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Stantec announces first quarter 2019 results

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

Stantec today announced its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. “Our solid first-quarter performance reflects our continued focus on organic and acquisition growth,” said Stantec president and chief executive officer Gord Johnston. “We are particularly pleased with the strong organic growth achieved in our global business, which demonstrates the value of our growing geographic reach and augments the diversity of our business mix.”

Effective January 1, 2019, Stantec adopted IFRS 16 Leases using the modified retrospective approach and did not restate comparative information.

Q1 2019 Highlights

After adoption of IFRS 16

  • Adjusted net income of $50.3 million or $0.45 on a diluted per share basis, increases of 5.0% and 7.1%, respectively, compared to Q1 18.
  • Net income of $44.9 million or $0.40 on a diluted per share basis, increases of 22.0% and 25.0%.
  • Gross and net revenue of $1,151.5 million and $904.1 million, respectively, reflecting growth of 12.7% and 11.8%, with increases across all geographies.
  • Organic net revenue growth of 2.5%, with growth in all geographies and business operating units, except Water, where growth was offset by the effect of a large recovery recognized in Q1 18.
  • Acquisition net revenue growth of 6.6% compared to Q1 18, predominately from the recent global acquisitions of Peter Brett Associates and Wood & Grieve Engineers (WGE).
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $127.1 million, representing 14.1% of net revenue.
  • EBITDA of $132.2 million, representing 14.6% of net revenue.
  • Contract backlog of $4.4 billion—a 5.6% increase from December 31, 2018—representing 12 months of work.
  • Days sales outstanding (DSO) of 104 days (90 days including deferred revenue), an increase of one day from December 31, 2018. Reducing DSO continues to be a key focus for the Company.
  • Net debt to adjusted EBITDA of 2.0x—at the upper end of the Company’s internal guideline of 1.0x to 2.0x (post-IFRS 16 adoption) due to typically lower cash flows in Q1, funding the WGE acquisition, opportunistic share repurchases, and the impact of only one month’s EBITDA contribution from WGE.
  • On May 9, 2019, the Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.145 per share, payable on July 15, 2019, to shareholders on record on June 28, 2019.

Excluding adoption of IFRS 16:

  • Adjusted net income and diluted earnings per share (EPS)—no significant impact.
  • Net income and diluted EPS—no significant impact.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $91.6 million—a 2.3% increase from Q1 18, representing 10.1% of net revenue.
  • EBITDA of $96.7 million—an 11.3% increase from Q1 18, representing 10.7% of net revenue.
  • Net debt to adjusted EBITDA of 2.67x.

Financial Summary

  Quarter Ended March 31
(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)   2019

$

  2018

$

  Change

$

Gross revenue 1,151.5   1,021.3   130.2
Net revenue 904.1 808.8 95.3
EBITDA from continuing operations (1) 132.2 86.9 45.3
- Excluding IFRS 16 (1) 96.7 86.9 9.8
Net income from continuing operations 44.9 36.6 8.3
Net income from discontinued operations   -   0.2   (0.2)
Net income   44.9   36.8   8.1
 
Basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) from continuing operations   0.40   0.32   0.08
Dividends declared per common share   0.1450   0.1375   0.0075
 
Continuing operations
Adjusted EBITDA (1) 127.1 89.5 37.6
- Excluding IFRS 16 (1) 91.6 89.5 2.1
Adjusted net income (1) 50.3 47.9 2.4
Adjusted EPS – basic and diluted (1)   0.45   0.42   0.03
(1) EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, and adjusted basic and diluted EPS are non-IFRS measures (discussed in the Definitions section of Stantec's 2018 Annual Report and Q1 19 Management's Discussion and Analysis).

Revised Annual Targets for 2019
The Company expects IFRS 16 will reduce 2019 net income by approximately $3.0 million and EPS by $0.03 evenly over Q2 19 to Q4 19. 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, the Company updated its targets, previously provided in its 2018 Annual Report. The Company revised its EBITDA and net income targets to adjusted EBITDA and adjusted net income since it believes these measures better reflect its underlying operations.

