Ebix's (EBIX) CEO Robin Raina on Q3 2017 Results - Earnings Call Transcript

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Ebix, Inc. (NASDAQ:EBIX) Q3 2017 Results Earnings Conference Call November 8, 2017 11:00 AM ET


Darren Joseph - Corporate Vice President

Sean Donaghy - CFO

Robin Raina - Chairman, President and CEO


Jeff Van Rhee - Craig-Hallum

Allen Klee - Sidoti


Good day, ladies and gentleman, and welcome to the Ebix Third Quarter 2017 Financial Results Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. Later, we will conduct a question-and-answer session and instructions will follow at that time. As a reminder, this conference call is being recorded.

I would now like to hand the floor over to Darren Joseph, Corporate Vice President. Please go ahead, sir.

Darren Joseph

Thank you. Welcome everyone to Ebix Incorporated's 2017 third quarter earnings conference call. Joining me to discuss the quarter is Ebix's Chairman, President and CEO, Robin Raina; and Ebix's CFO, Sean Donaghy. Following our remarks, we will open up the call for your questions.

Now, let me quickly cover the Safe Harbor. Some of the statements that we make today are forward-looking, including among others, statements regarding Ebix's future investments, our long-term growth and innovation, the expected performance of our businesses and our use of cash. These statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties that might cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements.

Please note that these forward-looking statements reflect our opinions only as of the date of this presentation and we undertake no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revisions of these forward-looking statements in light of new information or future events. Additional information concerning factors that could cause actual results to materially differ from those in the forward-looking statements made today is contained in our SEC filings, which list a more detailed description of the risk factors that may affect our results.

Our press release announcing the Q3 2017 results was issued earlier this morning. The audio of this investor call is also being webcast live on the web at www.ebix.com/webcast. You can look at Ebix's financials beyond what has been provided in the release on our website, www.ebix.com. The audio and the text transcript to this call will be available also on the Investor homepage of the Ebix website after 4:00 PM Eastern Time today.

Let me now discuss the quarter from a numerical perspective. Revenue in Q3 2017 increased 24% from a year to $92.8 million. On a constant currency basis, Ebix's Q3 2017 revenue increased 23% year-over-year to $91.6 million as compared to $74.6 million in Q3 of 2016. The revenue improvements reflected growth in the company's exchange channel as well as higher revenue form the risk compliance channel with the revenues from the financial exchange service reflected in the exchange channel.

Also on a constant currency basis year-to-date revenue increased 18% to $257.1 million as compared to $218.2 million during the same period in 2016. In Q3 our exchange revenue continued to be the largest channel for Ebix accounting approximately 69% of the company's revenue. The year-over-year revenues primarily increased as a result of revenue growth from P&C, Life Exchange, underwriting exchanges, CRM, RCS, financial exchangers, in addition to revenue growth generated from the company's acquisition of WDEV, YouFirst and ItzCash and the new e-governance contract in India offset by declines in areas of health e-commerce and interviews on health content.

Q3 and Q2 2017 both included a full quarter of revenues from EbixCash Financial Exchange with Q3 2017 revenues of $11.1 million as compared to $8.4 million Q2 of 2017. The only change in Q3 2017 reported results as compared to Q2 2017 results was a reporting of one month of YouFirst revenues equivalent to $540,000. Revenues from the acquisitions of Paul Merchants, Wall Street and Via will be reflected in the Q4 2017 results.

Our explosive growth over the last nine months has been in two key markets, India and Latin America. The Indian venture showed 271% year-over-year growth in the nine-month period ending September 30, 2017, by growing to $37.5 million from $10.1 million in the same period in 2016. The Latin American ventures showed 272% year-over-year growth in the nine-month period ended September 30, 2017, by growing to $14.5 million from $3.9 million in the same period in 2016. Both India and Brazil are two of the emerging economies today that we intend to continue to invest in over the next few years, as these are economies with one of the largest middle classes in the world that have continued to grow even in diverse economic periods.

