Press Release: CTG Reports 2020 Third Quarter Results
Oct 20, 2020
Achieved GAAP EPS of $0.20; non-GAAP EPS of $0.18 Operating Margin Increased 50 Basis Points or 31% Year-over-Year Solutions Represented Nearly 40% of Revenue, Demonstrating Continued Execution of Strategic Initiatives
BUFFALO, N.Y., October 20, 2020 – CTG (NASDAQ: CTG), a leading provider of information technology (IT) solutions and services in North America and Western Europe, today announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 25, 2020.
Third Quarter Financial Summary
Total revenue was $88.6 million, compared with $89.1 million in the previous quarter and $97.2 million in the third quarter of 2019
Revenue from Solutions increased to $35.1 million, or 39.6% of total revenue, compared with $33.8 million or 38.0% of revenue in the previous quarter, and $33.0 million or 33.9% of revenue last year
Solutions gross profit margin was 29.8%, an increase from 27.0% in the third quarter of 2019
GAAP operating income and margin increased $0.3 million and 50 basis points year-over-year, respectively, to $1.8 million and 2.1%, reflecting an increase in the mix of revenue from Solutions
Non-GAAP operating income and margin, excluding $0.6 million in acquisition-related expenses, increased 30 basis points year-over-year to $2.4 million and 2.7%, respectively
GAAP net income was $2.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, including a tax benefit of $0.08 per diluted share associated with a change in legislation and a $0.04 per share gain from life insurance, as well as acquisition-related expenses. GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2019 was $0.9 million or $0.06 per diluted share
Non-GAAP net income was $2.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, and included the previously mentioned tax benefit. Non-GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2019 was $1.4 million or $0.10 per diluted share
Adjusted EBITDA was $3.3 million, an increase of 7.2% compared with $3.1 million in the third quarter of 2019. Approximately 60% of adjusted EBITDA was generated from Solutions
Paid down revolving line of credit facility by 50%, reducing outstanding balance to $6.0 million
Third Quarter and Recent Business Highlights
Expanded existing contract to provide go-live implementation for a prominent healthcare system in the northeastern U.S. with the addition of value-add support services
Secured new multi-million dollar contract with a large state hospital system to provide Epic MyChart help desk services for two regional healthcare facilities in the U.S.
Hired Phaedra Divras, an accomplished executive with experience delivering cloud transformation consulting and managed services, as part of CTG’s expanding Solutions team
CEO Comments on Results
“Our solid third quarter results demonstrate the continued success of our initiatives to improve operating performance and profitability, with operating and net income increasing year-over-year despite lower revenue,” said Filip Gydé, CTG President and CEO. “We are encouraged by this performance and believe our steady improvement reflects our relentless focus on advancing the rapid and ongoing evolution in our Solutions business, the decision to transition away from selective lower margin staffing engagements, and our high utilization of billable resources.”
“While client demand continued to be impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, our team demonstrated consistent progress on our strategic initiatives involving digital Solutions. We remain committed to increasing our existing capabilities and making investments in new business development to support a healthy pipeline of future opportunities. During the quarter, we successfully secured several sizeable contracts, including new multi-million dollar engagements to provide service desk solutions for two West Coast hospitals. Additionally, in response to the increased activity, we meaningfully advanced our pipeline for our recently launched Testing Solutions offerings in North America.”
Gydé concluded, “While we acknowledge that the overall business environment is likely to remain challenging in the near-term, we expect to continue driving incremental progress and growth in CTG’s digital Solutions business and offerings, resulting in increased profitability and yielding significant long-term value for our shareholders.”
Consolidated Third Quarter Results
Revenue in the third quarter of 2020 was $88.6 million, compared with $89.1 million in the second quarter of 2020, and $97.2 million in the third quarter of 2019. The decrease in third quarter revenue as compared with the second quarter primarily reflected a continued transition away from select lower margin staffing business, combined with the typical seasonality the Company experiences during the third quarter. The decrease in revenue as compared with the third quarter of 2019 was in part due to the impact from the COVID-19 pandemic and the transition away from select lower margin staffing business. Currency translation had a positive impact of $1.8 million on revenue in the third quarter, compared with a negative $0.8 million impact in the second quarter of 2020 and a negative $1.6 million impact in the third quarter of 2019.
