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Korn Ferry International Announces Third Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results of Operations

March 6, 2017

LOS ANGELES, March 6, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Highlights

  • Korn Ferry reports an 11% increase in Q3 FY'17 fee revenue compared to the year ago-quarter, primarily driven by the acquisition in Hay Group.
  • Futurestep's new business in the quarter reached a record high of $103.8 million, with a record $83 million in Solutions new business.
  • Operating margin was 8.0% in Q3 FY'17 compared to an operating margin of (4.1)% in Q3 FY'16.  Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 14.5% in Q3 FY'17 from 13.6% in Q3 FY'16.
  • Q3 FY'17 diluted earnings per share was $0.42 compared to diluted loss per share of $0.30 in Q3 FY'16.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.53 in Q3 FY'17, compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share in Q3 FY'16 of $0.52.
  • The Company continued to repurchase shares in the open market with cumulative share repurchases of 893,000 since October 2016, representing a reduction of approximately 1.6% of outstanding shares of common stock.
  • The Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share on March 6, 2017, payable on April 14, 2017 to stockholders of record on March 23, 2017.

Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm, today announced third quarter fee revenue of $381.9 million.  Q3 FY'17 diluted earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.42 and $0.53, respectively.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share exclude $8.6 million, or $0.15 per share, of restructuring charges, net and integration/acquisition costs.

"I am pleased to report an 11% increase in fee revenue to $382 million and strong profitability with adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.53 and adjusted EBITDA of approximately $55 million during our recently completed third quarter, benefitted by the acquisition of Hay Group," said Gary D. Burnison, CEO of Korn Ferry.  "I'm confident the steps we have taken since combining with the Hay Group – broadening our solutions, unifying two outstanding workforces and streamlining our operations – have not only created the world's leading organizational and people advisory firm, but a transformational platform for growth and scale."

Selected Financial Results

 

(dollars in millions, except per share amounts) (a)

 
   
 

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Fee revenue

$       381.9

 

$       344.2

 

$  1,159.5

 

$     892.2

   

Total revenue

$       394.2

 

$       358.9

 

$  1,202.1

 

$     929.6

   

Operating income (loss)

$         30.5

 

$       (14.1)

 

$       81.6

 

$       47.8

   

Operating margin

8.0 %

 

(4.1) %

 

7.0 %

 

5.4 %

   

Net income (loss) attributable to Korn Ferry

$         23.9

 

$       (16.0)

 

$      57.3

 

$       25.1

   

Basic earnings (loss) per share

$         0.42

 

$       (0.30)

 

$      1.01

 

$       0.49

   

Diluted earnings (loss) per share

$         0.42

 

$       (0.30)

 

$      1.00

 

$       0.48

   
                   

EBITDA Results (b):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

EBITDA

$         46.6

 

$       (10.6)

 

$     124.4

 

$       64.4

   

EBITDA margin

12.2 %

 

(3.1) %

 

10.7 %

 

7.2 %

   
                   

Adjusted Results (c):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Adjusted fee revenue

$       381.9

 

$       350.1

 

$ 1,163.0

 

$      898.1

   

Adjusted EBITDA (b)

$         55.3

 

$         47.7

 

$    174.9

 

$      135.4

   

Adjusted EBITDA margin (b)

14.5 %

 

13.6 %

 

15.0 %

 

15.1 %

   

Adjusted net income attributable to Korn Ferry

$         30.1

 

$         28.8

 

$      93.7

 

$        78.1

   

Adjusted basic earnings per share

$         0.53

 

$         0.53

 

$      1.65

 

$        1.51

   

Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$         0.53

 

$         0.52

 

$      1.63

 

$        1.50

   
 

___________

(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 restructuring charges, net, integration/acquisition costs and separation costs and includes the deferred revenue adjustment related to the acquisition in Hay Group (formerly known as Leadership & Talent Consulting ("Legacy LTC") and combined with HG (Luxembourg) S.à.r.l ("Legacy Hay")).  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'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Integration/acquisition costs

$              4.8

 

$               21.1

 

$             18.7

 

$             33.8

   

Restructuring charges, net

$              3.8

 

$               30.6

 

$             28.3

 

$             30.6

   

Deferred revenue adjustment related to the Legacy Hay acquisition

$               —

 

$                 5.9

 

$               3.5

 

$               5.9

   

Separation costs

$               —

 

$                 0.7

 

$                —

 

$               0.7

   

Write-off of debt issuance costs

$               —

 

$                  —

 

$               1.0

 

$                —

   

 

Fee revenue was $381.9 million in Q3 FY'17, an increase of 11.0% (13.3% increase on a constant currency basis) compared to Q3 FY'16.  The growth was primarily due to an increase in fee revenue associated with the acquisition of Legacy Hay that was completed on December 1, 2015, and organic growth in Futurestep fee revenue.

