Hill International, Inc.
Nov 6, 2012
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Hill International Reports Third Quarter and First Nine Months 2012 Financial Results

MARLTON, N.J., Nov. 6, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today its financial results for the third quarter and first nine months ended September 30, 2012 (see attached tables). Total revenue for the third quarter of 2012 was $119.9 million, a decrease of 7.0% from the third quarter of 2011. Consulting fee revenue for the third quarter of 2012 was $103.6 million, an increase of 1.1% from the third quarter of 2011.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") for the third quarter of 2012 were $7.9 million, up 26.3% from the third quarter of 2011. Operating profit for the third quarter of 2012 was $5.1 million, an increase of 170.0% from the third quarter of 2011. Net earnings in the third quarter of 2012 were $1.3 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, up 99.4% from net earnings of $0.7 million, or $0.02 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2011.

The company's total backlog at September 30, 2012 was a record $2.373 billion, up 0.6% from $2.360 billion at June 30, 2012. Twelve-month backlog at September 30, 2012 was $351 million, up 2.0% from $344 million at June 30, 2012.

"We have continued to see steady improvement in our financial performance throughout the year, and we are especially pleased with achieving record backlog and getting back to profitability in the third quarter," said Irvin Richter, Hill's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our cost-cutting initiatives so far this year have had an immediate and positive impact on our bottom line, with the Company now earning its highest quarterly EBITDA since before the Libyan revolution," Richter added.

First Nine Months 2012 Results   

Total revenue for the first nine months of 2012 was $355.1 million, a decrease of 6.3% from the first nine months of 2011. Consulting fee revenue for the first nine months of 2012, however, was a record $306.8 million, an increase of 2.4% from the first nine months of 2011.

EBITDA for the first nine months of 2012 was $13.6 million, a 62.5% increase from the first nine months of 2011. Operating profit for the first nine months of 2012 was $5.6 million, a strong turnaround from an operating loss of ($2.6 million) in the first nine months of 2011. Net loss for the first nine months of 2012 was ($5.8 million), or ($0.15) per diluted share, as compared to a net loss of ($5.4 million), or ($0.14) per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2011.

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

Total revenue at Hill's Project Management Group during the third quarter of 2012 was $92.8 million, a decrease of 5.4% from the third quarter of 2011. Consulting fee revenue for the third quarter of 2012 at the Projects Group was $77.2 million, an increase of 5.7% from the third quarter of 2011. Operating profit for the Projects Group for the third quarter of 2012 was $8.0 million, an increase of 57.1% from the prior year's quarter.

Total revenue at the Projects Group during the first nine months of 2012 was $273.7 million, down 6.8% from the first nine months of 2011. Consulting fee revenue for the Projects Group during the first nine months of 2012 was $227.5 million, an increase of 4.8% from the first nine months of 2011. Operating profit for the Projects Group for the first nine months of 2012 was $18.6 million, an increase of 57.0% from the first nine months of 2011.

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

Total revenue at Hill's Construction Claims Group during the third quarter of 2012 was $27.1 million, a decrease of 12.1% from the third quarter of 2011. Consulting fee revenue for the third quarter of 2012 at the Claims Group was $26.4 million, a decrease of 10.3% from the year earlier quarter. Operating profit for the Claims Group for the third quarter of 2012 was $2.6 million, a decrease of 39.8% from the prior year's quarter.

Total revenue at the Claims Group during the first nine months of 2012 was $81.5 million, a decrease of 4.5% from the first nine months of 2011. Consulting fee revenue for the first nine months of 2012 was $79.3 million, a decrease of 3.9% from the first nine months of 2011. Operating profit for the Claims Group for the first nine months of 2012 was $6.3 million, a decrease of 13.3% from the first nine months of 2011.

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 Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at 11:00 am Eastern Time to discuss the financial results for the period ended September 30, 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 3,300 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
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Consulting fee revenue $ 103,565 $ 102,463 $ 306,831 $ 299,686
Reimbursable expenses 16,322 26,415 48,297 79,137
Total revenue 119,887 128,878 355,128 378,823
         
Cost of services 58,459 58,795 176,722 173,582
Reimbursable expenses 16,322 26,415 48,297 79,137
Total direct expenses 74,781 85,210 225,019 252,719
         
Gross profit 45,106 43,668 130,109 126,104
         
Selling, general and administrative expenses 40,016 41,810 124,559 128,875
Equity in earnings of affiliates -- (27) -- (187)
         
Operating profit (loss) 5,090 1,885 5,550 (2,584)
         
