TULSA, Okla., Nov. 07, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq:MTRX), a leading contractor to the energy, power and industrial markets across North America, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended September 30, 2016.
"We are pleased with our first quarter results which reflect strong revenue and earnings per share, led by very strong operational performance in our Storage Solutions segment," said Matrix Service Company President and Chief Executive Officer John R. Hewitt. "Additionally, project awards of almost $260 million support our fiscal 2017 revenue guidance."
Related to the Company's pipeline of project opportunities, Hewitt indicated that as the commodity markets begin to show signs of recovery, customers in the Company's Storage and Oil Gas & Chemical segments are showing cautious optimism as demonstrated by their proposal activity, FEED work and planning requirements. The Electrical Infrastructure segment continues to have a strong contracting environment in both delivery and generation.
"Based on our long-term macro view of our business markets and the bidding environment we currently see, we expect capital projects and maintenance spending to increase over the next several quarters and into our fiscal 2018. Based on our strategic position in the marketplace and our strong client relationships, we remain confident in our ability to win projects that support our growth objectives and strategic vision," he said.
First Quarter Fiscal 2017 Results
Consolidated revenue was $341.8 million for the three months ended September 30, 2016, compared to $319.3 million in the same period in the prior fiscal year. The 7.0% increase resulted from the strength of the Storage Solutions and Electrical Infrastructure segments. The Company earned $9.3 million, or $0.35 per fully diluted share in the first quarter of fiscal 2017 compared to $9.9 million, or $0.37 per fully diluted share in the prior year.
Consolidated gross profit was $32.3 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $34.6 million in the three months ended September 30, 2015. The gross margin was 9.4% in the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to 10.8% in the same period in the prior fiscal year. The difference in gross margin in fiscal 2017 was primarily caused by increased under recovery of construction overhead costs in certain segments due to lower business volume. It was also impacted by unsettled change orders, which have been recognized at zero margin, on a major electrical infrastructure project.
On a segment basis, Storage Solutions revenue increased 38.3% to $199.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016 as compared to $144.2 million in the same quarter last year. The growth resulted from continued progress on the six terminal project in North Dakota. Segment gross profit increased by $6.2 million due to higher revenue. The fiscal 2017 gross margin was 13.3% compared to 14.0% in the same period a year earlier as both periods benefited from effective project execution.
Electrical Infrastructure revenue increased to $88.0 million in the quarter as compared to $65.6 million in the same quarter last year. The 34.1% increase resulted from continued work on the gas fired power generating facility being constructed in Canada. Gross profit increased by $0.5 million in this segment as the impact of higher revenue was largely offset by a lower gross margin which decreased to 6.0% compared to 7.2% in the same period last year. The current year margin was impacted by a combination of lower margin work in our high voltage distribution business and, while improved, the under recovery of overhead costs. In addition, margins were effected by unsettled change orders as noted above.
Oil Gas & Chemical segment revenue was $32.5 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016 as refiners continue to limit spending as the result of continued volatility in commodity prices. In the first quarter of last year revenue was $68.3 million. Gross profit and margin were break-even for the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $5.7 million and 8.3%, respectively, in the same period last year. Current year gross profit and margin were affected by significantly lower volume which led to the under recovery of overhead costs.
Revenue in the Industrial segment decreased to $21.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016 as compared to $41.2 million in the prior year as a result of continued customer spending limitations in the metals industries. Gross profit decreased by $3.4 million to $0.6 million due to lower revenue and gross margin. The current year gross margin of 2.6% was negatively affected by lower volumes which led to under recovery of construction overhead costs. The fiscal 2016 first quarter gross margin of 9.6% was positively impacted by a stronger spending environment and solid project execution.
Consolidated SG&A expenses were $18.0 million in the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to $19.5 million in the same period a year earlier. Lower SG&A expenses in the current quarter are primarily due to a reduction in the IT costs charged to the administrative portion of the business. In addition to this reduction, the Company contained SG&A spending, with no significant variances in the three months ended September 30, 2016 compared to the prior fiscal year.
Backlog at September 30, 2016 was $786.6 million compared to $868.7 million at June 30, 2016 on project awards of $259.7 million.
