Hill International, Inc.
Hill International, Inc. (Form: 10-K, Received: 03/13/2015 16:40:19)

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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K


 

 

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE
SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2014

Commission file number 001-33961

HILL INTERNATIONAL, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization
  20-0953973
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

303 Lippincott Centre, Marlton, NJ
(Address of principal executive offices)

 

08053
(Zip Code)

Registrant's telephone number, including area code: (856) 810-6200

        Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class   Name of each exchange on which registered
Common Stock, $.0001 par value   New York Stock Exchange

        Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Exchange Act: None



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        Indicate by a check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of registrant's knowledge in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K.  o

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        The aggregate market value of shares of common stock held by non-affiliates on June 30, 2014 was approximately $170,206,000. As of March 6, 2015, there were 50,373,757 shares of the Registrant's Common Stock outstanding.

Documents Incorporated by Reference

        Portions of the proxy statement for the 2015 Annual Meeting of Shareholders of Hill International, Inc. are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K.

   


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HILL INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Index to Form 10-K

PART I.

 

 

       

Item 1.

 

Business

   
4
 

Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors

   
13
 

Item 1B.

 

Unresolved Staff Comments

   
21
 

Item 2.

 

Properties

   
21
 

Item 3.

 

Legal Proceedings

   
22
 

Item 4.

 

Mine Safety Disclosures

   
23
 


Part II.


 


 


 

 


 

 

Item 5.

 

Market for the Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

   
24
 

Item 6.

 

Selected Financial Data

   
26
 

Item 7.

 

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

   
28
 

Item 7A.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

   
45
 

Item 8.

 

Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

   
46
 

Item 9.

 

Changes in and Disagreements with Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

   
93
 

Item 9A.

 

Controls and Procedures

   
93
 

Item 9B.

 

Other Information

   
94
 


Part III.


 


 


 

 


 

 

Item 10.

 

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

   
95
 

Item 11.

 

Executive Compensation

   
95
 

Item 12.

 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

   
95
 

Item 13.

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

   
96
 

Item 14.

 

Principal Accounting Fees and Services

   
96
 


Part IV.


 


 


 

 


 

 

Item 15.

 

Exhibits, Financial Statement Schedules

   
97
 

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PART I

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

        Certain statements contained in this Annual Report on Form 10-K may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Reform Act"). We may also make forward-looking statements in other reports filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), in materials delivered to stockholders and in press releases. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. 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. You can identify forward-looking statements by the use of terminology such as "may," "will," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "future," "intend," "plan," "could," "should," "potential" or "continue" or the negative or other variations thereof, as well as other statements regarding matters that are not historical fact.

        Those forward-looking statements may concern, among other things:

        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:

        Other factors that may affect our businesses, financial position or results of operations include:

        We assume no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements. In accordance with the Reform Act, Item 1A of this Report entitled "Risk Factors" contains cautionary statements that accompany those forward-looking statements. You should carefully review such cautionary statements as

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they identify certain important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements and from historical trends. Those cautionary statements are not exclusive and are in addition to other factors discussed elsewhere in this Form 10-K, in our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission or in materials incorporated therein by reference.

Item 1.    Business.

General

        Hill International, Inc., with 4,600 professionals in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, construction claims and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets. According to the June 16, 2014 edition of Engineering News-Record magazine, Hill is the ninth largest construction management firm and eleventh largest program management firm headquartered in the United States. The terms "Hill", the "Company", "we", "us" and "our" refer to Hill International, Inc.

        We compete for business based on a variety of factors such as technical capability, global resources, price, reputation and past experience, including client requirements for substantial experience in similar projects and claims work. We have developed significant long-standing relationships, which bring us repeat business and would be very difficult to replicate. We believe we have an excellent reputation for attracting and retaining professionals. In addition, we believe there are high barriers to entry for new competitors especially in the project management market.

Our Growth Strategy

        Our growth strategy emphasizes the following key elements:

    Increase Revenues from Our Existing Clients .  We have long-standing relationships with a number of public and private sector entities. Meeting our clients' diverse needs in managing construction risk and generating repeat business from our clients to expand our project base is one of our key growth strategies. We accomplish this objective by providing a broad range of project management and construction claims consulting services in a wide range of geographic areas that support our clients during every phase of a project, from concept through completion. We believe that nurturing our existing client relationships expands our project base through repeat business.

    Capitalize Upon the Substantial Expected Spend in Our Markets .  We believe that the demand for project management services will grow with increasing construction and infrastructure spending in the markets we serve. We believe that our reputation and experience combined with our broad platform of service offerings will enable us to capitalize on increases in demand for our services. In addition, we strategically open new offices to expand into new geographic areas and we aggressively hire individuals with significant contacts to accelerate growth of these new offices and to strengthen our presence in existing markets.

    Continue to Pursue Acquisitions .  We operate in a highly fragmented industry with many smaller, regional competitors. Our acquisition strategy allows us to manage risk by diversifying our markets, which enables us to compete better by integrating capabilities and obtaining new relationships. We pursue acquisitions primarily for three reasons: to expand into new geographic markets; add to professional resources and improve critical mass in existing markets to compete more effectively; and to enhance our specialization and capability in certain strategic areas. We intend to continue to pursue both U.S. acquisitions to round out our domestic presence and enhance capabilities in specific areas and foreign acquisitions that bring new relationships as well as widen our geographic base to offer our global capabilities.

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    Strengthen Professional Resources .  Our biggest asset is the people that work for Hill. We intend to continue spending significant time recruiting and retaining the best and the brightest to improve our competitive position. Our independent status has attracted top project management talent with varied industry experience. Additionally, our construction claims business provides us with a strong base of expertise that allows knowledge transfer across our businesses. We believe maintaining and bolstering our team will enable us to continue to grow our business.

Reporting Segments

        We operate through two reporting segments: the Project Management Group and the Construction Claims Group. Our total revenue consists of two components: consulting fee revenue ("CFR") and reimbursable expenses. Reimbursable expenses are reflected in equal amounts in both total revenue and total direct expenses. Because these revenue/costs are subject to significant fluctuation from year to year, we measure the performance of many of our key operating metrics as a percentage of CFR, as we believe that this is a better and more consistent measure of operating performance than total revenue. Throughout this report we have used CFR as the denominator in many of our ratios. The following table sets forth the amount and percentage of CFR from our operations in each reporting segment for each of the past three fiscal years (dollars in thousands):

Consulting Fee Revenue ("CFR")

 
  2014   2013   2012  

Project Management

  $ 427,515     74.2 % $ 392,602     76.7 % $ 312,232     74.8 %

Construction Claims

    148,290     25.8     119,483     23.3     105,366     25.2  

Total

  $ 575,805     100.0 % $ 512,085     100.0 % $ 417,598     100.0 %

Project Management

        Our Project Management Group provides fee-based or "agency" construction management services to our clients, leveraging our construction expertise to identify potential trouble, difficulties and sources of delay on a construction project before they develop into costly problems. Our experienced professionals are capable of managing all phases of the construction process from concept through completion, including cost and budget controls, scheduling, estimating, expediting, inspection, contract administration and management of contractors, subcontractors and suppliers.

        Our clients are typically billed a negotiated multiple of the actual direct cost of each professional assigned to a project and we are reimbursed for our out-of-pocket expenses. We believe our fee-based consulting has significant advantages over traditional general contractors. Specifically, because we do not assume project completion risk, our fee-based model eliminates many of the risks typically associated with providing "at risk" construction services.

Construction Claims

        Our Construction Claims Group advises clients in order to assist them in preventing or resolving claims and disputes based upon schedule delays, cost overruns and other problems on major construction projects worldwide.

        We may be retained as a claims consultant at the onset of a project, during the course of a project or upon the completion of a project. We assist owners or contractors in adversarial situations as well as in situations where an amicable resolution is sought. Specific activities that we undertake as part of these services include claims preparation, analysis and review, litigation support, cost/damages

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assessment, delay/disruption analysis, adjudication, risk assessment, lender advisory, expert witness testimony and other services.

        Clients are typically billed based on an hourly rate for each consultant assigned to the project, and we are reimbursed for our out-of-pocket expenses. Our claims consulting clients include participants on all sides of a construction project, including owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, attorneys, lenders and insurance companies.

Global Business

        We operate worldwide and currently have over 100 offices in over 40 countries. The following table sets forth the amount and percentage of our CFR by geographic region for each of the past three fiscal years (dollars in thousands):

Consulting Fee Revenue by Geographic Region:

 
  2014   2013   2012  

U.S./Canada

  $ 125,691     21.8 % $ 121,291     23.7 % $ 117,593     28.2 %

Latin America

    40,844     7.1     49,188     9.6     51,820     12.4  

Europe

    79,009     13.7     75,398     14.7     84,267     20.2  

Middle East

    270,924     47.1     219,315     42.8     134,037     32.1  

Africa

    23,849     4.1     22,744     4.4     13,591     3.3  

Asia/Pacific

    35,488     6.2     24,149     4.8     16,290     3.8  

Total

  $ 575,805     100.0 % $ 512,085     100.0 % $ 417,598     100.0 %

U.S. 

  $ 122,096     21.2 % $ 117,740     23.0 % $ 114,368     27.4 %

Non-U.S. 

    453,709     78.8     394,345     77.0     303,230     72.6  

Total

  $ 575,805     100.0 % $ 512,085     100.0 % $ 417,598     100.0 %

Growth Organically and Through Acquisitions

        Over the years, our business has expanded through organic growth and the acquisition of a number of project management and claims consulting businesses. Over the past 17 years, we have completed 23 acquisitions of project management and claims consulting businesses.

        We believe that our industry includes a number of small regional companies in a highly fragmented market. We believe that we have significant experience and expertise in identifying, negotiating, completing and integrating acquisitions and view the acquisition of these smaller competitors as a key part of our growth strategy. Through our acquisitions, we gained entry into the United Kingdom, Spain, Mexico, Poland, Australia, Brazil and South Africa and expanded our presence in the United States. These transactions have enabled us to accelerate our growth, strengthen our geographic diversity and compete more effectively.

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Clients

        Our clients consist primarily of the United States and other national governments, state and local governments, and the private sector. The following table sets forth our breakdown of CFR attributable to these categories of clients for each of the past three fiscal years (dollars in thousands):

Consulting Fee Revenue By Client Type:

 
  2014   2013   2012  

U.S. federal government

  $ 13,250     2.3 % $ 14,958     2.9 % $ 12,877     3.1 %

U.S. state, regional and local governments

    74,921     13.0     69,477     13.6     61,790     14.8  

Foreign governments

    219,605     38.1     181,066     35.3     96,242     23.0  

Private sector

    268,029     46.6     246,584     48.2     246,689     59.1  

Total

  $ 575,805     100.0 % $ 512,085     100.0 % $ 417,598     100.0 %

        The following table sets forth the percentage of our consulting fee revenue contributed by each of our five largest clients for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012:

 
  For the Years Ended
December 31,
 
 
  2014   2013   2012  

Largest Client

    11.0 %   10.0 %   3.6 %

2nd largest client

    3.4 %   3.4 %   2.6 %

3rd largest client

    2.6 %   2.3 %   2.2 %

4th largest client

    2.6 %   1.6 %   2.1 %

5th largest client

    2.5 %   1.6 %   2.0 %

Top 5 largest clients

    22.1 %   18.9 %   12.5 %

Business Development

        The process for acquiring business from each of our categories of clients is principally the same, by participating in a competitive request-for-proposal ("RFP") process, with the primary difference among clients being that the process for public sector clients is significantly more formal and complex than for private sector clients as a result of government procurement rules and regulations that govern the public-sector process.

        Although a significant factor in our business development consists of our standing in our industry, including existing relationships and reputation based on performance on completed projects, our marketing department undertakes a variety of activities in order to expand our exposure to potential new clients. These activities include media relations, advertising, promotions, market sector initiatives and maintaining our website and related web marketing. Media relations include placing articles that feature us and our personnel in trade publications and other media outlets. Our promotions include arranging speaking engagements for our personnel, participation in trade shows and other promotional activities. Market sector initiatives are designed to broaden our exposure to specific sectors of the construction industry, such as, for example, participating in or organizing industry seminars.

        For the year ended December 31, 2014, CFR from U.S. and foreign government contracts represented approximately 53.4% of our total CFR. Doing business with governments is complex and requires the ability to comply with intricate regulations and satisfy periodic audits. We believe that the ability to understand these requirements and to successfully conduct business with government agencies is a barrier to entry for smaller, less experienced competitors. Most government contracts, including

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those with foreign governments, are subject to termination by the government, to government audits and to continued appropriations.

        We are required from time to time to obtain various permits, licenses and approvals in order to conduct our business in many of the jurisdictions where we operate. Our businesses of providing project management and construction claims services are not subject to significant regulation by state, federal or foreign governments.

Contracts

        The price provisions of our contracts can be grouped into three broad categories: cost-plus, time and materials, and fixed-price. Cost-plus contracts provide for reimbursement of our costs and overhead plus a predetermined fee. Under some cost-plus contracts, our fee may be based partially on quality, schedule and other performance factors. We also enter into contracts whereby we bill our clients monthly at hourly billing rates. The hourly billing rates are determined by contract terms. For governmental clients, the hourly rates are generally calculated as salary costs plus overhead costs plus a negotiated profit percentage. For commercial clients, the hourly rate can be taken from a standard fee schedule by staff classification or it can be at a discount from this schedule. In some cases, primarily for foreign work, a monthly rate is negotiated rather than an hourly rate. This monthly rate is a build-up of staffing costs plus overhead and profit. We account for these contracts on a time-and-materials method, recognizing revenue as costs are incurred. Fixed-price contracts are accounted for using the "percentage-of-completion" method, wherein revenue is recognized as costs are incurred.

