Exponent Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015 Financial Results
February 3, 2016
MENLO PARK, Calif., February 3, 2016 ­­ Exponent, Inc. (Nasdaq:EXPO) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended January 1, 2016. 

For the fourth quarter of 2015, net income increased 7% to $9,850,000 from $9,243,000 in the same period of 2014. Earnings per diluted share increased to $0.36 as compared to $0.34 in the fourth quarter last year. EBITDA1 increased to $17,350,000 as compared to $17,219,000 in the same period one year ago.

Total revenues in the fourth quarter increased slightly to $73,681,000 from $73,611,000 in the same period of 2014. Revenues before reimbursements increased to $69,789,000 as compared to $69,647,000 in the fourth quarter one year ago.

For fiscal year 2015, net income increased 7% to $43,599,000 from $40,701,000 in 2014. Earnings per diluted share increased to $1.60, as compared to $1.47 in the prior year. EBITDA1 increased to $76,405,000 as compared to $73,219,000 one year ago.

Total revenues for the year increased 3% to $312,832,000 from $304,704,000 in 2014. Revenues before reimbursements increased 2% to $295,705,000 as compared to $289,209,000 one year ago.

In 2015, Exponent generated $60.5 million in cash from operating activities, repurchased $23.3 million of common stock and paid $15.6 million in dividends. The Company closed the year with $171.6 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments.

In a separate release today, Exponent announced that it increased its quarterly cash dividend from $0.15 per share to $0.18 per share and reiterated its intent to continue to pay quarterly dividends. Additionally, the Company continues an active stock repurchase program with $46.8 million currently authorized and available. 

“We are pleased to have closed out 2015 with strong earnings and cash flow in the fourth quarter. We were able to expand our EBITDA1 margins in 2015 as a result of a slight increase in utilization and low expense growth. These results are especially good considering the impact of a major project wrapping up in the third quarter and a decline in defense technology development during the year, which we previously discussed,” commented Dr. Paul Johnston, President and CEO. 

“During the year, we had notable performances from our materials, polymer science, and biomedical practices, as well as our infrastructure group. In materials and polymer science, we experienced strong demand from the consumer electronics industry as they broaden their product offerings and needed assistance with the use of new materials. In biomedical, we continued to assist clients with regulatory approvals and assessing field performance of their products. Our infrastructure group benefited from increased commercial construction and infrastructure spending,” continued Dr. Johnston. 

“Looking forward to fiscal 2016, we expect growth in revenues before reimbursements to be in the mid-single digits. We believe our underlying growth will be in the high single digits, but will be partially offset by the completion of a major project during the third quarter of 2015. We expect that 2016 EBITDA1 margin will decline approximately 50 to 100 basis points as compared to 2015, as a result of slightly lower utilization.” 

“We remain optimistic about our ability to expand our unique market position in assessing the reliability, safety, human health and environmental issues of increasingly complex technologies, products, and processes. We are confident in our ability to generate long-term shareholder value, and as a result, we are raising our dividend payment in 2016 while also continuing to repurchase shares," concluded Dr. Johnston.

 

Financial Tables for Fourth Quarter and Fiscal Year 2015


Today's Conference Call Information 

Exponent will discuss its financial results in more detail on a conference call today, Wednesday, February 3, 2016, starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The audio of the conference call is available by dialing (888) 427-9411 or (719) 325-2329. A live webcast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.exponent.com/investors. For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay of the call will also be available on the Exponent website, or by dialing (888) 203­1112 or (719) 457-0820, and entering passcode 274592#.

About Exponent 
Exponent is an engineering and scientific consulting firm providing solutions to complex problems. Exponent's multidisciplinary organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and business consultants brings together more than 90 technical disciplines to address complicated issues facing industry and government today. The firm has been best known for analyzing accidents and failures to determine their causes, but in recent years it has become more active in assisting clients with human health, environmental and engineering issues associated with new products to help prevent problems in the future.

Exponent may be reached at (888) 656-EXPO, info@exponent.com, or www.exponent.com. 

This news release contains, and incorporates by reference, certain "forward-looking" statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and the rules promulgated pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) that are based on the beliefs of the Company's management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company's management. When used in this document and in the documents incorporated herein by reference, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company or its management, identify such forward-¬looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company or its management with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's actual results, performance, or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such material differences include the possibility that the demand for our services may decline as a result of changes in general and industry specific economic conditions, the timing of engagements for our services, the effects of competitive services and pricing, the absence of backlog related to our business, our ability to attract and retain key employees, the effect of tort reform and government regulation on our business, and liabilities resulting from claims made against us. Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10¬K under the heading "Risk Factors" and elsewhere in the report. The inclusion of such forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by the Company will be achieved. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such forward-looking statements.

1 EBITDA is a non-¬GAAP financial measure defined by the Company as net income before income taxes, interest income, depreciation and amortization. EBITDAS is a non-¬GAAP financial measure defined by the Company as EBITDA before stock-¬based compensation. The Company regards EBITDA and EBITDAS as useful measures of operating performance and cash flow to complement operating income, net income and other GAAP financial performance measures. Additionally, management believes that EBITDA and EBITDAS provide meaningful comparisons of past, present and future operating results. Generally, a non¬-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. These measures, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute or superior to, operating income, cash flows, or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of the measures to GAAP is set forth below.

Source: Exponent, Inc.