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Korn Ferry Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results of Operations

March 7, 2019

LOS ANGELES, March 7, 2019 /PRNewswire/ --

Highlights

  • Korn Ferry reports fee revenue of $474.5 million in Q3 FY'19, an increase of 6% (10% on a constant currency basis) from Q3 FY'18, driven by organic growth in all segments.
  • Operating income was $62.7 million in Q3 FY'19 with an operating margin of 13.2%.  Adjusted EBITDA was $77.7 million with Adjusted EBITDA margin of 16.4%.
  • Q3 FY'19 diluted earnings per share was $0.80 compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.48 in Q3 FY'18.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.81 in Q3 FY'19 compared to Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.70 in Q3 FY'18.
  • The Company continued with its balanced approach to capital allocation, buying back $14.7 million of stock during the quarter and declaring a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share on March 6, 2019 payable on April 15, 2019 to stockholders of record on March 26, 2019.  In addition, on March 6, 2019, the Board of Directors approved an increase in our capacity to repurchase shares to a total remaining availability of $250 million.  The shares may be repurchased from time to time in the open market or privately negotiated transactions, subject to market conditions and other factors.

Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY), a global organizational consulting firm, today announced third quarter fee revenue of $474.5 million.  Third quarter diluted earnings per share was $0.80 and Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.81.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the third quarter excludes $0.8 million related to retention awards from a prior acquisition, or $0.01 per share.

"I am pleased with the results of our recently completed third quarter.  We generated $475 million in fee revenue, up approximately 6% year-over-year, 10% at constant currency, with strong growth across all of our geographies and solutions.  Adjusted EBITDA was $78 million, with an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 16.4 percent – an all-time high.  We also continue to execute our balanced approach to capital deployment, repurchasing $14.7 million of our shares in the quarter, bringing our total recent share repurchases to nearly $100 million.  We have increased our capacity to repurchase shares to a total remaining availability of $250 million.  This move, in conjunction with our regular dividend, further drives our capital allocation strategy," said Gary D. Burnison, CEO, Korn Ferry.

"We are redefining an industry.  We are building a firm that has the scale and offerings that synchronize our clients' strategy with their organization and people to help them drive superior performance," added Burnison.

Selected Financial Results
(dollars in millions, except per share amounts) (a)

 

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

Fee revenue

$

474.5

 

$

447.6

 

$

1,435.3

 

$

1,291.9

Total revenue

$

486.2

 

$

460.8

 

$

1,471.3

 

$

1,331.2

Operating income

$

62.7

 

$

49.8

 

$

78.6

 

$

144.2

Operating margin

 

13.2%

   

11.1%

   

5.5%

   

11.2%

Net income attributable to Korn Ferry

$

45.0

 

$

27.2

 

$

52.4

 

$

92.6

Basic earnings per share

$

0.81

 

$

0.49

 

$

0.94

 

$

1.65

Diluted earnings per share

$

0.80

 

$

0.48

 

$

0.92

 

$

1.63

       

EBITDA Results (b):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

EBITDA

$

76.9

 

$

69.7

 

$

115.5

 

$

195.6

EBITDA margin

 

16.2%

   

15.5%

   

8.0%

   

15.2%

       

Adjusted Results (c):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

       

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

Adjusted EBITDA (b)

$

77.7

 

$

71.4

 

$

228.8

 

$

202.4

Adjusted EBITDA margin (b)

 

16.4%

   

15.9%

   

15.9%

   

15.7%

Adjusted net income attributable to Korn Ferry

$

45.8

 

$

39.9

 

$

138.2

 

$

108.9

Adjusted basic earnings per share

$

0.82

 

$

0.71

 

$

2.47

 

$

1.94

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.81

 

$

0.70

 

$

2.43

 

$

1.92

___________

(a)

Numbers may not total due to rounding.

(b)

EBITDA refers to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.  Adjusted EBITDA further adjusts EBITDA to exclude tradename write-offs, integration/acquisition costs and restructuring charges, net.  EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP financial measures (see attached reconciliations).

(c)  

Adjusted results are non-GAAP financial measures that adjust for the following, as applicable (see attached reconciliations):

 

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

       

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

Income tax impact due to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 (the "Tax Act")

$

 

$

11.3

 

$

 

$

11.3

Tradename write-offs

$

 

$

 

$

106.6

 

$

Integration/acquisition costs

$

0.8

 

$

1.7

 

$

6.7

 

$

6.7

Restructuring charges, net

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

0.1

Fee revenue was $474.5 million in Q3 FY'19, an increase of 6% (10% increase on a constant currency basis) compared to Q3 FY'18.  The increase in fee revenue was due to organic growth in all segments.

