Matrix Service Company Announces Fiscal 2018 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results; Provides Fiscal 2019 Guidance

  • Fourth quarter revenue of $293.1 million and full year revenue of $1.092 billion
  • Company recorded impairment charges of $18.0 million in quarter, resulting in a fully diluted EPS of $(0.55) and $(0.43) for the fourth quarter and fiscal year, respectively
  • Exclusive of this impairment, adjusted fully diluted EPS for the quarter and fiscal year were $0.03 and $0.15, respectively
  • Book-to-bill was 2.0 on project awards of $597.5 million in the fourth quarter and 1.5 on project awards of $1.628 billion for the full year
  • Backlog is $1.219 billion, an increase of 33% in the fourth quarter and 79% for the full year
  • Fiscal 2019 guidance set at $1.250 to $1.350 billion in revenue and $0.85 to $1.15 for fully diluted earnings per share

TULSA, Okla., Sept. 10, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matrix Service Company (NASDAQ:MTRX) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2018.

"As we progressed through fiscal 2018, we saw significant improvement in the end markets we serve, reflected in part by the strong project awards received in our Storage Solutions and Industrial segments and by improving levels of higher margin work across most of the business. Backlog at June 30, 2018 increased 79% to $1.219 billion during the year," said John R. Hewitt, President and Chief Executive Officer. "That said, the majority of these awards came later than expected, pushing revenue into fiscal 2019 and beyond.

"In addition to the strong project award activity, as we indicated on our third quarter call, we saw improvement in our revenue volumes and operating results in the fourth quarter.

"However, our fourth quarter results were impacted by impairment charges totaling $18.0 million. This includes a goodwill impairment charge of $17.3 million in the Electrical Infrastructure segment and a $0.7 million write off of an amortizing intangible asset in the Oil Gas & Chemical segment.  The goodwill impairment was triggered by the Company's decision to shift its strategy away from EPC power generation projects to smaller individual packages that better fit the Company's risk profile, combined with the recent trend of increased competition and sluggish maintenance and capital spending by some key clients in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic high voltage markets."

Including these impairment charges, the Company reported a net loss in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 of $0.55 per fully diluted share and a full year loss of $0.43 per fully diluted share. Excluding these non-cash charges, the adjusted earnings per fully diluted share (a non-GAAP measure) were $0.03 and $0.15 for the three months and year ending June 30, 2018.  The Company has included a reconciliation of this non-GAAP measure in this earnings release.

Looking forward, Hewitt said, "We expect activity in our Storage Solutions, Industrial, and Oil, Gas & Chemical segments to be strong in fiscal 2019. Further, we also expect improvement in our Electrical Infrastructure segment as our core markets in the Northeast and Mid Atlantic strengthen and we execute on our strategic growth plans through focused organic expansion and targeted acquisitions to increase our geographic footprint in high voltage electrical.  We will also continue to pursue smaller power generation construction packages.

"In short, we are very optimistic about the outlook for our business across all of the market segments we serve.  We expect our business volume to build quarter over quarter throughout the year, with fiscal 2019 being considerably stronger than fiscal 2018."

Fourth Quarter Fiscal 2018 Results

Revenue for the fourth quarter ended June 30, 2018 was $293.1 million compared to $291.8 million in the same quarter a year earlier.  On a segment basis, revenue increased $34.7 million and $17.0 million in the Industrial and Storage Solutions segments, respectively.  These increases were driven primarily by higher volumes of iron and steel work in the Industrial segment and higher volumes of tank construction work in the Storage Solutions segment. These increases were largely offset by a decrease of $47.4 million in the Electrical Infrastructure segment due to a reduction in power generation capital construction work and lower high voltage volumes.

Consolidated gross profit was $21.5 million in the three months ended June 30, 2018 compared to $23.1 million in the three months ended June 30, 2017.  Gross margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 was 7.3% compared to 7.9% in the same period a year earlier as both periods were impacted by lower direct margin opportunities previously booked in a challenging market environment.

Selling, general and administrative costs were $20.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018 compared to $19.6 million in the same period a year earlier.

Fiscal 2018 Results

Revenue for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 was $1.092 billion compared to $1.198 billion in the same period a year earlier, a decrease of $106.0 million.  On a segment basis, revenue decreased in the Storage Solutions and Electrical Infrastructure segments by $167.0 million and $117.5 million, respectively, which were partially offset by higher revenues in the Industrial and Oil Gas & Chemical segments of $96.3 million and $82.3 million, respectively.  The decrease in Storage Solutions segment revenue is primarily the result of delays in project awards during fiscal 2017 and the first half of fiscal 2018.  The decrease in Electrical Infrastructure segment revenue is due to a reduction in power generation capital construction work and lower high voltage volumes.  The increase in Industrial segment revenue is primarily attributable to improved market conditions for our iron and steel customers.  Oil Gas & Chemical segment revenue increased primarily as a result of higher construction volumes, combined with an improved turnaround and maintenance environment.

