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May 5, 2020

Primoris Services Corporation Announces 2020 First Quarter Financial Results

Board of Directors Declares $0.06 Per Share Cash Dividend

Financial Highlights

  • 2020 Q1 revenue of $743.2 million, compared to $661.6 million in 2019 Q1
  • 2020 Q1 net loss attributable to Primoris of ($3.7 million), or ($0.08) per fully diluted share, compared to net income of $1.9 million, or $0.04 per fully diluted share, in 2019 Q1
    — 2020 Q1 net loss included a pre-tax $5.0 million non-cash, unrealized loss on the change in fair value of the interest rate swap
  • 2020 Q1 SG&A 6.0% of revenue, compared to 2019 Q1 of 6.5% of revenue
  • Record Total Backlog of $3.2 billion at March 31, 2020
  • Purchased $7.4 million of stock at average price of $16.01 per share during 2020 Q1
    $17.6 million remains under current repurchase authorization

DALLAS, May 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Primoris Services Corporation (NASDAQ GS: PRIM) (“Primoris” or “Company”) today announced financial results for its first quarter ended March 31, 2020.

The Company also announced that on May 1, 2020 its Board of Directors declared a $0.06 per share cash dividend to stockholders of record on June 30, 2020, payable on or about July 15, 2020

Tom McCormick, President and Chief Executive Officer of Primoris, commented, “Despite the onset of a pandemic and an oil crisis, as well as the customary seasonal slow start to our year, Primoris performed admirably in the first quarter with a sizable increase in revenue over the same period last year, positive operating income, and a moderate increase in backlog. Our first quarter had our usual challenges for Primoris, as some of our clients are typically slow to release work, combined with inclement winter weather in some of the areas in which we operate. We also faced the impacts associated with the health orders that were issued by the various states due to the coronavirus pandemic (“COVID-19”). The good news is that all of our business units are classified as “Critical Infrastructure Contractors”, and our crews and project teams are busy executing on previously awarded projects and work orders. Our backlog of $3.2 billion remains strong. ”

Mr. McCormick continued, “We are withdrawing our earnings guidance for the year, not because of any underlying concerns with the long-term strength of our end-markets and opportunities, but because of the uncertainty around the timing of work and the potential long-term impacts of both the oil crisis and COVID-19. With our solid balance sheet and ample liquidity, we plan to maintain our regular quarterly dividend of $0.06 per share. Primoris continues to be a very healthy company with viable end markets. Our focus is first and always on the safety of our employees, our clients and the communities in which we live and work.”

2020 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS OVERVIEW

Revenue was $743.2 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, an increase of $81.7 million, or 12.3%, compared to the same period in 2019. The increase was primarily due to growth in our Pipeline and Power segments, partially offset by lower revenue in our Transmission and Civil segments. Gross profit was $47.8 million for the three months ended March 31, 2020, a decrease of $4.7 million, or 8.9%, compared to the same period in 2019. The decrease was primarily due to a decrease in gross profit as a percentage of revenue, partially offset by revenue growth. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue decreased to 6.4% for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 7.9% for the same period in 2019 as described in the forthcoming segment results.

Segment Revenue
(in thousands, except %)
(unaudited)

    For the three months ended March 31,
    2020
  2019
            % of           % of
            Total           Total
Segment   Revenue   Revenue   Revenue   Revenue
Power   $ 196,193     26.4 %   $ 145,383     22.0 %
Pipeline     191,523     25.8 %     134,814     20.4 %
Utilities     147,170     19.8 %     146,206     22.1 %
Transmission     102,784     13.8 %     118,443     17.9 %
Civil     105,573     14.2 %     116,712     17.6 %
Total   $ 743,243     100.0 %   $ 661,558     100.0 %

Segment Gross Profit
(in thousands, except %)
(unaudited)

    For the three months ended March 31,
    2020
  2019
            % of           % of
            Segment           Segment
Segment   Gross Profit   Revenue   Gross Profit   Revenue
Power   $ 18,682     9.5 %   $ 20,198     13.9 %
Pipeline     16,492     8.6 %     15,016     11.1 %
Utilities     4,602     3.1 %     8,241     5.6 %
Transmission     1,712     1.7 %     6,628     5.6 %
Civil     6,322     6.0 %     2,377     2.0 %
Total   $ 47,810     6.4 %   $ 52,460     7.9 %

Power, Industrial, & Engineering Segment (“Power”): Revenue increased by $50.8 million, or 34.9%, for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. The increase is primarily due to a carbon monoxide and hydrogen plant project that began in the second quarter of 2019 and progress on a West Texas solar facility project that began late in the first quarter of 2019. Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2020, decreased by $1.5 million, or 7.5%, compared to the same period in 2019 due to lower margins, partially offset by higher revenue. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue decreased to 9.5% during the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 13.9% in the same period in 2019 primarily due to higher costs associated with an engineering project and a Canadian tank farm project in 2020, as well as the favorable impact from the closeout of multiple refinery projects and our Carlsbad joint venture project in 2019. These amounts are partially offset by the improved gross margin on a West Texas solar facility project in 2020 and an increase in expected claim recovery on a project completed in 2014.

