FTI Consulting, Inc. Reports Record First Quarter Results
- Revenues Increase 34.9 Percent to $307 Million - EPS Increase 63.9 Percent to $0.59 Per Share - New Five-Year Plan Cites Revenue Goal of $2.5 Billion by 2012 - 2008 Outlook Raised to Revenues of $1.300 - $1.375 Billion, EPS of $2.50-$2.63
BALTIMORE, May 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- FTI Consulting (NYSE: FCN), the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance their enterprise value, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008.
First Quarter Results
For the first quarter of 2008, revenues increased 34.9 percent to a record $307.1 million compared to revenue of $227.7 million in the prior year period. Earnings per diluted share increased 63.9 percent to $0.59, compared to earnings per diluted share of $0.36 in the prior year period, despite a 24.0 percent increase in the weighted average shares outstanding from the prior year period. Earnings from operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and litigation settlement losses (EBITDA) increased 53.2 percent to $68.0 million, also a record, compared to EBITDA of $44.4 million in the prior year period.
Jack Dunn, President and CEO of FTI, said, "The first quarter was clearly an excellent one for our company. It was marked by strong demand, exceptional organic growth, and the continued execution of our strategic, disciplined acquisition program. The keys to this outstanding performance, and the keys to the differentiation of FTI in the marketplace, continue to be our total commitment to a global platform, our broad array of diversified services, our intellectual capital and our technology.
"In addition, the global credit crisis in its various forms continued to be a significant driver of work across all of our business segments. Sub-prime issues remained unresolved and the housing market continued to erode, undermining consumer net worth and confidence. During the quarter, our organic revenue growth accelerated to 30% and was particularly strong in our Technology segment, which grew 71%. This exceptional performance also allowed us to achieve margins significantly better than the norm we experience in the first quarter.
"On the acquisition front, we had one of the most productive periods for M&A activity in our history, closing seven acquisitions in the first quarter of 2008 and an additional two acquisitions in the first week of April. These additions expand our capabilities, increase our domain expertise and deepen our market penetration. We have added over 400 talented professionals strategically located in the key financial markets around the world and we welcome them to FTI. Given their respective completion dates, the acquisitions did not have a material effect on the first quarter results.
-- The largest of these was the purchase of The Schonbraun McCann Consulting Group, the leading consultant to the real estate industry. This squarely positions us to take advantage of the burgeoning restructuring and advisory opportunities in that industry. Additionally, it helps form the lynchpin of an international, cross- segment product offering in the area of real estate, construction and related financial services. -- Strategically, the acquisition of Forensic Accounting in the U.K. allowed us to expand our Forensic and Litigation Consulting services to Europe. In the Strategic Communications segment we expanded our services into Brussels, the capital of the European Economic Union. Additional acquisitions in Forensic and Litigation Consulting bolstered our international presence, notably in London and the Middle East, in the construction area, and expanded our investigation and technology offerings in Asia and Latin America. Finally, an acquisition in Technology significantly increased our capability in the Pacific Rim.
"FTI continues to benefit from our acquisition strategy. We believe identifying, acquiring and integrating like minded professionals is a core competency of our firm. Going forward, we have a full acquisition pipeline, significant managerial resources and adequate cash and available financing to continue our growth strategy. We will continue to aggressively pursue acquisitions during the remainder of 2008."
At March 31, 2008, cash and cash equivalents were $227.1 million with total debt outstanding of $569.5 million. No borrowings were outstanding under the Company's senior bank $150 million revolving credit facility.
Fully diluted weighted average common shares outstanding increased 24.0 percent to 52.7 million as of the period ended March 31, 2008, compared to 42.5 million as of the period ended March 31, 2007, primarily due to the Company's offering of 4,830,000 shares during the fourth quarter of 2007, stock option exercises and the direct effect of a higher average share price on the calculation of fully diluted shares outstanding associated with the Company's convertible notes and stock options.
Total headcount as of March 31, 2008, was 2,829 compared to 2,157 in the prior year period. Total headcount is approximately 3,094 as of May 1, 2008. Annualized turnover was 13.6 percent in the first quarter of 2008.
