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Reliance Global Group, Inc.’s (RELI) CEO Ezra Beyman on Q2 2022 Results – Earnings Call Transcript


Reliance Global Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:RELI) Q2 2022 Earnings Conference Call August 15, 2022 2:00 PM ET

Company Participants

David Waldman – Crescendo Communications, IR

Ezra Beyman – Chairman and CEO

William Lebovics – Chief Financial Officer

Joel Markovits – Chief Accounting Officer

Conference Call Participants

Edward Riley – EF Hutton

Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. And welcome to the Reliance Global Group Second Quarter 2022 Business Update Conference. At this time, all participants have been placed on a listen-only mode and the floor will be open for questions-and-comments after the presentation.

It is now my pleasure to turn the floor over to your host, David Waldman.

David Waldman

Good afternoon, everyone. And thank you for joining Reliance Global Group’s second quarter 2022 conference call. On the call with us today is Ezra Beyman, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Reliance Global Group; and William Lebovics, Chief Financial Officer of Reliance.

Earlier this morning, the company announced its operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022. The press release is posted on the company’s website, www.relianceglobalgroup.com. In addition, the company filed its quarterly report on Form 10-Q with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission earlier today, which can also be accessed on the company’s website, as well as the SE C’s website at www.sec.gov. If you have any questions after the call or would like any additional information about the company, please contact Crescendo Communications at 212-671-1020.

Before Mr. Beyman reviews the company’s operating results for the second quarter of 2022, we’d like to remind everyone that this conference call may contain forward-looking statements. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this conference call, including statements regarding our future results of operations and financial position, strategy and plans, and our expectations for future operations are forward-looking statements.

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These forward-looking statements are subject to several risks, uncertainties and assumptions as described in the company’s Form 10-K filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 31, 2022.

Because of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions the forward-looking events and circumstances discussed in this conference call may not occur and actual results could differ materially and adversely from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements.

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With that, I’ll now turn the call over to Ezra Beyman. Please go ahead, Ezra.

Ezra Beyman

Thank you, David, and good afternoon. And thanks to everyone for joining us today. I am very pleased to report in the second quarter of 2022 we achieved a 92% year-over-year increase in revenue compared to last year second quarter. This growth has been driven by our proven acquisition strategy and the increasing successes of our recent acquisitions, JP Kush & Associates, Medigap Health Insurance Company, and most recently, Barra & Associates, which have subsequently relaunched as the highly successful RELI Exchange.

We were enthusiastic when we bought — acquired Barra & Associates in April of this year. We viewed Barra as a highly strategic acquisition, one that was extremely complimentary to our existing offering, and more importantly, the perfect vehicle with which to support our nationwide expansion plans. This was exactly the type of transaction we had been searching for, that added more than 60 agents and agency partners to our existing agency partner network and we believe we could scale the business both rapidly and cost effectively.

More importantly, Barra brought an advanced text technology infrastructure that was well aligned with our acquisition strategy. By combining 5MinuteInsure.com with the Barra technology infrastructure, we saw this acquisition as an opportunity to create synergies for growth, including the affiliated agents business model.

Barra was eventually relaunched as RELI Exchange, a first-in-class, business-to-business InsurTech platform and agency partner network, network that builds on the artificial intelligence and data mining backbone of 5MinuteInsure.com, a platform that was designed to target the direct consumer market.

We are proud to report that in just three short months, we have aggressively grown our agency partner network by more than 30%. I will power thetically add, the number is actually significantly higher than that, which illustrates both the strength of the platform, as well as its popularity with our agency partners.

The platform is designed to provide instant and competitive insurance quotes from more than 30 insurance carriers nationwide in just a few minutes. In addition, it reduces an agency back office burden and expenses by eliminating paperwork, thus providing the agent with more time to focus on their clients, selling policies and building their businesses.

Unlike a franchise model, RELI Exchange was designed with both a low barrier to entry, as well as a compelling value proposition that we believe has contributed to the accelerated growth of our agency partner network, which are we are currently experiencing.