Pipeline & Underground Segment (“Pipeline”): Revenue increased by $56.7 million, or 42.1%, for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. The increase is primarily due to pipeline projects in Texas and Virginia that began in the first quarter of 2020, partially offset by the substantial completion of a major pipeline project in West Texas in the second quarter of 2019 and reduced activity on a major pipeline project in the Mid-Atlantic. Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2020 increased by $1.5 million, or 9.8%, compared to the same period in 2019 due to higher revenue, partially offset by lower margins. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue decreased to 8.6% during the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 11.1% in the same period in 2019 primarily due to startup costs on pipeline projects in Texas in 2020 and the favorable impact from the closeout of multiple pipeline projects in 2019.

Utilities & Distribution Segment (“Utilities”): Revenue increased by $1.0 million, or 0.7%, for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019 primarily due to increased activity with utility customers in the Midwest, Southeast, and Texas, partially offset by decreased activity with a utility customer in California. Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2020 decreased by $3.6 million, or 44.2%, compared to the same period in 2019 primarily due to lower margins. Gross profit as a percent of revenue decreased to 3.1% during the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 5.6%, in the same period in 2019 primarily due to the favorable impact from the closeout of multiple jobs with a utility customer in California in 2019.

Transmission & Distribution Segment (“Transmission”): Revenue decreased by $15.7 million, or 13.2%, for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019 primarily due to decreased activity with a utility customer in Texas. Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2020, decreased by $4.9 million, or 74.2%, compared to the same period in 2019, due primarily to lower revenue and margins. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue decreased to 1.7% during the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 5.6% in the same period in 2019 primarily due to slower than anticipated release of work by certain customers resulting in higher relative carrying costs for equipment and personnel, and the unfavorable impact of mix of projects in 2020.

Civil Segment (“Civil”): Revenue decreased by $11.1 million, or 9.5%, for the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to the same period in 2019. The decrease is primarily due to the substantial completion of an ethylene plant project in the second quarter of 2019 and lower Texas Department of Transportation volumes. These amounts were partially offset by progress on a methanol plant project that began in 2019 and higher Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development (“DOTD”) volumes. Gross profit for the three months ended March 31, 2020 increased by $3.9 million compared to the same period in 2019 due to higher margins, partially offset by lower revenue. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue increased to 6.0% during the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to 2.0% in the same period in 2019 due primarily to increased profit on Louisiana DOTD projects and the unfavorable impact from the Belton area projects in 2019. As of December 31, 2019, all of the Belton area projects were substantially complete.

OTHER INCOME STATEMENT INFORMATION

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses were $44.4 million during the three months ended March 31, 2020, an increase of $1.5 million, or 3.4%, compared to 2019 primarily due to a $1.0 million increase in consulting expenses. SG&A expense as a percentage of revenue decreased to 6.0% compared to 6.5% for the corresponding period in 2019 due to increased revenue.

Interest expense for the three months ended March 31, 2020, increased compared to the same period in 2019 due primarily to a $5.0 million unrealized loss on the change in the fair value of our interest rate swap during the three months ended March 31, 2020, compared to a $1.4 million loss in the corresponding period in 2019.

The effective tax rate on income attributable to Primoris (excluding noncontrolling interests) was 29.0% for the three months ended March 31, 2020. The rate differs from the U.S. federal statutory rate of 21.0% primarily due to state income taxes and nondeductible components of per diem expenses.

OUTLOOK

Given the uncertainty surrounding the timing of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are suspending our fiscal year 2020 guidance for net income attributable to Primoris.

BACKLOG

                          Expected Next Four
                          Quarters Total
  Backlog at March 31, 2020 (in millions)   Backlog Revenue
Segment Fixed Backlog   MSA Backlog   Total Backlog   Recognition
Power $ 359     $ 95     $ 454       87 %
Pipeline   917       85       1,002       45 %
Utilities   36       678       714       100 %
Transmission   14       407       421       100 %
Civil   609       4       613       57 %
Total $ 1,935     $ 1,269     $ 3,204       73 %

At March 31, 2020, Fixed Backlog was $1.94 billion, compared to $1.76 billion at December 31, 2019.

