Volt Information Sciences Reports Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Financial Results

NEW YORK–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Volt Information Sciences, Inc. (“Volt” or the “Company”)
(NYSE-AMERICAN: VISI),
an international provider of staffing
services and managed service programs, today reported results for its
fiscal 2019 second quarter and six months ended April 28, 2019.

Key highlights include:

  • Second quarter total Company net revenue decreased 4.2%
    year-over-year, or 3.3% on a same-store basis (excluding currency
    fluctuations and a business exited)
  • Second quarter gross margin percentage improved 20 basis points, the
    third consecutive quarter of year-over-year margin growth
  • Second quarter total Company net loss was $5.2 million, an improvement
    of 32.8% when compared to a year ago primarily driven by the increase
    in gross margin, as well as a 9.3% reduction in selling,
    administrative and other operating costs
  • Second quarter total Company Adjusted EBITDA improved 58.9% when
    compared to a year ago
  • For the six months ended April 28, 2019, total Company net revenue was
    $505.5 million, a decrease of 2.1%, year-over-year, or 1.4% on a
    same-store basis; Net loss for the six-month period was $8.4 million,
    an improvement of 54.4%, year-over-year
  • Implemented further organizational enhancements to reduce costs and
    improve operational efficiencies and service delivery in the North
    American Staffing segment; commenced decommissioning of the Company’s
    Customer Care Solutions business unit

Commenting on Volt’s performance, Linda Perneau, President and CEO,
said, “Our performance in the second quarter reflects the ongoing
execution of the operating strategy designed to significantly enhance
our sales engine, improve margins and generate profitable growth.
Despite revenue headwinds primarily from fluctuations in customer
demand, the implementation of our sales and delivery strategy helped to
substantially mitigate the top-line impact, while operational
efficiencies and expense reductions bolstered Volt’s profitability
metrics. We are well on our way on our transformation journey. I am
grateful to our employees around the globe, all of whom are focused on
driving top-line revenue, improving productivity and returning value to
our shareholders.”

Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Results

Total net revenue for the fiscal 2019 second quarter was $252.1 million,
compared to $263.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018. On a
same-store basis, net revenue decreased 3.3% year-over-year excluding
net revenue contributed from a business exited during the past year and
the effect of currency fluctuations.

Total gross margin in the second quarter of fiscal 2019 was 14.4%, an
improvement of 20 basis points year-over-year. The margin improvement
was driven by improved customer pricing and lower payroll taxes,
partially offset by higher workers compensation expenses.

Selling, administrative and other operating costs in the second quarter
of fiscal 2019 decreased $4.0 million, or 9.3%, to $38.9 million from
$42.9 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018. The improvement is
primarily attributed to Volt’s ongoing cost reduction efforts in all
areas of the business including lower labor and facility expenses. SG&A
as a percent of revenue improved to 15.4% in the second quarter compared
with 16.3% a year ago.

Net loss was $5.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, compared
to $7.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA, which is a Non-GAAP measure, was a loss of $1.5 million
in the fiscal 2019 second quarter, compared to a loss of $3.7 million in
the year ago period. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of special
items, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization
expense, other income/loss and share-based compensation expense.

For a reconciliation of the GAAP and Non-GAAP financial results, please
see the tables at the end of this press release.

Six Months Ended April 28, 2019 Financial Results

Total net revenue for the six months ended April 28, 2019 was $505.5
million, down $11.1 million, or 2.1%, compared to total net revenue of
$516.6 million for the six months ended April 29, 2018. On a same-store
basis, net revenue declined 1.4% year-over-year excluding net revenue
contributed from a business exited during the past year and the effect
of currency fluctuations.

Net loss was $8.4 million for the six months ended April 28, 2019, an
improvement of $10.0 million, or 54.4% compared to net loss of $18.4
million in the same period of fiscal 2018. Adjusted net loss from
continuing operations, which is a Non-GAAP measure, was $8.2 million for
the six months ended April 28, 2019, compared to an adjusted net loss of
$19.6 million in the same period of fiscal 2018. Adjusted EBITDA, which
is a Non-GAAP measure, was a loss of $2.6 million for the six months
ended April 28, 2019, an improvement of $10.2 million from a loss of
$12.8 million in the year ago period.

For a reconciliation of the GAAP and Non-GAAP financial results, please
see the tables at the end of this press release.

Business Developments

In the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company commenced efforts to
decommission its Customer Care Solutions business unit, which is
currently reported as a part of the Corporate and Other category. This
will allow the Company to focus its attention and devote additional
available resources to its core staffing business.

