Navigant Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2018 Financial Results and Provides 2019 Outlook

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Navigant (NYSE: NCI) today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2018, which finished in-line with the Companys communicated guidance range.

Fourth quarter 2018 financial summary:

  • Revenues and revenues before reimbursements (RBR) of $193.2 and $174.6 million respectively, were up 9% and 11% compared to fourth quarter 2017
  • Net income from continuing operations of $3.8 million was down $18.6 million from the prior year period primarily due to the tax gain related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (Tax Reform) recognized in 2017
  • Net income attributable to Navigant Consulting, Inc. of $5.9 million, or $0.14 per share, was down $37.2 million compared to the prior year period primarily due to the impact of divesting the Companys Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment and Transaction Advisory Services practice (SaleCo divestiture) earlier in 2018 and the gain related to Tax Reform recognized in the prior year period
  • Adjusted Earnings per Share (EPS) from continuing operations of $0.10 was up $0.01 compared to fourth quarter 2017
  • Repurchased $57.1 million of common stock through the Companys accelerated share repurchase plan

Full year 2018 financial summary:

  • Revenues and revenues before reimbursements (RBR) of $743.6 and $672.7 million respectively, were up 4% and 6% compared to full year 2017
  • Net income from continuing operations of $15.2 million was down $16.2 million from the prior year period primarily due to the Tax Reform gain recognized in 2017
  • Net income attributable to Navigant Consulting, Inc. of $120.6 million, or $2.64 per share, was up $45.6 million compared to the prior year period primarily due to the gain recognized from the SaleCo divestiture which more than offset the benefit related to Tax Reform recognized in the prior year period
  • Adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.47 increased $0.11 compared to full year 2017
  • Returned $116.9 million to shareholders, including repurchases of common stock totaling $112.5 million and the initiation of a quarterly dividend
  • Delivered full-year 2018 results within communicated guidance ranges

2019 outlook:

  • Management provides full year 2019 financial outlook including RBR guidance of between $735 million and $765 million, Adjusted EBITDA between $70 million and $80 million and Adjusted EPS between $0.85 and $1.00

2018 was a year of significant transformation for Navigant, said Julie Howard, chairman and CEO of Navigant. In the year, we advanced our strategy by becoming a more specialized management consulting and managed services firm with a concentrated focus on industries undergoing significant market, regulatory and technological transformation. We sought out innovative new ways to serve our clients, including the launch of a first-of-its-kind joint-venture with Baptist Health South Florida to expand our managed services portfolio and deliver more consistent revenue streams. We expanded our digital and analytic capabilities in each segment and enhanced our capital allocation strategy by returning nearly $117 million to our shareholders through accelerated share repurchases and the initiation of a quarterly dividend.

Howard continued, We accomplished these objectives while also producing solid operating results and delivering against our guidance targets for the year. We enter 2019 with significant opportunities in front of us, the financial flexibility to pursue growth and confidence in our ability to execute. Our future has never been brighter.

FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL-YEAR 2018 FINANCIAL RESULTS

 
      For the quarter ended December 31,       For the year ended December 31,  
        Increase /         Increase /

(Dollars in millions, excluding per share data)

  2018     2017     (Decrease)     2018     2017     (Decrease)  
Revenue $   193.2 $   177.0 $   16.2 $   743.6 $ 714.1 $ 29.5
RBR $ 174.6 $ 156.6 $ 18.0 $ 672.7 $ 636.9 $ 35.8
Net income from continuing operations $ 3.8 $ 22.4 $ (18.6 ) $ 15.2 $   31.4 $   (16.2 )
Net income attrib. to Navigant Consulting, Inc. $ 5.9 $ 43.1 $ (37.2 ) $ 120.6 $ 75.0 $ 45.6
Adjusted EBITDA (1) $ 12.8 $ 15.2 $ (2.4 ) $ 57.0 $ 59.1 $ (2.1 )
Adjusted Earnings per Share (1)         $0.10         $0.09         $0.01           $0.47         $0.36         $0.11  
(1) Continuing operations only. See definition and reconciliation of non-GAAP measures elsewhere in this release
 

Navigant reported fourth quarter 2018 revenues and RBR of $193.2 million and $174.6 million respectively, up 9% and 11% compared to the fourth quarter 2017. The quarter benefited from stronger-than-expected performance of the Health System Solutions (HSS) joint-venture and continued robust demand in the Energy segment which helped to offset slower conversion of engagements in Healthcare consulting.

