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U.S.
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C.  20549

FORM 10-Q
 
(Mark One)
 
ý QUARTERLY REPORT UNDER SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the quarterly period ended September 30, 2018
 
or

o 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: 001-07120
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HARTE HANKS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
Delaware
 
74-1677284
(State or other jurisdiction of
 
(I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)
 
Identification Number)
9601 McAllister Freeway, Suite 610, San Antonio, Texas 78216
(Address of principal executive offices, including zipcode)
 
(210) 829-9000
(Registrant’s telephone number including area code)

None
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report)

     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.  Yes ý   No o
 
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 (Section 232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files). Yes ý   No o
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a 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
o
Accelerated filer
ý
Non-accelerated filer
o
Smaller reporting company
o
 
 
Emerging growth company
o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o
 
Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Act).
 
Yeso  No ý
 
The number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer's classes of common stock as of October 15, 2018 was 6,254,023 shares of common stock, all of one class.
 



HARTE HANKS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
TABLE OF CONTENTS
FORM 10-Q REPORT
For the Quarterly Period Ended September 30, 2018

 
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


2


Item 1.  Financial Statements

Harte Hanks, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
In thousands, except per share and share amounts
 
September 30,
2018
 
December 31,
2017
ASSETS
 
 

 
 

Current assets
 
 

 
 

Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
10,378

 
$
8,397

Accounts receivable (less allowance for doubtful accounts of $ 554 at September 30, 2018 and $697 at December 31, 2017)
 
51,201

 
81,397

Contract assets
 
2,848

 

Inventory
 
527

 
587

Prepaid expenses
 
4,870

 
5,039

Prepaid taxes and income tax receivable
 
14,144

 
3,886

Other current assets
 
3,167

 
3,900

Total current assets
 
87,135

 
103,206

Property, plant and equipment (less accumulated depreciation of $135,596 at September 30, 2018 and $136,753 at December 31, 2017)
 
13,634

 
21,787

Other intangible assets (less accumulated amortization of $2,184 at December 31, 2017)
 

 
2,589

Other assets
 
5,320

 
3,230

Total assets
 
$
106,089

 
$
130,812


 
 
 
 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 
 

 
 

Current liabilities
 
 

 
 

Accounts payable
 
$
31,200

 
$
36,130

Accrued payroll and related expenses
 
7,078

 
10,601

Deferred revenue and customer advances
 
6,446

 
5,342

Customer postage and program deposits
 
4,701

 
11,443

Other current liabilities
 
3,460

 
3,732

Total current liabilities
 
52,885

 
67,248

Pensions
 
58,555

 
59,338

Contingent consideration
 

 
33,887

Deferred tax liabilities, net
 
431

 
773

Other long-term liabilities
 
2,951

 
4,201

Total liabilities
 
114,822

 
165,447

 
 
 
 
 
Preferred stock, $1 par value, 1,000,000 shares authorized; 9,926 designated as Series A Convertible Preferred Stock; 9,926 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock authorized, issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018
 
9,723

 

 
 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ (deficit) equity
 
 

 
 

Common stock, $1 par value, 25,000,000 shares authorized 12,115,055 shares issued at September 30, 2018 and 12,074,661 shares issued at December 31, 2017
 
12,115

 
12,075

Additional paid-in capital
 
455,008

 
457,186

Retained earnings
 
811,063

 
794,583

Less treasury stock, 5,861,032 shares at cost at September 30, 2018 and 5,864,641 shares at cost at December 31, 2017
 
(1,252,681
)
 
(1,254,176
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(43,961
)
 
(44,303
)
Total stockholders’ (deficit) equity
 
(18,456
)
 
(34,635
)
Total liabilities, preferred stock and stockholders’ equity
 
$
106,089

 
$
130,812

See Accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

Harte Hanks, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss
(Unaudited)
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
In thousands, except per share amounts
 
2018
 
2017
Operating revenues
 
$
63,588

 
$
94,424

Operating expenses
 
 

 
 

Labor
 
35,619

 
55,047

Production and distribution
 
23,016

 
26,726

Advertising, selling, general and administrative
 
9,658

 
9,145

Impairment of assets
 
3,822

 

Depreciation, software and intangible asset amortization
 
1,826

 
2,556

Total operating expenses
 
73,941

 
93,474

Operating income (loss)
 
(10,353
)
 
950

Other expenses
 
 

 
 

Interest expense, net
 
177

 
1,285

Other, net
 
891

 
1,763

Total other expenses
 
1,068

 
3,048

Loss before income taxes
 
(11,421
)
 
(2,098
)
Income tax expense (benefit)
 
(1,437
)
 
382

Net loss
 
$
(9,984
)
 
$
(2,480
)
    Less: Preferred stock dividends
 
125

 

Loss attributable to common stockholders
 
$
(10,109
)
 
$
(2,480
)
 
 
 
 
 
Loss per common share
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
(1.62
)
 
$
(0.40
)
Diluted
 
$
(1.62
)
 
$
(0.40
)

 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares used to compute earnings (loss) per share attributable to common shares
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
6,250

 
6,201

Diluted
 
6,250

 
6,201

 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive loss:
 
 

 
 

          Net loss
 
$
(9,984
)
 
$
(2,480
)
 
 
 
 
 
Adjustment to pension liability
 
517

 
413

Foreign currency translation adjustment
 
(248
)
 
33

Total other comprehensive income, net of tax
 
269

 
446

 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive loss
 
$
(9,715
)
 
$
(2,034
)

See Accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

3


Harte Hanks, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
In thousands, except per share amounts
 
2018
 
2017
Operating revenues
 
$
214,417

 
$
284,040

Operating expenses
 
 

 
 

Labor
 
125,999

 
172,500

Production and distribution
 
73,523

 
80,125

Advertising, selling, general and administrative
 
26,891

 
30,431

Impairment of assets
 
3,822

 

Depreciation, software and intangible asset amortization
 
5,879

 
8,166

Total operating expenses
 
236,114

 
291,222

Operating loss
 
(21,697
)
 
(7,182
)
Other (income) and expenses
 
 

 
 

Interest expense, net
 
1,289

 
3,543

Gain on sale
 
(30,954
)
 

Other, net
 
2,859

 
5,087

Total other (income) and expenses
 
(26,806
)
 
8,630

Income (loss) before income taxes
 
5,109

 
(15,812
)
Income tax Benefit
 
(10,800
)
 
(3,293
)
Net income (loss)
 
$
15,909

 
$
(12,519
)
    Less: Earnings attributable to participating securities
 
1,957

 

    Less: Preferred stock dividends
 
332

 

Income (loss) attributable to common stockholders
 
$
13,620

 
$
(12,519
)
 
 
 
 
 
Earnings (loss) per common share
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
2.19

 
$
(2.02
)
Diluted
 
$
2.18

 
$
(2.02
)
 
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average shares used to compute earnings (loss) per share attributable to common shares
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
6,230

619

6,187

Diluted
 
6,251

 
6,187

 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive Income/(Loss)
 
 

 
 

          Net Income (loss)
 
$
15,909

 
$
(12,519
)
 
 
 
 
 
Adjustment to pension liability
 
1,549

 
1,164

Foreign currency translation adjustment
 
(1,207
)
 
677

Total other comprehensive income, net of tax
 
342

 
1,841

 
 
 
 
 
Comprehensive Income/(Loss)
 
$
16,251

 
$
(10,678
)

See Accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements


4


Harte Hanks, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
In thousands
 
2018
 
2017
Cash flows from operating activities
 
 

 
 

Net income (loss)
 
$
15,909

 
$
(12,519
)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
 
 
 
 
Depreciation and software amortization
 
5,767

 
7,622

Impairment of assets
 
3,822

 

Intangible asset amortization
 
113

 
544

Stock-based compensation
 
(706
)
 
1,818

Net pension cost
 
1,284

 
827

Interest accretion on contingent consideration
 
742

 
3,122

Deferred income taxes
 
(978
)
 
(1,917
)
Gain on sale
 
(32,760
)
 

(Gain) loss on disposal of assets
 
(238
)
 
135

Changes in assets and liabilities:
 
 
 
 

Decrease (increase) in accounts receivable, net and contract assets
 
10,021

 
(1,874
)
Decrease (increase) in inventory
 
60

 
42

Decrease (increase) in prepaid expenses, income tax receivable and other assets
 
(10,632
)
 
(4,864
)
Increase (decrease) in accounts payable
 
9,693

 
(3,840
)
Increase (decrease) in other accrued expenses and liabilities
 
(9,110
)
 
(31,062
)
Net cash used in operating activities
 
(7,013
)
 
(41,966
)
 
 
 
 
 
Cash flows from investing activities
 
0

 
 

Dispositions, net of cash transferred
 
3,929

 

Purchases of property, plant and equipment
 
(2,834
)
 
(4,112
)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment
 
225

 
18

Net cash provided by/(used in) investing activities
 
1,320

 
(4,094
)

 
 
 
 
Cash flows from financing activities
 
 

 
 

Borrowings
 
9,000

 
27,000

Repayment of borrowings
 
(9,000
)
 
(15,211
)
Debt financing costs
 
(425
)
 
(515
)
Issuance of preferred stock, net of transaction fees

9,723



Issuance of common stock
 
(105
)
 
(110
)
Issuance of treasury stock
 
65

 

Payment of capital leases
 
(377
)
 
(383
)
Net cash provided by financing activities
 
8,881

 
10,781


 
 
 
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
 
(1,207
)
 
677

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
 
1,981

 
(34,602
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
 
8,397

 
46,005

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
 
$
10,378

 
$
11,403

 
 
 
 
 
Supplemental disclosures
 
 
 
 
Cash paid for interest
 
$
113

 
$
172

Cash received (paid) for income taxes
 
$
41

 
$
(34,723
)
Non-cash investing and financing activities
 
 
 
 
Purchases of property, plant and equipment included in accounts payable
 
$
36

 
$
1,174

New capital lease obligations
 
$
372

 
$
58

See Accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements

5


Harte Hanks, Inc. and Subsidiaries Condensed Consolidated Statements of Changes in Equity
(Unaudited)
In thousands
 
Preferred Stock
Common
Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Accumulated Other
Comprehensive
Income/(Loss)
 
Total
Stockholders’
Equity/ (Deficit)
Balance at December 31, 2016
 
$

$
12,044

 
$
458,638

 
$
837,316

 
$
(1,259,164
)
 
$
(46,178
)
 
$
2,656

Cumulative effect of accounting change
 


 
709

 
(873
)
 

 

 
(164
)
Stock Option activities
 

31

 
(31
)
 
 
 
(110
)
 

 
(110
)
Stock-based compensation
 


 
1,760

 

 

 

 
1,760

Treasury stock issued
 


 
(4,245
)
 

 
4,385

 

 
140

Net (loss)
 


 

 
(12,519
)
 

 

 
(12,519
)
Other comprehensive income
 


 

 

 

 
1,841

 
1,841

Balance at September 30, 2017
 
$

$
12,075

 
$
456,831

 
$
823,924

 
$
(1,254,889
)
 