We are pleased with sequential growth in top line in our overall business, and the various business segments. Q3 2017 revenues grew 6% by $5.4 million over Q2 2017 revenues of $87.4 million. Our financial exchange operations grew 32% sequentially from $8.4 million to $11.1 million with only about $550,000 coming inorganically out of that. In Q3 2016 despite financial exchange growth rate of 42%, our P&C revenues grew 11% sequentially, RCS revenues grew 7%, underwriting exchange revenues grew 6% and life exchange revenues grew 1%. Our Australia revenue grew 13% sequentially. India revenues grew 22%, while our Brazil revenue grew 45% sequentially. The company's revenues from health e-commerce were down 5% sequentially, life consulting revenues were down 11% sequentially, with the company focusing on giving up revenue sources that do not have the right operating margin perspective. Year-over-year our Q3 2017 revenues were up 13% in P&C, 4% in life exchanges, 3% in reinsurance, 14% in life underwriting, 32% in RCS and 3% in CRM. Also year-over-year our health e-commerce revenues were down 7%, health content down 6%, while our immediate revenues were down 6% driven by an overall slowdown in the industry driven by the DOL regulations.

I will now turn the call over to Sean.

Sean Donaghy

Thank you, Darren, and thanks to all on the call for your interest and support of Ebix. Q3 2017 diluted earnings per share increased 4% to $0.76 as compared to $0.74 in the third quarter of 2016. Ebix's weighted average diluted shares outstanding decreased to $31.6 million in Q3 of 2017 compared to $32.7 million in Q3 of 2016. As of today, the company expects the diluted share count for Q4 2017 will be approximately 31.6 million shares. Q3 2017 operating margins remain consistent at 30% as compared to Q2 2017 and were down as compared to 33% in Q3 of 2016. Excluding the impact of the recent ItzCash acquisition, Q3 2017 operating margins would have been 33%.

Operating income for Q3 2017 rose 15% to $27.9 million as compared to $24.3 million in Q3 of 2016. Q3 2017 net income slightly increased to $24.2 million, compared to $24.1 million in Q3 of 2016, primarily due to $3.6 million of higher operating income, offset by increased bank interest expense of $1.6 million, increased foreign exchange losses of $1 million and reduced non-operating income of $1.2 million.

We are pleased by the fact that the company continues to report sequential quarterly revenue growth, robust cash flows from our operating activities, consistent operating income and attractive operating margins above 30%. As we scale our businesses up over the next six months, we expect our operating margins to increase by a few points. Cash generated from operations was $18.9 million in Q3 2017 as compared to $22.1 million in Q3 2016 and $15.5 million in Q2 2017. The operating cash in Q3 reflected the increased receivables associated with some of the contracts in Brazil, the U.S. and India that have longer payment terms.

During Q3 2017, we invested a total of $2.4 million on dividend payments, $1.4 million on CapEx, $3.1 million on principle payments towards the term loan and $579,000 on tax payments. We funded these initiatives from existing cash plus operating cash flows of $18.9 million during Q3 2017, while drawing $20 million from our bank credit facilities to fund the closing of one of our Q4 acquisitions. Ebix ended the quarter with cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $102.3 million with available cash reserves of approximately $243 million including the available borrowing capacity and the accordion feature available to the company.

Furthermore as to key balance sheet metrics, our balance sheet remains healthy and our company's financial position remains solid with a current ratio of 1.60, a working capital short-term liquidity position of $92 million, a debt leverage ratio of 3.12 and a debt-to-equity ratio of only 0.75 as of September 30, 2017. Finally Ebix's Form 10-Q will be filed tomorrow, November 9th.

I'll now pass the call onto Robin.

Robin Raina

Thanks, Sean. I'm pleased with the Q3 2017 results and the fact that these results are in line with aspirational goals that I set for Ebix sometime back. I'm pleased with the Ebix Q3 2017 revenues being $92.8 million and on track to be at $100 million or more by the first quarter of 2018. I'm pleased that we got here while reporting 30% plus in operating margins and operating cash flows of $18.9 million.

