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Edited Transcript of VEC earnings conference call or presentation 6-Nov-18 9:30pm GMT

Q3 2018 Vectrus Inc Earnings Call

COLORADO SPRINGS Dec 19, 2018 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of Vectrus Inc earnings conference call or presentation Tuesday, November 6, 2018 at 9:30:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Charles L. Prow

Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director

* Matthew M. Klein

Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO

* Michael J. Smith

Vectrus, Inc. - Director of IR

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Conference Call Participants

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* Brian William Ruttenbur

Drexel Hamilton, LLC, Research Division - Senior Equity Research Analyst

* Joseph William DeNardi

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - MD & Airline Analyst

* Lucy Guo

Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - VP

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Greetings, and welcome, and thank you for joining us for the Vectrus Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call and Webcast. Today's call is being recorded. (Operator Instructions)

And now I'll pass the call over to your host, Mike Smith, Vice President of Investor Relations and Corporate Development at Vectrus. Please begin.

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Michael J. Smith, Vectrus, Inc. - Director of IR [2]

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Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. Welcome to the Vectrus Third Quarter 2018 Earnings Conference Call. Joining us today are Chuck Prow, President and Chief Executive Officer; and Matt Klein, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Slides for today's presentation are available on our Investor Relations website, investors.vectrus.com.

Please turn to Slide 2. During today's presentation, management will be making forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the federal securities laws. Please review our safe harbor statements in our press release and presentation materials for a description of some of the factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by these forward-looking statements. We assume no obligation to update our forward-looking statements.

At this time, I would like to turn the call over to Chuck Prow.

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [3]

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Thank you, Mike. Good afternoon, everyone. Thank you for joining us on the call today. Please turn to Slide 3. We had a solid third quarter with double-digit year-over-year improvements in revenue and earnings per share. Additionally, our operating margin increased 80 basis points year-over-year, and we have won new work that will contribute in 2019.

I'm especially pleased with our results this quarter given that our teams were phasing in approximately $130 million of new business. We had the additional responsibility of completing the move to our new Colorado Springs headquarters facility. I'd like to thank our team for their great effort in successfully managing this large corporate relocation while not losing focus on our clients and our business.

As mentioned, in the third quarter, our teams were extremely focused on phasing in new programs. Specifically, during the quarter, we successfully phased in our $84 million 7-year firm fixed-price contract for the base maintenance support at Sheppard Air Force Base in Texas. We have done a great job expanding our presence with the Air Force and are currently a trusted provider of facilities and logistics services to this important client in 9 countries.

Additionally, during the quarter, we successfully phased in our $43 million 5-year firm fixed-price installation maintenance services contract at the U.S. Army Garrison in Stuttgart. This contract further positions Vectrus as a leading provider of facility support services in Germany while expanding our scope of work in the United States European command.

Turning to awards. During the quarter, we were successfully awarded another task order under the AFCAP IV program. This new task is a 1-year $14 million firm fixed-price effort to support the U.S. Air Force in Europe. Our team was also successful in winning our Air Force Medical Evaluation Support Activity recompete. While small, this 5-year firm fixed-price award, which we have supported for more than a decade, is an important contract under which we are providing software engineering, test and evaluation and independent verification and validation.

We continue to see momentum on our business, and I am proud to announce that, subsequent to the third quarter, we were awarded a $60 million 2-year firm fixed-price order to provide base operations support services for the U.S. Navy in Cuba. This task order was awarded under the Navy's global Contingency Services Multiple Award Contract II and currently represents the largest task order awarded on this important contract vehicle.

Importantly, this base operation services task order builds on our existing IT and engineering work with the Navy, which includes providing a full range of network support services to the U.S. Navy's a fort -- afloat force and electromagnetic effects engineering, which was a great win for Vectrus and will further assist in diversifying our portfolio from both a client, geographic and capability perspective.

Our team has done a great job securing both new business and expanding scope on our existing business, which is represented in the $1.02 billion of bookings received so far this year, including SENTEL. This equates to a book-to-bill ratio of 1.1x. Importantly, we expect award activity to continue and backlog to increase based upon an additional extension of our K-BOSSS contract, which should be definitized no later than the first quarter of 2019.