At March 31, 2020, MSA Backlog was $1.27 billion, compared to $1.42 billion at December 31, 2019. During the first quarter of 2020, approximately $270 million of revenue was recognized from MSA projects, a 7.7% decrease over first quarter 2019 MSA revenue. MSA Backlog represents estimated MSA revenue for the next four quarters.

Total Backlog at March 31, 2020 was $3.20 billion, compared to $3.18 billion at December 31, 2019

Backlog, including estimated MSA revenue, should not be considered a comprehensive indicator of future revenue. Revenue from certain projects, such as cost reimbursable and time-and-materials projects, do not flow through backlog. At any time, any project may be cancelled at the convenience of our customers.

CONFERENCE CALL

Tom McCormick, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ken Dodgen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will host a conference call Tuesday, May 5, 2020 at 10:00 am Eastern Time / 9:00 am Central Time to discuss the results. 

Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing:

  • (877) 407-8293 (Domestic)
  • (201) 689-8349 (International)

Presentation slides to accompany the conference call are available for download in the Investor Relations section of Primoris’ website at www.prim.com. Once at the Investor Relations section, please click on “Events & Presentations”.

If you are unable to participate in the live call, a replay may be accessed by dialing (877) 660-6853, conference ID 13702551, and will be available for approximately two weeks. The conference call will also be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed and replayed through the Investor Relations section of Primoris' website at www.prim.com.

ABOUT PRIMORIS

Founded in 1960, Primoris, through various subsidiaries, has grown to become one of the leading providers of specialty contracting services operating mainly in the United States and Canada. Primoris provides a wide range of specialty construction services, fabrication, maintenance, replacement, and engineering services to a diversified base of customers. The Company’s national footprint extends from Florida, along the Gulf Coast, through California, into the Pacific Northwest and into Canada. For additional information, please visit www.prim.com.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release contains certain forward-looking statements that reflect, when made, the Company’s expectations or beliefs concerning future events that involve risks and uncertainties, including with regard to the Company’s future performance. Forward-looking statements include all statements that are not historical facts and can be identified by terms such as “anticipates”, “believes”, “could”, “estimates”, “expects”, “intends”, “may”, “plans”, “potential”, “predicts”, “projects”, “should”, “will”, “would” or similar expressions. Forward-looking statements include information concerning our possible or assumed future results of operations, business strategies, financing plans, competitive position, industry environment, potential growth opportunities, the effects of regulation and the economy, generally. Forward-looking statements inherently involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors, which may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially as a result of a number of factors, including, among other things, customer timing, project duration, weather, and general economic conditions; changes in our mix of customers, projects, contracts and business; regional or national and/or general economic conditions and demand for our services; price, volatility, and expectations of future prices of oil, natural gas, and natural gas liquids; variations and changes in the margins of projects performed during any particular quarter; increases in the costs to perform services caused by changing conditions; the termination, or expiration of existing agreements or contracts; the budgetary spending patterns of customers; increases in construction costs that we may be unable to pass through to our customers; cost or schedule overruns on fixed-price contracts; availability of qualified labor for specific projects; changes in bonding requirements and bonding availability for existing and new agreements; the need and availability of letters of credit; costs we incur to support growth, whether organic or through acquisitions; the timing and volume of work under contract; losses experienced in our operations; the results of the review of prior period accounting on certain projects; developments in governmental investigations and/or inquiries; intense competition in the industries in which we operate; failure to obtain favorable results in existing or future litigation or regulatory proceedings, dispute resolution proceedings or claims, including claims for additional costs; failure of our partners, suppliers or subcontractors to perform their obligations; cyber-security breaches; failure to maintain safe worksites; risks or uncertainties associated with events outside of our control, including severe weather conditions, public health crises and pandemics (such as COVID-19), political crises or other catastrophic events; client delays or defaults in making payments; the availability of credit and restrictions imposed by credit facilities; failure to implement strategic and operational initiatives; risks or uncertainties associated with acquisitions, dispositions and investments; possible information technology interruptions or inability to protect intellectual property; the Company’s failure, or the failure of our agents or partners, to comply with laws; the Company's ability to secure appropriate insurance; new or changing legal requirements, including those relating to environmental, health and safety matters; the loss of one or a few clients that account for a significant portion of the Company's revenues; asset impairments; and risks arising from the inability to successfully integrate acquired businesses. In addition to information included in this press release, additional information about these and other risks can be found in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” of our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”). Such filings are available on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov. Given these risks and uncertainties, you should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Primoris does not undertake any obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required under applicable securities laws.

