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Stantec Announces Third Quarter 2019 Results

EDMONTON, Alberta & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Adjusted net income increased 29% year over year to $66.3 million on solid growth and execution

TSX, NYSE:STN

Stantec today reported its results for the quarter ended September 30, 2019. Unless otherwise indicated, financial figures are expressed in Canadian dollars, and comparisons are to the corresponding period ended September 30, 2018.

Stantec delivered solid performance in the third quarter with key financial metrics in line with management’s expectations. Adjusted net income for the quarter increased 29.5% to $66.3 million, primarily due to a 12.4% increase in net revenue from strong organic and acquisitive growth and improved gross margin. As a result, adjusted earnings per share increased 31.1% to $0.59.

“Solid growth across all geographies and business units, with the exception of Energy & Resources, continues to validate our ongoing strategy to diversify to new geographies and to target acquisitions that support organic growth. Environmental Services and Infrastructure were leaders in delivering growth this quarter,” said Gord Johnston, Stantec’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our organizational reshaping efforts are on track to deliver cost savings of approximately $40 million to $45 million, or $0.26 to $0.29 per share, on an annualized basis with our administrative and marketing expenses in line with our expectations for Q3 19. This initiative has not affected our ability to execute projects, build backlog, or achieve organic growth. We are continuing to take the right steps to position our organization for success in 2020 and we look forward to presenting our strategic plan to all of our stakeholders in December 2019.”

Third Quarter 2019 Highlights (After adoption of IFRS 16)

  • Net revenue grew 12.4% to $952.6 million for the quarter (11.5% increase year-to-date) due to:
    • 7.4% organic growth (4.1% year-to-date) driven by growth across all geographies, particularly in the US and Global operations and the Environmental Services, Infrastructure, and Water businesses; and
    • 4.8% acquisition growth (5.9% year-to-date), primarily due to recent global acquisitions (Peter Brett Associates LLP and Wood & Grieve Engineers).
  • Gross margin increased 13.4% and, as a percentage of net revenue, increased from 53.7% to 54.2%, reflecting continued focus on project execution and project mix.
  • Administrative and marketing (A&M) expenses were at the low end of the Company’s guidance range at 37.3% of net revenue, including a 0.3% impact from severances associated with organizational reshaping efforts. Excluding severance costs, A&M as a percentage of net revenue was consistent with the prior year on a pre-IFRS 16 basis and reflects the normal cycle, which also sees A&M expenses expand in the fourth quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 46.9% to $159.1 million, representing 16.7% of net revenue (a 14.6% increase to $124.1 million before IFRS 16, representing 13.0% of net revenue).
  • Contract backlog was $4.4 billion, a 5.4% increase from December 31, 2018—representing 11 months of work.
  • Net debt to adjusted EBITDA (on a trailing twelve-month basis) was 1.6x—within the Company’s internal guideline of 1.0x to 2.0x (post-IFRS 16 adoption).
  • Operating cash flows from continuing operations increased 115.8% to $139.0 million, mainly due to increased cash receipts from clients and IFRS 16 (a 68.0% increase to $108.2 million before IFRS 16).
  • Days sales outstanding was 104 days (91 days including deferred revenue), unchanged from June 30, 2019.

Financial Summary

Quarter Ended Sep 30 Three Quarters Ended Sep 30

2019

2018

2019

2018

(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts and percentages)

$

% of Net
Revenue

$

% of Net
Revenue

$

% of Net
Revenue

$

% of Net
Revenue
Gross revenue

1,241.5

130.3%

1,086.6

128.2%

3,617.1

128.7%

3,199.9

127.0%

Net revenue

952.6

100.0%

847.5

100.0%

2,810.3

100.0%

2,519.6

100.0%

Direct payroll costs

436.5

45.8%

392.2

46.3%

1,288.2

45.8%

1,153.8

45.8%

Gross margin

516.1

54.2%

455.3

53.7%

1,522.1

54.2%

1,365.8

54.2%

Administrative and marketing expenses

355.6

37.3%

346.2

40.8%

1,085.1

38.6%

1,055.5

41.9%

Other

2.6

0.3%

0.3

0.1%

1.0

0.1%

1.4

0.0%

EBITDA from continuing operations (1)

