Press Release

Navigant Consulting, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2010 Results

May 4, 2010 at 7:01 AM EDT

CHICAGO, May 04, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:NCI):

  • Net income increased $1 million year over year to $6 million for first quarter 2010. GAAP earnings per share totaled $0.13 for first quarter 2010 compared to $0.11 for first quarter 2009. Adjusted earnings per share (adjusted to exclude the net income impact from severance and other operating costs) was $0.14 for first quarter 2010 compared to $0.16 for first quarter 2009.
  • Revenue before reimbursements (RBR) for first quarter 2010 was $154 million compared to $153 million for fourth quarter 2009 and $167 million for first quarter 2009.
  • Utilization was 77% for first quarter 2010, compared to 76% for fourth quarter 2009 and 75% for first quarter 2009. Average bill rate improved in first quarter 2010 to $264, up from $260 in fourth quarter 2009 and $252 in first quarter 2009.
  • Debt, net of cash, was $197 million, or 32% of capitalization, as of March 31, 2010, down from $254 million, or 41% of capitalization, a year ago.

Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE:NCI), a global consulting firm providing dispute, investigative, operational, risk management and financial and regulatory advisory solutions, today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.

"Navigant's first quarter results met our expectations and provide a solid start to the year," stated William M. Goodyear, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Given the rapidly evolving regulatory landscape, our growth practices of Disputes, Economics, Healthcare and Energy are increasingly generating attractive consulting opportunities. Navigant's favorable trends in pricing and utilization are positive indicators of a gradually improving business climate. Credit crisis related consulting activity continues to expand and, coupled with recent signs of increased government regulatory intervention, we are optimistic that business will continue to build as the year progresses."

First Quarter 2010 Results

The Company's first quarter 2010 results are summarized as follows:

Total Company First Quarter Financial Results (1)
Q1 2010 Q1 2009 Change Q4 2009 Change
Revenue Before Reimbursements ($000) $ 153,870 $ 167,212 -8.0 % $ 153,051 0.5 %
Total Revenues ($000) $ 173,550 $ 182,362 -4.8 % $ 173,958 -0.2 %
Adjusted EBITDA excluding office consolidation and severance expense ($000) $ 22,016 $ 25,059 -12.1 % $ 25,448 -13.5 %
EBITDA ($000) $ 21,180 $ 21,752 -2.6 % $ 19,013 11.4 %
Net Income ($000) $ 6,447 $ 5,433 18.7 % $ 4,789 34.6 %
Earnings Per Share $ 0.13 $ 0.11 18.2 % $ 0.10 30.0 %
Adjusted Earnings Per Share excluding office consolidation and severance expense $ 0.14 $ 0.16 -12.5 % $ 0.18 -22.2 %
Average Billable FTEs 1,679 1,941 -13.5 % 1,685 -0.4 %
End of Period Billable FTEs 1,661 1,920 -13.5 % 1,666 -0.3 %
Consultant Utilization (1,850 base) 77 % 75 % 2.7 % 76 % 1.3 %
Average Bill Rate (excluding success fees) $ 264 $ 252 4.8 % $ 260 1.5 %
DSO 83 87 -4.6 % 78 6.4 %

(1) See the attached financial schedules for a reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings per Share, excluding the net income impact of severance and other operating costs, to the closest GAAP measure.

Navigant's first quarter 2010 RBR totaled $154 million, up slightly from $153 million in fourth quarter 2009 and down from $167 million in first quarter 2009. Year over year declines were the result of previously discussed service line redeployments and increased attrition that occurred in the Company's west coast disputes practice in early 2010. Utilization increased modestly from fourth quarter 2009 and year ago levels, averaging 77% for first quarter 2010. Average bill rate also improved to $264 for first quarter 2010, up from $260 for fourth quarter 2009 and $252 for first quarter 2009. Average billable full time equivalents (FTEs) were essentially flat from fourth quarter 2009 to first quarter 2010, and were down 13% from first quarter 2009. The Company expects modest headcount growth over the remainder of 2010.

Navigant's focus on cost management continues and its balance sheet remains strong. First quarter 2010 cost of services (before reimbursements) were $102 million versus $110 million for first quarter 2009, primarily reflecting the cost impact of staffing reductions and service line redeployments made in 2009. Year over year cost comparisons also benefited from lower severance costs. General and administrative expenses for first quarter 2010 were $30 million compared to $35 million for first quarter 2009. Lower depreciation, amortization and interest expense contributed to year over year improvements as well. Bad debt expense for first quarter 2010 was $2 million, a significant decline from $4 million for first quarter 2009. Additionally, days sales outstanding was 83 for first quarter 2010 compared to 87 for first quarter 2009.

