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Resources Connection, Inc. Reports Financial Results for Third Quarter Fiscal 2022

– Record Third Quarter Revenue –

– Operational and SG&A Leverage Drives Margin Expansion –

IRVINE, Calif., April 06, 2022–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Resources Connection, Inc. (Nasdaq: RGP), a multinational business consulting firm operating as RGP (the “Company”), today announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended February 26, 2022.

Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Highlights:

  • Revenue of $204.6 million, up 30.6% from the prior year quarter and 2.2% sequentially

  • Same day constant currency revenue up 31.5% from the prior year quarter and 4.1% sequentially

  • Gross margin of 37.5%, up 110 basis points from the prior year quarter

  • SG&A as a percent of revenue improved 580 basis points from prior year quarter to 27.9% of revenue

  • Net income grew to $19.4 million (net income margin of 9.5%), compared to a net income of $0.7 million (net income margin of 0.4%) in the prior year quarter

  • Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, increased to $22.5 million, more than doubling the prior year quarter reflecting 490 basis point margin improvement to 11.0%

  • Diluted earnings per common share grew to $0.58, compared to $0.02 in the prior year quarter

  • Adjusted diluted earnings per common share, a non-GAAP measure, improved to $0.65 compared to $0.14 in the prior year quarter

  • Declared cash dividends of $0.14 per share

  • RGP to host Investor Day on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Management Commentary

“We delivered record third quarter revenue demonstrating our ability to execute on opportunities that strongly favor RGP’s agile, skills-based delivery model,” said Kate W. Duchene, Chief Executive Officer. “The world of work has fundamentally changed; clients are evolving workforce strategies to achieve transformation with greater speed, efficiency and agility. Likewise, modern consulting professionals want more flexibility and mobility in their work experiences. RGP operates at the center of these converging shifts and is uniquely positioned to support clients and consultants alike as they learn to work differently. We are excited to share more about the positive state of the business, including our HUGO pilot, at our Investor Day next week, April 12 at NASDAQ MarketSite.”

Third Quarter Fiscal 2022 Results

Revenue continued to grow in the third quarter of fiscal 2022 despite the seasonal impact from the holidays. Macro trends such as a focus on workforce agility, workforce gaps caused by the tightening labor market, the demand for digital transformation services, and the increase in client spending on significant and transformational initiatives, continue to favor the Company’s business model. The strong revenue performance was also driven by improved sales and operational execution, which led to larger deal sizes, longer project durations and record high pipelines and closed deals. The robust revenue growth was across most segments, including strategic global and regional accounts in majority of its markets, and was led by solution areas in Finance and Accounting and Business Transformation. In addition to higher volume of billable hours, the Company continued to improve bill rates. Average bill rate increased by 2.4% year over year and 1.6% from the sequential quarter, meaningfully contributing to the overall revenue growth.

Gross margin was 37.5%, compared to 36.4% in the prior year quarter, primarily attributable to an improvement of 120 basis points in the overall pay/bill ratio. This favorable impact was partially offset by higher indirect costs: such as non-billable pay and employer 401(k) match contributions.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) was $57.1 million, or 27.9% as a percentage of revenue, for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 compared to $52.8 million, or 33.7% as a percentage of revenue, for the third quarter of fiscal 2021. Compared to the third quarter of fiscal 2021, SG&A as a percentage of revenue reduced by 580 basis points partially as a result of the improvement in the Company’s operating leverage. In addition, SG&A benefited from the wind down of restructuring activities and completion of the final earnout period related to the acquisition of Veracity in the first quarter of fiscal 2022.

The Company recognized an income tax benefit of $2.2 million (effective tax benefit rate of 12.7%) for the third quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to an income tax expense of $1.1 million (effective tax rate of 60.5%) in the prior year quarter. The tax benefit in the third quarter of fiscal 2022 resulted largely from the improvement in operating results in the international entities, enabling the Company to utilize the benefits from historical net operating losses in certain foreign jurisdictions by reversing a $4.9 million valuation allowance in our European operations in the third quarter. In addition, the Company recognized a $2.6 million benefit from the dissolution of its France entity. In the third quarter of fiscal 2021, the high effective tax rate was due to restructuring charges incurred in the Company’s European entities resulting in a pre-tax loss in Europe where significant valuation allowances were required.