The response from agents using the platform, whether our in-house agents now transitioning to RELI Exchange or our new outside agents partners that have embraced the platform has been overwhelmingly positive. They are reporting to us that they are experiencing a positive impact on their business since moving on to RELI Exchange platform.

We believe that we have a best-in-class platform and not aware of any other offering of the insurance industry with the speed or versatility of RELI Exchange. We look forward to continuing to aggressively add new agency partners to our network and believe this will have a multiplier effect on the growth of our business.

Using our proprietary software, which we developed, the agency network we have built is highly scalable and we believe it will provide us with the ability to grow our business line significantly with little additional costs.

Our goal is to build RELI Exchange into the largest agency partner network in the U.S. and we believe the results we have experienced already demonstrate we are indeed on the right path. It actually surprised ourselves with the tremendous background — back response.

Like RELI Exchange, Medigap Health Insurance Company has also experienced robust organic growth since we acquired the company earlier this year. Their acquisition was a significant step in Reliance evolution as it significantly expanded our geographic footprint, as well as broadened our capabilities within the Medicare supplement market.

Our goal was to aggressively expand their operations, as well as capitalize on cross-selling opportunities across our existing portfolio companies. With both RELI Exchange and Medigap experience — experiencing such strong organic growth since we acquired them earlier this year, further validates our strategy of buy and build, as well as our ability to acquire cash flow positive companies and agencies at attractive multiples.

I would now like to turn over the call to William Lebovics, Chief Financial Officer of Reliance Global who will review the financial results for the three-month period ending June 30, 2022. William?

William Lebovics

Thanks, Ezra, and good afternoon, everyone. The company reported revenues of $4.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, as compared to $2.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The increase of $2 million or 92% was primarily due to expanded operations, which include the insurance agency acquired during 2021 reporting a full year of revenue and include the two insurance agencies acquired in 2022.

Total commission expense of $850,000 for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, increased by $290,000, which is attributable to increase in operation — to an increase in operations, including the additional insurance agency acquired during 2021 reporting a full year of commission expense and including commission expenses of the two insurance agencies acquired in 2022.

Salaries and wages expense totaled $2.2 million for the three months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $1.1 million for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The increase is largely due to the company’s growth compared to the prior period.

General and administrative expenses totaled $1.8 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2022, compared to $1.2 million year ago quarters. The increase is the result of increased operations and acquisitions the company made in 2021 and 2022.

Marketing and advertising expense totaled $605,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $55,000 for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The increase is primarily the result of the company’s efforts to increase branding and outreach to achieve a greater presence in the insurance industry compared to the prior year.

The company reported $12.4 million of other income for three months ended June 30, 2022, compared to $170,000 other expense for the three months ended June 30, 2021. The increase of $12.6 million is attributable primarily to the recognition and change in fair value of warrant liabilities of $12.6 million.

Net income for the three months ended June 30, 2022 totaled $10.5 million or $0.56 per share, compared to a loss of $1.3 million or $0.12 per share.

That concludes our prepared remarks. We will now be happy to answer any questions. Operator, please assist as per usual.

Question-and-Answer Session

Operator

[Operator Instructions] Thank you. Our first question is coming from Edward Riley with EF Hutton. Sir, please go ahead.

Edward Riley

Hi, guys. Thanks for taking my question. Just wondering what — would you expect organic growth to look like for the rest of the year and are you planning on maybe issuing guidance going forward at all?

Ezra Beyman

So I think, Ed, we do and right now I’m not sure, but we probably will soon talk about guidance. I will say that and granting growth especially in Medigap as well, but as best RELI Exchange, the response has been overwhelming.

I mean, that the truth of the numbers we put in as far as the growth are understated significantly. The amount of agents joining is, at this stage, as things are being rolled out and things are being finalized with the response is overwhelming really.

In fact, we’re in — we have — I think we could say this, I’m sure, because we’re in — we are actually in serious conversations with several partnerships and business aligned so that could even grow this exponentially, really.

So we’re excited, and I guess, as that happened and we see, I mean, I’m talking about recent, like, a few hours ago, a conversation I had with Grant Barra actually in Chicago. So I think as this happens, we’ll be more ready and available to give guidance, but right now we’re excited about the response. It’s really beyond our expectations, I’ll say that much.

