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CDI Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) (the "Company") today reported results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2012. 

Fourth Quarter and Full Year Highlights

  • Revenue of $271 million, up 1.0% during the fourth quarter and $1.105 billion, up 4.3% in 2012
  • Revenue in strategic verticals increased 9.1% in the fourth quarter and 13.1% in 2012
  • Gross profit margin of 19.8% for the fourth quarter 2012 versus 21.0% for the fourth quarter 2011 and 19.9% in 2012 versus 21.3% in 2011
  • Operating and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue of 16.8% for the fourth quarter 2012 versus 18.2% for the fourth quarter 2011 and 16.9% in 2012 versus 18.6% in 2011
  • Earnings per share of $0.25 in the fourth quarter and $0.97 in 2012
  • Operating cash flow of $37 million in 2012, an increase of $9 million versus 2011

"Our restructuring and the execution of our strategic plan resulted in improved profitability for the Company and higher revenue in all of our key vertical markets," said CDI President and CEO Paulett Eberhart. "I was particularly pleased with our establishment of a competitive operating cost structure and with our ability to generate increased operating cash flow in 2012. While the economic environment remains challenging, we look forward to continued profitable revenue growth in 2013."

For the fourth quarter 2012, the Company reported revenue of $271 million, an increase of 1% versus the year ago quarter.

The Company reported fourth quarter 2012 operating profit of $8.0 million compared to an operating loss of $0.5 million in the prior-year fourth quarter. The 2011 fourth quarter results included a restructuring charge of $8.1 million related to the Company's strategic plan announced in December 2011.   

The Company reported fourth quarter 2012 net income of $5.0 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, versus a net loss of $0.7 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter. Fourth quarter 2011 results included a $5.0 million after-tax charge for restructuring ($0.26 per diluted share) partially offset by a $0.2 million HIRE Act income tax credit ($0.01 per diluted share).

For the year ended December 31, 2012, the Company reported revenue of $1.105 billion, a 4.3% increase over $1.060 billion reported in 2011.   

Operating profit for the full year was $32.3 million versus $20.4 million in the prior year. Operating profit in 2011 included a benefit of $9.7 million related to a successful legal appeal and the previously mentioned $8.1 million restructuring charge.

Net income in 2012 increased to $19.1 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, versus net income of $14.8 million, or $0.77 per diluted share, in 2011. Net income in 2011 included several previously disclosed items: (i) an after-tax restructuring charge of $5.0 million ($0.26 per diluted share), (ii) the non-taxable legal appeal benefit of $9.7 million ($0.50 per diluted share), and (iii) a $0.9 million HIRE Act income tax credit ($0.05 per diluted share). 

Business Segment Discussion

The Company's Global Engineering and Technology Solutions segment (GETS) reported a 2.1% decrease in fourth quarter revenue to $79.5 million when compared to the prior-year quarter. Revenues rose in the three strategic verticals, Oil, Gas & Chemicals (OGC), Aerospace & Industrial Equipment (AIE) and Hi-Tech, and were offset by continued weakness in the infrastructure business and lower government services revenue, both reported in "Other". Operating profit increased to $6.3 million versus $1.1 million in the prior-year quarter. GETS operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2011 included $4.5 million of the $8.1 million restructuring charge.

For the full year, GETS reported a 0.5% increase in revenue to $325.0 million. Full year operating profit increased 71.7% to $25.7 million. Full year 2011 operating profit included $4.5 million of the restructuring charge.

The Company's Professional Services Staffing segment (PSS) reported a 3.5% revenue increase in the fourth quarter to $174.9 million when compared to the prior-year quarter. Revenues increased in the three strategic verticals, OGC, AIE and Hi-Tech, partially offset by a decrease in "Other". PSS operating profit increased to $5.1 million versus $2.9 million in the prior-year fourth quarter. Fourth quarter 2011 operating profit included $2.6 million of the restructuring charge.

For the full year 2012, PSS revenue rose 6.4% to $710.3 million driven by increases in the three strategic verticals. Full year operating profit decreased 7.5% to $20.5 million. Full year 2011 operating profit included the $9.7 million benefit of the aforementioned favorable legal settlement and $2.6 million of the restructuring charge.    

