October 29, 2009

CDI Corp. Reports Third Quarter 2009 Results and Announces Dividend

Results Include Charge of $12.3 Million Related to Previously Disclosed OFT Decision

PHILADELPHIA, Oct 29, 2009 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) today reported financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009 and announced a quarterly cash dividend.

For the quarter ended September 30, 2009, the company reported a net loss of $12.2 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, versus $8.1 million in net earnings, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter.

Third quarter 2009 results include a $12.3 million pre-tax charge (7.6 million pounds) associated with the previously-disclosed fine imposed by the United Kingdom's Office of Fair Trading (OFT). This fine is not tax deductible. Additionally, the current quarter results include $0.8 million in pre-tax severance charges. Excluding these charges, net earnings for the third quarter 2009 were $0.6 million, or $0.03 per diluted share. Third quarter 2008 net earnings included $3.3 million in foreign research and development tax credits and $0.5 million in pre-tax costs associated with these credits.

Third quarter 2009 revenue declined 20.6% (17.6% in constant currency) to $223.7 million compared to revenue of $281.9 million in the prior-year quarter.

The company also announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.13 per share to be paid on November 25, 2009 to all shareholders of record as of November 12, 2009.

"We were encouraged by a sequential uptick in revenue in the third quarter of 2009 of 3.8% versus the second quarter," said President and Chief Executive Officer, Roger H. Ballou. "Historically, revenue remains relatively flat in the third quarter versus the second indicating that our business development efforts are beginning to build momentum in what appears to be a stabilizing economy.

"We did continue some staff reductions during the third quarter resulting in the additional severance charges which were primarily associated with support and back-office positions. While we anticipate some further severance charges in the fourth quarter, we expect to see that process end in the fourth quarter if the economy remains on its current path of slow recovery."

Business Segment Discussion

CDI Engineering Solutions (ES) revenue declined 19.7% (18.3% in constant currency) versus the year-ago quarter driven by continued weakness in the Process & Industrial vertical - particularly in the chemical and oil & gas sectors somewhat offset by organic growth in the Government Services vertical. Operating profit declined by 53.8% to $3.0 million versus the year-ago quarter driven primarily by reductions in higher-margin project engineering and permanent placement revenue. ES operating profit for the quarter also included $0.3 million in severance charges as well as $0.3 million in operating losses associated with the company's ownership in joint ventures.

Management Recruiters International, Inc. revenue declined 31.4% versus the year-ago quarter, reflecting continued weakness in royalty revenue (driven by a decline in permanent placement activity by franchise offices) as well as declines in new franchise sales and contract staffing. Operating profit declined by 73.1% on a year-over-year basis primarily due to the decline in higher-margin royalties.

UK-based AndersElite (Anders) revenue declined 52.2% (44.5% in constant currency) versus the year-ago quarter driven by continued weakness in both permanent placement and contract staffing in the UK construction industry. Anders reported an operating loss of $13.4 million (including the aforementioned $12.3 million OFT fine) versus a year-ago operating profit of $1.4 million. Third quarter operating profit also reflects a decline in higher-margin permanent placement revenue (which has stabilized on a sequential basis) and $0.1 million in severance charges.

CDI IT Solutions third quarter revenue increased by 11.4% versus the year-ago quarter reflecting new account wins as well as additional sales from existing accounts across most industry segments. Operating profit increased to $1.8 million versus the prior-year level of $0.3 million reflecting operating leverage as well as effective cost controls during the quarter.

Corporate Summary

Corporate overhead costs decreased by 8.1% on a year-over-year basis primarily related to lower professional services expenses and other cost control efforts somewhat offset by severance costs of $0.3 million.

"CDI ended the quarter with $70.5 million in cash and cash equivalents," said Ballou. "With our cash on hand and untapped borrowing capacity, we should have sufficient resources to support organic revenue growth, capital spending, shareholder dividends and potential strategic acquisitions."

Business Outlook

"We are encouraged by current bid activity in our Engineering Solutions segment and continued strength in business development efforts in IT Solutions," said Ballou. "Due to these factors, we expect that the rate of year-over-year revenue decline in the fourth quarter could decrease to the range of 12% to 16%. As a result of the relative weakness of the US dollar compared to the year-ago quarter, we anticipate that in constant currency our revenue decline could be higher - likely in the range of 14% to 18%."

Financial Tables Follow

Conference Call/Webcast

CDI Corp. will conduct a conference call at 11 a.m. (ET) today to discuss this announcement. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by any interested party at www.cdicorp.com. An online replay will be available at www.cdicorp.com for 14 days after the call.