Backlog

        We believe a strong indicator of our future performance is our backlog of uncompleted projects under contract or awarded. Our backlog represents management's estimate of the amount of contracts and awards in hand that we expect to result in future consulting fees. Project Management backlog is evaluated by management on a project-by-project basis and is reported for each period shown based upon the binding nature of the underlying contract, commitment or letter of intent, and other factors, including the economic, financial and regulatory viability of the project and the likelihood of the contract being extended, renewed or cancelled. Construction Claims backlog is based largely on management's estimates of future revenue based on known construction claims assignments. Because a significant number of construction claims may be awarded and completed within the same period, our actual construction claims revenue has historically exceeded backlog by a significant amount.

        Our backlog is important to us in anticipating and planning for our operational needs. Backlog is not a measure defined in U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, and our methodology for determining backlog may not be comparable to the methodology used by other companies in determining their backlog.

        At December 31, 2014, our backlog was a record $1,080,000,000, compared to approximately $1,027,000,000 at December 31, 2013. At December 31, 2014, backlog attributable to uncompleted work in Libya amounted to approximately $44,000,000. We estimate that approximately $470,000,000, or 43.5% of the backlog at December 31, 2014, will be recognized during our 2015 fiscal year.

        Although backlog reflects business that we consider to be firm, cancellations or scope adjustments may occur. Further, substantially all of our contracts with our clients may be terminated at will, in which case the client would only be obligated to us for services provided through the termination date. Historically, the impact of terminations and modifications on our realization of revenue from our backlog has not been significant, however, there can be no assurance that such changes will not be significant in the future. Furthermore, reductions of our backlog as a result of contract terminations and modifications may be offset by additions to the backlog.

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        We adjust backlog to reflect project cancellations, deferrals and revisions in scope and cost (both upward and downward) known at the reporting date. Future contract modifications or cancellations, however, may increase or reduce backlog and future revenue.

 
  Total Backlog   12-Month Backlog  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 

As of December 31, 2014:

                         

Project Management

  $ 1,034,000     95.7 % $ 424,000     90.2 %

Construction Claims

    46,000     4.3     46,000     9.8  

Total

  $ 1,080,000     100.0 % $ 470,000     100.0 %

As of September 30, 2014:

                         

Project Management

  $ 1,026,000     95.6 % $ 410,000     89.7 %

Construction Claims

    47,000     4.4     47,000     10.3  

Total

  $ 1,073,000     100.0 % $ 457,000     100.0 %

As of December 31, 2013:

                         

Project Management

  $ 984,000     95.8 % $ 351,000     89.1 %

Construction Claims

    43,000     4.2     43,000     10.9  

Total

  $ 1,027,000     100.0 % $ 394,000     100.0 %

Competition

        The project management and claims consulting industries are highly competitive. We compete for contracts, primarily on the basis of technical capability, with numerous entities, including design or engineering firms, general contractors, other "pure" construction management companies, other claims consulting firms, the "Big Four" and other accounting firms, management consulting firms and other entities. Compared to us, many of these competitors are larger, well-established companies that have broader geographic scope and greater financial and other resources. During 2014, some of our largest project management competitors included: AECOM Technology Corp., ARCADIS N.V., Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., Parsons Brinckerhoff, Inc., Parsons Corp. and Turner Construction Co. Some of our largest claims consulting competitors last year included: Driver Group, Ltd., Exponent, Inc., Navigant Consulting, Inc. and Systech Group, Ltd.

Insurance

        We maintain insurance covering professional liability, as well as for claims involving bodily injury and property damage. We have historically enjoyed a favorable loss ratio in all lines of insurance and our management considers our present limits of liability, deductibles and reserves to be adequate. We endeavor to reduce or eliminate risk through the use of quality assurance/control, risk management, workplace safety and similar methods to eliminate or reduce the risk of losses on a project. Although our actual rates have decreased, we have experienced and expect to continue to experience increases in the dollar amount of our insurance premiums because of the increase in our revenue.

Management

        We are led by an experienced management team with significant experience in the construction industry. Additional information about our executive officers follows.

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Executive Officers

Name
  Age   Position

David L. Richter

    48   President and Chief Executive Officer

Raouf S. Ghali

    53   Chief Operating Officer

Thomas J. Spearing III

    48   Regional President (Americas), Project Management Group

Mohammed Al Rais

    61   Regional President (Middle East), Project Management Group

Frederic Z. Samelian

    67   President, Construction Claims Group

John Fanelli III

    60   Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Ronald F. Emma

    63   Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

William H. Dengler, Jr. 

    48   Senior Vice President and General Counsel

Catherine H. Emma

    55   Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer

Michael J. Petrisko

    50   Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer

        On January 27, 2014, the Board of Directors approved a leadership succession plan that provided for the transition of the Chief Executive Officer position as of December 31, 2014 from Irvin E. Richter to David L. Richter. Irvin E. Richter has remained with the Company as Chairman.

         DAVID L. RICHTER has been our President and Chief Executive Officer since December 2014. Prior to his current position, he was our President and Chief Operating Officer from March 2004 to December 2014, and he has been a member of our Board of Directors since 1998. Before that, Mr. Richter was President of our Project Management Group from 2001 to 2004, Senior Vice President and General Counsel from 1999 to 2001 and Vice President and General Counsel from 1995 to 1999. Prior to joining us, he was an attorney with the New York City law firm of Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP from 1992 to 1995. Mr. Richter is a Fellow of the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) and a member of the World Presidents' Organization, the Construction Industry Round Table and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Southern New Jersey Development Council and the Board of Directors of the CMAA. Mr. Richter earned his B.S. in management, his B.S.E. in civil engineering and his J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, and he is currently pursuing his M.Sc. in major program management from the University of Oxford. Mr. Richter is a son of Irvin E. Richter.

         RAOUF S. GHALI has been our Chief Operating Officer since January 2015. Prior to that, he was President of our Project Management Group (International) from January 2005 to January 2015, Senior Vice President in charge of project management operations in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East from 2001 to 2004, and Vice President from 1993 to 2001. Prior to joining us, he worked for Walt Disney Imagineering from 1988 to 1993. Mr. Ghali earned both a B.S. in business administration and economics and an M.S. in business organizational management from the University of LaVerne.

         THOMAS J. SPEARING III has been Regional President (Americas) of our Project Management Group since January 2015. Prior to that, he was President of our Project Management Group (Americas) from April 2009 to January 2015 and Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer from September 2007 to March 2009. Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Spearing worked for more than ten years with STV Group, Inc., most recently as Principal-in-Charge of its western region. Before that, Mr. Spearing was a Vice President of business development with Hill. Mr. Spearing earned his B.B.A. in computer and information science from Temple University, his B.S. in construction management and his B.S. in civil engineering from Spring Garden College, and his M.S. in management from Rosemont College. He is founding co-chair of Pennsylvanians for Transportation Solutions (Pen Trans), is a Women's Transportation Seminar member, a member of the Legacy Foundation and Co-Chair of the Transit Builders' Trust. In addition, he has served in various leadership roles with the American Public Transit Association, including serving as chair, vice chair and secretary of its Capital Projects Subcommittee. Mr. Spearing also is active in the Southern New Jersey Development Council, the AEC Business Builders Forum, and the CMAA, among others.

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         MOHAMMED AL RAIS has been Regional President (Middle East) with Hill's Project Management Group since January 2015. Prior to that, he was Senior Vice President and Managing Director (Middle East) of our Project Management Group from April 2010 to January 2015 and Vice President from 2006 to 2010. Mr. Al Rais has over 38 years of experience in the management of construction projects throughout the Middle East, North Africa, the United Kingdom and Canada. He earned his B.Sc. in city and regional planning from the University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan and his M.Sc. in project management from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom. Mr. Al Rais is a member of the Association for Project Management in the U.K., the Canadian Business Council, the Society of Engineers in the U.A.E., the Chartered Management Institute and the Chartered Institute of Building.

         FREDERIC Z. SAMELIAN has been President of our Construction Claims Group since January 2005. He was a Senior Vice President with us from 2003 to 2004. Before that, Mr. Samelian was President of Conex International, Inc., a construction dispute resolution firm, from 2002 to 2003 and from 2000 to 2001, an Executive Director with Greyhawk North America, Inc., a construction management and consulting firm, from 2001 to 2002, and a Director with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP from 1998 to 2000. Before that, he had worked with Hill from 1983 to August 1998. He served as Hill's President and Chief Operating Officer from 1996 to 1998. Mr. Samelian has a B.A. in international affairs from George Washington University and an M.B.A. from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. He is a Project Management Professional certified by the Project Management Institute and he is a licensed General Building Contractor in California and Nevada. Mr. Samelian is also a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CIArb) and is a CIArb Accredited Mediator. Mr. Samelian is also a licensed real estate salesperson in Nevada.

         JOHN FANELLI III has been our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since September 2006. Before that, Mr. Fanelli was Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer of CDI Corp. from 2005 to 2006, and he was Vice President and Corporate Controller of CDI Corporation (a subsidiary of CDI Corp.) from 2003 to 2006. CDI Corp. is a New York Stock Exchange-traded professional services and outsourcing firm based in Philadelphia with expertise in engineering, technical services and information technology. During 2003, Mr. Fanelli was a financial consultant to Berwind Corporation, an investment management company based in Philadelphia which owns a diversified portfolio of manufacturing and service businesses and real estate. Before that, Mr. Fanelli was employed for 18 years by Hunt Corporation, then a New York Stock Exchange-traded manufacturer and marketer of office products. At Hunt, he served as Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer from 1995 until 2003, and before that as Director of Budgeting, Financial Analysis and Control, from 1985 to 1995. Before that, Mr. Fanelli was employed with Coopers & Lybrand for eight years in various accounting and auditing positions. Mr. Fanelli earned his B.S. in accounting from LaSalle University and he is a Certified Public Accountant in Pennsylvania.

         RONALD F. EMMA has been our Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer since January 2007. Mr. Emma had been Senior Vice President of Finance from 1999 to 2007. Before that, he was Vice President of Finance. Mr. Emma has been with Hill since 1980. Before joining Hill, he was Assistant Controller of General Energy Resources, Inc., a mechanical contracting firm, and prior to that was a Staff Accountant with the accounting firm of Haskins & Sells. Mr. Emma has a B.S. in accounting from St. Joseph's University and he is a Certified Public Accountant in New Jersey.

         WILLIAM H. DENGLER, JR. has been our Senior Vice President and General Counsel since March 2007. Mr. Dengler was previously Vice President and General Counsel from 2002 to 2007, and Corporate Counsel from 2001 to 2002. Mr. Dengler also serves as corporate secretary to Hill and its subsidiaries. Prior to joining Hill, Mr. Dengler served as Assistant Counsel to former New Jersey Governors Donald DiFrancesco and Christine Todd Whitman from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Dengler earned his B.A. in political science from Western Maryland College and his J.D. from Rutgers University

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School of Law at Camden. He is licensed to practice law in New Jersey, as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

         CATHERINE H. EMMA has been our Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer since January 2007. Ms. Emma had been Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer from 2005 to 2007. Before that, she served as Vice President of Human Resources and Administration. Ms. Emma has been with Hill since 1982. She is certified by the Society for Human Resource Management as a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) and holds professional memberships with Tri-State Human Resources and the Society for Human Resource Management. Ms. Emma previously participated in BNA's Human Resources Personnel Policies Forum. Ms. Emma is the wife of Ronald F. Emma.

         MICHAEL J. PETRISKO has been our Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer since June 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Petrisko was Vice President and Chief Information Officer for STV Group, an architecture, engineering and construction management firm, from June 2012 through June 2014. Before that, Mr. Petrisko was Hill's Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer from January 2009 through June 2012, and Vice President and Chief Information Officer from 2007 to 2008. Before that, Mr. Petrisko was Director of Global IT Operations for AECOM Technology Corp. from 2005 to 2007 and Vice President and Chief Information Officer for DMJM Harris, Inc., a subsidiary of AECOM Technology Corp., a global architecture, engineering and construction management firm, from 2002 to 2005. From 1999 to 2002, he was Director of Technical Services for Foster Wheeler Corp., an engineering and construction services firm. Mr. Petrisko studied management information technology at Thomas Edison State College and he is a member of the New Jersey Society of Information Management and a member of the CMAA.

Employees

        At February 28, 2015, we had 4,558 personnel. Of these individuals 3,656 worked in our Project Management Group, 793 worked in our Construction Claims Group and 109 worked in our Corporate Group. Our personnel included 3,784 full-time employees, 248 part-time employees and 526 independent contractors. We are not a party to any collective bargaining agreements and we have not experienced any strikes or work stoppages. We consider our relationship with our employees to be satisfactory.

Access to Company Information

        We electronically file our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"). The public may read and copy any of the reports that are filed with the SEC at the SEC's Public Reference Room at 100 F Street, N.E., Washington, DC 20549. The public may obtain information on the operation of the Public Reference Room by calling the SEC at (800) SEC-0330. The SEC maintains an Internet site at www.sec.gov that contains periodic reports, proxy statements, information statements and other information regarding issuers that file electronically.

        We make available, free of charge, through our website or by responding to requests addressed to our Legal Department, our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, Current Reports on Form 8-K and all amendments to those reports filed by us with the SEC pursuant to Sections 13(a) and 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act, as amended. These reports are available as soon as practicable after such material is filed with or furnished to the SEC. Our primary website is www.hillintl.com. We post the charters for our audit, compensation and governance and nominating committees, corporate governance principles and code of ethics in the "Investor Relations" section of our website. The information contained on our website, or on other websites linked to our website, is not part of this document.

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Item 1A.    Risk Factors.

