Resources Connection, Inc. Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2024

IRVINE, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Resources Connection, Inc. (Nasdaq: RGP) (the “Company”), a global consulting firm, today announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended February 24, 2024.


Third Quarter Fiscal 2024 Highlights Compared to the Prior Year Quarter:

  • Revenue of $151.3 million compared to $186.8 million
  • Same-day constant currency revenue, a non-GAAP measure, declined 19.6%
  • Gross margin of 37.0% compared to 38.3%
  • SG&A expenses of $49.6 million compared to $59.4 million, an improvement of 16.5%
  • Net income of $2.6 million (net income margin of 1.7%), compared to $7.0 million (net income margin of 3.8%)
  • Diluted earnings per common share of $0.08 compared to $0.21
  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, of $10.8 million (Adjusted EBITDA margin of 7.1%) compared to $16.6 million (Adjusted EBITDA margin of 8.9%)
  • Cash dividends declared of $0.14 per share
  • Cash and cash equivalents plus borrowings available under our senior secured revolving loan facility total of $287.4 million, up from $278.1 million

Management Commentary

“We delivered solid Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow conversion in the third quarter. Revenue performance was consistent with expectations, recognizing the client buying environment continues to be sluggish and we have the usual holiday impact during this quarter,” said Kate Duchene, Chief Executive Officer. “We successfully launched the first wave of our technology transformation in North America during the quarter, including a new talent management system. This new platform will empower more efficient Go To Market execution and position us well for an improved buying environment. Furthermore, we continue to focus on enhancing and expanding our consulting capabilities, including our recent announcement to acquire Reference Point, a strategic advisory firm focused on specialized solutions for the financial services industry in the technology, data and risk management space. We expect this acquisition to bolster our ability to better serve our clients in this vertical and be accretive to our financial performance. Finally, our pipeline remains resilient and we are pleased to see more momentum in the sales cycle in recent weeks. We believe we are well positioned to get back to growth and improve our financial metrics as clients give the green light to transformation work, including ERP cloud migration, automation and AI related initiatives.”

Third Quarter Fiscal 2024 Results

Revenue was $151.3 million compared to $186.8 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2023. On a same-day constant currency basis, revenue decreased by 19.6% reflecting the overall choppy macro environment as clients want more certainty in lower interest rates and improving economic indicators before moving ahead with many major initiatives. Gross pipeline remained relatively resilient, however, the time to close opportunities in the pipeline continued to be protracted. Compared to the prior year quarter, billable hours decreased by 12.3% due to reduced client spending and the average bill rate declined by 7.8% (also 7.8% on a constant currency basis) due to a shift in revenue mix to the Asia Pacific region which carries lower average bill rate. The United States (U.S.) average bill rates increased by 0.9%, compared to the prior year as a result of pricing actions taken to implement our value-based pricing model, while average bill rates in the Asia Pacific region declined by 10.1% (or 6.3% on a constant currency basis), also largely attributable to a shift in revenue mix across the countries within this region.

Gross margin was 37.0% compared to 38.3% in the third quarter of fiscal 2023 due to a higher pay/bill ratio and reduced leverage of indirect cost of service on lower revenue. While the pay/bill ratio in the U.S. remained relatively consistent with the prior year, the enterprise wide pay/bill ratio was negatively impacted by an increased proportion of revenue in regions with a higher pay/bill ratio.

SG&A expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2024 were $49.6 million, or 32.8% of revenue, compared to $59.4 million, or 31.8% of revenue, for the third quarter of fiscal 2023. The improvement in SG&A year over year was primarily due to the reduction in bonuses and commissions by $7.3 million as a result of lower revenue and profitability achievement compared to incentive compensation targets in the current fiscal year, lower management compensation expense of $2.6 million partially attributable to the cost reduction plan (the “U.S. Restructuring Plan”) initiated in October 2023, and a decrease of $1.4 million in stock compensation expense as a result of forfeitures and remeasurement of achievement associated with performance based equity awards, partially offset by one-time costs of $1.6 million of employee termination benefits in connection with further actions taken under the U.S. Restructuring Plan during the third quarter of fiscal 2024.