Strong performance in the third quarter, coupled with the income tax benefit, contributed to net income of $19.4 million (net income margin of 9.5%) for the third quarter of fiscal 2022, compared to net income of $0.7 million (net income margin of 0.4%) in the prior year quarter. The Company delivered an Adjusted EBITDA margin, a non-GAAP measure, of 11.0% for the third quarter of fiscal 2022, an improvement of 490 basis points over the prior year quarter.

SUMMARY OF CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL RESULTS

(Unaudited. Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

February 26,

November 27,

February 27,

February 26,

February 27,

2022

2021

2021

2022

2021

Revenue

$

204,609

$

200,238

$

156,631

$

587,987

$

457,199

Direct cost of services

127,815

121,497

99,584

361,020

284,078

Gross profit

76,794

78,741

57,047

226,967

173,121

Selling, general and administrative expenses

57,090

56,881

52,838

165,365

158,544

Amortization of intangible assets

1,321

1,184

1,202

3,608

4,125

Depreciation expense

882

893

963

2,694

2,954

Income from operations

17,501

19,783

2,044

55,300

7,498

Interest expense, net

307

222

361

744

1,316

Other income (1)

(35

)

(311

)

(64

)

(653

)

(1,069

)

Income before (benefit) provision for income taxes

17,229

19,872

1,747

55,209

7,251

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(2,192

)

5,567

1,057

8,561

5,270

Net income

$

19,421

$

14,305

$

690

$

46,648

$

1,981

Net income per common share:

Basic

$

0.59

$

0.43

$

0.02

$

1.42

$

0.06

Diluted

$

0.58

$

0.42

$

0.02

$

1.39

$

0.06

Weighted average common shares outstanding:

Basic

32,738

33,221

32,520

32,951

32,353

Diluted

33,375

33,950

32,659

33,556

32,422

Cash dividends declared per common share

$

0.14

$

0.14

$

0.14

$

0.42

$

0.42

Revenue by Geography

North America

$

173,569

$

167,154

127,913

$

492,602

371,259

Europe

17,856

19,921

17,751

56,642

53,125

Asia Pacific

13,184

13,163

10,967

38,743

32,815

Total revenue

$

204,609

$

200,238

$

156,631

$

587,987

$

457,199

Cash dividend

Total cash dividends paid

$

4,715

$

4,647

$

4,566

$

13,965

$

13,625

Note: The sum of quarterly amounts, including per share amounts, may not equal amounts reported for year-to-date periods. This is due to the effects of rounding and changes in the number of weighted-average shares outstanding for each period.

(1) Other income for the current fiscal year primarily consisted of COVID-19 government relief funds received globally and a gain from lease modification. Other income in fiscal 2021 was primarily related to COVID-19 government relief funds received globally.

Conference Call Information

RGP will hold a conference call for analysts and investors at 5:00 p.m., ET, today, April 6, 2022. The dial-in number for the conference call will be: 877-390-5534. No password is required; simply ask for the RGP conference call. This conference call will be available for listening via a webcast on the Company’s website: http://www.rgp.com. An audio replay of the conference call will be available through April 13, 2022 at 855-859-2056. The conference ID number for the replay is 2718956. The call will also be archived on the RGP website for 30 days.

