Form 10-Q
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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 10-Q

 

 

(Mark One)

x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2014

OR

 

¨ TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from                      to                     

Commission file number 000-26058

 

 

Kforce Inc.

(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

 

 

 

FLORIDA   59-3264661

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

 

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

 

1001 East Palm Avenue

TAMPA, FLORIDA

  33605
(Address of principal executive offices)   (Zip-Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (813) 552-5000

 

 

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    YES  x    NO  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).    YES  x    NO  ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer   ¨    Accelerated filer   x
Non-accelerated filer   ¨  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)    Smaller reporting company   ¨

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).    YES  ¨    NO  x

The number of shares outstanding of the registrant’s common stock as of April 28, 2014, was 33,700,223.

 

 

 


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KFORCE INC.

QUARTERLY REPORT ON FORM 10-Q FOR THE PERIOD ENDED MARCH 31, 2014

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 

PART I

  

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

  

Item 1.

  

Financial Statements.

     3   

Item 2.

  

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

     16   

Item 3.

  

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

     26   

Item 4.

  

Controls and Procedures.

     26   

PART II

  

OTHER INFORMATION

  

Item 1.

  

Legal Proceedings.

     27   

Item 1A.

  

Risk Factors.

     27   

Item 2.

  

Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

     27   

Item 3.

  

Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

     28   

Item 4.

  

Mine Safety Disclosures.

     28   

Item 5.

  

Other Information.

     28   

Item 6.

  

Exhibits.

     28   

SIGNATURES

     29   

SPECIAL NOTE REGARDING FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

References in this document to “the Registrant,” “Kforce,” “we,” “the Firm,” “our” or “us” refer to Kforce Inc. and its subsidiaries, except where the context otherwise requires or indicates.

This report, particularly Part I. Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”) and Part II. Item 1A. Risk Factors, and the documents we incorporate into this report contain certain statements that are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements within the meaning of that term in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), and are made in reliance upon the protections provided by such acts for forward-looking statements. Such statements may include, but may not be limited to, projections of revenue, income, losses, cash flows, capital expenditures, future prospects, our belief regarding potential government actions, anticipated costs and benefits of proposed (or future) acquisitions, integration of acquisitions, transition of divestitures, plans for future operations, capabilities of business operations, effects of interest rate variations, our ability to obtain financing and favorable terms, financing needs or plans, plans relating to services of Kforce, estimates concerning the effects of litigation or other disputes, estimates concerning our ability to collect on our accounts receivable, expectations of the economic environment, developments within the staffing sector including, but not limited to, the penetration rate and growth in temporary staffing, estimates concerning goodwill impairment, as well as assumptions as to any of the foregoing and all statements that are not based on historical fact but rather reflect our current expectations concerning future results and events. For a further list and description of various risks, relevant factors and uncertainties that could cause future results or events to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements, see the Risk Factors and MD&A sections. In addition, when used in this discussion, the terms “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “will,” “may,” “could,” “should” and variations thereof and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted. Future events and actual results could differ materially from those set forth in or underlying the forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements contained in this report, which speak only as of the date of this report. Kforce undertakes no obligation to publicly publish the results of any adjustments to these forward-looking statements that may be made to reflect events on or after the date of this report or to reflect the occurrence of unexpected events.

 

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PART I – FINANCIAL INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Financial Statements.

KFORCE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(IN THOUSANDS, EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)

 

     Three Months Ended  
     March 31,
2014
    March 31,
2013
 

Net service revenues

   $ 305,312     $ 265,627   

Direct costs of services

     214,213       182,291   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     91,099       83,336   

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     78,210       75,693   

Depreciation and amortization

     2,363       2,397   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income from operations

     10,526       5,246   

Other expense, net

     365       256   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

     10,161       4,990   

Income tax expense

     3,912       1,896   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     6,249       3,094   

Other comprehensive income:

    

Defined benefit pension and postretirement plans, net of tax

     (35 )     34   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Comprehensive income

   $ 6,214     $ 3,128   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share – basic

   $ 0.19     $ 0.09   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Earnings per share – diluted

   $ 0.19     $ 0.09   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding – basic

     32,969       34,391   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted

     33,168       34,485   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

THE ACCOMPANYING NOTES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THESE UNAUDITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

 

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KFORCE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(IN THOUSANDS)

 

     March 31,
2014
    December 31,
2013
 
ASSETS     

Current Assets:

    

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 816      $ 875   

Trade receivables, net of allowances of $2,053 and $2,028, respectively

     187,844        179,095   

Income tax refund receivable

     5,274        7,720   

Deferred tax assets, net

     4,350        4,662   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     11,811        10,534   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current assets

     210,095        202,886   

Fixed assets, net

     36,194        36,728   

Other assets, net

     30,642        30,991   

Deferred tax assets, net

     21,629        23,270   

Intangible assets, net

     4,834        4,993   

Goodwill

     48,900        48,900   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total assets

     352,294        347,768   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY     

Current Liabilities:

    

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

     28,241        31,821   

Accrued payroll costs

     58,821        56,872   

Other current liabilities

     1,098        1,141   

Income taxes payable

     3,811        139   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

     91,971        89,973   

Long-term debt – credit facility

     61,216        62,642   

Long-term debt – other

     1,133        1,364   

Other long-term liabilities

     36,571        36,556   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities

     190,891        190,535   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies (see Note B)

    

Stockholders’ Equity:

    

Preferred stock, $0.01 par; 15,000 shares authorized, none issued and outstanding

     —          —     

Common stock, $0.01 par; 250,000 shares authorized, 69,679 and 69,480 issued, respectively

     697        695   

Additional paid-in capital

     406,170        404,600   

Accumulated other comprehensive income

     282        317   

Retained earnings

     50,462        47,612   

Treasury stock, at cost; 35,757 and 35,751 shares, respectively

     (296,208     (295,991
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total stockholders’ equity

     161,403        157,233   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

     352,294        347,768   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

THE ACCOMPANYING NOTES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THESE UNAUDITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

 

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KFORCE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT

OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(IN THOUSANDS)

 

     Three Months Ended
March 31, 2014
 

Common stock – shares:

  

Shares at beginning of period

     69,480   

Issuance of restricted stock, net of forfeitures

     162   

Exercise of stock options

     37   
  

 

 

 

Shares at end of period

     69,679   
  

 

 

 

Common stock – par value:

  

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 695   

Issuance of restricted stock, net of forfeitures

     2   

Exercise of stock options

     0   
  

 

 

 

Balance at end of period

   $ 697   
  

 

 

 

Additional paid-in capital:

  

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 404,600   

Issuance of restricted stock, net of forfeitures

     90   

Exercise of stock options

     467   

Income tax benefit from stock-based compensation

     126   

Stock-based compensation expense

     799   

Employee stock purchase plan

     88   
  

 

 

 

Balance at end of period

   $ 406,170   
  

 

 

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income:

  

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 317   

Pension and postretirement plans, net of tax of $23

     (35
  

 

 

 

Balance at end of period

   $ 282   
  

 

 

 

Retained earnings:

  

Balance at beginning of period

   $ 47,612   

Net income

     6,249   

Dividend ($0.10 per share)

     (3,399
  

 

 

 

Balance at end of period

   $ 50,462   
  

 

 

 

Treasury stock – shares:

  

Shares at beginning of period

     35,751   

Repurchases of common stock

     15   

Employee stock purchase plan

     (9
  

 

 

 

Shares at end of period

     35,757   
  

 

 

 

Treasury stock – cost:

  

Balance at beginning of period

   $ (295,991

Repurchases of common stock

     (293

Employee stock purchase plan

     76   
  

 

 

 

Balance at end of period

   $ (296,208
  

 

 

 

THE ACCOMPANYING NOTES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THESE UNAUDITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

 

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KFORCE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(IN THOUSANDS)

 

     Three Months Ended  
     March 31,
2014
    March 31,
2013
 

Cash flows from operating activities:

    

Net income

   $ 6,249     $ 3,094   

Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

    

Deferred income tax provision, net

     1,976       503   

Provision for bad debts on accounts receivable

     469       294   

Depreciation and amortization

     2,363       2,397   

Stock-based compensation

     799       274   

Pension and postretirement benefit plans expense

     378       970   

Tax benefit attributable to stock-based compensation

     126       25   

Excess tax benefit attributable to stock-based compensation

     (33 )     (10

Deferred compensation liability increase, net

     330       1,190   

Gain on cash surrender value of Company-owned life insurance

     (230 )     (1,208

Other

     22       40   

(Increase) decrease in operating assets:

    

Trade receivables, net

     (9,218 )     (13,212

Income tax refund receivable

     2,446       (427

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     (1,277 )     (2,031

Other assets, net

     6       69   

Increase (decrease) in operating liabilities:

    

Accounts payable and other current liabilities

     (3,452 )     (1,283

Accrued payroll costs

     2,112       451   

Income taxes payable

     3,672       287   

Other long-term liabilities

     (799 )     163   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash provided by (used in) operating activities

     5,939       (8,414
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from investing activities:

    

Capital expenditures

     (1,210 )     (1,916

Proceeds from the sale of assets held within the Rabbi Trust

     1,006       1,049   

Purchase of assets held within the Rabbi Trust

     (837 )     (1,203
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash (used in) investing activities

     (1,041 )     (2,070
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash flows from financing activities:

    

Proceeds from bank line of credit

     98,975       141,121   

Payments on bank line of credit

     (100,366 )     (122,572

Payments of capital expenditure financing

     (304 )     (397

Short-term vendor financing

     (127 )     115   

Proceeds from exercise of stock options

     467       181   

Excess tax benefit attributable to stock-based compensation

     33       10   

Payment of loan financing fees

     (35 )     —     

Repurchases of common stock

     (293 )     (8,448

Cash dividend

     (3,307 )     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash (used in) provided by financing activities

     (4,957 )     10,010   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Change in cash and cash equivalents

     (59 )     (474
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

     875       1,381   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents at end of year

   $ 816     $ 907   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

THE ACCOMPANYING NOTES ARE AN INTEGRAL PART OF THESE UNAUDITED

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS.