Also, during the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company changed
leadership in its International Staffing segment, promoting Ben Batten
to Senior Vice President and Managing Director, International. Mr.
Batten was previously the Managing Director of Volt Asia and has over
sixteen years of staffing experience abroad.

Subsequent Events

On June 4, 2019, the Company entered into an amendment with DZ BANK AG
Deutsche Zentral-Genossenschaftsbank. Under this Amendment, receivables
due from a specific customer will be excluded from eligible receivables
under the Company’s Financing Program for a three-month period while the
customer resolves internal processing issues causing temporary payment
delays. Volt anticipates a resolution no later than the end of its
fiscal third quarter, at which time the receivables from this customer
will be added back to the securitization pool under the original terms
of the agreement.

Business Outlook

Volt’s outlook statements are based on current expectations. The
following statements are forward-looking, and actual results could
differ materially depending on market conditions and the factors set
forth under “Forward-Looking Statements” below.

For the third quarter of fiscal 2019, the Company currently expects a
consolidated same-store year-over-year net revenue decline similar to
the decline experienced in the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss the fiscal 2019
second quarter financial results will be held today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Volt’s President and CEO Linda Perneau
and CFO Paul Tomkins will host the conference call. Participants may
listen in via webcast by visiting the Investor & Governance section of
Volt’s website at www.volt.com.
Please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download
and install any necessary audio software. The conference call can also
be accessed by dialing 877-407-9039 (201-689-8470 for international
callers) and reference the “Volt Information Sciences Earnings
Conference Call.”

Following the call, an audio replay will be available beginning
Wednesday, June 5, 2019 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time through Wednesday,
June 19, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the replay, dial
(844) 512-2921 (U.S.) or (412) 317-6671 (International) and enter the
Conference ID #13690992. A replay of the webcast will also be available
for 90 days upon completion of the call, accessible through the
Investors section of the Company’s website at www.volt.com.

About Volt Information Sciences, Inc.

Volt Information Sciences, Inc. is a global provider of staffing
services (traditional time and materials-based as well as
project-based). Our staffing services consist of workforce solutions
that include providing contingent workers, personnel recruitment
services, and managed staffing services programs supporting primarily
administrative, technical, information technology, light-industrial and
engineering positions. Our managed staffing programs involve managing
the procurement and on-boarding of contingent workers from multiple
providers. Volt services global industries including aerospace,
automotive, banking and finance, consumer electronics, information
technology, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, media and
entertainment, pharmaceutical, software, telecommunications,
transportation, and utilities. For more information, visit www.volt.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements, including the
Company’s revenue outlook for the third quarter of 2019, that are
subject to a number of known and unknown risks, including, among others,
general economic, competitive and other business conditions, the degree
and timing of customer utilization and rate of renewals of contracts
with the Company, and the degree of success of business improvement
initiatives that could cause actual results, performance and
achievements to differ materially from those described or implied in the
forward-looking statements. Information concerning these and other
factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those
in the forward-looking statements are contained in company reports filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Copies of the
Company’s latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent Quarterly
Reports on Form 10-Q, as filed with the SEC, are available without
charge upon request to Volt Information Sciences, Inc., 50 Charles
Lindbergh Blvd., Suite 206, Uniondale NY 11553, Attention: Shareholder
Relations. These and other SEC filings by the Company are also available
to the public over the Internet at the SEC’s website at http://www.sec.gov
and at the Company’s website at http://www.volt.com
in the Investor & Governance section.

Note Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company has provided certain Non-GAAP financial information, which
includes adjustments for special items and certain line items on a
constant currency basis, as additional information for its segment
revenue, consolidated net income (loss), segment operating income (loss)
and Adjusted EBITDA. These measures are not in accordance with, or an
alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and
may be different from Non-GAAP measures reported by other companies.

The Company believes that the presentation of Non-GAAP measures on a
constant currency basis, eliminating special items and the impact of
businesses sold or exited provides useful information to management and
investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to
its financial condition and results of operations because they permit
evaluation of the results of the Company without the effect of currency
fluctuations, special items or the impact of businesses sold or exited
that management believes make it more difficult to understand and
evaluate the Company’s results of operations. Special items include
impairments, restructuring and severance as well as certain income or
expenses not indicative of the Company’s current or future period
performance and are more fully disclosed in the tables.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings or loss before interest, income
taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) adjusted to exclude
share-based compensation expense as well as the special items described
above.

