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VSE Corporation Announces Third Quarter 2021 Results

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ALEXANDRIA, Va., October 27, 2021--(BUSINESS WIRE)--VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC, "VSE", or the "Company"), a leading provider of aftermarket distribution and maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) services for land, sea and air transportation assets for government and commercial markets, today announced results for the third quarter 2021.

THIRD QUARTER 2021 RESULTS
(As compared to the Third Quarter 2020)

  • Total Revenues of $200.6 million increased 21.2%

  • GAAP Net Income of $9.0 million increased 11.3%

  • Adjusted Net Income of $9.7 million increased 42.5%

  • Adjusted EBITDA of $21.4 million increased 18.7%

For the three months ended September 30, 2021, the Company reported total revenue of $200.6 million, versus $165.5 million for the same period of 2020. Excluding a non-recurring order for pandemic-related personal protective equipment (PPE) in the third quarter 2020, total revenue increased 26.6% on a year-over-year basis in the third quarter 2021, the highest quarterly revenue run-rate since the fourth quarter 2016. The Company reported adjusted net income of $9.7 million or $0.76 per adjusted diluted share, compared to $6.8 million or $0.62 per adjusted diluted share in the prior-year period.

Adjusted EBITDA increased to $21.4 million in the third quarter 2021, versus $18.0 million for the same period in 2020. The Company generated total free cash flow, as defined by operating cash flow less total capital expenditures, of $21.0 million in the third quarter 2021, versus $11.3 million in the same period of 2020.

Aviation segment revenue increased 101.9% on a year-over-year basis, driven by organic growth within both distribution and MRO markets, initial contributions from program implementation of recent contract wins, and market share gains within the business and general aviation (B&GA) market, supported by the acquisition of Global Parts Group completed in July 2021. Aviation distribution and MRO revenue increased 187% and 8%, respectively, in the third quarter 2021 versus the prior-year period, with distribution revenue currently above pre-pandemic levels.

Fleet segment revenue increased 6.4% on a year-over-year basis, excluding a non-recurring order for pandemic-related PPE fulfilled in the prior-year period. Fleet segment growth was driven by higher commercial fleet and e-commerce fulfillment sales, while U.S. Postal Service-related revenue was flat in the period.

Federal & Defense segment revenue increased 2.5% on a year-over-year basis, given contributions from the March 2021 acquisition of HAECO Special Services and recent contract wins.

STRATEGIC UPDATE

VSE continued to successfully execute on its multi-year business transformation and organic and inorganic growth plans during the third quarter. The management team remains focused on accelerating the business transformation through new business wins, product line and service expansion, execution on new program awards, and accretive bolt-on acquisitions supporting and accelerating the strategy.

Aviation segment's B&GA focus driving sustained revenue growth and margin expansion. During the past twelve months, VSE Aviation expanded its base of small and medium sized business jet customers from approximately 100 to more than 3,000 through a combination of new contract wins and complementary, bolt-on acquisitions. These actions have contributed to significant sustaining growth in Aviation segment revenue, together with opportunity for margin expansion. VSE Aviation expects to gain further traction in this market as both new and existing business jet customers leverage the full breadth of the Company’s combined repair and distribution capabilities.

Aviation segment executing multiple program implementations in support of new contract wins. On a year-to-date basis, VSE Aviation has announced more than $100 million of new annualized contract revenue from multi-year distribution agreements with leading global OEMs. During June 2021, VSE Aviation commenced implementation of a 15-year, $1 billion engine accessories distribution agreement in support of B&GA engine operators and maintenance providers located throughout the United States. To date, program implementation and revenue are in line with initial expectations.

Aviation segment continues to secure multi-year contract extensions with OEM customers. In October 2021, VSE Aviation announced a 5-year extension of an existing distribution agreement valued at approximately $125 million with a global aircraft engine manufacturer. Under the terms of the agreement, VSE Aviation will remain the distributor of new fuel control systems and associated spare parts to the B&GA and rotorcraft markets for this leading global OEM. The agreement, which was initially scheduled to terminate in 2024, has been extended through 2029 and builds on VSE Aviation’s multi-year pipeline of higher-value contractual revenue with both new and existing partners.

