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CBIZ Inc (CBZ) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript

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CBIZ Inc (NYSE: CBZ)

Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call

Feb. 13, 2019 , 11:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Good morning. And welcome to the CBIZ Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2018 Results Conference Call. All participants will be in listen-only mode. (Operator Instructions) After today's presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. (Operator Instructions) Please note this event is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to Lori Novickis, Director of Corporate Relations. Please go ahead.

Lori Novickis -- Director, Corporate Relations.

Thank you, Gary. Good morning, everyone. And thank you for joining us for the CBIZ fourth quarter and full year 2018 results conference call. In connection with this call, today's press release has been posted on the Investor Relations page of our website www.cbiz.com. This call is being webcast. A link to the live webcast, as well as the replay can also be found on our website.

Before, we begin our presentation, we would like to remind you that during the call, management may discuss certain non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of these measures can be found in the financial tables of today's press release.

Finally, remember that management may also make forward-looking statements. Such statements are based on current information and management's expectations as of this date and do not guarantee future performance. Forward-looking statements involve certain risks, uncertainties, and assumptions that can be difficult to predict. Actual results can and sometimes do differ materially. A more detailed description of such risks and uncertainties can be found in the company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Joining us for today's call are Jerry Grisko, President and CEO; and Ware Grove, Chief Financial Officer.

I'll now turn the call over to Jerry for his opening remarks. Jerry?

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Lori. Good morning, everyone. As I referenced in the press release that was sent out earlier this morning, 2018 was an exceptional year for CBIZ. The favorable business climate that we experienced throughout the year resulted in strong demand for many of our core accounting and our Benefits and Insurance Services that we provide to our clients. And we also experienced strong demand for a number of our more project-oriented services. This resulted in very strong financial performance, including total revenue growth of 7.8% and organic revenue growth of 4.7% for the full year. Growth from our newly acquired operations contributed another 3.1% to our total revenue growth and at $1.09 our earnings per share for the full year reflects an increase of 18.5% over the $0.92 per share reported a year ago.

As we've discussed in the past, the fourth quarter is normally seasonally slower for us and we experienced some of that slowdown again this year. For the fourth quarter, our total revenue grew by 2%, of which same-unit revenue contributed 0.4% and newly acquired operations contributed 1.6%. The seasonally lower revenues combined with the impact of the strategic investments spending this year resulted in a loss of $0.02 per share in the fourth quarter this year.

Please remember that there were several unique factors that occurred a year ago, that caused our fourth quarter in 2017 to be relatively stronger than normal. As a result, it will be difficult to glean any useful information by comparing the fourth quarter of 2018 to the fourth quarter of 2017. A more meaningful comparison would be the second half of 2018 compared to the second half of 2017, which reflects that 2018 was considerably stronger for the same period.

The strong financial results experienced throughout 2018 allowed us to make significant investments in the future growth and profitability of our businesses. Those investments included considerable incremental spending to add to the number of producers in our Benefits and Insurance group and to increase our brand awareness to the launch of our first ever national television branding campaign. We were pleased to be able to make those investments and still maintain our pre-tax profit margins year-over-year.

Now turning to some specific comments within our two practice groups. Within our Financial Services group, we experienced strong performance in virtually every major service line, including our core tax, accounting and advisory services, our government healthcare consulting business and our private equity advisory business. That performance produced an increase in total revenue of 11.2% for the full year and 3.1% in the fourth quarter. Same-unit revenue within this group grew by an impressive 7.1% for the full year and by 1.5% for the fourth quarter.

Turning to our Benefits and Insurance group, total revenue grew by 1.6% for the full year and declined by 0.3% in the fourth quarter. Same-unit revenue grew by 0.2% for the full year and declined by 2% in the fourth quarter. While we are not yet achieving the rate of growth that we ultimately expect from a number of businesses within this group. The results for 2018 were generally in line with expectations at this point and we are confident that the investments that we're making in the business will result in steady improvement in the rate of organic growth within this group.

