XBP Europe Holdings, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2024 Results

May 13, 2024

First Quarter Highlights

●  Revenue of $40.4 million, down 5.7% year-over-year (7.3% on a constant currency basis)
●  Gross margin grew to 24.6%, a 270 bps increase sequentially and 250 bps increase year-over-year
●  Net loss of $2.2 million includes $0.8 million of FX losses      
●  High margin Technology segment grew to 28.4% of revenues, a 120 bps increase sequentially and 690 bps increase year-over-year
●  Awarded a multi-year contract with His Majesty’s Passport Office (“HMPO”) for a nationwide project in the UK with a Total Contract Value (“TCV”) of approximately $40 million

LONDON and SANTA MONICA, Calif., May 13, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- XBP Europe Holdings, Inc. (“XBP Europe” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: XBP), a pan-European integrator of bills, payments, and related solutions and services seeking to enable the digital transformation of its clients, announced today its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2024.

“We are excited to report results for our first full quarter as a public company. Our focus on sales execution is paying off, as evidenced by our recently announced transformation project win for HMPO in the UK. As a result of improved operating leverage and revenue mix shifting towards more technology, we continue to see solid expansion of our gross margins. We are off to an encouraging start in 2024 and well-positioned to execute on our growth objectives,” said Andrej Jonovic, Chief Executive Officer of XBP Europe.

●  Revenue: Total Revenue was $40.4 million, a decline of 5.7% compared to $42.8 million in 1Q 2023, primarily due to a large one-time license sale in 1Q 2023, as well as completion of one-time projects, lower volumes, and client contract ends, offset by positive impact of new business.

  • Bills & Payments segment revenue was $28.9 million, a decline of 14.0% year-over-year, due to completion of projects, lower volumes, and client contract ends, offset by positive impact of newly won business, some of which is in early stage of ramp.
  • Technology segment revenue was $11.5 million, an increase of 24.3% year-over-year, led by higher volume of software licenses sold and an increase in technology implementation and professional services revenue, partially offset by lower hardware revenues and a large one-time license sale in 1Q 2023.
  • Technology segment revenue was 28.4% of total revenues, an increase from 21.6% in 1Q 2023 and 27.1% in 4Q 2023.

●  Operating Income: Operating income was $0.1 million, compared with operating loss of $1.0 million in 1Q 2023. This improvement was driven by favorable mix shift given higher operating margins in the Technology segment, coupled with SG&A cost optimization, which included reduced operating lease and facility expenses in the quarter.

●  Net Loss: Net loss was $2.2 million, compared with a net loss of $2.5 million in 1Q 2023. The year-over-year decrease was primarily driven by improved operating profit, partially offset by higher FX losses in the quarter.

●  Adjusted EBITDA(1): Adjusted EBITDA was $1.8 million, a decrease of 23.4% compared to $2.4 million in 1Q 2023. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 4.5%, a decrease of 105 basis points from 5.6% in 1Q 2023.

●  Capital Expenditures: Capital expenditures were 0.1% of revenue compared to 1.5% of revenue in 1Q 2023, with the reduction primarily due to less investment in PP&E during the quarter versus a year ago. The Company expects to spend approximately $1.5 to $2.5 million on capital expenditures and capitalizable contracts set-up cost over the next 12 months.

●  Adequate Liquidity: The Company’s cash and cash equivalents totaled $3.5 million as of March 31, 2024. To fund our growth, our Secured Borrowing Facility (amended factoring agreement) provides for sale of new receivables up to a funding limit of €15.0 million.     

Operational Highlights:

●  HMPO Contract: As announced on May 2, 2024, XBP Europe was selected by His Majesty’s Passport Office (“HMPO”) as its technology and services partner on a nationwide project, which aims to make documents dating back to 1837 digitally available to the General Register Office (“GRO”). The multi-year contract in the UK has an approximate Total Contract Value (“TCV”) of $40 million and is expected to go live by the summer of 2024.

