MYR Group Inc. Announces First-Quarter 2018 Results

May 2, 2018

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., May 02, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — MYR Group Inc. (“MYR”) (NASDAQ:MYRG), a holding company of leading specialty contractors serving the electric utility infrastructure, commercial and industrial construction markets in the United States and western Canada, today announced its first-quarter 2018 financial results.

Highlights

  • First quarter revenues of $345.6 million, a 15.2% increase year over year
  • First quarter net income of $5.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted share
  • Backlog of $958.5 million, an all-time high

Management Comments
Rick Swartz, MYR’s President and CEO, said, “We are pleased with our first-quarter 2018 financial results, which included increases in revenues, gross profit, earnings per share, net income and EBITDA as compared to the first quarter of 2017. Our backlog in the first quarter reached $958.5 million, a record high consisting of both short and long-term projects with varying construction start dates. We believe our strong market position and active bidding climates in both our T&D and C&I markets should continue to support efficiencies in our operations.”

First Quarter Results
MYR reported first-quarter 2018 revenues of $345.6 million, an increase of $45.5 million, or 15.2 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2017. Specifically, the T&D segment reported revenues of $216.4 million, an increase of $20.7 million, or 10.6 percent, from the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to an increase in distribution revenue. The C&I segment reported first-quarter 2018 revenues of $129.2 million, an increase of $24.8 million, or 23.8 percent, from the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to increased spending from new and existing customers and increased volume on certain organic expansion locations.

Consolidated gross profit increased to $35.8 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to $25.7 million in the first quarter of 2017. The increase in gross profit was primarily due to higher revenues and increased margins. Gross margin increased to 10.3 percent for the first quarter of 2018 from 8.6 percent for the first quarter of 2017. The increase in gross margin was largely due to improvements in efficiency from the prior year, which was significantly impacted by inclement weather and a high mix of smaller, shorter duration work. Changes in estimates of gross profit on certain projects resulted in a gross margin decrease of 0.1 percent for the first quarter of 2018. Gross margin increased 0.4 percent due to changes in estimates of gross profit on certain projects for the first quarter of 2017.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) increased to $28.3 million in the first quarter of 2018, compared to $25.8 million in the first quarter of 2017. The year-over-year increase was primarily due to higher bonus and profit sharing costs. As a percentage of revenues, SG&A decreased to 8.2 percent for the first quarter of 2018 from 8.6 percent for the first quarter of 2017.

Income tax expense was $2.3 million for the first quarter of 2018, with an effective tax rate of 28.9 percent. For the first quarter of 2017 we had an income tax benefit of $0.4 million, which represented 42.7 percent of pretax income. The effective tax rate for the first quarter of 2018 benefited from the enactment of the United States Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017. The tax benefit in the first quarter of 2017 was caused by excess tax benefits pertaining to the vesting of stock awards and the exercise of stock options related to the Company’s stock compensation program.

For the first quarter of 2018, net income was $5.6 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared to $1.2 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, for the same period of 2017. First-quarter 2018 EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $18.0 million, or 5.2 percent of revenues, compared to $11.1 million, or 3.7 percent of revenues, in the first quarter of 2017.

Backlog 
As of March 31, 2018, MYR’s backlog was $958.5 million, which represented an increase of $279.4 million, or 41.1 percent, compared to December 31, 2017. Specifically, in the same period, T&D backlog increased $101.2 million, or 30.4 percent, to $434.3 million while C&I backlog increased $178.2 million, or 51.5 percent, to $524.2. Total backlog at March 31, 2018 increased $297.6 million, or 45.0 percent, from the $660.9 million reported at March 31, 2017. The increase in backlog was primarily due to the addition of the previously announced Denver Central 70 Project and various small and mid-sized T&D projects.

Balance Sheet 
As of March 31, 2018, MYR had $162.0 million of borrowing availability under its credit facility.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures 
To supplement MYR’s financial statements presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), MYR uses certain non-GAAP measures. Reconciliation to the nearest GAAP measures of all non-GAAP measures included in this press release can be found at the end of this release. MYR’s definitions of these non-GAAP measures may differ from similarly titled measures used by others. These non-GAAP measures should be considered supplemental to, and not a substitute for, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP.

