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CDI Corp. Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

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PHILADELPHIA, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) (the "Company") today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. 

First Quarter Highlights

  • Revenue of $269 million, a decline of 4.0% during the first quarter 2013 versus the first quarter 2012
  • Gross profit margin of 18.6% for the first quarter 2013 versus 19.8% for the first quarter 2012
  • Operating and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue of 16.8% for the first quarter 2013 versus 17.2% for the first quarter 2012
  • Earnings per share of $0.13 in the first quarter 2013 versus $0.20 for the first quarter 2012

"During the first quarter, gross profit margin was below last year as revenue in the higher-margin government business within GETS declined versus the year-ago quarter," said CDI President and CEO Paulett Eberhart. "In addition, we saw a shift to lower margin business within PSS, as well as continued weakness in higher-margin MRI permanent placement and contract business. We were pleased to sustain our competitive cost structure during the first quarter, as reflected by lower operating and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue. Also encouraging are recent wins and increased bid activity in engineering and staffing. We remain confident in our strategy of focusing on select verticals, higher-margin engineering projects and client service excellence."

For the first quarter 2013, the Company reported revenue of $269 million, a decrease of 4.0% versus the year-ago quarter.

The Company reported first quarter 2013 operating profit of $4.9 million compared to an operating profit of $7.4 million in the prior-year first quarter. The Company reported first quarter 2013 net income of $2.5 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, versus net income of $3.8 million, or $0.20 per diluted share, in the prior-year quarter.

Business Segment Discussion

The Company's Global Engineering and Technology Solutions segment (GETS) reported first quarter revenue of $78.0 million, a 4.0% decrease when compared to the prior-year quarter. Increased revenue in the Oil, Gas & Chemicals (OGC) vertical was offset by declines in the infrastructure and government services businesses, both reported in "Other," as well as by lower Hi-Tech revenue. Aerospace and Industrial Equipment (AIE) revenue was essentially flat versus the year-ago quarter. Operating profit declined to $5.3 million versus $5.9 million in the prior-year quarter, driven primarily by the revenue decrease offset somewhat by additional cost savings.

The Company's Professional Services Staffing segment (PSS) reported a 2.5% revenue decrease in the first quarter to $177.1 million when compared to the prior-year quarter. Revenue gains in the OGC vertical were offset by lower revenue driven by project completions in "Other," as well as by declines in Hi-Tech and AIE. PSS operating profit fell to $4.1 million versus $5.8 million in the prior-year first quarter, driven primarily by the revenue decrease offset somewhat by additional cost savings.

Management Recruiters International (MRI) first quarter revenue decreased 18.7% to $14.3 million, compared to the prior-year quarter, driven by lower contract staffing and royalty and franchise fee income. MRI's first quarter operating profit fell to $1.9 million compared to $2.3 million in the prior-year quarter, driven primarily by the revenue decrease offset somewhat by additional cost savings.

Business Outlook

The Company anticipates revenue for the second quarter of 2013 in the range of $260 million to $270 million, compared to $274 million in the year-ago second quarter, with gross profit margin at a level similar to that of the first quarter 2013.

Conference Call

At 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time today, Paulett Eberhart, President and CEO, and Bob Larney, Executive Vice President and CFO, will host a conference call to discuss the 2013 first quarter results and business outlook. The call can be accessed live, via the Internet, at www.cdicorp.com

About CDI

CDI Corp. (NYSE: CDI) is an integrated, market-leading engineering and technology services firm providing differentiated, client-focused solutions in select global industries. CDI provides Global Engineering and Technology Solutions and Professional Services Staffing through its global business operations in the Americas, EMEA and APAC. The Company also provides staffing services through its franchised Management Recruiters International, Inc. (MRI) operating unit. Learn more at www.cdicorp.com.

