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Hudson Reports A Loss

Hudson Reports A Loss

Hudson Highland Group, Inc. has announced its financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2009.

2009 Third Quarter Summary
Revenue of $169.6 million, a decrease of 37.0 percent from $269.2 million for the third quarter of 2008, and a decrease of $4.2 million or 2.4 percent from the second quarter of 2009

Gross margin of $64.2 million, or 37.8 percent of revenue, down 43.0 percent from $112.7 million, or 41.9 percent of revenue for the same period last year, and a decrease of $0.7 million or 1.1 percent from the second quarter of 2009

Adjusted EBITDA* loss of $3.2 million, or 1.9 percent of revenue, down from adjusted EBITDA of positive $6.6 million for the third quarter of 2008, and an improvement from the adjusted EBITDA loss of $4.4 million in the second quarter of 2009

EBITDA(*) loss of $6.1 million, down from EBITDA of positive $3.8 million for the same period in 2008

Net loss from continuing operations of $7.6 million, or $0.29 per basic and diluted share, compared with net income from continuing operations of $0.4 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2008

Net loss of $6.9 million, or $0.26 per basic and diluted share, compared with net loss of $0.3 million, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, for the third quarter of 2008

*Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDA are defined in the segment tables at the end of this release.

"Sequential improvement of adjusted EBITDA during the third quarter was encouraging," said Jon Chait, Hudson Highland Group's chairman and chief executive officer. "This achievement was counter to typical third quarter seasonal softness and resulted from the company's earlier restructuring actions and increased sequential demand in some markets. While we expect the environment to remain challenging, I expect we will continue to deliver improved sequential financial results for the fourth quarter of 2009 and into 2010."

"We continued to manage our cash well, ending the quarter with $44.5 million, as our Days Sales Outstanding decreased to 48 days," said Mary Jane Raymond, the company's executive vice president and chief financial officer. "We used $2.8 million of cash during the third quarter, of which $1.7 million was used for an earn-out payment on our Tony Keith acquisition in China and $0.9 million was a repayment on our credit facility. Cash flow from operations showed significant improvement from the first half of the year with a net use under $1 million."

Restructuring Program
During the fourth quarter of 2009, the company expects to continue to streamline its operations in response to current economic conditions. The company recently increased the size of its 2009 restructuring plan to $19 million and expects to incur $2 - $5 million of restructuring charges during the fourth quarter of 2009. Third quarter restructuring expenses of $2.9 million were related to severance and lease terminations, primarily in Europe.

Liquidity and Capital Resources
The company ended the third quarter of 2009 with $44.5 million in cash and $10.5 million currently borrowed under its primary credit facility, down from $47.2 million in cash at the end of the second quarter of 2009 with $11.3 million borrowed. In addition, the company has availability under its primary credit facility of $2.3 million, as well as an additional $3.8 million of availability under local country credit facilities, the majority of which became available subsequent to September 30, 2009. The company paid $1.7 million in July 2009 as part of its earn-out for the Tony Keith acquisition in China.

Guidance
Despite recent signs of increasing stability, visibility remains low. As a result, the company will not provide formal guidance for the fourth quarter of 2009. The company will comment on current trends and its outlook for the fourth quarter on its third quarter earnings call.

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