OREANDA-NEWS. May 26, 2016. ePlus inc. (NASDAQ:PLUS), a leading provider of technology solutions, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended March 31, 2016.

Management Comment

ePlus had good financial results in fiscal 2016, and ended the year in a strong position, demonstrating the strength of our services-focused business model.  Financial results for the fourth quarter were strong, with growth across net sales, gross profit and net earnings.  We believe that customer acceptance of our IT solutions across a broad spectrum of markets and technologies affirms our strategy and demonstrates that we are well positioned for continued success, said Phillip G. Norton, CEO, chairman and president of ePlus.

Results for the full fiscal year give a clearer picture of our long-term earning potential, and our ability to execute by taking share from competitors while improving gross margins on sales of products and services.  We grew faster than the overall IT market by focusing on higher growth solutions like cloud, security and hyperconverged infrastructure.  We also experienced growth in customer markets for technology, retail, and financial services.  While net earnings declined 2.4% comparatively, partially as a result of last years non-operating income, adjusted EBITDA grew at approximately one and a half times the percentage rate increase of revenue, demonstrating the operating leverage in our business model.

In addition, during the year we acquired the businesses of IGX with operations in Connecticut and the United Kingdom.  IGX further expands our expertise in a key area security -- and creates our first international location.  Over the year we repurchased 116,302 shares of stock, as part of our focus on enhancing shareholder value.  We also rolled out a new brand identity, Where Technology Means More, which reflects the growing capacity of our IT solutions to drive business outcomes.

To sum up, fiscal 2016 was a year of achievement across our business, and we believe we continue to build a solid foundation for future growth.

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2016 Results

For the fourth quarter ended March 31, 2016 as compared to the fourth quarter of the prior fiscal year ended March 31, 2015:

Consolidated net sales rose 12.0% to \\$299.4 million, from \\$267.3 million.

Technology segment net sales rose 12.9% to \\$292.2 million, from \\$258.9 million.

Adjusted gross billings of product and services increased 17.4% to \\$399.1 million. Adjusted gross billings are sales of product and services adjusted to exclude the costs incurred of applicable third-party software assurance, maintenance, and services.

Financing segment net sales decreased 14.4% to \\$7.2 million, from \\$8.4 million due to lower portfolio earnings.

Consolidated gross profit rose 14.0% to \\$66.9 million, from \\$58.7 million.

Consolidated operating income rose 8.6% to \\$16.4 million, from \\$15.1 million.

Net earnings rose 11.8% to \\$10.0 million, from \\$8.9 million.

Adjusted EBITDA rose 11.8% to \\$18.2 million, from \\$16.3 million.

Diluted earnings per share was \\$1.36, compared with \\$1.22 in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was \\$1.46, compared with \\$1.27 last year. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share is based on net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude other income and acquisition-related amortization expense, net of taxes.

Fiscal Year 2016 Results

For the fiscal year ended March 31, 2016 as compared to the prior fiscal year ended March 31, 2015:

Consolidated net sales were up 5.3% to \\$1.20 billion, compared with \\$1.14 billion.

Technology segment net sales rose 5.5% to \\$1.17 billion, up from \\$1.11 billion. Adjusted gross billings of product and services grew 8.5% to \\$1.56 billion.

Financing segment net sales were \\$35.1 million, up from \\$34.8 million, due to higher post-contract earnings and transactional gains.

Consolidated gross profit rose 7.2% to \\$262.1 million, compared with \\$244.5 million.

Consolidated operating income rose 7.1% to \\$75.8 million, up from \\$70.7 million. 

Net earnings fell 2.4% to \\$44.7 million, as compared to \\$45.8 million in the prior year, which included other income of \\$7.6 million due to a gain on retirement of a liability and a gain from a claim in a class action suit.

Adjusted EBITDA rose 8.3% to \\$81.3 million, up from \\$75.0 million.

Diluted earnings per share was \\$6.09, down 1.6% from \\$6.19 in fiscal 2015.  Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 10.0% to \\$6.33 from \\$5.75 in fiscal 2015.

