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Bridgepoint Education Reports Preliminary First Quarter 2014 Results


SAN DIEGO, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Bridgepoint Education (NYSE: BPI), a provider of postsecondary education services, announced its preliminary results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014.

Preliminary Financial Results

  • Revenue for the first quarter of 2014 of $160.5 million.
  • Operating loss for the first quarter of 2014 of $8.0 million.
  • Net loss for the first quarter of 2014 of $4.4 million.
  • Loss per share for the first quarter of 2014 of $0.10.
  • The effective tax rate used to calculate the tax benefit for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 was 42.2%.
  • As of March 31, 2014, the Company had cash and total investments of $329.3 million.

"As we commented on our fourth quarter earnings call, first quarter revenue was similar to our 4th quarter 2013 revenue due in part to the fewer number of revenue days in the first quarter," said Andrew Clark, CEO of Bridgepoint Education. "Additionally, during the first quarter of 2014, we saw an increase in sequential total enrollments and student retention brought about by a substantial investment in student outcomes."

Notification of Inability to Timely File Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q

The Company has determined it will be unable to file its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 by the filing deadline of May 12, 2014. The Company is working to quantify the impact of an outstanding comment the Company received from the Securities and Exchange Commission. The comment was received in connection with the SEC's review of the Company's periodic reports, and relates to the Company's revenue recognition policy and accounting for doubtful accounts. Specifically, the Company has historically not determined it necessary to reassess whether collectability is reasonably assured on a student-by-student basis when recognizing revenue subsequent to a student's initial enrollment with the Company's institutions. On May 2, 2014, the SEC informed the Company that such a reassessment is required under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States upon certain changes in circumstances, such as when a student loses financial aid eligibility. Based on the Company's internal analysis to date, management has preliminarily estimated that application of a student-by-student reassessment during the quarter ended March 31, 2014 resulted in decreases in revenue and bad debt expense of $0.7 million and $0.2 million, respectively. These adjustments are reflected in the preliminary results contained herein; however, the Company's analysis in not complete and these adjustments, and the preliminary results, may change. The Company is also evaluating whether the lack of a student-by-student reassessment (i) changes management's assessment of the effectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2013, or (ii) caused any previously issued quarterly or annual financial statements for the periods from January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013 to be materially misstated. At this time, management is unable to conclude whether any previously issued financial statements are materially misstated. In the event any prior period is materially misstated, the financial statements for such period and those of subsequent periods will be required to be restated in an amendment to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year December 31, 2013. Even if no prior period financial statements are materially misstated, our previously issued financial statements and our results for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 may be required to be revised on a prospective basis.

"Under the previous revenue recognition policy, revenues recognized subsequent to a student losing financial aid eligibility and not collected were included in our bad debt expense. Going forward our policy will exclude these revenues, and will result in a corresponding decrease in our bad debt expense that will be realized over the subsequent three quarters," said Daniel Devine, CFO of Bridgepoint Education.

Student Enrollment

Total student enrollment at Bridgepoint Education's academic institutions, Ashford University and University of the Rockies, was 64,495 students at March 31, 2014, compared with 78,782 students at the end of the first quarter of 2013.

Earnings Conference Call and Webcast

The Company will host a conference call at 11:30 am ET (8:30 am PT) today to discuss its preliminary results and recent highlights. The dial-in number for callers in the United States / Canada is 866-859-7412 and for other countries, 856-452-0684. The access code for all callers is 40368911. A live webcast will also be available on the Company's website at

A replay of the call will be available via telephone through August 12, 2014. To access the replay, dial 855-859-2056 in the United States / Canada and 404-537-3406 outside the United States / Canada; then enter the access code 40368911.

About Bridgepoint Education

Bridgepoint Education, Inc. (NYSE:BPI) improves the way individuals learn. By harnessing creativity, knowledge and proprietary technologies, such as Constellation, Thuze®, and Waypoint Outcomes, Bridgepoint Education has re-engineered the modern student experience with innovative solutions that advance learning. Its academic institutions - Ashford University and University of the Rockies - embody the contemporary college experience. Ashford University offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degree programs while University of the Rockies offers master's and doctoral degree programs. Both provide progressive online platforms, as well as traditional campuses located in Iowa (Ashford University), and Colorado (University of the Rockies). For more information about Bridgepoint Education, call Paul Goodson, Associate Vice President of Investor Relations at (858) 848-3312.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements, including statements regarding preliminary results for the first quarter of 2014 and our future results. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and the Company's actual performance may differ materially from those expressed in or suggested by such statements. Risks and uncertainties include, without limitation:

  • the outcome of the Company's ongoing internal analysis of the impact of the correction of its methodology for evaluating collectability in connection with revenue recognition;
  • failure to comply with the extensive regulatory framework applicable to the Company and its institutions, including Title IV of the Higher Education Act and its regulations, state laws and regulatory requirements, and accrediting agency requirements;
  • adverse regulatory or legislative changes affecting the Company's institutions;
  • the imposition of fines or other corrective measures against the Company's institutions;
  • competition in the postsecondary education market and its potential impact on the Company's market share and recruiting costs; and
  • reputational and other risks related to potential compliance audits, regulatory actions, negative publicity or service disruptions.

More information on potential factors that could affect the Company's performance is included from time to time in the "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections of the Company's periodic reports filed with the SEC, including the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, filed with the SEC on March 17, 2014, and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, once it is filed with the SEC. Forward-looking statements are made on the basis of management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance as of the time the statements are made, and the Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements or information, which speak as of their respective dates, except as required by law.

Contact: Paul Goodson, Associate Vice President, Investor Relations
(866) 475-0317 x2271


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SOURCE Bridgepoint Education

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