ROCKVILLE, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Argan, Inc. (AGX) (“Argan” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for its third quarter ended October 31, 2017. For additional information, please read the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, which the Company intends to file today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”). The Quarterly Report can be retrieved from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or from the Company’s website at www.arganinc.com.
Summary Information (dollars in thousands, except per share data (unaudited)):
|For the Quarter Ended:|
|Gross profit margins||16.2||%||20.8||%||(4.6||)||(22||)|
|Net income attributable to the stockholders of the Company||$||17,229||$||18,073||$||(844||)||(5||)|
|Diluted per share||1.09||1.16||(0.07||)||(6||)|
|EBITDA attributable to the stockholders of the Company||30,275||27,024||3,251||12|
|Diluted per share||1.92||1.73||0.19||11|
|For the Nine Months Ended:|
|Gross profit margins||17.9||%||23.3||%||(5.4||)||(23||)|
|Net income attributable to the stockholders of the Company||$||64,993||$||49,977||$||15,016||30|
|Diluted per share||4.11||3.23||0.88||27|
|EBITDA attributable to the stockholders of the Company||105,443||79,295||26,148||33|
|Diluted per share||6.68||5.12||1.56||30|
|As of:|| |
|Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments||$||483,681||$||522,994|| |
|Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings||146,863||209,241||(62,378||)||(30||)|
Third Quarter Results:
Revenues increased to $233 million, up 33% compared to the prior year quarter, primarily due to Gemma Power Systems (GPS) having reached peak and post-peak construction activities on four large, natural gas-fired power plants. The power industry services segment continues to drive our financial results and represents 91% of consolidated revenues for the quarter ended October 31, 2017. Gross profit increased 3% to $38 million, primarily due to the increased revenues, while gross margin percentage decreased from 20.8% to 16.2% compared to the prior year quarter, which primarily reflected the achievement of final completion of two natural gas-fired power plant projects in the prior year period, as well as the effects of increased labor and subcontractor cost estimates in the current period for certain projects.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $0.3 million to $10.1 million, primarily reflecting the cost of a larger organization necessary to support increased operations and to expand into new markets. However, these expenses decreased as a percentage of revenues to 4.3% from 5.6% in the prior year quarter. Other income increased $1.0 million quarter over quarter, due to increased yields and short-term investment balances. There was no net income attributable to non-controlling interests for the current quarter compared to $1.2 million in the prior year quarter, as activities on two large power plant projects were completed last year by the joint ventures. The income tax expense and effective rate were higher in the current quarter as compared to the prior year quarter due to certain favorable adjustments in the prior year quarter compared to unfavorable adjustments in the current quarter. Exclusive of adjustments, the estimated annual effective income tax is 36.7% for the current year compared to 35.2% at this time last year, an increase primarily due to the decrease in non-controlling interests. These factors resulted in net income attributable to our stockholders decreasing 5% to $17.2 million, or $1.09 per diluted share, compared to $18.1 million, or $1.16 per diluted share, for the prior year quarter. EBITDA attributable to the stockholders for the quarter ended October 31, 2017 increased 12% to $30.3 million, or $1.92 per diluted share, from $27.0 million, or $1.73 per diluted share, for the prior year quarter.
Nine Month Results:
For the nine months ended October 31, 2017, consolidated revenues increased 54% to a record $723 million over the prior year period, primarily due to the ramped-up, peak and post-peak construction activities of GPS on four large, natural gas-fired power plants. The power industry services segment represented 92% of consolidated revenues for the nine months ended October 31, 2017. Gross profit increased 19% to $129 million, primarily due to the increased revenues, while gross margin percentage decreased from 23.3% to 17.9% compared to the prior year period, reflecting the reason discussed above, the changes in the mix and progress of various power plant projects and the differences in their respective gross margins.
For the reasons discussed above, for the nine months ended October 31, 2017, selling, general and administrative expenses increased $6.0 million to $30.4 million, other income increased $2.9 million and net income attributable to non-controlling interests decreased 96%, or $6.4 million over the prior year period. In addition, as described above, income tax expense increased $10.6 million due to higher pre-tax income, an increased estimated annual effective income tax and other adjustments. These factors resulted in net income attributable to our stockholders for the nine months ended October 31, 2017 increasing 30% to $65.0 million, or $4.11 per diluted share, compared to $50.0 million, or $3.23 per diluted share, for the prior year period. EBITDA attributable to the stockholders for the nine months ended October 31, 2017 increased 33% to $105.4 million, or $6.68 per diluted share, from $79.3 million, or $5.12 per diluted share, for the prior year period.
