AECOM Reports Third-Quarter Fiscal Year 2016 Results
LOS ANGELES – Aug. 9, 2016 – AECOM (NYSE:ACM), a premier, fully integrated global infrastructure firm, today reported third-quarter revenue of $4.4 billion. Net income1 and earnings per share1 were $67.4 million and $0.43 in the third quarter, respectively. On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share2 was $0.81.
($ in millions, except
|Revenue||$4,409||–||(3)%||4.1% growth in Americas Design and 14% growth in Building Construction|
|EPS (Fully Diluted)||$0.431||$0.812||10%|
|Operating Cash Flow||$260||–||69%|
|Free Cash Flow4||–||$191||27%||On track with $600 million to $800 million guidance; $177 million of debt reduction|
|Backlog||$38,411||–||(5)%||Strength across our diverse portfolio|
|Wins||$4,500||–||(6)%||Wins of $4.5 billion driven by substantial Power wins|
Note: All comparisons are year over year unless otherwise noted, and use adjusted or Non-GAAP figures where available.
“Our third quarter results were highlighted by accelerating growth in the Americas Design business, the eighth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth in Building Construction, a 3x book-to-burn5 in our Energy & Industrial Construction business, $191 million of free cash flow, and $177 million of debt reduction,” said Michael S. Burke, AECOM’s chairman and chief executive officer. “The distinct advantages of our design, build, finance, and operate capabilities are becoming more apparent in the type of work we pursue and win, including $1.1 billion of power projects we won in the third quarter and the L.A. Rams stadium we and our joint-venture partner were selected to build after the quarter closed.”
“Our performance in the third quarter reflects the benefits of our diverse mix of geographies and end markets,” said Stephen M. Kadenacy, AECOM’s president. “From this diversity, and through consistent execution, we are able to generate consistent results and deliver value for our stockholders.”
Wins and Backlog
Wins in the quarter of $4.5 billion resulted in a book-to-burn ratio5 of 1.02. Wins were driven primarily by two large contracts to construct combined cycle gas power plants in the U.S., and strength in our Asia Pacific design markets. Total backlog declined slightly to $38.4 billion, due primarily to changes in foreign currency rates.
In addition to providing consolidated financial results, AECOM reports separate financial information for its three segments: Design & Consulting Services, Construction Services and Management Services.
Design & Consulting Services (DCS)
The DCS segment delivers planning, consulting, architectural and engineering design services to commercial and government clients worldwide in markets such as transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government.
Revenue in the third quarter was $1.9 billion. Constant-currency organic6 revenue was largely unchanged, highlighted by 4.1% growth in the Americas, 6.3% growth in the U.K., and 1.6% growth in Australia, offset by a decline in the Middle East. Adjusted operating income3 increased to $150 million compared to $145 million in the year ago period.
Construction Services (CS)
The CS segment provides construction services for energy, sports, commercial, industrial, and public and private infrastructure clients.
Revenue in the third quarter was $1.7 billion, which was largely unchanged, with double-digit growth in the Building Construction business offset by weakness in oil and gas that was exacerbated by the fires in Fort McMurray, Canada. Adjusted operating income3 was $23 million compared to $11 million in the year ago period. The increase included a strong contribution from our building and stadium construction business.
Management Services (MS)
The MS segment provides program and facilities management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance and systems-integration services and information technology services, primarily for agencies of the U.S. government, national governments around the world and commercial customers.
Revenue in the third quarter was $804 million. Adjusted operating income7 was $75 million compared to $93 million in the year ago period.
The effective tax rate in the third quarter was 12.5% and includes the benefit from the reversal of a deferred tax asset valuation allowance. Our adjusted tax rate was derived by re-computing the annual effective tax rate on earnings from adjusted net income (loss).8 The adjusted tax expense differs from the GAAP tax expense based on the deductibility and tax rate applied to each of the adjustments.
Free cash flow4 for the third quarter was $191 million and is on track with annual free cash flow guidance of $600 million to $800 million for fiscal years 2016 and 2017.
As of June 30th, 2016, AECOM had $628.0 million of total cash and cash equivalents, $3.7 billion of net debt and $940.5 million in unused capacity under its $1.05 billion revolving credit facility. Total debt has declined by $1.03 billion since closing the URS acquisition in October, 2014.
AECOM is reiterating adjusted EPS2 guidance for fiscal year 2016 of $3.00 to $3.40, which assumes an expected contribution from the monetization of a portion of AECOM Capital investments in the fourth quarter.
The Company expects to exit fiscal 2016 at a synergy savings run-rate of $275 million and to incur approximately $200 million of acquisition and integration expenses during the fiscal year. In total, the Company is on track to achieve its $325 million run-rate synergy savings target by the end of fiscal 2017.
In addition, the Company now expects fiscal 2016 full-year interest expense, excluding acquisition-related amortization, of approximately $225 million and a full-year share count of 156 million.
The Company now expects an adjusted effective tax rate8 of approximately 24%.
Fiscal year 2016 capital expenditures9 are expected to be approximately $150 million. The Company expects depreciation expense of approximately $165 million and the amortization of intangible assets10 to be approximately $210 million.
AECOM is hosting a conference call today at 12 p.m. EDT, during which management will make a brief presentation focusing on the Company’s results, strategies and operating trends. Interested parties can listen to the conference call and view accompanying slides via webcast at www.aecom.com. The webcast will be available for replay following the call.
1 Defined as attributable to AECOM.
2 Defined as attributable to AECOM, excluding acquisition and integration related expenses, financing charges in interest expense, the amortization of intangible assets, and financial impacts associated with expected and actual dispositions of non-core businesses and assets.
3 Excluding intangible amortization and financial impacts associated with expected and actual dispositions of non-core businesses and assets.
4 Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures net of proceeds from disposals, and is a non-GAAP measure.
5 Book-to-burn ratio is defined as the amount of wins divided by revenue recognized during the period.
6 Organic growth is at constant currency and excludes revenue associated with actual and planned non-core asset and business dispositions. Results expressed in constant currency are presented excluding the impact from changes in currency exchange rates.
7 Excluding intangible amortization.
8 Inclusive of non-controlling interest deduction and adjusted for acquisition and integration expenses, financing charges in interest expense, the amortization of intangible assets and financial impacts associated with actual and planned dispositions of non-core businesses and assets.
9 Capital expenditures, net of proceeds from disposals.
10 Amortization of intangible assets expense includes the impact of amortization included in equity in earnings of joint ventures and non-controlling interests.
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