MYR believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful because they (i) provide both management and investors meaningful supplemental information regarding financial performance by excluding certain expenses and benefits that may not be indicative of recurring core business operating results, (ii) permit investors to view MYR’s performance using the same tools that management uses to evaluate MYR’s past performance, reportable business segments and prospects for future performance, (iii) publicly disclose results that are relevant to financial covenants included in MYR’s credit facility and (iv) otherwise provide supplemental information that may be useful to investors in evaluating MYR.

Conference Call 
MYR will host a conference call to discuss its first-quarter 2018 results on Thursday, May 3, 2018, at 9:00 a.m. Central time. To participate in the conference call via telephone, please dial (877) 561-2750 (domestic) or (763) 416-8565 (international) at least five minutes prior to the start of the event. A replay of the conference call will be available through Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, by dialing (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406, and entering conference ID 6855529. MYR will also broadcast the conference call live via the internet. Interested parties may access the webcast through the Investor Relations section of MYR’s website at www.myrgroup.com. Please access the website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The webcast will be available until Thursday, May 10, 2018, at 11:59 P.M. Eastern time.

About MYR
MYR is a holding company of leading specialty contractors serving the electric utility infrastructure, commercial and industrial construction markets throughout the United States and western Canada who have the experience and expertise to complete electrical installations of any type and size. Their comprehensive services on electric transmission and distribution networks and substation facilities include design, engineering, procurement, construction, upgrade, maintenance and repair services. Transmission and distribution customers include investor-owned utilities, cooperatives, private developers, government-funded utilities, independent power producers, independent transmission companies, industrial facility owners and other contractors. Commercial and industrial electrical contracting services are provided to general contractors, commercial and industrial facility owners, local governments and developers generally throughout the western and northeastern United States and western Canada. For more information, visit myrgroup.com.

Forward-Looking Statements 
Various statements in this announcement, including those that express a belief, expectation, or intention, as well as those that are not statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements may include projections and estimates concerning the timing and success of specific projects and our future production, revenue, income, capital spending, segment improvements and investments. Forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “encouraged,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “objective,” “outlook,” “plan,” “possible,” “potential,” “project,” “remain confident,” “should” “unlikely,” or other words that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. The forward-looking statements in this announcement speak only as of the date of this announcement; we disclaim any obligation to update these statements (unless required by securities laws), and we caution you not to rely on them unduly. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and assumptions about future events. While our management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Forward-looking statements in this announcement should be evaluated together with the many uncertainties that affect MYR’s business, particularly those mentioned in the risk factors and cautionary statements in Item 1A of MYR’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2017, and in any risk factors or cautionary statements contained in MYR’s subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K.

MYR Group Inc. Contact:
Betty R. Johnson, Chief Financial Officer, 847-290-1891, investorinfo@myrgroup.com

Investor Contact: 
Kristine Walczak
Dresner Corporate Services, 312-780-7205, kwalczak@dresnerco.com

Financial tables follow…

 

