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Comfort Systems USA Reports Second Quarter 2022 Results

HOUSTON, July 27, 2022--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE: FIX) (the "Company") today reported results for the quarter ended June 30, 2022.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2022, net income was $42.2 million, or $1.17 per diluted share, as compared to $33.0 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, for the quarter ended June 30, 2021. Revenue for the second quarter of 2022 was $1,017.9 million compared to $713.9 million in 2021. The Company reported operating cash flow of $44.6 million in the current quarter compared to $25.4 million in 2021.

Backlog as of June 30, 2022 was $2.81 billion as compared to $2.73 billion as of March 31, 2022 and $1.84 billion as of June 30, 2021. On a same-store basis, backlog increased from $1.84 billion as of June 30, 2021 to $2.54 billion as of June 30, 2022.

Brian Lane, Comfort Systems USA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are happy to report a remarkably strong second quarter. Unprecedented market conditions resulted in same-store revenue growth of over 24%, driven by increased activity due to strong markets as well as the effect of cost increases in materials, equipment, and other inputs. Thanks to careful planning and superb execution, our teams continue their strong performance for our customers and stakeholders. New work is commencing across our footprint, and our backlog and pipeline remain strong. Cash flow was excellent this quarter despite deploying significant capital to support our growth."

The Company reported net income of $129.0 million, or $3.57 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2022, as compared to $59.5 million, or $1.63 per diluted share, in 2021. The first quarter of 2022 included a diluted per share net gain of $1.49 related to the resolution of tax refund claims from years 2016 through 2018 as well as estimated tax benefits from years 2019 through 2021. Without those tax gains related to prior years, our diluted per share earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2022 would have been $2.08. The Company also reported revenue of $1.90 billion for the six months ended June 30, 2022, as compared to $1.38 billion in 2021. Operating cash flow for the six months ended June 30, 2022 was $108.3 million, as compared to $110.1 million in 2021.

Mr. Lane concluded, "In the coming months, we expect continued challenges in the cost and availability of the inputs that we use to serve our customers. Although conditions are hard to predict in the near term, we are reassured by the fact that we have an expert and committed workforce, and as a result we anticipate continued strong earnings and cash flow in the coming quarters. This month marks 25 years since Comfort Systems USA was formed. As we look ahead, our priority is to preserve and grow the best workforce in our industry, so we can continue our legacy of constructing, installing, maintaining, repairing, replacing, and optimizing sustainability for our communities. We are investing in our people and in our business for the long term."

The Company will host a webcast and conference call to discuss its financial results and position on Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. The call-in number for this conference call is 1-833-629-0616 and participants should request to join the Comfort Systems USA conference call. The call and the slide presentation to accompany the remarks can be accessed on the Company’s website at www.comfortsystemsusa.com under the Investor tab. A replay of the entire call will be available on the Company’s website on the next business day following the call.

Comfort Systems USA® is a leading provider of commercial, industrial and institutional heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical contracting services, with 174 locations in 128 cities across the nation. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.comfortsystemsusa.com.

