The Caldwell Partners International Issues Fiscal 2017 Second Quarter Financial Results

  • Second quarter revenue of $13,727,000.
  • Operating profit of $606,000.
  • Board declares twenty-first consecutive quarterly dividend of 2.0 cents.

Toronto, Ontario– April 13, 2017 – Retained executive search firm The Caldwell Partners International Inc. (TSX: CWL) today issued its financial results for the fiscal 2017 second quarter ended February 28, 2016. All references to quarters or years are for the fiscal periods unless otherwise noted and all currency amounts are in Canadian dollars.

Financial Highlights (in $000s except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended
Six Months Ended
2.28.2017 2.29.2016 2.28.2017 2.29.2016
Professional fees $13,665 $14,281 $27,294 $28,226
Investment income $787 $787
License fees $62 $67 $137 $132
Revenues $13,727 $15,135 $27,431 $29,145
Cost of sales $9,725 $11,693 $19,946 $22,561
Expenses (1) $3,396 $2,733 $5,780 $6,022
Operating profit $606 $709 $1,705 $562
Investment income from marketable securities $403 $404
Earnings before tax $606 $1,112 $1,705 $966
Net earnings after tax $267 $764 $1029 $600
Net earnings per share $0.013 $0.038 $0.051 $0.030

 

  1. Included in Expenses are costs for the firm’s annual partner conference held during the second quarter in the current year and the first quarter of the prior year. Expenses of $318 were recorded during the quarter ended February, 28, 2017 compared to the prior year when expenses of $339 were recorded in the quarter ended November 30, 2016. Year-to-date expenses for both periods reflect the costs of the conferences.

 

“While lower average fees and a slightly lower number of partners during the current quarter put pressure on revenue, this was somewhat mitigated by a growth in search volumes, demonstrating continued strength in the recruitment sector,” said John Wallace, chief executive officer. “Additionally, the cost-alignment initiatives enacted over the course of the prior fiscal year enabled us to deliver significantly higher profit year-over-year through the first half. We feel positive about the productivity metrics of our partner and supporting teams, and how that has translated into operating profit, and remain bullish about the direction of our firm.”

Wallace continued: “We continue to pursue high-calibre, content-driven professionals to join our firm, partners and teams who will expand the scope of our capabilities and market presence to the betterment of our clients. The additions in March of Matt Comyns (Stamford/New York), Shawn Banerji (Stamford/New York) and Manny Corsino (Miami) to our partner team adds significant depth to our cybersecurity and CIO/CTO functional capabilities; and incorporates regional expertise to further strengthen our already exceptional Latin American presence. The new partners will also contribute positively to our second half revenues.”

The Board of Directors today also declared the payment of a quarterly dividend of 2.0 cents per Common Share payable to holders of Common Shares of record on April 25, 2017 and to be paid on June 20, 2017.
Financial Highlights (all numbers expressed in $000s)

Operating revenue:

Second Quarter

  • Professional fees for the second quarter of 2017 decreased 4.3% (a decline of 0.2% excluding a 4.1% variance from exchange rate fluctuations) over the comparable period last year to $13,665 (2016: $14,281).
    • Second quarter professional fees in the US were down 1.9% (up 3.3% excluding a 5.2% variance from exchange rate fluctuations) to $10,621 (2016: $10,828). Increases in the Number of Assignments per Partner were more than offset by a lower Average Fee per Assignment and a lower Average Number of Partners.
    • Second quarter professional fees in Canada were up 9.0% to $2,979 (2016: $2,732). A higher Average Number of Partners and higher Number of Assignments per Partner were partially offset by a lower Average Fee per Assignment.
    • Second quarter professional fees in Europe were down 91.0% (down 89.5% excluding a 1.5% variance from exchange rate fluctuations) to $65 (2016: $721). During the fourth quarter of fiscal 2016 and first quarter of fiscal 2017, two partners, whose aggregate related costs were significantly higher than the revenue produced, left the firm and corresponding reductions were made to the support staff. As a result, there was a significant decrease during the quarter in the Average Number of Partners, exacerbated by decreases in Average Fee per Assignment and Number of Assignments per Partner. Additionally, with Europe’s small partner base, we have limited diversification, and consequently, results will fluctuate significantly from quarter to quarter.
  • License fees from our licensees in Latin America and New Zealand for the use of the Caldwell Partners brand and intellectual property for the 2017 second quarter were $62 (2016: $67).

