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UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K

(Mark One)

ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2023

OR

TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934 FOR THE TRANSITION PERIOD FROM TO

Commission File Number 000-21433

Forrester Research, Inc.

(Exact name of Registrant as specified in its Charter)

Delaware

04-2797789

(State or other jurisdiction of

incorporation or organization)

(I.R.S. Employer

Identification No.)

60 Acorn Park Drive

Cambridge, Massachusetts

02140

(Address of principal executive offices)

(Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code: (617) 613-6000

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of each class

 

Trading Symbol(s)

 

Name of each exchange on which registered

Common Stock, $0.01 Par Value

 

FORR

 

Nasdaq Global Select Market

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act: None

Indicate by check mark if the Registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer, as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act. YesNo

Indicate by check mark if the Registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the Act. YesNo

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. YesNo

Indicate by check mark whether the Registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the Registrant was required to submit such files). YesNo

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

 

Large accelerated filer

Accelerated filer

Non-accelerated filer

Smaller reporting company

Emerging growth company

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The aggregate market value of the voting and non-voting common equity held by non-affiliates of the Registrant, based on the closing price of the shares of common stock on The NASDAQ Stock Market on June 30, 2023, was approximately $340,000,000.

The number of shares of Registrant’s Common Stock outstanding as of March 4, 2024 was 19,394,000.

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Portions of the registrant’s Proxy Statement related to its 2024 Annual Stockholders’ Meeting to be filed subsequently are incorporated by reference into Part III of this Form 10-K.

 

 


 

FORRESTER RESEARCH, INC.

 

INDEX TO FORM 10-K

 

 

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PART I

Item 1.

Business

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Item 1A.

Risk Factors

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Item 1B.

Unresolved Staff Comments

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Item 1C.

Cybersecurity

10

Item 2.

Properties

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Item 3.

Legal Proceedings

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Item 4.

Mine Safety Disclosures

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PART II

 

Item 5.

Market for Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters, and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

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Item 6.

[Reserved]

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Item 7.

Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

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Item 7A.

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

23

Item 8.

Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

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Item 9.

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

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Item 9A.

Controls and Procedures

55

Item 9B.

Other Information

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Item 9C.

Disclosure Regarding Foreign Jurisdictions that Prevent Inspections

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PART III

 

Item 10.

Directors, Executive Officers, and Corporate Governance

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Item 11.

Executive Compensation

57

Item 12.

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

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Item 13.

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

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Item 14.

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

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PART IV

 

Item 15.

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

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Item 16

Form 10-K Summary

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SIGNATURES

 

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This Annual Report on Form 10-K contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Words such as “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” or similar expressions are intended to identify these forward-looking statements. Reference is made in particular to our statements about changing stakeholder expectations, migration of our clients into our Forrester Decisions products, product development, holding hybrid events, possible acquisitions, future dividends, future share repurchases, future growth rates, operating income and cash from operations, future deferred revenue, future compliance with financial covenants under our credit facility, future interest expense, anticipated increases in, and productivity of, our sales force and headcount, the adequacy of our cash, and cash flows to satisfy our working capital and capital expenditures, and the anticipated impact of accounting standards. These statements are based on our current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties. Important factors that could cause actual future activities and results of operations to be materially different from those set forth in the forward-looking statements are discussed below under “Risk Factors.” We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

 

PART I

Item 1. Business

General

Forrester Research, Inc. is a global independent research and advisory firm. We help leaders across technology, customer experience, marketing, sales and product functions use customer obsession to accelerate growth. Through Forrester’s proprietary research, consulting, and events, leaders from around the globe are empowered to be bold at work, navigate change, and put their customers at the center of their leadership, strategy, and operations. Our unique insights are grounded in annual surveys of more than 700,000 consumers, business leaders, and technology leaders worldwide, rigorous and objective research methodologies, over 100 million real-time feedback votes, and the shared wisdom of our clients.

Our common stock is listed on Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol "FORR".

Market Overview

We believe that market dynamics — from empowered customers to the emergence of generative AI — have fundamentally changed business and technology. These dynamics continue to change stakeholder expectations.

Consumers and buyers have new demands and requirements. To win, serve, and retain customers in this environment, we believe that companies require a higher level of customer obsession. Customer obsessed firms put their customers at the center of their leadership, strategy, and operations. Our research has shown that customer-obsessed firms grow faster and are more profitable.

Organizations and leaders require a continuous stream of guidance and analysis to adapt to these ever-changing behaviors and realities. We believe that there is an increasing need for objective external sources of this guidance and analysis, fueling what we call the “golden age of research.”

Forrester’s Strategy and Business Model

The foundation of our business model is our ability to help business and technology leaders tackle their most pressing priorities and drive growth through customer obsession. Forrester helps clients solve problems, make decisions, and take action to deliver results. With our proprietary research, consulting, and events, our business model provides multiple sources of value to our clients and creates a system to expand contract value ("CV"), which we view as our most significant business metric.

Generally speaking, we define CV products as those services that our clients use over a year’s time and that are renewable periodically, usually on an annual basis. Our CV products primarily consist of our subscription research products, while our non-CV businesses, consulting and events, play critical complementary roles in driving our CV growth.

With respect to our clients, we believe that it has become difficult for large companies to run multi-year strategy and change management projects on their own as customers are changing faster and competitors are increasingly aggressive. Multi-year CV product relationships enable us to help our clients formulate their vision for the future and then translate those plans into implementation and outcomes over time. For our investors, we believe that CV growth will result in predictable and profitable revenue streams.

Our business model is built on the premise that an increase in CV generates more cash which can then be invested in improving our go-to-market structure (activities including sales, product, marketing and acquisitions) and creating CV products that clients renew year after year—repeating the cycle and driving the model forward. We refer to this model as our "CV growth engine."

 

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Our Products and Services

We strive to be an indispensable source that business and technology leaders across functions, including technology, customer experience, digital, marketing, sales, and product, worldwide turn to for ongoing guidance to plan and operate more effectively.

We deliver our products and services globally through three business segments – Research, Consulting and Events.

Research

For more than 40 years, Forrester has been providing objective, independent and data-driven research insights utilizing both qualitative and quantitative data. We adhere to rigorous, unbiased research methodologies that are transparent and publicly available to ensure consistent research quality across markets, technologies, and geographies.

Our primary subscription research services include Forrester Decisions, Forrester Research, and SiriusDecisions Research. This portfolio of research services is designed to provide business and technology leaders with a proven path to growth through customer obsession. Key content available via online access includes:

future trends, predictions, and market forecasts;
deep consumer and business buyer data and insights;
curated best practice models and tools to run business functions;
operational and performance benchmarking data; and
technology and service market landscapes and vendor evaluations.

Our research services also include time with our analysts to apply research to their context.

Launched in 2021, Forrester Decisions is a portfolio of standardized research services combining key features of Forrester Research with key features of SiriusDecisions Research. We intend to migrate our existing clients that purchase Forrester Research and SiriusDecisions Research products to the Forrester Decisions products, and as of January 1, 2023, Forrester Decisions became our only subscription research product available for most new clients. As of January 1, 2024, approximately 66% of our CV was composed of Forrester Decisions products.

Consulting

Our Consulting business includes consulting projects and advisory services. We deliver focused insights and recommendations to assist clients in developing and executing their technology and business strategies. Our consulting projects help clients with challenges addressed in our published research. Our consulting projects include conducting maturity assessments, prioritizing best practices, developing strategies, building business cases, selecting technology vendors, structuring organizations, and developing content marketing strategies and collateral, and sales tools. Consulting plays an important role in supporting our CV growth, as we have found that clients that purchase consulting projects from us renew their CV contracts at higher rates compared to clients that do not purchase consulting.

Events

We host multiple events across North America, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region throughout the year. Forrester Events are thoughtfully designed and curated experiences to provide clients with insights and actionable advice to achieve accelerated business growth. Forrester Events focus on business imperatives of significant interest to clients, including business-to-business marketing, sales and product leadership, customer experience, security and risk, new technology and innovation, and data strategies and insights. One of the primary purposes of our Events business is to help drive our CV growth, and we have found that prospective clients that have attended one of our events convert into clients at higher rates compared to those that have not attended an event.

We hold all of our events as hybrid events, consisting of both in-person and virtual experiences that allow us to offer added attendee benefits such as on demand sessions, more networking opportunities and more content, leading to higher attendee engagement.

Sales and Marketing

We believe we have a strong alignment across our sales, marketing and product functions.

We sell our products and services through our direct sales force in various locations in North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region. Our sales organization is organized into groups based on client size, geography, and market potential. Our Premier

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groups focus on our largest vendor and end user clients across the globe while our Emerging and Mid-Size Tech group focuses on small to mid-sized vendor clients. Our European and Asia Pacific groups focus on both end user and vendor clients in their respective geographies. Our International Business Development group sells our products and services through independent sales representatives in select international locations. We also have teams focused on new business, revenue development, and event sales.

We employed 601 sales personnel as of December 31, 2023 compared to 709 sales personnel employed as of December 31, 2022.

We also sell select Research products directly online through our website.

Our marketing activities are designed to elevate the Forrester brand, differentiate and promote Forrester’s products and services, improve the client experience, and drive growth. We achieve these outcomes by combining the value of reputation, demand generation, customer engagement, and sales and customer success enablement programs to deliver multichannel campaigns and high-quality digital experiences. Our customer success organization conducts post-sale engagement activities that are designed to align to client outcomes, accelerate time to value, and drive higher retention.

As of December 31, 2023, our products and services were delivered to more than 2,400 client companies. No single client company accounted for more than 4% of our 2023 revenues.

