McLean, Virginia – Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH), the parent company of management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., today announced preliminary results for the second quarter of its fiscal 2012 with solid growth over the comparable prior year period. Booz Allen also reported backlog at a record level of $12.86 billion as of September 30, 2011. Booz Allen’s fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31, with the second quarter of fiscal 2012 ending September 30, 2011.
Revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 was $1.43 billion, compared with $1.37 billion in the prior year period, an increase of 4.5 percent. Booz Allen continued to grow revenue organically across all major markets.
Net income increased to $75.3 million from $14.8 million in the prior year period and Adjusted Net Income increased to $50.6 million from $30.1 million in the prior year period. Diluted Earnings per Share (EPS) and Adjusted Diluted EPS in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 were $0.53 and $0.36, respectively, compared with $0.12 and $0.25 in the prior year period.
Ralph W. Shrader, Booz Allen’s Chairman, Chief Executive Officer, and President, said, “We continued to grow revenue across our federal government business, which serves our civil, defense, and intelligence markets, during the second quarter of fiscal 2012, despite challenging conditions in those markets. Our record backlog of $12.86 billion – and our position supporting key programs related to government efficiency, cyber, and health – give us confidence for the future. Booz Allen’s portfolio, already well-situated in these growth areas of the federal market, is becoming more diverse as we continue to implement our strategic expansion in commercial and international markets that began with the expiration of our non-compete agreement on July 31, 2011.
“Booz Allen is different from its competitors in many ways. Our focus is helping clients succeed in their core mission and in improving enterprise effectiveness and efficiency which is so important in lean budget environments. Our single P&L structure and collaborative culture make us agile and able to move leaders and resources to growth markets. From a capital management standpoint, Booz Allen has a strong cash position that gives us stability and flexibility in how we operate our business and create value for shareholders,” Shrader said.
Second Quarter 2012 -- Booz Allen’s 4.5 percent increase in revenue in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 over the prior year period was primarily the result of the deployment of additional consulting staff against funded backlog under existing contracts and funded backlog under new contracts in all markets, and a related increase in billable expenses.
In the second quarter of fiscal 2012, operating income increased to $93.7 million from $71.9 million in the prior year period and Adjusted Operating Income increased to $100.0 million compared to $88.9 million in the prior year period. The improvement in operating income was driven by the continued growth in revenue, increased profitability resulting from decreases in incentive and stock-based compensation costs, lower amortization of intangible assets, a shift in contract mix to more fixed-price contracts, as well as improved profitability on subcontractor arrangements. The profitability increases were partially offset by a significant investment in business development costs leading up to the end of the government’s fiscal year (September 30) as well as unbillable staff compensation cost incurred in advance of demand.
Adjusted EBITDA increased 13.0 percent to $114.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 compared with $101.3 million in the prior year period, for the reasons cited above which drove the corresponding increase in operating income.
Net income increased to $75.3 million from $14.8 million in the prior year period and Adjusted Net Income increased to $50.6 million from $30.1 million in the prior year period. The increase in net income was driven by the increase in operating income, as well as a decrease in interest costs, the gain from the sale of the state and local transportation business in July 2011, and the release of certain income tax reserves. In the second quarter of fiscal 2012, diluted EPS increased to $0.53 per share from $0.12 per share in the prior year period, while Adjusted Diluted EPS increased to $0.36 per share from $0.25 per share in the prior year period.
Free Cash Flow was $97.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2012, compared to $138.1 million in the prior year period. The primary driver of this change was higher federal taxes paid this year, principally due to the anticipation that taxable income will exceed the maximum annual available tax benefits from net operating losses that had previously been carried forward. Booz Allen continued to generate cash through strong receivables collections as evidenced by an average Days Sales Outstanding (DSO) for the second quarter of fiscal 2012 of 68 days.
Total backlog as of September 30, 2011 was $12.86 billion, compared with $11.05 billion as of September 30, 2010, an increase of 16.4 percent. Funded backlog was $3.44 billion as of September 30, 2011, compared to $3.12 billion as of September 30, 2010. Unfunded backlog increased to $3.35 billion as of September 30, 2011, compared with $2.85 billion as of September 30, 2010. Priced options under existing contracts in the second quarter of fiscal 2012 increased by nearly 20 percent compared to the prior year period.
