Construction Partners, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2019 Fourth Quarter and Year-End Results

December 9, 2019 at 4:18 PM EST

Reports Record Revenue, Gross Profit and Adjusted EBITDA
Provides FY 2020 Outlook

DOTHAN, Ala., Dec. 09, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Construction Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROAD) (the “Company”), a vertically integrated civil infrastructure company specializing in the construction and maintenance of roadways across five southeastern states, today reported financial and operating results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2019.

Key Metrics:  Fiscal Year 2019 Compared to Fiscal Year 2018

  • Revenue was $783.2 million, up 15.2%
  • Gross profit was $118.0 million, up 18.5%
  • Net income was $43.1 million, down 15.1% (1)
  • Adjusted EBITDA (2) was $92.3 million, up 22.2%
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin (2) was 11.8%, up 70 bps

Charles E. Owens, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased with our fiscal year 2019 results, achieving double-digit growth for annual revenue, while increasing gross profit and adjusted EBITDA margin. Sustained demand across our local markets for road repair and maintenance projects, coupled with our acquisition of two hot-mix asphalt plants and favorable working conditions during the last six months of fiscal 2019, contributed to growth compared to 2018. We continue to see opportunities for growth across our 33 markets, in addition to opportunities for acquisitions.”

Fiscal Year 2020 Outlook

The Company also announced its outlook for fiscal year 2020 with regard to revenue, net income and Adjusted EBITDA, as follows:

  • Revenue of $830 million to $870 million, compared to $783.2 million actual in FY 2019
  • Net income of $39 million to $44 million, compared to $43.1 million actual in FY 2019
  • Adjusted EBITDA (2) of $94 million to $102 million, compared to $92.3 million actual in FY 2019

(1) Fiscal year 2018 results include settlement income of $10.6 million, after taxes.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are financial measures not presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Please see “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” at the end of this press release. 

Project backlog at September 30, 2019 was $531.1 million, compared to $594.4 million at September 30, 2018. Backlog is lower than at the same point last year, primarily as a result of the Company’s strategic focus on recurring repair and maintenance projects while some of the Company’s markets were letting a project mix that included “mega projects” of the type that the Company typically does not pursue.  Backlog is expected to build again through the first half of the current year for several reasons, including a return to a normal project mix in several key markets, a gas tax increase in Alabama that took effect in September, and an acquisition that the Company completed in October in a high-growth area in Florida.

The fiscal year 2020 outlook does not take into account the potential impact of any new federal or state infrastructure or highway-related legislation that could take effect in 2020.

Ned N. Fleming, III, the Company’s Executive Chairman, stated, “Our outlook ranges for fiscal 2020 are consistent with our strategy of delivering controlled, profitable growth. Positive tailwinds persist in our markets based on deteriorating road conditions in the rapidly growing southeastern states in which we operate, creating continued demand for our services.  We remain excited about the continued prospects for growth.”

Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss financial and operating results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2019. To access the call live by phone, dial (412) 902-0003 and ask for the Construction Partners call at least 10 minutes prior to the start time.  A telephonic replay will be available through December 17, 2019 by calling (201) 612-7415 and using passcode 13696672#. A webcast of the call will also be available live and for later replay on the Company’s Investor Relations website at www.constructionpartners.net.

About Construction Partners, Inc.

Construction Partners, Inc. is a vertically integrated civil infrastructure company operating across five southeastern states, with 33 hot-mix asphalt plants, nine aggregate facilities and one liquid asphalt terminal.  Publicly funded projects make up the majority of its business and include local and state roadways, interstate highways, airport runways and bridges. The majority of the Company’s public projects are maintenance-related. Private sector projects include paving and sitework for office and industrial parks, shopping centers, local businesses and residential developments. To learn more, visit www.constructionpartners.net.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained herein that are not statements of historical or current fact constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements may be identified by the use of words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “should,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “project,” “outlook,” “believe” and “plan.” The forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, without limitation, statements related to financial projections, future events, business strategy, future performance, future operations, backlog, financial position, estimated revenues and losses, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management. These and other forward-looking statements are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties that could significantly affect expected results. Important factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements, including, among others: our ability to successfully manage and integrate acquisitions; failure to realize the expected economic benefits of acquisitions, including future levels of revenues being lower than expected and costs being higher than expected; failure or inability to implement growth strategies in a timely manner; declines in public infrastructure construction and reductions in government funding, including the funding by transportation authorities and other state and local agencies; risks related to our operating strategy; competition for projects in our local markets; risks associated with our capital-intensive business; government requirements and initiatives, including those related to funding for public or infrastructure construction, land usage and environmental, health and safety matters; unfavorable economic conditions and restrictive financing markets; our ability to obtain sufficient bonding capacity to undertake certain projects; our ability to accurately estimate the overall risks, requirements or costs when we bid on or negotiate contracts that are ultimately awarded to us; the cancellation of a significant number of contracts or our disqualification from bidding for new contracts; risks related to adverse weather conditions; our substantial indebtedness and the restrictions imposed on us by the terms thereof; our ability to maintain favorable relationships with third parties that supply us with equipment and essential supplies; our ability to retain key personnel and maintain satisfactory labor relations; property damage, results of litigation and other claims and insurance coverage issues; risks related to our information technology systems and infrastructure; our ability to remediate material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting identified in preparing prior financial statements and to subsequently maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; and the risks, uncertainties and factors set forth under “Risk Factors” in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made.  The Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect actual results, subsequent events, or circumstances or other changes affecting such statements except to the extent required by applicable law.