$
(44,337
)
 
$
(6,396
)
In thousands
 
Preferred Stock
Common
Stock
 
Additional
Paid-in
Capital
 
Retained
Earnings
 
Treasury
Stock
 
Accumulated Other
Comprehensive
Income/(Loss)
 
Total
Stockholders’
Equity/ (Deficit)
Balance at December 31, 2017
 
$

$
12,075

 
$
457,186

 
$
794,583

 
$
(1,254,176
)
 
$
(44,303
)
 
$
(34,635
)
Cumulative effect of accounting change
 


 

 
571

 

 

 
571

Preferred stock issued
 
9,723


 

 

 

 

 

Stock Option activities
 

78

 
(149
)
 

 
(34
)
 

 
(105
)
Payout of Reverse Stock Split shares eliminated due to rounding
 
 
(38
)
 
38

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation
 


 
(603
)
 

 

 

 
(603
)
Treasury stock issued
 


 
(1,464
)
 

 
1,529

 

 
65

Net income
 


 

 
15,909

 

 

 
15,909

Other comprehensive income
 


 

 

 

 
342

 
342

Balance at September 30, 2018
 
$
9,723

$
12,115

 
$
455,008

 
$
811,063

 
$
(1,252,681
)
 
$
(43,961
)
 
$
(18,456
)

See Accompanying Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements


6


Harte Hanks, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements (Unaudited)

Note A - Basis of Presentation

Consolidation

The accompanying unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of Harte Hanks, Inc. and subsidiaries. All intercompany accounts and transactions have been eliminated in consolidation. As used in this report, the terms “Harte Hanks,” “the company,” “we,” “us,” or “our” may refer to Harte Hanks, Inc., one or more of its consolidated subsidiaries, or all of them taken as a whole.

Interim Financial Information

The financial statements have been prepared in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("U.S. GAAP") for interim financial information and with the instructions to Form 10-Q and Rule 10-01 of Regulation S-X. Accordingly, they do not include all of the information and footnotes required by U.S. GAAP for complete financial statements. In the opinion of management, all adjustments (consisting of normal recurring adjustments) considered necessary for a fair presentation have been included. Operating results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 are not necessarily indicative of the results that may be expected for the year ending December 31, 2018. The information included in this Quartery Report on Form 10-Q should be read in conjunction with Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017 (the "2017 10-K").
 
Reverse Stock Split

On January 31, 2018, we executed a 1-for-10 reverse stock split (the "Reverse Stock Split") which became effective for trading purposes on February 1, 2018. Pursuant to the Reverse Stock Split, every 10 pre-split shares of our common stock, par value $1.00 per share ("Common Stock") were exchanged for one post-split share of the Company's common stock. No fractional shares were issued in connection with the Reverse Stock Split. Stockholders who would otherwise have held a fractional share of the Common Stock received (or are entitled to receive) a cash payment in lieu thereof. In addition, our authorized Common Stock was reduced from 250 million to 25 million shares. The number of authorized shares of preferred stock remained unchanged at one million shares.

The Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and Accompanying Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements give retroactive effect to the Reverse Stock Split for all periods presented. The calculation of basic and diluted earnings/(loss) per share have been determined based on a retroactive adjustment of weighted average shares outstanding for all periods presented. To reflect the Reverse Stock Split on stockholders' equity, an amount equal to the par value of the reduced shares from the Common Stock par value account was reclassified to additional paid in capital resulting in no net impact to stockholders' equity on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.

Use of Estimates

The preparation of Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets, liabilities, revenue, and expenses. Actual results and outcomes could differ from those estimates and assumptions. Such estimates include, but are not limited to, estimates related to pension accounting; fair value for purposes of assessing long-lived assets for impairment; income taxes; stock-based compensation; and contingencies. On an ongoing basis, management reviews its estimates based on currently available information. Changes in facts and circumstances could result in revised estimates and assumptions.


Operating Expense Presentation in Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss)

The “Labor” line in the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income(Loss) includes all employee payroll and benefits, including stock-based compensation, along with temporary labor costs. The “Production and distribution” and “Advertising, selling, general and administrative” lines do not include labor, depreciation, or amortization.


7


Securities Purchase Agreement

On January 23, 2018, we entered into a Securities Purchase Agreement with Wipro, LLC, pursuant to which on January 30, 2018 we issued 9,926 shares of Series A Convertible Preferred Stock, par value $1.00 per share (the “Series A Preferred Stock”), for aggregate consideration of $9.9 million. Dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock accrue at a rate of 5.0% per year or the rate that cash dividends were paid in respect to shares of Common Stock if such rate is greater than 5.0%. The aggregate shares issued under the Securities Purchase Agreement are convertible into 1,001,614 shares of our Common Stock.

Along with customary protective provisions, Wipro, LLC has designated an observer to the Board of Directors. We are using the proceeds for general corporate purposes including for working capital purposes.

See Note E, Convertible Preferred Stock, for further information.

Related Party Transactions

Since 2016, Wipro, LLC has provided a variety of technology-related service to the Company, including database and software development, database support and analytics, IT infrastructure support, and digital campaign management. Transactions with Wipro, LLC have been classified and disclosed in the 2017 10-K and in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q as related party transactions in accordance with ASC 850, Related Party Disclosures, and in accordance with the SEC's Regulation S-X Rule 4-08(k), as applicable. See Note O, Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions, for further information.


Note B - Recent Accounting Pronouncements

In August 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-14, Compensation—Retirement Benefits—Defined Benefit Plans—General (Topic 715-20): Disclosure Framework—Changes to the Disclosure Requirements for Defined Benefit Plans (ASU 2018-14), which modifies the disclosure requirements for defined benefit pension plans and other postretirement plans. ASU 2018-14 is effective for fiscal years ending after December 15, 2020, and earlier adoption is permitted. We are currently evaluating the impact of our pending adoption of ASU 2018-14 on our consolidated financial statements.

In June 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-07, Compensation-Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Improvements to nonemployee share-based payment accounting, which supersedes ASC 505-50, Accounting for Distributions to Shareholders with Components of Stock and Cash, and expands the scope of ASC 718 to include all share-based payment arrangements related to the acquisition of goods and services from both nonemployees and employees. As a result, most of the guidance in ASC 718 associated with employee share-based payments, including most of its requirements related to classification and measurement, applies to nonemployee share-based payment arrangements. The ASU is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2018, and the interim periods within those fiscal years with early adoption permitted after the entity has adopted ASC 606. We are evaluating the effect that this will have on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

In March 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-05, Income Taxes (Topic 740)—Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118 ("SAB 118"). This ASU amends certain Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) material in Topic 740 for the income tax accounting implications of the recently issued Tax Reform. This guidance clarifies the application of Topic 740 in situations where a registrant does not have the necessary information available, prepared, or analyzed in reasonable detail to complete the accounting under Topic 740 for certain income tax effects of Tax Reform for the reporting period in which Tax Reform was enacted. See Note I, Income Taxes, for a discussion of the impacts of SAB 118 and this ASU.

In February 2018, the FASB issued ASU 2018-02, Reclassification of Certain Tax Effects from Accumulated Other Comprehensive Income. This ASU allows for reclassification of stranded tax effects on items resulting from the change in the corporate tax rate as a result of H.R. 1, originally known as the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, from accumulated other comprehensive income to retained earnings. Tax effects unrelated to H.R. 1 are permitted to be released from accumulated other comprehensive income using either the specific identification approach or the portfolio approach, based on the nature of the underlying item. ASU 2018-02 is effective for interim and annual reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted. We are evaluating the effect that this will have on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

In May 2017, the FASB issued ASU 2017-09, Compensation—Stock Compensation (Topic 718): Scope of Modification Accounting, which provides clarified guidance on applying modification accounting to changes in the terms or conditions of a share-based payment award. This ASU is effective for annual periods, and interim periods within those annual periods, beginning

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after December 15, 2017, with early adoption permitted. This change is required to be applied prospectively to an award modified on or after the adoption date. This standard was adopted as of January 1, 2018 and did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

In August 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-15, Statement of Cash Flows (Topic 230): Classification of Certain Cash Receipts and Cash Payments, which provides clarified guidance on the classification of certain cash receipts and payments in the statement of cash flows. This ASU is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2017, including interim reporting periods within those annual reporting periods. This change is required to be applied using a retrospective transition method to each period presented. Early adoption is permitted. This standard was adopted as of January 1, 2018 and did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial statements and related disclosures.

In February 2016, the FASB issued ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) and subsequent amendment ASU 2018-11, which requires all operating leases to be recorded on the balance sheet. The lessee will record a liability for its lease obligations (initially measured at the present value of the future lease payments not yet paid over the lease term, and an asset for its right to use the underlying asset equal to the lease liability, adjusted for lease payments made at or before lease commencement). This ASU is effective for interim and annual periods beginning after December 15, 2018, with early adoption permitted. This change is required to be applied using a modified retrospective approach for leases that exist or are entered into after the beginning of the earliest comparative period in the financial statements. Full retrospective application is prohibited. In July 2018, the FASB approved an optional transition method to initially account for the impact of the adoption with a cumulative-effect adjustment to the January 1, 2019, rather than the January 1, 2017, financial statements. This will eliminate the need to restate amounts presented prior to January 1, 2019. We will adopt the standard effective January 1, 2019, and we expect to elect this optional transition method, as well as certain practical expedients permitted under the transition guidance within the standard. We have selected a lease accounting system, and will start the system implementation during the fourth quarter of 2018. We will recognize right-of-use assets and operating lease liabilities on our consolidated balance sheets upon adoption, which will increase our total assets and liabilities.

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). We adopted ASU 2014-09 and its related amendments (collectively known a “ASC 606”) effective on January 1, 2018 using the modified retrospective method. Please see Note C, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, for the required disclosures related to the impact of adopting this standard and a discussion of our updated policies related to revenue recognition and accounting for costs to obtain and fulfill a customer contract.


Note C - Revenue from Contracts with Customers

In May 2014, the FASB issued ASU 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, related to revenue recognition. Under ASC 606, an entity recognizes revenue when its customer obtains control of promised goods or services, in an amount that reflects the consideration the entity expects to receive in exchange for those goods or services. To determine revenue recognition for arrangements that are within the scope of the new standard, the entity performs the following five steps: (i) identify the contract(s) with a customer; (ii) identify the performance obligations in the contract; (iii) determine the transaction price; (iv) allocate the transaction price to the performance obligations in the contract; and (v) recognize revenue when (or as) the entity satisfies a performance obligation. The new standard requires disclosure of the nature, amount, timing, and uncertainty of revenue and cash flows arising from contracts with customers. The new standard also includes criteria for the capitalization and amortization of certain contract acquisition and fulfillment costs.

Effective January 1, 2018, we adopted ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, using the modified retrospective method of adoption and have elected to apply the new standard only to contracts not completed at January 1, 2018. For contracts that were modified before the effective date, we applied the practical expedient method, which did not have a material effect on our adjustment to opening retained earnings. The reported results for 2018 reflect the application of ASC 606 guidance while the reported results for 2017 were prepared under the guidance of ASC 605, which is also referred to herein as “legacy GAAP.”