First Half 2012 – Booz Allen’s cumulative performance for the first and second quarters of fiscal 2012, driven by the same factors discussed above, has resulted in revenue of $2.88 billion for the six months ended September 30, 2011, compared to $2.71 billion for the prior year period, an increase of 6.2 percent. Net income for the first half of fiscal 2012 was $126.5 million, compared to $43.0 million for the prior year period, and Adjusted Net Income for the first half of fiscal 2012 was $108.6 million compared to $71.8 million. Adjusted EBITDA for the first half of fiscal 2012 was $237.4 million compared to $222.9 million in the prior year period. Diluted EPS for the first half of fiscal 2012 was $0.90 per share and Adjusted Diluted EPS was $0.77 per share, compared with $0.35 and $0.59 per share, respectively, for the first six months of fiscal 2011.
Net cash provided by operating activities increased to $177.1 million for the first half of fiscal 2012 from $170.9 million in the first half of fiscal 2011, while Free Cash Flow increased to $133.5 million compared to $131.9 million for the comparable period. As discussed above, Free Cash Flow was affected by an increase in tax payments of approximately $47.4 million in the six months ended September 30, 2011 compared to the prior year. As a result of the refinancing of our credit facilities in February 2011 which resulted in a reduction in outstanding debt and lower interest rates, Booz Allen realized a reduction in interest expense of $54.7 million in the six months ended September 30, 2011, compared to the prior year period.
Booz Allen continues to forecast revenue growth and margin improvements, with higher growth rates expected overall for the second half of the year, including a ramp up expected into the fourth quarter as we deploy staff against recent contract awards. This also reflects our current expectations for continued growth, despite the challenging federal budget environment. Funding patterns have generally shifted later into the fiscal year as a result of the repeated use of Continuing Resolutions to fund government contracting in the first half of the year.
We are increasing our diluted EPS guidance, which is now expected to be in the range of $1.56 to $1.66 per share, and we are re-affirming our guidance for Adjusted Diluted EPS, which is expected to be in the range of $1.55 to $1.65 per share. The increase to the diluted EPS forecast reflects the gain from the sale of our state and local transportation business in July 2011 and the release of certain income tax reserves; these non-recurring items are excluded from our calculation of Adjusted Diluted EPS. Overall, our EPS outlook reflects expectations that bottom-line performance will continue to benefit from reduced interest expense and an improvement in operating margins.
These EPS estimates are based on fiscal year 2012 estimated average diluted shares outstanding of approximately 140.6 million shares.
Booz Allen will host a conference call at 10:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday, November 3, 2011, to discuss the financial results for its second quarter of fiscal 2012. Analysts and institutional investors may participate on the call by dialing 800-299-0148 (international 617-801-9711) and entering passcode 88480760. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously to the public through a link on the investor relations section of the Booz Allen Hamilton web site at www.boozallen.com. A replay of the conference call will be available online at www.boozallen.com beginning at 1:30 p.m. EDT on November 3, 2011, and continuing until December 3, 2011. The replay will also be available by telephone at 888-286-8010 (international 617-801-6888) with the passcode 11500549.
Booz Allen Hamilton is a leading provider of management and technology consulting services to the U.S. government in defense, intelligence, and civil markets, and to major corporations, institutions, and not-for-profit organizations. Booz Allen is headquartered in McLean, Virginia, employs more than 25,000 people, and had revenue of $5.59 billion for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2011 (NYSE: BAH).
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“Adjusted Operating Income” represents Operating Income before (i) certain stock option-based and other equity-based compensation expenses, (ii) adjustments related to the amortization of intangible assets, and (iii) any extraordinary, unusual, or non-recurring items. Booz Allen prepares Adjusted Operating Income to eliminate the impact of items it does not consider indicative of ongoing operating performance due to their inherent unusual, extraordinary or non-recurring nature or because they result from an event of a similar nature.
“Adjusted EBITDA” represents net income before income taxes, net interest and other expense and depreciation and amortization and before certain other items, including: (i) certain stock option-based and other equity-based compensation expenses, (ii) transaction costs, fees, losses, and expenses, including fees associated with debt prepayments, and (iii) any extraordinary, unusual or non-recurring items. Booz Allen prepares Adjusted EBITDA to eliminate the impact of items it does not consider indicative of ongoing operating performance due to their inherent unusual, extraordinary or non-recurring nature or because they result from an event of a similar nature.
“Adjusted Net Income” represents net income before: (i) certain stock option-based and other equity-based compensation expenses, (ii) transaction costs, fees, losses, and expenses, including fees associated with debt prepayments, (iii) adjustments related to the amortization of intangible assets, (iv) amortization or write-off of debt issuance costs and write-off of original issue discount and (v) any extraordinary, unusual or non-recurring items, in each case net of the tax effect calculated using an assumed effective tax rate. Booz Allen prepares Adjusted Net Income to eliminate the impact of items, net of tax, it does not consider indicative of ongoing operating performance due to their inherent unusual, extraordinary or non-recurring nature or because they result from an event of a similar nature.
