GP Strategies Reports Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results

COLUMBIA, Md., Nov. 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ — Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.

Overview:

  • Revenue of $139.0 million for third quarter of 2019 compared to $123.6 million for third quarter of 2018
  • Gross profit of $21.7 million for third quarter of 2019 compared to $19.2 million for third quarter of 2018
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.13 for third quarter of 2019 compared to $0.20 per share for third quarter of 2018 (Adjusted EPS of $0.24 for third quarter of 2019 compared to $0.27 for third quarter of 2018 after adjusting for special items) 
  • Cash flow from operations of $10.9 million for third quarter of 2019 compared to cash used in operations of $3.6 million for third quarter of 2018
  • Backlog of $338.1 million as of September 30, 2019, a 28% increase compared to $264.4 million as of September 30, 2018

“In addition to delivering both a 12% increase in revenue and a 10% increase in Adjusted  EBITDA to $10.8 million in the third quarter of 2019, we have made significant progress in both our business development efforts and in strengthening our balance sheet,” stated Scott N. Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer of GP Strategies. “We generated $10.9 million of operating cash flow for the quarter and our net debt position after subtracting cash was reduced to $105.4 million as of September 30, 2019 from $113.5 million as of June 30, 2019. In addition, in October 2019, the Company sold its tuition program management services business, which had trailing twelve months revenue of $6.4 million, for approximately $20 million. The Company has used the net cash proceeds to further reduce its net debt.”

“We’re seeing a significant increase in the amount of open sales opportunities,” stated Adam Stedham, President of GP Strategies. “TTi is exceeding pro forma revenue projections for 2019, and our backlog has increased from $264.4 million as of September 30, 2018 to $338.1 million as of September 30, 2019. Based on these positive indicators, we expect to deliver mid-single digit organic revenue growth in 2020.”

The Company’s revenue increased $15.4 million, or 12.5%, to $139.0 million for the third quarter of 2019 from $123.6 million in the third quarter of 2018. Revenue in the Workforce Excellence segment increased $2.0 million, or 2.5%, which includes 9% growth in managed learning services due to new outsourcing and content development contracts, which was partially offset by a decline in engineering and technical services. Revenue in the Business Transformation Services segment increased $13.5 million, or 31%, due to revenue from the TTi Global acquisition completed in December 2018, as well as an increase in sales training services for automotive clients.  Foreign currency exchange rate changes resulted in a $1.8 million decrease in U.S. dollar reported revenue during the third quarter of 2019, which primarily impacted the Workforce Excellence segment.

Gross profit was $21.7 million, or 15.6% of revenue, for third quarter of 2019 compared to $19.2 million, or 15.5% of revenue, for third quarter of 2018. Gross profit increased $2.5 million during the third quarter due to increased revenues despite $1.0 million of severance expense which is included in cost of revenue for the third quarter of 2019.

Operating income decreased $1.7 million to $4.5 million for the third quarter of 2019 from $6.2 million for the third quarter of 2018. The decrease in operating income is primarily due to an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses, partially offset by an increase in gross profit.

Interest expense increased to $1.6 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to $1.1 million for the third quarter of 2018. The increase is due to an increase in interest rates and borrowings under the Company’s credit agreement. Other income increased $0.9 million during the third quarter of 2019 primarily due to $0.5 million of royalty income in the third quarter of 2019 related to a divested business for which a $0.3 million loss on disposal was included in other expense during the third quarter of 2018. Income tax expense was $1.0 million, or a 31.0% effective tax rate, for the third quarter of 2019 compared to $1.1 million, or a 25.4% effective tax rate, for the third quarter of 2018. Net income was $2.1 million, or $0.13 per share, for the third quarter of 2019 compared to $3.2 million, or $0.20 per share, for the third quarter of 2018.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

As of September 30, 2019, the Company had cash of $7.7 million compared to $13.4 million as of December 31, 2018. The Company had $113.2 million of long-term debt outstanding as of September 30, 2019 under its $200 million revolving credit facility.

On October 1, 2019, the Company sold its tuition program management business for approximately $20 million in cash paid on closing, other than $1.5 million which is held in escrow to secure possible indemnification claims.