Under ASC 606, revenue is recognized when control of the promised goods or services is transferred to the customer, in an amount that reflects the consideration we expect to be entitled to in exchange for those goods or services. Our contracts with customers state the terms of sale, including the description, quantity, and price of the product or service purchased. Payment terms can vary by contract, but the period between invoicing and when payment is due is not significant. At September 30, 2018 and January 1, 2018, our contracts do not include any significant financing components.


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Consistent with legacy GAAP, we present taxes assessed on revenue-producing transactions on a net basis.

Disaggregation of Revenue

We disaggregate revenue by vertical market and key revenue stream. The following table summarizes revenue from contracts with customers for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 by our key vertical markets:
In thousands
 
For the three months ended September 30, 2018
 
For the nine months ended September 30, 2018
B2B
 
$
14,069

 
$
47,673

Consumer Brands
 
12,642

 
47,893

Financial Services
 
13,185

 
42,185

Healthcare
 
4,382

 
12,800

Retail
 
14,933

 
46,884

Transportation
 
4,377

 
16,982

    Total Revenues
 
$
63,588

 
$
214,417


The nature of the services offered by each key revenue stream are different. The following tables summarize revenue from contracts with customers for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 by our four major revenue streams and the pattern of revenue recognition:
 
 
For the three months ended Sep 30, 2018
In thousands
 
Revenue for performance obligations recognized
over time
 
Revenue for performance obligations recognized at a point in time
 
Total
Agency & Digital Services
 
$
6,784

 
$
283

 
$
7,067

Database Marketing Solutions
 
7,634

 
683

 
8,317

Direct Mail, Logistics, and Fulfillment
 
30,289

 
1,574

 
31,863

Contact Centers
 
16,341

 

 
16,341

    Total Revenues
 
$
61,048

 
$
2,540

 
$
63,588

 
 
For the Nine Months Ended September 30, 2018
In thousands
 
Revenue for performance obligations recognized
over time
 
Revenue for performance obligations recognized at a point in time
 
Total
Agency & Digital Services
 
$
28,798

 
$
873

 
$
29,671

Database Marketing Solutions
 
24,287

 
2,503

 
26,790

Direct Mail, Logistics, and Fulfillment
 
92,962

 
6,114

 
99,076

Contact Centers
 
58,880

 

 
58,880

    Total Revenues
 
$
204,927

 
$
9,490

 
$
214,417


Our contracts with customers may consist of multiple performance obligations. If the contract contains a single performance obligation, the entire transaction price is allocated to the single performance obligation. Contracts that contain multiple performance obligations require an allocation of the transaction price to each performance obligation based on a relative standalone selling price (SSP) basis unless the transaction price is variable and meets the criteria to be allocated entirely to a performance obligation or to a distinct good or service that forms part of a single performance obligation. For most performance obligations, we determine standalone selling price based on the price at which the performance obligation is sold separately. Although uncommon, if the standalone selling price is not observable through past transactions, we estimate the standalone selling price taking into account available information such as market conditions and internally approved pricing guidelines related to the performance obligations. Further discussion of other performance obligations in each of our major revenue streams follows:




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Agency & Digital Services

Our agency services are full-service, customer engagement agencies specializing in direct and digital communications for both consumer and business-to-business markets. Our digital solutions integrate online services within the marketing mix and include: search engine management, display, digital analytics, website development and design, digital strategy, social media, email, e-commerce, and interactive relationship management. Our contracts may include a promise to purchase media or acquire search engine marketing solutions on behalf of our clients; in such cases, we have determined we are an agent, rather than principal and therefore recognize the net consideration as revenue (consistent with legacy GAAP).

Agency and digital services performance obligations are satisfied over time and often offered on a project basis. We have concluded that the best approach of measuring the progress toward completion of the project based performance obligations is the input method based on costs or labor hours incurred to date dependent upon whether costs or labor hours more accurately depict the transfer of value to the customer.

The variable consideration in these contracts primarily relates to time and material based services and reimbursable out-of-pocket travel costs, both of which are estimated using the expected value method. For time and material based contracts, we use the “as invoiced” practical expedient.

Database Marketing Solutions

Our solutions are built around centralized marketing databases with services rendered to build custom database, database hosting services, customer or target marketing lists and data processing services.

These performance obligations, including services rendered to build a custom database, database hosting services, professional services, customer or target marketing lists and data processing services, may be satisfied over time or at a point in time. We provide software as a service ("SaaS") solutions to host data for customers and have concluded that they are stand-ready obligations to be recognized over time on a monthly basis. Our promise to provide certain data related services meets the over-time recognition criteria because our services do not create an asset with an alternative use and we have an enforceable right to payment. For performance obligations recognized over time, we choose either the input (i.e. labor hour) or output method (i.e. number of customer records) to measure the progress toward completion depending on the nature of the services provided. Some of our other data-related services do not meet the over-time criteria and are therefore, recognized at a point-in-time, typically upon the delivery of a specific deliverable.

We charge our customers for certain data-related services at a fixed transaction based rate, e.g., per thousand customer records processed. Because the quantity of transactions is unknown at the onset of a contract, our transaction price is variable and we use the expected value method to estimate the transaction price. The uncertainty associated with the variable consideration generally resolves within a short period of time since the duration of these contracts is generally less than two months.

Direct Mail, Logistics, and Fulfillment

Our services include: digital printing, print on demand, advanced mail optimization, logistics and transportation optimization, tracking, commingling, shrink wrapping, and specialized mailings. We also maintain fulfillment centers where we provide custom kitting services, print on demand, product recalls, and freight optimization allowing our customers to distribute literature and other marketing materials.

The majority of performance obligations offered within this revenue stream are satisfied over time and utilize the input or output method, depending on the nature of the service, to measure progress toward satisfying the performance obligation. For performance obligations where we charge customers a transaction based fee, we utilize the output method based on the quantities fulfilled. Services provided through our fulfillment centers are typically priced at a per transaction basis and our contracts provide us the right to invoice for services provided and reflects the value to the customer of the services transferred to date. In most cases, we use the “as invoiced” practical expedient to recognize revenue associated with these performance obligations unless significant discounts are offered in a contract and prices for services do not represent their standalone selling prices. For our direct mail revenue stream, our contracts may include a promise to purchase postage on behalf of our clients; in such cases, we have determined we are an agent, rather than principal and therefore recognize net consideration as revenue (consistent with legacy GAAP).


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The variable consideration in our contracts results primarily from the transaction based fee structure of some performance obligations with their total transaction quantities to be provided unknown at the onset of a contract, which is estimated using the expected value method.
    
Contact Centers

We operate tele-service workstations in the U.S., Asia, and Europe to provide advanced contact center solutions such as: speech, voice and video chat, integrated voice response, analytics, social cloud monitoring, and web self-service.

Performance obligations are stand-ready obligations and satisfied over time. With regard to account management and SaaS, we use a time-elapsed output method. For performance obligations where we charge customers a transaction based fee, we use the output method based on transaction quantities. In most cases, our contracts provide us the right to invoice for services provided, therefore, we generally use the “as invoiced” practical expedient to recognize revenue associated with these performance obligations unless significant discounts are offered in a contract and prices for services do not represent their standalone selling prices.

The variable consideration in our contracts results primarily from the transaction based fee structure of some performance obligations with their total transaction quantities to be provided unknown at the onset of a contract, which is estimated using the expected value method.

Upfront Non-Refundable Fees

We may receive non-refundable upfront fees from customers for implementation of our SaaS database solutions products or for providing training in connection with our contact center solutions. These activities are not deemed to transfer a separate promised service and therefore, represent advanced payments. Where customers have an option to renew a contract, the customer is not required to pay similar upfront fees upon renewal. As a result, we have determined that these renewal options provide for the purchase of future services at a reduced rate and therefore, provide a material right. These upfront non-refundable fees are recognized over the period of benefit which is generally consistent with estimated customer life (four and five years for database solutions contracts and six months to one year for contact center contracts). The upfront non-refundable fees collected from customers were immaterial as of September 30, 2018.

Transaction Price Allocated to Future Performance Obligations

We have elected to apply certain optional exemptions that limit the disclosure requirements over remaining performance obligations at period end to exclude: performance obligations that have an original expected duration of one year or less, transactions using the “as invoiced” practical expedient, or when a performance obligation is a series and we have allocated the variable consideration directly to the services performed. After considering the above exemptions, the transaction prices allocated to unsatisfied or partially satisfied performance obligations as of September 30, 2018 totaled $0.9 million, which is expected to be recognized over the following 3 years as follows: $0.2 million for the remaining 3 months of 2018, $0.6 million in 2019 and $0.1 million in 2020.

Contract Balances

We record a receivable when revenue is recognized prior to invoicing when we have an unconditional right to consideration (only the passage of time is required before payment of that consideration is due) and a contract asset when the right to payment is conditional upon our future performance such as delivery of an additional good or service (e.g. customer contract requires customer's final acceptance of custom database solution or delivery of final marketing strategy delivery presentation before customer payment is required). If invoicing occurs prior to revenue recognition, the unearned revenue is presented on our Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as a contract liability, referred to as deferred revenue. The following table summarizes our contract balances as of January 1, 2018 and September 30, 2018:
In thousands
 
September 30, 2018
 
January 1, 2018
Contract assets
 
$
2,848

 
$
7,120

Deferred revenue and customer advances
 
6,446

 
5,906

Deferred revenue, included in other long-term liabilities
 
399

 
341


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Revenue recognized during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 from amounts included in deferred revenue at the beginning of the period was approximately $3.1 million. We recognized no revenues during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 from performance obligations satisfied or partially satisfied in previous periods. During the nine months ended September 30, 2018, we reclassified $7.1 million of contract assets to receivables as a result of the right to the transaction consideration becoming unconditional.

Costs to Obtain and Fulfill a Contract

We recognize an asset for the direct costs incurred to obtain and fulfill our contracts with customers to the extent that we expect to recover these costs and if the benefit is longer than one year. These costs are amortized to expense over the expected period of benefit in a manner that is consistent with the transfer of the related goods or services to which the asset relates. The remaining unamortized contract costs were $1.3 million as of September 30, 2018. For the periods presented, no impairment was recognized.

