SOURCE: Barrett Business Services, Inc.

Barrett Business Services, Inc.

March 07, 2017 16:05 ET

BBSI Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Financial Results

Q4 Net Revenues up 14% to $221.1 Million (Non-GAAP Gross Revenues up 15%)

VANCOUVER, WA--(Marketwired - Mar 7, 2017) - Barrett Business Services, Inc. ("BBSI" or the "Company") (NASDAQ: BBSI), a leading provider of business management solutions, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016.

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Summary vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Net revenues up 14% to $221.1 million.
  • Non-GAAP gross revenues up 15% to $1.3 billion.
  • Net income of $8.0 million or $1.08 per diluted share, compared to net income of $11.4 million or $1.55 per diluted share.

Full Year 2016 Financial Summary vs. 2015

  • Net revenues up 13% to $840.6 million.
  • Non-GAAP gross revenues up 17% to $4.7 billion.
  • Net income of $18.8 million or $2.55 per diluted share, compared to net income of $25.5 million or $3.47 per diluted share.

"Our fourth quarter closed a year marked by challenges, throughout which the organization remained focused and delivered strong financial performance and key operational improvements," said Michael Elich, president and CEO of BBSI. "We bolstered our leadership with the addition of two new board members and a new CFO, while growing annual gross revenues by 17% and adding 810 net new clients, all while maintaining our better-than-90% retention rate.

"In the fourth quarter, we added 185 net new clients and same-customer sales increased 3.3%. While our client build remained strong, our same-customer sales were affected by severe weather in many of our markets, with some clients losing between 7 and 11 work days. Additionally, we saw the impact of a tightened labor market coupled with uncertainty during the time leading up to the election. Looking forward to 2017, while we are seeing some holdover from these factors, I'm confident that the organization is focused on the right initiatives to strengthen our relationships, our value proposition, and ultimately our brand."

Fourth Quarter 2016 Financial Results
Net revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 14% to $221.1 million compared to $193.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2015.

Total non-GAAP gross revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016 increased 15% to $1.3 billion compared to $1.1 billion in the same year-ago quarter (see "Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures" below). The increase was primarily due to the continued build in the Company's co-employed client count.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $8.0 million or $1.08 per diluted share, compared to net income of $11.4 million or $1.55 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2015. Net income in the fourth quarter of 2016 included $0.16 per diluted share in legal and accounting costs associated with outside investigations and legal proceedings related to securities law issues. Net Income in the fourth quarter of 2015 included a $0.32 per diluted share benefit for a change in estimate of prior year workers' compensation liabilities.

At December 31, 2016, the Company's cash, and cash equivalents, investments, and restricted cash and investments increased 17% to $358.3 million from $305.3 million at December 31, 2015. Total debt was reduced by 77% to $4.6 million from $19.8 million at the end of 2015.

Full Year 2016 Financial Results
Net revenues in 2016 increased 13% to $840.6 million compared to $740.8 million in 2015.

Total non-GAAP gross revenues increased 17% to $4.7 billion compared to $4.0 billion in 2015. The increase was primarily due to the continued build in the Company's co-employed client count.

Net income in 2016 was $18.8 million or $2.55 per diluted share compared to $25.5 million or $3.47 per diluted share in 2015. Net income in 2016 included $0.69 per diluted share in legal and accounting costs associated with financial restatements, outside investigations and legal proceedings related to securities law issues. Net income in 2015 included a $1.11 per diluted share benefit for a change in estimate of prior year workers' compensation liabilities.

Outlook
BBSI expects non-GAAP gross revenues for the next 12-month period (through December 31, 2017) to increase approximately 16%. For the full year 2017, the Company expects diluted earnings per share to be $3.65, a 43% increase compared to $2.55 per diluted share in 2016. This assumes approximately $0.13 per diluted share in remaining costs associated with the aforementioned legal costs related to securities law issues, as well as the return to an effective tax rate of approximately 33.5%.

