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INOVALON HOLDINGS, INC.
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As of June 30, 2020, the last business day of the registrant’s most recently completed second fiscal quarter, aggregate market value of the voting stock (common stock) held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $1.0 billion.
As of January 31, 2021, the registrant had 76,996,650 shares of Class A common stock outstanding and 78,331,591 shares of Class B common stock outstanding.
Documents Incorporated by Reference
The information required by Part III (Items 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14) will be incorporated by reference from the Registrant’s definitive proxy statement relating to its 2021 annual meeting of stockholders (the “2020 Proxy Statement”). The 2021 Proxy Statement will be filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission within 120 days after the end of the fiscal year to which this report relates.
INOVALON HOLDINGS, INC.
FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020
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SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”). All statements contained in this Annual Report other than statements of historical fact, including but not limited to statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, our business strategy and plans, market growth, and our objectives for future operations, are forward-looking statements. The words “believe,” “may,” “see,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “expect,” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. We have based these forward-looking statements largely on our current expectations and projections about future events and trends that we believe may affect our financial condition, results of operations, business strategy, short-term and long-term business operations and objectives and financial needs. Moreover, we operate in a very competitive and rapidly changing environment. New risks emerge from time to time. It is not possible for our management to predict all risks, nor can we assess the impact of all factors on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements we may make. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the future events and trends discussed in this Annual Report may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.
Factors that may cause actual results to differ from expected results include, among others:
•our future financial performance, including our ability to continue and manage our growth;
•our ability to retain our client base and sell additional services to them;
•the effect of the concentration of our revenue among our top clients;
•our ability to innovate and adapt our platforms and toolsets;
•the effects of regulations applicable to us, including new and evolving regulations relating to data protection and data privacy;
•the effects of consolidation in the healthcare industry;
•the ability to successfully integrate our acquisitions, and the ability of the acquired business to perform as expected;
•the ability to enter into new agreements with existing or new platforms, products, and solutions in the timeframes expected, or at all;
•the successful implementation and adoption of new platforms, products and solutions;
•the effects of changes in tax legislation for jurisdictions within which we operate, including recent changes in U.S. tax laws;
•the ability to protect the privacy of our clients’ data and prevent security breaches;
•the effect of current or future litigation;
•the effect of competition on our business;
•the efficacy of our platforms and toolsets;
•the effects and potential effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, or other future pandemics or large-scale diseases, on our business, cash flow, liquidity and results of operations due to, among other things, effects on the economy generally and on our customers, including:
◦the possible effects of significant rising unemployment, the inability of consumers to timely pay our customers and the resulting potential inability of our customers to pay the fees under our contracts on time or in full;
◦the delay in the contracting for services by our customers;
◦potential other delays in the sales cycle for new customers and products; and
◦other unforeseen impacts on our customers and potential customers and on our employees that could have a negative impact on us; and
◦the timing and size of business realignment and restructuring charges.
Forward-looking statements are only current predictions and are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to be materially different from
those anticipated by such statements. These factors include, among other factors, those set forth in Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors.”
You should not rely upon forward-looking statements as predictions of future events. The events and circumstances reflected in the forward-looking statements may not be achieved or occur. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements. In addition, graphics, images or illustrations pertaining to or demonstrating our products, data, services and/or technology that may be used herein are intended for illustrative purposes only unless otherwise noted. We are under no duty to, and we disclaim any obligation to, update any of these forward-looking statements after the date of this Annual Report or to conform these statements to actual results or revised expectations.
Summary Risk Factors
Some of the factors that could materially and adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations, cash flow, the market price of shares of our Class A common stock or our prospects include, but are not limited to, the following. You should read this summary together with the more detailed description of each risk factor contained in Item 1A “Risk Factors” in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
•Our ability to derive a significant portion of our revenue from renewals of existing client agreements and sales of additional services to existing clients;
•Our ability to retain our top clients, and the risk that one or more of these clients significantly decreases its use of our services;
•Our ability to manage our growth effectively and the potential scalability of our products;
•The risk that our security measures fail or are breached and unauthorized access to a client’s data is obtained, as a result of which our services may be perceived as insecure, we may incur significant liabilities, our reputation may be harmed, and we could lose sales and clients;
•Our ability to comply with and adapt to changes to data protection, privacy and similar laws restricting access, use, and disclosure of information;
•Factors that adversely affect the financial condition of the healthcare industry could consequently affect our business;
•Our ability to comply with revised or enhanced regulatory requirements;
•The ability of our proprietary applications to operate properly;
•The risk that we might not be able to recognize revenue to offset expenditures as a result of our variable sales and implementation cycles;
•Risks related to competition in our industry;
•Our ability to maintain brand awareness and protect intellectual property rights;
•The impact of laws regulating the corporate practice of medicine or the manner in which we provide our clients certain of our data-driven intervention toolsets;
•Future sales to clients outside the United States or use of third-party vendors outside the United States might expose us to risks inherent in international operations;
•Our business could be harmed by disruptions in network service or operational failures at our data centers (including our co-location facility) related to the storage, transmission and presentation of client data;
•Our reliance on third-parties including, but not limited to, cloud capacity providers to efficiently scale our cloud-based solutions, vendors to perform certain of our data-driven intervention toolsets and other providers of services, goods, technology, and intellectual property rights;
•Risks related to our debt, including our ability to hedge against interest rates and the impact of potential changes regarding LIBOR;
•The impact of the dual class structure of our common stock has the effect of concentrating voting control with holders of our Class B common stock, which could limit the ability of holders of our Class A common stock to influence the outcome of matters submitted to stockholders for a vote; and
•Provisions of Delaware law and our restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws could make a merger, tender offer, or proxy contest difficult, thereby depressing the trading price of our Class A common stock.
Explanatory Note Regarding Market Information: This Annual Report on Form 10-K includes market data and forecasts with respect to the healthcare industry. Although we are responsible for all of the disclosure contained in this Annual Report, in some cases we rely on and refer to market data and certain industry forecasts that were obtained from third party surveys, market research, consultant surveys, publicly available information and industry publications and surveys that we believe to be reliable.
Item 1. Business.
We are a leading provider of cloud-based platforms empowering data-driven healthcare. Through the Inovalon ONE® Platform, Inovalon brings to the marketplace a national-scale capability to interconnect with the healthcare ecosystem, aggregate and analyze data in real-time, and empower the application of resulting insights to drive meaningful impact at the point of care. Leveraging its Platform, unparalleled proprietary datasets, and industry-leading subject matter expertise, Inovalon enables better care, efficiency, and financial performance across the healthcare ecosystem. From health plans and provider organizations, to pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics companies, Inovalon’s unique achievement of value is delivered through the effective progression of “Turning Data into Insight, and Insight into Action®.” Supporting thousands of clients, including all 25 of the top 25 U.S. health plans, 22 of the top 25 global pharma companies, 19 of the top 25 U.S. healthcare provider systems, and many of the leading pharmacy organizations, device manufacturers, and other healthcare industry constituents, Inovalon’s technology platforms and analytics are informed by data pertaining to more than one million physicians, 574,000 clinical facilities, 332 million Americans, and 61 billion medical events.
We generate the substantial majority of our revenue through the sale or subscription licensing of our platform solutions, as well as revenue from related arrangements for advisory, implementation, and support services.
In this Annual Report, unless we indicate otherwise or the context requires, references to the “Company,” “Inovalon,” “we,” “our,” “ours,” and “us” refer to Inovalon Holdings, Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries.
Industry Overview and Demand Drivers
The Company believes that healthcare is increasingly becoming data-driven in nature, transactional in design, real-time in speed, and ultimately consumer-centric in focus. Driven by the first waves of disease-burden based reimbursement models and quality incentive programs, data has gained an increasing role in the U.S. healthcare system. Data is increasingly a competitive differentiator, as its aggregation, analysis, validation, and associated connectivity can be leveraged to identify individual patients’ unique needs, refine care plans, speed drug discovery and commercialization, reduce waste, expand the value proposition of medications and medical devices, and streamline healthcare workflows and supply chains. As transparency into the many facets of healthcare increases, the Company believes the pace of the industry’s transformation will continue to accelerate, ultimately placing consumers at the center as they play an increasingly active role in their care.
We believe that demand for our offerings is driven by the confluence of a number of fundamental healthcare industry trends, including:
Shift to Value-Based Healthcare. The healthcare industry is undergoing a significant transformation, driven by a shift from volume-based models to value-based and outcome-based models. The traditional fee-for-service reimbursement model in healthcare has played a major role in elevating both the level and growth rate of healthcare spending. In response, both the public and private sectors are shifting away from the historical fee-for-service (volume-based) models toward value-based, capitated payment models that are designed to incentivize value and quality at an individual patient level. The number of Americans covered by capitated payment programs (care programs wherein an organization is financially responsible for the healthcare of a population of patients for which the total compensation is fixed other than adjustments for factors including specifically how sick individual patients are, how much resource is needed to be applied or spent on each patient, what is the quality of the clinical care, and other demographic factors) continues to increase, according to industry sources and our internal estimates. This increase is expected to further drive the critical importance to accurately measure, analyze, report, and improve patient disease and comorbidity conditions, utilization rates, and clinical quality outcomes. Further, this shift from volume-based to value-based and outcome-based models is increasingly impacting other segments of the healthcare industry, including pharmaceutical companies, healthcare providers, medical device manufacturers, and diagnostics companies. For example, pharmaceutical companies are increasingly pursuing outcomes-based contracting (“OBC”) arrangements with health plans in order to leverage data and analytics to demonstrate value and improve care outcomes. This is particularly true as a large number of new, complex, and expensive specialty treatments are expected to enter the market over the coming years.
Digitization of Healthcare Information. Across the healthcare landscape, a significant amount of data is being created every day, driven by patient care, payment systems, regulatory compliance, and record keeping. This data includes information within patient health records, clinical trials, pharmacy benefit programs, imaging systems, sensors and monitoring platforms,
laboratory results, patient reported information, hospital and physician performance programs, and billing and payment processing. However, despite significant investments by public and private sources within the industry, the digitized healthcare data remain largely stored in “walled gardens”—data that is static and not easily shared or interpreted. As the amount of data in healthcare continues to grow, we believe that it will be critical for participants across the healthcare industry to be able to analyze this disparate data and apply insights in a targeted manner in order to better achieve the goals of higher quality and more efficient care.
Healthcare Becoming Increasingly Consumer-centric. Increasingly, the patient (the consumer of healthcare) wants to take a more active and informed role in how their own individual healthcare is delivered—how to select their health plan and based on what information, how to select and interact with a physician, how to determine whether or not to have a particular surgical procedure or whether or not to take a particular medication, etc. Similar to other industries including financial services, retail, and entertainment, the healthcare marketplace is becoming increasingly consumer-centric. This transformation means that interactions in healthcare are becoming increasingly data-driven, transactional, and real-time in nature, all of which require increasingly sophisticated data ingestion and analytical capabilities, extensive industry connectivity, and high-speed, scalable, and secure compute infrastructures.
Increasing Complexity. The healthcare industry is on a course of dramatically progressive complexity. As technology employed in the healthcare space has become increasingly sophisticated, new diagnostics and treatments have been introduced, the pool of clinical research has expanded, and the paradigms dictating payment and regulatory oversight have multiplied. This expanding complexity drives a growing and continuous need for the aggregation, analysis, and targeted application of the underlying and resulting data.
Unsustainable Rise in Healthcare Costs. According to the 2019 National Health Expenditure Projections prepared by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), healthcare spending in the U.S. is projected to have increased 5.2% in 2020, on a year-over-year basis to $4.0 trillion, up from 4.5% growth in 2019 or $3.8 trillion, representing 17.8% of 2019 U.S. Gross Domestic Product (“GDP”). CMS projects healthcare spending in the U.S. to increase to approximately 19.7% of GDP by 2028. To address this expected significant rise in healthcare costs, the U.S. healthcare market is seeking more efficient and effective methods of delivering care. This same trend is playing out across modernized nations around the globe.
Our Market Opportunity
We believe that our market opportunity for data-driven healthcare solutions is significant and growing. The ability to aggregate, integrate, and analyze data on a massive scale and apply garnered insights in a manner that achieves meaningful impact is crucial for healthcare payers (e.g., health plans and integrated health delivery systems), healthcare providers (e.g., hospitals, accountable care organizations (“ACOs”), post-acute care providers, and physicians), pharmaceutical companies (e.g., medication discovery and manufacturers, specialty pharmacies, retail pharmacies, pharmacy benefit management companies), medical device manufacturers, diagnostics companies, and consumers.
According to third-party industry estimates, the addressable market for software and related services capabilities serving these healthcare constituents continues to expand from an estimated $117 billion in 2016 to approximately $161 billion in 2020. According to industry sources, the market for software and related services is approximately $18.7 billion within the U.S. payer market. We believe that as analytics continue to demonstrate greater value within the U.S. payer landscape, the market will expand commensurately. We believe that the market opportunity for our current offerings within the payer market, the historical focus of our Company, is approximately $11.9 billion (excluding legacy solutions). As we continue to build and launch new capabilities and expand our market opportunities following the acquisition of ABILITY, we believe analytics will provide a significantly larger value opportunity within this same payer space.
For providers, industry sources estimate that software and related services represent a $40.6 billion U.S. market size. We believe that the market opportunity for our current offerings within the provider market is approximately $6.5 billion.
In the pharmaceutical and life-sciences market, industry sources estimate a $63.5 billion market size for total software and related services spend. We believe that the market opportunity for our current offerings within the pharmaceutical and life-sciences market is approximately $8.5 billion.
In the consumer market, industry sources estimate a $37.9 billion global market size for mobile health applications and solutions. During 2020, we started the process of entering the consumer market through a two-pronged strategy to provide platform capabilities to consumer organizations as they seek to serve the consumer digital healthcare opportunity and provide direct to consumer offerings. We believe that, over time, analytics will also drive a significant opportunity expansion in the consumer market, as consumers seek to take a more active and informed role in how their healthcare is delivered.
The following diagram shows the progression of total market opportunity over time and our capabilities within each market segment representing our estimated market opportunity.
Source: Gartner, IDC, Research and Markets and Inovalon.
In addition, the pressures that face the U.S. healthcare market are not unique, as other communities around the world are facing aging populations and growing pressures in sustaining affordable healthcare. We believe that our capabilities are highly applicable to other developed and developing countries around the globe, which we believe represents a sizable related future opportunity for our Company.
The Inovalon ONE® Platform
Inovalon provides a technology platform that enables healthcare organizations to implement highly sophisticated value-based initiatives in very large scale. At the core of value-based initiatives is the need to aggregate and analyze data, garner meaningful insight from the results, and use these insights to drive material change to outcomes and economics. To achieve this, four competencies are needed: 1) large-scale data connectivity, integration, and validation capabilities, 2) advanced predictive analytics and high-speed compute, 3) toolsets to translate resulting insights into real-world impact, and 4) purpose-built data visualization and reporting. To inform and enable these competencies, Inovalon brings to bear large-scale datasets, expansive connectivity, robust technology infrastructure, and industry-leading subject matter expertise.
The following graphic provides a visual representation of the interactions between the Inovalon ONE® Platform and its end users.
Inovalon provides its solutions to the marketplace through the Inovalon ONE® Platform: an integrated, real-time cloud native platform which brings together the capabilities of extensive healthcare ecosystem connectivity, massive scale datasets,
advanced analytics, and data-driven intervention toolsets. Together, the capabilities of the platform enable both the efficient determination of highly meaningful insights and the reliable achievement of meaningful impact in the quality and economics of healthcare.
The following graphic depicts our cloud-based platform approach and shows how our clients interact with the various platform applications.
The Inovalon ONE® Platform is an integrated cloud-based platform of more than 100 individual proprietary technology toolsets and deep data assets able to be rapidly configured to empower the operationalization of large-scale, data-driven healthcare initiatives. Each proprietary technology toolset, referred to as a Module, is informed by the data of billions of medical events within Inovalon’s proprietary datasets. Combinations of Modules are configured to empower highly differentiated solutions for client needs quickly and in a highly scalable fashion. The flexibility of the modular design of the Platform enables clients to integrate the capabilities of the Platform with their own internal capabilities or other third-party solutions. The Platform brings to the marketplace a highly extensible, national-scale capability to interconnect with the healthcare ecosystem on a massive scale, aggregate and analyze data in petabyte volumes, arrive at sophisticated insights in real-time, and drive meaningful impact wherever it is analytically identified best to intervene and intuitively visualize data and information to inform business strategy and execution.
The following is a visual representation of the Inovalon ONE® Platform and the underlying toolsets, or “modules.”
Additionally, the myABILITY® software platform is an integrated set of cloud-based applications for providers that offers core connectivity, administrative, clinical, and quality analysis, management, and performance improvement capabilities to acute, post-acute and ambulatory point-of-care provider facilities.
Data Integration. Throughout the healthcare industry, data is captured from many different sources, and while standards for exchanging information between healthcare applications are emerging, much of the data associated with population health remains in disparate silos, without the exchange of data, insight into patient or program status, or coordination of relevant patient engagements, and is both interchanged and processed without automation. Where investments have been made in the digitization of health data, many of the resulting solutions remain “walled gardens” of information—data that is static and not easily shared or interpreted.
Our data integration platform capability was designed and developed to address these challenges. This capability enables integration of any data source, on any hardware platform, in any data format at extremely high speeds. Our data integration platform receives information from external sources through a number of channels, including secure FTP, web services, and direct connections to external systems. Our data integration platform loads data into our “data lake” in its native format, which ensures that we maintain all data as it is received and allows users to query the data directly in its structured or unstructured format. Processing data in its raw format, however, presents many technological challenges. We have developed interactive data mapping technologies to support the mapping of the raw data files to staging structures used by our platform to convert data from its native format into a structured format that can be used by all processes on our platform. Once mapped, the data is run through multiple processes to standardize the data and perform data verification and integrity checks so that values are uniform across our entire platform.
We believe that our enterprise-scale data integration and management capability enables us to receive, integrate, and process extremely large-scale data flows at industry-leading speeds, and is a critical capability in achieving material improvement in clinical quality outcomes and financial performance in healthcare, creating a material market differentiator and value creator for us and our clients. We integrate data seamlessly and securely into our systems through our proprietary Extract, Transform, Load tools and processes. This system manages the process of defining and configuring thousands of industry data feeds from our clients and partners (such as electronic health records (“EHR”), laboratory, pharmacy, patient reported, claims, paper based medical records, biometric, and hospital data feeds respectively), manages the data processing workflow, and monitors the ongoing provision and quality of data through the application of more than 2,000 data integrity checks.
Our big data technology has been created through the use of internally developed software coupled with industry-leading technology frameworks that are vendor-agnostic. We leverage modern big data frameworks such as Hadoop and the Hadoop Distributed File System, which enable us to store structured and unstructured data while making it readily accessible by our analytics engine. Our big data processing capabilities enable dramatic improvements in data integration and analytical cycle speed to value recognition to empower improvements for intelligent product development through the “real world” functional application. Our big data technology lays the foundation of the data fabric allowing integration into our analytical capabilities.
Advanced Analytics. We have developed, honed, and scaled a broad portfolio of sophisticated analytics. Applying our subject matter expertise in computer processing, data architecture, statistics, medical sciences, healthcare policy, and leveraging the billions of medical events within our significant propriety datasets, we believe that we have developed one of the most advanced analytical platforms in the industry, as well as a culture and set of analytical toolsets that serve to rapidly innovate and expand our platform capabilities. In addition, by leveraging technologies such as Optical Character Recognition, Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning, we are able to further enhance our analytical capabilities, improve efficiency, and accelerate processing capacity and client value delivery.
Intervention Systems. In order to translate analytical insights into tangible impact, interventions at the point of care are critical. We are able to translate our analytical insights into meaningful impact through data-driven, multi-channel intervention toolsets that enable our clients to take the insights derived from our analytics and implement solutions that achieve meaningful impact at the patient and provider level. Our data-driven intervention toolset capabilities include direct connectivity with many leading EHR systems, hard copy and electronic mail, and interactions via telephone, in patients’ homes, through mobile devices, at dedicated patient centers, through web-enabled decision support tools, in retail pharmacies, and in traditional clinical locations.
Business Processing. Our business processing capability consists of a powerful business intelligence system and comprehensive data warehousing to provide historical and current data insight, reporting, and benchmarking to support multiple client business needs such as government-mandated data filings, financial planning, and compliance requirements. We have also implemented an integrated platform of data visualization, allowing clients and their downstream users and operators to access data and analytical results from the population-level down to sophisticated individual drill-down details in real-time.
Datasets and the management of data are part of our core strengths, which provide meaningful insight into how a patient, provider, or population is doing. Our datasets grant us both relative and absolute insight, and inform the construction of new
analytics capabilities, predictive models, and impact predictions. Further, data management speeds our time to client impact, decreases the burden on clients choosing to do business with us, and empowers our achievement of mission and results.
In addition to being maintained and tagged within client-specific data lakes, data we receive in the course of providing our services are statistically de-identified and stored in our MORE2 Registry®. The MORE2 Registry® goes beyond just claims data to include information about demographics, enrollment, diagnoses, procedures, pharmacy, laboratory results, and deep medical record clinical data and presents a significant representative mix of commercial, HIX Marketplace, Medicare Advantage, and managed Medicaid care plan patients. As of December 31, 2020, our MORE2 Registry® dataset contained data pertaining to more than one million physicians, 574,000 clinical facilities, 332 million Americans, and 61 billion medical events. The following is a sample of components within our MORE2 Registry®:
|• Patient Demographic Data|| ||• Benefits Data|
|• Medical Record Documentation|| ||• Encounter and Procedural Data|
|• Operating Room, Procedure,||• Pharmacy Data|
|Discharge Summary,|| ||• Imaging Report Data|
|Emergency Room Records|| ||• Laboratory & Pathology Data|
|• Electronic Health Record Data|| ||• Durable Medical Equipment Data|
|• Health Risk Assessment Data|| ||• Self-Reported Data|
|• Practitioner Profile Data|| ||• Social History Data|
|• Claim Diagnostic Data|| ||• Activities of Daily Living (ADL)|
|• Eligibility and Enrollment Data|| ||• Cost Data|
We have developed technology that enables real-time, highly differentiated data aggregation and point-of-care interoperability through many leading EHR systems, which drives positive impact and efficiency for clients, clinicians, patients, and the Company.
