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MMS earnings call for the period ending June 30, 2018.

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MAXIMUS, Inc. (MMS -1.26%)
Q3 2018 Earnings Conference Call
Aug. 9, 2018, 9:00 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Greetings, and welcome to the MAXIMUS Fiscal 2018 Third Quarter Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Lisa Miles, Senior Vice President, Investor Relations. Please go ahead.

Lisa Miles -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Good morning, and thank you for joining us. With me today is Bruce Caswell, President and CEO; and Rick Nadeau, Chief Financial Officer. I'd like to remind everyone that a number of statements being made today will be forward-looking in nature. Please remember that such statements are only predictions. Actual events and results may differ materially as a result of risks we face, including those discussed in Exhibit 99.1 of our SEC filings. We encourage you to review the information contained in our earnings release today and our most recent forms 10-Q and 10-K filed with the SEC. The company does not assume any obligation to revise or update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances except as required by law.

Today's presentation may contain non-GAAP financial information. Management uses this information in its internal analyses of results and believes this information may be informative to investors in, gauging the quality of our financial performance, identifying trends in our results, and providing meaningful period-to-period comparisons. For a reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures presented in these documents, please see the company's most recent quarterly earnings press release.

And with that, I'll hand the call over to Rick.

Rick Nadeau -- Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Lisa. This morning, MAXIMUS reported another solid quarter of financial results. In conjunction with our quarterly results, we also announced that the Board of Directors has approved an increase to our quarterly cash dividend effective in November 2018. The current annual payout will go from $0.18 per share, which is a yield of 0.3% based on the current share price to $1 per share, a yield of approximately 1.5%. This increase comes in addition to our June 25th announcement of the expansion of our share repurchase program of up to $200 million.

Our continued solid execution and cash flow generation, coupled with our strong operating and financial performance, provides us with the conviction to return more capital to shareholders while still maintaining enough financial flexibility required to continue to invest and grow the business, including strategic M&A. M&A continues to be a priority for the company.

For the third quarter, MAXIMUS reported total company revenue of $597.9 million. Financial results in the quarter benefited from the signing of several change orders, which provided a $15.5 million uplift to both revenue and operating income. We signed the change orders during the third quarter, but the related costs were incurred in prior periods. This resulted in third quarter operating income of $82.6 million, yielding an operating margin percentage of 13.8% and diluted earnings per share of $0.91. The change order benefit was partially offset by certain large contracts in the health segment that were recently renewed and reset, as well as by the ongoing start-up of contracts in the Human Services segment. The operating margin of 12.7% for the nine months ended June 30, 2018, reflects a more normal margin profile.

I will start my comments on segment results with the Health Services segment. Third quarter revenue for the Health Services segment increased 7% over the prior year, almost all of which was organic. This included favorable currency exchange translation of approximately 1%. Health Services revenue and operating income benefited $13.7 million from the aforementioned change orders. As a result, operating margin for Health Services was 17.8%, as compared to 15.4% in the prior year period. The segment is an operationally strong portfolio which can exceed 15% operating margins when circumstances are favorable.

The uplift from the change orders was offset by forecasted changes on several sizable contracts that were rebid, extended or the option periods were exercised, such as the Health Assessment Advisory Service contract. The contracts have commenced service and are in the early cycles of program and margin maturity. As you might expect, operating margins in the fourth quarter for the Health Services segment will be at more normal levels and lower than Q3. This will also bring margins in-line with the upper end of our targeted range of 10% to 15% as some of these contracts will be in their early stages of maturity into fiscal 2019.

As expected, third quarter revenue from the US Federal Services segment decreased from the same period in the prior year. For the third quarter, operating margin was 13.3%. The segment operating margins benefited from higher volumes on a couple of performance-based contracts, including one of our assessments and appeals contracts. As we disclose in our annual 10-K filing each year, the Federal segment does contain some state-based assessments and appeals work that is naturally more accretive. The heritage of our current assessments and appeals contracts across MAXIMUS started in the Federal segment with our core Medicare appeals business and state Medicaid appeals work. These state-based assessments contracts within the Federal portfolio are an extension of this Medicaid appeals work and we continue to manage it within this segment. We continue to expect that the US Federal segment will deliver margins in the 10% to 12% range, but investors can expect normal fluctuations driven by changes in the mix of contract type or changes in performance-based contracts.