Measure  

Previously Published
2019 Target *

 

Revised 2019 Annual
Target

 

 

Q1 19 Results
Compared to Revised
2019 Annual Target

 

             
     
Gross margin as % of net revenue 53% to 55% No change 54.0%
Administrative and marketing expenses as % of net revenue 41% to 43% 37% to 39% 39.5%
EBITDA as % of net revenue (note) 11% to 13% withdrawn
Adjusted EBITDA as % of net revenue (note) 15% to 17% 14.1%
Net income as % of net revenue At or above 5.0% withdrawn
Adjusted net income as % of net revenue (note)       At or above 6.0%   5.6%
A complete list of 2019 targets is presented in the Financial Targets section of Stantec’s Q1 2019 Management's Discussion and Analysis and in the Investors section of stantec.com.
(1) EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted net income, are non-IFRS measures (discussed in the Definitions section of Stantec's 2018 Annual Report and Q1 19 Management's Discussion and Analysis).
* 2019 Target Range was previously published in Stantec's 2018 Annual Report.

Q1 19 results are consistent with the Company’s expectations. Certain measures are outside the targeted annual ranges due to the typical slowdown in the first quarter related to winter weather conditions and holiday schedules. This also occurs in the fourth quarter. The Company is confident it will achieve its annual targets by the end of the fiscal year.

Conference Call and Annual General Meeting of Shareholders

On Friday, May 10, 2019, at 7:00 AM MDT (9:00 AM EDT), Stantec’s first quarter 2019 conference call and slideshow presentation will be broadcast live and archived in their entirety in the Investors section of stantec.com. Those wishing to listen to the call can phone toll-free at 1-888-220-8451 (Canada and United States) or 1-647-484-0475 (international). Please provide confirmation code 3085729 when prompted.

Stantec’s Annual General Meeting of Shareholders will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019, at 10:30 AM MDT (12:30 PM EDT) at Stantec Tower, 400-10220 103 Avenue NW, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

Investor Day

Stantec’s Investor Day will be held on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, at the Stantec Tower in Edmonton, Alberta. Gord Johnston, CEO, and Theresa Jang, CFO, will share details on the Company’s strategy and outlook. Leaders of the Company’s business and regional operating units will provide additional insight into Stantec’s growth opportunities.

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 days sales outstanding 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 Q1 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, statements relating to the Company’s focus on reducing DSO, and updated 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 summary of impacts of IFRS 16, and reconciliation of non-IFRS measures.

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(Unaudited)    
(In millions of Canadian dollars)  

March 31
2019

$

 

December 31
2018

$

ASSETS
Current
Cash and deposits 96.9 185.2
Trade and other receivables 825.0 878.1
Unbilled receivables 450.3 384.6
Contract assets 61.7 59.7
Income taxes recoverable 68.0 47.9
Prepaid expenses 53.0 56.8
Other assets   27.6   23.2
Total current assets 1,582.5 1,635.5
Non-current
Property and equipment 299.5 289.4
Lease assets 551.7 -
Goodwill 1,688.8 1,621.2
Intangible assets 276.0 247.7
Investments in joint ventures and associates 9.1 9.4
Net employee defined benefit asset 11.9 10.0
Deferred tax assets 23.9 21.2
Other assets   183.0   175.5
Total assets   4,626.4   4,009.9
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current
Bank indebtedness 43.1 -
Trade and other payables 468.4 567.2
Lease liabilities 38.5 -
Deferred revenue 172.9 174.4
Income taxes payable 1.2 2.9
Long-term debt 64.6 48.5
Provisions 36.0 42.4
Other liabilities   6.5   23.2
Total current liabilities 831.2 858.6
Non-current
Lease liabilities 602.8 -
Income taxes payable 17.3 15.9
Long-term debt 1,042.0 885.2
Provisions 84.4 78.2
Net employee defined benefit liability 59.8 68.6
Deferred tax liabilities 77.1 54.3
Other liabilities   49.0   140.4
Total liabilities   2,763.6   2,101.2
Shareholders’ equity
Share capital 868.6 867.8
Contributed surplus 25.4 24.8
Retained earnings 837.1 851.2
Accumulated other comprehensive income   130.0   163.1
Total shareholders’ equity   1,861.1   1,906.9
Non-controlling interests   1.7   1.8
Total liabilities and equity   4,626.4   4,009.9

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)    