Operating margin was 8.0% in Q3 FY'17 compared to (4.1)% in the year-ago quarter.  EBITDA margin was 12.2% in Q3 FY'17 compared to (3.1)% in Q3 FY'16.  In Q3 FY'17, the increase in operating and EBITDA margin was primarily due to a decrease in both restructuring charges, net and integration/acquisition costs and higher fee revenues.

Adjusted EBITDA margin was 14.5%, compared to 13.6% in the year-ago quarter.  The increase in Adjusted EBITDA margin was primarily due to the improvement in margins in the Hay Group segment due to the synergies achieved in connection with the Legacy Hay acquisition.

Results by Segment

 
   

Selected Executive Search Data

 

(dollars in millions) (a)

 
   
 

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Fee revenue

$       152.8

 

$     154.6

 

$       455.4

 

$      463.2

   

Total revenue

$       157.1

 

$     159.6

 

$       469.2

 

$      479.1

   

Operating income

$         29.3

 

$       34.6

 

$         93.7

 

$      108.7

   

Operating margin

19.2 %

 

22.4 %

 

20.6 %

 

23.5 %

   
                   

Ending number of consultants

507

 

492

 

507

 

492

   

Average number of consultants

504

 

493

 

498

 

472

   

Engagements billed

3,328

 

2,975

 

7,113

 

6,440

   

New engagements (b)

1,453

 

1,302

 

4,424

 

4,054

   
                   

EBITDA Results (c):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

EBITDA

$         31.4

 

$        35.7

 

$       99.2

 

$      113.2

   

EBITDA margin

20.5 %

 

23.0 %

 

21.8 %

 

24.4 %

   
                   

Adjusted Results (d):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Adjusted EBITDA (c)

$        32.6

 

$        43.0

 

$     103.2

 

$      120.5

   

Adjusted EBITDA margin (c)

21.3 %

 

27.7 %

 

22.7 %

 

26.0 %

   
 

___________

(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'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Restructuring charges, net

$               1.2

 

$               7.3

 

$             4.0

 

$               7.3

   

 

Fee revenue was $152.8 million in Q3 FY'17, a decrease of $1.8 million (an increase of $1.8 million on a constant currency basis) compared to Q3 FY'16. 

Operating income was $29.3 million in Q3 FY'17 compared to $34.6 million in Q3 FY'16.  Operating margin was 19.2% in Q3 FY'17 compared to 22.4% in the year-ago quarter.  The decrease in operating income and operating margin was due to lower fee revenue, higher compensation and benefits cost associated with recent new hires, the unfavorable impact of an increase in the fair value of amounts owed under certain deferred compensation plans and the unfavorable impact of foreign exchange rates.

EBITDA was $31.4 million in Q3 FY'17 with an EBITDA margin of 20.5% compared to $35.7 million and 23.0%, respectively, in Q3 FY'16.  Adjusted EBITDA was $32.6 million in Q3 FY'17 with an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 21.3% compared to $43.0 million and 27.7%, respectively, in Q3 FY'16.  

Selected Hay Group Data

 

(dollars in millions) (a)

 
   
 

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Fee revenue

$      175.7

 

$     140.6

 

$       539.1

 

$     283.4

   

Total revenue

$      179.0

 

$     146.1

 

$       552.8

 

$     293.5

   

Operating income (loss)

$        16.0

 

$     (21.6)

 

$         31.2

 

$       (6.3)

   

Operating margin

9.1 %

 

(15.3) %

 

5.8 %

 

(2.2) %

   
                   

Ending number of consultants (b)

559

 

183

 

559

 

183

   

Staff utilization (c)

62 %

 

62 %

 

66 %

 

65 %

   
                   

EBITDA Results (d):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

EBITDA

$        24.2

 

$      (14.7)

 

$         55.6

 

$          7.0

   

EBITDA margin

13.8 %

 

(10.5) %

 

10.3 %

 

2.5 %

   
                   

Adjusted Results (e):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Adjusted fee revenue

$      175.7

 

$      146.5

 

$       542.6

 

$      289.3

   

Adjusted EBITDA (d)

$        30.1

 

$        22.8

 

$         95.2

 

$        48.2

   

Adjusted EBITDA margin (d)

17.1 %

 

15.6 %

 

17.5 %

 

16.7 %

   
 

___________

(a) 

Numbers may not total due to rounding.

(b)

Represents number of employees originating consulting services.  Prior year numbers do not include Legacy Hay employees because those employees were not mapped to our existing job categories.