Balance Sheet Highlights

At March 31, 2016, ePlus had cash and cash equivalents of \\$94.8 million, up from \\$76.2 million as of March 31, 2015. Total stockholders' equity was \\$318.9 million, compared with \\$279.3 million on March 31, 2015. Total shares outstanding were 7.4 million as of March 31, 2016 and 2015.

Summary and Outlook

We remain confident in our business model and prospects for our fiscal 2017.  While the IT market in general faces growth constraints, such as ongoing challenges in the storage market and disruptive technologies, we are confident in our ability to capture market share from existing and new customers, as well as bring the most desired emerging technologies and solutions to market.  In 2016, we continued to make investments in customer-facing headcount, and will continue to scale our business in fiscal 2017 both organically and through acquisitions. Finally, we ended the year with approximately \\$95 million of cash, giving us the financial flexibility to pursue accretive acquisitions and further grow our business. In conclusion, we feel we are well-positioned to again grow faster than the overall IT market, Mr. Norton concluded. 

Results of Operations Three Months Ended March 31, 2016

The Company's operations are conducted through two business segments. The technology segment includes sales of information technology products, third-party software, third-party maintenance contracts, advanced professional services and managed services, and the Company's proprietary software to commercial entities and state and local governments. The financing segment consists of the financing of equipment, software, and related services to commercial entities, state and local governments, and government contractors.

Technology Segment

The results of operations for the technology segment for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

  Three Months Ended March 31,
   2016   2015  Change
Sales of product and services \\$ 291,523  \\$ 257,265  \\$ 34,258   13.3%
Fee and other income  690     1,596    (906)  (56.8%)
Net sales    292,213     258,861   33,352   12.9%
         
Cost of sales, product and services  231,353     205,821   25,532   12.4%
         
Gross profit  60,860   53,040   7,820   14.7%
         
Professional and other fees    1,330     1,275   55   4.3%
Salaries and benefits    38,614     32,805   5,809   17.7%
General and administrative    5,747     4,869     878   18.0%
Depreciation and amortization  1,805   1,189   616   51.8%
Interest and financing costs    19     19      0.0%
Operating expenses    47,515     40,157   7,358   18.3%
         
Operating income \\$ 13,345  \\$ 12,883  \\$ 462   3.6%
         
Adjusted EBITDA \\$15,150  \\$14,072  \\$1,078   7.7%


Net sales rose 12.9% to \\$292.2 million, from \\$258.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.  

Adjusted gross billings of products and services grew 17.4% to \\$399.1 million, from \\$340.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Gross margin on sales of product and services was 20.6%, up from 20.0% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Operating expenses rose 18.3% to \\$47.5 million, from \\$40.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, reflecting increased salaries and benefits due to a 9.0% increase in personnel to 1,020 from 936, of which 83 are customer facing and 48 were from the IGX acquisition, as well as increased variable compensation, and amortization expenses associated with the acquisition of IGX in December 2015. 

Operating income was \\$13.3 million, up 3.6% from \\$12.9 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.  Adjusted EBITDA increased 7.7% to \\$15.2 million for the quarter, from \\$14.1 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. 

Financing Segment

The results of operations for the financing segment for the three months ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

  Three Months Ended March 31,
   2016   2015  Change
Financing revenue \\$ 7,177  \\$ 8,389  \\$  (1,212)  (14.4%)
Fee and other income  13   15   (2)  (13.3%)
Net sales  7,190   8,404   (1,214)  (14.4%)
         
Direct lease costs     1,104     2,698    (1,594)  (59.1%)
         
Gross profit   6,086   5,706   380   6.7%
         
Professional and other fees    303     387     (84)  (21.7)
Salaries and benefits    2,364     2,450   (86)  (3.5%)
General and administrative  (7)  136     (143)  (105.1)
Depreciation and amortization  4   6   (2)  (33.3%)
Interest and financing costs    388   530    (142)  (26.8%)
Operating expenses    3,052     3,509     (457)  (13.0%)
         
Operating income \\$ 3,034  \\$ 2,197  \\$ 837   38.1%
         
Adjusted EBITDA \\$3,038  \\$2,203  \\$835   37.9%


Net sales were \\$7.2 million, compared with \\$8.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015, as a result of lower portfolio earnings.

