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 ePlus Reports Third Quarter and Nine Month Financial Results and Announces a 2 for 1 Stock Split
   Thursday, February 02, 2017 4:05:54 PM ET

Third Quarter Ended December 31, 2016

-- Net sales increased 9.4% to $326.7 million; technology segment net sales increased 10.0% to $318.3 million.

-- Adjusted gross billings of product and services increased 9.8% to $432.4 million.

-- Gross margin on sales of product and services and consolidated gross margin both expanded 110 basis points to 20.7% and 22.6%, respectively.

-- Diluted earnings per share increased 29.3% to $1.81. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 30.8% to $1.91.

Nine Months Ended December 31, 2016

-- Net sales increased 10.1% to $996.6 million; technology segment net sales increased 10.9% to $972.5 million.

-- Adjusted gross billings of product and services increased 13.8% to $1.32 billion.

-- Gross margin on sales of product and services and consolidated gross margin both increased 80 basis points to 20.5% and 22.4%, respectively.

-- Diluted earnings per share increased 20.5% to $5.71. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share increased 20.7% to $5.90.

ePlus inc. (PLUS ), a leading provider of technology solutions, today announced financial results for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2016.

Management Comment

"We continue to report sales growth that outpaces the market rate of IT spending by focusing on our key strategic objectives of driving transformative solutions, and producing the best business outcomes for our customers," said Mark Marron, president and chief executive officer. "The gross margin expansion we experienced in the third quarter was due, in part, to an improved product mix of higher margin products and services, as well as traction with higher margin emerging vendors. We are pleased that our performance enabled us to report solid earnings growth that exceeded revenue growth, even with the costs of integrating our most recent acquisition and bringing on additional headcount to support future growth.

"Our year-to-date results reflect solid execution on our business plan to drive organic growth through a focus on providing customized solutions that address the most pressing needs of our client base. In particular, the sales volume of security products and services increased at a double-digit rate in the first nine months of fiscal 2017, and accounted for 16.7% of adjusted gross billings of product and services. Additionally, sales growth benefited from capturing additional IT spend among our larger customers," Mr. Marron noted.

ePlus Announces a 2 for 1 Stock Split

The Company also announced today that its Board of Directors has declared a two-for-one split of its Common Stock. The stock split will be in the form of a 100 percent stock dividend payable on March 31, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on February 16, 2017. The Company expects its Common stock will begin trading at the split-adjusted price on April 3, 2017. All share and per share amounts reflected herein are prior to the stock split.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results

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

Consolidated net sales rose 9.4% to $326.7 million, from $298.6 million.

Technology segment net sales rose 10.0% to $318.3 million, from $289.4 million.

Adjusted gross billings of product and services increased 9.8% to $432.4 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 10.0% to $8.4 million, from $9.3 million due to lower portfolio earnings and transactional gains.

Consolidated gross profit rose 15.2% to $73.8 million, from $64.1 million.

Consolidated operating income rose 20.8% to $21.3 million, from $17.6 million.

Net earnings rose 22.6% to $12.6 million.

Adjusted EBITDA rose 22.3% to $23.2 million, from $19.0 million.

Diluted earnings per share was $1.81, compared with $1.40 in the prior year quarter. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $1.91, compared with $1.46 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 to Date Results

For the nine months ended December 31, 2016 as compared to the nine months ended December 31, 2015:

Consolidated net sales rose 10.1% to $996.6 million, from $904.8 million.

Technology segment net sales rose 10.9% to $972.5 million, from $876.9 million.

Adjusted gross billings of product and services increased 13.8% to $1.32 billion.

Financing segment net sales decreased 13.6% to $24.1 million, from $27.9 million due to lower portfolio earnings and transactional gains. However, gross profit grew 10.7%, or $2.0 million, to $20.7 million due to lower direct lease costs.

Consolidated gross profit rose 14.5% to $223.4 million, from $195.1 million.

Consolidated operating income rose 12.8% to $67.0 million, from $59.4 million.

