income (Loss)           
Wealth Management$21.9  $20.4  7% $82.2  $72.2  14%
Tax Software (18.6)  (11.0) (69)%  81.9   49.6  65%
Total Segment Operating Income$3.3  $9.3  (65)% $164.1  $121.8  35%
Unallocated Corporate-Level General and Administrative Expenses$(7.1) $(7.1) % $(25.6) $(26.7) 4%
GAAP:           
Operating Income (Loss)$(28.0) $(23.7) (18)% $30.6  $(269.1) 111%
Net Income (Loss)$(23.7) $(50.7) 53% $7.8  $(342.8) 102%
Net Income (Loss) per share - Diluted$(0.49) $(1.05) 53% $0.16  $(7.14) 102%
Non-GAAP:           
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$(3.8) $2.2  (273)% $138.5  $95.1  46%
Net Income (Loss) (1)$(14.1) $(9.0) (57)% $87.2  $54.1  61%
Net Income (Loss) per share — Diluted (1)$(0.29) $(0.19) (53)% $1.76  $1.12  57%

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(1)   See reconciliations of all non-GAAP to GAAP measures presented in this release in the tables below.


First Quarter 2022 Outlook

($ in millions, except per share amounts)First Quarter 2022 Outlook
Wealth Management Revenue$164.5 - $171.5
Tax Software Revenue$150.0 - $175.0
Total Revenue$314.5 - $346.5
Wealth Management Segment Operating Income$19.5 - $22.0
Tax Software Segment Operating Income$57.0 - $77.0
Unallocated Corporate-Level General and Administrative Expenses$7.0 - $7.5
GAAP: 
Net Income$38.0 - $62.0
Net Income per share - Diluted$0.75 - $1.23
Non-GAAP: 
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$69.0 - $92.0
Non-GAAP Net Income (1)$52.5 - $76.5
Non-GAAP Net Income per share — Diluted (1)$1.04 - $1.52

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(1)   See reconciliations of all non-GAAP to GAAP measures presented in this release in the tables below.


Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and live webcast will be held today at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time during which the Company will further discuss fourth quarter and full year 2021 results, its outlook for 2022 and other business matters. We will also provide supplemental financial information to our results on the Investor Relations section of the Blucora corporate website at www.blucora.com prior to the call. A replay of the call will be available on our website.

About Blucora®

Blucora, Inc. (NASDAQ: BCOR) is a provider of data and technology-driven solutions that empower people to improve their financial wellness. Blucora operates in two segments (i) wealth management, through its Avantax Wealth Management and Avantax Planning Partners brands, with a collective $89 billion in total client assets as of December 31, 2021 and (ii) tax software, through its TaxAct business, a market leader in tax software with over 3 million consumer users and approximately 24,500 professional users in 2021. With integrated tax-focused software and wealth management, Blucora is uniquely positioned to assist our customers in achieving better long-term outcomes via holistic, tax-advantaged solutions. For more information on Blucora, visit www.blucora.com.