Business Segment Highlights

First quarter 2010 financial results for the Company's four business segments are summarized as follows:

Business Segment First Quarter Financial Results (2)
Q1 2010 Q1 2009 Change Q4 2009 Change
Business Segment Revenues ($000)
Dispute and Investigative Services $ 67,894 $ 77,496 -12.4 % $ 72,160 -5.9 %
Business Consulting Services 66,250 73,516 -9.9 % 67,419 -1.7 %
International Consulting 20,797 17,303 20.2 % 21,780 -4.5 %
Economic Consulting 18,609 14,047 32.5 % 12,599 47.7 %
Total Company $ 173,550 $ 182,362 -4.8 % $ 173,958 -0.2 %
Business Segment Revenues before Reimbursements ($000)
Dispute and Investigative Services $ 63,338 $ 71,903 -11.9 % $ 65,359 -3.1 %
Business Consulting Services 57,399 66,906 -14.2 % 58,717 -2.2 %
International Consulting 16,145 15,516 4.1 % 17,512 -7.8 %
Economic Consulting 16,988 12,887 31.8 % 11,463 48.2 %
Total Company $ 153,870 $ 167,212 -8.0 % $ 153,051 0.5 %
Segment Operating Profit ($000)
Dispute and Investigative Services $ 25,408 $ 28,234 -10.0 % $ 25,966 -2.1 %
Business Consulting Services 19,017 23,452 -18.9 % 18,881 0.7 %
International Consulting 3,740 4,176 -10.4 % 2,661 40.5 %
Economic Consulting 6,296 4,644 35.6 % 3,402 85.1 %
Total Company $ 54,461 $ 60,506 -10.0 % $ 50,910 7.0 %

(2) During the first quarter 2010 the Company repositioned certain service offerings within its four reporting segments.Prior year comparative segment data has been restated to be consistent with the current presentation.A company metrics summary including data by segment is available at www.navigantconsulting.com/investor_relations.

Navigant's Dispute and Investigative Services segment reported RBR of $63 million for first quarter 2010, down 3% from fourth quarter 2009 and down 12% from a strong first quarter 2009. First quarter 2010 average billable FTEs were down 20% from first quarter 2009, reflecting market driven staffing reductions as well as increased voluntary attrition in the segment's western region. Segment results also showed signs of market recovery, as evidenced by acceleration in credit market related litigation, traditional commercial litigation opportunities and international arbitration matters. Revenues for this segment are expected to strengthen as the year progresses, benefitting from success in senior talent acquisition.

Navigant's Business Consulting Services segment reported RBR of $57 million for first quarter 2010, down 2% from fourth quarter 2009 and down 14% from first quarter 2009. Strong utilization of 80% for first quarter 2010 was offset by the wind down and realignment of certain non core services in 2009. The segment's Healthcare and Energy teams represented over 72% of first quarter 2010 Business Consulting segment revenues, compared to 60% for first quarter 2009. Navigant's Healthcare practice is being sought for advice as providers seek to determine the impact of healthcare reform and focus on improving performance and better managing revenues. Navigant's Energy team has been experiencing steady demand for services related to renewables, energy efficiency and Smart Grid, and the integration of Summit Blue Consulting, which was acquired on December 31, 2009, is meeting expectations. Additionally, the segment's Restructuring and Valuations teams continued to perform well in the first quarter 2010.

Navigant's International Consulting segment reported RBR of $16 million for first quarter 2010, down 8% from fourth quarter 2009 but up 4% from first quarter 2009. First quarter 2010 utilization and revenues were adversely impacted by the settlement of a large client engagement within the Construction practice. All other service lines within the International Consulting segment generally performed well and achieved increased RBR for first quarter 2010, compared to first quarter 2009.

Navigant's Economic Consulting segment achieved RBR of $17 million for first quarter 2010, an increase of 48% from fourth quarter 2009 and a 32% increase from first quarter 2009. This strong performance reflected bill rate improvements, outstanding utilization of 90%, and the acquisition of Empiris, LLC on January 20, 2010. Improvements in disputes and regulatory related activities are expected to positively impact new project opportunities in the months ahead.

2010 Outlook

Navigant confirmed its 2010 guidance originally issued on February 18, 2010. Total revenues for the year are expected to range from $700 million to $750 million, and adjusted earnings per share (excluding the net income impact from severance and other operating costs) are estimated to be between $0.75 and $0.85. This outlook excludes any potential impact from significant acquisitions or from further redeployments of lower growth service lines.

"We expect our growth initiatives to be increasingly reflected in our financial results as the year progresses," stated Mr. Goodyear. "Focus on emerging market trends in our core service lines is a priority, as are strategic investments in these key areas to enable us to maximize our positioning in the marketplace."

