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Heidrick & Struggles Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

CHICAGO, April 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Heidrick & Struggles, a premier provider of senior-level Executive Search, Leadership Consulting and Culture Shaping services globally, today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2015. 

Consolidated net revenue (revenue before reimbursements) increased 3.6 percent, or $4.0 million, to $115.2 million from $111.1 million in the 2014 first quarter.  Exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted results by $4.9 million, or approximately 4 percent.

Executive Search and Leadership Consulting net revenue increased 2.3 percent year over year, or $2.4 million, to $107.0 million. The improvement was driven by a 12.0 percent increase in the Americas and a 10.1 percent increase in Asia Pacific (16.5 percent on a constant currency basis), partially offset by a 25.0 percent decline in Europe (13.5 percent decline on a constant currency basis).  From a global practices perspective, the Financial Services and Industrial industry practices were the primary drivers of year-over-year growth.

Net revenue from Culture Shaping services increased 24.6 percent, or $1.6 million, to $8.1 million from $6.5 million in the 2014 first quarter. The improvement in net revenue primarily reflects a higher volume of client work in the quarter.

"Revenue growth and an increase in profitability underscore a solid first quarter for the firm globally," said Tracy R. Wolstencroft, Heidrick & Struggles' President and Chief Executive Officer.  "We are pleased with the improved results in our Americas and Asia Pacific regions, and in our Culture Shaping business.   Europe experienced a slower than anticipated start to 2015, in addition to being impacted by foreign currency exchange rates."   

The company ended the first quarter with 323 Executive Search and Leadership Consulting consultants compared to 303 at March 31, 2014 and 307 at December 31, 2014.  Productivity, as measured by annualized Executive Search and Leadership Consulting net revenue per consultant, was $1.4 million in the 2015 first quarter, the same as in the 2014 first quarter.  Specific to Executive Search, the company's largest business, the number of confirmed searches in the 2015 first quarter increased 2.0 percent compared to the 2014 first quarter, while the average revenue per executive search was $102,700 compared to $101,200 in the 2014 first quarter.

Salaries and employee benefits expense in the 2015 first quarter increased 3.4 percent, or $2.6 million, to $78.5 million from $75.9 million in the 2014 first quarter.  Variable compensation expense increased $2.0 million, primarily related to improved company performance, and fixed compensation expense increased $0.6 million.  Salaries and employee benefits expense was 68.1 percent of net revenue for the quarter, compared to 68.3 percent in the 2014 first quarter. 

General and administrative expenses declined 12.8 percent, or $4.4 million, to $30.0 million from $34.4 million in the 2014 first quarter.  The decrease primarily reflects lower professional services fees, a decline in internal travel-related expenses, and the absence of a tax-related matter in last year's first quarter.   As a percentage of net revenue, general and administrative expenses were 26.1 percent compared to 31.0 percent in the 2014 first quarter. 

Adjusted EBITDA(1)  in the 2015 first quarter improved to $12.3 million, compared to $6.0 million in the 2014 first quarter.  The Adjusted EBITDA margin (Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of net revenue) in the 2015 first quarter was 10.7 percent, compared to 5.4 percent in the 2014 first quarter.  The year-over-year improvements reflect higher net revenue and a decline in general and administrative expenses, partially offset by the increase in salaries and employee benefits expense. 

(1) Adjusted EBITDA refers to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, intangible amortization, stock-based compensation expense, compensation expense associated with Senn Delaney retention awards, earn-out accretion expense related to acquisitions, restructuring charges, and other non-operating income (expense).  Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP financial measures which the company believes are useful to management and meaningful to investors because they provide insight into the ongoing operating results of the company's core business.  A reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are provided on the last page of the financial statements in this release.

Operating income in the 2015 first quarter increased by $5.9 million to $6.7 million, and operating margin (operating income as a percentage of net revenue) improved to 5.8 percent.  This compares to operating income of $0.8 million and operating margin of 0.7 percent in the 2014 first quarter. 

