Press Release

Navigant Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

April 27, 2011 at 7:06 AM EDT
  • First quarter 2011 revenue before reimbursements (RBR) of $170 million, representing year over year and sequential growth of 10% and 5%, respectively.
  • GAAP EPS of $0.17 for first quarter 2011, up from $0.13 in first quarter 2010 and $0.01 in fourth quarter 2010. Adjusted EPS of $0.19 for first quarter 2011, up from $0.14 in first quarter 2010 and $0.15 in fourth quarter 2010.
  • Consultant utilization of 78% for first quarter 2011, up from 77% in first quarter 2010 and 74% in fourth quarter 2010.

CHICAGO, Apr 27, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Navigant (NYSE:NCI) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011.

"Our first quarter results began to more fully reflect contributions from recent growth investments in healthcare, energy, disputes and economics," stated William M. Goodyear, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Top line revenue growth was again up both sequentially and year over year, aided by improving market drivers for our key practice areas."

First Quarter 2011 Results

The Company's first quarter 2011 results are summarized as follows:

Total Company First Quarter 2011 Financial Results (1)
Q1 2011 Q1 2010 Change Q4 2010 Change
Revenue Before Reimbursements ($000) $ 169,604 $ 153,870 10.2% $ 161,752 4.9%
Total Revenues ($000) $ 188,799 $ 173,550 8.8% $ 182,940 3.2%
EBITDA ($000) $ 22,380 $ 21,180 5.7% $ 18,608 20.3%
Adjusted EBITDA ($000) $ 23,616 $ 22,016 7.3% $ 21,201 11.4%
Net Income ($000) $ 8,778 $ 6,447 36.2% $ 559 N/M
Earnings Per Share $ 0.17 $ 0.13 30.8% $ 0.01 N/M
Adjusted Earnings Per Share $ 0.19 $ 0.14 35.7% $ 0.15 26.7%
Average Billable Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) 1,782 1,679 6.1% 1,755 1.5%
End of Period Billable FTEs 1,776 1,661 6.9% 1,779 -0.2%
Consultant Utilization (1,850 base) 78% 77% 1.3% 74% 5.4%
Average Bill Rate (excluding performance based fees) $ 274 $ 264 3.8% $ 267 2.6%
Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) 83 83 0.0% 81 2.5%

(1) EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings per Share are non GAAP financial measures.See the attached financial schedules for a reconciliation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings per Share to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Navigant reported first quarter 2011 RBR of $170 million, up from $154 million in first quarter 2010 and $162 million in fourth quarter 2010. Top line improvements resulted from multiple factors including the full impact of recent acquisitions and continued improvement in the market for Navigant's services. Utilization was 78% for first quarter 2011, up from 77% in first quarter 2010 and 74% in fourth quarter 2010. Additionally, average bill rate, excluding performance based fees, for first quarter 2011 was $274, up from $264 in first quarter 2010 and $267 in fourth quarter 2010.

Both segment operating profit and EBITDA improved year over year and sequentially. First quarter 2011 cost of services before reimbursements and general and administrative expenses were both up from the year ago period. Higher expenses were the result of recent growth investments, as well as higher employment taxes and employee benefit costs. As expected, depreciation, amortization and interest expense were each down from year ago levels. DSO was 83 for first quarter 2011, consistent with first quarter 2010 and up slightly from 81 in fourth quarter 2010.

Business Segment Highlights

Business Segment First Quarter 2011 Financial Results (2)
Q1 2011 Q1 2010 Change Q4 2010 Change
Business Segment Revenues ($000)
Business Consulting Services $ 79,627 $ 66,250 20.2% $ 78,185 1.8%
Dispute and Investigative Services 72,006 67,894 6.1% 70,627 2.0%
Economic Consulting 18,539 18,609 -0.4% 18,082 2.5%
International Consulting 18,627 20,797 -10.4% 16,046 16.1%
Total Company $ 188,799 $ 173,550 8.8% $ 182,940 3.2%
Business Segment Revenue before Reimbursements ($000)
Business Consulting Services $ 70,469 $ 57,399 22.8% $ 68,749 2.5%
Dispute and Investigative Services 65,753 63,338 3.8% 63,540 3.5%
Economic Consulting 17,874 16,988 5.2% 16,703 7.0%
International Consulting 15,508 16,145 -3.9% 12,760 21.5%
Total Company $ 169,604 $ 153,870 10.2% $ 161,752 4.9%
Business Segment Operating Profit ($000)
Business Consulting Services $ 23,182 $ 19,017 21.9% $ 22,722 2.0%
Dispute and Investigative Services 25,777 25,408 1.5% 23,733 8.6%
Economic Consulting 5,757 6,296 -8.6% 4,878 18.0%
International Consulting 3,282 3,740 -12.2% 1,632 101.1%
Total Company $ 57,998 $ 54,461 6.5% $ 52,965 9.5%

(2) A metrics summary including data by segment is available at www.navigant.com/investor_relations.

