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Comfort Systems USA Reports Fourth Quarter And Full Year Results

Mr. Lane concluded, "We have continued to invest during 2011, both in our workforce and by adding new partners through strategic transactions. As 2012 commences, we anticipate similar market conditions to those we experienced in 2011, and we remain committed to profitably preserving and improving our valuable skills and capabilities. Whatever conditions we confront in the coming quarters, we feel confident that we have the team, resources and strategic advantages to increase our share of existing business and to position Comfort Systems USA for a bright future when conditions strengthen."

As previously announced, the Company will host a webcast and conference call to discuss its financial results and position in more depth on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. The call-in number for this conference call is 1-888-713-4216 and enter 24340430 as the passcode. Participants may pre-register for the call at https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PVBWDLWC4. The Company anticipates that an accompanying slide presentation will also be available under the Investor tab. Pre-registrants will be issued a pin number to use when dialing in to the live call, which will provide quick access to the conference by bypassing the operator upon connection. The call can also be accessed on the Company’s website at www.comfortsystemsusa.com under the Investor tab. A replay of the entire call will be available until 6:00 p.m. Central Time, Thursday, March 8, 2012 by calling 1-888-286-8010 with the conference passcode of 70992960, and will also be available on our website on the next business day following the call.

Comfort Systems USA ® is a premier provider of business solutions addressing workplace comfort, with 86 locations in 72 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 within the meaning 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 revenues 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; 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 HVAC 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; 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
For the Three Months and Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2011 and 2010
(in thousands, except per share amounts)
 
  Three Months Ended   Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
(unaudited)
2011   %   2010   % 2011   %   2010   %
Revenue $   317,700 100.0% $   314,571 100.0% $   1,240,020 100.0% $   1,108,282 100.0%
Cost of services     267,075 84.1%     257,671 81.9%     1,058,568 85.4%     919,600 83.0%
Gross profit 50,625 15.9% 56,900 18.1% 181,452 14.6% 188,682 17.0%
 
SG&A 46,094 14.5% 48,526 15.4% 172,137 13.9% 163,431 14.7%
Goodwill and other
intangible asset impairments 3,788 1.2% 1,288 0.4% 58,922 4.8% 5,734 0.5%
Gain on sale of assets     (77 )     (23 )     (239 )     (525 )
Operating income (loss) 820 0.3% 7,109 2.3% (49,368 ) (4.0)% 20,042 1.8%
 
Interest expense, net (392 ) (0.1)% (283 ) (0.1)% (1,758 ) (0.1)% (1,506 ) (0.1)%
Changes in the fair value of contingent
earn-out obligations (38 ) 924 0.3% 5,528 0.4% 1,574 0.1%
Other income (expense)     1,002 0.3%     242 0.1%     934 0.1%     267
 
Income (loss) before income taxes 1,392 0.4% 7,992 2.5% (44,664 ) (3.6)% 20,377 1.8%
Income tax expense (benefit)     (693 )     2,196     (8,172 )     6,360
Income (loss) from continuing operations 2,085 0.7% 5,796 1.8% (36,492 ) (2.9)% 14,017 1.3%
 
Gain on disposition of discontinued operation,

net of income tax expense of $—, $—, $— and $166

                723
 
Net income (loss) including noncontrolling interests

 

2,085

 

5,796

(36,492

)

 

14,740

 
Less: Net income attributable to

noncontrolling interests

    338         338    
 
Net income (loss) attributable to Comfort Systems USA, Inc.

$

 

1,747

$

5,796

$

(36,830

)

$

14,740

 
Income (loss) per share attributable
to Comfort Systems USA, Inc.:
Basic-
Income (loss) from continuing operations $ 0.05 $ 0.15 $ (0.99) $ 0.37
Gain on disposition of discontinued operation                 0.02
Net income (loss) $   0.05 $   0.15 $   (0.99) $   0.39
 
Diluted -
Income (loss) from continuing operations $ 0.05 $ 0.15 $ (0.99 ) $ 0.37
Gain on disposition of discontinued operation                 0.02
Net income (loss) $   0.05 $   0.15 $   (0.99 ) $   0.39
 
Shares used in computing income (loss) per share:
Basic 37,069 37,505 37,389 37,549
Diluted 37,166 37,699

Note 1: The diluted earnings per share data presented above reflects the dilutive effect, if any, of stock options and contingently issuable restricted stock which were outstanding during the periods presented.

Supplemental Non-GAAP Information – (Unaudited):

   
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
    2011   %       2010 %     2011 %       2010 %

Net income (loss) from continuing

operations attributable to Comfort Systems USA, Inc.

$   1,747 $   5,796 $   (36,830 ) $   14,017

Goodwill and other intangible asset impairments (after tax)

824 642 45,710 3,316

Changes in fair value of contingent

earn-out obligations (after tax)

123 (520 ) (5,276 ) (934 )
Tax valuation allowances (after tax)             2,056    
Net income from continuing operations attributable to Comfort Systems USA, Inc. excluding goodwill and other intangible asset impairments, changes in fair value of contingent earn-out obligations and tax valuation allowances

$

  2,694

0.8%

$

  5,918

1.9%

$

  5,660

0.5%

$

  16,399

1.5%

 
Diluted income (loss) per share from continuing operations attributable to Comfort Systems USA, Inc. $ 0.05 $ 0.15 $ (0.99 ) $ 0.37
Goodwill and other intangible asset impairments 0.02 0.02 1.22 0.09
Changes in fair value of contingent earn-out obligations (0.01 ) (0.14 ) (0.03 )
Tax valuation allowances             0.06    
 
Diluted income per share from continuing operations attributable to Comfort Systems USA, Inc. excluding goodwill impairment, changes in fair value of contingent earn-out obligations and tax valuation adjustments $   0.07 $   0.16 $   0.15 $   0.43

Note 1: Operating results from continuing operations attributable to Comfort Systems USA, Inc., excluding goodwill and other intangible asset impairments, changes in fair value of contingent earn-out obligations and tax valuation adjustments are presented because the Company believes it reflects the results of the core ongoing operations of the Company, and because we believe it is responsive to frequent questions we receive from third parties. However, this measure is not considered a primary measure of an entity’s financial results under generally accepted accounting principles, and accordingly, this amount should not be considered an alternative to operating results as determined under generally accepted accounting principles and as reported by the Company.

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