February 24, 2009

The Hackett Group Announces Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

  • Fiscal 2008 pro forma EPS up 94%, drove cash flow from operations of $27.5 million
  • Q4 revenue of $48.8 million and pro forma EPS of $0.10, at high end of guidance
  • Stock repurchase program expanded by additional $5.0 million

Miami, FL - February 24, 2009 - The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic advisory firm, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year, which ended January 2, 2009.

Fourth quarter 2008 revenue was $48.8 million, a 9% increase (a 15% increase, adjusting for constant currency) from the same period in 2007, driven by a 13% growth (a 23% increase, adjusting for constant currency) in The Hackett Group (excluding Technology Solutions). Pro forma diluted earnings per share were $0.10, up 25% in the fourth quarter of 2008, as compared to $0.08 in the fourth 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 $0.14 in the fourth quarters of 2008 and 2007. GAAP diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2007 benefitted by $2.2 million, or $0.05 per share, from the recovery of the previously disclosed U.K. tax misappropriation.

Fiscal year 2008 revenue was $192.1 million, an increase of 9% (a 10% increase, adjusting for constant currency) from the previous fiscal year, driven by a 19% growth (a 21% increase, adjusting for constant currency) in The Hackett Group (excluding Technology Solutions). Pro forma diluted earnings per share were $0.33, up 94% for the fiscal year 2008, as compared to $0.17 for the previous fiscal year. GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.43, up 115% for the fiscal year 2008, as compared to $0.20 for the previous fiscal year.

At the end of the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company's cash balances were $34.4 million, including marketable investments and restricted cash. During the fourth quarter of 2008, the Company repurchased approximately 0.9 million shares of its common stock at $3.08, for a total cost of $2.9 million. For the fiscal year 2008, the Company repurchased approximately 4.5 million shares of its common stock at $4.27, for a total cost of $19.1 million. As of the end of the fourth quarter, approximately $2.0 million remained available under the Company's share repurchase program. On February 19, 2009, the Board of Directors authorized an additional $5.0 million increase to the share buyback program.

"We are proud of the significant improvement in our operating results, especially given the rapidly deteriorating economic environment encountered in the second half of the year," stated Ted Fernandez, Chairman & CEO of The Hackett Group. "We are cognizant that 2009 will be a more volatile environment; however, we know that we are well prepared to optimize our opportunity given the strategic value of our offerings."

Based on the current economic outlook, the Company estimates total revenue for the first quarter of 2009 to be in the range of $39.0 million to $42.0 million and estimates pro forma diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.01 to $0.04. Incorporated in our guidance is the unfavorable impact from the recent decline in foreign currencies which will reduce quarterly revenue in the first quarter of 2009 by approximately $2.0 million and pro forma diluted earnings per share by $0.02, compared to the same period in the previous year.

Other Highlights

Finance Shared Services Book of Numbers Research - New Book of Numbers research from The Hackett Group found that Finance Shared Service Organizations (SSOs) have achieved dramatic improvements in cost and productivity. But while SSOs have been rewarded by these improvements, business expectations are now forcing companies to seek further performance improvement actions. The Hackett Group's research found that companies seeking to become meaningful strategic enablers for their respective organizations are implementing global service delivery models that incorporate transaction processing centers in low-cost regions, centers of excellence, and strategic onsite support functions for analysis and decision-making.

Recession Performance Research - New research from The Hackett Group offered companies strategic recommendations designed to generate significant cost reductions. These savings could potentially offset an expected drop in profit margins of 20-30% at typical Global 1000 companies.

Offshoring Research - New research from The Hackett Group showed that Global 1000 companies are significantly accelerating their movement of back office jobs to other low-cost labor markets. According to Hackett, over 350,000 jobs in corporate finance, IT, HR, and procurement will move offshore in 2009 and 2010 alone, bringing the total number of back office jobs in these key areas being done offshore to over 800,000. For the first time, finance positions are now moving offshore more quickly than corporate IT jobs.

IMA Partnership - As part of a newly formed alliance with the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), The Hackett Group launched a research study designed to assess the readiness of U.S. companies to move to International Financial Reporting Standards (IFRS). The study is designed to evaluate a range of key issues around IFRS adoption, including: companies' planned timelines for IFRS adoption; the expected impact on organization, processes, and technology; implementation practices, including expected investments; and plans for internal training.

At 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 the senior management of The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), formerly known as Answerthink, Inc., will host a conference call to discuss fourth quarter earnings results for the period ending January 2, 2009.

The number for the conference call is (800) 857-9601, [Passcode: Fourth 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, February 24, 2009 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. To access the rebroadcast, please dial (866) 491-2939. For International callers, please dial (203) 369-1727.

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, February 24, 2009 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, March 10, 2009. To access the call, visit http://www.thehackettgroup.com or http://www.streetevents.com.

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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 implement 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. in 1997. Answerthink was renamed The Hackett Group, Inc. in 2008. The Hackett Group has global offices in the United States, Europe and Asia/Pacific.

More information on The Hackett Group is available: by phone at (770) 225-7300; by e-mail at info@thehackettgroup.com.

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and involve 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 information technology industry, our ability to attract and retain skilled employees, possible changes in collections of accounts receivable, risks of competition, price and margin trends, foreign currency fluctuations, changes in general economic conditions and interest rates as well as other risks detailed in our Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the most recent fiscal year filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.