About RGP

RGP is a global consulting firm helping businesses tackle transformation, change, and compliance challenges by supplying the right professional talent and solutions. As a next-generation human capital partner for our clients, we specialize in solving today’s most pressing business problems across the enterprise in the areas of transactions, regulations, and transformations. Our pioneering approach to workforce strategy and our agile human capital model quickly align the right resources for the work at hand within our clients with speed and efficiency. Our engagements are designed to leverage human connection and collaboration to deliver practical solutions and more impactful results that power our clients’, consultants’, and partners’ success. Our mission as an employer is to connect our team members to meaningful opportunities that further their career ambitions within the context of a supportive talent community of dedicated professionals. With approximately 5,000 professionals, we annually engage with over 2,100 clients around the world from over 40 physical practice offices and multiple virtual offices. We are their partner in delivering on the “now of work.” Headquartered in Irvine, California, RGP is proud to have served over 85% of the Fortune 100.

The Company is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market, the exchange’s highest tier by listing standards. To learn more about RGP, visit: http://www.rgp.com. (RGP-F)

Forward-Looking Statements

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 statements regarding our growth and operational plans. Such statements and all phases of the Company’s operations are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance or achievements, and those of our industry to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. The disclosures we make concerning risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may affect our business or operating results included in Part I, Item 1A of our Fiscal Year 2021 Form 10-K and our other public filings made with the SEC should be reviewed carefully. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: risks arising from epidemic diseases, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, the possible adverse effects from economic conditions or changes in the use of outsourced professional services consultants, the highly competitive nature of the market for professional services, risks related to the loss of a significant number of our consultants, or an inability to attract and retain new consultants, the possible impact on our business from the loss of the services of one or more key members of our senior management, risks related to potential significant increases in wages or payroll-related costs, our ability to secure new projects from clients, our ability to achieve or maintain a suitable pay/bill ratio, our ability to compete effectively in the competitive bidding process, risks related to unfavorable provisions in our contracts which may permit our clients to, among other things, terminate the contracts partially or completely at any time prior to completion, our ability to realize the level of benefit that we expect from our restructuring initiatives, risks that our recent digital expansion and technology transformation efforts many not be successful, our ability to build an efficient support structure as our business continues to grow and transform, our ability to grow our business, manage our growth or sustain our current business, our ability to serve clients internationally, additional operational challenges from our international activities including an economic downturn caused by social, political, regulatory, legal, and economic risks in the countries and regions in which we operate, possible disruption of our business from our past and future acquisitions, risks that our computer hardware and software and telecommunications systems are damaged, breached or interrupted, risks related to the failure to comply with data privacy laws and regulations and the adverse effect it may have on our reputation, results of operations or financial condition, our ability to comply with governmental, regulatory and legal requirements and company policies, the possible legal liability for damages resulting from the performance of projects by our consultants or for our clients’ mistreatment of our personnel, risks arising from changes in applicable tax laws or adverse results in tax audits or interpretations, the possible adverse effect on our business model from the reclassification of our independent contractors by foreign tax and regulatory authorities, the possible difficulty for a third party to acquire us and resulting depression of our stock price, the operating and financial restrictions from our credit facility, risks related to the variable rate of interest in our credit facility, and the possibility that we are unable to or elect not to pay our quarterly dividend payment. Additional risks and uncertainties not presently known to us or that we currently deem immaterial may also affect our business or operating results. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company does not intend, and undertakes no obligation, to update the forward-looking statements in this press release to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events, unless required by law to do so.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company utilizes certain financial measures and key performance indicators that are not defined by, or calculated in accordance with, GAAP to assess our financial and operating performance. A non-GAAP financial measure is defined as a numerical measure of a company’s financial performance that (i) excludes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of excluding amounts, that are included in the comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP in the statement of operations; or (ii) includes amounts, or is subject to adjustments that have the effect of including amounts, that are excluded from the comparable GAAP measure so calculated and presented. The following non-GAAP measures are presented in this press release:

  • Same day constant currency revenue is adjusted for the following items:

    • Currency impact. In order to remove the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates, the Company calculates constant currency revenue, which represents the outcome that would have resulted had exchange rates in the current period been the same as those in effect in the comparable prior period.