Edward Riley

Okay. Got you. Of the $6.2 million in operating expenses, I wonder — I am wondering if there’s anything — any one-time material costs in there that you might want to mention?

Ezra Beyman

Yeah. Definitely. I’m going to let Joel answer that our Chief Financial — Chief Accounting Officer.

Joel Markovits

Hi, everyone. Okay. There are some one-time kinds of non-recurring items and they relate to the PIPE offering that we had earlier this year. So we had the numbers, if anyone wants to know, but, yes, that — there was one-time expenses.

Ezra Beyman

Explain a little bit.

Joel Markovits

Oh! Of course. Yes. So, the non [Audio Gap] for the three months would be about $666,000 for non-recurring for the six months and then $622,000 would be about $877,000.

Ezra Beyman

All right. There were also some non-cash items in there, by the way, which is probably important to know maybe.

Joel Markovits

Of course. Yeah. Yeah. So non-cash would be for the six months about $2.6 million. So, again, for six months in total, we’d be looking at adjustments to loss from operations of about $3.5 million, which was about 81% less than what we reported in our 10-Q. So the 10-Q is $4.3 million loss from operations. Once you back out these adjustments, we’ll be looking at about $827,000 in the loss, as well as a decrease of 81%. So the six months, three months, similar story about 80% less, so we better in our loss from operations and it comes down from about $1 million — what we reported was $1,900,000 as the loss from operations that comes down to about $395,000.

Ezra Beyman

So, yeah, that as you can see, when you back out the non-recurring and the non-cash, it puts us in a pretty healthy situation at that stage of our company.

Edward Riley

Okay. Great. And last one for me, just wondering about the acquisition pipeline, any increase in competition you’re seeing, just want you to unpack that a little bit for me?

Ezra Beyman

So competition, I didn’t know what, there was competition. That was just a joke. But we are looking if we’re doing things in acquisitions as we have done, I think, we’re about up to 10 acquisitions since we started, we said we would do it and we did it.

This last one was very strategic. I just want to answer before I go into the acquisitions. We always look at, well, we were looking at, when we look at things now we want something that’s going to move the needle. So if something is going to catch our fancy, it’s going to have to be something really significant, but we are looking at, we’re talking, we are in talks of different potentials.

But I want to remind you that, RELI Exchange in itself is a significant acquisition platform, because every time we acquire another agent, in fact, without paying for it pretty much, it’s very significant, it’s a tremendous cost effectiveness, much to the credit of Grant Barra, besides technology, but it’s infrastructure in place is remarkable. So it makes it extremely scalable, really, very, and there’s very few organizations that I know of in the industry that at this organized and scalable, because of their very strong platform in place.

So that in itself is an acquisition platform. But we are looking if we could do something, of course, we’re open. If — I wouldn’t say, if Amazon for sale, because we’re a different business, but we’re not afraid of big things, let’s put it that way. But those who know me from the private world and the public world, I’m not afraid of big acquisitions. We look to do some very big things.

Joel Markovits

We are not, yeah.

Ezra Beyman

That’s — I’m sorry. Yeah.

Operator

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. Sorry, I do apologize. [Operator Instructions] [Audio Gap]

Ezra Beyman

It — hey, Ronnie [ph], it’s hard to believe even the low cost of adding this structure. We just — we need to add, which we have already added several recruiting agents and they’re busy. But the ratio of adding things to revenue and the ratio of adding to revenue with the recruiting, marketing, we’re very happy to say is extremely low on this, because a very targeted audience, we’re not targeting 300 million Americans, we are targeting insurance agents.

Now there are direct ways of reaching them, that we have a system in place that, Grant did, we start with on a smaller scale, when he got to a 60 agents, we’re already way over that more than we said in our press release, actually. The numbers are growing significantly. A lot of them are in the boarding process and everything else.

But it’s remarkable, meaning, when we — if we want to add another 500 agents, okay, which you can do the arithmetic, just dividing what our current revenue is by about — what it was with the existing amount of agents, it’s — you’re talking about not that much more recruiting and very little marketing, and the infrastructure and technology in places there.

