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Volt Information Sciences Reports 2018 Second Quarter Financial Results

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Volt Information Sciences, Inc. ("Volt" or "the Company")
(NYSE-AMERICAN: VISI)
, an international provider of staffing
services and managed service programs, today reported results for its
2018 second quarter ended April 29, 2018. Key highlights include:

  • Second quarter net revenue of $263.2 million, down 13.1%
    year-over-year; on a same-store basis, net revenue declined 7.8%
    year-over-year excluding net revenue contributed from businesses sold
    or exited during the past year and the effect of foreign exchange rate
    fluctuations;
  • Second quarter selling, administrative and other operating costs of
    $42.9 million, down 16.1%, year-over-year, or 10.8% excluding
    businesses sold;
  • Global liquidity of $59.4 million at quarter-end, up $3.5 million
    year-over-year; total outstanding debt of $50.0 million, down $40.0
    million year-over-year; and
  • Effective June 6, 2018 the Company announced that President and Chief
    Executive Officer Michael Dean left the Company and the Board; The
    Company also announced that Linda Perneau was appointed Interim Chief
    Executive Officer, in addition to her role as President of Volt
    Workforce Solutions.

Commenting on Volt's second quarter performance, Paul Tomkins, Senior
Vice President and CFO, said, "The Company continues to benefit from our
ongoing activities to drive operational efficiencies and manage
expenses, which is delivering lower selling, administrative and other
operating costs. As part of this effort, on a same store basis, we
achieved a 10.8% reduction in expenses from a year ago. Furthermore,
during the quarter we continued to make progress in stabilizing and
strategically positioning our smaller businesses—namely International
Staffing, Volt Consulting Group and Volt Customer Care Solutions."

Mr. Tomkins continued, "While these incremental improvements are
encouraging, we still have work ahead to get Volt back on a trajectory
to profitable growth. A key to reaching this goal will be generating
topline growth through improving the performance of our largest
business, Volt Workforce Solutions, or VWS. With new senior leadership
in place at VWS and a team dedicated to executing a plan to drive
revenue growth, I am confident we can achieve our objective."

Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter Results

Total revenue for the fiscal 2018 second quarter was $263.2 million,
down $39.8 million, or 13.1%, compared to $303.0 million in the second
quarter of fiscal 2017. On a same-store basis, net revenue declined 7.8%
year-over-year excluding net revenue contributed from businesses sold or
exited during the past year and the effect of currency fluctuations.

North American Staffing revenue, which provides a broad spectrum of
contingent staffing, direct placement, recruitment process outsourcing
and other employment services, was $218.1 million, a $15.7 million, or
6.7% decline compared to North American Staffing revenue of $233.8
million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. The decline was driven by
lower demand from customers in both professional and commercial job
families, as well as a significant change in a large customer's
contingent labor strategy in the latter part of fiscal 2017.

International Staffing revenue, which includes the Company's contingent
staffing, direct placement and managed service programs businesses in
Europe and Asia, was $31.9 million, a $1.7 million, or 5.5% increase
compared to $30.2 million from the second quarter of fiscal 2017.
Excluding the impact of foreign exchange rate fluctuations, revenue
declined $1.9 million, or 5.6%, on a constant currency basis compared to
the second quarter of fiscal 2017, primarily due to lower demand in the
United Kingdom, offset by strong growth in Belgium and Singapore.

Corporate and Other revenue, which primarily consists of the Company's
North American managed service business and the Company's call center
business, was $14.2 million, down $26.3 million, or 65.1%, compared to
$40.5 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. The year-over-year
revenue decline was primarily driven by the impact from the sale of
Maintech and the quality assurance businesses, which occurred in the
second quarter of fiscal 2017 and at the end of the fourth quarter of
fiscal 2017, respectively. On a same-store basis, excluding businesses
sold or exited of $21.2 million, Corporate and Other revenue decreased
$5.2 million, or 26.9%, year-over-year, as a result of winding down of
certain programs in the Company's managed service business as well as
normal fluctuations in call center activity.

Selling, administrative and other operating costs in the second quarter
of fiscal 2018 decreased $8.3 million, or 16.1%, to $42.9 million from
$51.2 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2017. This decrease was
primarily due to on-going cost reductions in all areas of the business
and favorable medical claims experience, as well as, costs attributed to
the previously-owned quality assurance and Maintech businesses of $3.0
million.

Net loss was $7.7 million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018, up $6.8
million compared to a loss of $0.9 million in the second quarter of
fiscal 2017. Adjusted net loss, which is a Non-GAAP measure, was $7.9
million in the second quarter of fiscal 2018, up $1.8 million compared
to an adjusted net loss of $6.1 million in the second quarter of fiscal
2017.