    • Business days impact. In order to remove the fluctuations caused by comparable periods having a different number of business days, the Company calculates same day revenue as current period revenue (adjusted for currency impact) divided by the number of business days in the current period, multiplied by the number of business days in the comparable prior period. The number of business days in each respective period is provided in the “Number of Business Days” section of the “Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures” table below.

  • Adjusted EBITDA is calculated as net income before amortization of intangible assets, depreciation expense, interest, and income taxes plus stock-based compensation expense, restructuring costs, technology transformation costs, and plus or minus contingent consideration adjustments. Adjusted EBITDA at the segment level excludes certain shared corporate administrative costs that are not practical to allocate.

  • Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing Adjusted EBITDA by revenue.

  • Cash tax rate excludes the non-cash tax impact of stock option expirations, non-cash tax impact of valuation allowances on international deferred tax assets, and other non-cash tax items.

  • Adjusted provision for income taxes is calculated based on the Company’s cash tax rates (as defined above).

  • Adjusted diluted earnings per common share is calculated as diluted earnings per common share, plus the per share impact of stock-based compensation expense, restructuring costs, and technology transformation costs, plus or minus the per share impact of contingent consideration adjustments, and adjusted for the related tax effects of these adjustments.

We believe the above-mentioned non-GAAP measures, which are used by management to assess the core performance of our Company, provide useful information and additional clarity of our operating results to our investors in their own evaluation of the core performance of our Company and facilitate a comparison of such performance from period to period. These are not measurements of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered in isolation or construed as substitutes for net income or other cash flow data prepared in accordance with GAAP for purposes of analyzing our profitability or liquidity. These measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, revenue, net income, earnings per share, cash flows, or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. In addition, these non-GAAP financial measures may not provide information that is directly comparable to that provided by other companies, as other companies may calculate such financial results differently.

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

Revenue by Geography

February 26,

November 27,

February 26,

February 27,

February 26,

February 27,

2022

2021

2022

2021

2022

2021

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Amounts in thousands, except number of business days)

North America

As reported (GAAP)

$

173,569

$

167,154

$

173,569

$

127,913

$

492,602

$

371,259

Currency impact

47

68

(314

)

Business days impact

2,846

2,647

Same day constant currency revenue

$

176,462

$

173,637

$

494,935

Europe

As reported (GAAP)

$

17,856

$

19,921

$

17,856

$

17,751

$

56,642

$

53,125

Currency impact

351

890

(219

)

Business days impact

583

Same day constant currency revenue

$

18,790

$

18,746

$

56,423

Asia Pacific

As reported (GAAP)

$

13,184

$

13,163

$

13,184

$

10,967

$

38,743

$

32,815

Currency impact

110

573

620

Business days impact

(108

)

(112

)

(106

)

Same day constant currency revenue

$

13,186

$

13,645

$

39,257

Total Consolidated

As reported (GAAP)

$

204,609

$

200,238

$

204,609

$

156,631

$

587,987

$

457,199

Currency impact

508

1,531

87

Business days impact

3,321

(112

)

2,541

Same day constant currency revenue

$

208,438

$

206,028

$

590,615

Number of Business Days

North America (1)

61

62

61

61

186

187

Europe (2)

63

65

63

63

192

192

Asia Pacific (2)

62

61

62

61

186

185

(1)

This represents the number of business days in the United States.

(2)

This represents the number of business days in the countries in which the revenues are most concentrated within the geography.

Three Months Ended

February 26,

% of

November 27,

% of

February 27,

% of

Adjusted EBITDA

2022

Revenue

2021

Revenue

2021

Revenue

(Unaudited, amounts in thousands, except percentages)

Net income

$

19,421

9.5

%

$

14,305

7.1

%

$

690

0.4

%

Adjustments:

Amortization of intangible assets

1,321

0.6

1,184

0.6

1,202

0.8

Depreciation expense

882

0.4

893

0.5

963

0.6

Interest expense, net

307

0.2

222

0.1

361

0.2

(Benefit) provision for income taxes

(2,192

)

(1.1

)

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