Source: Blucora

Blucora Investor Relations
Dee Littrell (972) 870-6463
IR@Blucora.com

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. including without limitation, statements regarding the outlook of Blucora, Inc. (the “Company”) and its segments, expectations regarding net flows for its wealth business, and expectations with respect to the current tax season. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. Forward-looking statements can also be identified by words such as “believes,” “estimates,” “should,” “could,” “would,” “plans,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “may,” “forecasts,” “future,” “will,” “projects,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continues,” “target,” “outlook,” “guidance,” and similar expressions and variations. Actual results may differ significantly from management’s expectations due to various risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: our ability to effectively compete within our industries; our ability to attract and retain financial professionals, qualified employees, clients, and customers, as well as our ability to provide strong customer/client service; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our results of operations and our business, including the impact of the resulting economic and market disruption, the extension of tax filing deadlines and other related government actions; our ability to retain employees and acquired client assets following acquisitions; our future capital requirements and the availability of financing, if necessary; our ability to meet our current and future debt service obligations, including our ability to maintain compliance with our debt covenants; any downgrade of the Company’s credit ratings; our ability to generate strong performance for our clients and the impact of the financial markets on our clients’ portfolios; the impact of new or changing legislation and regulations (or interpretations thereof) on our business, including our ability to successfully address and comply with such legislation and regulations (or interpretations thereof) and increased costs, reductions of revenue, and potential fines, penalties or disgorgement to which we may be subject as a result thereof; risks, burdens, and costs, including fines, penalties, or disgorgement, associated with our business being subjected to regulatory inquiries, investigations, or initiatives, including those of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Inc. and the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”); risks associated with legal proceedings, including litigation and regulatory proceedings; our ability to close, finance, and realize all of the anticipated benefits of acquisitions, as well as our ability to integrate the operations of recently acquired businesses, and the potential impact of such acquisitions on our existing indebtedness and leverage; the compromising of confidentiality, availability or integrity of information, including cyberattacks; our ability to manage leadership and employee transitions, including costs and time burdens on management and our board of directors related thereto; political and economic conditions and events that directly or indirectly impact the wealth management and tax preparation software industries; our ability to respond to rapid technological changes, including our ability to successfully release new products and services or improve upon existing products and services; our expectations concerning the revenues we generate from fees associated with the financial products that we distribute; risks related to goodwill and other intangible asset impairment; our ability to develop, establish, and maintain strong brands; risks associated with the use and implementation of information technology and the effect of security breaches, computer viruses, and computer hacking attacks; our ability to comply with laws and regulations regarding privacy and protection of user data; our ability to maintain our relationships with third-party partners, providers, suppliers, vendors, distributors, contractors, financial institutions, industry associations, and licensing partners, and our expectations regarding and reliance on the products, tools, platforms, systems, and services provided by these third parties; our beliefs and expectations regarding the seasonality of our business; our assessments and estimates that determine our effective tax rate; our ability to protect our intellectual property and the impact of any claim that we have infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; and the effects on our business of actions of activist stockholders. A more detailed description of these and certain other factors that could affect actual results is included in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and most recent Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the SEC. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof, except as may be required by law.

Important Additional Information

The Company intends to file a definitive proxy statement, accompanying BLUE proxy card and other relevant documents with the SEC in connection with the solicitation of proxies for the Company’s 2022 annual meeting of stockholders (the “Annual Meeting”). BEFORE MAKING ANY VOTING DECISION, STOCKHOLDERS OF THE COMPANY ARE URGED TO READ ALL RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH OR FURNISHED TO THE SEC, INCLUDING THE COMPANY’S DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT AND ANY AMENDMENTS AND SUPPLEMENTS THERETO, BECAUSE THEY WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION. Investors and stockholders will be able to obtain a copy of the definitive proxy statement and other documents filed by the Company with the SEC free of charge from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, copies will be available at no charge by selecting “SEC Filings” under “Financial Information” in the “Investors” tab of the Company’s website at www.blucora.com.

The Company, its directors and certain of its executive officers are participants in the solicitation of proxies from the Company’s stockholders in connection with the Annual Meeting. The names of these directors and executive officers and their respective direct and indirect interests, by security holdings or otherwise, in the Company are set forth in the Company’s Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on February 14, 2022.


Blucora, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited) (In thousands, except per share data)

 Three months ended
December 31,
 Year ended
December 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020 
Revenue:       
Wealth Management$172,192  $149,384  $658,213  $546,189 
Tax Software 6,139   5,773   226,987   208,763 
Total revenue 178,331   155,157   885,200   754,952 
Operating expenses:       
Cost of revenue:       
Wealth Management 121,119   103,630   464,293   385,962 
Tax Software 3,228   2,569   15,558   12,328 
Total cost of revenue 124,347   106,199   479,851   398,290 
Engineering and technology 8,471   5,359   30,704   27,258 
Sales and marketing 32,522   26,833   173,331   177,618 
General and administrative 27,052   18,625   98,671   82,158 
Acquisition and integration 4,285   12,303   32,798   31,085 
Depreciation 2,535   1,948   10,906   7,293 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 7,073   7,578   28,320   29,745 
Impairment of goodwill          270,625 
Total operating expenses 206,285   178,845   854,581   1,024,072 
Operating income (loss) (27,954)  (23,688)  30,619   (269,120)
Interest expense and other, net (1) (7,878)  (7,918)  (32,080)  (31,304)
Loss before income taxes (35,832)  (31,606)  (1,461)  (300,424)
Income tax benefit (expense) 12,138   (19,094)  9,218   (42,331)
Net income (loss)$(23,694) $(50,700) $7,757  $(342,755)
        
