Construction Partners, Inc. Announces Fiscal 2022 First Quarter Results

Company Reports Record Backlog of $1.09 Billion

Maintains FY 2022 Outlook

DOTHAN, Ala., Feb. 4, 2022 /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 first quarter ended December 31, 2021.

Key Metrics:  Q1 Fiscal 2022 Compared to Q1 Fiscal 2021

  • Revenue was $285.0 million, up 49.3% compared to Q1'21
  • Gross profit was $33.0 million, up 7.7% compared to Q1'21
  • Net income was $5.5 million, down 30.0% compared to Q1'21
  • Adjusted EBITDA (1) was $26.4 million, up 12.2% compared to Q1'21

Project backlog was $1.09 billion at December 31, 2021 compared to $966.2 million at September 30, 2021, and $655.6 million at December 31, 2020.

Fred J. (Jule) Smith, III, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are pleased with our first quarter results, representing strong year-over-year revenue and Adjusted EBITDA growth. These positive quarterly results, which include a record for top-line revenue, were primarily driven by strong operational performance, favorable working conditions during the quarter throughout our markets, and value-enhancing acquisitions. CPI's project backlog of $1.09 billion is also a record and demonstrates the strong demand for infrastructure services throughout our end markets.  We are pleased that our backlog margins continue to increase, and we anticipate that profit margins will further improve as higher-margin backlog is converted.

"We believe Construction Partners is well positioned to capitalize on infrastructure demand trends for both public and private work across our geographic footprint in the Southeast, one of the fastest growing regions in the country," continued Smith. "In addition, the 'once-in-a-generation' $1.2 trillion bipartisan infrastructure bill provides transformative growth opportunities for our industry and our company. Supported by state and federal funding throughout our markets, the rising investment in road maintenance and capacity projects, airports, ports and railroads contribute to an attractive environment for enhanced margins. We continue to estimate that this new legislation will stimulate economic growth and job creation, while also driving meaningful project demand beginning in later 2022 and beyond.

"I am proud of our team's disciplined execution and cost management efforts, especially during the continued supply chain, labor market, and inflationary headwinds that have impacted the construction and infrastructure sector. Companywide, our team has demonstrated resilience by making adjustments in order to manage through these ongoing challenges. We remain focused on executing our growth strategy as we directly contribute to the improvement of our nation's infrastructure. In addition, a historically high backlog and a robust acquisition pipeline continue to validate our growth expectations for the year, allowing us to maintain our fiscal 2022 outlook," added Smith.

Fiscal Year 2022 Outlook

The Company's outlook for fiscal year 2022 with regard to revenue, net income and Adjusted EBITDA is as follows:

  • Revenue in the range of $1.075 billion to $1.150 billion
  • Net income in the range of $34.7 million to $41.8 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA(1) in the range of $122.0 million to $132.0 million

Ned N. Fleming, III, the Company's Executive Chairman, stated, "This quarter's results further demonstrate the demand resiliency for essential infrastructure services and the strength of the Company's strategic growth plan. Continued organic growth, coupled with an increased pace of acquisitions, further expands CPI's relative market share and overall scale across our geographic footprint.  The Board and management team believe strongly in CPI's growth opportunities this year and beyond, as we execute our plan to enhance stakeholder value."

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 December 31, 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 February 11, 2022 by calling (201) 612-7415 and using passcode ID: 13725784#. 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 56 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 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.

– Financial Statements Follow – 

 

Construction Partners, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income

(unaudited in thousands, except share and per share data)



For the Three Months Ended
December 31,


2021


2020

Revenues

$       284,964


$   190,929

Cost of revenues

252,000


160,335

Gross profit

32,964


30,594

General and administrative expenses

(24,946)


(20,084)

Gain on sale of equipment, net

441


333

Operating income

8,459


10,843

Interest expense, net

(1,264)


(468)

Other income

116


165

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

7,311


10,540

Provision for income taxes

1,800


2,680

Earnings from investment in joint venture


11

Net income

$           5,511


$       7,871

Other comprehensive income, net of tax




Unrealized gain on interest rate swap contract, net

1,445


Other comprehensive income

1,445


Comprehensive income

$           6,956


$       7,871





Net income per share attributable to common stockholders:




Basic

$             0.11


$          0.15

Diluted

$             0.11


$          0.15





Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:




Basic

51,696,004


51,489,211

Diluted

51,977,974


51,717,848

 


Construction Partners, Inc.

