*Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, stock based compensation and contingent consideration adjustments
IRVINE, Calif., October 2, 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 first quarter ended August 25, 2012.
Total revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 was $136.9 million, down 0.8% (up 1.2% on a constant dollar basis) compared to the prior year's first quarter revenue and down 5.9% (down 5.3% on a constant dollar basis) on a sequential quarter basis. Revenues in the U.S. were up 4.5% quarter-over-quarter and down 3.6% sequentially due primarily to summer holidays. International revenues decreased 15.1% quarter-over-quarter and 13.0% sequentially (the decrease was partially influenced by the stronger dollar compared to European currencies and would have declined 7.9% quarter-over-quarter and 10.6% sequentially on a constant dollar basis).
The Company's net income for the first quarter ended August 25, 2012, was $4.8 million, or $0.12 per diluted share. This compares with a net income for the first quarter ended August 27, 2011 of $2.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share.
"Although the global economic environment is challenging, we continue to improve our operating metrics," said Tony Cherbak, chief operating officer of Resources. "During the quarter, we returned over $11 million in capital to our shareholders in the form of stock buy-backs and dividend payments, including increasing our dividend payment by 20% to $0.06 per share this quarter."
Gross margin was 39.0% in the first quarter of fiscal 2013, up 120 basis points from the first quarter of fiscal 2012 and seasonally down 120 basis points from the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 were $42.1 million, a decrease of $500,000 from the comparable quarter a year ago and the same as the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.
Cash flow from operations and adjusted EBITDA were $3.7 million and $13.1 million (9.6% of revenue), respectively, for the first quarter of fiscal 2013 compared to $1.6 million and $11.5 million (8.3% of revenue), respectively, for the first quarter of fiscal 2012.
"Our clients continue to invest in business initiatives, but remain cautious about global economic conditions," said Don Murray, chief executive officer. "We remain focused on our growth initiatives and continuing to improve our operating metrics."
During the first quarter of fiscal 2013, the Company purchased 765,000 shares of common stock for $8.9 million. On September 21, 2012, the Company paid its quarterly dividend of $2.5 million to shareholders, representing a dividend of $0.06 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 2,900 professionals, annually serving approximately 1,900 clients around the world from 77 practice offices.
Headquartered in Irvine, California, Resources Global has served 85 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, October 2, 2012. This conference call will be available for listening via a webcast on the Company's website: http://www.resourcesglobal.com. An audio replay of the conference call will be available through October 11, 2012 at 855-859-2056. The password for the replay is 27993035. The call will also be archived on the Resources Global Professionals website for 30 days.
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 our efforts to continue improving our operating metrics and expectations concerning our clients' investments in business initiatives. 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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