BBSI Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

Portland, Oregon, UNITED STATES


- Q4 2020 Net Income of $7.2 Million, or $0.93 per Diluted Share -

- Full Year 2020 Net Income of $33.8 Million, or $4.39 per Diluted Share -

VANCOUVER, Wash., March 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Barrett Business Services, Inc. (“BBSI” or the “Company”) (NASDAQ: BBSI), a leading provider of business management solutions, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.

Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Summary vs. Year-Ago Quarter

  • Net revenues down 5% to $233.2 million.
  • Gross billings up 1% to $1.60 billion.
  • Average worksite employees (“WSEs”) down 6%.
  • Net income of $7.2 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, compared to $11.7 million, or $1.51 per diluted share.
  • Unrestricted cash and investments up 34% to $169.9 million.

Full Year 2020 Financial Summary vs. 2019

  • Net revenues down 7% to $880.8 million.
  • Gross billings down 1% to $5.92 billion.
  • Average WSEs down 5%.
  • Net income of $33.8 million, or $4.39 per diluted share, compared to $48.3 million, or $6.27 per diluted share.

“Once again, we had a stronger-than-expected quarter, finishing out an extremely challenging year with continued resilience,” said BBSI President and CEO, Gary Kramer. “While business volume and earnings were impacted by the pandemic, I am extremely proud of the work that our teams performed throughout the year. We helped thousands of small businesses in a year of great need while at the same time implementing strategies to make BBSI even stronger coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Fourth Quarter 2020 Financial Results

Net revenues in the fourth quarter of 2020 decreased 5% to $233.2 million compared to $245.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Total gross billings in the fourth quarter increased 1% to $1.60 billion compared to $1.59 billion in the same year-ago quarter (see “Key Performance Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below). The increase was primarily due to higher average payroll per WSE, partially offset by a 6% decrease in average WSEs attributable to the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Non-GAAP gross workers’ compensation expense as a percent of gross billings was 3.7% in the fourth quarter of 2020 and benefited from a favorable one-time adjustment of prior accident year liability of $1.2 million, as well as other cost-saving measures. This compares to 4.2% in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Net income for the fourth quarter of 2020 decreased to $7.2 million, or $0.93 per diluted share, compared to $11.7 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter. The decline in net income is primarily attributable to a lower level of favorable development on prior year claims and lower investment income in the quarter.

Full Year 2020 Financial Results

Net revenues in 2020 decreased to $880.8 million compared to $942.3 million in 2019.

Total gross billings in 2020 decreased 1% to $5.92 billion compared to $5.97 billion in 2019 (see “Key Performance Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below). The decrease was directly attributable to the effects of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the economy and operations of small businesses, including a decrease in average WSEs of 5% for the year, offset in part by higher average payroll per WSE.

Non-GAAP gross workers’ compensation expense as a percent of gross billings was 3.8% in 2020 and benefited from favorable adjustments of prior accident year liability of $6.4 million, as well as other cost-saving measures. This compares to 4.1% in 2019.

Net income in 2020 decreased to $33.8 million, or $4.39 per diluted share, compared to $48.3 million, or $6.27 per diluted share, in 2019. The decline in net income is primarily attributable to a lower level of favorable development on prior year claims compared to 2019, as well as lower billing volume and investment income, partially offset by reductions in operating expenses in 2020.

Liquidity

As of December 31, 2020, unrestricted cash and investments increased 34% to $169.9 million compared to $127.2 million in the year-ago quarter. BBSI remains debt free apart from the $3.7 million mortgage on its corporate headquarters.

Capital Allocation

BBSI’s board of directors has confirmed its regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.30 per share. The cash dividend will be paid on April 2, 2021 to all stockholders of record as of March 19, 2021. Since the repurchases reported in its last earnings release, the Company also repurchased an additional 28,000 shares at an average price of $71.80 per share.

Outlook

In 2021, BBSI expects the following:

  • Gross billings growth of 2% to 5%
  • Growth in the average number of WSEs of 1% to 3%
  • Gross margin as a percent of gross billings of 2.9% to 3.1%
  • Effective annual tax rate of 21% to 23%

Conference Call

BBSI will conduct a conference call on Wednesday, March 3, 2021, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time) to discuss its financial results for the fourth quarter and the full year ended December 31, 2020.