157.9

16.6%

108.8

12.8%

436.0

15.5%

308.9

12.3%

Depreciation of property and equipment

15.1

1.6%

12.6

1.5%

43.5

1.5%

37.1

1.5%

Depreciation of lease assets

29.3

3.1%

-

0.0%

85.2

3.0%

-

0.0%

Amortization of intangible assets

17.0

1.8%

14.7

1.7%

50.0

1.8%

49.9

2.0%

Net interest expense

17.2

1.8%

7.4

0.9%

52.1

1.9%

19.4

0.8%

Income taxes

21.5

2.2%

18.2

2.1%

53.2

1.9%

52.4

2.0%

Net income from continuing operations

57.8

6.1%

55.9

6.6%

152.0

5.4%

150.1

6.0%

Net loss from discontinued operations

-

0.0%

(73.9)

(8.7%)

-

0.0%

(91.7)

(3.7%)

Net income

57.8

6.1%

(18.0)

(2.1%)

152.0

5.4%

58.4

2.3%

Basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations

0.52

n/m

0.49

n/m

1.36

n/m

1.32

n/m

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations (1)

159.1

16.7%

108.3

12.8%

431.6

15.4%

308.3

12.2%

- Excluding IFRS 16 (1)

124.1

13.0%

108.3

12.8%

325.8

11.6%

308.3

12.2%

Adjusted net income from continuing operations (1)

66.3

7.0%

51.2

6.0%

172.7

6.1%

161.1

6.4%

Adjusted basic and diluted EPS from continuing

operations (1)

0.59

n/m

0.45

n/m

1.55

n/m

1.41

n/m

Dividends declared per common share

0.1450

n/m

0.1375

n/m

0.4350

n/m

0.4125

n/m

(1) EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted basic and diluted EPS, and measures excluding IFRS 16 are non-IFRS measures (discussed in the Definitions section of Stantec's 2018 Annual Report and Q3 19 Management's Discussion and Analysis).
n/m = not meaningful

Dividend Declared

The Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.145 per share, payable on January 15, 2020, to shareholders on record on December 30, 2019.

Annual Targets for 2019

Stantec expects IFRS 16 will reduce 2019 net income by approximately $3.0 million and EPS by $0.03. Adoption of IFRS 16 resulted in non-cash impacts to administrative and marketing expenses, depreciation of leased assets, and net interest expense. As a result, in Q1 19, the Company updated its targets, previously provided in its 2018 Annual Report. Stantec revised its EBITDA and net income targets to adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income since the Company believes these measures better reflect underlying operations.

Stantec is within its targeted ranges for all its measures based on year-to-date results for Q3 19. The Company maintains its previously established target ranges for the full year 2019; however, it expects to be in the upper end of its range for A&M expenses and in the lower end of its range for adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income.

Measure

2019 Target before IFRS
16 adoption*

Revised for adoption of
IFRS 16

Q3 19 YTD Results
Compared to Revised
2019 Annual Target

(In millions of Canadian dollars, unless otherwise stated)
Gross margin as % of net revenue

53% to 55%

No change

54.2%

Administrative and marketing expenses as % of net revenue

41% to 43%

37% to 39%

38.6%

EBITDA as % of net revenue (1)

11% to 13%

withdrawn

 

Adjusted EBITDA as % of net revenue (1)

 

15% to 17%

15.4%

Net income as % of net revenue

At or above 5.0%

withdrawn

 

Adjusted net income as % of net revenue (1)

 

At or above 6.0%

6.1%

Guidance

 

 

 

Gross to net revenue

1.25x to 1.30x

No change

 

Capital expenditures

$60 to $65

No change

 

Software additions

$5 to $10

No change

 

Depreciation on property and equipment

$55 to $60

No change

 

Depreciation on lease assets

 

$105 to $110

 

Amortization of intangible assets

$65 to $70

No change

 

Amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions

 

$40 to $45

 

Effective tax rate (without discrete transactions)

27%

28%

 

Earnings pattern

 

45% in Q1 and Q4

 

 

55% in Q2 and Q3

 

Days sales outstanding (DSO) (1)

 

98 days

 

(1) EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income are non-IFRS measures and DSO is a metric (discussed in the Definitions section of Stantec's 2018 Annual Report and Q3 19 Management's Discussion and Analysis).
* 2019 Target was previously published in our 2018 Annual Report

Conference Call

Gord Johnston, president and chief executive officer, and Theresa Jang, executive vice president and chief financial officer, will hold a conference call at 7:00 AM MST (9:00 AM EST) on Thursday, November 7, 2019, to discuss the Company’s third quarter performance.

