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Volt Information Sciences reports improved Q2 results

The company reported a net loss in the second quarter of 2014 of $3.5 million, or $0.17 per share, compared with a net loss of $17.5 million, or $0.84 per share in 2013. On a proforma basis the company reported a net loss in the second quarter of 2014 of $5.3 million compared to a net loss of $14.1 million in 2013. Proforma amounts include recognition of Unrecognized Revenue (defined below).

"Our second quarter showed solid year-over-year improvements in profitability across all of our segments. We are particularly pleased with our staffing segment results as we grew operating income by over 400% on a year-over-year basis, despite a 15% decline in revenue. This improvement was driven by several targeted actions taken in recent quarters including the divestiture of the Procurestaff business, the reorganization of our traditional staffing business and our continuing initiative to reduce exposure to customers with unprofitable business terms. These actions not only increase profitability, but also allow for greater flexibility in responding to the business environment. Second quarter revenue continued to be impacted by lower traditional staffing demand levels from a number of our larger enterprise customers as compared to last year, although most have shown a slight improvement in demand compared to the first quarter," said Ron Kochman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "We also exited our telecommunication government solutions business during the quarter as reduced federal spending significantly minimized growth opportunity, efficiencies and our ability to deliver profitability."

Second Quarter Revenue and Operating Results

Net revenue in the second quarter of 2014 decreased $68.2 million to $451.5 million from $519.7 million in 2013, and proforma net revenue decreased $73.4 million, or 14.0%, to $449.7 million from $523.1 million in 2013. The change in revenue was the result of decreased Staffing Services revenues of $70.0 million (proforma of $71.2 million) resulting from fewer contingent workers on assignment primarily at our largest enterprise customers where current demand levels are lower than in the prior year, our exit of certain customers as part of our continued focus on exiting or reducing business levels with customers where profitability or business terms are unfavorable, and with respect to GAAP results $1.2 million lower net staffing Unrecognized Revenue. In addition, Computer Systems revenues decreased $3.4 million from lower directory assistance software services revenue resulting from approximately 13% lower transaction volumes at slightly lower rates and lower maintenance and system revenue, while sales of our full-featured call center software ("On-Demand") were flat. These decreases were partially offset by higher information technology infrastructure services revenue driven primarily by a $3.8 million deferral of revenue in 2013.

Operating income in the second quarter of 2014 included restatement, investigations and remediation costs of $0.6 million and restructuring costs of $0.9 million ($0.3 million reflected in corporate general and administrative) as we reduced headcount in response to lower revenue levels and our staffing segment reorganization. Without these items we would have had operating income of $2.1 million and proforma operating income of $0.3 million.

Operating results for the second quarter of 2014 improved $17.5 million to operating income of $0.6 million from an operating loss of $16.9 million in 2013, and proforma operating loss decreased $12.4 million to a proforma loss of $1.2 million from $13.6 million in 2013. The Staffing Services segment operating income in the second quarter of 2014 improved $5.7 million ($4.5 million proforma) primarily due to lower vendor management system development costs resulting from our divestiture of Procurestaff in the first quarter of 2014 and lower recruiting and indirect costs. The Computer Services segment improved $0.8 million primarily from lower delivery and administrative costs, and our Other segment improved $4.2 million ($0.2 million proforma) primarily from increased information technology infrastructure services at similar margins.

Operating loss in the second quarter of 2013 of $16.9 million included restatement, investigations and remediation costs of $7.4 million and restructuring costs of $0.9 million as we reduced headcount in response to lower revenue levels. Without these items we would have had an operating loss of $8.6 million and a proforma operating loss of $5.3 million.

Unrecognized Revenue - Non-GAAP Proforma Measures -- Volt sometimes provides services despite a customer arrangement not yet being finalized, or continues to provide services under an expired arrangement while a renewal arrangement is being finalized. Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") usually requires that services revenue be deferred until arrangements are finalized or in some cases until cash is received, which causes some periods to include the expense of providing services although the related revenue is not recognized until a subsequent period ("Unrecognized Revenue"). The discussion herein refers to financial data determined both using GAAP as well as on a non-GAAP proforma basis. The non-GAAP proforma basis includes adjustments for Unrecognized Revenue so that revenue is shown in the same period as the related services are provided. This non-GAAP financial information is used by management and provided herein primarily to provide a more complete understanding of the company's business results and trends. In addition, the company believes that lenders, analysts and others in the investment community use this non-GAAP financial information to assess the company's historical results, and that failure to report this non-GAAP measure could result in a potentially misplaced perception that the company's results have either met, exceeded or underperformed expectations. This non-GAAP information should not be considered an alternative for, or in isolation from, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. In addition, this measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.

Year-to-date Revenue and Operating Results

Net revenue for the first six months of fiscal 2014 decreased $151.3 million to $888.6 million from $1,039.9 million in 2013, and proforma net revenue decreased $154.1 million, or 14.8%, to $887.9 million from $1,042.0 million in 2013. The change in revenue was the result of decreased Staffing Services revenues of $152.1 million (proforma of $149.6 million) resulting from fewer contingent workers on assignment primarily at our largest enterprise customers where current demand levels are lower than in the prior year, our exit of certain customers as part of our continued focus on exiting or reducing business levels with customers where profitability or business terms are unfavorable, and with respect to GAAP results $2.5 million higher net staffing Unrecognized Revenue. In addition, Computer Systems revenues decreased $8.1 million from several large directory assistance implementations reaching the end of the maintenance periods over which the projects were being amortized, approximately 23% lower transaction volumes, and lower pricing and maintenance levels. These decreases were partially offset by higher information technology infrastructure services revenue driven primarily by a $5.0 million deferral of revenue in 2013, and by new customers and to a lesser extent from net expanded business with existing customers.

Operating results for the first six months of fiscal 2014 improved $19.3 million to a loss of $14.4 million from a loss of $33.7 million in 2013, and proforma results improved $16.5 million to a proforma loss of $15.2 million from a proforma loss of $31.7 million in 2013. The Staffing Services segment operating income decreased $2.6 million (proforma $0.1 million) primarily due to a multi-year indirect tax recovery in 2013, and lower direct margins offset by a decrease in selling, administrative and other operating costs as direct margin and proforma direct margin improved to 14.0% and 13.9% from 13.2% and 13.0% in 2013, respectively. The Computer Services segment improved $0.8 million primarily from lower delivery and administrative costs, and the Other segment improved $5.8 million ($0.5 million proforma) primarily from increased information technology infrastructure services at similar margins. Excluding the Staffing Services segment's $3.0 million indirect tax recovery in 2013, operating results in the first six months would have increased $0.4 million and proforma operating results would have increased $2.9 million.

Operating loss in the first six months of fiscal 2014 of $14.4 million included restatement, investigations and remediation costs of $5.3 million, restructuring costs of $2.3 million ($0.3 million included in corporate general and administrative) primarily in our Staffing Services segment in connection with workforce reductions and the sale of our vendor management system assets and the continued decline in the directory assistance business within the Computer Systems business, and $2.8 million lower Unrecognized Revenue between 2014 and 2013. Without these items we would have had an operating loss of $6.8 million and proforma operating loss of $7.6 million.

Operating loss in the first six months of 2013 of $33.7 million included restatement, investigations and remediation costs of $21.2 million, a $3.0 million indirect tax recovery related to multiple years, and restructuring costs of $1.7 million. Without these items we would have had an operating loss of $13.8 million and a proforma operating loss of $11.8 million.

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