“Adjusted Diluted EPS” represents diluted EPS calculated using Adjusted Net Income as opposed to Net Income.
“Free Cash Flow” represents the net cash generated from operating activities less the impact of purchases of property and equipment.
Booz Allen utilizes and discusses in this release Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Diluted EPS because management uses these measures for business planning purposes. Management views Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Diluted EPS as measures of the core operating business, which exclude the impact of the items detailed in the supplemental exhibits, as these items are generally not operational in nature. These supplemental performance measures also provide another basis for comparing period to period results by excluding potential differences caused by non-operational and unusual or non-recurring items. Booz Allen also utilizes and discusses Free Cash Flow in this release because management uses this measure for business planning purposes, measuring the cash generating ability of the operating business and measuring liquidity generally. Booz Allen presents these supplemental measures because it believes that these measures provide investors and securities analysts with important supplemental information with which to evaluate Booz Allen’s performance, long term earnings potential, or liquidity, as applicable, and to enable them to assess Booz Allen’s performance on the same basis as management. These supplemental performance measurements may vary from and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures by other companies in Booz Allen’s industry. Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted EPS, and Free Cash Flow are not recognized measurements under GAAP and when analyzing Booz Allen’s performance or liquidity, as applicable, investors should (i) evaluate each adjustment in our reconciliation of Operating and Net Income to Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income, and cash flows to Free Cash Flows and the explanatory footnotes regarding those adjustments, (ii) use Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, and Adjusted Diluted EPS in addition to, and not as an alternative to Operating Income, Net Income or Diluted EPS as a measure of operating results, each as defined under GAAP, and (iii) use Free Cash Flows, in addition to, and not as an alternative to, Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities as a measure of liquidity, each as defined under GAAP. Exhibit 6 includes a reconciliation of Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Diluted EPS, and Free Cash Flow to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.
No reconciliation of the forecasted range for Adjusted Diluted EPS to Diluted EPS for fiscal 2012 is included in this release because we are unable to quantify certain amounts that would be required to be included in the GAAP measure without unreasonable efforts and we believe such reconciliations would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors.
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These risks and other factors include: cost cutting and efficiency initiatives and other efforts to reduce U.S. government spending, which could reduce or delay funding for orders for services especially in the current political environment; delayed funding of our contracts due to delays in the completion of the U.S. government’s budgeting process and the use of continuing resolutions by the U.S. government to fund its operations or related changes in the pattern or timing of government funding and spending; any issue that compromises our relationships with the U.S. government or damages our professional reputation; changes in U.S. government spending and mission priorities that shift expenditures away from agencies or programs that we support; the size of our addressable markets and the amount of U.S. government spending on private contractors; failure to comply with numerous laws and regulations; our ability to compete effectively in the competitive bidding process and delays caused by competitors’ protests of major contract awards received by us; the loss of General Services Administration Multiple Award Schedule Contracts, or GSA schedules, or our position as prime contractor on Government-wide acquisition contract vehicles; changes in the mix of our contracts and our ability to accurately estimate or otherwise recover expenses, time and resources for our contracts; our ability to generate revenue under certain of our contracts; our ability to realize the full value of our backlog and the timing of our receipt of revenue under contracts included in backlog; changes in estimates used in recognizing revenue; any inability to attract, train or retain employees with the requisite skills, experience and security clearances; an inability to hire, assimilate and deploy enough employees to serve our clients under existing contracts; an inability to effectively and timely utilize our employees and professionals; failure by us or our employees to obtain and maintain necessary security clearances; the loss of members of senior management or failure to develop new leaders; misconduct or other improper activities from our employees or subcontractors; increased competition from other companies in our industry; failure to maintain strong relationships with other contractors; inherent uncertainties and potential adverse developments in legal proceedings, including litigation, audits, reviews and investigations, which may result in materially adverse judgments, settlements or other unfavorable outcomes; internal system or service failures and security breaches, including, but not limited to, those resulting from external cyber attacks on our network and internal systems; risks related to our indebtedness and credit facilities which contain financial and operating covenants; the adoption by the U.S. government of new laws, rules and regulations, such as those relating to organizational conflicts of interest issues; an inability to utilize existing or future tax benefits, including those related to our Net Operating Losses and stock-based compensation expense, for any reason, including a change in law; and variable purchasing patterns under U.S. government GSA schedules, blanket purchase agreements and Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracts. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), including our Annual Report on Form 10K, filed with the SEC on June 8, 2011.
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