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for fourth quarter 2018 was $12.8 million, down $2.4 million from the prior year period driven by a higher-than-usual year-end pause in our Financial Services Advisory and Compliance (FSAC) segment, slower-than-expected results in Healthcare consulting and higher general and administrative costs in the current year period.

Fourth quarter 2018 net income attributable to Navigant Consulting, Inc. of $5.9 million was down $37.2 million compared to the prior year period due to the current period impact related to the absence of the businesses included in the SaleCo divestiture, as well as the lapping of the Tax Reform gain recognized in the prior year period. Net income from continuing operations of $3.8 million was down $18.6 million from the prior year period primarily due to the Tax Reform gain recognized in the prior year period. Fourth quarter 2018 Adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.10 was up $0.01 compared to fourth quarter 2017, as lower operating profitability, discussed above, was more than offset by lower net interest cost and a lower share count in the current year period.

Navigant reported full year 2018 revenues and RBR of $743.6 million and $672.7 million respectively, up 4% and 6% compared to full year 2017. All three segments realized RBR growth year-over-year with FSAC and Energy both seeing double digit growth at 14% and 12%, respectively. The Healthcare segment grew modestly, with RBR up 1%, as the contribution of HSS was largely offset by lower year-over-year performance in Healthcare consulting.

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations for 2018 was $57.0 million, down $2.1 million from the prior year as the maintenance of resources in Healthcare consulting, as well as headcount and technology investments in the FSAC segment offset the contributions from robust performance in our Energy segment and the contribution of the new managed services engagements in Healthcare (through the HSS joint-venture) and FSAC.

Net income attributable to Navigant Consulting, Inc. of $120.6 million, was up $45.6 million compared to the prior year largely due to a gain recognized from the SaleCo divestiture, which more than offset the Tax Reform benefit and a full-year of results from discontinued operations (compared to a partial year in 2018) in the prior year period. Net income from continuing operations of $15.2 million was down $16.2 million compared to the prior year period primarily due to the Tax Reform benefit recognized in 2017. Full year 2018 Adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.47 was up $0.11 compared to full year 2017 aided by lower depreciation and amortization, lower net interest costs and a lower share count in the current year period. Full year 2018 Adjusted EPS includes $0.05 of adjustments to reflect the prior period impact related to the settlement of our 2014 income tax audit with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). See non-GAAP reconciliations for more details.

CASH FLOW AND BALANCE SHEET

Fourth quarter 2018 net cash used in operating activities was $5.8 million compared to net cash provided by operating activities of $70.7 million for fourth quarter 2017. This change is primarily driven by the absence of net income from discontinuing operations and a large tax payment related to the SaleCo divestiture in the current year period, as well as lower working capital in the prior year period. Days Sales Outstanding for continuing operations was 70 days as of December 31, 2018, a 3-day improvement compared to December 31, 2017. Our $350 million credit facility remains undrawn as of December 31, 2018 and cash and cash equivalents were $206.9 million at the end of the period.

Navigant continued its accelerated pace of share buybacks by repurchasing 2.5 million shares of common stock during the fourth quarter 2018 at an aggregate cost of $57.1 million and an average price of $22.83 per share. As of December 31, 2018, the Company had $78.3 million remaining under its stock repurchase authorization, which was refreshed on May 10, 2018 and expires on December 31, 2020.

FOURTH QUARTER 2018 SEGMENT RESULTS

 
    For the quarter ended December 31,
        Increase /

(Dollars in millions, numbers may not foot due to rounding)

2018   2017   (Decrease)  
RBR
Healthcare $ 105.5 $ 93.7 $ 11.8
Energy 34.6 30.7 3.9
Financial Services Advisory and Compliance   34.5     32.2     2.3  
Total Company $ 174.6   $ 156.6   $ 18.0  
Revenues
Healthcare $ 113.2 $ 102.8 $ 10.4
Energy 42.4 37.0 5.4
Financial Services Advisory and Compliance   37.6     37.2     0.4  
Total Company $ 193.2   $ 177.0   $ 16.2  
Segment Operating Profit
Healthcare $ 28.5 $ 27.3 $ 1.2
Energy 10.1 8.3 1.8
Financial Services Advisory and Compliance   9.8     12.8     (3.0 )
Total Company $ 48.4   $ 48.4   $  
Segment Operating Margin (% of RBR)
Healthcare 27.0 % 29.1 % -2.1 %
Energy 29.2 % 27.0 % 2.2 %
Financial Services Advisory and Compliance   28.4 %   39.8 %   -11.4 %
Total Company       27.7 %       30.9 %       -3.2 %