As expected, third quarter revenue for the Human Services segment decreased 5% compared to last year. As a reminder, this is due to the wind-down of several contracts, both domestically and internationally, including the Work Programme and Work Choice contracts in the United Kingdom, which are set to end in 2019. Third quarter revenue and operating income for the Human Services segment benefited from a $1.8 million favorable uplift from the execution of a contract extension change order that we discussed in the second quarter. Third quarter operating margin was 5.9% for the Human Services segment.

We have a number of programs in the start-up phase around the globe. As a group, these contracts are performing at expectations, but are tempering operating margin as revenue continues to ramp up based on the progression and accumulation of payments tied to specific program-based outcomes, such as a participant's completion of job training. The segment's operating margins on a normalized basis, excluding the benefit of the change order and the unfavorable impact of the start-ups would have been 6.4% in the quarter. As a reminder, we launched the new Australian Disability Employment Services contract on July 2, 2018, which Bruce will talk about in greater detail. This is the largest contract in start-up in fiscal 2018 and, as a result, we are currently forecasting a slight operating loss in Q4 of fiscal 2018 for the segment.

I will now discuss the balance sheet and cash flow items. In the third quarter, MAXIMUS delivered strong cash flow from operations of $72.5 million and free cash flow of $64.1 million. Days sales outstanding were 66 days at June 30th, which is in line with our expectations and consistent with the prior year. Our balance sheet continues to offer us flexibility for capital deployment and investments. At June 30th, we had $249.2 million of cash, cash equivalents, and short-term investments.

MAXIMUS maintains a strong track record of operational performance and a history of generating strong consistent cash flows. Over the years, we have also remained committed to a sensible and disciplined approach to capital deployment. Our approach is unchanged and we firmly believe that we can provide shareholders with reasonable returns, while at the same time, generating sufficient capital to pursue strategic M&A to invest and grow the business to create long-term shareholder value.

Our capital allocation strategy continues to favor strategic acquisitions. We have reviewed and continue to evaluate several properties. During the quarter, we purchased 995,000 shares of MAXIMUS common stock. As noted in our press release this morning, we will increase our quarterly cash dividend in November 2018. We have the financial wherewithal to significantly increase our dividend, purchase shares of MAXIMUS when the price affords us an opportunity to capture significant value and to make strategic acquisitions when they make sense.

With respect to guidance, we continue to expect to finish our fiscal 2018 with revenue in the range of $2.4 billion to $2.44 billion and our diluted EPS in the range of $3.30 to $3.40. We continue to expect our cash flow from operations to be in the $225 million to $275 million range and our free cash flow to be in the $195 million to $245 million range. We will provide fiscal 2019 guidance on our November call.

Lastly, MAXIMUS will adopt the new revenue recognition standard on October 1, 2018. There will be some positive impact in fiscal year 2019 and future periods for contracts during their start-up phase, in particular, our Employment Services contracts that have delayed outcome-based pay points. We anticipate that we will see a better match of revenue and costs on these types of contracts after we adopt the new standard. At this time, we do not anticipate that the change will be significant, but our analyses are not complete.

Thank you for your continued interest. I will now turn the call over to Bruce.

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Rick, and good morning, everyone. This quarter, MAXIMUS delivered solid financial results. With several recent new wins, we are focused on excellent execution and strong cash generation, driving innovation through digital solutions to simplify citizen engagement with critical programs, and effectively balancing resources in geographies where full employment has reduced referral volumes in certain programs we operate. We continue to make meaningful progress on our strategic market evaluation and are turning now to execution, including alignment with our M&A priorities. As with any guiding strategy, our execution against this plan will continue to evolve, being focused and yet flexible, so that we can meet the needs of our clients and capitalize on emerging opportunities.