During the second quarter of fiscal 2017, we received $0.4 million related to the dynamic random access memory ("DRAM") class action lawsuit, which claimed that manufacturers fixed the price for DRAM (a memory part that is sold as part of electronic devices), which was included in other income.

Net earnings rose 15.2% to $40.1 million, inclusive of non-operating income of $0.4 million relating to the Company’s claim in the class action lawsuit mentioned above. Our effective tax rate for the first nine months of fiscal 2017 was 40.5%, which includes a tax benefit of $0.5 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, related to the adoption of the new share-based compensation accounting standard.

Adjusted EBITDA rose 14.7% to $72.4 million, from $63.1 million.

Diluted earnings per share was $5.71, compared with $4.74 in the first nine months of fiscal 2016. Non-GAAP diluted earnings per share was $5.90, compared with $4.89 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 and the tax benefit of $0.5 million recognized in fiscal 2017.

Balance Sheet Highlights

As of December 31, 2016, ePlus had cash and cash equivalents of $69.7 million, compared with $94.8 million as of March 31, 2016. The decrease is primarily the result of investments made in our financing portfolio, working capital required for the growth in our technology segment, a $77.7 million increase to $111.1 million of inventory committed to customer orders, and 328,481 shares bought under our share repurchase plan. Deferred revenue increased $47.1 million to $67.3 million due to payments for the committed inventory. Total stockholders’ equity was $333.8 million and total shares outstanding were 7.1 million, compared with $318.9 million and shares outstanding of 7.4 million on March 31, 2016.

Summary and Outlook

"We are pleased with our results to date and believe we have set the stage for continued progress in fiscal 2018. Our strategic plan includes investing in critical transformative solutions, leveraging our relationships with both strategic partners and emerging technology vendors to broaden our product lines, and expanding our services offerings and capabilities to provide superior business outcomes for our customers. We will continue to focus on developing new and innovative solutions to capture customer spend, expand our geographic footprint, and ensure that we remain at the forefront of the latest technology innovations.

"At the same time, we continue to successfully execute on our acquisition strategy. IGX, which we acquired in December 2015, has enhanced our engineering delivery of advanced security and secured network solutions and has enabled us to win projects for our global customers that neither organization could have won independently. The acquisition of the IT Services and integration business of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc., in December 2016 expands our reach to the upper Midwest, a new geography for ePlus, and enables us to market our advanced technology solutions to their long-standing client base. We continue to evaluate additional acquisition candidates that expand our geographic footprint and deepen our expertise in high-growth areas, notably cloud, security, and digital infrastructure.

"We are pleased to announce that the Board has declared a two-for-one stock split. We believe this action demonstrates our confidence in the Company’s long-term growth strategy and future opportunities," Mr. Marron concluded.

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Results of Operations - Three Months Ended December 31, 2016</span>

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 December 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows (dollars in thousands):

                                     Three Months Ended December 31,
                                        2016        2015     Change
Sales of product and services        $  317,391  $  287,859  $  29,532     10.3   %
Fee and other income                    915         1,506       (591   )   (39.2  %)
Net sales                               318,306     289,365     28,941     10.0   %
Cost of sales, product and services     251,729     231,503     20,226     8.7    %
Gross profit                            66,577      57,862      8,715      15.1   %
Professional and other fees             1,216       1,608       (392   )   (24.4  %)
Salaries and benefits                   40,155      35,043      5,112      14.6   %
General and administrative              6,409       5,203       1,206      23.2   %
Depreciation and amortization           1,908       1,327       581        43.8   %
Interest and financing costs            -           10          (10    )   (100.0 %)
Operating expenses                      49,688      43,191      6,497      15.0   %
Operating income                     $  16,889   $  14,671   $  2,218      15.1   %
Adjusted EBITDA                      $  18,797   $  15,998   $  2,799      17.5   %

Net sales rose 10.0% to $318.3 million, from $289.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

Adjusted gross billings of products and services grew 9.8% to $432.4 million, from $393.9 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The increase in net sales and adjusted gross billings of products and services was a result of an increase in demand for products and services from our largest corporate customers, and the acquisition of IGX in December 2015.