Management Recruiters International, Inc. (MRI) fourth quarter revenue decreased 9.0% to $16.2 million, compared to the prior-year quarter driven by decreases in both contract staffing and royalty and franchise fee income. MRI's fourth quarter operating profit decreased 10.3% to $2.5 million compared to the prior-year quarter. MRI's operating profit in the fourth quarter of 2011 included $0.4 million of the restructuring charge.

For the full year, MRI reported a 1.5% revenue increase to $69.6 million driven by growth in contract staffing services. Full year operating profit increased 7.7% to $10.2 million. Operating profit for the full year 2011 included $0.4 million of the restructuring charge.

Business Outlook

The Company anticipates revenues for the first quarter of 2013 in the range of $265 million to $275 million, compared to $281 million in the year-ago first quarter.

Conference Call

At 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time today, Paulett Eberhart, President and CEO, and Bob Larney, Executive Vice President and CFO, will host a conference call to discuss the 2012 fourth quarter and full year results and business outlook. The call can be accessed live, via the Internet, at www.cdicorp.com

About CDI

CDI Corp. (NYSE:CDI) is an integrated, market-leading engineering and technology services firm providing differentiated, client-focused solutions in select global industries. CDI provides Global Engineering and Technology Solutions and Professional Services Staffing through its global business operations in the Americas, EMEA and APAC. The Company also provides staffing services through its franchised Management Recruiters International, Inc. (MRI) operating unit. Learn more at www.cdicorp.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including, but not limited to, statements about our strategies for growth and future financial results (such as revenue), are forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements can be identified by words like "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "could," "should," "intends," "plans," "estimates" and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Because these forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions that are subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control or are subject to change, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: weakness in general economic conditions and levels of capital spending by clients in the industries we serve; weakness or volatility in the financial and capital markets, which may result in the postponement or cancellation of our clients' capital projects or the inability of our clients to pay our fees; the inability to successfully execute on our strategic plan; the termination or non-renewal of a major client contract or project; delays or reductions in government spending, including the impact of sequestration on U.S. government defense spending; credit risks associated with our clients; competitive market pressures; the availability and cost of qualified personnel; our level of success in attracting, training and retaining qualified management personnel and other staff employees; changes in tax laws and other government regulations including the impact of healthcare reform laws and regulations; the possibility of incurring liability for our business activities, including the activities of our temporary employees; our performance on client contracts; negative outcome of pending and future claims and litigation; and government policies, legislation or judicial decisions adverse to our businesses.  More detailed information about these and other risks and uncertainties may be found in our filings with the SEC, particularly in the "Risk Factors" section of our Form 10-K and the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" section of our Form 10-Ks and Form 10-Qs. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We assume no obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. 

Financial Tables Follow

 

CDI CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)










Three months ended


Year ended


December 31,


December 31,

Consolidated Statements of Income:

2012


2011


2012


2011









Revenue

$

270,543



$

267,954



$

1,104,958



$

1,059,803


Cost of services

217,067



211,685



885,549



834,502


Gross profit

53,476



56,269



219,409



225,301


Operating and administrative expenses (1)

45,472



48,672



187,143



196,826


Restructuring and other related costs



8,100





8,100


Operating profit (loss)

8,004



(503)



32,266



20,375


Other income (expense), net

(86)



(23)



(251)



(245)


Income (loss) before income taxes

7,918



(526)



32,015



20,130


Income tax expense

2,876



92



12,582



5,130


Net income (loss)

5,042



(618)



19,433



15,000


Less: Income attributable to the noncontrolling interest

50



39



317



167


Net income (loss) attributable to CDI

$

4,992



$

(657)



$

19,116



$

14,833










Earnings (loss) per common share:








Basic

$

0.26



$

(0.03)



$

0.99



$

0.77


Diluted

$

0.25



$

(0.03)



$

0.97



$

0.77


Weighted-average shares outstanding - Basic

19,350



19,178



19,344



19,144


Weighted-average shares outstanding - Diluted

19,731



19,178



19,745



19,356


 