The Inovalon ONE® Platform facilitates the two-way exchange of clinical data with both cloud and non-cloud based EHR and integrates the Healthcare Enterprise systems, connecting thousands of physicians in an effective, efficient, secure and scalable fashion while minimizing disruption. The Inovalon ONE® Platform automatically requests and retrieves necessary clinical data, which is then analyzed by our advanced predictive analytics to identify gaps in patient care, and then embeds those insights directly into the clinical workflow to inform targeted interventions at the point-of-care.
The following graphic shows the two-way exchange of data through the Inovalon ONE® Platform.
We believe that our track record of service is the result of our commitment to excellence and our devotion to maintaining one of the industry’s most sophisticated technology infrastructures. We have made significant investments over the past decade to build an industry-leading enterprise-scale infrastructure capable of managing the heavy computing and storage requirements of our cloud-based data-driven business. Today, we employ a combination of owned, virtualized data centers along with hosted facilities and commercial cloud capabilities to enable seamless, secure, and scalable solutions nationwide.
Our physical converged compute and storage infrastructure is deployed with a hybrid approach to cloud computing. Leveraging a focus on cloud native architectures, as well as multiple approaches to containerization, and heavily virtualized infrastructure together with orchestration and automation tools, we have achieved significant capabilities within our private cloud environment.
Aligned to a culture of cloud-agnostic design, environment selection, and production deployment, the following diagram provides a high level overview of our key infrastructure elements.
Our data and compute capacity is maintained within an interconnected set of infrastructure sets made up of owned and co-located data centers. The three principal datacenters owned by Inovalon are located in the Washington D.C. metro area, Atlanta metro region and the Pittsburgh metro region. Our co-located datacenter facilities are located in Northern Virginia, Minneapolis, Minnesota and Phoenix, Arizona. Each datacenter supports the ability to interconnect agnostically to third-party cloud capacity providers. This macro architecture provides us a significant ability to maintain both enterprise-level capacity and redundancy, while also achieving significant flexibility and cost effectiveness for burst capacity needs.
We have a proven track record of implementing virtualization as our current datacenters are over 95% virtualized using VMware technologies. Operations of the virtualization technologies are streamlined by the orchestration, automation, and reporting capabilities provided by our private cloud and integration with public cloud service providers. These technologies are used to provide computing, storage, and networking components to the hosting environment and provide operational efficiencies and cost optimization for the corporation.
We have implemented a sophisticated hybrid cloud and service based application stack design, enabling “burst” capacity architecture to allow provider-agnostic utilization of public cloud capacity if such capacity is required. Our virtualization technology has been integrated with automation and orchestration technology to create a cloud environment that provides both Infrastructure and Platform as a Service capabilities. These service based capabilities allow us to dynamically expand our compute capacity in real time and provide the business with a cost effective and nimble platform. By leveraging both private and public cloud offerings, we can provide efficient, elastic, and cost effective compute resources based on the operational needs of our clients. We believe we are leaders in the use of big data technology and high performance compute technology stack at the point of care in our industry.
Our platform is built utilizing an innovative enterprise infrastructure platform enabling robust performance scaling, strong security, high availability, and advanced business continuity options. The building blocks of this infrastructure consist of the following:
•Multiple commercial cloud environments and enterprise data centers connected by redundant high-speed WAN connections;
•High competency and utilization of virtualization technologies;
•Rapid provisioning of computing capabilities to support the dynamic elasticity needed to support the variable computing needs of the application;
•Measured service to optimize resource utilization and provide transparency of the utilized services; and
•Available hosting facilities providing physical structure compliance with Federal Information Security Management Act (“FISMA”) standards.
Disaster Recovery. Our contingency program is designed to provide response and subsequent recovery from unplanned business disruptions. Supported by our data centers, our contingency program provides a coordinated emergency response foundation across the organization. The program includes business continuity, emergency occupant, pandemic planning, security incident response, and disaster recovery plans that encompass all areas of our technology and business operations. These interrelated processes align to provide significant protection and risk mitigation. In addition to company-wide plans, specific details on event response and subsequent business recovery actions and activities are included within each respective business unit plan.
The following map shows our data center presence and the broad coverage of our MORE2 medical event incidents.
Business continuity and disaster recovery are an important part of our technology platform. Through significant investment in hardware, software, and application design, Inovalon provides solutions that support mission critical, business critical, and business important products and services through our nationwide enterprise data center presence.
Network Operations Center. We maintain a central network operations center (“NOC”) where systems are monitored to ensure proper operation and capacity utilization. The NOC monitors and collects information about a multitude of technology operating metrics regarding system load and status. In conjunction with the rapid provisioning capability, automation, and standardization, the NOC provides us with the automated capabilities to oversee and manage our technology resources in order to meet business demands.
Privacy Management and Data Security. Protected health information is a sensitive component of personal information. It is essential that information about an individual’s healthcare is properly protected from any inappropriate access, use and disclosure. Given the industry vertical in which we operate, we realize the importance of the safety and sensitivity of personal
health information. We are a trusted partner to our clients, and we are committed to the security and privacy of our client data, enterprise data, and our systems, employing highly trained personnel, robust processes, and leading technology. Our privacy and security management includes:
•governance, frameworks, and models to promote good decision making and accountability. Our comprehensive privacy and security program is based on industry best practices, including those of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the Control Objectives for Information and Related Technology (COBIT), Defense Information Systems Agency, and the Federal Information Security Management Act of 2002 (FISMA);
•an internal security council, which advises on and prioritizes the development of information security initiatives, projects, and policies;
•a layered approach to privacy and security management to avoid single points of failure;
•a defense in depth protection model that addresses the network, platform, application, and file and data layers;
•ongoing evaluation of privacy and security practices to promote continuous improvement;
•use of safeguards and controls including: administrative, technical, and physical safeguards;
•collaboration with our clients on best security and privacy practices; and
•working closely with leading researchers, thought leaders, and policy makers.
Our platform has been created through the use of internally-developed software coupled with industry-leading technology frameworks that are vendor-agnostic. Because we have designed and developed our own software, we have built significant flexibility and modularity into our platform components. This enables us to not only enhance our existing products as our clients’ needs evolve, but also to increase our addressable market opportunity by rapidly developing new product offerings and expanding into adjacent markets in the healthcare industry. Our acquisitions of ABILITY, Avalere, and Creehan further enhanced this process through the infusion of our data, analytics, connectivity, and cloud-based approach into additional offerings, new products, greater differentiation, additional capabilities, technologies, client relationships, and industry expertise that they bring. Our large, deep proprietary data sets in the MORE2 Registry® also enable and support this flexibility and modularity, as the depth and breadth of the data allows its analysis and application in the context of many situations across the healthcare industry-not just for payers, but also providers, pharmaceutical companies, device manufacturers, diagnostics companies, etc. For example, within the set of Inovalon ONE® Platform Components that would typically enable our Quality Measurement and Reporting offering for a national health plan, a certain subset of these Components could be combined with an additional new set of Components to enable our OBC offering with a global pharmaceutical company.
For over 20 years, we have provided quality services to our clients. During that time, we have built a leading position and have become a true thought leader and innovator in our industry. We have achieved significant scale, and we believe that we play a key role in the U.S. healthcare market.
With thousands of clients across the healthcare ecosystem, the following graphic illustrates our client presence amongst the larger representatives of the healthcare marketplace.
Our clients renew existing client agreements throughout the year. The renewal rates of existing client counts were approximately 90% for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018. The renewal rate is representative of clients with engagements exceeding $0.1 million in revenue.
Sales and Marketing
We believe that our sales and marketing initiatives are key to capitalizing on our significant market and growth opportunities. During 2018 and 2019, we significantly increased the scale and sophistication of our sales force by leveraging the expertise of technology focused personnel supported by subject matter experts, and in 2020, after noting continued sales success, we resumed the expansion of our sales force during the second half of the year. While we have successfully leveraged our sales and marketing as we have grown, we believe that additional strategic investments in sales and marketing capacity and capabilities will enable us to increasingly seize on the healthcare industry’s need for advanced technological capabilities including data connectivity, advanced analytics, data-driven intervention toolsets, and integrated business processing to empower the healthcare industry’s transformation from volume-based models to value-based models.
We sell our offerings primarily through three avenues:
•Business development led by product and management personnel: We benefit significantly from the subject matter expertise, market credibility, thought leadership, and relationships of our executives, senior management, and product leaders within the industry. They have played, and are expected to continue to play, a significant role in the establishment and ongoing development of our client relationships.
•Business development led by dedicated sales personnel: We have a dedicated, direct sales team, which is comprised of focused field sales professionals who are organized principally by geography and product type. Our dedicated sales personnel are supported by a sales operations staff, including product technology experts, lead generation personnel, and sales data personnel.
•Business development led by strategic channel relationships: We increasingly are developing and expanding our use of strategic partnerships and channel relationships for the establishment and development of new and existing clients.
Our marketing and communications strategies are centered on initiatives that drive awareness of our Company and capabilities. These initiatives include: educating the market about our Company broadly; improving the marketplace’s understanding of our platform offerings; hosting industry-focused events and speaking engagements; disseminating articles discussing data trends and metrics, and strategic interfacing with key business and trade media personnel. We employ a broad array of specific events to facilitate these initiatives, including but not limited to:
•Sponsorship and partnership of key industry conferences;
•Client-focused events and programs;
•Hosting our annual Client Congress highlighted by healthcare leaders, industry icons and senior government officials sharing best practices, strategies, and trends;
•Web and social properties, digital and video content marketing, creative online advertising, and blogs; and
•Hosted webinars, direct mail, analyst relations, and media relations.
In addition, in order to enhance our value proposition, our sales and marketing staff develops best practices tools, case studies, and educational materials to drive deeper client engagement, understanding, and utilization.
Our operations are divided into two groups. Our IT Operations Group manages the process steps from data receipt through to the generation of analytical outputs. Our Services Operations Group manages the process steps applied to achieve impact through our data-driven intervention toolsets.
IT Operations Group
We achieve excellence in the operation of our technology based on a foundation of service management aligned with data integration, data provisioning, system support, and security operations. These operational processes are measured clearly through a framework of key performance indicators, which seek to provide an optimal level of transparency and control.
We have implemented a rigorous command and control structure for maintaining availability of production systems and ensuring the security of technology infrastructure. Our NOC is responsible for monitoring network and systems, security incident response, and management and communication as well as the oversight of planned system maintenance. The personnel of the NOC are also responsible for invoking our business continuity plan when appropriate.
The security operations within our NOC maintain the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of our production systems and technology infrastructure by maintaining security situational awareness, as well as coordinating security incident response and proactively protecting sensitive data. The security operations team utilizes a variety of tools and techniques to identify, contain, remediate, and gather intelligence on both known and emerging technology threats. Reports are tracked through automated event management triggers and communicated to leadership through our business service management layer.
We have a comprehensive framework for managing change control, problem management, incident and event management, service management, and production operations. We use a defined quality change control management system for managing technology changes.
Product support integration across all of our solutions enables commonality of processes—allowing our clients to benefit from increased technology operational efficiencies. Regardless of the efficiencies achieved, we are continuously enhancing our technology product operations through the dedication of the process automation and performance assurance team focused on designing and deploying zero-touch capabilities.
Services Operations Group
Many of our clients utilize the analytical outputs of our platform to feed into their own internal systems to achieve value within the provider and patient base. Other clients license our data-driven intervention toolsets to facilitate the realization of value from our analytics. For still other clients, our service support personnel operate our data-driven intervention toolsets to deliver end-to-end value realization. For these clients, through the implementation of our sophisticated platforms, we leverage our analytical output to provide data-driven intervention toolset support services at the varying points of care necessary to achieve the goals of our clients. This unique end-to-end approach implements the solutions necessary to turn insight generated through our advanced analytics into meaningful impact and realized value for our clients on a national scale.
One of the centerpieces of our services operations is our strong management systems, which serve as vehicles to drive transparency, ownership and execution. Our management systems enable general managers and operational leaders the ability to “see around the corner” and be ambidextrous in how they balance achieving efficiency gains while also focusing on exceptional client value delivery.
We compete with a broad and diverse set of businesses. We believe the competitive landscape is highly fragmented with no single competitor offering similarly expansive capabilities and diverse platform solution offerings in healthcare data analytics, data-driven intervention toolsets, connectivity, and data visualization solutions. Our primary competitive challenge is to demonstrate to our existing and potential clients the value of utilizing our platforms rather than developing or assembling their own alternative capabilities. We believe that the combination of our competitive strengths and successful culture of innovation, including our large proprietary datasets, advanced data integration technologies, sophisticated predictive analytics, extensive industry connectivity, data-driven intervention toolsets, and the deep subject matter expertise of our associates, make it time- and cost-prohibitive for our clients to replace or replicate all that we offer. In addition, we believe the combination of these attributes differentiates us from our competition.
The competitive landscape can be characterized by the following categories of companies that provide capabilities or solutions that compete with one or more offerings of our platform:
•Large-scale healthcare-specific solutions providers, such as Optum, Change Healthcare (formerly Change Healthcare Holdings, Inc. and McKesson Technology Solutions), Cotiviti (formerly Verscend Technologies, Inc. and Cotiviti), and IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS);
•Providers of enterprise-scale, industry agnostic IT solutions, such as Oracle, Dell, SAP, SAS, IBM, and Cognizant;
•Large-scale IT consultants and third-party service providers, such as Accenture and Deloitte Consulting; and
•Point solution providers, such as DST Systems.
We generally rely on copyright, trademark, and trade secret laws as well as confidentiality agreements, licenses, and other agreements with employees, consultants, vendors, and customers. We also seek to control access to and distribution of our proprietary software, confidential information and know-how, technology, and other intellectual property. Historically, because our initial technological innovations were primarily algorithmic in nature, these innovations were well suited to trade secret protection. Accordingly, and due to the complex, time intensive, and costly patent process, with somewhat limited utility for business processes, the use of patents has not historically been a primary element of our intellectual property strategy.
In addition to the approaches outlined above, we have filed provisional and non-provisional patent applications and have been issued patents, and additional provisional and non-provisional patent applications may result in additional issued patents in
the future, principally in the area of methodologies and processes for undertaking real-time data aggregation, normalization and analysis for applications seeking data and data analytical derivatives that require data exceeding the data held within the primary requesting application or device. We expect to continue to seek patents in the future, both in the U.S. and abroad.
We own and use trademarks in connection with our applications and services, including both unregistered common law marks and issued trademark registrations in the United States. Our material trademarks, service marks and other marks include: CARA®, Caresync Advantage®, CCS Advantage®, Distributed Analytics®, eCAAS Advantage®, ePASS®, Healthcare Empowered®, Healthier Members, Healthier Business®, HEDIS Advantage, HCC Surveillance®, HIX Foundation®, INDICES®, Inovalon®, Empowering the Transformation From Volume To Value®, Inovalon Spiral Design®, Inovalon Healthcare Empowered (and Spiral Design), Inovalon Healthcare Empowered®, iPORT™, iTCC™, MORE2 Registry®, PCIS™, Prospective Advantage®, QSFD®, QSI®, QSI-XL®, Star Advantage®, Turning Data into Insight and Insight into Action®, Data Has a Story to Tell. We Give it a Voice®, Data Diagnostics®, DDx®, ScriptMed®, Clinical Data Extraction as a Service (CDEaaS™), Natural Language Processing as a Service (NLPaaS™), Elastic Container Technology (ECT®), myABILITY®, Avalere®, Inovalon VaccineWatch™, Click, Click, Close®, and the Inovalon ONE® Platform. We also have trademark registrations and applications pending to register marks in the United States, Japan and European Union.
While our intellectual property rights are important to our success, we believe that our business as a whole is not materially dependent on any particular patent, trademark, license or other intellectual property right.
As of December 31, 2020, we had a total of 1,836 associates across the following areas: Technology, Innovation and Product, Data-driven Client Services, and Selling, General and Administrative. We understand people are our greatest asset and that our innovation and operational excellence are ultimately rooted in our human capital. Our success depends in large part on our ability to recruit, develop and retain a qualified, productive, and engaged workforce.
Diversity and Inclusion
Diversity and inclusion is a focus of our corporate human capital strategy. By embracing inclusion and diversity, we enhance our work environment and drive business success. We strive to reflect the diversity of the communities in which we operate and of our clients and the patients served. We endeavor to create a culture of inclusion in which our associates feel empowered to bring their full, authentic selves to work and pursue their professional goals in a setting of equality. Fostering such a culture welcomes different perspectives and generates innovation and growth. We have promoted diversity and inclusion through various initiatives including the creation of internal employee networks and building our diversity and inclusion team, and we are in the process of implementing company-wide diversity and inclusion training.
We share baseline diversity data with our board of directors twice a year and benchmark this data against our industry and the U.S. population. We also perform a benchmark survey on equitable pay to ensure there are no discriminatory practices against protected classes of employees.
As of December 31, 2020, women represented 47% of our employee population and minority or underrepresented populations are 42% of our employee population inclusive of those who identify as Asian, Black, Hispanic, or other, which includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Pacific Islander, those who identify as two or more races, and those who have declined to disclose.
Total Rewards and Employee Engagement
We maintain a competitive compensation and benefits package including incentive compensation tied to both company and individual performance, parental leave, tuition reimbursement, professional development reimbursement, retirement benefits, and we offer an employee stock purchase plan.
We also provide programs for employee recognition including spot awards, special awards which recognize individuals or teams who have demonstrated exceptional initiative and tenacity in identifying and executing key projects that impact a team, department or the company, and a program which rewards employees who go above and beyond to exemplify our core values.
We conduct regular employee pulse surveys covering a variety of topics including benefits, understanding business goals, employee engagement, and employee satisfaction. The goal of these surveys is to assess our performance as an employer and gauge our successes and identify potential areas for improvement. We have implemented a number of initiatives directly resulting from these surveys including improved benefits related to 401(k) employer contributions, improved parental leave, and improved paid time off. Our employees complete annual security and compliance training and have access to a learning center with programs tailored to employee professional career development and skill building. Additionally, we support various employee networks which foster an inclusive workplace by providing opportunities for colleagues to explore and celebrate both similarities and differences.
Our primary focus during the COVID-19 pandemic has been protecting the health and safety our employees, clients and the communities we serve. As a result, in the first quarter of 2020, we implemented our “Pandemic Plan,” which included transitioning our workforce to a remote working model and performing drills to ensure the preparedness of our workforce. We are currently conducting business with modifications to employee travel and employee work locations, among other modifications. We are continuing to monitor the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the health, safety and productivity of our employees.
Requirements Regarding the Privacy and Security of Personal Information
HIPAA and Other Health Information Privacy and Security Requirements. There are numerous U.S. federal and state laws and regulations related to the privacy and security of personal information. In particular, regulations promulgated pursuant to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), as amended, establish privacy and security standards that limit the use and disclosure of Protected Health Information (“PHI”) and require the implementation of administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to ensure the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of individually identifiable health information in electronic form. Our health plan customers, as well as healthcare clearinghouses and certain providers with which we have or may establish business relationships, are covered entities that are regulated under HIPAA. The Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (“HITECH”) and an implementing regulation known as the Omnibus Final Rule significantly expanded HIPAA’s privacy and security requirements. Among other things, HITECH and the Omnibus Final Rule make HIPAA’s privacy and security standards directly applicable to “business associates,” which are independent contractors or agents of covered entities, or other business associates, that create, receive, maintain, or transmit PHI in connection with providing a service for or on behalf of a covered entity. Under HIPAA and our contractual agreements with our customers, we are considered a “business associate” and thus are directly subject to HIPAA’s privacy and security standards. In order to provide our covered entity clients with services that involve the use or disclosure of PHI, HIPAA requires our clients to enter into business associate agreements with us. Such agreements must, among other things, require us to:
•limit how we will use and disclose PHI;
•implement reasonable administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect such information from misuse;
•enter into similar agreements with our agents and subcontractors that have access to the information;
•report security incidents, breaches, and other inappropriate uses or disclosures of the information; and
•assist the customer in question with certain of its duties under the privacy standards.
In addition to HIPAA, HITECH, and their implementing regulations, we may be subject to state medical record privacy laws (sometimes more strict than HIPAA), including the laws of the state of California.
Other Data Protection Requirements. In addition to HIPAA, we may be subject to other U.S. federal and state laws that govern the collection, dissemination, use of and access to, personal information, including laws that prohibit unfair or deceptive privacy and security practices and/or place requirements on certain types of activities, such as data security and data access. Laws and expectations relating to privacy continue to evolve, and we continue to adapt to changing needs. For example, the California Consumer Privacy Act (“CCPA”), which became effective on January 1, 2020 and requires covered businesses to, among other things, provide disclosures to California consumers regarding the collection, use and disclosure of such consumers’ personal information and afford such consumers new rights with respect to their personal information, including the right to opt out of certain sales of personal information. California voters recently approved the California Privacy Rights Act, which will become effective on January 1, 2023, and will further expand the current obligations under the CCPA. Additional states are also considering new laws and regulations that further protect the confidentiality, privacy, and security of personal information, including medical records or other types of medical information. Further, a number of states prohibit or limit the disclosure of medical or other information to individuals or entities located outside of the United States.