Consolidated gross profit was $91.9 million in fiscal 2018 compared to $81.0 million in fiscal 2017.  Fiscal 2018 gross margin was 8.4% compared 6.8% in fiscal 2017.  The increase in gross margin in fiscal 2018 is primarily attributable to the financial impact of a large power generation project in the Electrical Infrastructure segment in fiscal 2017 and better recovery of overhead costs in fiscal 2018.

Consolidated SG&A expenses were $84.4 million in fiscal 2018 compared to $76.1 million in fiscal 2017.  The increase in fiscal 2018 is primarily attributable to overhead associated with a fiscal 2017 acquisition that expanded the Company's engineering business, as well as higher project pursuit costs across the business.

Income Tax Expense

The effective tax rates were 15.2% and 5.5% for the three months and fiscal year ended June 30, 2018, respectively.  As a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act and its transitional application to our June 30 fiscal year end, we expected our effective income tax rate to be approximately 32% in fiscal 2018.  Our effective income tax rate in fiscal 2018 was negatively impacted by $8.3 million of non-deductible goodwill being impaired in the fourth quarter.  The Company estimates that its fiscal 2019 effective tax rate will approximate 27%.

Backlog

The June 30, 2018 backlog balance increased by $536.3 million to $1.219 billion, a 79% increase, as a result of strong project awards, particularly in the Storage Solutions and Industrial segments. This balance compares to $682.3 million at June 30, 2017 and $914.2 million at March 31, 2018.  Project awards in the three months ended June 30, 2018 totaled $597.5 million compared to $262.9 million during the same period a year ago, an increase of 127.3%.  Project awards for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018 totaled $1.628 billion compared to $1.061 billion during the same period a year ago, an increase of 53.5%.

Financial Position

At June 30, 2018, the Company has zero outstanding debt, a cash balance of $64.1 million and liquidity of $137.2 million.

Earnings Guidance

The strength of our backlog and opportunity pipeline, tempered by the wind up of these projects will drive continuous improvement of our top and bottom line performance as we move through the fiscal year.  The Company expects fiscal 2019 revenue to be between $1.250 billion and $1.350 billion and earnings to be between $0.85 and $1.15 per fully diluted share.

Conference Call Details

In conjunction with the earnings release, Matrix Service Company will host a conference call with John R. Hewitt, President and CEO, and Kevin S. Cavanah, Vice President and CFO. The call will take place at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern) / 9:30 a.m. (Central) on Tuesday, September 11, 2018 and will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet which can be accessed at the Company's website at matrixservicecompany.com on the Investors' page under Conference Calls/Events.  Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the streaming media software required to listen to the Internet broadcast.  The conference call will be recorded and will be available for replay within one hour of completion of the live call and can be accessed following the same link as the live call.

About Matrix Service Company

Matrix Service Company provides engineering, fabrication, construction and repair and maintenance services to the Electrical Infrastructure, Oil Gas & Chemical, Storage Solutions and Industrial markets.

The Company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with regional operating facilities throughout the United States, Canada and other international locations.

This release contains forward-looking statements that are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are generally accompanied by words such as "anticipate," "continues," "expect," "forecast," "outlook," "believe," "estimate," "should" and "will" and words of similar effect that convey future meaning, concerning the Company's operations, economic performance and management's best judgment as to what may occur in the future. Future events involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those we currently anticipate. The actual results for the current and future periods and other corporate developments will depend upon a number of economic, competitive and other influences, including those factors discussed in the "Risk Factors" and "Forward Looking Statements" sections and elsewhere in the Company's reports and filings made from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond the control of the Company, and any one of which, or a combination of which, could materially and adversely affect the results of the Company's operations and its financial condition. We undertake no obligation to update information contained in this release.