Conference Call
BBSI will conduct a conference call tomorrow, March 8, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern time (9:00 a.m. Pacific time) to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016. The Company's President and CEO Michael Elich and CFO Gary Kramer will host the call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Time: 12:00 p.m. Eastern time (9:00 a.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-800-967-7141
International dial-in number: 1-719-325-2455
Conference ID: 8948865

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Liolios Group at 1-949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay at here and via the investor relations section of the BBSI website at www.barrettbusiness.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 3:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through April 8, 2017.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 8948865

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
In addition to the results prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company is disclosing non-GAAP gross revenues.

The Company reports its Professional Employer Services revenues on a net basis because it is not the primary obligor for the services provided by the Company's co-employed clients to their customers. The gross revenues and cost of revenues information below, although not in accordance with GAAP, is presented for comparison purposes and because management believes such information is more informative as to the level of the Company's business activity and more useful in managing its operations.

                 
    (Unaudited)   (Unaudited)
    Fourth Quarter Ended   Year Ended
(in thousands)   December 31,   December 31,
    2016   2015   2016   2015
                         
                         
Revenues:                        
  Professional employer services   $ 1,211,584   $ 1,049,556   $ 4,526,225   $ 3,847,595
  Staffing services     44,856     40,425     166,662     168,555
    Total revenues     1,256,440     1,089,981   $ 4,692,887     4,016,150
Cost of revenues:                        
  Direct payroll costs     1,061,743     918,783     3,951,021     3,375,976
  Payroll taxes and benefits     88,334     77,162     357,867     312,284
  Workers' compensation     63,026     52,879     238,463     198,434
    Total cost of revenues     1,213,103     1,048,824     4,547,351     3,886,694
Gross margin   $ 43,337   $ 41,157   $ 145,536   $ 129,456
                         

A reconciliation of non-GAAP gross revenues to net revenues is as follows:

     
    (Unaudited)
    Three Months Ended December 31,
    Net Revenue       Gross Revenue
(in thousands)   Reporting Method           Reporting Method
    (GAAP)   Non-GAAP Adjustments   (Non-GAAP)
    2016   2015   2016   2015   2016   2015
                                     
Revenues:                                    
  Professional employer services   $ 176,242   $ 153,332   $ 1,035,342   $ 896,224   $ 1,211,584   $ 1,049,556
  Staffing services     44,856     40,425     -     -     44,856     40,425
    Total revenues   $ 221,098   $ 193,757   $ 1,035,342   $ 896,224   $ 1,256,440   $ 1,089,981
Cost of revenues   $ 177,761   $ 152,600   $ 1,035,342   $ 896,224   $ 1,213,103   $ 1,048,824
                                     
                                     
    (Unaudited)
    Year Ended December 31,
    Net Revenue       Gross Revenue
(in thousands)   Reporting Method           Reporting Method
    (GAAP)   Non-GAAP Adjustments   (Non-GAAP)
    2016   2015   2016   2015   2016   2015
                                     
Revenues:                                    
  Professional employer services   $ 673,924   $ 572,286   $ 3,852,301   $ 3,275,309   $ 4,526,225   $ 3,847,595
  Staffing services     166,662     168,555     -     -     166,662     168,555
    Total revenues   $ 840,586   $ 740,841   $ 3,852,301   $ 3,275,309   $ 4,692,887   $ 4,016,150
Cost of revenues   $ 695,050   $ 611,385   $ 3,852,301   $ 3,275,309   $ 4,547,351   $ 3,886,694
                                     