Today, I want to provide an update on some of my key initiatives since taking over as CEO. As I mentioned last quarter, we established two new executive level positions as we expand our clinical capabilities and push a broader digital agenda. Since then, we have welcomed Dr. Michael Weiner as our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Wiener will help our general managers drive the overall strategic direction, growth and oversight of our global clinical health services.

He has extensive government experience having worked with the Department of Defense for much of his career. In addition to being a board-certified physician, Dr. Wiener also holds a master's degree in Information Systems Technology and is one of only a handful of physicians ever to be certified as a Chief Information Officer by the United States General Services Administration. Dr. Weiner's experience includes digital automation and innovation in the area of electronic health records, including the creation of a unified interagency, electronic health record for more than 125,000 providers and 18 million beneficiaries worldwide for the Veteran Affairs interagency program office.

I am equally pleased to welcome David Cowles into the role of Chief Digital Officer. He will assume ownership of our core digital programs and delivery teams that we've tasked with building new capabilities that align with the strategic needs of the organization and our government clients. With nearly 30 years of operations management experience and a strong background in healthcare, David has a proven track record of driving innovation in data analytics, automation and digital transformation. David comes to MAXIMUS after spending much of his career in a variety of leadership roles at technology and consulting firms.

We continue to increase our digital footprint as we drive innovation by piloting new mobile solutions to improve workflow and reduce paper-based documentation. Virtual agents to streamline the online user experience, and increase the use of robotic process automation to manage certain business processes with greater efficiency. The MAXIMUS digital team is already making great strides in helping our government clients embrace digital technologies and modernize their programs. The team just wrapped up its second year of supporting Medicaid recipients in Louisiana during the 2018 open enrollment period. As part of our core Medicaid offering, we provide Louisiana with a variety of digital support channels. You may recall that MAXIMUS designed and implemented the state's mobile application for the Healthy Louisiana Medicaid Program to help streamline, simplify, and improve the customer enrollment journey.

For the 2018 open enrollment period, digital enrollment volume, including both web and mobile doubled over last year. The greatest year-over-year increase occurred using the Healthy Louisiana mobile app where Medicaid enrollment volume tripled over last year. The Healthy Louisiana app is also gaining positive feedback from users with a 4.6 rating in both the App and Google Play stores. These ratings speak to three themes; the convenience, simplicity, and speed by which a beneficiary can complete their Medicaid enrollment. This demonstrates how we can help states improve the accessibility and usability of programs by having a keen understanding of the complex needs and circumstances of the populations we serve.

July was a busy month for our teams around the globe. On July 2nd, the new Australian Disability Employment Services, or DES contract launched successfully. Under the new contract, MAXIMUS remains one of the largest employment services providers to the government of Australia, delivering the DES program across 197 sites to approximately 20,000 customers with disabilities. The contract represents a significant shift in the Australian disability sector with the government's introduction of a consumer choice model. In response, we introduced an innovative service delivery model that encompasses a greater digital platform as part of our overall solution. This includes new digital engagement for attracting and onboarding new customers, regular digital interaction with customers throughout their journey toward employment, including celebrating success and providing incentives, and the ability to provide regular feedback on the services they receive. Ultimately, the data insights we gain from our end-user's digital activity deepens our understanding of their needs and gives us the ability to further improve our business processes.

We also became the first provider of both jobactive and DES to achieve the nationally recognized Disability Confident Recruiter status by the Australian Network on Disability. This represents competence in attracting, recruiting, and employing individuals with disabilities. The Australian team joins our colleagues in the United Kingdom in achieving recognition for their work in serving individuals with disabilities, both Remploy and the Center For Health and Disability Assessments were among the first businesses in the UK to be awarded Disability Confident Leader status by the UK government. These are a testament to the commitment MAXIMUS has in supporting individuals with disabilities throughout our global business.

