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News Article | May 4, 2017
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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended April 1, 2017. “CRA delivered strong results for the first quarter of fiscal 2017, as we continue to successfully execute our strategy to generate broad-based, profitable growth,” said Paul Maleh, CRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “I am especially proud of our ability to onboard more than 100 new consultants during the quarter while maintaining a companywide utilization of 72%. Despite incurring continued currency headwinds, these efforts enabled us to achieve high-single-digit revenue growth in the quarter, approximately half of which was organic.” “We had strong contributions from our Antitrust & Competition Economics, Energy, Life Sciences, and Marakon Practices,” said Maleh. “Within Life Sciences, we are successfully integrating C1 Consulting, and project work is ramping up as expected. We are excited to capitalize on increasing demand for our Life Sciences services with the addition of these new colleagues. In fact, we have already generated a new project that leverages C1’s analytics platform and CRA’s deep market access and pricing experience.” “We are encouraged by our recent acquisition of C1 and the positive trends we are seeing in project originations across the firm. For fiscal 2017, on a constant currency basis relative to fiscal 2016, we are reaffirming our previous guidance of non-GAAP revenue in the range of $350 million to $360 million, and non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA margin in the range of 15.8% to 16.6%. This guidance includes the expected contributions from C1 Consulting. While we are pleased with our performance in the first quarter of fiscal 2017, we remain mindful that uncertainties around global economic conditions and short-term challenges arising from the integration of newly hired consultants could affect our business,” Maleh concluded. CRA does not provide reconciliations of its annual non-GAAP revenue and Adjusted EBITDA margin guidance to the GAAP comparable financial measures because CRA is unable to estimate with reasonable certainty the financial results of its former NeuCo subsidiary, now known as GNU123 Liquidating Corporation (“GNU”), the timing and amount of forgivable loans issued for talent acquisition, share-based compensation expense, unusual gains or charges, foreign exchange rates, and the resulting effect of these items on CRA’s taxes without unreasonable effort. These items are uncertain, depend on various factors, and may have a material effect on CRA’s results computed in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation between the historical GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures presented in this release is provided in the financial tables at the end of this release. CRA also announced today that its Board of Directors has authorized an expanded share repurchase program of an additional $20.0 million of CRA’s common stock, in addition to the approximately $9.0 million remaining under its existing share repurchase program. CRA may repurchase shares in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions in accordance with applicable insider trading and other securities laws and regulations. The timing, amount and extent to which CRA repurchases shares will depend upon market conditions and other factors it may consider in its sole discretion. In connection with this expanded share repurchase program, CRA’s Board of Directors has authorized the Company in its discretion to adopt a Rule 10b5-1 plan covering some or all of these repurchases. Any such plan would allow CRA to repurchase its shares at times when it otherwise might be prevented from doing so under insider trading laws or because of self-imposed trading blackout periods. On May 3, 2017, CRA’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per common share, payable on June 16, 2017 to shareholders of record as of May 29, 2017. The Company expects to continue paying quarterly dividends, the declaration, timing and amounts of which remain subject to the discretion of CRA’s Board of Directors. CRA will host a conference call this morning at 9:00 a.m. ET to discuss its first-quarter 2017 financial results. To listen to the live call, please visit the “Investor Relations” section of CRA’s website at http://www.crai.com, or dial (877) 709-8155 or (201) 689-8881. An archived version of the webcast will be available on CRA’s website for one year. In combination with this press release, CRA has posted prepared remarks by its CFO Chad Holmes under “Conference Call Materials” in the “Investor Relations” section on CRA’s website at http://www.crai.com. These remarks are offered to provide the investment community with additional background on CRA’s financial results prior to the start of the conference call. Charles River Associates® is a global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial, and management consulting services. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems. Headquartered in Boston, CRA has offices throughout the world. Detailed information about Charles River Associates, a registered trade name of CRA International, Inc., is available at www.crai.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. In addition to reporting its financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, CRA has also provided in this release non-GAAP financial information. CRA believes that the use of non-GAAP measures in addition to GAAP measures is a useful method of evaluating its results of operations. CRA believes that presenting its financial results excluding the results of GNU, certain non-cash and/or non-recurring charges, and the other items identified below, and including presentations of Adjusted EBITDA and comparisons on a constant currency basis, are important to investors and management because they are more indicative of CRA’s ongoing operating results and financial condition. These non-GAAP financial measures should be considered in conjunction with, but not as a substitute for, the financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and the results calculated in accordance with GAAP and reconciliations to those results should be carefully evaluated. The non-GAAP financial measures used by CRA may be calculated differently from, and therefore may not be comparable to, similarly titled measures used by other companies. Specifically, for full-year fiscal 2017 guidance, the first quarter of fiscal 2017 and the first quarter of fiscal 2016, CRA has excluded GNU’s results. Also, in calculating “Adjusted EBITDA” from net income (loss) attributable to CRA for these fiscal periods and for purposes of the full-year fiscal 2017 guidance for Adjusted EBITDA margin, CRA has excluded net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests (net of tax); interest expense, net; provision for income taxes; goodwill impairment charges; other income (expense), net; and the following non-cash expenses: depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation expenses, and amortization of forgivable loans. Finally, CRA believes that fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates can significantly affect its financial results. Therefore, CRA provides a constant currency presentation to supplement disclosures regarding its results of operations and performance. CRA calculates constant currency amounts by converting its applicable fiscal period local currency financial results using the prior fiscal year’s corresponding period exchange rates. CRA has presented in this press release its GAAP and non-GAAP revenue, net income, earnings per diluted share, and Adjusted EBITDA, for the first quarter of fiscal 2017 on a constant currency basis relative to the first quarter of fiscal 2016, and its guidance for full-year fiscal 2017 non-GAAP revenue and