Net income in the 2015 first quarter was $3.4 million and diluted earnings per share were $0.18, based on an effective tax rate of 47.5 percent in the quarter and a full-year projected tax rate of approximately 41 percent.   In the 2014 first quarter, the company reported a net loss of $0.7 million and a net loss per share of $0.04 after recording $1.3 million of income tax expense based on a full-year projected tax rate of approximately 51 percent. 

Net cash used by operating activities in the 2015 first quarter, which includes annual bonus payments, was $87.8 million, compared to $74.9 million in the 2014 first quarter.   Following the payment of bonuses, cash and cash equivalents were $107.6 million at March 31, 2015 ($79.6 million net of debt) compared to $211.4 million at December 31, 2014 ($181.9 million net of debt) and $101.4 million at March 31, 2014 ($67.4 million net of debt).  

Second Quarter 2015 Outlook

The company is forecasting second quarter 2015 consolidated net revenue of between $127 million and $137 million. This forecast is based on the average currency rates in March 2015 and reflects, among other factors, management's assumptions for the anticipated volume of new Executive Search confirmations, Leadership Consulting assignments and Culture Shaping services, the current backlog, consultant productivity, consultant retention, and the seasonality of its business.

"We are adding to the talent base of our firm," Wolstencroft added.  "Through a combination of hiring initiatives, annual promotions and lower turnover, our worldwide consultant base increased by almost seven percent year over year at the end of the first quarter.  As important, we have doubled our training and development budget to ensure the success of our new consultants.  We'll continue to invest capital to attract and retain the best consultants in the world and to expand our service offerings so that Heidrick & Struggles is enabled to provide increasing value to our clients as a trusted leadership advisory firm."

Quarterly Conference Call

Executives of Heidrick & Struggles will host a conference call to review its first quarter 2015 results today, April 28, at 9 a.m. Central Time. Participants may access the company's call and supporting slides through its website at www.heidrick.com.  For those unable to participate on the live call, a webcast and copy of the slides will be archived at www.heidrick.com and available for up to 30 days following the investor call.

About Heidrick & Struggles

Heidrick & Struggles (Nasdaq: HSII) serves the executive talent and leadership needs of the world's top organizations as the premier provider of leadership consulting, culture shaping and senior-level executive search services. Heidrick & Struggles pioneered the profession of executive search more than 60 years ago. Today, the firm serves as a trusted advisor, helping clients change the world, one leadership team at a time. www.heidrick.com.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This earnings release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures. A "non-GAAP financial measure" is defined as a numerical measure of a company's financial performance that excludes or includes amounts different than the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statements of comprehensive income, balance sheets or statements of cash flow of the company. Pursuant to the requirements of Regulation G, this earnings release contains the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to the non-GAAP financial measure.

The non-GAAP financial measures used within this earnings release are Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin.  Adjusted EBITDA refers to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, intangible amortization, stock-based compensation expense, compensation expense associated with Senn Delaney retention awards, earnout accretion expense related to acquisitions, restructuring charges, and other non-operating income (expense).  Adjusted EBITDA margin refers to Adjusted EBITDA (as explained above) as a percentage of net revenue in the same period. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income is provided on the last page of this release.

These measures are presented because management uses this information to monitor and evaluate financial results and trends. Management believes this information is also useful for investors.

Safe Harbor Statement
This press release contains forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry in which we operate and management's beliefs and assumptions. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as "expects," "anticipates," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "projects," "forecasts," and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve certain known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed, forecasted or implied in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may affect the outcome of the forward-looking statements include, among other things, our ability to attract, integrate, manage and retain qualified executive search consultants; our ability to develop and maintain strong, long-term relationships with our clients; declines in the global economy and our ability to execute successfully through business cycles; the timing, speed or robustness of any future economic recovery; social or political instability in markets where we operate, the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; unfavorable tax law changes and tax authority rulings; price competition; the ability to forecast, on a quarterly basis, variable compensation accruals that ultimately are determined based on the achievement of annual results; our ability to utilize our tax losses; the timing of the establishment or reversal of valuation allowance on deferred tax assets; the mix of profit and loss by country; our reliance on information management systems; any impairment of our goodwill and other intangible assets; and the ability to align our cost structure and headcount with net revenue. For more information on the factors that could affect the outcome of forward-looking statements, refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014, under Risk Factors in Item 1A and our quarterly filings with the SEC. We caution the reader that the list of factors may not be exhaustive. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Press Release Contacts:

H&S Investors & Analysts Contact:
Julie Creed - Vice President, Investor Relations & Real Estate:
1 312 496 1774, jcreed@heidrick.com

H&S Media Contact:
Lia Randazzo - Marketing Manager:
312.496.1788, lrandazzo@heidrick.com

 

 Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. 

 Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income 

 (In thousands, except per share amounts) 

  (Unaudited) 


















 Three Months Ended 






 March 31,  






2015


2014


 $ Change 


 % Change 

Revenue:








Revenue before reimbursements (net revenue)

$115,153


$111,121


$4,032


3.6%

Reimbursements

3,326


4,411


(1,085)


-24.6%

Total revenue

118,479


115,532


2,947


2.6%









Operating expenses:








Salaries and employee benefits

78,473


75,915


2,558


3.4%

General and administrative expenses

30,008


34,426


(4,418)


-12.8%

Reimbursed expenses

3,326


4,411


(1,085)


-24.6%

Total operating expenses

111,807


114,752


(2,945)


-2.6%

Operating income

6,672


780


5,892


755.4%









Non-operating expense:








Interest, net

(71)


30





Other, net

(75)


(298)





Net non-operating expense

(146)


(268)













Income before income taxes

6,526


512





Provision for income taxes

3,100


1,256





Net income (loss)

3,426


(744)





Other comprehensive (loss) income, net of tax

(682)


1,097





Comprehensive income

$2,744


$353













Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

18,249


18,152





Dilutive common shares

315


-





Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

18,564


18,152













Basic net income (loss) per common share

$0.19


($0.04)





Diluted net income (loss) per common share

$0.18


($0.04)













Salaries and employee benefits as a % of net revenue

68.1%


68.3%





General and administrative expense as a % of net revenue

26.1%


31.0%





Operating income as a % of net revenue

5.8%


0.7%





 


Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.

Segment Information

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)





























Three Months Ended March 31,











2015


2014



2015


2014


$ Change


% Change


Margin *


Margin *

Revenue:












    Executive Search and Leadership Consulting













Americas

$64,475


$57,586


$6,889


12.0%






Europe

19,658


26,224


(6,566)


-25.0%






Asia Pacific

22,904


20,795


2,109


10.1%






      Total Executive Search and Leadership Consulting

107,037


104,605


2,432


2.3%





    Culture Shaping

8,116


6,516


1,600


24.6%






      Revenue before reimbursements (net revenue)

115,153


111,121


4,032


3.6%






Reimbursements

3,326


4,411


(1,085)


-24.6%






      Total revenue

$118,479


$115,532


$2,947


2.6%


















Operating income (loss): ^












    Executive Search and Leadership Consulting













Americas

$13,902


$11,869


$2,033


17.1%


21.6%


20.6%


Europe

(497)


640


(1,137)


-177.7%


-2.5%


2.4%


Asia Pacific

2,890


175


2,715


1551.4%


12.6%


0.8%


      Total Executive Search and Leadership Consulting

16,295


12,684


3,611


28.5%


15.2%


12.1%

    Culture Shaping

821


(530)


1,351


254.9%


10.1%


-8.1%


      Total segments

17,116


12,154


4,962


40.8%


14.9%


10.9%

    Global Operations Support

(10,444)


(11,374)


930


8.2%


-9.1%


-10.2%


      Operating income

$6,672


$780


$5,892


755.4%


5.8%


0.7%

















*    Margin based on revenue before reimbursements (net revenue).




^    In the third quarter of 2014, consistent with the Company's practice to periodically review its reporting structure and segments, the Company evaluated its allocation of corporate and support costs to each of its regions. In conjunction with that review, to better align our cost and reporting structure, additional costs were allocated to the regions reflecting the Company's current view of the costs necessary to support the regional operations. The prior period results have been recast to reflect these changes and present comparative year-over-year results.