Our current pipeline for new business remains solid with over $1 billion of bids submitted awaiting award. Additionally, we've identified opportunities of over $7 billion that we plan to bid over the next 12 months. We are optimistic on our ability to win additional new work in support of our growth objectives.

Regarding the LOGCAP V competition, bids are currently under evaluation. We continue to believe our proposal offers the client a differentiated and unique solution, supported by our over 7 years of experience providing rapid response capabilities anywhere across the world in support of our clients' contingency mission requirements. As a reminder, there are expected to be up to 6 indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract awards, and the government now anticipates making an award in April of 2019. As we have stated on past calls, our client has incorporated our current Kuwait-Base Operations and Security Support Services contract, also known as K-BOSSS, which is our largest program, as a task order into the LOGCAP V competition. Retaining the K-BOSSS contract will require a seat on the LOGCAP V contract and winning the associated CENTCOM area of responsibility.

It is worth noting that, today, Vectrus is the largest services provider to the DoD in the CENTCOM area of responsibility and the incumbent on the largest CENTCOM task order under the current LOGCAP V construct. Also, our work with the Department of Defense in the Middle East for CENTCOM extends well beyond K-BOSSS. In order to provide a sense of our Middle East footprint, during the third quarter, Vectrus generated revenue of roughly $220 million in the Middle East. We believe that a Vectrus award of CENTCOM -- in the CENTCOM area of responsibility would provide significant continuity and mission assurance to the DoD.

With regard to K-BOSSS, our contract currently runs through December of 2018, and we received a letter of intent to extend in to March of 2019. With the LOGCAP V award expected in April, we anticipate another extension to our K-BOSSS contract before March 31 of 2019. Again, we continue to remain positive regarding our prospects on winning a seat on LOGCAP V and the CENTCOM area of responsibility.

Please turn to Slide 4. Earlier this year, I outlined 3 core strategies: enhance the foundation, expand the portfolio and add more value, as well as some of the actions we have put in place that will help us realize our long-term strategic and financial goals. We are making great strides in executing our strategy, which is visible in the work we are winning with our clients.

For example, our growth-related efforts have resulted in a 30% year-over-year increase in our Air Force revenue during the third quarter. Additionally, year-to-date, we have won new business valued at approximately $330 million. And it is important to note that 65% of that work is from clients that have not historically been large contributors to revenue.

We have done a great job diversifying our portfolio, and I'd like to point out that, just 3 years ago, the Army made up 91% of our total revenue compared with 72% today. Furthermore, as you can see on the slide, our new business wins are also geographically diverse and are demonstrative of how we are leveraging our global presence in 21 countries to position for new opportunities.

While our 2018 new business wins are notable and aid revenue visibility, we believe they could have significant opportunity to generate higher margins for Vectrus. As almost 70% of the value for these contracts are fixed price in nature, by comparison and as you can see on the bottom of the -- bottom left of Slide 4, 22% of our revenue was associated with fixed-price contracts in the third quarter of 2018. As a reminder, the transition to fixed-price contracts from cost-plus type contracts is one component of how Vectrus will increase its margin profile over time. Through fixed-price contracts, we have the ability, through the application of technology, solutions and lean principles, to generate better client outcomes and improving margins.

For example, we recently attended the Association of the United States Army Annual Meeting and had the opportunity to demonstrate our new sensor integration solution that produces aggregated sensor, video and map data on a single screen. This platform helps clients close the gaps in security, operational efficiency and time management. We also showcased several other solutions to clients, including our thermal coating and solar lighting solutions, which will help our clients achieve energy efficiency and cost savings at their facilities. These solutions are being welcomed by our clients, and we are confident in their ability to add value to their missions.

While 2018 has yielded solid results thus far, we continue to see additional opportunities to further expand our footprint with existing clients in the Department of Defense and intelligence community. We expect to continue making further progress executing our strategy and transforming Vectrus into a more diverse, more capable and higher-value platform. As we have stated in the past, we believe the execution of our strategy will allow us to grow to $2.5 billion in revenue and 7% EBITDA margins by 2023.

