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Exponent Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results

Exponent Reports Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2013 Results  MENLO PARK, Calif., Feb. 5, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Exponent, Inc. (Nasdaq:EXPO) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 3, 2014.  For the 14-week fourth quarter of 2013, revenues before reimbursements increased 6% to $69,036,000, as compared to $65,049,000 in the13-week fourth quarter of 2012. Total revenues were $72,772,000, as compared to $72,946,000 in the same period one year ago.  Net income for the fourth quarter increased 3% to $8,722,000, or $0.63 per diluted share, as compared to $8,472,000, or $0.60 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2012. For the quarter EBITDA^1 increased 2% to $15,906,000, as compared to $15,607,000 in the same period one year ago.  For the 53-week fiscal year 2013, revenues before reimbursements increased 5% to $280,043,000, as compared to $266,562,000 in the 52-week fiscal year 2012. Total revenues for 2013 were $296,168,000, as compared to $292,653,000 in 2012.  Net income for fiscal year 2013 increased 4% to $38,640,000, or $2.76 per diluted share, as compared to $37,225,000, or $2.60 per diluted share, in fiscal year 2012. For the year EBITDA^1 increased 4% to $68,769,000, as compared to $66,132,000 one year ago.  For fiscal year 2013, Exponent generated $61.8 million in cash from operations, repurchased $25.0 million of common stock, and paid dividends of $7.9 million. The Company closed the year with $156.1 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.  "We are pleased to have delivered solid financial results in 2013, with continued revenue and net income growth, and strong cash flow from operations. This performance allowed us to continue to return value to shareholders through share repurchases and the initiation of dividend payments," commented Dr. Paul Johnston, President and CEO. "For the year, we had notable performances from our polymer science, mechanical engineering, biomedical, engineering management and construction consulting practices.  "During 2013 we continued to build upon our leading position in reactive services including investigations of accidents, product recalls, and health and environmental exposures. Additionally, we expanded our market recognition in proactive services including product design consulting, regulatory consulting and risk management. We continue to see good growth opportunities in both reactive and proactive services for 2014 and beyond.  "As we look at 2014 our growth in revenues before reimbursements will be reduced because of a step-down in a few major assignments, lower defense spending, an extra week in fiscal 2013 and $1.4 million of revenues recognized upon payment in 2013 for work performed in the prior year. As a result, we expect 2014 growth in revenues before reimbursements to be in the low single digits and EBITDA^1 margin to be down approximately 100 basis points from 24.6% in 2013.  "Going forward we will continue to expand our expertise and experience to address our clients' important technology, health and environmental questions. We are optimistic about our market opportunities and look forward to translating these into long-term shareholder value," concluded Dr. Johnston.  Today's Conference Call Information  Exponent will discuss its financial results in more detail on a conference call today, Wednesday, February 5, 2014, starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The audio of the conference call is available by dialing 877-941-1427 or 480-629-9664. A live webcast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.exponent.com/investors. For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay of the call will also be available on the Exponent web site, or by dialing 800-406-7325 or 303-590-3030, and entering passcode 4662005#.  About Exponent  Exponent is an engineering and scientific consulting firm providing solutions to complex problems. Exponent's multidisciplinary organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and business consultants brings together more than 90 technical disciplines to address complicated issues facing industry and government today. The firm has been best known for analyzing accidents and failures to determine their causes, but in recent years it has become more active in assisting clients with human health, environmental and engineering issues associated with new products to help prevent problems in the future.  Exponent may be reached at (888) 656-EXPO, info@exponent.com, or www.exponent.com.  This news release contains, and incorporates by reference, certain "forward-looking" statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and the rules promulgated pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended thereto under) that are based on the beliefs of the Company's management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company's management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this document and in the documents incorporated herein by reference, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company or its management, identify such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company or its management with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's actual results, performance, or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such material differences include the possibility that the demand for our services may decline as a result of changes in general and industry specific economic conditions, the timing of engagements for our services, the effects of competitive services and pricing, the absence of backlog related to our business, our ability to attract and retain key employees, the effect of tort reform and government regulation on our business, and liabilities resulting from claims made against us. Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the report. The inclusion of such forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by the Company will be achieved. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such forward-looking statements.  ^1 EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure defined by the Company as net income before income taxes, interest income, depreciation and amortization. EBITDAS is a non-GAAP financial measure defined by the Company as EBITDA before stock-based compensation. The Company regards EBITDA and EBITDAS as useful measures of operating performance and cash flow to complement operating income, net income and other GAAP financial performance measures. Additionally, management believes that EBITDA and EBITDAS provide meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. These measures, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute or superior to, operating income, cash flows, or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the measures to GAAP is set forth below.   