The Company’s balance sheet continues to strengthen. As of October 31, 2017, cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments totaled $484 million and net liquidity was $292 million. The Company has no bank debt. The work performed in the quarter reduced the contract backlog to $0.5 billion as of October 31, 2017, including Atlantic Projects Company’s (APC) contract to perform certain EPC services for the expansion of an existing gas-fired power station in Spalding, England that was added to backlog during the quarter.
Commenting on Argan’s results, Rainer Bosselmann, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “On a trailing twelve-month basis, we have reached $930 million in revenues, $85 million in net income and $137 million in EBITDA. Our fiscal year results just two years ago were less than half of each of these amounts. This growth is a direct result of our execution on major EPC projects in this increasingly challenging market over the past two years. We are proud of this growth and these results, and we are pleased to have added some great projects in the United Kingdom to our backlog, but we know we need to add many more. We remain hard at work in those efforts as we endeavor to continue increasing long term shareholder value.”
About Argan, Inc.
Argan’s primary business is providing a full range of services to the power industry including the engineering, procurement and construction of natural gas-fired power plants, along with related commissioning, operations management, maintenance, project development and consulting services, through its Gemma Power Systems and Atlantic Projects Company operations. Argan also owns SMC Infrastructure Solutions, which provides telecommunications infrastructure services, and The Roberts Company, which is a fully integrated fabrication, construction and industrial plant services company.
Certain matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws and are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: (1) the continued strong performance of our power industry services business; (2) the Company’s ability to successfully and profitably integrate acquisitions; and (3) the Company’s ability to achieve its business strategy while effectively managing costs and expenses. Actual results and the timing of certain events could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors detailed from time to time in Argan’s filings with the SEC. In addition, reference is hereby made to cautionary statements with respect to risk factors set forth in the Company’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q, and other SEC filings.
|ARGAN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
Three Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
|Cost of revenues||195,227||138,866||594,016||359,395|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||10,119||9,848||30,408||24,429|
|INCOME FROM OPERATIONS||27,599||26,730||98,813||82,484|
|Other income, net||1,692||690||4,221||1,283|
|INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES||29,291||27,420||103,034||83,767|
|Income tax expense||12,062||8,194||37,738||27,122|
|Net income attributable to non-controlling interests||—||1,153||303||6,668|
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE STOCKHOLDERS OF ARGAN, INC.
EARNINGS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE STOCKHOLDERS OF ARGAN, INC.
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES OUTSTANDING
|CASH DIVIDENDS PER SHARE||$||1.00||$||1.00||$||1.00||$||1.00|
|ARGAN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Reconciliations to EBITDA|
|Three Months Ended October 31,|
|Less EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interests||—||(1,153||)|
|Income tax expense||12,062||8,194|
|Amortization of purchased intangible assets||258||232|
|EBITDA attributable to the stockholders of the Company||$||30,275||$||27,024|
|Nine Months Ended October 31,|
|Less EBITDA attributable to noncontrolling interests||(303||)||(6,668||)|
|Income tax expense||37,738||27,122|
|Amortization of purchased intangible assets||776||752|
|EBITDA attributable to the stockholders of the Company||$||105,443||$||79,295|
Management uses EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, for planning purposes, including the preparation of operating budgets and the determination of appropriate levels of operating and capital investments. Management believes that EBITDA provides additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the Company's financial and operational performance and in assisting investors in comparing the Company’s financial performance to those of other companies in the Company’s industry. However, EBITDA is not intended to be an alternative to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation from the Company’s GAAP results of operations. Consistent with the requirements of SEC Regulation G, reconciliations of the Company’s non-GAAP financial results from net income are included in the presentations above and investors are advised to carefully review and consider this information as well as the GAAP financial results that are presented in the Company’s SEC filings.
|ARGAN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(In thousands, except share and per share data)|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||149,708||$||167,198|
|Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings||10,197||3,192|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||6,236||6,927|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS||583,795||587,949|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||15,257||13,112|
|Other intangible assets, net||7,405||8,181|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings||146,863||209,241|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES||292,316||350,724|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
Preferred stock, par value $0.10 per share – 500,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding
Common stock, par value $0.15 per share – 30,000,000 shares authorized; 15,551,952 and 15,461,452 shares issued at October 31 and January 31, 2017, respectively; 15,548,719 and 15,458,219 shares outstanding at October 31 and January 31, 2017, respectively
|Additional paid-in capital||141,766||135,426|
|Accumulated other comprehensive losses||(8||)||(762||)|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||348,186||291,632|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY||$||642,301||$||644,488|