Looking ahead to 2019, the unknown at this time is the level of project oriented work that we will have this year compared to 2018 and the potential for a shift in confidence from our clients that may come if we experienced a pronounced economic slowdown. With that said, the early signs are that we're going to continue to experience very favorable business conditions for the services that we provide and that 2019 should be another very good year for CBIZ.

So, with these comments, I would like to turn it over to Ware Grove, our Chief Financial Officer.

Ware Grove -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Thank you, Jerry, and good morning, everyone. Economic conditions throughout 2018 were very favorable and the business performed very well. As Jerry commented, during this past year, we supported increased spending on a number of important strategic initiatives and we also maintained a stable pre-tax margin of 8.7% throughout the year compared to the prior year. The 7.8% revenue growth for the year translated into an 18.5% growth in earnings per share to $1.09 per share this year, compared to $0.92 per share reported a year ago. If you eliminate the one-time favorable impact of tax reform in 2017, the growth in earnings per share was up 25.3% over an adjusted $0.87 for 2017.

As you compare results with the prior year, particularly the fourth quarter results this year, bear in mind the spending pattern on the initiatives accelerated in the third and fourth quarters, including the spending related to the media branding campaign, which occurred primarily in the second half of this year. Beyond the impact of spending on the initiatives, the impact of the newly adopted revenue recognition accounting standards also impacts comparisons with prior year. This change in accounting primarily impacts revenue reporting in our Property and Casualty business and the impact in the fourth quarter resulted in a decline in revenue of $800,000 compared with the prior year. You will find further details outlining the impact from the adoption of the new revenue recognition accounting standards in the upcoming 10-K report.

Cash flow was very strong in 2018. At December 31, 2018, the outstanding balance on our $400 million credit facility was $135.5 million and leverage as measured against EBITDA was 1.3 times. Unused borrowing capacity at year end was $255.5 million. Using capital to make strategic acquisitions continues to be our highest priority. Balanced with acquisitions, we also want to repurchase shares, when we find opportunities related to share price volatility. During 2018, we used approximately $41.7 million for acquisition related spending and through the end of the year, we used approximately $15.6 million to repurchase 752,000 shares of our common stock.

Since December 31st, we have repurchased additional shares through a 10b5-1 program and through the close of business yesterday, we have repurchased an additional 334,000 shares in 2019. In total, nearly 2% of our shares outstanding since the beginning of 2018. We will continue to explore additional share repurchases and we'll continue to look for volatility in the share price to find opportunities to increase share price or share repurchase activity. At the current time, we expect fully diluted share count in 2019 to be within a range of 56.5 million to 57 million shares, compared to 56.5 million fully diluted shares at year end 2018. For your information, on February 6th this year, the CBIZ Board renewed the annual authorization to repurchase 5 million shares.

Day sales outstanding on receivables at year end this year was 70 days, compared with 73 days a year ago. Bad debt expense for the full year in 2018 was 40 basis points on revenue, compared with 64 basis points a year ago. Depreciation and amortization expense for the full year in 2018 was approximately $23.7 million, compared with approximately $23.1 million a year ago.

Looking ahead, estimated future cash needs for earn-out payments on acquisitions already closed are approximately $17.1 million in 2019, approximately $11 million in 2020, approximately $4.2 million in 2021 and approximately $2.2 million in 2022. Capital spending for the year was higher, as a number of office related moves combined with a shift from leasing to purchasing personal computers and other IT-related equipment resulted in an increased level of capital spending to $14.6 million for the full year, of which $4.8 million was in the fourth quarter. These two factors are the key drivers to capital spending at CBIZ, and as a result, we expect future spending to be within a range of $10 million to $12 million a year.

For the full year 2018, we reported an effective tax rate of 22.9%. This is lower than the initial estimated rate of 25%, due to the favorable impact of accounting for stock compensation this past year, plus we recorded some one-time tax benefits in the second half of the year that were unpredictable earlier in the year. As we look forward, we expect an effective tax rate of approximately 25% in 2019.