Finally, with Veterans Day coming this Sunday, November 11, I would be remiss if I did not recognize all veterans for their service to our nation and especially to those veterans employed by Vectrus that continue to support many of our clients' critical missions, oftentimes in remote and austere environments. Thank you for all you do for our nation and our company.

Now I would like to turn the call over to Matt. He will go through our financial results, and then we will open the call for questions.

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Matthew M. Klein, Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [4]

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Thank you, Chuck. Good afternoon, everyone. Please turn to Slide 5. Our third quarter financial results were solid with revenue of $308 million, up $39 million or 14% year-over-year when compared to the third quarter of 2017. Excluding revenue from SENTEL, our third quarter revenue grew 4% year-over-year. Operating margin in the third quarter was 4.5%, and diluted earnings per share were strong at $0.86. Our third quarter operating margins increased 80 basis points year-over-year due to continued program execution.

Year-to-date cash provided by operating activities was $8.7 million. We expect net cash provided by operating activities to be strong in the fourth quarter, incrementally generating $26 million to $30 million. Our total backlog is $3 billion, and our year-to-date awards are $1.02 billion, representing a year-to-date book-to-bill of 1.1x. Furthermore, the additional extension of our K-BOSSS contract will add to backlog once definitized.

As a reminder, in January, we acquired SENTEL Corporation for $36 million, and I am pleased to report that the integration is now essentially complete, and the results are tracking ahead of our plan. SENTEL is a great example of how our capital deployment strategy will help transform Vectrus into a higher-value, technology-enabled and differentiated platform while continuing to broaden our capabilities and diversifying our client portfolio.

As Chuck mentioned, during the quarter, we completed the relocation of our Colorado Springs headquarters to a more modern and high-tech facility. This move has been well received by our employees and, as a reminder, will yield annual cost savings of $1 million.

As of September 28, 2018, our leverage ratio is 1.29x, which is well below our covenant level of 3.0x. Total debt at the end of the quarter was $76 million while our cash balance was $40 million, resulting in a $36 million of net debt. Our financial position remains strong, and we continue to focus on deploying capital prudently on efforts that support our growth plan.

Please turn to Slide 6. On Slide 6, I will be discussing our financial results for the 3 and 9 months ended September 28, 2018. In the third quarter of 2018, revenue was $308 million, up $39 million or 14% as compared to the third quarter of 2017. The increase in revenue was attributed to growth from our U.S. programs of $17.9 million. We also saw some growth in our European programs of $14.3 million and expansion in our Middle East programs of $6.3 million. During the third quarter, our K-BOSSS contract contributed $125.4 million to revenue.

Operating income for the 3 months ended September 28, 2018, was $14 million or 4.5% operating margin, representing an increase of $3.9 million or 38.6% as compared to the 3 months ended September 29, 2017. This growth was primarily due to increases of $3.1 million from our Middle East programs and $0.4 million from each of our U.S. programs and European programs.

EBITDA for 3 months ended September 28, 2018, was $14.9 million or 4.8% margin, representing an increase of $4.5 million or 43.2% as compared to the prior year period. During the third quarter of 2018, we recorded net unfavorable cumulative adjustments to operating income of $1.6 million compared to net favorable cumulative adjustments of $3.7 million in the same period of 2017. There are many factors that drive contract performance, including program execution, contract modifications and scope changes. Cumulative catch-up adjustments can be positive or negative, are a normal part of this business, and our guidance contemplates this reality.

Interest expense for the third quarter of 2018 was $1.3 million, which was $256,000 higher compared to the same period of 2017. Net income for the third quarter of 2018 was $9.9 million compared to $5.8 million in the third quarter of 2017. The effective tax rate in the third quarter of 2018 was 22.3% compared to 35.8% in the third quarter of 2017. The 2018 tax rate is lower due to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act legislation. Diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2018 was $0.86, 68.6% higher compared to the diluted earnings per share of $0.51 in the third quarter of 2017.