Data Protection and Breaches. In recent years, there have been a number of well-publicized data breaches involving the improper use and disclosure of individuals’ personal information. Many states have responded to these incidents by enacting laws requiring holders of personal information to maintain safeguards and to take certain actions in response to a covered data breach, such as providing prompt notification of the breach to affected individuals and state officials. Under HIPAA and pursuant to our business associate agreement obligations, we must report breaches of unsecured PHI to our contractual partners upon discovery. Notification must also be made in certain circumstances to affected individuals, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), and the media.
We have implemented and maintain physical, technical, and administrative safeguards intended to protect personal and individually identifiable health information. We have implemented controls intended to assist us in complying with all applicable laws, regulations, and contractual requirements regarding the protection of these data. We have established processes that are intended to allow us to properly respond to any security breaches or incidents.
In many cases, applicable state laws, including breach notification requirements, are not preempted by the HIPAA privacy and security standards and are subject to interpretation by various courts and other governmental authorities, thereby complicating our compliance efforts. Where a state law is not preempted by HIPAA, we may also be subject to that state law’s requirements, in addition to our obligations under HIPAA, HITECH, and their implementing regulations. Additionally, state and federal laws regarding deceptive practices may apply to public assurances we provide to individuals about the security of services we provide on behalf of our contractual customers.
The nature of our customers’ end-market results in partial seasonality reflected in both revenue and cost of revenue differences during the year. Regulatory impact of data submission deadlines in, for example, January, March, June, and September drive some degree of predictable timing of analytics and data processing activity variances from quarter to quarter. Further, regulatory clinical encounter deadlines of June 30th and December 31st drive predictable data-driven intervention toolset concentrations variances from quarter to quarter. The timing of these factors results in analytical and data-driven intervention toolset activity mix variances, which have limited predictable impact in the aggregate on our financial performance from quarter to quarter. However, quarter to quarter financial performance may increasingly vary from historical seasonal trends as we continue to expand into adjacent markets and increase the portion of our revenue generated from new offerings. Further, we also expect the impact of seasonality to decrease over time as we expand our mix of revenue generated from a subscription-based model. The timing of new contract signings and their respective implementations can also lead to variances in our seasonal revenue performance.
Our executive offices are located at 4321 Collington Road, Bowie, Maryland 20716. Our telephone number at our executive offices is (301) 809-4000 and our corporate website is www.inovalon.com. The information on, or accessible through, our website is not incorporated into and does not constitute a part of this Annual Report on Form 10-K or any other report or document we file with or furnish to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Our Class A common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “INOV.”
We file our Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K, and all amendments to those reports with the SEC. You may obtain copies of these documents by visiting the SEC’s Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, D.C. 20549, by calling the SEC at 1-800-SEC-0330 or by accessing the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. In addition, as soon as reasonably practicable after such materials are furnished to the SEC, we make copies of these documents available to the public free of charge through our website or by contacting our Secretary at the address set forth above under “—Corporate Information.”
Our Board of Directors Corporate Governance Charter, Code of Business Conduct and Ethics, and the charters of our audit committee, compensation committee, nominating and corporate governance committee and security and compliance committee are all available in the Governance Documents section of the Corporate Information section of our website.
For required financial information related to our operations, please refer to our consolidated financial statements, including the notes thereto, included with this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Item 1A. Risk Factors.
Set forth below are the risks that we believe are material to our stockholders. You should carefully consider the following risks in evaluating our Company and our business. The occurrence of any of the following risks could materially adversely impact our financial condition, results of operations, cash flow, the market price of shares of our common stock and our ability to, among other things, satisfy our debt service obligations and to make distributions to our stockholders, which in turn could cause our stockholders to lose all or a part of their investment. Some statements in this report including statements in the following risk factors constitute forward-looking statements. Please refer to the section entitled “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” at the beginning of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Risks Related to Our Business
We may not grow at the rates we historically have achieved or at all, even if our key metrics may indicate growth, which could have a material adverse effect on the market price of our Class A common stock.
We have experienced significant growth since 2016, with total revenues growing from approximately $427.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2016 to approximately $667.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2020. Future revenues may not grow at these same rates or may decline, such as the approximate 3% revenue decline in the third quarter of 2020
compared with the third quarter of 2019 and the approximate 2% revenue decline from the year ended December 31, 2015 to the year ended December 31, 2016. Our future growth will depend, in part, on our ability to grow our revenue from existing clients, to complete sales to potential new clients, to expand our client base in adjacent industry segments such as the life sciences industry and with provider organizations, to develop new services and capabilities including direct-to-consumer services, and to expand internationally, and to recover from the softness in demand experienced in 2020 as a result of the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We can provide no assurances that we will be successful in executing on these growth strategies or that, even if our key metrics, such as trailing twelve month Patient Analytics Months (“PAM”), would indicate future growth, we will continue to grow our revenue, margins or net income. Our ability to execute on our existing sales pipeline, create additional sales opportunities, and expand our client base depends on, among other things, the attractiveness of our services relative to those offered by our competitors, our ability to demonstrate the value of our existing and future services, and our ability to attract and retain a sufficient number of qualified sales and marketing leadership and support personnel. In addition, clients in certain industries in which we have a more limited presence, such as the life sciences industry, may be slower to adopt our services than we currently anticipate, which could adversely affect our results of operations and growth prospects.
If our existing clients do not renew their agreements with us, renew at lower fee levels, decline to purchase additional services from us, choose to purchase fewer services from us, or terminate their agreements with us, and we are unable to replace any lost revenue, our business and operating results could suffer.
We historically have derived, and expect in the future to derive, a significant portion of our revenue from renewals of existing client agreements and sales of additional services to existing clients. As a result, achieving a high renewal rate of our client agreements and selling additional services to existing clients is critical to our future operating results. The renewal rates of existing client counts, representative of clients with engagements exceeding $0.1 million in revenue, for the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019 and 2018 were approximately 90%. It is difficult to predict our client renewal rate, and we may experience significantly more difficulty than we anticipate in renewing existing client agreements. Factors that may affect the renewal rate for our services and our ability to sell additional services include:
•the price, performance and functionality of our services;
•the availability, price, performance and functionality of competing services;
•our clients’ perceived ability to develop and perform the services that we offer using their internal resources;
•our ability to develop complementary services;
•our continued ability to access the data necessary to enable us to effectively develop and deliver new services to clients;
•the stability and security of our platform;
•changes in healthcare laws, regulations or trends; and
•the business environment of our clients, in particular, reductions in our clients’ membership populations and budgetary constraints affecting our clients.
Contracts with our clients generally have stated terms of two to five years. However, our clients have no obligation to renew their contracts for our services after the term expires. In addition, a high renewal rate in any particular year does not necessarily correlate to recurring or increasing revenue from our existing clients, as our clients may negotiate terms less advantageous to us upon renewal, may renew for fewer services, may choose to discontinue one or more services under an existing contract, may exercise flexibilities within their contracts to adjust service volumes, or which could reduce our revenue from these clients. Accordingly, annual renewal rate metrics have inherent limitations and renewal rates should not be used as a key metric to evaluate the Company’s results of operations. Our future operating results also depend, in part, on our ability to sell new services to our existing clients. If our clients fail to renew their agreements, renew their agreements upon less favorable terms, at lower fee levels or for fewer services, fail to purchase new services from us, or terminate their agreements with us, and we are unsuccessful in generating significant revenue from new clients to replace any lost revenue, our revenues may decline and our future revenue growth may be constrained.
If a client fails to fulfill its obligations under its agreements with us, or permanently terminates certain services or its agreement in its entirety prior to its expected completion date, whether or not in our view permitted by the terms of the agreement, and revenue and cash flows expected from a client are not realized in the time period expected or at all, our business, operating results and financial condition could be adversely affected.
Our top clients account for a significant portion of our revenues and, as a result, the loss of one or more of these clients could materially and adversely affect our business and operating results.
Our top ten clients accounted for approximately 29% of our revenues for the year ended December 31, 2020. The engagement between these clients and us generally is covered through multiple separate statements of work (“SOWs”), each often with different and/or staggered terms which are all multi-year in their duration, ranging typically from two to five years. We can provide no assurance that these clients will renew their existing contracts or all SOWs with us upon expiration or that any such failure to renew will not have a material adverse effect on our revenue. If we lose one or more of our top clients, or if one or more of these clients significantly decreases its use of our services, our business and operating results could be materially and adversely affected.
Our business may be negatively affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and any future outbreaks of disease.
Our business, financial position, results of operations or cash flows may be affected by the ongoing global COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting volatility and uncertainty it has caused, and is likely to continue to cause, in the U.S. and international markets, including as a result of prolonged economic downturn or recession. In March 2020, the World Health Organization declared the COVID-19 outbreak a pandemic and recommended containment and mitigation measures worldwide. As a result, national, state and local authorities have recommended social distancing and imposed or are considering quarantine, shelter-in-place, curfew and similar isolation measures, including government orders and other restrictions on the conduct of business operations, which has resulted in significant unemployment levels, decreased productivity, decreases in certain non-COVID-19 healthcare activities and healthcare utilization. Such measures have had, and are likely to continue to have, adverse impacts on the U.S. economy of uncertain severity and duration and may negatively impact our ongoing operations, including our revenue and cash flow.
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we have transitioned our workforce to a remote working model, which may result in us experiencing lower work efficiency and productivity, which in turn may adversely affect our business. As our employees and our business partners’ employees work from home and access our systems remotely, we may be subject to heightened security and privacy risks, including the risks of cyberattacks and privacy incidents. Furthermore, the pandemic has caused and is expected to continue to cause significant disruption of global financial markets, which may reduce or impair our ability to access capital (or access capital on terms that would be consistent with our expectations).
Our market opportunity estimates and growth forecasts are subject to increased uncertainty and are based on assumptions and estimates regarding, among other things, the length and ultimate impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, that may not prove to be accurate. For example, during the first three quarters of 2020, we experienced demand delays with respect to certain of our services businesses and legacy platform offerings. We believe these demand delays are a result of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and do not reflect permanent demand loss, however we can provide no assurance with respect to the length or degree of such delays, or that demand will return to historical levels in the post COVID-19 period. In addition, while the COVID-19 outbreak may provide us with new business opportunities, including telehealth product offerings, we may experience regulatory compliance, technology, staffing, and related business development risks associated with any new business opportunities if clients request, and we attempt to offer, these products and solutions on an expedited basis in support of COVID-19 efforts. Further, we may be unable to meet evolving demands of our clients by introducing new high-quality services or modifying our services to meet changing demands, and our services may become less attractive than services offered by our competitors, any of which may lead to loss of clients.
Any of the foregoing risks, or other unforeseen risks, may also adversely affect the businesses of our clients, suppliers or third-party business partners and vendors, which may in turn have a material adverse effect on our ability to conduct our business. For example, we may be unable to secure adequate personnel, obtain services, goods, technology, and intellectual property rights owned or controlled by third parties, and our clients may be unable to make payments on their contracts, in each case on the timelines expected or at all. Due to the uncertain and rapidly evolving nature of current conditions in the United States and around the world, we cannot reasonably estimate the length or severity of the COVID-19 pandemic or the related response, including the length of time it may take for normal economic and operating conditions to resume or the extent to which the disruption may materially and adversely impact our business, financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
As a result of our variable sales and implementation cycles, we might not be able to recognize revenue to offset expenditures, which could result in fluctuations in our quarterly results of operations or otherwise adversely affect our future operating results.
The sales cycle for our services is typically four to six months from initial contact to contract execution, but can vary depending on the particular client, product under consideration, and time of year, among other factors. Some clients, for instance, undertake a more prolonged evaluation process, which has in the past resulted in extended sales cycles. Our sales efforts involve educating potential clients about the use, technical capabilities, and benefits of our services, and gaining an understanding of their needs and budgets. During the sales cycle, we expend significant time and resources, and we do not
recognize any revenue to offset such expenditures, which could result in fluctuations in our quarterly results of operations and adversely affect our future operating results. In addition, we may be unable to enter into definitive contracts at the end of a sales cycle on terms that are favorable to us or at all, in some cases for reasons outside our control, which may materially adversely affect our ability to accurately forecast future growth which may cause our stock price to decline.
After a client contract is signed, we provide an implementation process for the client during which we load, test, and integrate data into our system and train client personnel. Our implementation cycle can range widely from 20 to 90 days from contract execution to completion of implementation, to implementations that can require in excess of one or two years depending on the amount and quality of the client’s data, how quickly the client facilitates access to data, the number and complexity of newly required connections, the confirmation of software, or the development of any custom elements of software. In addition, for certain clients, our third-party vendors must go through delegation processes in order to become authorized to provide certain services to those clients, which could delay our ability to provide such services to those clients. During the implementation cycle, we expend time, effort, and financial resources implementing our services, but accounting principles do not allow us to recognize the resulting revenue until implementation is complete and the services are available for use by our clients. If implementation periods are extended, revenue recognition will be delayed, which could adversely affect our results of operations in certain periods.
In addition, because most of our revenue in each quarter is derived from agreements entered into with our clients during previous quarters, the negative impacts resulting from a decline in new or renewed agreements in any one quarter may not be fully reflected in our revenue for that quarter. Such declines, however, would negatively affect our revenue in future periods and the effect of significant downturns in sales of and market demand for our services, and potential changes in our renewal rates or renewal terms may not be fully reflected in our results of operations until future periods. Our sales and implementation cycles also make it difficult for us to rapidly increase our total revenue through additional sales in any period. As a result, the effect of changes in the industry impacting our business, or changes we experience in our new sales, may not be reflected in our short-term results of operations.
We may acquire other companies or technologies, which could divert our management’s attention, result in dilution to our stockholders and otherwise disrupt our operations and adversely affect our operating results.
We have previously and may in the future seek to acquire or invest in businesses, services, or technologies that we believe could complement or expand our services, enhance our technical capabilities, or otherwise offer growth opportunities. For example, on July 6, 2017, we completed the acquisition of ComplexCare Solutions, Inc. and ComplexCare Solutions IPA, LLC (together, “CCS”), and on April 2, 2018, we acquired ABILITY. The pursuit of potential acquisitions may divert the attention of management and cause us to incur various expenses in identifying, investigating, and pursuing suitable acquisitions, whether or not they are consummated. Acquisitions also could result in dilutive issuances of equity securities or the incurrence of debt, which could adversely affect our operating results and financial condition. In addition, we have limited experience in acquiring other businesses. We may not achieve the anticipated benefits from the acquired business, including from CCS or ABILITY, due to a number of factors, including:
•inability or difficulty integrating and benefiting from acquired technologies, services, or clients in a profitable manner, including as a result of reductions in operating income, increases in expenses, the failure to achieve anticipated synergies, or otherwise;
•unanticipated costs or liabilities associated with the acquisition;
•difficulty integrating the accounting systems, operations, and personnel of the acquired business;
•adverse effects to our existing business relationships with business partners and clients as a result of the acquisition;
•assuming potential liabilities of an acquired company;
•possibility of overpaying for acquisitions, particularly those with significant intangibles and those assets that derive value using novel tools or are involved in niche markets;
•difficulty in acquiring suitable businesses, including challenges in predicting the value an acquisition will ultimately contribute to our business;
•the potential loss of key employees;
•use of substantial portions of our available cash to consummate the acquisition; and
•the need to understand local healthcare regulatory regimes.
If an acquired business fails to meet our expectations, our operating results, business, and financial condition may suffer materially.
The integration of newly acquired businesses, including CCS and ABILITY, will also require a significant amount of time and attention from management. The diversion of management attention away from ongoing operations and key research and development, marketing or sales efforts could adversely affect ongoing operations and business relationships. Moreover, even if we were able to fully integrate a new acquisition’s business operations and other assets successfully, there can be no assurance that such integration will result in the realization of the full benefits of synergies, cost savings, innovation and operational efficiencies that may be possible or were anticipated from the acquisition or that these benefits will be achieved within a reasonable period of time. Delays in integrating our acquisitions, which could be caused by factors outside of our control, could adversely affect the intended benefits of the acquisitions to our business, financial results, financial condition and the trading price of our Class A common stock.
In addition, a significant portion of the purchase price of companies we acquire may be allocated to acquired goodwill and other intangible assets, which must be assessed for impairment at least annually. In the future, if our acquisitions do not yield expected returns, we may be required to take charges to our operating results based on this impairment assessment process, which could adversely affect our results of operations.
Future sales to clients outside the United States or use of third party vendors outside the United States might expose us to risks inherent in international operations which, if realized, could adversely affect our business.
An element of our growth strategy is to expand internationally. In addition, we intend to continue to utilize certain third-party vendors that are located outside of the United States. For example, we currently contract with a third-party vendor in India that provides IT support for certain of our operations. Operating in international markets requires significant resources and management attention and subjects us to regulatory, economic, and political risks that are different from those in the United States. Because of our limited experience with international operations, any international expansion efforts might not be successful in creating demand for our services outside of the United States or in effectively selling our services in the international markets we enter. In addition, we will face risks in doing business internationally that could adversely affect our business, including:
•the need to localize and adapt our services for specific countries, including translation into foreign languages and associated expenses;
•difficulties in staffing and managing foreign operations;
•different pricing environments, longer sales cycles, and longer accounts receivable payment cycles and collections issues;
•new and different sources of competition;
•weaker protection for intellectual property and other legal rights than in the United States and practical difficulties in enforcing intellectual property and other rights outside of the United States;
•laws and business practices favoring local competitors;
•compliance challenges related to the complexity of multiple, conflicting, and changing governmental laws and regulations, including employment, anti-bribery, foreign investment, tax, privacy, and data protection laws and regulations;
•increased financial accounting and reporting burdens and complexities;
•adverse tax consequences;
•compliance risks associated with U.S. customs and export control regulations, including the U.S. Export Administration Act, regarding importing, exporting or transferring data across international borders;
•compliance risks associated with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation including with respect to export of personal data outside of the European Union, or the privacy laws of other applicable jurisdictions; and
•if we denominate our international contracts in local currencies, fluctuations in the value of the U.S. dollar and foreign currencies might impact our operating results when translated into U.S. dollars.
We rely on agreements with third parties to provide certain services, goods, technology, and intellectual property rights necessary to enable us to implement some of our applications.
Our ability to implement and provide our applications and services to our clients depends, in part, on services, goods, technology, and intellectual property rights owned or controlled by third parties, including one vendor from whom we purchase significant components of our storage architecture. These third parties may become unable to or refuse to continue to provide these services, goods, technology, or intellectual property rights on commercially reasonable terms consistent with our business practices, or otherwise discontinue a service important for us to continue to operate our applications. If we fail to replace these
services, goods, technologies, or intellectual property rights in a timely manner or on commercially reasonable terms, our operating results and financial condition could be harmed. In addition, we exercise limited control over our third-party vendors, which increases our vulnerability to problems with technology and services those vendors provide. If the services, technology, or intellectual property of third parties were to fail to perform as expected, it could subject us to potential liability, adversely affect our renewal rates, and have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
Our reliance on third-party vendors to perform certain of our data-driven intervention toolsets could have an adverse effect on our business, results of operations and growth prospects.
We rely in part on third-party vendors to perform certain of our data-driven intervention toolsets, including supplemental member encounters such as in-home encounters. These third parties may not perform their obligations to us in a timely and cost-effective manner, in compliance with applicable regulations, or in a manner that is in our and our clients’ best interests, which could have an adverse effect on our reputation and our ability to retain and attract clients. In addition, our growth depends in part on the ability of our third-party vendors to leverage our data-driven intervention toolsets to a larger group of clients. If our third-party vendors do not perform their services at a level acceptable to us or our clients or if they are unable to leverage our data-driven intervention toolsets to a larger group of clients, it could have an adverse effect on our business, results of operations, and growth prospects.
We have previously been the subject of securities class action lawsuits and additional litigation may be brought against us in the future.
In the past, following periods of volatility in the market, securities class action litigation has often been instituted against companies. We have previously been subject to purported securities class action lawsuits and may be subject to additional litigation in the future. Such potential litigation, including in the form of stockholder derivative actions against our Board of Directors, could result in substantial costs and diversion of management’s attention and resources, which could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, results of operations and growth prospects and cause our stock price to decline.
Risks Related to Technology and Data Privacy
If our security measures fail or are breached and unauthorized access to a client’s data is obtained, our services may be perceived as insecure, we may incur significant liabilities, our reputation may be harmed, and we could lose sales and clients.
Our services involve the storage and transmission of clients’ proprietary information, sensitive or confidential data, including valuable intellectual property and personal information of employees, clients and others, as well as protected health information, or PHI, of our clients’ patients. Because of the extreme sensitivity of the information we store and transmit, the security features of our computer, network, and communications systems infrastructure are critical to the success of our business. A breach or failure of our security measures could result from a variety of circumstances and events, including third-party action, employee negligence or error, malfeasance, computer viruses, cyber-attacks by computer hackers, failures during the process of upgrading or replacing software and databases, power outages, hardware failures, telecommunication failures, user errors, or catastrophic events. Information security risks have generally increased in recent years because of the proliferation of new technologies and the increased sophistication and activities of perpetrators of cyber-attacks, including, for example, the Spectre and Meltdown threats in 2018 and 2019 which, rather than acting as viruses, were design flaws in many CPUs that allowed programs to steal data stored in the memory of other running programs and required patch software to correct. In addition, during 2020, cybersecurity threats in the healthcare sector in general continued to increase as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, including in the form or ransomware attacks from third party vendors, as hackers attempted to take advantage of vulnerabilities caused by remote working and overwhelmed healthcare systems. As cyber threats continue to evolve, we may be required to expend additional resources to further enhance our information security measures and/or to investigate and remediate any information security vulnerabilities. If our security measures fail or are breached, it could result in unauthorized persons accessing sensitive client or patient data (including PHI), a loss of or damage to our data, an inability to access data sources, or process data or provide our services to our clients. Such failures or breaches of our security measures, or our inability to effectively resolve such failures or breaches in a timely manner, could severely damage our reputation, adversely affect client or investor confidence in us, and reduce the demand for our services from existing and potential clients. In addition, we could face litigation, damages for contract breach, monetary penalties, or regulatory actions for violation of applicable laws or regulations, and incur significant costs for remedial measures to prevent future occurrences and mitigate past violations. Although we maintain insurance covering certain security and privacy damages and claim expenses, we may not carry insurance or maintain coverage sufficient to compensate for all liability and in any event, insurance coverage would not address the reputational damage that could result from a security incident.
