Willdan Group, Inc. (“Willdan”) (NASDAQ:WLDN), today announced financial results for its third quarter ended September 30, 2011.

For the third quarter of 2011, Willdan reported total contract revenue of $28.6 million and net income of $2.2 million, or $0.29 per share.

Tom Brisbin, Willdan’s Chief Executive Officer, stated: “Our third quarter improvements in revenue and profits demonstrate that the investments we made in key people and technology earlier in the year are paying off. While the California economy remains challenged, we are seeing strength in other markets where we are leveraging our expertise to win new business. We are pleased with our continued progress and on track for a profitable year in 2011.”

Third Quarter 2011 Results

For the third quarter of fiscal 2011, revenue was $28.6 million, up $7.9 million, or 38.1%, from revenue of $20.7 million for the comparable period last year. On a sequential basis, revenue was up $2.8 million, or 10.8%, from the second quarter of fiscal 2011. Income from operations was $2.4 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, as compared to income from operations of $1.4 million for the comparable period last year. On a sequential basis, income from operations was up $1.4 million from income from operations of $1.0 million for the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

Net income was $2.2 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011, as compared to net income of $0.8 million for the comparable period last year and net income of $0.7 million for the second quarter of 2011.

Basic and diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were $0.30 and $0.29, respectively, as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.11 for the comparable period last year.

Willdan generated $1.5 million in cash flows from operations in the third quarter of fiscal 2011.

Nine Months 2011 Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, revenue was $77.2 million, up $19.1 million, or 33.0%, from revenue of $58.0 million in the comparable period last year. Income from operations was $3.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 as compared to income from operations of $3.0 million for the comparable period last year. Net income was $2.6 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 as compared to net income of $2.4 million for the comparable period last year.

Basic and diluted earnings per share for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 were $0.36 and $0.35, respectively, as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.34 for the comparable period last year.

Willdan generated $3.1 million in cash flow from operations in the nine months ended September 30, 2011.
          Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
In thousands (except per share data)

September 30, 2011
       

October 1, 2010

September 30, 2011
       

October 1, 2010
Revenue $ 28,605 $ 20,706 $ 77,159 $ 58,024
 
Income from operations 2,380 1,394 3,054 3,044
Interest income 1 3 5 9
Interest expense (21 ) (11 ) (53 ) (37 )
Other, net 8 (3 ) 5 17
Income tax expense 203 595 402 595
Net income $ 2,165 $ 788 $ 2,609 $ 2,438
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.30 $ 0.11 $ 0.36 $ 0.34
Diluted $ 0.29 $ 0.11 $ 0.35 $ 0.34
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
 
Basic 7,267 7,236 7,258 7,229
Diluted 7,468 7,318 7,478 7,274
 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental measure used by Willdan's management to measure its operating performance. Willdan defines Adjusted EBITDA as pre-tax net income plus (minus) net interest expense (income), depreciation and amortization, lease abandonment expense (recovery) and loss (gain) on sale of assets. Willdan's definition of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from those of many companies reporting similarly named measures. This measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, such as net income. Willdan believes Adjusted EBITDA enables management to separate unusual or infrequent income and expense items from its results of operations to provide a more normalized and consistent view of operating performance on a period-to-period basis. Willdan uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate its performance for, among other things, budgeting, forecasting and incentive compensation purposes. Willdan also believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors, research analysts, investment bankers and lenders because it removes from its operational results the impact of certain unusual or infrequent income and expense items, which may facilitate comparison of its results from period to period.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized term under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to income from operations or net income as an indicator of operating performance or any other GAAP measure.

Adjusted EBITDA increased $0.1 million to $3.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 from $3.7 million for the comparable period last year.

The following is a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA:
In thousands             Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2011
         

October 1, 2010
 
Net income $ 2,609 $ 2,438
Interest income (5 ) (9 )
Interest expense 53 37
Loss (gain) on sale of equipment 1 (17 )
Income tax expense 402 595
Depreciation and amortization 733 752
Lease abandonment expense (recovery), net 9 (62 )
Adjusted EBITDA $ 3,802 $ 3,734
 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Willdan had $8.3 million in cash and cash equivalents at September 30, 2011, compared with $6.6 million at December 31, 2010. Willdan has a $5.0 million bank revolving line of credit, with $2.9 million in outstanding borrowings at the quarter’s end.