MYR GROUP INC.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
As of March 31, 2018and December 31, 2017
March 31, December 31,
(In thousands, except share and per share data)  2018 2017
(unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,719 $ 5,343
Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $537 and $605, respectively 256,364 283,008
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 93,206 78,260
Current portion of receivable for insurance claims in excess of deductibles 4,366 4,221
Refundable income taxes, net 391
Other current assets 7,882 8,513
Total current assets 363,537 379,736
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $238,112 and $231,391, respectively 151,570 148,084
Goodwill 46,988 46,994
Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $5,305 and $5,183, respectively 10,720 10,852
Receivable for insurance claims in excess of deductibles 14,440 14,295
Investment in joint ventures 719 168
Other assets 3,617 3,659
Total assets $ 591,591 $ 603,788
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current portion of capital lease obligations $ 1,094 $ 1,086
Accounts payable 105,042 110,383
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts 18,699 28,919
Current portion of accrued self-insurance 12,452 13,138
Income taxes payable, net 2,110
Other current liabilities 42,562 35,038
Total current liabilities 181,959 188,564
Deferred income tax liabilities 13,525 13,452
Long-term debt 67,381 78,960
Accrued self-insurance 32,046 32,225
Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities 2,349 2,629
Other liabilities 903 919
Total liabilities 298,163 316,749
Commitments and contingencies
Stockholders’ equity:
Preferred stock—$0.01 par value per share; 4,000,000 authorized shares;
none issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017
Common stock—$0.01 par value per share; 100,000,000 authorized shares;
16,492,060 and 16,464,757 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2018 and December 31, 2017, respectively 164 163
Additional paid-in capital 144,260 143,934
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (316 ) (299 )
Retained earnings 149,320 143,241
Total stockholders’ equity 293,428 287,039
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 591,591 $ 603,788
MYR GROUP INC.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Operations and Comprehensive Income
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
Three months ended
 March 31, 
(In thousands, except per share data) 2018 2017
Contract revenues $ 345,611 $ 300,129
Contract costs   309,858   274,389
Gross profit   35,753   25,740
Selling, general and administrative expenses   28,280   25,779
Amortization of intangible assets   117   188
Gain on sale of property and equipment   (1,051 )   (707 )
Income from operations   8,407   480
Other income (expense)
Interest income   —   1
Interest expense   (721 )   (514 )
Other, net   249   874
Income before provision for income taxes   7,935   841
Income tax expense (benefit)   2,291   (359 )
Net income $   5,644 $   1,200
Income per common share:
—Basic $   0.35 $   0.07
—Diluted $   0.34 $   0.07
Weighted average number of common shares and potential common shares outstanding:
—Basic   16,321   16,161
—Diluted   16,520   16,452
Net income $   5,644 $   1,200
Other comprehensive income (loss):
Foreign currency translation adjustment   (17 )   (49 )
Other comprehensive income (loss)   (17 )   (49 )
Total comprehensive income $   5,627 $   1,151
MYR GROUP INC.
Unaudited Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
Three months ended
 March 31, 
(In thousands)   2018    2017 
 Cash flows from operating activities: 
Net income $   5,644 $   1,200
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment   9,275   9,558
Amortization of intangible assets   117   188
Stock-based compensation expense   420   867
Deferred income taxes   48   (143 )
Gain on sale of property and equipment   (1,051 )   (707 )
Other non-cash items   702   (93 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities
Accounts receivable, net   26,041   12,417
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on
uncompleted contracts   (15,131 )   (2,847 )
Receivable for insurance claims in excess of deductibles   (290 )   (47 )
Other assets   1,405   (289 )
Accounts payable   (3,765 )   (10,333 )
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on
uncompleted contracts   (10,191 )   7,134
Accrued self insurance   (857 )   1,834
Other liabilities   9,666   (5,679 )
Net cash flows provided by operating activities   22,033   13,060
 Cash flows from investing activities: 
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   1,074   937
Purchases of property and equipment   (14,497 )   (10,002 )
Net cash flows used in investing activities   (13,423 )   (9,065 )
 Cash flows from financing activities: 
Net repayments under revolving lines of credit   (11,579 )   (19,491 )
Payment of principal obligations under capital leases   (272 )   (268 )
Proceeds from exercise of stock options   582   911
Repurchase of common shares   (934 )   (2,208 )
Net cash flows used in financing activities   (12,203 )   (21,056 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   (31 )   154
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents   (3,624 )   (16,907 )
 Cash and cash equivalents: 
Beginning of period   5,343   23,846
End of period $   1,719 $   6,939
MYR GROUP INC.
Unaudited Consolidated Selected Data and Net Income Per Share 
Three and Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
Three months ended Last twelve months ended
 March 31,   March 31, 
 (in thousands, except share and per share data)  2018   2017   2018   2017 
Summary Statement of Operations Data: 
Contract revenues $ 345,611 $ 300,129 $ 1,448,799 $ 1,188,982
Gross profit $ 35,753 $ 25,740 $ 135,017 $ 133,182
Income from operations $ 8,407 $ 480 $ 37,485 $ 35,927
Income before provision for income taxes $ 7,935 $ 841 $ 31,734 $ 35,950
Income tax expense (benefit) $ 2,291 $ (359 ) $ 6,136 $ 15,306
Net income $ 5,644 $ 1,200 $ 25,598 $ 20,644
Tax rate 28.9 % (42.7 )% 19.3 % 42.6 %
Per Share Data: 
Income per common share: 
– Basic $ 0.35 $ 0.07 $ 1.58 (1) $ 1.27 (1)
– Diluted $ 0.34 $ 0.07 $ 1.54 (1) $ 1.24 (1)
Weighted average number of common shares 
and potential common shares outstanding : 
– Basic 16,321 16,161 16,312 (2) 16,324 (2)
– Diluted 16,520 16,452 16,507 (2) 16,663 (2)
 March 31,   December 31,   March 31,   March 31, 
 (in thousands)  2018 2017 2017 2016
Summary Balance Sheet Data: 
Total assets $ 591,591 $ 603,788 $ 548,708 $ 504,604
Total stockholders’ equity (book value) $ 293,428 $ 287,039 $ 263,894 $ 305,018
Goodwill and intangible assets $ 57,708 $ 57,846 $ 58,166 $ 58,275
Total funded debt $ 67,381 $ 78,960 $ 39,580 $
Last twelve months ended
 March 31, 
 2018   2017 
Financial Performance Measures (3): 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP measures: 
Net income $ 25,598 $ 20,644
Interest expense, net 2,807 1,628
Tax impact of interest (542 ) (694 )
EBIT, net of taxes (4)  $ 27,863 $ 21,578