Now I'd like to discuss the year-to-date 2018 financial results reflected on the lower part of Slide 6. Year-to-date 2018 revenue was $949.7 million, an increase of $130.7 million or 16% as compared to the same period in 2017. We experienced increased revenue activity across all geographic regions: U.S. programs of $90.2 million, of which $80.7 million was related to our acquisition of SENTEL; and from our European programs of $37.8 million; and $2.7 million from our Middle East programs. Through the first 9 months of 2018, our K-BOSSS contract contributed $383.9 million or 40.4% of total revenue.

Year-to-date 2018 operating income was $35.7 million or 3.8% operating margin, representing an increase of $4.8 million or 15.5% compared to the prior year period. Year-to-date 2018 EBITDA was $38.2 million or 4% EBITDA margin, an increase of $6.1 million or 19% compared to the prior year period.

Net favorable cumulative adjustments to operating income for year-to-date 2018 and 2017 were $4.9 million and $8.6 million, respectively. Net income for the 9 months ended September 28, 2018, was $25.2 million, an increase of $7.3 million or 40.8% compared to the same period of 2017. The increase was due to higher operating income of $4.8 million, lower tax expense of $2.9 million, partially offset by $0.4 million of increased interest expense.

Year-to-date 2018 diluted earnings per share were $2.21, 37.3% higher compared to the diluted earnings per share of $1.61 for the same period of 2017. The earnings growth is due to the increase in revenue, higher operating income and lower tax expense, partially offset by higher interest expense and increased shares outstanding in 2018.

Year-to-date 2018 net cash provided by operating activities was $8.7 million, which is $13.7 million lower compared to the same period in 2017. Year-to-date net cash provided by operating activities was impacted by the temporary timing differences related to the SENTEL integration. Again, we expect net cash provided by operating activities to be strong in the fourth quarter, incrementally generating $26 million to $30 million.

Please turn to Slide 7. For the third quarter of 2018, total backlog was $3 billion. Funded backlog was $773 million. Total backlog includes both funded and unfunded backlog and represents firm orders and potential options on multiyear contracts. Our contracts are multiyear contracts, and the right to exercise an option period is at the sole discretion of the U.S. government or the prime contractor when you are a subcontractor. Total backlog excludes potential orders under indefinite-delivery and indefinite-quantity contracts and contracts under protest.

Please turn to Slide 8, where I will discuss 2018 guidance assumptions. We have made solid progress through the third quarter of 2018 and for the full year. We expect revenue to be in the range of $1.25 billion to $1.27 billion with a midpoint of $1.26 billion. Operating margin is still expected to be in the range of 3.6% to 4% with a midpoint of 3.8%.

Net income will be in the range of $31.6 million to $36.1 million. Diluted earnings per share are expected to be in the range of $2.77 to $3.17. The midpoint of diluted earnings per share is $2.97. The range for diluted EPS assumes an estimated 11.4 million weighted average diluted shares outstanding.

2018 net cash provided by operating activities is expected to be in the range of $35 million to $39 million. Our capital expenditures for 2018 are still expected to be approximately $9 million, which is above our historical average due to contract requirements on recent wins and to a few internal investments. Depreciation and amortization is expected to be $4.2 million in 2018, which includes about $2 million of intangible asset amortization from the acquisition of SENTEL. 2018 mandatory debt payments are expected to be $4 million. Interest expense is forecasted at $4.7 million.

Now I'd like to turn the call over for questions.

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) Our first question comes from the line of Joseph DeNardi with Stifel.

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Joseph William DeNardi, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - MD & Airline Analyst [2]

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Chuck, just on the margin profile of the business, can you just talk in aggregate what the margins are for the cost-plus piece versus the fixed-price piece? And then how long does it take for the business by contract type to kind of more resemble your bookings profile so far this year?

