Willdan Group Reports First Quarter 2020 Results

Investment Community Conference Call Today at 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time

ANAHEIM, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Willdan Group, Inc. (“Willdan”) (Nasdaq: WLDN), a provider of professional technical and consulting services, today reported financial results for its first quarter ended April 3, 2020.

First Quarter 2020 Summary

  • Consolidated contract revenue of $106.0 million, an increase of 15.5%
  • Net revenue of $49.6 million, an increase of 21.4%
  • Net loss of $8.2 million, or $(0.71) per diluted share
  • Adjusted diluted earnings per share of $(0.13)
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $1.3 million
  • Cash generated from operations of $16.5 million

For the first quarter of 2020, Willdan reported consolidated contract revenue of $106.0 million and net loss of $8.2 million, or $(0.71) per diluted share. This compares with consolidated contract revenue of $91.8 million and net loss of $0.4 million, or $(0.04) per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2019. For the first quarter of 2020, Net Revenue, defined as revenue, net of subcontractor services and other direct costs (see “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below), was $49.6 million, an increase 21.4% compared to the same period in fiscal year 2019.

“This quarter we witnessed both the initial slowdown related to the unprecedented impact that Covid-19 has had on the economy, as well as record cash flows from operations” said Tom Brisbin, Willdan’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “We experienced a negative impact on our small business Direct Install programs because, under government restrictions relating to Covid-19, these programs were ordered to suspend temporarily. We derive approximately 40% of our gross contract revenue from Direct Install programs. However, our other programs, which generate approximately 60% of our revenue, have either been determined to be ‘essential’ by government agencies or have continued to progress during the pandemic, with a gross revenue impact estimated at less than 20% for this part of the business.

“In the first quarter, management had a specific focus on positive cash flow. We generated $16.5 million in cash flow from operations in the quarter, more than for all of 2019 and a company record. Due to the rapidly evolving nature and continued uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, we have taken steps to maintain the safety of our employees, reduce costs, preserve liquidity, and improve financial flexibility to ensure that the Company is well-positioned to navigate this global pandemic.”

Impact of Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic and efforts to limit its spread negatively impacted our business during the three months ended April 3, 2020. In California and New York, the states in which we have historically derived a majority of our revenue, mandatory shutdown orders were issued in March. It is unclear how long these restrictions will remain in place, and if they will remain in place in some form for an extended period of time. As such, Covid-19 had only a partial impact on our operations during our first fiscal quarter and we expect the impact to be more significant in our second quarter.

First Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights

Consolidated contract revenue for the first quarter of 2020 was $106.0 million, an increase of 15.5% from $91.8 million for the first quarter of 2019. Consolidated contract revenue for the Energy segment was $87.8 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 17.5% from the first quarter of 2019, which was primarily due to organic growth, including an increase in revenue generated from government projects in our Energy segment, partially offset by the decrease in contract revenues as a result from the Covid-19 work suspensions, combined with incremental revenue from the acquisitions of Onsite Energy Corporation (“Onsite Energy”) and Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (“E3, Inc.”), collectively referred to as “the acquisitions”. Contract revenue for the Engineering and Consulting segment was $18.2 million, an increase of 6.6% from the first quarter of 2019, primarily due to increased subcontractor revenues.

Net Revenue for the first quarter of 2020 was $49.6 million, an increase of 21.4% from $40.8 million for the first quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily due to incremental revenue from organic growth, including an increase in revenue generated from government projects in our Energy segment, partially offset by the Covid-19 work suspensions, combined with incremental revenue from the acquisitions. Net Revenue in the Energy segment was $34.5 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 28.2% over the same period last year. Net Revenue in the Engineering and Consulting segment was $15.1 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 8.4% over the same period last year.

Direct costs of contract revenue were $75.3 million for the first quarter of 2020, an increase of 14.4%, from $65.9 million for the first quarter of 2019. The increase was primarily related to incremental direct costs of contract revenue from organic growth, including an increase in revenue generated from government projects in our Energy segment, combined with incremental direct costs of contract revenue from the acquisitions.

Total general and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2020 was $39.0 million, an increase of 48.9% from $26.2 million for the first quarter of 2019, driven primarily by increased costs related to personnel, facilities, and amortization expenses as a result of our recent acquisitions combined with increased costs in our corporate general and administrative expenses.

Interest expense was $1.5 million for the first quarter of 2020, compared to $1.1 million for the first quarter of 2019. The increase in interest expense was primarily attributable to debt incurred to finance the acquisitions.

We recorded an income tax benefit of $1.6 million in the first quarter of 2020, compared to income tax benefit of $0.9 million for the prior year period. The income tax benefit recorded for the first quarter of 2020 was primarily attributable to various tax deductions and tax credits.