The conference call and slideshow presentation will be broadcast live and archived in their entirety in the Investors section of stantec.com. Participants wishing to listen to the call via telephone may dial in toll-free at 1-877-260-1479 (Canada and United States) or 1-334-323-0522 (international). Please provide confirmation code 3846697 when prompted.

About Stantec

Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. Visit us at stantec.com or find us on social media.

Cautionary Statements

Stantec’s EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share, and net debt to adjusted EBITDA are non-IFRS measures. For a definition and explanation of non-IFRS measures, refer to the Critical Accounting Estimates, Developments, and Measures section of the Company’s 2018 Annual Report or the Q3 2019 Management’s Discussion & Analysis.

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, expected cost savings relating to organizational reshaping and guidance relating to Stantec’s 2019 financial targets. Any such statements represent the views of management only as of the date hereof and are presented for the purpose of assisting the Company’s shareholders in understanding Stantec’s operations, objectives, priorities, and anticipated financial performance as at and for the periods ended on the dates presented and may not be appropriate for other purposes. By their nature, forward-looking statements require us to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties.

We caution readers of this news release not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements since a number of factors could cause actual future results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risk of economic downturn, decreased infrastructure spending levels, changing market conditions for Stantec’s services, and the risk that Stantec fails to capitalize on its strategic initiatives. Investors and the public should carefully consider these factors, other uncertainties, and potential events, as well as the inherent uncertainty of forward-looking statements, when relying on these statements to make decisions with respect to our Company.

For more information about how other material risk factors could affect our results, refer to the Risk Factors section and Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements section in our 2018 Annual Report. You may access our annual report online by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at sec.gov or by visiting the CSA website at sedar.com or Stantec’s website, stantec.com. You may obtain a hard copy of the 2018 Annual Report free of charge from our investor contact noted below.

Design with community in mind

Attached to this news release are Stantec’s consolidated statements of financial position, consolidated statements of income, a reconciliation of non-IFRS measures, and a summary of IFRS 16 impacts.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position
(Unaudited)

(In millions of Canadian dollars) September 30
2019
$
December 31
2018
$
ASSETS
Current
Cash and cash equivalents

158.5

185.2

Trade and other receivables

849.5

878.1

Unbilled receivables

448.2

384.6

Contract assets

70.3

59.7

Income taxes recoverable

58.8

47.9

Prepaid expenses

42.6

56.8

Other assets

21.0

23.2

Total current assets

1,648.9

1,635.5

Non-current
Property and equipment

295.8

289.4

Lease assets

539.4

-

Goodwill

1,663.0

1,621.2

Intangible assets

235.9

247.7

Investments in joint ventures and associates

8.6

9.4

Net employee defined benefit asset

14.2

10.0

Deferred tax assets

25.3

21.2

Other assets

194.0

175.5

Total assets

4,625.1

4,009.9

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current
Trade and other payables

547.8

567.2

Lease liabilities

96.3

-

Deferred revenue

170.0

174.4

Income taxes payable

32.3

37.9

Long-term debt

48.2

48.5

Provisions

28.3

42.4

Other liabilities

10.2

23.2

Total current liabilities

933.1

893.6

Non-current
Lease liabilities

570.9

-

Income taxes payable

15.0

15.9

Long-term debt

963.0

885.2

Provisions

96.8

78.2

Net employee defined benefit liability

54.9

68.6

Deferred tax liabilities

81.0

54.3

Other liabilities

21.0

105.4

Total liabilities

2,735.7

2,101.2

Shareholders’ equity
Share capital

867.0

867.8

Contributed surplus

26.3

24.8

Retained earnings

903.0

851.2

Accumulated other comprehensive income

91.5

163.1

Total shareholders’ equity

1,887.8

1,906.9

Non-controlling interests

1.6

1.8

Total liabilities and equity

4,625.1

4,009.9

Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)
(Unaudited)

