EMCOR Group, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2012 Results

EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE: EME) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

As previously announced, the Company completed the sale of its Canadian subsidiary, Comstock Canada, in August 2011. Accordingly, Comstock’s results for the 2011 first quarter have been classified as discontinued operations.

For the first quarter of 2012, net income from continuing operations attributable to EMCOR increased 10.4% to $27.1 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, from $24.6 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011. Revenues increased 21.6% to $1.54 billion in the first quarter of 2012, compared to revenues of $1.27 billion in the year ago period. Organic revenue growth in the quarter, compared to the first quarter of 2011, was 11.1%.

For the first quarter of 2012, operating income was $46.2 million, or 3.0% of revenues. Operating income for the first quarter of 2011 was $41.8 million, or 3.3% of revenues, including restructuring expenses of $1.0 million. Selling, general and administrative expenses were $134.5 million, or 8.7% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2012, compared to $113.9 million, or 9.0% of revenues, in the first quarter of 2011.

Backlog as of March 31, 2012 was $3.39 billion, an increase of 2.9% over backlog of $3.29 billion a year ago, excluding Comstock Canada. This increase reflects growth in the commercial, institutional and industrial sectors, which offset declines in the healthcare, hospitality/gaming, water/wastewater and transportation sectors. Commercial backlog increased $521 million or 95.6% to $1.07 billion, with organic growth contributing approximately $257 million, or approximately 47% of the increase. Backlog at the Company’s USM business has increased 13.9% since its acquisition on June 30, 2011. On an organic basis, total backlog was down 6.1%, or $200 million, from March 31, 2011. Backlog increased 1.8% from $3.33 billion on December 31, 2011.

Tony Guzzi, President and Chief Executive Officer of EMCOR Group, commented, “Our first quarter performance was very encouraging in a still challenging environment and reflects solid execution as the marketplace slowly improves. The organic and acquisition investments we have made over time to strengthen our construction capabilities and service offerings combined with our cost reduction efforts have begun to pay dividends in the form of strong revenue momentum and solid profitability. We saw revenues grow across all of our segments in the quarter, and we benefitted from particularly strong results within our electrical construction and UK operations, which helped to mitigate the very mild winter weather that adversely impacted our facilities services segment and the preponderance of lower-margin projects booked during the recession. The result was strong top and bottom-line performance.”

Mr. Guzzi continued, “The increased value of our services and the quality of our execution have brought us closer to the end users of our services so that at times we are engaged earlier in their project design and in some cases even before the customer has determined their complete project scope. As a result and with the improving demand from the private sector markets, we are experiencing a faster sales cycle in certain areas of our business, resulting in revenue growth that is exceeding backlog growth. Given an ongoing gradual recovery in our markets, we would expect this dynamic to continue going forward.”

Mr. Guzzi concluded, “The first quarter was a good start to the year. During what is typically our softest period, we were able to generate strong organic growth while also booking a solid level of new projects, enabling us to maintain our book-to-bill ratio above 1x. Although conditions remain uncertain, we are seeing some promising trends. We are encouraged by the increasing proportion of private sector work in our backlog, reflecting improved demand levels in the market, which should benefit us as this work begins to flow through our operations. Furthermore, the integration of USM is progressing, and we have built its backlog since we acquired it. We remain diligent in our cost reduction efforts to gain operating leverage from growing revenues. Overall, our efforts and execution have placed us in an excellent position to take advantage of a gradual recovery which we hope is starting to occur.”

The Company noted that, based on the current size and mix of its contract backlog and assuming the continuation of current market conditions, it now expects to generate revenues in 2012 of approximately $6.3 billion, versus its previous expectation of approximately $6.0 billion, and expects diluted earnings per share of $1.70 to $1.95, versus its prior expectation of $1.65 to $1.95.

EMCOR Group, Inc. is a Fortune 500® leader in mechanical and electrical construction services, energy infrastructure and facilities services. This press release and other press releases may be viewed at the Company’s Web site at www.emcorgroup.com.

EMCOR Group’s first quarter conference call will be available live via internet broadcast today, Thursday, April 26, at 10:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. You can access the live call through the Home Page of the Company’s Web site at www.emcorgroup.com.

This release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Any such comments are based upon information available to EMCOR management and its perception thereof, as of this date, and EMCOR assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding market opportunities, market share growth, gross profit, backlog mix, projects with varying profit margins, and selling, general and administrative expenses. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Accordingly these statements are no guarantee of future performance. Such risk and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, adverse effects of general economic conditions, changes in the political environment, changes in the specific markets for EMCOR’s services, adverse business conditions, availability of adequate levels of surety bonding, increased competition, unfavorable labor productivity and mix of business. Certain of the risks and factors associated with EMCOR’s business are also discussed in the Company’s 2011 Form 10-K and in other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All these risks and factors should be taken into account in evaluating any forward-looking statements.