Gross margin on sales of product and services was 20.7%, up from 19.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. The increase in gross margin was due to shifts in our product revenue mix as we sold products with higher margins.

Operating expenses rose 15.0% to $49.7 million, from $43.2 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, reflecting increased amortization expenses associated with the acquisitions of IGX in December 2015 and Consolidated IT Services in December 2016. Salaries and benefits also increased due to an increase in variable compensation and an increase of 107, or 10.6%, in personnel to 1,113 from 1,006, of which 48 relate to the acquisition of Consolidated IT Services. The position additions included 95 sales and engineering positions with the remaining additions being administrative hires.

Segment operating income was $16.9 million, up 15.1% from $14.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016. Adjusted EBITDA increased 17.5% to $18.8 million for the quarter, from $16.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

Financing Segment

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

                               Three Months Ended December 31,
                                  2016         2015      Change
Financing revenue              $  8,190     $  9,289     $  (1,099 )   (11.8   %)
Fee and other income              161          (10   )      171        1,710.0 %
Net sales                         8,351        9,279        (928   )   (10.0   %)
Direct lease costs                1,142        3,081        (1,939 )   (62.9   %)
Gross profit                      7,209        6,198        1,011      16.3    %
Professional and other fees       181          274          (93    )   (33.9   %)
Salaries and benefits             2,230        2,329        (99    )   (4.3    %)
General and administrative        (31   )      231          (262   )   (113.4  %)
Depreciation and amortization     2            4            (2     )   (50.0   %)
Interest and financing costs      409          386          23         6.0     %
Operating expenses                2,791        3,224        (433   )   (13.4   %)
Operating income               $  4,418     $  2,974     $  1,444      48.6    %
Adjusted EBITDA                $  4,420     $  2,978     $  1,442      48.4    %

Net sales were $8.4 million, compared with $9.3 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016, as a result of lower portfolio earnings and transactional gains, which was offset by higher post-contract earnings. Direct lease costs decreased $1.9 million or 62.9% due to a lower depreciation expense from operating leases.

Operating expenses decreased 13.4% over the previous year period, mainly due to a higher reserve for credit losses necessitated by an expansion of the financing portfolio in the comparable quarter last year.

Segment operating income and adjusted EBITDA both increased to $4.4 million from $3.0 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2016.

<span data-mce-style="text-decoration: underline;" style="text-decoration: underline;">Results of Operations - Nine Months Ended December 31, 2016</span>

Technology Segment

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

                                     Nine Months Ended December 31,
                                        2016        2015     Change
Sales of product and services        $  968,799  $  871,814  $  96,985     11.1   %
Fee and other income                    3,679       5,038       (1,359 )   (27.0  %)
Net sales                               972,478     876,852     95,626     10.9   %
Cost of sales, product and services     769,780     700,429     69,351     9.9    %
Gross profit                            202,698     176,423     26,275     14.9   %
Professional and other fees             4,138       4,175       (37    )   (0.9   %)
Salaries and benefits                   117,822     101,471     16,351     16.1   %
General and administrative              19,335      16,653      2,682      16.1   %
Depreciation and amortization           5,400       3,728       1,672      44.8   %
Interest and financing costs            -           51          (51    )   (100.0 %)
Operating expenses                      146,695     126,078     20,617     16.4   %
Operating income                     $  56,003   $  50,345   $  5,658      11.2   %
Adjusted EBITDA                      $  61,403   $  54,073   $  7,330      13.6   %

Net sales rose 10.9% to $972.5 million, from $876.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016.

Adjusted gross billings grew 13.8% to $1.32 billion, from $1.16 billion in the first nine months of fiscal 2016. The increase in net sales and adjusted gross billings of products and services was a result of an increase in demand for products and services from our largest corporate and SLED customers, and the acquisition of IGX in December 2015.

Gross margin on sales of product and services was 20.5%, up from 19.7% in the first nine months of fiscal 2016. The increase in gross margin was due to shifts in our product revenue mix as we sold products with higher margins and a higher proportion of sales of third party software assurance, maintenance and services, which are presented on a net basis.

