May 6, 2008

The Hackett Group Announces First Quarter Results

  • Q1 Revenue at high-end of guidance, with Hackett Group (ex. Tech Solutions) up 31%
  • Q1 08 pro forma EPS of $0.07 versus ($0.01) in Q1 07, exceeds guidance
  • Stock repurchase program expanded by additional $5.0 million

Miami, FL - May 6, 2008 - The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic advisory firm, today announced its financial results for the first quarter, which ended March 28, 2008. In January of 2008, Answerthink, Inc. was renamed The Hackett Group, Inc. and the Answerthink technology practices were placed into a newly named group, Hackett Technology Solutions.

First quarter 2008 revenue was $43.8 million, a 10% increase from the first quarter of 2007 driven by a 31% growth in The Hackett Group (excluding Technology Solutions). Pro forma diluted earnings per share were $0.07 in the first quarter of 2008, as compared to a $0.01 loss per share in the first quarter of 2007. 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 $0.09 in the first quarter of 2008, as compared to a $0.05 loss per share in the first quarter of 2007.

At the end of the first quarter of 2008, the Company's cash balances were $25.3 million, including marketable investments and restricted cash. During the first quarter, the Company repurchased approximately 1.8 million shares of its common stock at an average price of $3.81, for a total cost of approximately $6.8 million. On May 2, 2008, the Board of Directors authorized an additional $5.0 million increase to the share buyback program, which brings the current remaining authorization to approximately $8.1 million.

"We have now reported a significant improvement in our operating results in the last four quarters and we expect to carry this momentum into our next quarter," stated Ted A. Fernandez, Chairman & CEO of The Hackett Group, Inc. "A slowing economy has heightened the management challenge for organizations globally and I am pleased to see them turn to us for assistance during this period."

Based on the current economic outlook, the Company estimates total revenues for the second quarter of 2008 to be in the range of $46.0 million to $48.0 million and estimates pro forma diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.06 to $0.08. The Hackett Group and Hackett Technology Solutions are expected to grow sequentially, on a quarter over quarter basis with The Hackett Group's revenues growing approximately 20% on a year over year basis.

Other Highlights

IT Business Value Management Research - New Book of Numbers™ research from The Hackett Group found that IT excellence can drive real improvements to a company's bottom line. The Hackett Group found that companies that are top performers in IT Business Value Management (IT BVM) also outperform their peers across a wide range of financial and profitability metrics, including net profitability, return on assets, and return on equity.

Forecasting Research - New Book of Numbers™ research from The Hackett Group found that despite a market environment where missed earnings projections can lead to sharp stock declines, CFO firings, or worse, most companies fail to accurately forecast earnings and sales. According to The Hackett Group, two out of every three companies are unable to accurately forecast earnings for the next quarter, missing the mark by anywhere from 6% to over 30%.

Learning & Development Study Launch - The Hackett Group launched a new open performance study designed to help companies better understand how their Learning & Development initiatives compare with those of their peers and how they can improve the efficiency and effectiveness of efforts in this key Talent Management area.

Representative Client Engagements

Finance and HR Transformation Effort for Leading Technology Company - This client contracted with The Hackett Group for a global transformational finance benchmark, HR rapid assessment, and other related services. The company is seeking to restructure its cost basis while at the same time driving higher effectiveness in back office support functions. The work will include an analysis to assist the company in leveraging global sourcing opportunities in finance and other areas.

Procure-to-Pay Working Capital Reengineering for Leading Global Aerospace Manufacturer - This client selected REL to assist in the reengineering of procure-to-pay processes for multiple global entities. The project, which is supported by the company's finance and procurement organizations, is designed to streamline and more effectively manage the working capital impacts of distributed global sourcing efforts.

Enterprise Performance Management Implementation for Global Specialty Pharmaceutical Company - This client selected the Hackett Technology Solutions group for the next stage of a comprehensive enterprise performance management data warehousing design and implementation project. Under the contract, Hackett Technology Solutions will implement the financial data warehouse system, which will drive enhanced business value, improved information access, and streamlined reporting. The project will result in a single source of financial information company-wide and target and implement best practices broadly across performance reporting, planning, forecasting, and business analyst partnering.

Hyperion Implementation for Leading Media & Entertainment Company - This client selected the Hackett Technology Solutions group to implement a new consolidation and SEC reporting tool using Hyperion Financial Management and Hyperion Financial Data Quality Management. The implementation leverages our 12-step rapid deployment methodology to achieve go-live in approximately 4 months. The new system will eliminate manual production of Form 10-Q and 10-K reports, improve audit trails, and enhance transparency of reporting across multiple business segments.

At 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, the senior management of The Hackett Group, Inc. will host a conference call to discuss first quarter earnings results for the period ending March 28, 2008.

The number for the conference call is (800) 857-9601 (Passcode: First Quarter, Leader: Ted A. Fernandez). For International callers, please dial (210) 234-8000.

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 6, 2008 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, May 20, 2008. To access the rebroadcast, please dial (800) 944-6957. For International callers, please dial (402) 220-3502.

In addition, The Hackett Group, Inc. will 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 6, 2008 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, May 20, 2008. To access the call, visit http://www.thehackettgroup.com or http://www.streetevents.com.

About The Hackett Group, Inc.

The Hackett Group Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic advisory firm, is a leader in best practice advisory, benchmarking, and transformation consulting services, including shared services, offshoring and outsourcing advice. Utilizing best practices and implementation insights from more than 4,000 benchmarking engagements, executives use The Hackett Group's empirically-based approach to quickly define and prioritize initiatives to enable world-class performance. Through its REL brand, The Hackett Group offers working capital solutions focused on delivering significant cash flow improvements. Through its Hackett Technology Solutions group, The Hackett Group offers business application consulting services that help maximize returns on IT investments. The Hackett Group has worked with 2,700 major corporations and government agencies, including 97% of the Dow Jones Industrials, 73% of the Fortune 100, 73% of the DAX 30 and 50% of the FTSE 100.

Founded in 1991, The Hackett Group was acquired by Answerthink, Inc, which was renamed The Hackett Group in 2008. The Hackett Group has global offices in the United States, Europe and India. More information on The Hackett Group is available: by phone at (770) 225-7300; by e-mail at info@thehackettgroup.com; or on the Web at www.thehackettgroup.com.

Book of Numbers is a trademark of The Hackett Group.


Click here to view a PDF version of the Consolidated Statements of Operations (Q1 2008)

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