We may experience cyber-security and other breach incidents that remain undetected for an extended period. Because techniques used to obtain unauthorized access or to sabotage systems change frequently and generally are not recognized until
launched, we may be unable to anticipate these techniques or to implement adequate preventive measures. In addition, in the event that our clients authorize or enable third parties to access their information and data that are stored on our systems, we cannot ensure the complete integrity or security of such data in our systems as we would not control access. If an actual or perceived breach of our security occurs, or if we are unable to effectively resolve such breaches in a timely manner, the market perception of the effectiveness of our security measures could be harmed and we could lose sales and clients, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, operations, and financial results.
Data protection, privacy and similar laws restrict access, use, and disclosure of information, and failure to comply with or adapt to changes in these laws could materially and adversely harm our business.
We are subject to federal and state data privacy and security laws and regulations. HIPAA established uniform federal standards for certain “covered entities,” which include healthcare providers and health plans, governing the conduct of specified electronic healthcare transactions and protecting the security and privacy of PHI. HITECH also increased the civil and criminal penalties that may be imposed against covered entities, business associates, and other persons for HIPAA violations. Under HITECH, state attorneys general were granted new authority to file civil actions for damages or injunctions in federal courts to enforce HIPAA’s requirements, and to seek attorney’s fees and costs associated with pursuing federal civil actions.
A portion of the data that we obtain and handle for or on behalf of our clients is considered PHI and subject to HIPAA because our clients are covered entities under HIPAA and we act as their business associate. Under HIPAA and our contractual agreements with our covered entity health plan clients, we are considered a “business associate.” Therefore, we are required to maintain the privacy and security of PHI in accordance with HIPAA and the terms of our agreements with clients which includes implementing HIPAA-required administrative, technical, and physical safeguards.
We have incurred, and will continue to incur, significant costs to establish and maintain these safeguards and, if additional safeguards are required to comply with HIPAA or our clients’ requirements, our costs could increase further, which would negatively affect our operating results. Furthermore, if we fail to maintain adequate safeguards, or if we use or disclose PHI in a manner not permitted by HIPAA or our agreements with our clients, or if the privacy or security of PHI that we obtain and handle is otherwise compromised, we could be subject to significant liabilities and consequences, including, without limitation:
•breach of our contractual obligations to clients, which may result in contract terminations and potentially significant financial obligations to our clients;
•investigation by the federal regulatory authorities empowered to enforce HIPAA - the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) within HHS, and the possible imposition of civil and criminal penalties;
•investigation by the state attorneys general empowered under HITECH to enforce comparable state laws, and the possible imposition of civil and criminal penalties;
•private litigation by individuals adversely affected by any violation of HIPAA, HITECH, or comparable state laws to which we are subject; and
•negative publicity, which may decrease the willingness of current and potential future clients to work with us and negatively affect our sales and operating results.
Laws and expectations relating to privacy continue to evolve, and we continue to adapt to changing needs. Nevertheless, changes in these laws may limit our data access, use, and disclosure, and may require increased expenditures by us or may dictate that we not offer certain types of services. In addition, data protection, privacy and similar laws protect more than patient information and, although they vary by jurisdiction, these laws can extend to employee information, business contact information, provider information, and other information relating to identifiable individuals. For example, on January 1, 2020, the CCPA became effective, which requires covered businesses to, among other things, provide disclosures to California consumers regarding the collection, use and disclosure of such consumers’ personal information and afford such consumers new rights with respect to their personal information, including the right to opt out of certain sales of personal information. In November 2020, California voters approved the California Privacy Rights Act, which will become operative on January 1, 2023, and will further expand the current obligations under the CCPA. We believe that further increased regulation in additional jurisdictions is likely in the area of data privacy. Any of the foregoing may have a material adverse effect on our ability to provide services to our clients and, in turn, our results of operations.
Data protection, privacy and similar laws protect more than patient information and, although they vary by jurisdiction, these laws can extend to employee information, business contact information, provider information, and other information relating to identifiable individuals. Failure to comply with these laws may result in, among other things, civil and criminal liability, negative publicity, damage to our reputation, and liability under contractual provisions. In addition, compliance with such laws may require increased costs to us or may dictate that we not offer certain types of services in the future.
The information that we provide to our clients could be inaccurate or incomplete, which could harm our business reputation, financial condition, and results of operations.
We aggregate, process, and analyze healthcare-related data and information for use by our clients. Because data in the healthcare industry is fragmented in origin, inconsistent in format, and often incomplete, the overall quality of data received or accessed in the healthcare industry is often poor, the degree or amount of data which is knowingly or unknowingly absent or omitted can be material, and we frequently discover data issues and errors during our data integrity checks. If the analytical data that we provide to our clients are based on incorrect or incomplete data or if we make mistakes in the capture, input, or analysis of these data, our reputation may suffer and our ability to attract and retain clients may be materially harmed.
In addition, we assist our clients with the management and submission of data to governmental entities, including CMS. These processes and submissions are governed by complex data processing and validation policies and regulations. If we fail to abide by such policies or submit incorrect or incomplete data, we may be exposed to liability to a client, court, or government agency that concludes that our storage, handling, submission, delivery, or display of health information or other data was wrongful or erroneous. Further, although we maintain insurance coverage, this coverage may prove to be inadequate or could cease to be available to us on acceptable terms, if at all. Even unsuccessful claims could result in substantial costs and diversion of management time, attention, and resources. A claim brought against us that is uninsured or under-insured could harm our business, financial condition, and results of operations.
Our business could be harmed by disruptions in network service or operational failures at our data centers (including our co-location facility) related to the storage, transmission and presentation of client data.
Our success depends on the efficient and uninterrupted operation of our data centers and service provider locations. Interruptions in service or damage to locations may be caused by natural disasters, power loss, Internet or network failures, physical damage, operator error, security breaches, computer viruses, denial-of-service attacks, or similar events. The varied types and severity of the interruptions that could occur may render our safeguards inadequate. These service interruption events could result in the corruption or loss of data and impair the processing of data and our delivery of services to clients, which could have an adverse effect on our business, operations, and financial results. Furthermore, if any of our data centers are unable to keep up with our growing needs for capacity, it could have an adverse effect on our business.
Problems faced by our third-party data center location, with the telecommunications network providers with whom we or it contract, or with the systems by which our telecommunications providers allocate capacity among their clients, including us, could adversely affect the experience of our clients and the security of the data.
Further, our ability to deliver our cloud-based services depends on the infrastructure of the Internet and a reliable network with the necessary speed, data capacity, bandwidth capacity, and security. Our services are designed to operate without interruption in accordance with our service level commitments. We have, however, experienced, and may experience in the future, interruptions and delays in services and availability from time to time. An extended period of network unavailability could negatively impact our ability to deliver acceptable or accurate services, and negatively impact our relationship with clients, which could have an adverse effect on our reputation, financial condition, and results of operations.
We rely on third-party cloud capacity providers to efficiently scale our cloud-based solutions.
Although substantially all of the computer hardware necessary to deliver our solutions, data and compute capacity is located and maintained in our owned data centers, we rely on third-party cloud capacity providers, including Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google cloud services, to efficiently scale our cloud-based solutions. The systems and operations of our third-party cloud based capacity providers could suffer damage or interruption as a result of human error, fire, flood, power loss, telecommunications failure, break-ins, terrorist attacks, acts of war, and similar events. The occurrence of any such natural disaster, an act of terrorism or other unanticipated problems at our third-party cloud based capacity providers’ hosting facilities could result in lengthy interruptions in our service. Although our third-party cloud based capacity providers maintain backup facilities and disaster recovery services in the event of a system failure, these systems may be insufficient or fail. Any system failure, including network, software, or hardware failure, that causes an interruption in our use of third-party cloud capacity providers or that causes a decrease in responsiveness of our cloud-based solutions could damage our reputation and cause our customers and potential customers to believe that our service is unreliable, causing us to lose customers, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operations.
Our proprietary applications may not operate properly, which could damage our reputation, give rise to a variety of claims against us, or divert our resources from other purposes, any of which could harm our business and operating results.
Proprietary software and application development is time-consuming, expensive, and complex, and may involve unforeseen difficulties. We may encounter technical obstacles, and it is possible that we discover additional problems that prevent our proprietary applications from operating properly. If our applications and services do not function reliably or fail to achieve client expectations in terms of performance, clients could assert liability claims against us and attempt to cancel their
contracts with us. Moreover, material performance problems, defects, or errors in our existing or new applications and services may arise in the future and may result from, among other things, the lack of interoperability of our applications with systems and data that we did not develop and the function of which is outside of our control or undetected in our testing. Defects or errors in our applications might discourage existing or potential clients from purchasing services from us. Correction of defects or errors could prove to be time consuming, costly, impossible, or impracticable. The existence of errors or defects in our applications and the correction of such errors could divert our resources from other matters relating to our business, damage our reputation, increase our costs, and have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.
Risks Related to Healthcare Regulation
Our business is principally focused on the healthcare industry, and factors that adversely affect the financial condition of the healthcare industry could consequently affect our business.
We derive substantially all of our revenue from clients within the healthcare industry. As a result, our financial condition and results of operations could be adversely affected by conditions affecting the healthcare industry generally and health systems and payers in particular. For example, in 2016 and 2017, consumer operated and oriented plans, or health insurance Co-Ops, experienced financial distress, including insolvency, bankruptcy or liquidation, and many were forced to exit the exchange marketplace. Our ability to grow will depend upon the economic environment of the healthcare industry, as well as our ability to increase the number of services that we sell to our clients. Furthermore, we may not become aware in a timely manner of changes in regulatory requirements affecting our business, which could result in us taking, or failing to take, actions, resulting in noncompliance with state or federal regulations.
There are many factors that could affect the purchasing practices, operations and, ultimately, the operating funds of healthcare organizations, such as reimbursement policies for healthcare expenses, consolidation in the healthcare industry, and regulation, litigation, and general economic conditions. In particular, we could be required to make unplanned modifications to our services or could suffer delays or cancellations of orders or reductions in demand for our services as a result of changes in regulations affecting the healthcare industry, such as any increased regulation by governmental agencies, changes to HIPAA and other federal or state privacy laws, laws relating to the tax-exempt status of many of our clients or restrictions on permissible discounts, and other financial arrangements. We cannot predict with certainty what additional healthcare regulations, if any, will be implemented at the federal and state level, or what the ultimate effect of federal healthcare reform or any future legislation or regulation will have on us and our clients. We cannot predict with certainty what effect the current or future U.S. presidential administration together with the U.S. Congress may have, if any, on coverage and reimbursement for healthcare items and services.. Regardless of the prevailing political environment in the United States, Medicare, Medicaid and managed care organizations are increasing pressure to both control healthcare utilization and to limit reimbursement. Changes in reimbursement programs or regulations, including retroactive and prospective rate and coverage criteria changes, competitive bidding for certain products and services, and other changes intended to reduce expenditures could adversely affect the portions of our clients’ businesses that are dependent on third-party reimbursement or direct governmental payment. Moreover, to the extent that our clients experience reimbursement pressure resulting in lower revenue for them, their demand for our products and services might decrease. It is unclear what long-term effects the general economic conditions will have on the healthcare industry, and in turn, on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.
Consolidation in the industries in which our clients operate may result in certain clients discontinuing their use of our services following an acquisition or merger, which could materially and adversely affect our business and financial results.
Mergers or consolidations among our clients have in the past and could in the future reduce the number of our existing and potential clients. When companies consolidate, overlapping services previously purchased separately are typically purchased only once by the combined entity, leading to loss of revenue for the service provider. If our clients merge with or are acquired by other entities that are not our clients, they may discontinue their use of our services. There can be no assurance as to the degree to which we may be able to address the revenue impact of such consolidation. Any of these developments could materially and adversely affect our business and financial results.
Our services could become subject to new, revised, or enhanced regulatory requirements in the future, which could result in increased costs, could delay or prevent our introduction of new services, or could impair the function or value of our existing services, which could materially and adversely affect our results of operations and growth prospects.
The healthcare industry is highly regulated on the federal, state, and local levels, and is subject to changing legislative, regulatory, political, and other influences. Changes to existing laws and regulations, or the enactment of new laws or regulations affecting the healthcare industry, could create unexpected liabilities for us, could cause us or our clients to incur additional costs, could alter our clients’ business models, and could restrict our or our clients’ operations.
Many healthcare laws are complex, subject to frequent change, and dependent on interpretation and enforcement decisions from government agencies and other adjudicatory bodies with broad discretion. The application of these laws to us, our clients, or the specific services and relationships we have with our clients is not always clear. In addition, federal and state legislatures
have periodically enacted programs designed to reform or amend the U.S. healthcare system at both the federal and state level, such as the enactment of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, as amended by the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (the “ACA”). The ACA included provisions to control health care costs, improve health care quality, and expand access to affordable health insurance. Together with ongoing statutory and budgetary policy developments at a federal level, this health care reform legislation could include changes in Medicare and Medicaid payment policies and other health care delivery administrative reforms that could potentially negatively impact the business of our clients. Because not all the administrative rules implementing health care reform under the legislation have been finalized, because of recent judicial action, because of ongoing federal fiscal budgetary pressures yet to be resolved for federal health programs, and because of the lack of implementing regulations or interpretive guidance, gradual and partially delayed implementation, possible amendment, repeal or further implementation delays, the full impact of the health care reform legislation and of further statutory actions to reform healthcare payment on our business and the business of our clients is unknown. Further, on December 15, 2018, a Texas U.S. District Court Judge ruled that the ACA is unconstitutional in its entirety because the individual mandate was repealed by Congress. Further, on December 18, 2019, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld the District Court ruling that the individual mandate was unconstitutional and remanded the case back to the District Court to determine whether the remaining provisions of the ACA are invalid as well. On March 2, 2020, the United States Supreme Court granted the petitions for writs of certiorari and held oral arguments on November 10, 2020. Accordingly, we continue to evaluate the potential impact of the ACA and its possible repeal or replacement on our business. In addition, we expect that the incoming U.S. presidential administration together with the U.S. Congress will continue to seek to revisit or update certain provisions of the ACA. Any such repeal, update or replacement, if applicable, will likely take time to be implemented and there can be no assurances that health care reform legislation will not adversely impact either our operational results or the manner in which we operate our business. Health care industry participants may respond by reducing their investments or postponing investment decisions, including investments in our platforms, solutions and services. Our failure to anticipate accurately the application of these laws and similar or future laws and regulations, or our failure to comply with them, could create liability for us, result in adverse publicity, and negatively affect our business.
Our services may become subject to new or enhanced regulatory requirements, including new regulatory oversight from agencies such as the Food and Drug Administration for software functions such as clinical decision support that may constitute a medical device, and we may be required to change or adapt our services in order to comply with these regulations. If we fail to successfully implement new, enhanced or revised regulatory requirements, it could adversely affect our ability to offer services deemed critical by our clients, which could materially and adversely affect our results of operations. New or enhanced regulatory requirements may render our services obsolete or prevent us from performing certain services until we comply with such regulatory requirements, including pre-market submissions and approvals, as applicable. New or enhanced regulatory requirements could impose additional costs on us, and thereby make existing services unprofitable, and could make the introduction of new services more costly or time-consuming than we anticipate, which could materially and adversely affect our results of operations and growth prospects.
Because personal, public, and non-public information is stored in some of our databases, we are subject to government regulation and vulnerable to adverse publicity concerning the use of our data.
We provide many types of data and services that already are subject to regulation under HIPAA and, to a lesser extent, various other federal, state, and local laws and regulations. These laws and regulations are designed to protect the privacy of the public and to prevent the misuse of personal information in the marketplace. However, many consumer advocates, privacy advocates, and government regulators believe that existing laws and regulations do not adequately protect privacy. They have become increasingly concerned with the use of personal information, including health information. As a result, they are lobbying for further restrictions on the dissemination or commercial use of personal information to the public and private sectors. Similar initiatives are under way in other countries in which we may do business in the future, and many other countries already have robust and comprehensive data protection laws regulating personal information, including health information. Most recently, on December 10, 2020, HHS issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which, if finalized, would make changes to some of HIPAA’s regulatory requirements. The following legal and regulatory developments also could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial position, results of operations, or cash flows:
•amendment, enactment, or interpretation of laws and regulations that restrict the access and use of personal information and reduce the supply of data available to clients;
•changes in cultural and consumer attitudes to favor further restrictions on information collection and sharing, which may lead to regulations that prevent full utilization of our solutions;
•failure of our solutions to comply with current laws and regulations; and
•failure of our solutions to adapt to changes in the regulatory environment in an efficient, cost-effective manner.
Laws regulating the corporate practice of medicine could restrict the manner in which we provide our clients certain of our data-driven intervention toolsets, and the failure to comply with such laws could subject us to penalties or require that we change the manner in which we provide such toolsets.
Among our data-driven intervention toolsets are supplemental member encounters (“SMEs”). While some clients utilize our platform toolsets to conduct their own SMEs directly or through third-parties, some of our clients engage us to utilize our data-driven intervention toolsets to facilitate SMEs. In such cases, we contract with third-parties to perform such SMEs utilizing our data-driven intervention toolsets, or we may utilize our own associates to undertake such SMEs. Certain of our SMEs may be considered the practice of medicine. Some states have laws that prohibit business entities from practicing medicine, employing providers to practice medicine, exercising control over medical decisions by providers (also known collectively as the corporate practice of medicine). These laws, regulations, and interpretations have, in certain states, been subject to enforcement, as well as judicial and regulatory interpretation, and are subject to change.
In these states, we operate by maintaining long term contracts with affiliated physician groups, which are each owned and operated by physicians and which employ or contract with additional providers to perform the SMEs. If there were a determination that a corporate practice of medicine violation existed or exists, we could be subject to criminal or civil penalties or an injunction for practicing medicine without a license or aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of medicine. The occurrence of any of such events could have a material adverse effect on our ability to continue to provide our clients with the full array of our data-driven intervention toolsets.
Laws regulating telemedicine could restrict the manner in which we provide our clients with SMEs, and the failure to comply with such laws could subject us to penalties or require that we change the manner in which we provide SMEs using telemedicine.
Among our data-driven intervention tool sets are SMEs performed using telemedicine technologies, including interactive audio-video communications. The U.S. and many state governments have laws and guidelines governing the practice of telemedicine, including requirements for interactive audio-video communications, eligible originating sites and reimbursement coverage, These laws, regulations, and interpretations have, in certain states, been subject to enforcement, judicial and regulatory interpretations, and are subject to change. Moreover, we cannot predict with certainty whether certain federal and state telemedicine waivers granted in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic and under which we operate will expire, be extended, be modified, or be made permanent in some manner.
Risks Related to Our Indebtedness
Our debt may restrict our future operations.
We have substantial debt and have the ability to incur additional debt. As of December 31, 2020, we had approximately $908.0 million of outstanding principal indebtedness. Our incurrence of substantial amounts of debt may have significant consequences. For instance, it could:
•make it more difficult for us to satisfy our financial obligations, including those relating to our outstanding debt;
•require us to dedicate a substantial portion of our cash flow from operations to the payment of interest and principal due under our debt, which will reduce funds available for other business purposes;
•increase our vulnerability to general adverse economic and industry conditions;
•limit our flexibility in planning for, or reacting to, changes in our business;
•place us at a competitive disadvantage compared with some of our competitors that have less debt; and
•limit our ability to obtain additional financing required to fund working capital and capital expenditures and for other general corporate purposes.
Our 2018 Credit Agreement (as defined in “Note 10—Debt” in the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements, included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K) and the terms of our other debt instruments, including agreements relating to debt we may incur in the future, contain or will contain covenants imposing significant restrictions on our business. These restrictions may affect our ability to operate our business and may limit our ability to take advantage of potential business opportunities as they arise. For instance, these covenants place restrictions on our ability to, among other things: incur additional debt; create additional liens, merge or consolidate; make certain investments, loans, advances, guarantees and acquisitions; make certain restricted payments; or enter into transactions with affiliates. In addition, our 2018 Credit Agreement requires that we comply with certain financial ratios, including a maximum senior secured net leverage ratio test. Our ability to comply with these covenants may be adversely affected by events beyond our control, including prevailing economic, financial and industry conditions. A breach, or alleged breach, of any of these covenants could result in a default and our lenders could elect to declare all amounts outstanding to be immediately due and payable and to terminate all commitments to extend further
credit. If we were unable to repay those amounts, the secured lenders could proceed against the collateral granted to them to secure such indebtedness. There can be no assurance that we will have sufficient assets to repay amounts due under our indebtedness.
Our failure to hedge effectively against interest rate changes may adversely affect results of operations.