Pricing and Contracts

We report our revenue from client contracts in three categories of revenue: (1) research, (2) consulting, and (3) events. We classify revenue from subscriptions to, and licenses of, our research products and services as research revenue. We classify revenue from our consulting projects and standalone advisory services as consulting revenue. We classify revenue from tickets to and sponsorships of events as events revenue.

Contract pricing for annual subscription-based products is principally a function of the number of licensed users at the client. Pricing of contracts is a fixed fee for the consulting project or shorter-term advisory service. We periodically review and increase the list prices for our products and services.

We track contract value as a significant business indicator. Contract value is defined as the value attributable to all of our recurring research-related contracts. Contract value is calculated as the annualized value of all contracts in effect at a specific point in time, without regard to how much revenue has already been recognized. Contract value decreased 4% to $332.1 million at December 31, 2023 from $345.4 million at December 31, 2022.

Competition

We believe our focus on helping business and technology leaders use customer obsession to drive growth sets us apart from our competition. In addition, we believe we compete favorably due to:

our ability to offer forward-looking research, tools and frameworks as well as hands-on guidance;
our focus on providing teams within our clients' organizations with the confidence to execute effectively with end-to-end guidance, valuable knowledge, know-how, and a shared vocabulary;
our use of rigorous research methodologies to offer objective insights; and
our brand promise to be “on your side and by your side,” meaning that we strive to be obsessed about our clients' needs and priorities and aligned to their strategies.

Our principal direct competitors include other independent providers of research and advisory services, such as Gartner, as well as marketing agencies, general business consulting firms, survey-based general market research firms, providers of peer networking services, and digital media measurement services. In addition, our indirect competitors include the internal planning and marketing staffs of our current and prospective clients, as well as other information providers such as electronic and print publishing companies. We also face competition from free sources of information available on the Internet, such as Google. Our indirect competitors could choose to compete directly against us in the future. In addition, there are relatively few barriers to entry into certain segments of our market, and new competitors could readily seek to compete against us in one or more of these market segments. Increased competition could adversely affect our operating results through pricing pressure and loss of market share. There can be no assurance that we will be able to continue to compete successfully against existing or new competitors.

Intellectual Property

Our proprietary research, methodologies and other intellectual property play a significant role in the success of our business. We rely on a combination of copyright, trademark, trade secret, confidentiality, and other contractual provisions to protect our intellectual

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property. We actively monitor compliance by our employees, clients and third parties with our policies and agreements relating to confidentiality, ownership, and the use and protection of Forrester’s intellectual property.

Employees

Attracting, retaining, and developing the best and brightest talent around the globe is critical to the ongoing success of our company. As of December 31, 2023, we employed a total of 1,744 persons. Of these employees, 1,257 were in the United States and Canada; 282 in Europe, Middle East and Africa (“EMEA”); and 205 in the Asia Pacific region.

Culture. Our culture emphasizes certain key values — including client, courage, collaboration, integrity, and quality — that we believe are critical to deliver Forrester’s unique value proposition of helping business and technology leaders use customer obsession to drive growth. In addition, we seek to foster a culture where employees can be creative, feel supported and empowered, and are encouraged to think boldly about new ideas.

Diversity and Inclusion (D&I). We focus on attracting, hiring, and the inclusion of all backgrounds and perspectives, with the goals of improving employee retention and engagement, strengthening the quality of our research, and improving client retention and customer experience. We field regular all-employee surveys to measure our progress against our goals. In 2023, in addition to the ongoing training to equip employees to play an active role in fostering a safe, respectful, productive, and inclusive work environment, examples of our efforts with respect to D&I included:

introducing a new D&I Leadership Advisory Council to help accelerate our D&I goals;
increasing employee self-identification within human resource system profiles;
ensuring that our events and digital experiences are inclusive and accessible to all; and
our continuation of various partnerships to attract and access more talent from underrepresented groups.

Learning and Development. We have a robust learning and development program and celebrate and enrich the Forrester culture through frequent recognition of achievements. To keep employees and teams connected and inspired to do their best work in a distributed work environment, we have enhanced the learning and development opportunities for our employees across a broad range of initiatives including new hire and onboarding, D&I, and leadership training.

Available Information

Forrester Research Inc. was incorporated in Massachusetts on July 7, 1983 and reincorporated in Delaware on February 16, 1996. Forrester’s corporate offices are located in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Our Internet address is www.forrester.com. We make available free of charge, on or through the investor information section of our website, annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 as soon as reasonably practicable after we electronically file such material with, or furnish it to, the SEC. The SEC maintains an internet site (http://www.sec.gov) that contains reports, proxy and information statements and other information regarding issuers that file documents electronically.
 

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Item 1A. Risk Factors

We operate in a rapidly changing and competitive environment that involves risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond our control. These risks and uncertainties could have a material adverse effect on our business and our results of operations and financial condition. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to:

Risk Factors Specific to our Business

A Decline in Renewals or Demand for Our Subscription-Based Research Services. Our success depends in large part upon retaining (on both a client company and dollar basis) and enriching existing subscriptions for our Research products and services, including the migration of our existing clients from our legacy Forrester Research and SiriusDecisions products into our Forrester Decisions portfolio of services. Future declines in client retention and wallet retention, or failure to generate demand for and new sales of our subscription-based products and services, including Forrester Decisions, due to competition, changes in our offerings, or otherwise, could have an adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

Demand for Our Consulting Services. Consulting revenues comprised 25% of our total revenues in 2023 and 28% of our total revenues in 2022. Consulting engagements generally are project-based and non-recurring. A decline in our ability to fulfill existing or generate new consulting engagements could have an adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition.

Our Business May be Adversely Affected by the Economic Environment. Our business is in part dependent on technology spending and is impacted by economic conditions such as inflation, slowing growth, rising interest rates, threat of recession and supply chain issues that may impact us and our customers. The economic environment may materially and adversely affect demand for our products and services. If conditions in the United States and the global economy were to lead to a decrease in technology spending, or in demand for our products and services, this could have an adverse effect on our results of operations and financial condition. Although we do not have any employees or material client relationships in Russia or Ukraine and only a limited presence in the Middle East, if the current conflicts in Ukraine and the Middle East were to escalate or spread to other regions, there may be negative effects on both the United States and the global economy that could materially and adversely affect our business.

Our International Operations Expose Us to a Variety of Operational Risks which Could Negatively Impact Our Results of Operations. As of December 31, 2023, we have clients in approximately 76 countries and approximately 22% of our revenues come from international sales. Our operating results are subject to the risks inherent in international business activities, including general political and economic conditions in each country, challenges in staffing and managing foreign operations, changes in regulatory requirements, compliance with numerous foreign laws and regulations, differences between U.S. and foreign tax rates and laws, fluctuations in currency exchange rates, difficulty of enforcing client agreements, collecting accounts receivable and protecting intellectual property rights in international jurisdictions, and potential disruptions caused by foreign wars and conflicts. Furthermore, we rely on local independent sales representatives in some international locations. If any of these arrangements are terminated by our representatives or us, we may not be able to replace the arrangement on beneficial terms or on a timely basis, or clients sourced by the local sales representative may not want to continue to do business with us or our new representative.

Ability to Develop and Offer New Products and Services. Our future success will depend in part on our ability to offer new products and services. These new products and services must successfully gain market acceptance by anticipating and identifying changes in client requirements and changes in the technology industry and by addressing specific industry and business organization sectors. The process of internally researching, developing, launching, and gaining client acceptance of a new product or service, or assimilating and marketing an acquired product or service, is risky and costly. We may not be able to introduce new, or assimilate acquired, products or services successfully. Our failure to do so would adversely affect our ability to maintain a competitive position in our market and continue to grow our business.

The Use of Generative AI in our Business and by Our Clients and Competitors Could Negatively Affect our Business and Reputation. In October of 2023, we introduced Izola, a generative AI tool that allows our clients to query our research database. We are also in the process of implementing various other generative AI initiatives within our company. While we believe that generative AI technologies offer significant opportunities, they are rapidly evolving and the integration of generative AI technologies into our and our vendors’ systems (potentially without the vendor disclosing such use to us) poses novel risks that could result in negative consequences to our business, reputation and financial results. These risks include the potential for factual errors or inaccuracies, unintentional distribution of confidential information, ethical concerns, data privacy or security risks, and risks related to intellectual property rights. In addition, third parties may be able to use generative AI to compete with and reduce demand for our products and services or may load our proprietary research into large language models in violation of our terms of use, which could reduce the value of our services and our ability to protect our intellectual property.

Loss of Key Management. Our future success will depend in large part upon the continued services of a number of our key management employees. The loss of any one of them, in particular George F. Colony, our founder, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, could adversely affect our business.

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The Ability to Attract and Retain Qualified Professional Staff. Our future success will depend in large measure upon the continued contributions of our senior management team, research professionals, consultants, and experienced sales and marketing personnel. Thus, our future operating results will be largely dependent upon our ability to retain the services of these individuals and to attract additional professionals from a limited pool of qualified candidates. Our future success will also depend in part upon the effectiveness of our sales leadership in hiring and retaining sales personnel and in improving sales productivity. We experience competition in hiring and retaining professionals from developers of Internet and emerging-technology products, other research firms, management consulting firms, print and electronic publishing companies, and financial services companies, many of which have substantially greater ability, either through cash or equity, to attract and compensate professionals. If we lose professionals or are unable to attract new talent, we will not be able to maintain our position in the market or grow our business.