Financial Statement Impact of Adopting ASC 606

Upon the adoption of ASC 606 on January 1, 2018, we recorded a cumulative adjustment of $0.6 million, a net increase to opening retained earnings as of January 1, 2018. The following table shows the cumulative effect of the changes made to the accounts on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of January 1, 2018 (in thousands):

 
As Reported
 
 
 
Adjusted
 
December 31, 2017
 
Cumulative Adjustments
 
January 1,
2018
ASSETS
 

 

 

Accounts receivable, net
 
$
81,397

 
$
(6,710
)
 
$
74,687

Contract assets
 

 
7,120

 
7,120

Other current assets
 
3,900

 
373

 
4,273

Other assets
 
3,230

 
1,018

 
4,248


 

 

 

LIABILITIES
 

 


 


Deferred revenue and related expenses
 
5,342

 
564

 
5,906

Deferred income taxes
 
773

 
119

 
892

Other current liabilities
 
3,732

 
245

 
3,977

Other long-term liabilities
 
4,201

 
302

 
4,503


 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
 

 

 

Retained earnings
 
794,583

 
571

 
795,154


The cumulative effect adjustments to the opening retained earnings relate to a few key differences between legacy GAAP and ASC 606 which include capitalizing costs to obtain and fulfill a contract (increase to retained earnings), changes in the timing of revenue recognition for non-refundable upfront fees (decrease to retained earnings), and changes in the timing of revenue recognition for Database Marketing Solutions and Logistics services (increase to retained earnings).
  
Impact of New Revenue Guidance on Financial Statement Line Items

We identified the financial statement line items impacted by ASC 606 as compared to the pro-forma amounts had the legacy GAAP been in effect, as of and for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, and these are summarized as follows:

Balance Sheet Financial Statement Line Items
The impact of adopting ASC 606 had the following impact on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of September 30, 2018: an increase of $3.1 million and $1.7 million to reported total assets and reported retained earnings, respectively, and an increase in total reported liabilities of $1.4 million as compared to the pro-forma balance sheet which assumes legacy GAAP remained in effect as of September 30, 2018. The reported total assets increase was largely due to capitalized costs to obtain and fulfill contracts and contract assets recognized for

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performance obligations in our Database Marketing Solutions and Logistics businesses, of which revenues are recognized over time. The reported total liabilities increase was largely due to deferred revenue recognized for upfront non-refundable fee and accrued expenses associated with performance obligations in our Database Marketing Solutions and Logistics businesses.

Income Statement Financial Statement Line Items (three and nine months ended September 30, 2018)
The impact of adopting ASC 606 did not have a significant impact on our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income/(Loss) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

The adoption of ASC 606 had no significant impact on our cash flows from operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2018. The aforementioned impacts resulted in offsetting shifts in cash flows throughout net income and various changes in working capital balances.


Note D - Fair Value of Financial Instruments
 
FASB ASC 820, Fair Value Measurements and Disclosures, defines fair value as the price that would be received to sell an asset or paid to transfer a liability in an orderly transaction between market participants at the measurement date. The guidance also establishes a fair value hierarchy that prioritizes the inputs used in valuation methodologies into three levels:
Level 1
Quoted prices in active markets for identical assets or liabilities.
 
 
Level 2
Observable inputs other than Level 1 prices, such as quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities; quoted prices in markets that are not active; or other inputs that are observable or can be corroborated by observable market data for substantially the full term of the assets or liabilities.
 
 
Level 3
Unobservable inputs that are supported by little or no market activity and that are significant to the fair value of the assets or liabilities.
Because of their maturities and/or variable interest rates, certain financial instruments have fair values approximating their carrying values. These instruments include cash and cash equivalents, accounts receivable, and trade payables. Our calculation of the acquisition related contingent consideration accounted for at fair value on a recurring basis is disclosed in Note M, Disposition.

Note E - Convertible Preferred Stock

Our Amended and Restated Certificate of Incorporation authorizes us to issue 1.0 million shares of preferred stock (“Preferred Stock”). On January 30, 2018, we issued 9,926 shares of our Series A Preferred Stock to Wipro, LLC (as further described in Note A above under the heading "Securities Purchase Agreement") at an issue price of $1,000 per share, for gross proceeds of $9.9 million pursuant to a Certificate of Designation filed with the State of Delaware on January 29, 2018. We incurred $0.2 million of transactions fees in connection with the issuance of the Preferred Stock which are netted against the gross proceeds of $9.9 million on our Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Series A Preferred Stock has the following rights and privileges:

Liquidation Rights

In the event of a liquidation, dissolution or winding down of the company or a Fundamental Transaction (defined in the Certificate of Designation for the Series A Preferred Stock), whether voluntary or involuntary, the holders of the Series A Preferred Stock are entitled to receive, prior to and in preference to the holders of common stock, from the assets of the company available for distribution, an amount equal to the greater of (i) the original issue price, plus any dividends accrued but unpaid thereon, and (ii) such amount per share as would have been payable had all shares of Series A Preferred Stock been converted into Common Stock immediately before such liquidation.

Upon liquidation, after the payment of all preferential amounts required to be paid to the holders of Series A Preferred Stock, the remaining assets of the Company available for distribution to its stockholders shall be distributed among the holders of common stock.



Dividends


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Upon liquidation, dissolution or winding down of the company, or a Fundamental Transaction, shares of Series A Preferred Stock which have not been otherwise converted to Common Stock, shall be entitled to receive dividends that accrue at a rate of (i) 5% each year, or (ii) the rate that cash dividends were paid in respect of common stock (with Series A Preferred Stock being paid on an as-converted basis in such case) for such year if such rate is greater than 5%. Dividends on the Series A Preferred Stock are cumulative and accrue to the holders thereof whether or not declared by the Board of Directors. Dividends are payable solely upon a Liquidation (as defined in the Certificate of Designation), but only if prior to such Liquidation such shares of Series A Preferred Stock have not been converted to Common Stock. As of September 30, 2018, cumulative dividends payable to the holders of Series A Preferred Stock upon a Liquidation totaled $0.3 million, or $33.42 per share of Series A Preferred Stock.

Conversion

At the option of the holders of Series A Preferred Stock, shares of Series A Preferred Stock may be converted into Common Stock at a rate of 100.90817 shares of Common Stock for one share of Series A Preferred Stock, subject to certain future adjustments.

Voting and Other Rights

The Series A Preferred Stock does not have voting rights, except as otherwise required by law. Other rights afforded the holders of Series A Preferred Stock, under defined circumstances, include the election and removal of one member of the Board of Directors as a separate voting class, the ability to approve certain actions of the Company prior to execution, and preemptive rights to participate in any future issuances of new securities. In addition, under certain circumstances, the holder of the Series A Preferred Stock is entitled to appoint an observer to our Board of Directors. The holder of the Series A Preferred Stock has elected to exercise its observer appointment rights.

We determined that the Series A Preferred Stock has contingent redemption provisions allowing redemption by the holder upon certain defined events. As the event that may trigger the redemption of the Series A Preferred Stock is not solely within our control, the Series A Preferred Stock is classified as mezzanine equity (temporary equity) in the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of September 30, 2018.

Note F — Long-Term Debt
 
As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, we did not have any debt outstanding.

Credit Facilities

On April 17, 2017, we entered into a secured credit facility with Texas Capital Bank, N.A., that provided a $20 million revolving credit facility (the "Texas Capital Credit Facility") and letters of credit issued by Texas Capital Bank up to $5.0 million. The Texas Capital Credit Facility will be used for general corporate purposes. The Texas Capital Credit Facility is secured by substantially all of the company's assets and its material domestic subsidiaries. The Texas Capital Credit Facility is guaranteed by HHS Guaranty, LLC, an entity formed to provide credit support for Harte Hanks by certain members of the Shelton family (descendants of one of our founders).

The Texas Capital Credit Facility originally had an expiration date of April 17, 2019, at which point all outstanding amounts will be due. We can elect to accrue interest on outstanding principal balances at either LIBOR plus 1.95% or prime plus 0.75%. Unused credit balances accrue interest at 0.50%. We are required to pay a quarterly fee of $0.1 million as consideration for the collateral balances provided by HHS Guaranty, LLC.

The Texas Capital Credit Facility is subject to customary covenants requiring insurance, legal compliance, payment of taxes, prohibition of second liens, and secondary indebtedness, as well as the filing of quarterly and annual financial statements.

On January 9, 2018, we entered into an amendment to the Texas Capital Credit Facility that increased the borrowing capacity to $22 million and extended the maturity by one year to April 17, 2020. The Texas Capital Credit Facility remains secured by substantially all of our assets and continues to be guaranteed by HHS Guaranty.

At September 30, 2018, we had letters of credit open in the amount of $2.8 million and no other borrowings outstanding under the facility. As of September 30, 2018, we had the ability to borrow $19.2 million under the Texas Capital Credit Facility. No amounts were drawn against these letters of credit at September 30, 2018. These letters of credit exist to support insurance programs relating to workers’ compensation, automobile, and general liability.




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Note G — Stock-Based Compensation
 
We maintain stock incentive plans for the benefit of certain officers, directors, and employees, including the 2013 Omnibus Incentive Plan. Our stock incentive plans include stock options, cash stock appreciation rights, performance stock units, phantom stock units and cash performance stock units. Our cash stock appreciation rights, phantom stock units and cash performance stock units settle solely in cash and are treated as a liability, which are adjusted each reporting period based on changes in our stock price.

Compensation expense for stock-based awards is based on the fair values of the awards on the date of grant and is recognized on a straight-line basis over the vesting period of the entire award in the “Labor” line of the Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (loss). We recognized $(2.0) million and $0.8 million of stock-based compensation expense during
the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. We recognized $(0.7) million and $1.8 million of stock-based compensation expense during the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. The stock-based compensation expense for 2018 was a credit due to forfeitures resulting from company officers' departures.


Note H — Components of Net Periodic Benefit Cost
 
Prior to January 1, 1999, we maintained a defined benefit pension plan for which most of our employees were eligible (the "Qualified Pension Plan"). We elected to freeze benefits under the Qualified Pension Plan as of December 31, 1998.

In 1994, we adopted a non-qualified, unfunded, supplemental pension plan (the "Restoration Pension Plan") covering certain employees, which provides for incremental pension payments so that total pension payments equal those amounts that would have been payable from our Qualified Pension Plan were it not for limitations imposed by income tax regulation. The Restoration Pension Plan was intended to provide benefits equivalent to our Qualified Pension Plan as if such plan had not been frozen. We elected to freeze benefits under the Restoration Pension Plan as of April 1, 2014.

Net pension cost for both plans included the following components:
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
In thousands
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Interest cost
 
$
1,685

 
$
1,837

 
$
5,055

 
$
5,511

Expected return on plan assets
 
(1,524
)
 
(1,832
)
 
(4,571
)
 
(5,496
)
Recognized actuarial loss
 
689

 
688

 
2,066

 
2,065

Net periodic benefit cost
 
$
850

 
$
693

 
$
2,550

 
$
2,080


We are not required to make, and do not intend to make, any contributions to our Qualified Pension Plan in 2018. Based on current estimates, we will not be required to make any contributions to our Qualified Pension Plan until the 2019 plan year.

We are not required to make, and do not intend to make, any contributions to our Restoration Pension Plan other than to the extent needed to cover benefit payments. We made benefit payments under this supplemental plan of $0.4 million and $1.3 million in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, respectively.

