Skillsoft Launches Debt Refinancing and Comments on Combined Results for the Quarter Ended April 30, 2021

Refinancing Expected to Further Enhance Financial Flexibility by Reducing Interest Expense & Increasing Free Cash Flow

Q1 Results Exceed Internal Plan, with Strong Performance in Core Content Business; Company Remains on Track to Meet Fiscal 2022 Guidance

BOSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Skillsoft Corp. (NYSE: SKIL) (“Skillsoft” or the “Company”), a global leader in corporate digital learning, today announced it has launched marketing for a refinancing of a substantial amount of its long-term debt while repaying the remainder, which is expected to meaningfully decrease the Company’s interest expense, increase free cash flow, increase financial flexibility to grow through acquisitions, and significantly extend the maturity of any obligations. Skillsoft also noted that its Board of Directors has approved the adoption of a January 31 year-end for the Company’s financial reporting, effective immediately, to align Churchill Capital Corp II and Global Knowledge with the pre-business combination Skillsoft’s fiscal year end. In addition, Skillsoft commented on financial results for its first fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2021, reflecting the Company’s recent combinations with Churchill Capital Corp II and Global Knowledge as if the combined company had a fiscal quarter end of April 30, 2021.

“I am pleased to report that our fiscal year is off to a strong start, with results exceeding our internal plan,” said Jeffrey R. Tarr, Skillsoft’s Chief Executive Officer. “I’m especially encouraged that order intake for the Skillsoft Content Business combined with Global Knowledge grew by 9% in the quarter ended April 30, 2021. While it’s still early in the fiscal year and in our journey as the new Skillsoft, the momentum we are seeing reinforces my confidence in our ability to meet our full year fiscal 2022 guidance and create significant long-term shareholder value as we integrate the two businesses, realize synergies and complete the migration to Percipio.”

Skillsoft noted that continued growth in Percipio drove improvement in dollar retention rate during the fiscal first quarter. In addition, the Company has recently built a dedicated customer acquisition team with more than 30 experienced sellers, and expects to complete the integration of the Global Knowledge sales organization with the Skillsoft Technology & Development specialized salesforces over the coming months, consistent with its integration plan.

Mr. Tarr continued, “Skillsoft has a strong capital structure and the strategic refinancing is a proactive step that will enable us to increase our financial flexibility as we execute on attractive growth opportunities, and help our customers build a future-fit workforce, skilled and ready for the jobs of tomorrow.”

Terms of the potential refinancing will be disclosed upon the completion of the transaction, which is expected to occur in July 2021. The proposed refinancing is subject to market and other conditions and the approval of the Skillsoft Board of Directors, and there can be no assurance that it will be completed on favorable terms or at all.

Additional information is available in Skillsoft’s pre-business combination actual financial results for the fiscal quarter ended April 30, 2021, included in its Form 8-K with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) filed on June 17, 2021, and in Global Knowledge’s actual financial results for the fiscal quarter ended April 2, 2021, as reported in Skillsoft’s amended Form S-4 filed with the SEC on May 27, 2021 and updated herein to align with pre-combination Skillsoft’s fiscal first quarter.

About Skillsoft

Skillsoft (NYSE: SKIL) is a global leader in corporate digital learning, serving approximately 70% of the Fortune 1000, customers in over 160 countries and more than 45 million learners globally. The Company provides enterprise learning solutions to prepare organizations for the future of work, enabling them to overcome critical skill gaps, drive demonstrable behavior-change, and unlock the potential in their greatest assets – their people. Skillsoft offers the world’s most comprehensive suite of premium and original content, including the broadest and deepest library of authorized technology & developer curricula, and multiple learning modalities that dramatically increase learner engagement and retention. Skillsoft’s offerings are anchored in Percipio, its award-winning, AI-driven, immersive learning platform designed to make learning easier, more accessible and more effective. Learn more at www.skillsoft.com.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES AND KEY PERFORMANCE METRICS

We track several non-GAAP financial measures and key performance metrics that we believe are key financial measures of our success. Non-GAAP measures and key performance metrics are frequently used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in their evaluation of companies comparable to us, many of which present non-GAAP measures and key performance metrics when reporting their results. These measures can be useful in evaluating our performance against our peer companies because we believe the measures provide users with valuable insight into key components of U.S. GAAP financial disclosures. For example, a company with higher U.S. GAAP net income may not be as appealing to investors if its net income is more heavily comprised of gains on asset sales. Likewise, excluding the effects of interest income and expense moderates the impact of a company’s capital structure on its performance. However, non-GAAP measures and key performance metrics have limitations as analytical tools. Because not all companies use identical calculations, our presentation of non-GAAP financial measures and key performance metrics may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. They are not presentations made in accordance with U.S. GAAP, are not measures of financial condition or liquidity, and should not be considered as an alternative to profit or loss for the period determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP or operating cash flows determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. As a result, these performance measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as a substitute analysis for, results of operations as determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

We do not reconcile our forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the corresponding U.S. GAAP measures, due to variability and difficulty in making accurate forecasts and projections and/or certain information not being ascertainable or accessible; and because not all of the information necessary for a quantitative reconciliation of these forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable U.S. GAAP financial measure is available to us without unreasonable efforts. For the same reasons, we are unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information. We provide non-GAAP financial measures that we believe will be achieved, however we cannot accurately predict all of the components of the adjusted calculations and the U.S. GAAP measures may be materially different than the non-GAAP measures.