For the Quarter Ended
September 30

For the three quarters ended
September 30

(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts) 2019
$
2018
$
2019
$
2018
$
Continuing operations
Gross revenue

1,241.5

1,086.6

3,617.1

3,199.9

Less subconsultant and other direct expenses

288.9

239.1

806.8

680.3

Net revenue

952.6

847.5

2,810.3

2,519.6

Direct payroll costs

436.5

392.2

1,288.2

1,153.8

Gross margin

516.1

455.3

1,522.1

1,365.8

Administrative and marketing expenses

355.6

346.2

1,085.1

1,055.5

Depreciation of property and equipment

15.1

12.6

43.5

37.1

Depreciation of lease assets

29.3

-

85.2

-

Amortization of intangible assets

17.0

14.7

50.0

49.9

Net interest expense

17.2

7.4

52.1

19.4

Other net finance expense

1.2

1.6

3.8

3.6

Share of income from joint ventures and associates

(0.3)

(0.5)

(0.7)

(1.2)

Foreign exchange loss

1.5

0.1

4.2

1.6

Other expense (income)

0.2

(0.9)

(6.3)

(2.6)

Income before income taxes and discontinued operations

79.3

74.1

205.2

202.5

Income taxes
Current

15.4

16.9

30.0

53.6

Deferred

6.1

1.3

23.2

(1.2)

Total income taxes

21.5

18.2

53.2

52.4

Net income for the period from continuing operations

57.8

55.9

152.0

150.1

Discontinued operations
Net loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

-

(73.9)

-

(91.7)

Net income (loss) for the period

57.8

(18.0)

152.0

58.4

Weighted average number of shares outstanding - basic

111,539,779

113,868,318

111,672,688

113,935,950

Weighted average number of shares outstanding - diluted

111,547,779

113,868,318

111,672,688

114,101,964

Shares outstanding, end of the period

111,293,111

113,781,070

111,293,111

113,781,070

Earnings (loss) per share, basic and diluted
Continuing operations

0.52

0.49

1.36

1.32

Discontinued operations

-

(0.65)

-

(0.81)

Total basic and diluted earnings (loss) per share

0.52

(0.16)

1.36

0.51

Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial Measures
Quarter Ended Sep 30 Three Quarters Ended Sep 30
(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net income from continuing operations

57.8

55.9

152.0

150.1

Add back:
Income taxes

21.5

18.2

53.2

52.4

Net interest expense

17.2

7.4

52.1

19.4

Depreciation and amortization

61.4

27.3

178.7

87.0

EBITDA from continuing operations

157.9

108.8

436.0

308.9

Add back (deduct) pre-tax:
Unrealized gain on investments held for self-insured liabilities

(1.3)

(0.5)

(6.9)

(0.6)

Severances related to organizational reshaping

2.5

-

2.5

-

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations

159.1

108.3

431.6

308.3

 
Quarter Ended Sep 30 Three Quarters Ended Sep 30
(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)

2019

2018

2019

2018

Net income from continuing operations

57.8

55.9

152.0

150.1

Add back (deduct) after tax:
Amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions (1)

7.6

5.7

22.7

21.5

Unrealized gain on investments held for self-insured liabilities (2)

(0.9)

(0.4)

(4.9)

(0.5)

Transition tax (recovery) expense (3)

-

(10.0)

1.1

(10.0)

Severances related to organizational reshaping (4)

1.8

1.8

Adjusted net income from continuing operations

66.3

51.2

172.7

161.1

Weighted average number of shares outstanding - basic

111,539,779

113,868,318

111,672,688

113,935,950

Weighted average number of shares outstanding - diluted

111,547,779

113,868,318

111,672,688

114,101,964

Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations
Adjusted earnings per share - basic