Adjusted EBITDA, which is a Non-GAAP measure, was a loss of $3.7 million
in the fiscal 2018 second quarter, up $1.8 million from a loss of $1.9
million (Non-GAAP) in the year ago period. Excluding $1.5 million from
businesses sold, adjusted EBITDA in the second quarter of fiscal 2017
was a loss of $3.4 million. Adjusted EBITDA excludes the impact of
special items, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and
amortization expense, other income/loss and share-based compensation
expense. For a reconciliation of the GAAP and Non-GAAP financial
results, please see the tables at the end of this press release.

Liquidity

As of April 29, 2018, the Company had $59.4 million of global liquidity
as compared to $55.9 million at April 30, 2017.

Corporate Developments

The Company announced that President and Chief Executive Officer Michael
Dean left the Company and the Board, effective June 6, 2018. The Company
also announced that Linda Perneau was appointed Interim Chief Executive
Officer, in addition to her role as President of Volt Workforce
Solutions. In connection with this development, current director Nick
Cyprus was appointed Chairman of the Board and current director William
Grubbs was appointed Vice-Chairman. The Company has formed an Executive
Management Committee comprised of Linda Perneau, Paul Tomkins, Nancy
Avedissian (Senior Vice President and General Counsel), and Ann Hollins
(Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer). The Executive
Management Committee will be responsible for the day-to-day operational
and corporate management of the Company, and will report directly to the
Board of Directors.

Review of Strategic Alternatives

As previously announced, the Company is fully engaged in a process to
review and evaluate potential strategic alternatives to maximize
shareholder value. Such strategic alternatives could include a sale of
the Company or a sale of a division or divisions thereof, a strategic
merger, a business combination or continuing as a standalone company
executing on its business plan. The Company has engaged Houlihan Lokey
Capital, Inc. as financial advisor and Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy
LLP as legal advisor to assist in its review.

The Board and the Company have not set a definitive timetable for
completion of its review of strategic alternatives, nor has it made any
decisions related to any particular strategic alternative, and there can
be no assurance that the process will result in any transaction being
announced or completed in the future. The Company does not intend to
make any further announcements related to its review unless and until
its Board of Directors has approved a specific transaction or otherwise
determined that further disclosure is appropriate.

Conference Call and Webcast

A conference call and simultaneous webcast to discuss the fiscal 2018
second quarter financial results will be held today at 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Time / 1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. Volt's Interim Chief Executive Officer
and President of Volt Workforce Solutions, Linda Perneau, and Senior
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Paul Tomkins, will host the
conference call. Participants may listen in via webcast by visiting the
Investor & Governance section of Volt's website at www.volt.com.
Please visit the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download
and install any necessary audio software. The conference call can also
be accessed by dialing 877-407-9039 (201-689-8470 for international
callers) and reference the "Volt Information Sciences Earnings
Conference Call."

Following the call, an audio replay will be available beginning
Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time through Thursday, June
21, 2018 at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. To access the replay, dial
844-512-2921 (412-317-6671 for international callers) and enter the
Conference ID #13679698. A replay of the webcast will also be available
for 90 days upon completion of the call, accessible through the
Company's website at www.volt.com in
the Investors & Governance section.

About Volt Information Sciences, Inc.

Volt Information Sciences, Inc. is a global provider of staffing
services (traditional time and materials-based as well as
project-based). Our staffing services consists of workforce solutions
that include providing contingent workers, personnel recruitment
services, and managed staffing services programs supporting primarily
administrative, technical, information technology, light-industrial and
engineering positions. Our managed staffing programs involves managing
the procurement and on-boarding of contingent workers from multiple
providers. Our customer care solutions specializes in serving as an
extension of our customers' consumer relationships and processes
including collaborating with customers, from help desk inquiries to
advanced technical support. Our complementary businesses offer customer
care call centers, customized talent, and supplier management solutions
to a diverse client base. Volt services global industries including
aerospace, automotive, banking and finance, consumer electronics,
information technology, insurance, life sciences, manufacturing, media
and entertainment, pharmaceutical, software, telecommunications,
transportation, and utilities. For more information, visit www.volt.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements that are subject
to a number of known and unknown risks, including, among others, the
impact of management changes, the outcome of the Company's previously
announced strategic alternatives process, the outcome of the Company's
turnaround plan, general economic, competitive and other business
conditions, the degree and timing of customer utilization and rate of
renewals of contracts with the Company, and the degree of success of
business improvement initiatives that could cause actual results,
performance and achievements to differ materially from those described
or implied in the forward-looking statements. Information concerning
these and other factors that could cause actual results to differ
materially from those in the forward-looking statements are contained in
company reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Copies of the Company's latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and subsequent
Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, as filed with the Securities and
Exchange Commission, are available without charge upon request to Volt
Information Sciences, Inc., 1133 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New
York 10036, Attention: Shareholder Relations. These and other SEC
filings by the Company are also available to the public over the
Internet at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov
and at the Company's website at www.volt.com
in the Investors section.