About BBSI
BBSI (NASDAQ: BBSI) is a leading provider of business management solutions, combining human resource outsourcing and professional management consulting to create a unique operational platform that differentiates it from competitors. The Company's integrated platform is built upon expertise in payroll processing, employee benefits, workers' compensation coverage, risk management and workplace safety programs, and human resource administration. BBSI's partnerships help businesses of all sizes improve the efficiency of their operations. The Company works with more than 4,900 clients across all lines of business in 20 states. For more information, please visit www.barrettbusiness.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this release about future events or performance are forward-looking statements which involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect future results include economic conditions in the Company's service areas and their effect on revenue levels, the effect of changes in the Company's mix of services on gross margin, the Company's ability to retain current clients and attract new clients, the adequacy of the Company's workers' compensation reserves, the potential for material deviations from expected future workers' compensation claims experience, the effect of changes in the workers' compensation regulatory environment in one or more of the Company's primary markets, the ineffectiveness of the Company's internal control over financial reporting, current and future shareholder litigation, the ongoing investigation of accounting issues by the Securities and Exchange Commission and the United States Department of Justice, the availability of financing or other sources of capital, the collectability of accounts receivable, the carrying value of deferred income tax assets and goodwill, and the effect of conditions in the global capital markets on the Company's investment portfolio, among others. Other important factors that may affect the Company's future prospects will be described in the Company's 2016 Annual Report on Form 10-K. Although forward-looking statements help to provide complete information about the Company, readers should keep in mind that forward-looking statements are less reliable than historical information. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements in this release to reflect events or changes in circumstances that occur after the date of this release.

 
 
Barrett Business Services, Inc.
Condensed Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
         
    December 31,   December 31,
(in thousands)   2016   2015
             
Assets            
Current assets:            
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 50,768   $ 25,218
  Trade accounts receivable, net     126,484     90,529
  Income taxes receivable     -     1,038
  Prepaid expenses and other     3,899     3,173
  Investments     5,675     -
  Restricted cash and investments     48,557     86,110
  Deferred income taxes     25,242     20,941
    Total current assets     260,625     227,009
Investments     642     6,082
Property, equipment and software, net     26,673     22,820
Restricted cash and investments     252,707     187,916
Goodwill     47,820     47,820
Other assets     9,293     5,130
    $ 597,760   $ 496,777
             
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity            
Current liabilities:            
  Current portion of long-term debt   $ 221   $ 19,833
  Accounts payable     4,944     3,217
  Accrued payroll, payroll taxes and related benefits     153,110     121,343
  Income taxes payable     3,041     -
  Other accrued liabilities     7,674     6,166
  Workers' compensation claims liabilities     81,339     65,581
  Safety incentives liability     24,835     21,253
    Total current liabilites     275,164     237,393
Long-term workers' compensation claims liabilities     231,198     190,094
Long term debt     4,392     -
Deferred income taxes     15,872     13,256
Customer deposits and other long-term liabilities     1,441     1,483
Stockholders' equity     69,693     54,551
    $ 597,760   $ 496,777
             
 
Barrett Business Services, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
             
    (Unaudited)     (Unaudited)  
(in thousands, except per share amounts)   Fourth Quarter Ended     Year Ended Ended  
    December 31,     December 31,  
    2016     2015     2016     2015  
                                 
Revenues:                                
  Professional employer service fees   $ 176,242     $ 153,332     $ 673,924     $ 572,286  
  Staffing services     44,856       40,425       166,662       168,555  
    Total revenues     221,098       193,757       840,586       740,841  
Cost of revenues:                                
  Direct payroll costs     34,086       30,704       126,753       127,964  
  Payroll taxes and benefits     88,334       77,162       357,867       312,284  
  Workers' compensation     55,341       44,734       210,430       171,137  
    Total cost of revenues     177,761       152,600       695,050       611,385  
Gross margin     43,337       41,157       145,536       129,456  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     32,508       26,338       113,342       90,177  
Depreciation and amortization     912       738       3,253       2,851  
Income from operations     9,917       14,081       28,941       36,428  
Other expense, net     (74 )     (221 )     (3,355 )     (1,282 )
Income before income taxes     9,843       13,860       25,586       35,146  
Provision for income taxes     1,796       2,413       6,787       9,652  
Net income   $ 8,047     $ 11,447     $ 18,799     $ 25,494  
Basic income per common share   $ 1.11     $ 1.59     $ 2.60     $ 3.55  
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding     7,244       7,203       7,226       7,173  
Diluted income per common share   $ 1.08     $ 1.55     $ 2.55     $ 3.47  
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding     7,460       7,396       7,378       7,353  
                                 

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