Income tax expense was $1.9 million (an effective tax rate of 43.2%), compared to an income tax benefit of nearly zero (an effective tax benefit rate of less than 0.1%) in the prior year quarter. The income tax benefit in the three months ended February 25, 2023 resulted largely from a one-time tax benefit recognized on the release of valuation allowance in our Europe region. The higher effective tax rate in the three months ended February 24, 2024 resulted largely from a lower pretax income base increasing the tax expense ratio.

Net income was $2.6 million (net income margin of 1.7%), compared to $7.0 million (net income margin of 3.8%) in the prior year quarter, due primarily to lower revenue and gross profit, partially offset by lower SG&A for the current year quarter. The Company delivered an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 7.1% in the third quarter of fiscal 2024 compared to 8.9% in the prior year comparable quarter primarily due to lower gross margin and expense deleveraging on the lower revenue base.

RESOURCES CONNECTION, INC.

SUMMARY OF CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

(In thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

 

February 24,

 

February 25,

 

February 24,

 

February 25,

 

2024

 

2023

 

2024

 

2023

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

Revenue

$

151,307

 

 

$

186,777

 

 

$

484,603

 

 

$

591,194

 

Direct cost of services

 

95,299

 

 

 

115,170

 

 

 

298,118

 

 

 

353,770

 

Gross profit

 

56,008

 

 

 

71,607

 

 

 

186,485

 

 

 

237,424

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

49,589

 

 

 

59,371

 

 

 

162,514

 

 

 

172,335

 

Goodwill impairment

 

 

 

 

2,955

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,955

 

Amortization expense

 

1,413

 

 

 

1,275

 

 

 

4,048

 

 

 

3,743

 

Depreciation expense

 

745

 

 

 

885

 

 

 

2,432

 

 

 

2,652

 

Income from operations

 

4,261

 

 

 

7,121

 

 

 

17,491

 

 

 

55,739

 

Interest (income) expense, net

 

(225

)

 

 

147

 

 

 

(830

)

 

 

662

 

Other (income)

 

(1

)

 

 

(43

)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

(381

)

Income before income tax expense (benefit)

 

4,487

 

 

 

7,017

 

 

 

18,327

 

 

 

55,458

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

1,937

 

 

 

(2

)

 

 

7,765

 

 

 

12,867

 

Net income

$

2,550

 

 

$

7,019

 

 

$

10,562

 

 

$

42,591

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

$

0.08

 

 

$

0.21

 

 

$

0.32

 

 

$

1.27

 

Diluted

$

0.08

 

 

$

0.21

 

 

$

0.31

 

 

$

1.24

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

33,463

 

 

 

33,466

 

 

 

33,428

 

 

 

33,418

 

Diluted

 

33,759

 

 

 

34,149

 

 

 

33,906

 

 

 

34,245

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividends declared per common share

$

0.14

 

 

$

0.14

 

 

$

0.42

 

 

$

0.42

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue by Geography

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America

$

129,749

 

 

$

163,790

 

 

$

417,372

 

 

$

519,994

 

Europe

 

8,668

 

 

 

10,176

 

 

 

29,865

 

 

 

31,752

 

Asia Pacific

 

12,890

 

 

 

12,811

 

 

 

37,366

 

 

 

39,448

 

Total consolidated revenue

$

151,307

 

 

$

186,777

 

 

$

484,603

 

 

$

591,194

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash dividend

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total cash dividends paid

$

4,692

 

 

$

4,708

 

 

$

14,093

 

 

$

14,076

 

Conference Call Information

RGP will hold a conference call for analysts and investors at 5:00 p.m., ET, today, April 3, 2024. A live webcast of the call will be available on the Events section of the Company’s Investor Relations website. To access the call by phone, please go to this link (registration link), and you will be provided with dial in details. To avoid delays, we encourage participants to dial into the conference call fifteen minutes ahead of the scheduled start time. A replay of the webcast will also be available for a limited time by visiting the https://ir.rgp.com/events section of the Company’s Investor Relations website.