Note I - Income Taxes

Our three months ended September 30, 2018 income tax benefit of $1.4 million resulted in an effective income tax rate of 12.6%. Our nine months ended September 30, 2018 income tax benefit of $10.8 million resulted in a negative effective income tax rate of 211.4%. The effective income tax rate for the three months ended September 30, 2018 differs from the federal statutory rate of 21.0%, primarily due to 1) valuation allowances recorded on our deferred tax assets for current period federal net operating losses incurred, as we have concluded that it is more likely than not that these deferred tax assets will not be realized, and 2) our return-to-provision true up, which resulted in reversal of deferred tax balances and change in valuation allowance at the 2017 federal statutory rate of 35%, creating additional ordinary loss for carryback. The effective income tax benefit for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 differs from the federal statutory rate of 21.0%, primarily due to the capital loss generated from the sale of 3Q Digital which will be available for carryback. We have historically, including for 2017, calculated the provision for income taxes during interim reporting periods by applying an estimate of the annual effective tax rate for the full calendar year to ordinary income or loss for the reporting period. However, we have used a discrete effective tax rate method to calculate income taxes for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 because we determined that our ordinary income or loss cannot be reliably estimated and small changes in estimated ordinary income would result in significant changes in the estimated annual effective tax rate.


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Our three months ended September 30, 2017 income tax expense of $0.4 million resulted in a negative effective income tax rate of 18.2%. Our nine months ended September 30, 2017 income tax benefit of $3.3 million resulted in an effective income tax rate of 20.8%. The effective income tax rate for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 differs from the federal statutory rate of 35.0%, primarily due to the nondeductible interest associated with the 3Q Digital contingent consideration and foreign tax credit limitations on dividends paid from foreign subsidiaries. As noted above, we calculated the provision for income taxes for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2017 by applying an estimate of the annual effective tax rate for the full calendar year to ordinary income or loss for the reporting period.

The U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the "Tax Reform Act”) was enacted on December 22, 2017. The legislation significantly changed U.S. tax law by, among other things, lowering the corporate income tax rate from 35% to 21%, implementing a territorial tax system and imposing a one-time repatriation tax on deemed repatriated earnings of foreign subsidiaries. Due to the timing of the enactment and the complexity involved in applying the provisions of the Tax Reform Act, we made reasonable estimates of the effects and recorded provisional amounts in our financial statements as of December 31, 2017
in accordance with the SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin (“SAB”) 118. We did not record any adjustments to our provisional amounts in the first, second, or third quarter of 2018. The provisional amounts are subject to revisions as we continue to complete our analysis of the Tax Reform Act, collect and prepare necessary data, and interpret any additional guidance issued by the U.S. Treasury Department, Internal Revenue Service ("IRS"), the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB"), and other standard-setting and regulatory bodies. Any such revisions will be treated in accordance with the one-year measurement period guidance outlined in SAB 118.

Harte Hanks, or one of our subsidiaries, files income tax returns in the U.S. federal, U.S. state, and foreign jurisdictions. For U.S. state returns, we are no longer subject to tax examinations for tax years prior to 2013. For U.S. federal and foreign returns, we are no longer subject to tax examinations for tax years prior to 2015.

We have elected to classify any interest expense and penalties related to income taxes within income tax expense in our Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income (Loss). We did not have a significant amount of interest or penalties accrued at September 30, 2018 or December 31, 2017.


Note J - Earnings Per Share
 
In periods in which the company has net income, the company is required to calculate earnings per share ("EPS") using the two-class method. The two-class method is required because the company's preferred stock is considered a participating security with objectively determinable and non-discretionary dividend participation rights. Preferred stockholders have the right to participate in dividends above their five percent dividend rate should the company declare dividends on its Common Stock at a dividend rate higher than the five percent (on an as-converted basis). Under the two-class method, undistributed and distributed earnings are allocated on a pro-rata basis to the common and the preferred stockholders. The weighted-average number of common and preferred stock outstanding during the period is then used to calculate EPS for each class of shares.

In periods in which the company has a net loss, basic loss per share is calculated using the treasury stock method. The treasury stock method is calculated by dividing the net loss by the weighted-average number of common shares outstanding during the period. The two-class method is not used, because the calculation would be anti-dilutive.


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Reconciliations of basic and diluted EPS were as follows:
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
In thousands, except per share amounts
 
2018
 
2017
Net loss
 
$
(9,984
)
 
$
(2,480
)
Less: Preferred stock dividends
 
125

 

Loss attributable to common stockholders
 
$
(10,109
)
 
$
(2,480
)
 
 
 
 
 
Basic loss per Common Share
 
 
 
 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding
 
6,250

 
6,201

Basic loss per common share
 
$
(1.62
)
 
$
(0.40
)
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted Earnings (loss) per Common Share
 
 

 
 

Weighted-average shares used to compute earnings/(loss) per share attributable to common shares
 
6,250

 
6,201

Diluted loss per common share
 
$
(1.62
)
 
$
(0.40
)
 
 
 
 
 
Computation of Shares Used in Diluted Earnings (loss) Per Common Share
 
 

 
 

Weighted-average common shares outstanding
 
6,250

 
6,201

Shares used in diluted earnings (loss) per common share computations
 
6,250

 
6,201


0.2 million and 0.3 million shares of anti-dilutive market price options have been excluded from the calculation of shares used in the diluted EPS calculation for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. 0.1 million and 0.2 million of anti-dilutive unvested shares were excluded from the calculation of shares used in the diluted EPS calculation for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. 1.0 million shares of anti-dilutive preferred stock (as if converted) have been excluded from the calculation of shares used in the diluted EPS calculation for the three months ended September 30, 2018.

 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
In thousands, except per share amounts
 
2018
 
2017
Numerator:






   Net income (loss)

$
15,909


$
(12,519
)
   Less: Preferred stock dividend

332



   Less: Earnings attributable to participating securities

1,957



Numerator for basic EPS: income/(loss) attributable to common stockholders

$
13,620


$
(12,519
)







Effect of dilutive securities:






   Add back: Allocation of earnings to participating securities

1,957



Numerator for diluted EPS

$
15,577


$
(12,519
)







Denominator:






Basic EPS denominator: weighted-average common shares outstanding

6,230


6,187








Effect of dilutive securities:






   Unvested shares

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Diluted EPS denominator

6,251


6,187








Basic earnings (loss) per common share

$
2.19


$
(2.02
)
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share

$
2.18


$
(2.02
)

0.3 million and 0.3 million shares of anti-dilutive market price options have been excluded from the calculation of shares used in the diluted EPS calculation for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively. 0.1 million and 0.1 million

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of anti-dilutive unvested shares were excluded from the calculation of shares used in the diluted EPS calculation for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, respectively.

Note K — Comprehensive Income (Loss)
 
Comprehensive income (loss) for a period encompasses net income (loss) and all other changes in equity other than from transactions with our stockholders. Our comprehensive income (loss) was as follows:
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
In thousands
 
2018
 
2017
 
2018
 
2017
Net Income (loss)
 
$
(9,984
)
 
$
(2,480
)
 
$
15,909

 
$
(12,519
)

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other comprehensive income (loss):
 
 

 
 

 
 

 
 

     Adjustment to pension liability
 
689

 
688

 
2,065

 
1,940

Tax expense
 
(172
)
 
(275
)
 
(516
)
 
(776
)
Adjustment to pension liability, net of tax
 
517

 
413

 
1,549

 
1,164

Foreign currency translation adjustment, net of tax
 
(248
)
 
33

 
(1,207
)
 
677

Total other comprehensive income, net of tax
 
269

 
446

 
342

 
1,841


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total comprehensive Income (loss)
 
$
(9,715
)
 
$
(2,034
)
 
$
16,251

 
$
(10,678
)

Changes in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) by component were as follows:
In thousands
 
Defined Benefit
Pension Items
 
Foreign Currency Items
 
Total
Balance at December 31, 2017
 
$
(45,418
)
 
$
1,115

 
$
(44,303
)
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax, before reclassifications
 

 
(1,207
)
 
(1,207
)
Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax, to other, net, on the condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss)
 
1,549

 

 
1,549

Net current period other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
 
1,549

 
(1,207
)
 
342

Balance at September 30, 2018
 
$
(43,869
)
 
$
(92
)
 
$
(43,961
)
In thousands
 
Defined Benefit
Pension Items
 
Foreign Currency Items
 
Total
Balance at December 31, 2016
 
$
(46,977
)
 
$
799

 
$
(46,178
)
Other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax, before reclassifications
 

 
677

 
677

Amounts reclassified from accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax, to other, net, on the condensed consolidated statements of comprehensive income (loss)
 
1,164

 

 
1,164

Net current period other comprehensive income (loss), net of tax
 
1,164

 
677

 
1,841

Balance at September 30, 2017
 
$
(45,813
)
 
$
1,476

 
$
(44,337
)

Reclassification amounts related to the defined pension plans are included in the computation of net periodic pension benefit cost (see Note H, Components of Net Periodic Pension Benefit Cost).

Note L — Litigation and Contingencies
 
In the normal course of our business, we are obligated under some agreements to indemnify our clients as a result of claims that we infringe on the proprietary rights of third parties. The terms and duration of these commitments vary and, in some cases, may be indefinite, and certain of these commitments do not limit the maximum amount of future payments we could become obligated to make thereunder; accordingly, our actual aggregate maximum exposure related to these types of commitments is not reasonably estimable. Historically, we have not been obligated to make significant payments for obligations of this nature, and no liabilities have been recorded for these obligations in our consolidated financial statements.

We are also subject to various claims and legal proceedings in the course of conducting our businesses and, from time to time, we may become involved in additional claims and lawsuits incidental to our businesses. We routinely assess the likelihood of adverse judgments or outcomes to these matters, as well as ranges of probable losses; to the extent losses are reasonably

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estimable. Accruals are recorded for these matters to the extent that management concludes a loss is probable and the financial impact, should an adverse outcome occur, is reasonable estimable.

In the opinion of management, appropriate and adequate accruals for legal matters have been made, and management believes that the probability of a material loss beyond the amounts accrued is remote. Nevertheless, we cannot predict the impact of future developments affecting our pending or future claims and lawsuits. We expense legal costs as incurred, and all recorded legal liabilities are adjusted as required as better information becomes available to us. The factors we consider when recording an accrual for contingencies include, among others: (i) the opinions and views of our legal counsel; (ii) our previous experience; and (iii) the decision of our management as to how we intend to respond to the complaints.

Note M — Disposition
 
On February 28, 2018, we sold our 3Q Digital, Inc. subsidiary ("3Q Digital") to an entity owned by certain former owners of the 3Q Digital business. Consideration for the sale included $5.0 million in cash proceeds, subject to certain working capital adjustments, and up to $5.0 million in additional consideration if the 3Q Digital business is sold again (provided certain value thresholds are met). The $35.0 million contingent consideration obligation of the company that related to our acquisition of 3Q Digital in 2015 was assigned to the buyer, thereby relieving us of the obligation. In addition, the identified intangible assets with definite lives for client relationships and non-compete agreements were written-off as a component of the gain on sale.