Our 2018 Term Facility currently bears interest at variable rates and we may incur additional variable rate debt in the future. Accordingly, increases in interest rates on variable rate debt would increase our interest expense, which could reduce net earnings and cash available for payment of our debt obligations. We currently manage our exposure to interest rate volatility by using interest rate swap agreements and may in the future use additional interest rate hedging arrangements, such as interest cap agreements. These agreements involve risks, such as the risk that counterparties may fail to honor their obligations under these arrangements, that these arrangements may not be effective in reducing our exposure to interest rate increases and that a court could rule that such an agreement is not legally enforceable. In addition, hedging strategies involve transaction and other costs, and our hedging strategies and the derivatives that we use may not completely offset the risks of interest rate volatility and may result in or magnify losses. Furthermore, interest rate derivatives may not be available at all, or at favorable terms, particularly during economic downturns. Failure to hedge effectively against interest rate changes may materially and adversely affect our results of operations.
Changes in how LIBOR is determined, or the potential replacement of LIBOR with an alternative reference rate, may adversely affect our interest expense.
Certain instruments within our debt profile, including our 2018 Credit Agreement, bear interest at rates that are indexed to the London Interbank Offered Rate (“LIBOR”), which is a benchmark rate at which banks offer to lend funds to one another in the international interbank market for short term loans. On July 27, 2017, the United Kingdom Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”), which regulates LIBOR, announced its intention to stop persuading or compelling banks to submit LIBOR quotations by the end of 2021. Further, on November 30, 2020, the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. and the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency issued a joint statement (the “Joint Statement”) on LIBOR transition, in connection with which ICE Benchmark Administration Limited, in its capacity as administrator of U.S. LIBOR, announced its plan to extend the date that most U.S. LIBOR values would cease being computed and announced from December 31, 2021 to June 30, 2023. Even though U.S. LIBOR would continue to be published through June 30, 2023, the Joint Statement called on banks to cease entering into new contracts that use U.S. LIBOR as a reference rate by no later than December 31, 2021, and if practicable, as far in advance of that deadline as possible. We cannot predict the impact of the potential phase out of LIBOR on our debt agreements and interest rates. In particular, our 2018 Credit Agreement does not contain a procedure for determining an alternative base rate in the event that LIBOR is discontinued. We intend to work with our lenders to determine an alternative base rate to LIBOR in the event LIBOR is discontinued, however there can be no assurances as to what an alternative base rate may be and whether such alternative base rate will be more or less favorable than LIBOR. In addition, any other legal or regulatory changes made by the FCA or other governance or oversight bodies in the method by which LIBOR is determined or the transition from LIBOR to a successor benchmark may result in, among other things, a sudden or prolonged increase or decrease in LIBOR, a delay in the publication of LIBOR, or changes in the rules or methodologies in LIBOR, all of which may discourage market participants from continuing to administer or to participate in LIBOR’s determination and, in certain situations, could result in LIBOR no longer being determined and published. Any of these proposals or consequences could have a material adverse effect on our financing costs. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that a transition from LIBOR to an alternative will not result in financial market disruptions, significant increases in benchmark rates, or borrowing costs to borrowers, any of which could have an adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition, and liquidity
Risks Related to Our Class A Common Stock
Our quarterly operating results may fluctuate significantly, which could adversely impact the value of our Class A common stock.
Our quarterly results of operations, including our revenue, cost of revenue, net income, and cash flows, may vary significantly in the future, and sequential quarter-to-quarter comparisons of our operating results may not be meaningful. In addition to the other risk factors included in this section, some of the important factors that may cause sequential quarter-to-quarter fluctuations in our operating results include:
•seasonal variations driven primarily by regulatory timelines have historically caused a significantly higher proportion of our services to be performed, and therefore revenues and costs to be recognized, during the second and, to a lesser extent, the fourth quarters of the year compared to the first and, most significantly, the third quarter, (quarter to quarter financial performance may increasingly vary from historical seasonal trends as we further expand into adjacent markets and increase the portion of our revenue generated from new offerings);
•possible delays in the expected recognition of revenue due to lengthy and sometimes unpredictable sales and implementation timelines;
•the amount and timing of operating expenses related to the maintenance and expansion of our business, operations, and infrastructure;
•the timing and success of introductions of new applications and services by us or our competitors or any other change in the competitive dynamics of our industry, including consolidation among competitors, clients, or strategic partners;
•the addition or loss of large clients, including through acquisitions or consolidations of such clients;
•network outages or security breaches;
•our ability to attract new clients;
•general economic, industry, and market conditions;
•client renewal rates and the timing and terms of client renewals;
•changes in our pricing policies or those of our competitors;
•the mix of applications and services sold during a period; and
•the timing of expenses related to the development or acquisition of technologies or businesses.
Any fluctuations in our quarterly operating results may not accurately reflect the underlying longer-term performance of our business and could cause a decline in the trading price of our Class A common stock.
Because the dual class structure of our common stock has the effect of concentrating voting control with holders of our Class B common stock, holders of our Class B common stock, including Dr. Dunleavy and Mr. Hoffmann, have significant influence over us, including control over decisions that require the approval of stockholders, which could limit your ability to influence the outcome of matters submitted to stockholders for a vote.
We are currently controlled by holders of our Class B common stock. As of January 31, 2021, holders of our Class B common stock beneficially own an aggregate of approximately 91% of the voting power of our common stock. In particular, Dr. Dunleavy beneficially owns an aggregate of approximately 64% of the voting power of our common stock, and Mr. Hoffmann beneficially owns an aggregate of approximately 22% of the voting power of our common stock. The shares beneficially owned by Dr. Dunleavy and Mr. Hoffmann and certain other stockholders are shares of Class B common stock, which have 10 votes per share, whereas each share of Class A common stock has one vote per share. As long as holders of our Class B common stock control at least a majority of the voting power of our outstanding common stock, they will have the ability to exercise substantial control over all corporate actions requiring stockholder approval, irrespective of how our other stockholders may vote, including the election and removal of directors and the size of our board of directors, any amendment of our certificate of incorporation or bylaws, or the approval of any merger or other significant corporate transaction, including a sale of all or substantially all of our assets. Even if their ownership falls below 50%, holders of our Class B common stock will continue to be able to exert significant influence or effectively control our decisions because of the dual class structure of our common stock. This concentrated control by our Class B common stockholders will limit or preclude your ability to influence those corporate matters for the foreseeable future and, as a result, we may take actions that holders of our Class A common stock do not view as beneficial. This dual class structure may adversely affect the market price of our Class A common stock. In addition, this structure may prevent or discourage unsolicited acquisition proposals or offers for our capital stock that you may feel are in your best interest as one of our stockholders.
The stock price of our Class A common stock may be volatile or may decline regardless of our operating performance, and you may not be able to resell your shares at or above the price at which you acquire shares of our Class A common stock.
The market price of our Class A common stock may fluctuate significantly. These fluctuations could cause you to lose all or part of your investment in our common stock since you might be unable to sell your shares at or above the price you paid. Factors, many of which are beyond our control, that could cause fluctuations in the market price of our Class A common stock include the following:
•overall performance of the equity markets;
•our operating performance and the performance of other similar companies;
•changes in the market valuations of similar companies;
•changes in our capital structure, such as future issuances of securities or the incurrence of debt;
•changes in the estimates of our operating results that we provide to the public or our failure to meet these projections;
•failure of securities analysts to maintain coverage of us, changes in financial estimates by securities analysts who follow our company, or our failure to meet these estimates or the expectations of investors or changes in recommendations by securities analysts that elect to follow our Class A common stock;
•sales of shares of our Class B common stock by our stockholders;
•announcements of technological innovations, new services or enhancements to services, acquisitions, strategic alliances, or significant agreements by us or by our competitors;
•disruptions in our services due to computer hardware, software, or network problems or a security breach;
•announcements of client additions and client cancellations or delays in client purchases;
•recruitment or departure of key personnel;
•the economy as a whole or market conditions in our industry and the industries of our clients;
•litigation involving us, our industry, or both, or investigations by regulators into our operations or those of our competitors;
•developments or disputes concerning our intellectual property or other proprietary rights;
•new laws or regulations, or new interpretations of existing laws or regulations, applicable to our business;
•the size of our market float; and
•any other factors discussed in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
In addition, the stock markets have experienced extreme price and volume fluctuations that have affected and continue to affect the market prices of equity securities of many technology companies. Stock prices of many technology companies have fluctuated in a manner unrelated or disproportionate to the operating performance of those companies. In the past, stockholders have filed securities class action litigation following periods of market volatility. If we were to become involved in securities litigation, it could subject us to substantial costs, divert resources and the attention of management from our business, and materially adversely affect our business.
We do not currently intend to pay dividends on our common stock and, consequently, your ability to achieve a return on your investment will depend on appreciation in the price of our Class A common stock.
Although we have paid cash dividends on our common stock in the past, we currently intend to invest any future earnings to finance the operation and growth of our business and do not expect to pay any dividends for the foreseeable future. As a result, the success of an investment in shares of our Class A common stock will depend upon future appreciation in its value, if any, and there is no guarantee that shares of our Class A common stock will appreciate in value.
Delaware law and provisions in our restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws could make a merger, tender offer, or proxy contest difficult, thereby depressing the trading price of our Class A common stock.
Our status as a Delaware corporation and the anti-takeover provisions of the Delaware General Corporation Law may discourage, delay, or prevent a change in control by prohibiting us from engaging in a business combination with an interested stockholder (generally a stockholder, who together with affiliates and associates, owns 15% or more of our voting rights) for a period of three years after the person becomes an interested stockholder, even if a change of control would be beneficial to our stockholders. In addition, our restated certificate of incorporation and bylaws contain provisions that may make the acquisition of our company more difficult, including the following:
•we have a dual class common stock structure, which could provide the holders of our Class B common stock, including our executive officers, directors, and their affiliates, with the ability to control the outcome of matters requiring stockholder approval, even if they own significantly less than a majority of the shares of our outstanding Class A and Class B common stock;
•when the outstanding shares of our Class B common stock represent less than 10% of the total outstanding shares of our common stock, certain amendments to our restated bylaws will require the approval of two-thirds of the voting power of our then-outstanding shares of common stock;
•when the outstanding shares of our Class B common stock represent less than 10% of the total outstanding shares of our common stock, vacancies on our board of directors will be able to be filled only by our board of directors and not by stockholders;
•when the outstanding shares of our Class B common stock represent less than 10% of the total outstanding shares of our common stock, our board of directors will be classified into three classes of directors with staggered three-year terms and directors will only be able to be removed from office for cause;
•when the outstanding shares of our Class B common stock represent less than 10% of the total outstanding shares of our common stock, our stockholders will only be able to take action at a meeting of stockholders and not by written consent;
•only our chairman, our chief executive officer, a majority of our board of directors, or stockholders holding shares representing at least 50% of the combined voting power of our Class A common Stock and Class B common stock will be authorized to call a special meeting of stockholders until the outstanding shares of our Class B common stock represent less than 10% of the total outstanding shares of our common stock, at which time only our chairman, our chief executive officer, or a majority of our board of directors will be authorized to call a special meeting of stockholders;
•advance notice procedures will apply for stockholders to nominate candidates for election as directors or to bring matters before an annual meeting of stockholders;
•our restated certificate of incorporation authorized up to 100,000,000 shares of undesignated preferred stock, the terms of which may be established, and shares of which may be issued, without stockholder approval; and
•certain litigation against us can only be brought in Delaware.
Our restated certificate of incorporation provides that, subject to certain exceptions, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware shall be the sole and exclusive forum for certain stockholder litigation matters, which could limit our stockholders’ ability to obtain a favorable judicial forum for disputes with us or our directors, officers or employees.
Our restated certificate of incorporation provides that, subject to limited exceptions, the Court of Chancery of the State of Delaware will be the sole and exclusive forum for (i) any derivative action or proceeding brought on our behalf, (ii) any action asserting a claim of breach of a fiduciary duty owed by any of our directors, officers or other employees to us or our stockholders, (iii) any action asserting a claim against us arising pursuant to any provision of the Delaware General Corporation Law, our restated certificate of incorporation or our restated bylaws, or (iv) any action asserting a claim against us that is governed by the internal affairs doctrine. Any person or entity purchasing or otherwise acquiring any interest in shares of our capital stock shall be deemed to have notice of and to have consented to the provisions of our restated certificate of incorporation described above. This choice of forum provision may limit a stockholder’s ability to bring a claim in a judicial forum that it finds favorable for disputes with us or any of our directors, officers or other employees, which may discourage lawsuits with respect to such claims. Alternatively, if a court were to find the choice of forum provision contained in our amended and restated certificate of incorporation to be inapplicable or unenforceable in an action, we may incur additional costs associated with resolving such action in other jurisdictions, which could harm our business, operating results and financial condition.
General Risk Factors
If securities or industry analysts do not publish research or reports about our business, if they adversely change their recommendations regarding our shares, or if our results of operations do not meet their expectations, the share price and trading volume of our Class A common stock could decline.
The trading market for our Class A common stock will be influenced by the research and reports that industry or securities analysts publish about us or our business. We do not have any control over these analysts. If one or more of these analysts cease coverage of our company or fail to publish reports on us regularly, we could lose visibility in the financial markets, which in turn could cause the share price or trading volume of our Class A common stock to decline. Moreover, if one or more of the analysts who cover us, express views regarding us that may be perceived as negative or less favorable than previous views, downgrade our stock, or if our results of operations do not meet their expectations, the share price of our Class A common stock could decline.
We incur significantly increased costs and devote substantial management time as a result of operating as a public company.
As a publicly traded company, we incur significant legal, accounting, stockholder communication, and other expenses and spend a significant amount of management time and internal resources to comply with changing tax laws, regulations and standards relating to corporate governance and public disclosure. For example, we are subject to the reporting requirements of the Exchange Act, and are required to comply with the applicable requirements of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, as well as rules and regulations subsequently implemented by the SEC, and the NASDAQ Stock Market LLC (“NASDAQ”), including the establishment and maintenance of effective disclosure and financial controls, changes in corporate governance practices, and required filing of annual, quarterly, and current reports with
respect to our business and operating results. In particular, we incur significant expenses and devote substantial management effort toward ensuring compliance with the requirements of Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
Changing laws, regulations and standards relating to corporate governance and public disclosure, including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010 and new regulations issued by the SEC are creating additional disclosure obligations for public companies. We may need to invest substantial resources to comply with evolving standards, which may result in increased expenses and a diversion of management time. Furthermore, if we are unable to satisfy our obligations as a public company, we could be subject to delisting of our Class A common stock, fines, sanctions, and other regulatory action and potentially civil litigation, which could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.
If we do not develop new services that are adopted by clients, or fail to provide high quality support services to our clients, our growth prospects, revenues and operating results could be materially and adversely affected.
Our longer-term operating results and revenue growth will depend in part on our ability to successfully develop and sell new services that existing and potential clients want and are willing to purchase. We must continue to invest significant resources in research and development in order to enhance our existing services and introduce new high-quality services that clients and prospective clients will want. If we are unable to predict or adapt to changes in user preferences or industry or regulatory changes, or if we are unable to modify our services on a timely basis in response to those changes, clients may not renew their agreements with us, and our services may become less attractive than services offered by our competitors. Our operating results could also suffer if our innovations are not responsive to the needs of our clients, are not appropriately timed with market opportunity, or are not effectively brought to market. Our success also depends on successfully providing high-quality support services to resolve any issues related to our services. High-quality education and client support is important for the successful marketing and sale of our services and for the renewal of existing clients. If we do not help our clients quickly resolve issues and provide effective ongoing support, our ability to sell additional services to existing clients would suffer and our reputation with existing or potential clients would be harmed.
We cannot assure you that we will be able to manage our growth effectively, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and growth prospects.
If we are successful in expanding our client base and growing our business, our existing services may not be as scalable as we anticipate, and we may need to expend significant resources to enhance our IT infrastructure, financial and accounting systems, and controls, and also hire a significant number of qualified client support personnel, professional services personnel, software engineers, technical personnel, and management personnel in order to provide services to those new clients. As a result, our expenses may increase more than expected, which could adversely affect our results of operations and net income. In addition, identifying and recruiting qualified personnel and training them in the use of our services requires significant time, expense, and attention, and our business may be adversely affected if our efforts to expand and train qualified personnel do not generate a corresponding increase in revenues. If our existing services are not as scalable as we anticipate or if we are unable to manage our growth and the cost thereof effectively, the quality of our services and our reputation may suffer, which could adversely affect our business, results of operations and growth prospects.
General economic, political and market forces and dislocations beyond our control could reduce demand for our solutions and harm our business.
The demand for our platform capabilities, toolsets and services may be impacted by factors that are beyond our control, including macroeconomic, political and market conditions, the availability of short-term and long-term funding and capital, and the level of interest rates. We believe that the state of economic and political conditions in the U.S. is particularly uncertain due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, as well as continuing political discord between and among the legislative and executive branches of the U.S. government and that additional uncertainty is likely in the near future, including, without limitation, as a result of potential changes to the political environment as a result of the new presidential administration. Potential shifts in legislative and regulatory conditions concerning, among other matters, international trade and taxation, as well as healthcare, and/or an uneven recovery or a renewed global downturn may contribute to reduced demand for our platforms, toolsets and services, which could have an adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.
Expectations of our company relating to environmental, social and governance factors may impose additional costs and expose us to new risks.
There is an increasing focus from certain investors, employees and other stakeholders concerning corporate responsibility, specifically related to environmental, social and governance factors. Some investors may use these factors to guide their investment strategies and, in some cases, may choose not to invest in us if they believe our policies relating to corporate responsibility are inadequate. Third-party providers of corporate responsibility ratings and reports on companies have increased to meet growing investor demand for measurement of corporate responsibility performance. In addition, the criteria by which companies’ corporate responsibility practices are assessed may change, which could result in greater expectations of us and
cause us to undertake costly initiatives to satisfy such new criteria. Alternatively, if we elect not to or are unable to satisfy such new criteria, investors may conclude that our policies with respect to corporate responsibility are inadequate. We may face reputational damage in the event that our corporate responsibility procedures or standards do not meet the standards set by various constituencies. Furthermore, if our competitors’ corporate responsibility performance is perceived to be greater than ours, potential or current investors may elect to invest with our competitors instead. In addition, in the event that we communicate certain initiatives and goals regarding environmental, social and governance matters, we could fail, or be perceived to fail, in our achievement of such initiatives or goals, or we could be criticized for the scope of such initiatives or goals. If we fail to satisfy the expectations of investors, employees and other stakeholders or our initiatives are not executed as planned, our reputation and financial results could be materially and adversely affected.
Our estimates of market opportunity and forecasts of market growth may prove to be inaccurate, and even if the market in which we compete achieves the forecasted growth, our business could fail to grow at similar rates, if at all.
Market opportunity estimates and growth forecasts are subject to significant uncertainty and are based on assumptions and estimates that may not prove to be accurate. Our estimates and forecasts relating to the size and expected growth of our aggregate market opportunity or any of the sub-components of our total addressable market may prove to be inaccurate. Even if our total addressable market or any sub-component thereof meets our size estimates and forecasted growth, our business could fail to grow at similar rates, if at all.
We operate in a competitive industry, and if we are not able to compete effectively, our business and financial results could be materially and adversely impacted.
We operate in a competitive industry, and we expect that competition will increase as a result of consolidation in both the information technology and healthcare industries. Our future growth and success will depend on our ability to successfully compete with other companies that provide similar services, including existing clients and other healthcare organizations that seek to build and operate competing services themselves and newer companies that provide similar services, often at substantially lower prices. We compete on the basis of various factors, including breadth and depth of services, reputation, reliability, quality, innovation, security, price, and industry expertise, and experience. If we are unable to maintain our technology, management, healthcare, or regulatory expertise or attract and retain a sufficient number of qualified sales and marketing leadership and support personnel, we will be at a competitive disadvantage. Some of our competitors, in particular health plans and larger technology or technology-enabled consultative service providers, have greater name recognition, longer operating histories, and significantly greater resources than we do. Furthermore, our current or potential competitors may have greater financial resources and larger sales and marketing capabilities than we have, and may have a more diversified set of revenue sources, which may allow them to be less sensitive to changes in client preferences and more aggressive in pricing their services, any of which could put us at a competitive disadvantage. As a result, our competitors may be able to respond more quickly and effectively than we can to new or changing opportunities, technologies, standards, or client requirements and may have the ability to initiate or withstand substantial price competition. In addition, potential clients frequently have requested competitive bids from us and our competitors in terms of price and services offered and, if we do not accurately assess potential clients’ needs and budgets when submitting our proposals, they may appear less attractive than those of our competitors, and we may not be successful in attracting new business. In addition, our clients may perceive our toolsets to be at a higher price point than our competitors, which could result in reduced revenue if we are not able to adequately demonstrate the value of our toolsets to our clients and prospective clients. Increases in competition in our industry could reduce our market share and result in price declines for certain services, which could negatively impact our business, profitability, and growth prospects.
If we fail to maintain awareness of our brand in a cost-effective manner, our business might suffer.
Maintaining awareness of our brand in a cost-effective manner is critical to continuing the widespread acceptance of our existing services and is an important element in attracting new clients and in attracting and retaining qualified employees. The importance of brand recognition may increase as competition in our market increases. Successful promotion of our brand will depend largely on the effectiveness of our marketing efforts and on our ability to provide reliable and useful services at competitive prices. Our efforts to build and maintain our brand nationally have involved and will continue to involve significant expense. Brand promotion activities may not yield increased revenue, and even if they do, any increased revenue may not offset the expenses we incur in maintaining our brand. In addition, third parties’ use of trademarks or branding similar to ours could materially harm our business or result in litigation and other costs. If we fail to successfully maintain our brand, or incur substantial expenses in an unsuccessful attempt to maintain our brand, we may fail to attract enough new clients or retain our existing clients to the extent necessary to realize a sufficient return on our brand-building efforts, and our business and our ability to attract and retain qualified employees could suffer.
