Booz Allen Hamilton Holding Corporation (NYSE:BAH), the parent company of management and technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., today announced preliminary results for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 with solid adjusted earnings growth over the prior year period. Booz Allen also reported total backlog of $12.92 billion as of December 31, 2012. Booz Allen’s fiscal year runs from April 1 to March 31, with the third quarter of fiscal 2013 ending December 31, 2012.
Revenue in the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $1.39 billion, compared with $1.44 billion in the prior year period, a decrease of 3.5 percent. The decline in revenue resulted from lower demand due to market forces. This led to a reduction in headcount and a related reduction in billable hours, which contributed to a decline in our direct labor. Additionally, the Company has a large portfolio of cost-reimbursable contracts, which generate revenue on both direct labor and indirect costs. Our continued focus on minimizing non-billable work and effectively managing our non-billable costs has contributed to lower indirect costs and a corresponding reduction in revenue on these cost-reimbursable contracts.
In the third quarter of fiscal 2013, Adjusted Net Income increased to $59.7 million from $56.4 million in the prior year period. This resulted from an increase in Adjusted Operating Income, which was partially offset by an increase in interest expense attributable to the July 2012 debt refinancing transaction associated with the special dividend paid in August 2012. Net income for the current quarter decreased to $56.2 million from $62.9 million in the prior year period. This decrease was attributable to the higher interest expense in the current quarter and the release of a significant income tax reserve in the prior year period, and was partially offset by an increase in operating income. Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share was $0.41 for the current quarter, compared with $0.40 in the prior year period. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2013 was $0.38, compared with $0.44 in the prior year period.