(In thousands, except share and per share information) (Unaudited)


For the Three Months EndedMarch 31,


Revenues $ 1,538,521 $ 1,265,243
Cost of sales   1,357,828   1,108,534
Gross profit 180,693 156,709

Selling, general and administrative  expenses


Restructuring expenses   --   961
Operating income 46,189 41,837
Interest expense, net   1,359   2,183

Income from continuing operations before income  taxes

Income tax provision   17,022   15,096
Income from continuing operations 27,808 24,558
Income from discontinued operation, net of income taxes   --   818
Net income including noncontrolling interests 27,808 25,376

Less: Net income attributable to noncontrollinginterests

Net income attributable to EMCOR Group, Inc. $ 27,145 $ 24,594

Basic earnings per common share – continuing  operations:





Basic earnings per common share – discontinued  operation:





Diluted earnings per common share –  continuing operations:





Diluted earnings per common share –  discontinued operation:




Dividends declared per common share $ 0.05 $ --
Weighted average shares of
common stock outstanding:
Basic 66,685,985 66,808,687
Diluted 67,946,245 68,581,276



(In thousands)

March 31,


December 31,

Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 438,655 $ 511,322
Accounts receivable, net 1,175,629 1,187,832

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings  on uncompleted contracts


Inventories 47,124 44,914
Prepaid expenses and other   80,749   77,749
Total current assets 1,861,627 1,936,653
Investments, notes and other long-term receivables 5,026 5,618
Property, plant & equipment, net 111,701 101,663
Goodwill 568,868 566,805
Identifiable intangible assets, net 363,336 370,373
Other assets   33,673   32,964
Total assets $ 2,944,231 $ 3,014,076
Current liabilities:
Borrowings under revolving credit facility $ -- $ --

Current maturities of long-term debt and capital  lease obligations


Accounts payable 445,142 477,801

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings  on uncompleted contracts


Accrued payroll and benefits 179,092 204,785
Other accrued expenses and liabilities   206,346   205,110
Total current liabilities 1,232,499 1,330,913
Borrowings under revolving credit facility 150,000 150,000
Long-term debt and capital lease obligations 4,487 3,335
Other long-term obligations   289,867   284,697
Total liabilities   1,676,853   1,768,945
Total EMCOR Group, Inc. stockholders’ equity 1,256,318 1,234,734
Noncontrolling interests   11,060   10,397
Total equity   1,267,378   1,245,131
Total liabilities and equity $ 2,944,231 $ 3,014,076



For the Three Months Ended March 31, 2012 and 2011

(In thousands) (Unaudited)
2012 2011
Cash flows from operating activities:
Net income including noncontrolling interests $ 27,808 $ 25,376
Depreciation and amortization 6,951 6,232
Amortization of identifiable intangible assets 7,545 5,374
Deferred income taxes 1,216 7,753
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation (5,229 ) (536 )
Equity income from unconsolidated entities (232 ) (190 )
Other non-cash items 2,361 1,826
Distributions from unconsolidated entities 840 520
Changes in operating assets and liabilities   (74,389 )   (81,471 )
Net cash used in operating activities   (33,129 )   (35,116 )
Cash flows from investing activities:

Payments for acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired,  and related contingent consideration arrangement




Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 169 173
Purchase of property, plant and equipment   (7,826 )   (4,517 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (28,701 )   (46,772 )
Cash flows from financing activities:
Repayments of long-term debt and debt issuance costs -- (6 )
Repayments of capital lease obligations (755 ) (157 )
Dividends paid to stockholders (3,323 ) --
Repurchase of common stock (13,192 ) --
Proceeds from exercise of stock options 1,909 729
Payments to satisfy minimum tax withholding (733 ) (1,255 )
Issuance of common stock under employee stock purchase plan 634 579
Payment for contingent consideration arrangement (2,214 ) --
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation   5,229     536  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities   (12,445 )   426  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   1,608     2,610  
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents (72,667 ) (78,852 )
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   511,322     710,836  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 438,655   $ 631,984  



(In thousands) (Unaudited)

For the three monthsended March 31,
  2012   2011
Revenues from unrelated entities:
United States electrical construction and facilities services $ 290,537 $ 268,532
United States mechanical construction and facilities services 552,933 425,205
United States facilities services   554,160   446,629
Total United States operations 1,397,630 1,140,366
United Kingdom construction and facilities services   140,891   124,877
Total worldwide operations $ 1,538,521 $ 1,265,243

For the three monthsended March 31,
  2012           2011  
Operating income (loss):
United States electrical construction and facilities services $ 23,566 $ 14,421
United States mechanical construction and facilities services 21,821 23,328
United States facilities services   12,431     15,279  
Total United States operations 57,818 53,028
United Kingdom construction and facilities services 3,482 2,620
Corporate administration (15,111 ) (12,850 )
Restructuring expenses   --     (961 )
Total worldwide operations 46,189 41,837
Other corporate items:
Interest expense (1,775 ) (2,736 )
Interest income   416     553  
Income from continuing operations before income taxes $ 44,830   $ 39,654  

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