Net income (loss) per share:       
Basic$(0.49) $(1.05) $0.16  $(7.14)
Diluted$(0.49) $(1.05) $0.16  $(7.14)
        
Weighted average shares outstanding:       
Basic 48,834   48,107   48,578   47,978 
Diluted 48,834   48,107   49,526   47,978 

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(1)   Interest expense and other, net consisted of the following (in thousands):

 Three months ended
December 31,
 Year ended
December 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020 
Interest expense$7,018  $7,160  $28,807  $24,570 
Amortization of debt issuance costs 394   366   1,522   1,372 
Accretion of debt discounts 295   279   1,146   693 
Total interest expense 7,707   7,805   31,475   26,635 
Interest income (19)  (38)  (21)  (65)
Gain on sale of a business          (349)
Non-capitalized debt issuance expenses          3,687 
Other 190   151   626   1,396 
Interest expense and other, net$7,878  $7,918  $32,080  $31,304 
                


Blucora, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited) (In thousands)

  December 31,
   2021   2020 
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $134,824  $150,125 
Cash segregated under federal or other regulations     637 
Accounts receivable, net  21,906   12,736 
Commissions and advisory fees receivable  25,073   26,132 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  18,476   11,038 
Total current assets  200,279   200,668 
Long-term assets:    
Property, equipment, and software, net  73,638   58,500 
Right-of-use assets, net  20,466   23,455 
Goodwill  454,821   454,821 
Acquired intangible assets, net  302,289   322,179 
Other long-term assets  20,450   4,569 
Total long-term assets  871,664   863,524 
Total assets $1,071,943  $1,064,192 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $8,216  $9,290 
Commissions and advisory fees payable  17,940   19,021 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  65,678   56,419 
Current deferred revenue  13,180   12,298 
Current lease liabilities  4,896   2,304 
Current portion of long-term debt  1,812   1,812 
Total current liabilities  111,722   101,144 
Long-term liabilities:    
Long-term debt, net  553,134   552,525 
Deferred tax liabilities, net  20,124   30,663 
Long-term deferred revenue  5,322   6,247 
Long-term lease liabilities  33,267   36,404 
Other long-term liabilities  6,752   24,919 
Total long-term liabilities  618,599   650,758 
Total liabilities  730,321   751,902 
     
Stockholders’ equity:    
Common stock, par value $0.0001 per share—900,000 authorized shares; 50,137 shares issued and 48,831 shares outstanding at December 31, 2021; 49,483 shares issued and 48,177 shares outstanding at December 31, 2020  5   5 
Additional paid-in capital  1,619,805   1,598,230 
Accumulated deficit  (1,249,789)  (1,257,546)
Treasury stock, at cost—1,306 shares at December 31, 2021 and December 31, 2020  (28,399)  (28,399)
Total stockholders’ equity  341,622   312,290 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $1,071,943  $1,064,192 
         


Blucora, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited) (In thousands)

