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LONDON, UK / ACCESSWIRE / August 23, 2017 / Pro-Trader Daily takes a look at the latest corporate events and news making the headlines for Hill International, Inc. (NYSE: HIL), following which we have published a free report that can be viewed by signing up at http://protraderdaily.com/optin/?symbol=HIL. The Company announced on August 21, 2018, that Hill International and its Board of Directors have initiated numerous initiatives to improve its financial performance. For immediate access to our complimentary reports, including today's coverage, register for free now at:

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Plans to Reduce Cost and Enhance Revenue

The Company intends to lower its cost structure and identify and implement revenue enhancements, for which it is also seeking the help of outside consultants, i.e. Alvarez & Marsal. Hill International has identified estimated annualized pre-tax savings ranging from $27.0 million to $38.0 million. The Company expects that all actions needed to reach these savings are likely to be completed by June 30, 2018.

Implementing Cost Reductions

  • Hill International commenced cost reductions after the sale of the Company's Construction Claims Group, i.e. in mid-May.
  • As of now, the Company has lowered its back office workforce by over 70 employees. For this, it has incurred pre-tax restructuring and other charges of nearly $1.2 million for employee termination benefits and related costs and $1.4 million in other pre-tax restructuring charges.
  • Owing to the cost reductions that have already been implemented, the Company has achieved partial year savings of approximately $3.5 million till December 31, 2017. This figure includes the adjustment for restructuring related costs. In fact, Hill International expects expected annual net savings of nearly $8.0 million in 2018 and beyond.
  • It is expected that the Company will incur additional future charges of approximately $6.0 million. This would primarily attribute to additional employee related terminations, facilities closures, consolidations and relocations, and vendor rationalization.

Current Backlog

  • As of June 30, 2017, Hill International's total backlog reached $895 million, which was 1.3% higher than the $883 million reported in March 31, 2017.
  • Twelve-month backlog as on June 30, 2017, was $320 million, which is 1.2% lower than the $324 million reported at March 31, 2017.
  • The Company's net bookings during the second quarter of 2017 reached $113 million. This equates to a book-to-bill ratio of 112% compared to net bookings of $261 million during the first half of 2017which equates to a book-to-bill ratio of 133%.

Guidance for 2017

  • Hill International has reaffirmed its previously issued guidance with its consulting fee revenue in 2017 expected to be in the range of $400 million to $425 million. This is primarily based on current market conditions and the backlog amounts described above.
  • This guidance shared by Hill International signifies a decrease of approximately 2% to 8% in consulting fee revenue for the year compared to 2016.

About Hill International, Inc.

Hill International provides program management, project management, construction management, and other consulting services to clients in a variety of market sectors. Currently, the Company employs more than 3,300 professionals in over 50 offices worldwide. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill International as the eighth largest construction management firm in the United States.

Last Close Stock Review

On Tuesday, August 22, 2017, the stock closed the trading session at $4.55, dropping 4.61% from its previous closing price of $4.77. A total volume of 115.81 thousand shares have exchanged hands. Hill Intl.'s stock price advanced 2.25% in the previous twelve months. Furthermore, since the start of the year, shares of the Company have gained 4.60%. At Tuesday's closing price, the stock's net capitalization stands at $225.59 million.

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