BBSI’s CEO Gary Kramer and CFO Anthony Harris will host the conference call, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Wednesday, March 3, 2021
Time: 5:00 p.m. Eastern time (2:00 p.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-877-407-4018
International dial-in number: 1-201-689-8471
Conference ID: 13716825

Please call the conference telephone number 5-10 minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact Gateway Investor Relations at 1-949-574-3860.

The conference call will be broadcast live and available for replay here and via the Investors section of the BBSI website at www.bbsi.com.

A replay of the conference call will be available after 8:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through April 3, 2021.

Toll-free replay number: 1-844-512-2921
International replay number: 1-412-317-6671
Replay ID: 13716825

Key Performance Metrics and Non-GAAP Financial Measures        

We report PEO revenues net of direct payroll costs because we are not the primary obligor for wage payments to our clients’ employees. However, management believes that gross billings and wages are useful in understanding the volume of our business activity and serve as an important performance metric in managing our operations, including the preparation of internal operating forecasts and establishing executive compensation performance goals. We therefore present for purposes of analysis gross billings and wage information for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019.

 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands)2020 2019 2020 2019
Gross billings$1,603,521 $1,593,919 $5,924,539 $5,971,008
PEO and staffing wages$1,387,816 $1,365,527 $5,098,604 $5,090,943

Because safety incentives represent consideration payable to PEO customers, safety incentive costs are netted against PEO revenue in our consolidated statements of operations. Management considers safety incentives to be closely connected to our workers’ compensation program because they encourage client companies to maintain safe work practices and minimize workplace injuries. We therefore present below for purposes of analysis non-GAAP gross workers’ compensation expense, which represents workers’ compensation costs including safety incentive costs. We believe this non-GAAP measure is useful in evaluating the total costs of our workers’ compensation program.

 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands)2020 2019 2020 2019
Workers' compensation$54,624 $57,600 $200,744 $211,890
Safety incentive costs 4,394  8,862  23,544  31,663
Non-GAAP gross workers' compensation$59,018 $66,462 $224,288 $243,553

In monitoring and evaluating the performance of our operations, management also reviews the following ratios, which represent selected amounts as a percentage of gross billings. Management believes these ratios are useful in understanding the efficiency and profitability of our service offerings.

 (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
 Percentage of Gross Billings Percentage of Gross Billings
 Three Months Ended December 31, Year Ended December 31,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
PEO and staffing wages86.5% 85.7% 86.1% 85.3%
Payroll taxes and benefits6.6% 6.8% 7.1% 7.2%
Non-GAAP gross workers' compensation3.7% 4.2% 3.8% 4.1%
Gross margin3.2% 3.4% 3.1% 3.5%

We refer to employees of our PEO clients as WSEs. Management reviews average and ending WSE growth to monitor and evaluate the performance of our operations. Average WSEs are calculated by dividing the number of unique individuals paid in each month by the number of months in the period. Ending WSEs represents the number of unique individuals paid in the last month of the period.

 (Unaudited)
 Year Ended December 31,
 2020 % Change 2019 % Change 2018
Average WSEs 108,249  -5.3% 114,341  4.1% 109,859
Ending WSEs 109,292  -4.6% 114,584  4.6% 109,527