 

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KFORCE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

NOTES TO UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Note A – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Unless otherwise noted below, there have been no material changes to the accounting policies presented in Note 1 – “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements, included in Item 8. Financial Statements and Supplementary Data of the 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Organization and Nature of Operations

Kforce Inc. and subsidiaries (collectively, “Kforce”) provide professional staffing services and solutions to customers in the following segments: Technology (“Tech”), Finance and Accounting (“FA”), Health Information Management (“HIM”) and Government Solutions (“GS”). Kforce provides flexible staffing services and solutions on both a temporary and full-time basis. Kforce operates through its corporate headquarters in Tampa, Florida and 61 field offices located throughout the United States (the “U.S.”). Additionally, one of our subsidiaries, Kforce Global Solutions, Inc. (“Global”), provides information technology outsourcing services internationally through an office in Manila, Philippines. Our international operations constituted approximately 2% of net service revenues for both the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 and are included in our Tech segment.

Kforce serves clients from the Fortune 1000, the Federal Government, state and local governments, local and regional companies and small to mid-sized companies.

Basis of Presentation

The unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) regarding interim financial reporting. Accordingly, certain information and footnotes normally required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) for complete financial statements have been condensed or omitted pursuant to those rules and regulations, although Kforce believes that the disclosures made are adequate to make the information not misleading. These unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K. In management’s opinion, the accompanying unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements reflect all adjustments (consisting of only normal recurring adjustments) considered necessary for a fair presentation of our financial condition as of March 31, 2014, our results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and our cash flows for the three months ended March 31, 2014. The Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of December 31, 2013 was derived from our audited consolidated balance sheet as of December 31, 2013, as presented in our 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Our quarterly operating results are affected by the number of billing days in a quarter and the seasonality of our customers’ businesses. In addition, we experience an increase in direct costs of services and a corresponding decrease in gross profit in the first fiscal quarter of each year as a result of certain U.S. state and federal employment tax resets. Thus, the results of operations for any interim period are not necessarily indicative of, nor comparable to, the results of operations for a full year.

Principles of Consolidation

The condensed consolidated financial statements include the accounts of Kforce Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiaries. All intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated in consolidation. References in this document to “Kforce,” “the Company,” “we,” “the Firm,” “our” or “us” refer to Kforce Inc. and its subsidiaries, except where the context indicates otherwise.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of financial statements in conformity with GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. The most important of these estimates and assumptions relate to the following: accounting for goodwill and identifiable intangible assets and any related impairment; stock-based compensation; obligations for pension and postretirement benefit plans; expected annual commission rates; self-insured liabilities for workers’ compensation and health insurance; allowance for doubtful accounts, fallouts and other accounts receivable reserves and accounting for income taxes. Although these and other estimates and assumptions are based on the best available information, actual results could be materially different from these estimates.

 

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Earnings per Share

Basic earnings per share is computed as earnings divided by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period. Basic weighted average shares outstanding excludes unvested shares of restricted stock. Diluted earnings per common share is computed by dividing the earnings attributable to common shareholders for the period by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding during the period plus the dilutive effect of stock options and other potentially dilutive securities such as unvested shares of restricted stock using the treasury stock method, except where the effect of including potential common shares would be anti-dilutive. Weighted average shares outstanding for purposes of computing diluted earnings per common share excludes contingently issuable unvested restricted stock unless the performance condition has been achieved as of the end of the applicable reporting period.

The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2014      2013  

Numerator:

     

Net income

   $ 6,249      $ 3,094   

Denominator:

     

Weighted average shares outstanding – basic

     32,969        34,391   

Common stock equivalents

     199        94   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding – diluted

     33,168        34,485   

Earnings per share – basic

   $ 0.19      $ 0.09   

Earnings per share – diluted

   $ 0.19      $ 0.09   

For both the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, there were no shares of common stock excluded from the computation of dilutive earnings per share because their inclusion would have had an anti-dilutive effect on earnings per share.

Dividends

Kforce’s Board may, at its discretion, declare and pay dividends on the outstanding shares of Kforce’s common stock out of retained earnings, subject to statutory requirements. Dividends for any outstanding and unvested restricted stock as of the record date are awarded in the form of additional shares of restricted stock, at the same rate as the cash dividend on common stock and based on the closing stock price, and have the same vesting terms as the outstanding and unvested restricted stock. The following summarizes the cash dividends declared for the three months ended March 31:

 

     Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2014      2013  

Dividends declared per share

   $ 0.10      $ —     

Kforce currently expects to continue to declare and pay quarterly dividends of an amount similar to its March 2014 dividend of $0.10 per share. However, the declaration and payment of future dividends are discretionary and will be subject to determination by Kforce’s Board of Directors each quarter following its review of, among other things, the Firm’s financial performance.

 

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Note B – Commitments and Contingencies

Litigation

We are involved in legal proceedings, including those described below, and are subject to other claims and litigation arising in the normal course of our business. We have made accruals with respect to certain of these matters, where appropriate, that are reflected in our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements but are not, individually or in the aggregate, considered material. For other matters for which an accrual has not been made, we have not yet determined that a loss is probable or the amount of loss cannot be reasonably estimated. While the ultimate outcome of the matters cannot be determined, we currently do not expect that these proceedings and claims, individually or in the aggregate, will have a material effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows. The outcome of any litigation is inherently uncertain, however, and if decided adversely to us, or if we determine that settlement of particular litigation is appropriate, we may be subject to liability that could have a material adverse effect on our consolidated financial position, results of operations, or cash flows. Accordingly, we disclose matters below for which a material loss is reasonably possible. In each case, however, except where otherwise noted, we have either determined that the range of loss is not reasonably estimable or that any reasonably estimable range of loss is not material to our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

On June 18, 2013, Kforce, along with other staffing firms, was named as a defendant in a class action lawsuit filed in the Orange County Superior Court of the State of California. The plaintiff alleges that a class of current and former Kforce employees working in California was denied compensation for the time they spent interviewing with current and potential clients of Kforce, over a period covering four years prior to the filing of the complaint. The plaintiff seeks recovery in an unspecified amount for this alleged unpaid compensation, the alleged failure of Kforce to provide them with accurate wage statements, the alleged improper use of debit cards as an employee payment mechanism in certain circumstances, alleged unfair competition, and statutory penalties, attorney’s fees and other damages. On August 30, 2013, Kforce moved the matter to the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, Case No. 8:13cv1356. On January 30, 2014, the U.S. District Court of Central District of California granted summary judgment in favor of Kforce except for the plaintiff’s claim for waiting time penalties, which is an individual claim and not part of the class action. On February 20, 2014, the plaintiff filed an appeal of the district court’s summary judgment decision with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

On February 19, 2014, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida unsealed a qui tam complaint that had been filed by a terminated former employee in June of last year. The complaint was filed against Kforce and Kforce Government Solutions Inc. (“KGS”), and was amended on April 14, 2014. The amended complaint alleges False Claims Act and federal and state whistleblower statute violations and certain accounting irregularities, as well as employment law and defamation claims. The United States government has not intervened in this action at this time. While the qui tam action was first disclosed to Kforce and KGS on February 19, 2014, counsel for the former employee previously informed Kforce and KGS of substantially similar allegations in a postemployment demand letter. After the allegations were raised, the matter was referred to the Audit Committee of Kforce’s Board of Directors for an investigation. The Audit Committee retained experienced, independent counsel for investigation. With the help of forensic accountants, the investigators concluded that the False Claims Act and accounting irregularity allegations raised in the demand letter were unsupported by material, credible evidence.

In the ordinary course of its business, Kforce is from time to time threatened with litigation or named as a defendant in various lawsuits and administrative proceedings. While management does not expect any of these other matters to have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations, financial position or cash flows, litigation is subject to certain inherent uncertainties. Kforce maintains liability insurance in such amounts and with such coverage and deductibles as management believes is reasonable. The principal liability risks that Kforce insures against are workers’ compensation, personal injury, bodily injury, property damage, directors’ and officers’ liability, errors and omissions, employment practices liability and fidelity losses. There can be no assurance that Kforce’s liability insurance will cover all events or that the limits of coverage will be sufficient to fully cover all liabilities.

