Elkridge, MD. May 5, 2011. GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX), a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, e-Learning solutions, management consulting and engineering services through its principal operating subsidiary General Physics Corporation, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Overview of First Quarter 2011 Results:

  • Revenue of $64.3 million for first quarter of 2011 compared to $56.9 million for first quarter of 2010
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $6.1 million for first quarter of 2011 compared to $4.0 million for first quarter of 2010
  • Adjusted earnings of $0.16 per diluted share for first quarter of 2011 compared to adjusted earnings of $0.09 per diluted share for first quarter of 2010

The Company earned $0.14 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 compared to $0.12 per share for the same period in 2010, prior to adjustments for certain acquisition related amounts. The first quarter 2011 results include $845,000 of transaction expenses related to the completion of acquisitions in 2011. In addition, there were net gains of $246,000 in the first quarter of 2011 and $905,000 in the first quarter of 2010 on the change in fair value of contingent consideration related to acquisitions. Excluding these items, the Company achieved adjusted earnings of $0.16 per share for the first quarter of 2011 compared to $0.09 per share for the first quarter of 2010. The Company achieved organic revenue growth of 7% during the first quarter of 2011 compared to 2010. Income before income tax expense increased $0.7 million or 19% during the first quarter of 2011 compared to 2010 primarily due to an increase in gross profit which resulted from improved revenue and margins. Net income was $2.6 million for the first quarter of 2011 compared to $2.2 million for the first quarter of 2010.   

 “I am pleased to report that we achieved strong financial results in the first quarter of 2011, despite the first quarter historically being our weakest quarter of the year,” said Scott N. Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer of GP Strategies. “During the first quarter, we continued to see organic growth supplemented by our acquisition strategy.  We completed the acquisition of Communication Consulting in China in February and finalized the purchase of RWD Technologies’ consulting business on April 15, 2011. In 2010, the RWD business we acquired generated revenues of approximately $65 million and we anticipate it will be accretive to earnings per share. We believe that the acquisition of RWD will further differentiate GP in the training industry. We will continue evaluating strategic tuck-in acquisitions to further develop our platform and services, while maintaining our focus on providing high quality solutions to our customers.”

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

As of March 31, 2011, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $29.4 million compared to $28.9 million as of December 31, 2010. The Company had no short-term borrowings or long-term debt outstanding and $29.5 million of available borrowings under its revolving credit facility as of March 31, 2011. The Company paid $28 million to acquire RWD in April 2011, which excludes approximately $11 million of guaranteed working capital acquired in the transaction. The purchase price was paid using cash on hand and borrowings under its revolving credit facility. Cash provided by operating activities was $2.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2011.

Investor Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 10:00 a.m. ET on May 5, 2011. In addition to prepared remarks from management, there will be a question and answer session on the call. The dial-in numbers for the live conference call are 888-633-3324 or 973-935-8549, using conference ID number 63796912. A telephone replay of the call will also be available beginning at 11:00 a.m. on May 5th, until 11:59 p.m. on May 19th. To listen to the replay, dial 800-642-1687 or 706-645-9291, using conference ID number 63796912.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Information

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) and Adjusted EPS (earnings per share). The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in evaluating the Company’s results. These measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for, or superior to, either net income, as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance, or cash flow, as a measure of the Company’s liquidity. In addition, because Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS may not be calculated identically by all companies, the presentation here may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP equivalent, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliations – Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS, along with related footnotes, below.

About GP Strategies Corporation

GP Strategies, whose principal operating subsidiary is General Physics Corporation (GP), is a NYSE-listed company (GPX). GP is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, e-Learning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP’s solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at www.gpworldwide.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

We make statements in this press release that are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are not guarantees of our future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause our actual performance or achievements to be materially different from those we project. For a full discussion of these risks, uncertainties and factors, we encourage you to read our documents on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in our periodic reports under the forward-looking statements and risk factors sections. Except as required by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three months ended

March 31,

 



 

2011

2010

 

 

 

Revenue

$ 64,293

$ 56,890

Cost of revenue

53,501

48,706

Gross profit

10,792

8,184

Selling, general and administrative expenses

6,748

5,443

Gain on change in fair value of contingent consideration, net

246

905

Operating income

Interest expense

4,290

33

3,646

50

Other income

181

142

Income before income tax expense

4,438

3,738

Income tax expense

1,848

1,567

Net income

$   2,590

$   2,171

 

 

 

 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

 

Per common share data:

 

18,724

18,892

 

18,598

18,714

  Basic earnings per share

$     0.14

$     0.12

  Diluted earnings per share

 

Other data:

 

Adjusted EBITDA (1)

Adjusted EPS (2)

 

$     0.14

 

 

$   6,136

$     0.16

$     0.12

 

 

$   4,000

$     0.09

 

 

(1)     The term Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization) is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company believes is useful to investors in evaluating its results. For a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable GAAP equivalent, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EBITDA, along with related footnotes, below.

(2)     The term Adjusted EPS (earnings per share) is a non-GAAP financial measure that the Company believes is useful to investors in evaluating its results. For a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable GAAP equivalent, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EPS, along with the related footnotes, below.