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Matthew M. Klein, Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [3]

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Joe, it's Matt. Let me start out, and then Chuck can add some more color. Typically, every contract's a little bit different, so cost-plus programs and fixed-price programs kind of can generate similar numbers to our aggregated numbers of the 3.8%. The way we describe fixed price is there are more opportunities to improve margins as the business shifts to fixed price. So the one thing that we have to be cautious on is, as we phase in and start programs, we typically realize margins a little bit lower than when we finish the contracts. We're real pleased with the last 2 years of wins. We've won about $1.3 billion of new contracts, $330 million this year that we described in the prepared remarks that are really phasing in this year and we expect to improve margins into 2019.

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [4]

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The only point that I would add to that, Joe, is that we are seeing increasing receptivity from our clients to do 2 things: first of all, to allow us to infuse new capabilities into existing fixed-price contracts and under those same contracts, kind of point one. And point two is, even many of our cost-type contracts are moving to allowing us to do fixed-price cleanse or fixed-price additional line items. So in aggregate, I mean, this really reinforces our move to a more balanced portfolio than what it is today in terms of the mix between fixed- and cost-type contracts.

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Matthew M. Klein, Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [5]

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And I would also just hit -- in our prepared remarks, we have 67% of our new contract wins as fixed price. And as we phase those in, the business will shift to more fixed price, which gives us more levers to actually expand margins over time.

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Joseph William DeNardi, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - MD & Airline Analyst [6]

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Yes. I guess what I was trying to ask was the longer-term goal to get to 7% EBITDA. Does that assume -- I mean, what does that assume from a contract mix standpoint? It would seem like if 2/3 of the business is fixed price, you could actually do better than 7%.

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [7]

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I would like to think that, over this kind of journey between now and 2023, that we would see somewhere between 1/2 and slightly more than 1/2 of our business being fixed price. Again, that always depends on mix, and time will tell. Additionally, we also see a move to selling more independent solutions, and those independent solutions will also contribute to improvements on that margin expansion. Last point and really the last pillar of our profit expansion road map is we continue to drive lean principles and other process management improvements across our entire portfolio.

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Joseph William DeNardi, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - MD & Airline Analyst [8]

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Okay, that's helpful. And then, it seems like the work associated with K-BOSSS is going to continue for a little while longer. I'm wondering, Chuck, if you could just talk about LOGCAP. How many shots on goal do you think you have there to maintain your current book of business? If you don't win CENTCOM, are there other chances there? Or is that it? What's the best way to think about that?

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [9]

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The best way to think about this -- the LOGCAP conversation is in 2 parts. The government has repeatedly reinforced that they would like to make 4 to 6 awards on the LOGCAP V contract. They have also said verbally on countless occasions that their preference is to award closer to 6. We are highly confident that, today, there are 6 competitors. So the likelihood of us receiving a seat on LOGCAP, while nothing is certain in this world, is probable, point one. Point two is that our current footprint in the CENTCOM area of responsibility -- as I stated in the prepared remarks, we are the largest incumbent, and we have excellent performance ratings from our clients. So retaining CENTCOM is our first objective, and I think it's an objective that I personally have confidence in. If for some reason we do not win CENTCOM, there is revenue alternative -- or revenue opportunities, I should say, across all the areas of responsibility. So if we're fortunate enough to receive -- to win a seat on LOGCAP, the likelihood of us going from our current footprint in CENTCOM to 0 is de minimis. We will have a revenue base somewhere throughout the world, depending on which area of responsibility that we're ultimately awarded. Does that make sense?

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Joseph William DeNardi, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - MD & Airline Analyst [10]

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It does, Chuck. Could you share what the lowest revenue opportunity for you is within the contract?

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [11]

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I would be speculating at this point. And the very nature of LOGCAP being a contingency engagement, I mean, we're one world event away from that being obsolete. I will tell you though that both CENTCOM and EUCOM and PACOM, just by reading the press, is where the focus is from the U.S. military's perspective.

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Operator [12]

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Our next question comes from the line of Brian Ruttenbur with Drexel Hamilton.

