AUSTIN, Texas – February 20, 2002 – Perficient, Inc. (NASDAQ: PRFT), a leading eBusiness solutions provider to Global 3000 companies in the Central United States, today reported financial results for the year and quarter ended December 31, 2001.
For the year ended December 31, 2001:
For the fourth quarter ending December 31, 2001:
The impairment charge was recorded in the third quarter of 2001 and is a one-time non-cash charge Perficient recorded to write down the carrying value of its goodwill by approximately $27 million. The majority of this goodwill arose from the acquisition of Compete in May 2000 and was recorded at the current value of the common stock at the time the merger agreement was executed and announced. The general decline in the services industry and related market valuations, among other factors, resulted in Perficient recognizing an impairment charge to reduce its goodwill to equal management’s estimate of fair value of the acquired assets based on various factors including market capitalization and the anticipated undiscounted cash flows from those assets.
Core net income and core net income per share excludes the impact of goodwill amortization, depreciation, stock compensation, and one time acquisition related charges. Pro forma results of operations including the results of Vertecon and Javelin have been prepared as if the acquisitions had occurred at the beginning of the period presented. These acquisitions are pending shareholder approval and are expected to close in March 2002.
“2001 was a tough year for the IT Services industry," said Jack McDonald, chairman and chief executive officer of Perficient. "But through vigilant cost management and solid customer relationships, Perficient has survived the storm. Including our pending acquisitions of Javelin and Vertecon, we enter 2002 well-positioned with over 250 Global 3000 client relationships, 185 staff in six offices across North America and Europe and a focused plan to build the dominant eBusiness solutions provider in the Central United States.”
Perficient in 2001 signed definitive agreements to acquire Vertecon, Inc. and Javelin Solutions, Inc., leading eBusiness solutions providers in St. Louis and Minneapolis, respectively. These pending acquisitions are expected to extend Perficient's geographic presence and vertical market expertise, broaden its end-to-end solution capabilities, and deepen its managerial, consulting and technical talent base.
Among other achievements in 2001, Perficient (including Javelin and Vertecon):
In addition, Perficient launched in 2001 a new solutions initiative in Web Services. Web Services are a new generation of XML standards-based software and services that enable the dynamic integration of business processes. IDC forecasts the Web Services market to grow to $50 billion by 2005. As a part of this initiative, Perficient is assisting IBM (NYSE: IBM) in authoring a "Redbook" on IBM.s new release of the WebSphereTM application server that supports Web Services (IBM Redbooks are published as a key resource for developers worldwide to use in adopting new technology).
“The demand for Web Services is driven by a basic need among the Global 3000 businesses to integrate numerous disparate applications, designs and run-time environments,” said Andrew Sweet, chief technology officer of Perficient. "This market is a natural extension of our middleware/EAI expertise and we intend, in partnership with IBM, to aggressively address this growing demand.”
Perficient, a leading eBusiness solutions provider to Global 3000 companies in the Central United States, enables its clients and partners to optimize profitability and strengthen customer relationships through reliable, quick-to-market eBusiness solutions. Perficient, including the pending acquisitions of Javelin and Vertecon, employs more than 180 professionals in six offices across the United States, Canada and Europe. Perficient’s partners are leading eBusiness technology and services providers including IBM, Sun, Microsoft, Oracle, Digex, Vignette, Gauss, Stellent, Autonomy and Screaming Media. For more information, visit Perficient’s Website at www.perficient.com.
Safe Harbor Statement
“Safe Harbor” statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This news release contains forward-looking statements, particularly with respect to our ability to complete and successfully integrate the Javelin Solutions, Inc. and Vertecon, Inc. acquisitions and other acquisitions, the expectation that the proposed transaction is expected to be accretive to earnings, the combined annual sales of the companies and the size, strength and effectiveness of the combined companies, that are subject to risk and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the impact of competitive services, demand for services like those provided by the company and market acceptance risks, fluctuations in operating results, cyclical market pressures on the technology industry and other risks detailed from time to time in the company’s filings with Securities and Exchange Commission. Our reported results may be subject to adjustments, reserves, and other items that may be identified during the normal year-end audit process. This release does not constitute an offer to sell any securities of the company.