Construction Partners, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Results

May 9, 2019 at 4:15 PM EDT
Company Raises Fiscal Year 2019 Outlook

DOTHAN, Ala., May 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 second fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Key Metrics:  Fiscal 2019 Second Quarter Compared to Fiscal 2018 Second Quarter

  • Revenue was $164.3 million, up 38.2%
  • Gross profit was $19.8 million, up 44.0%
  • Net income was $4.2 million, down 62.6% (1)
  • Adjusted EBITDA(2) was $13.9 million, up 74.2%

Charles E. Owens, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We are pleased with our performance during the second fiscal quarter and are updating our financial outlook for fiscal 2019 to reflect the success we have had to date and the expected impact of the two acquisitions we closed in February. Favorable working conditions led to revenue growth in the second quarter. Consistent with prior years, we are on track to earn forty percent of our annual revenue in the first half of our fiscal year and sixty percent of annual revenue in the second half of our fiscal year due to normal weather patterns, longer workdays and other factors.

“During the second quarter, we grew our construction project backlog to $584.8 million at March 31, 2019. Of this amount, approximately $380.0 million is expected to be completed during the 2019 fiscal year. We will continue to pursue additional opportunities that can be completed both during the current fiscal year and beyond,” said Owens.

Fiscal Year 2019 Outlook

The Company has updated its outlook for fiscal year 2019 with regard to revenue, net income and Adjusted EBITDA, as follows:

  • Revenue of $790.0 million to $810.0 million, compared to $680.1 million reported in FY 2018
  • Net income of $40.75 million to $44.0 million, compared to $50.8 million reported in FY 2018 (inclusive of a non-recurring $10.6 million after-tax settlement during FY 2018)
  • Adjusted EBITDA (2) of $88.5 million to $92.5 million, compared to $75.5 million reported in FY 2018

The fiscal year 2019 outlook does not take into account any future acquisitions or greenfield expansions that may occur during the year. The outlook also does not include the potential impact of any new federal or state infrastructure or highway-related legislation that could be passed in 2019.

Ned N. Fleming, III, the Company’s Executive Chairman, stated, “Demand for road construction across our thirty-one markets remains high, and the states in which we operate have demonstrated a commitment to funding infrastructure improvements. We believe these factors continue to present opportunities for Construction Partners in the near- and long-term as we execute our proven growth strategy.”

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(1) Second quarter 2018 results include the impact of a non-recurring after-tax legal settlement of $10.6 million.
(2) Adjusted EBITDA is a financial measure 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. 

Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss financial and operating results for the fiscal second quarter ended March 31, 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 May 17, 2019 by calling (201) 612-7415 and using passcode 13690078#. 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 31 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.

Contacts:

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

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 our 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.

- Financial Statements Follow -

Construction Partners, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Income
(unaudited, in thousands, except share and per share data)

    For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
  For the Six Months
Ended March 31,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Revenues   $  164,304     $  118,899     $  318,631     $  269,320  
Cost of revenues       144,503         105,150         277,702         232,773  
Gross profit       19,801         13,749         40,929         36,547  
General and administrative expenses       (14,771 )       (13,358 )       (29,202 )       (25,784 )
Settlement income       -          14,803         -          14,803  
Gain on sale of equipment, net       693         886         1,027         1,031  
Operating income       5,723         16,080         12,754         26,597  
Interest expense, net       (379 )       (253 )       (894 )       (550 )
Other income (expense), net       123         (39 )       106         (60 )
Income before provision for income taxes and earnings from investment in joint venture       5,467         15,788         11,966         25,987  
Provision for income taxes       1,488         4,770         3,139         3,973  
Earnings from investment in joint venture       233         230         539         230  
Net income   $  4,212     $  11,248     $  9,366     $  22,244  
                 
Net income per share attributable to common stockholders:                
Basic   $  0.08     $  0.27     $  0.18     $  0.53  
Diluted   $  0.08     $  0.27     $  0.18     $  0.53  
                 
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:                
Basic     51,414,619       41,717,024       51,414,619       41,704,071  
Diluted     51,414,619       41,910,122       51,414,619       41,874,442  
                                 


