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2U (TWOU)

Participants
Ed Goodwin SVP, IR
Christopher Paucek CEO
Cathy Graham CFO
Sarah Hindlian Macquarie
Brett Knoblauch Berenberg Capital
Ryan MacDonald Needham & Company
Jeff Meuler Robert W. Baird
Jeff Silber BMO Capital Markets
Corey Greendale First Analysis
Brad Zelnick Credit Suisse
George Tong Goldman Sachs
Call transcript
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Operator

Good day, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to the 2U, Inc. 2019 Second Quarter Earnings Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question-and-answer session, and instructions will follow at that time. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded.

to host like Mr. today's now would introduce for your conference, I Goodwin, Investor Ed Relations. SVP, Mr. begin. may you Goodwin,

Ed Goodwin

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Christopher Paucek

Thanks, Ed.

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turn it over With that, Cathy. I'll to

Cathy Graham

Chip. Thanks,

let our for Before the results. to remainder review quick of me quarter view first do a of second XXXX, moving revised

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once in period included. metrics see full is You of these bootcamp a expect should to further performance shift quarter in third the

loss expectations. loss $XX.X over benefit higher at the EBITDA the related earnings $XX from respectively of approximately tax net Looking our expectations million periods legacy pre-trilogy and at second adjusted performance pre million to second quarter At and all expected our from $XX performance also and business. in benefited Trilogy one-time business of measures, well our $XX improved we've skewed quarter in been loss adjusted versus than prior net expectations and by because better Trilogy. acquisition, loss were the in million pre-trilogy million our and acquisition both primarily than They

to loan $XXX and the has our cycle. the consistent first between a million Note on with facility receivables ended and that academic in $XXX.X and the reduction second entered book that the quarter sheet camp This quarter addition our Trilogy long-term quarters calendar receivables note the new perspective, cash of in quarter million the with million business. increased into receivables for our of $XX.X graduate balances. collection reflecting investments the Also reflects sequential we related despite debt are balances From based timing in relatively the balance acquisition. the term program we

expected and inclusive we're the our of forward, for bootcamp for third providing new XXXX looking results quarter full-year guidance business. Now

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continuing as and $XXX.X Our by of revenues will moderated outlook Trilogy for between we we for the a and and recognize the of quarter now million to the full-year. that expect for and bootcamp expectations line million Trilogy now $XXX.X quarter $XXX the third $XXX.X our for purchase Adding part our the bootcamp not offset million guidance incorporates the We $XXX.X revenue legacy third $XXX.X million full-year to ranges product fully, the $XXX.X $XXX.X million respectively. accounting that have for are to these million million business. revenue between

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for full-year, intangibles our adjusted the guidance in million of $XX.X Further, now for between We and to expect exclude both $XX.X quarter, includes Trilogy loss for a adjusted related million net and from we on term both and into loss an million acquisition, the the that entered we the of quarter measure third acquisition, acquired third facility full-year. which step-up and the for $XX.X million expense net $XX.X loss loan amortization and ranges. between interest

We also $XX.X expect million and for for million the an and $XX between the and adjusted of million between million EBITDA full-year. loss $XX third $XX.X quarter,

And reinforce said want finally, something Chip I to earlier.

and While we cash are evolving are And while November. you about increasing continued to uncertainty, acknowledging this Chip? we aspects we an generation. believe to forward do of more getting path we growth, longer-term in plan, talking a other environment free to our and on to look

Christopher Paucek

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products super excellent exclusive Carolina, deal than Chapel built other for our with University for institution-wide positioned Hill. the success. of announced quality We're students. with We outcomes North ever high You've just first sustained long-term none

world. the changing are We

Let's get to Q&A.

Operator

comes question Macquarie. Instructions] Thank Sarah first you. Hindlian [Operator of Our from

with question. You your may proceed

Sarah Hindlian

what to loans and are All you graduate me business, shifts state I And students Chip impact could in very the who of the maybe could have distance well. California size right, then what follow-up happen, thank a was and as you're great, the core federal seeing you understand doing happen I help exactly learning. wondering for Cathy, for with much. just if

Christopher Paucek

Sarah. thanks, So,

that situation; put importantly given resolved So evolving certain But students' could not that we're California, certain minds. or fact uncertainty on one felt officially it is the resolved. will of it's it an into the some yet optimistic state we like, minds universities' get obviously more

we our like it we So felt in account had to for forecast.

why that that growth what in Grad understand trying overall, Sort is potential there's would of folks significant business see stopped some time. expect to would that to that growth we're to to the make up in of high clarity for built, in if launches the sure backing we've mid teens, continue and to we're which give already trying we business sort all we

the operational We time we're And is going Grad a there's there for for of one, business, for two, to better and do the end the right lot change about. company now us still the of appropriate schedule launch that course to launches. financial in drive, all business performance overall. number order excited we're think to not So the improvement number for velocity it's