Cash provided by operating activities was $4.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 compared to $3.5 million for the same period in 2018.

Investor Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call and webcast for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 7, 2019. Prepared remarks regarding the company’s financial and operational results will be followed by a question and answer period with GP Strategies’ executive management team. The conference call may be accessed via webcast at: https://services.choruscall.com/links/gpx191107.html or by calling +1 (833) 535-2204 within the US, or +(412) 902-6747 internationally, and requesting the “GP Strategies Conference.” The presentation slides broadcast via the webcast will also be available on the Investors section of GP Strategies’ website the morning of the call. Participants must be logged in via telephone to submit a question to management during the call. Participants may optionally pre-register for the webcast at http://dpregister.com/10136547.

The webcast will be archived on the Investors section of GP Strategies’ website and will remain available for 90 days. Alternatively, a telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for one week and may be accessed by dialing +1 (877) 344-7529 in the US, or +1 (412) 317-0088 internationally, and requesting conference number 10136547.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Information

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization), Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share (Adjusted EPS), backlog, and free cash flow (cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures), and organic revenue growth. 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  Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS to the most comparable GAAP equivalents, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliations, along with related footnotes, below. With respect to our outlook for 2020 organic revenue growth, such measure is a forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure and the Company has not reconciled it to its most directly comparable GAAP measure, as permitted by Item 10(e)(1)(i)(B) of Regulation S-K. Reconciliation of this measure on a forward-looking basis would require unreasonable efforts to estimate and quantify because we are unable to predict the impact of foreign exchange due to the unpredictability of future changes in foreign exchange rates and because we are unable to predict the occurrence or impact of any acquisitions, dispositions, or other potential changes.

About GP Strategies

GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, digital learning 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

Nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenue

$

139,005

$

123,566

$

427,891

$

382,289

Cost of revenue

117,338

104,367

361,987

322,838

Gross profit

21,667

19,199

65,904

59,451

General and administrative expenses

15,240

12,227

46,769

40,207

Sales and marketing expenses

1,830

1,297

5,725

3,128

Restructuring charges

104

1,405

2,930

Gain on change in fair value of
 
contingent consideration, net

526

677

3,972

Operating income

4,493

6,201

12,682

17,158

Interest expense

1,575

1,095

4,852

1,631

Other income (expense)

184

(760)

272

(1,912)

   Income before income tax expense

3,102

4,346

8,102

13,615

Income tax expense

961

1,102

2,408

4,164

Net income

$

2,141

$

3,244

$

5,694

$

9,451

Basic weighted average shares outstanding

16,901

16,536

16,773

16,555

Diluted weighted average shares outstanding

16,939

16,628

16,807

16,647

 

Per common share data:

Basic earnings per share

$

0.13

$

0.20

$

0.34

$

0.57

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.13

$

0.20

$

0.34

$

0.57

Other data:

Adjusted EBITDA(1)

$

10,758

$

9,813

$

29,964

$

30,422

Adjusted EPS (1)

$

0.24

$

0.27

$

0.61

$

0.78

(1)

The terms Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS are non-GAAP financial measures that the Company believes are useful to investors in evaluating its results. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP equivalent, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliation, 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,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenue by segment:

Workforce Excellence

$

82,490

$

80,516

$

242,999

$

239,044

Business Transformation Services

56,515

43,050

184,892

143,245

Total revenue

$

139,005

$

123,566

$

427,891

$

382,289

Gross profit by segment:

Workforce Excellence

$

14,290

$

13,400

$

41,092

$

39,682

Business Transformation Services

7,377

5,799

24,812

19,769

Total gross profit

$

21,667

$

19,199

$

65,904

$

59,451

Supplemental Cash Flow Information:

Net cash provided by (used in) operating
    activities

$

10,854

$

(3,615)

$

4,551

$

3,510

Capital expenditures

(878)

(753)

(1,905)

(2,267)

Free cash flow

$

9,976

$

(4,368)

$

2,646

$

1,243

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EBITDA (2)