Navigant's Business Consulting Services segment generated RBR of $70 million in first quarter 2011, up 23% from first quarter 2010 and 3% from fourth quarter 2010. Utilization ran a strong 81% in first quarter 2011, up slightly from one year ago and up 2% from fourth quarter 2010. Additionally, segment operating profit was $23 million for the period, up 22% from first quarter 2010 and 2% from fourth quarter 2010. The segment's healthcare and energy practices represented 76% of first quarter 2011 Business Consulting Services RBR.

Navigant's Dispute and Investigative Services segment reported RBR of $66 million in first quarter 2011, up 4% from both first quarter 2010 and fourth quarter 2010. Utilization was 76% for first quarter 2011, representing a continuation of the gradual improvement trend which began in second quarter 2010. Additionally, segment operating profit was $26 million for the period, up 2% from first quarter 2010 and 9% from fourth quarter 2010. The overall litigation market continues to improve at a modest pace. Steady demand continues for Navigant's expertise in the areas of credit crisis litigation, anti-corruption compliance and investigations, and other commercial litigation and arbitrations.

Navigant's Economic Consulting segment generated record RBR of $18 million in first quarter 2011, up 5% from first quarter 2010 and 7% from fourth quarter 2010. Utilization returned to more typical levels, reaching 79% in first quarter 2011. Segment operating profit was $6 million for first quarter 2011, down 9% from first quarter 2010 while up 18% from fourth quarter 2010. The addition of senior level talent throughout 2010 has enabled the Economic Consulting segment to grow and diversify its base of expertise and clients.

Navigant's International Consulting segment reported RBR of $16 million in first quarter 2011, down 4% from first quarter 2010 and up 22% from fourth quarter 2010. Utilization in first quarter 2011 was flat compared to first quarter 2010, but improved significantly on a sequential basis. Segment operating profit was $3 million for first quarter 2011, down 12% from first quarter 2010 while twice that of fourth quarter 2010. First quarter results reflected actions taken last year to improve performance in the Company's International Consulting segment.

2011 Outlook

Navigant affirmed its 2011 outlook as originally discussed on February 2, 2011. Total 2011 revenues are estimated to range from $715 to $760 million and RBR is expected to be between $650 and $690 million. 2011 Adjusted EBITDA is estimated to be between $95 and $105 million, while Adjusted EPS is expected to range between $0.70 and $0.77 per share.

Conference Call Details

Goodyear will host a conference call to discuss the Company's first quarter 2011 financial results at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, April 27, 2011. The conference call may be accessed via the Navigant website (www.navigant.com/investor_relations) or by dialing 888.847.7597 (630.395.0268 for international callers) and referencing pass code "NCI." A replay of the web cast will be available for approximately 90 days.

About Navigant

Navigant (NYSE: NCI) is a specialized, global expert services firm dedicated to assisting clients in creating and protecting value in the face of critical business risks and opportunities. Through senior level engagement with clients, Navigant professionals combine technical expertise in Disputes and Investigations, Economics, Financial Advisory and Management Consulting, with business pragmatism in the highly regulated Construction, Energy, Financial Services and Healthcare industries. More information about Navigant can be found at www.navigant.com.

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 "outlook," "plans," "goals," "anticipates," "believes," "intends," "estimates," "expects" and similar expressions.These statements are based upon management's current expectations and speak only as of the date of this press release.The Company cautions 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 contained in or implied by the forward-looking statements including, without limitation: the success and timing of the Company's implementation of its 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 under the "Risk Factors" section and elsewhere in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available on the SEC's website or at www.navigant.com/investor_relations.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.

NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
For the quarters ended March 31,
2011 2010
Revenues:
Revenues before reimbursements $ 169,604 $ 153,870
Reimbursements 19,195 19,680
Total revenues 188,799 173,550
Cost of Services:
Cost of services before reimbursable expenses 114,815 102,230
Reimbursable expenses 19,195 19,680
Total costs of services 134,010 121,910
General and administrative expenses 32,409 30,460
Depreciation expense 3,377 3,801
Amortization expense 2,301 2,796
Operating income 16,702 14,583
Interest expense 1,840 3,478
Interest income (367 ) (313 )
Other (income) expense, net (36 ) 105
Income before income tax expense 15,265 11,313
Income tax expense 6,487 4,866
Net income $ 8,778 $ 6,447
Basic net income per share $ 0.17 $ 0.13
Shares used in computing income per basic share 50,176 48,691
Diluted net income per share $ 0.17 $ 0.13
Shares used in computing income per diluted share 51,034 50,096
NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AND SELECTED DATA
(In thousands, except DSO data)
(Unaudited)
March 31, December 31,
2011 2010
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,632 $ 1,981
Accounts receivable, net 186,245 179,058
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 26,430 19,697
Deferred income tax assets 12,097 18,749
Total current assets 226,404 219,485
Non-current assets:
Property and equipment, net 37,343 38,903
Intangible assets, net 21,360 23,194
Goodwill 564,486 561,002
Other assets 24,751 26,451
Total assets $ 874,344 $ 869,035
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 11,760 $ 10,900
Accrued liabilities 7,795 7,936
Accrued compensation-related costs 41,507 72,639
Income tax payable - 2,306
Term loan current 18,397 18,397
Other current liabilities 42,587 43,401
Total current liabilities 122,046 155,579
Non-current liabilities:
Deferred income tax liabilities 43,395 42,274
Other non-current liabilities 24,206 25,907
Bank debt non-current 63,961 33,695
Term loan non-current 146,260 150,859
Total non-current liabilities 277,822 252,735
Total liabilities 399,868 408,314
Stockholders' equity:
Common stock 61 61
Additional paid-in capital 565,466 564,214
Treasury stock (206,162 ) (206,162 )
Retained earnings 124,021 115,243
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (8,910 ) (12,635 )
Total stockholders' equity 474,476 460,721
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 874,344 $ 869,035
Selected Data
Days sales outstanding, net (DSO) 83 81
NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
For the quarters ended
March 31,
2011 2010
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 8,778 $ 6,447
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
used in operating activities:
Depreciation expense 3,377 3,801
Amortization expense 2,301 2,796
Share-based compensation expense 1,700 975
Accretion of interest expense 308 205
Deferred income taxes 7,156 5,319
Allowance for doubtful accounts receivable 2,025 1,584
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (8,373 ) (13,610 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (4,884 ) (1,250 )
Accounts payable 816 1,155
Accrued liabilities (191 ) 2,146
Accrued compensation-related costs (31,263 ) (30,416 )
Income tax payable (2,370 ) (609 )
Other liabilities (2,800 ) 500
Net cash used in operating activities (23,420 ) (20,957 )
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (1,724 ) (3,056 )
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired - (4,000 )
Payments of acquisition liabilities (217 ) -
Other, net (225 ) -
Net cash used in investing activities (2,166 ) (7,056 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Issuances of common stock 640 661
Borrowings from banks, net of repayments 29,707 19,315
Payments of term loan (4,599 ) (40,460 )
Other, net (676 ) (390 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 25,072 (20,874 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents 165 104
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (349 ) (48,783 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 1,981 49,144
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 1,632 $ 361
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 measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are included in this press release. In recent years, the Company incurred significant severance expense directly related to its strategic realignment, as well as substantial staffing reductions made to meet weaker market demand primarily during the recessionary period which began at the end of 2008. Adjusted EBITDA and adjusted operating income excludes severance and adjusted earnings per share excludes the net income impact of severance in all periods presented. Severance is not considered to be non- recurring, infrequent or unusual to our business, however, management believes providing investors with this information enhances the comparability of the company's operating performance across periods. 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 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,
2011 2010
EBITDA reconciliation:
Operating income $ 16,702 $ 14,583
Depreciation 3,377 3,801
Amortization 2,301 2,796
EBITDA $ 22,380 $ 21,180
Adjusted EBITDA and operating income to exclude severance expense reconciliation to operating income:
Operating income $ 16,702 $ 14,583
Severance expense 1,236 836
Adjusted operating income to exclude severance expense $ 17,938 $ 15,419
Depreciation 3,377 3,801
Amortization 2,301 2,796
Adjusted EBITDA, excluding severance expense $ 23,616 $ 22,016

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

The Company discloses adjusted earnings per share to exclude the net income impact from severance expense. 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,
2011 2010
Severance expense $ 1,236 $ 836
Income tax (benefit) (1) (440 ) (322 )
Net income impact of severance expense $ 796 $ 514
Shares used in computing income per diluted share 51,034 50,096
Diluted income per share impact of severance expense $ 0.02 $ 0.01
Net income $ 8,778 $ 6,447
Net income impact of severance expense 796 514
Adjusted net income, excluding the net income impact of severance expense $ 9,574 $ 6,961
Shares used in computing income per diluted share 51,034 50,096
Adjusted earnings per share, excluding the net income impact of severance expense $ 0.19 $ 0.14
(1) Effective income tax (benefit) has been determined based on specific tax jurisdiction.

SOURCE: Navigant

Navigant
Jennifer Moreno Reddick
Executive Director, Investor Relations
312.573.5634
jennifer.morenoreddick@navigant.com

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