Press Release: CTG Increased Revenue 11% and Expanded Margins in Fourth Quarter 2021 Driven by Accelerated Transformation to Digital Solutions and Services
Feb 22, 2022
Delivered 7.2% annual revenue growth to $392.3 million in 2021, despite a reduction of $21.9 million of less profitable Non-Strategic Technology Services revenue
Efficient execution of large training, implementation, and support engagement for a health system in North America drove better than expected fourth quarter results for North America IT Solutions and Services segment with $45.1 million in revenue - more than double prior-year period
Gross margin expanded 100 basis points in the fourth quarter to 22.3% from increased contributions of IT solutions and services and continued disengagement from lower margin non-strategic technology services o GAAP operating income for the quarter increased 54.6% with a margin of 4.6%, up 130 basis points
Fourth quarter GAAP diluted EPS of $0.58, which included a reversal of a tax valuation allowance
Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.25 significantly exceeded guidance on margin improvement
Transformation strategy delivered annual GAAP operating income increase of 39.6%; Achieved annual GAAP diluted EPS of $0.92 and non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.64
Revised reporting structure to new segments: North America and Europe IT Solutions and Services and Non-Strategic Technology Services
BUFFALO, N.Y., February 22, 2022 – CTG (Nasdaq: CTG) (“Company”), a leading provider of digital IT solutions and services in North America and Western Europe, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2021. For reporting purposes, the Company is now disclosing three segments, IT Solutions and Services in each of North America and Europe, and Non-Strategic Technology Services, primarily in North America.
Filip Gydé, CTG President and CEO commented, “Our team finished the year strong, delivering better than expected results in the fourth quarter and doubled revenue year-over-year in our North America IT Solutions and Services segment. Our financial and operational improvements in the fourth quarter were driven by the successful completion of a large training, implementation, and support engagement for a health system in North America. As a result of the increased mix of higher-margin solutions and services revenue in the quarter, we achieved significant improvement in our consolidated operating performance which drove bottom line results that exceeded our guidance for the quarter.”
“While our results will continue to reflect the timing associated with major engagements as we expand our digital solutions and services capabilities, we expect to build a larger foundation of recurring revenue at value-add margins and to disengage from less profitable business.”
Commenting on CTG’s strategy for growth and new reporting structure, Mr. Gydé added, “As part of our strategy to transform CTG into a digital solutions and services company, we are now reporting our results in three segments, which will provide greater visibility into performance across the Company. This new financial reporting structure better reflects the results of our operations, accounting for our increased strategic focus on the higher growth, higher margin solutions and services in North America and Europe. The CTG Board and management team are confident that by executing our transformation strategy, centered on building and delivering digital IT solutions and services, reducing our non-strategic technology services exposure and augmenting our organic efforts with prudent acquisitions, we will be able to deliver long-term value for CTG shareholders.”
Fourth quarter revenue reflected increased IT Solutions and Services business in North America, partially offset by the continued disengagement from lower-margin non-strategic business.
Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses as a percentage of revenue decreased 40 basis points to 17.7%, despite the Company’s continued investment in solutions and business development resources in support of its digital solutions and services strategy.
Fourth quarter 2021 GAAP net income of $8.7 million, or $0.58 per diluted share, included a $5.1 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, reversal of a valuation allowance against deferred tax assets in the United States. Excluding the tax valuation allowance reversal and acquisition-related expenses, non-GAAP earnings per diluted share were $0.25, up $0.11 or nearly 80%.
North America IT Solutions and Services revenue more than doubled in the fourth quarter of 2021 and largely reflected a large training, implementation, and support engagement for a health system in North America completed in the fourth quarter. The change in the Europe IT Solutions and Services segment reflects $1.6 million of unfavorable foreign currency exchange rate (FX) fluctuations. Excluding the unfavorable FX, that segment declined 5.0% primarily due to lower utilization resulting from higher levels of time taken off related to illness from COVID-19.
The full year results reflect similar impacts as the fourth quarter as the Company continued to shift its revenue mix to more solutions and services-based business. The impact of FX fluctuations in 2021 was favorable $6.8 million compared with $3.0 million in 2020.
SG&A expense as a percentage of revenue was 18.8% compared with 18.5% in 2020. Included was $1.1 million of acquisition-related expenses and $0.2 million of rebranding expenses in 2021 compared with $1.6 million of acquisition-related expenses and $0.6 million in severance in 2020.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Cash and cash equivalents were $35.6 million, up $2.7 million, or 8.3%, since year-end 2020. Full year net cash provided by operations was $7.4 million and was used in part to fund capital expenditures of $1.9 million.
At the end of 2021, the Company had no outstanding balance on its revolving line of credit facility or any other long-term debt. Days sales outstanding were 67 in the fourth quarter of 2021 compared with 74 in the prior-year period.
Mr. Gydé concluded, “As we execute our transformation strategy to build a leading digital solutions and services enterprise for North America and Europe, we are committed to reducing our low margin non-strategic business while building our global solutions and services business. We expect headwinds on revenue in 2022 of approximately $25 to $35 million from the disengagement from non-strategic services and the fourth quarter completion of the large engagement. However, we expect 2022 revenue in the range of $375 million to $395 million. Given our shift to higher margins, we expect earnings to continue to expand, with 2022 non-GAAP diluted earnings per share ranging from $0.64 to $0.72. Our goal over the next two years is to grow adjusted EBITDA margins to 7% to 8% of revenue, representing an increase of approximately 50% to 75% from 2021.” The Company expects its quarterly performance throughout 2022 to be uneven due to engagement timing, and after a slower start to the year, expects results to improve throughout the year.
Conference Call and Webcast
CTG will hold a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss the Company’s financial results and business outlook. To access the live call, dial +1 844 291 6362 and enter the access code 1361242. The conference call will also be available via webcast in the Investors section of CTG’s website at www.ctg.com. A replay of the call will be available from 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time today through February 25, 2022 by dialing +1 866 207 1041 and entering the access code 2423685. The webcast will also be archived on CTG’s website in the Events & Presentations section for at least 90 days following completion of the live conference call.
CTG is a leading provider of digital transformation solutions and services that accelerate clients’ project momentum and achievement of their desired IT and business outcomes. We have earned a reputation as a faster and more reliable, results-driven partner focused on improved data-driven decision making, meaningful business performance improvements, new and enhanced customer experiences, and continuous innovation. CTG has operations in North America, South America, Western Europe, and India. The Company regularly posts news and other important information at www.ctg.com.
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Information
The Company has referenced non-GAAP information in this news release. The Company believes that the use of non-GAAP financial information provides useful information to investors and management to gain an overall understanding of its current financial performance and prospects. In addition, management uses non-GAAP financial measures for forecasting, facilitating ongoing operating decisions, and measuring the Company’s overall performance. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures align closely with its internal measurement processes and are reflective of the Company’s core operating results.
A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP information is included in the financial tables below. The non-GAAP financial information is presented using a consistent methodology from quarter-to-quarter and year-to-year. These measures should be considered in addition to results prepared in accordance with GAAP. Also, these non-GAAP financial measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. The Company believes that non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all amounts associated with the Company's results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate the Company's results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP financial measures. As such, the non-GAAP financial measures disclosed by the Company should not be considered a substitute for or superior to financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP, and reconciliations between GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures included in this earnings release should be carefully evaluated.
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John M. Laubacker Chief Financial Officer Tel: +1 716 887 7368
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer
John Laubacker was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer in May 2018. Previously he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since April 2017, and before that he was Vice President and Treasurer since February 2017, Treasurer since 2006, and served as interim CFO from October 2014 to April 2015. John joined CTG in 1996.