Segment Revenue and Profitability:

  Three months ended March 31, 2024
  Bills & Payments   Technology   Total
Revenue, net $ 28,874   $ 11,476   $ 40,350
Cost of revenue 25,317   5,097   30,414
Segment Gross Profit 3,557   6,379   9,936
  Three months ended March 31, 2023
  Bills & Payments   Technology   Total
Revenue, net $ 33,568   $ 9,233   $ 42,801
Cost of revenue 28,725   4,616   33,341
Segment Gross Profit 4,843   4,617   9,460

      Below is the note referenced above:

(1)   Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA is attached to this release.

Supplemental Investor Presentation
An investor presentation relating to our first quarter 2024 performance is available at investors.xbpeurope.com. This information has also been furnished to the SEC in a current report on Form 8-K.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release includes constant currency, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, each of which is a financial measure that is not prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). XBP Europe believes that the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures will provide useful information to investors in assessing our financial performance, results of operations and liquidity and allows investors to better understand the trends in our business and to better understand and compare our results. XBP Europe’s board of directors and management use constant currency, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to assess XBP Europe’s financial performance, because it allows them to compare XBP Europe’s operating performance on a consistent basis across periods by removing the effects of XBP Europe’s capital structure (such as varying levels of debt and interest expense, as well as transaction costs resulting from the combination with CF Acquisition Corp. VIII. on November 29, 2023). Adjusted EBITDA also seeks to remove the effects of restructuring and related expenses and other similar non-routine items, some of which are outside the control of our management team. Restructuring expenses are primarily related to the implementation of strategic actions and initiatives related to right sizing of the business. All of these costs are variable and dependent upon the nature of the actions being implemented and can vary significantly driven by business needs. Accordingly, due to that significant variability, we exclude these charges since we do not believe they truly reflect our past, current or future operating performance. The constant currency presentation excludes the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates. We calculate constant currency revenue on a constant currency basis by converting our current-period local currency revenue using the exchange rates from the corresponding prior-period and compare these adjusted amounts to our corresponding prior period reported results. XBP Europe does not consider these non-GAAP measures in isolation or as an alternative to liquidity or financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. A limitation of these non-GAAP financial measures is that they exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in XBP Europe’s financial statements. In addition, they are subject to inherent limitations as they reflect the exercise of judgments by management about which expenses and income are excluded or included in determining these non-GAAP financial measures and therefore the basis of presentation for these measures may not be comparable to similarly-titled measures used by other companies. These non-GAAP financial measures are not required to be uniformly applied, are not audited and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Net loss is the GAAP measure most directly comparable to the non-GAAP measures presented here. For reconciliation of the comparable GAAP measures to these non-GAAP financial measures, see the schedules attached to this release.

Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Exchange Act, including certain financial forecasts and projections. All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release, including statements as to future results of operations and financial position, revenue and other metrics planned products and services, business strategy and plans, objectives of management for future operations of XBP Europe, market size and growth opportunities, competitive position and technological and market trends, are forward-looking statements. Some of these forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking words, including “may,” “should,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “estimate,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “predict,” “plan,” “targets,” “projects,” “could,” “would,” “continue,” “forecast” or the negatives of these terms or variations of them or similar expressions. All forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other factors which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements are based upon estimates, forecasts and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by XBP Europe and its management, as the case may be, are inherently uncertain and many factors may cause the actual results to differ materially from current expectations which include, but are not limited to: (1) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against XBP Europe or others and any definitive agreements with respect thereto; (2) the inability to meet the continued listing standards of Nasdaq or another securities exchange; (3) the risk that the business combination disrupts current plans and operations of XBP Europe and its subsidiaries; (4) the inability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the business combination, which may be affected by, among other things, competition, the ability of XBP Europe and its subsidiaries to grow and manage growth profitably, maintain relationships with customers and suppliers and retain its management and key employees; (5) costs related to the business combination; (6) changes in applicable laws or regulations; (7) the possibility that XBP Europe or any of its subsidiaries may be adversely affected by other economic, business and/or competitive factors; (8) risks related to XBP Europe’s potential inability to achieve or maintain profitability and generate cash; (9) the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, including any mutations or variants thereof, and its effect on business and financial conditions; (10) volatility in the markets caused by geopolitical and economic factors; (11) the ability of XBP Europe to retain existing clients; (12) the potential inability of XBP Europe to manage growth effectively; (13) the ability to recruit, train and retain qualified personnel, and (14) other risks and uncertainties set forth in the sections entitled “Risk Factors” and “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in the Annual Reports on Form 10-K filed on April 1, 2024 and, our subsequent quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and our current reports on Form 8-K as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). These filings identify and address other important risks and uncertainties that could cause actual events and results to differ materially from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Nothing in this press release should be regarded as a representation by any person that the forward-looking statements set forth herein will be achieved or that any of the contemplated results of such forward-looking statements will be achieved. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date they are made. XBP Europe gives no assurance that either XBP Europe or any of its subsidiaries will achieve its expected results. XBP Europe undertakes no duty to update these forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by law.