Fleet segment continues to generate strong revenue growth and diversification across commercial fleet and eCommerce fulfillment businesses. During a period of global supply chain disruption and part shortages, commercial fleets have increased their reliance on VSE's Wheeler Fleet Solutions subsidiary as a critical supplier of parts, including higher-margin private label brands. This dynamic, coupled with strong e-commerce demand, resulted in a 65.9% year-over-year increase in total Fleet segment commercial revenue during the third quarter 2021, as compared to the prior-year period. Commercial revenue represented 34.3% of total Fleet revenue in the third quarter 2021, versus 22.0% in the prior-year period when excluding the non-recurring PPE order, in line with the continued revenue diversification strategy.

Federal & Defense segment building funded backlog through new foreign military sales wins, contract extensions. In conjunction with a programmatic business development focus, Federal & Defense segment has expanded its bidding activity with both the U.S. armed forces and allied foreign militaries. These actions contributed to a 23% year-over-year increase in funded backlog during the third quarter 2021 and a strong qualified pipeline of new business opportunities.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

"We continued to execute on our aftermarket distribution and MRO strategies during the third quarter, while positioning the business to generate above-market revenue growth in higher-margin, niche verticals that leverage our unique value proposition," stated John Cuomo, President and CEO of VSE Corporation. "New contract wins, long-term program extensions, strong program execution, commercial e-commerce growth, together with contributions from recently completed acquisitions, have created a strong, recurring base of business driving continued growth and margin expansion opportunities for VSE."

"Our Aviation segment had a strong third quarter, as revenue increased more than 100% versus the prior year period, while Adjusted EBITDA margins grew materially on both a sequential and year-over-year basis, driven by new program wins and improved demand across both our distribution and MRO businesses," continued Cuomo. "In June, we commenced service under our 15-year, $1 billion engine accessories distribution agreement. This program is currently performing in line with our previously communicated forecasts, driven by strong B&GA customer demand and solid execution from the VSE Aviation team."

"We remain committed to building upon existing, long-term customer relationships that align with our broader commercial strategy," continued Cuomo. "In October, we announced VSE Aviation won a five-year extension to an existing distribution agreement valued at approximately $125 million with a global aircraft engine manufacturer. Our ability to both retain and expand upon decades-long partnerships that provide higher-value, multi-year contractual revenue streams is integral to the continued success of our long-term organic growth strategy."

"Our Fleet segment generated strong revenue growth across commercial and e-commerce channels during the third quarter, serving as a reliable partner to customers during a period of global supply chain disruption," continued Cuomo. "Fleet adjusted EBITDA margins increased 80 basis points sequentially. Within our Federal and Defense segment, revenue increased year-over-year on several new program awards and extensions, while funded backlog increased more than 20% versus the prior-year period. Our business development teams have built a strong qualified pipeline of high-margin, niche capability opportunities to support the future of this segment," concluded Cuomo.

"VSE remains focused on improving profitability as we execute our strategic growth initiatives. Our EBITDA margin was 10.7% in the third quarter as the Aviation Segment margin rate grew to 10.0%, up 340 basis points versus the prior year period. VSE generated strong free cash flow in the third quarter of $21 million and ended the period with more than $117 million of liquidity," stated Stephen Griffin, CFO of VSE Corporation. We remain focused on growing the business both organically and inorganically, and are pleased with the early progress made with the recently completed Global Parts acquisition. We continue to stay focused on achieving our net leverage target of 2.5x by year-end 2022 through meaningful growth in EBITDA as a result of the recent investments in working capital made throughout 2021."

SEGMENT RESULTS

AVIATION
Distribution & MRO Services

VSE’s Aviation segment provides aftermarket MRO and distribution services to commercial, business and general aviation, cargo, military/defense and rotorcraft customers globally. Core services include parts distribution, component and engine accessory MRO services, rotable exchange and supply chain services.

VSE Aviation segment revenue increased 101.9% year-over-year to $73.1 million in the third quarter 2021. The year-over-year revenue improvement was attributable to contributions from recently announced contract wins and market share gains, specifically within the B&GA markets, as well as contributions from the acquisition of Global Parts. The Aviation segment reported operating income of $3.7 million in the third quarter, compared to $1.6 million in the same period of 2020. Segment Adjusted EBITDA more than doubled on a year-over-year basis to $7.3 million in the third quarter 2021, versus $2.4 million in the prior-year period. Aviation segment Adjusted EBITDA margins were 10.0%, up 340 basis points versus the period year period as the aviation industry recovers and new programs materialize into incremental revenue.