0.59

0.45

1.55

1.41

Adjusted earnings per share - diluted

0.59

0.45

1.55

1.41

See the Definitions section of the 2018 Annual Report and Q3 19 Management's Discussion and Analysis for Stantec's discussion of non-IFRS measures used. Construction Services operations are presented as discontinued operations. This table has been updated to include only continuing operation results.
(1) The add back of intangible amortization relates only to the amortization from intangible assets acquired through acquisitions and excludes the amortization of software purchased by Stantec. For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, this amount is net of tax of $3.0 (2018 - $2.6). For the three quarters ended September 30, 2019, this amount is net of tax of $8.8 (2018 - $9.2).
(2) For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, this amount is net of tax of $0.4 (2018 - $0.1). For the three quarters ended September 30, 2019, this amount is net of tax of $2.0 (2018 - $0.1).
(3) Refer to Income Taxes section of the Q3 19 Management's Discussion and Analysis for further details.
(4) For the quarter ended September 30, 2019, this amount is net of tax of $0.7 (2018 - nil). For the three quarters ended September 30, 2019, this amount is net of tax of $0.7 (2018 - nil).
IFRS 16 Impact on Statement of Financial Position at January 1, 2019
(In millions of Canadian dollars) IFRS 16
$
Before IFRS 16
$
Increase
(Decrease)
$
Current assets
Trade and other receivables

828.1

878.1

(50.0)

Prepaid expenses

43.9

56.8

(12.9)

Other assets

24.3

23.2

1.1

Non-current assets
Lease assets

561.8

-

561.8

Intangible assets

242.0

247.7

(5.7)

Other assets

178.2

175.5

2.7

Total increase in assets

497.0

Current liabilities
Trade and other payables

566.9

567.2

(0.3)

Lease liabilities

44.8

-

44.8

Provisions

41.7

42.4

(0.7)

Other liabilities

5.0

23.2

(18.2)

Non-current liabilities
Lease liabilities

600.2

-

600.2

Provisions

86.6

78.2

8.4

Deferred tax liabilities

45.6

54.3

(8.7)

Other liabilities

10.9

105.4

(94.5)

Shareholders' equity
Retained earnings

817.2

851.2

(34.0)

Total increase in liabilities and equity

497.0

 
IFRS 16 Impact on Statement of Income - Continuing
Operations
Quarter Ended Sep 30 Three Quarters Ended Sep 30
(In millions of Canadian dollars) 2019
as Reported
$
2019
before IFRS 16
$
Increase
(Decrease)
$
2019
as Reported
$
2019
before IFRS 16
$
Increase
(Decrease)
$
Impact on income statement items
Administrative and marketing expenses

355.6

390.6

(35.0)

1,085.1

1,190.9

(105.8)

Net interest expense

17.2

9.0

8.2

52.1

27.6

24.5

Depreciation of lease assets

29.3

-

29.3

85.2

-

85.2

Net income

57.8

59.6

(1.8)

152.0

154.8

(2.8)

Impact on non-IFRS financial measures (1)
EBITDA

157.9

122.9

35.0

436.0

330.2

105.8

Adjusted EBITDA

159.1

124.1

35.0

431.6

325.8

105.8

Net debt/adjusted EBITDA - Continuing operations

1.6

2.1

(0.5)

1.6

2.1

(0.5)

(1) Non-IFRS measures are discussed in the Definitions section of Stantec's 2018 Annual Report and Q3 19 Management's Discussion and Analysis. Net debt/adjusted EBITDA was calculated using a proforma IFRS 16 adjustment for Q4 18 adjusted EBITDA, calculated as 3.8% of net revenue from the respective quarter.
 
IFRS 16 Impact on Statement of Cash Flows -
Continuing Operations
Quarter Ended Sep 30 Three Quarters Ended Sep 30
(In millions of Canadian dollars) 2019
as Reported
$
2019
before IFRS 16
$
Increase
(Decrease)
$
2019
as Reported
$
2019
before IFRS 16
$
Increase
(Decrease)
$
Cash flows from operating activities

139.0

108.2

30.8

212.8

129.4

83.4

Cash paid to suppliers

370.5

331.5

39.0

(1,251.8)

(1,359.7)

107.9

Interest paid

(17.5)

(9.3)

(8.2)

(53.8)

(29.3)

(24.5)

Cash flows (used in) from investing activities

(29.9)

4.4

(34.3)

(165.5)

(123.6)

(41.9)

Proceeds from lease inducements

-

34.3

(34.3)

-

41.9

(41.9)

Cash flows used in financing activities

(54.7)

(58.2)

3.5

(56.7)

(15.2)

(41.5)

Payments of lease obligations

(30.8)

-

(30.8)

(83.4)

-

(83.4)

Proceeds from lease inducements

34.3

-

34.3

41.9

-

41.9

 

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