Operating expenses rose 16.4% to $146.7 million, from $126.1 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016, reflecting increased amortization expenses associated with the acquisitions of IGX in December 2015 and Consolidated IT Services in December 2016, as well as increased salaries and benefits due to increased variable compensation and a 10.6% increase in personnel to 1,113 from 1,006.

Segment operating income was $56.0 million, up 11.2% from $50.3 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016. Adjusted EBITDA increased 13.6% to $61.4 million, from $54.1 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016.

The Company maintained its balanced portfolio of customer-end markets. The breakdown of net sales by customer-end market for the twelve months ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 were as follows:

                                                    Twelve Months Ended
                                                    December 31,
                                                    2016     2015       Change
Technology                                          22  %    23  %      (1  %)
State & Local Government & Educational Institutions 21  %    23  %      (2  %)
Telecom, Media, and Entertainment                   16  %    14  %      2   %
???Financial Services                               12  %    12  %      -
???Healthcare                                       11  %    10  %      1   %
???Other                                            18  %    18  %      -
Total                                               100 %    100 %

Financing Segment

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

                               Nine Months Ended December 31,
                                  2016       2015    Change
Financing revenue              $  23,899  $  27,914  $  (4,015 )   (14.4 %)
Fee and other income              245        30         215        716.7 %
Net sales                         24,144     27,944     (3,800 )   (13.6 %)
Direct lease costs                3,459      9,256      (5,797 )   (62.6 %)
Gross profit                      20,685     18,688     1,997      10.7  %
Professional and other fees       780        738        42         5.7   %
Salaries and benefits             6,657      6,855      (198   )   (2.9  %)
General and administrative        1,089      737        352        47.8  %
Depreciation and amortization     8          11         (3     )   (27.3 %)
Interest and financing costs      1,158      1,320      (162   )   (12.3 %)
Operating expenses                9,692      9,661      31         0.3   %
Operating income               $  10,993  $  9,027   $  1,966      21.8  %
Adjusted EBITDA                $  11,001  $  9,038   $  1,963      21.7  %

Net sales were $24.1 million, compared with $27.9 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016. The decrease was a result of lower portfolio earnings and transactional gains, which was offset by higher post-contract earnings. Direct lease costs decreased $5.8 million or 62.6% due to a lower depreciation expense from operating leases.

Operating expenses were consistent with the prior year as a higher reserve for credit losses were offset by lower salaries and benefits, and interest and financing costs. Segment operating income and adjusted EBITDA both increased to $11.0 million from $9.0 million in the first nine months of fiscal 2016.

Recent Corporate Developments

-- On January 24, 2017, ePlus announced that it is hosting a presentation with Ingram Micro at the HIMSS annual conference in February, 2017 to explore "The Compelling Case for Improving Healthcare IT Security."

-- On January 12, 2017, ePlus announced that it has been selected as the 2016 Major National Partner of the Year by Veeam(R) Software, the innovative provider of solutions that deliver Availability for the Always-On Enterprise(TM).

-- On January 10, 2017, ePlus announced a long-term partnership with veteran training organization, Tech Qualled, to help U.S. Military veterans secure jobs in the IT industry.

-- On January 4, 2017, ePlus announced that it designed and deployed a full technology infrastructure upgrade for Garrett Regional Medical Center.

-- On December 27, 2016 ePlus announced that it has successfully completed its Type 2 SSAE 16 (Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements) examination for its Managed Services Center and OneSource family of software products that provide information technology acquisition, asset management, procurement and catalog management software services.

-- On December 6, 2016, ePlus announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., acquired the IT Services equipment and integration business of Consolidated Communications Holdings, Inc. (CNSL ).

-- On November 28, 2016 ePlus announced that it will be presenting at the HPE Discover Conference being held November 29 - December 1 at the ExCel in London.

-- On November 17, 2016 ePlus launched its CyberSecurity Management Program, a programmatic security service that allows organizations to establish, implement, maintain and improve their cybersecurity processes.

-- On November 16, 2016, ePlus announced that its subsidiary, ePlus Technology, inc., was named Cisco’s Americas Enterprise Networks Partner of the Year and US Nationals Services Partner of the Year.