EXPONENT, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME For the Quarters Ended January 3, 2014 and December 28, 2012 (unaudited) (in thousands, except per share data)                                                                                      Quarters Ended          Years Ended                         January 3, December    January 3, December 28,                                       28,                         2014       2012       2014       2012                         (14 Weeks) (13 Weeks) (53 Weeks) (52 Weeks)                                                              Revenues                                                      Revenues before          $69,036    $65,049    $280,043   $266,562 reimbursements Reimbursements           3,736       7,897       16,125      26,091                                                              Revenues                 72,772      72,946      296,168     292,653                                                              Operating expenses                                            Compensation and related 46,289      41,188      184,084     171,809 expenses Other operating expenses 6,505       6,152       25,299      23,574 Reimbursable expenses    3,736       7,897       16,125      26,091 General and              3,900       3,994       14,714      13,559 administrative expenses                         60,430      59,231      240,222     235,033                                                              Operating income        12,342      13,715      55,946      57,620                                                              Other income                                                 Interest income, net     32          83          127         328 Miscellaneous income,    2,280       640         7,872       3,801 net                         2,312       723         7,999       4,129                                                              Income before income     14,654      14,438      63,945      61,749 taxes                                                              Income taxes             5,932       5,966       25,305      24,524                                                              Net income              $8,722     $8,472     $38,640    $37,225                                                              Net income per share:                                         Basic                    $0.64      $0.62      $2.84      $2.70 Diluted                  $0.63      $0.60      $2.76      $2.60                                                              Shares used in per share                                      computations: Basic                    13,556      13,733      13,616      13,780 Diluted                  13,949      14,208      14,025      14,293    EXPONENT, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS January 3, 2014 and December 28, 2012 (unaudited) (in thousands)                                                                                                                  January 3, December 28,                                                   2014       2012 Assets                                                          Current assets:                                                 Cash and cash equivalents                          $122,948   $113,268 Short-term investments                             33,171      20,881 Accounts receivable, net                           74,675      85,361 Prepaid expenses and other assets                  10,450      8,277 Deferred income taxes                              8,135       7,657 Total current assets                               249,379     235,444 Property, equipment and leasehold improvements,    28,721      27,446 net Goodwill                                           8,607       8,607 Other assets                                       55,154      43,920                                                   $341,861   $315,417                                                                Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity                            Current liabilities:                                            Accounts payable and accrued liabilities           $6,137     $10,386 Accrued payroll and employee benefits              56,934      54,720 Deferred revenues                                  6,771       6,665 Total current liabilities                          69,842      71,771 Other liabilities                                  34,628      25,685 Deferred rent                                      2,332       1,532 Total liabilities                                  106,802     98,988                                                                Stockholders' equity:                                           Common stock                                       16          16 Additional paid-in capital                         141,250     123,693 Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)      109         (250) Retained earnings                                  226,040     206,057 Treasury stock, at cost                            (132,356)   (113,087) Total stockholders' equity                         235,059     216,429                                                   $341,861   $315,417    EXPONENT, INC. EBITDA and EBITDAS (1) For the Quarters Ended January 3, 2014 and December 28, 2012 (unaudited) (in thousands)                                                                               Quarters Ended              Years Ended                   January 3,  December 28,  January 3,  December 28,                   2014        2012          2014        2012                   (14 Weeks)  (13 Weeks)    (53 Weeks)  (52 Weeks)                                                             Net Income         $8,722      $8,472        $38,640     $37,225                                                             Add back                                                     (subtract):                                                             Income taxes       5,932        5,966          25,305       24,524 Interest income,   (32)         (83)           (127)        (328) net Depreciation and   1,284        1,252          4,951        4,711 amortization                                                             EBITDA (1)         15,906       15,607         68,769       66,132                                                             Stock-based        2,336        2,446          13,168       12,378 compensation                                                             EBITDAS (1)        $18,242     $18,053       $81,937     $78,510                                                             (1) EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure defined by the Company as net income before income taxes, interest income, depreciation and amortization.EBITDAS is a non-GAAP financial measure defined by the Company as EBITDA before stock-based compensation.The Company regards EBITDA and EBITDAS as useful measures of operating performance and cash flow to compliment operating income, net income and other GAAP financial performance measures.Additionally, management believes that EBITDA and EBITDAS provide meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results.Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.These measures, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute or superior to, operating income, cash flows, or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.  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