        Our business involves a number of risks, some of which are beyond our control. The risks and uncertainties described below could individually or collectively have a material adverse effect on our business, assets, profitability or prospects. While these are not the only risks and uncertainties we face, we believe that the more significant risks and uncertainties are as follows:

Risks Affecting the Business

Acts of terrorism, political, governmental and social upheaval and threats of armed conflicts in or around various areas in which we operate could limit or disrupt markets and our operations, including disruptions resulting from the evacuation of personnel, cancellation of contracts or the loss of personnel.

        Acts of terrorism, political, governmental and social upheaval and threats of armed conflicts in or around various areas in which we operate could limit or disrupt markets and our operations, including disruptions resulting from the evacuation of personnel, cancellation of contracts or the loss of personnel, and may affect timing and collectibility of our accounts receivable. Such events may cause further disruption to financial and commercial markets and may generate greater political and economic instability in some of the geographic areas in which we operate. In addition, any possible reprisals as a consequence of the wars and ongoing military action in the Middle East and Africa, such as acts of terrorism in the United States or elsewhere, could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations and financial position.

If our clients delay in paying or fail to pay amounts owed to us, it could have a material adverse effect on our liquidity, results of operations and financial condition.

        Accounts receivable represent the largest asset on our balance sheet. While we take steps to evaluate and manage the credit risks relating to our clients, economic downturns or other events can adversely affect the markets we serve and our clients ability to pay, which could reduce our ability to collect all amounts due from clients. In addition, the political unrest in countries in which we operate has impacted and may in the future impact our collections on accounts receivable. If our clients delay in paying or fail to pay us a significant amount of our outstanding receivables, it could have a material adverse effect on our liquidity, results of operations, and financial condition.

        For example, due to the political unrest which commenced in Libya in February 2011, we suspended our operations in and demobilized substantially all of our personnel from Libya. We have substantial non-current accounts receivable related to our prior work in Libya. Please refer to Note 4 to the consolidated financial statements for a broader discussion of this matter.

Unfavorable global economic conditions could adversely affect our business, liquidity and financial results.

        The markets that we serve are cyclical and subject to fluctuation based on general global economic conditions and other factors. Unfavorable global economic conditions, including disruption of financial markets in the United States, Europe and elsewhere, could adversely affect our business and results of operations, primarily by limiting our access to credit and disrupting our clients' businesses. The reduction in financial institutions' willingness or ability to lend has increased the cost of capital and reduced the availability of credit. Although we currently believe that the financial institutions with which we do business will be able to fulfill their commitments to us, there is no assurance that those institutions will be able or willing to continue to do so, which could have a material adverse impact on our business. The current European debt crisis and related European restructuring efforts may cause the value of European currencies, including the Euro and British pound sterling, to deteriorate, thus reducing the purchasing power of European clients and reducing the translated amounts of U.S. dollar revenues. For the year ended December 31, 2014, 13.7% of our consulting fee revenue was attributable to European clients. In addition, any negative change in general market conditions in the United States, Europe or other national economies important to our businesses may adversely affect our

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clients' level of spending, ability to obtain financing, and ability to make timely payments to us for our services, which could require us to increase our allowance for doubtful accounts, negatively impact our days sales outstanding and adversely affect our results of operations.

We may be unable to win new contract awards if we cannot provide clients with letters of credit, bonds or other forms of guarantees.

        In certain international regions, primarily the Middle East, it is industry practice for clients to require letters of credit, bonds, bank guarantees or other forms of guarantees. These letters of credit, bonds or guarantees indemnify our clients if we fail to perform our obligations under our contracts. We currently have relationships with various domestic and international banking institutions to assist us in providing clients with letters of credit or guarantees. In the event there are limitations in worldwide banking capacity, we may find it difficult to find sufficient bonding capacity to meet our future bonding needs. Failure to provide credit enhancements on terms required by a client may result in our inability to compete or win a project.

International operations and doing business with foreign governments expose us to legal, political, operational and economic risks in different countries and currency exchange rate fluctuations could adversely affect our financial results.

        Our international operations contributed 78.8%, 77.0% and 72.6% of our consulting fee revenue for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, respectively. There are risks inherent in doing business internationally, including:

    Lack of developed legal systems to enforce contractual rights;

    Foreign governments may assert sovereign or other immunity if we seek to assert our contractual rights thus depriving us of any ability to seek redress against them;

    Greater difficulties in managing and staffing foreign operations;

    Differences in employment laws and practices which could expose us to liabilities for payroll taxes, pensions and other expenses;

    Inadequate or failed internal controls, processes, people, and systems associated with foreign operations;

    Increased logistical complexity;

    Increased selling, general and administrative expenses associated with managing a larger and more global business;

    Greater risk of uncollectible accounts and longer collection cycles;

    Currency exchange rate fluctuations;

    Restrictions on the transfer of cash from certain foreign countries;

    Imposition of governmental controls;

    Political and economic instability;

    Changes in U.S. and other national government policies affecting the markets for our services and our ability to do business with certain foreign governments or their political leaders;

    Conflict between U.S. and non-U.S. law;

    Changes in regulatory practices, tariffs and taxes;

    Less well established bankruptcy and insolvency procedures;

    Potential non-compliance with a wide variety of non-U.S. laws and regulations; and

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    General economic, political and civil conditions in these foreign markets.

        Any of these factors could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.

We operate in many different jurisdictions and we could be adversely affected by any violations of the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act or similar worldwide and local anti-corruption laws.

        The U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, the U.K. Bribery Act of 2010 and similar worldwide and local anti-corruption laws in other jurisdictions, generally prohibit companies and their intermediaries from making improper payments to officials for the purpose of obtaining or retaining business. Our internal policies mandate compliance with these anti-corruption laws. The policies also are applicable to agents through which we do business in certain non-U.S. jurisdictions. We operate in many parts of the world that have experienced governmental corruption to some degree, and in certain circumstances, strict compliance with anti-corruption laws may conflict with local customs and practices. Despite our training and compliance programs, we cannot assure you that our internal control policies and procedures always will protect us from improper or criminal acts committed by our employees or agents. Our continued expansion outside the U.S., including in developing countries, could increase the risk of such violations in the future. Violations of these laws, or allegations of such violations, could disrupt our business, subject us to fines, penalties and restrictions and otherwise result in a material adverse effect on our results of operations or financial condition. All of our recently acquired businesses are subject to our internal policies. However, because our internal policies are more restrictive than some local laws or customs where we operate, we may be at an increased risk for violations while we train our new employees to comply with our internal policies and procedures.

Our business sometimes requires our employees to travel to and work in high security risk countries, which may result in employee injury, repatriation costs or other unforeseen costs.

        Many of our employees often travel to and work in high security risk countries around the world that are undergoing or that may undergo political, social and economic upheavals resulting in war, civil unrest, criminal activity or acts of terrorism. For example, we have had and expect to have significant projects in the Middle East and Africa, including in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Oman. As a result, we may be subject to costs related to employee injury, repatriation or other unforeseen circumstances. Further, circumstances in these countries could make it difficult or impossible to attract and retain qualified employees. Our inability to attract and retain qualified employees to work in these counties could have a material adverse effect on our operations.

Our business is sensitive to oil and gas prices, and fluctuations in oil and gas prices may negatively affect our business.

        Historically, oil and natural gas prices have been volatile and are subject to fluctuations in response to changes in supply and demand, market uncertainty and a variety of additional factors that are beyond our control. In 2014, approximately 51.2% of our consulting fee revenue was derived from our operations in major oil and gas producing countries in the Middle East and Africa. A significant drop in oil or gas prices could lead to a slowdown in construction in these regions, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, results of operations, financial condition and cash flows.

We depend on government contracts for a significant portion of our consulting fee revenue. Our inability to win profitable government contracts could harm our operations and adversely affect our net earnings.

        In 2014, U.S. federal government contracts and U.S. state, regional and local government contracts contributed approximately 2.3% and 13.0%, respectively, of our consulting fee revenue, and foreign government contracts contributed approximately 38.1% of our consulting fee revenue. Our inability to win profitable government contracts could harm our operations and adversely affect our net earnings.

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Government contracts are typically awarded through a heavily regulated procurement process. Some government contracts are awarded to multiple competitors, causing increases in overall competition and pricing pressure. In turn, the competition and pricing pressure may require us to make sustained post-award efforts to reduce costs under these contracts. If we are not successful in reducing the amount of costs, our profitability on these contracts may be negatively impacted. Also, some of our federal government contracts require U.S. government security clearances. If we or certain of our personnel were to lose these security clearances, our ability to continue performance of these contracts or to win new contracts requiring such clearances may be negatively impacted.

We depend on long-term government contracts, many of which are funded on an annual basis. If appropriations are not made in subsequent years of a multiple-year contract, we will not realize all of our potential revenue and profit from that project.

        A significant portion of our consulting fee revenue is derived from contracts with federal, state, regional, local and foreign governments. During the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012, approximately 53.4%, 51.8% and 40.9%, respectively, of our consulting fee revenue were derived from such contracts.

        Most government contracts are subject to the continuing availability of legislative appropriation. Legislatures typically appropriate funds for a given program on a year-by-year basis, even though contract performance may take more than one year. As a result, at the beginning of a program, the related contract is only partially funded, and additional funding is normally committed only as appropriations are made in each subsequent fiscal year. These appropriations and the timing of payment of appropriated amounts may be influenced by, among other things, the state of the economy, budgetary and other political issues affecting the particular government and its appropriations process, competing priorities for appropriation, the timing and amount of tax receipts and the overall level of government expenditures. If appropriations are not made in subsequent years on government contracts, then we will not realize all of our potential revenue and profit from those contracts.

We depend on contracts that may be terminated by our clients on short notice, which may adversely impact our ability to recognize all of our potential revenue and profit from the projects.

        Substantially all of our contracts are subject to termination by the client either at its convenience or upon our default. If one of our clients terminates a contract at its convenience, then we typically are able to recover only costs incurred or committed, settlement expenses and profit on work completed prior to termination, which could prevent us from recognizing all of our potential revenue and profit from that contract. If one of our clients terminates the contract due to our default, we could be liable for excess costs incurred by the client in re-procuring services from another source, as well as other costs.

Our contracts with governmental agencies are subject to audit, which could result in adjustments to reimbursable contract costs or, if we are charged with wrongdoing, possible temporary or permanent suspension from participating in government programs.

        Our books and records are subject to audit by the various governmental agencies we serve and by their representatives. These audits can result in adjustments to reimbursable contract costs and allocated overhead. In addition, if as a result of an audit, we or one of our subsidiaries is charged with wrongdoing or the government agency determines that we or one of our subsidiaries is otherwise no longer eligible for federal contracts, then we or, as applicable, that subsidiary, could be temporarily suspended or, in the event of convictions or civil judgments, could be prohibited from bidding on and receiving future government contracts for a period of time. Furthermore, as a U.S. government contractor, we are subject to an increased risk of investigations, criminal prosecution, civil fraud, whistleblower lawsuits and other legal actions and liabilities, the results of which could have a material adverse effect on our operations.

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We submit change orders to our clients for work we perform beyond the scope of some of our contracts. If our clients do not approve these change orders, our net earnings could be adversely impacted.

        We typically submit change orders under some of our contracts for payment for work performed beyond the initial contractual requirements. The clients may not approve or may contest these change orders and we cannot assure you that these claims will be approved in whole, in part or at all. If these claims are not approved, our net earnings could be adversely impacted.

Because our backlog of uncompleted projects under contract or awarded is subject to unexpected adjustments and cancellations, including the amount, if any, of future appropriations by the applicable contracting governmental agency, it may not be indicative of our future revenue and profits.

        At December 31, 2014, our backlog of uncompleted projects under contract or awarded was approximately $1.080 billion. The inability to obtain financing or governmental approvals, changes in economic or market conditions or other unforeseen events, such as terrorist acts or natural disasters, could lead to us not realizing any revenue under some or all of these contracts. We cannot assure you that the backlog attributed to any of our uncompleted projects under contract will be realized as revenue or, if realized, will result in profits.

        Many projects may remain in our backlog for an extended period of time because of the size or long-term nature of the contract. In addition, from time to time projects are scaled back or cancelled. These types of backlog reductions adversely affect the revenue and profit that we ultimately receive. Included in our backlog is the maximum amount of all indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity ("ID/IQ"), or task order, contracts, or a lesser amount if we do not reasonably expect to be issued task orders for the maximum amount of such contracts. A significant amount of our backlog is derived from ID/IQ contracts and we cannot provide any assurance that we will in fact be awarded the maximum amount of such contracts.

Our dependence on subcontractors, partners and specialists could adversely affect our business.

        We rely on third-party subcontractors as well as third-party strategic partners and specialists to complete our projects. To the extent that we cannot engage such subcontractors, partners or specialists or cannot engage them on a competitive basis, our ability to complete a project in a timely fashion or at a profit may be impaired. If we are unable to engage appropriate strategic partners or specialists in some instances, we could lose the ability to win some contracts. In addition, if a subcontractor or specialist is unable to deliver its services according to the negotiated terms for any reason, including the deterioration of its financial condition or over-commitment of its resources, we may be required to purchase the services from another source at a higher price. This may reduce the profit to be realized or result in a loss on a project for which the services were needed.

If our partners fail to perform their contractual obligations on a project, we could be exposed to legal liability, loss of reputation or reduced profits.

        We sometimes enter into joint venture agreements and other contractual arrangements with outside partners to jointly bid on and execute a particular project. The success of these joint projects depends on the satisfactory performance of the contractual obligations of our partners. If any of our partners fails to satisfactorily perform its contractual obligations, we may be required to make additional investments and provide additional services to complete the project. If we are unable to adequately address our partner's performance issues, then our client could terminate the joint project, exposing us to legal liability, loss of reputation or reduced profits.

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The project management and construction claims businesses are highly competitive and if we fail to compete effectively, we may miss new business opportunities or lose existing clients and our revenues may decline.