Certain statements and information in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements regarding our future business expectations, which are subject to applicable securities laws and regulations. The words "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "intend," "foresee," "should," "would," "could," or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historic in nature. These forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations and beliefs of Comfort Systems USA, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the "Company") concerning future developments and their effect on the Company. While the Company’s management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those that it anticipates, and the Company’s actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which the Company operates, may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. In addition, even if our results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the industry in which we operate, are consistent with the forward-looking statements contained in this press release, those results or developments may not be indicative of our results or developments in subsequent periods. All comments concerning the Company’s expectations for future revenue and operating results are based on the Company’s forecasts for its existing operations and do not include the potential impact of any future acquisitions. The Company’s forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond the Company’s control) and assumptions that could cause actual future results to differ materially from the Company’s historical experience and its present expectations or projections. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the use of incorrect estimates for bidding a fixed-price contract; undertaking contractual commitments that exceed the Company’s labor resources; failing to perform contractual obligations efficiently enough to maintain profitability; national or regional weakness in construction activity and economic conditions; rising inflation and fluctuations in interest rates; shortages of labor and specialty building materials or material increases to the cost thereof; the Company’s business being negatively affected by health crises or outbreaks of disease, such as epidemics or pandemics (and related impacts, such as vaccine mandates or supply chain disruptions); financial difficulties affecting projects, vendors, customers, or subcontractors; the Company’s backlog failing to translate into actual revenue or profits; failure of third party subcontractors and suppliers to complete work as anticipated; difficulty in obtaining or increased costs associated with bonding and insurance; impairment to goodwill; errors in the Company’s percentage-of-completion method of accounting; the result of competition in the Company’s markets; the Company’s decentralized management structure; material failure to comply with varying state and local laws, regulations or requirements; debarment from bidding on or performing government contracts; retention of key management; seasonal fluctuations in the demand for mechanical and electrical systems; the imposition of past and future liability from environmental, safety, and health regulations including the inherent risk associated with self-insurance; adverse litigation results; an increase in our effective tax rate; a material information technology failure or a material cyber security breach; risks associated with acquisitions, such as challenges to our ability to integrate those companies into our internal control environment; our ability to manage growth and geographically-dispersed operations; our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms; extreme weather conditions (such as storms, droughts, extreme heat or cold, wildfires and floods), including as a result of climate change, and any resulting regulations or restrictions related thereto; and other risks detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC").

For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause the Company’s results to differ from its projected results, please see its filings with the SEC, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and Current Reports on Form 8-K.

Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

— Financial tables follow —

Comfort Systems USA, Inc.

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In Thousands, Except per Share Amounts)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

2022

%

2021

%

2022

%

2021

%

Revenue

$

1,017,948

100.0

%

$

713,895

100.0

%

$

1,903,164

100.0

%

$

1,383,656

100.0

%

Cost of services

842,956

82.8

%

587,440

82.3

%

1,575,028

82.8

%

1,133,732

81.9

%

Gross profit

174,992

17.2

%

126,455

17.7

%

328,136

17.2

%

249,924

18.1

%

SG&A

118,724

11.7

%

87,549

12.3

%

236,500

12.4

%

175,763

12.7

%

Gain on sale of assets

(383

)

(491

)

(0.1

)

%

(706

)

(841

)

(0.1

)

%

Operating income

56,651

5.6

%

39,397

5.5

%

92,342

4.9

%

75,002

5.4

%

Interest expense, net

(3,020

)

(0.3

)

%

(1,357

)

(0.2

)

%

(5,146

)

(0.3

)

%

(2,851

)

(0.2

)

%

Changes in the fair value of contingent earn-out obligations

(115

)

4,581

0.6

%

3,973

0.2

%

5,767

0.4

%

Other income (expense)

(1

)

161

55

92

Income before income taxes

53,515

5.3

%

42,782

6.0

%

91,224

4.8

%

78,010

5.6

%

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

11,269

9,817

(37,784

)

18,554

Net income

$

42,246

4.2

%

$

32,965

4.6

%

$

129,008

6.8

%

$

59,456

4.3

%

Income per share

Basic

$

1.17

$

0.91

$

3.58

$

1.64

Diluted

$

1.17

$

0.90

$

3.57

$

1.63

Shares used in computing income per share:

Basic

35,970

36,403

36,022

36,345

Diluted

36,073

36,566

36,130

36,533

Dividends per share

$

0.140

$

0.115

$

0.270

$

0.230

Supplemental Non-GAAP Information — (Unaudited) (In Thousands, Except per Share Amounts)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Net income

$

42,246

$

32,965

$

129,008

$

59,456

Tax gains

(57,255

)

Tax-related SG&A costs, net of tax

3,519

Net income excluding tax gains

$

42,246

$

32,965

$

75,272

$

59,456

Diluted income per share

$

1.17

$

0.90

$

3.57

$

1.63

Tax gains

(1.59

)

Tax-related SG&A costs, net of tax

0.10

Diluted income per share excluding tax gains

$

1.17

$

0.90

$

2.08

$

1.63

Note: Net income excluding tax gains and diluted income per share excluding tax gains are presented because the Company believes they reflect the results of the core ongoing operations of the Company, and we believe they are responsive to frequent questions we receive from third parties. These amounts, however, are not considered primary measures of an entity’s financial results under generally accepted accounting principles, and accordingly, they should not be considered an alternative to operating results as determined under generally accepted accounting principles and as reported by the Company.

