Korn Ferry Announces Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2020 Results of Operations


Earnings Press Release Q4-FY'20

Korn Ferry (NYSE: KFY), a global organizational consulting firm, today announced fourth quarter and annual fee revenue of $440.5 million and $1,932.7 million, respectively. In addition, fourth quarter diluted loss per share was $0.02 and adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.60. Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter excludes an aggregate of $33.5 million, or $0.62 per share, of restructuring charges, net due to the corona virus pandemic (“COVID-19”), and integration/acquisition costs, net of tax due to the acquisition of Miller Heiman Group, AchieveForum and Strategy Execution (“acquired companies”).

“During the fiscal fourth quarter we generated $441 million in fee revenue, down 10% year-over-year (7.9% at constant currency). Operating margin was 5% and Adjusted EBITDA margin was 15.8%,” said Gary D. Burnison, CEO, Korn Ferry.

“As we manage our way through COVID-19, our Korn Ferry colleagues are showing their resilience by quickly pivoting to a different way of working – whether it’s from home or the rapid transition to the virtual delivery of our services and solutions to clients. I’m confident that our offerings are more relevant now than ever before,” Burnison added. “I truly feel that over the next 2 years there will be more change than in the last 10 years. Different work needs to get done, and work needs to get done differently. That’s an opportunity for our company. As an organizational consulting firm, Korn Ferry is committed to promoting conscious inclusion – enabling all people and their organizations to exceed their potential – and to exceed potential, people need an abundance of opportunity, development, and sponsorship. Korn Ferry is the right firm at the right time to help organizations drive performance through change, and I have never been more proud of our company.”


  • Korn Ferry reports annual fee revenue of $1,932.7 million, essentially flat year-over-year (2.2% increase on a constant currency).
  • Net income attributable to Korn Ferry was $104.9 million in FY’20 with an operating margin of 9.1% and Adjusted EBITDA of $301.0 million and Adjusted EBITDA margin of 15.6%.
  • Fee revenue was $440.5 million in Q4 FY’20, a decrease of 10% (7.9% on a constant currency) as compared to Q4 FY’19.
  • Net loss attributable to Korn Ferry was $0.8 million in Q4 FY’20, with an operating margin of 5.0%. Adjusted EBITDA was $69.6 million in Q4 FY’20 with an Adjusted EBITDA margin of 15.8%.
  • Q4 FY’20 diluted loss per share was $0.02 compared to diluted earnings per share of $0.89 in Q4 FY’19. Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.60 in Q4 FY’20 compared to $0.88 in Q4 FY’19.
  • The Company ended the year with a strong liquidity position with total cash and cash equivalents and marketable securities of $863 million, and after setting aside amounts for bonus payments and deferred compensation arrangements, investable cash was $532 million.
  • The Company repurchased 0.8 million shares, using $24.4 million of cash during the quarter. Further, the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share on July 1, 2020 payable on July 15, 2020 to stockholders of record on July 31, 2020.

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