GP Strategies Reports Third Quarter 2016 Financial Results

COLUMBIA, Md., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016.

Overview:

  • Revenue of $122.0 million for third quarter of 2016 compared to $122.9 million for third quarter of 2015
  • Operating income of $8.0 million for third quarter of 2016 compared to $6.9 million for third quarter of 2015
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.29 for third quarter of 2016 compared to $0.22 per share for third quarter of 2015

The Company’s revenue decreased $1.0 million or 1% during the third quarter of 2016. The revenue decline was primarily driven by a continued downturn in the Professional & Technical Services segment which reported a $5.2 million or 17% decrease in revenue. This decline was partially offset by a $4.5 million or 20% revenue increase in the Sandy Training & Marketing segment due to increased training services for automotive customers, and a $0.3 million revenue increase in the Performance Readiness Solutions segment.  Learning Solutions’ revenue decreased slightly by $0.5 million due to a $3.2 million decline from foreign currency fluctuations, partially offset by a $2.7 million or 5% increase from organic growth and acquisition. Foreign currency exchange rate declines resulted in a total $4.4 million decrease in U.S. dollar reported revenue during the third quarter of 2016 across all segments.

Operating income increased 17% to $8.0 million for the third quarter of 2016 from $6.9 million for the third quarter of 2015. The increase in operating income is partly due to $1.2 million of restructuring charges in the third quarter of 2015 which did not recur in 2016. Operating income for the third quarter of 2016 includes $0.3 million of legal expenses related to acquisition activity. Income before income taxes was $7.6 million for the third quarter of 2016 compared to $5.9 million for the third quarter of 2015. Net income was $4.8 million, or $0.29 per share, for the third quarter of 2016 compared to $3.7 million, or $0.22 per share, for the third quarter of 2015.

“While third quarter 2016 revenue was down slightly, strong performance in our Sandy Training & Marketing and Performance Readiness Solutions segments offset the continued downturn in the Professional & Technical Services segment and the dramatic decline from foreign currency fluctuations,” stated Scott N. Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer. “Our Learning Solutions segment also achieved organic revenue growth during the third quarter excluding the negative effect of foreign currency. In addition, we recently completed the acquisition of Maverick Solutions, giving GP Strategies enhanced training capabilities in the ERP arena. We continue to pursue niche acquisitions and are currently evaluating additional opportunities.”

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights
As of September 30, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $15.7 million compared to $21.0 million as of December 31, 2015. The Company had $14.4 million of long-term debt outstanding as of September 30, 2016.  In addition, the Company had $44.8 million of short-term borrowings outstanding and $14.7 million of available borrowings under its line of credit as of September 30, 2016. 

Cash provided by operating activities was $11.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $9.5 million for the same period in 2015. During the nine months ended September 30, 2016 and 2015, the Company repurchased approximately 340,000 and 255,000 shares, respectively, of its common stock in the open market for a total cost of approximately $8.0 million and $6.6 million, respectively. As of September 30, 2016, there was approximately $6.1 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 November 1, 2016. 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 800-901-3958 or 212-231-2921, using conference ID number 21821044. A telephone replay of the call will also be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. on November 1st, until 12:00 p.m. on November 15th. To listen to the replay, dial 800-633-8284 or 402-977-9140, using conference ID number 21821044. 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 that EBITDA 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 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

Nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

2016

2015

2016

2015

Revenue

$

121,978

$

122,931

$

363,276

$

363,849

Cost of revenue

101,974

102,562

305,001

304,269

Gross profit

20,004

20,369

58,275

59,580

Selling, general and administrative expenses

11,996

12,253

36,245

35,859

Restructuring charges

1,195

1,195

Loss on change in fair value of
   
contingent consideration, net

(3)

(56)

(74)

(314)

Operating income

8,005

6,865

21,956

22,212

Interest expense

366

340

970

1,011

Other income (expense)

(28)

(606)

601

(1,141)

   Income before income tax expense

7,611

5,919

21,587

20,060

Income tax expense

2,809

2,203

8,072

7,523

Net income

$

4,802

$

3,716

$

13,515

$

12,537

 

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

16,646

17,117

16,694

17,151

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

16,747

17,272

16,800

17,313

 

Per common share data:

Basic earnings per share

$

0.29

$

0.22

$

0.81

$

0.73

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.29

$

0.22

$

0.80

$

0.72

Other data:

EBITDA(1)

$

9,471

$

8,221

$

27,526

$

27,085

(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

Nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

2016

2015

2016

2015

Revenue by segment:

Learning Solutions

$

51,379

$

51,879

$

153,991

$

154,463

Professional & Technical Services

25,111

30,354

76,964

90,317

Sandy Training & Marketing

26,612

22,115

75,810

62,043

Performance Readiness Solutions

18,876

18,583

56,511

57,026

Total revenue

$

121,978

$

122,931

$

363,276

$

363,849

Gross profit by segment:

Learning Solutions

$

9,796

$

9,808

$

29,072

$

26,542

Professional & Technical Services

3,596

5,527

11,586

17,769

Sandy Training & Marketing

3,619

2,470

9,900

7,873

Performance Readiness Solutions

2,993

2,564

7,717

7,396

Total gross profit

$

20,004

$

20,369

$

58,275

$

59,580

Supplemental Cash Flow Information:

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

1,916

$

6,403

$

11,898

9,528

Capital expenditures

(262)

(481)

(1,184)

(1,831)

Free cash flow

$

1,654

$

5,922

$

10,714

7,697

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA (2)

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Quarters ended

Nine months
ended

September 30,

September 30,

2016

2015

2016

2015

Net income

$

4,802

$

3,716

$

13,515

$

12,537

Interest expense

366

340

970

1,011

Income tax expense

2,809

2,203

8,072

7,523

Depreciation and amortization

1,494

1,962

4,969

6,014

EBITDA

$

9,471

$

8,221

$

27,526

$

27,085

(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)

September 30,

December 31,

2016

2015

(Unaudited)

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

15,695

$

21,030

Accounts and other receivables

89,939

90,912

   Costs and estimated earnings in excess of
           billings on uncompleted contracts

53,137

46,061

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

14,028

9,173

Total current assets

172,799

167,176

Property, plant and equipment, net

4,902

6,245

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

126,442

128,196

Other assets

3,158

733

Total assets

$

307,301

$

302,350

Current liabilities:

Short-term borrowings

$

44,849

$

34,084

 Current portion of long-term debt

13,333

13,333

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

67,066

61,071

   Billings in excess of costs and estimated
           
earnings on uncompleted contracts

13,759

18,366

Total current liabilities

139,007

126,854

Long-term debt

1,111

11,111

Other noncurrent liabilities

5,116

6,041

Total liabilities

145,234

144,006

Total stockholders’ equity

162,067

158,344

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

307,301

$

302,350

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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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