Operating income was $62.7 million in Q3 FY'19 compared to $49.8 million in the year-ago quarter.  Operating margin was 13.2% in Q3 FY'19 compared to 11.1% in the year-ago quarter.  The increase in operating income was primarily due to the increase in fee revenue, partially offset by an increase in compensation and benefits expense driven by an increase in average headcount and performance related bonus expense.

Adjusted EBITDA margin was 16.4%, compared to 15.9% in the year-ago quarter.  The increase in Adjusted EBITDA margin was impacted by the same factors as operating income offset by lower gains in other income, net due to market movements associated with marketable securities.

Results by Segment

Selected Executive Search Data
(dollars in millions) (a)

 

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

Fee revenue

$

193.4

 

$

180.4

 

$

584.0

 

$

518.4

Total revenue

$

198.0

 

$

185.5

 

$

598.0

 

$

531.9

Operating income

$

44.7

 

$

34.4

 

$

137.0

 

$

102.6

Operating margin

 

23.1%

   

19.1%

   

23.5%

   

19.8%

                       

Ending number of consultants

 

552

   

536

   

552

   

536

Average number of consultants

 

554

   

537

   

546

   

527

Engagements billed

 

3,849

   

3,671

   

8,201

   

7,709

New engagements (b)

 

1,608

   

1,564

   

5,073

   

4,735

                       
                             

EBITDA Results (c):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

EBITDA

$

48.2

 

$

37.3

 

$

144.1

 

$

110.3

EBITDA margin

 

24.9%

   

20.7%

   

24.7%

   

21.3%

                       

Adjusted Results (d):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

Adjusted EBITDA (c)

$

48.2

 

$

37.3

 

$

144.1

 

$

110.6

Adjusted EBITDA margin (c)

 

24.9%

   

20.7%

   

24.7%

   

21.3%

 

___________

(a)  

Numbers may not total due to rounding.

(b)  

Represents new engagements opened in the respective period.

(c)  

EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP financial measures (see attached reconciliations).

(d)  

Adjusted results are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the following (see attached reconciliations):

       

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

Restructuring charges, net

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

0.3

Fee revenue was $193.4 million in Q3 FY'19, an increase of $13.0 million or 7% (10% on a constant currency basis) compared to Q3 FY'18.  The increase in fee revenue was attributable to higher fee revenue in the North American, Asia Pacific and Latin American regions.

Operating income was $44.7 million in Q3 FY'19 compared to $34.4 million in Q3 FY'18.  Operating margin was 23.1% in Q3 FY'19 compared to 19.1% in the year-ago quarter.  The increase in operating income was due to higher fee revenue in Q3 FY'19 compared to Q3 FY'18, partially offset by an increase in general and administrative expenses driven by higher premise and office expense and adversely impacted by foreign exchange losses in Q3 FY'19 compared to gains in the year-ago quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA was $48.2 million in Q3 FY'19 with an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 24.9% compared to $37.3 million and 20.7%, respectively, in the year-ago quarter.

Selected Advisory Data
(dollars in millions) (a)

 

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

Fee revenue

$

201.5

 

$

198.1

 

$

614.0

 

$

577.5

Total revenue

$

205.7

 

$

202.0

 

$

627.2

 

$

589.1

Operating income (loss)

$

29.3

 

$

27.1

 

$

(24.4)

 

$

72.5

Operating margin

 

14.5%

   

13.7%

   

(4.0%)

   

12.5%

                       

Ending number of consultants (b)

 

569

   

590

   

569

   

590

Staff utilization (c)

 

62%

   

64%

   

65%

   

65%

                       

EBITDA Results (d):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

EBITDA

$

37.4

 

$

35.7

 

$

(1.1)

 

$

98.2

EBITDA margin

 

18.5%

   

18.0%

   

(0.2%)

   

17.0%

                       

Adjusted Results (e):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

       

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

Adjusted EBITDA (d)

$

38.1

 

$

37.3

 

$

112.1

 

$

104.4

Adjusted EBITDA margin (d)

 

18.9%

   

18.8%

   

18.3%

   

18.1%

 ___________

(a)  

Numbers may not total due to rounding.