Employment Agreements

Kforce has entered into employment agreements with certain executives that provide for minimum compensation, salary and continuation of certain benefits for a six-month to a three-year period under certain circumstances. Certain of the agreements also provide for a severance payment of one to three times annual salary and one half to three times average annual bonus if such an agreement is terminated without good cause by the employer or for good reason by the employee. These agreements contain certain post-employment restrictive covenants. Kforce’s liability at March 31, 2014 would be approximately $31.4 million if all of the employees under contract were terminated without good cause by the employer or if the employees resigned for good reason following a change in control and $12.6 million if all of the employees under contract were terminated by Kforce without good cause or if the employees resigned for good reason in the absence of a change of control.

Kforce has not recorded any liability related to the employment agreements as no events have occurred that would require payment under the agreements.

 

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Note C – Employee Benefit Plans

Foreign Pension Plan

Kforce maintains a foreign defined benefit pension plan for eligible employees of the Philippine branch of Global that is required by Philippine labor laws. The plan defines retirement as those employees who have attained the age of 60 and have completed at least five years of credited service. Benefits payable under the plan equate to one-half month’s salary for each year of credited service. Benefits under the plan are paid out as a lump sum to eligible employees at retirement.

For the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, net periodic benefit cost was $64 thousand and $47 thousand, respectively. The net periodic benefit cost recognized for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was based upon the actuarial valuation at the beginning of the year, which utilized the assumptions noted in our 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

As of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, the projected benefit obligation associated with our foreign defined benefit pension plan was $1.5 million and $1.4 million, respectively, which is classified in other long-term liabilities in the accompanying Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. There is no requirement for Kforce to fund the Foreign Pension Plan and, as a result, no contributions were made to the Foreign Pension Plan during the three months ended March 31, 2014. Kforce does not currently anticipate funding the Foreign Pension Plan during the year ending December 31, 2014.

Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan

Kforce maintains a Supplemental Executive Retirement Plan (the “SERP”) for the benefit of certain Named Executive Officers (“NEOs”). The primary goals of the SERP are to create an additional wealth accumulation opportunity, restore lost qualified pension benefits due to government limitations and retain our NEOs. The SERP is a non-qualified benefit plan and does not include elective deferrals of covered NEO’s compensation.

Normal retirement age under the SERP is defined as age 65; however, certain conditions allow for early retirement as early as age 55 or upon a change in control. Vesting under the plan is defined as 100% upon a participant’s attainment of age 55 and 10 years of service and 0% prior to a participant’s attainment of age 55 and 10 years of service. Full vesting also occurs if a participant with five years or more of service is involuntarily terminated by Kforce without cause or upon death, disability or a change in control. The SERP is funded entirely by Kforce, and benefits are taxable to the covered NEO upon receipt and deductible by Kforce when paid. Benefits payable under the SERP upon the occurrence of a qualifying distribution event, as defined, are targeted at 45% of the covered executive officers’ average salary and bonus, as defined, from the three years in which the covered NEO earned the highest salary and bonus during the last 10 years of employment, which is subject to adjustment for retirement prior to the normal retirement age and the participant’s vesting percentage. The benefits under the SERP are reduced for a participant that has not reached age 62 with 10 years of service or age 55 with 25 years of service with a percentage reduction up to the normal retirement age.

Benefits under the SERP are normally paid based on the lump sum present value but may be paid over the life of the covered NEO or as a 10-year annuity, as elected by the covered executive officer upon commencement of participation in the SERP. None of the benefits earned pursuant to the SERP are attributable to services provided prior to the effective date of the plan. For purposes of the measurement of the benefit obligation, Kforce has assumed that all participants will elect to take the lump sum present value option based on historical trends.

 

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The following represents the components of net periodic benefit cost for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2014      2013  

Service cost

   $ 291       $ 545   

Interest cost

     74         117   

Amortization of actuarial loss

     —           29   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ 365       $ 691   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

The net periodic benefit cost recognized for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was based upon the actuarial valuation at the beginning of the year, which utilized the assumptions noted in our 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The present value of the projected benefit obligation as of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 is $8.2 million and $7.9 million, respectively, and is recorded in other long-term liabilities in the accompanying Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. There is no requirement for Kforce to fund the SERP and, as a result, no contributions were made to the SERP during the three months ended March 31, 2014. Kforce does not currently anticipate funding the SERP during the year ending December 31, 2014.

Supplemental Executive Retirement Health Plan

Kforce maintains a Supplemental Executive Retirement Health Plan (“SERHP”) to provide postretirement health and welfare benefits to certain executives. The vesting and eligibility requirements mirror that of the SERP, and no advance funding is required by Kforce or the participants. Consistent with the SERP, none of the benefits earned are attributable to services provided prior to the effective date of the plan.

The following represents the components of net periodic postretirement benefit cost for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     Three Months
Ended March 31,
 
     2014     2013  

Service cost

   $ 58      $ 173   

Interest cost

     26        33   

Amortization of actuarial loss

     —          26   

Settlement Gain

     (122     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net periodic benefit cost

   $ (38   $ 232   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

During the three months ended March 31, 2014, Kforce made a lump sum payment to a participant in the SERHP in order to settle all future benefit payments due under the SERHP resulting in a settlement gain disclosed above. The net periodic post-retirement benefit cost recognized for the three months ended March 31, 2014 was based upon an actuarial valuation performed at the time of settlement, which utilized the same assumptions noted in our 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The long-term portion of the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation as of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 is $2.1 million and $2.6 million, respectively, and is recorded in other long-term liabilities in the accompanying Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets. The current portion of the accumulated postretirement benefit obligation as recorded in other current liabilities in the accompanying Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets was $0 and $47 thousand as of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively.

 

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Note D – Fair Value Measurements

Fair value is defined as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability (i.e., an exit price) in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. It establishes a fair value hierarchy and a framework which requires categorizing assets and liabilities into one of three levels based on the assumptions (inputs) used in valuing the asset or liability. Level 1 provides the most reliable measure of fair value, while Level 3 generally requires significant management judgment. Level 1 inputs are unadjusted, quoted market prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities. Level 2 inputs are observable inputs other than quoted prices included in Level 1, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets or quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in inactive markets. Level 3 inputs include unobservable inputs that are supported by little, infrequent, or no market activity and reflect management’s own assumptions about inputs used in pricing the asset or liability. The Company uses the following valuation techniques to measure fair value.

The underlying investments within Kforce’s deferred compensation plan included money market funds as of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013. Assets held within the money market funds are measured on a recurring basis and are recorded at fair value based on each fund’s quoted market value per share in an active market, which is considered a Level 1 input.

Certain assets, in specific circumstances, are measured at fair value on a non-recurring basis utilizing Level 3 inputs such as goodwill, other intangible assets and other long-lived assets. For these assets, measurement at fair value in periods subsequent to their initial recognition would be applicable if one or more of these assets were determined to be impaired.

There were no transfers into or out of Level 1, 2 or 3 assets during the three months ended March 31, 2014. Kforce’s measurements at fair value as of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013 were as follows (in thousands):

 

Assets/(Liabilities) Measured at Fair Value:

   Asset/(Liability)     Quoted Prices in
Active Markets
for Identical
Assets (Level 1)
     Significant
Other
Observable
Inputs (Level 2)
    Significant
Unobservable
Inputs (Level 3)
 

As of March 31, 2014:

         

Recurring basis:

         

Money market funds

   $ 64      $ 64       $ —        $ —     

Credit facility (1)

   $ (61,216   $ —         $ (61,216   $ —     

As of December 31, 2013:

         

Recurring basis:

         

Money market funds

   $ 869      $ 869       $ —        $ —     

Credit facility (1)

   $ (62,642   $ —         $ (62,642   $ —     

Non-recurring basis:

         

Goodwill (2)

   $ 48,900      $ —         $ —        $ 48,900   

 

(1) The carrying value of long-term debt under the credit facility approximates its estimated fair value as it re-prices at varying interest rates.
(2) This amount is representative of the aggregated goodwill balance. The portion measured at fair value as of December 31, 2013 of $18,973 was related to the GS segment. The remaining portion of the goodwill balance presented is at carrying value.

Note E – Stock Incentive Plans

On April 5, 2013, the shareholders approved the 2013 Stock Incentive Plan, which was previously adopted by the Board of Directors on March 1, 2013, subject to shareholder approval. The aggregate number of shares of common stock that are subject to awards under the 2013 Stock Incentive Plan, subject to adjustment upon a change in capitalization, is 4.0 million. On June 20, 2006, the shareholders approved the 2006 Stock Incentive Plan and, as amended, the aggregate number of shares of common stock that are subject to awards is 7.9 million.

