Kforce Reports Record Revenues of $305.3 Million and Earnings of $0.19 Per Share

Kforce Reports Record Revenues of $305.3 Million and Earnings of $0.19 Per Share  Flex Staffing Revenue Up 18% Year Over Year  TAMPA, Fla., April 29, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kforce Inc. (Nasdaq: KFRC), a provider of professional staffing services and solutions, today announced results for its first quarter of 2014. Revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2014 were $305.3 million compared to $302.9 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 0.8%, and compared to $265.6 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, an increase of 14.9%. In the quarter ended March 31, 2014, Kforce reported net income of $6.2 million, or $0.19 per share, versus adjusted net income of $9.1 million, or $0.28 per share, which is defined as net income before an $11.9 million pre-tax realignment charge and a $14.5 million pre-tax goodwill impairment charge, for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. On a GAAP basis, Kforce reported a net loss of $8.2 million, or a loss of $0.25 per share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Net income and earnings per share for the first quarter of 2014 increased 102% and 111%, respectively, versus net income of $3.1 million, or $0.09 per share, for the first quarter of 2013.  David L. Dunkel, Chairman and CEO, said, "We are very pleased with our performance in the first quarter of 2014, as Kforce achieved record quarterly revenues of $305.3 million and earnings per share of 19 cents. Our first quarter growth was broadly driven by the strong growth rates for our Flex staffing businesses in Tech, FA and HIM, which had year-over-year increases of 18.2%, 14.5% and 25.3%, respectively. We believe these growth rates continue to demonstrate the fruits of our relentless pursuit of gaining customer share."  Mr. Dunkel continued, "We believe that professional staffing has entered a new age with growth being driven by clients increasingly utilizing a flexible staffing solution to mitigate employment and regulatory risk, as well as the ubiquitous nature of technology today across our clients' business platforms. Against a backdrop of tempered GDP growth, we continue to see a disproportionate share of job growth coming from the temporary staffing sector. The temporary penetration rate is now at 2.06%, surpassing the prior all time high of 2.03%. Knowledge workers are in high demand as the unemployment rate among college-degreed workers is currently 3.4%, about half of the overall U.S. rate of unemployment, and is substantially lower in several of the skill sets Kforce specializes in, particularly in technology. We believe that these secular shifts in the labor market, along with our domestic revenue footprint, have positioned the Firm for even greater future success. I want to thank all of our clients, consultants and employees for making the first quarter of 2014 a very successful quarter for Kforce."  Joseph J. Liberatore, President said, "I am very pleased to see another strong quarter from our team; particularly one with success as broad based as this one, with double digit year-over-year revenue growth rates in Tech Flex, FA Flex and HIM Flex, collectively contributing a Flex staffing revenue year-over-year increase of 18%. Our actions in this New Era of Kforce are continuing to drive results and I am proud of the team's execution in meeting the needs of our clients, consultants and employees in our newly aligned and agile infrastructure."  Mr. Liberatore noted additional operational results for the first quarter include:    *Flex revenues of $295.6 million in Q1 '14 increased 1.5% from $291.2     million in Q4 '13, and increased 16.3% from $254.1 million in Q1 '13.   *Search revenues of $9.7 million in Q1 '14 decreased 17.1% from $11.8     million in Q4 '13 and decreased 15.7% from $11.6 million in Q1 '13.   *Revenue-generating headcount increased 7.2% year-over-year and remained     flat sequentially. The Firm expects to make continued investments in     revenue-generating headcount during the remainder of 2014.  David M. Kelly, Chief Financial Officer, said, "The Firm continued to perform well in Q1 '14 which contained 63 billing days, while Q1 '13 contained 63 billing days and Q4 '13 contained 62 billing days." Mr. Kelly continued, "The Firm has achieved historical high quarterly revenues. We believe that we are on track to exceed prior peak operating margins as annualized revenues approach $1.6 billion through a combination of several factors, including positive secular drivers in the economic environment, a high proportion of our business in the fast growing technology sector, increasing productivity from the investments we have made over the past 18 months in revenue-generating headcount and our streamlined revenue enabling support structure. We believe we have set the stage for further revenue acceleration and operating leverage growth, which will ultimately drive increased value to our shareholders."  Financial highlights for the first quarter include:    *Selling, general and administrative expense as a percentage of revenues     was 25.6% in Q1 '14 as compared to 25.9%, excluding an $11.9 million     realignment charge, for Q4 '13, and as compared to 28.5% in Q1 '13.   *Flex gross profit decreased 150 basis points to 27.5% in Q1 '14 from 29.0%     in Q4 '13 and decreased 80 basis points from 28.3% in Q1 '13.   *Operating margin of 3.4% in Q1 '14 increased 140 basis points from 2.0% in     Q1 '13.   *Adjusted EBITDA of $13.7 million, or $0.41 per share, for Q1 '14 increased     87.2%, or 86.4% per share, from $7.3 million, or $0.22 per share, for Q4     '13, and increased 73.3%, or 78.3% per share, from $7.9 million, or $0.23     per share, for Q1 '13.  Mr. Kelly stated, "In addition, looking forward to the second quarter of 2014, we expect revenues may be in the $323.0 million to $328.0 million range and earnings per share in the range of $0.30 to $0.33. The second quarter of 2014 has 64 billing days, as compared to 63 billing days in the first quarter of 2014."  On Tuesday, April 29, 2014, Kforce will host a conference call to discuss these results. The call will begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  The dial-in number is (877) 344-3890.The conference passcode is Kforce.The replay of the call will be available from 8:00 p.m. EST, Tuesday, April 29, 2014 through May 13, 2014 by dialing (855) 859-2056, passcode 34047942.  