                             
Results of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
April 29, 2018 January 28, 2018 April 30, 2017 April 29, 2018 April 30, 2017
 
Net revenue $ 263,219 $ 253,338 $ 303,005 $ 516,557 $ 616,029
Cost of services   225,918     217,329     255,886     443,247     522,020  
Gross margin 37,301 36,009 47,119 73,310 94,009
 
Expenses:
Selling, administrative and other operating costs 42,916 46,938 51,171 89,854 100,061
Restructuring and severance costs 104 518 199 622 823
Impairment charges 155 - 290 155 290
Gain from divestiture   -     -     (3,938 )   -     (3,938 )
Total expenses 43,175 47,456 47,722 90,631 97,236
 
Operating loss (5,874 ) (11,447 ) (603 ) (17,321 ) (3,227 )
 
Interest income (expense), net (631 ) (782 ) (891 ) (1,413 ) (1,749 )
Foreign exchange gain (loss), net (497 ) 703 184 206 311
Other income (expense), net   (55 )   (528 )   (311 )   (583 )   (910 )
Loss before income taxes (7,057 ) (12,054 ) (1,621 ) (19,111 ) (5,575 )
Income tax provision (benefit)   630     (1,360 )   (767 )   (730 )   (144 )
Net loss $ (7,687 ) $ (10,694 ) $ (854 ) $ (18,381 ) $ (5,431 )
 
Per share data:
Basic:
Net loss $ (0.37 ) $ (0.51 ) $ (0.04 ) $ (0.87 ) $ (0.26 )
Weighted average number of shares 21,032 21,029 20,921 21,030 20,919
 
Diluted:
Net loss $ (0.37 ) $ (0.51 ) $ (0.04 ) $ (0.87 ) $ (0.26 )
Weighted average number of shares 21,032 21,029 20,921 21,030 20,919
 
Segment data:
 
Net revenue:
North American Staffing $ 218,090 $ 206,235 $ 233,804 $ 424,325 $ 465,669
International Staffing 31,904 29,579 30,231 61,483 60,581
Corporate and Other 14,156 18,727 40,532 32,883 92,499
Eliminations   (931 )   (1,203 )   (1,562 )   (2,134 )   (2,720 )
Net revenue $ 263,219   $ 253,338   $ 303,005   $ 516,557   $ 616,029  
 
Operating income (loss):
North American Staffing $ 1,571 $ (626 ) $ 3,058 $ 945 $ 5,886
International Staffing 818 (98 ) 531 720 1,173
Corporate and Other (8,263 ) (10,723 ) (8,130 ) (18,986 ) (14,224 )
Gain from divestiture   -     -     3,938     -     3,938  
Operating loss $ (5,874 ) $ (11,447 ) $ (603 ) $ (17,321 ) $ (3,227 )
 
Work days 65 59 65 124 124
 
           
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(in thousands)
Six Months ended
April 29, 2018 April 30, 2017
 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of the period $ 37,077 $ 6,386
 

Cash used in all other operating activities

(14,314 ) (6,074 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   14,590     17,873  
Net cash provided by operating activities   276     11,799  
 
Purchases of property, equipment, and software (1,298 ) (6,385 )
Proceeds from divestitures - 15,224
Net cash provided by all other investing activities  

164

    592  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (1,134 )   9,431  
 
Net repayment of borrowings - (7,050 )
Debt issuance costs (1,411 ) (726 )
Net cash used in all other financing activities   (60 )   (7 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (1,471 )   (7,783 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents (571 ) 910
 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   (2,900 )   14,357  
 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of the period $ 34,177   $ 20,743  
 
Cash paid during the period:
Interest $ 1,482 $ 1,838
Income taxes $ 1,132 $ 1,111
 