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share data)



December 31,
2021


September 30,
2021


(unaudited)



ASSETS




Current assets:




       Cash and cash equivalents

$                    35,565


$                     57,251

       Short-term restricted cash

6,568


       Contracts receivable including retainage, net

164,456


158,170

       Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts

21,960


23,023

       Inventories

57,707


53,792

       Prepaid expenses and other current assets

12,265


7,790

Total current assets

298,521


300,026

Property, plant and equipment, net

428,965


404,832

Operating lease right-of-use assets

11,003


6,535

Goodwill

120,986


85,422

Intangible assets, net

4,075


4,163

Investment in joint venture

108


108

Long-term restricted cash

1,728


Other assets

7,198


5,534

Total assets

$                  872,584


$                   806,620





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




       Accounts payable

$                    78,722


$                     86,390

       Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts

38,752


33,719

       Current portion of operating lease liabilities

1,909


1,395

       Current maturities of long-term debt

10,000


10,000

       Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

13,314


26,459

Total current liabilities

142,697


157,963

Long-term liabilities:




       Long-term debt, net of current maturities and deferred debt issuance costs

273,732


206,175

       Operating lease liabilities, net of current portion

9,289


5,302

       Deferred income taxes, net

17,570


17,362

       Other long-term liabilities

11,976


10,919

Total long-term liabilities

312,567


239,758

Total liabilities

455,264


397,721





Commitments and contingencies








Stockholders' equity:




Preferred stock, par value $0.001; 10,000,000 shares authorized at December 31, 2021 and September 30, 2021 and no shares issued and outstanding


Class A common stock, par value $0.001; 400,000,000 shares authorized, 41,085,484 shares issued and 41,084,301 shares outstanding at December 31, 2021, and 36,600,639 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2021

41


37

Class B common stock, par value $0.001; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 14,275,867 shares issued and 11,352,915 shares outstanding at December 31, 2021, and 18,614,791 shares issued and 15,691,839 shares outstanding at September 30, 2021

15


19

Additional paid-in capital

250,075


248,571

Treasury stock, at cost, 1,183 shares of Class A common stock, par value $0.001

(39)


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

(15,603)


(15,603)

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss), net

1,422


(23)

Retained earnings

181,409


175,898

Total stockholders' equity

417,320


408,899

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$                  872,584


$                   806,620





 


Construction Partners, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(unaudited in thousands)



For the Three Months Ended


December 31,


2021


2020

Cash flows from operating activities:




     Net income

$                   5,511


$              7,871

     Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash provided by operating activities:




          Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization of long-lived assets

15,903


11,094

          Amortization of deferred debt issuance costs and debt discount

57


64

          Unrealized gain on derivative instruments

(136)


(1,165)

          Provision for bad debt

113


175

          Gain on sale of equipment, net

(441)


(333)

          Equity-based compensation expense

1,504


395

          Earnings from investment in joint venture


(11)

          Distribution of earnings from investment in joint venture


100

          Deferred income tax benefit

(295)


          Other non-cash adjustments

33


(21)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:




     Contracts receivable including retainage, net

776


18,538

     Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts

1,188


(4,275)

     Inventories

(2,529)


928

     Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(3,514)


(4,119)

     Other assets

(569)


(946)

     Accounts payable

(10,432)


(15,255)

     Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts

4,615


(2,774)

     Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

(13,816)


(9,427)

     Other long-term liabilities

1,455


(130)

           Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities, net of acquisition

(577)


709

Cash flows from investing activities:




     Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(15,106)


(10,462)

     Proceeds from sale of equipment

733


492

     Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired

(65,901)


(84,086)

          Net cash used in investing activities

(80,274)


(94,056)

Cash flows from financing activities:




     Proceeds from revolving credit facility

70,000


     Repayments of long-term debt

(2,500)


(3,250)

     Purchase of treasury stock

(39)


          Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

67,461


(3,250)

          Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(13,390)


(96,597)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash:




     Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

57,251


148,316

     Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

$                 43,861


$            51,719

Supplemental cash flow information:




     Cash paid for interest

$                   1,608


$                 672

     Cash paid for operating lease liabilities

$                      565


$                 748

     Non-cash items:




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

$                   4,991


$                 282

          Property, plant and equipment financed with accounts payable

$                   6,256


$              1,549

 

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, accretion and amortization, (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 EBITDA Margin represents Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues for each period. 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 or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP as an indicator of our operating performance. We present Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin 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 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 table presents 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 the periods presented (in thousands, except percentages):

Construction Partners, Inc.

Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Fiscal Quarters Ended December 31, 2021 and 2020

(unaudited, in thousands, except percentages)




For the Three Months Ended

December 31,



2021


2020

Net income


$          5,511


$             7,871

Interest expense, net


1,264


468

Provision for income taxes


1,800


2,680

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


15,903


11,094

Equity-based compensation expense


1,504


395

Management fees and expenses (1)


375


617

Settlement of legal claim and associated legal expenses (2)



366

          Adjusted EBITDA


$        26,357


$          23,491








(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 settlement agreement entered into in April 2021 unrelated to the Company's core operations.

 

Construction Partners, Inc.

Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation

Fiscal Year 2022 Outlook

(unaudited, in thousands)




For the Fiscal Year Ending

September 30, 2022



Low


High

Net income


$        34,700


$          41,800

Interest expense, net


6,000


6,100

Provision for income taxes


12,300


14,300

Depreciation, depletion, accretion and amortization


61,600


62,000

Equity-based compensation expense


5,700


6,000

Management fees and expenses (1)


1,700


1,800

          Adjusted EBITDA


$      122,000


$        132,000








(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.

 

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