About RGP

Recently named among Forbes’ America’s Best Management Consulting Firms for 2024, RGP is a global consulting firm focused on project execution services that power clients’ operational needs and change initiatives utilizing on-demand, expert and diverse talent. As a next-generation human capital partner for our clients, we specialize in co-delivery of enterprise initiatives typically precipitated by business transformation, strategic transactions or regulatory change. Our engagements are designed to leverage human connection and collaboration to deliver practical solutions and more impactful results that power our clients’, consultants’ and partners’ success.

We attract top-caliber professionals with in-demand skill sets who seek a workplace environment characterized by choice and control, collaboration and human connection. The trends in today’s marketplace favor flexibility and agility as businesses confront transformation pressures and skilled labor shortages even in the face of macroeconomic contraction. Our client engagement and talent delivery model offers speed and agility, strongly positioning us to help our clients transform their businesses and workplaces, especially at a time where cost reduction initiatives drive an enhanced reliance on a flexible workforce to execute transformational projects.

We have 3,600 professionals collectively engaged with over 1,800 clients around the world from 38 physical practice offices and multiple virtual offices. Headquartered in Irvine, California, RGP is proud to have served 88% of the Fortune 100.

RGP is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, the exchange’s highest tier by listing standards. To learn more about RGP, visit: http://www.rgp.com. (RGP-F)

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. These statements relate to expectations concerning matters that are not historical facts. Such forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as “anticipates,” “believes,” “can,” “continue,” “could,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “may,” “plans,” “potential,” “predicts,” “remain,” “should” or “will” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. In this press release, such statements include statements regarding our growth and operational plans, our ability to capture demand when the buying environment improves and expectations regarding our continued growth and ability to deliver increased stockholder value. These statements and all phases of the Company’s operations are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements and those of our industry to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: risks related to an economic downturn or deterioration of general macroeconomic conditions, the highly competitive nature of the market for professional services, risks related to the loss of a significant number of our consultants, or an inability to attract and retain new consultants, the possible impact on our business from the loss of the services of one or more key members of our senior management, risks related to potential significant increases in wages or payroll-related costs, our ability to secure new projects from clients, our ability to achieve or maintain a suitable pay/bill ratio, our ability to compete effectively in the competitive bidding process, risks related to unfavorable provisions in our contracts which may permit our clients to, among other things, terminate the contracts partially or completely at any time prior to completion, potential adverse effects to our and our clients’ liquidity and financial performances from bank failures or other events affecting financial institutions, risks arising from epidemic diseases or pandemics, our ability to realize the level of benefit that we expect from our restructuring initiatives, risks that our recent digital expansion and technology transformation efforts may not be successful, our ability to build an efficient support structure as our business continues to grow and transform, our ability to grow our business, manage our growth or sustain our current business, our ability to serve clients internationally, additional operational challenges from our international activities including due to social, political, regulatory, legal and economic risks in the countries and regions in which we operate, possible disruption of our business from our past and future acquisitions, the possibility that our recent rebranding efforts may not be successful, our potential inability to adequately protect our intellectual property rights, risks that our computer hardware and software and telecommunications systems are damaged, breached or interrupted, risks related to the failure to comply with data privacy laws and regulations and the adverse effect it may have on our reputation, results of operations or financial condition, our ability to comply with governmental, regulatory and legal requirements and company policies, the possible legal liability for damages resulting from the performance of projects by our consultants or for our clients’ mistreatment of our personnel, risks arising from changes in applicable tax laws or adverse results in tax audits or interpretations, the possible adverse effect on our business model from the reclassification of our independent contractors by foreign tax and regulatory authorities, the possible difficulty for a third party to acquire us and resulting depression of our stock price, the operating and financial restrictions from our credit facility, risks related to the variable rate of interest in our credit facility, the possibility that we are unable to or elect not to pay our quarterly dividend payment, and other factors and uncertainties as are identified in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended May 27, 2023 and our other public filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission (File No. 0-32113). Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also affect our business or operating results. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements included herein, which speak only as of the date of this press release. The Company does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update the forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this press release or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, unless required by law to do so.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company uses certain non-GAAP financial measures to assess our financial and operating performance that are not defined by, or calculated in accordance with, GAAP. A non-GAAP financial measure is defined as a numerical measure of a company’s financial performance that (i) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the Consolidated Statements of Operations; or (ii) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the comparable GAAP measure so calculated and presented. The following non-GAAP measures are presented in this press release:

  • Same-day constant currency revenue is adjusted for the following items:

    • Currency impact. In order to remove the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, the Company calculates same-day constant currency revenue, which represents the outcome that would have resulted had exchange rates in the current period been the same as those in effect in the comparable prior period.
    • Business days impact. In order to remove the fluctuations caused by comparable periods having a different number of business days, the Company calculates same-day revenue as current period revenue (adjusted for currency impact) divided by the number of business days in the current period, multiplied by the number of business days in the comparable prior period. The number of business days in each respective period is provided in the “Number of Business Days” section of the “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” table below.
  • EBITDA is calculated as net income before amortization expense, depreciation expense, interest and income taxes.
  • Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA plus or minus stock-based compensation expense, technology transformation costs, goodwill impairment, one-time acquisition costs and restructuring costs. Adjusted EBITDA at the segment level excludes certain shared corporate administrative costs that are not practical to allocate.
  • Adjusted EBITDA Margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by revenue.
  • Cash tax rate excludes the non-cash tax impact of stock option expirations, non-cash tax impact of valuation allowances on international deferred tax assets, and other non-cash tax items.
  • Adjusted income tax expense is calculated based on the Company’s cash tax rates (as defined above).
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per common share is calculated as diluted earnings per common share, plus or minus the per share impact of stock-based compensation expense, technology transformation costs, goodwill impairment, one-time acquisition costs, restructuring costs and adjusted for the related tax effects of these adjustments.

We believe the above-mentioned non-GAAP financial measures, which are used by management to assess the core performance of our Company, provide useful information and additional clarity of our operating results to our investors in their own evaluation of the core performance of our Company and facilitate a comparison of such performance from period to period. These are not measurements of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or construed as substitutes for revenue, net income or other cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP for purposes of analyzing our revenue, profitability or liquidity. These measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, revenue, net income, earnings per share, cash flows or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies, as other companies may calculate such financial results differently.

RESOURCES CONNECTION, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(In thousands, except number of business days)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

Revenue by Geography

February 24,

 

February 25,

 

February 24,

 

February 25,

 

2024

 

2023

 

2024

 

2023

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

(Unaudited)

North America

 

As reported (GAAP)

$

129,749

 

 

$

163,790

 

$

417,372

 

 

$

519,994

Currency impact

 

(538

)

 

 

 

 

 

(1,794

)

 

 

 

Business days impact

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Same-day constant currency revenue

$

129,211

 

 

 

 

 

$

415,578

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Europe

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As reported (GAAP)

$

8,668

 

 

$

10,176

 

 

$

29,865

 

 

$

31,752

 

Currency impact

 

(301

)

 

 

 

 

 

(1,581

)

 

 

 

Business days impact

 

(481

)

 

 

 

 

 

(535

)

 

 

 

Same-day constant currency revenue

$

7,886

 

 

 

 

 

$

27,749

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asia Pacific

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As reported (GAAP)

$

12,890

 

 

$

12,811

 

 

$

37,366

 

 

$

39,448

 

Currency impact

 

533

 

 

 

 

 

1,181

 

 

 

 

Business days impact

 

(383

)

 

 

 

 

 

(571

)

 

 

 

Same-day constant currency revenue

$

13,040

 

 

 

 

 

$

37,976

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total Consolidated

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As reported (GAAP)

$

151,307

 

 

$

186,777

 

 

$

484,603

 

 

$

591,194

 

Currency impact

 

(306

)

 

 

 

 

 

(2,194

)

 

 

 

Business days impact

 

(864

)

 

 

 

 

 

(1,106

)

 

 

 

Same-day constant currency revenue

$

150,137

 

 

 

 

 

$

481,303

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Number of Business Days

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North America (1)

 

61

 

 

 

61

 

 

 

186

 

 

 

186

 

Europe (2)

 

62

 

 

 

59

 

 

 

191

 

 

 

187

 

Asia Pacific (2)

 

61

 

 

 

59

 

 

 

186

 

 

 

183

 

(1) This represents the number of business days in the U. S.