(c)

Calculated by dividing the number of hours our full-time Hay Group 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'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Integration/acquisition costs

$               3.4

 

$              8.4

 

$           12.0

 

$             12.1

   

Restructuring charges, net

$               2.5

 

$            23.2

 

$           24.0

 

$             23.2

   

Deferred revenue adjustment related to the Legacy Hay acquisition

$                —

 

$              5.9

 

$             3.5

 

$               5.9

   

 

Fee revenue was $175.7 million in Q3 FY'17 compared to $140.6 million in Q3 FY'16, an increase of $35.1 million or 25.0% (a $38.2 million or 27.2% increase on a constant currency basis) compared to the year-ago quarter.  The increase in fee revenue is primarily attributed to the Legacy Hay acquisition that was completed on December 1, 2015. 

Operating income was $16.0 million in Q3 FY'17, resulting in an operating margin of 9.1%.  Operating income increased by $37.6 million from the operating loss of $21.6 million in Q3 FY'16.  The change in operating income was primarily due to higher fee revenue and a decrease in restructuring charges, partially offset by increases in compensation and benefit expense and general and administrative expenses.

EBITDA was $24.2 million in Q3 FY'17, with a margin of 13.8%, up from an EBITDA loss and margin of $14.7 million and (10.5)%, respectively, in the year-ago quarter.  Adjusted EBITDA was $30.1 million in Q3 FY'17, an increase of $7.3 million compared to Q3 FY'16, resulting in an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 17.1% in the current quarter compared to 15.6% in the year-ago quarter. 

Selected Futurestep Data

 

(dollars in millions) (a)

 
   
 

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Fee revenue

$        53.4

 

$         49.0

 

$     165.0

 

$      145.6

   

Total revenue

$        58.1

 

$         53.2

 

$     180.0

 

$      157.0

   

Operating income

$          6.5

 

$           6.6

 

$       21.8

 

$        19.7

   

Operating margin

12.3 %

 

13.5 %

 

13.2 %

 

13.5 %

   
                   

Engagements billed (b)

1,096

 

824

 

2,206

 

1,718

   

New engagements (c)

539

 

435

 

1,617

 

1,366

   
                   

EBITDA Results (d):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

EBITDA

$           7.3

 

$          7.3

 

$       23.9

 

$        21.6

   

EBITDA margin

13.7 %

 

14.9 %

 

14.5 %

 

14.8 %

   
                   

Adjusted Results (e):

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Adjusted EBITDA (d)

$           7.4

 

$          7.3

 

$       24.0

 

$        21.6

   

Adjusted EBITDA margin (d)

13.9 %

 

14.9 %

 

14.6 %

 

14.8 %

   
 

___________

(a)

Numbers may not total due to rounding.

(b)

Represents search engagements billed.

(c)

Represents new search engagements opened in the respective period.

(d)

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

(e)

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

   
 

Third Quarter

 

Year to Date

   
 

FY'17

 

FY'16

 

FY'17

 

FY'16

   

Restructuring charges, net

$               0.1

 

$                 —

 

$             0.1

 

$                —

   

 

Fee revenue was $53.4 million in Q3 FY'17, an increase of $4.4 million or 9.0% (a $5.7 million or 11.6% increase on a constant currency basis), compared to the year-ago quarter.  

Operating income was $6.5 million in Q3 FY'17, essentially flat compared to Q3 FY'16.   Operating margin was 12.3% in the current quarter compared to 13.5% in the year-ago quarter.  The decline in operating margin was due to an increase in compensation and benefits expense primarily driven by the need to service an increase in engagements in the recruitment process outsourcing business tied to strong Q2 and Q3 FY'17 new engagements.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA were $7.3 million and $7.4 million, respectively, during Q3 FY'17, essentially flat compared to Q3 FY'16.

Outlook

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

  • Q4 FY'17 fee revenue is expected to be in the range of $398 million and $412 million; and
  • Q4 FY'17 diluted earnings per share is likely to range between $0.41 to $0.49.

On a consolidated adjusted basis:

  • Q4 FY'17 adjusted diluted earnings per share is expected to be in the range from $0.57 to $0.63.

 

 

Q4 FY'17

Earnings Per Share Outlook(1)

   
 

Low

 

High

   

Consolidated diluted earnings per share

$          0.41

 

$          0.49

   

  Integration/acquisition costs

0.03

 

0.02

   

  Restructuring charges,net

0.14

 

0.12

   

  Retention bonuses

0.05

 

0.05

   

  Tax rate impact

(0.06)

 

(0.05)

   

Consolidated adjusted diluted earnings per share

$          0.57

 

$          0.63

   
 

____________

(1)

Consolidated adjusted diluted earnings per share is a non-GAAP financial measure that excludes the items listed in the table.

