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Kelly Strategy Yielding Results

Kelly Strategy Yielding Results

Kelly Services(R) Reports 4th Quarter and Full Year 2012 Results

Kelly Services, Inc. has announced its results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2012.

Carl T. Camden, President and Chief Executive Officer, announced revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 totalled $1.4 billion, a 2% decrease compared to the corresponding quarter of 2011. Revenue for the full year totalled $5.5 billion, a 2% decrease compared to the prior year.

Earnings from operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 totalled $9.8 million, compared to $12.7 million reported for the fourth quarter of 2011. Included in the results from operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 are asset impairment charges of $3.1 million and restructuring charges of $1.3 million. Excluding these charges, earnings from operations were $14.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2012 compared to $12.7 million in 2011.

Earnings from operations for the full year of 2012 totalled $72.3 million compared to $57.7 million in 2011. Included in the results from operations for 2012 are asset impairment charges of $3.1 million and a restructuring benefit of $900 thousand. Included in the results from operations for 2011 are restructuring charges of $2.8 million. Excluding these items from both years, earnings from operations were $74.5 million in 2012 compared to $60.5 million in 2011.

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations in the fourth quarter of 2012 were $0.23 compared to $0.64 per share in the fourth quarter of 2011. Included in diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 are asset impairment charges of $0.05 per share, restructuring charges of $0.02 per share and a loss on the North Asia joint venture of $0.03 per share. Excluding these charges, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2012 were $0.33 per share compared to $0.64 in 2011.

Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the full year of 2012 were $1.31 compared to $1.72 per share in 2011. Included in diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for 2012 are asset impairment charges of $0.05 per share, a restructuring benefit of $0.04 per share and a loss on the North Asia joint venture of $0.03 per share. Included in diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for 2011 are restructuring charges of $0.07 per share. Excluding these charges from both periods, diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for 2012 were $1.34 per share compared to $1.80 in 2011.

Commenting on the fourth quarter and full year results, Camden stated, "Given the challenging fourth quarter and anemic economic growth throughout the year, we're pleased with our performance. Our strategy is clearly yielding results. We kept expenses under control, grew our higher-margin professional and technical business, and delivered four straight quarters of positive earnings in our outsourcing and consulting group."

Camden expects persistent headwinds and mediocre job growth in the months ahead, but feels Kelly is well-positioned. "We're operating more efficiently, and we're investing in flexible solutions that meet the fastest-growing demands in the market. Skilled workers will continue to be in short supply in 2013, and companies will continue to look for ways to better manage their workforce. Kelly's professional and technical staffing capabilities, along with our expertise in talent supply chain management, provide the solution."

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