   
For more information, please contact:  
   
Matrix Service Company        Alpha IR Group
Kevin S. Cavanah      Investor Relations
Vice President and CFO        Bobby Winters
T: 918-838-8822        T: 312-445-2870
E: kcavanah@matrixservicecompany.com      E: MTRX@alpha-ir.com
   
 
Matrix Service Company
 
Consolidated Statements of Income
 
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
    Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
    June 30,
 2018
  June 30,
 2017
  June 30,
 2018
  June 30,
 2017
Revenues   $ 293,087     $ 291,836     $ 1,091,553     $ 1,197,509  
Cost of revenues   271,636     268,709     999,617     1,116,506  
Gross profit   21,451     23,127     91,936     81,003  
Selling, general and administrative expenses   20,565     19,596     84,417     76,144  
Goodwill and other intangible asset impairment   17,998         17,998      
Operating income (loss)   (17,112 )   3,531     (10,479 )   4,859  
Other income (expense):                
Interest expense   (520 )   (638 )   (2,600 )   (2,211 )
Interest income   147     21     381     132  
Other   166     (337 )   550     (334 )
Income (loss) before income tax expense   (17,319 )   2,577     (12,148 )   2,446  
Provision (benefit) for federal, state and foreign income taxes   (2,636 )   3,531     (668 )   2,308  
Net income (loss)   (14,683 )   (954 )   (11,480 )   138  
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest               321  
Net loss attributable to Matrix Service Company   $ (14,683 )   $ (954 )   $ (11,480 )   $ (183 )
Basic loss per common share   $ (0.55 )   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.43 )   $ (0.01 )
Diluted loss per common share   $ (0.55 )   $ (0.04 )   $ (0.43 )   $ (0.01 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:                
Basic   26,833     26,600     26,769     26,533  
Diluted   26,833     26,600     26,769     26,533  
                         
 
Matrix Service Company
 
Consolidated Balance Sheets
 
(In thousands) 
 
  June 30,   June 30,
2018 2017
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 64,057     $ 43,805  
Accounts receivable, less allowances (2018 - $6,327; 2017 - $9,887) 203,388     210,953  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 76,632     91,180  
Inventories 5,152     3,737  
Income taxes receivable 3,359     4,042  
Other current assets 4,458     4,913  
Total current assets 357,046     358,630  
Property, plant and equipment, at cost:      
Land and buildings 40,424     38,916  
Construction equipment 89,036     94,298  
Transportation equipment 48,339     48,574  
Office equipment and software 41,236     36,556  
Construction in progress 1,353     5,952  
Total property, plant and equipment - at cost 220,388     224,296  
Accumulated depreciation (147,743 )   (144,022 )
Property, plant and equipment - net 72,645     80,274  
Goodwill 96,162     113,501  
Other intangible assets 22,814     26,296  
Deferred income taxes 4,848     3,385  
Other assets 4,518     3,944  
Total assets $ 558,033     $ 586,030  
       
Liabilities and stockholders' equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 79,439     $ 105,649  
Billings on uncompleted contracts in excess of costs and estimated earnings 120,740     75,127  
Accrued wages and benefits 24,375     20,992  
Accrued insurance 9,080     9,340  
Income taxes payable 7     169  
Other accrued expenses 4,824     7,699  
Total current liabilities 238,465     218,976  
Deferred income taxes 429     128  
Borrowings under senior secured revolving credit facility     44,682  
Other liabilities 296     435  
Total liabilities 239,190     264,221  
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders' equity:      
Common stock—$.01 par value; 60,000,000 shares authorized; 27,888,217 shares
issued as of June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017; 26,853,823 and 26,600,562 shares
outstanding as of June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017
279     279  
Additional paid-in capital 132,198     128,419  
Retained earnings 211,494     222,974  
Accumulated other comprehensive income (7,411 )   (7,324
  336,560     344,348  
Less treasury stock, at cost — 1,034,394 and 1,287,655 shares as of June 30, 2018 and
June 30, 2017
(17,717 )   (22,539
Total stockholders' equity 318,843     321,809  
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 558,033     $ 586,030  
               
 
Results of Operations
(In thousands)
             
    Electrical
Infrastructure
  Oil Gas &
Chemical
  Storage
Solutions
  Industrial   Total
Three Months Ended June 30, 2018                    
Gross revenues   $ 52,730     $ 81,600     $ 97,442     $ 63,648     $ 295,420  
Less: inter-segment revenues       1,230     1,103         2,333  
Consolidated revenues   52,730     80,370     96,339     63,648     293,087  
Gross profit   2,733     5,873     8,774     4,071     21,451  
Operating income (loss)   $ (18,765 )   $ 114     $ 802     $ 737     $ (17,112 )
                     
Three Months Ended June 30, 2017                    
Gross revenues   $ 100,169     $ 83,387     $ 80,246     $ 29,195     $ 292,997  
Less: inter-segment revenues       8     881     272     1,161  
Consolidated revenues   100,169     83,379     79,365     28,923     291,836  
Gross profit   8,033     5,910     6,671     2,513     23,127  
Operating income (loss)   $ 4,776     $ (1,729 )   $ (535 )   $ 1,019     $ 3,531  
                     
Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2018                    
Gross revenues   $ 255,931     $ 324,546     $ 319,106     $ 198,155     $ 1,097,738  
Less: inter-segment revenues       1,774     4,410     1     6,185  
Consolidated revenues   255,931     322,772     314,696     198,154     1,091,553  
Gross profit   18,300     33,423     25,778     14,435     91,936  
Operating income (loss)   $ (16,531 )   $ 8,798     $ (5,907 )   $ 3,161     $ (10,479 )
                     
Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2017                    
Gross revenues   $ 373,384     $ 247,423     $ 483,254     $ 103,449     $ 1,207,510  
Less: inter-segment revenues       6,900     1,558     1,543     10,001  
Consolidated revenues   373,384     240,523     481,696     101,906     1,197,509  
Gross profit   7,137     12,675     55,651     5,540     81,003  
Operating income (loss)   $ (8,309 )   $ (8,783 )   $ 22,928     $ (977 )   $ 4,859  
                                         

Backlog

We define backlog as the total dollar amount of revenue that we expect to recognize as a result of performing work that has been awarded to us through a signed contract, notice to proceed or other type of assurance that we consider firm. The following arrangements are considered firm:

  • fixed-price awards;
  • minimum customer commitments on cost plus arrangements; and
  • certain time and material arrangements in which the estimated value is firm or can be estimated with a reasonable amount of certainty in both timing and amount.

For long-term maintenance contracts with no minimum commitments and other established customer agreements, we include only the amounts that we expect to recognize as revenue over the next 12 months.  For arrangements in which we have received a limited notice to proceed, we include the entire scope of work in our backlog if the notice is significant relative to the overall project and if we conclude that the likelihood of the full project proceeding as high.  For all other arrangements, we calculate backlog as the estimated contract amount less revenues recognized as of the reporting date.

Three Months Ended June 30, 2018

The following table provides a summary of changes in our backlog for the three months ended June 30, 2018:

                     
    Electrical
Infrastructure
  Oil Gas &
Chemical
  Storage
Solutions
  Industrial   Total
            (In thousands)        
Backlog as of March 31, 2018   $ 81,147     $ 213,638     $ 338,424     $ 281,000     $ 914,209  
Project awards   85,540     94,184     371,275     46,475     597,474  
Revenue recognized   (52,730 )   (80,370 )   (96,339 )   (63,648 )   (293,087 )
Backlog as of June 30, 2018   $ 113,957     $ 227,452     $ 613,360     $ 263,827     $ 1,218,596  
Book-to-bill ratio(1)   1.6     1.2     3.9     0.7     2.0  
         
(1) Calculated by dividing project awards by revenue recognized.
 

Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2018

The following table provides a summary of changes in our backlog for the twelve months ended June 30, 2018:

                     
    Electrical
Infrastructure
  Oil Gas &
Chemical
  Storage
Solutions
  Industrial   Total
            (In thousands)        
Backlog as of June 30, 2017   $ 162,637     $ 287,007     $ 141,551     $ 91,078     $ 682,273  
Project awards   207,251     263,217     786,505     370,903     1,627,876  
Revenue recognized   (255,931 )   (322,772 )   (314,696 )   (198,154 )   (1,091,553 )
Backlog as of June 30, 2018   $ 113,957     $ 227,452     $ 613,360     $ 263,827     $ 1,218,596  
Book-to-bill ratio(1)   0.8     0.8     2.5     1.9     1.5  
         
(1) Calculated by dividing project awards by revenue recognized.
 

Non-GAAP Financial Measure

The following table presents a non-GAAP financial measure of our adjusted diluted earnings per share for the three and twelve months ended June 30, 2018.  The most directly comparable financial measure is diluted earnings (loss) per common share presented in the Statements of Consolidated Income.  We have presented this financial measure because we believe it more clearly depicts the core operating results of the Company during the periods presented and provides a more comparable measure of the Company's operating results to other companies considered to be in similar businesses.  Since adjusted diluted earnings per share is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, it should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure.

 
Matrix Service Company
 
Reconciliation of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures
 
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
(Unaudited)
 
    Three Months Ended
June 30, 2018
  Twelve Months Ended
June 30, 2018
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share:        
As reported   $ (0.55 )   $ (0.43 )
Goodwill and other intangible asset impairment, net of tax   0.58     0.58  
Adjusted diluted earnings per common share   $ 0.03     $ 0.15  
         
Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted:        
As reported   26,833     26,769  
Dilutive potential of previously anti-dilutive common shares   600     401  
Adjusted weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted   27,433     27,170  

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