The 2013 Stock Incentive Plan and 2006 Stock Incentive Plan allow for the issuance of stock options, stock appreciation rights (“SARs”) and restricted stock, subject to share availability. Vesting of equity instruments is determined on a grant-by-grant basis. Options expire at the end of 10 years from the date of grant, and Kforce issues new shares upon exercise of options.

The 2013 Stock Incentive Plan terminates on April 5, 2023 and the 2006 Stock Incentive Plan terminates on April 28, 2016. The Incentive Stock Option Plan expired in 2005.

 

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Stock Options

The following table presents stock option activity during the three months ended March 31, 2014 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     Incentive
Stock Option
Plan
    2006
Stock
Incentive
Plan
    Total     Weighted
Average
Exercise
Price per
Share
     Total
Intrinsic
Value of
Options
Exercised
 

Outstanding and Exercisable as of December 31, 2013

     97        83        180      $ 11.57      

Exercised

     (9     (28     (37   $ 12.56       $ 340   

Forfeited/Cancelled

     —          —          —        $ —        
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

      

Outstanding and Exercisable as of March 31, 2014

     88        55        143      $ 11.32      
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

    

No compensation expense was recorded during the three months ended March 31, 2014 or 2013 as a result of the grant date fair value having been fully amortized as of December 31, 2009. As of March 31, 2014, there was no unrecognized compensation cost related to non-vested options.

Restricted Stock

Restricted stock grants made to Kforce’s executives and management are generally based on the extent by which annual long-term incentive performance goals, which are established by Kforce’s Compensation Committee during the first quarter of the year of performance, have been met, as approved by the Compensation Committee. Restricted stock granted by Kforce typically contain time-based vesting ranging from two to ten years. Restricted stock granted during the three months ended March 31, 2014 primarily vests over a period of five years with 20% of the awards vesting annually.

Restricted stock contain voting rights and are included in the number of shares of common stock issued and outstanding. Restricted stock contain the right to dividends in the form of additional shares of restricted stock at the same rate as the cash dividend on common stock and containing the same vesting provisions as the underlying award. The following table presents the activity for the three months ended March 31, 2014 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     Number of
Restricted
Stock
    Weighted Average
Grant Date

Fair Value
     Total Intrinsic
Value of Restricted
Stock Vested
 

Outstanding as of December 31, 2013

     811      $ 16.89      

Granted

     171      $ 20.22      

Forfeited/Cancelled

     (10   $ 17.97      

Vested

     (46   $ 14.61       $ 924   
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

Outstanding as of March 31, 2014

     926      $ 17.76      
  

 

 

   

 

 

    

During the three months ended December 31, 2013, Kforce granted certain restricted stock awards containing time-based vesting terms of ten years, with an equal number of shares vesting in each of years six through ten, as well as a performance-acceleration feature upon which vesting would accelerate if Kforce’s closing stock price exceeded the stock price at the date of grant by a pre-established percentage for a period of 10 trading days. During the three months ended March 31, 2014, the Firm modified all awards containing a performance-acceleration feature that were granted during the three months ended December 31, 2013, as follows: (i) eliminated the performance-acceleration feature and (ii) reduced the time-based vesting term to five years, with equal vesting annually. The total number of restricted shares impacted by this modification was 268 thousand, excluding already forfeited shares, and the number of employees impacted was 87. The total incremental compensation cost resulting from the modification was $109 thousand, which will be amortized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period of the modified awards.

The fair market value of restricted stock is determined based on the closing stock price of Kforce’s common stock at the date of grant, and is amortized on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period. During the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, Kforce recognized total compensation expense related to restricted stock of $799 thousand and $274 thousand, respectively. As of March 31, 2014, total unrecognized compensation expense related to restricted stock was $9.2 million, which will be recognized over a weighted average remaining period of 4.2 years.

 

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Note F – Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

The following table sets forth the activity in goodwill and other intangible assets during the three months ended March 31, 2014 (in thousands):

 

     Goodwill      Other
Intangible
Assets, Net
 

Balance as of December 31, 2013

   $ 48,900       $ 4,993   

Amortization of intangible assets

     —           (159
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Balance as of March 31, 2014

   $ 48,900       $ 4,834   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

As of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, other intangible assets, net in the accompanying Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets consisted of $2.6 million and $2.8 million, respectively, of definite-lived intangible assets including customer relationships, customer contracts, and other and $2.2 million of an indefinite-lived intangible asset including a trade name and trademark.

As of March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013, accumulated amortization for intangible assets was $25.3 million and $25.2 million, respectively. The estimated remaining amortization expense is $475 thousand for 2014, $634 thousand for 2015, $457 thousand for 2016, $209 thousand for 2017 and $209 thousand for 2018.

Note G – Reportable Segments

Kforce’s reportable segments are as follows: (i) Tech; (ii) FA; (iii) HIM and (iv) GS. This determination is supported by, among other factors: the existence of segment presidents responsible for the operations of each segment and who also report directly to our chief operating decision maker (“CODM”), the nature of the segment’s operations and information presented to the Board of Directors and our CODM. Kforce also reports Flexible billings and Search fees separately by segment, which has been incorporated into the table below.

Historically, and for the three months ended March 31, 2014, Kforce has generated only sales and gross profit information on a segment basis. Substantially all operations and long-lived assets are located in the United States. We do not report total assets separately by segment as our operations are largely combined.

 

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The following table provides information concerning the operations of our segments for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 (in thousands):

 

     Tech      FA      HIM      GS      Total  

Three Months Ended March 31:

              

2014

              

Net service revenues:

              

Flexible billings

   $ 192,463       $ 57,100       $ 23,237       $ 22,771       $ 295,571   

Search fees

     4,008         5,682         51         —           9,741   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total net service revenues

   $ 196,471       $ 62,782       $ 23,288       $ 22,771       $ 305,312   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Gross profit

   $ 55,055       $ 21,876       $ 7,573       $ 6,595       $ 91,099   

2013

              

Net service revenues:

              

Flexible billings

   $ 162,840       $ 49,861       $ 18,544       $ 22,830       $ 254,075   

Search fees

     4,795         6,665         92         —           11,552   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total net service revenues

   $ 167,635       $ 56,526       $ 18,636       $ 22,830       $ 265,627   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Gross profit

   $ 48,799       $ 21,293       $ 5,980       $ 7,264       $ 83,336   

Note H – Supplemental Cash Flow

Supplemental cash flow information is as follows for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     Three Months Ended  
     March 31,
2014
     March 31,
2013
 

Supplemental Cash Flow Information:

     

Cash paid during the period for:

     

Income taxes, net

   $ 4,242      $ 1,537   

Interest, net

   $ 287      $ 152   

Non-Cash Transaction Information:

     

Employee stock purchase plan

   $ 164      $ 141   

Equipment acquired under capital leases

   $ 72      $ 702   

 

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Item 2. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

The following Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations (“MD&A”) is intended to help the reader understand Kforce Inc., our operations, and our present business environment. This MD&A should be read in conjunction with Item 1. Financial Statements of this Report on Form 10-Q.

This overview summarizes the MD&A, which includes the following sections:

 

    Executive Summary – an executive summary of our results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014.

 

    Critical Accounting Estimates – a discussion of the accounting estimates that are most critical to aid in fully understanding and evaluating our reported financial results and that require management’s most difficult, subjective or complex judgments.

 

    Results of Operations – an analysis of Kforce’s unaudited condensed consolidated results of operations for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, which have been presented in its unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. In order to assist the reader in understanding our business as a whole, certain metrics are presented for each of our segments.

 

    Liquidity and Capital Resources – an analysis of cash flows, off-balance sheet arrangements, stock repurchases and the impact of changes in interest rates on our business.

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The following is an executive summary of what Kforce believes are important results as of and for the three months ended March 31, 2014, which should be considered in the context of the additional discussions herein and in conjunction with its unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements. We believe such highlights are as follows:

 

    Net service revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014 increased 14.9% to $305.3 million from $265.6 million in the comparable period in 2013.

 

    Flex revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014 increased 16.3% to $295.6 million from $254.1 million in the comparable period in 2013.

 

    Search revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014 decreased 15.7% to $9.7 million from $11.6 million in the comparable period in 2013.

 

    Flex gross profit margin for the three months ended March 31, 2014 decreased 80 basis points to 27.5% from 28.3% in the comparable period in 2013.

 

    Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses as a percentage of revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014 decreased to 25.6% from 28.5% in the comparable period in 2013. The decrease was primarily driven by a reduction in compensation expense as a result of the organizational realignment executed by the Firm during the fourth quarter of 2013.

 

    Net income of $6.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014 increased $3.1 million from net income of $3.1 million in the comparable period in 2013.

 

    Earnings per share for the three months ended March 31, 2014 increased to $0.19 from $0.09 in the comparable period in 2013.

 

    The Firm declared and paid a cash dividend of $0.10 per share during the three months ended March 31, 2014, resulting in a payout in cash of $3.3 million.