Failure to Anticipate and Respond to Market Trends. Our success depends in part upon our ability to anticipate rapidly changing technologies and market trends and to adapt our research and consulting services, and other related products and services to meet the changing needs of our clients. The technology and commerce sectors that we analyze undergo frequent and often dramatic changes. The environment of rapid and continuous change presents significant challenges to our ability to provide our clients with current and timely analysis, strategies, and advice on issues of importance to them. Meeting these challenges requires the commitment of substantial resources. Any failure to continue to provide insightful and timely analysis of developments, technologies, and trends in a manner that meets market needs could have an adverse effect on our market position and results of operations.

We Have Outstanding Debt Which Could Materially Restrict our Business and Adversely Affect our Financial Condition, Liquidity, and Results of Operations. In December of 2021, we entered into an amendment of our existing credit agreement to eliminate our term loan facility, increase the available amount of our revolving credit facility to $150.0 million, and extend the maturity date to December 2026 (as so amended, “the Facility”). As of December 31, 2023, we had outstanding debt of $35.0 million under the Facility (refer to Note 4 – Debt in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further information). The obligations incurred under this Facility could impair our future financial condition and operating results. In addition, the affirmative, negative, and financial covenants of the Facility could limit our future financial flexibility. A failure to comply with these covenants could result in acceleration of all amounts outstanding, which could materially impact our financial condition unless accommodations could be negotiated with our lenders. No assurance can be given that we would be successful in doing so, or that any accommodations that we were able to negotiate would be on terms as favorable as those currently. The outstanding debt may limit the amount of cash or additional credit available to us, which could restrain our ability to expand or enhance products and services, respond to competitive pressures or pursue future business opportunities requiring substantial investments of additional capital.

Competition. We compete principally in the market for research and advisory services, with an emphasis on customer behavior and customer experience, and the impact of technology on our clients’ business and service models. Our principal direct competitors include other independent providers of research and advisory services, such as Gartner, as well as marketing agencies, general business consulting firms, survey-based general market research firms, providers of peer networking services, and digital media measurement services. Some of our competitors have substantially greater financial and marketing resources than we do. In addition, our indirect competitors include the internal planning and marketing staffs of our current and prospective clients, as well as other information providers such as electronic and print publishing companies. We also face competition from free sources of information available on the Internet, such as Google. Our indirect competitors could choose to compete directly against us in the future. In addition, there are relatively few barriers to entry into certain segments of our market, and new competitors could readily seek to compete against us in one or more of these market segments. Increased competition could adversely affect our operating results through pricing pressure and loss of market share. There can be no assurance that we will be able to continue to compete successfully against existing or new competitors.

Fluctuations in Our Operating Results. Our revenues and earnings may fluctuate from quarter to quarter based on a variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control, and which may affect our stock price. These factors include, but are not limited to:

Trends in technology and research and advisory services spending in the marketplace and general economic conditions.
The timing and size of new and renewal subscriptions for our products and services from clients.
The utilization of our advisory services by our clients.
The timing of revenue-generating events sponsored by us.
The introduction and marketing of new products and services by us and our competitors.
The hiring and training of new research professionals, consultants, and sales personnel.
Changes in demand for our research and advisory services.
Fluctuations in currency exchange rates.
An increase in the interest rates applicable to our outstanding debt obligations.

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As a result, our operating results in future quarters may be below the expectations of securities analysts and investors, which could have an adverse effect on the market price for our common stock. Factors such as announcements of new products, services, offices, acquisitions or strategic alliances by us, our competitors, or in the research and professional services industries generally, may have a significant impact on the market price of our common stock. The market price for our common stock may also be affected by movements in prices of stocks in general.

Concentration of Ownership. Our largest stockholder is our Chairman and CEO, George F. Colony, who owns approximately 38% of our outstanding stock. This concentration of ownership enables Mr. Colony to strongly influence or effectively control matters requiring stockholder approval, including the election of directors, amendment of our certificate of incorporation, adoption or amendment of equity plans, and approval of significant transactions such as mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, and sales or purchases of assets. This concentration of ownership may also limit the liquidity of our stock. As a result, efforts by stockholders to change the direction, management, or ownership of Forrester may be unsuccessful, and stockholders may not be able to freely purchase and sell shares of our stock.

General Risk Factors

We Face Risks from Network Disruptions or Security Breaches that Could Damage Our Reputation and Harm Our Business and Operating Results. We face risks from network disruptions or security breaches caused by computer viruses, illegal break-ins or hacking, sabotage, acts of vandalism by third parties, or terrorism. To date, none have resulted in any material adverse impact to our business, operations, products, services or customers. However, our security measures or those of our third-party service providers may not detect or prevent such security breaches. Any such compromise of our information security could result in the unauthorized publication of our confidential business or proprietary information, cause an interruption in our operations, result in the unauthorized release of customer or employee data, result in a violation of privacy or other laws, expose us to a risk of litigation, or damage our reputation, which could harm our business and operating results.

Failure to Enforce and Protect our Intellectual Property Rights. We rely on a combination of copyright, trademark, trade secret, confidentiality, and other contractual provisions to protect our intellectual property. Unauthorized third parties may obtain or use our proprietary information despite our efforts to protect it. The laws of certain countries do not protect our intellectual property to the same extent as the laws of the United States and accordingly we may not be able to protect our intellectual property against unauthorized use or distribution, which could adversely affect our business.

Privacy Laws. Privacy laws and regulations, and the interpretation and application of these laws and regulations, in the U.S, Europe and other countries around the world where we conduct business are sometimes inconsistent and frequently changing. This includes, but is not limited to, the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the California Consumer Privacy Act, and the California Privacy Rights Act. Several other U.S. states have passed similar data privacy laws, most of which either went into effect in 2023 or will become effective in 2024. Compliance with these laws, or changing interpretations and application of these laws, could cause us to incur substantial costs or require us to take action in a manner that would be adverse to our business.

Taxation Risks. We operate in numerous jurisdictions around the world. A portion of our income is generated outside of the United States and is taxed at lower rates than rates applicable to income generated in the U.S. or in other jurisdictions in which we do business. Our effective tax rate in the future, and accordingly our results of operations and financial position, could be adversely affected by changes in applicable tax law or if more of our income becomes taxable in jurisdictions with higher tax rates.

Any Weakness Identified in Our System of Internal Controls by Us and Our Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm Pursuant to Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 Could Have an Adverse Effect on Our Business. Section 404 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 requires that companies evaluate and report on their systems of internal control over financial reporting. In addition, our independent registered public accounting firm must report on its evaluation of those controls. There can be no assurance that no weakness in our internal control over financial reporting will occur in future periods, or that any such weakness will not have a material adverse effect on our business or financial results, including our ability to report our financial results in a timely manner.

Item 1B. Unresolved Staff Comments

We have not received written comments from the Securities and Exchange Commission that remain unresolved.

 

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Item 1C. Cybersecurity

We recognize the importance to our business and reputation of the continuous availability of our internal and client-facing information technology systems, as well as our ability to protect both the confidential information of our clients and our own intellectual property and business information. We are committed to protecting our client and business data and information technology assets and have implemented a cybersecurity program with policies, standards, processes and practices governing the protection and control of information during its lifecycle of creation, usage, transmission, storage and disposal.

Cyber Risk Management and Strategy

We have implemented and maintain a risk management program that includes processes for the identification, assessment, management and mitigation of cybersecurity risks. This program utilizes numerous technological and human security controls, processes, and procedures to address risks including, but not limited to, those identified by threat intelligence providers, internal stakeholders, and security management programs. Our cybersecurity program is generally aligned with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Cybersecurity Framework.

Our risk management program is documented in our written Information Security Policy. We periodically update our Information Security Policy, along with other policies and procedures, to adapt to evolving business conditions and threats.

Included in our Information Security Policy is a documented incident response plan to identify, assess, manage and mitigate cybersecurity incidents. As part of our risk management program, we maintain a technology management security team, led by our Information Security Officer (ISO). Among their responsibilities, our technology management security team is responsible for conducting due diligence on software, hardware or services vendors where access to systems or data of Forrester or our clients is contemplated. The security team assesses whether these vendors have appropriate privacy and security controls and whether there are adequate contractual protections in place. We also engage external security assessment vendors from time to time to conduct penetration testing and vulnerability assessments and to report findings to management.

All new Forrester employees and contractors receive a copy of the Information Security Policy and are required to undergo information security and privacy training both as part of their onboarding and on an annual basis. We currently also maintain cybersecurity insurance covering the company and its subsidiaries.

While to date we are not aware of having experienced any material cybersecurity threats or incidents, and we do not believe that risks from such threats or incidents are reasonably likely to materially affect us, our business strategy, results of operations or financial condition, there can be no guarantee that we will not experience a successful material threat or incident. Additional information on cybersecurity risks we face can be found in “Item 1A, Risk Factors” under the heading “We face risks from network disruptions or security breaches that could damage our reputation and harm our business and operating results.”

Governance Related to Cybersecurity Risks

Our board has final oversight responsibility over cybersecurity-related matters. Our Chief Information Officer (CIO) leads the full board in interactive sessions dedicated to cybersecurity risks at least once a year. These sessions address a range of cybersecurity-related topics, such as recent developments in the threat environment, the status of ongoing information security program initiatives, and cybersecurity strategy. In addition, the audit committee assists the board in fulfilling its oversight responsibilities with respect to policies relating to risk assessment and management, including the management of risks arising from cybersecurity threats. The audit committee is responsible for reporting findings related to its review of these matters to the board.