Supplemental Non-GAAP Information — Adjusted Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") — (Unaudited) (In Thousands)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2022

%

2021

%

2022

%

2021

%

Net income

$

42,246

$

32,965

$

129,008

$

59,456

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

11,269

9,817

(37,784

)

18,554

Other expense (income), net

1

(161

)

(55

)

(92

)

Changes in the fair value of contingent earn-out obligations

115

(4,581

)

(3,973

)

(5,767

)

Interest expense, net

3,020

1,357

5,146

2,851

Gain on sale of assets

(383

)

(491

)

(706

)

(841

)

Tax-related SG&A costs

4,455

Depreciation and amortization

20,616

15,698

41,453

31,674

Adjusted EBITDA

$

76,884

7.6

%

$

54,604

7.6

%

$

137,544

7.2

%

$

105,835

7.6

%

Note: The Company defines adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("Adjusted EBITDA") as net income, provision for income taxes, other expense (income), net, changes in the fair value of contingent earn-out obligations, interest expense, net, gain on sale of assets, goodwill impairment, other one-time expenses or gains and depreciation and amortization. Other companies may define Adjusted EBITDA differently. Adjusted EBITDA is presented because it is a financial measure that is frequently requested by third parties. However, Adjusted EBITDA is not considered under generally accepted accounting principles as a primary measure of an entity’s financial results, and accordingly, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to operating income, net income, or cash flows as determined under generally accepted accounting principles and as reported by the Company.

Comfort Systems USA, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In Thousands)

June 30,

December 31,

2022

2021

(Unaudited)

Cash and cash equivalents

$

69,129

$

58,776

Billed accounts receivable, net

942,208

773,716

Unbilled accounts receivable, net

79,767

61,881

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings, net

15,629

29,900

Other current assets, net

131,490

103,048

Total current assets

1,238,223

1,027,321

Property and equipment, net

132,646

128,554

Goodwill

611,000

592,114

Identifiable intangible assets, net

296,538

304,781

Other noncurrent assets

161,215

156,344

Total assets

$

2,439,622

$

2,209,114

Current maturities of long-term debt

$

2,448

$

2,788

Accounts payable

293,964

254,788

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings

386,258

307,380

Other current liabilities

285,510

271,598

Total current liabilities

968,180

836,554

Long-term debt, net

403,192

385,242

Other long-term liabilities

171,405

181,652

Total liabilities

1,542,777

1,403,448

Total stockholders’ equity

896,845

805,666

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

2,439,622

$

2,209,114

Selected Cash Flow Data (Unaudited) (In Thousands)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

2022

2021

2022

2021

Cash provided by (used in):

Operating activities

$

44,563

$

25,422

$

108,292

$

110,069

Investing activities

$

(49,896

)

$

(5,944

)

$

(59,265

)

$

(20,974

)

Financing activities

$

(41,153

)

$

(17,935

)

$

(38,674

)

$

(90,332

)

Free cash flow:

Cash from operating activities

$

44,563

$

25,422

$

108,292

$

110,069

Purchases of property and equipment

(11,023

)

(5,950

)

(20,215

)

(10,762

)

Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

503

1,032

1,559

1,530

Free cash flow

$

34,043

$

20,504

$

89,636

$

100,837

Note: Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operating activities less customary capital expenditures, plus the proceeds from asset sales. Other companies may define free cash flow differently. Free cash flow is presented because it is a financial measure that is frequently requested by third parties. However, free cash flow is not considered under generally accepted accounting principles as a primary measure of an entity’s financial results, and accordingly, free cash flow should not be considered an alternative to operating income, net income, or cash flows as determined under generally accepted accounting principles and as reported by the Company.

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Contacts

Julie Shaeff, Chief Accounting Officer
ir@comfortsystemsusa.com; 713-830-9687