Hill International, Inc.
May 7, 2012
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Hill International Reports First Quarter 2012 Financial Results

MARLTON, N.J., May 7, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012 (see attached tables). Total revenue for the first quarter of 2012 was $115.8 million, a decrease of 5.9% from the first quarter of 2011. Consulting fee revenue for the first quarter of 2012 was $99.2 million, an increase of 5.2% from last year's first quarter.

Operating loss for the first quarter of 2012 was ($2.7 million), an improvement from an operating loss of ($5.3 million) in the first quarter of 2011. Net loss in the first quarter was ($6.7 million) or ($0.17) per diluted share based on 38.5 million diluted shares outstanding, versus a net loss of ($5.6 million), or ($0.15) per diluted share based on 38.3 million diluted shares outstanding in the first quarter of 2011.

The company's total backlog at March 31, 2012 decreased slightly to $2.292 billion, down from $2.295 billion at December 31, 2011. Twelve-month backlog at March 31, 2012 was down slightly as well to $321 million, from $332 million at December 31, 2011.

"We are obviously disappointed at losing money in the first quarter," said Irvin E. Richter, Hill's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "While the primary driver of our poor results in the first quarter was a debt expense of more than $4.8 million resulting from the recent two-year extension of our credit facility, operating losses are simply not acceptable. We have reexamined our cost structure at every level of the company and we are in the process of cutting a total of nearly $20 million in annual overhead costs that we think will have a very positive impact on our bottom line. That effort combined with positive revenue and sales trends we have seen so far this year should return Hill to profitability by the third quarter," Richter added.

Business Segment Results

In addition to providing consolidated financial results, Hill also reports separate financial results for its two operating segments: the Project Management Group and the Construction Claims Group.

Project Management Group.Hill's Project Management Group provides program management, project management, construction management, project management oversight, troubled project turnaround, staff augmentation, estimating and cost management, project labor agreement consulting and management consulting services.

Total revenue at Hill's Projects Group during the first quarter of 2012 was $89.0 million, a decrease of 9.1% from the first quarter of 2011. Consulting fee revenue for the first quarter of 2012 at the Projects Group was $73.1 million, an increase of 4.7% from the first quarter of 2011. Operating profit for the Projects Group for the first quarter of 2012 was $3.6 million, an increase of 28.9% from the prior year's quarter.

Construction Claims Group. Hill's Construction Claims Group provides claims preparation, analysis and review, litigation support, lender advisory, cost/damages assessment, delay/disruption analysis, contract review and assessment, risk assessment, adjudication and expert witness testimony services.

Total revenue at Hill's Claims Group during the first quarter of 2012 was $26.8 million, an increase of 6.7% over the first quarter of 2011. Consulting fee revenue for the first quarter of 2012 at the Claims Group rose to $26.1 million, an increase of 6.7% from the prior year's quarter. Operating profit for the Claims Group for the first quarter of 2012 was $1.2 million, an improvement from the prior year's first quarter operating loss of ($0.7 million).

Conference Call

David L. Richter, Hill's President and Chief Operating Officer, and John Fanelli III, Hill's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, at 11:00 am Eastern Time to discuss the financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2012. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing (877) 423-9820 (Domestic) or (201) 493-6749 (International) approximately 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and ask to be connected to the Hill International conference call. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet. To listen to the live call, please go to the "Investor Relations" section of Hill's website at www.hillintl.com, and click on "Financial Information," and then "Conferences and Calls." Please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. If you are unable to participate in the live call, the conference call will be archived and can be accessed for approximately 90 days.

About Hill International

Hill International, with 3,200 employees in 110 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, and construction claims and consulting services. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the 8th largest construction management firm in the United States. For more information on Hill, please visit our website at www.hillintl.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release may be considered "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and it is our intent that any such statements be protected by the safe harbor created thereby. Except for historical information contained in this press release, the matters set forth herein including, but not limited to, any projections of revenues, earnings or other financial items; any statements concerning our plans, strategies and objectives for future operations; and any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Although we believe that the expectations, estimates and assumptions reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in our forward-looking statements include: modifications and termination of client contracts; control and operational issues pertaining to business activities that we conduct on our own behalf or pursuant to joint ventures with other parties; difficulties we may incur in implementing our acquisition strategy; the need to retain and recruit key technical and management personnel; and unexpected adjustments and cancellations related to our backlog. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements are set forth in the reports we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement.

