February 23, 2010

CDI Corp. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2009 Results, and Announces Dividend

PHILADELPHIA, Feb 23, 2010 /PRNewswire via COMTEX News Network/ -- CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2009, and announced a quarterly cash dividend.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2009, the company reported a net loss of $6.9 million, or $0.36 per diluted share, versus a net loss of $3.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, in the prior-year fourth quarter. For the fourth quarter 2009, the operating loss was $6.4 million compared to $3.2 million in the fourth quarter 2008.

The fourth quarter 2009 operating loss of $6.4 million includes a $4.3 million charge associated with a previously-disclosed claim under the federal False Claims Act that the company received from the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) in August 2009. Also included are $0.4 million in legal expenses associated with the DOJ claim, $0.6 million in charges for severance and real estate exit costs, $0.6 million in non-income based tax items, and an increase in bad debt reserves of $0.3 million for potential credit losses associated with a previously-disclosed bankruptcy of a large customer in the Engineering Solutions segment.

Excluding these charges, the company's operating loss for the fourth quarter 2009 was $0.3 million while the net loss was $1.6 million or $0.09 per diluted share. Fourth quarter 2008 operating profit, when excluding charges totaling $5.3 million disclosed in that prior-year period, was $2.1 million, while the net loss was $0.1 million or $0.01 per diluted share.

Fourth quarter 2009 revenue declined 14.4% (16.7% in constant currency) to $217.2 million compared to revenue of $253.6 million in the prior-year fourth quarter.

For the year ended December 31, 2009, the company reported a net loss of $19.9 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, on revenue of $885.0 million. In addition to the aforementioned fourth quarter 2009 charges, the major factor contributing to the full year 2009 loss is a $12.3 million charge which the company recorded in the third quarter of 2009 related to the previously-disclosed fine imposed by the United Kingdom's Office of Fair Trading. For the full year 2008, the company reported net earnings of $19.4 million, or $0.97 per diluted share, on revenue of $1.12 billion.

The company also announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.13 per share to be paid on March 23, 2010 to all shareholders of record as of March 9, 2010.

"Although CDI's markets remained challenging in the fourth quarter, we saw some signs that a modest recovery is underway in sectors of our business," said President and Chief Executive Officer, Roger H. Ballou. "Our IT Solutions business experienced year-over-year revenue growth of 13.0% due to successful business development efforts and increased spending across most industry segments, while our Management Recruiters International division saw a moderation in royalty revenue decline versus the prior-year which resulted in sequential royalty growth. However, we saw continued softness in some areas of our Engineering Solutions business as customer capital projects -- primarily in the chemical, petrochemical and commercial aerospace markets -- continued to be delayed. Additionally, we continued to see softness at AndersElite driven by the weak UK construction industry."

Business Segment Discussion

CDI Engineering Solutions (ES) revenue declined 19.2% (21.1% in constant currency) versus the year-ago fourth quarter primarily driven by continued weakness in the Process & Industrial vertical (particularly in the petrochemical and chemical areas) as well as by weakness in commercial aviation in the Aerospace vertical. ES reported an operating loss of $4.6 million versus an operating profit of $0.9 million in the year-ago fourth quarter. ES' performance was driven by the revenue decline, the aforementioned DOJ charge of $4.3 million and associated legal expense of $0.4 million. Fourth quarter operating results also include $0.5 million in losses from the company's ownership in joint ventures, $0.4 million in real estate exit and severance costs, and $0.3 million in increased bad debt reserves. Fourth quarter 2008 results included bad debt charges of $2.5 million due to the bankruptcy of a large customer, reorganization charges of $0.6 million, $0.5 million in costs associated with unsuccessful acquisition negotiations, and a $0.5 million goodwill adjustment. Additionally, the prior-year fourth quarter included $0.4 million of operating losses associated with the company's ownership in joint ventures.