  Year ended December 31,
   2021   2020 
Operating activities:    
Net income (loss) $7,757  $(342,755)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash from operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets  43,426   39,907 
Stock-based compensation  20,754   10,066 
Impairment of goodwill     270,625 
Reduction of right-of-use lease assets  3,046   8,908 
Deferred income taxes  (10,539)  41,059 
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs  2,668   2,065 
Gain on sale of a business     (349)
Change in the fair value of acquisition-related contingent consideration  22,400   8,300 
Accretion of lease liabilities  1,250   1,922 
Other non-cash expenses  2,602   1,508 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions and disposals:    
Accounts receivable, net  (9,152)  10,705 
Commissions and advisory fees receivable  1,059   (4,956)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  (7,438)  3,847 
Other long-term assets  (17,861)  2,232 
Accounts payable  (1,074)  (4,192)
Commissions and advisory fees payable  (857)  (884)
Lease liabilities  (1,853)  (3,894)
Deferred revenue  (43)  (796)
Accrued expenses and other current and long-term liabilities  (19,314)  761 
Net cash provided by operating activities  36,831   44,079 
Investing activities:    
Purchases of property, equipment, and software, net  (30,276)  (36,002)
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (101,910)
Asset acquisitions  (8,316)  (3,143)
Proceeds from sale of a business, net of cash     349 
Net cash used by investing activities  (38,592)  (140,706)
Financing activities:    
Proceeds from credit facilities, net of debt issuance costs and debt discounts  (502)  226,278 
Payments on credit facilities  (1,812)  (66,531)
Acquisition-related contingent consideration payments  (14,075)   
Proceeds from stock option exercises  579   97 
Proceeds from issuance of stock through employee stock purchase plan  3,277   2,258 
Tax payments from shares withheld for equity awards  (1,644)  (1,163)
Net cash provided (used) by financing activities  (14,177)  160,939 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash  (15,938)  64,312 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, beginning of period  150,762   86,450 
Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period $134,824  $150,762 
         


Blucora, Inc.
Segment Information
(Unaudited) (In thousands)

Information on reportable segments and a reconciliation to consolidated net income (loss) are presented below (in thousands):

 Three months ended
December 31,
 Year ended
December 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020 
Revenue:       
Wealth Management$172,192  $149,384  $658,213  $546,189 
Tax Software 6,139   5,773   226,987   208,763 
Total revenue 178,331   155,157   885,200   754,952 
Operating income (loss):       
Wealth Management 21,856   20,368   82,212   72,195 
Tax Software (18,593)  (11,025)  81,879   49,621 
Corporate-level activity (31,217)  (33,031)  (133,472)  (390,936)
Total operating income (loss) (27,954)  (23,688)  30,619   (269,120)
Interest expense and other, net (7,878)  (7,918)  (32,080)  (31,304)
Loss before income taxes (35,832)  (31,606)  (1,461)  (300,424)
Income tax benefit (expense) 12,138   (19,094)  9,218   (42,331)
Net income (loss)$(23,694) $(50,700) $7,757  $(342,755)
                

Revenues by major category within each segment are presented below (in thousands):

 Three months ended
December 31,
 Year ended
December 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020 
Wealth Management:       
Advisory revenue$104,633  $87,079  $395,800  $314,751 
Commission revenue 53,480   49,864   210,677   185,201 
Asset-based revenue 5,587   4,777   22,101   23,688 
Transaction and fee revenue 8,492   7,664   29,635   22,549 
Total Wealth Management revenue$172,192  $149,384  $658,213  $546,189 
Tax Software:       
Consumer revenue$5,857  $5,502  $209,748  $192,226 
Professional revenue 282   271   17,239   16,537 
Total Tax Software revenue$6,139  $5,773  $226,987  $208,763 
                

Corporate-level activity included the following (in thousands):

 Three months ended
December 31,
 Year ended
December 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020 
Unallocated corporate-level general and administrative expenses$7,103  $7,118  $25,555  $26,689 
Stock-based compensation 5,255   2,846   20,754   10,066 
Acquisition and integration 4,285   12,303   32,798   31,085 
Depreciation 3,855   2,710   15,106   10,162 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 7,073   7,578   28,320   29,745 
Contested proxy and other legal and consulting costs 3,646      10,939    
Executive transition costs    476      10,701 
Headquarters relocation costs          1,863 
Impairment of goodwill          270,625 
Total corporate-level activity$31,217  $33,031  $133,472  $390,936 
                


Blucora, Inc.
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures (1)