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HILL INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
EARNINGS RELEASE TABLES
(In 000's, Except Per Share Data)
(Unaudited)
     
Consolidated Statement of Operations    
     
  Three months ended March 31,
  2012  2011 
     
Consulting fee revenue  $ 99,197   $ 94,272 
Reimbursable expenses  16,616   28,738 
 Total revenue  115,813   123,010 
     
Cost of services  58,462   55,343 
Reimbursable expenses  16,616   28,738 
 Total direct expenses  75,078   84,081 
     
 Gross profit  40,735   38,929 
     
Selling, general and administrative expenses  43,472   44,226 
Equity in earnings of affiliates  --  (4)
     
 Operating loss (2,737) (5,293)
Interest expense, net  4,841   994 
     
Loss before income taxes (7,578) (6,287)
Income tax benefit  (1,041) (909)
     
 Consolidated net loss (6,537) (5,378)
Less: net earnings - noncontrolling interests 199  218 
     
Net loss attributable to Hill International, Inc.  $ (6,736)  $ (5,596)
     
Basic loss per common share - Hill International, Inc.  $ (0.17)  $ (0.15)
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding  38,526   38,276 
     
Diluted loss per common share - Hill International, Inc.  $ (0.17)  $ (0.15)
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding  38,526   38,276 
     
     
Selected Segment Data    
     
  Three months ended March 31,
  2012  2011 
     
Project Management    
Consulting fee revenue $ 73,141   $ 69,848  
Total revenue  $ 89,038    $ 97,924  
Gross profit  $ 26,492    $ 26,237  
Gross profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 36.2% 37.6% 
Selling, general and administrative expenses  $ 22,937    $ 23,484  
SG&A expenses as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 31.4% 33.6% 
Operating profit before equity in earnings of affiliates  $ 3,555    $ 2,753  
Equity in earnings of affiliates  $ --    $ 4  
Operating profit   $ 3,555    $ 2,757  
Operating profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 4.9% 3.9% 
     
     
Construction Claims    
Consulting fee revenue  $ 26,056    $ 24,424  
Total revenue  $ 26,775    $ 25,086  
Gross profit  $ 14,243    $ 12,692  
Gross profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 54.7% 52.0%
Selling, general and administrative expenses  $ 13,063    $ 13,427  
SG&A expenses as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 50.1% 55.0%
Operating profit (loss)  $ 1,180    $ (735)
Operating profit (loss) as a percent of consulting fee revenue 4.5%  (3.0)%
     
     
Selected Other Financial Data    
  Three months ended March 31,
  2012  2011 
     
Consulting fee revenue  $ 99,197    $ 94,272  
Total revenue  $ 115,813    $ 123,010  
Gross profit  $ 40,735    $ 38,929  
Gross profit as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 41.1% 41.3%
Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding corporate expenses) $ 36,000  $ 36,911 
Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding corporate expenses) as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 36.3% 39.2%
Corporate expenses  $ 7,472   $ 7,315 
Corporate expenses as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 7.5% 7.8%
Operating loss  $ (2,737)  $ (5,293)
Operating loss as a percent of consulting fee revenue (2.8)% (5.6)%
Effective income tax rate 13.7% 14.5%
     
     
Selected Balance Sheet Data    
     
  March 31, 2012 December 31, 2011
     
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 24,698   $ 17,924 
Accounts receivable, net  $ 196,824   $ 197,906 
Current assets  $ 238,683   $ 231,833 
Total assets  $ 408,987   $ 407,512 
Current liabilities  $ 192,040   $ 108,800 
Total debt  $ 98,108   $ 94,759 
Stockholders' equity:    
 Hill International, Inc. share of equity  $ 150,051   $ 154,136 
 Noncontrolling interests  $ 18,960   $ 18,258 
 Total equity  $ 169,011   $ 172,394 

EBITDA Reconciliation

(Unaudited)

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") for the first quarter of 2012 was $0.4 million compared to a loss of ($2.4 million) in the first quarter of 2011. EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Management believes EBITDA, in addition to operating profit, net income and other GAAP measures, is a useful indicator of Hill's financial and operating performance and its ability to generate cash flows from operations that are available for taxes and capital expenditures. Investors should recognize that EBITDA might not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies. This measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of EBITDA to net loss, the most directly comparable GAAP measure, in accordance with SEC Regulation S-K follows:

     
  Three months ended March 31,
  2012  2011 
     
Net loss  $ (6,736)  $ (5,596)
Interest expense, net 4,841  994 
Income tax benefit (1,041) (909)
Depreciation and amortization 3,305  3,102 
EBITDA  $ 369    $ (2,409)
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