Navigant Reports Second Quarter 2018 Financial Results
CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug 2, 2018--Navigant (NYSE: NCI) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2018.
Second quarter 2018 highlights:Combined revenues and revenues before reimbursements (RBR), which includes results from continuing and discontinued operations, were $275.7 and $252.4 million, respectively, both up 7% compared to second quarter 2017; revenues and RBR from continuing operations were $184.7 million and $165.2 million, respectively, up 4% and 3% compared to the prior year period Net income (Combined) was $28.8 million, or $0.62 per share, compared to $8.8 million, or $0.18 per share, for second quarter 2017; net income from continuing operations of $6.1 million, or $0.13 per share, was up $3.5 million from the prior year period Combined Adjusted Earnings per Share (EPS) of $0.49 increased $0.25 compared to second quarter 2017; Adjusted EPS from continuing operations was $0.17, up $0.09 compared to the prior year period Management provides 2018 financial guidance targets from continuing operations, as well as a preliminary view of 2019 performance, both of which reflect the pending divestiture of the Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology (DFLT) segment and the Transaction Advisory Services (TAS) practice (collectively “SaleCo”, which comprises discontinued operations) to Ankura Consulting Group, LLC (Ankura)
“Our strong second quarter operating results reflect continued robust demand for consulting services across many areas of our business,” said Julie Howard, chairman and CEO of Navigant. “In the quarter, our Energy and FSAC segments produced solid year-over-year RBR improvements which more than offset continued softness in some parts of our Healthcare segment. The quarter also benefitted from positive results in our legacy DFLT and TAS practices, which, with the pending divestiture of these businesses, have been classified as discontinued operations in our results.”
Howard continued, “With a successful first half of 2018 behind us, including some significant strategic milestones, we look forward to moving into the second half of the year and 2019 with a sharp focus on continued execution of our key strategic initiatives. These include ensuring a smooth transition of SaleCo to Ankura, executing on our target of up to $175 million of capital return to shareholders over the next 12 months, rightsizing our G&A spend to better align with our new organizational footprint and continuing pursuit of organic and inorganic growth opportunities to augment our industry expertise and technological capabilities. We expect that continued successful execution will produce strong, long-term value for shareholders as we write the next chapter for Navigant.”
Navigant reported second quarter 2018 Combined revenues and RBR of $275.7 million and $252.4 million, respectively, up 7% compared to the second quarter 2017, reflecting improved demand in two of the Company’s three continuing segments, as well as increased revenue from discontinued operations driven largely by higher mass-tort claims volumes. Revenues and RBR from continuing operations were $184.7 million and $165.2 million, respectively, up 4% and 3% compared to the prior year period.
Second quarter 2018 Combined Adjusted EBITDA was $39.7 million, up 36% from the prior year period as higher revenue with improved margins drove increased performance for both continuing and discontinued operations. Second quarter 2018 Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $17.6 million was up 21% compared to the prior year period and includes a disproportionate share of general and administrative (G&A) costs based on discontinued operations accounting rules. When excluding bad debt, G&A costs for continuing operations as a percent of RBR was 20.5%, a 110bps improvement compared to the second quarter 2017.
Second quarter 2018 Combined net income of $28.8 million was up $20.0 million or 228% compared to second quarter 2017 driven by the operating performance discussed above, as well as lower taxes due to the impact of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the current year period. Additionally, due to our held-for-sale presentation, the Company recognized a $7.9 million tax benefit in the quarter related to the recognition of goodwill tax basis on a portion of the assets that were moved to discontinued operations. GAAP EPS and Adjusted EPS (Combined) were $0.62 and $0.49, respectively, for second quarter 2018, $0.44 and $0.25 higher, respectively, than the prior year period. On a continuing operations basis, GAAP EPS and Adjusted EPS were $0.13 and $0.17, respectively, for second quarter 2018, $0.08 and $0.09 higher, respectively, than the prior year period.
CASH FLOW AND BALANCE SHEET
Second quarter 2018 net cash provided by operating activities was $53.5 million compared to $19.6 million for second quarter 2017, driven primarily by improved operating performance and lower working capital in the current year period. Days Sales Outstanding on June 30, 2018, on a Combined and continuing operations basis, was 84 days and 72 days, respectively, both a 1-day improvement compared to December 31, 2017. Free Cash Flow, which as defined excludes working capital, increased to $29.1 million for second quarter 2018 compared to $13.5 million in second quarter 2017, primarily due to improved operating performance and lower capital expenditures in the current year period.
Bank debt outstanding on June 30, 2018 was $147.0 million, up $14.1 million compared to $132.9 million outstanding on December 31, 2017. Leverage (bank debt divided by trailing twelve months Combined Adjusted EBITDA) was 1.09 times at June 30, 2018.