The unpredictable nature of the impact of stock compensation accounting could have either a favorable or an unfavorable impact on the tax rate, depending on the level of future option exercises and the price on the date of exercise compared with the grant date value. The impact of accounting for gains and losses on the assets held in our deferred compensation plan has an impact on reported gross margin and reported general administration expense .

Most of you are fully aware that there is no impact to reported pre-tax income as there an offsetting amount included in other income. With the significant market volatility that occurred in the fourth quarter of 2018, however, the impact in the fourth quarter was more significant than typically reported in any one quarter and you will find these amounts outlined in the notes to our earnings release.

Eliminating the impact of the accounting for gains and losses on the deferred compensation plan assets, for the full year 2018, gross margin was 13.8% this year, compared with 12.9% the prior year. And G&A expense was 4.3% of revenue this year, compared with 3.8% of revenue the prior year. The increase in general administrative expense was driven by the increased spending on the branding media campaign combined with recording a higher level of variable incentive compensation expense, that relates to the strong performance of the business in 2018.

In mid-2018, we noted that several of our transactional businesses, including our real estate tenant advisory and our recruiting and compensation consulting businesses had seen strong demand for their services. Very strong growth in these businesses this past year, contributed approximately 50 basis points to the 4.7% same-unit growth in 2018. These are largely project driven businesses and due to their non-recurring nature, we want to take a cautious approach to projecting similar growth rates in these businesses in the year ahead. Also you should note that a small secondary market financial services office was divested in the fourth quarter of 2018 and another small office was divested in January of 2019. Together, these two divestitures will reduce the revenue base going into 2019 by approximately $4.4 million, a 40 basis points impact on total revenue growth as we look forward to 2019.

Now making acquisitions continues to be a key strategic element to our growth model, as we seek to strengthen our core business and complement the organic growth of our business, with strong cash flow from operations, combined with approximately $250 million of unused financing capacity, there is plenty of capital to continue an aggressive acquisition program. As we have done over a long period of time, we fully expect to close at least three to five acquisitions in the year ahead.

Simply as a result of the timing of recent acquisition activity that occurred in the second half of 2018, we expect a very modest contribution of less than 1% to revenue growth from recently acquired businesses, as we look forward into 2019. This compares with a 3.1% contribution to revenue growth from acquisitions, this past year and that is more characteristic contribution from acquisition activity over a longer period of time. Due to the uncertainty of the timing and size of future acquisition activity, the potential impact of future acquisitions is not normally included in our revenue expectations, as we look to the year ahead.

Now looking ahead to 2019, there are some uncertainty in the economic outlook, but we generally expect a continuation of the favorable conditions that existed through 2018. As a result, we expect continued strong performance in our core financial services business and with continued investment in our Benefits and Insurance business, we expect improved results within that group as well.

So to recap, as a result of these factors that I outlined, we expect revenue growth within a range of 4% to 6% in 2019, compared with the $922 million of revenue reported for 2018. Projected growth this coming year will largely come from the continued strong organic growth of our core businesses. As we expect the effective tax rate in 2019 will be approximately 25%, which is higher than the 22.9% in 2018 for the reasons I outlined earlier. As always, the expected tax rate could be impacted by a number of unpredictable factors. Fully diluted weighted average share count for the full year of 2019 is projected to be within a range of 56.5 million to 57 million shares. And finally, we expect growth in earnings per share in 2019 to be within a range of 10% to 12% over the $1.09 per share that we reported for the full year of 2018.

So, with these comments, I'll conclude. And I'll turn it back to Jerry for additional comments.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Ware. I'd like just to make a couple of additional comments before we turn it over to Q&A. First related to M&A; making good acquisitions to strengthen our business and to complement organic growth has and will continue to be a high priority for us. We are very pleased with the four companies that joined us throughout 2018, but given the timing and the size of these transactions, we expect a relatively modest contribution to total revenue growth in 2019 compared with the growth that we achieved from acquisitions in 2018. With our current pipeline of potential acquisitions, including transactions of a more sizable nature than those closed within the past year. We would expect to close at least three to five transactions in the coming year. With that said, the timing of the closing of acquisitions is difficult to predict and there can be a reasonably high mortality rate from time to time.