        The project management and construction claims industries are highly competitive. We compete for contracts, primarily on the basis of technical capability, with numerous entities, including design or engineering firms, general contractors, other "pure" construction management companies, other claims consulting firms, the "Big Four" and other accounting firms, management consulting firms and other entities. Compared to us, many of these competitors are larger, well-established companies that have broader geographic scope and greater financial and other resources. If we cannot compete effectively with our competitors, or if the costs of competing, including the costs of retaining and hiring professionals, become too expensive, our revenue growth and financial results may differ materially from our expectations.

We have acquired and may continue to acquire businesses as strategic opportunities arise and may be unable to realize the anticipated benefits of those acquisitions, or if we are unable to take advantage of strategic acquisition situations, our ability to expand our business may be slowed or curtailed.

        Over the past 17 years, we have acquired 23 businesses and our strategy is to continue to expand and diversify our operations with additional acquisitions as strategic opportunities arise. If the competition for acquisitions increases, or if the cost of acquiring businesses or assets becomes too expensive, the number of suitable acquisition opportunities may decline, the cost of making an acquisition may increase or we may be forced to agree to less advantageous acquisition terms for the companies that we are able to acquire. Alternatively, at the time an acquisition opportunity presents itself, internal and external pressures (including, but not limited to, borrowing capacity under our credit facilities or the availability of alternative financing), may cause us to be unable to pursue or complete an acquisition. Our ability to grow our business, particularly through acquisitions, may depend on our ability to raise capital by selling equity or debt securities or obtaining additional debt financing. There can be no assurance that we will be able to obtain financing when we need it or on terms acceptable to us.

        In addition, managing the growth of our operations will require us to continually increase and improve our operational, financial and human resources management and our internal systems and controls. If we are unable to manage growth effectively or to successfully integrate acquisitions or if we are unable to grow our business, that could have a material adverse effect on our business.

Our effective tax rate may increase.

        We are subject to income taxes in the U.S. and numerous foreign jurisdictions. Significant judgment is required in determining our worldwide provision for income taxes. In the ordinary course of our business, there are many transactions and calculations where the ultimate tax determination is uncertain. We are regularly under audit by tax authorities. Although we believe that our tax estimates and tax positions are reasonable, they could be materially affected by many factors including the final outcome of tax audits and related litigation, the introduction of new tax accounting standards, legislation, regulations, and related interpretations, our global mix of earnings, the realizability of deferred tax assets and changes in uncertain tax positions. A significant increase in our effective tax rate could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations.

Systems and information technology interruption and breaches in data security could adversely impact our ability to operate and our operating results.

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effectively upgrade our systems and network infrastructure, and take other steps to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of our systems, the operation of such systems could be interrupted or delayed, or our data security could be breached. In addition, our computer and communications systems and operations could be damaged or interrupted by natural disasters, power loss, telecommunications failures, acts of war or terrorism, acts of God, computer viruses, physical or electronic security breaches. Any of these or other events could cause system interruptions, delays, and loss of critical data including private data. While we have taken steps to address these concerns by implementing sophisticated network security and internal control measures, there can be no assurance that a system failure or loss or data security breach will not materially adversely affect our business, financial condition and operating results.

Risks Related to Ownership of Our Common Stock

Future sales of our common and preferred stock may depress the price of our common stock.

        As of March 6, 2015, there were 50,373,757 shares of our common stock outstanding. An additional 8,327,626 shares of our common stock may be issued upon the exercise of options held by employees, management and directors. We also have the authority to issue up to 1,000,000 shares of preferred stock upon terms that are determined by our Board of Directors and additional options to purchase 1,088,974 shares of our common stock without stockholder approval. In addition, we have a registration statement on file with the SEC for the potential issuance of 20,000,000 common shares which may be used for working capital and general corporate purposes, subject to the restrictions of our Secured Credit Facilities and another registration statement on file with the SEC for the potential issuance of an additional 20,000,000 common shares which may be used in future acquisitions. Sales of a substantial number of these shares in the public market, or factors relating to the terms we may determine for our preferred stock, options or warrants, could decrease the market price of our common stock. In addition, the perception that such sales might occur may cause the market price of our common stock to decline. Future issuances or sales of our common stock could have an adverse effect on the market price of our common stock.

Because we have no current plans to pay cash dividends on our common stock, you may not receive any return on investment unless you sell your common stock for a price greater than that which you paid for it.

        We may retain future earnings, if any, for future operations, expansion and debt repayment and have no current plans to pay any cash dividends. Any decision to declare and pay dividends in the future will be made at the discretion of our Board of Directors and will depend on, among other things, our results of operations, financial condition, cash requirements, contractual restrictions and other factors that our Board of Directors may deem relevant. In addition, our ability to pay dividends may be limited by covenants of any existing and future outstanding indebtedness we or our subsidiaries incur, including our Secured Credit Facilities. As a result, you may not receive any return on an investment in our common stock unless you sell our common stock for a price greater than that which you paid for it.

We are able to issue shares of preferred stock with greater rights than our common stock.

        Our Board of Directors is authorized to issue one or more series of preferred stock from time to time without any action on the part of our stockholders. Our Board of Directors also has the power, without stockholder approval, to set the terms of any such series of preferred stock that may be issued, including voting rights, dividend rights and preferences over our common stock with respect to dividends and other terms. If we issue preferred stock in the future that has a preference over our common stock with respect to the payment of dividends or other terms, or if we issue preferred stock with voting rights that dilute the voting power of our common stock, the rights of holders of our common stock or the market price of our common stock could be adversely affected.

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Provisions in our organizational documents and Delaware law could discourage potential acquisition proposals, could delay or prevent a change in control of the Company that our stockholders may consider favorable and could adversely affect the market value of our common stock.

        Provisions in our organizational documents and Delaware law could discourage potential acquisition proposals, could delay or prevent a change in control of the Company that our stockholders may consider favorable and could adversely affect the market value of our common stock. Our amended and restated certificate of incorporation and amended and restated bylaws include provisions that:

    Our Board of Directors is expressly authorized to make, alter or repeal our bylaws;

    Our Board of Directors is divided into three classes of service with staggered three-year terms. This means that only one class of directors will be elected at each annual meeting of stockholders, with the other classes continuing for the remainder of their respective terms;

    Our Board of Directors is authorized to issue preferred stock without stockholder approval;

    Only our Board of Directors, our Chairman of the Board, our Chief Executive Officer or the holders of a majority in amount of our capital stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote may call a special meeting of stockholders; this means that minority stockholders cannot force stockholder consideration of a proposal, including a proposal to replace our Board of Directors, by calling a special meeting of stockholders prior to such time authorized by our Board of Directors, our Chairman of the Board, our Chief Executive Officer or the holders of a majority in amount of our capital stock issued and outstanding and entitled to vote;

    Our bylaws require advance notice for stockholder proposals and director nominations;

    Our bylaws limit the removal of directors and the filling of director vacancies; and

    We will indemnify officers and directors against losses that may incur in connection with investigations and legal proceedings resulting from their services to us, which may include services in connection with takeover defense measures.

        These provisions may make it more difficult for stockholders to take specific corporate actions and could have the effect of delaying or preventing a change in control of the Company.

        In addition, Section 203 of the Delaware General Corporation Law imposes certain restrictions on mergers and other business combinations between the Company and any holder of 15% or more of our outstanding common stock. This provision is applicable to Hill and may have an anti-takeover effect that may delay, defer or prevent a tender offer or takeover attempt that a stockholder might consider in the stockholder's best interest. In general, Section 203 could delay for three years and impose conditions upon "business combinations" between an "interested shareholder" and Hill, unless prior approval by our Board of Directors is given. The term "business combination" is defined broadly to include mergers, asset sales and other transactions resulting in financial benefit to a stockholder. An "interested shareholder," in general, would be a person who, together with affiliates and associates, owns, or within three years, did own, 15% or more of a corporation's voting stock.

A small group of stockholders own a large quantity of our common stock, thereby potentially exerting significant influence over the Company.

        As of December 31, 2014, Irvin E. Richter, David L. Richter and other members of the Richter family beneficially owned approximately 22% of our common stock. This concentration of ownership could significantly influence matters requiring stockholder approval and could delay, deter or prevent a change in control of the Company or other business combinations that might otherwise be beneficial to our other stockholders. Accordingly, this concentration of ownership may impact the market price of

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our common stock. In addition, the interest of our significant stockholders may not always coincide with the interest of the Company's other stockholders. In deciding how to vote on such matters, they may be influenced by interests that conflict with our other stockholders.

Item 1B.    Unresolved Staff Comments.

        None.

Item 2.    Properties.

        Our executive and operating offices are located at 303 Lippincott Centre, Marlton, New Jersey 08053, however in the near future, we intend to complete our move of such offices to One Commerce Square, 2005 Market Street, 17 th  Floor, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. We lease all of our office space and do not own any real property. The telephone number at our executive office is (856) 810-6200. In addition to our executive offices, we have approximately 100 operating leases for office facilities throughout the world. Due to acquisition and growth we may have more than one operating lease in the cities in which we are located. Additional space may be required as our business expands geographically, but we believe we will be able to obtain suitable space as needed.

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        As of February 28, 2015, our principal worldwide office locations and the geographic regions in which we reflect their operations are:

U.S./Canada   Europe   Middle East
Albuquerque, NM   Amsterdam, Netherlands   Abu Dhabi, UAE
Atlanta, GA   Ankara, Turkey   Aqaba, Jordan
Austin, TX   Astana City, Kazakhstan   Baghdad, Iraq
Bensalem, PA   Athens, Greece   Doha, Qatar
Boston, MA   Baku, Azerbaijan   Dubai, UAE
Broadview Heights, OH   Barcelona, Spain   Erbil, Kurdistan
Columbus, OH   Belgrade, Serbia   Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
East Hartford, CT   Birmingham, UK   Kabul, Afghanistan
Fresno, CA   Bristol, UK   Manama, Bahrain
Granite Bay, CA   Bucharest, Romania   Muscat, Oman
Houston, TX   Cumbria, UK   Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Irvine, CA   Daresbury, UK   Sharq, Kuwait
Irving, TX   Dundee, UK    
Jacksonville, FL   Dusseldorf, Germany   Africa
Las Vegas, NV   Edinburgh, Scotland   Algiers, Algeria
Lemont Furnace, PA   Geneva, Switzerland   Cairo, Egypt
Los Angeles, CA   Glasgow, UK   Cape Town, South Africa
Marlton, NJ   Hamburg, Germany   Casablanca, Morocco
Miami, FL   Istanbul, Turkey   Johannesburg, South Africa
Mission Viejo, CA   London, UK   Pretoria, South Africa
New Orleans, LA   Luxembourg   Tripoli, Libya
New York, NY   Madrid, Spain    
Ontario, CA   Munich, Germany   Asia/Pacific
Orlando, FL   Pristina, Kosovo   Beijing, China
Perrysburg, OH   Riga, Latvia   Brisbane, Australia
Philadelphia, PA   Teesside, UK   Da Nang City, Vietnam
Phoenix, AZ   Warsaw, Poland   Gurgaon, India
Pittsburgh, PA       Hong Kong, China
Providence, RI   Latin America/   Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
San Diego, CA   the Carribbean   Manila, Philippines
San Francisco, CA   Bogota, Colombia   Melbourne, Australia
Seattle, WA   Mexico City, Mexico   Perth, Australia
Spokane, WA   Rio de Janeiro, Brazil   Shanghai, China
Tampa, FL   Santiago, Chile   Singapore
Toronto, Canada   Sao Paulo, Brazil   Sydney, Australia
Washington, DC   Trinidad and Tobago    

Item 3.    Legal Proceedings .

General Litigation

        M.A. Angeliades, Inc. ("Plaintiff") has filed a complaint with the Supreme Court of New York against the Company and the New York City Department of Design and Construction ("DDC") regarding payment of approximately $8,771,000 for work performed as a subcontractor to the Company plus interest and other costs. The Company has accrued approximately $2,340,000, including interest of $448,000, based on invoices received from Plaintiff who has not provided certain invoices for the additional work that Plaintiff claims to have performed. Until such time as the Company obtains invoices for the additional work and is able to provide those invoices to DDC for reimbursement or

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there is a full resolution of the litigation, it has no intention of paying Plaintiff. The Company believes that its position is defensible, however, there can be no assurance that it will receive a favorable verdict should this case proceed to trial.

        From time to time, the Company is a defendant or plaintiff in various legal actions which arise in the normal course of business. As such the Company is required to assess the likelihood of any adverse outcomes to these matters as well as potential ranges of probable losses. A determination of the amount of the provision required for these commitments and contingencies, if any, which would be charged to earnings, is made after careful analysis of each matter. The provision may change in the future due to new developments or changes in circumstances. Changes in the provision could increase or decrease the Company's earnings in the period the changes are made. It is the opinion of management, after consultation with legal counsel, that the ultimate resolution of these matters will not have a material adverse effect on the Company's financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

Item 4.    Mine Safety Disclosures.

        Not applicable.

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PART II

Item 5.    Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities.

Market Information

        Our common stock is traded on the New York Stock Exchange ("NYSE") under the trading symbol "HIL." The following table includes the range of high and low trading prices for our common stock as reported on the NYSE for the periods presented.

 
  Price Range  
 
  High   Low  

2014

             

Fourth Quarter

  $ 4.07   $ 2.83  

Third Quarter

    6.39     3.61  

Second Quarter

    7.57     4.89  

First Quarter

    5.73     3.82  

2013

   
 
   
 
 

Fourth Quarter

  $ 3.95   $ 3.22  

Third Quarter

    3.30     2.61  

Second Quarter

    3.32     2.52  

First Quarter

    4.06     2.71  

Stockholders

        As of December 31, 2014, there were 82 holders of record of our common stock. However, a single record stockholder account may represent multiple beneficial owners, including owners of shares in street name accounts. We believe there are approximately 5,000 beneficial owners of our common stock.

