The Hackett Group Announces Third Quarter 2018 Results

November 6, 2018
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  • Q3 2018 net revenue of $68.2 million, up 3.5% when compared to prior year and in line with guidance
  • Q3 2018 pro forma diluted EPS of $0.27 per share, up 4% from prior year and in line with guidance
  • Board of Directors declares $0.17 dividend to be paid in January 2019

MIAMI, FL – November 6, 2018 – The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global intellectual property-based strategic consultancy and leading enterprise benchmarking and best practices digital transformation firm, today announced its financial results for the third quarter, which ended on September 28, 2018.

Q3 2018 net revenue (gross revenue less reimbursable expenses) was $68.2 million, up 3.5% from the same period in the prior year. Q3 2018 gross revenue was $73.8 million, up 3.3% from the same period in the prior year.

Q3 2018 pro forma diluted earnings per share were $0.27, up 4% when compared to $0.26 for the same period in the prior year. 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 $0.16 for the third quarter of 2018, as compared to $0.17 in the third quarter of 2017. During the third quarter of 2018, the Company recorded a $0.8 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, expense due to the remeasurement of an acquisition-related earnout liability.

In its recent meeting, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a semi-annual dividend of $0.17 per share for its shareholders of record on December 21, 2018, to be paid on January 4, 2019.

At the end of the third quarter of 2018, the Company’s cash balances were $13.2 million. During the quarter, the Company utilized cash to pay down a net $2.0 million on its outstanding debt. During the third quarter of 2018, the Company did not repurchase shares under its stock repurchase program. As of the end of the third quarter of 2018, the Company’s remaining stock repurchase program authorization was $7.2 million.

“We continued to report solid operating results due to strong digital transformation, cloud and analytics demand, while continuing to transition our Oracle business from on-premise to cloud implementations,” stated Ted A. Fernandez, Chairman and CEO of The Hackett Group. “With Oracle cloud growth outpacing the on-premise decline, we continue to get closer to realizing the revenue growth fully reflected in our results.”

Based on the current economic outlook, the Company estimates total net revenue for the fourth quarter of 2018 to be in the range of $61.5 million and $63.5 million or gross revenue (inclusive of reimbursable expenses) to be in the range of $66.5 million and $68.5 million. The Company estimates pro forma diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2018 to be in the range of $0.25 and $0.27.

Other Highlights

2018 Digital Awards – The Hackett Group announced HP and Shell as the winners of its 2018 Digital Awards, which spotlight companies that are on the cutting edge of digital transformation, including smart automation, robotic process automation, cognitive computing and advanced analytics. HP won the award in the automation category for its Finance Digital Transformation implementation, while Shell won in the advanced analytics category for its Data Science Center of Excellence project. Four other companies were also recognized as finalists. In the automation category, the finalists were HCR ManorCare and The Adecco Group. For advanced analytics, the finalists were Pfizer and Vodafone.

World-Class Finance Research – The Hackett Group issued a new research finding that finance must rise to the challenge of today’s volatile global markets and become a more effective strategic partner to senior management. The research found that finance is using digital transformation to help it excel in three key areas: running an efficient operation, delivering effective services and improving its customers’ experience. Broader adoption of digital technologies is already helping some finance organizations achieve all three objectives, the research found. Digital leaders, or finance functions that ranked “high” on a scorecard of technology metrics, operate at 44% lower cost than their peers and employ 45% fewer staff. They experience error rates that are 37% lower and spend 19% less time collecting and compiling data. 

World-Class HR Research – The Hackett Group issued new research showing that world-class HR organizations now spend 26 percent less than peers on HR and operate with 32 percent fewer staff while driving dramatically higher levels of effectiveness, according to the latest analysis of benchmark data from The Hackett Group. Digital transformation is one key strategy that world-class HR organizations deploy to raise the performance bar, investing in cloud-based HR applications and services.

World-Class IT Research – The Hackett Group issued world-class IT performance research showing that IT organizations are currently struggling with the challenge of enabling their company’s digital transformation while at the same time transforming the IT function itself into a more customer-centric, innovative and agile operation. While these two missions are interdependent, given the finite resources of time, talent and capital, most IT organizations are finding it difficult to strike a balance, the research found.

On Tuesday, November 6, 2018 senior management will discuss third quarter results in a conference call at 5:00 P.M. ET. The number for the conference call is (800) 593-0486, [Passcode: Third Quarter]. For International callers, please dial (517) 308-9371.

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, November 6, 2018 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. To access the rebroadcast, please dial (866) 373-9220. For International callers, please dial (203) 369-0279.

In addition, The Hackett Group 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, November 6, 2018 and will run through 5:00 P.M. ET on Tuesday, November 20, 2018. To access the replay, visit or

We look forward to your participation.

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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 digital transformation firm to global companies, offering digital transformation including robotic process automation and enterprise cloud application implementation. Services include business transformation, enterprise analytics, 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 and SAP practices.

The Hackett Group has completed more than 17,850 benchmarking studies studies with major corporations and government agencies, including 93% of the Dow Jones Industrials, 90% of the Fortune 100, 80% of the DAX 30 and 57% 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” 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 offerings 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, including these referenced above, 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, 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 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.

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