 

Earnings Conference Call Webcast

The earnings conference call will be held today at 5:00 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 earnings 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 the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm.  We help leaders, organizations and societies succeed by releasing the full power and potential of people.  Our nearly 7,000 colleagues deliver services through Executive Search, Hay Group and Futurestep divisions.  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, the dependence on attracting and retaining qualified and experienced consultants, our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses including Legacy Hay, our ability to recognize the anticipated benefits of the acquisition of Legacy Hay which may be affected by, among other things, competition, our ability to grow and manage growth profitability, maintain relationships with customers and suppliers and retain key employees, costs related to the acquisition of Legacy Hay, maintaining our brand name and professional reputation, potential legal liability, 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 with our growth, restrictions imposed by off-limits agreements, reliance on information processing systems, cyber security vulnerabilities, limited protection of our intellectual property, our ability to enhance and develop new technology, our ability to develop new products and services, consolidation of industries we serve, our ability to successfully recover from a disaster or other business continuity problems, changes in our accounting estimates/assumptions, impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, deferred tax assets, seasonality, our ability to successfully rationalize our cost structure and employment liability risk.  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 International, adjusted to exclude restructuring charges, net, integration/acquisition costs, separation costs, write-off of debt issuance costs and includes the deferred revenue adjustment related to the Legacy Hay acquisition, net of income tax effect;
  • adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share, adjusted to exclude restructuring charges, net, integration/acquisition costs, separation costs, write-off of debt issuance costs and includes the deferred revenue adjustment related to the Legacy Hay acquisition, net of income tax effect; and in the case of the outlook section, also adjusted for tax rate impact;
  • constant currency 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;
  • Adjusted EBITDA, which is EBITDA further adjusted to exclude restructuring charges, net, integration/acquisition costs and separation costs and includes the deferred revenue adjustment related to the Legacy Hay acquisition, and Adjusted EBITDA margin; and
  • Adjusted fee revenue, which includes revenue that Hay Group would have realized over the ensuing year if not for business combination accounting that requires a company to record the acquisition balance sheet at fair value and write-off deferred revenue where no future services are required to be performed to earn that revenue.

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 represent 1) costs we incurred to acquire and integrate the Legacy Hay acquisition, 2) charges we incurred to restructure the combined company due to the acquisition of Legacy Hay, 3) separation costs, 4) debt issuance costs written-off upon replacement of our credit facility and 5) revenue that Hay Group would have realized if not for business combination accounting that requires a company to record the acquisition balance sheet at fair value and write-off deferred revenue where no future services are required to be performed to earn that revenue.  As such, reported fee revenue can make fee revenue and operating results appear to fluctuate more than they would if business combination accounting did not require deferred revenue to be written off. Adjusted fee revenue is not a measure that substitutes an individually tailored revenue recognition or measurement method for those of GAAP, rather, it is an adjustment for a short period of time that will provide better comparability in the current and future periods.  Management believes the presentation of adjusted fee revenue assists management in its evaluation of ongoing operations and provides useful information to investors because it 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 distorted by write-offs required under business combination accounting 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.  Management no longer has adjusted fee revenue after Q1 FY'17.  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 OPERATIONS 

 

 (in thousands, except per share amounts) 

 
   
                   
   

 Three Months Ended 

 

 Nine Months Ended 

 
   

 January 31, 

 

 January 31, 

 
   

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

 
   

 (unaudited) 

 

 Fee revenue 

 

$ 381,918

 

$ 344,158

 

$ 1,159,456

 

$ 892,152

 

 Reimbursed out-of-pocket engagement expenses 

 

12,277

 

14,721

 

42,626

 

37,401

 

           Total revenue 

 

394,195

 

358,879

 

1,202,082

 

929,553

 
                   

 Compensation and benefits 

 

262,438

 

242,429

 

796,014

 

610,493

 

 General and administrative expenses 

 

56,818

 

57,395

 

166,294

 

139,449

 

 Reimbursed expenses 

 

12,277

 

14,721

 

42,626

 

37,401

 

 Cost of services 

 

16,545

 

17,494

 

52,251

 

38,850

 

 Depreciation and amortization 

 

11,774

 

10,330

 

34,970

 

24,933

 

 Restructuring charges, net 

 

3,801

 

30,577

 

28,321

 

30,577

 

           Total operating expenses 

 

363,653

 

372,946

 

1,120,476

 

881,703

 
                   

 Operating income (loss) 

 

30,542

 

(14,067)

 

81,606

 

47,850

 

 Other income (loss), net 

 

4,200

 

(7,092)

 

7,580

 

(9,812)

 

 Interest expense, net 

 

(2,402)

 

(372)

 

(8,199)

 

(1,215)

 

           Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes and equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries 

 

32,340

 

(21,531)

 

80,987

 

36,823

 

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries 

 

113

 

181

 

221

 

1,446

 

 Income tax provision (benefit) 

 

8,075

 

(5,355)

 

21,706

 

13,211

 

 Net income (loss) 

 

24,378

 

(15,995)

 

59,502

 

25,058

 

           Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 

 

(481)

 

-

 

(2,245)

 

-

 

 Net income (loss) attributable to Korn/Ferry International 

 

$   23,897

 

$ (15,995)

 

$      57,257

 

