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Forrester Research Reports 2018 Fourth-Quarter And Full-Year Financial Results

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Feb. 13, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR) today announced its 2018 fourth-quarter and full-year financial results.

Fourth-Quarter Financial Performance

Total revenues were $98.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with $90.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2017. Research revenues increased 11%, and advisory services and events revenues increased 6%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2017. On a constant-currency basis, research revenues increased 12%, and advisory services and events revenues increased 7%, compared with the fourth quarter of 2017. 

On a GAAP basis, net income was $5.4 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2018, compared with net income of $2.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, for the same period in 2017.

On a pro forma basis, net income was $9.6 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2018, which reflects a pro forma effective tax rate of 31%. Pro forma net income excludes stock-based compensation of $2.1 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $0.4 million, acquisition and integration costs of $2.5 million, and net investment gains of $0.5 million. This compares with pro forma net income of $5.9 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the same period in 2017, which reflects a pro forma tax rate of 40%. Pro forma net income for the fourth quarter of 2017 excludes stock-based compensation of $2.1 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $0.2 million, and net investment gains of $0.5 million.

"Forrester met pro forma operating margin and EPS guidance for the fourth quarter and full year of 2018," said George F. Colony, Forrester's chairman and chief executive officer. "We set an ambitious agenda for ourselves in 2018, and we succeeded. We completed the rollout of our customer engagement model across North America, Europe, and Asia, and we acquired three companies: SiriusDecisions, FeedbackNow, and GlimpzIt. As we move into 2019, we are confident that we can successfully capitalize on these acquisitions and continue to drive growth."

Year Ended December 31, 2018, Financial Performance

Total revenues were $357.6 million, compared with $337.7 million for the same period in 2017. Research revenues increased 6%, and advisory services and events revenues increased 7%, compared with 2017. On a constant-currency basis, research revenues increased 5%, advisory services and events revenues increased 6%, and overall revenue increased 6%, compared with 2017.

On a GAAP basis, net income was $15.4 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, for 2018, compared with net income of $15.1 million, or $0.83 per diluted share, for 2017.

On a pro forma basis, net income was $25.1 million, or $1.36 per diluted share, for 2018, which reflects a pro forma effective tax rate of 31%. Pro forma net income excludes stock-based compensation of $8.3 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $1.2 million, acquisition and integration costs of $3.8 million, and net investment gains of $0.4 million. This compares with pro forma net income of $22.3 million, or $1.22 per diluted share, for 2017, which reflects a pro forma tax rate of 40%. Pro forma net income for 2017 excludes stock-based compensation of $8.5 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $0.8 million, and net investment losses of $0.5 million.

A reconciliation of GAAP results to pro forma results may be found in the attached financial tables.

2019 Guidance

Forrester is providing first-quarter 2019 financial guidance as follows:

First-Quarter 2019 (GAAP):

  • Total revenues of approximately $95.0 million to $100.0 million.
  • Operating margin of approximately (14.5)% to (12.5)%.
  • Interest expense of approximately $2.4 million.
  • Other income, net of zero.
  • An effective tax rate of 5% to 10%.
  • Loss per share of approximately $0.74 to $0.80.

First-Quarter 2019 (Pro Forma):

Pro forma financial guidance for the first quarter of 2019 excludes the reduction in revenue from the fair value adjustment of pre-acquisition deferred revenue of $4.0 million to $5.0 million, stock-based compensation expense of $2.6 million to $2.8 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $3.0 million to $4.0 million, acquisition and integration costs of $3.5 million to $4.0 million, and any investment gains or losses.

  • Adjusted revenues of approximately $100.0 million to $105.0 million.
  • Pro forma operating margin of approximately 0.5% to 2.5%.
  • Pro forma effective tax rate of 31%.
  • Pro forma loss per share of approximately zero to $0.06.

Our full-year 2019 guidance is as follows:

Full-Year 2019 (GAAP):

  • Total revenues of approximately $457.0 million to $469.0 million.
  • Operating margin of approximately (1.5)% to 0.5%.
  • Interest expense of approximately $9.5 million to $10.0 million.
  • Other income, net of zero.
  • An effective tax rate of 5% to 10%.
  • Diluted loss per share of approximately $0.41 to $0.53.

Full-Year 2019 (Pro Forma):

Pro forma financial guidance for full-year 2019 excludes the reduction in revenue from the fair value adjustment of pre-acquisition deferred revenue of $17.0 million to $19.0 million, stock-based compensation expense of $11.0 million to $12.0 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $15.0 million to $17.0 million, acquisition and integration costs of $7.0 million to $8.0 million, and any investment gains or losses.

  • Adjusted revenues of $475.0 million to $487.0 million.
  • Pro forma operating margin of approximately 10.0% to 12.0%.
  • Pro forma effective tax rate of 31%.
  • Pro forma diluted earnings per share of approximately $1.55 to $1.67.

About Forrester Research

Forrester Research is one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world. We work with business and technology leaders to develop customer-obsessed strategies that drive growth. Forrester's unique insights are grounded in annual surveys of more than 675,000 consumers and business leaders worldwide, rigorous and objective methodologies, and the shared wisdom of our most innovative clients. Through proprietary research, data, custom consulting, exclusive executive peer groups, and events, the Forrester experience is about a singular and powerful purpose: to challenge the thinking of our clients to help them lead change in their organizations. For more information, visit forrester.com.