With respect to management, our CIO, who reports directly to our chief executive officer, has over 20 years of experience with our company, including more than 10 years serving in technology-based leadership roles. Our VP, Infrastructure, Operations & Security, who reports directly to the CIO, serves as our ISO and has extensive cybersecurity experience gained from over 20 years serving in security-related roles for the Company. Our ISO, together with our technology management security team, is responsible for developing, maintaining and enhancing systems and processes necessary to protect confidential information from loss, theft, and unauthorized access or use. This team also monitors the systems and networks to detect unauthorized activity or access, responding to any such unauthorized attempts to mitigate loss or to ensure the cessation of all unauthorized access to data. If an incident is identified, this team reports such events to the CIO, who will then, as appropriate, advise the chief executive officer, chief legal officer and other management, as well as others, potentially including law enforcement or clients. We have also established a Risk Committee consisting of members of our finance, legal and technology management departments whose duties include assessing the materiality of any identified incidents to help ensure compliance with the SEC's cybersecurity incident disclosure rules.

Item 2. Properties

Our corporate headquarters building is comprised of approximately 190,000 square feet of office space in Cambridge, Massachusetts, substantially all of which is currently occupied by the Company. This facility accommodates research, marketing, sales, consulting, technology, and operations personnel. The lease term of this facility expires February 28, 2027.

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We also rent office space in San Francisco, New York City, McLean (VA), Norwalk (CT), London, New Delhi, Singapore, and Sydney. In addition, we lease office space on a relatively short-term basis in various other locations in North America, Europe, and Asia.

We believe that our existing facilities are adequate for our current needs and that additional facilities are available for lease to meet future needs.

From time to time, we may be subject to legal proceedings and civil and regulatory claims that arise in the ordinary course of our business activities. It is our policy to record accruals for legal contingencies to the extent that we have concluded that it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of the loss can be reasonably estimated, and to expense costs associated with loss contingencies, including any related legal fees, as they are incurred.

We believe that we have meritorious defenses in connection with our current lawsuits and material claims and disputes and intend to vigorously contest each of them. Regardless of the outcome, litigation can have a material adverse effect on us because of defense and settlement costs, diversion of management resources, and other factors.

In our opinion based upon information currently available to us, while the outcome of these legal proceedings and claims is uncertain, the likely results of these lawsuits, claims and disputes are not expected, either individually or in the aggregate, to have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows, although the effect could be material to our consolidated results of operations or consolidated cash flows for any interim reporting period.

Item 4. Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

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PART II

Item 5. Market For Registrant’s Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters, and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

Our common stock is listed on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol “FORR”. We did not declare or pay any dividends during the years ended December 31, 2022 and 2023. The actual declaration of any potential future dividends, and the establishment of the per share amount and payment dates for any such future dividends, are subject to the discretion of the Board of Directors.

As of March 4, 2024 there were approximately 25 stockholders of record of our common stock. On March 4, 2024 the closing price of our common stock was $19.55 per share.

As of December 31, 2023, our Board of Directors authorized an aggregate $585.0 million to purchase common stock under our stock repurchase program. As of December 31, 2023, we had repurchased approximately 17.1 million shares of common stock at an aggregate cost of $514.1 million.

During the quarter ended December 31, 2023, we did not purchase any shares of our common stock under the stock repurchase program.

See “Item 12. Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters” for information on our equity compensation plans.

The following graph contains the cumulative stockholder return on our common stock during the period from December 31, 2018 through December 31, 2023 with the cumulative return during the same period for the Russell 2000 and the S&P 600 Small Cap Information Technology Index, and assumes that the dividends, if any, were reinvested.

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Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

Overview

We derive revenues from subscriptions to our Research products and services, licensing electronic “reprints” of our Research, performing consulting projects and advisory services, and hosting events. We offer contracts for our Research products as either multi-year contracts or annual contracts, which are typically payable in advance on an annual basis. Subscription products are recognized as revenue over the term of the contract. Accordingly, a substantial portion of our billings are initially recorded as deferred revenue. Reprints include an obligation to deliver a customer-selected research document and certain usage data provided through an on-line platform, which represents two performance obligations. We recognize revenue for the performance obligation for the data portion of the reprint ratably over the license term. We recognize revenue for the performance obligation for the research document at the time of providing access to the document. Billings for licensing of reprints are initially recorded as deferred revenue. Clients purchase consulting projects and advisory services independently and/or to supplement their access to our subscription-based products. Consulting project revenues, which are based upon fixed-fee agreements, are recognized as the services are provided. Advisory service revenues, such as speeches and advisory days, are recognized when the service is complete or the customer receives the agreed upon deliverable. Billings attributable to consulting projects and advisory services are initially recorded as deferred revenue. Events revenues consist of ticket and sponsorship sales for a Forrester-hosted event. Billings for events are also initially recorded as deferred revenue and are recognized as revenue upon completion of each event.

Our primary operating expenses consist of cost of services and fulfillment, selling and marketing expenses, and general and administrative expenses. Cost of services and fulfillment represents the costs associated with the production and delivery of our products and services, including salaries, bonuses, employee benefits, and stock-based compensation expense for all personnel that produce and deliver our products and services, including all associated editorial, travel, and support services. Selling and marketing expenses include salaries, sales commissions, bonuses, employee benefits, stock-based compensation expense, travel expenses, promotional costs, and other costs incurred in marketing and selling our products and services. General and administrative expenses include the costs of the technology, operations, finance, and human resources groups and our other administrative functions, including salaries, bonuses, employee benefits, and stock-based compensation expense. Overhead costs such as facilities, net of sublease income, and annual fees for cloud-based information technology systems are allocated to these categories according to the number of employees in each group.

Our key metrics focus on our contract value ("CV") products. We are focusing on CV products as these products are our most profitable products and historically our contracts for CV products have renewed at high rates (as measured by our client retention and wallet retention metrics). Our CV products make up essentially all of our research revenues, and research revenues as a percentage of total revenues increased from approximately 66% in 2022 to approximately 70% in 2023.

Effective for the fourth quarter of 2023, we made a minor modification to the calculation of CV based on the increasing percentage of multi-year contracts we are signing with clients, and to more closely align CV with the trends in the related bookings and revenue performance. Historically we have annualized the ratable revenue portion of our CV subscription products, while the entitlements included in the subscriptions (representing approximately 10% of the subscription) have been included in CV at their total value, as all entitlements in the contract were available for use during an annual period. The revised calculation annualizes the entitlements for contracts greater than one year. In addition, we update CV each year for the foreign currency rates used for internal planning purposes. We have updated our CV for our 2024 plan rates. For comparative purposes, we have recast our historical CV and Wallet Retention for both the currency rate update and the annualization of entitlements. We have included the recast CV and Wallet Retention metrics below for the period ended December 31, 2022, and we have also provided recast CV and Wallet Retention amounts dating back to the fourth quarter of 2021, on the investor relations section of our website.

Contract value, client retention, wallet retention, and number of clients are metrics that we believe are important to understanding our research business. We define these metrics as follows:

Contract value (CV) — is defined as the value attributable to all of our recurring research-related contracts. Contract value is calculated as the annualized value of all contracts in effect at a specific point in time, without regard to how much revenue has already been recognized. Contract value primarily consists of subscription-based products for which revenue is recognized on a ratable basis, except for the entitlements embedded in our subscription products, such as event tickets and advisory sessions, for which the revenue is recognized when the item is delivered. Contract value also includes our reprint products, as these products are used throughout the year by our clients and are typically renewed.
Client retention — represents the percentage of client companies (defined as all clients that buy a CV product) at the prior year measurement date that have active contracts at the current year measurement date.
Wallet retention — represents a measure of the CV we have retained with clients over a twelve-month period, including increases or decreases in retained client CV during the period. Wallet retention is calculated on a percentage basis by dividing the annualized contract value of our current clients, who were also clients a year ago, by the total annualized contract value from a year ago.

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Clients — is calculated at the enterprise level as all clients that have an active CV contract.

Client retention and wallet retention are not necessarily indicative of the rate of future retention of our revenue base. A summary of our key metrics is as follows (dollars in millions):

 

 

 

As of

 

 

Absolute

 

 

Percentage

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

Increase

 

 

Increase

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

(Decrease)

 

 

(Decrease)

 

Contract value

 

$

332.1

 

 

$

345.4

 

 

$

(13.3

)

 

 

(4

%)

Client retention

 

 

73

%

 

 

74

%

 

(1) point

 

 

 

 

Wallet retention

 

 

87

%

 

 

94

%

 

(7) points

 

 

 

 

Number of clients

 

 

2,449

 

 

 

2,778

 

 

 

(329

)

 

 

(12

%)

 

Contract value during 2023 decreased by 4% compared to 2022 due to lower enrichment of retained customers and a decrease in client count. Client retention decreased by 1 percentage point and wallet retention decreased by 7 percentage points during 2023 compared to 2022. However, client retention was consistent compared to the prior quarter and wallet retention decreased by 2 percentage points to the prior quarter. The decrease in our retention rates and number of clients from the prior year period is primarily attributable to 1) macroeconomic conditions affecting our client base including a) funding and budget pressure on our smaller technology clients and the technology industry in general, and b) the uncertain economic conditions caused by inflation, increased interest rates, geopolitical turbulence, and the threat of recession during 2023, and 2) the ongoing transition of our client base to our Forrester Decisions product platform that was launched in August 2021. As of December 31, 2023 and January 1, 2024, approximately 62% and 66%, respectively, of our overall CV was in our Forrester Decisions product platform. In the longer term, we anticipate that approximately 80% of our CV will be in our Forrester Decisions product platform. The remaining approximate 20% of CV represents non-Forrester Decisions CV products, primarily reprints. The ongoing macroeconomic conditions and product transition are anticipated to pressure our key metrics through 2024.