(b)

Represents number of employees originating consulting services. 

(c)

Calculated by dividing the number of hours our full-time Advisory professional staff record to engagements during the period, by the total available working hours during the same period.

(d)

EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP financial measures (see attached reconciliations).

(e)

Adjusted results are non-GAAP financial measures that adjust for the following (see attached reconciliations):

       

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

Tradename write-offs

$

 

$

 

$

106.6

 

$

Integration/acquisition costs

$

0.8

 

$

1.6

 

$

6.6

 

$

6.5

Restructuring recoveries, net

$

 

$

 

$

 

$

(0.2)

Fee revenue was $201.5 million in Q3 FY'19 compared to $198.1 million in Q3 FY'18, an increase of $3.4 million or 2% (6% on a constant currency basis) compared to Q3 FY'18.  The increase in fee revenue was primarily driven by an increase in Consulting Solutions fee revenue across each of our Advisory businesses.

Operating income was $29.3 million in Q3 FY'19 with an operating margin of 14.5% compared to operating income of $27.1 million and an operating margin of 13.7% in the year-ago quarter.  The increase in operating income was primarily due to higher fee revenue compared to the year-ago quarter, partially offset by an increase in compensation and benefits expense driven by the use of outside contractors and higher commission expense.

Adjusted EBITDA was $38.1 million in Q3 FY'19 with an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 18.9% compared to $37.3 million and 18.8%, respectively, in the year-ago quarter.  The increase in Adjusted EBITDA margin was impacted by the same factors as operating income offset by decrease in integration/acquisition costs in Q3 FY'19 compared to the year-ago quarter.

Selected RPO and Professional Search Data
(dollars in millions) (a)

 

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

Fee revenue

$

79.6

 

$

69.1

 

$

237.4

 

$

196.0

Total revenue

$

82.5

 

$

73.3

 

$

246.1

 

$

210.2

Operating income

$

12.2

 

$

10.1

 

$

36.3

 

$

27.7

Operating margin

 

15.3%

   

14.6%

   

15.3%

   

14.1%

                       

Engagements billed (b)

 

1,296

   

1,284

   

2,809

   

2,677

New engagements (c)

 

652

   

730

   

2,154

   

2,173

                       

EBITDA and Adjusted Results (d):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

 

FY'19

 

FY'18

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

$

13.1

 

$

10.8

 

$

38.8

 

$

30.1

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

16.4%

   

15.6%

   

16.3%

   

15.3%

___________

(a)

Numbers may not total due to rounding.

(b)

Represents professional search engagements billed.

(c)

Represents new professional search engagements opened in the respective period.

(d)

EBITDA, EBITDA margin, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP financial measures (see attached reconciliations).

Fee revenue was $79.6 million in Q3 FY'19, an increase of $10.5 million or 15% (19% increase on a constant currency basis), compared to the year-ago quarter.  The higher fee revenue was driven by an increase in fee revenue in recruitment process outsourcing and professional search of $6.7 million and $3.8 million, respectively, in Q3 FY'19 compared to Q3 FY'18.

Operating income was $12.2 million in Q3 FY'19, an increase of $2.1 million compared to Q3 FY'18 operating income of $10.1 million.  Operating margin was 15.3% in the current quarter compared to 14.6% in the year-ago quarter. 

EBITDA was $13.1 million during Q3 FY'19, an increase of $2.3 million compared to Q3 FY'18.  EBITDA margin was 16.4% in Q3 FY'19 and 15.6% in Q3 FY'18.

Outlook

Assuming worldwide economic conditions, financial markets and foreign exchange rates remain steady, on a consolidated basis:

  • Q4 FY'19 fee revenue is expected to be in the range of $485 million and $505 million; and
  • Q4 FY'19 diluted earnings per share is likely to range between $0.85 to $0.93.

Earnings Conference Call Webcast

The earnings conference call will be held today at 4:30 PM (EST) and hosted by CEO Gary Burnison, CFO Robert Rozek and SVP Finance Gregg Kvochak.  The conference call will be webcast and available online at ir.kornferry.com.  We will also post to this section of our website slides, which will accompany our webcast, and other important information, and encourage you to review the information that we make available on our website.