FLEET
Distribution & Fleet Services

VSE's Fleet segment provides parts, inventory management, e-commerce fulfillment, logistics, supply chain support and other services to the commercial aftermarket medium- and heavy-duty truck market, the United States Postal Service (USPS), and the United States Department of Defense. Core services include parts distribution, sourcing, IT solutions, customized fleet logistics, warehousing, kitting, just-in-time supply chain management, alternative product sourcing, engineering and technical support.

VSE Fleet segment revenue increased 6.4% year-over-year to $60.3 million in the third quarter 2021, excluding a $7.1 million non-recurring order for pandemic-related PPE fulfilled in the prior-year period. Revenues from commercial customers increased 66% on a year-over-year basis, driven by growth in commercial fleet demand and the e-commerce fulfillment business. Segment Adjusted EBITDA declined 13.8% year-over-year in the third quarter 2021 to $7.7 million, given lower contributions from USPS-related business, but increased by $0.7 million on a sequential, quarter-over-quarter basis. Fleet segment Adjusted EBITDA margins grew to 12.8%, up 70 basis points versus the second quarter 2021 as the business continues to scale for commercial growth.

FEDERAL & DEFENSE
Logistics & Sustainment Services

VSE's Federal & Defense segment provides aftermarket MRO and logistics services to improve operational readiness and extend the lifecycle of military vehicles, ships and aircraft for the U.S. Armed Forces, federal agencies and international defense customers. Core services include base operations support, procurement, supply chain management, vehicle, maritime and aircraft sustainment services, IT and data management services and energy consulting.

VSE Federal & Defense segment revenue increased 2.5% year-over-year to $67.2 million in the third quarter 2021, driven by contributions from the recent acquisition of HAECO Special Services, contract wins and successful recompetes. Segment Adjusted EBITDA declined 12.0% year-over-year to $6.5 million in the period, in line with previously communicated expectations, as a result of a favorable mix of fixed priced awards in the third quarter 2020. VSE Federal & Defense funded backlog increased 23.2% year-over-year to $218.0 million, as the business continues to execute and focus on higher margin, more technical services.

FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND LIQUIDITY

As of September 30, 2021, the Company had $116.5 million in cash and unused commitment availability under its $350 million revolving credit facility maturing in 2024. The business generated $21.0 million of free cash flow in the quarter and, on a year-to-date basis, has invested more than $50 million in new programs, primarily within the Aviation segment to support long-term growth. As of September 30, 2021, VSE had total net debt outstanding of $294 million and $73.1 million of trailing-twelve months Adjusted EBITDA, which excludes full-year contributions from the recently completed HAECO Special Services and Global Parts acquisitions.

THIRD QUARTER RESULTS

(in thousands, except per share data)

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

2021

2020

% Change

2021

2020

% Change

Revenues

$

200,582

$

165,505

21.2

%

$

540,675

$

511,638

5.7

%

Operating income

$

13,892

$

14,185

(2.1)

%

$

10,781

$

2,009

436.6

%

Net income (loss)

$

9,021

$

8,108

11.3

%

$

1,766

$

(11,184)

(115.8)

%

EPS (Diluted)

$

0.71

$

0.73

(2.7)

%

$

0.14

$

(1.01)

(113.9)

%

THIRD QUARTER SEGMENT RESULTS

The following is a summary of revenues and operating income (loss) for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2021 and September 30, 2020:

(in thousands)

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

2021

2020

% Change

2021

2020

% Change

Revenues:

Aviation

$

73,124

$

36,218

101.9

%

$

165,010

$

126,519

30.4

%

Fleet

60,268

63,719

(5.4)

%

173,072

188,145

(8.0)

%

Federal & Defense

67,190

65,568

2.5

%

202,593

196,974

2.9

%

Total Revenues

$

200,582

$

165,505

21.2

%

$

540,675

$

511,638

5.7

%

Operating income (loss):

Aviation

$

3,719

$

1,586

134.5

%

$

(18,885)

$

(34,680)

(45.5)

%

Fleet

5,387

6,589

(18.2)

%

15,128

20,509

(26.2)

%

Federal & Defense

5,386

6,746

(20.2)

%

17,410

18,441

(5.6)

%

Corporate/unallocated expenses

(600)

(736)

(18.5)

%

(2,872)

(2,261)

27.0

%

Operating income

$

13,892

$

14,185

(2.1)

%

$

10,781

$

2,009

436.6

%

The Company reported $2.4 million and $7.6 million of total capital expenditures for three and nine months ended September 30, 2021, respectively.