Next, just a brief comment on our culture. The most important element of our -- of the success in our business is the strength of our team and our ability to create an environment that allows us to attract, retain and develop, the best and brightest professionals in the industry. One of the best ways for us to measure, if we are creating such an environment is the recognition that we received from various organizations that survey our workforce and publicize those results in the list of Best Places to Work. This year, we are proud to have won over 50 such awards, including recognition by Forbes and Fortune Magazine's as among the Best Places to Work in our industries. I want to thank each of our over 4,800 team members, who come to work every day and contribute to the amazing culture that we have here at CBIZ.

With that said, I'd like to turn it over to Q&A.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

We will now begin the question-and-answer session. (Operator Instructions) Our first question comes from Chris Moore with CJS Securities. Please go ahead.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Hey. Good morning, guys.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Chris.

Ware Grove -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Hi, Chris.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Good morning. Yeah. Maybe we could start with the earnings leverage, I know -- kind of as measured by pre-tax margin, it was flat in fiscal 2018 typically you talk about 30 to 40 plus kind of basis point expansion. When we're looking at 2019, should we expect any catch up from 2018 or should we expect kind of that normal incremental improvement that you've seen historically?

Ware Grove -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Hi, Chris. This is Ware Grove. Yes. Last year was an investment year. So we did some spending that we are happy to keep the margin flat year-over-year, despite the spending. So it was a very good year for us. But, yes, if you look into the year ahead, we should see a resumption of that margin improvement.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Got you. I think, I understand, but just to make sure. So if I'm looking at the -- at this time last year was the -- guidance was 5% to 8% revenue growth, now it's 4% to 6%. Really, it's 2 percentage points of acquisitions that are kind of the difference here. There were -- it was 3.1% last year and you're only assuming 1% for this year. That's correct?

Ware Grove -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

That's correct.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Okay. And then in terms of the acquisitions, I mean, I would think, but I don't know that today versus a year ago, are the valuations that you're seeing that people are looking for, are they becoming a little bit more reasonable?

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

I actually thought you were going to go the other way as far as valuations are concerned. They really haven't changed much in the past 12, 24 months. The valuations on the insurance brokerage side continue to be high and we look hard for opportunities within that space to be able to bring on the types of organizations that are going to help us grow. In the other sides of our business, we haven't seen a lot of movement in the multiples either up or down. So, when you said in today's environment, are they going to be more reasonable? What we would say is, for really high quality organizations there generally is never a bargain price for acquisitions, but that's OK for us. We'd rather really kind of target and require really high quality organizations. And we think the multiples today are at levels that allow us to be competitive in that space, provide a reasonable purchase price to the sellers and provide our shareholders with a reasonable return.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Got it. And last question from me, in terms of the kind of enhanced -- increased investment on the producer side. Can you give us any sense in terms of the metrics there, increase in producers kind of just a little more specifics in terms of how that's going?

Ware Grove -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Yeah. Hi, Chris. This is Ware. Hey. We have -- our target is to achieve a level of 100 fully productive what we call validated producers. Today, we have in the range of 60 to 65 people that are considered to be fully productive. But we also have another 35 to 40 of relatively new producers that are coming up in various stages of, I'll call it, the productivity curve. You bet about 300 when you're hiring people, so maybe one in three ultimately succeeds. So there is a level of investment there that takes some level of investment to get the net validated producers increasing to the target 200. So we've invested, we've got 100 today and as we build that layer of unvalidated or new producers, we will climb gradually toward that. I would characterize it as we're about halfway through a 36-month program now of what we think will take to get us from 60 to 100 fully producing productive producers.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Yeah. A couple -- a little bit more color on that Chris. So the group that Ware is referring to is our Employee Benefits group. We are also building producers within our Property and Casualty group, and our Retirement Plan Services group. So all the service lines really in that segment of the business first. The second thing is on the positive note within our Employee Benefits group, although it's like 40% of them are relatively new, that 40% group are outperforming the expectations that we have for them. So while they are not yet producing at the -- what we consider the validated level. They are outproducing and I credit our team there for putting strong processes in not only recruiting, but in training and development and mentoring and the other disciplines that we put into that group.

