Release – Kelly Reports Third-Quarter 2022 Earnings

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November 10, 2022

  • Q3 revenue down 2.3%; up 0.3% in constant currency
  • Q3 operating loss of $21.4 million and loss per share of $0.43 down from a year ago on a non-cash goodwill impairment charge
  • Adjusted operating earnings of $9.5 million; up 7% from a year ago or up 21% in constant currency
  • Kelly’s Board of Directors approves a $50 million share repurchase plan

TROY, Mich., Nov. 10, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Kelly (Nasdaq: KELYA, KELYB), a leading specialty talent solutions provider, today announced results for the third quarter of 2022.

Peter Quigley, president and chief executive officer, announced revenue for the third quarter of 2022 totaled $1.2 billion, a 2.3% decrease, or 0.3% increase in constant currency, compared to the corresponding quarter of 2021. Year-over-year revenue trends were impacted by foreign currency headwinds and the impact of the sale of our Russian operations in July 2022. Year-over-year results in the quarter also reflect the impact of the recent acquisitions of RocketPower, a recruitment process outsourcing firm, and Pediatric Therapeutic Services, a specialty firm providing in-school therapy services.

Kelly reported a loss from operations in the third quarter of 2022 of $21.4 million, compared to earnings of $9.0 million reported in the third quarter of 2021. The loss in the third quarter of 2022 resulted from a $30.7 million goodwill impairment charge related to RocketPower. The charge reflects the impact of increasing economic uncertainty including the sharp decline in hiring in the high-tech industry in which RocketPower specializes, as well as slowing growth in the near-term demand for recruitment process outsourcing more broadly. Excluding the impairment charge, adjusted earnings from operations were $9.5 million compared to $8.9 million in the third quarter of 2021.  Earnings improved primarily as a result of structural improvements in the business mix which resulted in higher gross profit.

Loss per share in the third quarter of 2022 was $0.43 compared to earnings per share of $0.87 in the third quarter of 2021. Included in the loss per share in the third quarter of 2022 is a $0.67 per share goodwill impairment charge, net of tax, related to RocketPower, and a $0.01 loss per share, net of tax, related to the completion of the sale of our Russian operations. Included in the third quarter of 2021 earnings per share is a $0.62 gain, net of tax, related to non-cash gains, net of tax, on Persol Holding common shares. On an adjusted basis, earnings per share were $0.25 in the third quarter of 2022, consistent with $0.25 in the corresponding quarter of 2021.

“Kelly’s third-quarter performance demonstrates that our more profitable solutions are in demand and our specialty growth strategy is delivering a higher-margin, higher-value business mix even in the face of heightened uncertainty, rising interest rates, and inflationary pressures,” said Quigley. “We saw solid revenue growth in our SET and Education specialties, and all five operating segments delivered GP rate growth in the quarter. While challenges precipitated the RocketPower goodwill impairment, we remain confident that with diversification and integration this acquisition will bring strategic long-term value to our business.  Finally, our planned buyback of Kelly Class A common shares highlights our flexible and balanced capital allocation strategy to maximize the return on capital and complements our organic and inorganic specialty growth strategy.”

Kelly also reported that on November 9, its board of directors declared a dividend of $0.075 per share. The dividend is payable on December 7, 2022 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on November 23, 2022.

In conjunction with its third-quarter earnings release, Kelly has published a financial presentation on the Investor Relations page of its public website and will host a conference call at 9 a.m. ET on November 10 to review the results and answer questions. The call may be accessed in one of the following ways:

Via the Internet:

Via the Telephone
(877) 692-8955 (toll free) or (234) 720-6979 (caller paid)
Enter access code 5728672
After the prompt, please enter ”#”

A recording of the conference call will be available after 2:30 p.m. ET on November 10, 2022, at (866) 207-1041 (toll-free) and (402) 970-0847 (caller-paid). The access code is 8237932#. The recording will also be available at during this period.

This release contains statements that are forward looking in nature and, accordingly, are subject to risks and uncertainties. These factors include, but are not limited to, changing market and economic conditions, the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, competitive market pressures including pricing and technology introductions and disruptions, disruption in the labor market and weakened demand for human capital resulting from technological advances, competition law risks, the impact of changes in laws and regulations (including federal, state and international tax laws), unexpected changes in claim trends on workers’ compensation, unemployment, disability and medical benefit plans, or the risk of additional tax liabilities in excess of our estimates, our ability to achieve our business strategy, our ability to successfully develop new service offerings, material changes in demand from or loss of large corporate customers as well as changes in their buying practices, risks particular to doing business with government or government contractors, the risk of damage to our brand, our exposure to risks associated with services outside traditional staffing, including business process outsourcing, services of licensed professionals and services connecting talent to independent work, our increasing dependency on third parties for the execution of critical functions, our ability to effectively implement and manage our information technology strategy, the risks associated with past and future acquisitions, including risk of related impairment of goodwill and intangible assets, risks associated with conducting business in foreign countries, including foreign currency fluctuations, risks associated with violations of anti-corruption, trade protection and other laws and regulations, availability of qualified full-time employees, availability of temporary workers with appropriate skills required by customers, liabilities for employment-related claims and losses, including class action lawsuits and collective actions, our ability to sustain critical business applications through our key data centers, risks arising from failure to preserve the privacy of information entrusted to us or to meet our obligations under global privacy laws, the risk of cyberattacks or other breaches of network or information technology security, our ability to realize value from our tax credit and net operating loss carryforwards, our ability to maintain specified financial covenants in our bank facilities to continue to access credit markets, and other risks, uncertainties and factors discussed in this release and in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from any forward-looking statements contained herein, and we undertake no duty to update any forward-looking statement to conform the statement to actual results or changes in the Company’s expectations.

About Kelly®

Kelly Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: KELYA, KELYB) connects talented people to companies in need of their skills in areas including Science, Engineering, Education, Office, Contact Center, Light Industrial, and more. We’re always thinking about what’s next in the evolving world of work, and we help people ditch the script on old ways of thinking and embrace the value of all workstyles in the workplace. We directly employ more than 350,000 people around the world, and we connect thousands more with work through our global network of talent suppliers and partners in our outsourcing and consulting practice. Revenue in 2021 was $4.9 billion. Visit and let us help with what’s next for you.


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