Adjusted EBITDA margin on a constant currency basis relative to fiscal 2016. Statements in this press release concerning our future business, operating results and financial condition, including those concerning guidance on future non-GAAP revenue and non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA margin, our capitalizing on the demand for our services, the implied continuation of any current strategy or trend, or our expectations regarding the payment of future quarterly dividends, and statements using the terms “expect” or similar expressions, are “forward-looking” statements as defined in Section 21 of the Exchange Act. These statements are based upon our current expectations and various underlying assumptions. Although we believe there is a reasonable basis for these statements and assumptions, and these statements are expressed in good faith, these statements are subject to a number of additional factors and uncertainties. Our actual non-GAAP revenue and non-GAAP Adjusted EBITDA margin in fiscal 2017 on a constant currency basis relative to fiscal 2016 could differ materially from the guidance presented herein, and our actual performance and results may differ materially from the performance and results contained or implied by the other forward-looking statements made herein, due to many important factors. These factors include, but are not limited to, the possibility that the demand for our services may decline as a result of changes in general and industry specific economic conditions, the timing of engagements for our services, the effects of competitive services and pricing, our ability to attract and retain key employee or non-employee experts; the inability to integrate and utilize existing consultants and personnel; the decline or reduction in project work or activity; global economic conditions including less stable political and economic environments; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; unanticipated expenses and liabilities; risks inherent in international operations; changes in accounting standards, rules, and regulations; our ability to collect on forgivable loans should any become due; and professional and other legal liability. Additional risks and uncertainties are discussed in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the heading “Risk Factors.” The inclusion of such forward-looking information should not be regarded as our representation that the future events, plans, or expectations contemplated will be achieved. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, and we do not intend to do so. (1) These adjustments include activity related to GNU123 Liquidating Corporation (“GNU”), formerly known as CRA’s majority owned subsidiary “NeuCo”, in the Company's GAAP results. In April 2016, substantially all of GNU's assets were sold. (1) These adjustments include activity related to GNU123 Liquidating Corporation (“GNU”), formerly known as CRA’s majority owned subsidiary “NeuCo”, in the Company's GAAP results. In April 2016, substantially all of GNU's assets were sold.


TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 28, 2017) - In this webinar John Cole, Principal and Ann Baker, Vice President, both from Charles River Associates, will examine the motivations for collaboration between biopharma and academia - two different worlds. Crucially, the speakers will also reflect on why the outcomes of such collaborations often disappoint and consider some of the interventions that both parties can make to ensure a successful outcome. Lastly, the speakers will look at how to bridge the gap between academia and biopharma. The live event will take place on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 11am EDT (4pm BST/UK). In the face of the myriad challenges facing R&D, the biopharmaceutical industry is adopting open approaches to how it finds, develops and commercializes innovation. Collaboration is the watch word. Biopharma has turned to partnerships with academia. Companies of all shapes and sizes are collaborating with universities and research institutes to gain access to novel science, research and expertise. For academia, collaborations with the industry provide access to many of the translational skills, tools and processes they lack for moving research from the lab, to the clinic and ultimately the patient. However, the competition amongst pharma companies to work with the premier academic institutions is intensifying. Pharma companies must work hard to become attractive partners - even more so now that academia has more options than ever to progress its research to the market without recourse to industry. So, collaborations are harder to find and secure. Therefore, it is vital that once set up, these relationships then deliver to their objectives. Unfortunately, based on the outputs of CRA's recent survey of industry and academia, real world experience indicates that for many industry respondents, approximately 64% of collaborations fail to deliver to their objectives. There is a significant gap between the vision and the reality. To learn more about this event visit: Collaborations Between Industry and Academia - Bridging the Gap Xtalks, powered by Honeycomb Worldwide Inc., is a leading provider of educational webinars to the global Life Sciences community. Every year thousands of industry practitioners (from pharmaceutical & biotech companies, private & academic research institutions, healthcare centers, etc.) turn to Xtalks for access to quality content. Xtalks helps Life Science professionals stay current with industry developments, trends and regulations. Xtalks webinars also provide perspectives on key issues from top industry thought leaders and service providers. To learn more about Xtalks visit: http://xtalks.com


News Article | May 4, 2017
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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced that its Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.14 per share to be paid on June 16, 2017 to shareholders of record of CRA’s common stock as of the close of business on May 29, 2017. The Company expects to continue paying quarterly dividends, the declaration, timing and amounts of which remain subject to the discretion of CRA’s Board of Directors. About Charles River Associates (CRA) Charles River Associates® is a global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial, and management consulting services. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems. Headquartered in Boston, CRA has offices throughout the world. Detailed information about Charles River Associates, a registered trade name of CRA International, Inc., is available at www.crai.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. SAFE HARBOR STATEMENT Statements in this press release concerning our expectations regarding the payment of future quarterly dividends are “forward-looking” statements as defined in Section 21 of the Exchange Act. These statements are based upon our current expectations and various underlying assumptions. Although we believe there is a reasonable basis for these statements and assumptions, and these statements are expressed in good faith, these statements are subject to a number of additional factors and uncertainties. Factors that could affect the determination as to whether we declare cash dividends in any future quarter include, but are not limited to, the loss of key employee consultants or non-employee experts; their failure to generate engagements for us; our inability to attract, hire or retain qualified consultants, or to integrate and utilize existing consultants and personnel; the unpredictable nature and risk of litigation-related projects; dependence on the growth of our management consulting practice; the change in demand for our services; the potential loss of clients; changes in the law that affect our practice areas; global economic conditions including less stable political and economic environments; civil disturbances or other catastrophic events that reduce business activity; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; intense competition; our attributable annual cost savings; changes in our effective tax rate; integration and generation of existing and new clients; unanticipated expenses and liabilities; risks associated with acquisitions (past, present, and future); risks inherent in international operations; integration and management of new and existing offices; the ability of clients to terminate engagements with us on short notice; our ability to collect on forgivable loans should any become due; general economic conditions; and professional and other legal liability. Further information on these and other potential factors that could affect our future business, operating results, and financial condition is included in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including risks under the heading “Risk Factors.” We cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievement. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, and we do not intend to do so.


BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charles River Development announced it has partnered with OTAS Technologies and incorporated OTAS’s global equity trading analytics in the Charles River Investment Management Solution (Charles River IMS). The partnership makes OTAS’s trade analytics available as a separately licensed add-in to Charles River’s portfolio management workspace and combined order and execution management system (OEMS). “OTAS can be a real alpha generator,” said Lee Garf, VP, Product Management, Charles River Development. “It gives portfolio managers and traders real-time access to the best market intelligence and improves communication throughout the front office. Portfolio managers can monitor their trades, and traders can recognize opportunities sooner and respond more quickly to changing market conditions.” “Incorporating advanced analytics from OTAS into the portfolio management and trading workflows provides actionable signals that support instant decision making and improve front office efficiency,” said Tom Doris, CEO of OTAS Technologies. “This provides constant insight into what’s happening with trades, which improves both transparency and productivity for buy-side firms.” About OTAS Technologies OTAS Technologies provides next-generation market analytics and trader intelligence to the world’s leading banks and institutions. It uses artificial intelligence and big data analysis to alert clients to opportunities and risks, in real-time and in plain English, allowing them to make faster and more informed trading decisions. Due to its open architecture and extensive partnership network, OTAS is seamlessly integrated into clients’ existing OMS, PMS or EMS, providing access to OTAS Apps and Alerts from within the trading workflow. Founded in 2011, OTAS Technologies is headquartered in London, UK with offices in major financial centers around the world. For more information on OTAS, please visit us at www.otastech.com, read our blog, blog.otastech.com, or follow us on Twitter @otastech. About Charles River Charles River enables sound and efficient investing across all asset classes. Over 350 firms worldwide use Charles River IMS to manage more than US$25 Trillion in assets in the institutional investment, wealth management and hedge fund industries. Our Software as a Service-based solution automates and simplifies investment management on a single platform – from portfolio decision support and risk management through trading and post-trade settlement, with integrated risk and compliance throughout. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, we support clients globally with more than 750 employees in 11 regional offices. For more information, please visit www.crd.com.


News Article | May 16, 2017
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WILMINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. (NYSE: CRL) recently announced updates to its expanding oncology discovery business, including significant additions to its online Tumor Model Compendium. The Compendium provides oncology researchers with a resource to identify and locate targeted, suitable patient-derived xenografts (PDXs) based on specific histology and molecular properties, and now includes additional molecular characteristics for syngeneic models. “The use of a human tumor graft in a humanized model represents the future of immuno-oncology research,” said Birgit Girshick, Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Discovery, at Charles River. “A model that more closely mirrors human immune systems allows researchers to conduct groundbreaking studies more efficiently and effectively, with the goal of developing more translational therapies. Utilizing the Tumor Model Compendium, oncology researchers can identify the exact tumor model and target for their research, getting them that much closer to that goal.” Charles River has more than 450 fully characterized proprietary PDXs in its portfolio, which represents all major tumor histotypes, and provides extensive background and characterization for oncology research. The most recent Compendium update expands the existing tumor model collection to include: Recognizing the importance of selecting the appropriate tumor model for in vivo and in vitro oncology, Charles River partnered with OcellO to further expand their capabilities with PDX models. Through their agreement, OcellO utilizes human tumor material from Charles River PDX models and applies it in their 3D cell culture drug screening platform. This high-throughput platform enables the growth of micro-tumors in a natural extracellular matrix environment and uses automated 3D imaging to analyze the effects of small molecules and antibodies on tumor development. “The extended range of tumor subtypes and high level of annotation of Charles River’s PDX Compendium enables the selection of the optimum tumor models with the most appropriate mutational profile for in vivo studies,” said Leo Price, CEO and founder of OcellO. “The use of the same PDX tumor cells in OcellO's in vitro 3D culture platform enables pre-screening of tumor models with test compounds in a highly translational high-throughput platform.” In addition to utilizing the Compendium in integrated client relationships, recent tumor model updates have also enhanced scientific presentations. At the 2017 AACR Annual Meeting, a meeting which highlights the advances in cancer science and medicine from institutions all over the world, Charles River presented three posters highlighting the enhancement of certain models for oncology drug discovery: Charles River’s extensive portfolio of oncology products and services, including studies in human xenograft, syngeneic, humanized immunotherapy research models, flow cytometry, and IVIS® imaging services, was strengthened by the acquisition of Oncotest GmbH. Now known as Charles River Discovery Research Services Germany GmbH, the company is a Freiburg, Germany-based organization with a specialization in PDX models with more than 25 years of experience. To address the increasing importance of immuno-oncology, in April 2017 Charles River announced the availability of its triple-immunodeficient mouse model, known as the NCG model. To learn more about Charles River’s oncology research capabilities, visit www.criver.com. Charles River provides essential products and services to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and leading academic institutions around the globe accelerate their research and drug development efforts. Our dedicated employees are focused on providing clients with exactly what they need to improve and expedite the discovery, early-stage development and safe manufacture of new therapies for the patients who need them. To learn more about our unique portfolio and breadth of services, visit www.criver.com.