 

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CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES

Our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements are prepared in accordance with GAAP. In connection with the preparation of our financial statements, we are required to make assumptions and estimates about future events, and apply judgments that affect the reported amount of assets, liabilities, revenues, expenses and the related disclosures. We base our assumptions, estimates and judgments on historical experience, current trends, and other factors that management believes to be relevant at the time our consolidated financial statements are prepared. On a regular basis, management reviews the accounting policies, estimates, assumptions and judgments to ensure that our consolidated financial statements are presented fairly and in accordance with GAAP. However, because future events and their effects cannot be determined with certainty, actual results could differ from our assumptions and estimates, and such differences could be material.

Please refer to Note 1 – “Summary of Significant Accounting Policies” to the Consolidated Financial Statements and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations – Critical Accounting Estimates” in our 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K for a more detailed discussion of our significant accounting policies and critical accounting estimates.

RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

Three Months Ended March 31, 2014 and 2013

Net service revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and March 31, 2013 were $305.3 million and $265.6 million, respectively, which represents an increase of 14.9%. The increase was primarily due to our Tech segment (which represents 64.4% of total net service revenues) and our FA segment (which represents 20.6% of our total net service revenues), both of which had year-over-year increases in net service revenues of 17.2% and 11.1%, respectively. In addition, net service revenues for HIM increased 25.0% year-over-year while GS net service revenues experienced a slight decline of 0.3% year-over-year. Flex revenues increased 16.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2014 over the comparable period in 2013. Search revenues decreased 15.7% for the three months ended March 31, 2014 over the comparable period in 2013.

Flex gross profit margin for the three months ended March 31, 2014 decreased 80 basis points to 27.5% compared to 28.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2013, due primarily to a compression in the spread between our bill rates and pay rates as a result of a higher concentration of our revenue growth coming from larger, lower-margin profile clients. SG&A expenses as a percentage of net service revenues were 25.6% and 28.5% for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. The decrease in SG&A expenses as a percentage of net service revenues was primarily driven by a reduction in compensation expense as a result of the organizational realignment executed by the Firm during fourth quarter of 2013.

From an economic standpoint, temporary employment figures and trends are important indicators of staffing demand, which continued to improve during 2014 on a sequential basis, based on data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (“BLS”) and Staffing Industry Analysts (“SIA”). The penetration rate (the percentage of temporary staffing to total employment) in March 2014 was at 2.06%, up from 2.03%, which was revised data for December 2013 from the original released rate of 2.06%. This is an all-time high for the penetration rate. The unemployment rate was at 6.7% as of March 2014, and non-farm payroll expanded by approximately 533,000 jobs in the period January through March 2014. The college-level unemployment rate, which we believe serves as a proxy for professional employment and is more closely aligned with the Firm’s business strategy and candidate profile, was at 3.4% in March 2014. Kforce believes that uncertainty in the overall U.S. economic outlook related to the political landscape, potential tax changes, geo-political risk and impact of health care reform, will continue to fuel growth in temporary staffing as employers may be reluctant to increase full-time hiring. If the penetration rate of temporary staffing continues to experience growth in the coming years, we believe that our Flex revenues can grow significantly even in a relatively modest growth macro-economic environment. Kforce remains optimistic about the growth prospects of the temporary staffing industry, the penetration rate, and in particular, our revenue portfolio.

Over the last few years, we have undertaken several significant initiatives including: (i) executing a realignment plan to streamline our leadership and revenue enablers in an effort to better align a higher percentage of roles closer to the customer; (ii) increasing our focus on consultant care processes and communications to redeploy our consultants in a timely fashion; (iii) increasing revenue generator headcount to capitalize on targeted growth opportunities; (iv) further optimizing our National Recruiting Center team in support of our field operations; (v) upgrading our corporate systems with a focus on business intelligence, compensation management, job order prioritization and the development of mobile applications; (vi) focusing on process improvement, centralization and technology infrastructure improvement and (vii) divesting Kforce Clinical Research, Inc. in March 2012 in an attempt to enhance Kforce’s focus on our core service offerings. We believe our realigned field operations and back office operations provide a competitive advantage for us and are keys to our future growth and profitability. We also believe that our portfolio of service offerings, which are primarily in the U.S., are also a key contributor to our long-term financial stability.

 

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Net Service Revenues. The following table sets forth, as a percentage of net service revenues, certain items in our Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income for the three months ended March 31:

 

     2014     2013  

Net Service Revenues by Segment:

    

Tech

     64.4     63.1

FA

     20.6     21.3

HIM

     7.6     7.0

GS

     7.4     8.6
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net service revenues

     100.0     100.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Revenue by Type:

    

Flex

     96.8     95.7

Search

     3.2     4.3
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net service revenues

     100.0     100.0
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Gross profit

     29.8     31.4

Selling, general and administrative expenses

     25.6     28.5

Depreciation and amortization

     0.8     0.9

Income before income taxes

     3.3     1.9

Net income

     2.0     1.2

The following table details net service revenues for Flex and Search by segment and changes from the prior period for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     2014      Increase
(Decrease)
    2013  

Tech

       

Flex

   $ 192,463         18.2   $ 162,840   

Search

     4,008         (16.4 %)      4,795   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total Tech

   $ 196,471         17.2   $ 167,635   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

FA

       

Flex

   $ 57,100         14.5   $ 49,861   

Search

     5,682         (14.7 %)      6,665   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total FA

   $ 62,782         11.1   $ 56,526   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

HIM

       

Flex

   $ 23,237         25.3   $ 18,544   

Search

     51         (44.6 %)      92   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total HIM

   $ 23,288         25.0   $ 18,636   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

GS

       

Flex

   $ 22,771         (0.3 %)    $ 22,830   

Search

     —             —     
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total GS

   $ 22,771         (0.3 %)    $ 22,830   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total Flex

   $ 295,571         16.3   $ 254,075   

Total Search

     9,741         (15.7 %)      11,552   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total Revenues

   $ 305,312         14.9   $ 265,627   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

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Flex Revenues. The primary drivers of Flex revenues are the number of consultant hours worked, the consultant bill rate per hour and, to a limited extent, the amount of billable expenses incurred by Kforce. Our quarterly operating results are affected by the number of billing days in a quarter and the seasonality of our clients’ businesses. For the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, there were 63 billing days each.

Flex revenues for our largest segment, Tech, experienced growth during the three months ended March 31, 2014 of 18.2% as compared to the same period in 2013. An April 2014 report published by SIA provides an expectation that temporary technology staffing could experience growth of 8% for 2014 and an additional 8% in 2015, which we believe is due to the continuing use of temporary staffing as a solution during uncertain economic cycles, the increasing cost of employment driving the systemic use of temporary staffing, particularly in project-based work such as technology, and an increasing influence of technology in business driving up the overall demand for Tech talent. SIA also acknowledges that notable skill shortages in certain technology skill sets will continue, which we believe will result in strong future growth in our Tech segment. The Firm believes it is well-positioned to take advantage of this growth as a result of the expected increase in productivity, which normally comes with tenure, of the revenue generator headcount added in 2012 and 2013. Additionally, the Firm expects to continue to make selective investments in revenue generator headcount throughout 2014. The Firm believes the Tech segment will continue to grow throughout the remainder of 2014.

Our FA segment experienced an increase of 14.5% in Flex revenues during the three months ended March 31, 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. In its April 2014 update, SIA provides an expectation that finance and accounting growth projection could be 6% in 2014 and 7% in 2015. Management believes the benefit from the significant investment in the revenue generator headcount for FA made in 2012 and 2013 will be realized in 2014 through the capture of a portion of the expected growth in the FA industry as a result of improvements in associate productivity that typically come with tenure.

Flex revenues for HIM increased 25.3% for the three months ended March 31, 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. Additionally, HIM experienced sequential Flex revenues growth during the three months ended March 31, 2014 of 12.4%. The increase, both sequentially and as compared to the same period in 2013, is primarily attributable to revenues generated from the 2014 requirements and deadlines associated with International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems, 10th edition (“ICD-10”). However, on April 1, 2014, legislation was passed to delay the required implementation date until at least October 1, 2015. While it is expected that certain customers may delay their implementation of ICD-10, potentially resulting in a negative near-term impact, management remains confident in its business and continues to expect Flex revenues in HIM to be stable to improving for the remainder of 2014.

Our GS segment experienced a decrease of 0.3% in Flex revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013. The decline was primarily the result of a strategic decision made by Kforce management during the fourth quarter of 2013 with regard to the GS segment to focus its service offerings and efforts on prime integrated business solution services. This change in strategy, coupled with the lengthy contract procurement cycle within the government sector of approximately 18 months for solutions-based services, led us to expect negative impacts on near-term growth prospects of the GS segment and reductions in revenues over the next few years. As a result, we believe Flex revenues for our GS segment will decline in the remaining periods in 2014 as compared to 2013.

The following table details total Flex hours for each segment and percentage changes over the prior period for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     2014      Increase
(Decrease)
    2013  

Tech

     2,831         12.5     2,517   

FA

     1,748         16.7     1,498   

HIM

     325         19.5     272   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total hours

     4,904         14.4     4,287   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

As the GS segment primarily provides solutions-based services as compared to staffing services, Flex hours are not presented above.

