GP Strategies Reports First Quarter 2017 Financial Results

COLUMBIA, Md., May 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.

Overview:

  • Revenue of $122.4 million for first quarter of 2017 compared to $115.8 million for first quarter of 2016
  • Operating income of $6.6 million for first quarter of 2017 compared to $5.8 million for first quarter of 2016
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.24 for first quarter of 2017 compared to $0.23 per share for first quarter of 2016

The Company’s revenue increased $6.7 million or 6% during the first quarter of 2017 compared to the same quarter in 2016. The revenue growth was attributable to a 25% increase in the Performance Readiness Solutions segment, due to both acquisitions and organic growth, and a 13% increase in the Sandy Training & Marketing segment due to increased training services for automotive customers. Foreign currency exchange rate declines resulted in a total $3.7 million or 3% decrease in U.S. dollar reported revenue during the first quarter of 2017 across all segments.

Gross profit increased $1.5 million or 8% to $19.4 million or 15.8% of revenue for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $17.9 million or 15.5% of revenue for the first quarter of 2016. Operating income increased 14% to $6.6 million for the first quarter of 2017 from $5.8 million for the first quarter of  2016. Income before income taxes was $6.1 million for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $6.0 million for the first quarter of 2016. Net income was $4.1 million, or $0.24 per share, for the first quarter of 2017 compared to $3.8 million, or $0.23 per share, for the first quarter of 2016.

“GP Strategies reported first quarter 2017 revenue of $122.4 million, which was a record for the Company’s first quarter,” stated Scott N. Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer. “Organic revenue growth and revenue from recently completed acquisitions more than offset a $3.7 million decline from foreign currency fluctuations. The Performance Readiness Solutions and Sandy Training & Marketing segments both paved the way for the revenue growth. Our pre-tax income for the first quarter included $0.4 million of financial system implementation costs and $0.3 million of legal expenses relating to acquisitions. In the quarter, the Company continued its acquisition strategy with the purchase of McKinney Rogers in February and the acquisition of Emantras, which was completed in April.”

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

As of March 31, 2017, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $15.5 million compared to $16.3 million as of December 31, 2016. The Company had $37.0 million of long-term debt outstanding as of March 31, 2017.  In addition, the Company had $23.5 million of short-term borrowings outstanding and $71.3 million of available borrowings under its line of credit as of March 31, 2017. 

Cash provided by operating activities was $4.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2017 compared to $8.6 million for the same period in 2016. During the three months ended March 31, 2017 and 2016, the Company repurchased approximately 70,000 and 181,000 shares, respectively, of its common stock in the open market for a total cost of approximately $1.7 million and $4.3 million, respectively. As of March 31, 2017, there was approximately $4.4 million available for future repurchases under the buyback program.

Investor Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 10:00 a.m. EDT on May 2, 2017. 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 877-256-3282 or 212-231-2933, using conference ID number 21851112. A telephone replay of the call will also be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. on May 2nd, until 12:00 p.m. on May 16th. To listen to the replay, dial 800-633-8284 or 402-977-9140, using conference ID number 21851112. 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) and free cash flow (cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures). 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 these measures 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 EBITDA 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)

Quarter ended

March 31,

2017

2016

Revenue

$

122,447

$

115,756

Cost of revenue

103,059

97,829

Gross profit

19,388

17,927

Selling, general and administrative expenses

12,994

11,970

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

197

(159)

Operating income

6,591

5,798

Interest expense

438

245

Other income (expense)

(75)

454

   Income before income tax expense

6,078

6,007

Income tax expense

1,992

2,207

Net income

$

4,086

$

3,800

 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

16,741

16,758

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

16,841

16,831

 

Per common share data:

Basic earnings per share

$

0.24

$

0.23

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.24

$

0.23

Other data:

EBITDA(1)

$

7,959

$

8,017

(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,

2017

2016

Revenue by segment:

Learning Solutions

$

49,746

$

49,906

Professional & Technical Services

25,309

25,829

Sandy Training & Marketing

24,601

21,824

Performance Readiness Solutions

22,791

18,197

Total revenue

$

122,447

$

115,756

Gross profit by segment:

Learning Solutions

$

8,756

$

9,704

Professional & Technical Services

4,599

3,884

Sandy Training & Marketing

2,876

2,451

Performance Readiness Solutions

3,157

1,888

Total gross profit

$

19,388

$

17,927

Supplemental Cash Flow Information:

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

4,118

$

8,563

Capital expenditures

(525)

(575)

Free cash flow

$

3,593

$

7,988

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA (2)

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Quarters ended

March 31,

2017

2016

Net income

$

4,086

$

3,800

Interest expense

438

245

Income tax expense

1,992

2,207

Depreciation and amortization

1,443

1,765

EBITDA

$

7,959

$

8,017

(2)

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,

2017

2016

(Unaudited)

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

15,452

$

16,346

Accounts and other receivables

100,273

105,549

   Costs and estimated earnings in excess of 
          
billings on uncompleted contracts

47,327

39,318

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

11,529

11,481

Total current assets

174,581

172,694

Property, plant and equipment, net

4,558

4,547

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

139,397

133,597

Other assets

6,006

4,763

Total assets

$

324,542

$

315,601

Current liabilities:

Short-term borrowings

$

23,529

$

17,694

 Current portion of long-term debt

12,000

12,000

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

61,149

64,596

   Billings in excess of costs and estimated

     earnings on uncompleted contracts

21,677

18,545

Total current liabilities

118,355

112,835

Long-term debt

25,000

28,000

Other noncurrent liabilities

8,903

7,270

Total liabilities

152,258

148,105

Total stockholders’ equity

172,284

167,496

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

324,542

$

315,601

© 2017 GP Strategies Corporation. All rights reserved. GP Strategies and the GP Strategies logo design are trademarks of GP Strategies Corporation.

SOURCE GP Strategies Corporation

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

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