ATLANTA, April 30, 2019 — PRGX Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: PRGX), a global leader in Recovery Audit and Spend Analytics services, today announced its unaudited financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019.
- Revenue from continuing operations of $38.8 million, representing growth of 5.7% year-over-year (8.6% on a constant dollar basis)
- Executive team additions of Kurt Abkemeier (CFO), Carol O’Kelley (Chief Marketing Officer), Jim Madden (SVP, Sales) and Tony Massanelli (SVP, Global Commercial Operations)
- Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $1.7 million, net loss from continuing operations of $4.2 million
- Maintaining 2019 annual guidance of year-over-year revenue growth in the range of 8% to 10% and Adjusted EBITDA growth in the range of 14% to 18%
“We delivered strong revenue growth of 8.6% on a constant dollar basis with significant contributions from several large retail clients and healthy growth in our commercial business. We fully expect to maintain top-line momentum throughout 2019 as we continue to convert new contracts into revenue, acquire new clients and expand the scope of services at existing clients,” said Ron Stewart, president and chief executive officer.
“As promised, we have also made significant progress migrating data into our transformational, next generation data processing platform. At the same time, we continue to make investments in our technology development, global marketing and go-to-market teams to ensure they are ready to leverage this powerful data engine to drive increased revenue and profitability,” continued Stewart.
“Looking ahead, our new business pipeline remains strong and we are actively managing our costs, consistent with our strategy of being the lowest cost provider in the industry. Accordingly, we are maintaining 2019 annual guidance of year-over-year revenue growth in the range of 8% to 10% and Adjusted EBITDA growth in the range of 14% to 18%,” concluded Stewart.
Consolidated Results from Continuing Operations for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2019
Consolidated revenue from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2019 was $38.8 million, compared to $36.7 million for the same period in 2019, an increase of 5.7%. First quarter 2019 revenue from the Recovery Audit Services segments was $37.1 million compared to $36.0 million in the prior year, and from the Adjacent Services segment was $1.7 million compared to $0.7 million in 2018. On a constant dollar basis adjusted for changes in foreign exchange rates, revenue increased by 8.6% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the same period in the prior year.
Total cost of revenue from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2019 was $25.2 million, or 65.0% of revenue, compared to $24.8 million, or 67.5% of revenue, for the same period in the prior year, representing a 2.5% improvement as a percentage of revenue.
Selling, general and administrative expenses from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2019 were $13.9 million compared to $11.3 million in the prior year period.
Consolidated net loss from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2019 was $4.2 million, or $(0.19) per basic and diluted share, compared to net loss of $2.3 million, or $(0.10) per basic and diluted share, for the same period in 2018.
Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization (Adjusted EBITDA) from continuing operations for the first quarter of 2019 was $1.7 million, or 4.4 % of revenue, compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $3.3 million, or 8.9% of revenue, for the first quarter of 2018, a decrease of $1.6 million or 47.1%. This decline in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily driven by costs related to planned staffing in advance of revenue, in both Recovery Audit and Adjacent Services, the beginning of our sales and marketing initiatives, recruiting fees and changes in bad debt reserves.
Schedule 3 attached to this press release provides a reconciliation of net loss to each of EBIT (Earnings Before Interest and Taxes), EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.
Cash Flow and Liquidity
Net cash used by operating activities for the first quarter of 2019 was $2.4 million, compared to $3.0 million in the first quarter of the prior year.
At March 31, 2019, the Company had unrestricted cash and cash equivalents of $12.3 million, and borrowings of $29.7 million against its $60.0 million revolving credit facility.
Stock Repurchase Program
Since the February 2014 announcement of the Company’s stock repurchase program, as of March 31, 2019, the Company has repurchased 9.3 million shares. The Company repurchased approximately 0.2 million shares of its outstanding common stock for an aggregate cost of $2.2 million in the quarter ended March 31, 2019.
Adoption of New Lease Accounting Standard
On January 1, 2019, we adopted the new accounting standard amending the accounting for leases, which did not have a material impact on our first quarter operating results. Prior period amounts were not retrospectively adjusted. Under this new standard, leases we previously referred to as “operating leases” are now reflected on the balance sheet as “operating lease right-of-use assets” with a corresponding liability of “operating lease liabilities.”
First Quarter Earnings Call
As previously announced, management will hold a conference call later today at 5:00 PM (Eastern time) to discuss the Company’s first quarter 2019 financial results. To access the conference call, listeners in the U.S. and Canada should dial (877) 755-7423 at least 5 minutes prior to the start of the conference. Listeners outside the U.S. and Canada should dial (678) 894-3069. To be admitted to the call, listeners should use passcode 8889896.
This teleconference will also be audiocast on the Internet at www.prgx.com (click on “Events & Presentations” under “Investors”). A replay of the audiocast will be available at the same location on www.prgx.com beginning approximately two hours after the conclusion of the live audiocast, extending through September 30, 2019. Please note that the Internet audiocast is “listen-only.” Microsoft Windows Media Player is required to access the live audiocast and the replay and can be downloaded from www.microsoft.com/en-us/downloads.
PRGX Global, Inc. is a global leader in Recovery Audit and Spend Analytics services. With over 1,500 employees, the Company serves clients in more than 30 countries and provides its services to 80% of the top 15 global retailers and over 25% of the top 50 companies in the Fortune 500. PRGX delivers more than $1 billion in cash flow improvement for its clients each year. The creator of the recovery audit industry more than 40 years ago, PRGX continues to innovate through technology and expanded service offerings. In addition to Recovery Audit, the Company provides Contract Compliance, Spend Analytics and Supplier Information Management services to improve clients’ financial performance and manage risk. For additional information on PRGX, please visit www.prgx.com.
In addition to historical information, this press release includes certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such statements include both implied and express statements regarding the Company’s overall condition and growth prospects, the anticipated benefits from the Company’s investments in technology, marketing and sales personnel, the strength of the Company’s new business pipeline, effectiveness of the Company’s cost management efforts, and the Company’s expectations regarding its 2019 financial performance. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the Company to differ materially from the historical results or from any results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Risks that could affect the Company’s future performance include revenue that does not meet expectations or justify costs incurred, the Company’s ability to develop material sources of new revenue in addition to revenue from its core recovery audit services, changes in the market for the Company’s services, the Company’s ability to retain and attract qualified personnel, the Company’s ability to integrate recent and future acquisitions, uncertainty in the credit markets, the Company’s ability to maintain compliance with its financial covenants, client bankruptcies, loss of major clients, and other risks generally applicable to the Company’s business. For a discussion of other risk factors that may impact the Company’s business, please see the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company disclaims any obligation or duty to update or modify these forward-looking statements.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
EBIT, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are all “non-GAAP financial measures” presented as supplemental measures of the Company’s performance. They are not presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States, or GAAP. The Company believes these measures provide additional meaningful information in evaluating its performance over time, and that the rating agencies and a number of lenders use EBITDA and similar measures for similar purposes. In addition, a measure similar to Adjusted EBITDA is used in the restrictive covenants contained in the Company’s secured credit facility. However, EBIT, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and you should not consider them in isolation, or as substitutes for analysis of the Company’s results as reported under GAAP. In addition, in evaluating EBIT, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that, as described above, the adjustments may vary from period to period and in the future the Company will incur expenses such as those used in calculating these measures. The Company’s presentation of these measures should not be construed as an inference that future results will be unaffected by unusual or nonrecurring items. Schedule 3 to this press release provides a reconciliation of net income (loss) to each of EBIT, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA.
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