Wed, 26 Jun 2019

JACKSONVILLE, FL / ACCESSWIRE / May 15, 2019 / GEE Group Inc. (NYSE American: JOB) ('the Company' or 'GEE Group'), a provider of professional staffing services and human resource solutions, today announced results for the second quarter ended March 31, 2019.

2019 Fiscal Second Quarter Highlights

  • Revenue for the fiscal 2019 second quarter was approximately $36.2 million, down by approximately 9%, a decrease from the $39.9 million recorded in the second quarter of fiscal 2018. Contract staffing services contributed approximately $31.8 million or approximately 88% of revenue and direct placement services contributed approximately $4.4 million or approximately 12% of revenue. This compares to contract staffing services of approximately $34.5 million or approximately 87% of revenue and direct hire placement services of approximately $5.3 million or approximately 13% of revenue respectively for the same quarter of fiscal 2018. The decrease in contract staffing services revenue of approximately $2.7 million, or approximately 8%, for the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared to the three months ended March 31, 2018 was impacted in part by a slower post holiday recovery in hiring in many markets and due to reductions in the temporary workforce requirements of a few key customers in the professional and industrial services divisions. Also contributing to the decline in revenue were higher than normal incidences of bad weather in the Company's mid-west and northeastern markets plus an additional holiday workday in the quarter ended March 31, 2019. In addition, revenue was impacted somewhat by the residual effects of office consolidations and office closures and other reductions in GEE Group's core workforce that were undertaken by the Company to maximize productivity, reduce overall field costs and improve profitability. Direct hire placement revenue for the three months ended March 31, 2019 decreased by approximately $1 million compared to the three months ended March 31, 2018. The decrease in direct hire placement revenue was mostly attributable to the various factors as set forth above affecting contract staffing services.

  • Revenue from the combined professional contract staffing and professional direct hire placement services, which is comprised of staffing and solutions in the information technology, engineering, healthcare, legal, and finance and accounting specialties, was approximately $31.1 million, and represents approximately 86% of total revenue for the 2019 fiscal second quarter.

  • Overall gross margin for the fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2019 (including direct placement services) was approximately 32.4% compared to approximately 34.2% for the fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 2018. The change in the overall gross margin was primarily due to greater direct hire placement revenue (which is recorded at 100% gross margin) for the prior year fiscal second quarter. Professional contract staffing services gross margin (excluding direct placement services) for the 2019 fiscal second quarter was approximately 25.0% compared to approximately 25.8% for the 2018 fiscal second quarter. The change in professional contract staffing services gross margin was due to various factors including increased revenue from lower margin vendor management systems (VMS) and managed service providers (MSP) customers, and specialty revenue mix change. Industrial contract services gross margin for the 2019 fiscal second quarter was unchanged at approximately 13.6% when compared to approximately 13.6% for the 2018 fiscal second quarter.

  • Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) declined by approximately $1.5 million dollars and was approximately 29% as a percentage of revenue for the 2019 fiscal second quarter, compared to approximately 30% for the 2018 fiscal second quarter.

  • GAAP loss from operations was approximately $821,000 for the 2019 fiscal second quarter, compared to GAAP income from operations of approximately $15,000 for the comparable 2018 fiscal second quarter.

  • GAAP net loss for the 2019 fiscal second quarter was approximately $3.9 million, compared to GAAP net loss of approximately $2.9 million for the comparable 2018 fiscal second quarter.

  • Higher interest expense which included the issuance of stock for interest payments for the 2019 fiscal second quarter contributed in part to the the increase in GAAP net loss as compared with the fiscal second quarter of 2018.

  • Adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, noncash stock and stock option expenses, acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses (adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure) for the 2019 fiscal second quarter was approximately $ 1.90 million vs. approximately $2.02 million for the comparable prior fiscal year second quarter (see non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA reconciliation to GAAP net income (net loss) attached to this press release).