About Korn Ferry

Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm.  We help clients synchronize strategy and talent to drive superior performance.  We work with organizations to design their structures, roles, and responsibilities.  We help them hire the right people to bring their strategy to life.  And we advise them on how to reward, develop, and motivate their people.  Visit kornferry.com for more information.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this press release and our conference call that relate to future results and events ("forward-looking statements") are based on Korn Ferry's current expectations.  These statements, which include words such as "believes", "expects" or "likely", include references to our outlook.  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements.  Actual results in future periods may differ materially from those currently expected or desired because of a number of risks and uncertainties that are beyond the control of Korn Ferry.  The potential risks and uncertainties include those relating to competition, changes in demand for our services as a result of automation, the dependence on attracting and retaining qualified and experienced consultants, our ability to maintain relationships with customers and suppliers and retain key employees, maintaining our brand name and professional reputation, potential legal liability and regulatory developments, the portability of client relationships, global and local political or economic developments in or affecting countries where we have operations, currency fluctuations in our international operations, risks related to growth, alignment of our cost structure, restrictions imposed by off-limits agreements, reliance on information processing systems, cyber security vulnerabilities, changes to data security, data privacy and data protection laws, limited protection of our intellectual property, our ability to enhance and develop new technology, our ability to develop new products and services, the utilization and billing rates of our consultants, our ability to successfully recover from a disaster or other business continuity problems, changes in our accounting estimates/assumptions, tax accounting effects of the Tax Act, impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, deferred tax assets that we may not be able to use, seasonality, risks related to the integration of recently acquired businesses, employment liability risk, the impact of rebranding on the Company's products and services; the expected timing of the Company's rebranding and entity rationalization plan, and the costs of the Company's rebranding and entity rationalization plan.  For a detailed description of risks and uncertainties that could cause differences, please refer to Korn Ferry's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange CommissionKorn Ferry disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains financial information calculated other than in accordance with U.S. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP").  In particular, it includes:

  • Adjusted net income attributable to Korn Ferry, adjusted to exclude the tax impact associated with the Tax Act, restructuring (recoveries) charges, net, integration/acquisition costs and tradename write-offs, net of income tax effect;
  • Adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share, adjusted to exclude the tax impact associated with the Tax Act, restructuring (recoveries) charges, net, integration/acquisition costs and tradename write-offs, net of income tax effect; and in the case of the outlook section, also adjusted for tax rate impact;
  • Constant currency (calculated using a quarterly average) amounts that represent the outcome that would have resulted had exchange rates in the reported period been the same as those in effect in the comparable prior year period;
  • EBITDA, or earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and EBITDA margin; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA, which is EBITDA further adjusted to exclude restructuring (recoveries) charges, net, integration/acquisition costs and tradename write-offs, and Adjusted EBITDA margin.

This non-GAAP disclosure has limitations as an analytical tool, should not be viewed as a substitute for financial information determined in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the Company's results as reported under GAAP, nor is it necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies.

Management believes the presentation of non-GAAP financial measures in this press release provides meaningful supplemental information regarding Korn Ferry's performance by excluding certain charges and other items that may not be indicative of Korn Ferry's ongoing operating results.  These non-GAAP financial measures are performance measures and are not indicative of the liquidity of Korn Ferry.  These charges and other items represent 1) the tax impact associated with the Tax Act, 2) costs we incurred to acquire and integrate a portion of our Advisory business, 3) charges we incurred or recoveries we received to restructure the combined company due to the acquisition of a portion of our Advisory business, and 4) tradename write-offs associated with the rebranding plan initiated by Korn Ferry.  The use of non-GAAP financial measures facilitates comparisons to Korn Ferry's historical performance.  Korn Ferry includes non-GAAP financial measures because management believes they are useful to investors in allowing for greater transparency with respect to supplemental information used by management in its evaluation of Korn Ferry's ongoing operations and financial and operational decision-making.  Management further believes that EBITDA is useful to investors because it is frequently used by investors and other interested parties to measure operating performance among companies with different capital structures, effective tax rates and tax attributes and capitalized asset values, all of which can vary substantially from company to company.  In the case of constant currency amounts, management believes the presentation of such information provides useful supplemental information regarding Korn Ferry's performance as excluding the impact of exchange rate changes on Korn Ferry's financial performance allows investors to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of the Company's operating results, to better identify operating trends that may otherwise be masked or distorted by exchange rate changes and to perform related trend analysis, and provides a higher degree of transparency of information used by management in its evaluation of Korn Ferry's ongoing operations and financial and operational decision-making. 