Also, in the UK, our Health Management subsidiary was recently awarded its first ever spot on a framework to deliver services for NHS England in the area of patient empowerment. Under the framework, we are prequalified to bid on future RFPs in an area focused on support services for self-care programs. Our offerings under this umbrella framework encompass a mix of clinical and digital interventions that combine our Revitalized digital wellbeing platform with our traditional occupational health services.

The UK team also recently secured our first-ever BPO customer contact center contract with the Department for Education, extending our reach into a new agency. Under the Student Bursary Support Services contract, we will administer student applications for financial support and payments to eligible students. This is an exciting new contract that combines our core BPO services with the digital platform to process nearly 30,000 applications and 40,000 expected inquiries annually. This three-year contract is valued at just under $9 million.

Back in the United States, we have a couple of new contract awards. First, we signed a new contract to administer the California Lifeline program, which is a natural extension of our core eligibility-related suite of services. California Lifeline is a state-run program that provides discounted home phone and cellphone services to eligible low-income households. As the lifeline administrator, the scope of our work includes eligibility determination, call center services, web-based enrollments, document intake, processing, and outbound mailhouse operations. The $36 million contract is projected to run 30 months and we expect to launch program operations in September.

Second, just last week we signed a new contract with the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services to provide our core Medicaid Managed Care Enrollment Broker services. The $17 million base contract started August 1st and runs through December 31, 2020. There are three additional one-year option periods. This comes on the heels of the Wisconsin Medicaid Enrollment Broker contract that we announced last month. Both of these contracts will support the states' efforts in helping beneficiaries enroll into Managed Care plans.

Moving on to new awards and pipeline. For fiscal 2018, year-to-date signed awards totaled $2 billion at June 30, 2018. Our pipeline at June 30, 2018, was $2.9 billion compared to $3 billion at March 31, 2018, due to approximately $400 million of work converting into the awarded category. The current pipeline contains opportunities across all three segments and in all of our major geographies with approximately 65% tied to new work versus existing work.

In summary, we continue to make steady progress on our action plan, with our immediate focus on completing our market evaluation. This includes; analyzing current markets, where we can play a more meaningful role such as providing more clinical solutions at scale and increasing the digital capabilities we provide our government clients; and taking a fresh look at adjacent and new markets, entry to which can be enabled by strategic M&A. Acquisitions will play an important role in providing new capabilities, deepening our qualifications, and opening new markets. Most importantly, they are fundamental to driving longer-term organic growth. While I am pleased with the progress we are making in executing our strategic initiatives, I want to close by reiterating our commitment to delivering solid operational and financial execution and strong cash generation. We continue to believe that the long-term macro trends remain in our favor and the core of the business is sound.

With that, I'll open it up for Q&A. Operator?

Questions and Answers:


Thank you. At this time, we will be conducting a question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions) Our first question today comes from Charlie Strauzer of CJS Securities.

Charlie Strauzer -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Hi, good morning.

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Charlie.

Charlie Strauzer -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Bruce, I know that you're not going to give guidance until next call, but maybe give us a kind of a broad sense as we look at kind of fiscal '19, maybe give us some kind of broader strokes there?

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I'll be happy to, Charlie, and thanks for the question. You're right, we normally give guidance in November and we will do that again this year, so I can't give you a broad sense at this time. I want to begin by emphasizing that, as I did -- as I -- we kind of closed the prepared remarks that the team is executing extremely well. We're generating strong cash flows and we are doing this in a robust global economy with near full employment in a number of the markets that we serve. So, as we've said, we've had some referral volume challenges in some of the programs in those markets. Further, we had several large contracts, as we know, that reset after being rebid, extended, and where option periods were exercised. So, while a headwind in the near term, it's important to note that those activities, those actions, provide a solid foundation for our longer-term growth.

So with that as the backdrop, as we look at '19 right now, we're looking at a rebuilding year with flat results as compared to FY18. As we discussed last quarter, it's going to take some time to see the benefits of the strategic initiatives that we are executing on. And needless to say, I -- and probably leading the charge as it relates to wanting to go as fast as we possibly can, we're very much committed to returning to growth.

