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|FTI Consulting, Inc. Reports 2011 First Quarter Results|
- Record Revenues of $361.8 million
- EPS of $0.48 After Expensed Acquisition Costs of $0.02 per Share
- Geographic Reach and Industry Expertise Enhanced Through LECG Transactions
- Approximately 4.4 Million Shares Repurchased in Accelerated Stock Buyback
- Increases Guidance for 2011
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., May 4, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- FTI Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: FCN), the global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance their enterprise value, today reported its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.
For the first quarter of 2011, revenues were a record $361.8 million, the highest quarterly revenue in the Company's history, compared to $350.0 million in the prior year period. Earnings per diluted share for the first quarter of 2011 were $0.48 compared to $0.29 for the prior year period. Earnings per diluted share for the first quarter of 2011 include expensed acquisition costs related to the Company's recent transactions with LECG Corporation of $0.02 per share. Other than these acquisition costs, the LECG transactions had no significant effect on results in the quarter. Adjusted EPS for the first quarter of 2011 were $0.48 compared to prior year period. Adjusted EPS of $0.67 (which as previously disclosed excludes $0.38 per share of special charges related to terminations, office consolidation and other charges). First quarter 2011 Adjusted EBITDA was $61.7 million, or 17.0 percent of revenues, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $75.9 million, or 21.7 percent of revenues, in the prior year period. As described in more detail below, the Adjusted EBITDA margin declined due to lower Adjusted Segment EBITDA in the Corporate Finance/Restructuring segment as well as some incremental investments in headcount in other segments. Adjusted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Segment EBITDA (which appear in the accompanying tables) are non-GAAP measures and are described in further detail below. The effective income tax rate for the first quarter of 2011 was 38 percent, whereas it is expected to be approximately 37 percent for the remainder of 2011.
During the quarter, as previously announced, the Company completed a combination of acquisitions and individual hires involving certain employees and operations of LECG Corporation which added significant new practices, industry expertise and capabilities in Europe, the United States and Latin America. The Company also used $209.4 million of cash during the quarter to execute an accelerated stock buyback program. Pursuant to this program, the Company received and retired approximately 4.4 million shares in March and expects to receive and retire approximately 600 thousand shares in May 2011. Any remaining shares that may be received and retired pursuant to this program will be a function of the share price over the next six months, but should not have a material effect on 2011 EPS. The average share count for the quarter was reduced due to this accelerated stock buyback program by approximately 1.2 million shares.
Commenting on these results, Jack Dunn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company, said, "Our first quarter signaled a good start to the year and an outstanding one in terms of execution of our strategy. While restructuring and bankruptcy remained soft, growth across our other businesses of 9.5 percent resulted in overall positive growth for the quarter and record revenues.
"The first quarter was also very productive in terms of deploying our capital and executing the strategy of expanding our global footprint and building domain expertise in key industries. The addition of approximately 200 outstanding professionals from LECG serves to greatly enhance the geographic reach, industry expertise and services we offer our clients. These additions once again underscore our position as the firm that attracts the best people to work on the most compelling client matters around the globe."
First Quarter Segment Results
Revenues in the Corporate Finance/Restructuring segment were $107.3 million compared with $117.5 million in the first quarter of the prior year. Adjusted Segment EBITDA was $21.5 million, or 20.1 percent of segment revenues, compared with Adjusted Segment EBITDA of $34.7 million, or 29.6 percent of segment revenues, in the prior year quarter. Demand for restructuring and bankruptcy services remained soft compared to levels a year ago as a result of continued improvements in the credit markets and the macroeconomic environment. This decline was somewhat offset by growth in the segment's healthcare practice and by contributions from the acquired business in Asia. Adjusted Segment EBITDA margins declined from the prior year due to lower demand.
Forensic and Litigation Consulting
Revenues in the Forensic and Litigation Consulting segment increased 5.4 percent to $82.9 million from $78.7 million in the first quarter of the prior year. Adjusted Segment EBITDA was $16.9 million, or 20.4 percent of segment revenues, compared to Adjusted Segment EBITDA of $19.8 million, or 25.1 percent of segment revenues, in the prior year quarter. Revenue growth was led by increased momentum in Europe and Asia and continued strong performance in North America; however, utilization and margin were affected by an $8.5 million decrease in revenues from two high profile financial fraud cases relative to the year ago period.
Revenues in the Economic Consulting segment increased 10.3 percent to $74.3 million from $67.3 million in the first quarter of the prior year. Adjusted Segment EBITDA was $13.2 million, or 17.8 percent of segment revenues, compared to Adjusted Segment EBITDA of $13.5 million, or 20.1 percent of segment revenues, for the prior year quarter. The segment benefitted from increased financial economics and M&A-related activity as well as continued growth in its European practice. Adjusted Segment EBITDA margins were affected by investments made in expanding the European practice and increased compensation expense relating to variable accounting for stock options to certain key academic consultants. In addition, the segment incurred acquisition costs totaling approximately $1.0 million, or 1.4 percent of revenue, related to the LECG transactions in the first quarter.