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation (1)
(Unaudited, in thousands)

 Three months ended
December 31,
 Year ended
December 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020 
Net income (loss) (2)$(23,694) $(50,700) $7,757  $(342,755)
Stock-based compensation 5,255   2,846   20,754   10,066 
Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets 10,928   10,288   43,426   39,907 
Interest expense and other, net 7,878   7,918   32,080   31,304 
Acquisition and integration—Excluding change in the fair value of HKFS Contingent Consideration 1,385   3,003   10,398   22,785 
Acquisition and integration—Change in the fair value of HKFS Contingent Consideration 2,900   9,300   22,400   8,300 
Contested proxy and other legal and consulting costs 3,646      10,939    
Impairment of goodwill          270,625 
Executive transition costs    476      10,701 
Headquarters relocation costs          1,863 
Income tax (benefit) expense (12,138)  19,094   (9,218)  42,331 
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$(3,840) $2,225  $138,536  $95,127 
                


Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) and Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) Per Share Reconciliation (1)
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)

 Three months ended
December 31,
 Year ended
December 31,
  2021   2020   2021   2020 
Net income (loss) (2)$(23,694) $(50,700) $7,757  $(342,755)
Stock-based compensation 5,255   2,846   20,754   10,066 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 7,073   7,578   28,320   29,745 
Acquisition and integration—Excluding change in the fair value of HKFS Contingent Consideration 1,385   3,003   10,398   22,785 
Acquisition and integration—Change in the fair value of HKFS Contingent Consideration 2,900   9,300   22,400   8,300 
Contested proxy and other legal and consulting costs 3,646      10,939    
Impairment of goodwill          270,625 
Executive transition costs    476      10,701 
Non-capitalized debt issuance expenses          3,687 
Headquarters relocation costs          1,863 
Gain on sale of a business          (349)
Cash tax impact of adjustments to GAAP net income (loss) (351)  (234)  (1,874)  (1,647)
Non-cash income tax (benefit) expense (10,345)  18,732   (11,505)  41,059 
Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) (1)$(14,131) $(8,999) $87,189  $54,080 
Per diluted share:       
Net income (loss) (2)$(0.49) $(1.05) $0.16  $(7.10)
Stock-based compensation 0.11   0.06   0.42   0.21 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 0.14   0.15   0.57   0.61 
Acquisition and integration—Excluding change in the fair value of HKFS Contingent Consideration 0.03   0.06   0.21   0.47 
Acquisition and integration—Change in the fair value of HKFS Contingent Consideration 0.06   0.19   0.45   0.17 
Contested proxy and other legal and consulting costs 0.08      0.22    
Impairment of goodwill          5.61 
Executive transition costs    0.01      0.22 
Non-capitalized debt issuance expenses          0.08 
Headquarters relocation costs          0.04 
Gain on sale of a business          (0.01)
Cash tax impact of adjustments to GAAP net income (loss) (0.01)     (0.04)  (0.03)
Non-cash income tax (benefit) expense (0.21)  0.39   (0.23)  0.85 
Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) per share - Diluted (1)(3)$(0.29) $(0.19) $1.76  $1.12 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (3) 48,834   48,107   49,526   48,244 
                


Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation for Forward-Looking Guidance (1)
(Unaudited, in thousands)

 Ranges for the quarter ending
 March 31, 2022
 Low High
Net income$38,000  $62,000 
Stock-based compensation 6,000   6,000 
Depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets 12,000   11,500 
Interest expense and other, net 8,000   7,500 
Acquisition, integration, and contested proxy and other legal and consulting costs (4) 2,000   2,000 
Income tax expense 3,000   3,000 
Adjusted EBITDA (1)$69,000  $92,000 
        


Non-GAAP Net Income and Non-GAAP Net Income Per Share Reconciliation
for Forward-Looking Guidance (1)
(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share amounts)

