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Hill International Reports Third Quarter and First Nine Months 2014 Financial Results; Consulting Fees Up 12% and Operating Profit Up 37% for the Quarter

MARLTON, N.J., Oct. 30, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Hill International (NYSE:HIL), the global leader in managing construction risk, announced today its financial results for the third quarter and first nine months ended September 30, 2014 (see attached tables).

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2014 was a record $161.5 million, an increase of 9.7% from the third quarter of 2013. Consulting fee revenue for the third quarter was a record $145.3 million, an increase of 11.6% from the third quarter of last year.

EBITDA (as defined below) for the third quarter was $13.4 million, up 26.1% from the third quarter of 2013. Operating profit for the third quarter was $11.3 million, an increase of 36.9% from the third quarter of last year.

Net loss in the third quarter was ($9.0 million), or ($0.19) per diluted share compared to net earnings of $2.6 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, in last year's third quarter.

The net loss was caused by one-time expenses of $10.8 million during the third quarter in connection with the company's debt refinancing which closed on September 26, 2014. These expenses were incurred due to the early termination and payoff of the company's prior revolving credit facility and second lien term loan. Absent these one-time expenses, the company would have had net earnings in the third quarter of $1.9 million, or $0.04 per diluted share.

The company's total backlog at September 30, 2014 was a record $1.073 billion, up 10.4% from $972 million at June 30, 2014. Twelve-month backlog at September 30, 2014 was a record $457 million, up 13.1% from $404 million at June 30, 2014.

"We had very strong performance in the third quarter, with our success in business development driving record revenues and record backlog," said Irvin E. Richter, Hill's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "We also were successful in closing an equity and debt refinancing in the third quarter that has strengthened our balance sheet and will significantly lower our interest expense going forward," added Richter.

First Nine Months 2014 Results

Total revenue for the first nine months of 2014 was a record $471.1 million, an increase of 9.1% from the first nine months of 2013. Consulting fee revenue for the first nine months was a record $427.1 million, an increase of 12.0% from the first nine months of last year.

EBITDA for the first nine months was $32.1 million, a 0.3% increase from the first nine months of 2013. Operating profit for the first nine months was $26.0 million, up 1.8% from the same period last year.

Net loss for the first nine months of 2014 was ($7.4 million), or ($0.17) per diluted share, compared to net earnings of $2.9 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2013. Absent the one-time expenses referred to earlier, the company would have had net earnings during the first nine months of $3.4 million, or $0.08 per diluted share.

2014 Guidance

Based upon performance year to date, current market conditions and the backlog described above, the company reiterates its prior estimate of consulting fee revenue for 2014 of between $580 million and $590 million. This guidance reflects approximately 13% to 15% growth in consulting fee revenue for the year.

Business Segment Results

In addition to providing consolidated financial results, Hill also reports separate financial results for its two operating segments: the Project Management Group and the Construction Claims Group.

Project Management Group. Hill's Project Management Group provides program management, project management, construction management, project management oversight, troubled project turnaround, staff augmentation, project labor agreement consulting, commissioning, estimating and cost management, and labor compliance services.

Total revenue at Hill's Project Management Group during the third quarter of 2014 was a record $121.7 million, an increase of 5.4% from the third quarter of 2013. Consulting fee revenue for the third quarter at the Projects Group was a record $107.0 million, an increase of 7.4% from the third quarter of last year. Operating profit for the Projects Group for the third quarter was $13.0 million, an increase of 14.8% from last year's third quarter.

Total revenue at the Projects Group during the first nine months of 2014 was a record $357.0 million, an increase of 4.8% from the first nine months of 2013. Consulting fee revenue for the Projects Group during the first nine months was a record $317.3 million, an increase of 8.1% from the first nine months of last year. Operating profit for the Projects Group for the first nine months was $37.1 million, an increase of 0.4% from the same period last year.

Construction Claims Group. Hill's Construction Claims Group provides claims consulting, management consulting, litigation support, expert witness testimony, cost/damages assessment, delay/disruption analysis, adjudication, lender advisory, risk management, forensic accounting, fraud investigation and Project Neutral services.

Total revenue at Hill's Construction Claims Group during the third quarter of 2014 was a record $39.7 million, an increase of 25.5% from the third quarter of 2013. Consulting fee revenue for the third quarter at the Claims Group was a record $38.4 million, an increase of 25.4% from the third quarter of last year. Operating profit for the Claims Group for the third quarter was $5.3 million, an increase of 38.4% from last year's third quarter.

Total revenue at the Claims Group during the first nine months of 2014 was a record $114.2 million, an increase of 25.4% from the first nine months of 2013. Consulting fee revenue at the Claims Group for the first nine months was a record $109.8 million, an increase of 25.3% from the first nine months of last year. Operating profit for the Claims Group for the first nine months of 2014 was $10.9 million, an increase of 13.6% over the first nine months of 2013.

Conference Call

David L. Richter, Hill's President and Chief Operating Officer, and John Fanelli III, Hill's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call on October 31, 2014, at 11:00 am Eastern Time to discuss the financial results for the third quarter and first nine months ended September 30, 2014. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing (877) 423-9820 (Domestic) or (201) 493-6749 (International) approximately 10 minutes before the call is scheduled to begin and asking to be connected to the Hill International conference call. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet. To listen to the live call, please go to the "Investor Relations" section of Hill's website at www.hillintl.com, and click on "Financial Information," and then "Conferences and Calls". Please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. If you are unable to participate in the live call, the conference call will be archived and can be accessed for approximately 90 days.

About Hill International

Hill International, with 4,500 professionals in 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, construction claims and other consulting services primarily to the buildings, transportation, environmental, energy and industrial markets. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as the ninth largest construction management firm in the United States. For more information on Hill, please visit our website at www.hillintl.com.