Adjusted EBITDA is a performance measure rather than a cash flow
measure. The Company believes the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is
relevant and useful for investors because it allows investors to view
results in a manner similar to the method used by management.

Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be
considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, analysis of the
Company’s results of operations and operating cash flows as reported
under GAAP. For example, Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect capital
expenditures or contractual commitments; does not reflect changes in, or
cash requirements for, the Company’s working capital needs; does not
reflect the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to
service the interest payments, on the Company’s debt; and does not
reflect cash required to pay income taxes.

The Company’s computation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to
other similarly titled measures computed by other companies because all
companies do not calculate these measures in the same fashion.

Results of Operations                    
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
April 28, 2019 January 27, 2019 April 29, 2018 April 28, 2019 April 29, 2018
 
Net revenue $ 252,070 $ 253,436 $ 263,219 $ 505,506 $ 516,557
Cost of services   215,813     215,737     225,918     431,550     443,247  
Gross margin 36,257 37,699 37,301 73,956 73,310
 
Selling, administrative and other operating costs 38,939 39,810 42,916 78,749 89,854
Restructuring and severance costs 724 59 104 783 622
Impairment charges   347         155     347     155  
Operating loss (3,753 ) (2,170 ) (5,874 ) (5,923 ) (17,321 )
 
Interest income (expense), net (699 ) (746 ) (631 ) (1,445 ) (1,413 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss), net (314 ) 213 (497 ) (101 ) 206
Other income (expense), net   (166 )   (239 )   (55 )   (405 )   (583 )
Loss before income taxes (4,932 ) (2,942 ) (7,057 ) (7,874 ) (19,111 )
Income tax provision (benefit)   233     273     630     506     (730 )
Net loss $ (5,165 ) $ (3,215 ) $ (7,687 ) $ (8,380 ) $ (18,381 )
 
Per share data:
Basic:
Net loss $ (0.24 ) $ (0.15 ) $ (0.37 ) $ (0.40 ) $ (0.87 )
Weighted average number of shares 21,082 21,080 21,032 21,081 21,030
 
Diluted:
Net loss $ (0.24 ) $ (0.15 ) $ (0.37 ) $ (0.40 ) $ (0.87 )
Weighted average number of shares 21,082 21,080 21,032 21,081 21,030
 
Segment data:
 
Net revenue:
North American Staffing $ 208,871 $ 211,848 $ 218,090 $ 420,719 $ 424,325
International Staffing 28,809 26,266 31,904 55,075 61,483
North American MSP 9,579 8,217 6,339 17,796 14,819
Corporate and Other 5,431 7,846 7,817 13,277 18,064
Eliminations   (620 )   (741 )   (931 )   (1,361 )   (2,134 )
Net revenue $ 252,070   $ 253,436   $ 263,219   $ 505,506   $ 516,557  
 
Operating income (loss):
North American Staffing $ 2,544 $ 3,887 $ 1,571 $ 6,431 $ 945
International Staffing 628 304 818 932 720
North American MSP 1,100 965 417 2,065 682
Corporate and Other   (8,025 )   (7,326 )   (8,680 )   (15,351 )   (19,668 )
Operating loss $ (3,753 ) $ (2,170 ) $ (5,874 ) $ (5,923 ) $ (17,321 )
 
Work days 65 59 65 124 124
 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows        
(in thousands)
Six Months ended
April 28, 2019 April 29, 2018
 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash beginning of the period $ 36,544 $ 54,097
 
Cash used in all other operating activities (6,239 ) (14,314 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   15,697     14,792  
Net cash provided by operating activities   9,458     478  
 
Purchases of property, equipment, and software (4,058 ) (1,298 )
Net cash (used in) provided by all other investing activities   (21 )   164  
Net cash used in investing activities   (4,079 )   (1,134 )
 
Net draw-down of borrowings 5,000
Debt issuance costs (177 ) (1,411 )
Net cash used in all other financing activities   (40 )   (60 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities   4,783     (1,471 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and
restricted cash
(249 ) (571 )
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted
cash
  9,913     (2,698 )
 
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash end of the period $ 46,457   $ 51,399  
 