Dividends

        We have not paid any dividends on our common stock. The payment of dividends in the future will be contingent upon our earnings, if any, capital requirements and general financial condition of our business. Our Secured Credit Facilities currently limits the payment of dividends.

Securities Authorized for Issuance under Equity Compensation Plans

        The table setting forth this information is included in Part III—Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters.

Recent Sales of Unregistered Securities

        None.

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Performance Graph

        The performance graph and table below compare the cumulative total return of our common stock for the period December 31, 2009 to December 31, 2014 with the comparable cumulative total returns of the Russell 2000 Index (of which the Company is a component stock) and a peer group which consists of the following nine companies: AECOM Technology Corp. (ACM), Exponent, Inc. (EXPO), Fluor Corporation (FLR), ICF International, Inc. (ICFI), Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. (JEC), KBR, Inc. (KBR), Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NCI), Tutor Perini Corp. (TPC), and Tetra Tech, Inc. (TTEK). Our peer group previously included URS Corp., however, due to their acquisition by AECOM in October 2014, they are no longer trading and have been removed from this list.


Comparison of 5 Year Cumulative Total Return
Assumes Initial Investment of $100
December 2014

GRAPHIC

 
  2009   2010   2011   2012   2013   2014  

Hill International, Inc. 

  $ 100.00   $ 103.69   $ 82.37   $ 58.65   $ 63.30   $ 61.54  

Russell 2000 Index

    100.00     126.81     121.52     141.42     196.32     205.93  

Peer Group

    100.00     129.46     107.01     120.54     161.34     125.37  

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Item 6.    Selected Financial Data.

        The following is selected financial data from the Company's audited consolidated financial statements for each of the last five years. This data should be read in conjunction with the Company's consolidated financial statements (and related notes) appearing elsewhere in this report and with Item 7, "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations". The data presented below is in thousands, except for earnings (loss) per share data.

 
  Years Ended December 31,  
 
  2014   2013   2012   2011   2010  

Income Statement Data:

                               

Consulting fee revenue

  $ 575,805   $ 512,085   $ 417,598   $ 399,254   $ 382,099  

Reimbursable expenses

    64,476     64,596     63,183     102,202     69,659  

Total revenue

    640,281     576,681     480,781     501,456     451,758  

Cost of services

    328,795     296,055     239,572     227,991     213,349  

Reimbursable expenses

    64,476     64,596     63,183     102,202     69,659  

Total direct expenses

    393,271     360,651     302,755     330,193     283,008  

Gross profit

    247,010     216,030     178,026     171,263     168,750  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

   
217,730
   
183,572
   
172,779
   
175,312
   
151,634
 

Equity in earnings of affiliates

                (190 )   (1,503 )

Operating profit (loss)

    29,280     32,458     5,247     (3,859 )   18,619  

Interest and related financing fees, net

    30,485     22,864     18,150     7,262     3,144  

(Loss) earnings before income taxes

    (1,205 )   9,594     (12,903 )   (11,121 )   15,475  

Income tax expense (benefit)

    8,411     6,043     13,442     (6,186 )   481  

Net (loss) earnings

    (9,616 )   3,551     (26,345 )   (4,935 )   14,994  

Less: net earnings—noncontrolling interests

    1,263     1,922     1,872     1,082     778  

Net (loss) earnings attributable to Hill International, Inc. 

  $ (10,879 ) $ 1,629   $ (28,217 ) $ (6,017 ) $ 14,216  

Basic (loss) earnings per common share—Hill International, Inc. 

  $ (0.25 ) $ 0.04   $ (0.73 ) $ (0.16 ) $ 0.36  

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

    44,370     39,098     38,500     38,414     39,258  

Diluted (loss) earnings per common share—Hill International, Inc. 

  $ (0.25 ) $ 0.04   $ (0.73 ) $ (0.16 ) $ 0.36  

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

    44,370     39,322     38,500     38,414     39,824  

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  As of December 31,  
 
  2014   2013   2012   2011   2010  

Selected Balance Sheet Data:

                               

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 30,124   $ 30,381   $ 16,716   $ 17,924   $ 39,406  

Accounts receivable, net

    194,256     232,011     211,176     197,906     180,856  

Current assets

    257,099     297,893     257,270     231,833     237,466  

Accounts receivable, Libya(1)

    49,659                  

Total assets

    464,984     449,102     421,673     407,512     370,851  

Current liabilities

    137,935     151,515     150,135     108,800     104,465  

Total debt

    128,236     133,261     109,456     94,759     74,959  

Stockholders' equity:

                               

Hill International, Inc. share of equity

  $ 154,112   $ 131,144   $ 127,546   $ 154,136   $ 161,091  

Noncontrolling interests

    8,674     11,887     13,557     18,258     7,005  

Total equity

  $ 162,786   $ 143,031   $ 141,103   $ 172,394   $ 168,096  

(1)
See Note 4 to the consolidated financial statements for more information.

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Item 7.    Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Overview

        Our revenue consists of two components: consulting fee revenue ("CFR") and reimbursable expenses. Reimbursable expenses are reflected in equal amounts in both total revenue and total direct expenses. Because these pass-through revenue/costs are subject to significant fluctuation from year to year, we measure the performance of many of our key operating metrics as a percentage of CFR, as we believe that this is a better and more consistent measure of operating performance than total revenue.

        CFR increased $63,720,000, or 12.4%, to $575,805,000 in 2014. CFR for the Project Management segment increased $34,913,000, or 8.9%, principally due to increased work in the Middle East, primarily in Oman, Qatar, Iraq and the United Arab Emirates. CFR for the Construction Claims segment increased by $28,807,000, or 24.1%, due primarily to increased work in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia/Pacific.

        Cost of services increased $32,740,000, or 11.1%, to $328,795,000 in 2014 primarily as a result of an increase in employees and other direct expenses related to the additional work in the Middle East and Asia/Pacific.

        Gross profit increased $30,980,000, or 14.3%, to $247,010,000 in 2014 due to the increases in CFR. Gross profit as a percent of CFR increased to 42.9% in 2014 from 42.2% in 2013.

        Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $34,158,000, or 18.6%, principally due to the unapplied portion of salaries for new staff hired to support the increase in CFR and an increase in indirect salaries in support of that growth. As a percentage of CFR, selling, general and administrative expenses increased to 37.8% in 2014 compared to 35.8% in 2013.

        Operating profit was $29,280,000 in 2014 compared to $32,458,000 in 2013. The decrease in operating profit was primarily due to an increase in selling, general and administrative expenses.

        Income tax expense was $8,411,000 for 2014 compared to $6,043,000 for 2013. The increase in expense results from increased pretax profits from foreign operations, the mix of tax rates in those jurisdictions and no offsetting tax benefits arising from the Company's U.S. net operating losses which management believes the Company will not be able to utilize.

        Net loss attributable to Hill was ($10,879,000) in 2014 compared to net earnings of $1,629,000 in 2013. Diluted loss per common share was ($0.25) in 2014 based upon 44,370,000 diluted common shares outstanding compared to a net income per diluted common share of $0.04 in 2013 based upon 39,322,000 diluted common shares outstanding.

        The Company has open but inactive contracts with the Libyan Organization for the Development and Administrative Centres ("ODAC"). Due to the civil unrest which commenced in Libya in February 2011, the Company suspended its operations in and demobilized substantially all of its personnel from Libya. From that time until 2013, there was no activity on the contracts and the Company did not receive any payments for the work performed prior to March 2011. During late 2013 and early 2014, Hill received payments of approximately $9,900,000 from ODAC who also posted a letter of credit of approximately $14,000,000 in Hill's favor which expired on June 30, 2014. Management believed that this progress was a positive indication that ODAC intended to fulfill its obligations to Hill.

        In June 2014, a new parliament, the Council of Representatives ("CoR"), was elected and is the internationally recognized government of Libya. Subsequently, fighting broke out between forces loyal to the outgoing General National Congress ("GNC") and the new CoR. The GNC reconvened, selected a Prime Minister and seized control of the capital city of Tripoli. The GNC controls Libya's ministries, central bank and state oil company. In September 2014, the United Nations began talks to reconcile the two factions, but management is not aware that any progress has been made as of

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February 2015. It is our understanding that, government agencies such as ODAC have not been delegated any authority to make payments other than payroll.

        Management has continued its dialogue with representatives of ODAC and understands that ODAC has obtained approval to facilitate immediate payment to Hill once the political situation normalizes. Additionally, in early 2014, Hill submitted new contracts for additional work upon ODAC's request.

        The Company currently believes that recovery of its receivable from ODAC through continued communications, rather than legal action, remains appropriate, however, the Company continues to explore its legal options, including discussions with outside legal counsel. In the event that the military and political environment changes significantly in Libya and its surrounding geopolitical regions or there are indications that the Company's continued efforts to negotiate amicably with ODAC are determined have been unsuccessful, the Company will evaluate its options to pursue legal claims and/or assess the carrying amount of this receivable, which could have a significant adverse impact on our consolidated results of operations and consolidated financial position.

        Currently, management believes that it has good relationships with the ODAC authorities. However due to the lack of a written agreement or timetable for further payments of Hill's accounts receivable from ODAC or a return to work on Hill's existing contracts, management has reclassified the remaining accounts receivable amounting to $49,659,000 to a non-current asset to reflect the uncertainty surrounding the timing of the collection of the receivable. Additionally, management has reclassified from current to other liabilities the accruals for certain taxes and agency fees related to the ODAC contracts amounting to approximately $9,280,000.

        In 2014, we received $38,042,000 from a secondary offering of our common stock and $120,000,000 from proceeds of a new term loan, the proceeds of which were used to pay down and terminate our 2009 Credit Agreement of $25,500,000 and 2012 Term Loan of $100,000,000. We also entered into new revolving credit facilities. For further information regarding our new term loan, new revolving credit facilities, 2009 Credit Agreement, 2012 Term Loan, please see Note 9 to our consolidated financial statements.

        We remain optimistic about maintaining our current growth strategy to pursue new business development opportunities, continue to take advantage of organic growth opportunities, continue to pursue acquisitions and strengthen our professional resources. Among other things, our optimism stems from the growth of our backlog at December 31, 2014. Our total backlog is a record $1,080,000,000, an increase of $7,000,000 from September 30, 2014 and $53,000,000 from December 31, 2013. Our 12-month backlog is also a record $470,000,000, an increase of $13,000,000 from September 30, 2014 and $76,000,000 from December 31, 2013. These increases are primarily related to significant new work in the Middle East and the United States.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

        Our consolidated financial statements were prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, which require us to make subjective decisions, assessments and estimates about the effect of matters that are inherently uncertain. As the number of variables and assumptions affecting the judgment increases, such judgments become even more subjective. While we believe our assumptions are reasonable and appropriate, actual results may be materially different than estimated.

    Revenue Recognition

        We generate revenue primarily from providing professional services to our clients. Revenue is generally recognized upon the performance of services. In providing these services, we may incur reimbursable expenses, which consist of amounts paid to subcontractors and other third parties as well

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as travel and other job related expenses that are contractually reimbursable from clients. We will include reimbursable expenses in computing and reporting our total contract revenue as long as we remain responsible to the client for the fulfillment of the contract and for the overall acceptability of all services provided.

        We earn our revenue from cost-plus, fixed-price and time-and-materials contracts. If estimated total costs on any contract indicate a loss, we charge the entire estimated loss to operations in the period the loss becomes known. The cumulative effect of revisions to revenue, estimated costs to complete contracts, including penalties, incentive awards, change orders, claims, anticipated losses, and other effects are recorded in the accounting period in which the events indicating a loss are known and the loss can be reasonably estimated. Such revisions could occur at any time and the effects may be material. The majority of our contracts are for work where we bill the client monthly at hourly billing rates. The hourly billing rates are determined by contract terms. For governmental clients, the hourly rates are generally calculated as either (i) a negotiated multiplier of our direct labor costs or (ii) as direct labor costs plus overhead costs plus a negotiated profit percentage. For commercial clients, the hourly rates are generally taken from a standard fee schedule by staff classification or they can be at a negotiated discount from this schedule. In some cases, primarily for foreign work, a fixed monthly staff rate is negotiated rather than an hourly rate. This monthly rate is determined based upon a buildup of direct labor costs plus overhead and profit. We account for these contracts on a time-and-expenses method, recognizing revenue as costs are incurred.

        We account for fixed-price contracts on the "percentage-of-completion" method, wherein revenue is recognized as costs are incurred. Under the percentage-of-completion method for revenue recognition, we estimate the progress towards completion to determine the amount of revenue and profit to be recognized. We generally utilize a cost-to-cost approach in applying the percentage-of-completion method, where revenue is earned in proportion to total costs incurred divided by total costs expected to be incurred.

        Under the percentage-of-completion method, recognition of profit is dependent upon the accuracy of estimates. We have a history of making reasonably dependable estimates of contract revenue, the extent of progress towards completion and contract completion costs on our long-term construction management contracts. However, due to uncertainties inherent in the estimation process, it is possible that actual completion costs may vary from estimates.

    Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

        We make ongoing estimates relating to the collectibility of our accounts receivable and maintain an allowance for estimated losses resulting from the inability of our clients to make required payments. Estimates used in determining accounts receivable allowances are based on specific client account reviews and historical experience of credit losses. We also apply judgment including assessments about changes in economic conditions, concentration of receivables among clients and industries, recent write-off trends, rates of bankruptcy, and credit quality of specific clients. Unanticipated changes in the financial condition of clients, the resolution of various disputes, or significant changes in the economy could impact the reserves required. At December 31, 2014 and 2013, the allowance for doubtful accounts was $11,142,129 and $9,530,000, respectively.

    Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

        Goodwill is tested annually for impairment in our third fiscal quarter or more frequently if events or circumstances indicate that there may be an impairment. We have determined that we have two reporting units, the Project Management unit and the Construction Claims unit. We made that determination based on the similarity of the services provided, the methodologies in delivering our services and the similarity of the client base in each of these units. To determine the fair value of our

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reporting units, we use the market approach and the income approach, weighting the results of each approach.

        Under the market approach, we determine fair value using the public company method and the quoted price method. We utilized a control premium of 30% to arrive at the preliminary fair value for each reporting unit, and we applied a weighting of 20% to the preliminary fair value determined by using the public company method. The quoted price method is based upon the market value of the transactions of minority interests in the publicly-traded shares of the Company. We utilized a control premium of 30% to arrive at the preliminary fair value for each reporting unit, and we applied a weighting of 50% to the preliminary fair value determined using the quoted price method.

        Our calculation under the income approach utilizes our internal forecasts. In the income approach (that is, the discounted cash flow method), the projected cash flows reflect the cash flows subsequent to the sale of the reporting unit pursuant to the guidance in ASC 350 and ASC 820. Consistent with applicable literature, we include in projected cash flows any expected improvements in cash flows or other changes that, in our view, a market participant would consider and be willing to pay for (but we exclude any buyer- or entity-specific synergies). The projections are developed by us and are based upon cash flows that maximize reporting unit value by taking into account improvements that controlling-interest holders can make, but minority interest holders cannot make. These improvements include: increasing revenues, reducing operating costs, or reducing non-operating costs such as taxes. The owners of the enterprise may also increase enterprise value by reducing risk; for example, by diversifying the business, improving access to capital, increasing the certainty of cash flows, or optimizing the capital structure.

        We considered the factors listed above when developing the cash flows to support the income approach. Recognizing that due to elements of control incorporated into our reporting units' forecasts, we applied no control premium to our conclusion of value indicated by the discounted cash flows. In determining fair value, we applied a weighting of 30% to the preliminary fair value determined using the income approach.

        With regard to weighting the conclusions rendered by the approaches utilized, we believe that the quoted price method provides the most reliable indication of value (that is, a Level 1 input); therefore, we placed the greatest emphasis upon this method assigning a 50% weighting. We also determined that the value using the discounted cash flow method (to which we assigned a 30% weighting) provided a more reliable indication of value than the public company method (to which we assigned a 20% weighting) with the relative levels of reliability contributing to the weighting accorded to each approach.

        Application of the goodwill impairment test requires significant judgments including estimation of future cash flows, which is dependent on internal forecasts, estimation of the long-term rate of growth for each reporting unit, the period over which cash flows will occur, and determination of the weighted average cost of capital, among other things. Based on the valuation as of July 1, 2014, the fair values of the Project Management unit and the Construction Claims unit substantially exceeded their carrying values. Changes in these estimates and assumptions could materially affect our determination of fair value and/or goodwill impairment for each reporting unit. Changes in future market conditions, our business strategy, or other factors could impact upon the future values of Hill's reporting units, which could result in future impairment charges.

        We amortize other intangible assets over their estimated useful lives and review the long-lived assets for impairment whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the related carrying amounts may not be recoverable. Determining whether impairment has occurred typically requires various estimates and assumptions, including determining which cash flows are directly related to the potentially impaired asset, the useful life over which cash flows will occur, their amount and the asset's residual value, if any. In turn, measurement of an impairment loss requires a determination of fair

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value, which is based on the best information available. We use internal discounted cash flow estimates, quoted market prices when available and independent appraisals, as appropriate, to determine fair value. We derive the required cash flow estimates from our historical experience and our internal business plans and apply an appropriate discount rate.

    Income Taxes

        We make judgments and interpretations based on enacted tax laws, published tax guidance, as well as estimates of future earnings. These judgments and interpretations affect the provision for income taxes, deferred tax assets and liabilities and the valuation allowance. We evaluate the deferred tax assets to determine on the basis of objective factors whether the net assets will be realized through future years' taxable income. In the event that actual results differ from these estimates and assessments, additional valuation allowances may be required.

        We will recognize a tax benefit in the financial statements for an uncertain tax position only if management's assessment is that the position is "more likely than not" (i.e., a likelihood greater than 50 percent) to be allowed by the tax jurisdiction based solely on the technical merits of the position. The term "tax position" refers to a position in a previously filed tax return or a position expected to be taken in a future tax return that is reflected in measuring current or deferred income tax assets and liabilities for interim or annual periods.

    Stock Options

        We recognize compensation expense for all stock-based awards. These awards have included stock options and restricted stock grants. While fair value may be readily determinable for awards of stock, market quotes are not available for long-term, nontransferable stock options because these instruments are not traded. We currently use the Black-Scholes option pricing model to estimate the fair value of options. Option valuation models require the input of highly subjective assumptions, including but not limited to stock price volatility, expected life and stock option exercise behavior.

    Contingencies

        Estimates are inherent in the assessment of our exposure to insurance claims that fall below policy deductibles and to litigation and other legal claims and contingencies, as well as in determining our liabilities for incurred but not reported insurance claims. Significant judgments by us and reliance on third-party experts are utilized in determining probable and/or reasonably estimable amounts to be recorded or disclosed in our financial statements. The results of any changes in accounting estimates are reflected in the financial statements of the period in which the changes are determined. We do not believe that material changes to these estimates are reasonably likely to occur.

Results of Operations

Year Ended December 31, 2014 Compared to
Year Ended December 31, 2013

Consulting Fee Revenue ("CFR")

 
  2014   2013   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 

Project Management

  $ 427,515     74.2 % $ 392,602     76.7 % $ 34,913     8.9 %

Construction Claims

    148,290     25.8     119,483     23.3     28,807     24.1  

Total

  $ 575,805     100.0 % $ 512,085     100.0 % $ 63,720     12.4 %

        The increase in CFR included an organic increase of 10.8% primarily in the Middle East and an increase of 1.6% due to the acquisitions of Binnington Copeland & Associates (Pty.) Ltd ("BCA") in May 2013, Collaborative Partners, Inc. ("CPI") in December 2013 and Angus Octan Scotland Ltd. d/b/a Cadogans in October 2014.

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        The increase in Project Management CFR included an organic increase of 7.4% and an increase of 1.5% from the acquisition of CPI. The increase in CFR consisted of a $32,861,000 increase in foreign projects and an increase of $2,052,000 in domestic projects. The increase in foreign Project Management CFR included an increase from new work of $14,049,000 in Oman, $10,788,000 in Qatar and $8,760,000 in Iraq. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $10,062,000 in Brazil primarily due to an economic slowdown in 2014 and a decrease of $4,079,000 in Azerbaijan. The increase in domestic Project Management CFR was due primarily to an increase of $5,868,000 due to the acquisition of CPI, partially offset by a decrease in our Southern U.S. region.

        The increase in Construction Claims CFR was comprised of an organic increase of 21.8% and an increase of 2.3% from the acquisitions of BCA and Cadogans. The organic increase was primarily due to increases in Asia/Pacific, the United Kingdom and the Middle East.

Reimbursable Expenses

 
  2014   2013   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 

Project Management

  $ 58,927     91.4 % $ 59,915     92.8 % $ (988 )   (1.6 )%

Construction Claims

    5,549     8.6     4,681     7.2     868     18.5  

Total

  $ 64,476     100.0 % $ 64,596     100.0 % $ (120 )   (0.2 )%

        Reimbursable expenses consist of amounts paid to subcontractors and other third parties, and travel and other job-related expenses that are contractually reimbursable from clients. These items are reflected as separate line items in both our total revenue and total direct expenses captions in our consolidated statements of operations. The decrease in Project Management reimbursable expense is primarily due to lower use of subcontractors in our Northeast U.S. region, partially offset by increased subcontractors in Oman and the Western U.S. region. The increase in Construction Claims reimbursable expenses was due primarily to increases in the United Kingdom due to increased use of subcontractors plus increases in other reimbursable expenses associated with the higher work volume.

Cost of Services

 
  2014   2013   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 
 
   
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
 

Project Management

  $ 262,846     79.9 %   61.5 % $ 244,003     82.4 %   62.2 % $ 18,843     7.7 %

Construction Claims

    65,949     20.1     44.5     52,052     17.6     43.6     13,897     26.7  

Total

  $ 328,795     100.0 %   57.1 % $ 296,055     100.0 %   57.8 % $ 32,740     11.1 %

        Cost of services consists of labor expenses for time charged directly to contracts and non-reimbursable job-related travel and out-of-pocket expenses. The increase in Project Management cost of services is primarily due to an increase in the Middle East in support of increased work there and to a lesser degree to the CPI acquisition, partially offset by a decrease in Brazil.

        The increase in the cost of services for Construction Claims was due primarily to increases in direct costs in the United Kingdom, the Middle East and Asia/Pacific in support of the increased CFR.

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Gross Profit

 
  2014   2013   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 
 
   
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
 

Project Management

  $ 164,669     66.7 %   38.5 % $ 148,599     68.8 %   37.8 % $ 16,070     10.8 %

Construction Claims

    82,341     33.3     55.5     67,431     31.2     56.4     14,910     22.1  

Total

  $ 247,010     100.0 %   42.9 % $ 216,030     100.0 %   42.2 % $ 30,980     14.3 %

        The increase in Project Management gross profit included an increase of $15,463,000 from international operations, primarily due to increases from the Middle East, principally Oman, Qatar and Iraq, partially offset by decreases in Brazil and Azerbaijan.

        The increase in Construction Claims gross profit was driven by increases in the United Kingdom, the Middle East, South Africa and Asia/Pacific.

        The overall gross profit percentage increased slightly due to higher margins achieved on new work in the Middle East, primarily Oman and Qatar for Project Management.

Selling, General and Administrative ("SG&A") Expenses

 
  2014   2013   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 
 
   
  % of
CFR
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
 

SG&A Expenses

  $ 217,730     37.8 % $ 183,572     35.8 % $ 34,158     18.6 %

        The significant components of the change in SG&A are as follows:

    An increase of $16,648,000 in unapplied labor primarily due to the impact of new hires, salary increases and a decrease in utilization in the early part of 2014. There was an increase of approximately $7,551,000 for new staff required on increased work volume in the Middle East for Project Management and in the United Kingdom and Asia/Pacific for Construction Claims, an increase of approximately $2,910,000 primarily for new staff hired in the Middle East to support expanded Construction Claims work which started later than anticipated in 2014 and an increase of $1,627,000 in the U.S. Project Management Group due to decreased utilization in the first half of the year. Unapplied labor also increased by approximately $1,890,000 due to the acquisitions of BCA, CPI and Cadogans;

    An increase in indirect labor of $6,813,000 primarily due to salary increases, new hires for business development in the Project Management Group and increased staff in support of the growth in the Middle East;

    An increase of $1,770,000 in administrative travel in support of growth in international operations;

    An increase of $1,765,000 in business development related costs including advertising and proposal-related costs;

    An increase of $1,429,000 in information technology related costs to support our global growth; and

    An increase of $1,395,000 in bad debt expense.

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        Also, 2013 SG&A had been reduced by $3,693,000 resulting from the elimination in 2013 of a reserve for potential employment tax liabilities for a foreign subsidiary which was later indemnified by the former shareholders of the subsidiary.

Operating Profit:

 
  2014   2013   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 
 
   
  % of
CFR
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
 

Project Management

  $ 48,516     11.3 % $ 48,682     12.4 % $ (166 )   (0.3 )%

Construction Claims

    10,996     7.4     12,171     10.2     (1,175 )   (9.7 )

Corporate

    (30,232 )         (28,395 )         (1,837 )   6.5  

Total

  $ 29,280     5.1 % $ 32,458     6.3 % $ (3,178 )   (9.8 )%

        The decrease in Project Management operating profit included decreases in Brazil and Europe, partially offset by increases in the Middle East, primarily Oman, Qatar and Iraq.

        The decrease in Construction Claims operating profit was primarily due to decreases in the Middle East and the United Kingdom, partially offset by an increase in Asia/Pacific.

        Corporate expenses increased $1,837,000 which was primarily due to salary increases and information technology costs in support of growing operations overseas. Corporate expenses increased by 6.5% compared to an increase of 12.4% in CFR. Corporate expenses represented 5.3% of CFR in 2014 compared to 5.5% in 2013.

Interest and related financing fees, net

        Interest and related financing fees increased $7,621,000 to $30,485,000 in 2014 as compared with $22,864,000 in 2013, primarily due to $9,338,000 of accelerated interest paid upon the early payoff and termination of the 2012 Term Loan and the write off of $1,482,000 of deferred financing fees related to the early payoff and termination of the Company's 2009 Credit Facility and 2012 Term Loan in September 2014.

Income Taxes

        In 2014, the income tax expense was $8,411,000 compared to an income tax expense of $6,043,000 in 2013. The effective income tax expense rates for 2014 and 2013 were (697.9%) and 63.0%, respectively. The increase in expense results from increased pretax profits from foreign operations, the mix of tax rates in those jurisdictions and no offsetting tax benefits arising from the Company's U.S. net operating losses which management believes the Company will not be able to utilize. The difference in the Company's 2014 effective tax rate compared to the 2013 rate is primarily related to a significant increase in the U.S. pretax loss in 2014 primarily due to the recognition of an additional $10,820,000 of interest expense related to the refinancing and early termination of the Company's former senior credit facility and term loan during the third quarter of 2014. In both years, the Company's effective tax rate is significantly higher than it otherwise would be primarily as a result of not being able to record an income tax benefit related to the U.S. net operating loss plus increases caused by various foreign withholding taxes.