First Quarter 2010 Earnings Conference Call

Mr. Goodyear will host a conference call to discuss the Company's first quarter 2010 financial results and 2010 outlook at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The web cast may be accessed at www.navigantconsulting.com/investor_relations. A replay of the web cast will be available for approximately 90 days.

About Navigant Consulting

Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) is a global consulting firm providing dispute, investigative, operational, risk management and financial and regulatory advisory solutions to government agencies, legal counsel and large companies facing the challenges of uncertainty, risk, distress and significant change. The Company focuses on industries undergoing substantial regulatory or structural change and on the issues driving these transformations. "Navigant" is a service mark of Navigant International, Inc. Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NCI) is not affiliated, associated, or in any way connected with Navigant International, Inc. and NCI's use of "Navigant" is made under license from Navigant International, Inc. More information about Navigant Consulting can be found at www.navigantconsulting.com.

Except as set forth below, statements included in this press release which are not historical in natureare forward-looking statements as defined within the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Forward-looking statements may be identified by words including "goals," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "expects" and similar expressions.These statements are based upon management's current expectations as of the date of this press release.The Companycautions readers that there may be events in the future that the Company is not able to accurately predict or control and the information contained in the forward-looking statements is inherently uncertain and subject to a number of risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated in the forward-looking statements including, without limitation: the success and timing in executing the Company's strategic business assessment; the success of the Company's organizational changes and cost reduction actions; risks inherent in international operations, including foreign currency fluctuations; ability to make acquisitions; pace, timing and integration of acquisitions; impairment charges; management of professional staff, including dependence on key personnel, recruiting, attrition and the ability to successfully integrate new consultants into the Company's practices; utilization rates; conflicts of interest; potential loss of clients; clients' financial condition and their ability to make payments to the Company; risks inherent with litigation; higher risk client assignments; professional liability; potential legislative and regulatory changes; continued access to capital; and general economic conditions.Further information on these and other potential factors that could affect the Company's financial results are included in the Company's filings with the SEC under the "Risk Factors" section and elsewhere in those filings.The Company cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievement and undertakes no obligation to update any of its forward-looking statements after the date of this press release.

NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
For the quarters ended March 31,
2010 2009
Revenues:
Revenues before reimbursements $ 153,870 $ 167,212
Reimbursements 19,680 15,150
Total revenues 173,550 182,362
Cost of Services:
Cost of services before reimbursable expenses 102,230 110,267
Reimbursable expenses 19,680 15,150

Total costs of services

121,910 125,417
General and administrative expenses 30,460 34,893
Depreciation expense 3,801 4,640
Amortization expense 2,796 3,620
Other operating costs:
Office consolidation - 908
Operating income 14,583 12,884
Interest expense 3,478 3,968
Interest income (313 ) (296 )
Other income, net 105 (321 )
Income before income tax expense 11,313 9,533
Income tax expense 4,866 4,100
Net income $ 6,447 $ 5,433
Basic net income per share $ 0.13 $ 0.11
Shares used in computing income per basic share 48,691 47,443
Diluted net income per share $ 0.13 $ 0.11
Shares used in computing income per diluted share 50,096 49,449
NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AND SELECTED DATA
(In thousands, except DSO data)
(Unaudited)
March 31, December 31,
2010 2009
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 361 $ 49,144
Accounts receivable, net 174,690 163,608
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 18,306 16,374
Deferred income tax assets 13,930 19,052
Total current assets 207,287 248,178
Non-current assets:
Property and equipment, net 41,592 42,975
Intangible assets, net 28,405 30,352
Goodwill 487,355 485,101
Other assets 13,378 13,639
Total assets $ 778,017 $ 820,245
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 9,267 $ 8,203
Accrued liabilities 10,130 8,664
Accrued compensation-related costs 39,100 69,751
Term loan current 14,258 12,375
Other current liabilities 35,595 34,441
Total current liabilities 108,350 133,434
Non-current liabilities:
Deferred income taxes 38,016 37,096
Other non-current liabilities 25,069 23,923
Bank debt non-current 18,360 -
Term loan non-current 164,657 207,000
Total non-current liabilities 246,102 268,019
Total liabilities 354,452 401,453
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 60 60
Additional paid-in capital 560,278 559,368
Treasury stock (218,700 ) (218,798 )
Retained earnings 97,633 91,186
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (15,706 ) (13,024 )
Total stockholders' equity 423,565 418,792
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 778,017 $ 820,245
Selected Data
Days sales outstanding, net (DSO) 83 78
NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
For the quarters ended
March 31,
2010 2009
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 6,447 $ 5,433
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by operating activities, net of acquisitions:
Depreciation expense 3,801 4,640
Depreciation expense- office consolidation - 608
Amortization expense 2,796 3,620
Share-based compensation expense 975 2,506
Accretion of interest expense 205 278
Deferred income taxes 5,319 2,778
Allowance for doubtful accounts receivable 1,584 3,754
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (13,610 ) (22,652 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (1,250 ) (2,270 )
Accounts payable 1,155 2,155
Accrued liabilities 2,146 (334 )
Accrued compensation-related costs (30,416 ) (31,842 )
Income taxes payable (609 ) (1,821 )
Other liabilities 500 (1,464 )
Net cash used in operating activities (20,957 ) (34,611 )
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (3,056 ) (5,708 )
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired (4,000 ) (1,875 )
Payments of acquisition liabilities - (2,821 )
Other, net - (40 )
Net cash used in investing activities (7,056 ) (10,444 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Issuances of common stock 661 1,672
Payments of notes payable - (355 )
Borrowings from banks, net of repayments 19,315 28,802
Payments of term loan (40,460 ) (562 )
Other, net (390 ) (706 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities (20,874 ) 28,851
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 104 (187 )
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (48,783 ) (16,391 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 49,144 23,134
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 361 $ 6,743
NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)

