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Construction Partners, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2019 Third Quarter Results

1053 Days ago

Company Maintains Fiscal Year 2019 Outlook

DOTHAN, Ala., Aug. 08, 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 third fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2019.

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

  • Revenue was $227.3 million, up 16.5%
  • Gross profit was $38.1 million, up 29.3%
  • Net income was $17.2 million, up 28.3%
  • Adjusted EBITDA (1) was $31.3 million, up 37.9%

Charles E. Owens, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Third quarter growth was fueled by strong operational performance and effective project execution by our workforce throughout our markets. Consistent with our historical experience, we were able to efficiently utilize our hot mix asphalt plants and equipment during the third quarter due to favorable working conditions, which contributed to higher profitability in the quarter.”  

“Project backlog at June 30, 2019 was $581.1 million. We are pleased with our backlog at quarter-end and with the opportunities available for bid in the remainder of our fiscal year and beyond,” continued Owens.  “Accordingly, we are maintaining our outlook for fiscal year 2019 with regard to revenue, net income and Adjusted EBITDA.”

Ned N. Fleming, III, the Company’s Executive Chairman, stated, “Our proven strategy of sustainable growth continues as our team executes on this strategy. We are pleased with the continued opportunities for growth in our markets and the positive trends that we believe will drive future growth and enhance shareholder value.”

Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call on Friday, August 9, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss financial and operating results for the fiscal third quarter ended June 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 August 16, 2019 by calling (201) 612-7415 and using passcode 13691702#. 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.

(1) 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.

About Construction Partners, Inc.

Construction Partners, Inc. is a vertically integrated civil infrastructure company operating across five southeastern states, with 32 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 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.


Rick Black / Ken Dennard
Dennard Lascar Investor Relations
(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 June 30,
For the Nine Months
Ended June 30,
    2019   2018   2019   2018
Revenues $ 227,290   $ 195,075   $ 545,921   $ 464,395  
Cost of revenues   189,198     165,606     466,900     398,379  
Gross profit   38,092     29,469     79,021     66,016  
General and administrative expenses   (15,968 )   (14,788 )   (45,170 )   (40,572 )
Settlement income   -     -     -     14,803  
Gain on sale of equipment, net   58     86     1,085     1,117  
Operating income   22,182     14,767     34,936     41,364  
Interest expense, net   (615 )   (406 )   (1,509 )   (956 )
Other income (expense), net   190     15     296     (45 )
Income before provision for income taxes and earnings from investment in joint venture   21,757     14,376     33,723     40,363  
Provision for income taxes   4,941     1,409     8,080     5,382  
Earnings from investment in joint venture   386     436     925     666  
Net income $ 17,202   $ 13,403   $ 26,568   $ 35,647  
Net income per share attributable to common stockholders:        
Basic $ 0.33   $ 0.29   $ 0.52   $ 0.82  
Diluted $ 0.33   $ 0.29   $ 0.52   $ 0.81  
Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:        
Basic   51,414,619     46,557,785     51,414,619     43,648,309  
Diluted   51,422,899     46,988,359     51,414,887     43,932,546  

Construction Partners, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
    June 30, September 30,
      2019   2018
ASSETS   (unaudited)  
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 59,648   $ 99,137  
Contracts receivable including retainage, net     134,709     120,291  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts     14,043     9,334  
Inventories     37,069     24,556  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     13,533     14,137  
Total current assets     259,002     267,455  
Property, plant and equipment, net     201,712     178,692  
Goodwill     36,968     32,919  
Intangible assets, net     3,091     3,735  
Investment in joint venture     384     1,659  
Other assets     6,292     10,270  
Deferred income taxes, net     1,575     1,580  
Total assets   $ 509,024   $ 496,310  
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable   $ 65,232   $ 63,510  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts     32,344     38,738  
Current maturities of debt     14,771     14,773  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     19,028     17,520  
Total current liabilities     131,375     134,541  
Long-term liabilities:      
Long-term debt, net of current maturities     37,096     48,115  
Deferred income taxes, net     8,749     8,890  
Other long-term liabilities     5,621     5,295  
Total long-term liabilities     51,466     62,300  
Total liabilities     182,841     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 June 30, 2019 and September 30, 2018     -     -  
Class A common stock, par value $0.001; 400,000,000 shares authorized, 32,442,545 issued and outstanding at June 30, 2019, and 11,950,000 issued and outstanding at September 30, 2018     32     12  
Class B common stock, par value $0.001; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 22,162,369 issued and 19,239,417 outstanding at June 30, 2019, and 42,387,571 issued and 39,464,619 outstanding at September 30, 2018     22     42  
Additional paid-in capital     242,639     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     99,093     72,525  
Total stockholders’ equity     326,183     299,469  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 509,024   $ 496,310  

Construction Partners, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(unaudited, in thousands)
    For the Nine Months Ended
June 30,
      2019   2018
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income   $ 26,568   $ 35,647  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets     22,698     17,929  
Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs and debt discount     83     60  
Provision for bad debt     421     435  
Gain on sale of equipment, net     (1,085 )   (1,117 )
Equity-based compensation expense     146     975  
Earnings from investment in joint venture     (925 )   (666 )
Deferred income taxes     (136 )   (1,430 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Contracts receivable including retainage, net     (14,839 )   14,055  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts     (4,709 )   (6,128 )
Inventories     (11,992 )   (3,335 )
Other current assets     604     (9,165 )
Other assets     3,978     (12,079 )
Accounts payable     1,722     (7,944 )
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts     (6,394 )   2,823  
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     1,497     (6,048 )
Other long-term liabilities     326     (352 )
   Net cash provided by operating activities, net of acquisition     17,963     23,660  
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Purchases of property, plant and equipment     (31,744 )   (33,460 )
Proceeds from sale of equipment     2,898     2,889  
Business acquisition, net of cash acquired     (8,854 )   (51,319 )
Acquisition of liquid asphalt terminal assets     (10,848 )   -  
Investment in joint venture     -     (400 )
Distributions from investment in joint venture     2,200     -  
Net cash used in investing activities     (46,348 )   (82,290 )
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     (11,104 )   (8,665 )
Proceeds from initial public offering of Class A common stock, net of offering costs     -     98,009  
Proceeds from reissuance of treasury stock     -     5  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities     (11,104 )   106,266  
Net change in cash and cash equivalents     (39,489 )   47,636  
Cash and cash equivalents:      
Beginning of period     99,137     27,547  
End of period   $ 59,648   $ 75,183  
Supplemental cash flow information:      
Cash paid for interest     1,998     1,578  
Cash paid for income taxes     3,232     12,557  
Non-cash items:      
Property, plant and equipment financed with accounts payable     332     152  


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 June 30, 2019 and 2018 
(unaudited, in thousands, except percentages)
    For the Three Months Ended
    June 30,
    2019   2018
Net income   $17,202     $13,403  
Interest expense, net   615     406  
Provision for income taxes   4,941     1,409  
Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets   8,059     6,621  
Equity-based compensation expense   146     371  
Management fees and expenses (1)   316     468  
Adjusted EBITDA   $31,279     $22,678  
Revenues   $227,290     $195,075  
Adjusted EBITDA Margin   13.8%     11.6%  

(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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