$   25,058

 
                   

 Earnings (loss) per common share attributable to Korn/Ferry International: 

               

      Basic 

 

$       0.42

 

$      (0.30)

 

$           1.01

 

$       0.49

 

      Diluted 

 

$       0.42

 

$      (0.30)

 

$           1.00

 

$       0.48

 
                   

 Weighted-average common shares outstanding: 

                 

      Basic 

 

56,173

 

54,003

 

56,325

 

51,159

 

      Diluted 

 

56,702

 

54,003

 

56,917

 

51,683

 
                   

 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,

 
   

2017

     

2016

 

% Change

 

2017

     

2016

 

% Change

 
                                   

Fee Revenue:

                               

Executive search:

                               
 

North America

$   84,827

     

$   93,520

 

(9%)

 

$    259,361

     

$ 276,667

 

(6%)

 
 

EMEA 

39,147

     

35,498

 

10%

 

109,296

     

108,158

 

1%

 
 

Asia Pacific

21,012

     

19,094

 

10%

 

60,108

     

59,307

 

1%

 
 

Latin America

7,835

     

6,541

 

20%

 

26,645

     

19,083

 

40%

 

Total executive search

152,821

     

154,653

 

(1%)

 

455,410

     

463,215

 

(2%)

 

Hay Group

175,662

     

140,508

 

25%

 

539,086

     

283,350

 

90%

 

Futurestep

53,435

     

48,997

 

9%

 

164,960

     

145,587

 

13%

 
 

Total fee revenue

381,918

     

344,158

 

11%

 

1,159,456

     

892,152

 

30%

 

 Reimbursed out-of-pocket engagement expenses 

12,277

     

14,721

 

(17%)

 

42,626

     

37,401

 

14%

 
 

Total revenue

$ 394,195

     

$ 358,879

 

10%

 

$ 1,202,082

     

$ 929,553

 

29%

 
                                   

Operating Income (Loss):

   

Margin

     

Margin

     

Margin

     

Margin

 

Executive search:

                               
 

North America

$   17,718

 

20.9%

 

$   28,957

 

31.0%

 

$      60,458

 

23.3%

 

$   80,524

 

29.1%

 
 

EMEA

8,175

 

20.9%

 

1,707

 

4.8%

 

21,049

 

19.3%

 

14,912

 

13.8%

 
 

Asia Pacific

2,086

 

9.9%

 

2,775

 

14.5%

 

6,216

 

10.3%

 

9,668

 

16.3%

 
 

Latin America

1,352

 

17.3%

 

1,166

 

17.8%

 

5,966

 

22.4%

 

3,644

 

19.1%

 

Total executive search

29,331

 

19.2%

 

34,605

 

22.4%

 

93,689

 

20.6%

 

108,748

 

23.5%

 

Hay Group

15,988

 

9.1%

 

(21,559)

 

(15.3%)

 

31,188

 

5.8%

 

(6,286)

 

(2.2%)

 

Futurestep

6,549

 

12.3%

 

6,630

 

13.5%

 

21,849

 

13.2%

 

19,715

 

13.5%

 

Corporate

(21,326)

     

(33,743)

     

(65,120)

     

(74,327)

     
 

 Total operating income (loss)

$   30,542

 

8.0%

 

$ (14,067)

 

(4.1%)

 

$      81,606

 

7.0%

 

$   47,850

 

5.4%

 

 

 

KORN FERRY AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 

 (in thousands, except per share amounts) 

 
           
           
   

January 31,

 

April 30,

 
   

2017

 

2016

 

ASSETS

 

 (unaudited) 

     

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$    351,305

 

$    273,252

 

Marketable securities

 

4,139

 

11,338

 

Receivables due from clients, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $14,025 and $11,292 respectively

         
 

343,105

 

315,975

 

Income taxes and other receivables

 

23,828

 

20,579

 

Prepaid expenses and other assets

 

52,012

 

43,130

 

Total current assets

 

774,389

 

664,274

 
           

Marketable securities, non-current

 

111,289

 

130,092

 

Property and equipment, net

 

108,836

 

95,436

 

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

 

111,949

 

107,296

 

Deferred income taxes

 

23,810

 

27,163

 

Goodwill

 

581,034

 

590,072

 

Intangible assets, net

 

221,047

 

233,027

 

Investments and other assets

 

64,197

 

51,240

 

Total assets

 

$ 1,996,551

 

$ 1,898,600

 
           

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

         

Accounts payable

 

$      31,477

 

$      26,634

 

Income taxes payable

 

7,570

 

8,396

 

Compensation and benefits payable

 

198,807

 

266,211

 

Term loan

 

19,754

 

30,000

 

Other accrued liabilities

 

150,009

 

145,023

 

Total current liabilities

 

407,617

 

476,264

 
           

Deferred compensation and other retirement plans

 

221,385

 

