Ebix, Inc. engages in the provision of software and e-commerce services to the insurance, finance, and healthcare industries. It operates through the following products and services: Exchanges; Broker P&C Systems; Risk Compliance Solutions; and Carrier P&C systems. The Exchange include data exchanges in the area of finance, travel, life insurance, annuities, employee health benefits, risk management, workers compensation, insurance underwriting, and P&C insurance. The Broker P&C Systems focuses in the design and deplyment of back-end systems for international P&C insurance brokers who are seeking a worldwide system solution. The Risk Complaince Solutions involves in the domain intensive project management, time and material based consulting engagements to clients across the world, the creation and tracking of certificates of insurance issued in the United States and Australian markets, the provision of claims adjudication and settlement, call center, and back office support. The Carrier P&C systems gives back-end systems for P&C insurance companies. The company was founded in 1976 and is headquartered in John Creek, GA.
Our business may be materially adversely impacted by U.S. and global market and economic conditions, particularly adverse conditions in the insurance industry.
We may not be able to secure additional financing to support capital requirements when needed.
Our future growth may depend in part on acquiring other businesses in our industry.
Any future acquisitions that we may undertake could be difficult to integrate, disrupt our business, dilute stockholder value and adversely impact our operating results.
We may not be able to develop new products or services necessary to effectively respond to rapid technological changes.
The markets for our products and services are highly competitive and are likely to become more competitive, and our competitors may be able to respond more quickly to new or emerging technology and changes in customer requirements.
We operate in a price sensitive market and we are subject to pressures from customers to decrease our fees for the services
and solutions we provide. Any reduction in price would likely reduce our margins and could adversely affect our operating
If our customers do not renew their subscriptions for our services or reduce the number of paying subscriptions at the time of renewal, our revenue will decline and our business will suffer. If we cannot accurately predict subscription renewals or upgrade rates, we may not meet our revenue targets which may adversely affect the market price of our common stock.
Because we recognize revenue from subscriptions for our services over the term of the subscription, downturns or upturns in new business may not be immediately reflected in our operating results.
Supporting our existing and growing customer base could strain our personnel resources and infrastructure, and if we are
unable to scale our operations and increase productivity, we may not be able to successfully implement our business plan.
We regularly upgrade or replace our various software systems. If the implementations of these new applications are delayed, or if we encounter unforeseen problems with our new systems or in migrating away from our existing applications and systems, our operations and our ability to manage our business could be negatively impacted.
Our product development cycles are lengthy, and we may incur significant expenses before we generate revenues, if any, from new products.
Our sales cycle is variable and often lengthy, depends upon many factors outside our control, and requires us to expend significant time and resources prior to generating associated revenues.
We regard our intellectual property in general and our software in particular, as critical to our success, and we may not be able to effectively or efficiently protect our intellectual property.
If we infringe on the proprietary rights of others, our business operations may be disrupted, and any related litigation could be time consuming and costly.
We depend on the continued services of our senior management and our ability to attract and retain other key personnel.
If we do not effectively manage our geographically dispersed workforce, we might not be able to run our business
efficiently and successfully.
Our software solutions are deployed through cloud-based implementations, and if such implementations are compromised by data security breaches or other disruptions, our reputation could be harmed, and we could lose customers or be subject to significant liabilities.
We face risks in the transmittal of individual health-related and other personal information.
Any disruption of our Internet connections could affect the success of our Internet-based products and services.
Concerns regarding security of transactions or the transmission of confidential information over the Internet or security problems we experience may prevent us from expanding our business or subject us to legal exposure.
Uncertainty in the marketplace regarding the use of Internet users' personal information, or legislation limiting such use, could reduce demand for our services and result in increased expenses.
Future government regulation of the Internet could place financial burdens on our businesses.
Our international operations are subject to a number of risks that could affect our revenues, operating results, and growth.
A substantial portion of our assets and operations are located outside of the United States and we are subject to regulatory, tax, economic, political and other uncertainties in other foreign countries in which we operate.
Our international business activities and processes expose us to numerous and often conflicting laws and regulations, policies, standards or other requirements and sometimes even conflicting regulatory requirements, and to risks that could
harm our business, financial position, profit, and cash flows.
The decision by British voters to exit the European Union may negatively impact our operations.
Our earnings may be adversely affected if we change our intent not to repatriate foreign earnings or if such earnings become subject to U.S. tax on a current basis.
Changes to the U.S. federal income tax laws, including the recent comprehensive tax reform legislation, could have an adverse impact on our business and financial results.
We may have exposure to greater than anticipated tax liabilities.
Changes in tax laws or tax rulings could materially affect our financial position, results of operations, and cash flows.
Our financial position and operating results may be adversely affected by the changing U.S. Dollar rates and fluctuations in other currency exchange rates.
Provisions in our articles of incorporation, bylaws, and Delaware law may make it difficult for a third party to acquire us, even in situations that may be viewed as desirable by our shareholders.
The Company has an SAR Agreement with Mr. Robin Raina which could have the effect of discouraging or making more difficult an acquisition or change of control of the Company even in situations that may be viewed as desirable by our shareholders.
We could potentially be required to recognize an impairment of goodwill or other indefinite-lived intangible assets.
If we fail to maintain an effective system of internal controls, we may not be able to accurately determine our financial results or prevent fraud. As a result, our stockholders could lose confidence in our financial results, which could harm our business and the market value of our common shares.
The nature of our business requires the application of complex revenue and expense recognition rules that require management to make estimates and assumptions. Additionally, the current legislative and regulatory environment affecting U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”) is uncertain and significant changes in current principles could affect our financial statements going forward.
Current and future accounting pronouncements and other financial reporting standards, especially but not only concerning revenue recognition, may negatively impact the financial results we present.
The costs and effects of litigation, investigations or similar matters involving us or our subsidiaries, or adverse facts and developments related thereto, could materially affect our business, operating results and financial condition. Our insurance may not cover these costs.
Government investigations may require significant management time and attention, result in significant legal expenses or damages and cause the Company's business, financial condition, results of operations and cash flows to suffer. The Company could face additional governmental investigations with respect to these matters, could incur substantial costs to defend any such investigations and be required to pay damages, fines and penalties, or incur additional expenses or be subject to injunctions as a result of the outcome of such investigations. The unfavorable resolution of one or more matters could adversely impact the Company.
Federal Trade Commission laws and regulations that govern the insurance industry could expose us or the agents, brokers and carriers with whom we conduct business in our online marketplace to legal penalties.
Potential liabilities under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act could have a material adverse effect on our business.
The price of our common stock may be extremely volatile.
Our ability and intent to pay cash dividends in the future may be limited.
Quarterly and annual operating results may fluctuate, which could cause our stock price to be volatile.
While the Company amended its certificate of incorporation to increase the number of authorized shares in order to effect a five-for-one stock split, given the recent stock price decline, the Board has delayed and may reduce the stock split.