Critical Accounting Estimates

Management’s discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations are based upon our consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”). The preparation of these financial statements requires us to make estimates and judgments that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenues and expenses, and related disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities. On an ongoing basis, we evaluate our estimates, including but not limited to, those related to our revenue recognition, goodwill, intangible and other long-lived assets, and income taxes. Management bases its estimates on historical experience, data available at the time the estimates are made, and various assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances, the results of which form the basis for making judgments about the carrying values of assets and liabilities that are not readily apparent from other sources. Actual results may differ from these estimates under different assumptions or conditions.

We consider the following accounting estimates to be those that require the most subjective judgment or that involve uncertainty that could have a material impact on our financial statements. If actual results differ significantly from management’s estimates and projections, there could be a material effect on our financial statements.

Revenue Recognition. We generate revenues from subscriptions to our Research products and services, licensing electronic reprints of our Research, performing consulting projects and advisory services, and hosting events. We execute contracts that govern the terms and conditions of each arrangement. Revenues are recognized when an approved contract with a customer exists, the fees, payment terms, and rights regarding the products or services to be transferred can be identified, it is probable we will collect substantially all of the consideration for the products and services expected to be provided, and we have transferred control of the products and services to the customer. We continually evaluate customers’ ability and intention to pay by reviewing factors including the customer’s payment history, our ability to mitigate credit risk, and experience selling to similarly situated customers. Although write-offs of customer receivables have not been significant during the last three years ($0.7 million, $0.7 million, and $0.3 million during 2023, 2022, and 2021, respectively), if our customers' financial condition were to deteriorate unexpectedly, we could experience a significant increase in our expense.

Our contracts may include either a single promise (referred to as a performance obligation) to transfer a product or service or a combination of multiple promises to transfer products or services. We evaluate the existence of multiple performance obligations within our products and services by using judgment to determine if: (1) the customer can benefit from each contractual promise on its own or together with other readily available resources; and (2) the transfer of each contractual promise is separately identifiable from other promises in a contract. When both criteria are met, each promise is accounted for as a separate performance obligation. Revenues from contracts that contain multiple products or services are allocated among the separate performance obligations on a relative basis according to their standalone selling prices. We obtain the

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standalone selling prices of our products and services based upon an analysis of standalone sales of these products and services. When there is an insufficient history of standalone sales, we use judgment to estimate the standalone selling price, taking into consideration available market conditions, factors used to set list prices, pricing of similar products, and internal pricing objectives. Standalone selling prices are typically analyzed and updated on an annual basis, or as business conditions change.

Consulting project revenues are recognized over time as the services are provided, based on an input method that calculates the total hours expended compared to the estimated hours required to satisfy the performance obligation. This method requires the use of judgement in determining the required number of hours to complete the project.

We are required to estimate the amount of prepaid performance obligations that will expire unused and recognize revenue for that estimate over the same period the related rights are exercised by our customers. This assessment requires judgment, including estimating the percentage of prepaid rights that will go unexercised and anticipating the impact that future changes to products, pricing, and customer engagement will have on actual expirations. We update the estimates used to recognize unexercised rights on a quarterly basis.

Goodwill, Intangible Assets, and Other Long-Lived Assets. As of December 31, 2023, we had $281.9 million of goodwill and intangible assets with finite lives recorded in our Consolidated Balance Sheets.

When acquiring a business, as of the acquisition date, we determine the estimated fair values of the assets acquired and liabilities assumed, which may include a significant amount of intangible assets and goodwill. Goodwill is required to be assessed for impairment at least annually or whenever events or circumstances indicate that there may be an impairment. An impairment assessment requires evaluating the potential impairment at the reporting unit level using either a qualitative assessment, to determine if it is more likely than not that the fair value of any reporting unit is less than its carrying amount, or a quantitative analysis, to determine and compare the fair value of each reporting unit to its carrying value, or a combination of both. Judgment is required in determining the use of a qualitative or quantitative assessment, as well as in determining each reporting unit’s estimated fair value as it requires us to make estimates of market conditions and operational performance, including projected financial results, discount rates, control premium, and valuation multiples for key financial metrics.

Absent an event that indicates a specific impairment may exist, we have selected November 30th as the date to perform the annual goodwill impairment test. We completed the annual goodwill impairment testing as of November 30, 2023 utilizing a quantitative assessment to determine if the fair values of each of our reporting units was less than their respective carrying values and concluded that no impairments existed. Future events could cause us to conclude that impairment indicators exist and that goodwill is impaired. Any resulting impairment loss could have a material adverse impact on our results of operations.

Intangible assets with finite lives as of December 31, 2023 consist of acquired customer relationships, acquired technology, and acquired trademarks and were valued according to the future cash flows they were estimated to produce or the estimated costs to replace the assets. These assigned values are amortized on a basis which best matches the periods in which the economic benefits are expected to be realized. Tangible assets with finite lives consist of property and equipment, which are depreciated over their estimated useful lives. Other long-lived assets consist primarily of operating lease right-of-use assets as described under Leases in the critical accounting policies and estimates footnote found in Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies.

We continually evaluate whether events or circumstances have occurred that indicate the estimated remaining useful life of any of our intangible assets, tangible assets, or operating lease right-of-use assets may warrant revision, or that the carrying value of these assets may be impaired. To compute whether these assets have been impaired, we estimate the undiscounted future cash flows for the estimated remaining useful life of the assets and compare that to the carrying value. To the extent that the future cash flows are less than the carrying value, the assets are written down to their estimated fair value.

During 2023, we recorded $1.9 million of right-of-use asset impairments and accelerated amortization and $0.7 million of leasehold improvement impairments related to closing various offices. During 2022, we recorded $3.7 million of right-of-use asset impairments and $1.3 million of leasehold improvement impairments related to closing one floor of our offices located at 150 Spear Street, San Francisco, California.

Income Taxes. We recognize deferred tax assets and liabilities using enacted tax rates for the effect of temporary differences between book and tax bases of assets and liabilities, operating loss carryforwards (from acquisitions) and U.S. capital losses (through December 31, 2021). Such amounts are adjusted as appropriate to reflect changes in the tax rates expected to be in effect when the temporary differences reverse. We record a valuation allowance to reduce our deferred taxes to an amount we believe is more likely than not to be realized. We consider all available evidence, both positive and negative, to determine whether, based on the weight of that evidence, a valuation allowance is needed for some portion or

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all of a net deferred income tax asset. Judgment is required in considering the relative impact of negative and positive evidence. In arriving at these judgments, the weight given to the potential effect of negative and positive evidence is commensurate with the extent to which it can be objectively verified. As of December 31, 2023 and 2022, we maintained a valuation allowance of $1.1 million and $1.0 million, respectively, primarily relating to foreign net operating loss carryforwards from an acquisition.

Results of Operations for the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022

The following table sets forth our Consolidated Statements of Operations as a percentage of total revenues for the years noted.

 

 

 

Years Ended

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research revenues

 

 

69.6

%

 

 

65.9

%

Consulting revenues

 

 

24.6

 

 

 

28.4

 

Events revenues

 

 

5.8

 

 

 

5.7

 

Total revenues

 

 

100.0

 

 

 

100.0

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of services and fulfillment

 

 

42.5

 

 

 

41.6

 

Selling and marketing

 

 

34.8

 

 

 

33.8

 

General and administrative

 

 

14.2

 

 

 

12.6

 

Depreciation

 

 

1.8

 

 

 

1.7

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

2.5

 

 

 

2.5

 

Restructuring costs

 

 

2.8

 

 

 

1.7

 

Income from operations

 

 

1.4

 

 

 

6.1

 

Interest expense

 

 

(0.6

)

 

 

(0.5

)

Other income, net

 

 

0.5

 

 

 

 

Gains on investments, net

 

 

 

 

 

0.1

 

Income before income taxes

 

 

1.3

 

 

 

5.7

 

Income tax expense

 

 

0.7

 

 

 

1.6

 

Net income

 

 

0.6

%

 

 

4.1

%

 

2023 compared to 2022

Revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absolute

 

 

Percentage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase

 

 

Increase

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

(Decrease)

 

 

(Decrease)

 

 

 

(dollars in millions)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total revenues

 

$

480.8

 

 

$

537.8

 

 

$

(57.0

)

 

 

(11

%)

Research revenues

 

$

334.4

 

 

$

354.5

 

 

$

(20.1

)

 

 

(6

%)

Consulting revenues

 

$

118.2

 

 

$

152.6

 

 

$

(34.4

)

 

 

(23

%)

Events revenues

 

$

28.2

 

 

$

30.7

 

 

$

(2.6

)

 

 

(8

%)

Revenues attributable to customers outside of the U.S.

 

$

107.3

 

 

$

111.7

 

 

$

(4.4

)

 

 

(4

%)

Percentage of revenue attributable to customers
    outside of the U.S.

 

 

22

%

 

 

21

%

 

1 point

 

 

 

 

Research revenues are recognized as revenue primarily on a ratable basis over the term of the contracts, which are generally 12 or 24-month periods. Research revenues decreased 6% during 2023 compared to 2022 primarily due to the decrease in CV for the year, as discussed above. From a product perspective, the decrease in revenues was primarily due to a decline in revenue from our reprint product and our other smaller and discontinued products. In addition, revenue from our subscription research products was essentially consistent as revenue growth from the Forrester Decisions product was offset by declines in our legacy research products.

