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Matrix Service Company Reports Third Quarter Results

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TULSA, Okla., May 08, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq: MTRX), a leading contractor to the energy and industrial markets across North America, today reported financial results for its third quarter ended March 31, 2019.

Key highlights:

  • Revenue increased 46.1% to $358.9 million compared to $245.6 million in the third quarter of the prior fiscal year
  • Fully diluted earnings per share of $0.33 in the third quarter
  • Backlog increased 25.4% to $1.146 billion compared to $914.2 million at the same period a year ago; book-to-bill of 1.3 for the quarter on $458.9 million of project awards
  • Liquidity of $180.0 million, up 34.6% compared to $133.7 million for the same period a year ago
  • Company narrows revenue guidance to between $1.375 and $1.425 billion and earnings per fully diluted share to between $0.90 to $1.10

“We are pleased with our third quarter results, which, as previously forecasted, reflect continued improvement in revenue, gross margins, and earnings per share. This was led by strong performance in Storage Solutions and Oil Gas & Chemical, which was reinforced by increased scope on refinery turnaround projects and engineering work on a number of gas processing facilities,” said John R. Hewitt, President and Chief Executive Officer.

“As previously indicated, achieving full year guidance was dependent upon producing strong results in the back half of the fiscal year.  With the performance produced this quarter, and our fourth quarter expectations, we are confident in narrowing our revenue guidance to between $1.375 and $1.425 billion and our earnings guidance to between $0.90 and $1.10 per fully diluted share."

Third Quarter Fiscal 2019 Results

Consolidated revenue was $358.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $245.6 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year.  Storage Solutions segment revenue increased $57.5 million primarily as a result of increased tank and terminal construction work, and higher levels of repair and maintenance spending.  Industrial segment revenue increased $39.3 million due to higher volumes of iron and steel work.  Oil Gas & Chemical segment revenue increased $14.2 million due to higher volumes of turnaround and maintenance work.  Electrical Infrastructure segment revenue increased $2.3 million due to an increase in power generation package work, largely offset by reductions in power delivery and our strategic shift away from larger power generation EPC work.

Consolidated gross profit was $36.9 million in the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared to $14.9 million in the three months ended March 31, 2018.  The gross margin was 10.3% in the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared to 6.1% in the same period in the prior fiscal year.  Fiscal 2019 gross margin was positively impacted by higher revenues, which led to improved recovery of construction overhead costs, and improved project execution.

Consolidated SG&A expenses were $24.1 million in the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared to $20.8 million in the same period a year earlier.  The increase was primarily due to improved operating results, which led to higher incentive compensation expense, and higher stock compensation cost.

Our effective tax rate for the three months ended March 31, 2019 was 30.5% which was higher than our expected fiscal 2019 effective tax rate of approximately 27.0%.  The effective tax rate in fiscal 2019 was negatively impacted by a valuation allowance of $0.6 million placed on foreign tax credits which we do not believe will be utilized prior to their expiration.

The Company earned net income of $8.9 million, or $0.33 per fully diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2019 compared to a net loss of $5.2 million, or $0.19 per fully diluted share, in the third quarter of fiscal 2018.

Nine Month Fiscal 2019 Results

Consolidated revenue was $1.018 billion for the nine months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $798.5 million in the same period of the prior fiscal year.  Storage Solutions revenue increased $154.5 million primarily as a result of increased tank and terminal construction work, and higher levels of repair and maintenance spending.  Industrial segment revenue increased $102.7 million due to higher volumes of iron and steel spending and increased thermal vacuum chamber work.  Oil Gas & Chemical segment revenue increased $1.9 million due to higher volumes of turnaround and maintenance work, largely offset by a decrease in capital work.  Electrical Infrastructure segment revenue decreased $39.7 million primarily due to the strategic shift away from larger EPC power generation work to smaller packages, as well as a lower volume of power delivery projects.

Consolidated gross profit was $88.2 million in the nine months ended March 31, 2019 compared to $70.5 million in the nine months ended March 31, 2018.  The gross margin was 8.7% in the nine months ended March 31, 2019 compared to 8.8% in the same period in the prior fiscal year.  For the first and second quarters of fiscal 2019, the gross margin was negatively impacted by the wind down of lower margin work awarded in a highly competitive environment and lower than previously forecasted margins on a limited number of those projects.

Consolidated SG&A expenses were $67.7 million in the nine months ended March 31, 2019 compared to $63.9 million in the same period a year earlier.  The increase was primarily due to improved operating results, which led to higher incentive compensation expense, and higher stock compensation cost.  These increases were partially offset by lower amortization expense on intangible assets that fully amortized in fiscal 2018.

