The Hackett Group Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results

  The Hackett Group Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results    *Q2 2014 revenue of $61.1 million and pro forma EPS of $0.16, both exceed     high-end of guidance   *Q2 2014 pro forma EPS up 23% from same period last year   *Board authorizes additional $5.0 million under stock repurchase program  Business Wire  MIAMI -- August 5, 2014  The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic advisory and business transformation and technology consulting firm, today announced its financial results for the second quarter, which ended June 27, 2014.  Second quarter 2014 revenue was $61.1 million. Pro forma diluted earnings per share were $0.16 for the second quarter of 2014, as compared to $0.13 for the same period in 2013. Pro forma information is provided to enhance the understanding of the Company’s financial performance and is reconciled to the Company’s GAAP information in the accompanying tables.  GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.12 for the second quarter of 2014, an increase of 33%, as compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.09 in the second quarter of 2013.  During the second quarter, the Company utilized cash to repurchase approximately 491 thousand shares of the Company's common stock at an average price of $6.03 per share, for a total cost of $3.0 million. As of the end of the second quarter of 2014, the Company's remaining stock repurchase program authorization was $2.3 million. Subsequent to quarter end, the Company's Board of Directors approved to increase the stock repurchase program authorization by an additional $5.0 million.  "As a result of our actions taken in Europe and the strong Hackett North America momentum, we exceeded last year's second quarter results," stated Ted. A. Fernandez, Chairman & CEO of The Hackett Group, Inc. "More importantly, we expect improving International results to help us carry this momentum into the third quarter."  Based on the current economic outlook, the Company estimates total revenue for the third quarter of 2014 to be in the range of $58.0 million to $60.0 million, and estimates pro forma diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.14 to $0.16.  Other Highlights  North American Best Practices Conference - "Accelerating Growth Through Innovation" was the focus of The Hackett Group's 2014 North American Best Practices Conference held at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago April 28-30, 2014. This year's best practices conference brought together speakers from more than a dozen of the world’s most respected companies, including CFOs, CIOs, and leaders in procurement, human resources, and global business services from: Air Products; Alcoa; Coty; Johnson & Johnson; Marriott; Mead Johnson Nutrition; MultiCare Health System; Oracle Corporation; PAREXEL International Corporation; RAI Services Company; United Continental Holdings; and Xerox Corporation. The sold out event was attended by over 200 senior-level executives from the world’s most respected brands.  Enterprise Performance Measurement (EPM) Key Issues Research - New EPM Key Issues research from The Hackett Group found that companies now focusing on innovation as a core strategy to deliver revenue growth and margin improvements. Financial Planning & Analysis (FP&A) organizations need to rise to the challenge and pursue broad transformation in EPM and business intelligence. The Hackett Group's research recommends three main areas of transformation focus for FP&A: integration of EPM processes and development of better business partnerships; improvement of core processes to recalibrate FP&A's value proposition; and development of better business intelligence capabilities.  IT Key Issues Research - New IT Key Issues research from The Hackett Group found that IT leaders are striving to reinvent themselves in 2014, as they struggle to support innovation-based corporate growth efforts with improved information and analytics. At the same time, IT organizations are facing another year of staff cuts and only small budget increases in the face of moderate revenue growth expectations. According to The Hackett Group's research, companies are focusing on three IT strategy areas for 2014: redefining IT's value proposition, including developing business relationships necessary to support innovation and adopting metrics to better measure IT value contribution; development of enterprise information architecture and analytics capabilities to help their company support top-line revenue growth; and talent realignment.  On Tuesday, August 5, 2014, senior management will discuss second quarter results in a conference call at 5:00 P.M. ET.  The number for the conference call is (800) 779-3138, [Passcode: Second Quarter, Leader: Ted A. Fernandez]. For International callers, please dial (517) 308-9381.  Please dial in at least 5-10 minutes prior to start time. If you are unable to participate on the conference call, a rebroadcast will be available beginning at 8:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. To access the rebroadcast, please dial (888) 433-2205. For International callers, please dial (402) 998-1308.  In addition, The Hackett Group will also be webcasting this conference call live through the StreetEvents.com service. To participate, simply visit http://www.thehackettgroup.com approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call and click on the conference call link provided. An online replay of the call will be available after 8:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, August 19, 2014. To access the replay, visit http://www.thehackettgroup.com or http://www.streetevents.com.  About The Hackett Group  The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic business advisory and business transformation and technology consulting firm, is a leader in best practice advisory, benchmarking, and transformation consulting services including enterprise performance management and business intelligence, strategy and operations, working capital management, shared services and globalization advice. Utilizing best practices and implementation insights from more than 10,000 benchmarking engagements, executives use The Hackett Group's empirically-based approach to quickly define and implement initiatives to enable world-class performance. Through its REL group, The Hackett Group offers working capital solutions focused on delivering significant cash flow improvements. Through its Archstone Consulting group, The Hackett Group offers Strategy & Operations consulting services in the Consumer and Industrial Products, Pharmaceutical, Manufacturing and Financial Services industry sectors. Through its Hackett ERP Solutions group, The Hackett Group offers business application consulting and application management services that help maximize returns on IT investments. The Hackett Group has completed benchmark studies with over 3,500 major corporations and government agencies, including 97% of the Dow Jones Industrials, 83% of the Fortune 100, 87% of the DAX 30 and 48% of the FTSE 100.  