        In 2014, several items materially affected the Company's effective tax rate. The Company realized a net benefit of $2,379,000 primarily from the reversal of prior year's uncertain tax positions based on management's assessment that these items were effectively settled with the appropriate foreign tax authorities. An income tax expense of $552,000 resulted from adjustments to agree the 2013 book amount to the actual amounts reported on the tax returns in foreign jurisdictions.

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        Several items materially affected the Company's effective tax rate during 2013. The Company realized a net benefit of $2,314,000 primarily from the reversal of prior year's uncertain tax position based on management's assessment that these items were effectively settle with the appropriate foreign tax authorities. An income tax expense of $386,000 resulted from adjustments to agree the 2012 book amount to the actual amounts reported on the tax returns, primarily in foreign jurisdictions. In addition, the Company recognized higher foreign withholding taxes in 2013 which were partially offset by the true-up of income tax accounts in foreign jurisdictions.

Net (Loss) Earnings Attributable to Hill

        Net loss attributable to Hill International, Inc. for 2014 was ($10,879,000), or ($0.25) per diluted common share based on 44,370,000 diluted common shares outstanding, as compared to net earnings for 2013 of $1,629,000, or $0.04 per diluted common share based upon 39,322,000 diluted common shares outstanding.


Year Ended December 31, 2013 Compared to
Year Ended December 31, 2012

Consulting Fee Revenue ("CFR")

 
  2013   2012   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 

Project Management

  $ 392,602     76.7 % $ 312,232     74.8 % $ 80,370     25.7 %

Construction Claims

    119,483     23.3     105,366     25.2     14,117     13.4  

Total

  $ 512,085     100.0 % $ 417,598     100.0 % $ 94,487     22.6 %

        The increase in CFR for 2013 over 2012 was substantially all organic and was primarily due to increased work in the Middle East.

        During 2013, Project Management CFR consisted of a $76,032,000 increase in foreign projects and an increase of $4,338,000 in domestic projects. The increase in foreign Project Management CFR included an increase of $47,826,000 in Oman, $12,321,000 in Qatar, $7,634,000 in Saudi Arabia, $5,478,000 in Iraq and $5,194,000 in Afghanistan. These increases were partially offset by a decrease of $8,930,000 in Spain. The increase in domestic Project Management CFR was due primarily to a higher volume of work in our Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions.

        The increase in Construction Claims CFR was comprised of an organic increase of 11.0% and a 2.4% increase from the acquisition of BCA in May 2013. The organic increase was primarily due to increases in the Middle East and Asia/Pacific, partially offset by a decrease in the United Kingdom.

Reimbursable Expenses

 
  2013   2012   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 

Project Management

  $ 59,915     92.8 % $ 60,049     95.0 % $ (134 )   (0.2 )%

Construction Claims

    4,681     7.2     3,134     5.0     1,547     49.4  

Total

  $ 64,596     100.0 % $ 63,183     100.0 % $ 1,413     2.2 %

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        Reimbursable expenses consist of amounts paid to subcontractors and other third parties, and travel and other job-related expenses that are contractually reimbursable from clients. These items are reflected as separate line items in both our revenue and cost of services captions in our consolidated statements of operations. The increase in Construction Claims reimbursable expenses was due primarily to increases in the Middle East and Asia/Pacific due to subcontractors and other reimbursable expenses associated with the increased work volume.

Cost of Services

 
  2013   2012   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 
 
   
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
 

Project Management

  $ 244,003     82.4 %   62.2 % $ 192,592     80.4 %   61.7 % $ 51,411     26.7 %

Construction Claims

    52,052     17.6     43.6     46,980     19.6     44.6     5,072     10.8  

Total

  $ 296,055     100.0 %   57.8 % $ 239,572     100.0 %   57.4 % $ 56,483     23.6 %

        Cost of services consists of labor expenses for time charged directly to contracts and non-reimbursable job-related travel and out-of-pocket expenses.

        The increase in Project Management cost of services is primarily due to increases in the Middle East in support of increased work.

        The increase in the cost of services for Construction Claims was due primarily to increases in direct costs in the Middle East, South Africa (due to the BCA acquisition) and Asia/Pacific, partially offset by a decrease in the United Kingdom.

Gross Profit

 
  2013   2012   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 
 
   
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
 

Project Management

  $ 148,599     68.8 %   37.8 % $ 119,640     67.2 %   38.3 % $ 28,959     24.2 %

Construction Claims

    67,431     31.2     56.4     58,386     32.8     55.4     9,045     15.5  

Total

  $ 216,030     100.0 %   42.2 % $ 178,026     100.0 %   42.6 % $ 38,004     21.3 %

        The increase in Project Management gross profit included an increase of $26,421,000 from international operations, primarily due to increases from the Middle East, principally Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

        The increase in Construction Claims gross profit was driven by an increase of $4,245,000 in the Middle East, $1,571,000 in South Africa and $3,430,000 in Asia/Pacific, partially offset by a decrease of $1,357,000 in the United Kingdom.

        The overall gross profit percentage declined slightly due to an increase in the mix of work towards the Project Management group which generally has lower gross margin percentages than the Construction Claims group.

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Selling, General and Administrative ("SG&A") Expenses

 
  2013   2012   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 
 
   
  % of
CFR
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
 

SG&A Expenses

  $ 183,572     35.8 % $ 172,779     41.4 % $ 10,793     6.2 %

        As a percentage of CFR, SG&A expense decreased to 35.8% in 2013 compared to 41.4% in 2012.

        The significant components of the change in SG&A are as follows:

    An increase of $8,279,000 in unapplied labor primarily in the Middle East due to an increase in staff required for the new work. Unapplied labor, which increased 16.4% over the prior year compared to a 22.6% increase in CFR, represents the labor cost of operating staff for non-billable tasks. This represents improved utilization of billable staff over the prior year;

    A decrease of $7,693,000 resulting from the $3,693,000 reversal in 2013 of a reserve for potential employment tax liabilities that was originally established in 2012 in the amount of $4,000,000. The difference between the two amounts is due to a change in the foreign exchange rate;

    An increase of $5,668,000 in indirect labor including $2,500,000 in staff termination costs primarily in Spain and Brazil where staff was reduced as several projects ended;

    A decrease of $1,446,000 in amortization expense due to the full amortization of the shorter-lived intangible assets of companies we acquired over the last several years;

    An increase in administrative travel of $1,391,000 in support of expanded international operations;

    An increase of $1,163,000 in professional fees due to statutory, audit and tax filings due to increased international operations;

    An increase of $1,000,000 due to a 2012 credit to indirect expenses for the reversal of a potential earn-out liability, recorded as part of the consideration for the TRS Consultants acquisition in December 2009, which was not attained by TRS;

    An increase of $792,000 in information technology related costs in support of increased staff and expanded global operations; and

    An increase of $719,000 in bad debt expense for reserves placed primarily in the domestic Project Management Group.

Operating Profit:

 
  2013   2012   Change  
 
  (dollars in thousands)
 
 
   
  % of
CFR
   
  % of
CFR
   
   
 

Project Management

  $ 48,682     12.4 % $ 23,273     7.5 % $ 25,409     109.2 %

Construction Claims

    12,171     10.2     8,071     7.7     4,100     50.8  

Corporate

    (28,395 )         (26,097 )         (2,298 )   8.8  

Total

  $ 32,458     6.3 % $ 5,247     1.3 % $ 27,211     518.6 %

        The increase in Project Management operating profit included an increase of $24,094,000 in the Middle East, primarily Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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        The increase in Construction Claims operating profit was primarily due to increases of $2,023,000 in the Middle East and $3,304,000 in Asia/Pacific, partially offset by a decrease of $1,020,000 in the United Kingdom.

        Corporate expenses increased $2,298,000 primarily due to increases in indirect labor, share-based compensation, travel cost, information technology and depreciation in support of expanded operations overseas.

Interest and related financing fees, net

        Interest and related financing fees increased $4,714,000 to $22,864,000 in 2013 as compared with $18,150,000 in 2012, primarily due to higher levels of debt outstanding and higher interest rates. Included in interest expense in 2013 is a non-cash charge of $7,955,000 compared to $1,520,000 in 2012 attributable to the accretion of the Term Loan.

Income Taxes

        In 2013, the income tax expense was $6,043,000 compared to an income tax expense of $13,442,000 in 2012. The effective income tax expense rates for 2013 and 2012 were 63.0% and (104.2%), respectively. The increase in the Company's effective tax rate during the year was primarily a result of recording a valuation allowance on the net U.S. deferred tax asset of $17,700,000 in 2012 with a consolidated pre-tax loss. In 2013, the Company required an increase in the valuation allowance related to the increase in the net U.S. deferred tax asset while generating consolidated pre-tax income.

        The valuation allowance primarily relates to the U.S. federal and state net operating losses of $63,365,000 and $66,472,000, respectively. The losses were generated in fiscal years 2010 through 2013. The primary reason for recording the valuation allowance was due to management's belief that it is more likely than not that the Company will not be able to utilize its U.S. deferred tax assets in the foreseeable future.

        In 2013, several items materially affected the Company's effective tax rate. The Company realized a net benefit of $2,314,000 primarily from the reversal of prior year's uncertain tax positions based on management's assessment that these items were effectively settled with the appropriate foreign tax authorities. An income tax expense of $386,000 resulted from adjustments to agree the 2012 book amount to the actual amounts reported on the tax returns in foreign jurisdictions. In addition, the Company recognized higher foreign withholding taxes in 2013 which were partially offset by the true up of income tax accounts in foreign jurisdictions.

        Several items materially affected the Company's effective tax rate during 2012. The Company realized a benefit from the reversal of prior year's uncertain tax position amounting to $350,000 due to the expiration of the statute of limitations upon filing of certain income tax returns in a foreign jurisdiction. An income tax benefit of $666,000 resulted from adjustments to agree the 2011 book amount to the actual amounts reported on the tax returns, primarily in foreign jurisdictions. In addition, the Company recognized an income tax expense related to withholding tax in the amount of $573,000 primarily related to foreign operations and an income tax expense of $804,000 related to potential prior year tax assessments of certain foreign subsidiaries.

Net Earnings (Loss) Attributable to Hill

        The net earnings attributable to Hill International, Inc. for 2013 were $1,629,000, or $0.04 per diluted common share, based on 39,322,000 diluted common shares outstanding, as compared to a net loss for 2012 of ($28,217,000), or ($0.73) per diluted common share based upon 38,500,000 diluted common shares outstanding.

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Non-GAAP Financial Measures

        Item 10(e) of Regulation S-K, "Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures in Commission Filings," and other SEC regulations define and prescribe the conditions for use of certain financial information that is not recognized by generally accepted accounting principles. Generally, a Non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. We believe earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"), in addition to operating profit, net earnings and other GAAP measures, is a useful indicator of our financial and operating performance and our ability to generate cash flows from operations that are available for taxes and capital expenditures. This measure, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute or superior to, operating profit, cash flows, or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. The following table is a reconciliation of EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP measure in accordance with SEC Regulation S-K for the years ended December 31, 2014, 2013 and 2012 (in thousands):

 
  Years Ended December 31,  
 
  2014   2013   2012  

Net (loss) earnings attributable to Hill

  $ (10,879 ) $ 1,629   $ (28,217 )

Interest

    30,485     22,864     18,150  

Income taxes

    8,411     6,043     13,442  

Depreciation and amortization

    9,823     10,756     12,430  

EBITDA

  $ 37,840   $ 41,292   $ 15,805  


Liquidity and Capital Resources

        As a result of the worldwide financial situation in recent years as well as the political unrest in Libya, we have had to rely more heavily on borrowings under our various credit facilities to provide funding for our operations. See Note 9 to our consolidated financial statements for a description of our recent refinancing, credit facilities and term loan. At December 31, 2014, our primary sources of liquidity consisted of $30,124,000 of cash and cash equivalents, of which $11,000 was on deposit in the U.S. and $30,113,000 was on deposit in foreign locations, and $22,025,000 of available borrowing capacity under our various credit facilities. We estimate that approximately $16,252,000 of the cash on deposit in foreign locations is required for working capital needs in those countries and the currency limitations related to Libyan dinars. We believe that we have sufficient liquidity to support the reasonably anticipated cash needs of our operations over the next twelve months. Also, significant unforeseen events, such as termination or cancellation of major contracts and/or acts of terrorism or political unrest in or around the various areas in which we operate, could adversely affect our liquidity and results of operations. If market opportunities exist, we may choose to undertake financing actions to further enhance our liquidity, which could include our ability to borrow additional funds under our credit agreements, obtaining new bank debt or raising funds through capital market transactions. See "Sources of Additional Capital" for further information.

Uncertainties With Respect to Operations in Libya

        We have open but inactive contracts with the Libyan Organization for the Development and Administrative Centres ("ODAC"). Due to the civil unrest which commenced in Libya in February 2011, we suspended our operations in and demobilized substantially all of our personnel from Libya. From that time until 2013, there was no activity on the contracts and we did not receive any payments for the work performed prior to March 2011. During late 2013 and early 2014, we received payments of approximately $9,900,000 from ODAC who also posted a letter of credit of approximately $14,000,000 in our favor which expired on June 30, 2014. We believed that this progress was a positive indication that ODAC intended to fulfill its obligations to us.

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        In June 2014, a new parliament, the Council of Representatives ("CoR"), was elected and is the internationally recognized government of Libya. Subsequently, fighting broke out between forces loyal to the outgoing General National Congress ("GNC") and the new CoR. The GNC reconvened, selected a Prime Minister and seized control of the capital city of Tripoli. The GNC controls Libya's ministries, central bank and state oil company. In September 2014, the United Nations began talks to reconcile the two factions, but we are not aware that any progress has been made as of early March 2015. It is our understanding that government agencies such as ODAC have not been delegated any authority to make payments other than payroll.

        We have continued our dialogue with representatives of ODAC and understand that ODAC has obtained approval to facilitate immediate payment to us once the political situation normalizes. Additionally, in early 2014, we submitted new contracts for additional work upon ODAC's request.