Healthcare segment RBR of $105.5 million increased 13% for the fourth quarter 2018 compared to the same prior year period driven by the contribution of the HSS joint venture with Baptist Health South Florida which more than offset prolonged softness in certain areas of Healthcare consulting. Segment operating profit of $28.5 million increased $1.2 million in fourth quarter 2018 compared to the fourth quarter 2017 as the contributions from HSS and improving margins in managed services more than offset lower top-line performance in healthcare consulting.

Energy segment RBR for fourth quarter 2018 of $34.6 million increased 13% compared to fourth quarter 2017, driven by continued strong demand across the segment. Segment operating profit of $10.1 million for the quarter was up 22% compared to the fourth quarter 2017 driven by the strong top-line performance and higher utilization in the current year period.

FSAC segment RBR for the fourth quarter 2018 finished at $34.5 million, up 7% compared to fourth quarter 2017, driven by the ramp-up of the new managed services engagement which began in the third quarter 2018. Segment operating profit of $9.8 million was down $3.0 million compared to the prior year period as a prolonged year-end pause with some large clients and start-up delays on certain engagements drove lower utilization in the current year period.

2019 GUIDANCE

Management provides its full year 2019 outlook:

  • Revenues estimated to be between $810 million and $840 million
  • RBR expected to range between $735 million and $765 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA expected to range between $70 million and $80 million
  • Adjusted EPS estimated to be between $0.85 and $1.00 per share
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow estimated to be between $43 million and $53 million
  • Capital expenditures estimated to be approximately $20 million

CONFERENCE CALL DETAILS

Navigant will host a conference call to discuss the Companys fourth quarter and full year 2018 results at 10 a.m. Eastern Time (9 a.m. Central Time) later this morning, Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019. The conference call may be accessed via the Navigant website (investors.navigant.com) or by dialing 888.455.9733 (630.395.0358 for international callers) and referencing pass code NCI. Presentation materials for the webcast, as well as a report of financial and related supplemental information will be available on the Navigant website, as will an archived replay of the earnings conference call.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

This press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Reconciliations of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) are included in the financial schedules attached to this press release. This information should be considered as supplemental in nature and not as a substitute for, or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Navigant has provided guidance regarding Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings Per Share both of which exclude the impact of severance expense and other operating costs (benefit), as applicable. Navigant is not able to accurately forecast the excluded items at the level of precision that would be required to be included in the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure without unreasonable efforts.

BASIS OF PRESENTATION

Due to the sale of the Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment and the Transaction Advisory Services practice, formerly part of the Financial Services Advisory and Compliance segment, the Company has classified these businesses as discontinued operations with the assets and liabilities being presented as held-for-sale in prior periods. Prior period comparisons have been adjusted to reflect this reporting change.

DEFINITIONS

  • Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per Share (EPS) Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA “ earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization “ excluding the impact of severance expense and other operating costs (benefit), as applicable. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per Share exclude the net income and per share net income impact of severance expense, other operating costs (benefit) and certain tax adjustments including the benefit recognized in the fourth quarter 2017 related to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the impact of prior period tax adjustments related to the settlement of our 2014 income tax audit with the IRS (impacting 2018 periods only), as applicable. While other operating costs (benefit) are generally non-recurring in nature, severance expense and certain other operating costs are not considered to be non-recurring, infrequent or unusual to our business. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with enhanced comparability of Navigants results of operations across periods. See non-GAAP reconciliations for more details.
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow is calculated as net cash provided by (used in) operations excluding the change in assets, liabilities and allowance for doubtful accounts less cash payment for property, equipment and deferred acquisition liabilities. Adjusted Free Cash Flow does not represent cash available for spending as it excludes certain contractual obligations such as debt repayment. However, management believes that Adjusted Free Cash Flow provides investors with an indicator of cash available for on-going business operations and long-term value creation. See non-GAAP reconciliations for more details.