216,113

 

Term loan, non-current

 

241,161

 

110,000

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

7,301

 

5,088

 

Other liabilities

 

51,085

 

43,834

 

Total liabilities

 

928,549

 

851,299

 
           

Stockholders' equity

         

Common stock: $0.01 par value, 150,000 shares authorized, 70,759 and 69,273 shares issued and 57,326 and 57,272 shares outstanding, respectively

         
 

700,696

 

702,098

 

Retained earnings

 

440,824

 

401,113

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net

 

(76,099)

 

(57,911)

 

Total Korn/Ferry International stockholders' equity

 

1,065,421

 

1,045,300

 

Noncontrolling interest

 

2,581

 

2,001

 

Total stockholders' equity

 

1,068,002

 

1,047,301

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

$ 1,996,551

 

$ 1,898,600

 

 

 

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, 

 
   

2017

 

2016

 

2017

 

2016

 
   

 (unaudited) 

 

 Fee revenue 

 

$ 381,918

 

$ 344,158

 

$ 1,159,456

 

$ 892,152

 

 Deferred revenue adjustment due to acquisition (1) 

 

-

 

5,871

 

3,535

 

5,871

 

           Adjusted fee revenue 

 

$ 381,918

 

$ 350,029

 

$ 1,162,991

 

$ 898,023

 
                   

 Operating income (loss) 

 

$   30,542

 

$ (14,067)

 

$      81,606

 

$   47,850

 

 Depreciation and amortization 

 

11,774

 

10,330

 

34,970

 

24,933

 

 Other income (loss), net 

 

4,200

 

(7,092)

 

7,580

 

(9,812)

 

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net 

 

113

 

181

 

221

 

1,446

 

           EBITDA 

 

46,629

 

(10,648)

 

124,377

 

64,417

 

 Deferred revenue adjustment due to acquisition (1) 

 

-

 

5,871

 

3,535

 

5,871

 

 Restructuring charges, net (2) 

 

3,801

 

30,577

 

28,321

 

30,577

 

 Integration/acquisition costs (3) 

 

4,830

 

21,147

 

18,677

 

33,815

 

 Separation costs (4) 

 

-

 

744

 

-

 

744

 

           Adjusted EBITDA 

 

$   55,260

 

$   47,691

 

$    174,910

 

$ 135,424

 
                   

 Operating margin 

 

8.0%

 

(4.1%)

 

7.0%

 

5.4%

 

 Depreciation and amortization 

 

3.1%

 

3.0%

 

3.0%

 

2.8%

 

 Other (loss) income, net 

 

1.1%

 

(2.1%)

 

0.7%

 

(1.1%)

 

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net 

 

-

 

0.1%

 

-

 

0.1%

 

            EBITDA margin 

 

12.2%

 

(3.1%)

 

10.7%

 

7.2%

 

 Deferred revenue adjustment due to acquisition (1) 

 

-

 

1.7%

 

0.3%

 

0.6%

 

 Restructuring charges, net (2) 

 

1.0%

 

8.7%

 

2.4%

 

3.4%

 

 Integration/acquisition costs (3) 

 

1.3%

 

6.1%

 

1.6%

 

3.8%

 

 Separation costs (4) 

 

-

 

0.2%

 

-

 

0.1%

 

           Adjusted EBITDA margin 

 

14.5%

 

13.6%

 

15.0%

 

15.1%

 
                   

 Net income (loss) attributable to Korn/Ferry International 

 

$   23,897

 

$ (15,995)

 

$      57,257

 

$   25,058

 

 Deferred revenue adjustment due to acquisition (1) 

 

-

 

5,871

 

3,535

 

5,871

 

 Restructuring charges, net (2) 

 

3,801

 

30,577

 

28,321

 

30,577

 

 Integration/acquisition costs (3) 

 

4,830

 

21,147

 

18,677

 

33,815

 

 Separation costs (4) 

 

-

 

744

 

-

 

744

 

 Write-off of debt issuance costs (5) 

 

-

 

-

 

954

 

-

 

 Tax effect on the above items (6) 

 

(2,440)

 

(13,590)

 

(15,074)

 

(17,973)

 

           Adjusted net income attributable to Korn/Ferry International 

 

$   30,088

 

$   28,754

 

$      93,670

 

$   78,092

 
                   

 Basic earnings (loss) per common share 

 

$       0.42

 

$      (0.30)

 

$           1.01

 

$       0.49

 

 Deferred revenue adjustment due to acquisition (1) 

 

-

 

0.11

 

0.06

 

0.11

 

 Restructuring charges, net (2) 

 

0.07

 

0.57

 

0.50

 

0.59

 

 Integration/acquisition costs (3) 

 

0.08

 

0.39

 

0.33

 

0.65

 

 Separation costs (4) 

 

-

 

0.01

 

-

 

0.01

 