Management Recruiters International, Inc. (MRI) revenue declined by 21.9% versus the prior-year fourth quarter reflecting a moderation in royalty revenue declines as well as declines in staffing and franchise sales. MRI reported operating profit of $1.0 million, versus a $1.1 million operating profit in the year-ago fourth quarter, primarily due to declines in higher-margin royalties mostly offset by cost reduction efforts.

UK-based CDI AndersElite (Anders) revenue declined 35.6% (41.5% in constant currency) versus the prior-year fourth quarter reflecting moderating, but still weak, market conditions in the UK construction industry. Anders reported an operating loss of $1.3 million versus an operating loss of $1.7 million in the year-ago fourth quarter reflecting the revenue decline offset by cost reduction efforts.

CDI IT Solutions fourth quarter revenue accelerated to a growth rate of 13.0% when compared to the year-ago fourth quarter reflecting ramp-up of previous new business wins and continued business development efforts. Operating profit of $1.7 million was more than double the prior-year fourth quarter reflecting the revenue increase, operating leverage and effective cost controls during the quarter.

Corporate Summary

Corporate overhead costs decreased by 16.5% compared to the prior-year fourth quarter primarily related to cost control efforts which included lower professional services fees somewhat offset by severance costs of $0.1 million.

"CDI ended the quarter with $73.5 million in cash and cash equivalents," said Ballou. "With our existing cash and cash equivalents, and untapped borrowing capacity, we should have sufficient resources to support organic revenue growth, capital spending, shareholder dividends and potential strategic acquisitions."

Business Outlook

"While some areas of our business have shown resilience - particularly in IT Solutions, MRI and Government Services - the nascent economic recovery has not yet affected all areas of CDI's current business mix," said Ballou. "We anticipate that our customers will increase their capital spending in CDI's Engineering Solutions verticals later in the business cycle and that permanent placement hiring in technical, professional and managerial areas will ramp-up during the year. The prudent expense reductions we have taken during the previous six quarters have enabled us to reduce total CDI operating and administrative expenses by over $10 million during the fourth quarter versus the prior year and by over $49 million for the full year versus the prior year when excluding the DOJ and OFT charges and other previously-disclosed out-of-pattern charges. This has created an efficient operating structure which could provide upside operating leverage. We anticipate that overall first quarter 2010 revenue declines could narrow to 5% to 8% on a year-over-year basis. As a result of the relative weakness of the US dollar compared to the year-ago first quarter, we anticipate that in constant currency our revenue decline could likely be in the range of 8% to 11%."

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 new 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, but not limited to, statements about the Company's 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 the Company's 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 the Company serves; further weakness in the financial and capital markets, which may result in the postponement or cancellation of the CDI customers' capital projects or the inability of CDI's customers to pay the Company's fees; loss of business and other adverse customer consequences as a result of the UK Office of Fair Trading decision or the Department of Justice investigation; credit risks associated with the Company's customers; competitive market pressures; the availability and cost of qualified labor; the Company's level of success in attracting, training, and retaining qualified management personnel and other staff employees; changes in tax laws and other government regulations; the possibility of incurring liability for the Company's activities, including the activities of the Company's temporary employees; the Company's performance on customer contracts; negative outcome of pending and future claims and litigation; and government policies or judicial decisions adverse to the Company's 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. The Company assumes no obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Note on Constant Currency Calculations

Constant currency year-over-year changes should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, changes in revenue prepared on a US dollar reported basis. Constant currency year-over-year changes in revenue are calculated by translating the prior period's revenue in local currencies into US dollars using the average exchange rates of the current period.