See notes at the end of this earnings release.

MYR GROUP INC.
Unaudited Performance Measures and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures
Three and Twelve Months Ended March 31, 2018 and 2017
Three months ended Last twelve months ended
 March 31,   March 31, 
 (in thousands, except share, per share data, ratios and percentages)  2018   2017  2018   2017 
 Financial Performance Measures (3): 
EBITDA (5)  $ 18,048 $ 11,100 $ 72,763 $ 76,530
EBITDA per Diluted Share (6)  $ 1.09 $ 0.67 $ 4.41 $ 4.59
Free Cash Flow (7)  $ 7,536 $ 3,058 $ (35,563 ) $ 21,520
Book Value per Period End Share (8)  $ 17.58 $ 15.74
Tangible Book Value (9)  $ 235,720 $ 205,728
Tangible Book Value per Period End Share (10)  $ 14.12 $ 12.27
Funded Debt to Equity Ratio  (11)  0.23 0.15
Asset Turnover (12)  2.64 2.36
Return on Assets (13)  4.7 % 4.1 %
Return on Equity  (14)  9.7 % 6.8 %
Return on Invested Capital (17)  9.4 % 7.7 %
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures: 
Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA: 
Net income $ 5,644 $ 1,200 $ 25,598 $ 20,644
Interest expense, net 721 513 2,807 1,628
Provision for income taxes 2,291 (359 ) 6,136 15,306
Depreciation and amortization 9,392 9,746 38,222 38,952
 EBITDA (5)  $ 18,048 $ 11,100 $ 72,763 $ 76,530
Reconciliation of Net Income per Diluted Share 
to EBITDA per Diluted Share: 
Net Income per share: $ 0.34 $ 0.07 $ 1.54 $ 1.24
Interest expense, net, per share 0.04 0.03 0.17 0.10
Provision for income taxes per share 0.14 (0.02 ) 0.37 0.92
Depreciation and amortization per share 0.57 0.59 2.33 2.33
 EBITDA per Diluted Share (6)  $ 1.09 $ 0.67 $ 4.41 $ 4.59
Calculation of Free Cash Flow: 
Net cash flow from operating activities $ 22,033 $ 13,060 $ (225 ) $ 53,124
Less: cash used in purchasing property and equipment (14,497 ) (10,002 ) (35,338 ) (31,604 )
 Free Cash Flow (7)  $ 7,536 $ 3,058 $ (35,563 ) $ 21,520
Reconciliation of Book Value to Tangible Book Value: 
Book value (total stockholders’ equity) $ 293,428 $ 263,894
Goodwill and intangible assets (57,708 ) (58,166 )
Tangible Book Value (9)  $ 235,720 $ 205,728
Reconciliation of Book Value per Period End Share 
to Tangible Book Value per Period End Share: 
Book value per period end share $ 17.58 $ 15.74
Goodwill and intangible assets per period end share (3.46 ) (3.47 )
Tangible Book Value per Period End Share (10)  $ 14.12 $ 12.27
 Calculation of Period End Shares: 
Shares Outstanding 16,492 16,473
Plus: Common Equivalents 199 291
 Period End Shares (15)  16,691 16,764
 March 31,   March 31,   March 31, 
2018 2017 2016
Reconciliation of Invested Capital to Shareholders Equity: 
Book value (total stockholders’ equity) $ 293,428 $ 263,894 $ 305,018
Plus: Total Funded Debt 67,381 39,580
Less: Cash and cash equivalents (1,719 ) (6,939 ) (26,039 )
Invested Capital (16)  $ 359,090 $ 296,535 $ 278,979