[Tables attached]

KORN FERRY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

 (in thousands, except per share amounts)

 
   

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

   

January 31,

 

January 31,

   

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

   

(unaudited)

Fee revenue

 

$

474,504

 

$

447,581

 

$

1,435,277

 

$

1,291,853

Reimbursed out-of-pocket engagement expenses

   

11,668

   

13,189

   

36,050

   

39,302

           Total revenue

   

486,172

   

460,770

   

1,471,327

   

1,331,155

                         

Compensation and benefits

   

321,835

   

309,527

   

979,575

   

882,102

General and administrative expenses

   

61,179

   

58,516

   

287,641

   

175,380

Reimbursed expenses

   

11,668

   

13,189

   

36,050

   

39,302

Cost of services

   

17,066

   

17,467

   

55,020

   

53,163

Depreciation and amortization

   

11,741

   

12,225

   

34,490

   

36,881

Restructuring charges, net

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

78

           Total operating expenses

   

423,489

   

410,924

   

1,392,776

   

1,186,906

                         

Operating income

   

62,683

   

49,846

   

78,551

   

144,249

 Other income, net

   

2,401

   

7,510

   

2,292

   

14,311

 Interest expense, net

   

(4,282)

   

(3,710)

   

(12,722)

   

(11,014)

         Income before provision for income taxes and equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries

   

60,802

   

53,646

   

68,121

   

147,546

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries

   

62

   

97

   

191

   

187

Income tax provision

   

15,420

   

26,316

   

14,143

   

54,145

 Net income

   

45,444

   

27,427

   

54,169

   

93,588

           Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

   

(480)

   

(180)

   

(1,782)

   

(969)

Net income attributable to Korn Ferry

 

$

44,964

 

$

27,247

 

$

52,387

 

$

92,619

                         

Earnings per common share attributable to Korn Ferry:

                       

      Basic

 

$

0.81

 

$

0.49

 

$

0.94

 

$

1.65

      Diluted

 

$

0.80

 

$

0.48

 

$

0.92

 

$

1.63

                         

Weighted-average common shares outstanding:

                       

      Basic

   

55,233

   

55,252

   

55,358

   

55,479

      Diluted

   

55,753

   

55,997

   

56,181

   

56,236

                         

 Cash dividends declared per share:

 

$

0.10

 

$

0.10

 

$

0.30

 

$

0.30

 

KORN FERRY AND SUBSIDIARIES

FINANCIAL SUMMARY BY SEGMENT

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 
   

Three Months Ended January 31,

 

Nine Months Ended January 31,

   

2019

     

2018

 

% Change

 

2019

     

2018

 

% Change

                                         

Fee revenue:

                                     

Executive Search:

                                     
 

North America

$

114,215

     

$

102,716

 

11.2%

 

$

342,175

     

$

296,093

 

15.6%

 

EMEA

 

45,940

       

46,782

 

(1.8%)

   

137,522

       

128,249

 

7.2%

 

Asia Pacific

 

25,687

       

24,493

 

4.9%

   

79,918

       

71,983

 

11.0%

 

Latin America

 

7,554

       

6,425

 

17.6%

   

24,339

       

22,048

 

10.4%

Total Executive Search

 

193,396

       

180,416

 

7.2%

   

583,954

       

518,373

 

12.7%

Advisory

 

201,502

       

198,056

 

1.7%

   

613,966

       

577,462

 

6.3%

RPO and Professional Search

 

79,606

       

69,109

 

15.2%

   

237,357

       

196,018

 

21.1%

 

Total fee revenue

 

474,504

       

447,581

 

6.0%

   

1,435,277

       

1,291,853

 

11.1%

Reimbursed out-of-pocket engagement expenses

 

11,668

       

13,189

 

(11.5%)

   

36,050

       

39,302

 

(8.3%)

 

Total revenue

$

486,172

     

$

460,770

 

5.5%

 

$

1,471,327

     

$

1,331,155

 

10.5%

                                       

Operating income (loss):

     

Margin

       

Margin

       

Margin

       

Margin

Executive Search:

                                     
 

North America

$

30,596

 

26.8%

 

$

21,408

 

20.8%

 

$

92,438

 

27.0%

 

$

66,517

 

22.5%

 

EMEA

 

7,525

 

16.4%

   

7,329

 

15.7%

   

21,813

 

