Comfort Systems USA Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2019 Results

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26.02.2020, 22:43  |  101   |   |   

Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE: FIX) today reported results for the fourth quarter and annual period ended December 31, 2019.

For the quarter ended December 31, 2019, net income was $34.1 million or $0.92 per diluted share, as compared to $25.2 million or $0.67 per diluted share, for the quarter ended December 31, 2018. Earnings in the fourth quarter of 2019 included an approximate $0.08 per diluted share benefit due to insurance proceeds related to the ransomware incident from April 2019. Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2019 was $719.6 million compared to $588.4 million in 2018. The Company reported free cash flow of $33.9 million in the current quarter compared to $74.6 million in 2018.

Backlog as of December 31, 2019 was $1.60 billion as compared to $1.61 billion as of September 30, 2019 and $1.17 billion as of December 31, 2018. On a same-store basis, backlog increased from $1.17 billion as of December 31, 2018 to $1.36 billion as of December 31, 2019.

For the twelve months ended December 31, 2019, net income was $114.3 million, or $3.08 per diluted share, as compared to $112.9 million, or $3.00 per diluted share, in 2018. Earnings in the first quarter of 2018 included a $0.07 per diluted share increase due to a discrete tax item. Earnings in the second quarter of 2018 included an $0.08 per diluted share benefit from a legal settlement. Revenue for 2019 was $2.62 billion compared to $2.18 billion in 2018. Free cash flow for the twelve months ended December 31, 2019 was $112.4 million compared to $121.6 million in 2018.

Brian Lane, Comfort Systems USA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We finished 2019 on a very positive note, with earnings per share that significantly exceeded the fourth quarter of 2018. Our backlog shows strong absolute and same store increases from a year ago. We are also happy to report that our Walker Engineering acquisition finished 2019 with an impressive fourth quarter performance. Additionally, this month we welcomed Starr Electric to the Comfort Systems USA family, further strengthening our electrical segment. Starr has complementary capabilities in one of our strongest markets, and we believe that combination will allow us to achieve important synergy. Starr also allows us to add new capabilities in our industry-leading modular and off-site construction business.”

Mr. Lane concluded, “In 2019 our teams were able to achieve record earnings per share, even surpassing the extraordinary results they achieved in 2018. We believe that the outlook for our industry continues to trend at high levels, and, as a result, we expect continued strength and strong profitability in 2020.”

The Company will host a webcast and conference call to discuss its financial results and position on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. Central Time. The call-in number for this conference call is 1-888-713-4218, and enter 70814887 as the passcode. 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 134 locations in 115 cities around 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 the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. 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. 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; 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; shortages of labor and specialty building materials; retention of key management; seasonal fluctuations in the demand for mechanical 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; an information technology failure or cyber security breach; and other risks detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

2019

 

%

 

 

2018

 

%

 

 

2019

 

%

 

 

2018

 

%

 

Revenue

 

$

719,584

 

100.0

%

 

$

588,359

 

100.0

%

 

$

2,615,277

 

100.0

%

 

$

2,182,879

 

100.0

%

Cost of services

 

 

587,024

 

81.6

%

 

 

470,184

 

79.9

%

 

 

2,113,334

 

80.8

%

 

 

1,736,600

 

79.6

%

Gross profit

 

 

132,560

 

18.4

%

 

 

118,175

 

20.1

%

 

 

501,943

 

19.2

%

 

 

446,279

 

20.4

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SG&A

 

 

86,588

 

12.0

%

 

 

80,458

 

13.7

%

 

 

340,005

 

13.0

%

 

 

296,986

 

13.6

%

Gain on sale of assets

 

 

(582)

 

(0.1)

%

 

 

(315)

 

(0.1)

%

 

 

(1,701)

 

(0.1)

%

 

 

(945)

 

 

Operating income

 

 

46,554

 

6.5

%

 

 

38,032

 

6.5

%

 

 

163,639

 

6.3

%

 

 

150,238

 

6.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

(2,376)

 

(0.3)

%

 

 

(1,089)

 

(0.2)

%

 

 

(9,093)

 

(0.3)

%

 

 

(3,637)

 

(0.2)

%

Changes in the fair value of contingent earn-out obligations

 

 

933

 

0.1

%

 

 

(2,559)

 

(0.4)

%

 

 

(2,991)

 

(0.1)

%

 

 

(2,066)

 

(0.1)

%

Other income

 

 

20

 

 

 

 