 

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The changes in billable expenses, which are included as a component of net services revenues, are primarily attributable to increases or decreases in project work. The following table details total Flex billable expenses for each segment and percentage changes over the prior period for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     2014      Increase
(Decrease)
    2013  

Tech

     1,200         (21.1 %)      1,520   

FA

     69         (51.4 %)      142   

HIM

     1,104         (24.2 %)      1,456   

GS

     116         7.4     108   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total billable expenses

     2,489         (22.8 %)      3,226   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Search Fees. The primary drivers of Search fees are the number of placements and the average placement fee. Search fees also include conversion revenues (conversions occur when consultants initially assigned to a client on a temporary basis are later converted to a permanent placement). Our GS segment does not make permanent placements.

Search revenues decreased 15.7% for the three months ended March 31, 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013 and decreased 17.1% sequentially. The decreases were primarily driven by the reallocation of revenue-generating resources to capture the current high demand for our Flex staffing services. We expect Search revenues to sequentially improve for the second quarter of 2014, but for the remainder of 2014, revenues are expected to decline as compared to 2013.

Total placements for each segment and percentage changes over the prior period were as follows for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     2014      Increase
(Decrease)
    2013  

Tech

     257         (17.1 %)      310   

FA

     543         (1.1 %)      549   

HIM

     2         (66.7 %)      6   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total placements

     802         (7.3 %)      865   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

The average placement fee for each segment and percentage changes over the prior period were as follows for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     2014      Increase
(Decrease)
    2013  

Tech

   $ 15,621         1.0   $ 15,472   

FA

     10,457         (13.8 %)      12,135   

HIM

     25,453         65.7     15,363   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total average placement fee

   $ 12,147         (9.0 %)    $ 13,352   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

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Gross Profit. Gross profit on Flex billings is determined by deducting the direct cost of services (primarily flexible personnel payroll wages, payroll taxes, payroll-related insurance, and subcontractor costs) from net Flex service revenues. In addition, consistent with industry practices, gross profit dollars from Search fees are equal to revenues, because there are generally no direct costs associated with such revenues.

The gross profit percentage for each segment and percentage changes over the prior period were as follows for the three months ended March 31:

 

     2014     Increase
(Decrease)
    2013  

Tech

     28.0     (3.8 %)      29.1

FA

     34.8     (7.7 %)      37.7

HIM

     32.5     1.2     32.1

GS

     29.0     (8.8 %)      31.8
  

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total gross profit percentage

     29.8     (5.1 %)      31.4
  

 

 

     

 

 

 

Kforce also monitors the gross profit percentage as a percentage of Flex revenues, which is referred to as the Flex gross profit percentage. This provides management with the necessary insight into the other drivers of total gross profit percentage such as changes in volume evidenced by changes in hours billed for Flex and changes in the spread between bill rate and pay rate for Flex.

The decrease in Search gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 was $1.8 million as a result of a $1.0 million decrease in rate and a $0.8 million decrease in volume. The sequential net decrease in Search gross profit was $2.0 million, composed of a $2.8 million decrease in volume and a $0.8 million increase in rate.

The following table presents, for each segment, the Flex gross profit percentage and percentage change over the prior period for the three months ended March 31:

 

     2014     Increase
(Decrease)
    2013  

Tech

     26.5     (1.9 %)      27.0

FA

     28.4     (3.1 %)      29.3

HIM

     32.4     1.9     31.8

GS

     29.0     (8.8 %)      31.8
  

 

 

     

 

 

 

Total Flex gross profit percentage

     27.5     (2.8 %)      28.3
  

 

 

     

 

 

 

The increase in Flex gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2014 compared to the same period in 2013 was $9.6 million, composed of an $11.7 million increase in volume and a $2.1 million decrease in rate. The sequential net decrease in Flex gross profit was $3.0 million, composed of a $4.3 million decrease in rate and a $1.3 million increase in volume.

During the three months ended March 31, 2014, Flex gross profit percentage decreased 80 basis points as compared to the same period in 2013. The decrease during the three months ended March 31, 2014 was primarily driven by compression in the spread between our bill rates and pay rates as a result of a higher concentration of our revenue growth coming from larger, lower-margin profile clients. Additionally, our Flex gross profit within our GS segment was negatively impacted by a shift to a higher mix of subcontractor labor which was driven by current contractual demands. A continued focus for Kforce is optimizing the spread between bill rates and pay rates by providing our associates with tools, economic knowledge and defined programs to drive improvement in the effectiveness of our pricing strategy around the staffing services we provide. We believe this strategy will serve to balance the desire for optimal volume, rate, effort and duration of assignment, while ultimately maximizing the benefit for our clients, our consultants and Kforce. We anticipate that Flex gross profit margins will be stable for the remainder of 2014 as compared to 2013.

 

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Selling, General and Administrative Expenses (“SG&A”). For the three months ended March 31, 2014, total commissions, compensation, payroll taxes, and benefit costs as a percentage of SG&A was 83.9% as compared to 84.3% for the comparable period in 2013. Commissions and related payroll taxes and benefit costs are variable costs driven primarily by revenue and gross profit levels, and associated performance. Therefore, as gross profit levels change, these expenses would also generally be anticipated to change but remain relatively consistent as a percentage of revenues.

The following table presents these components of SG&A along with an “other” caption, which includes bad debt expense, lease expense, professional fees, travel, telephone, computer and certain other expenses, as an absolute amount and as a percentage of total net service revenues for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     2014      % of
Revenues
    2013      % of
Revenues
 

Compensation, commissions, payroll taxes and benefits costs

   $ 65,627         21.5   $ 63,783         24.0

Other

     12,583         4.1     11,910         4.5
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total SG&A

   $ 78,210         25.6   $ 75,693         28.5
  

 

 

    

 

 

   

 

 

    

 

 

 

SG&A as a percentage of net service revenues decreased 290 basis points for the three months ended March 31, 2014 as compared to the same period in 2013.

For the three months ended March 31, 2014, the net decrease was primarily attributable to the following:

 

    Decrease in compensation, payroll taxes and benefit costs of 2.6% of net service revenues, which was primarily related to a reduction in compensation expense as a result of the organizational realignment executed by the Firm during fourth quarter of 2013.

Goodwill Impairment. During the fourth quarter of 2013, Kforce management made a strategic business decision with regard to the GS reporting unit to focus its service offerings and efforts on prime integrated business solution services. This change in strategy, coupled with the lengthy contract procurement cycle within the government sector of approximately 18 months for solutions-based services, led us to expect negative impacts on near-term growth prospects of the GS segment and reductions in revenues and profitability over the next few years. As a result of the change in strategy, the Firm recorded an impairment charge of approximately $14.5 million, with a related tax benefit of approximately $5.2 million, during the fourth quarter of 2013. Deterioration in the assumptions, including the projected impact of the change in strategy, used in the 2013 goodwill impairment test could result in additional impairment charge.

Depreciation and Amortization. The following table presents depreciation and amortization expense and percentage changes over the prior period by major category for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     2014      Increase
(Decrease)
    2013  

Fixed asset depreciation

   $ 1,155         16.3   $ 993   

Capital lease asset depreciation

     294         (30.0 %)      420   

Capitalized software amortization

     755         (4.6 %)      791   

Intangible asset amortization

     159         (17.6 %)      193   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Total depreciation and amortization

   $ 2,363         (1.4 %)    $ 2,397   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

 

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Other Expense, Net. Other expense, net was $0.4 million and $0.3 million for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively, and consisted primarily of interest expense related to outstanding borrowings under our credit facility.

Income Tax Expense (Benefit). Income tax expense as a percentage of income from continuing operations before income taxes (our “effective rate”) for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 was 38.5% and 38.0%, respectively. There were no individual items during the first quarter of 2014 or 2013 that had a material impact on Kforce’s effective rate.

Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined by Kforce as net income before goodwill impairment (pre-tax) charges, interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization and amortization of stock-based compensation expense. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing our past and future financial performance, and this presentation should not be construed as an inference by us that our future results will be unaffected by those items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA is a key measure used by management to evaluate its operations including its ability to generate cash flows and, consequently, management believes this is useful information to investors. The measure should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income, cash flows or other financial statement information presented in the unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements as indicators of financial performance or liquidity. The measure is not determined in accordance with GAAP and is thus susceptible to varying calculations. Also, Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

Some of the items that are excluded also impacted certain balance sheet assets, resulting in all or a portion of an asset being written off without a corresponding recovery of cash we may have previously spent with respect to the asset. In addition, although we excluded amortization of stock-based compensation expense (which we expect to continue to incur in the future) because it is a non-cash expense, the associated stock issued may result in an increase in our outstanding shares of stock, which may result in the dilution of our stockholder ownership interest. We encourage you to evaluate these items and the potential risks of excluding such items when analyzing our financial position.