We've got a $2.9 billion pipeline, 65% of which is new work, and we've been actively marketing. We've got a series of bids that are out there and could positively impact late '19 and certainly into FY20, so it is still early days in this regard. Our new work win rates are definitely healthy. So the key here is getting the pipeline to progress through adjudication and having fewer deals that get delayed or canceled, often through the protest process as we've seen.

Each year, as I've said before, we are very committed to doing more important work for our customers and the pivot that we've been executing here over the last several years to build capability and do more clinical BPO at scale, is one example of that. It's worth noting, we now have a book of business in the area of assessments and appeals that is approaching about $0.5 billion globally. So our efforts right now, as a reminder, are focused on the next three to five years as we position MAXIMUS for our next phase of growth and we are very focused obviously on driving long-term shareholder value.

Charlie Strauzer -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Great. And that kind of is a good segue into my follow-up question, which is on the pipeline in looking at the federal pipeline of opportunities there, especially with Alliant 2 kind of now coming out of protest, maybe give us a little update as to what you are seeing in terms of opportunities on the federal side?

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yes, absolutely. Thanks, Charlie. So, Alliant, it's worth remembering Alliant 1 is still in place and it runs until April 2019, so nothing has come out yet. Under Alliant 2, no RFPs or RFQs, so we're in the marketing phase. This is the time when you are out in the agencies having the conversations about opportunities that should be ideally procured through that vehicle. There was an Industry Day that our team reports was very productive and at this point, we expect the GSA is going to be issuing actually a forecast of RFPs to come out under Alliant 2 in early 2019. So if you kind of think through that from a procurement perspective, RFPs in early 2019, procurements, awards, we're really looking at 2024 revenue to flow through the Alliant contract vehicle.

Charlie Strauzer -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Thank you.

Lisa Miles -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, Charlie. Next question, please.


Our next question is from Dave Styblo of Jefferies. Please go ahead.

David Styblo -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Good morning. Thanks for the questions, guys.

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Dave.

David Styblo -- Jefferies -- Analyst

I want to just come back to describing just maybe some of the headwinds and tailwinds on the business. I guess, when we entered this year, you guys had spiked out about $0.11 or $0.12 worth of start-up costs embedded in this year's guidance. And I'm curious to understand how that has evolved, that changed that much, because certainly there is the HAAS contract in Australia and so forth, and those are a drag? I'm wondering if there was just additional start-ups that are creating pressures such that relating back to your comment of flat results next year, I wasn't sure if that was revenue and EPS or just the top line comment. But I guess I would have thought there would have been some EPS benefit and to look for EPS to grow next year, but it sounds like maybe that won't be the case just given the nature of the start-up of the contracts. Can you just help us understand the ebbs and flows of that?

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure, Dave. So I'm going to ask Rick Nadeau to provide some comments on the nature of the ebbs and flows and the start-up effect of the contracts. Like you said, we have had a portfolio of contracts that have been in the start-up phase across really our international business lines, mostly in the Human Services area, and they had presented about $12 million or $0.11 impact. It's important to know that obviously they don't all exit the start-up phase at the same time and as we transition into next year, we get an increasing benefit from exiting that start-up phase, but that's a bit backend loaded. But why don't I ask Rick to say a little bit more about those dynamics.

Rick Nadeau -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Dave, I think, you actually have two parts to that question. First, let me talk about the start-ups that you referred to and they really are progressing as expected. I want to remind you, these are performance-based contracts. That's really where revenue was recorded after certain outcomes have been reached. We do not generally get outcome-based payments in the early months of the contract, but rather they come toward the later stages of the work that we perform on the individual person and they do tend to increase over time. Once matured, then they should get a steady flow of outcome-based payments.

