CAMBRIDGE, Mass., July 31, 2019 — Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR) today announced its 2019 second-quarter financial results.

Second-Quarter Financial Performance

Total revenues were $128.2 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared with $96.4 million for the second quarter of 2018. Research revenues increased 31%, and advisory services and events revenues increased 36%, compared with the second quarter of 2018. Pro forma revenues, which exclude the fair value adjustment to deferred revenue from the acquisition of SiriusDecisions, were $133.1 million for the second quarter of 2019, with $78.8 million from research services and $54.3 million from advisory services and events.

On a GAAP basis, net income was $1.6 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2019, compared with net income of $7.8 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, for the same period in 2018.

On a pro forma basis, net income was $12.3 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2019, which reflects a pro forma effective tax rate of 31%. Pro forma net income excludes stock-based compensation of $2.8 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $5.1 million, acquisition-related deferred revenue fair value adjustment of $4.9 million, and acquisition and integration costs of $2.5 million. This compares with a pro forma net income of $9.6 million, or $0.53 million per diluted share, for the same period in 2018, which reflects a pro forma tax rate of 31%. Pro forma net income for the second quarter of 2018 excludes stock-based compensation of $2.1 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $0.2 million, and acquisition and integration costs of $0.3 million.

“Forrester was at the upper end of pro forma revenue and operating margin guidance and exceeded our pro forma EPS target for the second quarter,” said George F. Colony, Forrester’s chairman and chief executive officer. “We are seeing meaningful progress in executing our strategy and accelerating the integration with SiriusDecisions across the business.”

Forrester is providing third-quarter 2019 financial guidance as follows:

Third-Quarter 2019 (GAAP):

  • Total revenues of approximately $105.0 million to $109.0 million.
  • Operating margin of approximately (2.0)% to 0.0%.
  • Interest expense of approximately $2.1 million.
  • An effective tax rate of (10)% to (5)%.
  • Loss per share of approximately $0.19 to $0.23.

Third-Quarter 2019 (Pro Forma):

Pro forma financial guidance for the third quarter of 2019 excludes the reduction in revenue from the fair value adjustment of pre-acquisition deferred revenue of $1.5 million to $2.0 million, stock-based compensation expense of $3.0 million to $3.2 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $5.5 million to $6.0 million, acquisition and integration costs of $1.3 million to $1.6 million, and any investment gains or losses.

  • Pro forma revenue of approximately $107.0 million to $111.0 million.
  • Pro forma operating margin of approximately 9.0% to 11.0%.
  • Pro forma effective tax rate of 31%.
  • Pro forma diluted earnings per share of approximately $0.27 to $0.31.

Our full-year 2019 guidance is as follows:

Full-Year 2019 (GAAP):

  • Total revenues of approximately $456.5 million to $466.5 million.
  • Operating margin of approximately (1.0)% to 0.0%.
  • Interest expense of approximately $8.6 million.
  • An effective tax rate of (10)% to (5)%.
  • Diluted loss per share of approximately $0.53 to $0.63.

Full-Year 2019 (Pro Forma):

Pro forma financial guidance for full-year 2019 excludes the reduction in revenue from the fair value adjustment of pre-acquisition deferred revenue of $11.0 million to $11.5 million, stock-based compensation expense of $11.5 million to $12.0 million, amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets of $22.0 million to $23.0 million, acquisition and integration costs of $7.5 million to $8.0 million, and any investment gains or losses.

  • Pro forma revenue of approximately $468.0 million to $478.0 million.
  • Pro forma operating margin of approximately 10.5% to 11.5%.
  • Pro forma effective tax rate of 31%.
  • Pro forma diluted earnings per share of approximately $1.52 to $1.62.

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