"We are excited to have the opportunity to continue our good work with the Charles River scientists at our European Knowledge Centre, in order to address the unmet medical needs of patients and their families" said Gary Hendler, Chairman & CEO Eisai EMEA. "As a collaborative partner, Charles River has a proven track record of success in drug discovery and innovative chemistry capabilities. This partnership supports Eisai's commitment to investigating and developing innovative treatments, in line with our human health care mission." This close collaboration between Eisai and Charles River across a range of early discovery projects will deliver operational and cost efficiencies through customised strategic solutions at the European Knowledge Centre site in Hatfield, UK. The initial research was funded by the Global Health Innovative Technology Fund (GHIT Fund) and will now see researchers working closely with the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a multinational fund that supports the discovery of new anti-malarial compounds that aim to fight drug-resistant strains of the disease. Malaria is one of the three most prominent infectious diseases in the world, caused by parasites transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite. According to the World Health Organization, malaria kills approximately 429,000 people every year.[1] Although treatment options for malaria exist, experts believe that malaria parasites are developing drug resistance, highlighting the urgent need for alternative treatments. "With a strong heritage in research, Eisai continues to be the ideal partner as we step up to take on malaria, which continues to infect over 200 million people a year worldwide," said Birgit Girshick, Corporate Senior Vice President, Global Discovery, at Charles River. "Our scientists have integrated seamlessly into Eisai's existing team, bringing together extremely talented researchers to work on this complex disease." This partnership is an example of Eisai's commitment to Open Innovation and novel collaborative working practices. This announcement underscores Eisai's human health care (hhc) mission, the company's commitment to innovative solutions in disease prevention, cure and care for the health and well-being of people worldwide. About Eisai Co., Ltd. Eisai Co., Ltd. is a leading global research and development-based pharmaceutical company headquartered in Japan. We define our corporate mission as "giving first thought to patients and their families and to increasing the benefits health care provides," which we call our human health care (hhc) philosophy. With over 10,000 employees working across our global network of R&D facilities, manufacturing sites and marketing subsidiaries, we strive to realize our hhc philosophy by delivering innovative products in various therapeutic areas with high unmet medical needs, including Oncology and Neurology. As a global pharmaceutical company, our mission extends to patients around the world through our investment and participation in partnership-based initiatives to improve access to medicines in developing and emerging countries.  For more information about Eisai Co., Ltd., please visit www.eisai.com. Charles River provides essential products and services to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and leading academic institutions around the globe accelerate their research and drug development efforts. Our dedicated employees are focused on providing clients with exactly what they need to improve and expedite the discovery, early-stage development and safe manufacture of new therapies for the patients who need them. To learn more about our unique portfolio and breadth of services, visit www.criver.com.