Contacts:

Rick Black / Ken Dennard
Dennard Lascar Investor Relations
ROAD@DennardLascar.com
(713) 529-6600

- Financial Statements Follow –

 
Construction Partners, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
    For the three months ended
September 30,
  For the fiscal year ended
September 30,
      2019       2018        2019       2018  
Revenues   $ 237,317     $ 215,701     $ 783,238     $ 680,096  
Cost of revenues     198,385       182,181       665,285       580,560  
Gross profit     38,932       33,520       117,953       99,536  
General and administrative expenses     (17,554 )     (14,731 )     (62,724 )     (55,303 )
Settlement income     -       -       -       14,803  
Gain on sale of equipment, net     824       1,275       1,909       2,392  
Operating income     22,202       20,064       57,138       61,428  
Interest expense, net     (352 )     (314 )     (1,861 )     (1,270 )
Other income (expense), net     120       (56 )     416       (101 )
Income before provision for income taxes and earnings from investment in joint venture     21,970       19,694       55,693       60,057  
Provision for income taxes     5,829       5,143       13,909       10,525  
Earnings from investment in joint venture     412       593       1,337       1,259  
Net income   $ 16,553     $ 15,144     $ 43,121     $ 50,791  
                 
Net income per share attributable to common stockholders:                
Basic   $ 0.32     $ 0.29     $ 0.84     $ 1.11  
Diluted   $ 0.32     $ 0.29     $ 0.84     $ 1.11  
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                
Basic     51,440,564       51,414,619       51,421,159       45,605,845  
Diluted     51,457,906       51,414,619       51,427,220       45,919,648  


 
Construction Partners, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)
 
    September 30,
       2019       2018  
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 80,619     $ 99,137  
Contracts receivable including retainage, net     139,882       120,291  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts     12,030       9,334  
Inventories     34,291       24,556  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     13,144       14,137  
Total current assets     279,966       267,455  
         
Property, plant and equipment, net     205,870       178,692  
Goodwill     38,546       32,919  
Intangible assets, net     3,434       3,735  
Investment in joint venture     496       1,659  
Other assets     2,284       10,270  
Deferred income taxes, net     1,173       1,580  
Total assets   $ 531,769     $ 496,310  
         
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 70,442     $ 63,510  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts     31,115       38,738  
Current maturities of debt     7,538       14,773  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     19,078       17,520  
Total current liabilities     128,173       134,541  
Long-term liabilities:        
Long-term debt, net of current maturities     42,458       48,115  
Deferred income taxes, net     11,480       8,890  
Other long-term liabilities     6,108       5,295  
Total long-term liabilities     60,046       62,300  
Total liabilities     188,219       196,841  
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Preferred stock, par value $0.001; 10,000,000 shares authorized at September 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018 and no shares issued and outstanding     -       -  
Class A common stock, par value $0.001; 400,000,000 shares authorized, 32,597,736 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2019, and 11,950,000 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018     33       12  
Class B common stock, par value $0.001; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 22,106,961 shares issued and 19,184,009 shares outstanding at September 30, 2019, and 42,387,571 issued and 39,464,619 outstanding at September 30, 2018     22       42  
Additional paid-in capital     243,452       242,493  
Treasury stock, at cost, 2,922,952 shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.001     (15,603 )     (15,603 )
Retained earnings     115,646       72,525  
Total stockholders’ equity     343,550       299,469  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 531,769     $ 496,310  


 
Construction Partners, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited, in thousands)
 