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


                         For the three months ended      For the year ended
                         --------------------------      ------------------
                       December 31,     September 30,        December 31,
                    2009         2008         2009        2009        2008
                    ----         ----         ----        ----        ----
    Revenue     $217,199     $253,641     $223,673    $884,950  $1,118,597

    Cost of
     service     176,232      199,617      179,782     708,386     863,150
                 -------      -------      -------     -------     -------
    Gross
     profit       40,967       54,024       43,891     176,564     255,447
    Operating
     and
     administrative
     expenses
     (a)(b)       47,406       57,205       55,464     194,699     230,089
                  ------       ------       ------     -------     -------
    Operating
     profit
     (loss)       (6,439)      (3,181)     (11,573)    (18,135)     25,358
    Other income
     (expense),
     net              16          844          (51)         81       3,770
    Equity in
     losses from
     affiliated
     companies      (498)        (406)        (278)     (1,357)       (406)
                    ----         ----         ----      ------        ----
    Earnings (loss)
     before income
     taxes        (6,921)      (2,743)     (11,902)    (19,411)     28,722
    Income tax
     expense
     (benefit)       (48)         871          280         508       9,307
                     ---          ---          ---         ---       -----
    Net earnings
     (loss)       (6,873)      (3,614)     (12,182)    (19,919)     19,415

    Less: loss
     attributable
     to the
     noncontrolling
     interest         (4)           -          (10)        (17)          -
                      --          ---          ---         ---         ---
    Net earnings
     (loss)
     attributable
     to CDI      $(6,869)     $(3,614)    $(12,172)   $(19,902)    $19,415
                 =======      =======     ========    ========     =======

    Diluted net
     earnings
     (loss) per
     share        $(0.36)      $(0.19)      $(0.64)     $(1.05)      $0.97
                  ======       ======       ======      ======       =====
    Average diluted
     number of
     shares       18,946       18,975       18,944      18,932      20,009
                  ======       ======       ======      ======      ======


    Selected
     Balance          December 31,  September 30,   December 31,
     Sheet Data:          2009           2009           2008
     -----------          ----           ----           ----
    Cash and cash
     equivalents       $73,528        $70,531        $61,761

    Accounts
     receivable,
     net              $176,677       $187,727       $193,338

    Current assets    $264,697       $277,144       $273,293

    Total assets      $375,034       $385,802       $383,199

    Current
     liabilities       $87,193        $91,595        $79,993

    CDI
     shareholders'
     equity           $274,755       $281,942       $291,385

    Noncontrolling
     interest             $141           $138             $-



    Selected             For the three months ended      For the year ended
     Cash                --------------------------      ------------------
     Flow              December 31,     September 30,        December 31,
     Data:          2009         2008         2009        2009        2008
     -----          ----         ----         ----        ----        ----
    Depreciation
     and
     amortization
     expense      $2,678       $3,104       $2,791     $11,207     $11,903
    Capital
     expenditures $1,300         $682         $740      $5,986     $10,136
    Dividends
     paid         $2,463       $2,461       $2,463      $9,854     $10,342


    Free cash flow
     for the quarter
     ended December 31,
     2009 is shown
     below:

    Net cash
     provided by
     operating
     activities   $4,845

    Less:
     capital
     expenditures (1,300)

    Less:
     dividends
     paid         (2,463)
                  ------
    Free cash
     flow         $1,082
                  ======



    Selected
     Earnings            For the three months ended      For the year ended
     and Other           --------------------------      ------------------
     Financial         December 31,     September 30,        December 31,
    Data:           2009         2008         2009        2009        2008
    -----           ----         ----         ----        ----        ----
    Revenue     $217,199     $253,641     $223,673    $884,950  $1,118,597

    Gross
     profit      $40,967      $54,024      $43,891    $176,564    $255,447

    Gross profit
     margin         18.9%        21.3%        19.6%       20.0%       22.8%

    Operating and
     administrative
     expenses as a
     percentage of
     revenue        21.8%        22.6%        24.8%       22.0%       20.5%

    Corporate
     expenses     $3,757       $4,500       $4,018     $15,877     $18,277

    Corporate
     expenses as
     a percentage
     of revenue      1.7%         1.8%         1.8%        1.8%        1.6%

