Information Services Corporation — Strong underlying growth, guidance reiterated

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Information Services Corporation — Strong underlying growth, guidance reiterated

Information Services Corporation’s (ISC’s) Q124 results highlight the strength of the underlying business, with topline and adjusted EBITDA growth of 15% and 34%, respectively, augmented by the sustained organic growth of the Services division and CPI fee adjustments. This progress was made less obvious at the statutory net income level by increases in interest costs and share-based compensation expenses of C$5.0m and C$5.8m, respectively. FY24 guidance has been reiterated, and we maintain our forecasts and valuation of C$40/share, implying 58% upside.

Natalya Davies

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Natalya Davies

Analyst

Industrials

Information Services Corporation

Strong underlying growth, guidance reiterated

Q124 results

Industrial support services

10 May 2024

Price

C$25.62

Market cap

C$464m

C$1.47/€

Net debt (C$m) at 31 March 2024 (excluding lease liabilities)

153.1m

Shares in issue

18.1m

Free float

69.7%

Code

ISV

Primary exchange

Toronto Stock Exchange

Secondary exchange

N/A

Share price performance

%

1m

3m

12m

Abs

(10.1)

11.9

16.6

Rel (local)

(10.2)

5.1

7.2

52-week high/low

C$28.50

C$19.48

Business description

Information Services Corporation, headquartered in Canada, is a leading provider of registry and information management services for public data and records. It focuses on the development and management of secure government registries with significant experience in integrating and transforming government information into solutions for the people and businesses of the Province of Saskatchewan.

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August 2024

Q224 results

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Natalya Davies

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Andy Murphy

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Harry Kilby

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Information Services Corporation’s (ISC’s) Q124 results highlight the strength of the underlying business, with topline and adjusted EBITDA growth of 15% and 34%, respectively, augmented by the sustained organic growth of the Services division and CPI fee adjustments. This progress was made less obvious at the statutory net income level by increases in interest costs and share-based compensation expenses of C$5.0m and C$5.8m, respectively. FY24 guidance has been reiterated, and we maintain our forecasts and valuation of C$40/share, implying 58% upside.

Year end

Revenue (C$m)

EBITDA (C$m)

PBT*
(C$m)

EPS*
(C$)

DPS
(C$)

P/E
(x)

Yield
(%)

12/22

189.9

64.4

46.5

1.95

0.92

13.1

3.6

12/23

214.5

72.9

39.2

1.65

0.92

15.5

3.6

12/24e

242.0

85.5

46.5

1.89

0.92

13.6

3.6

12/25e

258.1

90.4

51.7

2.10

0.92

12.2

3.6

Note: *PBT and EPS are normalised, excluding amortisation of acquired intangibles, exceptional items and share-based payments.

Strong underlying Q124 performance

Q124 revenue increased 15% to C$56.4m and adjusted EBITDA increased 34% to C$19.4m. Registry Operations benefited from incremental earnings from Saskatchewan Land Registry fee adjustments, which offset a plateau in transaction volumes, achieving adjusted EBITDA growth of 37% to C$15.2m. The Services division reported adjusted EBITDA of C$5.9m, in line with Q123 despite heightened customer acquisition, resulting from higher COGS from additional Regulatory Solutions revenue, and continued business investment. Technology Solutions enjoyed EBITDA of C$0.9m compared to a C$0.9m loss in Q123, reflecting contract momentum. Group statutory net income declined substantially by C$6.4m to C$0.4m, primarily due to a surge in share-based compensation expenses of C$5.8m, masking underlying net income growth of 26% to C$8.5m despite net interest costs rising by C$5m. Operating cash flow increased 82% to C$10.5m, primarily attributable to more favourable working capital movements.

Guidance reiterated, positive outlook

ISC maintains its FY24 revenue and adjusted EBITDA guidance of C$240–250m (Edison: C$242m) and C$83–91m (Edison: C$86m), with our projections signifying year-on-year increases of 13% and 17%, respectively. This anticipated growth is driven by robust organic expansion and ongoing customer acquisition efforts in the Services division. Furthermore, Registry Operations should benefit from a full-year contribution of introduced annual CPI fee adjustments from the MSA extension, which should somewhat offset the expected plateau in registry transaction volumes.

Valuation: Maintained DCF valuation of C$40/share

We maintain our forecasts and DCF valuation of C$40/share, implying 58% upside to the current share price. The stock trades at 13.6x FY24e P/E, representing a material discount not only to its own history but also to a selection of peers, despite its long-term, predictable cash flows bolstered by the MSA extension.

Information Services Corporation is a research client of Edison Investment Research Limited

Exhibit 1: Financial summary

C$m

2020

2021

2022

2023

2024e

2025e

2026e

Year end 31 December

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

IFRS

INCOME STATEMENT

Revenue

 

 

136.7

169.4

189.9

214.5

242.0

258.1

272.0

Cost of Sales

31.3

40.4

49.2

55.4

62.6

69.5

75.7

Gross Profit

105.5

129.0

140.7

159.1

179.4

188.6

196.3

EBITDA

 

 

49.2

67.8

64.4

72.9

85.5

90.4

93.8

Normalised operating profit

 

 

36.5

54.0

49.7

52.4

59.5

63.6

66.4

Amortisation of acquired intangibles

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Exceptionals

(2.6)

(1.2)

(2.0)

(4.1)

(2.0)

(2.0)

(2.0)

Share-based payments

(3.0)

(6.0)

(1.5)

(0.3)

(0.3)

(0.3)