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Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein may be considered "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and it is our intent that any such statements be protected by the safe harbor created thereby. Except for historical information, the matters set forth herein including, but not limited to, any projections of revenues, earnings or other financial items; any statements concerning our plans, strategies and objectives for future operations; and any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance, are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Although we believe that the expectations, estimates and assumptions reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in our forward-looking statements are set forth in the Risk Factors section and elsewhere in the reports we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement.

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HILL INTERNATIONAL, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

EARNINGS RELEASE TABLES

(In 000's, Except Per Share Data)

(Unaudited)

Consolidated Statement of Operations
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Consulting fee revenue $ 145,324 $ 130,181 $ 427,088 $ 381,164
Reimbursable expenses 16,167 17,013 44,055 50,567
Total revenue 161,491 147,194 471,143 431,731
Cost of services 82,675 75,734 244,511 223,789
Reimbursable expenses 16,167 17,013 44,055 50,567
Total direct expenses 98,842 92,747 288,566 274,356
Gross profit 62,649 54,447 182,577 157,375
Selling, general and administrative expenses 51,352 46,195 156,625 131,884
Operating profit 11,297 8,252 25,952 25,491
Interest expense and related financing fees, net 16,112 5,489 26,834 17,257
(Loss) earnings before income taxes (4,815) 2,763 (882) 8,234
Income tax expense (benefit) 3,800 (179) 5,424 3,983
Net (loss) earnings (8,615) 2,942 (6,306) 4,251
Less: net earnings - noncontrolling interests 351 386 1,089 1,356
Net (loss) earnings attributable to Hill International, Inc. $ (8,966) $ 2,556 $ (7,395) $ 2,895
Basic (loss) earnings per common share - Hill International, Inc. $ (0.19) $ 0.06 $ (0.17) $ 0.07
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 46,606 39,351 42,348 38,949
Diluted (loss) earnings per common share - Hill International, Inc. $ (0.19) $ 0.06 $ (0.17) $ 0.07
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 46,606 39,494 42,348 39,135
Selected Segment Data
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Project Management
Consulting fee revenue $ 106,969 $ 99,583 $ 317,278 $ 293,560
Total revenue $ 121,746 $ 115,533 $ 356,959 $ 340,700
Gross profit $ 41,267 $ 37,337 $ 121,526 $ 108,452
Gross profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 38.6% 37.5% 38.3% 36.9%
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 28,307 $ 26,047 $ 84,405 $ 71,472
SG&A expenses as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 26.5% 26.2% 26.6% 24.3%
Operating profit $ 12,960 $ 11,290 $ 37,121 $ 36,980
Operating profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 12.1% 11.3% 11.7% 12.6%
Construction Claims
Consulting fee revenue $ 38,355 $ 30,598 $ 109,810 $ 87,604
Total revenue $ 39,745 $ 31,661 $ 114,184 $ 91,031
Gross profit $ 21,382 $ 17,110 $ 61,051 $ 48,923
Gross profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 55.7% 55.9% 55.6% 55.8%
Selling, general and administrative expenses $ 16,113 $ 13,304 $ 50,110 $ 39,294
SG&A expenses as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 42.0% 43.5% 45.6% 44.9%
Operating profit $ 5,269 $ 3,806 $ 10,941 $ 9,629
Operating profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 13.7% 12.4% 10.0% 11.0%
Selected Other Financial Data
Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Consulting fee revenue $ 145,324 $ 130,181 $ 427,088 $ 381,164
Total revenue $ 161,491 $ 147,194 $ 471,143 $ 431,731
Gross profit $ 62,649 $ 54,447 $ 182,577 $ 157,375
Gross profit as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 43.1% 41.8% 42.7% 41.3%
Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding corporate expenses) $ 44,420 $ 39,351 $ 134,515 $ 110,766
Selling, general and administrative expenses (excluding corporate expenses) as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 30.6% 30.2% 31.5% 29.1%
Corporate expenses $ 6,932 $ 6,844 $ 22,110 $ 21,118
Corporate expenses as a percentage of consulting fee revenue 4.8% 5.3% 5.2% 5.5%
Operating profit $ 11,297 $ 8,252 $ 25,952 $ 25,491
Operating profit as a percent of consulting fee revenue 7.8% 6.3% 6.1% 6.7%
Effective income tax rate (78.9)% (6.5)% (614.9)% 48.4%
Selected Balance Sheet Data
September 30, 2014 December 31, 2013
Cash and cash equivalents $ 28,525 $ 30,381
Accounts receivable, net $ 251,084 $ 232,011
Current assets $ 305,762 $ 297,893
Total assets $ 465,971 $ 449,102
Current liabilities $ 132,746 $ 151,515
Total debt $ 127,871 $ 133,261
Stockholders' equity:
Hill International, Inc. share of equity $ 164,735 $ 131,144
Noncontrolling interest $ 9,392 $ 11,887
Total equity $ 174,127 $ 143,031

EBITDA Reconciliation

(Unaudited)

Management believes earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, or EBITDA, in addition to operating profit, net earnings and other measures under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, is a useful indicator of Hill's financial and operating performance and its ability to generate cash flows from operations that are available for taxes and capital expenditures. EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Investors should recognize that EBITDA might not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies. This measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP measure in accordance with SEC Regulation S-K follows:

Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Net (loss) earnings $ (8,966) $ 2,556 $ (7,395) $ 2,895
Interest expense, net 16,112 5,489 26,834 17,257
Income tax expense (benefit) 3,800 (179) 5,424 3,983
Depreciation and amortization 2,412 2,725 7,276 7,921
EBITDA $ 13,358 $ 10,591 $ 32,139 $ 32,056
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