Conference Call Information

ePlus will hold a conference call and webcast at 4:30 p.m. ET on February 2, 2017:

Date:      Thursday, February 2, 2017
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:  47712503 (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 February 10, 2017.

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(R) 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 achieve 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 and/or failure to implement succession plans; 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.

ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                                                                                                                                                                                      As of             As of
                                                                                                                                                                                      December 31, 2016 March 31, 2016
ASSETS                                                                                                                                                                                (in thousands, except per share data)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                                                                                                                                                             $     69,677      $    94,766
Accounts receivable--trade, net                                                                                                                                                             297,460          234,628
Accounts receivable--other, net                                                                                                                                                             34,183           41,771
Inventories--net                                                                                                                                                                            111,076          33,343
Financing receivables--net, current                                                                                                                                                         65,945           56,448
Deferred costs                                                                                                                                                                              6,418            6,371
Other current assets                                                                                                                                                                        4,035            10,649
Total current assets                                                                                                                                                                        588,794          477,976
Financing receivables and operating leases--net                                                                                                                                             74,490           75,906
Property, equipment and other assets                                                                                                                                                        11,704           8,644
Goodwill and other intangible assets--net                                                                                                                                                   61,690           54,154
TOTAL ASSETS                                                                                                                                                                          $     736,678     $    616,680
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
LIABILITIES
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable                                                                                                                                                                      $     121,562     $    76,780
Accounts payable--floor plan                                                                                                                                                                120,854          121,893
Salaries and commissions payable                                                                                                                                                            17,412           14,981
Deferred revenue                                                                                                                                                                            63,665           18,344
Recourse notes payable--current                                                                                                                                                             1,605            2,288
Non-recourse notes payable--current                                                                                                                                                         41,785           26,042
Other current liabilities                                                                                                                                                                   15,842           13,118
Total current liabilities                                                                                                                                                                   382,725          273,446
Recourse notes payable--long term                                                                                                                                                           -                1,054
Non-recourse notes payable--long term                                                                                                                                                       10,608           18,038
Deferred tax liability--net                                                                                                                                                                 3,075            3,001
Other liabilities                                                                                                                                                                           6,475            2,263
TOTAL LIABILITIES                                                                                                                                                                           402,883          297,802
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; 13,310 issued and 7,080 outstanding at December 31, 2016 and 13,237 issued and 7,365 outstanding at March 31, 2016        133              132
Additional paid-in capital                                                                                                                                                                  122,031          117,511
Treasury stock, at cost, 6,230 and 5,872 shares, at December 31, 2016 and March 31, 2016, respectively                                                                                      (158,948 )       (129,518 )
Retained earnings                                                                                                                                                                           371,290          331,224