Direct lease costs decreased \\$1.6 million or 59.1% due to a lower depreciation expense from operating leases.

Operating expenses were down 13.0% over the previous year, mainly due to lower interest expenses as a result of lower debt combined with lower interest rates as well as lower general and administrative expenses.  General and administrative expenses include a reduction to our reserves for credit losses of \\$0.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 and 2015. 

Operating income was \\$3.0 million, an increase of 38.1% from \\$2.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015. Adjusted EBITDA increased to \\$3.0 million from \\$2.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2015.

Results of Operations Fiscal Year Ended March 31, 2016

Technology Segment

The results of operations for the technology segment for the years ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

  Years Ended March 31,
   2016   2015  Change
Sales of product and services \\$ 1,163,337  \\$ 1,100,884  \\$ 62,453   5.7%
Fee and other income    5,728     7,565    (1,837)  (24.3%)
Net sales  1,169,065     1,108,449   60,616   5.5%
         
Cost of sales, product and services    931,782     887,673     44,109   5.0%
         
Gross profit  237,283   220,776   16,507   7.5%
         
Professional and other fees  5,505     5,340     165   3.1%
Salaries and benefits  140,086     128,945   11,141   8.6%
General and administrative  22,401     21,127     1,274   6.0%
Depreciation and amortization  5,532   4,310   1,222   28.4%
Interest and financing costs  70     96     (26 )  (27.1%)
Operating expenses  173,594     159,818     13,776   8.6%
         
Operating income \\$
63,689   \\$ 60,958  \\$ 2,731   4.5%
         
Adjusted EBITDA \\$69,221  \\$65,268  \\$3,953   6.1%


Net sales rose 5.5% to \\$1.17 billion, from \\$1.11 billion in fiscal 2015. Adjusted gross billings of products and services grew 8.5% to \\$1.56 billion compared to fiscal 2015.

The Company maintained its balanced portfolio of customer-end markets. The breakdown of net sales by customer end market was as follows:

 Years Ended March 31,
 2016  2015  Change
Technology 23%  19%  4%
State & Local Government & Educational Institutions 22%  22%  - 
Telecom, Media, and Entertainment 14%  18%  (4%)
?Financial Services 12%  10%  2%
?Healthcare  10%  10%  - 
?Other 19%  21%  (2%)
Total 100%  100%  


In fiscal year 2016 we had an increase in revenues from customers in the technology and financial services industries, offset by decreases in the telecommunications, media and entertainment industry. These changes were driven by changes in customer buying cycles and specific IT related initiatives rather than the acquisition or loss of a customer or set of customers.

Gross margin on sales of product and services was 19.9%, up from 19.4% in the prior year.

Operating expenses rose 8.6% to \\$173.6 million, from \\$159.8 million in fiscal 2015. This was primarily due to increased salaries and benefits related to a 9.0% increase of headcount in the technology segment, increased variable compensation, and additional expenses associated with the acquisition of IGX in December of 2015. In addition, the Company incurred incremental amortization expenses associated with the acquisition of Evolve Technology Group in August, 2014.

Operating income was \\$63.7 million, up 4.5% from \\$61.0 million in fiscal 2015.  Adjusted EBITDA increased 6.1% to \\$69.2 million from \\$65.3 million in fiscal 2015. 

Financing Segment

The results of operations for the financing segment for the years ended March 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

  Years Ended March 31,
   2016   2015  Change
Financing revenue \\$ 35,091  \\$ 34,728  \\$  363   1.0%
Fee and other income    43   105   (62)  (59.0%)
Net sales    35,134   34,833   301   0.9%
         
Direct lease costs    10,360     11,062   (702)  (6.3%)
         
Gross profit   24,774   23,771   1,003    4.2%
         
Professional and other fees    1,041     1,168     (127)  (10.9%)
Salaries and benefits  9,218     9,141   77   0.8%
General and administrative  729     1,404     (675)  (48.1%)
Depreciation and amortization  16   23   (7)  (30.4%)
Interest and financing costs  1,708   2,283    (575)  (25.2%)
Operating expenses  12,712     14,019     (1,307)  (9.3%)
         
Operating income \\$ 12,062  \\$ 9,752    2,310   23.7%
         
Adjusted EBITDA \\$12,078  \\$9,775  \\$2,303   23.6%


Net sales were \\$35.1 million, compared with \\$34.8 million in fiscal 2015, as a result of higher post-contract earnings and transactional gains, partially offset by lower portfolio earnings.

