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Cra International, Inc. (CRAI) SEC Filing 8-K Material Event for the period ending Thursday, May 5, 2022

Cra International, Inc.

CIK: 1053706 Ticker: CRAI

Exhibit 99.1
Contacts:
Dan MahoneyNicholas Manganaro
Chief Financial OfficerSharon Merrill Associates, Inc.
Charles River Associates crai@investorrelations.com
617-425-3505617-542-5300

CHARLES RIVER ASSOCIATES (CRA) REPORTS
FINANCIAL RESULTS FOR THE FIRST QUARTER OF 2022
Broad-based Contributions Drive Record Quarterly Revenue and Continued Profit Expansion

BOSTON, May 5, 2022 – Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial and management consulting services
, today announced financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended April 2, 2022.

“CRA continued to build momentum in the business as revenue increased to $148.4 million, which represents the highest quarterly revenue in the company’s history,” said Paul Maleh, CRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our performance was broad based, with five practices—Antitrust & Competition Economics, Auctions & Competitive Bidding, Intellectual Property, Labor & Employment, and Risk, Investigations & Analytics—delivering double-digit revenue growth year over year. Importantly, CRA continues to expand its margins as CRA’s net income, earnings per diluted share and EBITDA all grew faster than revenue.”

Highlights for First Quarter Fiscal 2022
Revenue grew 1.3% year over year to $148.4 million.
Utilization was 74%, and quarter-end headcount increased 4.9% year over year.
Net income increased 8.8% year over year to $11.4 million, or 7.7% of revenue, compared with $10.5 million, or 7.2% of revenue, in the first quarter of fiscal 2021; non-GAAP net income increased 7.2% year over year to $11.6 million, or 7.8% of revenue, compared with $10.8 million, or 7.4% of revenue, in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
Earnings per diluted share increased 13.4% year over year to $1.52 from $1.34 in the first quarter of fiscal 2021; non-GAAP earnings per diluted share increased 11.7% year over year to $1.53 from $1.37 in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
Non-GAAP EBITDA increased 6.2% to $18.9 million, or 12.7% of revenue, compared with $17.8 million, or 12.1% of revenue, in the first quarter of fiscal 2021.
On a constant currency basis relative to the first quarter of fiscal 2021, revenue, GAAP net income, and earnings per diluted share would have been higher by $1.0 million, $0.1 million, and $0.01 per diluted share, respectively. Non-GAAP net income, earnings per diluted share, and EBITDA would have been higher by $0.1 million, $0.01 per diluted share, and $0.1 million, respectively.
CRA returned $7.4 million of capital to its shareholders, consisting of $2.4 million of dividend payments and $5.0 million for share repurchases of approximately 57,000 shares.
On February 28, 2022, as previously announced, CRA acquired substantially all of the assets of Welch Consulting, Ltd., a leader in economic consulting, research, and analysis of labor and employment issues.