Before taking our recent ItzCash acquisition into account, our operating margins would be approximately 33%. If we excluded both ItzCash and e-governance, our margins would be approximately 35%. If we excluded U.S. strategic consulting business along with ItzCash and e-governance, our margins would be 36%. If we just looked at our insurance exchange operating margins itself they tend to be even higher.

I feel good about our operating margins for 2018 as we have a number of initiatives that should help us grow our operating margins by 3 to 5 points in 2018. One, all our recent acquisitions have strong operating margin characteristics associated with us. Two, we are setting up our financial exchange initiatives with the same fundamental bars as our insurance exchanges, implying that we expect strong operating margins from them. Three, over the next six months we expect the combined remittance business under our EbixCash Financial Exchange to deliver 35% to 40% operating margins.

Four, as disclosed earlier, we expect the travel exchange under our EbixCash Financial Exchange to deliver 30% plus in operating margins over the next six months. Five, we are continuing to take additional steps in our existing businesses to further synergize our businesses and also utilize our existing strength to make the consulting e-governance and core payment solutions business leaner and stronger. Six, we believe that as we pass more functions and transactions through our existing pipe of 224,000 plus financial exchange distribution outlets, our margins will continue to grow, as beyond a point incremental transactions come with incremental margins.

Q3 2017 revenues are the highest revenues reported by Ebix in any quarter, through its history. I'm pleased that we are reporting these numbers, while having growth momentum on our side and a pipeline of organic and inorganic initiatives like never before. Our Q3 2017 diluted EPS of $0.76 is in line with our expectations. Between our [punitive] acquisitions, new deal pipeline, new cost synergies and our stock buyback, we are hopeful that we can keep it moving in the right direction. Ebix has always been a cash story and all our recent investments have one common characteristic, that they are strong cash oriented businesses.

In our financial exchange business, all our money collections happen at the latest, within a few days of a transaction. The regulations around the financial exchange market mandate that all transactions be settled immediately. Also, there are many safeguards built by the regulators in terms of escrow accounts, with EbixCash holding deposits from distribution outlets and guidelines that every constituent must meet in terms of net economic worthiness all leading to a quick money collection cycle. As we start to generate strong operating margins from our financial exchange businesses, our cash returns will be quick. Clearly we like that.

Let me talk about the top line and some of our new initiatives. We signed new contracts with clients in Q3 2017 in every facet of our business, including RCS, CRM, health e-commerce exchanges, underwriting exchanges, annuity exchanges, backend systems, consulting contracts, financial exchanges, et cetera. Darren already talked about our core areas and the associated top line growth in Q3 of 2017, so I'll concentrate on new areas and the future trends in terms of top line.

When we bought ItzCash Financial Exchange, we had talked about their 35% year-over-year growth rate in terms of top line. In Q3 of 2017, we sequentially grew the core ItzCash business by 25% as compared to Q2 of 2017. That translates to an annual year-over-year rate of approximately 144% growth, if we were able to keep that trend. It's only for us to provide any guidance in terms of year-over-year growth expectations, but let's say we're pleased with the organic momentum we have generated in our business. We are bullish about our ability to grow our financial exchanges sizably and towards that extent now have 450 plus sales people helping us in our financial exchange related growth initiatives in India.

We intend to ramp that team sizably as we grow our business. We recently launched our ItzCash brand as a superset of all our financial exchange initiatives. We launched the brand through a campaign in all the key national linked papers in India with 600 plus billboards all across the country. From our perspective the launch was a great success. In recent times, we bought three inward remittance businesses, by virtue of which, we now have close to 65% of Western Union's remittance business in India. We have evolved a strong working relationship with Western Union and we are hopeful to growth the relationship strongly in many other countries in a symbiotic matter for both sides. India incidentally is the largest inward remittance market in the world today.

In recent times we also signed an agreement to buy the premier travel exchange, Via. The online channel travel exchange despite being one of the top three players in India is a number one travel exchange in Philippines and the number two travel exchange in Indonesia, besides having a strong presence in Singapore and a number of Middle East countries like United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Oman. Travel is always considered a key part of a financial exchange. Last year 600 million Indians took some kind of travel voyage. That's equivalent to twice the population of the United States.