The Company earned net income of $15.2 million, or $0.55 per fully diluted share, during the nine months ended March 31, 2019 compared to net income of $3.2 million, or $0.12 per fully diluted share in the prior year.

Backlog

Backlog at March 31, 2019 was $1.146 billion compared to $1.046 billion at December 31, 2018.  The quarterly book-to-bill ratio was 1.3 on project awards of $458.9 million.  The year-to-date book-to-bill ratio was 0.9 on project awards of $945.8 million.

Financial Position

The Company had borrowings of $2.2 million outstanding and a cash balance of $49.7 million at March 31, 2019.  The cash balance combined with availability under the credit facility provides the Company with liquidity of $180.0 million at March 31, 2019, an increase of $42.7 million since December 31, 2018.  The Company expects continued liquidity improvement as we work through fourth quarter of fiscal 2019.

Earnings Guidance

The Company is narrowing fiscal 2019 revenue guidance to between $1.375 billion and $1.425 billion and earnings per fully diluted share to between $0.90 and $1.10.

Conference Call / Webcast Details

In conjunction with the earnings release, Matrix Service Company will host a conference call / webcast 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 Thursday, May 9, 2019 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

Founded in 1984, Matrix Service Company is parent to a family of companies that include Matrix Service Inc., Matrix NAC, Matrix PDM Engineering and Matrix Applied Technologies.  Our subsidiaries design, build and maintain infrastructure critical to North America's energy and industrial markets. Matrix Service Company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma with subsidiary offices located throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Sydney, Australia and Seoul, South Korea.

The Company reports its financial results based on four key operating segments: Electrical Infrastructure, Storage Solutions, Oil Gas & Chemical and Industrial.  To learn more about Matrix Service Company, visit matrixservicecompany.com.

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.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin S. Cavanah
Vice President and CFO
T: 918-838-8822
Email: kcavanah@matrixservicecompany.com

Kellie Smythe
Senior Director, Investor Relations
T: 918-359-8267
Email: ksmythe@matrixservicecompany.com


 
Matrix Service Company
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  March 31,
 2019
  March 31,
 2018
  March 31,
 2019
  March 31,
 2018
Revenues $ 358,887     $ 245,645     $ 1,017,966     $ 798,466  
Cost of revenues 321,981     230,754     929,753     727,981  
Gross profit 36,906     14,891     88,213     70,485  
Selling, general and administrative expenses 24,112     20,753     67,672     63,852  
Operating income (loss) 12,794     (5,862 )   20,541     6,633  
Other income (expense):              
Interest expense (301 )   (643 )   (954 )   (2,080 )
Interest income 307     130     863     234  
Other 58     370     582     384  
Income (loss) before income tax expense 12,858     (6,005 )   21,032     5,171  
Provision (benefit) for federal, state and foreign income taxes 3,925     (852 )   5,862     1,968  
Net income (loss) $ 8,933     $ (5,153 )   $ 15,170     $ 3,203  
               
Basic earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.33     $ (0.19 )   $ 0.56     $ 0.12  
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.33     $ (0.19 )   $ 0.55     $ 0.12  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:              
Basic 26,788     26,817     26,918     26,747  
Diluted 27,417     26,817     27,587     27,054  
                       


 
Matrix Service Company
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
  March 31,
 2019
  June 30,
 2018
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 49,676     $ 64,057  
Accounts receivable, less allowances (March 31, 2019— $938 and June 30, 2018—$6,327) 274,904     203,388  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 75,353     76,632  
Inventories 8,637     5,152  
Income taxes receivable 489     3,359  
Other current assets 6,171     4,458  
Total current assets 415,230     357,046  
Property, plant and equipment at cost:      
Land and buildings 41,091     40,424  
Construction equipment 90,759     89,036  
Transportation equipment 49,719     48,339  
Office equipment and software 43,036     41,236  
Construction in progress 5,860     1,353  
Total property, plant and equipment - at cost 230,465     220,388  
Accumulated depreciation (154,653 )   (147,743 )
Property, plant and equipment - net 75,812     72,645  
Goodwill 93,316     96,162  
Other intangible assets 20,282     22,814  
Deferred income taxes 6,169     4,848  
Other assets 20,624     4,518  
Total assets $ 631,433     $ 558,033  
       


 
Matrix Service Company
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)
(unaudited)
(In thousands, except share data)
 