15.9%

   

20,349

 

15.9%

 

Asia Pacific

 

5,929

 

23.1%

   

5,289

 

21.6%

   

19,337

 

24.2%

   

12,811

 

17.8%

 

Latin America

 

653

 

8.6%

   

408

 

6.4%

   

3,460

 

14.2%

   

2,961

 

13.4%

Total Executive Search

 

44,703

 

23.1%

   

34,434

 

19.1%

   

137,048

 

23.5%

   

102,638

 

19.8%

Advisory

 

29,279

 

14.5%

   

27,057

 

13.7%

   

(24,374)

 

(4.0%)

   

72,459

 

12.5%

RPO and Professional Search

 

12,176

 

15.3%

   

10,064

 

14.6%

   

36,337

 

15.3%

   

27,727

 

14.1%

Corporate

 

(23,475)

       

(21,709)

       

(70,460)

       

(58,575)

   
 

 Total operating income

$

62,683

 

13.2%

 

$

49,846

 

11.1%

 

$

78,551

 

5.5%

 

$

144,249

 

11.2%

 

 

KORN FERRY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

       
 

January 31,

 

April 30,

 

 

2019

 

 

2018

 

(unaudited)

     

ASSETS

         

Cash and cash equivalents

$

489,509

 

$

520,848

Marketable securities

 

6,414

   

14,293

Receivables due from clients, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $22,046 and $17,845 at January 31, 2019 and April 30, 2018, respectively

 

421,812

   

384,996

Income taxes and other receivables

 

29,502

   

29,089

Unearned compensation

 

41,739

   

37,333

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

28,106

   

27,700

Total current assets

 

1,017,082

   

1,014,259

           

Marketable securities, non-current

 

126,950

   

122,792

Property and equipment, net

 

130,266

   

119,901

Cash surrender value of company owned life insurance policies, net of loans

 

124,607

   

120,087

Deferred income taxes

 

40,530

   

25,520

Goodwill

 

580,021

   

584,222

Intangible assets, net

 

86,308

   

203,216

Unearned compensation, non-current

 

88,986

   

78,295

Investments and other assets

 

22,803

   

19,622

Total assets

$

2,217,553

 

$

2,287,914

           

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

         

Accounts payable

$

31,151

 

$

35,196

Income taxes payable

 

24,287

   

23,034

Compensation and benefits payable

 

266,925

   

304,980

Current portion of long-term debt

 

-

   

24,911

Other accrued liabilities

 

163,997

   

170,339

Total current liabilities

 

486,360

   

558,460

           

Deferred compensation and other retirement plans

 

240,856

   

227,729

Long-term debt

 

222,662

   

211,311

Deferred tax liabilities

 

1,434

   

9,105

Other liabilities

 

59,201

   

61,694

Total liabilities

 

1,010,513

   

1,068,299

           

Stockholders' equity

         

Common stock: $0.01 par value, 150,000 shares authorized, 72,440 and 71,631 shares issued at January 31, 2019 and April 30, 2018, respectively, and 56,420 and 56,517 shares outstanding at January 31, 2019 and April 30, 2018, respectively

 

651,683

   

683,942

Retained earnings

 

616,282

   

572,800

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net

 

(63,271)

   

(40,135)

Total Korn Ferry stockholders' equity

 

1,204,694

   

1,216,607

Noncontrolling interest

 

2,346

   

3,008

Total stockholders' equity

 

1,207,040

   

1,219,615

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

2,217,553

 

$

2,287,914

 

KORN FERRY AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

         
   

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

   

January 31,

 

January 31,

   

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

   

(unaudited)

 Operating income

 

$

62,683

 

$

49,846

 

$

78,551

 

$

144,249

 Depreciation and amortization

   

11,741

   

12,225

   

34,490

   

36,881

 Other income, net

   

2,401

   

7,510

   

2,292

   

14,311

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net

   

62

   

97

   

191

   

187

           EBITDA

   

76,887

   

69,678

   

115,524

   

195,628

 Restructuring charges, net (1)

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

78

 Integration/acquisition costs (2)

   

804

   

1,673

   

6,746

   

6,654

 Tradename write-offs (3)

   

-

   

-

   

106,555

   

-

           Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

77,691

 

$

71,351

 

$

228,825

 

$

202,360

                         

 Operating margin

   

13.2%

   

11.1%

   

5.5%

   