Company Information

Headquartered in Philadelphia, CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) is a leading provider of engineering & information technology outsourcing solutions and professional staffing. Its operating units include CDI Engineering Solutions, CDI IT Solutions, CDI AndersElite Limited, and Management Recruiters International, Inc. Visit CDI at www.cdicorp.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about our strategies for growth and future financial results (such as revenues, pre-tax profit and tax rates), are forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements can be identified by words like "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "could," "should", intends," "plans," "estimates," and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Because these forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions that are subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control or are subject to change, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: continued weakness in general economic conditions and levels of capital spending by customers in the industries that we serve; further weakness in the financial and capital markets which may result in the postponement or cancellation of our customers' capital projects or the inability of our customers to pay our fees; loss of business and/or other adverse customer consequences as a result of the U.K. Office of Fair Trading decision; credit risks associated with our customers; competitive market pressures; our ability to maintain and grow our revenue base; the availability and cost of qualified labor; our level of success in attracting, training, and retaining qualified management personnel and other staff employees; changes in customers' attitudes towards outsourcing; changes in tax laws and other government regulations; the possibility of incurring liability for our activities, including the activities of our temporary employees; our performance on customer contracts; and government policies or judicial decisions adverse to our businesses. More detailed information about some of these risks and uncertainties may be found in our filings with the SEC, particularly in the "Risk Factors" section of our Form 10-K's and the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" section of our Form 10-K's and Form 10-Q's. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We assume no obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

                           CDI Corp. and Subsidiaries
                       Consolidated Earnings Release Tables
                                   (Unaudited)
                      (in thousands, except per share data)


                         For the three months             For the nine months
                                ended                          ended
                     ------------------------------       -------------------
                      September 30,         June 30,        September 30,
                      -------------                         -------------
                      2009      2008          2009          2009      2008
                      ----      ----          ----          ----      ----

    Revenue       $223,673  $281,865      $215,426       $667,751  $864,956

    Cost of
     service       179,782   219,279       171,147        532,154   663,533
                   -------   -------       -------        -------   -------

    Gross profit    43,891    62,586        44,279        135,597   201,423

    Operating and
     administrative
     expenses (a)   55,464    55,766        43,751        147,293   172,884
                    ------    ------        ------        -------   -------

    Operating
     profit (loss) (11,573)    6,820           528        (11,696)   28,539

    Other income
     (expense), net    (51)    1,065          (143)            65     2,926

    Equity in
     losses from
     affiliated
     companies        (278)        -          (279)          (859)        -
                      ----       ---          ----           ----       ---

    Earnings
     (loss) before
     income taxes  (11,902)    7,885           106        (12,490)   31,465

    Income tax
     expense
     (benefit)         280      (241)           50            556     8,436
                       ---      ----            --            ---     -----

    Net earnings
     (loss)        (12,182)    8,126            56        (13,046)   23,029

    Less: loss
     attributable
     to the
     noncontrolling
     interest          (10)        -            (3)           (13)        -
                       ---       ---            --            ---       ---

    Net earnings
     (loss)
     attributable
     to CDI       $(12,172)   $8,126           $59       $(13,033)  $23,029
                  ========    ======           ===       ========   =======


    Diluted net
     earnings
     (loss) per
     share          $(0.64)    $0.41         $0.00         $(0.69)    $1.14

    Average
     diluted number
     of shares      18,944    20,066        19,062         18,927    20,312





    Selected       September   June        December      September
     Balance Sheet    30,       30,           31,            30,
     Data:           2009      2009          2008           2008
    --------------   ----      ----          ----           ----

    Cash and cash
     equivalents  $70,531   $77,932       $61,761        $77,484

    Accounts
     receivable,
     net         $187,727  $182,277      $193,338       $213,970

    Current
     Assets      $277,144  $277,903      $273,293       $316,051

    Total assets $385,802  $388,530      $383,199       $430,976

    Current
     liabilities  $91,595   $81,014       $79,993        $95,714

    CDI
     shareholders'
     equity      $281,942  $295,765      $291,385       $322,339

    Noncontrolling
     interest        $138      $152            $-             $-





                     For the three months            For the nine months
                             ended                          ended
              ----------------------------------      -------------------
                  September 30,         June 30,         September 30,
                 -------------                          -------------
    Selected Cash
     Flow Data:     2009      2008          2009           2009      2008
    -------------   ----      ----          ----           ----      ----

    Depreciation
     and
     amortization
     expense       $2,791    $3,101        $2,844         $8,529    $8,799

    Capital
     expenditures    $740    $3,496        $2,225         $4,686    $9,454

    Dividends paid $2,463    $2,598        $2,463         $7,391    $7,881


    Free cash flow for the quarter ended September 30, 2009 is shown below:

    Net cash used
     in operating
     activities   $(1,784)
    Less: capital
     expenditures    (740)
    Less:
     dividends
     paid          (2,463)
                   ------
    Free cash
     Flow         $(4,987)
                  =======