Management Commentary and Financial Guidance
“As these first quarter results demonstrate, we continue to see solid demand for our portfolio of services,” continued Maleh. “We are reaffirming our previous guidance for full year fiscal 2022 of revenue in the range of $585 million to $605 million, and non-GAAP EBITDA margin in the range of 10.8% to 11.5%, both on a constant currency basis relative to fiscal 2021. While we are pleased with CRA’s performance to begin the year, we remain mindful that uncertainties around global economic, business, health, and political conditions can affect our business.”
CRA does not provide reconciliations of its annual non-GAAP EBITDA margin guidance to GAAP net income margin because the Company is unable to estimate with reasonable certainty unusual gains or charges, foreign currency exchange rates, and the resulting effect of these items, and of equity awards, on CRA’s taxes without unreasonable effort. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and may have a material effect on CRA’s results computed in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation between the historical GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures presented in this release is provided in the financial tables at the end of this release.
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Quarterly Dividend
On May 5, 2022, CRA’s Board of Directors announced a quarterly cash dividend of $0.31 per common share, payable on June 10, 2022 to shareholders of record as of May 31, 2022. CRA expects to continue paying quarterly dividends, the declaration, timing and amounts of which remain subject to the discretion of CRA’s Board of Directors.
Conference Call Information and Prepared CFO Remarks
CRA will host a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. ET to discuss its first-quarter 2022 financial results. To listen to the live call, please visit the “Investor Relations” section of CRA’s website at http://www.crai.com, or dial (877) 709-8155 or (201) 689-8881. An archived version of the webcast will be available on CRA’s website for one year.
In combination with this press release, CRA has posted prepared remarks by its CFO Dan Mahoney under “Quarterly Earnings” in the “Investor Relations” section on CRA’s website at http://www.crai.com. These remarks are offered to provide the investment community with additional background on CRA’s financial results prior to the start of the conference call.
About Charles River Associates (CRA)
Charles River Associates® is a leading global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial, and management consulting services. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems. Headquartered in Boston, CRA has offices throughout the world. Detailed information about Charles River Associates, a registered trade name of CRA International, Inc., is available at www.crai.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
In this release, CRA has supplemented the presentation of its financial results calculated in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles or “GAAP” with the following financial measures that are not calculated in accordance with GAAP: non‑GAAP net income, non‑GAAP net income per share and non‑GAAP EBITDA. CRA believes that the non-GAAP financial measures described in this press release are important to management and investors because these measures supplement the understanding of CRA’s ongoing operating results and financial condition. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are used by CRA in its budgeting process, and the non-GAAP adjustments are made to the performance measures for some of CRA’s performance-based compensation.
CRA defines non-GAAP EBITDA as net income before interest expense (net), income taxes, and depreciation and amortization further adjusted for the impact of certain items that we do not consider indicative of our core operating performance, such as non-cash amounts relating to valuation changes in contingent consideration, acquisition-related costs, and related tax effects. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP net income per share also exclude non-cash amounts relating to valuation changes in contingent consideration, acquisition-related costs, and related tax effects. This release also presents certain current fiscal period financial measures on a “constant currency” basis in order to isolate the effect that foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations can have on CRA’s financial results. These constant currency measures are determined by recalculating the current fiscal period local currency financial measure using the specified corresponding prior fiscal period’s foreign exchange rates.
All of the non-GAAP financial measures referred to above should be considered in conjunction with, and not as a substitute for, the GAAP financial information presented in this release. EBITDA and the financial measures identified in this release as “non-GAAP” are reconciled to their GAAP comparable measures in the financial tables appended to the end of this press release. In evaluating these non-GAAP financial measures, note that the non-GAAP financial measures used by CRA may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies.
SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT
Statements in this press release concerning our future business, operating results and financial condition, including those concerning guidance on future revenue and non-GAAP EBITDA margin, the impact of exchange rate fluctuations on our financial results, our expectations regarding continued growth, our expectations regarding the payment of any future quarterly dividends and the level and extent of any purchases under our share repurchase program, and statements using the terms “outlook,” “expect,” or similar expressions, are “forward-looking” statements as defined in Section 21 of the Exchange Act. These statements are based upon our current expectations and various underlying assumptions. Although we believe there is a reasonable basis for these statements and assumptions, and these statements are expressed in good faith, these statements are subject to a number of additional factors and uncertainties. Our actual revenue and non-GAAP EBITDA margin in fiscal 2022 on a constant currency basis relative to fiscal 2021 could differ materially from the guidance presented herein, and our actual performance and results may differ materially from the performance and results contained in or implied by the forward-looking statements made herein, due to many important factors. These
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factors include, but are not limited to, the possibility that the demand for our services may decline as a result of changes in general and industry specific economic conditions; the timing of engagements for our services; the effects of competitive services and pricing; our ability to attract and retain key employee or non-employee experts; the inability to integrate and utilize existing consultants and personnel; the decline or reduction in project work or activity; global economic conditions including less stable political and economic environments; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations; unanticipated expenses and liabilities; risks inherent in international operations; changes in tax law or accounting standards, rules, and regulations; our ability to collect on forgivable loans should any become due; and professional and other legal liability or settlements. Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the heading “Risk Factors.” The inclusion of such forward-looking information should not be regarded as our representation that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated will be achieved. Except as may be required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, and we do not intend to do so.

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CRA INTERNATIONAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
FOR THE FISCAL QUARTERS ENDED
APRIL 2, 2022 COMPARED TO APRIL 3, 2021
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

Fiscal Quarter Ended
April 2,
2022
 As a % of
Revenue
April 3,
2021
 As a % of
Revenue
Revenues$148,382 100.0 %$146,518 100.0 %
Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)104,060 70.1 %105,374 71.9 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses25,817 17.4 %23,206 15.8 %
Depreciation and amortization2,976 2.0 %3,301 2.3 %
Income from operations15,529 10.5 %14,637 10.0 %
Interest expense, net(208)-0.1 %(199)-0.1 %
Foreign currency gains (losses), net199 0.1 %(551)-0.4 %
Income before provision for income taxes15,520 10.5 %13,887 9.5 %
Provision for income taxes4,094 2.8 %3,386 2.3 %
Net income$11,426 7.7 %$10,501 7.2 %
Net income per share:
  Basic$1.55 $1.37 
  Diluted$1.52 $1.34 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
  Basic7,360 7,626 
  Diluted7,503 7,831 

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CRA INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
FOR THE FISCAL QUARTERS ENDED
APRIL 2, 2022 COMPARED TO APRIL 3, 2021
(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE DATA)