When people travel, besides making airline, rail, bus, rental cars, hotel bookings, et cetera, they tend to buy foreign exchange, visitor insurance, prepaid cards or gift cards, et cetera. Our travel exchange will offer all these services though our EbixCash Financial Exchange. Since we will now have an international presence in Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, and a number of Middle Eastern countries, [post] the Via acquisition we now have the base infrastructure and reach to launch our other EbixCash Financial Exchange services in these markets. For example, remittance companies worldwide would be keen to team up with us in these countries to utilize our broad distribution reach there. We are already in discussions with a number of large companies to pursue that initiative.

We recently announced our entry into insurance markets in India by announcing a JV with India's oldest financial institution Bombay Stock Exchange, BSE. We signed a Memorandum of Understanding with BSE to set up a pioneering insurance distribution network in India. The new venture to be branded as BSE-Ebix intends to deploy an insurance distribution exchange platform, that will allow distribution outlets, stock brokers, wealth management advisors and financial institutions across the length and breadth of the country to sell life and non-life products.

The venture will utilize the distribution reach of both Bombay Stock Exchange and Ebix. Besides 300,000 plus terminals in the country that BSE have today, the BSE-Ebix JV will have access to more than 200,000 outlets across the entire expanse on the country. The state of art platform will leverage Ebix's world leading end-to-end insurance exchange technology, and will encompass the entire insurance life cycle from customer relationship management, agency management, multi-quoting, underwriting, policy creation, claims filing and settlement, to backend insurance policy administration. We are excited about this venture. We will be aggressively promoting this venture in 2018.

We are also looking at a new area that could generate meaningful results for Ebix in the future. Specifically, we seek to convince insurance [or] banking entities to breakout their IT services and insurance processing and administration services into a separate joint venture entity with Ebix, or if any such venture already exists then take an operational control and make a strong investment in it.

Our goal is to provide end-to-end technology through a wide repertoire of products to any such entity besides utilizing offshore and on-site resources to efficiently power this entity. This can result in a win-win for both Ebix and the company forming the JV with Ebix, with them getting reduced costs and a part of the profits as dividends, while Ebix recovers its profits for providing On-Demand services to the JV partner through this entity. We'll report more on it, once we put any such contract or JV in place.

We are pleased with the continued progress of our PPL initiative in London. We committed to doing everything in our means to make this initiative a rolling success for the London insurance market. We just successfully deploy another product line, property and casualty insurance in November 2017, after earlier having deployed a number of other lines successfully; terrorism business, directors' and officers', financial institutions and professional indemnity [indiscernible] and marine are already live on the platform. JLT became the latest large broker to join the platform last month taking the total number of large brokers using it to 26, alongside 90 insurance carriers.

As regards acquisition targets, we have aggressive short-term and long-term plans on that front. Ebix has an acquisition record that is second to none in terms of success rate. We realize that it takes just one bad acquisition to change that record. Accordingly we're highly disciplined and selective in how we approach an acquisition target. We try to cover any perceived risks through various forms of backups built into the deal. Any kind of an acquisition target gets out of those metrics we are prepared to give up on the acquisition even if we have spent a lot of time, energy and cost.

For every one acquisition that Ebix announces, we have walked away from many, because something did not seem right or fit into our business model or risk profile. At no point are we ready to take a risk that could derail the success of the past 18 years through one bad acquisition. We look at the worst scenario first to ensure that the worst scenario does not have a big risk associated with it. Ebix today has dreams of being many times larger than its present size. We are in the midst of implementing our plan to implement that vision, while protecting our margin structure. We feel that we have the backing of our banks to head in that direction as also strong access to resources.

As Sean conveyed during his talk, Ebix ended the quarter with cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments of $102.3 million, with available cash reserves of approximately $243 million, including the available borrowing capacity and the accordion available to the company. As to that, the prospective continued cash flows generated from operations by the company over the next 12 months and that leads us to believe that we have the financial resources to carry out all the growth initiatives with the added goal of delivering improved diluted EPS and increased shareholder value.