Operating expenses were down 9.3% over the previous year, due to changes in our reserve for credit losses, as we recorded a reduction to our reserve of \\$0.2 million in fiscal year 2016 and an increase to our reserve of \\$0.2 million in fiscal year 2015.  In addition, we incurred lower interest expense as a result of lower debt combined with lower interest rates.

Operating income was \\$12.1 million, an increase of 23.7% from \\$9.8 million in fiscal 2015. Adjusted EBITDA increased 23.6% to \\$12.1 million from \\$9.8 million in fiscal 2015.

Recent Corporate Developments & Recognitions

  • On April 20, 2016, ePlus announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., had been named an F5 Unity Platinum Partner, recognizing that ePlus Technology meets F5s highest technical, accreditation and sales criteria requirements.
     
  • On April 5, 2016, ePlus announced that CRN, a brand of The Channel Company, had named ePlus to its 2016 Tech Elite 250 list. This annual list honors an exclusive group of North American IT solution providers that have earned the highest number of advanced technical certifications from leading technology vendors.
     
  • On March 31, 2016, ePlus announced that ePlus Technology has expanded its Converged Infrastructure offerings to include ePlus Managed FlashStack services. FlashStack CI from Pure Storage is a flexible, all-flash converged infrastructure solution that combines the latest in computer, network, storage hardware and virtualization software into a single integrated architecture that speeds time to deployment, lowers overall IT costs and reduces deployment risks.
     
  • On March 8, 2016, ePlus announced that ePlus Technology was recognized for its innovation, architecture-led approach, leadership and best practices with four Cisco Partner Summit awards:
    • US Nationals Commercial Partner of the Year, Americas
    • Global Service Provider Partner of the Year, Americas West
    • US National Architectural Excellence Collaboration, Americas
    • Architectural Excellence Collaboration, Americas East.
       
  • On March 3, 2016, ePlus announced that it has been named a MEDITECH Certified Hardware Integrator. MEDITECH collaborates with leading vendors to create proven, integrated healthcare solutions for customers. ePlus can integrate the MEDITECH software solution into its existing suite of tools and services, enabling healthcare customers to have a more seamless Electronic Health Records (EHR) implementation and rollout.

Conference Call Information

ePlus will hold a conference call and webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET on May 25, 2016:

What:       ePlus Fourth Quarter and FY16 Financial Results Conference Call
When:      Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Time:        4:30 p.m. ET
Live Call:  (877) 870-9226, domestic, (973) 890-8320, international
Replay:     (855) 859-2056, domestic, (404) 537-3406, international
Passcode:  80134708 (live and replay)

Webcast:   http://www.eplus.com/investors (live and replay)

The replay of this webcast will be available approximately two hours after the call and be available through June 8, 2016.

About ePlus inc.

ePlus is a leading integrator of technology solutions. ePlus enables organizations to optimize their IT infrastructure and supply chain processes by delivering complex information technology solutions, which may include managed and professional services and products from top manufacturers, flexible financing, and proprietary software. Founded in 1990, ePlus has more than 1,000 associates serving commercial, state, municipal, and education customers nationally and in the UK. The Company is headquartered in Herndon, VA. For more information, visit www.eplus.com, call 888-482-1122, or email info@eplus.com. Connect with ePlus on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ePlusinc and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ePlus.

ePlus and ePlus products referenced herein are either registered trademarks or trademarks of ePlus inc. in the United States and/or other countries. The names of other companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.

