May 7, 2013

The Hackett Group Announces First Quarter 2013 Results

  • Q1 2013 revenue of $54.3 million, up slightly from prior year
  • Pro forma EPS of $0.10, at mid point of guidance and up 25% from prior year
  • Board authorizes additional $5.0 million for stock repurchase program

MIAMI, FL - May 7, 2013 - The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic advisory and business transformation consulting firm, today announced its financial results for the first quarter, which ended March 29, 2013.

First quarter 2013 revenue was $54.3 million. Pro forma diluted earnings per share were $0.10 for the first quarter of 2013, as compared to $0.08 for the same period in 2012. Pro forma information is provided to enhance the understanding of the Company's financial performance and is reconciled to the Company's GAAP information in the accompanying tables.

GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.06 for the first quarter of 2013, as compared to $0.09 in the first quarter of 2012. GAAP earnings per share for the first quarter of 2012 benefitted by $1.3 million, or $0.03 per share, resulting from the release of tax valuation allowances.

At the end of the first quarter of 2013, the Company's cash balances were $12.0 million. During the first quarter, the Company paid down $4.5 million of its credit facility, leaving a $20.5 million balance at quarter end.

Subsequent to the end of the first quarter of 2013, cash was utilized to repurchase approximately 113 thousand shares of the Company's common stock at an average price of $4.79, for a total cost of $544 thousand. At its recent meeting, the Board of Directors approved to increase the stock repurchase program authorization by an additional $5.0 million.

"Even though new year initiatives did not ramp up as quickly as we planned, we reported solid operating results," stated Ted A. Fernandez, Chairman and CEO of The Hackett Group, Inc. "Given the solid US momentum that we are experiencing, we believe we can continue to improve our financial performance even if European headwinds continue."

Based on the current economic outlook, the Company estimates total revenue for the second quarter of 2013 to be in the range of $54.0 million to $56.0 million, and estimates pro forma diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.10 to $0.12.

Other Highlights

IT Key Issues Study - A new IT Key Issues study from The Hackett Group found that IT organizations can expect to see small increases in operating budgets for 2013, even as cutbacks continue across other parts of business services, including finance, HR, and procurement. The study found that the IT budget increases are in part being driven by increased demand and expectations, as IT organizations are being asked to respond to the new "borderless" business environment by building out a flexible, virtual, data-enabled model for service delivery.

Procurement Key Issues Study - A new Procurement Key Issues study from The Hackett Group found that procurement leaders face new pressures in 2013 as companies focus on profitable growth and balance local agility with global scale in their value chains. While company revenue continues to grow, procurement leaders along with other business functions continue to be asked to do more with less. Procurement leaders are now focusing on a much broader list of procurement strategy priorities designed to improve their alignment with business objectives.

Manufacturing Costs Research - New research from The Hackett Group found that US manufacturers are targeting an aggressive 1.5 percent reduction in cost of goods sold (COGS) for 2013 in an effort to drive margin growth. The study found that with GDP growth stabilizing in major regions of the world, manufacturers are expecting reduced sales forecast uncertainty, enabling them to plan supply requirements and manufacturing capacity with far greater confidence.

2013 Best Practices Conference Preview - The Hackett Group announced plans to hold its 2013 U.S. Best Practices Conference in Miami on May 21-22. The event will feature senior executives from nearly a dozen of the world's largest and most successful companies - including Citigroup, General Electric, General Mills, Kimberly-Clark, MetLife, Office Depot, and TE Connectivity - discussing their efforts to improve efficiency and effectiveness in finance, IT, HR, procurement, and other business services.

On Tuesday, May 7, 2013, senior management will discuss first quarter results in a conference call at 5:00 P.M. ET.

The number for the conference call is (800) 779-3138, [Passcode: First Quarter, Leader: Ted A. Fernandez]. For International callers, please dial (517) 308-9381.

Please dial in at least 5-10 minutes prior to start time. If you are unable to participate on the conference call, a rebroadcast will be available beginning at 8:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. To access the rebroadcast, please dial (866) 441-1052. For International callers, please dial (203) 369-1059.

In addition, The Hackett Group will also be webcasting this conference call live through the StreetEvents.com service. To participate, simply visit http://www.thehackettgroup.com approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call and click on the conference call link provided. An online replay of the call will be available after 8:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, May 7, 2013 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. To access the replay, visit http://www.thehackettgroup.com or http://www.streetevents.com.

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About The Hackett Group, Inc.

The Hackett Group (NASDAQ: HCKT) is an intellectual property-based strategic consultancy and leading enterprise benchmarking and best practices implementation firm to global companies. Services include business transformation, enterprise performance management, working capital management, and global business services. The Hackett Group also provides dedicated expertise in business strategy, operations, finance, human capital management, strategic sourcing, procurement, and information technology, including its award-winning Oracle EPM and SAP practices.

The Hackett Group has completed more than 11,000 benchmarking studies with major corporations and government agencies, including 93% of the Dow Jones Industrials, 86% of the Fortune 100, 87% of the DAX 30 and 52% of the FTSE 100. These studies drive its Best Practice Intelligence Center™ which includes the firm's benchmarking metrics, best practices repository, and best practice configuration guides and process flows, which enable The Hackett Group's clients and partners to achieve world-class performance.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" and involves known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause The Hackett Group's actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from the results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Factors that impact such forward-looking statements include, among others, the ability of our products, services, or practices mentioned in this release to deliver the desired effect, our ability to effectively integrate acquisitions into our operations, our ability to retain existing business, our ability to attract additional business, our ability to effectively market and sell our product offerings and other services, the timing of projects and the potential for contract cancellations by our customers, changes in expectations regarding the business consulting and information technology industries, our ability to attract and retain skilled employees, possible changes in collections of accounts receivable due to the bankruptcy or financial difficulties of our customers, risks of competition, price and margin trends, foreign currency fluctuations, changes in general economic conditions and interest rates and our ability to obtain debt financing through additional borrowings under an amendment to our existing credit facility, as well as other risks detailed in our reports filed with the SEC. We undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.