ABOUT NAVIGANT

Navigant Consulting, Inc. (NYSE: NCI) (the Company) is a specialized, global professional services firm that helps clients take control of their future. Navigants professionals apply deep industry knowledge, substantive technical expertise, and an enterprising approach to help clients build, manage, and/or protect their business interests. With a focus on markets and clients facing transformational change and significant regulatory or legal pressures, the firm primarily serves clients in the healthcare, energy, and financial services industries. Across a range of advisory, consulting, outsourcing, and technology/analytics services, Navigants practitioners bring sharp insight that pinpoints opportunities and delivers powerful results. More information about Navigant can be found at navigant.com.

Statements included in this report which are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may generally be identified by words such as anticipate, believe, may, should, could, intend, estimate, expect, likely, continue, plan, projects, positioned, outlook and similar expressions. These statements are based upon managements current expectations and speak only as of the date of this report. The Company cautions readers that there may be events in the future that the Company is not able to accurately predict or control and the information contained in the forward-looking statements is inherently uncertain and subject to a number of risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in or implied by the forward-looking statements including, without limitation: the risk of unanticipated costs, liabilities or an adverse impact on the Companys business operations arising from the Companys provision of post-divestiture transition services and support in connection with the sale of the Companys Disputes, Forensics and Legal Technology segment and the transaction advisory services practice within the Companys Financial Services Advisory and Compliance segment; the execution of the Companys long-term growth objectives and margin improvement initiatives; risks inherent in international operations, including foreign currency fluctuations; ability to make acquisitions and divestitures and complete such acquisitions and divestitures in the time anticipated; pace, timing and integration of acquisitions; operational risks associated with new or expanded service areas, including business process management services; impairments; changes in accounting standards or tax rates, laws or regulations; management of professional staff, including dependence on key personnel, recruiting, retention, attrition and the ability to successfully integrate new consultants into the Companys practices; utilization rates; conflicts of interest; potential loss of clients or large engagements and the Companys ability to attract new business; brand equity; competition; accurate pricing of engagements, particularly fixed fee and multi-year engagements; clients financial condition and their ability to make payments to the Company; risks inherent with litigation; higher risk client assignments; government contracting; professional liability; information security; the adequacy of our business, financial and information systems and technology; maintenance of effective internal controls; potential legislative and regulatory changes; continued and sufficient access to capital; compliance with covenants in our credit agreement; interest rate risk; and market and general economic and political conditions. Further information on these and other potential factors that could affect the Companys business and financial condition and the results of operations are included in the Risk Factors section of the Companys Form 10-K, and elsewhere in the Companys filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), which are available on the SECs website or at investors.navigant.com. The Company cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievement and undertakes no obligation to update any of its forward-looking statements.

 
NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data (1))
(Unaudited)

 

    For the quarter ended     For the year ended
December 31,   December 31,  
2018     2017   2018     2017  
Revenues:
Revenues before reimbursements $ 174,639 $ 156,635 $ 672,694 $ 636,942
Reimbursements   18,576     20,398     70,920     77,124  
Total revenues 193,215 177,033 743,614 714,066
Cost of services:
Cost of services before reimbursable expenses 127,570 109,009 479,572 443,423
Reimbursable expenses   18,576     20,398     70,920     77,124  
Total cost of services 146,146 129,407 550,492 520,547
General and administrative expenses 34,507 32,663 138,571 139,024
Depreciation expense 5,074 4,806 20,040 20,398
Amortization expense 1,476 2,156 6,461 8,574
Other operating costs   51     280     3,128     2,600  
Operating income 5,961 7,721 24,922 22,923
Interest expense 300 758 2,708 3,022
Interest income (1,095 ) (109 ) (1,988 ) (320 )
Other (benefit) expense, net   (449 )   410     119     895  
Income from continuing operations before income tax expense 7,205 6,662 24,083 19,326
Income tax expense (benefit)   3,381       (15,704 )   8,900     (12,031 )
Net income from continuing operations 3,824 22,366 15,183 31,357
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax   2,413     20,754     105,848     43,595  
Net income 6,237 43,120 121,031 74,952
Income attributable to non-controlling interest, net of tax   (319 )       (389 )    
Net income attributable to Navigant Consulting, Inc. $ 5,918   $ 43,120   $ 120,642   $ 74,952  
 