79

 

 

 

 

187

 

 

 

 

4,141

 

0.2

%

Income before income taxes

 

 

45,131

 

6.3

%

 

 

34,463

 

5.9

%

 

 

151,742

 

5.8

%

 

 

148,676

 

6.8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

11,079

 

 

 

 

 

9,307

 

 

 

 

 

37,418

 

 

 

 

 

35,773

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

34,052

 

4.7

%

 

$

25,156

 

4.3

%

 

$

114,324

 

4.4

%

 

$

112,903

 

5.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Income per share

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.93

 

 

 

 

$

0.68

 

 

 

 

$

3.10

 

 

 

 

$

3.03

 

 

 

Diluted

 

$

0.92

 

 

 

 

$

0.67

 

 

 

 

$

3.08

 

 

 

 

$

3.00

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares used in computing income per share:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

36,743

 

 

 

 

 

37,102

 

 

 

 

 

36,854

 

 

 

 

 

37,202

 

 

 

Diluted

 

 

37,015

 

 

 

 

 

37,467

 

 

 

 

 

37,131

 

 

 

 

 

37,592

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

 

December 31,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2019

 

%

 

2018

 

%

 

 

2019

 

%

 

2018

 

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net income

 

$

34,052

 

 

 

$

25,156

 

 

 

 

$

114,324

 

 

 

$

112,903

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

 

11,079

 

 

 

 

9,307

 

 

 

 

 

37,418

 

 

 

 

35,773

 

 

 

Other income, net

 

 

(20)

 

 

 

 

(79)

 

 

 

 

 

(187)

 

 

 

 

(4,141)

 

 

 

Changes in the fair value of contingent earn-out obligations

 

 

(933)

 

 

 

 

2,559

 

 

 

 

 

2,991

 

 

 

 

2,066

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

2,376

 

 

 

 

1,089

 

 

 

 

 

9,093

 

 

 

 

3,637

 

 

 

Gain on sale of assets

 

 

(582)

 

 

 

 

(315)

 

 

 

 

 

(1,701)

 

 

 

 

(945)

 

 

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

13,129

 

 

 

 

11,957

 

 

 

 

 

51,572

 

 

 

 

42,689

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

59,101

 

8.2

%

$

49,674

 

8.4

%

 

$

213,510

 

8.2

%

$

191,982

 

8.8

%

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 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)

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

50,788

 

$

45,620

Billed accounts receivable, net

 

 

619,037

 

 

481,366

Unbilled accounts receivable

 

 

55,542

 

 

37,180

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings

 

 

2,736

 

 

10,213

Other current assets

 

 

62,081

 

 

35,321

Total current assets

 

 

790,184

 

 

609,700

Property and equipment, net

 

 

109,796

 

 

99,618

Goodwill

 

 

332,447

 

 

235,182

Identifiable intangible assets, net

 

 

159,974

 

 

95,275

Other noncurrent assets

 

 

112,611

 

 

22,789

Total assets

 

$

1,505,012

 

$

1,062,564

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current maturities of long-term debt

 

$

20,817

 

$

3,279

Accounts payable

 

 

196,195

 

 

176,167

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings

 

 

166,918

 

 

130,986

Other current liabilities

 

 

224,067

 

 

156,626

Total current liabilities

 

 

607,997

 

 

467,058

Long-term debt, net

 

 

205,318

 

 

73,639

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

106,393

 

 

23,820

Total liabilities

 

 

919,708

 

 

564,517

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

585,304

 

 

498,047

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

1,505,012

 

$

1,062,564

Selected Cash Flow Data (Unaudited) (In Thousands)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Twelve Months Ended

 

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

 

 

2019

 

2018

 

2019

 

2018

Cash provided by (used in):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating activities

 

$

42,313

 

$

79,188

 

$

142,028

 

$

147,190

Investing activities

 

$

(8,397)

 

$

(9,441)

 

$

(224,450)

 

$

(95,710)

Financing activities

 

$

(23,491)

 

$

(43,375)

 

$

87,590

 

$

(42,402)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free cash flow:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash from operating activities

 

$

42,313

 

$

79,188

 

$

142,028

 

$

147,190

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(9,109)

 

 

(5,209)

 

 

(31,750)

 

 

(27,268)

Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

 

 

712

 

 

621

 

 

2,159

 

 

1,698

Free cash flow

 

$

33,916

 

$

74,600

 

$

112,437

 

$

121,620

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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