Construction Partners, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2021 Third Quarter Results

DOTHAN, Ala., Aug. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Construction Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROAD) («CPI» or the «Company»), a vertically integrated civil infrastructure…

DOTHAN, Ala., Aug. 6, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Construction Partners, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROAD) («CPI» or 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 the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2021.

Fred J. (Jule) Smith, III, the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, «Our business performed very well in the quarter, generating top-line revenue growth of more than 20% versus the comparable prior year quarter. Across our footprint, we continued to win new project work, and importantly, we grew backlog to a record $823 million by the end of the third quarter.  This growth of backlog, combined with a bright outlook for infrastructure funding at both the state and federal levels, has compelled us to invest this fiscal year in our people and technology to prepare for and support future growth. While this investment for future growth adversely impacts profitability in the short term, we see these investments as vital as we continue to scale the business and grow through organic expansion and acquisition opportunities.» 

Revenues for the third fiscal quarter of 2021 were $261.7 million, an increase of 20.6% compared to the third fiscal quarter of last year. Gross profit was $36.6 million in the third fiscal quarter of 2021, compared to $36.9 million in the third fiscal quarter of last year.

General and administrative expenses were $23.2 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2021, compared to $16.9 million in the third fiscal quarter of last year. The increase in general and administrative expenses was primarily due to additional payroll costs associated with acquisitions completed during fiscal 2021, as well as compensation-related initiatives.

Net income was $9.3 million for the third fiscal quarter of 2021, compared to net income of $15.8 million in the third fiscal quarter of last year. 

Adjusted EBITDA(1) for the third fiscal quarter of 2021 was $29.0 million, compared to $32.0 million for the third fiscal quarter of last year.

Project backlog was $822.9 million at June 30, 2021, compared to $651.2 million at June 30, 2020 and $773.3 million at March 31, 2021.

Smith continued, «Customer demand, project funding, and bidding activity remained strong throughout the quarter.  However, similar to many construction and infrastructure businesses, we experienced project delays due to supply chain and labor constraints affecting CPI operations as well as our subcontractors and vendors.  While CPI has a stable and experienced local workforce in our markets and strong purchasing power across our company, we are not immune to these current industry constraints.  We believe supply chain disruptions will subside in the coming quarters as we move through fiscal 2022. Today, we have revised our fiscal 2021 financial outlook to reflect these transitory issues; however, our long-term growth strategy remains firmly intact.»

Revised Fiscal Year 2021 Outlook

The Company revised its outlook for fiscal year 2021 with regard to revenue, Adjusted net income and Adjusted EBITDA, as follows:

  • Revenue of $940 million to $960 million, compared to the prior range of $950 million to $1.0 billion. Revenue for fiscal year 2020 was $785.7 million.
  • Adjusted net income(1) of $36.9 million to $38.4 million, compared to the prior range for net income of $42.0 million to $46.5 million. Net income for fiscal year 2020 was $40.3 million.
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $105.0 million to $108.3 million, compared to the prior range of $109.0 million to $118.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA for fiscal year 2020 was $98.4 million.

Ned N. Fleming, III, the Company’s Executive Chairman, stated, «CPI generated strong growth in the quarter and continues to prudently invest in the right people, processes and technology to further strengthen and support a robust, yet disciplined, growth plan. Earlier this week, we announced meaningful acquisition transactions within our existing states, thereby expanding our relative market share across our footprint.  We also focused on and enhanced our vertical integration strategy in both Alabama and North Carolina. As a significant consolidator in what continues to be a highly fragmented industry, we are maintaining momentum through important, strategic acquisitions that provide us with quality companies and people. Despite short-term headwinds, we expect to carry on with a successful execution of our long-term strategy of enhancing shareholder value in our Company.»

Conference Call

The Company will conduct a conference call today at 9:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss financial and operating results for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. 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 13, 2021 by calling (201) 612-7415 and using passcode 13720630#. 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 52 hot-mix asphalt plants, 14 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 maintain effective internal control over financial reporting; risks from the COVID-19 pandemic, and the risks, uncertainties and factors set forth under «Risk Factors» in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and its subsequently filed Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q.  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.

Contacts:

Rick Black / Ken Dennard

Dennard Lascar Investor Relations

ROAD@DennardLascar.com

(713) 529-6600

 (1) Adjusted net income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA are financial measures 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.