Basic net income per share data
Income from continuing operations attributable to Navigant Consulting, Inc. $ 0.08 $ 0.49 $ 0.33 $ 0.67
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax $ 0.06   $ 0.45   $ 2.39   $ 0.94  
Net income attributable to Navigant Consulting, Inc. $ 0.14 $ 0.94 $ 2.72 $ 1.61
Shares used in computing basic per share data 42,442 45,708 44,328 46,593
 
Diluted net income per share data
Income from continuing operations attributable to Navigant Consulting, Inc. $ 0.08 $ 0.47 $ 0.32 $ 0.65
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax $ 0.06   $ 0.44   $ 2.31   $ 0.90  
Net income attributable to Navigant Consulting, Inc. $ 0.14 $ 0.91 $ 2.64 $ 1.55
Shares used in computing diluted per share data 43,594 47,223 45,727 48,226
 
NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AND SELECTED DATA
(In thousands, except DSO data)
(Unaudited)
 
    December 31,     December 31,
2018   2017  
 
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 206,920 $ 8,449
Accounts receivable, net and contract assets 179,923 165,838
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 22,512 21,006
Assets held for sale       361,030  
Total current assets 409,355 556,323
Non-current assets:
Property and equipment, net 63,025 71,432
Intangible assets, net 14,166 20,172
Goodwill 422,357 422,959
Other assets   8,644     9,378  
Total assets $ 917,547   $ 1,080,264  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 13,302 $ 8,404
Accrued liabilities 15,558 9,734
Accrued compensation-related costs 69,555 58,515
Income tax payable 13,357 3,199
Other current liabilities 34,044 30,550
Liabilities held for sale       86,384  
Total current liabilities 145,816 196,786
Non-current liabilities:
Deferred income tax liabilities 33,901 36,598
Other non-current liabilities 25,277 26,602
Bank debt non-current       132,944  
Total non-current liabilities   59,178     196,144  
Total liabilities   204,994     392,930  
Stockholders’ equity:
Common stock 49 58
Additional paid-in capital 664,473 659,825
Treasury stock (160,972 ) (224,366 )
Retained earnings 211,543 270,995
Accumulated other comprehensive loss   (6,529 )   (19,178 )
Total Navigant Consulting Inc. stockholders’ equity 708,564 687,334
Non-controlling interest   3,989      
Total stockholders’ equity   712,553     687,334  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 917,547   $ 1,080,264  
 
Days sales outstanding, net (DSO) – Continuing operations 70 73
 
NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (in thousands) (Unaudited)
 
    For the quarter ended     For the year ended
December 31,   December 31,  
2018     2017   2018     2017  
Cash flows from operating activities:  
Net income $ 6,307 $ 43,120 $ 121,031 $ 74,952
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by
operating activities:
Depreciation expense 5,074 6,785 23,815 28,826
Amortization expense 1,475 2,247 6,672 8,960
Share-based compensation expense 1,462 2,623 6,582 13,037
Deferred income taxes (1,355 ) (23,517 ) (27,706 ) (16,463 )
Allowance for doubtful accounts receivable 1,157 1,411 8,742 7,755
Payments of contingent acquisition liabilities in excess of initial fair value (1,186 ) (1,700 )
Contingent acquisition liability adjustments, net 2,213
Loss (gain) on disposition of assets 2,735 (84,436 )
Other, net (816 ) 1,286 996 3,113
Changes in assets and liabilities (net of dispositions):
Accounts receivable, net and contract assets (5,269 ) 28,160 (34,464 ) (11,773 )
Prepaid expenses and other assets (6,289 ) (5,677 ) 3,806 (6,712 )
Accounts payable 4,356 152 1,436 1,058
Accrued liabilities (6,586 ) 89 (86 ) 1,158
Accrued compensation-related costs 5,827 7,354 1,938 (10,589 )
Income taxes payable (27,288 ) 3,281 8,457 3,248
Other liabilities   13,410     3,402     1,992     5,452  
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities (5,800 ) 70,716 37,589 102,535
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (4,253 ) (7,921 ) (15,543 ) (38,650 )
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired (5,000 ) (5,000 )
Proceeds from dispositions, net of selling costs 426,079
Other, net       (121 )       (812 )
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities (4,253 ) (13,042 ) 410,536 (44,462 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Issuances of common stock 440 708 3,550 3,919
Repurchases of common stock (57,096 ) (14,993 ) (112,546 ) (43,005 )
Dividend payments (2,093 ) (4,315 )
Payments of contingent acquisition liabilities (1,000 ) (2,170 ) (8,630 )
Repayments to banks (108,036 ) (453,064 ) (457,200 )
Borrowings from banks 64,066 321,231 452,524
Payments of debt issuance costs (451 ) (5 ) (451 ) (1,297 )
Non-controlling interest 3,600
Other, net   (167 )   (122 )   (4,861 )   (5,009 )
Net cash used in financing activities (60,367 ) (58,382 ) (249,026 ) (58,698 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   (85 )   152     (628 )   783  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents (70,505 ) (556 ) 198,471 158
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period   277,425     9,005     8,449     8,291  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 206,920   $ 8,449   $ 206,920   $ 8,449  
 