Forward Looking Statements

This document includes statements that are, or may be deemed to be, “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, which are intended to be covered by the safe harbors created by those laws. These forward-looking statements include information about possible or assumed future results of our operations. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, that address activities, events or developments that we expect or anticipate may occur in the future, including such things as our outlook, our product development and planning, our pipeline, future capital expenditures, financial results, the impact of regulatory changes, existing and evolving business strategies and acquisitions and dispositions, demand for our services and competitive strengths, goals, the benefits of new initiatives, growth of our business and operations, our ability to successfully implement our plans, strategies, objectives, expectations and intentions are forward-looking statements. Also, when we use words such as “may,” “will,” “would,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “seeks,” “outlook,” “target,” goals,” “probably,” or similar expressions, we are making forward-looking statements. Such statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of Skillsoft’s management and are subject to significant risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. All forward-looking disclosure is speculative by its nature.

There are important risks, uncertainties, events and factors that could cause our actual results or performance to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements contained in this document, including:

  • our ability to realize the benefits expected from the business combination;
  • our ability to refinance our indebtedness on terms acceptable to us;
  • the impact of changes in consumer spending patterns, consumer preferences, local, regional and national economic conditions, crime, weather, demographic trends and employee availability;
  • the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic on our business, operating results and financial condition;
  • fluctuations in our future operating results;
  • our ability to successfully identify and consummate acquisition opportunities;
  • the demand for, and acceptance of, our products and for cloud-based technology learning solutions in general;
  • our ability to compete successfully in competitive markets and changes in the competitive environment in our industry and the markets in which we operate;
  • our ability to market existing products and develop new products;
  • a failure of our information technology infrastructure or any significant breach of security;
  • the effects of pending and future legislation;
  • future regulatory, judicial and legislative changes in our industry;
  • the impact of natural disasters, public health crises, political crises, or other catastrophic events;
  • our ability to attract and retain key employees and qualified technical and sales personnel;
  • fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • our ability to protect or obtain intellectual property rights;
  • our ability to raise additional capital;
  • the impact of our indebtedness on our financial position and operating flexibility; and
  • our ability to successfully defend ourselves in legal proceedings.

The foregoing list of factors is not exhaustive and new factors may emerge from time to time that could also affect actual performance and results. For more information, please see the risk factors included in Churchill Capital Corp. II’s Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the year ended December 31, 2020 in Part I, Item 1A and in the registration statement on Form S-4 filed by Churchill Capital Corp. II and declared effective by the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) on May 27, 2021, and subsequent filings with the SEC.

Although we believe that the assumptions underlying our forward-looking statements are reasonable, any of these assumptions, and therefore also the forward-looking statements based on these assumptions, could themselves prove to be inaccurate. Given the significant uncertainties inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this document, our inclusion of this information is not a representation or guarantee by us that our objectives and plans will be achieved. Annualized, pro forma, projected and estimated numbers are used for illustrative purpose only, are not forecasts and may not reflect actual results.

Our forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made and we will not update these forward-looking statements unless required by applicable law. With regard to these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events discussed in this document may not occur, and we caution you against unduly relying on these forward-looking statements.

Order Intake

The following table sets forth unaudited Order Intake for the three months ended April 30, 2021 and 2020 as if pre-combination Skillsoft and Global Knowledge had been combined and their fiscal quarter ends had been aligned to end on April 30:

 

 

Three Months

Ended April 30

 

(In thousands)

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Content and Global Knowledge Order Intake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percipio Order Intake

 

$

17,111

 

 

$

10,117

 

Dual Deployment Order Intake

 

 

9,869

 

 

 

12,675

 

Skillport Order Intake

 

 

9,318

 

 

 

13,912

 

Total Subscription Order Intake

 

 

36,298

 

 

 

36,704

 

Services & One-Time Order Intake

 

 

2,572

 

 

 

1,805

 

Global Knowledge Order Intake

 

 

65,267

 

 

 

57,037

 

Total Content and Global Knowledge

 

 

104,136

 

 

 

95,547

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SumTotal Business Order Intake

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subscription Order Intake

 

20,773

 

 

26,851

 

Services & One-Time Order Intake

 

 

4,651

 

 

 

5,301

 

Total

 

 

25,424

 

 

 

32,152

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Order Intake

 

$

129,560

 

$

127,699

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Annualized Recurring Revenue

The following table sets forth unaudited ARR as of April 30, 2021 and January 31, 2021 as if pre-combination Skillsoft and Global Knowledge had been combined and their fiscal quarter ends had been aligned to end on April 30 and fiscal year end had been aligned to end on January 31:

