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Forrester Research Reports 2017 Third-Quarter Financial Results
October 25, 2017


CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 25, 2017 . . . Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR) today announced its 2017 third-quarter financial results.

Third-Quarter Financial Performance

Total revenues were $80.4 million for the third quarter of 2017, compared with $77.4 million for the third quarter of 2016. Research revenues increased 3%, and advisory services and events revenues increased 6%, compared with the third quarter of 2016.

On a GAAP basis, net income was $4.0 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2017, compared with net income of $3.1 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the same period in 2016.

On a pro forma basis, net income was $5.6 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2017, which reflects a pro forma effective tax rate of 40%. Pro forma net income excludes stock-based compensation of $2.2 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $0.2 million, and net investment losses of $0.8 million. This compares with pro forma net income of $6.0 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the same period in 2016, which reflects a pro forma tax rate of 40%. Pro forma net income for the third quarter of 2016 excludes stock-based compensation of $2.0 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $0.2 million, and net investment losses of $1.1 million.

"Forrester was at the upper end of revenue guidance while exceeding pro forma operating margin and EPS guidance for the third quarter of 2017," said George F. Colony, Forrester's chairman and chief executive officer. "We remain positive about our strategy and growth."

Forrester is providing fourth-quarter 2017 financial guidance as follows:

Fourth-Quarter 2017 (GAAP):

  • Total revenues of approximately $83.0 million to $86.0 million.
  • Operating margin of approximately 6.8% to 8.8%.
  • Other income (expense), net of zero.
  • An effective tax rate of 40%.
  • Diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.20 to $0.24.

Fourth-Quarter 2017 (Pro Forma):

Pro forma financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2017 excludes stock-based compensation expense of $2.0 million to $2.2 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of approximately $0.2 million, and any investment gains or losses.

  • Pro forma operating margin of approximately 9.5% to 11.5%.
  • Pro forma effective tax rate of 40%.
  • Pro forma diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.27 to $0.31.

Our full-year 2017 guidance is as follows:

Full-Year 2017 (GAAP):

  • Total revenues of approximately $330.0 million to $333.0 million.
  • Operating margin of approximately 7.7% to 8.7%.
  • Other income, net of $0.2 million.
  • An effective tax rate of 35%.
  • Diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.90 to $0.94.

Full-Year 2017 (Pro Forma):

Pro forma financial guidance for full-year 2017 excludes stock-based compensation expense of $8.4 million to $8.6 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of approximately $0.8 million, and any investment gains or losses.

  • Pro forma operating margin of approximately 10.5% to 11.5%.
  • Pro forma effective tax rate of 40%.
  • Pro forma diluted earnings per share of approximately $1.17 to $1.21.

Quarterly Dividend

Forrester also announced today that its board of directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share, payable December 20, 2017, to shareholders of record on December 6, 2017.

About Forrester Research

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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, Forrester's financial guidance for the fourth quarter of and full-year 2017, statements about the success of operational improvements, and statements about Forrester's future financial performance and financial condition. These statements are based on Forrester's current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future activities and results of operations to be materially different from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual future activities and results to differ include, among others, Forrester's ability to retain and enrich memberships for its research products and services, demand for advisory and consulting services, technology spending, Forrester's ability to respond to business and economic conditions and market trends, Forrester's ability to develop and offer new products and services, the risks and challenges inherent in international business activities, competition and industry consolidation, the ability to attract and retain professional staff, Forrester's dependence on key personnel, Forrester's ability to realize the anticipated benefits from recent internal reorganizations, the possibility of network disruptions and security breaches, Forrester's ability to enforce and protect its intellectual property, and possible variations in Forrester's quarterly operating results. Dividend declarations are at the discretion of Forrester's board of directors, and plans for future dividends may be revised by the board at any time. Forrester undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. For further information, please refer to Forrester's reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


The consolidated statements of income and the table of key financial data are attached.

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Contacts

Michael Doyle
Chief Financial Officer
Forrester Research, Inc.

Tel. +1 617-613-6000
mdoyle@forrester.com


Meaghan Rhyasen
Public Relations
Forrester Research, Inc.

Tel. +1 617-613-6070
press@forrester.com


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