        We currently believe that recovery of the receivable from ODAC through continued communications, rather than legal action, remains appropriate, however, we continue to explore our legal options, including discussions with outside legal counsel. In the event that the military and political environment changes significantly in Libya and its surrounding geopolitical regions or there are indications that our continued efforts to negotiate amicably with ODAC are determined to have been unsuccessful, we will evaluate our options to pursue legal claims and/or assess the carrying amount of this receivable, which could have a significant adverse impact on our consolidated results of operations and consolidated financial position.

        Currently, we believe that we have good relationships with the ODAC authorities. However due to the lack of a written agreement or timetable for further payments of the accounts receivable from ODAC or a return to work on our existing contracts, we have reclassified the remaining accounts receivable amounting to $49,659,000 to a non-current asset to reflect the uncertainty surrounding the timing of the collection of the receivable. Additionally, we have reclassified from current to other liabilities the accruals for certain taxes and agency fees related to the ODAC contracts amounting to approximately $9,280,000.

Additional Capital Requirements

        Our subsidiary, Hill International (Spain), S.A. ("Hill Spain"), owns an indirect 72% interest in Engineering S.A. ("ESA"), a firm located in Brazil. ESA's shareholders entered into an agreement whereby the minority shareholders have a right to compel ("ESA Put Option") Hill Spain to purchase any or all of their shares during the period from February 28, 2014 to February 28, 2021. Hill Spain also has the right to compel ("ESA Call Option") the minority shareholders to sell any or all of their shares during the same time period. The purchase price for such shares shall be seven times the earnings before interest and taxes for ESA's most recently ended fiscal year, net of any financial debt plus excess cash multiplied by a percentage which the shares to be purchased bear to the total number of shares outstanding at the time of purchase, but in the event the ESA Call Option is exercised by Hill Spain, the purchase price shall be increased by five percent. The ESA Put Option and the ESA Call Option must be made within three months after the audited financial statements of ESA have been completed.

        On October 31, 2014, our subsidiary Hill International (UK) Ltd. acquired all of the outstanding common stock of Angus Octan Scotland Ltd., which included its subsidiary companies Cadogan Consultants Ltd., Cadogan Consult Ltd. and Cadogan International Ltd. (collectively, "Cadogans"). Total consideration for the acquisition was £2,719,000 (approximately $4,350,000 at the date of acquisition). Cash payments of £2,000,000 ($3,200,000) were made during 2014. The remaining payouts consist of a cash payment of £519,000 ($830,000) to be paid on October 31, 2015 plus a potential earn out based upon Cadogans' average earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization

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("EBITDA") for the two-year period ending on October 31, 2016 (which amount shall not be less than £0 nor more than £200,000).

Sources of Additional Capital

        We have an effective registration statement on Form S-3 on file with the SEC to register 20,000,000 shares of our common stock for issuance and sale by us at various times in the future. The proceeds, if any, will be used for working capital and general corporate purposes, subject to the restrictions of our Secured Credit Facilities. We cannot predict the amount of proceeds from those future sales, if any, or whether there will be a market for our common stock at the time of any such offering or offerings to the public.

        In addition, we have an effective registration statement on Form S-4 on file with the SEC to register 20,000,000 shares of our common stock, which includes 6,438,923 shares of our common stock registered under a previous Form S-4. During 2013, we issued 1,389,769 shares in connection with our acquisitions of BCA and CPI. During 2014, we issued 171,308 shares in connection with certain additional consideration for CPI. We expect to issue additional shares of our common stock in connection with certain contingent consideration for BCA and CPI. We cannot predict whether, in the future, we will offer these shares to potential sellers of businesses or assets we might consider acquiring or whether these shares will be acceptable as consideration by any potential sellers.

        At December 31, 2014, we had $11,939,000 of available borrowing capacity under our domestic credit agreement and $10,086,000 of available borrowing capacity under our various foreign credit agreements.

        We also have relationships with other foreign banks for the issuance of letters of credit, letters of guarantee and performance bonds in a variety of foreign currencies. At December 31, 2014, we had approximately $53,644,000 of availability under these relationships.

        We cannot provide any assurance that any other sources of financing will be available, or if available, that the financing will be on terms acceptable to us.

Cash Flow Activity During the Year Ended December 31, 2014

        For the year ended December 31, 2014, our cash and cash equivalents decreased by $257,000 to $30,124,000. This compares to a net increase in cash and cash equivalents of $13,665,000 during the prior year. Cash provided by operations was $6,305,000, cash used in investing activities was ($11,978,000) and cash provided by financing activities was $9,398,000. We also experienced a decrease in cash of $3,982,000 from the effect of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Operating Activities

        Our operations generated cash of $6,305,000 in 2014. This compares to cash generated of $21,433,000 in 2013 and cash used of ($6,471,000) in 2012. We had a net loss in 2014 amounting to ($9,616,000), net earnings of $3,551,000 in 2013 and a net loss of ($26,345,000) in 2012. Depreciation and amortization was $9,823,000 in 2014 compared to $10,756,000 in 2013 and $12,430,000 in 2012; the decrease in this category is due to the full amortization of the shorter-lived intangible assets of companies which we acquired over the last several years. We had deferred tax benefit of ($2,241,000) in 2014 primarily due to several minor temporary differences in foreign jurisdictions.

        Cash held in restricted accounts as collateral for the issuance of performance and advance payment bonds and letters of credit at December 31, 2014 and 2013 were $16,007,000 and $18,506,000, respectively.

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        Excluding the ODAC receivable, average days sales outstanding ("DSO") at December 31, 2014 was 86 days compared to 91 days at December 31, 2013 and 90 days at December 31, 2012. DSO is a measure of our ability to collect our accounts receivable and is calculated by dividing the total of the period-end billed accounts receivable balance by average daily revenue (i.e., revenue for the quarter divided by 90 days). The decrease in DSO in 2014 was because the increase in our revenue, due to the ramp-up on new work in the Middle East, outpaced the growth in our accounts receivable due to a more favorable collection experience. Also, the age of our receivables is adversely affected by the timing of payments from our clients in Europe, Africa (other than Libya) and the Middle East, which have historically been slower than payments from clients in other geographic regions of the Company's operations.

        Although we continually monitor our accounts receivable, we manage our operating cash flows by managing the working capital accounts in total, rather than by individual elements. The primary elements of our working capital are accounts receivable, prepaid and other current assets, accounts payable and deferred revenue. Accounts receivable consist of billing to our clients for our consulting fees and other job-related costs. Prepaid expenses and other current assets consist of prepayments for various selling, general and administrative costs, such as insurance, rent, maintenance, etc. Accounts payable consist of obligations to third parties relating primarily to costs incurred for specific engagements, including pass-through costs such as subcontractor costs. Deferred revenue consists of payments received from clients in advance of work performed.

        From year to year, the components of our working capital accounts may reflect significant changes. The changes are due primarily to the timing of cash receipts and payments with our working capital accounts combined with increases in our receivables and payables relative to the increase in our overall business, as well as our acquisition activity.

Investing Activities

        Net cash used in investing activities was ($11,978,000). We used ($5,721,000) to purchase computers, office equipment, furniture and fixtures to support the growth in our business. We used ($3,556,000) to acquire an additional 12% interest in ESA. We used ($2,701,000) for the acquisition of Cadogans, net of $499,000 acquired in the transaction.

Financing Activities

        Net cash provided by financing activities was $9,398,000. During the year, we made net payments on our revolving credit agreements amounting to $14,133,000. We received $38,042,000 from a follow-on offering of our common stock and $120,000,000 from proceeds of a new term loan, the proceeds of which were used to pay down and terminate our 2009 Credit Agreement in the amount of $25,500,000 and 2012 Term Loan in the amount of $100,000,000. In connection with our new term loan and revolving credit agreements, we paid ($10,065,000) for financing fees and expenses. For further information regarding our Secured Credit Facilities, including our new Term Loan and Revolving Credit Agreements, our 2009 Credit Agreement and our 2012 Term Loan, please see Note 9 to our consolidated financial statements. We also received $1,229,000 from the exercise of stock options and purchases under our Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

New Accounting Pronouncement

        On May 28, 2014, the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") issued Accounting Standards Update ("ASU") No. 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which will replace most existing revenue recognition guidance in U.S. GAAP, including industry-specific guidance. The core principle of the ASU is that an entity should recognize revenue for the transfer of goods or services equal to the amount that it expects to be entitled to receive for those goods or services. The

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ASU requires additional disclosure about the nature, amount, timing and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from customer contracts, including significant judgments and changes in judgments. The ASU will be effective for interim and annual periods commencing after December 15, 2016 and allows for both retrospective and prospective methods of adoption. Early adoption is not permitted. The Company is in the process of determining the method of adoptions and assessing the impact of this ASU on its consolidated financial statements.

Quarterly Fluctuations

        Our operating results vary from period to period as a result of the timing of projects and assignments. We do not believe that our business is seasonal.

Inflation

        Although we are subject to fluctuations in the local currencies of the counties in which we operate, we do not believe that inflation will have a significant effect on our results of operations or our financial position.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

(in thousands)
  Total(1)   2015   2016 - 2017   2018 - 2019   2020 and
later
 

Performance bonds(2)

  $ 34,492   $ 13,058   $ 13,857   $ 1,498   $ 6,079  

Advance payment bonds(2)

    21,895     6,947     10,904         4,044  

Bid bonds(3)

    6,799     6,251         548      

Letters of credit(4)

    16,836     16,836              

  $ 80,022   $ 43,092   $ 24,761   $ 2,046   $ 10,123  

(1)
At December 31, 2014, the Company had provided cash collateral amounting to $16,007,000 for certain of these items. That collateral is reflected in restricted cash on the consolidated balance sheet. See Note 14 to our consolidated financial statements for further information regarding these arrangements.

(2)
Represents guarantee of service performance bonds issued through international banks required under certain international contracts.

(3)
Represents bid bonds issued through international banks as part of the bidding process for new work to demonstrate our financial strength.

(4)
Represents letters of credit issued through a domestic bank in support for certain performance, advance payments and bid bonds.

Contractual Obligations

(in thousands)
  Total   2015   2016 - 2017   2018 - 2019   2020 and
later
 

Long-term debt obligations

  $ 128,236     6,361     5,774     2,401     113,700  

Interest expense on notes payable(1)

    55,158     9,860     19,200     18,980     7,118  

Operating lease obligations(2)

    55,494     12,422     16,808     10,994     15,270  

  $ 238,888   $ 28,643   $ 41,782   $ 32,375   $ 136,088  

(1)
Estimated using the interest rates in effect at December 31, 2014.

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(2)
Represents future minimum rental commitments under non-cancelable leases. The Company expects to fund these commitments with existing cash and cash flow from operations.

Item 7A.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

        We are exposed to risks associated with foreign currency fluctuations and changes in interest rates.

Foreign Exchange Rates

        We are exposed to foreign currency exchange rate risk resulting from our operations outside of the U.S. which are denominated in British pounds sterling, Euros, U.A.E. dirhams, Qatari riyal, Omani rial, Saudi riyal, Brazilian reais, Libyan dinars, Polish zloty, Australian dollars as well as other currencies. We do not comprehensively hedge our exposure to currency rate changes; however, we limit exposure to foreign currency fluctuations in most of our contracts through provisions that require client payments to be in currencies corresponding to the currency in which costs are incurred. As a result, we currently do not hedge foreign currency cash flows for contract work performed, although we may do so in the future. The functional currency of our significant foreign operations is the local currency.

Interest Rates

        All of our borrowings under our revolving credit facilities bear interest at variable rates. If market interest rates had changed by 100 basis points, interest expense and our cash flows would have changed by $825,000 each.

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Item 8.    Financial Statements and Supplementary Data.


HILL INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except per share data)

 
  December 31,
2014
  December 31,
2013
 

Assets

             

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 30,124   $ 30,381  

Cash—restricted

    8,851     15,766  

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $11,142 and $9,530

    194,256     232,011  

Accounts receivable—affiliates

    3,993     492  

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

    15,854     13,078  

Income taxes receivable

    2,833     4,460  

Deferred income tax assets

    1,188     1,705  

Total current assets

    257,099     297,893  

Property and equipment, net

    11,643     10,613  

Cash—restricted, net of current portion

    7,156     2,740  

Accounts receivable—Libya

    49,659      

Retainage receivable

    3,300     1,212  

Acquired intangibles, net

    19,282     24,964  

Goodwill

    80,437     85,853  

Investments

    5,083     5,984  

Deferred income tax assets

    15,426     13,882  

Other assets

    15,899     5,961  

Total assets

  $ 464,984   $ 449,102  

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

             

Due to banks

  $   $ 2  

Current maturities of notes payable and long-term debt

    6,361     18,974  

Accounts payable and accrued expenses

    92,068     92,270  

Income taxes payable

    8,689     9,442  

Deferred revenue

    20,542     18,203  

Deferred income taxes

    279     369  

Other current liabilities

    9,996     12,255  

Total current liabilities

    137,935     151,515  

Notes payable and long-term debt, net of current maturities

    121,875     114,285  

Retainage payable

    2,448     1,017  

Deferred income taxes

    14,654     16,732  

Deferred revenue

    12,193     16,261  

Other liabilities

    13,093     6,261  

Total liabilities

    302,198     306,071  

Commitments and contingencies

             

Stockholders' equity:

   
 
   
 
 

Preferred stock, $0.0001 par value; 1,000 shares authorized, none issued

         

Common stock, $0.0001 par value; 100,000 shares authorized, 56,920 shares and 46,598 shares issued at December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively

    6     5  

Additional paid-in capital

    179,912     136,899  

Retained earnings

    36,159     47,038  

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

    (33,661 )   (25,032 )