For the quarter ended March 31

(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)   2019

$

  2018

$

Continuing operations
Gross revenue 1,151.5 1,021.3
Less subconsultant and other direct expenses   247.4   212.5
Net revenue 904.1 808.8
Direct payroll costs   415.6   368.3
Gross margin 488.5 440.5
Administrative and marketing expenses 357.1 348.0
Depreciation of property and equipment 13.7 12.1
Depreciation of lease assets 27.4 -
Amortization of intangible assets 15.4 19.3
Net interest expense 17.2 5.3
Other net finance expense 1.3 1.6
Share of income from joint ventures and associates - (0.3)
Foreign exchange loss 2.9 2.1
Other (income) expense   (5.0)   2.2
Income before income taxes and discontinued operations   58.5   50.2
Income taxes
Current (4.2) 13.7
Deferred 17.8 (0.1)
Total income taxes 13.6 13.6
Net income for the period from continuing operations 44.9 36.6
Discontinued operations
Net income from discontinued operations, net of tax   -   0.2
Net income for the period   44.9   36.8
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - basic   111,805,946   114,064,729
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - diluted   111,805,946   114,306,834
Shares outstanding, end of the period   111,657,956   113,906,006
Earnings per share, basic and diluted
Continuing operations 0.40 0.32
Discontinued operations   -   -
Total basic and diluted earnings per share   0.40   0.32
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 45.9 140.4 (94.5)
Shareholders' equity
Retained earnings   817.2   851.2   (34.0)
Total increase in liabilities and equity           497.0
  Quarter ended March 31
(In millions of Canadian dollars)   2019

as reported

$

  2019

before IFRS 16

$

  Increase

(decrease)

$

Impact on income statement items    
Administrative and marketing expenses 357.1 392.6 (35.5)
Net interest expense 17.2 9.1 8.1
Depreciation of lease assets 27.4 - 27.4
Net income 44.9 44.9 -
Impact on non - IFRS financial measures(1)
EBITDA 132.2 96.7 35.5
Adjusted EBITDA 127.1 91.6 35.5
Net debt/adjusted EBITDA - Continuing operations   2.00   2.67   (0.67)  
(1) Non-IFRS measures are discussed in the Definitions section of Stantec's 2018 Annual Report and Q1 19 Management's Discussion and Analysis. Net debt/adjusted EBITDA was calculated using a proforma IFRS 16 adjustment for Q2 18 to Q4 18 adjusted EBITDA, calculated as 3.8% of net revenue from the respective quarter.
Impact on Statement of Cash Flows - Continuing Operations   Quarter ended March 31
(In millions of Canadian dollars)   2019

as reported

$

  2019

before IFRS 16

$

  Increase

(decrease)

$

Cash flows used in operating activities (88.5)   (114.1)   25.6
Cash paid to suppliers (515.0) (548.7) 33.7
Interest paid (17.9) (9.8) (8.1)
Cash flows from investing activities (104.2) (99.4) (4.8)
Proceeds from leasehold inducements - 4.8 (4.8)
Cash flows from financing activities 68.2 89.0 (20.8)
Payments of lease obligations (25.6) - (25.6)
Proceeds from leasehold inducements   4.8   -   4.8
Reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial Measures    
Quarter Ended

March 31

As reported

(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)   2019   2018
Net income from continuing operations 44.9 36.6
Add back:
Income taxes 13.6 13.6
Net interest expense 17.2 5.3
Depreciation and amortization   56.5   31.4
EBITDA from continuing operations 132.2 86.9
Add back (deduct) pre-tax:
Unrealized (gain) loss on investments held for self-insured liabilities   (5.1)   2.6
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations   127.1   89.5
Quarter Ended

March 31

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

  2019   2018
Net income from continuing operations 44.9 36.6
Add back (deduct) after tax:
Amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions(1) 7.0 9.4
Unrealized (gain) loss on investments held for self-insured liabilities(2) (3.7) 1.9
Transition tax(3)   2.1   -
Adjusted net income from continuing operations 50.3 47.9
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - basic 111,805,946 114,064,729
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - diluted   111,805,946   114,306,834
Adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations
Adjusted earnings per share - basic 0.45 0.42
Adjusted earnings per share - diluted   0.45   0.42
See the Definitions section of Stantec's 2018 Annual Report and Q1 19 Management's Discussion and Analysis for a 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 March 31, 2019, this amount is net of tax of $2.7 (2018 - $3.5).
(2) For the quarter ended March 31, 2019, this amount is net of tax of $1.4 (2018 - $0.7 recovery).
(3) Refer to Income Taxes section of the Q1 19 Management's Discussion and Analysis for further details.

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