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

Quarters ended

March 31,

 



 

2011

2010

Revenue by segment:

 

 

Manufacturing & BPO

$  37,138

$  30,893

Process & Government

10,118

10,594

Energy

5,901

5,432

Sandy Training & Marketing

11,136

9,971

Total revenue

$  64,293

$  56,890

 

 

Gross profit by segment:

 

 

 

Manufacturing & BPO

$  5,671

$  4,355

Process & Government

1,821

1,587

Energy

1,712

1,199

Sandy Training & Marketing

1,588

1,043

Total gross profit

$  10,792

$  8,184

 

 

Operating income by segment:

 

 

 

Manufacturing & BPO

$  2,017

$  1,579

Process & Government

852

713

Energy

1,193

730

Sandy Training & Marketing

390

78

Corporate and other costs

(408)

(359)

Gain on change in fair value of contingent consideration, net

246

905

Total operating income

$  4,290

$  3,646

 

 

Supplemental Cash Flow Information:

 

 

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

$  2,376

$  3,747

Capital expenditures

(758)

(209)

Free cash flow

$  1,618

$  3,538


GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

 


 

 

 

 


March 31,

 

December 31,

 


     2011

 

2010

 


(Unaudited)

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

   Cash and cash equivalents

 

$     29,359

 

$       28,902

 

   Accounts and other receivables

 

47,953

 

47,874

 

   Inventories, net

 

290

 

305

 

   Costs and estimated earnings in excess of

billings on uncompleted contracts

 

 

13,289

 

 

12,929

 

   Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

7,220

 

5,813

 

      Total current assets

 

98,111

 

95,823

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

3,383

 

2,965

 

Goodwill and other intangibles, net

 

84,255

 

82,791

 

Other assets

 

1,626

 

1,617

 

      Total assets

 

$ 187,375

 

$   183,196

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

   Accounts payable and accrued expenses

 

$   32,672

 

$    32,694

 

   Billings in excess of costs and estimated

earnings on uncompleted contracts    

 

 

16,241

 

 

15,807

 

      Total current liabilities

 

48,913

 

48,501

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

9,670

 

9,908

 

      Total liabilities

 

58,583

 

58,409

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

128,792

 

124,787

 

      Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$ 187,375

 

$   183,196

 

 

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EBITDA (3)

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

March 31,

 



 

2011

2010

 

 

 

Net income

$  2,590

$  2,171

Interest expense

33

50

Income tax expense

1,848

1,567

Depreciation and amortization

Gain on change in fair value of contingent consideration, net

Transaction expenses for acquisitions (4)

1,066

 

(246)

845

1,117

 

(905)

Adjusted EBITDA

$  6,136

$  4,000

 

 

(3)     Adjusted earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) is a widely used non-GAAP financial measure of operating performance. It is presented as supplemental information that the Company believes is useful to investors to evaluate its results because it excludes certain items that are not directly related to the Company’s core operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA is calculated by adding back to net income interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization, gain on change in fair value of contingent consideration, net and certain other adjustments described below. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as substitutes either for net income, as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance, or for cash flow, as a measure of the Company’s liquidity. In addition, because Adjusted EBITDA may not be calculated identically by all companies, the presentation here may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

 

(4)     Represents $845,000 of transaction expenses during the first quarter of 2011 related to the completion of acquisitions in 2011.

 

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EPS (5)

(Dollars in thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

Three months ended

March 31,

 



 

2011

2010

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per share

$  0.14

$  0.12

Adjustments (6)

0.02

 (0.03)

Adjusted EPS (non-GAAP)

$  0.16

$  0.09

 

 

(5)     The Company presents adjusted earnings per share (Adjusted EPS) in addition to reported earnings per share in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (reported GAAP EPS). Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure that differs from reported GAAP EPS because it excludes special items, which the Company defines as significant items that are not related to its ongoing, underlying business or which distort comparability of results. The Company presents Adjusted EPS because it believes that it is appropriate for investors to consider results excluding these items in addition to results in accordance with GAAP. The Company believes such a measure provides a picture of its results that is more comparable among periods, since it excludes the impact of items such as gain on change in fair value of contingent consideration, significant transaction costs for acquisitions, restructuring costs and impairment losses, which may recur occasionally, but tend to be irregular as to timing and amount, thereby distorting comparisons between periods. However, investors should note that this non-GAAP measure involves judgment by management (in particular, judgment as to what is classified as a special item to be excluded from adjusted earnings per share).

The adjustments for 2011 include $845,000 of transaction expenses related to the completion of acquisitions in 2011, offset by a $246,000 net gain on the change in fair value of contingent consideration, which results in $0.02 per share after being tax effected. The adjustments for 2010 include a $905,000 net gain on the change in fair value of contingent consideration, which results in ($0.03) per share after being tax effected.

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Contacts:

Scott N. Greenberg
Chief Executive Officer
410-379-3640

Sharon Esposito-Mayer
Chief Financial Officer
410-379-3636

Ann M. Blank
Investor Relations
410-379-3725