The 3Q Digital business represented less than 10% of our total 2017 revenues. As a result of the sale, the company recognized a pre-tax gain of $31.0 million in the first quarter of 2018. The assets of 3Q Digital included net intangible assets and the liabilities (including contingent consideration) were removed from our balance sheet as a result of the disposition.

The purchase agreement and subsequent amendment to the purchase agreement for the 2015 acquisition of 3Q Digital included a contingent consideration arrangement that would have required us to pay the former owners of 3Q Digital an additional cash payment depending on achievement of certain revenue growth goals. The potential undiscounted amount of all future payments that would have been required to be paid under the contingent consideration arrangement was $35.0 million in cash payable in 2019.

A reconciliation of accrued balances of the contingent consideration using significant unobservable inputs (Level 3) is as follows:
(in thousands)
 
Fair Value
Accrued contingent consideration liability as of December 31, 2017
 
$
33,887

Accretion of interest
 
742

Disposition
 
(34,629
)
Accrued contingent consideration liability as of September 30, 2018
 
$



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Note N - Impairment of Long-Lived Assets

During the third quarter of 2018, we recorded asset impairment charges relating to an internally developed data management platform within our Database Marketing Solutions product line. In the third quarter of fiscal 2018, we experienced declining sales and lower customer demand that was supported by this data management platform, which led us to reassess previous estimates for expected growth in volumes, prices and margins. As a result, the corresponding forecasted cash flows were lowered reflecting further demand decline. Due to these revised forecasts, we performed the quantitative impairment test and determined that the estimated undiscounted cash flows of the data management platform were not sufficient to recover its carrying value, resulting in a long-term asset impairment charge of $3.8 million.

Note O — Certain Relationships and Related Party Transactions

Since 2016, we have conducted (and we continue to conduct) business with Wipro, LLC (“Wipro”), whereby Wipro provides us with a variety of technology-related services, including database and software development, database support and analytics, IT infrastructure support, leased facilities and digital campaign management. Additionally, we also provide Wipro with agency services and consulting services.

Effective January 30, 2018, Wipro became a related party when it purchased 9,926 shares of our Series A Preferred Stock (which are convertible at Wipro's option into 1,001,614 shares of our Common Stock), for aggregate consideration of $9.9 million. For information pertaining to the Company’s preferred stock, See Note E, Convertible Preferred Stock.

During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, we recorded an immaterial amount of revenue for services we provided to Wipro.

During the three months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, we recorded $3.2 million and $1.0 million of expense, respectively, in technology-related services and lease expense for a facility Wipro provided to us. During the nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017, we recorded $9.3 million and $3.9 million of expense, respectively, in technology-related services and lease expense for a facility Wipro provided to us.

During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, we capitalized $0.1 million and $1.6 million of costs ($1.0 million of which was included in the asset impairment charge for the quarter ended September 30, 2018), respectively, for internally developed software services received from Wipro. These remaining capitalized costs are included in Property, Plant and Equipment on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of September 30, 2018.

As of September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, we had a trade payable due to Wipro of $2.6 million and $2.2 million, respectively. As of September 30, 2018, we had an immaterial amount in trade receivables due from Wipro for services provided in 2017 but invoiced in 2018 and no trade receivables due from Wipro as of December 31, 2017.

As described in “Note F- Long-Term Debt", the Company’s Texas Capital Credit Facility is secured by HHS Guaranty, LLC, an entity formed to provide credit support for the Company by certain members of the Shelton family (descendants of one of our founders). Pursuant to the Amended and Restated Fee, Reimbursement and Indemnity Agreement, dated January 9, 2018, between HHS Guarantee. LLC and the Company, HHS Guarantee, LLC has the right to appoint one representative director to the Board of Directors. Currently, David L. Copeland serves as the HHS Guarantee, LLC representative on the Board of Directors.




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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
 
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
 
This report, including the Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations ("MD&A"), contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. All such statements are qualified by this cautionary note, which is provided pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (the "1933 Act") and Section 21E of the 1934 Act. Forward-looking statements may also be included in our other public filings, press releases, our website, and oral and written presentations by management. Statements other than historical facts are forward-looking and may be identified by words such as “may,” “will,” “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “estimates,” “seeks,” “could,” “intends,” or words of similar meaning. Examples include statements regarding (1) our strategies and initiatives, (2) adjustments to our cost structure and other actions designed to respond to market conditions and improve our performance, and the anticipated effectiveness and expenses associated with these actions, (3) our financial outlook for revenues, earnings per share, operating income, expense related to equity-based compensation, capital resources and other financial items, (4) expectations for our businesses and for the industries in which we operate, including the impact of economic conditions of the markets we serve on the marketing expenditures and activities of our clients and prospects, (5) competitive factors, (6) acquisition, disposition, and development plans, (7) our stock repurchase program, (8) expectations regarding legal proceedings and other contingent liabilities, (9) the impact of recent tax reform legislation on our results of operations, and (10) other statements regarding future events, conditions, or outcomes.
 
These forward-looking statements are based on current information, expectations, and estimates and involve risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors that are difficult to predict and that could cause actual results to vary materially from what is expressed in or indicated by the forward-looking statements. In that event, our business, financial condition, results of operations, or liquidity could be materially adversely affected and investors in our securities could lose part or all of their investments. Some of these risks, uncertainties, assumptions, and other factors can be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the factors discussed under “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in the 2017 10-K, Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarters ended June 30, 2018 and March 31, 2018 and in the “Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” in our third quarter 2018 earnings release issued on November 7, 2018. The forward-looking statements included in this report and those included in our other public filings, press releases, our website, and oral and written presentations by management are made only as of the respective dates thereof, and we undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statement in this report or in other documents, our website, or oral statements for any reason, even if new information becomes available or other events occur in the future, except as required by law.

Overview
 
The following MD&A section is intended to help the reader understand the results of operations and financial condition of Harte Hanks, Inc. This section is provided as a supplement to, and should be read in conjunction with, our consolidated financial statements and the accompanying notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements as well as our 2017 Form 10-K. Our 2017 Form 10-K contains a discussion of other matters not included herein, such as disclosures regarding critical accounting policies and estimates, and contractual obligations. The following MD&A of Financial Condition and Results of Operations gives retroactive effect to the Reverse Stock Split for all periods presented, unless otherwise noted. See Note A, Basis of Presentation, in the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements for further information.

Harte Hanks partners with clients to deliver relevant, connected, and quality customer interactions. Our approach starts with discovery and learning, which leads to customer journey mapping, creative and content development, analytics, and data management, and ends with execution and support in a variety of digital and traditional channels. We do something powerful: we produce engaging and memorable customer interactions to drive business results for our clients, which is why Harte Hanks is known for developing better customer relationships and experiences and defining interaction-led marketing.

Our services offer a wide variety of integrated, multi-channel, data-driven solutions for top brands around the globe. We help our clients gain insight into their customers’ behaviors from their data and use that insight to create innovative multi-channel marketing programs to deliver a return on marketing investment. We believe our clients’ success is determined not only by how good their tools are, but how well we help them use the tools to gain insight and analyze their consumers. This results in a strong and enduring relationship between our clients and their customers. We offer a full complement of capabilities and resources to provide a broad range of marketing services, from direct mail to social media, including:

agency and digital services;
database marketing solutions;
direct mail, logistics and fulfillment; and
contact centers.

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We are affected by the general, national, and international economic and business conditions in the markets where we and our customers operate. Marketing budgets are largely discretionary in nature, and as a consequence are easier for our clients to reduce in the short-term than other expenses. Our revenues are also affected by the economic fundamentals of each industry that we serve, various market factors, including the demand for services by our clients, and the financial condition of and budgets available to specific clients, among other factors. We remain committed to making the investments necessary to execute our multichannel strategy while also continuing to adjust our cost structure to reduce costs in the parts of the business that are not growing as fast.

We continued to face a challenging competitive environment in 2018. The sale of 3Q Digital in 2018, and our recent preferred stock agreement with Wipro, LLC are all parts of our efforts to prioritize our investments and focus on our core business of optimizing our clients' customer journey across an omni-channel delivery platform. We have taken actions to return the business to profitability and improve our cash, liquidity, and financial position. This includes workforce restructuring, making investments targeted at improving product offerings, and implementing expense reductions.

Recent Developments

CEO Transaction

On August 28, 2018, we announced that Karen Puckett stepped down as our President and Chief Executive Officer, as well as resigned from her membership on the Company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. In order to ensure continuity and strategic direction going forward, the Company has created a temporary office of the CEO (the “Office of the CEO”) to serve as a leadership group and share the duties of the CEO until a new leader is appointed. Those appointed to the Office of the CEO include Company executives Jon Biro, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, who will also serve as the Company's principal executive officer during this transition period, and Andrew Harrison, Executive Vice President of Contact Centers & CHRO, as well as Board members Jack Griffin and Martin Reidy.

Restructuring Activities

On September 21, 2018, our Board of Directors approved a reduction in our workforce for certain employees performing overhead functions. We made significant progress in the reduction in headcount in the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. The workforce reductions resulted in a restructuring charge of approximately $0.3 million for employee severance and related costs and we anticipate that this action will result in annualized cost savings of approximately $3.0 million. In addition, we expect to reduce certain other non-labor discretionary expenses, by the beginning of 2019, which will reduce expenses by approximately $2.0 million per year.


Results of Operations
 
Operating results were as follows:
 
 
Three Months Ended September 30,
 
 
 
Nine Months Ended September 30,
 
 
In thousands
 
2018
 
2017
 
% Change
 
2018
 
2017
 
% Change
Revenues
 
$
63,588

 
$
94,424

 
(32.7
)%
 
$
214,417

 
$
284,040

 
(24.5
)%
Operating expenses
 
73,941

 
93,474

 
(20.9
)%
 
236,114

 
291,222

 
(18.9
)%
Operating Income (loss)
 
$
(10,353
)
 
$
950

 
(1,189.8
)%
 
$
(21,697
)
 
$
(7,182
)
 
202.1
 %
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
Operating margin
 
(16.3
)%
 
1.0
%
 
 
 
(10.1
)%
 
(2.5
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Income (Loss) before taxes
 
$
(11,421
)
 
$
(2,098
)
 
444.4
 %
 
$
5,109

 
$
(15,812
)
 
(132.3
)%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Diluted loss per common share from operations
 
$
(1.62
)
 
$
(0.40
)
 
305.0
 %
 
$
2.18

 
$
(2.02
)
 
(207.9
)%

Revenues

Three months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Three months ended September 30, 2017

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Revenues declined $30.8 million, or 32.7%, in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the third quarter of 2017. These results reflect the impact of declines in all of our industry verticals. Revenues declined in our retail, B2B, financial services, consumer, healthcare and transportation verticals by $9.5 million, or 38.8%, $5.2 million, or 26.9%, $2.1 million, or 13.5%, $9.4 million, or 42.7%, $0.8 million, or 15.4%, and $3.9 million, or 47.0%, respectively. These declines were partially due to the sale of 3Q Digital at the end of February 2018, which led to $9.4 million of the revenue reduction quarter-over-quarter and primarily impacted the B2B and Consumer verticals. Additionally, lost clients and lower volumes from existing clients caused the lower revenues.