NAVIGANT CONSULTING, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
(In thousands, except per share data and percentages (1))
(Unaudited)
 

EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings Per Share (2)

    For the quarter ended     For the year ended
December 31,   December 31,  
2018     2017   2018     2017  
Severance expense $ 246 $ 268 $ 2,492   $ 4,593
Income tax benefit (3)   (49 )   (98 )   (659 )   (1,772 )
Tax-effected impact of severance expense $ 197   $ 170   $ 1,833   $ 2,821  
 
Other operating (benefit) costs – contingent acquisition liability adjustment, net $ (984 ) $ $ (984 ) $ 2,213
Income tax expense (benefit) (3)   205         205     (888 )
Tax-effected impact of other operating (benefits) costs – contingent acquisition liability adjustment, net $ (779 ) $   $ (779 ) $ 1,325  
 
Other operating costs (benefit) – gain on termination of swaps and other financing costs $ 30 $ $ (418 ) $ 145
Income tax (benefit) expense (3)   (8 )       114     (58 )
Tax-effected impact of other operating costs (benefit) – gain on termination of swaps and other financing costs $ 22   $   $ (304 ) $ 87  
 
Other operating costs – asset impairment $ 1,019 $ $ 1,019 $
Income tax benefit (3)   (278 )       (278 )    
Tax-effected impact of other operating costs – other impairment $ 741   $   $ 741   $  
 
Other operating costs -other (benefits) costs (4) $ (14 ) $ 280 $ 3,511 $ 242
Income tax expense (benefit) (3)   1     (113 )   (960 )   (97 )
Tax-effected impact of other operating (benefits) costs – other costs $ (13 ) $ 167   $ 2,551   $ 145  
 
Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation:
Net income from continuing operations $ 3,824 $ 22,366 $ 15,183 $ 31,357
Interest expense 300 758 2,708 3,022
Interest income (1,095 ) (109 ) (1,988 ) (320 )
Other (benefit) expense, net (449 ) 410 119 895
Income tax expense (benefit) 3,381 (15,704 ) 8,900 (12,031 )
Depreciation expense 5,074 4,806 20,040 20,398
Accelerated depreciation – office consolidation (included in other operating costs) 101 101
Amortization expense   1,476     2,156     6,461     8,574  
EBITDA $ 12,511 $ 14,784 $ 51,423 $ 51,996
Severance expense 246 268 2,492 4,593
Other operating (benefit) costs – contingent acquisition liability adjustment, net (984 ) (984 ) 2,213
Other operating costs (benefit) – gain on termination of swaps and other financing costs 30 (418 ) 145
Other operating costs – other impairment 1,019 1,019
Other operating (benefits) costs – other costs   (14 )   179     3,511     141  
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations $ 12,808   $ 15,231   $ 57,043   $ 59,088  
 
Adjusted Net Income reconciliation:
Net income from continuing operations $ 3,824 $ 22,366 $ 15,183 $ 31,357
Tax-effected impact of severance expense 197 170 1,833 2,821
Tax-effected impact of other operating (benefits) costs – contingent acquisition liability adjustment, net (779 ) (779 ) 1,325
Tax-effected impact of other operating costs (benefit) – gain on termination of swaps and other financing costs 22 (304 ) 87
Tax-effected impact of other operating costs – other impairment 741 741
Tax-effected impact of other operating (benefits) costs – other costs (13 ) 167 2,551 145
Impact of certain income tax related items (5)   235     (18,493 )   2,235     (18,493 )
Adjusted Net Income from continuing operations $ 4,227   $ 4,210   $ 21,460   $ 17,242  
Shares used in computing adjusted per diluted share data 43,594 47,223 45,727 48,226
Adjusted Earnings per Share from continuing operations $ 0.10   $ 0.09   $ 0.47   $ 0.36  
 