The following table presents Adjusted EBITDA results and includes a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

     2014      Per Share      2013      Per Share  

Net income

   $ 6,249       $ 0.19       $ 3,094       $ 0.09   

Depreciation and amortization

     2,363         0.07         2,397         0.07   

Stock-based compensation expense

     799         0.02         274         0.00   

Interest expense and other

     378         0.01         243         0.00   

Income tax expense

     3,912         0.12         1,896         0.07   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 13,701       $ 0.41       $ 7,904       $ 0.23   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

To meet our capital and liquidity requirements, we primarily rely on operating cash flow as well as borrowings under our existing credit facility. At March 31, 2014, Kforce had $118.1 million in working capital compared to $112.9 million at December 31, 2013. Kforce’s current ratio (current assets divided by current liabilities) was 2.3 at March 31, 2014 and December 31, 2013.

The accompanying Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 provide a more detailed description of our cash flows. Currently, Kforce is principally focused on achieving the appropriate balance in the following areas of cash flow: (i) achieving positive cash flow from operating activities; (ii) returning capital to our shareholders through our dividend program; (iii) repurchasing our common stock; (iv) reducing the outstanding balance of our credit facility; (v) investing in our infrastructure to allow sustainable growth via capital expenditures; and (vi) making strategic acquisitions.

We believe that existing cash and cash equivalents, cash flow from operations, and available borrowings under our credit facility will be adequate to meet the capital expenditure and working capital requirements of our operations for at least the next 12 months. However, significant deterioration in the economic environment or market conditions, among other things, could negatively impact operating results and liquidity as well as the ability of our lenders to fund borrowings. There is no assurance that: (i) our lenders will be able to fund our borrowings or (ii) if operations were to deteriorate and additional financing were to become necessary, we would be able to obtain financing in amounts sufficient to meet operating requirements or at terms which are satisfactory and which would allow us to remain competitive.

Actual results could also differ materially from those indicated as a result of a number of factors, including the use of currently available resources for possible acquisitions and possible additional stock repurchases.

The following table presents a summary of our net cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities for the three months ended March 31 (in thousands):

 

     2014     2013  

Cash provided by (used in):

    

Operating activities

   $ 5,939      $ (8,414

Investing activities

     (1,041     (2,070

Financing activities

     (4,957     10,010   
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Decrease in cash and cash equivalents

   $ (59   $ (474
  

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating Activities

The significant variations in cash provided by operating activities and net income are principally related to adjustments to net income for certain non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization expense and stock-based compensation. These adjustments are more fully detailed in our Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013. Our largest source of operating cash flows is the collection of trade receivables and our largest use of operating cash flows is the payment of our employee and consultant populations’ compensation, which includes base salary, commissions and bonuses.

Investing Activities

Capital expenditures for the three months ended March 31, 2014 and 2013 were $1.2 and $1.9 million, respectively, which exclude equipment acquired under capital leases.

We expect to continue to selectively invest in our infrastructure in order to support the expected future growth in our business. Kforce believes it has sufficient cash and availability under its credit facility to make any expected necessary capital expenditures in the foreseeable future. In addition, we continually review our portfolio of businesses and their operations in comparison to our internal strategic and performance objectives. As part of this review, we may acquire other businesses and further invest in, fully divest and/or sell parts of our current businesses.

 

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Financing Activities

During the three months ended March 31, 2014, the firm repurchased approximately $293 thousand of common stock attributable to shares withheld for statutory minimum tax withholding requirements pertaining to the vesting of restricted stock awards.

During the first quarter of 2014, Kforce declared and paid a cash dividend of $3.3 million, or $0.10 per share. We currently expect to continue to declare and pay quarterly dividends of an amount similar to our dividend of $0.10 per share. However, the declaration and payment of future dividends are discretionary and will be subject to determination by our Board of Directors each quarter following its review of, among other things, our financial performance.

Credit Facility

The maximum borrowings available to Kforce under the credit facility are limited to: (a) a revolving credit facility of up to $135 million (the “Revolving Loan Amount”) and (b) a $15 million sub-limit included in the credit facility for letters of credit. Kforce has an accordion option to increase the borrowing capacity an additional $15 million.

Borrowing availability under the credit facility is limited to the remainder of: (a) the lesser of (i) $135.0 million minus the four week average aggregate weekly payroll of employees assigned to work for customers, or (ii) 85% of the net amount of eligible accounts receivable, plus 80% of the net amount of eligible unbilled accounts receivable, plus 80% of the net amount of eligible employee placement accounts, minus certain minimum availability reserves, and in either case, minus (b) the aggregate outstanding amount under the credit facility. Outstanding borrowings under the Revolving Loan Amount bear interest at a rate of (a) LIBOR plus an applicable margin based on various factors or (b) the higher of: (i) the prime rate, (ii) the federal funds rate plus 0.50% or (iii) LIBOR plus 1.25%. Fluctuations in the ratio of unbilled to billed receivables could result in material changes to availability from time to time. Letters of credit issued under the credit facility require Kforce to pay a fronting fee equal to 0.125% of the amount of each letter of credit issued, plus a per annum fee equal to the applicable margin for LIBOR loans based on the total letters of credit outstanding. To the extent that Kforce has unused availability under the credit facility, an unused line fee is required to be paid equal to the applicable margin times the amount by which the maximum revolver amount exceeded the sum of the average daily outstanding amount of the revolving loans and the average daily undrawn face amount of outstanding letters of credit during the immediate preceding month. Borrowings under the credit facility are secured by substantially all of the assets of Kforce and its subsidiaries, excluding the real estate located at the Kforce’s corporate headquarters in Tampa, Florida. Under the credit facility, Kforce is subject to certain affirmative and negative covenants including (but not limited to) the maintenance of a fixed charge coverage ratio of at least 1.00 to 1.00 if the Firm’s availability under the credit facility is less than the greater of 10% of the aggregate amount of the commitment of all of the lenders under the credit facility and $11.0 million. Kforce had availability under the credit facility of $58.6 million as of March 31, 2014; therefore, the minimum fixed charge coverage ratio was not applicable. Kforce believes that it will be able to maintain the minimum availability requirement; however, in the event that Kforce is unable to do so, Kforce could fail the fixed charge coverage ratio covenant, which would constitute an event of default. The credit facility expires September 20, 2016.

As of March 31, 2014, $61.2 million was outstanding under the credit facility. During the three months ended March 31, 2014, maximum outstanding borrowings under the credit facility were $74.6 million. As of April 28, 2014, there was $59.0 million outstanding and $60.4 million was available under the credit facility.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

Kforce provides letters of credit to certain vendors in lieu of cash deposits. At March 31, 2014, Kforce had letters of credit outstanding for workers’ compensation and other insurance coverage totaling $2.8 million and for facility lease deposits totaling $0.3 million. Kforce does not have any additional off-balance sheet arrangements that have had, or are expected to have, a material effect on our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements.

Stock Repurchases

As of December 31, 2013, $62.6 million of the Board-authorized common stock repurchase program remained available for future repurchases. During the three months ended March 31, 2014, Kforce repurchased approximately 15 thousand shares of common stock at a total cost of approximately $293 thousand. As of March 31, 2014, $62.3 million remains available for future repurchases.

 

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Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk.

In addition to the risks inherent in its operations, Kforce is exposed to certain market risks, primarily changes in interest rates. The sensitivity analysis presented below for our credit facility is based on a hypothetical 10% change in interest rates. This change is a hypothetical scenario and is used to calibrate potential risk and does not necessarily represent our view of future market changes.

As of March 31, 2014, we had $61.2 million outstanding under our credit facility and our weighted average effective interest rate on our credit facility was 1.54%. A hypothetical 10% increase in interest rates in effect at March 31, 2014 would have the effect of increasing annualized interest expense on borrowings outstanding as of March 31, 2014 by $0.1 million.

We do not believe that we have a material exposure to fluctuations in foreign currencies because our international operations represented approximately 2% of net service revenues for the three months ended March 31, 2014, and because our international operations’ functional currency is the U.S. Dollar. However, we will continue to assess the impact that currency fluctuations could have on our operations going forward.

 

Item 4. Controls and Procedures.

Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

As of March 31, 2014, we carried out an evaluation required by Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act (the “Evaluation”) under the supervision and with the participation of our Chief Executive Officer (“CEO”) and Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”), of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rules 13a-15 and 15d-15 under the Exchange Act (“Disclosure Controls”). Based on the Evaluation, our CEO and CFO concluded that the design and operation of our Disclosure Controls were effective to ensure that information required to be disclosed by us in the reports that we file or submit under the Exchange Act is: (i) recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms and (ii) accumulated and communicated to management, including the principal executive officer and the principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding disclosure.

Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

Management has evaluated, with the participation of our CEO and CFO, whether any changes in our internal control over financial reporting that occurred during our last fiscal quarter have materially affected, or are reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting. Based on the evaluation we conducted, management has concluded that no such changes have occurred.

Inherent Limitations of Internal Control over Financial Reporting

Because of the inherent limitations of internal control over financial reporting, including the possibility of collusion or improper management override of controls, material misstatements due to error or fraud may not be prevented or detected on a timely basis. Also, projections of any evaluation of the effectiveness of the internal control over financial reporting to future periods are subject to the risk that the controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

CEO and CFO Certifications

Exhibits 31.1 and 31.2 are the Certifications of the CEO and the CFO, respectively. The Certifications are required in accordance with Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 (the “Section 302 Certifications”). This Item of this report, which you are currently reading, is the information concerning the Evaluation referred to in the Section 302 Certifications and this information should be read in conjunction with the Section 302 Certifications for a more complete understanding of the topics presented.