(In thousands)

 

April 30,

2021

 

 

January 31,

2021

 

Content and Global Knowledge ARR

Percipio ARR

 

$

81,018

 

 

$

75,802

 

Dual Deployment ARR

 

 

166,096

 

 

 

161,327

 

Skillport ARR

 

 

72,209

 

 

 

80,245

 

Total Content

 

 

319,323

 

 

 

317,374

 

Global Knowledge ARR

 

 

13,529

 

 

 

10,504

 

Total Content and Global Knowledge

 

 

332,852

 

 

 

327,878

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SumTotal ARR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SumTotal ARR

 

 

97,153

 

 

 

99,148

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total ARR

 

$

430,005

 

 

$

427,026

 

Dollar Retention Rate

The following table sets forth our unaudited Dollar Retention Rates for the last twelve-month (“LTM”) period ended April 30, 2021 and for the three month periods ended April 30, 2021 and 2020 as if Skillsoft and Global Knowledge had been combined and their fiscal quarter had been aligned to end on April 30:

 

 

April 30

 

 

 

LTM

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Dollar Retention Rate (“DRR”)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Percipio DRR

 

 

100

%

 

 

94

%

 

 

100

%

Dual Deployment DRR

 

 

104

%

 

 

104

%

 

 

97

%

Skillport DRR

 

 

70

%

 

 

76

%

 

 

77

%

Total Content Business DRR

 

 

93

%

 

 

91

%

 

 

88

%

SumTotal Business DRR

 

 

91

%

 

 

95

%

 

 

96

%

Capital Structure

The following table sets forth the Skillsoft’s proforma cash and cash equivalents and long-term debt as of April 30, 2021:

(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

April 30,

2021

 

Assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

 

 

 

$

259,783

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Liabilities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt

 

 

 

 

 

$

584,427

 

Adjusted EBITDA

The following table sets forth Adjusted EBITDA for the period ended April 30, 2021 as if Skillsoft’s fiscal quarter ended on April 30, 2021:

For the Three

Months ended April

30, 2021

For the Three

Months ended April

30, 2021

Non-GAAP

Revenue

Adjustments

Non-GAAP

for the Three

Months ended April

30, 2021

Global Knowledge

Skillsoft

($ in thousands)

Combined

Revenues:
Total revenues

$

46,677

 

$

91,701

 

 

19,874

 

$

158,252

 

Operating expenses
Cost of revenues

 

22,862

 

 

24,521

 

 

 

 

47,383

 

Content and software development

 

234

 

 

16,607

 

 

 

 

16,841

 

Selling and marketing

 

11,007

 

 

28,502

 

 

 

 

39,509

 

General and administrative

 

9,000

 

 

12,362

 

 

 

 

21,362

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

1,172

 

 

34,943

 

 

 

 

36,115

 

Recapitalization and transaction-related costs

 

 

 

1,932

 

 

 

 

1,932

 

Restructuring

 

2,618

 

 

537

 

 

 

 

3,155

 

Total operating expenses

 

46,892

 

 

119,404

 

 

 

 

166,296

 

Operating income (loss):

$

(215

)

$

(27,703

)

$

19,874

 

$

(8,044

)

Other income (expense), net

 

1,476

 

 

(352

)

 

 

 

1,124

 

Interest income

 

 

 

10

 

 

 

 

10

 

Interest expense

 

(10,070

)

 

(11,449

)

 

 

 

(21,519

)

Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

(8,809

)

 

(39,494

)

 

19,874

 

 

(28,429

)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

 

840

 

 

(2,089

)

 

 

 

(1,249

)

Net income (loss)

$

(9,649

)

$

(37,405

)

$

19,874

 

$

(27,180

)

 
EBITDA Computation
Interest expense, net

$

10,070

 

$

11,439

 

$

 

$

21,509

 

Provision for income taxes

 

840

 

 

(2,089

)

 

 

 

(1,249

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

2,589

 

 

37,362

 

 

 

 

39,951

 

Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EBITDA

 

3,850

 

 

9,307

 

 

19,874

 

 

33,031

 

 
Adjusted EBITDA Computation
Plus: Non-recurring retention and consulting costs

 

 

 

707

 

 

 

 

707

 

Plus: Recapitalization and transaction-related costs

 

1,393

 

 

1,932

 

 

 

 

3,325

 

Plus: Restructuring and contract terminations

 

2,618

 

 

537

 

 

 

 

3,155

 

Plus: Integration and migration related

 

 

 

779

 

 

 

 

779

 

Plus: Foreign currency and other non-cash expense

 

(255

)

 

171

 

 

 

 

(84

)

Plus: Impact of fresh-start and purchase accounting

 

 

 

18,021

 

 

(19,874

)

 

(1,853

)

Plus: Stock-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Plus: Other add backs

 

(1,579

)

 

422

 

 

 

 

(1,157

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

6,028

 

$

31,876

 

$

 

$

37,904

 

 
Note: Global Knowledge revenue above does not include $8,089 in reseller fees, which are presented on a net basis.

 

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