    Operating
     profit
     margin         -3.0%        -1.3%        -5.2%       -2.0%        2.3%

    Effective
     income tax
     rate            0.7%       -31.8%        -2.4%       -2.6%       32.4%

    After-tax
     return on
     CDI
     shareholders'
     equity (c)     -7.0%         6.2%        -5.5%       -7.0%        6.2%

    Pre-tax return
     on net
     assets (d)     -9.7%        14.0%        -7.2%       -9.7%       14.0%



                         For the three months ended      For the year ended
    Selected             --------------------------      ------------------
     Segment           December 31,     September 30,        December 31,
     Data:          2009         2008         2009        2009        2008
     ----           ----         ----         ----        ----        ----

    Engineering
     Solutions
    Revenue     $114,880     $142,217     $121,864    $483,755    $603,223
    Gross profit  19,715       28,290       22,623      90,770     125,742
    Gross profit
     margin         17.2%        19.9%        18.6%       18.8%       20.8%

    Operating
     profit
     (loss)(a)(e) (4,555)         865        2,969       5,360      27,069
    Operating
     profit
     margin         -4.0%         0.6%         2.4%        1.1%        4.5%

    Management
     Recruiters
     International
    Revenue      $13,653      $17,487      $12,468     $53,975     $74,703
    Gross profit   6,638        9,231        6,395      26,586      40,784
    Gross profit
     margin         48.6%        52.8%        51.3%       49.3%       54.6%

    Operating
     profit        1,009        1,117          823       2,306       9,923
    Operating
     profit
     margin          7.4%         6.4%         6.6%        4.3%       13.3%

    AndersElite
    Revenue      $23,182      $35,992      $26,559    $103,292    $213,535
    Gross profit   3,357        5,967        4,215      16,425      47,036
    Gross profit
     margin         14.5%        16.6%        15.9%       15.9%       22.0%

    Operating
     profit
     (loss)(b)    (1,285)      (1,736)     (13,380)    (17,794)      3,917
    Operating
     profit
     margin         -5.5%        -4.8%       -50.4%      -17.2%        1.8%

    IT Solutions
    Revenue      $65,484      $57,945      $62,782    $243,928    $227,136
    Gross
     profit       11,257       10,536       10,658      42,783      41,885
    Gross profit
     margin         17.2%        18.2%        17.0%       17.5%       18.4%

    Operating
     profit        1,651          667        1,755       6,513       2,320
    Operating
     profit
     margin          2.5%         1.2%         2.8%        2.7%        1.0%



    Engineering          For the three months ended      For the year ended
     Solutions           --------------------------      ------------------
     Revenue           December 31,     September 30,        December 31,
     by Vertical:   2009         2008         2009        2009        2008
     ------------   ----         ----         ----        ----        ----
    CDI Process
     and
     Industrial  $80,457     $104,716        $85,346    $337,544    $459,746
    CDI
     Government
     Services     21,733       20,963         22,698      88,488      82,909
    CDI
     Aerospace    12,690       16,538         13,820      57,723      60,568
                  ------       ------         ------      ------      ------
    Total
     Engineering
     Solutions
     Revenue    $114,880     $142,217       $121,864    $483,755    $603,223
                ========     ========       ========    ========    ========

    (a) Includes a $4.3 million charge associated with the Department of
    Justice investigation for the three months and the year ended December 31,
    2009.

    (b) Includes a $12.3 million charge (Pounds Sterling 7.6 million)
    associated with the fine imposed by the United Kingdom's Office of Fair
    Trading for the three months ended September 30, 2009 and the year ended
    December 31, 2009.

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

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

    (e) Includes $498, $406, $278, $1,357 and $406 of equity in losses
    associated with the Company's non-consolidated joint ventures for the
    three months ended December 31, 2009 and 2008, the three months ended
    September  30, 2009 and the years ended December 31, 2009 and 2008,
    respectively.



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