GP Strategies Reports First Quarter 2015 Financial Results

COLUMBIA, Md., May 5, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2015.

Overview of First Quarter 2015 Results:

  • Revenue of $115.3 million for first quarter of 2015 compared to $117.9 million for first quarter of 2014
  • Gross profit of $19.1 million, or 16.6% of revenue for first quarter of 2015 compared to $18.4 million, or 15.6% of revenue for first quarter of 2014
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.24 for first quarter of 2015 compared to $0.22 per share for first quarter of 2014

The Company’s revenue decreased $2.6 million or 2% during the first quarter of 2015 compared to the first quarter of 2014. The decline in revenue is due to a $9.7 million revenue decrease in our alternative fuels business due to the completion of projects in 2014 and a $2.4 million revenue decrease due to unfavorable changes in foreign currency exchange rates during the first quarter of 2015 compared to the same period in 2014. Excluding both of these items, the Company’s revenue increased $9.4 million or 8% largely due to growth in the Learning Solutions segment which reported 14% organic revenue growth during the first quarter of 2015. 

Operating income was $7.3 million for first quarter of 2015 compared to $7.1 million for first quarter of 2014. Included in operating income is a $0.2 million loss on the change in fair value of contingent consideration during the first quarter of 2015 compared to a $0.4 million gain in the first quarter of 2014. Excluding the net gain (loss) on contingent consideration in both quarters, operating income increased 11% or $0.8 million during the first quarter of 2015 due to improved gross margins. In addition, other expense included $0.5 million of foreign currency transaction losses during the first quarter of 2015. Net income was $4.1 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2015 compared to $4.3 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2014.

“In the first quarter of 2015, the Company continued to report improved results, excluding the expected downturn in its non-core alternative fuels operations,” commented Scott N. Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer of GP Strategies. “Our Learning Solutions segment achieved double-digit organic growth, and overall the Company’s gross margins improved, demonstrating that we are seeing a return on our investments in global expansion. In the first quarter, we realigned our operating groups, centralizing our service offerings to better respond to our customers’ global needs, and to improve our internal efficiencies to leverage common technologies and practices across the enterprise. We believe our expanded infrastructure and the ability to deliver globally allow us to better support our existing multi-national client base, as well as win new business for our comprehensive service offerings.”

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

As of March 31, 2015, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $12.1 million compared to $14.5 million as of December 31, 2014. The Company had $34.4 million of long-term debt outstanding as of March 31, 2015.  In addition, the Company had $21.5 million of short-term borrowings outstanding and $42.6 million of available borrowings under its line of credit as of March 31, 2015.

Cash provided by operating activities was $3.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2015 compared to $0.7 million for the same period in 2014.

Investor Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 10:00 a.m. EDT on May 5, 2015. 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 800-757-8521 or 212-231-2930, using conference ID number 21767762. A telephone replay of the call will also be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. on May 5th, until 12:00 p.m. on May 19th. To listen to the replay, dial 800-633-8284 or 402-977-9140, using conference ID number 21767762. A replay will also be available on GP Strategies’ website shortly after the conclusion of the call.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Information

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization). The Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors in evaluating the Company’s results. This measure 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 EBITDA 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 this non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable GAAP equivalent, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA, along with related footnotes, below.

About GP Strategies

GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies’ 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.gpstrategies.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.

TABLES FOLLOW

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

Quarters ended

March 31,

2015

2014

Revenue

$

115,253

$

117,880

Cost of revenue

96,118

99,525

Gross profit

19,135

18,355

Selling, general and administrative expenses

11,599

11,589

Gain (loss) on change in fair value of
    
contingent consideration, net

(203)

377

Operating income

7,333

7,143

Interest expense

365

205

Other income (expense)

(225)

189

    Income before income tax expense

6,743

7,127

Income tax expense

2,636

2,810

Net income

$

4,107

$

4,317

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

17,159

19,141

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

17,313

19,422

Per common share data:

Basic earnings per share

$

0.24

$

0.23

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.24

$

0.22

Other data:

EBITDA(1)

$

9,176

$

9,740

(1)

The term 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 – EBITDA, along with related footnotes, below.

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

SUPPLEMENTAL FINANCIAL INFORMATION

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Quarters ended

March 31,

2015

2014

Revenue by segment:

Learning Solutions (2)

$

51,829

$

43,739

Professional & Technical Services (2)

29,897

40,269

Sandy Training & Marketing

14,729

14,258

Performance Readiness Solutions (2)

18,798

19,614

Total revenue

$

115,253

$

117,880

Gross profit by segment:

Learning Solutions (2)

$

8,347

$

6,369

Professional & Technical Services (2)

6,413

7,940

Sandy Training & Marketing

1,976

1,910

Performance Readiness Solutions (2)

2,399

2,136

Total gross profit

$

19,135

$

18,355

Operating income by segment:

Learning Solutions (2)

$

3,154

$

1,825

Professional & Technical Services (2)

3,799

4,391

Sandy Training & Marketing

399

577

Performance Readiness Solutions (2)

184

(27)

Gain (loss) on change in fair value of
     
contingent consideration, net

(203)

377

Total operating income

$

7,333

$

7,143

Supplemental Cash Flow Information:

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

3,197

$

721

Capital expenditures

(600)

(916)

Free cash flow

$

2,597

$

(195)

(2)

Effective January 1, 2015, the Company made changes to its organizational structure and transferred the management responsibility of certain business units between segments, which changed the composition of certain of its operating segments. The changes primarily consisted of: (i) the Energy Services group became part of the Professional & Technical Services segment; (ii) certain business units providing leadership development offerings were transferred from the Learning Solutions segment to the Performance Readiness Solutions segment, (iii) a business unit which predominantly provides content development services to U.S. government and commercial clients transferred from the Professional & Technical Services segment to the Performance Readiness solutions segment; and (iv) two business units providing engineering and technical services in Europe were transferred from the Learning Solutions segment to the Professional & Technical Services segment.  The Company reclassified the segment financial information above for the prior year period to reflect these changes and conform to the current year’s presentation.

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA (3)

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Quarters ended

March 31,

2015

2014

Net income

$

4,107

$

4,317

Interest expense

365

205

Income tax expense

2,636

2,810

Depreciation and amortization

2,068

2,408

EBITDA

$

9,176

$

9,740

(3)

Earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization (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. EBITDA is calculated by adding back to net income interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA should not be considered as a substitute 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 EBITDA may not be calculated identically by all companies, the presentation here may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

March 31,

December 31,

2015

2014

(Unaudited)

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

12,135

$

14,541

Accounts and other receivables

86,564

99,638

    Costs and estimated earnings in excess of
               
billings on uncompleted contracts

36,091

30,211

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

19,782

15,967

Total current assets

154,572

160,357

Property, plant and equipment, net

7,447

7,864

Goodwill and other intangibles, net

131,682

136,292

Other assets

954

939

Total assets

$

294,655

$

305,452

Current liabilities:

Short-term borrowings

$

21,534

$

20,799

 Current portion of long-term debt

13,333

13,333

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

56,425

59,018

   Billings in excess of costs and estimated
               
earnings on uncompleted contracts

19,847

23,670

Total current liabilities

111,139

116,820

Long term debt

21,111

24,444

Other noncurrent liabilities

10,161

12,463

Total liabilities

142,411

153,727

Total stockholders’ equity

152,244

151,725

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

294,655

$

305,452

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For further information: Scott N. Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer, 443-367-9640 or Sharon Esposito-Mayer, Chief Financial Officer, 443-367-9636 or Ann M. Blank, Investor Relations, 443-367-9925

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