Consulting revenues decreased 23% during 2023 compared to 2022. The decrease in revenues was due to a decrease in delivery of both advisory and consulting services due to lower client bookings due to 1) the macroeconomic environment and 2) based on our continued focus on contract value products, our policy change to only sell consulting to contract value clients, except in limited circumstances.

Events revenues decreased 8% during 2023 compared to 2022. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to a decrease in sponsorship revenues.

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Refer to the “Segment Results” section below for a discussion of revenue and expenses by segment.

Cost of Services and Fulfillment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absolute

 

 

Percentage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase

 

 

Increase

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

(Decrease)

 

 

(Decrease)

 

Cost of services and fulfillment (dollars in millions)

 

$

204.5

 

 

$

223.8

 

 

$

(19.3

)

 

 

(9

%)

Cost of services and fulfillment as a percentage of
     total revenues

 

 

43

%

 

 

42

%

 

1 point

 

 

 

 

Service and fulfillment employees (at end of period)

 

 

781

 

 

 

920

 

 

 

(139

)

 

 

(15

%)

Cost of services and fulfillment expenses decreased 9% in 2023 compared to 2022. The decrease was primarily due to (1) a $10.2 million decrease in professional services costs primarily due to a decrease in contractor costs, outsourced expenses, and consulting fees, (2) a $7.7 million decrease in compensation and benefit costs due to a decrease in headcount, incentive bonus costs, and benefit costs (due to the introduction of the flexible vacation and personal paid time off policy in the United States), (3) a $1.0 million decrease in facilities costs due to a decrease in the number of facilities being leased, and (4) a $0.7 million decrease in software costs. These decreases were partially offset by a $0.6 million increase in stock compensation expense.

Selling and Marketing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absolute

 

 

Percentage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase

 

 

Increase

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

(Decrease)

 

 

(Decrease)

 

Selling and marketing expenses (dollars in millions)

 

$

167.4

 

 

$

181.9

 

 

$

(14.6

)

 

 

(8

%)

Selling and marketing expenses as a percentage of
    total revenues

 

 

35

%

 

 

34

%

 

1 point

 

 

 

 

Selling and marketing employees (at end of period)

 

 

682

 

 

 

804

 

 

 

(122

)

 

 

(15

%)

Selling and marketing expenses decreased 8% in 2023 compared to 2022. The decrease was primarily due to (1) an $11.9 million decrease in compensation and benefit costs due to a decrease in commissions expense, headcount, incentive bonus costs, and benefit costs (due to the introduction of the flexible vacation and personal paid time off policy in the United States), (2) a $1.1 million decrease in professional services costs primarily due to a decrease in consulting fees and advertising costs, and (3) a $0.9 million decrease in facilities costs due to a decrease in the number of facilities being leased.

General and Administrative

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absolute

 

 

Percentage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase

 

 

Increase

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

(Decrease)

 

 

(Decrease)

 

General and administrative expenses (dollars in
    millions)

 

$

68.5

 

 

$

67.7

 

 

$

0.8

 

 

 

1

%

General and administrative expenses as a percentage
    of total revenues

 

 

14

%

 

 

13

%

 

1 point

 

 

 

 

General and administrative employees (at end
   of period)

 

 

281

 

 

 

309

 

 

 

(28

)

 

 

(9

%)

General and administrative expenses increased 1% in 2023 compared to 2022. The increase was primarily due to (1) a $2.7 million increase in legal costs, due primarily to a legal settlement for a wage-related matter and related legal services, and (2) a $0.8 million increase in software costs. These increases were partially offset by a $1.4 million decrease in compensation and benefit costs due to a decrease in incentive bonus costs, benefit costs (due to the introduction of the flexible vacation and personal paid time off policy in the United States), and capitalized salaries for internal-use software projects.

Depreciation

The fluctuation for depreciation expense was immaterial in 2023 compared to 2022.

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Amortization of Intangible Assets

Amortization expense decreased by $1.2 million in 2023 compared to 2022 primarily due to a decrease in the amortization of a trademark intangible asset. We expect amortization expense related to our intangible assets to be approximately $10.0 million for the year ending December 31, 2024.

Restructuring

In January 2023, we implemented a reduction in our workforce of approximately 4% across various geographies and functions to streamline operations. We recorded $4.3 million of severance and related costs for this action during the fourth quarter of 2022, and $0.6 million during the first quarter of 2023. We recorded a restructuring charge of $5.0 million during the fourth quarter of 2022 related to closing one floor of our offices in California, of which $3.7 million related to an impairment of a right-of-use asset and $1.3 million related to an impairment of leasehold improvements. During the first quarter of 2023, we recorded an incremental $0.4 million impairment to our California office. We also recorded a $0.6 million charge during the first quarter of 2023 for the write-off of a previously capitalized software project. In the fourth quarter of 2023, we incurred an additional impairment of $0.4 million to our California office. Essentially all of the severance and related costs for this plan were paid during 2023.

In May 2023, we implemented a reduction in our workforce of approximately 8% across various geographies and functions to better align our cost structure with our revised revenue outlook for the year, and to streamline our sales and consulting organizations to more efficiently go to market in support of driving contract value growth in the future. We recorded $7.5 million of severance and related costs for this action during the second quarter of 2023. In addition, we closed certain of our smaller offices both inside and outside the U.S. in order to reduce facility costs and better match our facilities to our hybrid work strategy. As a result of closing the offices, we recorded restructuring costs of $2.3 million, which included $1.3 million related to right-of-use asset impairments and accelerated amortization and $0.6 million related to impairments of leasehold improvements. We also incurred $0.7 million in contract termination costs. The remaining $1.3 million of the severance and related costs for this plan will be paid during 2024.

In February 2024, we implemented a reduction in force of approximately 3% of our workforce across various geographies and functions to better align our cost structure with our revenue outlook for 2024. Notification to affected persons commenced in December 2023 and was completed by the end of February 2024. Approximately $0.7 million of severance and related costs for this action were recorded during the fourth quarter of 2023. We expect a majority of the severance and related costs for this plan to be paid during 2024. See Note 15 - Subsequent Events, for additional details of this action.

Interest Expense

Interest expense consists of interest on our borrowings and in 2022 also included realized gains and losses on the related interest rate swap. Interest expense increased by $0.6 million in 2023 compared to 2022 due to an increase in the annualized interest rate on our borrowings, which was partially offset by lower average outstanding borrowings.

Other Income (Expense), Net

Other income (expense), net primarily consists of interest income, gains and losses on foreign currency, and gains and losses on foreign currency forward contracts. Other income (expense), net increased by $2.1 million in 2023 compared to 2022 primarily due to an increase in interest income due to higher interest rates in 2023.

Gains on Investments, Net

Gains on investments, net primarily represents our share of equity method investment gains and losses from our technology-related investment funds. The fluctuation for gains on investments, net was immaterial in 2023 compared to 2022.

Income Tax Expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Absolute

 

 

Percentage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Increase

 

 

Increase

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

(Decrease)

 

 

(Decrease)

 

Provision for income taxes (dollars in millions)

 

$

3.2

 

 

$

8.9

 

 

$

(5.7

)

 

 

(64

%)

Effective tax rate

 

 

51

%

 

 

29

%

 

22 points

 

 

 

 

 

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The increase in the effective tax rate during 2023 as compared to 2022 was primarily due to 1) the impact from the decline in income before taxes to $6.3 million in 2023 from $30.7 million in 2022 and 2) increased non-deductible stock compensation due primarily to the effect from the settlement of share-based awards in 2023.

Segment Results

We operate in three segments: Research, Consulting, and Events. These segments, which are also our reportable segments, are based on our management structure and how management uses financial information to evaluate performance and determine how to allocate resources. Our products and services are delivered through each segment as described below.

The Research segment includes the revenues from all of our research products as well as consulting revenues from advisory services (such as speeches and advisory days) delivered by our research organization. Research segment costs include the cost of the organizations responsible for developing and delivering these products in addition to the cost of the product management organization that is responsible for product pricing and packaging and the launch of new products.

The Consulting segment includes the revenues and the related costs of our project consulting organization. The project consulting organization delivers a majority of our project consulting revenue and certain advisory services.

The Events segment includes the revenues and the costs of the organization responsible for developing and hosting in-person and virtual events.

We evaluate reportable segment performance and allocate resources based on segment revenues and expenses. Segment expenses include the direct expenses of each segment organization and exclude selling and marketing expenses, general and administrative expenses, stock-based compensation expense, depreciation expense, adjustments to incentive bonus compensation from target amounts, amortization of intangible assets, restructuring and integration costs, interest and other income (expense), and gains on investments. The accounting policies used by the segments are the same as those used in the consolidated financial statements. We do not review or evaluate assets as part of segment performance. Accordingly, we do not identify or allocate assets by reportable segment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research
Segment

 

 

Consulting
Segment

 

 

Events
Segment

 

 

Consolidated

 

Year Ended December 31, 2023

 

(In thousands, except percentages)

 

Research revenues

 

$

334,396

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

334,396

 

Consulting revenues

 

 

28,826

 

 

 

89,402

 

 

 

 

 

 

118,228

 

Events revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

28,155

 

 

 

28,155

 

Total segment revenues

 

 

363,222

 

 

 

89,402

 

 

 

28,155

 

 

 

480,779

 

Segment expenses

 

 

(132,444

)

 

 

(45,028

)

 

 

(20,557

)

 

 

(198,029

)

Year over year revenue change

 

 

(8

%)

 

 

(19

%)

 

 

(8

%)

 

 

(11

%)

Year over year expense change

 

 

(1

%)

 

 

(21

%)

 

 

(6

%)

 

 

(7

%)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research
Segment

 

 

Consulting
Segment

 

 

Events
Segment

 

 

Consolidated

 

Year Ended December 31, 2022

 

(In thousands)

 

Research revenues

 

$

354,453

 

 

$

 

 

$

 

 

$

354,453

 

Consulting revenues

 

 

41,559

 

 

 

111,028

 

 

 

 

 

 

152,587

 

Events revenues

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30,747

 

 

 

30,747

 

Total segment revenues

 

 

396,012

 

 

 

111,028

 

 

 

30,747

 

 

 

537,787

 

Segment expenses

 

 

(133,566

)

 

 

(56,889

)

 

 

(21,801

)

 

 

(212,256

)

Research segment revenues decreased 8% during 2023 compared to 2022. Research product revenues within this segment decreased 6% primarily due to the decrease in CV for the year, as discussed above. From a product perspective, the decrease in revenue was primarily due to a decline in revenue from our reprint product and our other smaller and discontinued products. In addition, revenue from our subscription research products was essentially consistent as revenue growth from the Forrester Decisions product was offset by declines in our legacy research products. Consulting product revenues within this segment decreased 31% primarily due to decreased delivery of consulting and advisory services by our research analysts due primarily to lower client bookings for these services.