Availability under the Company's credit facility of $137.6 million along with the Company's cash balance of $35.6 million provided liquidity of $173.2 million at September 30, 2016, a decrease of $57.6 million, or 25.0%, since June 30, 2016. The variance in liquidity is primarily attributable to the investment of working capital on projects in process.
The Company is reaffirming fiscal 2017 revenue guidance of between $1.30 billion and $1.45 billion and earnings guidance of between $1.10 and $1.40 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 Monday, November 7, 2016 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, except as required by law.
|Matrix Service Company|
|Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Three Months Ended|
|Cost of revenues||309,503||284,747|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||17,977||19,483|
|Other income (expense):|
|Income before income tax expense||14,077||14,815|
|Provision for federal, state and foreign income taxes||4,735||5,076|
|Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest||—||(202||)|
|Net income attributable to Matrix Service Company||$||9,342||$||9,941|
|Basic earnings per common share||$||0.35||$||0.38|
|Diluted earnings per common share||$||0.35||$||0.37|
|Weighted average common shares outstanding:|
|Matrix Service Company|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||35,579||$||71,656|
|Accounts receivable, less allowances (September 30, 2016— $8,457 and June 30, 2016—$8,403)||230,975||190,434|
|Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts||105,094||104,001|
|Income taxes receivable||5||9|
|Other current assets||8,855||5,411|
|Total current assets||384,275||375,446|
|Property, plant and equipment at cost:|
|Land and buildings||39,545||39,224|
|Office equipment and software||33,194||29,577|
|Construction in progress||4,285||7,475|
|Total property, plant and equipment - at cost||216,447||215,708|
|Property, plant and equipment - net||82,416||84,731|
|Other intangible assets||20,151||20,999|
|Deferred income taxes||2,712||3,719|
|Matrix Service Company|
|Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)|
|(In thousands, except share data)|
|Liabilities and stockholders' equity|
|Billings on uncompleted contracts in excess of costs and estimated earnings||52,382||58,327|
|Accrued wages and benefits||23,212||27,716|
|Income taxes payable||3,676||2,675|
|Other accrued expenses||7,439||6,621|
|Total current liabilities||224,092||246,030|
|Deferred income taxes||3,198||3,198|
|Borrowings under senior revolving credit facility||17,186||—|
|Commitments and contingencies|
|Matrix Service Company stockholders' equity:|
|Common stock—$.01 par value; 60,000,000 shares authorized; 27,888,217 shares issued as of September 30, 2016, and June 30, 2016; 26,528,060 and 26,297,145 shares outstanding as of September 30, 2016 and June 30, 2016||279||279|
|Additional paid-in capital||124,464||127,058|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(7,124||)||(6,845||)|
|Less: Treasury stock, at cost — 1,360,157 shares as of September 30, 2016, and 1,591,072 shares as of June 30, 2016||(24,410||)||(26,907||)|
|Total Matrix Service Company stockholders' equity||325,708||316,742|
|Total stockholders' equity||324,532||315,566|
|Total liabilities and stockholders' equity||$||569,223||$||564,967|
|Matrix Service Company|
|Results of Operations|
|Three Months Ended|
|Oil Gas & Chemical||37,828||68,959|
|Total gross revenues||$||348,230||$||320,489|
|Less: Inter-segment revenues|
|Oil Gas & Chemical||$||5,286||$||648|
|Total inter-segment revenues||$||6,449||$||1,158|
|Oil Gas & Chemical||32,542||68,311|
|Total consolidated revenues||$||341,781||$||319,331|
|Oil Gas & Chemical||1||5,683|
|Total gross profit||$||32,278||$||34,584|
|Operating income (loss)|
|Oil Gas & Chemical||(2,905||)||1,416|
|Total operating income||$||14,301||$||15,101|
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:
For long-term maintenance contracts and other established arrangements, we include only the amounts that we expect to recognize into revenue over the next 12 months. For all other arrangements, we calculate backlog as the estimated contract amount less revenue recognized as of the reporting date.
The following table provides a summary of changes in our backlog for the three months ended September 30, 2016:
|Oil Gas &|
|Backlog as of June 30, 2016||$||369,791||$||91,478||$||359,013||$||48,390||$||868,672|
|Backlog as of September 30, 2016||$||354,286||$||179,274||$||198,141||$||54,911||$||786,612|
For more information, please contact: Matrix Service Company Kevin S. Cavanah Vice President and CFO T: 918-838-8822 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org