About XBP Europe
XBP Europe is a pan-European integrator of bills, payments and related solutions and services seeking to enable digital transformation of its more than 2,000 clients. The Company’s name – ‘XBP’ stands for ‘exchange for bills and payments’ and reflects the Company’s strategy to connect buyers and suppliers, across industries, including banking, healthcare, insurance, utilities and the public sector, to optimize clients’ bills and payments and related digitization processes. The Company provides business process management solutions with proprietary software suites and deep domain expertise, serving as a technology and services partner for its clients. Its cloud-based structure enables it to deploy its solutions across the European market, along with the Middle East and Africa. The physical footprint of XBP Europe spans 15 countries and 32 locations and a team of approximately 1,500 individuals. XBP Europe believes its business ultimately advances digital transformation, improves market wide liquidity by expediting payments, and encourages sustainable business practices. For more information, please visit: www.xbpeurope.com.

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XBP Europe Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
As of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023
(in thousands of United States dollars except share and per share amounts)

    March 31   December 31
       2024      2023
Current assets              
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 3,501   $ 6,905
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for credit losses of $1,489 and $1,272, respectively     30,945     30,795
Inventories, net     4,738     4,740
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     8,488     7,427
Total current assets     47,672     49,867
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $42,840 and $42,990, respectively     13,338     13,999
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net     6,940     6,865
Goodwill     22,383     22,910
Intangible assets, net     1,285     1,498
Deferred income tax assets     6,686     6,861
Other noncurrent assets     831     739
Total assets   $ 99,135   $ 102,739
Current liabilities              
Accounts payable   $ 15,599   $ 14,414
Related party payables     11,766     13,350
Accrued liabilities     23,319     24,742
Accrued compensation and benefits     16,288     16,583
Customer deposits     329     536
Deferred revenue     6,403     6,004
Current portion of finance lease liabilities     538     638
Current portion of operating lease liabilities     1,950     1,941
Current portion of long-term debts     4,650     3,863
Total current liabilities     80,842     82,071
Related party notes payable     1,518     1,542
Long-term debt, net of current maturities     12,607     12,763
Finance lease liabilities, net of current portion     8     23
Pension liabilities     11,627     12,208
Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion     5,178     5,065
Other long-term liabilities     1,563     1,635
Total liabilities   $ 113,343   $ 115,307
Commitments and Contingencies (Note 12)              
Preferred stock, par value of $0.0001 per share; 10,000,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively        
Common Stock, par value of $0.0001 per share; 160,000,000 shares authorized; 30,166,102 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023, respectively     30     30
Accumulated deficit     (13,547)     (11,339)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss:              
Foreign currency translation adjustment     (1,138)     (1,416)
Unrealized pension actuarial gains, net of tax     447     157
Total accumulated other comprehensive loss     (691)     (1,259)
Total stockholders’ deficit     (14,208)     (12,568)
Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit   $ 99,135   $ 102,739

XBP Europe Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
For the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023
(in thousands of United States dollars except share and per share amounts)