News Article | June 5, 2017
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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced the addition of two veteran forensic accounting and fraud investigation experts. Peter Resnick will join as a Vice President in the Forensic Services Practice in Boston and Paul Doxey will join the practice as a Senior Consultant in London. Mr. Resnick leads high profile engagements in the areas of fraud investigation, business damages, and valuation. Mr. Doxey leads engagements in the areas of accounting, money laundering, fraud, bribery and corruption, and financial crime due diligence. Both are experienced expert witnesses. “Peter and Paul bring decades of experience in advising clients on forensic accounting, fraud investigations, and financial crime engagements,” said CRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh. “The addition of these seasoned professionals in Boston and London will strengthen our fast-growing Forensic Services Practice. They will assist our clients by using their specialized knowledge to independently investigate complex issues of fact, ethics, law and judgment, and in presenting their findings to boards, regulators, and courts of law.” CRA’s Forensic Services Practice assists companies in independently responding to allegations of fraud, waste, abuse, misconduct, and non-compliance, delivering deep and timely insights resulting from CRA’s commitment to deploying cross-trained teams of experienced forensic professionals. Forensic Services Practice Leader Kristofer Swanson added, “We are delighted to welcome Peter and Paul to our team. We appreciate their leadership as we continue to expand our global footprint. Their deep experience and technical expertise will provide additional bench strength for clients who are committed to seeking truth and clarity when allegations arise.” Mr. Resnick, who will lead CRA’s national Forensic Accounting Solution, has significant experience in corporate investigations, government initiated investigations, forensic analysis, regulated matters, accounting, valuation, and fraud investigations. He has more than 20 years of experience working with highly regarded law firms throughout the country, large global companies as well as middle-market public and privately held entities. He has worked across a wide range of industries including life sciences, technology, telecommunications, manufacturing, distribution, insurance, and higher education. Mr. Resnick has provided expert testimony and analysis at trials, arbitrations, and mediation proceedings. Further, he regularly serves as a neutral arbitrator in post-acquisition disputes. He holds certifications as a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF), and is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). He received a BBA degree from the University of Massachusetts - Amherst. Prior to joining CRA, Mr. Resnick served as the co-national leader of a nationally recognized financial consulting firm, and as the New England Managing Partner for Grant Thornton, as well as its co-national leader of investigations. Mr. Doxey will provide international leadership in the U.K. where he specializes in forensic investigations and financial disputes, including testifying on forensic accounting matters as an expert witness, particularly in the financial services sector. For nearly 30 years, he has led large-scale investigations in the U.K., continental Europe, and Asia. He was a partner at Arthur Andersen and was seconded for two years in the Bank of England’s Special Investigations Unit and at the UK Financial Services Authority. Mr. Doxey is an Accredited Forensic Accountant (AFA), a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (FCA). He received a Diploma in Business Administration from Warwick Business School and an MA degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge Trinity College. About Charles River Associates (CRA) Charles River Associates® is a global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial, and management consulting services. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems. Headquartered in Boston, CRA has offices throughout the world. Detailed information about Charles River Associates, a registered trade name of CRA International, Inc., is available at www.crai.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Statements in this press release concerning the addition of Peter Resnick and Paul Doxey to the Forensic Services Practice, any future business Peter Resnick and Paul Doxey may generate for the Company, the future business, operating results, and financial condition of the Company and statements using the terms “strengthen,” “expand,” or similar expressions are “forward-looking” statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based upon management's current expectations and are subject to a number of factors and uncertainties. Information contained in these forward-looking statements is inherently uncertain, and actual performance and results may differ materially due to many important factors. Such factors that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from any forward-looking statements made by the Company include, among others, the failure to generate engagements for us; dependence on the growth of our litigation consulting practice, including in forensic and cyber investigations; the potential loss of clients; the demand environment; global economic conditions; foreign exchange rate fluctuations; and intense competition, as well as other potential factors that could affect our financial results are included in our periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including risks under the heading “Risk Factors.” We cannot guarantee any future results, levels of activity, performance or achievement. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements after the date of this press release, and we do not intend to do so.


BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. (Glenmede) has chosen the Charles River Investment Management Solution (Charles River IMS) as the enterprise investment management platform for its institutional and wealth management businesses. The SaaS-based solution provides Philadelphia, PA-based Glenmede with a single system for risk and scenario analysis, portfolio analytics and construction, order and execution management, post-trade processing, compliance, performance measurement, IBOR, and Transaction Cost Analysis. The Charles River IMS will support Glenmede’s portfolio managers, traders, compliance and operations staff in making and administering public investments across various types of securities. Real-time pricing, reference and benchmark data will be provided and managed via Charles River’s integrated data services. “The depth of Charles River’s decision support capabilities and their strong commitment to both wealth management and institutional asset management will help us better provide personalized services and sustainable solutions to clients. Their ability to support all asset classes and handle high volume in a single system allows Glenmede to streamline processes to reduce risk while planning for future growth,” said Lou Pellicori, Chief Technology Officer and Managing Director, Glenmede. “For many firms like Glenmede, adopting an enterprise platform not only lowers costs but enables standardization, product cross-selling and collaboration between business units,” said Tom Driscoll, Global Managing Director, Charles River. “Consolidating all operations on a single platform provides significant efficiencies as well as a better ability to manage enterprise risk and compliance.” About Glenmede Trust Company The Glenmede Trust Company, N.A. (“Glenmede”) is among the nation’s leading investment and wealth management firms with $34 billion of assets under management for high-net-worth individuals, families, family offices, endowment, foundations and institutional clients. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the firm has offices in Ohio, Delaware, New Jersey, New York City and Washington DC. For further information, please visit www.glenmede.com. About Charles River Charles River enables sound and efficient investing across all asset classes. Over 350 firms worldwide use Charles River IMS to manage more than US$25 Trillion in assets in the institutional investment, wealth management and hedge fund industries. Our Software as a Service-based solution automates and simplifies investment management on a single platform – from portfolio decision support and risk management through trading and post-trade settlement, with integrated risk and compliance throughout. Headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, we support clients globally with more than 750 employees in 11 regional offices. For more information, please visit www.crd.com.


