Matrix Service Company Announces Fiscal 2021 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Tulsa, Oklahoma, UNITED STATES


TULSA, Okla., Sept. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq: MTRX) today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended June 30, 2021.

  • Fourth quarter revenue increased 18% to $174.9 million compared to $148.3 million in the third quarter; full year revenue of $673.4 million
  • $99.1 million of project awards in the quarter resulting in backlog of $462.6 million at June 30, 2021
  • Project awards accelerating as we moved into the first quarter of fiscal 2022, with an expected book-to-bill of over 1.0
  • Balance sheet is strong with no outstanding debt and cash of $83.9 million at June 30, 2021

“Fourth quarter revenue in all three segments increased over the third quarter, and the pace of awards has begun to accelerate in the new fiscal year,” said the Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer, John R. Hewitt. “This acceleration of awards reflects the growing confidence of our customers and improvement in our end-markets. Small- to mid-size project award activity is increasing across all our segments, and we expect to benefit from increased investment across the clean energy markets including renewable fuels, battery storage, and hydrogen, along with pent up demand in our traditional energy and industrial markets. Importantly, we are well positioned to execute on these opportunities due to our strong financial position.

“In addition, following reductions in overhead achieved over the last 18 months, we have begun a review of our organizational structure, with the support of a third party, to align the organization with the strategic direction of the business and changes in our end markets. We expect this effort will maximize our organizational structure, leading to improved project capture rates and bottom-line results as we move through fiscal 2022.

“In closing, in spite of the challenges during this fiscal year, our employees were able to achieve a total recordable incident rate of 0.28 which represents a record for us and world-class safety performance.”

Operational Update

Revenue in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021 was $174.9 million, an increase of $26.6 million over third quarter revenue of $148.3 million. Although revenue has increased, the COVID-19 pandemic and the resulting disruption to the energy and industrial markets continued to negatively impact the timing of project awards and our financial results. Although we have made significant reductions to our overhead cost structure, at this current revenue volume, we did not fully leverage overhead costs.

The fourth quarter included additional costs on a large capital project in the Utility and Power Infrastructure segment to achieve critical schedule completion milestones for our client. As a result, the expected outcome on the project resulted in a gross profit reduction of $6.6 million. The project is currently in start-up and commissioning, and while we expect that the forecasted financial outcome of the project will remain positive, it is well below our original expectations.

We settled a long-term dispute with a customer related to a crude terminal that was completed in 2018. As a result of the settlement, we recorded a reduction to gross margin of $2.9 million in the Storage and Terminal Solutions segment and received cash of $8.9 million in fiscal 2022. The settlement allowed us to avoid future legal costs and eliminated any litigation risk.

Based primarily on the factors discussed above, we recognized a net loss in the quarter of $10.7 million and a loss per share of $0.40.

Backlog

Our backlog as of June 30, 2021 was $462.6 million. Project awards in the fourth quarter of 2021 and fiscal 2021 totaled $99.1 million and $451.7 million, respectively, resulting in book-to-bill ratios of 0.6 and 0.7, respectively. As discussed above, award activity in the first quarter of fiscal 2022 has accelerated and we are expecting increasing awards and improving backlog as we move through the fiscal year.

Financial Position

At June 30, 2021, we had a cash balance of $83.9 million and no borrowings. In addition, on September 9, 2021 we entered into a $100.0 million asset-backed credit facility with Bank of Montreal. This new facility replaces the previous facility and provides more flexibility and support for our strategic direction while reducing the expected cost of borrowing.

Conference Call Details

In conjunction with the earnings release, Matrix Service Company will host a conference call / webcast with John R. Hewitt, President and CEO, and Kevin S. Cavanah, Vice President and CFO. The call will take place at 10:30 a.m. (Eastern) / 9:30 a.m. (Central) on Tuesday, September 14, 2021 and will be simultaneously broadcast live over the Internet which can be accessed at our website at matrixservicecompany.com under Investor Relations, Events and Presentations. Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site and download the streaming media software required to listen to the Internet broadcast. The conference call will be recorded and will be available for replay within one hour of completion of the live call and can be accessed following the same link as the live call.

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About Matrix Service Company

Matrix Service Company (Nasdaq: MTRX), through its subsidiaries, is a leading North American industrial engineering, construction, and maintenance contractor headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma with offices located throughout the United States and Canada, as well as Sydney, Australia and Seoul, South Korea.

The Company reports its financial results in three key operating segments: Utility and Power Infrastructure, Process and Industrial Facilities, and Storage and Terminal Solutions.

