August 1, 2006

Answerthink Announces Second Quarter Results

  • Revenues grow 17%, with strong revenue growth in Membership Advisory Programs
  • Revenues and Pro-forma EPS in line with guidance

Miami, FL - August 1, 2006 - Answerthink, Inc. (Nasdaq: ANSR), a strategic business advisory and technology consulting firm, today announced its financial results for the second quarter, which ended June 30, 2006.

Second quarter revenue was $49.0 million, a 17% increase from the same period in 2005. Diluted earnings per share were $0.05, compared to $0.03 per share in the second quarter of 2005. Pro forma diluted earnings per share were $0.06, compared to $0.03 in the second quarter of 2005. 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.

For the first six months of 2006, revenues were $98.8 million, a 26% increase from the first six months of 2005. Diluted loss per share was $0.09, compared to $0.00 for the same period in the previous year. The 2006 and 2005 results include restructuring costs of $0.14 and $0.03 per diluted share, respectively, related to an increase in previously established restructuring reserves for the closure and consolidation of facilities. Pro forma diluted earnings per share were $0.09, compared to $0.04 for the same period in the previous year.

The Company's cash balances, including restricted cash and marketable investments, were $17.1 million at the end of the second quarter of 2006. During the quarter, the Company did not repurchase any shares of the Company's common stock. As of the end of the second quarter of 2006, $7.9 million remained available under the Company's share repurchase program authorization.

"Our initiatives to accelerate the growth of our membership advisory programs had a positive impact on our quarterly results," said Ted A. Fernandez, Chairman and CEO of Answerthink. "This is important to our long-term strategy because we believe that the clients who value continuous access to our benchmark data and related best practice insight will turn to us for our other Hackett and Best Practice Solution offerings as those needs arise."

Based on the current economic outlook, the Company estimates total revenues for the third quarter of 2006 to be in the range of $43.0 million to $45.0 million. The Company also estimates pro forma diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.03 to $0.05.

Other Highlights

U.S. and European Best Practices Conferences - Hackett held its annual best practices conferences in the U.S. and Europe. The conferences, entitled "Leveraging G&A for Competitive Advantage: From Back Office to Front of the Line," brought together more than 500 executives to hear presentations by senior executives from nearly 30 of the world's largest and most successful companies, including Alcoa, Citigroup, Hewlett Packard, Rolls Royce, Barclays, and Lufthansa.

HR Book of Numbers Research - Hackett Book of Numbers research found that with an intense focus on strategic workforce planning, world-class HR organizations drive down voluntary termination rates to 33% that of typical companies. In part, as a result of these lower termination rates, companies with world-class HR organizations require 46% fewer hires than typical companies, and fill open positions 11% faster.

Total Working Capital Research - Hackett-REL released findings showing that the 2,000 largest companies in the U.S. and Europe have more than $1 trillion in cash unnecessarily tied up in working capital, in the form of invoices paid late by customers, suppliers paid too early, and inventory moving too slowly through the supply chain. By implementing best practices and achieving working capital levels seen by leaders in this study, companies could also reduce annual operating costs by up to $42 billion, and boost net profits by up to 11%.

Representative Client Engagements

Finance & IT Transformation for Financial Services Provider - This client engaged us to perform transformation work focusing on both planning & performance management and related IT architecture. The effort will help the company implement Hackett-certified practices and improve the performance of IT systems supporting finance, with the goal being improving finance's ability to perform activities tied to strategic decision-making, including reporting, analytics, forecasting, and planning and budgeting.

Sales and Marketing Transformation Support for European Arm of U.S. Automaker - This client selected Hackett-REL to support its first combined multi-brand, multi-geography transformation effort in sales and marketing. The program's goal is to identify and implement changes that can improve margin performance, in response to downward pricing pressure and static market share. Hackett-REL will assist in the consolidation and integration of a large number of individual projects currently underway across Europe. The client selected Hackett-REL based on its deep experience in the automotive sector, its project management skills, and its extensive background in automotive sales and marketing, supply chain, and process reengineering.

Hyperion Implementation for Technical Services Company - On the heels of a successful Hackett transformation engagement in planning and financial management, this client selected Answerthink to implement an enterprise license for Hyperion. The implementation will enable the company to move from spreadsheets to a centralized budgeting and planning system integrating expense, revenue, and headcount planning across multiple business units.

Oracle Implementation for Mortgage and Retail Bank - This company selected Answerthink to implement Oracle's Enterprise ERP application suite, and, using Answerthink's Best Practices Implementation approach and tools, simultaneously redesign its general ledger, asset management systems, and chart of accounts. The new thin ledger will enable the company to do its reporting out of a centralized financial data repository, and will integrate executive dashboards tracking key performance indicators in fourteen functional areas.

Multiple Process-Level Benchmarks for Global Energy and Petrochemicals Group - This client has selected Hackett to benchmark all 15 major HR process areas individually over the next four years. The work is part of an overall process reengineering effort being executed to bring together HR operations from multiple global business units. The company's goal is to attain first-quartile status in HR.

Finance and IT Benchmarks for U.S. Tire Manufacturer - This client contracted with us to perform functional benchmarks in finance, IT, and HR as well as process-level benchmarks in application ROI and time & attendance. The effort is part of an ongoing Six Sigma initiative, and the company is hoping to use the benchmark results as a foundation for transformation work that will standardize and simplify its back-office infrastructure globally, targeting world-class performance levels as its goal. The effort will include capturing data from over 220 locations worldwide.

At 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, August 1, 2006, the senior management of Answerthink will host a conference call to discuss second quarter earnings results for the period ending June 30, 2006.

The number for the conference call is 800-857-4830, (Passcode: Second Quarter, Leader: Ted A. Fernandez). For International callers, please dial 210-839-8500.

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, August 1, 2006 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, August 15, 2006. To access the rebroadcast, please dial 866-419-2884. For International callers, please dial 203-369-0764.

In addition, Answerthink will also be webcasting this conference call live through the service. To participate, simply visit 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, August 1, 2006 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, August 15, 2006. To access the call, visit or

About Answerthink

Answerthink, Inc. ( is a leading business and technology consulting firm that enables companies to achieve world-class business performance. By leveraging the comprehensive database of The Hackett Group, Answerthink's business and technology solutions help clients significantly improve performance and maximize returns on technology investments. Answerthink's capabilities include benchmarking, business transformation, business applications, business intelligence, and offshore application development and support. Founded in 1997, Answerthink has offices throughout the United States and in Europe and India.

About The Hackett Group

The Hackett Group (, a strategic advisory firm and an Answerthink company, is a world leader in best practice research, benchmarking and business transformation services that empirically define and enable world-class enterprise performance.

Through the acquisition of REL Consultancy Group, a global leader in generating cash improvement from working capital, we offer Hackett-REL Total Working Capital services to liberate cash flow from operations through improved working capital, reduced costs and increased service quality. Hackett-REL has helped clients in more than 60 countries free up over $25 billion through working capital improvements in the last 10 years alone.

Only The Hackett Group empirically defines world-class performance in sales, general and administrative (SG&A) and supply chain activities with analysis gained through 3,500 benchmark studies over 14 years at 2,100 of the world's leading companies. Our clients comprise 97 percent of the Dow Jones Industrials, 77 percent of the Fortune 100 and 90 percent of the Dow Jones Global Titans Index.

Click here to view a PDF version of the Consolidated Statements of Operations (Q2 2006)

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