This call is being webcast by Shareholder.com and can be accessed at Kforce's web site at www.kforce.com (select "Investor Relations").The webcast replay will be available until May 13, 2014.  About Kforce  Kforce (Nasdaq:KFRC) is a professional staffing and solutions firm providing flexible and permanent staffing solutions in the skill areas of technology, finance& accounting, and health information management. Backed by more than 2,600 associates and approximately 11,700 consultants on assignment, Kforce is committed to "Great People = Great Results" for our valued clients and candidates. Kforce operates with 62 offices located throughout the United States and one office in the Philippines. For more information, please visit our Web site at http://www.kforce.com.  The Kforce Inc. logo is available at http://www.globenewswire.com/newsroom/prs/?pkgid=3749.  Certain of the above statements contained in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Such forward-looking statements are within the meaning of that term in Section27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include the following: business conditions and growth in the staffing industry and general economy; competitive factors, risks due to shifts in the market demand, including, without limitation, shifts in demand for our Technology, Finance and Accounting, Health Information Management and Government Solutions segments, as well as the market for search and flexible staffing assignments; changes in the service mix; ability of the Firm to complete acquisitions; and the risk factors listed from time to time in the Firm's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, as well as assumptions regarding the foregoing. In particular, there can be no assurance that we will continue to increase our market share, successfully manage risks to our revenue stream, successfully put into place the people and processes that will create future success or further accelerate our revenue. The words "should," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "anticipate," "foresee," "plan" and similar expressions and variations thereof identify certain of such forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the dates on which they were made. The Firm undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements. As a result, such forward looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements.  Kforce Inc. Summary of Operations (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts) (Unaudited)                                                                                                          Three Months Ended                                                                                                          Mar. 31,   Dec. 31,   Mar. 31,                                           2014       2013       2013                                                                Revenue by function:                                            Technology                                $196,471 $197,576 $167,635 Finance & accounting                      62,782    62,790    56,526 Health information management             23,288    20,858    18,636 Government solutions                      22,771    21,695    22,830 Total revenue                              305,312    302,919    265,627                                                                Costs of services                          214,213    206,802    182,291 Gross profit                               91,099    96,117    83,336 GP %                                       29.8%      31.7%      31.4% Flex GP %                                  27.5%      29.0%      28.3%                                                                Selling, general & administrative expenses 78,210     90,462     75,693 Goodwill impairment                        --        14,510    -- Depreciation & amortization                2,363      2,451      2,397                                                                Income (loss) from operations              10,526     (11,306)   5,246                                                                Other expense, net                         365        355        256                                                                                                                               Income (loss) before income taxes          10,161     (11,661)   4,990                                                                Income tax expense (benefit)               3,912      (3,427)    1,896                                                                Net income (loss)                          $6,249   $(8,234) $3,094                                                                                                                               Earnings per share - diluted               $0.19    $(0.25)  $0.09 Adjusted EBITDA per share                  $0.41    $0.22    $0.23 Shares outstanding - diluted               33,168     32,889     34,485                                                                Adjusted EBITDA                            $13,701  $7,317   $7,904                                                                Other information:                                              Capital expenditures                       $1,281   $2,075   $2,618 Working capital                            $118,124 $112,913 $89,987                                                                Selected balance sheet information:                             Cash and cash equivalents                  $816     $875     $907 Accounts receivable, less allowances       $187,844 $179,095 $164,487 Total assets                               $352,294 $347,768 $340,981 Bank debt                                  $61,216  $62,642  $39,549 Total liabilities                          $190,891 $190,535 $173,335 Total stockholders' equity                 $161,403 $157,233 $167,646                                                                Billing days                               63         62         63   Kforce Inc. Key Statistics (Unaudited)                                                                                                                                        Q1 2014    Q4 2013    Q1 2013                                                     Total Firm                                           Flex revenue (000's)            $295,571 $291,163 $254,075 Revenue per billing day (000's) $4,692   $4,696   $4,033 Sequential flex revenue change  1.5%       1.3%       -1.8% Hours (000's)                   4,904     4,910     4,287 Flex GP %                       27.5%      29.0%      