COLUMBIA, Md. — August 7, 2020 — Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2020.

Overview:

  • Cash flow from operations of $22.9 million for second quarter of 2020 compared to cash used in operations of $3.7 million for second quarter of 2019
  • Reduced long term-debt balance by $25.2 million to $57.7 million as of June 30, 2020 compared to $82.9 million as of December 31, 2019
  • Revenue of $106.1 million for second quarter of 2020 compared to $149.4 million for second quarter of 2019
  • Gross profit of $15.9 million, or 15.0% of revenue, for second quarter of 2020 compared to $23.0 million, or 15.4%, for second quarter of 2019
  • Diluted loss per share of $(0.04) for second quarter of 2020 compared to earnings of $0.19 per share for second quarter of 2019
  • Backlog of $327.0 million as of June 30, 2020 compared to $330.5 million as of June 30, 2019

“We continue to navigate through these unprecedented times and have taken swift and strategic actions, reducing leverage and lowering expenses, establishing a strong foundation to ensure our long-term success,” stated Adam Stedham, Chief Executive Officer & President of GP Strategies.  “Clearly the second quarter was a challenge, but we delivered Adjusted EBITDA of $6.0 million, an increase of 75% compared to the first quarter of 2020. We expect our revenue to increase sequentially for the third and fourth quarters of the year, and Adjusted EBITDA for the second half of 2020 to improve compared to the first half.”

“We are successfully transitioning multiple programs to virtual modalities. In addition, we are beginning to see face-to-face training activities reschedule. The rate of marketplace adoption of virtual learning, remote performance support and e-learning creates significant opportunities for the Company to increase revenues from our current levels,” concluded Mr. Stedham.

The Company’s revenue decreased $43.3 million, or 29.0%, to $106.1 million for the second quarter of 2020 from $149.4 million in the second quarter of 2019. Revenue in the Workforce Excellence segment decreased $18.1 million, or 21.6%, and revenue in the Business Transformation Services segment decreased $25.2 million, or 38.4%.

The Company’s revenue decline was primarily due to the impact of COVID-19 as a result of the postponement of certain training events and other delays in client projects. In addition, our revenue decreased $4.6 million during the second quarter of 2020 due to discontinued revenue streams from the sale of our alternative fuels division on January 1, 2020 and the sale of our tuition program management business on October 1, 2019. Foreign currency exchange rate changes also resulted in a total $1.8 million decrease in U.S. dollar reported revenue during the second quarter of 2020.

The Company had an operating loss of $1.0 million for the second quarter of 2020, a $7.1 million decrease compared to operating income of $6.1 million for the second quarter of 2019. The decline is primarily due to a gross profit decrease of $7.1 million, or 30.8%, due to the decreased revenues. In addition, the Company incurred $2.4 million of severance expense during the second quarter of 2020, of which $2.1 million is included in cost of revenue and $0.3 million is included in general and administrative expenses on the condensed consolidated statement of operations.

Net loss was $0.6 million, or $(0.04) per share, for the second quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $3.2 million, or $0.19 per share, for the second quarter of 2019. After accounting for special items, which are set forth in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EPS below, Adjusted EPS was $0.12 for the second quarter of 2020 compared to $0.22 for the second quarter of 2019.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

As of June 30, 2020, the Company had cash of $12.1 million compared to $8.2 million as of December 31, 2019. The Company had $57.7 million of long-term debt outstanding as of June 30, 2020 under its revolving credit facility compared to $82.9 million outstanding as of December 31, 2019.  Cash provided by operating activities was $32.8 million for the six months ended June 30, 2020 compared to cash used in operating activities of  $6.3 million for the same period in 2019.

Investor Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call and webcast for 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, August 7, 2020. Prepared remarks regarding the company’s financial and operational results will be followed by a question and answer period with GP Strategies’ executive management team. The conference call may be accessed via webcast at: https://services.choruscall.com/links/gpx200807.html or by calling +1 (833) 535-2204 within the US, or +(412) 902-6747 internationally, and requesting the “GP Strategies Conference.” The presentation slides broadcast via the webcast will also be available on the Investors section of GP Strategies’ website the morning of the call. Participants must be logged in via telephone to submit a question to management during the call. Participants may optionally pre-register for the webcast at http://dpregister.com/10146928.

The webcast will be archived on the Investors section of GP Strategies’ website and will remain available for 90 days. Alternatively, a telephonic replay of the conference call will be available for one week and may be accessed by dialing +1 (877) 344-7529 in the US, or +1 (412) 317-0088 internationally, and requesting conference number 10146928.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Information

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization), Adjusted Earnings per Diluted Share (Adjusted EPS), and free cash flow (cash flow from operating activities less capital expenditures). The Company believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful to investors in evaluating the Company’s results. These measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for, or superior to, either net income, as an indicator of the Company’s operating performance, or cash flow, as a measure of the Company’s liquidity. In addition, because these measures may not be calculated identically by all companies, the presentation here may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. For a reconciliation of  Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS to the most comparable GAAP equivalents, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliations, along with related footnotes, below.

About GP Strategies

GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, digital learning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies’ solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers.  Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

We make statements in this press release that are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, including statements about the anticipated effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and related events on our business and results of operations. These statements are not guarantees of our future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause our actual performance or achievements to be materially different from those we project, including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and related events that are beyond our control. For a full discussion of these risks, uncertainties and factors, we encourage you to read our documents on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in our periodic reports under the forward-looking statements and risk factors sections. Except as required by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

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