Monster Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:MWW) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2012.
Sal Iannuzzi, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Monster Worldwide, said, “During the fourth quarter, we implemented a series of actions designed to improve profitability and cash flow, consistent with our previously announced restructuring. As a leaner, more focused company, we are concentrating our resources on our core markets and are aggressively taking the steps necessary to strengthen our business. Our advanced product offerings, robust government business and a leading traffic position provide a solid foundation for future growth as the global economy recovers.”
“On the strategic alternatives front, the process continues and we will respond quickly if an opportunity arises. We are not able to anticipate when or whether our Board will have a concrete transaction to consider and we will only comment further if and when this occurs,” Iannuzzi concluded.
Full Year 2012 Business Highlights
Corporate Restructuring Update
- Monster provides services to more than 300,000 customers globally, including 95% of the Fortune 1000.
- According to comScore Media Metrix, Monster enjoyed the leading U.S. traffic position in the Career Services & Development category throughout the majority of 2012 and ended the year with over 21 million monthly Unique Visitors.
- Monster’s Government Solutions business, which accounts for more than 10% of total bookings, increased approximately 40% year over year, including the Company’s multi-year contract with the United Kingdom Government’s Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).
- SeeMore® - the world’s first cloud-based semantic search and analytics recruiting platform – was named one of the top products of 2012 by Human Resource Executive® magazine. The award was announced at the 15th annual HR Technology® Conference in Chicago on October 8, 2012.
- On a global basis, business derived from the Company’s advanced and proprietary product offerings, including Career Ad Network®, Power Resume Search® and SeeMore® increased in the double-digit percentage range compared to the same period a year ago.
The Company is implementing its previously announced corporate restructuring program to focus on its core business and reduce its cost structure in order to improve profitability and cash flow. Since the announcement of the restructuring on November 8, 2012, the Company has implemented the following actions:
- Completed the sale of ChinaHR to Saongroup, under which Monster has taken a 10% minority stake in the combined China business of Saongroup.
- Exited operations in Brazil, Mexico and Turkey and classified these businesses as discontinued operations in the fourth quarter and full year results.
- Redeployed expenses into marketing and sales in Monster’s core markets, while reducing the run rate of operating expenses.
As a result of the actions described above, Monster is on track to reduce operating expenses by approximately $130 million on an annualized basis. In association with these actions, the Company recorded pre-tax charges of $23 million, of which $15 million was included in continuing operations and $8 million was included in discontinued operations in the fourth quarter 2012. The Company expects additional pre-tax charges in the range of $27 million to $37 million to be incurred in the first half 2013.