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Brian William Ruttenbur, Drexel Hamilton, LLC, Research Division - Senior Equity Research Analyst [13]

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A couple questions. First of all, let me start with the macro and then jump into some of the individual -- questions digging down. Can you talk a little bit about what you see with budgets going on in '19 and beyond? There's been lots of talk, lots of proposals, talking about everything flattening out. And what you -- you guys, even if you won K-BOSSS -- let's just say that K-BOSSS becomes LOGCAP, you keep your percentage. What you see going on in the industry, maybe you can talk about that. And then I'll jump into some specific questions.

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [14]

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So I will -- at the macro level, having a budget and having budget stability is a good thing, maybe as much or more important than the exact levels. With regard to the speculation about reductions in 2020, what I will tell you is, I am as confident as our -- in our pipeline as I've been since arriving a couple of years ago. So the visibility that we have into the opportunity stream well into 2020 and beyond is something that is -- provides comfort to me. We'll always have to deal with budget ups and downs, but right now, it's really the stability of the budgeting process which we believe to be back to the norm, if you will, as well as the strength of our pipeline is how I think about the macro.

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Brian William Ruttenbur, Drexel Hamilton, LLC, Research Division - Senior Equity Research Analyst [15]

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Okay. Then let me just jump over and ask Matt some questions about maybe '19. If you can talk a little bit about how much is built in. I believe that K-BOSSS goes through the end of March. Can you talk a little bit about your visibility beyond that for the program? And do you expect any kind of extensions or this is actually going to be let at the end of March?

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Matthew M. Klein, Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [16]

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Yes. So we are on contract through December of this year formally, and got a notice of intent to extend the option period through March. So that's likely. We do know the LOGCAP award is scheduled for an April award. So just that logic, we expect an extension on K-BOSSS into 2019. How far into 2019 is anywhere from 6 to 18 months. So we just -- we don't know that as of this time. What I would say, as far as 2019 revenue expectations, assuming K-BOSSS stays at its current level, which is not a guarantee, we would expect, with the strong wins this year, that we would see approximately about a 3% to 5% organic growth rate into '19, again, assuming K-BOSSS stays at its current level.

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Brian William Ruttenbur, Drexel Hamilton, LLC, Research Division - Senior Equity Research Analyst [17]

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Okay. So let me just get this straight. Right now, for sure, you have an extension through the end of this calendar year. I thought there was an extension -- you had extension or visibility contract until March, right?

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Matthew M. Klein, Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [18]

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We are on contract formally through December of this year, and we have -- there's an option to extend through March, which the government, our customer, has exercised a notice of intent to extend. So that will extend through March.

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Brian William Ruttenbur, Drexel Hamilton, LLC, Research Division - Senior Equity Research Analyst [19]

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Okay. And then, on top of that, you anticipate -- or you think it's probable, maybe I can help -- you can help me without the words, that this extends throughout all of '19?

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [20]

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So what we have today is we have a belief that the extension will range from -- anywhere from 6 months to 18 months. For our internal planning purposes, I mean, we are thinking about the existing K-BOSSS revenue stream through the entire 2019 period. And there are no guarantees, and we would hope to have, somewhere in the first quarter of next year, kind of a firm understanding from the government about how long that extension period will be. Again, the conversation has been anywhere from 6 to 18 months.

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Matthew M. Klein, Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [21]

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And Brian, you just have to think about a LOGCAP award in April. There has to be some time to kind of socialize the award and then phase in task orders. So that's why we came up with that belief and that estimate.

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Brian William Ruttenbur, Drexel Hamilton, LLC, Research Division - Senior Equity Research Analyst [22]

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Okay, very good. That's encouraging. And then final question, strong bookings. Are you displacing any competitors? Or is this just the rising tide lifting all boats?

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [23]

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We are -- I am very heartened by the success in not just retaining our existing business but in actually displacing entrenched incumbents. In fact, I believe -- Matt, you can correct me. I don't believe in our bookings, so far this year, other than SENTEL, we've had any recompetes. So everything that we have won that had been in our pipeline has actually been displacing a competitor somewhere else.

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Operator [24]

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(Operator Instructions) Our next question comes from the line of Lucy Guo with Cowen and Company.