Fiscal Quarter Ended
April 2,
2022
As a % of
Revenue
April 3,
2021
As a % of
Revenue
Revenues$148,382 100.0 %$146,518 100.0 %
Net income$11,426 7.7 %$10,501 7.2 %
Adjustments needed to reconcile GAAP net income to non-GAAP net income:
Non-cash valuation change in contingent consideration — — %380 0.3 %
Acquisition-related costs171 0.1 %— — %
Tax effect on adjustments(46)— %(103)-0.1 %
Non-GAAP net income$11,551 7.8 %$10,778 7.4 %
Non-GAAP net income per share:
Basic$1.56 $1.41 
Diluted$1.53 $1.37 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding:
Basic7,360 7,626 
Diluted7,503 7,831 
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CRA INTERNATIONAL, INC.
RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
FOR THE FISCAL QUARTERS ENDED
APRIL 2, 2022 COMPARED TO APRIL 3, 2021
(IN THOUSANDS)

Fiscal Quarter Ended
April 2,
2022
As a % of
 Revenue
April 3,
2021
As a % of
 Revenue
Revenues$148,382 100.0 %$146,518 100.0 %
Net income$11,426 7.7 %$10,501 7.2 %
Adjustments needed to reconcile GAAP net income to non-GAAP net income:
Non-cash valuation change in contingent consideration— — %380 0.3 %
Acquisition-related costs171 0.1 %— — %
Tax effect on adjustments(46)— %(103)-0.1 %
Non-GAAP net income$11,551 7.8 %$10,778 7.4 %
Adjustments needed to reconcile non-GAAP net income to non-GAAP EBITDA:
Interest expense, net208 0.1 %199 0.1 %
Provision for income taxes4,140 2.8 %3,489 2.4 %
Depreciation and amortization2,976 2.0 %3,301 2.3 %
Non-GAAP EBITDA$18,875 12.7 %$17,767 12.1 %
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CRA INTERNATIONAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS)

April 2,
2022
January 1,
2022
Assets
Cash$43,702 $66,130 
Accounts receivable and unbilled services, net173,651 162,057 
Other current assets24,795 21,160 
Total current assets242,148 249,347 
Property and equipment, net51,836 53,612 
Goodwill and intangible assets, net99,045 93,117 
Right-of-use assets107,655 110,475 
Other assets50,158 48,809 
Total assets$550,842 $555,360 
Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity
Accounts payable$20,252 $23,511 
Accrued expenses103,640 156,314 
Current portion of lease liabilities15,023 14,337 
Revolving line of credit60,000 — 
Other current liabilities10,031 18,924 
Total current liabilities208,946 213,086 
Non-current portion of lease liabilities120,231 124,464 
Other non-current liabilities12,440 11,976 
Total liabilities341,617 349,526 
Total shareholders’ equity209,225 205,834 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$550,842 $555,360 

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CRA INTERNATIONAL, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(IN THOUSANDS)

Fiscal Quarter Ended
April 2,
2022
April 3,
2021
Operating activities:
Net income$11,426 $10,501 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash used in operating activities, net of effect of acquired business:
Non-cash items, net7,086 6,149 
Accounts receivable and unbilled services(7,110)(3,030)
Working capital items, net(73,240)(53,468)
Net cash used in operating activities(61,838)(39,848)
Investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment, net(1,346)(692)
Consideration paid for acquisition(10,639)— 
Net cash used in investing activities(11,985)(692)
Financing activities:
Issuance of common stock, principally stock options exercises341 1,113 
Borrowings under revolving line of credit60,000 42,000 
Repayments under revolving line of credit— (2,000)
Tax withholding payments reimbursed by shares(897)(588)
Cash paid for contingent consideration— (2,357)
Cash dividends paid(2,377)(2,061)
Repurchase of common stock(4,956)(9,642)
Net cash provided by financing activities52,111 26,465 
Effect of foreign exchange rates on cash and cash equivalents(716)27 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents(22,428)(14,048)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period66,130 45,677 
Cash at end of period$43,702 $31,629 
Noncash investing and financing activities:
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable and accrued expenses for property and equipment$(211)$(294)
Right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for lease obligations$1,210 $1,070 
Restricted common stock issued for contingent consideration$— $2,250 
Supplemental cash flow information:
Cash paid for taxes$1,622 $844 
Cash paid for interest$97 $24 
Cash paid for amounts included in operating lease liabilities$5,285 $5,157 
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Ticker: CRAI
CIK: 1053706
Form Type: 8-K Corporate News
Accession Number: 0001053706-22-000014
Submitted to the SEC: Thu May 05 2022 8:12:20 AM EST
Accepted by the SEC: Thu May 05 2022
Period: Thursday, May 5, 2022
Industry: Legal Services
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