Nine months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Nine months ended September 30, 2017

Revenues declined $69.6 million, or 24.5%, in the first nine months of 2018 compared to the first nine months of 2017. These results reflect the impact of declines in all of our industry verticals. Our retail, B2B, financial services, consumer, healthcare and transportation verticals declined $23.5 million, or 33.4%, $13.7 million, or 22.3%, $2.9 million, or 6.4%, $19.1 million, or 28.5%, $3.4 million, or 21.1%, and $7.1 million, or 29.5%, respectively. These declines were partially due to the sale of 3Q at the end of February 2018, which led to $19.5 million of the revenue reduction period-over-period and primarily impacted our B2B and Consumer verticals. Additionally, lost clients and lower volumes from existing clients caused the lower revenues.

Among other factors, our revenue performance will depend on general economic conditions in the markets we serve and how successful we are at maintaining and growing business with existing clients and acquiring new clients. We believe that, in the long-term, an increasing portion of overall marketing and advertising expenditures will be shifted from other advertising media to targeted media advertising resulting in a benefit to our business. Targeted media advertising results can be more effectively tracked, enabling measurement of the return on marketing investment.

Operating Expenses

Three months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Three months ended September 30, 2017

Operating expenses were $73.9 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $93.5 million in the third quarter of 2017. This decline was partially caused by the sale of 3Q Digital ($8.0 million total operating expense reduction quarter-over-quarter). Labor costs declined $19.4 million, or 35.3%, compared to the third quarter of 2017, primarily due to lower payroll expense, our expense reduction efforts, and the sale of 3Q Digital ($6.5 million expense reduction ) which was partially offset by higher severance expense. Production and distribution expenses declined $3.7 million, compared to the third quarter of 2017 primarily due to $2.6 million lower transportation expense for Mail & Logistics associated with lower revenue and the sale of 3Q Digital resulting in $0.6 million lower expense compared to the prior year quarter. Advertising, Selling and General expense increased $0.5 million, or 5.6%, compared to the third quarter of 2017, primarily due to $1.4 million higher professional service which was partially offset by the sale of 3Q Digital ($0.9 million reduction). Impairment of assets was $3.8 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to zero in the third quarter of 2017. Depreciation, software and intangible asset amortization expense declined $0.7 million, or 28.5%, compared to the prior year quarter, primarily due to lower capital expenditure and the elimination of the intangible assets upon the sale of 3Q Digital.

Nine months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Nine months ended September 30, 2017

Operating expenses were $236.1 million in the first nine months of 2018, compared to $291.2 million in 2017. This decline was partially caused by the sale of 3Q Digital ($18.1 million total operating expense reduction). Labor costs declined $46.5 million, or 27.0%, compared to the first nine months of 2017, primarily due to lower payroll expense as a result of our expense reduction efforts and the sale of 3Q Digital ($14.3 million expense reduction). Production and distribution expenses declined $6.6 million, or 8.2%, compared to the first nine months of 2017 primarily due to lower transportation expenses and the sale of 3Q Digital ($1.5 million expense reduction compared to the prior year period).  Advertising, Selling and General expense declined $3.5 million, or 11.6%, compared to the first nine months of 2017, primarily due to a reduction in employee-related expenses and the sale of 3Q Digital ($2.2 million expense reduction). Impairment of assets was $3.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to zero in the nine months ended September 30, 2017. Depreciation, software and intangible asset amortization expense declined $2.3 million, or 28.0%, compared to the prior year period, primarily due to the lower capital expenditure and the elimination of the intangible assets upon the sale of 3Q Digital.

The largest components of our operating expenses are labor, outsourced costs, and mail transportation expenses. Each of these costs is, at least in part, variable and tends to fluctuate in line with revenues and the demand for our services. Mail transportation rates have increased over the last few years due to demand and supply fluctuations within the transportation industry. Future changes in mail transportation expenses will continue to impact our total production costs and total operating expenses and may have an impact on future demand for our supply chain management services.

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Postage costs of mailings are borne by our clients and are not directly reflected in our revenues or expenses.

Operating Loss

Three months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Three months ended September 30, 2017

Operating loss was $10.4 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to $1 million operating income in the third quarter of 2017. The $11.3 million decline reflected the impact of lower revenues of $30.8 million, partially offset by a $19.5 million decline in operating expenses. The sale of 3Q Digital in late February 2018 reduced operating income by $1.4 million, as compared to nine months ended September 30, 2017. The impairment of assets in September 2018 also reduced operating income by $3.8 million. We did not record any impairment charges in the three months ended September 30, 2017.

Nine months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Nine months ended September 30, 2017

Operating loss was $21.7 million in the nine months ended September 2018, compared to $7.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The $14.5 million increase in operating loss reflects the impact of lower revenues of $69.6 million, partially offset by a $55.1 million decline in operating expenses. The sale of 3Q Digital in late February 2018 resulted in an immaterial operating loss increase compared to the nine months of 2017. The impairment of assets in September 2018 also reduced operating income by $3.8 million. We did not record any impairment charges in the nine months ended September 30, 2017.

Interest Expense
 
Three months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Three months ended September 30, 2017
 
Interest expense, net, in the third quarter of 2018 declined $1.1 million compared to the third quarter of 2017. This decline was due to a lower overall debt balance and the elimination of interest accretion expense related to the 3Q Digital contingent consideration liability as of February 2018 ($1.0 million expense reduction).

Nine months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Nine months ended September 30, 2017

Interest expense, net, in the nine months ended September 30, 2018 declined $2.3 million compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017. This decline is due to a lower interest accretion expense in the first nine months of 2018 due to the elimination of the 3Q Digital contingent consideration liability in late February 2018 ($2.4 million expense reduction).

Gain on sale

The gain on sale during 2018 was the result of the sale of 3Q Digital in late February 2018 resulting in a gain on sale of $31.0 million.

Other Income and Expense

Three months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Three months ended September 30, 2017

Other expense, net, decreased $0.9 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared to the third quarter of 2017. This was primarily due to the decrease of non-op expense and increase of gain on foreign currency reevaluation.

Nine months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Nine months ended September 30, 2017

Other expense, net, decreased $2.2 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017. This was primarily due to the increase of gain on foreign currency reevaluation and lower bank charge expense.

Income Taxes

Three months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Three months ended September 30, 2017

The income tax benefit of $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2018 represents an increase in our income tax benefit of $1.8 million, as compared to the third quarter of 2017. Our effective tax rate was 12.6% for the third quarter of 2018 as compared

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to our negative effective tax rate of 18.2% for the third quarter of 2017. The effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2018 differs from the federal statutory rate of 21.0%, primarily due to 1) valuation allowances recorded on our deferred tax assets for current period federal net operating losses incurred, as we have concluded that it is more likely than not that these deferred tax assets will not be realized, and 2) our return-to-provision, which resulted in reversal of deferred tax balances and change in valuation allowance at the 2017 federal statutory rate of 35%, creating additional ordinary loss for carryback.

Nine months ended September 30, 2018 vs. Nine months ended September 30, 2017

The income tax benefit of $10.8 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2018 represents an increase in our income tax benefit of $7.5 million, as compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2017. Our effective tax rate was negative 211.4% for the first nine months of 2018 as compared to our effective tax rate of 20.8% for the first nine months of 2017. The effective income tax rate for the first nine months of 2018 differs from the federal statutory rate of 21.0%, primarily due to the capital loss generated from the sale of 3Q Digital which will be available for carryback.

We have historically, including for 2017, calculated the provision for income taxes during interim reporting periods by applying an estimate of the annual effective tax rate for the full calendar year to ordinary income or loss for the reporting period. However, we used a discrete effective tax rate method to calculate income taxes for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 because we determined that our ordinary income or loss cannot be reliably estimated and small changes in estimated ordinary income would result in significant changes in the estimated annual effective tax rates.


Liquidity and Capital Resources

Sources and Uses of Cash

Our cash and cash equivalent balances were $10.4 million and $8.4 million at September 30, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively. Our principal sources of liquidity are cash on hand, cash provided by operating activities, and borrowings. Our cash is primarily used for general corporate purposes, working capital requirements, and capital expenditures.

At this time, we believe that we will be able to continue to meet our liquidity requirements and fund our fixed obligations (such as debt services and operating leases) and other cash needs for our operations for at least the next twelve months through a combination of cash on hand, cash flow from operations, and borrowings under the Texas Capital Credit Facility. Although the Company believes that it will be able to meet its cash needs for the foreseeable future, if unforeseen circumstances arise the company may need to seek alternative sources of liquidity.

Operating Activities

Net cash used by operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2018 was $7.0 million, compared to net cash used in operating activities of $42.0 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The $35.0 million year-over-year decrease was primarily the result of a change in accrued liabilities, which included the impact of a 2017 federal income tax payment due to the sale of our Trillium Software business in 2016, the impact of an increase in accounts payable during 2018, as compared to a decrease in 2017 and the impact of a decrease in accounts receivable during 2018, as compared to an increase in 2017.


Investing Activities

Net cash provided by investing activities was $1.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to the net cash used in investing activities of $4.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. This change was due to the sale of 3Q Digital in late February 2018 and reduced capital expenditure in 2018.

Financing Activities

Net cash provided by financing activities was $8.9 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2018, compared to net cash provided of $10.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2017. The $1.9 million decrease was primarily due to lower net borrowings under the Company’s credit facilities in 2018 compared to 2017 offset by the issuance of the Series A Preferred Stock in 2018.


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Foreign Holdings of Cash

Consolidated foreign holdings of cash as of September 30, 2018 and 2017 were $2.3 million and $3.2 million, respectively.

Credit Facilities

On January 9, 2018, we entered into an amendment to the Texas Capital Credit Facility that increased the borrowing capacity to $22 million and extended the maturity by one year to April 17, 2020. The Texas Capital Credit Facility remains secured by substantially all of our assets and continues to be guaranteed by HHS Guaranty, LLC.

At September 30, 2018, we had letters of credit in the amount of $2.8 million and no other borrowings outstanding under the facility. These letters of credit exist to support insurance programs relating to workers’ compensation, automobile, and general liability. As of September 30, 2018, we had the ability to borrow up to $19.2 million under the facility. No amounts were drawn against these letters of credit at September 30, 2018

Outlook

We consider such factors as total cash and cash equivalents, current assets, current liabilities, total debt, revenues, operating income, cash flows from operations, investing activities, and financing activities when assessing our liquidity. Our management of cash is designed to optimize returns on cash balances and to ensure that it is readily available to meet our operating, investing, and financing requirements as they arise. We believe that there are no conditions or events, considered in the aggregate, that raise substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern for the 12 months following the issuance of the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements.

Critical Accounting Policies

Critical accounting policies are defined as those that, in our judgment, are most important to the portrayal of our company’s financial condition and results of operations and which require complex or subjective judgments or estimates. Refer to the 2017 Form 10-K for a discussion of our critical accounting policies.

