IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 21, 2008--HireRight, Inc. (NasdaqGM: HIRE), a leading provider of on-demand employment screening solutions, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2007, which ended December 31, 2007.
Service revenue for the quarter ended December 31, 2007 increased 21.2% to $15.6 million, compared to $12.8 million in the quarter ended December 31, 2006. Gross profit for the quarter rose to $8.0 million from $6.3 million in the prior year quarter. Gross profit as a percentage of service revenue rose to 51.6%, compared to 49.3% in the same quarter a year ago.
HireRight chairman and chief executive officer, Eric Boden, stated, "Our financial results for the fourth quarter were strong, with growth from both existing customers and new customer additions driving better than expected revenue growth. In the fourth quarter, we saw positive results from the addition of large enterprise customers and a significant number of middle market customers. We believe that our growth drivers remain intact, and we intend to continue to invest in expanding market opportunities."
The company intends to provide certain financial guidance for the first quarter and full year 2008 during its conference call scheduled for later today. Information relating to the conference call is set forth below.
Income from operations was approximately $1.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2007, compared to $969,000 during the same prior year period. Net income was $1.3 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2007 compared to $586,000 for the quarter ended December 31, 2006. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of 2007 was approximately 35.9%.
For the full year 2007, service revenue was $62.9 million, an increase of approximately 20% from $52.5 million in the prior year. Gross profit for 2007 was $33.7 million, or 53.6% as a percent of service revenue. Income from operations was $9.1 million for the year, representing growth of 43.5% on a year-over-year basis and an operating margin as a percent of service revenue of 14.5%. Based on a 39.7% effective tax rate for the year, net income was $6.2 million in 2007, resulting in diluted earnings per share of $0.60.
Cash and equivalents and short-term investments at December 31, 2007 were $55.4 million, compared to $8.2 million as of December 31, 2006. Cash and equivalents and short-term investments increased primarily as a result of a combination of the IPO proceeds and cash flow from operating activities.
HireRight's fourth quarter and 2007 full year results and the company's outlook for the first quarter and full year 2008 will be discussed during a conference call today, February 21, 2008 at 5:00 pm Eastern Time, via teleconference and webcast. The dial-in number is (866) 700-0161 within the United States, and (617) 213-8832 outside the United States. The teleconference pass code is 50067681. You can also access a live broadcast of the call by visiting our website at http://ir.hireright.com. A replay will be available for one month at the same web address or by phone at (888) 286-8010 or (617) 801-6888 outside the United States, with pass code 84112526.
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HireRight is a leading provider of on-demand employment background and drug screening solutions that help organizations efficiently implement, manage and control screening programs. Many companies, including more than 60 of the Fortune 500, currently trust HireRight because the company delivers customer-focused solutions that provide greater efficiency and faster results. HireRight also provides pre-integrated employment screening services through enterprise e-recruiting solutions from top providers such as Oracle/PeopleSoft, Taleo, Vurv, ADP/VirtualEdge and PeopleAdmin. HireRight's worldwide headquarters are located in Irvine, California with offices and affiliates around the globe. For more information, visit the company's web site at www.hireright.com.