Construction Partners, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

    March 31,
2019
(unaudited)
  September 30,
2018
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 61,911     $  99,137  
Contracts receivable including retainage, net     105,541       120,291  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts     12,595       9,334  
Inventories     33,042       24,556  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     17,124       14,137  
Total current assets     230,213       267,455  
Property, plant and equipment, net     197,869       178,692  
Goodwill     36,968       32,919  
Intangible assets, net     3,306       3,735  
Investment in joint venture     398       1,659  
Other assets     6,151       10,270  
Deferred income taxes, net     1,580       1,580  
Total assets   $ 476,485     $ 496,310  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable   $ 47,599     $ 63,510  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts     34,657       38,738  
Current maturities of debt     14,836       14,773  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     15,559       17,520  
Total current liabilities     112,651       134,541  
Long-term liabilities:        
Long-term debt, net of current maturities     40,701       48,115  
Deferred income taxes, net     8,890       8,890  
Other long-term liabilities     5,408       5,295  
Total long-term liabilities     54,999       62,300  
Total liabilities     167,650       196,841  
Commitments and contingencies        
Stockholders’ equity:        
Preferred stock, par value $0.001; 10,000,000 shares authorized and no shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and September 30, 2018            
Class A common stock, par value $0.001; 400,000,000 shares authorized, 11,950,000 issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019 and September 30, 2018     12       12  
Class B common stock, par value $0.001; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 42,387,571 issued and 39,464,619 outstanding at March 31, 2019 and September 30, 2018     42       42  
Additional paid-in capital     242,493       242,493  
Treasury stock, at cost     (15,603 )     (15,603 )
Retained earnings     81,891       72,525  
Total stockholders’ equity     308,835       299,469  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 476,485     $ 496,310  
 


Construction Partners, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited, in thousands)

    For the Six Months Ended
March 31,
    2019   2018  
           
Cash flows from operating activities:          
Net income   $ 9,366     $ 22,244    
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:          
Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets     14,639       11,308    
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs and debt discount     55       39    
Provision for bad debt     290       290    
Gain on sale of equipment, net     (1,027 )     (1,031 )  
Equity-based compensation expense           604    
Earnings from investment in joint venture     (539 )     (230 )  
Deferred income taxes           (3,470 )  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:          
Contracts receivable including retainage, net     14,460       44,811    
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts     (3,261 )     (5,540 )  
Inventories     (7,965 )     (2,342 )  
Other current assets     (2,987 )     (8,090 )  
Other assets     4,119       (11,960 )  
Accounts payable     (15,911 )     (15,078 )  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts     (4,081 )     (1 )  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     (1,972 )     (3,247 )  
Other long-term liabilities     113       (183 )  
Net cash provided by operating activities     5,299       28,124    
           
Cash flows from investing activities:          
Purchases of property, plant and equipment     (19,802 )     (21,966 )  
Proceeds from sale of equipment     2,585       2,487    
Business acquisition, net of cash acquired     (8,854 )        
Acquisition of liquid asphalt terminal assets     (10,848 )        
Investment in joint venture           (400 )  
Distributions from investment in joint venture     1,800          
Net cash used in investing activities     (35,119 )     (19,879 )  
           
Cash flows from financing activities:          
Repayments on revolving credit facility           (5,000 )  
Repayments of long-term debt     (7,406 )     (5,000 )  
Proceeds from reissuance of treasury stock           5    
Net cash used in financing activities     (7,406 )     (9,995 )  
Net change in cash and cash equivalents     (37,226 )     (1,750 )  
           
Cash and cash equivalents:          
Beginning of Period     99,137       27,547    
End of Period   $ 61,911     $ 25,797    
           
Supplemental cash flow information:          
Cash paid for interest   $ 1,365     $ 970    
Cash paid for income taxes   $ 1,532     $ 2,707    
Non-cash items:          
Property, plant and equipment financed with accounts payable     369       2,347    
                   


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 has not, and is not expected to, recur. 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 Quarters Ended March 31, 2019 and 2018
(unaudited, in thousands, except percentages)

    For the Three Months Ended
    March 31,
      2019       2018  
Net income   $4,212     $11,248  
Interest expense, net     379       253  
Provision for income taxes     1,488       4,770  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets     7,501       5,633  
Equity-based compensation expense           604  
Settlement income (1)           (14,803 )
Management fees and expenses (2)     387       311  
Adjusted EBITDA   $13,967     $8,016  
Revenues   $164,304     $118,889  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin     8.5%       6.7%  

(1)  Represents pre-tax income recognized in connection with a legal settlement relating to a business interruption event that occurred more than five years ago that did not directly relate to the Company's business and that has not, and is not expected to, recur.

(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.


The following table presents a reconciliation of net income, the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted EBITDA, using the high and low ends of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA range for the 2019 fiscal year and the Company’s reported results for the 2018 fiscal year:


Construction Partners, Inc.
Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation
Fiscal Year 2019 Updated Outlook
(unaudited, in thousands)

    Updated outlook
for the fiscal year ending
  For the fiscal year ended
    September 30, 2019   September 30, 2018
    Low   High   Actual
Net income   $40,750   $43,750   $50,791  
Interest expense, net     1,375     1,375     1,270  
Provision for income taxes     13,730     14,730     10,525  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization     31,300     31,300     25,321  
Equity-based compensation expense             975  
Settlement income (pre-tax) (1)             (14,803 )
Management fees and expenses (2)     1,345     1,345     1,457  
Adjusted EBITDA   $88,500   $92,500   $75,536  

(1)  Represents pre-tax income recognized in connection with a legal settlement relating to a business interruption event that occurred more than five years ago that did not directly relate to the Company's business and that has not, and is not expected to, recur.

(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.


 

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