Tetra Tech Reports Strong Third Quarter Results

Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) today announced results for the third quarter ended July 1, 2012.

Third Quarter Results

Revenue in the quarter was $684.7 million compared to $673.8 million in the third quarter last year. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs 1, was $516.9 million, up 7.6% compared to $480.5 million in the third quarter last year. Operating income was $46.3 million, up 17.4% compared to $39.4 million in the third quarter last year. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.45, up 18.4% compared to $0.38 in the third quarter last year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA 2), were $59.1 million, up 12.6% compared to $52.5 million in the third quarter last year. Backlog was a record high $2.06 billion, up 9.9% compared to $1.88 billion at the end of the third quarter last year. Cash generated from operations was $56.8 million compared to $55.8 million in the third quarter last year.

Nine-Month Results

Revenue for the nine-month period was $1.99 billion compared to $1.90 billion in the year-ago period. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs, was $1.49 billion, up 12.9% compared to $1.32 billion in the year-ago period. Operating income was $117.9 million, up 14.5% compared to $103.0 million in the year-ago period. Diluted EPS were $1.16, up 14.9% compared to $1.01 (or up 17.2% compared to $0.99 excluding a prior year tax benefit) in the year-ago period. EBITDA were $159.4 million, up 12.1% compared to $142.2 million in the year-ago period. Cash generated from operations was $128.2 million, up 30.3% compared to $98.4 million in year-ago period.

Tetra Tech’s Chairman and CEO, Dan Batrack highlighted, “Our growth this quarter was driven by strong demand from our U.S. commercial and international clients, which now comprise 57% of our business. This client mix continues to improve our operating margin. The addition of midstream pipeline planning and engineering services this quarter further strengthens our U.S. commercial business. As a result of our performance, we are increasing our EPS guidance for the year.”

1 Tetra Tech’s revenue includes a significant amount of subcontractor costs and, therefore, the Company believes revenue, net of subcontractor costs, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, provides a valuable perspective on its business results.

2 EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company believes EBITDA is a useful representation of operating performance because of significant amounts of acquisition-related non-cash amortization expense. A table reconciling net income attributable to Tetra Tech to EBITDA can be found at the end of this release.
   

In thousands (except EPS data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
July 1,

2012
  July 3,

2011
July 1,

2012
  July 3,

2011
Revenue $ 684,698 $ 673,792 $ 1,991,670 $ 1,897,482
Subcontractor costs   (167,832 )   (193,288 )   (505,855 )   (581,093 )
Revenue, net of subcontractor costs

516,866

480,504

1,485,815

1,316,389
Operating income 46,261 39,408 117,896 102,989
Interest expense, net (1,419 ) (1,703 ) (4,182 ) (4,478 )
Income tax expense   (15,674 )   (12,957 )   (39,522 )   (32,928 )
Net income including noncontrolling interests

29,168

24,748

74,192

65,583
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests  

(114

)
 

(909

)
 

(244

)
 

(1,944

)

Net income attributable to Tetra Tech

$

29,054
 

$

23,839
 

 

$

73,948
 

$

63,639
 
 

Earnings per share attributable to Tetra Tech:
Basic $ 0.46   $ 0.38   $ 1.17   $ 1.03  
Diluted $ 0.45   $ 0.38   $ 1.16   $ 1.01  
 

Weighted-average common

shares outstanding:
Basic 63,387 62,203

 
63,054 61,967
Diluted 64,179 62,934

 
63,752 62,745
 

Business Outlook

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and the actual results could differ materially. These statements do not include the potential impact of transactions that may be completed or developments that become evident after the date of this release. The Business Outlook section should be read in conjunction with the information on forward-looking statements at the end of this release.

Tetra Tech expects diluted EPS for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 to be in the range of $0.45 to $0.50. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs, for the fourth quarter is expected to range from $525 million to $575 million. For fiscal 2012, Tetra Tech is increasing diluted EPS guidance to a range of $1.61 to $1.66. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs, for fiscal 2012 is expected to range from $2.0 billion to $2.1 billion.

Webcast

Investors will have the opportunity to access a live audio-visual webcast and supplemental financial information concerning the third quarter results through a link posted on the Company’s website at www.tetratech.com on August 2, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. (PDT).

About Tetra Tech ( www.tetratech.com)

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction management, and technical services. The Company supports government and commercial clients by providing innovative solutions to complex problems focused on water, environment, energy, infrastructure, and natural resources. With over 13,000 employees worldwide, Tetra Tech’s capabilities span the entire project life cycle.
 
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Regulation G Information
Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA
 

In thousands
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
July 1,

2012
  July 3,

2011
July 1,

2012
  July 3,

2011
Net income attributable toTetra Tech $ 29,054 $ 23,839 $ 73,948 $ 63,639
Interest expense, net 1,419 1,703 4,182 4,478
Income tax expense 15,674 12,957 39,522 32,928
Depreciation 6,077 7,009 19,657 20,401
Amortization   6,901   7,024   22,083   20,747
EBITDA $ 59,125 $ 52,532 $ 159,392 $ 142,193
 

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include information concerning future events and the future financial performance of Tetra Tech that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are urged to read the documents filed by Tetra Tech with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Form 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K, each as it may be amended from time to time, which identify risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Among the important factors or risks that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this release are: worldwide political and economic uncertainties; fluctuations in annual revenue, expenses and operating results; the cyclicality in demand for U.S. state and local government and U.S. commercial services; credit risks associated with certain U.S. commercial clients; delays in U.S. federal debt ceiling legislation and shifts in U.S. defense spending; concentration of revenues from U.S. government agencies and potential funding disruptions by these agencies; delays in the completion of the U.S. government budget process; violations of U.S. government contractor regulations; dependence on winning or renewing U.S. federal, state and local government contracts; the delay or unavailability of public funding on U.S. government contracts; the U.S. government’s right to modify, delay, curtail or terminate contracts at its convenience; the failure to properly manage projects; the loss of key personnel or the inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the use of estimates and assumptions in the preparation of financial statements; the ability to maintain adequate utilization of our workforce; the use of the percentage-of-completion method of accounting; the inability to accurately estimate contract risks, revenue and costs; the failure to win or renew contracts with private and public sector clients; acquisition strategy and integration risks; goodwill or other intangible asset impairment; growth strategy management; backlog cancellation and adjustments; risks associated with international operations; the failure of partners to perform on joint projects; the failure of subcontractors to satisfy their obligations; changes in resource management or infrastructure industry laws, regulations or programs; changes in capital markets and the access to capital; credit agreement covenants; industry competition; volatility of common stock value; liability related to legal proceedings; the availability of third-party insurance coverage; the ability to obtain adequate bonding; employee, agent or partner misconduct; employee risks related to international travel; safety programs; conflict of interest issues; liabilities relating to environmental laws and regulations; force majeure events; protection of intellectual property rights; and the interruption of our computer, information and communications technology and systems. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to Tetra Tech, which is subject to change. Although any such projections and the factors influencing them will likely change, Tetra Tech will not necessarily update the information, since Tetra Tech will only provide guidance at certain points during the year. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since such information speaks only as of the date of this release.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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