  • Select GAAP financial information: GAAP interest expense of approximately $3.1 million for the 2019 fiscal second quarter included noncash payments in kind ('PIK') of the Company's common stock of approximately $401,500. GAAP current liabilities of approximately $13.4 million includes an acquisition deposit for a working capital guarantee of $883,000.

  • Revolving Credit Facility and Term Loan: GEE Group amended its Revolving Credit, Term Loan and Security Agreement effective as of May 15, 2019. The Company believes the loan modifications are beneficial, provide more financial flexibility, improve cash flow and will better meet its needs as it executes its growth strategy. The amendment includes substantially reduced future principal payments through March 31, 2020, greater flexibility on loan covenants and other changes that GEE Group views as favorable. See Form 10Q for the period ended March 31, 2019 filed with the SEC for a more complete description and a complete copy of the amendment.

  • $2,000,000 Sale of Convertible Subordinated Notes: On May 15, 2019, GEE Group entered into 'Subscription Agreements' with certain officers and directors to purchase in the aggregate principal amount of $2,000,000, 8% Convertible Subordinated Notes (the 'Notes') of the Company in connection with an exempt offering of the Notes by the Company under 'Regulation D' of the Securities Act of 1933. The Notes will carry payment in kind interest ('PIK') payable in a Series C 8% Cumulative Convertible Preferred Stock ('Series C Preferred Stock'). The Notes are convertible at the option of the holders into Series C Preferred Stock which in turn are convertible at the holder's option to GEE Group common stock. The Company anticipates that it will use the proceeds from the sale of the Notes for general corporate purposes and to fund its growth initiatives.

The aforementioned 2019 Fiscal Second Quarter Highlights and Financial Information should be read in conjunction with all of the financial and other information included in GEE Group's Quarterly Reports filed with the SEC on Form 10Q for the respective periods, Current Reports on Forms 8K & 8K/A and Information Statements on Schedules 14A & 14C filed with the SEC, and Annual Reports on Form 10K filed with the SEC for the fiscal years ended in 2016, 2017, and 2018. Also, the discussion of financial results in this press release and disclosures regarding the use of non-GAAP financial measures and related schedules attached hereto which reconcile non-GAAP financial measures to the financial information prescribed by GAAP are important to readers to help gain a more comprehensive understanding of the Company's financial results. The non-GAAP financial measures and metrics of financial results or financial performance presented herein are not a substitute for the financial measures provided by GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives, replacements or superior to financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP. Financial information provided in this press release may consist of estimates, projections and certain assumptions that are considered forward looking statements and that are predictive in nature and depend on future events. The estimates and assumptions and related projected financial results may not be realized nor are they guarantees of future performance.

GEE Group uses the above-mentioned non-GAAP financial measures internally to evaluate its operating performance and for planning purposes and believes that these are useful financial measures also used by investors .These non-GAAP financial measures are not a substitute for nor superior to financial measures provided by GAAP and all measures and disclosures of financial information pursuant to GAAP as reflected in the Form 10Q filed with the SEC for the respective periods should be read to obtain a comprehensive and thorough understanding of the Company's financial results. The reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA to GAAP net income (net loss) is provided in a schedule that is a part of this press release.

Management Comments

Derek E. Dewan, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GEE Group, commented, 'We are encouraged about the increased use of contingent labor in the 'gig economy'. Secular changes in the workforce, together with a very tight domestic job market, are driving the demand for all of our staffing services, which have picked up since the fiscal 2019 second quarter. The Company continues to focus on internal growth and increasing market share through targeted sales and marketing efforts directed to existing and new customers. Additionally, GEE Group will capitalize on opportunities to selectively increase revenue-producing headcount in key markets with emphasis on its specialized industry verticals, including information technology, finance and accounting, engineering and healthcare. The Company's internal growth efforts will be augmented by strategic acquisitions.