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Lucy Guo, Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - VP [25]

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So a couple follow-ups. One is, would you have visibilities to other extensions besides K-BOSSS and maybe the timing of those?

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Matthew M. Klein, Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [26]

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We do have one contract -- one material contract that we disclosed in our Q that will extend likely in the fourth quarter, and it's OMDAC-SWACA, so we believe our bookings will pick up in the fourth quarter and really in the first quarter with the K-BOSSS extension as well.

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Lucy Guo, Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - VP [27]

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Okay, that's good to know. And when -- so I noticed the submits pending decision decreased from $1.4 billion to $1 billion. Were there any pushouts in that pipeline? Or did some move into the to be submitted?

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Matthew M. Klein, Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [28]

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So the bids submitted pending award kind of changes over time. Some contracts are won. Guantanamo Bay is a good example. So that comes out, but it goes into our new wins category. Some contracts, we're not successful on. So not every contract we propose on we win. So that changes over time. I would say, since we've been reporting that, which is really probably for 4 years now, we've been over $1 billion. And that kind of shows the health of our pipeline. If we can have roughly about $1 billion pending award at any given time, we feel like that's a good level at this point, and so we really start to see some additional growth.

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Lucy Guo, Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - VP [29]

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Got it. And would you have the rough mix of both new business and fixed-price contracts within the backlog and the pipeline?

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Matthew M. Klein, Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [30]

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I would say generally with the exception of LOGCAP. LOGCAP is a cost-responsive or cost-plus program as it's currently constructed. But as a general rule, what's in our new business pipeline is typically at least 50-50 fixed price, maybe 60% fixed price, 40% cost plus. And the reason why there's always a cost-plus element for most of our contracts, there's a consumable requirement that the contract needs to have some flexibility for. So very rarely is it all fixed price, but occasionally, it is. But in general, just to answer your question, with the exception of LOGCAP, I'd say that the business is shifting more 60% fixed price, 40% cost plus.

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Lucy Guo, Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - VP [31]

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Right. And do you still see -- I'm assuming that you still see a pretty good new business mix in your pipeline as well besides LOGCAP.

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [32]

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We do, okay? Our pipeline is as strong now both in the bids that are under evaluation and the $7 billion in the pipeline. Again, as I mentioned to Brian, the budget stability has really helped, if you will, our clients' confidence to make new awards, point one. And point two, we are seeing our clients really gravitating toward kind of infusing both technical and operational activities in the contracts. So in essence, we have access at potentially greater contracts now than historically. So a long-winded answer to your question, but we do see confidence from our clients' perspective, and we are aggressively building and maturing our pipeline across our core businesses.

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Lucy Guo, Cowen and Company, LLC, Research Division - VP [33]

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That's helpful. And then a follow-up on LOGCAP V, which is, what would it take for Vectrus to switch to another geography, if CENTCOM doesn't happen to come through in terms of personnel and costs? Maybe just talk briefly on that.

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [34]

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Well, the -- we talked this year that we had successfully phased in 100 and -- in this call, phased in $130 million worth of new business here in the last quarter. What that would entail is essentially winding down our K-BOSSS operations, and we do much more than K-BOSSS, as we've indicated, in CENTCOM. So that would be a program wind down. And then we would have several program start-ups in another area of responsibility. So it would not be trivial, obviously, but we have demonstrated to our self an ability to successfully transition in new contracts.

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Matthew M. Klein, Vectrus, Inc. - Senior VP & CFO [35]

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And just to kind of connect it financially, there's no really stranded cost in that transition. Those phase-in and phase-outs are usually covered in contractual requirements of both the closing of a contract and new start up contracts.

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Operator [36]

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We have reached the end of our Q&A session. I'd now like to turn the call to Mr. Prow for closing remarks.

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Charles L. Prow, Vectrus, Inc. - President, CEO & Director [37]

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First of all, thank you all for your thoughtful questions. We enjoyed the call today, and we look forward to updating you on our progress in our next call. Have a nice day.

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Operator [38]

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This concludes today's teleconference. You may disconnect your lines at this time, and thank you for your participation.