Interest expense and related financing fees, net 4,757 1,922 12,748 4,380
         
Earnings (loss) before income tax benefit 333 (37) (7,198) (6,964)
Income tax benefit (1,109) (422) (2,621) (1,776)
         
Consolidated net earnings (loss) 1,442 385 (4,577) (5,188)
         
Less: net earnings (loss) - noncontrolling interests 138 (269) 1,179 251
         
Net earnings (loss) attributable to Hill International, Inc. $ 1,304 $ 654 $ (5,756) $ (5,439)
         
Basic earnings (loss) per common share - Hill International, Inc. $ 0.03 $ 0.02 $ (0.15) $ (0.14)
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 38,226 38,497 38,446 38,385
         
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share - Hill International, Inc. $ 0.03 $ 0.02 $ (0.15) $ (0.14)
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 38,566 38,946 38,446 38,385
         
Selected Segment Data        
         
  Three months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Project Management        
Consulting fee revenue $ 77,194 $ 73,061 $ 227,510 $ 217,148
Total revenue $ 92,752 $ 98,013 $ 273,670 $ 293,504
Gross profit $ 30,405 $ 27,655 $ 86,248 $ 81,724
Gross profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 39.4 % 37.9 % 37.9 % 37.6 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 22,393 $ 22,582 $ 67,602 $ 70,032
SG&A expenses as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 29.0 % 30.9 % 29.7 % 32.3 %
Operating profit before equity in earnings of affiliates $ 8,012 $ 5,073 $ 18,646 $ 11,692
Equity in earnings of affiliates $ -- $ 27 $ -- $ 187
Operating profit $ 8,012 $ 5,100 $ 18,646 $ 11,879
Operating profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 10.4 % 7.0 % 8.2 % 5.5 %
         
         
Construction Claims        
Consulting fee revenue $ 26,371 $ 29,402 $ 79,321 $ 82,538
Total revenue $ 27,135 $ 30,865 $ 81,458 $ 85,319
Gross profit $ 14,701 $ 16,013 $ 43,861 $ 44,380
Gross profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 55.7 % 54.5 % 55.3 % 53.8 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 12,060 $ 11,627 $ 37,516 $ 37,060
SG&A expenses as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 45.7 % 39.5 % 47.3 % 44.9 %
Operating profit $ 2,641 $ 4,386 $ 6,345 $ 7,320
Operating profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 10.0 % 14.9 % 8.0 % 8.9 %
         
         
Selected Other Financial Data        
  Three months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Consulting fee revenue $ 103,565 $ 102,463 $ 306,831 $ 299,686
Total revenue $ 119,887 $ 128,878 $ 355,128 $ 378,823
Gross profit $ 45,106 $ 43,668 $ 130,109 $ 126,104
Gross profit as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 43.6 % 42.6 % 42.4 % 42.1 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding corporate expenses) $ 34,453 $ 34,209 $ 105,118 $ 107,092
Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding corporate expenses) as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 33.3 % 33.4 % 34.3 % 35.7 %
Corporate expenses $ 5,563 $ 7,601 $ 19,441 $ 21,783
Corporate expenses as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 5.4 % 7.4 % 6.3 % 7.3 %
Operating profit (loss) $ 5,090 $ 1,885 $ 5,550 $ (2,584)
Operating profit (loss) as a percent of consulting fee revenue 4.9 % 1.8 % 1.8 % (0.9) %
Effective income tax rate (333.0) % 1,140.5 % 36.4 % 25.5 %
         
Selected Balance Sheet Data    
     
  September 30, 2012 December 31, 2011
     
Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,794 $ 17,924
Accounts receivable, net $ 208,632 $ 197,906
Current assets $ 249,124 $ 231,833
Total assets $ 417,715 $ 407,512
Current liabilities $ 140,321 $ 108,800
Total debt $ 96,928 $ 94,759
Stockholders' equity:    
Hill International, Inc. share of equity $ 149,893 $ 154,136
Noncontrolling interest $ 16,836 $ 18,258
Total equity $ 166,729 $ 172,394
     

EBITDA Reconciliation
(Unaudited)

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") for the third quarter of 2012 were $7.9 million compared to $6.2 million in the third 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 the most directly comparable GAAP measure in accordance with SEC Regulation S-K follows:

  Three months ended
September 30,
Nine months ended
September 30,
  2012 2011 2012 2011
         
Net earnings (loss) $ 1,304 $ 654 $ (5,756) $ (5,439)
Interest expense, net 4,757 1,922 12,748 4,380
Income tax benefit (1,109) (422) (2,621) (1,776)
Depreciation and amortization 2,923 4,080 9,245 11,215
EBITDA $ 7,875 $ 6,234 $ 13,616 $ 8,380
         
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