We did say that we would have a $11 million to $13 million operating income drag during fiscal year '18 as a result of these start-ups. And we've previously said that we would think those contracts should be about breakeven in fiscal year '19. I think that in my prepared comments, I tried to leave the note in there that with respect to the new revenue recognition standard that -- although revenue for any individual contract will not change, the period in which you recognize revenue can change and we do think based on our preliminary work that the revenue will tend to be recorded earlier on these outcome-based contracts. So I think it'll be a little bit better in FY19 than previously we had indicated as a breakeven, but I don't think that will be significant.

The second part of your question, I think Bruce did a good job of talking to and that really is, when we have a typical BPO contract, the margins on those contracts will improve over time as we come down the learning curves and as we introduce innovation and things like that. So I think when I use the words margin maturity or program and margin maturity, I'm trying to leave you with the impression that over time, once you -- you bid a contract, let's say, it's a three or four-year delivery, you're going to do better from a margin perspective over time. Then when you have a restart on that program, you'll have a reset and the margin will come down, but then it will again grow over the remainder of the life of that contract period.

David Styblo -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Sure. I get that. And I think that's pretty well understood by investors. I guess I'm struggling to understand, what doesn't quite make sense to me is, if you've got the $0.11 or so, that should be a tailwind for next year, and it sounds like there's really no new start-up contracts going into place, why wouldn't we see earnings grow next year? Seems to be like there is some offset, especially when you have ASC 606, should be an additional benefit. I guess, I'm just trying to understand what's the additional pressure that offsets the tailwind from those contracts coming off? And then more broadly, can you give us a sense of how much of your business is in the start-up phase, so we can get a better sense of beyond '19 until 20' or '21, what the earnings boomerang or tailwind would be from these contracts as they reach the maturity into that 10% to 15% typical margin?

Rick Nadeau -- Chief Financial Officer

Are you referring to the contracts that are in start-up or contracts more generally?

David Styblo -- Jefferies -- Analyst

The ones that are in start-up that are creating a drag right now.

Rick Nadeau -- Chief Financial Officer

Okay. So the contracts that are in start-up pertain to about $80 million of revenue overall. And I think we said in a previous call that created incremental revenue of $25 million to $30 million or something close to that. So I think that FY19 will get a little bit of a lift. I don't think that's going to be that significant, but it will get a lift from the new 606. What I'm trying to convey is that we have many contracts, a lot of contract set and it's a portfolio of contracts that start off in the early stages with less operating income margin than they finish with. And we have had several of those contracts that have gone through resets in FY18.

So I do think that what you're going to see is, we have at least two or three pretty good sized contracts that are in a reset position. Meaning that, they may have had a margin that was 5 or 6 percentage points better than you would have thought, but they'll come back to a more normal level and go to the bottom end of the range of reasonableness and then over time, over the life of the contract build back up. So it's not a matter of just looking at the start-up contracts in the Human Services, the portfolio will give you a little less operating income margin next year than this year.

David Styblo -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Okay, thanks.

Lisa Miles -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, Dave. Next question, please.


The next question is from Frank Sparacino of First Analysis. Please go ahead.

Frank Sparacino -- First Analysis -- Analyst

Hi, guys. Maybe on the pipeline itself, so if I look at the pipeline tied to new work, it's up substantially year-over-year. But the existing is down materially and I don't know if that's simply a timing of function in terms of when contracts come up for renewal, or what other factors, dynamics are driving that.

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Frank. I'm going to ask Rick to address that.

Rick Nadeau -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, Frank, I want to make sure that when we talk about the pipeline, included in the pipeline is what we would call new work and rebid. So when you see the new work pipeline up, that is a good thing. Overall, if the pipeline is down because of rebids, that just means that there is less being rebid this year as compared to prior periods. So I just wanted to make sure that that was made clear. Was that your question or is your question --?

Frank Sparacino -- First Analysis -- Analyst

Yes, I think -- No, and I think, I mean it's -- and that's really a timing function, right.

Rick Nadeau -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, you can get a bigger pipeline overall in a big rebid year. So if I've got a bunch of my contracts and they don't come out in a linear fashion, they do have a tenancy to, this is a bigger rebid year than that year, it will be some of the discussions we have around here. So, in a bigger rebid year, you're going to see a bigger pipeline, but that's a matter of the timing.

