NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CTPartners Executive Search Inc. (NYSE MKT:CTP), a global retained executive search firm, today announced its financial results for the second quarter and first six months ended on June 30, 2014.
“Our second quarter revenue growth of 32% marks the fifth consecutive quarter of year over year revenue increases and establishes yet another record performance for CTPartners. Our success spanned across our entire organization as we experienced growth in all of our practice areas and geographic markets. This strong top line performance combined with solid expense control allowed us to deliver adjusted earnings of $0.30 cents per share, at the high end of our guidance, demonstrating the operating leverage in our business model,” said Brian Sullivan, Chief Executive Officer. “The increased productivity of our seasoned consultants and initial contributions of our more recent hires and acquisitions support our confidence that our strong financial performance will continue. We will continue to invest in building the CTPartners brand globally and seek out quality consultants in our existing practices to build shareholder value over the long term,” concluded Mr. Sullivan.
Second Quarter 2014 Results
Net revenue for the second quarter was $45.1 million, a record high for the Company, and represented a 32% increase compared to $34.2 million in the prior year’s second quarter. Compared to last year’s second quarter, North America revenue increased 27% to $27.6 million compared to $21.7 million in the prior year second quarter; EMEA was up 20% at $10.0 million compared to $8.3 million; Asia Pacific revenue grew 133% to $2.8 million compared to $1.2 million; and Latin America with revenue of $4.8 million grew 61% compared to $3.0 million. On a practice basis, year-over-year, Financial Services improved 62% to $13.1 million; Professional Services increased 35% to $7.8 million; Industrial grew 21% to $4.5 million; Technology Media & Telecom grew 33% to $6.0 million; Life Sciences increased 15% to $7.8 million; and Consumer/Retail revenue grew 10% to $5.9 million.
Compensation expense, excluding non-operating expenses, was $32.7 million, or 72.5% of revenue, compared to $25.9 million, or 75.7% of revenue, in the second quarter of 2013. General and administrative expenses, excluding non-operating expenses, were $8.4 million, or 18.7% of revenue compared with 7.2%, or 20.9% of revenue, in the second quarter of 2013.
GAAP net income attributable to the Company for the second quarter was $2.1 million, or $0.27 per share, compared to a net loss of $0.4 million, or $0.05 per share loss, for last year’s second quarter. Excluding after-tax non-operating items of $0.1 million and $0.9 million for 2014 and 2013, respectively, adjusted net income was $2.3 million, or $0.30 per share, compared to an adjusted net income of $0.6 million, or $0.08 per share, in the prior year’s second quarter. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures is included in this news release.
Adjusted operating income was $3.8 million in the second quarter compared to an adjusted operating income of $1.0 million in the year-ago second quarter. Adjusted operating margin was 8.5% in the second quarter compared to 3.1% in the 2013 second quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was $4.4 million in the 2014 second quarter compared to $1.5 million in the year-ago second quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 9.8% and 4.3% in the 2014 and 2013 second quarters, respectively.
Performance Metrics - Second Quarter 2014
- The Company was engaged in a record 465 new search assignments, a 28% increase compared to 364 in the year-ago quarter.
- The number of placements was 348 compared with 272 in last year’s comparable quarter. The placement rate for this year’s second quarter was 88%, a record quarterly performance.
- CTPartners had 136 consultants at June 30, 2014, the end of the second quarter compared with 121 consultants at the end of last year’s comparable quarter. The net revenue per consultant was $1.3 million. As of July 30, 2014 the Company has 145 consultants.
- Average revenue per search increased 4% to $106,800 compared to $103,100 in the year-ago quarter.
- The Company’s voluntary turnover was 1 consultant, or less than one percent, in the second quarter of 2014, allowing CTPartners to maintain one of the lowest turnover rate in the executive search industry.
- The number of clients representing repeat business was 74% in the second quarter compared with 71% in both last year’s second quarter and 2013 first quarter.
Six-Month Financial Results
For the six months ended June 30, 2014, net revenue totalled $85.0 million compared to net revenue $63.4 reported for the six months ended June, 30, 2013. GAAP net income attributable to the Company for the six months ended June 30, 2014 was $3.3 million, or $0.43 per share compared to net loss of $2.4 million or $0.34 per share for the six months ended June 30, 2013. Excluding after-tax non-operating charges of $0.6 million, adjusted net income was $3.9 million, or $0.51 per share compared to adjusted net income of $0.3 million, or $0.04 per share in the prior year’s six month period. Adjusted EBITDA was $7.6 million for the six months ended June 30, 2014 compared to $1.5 million in the year-ago six month period. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures is included in this news release.
For the third quarter ending September 30, 2014, the Company expects to report net revenue in the range of $41.0 million to $43.0 million and adjusted EPS between $0.20 to $0.22, excluding non-operating items.
