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Resources Connection, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results for Fiscal 2012

IRVINE, Calif., March 28, 2012 - Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: RECN), a multinational professional services firm that provides to clients - through its operating subsidiary, Resources Global Professionals ("Resources") - accomplished professionals in accounting, finance, risk management and internal audit, corporate advisory, strategic communications and restructuring, information management, human capital, supply chain management, healthcare solutions, and legal and regulatory services, today announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended February 25, 2012.

Total revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 was $143.3 million, up 4.1% from last year's third quarter revenue of $137.6 million and down 1.2% on a sequential quarter basis. Revenues in the U.S. were up 4.8% quarter-over-quarter and 1.7% sequentially, while international revenues increased 2.4% quarter-over-quarter and decreased 8.3% sequentially (up 2.9% quarter-over-quarter and down 5.9% sequentially on a constant dollar basis).

The Company's net income for the third quarter ended February 25, 2012, was $4.3 million, or $0.10 per diluted share.  This compares with a net income for the third quarter ended February 26, 2011 of $753,000, or $0.02 per diluted share.

"Our results for the third quarter are reflective of our efforts to continue improving our financial metrics," said Tony Cherbak, chief operating officer of Resources.  "We are very pleased to see a substantial increase in earnings per share compared to the prior year."

Gross margin was 37.4% in the third quarter of fiscal 2012, up 40 basis points from the third quarter of fiscal 2011.  Selling, general and administrative expenses for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 were $43.4 million, up $400,000 from $43.0 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

Cash flow from operations and adjusted EBITDA* (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock based compensation and contingent consideration adjustments) were $12.8 million and $12.3 million (8.6% of revenue), respectively, for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 and $3.9 million and $8.2 million (6.0% of revenue), respectively, for the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

The Company's revenue for the nine months ended February 25, 2012 was $426.3 million compared with $399.8 million for the nine months ended February 26, 2011.  The Company's net income for the nine months ended February 25, 2012 was $32.2 million, or $0.73 per diluted share (including the after tax impact of the adjustment of the estimated fair value of contingent consideration expense of $20.4 million or $0.46 per share), compared with a net income for the nine months ended February 26, 2011 of $19.5 million, or $0.42 per diluted share (including the after tax impact of the adjustment of the estimated fair value of contingent consideration expense of $13.4 million or $0.29 per share).

"Our third quarter results demonstrate the strength of our business model," said Don Murray, chief executive officer.  "Our cash generation capabilities allow us to continue to invest in growth initiatives while returning $44.6 million in capital to our shareholders since the beginning of fiscal 2012."

The Company's pre-tax income for the nine months ended February 25, 2012 was $58.6 million, including a non-cash adjustment of $33.9 million reducing the estimated fair value of contingent consideration liability (including the employee portion of contingent consideration) related to the Sitrick Brincko Group acquisition. Accounting standards require the Company to record increases or decreases in the estimated fair value of contingent consideration to earnings. Due to the inherent difficulties in projecting the future operating results of the episodic Sitrick Brincko business, significant increases over the current estimated future adjusted EBITDA could result in an increase in the estimated fair value of the Sitrick Brincko contingent consideration which would materially impact our future operating results.

During the third quarter of fiscal 2012, the Company purchased 913,000 shares of common stock for $10.9 million.  On March 15, 2012, the Company paid its quarterly dividend of $2.2 million to shareholders, representing a dividend of $0.05 per share.

ABOUT RESOURCES GLOBAL PROFESSIONALS

Resources Global Professionals, the operating subsidiary of Resources Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: RECN), is a multinational professional services firm that helps business leaders execute internal initiatives. Partnering with business leaders, we drive internal change across all parts of a global enterprise - accounting, finance, risk management and internal audit, corporate advisory, strategic communications and restructuring, information management, human capital, supply chain management, healthcare solutions, and legal and regulatory services.

Resources Global was founded in 1996 within a Big Four accounting firm. Today, we are a publicly traded company with over 3,000 professionals, annually serving over 1,900 clients around the world from 80 practice offices.  

Headquartered in Irvine, California, Resources Global has served 86 of the Fortune 100 companies.

The Company is listed on the NASDAQ Global Select Market, the exchange's highest tier by listing standards. More information about Resources Global is available at http://www.resourcesglobal.com.

Resources will hold a conference call for interested analysts and investors at 5:00 p.m., ET today, March 28, 2012.  This conference call will be available for listening via a webcast on the Company's website: http://www.resourcesglobal.com.

Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934.  Such forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "anticipates," "believes," "can," "continue," "could," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "potential," "predicts," "remain," "should" or "will" or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology.  In this press release, such statements include our beliefs regarding the strength of our business model and growth initiatives, our efforts to continue improving our financial metrics and the estimated fair value of the Sitrick Brincko Group contingent consideration. Such statements and all phases of Resources Connection's operations are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including seasonality, overall economic conditions and other factors and uncertainties as are identified in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and our other public filings made with the Securities and Exchange Commission (File No. 0-32113).  Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  Resources Connection's, and its industry's, actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements may be materially different from any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.  The Company undertakes no obligation to update the forward-looking statements in this press release.



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