On November 1, 2017, I finished 20 years in Ebix. In my time at Ebix, I have seen Ebix deliver 72 plus quarters of profitability, growth and consistent results. I have seen the company rise from a loss of $19 million in 1999 to become one of the highest margin technology companies in the United States. Recently we were named amongst the 100 fastest growing companies by Fortune magazine. Ebix has a unique distinction of [being] in the list, five times in the last decade, exemplifying its consistency of growth and shareholder returns. I have also seen the company deliver a total shareholder return of approximately 22,000% since January 1, 2001.

Lastly, let me thank each one of you, for having giving me the opportunity to lead this company. I feel truly blessed to have that opportunity, as also humbled by the trust reposed by each one of you in the company. I still have the basic belief that the best is yet to come. I'm hopeful that the 42nd year of Ebix's birth spells the beginning of a new era of growth and profitability.

That brings me to the end of my talk. I'll now hand it over to the operator to open it up for questions.

Question-and-Answer Session


Thank you, sir. [Operator Instructions] Our first question comes from the line of Jeff Van Rhee with Craig-Hallum. Please go ahead sir.

Jeff Van Rhee

Just a great quarter across the board. Bunch of things try to mentioning relatively quickly, the EbixCash sequential -- just exceptionally strong, certainly a material acceleration from what that had been running standalone. Can you take a second and just dive a little deeper in terms of what has driven that out of the gate? I know you did -- you suggested that 100% plus per se was sustainable on an annualized basis but yet it sounded like there were things in there you did think were sustainable, so little color there.

Robin Raina

Let me talk about EbixCash. So basically what you see in terms of our growth, the 25% sequential growth is purely organic. I think what is driving it is; one, Prime Minister Modi came up with demonetization a year back. Actually as I speak to you we are at the first anniversary of the demonetization drive that Mr. Modi started. It has had its impact, in the sense that at least culturally people are starting to believe that cash needs to be out of the system. That has implementing new tax policies all across the country, the GST policy, which is currently now forcing people to somewhat -- all transactions are getting tracked a little bit more cleanly and that's forcing all those people to do transactions digitally.

So having said that, there are multiple things that are happening; one, the regulatory environment in the country is clearly in the -- is moving in the direction of digital money versus inclined to get cash out of the system. So that's harmful. But then on the other side companies like us, we believe we are in the business of simplifying use of -- simplifying business for a consumer. So if a consumer wants to do a transition digitally, we are there. If a consumer wants to call and do a transaction, we should be there. If a consumer wants to walk into an outlet of ours, we are there. So what Ebix has done, Ebix has really transformed the digital -- this digital move that Prime Minister Modi was talking about into a, what we call a PhyGital move. We, by the term PhyGital, what we mean is we are combining brick-and-mortar businesses with digital strategies.

Our expanse is humongous today. When you have 224,000 outlets across the country, this is a fight about the last mile. Who has the last mile? If we only went digital, we would be spending millions of ours trying to advertise to reach out to the consumer. Now we have 224,000 outlets besides being digital and all of these outlets are completely digital. And what it does is, it actually multiplies our reach. Each of these distribution outlets becomes our sales person in a way, because they only make money, if they transact business and as they make money, we make money too.

In addition to that, we have kept accelerating and ramping up our sales force. Today, we have 450 plus sales guys in the country and they are going to keep ramping it up as we accelerate business. What we've also been able to do and we have been able to assimilate multiple businesses. Traditionally, what's happening in the financial exchange markets in India and which in my view is a mistake, it is that the market -- there were individual companies focusing on individual functionalities. So they wouldn't be a company, which would focus just on mobile wallet, e-wallet that somebody will call them. There is another company that is focused just on trying to be insurance brokers, somebody is trying to handle inward remittance, other player is trying to handle outward international remittance.