Forward-looking statements

Statements in this press release that are not historical facts may be deemed to be "forward-looking statements." Actual and anticipated future results may vary materially due to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, possible adverse effects resulting from financial market disruption and fluctuations in foreign currency rates, and general slowdown of the U.S. economy such as our current and potential customers' delaying or reducing technology purchases or put downward pressure on prices, increasing credit risk associated with our customers and vendors, reduction of vendor incentive programs, the possibility of additional goodwill impairment charges, and restrictions on our access to capital necessary to fund our operations; significant adverse changes in, reductions in, or losses of relationships with major customers or vendors; our ability to implement comprehensive plans to archive customer account coverage, cost containment, asset rationalization, systems integration and other key strategies; our ability to secure our electronic and other confidential information or that of our customers or partners; changes to our senior management team; the demand for and acceptance of, our products and services; our ability to adapt our services to meet changes in market developments; our ability to adapt to changes in the IT industry and/or rapid change in product standards; our ability to hire and retain sufficient personnel; our ability to realize our investment in leased equipment; our ability to consummate and integrate acquisitions; the creditworthiness of our customers; our ability to raise capital and obtain non-recourse financing for our transactions; our ability to reserve adequately for credit losses; the impact of competition in our markets; the possibility of defects in our products or catalog content data; and other risks or uncertainties detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All information set forth in this press release is current as of the date of this release and ePlus undertakes no duty or obligation to update this information.

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CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS     
      
  As of As of
  March 31, 2016 March 31, 2015
ASSETS (amounts in thousands) 
     
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents \\$ 94,766  \\$ 76,175 
Accounts receivabletrade, net  234,628   218,458 
Accounts receivableother, net  41,771   31,345 
Inventoriesnet  33,343   19,835 
Financing receivablesnet, current  56,448   66,909 
Deferred costs  6,371   20,499 
Other current assets  10,649   7,413 
Total current assets  477,976   440,634 
     
Financing receivables and operating leasesnet  75,906   76,991 
Deferred tax assetsnet  -   604 
Property, equipment and other assets  8,644   9,248 
Goodwill and other intangible assetsnet  54,154   40,798 
TOTAL ASSETS \\$ 616,680  \\$ 568,275 
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
     
LIABILITIES    
     
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable \\$ 76,780  \\$ 66,420 
Accounts payablefloor plan  121,893   99,418 
Salaries and commissions payable  14,981   14,860 
Deferred revenue  18,344   34,363 
Recourse notes payablecurrent  2,288   889 
Non-recourse notes payablecurrent  26,042   28,560 
Other current liabilities  13,118   13,575 
Total current liabilities  273,446   258,085 
     
Recourse notes payablelong term  1,054   2,801 
Non-recourse notes payablelong term  18,038   24,314 
Deferred tax liabilitynet  3,001   - 
Other liabilities  2,263   3,813 
TOTAL LIABILITIES   297,802   289,013 
     
COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES    
     
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Preferred stock, \\$.01 per share par value; 2,000 shares authorized; none issued or outstanding  -   - 
Common stock, \\$.01 per share par value; 25,000 shares authorized; 13,237 issued and 7,365 outstanding at March 31, 2016 and 13,114 issued and 7,389 outstanding at March 31, 2015  132   131 
Additional paid-in capital  117,511   111,072 
Treasury stock, at cost, 5,872 and 5,725 shares, at March 31, 2016 and March 31, 2015, respectively   (129,518)   (118,179)
Retained earnings  331,224   286,477 
Accumulated other comprehensive incomeforeign currency translation adjustment   (471)   (239)
Total Stockholders' Equity  318,878   279,262 
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY \\$ 616,680  \\$ 568,275 

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CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS       
         
 Three Months Ended Years Ended
 March 31, March 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015 
 (amounts in thousands, except per share data)
        
Net sales\\$299,403  \\$267,265  \\$1,204,199  \\$1,143,282 
Cost of sales 232,457   208,519   942,142   898,735 
Gross profit 66,946   58,746   262,057   244,547 
        
Professional and other fees 1,633   1,662   6,546   6,508 
Salaries and benefits 40,978   35,255   149,304   138,086 
General and administrative expenses 5,740   5,005   23,130   22,531 
Depreciation and amortization 1,809   1,195   5,548   4,333 
Interest and financing costs 407   549   1,778   2,379 
Operating expenses 50,567   43,666   186,306   173,837 
        
OPERATING INCOME 16,379   15,080   75,751   70,710 
        
Other income -   -   -   7,603 
        
EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 16,379   15,080   75,751   78,313 
        