Cash paid during the period:
Interest $ 1,560 $ 1,482
Income taxes $ 216 $ 1,132
 
Reconciliation of cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash end
of the period:
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 39,689 $ 34,177
Restricted cash included in Restricted cash and short term
investments
  6,768     17,222  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, at end of period $ 46,457   $ 51,399  
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets        
(in thousands, except share amounts)
April 28, 2019 October 28, 2018
ASSETS
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 39,689 $ 24,763
Restricted cash and short-term investments 9,925 14,844
Trade accounts receivable, net of allowances of $104 and $759,
respectively
139,213 157,445
Other current assets   5,659     7,444  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 194,486 204,496
Other assets, excluding current portion 7,779 7,808
Property, equipment and software, net   24,880     24,392  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 227,145   $ 236,696  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Accrued compensation $ 23,403 $ 27,120
Accounts payable 26,183 33,498
Accrued taxes other than income taxes 18,316 15,275
Accrued insurance and other 28,217 23,335
Income taxes payable   1,404     1,097  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 97,523 100,325
Accrued insurance and other, excluding current portion 10,816 13,478
Deferred gain on sale of real estate, excluding current portion 21,244 22,216
Income taxes payable, excluding current portion 608 600
Deferred income taxes 509 510
Long-term debt   54,169     49,068  
TOTAL LIABILITIES 184,869 186,197
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Preferred stock, par value $1.00; Authorized – 500,000 shares;
Issued – none
Common stock, par value $0.10; Authorized – 120,000,000 shares;
Issued – 23,738,003 shares; Outstanding – 21,211,828 and 21,179,068
shares, respectively
2,374 2,374
Paid-in capital 77,931 79,057
(Accumulated deficit) retained earnings (656 ) 9,738
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (7,091 ) (7,070 )
Treasury stock, at cost; 2,526,175 and 2,558,935 shares, respectively   (30,282 )   (33,600 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY   42,276     50,499  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY $ 227,145   $ 236,696  
 
GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations
(in thousands)
         
Three Months Ended
April 28, 2019 April 29, 2018
Reconciliation of GAAP net loss to Non-GAAP net loss:
GAAP net loss $ (5,165 ) $ (7,687 )
Selling, administrative and other operating costs (486 ) (a) (486 ) (a)
Restructuring and severance costs 724 104
Impairment charge   347   (b)   155   (c)
Non-GAAP net loss $ (4,580 ) $ (7,914 )
 
Three Months Ended
April 28, 2019 April 29, 2018
Reconciliation of GAAP net loss to Adjusted EBITDA:
GAAP net loss $ (5,165 ) $ (7,687 )
Selling, administrative and other operating costs (486 )

(a)

(486 ) (a)
Restructuring and severance costs 724 104
Impairment charge 347 (b) 155 (c)
Depreciation and amortization 1,755 1,874
Share-based compensation (95 ) 557
Total other (income) expense, net 1,179 1,183
Provision for income taxes   233     630  
Adjusted EBITDA $ (1,508 ) $ (3,670 )
 
Special item adjustments consist of the following:
    (a)     Relates to the amortization of the gain on the sale of the Orange,
CA facility, which is included in
Selling, administrative and other operating costs.
(b) Relates to exit of customer care solutions business.
(c) Relates to previously purchased software module that is no longer in
use.
 
      Six Months Ended
April 28, 2019     April 29, 2018
Reconciliation of GAAP net loss to Non-GAAP net loss:
GAAP net loss $ (8,380 ) $ (18,381 )
Selling, administrative and other operating costs (972 ) (a) (972 ) (a)
Restructuring and severance costs 783 622
Impairment charge 347 (b) 155 (c)
Income tax benefit       (1,052 ) (d)
Non-GAAP net loss $ (8,222 ) $ (19,628 )
 
Six Months Ended
April 28, 2019 April 29, 2018
Reconciliation of GAAP net loss to Adjusted EBITDA:
GAAP net loss $ (8,380 ) $ (18,381 )
Selling, administrative and other operating costs (972 ) (a) (972 ) (a)
Restructuring and severance costs 783 622
Impairment charge 347 (b) 155 (c)
Depreciation and amortization 3,358 3,726
Share-based compensation (208 ) 992
Total other (income) expense, net 1,951 1,790
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   506     (730 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ (2,615 ) $ (12,798 )
 
Special item adjustments consist of the following:
    (a)     Relates to the amortization of the gain on the sale of the Orange,
CA facility, which is included in
Selling, administrative and other operating costs.
(b) Relates to exit of customer care solutions business.
(c) Relates to previously purchased software module that is no longer in
use.
(d) Relates to a discrete tax benefit resulting from the expiration of
uncertain tax positions in Q1 2018.

Contacts

Investor Contacts:
Volt Information Sciences, Inc.
voltinvest@volt.com

Lasse Glassen
Addo Investor Relations
lglassen@addoir.com
424-238-6249

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