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets            
(in thousands, except share amounts)
April 29, 2018 October 29, 2017
ASSETS (unaudited)
CURRENT ASSETS:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 34,177 $ 37,077
Restricted cash and short-term investments 20,455 20,544
Trade accounts receivable, net of allowances of $773 and $1,249,
respectively
166,201 173,818
Recoverable income taxes 53 1,643
Other current assets   6,730     11,755  
TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS 227,616 244,837
Other assets, excluding current portion 11,032 10,851
Property, equipment and software, net   26,349     29,121  
TOTAL ASSETS $ 264,997   $ 284,809  
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
CURRENT LIABILITIES:
Accrued compensation $ 23,134 $ 24,504
Accounts payable 40,118 36,895
Accrued taxes other than income taxes 21,995 20,467
Accrued insurance and other 27,098 30,282
Short-term borrowings - 50,000
Income taxes payable   1,154     808  
TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES 113,499 162,956
Accrued insurance and other, excluding current portion 10,727 10,828
Deferred gain on sale of real estate, excluding current portion 23,189 24,162
Income taxes payable, excluding current portion 615 1,663
Deferred income taxes 1,207 1,206
Long-term debt   48,758     -  
TOTAL LIABILITIES 197,995 200,815
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Preferred stock, par value $1.00; Authorized - 500,000 shares;
Issued - none
- -
Common stock, par value $0.10; Authorized - 120,000,000 shares;
Issued - 23,738,003 shares; Outstanding - 21,035,503 and 21,026,253
shares, respectively
2,374 2,374
Paid-in capital 79,547 78,645
Retained earnings 27,303 45,843
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (4,804 ) (5,261 )
Treasury stock, at cost; 2,702,500 and 2,711,750 shares, respectively   (37,418 )   (37,607 )
TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY   67,002     83,994  
TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY $ 264,997   $ 284,809  
 
 
GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliations
(in thousands)
               
Three Months Ended
April 29, 2018 April 30, 2017
Reconciliation of GAAP net loss to Non-GAAP net loss:
GAAP loss

$

(7,687 ) $ (854 )
Selling, administrative and other operating costs (486 )

(a)

(486 ) (a)
Restructuring and severance costs 104 199
Impairment charges 155

(b)

290 (b)
Gain from divestitures - (3,938 ) (c)
Income tax benefit   -     (1,283 ) (d)
Non-GAAP net loss

$

(7,914 ) $ (6,072 )
 
Three Months Ended
April 29, 2018 April 30, 2017
Reconciliation of GAAP net loss to Adjusted EBITDA:
GAAP loss

$

(7,687 ) $ (854 )
Selling, administrative and other operating costs (486 )

(a)

(486 ) (a)
Restructuring and severance costs 104 199
Impairment charges 155

(b)

290 (b)
Gain from divestitures - (3,938 ) (c)
Depreciation and amortization 1,874 2,001
Share-based compensation expense 557 627
Total other (income) expense, net 1,183 1,018
(Benefit) provision for income taxes   630     (767 )
Adjusted EBITDA

$

(3,670 ) $ (1,910 )
 
Special item adjustments consist of the following:
    (a)     Relates to the amortization of the gain on the sale of the Orange,
CA facility, which is included in
Selling, administrative and other operating costs.
(b) Relates to previously purchased software module that is no longer in
use.
(c) Relates to the sale of Maintech, a non-core business.
(d) Relates to a discrete tax benefit resulting from the resolution of
uncertain tax positions upon the
completion and effective settlement of the IRS audit of the
Company's fiscal 2004 through 2010 federal
tax and associated state tax audits.
 

Note Regarding the Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company has provided certain Non-GAAP financial information, which
includes adjustments for special items and certain line items on a
constant currency basis, as additional information for its segment
revenue, consolidated net income (loss), segment operating income (loss)
and Adjusted EBITDA. These measures are not in accordance with, or an
alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and
may be different from Non-GAAP measures reported by other companies.

The Company believes that the presentation of Non-GAAP measures on a
constant currency basis, eliminating special items and the impact of
businesses sold provides useful information to management and investors
regarding certain financial and business trends relating to its
financial condition and results of operations because they permit
evaluation of the results of the Company without the effect of currency
fluctuations, special items or the impact of businesses sold that
management believes make it more difficult to understand and evaluate
the Company's results of operations. Special items include impairments,
restructuring and severance as well as certain income or expenses not
indicative of the Company's current or future period performance and are
more fully disclosed in the tables.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings or loss before interest, income
taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA") adjusted to exclude
share-based compensation expense as well as the special items described
above.

Adjusted EBITDA is a performance measure rather than a cash flow
measure. The Company believes the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA is
relevant and useful for investors because it allows investors to view
results in a manner similar to the method used by management.

Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool and should not be
considered in isolation from, or as a substitute for, analysis of the
Company's results of operations and operating cash flows as reported
under GAAP. For example, Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect capital
expenditures or contractual commitments; does not reflect changes in, or
cash requirements for, the Company's working capital needs; does not
reflect the interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to
service the interest payments, on the Company's debt; and does not
reflect cash required to pay income taxes.

The Company's computation of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to
other similarly titled measures computed by other companies because all
companies do not calculate these measures in the same fashion.

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