The Company will host a conference call and webcast for the investment community on Thursday, July 31, 2014 at 8:30 AM ET. Investors within the United States interested in participating are invited to call 877-299-4454 and reference the Participant Passcode: 93188484. All other international participants can use the dial-in number 617-597-5447 using the same Participant Passcode. A replay of the event will be available for one week following the conclusion of the call. To access the replay, callers in the United States can call 888-286-8010 and reference the Replay Access Code: 39015638. International callers can dial 617-801-6888, using the same Replay Access Code. To access the webcast, please visit http://investor.ctnet.com.
CTPartners is a leading global executive search firm that is designed to deliver in-depth expertise, creative strategies, and outstanding results to clients worldwide. Committed to a philosophy of partnering with its clients, CTPartners offers a proven track record in C-Suite, top executive, and board searches, as well as extensive experience in serving private equity and venture capital firms.
From its 30 offices in 18 countries, CTPartners serves clients with a global organization of more than 500 professionals and employees, offering expertise in board advisory services, key leadership functions, and executive recruiting services in the financial services, life sciences, industrial, professional services, retail and consumer, and technology, media and telecom industries.
Safe Harbor Statement
The following is a Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This press release includes forward-looking statements. As a general matter, forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations and projections relating to our financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. These statements may be identified by the use of forward looking terminology such as "outlook," "believes," "expects," "potential," "continues," "may," "will," "should," "seeks," "approximately," "predicts," "intends," "plans," "estimates," "anticipates," or the negative version of those words or other comparable words, but the absence of these words does not necessarily mean that a statement is not forward-looking. The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a safe harbor for the disclosure of forward-looking statements.
The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are based upon our historical performance, current plans, estimates, expectations and other factors we believe are appropriate under the circumstances. The inclusion of this forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by us that the future plans, estimates or expectations contemplated by us will be achieved since these forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties and assumptions relating to our operations, financial results, financial condition, business prospects, growth strategy and liquidity. If one or more of these or other risks or uncertainties materialize, or if our underlying assumptions prove to be incorrect, our actual results may vary materially from those indicated in these statements. Some of the key uncertainties and factors that could affect our future performance and cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by forward-looking statements are: our expectations regarding our revenues, expenses and operations and our ability to sustain profitability; our ability to recruit and retain qualified executive search consultants to staff our operations appropriately; our ability to successfully integrate new executive search consultants and acquired search firms into our operations; our ability to expand our customer base and relationships, especially given the off-limit arrangements we are required to enter into with certain of our clients; further declines in the global economy and our ability to execute successfully through business cycles; our anticipated cash needs; projected cost savings as a result of reorganization; our anticipated growth strategies and sources of new revenues; unanticipated trends and challenges in our business and the markets in which we operate; social or political instability in markets where we operate; the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; price competition; the ability to forecast, on a quarterly basis, variable compensation accruals that ultimately are determined based on the achievement of annual results; and the mix of profit and loss by country in which we operate.
The above list should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in our annual report on Form 10-K filed on March 12, 2014. The forward looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. We do not undertake any obligation to update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments or otherwise. You should, however, review the factors and risks we describe in the reports we will file from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
|CTPARTNERS EXECUTIVE SEARCH INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)|
|(in thousands, except share and per share amounts)|
|Accounts receivable, net||38,271||26,381|
|Deferred income taxes||3,547||3,184|
|Total current assets||56,288||44,037|
|Leasehold improvements and equipment, net||4,969||4,149|
|Deferred income taxes||6,107||5,482|
|Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity|
|Current portion of long-term debt||$||3,143||$||4,762|
|Line of credit||12,168||—|
|Accrued business taxes||2,136||2,079|
|Income taxes payable||2,750||710|
|Total current liabilities||55,680||42,136|
|Long-term debt, less current maturities||2,799||1,295|
|Deferred rent, less current maturities||841||1,050|