News Article | May 10, 2017
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BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charles River Associates (NASDAQ: CRAI), a worldwide leader in providing economic, financial, and management consulting services, today announced that the Company will be participating in the East Coast IDEAS Investor Conference being held at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel in Boston, Massachusetts. On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at 9:20 a.m. ET, CRA’s President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Maleh and Chief Financial Officer Chad Holmes will present at the conference. The Company also will be participating in one-on-one meetings. About Charles River Associates (CRA) Charles River Associates® is a global consulting firm specializing in economic, financial, and management consulting services. CRA advises clients on economic and financial matters pertaining to litigation and regulatory proceedings, and guides corporations through critical business strategy and performance-related issues. Since 1965, clients have engaged CRA for its unique combination of functional expertise and industry knowledge, and for its objective solutions to complex problems. Headquartered in Boston, CRA has offices throughout the world. Detailed information about Charles River Associates, a registered trade name of CRA International, Inc., is available at www.crai.com. Follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook.


WILMINGTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Charles River Laboratories International, Inc. (NYSE: CRL) today reported its results for the first quarter of 2017. Revenue from continuing operations was $445.8 million, an increase of 25.6% from $354.9 million in the first quarter of 2016. Revenue growth was driven primarily by the Discovery and Safety Assessment and Manufacturing Support segments. Research Models and Services revenue also increased. The acquisitions of WIL Research, Agilux Laboratories, and Blue Stream Laboratories contributed 19.5% to consolidated first-quarter revenue growth, both on a reported basis and in constant currency. The impact of foreign currency translation reduced reported revenue growth by 2.1%. Excluding the effect of these items, organic revenue growth was 8.2%. On a GAAP basis, first-quarter net income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders was $46.8 million, an increase of 25.9% from $37.2 million for the same period in 2016. First-quarter diluted earnings per share on a GAAP basis were $0.97, an increase of 24.4% from $0.78 for the first quarter of 2016. The divestiture of the Contract Development and Manufacturing (CDMO) business, which was completed on February 10, 2017, reduced GAAP earnings per share by $0.15 (net) as a result of the tax impact of the transaction, partially offset by the gain on the sale. In addition, an excess tax benefit associated with stock compensation contributed $0.15 to GAAP earnings per share in the first quarter of 2017. On a non-GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations was $62.6 million for the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 34.4% from $46.5 million for the same period in 2016. First-quarter diluted earnings per share on a non-GAAP basis were $1.29, an increase of 31.6% from $0.98 per share for the first quarter of 2016. On a non-GAAP basis, a favorable tax rate benefited earnings per share by $0.10 in the first quarter of 2017, as the $0.15 excess tax benefit associated with stock compensation was partially offset by the earnings mix. Both the GAAP and non-GAAP earnings per share increases were driven primarily by the acquisition of new businesses, notably WIL Research, as well as higher revenue for legacy operations. Earnings per share in the first quarter also included a gain from the Company’s venture capital investments, which contributed $0.05 per share compared to a $0.04 gain for the same period in 2016. James C. Foster, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “I am very pleased to say that following an exceptional year in 2016, we are off to a strong start in the first quarter of 2017. Demand for our products and services is robust and we continue to win new business, which supports our expectation for revenue growth, operating margin expansion, and earnings per share growth in 2017. Our first-quarter results put us on track to achieve our guidance for the year.” “We have successfully implemented our strategy to become the early-stage CRO of choice as a result of a three-pronged approach. First, we are continuing to expand our unique portfolio of essential products and services, which increases our relevance to our clients’ drug research, development, and manufacturing efforts. Second, we continue to expand and enhance our scientific expertise and depth, which we believe is unique and unparalleled in the early-stage CRO universe, and a strong differentiating factor. Third, we maintain an intense focus on efficiency and responsiveness, which enables us to provide exceptional, flexible service to clients without adding significant cost,” Mr. Foster concluded. Revenue for the RMS segment was $127.2 million in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 3.1% from $123.3 million in the first quarter of 2016. Organic revenue growth was 4.7%, driven by higher revenue for both the Research Models and Research Model Services businesses. In the first quarter of 2017, the RMS segment’s GAAP operating margin increased to 29.7% from 29.5% in the first quarter of 2016. On a non-GAAP basis, the operating margin was 30.1%, unchanged on a year-over-year basis. Revenue from continuing operations for the DSA segment was $227.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 44.2% from $158.0 million in the first quarter of 2016. Growth was driven primarily by the acquisitions of WIL Research and Agilux Laboratories, which contributed 41.6% to DSA revenue growth. Organic revenue growth was 5.1%, as growth in the legacy Safety Assessment business was partially offset by lower revenue for the legacy Discovery Services business. Revenue growth was driven by demand from both global biopharmaceutical and mid-tier biotechnology clients. In the first quarter of 2017, the DSA segment’s GAAP operating margin decreased to 17.0% from 19.5% in the first quarter of 2016. The GAAP operating margin decline was due in part to amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions. On a non-GAAP basis, the operating margin decreased to 20.9% from 23.3% in the first quarter of 2016. Both the GAAP and non-GAAP operating margins were affected by revenue mix and acquisitions. Revenue for the Manufacturing segment was $90.8 million in the first quarter of 2017, an increase of 23.5% from $73.5 million in the first quarter of 2016. The acquisitions of Blue Stream Laboratories and WIL Research’s CDMO business (divested on February 10, 2017) contributed 4.9% to Manufacturing revenue growth in the first quarter of 2017. Organic revenue increased 20.6%, driven primarily by robust growth in the Microbial Solutions and Biologics Testing Solutions businesses. In the first quarter of 2017, the Manufacturing segment’s GAAP