Net loss for the first quarter of 2020 was $8.2 million, or $(0.71) per diluted share, as compared to net loss of $0.4 million, or ($0.04) per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2019. Adjusted Net Loss (see “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below) for the first quarter of 2020 was $1.5 million, or $(0.13) per diluted share, as compared to Adjusted Net Income of $2.4 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA (see “Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” below) was $1.3 million for the first quarter of 2020, a decrease of 71.9% from $4.7 million for the first quarter of 2019.

Balance Sheet

Willdan generated $16.5 million in cash flow from operations this quarter, compared with $10.5 million in the same quarter last year.

Willdan reported $61.6 million in accounts receivable, net at April 3, 2020, as compared to $57.5 million at March 29, 2019. The increase in accounts receivable, net was due to high conversion from contract assets to accounts receivable, partially offset by collections of cash.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Willdan’s financial position remains strong. In the first quarter, the Company enhanced liquidity by minimizing working capital and significantly improving cash collections. In addition, on May 6, 2020, Willdan amended its credit agreement to provide increased flexibility under its debt covenants. Among other things, the amendment also temporarily changes the interest rate for borrowings under the Company’s credit facilities and prohibits share repurchases, certain acquisitions and borrowings under the delayed draw facility, in each case subject to certain exceptions. Combined with availability under its revolving credit facility, the enhanced liquidity provides a cushion against any unforeseen liquidity disruptions.

Financial Targets

Given the lack of visibility of expected results as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, Willdan is not able to provide fiscal 2020 financial targets at this time. Willdan intends to resume providing financial targets when visibility improves.

Conference Call Details and Investor Report

Chief Executive Officer Thomas Brisbin and Chief Financial Officer Stacy McLaughlin will host a conference call today, May 7, 2020, at 5:30 p.m. Eastern/2:30 p.m. Pacific to discuss Willdan’s financial results and provide a business update.

Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 800-263-0877 and providing conference ID 3435104. The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on Willdan’s website at www.willdan.com under Investors: Events and the replay will be archived for at least 12 months.

The telephonic replay of the conference call may be accessed following the call by dialing 888-203-1112 and entering the passcode 3435104. The replay will be available through May 21, 2020.

An Investor Report containing supplemental financial information can also be accessed on the home page of Willdan’s investor relations website.

About Willdan Group, Inc.

Willdan is a nationwide provider of professional technical and consulting services to utilities, government agencies, and private industry. Willdan’s service offerings span a broad set of complementary disciplines that include electric grid solutions, energy efficiency and sustainability, engineering and planning, and municipal financial consulting. For additional information, visit Willdan’s website at www.willdan.com.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

“Net Revenue,” defined as contract revenue as reported in accordance with GAAP minus subcontractor services and other direct costs, is a non-GAAP financial measure, Net Revenue is a supplemental measure that Willdan believes enhances investors’ ability to analyze Willdan’s business trends and performance because it substantially measures the work performed by Willdan’s employees. In the course of providing services, Willdan routinely subcontracts various services. Generally, these subcontractor services and other direct costs are passed through to Willdan’s clients and, in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and industry practice, are included in Willdan’s revenue when it is Willdan’s contractual responsibility to procure or manage such subcontracted activities. Because subcontractor services and other direct costs can vary significantly from project to project and period to period, changes in revenue may not necessarily be indicative of Willdan’s business trends. Accordingly, Willdan segregates subcontractor services and other direct costs from revenue to promote a better understanding of Willdan’s business by evaluating revenue exclusive of subcontract services and other direct costs associated with external service providers. A reconciliation of Willdan’s contract revenue as reported in accordance with GAAP to Net Revenue is provided at the end of this press release.

“Adjusted EBITDA,” defined as net income plus interest expense, income tax expense, stock-based compensation, interest accretion, depreciation and amortization, transaction costs and gain on sale of equipment, is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental measure used by Willdan’s management to measure Willdan’s operating performance. Willdan believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful because it allows Willdan’s management to evaluate its operating performance and compare the results of its operations from period to period and against its peers without regard to its financing methods, capital structure and non-operating expenses. Willdan uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate its performance for, among other things, budgeting, forecasting and incentive compensation purposes.

Certain items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing a company’s financial performance, such as a company’s costs of capital, stock-based compensation, as well as the historical costs of depreciable assets. A reconciliation of net income as reported in accordance with GAAP to Adjusted EBITDA is provided at the end of this press release.

“Adjusted Net Income,” defined as net income plus stock-based compensation, intangible amortization and transaction costs, each net of tax, is a non-GAAP financial measure.

