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GP Strategies Reports Strong Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

ELKRIDGE, Md., Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Global performance improvement solutions provider GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) today reported financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2012.

Overview of Third Quarter 2012 Results:
¦Revenue of $99.7 million for third quarter of 2012 compared to $88.9 million for third quarter of 2011
¦Gross profit of $17.9 million, or 18.0% of revenue, for third quarter of 2012 compared to $14.9 million, or 16.7% of revenue, for third quarter of 2011
¦Diluted earnings per share of $0.32 for third quarter of 2012 compared to $0.24 per share for third quarter of 2011
¦EBITDA of $10.4 million for third quarter of 2012 compared to $9.4 million for third quarter of 2011

The Company's revenue increased 12% or $10.7 million during the third quarter of 2012 compared to the third quarter of 2011. Revenue grew organically by 9% or $8.0 million during the third quarter, largely driven by growth in the Learning Solutions and Sandy segments due to increased training services for several new and existing customers. Gross profit increased 21% or $3.1 million during the third quarter of 2012 primarily due to organic revenue growth. The third quarter 2012 results include $0.5 million of acquisition-related transaction expenses compared to $0.1 million in the third quarter of 2011. In addition, the Company had a net loss on the change in fair value of contingent consideration of $0.8 million for the third quarter of 2012, for which no income tax benefit will be received, compared to a net gain of $0.3 million during the third quarter of 2011. Operating income increased 24% during the third quarter of 2012, excluding the net gain/loss on change in fair value of contingent consideration in the third quarters of both 2012 and 2011. Net income was $6.2 million, or $0.32 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2012 compared to $4.6 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, for the third quarter of 2011. The third quarter 2012 results also include a $1.6 million non-recurring income tax benefit due to the reduction of a tax liability.

"GP Strategies continued to achieve strong organic growth in the quarter due to the strengthening and expansion of our platform," commented Scott N. Greenberg, Chief Executive Officer of GP Strategies. "We are seeing increased collaboration across the Company to provide integrated offerings that meet our clients' training and performance improvement needs. In addition, our recent acquisitions demonstrate our continued deployment of operating cash flow to further enhance our platform of services and products. We are very excited about our acquisition of BlessingWhite which strengthens our ability to deliver comprehensive leadership and professional development services to customers on a global basis."

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow Highlights

As of September 30, 2012, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $12.6 million compared to $4.2 million as of December 31, 2011. The Company had no short-term borrowings or long-term debt outstanding and had $50 million of available borrowings under its line of credit as of September 30, 2012. Cash provided by operating activities was $17.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 compared to $10.6 million for the same period in 2011.

Investor Call

The Company has scheduled an investor conference call for 10:00 a.m. ET on November 1, 2012. In addition to prepared remarks from management, there will be a question and answer session on the call. The dial-in numbers for the live conference call are 800-749-1342 or 212-231-2919, using conference ID number 21609594. A telephone replay of the call will also be available beginning at 12:00 p.m. on November 1st, until 12:00 p.m. on November 15th. To listen to the replay, dial 800-633-8284 or 402-977-9140, using conference ID number 21609594.

Presentation of Non-GAAP Information

This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA (earnings before interest, income taxes, depreciation and amortization). The Company believes this non-GAAP financial measure is useful to investors in evaluating the Company's results. This measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a replacement for, or superior to, either net income, as an indicator of the Company's operating performance, or cash flow, as a measure of the Company's liquidity. In addition, because EBITDA may not be calculated identically by all companies, the presentation here may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. For a reconciliation of this non-GAAP financial measure to the most comparable GAAP equivalent, see the Non-GAAP Reconciliation – EBITDA, along with related footnotes, below.

About GP Strategies

GP Strategies Corporation (NYSE: GPX) is a global performance improvement solutions provider of sales and technical training, eLearning solutions, management consulting and engineering services. GP Strategies' solutions improve the effectiveness of organizations by delivering innovative and superior training, consulting and business improvement services, customized to meet the specific needs of its clients. Clients include Fortune 500 companies, manufacturing, process and energy industries, and other commercial and government customers. Additional information may be found at www.gpstrategies.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

We make statements in this press release that are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements are not guarantees of our future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause our actual performance or achievements to be materially different from those we project. For a full discussion of these risks, uncertainties and factors, we encourage you to read our documents on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in our periodic reports under the forward-looking statements and risk factors sections. Except as required by law, we do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.


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