 
  March 31,
 2019
  June 30,
 2018
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 110,502     $ 79,439  
Billings on uncompleted contracts in excess of costs and estimated earnings 122,235     120,740  
Accrued wages and benefits 41,823     24,375  
Accrued insurance 9,459     9,080  
Income taxes payable 907     7  
Other accrued expenses 4,618     4,824  
Total current liabilities 289,544     238,465  
Deferred income taxes 3,391     429  
Borrowings under senior secured revolving credit facility 2,172      
Other liabilities 232     296  
Total liabilities 295,339     239,190  
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ equity:      
Common stock—$.01 par value; 60,000,000 shares authorized; 27,888,217 shares issued as of March 31, 2019 and June 30, 2018; 26,803,422 and 26,853,823 shares outstanding as of March 31, 2019 and June 30, 2018 279     279  
Additional paid-in capital 134,836     132,198  
Retained earnings 226,664     211,494  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (7,863 )   (7,411 )
  353,916     336,560  
Less: Treasury stock, at cost — 1,084,795 shares as of March 31, 2019, and 1,034,394 shares as of June 30, 2018 (17,822 )   (17,717 )
Total stockholders' equity 336,094     318,843  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 631,433     $ 558,033  
       


 
Matrix Service Company
Results of Operations
(unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  March 31,
 2019
  March 31,
 2018
  March 31,
 2019
  March 31,
 2018
Gross revenues              
Electrical Infrastructure $ 60,669     $ 58,378     $ 163,543     $ 203,201  
Oil Gas & Chemical 83,414     68,689     246,497     242,946  
Storage Solutions 134,822     78,859     374,787     221,664  
Industrial 81,283     41,976     237,225     134,507  
Total gross revenues $ 360,188     $ 247,902     $ 1,022,052     $ 802,318  
Less: Inter-segment revenues              
Oil Gas & Chemical $ 870     $ 299     $ 2,175     $ 544  
Storage Solutions 431     1,958     1,911     3,307  
Industrial             1  
Total inter-segment revenues $ 1,301     $ 2,257     $ 4,086     $ 3,852  
Consolidated revenues              
Electrical Infrastructure $ 60,669     $ 58,378     $ 163,543     $ 203,201  
Oil Gas & Chemical 82,544     68,390     244,322     242,402  
Storage Solutions 134,391     76,901     372,876     218,357  
Industrial 81,283     41,976     237,225     134,506  
Total consolidated revenues $ 358,887     $ 245,645     $ 1,017,966     $ 798,466  
Gross profit              
Electrical Infrastructure $ 6,210     $ 1,759     $ 13,155     $ 15,567  
Oil Gas & Chemical 10,736     4,744     25,518     27,550  
Storage Solutions 14,575     4,166     35,275     17,004  
Industrial 5,385     4,222     14,265     10,364  
Total gross profit $ 36,906     $ 14,891     $ 88,213     $ 70,485  
Operating income (loss)              
Electrical Infrastructure $ 2,882     $ (2,422 )   $ 3,977     $ 2,234  
Oil Gas & Chemical 4,796     (648 )   8,895     8,684  
Storage Solutions 3,730     (4,025 )   5,371     (6,709 )
Industrial 1,386     1,233     2,298     2,424  
Total operating income (loss) $ 12,794     $ (5,862 )   $ 20,541     $ 6,633  
                               


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 amounts.

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.

The following table provides a summary of changes in our backlog for the three months ended March 31, 2019:

  Electrical
Infrastructure
  Oil Gas &
Chemical
  Storage
Solutions
  Industrial   Total
   
  (In thousands)
Backlog as of December 31, 2018 $ 102,738     $ 177,861     $ 545,204     $ 220,593     $ 1,046,396  
Project awards 59,151     72,434     242,004     85,342     458,931  
Revenue recognized (60,669 )   (82,544 )   (134,391 )   (81,283 )   (358,887 )
Backlog as of March 31, 2019 $ 101,220     $ 167,751     $ 652,817     $ 224,652     $ 1,146,440  
Book-to-bill ratio(1) 1.0     0.9     1.8     1.0     1.3  

________
(1) Calculated by dividing project awards by revenue recognized during the period.

The following table provides a summary of changes in our backlog for the nine months ended March 31, 2019:

  Electrical
Infrastructure
  Oil Gas &
Chemical
  Storage
Solutions
  Industrial   Total
   
  (In thousands)
Backlog as of June 30, 2018 $ 113,957     $ 227,452     $ 613,360     $ 263,827     1,218,596  
Project awards 150,806     184,621     412,333     198,050     945,810  
Revenue recognized (163,543 )   (244,322 )   (372,876 )   (237,225 )   (1,017,966 )
Backlog as of March 31, 2019 $ 101,220     $ 167,751     $ 652,817     $ 224,652     $ 1,146,440  
Book-to-bill ratio(1) 0.9     0.8     1.1     0.8     0.9  

________
(1) Calculated by dividing project awards by revenue recognized during the period.

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