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES 6,422   6,170   31,004   32,473 
        
NET EARNINGS\\$ 9,957  \\$8,910  \\$ 44,747  \\$45,840 
        
NET EARNINGS PER COMMON SHAREBASIC\\$ 1.37  \\$1.23  \\$ 6.17  \\$6.26 
NET EARNINGS PER COMMON SHAREDILUTED\\$ 1.36  \\$1.22  \\$ 6.09  \\$6.19 
        
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDINGBASIC 7,247   7,218   7,256   7,318 
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDINGDILUTED 7,308   7,289   7,344   7,393 


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RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP INFORMATION

We included reconciliations below for the following non-GAAP information: (i) Adjusted gross billings of product and services, (ii) Adjusted EBITDA, and (iii) non-GAAP Net Earnings per Common Share - Diluted. We define Adjusted gross billings of product and services as our sales of product and services calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude the costs incurred related to sales of third-party software assurance, maintenance and services.  We define Adjusted EBITDA as net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for the following: interest expense, depreciation and amortization, provision for income taxes, and other income. We consider the interest on notes payable from our financing segment and depreciation expense presented within cost of sales, which includes depreciation on assets financed as operating leases, to be operating expenses. Non-GAAP net earnings per common share is based on net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude other income and acquisition related amortization expense, net of taxes.

Our use of non-GAAP information as analytical tools has limitations, and you should not consider them in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our financial results as reported under GAAP. In addition, other companies, including companies in our industry, might calculate similar Adjusted gross billings of products and services, Adjusted EBITDA, and non-GAAP Net Earnings per Common Share - Diluted or similarly titled measures differently, which may reduce their usefulness as comparative measures.

 Three Months Ended March 31, Years Ended March 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015 
 (amounts in thousands)
        
GAAP: Sales of product and services\\$ 291,523  \\$ 257,265  \\$ 1,163,337  \\$1,100,884 
Plus: Costs incurred related to sales of
  third party software assurance,
  maintenance and services
  

107,613

    

82,816

    

393,126

    

334,155

 
Adjusted gross billings of product and services      \\$399,136  \\$340,081  \\$ 1,556,463  \\$1,435,039 
        
 Three Months Ended March 31, Years Ended March 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015 
 (amounts in thousands)
        
GAAP: Net earnings\\$9,957  \\$8,910  \\$ 44,747  \\$ 45,840 
Plus: Provision for income taxes 6,422   6,170   31,004     32,473 
Plus: Depreciation and amortization [1]                     1,809   1,195   5,548   4,333 
Less: Other income [2] -   -    -    (7,603 )
Non-GAAP: Adjusted EBITDA\\$18,188  \\$16,275  \\$ 81,299  \\$ 75,043 
        
Non-GAAP: Adjusted EBITDA margin 6.1%  6.1%  6.8%   6.6%
 Three months ended March 31, Years ended March 31,
  2016   2015   2016   2015 
 (amounts in thousands, except per share data)
GAAP: Earnings before provision for income taxes\\$16,379  \\$15,080  \\$75,751  \\$78,313 
Plus:  Acquisition related amortization expense [3] 1,124   568   2,917   1,888 
Less:  Other income [2] -   -   -   (7,603)
Non-GAAP: Earnings before provision for income taxes 17,503   15,648   78,668   72,598 
Non-GAAP: Provision for income taxes [4] 6,863   6,402   32,188   30,069 
Non-GAAP: Net earnings\\$10,640  \\$9,246  \\$46,480  \\$42,529 
        
GAAP net earnings per common share diluted\\$ 1.36  \\$1.22  \\$ 6.09  \\$6.19 
Non-GAAP net earnings per common share diluted\\$1.46  \\$1.27  \\$6.33  \\$5.75 
[1] Amount consists of depreciation and amortization for assets used internally.
[2] Gain on a class action claim and a retirement of a liability during the year ended March 31, 2015.
[3] Amount consists of amortization of intangible assets from acquired businesses.
[4] Non-GAAP provision for income taxes is calculated at the same effective tax rate as GAAP earnings.