About BBSI

BBSI (NASDAQ: BBSI) is a leading provider of business management solutions, combining human resource outsourcing and professional management consulting to create a unique operational platform that differentiates it from competitors. The Company’s integrated platform is built upon expertise in payroll processing, employee benefits, workers’ compensation coverage, risk management and workplace safety programs, and human resource administration. BBSI’s partnerships help businesses of all sizes improve the efficiency of their operations. The Company works with more than 7,500 clients across all lines of business in 39 states. For more information, please visit www.bbsi.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this release about future events or performance, including expectations regarding the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our business operations and product relevance, and future growth in gross billings, average number of WSEs, earnings per share, workers’ compensation expense as a percentage of gross billings, gross margin as a percentage of gross billings and effective annual tax rates, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results of the Company to be materially different from any future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could affect future results include economic conditions in the Company's service areas, the effects of governmental orders imposing business closures and stay-at-home and physical distancing requirements, the effect of changes in the Company's mix of services on gross margin, the Company's ability to retain current clients and attract new clients and to achieve revenue growth, the availability of financing or other sources of capital, the Company's relationship with its primary bank lender, the potential for material deviations from expected future workers' compensation claims experience, changes in the workers’ compensation regulatory environment in the Company’s primary markets, litigation costs, security breaches or failures in the Company's information technology systems, the collectability of accounts receivable, changes in executive management, the carrying value of deferred income tax assets and goodwill, and the effects of the pandemic, economic slowdown, and conditions in the global capital markets on the Company’s investment portfolio, among others. Other important factors that may affect the Company’s prospects are described in the Company’s 2019 Annual Report on Form 10-K and in subsequent reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Although forward-looking statements help to provide complete information about the Company, readers should keep in mind that forward-looking statements are less reliable than historical information. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements in this release to reflect events or changes in circumstances that occur after the date of this release.


Barrett Business Services, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)

 December 31, December 31,
(in thousands)2020 2019
Assets     
Current assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents$68,688 $44,570
Investments 101,244  82,590
Trade accounts receivable, net 118,506  163,561
Income taxes receivable 6,485  1,335
Prepaid expenses and other 15,961  14,919
Restricted cash and investments 96,991  116,873
Total current assets 407,875  423,848
Property, equipment and software, net 34,916  31,724
Operating lease right-of-use assets 23,025  23,805
Restricted cash and investments 258,153  327,326
Goodwill 47,820  47,820
Other assets 3,161  3,618
Deferred income taxes   2,788
 $774,950 $860,929
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity     
Current liabilities:     
Current portion of long-term debt$221 $221
Accounts payable 4,746  5,993
Accrued payroll, payroll taxes and related benefits 149,989  174,168
Current operating lease liabilities 7,539  6,671
Other accrued liabilities 7,275  8,846
Workers' compensation claims liabilities 102,040  118,273
Safety incentives liability 18,827  27,950
Total current liabilities 290,637  342,122
Long-term workers' compensation claims liabilities 255,706  320,713
Long-term debt 3,510  3,730
Deferred income taxes 4,518  
Long-term operating lease liabilities 16,419  17,883
Customer deposits and other long-term liabilities 5,925  4,682
Stockholders' equity 198,235  171,799
 $774,950 $860,929


Barrett Business Services, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)

(in thousands, except per share amounts)Three Months Ended Year Ended
 December 31, December 31,
 2020 2019 2020 2019
Revenues:           
Professional employer service fees$204,268 $212,033 $777,430 $819,873
Staffing services 28,908  33,119  103,394  122,438
Total revenues 233,176  245,152  880,824  942,311
Cost of revenues:           
Direct payroll costs 22,055  25,157  78,380  92,455
Payroll taxes and benefits 105,518  108,372  418,793  429,713
Workers' compensation 54,624  57,600  200,744  211,890
Total cost of revenues 182,197  191,129  697,917  734,058
Gross margin 50,979  54,023  182,907  208,253
Selling, general and administrative expenses 40,959  40,362  141,916  153,879
Depreciation and amortization 1,332  977  4,844  3,886
Income from operations 8,688  12,684  36,147  50,488
Other income, net 756  2,704  6,449  10,650
Income before income taxes 9,444  15,388  42,596  61,138
Provision for income taxes 2,293  3,674  8,831  12,846
Net income$7,151 $11,714 $33,765 $48,292
Basic income per common share$0.94 $1.57 $4.46 $6.48
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding 7,590  7,505  7,577  7,451
Diluted income per common share$0.93 $1.51 $4.39 $6.27
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding 7,686  7,736  7,688  7,699


Investor Relations:

Gateway Investor Relations
Cody Slach
Tel 1-949-574-3860
BBSI@gatewayir.com