Conference Call and Webcast

Chief Executive Officer Thomas Brisbin and Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Gant plan to host a conference call on November 10, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern/2:00 p.m. Pacific, to further discuss the Company’s financial results.

Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 877-941-0843 (480-629-9819 for international callers). When prompted, ask for the “Willdan Group, Inc., Third Quarter 2011 Conference Call.” The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on Willdan’s website at www.willdan.com under Investors: Events.

The telephonic replay of the conference call may be accessed approximately two hours after the call through November 24, 2011, by dialing 800-406-7325 (303-590-3030 for international callers). The replay access code is 4483424. The webcast replay will be archived for 12 months.

About Willdan Group, Inc.

Founded over 45 years ago, Willdan is a provider of professional technical and consulting services to small and mid-sized public agencies, large public utilities and, to a lesser extent, private industry primarily located in California, New York and Arizona. Willdan provides a broad range of services to clients, including civil engineering and planning, energy efficiency and sustainability, economic and financial consulting, and homeland security and communications and technology. For additional information, visit Willdan's website at www.willdan.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor Statement: Statements in this press release which are not purely historical, including statements regarding Willdan's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, estimates, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risk that Willdan will not be able to expand its services or meet the needs of customers in markets in which it operates. It is important to note that Willdan's actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, a slowdown in the local and regional economies of the states where Willdan conducts business and the loss of or inability to hire additional qualified professionals. Willdan's business could be affected by a number of other factors, including the risk factors listed from time to time in Willdan's SEC reports including, but not limited to, the Form 10-K annual report for the year ended December 31, 2010 filed on March 29, 2011. Willdan cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Willdan disclaims any obligation to, and does not undertake to, update or revise any forward-looking statements in this press release.

WILLDAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                       

September 30, 2011

December 31, 2010
(unaudited)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 8,275,000 $ 6,642,000

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $810,000 and $959,000at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively
14,755,000 14,484,000
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 16,418,000 11,343,000
Other receivables 242,000 176,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 1,005,000 1,714,000
Total current assets 40,695,000 34,359,000
 
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net 1,245,000 1,496,000
Goodwill 15,208,000 12,475,000
Other intangible assets, net 59,000 95,000
Other assets 395,000 407,000
Deferred income taxes, net of current portion 622,000 622,000
Total assets $ 58,224,000 $ 49,454,000
 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
Current liabilities:
Excess of outstanding checks over bank balance $ 989,000 $ 1,223,000
Borrowings under line of credit 2,920,000 1,000,000
Accounts payable 6,024,000 5,380,000
Accrued liabilities 9,638,000 5,985,000
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts 1,156,000 1,041,000
Current portion of notes payable 101,000 90,000
Current portion of capital lease obligations 155,000 173,000
Current portion of deferred income taxes 1,407,000 1,407,000
Total current liabilities 22,390,000 16,299,000
 
Notes payable, less current portion 95,000 131,000
Capital lease obligations, less current portion 106,000 96,000
Deferred lease obligations 617,000 766,000
Total liabilities 23,208,000 17,292,000
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders’ equity:

Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issuedand outstanding

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized: 7,272,000 and 7,246,000shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively
73,000 72,000
Additional paid-in capital 34,009,000 33,765,000
Accumulated earnings (deficit) 934,000 (1,675,000 )
Total stockholders’ equity 35,016,000 32,162,000
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 58,224,000 $ 49,454,000
 

WILLDAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(Unaudited)
               
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30,       October 1, September 30,       October 1,
2011 2010 2011 2010
 
