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Exponent (EXPO) Reports First Quarter 2005 Financial Results


10/19/2005 5:13:08 PM

MENLO PARK, Calif., April 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Exponent, Inc. today reported financial results for the first quarter ended April 1, 2005.

For the first quarter, revenues were $39,196,000, as compared to $38,766,000 reported in the same period of 2004. Revenues before reimbursements were $36,929,000, as compared to $35,925,000 in the same period of 2004. Net income was $3,867,000, or $0.45 per diluted share, an increase of 10% over $3,521,000, or $0.43 per diluted share, reported in the same period of 2004.

"We are pleased to report strong profitability for the first quarter, as we continue to demonstrate our ability to improve our operating margins over time," commented President and CEO, Michael R. Gaulke. "As we had expected, revenue growth in the first quarter was modest. However, we are encouraged by the pickup in business in our civil engineering and environmental practices. During the quarter, we also made progress in our defense technology development practice, winning a follow-on contract with the U.S. Navy and continuing to advance our work with the U.S. Army's Rapid Equipping Force in the field in Iraq and Afghanistan."

"Overall, we are satisfied with our progress in the first quarter and continue to expect to post stronger year-over-year growth for the second half of the year. During the quarter we repurchased approximately $3 million of stock in the open market, as we believe this is a good use of capital and will enhance shareholder value."

"We are optimistic about our long-term business prospects and believe that our unique, multidisciplinary approach will continue to present us with a broad range of opportunities in engineering and scientific consulting," concluded Mr. Gaulke.

Earnings Call Information

Exponent will host a conference call discussing the Company's first quarter 2005 results today, Monday, April 18, 2005, starting at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time/1:30 p.m. Pacific Time. A live webcast of the call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Company's web site at http://www.exponent.com/investors. For those unable to listen to the live webcast, a replay of the call will also be available on the Exponent web site, or by dialing 800-642-1687 and entering the reservation # 5288888.

About Exponent

Exponent is an engineering and scientific consulting firm providing solutions to complex problems. Exponent's multidisciplinary organization of scientists, physicians, engineers, and business consultants brings together more than 70 technical disciplines to address complicated issues facing industry and government today. The firm's consultants analyze failures and accidents to determine their causes and provide answers to help prevent such problems. In addition, Exponent evaluates human health and environmental concerns to find cost-effective solutions.

Exponent may be reached at (888) 656-EXPO, info@exponent.com, or http://www.exponent.com/.

This news release contains, and incorporates by reference, certain "forward-looking" statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and the rules promulgated pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended thereto under) that are based on the beliefs of the Company's management, as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company's management. Such forward-looking statements are subject to the safe harbor created by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. When used in this document and in the documents incorporated herein by reference, the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect" and similar expressions, as they relate to the Company or its management, identify such forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect the current views of the Company or its management with respect to future events and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the Company's actual results, performance, or achievements could differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, any such forward- looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such material differences include the possibility that the demand for our services may decline as a result of changes in general and industry specific economic conditions, the effects of competitive services and pricing, and liabilities resulting from claims made against us. Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K under the heading "Factors That May Affect Future Operating Results and Market Price of Stock" and elsewhere in the report. The inclusion of such forward-looking information should not be regarded as a representation by the Company or any other person that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated by the Company will be achieved. The Company undertakes no obligation to release publicly any updates or revisions to any such forward-looking statements.

EXPONENT, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME For the Quarters Ended April 1, 2005 and April 2, 2004 (in thousands, except per share data) Quarters Ended April 1, April 2, 2005 2004 Revenues Revenues before reimbursements $36,929 $35,925 Reimbursements 2,267 2,841 Revenues 39,196 38,766 Operating expenses Compensation and related expenses 23,881 22,937 Other operating expenses 4,664 4,841 Reimbursable expenses 2,267 2,841 General and administrative expenses 2,329 2,340 33,141 32,959 Operating income 6,055 5,807 Other income Interest income, net 234 93 Miscellaneous income, net 114 71 348 164 Income before income taxes 6,403 5,971 Income taxes 2,536 2,450 Net income $3,867 $3,521 Net income per share: Basic $0.48 $0.48 Diluted $0.45 $0.43 Shares used in per share computations: Basic 8,023 7,326 Diluted 8,632 8,265 EXPONENT, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS April 1, 2005 and December 31, 2004 (in thousands) April 1, Dec. 31, 2005 2004 Assets Current assets: Cash and cash equivalents $2,990 $4,680 Short-term investments 52,012 55,366 Accounts receivable, net 44,070 38,586 Prepaid expenses and other assets 2,661 2,674 Deferred income taxes 2,594 2,154 Total current assets 104,327 103,460 Property, equipment and leasehold improvements, net 30,509 30,211 Goodwill 8,607 8,607 Deferred income taxes 853 130 Other assets 2,745 1,673 $147,041 $144,081 Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity Current liabilities: Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $6,710 $4,330 Accrued payroll and employee benefits 14,848 18,528 Deferred revenues 1,297 1,681 Total current liabilities 22,855 24,539 Other liabilities 2,563 1,484 Deferred income taxes -- -- Deferred rent 1,115 1,087 Total liabilities 26,533 27,110 Stockholders' equity: Common stock 8 8 Additional paid-in capital 45,350 42,282 Deferred stock-based compensation (2,152) (907) Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) 36 63 Retained earnings 79,392 75,525 Treasury shares, at cost (2,126) -- Total stockholders' equity 120,508 116,971 $147,041 $144,081

Exponent, Inc.

CONTACT: Brinlea Johnson, +1-212-867-2593, orbrinlea@blueshirtgroup.com, for Exponent, Inc.


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