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Got it. That's very helpful. I'll jump back in line. Thanks, guys.

Operator

The next question comes from Tim McHugh with William Blair. Please go ahead.

Tim McHugh -- William Blair -- Analyst

Thanks. Just one follow-up, I guess, on the question about margin guidance. I guess, my rough math initially here is that to get the leverage from the revenue growth to EPS growth. You need probably a little more than 30 basis points to 40 basis points of pre-tax margin expansion I'd normally look for. Is that right or wrong, and I guess, if that's right, I guess, is this the leverage of the benefit cost and the branding campaign or is there other things, I guess, that are would point to that? Thanks.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Well, yeah, great question, Tim. Let me be a little more clear, when you look ahead to the 4% to 6% revenue guidance that translates into 10% to 12% earnings guidance. And you also have a higher tax rate to bake in there. So you do have, probably, slightly higher than the 30 basis points to 50 basis points target that we talk about, you have a slightly higher target for 2019.

Tim McHugh -- William Blair -- Analyst

Okay. And a follow-up.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Go ahead.

Tim McHugh -- William Blair -- Analyst

Yeah. That's helpful. Sorry, on the Insurance Benefits too, I understand the color you gave was helpful I guess. If we look at broadly, how many in total, not just, I guess, kind of the mature sales people, but how much bigger is your sales force on the insurance side versus a year ago at this point?

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

It's probably -- Tim, this is Jerry. It's probably 30% higher today in that group than it was a year ago. There'll come a point and we're getting close here, where it will stabilize and then it will be just a question of replacing producers that don't outperform to the expectations. So in 2019, we will get to a point where the investment that we've made will be consistent period-over-period and will no longer have the degradation in margin that comes from that incremental investment.

Tim McHugh -- William Blair -- Analyst

Okay. And maybe my last question a bit broader, it's outside of your market, but it's a big enough change in the accounting world. I guess the scrutiny of the UK and the UK of the Big 4 and some of the changes that could drive in that business. It's -- you are not serving that market at all. I guess, but does that change any thinking as we think about acquisitions or about target opportunities going forward here for you, or have any other broader impacts?

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Not at present, Tim. I mean, we always, obviously, keep an eye on what's the landscape and the environment. The Big 4 oftentimes what they are faced with comes down market a year or two later. So we are keeping an eye, but the types of things that they're facing in Europe and the types of things you're referring to we have not really seen any sign that it would impact us at least in the foreseeable future.

Tim McHugh -- William Blair -- Analyst

Okay. Great. Thank you.

Operator

(Operator Instructions) The next question comes from Marc Riddick with Sidoti & Company. Please go ahead.

Marc Riddick -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Hi. Good morning.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Good morning, Marc.

Ware Grove -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

HI, Marc.

Marc Riddick -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

I wanted to go over -- maybe you could spend some time talking about your thoughts and views on your experiences with the national campaign and how we should think about what 2019 would look like or maybe the -- what the flow might look like and sort of, if you could sort of put some color on where that stands for you going forward as well?

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Sure, Marc. Let me make sure I'm answering the question that you are answering -- you're asking, is as far as expense or as far as how we measure success.