The following represent changes to our critical accounting policies as described in detail in our 2017 Form 10-K:

The adoption of ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers - the impact of this change in accounting policy is described in detail in Note C, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, in the Notes to Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements; and
Goodwill and intangible assets is no longer included as a critical accounting policy as we no longer have these assets on our consolidated balance sheet

See Recent Accounting Pronouncements under Note B, of the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements for a discussion of certain accounting standards that have been recently issued.


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Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
 
Market risk includes the risk of loss arising from adverse changes in market rates and prices. We face market risks related to interest rate variations and to foreign exchange rate variations. From time to time, we may utilize derivative financial instruments to manage our exposure to such risks.
 
We did not have any long-term debt outstanding as of September 30, 2018. A hypothetical one percentage point change in average interest rates would not have a significant impact on our earnings for the three and six months ended September 30, 2018.

On April 17, 2017, we entered into the Texas Capital Credit Facility. On January 9, 2018, we entered into an amendment to the Texas Capital Credit Facility that increased the borrowing capacity to $22 million and extended the maturity by one year to April 17, 2020. The credit facility increased exposure to market risks relating to changes in interest rates because borrowings under the facility bear interest at a variable rate. We do not believe that a one percentage point change in average interest rates would have a material impact on our interest expense. As such, we do not believe that we currently have significant exposure to market risks associated with changing interest rates.

Our earnings are also affected by fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates as a result of our operations in foreign countries. Our primary exchange rate exposure is to the Euro, British Pound, and Philippine Peso. We monitor these risks throughout the normal course of business. The majority of the transactions of our U.S. and foreign operations are denominated in the respective local currencies. Changes in exchange rates related to these types of transactions are reflected in the applicable line items making up operating income/(loss) in our Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income/(Loss). Due to the current level of operations conducted in foreign currencies, we do not believe that the impact of fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates on these types of transactions is significant to our overall annual earnings. A smaller portion of our transactions are denominated in currencies other than the respective local currencies. For example, intercompany transactions that are expected to be settled in the near-term are denominated in U.S. Dollars. Since the accounting records of our foreign operations are kept in the respective local currency, any transactions denominated in other currencies are accounted for in the respective local currency at the time of the transaction. Any foreign currency gain or loss from these transactions, whether realized or unrealized, results in an adjustment to income, which is recorded in “Other, net” in our Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income/(Loss). Transactions such as these amounted to $0.7M million in pre-tax currency transaction gains in the first nine months of 2018. At this time, we are not entered into any foreign currency forward exchange contracts or other derivative instruments to hedge the effects of adverse fluctuations in foreign currency exchange rates.
 
We do not enter into derivative instruments for any purpose other than cash flow hedging. We do not speculate using derivative instruments.


Item 4.  Controls and Procedures
 
Evaluation of Disclosure Controls and Procedures

Disclosure controls and procedures are controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in our reports filed or submitted under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is recorded, processed, summarized, and reported within the time periods specified in the SEC’s rules and forms. Disclosure controls and procedures include controls and procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in such reports is accumulated and communicated to management, including our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Controller as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.

Our management, including our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Controller, carried out an evaluation of the effectiveness of the design and operation of our disclosure controls and procedures as defined in Rule 13a-15(e) under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as of September 30, 2018. Based on that evaluation, our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Corporate Controller concluded that the company's disclosure controls and procedures were not effective as of September 30, 2018 solely due to the material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting as described in Item 9A of the 2017 10-K.

Material Weakness in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

We identified material weaknesses in the following areas (i) the effectiveness of the control environment, risk assessment, information and communication, and monitoring, and (ii) the effectiveness of internal controls over revenue recognition.


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Notwithstanding the material weaknesses, each of our Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Corporate Controller concluded that the consolidated financial statements included in this report present fairly, in all material respects, our financial position, results of operations, and cash flows as of the dates and for the periods presented, in conformity with U.S. GAAP.


Changes in Internal Control over Financial Reporting

As discussed in Item 9A of our 2017 10-K, we have undertaken actions to redesign processes and controls to address all of the material weaknesses. We have engaged specialists to assist us with reviewing, documenting, and (as needed) supplementing our controls, with a goal of providing controls that not only better address both the accuracy and precision of management’s review, but also enhance our ability to manage our business as it has evolved. We expect to make further changes as our specialists deliver recommendations from their reviews. As we implement these plans, management may determine that additional steps may be necessary to remediate the material weaknesses.

Beginning January 1, 2018, we implemented ASC 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers. Although the new revenue standard did not have a material impact on consolidated financial statements, we did implement changes to our processes related to revenue recognition and the control activities within them. These included the development of new policies based on the five-step model provided in the new revenue standard, new training, ongoing contract review requirements, and the gathering of information necessary provided for expanded disclosures.

Although we intend to resolve all of the material control deficiencies discussed in Item 9A of our 2017 10-K, we cannot provide any assurance that these remediation efforts will be successful, will be completed quickly, or that our internal control over financial reporting will be effective as a result of these efforts by any particular date. Our remediation plan will last through 2018 due to the number of controls involved, the need for new risk assessments and control design implementation, and ultimately testing of such controls. Other than as noted above, during the quarterly period covered by this report, there were no changes in our internal control over financial reporting that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.


Inherent Limitation of the Effectiveness of Internal Control

The effectiveness of any system of internal control over financial reporting is subject to inherent limitations, including the exercise of judgment in designing, implementing, operating, and evaluating the controls and procedures, and the inability to eliminate misconduct completely. Accordingly, any system of internal control over financial reporting can only provide reasonable, not absolute, assurances. In addition, 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. We intend to continue to monitor and upgrade our internal controls as necessary or appropriate for our business, but cannot assure that such improvements will be sufficient.



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PART II.    OTHER INFORMATION
Item 1.  Legal Proceedings
 
Information regarding legal proceedings is set forth in Note L, Litigation and Contingencies, in the Notes to Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in Item 1 of Part I of this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which information is incorporated herein by reference.

Item 1a.  Risk Factors
 
In addition to the other information set forth in this report, you should carefully consider the factors discussed in Part I, “Item 1A. Risk Factors” in our 2017 Form 10-K, which could materially affect our business, financial condition, or future results. The risks described in our 2017 Form 10-K are not the only risks we face. Additional risks and uncertainties not currently known to us or that we currently deem to be immaterial also may materially adversely affect our business, financial condition, and operating results. There have been no material changes during the three months ended September 30, 2018 to the risk factors previously disclosed in the 2017 10-K other than as set forth below:

We were notified by the New York Stock Exchange (the “NYSE”) that we were not in compliance with certain NYSE continued listing requirements. Our disclosure of the notice of non-compliance could have a material, adverse effect on our business, operating results and financial condition.

On October 31, 2018, we disclosed that we received a notice from the NYSE that we were not in compliance with an NYSE continued listing standard because our average global market capitalization over a thirty trading-day period was below the NYSE requirement of $50 million and, as of October 31, 2018, our stockholder’s equity deficit was below the NYSE’s requirement of $50 million (the “Market Capitalization Listing Requirement”).

Our non-compliance with the Market Capitalization Listing Requirement could adversely affect our relationships with our business partners (Including Wipro) and suppliers and customers’ and potential customers’ decisions to purchase our products and services and could have a material, adverse impact on our business, operating results and financial condition.

If we do not regain compliance with the Market Capitalization Listing Requirement, our common stock will be subject to the NYSE’s suspension and delisting procedures.

We expect to submit to the NYSE a plan of definitive action we are taking which we believe will bring us into compliance with the Market Capitalization Listing Requirement. If our plan is accepted, the NYSE will closely monitor our attempt to implement our plan over the next 18 months and our failure to achieve the initiatives and goals included in the plan will result in our being subject to a NYSE trading suspension at the time any initiative or goal is not met. In order to regain compliance with the Market Capitalization Listing Requirement, we will have to maintain the required $50 million global market capitalization for a 180-day period within the plan period. Our failure to do so will result in a suspension by the NYSE of trading in our common stock and the initiation of procedures to delist our common stock.

In addition, if our average global market capitalization over a consecutive thirty trading-day period is less than $15 million, the NYSE will promptly initiate suspension and delisting procedures and, under the NYSE’s continued listing standards, we will not have any opportunity to regain compliance and our common stock will be delisted.

A suspension or delisting would adversely affect our relationships with our business partners and suppliers and customers’ and potential customers’ decisions to purchase our products and services, and would have a material, adverse impact on our business, operating results and financial condition. In addition, a suspension or delisting would impair our ability to raise additional capital through equity or debt financing and our ability to attract and retain employees by means of equity compensation.

In the event of a delisting, our common stock could be traded on the over-the-counter bulletin board, or in the so-called “pink sheets.” In the event of such trading, it is highly likely that there would be: significantly less liquidity in the trading of our common stock; decreases in institutional and other investor demand for our common stock, coverage by securities analysts, market making activity and information available concerning trading prices and volume; and fewer broker-dealers willing to execute trades in our common stock. The occurrence of any of these events could result in a further decline in the market price of our common stock. The occurrence of any of these events could impair our ability to retain and attract employees and members of management.


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Item 2.  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
 
The following table contains information about our purchases of equity securities during the third quarter of 2018:
Period
 
Total Number of
Shares
Purchased (1)
 
Average
Price Paid
per Share
 
Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of a Publicly
Announced Plan (2)
 
Maximum Dollar
Amount that May
Yet Be Spent
Under the Plan
July 1-31, 2018
 

 
$

 

 
$
11,437,538

August 1-31, 2018
 

 
$

 

 
$
11,437,538

September 1-30, 2018
 

 
$

 

 
$
11,437,538

Total
 

 
$

 

 
 

(1)  Represents shares withheld to offset withholding taxes upon the vesting of unvested shares.
 
(2) The Board of Directors does not anticipate purchasing any shares of our Common Stock through our stock repurchase program that was publicly announced in August 2014 for the foreseeable future. Under this program, from which shares can be purchased in the open market, our Board of Directors has authorized us to spend up to $20.0 million to repurchase shares of our outstanding common stock. Through September 30, 2018, we had repurchased a total of 6.8 million shares at an average price of $18.10 per share under all current and previous repurchase programs.


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Item 3.  Defaults Upon Senior Securities

Not applicable.

Item 4.  Mine Safety Disclosures

Not applicable.

Item 5.  Other Information

None.

Item 6.  Exhibits
Exhibit
No.
 
Description of Exhibit
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*101
 
XBRL Instance Document.
 
 
*Filed or furnished herewith, as applicable.

**Confidential treatment has been requested with respect to certain portions of this exhibit. Omitted portions have been filed separately with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
 
 
HARTE HANKS, INC.
 
 
 
November 8, 2018
 
/s/ Jon C. Biro
Date
 
Jon C. Biro

 
 
Principal Executive and Principal Financial Officer

 
 
 
 
 
 
November 8, 2018
 
/s/ Lauri Kearnes
Date
 
Lauri Kearnes
 
 
Vice President, Finance and
 
 
Corporate Controller


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