First Quarter Business Segment Results
Revenue growth in the Technology segment was again exceptional, increasing 71.1 percent to $56.5 million compared to $33.1 million in the prior year period. Segment EBITDA increased 119.9 percent to $23.3 million from $10.6 million in the prior year period. Segment EBITDA margin expanded to 41.3 percent of revenue from 32.1 percent in the prior year period. The excellent performance in the quarter included two very large, short term matters. The segment continued to experience significant demand from class action proceedings, merger and acquisition activity, governmental and internal investigations. The segment is differentiated in the market by its ability to process extremely large volumes and highly complex data, global presence, multilingual capabilities and vertical market expertise in the pharmaceutical, financial services, banking, hedge fund and private equity industries. Margins increased due to increased revenue and the continuing shift in mix from consulting fee-based services to the more profitable and recurring subscription-based and on-demand software licensing and processing fees.
During the quarter the Company purchased Strategic Discovery, Inc. (SDI), a premier firm in the litigation discovery industry. SDI extends the presence of FTI's Technology segment into the Northern California market, accelerates its expansion into the corporate marketplace and, by leveraging SDI's work with its Asian clients, will serve as a bridge for FTI's eDiscovery products and services into that rapidly-growing and important market.
As an ongoing part of the acquisition strategy designed to broaden its proprietary intellectual capital, the segment is continuing to evaluate several technology companies whose offerings would be very complimentary to its existing product portfolio.
Revenue growth in the Corporate Finance/Restructuring segment continued to accelerate, increasing 27.7 percent to $79.3 million compared to $62.1 million in the prior year period. Segment EBITDA increased 46.8 percent to $21.9 million from segment EBITDA of $14.9 million in the prior year period. Segment EBITDA margins expanded to 27.6 percent of revenue from 24.0 percent in the prior year period. The segment again saw strong demand in middle market cases, primarily due to restructuring activity in the sub-prime mortgage, financial institution and housing-related markets. The segment is experiencing increasing demand from sectors that are affected by the housing downturn, such as building materials, retail, consumer durables and monoline insurers. There was also strong demand from the healthcare sector for both consulting and restructuring services, including productivity and profit improvement services especially in the revenue cycle, supply chain and managed care areas. The U.K. practice continued to grow with several significant multi-national assignments demonstrating the recently expanded geographic reach of this segment. Margins were the beneficiary of strong revenue growth and higher success fees in the quarter.
Revenue in the Economic Consulting segment increased 41.0 percent to $56.4 million compared to $40.0 million in the prior year period. Segment EBITDA increased 19.9 percent to $13.3 million from segment EBITDA of $11.1 million in the prior year period. Segment EBITDA margin was 23.6 percent of revenue compared to 27.8 percent in the prior year period. The strong revenue growth was caused by credit and liquidity issues and strategic M&A assignments in sectors such as financial services, hospital, airline and internet/IT. The segment's revenue performance was also due to financial consulting engagements relating to transactions in which private equity buyers have been unwilling or unable to consummate acquisitions at originally agreed prices, and the increasing incidence of private actions against companies and boards of directors, alleging various forms of negligence. The lower margin compared to first quarter 2007 was due primarily to the hiring of a prominent economist and the normal lag between the commencement of his employment and the full contribution to revenue resulting from his efforts. In addition, the margins continue to be burdened by non-cash compensation expense resulting from the variable accounting treatment for certain options driven by the strong performance of FTI's common stock.
In the Strategic Communications segment, revenue increased 42.9 percent to $54.6 million from $38.2 million in the prior year period. Segment EBITDA increased 27.2 percent to $12.7 million, or 23.2 percent of revenue, from $10.0 million, or 26.1 percent of revenue, in the prior year period. Revenue from project work for M&A transactions and public offerings has decreased consistent with the slowdown in the capital markets. To date, this revenue has been largely replaced by crisis communication engagements from major companies facing financial stress or operating issues, often resulting from the global credit crisis. The segment continued to grow its recurring revenue base from retained clients in its core markets in Europe and North America. Ongoing growth in Asia, Australia, Latin America and the Middle East, and growth from acquisitions completed during 2007 and the first quarter of 2008 also contributed to the first quarter. The lower margin percentage reflects an increase in pass-through revenue as a percent of revenue.
During the quarter the Company acquired Blueprint Partners, a leading public affairs and strategic communications consultancy in Brussels. Blueprint brings FTI its first presence in one of the world's key regulatory and political hubs.
Forensic and Litigation Consulting
Revenue in the Forensic and Litigation Consulting (FLC) segment increased 10.8 percent to $60.3 million compared to $54.4 million in the prior year period. Segment EBITDA was $14.7 million, compared to EBITDA of $14.1 million in the prior year period. As a percentage of revenue, the segment's first quarter EBITDA margin was 24.3 percent, compared to 25.9 percent in the prior year period. Revenue in the quarter increased due to continued strong momentum in the investigations business, particularly in Latin America, revenue growth in the financial consulting and construction practices, contributions from acquisitions and increased billing rates.
