COLUMBIA, Md. — March 11, 2021 — Global workforce transformation solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) today reported financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2020.
Income Statement Highlights:
- Revenue of $123.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to $115.6 million for the third quarter of 2020 and $155.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2019
- Gross profit of $23.1 million, or 18.8% of revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to $20.7 million, or 17.9% of revenue for the third quarter of 2020 and $23.3 million, or 15.0% of revenue, for the fourth quarter of 2019
- Diluted earnings per share of $0.47 for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to $0.03 per share for the third quarter of 2020 and $0.56 per share for the fourth quarter of 2019 (Adjusted EPS of $0.38 for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to $0.24 per share for the third quarter of 2020 and $0.23 for the fourth quarter of 2019)
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights:
- Cash and equivalents of $23.1 million at December 31, 2020 compared to $8.2 million at December 31, 2019
- Reduced long term-debt balance by $70.2 million to $12.7 million as of December 31, 2020 compared to $82.9 million as of December 31, 2019
- Cash flow from operations of $13.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to $8.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2019
- Cash flow from operations of $59.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to $13.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2019
“We are proud of the accomplishments of the Company in 2020,” stated Adam Stedham, Chief Executive Officer and President of GP Strategies. “The fourth quarter and full year results of 2020 clearly demonstrate the success of the proactive strategy we implemented early in 2020 to ensure financial stability and achieve strong operating results despite lower revenue due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the fourth quarter of 2020, the Company delivered a sequential increase in revenue, gross margin, adjusted earnings per share and adjusted EBITDA compared to both the second and third quarters. Additionally, our success in reducing long-term debt, and increasing cash, place the Company in a strong position to capitalize on opportunities that may arise.”
The Company’s revenue decline when compared to the quarter and year ended December 31, 2019 is primarily due to circumstances related to the macroeconomic impact of COVID-19, specifically the postponement of certain training events and other delays in client projects. In addition, our revenue for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020 decreased $6.3 million and $19.3 million respectively, compared to revenue for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2019 as the result of business divestitures. Foreign currency exchange rate changes also resulted in a total $0.5 million decrease in U.S. dollar reported revenue for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to the year ended December 31, 2019.
The Company had operating income of $12.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2020, a $3.2 million decrease compared to operating income of $15.3 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. The decline in operating income is primarily due to the gain on sale from the Company’s Tuition Reimbursement Business that closed in the fourth quarter of 2019 being $7.1 million greater than the gain on sale from the Company’s IC Axon Business that closed in the fourth quarter of 2020, a gross profit decrease of $0.2 million, or 1.0%, partially offset by a $4.1 million decrease in general and administrative expenses. For the fourth quarter of 2020, the company incurred severance expense of $1.9 million which is reflected in cost of revenue on the consolidated statement of operations.
Net income was $8.4 million, or $0.47 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2020 compared to net income of $9.5 million, or $0.56 per share, for the fourth quarter of 2019. After accounting for special items, which are set forth in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EPS below, Adjusted EPS was $0.38 and $0.23 for the fourth quarter of 2020 and 2019, respectively. Net income was $7.1 million, or $0.41 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2020 compared to net income of $15.2 million, or $0.90 per share, for 2019. After accounting for special items, which are set forth in the Non-GAAP Reconciliation – Adjusted EPS below, Adjusted EPS was $0.73 and $0.84 for 2020 and 2019, respectively.
The Company has scheduled an investor conference call and webcast for 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 11, 2021. 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/gpx210311.html or by calling +1 (833) 535-2204 within the US, or + 1 (412) 902-6747 internationally, and requesting the “GP Strategies Call.” 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 https://dpregister.com/sreg/10152663/e33e7cf2b3.
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 10152663.
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 U.S. GAAP equivalents, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliations, along with related footnotes, below.
About GP Strategies
GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global workforce transformation solutions provider of 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, automotive, financial services, technology, and other commercial and government customers.
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.