Accumulated other comprehensive income--foreign currency                                                                                                                                    (711     )       (471     )
translation adjustment
Total Stockholders’ Equity                                                                                                                                                                  333,795          318,878
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY                                                                                                                                            $     736,678     $    616,680
ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
                                             Three Months Ended     Nine Months Ended
                                             December 31,           December 31,
                                                2016        2015       2016       2015
                                             (in thousands, except per share data)
Net sales                                    $  326,657  $  298,644 $  996,622 $  904,796
Cost of sales                                   252,871     234,584    773,239    709,685
Gross profit                                    73,786      64,060     223,383    195,111
Professional and other fees                     1,397       1,882      4,918      4,913
Salaries and benefits                           42,385      37,372     124,479    108,326
General and administrative expenses             6,378       5,434      20,424     17,390
Depreciation and amortization                   1,910       1,331      5,408      3,739
Interest and financing costs                    409         396        1,158      1,371
Operating expenses                              52,479      46,415     156,387    135,739
OPERATING INCOME                                21,307      17,645     66,996     59,372
Other income                                    -           -          380        -
EARNINGS BEFORE PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES      21,307      17,645     67,376     59,372
PROVISION FOR INCOME TAXES                      8,687       7,348      27,310     24,582
NET EARNINGS                                 $  12,620   $  10,297  $  40,066  $  34,790
NET EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE--BASIC         $  1.83     $  1.41    $  5.77    $  4.79
NET EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE--DILUTED       $  1.81     $  1.40    $  5.71    $  4.74
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING--
BASIC                                           6,896       7,280      6,946      7,260
WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING--
DILUTED                                         6,960       7,329      7,013      7,336
ePlus inc. AND SUBSIDIARIES
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, (iii) Segment Adjusted EBITDA, and (iv) 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. Segment Adjusted EBITDA is defined as operating income calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted for interest expense, and depreciation and amortization. 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 are based on net earnings calculated in accordance with GAAP, adjusted to exclude other income and acquisition related amortization expense, and the related effects on income 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 non-GAAP Adjusted Gross Billings, 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 December 31,  Nine Months Ended December 31,
                                                2016       2015                  2016         2015
                                         (in thousands)
GAAP: Sales of product and services      $      317,391  $ 287,859        $      968,799    $ 871,814
Plus: Costs incurred related to sales of        115,016    106,063               348,389      285,513
third party software assurance,
maintenance and services
Non-GAAP adjusted gross billings of      $      432,407  $ 393,922        $      1,317,188  $ 1,157,327
product and services
                                        Three Months Ended December 31,  Nine Months Ended December 31,
                                               2016      2015                  2016        2015
                                        (in thousands)
GAAP: Net earnings                      $      12,620  $ 10,297          $     40,066    $ 34,790
Plus: Provision for income taxes               8,687     7,348                 27,310      24,582
Plus: Depreciation and amortization [1]        1,910     1,331                 5,408       3,739
Less: Other income [2]                         -         -                     (380   )    -
Non-GAAP: Adjusted EBITDA               $      23,217  $ 18,976          $     72,404    $ 63,111
                                        Three Months Ended December 31,  Nine Months Ended December 31,
                                               2016      2015                  2016        2015
                                        (in thousands)
Technology Segment
Operating income                        $      16,889  $ 14,671          $     56,003    $ 50,345
Plus: Depreciation and amortization [1]        1,908     1,327                 5,400       3,728
Adjusted EBITDA                         $      18,797  $ 15,998          $     61,403    $ 54,073
Financing Segment
Operating income                        $      4,418   $ 2,974           $     10,993    $ 9,027
Plus: Depreciation and amortization [1]        2         4                     8           11
Adjusted EBITDA                         $      4,420   $ 2,978           $     11,001    $ 9,038
                                                     Three Months Ended December 31,  Nine Months Ended December 31,
                                                            2016      2015                  2016        2015
                                                     (in thousands, except per share data)
GAAP: Earnings before provision for income taxes     $      21,307  $ 17,645          $     67,376    $ 59,372
Plus:  Acquisition related amortization expense [3]         1,035     680                   3,098       1,793
Less:  Other income [2]                                     -         -                     (380   )    -
Non-GAAP: Earnings before provision for income taxes        22,342    18,325                70,094      61,165
Non-GAAP: Provision for income taxes [4]                    9,048     7,631                 28,711      25,325
Non-GAAP: Net earnings                               $      13,294  $ 10,694          $     41,383    $ 35,840
GAAP net earnings per common share - diluted         $      1.81    $ 1.40            $     5.71      $ 4.74
Non-GAAP net earnings per common share - diluted     $      1.91    $ 1.46            $     5.90      $ 4.89
[1] Amount consists of depreciation and amortization for assets used internally.
[2] Gain on a class action claim during the nine months ended December 31, 2016.
[3] Amount consists of amortization of intangible assets from acquired businesses.
[4] Non-GAAP provision for income taxes is calculated based on the effective tax rate for the non-GAAP adjustments. For comparative purposes, the non-GAAP provision for income taxes for the three and nine months ended December 31, 2016 excludes the tax benefit of $6 thousand and $514 thousand, respectively, associated with adopting the stock-based compensation accounting standard.
Contact:
Kleyton Parkhurst, SVP
ePlus inc.
kparkhurst@eplus.com
703-984-8150

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