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

Quarters ended

Nine months
ended

September 30,

September 30,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net income

$

2,141

$

3,244

$

5,694

$

9,451

Interest expense

1,575

1,095

4,852

1,631

Income tax expense

961

1,102

2,408

4,164

Depreciation and amortization

2,335

1,909

6,992

5,670

EBITDA

7,012

7,350

19,946

20,916

Adjustments:

Non-cash stock compensation expense

1,520

967

3,939

3,501

Restructuring charges

104

1,405

2,930

Severance expense

1,015

2,026

Gain on change in fair value of contingent
   consideration, net

(526)

(677)

(3,972)

ERP implementation costs

455

346

1,603

2,956

Foreign currency transaction losses

500

529

1,052

2,024

Legal acquisition and transaction costs

152

508

670

1,111

Loss on divested business

639

956

Adjusted EBITDA

$

10,758

$

9,813

$

29,964

$

30,422

(2)

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, non-cash stock compensation expense, gain or loss on the change in fair value of contingent consideration and other unusual or infrequently occurring items. For the periods presented, these other items are restructuring charges, severance expense, ERP implementation costs, foreign currency transaction losses and legal acquisition costs. We added legal acquisition costs as an adjustment in the Adjusted EBITDA calculation during the third quarter of 2018 as these costs became significant based on increased acquisition activity during 2018 and we believe it will assist investors in better understanding our results as these acquisition-related expenses are likely to vary significantly from period-to-period based on the size, number and complexity and timing of our acquisitions. Adjusted 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 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.

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EPS (3)

(Unaudited)

Quarter ended

Nine months ended

September 30,

September 30,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.13

$

0.20

$

0.34

$

0.57

Restructuring charges

0.06

0.13

Severance expense

0.04

0.08

Gain on change in fair value of contingent
   consideration, net

(0.02)

(0.03)

(0.17)

ERP implementation costs

0.02

0.02

0.07

0.13

Foreign currency transaction losses

0.02

0.02

0.04

0.08

Legal acquisition and transaction costs

0.01

0.02

0.03

0.05

Settlement of contingent consideration in
   shares

0.02

0.02

Loss on divested business

0.03

0.04

Reversal of contingent interest

(0.05)

Adjusted EPS

$

0.24

$

0.27

$

0.61

$

0.78

(3)

Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share (“Adjusted EPS”), which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined as earnings per diluted share excluding the gain or loss on the change in fair value of acquisition-related contingent consideration and special charges, such as restructuring, and other unusual or infrequently occurring items of income or expense. Management uses Adjusted EPS to assess total Company operating performance on a consistent basis. We believe that this non-GAAP financial measure, which excludes the gain or loss on the change in fair value of acquisition-related contingent consideration and other special charges, when considered together with our GAAP financial results, provides management and investors with an additional understanding of our business operating results, including underlying trends.

GP STRATEGIES CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands)

September 30,

December 31,

2019

2018

(Unaudited)

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

7,739

$

13,417

Accounts and other receivables

115,951

107,673

    Unbilled revenue

59,957

80,764

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

25,930

19,048

Total current assets

209,577

220,902

Property, plant and equipment, net

5,884

5,859

Operating lease right-of-use assets

27,136

Goodwill and other intangible assets, net

193,553

197,057

Other assets

13,423

10,920

Total assets

$

449,573

$

434,738

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

$

77,720

$

93,254

Deferred revenue

21,594

23,704

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

8,429

Total current liabilities

107,743

116,958

Long-term debt

113,150

116,500

Long-term portion of operating lease liabilities

22,196

Other noncurrent liabilities

11,441

14,711

Total liabilities

254,530

248,169

Total stockholders’ equity

195,043

186,569

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

449,573

$

434,738

© 2019 GP Strategies Corporation. All rights reserved. GP Strategies and the GP Strategies logo design are trademarks of GP Strategies Corporation.

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SOURCE GP Strategies Corporation

For further information: Scott N. Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer, 443-367-9640; Michael R. Dugan, Chief Financial Officer, 443-367-9627; Ann M. Blank, Investor Relations, 443-367-9925

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