Late in the quarter, FLC increased its capacity to serve the international construction industry with the acquisitions of Washington, DC-based Rubino & McGeehin Consulting Group, Inc. (RMCG) and London-based Brewer Consulting Ltd. It also enhanced the presence of its International Risk and Investigations practice in China with the acquisition of Thomson Market Services, LTD, and in Brazil and greater Latin America, with the acquisition of TSC Brasil Limitada. Finally, the acquisition of London-based Forensic Accounting in April gives FLC a foundation on which to build its forensic accounting practice in the U.K. and Continental Europe.
New Five Year Plan: "FTI 2012"
In 2007, the Company achieved the key objectives of "Vision 2009," the five year plan established in 2004. After a six month process including client focus groups, cross segment teams and the input of over 100 of our leading professionals, the Company has embarked upon a new five year plan, "FTI 2012". The key goals are to:
-- Grow annual revenue to $2.5 billion primarily through organic growth and supplemented by acquisitions designed to take advantage of FTI's geographical footprint. -- Broaden its service offerings and strengthen its expertise in key industries. -- Sustain EBITDA margins, excluding FAS 123R expense, of 25 percent. -- Generate 30-35 percent of revenue internationally. -- Continue to maintain a strong Balance Sheet.
Mr. Dunn noted, "We have set ambitious new goals that combine a proper mix of aggressiveness and achievability, which we believe will continue to generate attractive returns for our shareholders. We expect to reach these goals by maintaining our current strategy of investing in the FTI brand to remain the gold standard for event-driven consulting and continuing to be the firm that attracts and retains the best professionals around the globe - the people who apply their intellect and energy to solve the most complex issues faced by our clients."
Based on exceptionally strong results in the first quarter and the current level of activity, the Company's outlook for 2008 is for $1.3 billion to $1.375 billion of revenue and $2.50 to $2.63 of EPS. Consistent with its long standing practice, the Company will provide a full and comprehensive review after the second quarter and update guidance at that point.
First Quarter Conference Call
FTI will hold a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss first quarter financial results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time on May 7, 2008. The call can be accessed live and will be available for replay over the Internet for 90 days by logging onto the Company's website, www.fticonsulting.com .
About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,000 employees located in most major business centers in the world, we work closely with clients every day to anticipate, illuminate, and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management and restructuring. More information can be found at www.fticonsulting.com .
Note: We use earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization plus litigation settlement losses, net ("EBITDA") in evaluating our financial performance. Although EBITDA is not a measure of financial condition or performance determined in accordance with GAAP we believe that it can be a useful operating performance measure for evaluating our results of operation as compared from period to period and as compared to our competitors. EBITDA is a common alternative measure of operating performance used by investors, financial analysts and rating agencies to value and compare the financial performance of companies in our industry. We use EBITDA to evaluate and compare the operating performance of our segments and it is one of the primary measures used to determine employee bonuses. We also use EBITDA to value the businesses we acquire or anticipate acquiring. EBITDA is not defined in the same manner by all companies and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies unless the definition is the same. This non-GAAP measure should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for or superior to, the information contained in our statements of income.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 that involve uncertainties and risks including statements related our future financial results, goals and plans. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ from the company's expectations. The Company has experienced fluctuating revenue, operating income and cash flow in some prior periods and expects this will occur from time to time in the future. As a result of these possible fluctuations, the Company's actual results may differ from our projections. Further, preliminary results are subject to normal year-end adjustments. Other factors that could cause such differences include the pace and timing of the consummation and integration of past and future acquisitions, the Company's ability to realize cost savings and efficiencies, competitive and general economic conditions, retention of staff and clients and other risks described under the heading "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform such statements to actual results or events and do not intend to do so.
FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW FTI CONSULTING, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2008 AND 2007 (in thousands, except per share data) Three Months Ended March 31, 2008 2007 (unaudited) Revenues $307,102 $227,725 Operating expenses Direct cost of revenues 172,521 126,181 Selling, general and administrative expense 72,572 60,358 Amortization of other intangible assets 2,898 2,737 247,991 189,276 Operating income 59,111 38,449 Other income (expense) Interest income 3,081 496 Interest expense and other (10,388) (10,964) Litigation settlement losses, net (1) (741) (7,308) (11,209) Income before income tax provision 51,803 27,240 Income tax provision 20,514 11,978 Net income $31,289 $15,262 Earnings per common share - basic $0.65 $0.37 Weighted average common shares outstanding - basic 48,325 41,498 Earnings per common share - diluted $0.59 $0.36 Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted 52,717 42,518 FTI CONSULTING, INC. OPERATING RESULTS BY BUSINESS SEGMENT (Unaudited) Average Revenue - EBITDA Utiliz- Billable Generating Revenues (1) Margin ation(2) Rate(2) Headcount (in thousands) Three Months Ended March 31, 2008 Technology $56,535 $23,322 41.3% N/M N/M 375 Corporate Finance/ Restructuring 79,283 21,910 27.6% 83% $440 427 Economic Consulting 56,415 13,316 23.6% 90% $442 234 Strategic Communications 54,614 12,679 23.2% N/M N/M 571 Forensic and Litigation Consulting 60,255 14,656 24.3% 75% $377 597 $307,102 85,883 28.0% N/M N/M 2,204 Corporate (17,849) EBITDA (1) $68,034 22.2% Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 Technology $33,050 $10,607 32.1% N/M N/M 273 Corporate Finance/ Restructuring 62,102 14,928 24.0% 86% $414 325 Economic Consulting 39,997 11,108 27.8% 85% $398 209 Strategic Communications 38,213 9,971 26.1% N/M N/M 419 Forensic and Litigation Consulting 54,363 14,105 25.9% 77% $338 402 $227,725 60,719 26.7% N/M N/M 1,628 Corporate (16,316) EBITDA (1) $44,403 19.5%
(1) We use earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization ("EBITDA") and EBITDA excluding special charges ("adjusted EBITDA") in evaluating the company's financial performance. EBITDA is not a measurement under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). We define EBITDA as operating income before depreciation and amortization and amortization of intangible assets plus litigation settlements. This measure may not be similar to non-GAAP measures of other companies. We believe that the use of such measures, as a supplement to operating income, net income and other GAAP measures, is a useful indicator of a company's financial performance and its ability to generate cash flow from operations that are available to fund capital expenditures and service debt. Further, these measures exclude certain items to provide better comparability from period to period. While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under GAAP, these expenses primarily represent the non-cash current period allocation of costs associated with long-lived assets acquired or constructed in prior periods. EBITDA is a common alternative performance measure used by investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the operating performance and value of companies within our industry. This non- GAAP measure should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for or superior to, the information contained in our statements of income. See also our reconciliation of Non-GAAP financial measures.
(2) The majority of the Technology and Strategic Communications segments' revenues are not generated on an hourly basis. Accordingly, utilization and average billable rate metrics are not presented as they are not meaningful. Utilization where presented is based on a 2,032 hour year.
RECONCILIATION OF OPERATING INCOME AND NET INCOME TO ADJUSTED EARNINGS BEFORE INTEREST, TAXES, DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION AND SPECIAL CHARGES (unaudited) Strategic Corporate Economic Communi- Three Months Ended March 31, 2008 Technology Finance Consulting cations Net income Interest income Interest expense and other Litigation settlement losses Income tax provision Operating income $20,417 $21,349 $12,263 $10,806 Depreciation 2,342 521 483 662 Amortization of other intangible assets 563 40 570 1,212 Litigation settlement losses (1) EBITDA (1) 23,322 21,910 13,316 12,679 Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 Net income Interest income Interest expense and other Litigation settlement losses Income tax provision Operating income $8,929 $15,136 $9,610 $8,737 Depreciation 1,361 301 345 497 Amortization of other intangible assets 317 41 1,153 737 Litigation settlement losses - (550) - - EBITDA (1) 10,607 14,928 11,108 9,971 Forensic and Litigation Three Months Ended March 31, 2008 Consulting Corp HQ Total Net income $31,289 Interest income (3,081) Interest expense and other 10,388 Litigation settlement losses 1 Income tax provision 20,514 Operating income $13,519 $(19,243) 59,111 Depreciation 624 1,394 6,026 Amortization of other intangible assets 513 - 2,898 Litigation settlement losses (1) EBITDA (1) 14,656 (17,849) 68,034 Three Months Ended March 31, 2007 Net income $15,262 Interest income (496) Interest expense and other 10,964 Litigation settlement losses 741 Income tax provision 11,978 Operating income $13,157 $(17,120) 38,449 Depreciation 459 995 3,958 Amortization of other intangible assets 489 2,737 Litigation settlement losses - (191) (741) EBITDA (1) 14,105 (16,316) 44,403
(1) We use earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization ("EBITDA") in evaluating the company's financial performance. EBITDA is not a measurement under accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"). We define EBITDA as operating income before depreciation and amortization and amortization of intangible assets plus litigation settlements. This measure may not be similar to non-GAAP measures of other companies. We believe that the use of such measures, as a supplement to operating income, net income and other GAAP measures, is a useful indicator of a company's financial performance and its ability to generate cash flow from operations that are available to fund capital expenditures and service debt. Further, these measures exclude certain items to provide better comparability from period to period. While depreciation and amortization are considered operating costs under GAAP, these expenses primarily represent the non-cash current period allocation of costs associated with long-lived assets acquired or constructed in prior periods. EBITDA is a common alternative performance measure used by investors, analysts and credit rating agencies to evaluate and compare the operating performance and value of companies within our industry. This non-GAAP measure should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for or superior to, the information contained in our statements of income.