Frank Sparacino -- First Analysis -- Analyst

Sure. And then maybe just following up. So if I look at the UK and the new contract or I guess new framework, right, that you're able to bid under, can you give us a sense maybe just timing associated with that and then also what you think the opportunity is there of the TAM associated with that framework?

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure, Frank. I will take that. So the framework, as we mentioned, it's really hunting license. So we've got an opportunity now to bid on RFPs that will come through that framework. I will notice, it's pretty exciting from our perspective because we've been awarded a lot now that really focuses on providing the support services for self-care programs aimed at enabling people to live with greater independence. So this is really well aligned with this shift toward more digital services and clinical services in the organization. In fact, the service offerings that we will be able to provide under the framework will be a mix of clinical and digital interventions. That build on and make use of the digital wellbeing platform that we acquired as part of the Revitalised acquisition last year. And it's worth noting, that platform already has several hundred thousand subscribers that are available to them largely in commercial work environments. And so it's something that is white labeled and provided at a large scale. And so this is a great asset that we can use to bring into this framework.

Some of the applications that we will be able to provide that are kind of self-care oriented including -- include wellbeing services, tele-assessments, tele-care and coaching, prevention services, and a range of supports for adult and social care. So it's very timely. It's a great win from a timing perspective. Again, like I said, I'd always love things to go more quickly. We expect that the initial tenders will start to come out under the framework in 2019. And so while we are pre-qualified now, we can bid on those tenders. It's probably realistic to think that we would anticipate to see any revenue from it until 2020 from a fiscal year perspective. I probably can't put a total addressable market, I think I heard you say TAM, so I can't put a total addressable market size on that at this point since it is very much early days.

Frank Sparacino -- First Analysis -- Analyst

Thank you, guys.

Lisa Miles -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, Frank. Next question, please.


(Operator Instructions) Our next question is from Jamie Stockton of Wells Fargo. Please go ahead.

Jamie Stockton -- Wells Fargo -- Analyst

Hi, good morning. Thanks for taking my questions. I guess maybe the first one, there have been a bunch of questions about 2019. It seems like you guys have been kind of taking a step back looking at your portfolio of businesses, trying to assess what you feel like the longer-term growth prospects are. I was just wondering if you could give us an update on your thoughts there versus kind of the legacy 10% top line growth goal?

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Great. Jamie, it's Bruce. Thanks for the question. I wanted to begin by -- I'm just providing a bit of a backdrop and reminder on the review done -- that we've been conducting, that we mentioned on the last call. And the whole purpose of the review, like you know, is to take a -- very much a fresh look at our current markets, emerging opportunities, and our strategy overall. It's an internal review and the design here is to look at the best market paths for MAXIMUS for the long-term.

So that said, there are four components to our activities. The first is, we're objectively analyzing our current markets where we think that we can be playing a more meaningful role through augmenting our service offerings, and really growing out some of the current markets that we're presently in. A good example is the federal book of business where we think that our BPO and technology solutions can add value to additional programs and agencies. I will say that in the last few months, being in my new role, I've been out visiting with a number of our projects and talking to our clients, and it's clear to me that the capabilities that we've been developing, particularly in the area of assessments, are just beginning to tap what I think is a very significant market for us.

The second area is that we're taking a fresh look at new adjacent markets. And those are particularly ones that are impacted by macro, demographic, and economic trends. Third, we are considering whether some of our current businesses need to be managed differently. So, for example, to support the convergence that we've been seeing between Health and Human Services programs, do we need to address that market differently. There's obviously a lot of energy right now at the federal level on the topic of work requirements and, what they call, consumer engagement and personal responsibility as it relates not just to the Medicaid program, but to the SNAP program, and even extending into the housing programs administered by HUD.

