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|FTI Consulting, Inc. Reports 2011 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results|
|- Record Fourth Quarter Revenues of $390.7 Million|
- Fourth Quarter Adjusted EPS of $0.93, Including a $0.23 Revaluation Gain
- 2012 Guidance for Diluted EPS of $2.80 to $3.00
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla., Feb. 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- 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 fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2011.
For the quarter, revenues increased 9.7 percent to a fourth quarter record of $390.7 million compared to $356.2 million in the prior year quarter. Diluted earnings per share and Adjusted EPS for the quarter were $0.93. For the quarter, Adjusted EPS before a $10.0 million revaluation gain (described elsewhere in this press release) were $0.70, representing a 34.6 percent increase over Adjusted EPS for the prior year quarter.
Cash from operations in the quarter was $127.0 million compared to $99.2 million in the prior year, and Cash and Cash equivalents were $264.4 million at December 31, 2011.
Adjusted EPS, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Segment EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income (which appear in the accompanying tables) are non-GAAP measures, as defined elsewhere in this press release and are reconciled to GAAP measures in the financial tables that accompany this press release.
Commenting on these results, Jack Dunn, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company said:
"This was a great year for FTI Consulting. Strong performances for Economics, Technology and FLC in the fourth quarter capped annual growth rates of 38 percent, 24 percent and 13 percent, respectively. Our global strategy of solving client issues wherever and whenever they occur continues to be validated by fourth quarter revenue growth in Latin America of 84 percent, Asia Pacific of 72 percent and EMEA of 26 percent.
"Innovation in our services and products and in the way we go to market is an important area of focus for our Company. We continue to lead in innovation of proprietary intellectual property in our technology segment, as demonstrated by industry awards, the success of our Acuity offering, the roll out of Ringtail® 8 and the application of intelligent review and predictive coding to provide better and more cost effective solutions for our clients. We have significantly increased our domain expertise in important industries such as healthcare, insurance and energy. We are offering new and enhanced services to major institutional investors around the world including global due diligence, transparency and compliance investigations.
"This growth and innovation is possible because of our sound financial position – our balance sheet, cash generation and earnings are sources of stability and allow us to invest in people and processes that form the foundation for continued organic growth and growth through acquisitions.
"We used this strength to complete a $500 million share repurchase program over the last two years without adversely affecting our financial position. We also capitalized on our position as an industry leader to attract over 200 great professionals from LECG through a series of transactions. These professionals, now benefitting from the strength of the FTI platform, are generating annualized revenue in excess of $100 million.
"Finally, we completed our 'one firm' project and now look to benefit from a common approach and brand around the globe. Our people have embraced 'FTI Consulting' as their brand, their shared vision and the platform from which they will continue to serve clients with wisdom, expertise, experience and enthusiasm. We look forward to 2012."
Fourth Quarter Segment Results
Revenues in the Corporate Finance/Restructuring segment decreased 4.3 percent to $108.4 million from $113.2 million in the prior year quarter. While the pace of the business continued generally consistent with the prior three quarters, reduced demand for restructuring services was partially offset by improvements in the segment's healthcare practice and contributions from its European tax group acquired from LECG. Adjusted Segment EBITDA before the revaluation gain was $29.4 million, or 27.1 percent of segment revenues, compared with $26.8 million, or 23.6 percent of segment revenues, in the prior year quarter.
Forensic and Litigation Consulting
For the quarter, revenues in the Forensic and Litigation Consulting segment increased 11.1 percent to $90.0 million from $81.0 million in the prior year quarter. Organic revenue growth of $3.5 million, or 4.3 percent, was driven by increased demand in the Asia Pacific region for forensic accounting and litigation support services, construction solutions, and higher revenues in the data analytics practice. The remainder of the increase resulted from revenues generated by the acquired LECG practices. Adjusted Segment EBITDA before the revaluation gain was $15.2 million in the quarter, or 16.9 percent of segment revenues, compared to $18.2 million, or 22.5 percent of segment revenues, in the prior year quarter. The decrease in Adjusted Segment EBITDA margin was primarily due to the investment in acquired practices and senior practitioners who have yet to achieve targeted revenue production.
