October 26, 2023
MENLO PARK, Calif., October 26, 2023 — Exponent, Inc. (Nasdaq: EXPO) today reported financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2023 ended September 29, 2023.
"Our third quarter results exemplify the durability of our diversified portfolio, which delivered growth in nearly every industry we serve. Investments in differentiated capabilities continue to ensure that we stay ahead of today's pace of innovation, supporting broad-based revenue growth and earnings. Even as market conditions fluctuate, the strength of our adaptive portfolio will continue to drive long-term growth," commented Dr. Catherine Corrigan, President and Chief Executive Officer.
"Strong demand for our reactive services drove increased domestic and international disputes-related work across multiple industries. Our proactive services were bolstered by strong year-over-year growth for regulatory consulting services in the chemicals sector, offset by continued moderation in the consumer electronics sector. Overall, the business is fundamentally strong with the power of our portfolio uniquely positioning us to further our leadership as trusted advisors throughout the product lifecycle," concluded Dr. Corrigan.
Third Quarter Financial Results
Total revenues and revenues before reimbursements for the third quarter of 2023 increased 5% to $133.3 million and 9% to $125.0 million as compared to $127.2 million and $115.1 million in the third quarter of 2022, respectively.
Net income increased to $24.5 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2023, as compared to $24.4 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, in the same period of 2022. Exponent's consolidated tax rate was 27.9% in the third quarter, as compared to 27.0% for the same period in 2022.
EBITDA1 decreased slightly to $34.5 million, or 27.6% of revenues before reimbursements, in the third quarter of 2023, as compared to $34.6 million, or 30.0% of revenues before reimbursements in the third quarter of 2022.
Year-to-Date Financial Results
Total revenues and revenues before reimbursements for the first three quarters of 2023 increased 7% to $413.9 million and 9% to $383.3 million, as compared to $385.9 million and $351.2 million, respectively, in the same period one year ago.
Net income was $79.4 million, or $1.54 per diluted share, through the first three quarters of 2023, as compared to $79.8 million, or $1.52 per diluted share, in the same period of 2022. The tax benefit for the classification of tax adjustments associated with share-based awards realized through the first three quarters of 2023 was $3.6 million, as compared to $6.0 million during the same period one year ago. Inclusive of the tax benefit, Exponent's consolidated tax rate was 24.9% through the first three quarters of 2023, as compared to 21.5% in the same period last year.
EBITDA1 increased to $107.1 million or 27.9% of revenues before reimbursements, through the first three quarters of 2023, as compared to $106.1 million or 30.2% of revenues before reimbursements, in the same period of 2022.
In a separate press release today, Exponent announced its quarterly cash dividend of $0.26 to be paid on December 22, 2023 and reiterated its intent to continue to pay quarterly dividends. Through the first three quarters of 2023, Exponent paid $40.9 million in dividends, repurchased $17.0 million of common stock and closed the period with $137.1 million in cash and cash equivalents.
Exponent's engineering and other scientific segment represented 83% of the Company's revenues before reimbursements in the third quarter and through the first three quarters of 2023. Revenues before reimbursements in this segment increased 8% in the third quarter and 10% through the first three quarters of 2023, as compared to the prior year period. Growth during the quarter was driven by strong demand for Exponent's services across the transportation, energy, and construction sectors.
Exponent's environmental and health segment represented 17% of the Company's revenues before reimbursements in the third quarter and through the first three quarters of 2023. Revenues before reimbursements in this segment increased 13% in the third quarter and 7% through the first three quarters of 2023, as compared to the prior year period. Growth was driven by evolving regulatory requirements which drove safety-related engagements evaluating the impacts of chemicals on human health and the environment.
"As we look to close out 2023, we are encouraged by the broad-based demand we are seeing across the majority of the business. The combined effects of product lifecycle timing and ongoing macroeconomic headwinds continue to create softness in the consumer electronics sector, and therefore we are refining our full year outlook," commented Richard Schlenker, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "Given the dynamic landscape in which we operate, I am pleased with our progress in aligning resources with the demand trends we are seeing across the business. We will continue to strategically manage our resources while positioning Exponent for long-term success."
For the fourth quarter of 2023 as compared to the same period one year prior, Exponent anticipates:
- Revenues before reimbursements to grow in the mid-single digits; and,
- EBITDA1 to be 26% to 27% of revenues before reimbursements.
For the full fiscal year 2023 as compared to the same period one year prior, Exponent anticipates:
- Revenues before reimbursements to grow in the high-single digits; and,
- EBITDA1 to be 27.4% to 27.8% of revenues before reimbursements.
"As we close out the year, we remain focused on excellence in execution in this dynamic marketplace as well as strategically expanding our offerings in anticipation of our clients' future needs. Exponent's strong market drivers and sustainable business model will continue to drive profitable long-term growth and value for our shareholders," concluded Dr. Corrigan.
Today's Conference Call Information
Exponent will discuss its financial results in more detail on a conference call today, Thursday, October 26, 2023, starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. The audio of the conference call is available by dialing (844) 481-2781 or (412) 317-0672. 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 (877) 344-7529 or (412) 317-0088 and entering passcode 4896989#.
Use of non-GAAP Financial Measures 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.
Exponent has provided its outlook regarding EBITDA as a percentage of revenues before reimbursements. The Company has not reconciled this non-GAAP financial measure to the corresponding GAAP financial measure because guidance for the various reconciling items is not provided and the Company is unable to estimate with reasonable certainty the effect of these items without unreasonable effort. For example, the Company is unable to estimate with reasonable certainty the impact of equity awards on Exponent's taxes without unreasonable effort. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and may have a material effect on Exponent's results computed in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation between the historical GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures presented in this release is provided in the financial tables at the end of this release.
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Forward Looking Statements
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 "intend," "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 generally applicable 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.
Source: Exponent, Inc.