 Write-off of debt issuance costs (5) 

 

-

 

-

 

0.02

 

-

 

 Tax effect on the above items (6) 

 

(0.04)

 

(0.25)

 

(0.27)

 

(0.34)

 

           Adjusted basic earnings per share 

 

$       0.53

 

$       0.53

 

$           1.65

 

$       1.51

 
                   

 Diluted earnings (loss) per common share 

 

$       0.42

 

$      (0.30)

 

$           1.00

 

$       0.48

 

 Deferred revenue adjustment due to acquisition (1) 

 

-

 

0.11

 

0.06

 

0.11

 

 Restructuring charges, net (2) 

 

0.07

 

0.56

 

0.49

 

0.59

 

 Integration/acquisition costs (3) 

 

0.08

 

0.39

 

0.33

 

0.65

 

 Separation costs (4) 

 

-

 

0.01

 

-

 

0.01

 

 Write-off of debt issuance costs (5) 

 

-

 

-

 

0.02

 

-

 

 Tax effect on the above items (6) 

 

(0.04)

 

(0.25)

 

(0.27)

 

(0.34)

 

           Adjusted diluted earnings per share 

 

$       0.53

 

$       0.52

 

$           1.63

 

$       1.50

 
                   
                   

Explanation of Non-GAAP Adjustments 

(1)

Increase in fee revenue relating to the deferred revenue recorded on the opening balance sheet of Hay Group, required by fair value accounting. The adjustment is included in the Hay Group segment.  On a GAAP basis, Hay Group fee revenue was $539.1 million during the nine months ended January 31, 2017 and $140.6 million and $283.4 million during the three  and nine months ended January 31, 2016,  respectively.  On an adjusted basis, Hay Group fee revenue was $542.6 million during the nine months ended January 31, 2017 and $146.5 million and $289.3 million during the three and nine months ended January 31, 2016, respectively. 

(2)

Restructuring plan implemented in order to rationalize our cost structure by eliminating redundant positions and consolidating office space due to the acquisition of Legacy Hay on December 1, 2015. 

(3)

Costs associated with completing the acquisition of Legacy Hay, such as legal and professional fees, and the on-going integration expenses to combine the companies. 

(4)

Certain senior management separation charges. 

(5)

Write-off of debt issuance costs as a result of replacing our prior Credit Agreement with a new senior secured Credit Agreement. 

(6)

Tax effect on deferred revenue adjustment associated with the acquisition of Legacy Hay, restructuring charges, net, integration/acquisition costs, separation costs and the write-off of debt issuance costs. 

 

 

KORN FERRY AND SUBSIDIARIES

 

RECONCILIATION OF NET INCOME (LOSS) AND OPERATING INCOME (LOSS) (GAAP) TO

 

EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA (NON-GAAP)

 

(in thousands)

 

(unaudited)

 
       
   

 Three Months Ended January 31, 2017 

 
   

 Executive Search 

                 
   

 North
America 

 

 EMEA 

 

 Asia Pacific 

 

 Latin
America 

 

 Subtotal 

 

 Hay Group 

 

 Futurestep 

 

 Corporate 

 

 Consolidated 

 
                                       

 Fee revenue 

 

$             84,827

 

$ 39,147

 

$       21,012

 

$               7,835

 

$ 152,821

 

$   175,662

 

$        53,435

 

$                  -

 

$           381,918

 

 Total revenue 

 

$             87,975

 

$ 39,965

 

$       21,336

 

$               7,856

 

$ 157,132

 

$   178,962

 

$        58,101

 

$                  -

 

$           394,195

 
                                       

 Net income attributable to Korn/Ferry International 

                             

$             23,897

 

 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 

                             

481

 

 Other income, net 

                                 

(4,200)

 

 Interest expense, net 

                                 

2,402

 

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net 

                                 

(113)

 

 Income tax provision 

                                 

8,075

 

 Operating income (loss) 

 

$             17,718

 

$   8,175

 

$         2,086

 

$               1,352

 

$   29,331

 

$     15,988

 

$           6,549

 

$     (21,326)

 

30,542

 

 Depreciation and amortization 

 

996

 

226

 

268

 

(21)

 

1,469

 

8,061

 

789

 

1,455

 

11,774

 

 Other income (loss), net 

 

316

 

19

 

60

 

61

 

456

 

122

 

(2)

 

3,624

 

4,200

 

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated  subsidiaries, net 

 

113

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

113

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

113

 

 EBITDA 

 

19,143

 

8,420

 

2,414

 

1,392

 

31,369

 

24,171

 

7,336

 

(16,247)

 

46,629

 

 EBITDA margin 

 

22.6%

 

21.5%

 

11.5%

 

17.8%

 

20.5%

 

13.8%

 

13.7%

     

12.2%

 
                                       

 Restructuring charges, net 

 

-

 

-

 

893

 