For the quarter ended For the year ended

Adjusted Free Cash Flow (6)

December 31,   December 31,  
2018   2017   2018   2017  
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities $ (5,800 ) $ 70,716 $ 37,589 $ 102,535
Changes in assets and liabilities 21,839 (36,761 ) 16,921 18,158
Allowance for doubtful accounts receivable (1,157 ) (1,411 ) (8,742 ) (7,755 )
Purchases of property and equipment (4,253 ) (7,921 ) (15,543 ) (38,650 )
Payments of contingent acquisition liabilities   (1,000 )       (2,170 )   (8,630 )
Adjusted Free Cash Flow $ 9,629   $ 24,623   $ 28,055   $ 65,658  
 
   

Leverage Ratio (7)

    At December 31,    
2018       2017  
Adjusted EBITDA for prior twelve-month period (continuing + discontinued operations) $ 110,526   $ 125,838  
Bank debt $ $ 132,944
Leverage Ratio 1.06
 
For the quarter ended For the year ended

Organic Growth (8)

December 31,   December 31,  
2018   2017   Growth   2018   2017   Growth  
Revenues before reimbursements $ 174,639 $ 156,635 11.5 % $ 672,694 $ 636,942 5.6 %
Pro forma acquisition adjustment 473 4,741
Currency impact   436             (1,907 )        
Organic RBR $ 175,075 $ 157,108 11.4 % $ 670,787 $ 641,683 4.5 %
 

Footnotes

(1) Per share data may not sum due to rounding.
(2) EBITDA is earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of severance expense and other operating costs (benefit), as applicable. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Earnings per Share exclude net income and per share net income impact of severance expense and other operating costs (benefit) and certain tax adjustments including the benefit recognized in the fourth quarter 2017 related to the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and the impact of prior period tax adjustments related to the settlement of our 2014 income tax audit with the IRS (impacting 2018 periods only), as applicable. While other operating costs (benefit) are generally non-recurring in nature, severance expense and certain other operating costs are not considered to be non-recurring, infrequent or unusual to our business. Management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide investors with enhanced comparability of Navigant’s results of operations across periods.
(3) Effective income tax expense has been determined based on specific tax jurisdiction.
(4) In 2018, the Company incurred non-recurring legal costs relating to a shareholder proxy contest, as well as non-recurring fees and expenses relating to the SaleCo transaction.
(5) In Q4 2017, the Company recorded adjustments to its deferred income tax liabilities related to the impact of 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that resulted in an income tax benefit. In Q4 2018, the Company settled its 2014 income tax audit with the IRS. The settlement resulted in an incremental tax expense related to the timing of tax deductions on certain executive compensation awards that required employment beyond the year of deduction. Although tax expense also includes adjustments for the 2014-2017 tax years, the adjustment is primarily driven by the deductions taken on our 2014 income tax return. After reaching this settlement in Q4 2018, the Company restated the Q1-Q3 2018 Adjusted EPS figures to reflect amounts accrued in those periods for this settlement. The adjustment includes related interest cost.
(6) Adjusted Free Cash Flow is calculated as net cash provided from operations excluding changes in assets and liabilities and allowance for doubtful accounts receivable less cash payments for property and equipment and deferred acquisition related payments. Adjusted Free Cash Flow does not represent discretionary cash available for spending as it excludes certain contractual obligations such as debt repayment. However, management believes that it provides investors with an indicator of cash flows available for on-going business operations and long-term value creation.
(7) Leverage ratio is calculated as bank debt at the end of the period divided by Adjusted EBITDA (for continuing and discontinued operations) for the prior twelve-month period. Management believes that leverage ratio provides investors with an indicator of the cash flows available to repay the Company’s debt obligations.
(8) Organic growth represents revenues before reimbursements from continuing operations adjusted to include the impact of our acquisitions as if we owned them from the beginning of each comparable period and adjusted to exclude the impact of foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations. Management believes that organic growth reflects the growth of our existing business and is, therefore, useful in analyzing the Company’s financial condition and results of operations.
 

Kyle Bland
Navigant Investor Relations
312.573.5624
[email protected]

Belia Ortega
Navigant Corporate Communications
312.583.2640
[email protected]