SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549
PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF
THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
Date of Report (Date of Earliest Event Reported): April 2, 2020
FORRESTER RESEARCH, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
(State or other jurisdiction
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60 Acorn Park Drive
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02140
(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)
(Registrants telephone number including area code)
(Former Name or Former Address, if Changes since Last Report)
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|Common Stock, $.01 Par Value||FORR||Nasdaq Global Select Market|
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Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.
Mack Brothers, the Companys Chief Product Officer, has informed the Company that he will be resigning effective April 17, 2020 for personal reasons.
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Regulation FD Disclosures.
On April 2, 2020, Forrester Research, Inc. issued a press release providing an update on its events scheduled during the first half of 2020, as well as the related estimated impact on certain financial measures. A copy of the press release is furnished as Exhibit 99.1 to this report.
The information under this Item 7.01 and Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto are being furnished and shall not be deemed to be filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the Exchange Act), nor shall such information or exhibits be incorporated by reference in any filing under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such a filing. The furnishing of Exhibit 99.1 attached hereto is not intended to constitute a determination by the Company that the information is material or that the dissemination of the information is required by Regulation FD.
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Financial Statements and Exhibits
|Press Release dated April 2, 2020.|
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.
|FORRESTER RESEARCH, INC.|
|By||/s/ Michael A. Doyle|
|Name:||Michael A. Doyle|
|Title:||Chief Financial Officer|
Date: April 2, 2020
Forrester Provides Update On Events Planned Through Q2 2020
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., April 2, 2020 Forrester today announced an update to its events lineup scheduled for the second quarter of 2020. Forrester previously announced that its SiriusDecisions Summit will be delivered as a virtual event. Today, the company announced that its CX Sydney and CX North America events will also be held virtually. Additionally, Forrester is canceling its Technology & Innovation conferences in Europe and Asia Pacific.
The company made these decisions after careful consideration, in light of the escalating global COVID-19 pandemic and continued travel restrictions. The health and well-being of its employees, partners, customers, and vendors remains Forresters top priority. The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on Forresters business remains difficult to project. The company is monitoring the rapidly evolving situation closely and will continue to make adjustments accordingly.
Forrester estimates that holding its second-quarter events virtually or canceling them as described above will result in a reduction in revenues of $16 million to $19 million and a reduction in operating income of $11 million to $14 million. This is Forresters current estimate as of the date of this announcement, and the ultimate financial impact may be affected by a number of factors, including the number of attendees and sponsors and the companys ability to recoup certain costs for the events.
Forrester is implementing several cost-reduction measures that, if kept in place through the end of 2020, are expected to yield expense savings of at least $35 million. The programs include reductions to travel, new hiring, and employee incentive compensation programs. The company expects to update its outlook for the full year 2020 to reflect the above financial impact and the other estimated effects of COVID-19 on Forresters financial results during its first-quarter earnings call in early May 2020.
The company currently expects to hold all third-quarter and fourth-quarter 2020 events as planned. Please refer to the Forrester Events website for the latest status.
Forrester is one of the most influential research and advisory firms in the world. We work with business and technology leaders to drive customer-obsessed vision, strategy, and execution that accelerate growth. Forresters unique insights are grounded in annual surveys of more than 690,000 consumers and business leaders worldwide, rigorous and objective methodologies, and the shared wisdom of our most innovative clients. Through proprietary research, data and analytics, custom consulting, exclusive peer groups, certifications, and events, we are revolutionizing how businesses grow in the age of the customer; learn more at forrester.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include, but are not limited to, the estimated revenue and operating income impact of canceling or holding certain events as virtual conferences, the estimated expense savings from planned cost-reduction measures, the expectation that all third-quarter and fourth-quarter events will be held as planned, and the planned update on the first-quarter earnings call. These statements are based on Forresters current plans and expectations and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual future activities and results of operations to be materially different from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual future activities and results to differ include, among others, the number of attendees and sponsors at the virtual events and Forresters ability to recoup certain costs for those and the canceled events; the impact of health epidemics, including COVID-19, on Forresters business; Forresters ability to retain and enrich memberships for its research products and services; technology spending; Forresters ability to respond to business and economic conditions and market trends; the risks and challenges inherent in international business activities; competition and industry consolidation; the ability to attract and retain professional staff; Forresters dependence on key personnel; Forresters ability to successfully integrate businesses that it acquires; the impact of Forresters outstanding debt obligations; the possibility of network disruptions and security breaches; and possible variations in Forresters quarterly operating results. Forrester undertakes no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise. For further information, please refer to Forresters reports and filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.