    Three months ended March 31
       2024      2023
Revenue, net   $ 40,284   $ 42,778
Related party revenue, net     66     23
Cost of revenue (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)     30,396     33,290
Related party cost of revenue     18     51
Selling, general and administrative expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)     7,946     8,414
Related party expense     962     1,165
Depreciation and amortization     957     910
Operating profit (loss)     71     (1,029)
Other expense (income), net              
Interest expense, net     1,427     1,253
Related party interest income, net     19     45
Foreign exchange losses, net     832     279
Changes in fair value of warrant liability     (37)    
Pension income, net     (422)     (192)
Net loss before income taxes     (1,748)     (2,414)
Income tax expense     460     92
Net loss   $ (2,208)   $ (2,506)
Loss per share:             
Basic and diluted   $ (0.07)   $ (0.11)

XBP Europe Holdings, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
For the three months ended March 31, 2024 and 2023
(in thousands of United States dollars)

    Three months ended March 31
       2024      2023
Cash flows from operating activities            
Net loss   $ (2,208)   $ (2,506)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:             
Depreciation     776     814
Amortization of intangible assets     181     130
Credit loss expense     217     29
Changes in fair value of warrant liability     (37)    
Unrealized foreign currency losses     759     592
Change in deferred income taxes     44     45
Change in operating assets and liabilities             
Accounts receivable     (1,160)     2,114
Inventories     (102)     323
Prepaid expense and other assets     (1,342)     (822)
Accounts payable     1,463     (2,488)
Related parties payable     (1,711)     (1,473)
Accrued expenses and other liabilities     (791)     (2,416)
Deferred revenue     492     1,550
Customer deposits     (191)     (639)
Net cash used in operating activities     (3,610)     (4,747)
Cash flows from investing activities             
Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (385)     (622)
Net cash used in investing activities     (385)     (622)
Cash flows from financing activities             
Borrowings under secured borrowing facility     37     32,080
Principal repayment on borrowings under secured borrowing facility         (31,325)
Principal payments on long-term obligations     (235)     (225)
Proceeds from Secured Credit Facility     976    
Principal payments on finance leases     (100)     (196)
Net cash provided by financing activities     678     334
Effect of exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents     (87)     (158)
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents     (3,404)     (5,193)
Cash and equivalents, beginning of period     6,905     7,473
Cash and equivalents, end of period   $ 3,501   $ 2,280
Supplemental cash flow data:              
Income tax payments, net of refunds received     (16)     493
Interest paid     534     433

XBP Europe Holdings, Inc.
Schedule 1: Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA and constant currency revenues

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures to GAAP Measures    
Non-GAAP constant currency revenue reconciliation      
    Quarter ended March 31
($ in thousands)   2024   2023
Revenues, as reported (GAAP)   40,350   42,801
Foreign currency exchange impact (1)   (673)    
Revenues, at constant currency (Non-GAAP)   39,677   42,801
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA        
    Quarter ended March 31
($ in thousands)   2024   2023
Net loss (GAAP)   (2,208)   (2,506)
Income tax expenses   460   92
Interest expense including related party interest expense, net 1,446   1,298
Depreciation and amortization   957   910
EBITDA (Non-GAAP)   655   (206)
Restructuring and related expenses (2)   332   818
Related party management fee and royalties   -   401
Foreign exchange losses, net   832   279
Changes in fair value of warrant liability   (37)   -
Transaction Fees (3)   49   1,099
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) (4)   1,831   2,391

(1)   Constant currency excludes the impact of foreign currency fluctuations and is computed by applying the average exchange rates for the quarter ended March 31, 2023, to the revenues during the corresponding period in 2024.

(2)   Adjustment represents costs associated with restructuring, including employee severance and vendor and lease termination costs.

(3)   Represents transaction costs incurred as part of the Business Combination.

(4)   Supplemental financial measures that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as alternatives to operating or net income or cash flows from operating activities, in each case determined in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures are among the indicators used by management to measure the performance of the Company’s operations, and also among the criteria upon which performance-based compensation may be based. Adjusted EBITDA also is used by our lenders for debt covenant compliance purposes.

Similar non-GAAP financial measures may be calculated differently by other companies, including other companies in our industry, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures. Because of these limitations, you should consider the non-GAAP financial measures alongside other performance measures and liquidity measures, including operating income, various cash flow metrics, net income and our other GAAP results.

Source: XBP Europe Holdings, Inc.

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