With a focus on sustainability, building strong Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) practices, and living our core values, Matrix ranks among the Top Contractors by Engineering-News Record, was recognized for its Board diversification by 2020 Women on Boards, is an active signatory to CEO Action for Diversity and Inclusion, and is consistently recognized as a Great Place to Work®. To learn more about Matrix Service Company, visit matrixservicecompany.com

This release contains forward-looking statements that are made in reliance upon the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are generally accompanied by words such as “anticipate,” “continues,” “expect,” “forecast,” “outlook,” “believe,” “estimate,” “should” and “will” and words of similar effect that convey future meaning, concerning the Company’s operations, economic performance and management’s best judgment as to what may occur in the future. Future events involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those we currently anticipate. The actual results for the current and future periods and other corporate developments will depend upon a number of economic, competitive and other influences, including the successful implementation of the Company's business improvement plan and the factors discussed in the “Risk Factors” and “Forward Looking Statements” sections and elsewhere in the Company’s reports and filings made from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Many of these risks and uncertainties are beyond the control of the Company, and any one of which, or a combination of which, could materially and adversely affect the results of the Company's operations and its financial condition. We undertake no obligation to update information contained in this release, except as required by law.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin S. Cavanah
Vice President and CFO
T: 918-838-8822
Email:kcavanah@matrixservicecompany.com

Kellie Smythe
Senior Director, Investor Relations
T: 918-359-8267
Email: ksmythe@matrixservicecompany.com

Matrix Service Company

Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 June 30, 
2021
 June 30, 
2020
 June 30, 
2021
 June 30, 
2020
Revenue$174,899   $195,837   $673,398   $1,100,938  
Cost of revenue173,357   176,604   640,633   998,762  
Gross profit1,542   19,233   32,765   102,176  
Selling, general and administrative expenses17,725   19,702   69,756   86,276  
Goodwill and other intangible asset impairment         38,515  
Restructuring costs171   7,451   6,756   14,010  
Operating loss(16,354)  (7,920)  (43,747)  (36,625) 
Other income (expense):       
Interest expense(504)  (366)  (1,559)  (1,597) 
Interest income30   23   126   1,270  
Other68   676   1,917   308  
Loss before income tax expense(16,760)  (7,587)  (43,263)  (36,644) 
Benefit for federal, state and foreign income taxes(6,037)  (1,865)  (12,039)  (3,570) 
Net loss$(10,723)  $(5,722)  $(31,224)  $(33,074) 
Basic loss per common share$(0.40)  $(0.22)  $(1.18)  $(1.24) 
Diluted loss per common share$(0.40)  $(0.22)  $(1.18)  $(1.24) 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:       
Basic26,538   26,140   26,451   26,621  
Diluted26,538   26,140   26,451   26,621  

Matrix Service Company

Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

 June 30, 
2021
 June 30, 
2020
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$83,878   $100,036  
Accounts receivable, less allowances (2021 - $898; 2020 - $905)148,030   160,671  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts30,774   59,548  
Inventories7,342   6,460  
Income taxes receivable16,965   3,919  
Other current assets4,230   4,526  
Total current assets291,219   335,160  
Property, plant and equipment, at cost:   
Land and buildings41,633   42,695  
Construction equipment94,453   94,154  
Transportation equipment50,510   55,864  
Office equipment and software42,706   39,356  
Construction in progress493   4,427  
Total property, plant and equipment - at cost229,795   236,496  
Accumulated depreciation(160,388)  (155,748) 
Property, plant and equipment - net69,407   80,748  
Operating lease right-of-use assets22,412   21,375  
Goodwill60,636   60,369  
Other intangible assets6,614   8,837  
Deferred income taxes5,295   5,988  
Other assets11,973   4,833  
Total assets$467,556   $517,310  

Matrix Service Company

Consolidated Balance Sheets (continued)

(In thousands, except share data)

 June 30,
2021
 June 30,
2020
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity   
Current liabilities:   
Accounts payable$60,920   $73,094  
Billings on uncompleted contracts in excess of costs and estimated earnings53,832   63,889  
Accrued wages and benefits21,008   16,205  
Accrued insurance6,568   7,301  
Operating lease liabilities5,747   7,568  
Other accrued expenses5,327   7,890  
Total current liabilities153,402   175,947  
Deferred income taxes34   61  
Operating lease liabilities20,771   19,997  
Borrowings under senior secured revolving credit facility   9,208  
Other liabilities7,810   4,208  
Total liabilities182,017   209,421  
Commitments and contingencies   
Stockholders’ equity:   
Common stock—$.01 par value; 60,000,000 shares authorized; 27,888,217 shares issued as of June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2020; 26,549,438 and 26,141,528 shares outstanding as of June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2020279   279  
Additional paid-in capital137,575   138,966  
Retained earnings175,178   206,402  
Accumulated other comprehensive income(6,749)  (8,373) 
 306,283   337,274  
Less treasury stock, at cost — 1,338,779 and 1,746,689 shares as of June 30, 2021 and June 30, 2020(20,744)  (29,385) 
Total stockholders' equity285,539   307,889  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity$467,556   $517,310  