|Total long-term liabilities||3,640||2,345|
|Redeemable noncontrolling interest||4,220||4,088|
|Additional paid-in capital||38,075||37,778|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax||(1,136||)||(1,275||)|
|Total stockholders' equity||23,828||20,173|
|CTPARTNERS EXECUTIVE SEARCH INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)|
|(in thousands except share and per share amounts)|
Three months ended
Six months ended
|Compensation and benefits||32,832||26,240||62,252||50,307|
|General and administrative||8,421||8,349||17,032||16,630|
|Total operating expenses||42,681||35,844||81,921||69,029|
|Interest expense, net||(79||)||(65||)||(128||)||(119||)|
|Income/(loss) before income taxes||3,609||(544||)||5,278||(3,800||)|
|Income tax (expense)/benefit||(1,391||)||220||(2,032||)||1,443|
|Net loss attributable to redeemable noncontrolling interest||(116||)||(58||)||16||(58||)|
|Net income/(loss) attributable to the Company||$||2,102||$||(382||)||$||3,262||$||(2,415||)|
|Basic income/(loss) per common share||$||0.29||$||(0.05||)||$||0.46||$||(0.34||)|
|Diluted income/(loss) per common share||$||0.27||$||(0.05||)||$||0.43||$||(0.34||)|
|Basic weighted average common shares||7,197,341||7,035,919||7,168,072||7,027,120|
|Diluted weighted average common shares||7,659,910||7,035,919||7,659,957||7,027,120|
|CTPARTNERS EXECUTIVE SEARCH INC.|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)|
|For the Six Months Ended June 30|
|Cash Flows From Operating Activities|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income/(loss) to net cash used in operating activities|
|Depreciation and amortization||1,174||846|
|Amortization of discount on seller notes||9||61|
|Amortization of post-combination compensation||—||1,878|
|Deferred income taxes||(971||)||(522||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effect of acquired businesses:|
|Accounts receivable, net||(11,211||)||(5,938||)|
|Income taxes receivable||—||(1,555||)|
|Other assets and receivables||314||(1,375||)|
|Accrued business taxes||33||148|
|Income taxes payable||2,049||(395||)|
|Net cash used in operating activities||(4,285||)||(11,299||)|
|Cash Flows From Investing Activities|
|Acquisition of businesses||(2,712||)||(833||)|
|Purchase of leasehold improvements and equipment||(1,182||)||(242||)|
|Notes receivable issued||(1,051||)||—|
|Repayment of notes receivable||1,000||—|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(3,945||)||(1,075||)|
|Cash Flows From Financing Activities|
|Principal payments on long-term debt||(2,779||)||(2,704||)|
|Net proceeds from line of credit||12,168||4,568|
|Net cash provided by financing activities||9,389||1,864|
|Net decrease in cash||1,159||(10,510||)|
|Effect of foreign currency on cash||(193||)||253|
Adjusted Performance Measure, Excluding Non-Operational Charges
We calculate Adjusted net income/(loss) as Net income/(loss) excluding the following charges which we do not believe are reflective of our operational results:
- Post-combination compensation expense
- Reorganization charges
- Gain or loss on foreign currency related to funding of foreign subsidiaries
- Fees and expenses incurred by us in connection with the restatement of our 2012 interim financial statements
- Fees and expenses incurred in connection with acquisitions
- Tax effect of the above adjustments
Adjusted operating income is defined as Adjusted net income/(loss) plus interest and tax expense/benefit.
We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as Adjusted Operating Income less depreciation and amortization expense.
We calculate Adjusted earnings/(loss) per common share using the weighted average shares outstanding amounts used in the calculation of diluted earnings per share in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted operating margin is calculated as Adjusted operating income divided by net revenues for the period. Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as Adjusted EBITDA divided by net revenues for the period.
The following table reconciles non-GAAP measures to net income:
|(in thousands, except per share amounts)|
Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
|CALCULATION OF "AS ADJUSTED" AND "ADJUSTED EBITDA" PERFORMANCE MEASURE|
|Post-combination compensation and reorganization expense||—||426||—||2,304|
|Foreign exchange loss/(gain) on funding of foreign subsidiaries||(89||)||230||29||907|
|Costs incurred for restatement, acquisition and integration||224||874||1,003||1,086|
|Tax effect of the adjustments||(50||)||(589||)||(395||)||(1,677||)|
|Adjusted net income||$||2,303||$||617||$||3,883||$||263|
|Adjusted operating income||3,823||1,050||6,438||615|
|Depreciation and amortization||611||432||1,174||846|
|Adjusted operating margin||8.5||%||3.1||%||7.6||%||1.0||%|
|Adjusted EBITDA margin||9.8||%||4.3||%||9.0||%||2.3||%|
|Earnings per common share, as adjusted||$||0.30||$||0.08||$||0.51||$||0.04|
Use of non-GAAP measures: The table above contains selected financial information calculated other than in accordance with U.S. Generally Acceptable Accounting Principles (“GAAP”).
|CTPARTNERS EXECUTIVE SEARCH INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|SUPPLEMENTAL PERFORMANCE METRICS|
REVENUE BY REGION
|Q2 2014||Q2 2013|
REVENUE BY PRACTICE AREA
|Q2 2014||Q2 2013|
REVENUE BY REGION, SEQUENTIAL
|Q2 2014||Q1 2014|
|CTPARTNERS EXECUTIVE SEARCH INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
SUPPLEMENTAL PERFORMANCE METRICS (CONTINUED)
REVENUE BY PRACTICE AREA, SEQUENTIAL
|Q2 2014||Q1 2014|
|Three Month Period Ended June 30||
% Increase /
|# of new search assignments||465||364||101||27.7%|
|# of executive search consultants||136||121||15||12.4%|
|Avg. revenue per executive search||$ 106,800||$ 103,100||$3,700||3.6%|