    For the fiscal year ended
September 30,
       2019       2018  
Cash flows from operating activities:        
Net income   $ 43,121     $ 50,791  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets     31,231       25,321  
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs and debt discount     109       94  
Provision for bad debt     995       604  
Gain on sale of equipment, net     (1,909 )     (2,392 )
Equity-based compensation expense     957       975  
Earnings from investment in joint venture     (1,337 )     (1,259 )
Deferred income taxes     2,997       (481 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Contracts receivable including retainage, net     (20,586 )     9,273  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts     (2,696 )     (2,955 )
Inventories     (8,826 )     (2,746 )
Other current assets     993       (8,886 )
Other assets     7,986       (7,787 )
Accounts payable     6,932       7,462  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts     (7,623 )     2,041  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     2,117       (4,778 )
Other long-term liabilities     813       844  
Net cash provided by operating activities, net of acquisition     55,274       66,121  
Cash flows from investing activities:        
Purchases of property, plant and equipment     (42,479 )     (42,804 )
Acquisition of liquid asphalt terminal assets     (10,848 )     -  
Proceeds from sale of equipment     4,456       4,931  
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired     (13,854 )     (51,319 )
Investment in joint venture     -       (400 )
Distributions received from investment in joint venture     2,500       -  
Net cash used in investing activities     (60,225 )     (89,592 )
Cash flows from financing activities:        
Repayments on revolving credit facility     -       (5,000 )
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs and discount     -       21,917  
Repayments of long-term debt     (13,001 )     (12,361 )
Payment to seller of pre-acquisition balance due     -       (4,940 )
Payment of treasury stock purchase obligation     (569 )     (2,569 )
Proceeds from initial public offering of Class A common stock, net of offering costs     -       98,009  
Proceeds from sale of common stock     3       5  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities     (13,567 )     95,061  
Net change in cash and cash equivalents     (18,518 )     71,590  
Cash and cash equivalents:        
Beginning of period     99,137       27,547  
End of period   $ 80,619     $ 99,137  
         
Supplemental cash flow information:        
Cash paid for interest     2,639       2,336  
Cash paid for income taxes     9,119       14,357  
Non-cash items:        
Property, plant and equipment financed with accounts payable     904       395  
                 

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA represents net income before, as applicable from time to time, (i) interest expense, net, (ii) provision (benefit) for income taxes, (iii) depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets, (iv) equity-based compensation expense and (v) certain management fees and expenses, and excludes income recognized in connection with a legal settlement between certain of the Company’s subsidiaries and a third party that did not directly relate to the Company’s business and that the Company does not expect to reoccur (the “Settlement”). Adjusted EBITDA Margin represents Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues for each period. Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin are supplemental measures of our operating performance that are neither required by, nor presented in accordance with, GAAP. These measures should not be considered as an alternative to net income or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of our operating performance. Management uses Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin as key performance indicators, and we believe they are measures frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other parties to evaluate companies in our industry. These measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as substitutes for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP.

Our calculation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin may not be comparable to similarly named measures reported by other companies. Potential differences may include differences in capital structures, tax positions and the age and book depreciation of intangible and tangible assets.

The following tables present a reconciliation of net income, the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted EBITDA, and the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA Margin for each of the periods presented:

 
Construction Partners, Inc.
Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2019 and 2018
(unaudited, in thousands, except percentages)
 
    For the fiscal year ended
September 30,
      2019       2018  
Net income   $   43,121     $   50,791  
Interest expense, net     1,861       1,270  
Provision for income taxes     13,909       10,525  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets     31,231       25,321  
Equity-based compensation expense     957       975  
Settlement income (1)     -       (14,803 )
Management fees and expenses (2)     1,252       1,457  
Adjusted EBITDA   $   92,331     $   75,536  
Revenues   $   783,238     $   680,096  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin     11.8 %     11.1 %

(1)  Represents pre-tax income recognized in connection with the Settlement.

(2)  Reflects fees and reimbursement of certain out-of-pocket expenses under a management services agreement with an affiliate of SunTx Capital Partners, the Company’s controlling stockholder.

 
Construction Partners, Inc.
Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
Fiscal Year 2020 Outlook
(unaudited, in thousands)
 
    For the fiscal year ending
September 30, 2020
    Low   High
Net income   $   39,000   $   44,000
Interest expense, net     1,400     1,500
Provision for income taxes     12,700     14,400
Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets     38,000     39,200
Equity-based compensation expense     1,600     1,600
Management fees and expenses (1)     1,300     1,300
Adjusted EBITDA   $   94,000   $   102,000

(1)  Reflects fees and reimbursement of certain out-of-pocket expenses under a management services agreement with an affiliate of SunTx Capital Partners, the Company’s controlling stockholder.

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