NON-GAAP MEASURES

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), this earnings release also contains Non-GAAP financial measures. These measures provide useful information to investors, and a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures and other information relating to these Non-GAAP measures is included in the supplemental schedules attached.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS to Net Income (Loss)

(in thousands)

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

2021

2020

% Change

2021

2020

% Change

Net income (loss)

$

9,021

$

8,108

11.3

%

$

1,766

$

(11,184)

(115.8)

%

Adjustments to Net Income (Loss):

Acquisition and restructuring costs

876

%

1,422

%

Earn-out adjustment

(1,695)

%

(3,095)

%

Loss on sale of a business entity and certain assets

%

8,214

%

Gain on sale of property

%

(1,108)

%

Severance

%

739

%

Goodwill and intangible impairment

%

33,734

%

Executive transition costs

84

%

905

%

Inventory reserve

%

24,420

%

9,981

6,413

55.6

%

28,513

27,300

4.4

%

Tax impact of adjusted items

(240)

423

%

(5,838)

(4,043)

%

Adjusted Net Income

$

9,741

$

6,836

42.5

%

$

22,675

$

23,257

(2.5)

%

Weighted Average Dilutive Shares

12,775

11,100

%

12,573

11,028

%

Adjusted EPS (Diluted)

$

0.76

$

0.62

22.6

%

$

1.80

$

2.11

(14.7)

%

Reconciliation of Consolidated EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income (Loss)

(in thousands)

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

2021

2020

% Change

2021

2020

% Change

Net income (loss)

$

9,021

$

8,108

11.3

%

$

1,766

$

(11,184)

(115.8)

%

Interest Expense

2,780

3,530

(21.2)

%

8,476

10,088

(16.0)

%

Income Taxes

2,091

2,547

(17.9)

%

539

3,105

(82.6)

%

Amortization of Intangible Assets

4,921

4,158

18.4

%

13,812

13,345

3.5

%

Depreciation and Other Amortization

1,599

1,351

18.4

%

4,383

4,103

6.8

%

EBITDA

20,412

19,694

3.6

%

28,976

19,457

48.9

%

Acquisition and restructuring costs

876

%

1,422

%

Earn-out adjustment

(1,695)

%

(3,095)

%

Loss on sale of a business entity and certain assets

%

8,214

%

Gain on sale of property

%

(1,108)

%

Severance

%

739

%

Goodwill and intangible impairment

%

33,734

%

Executive transition costs

84

%

905

%

Inventory reserve

%

24,420

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

21,372

$

17,999

18.7

%

$

55,723

$

57,941

(3.8)

%

Reconciliation of Segment EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Operating Income (Loss)

(in thousands)

Three months ended September 30,

Nine months ended September 30,

2021

2020

% Change

2021

2020

% Change

Aviation

Operating income (loss)

$

3,719

$

1,586

134.5

%

$

(18,885)

$

(34,680)

(45.5)

%

Depreciation and Amortization

3,062

2,493

22.8

%

8,171

8,031

1.7

%

EBITDA

6,781

4,079

66.2

%

(10,714)

(26,649)

(59.8)

%

Acquisition and restructuring costs

501

%

501

%

Earn-out adjustment

(1,695)

%

(3,095)

%

Loss on sale of a business entity and certain assets

%

8,214

%

Gain on sale of property

%

(1,108)

%

Severance

%

382

%

Goodwill and intangible asset impairment

%

33,734

%

Inventory reserve

%

23,727

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

7,282

$

2,384

205.5

%

$

13,514

$

11,478

17.7

%

Fleet

Operating income

...

$

5,387

$

6,589

(18.2)

%

$

15,128

$

20,509

(26.2)

%

Depreciation and Amortization

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