(0.3)

Impairment

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other

(0.2)

(0.1)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Reported operating profit

30.7

46.8

46.2

48.0

57.2

61.4

64.1

Net Interest

(2.0)

(2.7)

(3.2)

(13.2)

(13.0)

(12.0)

(10.7)

Joint ventures & associates (post tax)

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Exceptionals

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Profit Before Tax (norm)

 

 

34.4

51.4

46.5

39.2

46.5

51.7

55.7

Profit Before Tax (reported)

 

 

28.6

44.1

43.0

34.8

44.2

49.4

53.4

Reported tax

(7.8)

(12.0)

(12.2)

(9.7)

(12.4)

(13.8)

(15.0)

Profit After Tax (norm)

26.6

39.4

34.2

29.4

34.1

37.8

40.7

Profit After Tax (reported)

20.8

32.1

30.8

25.0

31.8

35.6

38.5

Minority interests

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Discontinued operations

0.7

(1.0)

(0.0)

0.2

0.2

0.2

0.2

Net income (normalised)

26.6

39.4

34.2

29.4

34.1

37.8

40.7

Net income (reported)

20.8

32.1

30.8

25.0

31.8

35.6

38.5

Average Number of Shares Outstanding (m)

18

18

18

18

18

18

18

EPS - basic normalised (C$)

 

 

1.52

2.25

1.95

1.65

1.89

2.10

2.26

EPS - normalised fully diluted (C$)

 

 

1.51

2.18

1.91

1.63

1.89

2.10

2.26

EPS - basic reported (C$)

 

 

1.19

1.83

1.75

1.41

1.77

1.98

2.14

DPS (C$)

0.80

0.83

0.92

0.92

0.92

0.92

0.92

Revenue growth (%)

2.8

23.9

12.1

13.0

12.8

6.6

5.4

Gross Margin (%)

77.1

76.2

74.1

74.2

74.1

73.1

72.2

EBITDA Margin (%)

36.0

40.0

33.9

34.0

35.3

35.0

34.5

BALANCE SHEET

Fixed Assets

 

 

186.0

176.1

226.2

488.0

464.4

440.2

415.3

Intangible Assets

70.0

61.1

89.0

351.8

328.5

304.6

280.0

Tangible Assets

2.2

1.4

1.8

2.1

1.8

1.5

1.2

Investments & other

113.9

113.6

135.4

134.1

134.1

134.1

134.1

Current Assets

 

 

55.4

56.4

57.2

48.3

52.0

53.3

54.4

Stocks

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Debtors

17.0

12.8

14.9

15.7

19.4

20.6

21.8

Cash & cash equivalents

33.9

40.1

34.5

24.2

24.2

24.2

24.2

Other

4.4

3.6

7.8

8.5

8.5

8.5

8.5

Current Liabilities

 

 

27.3

36.9

39.6

63.5

70.9

73.8

76.3

Creditors

21.9

26.5

33.9

36.1

43.6

46.5

49.0

Tax and social security

1.2

7.0

0.7

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

Short term borrowings

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other

4.2

3.4

5.0

26.4

26.3

26.3

26.3

Long Term Liabilities

 

 

93.0

57.9

88.2

304.0

261.3

216.3

167.8

Long term borrowings

76.3

41.0

66.0

177.3

164.0

149.5

131.5

Other long term liabilities

16.6

16.9

22.2

126.7

97.3

66.8

36.3

Net Assets

 

 

121.1

137.7

155.6

168.8

184.3

203.4

225.6

Minority interests

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Shareholders' equity

 

 

121.1

137.7

155.6

168.8

184.3

203.4

225.6

CASH FLOW

Op Cash Flow before WC and tax

49.2

67.8

64.4

72.9

85.5

90.4

93.8

Working capital

3.5

14.2

(3.8)

(1.2)

3.7

1.6

1.4

Exceptional & other

(5.6)

(7.2)

(3.5)

(4.4)

(2.3)

(2.3)

(2.3)

Tax

(7.8)

(12.0)

(12.2)

(9.7)

(12.4)

(13.8)

(15.0)

Other

1.6

(1.6)

(1.3)

(0.7)

(0.6)

(0.6)

(0.6)

Net operating cash flow

 

 

41.0

61.2

43.5

56.8

74.0

75.3

77.4

Capex

(1.2)

(2.2)

(1.5)

(155.8)

(30.9)

(30.9)

(30.9)

Acquisitions/disposals

(70.2)

1.7

(54.7)

(0.2)

0.0

0.0

0.0

Net interest

(1.6)

(2.8)

(2.8)

(7.4)

(11.0)

(11.2)

(9.8)

Equity financing

(1.9)

(2.0)

(2.1)

(2.4)

(2.4)

(2.4)

(2.4)

Dividends

(14.0)

(14.0)

(16.2)

(16.4)

(16.4)

(16.4)

(16.4)

Other

0.0

(0.4)

3.4

5.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Net Cash Flow

(47.9)

41.6

(30.3)

(120.4)

13.3

14.5

18.0

Opening net debt/(cash)

 

 

(5.7)

42.4

0.9

31.6

153.1

139.8

125.3

FX

(0.2)

(0.4)

0.2

0.0

0.0

0.0

0.0

Other non-cash movements

0.0

0.3

(0.6)

(1.1)

(0.1)

0.0

0.1

Closing net debt/(cash)

 

 

42.4

0.9

31.6

153.1

139.8

125.3

107.3

Source: Information Services Corporation accounts, Edison Investment Research

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