Company Contact  
Ken Dodgen Kate Tholking
Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer Vice President, Investor Relations
(214) 740-5608 (214) 740-5615
kdodgen@prim.com ktholking@prim.com


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2020
  2019
Revenue   $ 743,243     $ 661,558  
Cost of revenue     695,433       609,098  
Gross profit     47,810       52,460  
Selling, general and administrative expenses     44,388       42,931  
Operating income     3,422       9,529  
Other income (expense):            
Foreign exchange gain (loss)     136       (185 )
Other income (expense), net     12       (370 )
Interest income     281       349  
Interest expense     (9,112 )     (5,592 )
(Loss) income before provision for income taxes     (5,261 )     3,731  
Benefit (provision) for income taxes     1,527       (795 )
Net (loss) income     (3,734 )     2,936  
             
Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interests     (3 )     (989 )
             
Net (loss) income attributable to Primoris   $ (3,737 )   $ 1,947  
             
Dividends per common share   $ 0.06     $ 0.06  
             
(Loss) earnings per share:            
Basic   $ (0.08 )   $ 0.04  
Diluted   $ (0.08 )   $ 0.04  
             
Weighted average common shares outstanding:            
Basic     48,588       50,770  
Diluted     48,588       51,188  


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands)
(Unaudited)

    March 31,   December 31
    2020
  2019
ASSETS              
Current assets:              
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 93,474     $ 120,286  
Accounts receivable, net     416,412       404,911  
Contract assets     359,370       344,806  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     47,409       42,704  
Total current assets     916,665       912,707  
Property and equipment, net     363,993       375,888  
Operating lease assets     253,117       242,385  
Deferred tax assets     1,090       1,100  
Intangible assets, net     67,460       69,829  
Goodwill     215,103       215,103  
Other long-term assets     17,675       13,453  
Total assets   $ 1,835,103     $ 1,830,465  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY              
Current liabilities:              
Accounts payable   $ 258,962     $ 235,972  
Contract liabilities     176,847       192,397  
Accrued liabilities     192,648       183,501  
Dividends payable     2,895       2,919  
Current portion of long-term debt     52,430       55,659  
Total current liabilities     683,782       670,448  
Long-term debt, net of current portion     290,749       295,642  
Noncurrent operating lease liabilities, net of current portion     176,546       171,225  
Deferred tax liabilities     17,820       17,819  
Other long-term liabilities     50,762       45,801  
Total liabilities     1,219,659       1,200,935  
Commitments and contingencies              
Stockholders’ equity              
Common stock     5       5  
Additional paid-in capital     91,414       97,130  
Retained earnings     524,655       531,291  
Accumulated other comprehensive (loss) income     (1,661 )     76  
Noncontrolling interest     1,031       1,028  
Total stockholders’ equity     615,444       629,530  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $ 1,835,103     $ 1,830,465  


CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In Thousands)
(Unaudited)

     
    Three Months Ended
    March 31
    2020
  2019
Cash flows from operating activities:            
Net (loss) income   $ (3,734 )   $ 2,936  
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash used in operating activities:            
Depreciation and amortization     19,797       21,700  
Stock-based compensation expense     499       487  
Gain on sale of property and equipment     (2,311 )     (2,217 )
Unrealized loss on interest rate swap     4,970       1,447  
Other non-cash items     1,821       80  
Changes in assets and liabilities:            
Accounts receivable     (13,911 )     (24,722 )
Contract assets     (15,682 )     (2,328 )
Other current assets     (4,849 )     (2,231 )
Other long-term assets     204       182  
Accounts payable     23,934       (59,198 )
Contract liabilities     (15,389 )     2,590  
Operating lease assets and liabilities, net     119       (1,447 )
Accrued liabilities     (179 )     (9,663 )
Other long-term liabilities     (756 )     288  
Net cash used in operating activities     (5,467 )     (72,096 )
Cash flows from investing activities:            
Purchase of property and equipment     (9,311 )     (14,377 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment     6,902       4,398  
Net cash used in investing activities     (2,409 )     (9,979 )
Cash flows from financing activities:            
Borrowings under revolving line of credit           40,000  
Payments on revolving line of credit           (40,000 )
Proceeds from issuance of long-term debt     6,800       23,105  
Repayment of long-term debt     (14,976 )     (17,170 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock purchased under a long-term incentive plan     578       1,804  
Repurchase of common stock     (7,393 )      
Dividends paid     (2,919 )     (3,043 )
Other     (1,285 )     (26 )
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities     (19,195 )     4,670  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     259       327  
Net change in cash and cash equivalents     (26,812 )     (77,078 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period     120,286       151,063  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period   $ 93,474     $ 73,985  
             

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Source: Primoris Services Corporation