Cost of services in the third quarter of 2020 were $69.1 million, or 77.9% of revenue, compared with $70.4 million, or 79.0% of revenue, in the second quarter of 2020, and $78.5 million, or 80.7% of revenue, in the third quarter of 2019. SG&A expense in the third quarter of 2020 was $17.7 million, which included $0.6 million in acquisition-related expenses associated with previously acquired businesses. This compared with SG&A expense in the second quarter of 2020 of $16.8 million, which included $0.6 million in severance and $0.4 million in acquisition-related expenses associated with previously acquired businesses. SG&A expense in the third quarter of 2019 was $17.2 million, which included $0.8 million in acquisition-related expenses.
GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2020 was $1.8 million, or 2.1% of revenue, and included the previously referenced acquisition-related expenses. Non-GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2020 was $2.4 million, or 2.7% of revenue. GAAP operating income in the second quarter of 2020 was $1.9 million, or 2.1% of revenue, and included the previously referenced severance and acquisition-related expenses totaling $1.0 million. Non-GAAP operating income in the second quarter of 2020 was $2.9 million, or 3.2% of revenue. GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2019 was $1.5 million, or 1.6% of revenue, and included the previously referenced acquisition-related expenses. Non-GAAP operating income in the third quarter of 2019 was $2.3 million, or 2.4% of revenue. CTG’s operations outside of the U.S. are conducted in local currencies. Accordingly, fluctuations in currency valuation for the countries in which the Company operates generally have minimal impact on operating results; these fluctuations increased operating income by less than $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2020.
GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2020 was $2.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, which included a net $0.2 million of non-operating income, or $0.02 per diluted share, comprised of a gain from non-taxable life insurance offset by acquisition-related expenses. Non-GAAP net income was $2.6 million, or $0.18 per diluted share. Additionally, both GAAP and non-GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2020 included a tax benefit of $0.08 per diluted share associated with a change in legislation during the quarter. Net income in the second quarter of 2020 was $1.8 million, or $0.12 per diluted share, which included a net $0.4 million of non-operating income, or $0.02 per diluted share, comprised of gains from non-taxable life insurance and the sale of a building offset by severance and acquisition-related expenses. Excluding these items, non-GAAP net income in the second quarter of 2020 was $1.4 million, or $0.10 per diluted share. GAAP net income in the third quarter of 2019 was $0.9 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, which included $0.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share in acquisition-related expenses, and non-GAAP net income was $1.4 million or $0.10 per diluted share.
CTG’s effective income tax rate in the third quarter of 2020 was a negative 31.2% compared with 43.7% in the second quarter of 2020 and 33.5% in the third quarter of 2019. The negative effective tax rate in the third quarter of 2020 reflected the implementation of newly enacted legislation that allows the exclusion of certain high-taxed income resulting from the Global Intangible Low Taxed Income (GILTI) regulations. This change in legislation resulted in a tax benefit of $1.1 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, during the quarter.
Cash and short-term investments at September 25, 2020 were $33.4 million. Net cash was $27.4 million, net of long-term debt of $6.0 million. Days sales outstanding were 77 in the third quarter of 2020 compared with 81 days in the third quarter of 2019.
Guidance and Outlook
CTG Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer John M. Laubacker commented, “Given the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on CTG’s end markets, the Company will continue to not provide guidance for the fourth quarter and full year 2020. We are, however, very encouraged by the success of our Solutions initiatives, which resulted in a significant increase in the Company’s gross profit margins in the third quarter of 2020. We remain committed to our strategy of making appropriate, focused investments in Solutions for the remainder of 2020 that will enhance the long-term value of CTG.”
Conference Call and Webcast
CTG will hold a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its financial results and business outlook. To access CTG’s conference call via telephone, participants should dial 1-844-767-5679 and enter the access code 7028804. The conference call will also be available via webcast in the Investors section of CTG’s website at www.ctg.com.