                          For the three months           For the nine months
    Selected                     ended                         ended
    Earnings and ----------------------------------     -------------------
     Other           September 30,         June 30,         September 30,
     Financial       -------------                          -------------
     Data:          2009      2008          2009           2009      2008
    -------------   ----      ----          ----           ----      ----

    Revenue      $223,673  $281,865      $215,426       $667,751  $864,956

    Gross profit  $43,891   $62,586       $44,279       $135,597  $201,423

    Gross profit
     margin          19.6%     22.2%         20.6%          20.3%     23.3%

    Operating and
     administrative
     expenses as a
     percentage of
     revenue         24.8%     19.8%         20.3%          22.1%     20.0%

    Corporate
     expenses      $4,018    $4,372        $3,667        $12,120   $13,777
    Corporate
     expenses as a
     percentage of
     revenue          1.8%      1.6%          1.7%           1.8%      1.6%

    Operating
     profit margin   -5.2%      2.4%          0.3%          -1.8%      3.3%

    Effective
     income tax
     rate            -2.4%     -3.1%         47.2%          -4.5%     26.8%

    After-tax
     return on
     shareholders'
     equity (b)      -5.5%      9.6%          1.1%

    Pre-tax return
     on net assets
     (c)             -7.2%     20.1%          2.2%




                           For the three months          For the nine months
                                  ended                         ended
                       -----------------------------       ---------------
                       September 30,         June 30,         September 30,
    Selected          -------------                          -------------
     Segment Data:   2009      2008          2009           2009      2008
    --------------   ----      ----          ----           ----      ----

    Engineering
     Solutions
    Revenue      $121,864  $151,754      $118,456       $368,875  $461,006
    Gross profit   22,623    30,152        23,265         71,055    97,452
    Gross profit
     margin          18.6%     19.9%         19.6%          19.3%     21.1%

    Operating
     profit (d)     2,969     6,430         3,497          9,915    26,204
    Operating
     profit margin    2.4%      4.2%          3.0%           2.7%      5.7%

    Management
     Recruiters
     International
    Revenue       $12,468   $18,184       $13,233        $40,322   $57,216
    Gross profit    6,395    10,326         6,498         19,948    31,553
    Gross profit
     margin          51.3%     56.8%         49.1%          49.5%     55.1%

    Operating
     profit           823     3,063           470          1,297     8,806
    Operating
     profit margin    6.6%     16.8%          3.6%           3.2%     15.4%

    AndersElite
    Revenue       $26,559   $55,558       $25,517        $80,110  $177,543
    Gross profit    4,215    11,876         3,954         13,068    41,069
    Gross profit
     margin          15.9%     21.4%         15.5%          16.3%     23.1%

    Operating
     profit
     (loss)       (13,380)    1,389        (1,930)       (16,509)    5,653
    Operating
     profit margin  -50.4%      2.5%         -7.6%         -20.6%      3.2%

    IT Solutions
    Revenue       $62,782   $56,369       $58,220       $178,444  $169,191
    Gross profit   10,658    10,232        10,562         31,526    31,349
    Gross profit
     margin          17.0%     18.2%         18.1%          17.7%     18.5%

    Operating
     profit         1,755       310         1,879          4,862     1,653
    Operating
     profit margin    2.8%      0.6%          3.2%           2.7%      1.0%





                          For the three months          For the nine months
    Engineering                  ended                         ended
     Solutions      ------------------------------     ------------------
     Revenue        September 30,         June 30,         September 30,
    -----------     -------------                          -------------
    by Vertical:    2009      2008          2009           2009      2008
    ------------    ----      ----          ----           ----      ----

    CDI Process
     and
    Industrial   $85,346  $113,764       $81,135       $257,087  $355,030
    CDI Government
     Services     22,698    20,844        22,163         66,755    61,946
    CDI Aerospace 13,820    17,146        15,158         45,033    44,030
                  ------    ------        ------         ------    ------

    Total
     Engineering
     Solutions
     Revenue    $121,864  $151,754      $118,456       $368,875  $461,006
                ========  ========      ========       ========  ========


    (a) Includes a $12.3 million charge (7.6 million pounds) associated with
        the fine imposed by the United Kingdom's Office of Fair Trading for
        the three and nine months ended September 30, 2009.

    (b) Current quarter combined with the three preceding quarters' net
        earnings attributable to CDI divided by the average CDI
        shareholders' equity.

    (c) Current quarter combined with the three preceding quarters'
        pre-tax earnings divided by the average net assets.  Net assets
        include total assets minus total liabilities excluding cash,
        external debt and income tax accounts.

    (d) Includes $278, $279 and $859 of equity in losses associated
        with the Company's non-consolidated joint ventures for the three
        months ended September 30, 2009, the three months ended June 30,
        2009 and the nine months ended September 30, 2009, respectively.




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