Marc Riddick -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Yeah.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Both, right? Okay. So what I would say is, the expense, we've basically plan for the expense in 2019 to be similar to the expense that we had in 2018. That actually should give us a little bit extra coverage, because in 2018 were some production costs that won't repeat into 2019. So we've budgeted about the same amount year-over-year in that regard. As you know, as far as effectiveness is concerned, this is a long-term investment. And so we have surveyed before we even commenced the -- campaign, we surveyed our markets as to brand awareness and to brand recognition and established the baseline. We have since gone out and resurveyed that group, and while we've received positive and directional improvement in the outcome. It's very early in the game and so we're pleased with the results that we have to-date. This is an investment that we're committed to continuing and we're looking forward to kind of the brand recognition that it provides not only externally to the markets, but there is also an internal audience that being our workforce and people who are joining our company prospects and we're very pleased with the feedback that we've received there as well.

Marc Riddick -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. That's great to hear. Shifting gears, I wanted to talk a little bit about and get some thoughts. You mentioned some of the -- maybe the uncertainty around project related work. And I was wondering if that ties into, if there is any general feedback that you're receiving from the, from a -- from investors -- from a company thought standpoint around the shutdown and whether that had any impact on customer planning or delays of customer planning. I was wondering if you could give a sense of if you were getting any type of feedback along those lines and/or if there are -- you are getting any tariff related concerns, particularly in end markets that are dependent on a lot of farmers in the area and that kind of thing?

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Right. So Marc, what we do in preparation for just kind of planning for the year and for our own information, as we go back to our offices and we ask those specific questions of the people who are most closely touching our clients. And we really haven't heard a lot of that from our offices, certainly nothing really about the government shutdown, really very little about the tariffs, of course, there are going to be certain clients and certain industries that will inevitably be impacted by some of these things. But it's not enough of a voice really to have risen through the comments that we receiving back from our offices, which tells me that it's -- it should not have a material impact on CBIZ or our performance throughout 2019.

On the topic of our project-oriented work, candidly 2018 was just an exceptional year. We are planning in 2019 to have -- and also a strong year for our project-oriented work consistent with the way that they typically perform. But sometimes all the stars align and things come in that are above and beyond what they normally experience and that was our experience in 2018.

Marc Riddick -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. Great. And then one last thing for me and it's related along the lines of, sort of expected tax outcomes, if you will. I was wondering when you look at some of the reports of individual filings and getting various reports saying somewhere between 8% to 10% less back end refunds, things like that. I was wondering if there was anything similar that you would be experiencing on a small business level, any forms of surprises positive or negative that you're seeing that could either impact or benefit the business or the types of things that the folks might be looking out for that, that there might be something that might be for an opportunity for you going forward? Thank you.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Right. As you properly described, what you read in the paper today is really around the individual tax return work and we don't do a lot of that other than support the business owners of the businesses that we support or the executives of those businesses. So we don't -- we haven't really heard a lot about from our clients concerns about refund levels. I will say that the opportunity that we have in 2019 is around tax reform. We represent an awful lot of pass-through entities and the work connected to those entities is in large part going to be performed in 2019. So while we saw a very nice improvement in the amount of revenue generated within our tax group and specifically related we believe to tax reform, we believe that we'll continue to see a nice uplift in that type of work, albeit in a different category in 2019.

Marc Riddick -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

Okay. Great. Thank you very much.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

You're welcome.

Operator

(Operator Instructions) Showing no further questions, this concludes our question-and-answer session. I would like to turn the conference back over to Jerry Grisko for any closing remarks.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, Gary. First, I'd like to thank our shareholders for your continued support and confidence in our team, and in our company. I'd also like to congratulate all of our team members for a truly outstanding 2018. You should take great pride in all that we accomplished. We've had an exceptional team that provides truly extraordinary value to our clients, with our scale, our talent, the power of our mission, vision and values, our future has never been brighter. We look forward to speaking with you again on our next earnings call . Thank you and have a great day.

Operator

The conference is now concluded. Thank you for attending today's presentation. You may now disconnect.

Duration: 35 minutes

Call participants:

Lori Novickis -- Director, Corporate Relations.

Jerome Grisko -- President and Chief Executive Officer

Ware Grove -- Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Chris Moore -- CJS Securities -- Analyst

Tim McHugh -- William Blair -- Analyst

Marc Riddick -- Sidoti & Company -- Analyst

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