Revenues in the Technology segment increased 17.7 percent to $51.0 million from $43.4 million in the first quarter of the prior year. Adjusted Segment EBITDA increased 7.9 percent to $18.6 million, or 36.5 percent of segment revenues, compared to Adjusted Segment EBITDA of $17.3 million, or 39.8 percent of segment revenues, in the prior year quarter. The Acuity(TM) offering continued to gain momentum during the quarter and consulting revenues increased on the strength of a number of litigation cases. This growth was partially offset by declines in unit-based revenues compared to the same period a year ago as continued pricing pressure overcame higher unit volume. Adjusted Segment EBITDA increased from prior year levels as a result of higher revenues, while margins were adversely affected by a lower proportion of higher-margin unit-based revenue compared to the prior year period.
Revenues in the Strategic Communications segment increased 7.3 percent to $46.4 million from $43.2 million in the first quarter of the prior year. Adjusted Segment EBITDA was $5.4 million, or 11.7 percent of segment revenues, compared to Adjusted Segment EBITDA of $5.7 million, or 13.3 percent of segment revenues, in the prior year quarter. The segment saw continued modest growth in retainers in its key US and UK markets, strong revenues from projects in Asia Pacific and the US and improving momentum in its European practices. Adjusted Segment EBITDA margins declined due to incentive payments related to an acquisition.
Revised 2011 Guidance
Based on current market conditions, the Company estimates that revenues for the year will be between $1.50 billion and $1.54 billion and EPS will be between $2.30 and $2.45.
First Quarter Conference Call
FTI will hold a conference call for analysts and investors to discuss fourth quarter financial results at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on May 4, 2011. The call can be accessed live and will be available for replay over the Internet for 90 days by logging onto the Company's website, http://www.fticonsulting.com/.
About FTI Consulting
FTI Consulting, Inc. is a global business advisory firm dedicated to helping organizations protect and enhance enterprise value in an increasingly complex legal, regulatory and economic environment. With more than 3,700 employees located in most major business centers in the world, we work closely with clients every day to anticipate, illuminate, and overcome complex business challenges in areas such as investigations, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, regulatory issues, reputation management and restructuring. More information can be found at http://www.fticonsulting.com/.
Use of Non-GAAP Measure
Note: We define Adjusted EBITDA as consolidated operating income before depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, accretion of contingent consideration and special charges. We define adjusted segment EBITDA as a segment's share of consolidated operating income before depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, accretion of contingent consideration and special charges. We define Adjusted earnings per diluted share (Adjusted EPS) as earnings per diluted share excluding the per share impact of the special charges and debt extinguishment costs that were incurred in that year. Although Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Segment EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are not measures of financial condition or performance determined in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), we believe that these measures can be a useful operating performance measure for evaluating our results of operations as compared from period to period and as compared to our competitors. EBITDA is a common alternative measure of operating performance used by investors, financial analysts and rating agencies to value and compare the financial performance of companies in our industry. We use Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Segment EBITDA to evaluate and compare the operating performance of our segments.
Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Segment EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are not defined in the same manner by all companies and may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies unless the definition is the same. These non-GAAP measures should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for or superior to, the information contained in our statements of income. Reconciliations of operating profit to Adjusted EBITDA, segment operating profit to Adjusted Segment EBITDA and EPS to Adjusted EPS are included in the accompanying tables to today's press release.
Safe Harbor Statement
This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that involve uncertainties and risks. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning our plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events, future revenues, future results and performance, expectations, plans or intentions relating to acquisitions and other matters, business trends and other information that is not historical, including statements regarding estimates of our future financial results. When used in this press release, words such as "estimates," "expects," "anticipates," "projects," "plans," "intends," "believes," "forecasts" and variations of such words or similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, estimates of our future financial results, are based upon our expectations at the time we make them and various assumptions. Our expectations, beliefs and projections are expressed in good faith, and we believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there can be no assurance that management's expectations, beliefs and projections will result or be achieved or that actual results will not differ from expectations. The Company has experienced fluctuating revenues, operating income and cash flow in some prior periods and expects this will occur from time to time in the future. The Company's actual results may differ from our expectations. Further, preliminary results are subject to normal year-end adjustments. Other factors that could cause such differences include adverse financial and real estate market and general economic conditions, the pace and timing of the consummation and integration of past and future acquisitions, the Company's ability to realize cost savings and efficiencies, competitive and general economic conditions, retention of staff and clients and other risks described under the heading "Item 1A. Risk Factors" in the Company's most recent Form 10-K and in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We are under no duty to update any of the forward-looking statements to conform such statements to actual results or events and do not intend to do so.
FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW
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