operating margin increased to 29.3% from 26.7% in the first quarter of 2016. On a non-GAAP basis, the operating margin increased to 33.2% from 31.3% in the first quarter of 2016. Both the GAAP and non-GAAP operating margin improvement was driven by leverage from higher revenue in the Microbial Solutions and Biologics Testing Solutions businesses. During the first quarter of 2017, the Company reinitiated stock repurchase activity, repurchasing 363,000 shares for a total of $32.1 million. As of April 1, 2017, the Company had $37.6 million remaining on its authorized stock repurchase program. On May 9, 2017, the Company’s Board of Directors increased the stock repurchase authorization by $150 million, to an aggregate amount of $1.3 billion. The Company is updating guidance for 2017, which was originally provided on February 14, 2017. The Company is reducing GAAP earnings per share guidance primarily to reflect the net impact of the divestiture of the CDMO business, and increasing the top end of the non-GAAP earnings per share guidance range, primarily to reflect the higher-than-expected excess tax benefit associated with stock compensation. The revised earnings per share guidance does not include an additional contribution from venture capital investments, or a meaningful contribution from the excess tax benefit associated with stock compensation, in the remaining three quarters in 2017. The Company is maintaining its revenue guidance for 2017. (1) The contribution from acquisitions reflects only those acquisitions which were completed in 2016. (2) Organic revenue growth is defined as reported revenue growth adjusted for acquisitions, the divestiture of the CDMO business, the 53rd week, and foreign currency translation. (3) These charges relate primarily to the Company’s planned efficiency initiatives in 2017, including site consolidation costs, asset impairments, and severance. Other projects in support of the global productivity and efficiency initiatives are expected, but these charges reflect only the decisions that have already been finalized. (4) These adjustments are related to the evaluation and integration of acquisitions and the divestiture of the CDMO business, and primarily include transaction, advisory, and certain third-party integration costs, as well as certain costs associated with acquisition-related efficiency initiatives. (5) These adjustments include the preliminary net gain and tax impact related to the divestiture of the CDMO business. Charles River has scheduled a live webcast on Wednesday, May 10, at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss matters relating to this press release. To participate, please go to ir.criver.com and select the webcast link. You can also find the associated slide presentation and reconciliations of GAAP financial measures to non-GAAP financial measures on the website. Charles River will present at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2017 Health Care Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Tuesday, May 16, at 9:20 a.m. PT (12:20 p.m. ET). Management will provide an overview of Charles River’s strategic focus and business developments. A live webcast of the presentation will be available through a link that will be posted on ir.criver.com. A webcast replay will be accessible through the same website shortly after the presentation and will remain available for approximately two weeks. The Company reports non-GAAP results in this press release, which exclude often one-time charges and other items that are outside of normal operations. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results is provided in the schedules at the end of this press release. In addition, the Company reports results from continuing operations, which exclude results of the Phase I clinical business that was divested in 2011. The Phase I business is reported as a discontinued operation. Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures This press release contains non-GAAP financial measures, such as non-GAAP earnings per diluted share, which exclude the amortization of intangible assets, inventory purchase accounting adjustments, and other charges related to our acquisitions; expenses associated with evaluating and integrating acquisitions and divestitures, as well as fair value adjustments associated with contingent consideration; charges, gains, and losses attributable to businesses or properties we plan to close, consolidate, or divest; severance and other costs associated with our efficiency initiatives; gain on and tax effect of the divestiture of the CDMO business; and costs related to a U.S. government billing adjustment and related expenses. This press release also refers to our revenue in both a GAAP and non-GAAP basis: “constant currency,” which we define as reported revenue growth adjusted for the impact of foreign currency translation, and “organic revenue growth,” which we define as reported revenue growth adjusted for foreign currency translation, acquisitions, the divestiture, and the 53rd week. We exclude these items from the non-GAAP financial measures because they are outside our normal operations. There are limitations in using non-GAAP financial measures, as they are not prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and may be different than non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. In particular, we believe that the inclusion of supplementary non-GAAP financial measures in this press release helps investors to gain a meaningful understanding of our core operating results and future prospects without the effect of these often one-time charges, and is consistent with how management measures and forecasts the Company's performance, especially when comparing such results to prior periods or forecasts. We believe that the financial impact of our acquisitions and divestitures (and in certain cases, the evaluation of such acquisitions and divestitures, whether or not ultimately consummated) is often large relative to our overall financial performance, which can adversely affect the comparability of our results on a period-to-period basis. In addition, certain activities and their underlying associated costs, such as business acquisitions, generally occur periodically but on an unpredictable basis. We calculate non-GAAP integration costs to include third-party integration costs incurred post-acquisition. Presenting revenue on a constant-currency basis allows investors to measure our revenue growth exclusive of foreign currency exchange fluctuations more clearly. Non-GAAP results also allow investors to compare the Company’s operations against the financial results of other companies in the industry who similarly provide non-GAAP results. The non-GAAP financial measures included in this press release are not meant to be considered superior to or a substitute for results of operations prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Company intends to continue to assess the potential value of reporting non-GAAP results consistent with applicable rules and regulations. Reconciliations of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are set forth in this press release, and can also be found on the Company’s website at