Our success depends on our ability to protect our intellectual property rights.
Our success depends in part on our ability to protect our proprietary software, confidential information and know-how, technology, and other intellectual property and intellectual property rights. We rely generally on copyright, trademark and trade
secret laws, confidentiality and invention assignment agreements with employees and third parties, and license and other agreements with consultants, vendors, and clients. There can be no assurance that employees, consultants, vendors, and clients have executed such agreements or have not breached or will not breach their agreements with us, that we will have adequate remedies for any breach, or that our trade secrets will not otherwise become known or independently developed by competitors. Additionally, we monitor our use of open source software to avoid uses that would require us to disclose our proprietary source code or violate applicable open source licenses, but if we engaged in such uses inadvertently, we could be required to take remedial action or release certain of our proprietary source code. These scenarios could materially and adversely affect our business, financial condition, and results of operations. In addition, despite the protections we do place on our intellectual property, a third party could, without authorization, copy or otherwise obtain and use our products or technology, or develop similar technology. In addition, agreement terms that address non-competition are difficult to enforce in many jurisdictions and might not be enforceable in certain cases.
We have filed a limited number of provisional and non-provisional patent applications, which have resulted in issued patents and which may or may not result in an additional issued patent or patents in the future. In addition, we do not know whether the examination process will require us to narrow our claims as to pending applications. To the extent that patents are issued from our patent applications, which are not certain, they may be contested, circumvented or invalidated in the future. Moreover, the rights granted under any issued patents may not provide us with proprietary protection or competitive advantages, may be successfully challenged by third parties, and, as with any technology, competitors may be able to develop similar or superior technologies to our own now or in the future.
We currently rely primarily on unpatented proprietary technology. It is possible that others will independently develop the same or similar technology or otherwise obtain access to our unpatented technology. To protect our trade secrets and other proprietary information, we require employees, consultants, advisors, and collaborators to enter into confidentiality agreements. We cannot assure you that these agreements will provide meaningful protection for our trade secrets, know-how, or other proprietary information in the event of any unauthorized use, misappropriation, or disclosure of such trade secrets, know-how, or other proprietary information. Further, the theft or unauthorized use or publication of our trade secrets and other confidential business information could reduce the differentiation of our services and harm our business, the value of our investment in development or business acquisitions could be reduced, and third parties might make claims against us related to losses of their confidential or proprietary information.
We rely on our trademarks, service marks, trade names, and brand names to distinguish our services from the services of our competitors, and have registered or applied to register many of these trademarks. We cannot assure you that our trademark applications will be approved. Third parties may also oppose our trademark applications, or otherwise challenge our use of the trademarks. In the event that our trademarks are successfully challenged, we could be forced to rebrand our services, which could result in loss of brand recognition and could require us to devote resources advertising and marketing new brands. Further, we cannot assure you that competitors will not infringe our trademarks or that we will have adequate resources to enforce our trademarks.
Our ability to obtain, protect, and enforce our intellectual property rights is subject to uncertainty as to the scope of protection, registrability, patentability, validity, and enforceability of our intellectual property rights in each applicable jurisdiction, as well as the risk of general litigation or third-party oppositions.
Existing U.S. federal and state intellectual property laws offer only limited protection. Moreover, if we expand our business into markets outside of the United States, our intellectual property rights may not receive the same degree of protection as they would in the United States because of the differences in foreign trademark and other laws concerning proprietary rights. Governments may adopt regulations, and government agencies or courts may render decisions, requiring compulsory licensing of intellectual property rights. When we seek to enforce our intellectual property rights we may be subject to claims that the intellectual property rights are invalid or unenforceable. Litigation may be necessary in the future to enforce our intellectual property rights and to protect our trade secrets. Litigation brought to protect and enforce our intellectual property rights could be costly, time consuming, and distracting to management and could result in the impairment or loss of portions of our intellectual property rights. Furthermore, our efforts to enforce our intellectual property rights may be met with defenses, counterclaims, and countersuits attacking the validity and enforceability of our intellectual property rights. Our inability to protect our proprietary technology against unauthorized copying or use, as well as any costly litigation or diversion of our management’s attention and resources, could delay further sales or the implementation of our solutions, impair the functionality of our solutions, delay introductions of new solutions, result in our substituting inferior or more costly technologies into our solutions, or have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.
We could experience losses or liability not covered by insurance.
Our business exposes us to risks that are inherent in the provision of analytics and toolsets that assist clinical decision-making and relate to patient medical histories and treatment plans. If clients or individuals assert liability claims against us, any ensuing litigation, regardless of outcome, could result in a substantial cost to us, divert management’s attention from operations,
and decrease market acceptance of our toolsets. We attempt to limit our liability to clients by contract; however, the limitations of liability set forth in the contracts may not be enforceable or may not otherwise protect us from liability for damages. Additionally, we may be subject to claims that are not explicitly covered by contract. We also maintain general liability coverage; however, this coverage may not continue to be available on acceptable terms, may not be available in sufficient amounts to cover one or more large claims against us, and may include larger self-insured retentions or exclusions for certain products. In addition, the insurer might disclaim coverage as to any future claim. A successful claim not fully covered by our insurance could have a material adverse impact on our liquidity, financial condition, and results of operations.
We could incur substantial costs as a result of any claim of infringement of another party’s intellectual property rights.
In recent years, there has been significant litigation in the United States involving patents and other intellectual property rights. Companies in the software and healthcare technology and services industries are increasingly bringing and becoming subject to suits alleging infringement of proprietary rights, particularly patent rights, and our competitors and other third parties may hold patents or have pending patent applications which could be related to our business. These risks have been amplified by the increase in third parties, which we refer to as non-practicing entities, whose primary business is to assert infringement claims or make royalty demands. Moreover, many of our current and potential competitors may dedicate substantially greater resources to protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, especially patents. It is difficult to proceed with certainty in a rapidly evolving technological environment in which there may be patent applications pending related to our technologies, many of which are confidential when filed.
We may receive in the future notices that claim we or our clients using our services have misappropriated or misused other parties’ intellectual property rights, particularly as the number of competitors in our market grows and the functionality of services among competitors overlaps. If we are sued by a third party that claims that our technology infringes its rights, the litigation, whether or not successful, could be extremely costly to defend, divert our management’s time, attention, and resources, damage our reputation and brand, and substantially harm our business.
In addition, in most instances, we have agreed to indemnify our clients against certain third-party claims, which may include claims that one of our services infringes the intellectual property rights of such third parties. These claims may require us to initiate or defend protracted and costly litigation on behalf of our clients, regardless of the merits of these claims. If any of these claims succeed, we may be forced to pay damages on behalf of our clients or may be required to obtain licenses for the products they use. If we cannot obtain all necessary licenses on commercially reasonable terms, our customers may be forced to stop using our services. In addition, our business could be adversely affected by any significant disputes between us and our clients as to the applicability or scope of our indemnification obligations to them. The results of any intellectual property litigation to which we might become a party, or for which we are required to provide indemnification, may also require us to do one or more of the following:
•cease offering or using technologies that incorporate the challenged intellectual property;
•make substantial payments for legal fees, settlement payments, or other costs or damages;
•obtain a license, which may not be available on reasonable terms, to sell or use the relevant technology; or
•redesign technology to avoid infringement, if feasible.
If we were to discover that our applications and services violate third-party proprietary rights, there can be no assurance that we would be able to obtain licenses to continue offering those applications and services on commercially reasonable terms, or at all, to redesign our technology to avoid infringement, or to avoid or settle litigation regarding alleged infringement without substantial expense and damage awards. Any claims against us relating to the infringement of third-party proprietary rights, even if not meritorious, could result in the expenditure of significant financial and managerial resources and in injunctions preventing us from distributing certain products. If we are required to make substantial payments or undertake any of the other actions noted above as a result of any intellectual property infringement claims against us or any obligation to indemnify our clients for such claims, such payments or costs could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition, and results of operations.
We depend on our senior management team and other key employees, and the loss of one or more of our executive officers or key employees could materially and adversely affect our business.
Our success depends in large part upon the continued services of our key executive officers, including Dr. Dunleavy. We also rely on our leadership team in the areas of research and development, marketing, services, and general and administrative functions. We can provide no assurances that any of our executive officers or key employees will continue their employment with us. The replacement of one or more of our executive officers or other key employees would likely involve significant time and costs and may significantly delay or prevent the achievement of our business objectives.
We may fail to attract, train, and retain enough qualified employees to support our operations and growth strategy, which could materially and adversely affect our business and growth strategy.
The success of our business and growth strategy depends on our ability to attract, train, and retain qualified employees, particularly technology personnel, subject matter experts, sales and marketing leadership and support personnel, and personnel with healthcare regulatory, clinical, and appropriate management expertise. The market for qualified employees in our industry and in the markets in which we operate is very competitive, and companies that we compete with for experienced personnel may have greater resources than we. In addition, our ability to attract and retain qualified employees depends in part on our ability to maintain awareness of our brand. If we are not successful in our recruiting efforts, or if we are unable to train and retain a sufficient number of qualified employees, our ability to develop and deliver successful technologies and services and grow our business may be materially and adversely affected.
Our use of accounting estimates involves judgment and could adversely impact our financial results, and ineffective internal controls could adversely impact our business and operating results.
The methods, estimates, and judgments that we use in applying accounting policies have a significant impact on our results of operations. For more information on our critical accounting policies and estimates, see “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Note 2—Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” of the notes to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. These methods, estimates, and judgments are subject to significant risks, uncertainties, and assumptions, and changes could affect our results of operations. In addition, our internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements because of the inherent limitations, including the possibility of human error, the circumvention or overriding of controls, or fraud. Even effective internal controls can provide only reasonable assurance with respect to the preparation and fair presentation of our consolidated financial statements.
We are obligated to report on the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting. These internal controls may not be determined to be effective, which may harm investor confidence in our Company and, as a result, the trading price of our Class A common stock.
The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Sarbanes-Oxley Act”) requires, among other things, that we maintain effective internal controls for financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures. We are required, pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act to furnish a report by management on, among other things, the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting in each Annual Report on Form 10-K. This assessment is required to include disclosure of material weaknesses, if any, identified by our management in our internal control over financial reporting. In addition, our independent registered public accounting firm is required to formally attest to the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting in each of our Annual Reports on Form 10-K. There can be no assurance that we or our independent registered public accounting firm will not identify a material weakness in our internal control over financial reporting in the future. Any failure of our internal control over financial reporting to be effective or our failure to implement required new or improved controls, if any, or difficulties encountered in their implementation, including delaying or failing to successfully integrate our acquisitions into our internal control over financial reporting or the identification and reporting of a material weakness, may harm our operating results, cause us to fail to meet our reporting obligations, harm investor confidence, and negatively impact the trading price of our Class A common stock.
Our Board of Directors may change our strategies, policies, and procedures without stockholder approval and we may become more highly leveraged, which may increase our risk of default under our debt obligations.
Our investment, financing, leverage, and dividend policies, and our policies with respect to all other activities, including growth, capitalization, and operations, are determined exclusively by our board of directors, and may be amended or revised at any time by our board of directors without notice to or a vote of our stockholders. This could result in us conducting operational matters, making investments, or pursuing different business or growth strategies than those contemplated in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Further, our charter and bylaws do not limit the amount or percentage of indebtedness, funded or otherwise, that we may incur. Higher leverage also increases the risk of default on our obligations. In addition, a change in our investment policies, including the manner in which we allocate our resources across our portfolio or the types of assets in which we seek to invest, may increase our exposure to interest rate risk and liquidity risk. Changes to our policies with regards to the foregoing could materially adversely affect our financial condition, results of operations, and cash flow.
Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments.
Item 2. Properties.
Our corporate headquarters is located in Bowie, Maryland, where we occupy approximately 130,000 square feet under a lease agreement that expires in June 2029. In addition, we lease an aggregate of approximately 313,000 square feet at the
following locations: Minneapolis, Minnesota; Washington, DC; Nashville, Tennessee; Phoenix, Arizona; Tampa, Florida; Canonsburg, Pennsylvania; Boston, Massachusetts; and Yellow Springs, Ohio. We own one property in Snellville, Georgia, which is approximately 12,000 square feet. In addition, we maintain a number of leases for smaller office facilities in various locations in the regions of our clients coinciding with specific client needs.
Item 3. Legal Proceedings.
Legal Proceedings—From time to time the Company is involved in various litigation matters arising out of the normal course of business. The Company consults with legal counsel on those issues related to litigation and seeks input from other experts and advisors with respect to such matters. Estimating the probable losses or a range of probable losses resulting from litigation, government actions and other legal proceedings is inherently difficult and requires an extensive degree of judgment, particularly where the matters involve indeterminate claims for monetary damages, may involve discretionary amounts, present novel legal theories, are in the early stages of the proceedings, or are subject to appeal. Whether any losses, damages or remedies ultimately resulting from such matters could reasonably have a material effect on the Company’s business, financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows will depend on a number of variables, including, for example, the timing and amount of such losses or damages (if any) and the structure and type of any such remedies. The Company’s management does not presently expect any litigation matters to have a material adverse impact on the consolidated financial statements of the Company.
See “Note 11—Commitments and Contingencies” of the notes to our consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.
Item 5. Market For Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.
Our Class A common stock is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol “INOV.”
Stock Performance Graph
The following performance graph and related information shall not be deemed “soliciting material” or to be “filed” with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), nor shall such information be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act of 1933 or Securities Exchange Act of 1934, each as amended, except to the extent that we specifically incorporate it by reference into such filing.
The line graph and table below compare the cumulative total stockholder return on our Class A common stock with the NASDAQ Composite-Total Returns Index and the NASDAQ Computer Index. This graph and table assume the investment of $100 in Company common stock on December 31, 2016 and assumes the reinvestment of dividends, if any, on the relevant payment dates.
The following performance graph is historical and not necessarily indicative of future price performance.
The following table was used to prepare the preceding chart, assumes $100 was invested at the close of market on December 31, 2016, and illustrates the value of the investment based on quoted prices as of the indicated dates:
|Inovalon Holdings, Inc. ||$||100 ||$||146 ||$||138 ||$||183 ||$||176 |
|NASDAQ Composite Index||$||100 ||$||128 ||$||123 ||$||167 ||$||239 |
|NASDAQ Computer Index||$||100 ||$||139 ||$||134 ||$||201 ||$||301 |
As of January 31, 2021, there were 72 stockholders of record of our Class A common stock. However, because many shares of our common stock are held by brokers and other institutions on behalf of stockholders, we believe there are substantially more beneficial holders of our common stock than record holders. As of January 31, 2021, there were 16 stockholders of record of our Class B common stock.
Our board of directors does not currently intend to declare and pay dividends on our common stock. However, our board of directors will periodically reevaluate our dividend policy and may determine to pay dividends in the future. Any future
determination to declare cash dividends will be at the sole discretion of our board of directors. No dividends were declared during the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019.
Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities
Use of Proceeds from Registered Securities
Purchases of Equity Securities by the Issuer or Affiliated Purchasers
Securities Authorized for Issuance Under Equity Compensation Plans
See Item 12, “Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters” for information regarding securities authorized for issuance.
Item 6. Selected Financial Data.
The following table sets forth selected consolidated financial data for the years presented and at the dates indicated below. Our historical results are not necessarily indicative of our results in any future periods. The summary of our consolidated financial data set forth below should be read together with our consolidated financial statements and related notes, as well as the sections entitled “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations,” included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
| ||Year Ended December 31,|
| ||(in thousands, except per share information)|
|Consolidated Statement of Operations Data:|| || || || || |
|Revenue||$||667,524 ||$||642,410 ||$||527,676 ||$||449,358 ||$||427,588 |
|Income (Loss) from operations||71,710 ||69,487 ||(2,585)||33,789 ||37,634 |
|Net income (loss)||22,579 ||7,775 ||(39,164)||34,818 ||27,104 |
|Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders||21,906 ||7,538 ||(39,164)||33,828 ||26,943 |
|Basic net income (loss) per share||$||0.15 ||$||0.05 ||$||(0.27)||$||0.24 ||$||0.18 |
|Diluted net income (loss) per share||$||0.15 ||$||0.05 ||$||(0.27)||$||0.24 ||$||0.18 |
| ||December 31,|
| ||(in thousands)|
|Consolidated Balance Sheet Data:|| || || || || |
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||123,880 ||$||93,094 ||$||115,591 ||$||208,944 ||$||127,683 |
|Short-term investments||— ||— ||7,000 ||267,288 ||445,315 |
|Accounts receivable, net of allowances||148,003 ||139,514 ||104,405 ||90,054 ||85,591 |
|Working capital||158,798 ||126,877 ||130,817 ||466,628 ||601,720 |
|Property, equipment and capitalized software, net||168,113 ||147,741 ||141,758 ||125,768 ||76,420 |
|Goodwill||955,881 ||955,881 ||956,029 ||184,932 ||184,557 |
|Total assets||1,971,398 ||1,908,634 ||1,921,415 ||995,078 ||1,053,344 |
|Long-term debt and finance lease liabilities||903,333 ||896,203 ||953,441 ||203,359 ||236,465 |
|Total liabilities||1,262,684 ||1,220,475 ||1,238,826 ||352,306 ||369,767 |
|Total stockholders’ equity||708,714 ||688,159 ||682,589 ||642,772 ||683,577 |
Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.
You should read the following discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations in conjunction with our “Selected Financial Data” and our consolidated financial statements and notes thereto appearing elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. In addition to historical consolidated financial information, the following discussion and analysis may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Our actual results could differ materially from those anticipated by forward-looking statements as a result of many factors. We discuss factors that we
believe could cause or contribute to these differences below and elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K, including those set forth under “Risk Factors” and “Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements.”
We are a leading provider of cloud-based platforms empowering data-driven healthcare. Through the Inovalon ONE® Platform, Inovalon brings to the marketplace a national-scale capability to interconnect with the healthcare ecosystem, aggregate and analyze data in real-time, and empower the application of resulting insights to drive meaningful impact at the point of care. Leveraging its Platform, unparalleled proprietary datasets, and industry-leading subject matter expertise, Inovalon enables better care, efficiency, and financial performance across the healthcare ecosystem. From health plans and provider organizations, to pharmaceutical, medical device, and diagnostics companies, Inovalon’s unique achievement of value is delivered through the effective progression of “Turning Data into Insight, and Insight into Action®.” Supporting thousands of clients, including all 25 of the top 25 U.S. health plans, 22 of the top 25 global pharma companies, 19 of the top 25 U.S. healthcare provider systems, and many of the leading pharmacy organizations, device manufacturers, and other healthcare industry constituents, Inovalon’s technology platforms and analytics are informed by data pertaining to more than one million physicians, 574,000 clinical facilities, 332 million Americans, and 61 billion medical events.
We generate the substantial majority of our revenue through the sale or subscription licensing of our platform solutions, as well as revenue from related arrangements for advisory, implementation, and support services.
The outbreak of the novel coronavirus disease (“COVID-19”) was labeled a global pandemic by the World Health Organization in March 2020 and has led to material and adverse impacts on the U.S. and global economies and created widespread uncertainty. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in the first quarter of 2020, we implemented our “Pandemic Plan,” which included transitioning our workforce to a remote working model and performing drills to ensure the preparedness of our workforce. As of the date of this Annual Report on Form 10-K, we have not experienced significant disruption in our operations as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are conducting business with modifications to employee travel and employee work locations, among other modifications. In response to the pandemic and changes in telehealth-related and other policies and guidelines from the U.S. government, we launched data-driven and analytically informed telehealth capabilities within a number of our platform offerings in the first quarter of 2020. During 2020, certain services and legacy offerings experienced a degree of softness resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, which we believe are temporary and that a significant portion of this softness represents demand delays (not demand loss). Although we expect these businesses and offerings to experience a degree of “catch-up” following the COVID-19 pandemic impact period, we can provide no assurance that demand delays experienced will not result in permanent demand loss, or as to the timing of the peak of the pandemic and the ultimate impact of the pandemic on the U.S. and global economy and on our business. In addition, the COVID-19 pandemic has had and is likely to continue to have adverse effects on our clients, suppliers and third-party business partners.
The extent to which the COVID-19 pandemic impacts our business, operations, and financial results, including the duration and magnitude of such impact, will depend on numerous factors that the company may not be able to accurately predict, including those discussed in Part I Item 1A. Risk Factors in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. We will continue to actively monitor the situation and may take further actions that alter our business operations as may be required by federal, state or local authorities or that we determine are in the best interests of our employees, clients, partners, and stockholders.
We review a number of metrics, including the key metrics shown in the table below (in thousands). We believe that these metrics are indicative of our overall level of analytical activity and the underlying growth in our business.
| ||Year Ended December 31,|
MORE2 Registry® dataset metrics(1)
| || || |
Unique patient count(2)
|332,830 ||314,788 ||264,220 |
Medical event count(3)
|61,780,523 ||53,363,411 ||42,898,600 |
Trailing twelve-month Patient Analytics Months (“PAM”)(1)(4)
|70,692,852 ||65,088,648 ||48,099,042 |
(1)MORE2 Registry® dataset metrics and Trailing twelve-month PAM, each of which is presented in the table, are key operating metrics that management uses to assess our level of operational activity. While we believe that each of these metrics is indicative of our overall level of analytical activity and the underlying growth in our business, increases or decreases in these metrics do not necessarily correlate to proportional increases or decreases in revenue, or net income. For instance, although increased levels of analytical activity historically have corresponded to increases in revenue over the
long term, differences in fees charged for different analytical packages exist and differences in how analytics trigger the applicability of our data-driven intervention toolsets may result in increases in analytical activity that do not result in proportional increases in revenue, or net income (and vice versa). Accordingly, while we believe the presentation of these operating metrics is helpful to investors in understanding our business, these metrics have limitations and should not be considered as substitutes for analysis of our financial results reported under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). In addition, we believe that other companies, including companies in our industry, do not present similar operating metrics and that there is no commonly accepted method of calculating these metrics, which may reduce their usefulness as comparative measures.