Navigant continued executing its share repurchase program with an additional 342 thousand shares of common stock repurchased during the second quarter 2018 at an aggregate cost of $7.5 million and an average price of $21.92 per share. As of June 30, 2018, the Company had $172.0 million remaining under its stock repurchase authorization, which was refreshed on May 10, 2018 and expires on December 31, 2020.
Healthcare segment RBR of $91.6 million decreased 7% for the second quarter 2018 compared to the same prior year period. Consistent with the last several quarters, the demand environment for certain of our consulting services remained depressed and impacted revenue performance in the quarter. Segment operating profit of $27.4 million declined $1.5 million in second quarter 2018 compared to the second quarter 2017 due to lower revenue but improved $7.0 million, or 34%, compared to the first quarter 2018 as headcount and other costs actions taken in the first quarter 2018, in both consulting and managed services, contributed to improved margin performance.
Energy segment RBR for second quarter 2018 of $36.6 million increased 15% compared to second quarter 2017 and was up 9% sequentially. Continued strong demand in the U.S. and abroad for expertise around areas such as energy efficiency programs and grid modernization helped drive the revenue improvement. Segment operating profit of $12.7 million for the quarter was up 49% compared to the second quarter 2017 due to increased revenue and lower headcount driven by 2017 cost management actions.
Financial Services Advisory and Compliance segment RBR finished at $37.0 million, up 22% compared to second quarter 2017. Continued growth across the segment was driven by increased activity in financial crime, sanctions, and operational efficiency engagements across a number of our largest clients. Segment operating profit of $13.4 million increased 15% as revenue gains were achieved on slightly lower utilization.
2018 GUIDANCE – CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Management provides 2018 guidance for continuing operations:Revenues estimated to be between $740 million and $765 million RBR expected to range between $660 million and $685 million Adjusted EBITDA expected to range between $52 million and $59 million Adjusted EPS estimated to be between $0.40 and $0.50 per share
PRELIMINARY 2019 VIEW – CONTINUING OPERATIONS
Management provides a preliminary view of targeted organic 2019 financial performance for continuing operations:RBR growth estimated to be approximately 9% to 12% (compared to full-year 2018) Adjusted EBITDA expected to range between $85 million and $95 million Adjusted EPS growth estimated to be approximately 120% (compared to full-year 2018)
This “Preliminary 2019 View” is a view of possible 2019 performance and is provided without the benefit of knowledge of the Company’s performance during the last six months of 2018 or the completion of management’s budgeting process for 2019.
CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS
Navigant will host a conference call to discuss the Company’s second quarter 2018 results at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (8 a.m. Central Time) later this morning, Thursday, Aug. 2, 2018. The conference call may be accessed via the Navigant website ( investors.navigant.com ) or by dialing 888.455.9733 (630.395.0358 for international callers) and referencing pass code “NCI.” Presentation materials for the webcast, as well as a report of financial and related supplemental information will available on the Navigant website, as will an archived replay of the earnings conference call.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION
This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are included in the financial schedules attached to this press release. This information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for, or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Navigant has provided guidance regarding Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings Per Share both of which exclude the impact of severance expense and other operating costs (benefit), as applicable. Navigant is not able to accurately forecast the excluded items at the level of precision that would be required to be included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable efforts.
BASIS OF PRESENTATION
Due to the pending sale of the Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment and, the Transaction Advisory Services practice, formerly part of Financial Services Advisory and Compliance segment, the Company has classified these businesses (collectively referred to as “SaleCo”) as discontinued operations with the assets and liabilities being presented as held-for-sale. Prior period comparisons have been adjusted to reflect this reporting change.
DEFINITIONSAdjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per Share (EPS) Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA – earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization – excluding the impact of severance expense and other operating costs (benefit), as applicable. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per Share exclude the net income and per share net income impact of severance expense, other operating costs (benefit), the benefit recognized in the fourth quarter 2017 related to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, and the benefit recognized in the second quarter 2018 related to the recognition of goodwill tax basis on a portion of the assets that were moved to discontinued operations (which impacted discontinued operations only), as applicable. While other operating costs (benefit) are generally non-recurring in nature, severance expense and certain other operating costs are not considered to be non-recurring, infrequent or unusual to our business. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with enhanced comparability of Navigant’s results of operations across periods. See non-GAAP reconciliations for more details. Free Cash Flow is calculated as net cash provided by (used in) operations excluding the change in asset, liabilities and allowance for doubtful accounts less cash payment for property, equipment and deferred acquisition liabilities. Free Cash Flow does not represent cash available for spending as it excludes certain contractual obligations such as debt repayment. However, management believes that Free Cash Flow provides investors with an indicator of cash available for on-going business operations and long-term value creation. See non-GAAP reconciliations for more details. Combined results include both continuing operations and discontinued operations. Management believes this information provides investors with a better indication of year-over-year comparability to the Company’s results before the classification of SaleCo as discontinued operations. See non-GAAP reconciliations for more details.
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