11.2%

 Depreciation and amortization

   

2.5%

   

2.7%

   

2.4%

   

2.9%

 Other income, net

   

0.5%

   

1.7%

   

0.1%

   

1.1%

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

            EBITDA margin

   

16.2%

   

15.5%

   

8.0%

   

15.2%

 Restructuring charges, net (1)

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

 Integration/acquisition costs (2)

   

0.2%

   

0.4%

   

0.5%

   

0.5%

 Tradename write-offs (3)

   

-

   

-

   

7.4%

   

-

           Adjusted EBITDA margin

   

16.4%

   

15.9%

   

15.9%

   

15.7%

                         

 Net income attributable to Korn Ferry

 

$

44,964

 

$

27,247

 

$

52,387

 

$

92,619

 Restructuring charges, net (1)

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

78

 Integration/acquisition costs (2)

   

804

   

1,673

   

6,746

   

6,654

 Tradename write-offs (3)

   

-

   

-

   

106,555

   

-

 Tax effect on the above items (4)

   

31

   

(368)

   

(27,496)

   

(1,773)

 Tax effect on impact of new tax law (5)

   

-

   

11,345

   

-

   

11,345

          Adjusted net income attributable to Korn Ferry

 

$

45,799

 

$

39,897

 

$

138,192

 

$

108,923

                         

 Basic earnings per common share

 

$

0.81

 

$

0.49

 

$

0.94

 

$

1.65

 Restructuring charges, net (1)

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

 Integration/acquisition costs (2)

   

0.01

   

0.03

   

0.12

   

0.12

 Tradename write-offs (3)

   

-

   

-

   

1.92

   

-

 Tax effect on the above items (4)

   

-

   

(0.01)

   

(0.51)

   

(0.03)

 Tax effect on impact of new tax law (5)

   

-

   

0.20

   

-

   

0.20

           Adjusted basic earnings per share

 

$

0.82

 

$

0.71

 

$

2.47

 

$

1.94

                         

 Diluted earnings per common share

 

$

0.80

 

$

0.48

 

$

0.92

 

$

1.63

 Restructuring charges, net (1)

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

 Integration/acquisition costs (2)

   

0.01

   

0.03

   

0.12

   

0.12

 Tradename write-offs (3)

   

-

   

-

   

1.89

   

-

 Tax effect on the above items (4)

   

-

   

(0.01)

   

(0.50)

   

(0.03)

 Tax effect on impact of new tax law (5)

   

-

   

0.20

   

-

   

0.20

           Adjusted diluted earnings per share

 

$

0.81

 

$

0.70

 

$

2.43

 

$

1.92

 

Explanation of Non-GAAP Adjustments

(1)

Restructuring plan implemented in order to rationalize our cost structure by eliminating redundant positions and consolidating office space due to a previous acquisition that took place on December 1, 2015.

(2)

Costs associated with completing a previous acquisition, such as legal and professional fees, retention awards and the on-going integration expenses to combine the companies.

(3)

The Company is implementing a plan to go to market under a single, master brand architecture to simplify the Company's organizational structure by eliminating and/or consolidating certain legal entities and implementing a rebranding of the Company to offer the Company's current products and services using the "Korn Ferry" name, branding and trademarks. As a result of this the Company was required under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles to record a one-time, non-cash tradename write-offs.

(4)

Tax effect on restructuring charges, net, integration/acquisition costs and tradename write-offs.

(5)

The tax impact due to provisional tax charge recorded as a result of the Tax Act.

 

KORN FERRY AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME AND OPERATING INCOME (GAAP) TO

EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA (NON-GAAP)

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended January 31, 2019

 

Executive Search

                       
 

North
America

 

EMEA

 

Asia
Pacific

 

Latin
America

 

Subtotal

 

Advisory

 

RPO and
Professional
Search

 

Corporate

 

Consolidated

                                                     

Fee revenue

$

114,215

 

$

45,940

 

$

25,687

 

$

7,554

 

$

193,396

 

$

201,502

 

$

79,606

 

$

-

 

$

474,504

Total revenue

$

117,725

 

$

46,639

 

$

26,046

 

$

7,573

 

$

197,983

 

$

205,677

 

$

82,512

 

$

-

 

$

486,172

                                                     

Net income attributable to Korn Ferry

                                               

$

44,964

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

                                                 

480

Other income, net

                                                 

(2,401)

Interest expense, net

                                                 