“Adjusted Diluted EPS,” defined as net income plus stock-based compensation, intangible amortization and transaction costs, each net of tax, all divided by the diluted weighted-average shares outstanding, is a non-GAAP financial measure. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS are supplemental measures used by Willdan’s management to measure its operating performance. Willdan believes Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS are useful because they allow Willdan’s management to more closely evaluate and explain the operating results of Willdan’s business by removing certain non-operating expenses. Reconciliations of net income as reported in accordance with GAAP to Adjusted Net Income and diluted EPS as reported in accordance with GAAP to Adjusted Diluted EPS are provided at the end of this press release.

Willdan’s definitions of Net Revenue, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS have limitations as analytical tools and may differ from other companies reporting similarly named measures or from similarly named measures Willdan has reported in prior periods. These measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as contract revenue, net income and diluted EPS.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this press release that are not purely historical, including statements regarding Willdan’s intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, estimates, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as amended, including statements regarding the impact of Covid-19 on Willdan’s business, Willdan’s ability to capitalize on increased energy efficiency spending in large markets and expected benefits from the acquisitions. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the extent to which the Covid-19 pandemic and measures taken to contain its spread ultimately impact Willdan’s business, results of operation and financial condition, including the speed with which its various direct install programs for small businesses are able to resume normal operations following government mandated shutdowns; and Willdan’s ability to expand its services or meet the needs of customers in markets in which it operates. It is important to note that Willdan’s actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from its expectations include, but are not limited to, Willdan’s ability to adequately complete projects in a timely manner, Willdan’s ability to compete successfully in the highly competitive energy services market, changes in state, local and regional economies and government budgets, Willdan’s ability to win new contracts, to renew existing contracts and to compete effectively for contracts awarded through bidding processes, Willdan’s ability to successfully integrate its acquisitions, including its acquisitions of Lime Energy, The Weidt Group, Onsite Energy, and E3, Inc., and execute on its growth strategy, Willdan’s ability to make principal and interest payments as they come due and comply with financial and other covenants in its credit agreement, and Willdan’s ability to obtain financing and to refinance its outstanding debt as it matures.

The factors noted above and risks included in Willdan’s other SEC filings may be increased or intensified as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, including if there is a resurgence of the Covid-19 virus after the initial outbreak subsides. The extent to which the Covid-19 pandemic ultimately impacts Willdan’s business, results of operations and financial condition will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted. All written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to Willdan, or persons acting on its behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements and risk factors disclosed from time to time in Willdan’s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Annual Report on Form 10-K filed for the year ended December 27, 2019, as such disclosures may be amended, supplemented or superseded from time to time by other reports Willdan files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including subsequent Annual Reports on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q or Current Reports on Form 8-K. Willdan cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Willdan disclaims any obligation to, and does not undertake to, update or revise any forward-looking statements in this press release unless required by law.

WILLDAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except par value)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 3,

 

December 27,

 

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

Assets

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

12,304

 

$

5,452

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,455 and $1,147 at April 3, 2020 and December 27, 2019, respectively

 

 

61,589

 

 

57,504

 

Contract assets

 

 

61,753

 

 

101,418

 

Other receivables

 

 

5,099

 

 

4,845

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

5,589

 

 

6,254

 

Total current assets

 

 

146,334

 

 

175,473

 

Equipment and leasehold improvements, net

 

 

13,137

 

 

12,051

 

Goodwill

 

 

130,003

 

 

127,647

 

Right-of-use assets

 

 

22,612

 

 

22,297

 

Other intangible assets, net

 

 

73,580

 

 

76,837

 

Other assets

 

 

15,689

 

 

16,296

 

Deferred income taxes, net

 

 

11,448

 

 

9,312

 

Total assets

 

$

412,803

 

$

439,913

 

Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

43,938

 

$

34,000

 

Accrued liabilities

 

 

39,878

 

 

67,615

 

Contingent consideration payable

 

 

5,148

 

 

5,155

 

Contract liabilities

 

 

7,165

 

 

5,563

 

Notes payable

 

 

13,722

 

 

13,720

 

Finance lease obligations

 

 

421

 

 

375

 

Lease liability

 

 

5,717

 

 

5,550

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

115,989

 

 

131,978

 

Contingent consideration payable

 

 

3,798

 

 

4,891

 

Notes payable

 

 

112,268

 

 

116,631

 

Finance lease obligations, less current portion

 

 

242

 

 

191

 

Lease liability, less current portion

 

 

18,051

 

 

18,411

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

 

 

718

 

 

533

 

Total liabilities

 

 

251,066

 

 

