Cambridge, Mass., April 26, 2017 . . . Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR) today announced its 2017 first-quarter financial results.
First-Quarter Financial Performance
Total revenues were $77.2 million for the first quarter of 2017, compared with $77.4 million for the first quarter of 2016. Research revenues decreased 3%, and advisory services and events revenues increased 5%, compared with the first quarter of 2016.
On a GAAP basis, net income was $3.0 million, or $0.16 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2017, compared with a net income of $1.3 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the same period in 2016. The company recognized a $1.3 million income tax benefit during the first quarter of 2017 related to the closure of a tax audit during the period.
On a pro forma basis, net income was $3.2 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2017, which reflects a pro forma effective tax rate of 40%. Pro forma net income excludes stock-based compensation of $2.0 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $0.2 million, and investment losses of $0.2 million. This compares with pro forma net income of $3.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the same period in 2016, which reflects a pro forma tax rate of 40%. Pro forma net income for the first quarter of 2016 excludes stock-based compensation of $2.1 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $0.2 million, and reorganization costs of $1.0 million.
“Forrester met revenue and pro forma operating margin guidance while exceeding EPS targets for the first quarter,” said George F. Colony, Forrester’s chairman and chief executive officer. “Our new selling model is showing results, and the continued digitization of our syndicated products continues to move forward. The year has kicked off well — we’re happy with where we are at the start of 2017.”
Forrester is providing second-quarter 2017 financial guidance as follows:
Second-Quarter 2017 (GAAP):
- Total revenues of approximately $86.0 million to $89.0 million.
- Operating margin of approximately 8.0% to 10.0%.
- Other income (expense), net of zero.
- An effective tax rate of 40%.
- Diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.23 to $0.27.
Second-Quarter 2017 (Pro Forma):
Pro forma financial guidance for the second quarter of 2017 excludes stock-based compensation expense of $1.8 million to $2.0 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of approximately $0.2 million, and any investment gains or losses.
- Pro forma operating margin of approximately 10.5% to 12.5%.
- Pro forma effective tax rate of 40%.
- Pro forma diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.30 to $0.34.
Our full-year 2017 guidance is as follows:
Full-Year 2017 (GAAP):
- Total revenues of approximately $324.0 million to $332.0 million.
- Operating margin of approximately 7.8% to 8.8%.
- Other income, net of zero.
- An effective tax rate of 36%.
- Diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.90 to $0.97.
Full-Year 2017 (Pro Forma):
Pro forma financial guidance for full-year 2017 excludes stock-based compensation expense of $7.8 million to $8.3 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 $1.13 to $1.20.
Forrester also announced today that its board of directors has approved a quarterly cash dividend of $0.19 per share, payable June 21, 2017, to shareholders of record on June 7, 2017.
Adoption of FASB ASU No. 2016-09
Effective January 1, 2017, Forrester adopted Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Update 2016-09, Compensation — Stock Compensation: Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting (ASU No. 2016-09), which changes the accounting for stock-based compensation awards. Among the changes in ASU No. 2016-09 that impacted Forrester is the requirement to recognize certain tax benefits that arise from the settlement/exercise of stock-based compensation awards in the income statement, whereas previously these benefits were recorded in stockholders’ equity. This change was applied on a prospective basis to settlements/exercises occurring on or after January 1, 2017, and had an insignificant effect on our financial results in the first quarter of 2017.
In addition, ASU No. 2016-09 requires that all income-tax-related cash flows resulting from share-based payments be reported as operating activities and that cash paid by directly withholding shares for tax withholding purposes be classified as a financing activity in the statement of cash flows. These changes were applied retrospectively and resulted in an increase in operating cash flows, with a corresponding decrease in financing cash flows, of $39,000 for the three months ended March 31, 2016.
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