More information on The Hackett Group is available: by phone at (770) 225-7300; by e-mail at info@thehackettgroup.com.  This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause The Hackett Group's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that impact such forward-looking statements include, among others, the ability of our products, services, or offerings mentioned in this release to deliver the desired effect, our ability to effectively integrate acquisitions into our operations, our ability to retain existing business, our ability to attract additional business, our ability to effectively market and sell our product offerings and other services, the timing of projects and the potential for contract cancellations by our customers, changes in expectations regarding the business consulting and information technology industries, our ability to attract and retain skilled employees, possible changes in collections of accounts receivable due to the bankruptcy or financial difficulties of our customers, risks of competition, price and margin trends, foreign currency fluctuations, changes in general economic conditions and interest rates, our ability to obtain debt financing through additional borrowings under an amendment to our existing credit facility as well as other risks detailed in our Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.                                                                 The Hackett Group, Inc. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (in thousands, except per share data) (unaudited)                              Quarter Ended             Six Months Ended                              June 27,     June 28,     June 27,      June 28,                              2014         2013         2014          2013 Revenue: Revenue before             $ 55,000     $ 52,341     $ 104,418     $ 101,212 reimbursements Reimbursements               6,052       6,620       11,539       12,098   Total revenue                61,052       58,961       115,957       113,310                                                                       Costs and expenses: Cost of service: Personnel costs before reimbursable expenses (includes $785 and $863 and $1,400 and $1,686 of stock compensation expense in the quarters and six months ended June 27, 2014 and June 28, 2013, respectively)      34,353       33,363       67,606        65,405 Reimbursable expenses        6,052       6,620       11,539       12,098   Total cost of service        40,405       39,983       79,145        77,503                                                                       Selling, general and administrative costs (includes $691 and $782 and $1,344 and $1,481 of stock compensation expense in the quarters and six months ended June 27, 2014 and June 28, 2013, respectively)          15,621       13,893       29,862        27,193 Restructuring costs          -           -           3,604        -        Total costs and              56,026      53,876      112,611      104,696  operating expenses Income from operations       5,026        5,085        3,346         8,614 Other income (expense): Interest income              1            3            2             4 Interest expense             (166   )     (125   )     (290    )     (267    ) Income from continuing operations before income     4,861        4,963        3,058         8,351 taxes Income tax expense           1,386       2,033       1,629        3,392    Income from continuing       3,475        2,930        1,429         4,959 operations Loss from discontinued       -           -           -            (71     ) operations Net income                 $ 3,475     $ 2,930     $ 1,429      $ 4,888                                                                          Basic net income per common share: Income per common share from continuing            $ 0.12       $ 0.10       $ 0.05        $ 0.16 operations Loss per common share from discontinued            -           -           -            -        operations Net income per common      $ 0.12      $ 0.10      $ 0.05       $ 0.16     share                                                                       Diluted net income per common share: Income per common share from continuing            $ 0.12       $ 0.09       $ 0.05        $ 0.16 operations Loss per common share from discontinued            -           -           -            (0.01   ) operations Net income per common      $ 0.12      $ 0.09      $ 0.05       $ 0.15     share                                                                       Weighted average common shares outstanding: Basic                        28,939       30,532       29,029        30,412 Diluted                      29,984       32,251       29,926        31,862                                                                       Pro forma data (1): Income from continuing operations before income   $ 4,861      $ 4,963        3,058         8,351 taxes Stock compensation           1,476        1,645        2,744         3,167 expense Acquisition-related          -            -            120           - costs Restructuring costs          -            -            3,604         - Amortization of              590         151         1,147        301      intangible assets Pro forma income before      6,927        6,759        10,673        11,819 income taxes Pro forma income tax         2,217       2,704       3,640        4,728    expense Pro forma net income       $ 4,710     $ 4,055       7,033        7,091                                                                          Pro forma basic net        $ 0.16       $ 0.13         0.24          0.23 income per common share Weighted average common      28,939       30,532       29,029        30,412 shares outstanding                                                                       Pro forma diluted net      $ 0.16       $ 0.13         0.24          0.22 income per common share Weighted average common and common equivalent        29,984       32,251       29,926        31,862 shares outstanding                                                                                (1) The Company provides pro forma earnings results (which exclude the amortization of intangible assets, stock compensation expense, restructuring expense, acquisition-related costs and results from discontinued operations and include a normalized tax rate) as a complement to results provided in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP). These non-GAAP results are provided to enhance the overall users' understanding of the Company's current financial performance and its prospects for the future. The Company believes the non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain expenses that it believes are not indicative of its core operating results. The non-GAAP measures are included to provide investors and management with an alternative method for assessing operating results in a manner that is focused on the performance of ongoing operations and to provide a more consistent basis for comparison between quarters. Further, these non-GAAP results are one of the primary indicators management uses for planning and forecasting in future periods. In addition, since the Company has historically reported non-GAAP results to the investment community, it believes the continued inclusion of non-GAAP results provides consistency in its financial reporting. The presentation of this additional information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for results prepared in accordance with GAAP.                                                                The Hackett Group, Inc. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in thousands) (unaudited)                                                    June 27,     December 27,                                                     2014         2013                                                                     ASSETS   Current assets:   Cash and cash equivalents                       $ 10,805     $ 18,199   Accounts receivable and unbilled revenue, net     43,865       34,011   Deferred tax asset, net                           3,189        5,130   Prepaid expenses and other current assets         2,850        2,283   Total current assets                              60,709       59,623                                                                     Restricted cash                                   655          354   Property and equipment, net                       12,785       13,019   Other assets                                      4,050        1,039   Goodwill, net                                     84,126       76,283   Total assets                                    $ 162,325    $ 150,318                                                                     LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY   Current liabilities:   Accounts payable                                $ 5,020      $ 8,080   Accrued expenses and other liabilities            35,044       25,646   Current portion of long-term debt                 3,496        -   Total current liabilities                         43,560       33,726   Long-term deferred tax liability, net             3,599        4,387   Long-term debt                                    26,217       19,029   Total liabilities                                 73,376       57,142                                                                     Shareholders' equity                              88,949       93,176   Total liabilities and shareholders' equity      $ 162,325    $ 150,318                                                                                                                                     The Hackett Group, Inc. SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL DATA (unaudited)                                                                                                                   Quarter Ended                                            June 27,     March 28,     June 28,                                            2014         2014          2013 Revenue Breakdown by Group: (in thousands) The Hackett Group (2)                    $ 49,151     $ 46,133      $ 47,659 ERP Solutions (3)                          11,901      8,772        11,302  Total revenue                            $ 61,052    $ 54,905     $ 58,961                                                                         Revenue Concentration: (% of total revenue) Top customer                               5      %     4       %     3      % Top 5 customers                            19     %     13      %     16     % Top 10 customers                           29     %     22      %     24     %                                                                        Key Metrics and Other Financial Data:                                                                        Total Company: Consultant headcount                       774          770           735 Total headcount                            975          971           926 Days sales outstanding (DSO)               65           61            55 Cash provided by (used in) operating     $ 611        $ (7,987  )   $ 5,720 activities (in thousands) Depreciation (in thousands)              $ 565        $ 653         $ 461 Amortization (in thousands)              $ 590        $ 557         $ 151                                                                        The Hackett Group (in thousands): The Hackett Group annualized revenue     $ 359        $ 336         $ 358 per professional (2)                                                                        ERP Solutions: ERP Solutions consultant utilization       75     %     76      %     83     % rate (3) ERP Solutions gross billing rate per     $ 125        $ 127         $ 130 hour (3)                                                                        Share Repurchase Plan: Shares purchased in the quarter (in        491          716           124 thousands) Cost of shares repurchased in the        $ 2,961      $ 4,337       $ 594 quarter (in thousands) Average price per share of shares        $ 6.03       $ 6.06        $ 4.80 purchased in the quarter Remaining authorization (in thousands)   $ 2,296      $ 5,257       $ 4,963                                                                                 (2) The Hackett Group encompasses the Benchmarking, Business Transformation and Executive Advisory groups, and EPM Technologies. (3) ERP Solutions encompasses Best Practice Implementation of ERP Software, the SAP group, approximately 45% of which are offshore resources.   Contact:  The Hackett Group, Inc. Robert A. Ramirez, CFO, 305-375-8005 rramirez@thehackettgroup.com  
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