(2)Unique patient count is defined as each unique, longitudinally matched, de-identified natural person represented in our MORE2 Registry® as of the end of the period presented.
(3)Medical event count is defined as the total number of discrete medical events as of the end of the period presented (for example, a discrete medical event typically results from the presentation of a patient to a physician for the diagnosis of diabetes and congestive heart failure in a single visit, the presentation of a patient to an emergency department for chest pain, etc.).
(4)PAM is defined as the sum of the analytical processes performed on each respective patient within patient populations covered by clients under contract. As used in the metric, an “analytical process” is a distinct set of data calculations undertaken by us which is initiated and completed within our platform solutions to examine a specific question such as whether a patient is believed to have a condition such as diabetes, or worsening of the disease, during a specific time period.
Trends and Factors Affecting Our Future Performance
A number of factors influence our growth and performance. We see many of these factors as being more quantitatively driven, such as the rate of growth of the underlying data counts within our datasets, the ongoing investment in innovation, and our revenue mix of subscription-based platform offerings. Additionally, there are several factors that influence our growth and performance that are less quantitatively driven, including seasonality, macro-economic forces, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, and trends within healthcare (such as payment models, incentivization, and regulatory oversight) that can be driven by changes in federal and state laws and regulations, as well as private sector market forces.
Growth of Datasets. Healthcare costs in the United States have been increasing significantly for many years. This rise in healthcare costs has driven a broad transition from consumption-based payment models to quality and value-based payment models across the healthcare landscape. As a result, the specific disease and comorbidity status, clinical and quality outcomes, resource utilization, and care details of the individual patient have become increasingly relevant to the various constituents across the healthcare delivery system. Concurrently, the count and complexity of diseases, diagnostics, and treatments—as well as payment models and regulatory oversight requirements—have soared. In this setting, granular data has become critical to determining and improving quality and financial performance in healthcare. Our MORE2 Registry® is our largest principal dataset and serves as a proxy for our general growth of datasets within Inovalon. The growth of our datasets that inform our analytical capabilities and comparative analytics is a key aspect of our provision of value to our clients and is indicative of our overall growth and capabilities.
Innovation and Platform Development. Our business model is based upon our ability to deliver value to our clients through our platform solutions and related services focused on the achievement of meaningful and measurable improvements in clinical quality outcomes and financial performance in healthcare. Our ability to deliver this value is dependent in part on our ability to continue to innovate, design new capabilities, enter into new agreements with clients for new platforms, and bring these capabilities to market in an enterprise scale. Our continued ability to innovate our platform and bring differentiated capabilities to market is an important aspect of our business success.
Our investment in innovation includes costs for research and development, capitalized software development, and capital expenditures related to hardware and software platforms on which our platform solutions are deployed as summarized below (in thousands, except percentages).
|Year Ended December 31,|
|Investment in Innovation|| || || |
Research and development(1)
|$||33,503 ||$||33,686 ||$||28,638 |
Capitalized software development(2)
|48,831 ||36,583 ||38,253 |
Research and development infrastructure investments(3)
|— ||1,581 ||12,748 |
|Total investment in innovation||$||82,334 ||$||71,850 ||$||79,639 |
|As a percentage of revenue|| || || |
Research and development(1)
|5 ||%||5 ||%||5 ||%|
Capitalized software development(2)
|7 ||%||6 ||%||7 ||%|
Research and development infrastructure investments(3)
|— ||%||— ||%||3 ||%|
|Total investment in innovation||12 ||%||11 ||%||15 ||%|
(1)Research and development primarily includes employee costs related to the development and enhancement of our service offerings.
(2)Capitalized software development includes capitalized costs incurred to develop and enhance functionality for our platform solutions.
(3)Research and development infrastructure investments include strategic capital expenditures related to hardware and software platforms under development or enhancement.
Mix of Subscription-Based Platform Offerings and Legacy Solutions. In 2018, we executed an intentional transition in our offering portfolio from legacy platform solutions to subscription-based cloud-based platform offerings with add-on advisory services. Subscription-based cloud-based platform offerings are generally defined as modular, cloud-based solutions that utilize dynamic, high-speed cloud-based compute and storage, offer enhanced data visualization capabilities, and are tied to subscription-based contract structures where revenue is predominantly based on factors such as the number of patients under contract or similar relevant metrics (e.g., the number of prescriptions issued), the size of the client, and/or a specific period of time. Additionally, we are continually expanding our offerings of cloud-based SaaS solutions enabled by the Inovalon ONE® Platform which utilize Artificial Intelligence and machine learning application combined with real-world data assets to supplement our cloud-based solutions. Legacy platform solutions are continuing to decrease as a percentage of total revenue and are generally defined as solutions historically not cloud-based in nature and not tied to subscription-based contract structures. We believe subscription-based cloud-based platform offerings provide more advanced capabilities, higher value, and greater visibility to clients, as well as improved visibility, market differentiation, and financial performance for us. We expect that subscription-based cloud-based platform offerings will continue to represent an increasing share of our total revenue, contributing to an increasing base of recurring revenue.
Additionally, through the ABILITY acquisition in April 2018, we expanded our subscription-based cloud-based platform offering revenues and we continue to achieve revenue synergies realized through i) the infusion of Inovalon’s data and analytics into ABILITY’s existing offerings, ii) the combination of the Inovalon ONE® Platform and myABILITY® Platform capabilities to introduce new and more vertically integrated offerings which appeal to both organizations’ traditional market base, iii) the enhancement of Inovalon’s offerings from ABILITY’s provider point-of-care data, connectivity, and workflow presence, and iv) the leveraging of ABILITY’s sales channel, techniques and capacity.
Breadth of Healthcare Industry Connectivity. The healthcare industry is undergoing a significant transition as it becomes increasingly data-driven. As part of this transition, participants across the healthcare industry, including health plans, pharmaceutical companies, medical device manufacturers, and diagnostic companies, are increasingly interested in achieving timely and seamless access to relevant data and being able to drive impact directly with providers and their patients. Concurrently, providers are also increasingly interested in access to more advanced analytical tools to support and improve their clinical and financial performance. Enhancing and expanding our industry connectivity with payer administrative systems, provider facilities, diagnostic systems, pharmacy systems, healthcare industry systems (e.g., electronic healthcare record systems, health information exchange systems, claims processing systems, decision support systems, etc.), and other healthcare clinical and business systems, offers the potential for increased differentiation in the healthcare marketplace as well as improved efficiency of our operations.
Client and Analytical Process Count Growth. Our business is generally driven by the number of underlying patients for which our platform solutions are being utilized. As such, we track the number of analytical processes that we run on patients each month in fulfillment of our client contracts, as totaled for the trailing 12 months. We believe that PAM is indicative of our overall level of analytical activity, and we expect our period-to-period comparisons of our PAM to be indicative of underlying growth of our business, although changes in levels of analytical activity do not always directly translate to changes in financial performance of our business. Differences in fees charged for different analytical packages exist and differences in how analytics trigger the applicability of our data-driven intervention platforms may result in increases in analytical activity that do not result in proportional increases in revenue, or net income (and vice versa). Therefore, in situations in which a new engagement is initiated for analytical processes that have a higher than average fee rate, revenue could expand disproportionately faster than the increase in PAM. Likewise, if engagements for analytical processes that have a higher than average fee rate are concluded then such conclusions can negatively affect revenue disproportionately more than PAM.
Seasonality. The nature of our customers’ end-market results in partial seasonality reflected in both revenue and cost of revenue differences during the year. Regulatory impact of data submission deadlines in, for example, January, March, June, and September drive some degree of predictable timing of analytics and data processing activity variances from quarter to quarter. Further, regulatory clinical encounter deadlines of June 30th and December 31st drive predictable intervention concentrations variances from quarter to quarter. The timing of these factors results in analytical and intervention activity mix variances, which have limited predictable impact in the aggregate on our financial performance from quarter to quarter. However, quarter to quarter financial performance may increasingly vary from historical seasonal trends as we continue to expand into adjacent markets and increase the portion of our revenue generated from new offerings. Further, we also expect the impact of seasonality to decrease over time as we expand our mix of revenue generated from a subscription-based model. The timing of new contract signings and their respective implementations can also lead to variances in our seasonal revenue performance.
Regulatory, Economic and Industry Trends. Our clients are affected, sometimes directly and sometimes counter-intuitively, by macro-economic trends such as economic growth (or economic recession), inflation, and unemployment. These macro-economic trends may also be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the recent U.S. presidential election. Further, industry trends in federal and state laws and regulations, as well as emerging trends in private sector payment models, affect our clients’ businesses and their need for technologies and services to support these challenges. These factors have various effects on our business, and on occasion have resulted in the slowing or cessation of the decision-making process by clients adopting our technologies and services. On the other hand, changes in macro-economic trends and the industry landscape have accelerated the need for our technologies and services from time-to-time, particularly as regulators introduce complex requirements with which our clients must comply.
Components of Results of Operations
We earn revenue primarily through the sale or subscription licensing of our platform solutions, as well as revenue from related arrangements for advisory, implementation, and support services.
Platform solutions include arrangements for technology-based offerings representing subscription-based cloud-based platform offerings, including solutions offered through the myABILITY® software platform and real-time accessibility of comprehensive patient-specific healthcare data and analytical insights through Inovalon DataStream™, and legacy platform solutions that are not cloud-based and not billed under a subscription-based contract structure. Our platform solutions revenue is driven primarily by cloud-based data connectivity, analytics, intervention, and visualization software that enables the identification and resolution of gaps in care, quality, utilization, compliance, and/or other gaps that may impact our clients’ achievement of greater healthcare quality and financial performance associated with value-based care. Revenue is predominantly based on the number of clients, the number of patients or similar relevant metrics (e.g., the number of prescriptions issued), the size of the client, the number of analytical services contracted for by a client and the contractually negotiated price of such services. Additionally, revenue is based on the number of identified and/or resolved gaps in care, quality, utilization, compliance, and/or other gaps resulting from our analytical services at a contractually negotiated transactional price for each identified and/or resolved gap.
The majority of our platform solutions contracts contain a series of separately identifiable and distinct services that represent performance obligations that are satisfied over time. Revenue is allocated to platform solutions by determining the standalone selling price of each performance obligation. Revenue is generally recognized on our platform offerings over the contract term. For certain contracts, we have determined that we will recognize revenue when we have the right to invoice.
As our platform solutions are increasingly integrated into our clients’ operations, the timing and delivery of implementations vary.
Service revenue represents revenue that is generated from strategic advisory, implementation and support services. Revenue from our services arrangements is generally provided under time and materials, fixed-price, or retainer-based
contracts, based on agreed upon billing rates applied to direct labor hours expended plus the costs of other items used in the performance of the contract. We recognize revenue when we have the right to invoice the customer using the allowable practical expedient since the right to invoice the customer corresponds with the performance obligations completed. Revenues under fixed-price and retainer-based contracts are recognized ratably over the contract period or upon contract completion.
During 2020, certain services and legacy offerings experienced a degree of softness resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, which we believe are temporary and that a significant portion of this softness represents demand delays (not demand loss). Although we expect these businesses and offerings to experience a degree of “catch-up” following the COVID-19 pandemic impact period, we can provide no assurance that demand delays experienced will not result in permanent demand loss, or as to the timing of the peak of the pandemic and the ultimate impact of the pandemic on the U.S. and global economy and on our business.
Cost of Revenue
Cost of revenue consists primarily of expenses for employees who provide direct contractual services to our clients, including salaries, benefits, discretionary incentive compensation, employment taxes, severance, and equity compensation costs. Cost of revenue also includes expenses associated with the integration, and verification of data and other service costs incurred to fulfill our revenue contracts. Cost of revenue does not include allocated amounts for occupancy expense and depreciation and amortization. Many of the elements of our cost of revenue are relatively variable and semi-variable and can be reduced in the near-term to help offset any decline in our revenue.
Our business and operational models are designed to be highly scalable and leverage variable costs to support revenue generating activities. While we may grow our headcount over time to capitalize on our market opportunities, we believe our increased investment in automation, electronic health record integration capabilities, and economies of scale in our operating model, will position us to grow our platform solutions revenue at a greater rate than our cost of revenue.
Sales and Marketing
Sales and marketing expense consists primarily of employee-related expenses, including salaries, benefits, commissions, discretionary incentive compensation, employment taxes, severance, and equity compensation costs for our employees engaged in sales, sales support, business development, and marketing. Sales and marketing expense also includes operating expenses for marketing programs, research, trade shows and brand messages, and public relations costs. Our sales and marketing expense excludes any allocation of occupancy expense and depreciation and amortization.
We expect our sales and marketing expenses to continue to increase in absolute dollar terms as we strategically invest to expand our business, although it may vary from period to period as a percentage of total revenues.
Research and Development
Research and development expense (one component of our investment in innovation) consists primarily of employee-related expenses, including salaries, benefits, discretionary incentive compensation, employment taxes, severance, and equity compensation costs for our software developers, engineers, analysts, project managers, and other employees engaged in the development and enhancement of our service offerings. Research and development expense also include certain third-party consulting fees. Our research and development expense excludes any allocation of occupancy expense and depreciation and amortization.
We expect to continue our focus on developing new product offerings and enhancing our existing product offerings. As a result, we expect our research and development expense to increase in absolute dollars, although it may vary from period to period as a percentage of revenue.
General and Administrative
Our general and administrative expense consists primarily of employee-related expenses including salaries, benefits, discretionary incentive compensation, employment taxes, severance, and equity compensation costs, for employees who are responsible for management information systems, administration, human resources, finance, legal, and executive management. General and administrative expense also includes occupancy expenses (including rent, utilities, and facilities maintenance), professional fees, consulting fees, insurance, travel, contingent consideration, transaction costs, integration costs, and other expenses. Our general and administrative expense excludes depreciation and amortization.
In the near term, we expect our general and administrative expense to continue to increase in absolute dollars to support business growth. Over the long term, we expect general and administrative expense to decrease as a percentage of revenue.
Depreciation and Amortization Expense
Our depreciation and amortization expense consists primarily of depreciation of fixed assets, amortization of capitalized software development costs, amortization of intangible assets, and amortization of finance leases.
We expect our depreciation and amortization expense to increase as we expand our business organically and through acquisitions.
Interest income represents interest earned net of amortization of premium for purchased interest from our available-for-sale short-term investments.
We expect our interest income to fluctuate in proportion to the amount of funds we invest, according to our corporate investment policy, in available-for-sale short-term investments and considering prevailing available interest rate yields on such investment grade debt securities.
Interest expense represents interest incurred on our 2018 Credit Facilities (as defined in “Note 10—Debt” in the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements, included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K) and related interest rate swaps.
We expect our interest expense to fluctuate in proportion to our outstanding principal balance under the 2018 Credit Facilities and the prevailing London Interbank Offer Rate (“LIBOR”) interest rate. Refer to “Note 10—Debt” in the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements.
(Benefit from) Provision for Income Taxes
Provision for income taxes consists of federal and state income taxes in the United States and foreign income taxes from the territory of Puerto Rico, including deferred income taxes reflecting the net tax effects of temporary differences between the carrying amounts of assets and liabilities for financial reporting purposes and the amounts used for income tax purposes, and excess tax benefits or deficiencies derived from exercises of stock options and vesting of restricted stock.
Our benefit from income taxes has increased due to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (the “CARES Act”) which was signed into law on March 27, 2020 and includes net operating loss provisions. We realized tax benefits related to several provisions of the CARES Act, which favorably impacted our income tax provision. Our effective tax rate may fluctuate in the future due to changes in pre-tax book income, the impact of future tax law changes, and recognition of excess tax benefits or deficiencies associated with stock-based compensation transactions.
Results of Operations
The following tables set forth our consolidated statement of operations data for each of the periods presented (in thousands, except percentages):
| ||Year Ended December 31,||2020 to 2019 |
|2019 to 2018 |
|Revenue||$||667,524 ||$||642,410 ||$||527,676 ||$||25,114 ||4 ||%||$||114,734 ||22 ||%|
|Expenses:|| || || || || |
Cost of revenue(1)
|167,824 ||167,814 ||144,826 ||10 ||— ||%||22,988 ||16 ||%|
Sales and marketing(1)
|62,938 ||62,411 ||45,534 ||527 ||1 ||%||16,877 ||37 ||%|
Research and development(1)
|33,503 ||33,686 ||28,638 ||(183)||(1)||%||5,048 ||18 ||%|
General and administrative(1)
|216,624 ||200,762 ||205,038 ||15,862 ||8 ||%||(4,276)||(2)||%|
|Depreciation and amortization||114,925 ||108,250 ||96,725 ||6,675 ||6 ||%||11,525 ||12 ||%|
|Restructuring expense||— ||— ||9,500 ||— ||*%||(9,500)||*%|
|Total operating expenses||595,814 ||572,923 ||530,261 ||22,891 ||4 ||%||42,662 ||8 ||%|
|Income (Loss) from operations||71,710 ||69,487 ||(2,585)||2,223 ||3 ||%||72,072 ||*%|
|Other income and (expenses):|| || || || || |
|Interest income||479 ||2,242 ||2,181 ||(1,763)||(79)||%||61 ||3 ||%|
|Interest expense||(56,177)||(65,831)||(50,898)||9,654 ||(15)||%||(14,933)||29 ||%|
|Other expense, net||(551)||(20)||(2,255)||(531)||*%||2,235 ||*%|
|Income (Loss) before taxes||15,461 ||5,878 ||(53,557)||9,583 ||163 ||%||59,435 ||111 ||%|
|Benefit from income taxes||(7,118)||(1,897)||(14,393)||(5,221)||275 ||%||12,496 ||(87)||%|
|Net income (loss)||$||22,579 ||$||7,775 ||$||(39,164)||$||14,804 ||190 ||%||$||46,939 ||120 ||%|
|(1) Includes stock-based compensation expense as follows:|
|Cost of revenue||$||650 ||$||348 ||$||237 ||$||302 ||87 ||%||$||111 ||47 ||%|
|Sales and marketing||2,841 ||1,675 ||735 ||1,166 ||70 ||%||940 ||128 ||%|
|Research and development||1,293 ||1,707 ||1,937 ||(414)||(24)||%||(230)||(12)||%|
|General and administrative||25,748 ||16,500 ||13,253 ||9,248 ||56 ||%||3,247 ||25 ||%|
|Total stock-based compensation expense||$||30,532 ||$||20,230 ||$||16,162 ||$||10,302 ||51 ||%||$||4,068 ||25 ||%|
* Asterisk denotes not meaningful
The following table sets forth our consolidated statement of operations data for each of the periods presented as a percentage of revenue:
| ||Year Ended December 31,|
|Revenue||100 ||%||100 ||%||100 ||%|
|Cost of revenue||25 ||%||26 ||%||28 ||%|
|Sales and marketing||9 ||%||10 ||%||9 ||%|
|Research and development||5 ||%||5 ||%||5 ||%|
|General and administrative||33 ||%||31 ||%||39 ||%|
|Depreciation and amortization||17 ||%||17 ||%||18 ||%|
|Restructuring expense||— ||%||— ||%||2 ||%|
|Total operating expenses||89 ||%||89 ||%||101 ||%|
|Income (Loss) from operations||11 ||%||11 ||%||(1)||%|
|Other income and (expenses):|
|Other expense, net||*%||*%||*%|
|Income (Loss) before taxes||2 ||%||1 ||%||(11)||%|
|Benefit from income taxes||(1)||%||*%||(3)||%|
|Net income (loss)||3 ||%||1 ||%||(8)||%|
The discussion below includes a comparison of our results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared with the year ended December 31, 2019. We have elected to omit discussion of the earliest of the three years presented in this Form 10-K. For a discussion of our results of operations for the year ended December 31, 2019 compared with the year ended December 31, 2018, refer to Part II, Item 7 (“Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations”) of our 2019 Form 10-K, which was filed with the SEC on February 19, 2020.
Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020 was $667.5 million, an increase of 4% compared with revenue of $642.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2019. This increase was primarily attributable to an increase of $75.9 million in revenue contributed from new clients signed resulting from continued adoption of subscription-based platform offerings, including real-time accessibility of comprehensive patient-specific healthcare data and analytical insights through Inovalon DataStream™ which supplements the Inovalon ONE® Platform cloud-based solutions, which was partially offset by a decrease of $50.8 million in revenue from existing clients partially attributable to impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in decreases in demand related to certain services and legacy platform offerings and normal customer churn.
Cost of Revenue
During the year ended December 31, 2020, cost of revenue was substantially unchanged compared with the year ended December 31, 2019 and was primarily attributable to an increase in professional third-party costs of $4.6 million and an increase in stock-based compensation of $0.3 million, which was offset by a decrease in employee-related expense of $3.4 million, and a decrease in travel-related expenses of $1.5 million. Cost of revenue as a percentage of revenue was 25% and 26% for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
Sales and Marketing
During the year ended December 31, 2020, sales and marketing expense increased by $0.5 million, or 1%, compared with the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in employee-related expense of $3.1 million and an increase in stock-based compensation of $1.2 million, which was partially offset by a decrease in travel-related expenses of $2.0 million and a decrease in advertising expenses of $1.6 million. Sales and marketing expense as a percentage of revenue was 9% and 10% for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
Research and Development
During the year ended December 31, 2020, research and development expense decreased by $0.2 million, or 1%, compared with the year ended December 31, 2019. The decrease was primarily attributable to a decrease in employee-related expense of $1.6 million, which was partially offset by an increase in professional third-party costs of $1.4 million.