– 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,



2021


2020


2021


2020

Revenues


$

261,656



$

217,041



$

631,697



$

561,034


Cost of revenues


225,039



180,155



546,414



480,217


Gross profit


36,617



36,886



85,283



80,817


General and administrative expenses


(23,195)



(16,852)



(67,754)



(50,786)


Gain on sale of equipment, net


835



390



1,177



1,134


Operating income


14,257



20,424



18,706



31,165


Interest expense, net


(568)



(575)



(1,334)



(2,690)


Other income (expense)


252



251



661



360


Income before provision for income taxes and earnings from investment in joint venture


13,941



20,100



18,033



28,835


Provision for income taxes


(4,600)



(4,772)



(5,767)



(6,622)


Earnings (loss) from investment in joint venture


(1)



419



10



532


Net income


$

9,340



$

15,747



$

12,276



$

22,745











Net income per share attributable to common stockholders:









Basic


$

0.18



$

0.31



$

0.24



$

0.44


Diluted


$

0.18



$

0.30



$

0.24



$

0.44











Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:









Basic


51,686,735



51,489,211



51,620,143



51,489,211


Diluted


51,864,403



51,646,385



51,726,994



51,623,627


 

Construction Partners, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share and per share data)



June 30,


September 30,


2021


2020


(unaudited)



ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

134,468



$

148,316


Contracts receivable including retainage, net

164,305



131,770


Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts

15,770



7,873


Inventories

50,841



38,561


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

7,967



5,041


Total current assets

373,351



331,561






Property, plant and equipment, net

296,697



237,230


Operating lease right-of-use assets

6,661



7,383


Goodwill

78,444



46,348


Intangible assets, net

5,134



3,224


Investment in joint venture

108



198


Other assets

6,591



1,784


Deferred income taxes, net

386



386


Total assets

$

767,372



$

628,114


LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Accounts payable

$

82,817



$

64,732


Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts

31,555



33,704


   Current portion of operating lease liabilities

1,501



2,046


Current maturities of debt

10,000



13,000


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

25,684



22,347


Total current liabilities

151,557



135,829


Long-term liabilities:




Long-term debt, net of current maturities

188,591



79,053


   Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

5,320



5,554


Deferred income taxes, net

14,003



14,003


Other long-term liabilities

8,228



8,480


Total long-term liabilities

216,142



107,090


Total liabilities

367,699



242,919


Commitments and contingencies




Stockholders’ equity:




Preferred stock, par value $0.001; 10,000,000 shares authorized at June 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020 and no shares issued and outstanding




Class A common stock, par value $0.001; 400,000,000 shares authorized, 36,506,570 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2021, and 33,875,884 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2020

36



34


Class B common stock, par value $0.001; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 18,708,860 shares issued and 15,785,908 outstanding at June 30, 2021 and 20,828,813 shares issued and 17,905,861 outstanding at September 30, 2020

19



21


Additional paid-in capital

247,224



245,022


Treasury stock, at cost, 2,922,952 shares of Class B common stock, par value $0.001

(15,603)



(15,603)


Retained earnings

167,997



155,721


Total stockholders’ equity

399,673



385,195


Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

767,372



$

628,114


 

Construction Partners, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(unaudited, in thousands)



For the Nine Months Ended June 30,


2021


2020

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$

12,276



$

22,745


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets

36,011



29,065


Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs and debt discount

190



115


Unrealized (gain) loss on derivative instruments

(3,141)



1,989


Provision for bad debt

440



451


Gain on sale of equipment, net

(1,177)



(1,134)


Equity-based compensation expense

2,202



1,175


Earnings from investment in joint venture

(10)



(532)


Distribution of earnings from investment in joint venture

100



139


Deferred income taxes



(197)


  Other non-cash adjustments

(57)



(12)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisition:




Contracts receivable including retainage, net

(32,975)



6,345


Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts

(7,897)



(3,574)


Inventories

(8,061)



(1,878)


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(1,723)



3,867


Other assets

(4,123)



311


Accounts payable

16,789



(12,863)


Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts

(2,149)



3,396


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

2,970



2,029


Other long-term liabilities

(331)



(23)


Net cash provided by operating activities, net of acquisitions

9,334



51,414


Cash flows from investing activities:




Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(39,588)



(41,535)


Proceeds from sale of equipment

2,361



2,182


Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(92,303)



(30,191)


Return of  investment in joint venture



361


Net cash used in investing activities

(129,530)



(69,183)


Cash flows from financing activities:




Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt, net of debt issuance costs and discount

199,198



42,719


Repayments of long-term debt

(92,850)



(26,874)


Net cash provided by financing activities

106,348



15,845


Net change in cash and cash equivalents

(13,848)



(1,924)


Cash and cash equivalents:




Beginning of period

148,316



80,619


End of period

$

134,468



$

78,695






Supplemental cash flow information:




Cash paid for interest

$

1,950



$

1,416


Cash paid for income taxes

$

3,568



$

5,600


Operating lease right-of-use assets obtained in exchange for operating lease liabilities

$

1,089



$

1,241


Cash paid for operating lease liabilities

$

1,795



$

2,464


Non-cash items:




Property, plant and equipment included with accounts payable at period end

$

778



$

1,073


Non-compete agreements to seller in business combination

$

1,700



$


Amounts payable to sellers in business combinations

$

1,296



$


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, (v) loss on the extinguishment of debt, (vi) certain management fees and expenses and (vii) nonrecurring legal settlement costs and associated legal expenses unrelated to the Company’s core operations. Adjusted net income (loss) represents net income (loss) before nonrecurring legal settlement costs and associated legal expenses unrelated to the Company’s core operations, net of tax impact. These metrics are supplemental measures of our operating performance that are neither required by, nor presented in accordance with, GAAP. These measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to net income (loss) or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of our operating performance. We present Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted net income (loss) because management uses these measures as key performance indicators, and we believe that securities analysts, investors and others use these measures to evaluate companies in our industry. Our calculation of these measures 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 (loss), the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, to Adjusted EBITDA for the periods presented:

Construction Partners, Inc.

Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Fiscal Quarters Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

(unaudited, in thousands)



For the Three Months Ended

June 30,


2021


2020

Net income (loss)

$

9,340



$

15,747


Interest expense, net

568



575


Provision for income taxes

4,600



4,772


Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets

12,626



10,034


Equity-based compensation expense

1,347



390


Management fees and expenses (1)

412



355


Settlement of legal claim and associated legal expenses (2)

134



119


Adjusted EBITDA

$

29,027



$

31,992




(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.

(2)

Reflects legal expenses associated with a $3.2 million legal settlement unrelated to the Company’s core operations.

 

Construction Partners, Inc.

Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Fiscal Year Ended September 30, 2020

(in thousands)


Net income

$

40,297


Interest expense, net

3,113


Provision for income taxes

12,760


Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets

39,301


Equity-based compensation expense

1,570


Management fees and expenses (1)

1,403


Adjusted EBITDA

$

98,444




(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.

 

Construction Partners, Inc.

Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Fiscal Year 2021 Updated Outlook

(unaudited, in thousands)



For the Fiscal Year Ending

September 30, 2021


Low


High

Net income

$

32,500



$

34,000


Interest expense, net

2,000



2,100


Provision for income taxes

12,650



13,150


Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets

48,000



49,000


Equity-based compensation expense

3,500



3,600


Management fees and expenses (1)

1,950



2,000


Settlement of legal claim and associated legal expenses (2)

4,350



4,400


Adjusted EBITDA

$

104,950



$

108,250




(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.

(2)

Reflects a $3.2 million legal settlement unrelated to the Company’s core operations and associated legal expenses.

 

Construction Partners, Inc.

Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Fiscal Year 2021 Original Outlook (Prior to Update)

(unaudited, in thousands)



For the Fiscal Year Ending

September 30, 2021


Low


High

Net income

$

42,000



$

46,500


Interest expense, net

2,500



2,700


Provision for income taxes

14,000



15,600


Depreciation, depletion and amortization of long-lived assets

47,600



50,200


Equity-based compensation expense

1,570



1,600


Management fees and expenses (1)

1,330



1,400


Adjusted EBITDA

$

109,000



$

118,000




(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.

The following tables present a reconciliation of net income, the most directly comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP, to adjusted net income for the periods presented: 

Construction Partners, Inc.

Net Income to Adjusted Net Income Reconciliation

Fiscal Quarters Ended June 30, 2021 and 2020

(unaudited, in thousands)



For the Three Months Ended

June 30,


2021


2020

Net income

$

9,340



$

15,747


Settlement of legal claim




Legal fees associated with settlement of legal claim  (1)

134



119


Adjusted net income (loss)

$

9,474



$

15,866




(1)

Reflects legal expenses associated with a $3.2 million legal settlement unrelated to the Company’s core operations.

 

Construction Partners, Inc.

Net Income to Adjusted Net Income Reconciliation

Fiscal Year 2021 Updated Outlook

(unaudited, in thousands)



For the Fiscal Year Ending

September 30, 2021


Low


High

Net income

$

32,500



$

34,000


Settlement of legal claim (1)

3,200



3,200


Legal fees associated with settlement of legal claim (2)

1,150



1,200


Adjusted net income

$

36,850



$

38,400




(1)

Reflects a $3.2 million legal settlement unrelated to the Company’s core operations.

(2)

Reflects legal expenses associated with a $3.2 million legal settlement unrelated to the Company’s core operations.

 

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