The Hackett Group Announces Fourth Quarter 2020 Results
The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global intellectual property-based strategic consultancy and leading enterprise benchmarking and best practices digital transformation firm, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter, which ended on January 1, 2021.
Fourth quarter 2020 net revenue (gross revenue less reimbursable expenses) from continuing operations was $59.2 million, down 7%, as compared to the same period in the prior year, but up 2.5% sequentially from the third quarter as demand improved throughout the quarter.
GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.03 for the fourth quarter of 2020, as compared to GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.07 in the same period in the prior year due to the economic disruption resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. GAAP results for the fourth quarter of 2020 included a $5.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, restructuring and asset impairment charge primarily related to the reduction in the Company's global office space requirements resulting from the emerging work from home delivery model. GAAP results for the fourth quarter of 2019 included a $4.5 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, restructuring and asset impairment charge primarily related to the reduction of international operations.
Fourth quarter 2020 pro forma diluted earnings per share were $0.23, as compared to $0.24 in the same period in the prior year, but up 35% sequentially from the third quarter as client engagements and utilization improved throughout the quarter. Pro forma information is provided to enhance the understanding of the Company's financial performance and is reconciled to the Company's GAAP information in the accompanying tables.
At its most recent meeting, the Company's Board of Directors authorized a 5% increase in its annual dividend from $0.38 to $0.40 per share, to be paid quarterly, and declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share for its shareholders of record on March 26, 2021, to be paid on April 8, 2021.
At the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company's cash balances were $49.5 million with no outstanding debt. During the quarter, the Company repurchased 40 thousand shares of its stock at an average price of $11.96 for a total of $483 thousand. As of the end of the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company's remaining share repurchase program authorization was $4.3 million.
"Although the pandemic continued to weigh on our results, our revenues grew sequentially and our pro forma EPS was up 35 percent, which demonstrated the demand improvement as well as the increase in utilization and client engagements throughout the quarter," stated Ted A. Fernandez, Chairman & CEO of The Hackett Group, Inc. "We expect this momentum to carry into the new year which should allow us to continue to improve our results and emerge financially and strategically stronger as and when the pandemic subsides."
Although economic uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic continues to be high, the Company's current estimates suggest that net revenue for the first quarter of 2021 will be in the range of $61.0 million to $63.0 million, down slightly from the pre-COVID-19 first quarter of 2020. The Company estimates pro forma diluted earnings per share for the first quarter of 2021 to be in the range of $0.24 and $0.26 which provides the opportunity to exceed prior year pre-COVID-19 pro forma EPS results.
Global Virtual Best Practices Conference - In November, The Hackett Group held its global virtual best practices conference, "Digital Excelleration: Fast-Tracking Enterprise Performance." The event was attended by more than 450 senior executives from companies around the globe, making it larger than the 2019 North American and European Best Practices Conferences combined. The conference featured nearly 30 presentations by executives from more than 20 companies, including: 3M, ABB, Boston Scientific, Coca-Cola, Habitat for Humanities, HP, Jaguar Land Rover, Vodafone, Mastercard, Northwestern Mutual, Thomson Reuters, and United Parcel Services.
C-Suite Research Issued - The Hackett Group issued a new research piece "Business Excelleration: Fast-Tracking Digital World Class" which details the most important areas that CEOs, COOs, CFOs, CHROs, CIOs, CPOs, and other business services leaders can focus on in order to fast-track digital world-class performance and build a flexible and resilient operating model.
Sustainable Procurement Study Launched - The Hackett Group launched its 2020 Sustainable Procurement Study, designed to help participants understand the benefits that can be realized from sustainability activities, key metrics and KPIs to measure performance, and critical capabilities for sustainable procurement and their maturity across organizations.
Podcast Launch - In December, The Hackett Group launched a weekly "Business Excelleration" podcast, featuring insights and research data to help business leaders improve efficiency and effectiveness in finance, human capital management, strategic sourcing, procurement, and information technology.
SAP North American Partner Excellence Award - In February, Answerthink, a division of The Hackett Group, received the 2021 SAP North America Award for Partner Excellence for Marketing.
On Tuesday, February 23, 2021, senior management will discuss fourth quarter results in a conference call at 5:00 P.M. ET. The number for the conference call is (800) 593-0486, [Passcode: Fourth Quarter]. For international callers, please dial (517) 308-9371. Please dial in at least 5-10 minutes prior to start time. If you are unable to participate on the conference call, a rebroadcast will be available beginning at 8:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. To access the rebroadcast, please dial (800) 759-4056. For international callers, please dial (402) 998-0478.
In addition, The Hackett Group will also be webcasting this conference call live through the StreetEvents.com service. To participate, simply visit http://www.thehackettgroup.com approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call and click on the conference call link provided. An online replay of the call will be available after 8:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, March 9, 2021. To access the replay, visit www.thehackettgroup.com or http://www.streetevents.com.
About The Hackett Group
The Hackett Group (NASDAQ: HCKT) is an intellectual property-based strategic consultancy and leading enterprise benchmarking and best practices digital transformation firm to global companies, with offerings that include cloud ERP, EPM and analytics implementation. Services include business transformation, enterprise analytics and global business services. The Hackett Group also provides dedicated expertise in business strategy, operations, finance, human capital management, strategic sourcing, procurement and information technology, including its distinguished Oracle, SAP, Coupa and OneStream practices.
The Hackett Group has completed nearly 20,000 benchmarking studies with major corporations and government agencies, including 93% of the Dow Jones Industrials, 91% of the Fortune 100, 80% of the DAX 30 and 55% of the FTSE 100. These studies drive The Hackett's Group's Digital Transformation Platform which includes the firm's benchmarking metrics, best practices repository and best practice configuration guides and process flows, which enable The Hackett Group's clients and partners to achieve digital world-class performance.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause The Hackett Group's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that impact such forward-looking statements include, among others, the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, including the duration and severity of the pandemic, the economic impact of the pandemic and the timing of an economic recovery, our ability to manage our business and capital resources through the pandemic, the ability of our products, services, or offerings mentioned in this release to deliver the desired effect, our ability to retain existing business, our ability to attract additional business, our ability to effectively market and sell our product offerings and other services, including those referenced above, the timing of projects and the potential for contract cancellations by our customers, especially given that our clients are also impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, changes in expectations regarding the business consulting and information technology industries, our ability to attract and retain skilled employees, possible changes in collections of accounts receivable due to the bankruptcy or financial difficulties of our customers, risks of competition, price and margin trends, foreign currency fluctuations, the impact of Brexit on our business, changes in general economic conditions and interest rates, our ability to mitigate the impact of the recent decline in our European operations, our ability to obtain debt financing through additional borrowings under our existing credit facility as well as other risks detailed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year and our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the third fiscal quarter of fiscal 2020, each as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.