General and Administrative
During the year ended December 31, 2020, general and administrative expense increased by $15.9 million, or 8%, compared with the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase in employee-related expense of $9.4 million, an increase in stock-based compensation of $9.2 million, an adjustment to the fair value of contingent consideration of $3.3 million, and an increase in professional third-party costs of $3.1 million, which was partially offset by a decrease in transaction and integration costs of $4.0 million and a decrease in travel-relates expenses of $3.7 million. General and administrative expense as a percentage of revenue was 33% and 31% for the years ended December 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.
Depreciation and Amortization
During the year ended December 31, 2020, depreciation and amortization expense increased by $6.7 million, or 6%, compared with the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase was primarily attributable to $2.0 million of amortization related to our finance leases and leasehold improvements, depreciation of software licenses and computers of $1.9 million, amortization of capitalized software of $1.7 million, and $0.8 million of amortization of acquired intangible assets.
During the year ended December 31, 2020, interest expense decreased by $9.7 million, compared with the year ended December 31, 2019. The decrease in interest expense was primarily attributable to the repricing of our 2018 Credit Facilities (as defined in “Note 10—Debt” in the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements, included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K) which resulted in a decrease to the applicable interest rate margin by 50 basis points to 3.00%, decreases in LIBOR resulting in lower interest, and a decrease in principal debt balance following our scheduled annual principal payments of $9.8 million and an additional voluntary principal payment of $50 million during the fourth quarter of 2019.
(Benefit from) Provision for Income Taxes
During the year ended December 31, 2020, the benefit from income taxes increased by $5.2 million, or 275%, compared with the year ended December 31, 2019. Our effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2020 was approximately (46)%, compared with approximately (32)%, resulting in a benefit from income tax, for the year ended December 31, 2019. The change in our effective tax rate is primarily due to the change in income before taxes compared to the prior year, the impact associated with provisions within CARES Act which allow for the carryback of net operating losses to prior years and higher deductions associated with equity compensation.
Quarterly Financial Information (Unaudited)
The following tables show a summary of the Company’s unaudited quarterly financial information for each of the four quarters of 2020 and 2019 (in thousands, except per share amounts):
|Fourth Quarter||Third Quarter||Second Quarter||First Quarter|
|Revenue||$||189,745 ||$||161,377 ||$||162,215 ||$||154,187 |
|Cost of revenue||$||50,459 ||$||39,561 ||$||36,761 ||$||41,043 |
|Net income (loss)||$||21,413 ||$||824 ||$||2,025 ||$||(1,683)|
|Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders||$||20,831 ||$||800 ||$||1,964 ||$||(1,683)|
Basic net income (loss) per share(1)
|$||0.14 ||$||0.01 ||$||0.01 ||$||(0.01)|
Diluted net income (loss) per share(1)
|$||0.14 ||$||0.01 ||$||0.01 ||$||(0.01)|
|Fourth Quarter||Third Quarter||Second Quarter||First Quarter|
|Revenue||$||173,489 ||$||166,453 ||$||156,977 ||$||145,491 |
|Cost of revenue||$||46,553 ||$||42,940 ||$||41,118 ||$||37,203 |
|Net income (loss)||$||4,718 ||$||6,842 ||$||4,538 ||$||(8,323)|
|Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders||$||4,563 ||$||6,621 ||$||4,403 ||$||(8,323)|
Basic net income (loss) per share(1)
|$||0.03 ||$||0.04 ||$||0.03 ||$||(0.06)|
Diluted net income (loss) per share(1)
|$||0.03 ||$||0.04 ||$||0.03 ||$||(0.06)|
(1)Basic and diluted earnings per share are computed independently for each of the quarters presented. Therefore, the sum of quarterly basic and diluted per share information may not equal annual basic and diluted earnings per share.
Liquidity and Capital Resources
The following table presents a summary of our cash flow activity for the periods set forth below (in thousands):
| ||Year Ended December 31,|
|Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows Data:|| || || |
|Net income (loss)||$||22,579 ||$||7,775 ||$||(39,164)|
|Net cash provided by operating activities||$||146,359 ||$||106,480 ||$||90,401 |
|Net cash used in investing activities||$||(86,610)||$||(51,975)||$||(889,354)|
|Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities||$||(28,963)||$||(77,002)||$||705,600 |
Sources of Liquidity
Our principal sources of liquidity have been cash generated by operating activities and proceeds from our 2018 Credit Facilities. Our cash generated from such means has been sufficient to fund our growth, including our capital expenditures. On March 16, 2020, we borrowed $99.0 million on our 2018 Revolving Facility (as defined in “Note 10—Debt” in the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements, included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K), to ensure the availability of sufficient capital to deploy opportunistically from time to time, in light of unprecedented conditions due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We voluntarily repaid the full balance of the 2018 Revolving Facility and remaining interest on June 4, 2020.
As of December 31, 2020, our cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $123.9 million, compared to $93.1 million of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments as of December 31, 2019. All cash held by us is domiciled in the United States. We believe our current cash, cash equivalents, expected cash generated by operating activities, and availability of cash under our 2018 Credit Facilities are sufficient to fund our operations, finance our strategic initiatives, and fund our investment in innovation and new service offerings, for the foreseeable future. There can be no assurance that we will continue to generate cash flows at or above current levels or that we will be able to maintain our ability to borrow under our 2018 Credit Facilities.
On April 2, 2018, we entered into the 2018 Credit Facilities. As of December 31, 2020, the Company had $100.0 million available to us consisting of $99.0 million under the 2018 Revolving Facility and a letter of credit of $1.0 million.
As of December 31, 2020, we had outstanding indebtedness under the 2018 Term Loan Facility and finance lease liabilities of $887.4 million and $29.7 million, respectively. No amounts were outstanding under the 2018 Revolving Credit Facility as of December 31, 2020. The obligations under the 2018 Facilities are guaranteed by our domestic, wholly owned subsidiaries. The 2018 Term Facility has a seven year term and is an amortizing facility with quarterly principal payments and monthly interest payments. In addition to the repayment of the 2018 Revolving Facility of $99.0 million, scheduled principal payments totaling $9.8 million and scheduled interest payments totaling $52.5 million were paid during the year ended December 31, 2020. As of December 31, 2020, we were in compliance with the covenants under the 2018 Credit Agreement.
See “Note 10—Debt” in the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements, included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K for additional information.
Cash Flows From Operating Activities
Cash provided by operating activities consisted of net income adjusted for certain non-cash items, including depreciation and amortization, stock-based compensation, and deferred income taxes, as well as the effect of changes in working capital and other activities.
Cash provided by operating activities during the year ended December 31, 2020 was $146.4 million, representing an increase of $39.9 million compared with the year ended December 31, 2019. The increase in cash provided by operating activities was primarily driven by an increase in operating income, improved collections, a decrease of $10.3 million in cash paid for interest, and a decrease of $2.4 million in payments related to acquisition-related contingent consideration.
Cash Flows From Investing Activities
We make investments in innovation, including research and development expense, capital software development costs, and research and development infrastructure investments, on a recurring basis.
Cash used in investing activities during the year ended December 31, 2020 was $86.6 million compared with $52.0 million during the year ended December 31, 2019. The change in cash used in investing activities was primarily due to the purchase of intangible assets of $20.0 million, a decrease in sales and maturities of short term investments of $7.0 million, and an increase in capital expenditures of $7.8 million, including investments related to our cloud-based platform offerings.
Cash Flows From Financing Activities
Cash used in financing activities during the year ended December 31, 2020 was $29.0 million, compared with $77.0 million during the year ended December 31, 2019. The change in cash used in financing activities was primarily due to a decrease in principal debt repayments on our 2018 Term Loan Facility of $50.0 million and decreased payments related to acquisition-related contingent consideration of $9.1 million, which was partially offset by increased payments of $5.5 million related to the issuance of equity awards, a decrease in proceeds from the exercise of stock options of $3.5 million, and payment of debt issuance costs of $1.0 million
Off Balance Sheet Arrangements
We do not have any off-balance sheet arrangements and did not have any such arrangements during the years ended December 31, 2020, 2019, and 2018.
Our principal commitments consist of obligations under our 2018 Term Loan Facility, purchase obligations, our operating leases for equipment, office space, and co-located data center facilities and our finance leases. See Item 7 “Note 8—Leases,” “Note 10—Debt,” and “Note 11—Commitments and Contingencies,” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
The following table summarizes our future payments in cash, excluding the effects of time value, on contractual obligations by period as of December 31, 2020 (in thousands).
| ||Payments Due by Period|
| ||Total||Less than 1 year||1 - 3 years||3 - 5 years||More than 5 years|
|Credit facilities||$||907,950 ||$||9,800 ||$||19,600 ||$||878,550 ||$||— |
|Purchase obligations||15,646 ||6,010 ||9,636 ||— ||— |
|Finance lease liabilities||29,722 ||3,963 ||5,940 ||6,663 ||13,156 |
|Operating lease liabilities||46,775 ||5,968 ||12,119 ||7,874 ||20,814 |
|Total||$||1,000,093 ||$||25,741 ||$||47,295 ||$||893,087 ||$||33,970 |
We have cash interest requirements due on the 2018 Credit Facilities, payable at variable rates, that are not included in the table above.
Our existing operating lease agreements may provide us with the option to renew. Our future operating lease liabilities would change if we entered into additional operating lease agreements and if we exercised renewal options.
Contractual obligations represent future cash commitments and liabilities under agreements with third parties, and exclude purchase orders for goods and services. Purchase orders are not included in the table above. Our purchase orders represent authorizations to purchase rather than legally binding agreements. The contractual commitment amounts in the table above are associated with agreements that are legally binding and enforceable, and that specify all significant terms, including fixed or minimum services to be used, fixed, minimum or variable price provisions and the approximate timing of the transaction.
Critical Accounting Estimates
We prepare our consolidated financial statements in accordance with GAAP. The preparation of these consolidated financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect our reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue and expenses, as well as related disclosures. To the extent that there are material differences between these estimates and actual results, our financial condition or operating results would be affected. We base our estimates on past experience and other assumptions that we believe are reasonable under the circumstances, and we evaluate these estimates on an ongoing basis. We refer to accounting estimates of this type as critical accounting policies and estimates, which we discuss further below.
Our significant accounting policies are described in “Note 2—Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” of the notes to our audited consolidated financial statements, included elsewhere in this Annual Report on Form 10-K. The following are the accounting areas that we believe involve a greater degree of judgment and complexity and are the most critical to aid in fully understanding and evaluating our consolidated financial condition and results of operations.
We generate the substantial majority of our revenue through the sale or subscription licensing of our platform solutions, as well as revenue from related arrangements for advisory, implementation, and support services. Revenue is recognized when performance obligations under the terms of a contract are satisfied through the transfer of control of these solutions and services to our customers.
Our platform solutions revenue is predominantly based on the number of clients, the number of patients or similar relevant metrics (e.g., the number of prescriptions issued), the size of the client, the number of analytical services contracted for by a client and the contractually negotiated price of such services. Additionally, revenue is based on the number of identified and/or resolved gaps in care, quality, utilization, compliance, and/or other gaps resulting from our analytical services at a contractually negotiated transactional price for each identified and/or resolved gap. The majority of our platform solutions contracts contain a series of separately identifiable and distinct services that represent performance obligations that are satisfied over time. We allocate revenue to our platform solutions by determining the standalone selling price of each performance obligation. The standalone selling price for each performance obligation is determined based on the terms of the contract and can require judgment. Generally, the best estimate of standalone selling price is consistent with the contractual arrangement fee for each element. Revenue is generally recognized on our platform offerings over the contract term. For these contracts, we have determined that we will use the practical expedient under ASC 606-10-55-18 to recognize revenue when we have the right to invoice. We qualify for this practical expedient because the right to invoice corresponds directly with the value transferred to the customer.
We also generate revenue from advisory, implementation, and support services. We primarily enter into arrangements for advisory services under fixed-price, time and materials, or retainer-based contracts. Revenues under fixed-price and retainer-based contracts are recognized ratably over the contract period or upon contract completion. Revenue for time and material contracts is recognized based upon contractually agreed upon billing rates applied to direct labor hours expended plus the costs of other items used in the performance of the contract. We recognize revenue when we have the right to invoice the customer using the allowable practical expedient under ASC 606-10-55-18 since the right to invoice the customer corresponds with the performance obligations completed.
The timing of revenue recognition, billings and cash collections results in billed accounts receivable, unbilled receivables, and deferred revenue. Invoices to clients are generated in accordance with the terms of the applicable contract, which may not be directly related to the performance of services. Unbilled receivables are invoiced when the achievement of specific events as defined by each contract occurs. Unbilled receivables are classified as accounts receivable on the consolidated balance sheet. Advanced billings to clients in excess of revenue earned are recorded as deferred revenue until the aforementioned revenue recognition criteria are met.
Stock-based awards, including employee stock options, Restricted Stock Unit (“RSU”) and Restricted Stock Award (“RSA”) grants, including RSAs with performance conditions, are measured and recognized in the financial statements at fair value as of the grant date in accordance with ASC 718, Compensation—Stock Compensation. RSUs are share awards that, upon vesting, will deliver to the holder shares of the Company’s common stock. RSAs are shares of the Company’s common stock that are reserved in the grantee’s name upon grant which will be delivered to the holder upon vesting.
We estimate the fair value of each RSU and RSA based on the fair market values of the underlying common stock on the dates of grant. Additionally, our performance-based RSAs have vesting conditions tied to the achievement of specified performance conditions, which have target performance levels that span from three to five years. Upon the conclusion of the performance period, the performance level achieved will be measured and the ultimate number of shares that vest will be determined.
We recognize stock-based compensation expense using the straight-line basis over the requisite service period of the applicable award, which is generally three to five years. Stock-based compensation expense for RSAs with performance conditions is recorded ratably over their vesting period or using a graded vest method, depending on the specific terms of the award and achievement of the specified performance conditions. This expense is adjusted each reporting date, as needed, based on the probability that the performance target will be met. We record adjustments related to forfeitures as they occur.
We account for income taxes using the asset and liability approach, which requires the recognition of deferred tax assets and liabilities related to the expected future tax consequences of events that have been recognized between financial reporting and income tax reporting. We measure deferred tax assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled.
We make estimates, assumptions and judgments to determine our provision for income taxes and also for deferred tax assets and liabilities and any valuation allowances recorded against our deferred tax assets. We assess the likelihood that our deferred tax assets will be recovered from future taxable income and, to the extent we believe that recovery is not likely, we establish a valuation allowance.
We account for uncertain tax positions in accordance with ASC 740-10, Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes, that prescribes a recognition threshold of more-likely-than-not, and a measurement attribute for all tax positions taken or expected to be taken on a tax return, in order for those positions to be recognized in the financial statements. We continually review tax laws, regulations and related guidance in order to properly record any uncertain tax liability positions. We adjust these reserves in light of changing facts and circumstances.
Excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies for stock-based payments are included in our tax provision expense rather than additional-paid-in-capital. Variability of tax consequences arising from excess tax benefits and tax deficiencies may result due to fluctuations in our stock price and the volume of our employees’ equity awards that are exercised or vest.
Goodwill represents the excess of acquisition costs over the fair value of tangible net assets and identifiable intangible assets of businesses acquired. Goodwill is not amortized and is subject to impairment testing annually, or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be fully recoverable.
Impairment is the condition that exists when the carrying amount of a reporting unit exceeds its fair value. If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds the carrying value of the reporting unit, goodwill is not impaired. If the carrying value of the reporting unit exceeds the fair value of the reporting unit, then we will record an impairment loss in the amount equal to the difference between the fair value and the carrying value.
We perform the goodwill impairment testing annually as of November1st, or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying amount may not be fully recoverable. Significant judgment in testing goodwill for impairment includes assigning assets and liabilities to the reporting unit and assessing or determining the fair value of each reporting unit based on our best estimates and assumptions, as well as other information including valuations that utilize customary valuation procedures and techniques. We test goodwill for impairment at the reporting unit level which is one level below the operating segment and have identified four reporting units: Payer, Provider, Life Sciences, and Pharmacy.
During 2020, we performed a qualitative assessment for the Payer, Life Science, and Pharmacy reporting units and concluded that they were not impaired. Qualitative factors that were considered include, but were not limited to, macroeconomic conditions, impacts resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic on results and future estimates, industry and market conditions, company specific events, changes in circumstances, after tax cash flows and market capitalization.
We elected to bypass the qualitative assessment and performed a quantitative assessment for our Provider reporting unit and concluded that this reporting unit was not impaired. We employed a combined valuation approach that included the income approach using the discounted cash flow method, the market approach using the guideline public company method and the merger and acquisition method to value the reporting unit. Critical estimates in determining the fair value of the reporting unit include, but are not limited to, historical and projected customer retention rates, anticipated growth in revenue and earnings, and expected future cash outflows. Based on our annual impairment evaluation performed, we concluded that there was no impairment of goodwill.
Recently Issued Accounting Standards
Recently issued accounting standards and their expected impact, if any, are discussed in “Note 2—Summary of Significant Accounting Policies,” of the notes to our consolidated financial statements, included elsewhere within this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.
Market risk includes risks that arise from changes in interest rates, equity prices and other market changes that affect market sensitive instruments. Our primary market risk exposure is related to changes in interest rates on our variable rate debt.
Variable Rate Debt Risk. Our variable rate debt includes our 2018 Term Loan Facility and our 2018 Revolving Credit Facility. As of December 31, 2020, we had $908.0 million of outstanding principal indebtedness under our 2018 Term Loan Facility at an effective interest rate of 3.19%. As a result, if market interest rates were to increase by 1.0%, or 100 basis points, interest expense would decrease future earnings and cash flows, net of estimated tax benefits, by approximately $6.2 million annually, assuming that we do not enter into contractual hedging arrangements. As of December 31, 2020, there was no balance outstanding on the 2018 Revolving Credit Facility.
To mitigate the risk of a rise in interest rates, we entered into four interest rate swap transactions during 2018, which mature in March 2025, fixing the LIBOR component of the interest on a total of $700.0 million of our 2018 Term Facility at a weighted average rate of 2.8%. While we have and may continue to enter into agreements intending to limit our exposure to higher interest rates, any such agreements may not completely offset the risks of interest rate volatility or other risks inherent to interest rate swap transactions.
Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.
Our consolidated financial statements and supplementary data are included as a separate section of this Annual Report on Form 10-K commencing on page F-1 and are incorporated herein by reference.
The supplementary financial information required by this Item 8 is included in Item 7 under the caption “Quarterly Financial Information,” which is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 9. Changes and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure.
Item 9A. Controls and Procedures.
Disclosure Controls and Procedures
Our management, with the participation of our chief executive officer (“CEO”) and chief financial officer (“CFO”), has evaluated the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures, (as defined in Rules 13a- 15(e) and 15d- 15(e) under the Exchange Act), as of the end of the period covered by this Annual Report on Form 10-K. Based on such evaluation, our CEO and CFO have concluded that, as of December 31, 2020, our disclosure controls and procedures were designed at a reasonable assurance level to ensure that material information relating to Inovalon Holdings, Inc., including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to our CEO and CFO by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report was being prepared and that our disclosure controls and procedures were effective in providing reasonable assurance that information we are required to disclose in reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the rules and forms of the SEC, and that such information is accumulated and communicated to our management, including our CEO and CFO, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
Management’s Annual Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting
Our management, with the participation of our CEO and CFO, is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act). Our management conducted an assessment of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting based on the criteria established in “Internal Control—Integrated Framework” (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO). Based on that assessment, management has concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2020.
Our management, including our CEO and CFO, believes that our disclosure controls and procedures and internal control over financial reporting are designed to provide reasonable assurance of achieving their objectives and are effective at the reasonable assurance level. However, our management does not expect that our disclosure controls and procedures or our internal control over financial reporting will prevent all errors and all fraud. A control system, no matter how well conceived and operated, can provide only reasonable, not absolute, assurance that the objectives of the control system are met. Further, the design of a control system must reflect the fact that there are resource constraints, and the benefits of controls must be considered relative to their costs. Because of the inherent limitations in all control systems, no evaluation of controls can provide absolute assurance that all control issues and instances of fraud, if any, have been detected. These inherent limitations include the realities that judgments in decision-making can be faulty, and that breakdowns can occur because of a simple error or mistake. Additionally, controls can be circumvented by the individual acts of some persons, by collusion of two or more people or by management override of the controls. The design of any system of controls also is based in part upon certain assumptions about the likelihood of future events, and there can be no assurance that any design will succeed in achieving its stated goals under all potential future conditions; over time, controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or the degree of compliance with policies or procedures may deteriorate. Because of the inherent limitations in a cost-effective control system, misstatements due to error or fraud may occur and not be detected.
The effectiveness of the Company’s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2020, has been audited by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, as stated in their report which appears in Part II, Item 8 of this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting
There have been no changes in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f) of the Exchange Act) during the quarter ended December 31, 2020 that have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.
Item 9B. Other Information.
Item 10. Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance.
The information required by this Item 10 will be included in the 2021 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 11. Executive Compensation.
The information required by this Item 11 will be included in the 2021 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.
The information required by this Item 12 will be included in the 2021 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 13. Certain Relationships and Related Transactions and Director Independence.
The information required by this Item 13 will be included in the 2021 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 14. Principal Accounting Fees and Services.
The information required by this Item 14 will be included in the 2021 Proxy Statement and is incorporated herein by reference.
Item 15. Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules.
The following is a list of documents filed as a part of this report:
(2)Financial Statement Schedule
The exhibits required to be filed by Item 601 of Regulation S-K are listed in the Exhibit Index contained within this Annual Report on Form 10-K.
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