So it’s — I mean, I’ll give you some, when I am on to middle numbers, but adding 500 agents, we do have goals of what we want to do per month going forward, which are way more than they were before we made the acquisition is minimal. You’re talking about — we’re talking about maybe a $0.5 million in salaries.

And then you could — I am not going to extrapolate right now, but you could figure out what 500 agents can do. Of course, it’s always the rule of the, some of the agents, sometimes few are the ones that bring the big numbers, but it really pays for them to join us, because they can concentrate on selling, we do the back office, which is becoming more streamlined with more technology and with the infrastructure in place. So the numbers are very, very encouraging.

I don’t want to give them guidance now. But anyone who looks at them, and we’ve discussed it internally, is blown away. And we’re ready doing it. It’s not like hypothetical. This was the whole concept we wanted. We look to make this type of acquisition actually for a year and in advance we were looking for the existing platform that had agents in place with a platform to do this, because we felt it was a — it’s a space launch.

It’s not just a — we went from a bicycle to a rocket ship, because the interest is amazing, and of course, we were building behind the scenes are licensing for this 46 states plus Washington, D.C., all carriers we’ve been accumulating. So all the bases and all the infrastructure and the weaponry, so to speak, is in place and now we’re just going in and it’s we’re watching it and it’s really. Thank God, it’s phenomenal.

So answering your question does not take that much for us to build out to get more and more agents in and the cost is really minimal. I’m almost ashamed to say I’m afraid I got too much competition, but I don’t think they can do it, because there’s no one and I feel confident in saying this. Anyone in the world just listen to this call that we know long, there was no one absolutely out there in a franchise model or not franchise who have the combination of factors that we have in place. There’s nothing else like it, period. I hope that answers your question.

Unidentified Analyst

Oh! It absolutely did. Thanks. I appreciate all the color.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question is coming from Edward Riley with EF Hutton. Please go ahead.

Edward Riley

Hey, guys. Just to piggyback off the last questions, the goal of 500 agents, how long do you think it’ll take you to sign that many agents from where you are today?

Ezra Beyman

I can tell you what I’m thinking and I’ll tell you I’ll be a little more conservative. It’s not farfetched to say a year, okay. But I think 18 months is certainly realistically, at the rate we’re going and at the infrastructure in place.

And that doesn’t even take into consideration some of the strategic partnerships that add services that we haven’t rolled out yet. I’m not going to blow it away. I mean, I can really, really see people wanting to break their franchise agreements to join us. To be honest with you, because we’re offering something that no one is offering.

Edward Riley

Okay. Great. And just to confirm…

Ezra Beyman

Yeah. I know, I am sorry if I’m excited, I really am.

Edward Riley

Okay. Great. And then just to confirm you are at 60% at the end of Q2.

Ezra Beyman

No. Actually more than that. We were at, we went up by 30%. We’re about closer to 90% on…

Edward Riley

Okay.

Ezra Beyman

… and I’m really above that number. It’s already above that number as of this morning. But some of them are in the process of finishing the licensing and boarding, but we’re above the 90% and we’re above the 60% and we’re shooting too much bigger numbers. Two digits are in the past. That’s in the rearview mirror. We’re looking now at the…

Edward Riley

Okay.

Ezra Beyman

…three digits and four digits.

Edward Riley

Okay. Okay. Great. Thanks so much.

Operator

There appear to be no further questions in the queue at this time. So I’m going to hand it back to management for any closing comments they’d like to finish with.

William Lebovics

Okay. So we’re excited about the revenue growth we achieved during the second quarter, which we see as validation of our InsurTech platform. We look forward to RELI Exchange continuing to gain traction with independent agents and agency partners across the United States as we continue to make progress in our strategy to expand our nationwide footprint. We are now licensed to sell policies for more than 30 carriers in 49 states across the country. I would like to thank everyone for participating on our second quarter 2022 conference call. The future is very bright for Reliance and we look forward to updating you again next quarter.

Ezra Beyman

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you, ladies and gentlemen. This does conclude today’s conference call. You may disconnect your lines at this time and have a wonderful day. Thank you for your participation.



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