FTI CONSULTING, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS FOR THE THREE MONTHS ENDED MARCH 31, 2008 AND 2007 (in thousands) Three Months Ended March 31, 2008 2007 Operating activities (unaudited) Net income $31,289 $15,262 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities: Depreciation 6,026 3,958 Amortization of other intangible assets 2,898 2,737 Provision for doubtful accounts 4,546 2,199 Non-cash share-based compensation 6,706 5,389 Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation (2,642) (679) Non-cash interest expense 755 891 Other (171) 22 Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions: Accounts receivable, billed and unbilled (59,084) (27,586) Notes receivable 1,655 (24,476) Prepaid expenses and other assets (1,974) 842 Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other 2,226 17,695 Accrued special charges (1,220) (3,235) Income taxes 17,787 1,667 Accrued compensation (18,077) (25,324) Billings in excess of services provided (830) 654 Net cash (used in) operating activities (10,110) (29,984) Investing activities Payments for acquisition of businesses, including contingent payments and acquisition costs, net of cash received (93,636) (19,003) Purchases of property and equipment (7,525) (13,789) Other (27,371) 240 Net cash (used in) investing activities (128,532) (32,552) Financing activities Borrowings under revolving line of credit - 15,000 Payments of revolving line of credit - (15,000) Payments of long-term debt (6,335) (11) Issuance of common stock under equity compensation plans 8,582 7,948 Excess tax benefit from share based compensation 2,642 679 Net cash provided by financing activities 4,889 8,616 Effect of exchange rate changes and fair value adjustments on cash and cash equivalents 358 180 Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (133,395) (53,740) Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 360,463 91,923 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $227,068 $38,183 FTI CONSULTING, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AS OF MARCH 31, 2008 AND DECEMBER 31, 2007 (in thousands, except per share amounts) March 31, December 31, 2008 2007 Assets (unaudited) Current assets Cash and cash equivalents $227,068 $360,463 Accounts Receivable Billed 230,319 190,900 Unbilled 113,403 84,743 Allowance for doubtful accounts and unbilled services (36,297) (30,467) 307,425 245,176 Notes receivable 11,809 11,687 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 32,946 33,657 Deferred income taxes 10,513 10,544 Total current assets 589,761 661,527 Property and equipment, net 69,637 67,843 Goodwill 990,247 940,878 Other intangible assets, net 96,350 84,673 Notes receivable, net of current portion 50,476 52,374 Other assets 83,901 51,329 Total assets $1,880,372 $1,858,624 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other $73,705 $103,410 Accrued compensation 84,190 102,054 Current portion of long-term debt 152,199 157,772 Billings in excess of services provided 17,006 17,826 Total current liabilities 327,100 381,062 Long-term debt, net of current portion 417,321 415,653 Deferred income taxes 54,564 49,113 Other liabilities 43,884 40,546 Stockholders' equity Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 5,000 shares authorized, none outstanding - - Common stock, $0.01 par value; 75,000 shares authorized; 75,000 shares issued and outstanding - 49,640 (2008) and 48,979 (2007) 496 490 Additional paid-in capital 635,106 601,637 Retained earnings 392,347 361,058 Accumulated other comprehensive income 9,554 9,065 Total stockholders' equity 1,037,503 972,250 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $1,880,372 $1,858,624
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