A different player is trying to handle domestic remittance. Gift card is a completely different ball game. Prepaid card is a different ball game and so on. And what Ebix has done, Ebix has virtually brought 45 different services under one roof. Part of our belief is that the consumer is the same, the consumer whether it's the same consumer who wants to insure his car or buy life insurance or buy home insurance or remit money domestically or wants to travel abroad or wants to get money or send money out and so on or buy a prepaid card or buy a gift card or at times -- people in India, employees receive part of their salary in the form of prepaid cards that helps them from a tax perspective.

And so when you look at it from that perspective, Ebix has been able to converge all these services and that by itself has created a market for us. So we are just, with the growth that you are seeing is a function of a different strategy that Ebix took. It's very similar to what we are being doing in insurance in the U.S. market. We were -- in the U.S. we were assimilating insurance, for example with a new deal, for example in healthcare. And we took the path of bringing health content, healthcare, all of that together, with financial exchanges, annuities and so on and that really put us in a different place. We were the only operator converging all these processes and doing straight through processing.

We are trying the same in India today. And that by itself has kind of virtually -- you are basically seeing the beginning of the success of that strategy.

Jeff Van Rhee

Got it. So that's it. No, sorry go ahead.

Robin Raina

So I was going to say your other question was [indiscernible] making that 25% sequential growth. Well we would like it to be sustainable but yes, it may not be sustainable in the long term right, maybe could possibly. So we will see, it's too early for me to comment and tell you that we can sustainably keep going this business 25% quarter-over-quarter. So I think it's too early for me to comment on that. I think that I will -- but I promise you that we will keep you updated as we announce our quarterly results, what we think about this business in terms of growth. Right now I could just tell you that we are quite bullish about the organic momentum that we are experiencing.

Jeff Van Rhee

Just two other quick ones for me. The JVs with respect to the back office servicing and processing if you will, can you take just a second and expand on that? What do those deals look like size wise? What's the margin profile? Just fill in a few gaps there if you could.

Robin Raina

So to me an idea one would be just to give you an example. Let's say for bank in a particular country said or an insurance company said, we are going to breakout our IT. We are going to breakout our IT and hand over the IT, the entire resources to you to manage, to run our business process outsourcing. So for example there could be a bank that could say, why don't you manage all my account opening, takeover the entire electronic, make that entire manual written process into electronic and automated into my backend system or takeover my entire IT, my platform support, my software and hardware support and also takeover my entire development operation. Now it could be a large possible JV in the sense that, when I say large my definition of large here is that this could be a $35 million to $50 million kind of an operation a year for you and you could end up with anywhere between 25% to 30% in operating margin, out of that business.

So again what I like about this business is that it's become the captive business. When you having a venture like this, you will have short revenue streams and because the insurance company or the bank whomsoever the entity is, is going to be completely aligned with you. It will be in their interest to keep you happy, keep you strong, certainly because if their entire IT, BPO and hardware support kind of operations are centralized with you, it's in their interest to keep you strong. So having said that that becomes a very long term sustainable cash oriented business. So that's the kind of stuff that I was talking about.

Jeff Van Rhee

And then just lastly you referenced the international deals primarily Brazil and India as drivers of the deal, so increase. Just to be clear, if you exclude -- because you then referred to the EbixCash business as having very, very good cash flow characteristics, very quick collections. If you exclude the impact that is to come from the EbixCash business and you just look at the business as it stands today, would you expect this level to have normalized from a DSO basis or would you expect it to come down. How would you think about that?

Robin Raina

I think the DSO, I don't have the right number in front as to give you a very numerical answer, but I could tell you that our DSO will be pretty strong, if you took the e-governance and some of the other consulting deals that we have signed outside the U.S. Because we are dealing with payment terms that, when we walked into these deals [indiscernible] so it's not like it's a surprise for us. We knew what we were walking into. But the financial exchange deals, you are absolutely correct that all the financial exchange deals, most of the deals, you actually get money either one day advance before a transaction and how does it happen, because the outlet is supposed to keep an escrow deposit with you, that's the only way they are allowed to handle the transaction.