28.3%                                                     Search revenue (000's)          $9,741   $11,756  $11,552 Placements                      802       1,033     865 Average fee                     $12,147  $11,375  $13,352 Billing days                    63        62        63                                                     Technology                                           Flex revenue (000's)            $192,463 $193,238 $162,840 Revenue per billing day (000's) $3,055   $3,117   $2,585 Sequential flex revenue change  -0.4%      2.3%       -0.3% Hours (000's)                   2,831     2,870     2,517 Flex GP %                       26.5%      27.9%      27.0%                                                     Search revenue (000's)          $4,008   $4,338   $4,795 Placements                      257       281       310 Average fee                     $15,621  $15,410  $15,472                                                     Finance & Accounting                                 Flex revenue (000's)            $57,100  $55,552  $49,861 Revenue per billing day (000's) $906     $896     $792 Sequential flex revenue change  2.8%       1.4%       -4.0% Hours (000's)                   1,748     1,717     1,498 Flex GP %                       28.4%      30.3%      29.3%                                                     Search revenue (000's)          $5,682   $7,238   $6,665 Placements                      543       743       549 Average fee                     $10,457  $9,743   $12,135                                                     Health Information Management                        Flex revenue (000's)            $23,237  $20,678  $18,544 Revenue per billing day (000's) $369     $333     $294 Sequential flex revenue change  12.4%      5.5%       -4.1% Hours (000's)                   325       323       272 Flex GP %                       32.4%      31.8%      31.8%                                                     Search revenue (000's)          $51      $180     $92 Placements                      2         9         6 Average fee                     $25,453  $19,987  $15,363                                                     Government Solutions                                 Flex revenue (000's)            $22,771  $21,695  $22,830 Revenue per billing day (000's) $362     $350     $362 Sequential flex revenue change  5.0%       -10.1%     -5.6% Flex GP %                       29.0%      32.9%      31.8%    Kforce Inc. Selected Financial Information and Reconciliations (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts) (Unaudited)                                                              Adjusted Net Income and Earnings Per                         Share                                           Three Months Ended                                           Dec. 31,                                           2013                                           $                  Per share Net (loss) income                        $(8,234)         $(0.25) Goodwill impairment, pre-tax             14,510            0.44 Realignment-related charges, pre-tax:                       Severance and termination-related         7,097             0.21 expenses Discretionary bonus related to            4,737             0.14 realignment Other                                    66                0.01 Realignment-related charges, pre-tax:    11,900            0.36 Income tax benefit                       (9,036)           (0.27) Adjusted net income                      $9,140           $0.28                                                              Weighted average shares outstanding -     32,889             basic Weighted average shares outstanding -     33,080             diluted                                                              "Adjusted Net Income and Earnings Per Share", a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined as net income before the non-cash impairment charge related to goodwill, realignment and other charges and the related tax benefit."Adjusted Net Income and Earnings Per Share" has been provided by management to evaluate its operations and provide useful information to investors in addition to providing consistency and comparability of the 2013 results with net income and earnings per share from other periods."Adjusted Net Income and Earnings Per Share" should not be considered a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles.   Kforce Inc. Selected Financial Information and Reconciliations (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts) (Unaudited)                                                                   Quarterly                                                          Adjusted EBITDA                 Three Months Ended                 Mar. 31,              Dec. 31,               Mar. 31,                 2014                  2013                   2013                 $          Per share  $           Per share  $        Per                                                                        share                                                                   Net income       $6,249   $0.19    $(8,234)  $(0.25)  $3,094 $0.09 (loss)                                                                   Goodwill impairment,      --        --        14,510     0.44      --      -- pre-tax Depreciation &   2,363     0.07      2,451      0.07      2,397   0.07 amortization Stock-based compensation     799       0.02      1,633      0.05      274     0.00 expense Interest expense 378       0.01      384        0.01      243     0.00 and other Income tax expense          3,912     0.12      (3,427)    (0.10)    1,896   0.07 (benefit) Adjusted EBITDA  $13,701  $0.41    $7,317    $0.22    $7,904 $0.23                                                                   Weighted average shares           32,969              32,889               34,391   outstanding - basic Weighted average shares           33,168              33,080               34,485   outstanding - diluted                                                                   Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined as earnings before non-cash impairment charges, interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and stock-based compensation expense.Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles.Items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance.  CONTACT: Michael R. Blackman          Chief Corporate Development Officer          (813) 552-2927  Kforce Inc. Logo  
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