 

Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)






 March 31, 


 December 31, 





2015


2014





(Unaudited)



Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents


$107,625


$211,352


Restricted cash


6,500


6,501


Accounts receivable, net


83,004


68,353


Other receivables


11,578


10,613


Prepaid expenses


15,085


14,536


Other current assets


1,292


1,592


Income taxes recoverable


5,645


5,288


Deferred income taxes


12,454


12,094



Total current assets


243,183


330,329








Non-current assets:






Property and equipment, net


34,348


30,417


Restricted cash


1,305


1,411


Assets designated for retirement and pension plans


17,235


19,426


Investments


15,281


13,989


Other non-current assets


7,706


6,601


Goodwill


121,316


122,176


Other intangible assets, net


19,632


20,939


Deferred income taxes


22,077


23,413



Total non-current assets


238,900


238,372








Total assets


$482,083


$568,701








Current liabilities:






Current portion of debt


$6,000


$6,000


Accounts payable


7,702


5,493


Accrued salaries and employee benefits


60,931


130,434


Deferred revenue, net


30,164


30,452


Other current liabilities


32,979


26,835


Income taxes payable


2,535


6,684



Total current liabilities


140,311


205,898








Non-current liabilities:






Non-current debt, less current maturities


22,000


23,500


Retirement and pension plans


38,294


39,892


Other non-current liabilities


36,130


54,747



Total non-current liabilities


96,424


118,139








Stockholders' equity


245,348


244,664








Total liabilities and stockholders' equity


$482,083


$568,701

 

Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)






























 Three Months Ended 






 March 31, 






2015


2014









Cash flows - operating activities:





Net income (loss)

$3,426


($744)


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:






Depreciation and amortization

3,732


3,850



Deferred income taxes

296


399



Stock-based compensation expense

1,033


336



Accretion expense related to earnout payments

298


423



Cash paid for restructuring charges

(33)


(36)



Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:







Accounts and other receivables

(17,581)


(13,258)




Accounts payable

2,315


214




Accrued expenses

(76,923)


(54,297)




Deferred revenue

228


(4,997)




Income taxes payable, net

(4,612)


(4,569)




Retirement and pension assets and liabilities

1,308


426




Prepaid expenses

(794)


(1,621)




Other assets and liabilities, net

(464)


(1,034)





Net cash used in operating activities

(87,771)


(74,908)









Cash flows - investing activities:





Restricted cash

-


137


Capital expenditures

(6,282)


(1,127)


Purchases of available for sale investments 

(1,154)


(754)


Proceeds from sale of available for sale investments

119


467





Net cash used in investing activities

(7,317)


(1,277)









Cash flows - financing activities:





Debt repayment

(1,500)


(1,500)


Cash dividends paid 

(2,511)


(2,472)


Payment of employee tax withholdings on equity transactions

(820)


(382)


Acquisition earnout payments

(723)


-





Net cash used in financing activities

(5,554)


(4,354)









Effect of exchange rate fluctuations on cash and cash equivalents

(3,085)


298









Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents

(103,727)


(80,241)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

211,352


181,646

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$107,625


$101,405

 

 Heidrick & Struggles International, Inc. 

 Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) and Operating Income (GAAP) to 

 Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) 

 (In thousands) 

  (Unaudited) 





















 Three Months Ended






March 31,






2015


2014










 Revenue before reimbursements (net revenue) 

$115,153


$111,121










 Net income (loss)  

3,426


(744)



 Interest, net 

(71)


30



 Other, net 

(75)


(298)



 Provision for income taxes 

3,100


1,256


 Operating income 

6,672


780










 Adjustments 






 Salaries and employee benefits 







 Stock-based compensation expense 

1,033


336




 Senn Delaney retention awards 

542


578



 General and administrative expenses 







 Depreciation 

2,566


2,470




 Intangible amortization 

1,166


1,380




 Earnout accretion 

298


423





 Total adjustments 

5,605


5,187










 Adjusted EBITDA 

$12,277


$5,967


 Adjusted EBITDA Margin 

10.7%


5.4%


 

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