 Ranges for the quarter ending
 March 31, 2022
 Low High
Net income$38,000  $62,000 
Stock-based compensation 6,000   6,000 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 7,000   7,000 
Acquisition, integration, and contested proxy and other legal and consulting costs (4) 2,000   2,000 
Cash tax impact of adjustments to net income (300)  (300)
Non-cash income tax (benefit) expense (200)  (200)
Non-GAAP Net Income (1)$52,500  $76,500 
Per diluted share:   
Net income$0.75  $1.23 
Stock-based compensation 0.12   0.12 
Amortization of acquired intangible assets 0.14   0.14 
Acquisition, integration, and contested proxy and other legal and consulting costs (4) 0.04   0.04 
Cash tax impact of adjustments to net income (0.01)  (0.01)
Non-cash income tax (benefit) expense     
Non-GAAP Net Income per share - Diluted (1)(3)$1.04  $1.52 
Diluted weighted average shares outstanding (3) 50,285   50,285 
        


Notes to Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to the Nearest Comparable GAAP Measures

(1)We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss), determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding the effects of stock-based compensation, depreciation and amortization of acquired intangible assets, interest expense and other, net, acquisition and integration costs, contested proxy and other legal and consulting costs, impairment of goodwill, executive transition costs, headquarters relocation costs, and income tax benefit (expense). Interest expense and other, net primarily consists of interest expense, net and non-capitalized debt issuance expenses. Acquisition and integration costs primarily relate to the acquisition of Avantax Planning Partners (formerly “HKFS”) and 1st Global. Impairment of goodwill relates to the impairment of our Wealth Management reporting unit goodwill in the first quarter of 2020. Executive transition costs relate to the departure of certain Company executives in the first quarter of 2020. Headquarters relocation costs relate to the process of moving from our Dallas and Irving offices to our new headquarters.

We believe that Adjusted EBITDA provides meaningful supplemental information regarding our performance. We use this non-GAAP financial measure for internal management and compensation purposes, when publicly providing guidance on possible future results, and as a means to evaluate period-to-period comparisons. We believe that Adjusted EBITDA is a common measure used by investors and analysts to evaluate our performance, that it provides a more complete understanding of the results of operations and trends affecting our business when viewed together with GAAP results, and that management and investors benefit from referring to this non-GAAP financial measure. Items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant and necessary components to the operations of our business and, therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, GAAP net income (loss). Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently and, therefore, our Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

We define Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) as net income (loss), determined in accordance with GAAP, excluding the effects of stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets, acquisition and integration costs, contested proxy and other legal and consulting costs, impairment of goodwill, executive transition costs, non-capitalized debt issuance expenses, headquarters relocation costs, gain on the sale of a business, the related cash tax impact of those adjustments, and non-cash income tax (benefit) expense. We exclude the non-cash portion of income taxes because of our ability to offset a substantial portion of our cash tax liabilities by using deferred tax assets, which primarily consist of U.S. federal net operating losses. The majority of these net operating losses will expire, if not utilized, between 2022 and 2024. Gain on the sale of a business relates to the disposition of SimpleTax in 2019 and the subsequent working capital adjustment in the third quarter of 2020. Non-capitalized debt issuance expenses relate to the expense recognized as a result of the Term Loan increase in the third quarter of 2020.

We believe that Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) and Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) per share provide meaningful supplemental information to management, investors, and analysts regarding our performance and the valuation of our business by excluding items in the statement of operations that we do not consider part of our ongoing operations or that have not been, or are not expected to be, settled in cash. Additionally, we believe that Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) and Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) per share are common measures used by investors and analysts to evaluate our performance and the valuation of our business. Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) and Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) per share should be evaluated in light of our financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP and should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, GAAP net income (loss) and GAAP net income (loss) per share. Other companies may calculate Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) and Non-GAAP Net Income (Loss) per share differently, and, therefore, these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
  
(2)As presented in the condensed consolidated statements of operations (unaudited).
  
(3)Any difference in the “per diluted share” amounts between this table and the condensed consolidated statements of operations (unaudited) is due to using different diluted weighted average shares outstanding in the event that there is GAAP net loss but Non-GAAP Net Income and vice versa.
  
(4)The breakout of components cannot be determined on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable efforts.