ir.criver.com. This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “will,” “may,” “estimate,” “plan,” “outlook,” and “project,” and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or trends or that are not statements of historical matters. These statements also include statements regarding our projected future financial performance including revenue (on both a reported, constant-currency, and organic growth basis), operating margins, earnings per share, the expected impact of foreign exchange rates, and the expected benefit of our life science venture capital investments; the future demand for drug discovery and development products and services, including our expectations for future revenue trends; our expectations with respect to the impact of acquisitions on the Company, our service offerings, client perception, strategic relationships, revenue, revenue growth rates, and earnings; the development and performance of our services and products; market and industry conditions including the outsourcing of services and spending trends by our clients; the potential outcome of and impact to our business and financial operations due to litigation and legal proceedings; and Charles River’s future performance as delineated in our forward-looking guidance, and particularly our expectations with respect to revenue, the impact of foreign exchange, and enhanced efficiency initiatives. Forward-looking statements are based on Charles River’s current expectations and beliefs, and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to differ materially from those stated or implied by the forward-looking statements. Those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: the ability to successfully integrate businesses we acquire; the ability to execute our efficiency initiatives on an effective and timely basis (including divestitures and site closures); the timing and magnitude of our share repurchases; negative trends in research and development spending, negative trends in the level of outsourced services, or other cost reduction actions by our clients; the ability to convert backlog to revenue; special interest groups; contaminations; industry trends; new displacement technologies; USDA and FDA regulations; changes in law; continued availability of products and supplies; loss of key personnel; interest rate and foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations (including the impact of Brexit); changes in tax regulation and laws; changes in generally accepted accounting principles; and any changes in business, political, or economic conditions due to the threat of future terrorist activity in the U.S. and other parts of the world, and related U.S. military action overseas. A further description of these risks, uncertainties, and other matters can be found in the Risk Factors detailed in Charles River's Annual Report on Form 10-K as filed on February 14, 2017, as well as other filings we make with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Because forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, actual results and events may differ materially from results and events currently expected by Charles River, and Charles River assumes no obligation and expressly disclaims any duty to update information contained in this news release except as required by law. Charles River provides essential products and services to help pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, government agencies and leading academic institutions around the globe accelerate their research and drug development efforts. Our dedicated employees are focused on providing clients with exactly what they need to improve and expedite the discovery, early-stage development and safe manufacture of new therapies for the patients who need them. To learn more about our unique portfolio and breadth of services, visit www.criver.com. (1) Charles River management believes that supplementary non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to allow investors to gain a meaningful understanding of our core operating results and future prospects, without the effect of often-one-time charges and other items which are outside our normal operations, consistent with the manner in which management measures and forecasts the Company’s performance. The supplementary non-GAAP financial measures included are not meant to be considered superior to, or a substitute for results of operations prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company intends to continue to assess the potential value of reporting non-GAAP results consistent with applicable rules, regulations and guidance. (2) These adjustments are related to the evaluation and integration of acquisitions, which primarily include transaction, third-party integration, and certain compensation costs, and fair value adjustments associated with contingent consideration. (3) This adjustment relates to transition costs associated with the divestiture of the CDMO business. (1) Charles River management believes that supplementary non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to allow investors to gain a meaningful understanding of our core operating results and future prospects, without the effect of often-one-time charges and other items which are outside our normal operations, consistent with the manner in which management measures and forecasts the Company’s performance. The supplementary non-GAAP financial measures included are not meant to be considered superior to, or a substitute for results of operations prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company intends to continue to assess the potential value of reporting non-GAAP results consistent with applicable rules, regulations and guidance. (1) Charles River management believes that supplementary non-GAAP financial measures provide useful information to allow investors to gain a meaningful understanding of our core operating results and future prospects, without the effect of often-one-time charges and other items which are outside our normal operations, consistent with the manner in which management measures and forecasts the Company’s performance. The supplementary non-GAAP financial measures included are not meant to be considered superior to, or a substitute for results of operations prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The Company intends to continue to assess the potential value of reporting non-GAAP results consistent with applicable rules, regulations and guidance. (2) The contribution from acquisitions reflects only those acquisitions which were completed during fiscal year 2016. (3) Organic revenue growth is defined as reported revenue growth adjusted for acquisitions and foreign exchange. (1) Includes restricted cash of $2.3 million and $2.0 million as of December 31, 2016 and December 26, 2015, respectively, which are reported in current and long-term other assets within the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets. (2) Includes restricted cash balances of $2.3 million and $1.9 million as of April 1, 2017 and March 26 2016, respectively, which are reported in current and long-term other assets within the unaudited condensed consolidated balance sheets.

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