Results of Operations
(In thousands)

      
 Utility and
Power
Infrastructure
 Process and
Industrial
Facilities
 Storage and
Terminal 
Solutions
 Corporate Total
Three Months Ended June 30, 2021         
Gross revenue$52,638   $59,902   $63,410   $   $175,950  
Less: inter-segment revenue   12   1,039      1,051  
Consolidated revenue52,638   59,890   62,371      174,899  
Gross profit (loss)(6,312)  6,290   1,564      1,542  
Selling, general and administrative expenses2,728   3,437   4,790   6,770   17,725  
Restructuring costs86   162   147   (224)  171  
Operating income (loss)$(9,126)  $2,691   $(3,373)  $(6,546)  $(16,354) 
          
Three Months Ended June 30, 2020         
Gross revenue$59,449   $49,192   $88,151   $   $196,792  
Less: inter-segment revenue   51   904      955  
Consolidated revenue59,449   49,141   87,247      195,837  
Gross profit (loss)5,337   5,851   8,738   (693)  19,233  
Selling, general and administrative expenses2,556   4,600   6,444   6,102   19,702  
Restructuring costs1,790   5,212   245   204   7,451  
Operating income (loss)$991   $(3,961)  $2,049   $(6,999)  $(7,920) 
          
Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2021         
Gross revenue$210,052   $201,472   $267,982   $   $679,506  
Less: inter-segment revenue   1,555   4,553      6,108  
Consolidated revenue210,052   199,917   263,429      673,398  
Gross profit1,506   17,642   13,617      32,765  
Selling, general and administrative expenses9,882   14,756   18,644   26,474   69,756  
Restructuring costs1,312   3,807   1,391   246   6,756  
Operating loss$(9,688)  $(921)  $(6,418)  $(26,720)  $(43,747) 
          
Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2020         
Gross revenue$212,001   $424,710   $470,871   $   $1,107,582  
Less: inter-segment revenue   2,839   3,805      6,644  
Consolidated revenue212,001   421,871   467,066      1,100,938  
Gross profit (loss)7,081   36,349   61,413   (2,667)  102,176  
Selling, general and administrative expenses10,047   24,266   26,386   25,577   86,276  
Intangible asset impairments and restructuring costs27,625   22,914   1,066   920   52,525  
Operating income (loss)$(30,591)  $(10,831)  $33,961   $(29,164)  $(36,625) 

Backlog

We define backlog as the total dollar amount of revenue that we expect to recognize as a result of performing work that has been awarded to us through a signed contract, limited notice to proceed or other type of assurance that we consider firm. The following arrangements are considered firm:

  • fixed-price awards;
  • minimum customer commitments on cost plus arrangements; and
  • certain time and material arrangements in which the estimated value is firm or can be estimated with a reasonable amount of certainty in both timing and amounts.

For long-term maintenance contracts with no minimum commitments and other established customer agreements, we include only the amounts that we expect to recognize as revenue over the next 12 months. For arrangements in which we have received a limited notice to proceed, we include the entire scope of work in our backlog if we conclude that the likelihood of the full project proceeding as high. For all other arrangements, we calculate backlog as the estimated contract amount less revenue recognized as of the reporting date.

Three Months Ended June 30, 2021

The following table provides a summary of changes in our backlog for the three months ended June 30, 2021:

 Utility and
Power
Infrastructure
 Process and
Industrial
Facilities
 Storage and
Terminal 
Solutions
 Total
 (In thousands)
Backlog as of March 31, 2021$203,300   $155,430   $179,607   $538,337  
Project awards19,381   39,237   40,505   99,123  
Revenue recognized(52,638)  (59,890)  (62,371)  (174,899) 
Backlog as of June 30, 2021$170,043   $134,777   $157,741   $462,561  
Book-to-bill ratio(1)0.4   0.7   0.6   0.6  

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(1)   Calculated by dividing project awards by revenue recognized.

Twelve Months Ended June 30, 2021

The following table provides a summary of changes in our backlog for the twelve months ended June 30, 2021:

 Utility and
Power
Infrastructure
 Process and
Industrial
Facilities
 Storage and
Terminal 
Solutions
 Total
 (In thousands)
Backlog as of June 30, 2020$272,816   $145,725   $339,924   $758,465  
Project awards107,279   188,969   155,465   451,713  
Other adjustment(1)      (74,219)  (74,219) 
Revenue recognized(210,052)  (199,917)  (263,429)  (673,398) 
Backlog as of June 30, 2021$170,043   $134,777   $157,741   $462,561  
Book-to-bill ratio(2)0.5   0.9   0.6   0.7  