Non-GAAP Financial Information

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial information as defined by Securities and Exchange Commission Regulation G. Pursuant to the requirements of this regulation, reconciliations of this non-GAAP financial information to the Company's financial statements as prepared under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are included in this press release. During 2009, the Company incurred significant severance expense as staffing levels were adjusted to market demand and Navigant executed its strategic refresh initiative involving the redeployment of certain resources. The Company also continues to be impacted by office consolidation expense due to its real estate initiatives including the impact of closing certain offices and changes in market conditions associated with expected sublease proceeds. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income excludes the impact of severance and office consolidation expense and adjusted earnings per share excludes the net income impact of severance and office consolidation expense in all periods presented. Severance and office consolidation expense are not considered to be non-recurring, infrequent or unusual to our business, however, management believes providing investors with this information gives additional insights into Navigant's operating performance. While management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures are useful in evaluating Navigant's operations, this information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure prepared in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted operating income

EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). The Company believes EBITDA provides useful supplemental information for investors to evaluate financial performance. This data is also used by the Company for assessment of its operating and financial results, in addition to operating income, net income and other GAAP measures. Management believes EBITDA is a useful indicator of the Company's financial and operating performance and its ability to generate cash flows from operations that are available for interest, debt service, taxes and capital expenditures. Investors should recognize that EBITDA might not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income excludes the impact of severance and office consolidation expense as discussed above. This measure should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

For the quarters ended March 31,
2010 2009
EBITDA reconciliation:
Operating income $ 14,583 $ 12,884
Depreciation 3,801 4,640
Accelerated depreciation - office consolidation - 608
Amortization 2,796 3,620
EBITDA $ 21,180 $ 21,752
Adjusted EBITDA and operating income to exclude office consolidation and severance expense reconciliation to operating income:
Operating income $ 14,583 $ 12,884
Other operating costs - office consolidation - 908
Severance expense 836 3,007
Adjusted operating income to exclude office consolidation and severance expense $ 15,419 $ 16,799
Depreciation 3,801 4,640
Amortization 2,796 3,620
Adjusted EBITDA, excluding office consolidation and severance expense $ 22,016 $ 25,059

Adjusted earnings per share (adjusted to exclude the net income impact from office consolidation and severance expense)

The Company discloses adjusted earnings per share to exclude the net income impact from severance and office consolidation expense as discussed above. Management believes the adjusted earnings per share information provides additional insights into Navigant's ongoing operating performance. This measure should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
For the quarters ended March 31,
2010 2009
Office consolidation expense $ - $ 908
Tax benefit (1) - (366 )
Net income impact of office consolidation expense $ - $ 542
Shares used in computing income per diluted share 50,096 49,449
Diluted income per share impact of office consolidation expense $ - $ 0.01
Severance expense $ 836 $ 3,007
Tax benefit (1) (322 ) (1,170 )
Net income impact of severance expense $ 514 $ 1,837
Shares used in computing income per diluted share 50,096 49,449
Diluted income per share impact of severance expense $ 0.01 $ 0.04
Net income $ 6,447 $ 5,433
Net income impact of office consolidation expense - 542
Net income impact of severance expense 514 1,837
Adjusted net income, excluding the net income impact of office consolidation and severance expense $ 6,961 $ 7,812
Shares used in computing income per diluted share 50,096 49,449
Adjusted earnings per share, excluding the net income impact of office consolidation and severance expense $ 0.14 $ 0.16
(1) Effective tax benefit has been determined based on specific tax jurisdiction.

SOURCE: Navigant Consulting, Inc.

Navigant Consulting, Inc.
Jennifer Moreno
Executive Director, Investor Relations
312.573.5634
jmoreno@navigantconsulting.com

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