 

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PART II – OTHER INFORMATION

 

Item 1. Legal Proceedings.

On June 18, 2013, Kforce, along with other staffing firms, was named as a defendant in a class action lawsuit filed in the Orange County Superior Court of the State of California. The plaintiff alleges that a class of current and former Kforce employees working in California was denied compensation for the time they spent interviewing with current and potential clients of Kforce, over a period covering four years prior to the filing of the complaint. The plaintiff seeks recovery in an unspecified amount for this alleged unpaid compensation, the alleged failure of Kforce to provide them with accurate wage statements, the alleged improper use of debit cards as an employee payment mechanism in certain circumstances, alleged unfair competition, and statutory penalties, attorney’s fees and other damages. On August 30, 2013, Kforce moved the matter to the U.S. District Court of the Central District of California, Case No. 8:13cv1356. On January 30, 2014, the U.S. District Court of Central District of California granted summary judgment in favor of Kforce except for the plaintiff’s claim for waiting time penalties, which is an individual claim and not part of the class action. On February 20, 2014, the plaintiff filed an appeal of the district court’s summary judgment decision with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

On February 19, 2014, the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida unsealed a qui tam complaint that had been filed by a terminated former employee in June of last year. The complaint was filed against Kforce and Kforce Government Solutions Inc. (“KGS”), and was amended on April 14, 2014. The amended complaint alleges False Claims Act and federal and state whistleblower statute violations and certain accounting irregularities, as well as employment law and defamation claims. The United States government has not intervened in this action at this time. While the qui tam action was first disclosed to Kforce and KGS on February 19, 2014, counsel for the former employee previously informed Kforce and KGS of substantially similar allegations in a post employment demand letter. After the allegations were raised, the matter was referred to the Audit Committee of Kforce’s Board of Directors for an investigation. The Audit Committee retained experienced, independent counsel for investigation. With the help of forensic accountants, the investigators concluded that the False Claims Act and accounting irregularity allegations raised in the demand letter were unsupported by material, credible evidence.

We are not aware of any other new legal proceedings that are likely to have a material adverse impact on Kforce, or other material developments with respect to existing legal proceedings, that occurred during the three months ended March 31, 2014.

 

Item 1A. Risk Factors.

There are no material changes in the risk factors previously disclosed in our 2013 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

The following table presents information with respect to our repurchases of Kforce common stock during the three months ended March 31, 2014 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

 

Period

   Total Number of
Shares Purchased
(1)
     Average Price Paid
per Share
     Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of
Publicly Announced
Plans or Programs
(1)
     Approximate Dollar
Value of Shares that
May Yet Be
Purchased Under the
Plans or Programs
 

January 1, 2014 to January 31, 2014

     13,537       $ 19.83         13,537       $ 62,280,854   

February 1, 2014 to February 28, 2014

     —           —           —         $ 62,280,854   

March 1, 2014 to March 31, 2014

     1,207       $ 19.96         1,207       $ 62,256,768   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total

     14,744       $ 19.84         14,744       $ 62,256,768   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

(1) All of the shares reported above as purchased are attributable to shares withheld for statutory minimum tax withholding requirements pertaining to the vesting of restricted stock.

 

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Item 3. Defaults Upon Senior Securities.

None.

 

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures.

None.

 

Item 5. Other Information.

None.

 

Item 6. Exhibits.

 

Exhibit
Number

  

Description

  3.1    Amended and Restated Articles of Incorporation. (1)
  3.1a    Articles of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation. (2)
  3.1b    Articles of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation. (2)
  3.1c    Articles of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation. (2)
  3.1d    Articles of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation. (3)
  3.1e    Articles of Amendment to Articles of Incorporation. (4)
  3.2    Amended & Restated Bylaws. (5)
31.1    Certification by the Chief Executive Officer of Kforce Inc. pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
31.2    Certification by the Chief Financial Officer of Kforce Inc. pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.1    Certification by the Chief Executive Officer of Kforce Inc. pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
32.2    Certification by the Chief Financial Officer of Kforce Inc. pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
101.1    Part I, Item 1 of this Form 10-Q formatted in XBRL.

 

(1) Incorporated by reference to the Registrant’s Registration Statement on Form S-1 (File 33-91738) filed April 28, 1995.
(2) Incorporated by reference to the Registrant’s Form S-4/A (File No. 333-111566) filed February 9, 2004, as amended.
(3) Incorporated by reference to the Registrant’s Form 8-K (File No. 000-26058) filed May 17, 2000.
(4) Incorporated by reference to the Registrant’s Annual Report on Form 10-K (File No. 000-26058) filed March 29, 2002.
(5) Incorporated by reference to the Registrant’s Current Report on Form 8-K (File No. 000-26058) filed April 29, 2013.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.

 

Kforce Inc.      
(Registrant)      
Date: April 30, 2014     By:  

/s/    DAVID M. KELLY        

      David M. Kelly
      Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
      (Principal Financial Officer)
Date: April 30, 2014     By:  

/s/    SARA R. NICHOLS        

      Sara R. Nichols
      Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer
      (Principal Accounting Officer)

 

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Certification

Exhibit 31.1

CERTIFICATIONS

I, David L. Dunkel, certify that:

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Kforce Inc.;

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

(a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

(b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

(c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

(d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

(a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

(b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: April 30, 2014

 

/s/ David L. Dunkel

David L. Dunkel,
Chief Executive Officer
(Principal Executive Officer)
Certification

Exhibit 31.2

CERTIFICATIONS

I, David M. Kelly, certify that:

1. I have reviewed this quarterly report on Form 10-Q of Kforce Inc.;

2. Based on my knowledge, this report does not contain any untrue statement of a material fact or omit to state a material fact necessary to make the statements made, in light of the circumstances under which such statements were made, not misleading with respect to the period covered by this report;

3. Based on my knowledge, the financial statements, and other financial information included in this report, fairly present in all material respects the financial condition, results of operations and cash flows of the registrant as of, and for, the periods presented in this report;

4. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I are responsible for establishing and maintaining disclosure controls and procedures (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e)) and internal control over financial reporting (as defined in Exchange Act Rules 13a-15(f) and 15d-15(f)) for the registrant and have:

(a) Designed such disclosure controls and procedures, or caused such disclosure controls and procedures to be designed under our supervision, to ensure that material information relating to the registrant, including its consolidated subsidiaries, is made known to us by others within those entities, particularly during the period in which this report is being prepared;

(b) Designed such internal control over financial reporting, or caused such internal control over financial reporting to be designed under our supervision, to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles;

(c) Evaluated the effectiveness of the registrant’s disclosure controls and procedures and presented in this report our conclusions about the effectiveness of the disclosure controls and procedures, as of the end of the period covered by this report based on such evaluation; and

(d) Disclosed in this report any change in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the registrant’s most recent fiscal quarter (the registrant’s fourth fiscal quarter in the case of an annual report) that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting; and

5. The registrant’s other certifying officer(s) and I have disclosed, based on our most recent evaluation of internal control over financial reporting, to the registrant’s auditors and the audit committee of the registrant’s board of directors (or persons performing the equivalent functions):

(a) All significant deficiencies and material weaknesses in the design or operation of internal control over financial reporting which are reasonably likely to adversely affect the registrant’s ability to record, process, summarize and report financial information; and

(b) Any fraud, whether or not material, that involves management or other employees who have a significant role in the registrant’s internal control over financial reporting.

Date: April 30, 2014

 

/s/ David M. Kelly

David M. Kelly,
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)
Certification

Exhibit 32.1

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 906

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report of Kforce Inc. (“Kforce”) on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2014 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Form 10-Q”), I, David L. Dunkel, Chief Executive Officer of Kforce, hereby certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

 

  1) The Form 10-Q fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d)); and

 

  2) The information contained in the Form 10-Q fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of Kforce.

Date: April 30, 2014

 

/s/ David L. Dunkel

David L. Dunkel,
Chief Executive Officer
(Principal Executive Officer)
Certification

Exhibit 32.2

CERTIFICATION PURSUANT TO

18 U.S.C. SECTION 1350,

AS ADOPTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 906

OF THE SARBANES-OXLEY ACT OF 2002

In connection with the Quarterly Report of Kforce Inc. (“Kforce”) on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended March 31, 2014 as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on the date hereof (the “Form 10-Q”), I, David M. Kelly, Chief Financial Officer of Kforce, hereby certify, pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, that:

 

  1) The Form 10-Q fully complies with the requirements of Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m or 78o(d)); and

 

  2) The information contained in the Form 10-Q fairly presents, in all material respects, the financial condition and results of operations of Kforce.

Date: April 30, 2014

 

/s/ David M. Kelly

David M. Kelly,
Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial Officer)