Sarah Hindlian

great. And I a follow-up Thank Cathy. have Okay, you, for you.

which talking important towards give long Chip, early flow will doing sense free do a do a terms appreciate you is will us In is as too dynamics. new I you you'd a these shut there, some have sense think certain said, numbers, fairly see comment programs that positive investors I how it to or about cash be as of number of of your And driving out to if But you that you off journey take. programs. new to

flow breakeven? do we timing free cash think how the So of about

Cathy Graham

Yes.

So are specific and our Sarah, of that to lot investor now, a in more this lot intention a this be working I think through about it's day. we right

we'd we will to really can plan lay time to appreciate that guys a you get -- us. into thought and being put some there that give out able So able you be to real for the

Sarah Hindlian

enough. okay, All fair you. that's Thank right,

Operator

of question Brett Thank you. And from Berenberg Capital. our comes next Knoblauch

You may with proceed question. your

Brett Knoblauch

guys, for Hi my taking thanks question.

quarter associated there or break do? plan you can is First, out guys not -- you that that Trilogy the is guys revenues with in were something the to

Cathy Graham

that. we're to do Yes, planning not

We credentials are segment and Program basis. alternate presenting our business on Graduate an

intend that out. So we don't to break

Brett Knoblauch

was then a And Boston degree is edX. second that's question, Okay, how on an just reading launching University article $XX,XXX about fine.

programs, something with to might expect being in structure is you universities? of offering your Now, with the change this

Christopher Paucek

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the to several the in continue will offer years. competitive over next programs We landscape

stop. won't a quite have programs We different points, few MBA price different that at

So continue we -- will

Brett Knoblauch

universities you're move seeing to not of only online is degree. question online online, these standpoint. but The like feel more move pricing a lot cheaper tuition move and I on

Christopher Paucek

Yes.

Brett Knoblauch

of And that difficulty] end are higher [technical given market? your programs

Christopher Paucek

know, and You sustainable and campus exist to do off backs drive we long-term have the a of business, believe that quality doesn't that continue program. you to one the

So we and considered. it's important over will both do cost really that think time quality get

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Brett Knoblauch

in I'll it's selectivity the regulatory their question, to -- why jump Do with, success? you scaling you QX noted issue not guys think that's think [ph] I to the the playing due tempering last XXXX, do is queue. then concerns Okay, at AB you their university maybe back that or the program think

Christopher Paucek

noisy. a business. that parts particular complicated is various the now it And lived funnel so publicly, noisy. itself would The say are that to No, it's it's aspects of I And having I the funnel this the clear, I there would tell is of be admit in rate -- complicated. you mean

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have we to to normal. we address work a of while do continue it, this new us a that think on is this to So variety ways saying is

Brett Knoblauch

Okay, thank you.

Operator

MacDonald you. question from And Ryan our Needham. Thank of comes next

may proceed with question. You your

Ryan MacDonald

Chip question I for trying you, to program and first really the of the guess of up Hi, is and saying prepared just sort Chip, you launch in around Cathy. sync remarks. expected were cadence, what sort

versus partnerships a are really shift short up seeing You that you're still willing from cadence. program? to content a because university Is sign partners but mentioned that to grad university with sort partners a you're you, that demand for for full then more obviously or type moderating of the course the Trilogy

Christopher Paucek

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about retreat short this period, during selective to some of We because just to not courses. it's be, So we're need what launching.

that the think down do of slow on to we're the we've need on a serve if that anybody's got, what we power what have. bit operationally. And focus not we we And that. a little little was will aspects and we well internally need of more us improve And to money bit, certainly going

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Ryan MacDonald

it. follow-up, clarify. but already I ad then the And to nauseam, Got just of a California quick know discussed sort just you've

that changes back-half talked -- UC quarter that program Davis these you about, experienced program potential first of delays the there additional delays of 'XX? Is call. for delay the to the the in regulatory With on because

Christopher Paucek

all the up clear, California nonprofits is affect distance students. be in offering are California program education that doesn't and schools, No, affects It California it's To unrelated. issue to that running. programs

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sort had So account reflect into that that guidance. we in to of our and take

going optimistic take. are will get We know Now, just that's it how we resolved. that don't to long

Ryan MacDonald

clarification. that for thanks it, Got

Operator

Rishi with from Jaluria DA comes Thank you. Davidson. And our next question

your proceed may You with question.