Year to date

  • Professional fees for the first six months of 2017 decreased 3.3% (1.0% excluding a 2.3% variance from exchange rate fluctuations) over the comparable period last year to $27,294 (2016: $28,226).
    • Year to date professional fees in the US were down 3.0% (0.4% excluding a 2.6% variance from exchange rate fluctuations) to $20,178 (2016: $20,801). Increases in the Number of Assignments per Partner were more than offset by a lower Average Fee per Assignment and a lower Average Number of Partners.
    • Year to date professional fees in Canada were up 7.7% to $6,568 (2016: $6,102). A higher Average Number of Partners and higher Number of Assignments per Partner were partially offset by a lower Average Fee per Assignment.
    • Year to date professional fees in Europe were down 58.5% (down 49.6% excluding an 8.9% variance from exchange rate fluctuations) to $548 (2016: $1,323), for the reasons described above.
  • License fees from our licensees in Latin America and New Zealand for the use of the Caldwell Partners brand and intellectual property for the six-month period ended February 28, 2017 were $137 (2016: $132).

Operating profit:

Second Quarter

  • For the second quarter of 2017, lower revenue ($1,408), lower cost of sales ($1,968) and higher expenses ($664) decreased operating profit by $103 to $606 over the comparable period in the prior year (2016: $709). The higher expenses resulted from increases in share-based compensation expense caused by increases in the share price in the current year compared with share price declines in the previous year and partner conference expenses in the current quarter versus the first quarter in the prior year.
  • The firm held its global partner conference during the second quarter which caused additional expenses of $318 during the second quarter of the current year ($339 when held during the first quarter of fiscal 2016),
  • Excluding exchange rate variances, operating profit decreased $27 to $682. On a segment basis, $457 of operating profit was from the US ($696 net of intercompany license fees), $335 ($96 net of intercompany license fees) of operating profit was from Canada and Europe’s operating loss was $186 from the variances discussed above.

Year to date

  • Year to date, lower revenue ($1,714), offset by lower cost of sales ($2,615) and lower expenses ($242) increased operating profit by $1,143 to $1,705 over the comparable period in the prior year (2016: $562). The lower expenses were driven by a decrease in share-based compensation expense caused by a lower average share price in the current year and a reduction in the contingent consideration payable related to the Hawksmoor acquisition based on final earn-out achievement calculations, partially offset by increases in management operating performance bonus accruals.
  • Excluding exchange rate variances, operating profit increased $1,212 to $1,773. On a segment basis, $1,184 of operating profit was from the US ($1,639 net of intercompany license fees), $773 of operating profit was from Canada ($318 net of intercompany license fee revenue) and Europe’s operating loss was $252 from the variances discussed above.

Net earnings after tax:

  • Second quarter net income was $267 ($0.013 per share), as compared to $764 ($0.038 per share) in the comparable period a year earlier.
  • Year-to-date net income was $1,029 ($0.051 per share), as compared to $600 ($0.030 per share) in the comparable period a year earlier.

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Average Number of Partners, Professional Fees per Partner, Number of Assignments, Number of Assignments per Partner and Average Fee per Assignment do not have any standardized meaning under IFRS and may not be comparable to measures presented by other companies. These operating measures are used by the Company to analyze its results. Please refer to section “Non‐GAAP Financial Measures and Other Operating Measures” in the Company’s MD&A for a definition of these terms.

For a complete discussion of the quarterly financial results, please see the company’s Management Discussion and Analysis posted on SEDAR at www.sedar.com

About Caldwell Partners

Caldwell Partners is a leading international provider of executive search and has been for more than 45 years. As one of the world’s most trusted advisors in executive search, the firm has a sterling reputation built on successful searches for boards, chief and senior executives, and selected functional experts. With offices and partners across North America, Europe, Latin America and Asia Pacific, the firm takes pride in delivering an unmatched level of service and expertise to its clients.

The Caldwell Partners’ Common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: CWL). Please visit our website at www.caldwellpartners.com for further information.

Forward-Looking Statements
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For further information, please contact:

Investors & Analysts:
Chris Beck, CPA, Chief Financial Officer
The Caldwell Partners International
cbeck@caldwellpartners.com
+1.617.934.1843

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Caroline Lomot, Director of Marketing
The Caldwell Partners International
clomot@caldwellpartners.com
+1.516.830.3535