309

 

1,202

 

2,519

 

80

 

-

 

3,801

 

 Integration/acquisition costs 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

3,364

 

-

 

1,466

 

4,830

 

 Adjusted EBITDA 

 

$             19,143

 

$   8,420

 

$         3,307

 

$               1,701

 

$   32,571

 

$     30,054

 

$           7,416

 

$     (14,781)

 

$             55,260

 

 Adjusted EBITDA margin 

 

22.6%

 

21.5%

 

15.7%

 

21.7%

 

21.3%

 

17.1%

 

13.9%

     

14.5%

 
                                       
                                       
   

 Three Months Ended January 31, 2016 

 
   

 Executive Search 

                 
   

 North
America 

 

 EMEA 

 

 Asia Pacific 

 

 Latin
America 

 

 Subtotal 

 

 Hay Group 

 

 Futurestep 

 

 Corporate 

 

 Consolidated 

 
                                       

 Fee revenue 

 

$             93,520

 

$ 35,498

 

$       19,094

 

$               6,541

 

$ 154,653

 

$   140,508

 

$        48,997

 

$                  -

 

$           344,158

 

 Deferred revenue adjustment due to acquisition   

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

5,871

 

-

 

-

 

5,871

 

 Adjusted fee revenue   

 

$             93,520

 

$ 35,498

 

$       19,094

 

$               6,541

 

$ 154,653

 

$   146,379

 

$        48,997

 

$                  -

 

$           350,029

 

 Total revenue   

 

$             97,097

 

$ 36,417

 

$       19,603

 

$               6,545

 

$ 159,662

 

$   146,079

 

$        53,138

 

$                  -

 

$           358,879

 
                                       

 Net loss attributable to Korn/Ferry International 

                             

$            (15,995)

 

 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest 

                             

-

 

 Other loss, net 

                                 

7,092

 

 Interest expense, net 

                                 

372

 

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated  subsidiaries, net 

                                 

(181)

 

 Income tax benefit 

                                 

(5,355)

 

 Operating income (loss) 

 

$             28,957

 

$   1,707

 

$         2,775

 

$               1,166

 

$   34,605

 

$    (21,559)

 

$           6,630

 

$     (33,743)

 

(14,067)

 

 Depreciation and amortization 

 

812

 

213

 

235

 

73

 

1,333

 

6,722

 

609

 

1,666

 

10,330

 

 Other income (loss), net 

 

(330)

 

77

 

(114)

 

9

 

(358)

 

143

 

79

 

(6,956)

 

(7,092)

 

 Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries, net 

 

26

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

26

 

-

 

-

 

155

 

181

 

 EBITDA 

 

29,465

 

1,997

 

2,896

 

1,248

 

35,606

 

(14,694)

 

7,318

 

(38,878)

 

(10,648)

 

 EBITDA margin 

 

31.5%

 

5.6%

 

15.2%

 

19.1%

 

23.0%

 

(10.5%)

 

14.9%

     

(3.1%)

 
                                       

 Restructuring charges, net 

 

484

 

5,866

 

577

 

328

 

7,255

 

23,241

 

-

 

81

 

30,577

 

 Integration/acquisition costs 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

8,413

 

-

 

12,734

 

21,147

 

 Deferred revenue adjustment due to acquisition 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

5,871

 

-

 

-

 

5,871

 

 Separation costs 

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

744

 

744

 

 Adjusted EBITDA 

 

$             29,949

 

$   7,863

 

$         3,473

 

$               1,576

 

$   42,861

 

$     22,831

 

$           7,318

 

$     (25,319)

 

$             47,691

 

 Adjusted EBITDA margin 

 

32.0%

 

22.2%

 

18.2%

 

24.1%

 

27.7%

 

15.6%

 

14.9%

     

13.6%

 

 

 

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, 2017 

 
   

 Executive Search 

                 
   

 North
America 

 

 EMEA 

 

 Asia Pacific 

 

 Latin
America 

 

 Subtotal 

 

 Hay Group 

 

 Futurestep 

 

 Corporate 

 

 Consolidated 

 
                                       

 Fee revenue 

 

$           259,361

 

$ 109,296

 

$       60,108

 

$            26,645

 

$ 455,410

 

$   539,086

 

$      164,960

 

$                  -

 

$        1,159,456

 

 Deferred revenue adjustment due to acquisition   

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

-

 

3,535

 

-

 

-

 

3,535

 

 Adjusted fee revenue   

 

$           259,361

 

$ 109,296

 

$       60,108

 

$            26,645

 

$ 455,410

 

$   542,621

 

$      164,960

 

$                  -

 

$        1,162,991

 

 Total revenue   

 

$           269,302

 

$ 111,721

 

$       61,445

 

$            26,766

 

$ 469,234

 

$   552,822

 

$      180,026

 

$                  -

 

$        1,202,082