Unidentified Analyst

for Hannah taking [Indiscernible] my you on questions. Rishi. for Thank

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Christopher Paucek

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Unidentified Analyst

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Christopher Paucek

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Unidentified Analyst

Okay. Thank you.

Operator

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Jeff Meuler

Thank Yes. you.

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Christopher Paucek

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Jeff Meuler

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Christopher Paucek

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Jeff Meuler

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Christopher Paucek

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Jeff Meuler

thank Okay, you.

Operator

you. Thank

Jeff Silber BMO Our Markets. of comes from next question Capital

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Jeff Silber

Thanks so much.

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Christopher Paucek

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Jeff Silber

question your schools full Okay. actually graduate order residents California those attending percentage look enrollment for California, can was of at what second on equivalent us roughly programs, outside an I magnitude; just if of give of course my And the you Thanks. are California?

Christopher Paucek

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Jeff Silber

Thanks. Okay.

Operator

Thank Schwartz our next comes question you. And from Brian Oppenheimer. of

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Unidentified Analyst

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Unidentified Analyst

That's you. helpful. Thank

Operator

our Thank you. comes from question next Analysis. Corey Greendale First And with

question. your with proceed may You

Corey Greendale

that three UNC besides quick a clarify question, the graduate the those just Hey, then programs, include other question could the good programs and real afternoon. quick I XX offerings longer be would XX Two that on wanted to questions, programs?

Christopher Paucek

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Corey Greendale

just your the the of there nomenclature? to I'm sure And getting question the you Is in change relative other Okay. any acquisition? what is, Trilogy make for to quick outlook at in lost not time discussed

Christopher Paucek

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Corey Greendale

marketing happening some kind return in I concepts question therefore, in greater dollar and what's be people the competition. of of Therefore, the then hitting into decision, think spent diminishing there's of how you'll program, is tell incremental all just because investing is about Okay. of should point your the less marketing earlier, that? the a forgiven market longer you're on or that me operating And translating

Christopher Paucek

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Corey Greendale

is and invest it of on this bunch you'll Okay. hitting is less a of we programs program than of the the you'll million universities single have a market? Investor that getting in at invest you into Day, translates typically do into will but in differentiation were XU, them without the much before if quite all to And to right lot historically one but look last, $XX that your go into reasons, how great of kind this breakeven, There's the that at a million impacts whole up you with guessing I get think I'm know detail, you detail reasons $X front? model that

Christopher Paucek

and everybody we're say, also so else. would is answer yes, the Yes, far so I above

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Corey Greendale

Great. Well, All thanks. right.

Operator

Thank you.

from Brad Credit comes question of Zelnick next Suisse. Our

with proceed your may You question.

Brad Zelnick

closer so for the mission, you fitting expectations you're a loved for Great. online time much recalibrating in follow-up of education. and But to XX% backdrop XX%. down is amount we've change this got dramatic clear you visionary now business against entertaining and one market, always use for Are me point? for alternatives you're seeing to I've Thank your a chip in the third or Chip, strategic in. the earlier with at the Cathy. you are stock from in board this software over the year up

Christopher Paucek

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Brad Zelnick

to grant you expecting employees you to are for the given move dramatic might just stock? equity need Cathy, to Okay. additional in the retention, And encourage

Cathy Graham

need look we think through. an need I plan, -- you which through to at working that we entire are

Christopher Paucek

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Brad Zelnick

taking for Excellent. Thanks questions. the

Operator

Sachs. you. And George Thank Tong our next of Goldman from comes question

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George Tong

think what grad be you afternoon. to outer growth, I guided obviously, segment, can your that initially even your you Hi, you're that essentially stop had to of launches, launches, stopped With half see you you roughly to degree mentioned the you all years. if thanks. going mid not high Good respect all you'd to in teens mentioned

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Christopher Paucek

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George Tong

Got it.

margins, to respect better that growth. with then a strike Okay, flows going profitability, said basically cash you're between you balance and to

Trilogy margins how So the for exclude say initial underlying if the EBITDA compares your before? you in would full-year business, guidance with you your

Cathy Graham

we pre-trilogy that we George, into was we not So, to to the we this to -- revenue of in able the what have all offset to some. said revenue offset able did expect built be business be that current that but would guidance revisions

infer lower short-term to somewhat that So as expect lower. a go by be slightly we our this that, we through in you can transition, margins period

George Tong

you. thank it, Got

Operator

next And question from Arvind comes you. of Thank our KeyBanc. Ramnani

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Unidentified Analyst

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Christopher Paucek

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Unidentified Analyst

Great, thank you.

Operator

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Christopher Paucek

on Okay. the very We forward look much. you road. seeing Thank out to you

Operator

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