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(1)   The other adjustment in the Storage and Terminal Solutions segment was due to a customer's decision not to renew our existing LNTP for a storage tank capital project. We were paid for all work performed on the project. This project is still active and we will be required to update pricing when the customer makes its final investment decision, which we expect will occur in fiscal 2022.
(2)   Calculated by dividing project awards by revenue recognized.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In order to more clearly depict our core profitability, the following tables present our operating results after certain adjustments:

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Diluted Earnings (Loss) per Common Share(1)
(In thousands, except per share data)

 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 June 30, 2021 June 30, 2020 June 30, 2021 June 30, 2020
Net loss, as reported$(10,723)  $(5,722)  $(31,224)  $(33,074) 
Restructuring costs incurred171   7,451   6,756   14,010  
Goodwill and intangible asset impairments         38,515  
Tax impact of adjustments and other net tax items(44)  (1,907)  (1,739)  (8,644) 
Adjusted net income (loss)$(10,596)  $(178)  $(26,207)  $10,807  
        
Loss per fully diluted share, as reported$(0.40)  $(0.22)  $(1.18)  $(1.24) 
Adjusted earnings (loss) per fully diluted share$(0.40)  $(0.01)  $(0.99)  $0.40  

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(1)   This table presents non-GAAP financial measures of our adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per common share for the fourth quarters and fiscal years of 2021 and 2020. The most directly comparable financial measures are net loss and net loss per diluted share, respectively, presented in the Consolidated Statements of Income. We have presented these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe they more clearly depict our core operating results during the periods presented and provide a more comparable measure of our operating results to other companies considered to be in similar businesses. Since adjusted net income (loss) and adjusted diluted earnings (loss) per common share are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, they should be considered in addition to, rather than as a substitute for, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.

Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA(1)

 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
 June 30, 
2021
 June 30, 
2020
 June 30, 
2021
 June 30, 
2020
 (in thousands)
Net loss$(10,723)  $(5,722)  $(31,224)  $(33,074) 
Goodwill and other intangible asset impairment         38,515  
Restructuring costs171   7,451   6,756   14,010  
Stock-based compensation1,743   1,762   8,156   9,877  
Interest expense504   366   1,559   1,597  
Benefit for federal, state and foreign income taxes(6,037)  (1,865)  (12,039)  (3,570) 
Depreciation and amortization4,219   4,736   17,858   19,124  
Adjusted EBITDA$(10,123)  $6,728   $(8,934)  $46,479  

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(1)   This table presents Adjusted EBITDA, which we define as net income (loss) before impairment of goodwill and other intangible assets, restructuring costs, stock-based compensation expense, interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, because it is used by the financial community as a method of measuring our performance and of evaluating the market value of companies considered to be in similar businesses. We believe that the line item on our Consolidated Statements of Income entitled “Net income (loss)” is the most directly comparable GAAP measure to Adjusted EBITDA. Since Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, it should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net earnings as an indicator of operating performance. Adjusted EBITDA, as we calculate it, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. In addition, this measure is not a measure of our ability to fund our cash needs. As Adjusted EBITDA excludes certain financial information compared with net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, users of this financial information should consider the type of events and transactions that are excluded. Adjusted EBITDA has certain material limitations as follows:

  • It does not include impairments to goodwill and other intangible assets. While impairments to intangible assets are non-cash expenses in the period recognized, cash or other consideration was still transferred in exchange for the intangible assets in the period of the acquisition. Any measure that excludes impairments to intangible assets has material limitations since these expenses represent the loss of an asset that was acquired in exchange for cash or other assets.

  • It does not include restructuring costs. Restructuring costs represent material costs that we incurred and are oftentimes cash expenses. Therefore, any measure that excludes restructuring costs has material limitations.

  • It does not include stock-based compensation. Stock-based compensation represents material amounts of equity that are awarded to our employees and directors for services rendered. While the expense is non-cash, we release vested shares out of our treasury stock, which has historically been replenished by using cash to periodically repurchase our stock. Therefore, any measure that excludes stock-based compensation has material limitations.

  • It does not include interest expense. Because we have borrowed money to finance our operations and to acquire businesses, pay commitment fees to maintain our senior secured revolving credit facility, and incur fees to issue letters of credit under the senior secured revolving credit facility, interest expense is a necessary and ongoing part of our costs and has assisted us in generating revenue. Therefore, any measure that excludes interest expense has material limitations.

  • It does not include income taxes. Because the payment of income taxes is a necessary and ongoing part of our operations, any measure that excludes income taxes has material limitations.

  • It does not include depreciation or amortization expense. Because we use capital and intangible assets to generate revenue, depreciation and amortization expense is a necessary element of our cost structure. Therefore, any measure that excludes depreciation or amortization expense has material limitations.