So on the other side, when there is a remittance transaction happening, we get the money in one day virtually from the principals. And so, those businesses are very strong cash oriented businesses. All our insurance businesses typically are very strong in terms of cash collection. So primarily the delay that you see are some of them are related to some of our Brazil initiatives and some of them are related to our India e-governance initiative, where the Government of India is the deal itself that will be, these are the payment terms, which you to have sign us all for when you agree to attend that.

So it's not -- as I said in the last time, you are going to -- assuming that -- we are going to be -- this is going to substantially improve as we go into Q4. Part of it is, because we are new to the e-governance business, so we haven't setup a cycle yet. So as we setup this cycle where automatically -- the DSO will automatically improve. Also it will get blended with some of the financial exchange stuff. As we grow our financial exchange initiatives, the DSO will come down dramatically. So we are not concerned at all about the DSO.


And our next question comes from the line of Allen Klee with Sidoti.

Allen Klee

Can you tell me the closing date of Wall Street finance deal?

Robin Raina

For Wall Street deal will be 1st October. It will be effective 1st October.

Allen Klee

And then is there another way you could maybe simply kind of explain the revenues and costs for ItzCash for -- I'm sorry for EbixCash to -- for how you can get the type of margins that you are expecting to get there?

Robin Raina

Well, first of all, I'll let you -- you said it correctly [ItzCash]. So EbixCash is a super set of everything that ItzCash did and a lot of other new stuff that we have been able to build out and bring in. So for example, we've now brought in the entire insurance domain into it. We are now bringing in -- we brought in the entire remittance markets into it, with these three acquisitions. We also brought in traveling to it. And we also are bringing in lending in coming days into it and so on. So as we bring those in, look part of it is, I just talked through it during my talk that, first of all, look at the three acquisitions we made on the remittance side, Paul Merchants, Wall Street and the third one was YouFirst.

I talked about that our belief is that we are going to generate anywhere between 35% to 40% operating margins from those businesses, over the next six months. Then you go to the travel business of Via that we bought and that's going to become a part of the EbixCash initiative. We believe in the next six months, we will get to a 30% plus kind of an operating margin structure. We believe that the operating margins structure in our lending business can be even higher. Insurance business will be around 30% or so also. So when you look at these businesses itself that will by itself bring up the EbixCash margin, because these are very strong numbers that I just talked to you about.

And then you look at the core business of what used to be the core business of ItzCash. We are redefining everything. So it's not -- there is nothing called quota. So what we are doing is we are relooking at everything as -- the beauty of this business that is. Your cost is already sunk in, when you have a cost -- to give you a simple example. Let's say we bought company A, and then you bought company B. And we already have a ItzCash operation. ItzCash already was -- let's say the ItzCash operation was already managing three [indiscernible] cities and already has the operational force to manage it, already had all the sales people in that area. So what we will do, we will ramp up the sales force but in the same stride what will happen is as we synergize these businesses we will be able to use people on either side in terms of operations.

So what really happens is that as we keep now adding, as we increase the ItzCash even from their core businesses, as we increase revenue streams from those businesses, what will happen is that our incremental margin will start going up, because your base cost is already there. And as you increase your transaction numbers through that side, your incremental margin will continue going up. This is no different from what Ebix did. When we started off in Ebix insurance exchanges, our market used to be very low. We first grew them to 20, then to 30 and then I started talking about 40, and then we started reporting consistently 40% of operating margin. So it's a question of threshold numbers, it's a question of transactions and then it runs your infrastructure, in terms of IT, in terms of operations, in terms of software, in terms of locations, all of that is there. The more transactions and more functions you pass through that pipe your margins will keep going up. So that's how we intend getting there.


Thank you. And that concludes our question-and-answer session for today. I would like to turn the conference back over to Ebix for closing comments.

Robin Raina

Thanks. Darren, I don't see any other questions in the queue. So with that I'll close the call and thank you again for participating in the call. And we look forward to announcing our 2017 results and we will be talking again. Thank you. With that I will close the call.


Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen thank you for your participation in today's conference. This does conclude the program and you may now disconnect. Everyone have a great day.