A replay of the call will be available between 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 20, 2020 and 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time on October 23, 2020 by dialing 1-866-207-1041 and entering the access code 6094127. The webcast will also be archived on CTG’s website in the Events & Presentations section for at least 90 days following completion of the conference call.
CTG has established a reputation for responsiveness and reliability—traits that our clients say set us apart—since our founding in 1966. Today, we provide comprehensive information, technology, and business solutions that address critical challenges for clients in high-growth industries in North America and Western Europe. Backed by a proven track record of reliable delivery, CTG fosters long-term client relationships and trust, which allows us to develop strategic insights that maximize client investments in solutions and competitive advantage. CTG has operations in North America, South America, Western Europe, and India. The Company regularly posts news and other important information online at www.ctg.com.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Information
The Company has referenced non-GAAP information in this news release. The Company believes that the use of non-GAAP financial information provides useful information to investors and management to gain an overall understanding of its current financial performance and prospects. In addition, non-GAAP financial measures are used by management for forecasting, facilitating ongoing operating decisions, and measuring the Company’s overall performance. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures align closely with its internal measurement processes and are reflective of the Company’s core operating results.
A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP information is included in the financial tables below. The non-GAAP financial information is presented using a consistent methodology from quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. The Company believes that non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all amounts associated with the Company's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate the Company's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP financial measures. As such, the non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for or superior to financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures included in this earnings release should be carefully evaluated.
Safe Harbor Statement
This document contains certain forward-looking statements concerning the Company's current expectations as to future growth, financial outlook, business strategy and performance expectations for 2020 and statements related to cost control, new business opportunities, financial performance, market demand, and other attributes of the Company. These statements are based upon the Company's expectations and assumptions, a review of industry reports, current business conditions in the areas where the Company does business, feedback from existing and potential new clients, a review of current and proposed legislation and governmental regulations that may affect the Company and/or its clients, and other future events or circumstances. Actual results could differ materially from the outlook guidance, expectations, and other forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors, including among others, the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the regulatory, social and business responses thereto on the Company’s business, operations, employees, contractors and clients, the availability to the Company of qualified professional staff, domestic and foreign industry competition for clients and talent, increased bargaining power of large clients, the Company's ability to protect confidential client data, the partial or complete loss of the revenue the Company generates from International Business Machines Corporation (IBM), the ability to integrate businesses when acquired and retain their clients while achieving cost reduction targets, the uncertainty of clients' implementations of cost reduction projects, the effect of healthcare reform and initiatives, the mix of work between staffing and solutions, currency exchange risks, risks associated with operating in foreign jurisdictions, renegotiations, nullification, or breaches of contracts with clients, vendors, subcontractors or other parties, the change in valuation of capitalized software balances, the impact of current and future laws and government regulation, as well as repeal or modification of such, affecting the information technology (IT) solutions and staffing industry, taxes and the Company's operations in particular, industry and economic conditions, including fluctuations in demand for IT services, consolidation among the Company's competitors or clients, the need to supplement or change our IT services in response to new offerings in the industry or changes in client requirements for IT products and solutions, actions of activist shareholders, and other factors that involve risk and uncertainty including those listed in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission as of the date of this document. Such forward-looking statements should be read in conjunction with the Company's disclosures set forth in the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, which is incorporated by reference, and other reports that may be filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The Company assumes no obligation to update the forward-looking information contained in this release.
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The non-GAAP information below excludes gains from non-taxable life insurance and on the sale of a building, and costs associated with severance and certain acquisition-related expenses. The acquisition-related expenses consist of due diligence costs, amortization of intangible assets, and changes in the value of earn-out payments upon the achievement of certain financial targets from the Company’s recent acquisitions.
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Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer
John Laubacker was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer in May 2018. Previously he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since April 2017, and before that he was Vice President and Treasurer since February 2017, Treasurer since 2006, and served as interim CFO from October 2014 to April 2015. John joined CTG in 1996.