Korn Ferry Announces Second Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results of Operations

Earnings Press Release Q2-FY'19

Los Angeles, CA, December 6, 2018 – Korn/Ferry International (NYSE: KFY), a global organizational consulting firm, today announced first quarter fee revenue of $495.2 million. Second quarter diluted earnings per share was $0.81 and Adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.85. Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the second quarter excludes $2.8 million related to retention awards from a prior acquisition, or $0.04 per share.

"For Korn Ferry’s recently completed second quarter, we achieved the highest top line and bottom line results in our history, with fee revenue of approximately $495 million and Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin of approximately $80 million and 16.2%, respectively. Our fee revenue grew approximately 12% year-over-year in the second quarter, 14.6% at constant currency, with strong growth across all of our geographies and solutions. Additionally, during the quarter we continued to effectively deploy capital, repurchasing over $22 million of our shares. Our return on invested capital continues to accelerate. From the end of FY’18 to the end of Q2 FY’19, our return on invested capital has now increased by over 200 basis points,” said Gary D. Burnison, CEO, Korn Ferry.

"Calendar year 2018 is the year we established ourselves as the preeminent global organizational consulting firm, a company whose purpose is to enable people and organizations to exceed their potential. When looking at the one professional we put in a new job every three minutes, the 1.2 million people we develop each year and 98% of the Fortune 500 who work with us – it is clear we are making a notable impact. I look forward to what the future holds as we ring in a New Year."

Highlights

  • Korn Ferry reports fee revenue of $495.2 million in Q2 FY’19, an 11.8% increase (14.6% on a constant currency basis) from Q2 FY’18, driven by organic growth in all segments.
  • Operating income was $71.0 million in Q2 FY’19 with an operating margin of 14.3%. Adjusted EBITDA was $80.3 million with Adjusted EBITDA margin of 16.2%.
  • The Company continued with its balanced approach to capital allocation, buying back $22.7 million of stock during the quarter and declaring a quarterly dividend of $0.10 per share on December 5, 2018 payable on January 15, 2019 to stockholders of record on December 20, 2018.
  • In connection with the previously announced rebranding, the firm also announced that it will be formally changing its name from Korn/Ferry International to Korn Ferry, effective January 1, 2019 – a move reflecting the transformation of the organization to one unified brand.

Where: Live audio webcast and accompanying slides will be available at the following site: https://ir.kornferry.com/events-and-presentations

About Korn Ferry

Korn Ferry is a global organizational consulting firm. We help clients synchronize strategy and talent to drive superior performance. We work with organizations to design their structures, roles, and responsibilities. We help them hire the right people to bring their strategy to life. And we advise them on how to reward, develop, and motivate their people.