 

(2) The business days in international regions represents the weighted average number of business days.

RESOURCES CONNECTION, INC.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(In thousands, except per share amounts and percentages)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

February 24,

 

% of

 

February 25,

 

% of

Adjusted EBITDA

2024

 

Revenue

 

2023

 

Revenue

 

(Unaudited)

 

(Unaudited)

Net income

$

2,550

 

 

1.7

%

 

$

7,019

 

 

3.8

%

Adjustments:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Amortization expense

 

1,413

 

 

0.9

 

 

 

1,275

 

 

0.7

 

Depreciation expense

 

745

 

 

0.5

 

 

 

885

 

 

0.4

 

Interest (income) expense, net

 

(225

)

 

(0.2

)

 

 

147

 

 

0.1

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

1,937

 

 

1.3

 

 

 

(2

)

 

 

EBITDA

 

6,420

 

 

4.2

 

 

 

9,324

 

 

5.0

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

1,181

 

 

0.8

 

 

 

2,609

 

 

1.4

 

Technology transformation costs (1)

 

1,386

 

 

0.9

 

 

 

1,737

 

 

0.9

 

Goodwill impairment (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2,955

 

 

1.6

 

Acquisition costs (3)

 

156

 

 

0.1

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restructuring costs (4)

 

1,643

 

 

1.1

 

 

 

(9

)

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

10,786

 

 

7.1

%

 

$

16,616

 

 

8.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Common Share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings per common share, as reported

$

0.08

 

 

 

 

$

0.21

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

0.03

 

 

 

 

 

0.08

 

 

 

 

Technology transformation costs (1)

 

0.04

 

 

 

 

 

0.05

 

 

 

 

Goodwill impairment (2)

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.09

 

 

 

 

Acquisition costs (3)

 

0.01

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restructuring costs (4)

 

0.04

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax impact of adjustments

 

(0.03

)

 

 

 

 

(0.06

)

 

 

 

Adjusted diluted earnings per common share

$

0.17

 

 

 

 

$

0.37

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted Provision for Income Taxes and Cash Tax Rate

Income tax expense (benefit)

$

1,937

 

 

 

 

$

(2

)

 

 

 

Effect of non-cash tax items:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stock option expirations

 

(80

)

 

 

 

 

(5

)

 

 

 

Valuation allowance on international deferred tax assets

 

(189

)

 

 

 

 

2,188

 

 

 

 

Net uncertain tax position adjustments

 

(18

)

 

 

 

 

(14

)

 

 

 

Other adjustments

 

(57

)

 

 

 

 

1

 

 

 

 

Adjusted provision for income taxes

$

1,593

 

 

 

 

$

2,168

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Effective tax rate

 

43.2

%

 

 

 

 

0.0

%

 

 

 

Total effect of non-cash tax items on effective tax rate

 

(7.7

%)

 

 

 

 

30.9

%

 

 

 

Cash tax rate

 

35.5

%

 

 

 

 

30.9

%

 

 

 

(1) Technology transformation costs represent costs included in net income related to the Company’s initiative to upgrade its technology platform globally, including a cloud-based enterprise resource planning system and talent acquisition and management systems. Such costs primarily include hosting and certain other software licensing costs, third-party consulting fees and costs associated with dedicated internal resources that are not capitalized.

 

(2) The effect of the goodwill impairment charge recognized during the three months ended February 25, 2023 was related to the Sitrick operating segment.

 

(3) Acquisition costs primarily represent one-time costs included in net income related to the Company’s acquisition, which include fees paid to the Company’s other professional services firms.

 

(4) The Company initiated the U.S. Restructuring Plan in October 2023 and substantially completed the U.S. Restructuring Plan during the third quarter of fiscal 2024.

Contacts

Analyst Contact:
Jennifer Ryu, Chief Financial Officer

(US+) 1-714-430-6500

Jennifer.Ryu@rgp.com

Media Contact:
Michael Sitrick

(US+) 1-310-788-2850

mike_sitrick@sitrick.com

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