Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2018.
Fourth Quarter Results
Revenue in the fourth quarter totaled $739 million. For ongoing1 operations, revenue totaled $747 million, and revenue, net of subcontractor costs2 (net revenue), was $564 million, up 3% and 6%, respectively, year-over-year. Operating income for the fourth quarter was $43 million, and on an ongoing basis totaled $62 million, up 9% year-over-year. EPS was $0.51 on a GAAP basis; ongoing EPS totaled $0.75, up 19% year-over-year. Cash generated from operations was a quarterly record at $109.4 million, up 65% year-over-year. Backlog at the end of the quarter was a record $2.66 billion, up 9% sequentially and 5% year-over-year.
Quarterly Dividend and Share Repurchase Program
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On November 5, 2018, Tetra Techs Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.12 per share payable on December 14, 2018 to stockholders of record as of November 30, 2018. Additionally, the Board authorized a new program to repurchase up to $200 million of common stock. This new program is in addition to the $25 million remaining under the previously approved $200 million share repurchase program announced on November 9, 2016.
Fiscal Year Results
Revenue for fiscal 2018 totaled $2.96 billion and net revenue was $2.20 billion, both up 8% compared to the prior year. Operating income for the fiscal year was $190 million, and on an ongoing basis totaled $216 million, up 13% compared to fiscal 2017. EPS was $2.42; on an ongoing basis, EPS totaled $2.64, up 24% compared to the previous year. Cash generated from operations was $176.9 million, up 28% compared to the previous year.
Comments on Results
Tetra Techs Chairman and CEO, Dan Batrack, commented, Tetra Tech had a strong finish to fiscal 2018 and reported record high annual revenue, operating income, EPS, and backlog. We continue to see strong broad-based demand for our high-end consulting and engineering services, led by work for U.S. state and local clients, which has increased organically at a double-digit rate for more than two years. Record orders received in the fourth quarter drove our backlog up 9% from the prior quarter to another all-time high. These results give us confidence in our long-term outlook, which is reflected in our newly announced stock repurchase program and our guidance for another record year in fiscal 2019.
The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and the actual results could differ materially. These statements do not include the potential impact of transactions that may be completed or developments that become evident after the date of this release. The Business Outlook section should be read in conjunction with the information on forward-looking statements at the end of this release.
Tetra Tech expects diluted EPS for the first quarter of fiscal 2019 to range from $0.60 to $0.65. Net revenue for the first quarter is expected to range from $525 million to $575 million. For fiscal 2019, Tetra Tech expects diluted EPS to range from $2.75 to $2.95 and net revenue to range from $2.2 billion to $2.4 billion.
Investors will have the opportunity to access a live audio-visual webcast and supplemental financial information concerning the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2018 results through a link posted on the Companys website at tetratech.com on November 8, 2018 at 8:00 a.m. (PT).
Reconciliation of Revenue and Operating Results
|$ in thousands (except EPS data)|
|Three Months Ended||Fiscal Year Ended|
| Sep. 30, |
| Oct. 1, |
| % |
| Sep. 30, |
| Oct.1, |
|RCM / Claim||7,998||(5,805||)||(3,624||)||(18,207||)|
|RCM / Claim||10,927||(920||)||7,928||86|
|Ongoing net revenue||$||563,669||$||533,107||6||%||$||2,208,662||$||2,034,096||9||%|
|Earn-out expense (gain)||3,643||225||5,753||(6,923||)|
|RCM / Claim||14,898||1,953||17,030||14,712|
|Ongoing operating income||$||61,826||$||56,825||9||%||$||216,303||$||191,131||13||%|
|Earn-out expense (gain)||0.05||“||0.08||(0.08||)|
|RCM / Claim||0.19||0.03||0.22||0.17|
|Revaluation of deferred tax liabilities||“||“||(0.19||)||“|
About Tetra Tech
Tetra Tech is a leading, global provider of consulting and engineering services. We are differentiated by Leading with Science to provide innovative technical solutions to our clients. We support global commercial and government clients focused on water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. With more than 17,000 associates worldwide, Tetra Tech provides clear solutions to complex problems. For more information about Tetra Tech, please visit tetratech.com, follow us on Twitter (@TetraTech), or like us on Facebook.
This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The use of words such as “anticipate,” “expect,” “could,” “may,” “intend,” “plan” and “believe,” among others, generally identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available operating, financial, economic and other information, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control, could cause actual future results or events to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements in this release, including but not limited to: continuing worldwide political and economic uncertainties; the U.S. Administrations potential changes to fiscal policies; the cyclicality in demand for our overall services; the fluctuation in demand for oil and gas, and mining services; risks related to international operations; concentration of revenues from U.S. government agencies and potential funding disruptions by these agencies; dependence on winning or renewing U.S. government contracts; the delay or unavailability of public funding on U.S. government contracts; the U.S. governments right to modify, delay, curtail or terminate contracts at its convenience; compliance with government procurement laws and regulations; credit risks associated with certain clients in certain geographic areas or industries; acquisition strategy and integration risks; goodwill or other intangible asset impairment; the failure to comply with worldwide anti-bribery laws; the failure to comply with domestic and international export laws; the failure to properly manage projects; the loss of key personnel or the inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the ability of our employees to obtain government granted eligibility; the use of estimates and assumptions in the preparation of financial statements; the ability to maintain adequate workforce utilization; the use of the percentage-of-completion method of accounting; the inability to accurately estimate and control contract costs; the failure to adequately recover on our claims for additional contract costs; the failure to win or renew contracts with private and public sector clients; growth strategy management; backlog cancellation and adjustments; risks relating to cyber security breaches; the failure of partners to perform on joint projects; the failure of subcontractors to satisfy their obligations; requirements to pay liquidated damages based on contract performance; the adoption of new legal requirements; changes in resource management, environmental or infrastructure industry laws, regulations or programs; changes in capital markets and the access to capital; credit agreement covenants; industry competition; liability related to legal proceedings, investigations, and disputes; the availability of third-party insurance coverage; the ability to obtain adequate bonding; employee, agent, or partner misconduct; employee risks related to international travel; safety programs; conflict of interest issues; liabilities relating to reports and opinions; liabilities relating to environmental laws and regulations; force majeure events; protection of intellectual property rights; stock price volatility; the ability to impede a business combination based on Delaware law and charter documents; and other risks and uncertainties as may be described in Tetra Techs periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in the Risk Factors section of Tetra Techs Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 1, 2017, and Tetra Techs Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for fiscal year 2018, as well as in Tetra Techs other filings with the SEC. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since such information speaks only as of the date of this release. Tetra Tech does not intend to update forward-looking statements and expressly disclaims any obligation to do so.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement the financial results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP), we present certain non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We provide these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe they provide a valuable perspective on our financial results. However, non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation and are not in accordance with, or a substitute for, GAAP measures. In addition, other companies may define non-GAAP measures differently which limits the ability of investors to compare non-GAAP measures of Tetra Tech to those used by our peer companies. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included in this release.
|Measures presented for ongoing operations are non-GAAP financial measures. Refer to Reconciliation of Revenue and Operating Results table for a reconciliation to GAAP.|
|Tetra Techs revenue includes a significant amount of subcontractor costs and, therefore, the Company believes revenue, net of subcontractor costs, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, provides a valuable perspective on its business results. Refer to Reconciliation of Revenue and Operating Results table for a reconciliation to GAAP.|
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