*Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation and contingent consideration adjustments
IRVINE, Calif., July 16, 2013 - Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: RECN), today announced financial results for its fiscal fourth quarter and year ended May 25, 2013. Resources Connection, Inc. is a multinational professional services firm that provides to clients - through its operating subsidiary, Resources Global Professionals ("RGP") - consulting services in the areas of accounting, finance, risk management and internal audit, corporate advisory, strategic communications and restructuring, information management, human capital, supply chain management, healthcare solutions, and legal and regulatory services.
Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $140.2 million, increasing 1.6% (2.2% on a constant dollar basis) sequentially and decreasing 3.6% (3.1% on a constant dollar basis) compared to the prior year's fourth quarter. Revenue in the U.S. improved 2.3% sequentially and was down 0.4% quarter-over-quarter. International revenue was down 0.6% sequentially and 13.6% quarter-over-quarter (up 1.9% sequentially and down 11.4% quarter-over-quarter on a constant dollar basis).
The Company's net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 was $5.3 million, or $0.13 per diluted share. These amounts include severance charges totaling $1.1 million or $0.03 per diluted share. The Company's net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 was $8.9 million, or $0.21 per diluted share.
"I am pleased that we were able to return $43.7 million to our shareholders during fiscal 2013 through our stock repurchase and dividend programs," said Tony Cherbak, president and chief executive officer of RGP. "We look forward to seeing the benefit of some of our growth initiatives in fiscal 2014."
Gross margin was 38.9% in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, up 180 basis points sequentially and down 130 basis points from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Fourth quarter gross margin includes $525,000 (40 basis points) of severance costs related to RGP's European operations. The decline in gross margin quarter-over-quarter was attributable to these severance costs, as well as increased healthcare costs and a 30 basis point decline in the bill rate/pay rate relationship. The fourth quarter gross margin benefited from the absence of paid holidays in the US as compared to the third quarter which included the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 were $42.3 million, an increase of $700,000 sequentially and $300,000 from the comparable quarter a year ago. Current quarter selling, general and administrative expenses include $625,000 of severance costs primarily related to European operations, as well as increased marketing spend as compared to the sequential and prior year quarters.
Cash flow from operations and Adjusted EBITDA were $16.9 million and $13.9 million (9.9% of revenue), respectively, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $16.6 million and $18.4 million (12.6% of revenue), respectively, for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.
"We, like many of our clients, remain focused on growing our revenue in a challenging business environment," said Don Murray, executive chairman of RGP. "I look forward to continuing to work with Tony, who became CEO at the beginning of fiscal 2014, to drive our growth initiatives."
The Company's revenue for fiscal 2013 was $556.3 million compared with $571.8 million for fiscal 2012, a decrease of $15.5 million or 2.7%. The Company's net income for fiscal 2013 was $20.5 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, compared with net income for fiscal 2012 of $41.1 million, or $0.94 per diluted share (including the after tax impact of the estimated fair value of contingent consideration adjustment of $20.4 million or $0.47 per share).
The Company's pre-tax income for fiscal 2013 was $39.9 million compared to $73.3 million for fiscal 2012. Pre-tax income in fiscal 2012 included a non-cash adjustment of $33.9 million, which reduced the estimated fair value of contingent consideration liability (including the employee portion of contingent consideration) related to the Sitrick Brincko Group acquisition. Generally accepted accounting principles require the Company to record increases or decreases in the estimated fair value of contingent consideration to earnings.
During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company repurchased 1.1 million shares of common stock for $12.3 million. The Company has approximately $72.6 million remaining under its board authorized stock buyback program. On June 11, 2013, the Company paid its quarterly dividend of $2.4 million to shareholders, representing a dividend of $0.06 per share. For fiscal 2013, the Company repurchased a total of 2.9 million shares of common stock for $34.2 million and paid dividends of $9.5 million, returning $43.7 million in capital to shareholders. As of May 25, 2013, the Company's cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments were $119 million compared to $128 million a year ago.
RGP, the operating subsidiary of Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: RECN), is a multinational professional services firm that helps business leaders execute internal initiatives. Partnering with business leaders, we drive internal change across all parts of a global enterprise - accounting, finance, risk management and internal audit, corporate advisory, strategic communications and restructuring, information management, human capital, supply chain management, healthcare solutions, and legal and regulatory services. RGP was founded in 1996 within a Big Four accounting firm. Today, we are a publicly traded company with over 2,900 professionals, annually serving over 1,800 clients around the world from 73 practice offices.
Headquartered in Irvine, California, RGP has served 87 of the Fortune 100 companies. The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the exchange's highest tier by listing standards. More information about RGP is available at http://www.rgp.com. RGP will hold a conference call for interested analysts and investors at 5:00 p.m., ET today, July 16, 2013. This conference call will be available for listening via a webcast on the Company's website: http://www.rgp.com. An audio replay of the conference call will be available through July 23, 2013 at 855-859-2056. The conference ID number for the replay is 97814840. The call will also be archived on the RGP website for 30 days.
Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "anticipates," "believes," "can," "continue," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "potential," "predicts," "remain," "should" or "will" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. In this press release, such statements include the Company's plan to continue to drive its growth initiatives and belief that growth initiatives will result in a favorable impact in fiscal 2014. Such statements and all phases of the Company's operations are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including seasonality, overall economic conditions and other factors and uncertainties as are identified in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other public filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission (File No. 0-32113). Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company's, and its industry's, actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements may be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The Company undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements in this press release.
The Company utilizes certain financial measures and key performance indicators that are not defined by, or calculated in accordance with, GAAP to assess our financial and operating performance. A non-GAAP financial measure is defined as a numerical measure of a company's financial performance that (i) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of operations; or (ii) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the comparable measure so calculated and presented.
EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are non-GAAP financial measures. EBITDA is calculated as net income before amortization of intangible assets, depreciation expense, interest income and income taxes. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA plus stock-based compensation expense and contingent consideration adjustments. Adjusted EBITDA Margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by Revenue. We believe that EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin provide useful measures to our investors because they are financial measures used by management to assess the core performance of our Company. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are not measurements of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or construed as substitutes for net income or other cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP for purposes of analyzing our profitability or liquidity. These measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute to, net income, earnings per share, cash flows or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
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