272,635

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders’ equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 40,000 shares authorized; 11,640 and 11,497 shares issued and outstanding at April 3, 2020 and December 27, 2019, respectively

 

 

116

 

 

115

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

135,608

 

 

132,547

 

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(845)

 

 

(396)

 

Retained earnings

 

 

26,858

 

 

35,012

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

161,737

 

 

167,278

 

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

412,803

 

$

439,913

 

WILLDAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

April 3,

 

March 29,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contract revenue

 

$

106,026

 

$

91,793

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Direct costs of contract revenue (inclusive of directly related depreciation and amortization):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salaries and wages

 

 

18,915

 

 

14,910

Subcontractor services and other direct costs

 

 

56,420

 

 

50,948

Total direct costs of contract revenue

 

 

75,335

 

 

65,858

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

General and administrative expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salaries and wages, payroll taxes and employee benefits

 

 

20,412

 

 

15,744

Facilities and facility related

 

 

2,694

 

 

1,772

Stock-based compensation

 

 

4,595

 

 

1,817

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

4,519

 

 

2,654

Other

 

 

6,740

 

 

4,182

Total general and administrative expenses

 

 

38,960

 

 

26,169

Loss from operations

 

 

(8,269)

 

 

(234)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

(1,513)

 

 

(1,121)

Other, net

 

 

23

 

 

11

Total other expense, net

 

 

(1,490)

 

 

(1,110)

Loss before income taxes

 

 

(9,759)

 

 

(1,344)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income tax benefit

 

 

(1,605)

 

 

(927)

Net loss

 

 

(8,154)

 

 

(417)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other comprehensive loss:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net unrealized loss on derivative contracts

 

 

(449)

 

 

(219)

Comprehensive loss

 

$

(8,603)

 

$

(636)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

(0.71)

 

$

(0.04)

Diluted

 

$

(0.71)

 

$

(0.04)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted-average shares outstanding:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

11,510

 

 

10,974

Diluted

 

 

11,510

 

 

10,974

WILLDAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(in thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

April 3,

 

March 29,

 

 

2020

 

2019

Cash flows from operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(8,154)

 

$

(417)

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

4,519

 

 

2,739

Deferred income taxes, net

 

 

(2,136)

 

 

69

(Gain) loss on sale/disposal of equipment

 

 

(16)

 

 

(25)

Provision for doubtful accounts

 

 

366

 

 

27

Stock-based compensation

 

 

4,595

 

 

1,817

Accretion and fair value adjustments of contingent consideration

 

 

334

 

 

111

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from business acquisitions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

(4,451)

 

 

18,043

Contract assets

 

 

36,798

 

 

(5,765)

Other receivables

 

 

(253)

 

 

(696)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

704

 

 

918

Other assets

 

 

607

 

 

(315)

Accounts payable

 

 

9,938

 

 

(127)

Accrued liabilities

 

 

(28,001)

 

 

(5,799)

Contract liabilities

 

 

1,602

 

 

(396)

Right-of-use assets

 

 

3

 

 

303

Net cash provided by operating activities

 

 

16,455

 

 

10,487

Cash flows from investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of equipment and leasehold improvements

 

 

(2,156)

 

 

(1,929)

Proceeds from sale of equipment

 

 

17

 

 

35

Cash paid for acquisitions, net of cash acquired

 

 

 

 

(21,800)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(2,139)

 

 

(23,694)

Cash flows from financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Payments on contingent consideration

 

 

(1,434)

 

 

(1,205)

Payments on notes payable

 

 

(151)

 

 

(472)

Borrowings under term loan facility and line of credit

 

 

9,000

 

 

14,000

Repayments under term loan facility and line of credit

 

 

(13,250)

 

 

(1,750)

Principal payments on finance leases

 

 

(96)

 

 

(88)

Proceeds from stock option exercise

 

 

260

 

 

291

Proceeds from sales of common stock under employee stock purchase plan

 

 

1,073

 

 

749

Shares used to pay taxes on stock grants

 

 

(2,867)

 

 

(2,516)

Restricted Stock Award and Units

 

 

1

 

 

Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

 

 

(7,464)

 

 

9,009

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 

 

6,852

 

 

(4,198)

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

 

 

5,452

 

 

15,259

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

 

$

12,304

 

$

11,061

Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid during the period for:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest

 

$

1,735

 

$

965

Income taxes

 

 

529

 

 

Supplemental disclosures of noncash investing and financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other working capital adjustment

 

 

 

 

579

Equipment acquired under finance leases

 

 

193

 

 

261

Contacts

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Tel: 714-940-6300

smclaughlin@willdan.com

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