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Los Angeles, CA, June 15, 2016 – Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm, today announced record fourth quarter and annual fee revenue of $399.9 million and $1.3 billion, or $405.0 million and $1.3 billion on an adjusted basis, respectively. Fourth quarter diluted earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $0.10 and $0.58, respectively. FY’16 diluted earnings per share were $0.58 and adjusted diluted earnings per share were $2.08. The adjusted diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter and the full year excluded $32.9 million and $103.9 million, respectively, of restructuring charges, net, integration/acquisition and separation costs, a deferred revenue adjustment related to the Korn Ferry acquisition (which also impacted adjusted fee revenue) and a non-cash loss relating to the Venezuelan currency devaluation.
“Korn Ferry closed strong in the final quarter of its fiscal year with fee revenue of $399.9 million representing 47% growth, or adjusted fee revenue of $405.0 million representing 49% growth, and diluted earnings per share of $0.10, or adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.58,” said Gary D. Burnison, CEO Korn Ferry. “I am enormously proud of our company and the results we have achieved during the quarter, and at the same time, continuing to deliver on the Korn Ferry integration at a scope and pace that has exceeded our initial expectations.
“We are in the midst of creating a new firm – with 65% of our colleagues new to the organization in the last three years, due to expansion and growth. We are a company that accelerates our clients’ business performance through solutions and productized services that span from strategy implementation and organizational design to recruitment and leadership development to compensation and reward strategies. Our advisory business, now bolstered by our Korn Ferry combination, has given us more reasons to engage with clients. Also, our recruiting businesses, Executive Search and Korn Ferry, have never been stronger than they were in the fourth quarter. We are indeed creating the preeminent organizational and people advisory firm,” Burnison added.
Korn Ferry Integration
In the fourth quarter of FY’16, we continued to make significant progress on the Korn Ferry integration. The majority of our fourth quarter efforts were focused on activities associated with integration of our go-to-market activities, our intellectual property and content, our solution sets and service offerings, and our back office systems and business processes. We incurred a minimal amount of restructuring costs, including real estate co-location. The fourth quarter results benefitted from the third quarter restructuring and integration actions with the new Korn Ferry segment EBITDA margin coming in at 5.6%, or 15.9% on an adjusted basis.
As previously disclosed, the integration of Korn Ferry will be substantially complete in Q1 FY’17, which will include additional consolidation of office space and the elimination of other redundant operational and general and administrative expenses. We estimate the cost of these actions to be in the range of $20 million to $26 million, resulting in incremental annualized savings of approximately $17 million to $23 million.
About Korn Ferry
Korn Ferry is the preeminent global people and organizational advisory firm. We help leaders, organizations and societies succeed by releasing the full power and potential of people. Our nearly 7,000 colleagues deliver services through our Executive Search, Korn Ferry and Korn Ferry divisions.
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