Contract revenue $ 28,605,000 $ 20,706,000 $ 77,159,000 $ 58,024,000
 
Direct costs of contract revenue (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):
Salaries and wages 6,568,000 5,570,000 19,567,000 16,196,000
Subconsultant services 8,825,000 5,433,000 22,618,000 10,912,000
Other direct costs 1,462,000 448,000 3,749,000 3,434,000
Total direct costs of contract revenue 16,855,000 11,451,000 45,934,000 30,542,000
 
General and administrative expenses:
Salaries and wages, payroll taxes and employee benefits 5,381,000 4,093,000 16,245,000 13,019,000
Facilities and facilities related 1,266,000 1,117,000 3,663,000 3,246,000
Stock-based compensation 40,000 52,000 148,000 180,000
Depreciation and amortization 197,000 231,000 683,000 741,000
Lease abandonment (recovery) expense, net (75,000 ) 9,000 (62,000 )
Other 2,486,000 2,443,000 7,423,000 7,314,000
Total general and administrative expenses 9,370,000 7,861,000 28,171,000 24,438,000
Income from operations 2,380,000 1,394,000 3,054,000 3,044,000
 
Other income (expense), net:
Interest income 1,000 3,000 5,000 9,000
Interest expense (21,000 ) (11,000 ) (53,000 ) (37,000 )
Other, net 8,000 (3,000 ) 5,000 17,000
Total other expense, net (12,000 ) (11,000 ) (43,000 ) (11,000 )
Income before income taxes 2,368,000 1,383,000 3,011,000 3,033,000
 
Income tax expense 203,000 595,000 402,000 595,000
Net income $ 2,165,000 $ 788,000 $ 2,609,000 $ 2,438,000
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.30 $ 0.11 $ 0.36 $ 0.34
Diluted $ 0.29 $ 0.11 $ 0.35 $ 0.34
 
Weighted-average shares outstanding:
Basic 7,267,000 7,236,000 7,258,000 7,229,000
Diluted 7,468,000 7,318,000 7,478,000 7,274,000
 

WILLDAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited)
         
Nine Months Ended

September 30, 2011
         

October 1, 2010
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income $ 2,609,000 $ 2,438,000
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Non-cash revenue from subcontractor settlement (902,000 )
Depreciation and amortization 733,000 752,000
Lease abandonment expense (recovery), net 9,000 (62,000 )
Loss (gain) on sale of equipment 1,000 (17,000 )
Provision for doubtful accounts 131,000 259,000
Stock-based compensation 148,000 180,000
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (402,000 ) (1,578,000 )
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts (5,075,000 ) (5,259,000 )
Income tax receivable (4,000 )
Other receivables (66,000 ) (165,000 )
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 709,000 391,000
Other assets 12,000 (92,000 )
Accounts payable 1,546,000 1,487,000
Accrued liabilities 3,653,000 2,817,000
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts 115,000 245,000
Deferred lease obligations (158,000 ) (97,000 )
Net cash provided by operating activities 3,063,000 1,295,000
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Purchase of equipment and leasehold improvements (309,000 ) (363,000 )
Proceeds from sale of equipment 6,000 31,000
Payments for business acquisition (2,733,000 ) (2,103,000 )
Net cash used in investing activities (3,036,000 ) (2,435,000 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
Changes in excess of outstanding checks over bank balance (234,000 ) 335,000
Payments on notes payable (48,000 ) (20,000 )
Proceeds from notes payable 23,000
Borrowings under line of credit 22,682,000 8,970,000
Repayments on line of credit (20,762,000 ) (8,970,000 )
Principal payments on capital lease obligations (152,000 ) (102,000 )
Proceeds from stock option exercise 4,000
Proceeds from sales of common stock under employee stock purchase plan 93,000 87,000
Net cash provided by financing activities 1,606,000 300,000
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 1,633,000 (840,000 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the period 6,642,000 8,445,000
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the period $ 8,275,000 $ 7,605,000
 
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
Cash paid during the period for:
Interest $ 51,000 $ 35,000
Income taxes 51,000 5,000
 
Supplemental disclosures of noncash investing and financing activities:
Equipment acquired under capital lease obligations $ 159,000 $ 88,000

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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