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The Hackett Group Announces Third Quarter 2012 Results

The Hackett Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: HCKT), a global strategic advisory and operations improvement consulting firm, today announced its financial results for the third quarter of 2012, which ended September 28, 2012.

Third quarter 2012 revenue was $58.6 million, a 1% increase (3% on a constant currency basis) from the same period in 2011. Pro forma diluted earnings per share were $0.11 for the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $0.09 for the same period in 2011. Pro forma information is provided to enhance the understanding of the Company's financial performance and is reconciled to the Company's GAAP information in the accompanying tables.

GAAP diluted earnings per share were $0.08 for the third quarter of 2012, as compared to $0.10 from the same period in 2011. For comparison purposes, GAAP earnings per share for the third quarter of 2012 were unfavorably impacted by U.S. federal income tax expense of approximately $0.05 per diluted share, resulting from the release of tax valuation reserves and recognition of the corresponding deferred tax assets at the end of 2011.

“We reported solid operating results in spite of the volatility we experienced in Europe as we entered the quarter,” stated Ted A. Fernandez, Chairman and CEO of The Hackett Group. “We continue to believe our offerings are well aligned with the complexities of the global economy and provide us with opportunities to continue to improve our financial performance.”

At the end of the third quarter of 2012, the Company’s cash balances were $15.2 million. During the third quarter of 2012, the Company repaid $4.0 million of its new credit facility, leaving a $28.0 million balance at quarter end. Subsequent to quarter end, the Company repaid an additional $3.0 million.

Based on the current economic outlook, the Company estimates total revenue for the fourth quarter of 2012 to be in the range of $54.0 million to $56.0 million, and estimates pro forma diluted earnings per share to be in the range of $0.09 to $0.11.

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