4,282

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net

                                                 

(62)

Income tax provision

                                                 

15,420

Operating income (loss)

$

30,596

 

$

7,525

 

$

5,929

 

$

653

 

$

44,703

 

$

29,279

 

$

12,176

 

$

(23,475)

   

62,683

Depreciation and amortization

 

970

   

402

   

338

   

97

   

1,807

   

7,307

   

803

   

1,824

   

11,741

Other income (loss), net

 

1,564

   

26

   

(134)

   

133

   

1,589

   

786

   

77

   

(51)

   

2,401

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net

 

62

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

62

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

62

EBITDA

 

33,192

   

7,953

   

6,133

   

883

   

48,161

   

37,372

   

13,056

   

(21,702)

   

76,887

EBITDA margin

 

29.1%

   

17.3%

   

23.9%

   

11.7%

   

24.9%

   

18.5%

   

16.4%

         

16.2%

                                                     

Integration/acquisition costs

 

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

777

   

-

   

27

   

804

Adjusted EBITDA

$

33,192

 

$

7,953

 

$

6,133

 

$

883

 

$

48,161

 

$

38,149

 

$

13,056

 

$

(21,675)

 

$

77,691

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

29.1%

   

17.3%

   

23.9%

   

11.7%

   

24.9%

   

18.9%

   

16.4%

         

16.4%

                                                     
 

Three Months Ended January 31, 2018

 

Executive Search

                       
 

North
America

 

EMEA

 

Asia
Pacific

 

Latin
America

 

Subtotal

 

Advisory

 

RPO and Professional Search

 

Corporate

 

Consolidated

                                                     

Fee revenue

$

102,716

 

$

46,782

 

$

24,493

 

$

6,425

 

$

180,416

 

$

198,056

 

$

69,109

 

$

-

 

$

447,581

Total revenue

$

106,332

 

$

47,763

 

$

24,942

 

$

6,456

 

$

185,493

 

$

201,961

 

$

73,316

 

$

-

 

$

460,770

                                                     

Net income attributable to Korn Ferry

                                               

$

27,247

Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest

                                                 

180

Other income, net

                                                 

(7,510)

Interest expense, net

                                                 

3,710

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net

                                                 

(97)

Income tax provision

                                                 

26,316

Operating income (loss)

$

21,408

 

$

7,329

 

$

5,289

 

$

408

 

$

34,434

 

$

27,057

 

$

10,064

 

$

(21,709)

   

49,846

Depreciation and amortization

 

990

   

458

   

361

   

113

   

1,922

   

7,882

   

733

   

1,688

   

12,225

Other income, net

 

585

   

37

   

185

   

40

   

847

   

768

   

2

   

5,893

   

7,510

Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net

 

97

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

97

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

97

EBITDA

 

23,080

   

7,824

   

5,835

   

561

   

37,300

   

35,707

   

10,799

   

(14,128)

   

69,678

EBITDA margin

 

22.5%

   

16.7%

   

23.8%

   

8.7%

   

20.7%

   

18.0%

   

15.6%

         

15.5%

                                                     

Integration/acquisition costs

 

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

-

   

1,593

   

-

   

80

   

1,673

Adjusted EBITDA

$

23,080

 

$

7,824

 

$

5,835

 

$

561

 

$

37,300

 

$

37,300

 

$

10,799

 

$

(14,048)

 

$

71,351

Adjusted EBITDA margin

 

22.5%

   

16.7%

   

23.8%

   

8.7%

   

20.7%

   

18.8%

   

15.6%

         

15.9%

 
 
 

KORN FERRY AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME AND OPERATING INCOME (GAAP) TO

EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA (NON-GAAP)

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

 
 

Nine Months Ended January 31, 2019

 

Executive Search

                       
 

North
America

 

EMEA

 

Asia
Pacific

 

Latin
America

 

Subtotal

 

Advisory

 

RPO and
Professional
Search

 

Corporate

 

Consolidated

                                                     

Fee revenue

$

342,175

 

$

137,522

 

$

79,918

 

$

24,339

 

$

583,954

 

$

613,966

 

$

237,357

 

$

-

 

$

1,435,277

Total revenue

$

352,804

 

$

140,024

 

$

80,817

 

$

24,388

 

$

598,033

 

$

627,243

 

$

246,051

 

$

-

 

$

1,471,327

                                                     

Net income attributable to Korn Ferry