Caution Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including, but not limited to, statements about our strategies for growth and future financial results (such as revenue), are forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements can be identified by words like "anticipates," "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "could," "should," "intends," "plans," "estimates" and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions that are difficult to predict. Because these forward-looking statements are based on estimates and assumptions that are subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control or are subject to change, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in these forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: weakness in general economic conditions and levels of capital spending by clients in the industries we serve; weakness or volatility in the financial and capital markets, which may result in the postponement or cancellation of our clients' capital projects or the inability of our clients to pay our fees; the inability to successfully execute on our strategic plan; the termination or non-renewal of a major client contract or project; delays or reductions in government spending, including the impact of sequestration on U.S. government defense spending; credit risks associated with our clients; competitive market pressures; the availability and cost of qualified personnel; our level of success in attracting, training and retaining qualified management personnel and other staff employees; changes in tax laws and other government regulations including the impact of healthcare reform laws and regulations; the possibility of incurring liability for our business activities, including the activities of our temporary employees; our performance on client contracts; negative outcome of pending and future claims and litigation; and government policies, legislation or judicial decisions adverse to our businesses.  More detailed information about these and other risks and uncertainties may be found in our filings with the SEC, particularly in the "Risk Factors" section of our Form 10-K and the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" section of our Form 10-Ks and Form 10-Qs. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We assume no obligation to update such statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. 


CDI CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

(Amounts in thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)




Three Months Ended


March 31,

Consolidated Statements of Income:

2013


2012





Revenue

$

269,466



$

280,627


Cost of services

219,315



224,942


Gross profit

50,151



55,685


Operating and administrative expenses

45,238



48,296


Operating profit

4,913



7,389


Other income (expense), net

(51)



(38)


Income before income taxes

4,862



7,351


Income tax expense

2,309



3,437


Net income

2,553



3,914


Less: Income attributable to the noncontrolling interest

62



91


Net income attributable to CDI

$

2,491



$

3,823






Earnings per common share:




Basic

$

0.13



$

0.20


Diluted

$

0.13



$

0.20


Weighted-average shares outstanding - basic

19,378



19,200


Weighted-average shares outstanding - diluted

19,723



19,573














Selected Balance Sheet Data:

March 31,
2013


December 31,
2012





Cash and cash equivalents

$

18,416



$

43,652


Accounts receivable, net

237,065



223,630


Total current assets

274,233



282,345


Total assets

390,628



400,705


Total current liabilities

92,945



104,208


Total CDI shareholders' equity

279,583



278,971











Three months ended


March 31,

Selected Cash Flow Data:

2013


2012





Net cash used in operating activities

$

(21,620)



$

(14,837)


Depreciation and amortization

2,561



2,534


Capital expenditures

1,093



1,259


Dividends paid to shareholders



2,500









Three Months Ended


March 31,

Selected Earnings and Other Financial Data:

2013


2012





Revenue

$

269,466



$

280,627


Gross profit

$

50,151



$

55,685


Gross profit margin

18.6

%


19.8

%

Operating and administrative expenses as a percentage of revenue

16.8

%


17.2

%

Operating profit margin

1.8

%


2.6

%

Effective income tax rate

47.5

%


46.8

%

Pre-tax return on net assets (1)

11.6

%


10.0

%








Three Months Ended


March 31,

Selected Segment Data:

2013


2012





Global Engineering and Technology Solutions ("GETS")




Revenue:




Oil, Gas and Chemicals ("OGC")

$

29,650



$

28,264


Aerospace and Industrial Equipment ("AIE")

16,869



16,912


Hi-Tech

7,621



8,065


Other

23,897



28,034


Total revenue

$

78,037



$

81,275


Gross profit

$

21,524



$

23,247


Gross profit margin

27.6

%


28.6

%

Operating profit

$

5,275



$

5,938


Operating profit margin

6.8

%


7.3

%





Professional Services Staffing ("PSS")




Revenue:




Oil, Gas and Chemicals ("OGC")

$

33,342



$

30,994


Aerospace and Industrial Equipment ("AIE")

18,917



19,791


Hi-Tech

71,994



74,307


Other

52,855



56,641


Total revenue

$

177,108



$

181,733


Gross profit

$

22,270



$

24,438


Gross profit margin

12.6

%


13.4

%

Operating profit

$

4,105



$

5,794


Operating profit margin

2.3

%


3.2

%





Management Recruiters International ("MRI")




Revenue:




Contract Staffing

$

11,236



$

13,681


Royalties and Franchise Fees

3,085



3,938


Total revenue

$

14,321



$

17,619


Gross profit

$

6,357



$

8,000


Gross profit margin

44.4

%


45.4

%

Operating profit

$

1,877



$

2,253


Operating profit margin

13.1

%


12.8

%













(1)  

Pre-tax return on net assets is calculated as earnings before income taxes for the prior 12 consecutive months divided by the average of the corresponding beginning and ending period net assets. Net assets include total assets minus total liabilities excluding cash and cash equivalents, income tax accounts and debt.

SOURCE CDI Corp.



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