Research segment expenses decreased 1% during 2023 compared to 2022. The decrease in expenses was primarily due to a $2.0 million decrease in professional services primarily due to a decrease in contractor costs and consulting fees, partially offset by a $0.6 million increase in compensation and benefit costs primarily due to merit increases.

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Consulting segment revenues decreased 19% during 2023 compared to 2022. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to a decrease in delivery of consulting services due to lower client bookings due to 1) the macroeconomic environment and 2) based on our continued focus on contract value products, we have enacted a policy of only selling consulting to contract value clients, except in limited circumstances.

Consulting segment expenses decreased 21% during 2023 compared to 2022. The decrease in expenses was primarily due to (1) a $8.4 million decrease in professional services primarily due to a decrease in contractor costs, outsourced expenses, and consulting fees and (2) a $3.3 million decrease in compensation and benefit costs primarily due to a decrease in headcount and benefit costs.

Event segment revenues decreased 8% during 2023 compared to 2022. The decrease in revenues was primarily due to a decrease in sponsorship revenues.

Event segment expenses decreased 6% during 2023 compared to 2022. The decrease in expenses was primarily due to a $1.1 million decrease in compensation and benefits costs primarily due to a decrease in headcount and benefit costs.

A detailed description and analysis of the fiscal year 2021 year-over-year changes can be found in Item 7. Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

We have historically financed our operations primarily through funds generated from operations. Research revenues, which constituted 70% of our revenues during 2023, are generally renewable and are typically payable in advance. We generated cash from operating activities of $21.7 million and $39.4 million during the years ended December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively. The $17.8 million decrease in cash provided from operations during 2023 was primarily due to an $18.8 million decrease in net income.

During 2023, we used cash in investing activities of $36.8 million, which consisted of $31.3 million in net purchases of marketable investments and $5.5 million of purchases of property and equipment, primarily consisting of computer software. During 2022, we used cash in investing activities of $6.8 million, which consisted of $5.7 million of purchases of property and equipment, primarily consisting of computer software and equipment, and $1.4 million in net purchases of marketable investments.

During 2023, we used $18.3 million of cash from financing activities primarily due to $15.0 million of discretionary repayments of our revolving credit facility, $4.1 million for purchases of our common stock, and $2.7 million in taxes paid related to net share settlements of restricted stock units, partially offset by $3.5 million of net proceeds from the issuance of common stock under our stock-based incentive plans. During 2022, we used $38.9 million of cash from financing activities primarily due to $25.0 million of discretionary repayments of our revolving credit facility and $15.1 million for purchases of our common stock, partially offset by $1.2 million of net proceeds from the issuance of common stock under our stock-based incentive plans. As of December 31, 2023, our remaining stock repurchase authorization was approximately $70.9 million.

The Company has a credit facility that provides up to $150.0 million of revolving credit commitments. Amount outstanding under the credit facility was $35.0 million at December 31, 2023 and the facility expires in December of 2026. The credit facility permits the Company to increase the revolving credit commitments in an aggregate principal amount up to $50.0 million, subject to approval by the administrative agent and certain customary terms and conditions.

The credit facility contains certain customary restrictive loan covenants, including among others, financial covenants that apply a maximum leverage ratio, minimum interest coverage ratio, and maximum annual capital expenditures. The negative covenants limit, subject to various exceptions, our ability to incur additional indebtedness, create liens on assets, merge, consolidate, liquidate or dissolve any part of the company, sell assets, change fiscal year, or enter into certain transactions with affiliates and subsidiaries. We were in full compliance with the covenants as of December 31, 2023 and expect to continue to be in compliance through the next 12 months.

Additional future contractual cash obligations extending over the next 12 months and beyond primarily consist of operating lease payments. We lease office space under non-cancelable operating lease agreements (refer to Note 5 – Leases in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information). The remaining duration of non-cancelable office space leases ranges from less than 1 year to 8 years. Remaining lease payments within one year, within two to three years, within four to five years, and after five years from December 31, 2023 are $16.0 million, $26.2 million, $8.6 million, and $6.0 million, respectively.

In addition to the contractual cash commitments included above, we have other payables and liabilities that may be legally enforceable but are not considered contractual commitments. See Note 13 – Certain Balance Sheet Accounts in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for more information on our payables and liabilities.

As of December 31, 2023, we had cash, cash equivalents, and marketable investments of $124.5 million. This balance includes $75.8 million held outside of the U.S. If the cash outside of the U.S. is needed for operations in the U.S., we would be required to accrue and pay U.S. state taxes and may be required to pay withholding taxes to foreign jurisdictions to repatriate these funds.

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However, our intent is to permanently reinvest these funds outside of the U.S. and our current plans do not demonstrate a need to repatriate these funds for our U.S. operations. We believe that our current cash balance and cash flows from operations will satisfy working capital, financing activities, and capital expenditure requirements for the next twelve months and to meet our known long-term cash requirements.

As of December 31, 2023, we did not have any significant unrecognized tax benefits for uncertain tax positions.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

See Note 1 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for a full description of recent accounting pronouncements, including the expected dates of adoption and effects on results of operations and financial condition.

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Item 7A. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

The following discussion about our market risk disclosures involves forward-looking statements. Actual results could differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements. We are exposed to market risk related to changes in foreign currency exchange rates and changes in interest rates on our variable-rate debt.

Foreign Currency Exchange. On a global level, we face exposure to movements in foreign currency exchange rates as we enter into normal business transactions that may be in currencies other than the local currency of our subsidiaries, including the Euro, British Pound, and other foreign currencies. During 2023, we entered into several foreign currency forward contracts to mitigate the effects of adverse fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates and we may continue to enter into hedging agreements in the future. In addition, transactions and account balances between our U.S. and foreign subsidiaries expose us to currency exchange risk. This exposure may change over time as business practices evolve and could have a material adverse effect on our results of operations.

We incurred foreign currency exchange losses of $0.3 million, $0.2 million, and $1.4 million during the years ended December 31, 2023, 2022, and 2021, respectively.

Interest Rate Risk. As of December 31, 2023, we had $35.0 million in total debt principal outstanding. See Note 4 — Debt in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for additional information regarding our outstanding debt obligations.

All of our debt outstanding as of December 31, 2023 was based on a floating base rate of interest, which exposes us to increases in interest rates. As an indication of our potential exposure to changes in interest rates, a hypothetical 25 basis point increase or decrease in interest rates on our debt could change our annual pretax interest expense for the following 12-month period by approximately $0.1 million.

The primary objective of our investment activities is to preserve principal and maintain liquidity while at the same time maximizing the income we receive from our investments without significantly increasing risk. To achieve this objective, we maintain our portfolio of cash equivalents and marketable investments in a variety of securities during the course of the year, which may include U.S. government agencies, municipal notes and bonds, corporate notes and bonds, commercial paper, and money market funds. The securities, other than U.S. money market funds, are classified as available-for-sale and consequently are recorded in the Consolidated Balance Sheets at fair value with unrealized gains or losses reported as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss in the Consolidated Balance Sheets. If interest rates rise, the market value of our investments may decline, which could result in a realized loss if we are forced to sell an investment before its scheduled maturity. We have the ability to hold our fixed income investments until maturity (without giving effect to any future acquisitions or mergers). Therefore, we would not expect our operating results or cash flows to be affected to any significant degree by a sudden change in market interest rates on our securities portfolio. In addition, given the short maturities and investment grade quality of the portfolio holdings at December 31, 2023, a hypothetical 10% change in interest rates would not materially affect the fair value of our cash and cash equivalents.

The following table provides information about our investment portfolio, excluding our money market funds, for which all of the securities are denominated in U.S. dollars. For investment securities, the table presents principal cash flows and related weighted-average interest rates by maturity date (dollars in thousands):

 

 

Years Ended December 31,

 

 

 

2024

 

 

2025

 

Corporate obligations

 

$

16,037

 

 

$

1,940

 

Federal obligations

 

 

1,993

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$

18,030

 

 

$

1,940

 

Weighted average interest rates

 

 

4.44

%

 

 

2.53

%

 

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Item 8. Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

The financial statements listed in the following Index to Financial Statements are filed as a part of this 2023 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

 

 

FORRESTER RESEARCH, INC.