For the quarter, revenues in the Economic Consulting segment increased 39.1 percent to $89.6 million from $64.4 million in the prior year quarter. Organic revenue growth of $7.4 million, or 11.4 percent, was primarily attributable to increased demand for our antitrust and M&A practice and our financial economics practice. The remainder of the increase resulted from revenues generated by the acquired LECG practices. Adjusted Segment EBITDA was $16.4 million, or 18.3 percent of segment revenues, compared to $12.8 million, or 19.9 percent of segment revenues, in the prior year quarter. The decrease in Adjusted Segment EBITDA margin was primarily attributable to higher variable compensation costs relative to 2010 and margin compression from the acquired practices, partially offset by higher total segment utilization and lower bad debt expense.
Revenues in the Technology segment increased 12.3 percent to $53.6 million from $47.7 million in the prior year quarter. The segment continued to benefit from investigation, litigation, and M&A activity. Several large client assignments drove higher demand for our Acuity™ review services, our on-demand hosting services and our associated consulting services. This increase was partially offset by lower direct licensing revenue compared to the prior year quarter. Adjusted Segment EBITDA was $18.6 million or 34.8 percent of segment revenues, compared to $17.7 million, or 37.1 percent of segment revenues, in the prior year quarter. The decrease in Adjusted Segment EBITDA margin was primarily due to a change in the mix of revenue with higher third party costs related to an increase in certain litigation engagements.
Revenues in the Strategic Communications segment decreased slightly to $49.2 million from $49.9 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted Segment EBITDA was $7.5 million, or 15.3 percent of segment revenues, compared to $7.4 million, or 14.8 percent of segment revenues, in the prior year quarter.
Revaluation Gain – Acquisition-Related Contingent Consideration
Despite favorable performance of our recent Asian acquisition, the Company revalued the acquisition-related contingent consideration liability. This revaluation was based upon a reduction in the consideration expected to be paid during the remainder of the finite earnout period. The resulting reduction in the liability of $10.0 million was recorded as income and is included within "Acquisition-related contingent consideration" in the Consolidated Statements of Income.
Based on current market conditions and the factors described above, the Company estimates that revenues for 2012 will be between $1.60 billion and $1.72 billion and diluted EPS will be between $2.80 and $3.00. This guidance assumes no acquisitions and no share repurchases.
Fourth 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 February 24, 2012. 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 at 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 3,800 employees located in 23 countries, FTI Consulting professionals work closely with clients 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 and special charges. We define Adjusted Segment EBITDA as a segment's share of consolidated operating income before depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and special charges.We define Adjusted Net Income as the net income excluding special charges and debt extinguishment costs that were incurred in that period. We define Adjusted earnings per diluted share (Adjusted EPS) as earnings per diluted share excluding the per share impact of special charges and debt extinguishment costs that were incurred in that period. Although Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Segment EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income 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. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS are common alternative measures of operating performance which may be 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 AdjustedSegment EBITDA to evaluate and compare the operating performance of our segments. Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Segment EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income 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 income to Adjusted EBITDA, segment operating income to Adjusted Segment EBITDA, net income to Adjusted Net Income 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 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, which 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 estimates will be achieved, and the Company's actual results may differ from our expectations, beliefs and estimates. Further, preliminary results are subject to normal year-end adjustments. The Company has experienced fluctuating revenues, operating income and cash flow in prior periods and expects that this will occur from time to time in the future. Other factors that could cause such differences include declines in demand for, or changes in, the mix of services and products that we offer, the mix of the geographic locations where our clients are located or where services are performed, adverse financial, real estate or other market and general economic conditions, which could impact each of our segments differently, 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, including the risks set forth under "Risks Related to Our Business Segments" and "Risks Related to Our Operations". 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.
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