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, Forrester's financial guidance for the first quarter of and full-year 2019, statements about the success of operational improvements, and statements about Forrester's future financial performance and financial condition. These statements are based on Forrester's current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future activities and results of operations to be materially different from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual future activities and results to differ include, among others, Forrester's ability to retain and enrich memberships for its research products and services, technology spending, Forrester's ability to respond to business and economic conditions and market trends, the risks and challenges inherent in international business activities, competition and industry consolidation, the ability to attract and retain professional staff, Forrester's dependence on key personnel, Forrester's ability to successfully integrate businesses that it acquires, the impact of Forrester's outstanding debt obligations, the possibility of network disruptions and security breaches, and possible variations in Forrester's quarterly operating results. Financial guidance regarding shares outstanding and per-share amounts is based on certain assumptions that are subject to change, including with respect to an anticipated reduction in share repurchases subsequent to Forrester's acquisition of SiriusDecisions. While currently suspended, dividend declarations are at the discretion of Forrester's board of directors. Forrester undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. For further information, please refer to Forrester's reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

The consolidated statements of income and the table of key financial data are attached.

Contact:
Michael Doyle
Chief Financial Officer
Forrester Research, Inc.
+1 617-613-6000
mdoyle@forrester.com

Meaghan Rhyasen 
Public Relations
Forrester Research, Inc.
+1 617-613-6070
press@forrester.com

© 2019, Forrester Research, Inc. All rights reserved. Forrester is a trademark of Forrester Research, Inc.

 

Forrester Research, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited, In thousands, except per share data)



Three Months Ended


Year Ended



December 31,


December 31,



2018


2017


2018


2017










Revenues:









Research services


$ 62,067


$ 55,918


$ 228,399


$ 216,471

Advisory services and events


36,516


34,459


129,176


121,202

Total revenues


98,583


90,377


357,575


337,673










Operating expenses:









Cost of services and fulfillment


38,965


36,058


146,502


136,872

Selling and marketing


35,053


33,562


131,824


123,917

General and administrative


11,049


11,234


43,920


41,906

Depreciation


1,899


1,873


7,955


6,648

Amortization of intangible assets


392


199


1,162


781

Acquisition and integration costs


2,481


-


3,787


-

Total operating expenses


89,839


82,926


335,150


310,124










Income from operations


8,744


7,451


22,425


27,549










Other income, net


202


53


674


301

Gains (losses) on investments, net


488


518


426


(479)

Income before income taxes


9,434


8,022


23,525


27,371










Income tax provision


4,059


5,929


8,145


12,231

Net income


$   5,375


$   2,093


$   15,380


$   15,140










Diluted income per common share 


$     0.29


$     0.11


$       0.84


$       0.83










Diluted weighted average shares outstanding


18,459


18,322


18,380


18,240










Basic income per common share


$     0.29


$     0.12


$       0.85


$       0.84










Basic weighted average shares outstanding


18,274


17,983


18,091


17,919










Pro forma data (1):


















Income from operations


$   8,744


$   7,451


$   22,425


$   27,549

Amortization of intangible assets


392


199


1,162


781

Acquisition and integration costs


2,481


-


3,787


-

Stock-based compensation included in the 









following expense categories:









Cost of services and fulfillment


1,201


1,151


4,329


4,538

Selling and marketing


313


182


1,065


717

General and administrative


595


734


2,906


3,235










Pro forma income from operations


13,726


9,717


35,674


36,820










Other income, net


202


53


674


301

Pro forma income before income taxes


13,928


9,770


36,348


37,121










Income taxes under GAAP


4,059


5,929


8,145


12,231

Tax effects of pro forma items (2)


601


(654)


3,024


2,568

Adjustment to tax expense to reflect pro forma tax rate (3)


(342)


(1,367)


99


49










Pro forma net income


$   9,610


$   5,862


$   25,080


$   22,273










Pro forma diluted income per share 


$     0.52


$     0.32


$       1.36


$       1.22

Pro forma diluted weighted average shares outstanding


18,459


18,322


18,380


18,240


(1) Forrester believes that pro forma financial results provide investors with consistent and comparable information to aid in the understanding of Forrester's ongoing business, and are also used by Forrester in making compensation decisions.  Our pro forma presentation excludes amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets, stock-based compensation, acquisition and integration costs and net gains or losses from investments, as well as their related tax effects. We also utilized an assumed tax rate of 31% in 2018 and 40% in 2017, which excludes items such as the tax effect of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, any release of reserves for uncertain tax positions established in prior years and the effect of any adjustments related to the filing of prior year tax returns. The pro forma data does not purport to be prepared in accordance with Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States.


(2) The tax effect of adjusting items is based on the accounting treatment and rate for the jurisdiction of each item.


(3) To compute pro forma net income, we apply a pro forma effective tax rate of 31% for the 2018 periods and 40% for the 2017 periods.

 

Forrester Research, Inc.





Key Financial Data





(Unaudited, dollars in thousands)












December 31,


December 31,



2018


2017

Balance sheet data:





Cash, cash equivalents and marketable investments


$       140,296


$       134,123

Accounts receivable, net


$         67,318


$         70,023

Deferred revenue


$       135,332


$       145,207













Year Ended



December 31,



2018


2017

Cash flow data:





Net cash provided by operating activities


$         38,419


$         37,493

Purchases of property and equipment


$         (5,050)


$         (7,861)

Cash paid for acquisitions


$         (9,250)


$                  -

Repurchases of common stock


$         (9,946)


$       (39,967)

Dividends paid


$       (14,502)


$       (13,631)













As of



December 31,



2018


2017

Metrics:





Agreement value


$       266,300


$       242,900

Client retention


74%


76%

Dollar retention


88%


88%

Enrichment


101%


96%

Number of clients


2,353


2,409








As of



December 31,



2018


2017

Headcount:





Total headcount


1,432


1,392

Products and advisory services staff


559


515

Sales force


528


539

 

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