INDEX TO FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Page

Report of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm (PCAOB ID 238)

25

Consolidated Balance Sheets

27

Consolidated Statements of Operations

28

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

29

Consolidated Statements of Stockholders’ Equity

30

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

31

Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements

32

 

 

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

 

To the Board of Directors and Stockholders of Forrester Research, Inc.

Opinions on the Financial Statements and Internal Control over Financial Reporting

We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of Forrester Research, Inc. and its subsidiaries (the “Company”) as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, and the related consolidated statements of operations, of comprehensive income, of stockholders’ equity and of cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2023, including the related notes (collectively referred to as the “consolidated financial statements”). We also have audited the Company's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2023, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (COSO).

In our opinion, the consolidated financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the financial position of the Company as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, and the results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2023 in conformity with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America. Also in our opinion, the Company maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2023, based on criteria established in Internal Control - Integrated Framework (2013) issued by the COSO.

Basis for Opinions

The Company's management is responsible for these consolidated financial statements, for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting, included in Management’s Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting appearing under Item 9A. Our responsibility is to express opinions on the Company’s consolidated financial statements and on the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our audits. We are a public accounting firm registered with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States) (PCAOB) and are required to be independent with respect to the Company in accordance with the U.S. federal securities laws and the applicable rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission and the PCAOB.

We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the PCAOB. Those standards require that we plan and perform the audits to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the consolidated financial statements are free of material misstatement, whether due to error or fraud, and whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects.

Our audits of the consolidated financial statements included performing procedures to assess the risks of material misstatement of the consolidated financial statements, whether due to error or fraud, and performing procedures that respond to those risks. Such procedures included examining, on a test basis, evidence regarding the amounts and disclosures in the consolidated financial statements. Our audits also included evaluating the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall presentation of the consolidated financial statements. Our audit of internal control over financial reporting included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, and testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk. Our audits also included performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinions.

Definition and Limitations of Internal Control over Financial Reporting

A company’s internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company’s internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company’s assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

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Critical Audit Matters

The critical audit matter communicated below is a matter arising from the current period audit of the consolidated financial statements that was communicated or required to be communicated to the audit committee and that (i) relates to accounts or disclosures that are material to the consolidated financial statements and (ii) involved our especially challenging, subjective, or complex judgments. The communication of critical audit matters does not alter in any way our opinion on the consolidated financial statements, taken as a whole, and we are not, by communicating the critical audit matter below, providing a separate opinion on the critical audit matter or on the accounts or disclosures to which it relates.

Revenue Recognition – Identification of Distinct Performance Obligations

As described in Note 1 to the consolidated financial statements, the Company generates all of its revenues from contracts with customers, which totaled $480.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2023. Performance obligations within a contract are identified based on the products and services promised to be transferred in the contract. When a contract includes more than one promised product or service, management must apply judgment to determine whether the promises represent multiple performance obligations or a single, combined performance obligation. This evaluation requires management to determine if the promises are both capable of being distinct, where the customer can benefit from the product or service on its own or together with other resources readily available, and are distinct within the context of the contract, where the transfer of products or services is separately identifiable from other promises in the contract. When both criteria are met, each promised product or service is accounted for as a separate performance obligation.

The principal considerations for our determination that performing procedures relating to revenue recognition, specifically the identification of distinct performance obligations, is a critical audit matter is a high degree of auditor effort in performing procedures and evaluating evidence related to management’s identification of the distinct performance obligations.

Addressing the matter involved performing procedures and evaluating audit evidence in connection with forming our overall opinion on the consolidated financial statements. These procedures included testing the effectiveness of controls relating to the revenue recognition process, including controls over the identification of performance obligations. These procedures also included, among others, testing management’s process for identifying distinct performance obligations within contracts with customers and evaluating the revenue recognition impact of contractual terms and conditions by examining contracts on a test basis.

 

 

/s/ PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Boston, Massachusetts

March 8, 2024

 

We have served as the Company’s auditor since 2010.

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FORRESTER RESEARCH, INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

72,909

 

 

$

103,629

 

Marketable investments (Note 2)

 

 

51,580

 

 

 

19,688

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for expected credit losses of $574 and $560 as
   of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively (Note 1, 13)

 

 

58,999

 

 

 

73,345

 

Deferred commissions

 

 

23,207

 

 

 

24,559

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

9,305

 

 

 

14,069

 

Total current assets

 

 

216,000

 

 

 

235,290

 

Property and equipment, net

 

 

19,401

 

 

 

23,208

 

Operating lease right-of-use assets

 

 

39,722

 

 

 

49,970

 

Goodwill

 

 

244,257

 

 

 

242,149

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

37,637

 

 

 

49,504

 

Other assets

 

 

7,157

 

 

 

8,317

 

Total assets

 

$

564,174

 

 

$

608,438

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current Liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

1,796

 

 

$

361

 

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

 

 

81,482

 

 

 

91,007

 

Deferred revenue

 

 

156,798

 

 

 

178,021

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

240,076

 

 

 

269,389

 

Long-term debt

 

 

35,000

 

 

 

50,000

 

Non-current operating lease liabilities

 

 

37,673

 

 

 

50,751

 

Other non-current liabilities (Note 13)

 

 

11,160

 

 

 

16,642

 

Total liabilities

 

 

323,909

 

 

 

386,782

 

Commitments and contingencies (Note 14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' Equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authorized - 500 shares; issued and outstanding - none

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authorized - 125,000 shares

 

 

 

 

 

 

Issued - 24,684 and 24,367 shares as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding - 19,248 and 19,062 shares as of December 31, 2023 and
   2022, respectively

 

 

247

 

 

 

244

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

278,057

 

 

 

261,766

 

Retained earnings

 

 

177,681

 

 

 

174,631

 

Treasury stock - 5,437 and 5,305 shares as of December 31, 2023 and 2022, respectively

 

 

(211,149

)

 

 

(207,067

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(4,571

)

 

 

(7,918

)

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

240,265

 

 

 

221,656

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

564,174

 

 

$

608,438

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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FORRESTER RESEARCH, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(In thousands, except per share data)

 

Years Ended December 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Research

$

334,396

 

 

$

354,453

 

 

$

325,340

 

Consulting

 

118,228

 

 

 

152,587

 

 

 

156,114

 

Events

 

28,155

 

 

 

30,747

 

 

 

12,861

 

Total revenues

 

480,779

 

 

 

537,787

 

 

 

494,315

 

Operating expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of services and fulfillment

 

204,484

 

 

 

223,773

 

 

 

201,815

 

Selling and marketing

 

167,352

 

 

 

181,940

 

 

 

170,949

 

General and administrative

 

68,497

 

 

 

67,655

 

 

 

58,056

 

Depreciation

 

8,452

 

 

 

9,269

 

 

 

9,390

 

Amortization of intangible assets

 

11,956

 

 

 

13,161

 

 

 

15,129

 

Integration costs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

334

 

Restructuring costs

 

13,272

 

 

 

9,335

 

 

 

 

Total operating expenses

 

474,013

 

 

 

505,133

 

 

 

455,673

 

Income from operations

 

6,766

 

 

 

32,654

 

 

 

38,642

 

Interest expense

 

(3,060

)

 

 

(2,461

)

 

 

(4,222

)

Other income (expense), net

 

2,371

 

 

 

222

 

 

 

(1,229

)

Gains on investments, net

 

208

 

 

 

309

 

 

 

 

Income before income taxes

 

6,285

 

 

 

30,724

 

 

 

33,191

 

Income tax expense

 

3,235

 

 

 

8,918

 

 

 

8,347

 

Net income

$

3,050

 

 

$

21,806

 

 

$

24,844

 

Basic income per common share

$

0.16

 

 

$

1.15

 

 

$

1.30

 

Diluted income per common share

$

0.16

 

 

$

1.14

 

 

$

1.28

 

Basic weighted average common shares outstanding

 

19,183

 

 

 

18,967

 

 

 

19,110

 

Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding

 

19,258

 

 

 

19,172

 

 

 

19,357

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

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FORRESTER RESEARCH, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(In thousands)

 

Years Ended December 31,

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

 

 

2021

 

Net income

$

3,050

 

 

$

21,806

 

 

$

24,844

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Foreign currency translation

 

3,248

 

 

 

(4,807

)

 

 

(3,083

)

Net change in market value of interest rate swap

 

 

 

 

212

 

 

 

609

 

Net change in market value of investments

 

99

 

 

 

(134

)

 

 

(25

)

Other comprehensive income (loss)

 

3,347

 

 

 

(4,729

)

 

 

(2,499

)

Comprehensive income

$

6,397

 

 

$

17,077

 

 

$

22,345

 

 

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 

 

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FORRESTER RESEARCH, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

(In thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accumulated

 

 

 

 

 

Common Stock

 

 

Additional

 

 

 

 

 

Treasury Stock

 

 

Other

 

 

Total

 

 

Number of

 

 

$0.01 Par

 

 

Paid-in

 

 

Retained

 

 

Number of

 

 

 

 

 

Comprehensive

 

 

Stockholders'

 

 

Shares

 

 

Value

 

 

Capital

 

 

Earnings

 

 

Shares

 

 

Cost

 

 

Loss

 

 

Equity

 

Balance at December 31, 2020

 

23,648

 

 

$

236

 

 

$

230,128

 

 

$

127,981

 

 

 

4,631

 

 

$

(171,889

)

 

$

(690

)

 

$

185,766

 

Issuance of common stock under stock
   plans, including tax effects

 

437

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

5,787

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5,792

 

Repurchases of common stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

396

 

 

 

(20,066

)

 

 

 

 

 

(20,066

)

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,070

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10,070

 

Net income