Then the fourth dimension of the review is to continue really moving ahead our M&A strategy, and doing that in a way that's aligned with the market priorities that come out of the assessment. Acquisitions, of course, are going to play a critical role in bringing us enhanced capabilities, providing access to new adjacent markets and geographies, and ultimately creating platforms for longer-term growth for the company. So we've made good progress since our last call. I'm pleased that we've made some great strides at identifying top priority markets. We now have the teams focused on further sub-segmenting of those markets and flushing out our analyses and as you could expect, identifying targets for M&A activity for markets that can best be enabled through acquisitions as the entry point.

So you'd ask, what does all that mean in terms of 10% growth rate for the company over time. And I guess I'd answer that by saying, the best way to look at it is, to speak to what's happening in our industry and with our customers presently. So make no mistake, we are operating in an environment that's more difficult and challenging than prior years, and we've given a number of examples of that. So for the near term, single-digit revenue growth is more reasonable until new priorities, enabling legislation, programs [ph] and regulations, and really the outcome of the strategic review and execution on the priority markets can take place. We said on the prior call that we expected this process to be about a 24-month or two-year process, and obviously as a consequence, we're looking at FY19 being a year when we just continue our focus on execution and we'd expect to see the benefits, as we execute in those markets, start to (inaudible) the business and our shareholders in FY2020.

Jamie Stockton -- Wells Fargo -- Analyst

Okay. That's great. And then maybe just one other one on the digital focus. I'm curious, and this is a little bit of a qualitative question here. But when you think about digital, is it ultimately going to be something that helps you really improve your cost structure? I guess, that would be one bucket that I think about helps you take business from competitors for existing contracts that are already out there that someone else has or do you see there's something primarily that's just going to open up new opportunities where there is works that has not really been outsourced, but because there are incremental capabilities, it's something that you will see disproportionately outsourced in the future?

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Right. Jamie, actually I'd see it affecting all three categories that you've outlined, and I think those are the right buckets. Our immediate focus has been on the first. It's been about ensuring that we're doing everything we can to run the most efficient business possible. So we have been focused on things like robotic process automation, we've made a lot of progress. We've got, I would say, north of a half a dozen, and probably just shy of a dozen programs in one stage or another of development from an RPA standpoint and execution. We've been looking hard at, and, I will say, we've begun to apply machine learning capabilities and through some of the innovation, research, and development projects that we've been implementing. And we're certainly looking at how things like augmented intelligence and artificial intelligence can help us streamline complex decision processes in our business. So all that kind of fits into that bucket of helping us drive efficiency and effectiveness.

The buckets are overlaid -- are overlapped, if you will. They are interrelated because secondly -- certainly with these capabilities that we're building from a digital standpoint, we're able to take business, we're able to differentiate ourselves from our competitors. We've had several bids where the digital component to the bid was noted as a difference maker and a key discriminator by the source selection officials. So no doubt.

And then thirdly, opening up new opportunities. The best example of that that I would point to is, there are certainly customer contact centers out there that maybe historically haven't been available for outsourcing, whether they are highly unionized environments or what have you. With some of the technologies that we're talking about like natural voice recognition, human assisted IVR , things like that, you can go to a customer and, say, hey, look, you shouldn't view this as necessarily a threat, this is something that helps you make the most of the workforce that you have and improve service delivery. Many of the customer contact centers that fit into that category have extremely high abandonment rates and are not providing good customer service. So we can lead with the digital offering that enables us to come in and automate and reduce volumes and help that program perform more effectively without necessarily challenging some of the underlying goals of the government customers, so it can open up new markets as well. Hope that helps.

Jamie Stockton -- Wells Fargo -- Analyst

Sure. Thank you.

Lisa Miles -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Thanks, Jamie.


There are no additional questions at this time. So this will conclude today's conference. You may disconnect your lines and thank you for your participation.

Duration: 45 minutes

Call participants:

Lisa Miles -- Senior Vice President, Investor Relations

Rick Nadeau -- Chief Financial Officer

Bruce Caswell -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Charlie Strauzer -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

David Styblo -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Frank Sparacino -- First Analysis -- Analyst

Jamie Stockton -- Wells Fargo -- Analyst

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