Selected Balance Sheet Data:

December 31,


2012


2011





Cash and cash equivalents

$

43,652



$

26,644


Accounts receivable, net

223,630



222,889


Total current assets

282,345



271,730


Total assets

400,705



392,516


Total current liabilities

104,208



109,961


Total CDI shareholders' equity

278,971



266,575















Year ended


December 31,

Selected Cash Flow Data:

2012


2011




Net cash provided by operating activities

$

37,137



$

28,002


Depreciation and amortization

10,265



11,008


Capital expenditures

6,225



5,658


Dividends paid to shareholders

12,548



9,956


 

 


Three months ended


Year ended


December 31,


December 31,

Selected Earnings and Other Financial Data:

2012


2011


2012


2011









Revenue

$

270,543



$

267,954



$

1,104,958



$

1,059,803


Gross profit

53,476



56,269



219,409



225,301


Gross profit margin

19.8

%


21.0

%


19.9

%


21.3

%

Operating and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue

16.8

%


18.2

%


16.9

%


18.6

%

Operating profit margin

3.0

%


(0.2)

%


2.9

%


1.9

%

Effective income tax rate

36.3

%


(17.5)

%


39.3

%


25.5

%

Pre-tax return on net assets (2)





13.8

%


8.7

%

 

 


Three months ended


Year ended


December 31,


December 31,

Selected Segment Data:

2012


2011


2012


2011









Global Engineering and Technology Solutions ("GETS")








Revenue:








Oil, Gas and Chemicals ("OGC")

$

27,023



$

26,410



$

110,931



$

99,352


Aerospace and Industrial Equipment ("AIE")

18,431



17,384



72,349



71,815


Hi-Tech

8,176



7,476



32,829



29,639


Other

25,829



29,881



108,937



122,740


Total revenue

$

79,459



$

81,151



$

325,046



$

323,546


Gross profit

$

22,776



$

23,578



$

93,718



$

96,808


Gross profit margin

28.7

%


29.1

%


28.8

%


29.9

%

Operating profit

$

6,251



$

1,092



$

25,725



$

14,979


Operating profit margin

7.9

%


1.3

%


7.9

%


4.6

%









Professional Services Staffing ("PSS")








Revenue:








Oil, Gas and Chemicals ("OGC")

$

31,651



$

25,263



$

117,240



$

81,771


Aerospace and Industrial Equipment ("AIE")

21,492



17,911



84,235



64,175


Hi-Tech

68,970



66,648



291,839



280,433


Other

52,775



59,191



216,954



241,283


Total revenue

$

174,888



$

169,013



$

710,268



$

667,662


Gross profit

$

23,307



$

24,083



$

94,185



$

95,569


Gross profit margin

13.3

%


14.2

%


13.3

%


14.3

%

Operating profit (1)

$

5,140



$

2,869



$

20,528



$

22,187


Operating profit margin

2.9

%


1.7

%


2.9

%


3.3

%









Management Recruiters International ("MRI")








Revenue:








Contract Staffing

$

12,406



$

13,227



$

53,646



$

51,612


Royalties and Franchise Fees

3,790



4,563



15,998



16,983


Total revenue

$

16,196



$

17,790



$

69,644



$

68,595


Gross profit

$

7,393



$

8,608



$

31,506



$

32,924


Gross profit margin

45.6

%


48.4

%


45.2

%


48.0

%

Operating profit

$

2,483



$

2,769



$

10,201



$

9,468


Operating profit margin

15.3

%


15.6

%


14.6

%


13.8

%



(1)  

In the second quarter of 2011, the Company's PSS segment recorded a $9.7 million benefit related to the successful legal appeal of the United Kingdom Office of Fair Trading matter.



(2)    

Pre-tax return on net assets is calculated as earnings before income taxes for the prior 12 consecutive months divided by the average of the corresponding beginning and ending period net assets. Net assets include total assets minus total liabilities excluding cash and cash equivalents, income tax accounts and debt.

SOURCE CDI Corp.

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