Mr. Dewan added, 'GEE's enhanced service capability in providing professional staffing services and human resource solutions, coupled with its extended geographic footprint, will help the Company achieve sustained organic growth in revenue and profitability while delivering exceptional customer service and rewarding careers for our employees and associates.'

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the Company's consolidated financial statements presented on a GAAP basis, the Company discloses certain financial information including non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA because management uses these supplemental non-GAAP financial measures to help evaluate performance period over period, to analyze the underlying trends in its business, to establish operational goals, to provide additional measures of operating performance, including using the information for internal planning relating to the Company's ability to meet debt service, make capital expenditures and provide working capital needs. In addition, the Company believes investors already use these non-GAAP measures to monitor the Company's performance. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA is defined by the Company as net income or net loss before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) plus non-cash stock option and stock-based compensation expenses, the change in contingent consideration and acquisition, integration and restructuring costs. Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA is not a term defined by GAAP and, as a result, the Company's measure of non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA might not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. Generally, a non-GAAP financial measure is a numerical measure of a company's performance, financial position or cash flow that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The non-GAAP financial measures discussed above, however, should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to net income or net loss and income or loss from operations as reported for GAAP on the Consolidated Statements of Income, cash and cash flows as reported for GAAP on the Consolidated Statement of Cash Flows or other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP, and as reflected on the Company's financial statements prepared in accordance with GAAP included in GEE Group's Form 10Q and Form 10K filed for the respective fiscal periods with the SEC. Reconciliation of GAAP net income or GAAP net loss to non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA is attached hereto.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP Net Income (net loss)
Quarter Ended March 31,
(In thousands)
2019
2018
Net income (net loss), GAAP
$ (3,890 ) $ (2,878 )
Interest expense, net
3,085 2,199
Income tax expense
(16 ) 694
Depreciation expense
101 98
Amortization expense
1,397 1,394
Stock compensation & stock option expense
549 336
Acquisition, integration & restructuring
592 181
Other
61 -
Non-GAAP adjusted EBITDA
$ 1,879 $ 2,024

GEE GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
Six Months Ended
March 31,



2019
2018
2019
2018
NET REVENUES:
Contract staffing services
$ 31,827 $ 34,520 $ 65,840 $ 73,981
Direct hire placement services
4,350 5,337 8,880 11,108
NET REVENUES
36,177 39,857 74,720 85,089
Cost of contract services
24,459 26,231 50,271 55,689
GROSS PROFIT
11,718 13,626 24,449 29,400
Selling, general and administrative expenses
(including noncash stock-based compensation expense
of $549 and $336, and $1,130 and $629 respectively)
10,449 11,938 20,528 24,704
Acquisition, integration and restructuring expenses
592 181 1,751 221
Depreciation expense
101 98 180 195
Amortization of intangible assets
1,397 1,394 2,793 2,790
INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS
(821 ) 15 (803 ) 1,490
Interest expense
(3,085 ) (2,199 ) (6,033 ) (5,493 )
LOSS BEFORE INCOME TAX PROVISION
(3,906 ) (2,184 ) (6,836 ) (4,003 )
Provision for income tax
16 (694 ) (506 ) (666 )
NET LOSS
$ (3,890 ) $ (2,878 ) $ (7,342 ) $ (4,669 )
NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO COMMON
STOCKHOLDERS
$ (3,890 ) $ (2,878 ) $ (7,342 ) $ (4,669 )
BASIC AND DILUTED LOSS PER SHARE
$ (0.34 ) $ (0.28 ) $ (0.65 ) $ (0.46 )
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF
SHARES - BASIC AND DILUTED
11,414 10,426 11,047 10,165

GEE GROUP INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (unaudited)
(In Thousands)


ASSETS
March 31, 2019
September 30, 2018
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash
$ 2,761 $ 3,213
Accounts receivable, less allowances ($302 and $302, respectively)
19,992 20,755
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
2,382 2,266
Total current assets
25,135 26,234 <

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