 See notes at the end of this earnings release.

(1) Last-twelve-months earnings per share is the sum of earnings per share reported in the last four quarters.
(2) Last-twelve-months average basic and diluted shares were determined by adding the average shares reported for the last four quarters and dividing by four.
(3) These financial performance measures are provided as supplemental information to the financial statements. These measures are used by management to evaluate our past performance, our prospects for future performance and our ability to comply with certain material covenants as defined within our credit agreement, and to compare our results with those of our peers. In addition, we believe that certain of the measures, such as book value, tangible book value, free cash flow, asset turnover, return on equity and debt leverage are measures that are monitored by sureties, lenders, lessors, suppliers and certain investors. Our calculation of each measure is described in the following notes; our calculation may not be the same as the calculations made by other companies.
(4) EBIT, net of taxes is defined as net income plus net interest, less the tax impact of net interest. The tax impact of net interest is computed by multiplying net interest by the effective tax rate. Management uses EBIT, net of taxes, to measure our results exclusive of the impact of financing costs.
(5) EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.  EBITDA is not recognized under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to net income as a measure of operating performance or to net cash flows provided by operating activities as a measure of liquidity. EBITDA is a component of the debt to EBITDA covenant, as defined in our credit agreement, which we must comply with to avoid potential immediate repayment of amounts borrowed or additional fees to seek relief from our lenders. In addition, management considers EBITDA a useful measure because it eliminates differences which are caused by different capital structures as well as different tax rates and depreciation schedules when comparing our measures to our peers’ measures.
(6) EBITDA per diluted share is calculated by dividing EBITDA by the weighted average number of diluted shares outstanding for the period. EBITDA per diluted share is not recognized under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to income per diluted share.
(7) Free cash flow, which is defined as cash flow provided by operating activities minus cash flow used in purchasing property and equipment, is not recognized under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to net income, cash flow from operations or the change in cash on the balance sheet. Management views free cash flow as a measure of operational performance, liquidity and financial health.
(8) Book value per period end share is calculated by dividing total stockholders’ equity at the end of the period by the period end shares outstanding.
(9) Tangible book value is calculated by subtracting goodwill and intangible assets outstanding at the end of the period from stockholders’ equity outstanding at the end of the period. Tangible book value is not recognized under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to book value or stockholders’ equity.
(10) Tangible book value per period end share is calculated by dividing tangible book value at the end of the period by the period end number of shares outstanding. Tangible book value per period end share is not recognized under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to income per diluted share.
(11) The funded debt to equity ratio is calculated by dividing total funded debt at the end of the period by total stockholders’ equity at the end of the period.
(12) Asset turnover is calculated by dividing the current period revenue by total assets at the beginning of the period.
(13) Return on assets is calculated by dividing net income for the period by total assets at the beginning of the period.
(14) Return on equity is calculated by dividing net income for the period by total stockholders’ equity at the beginning of the period.
(15) Period end shares is calculated by adding average common stock equivalents for the quarter to the period end balance of common stock outstanding. Period end shares is not recognized under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to diluted shares. Management views period end shares as a better measure of shares outstanding as of the end of the period.
(16) Invested capital is calculated by adding net funded debt (total funded debt less cash and marketable securities) to total stockholders’ equity.
(17) Return on invested capital is calculated by dividing EBIT, net of taxes, less any dividends, by invested capital at the beginning of the period. Return on invested capital is not recognized under GAAP, and is a key metric used by management to determine our executive compensation.

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