Tetra Tech Reports Fourth Quarter And Fiscal 2016 Results

Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 2, 2016.

Fourth Quarter Results

Revenue in the fourth quarter totaled $729 million, up 26% year over year. For ongoing operations 1, revenue totaled $713 million, and revenue, net of subcontractor costs 2 (net revenue), was $526 million, up 27% and 25%, respectively, compared to the same period in fiscal 2015. Operating income for the fourth quarter was $47 million, and on an ongoing basis totaled $52 million, up 14% compared to the previous year. Earnings per share (EPS) were $0.53, and on an ongoing basis totaled $0.59, up 18% year over year. Backlog of $2.38 billion was up 25% year over year.

Quarterly Dividend and Share Repurchase Program

On November 7, 2016, Tetra Tech's Board of Directors declared a quarterly dividend of $0.09 per share payable on December 14, 2016 to stockholders of record as of December 1, 2016. Additionally, the Board authorized a new program to repurchase up to $200 million of common stock, following the recently completed $200 million buyback program.

Fiscal Year Results

Revenue for the fiscal year totaled $2.58 billion, up 12% year over year. For ongoing operations 1, revenue totaled $2.53 billion and net revenue was $1.91 billion, up 14% and 13%, respectively, from fiscal 2015. Operating income for the fiscal year was $136 million, and on an ongoing basis totaled $170 million, up 10% compared to the previous year. EPS was $1.42, and on an ongoing basis totaled $1.88, up 17% year over year.

Comments on Results

Tetra Tech's Chairman and CEO, Dan Batrack commented, "Tetra Tech had a strong fiscal 2016 and finished the year with record-high fourth quarter revenue and income. We continued our focus on leading with science and providing clients with differentiated high-end consulting and engineering services primarily in the water, environment and energy markets. We completed the year with broad-based contract wins across our end markets, led by growth in U.S. federal, state and local, and international development. This momentum drove our backlog to an all-time high, providing a strong foundation for growth in fiscal 2017."

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 first quarter of fiscal 2017 to be in the range of $0.44 to $0.48. Net revenue for the first quarter is expected to range from $450 million to $475 million. For fiscal 2017, Tetra Tech expects diluted EPS to be in the range of $2.00 to $2.20 and net revenue 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 fourth quarter and fiscal year 2016 results through a link posted on the Company's website at tetratech.com on November 10, 2016 at 8:00 a.m. (PT).

Operating Results
In thousands (except EPS data)  
 

Three Months Ended Fiscal Year Ended
Oct. 2,

2016
  Sep. 27,

2015
  %

Y/Y
Oct. 2,

2016
  Sep. 27,

2015
  %

Y/Y
 
Revenue $ 728,508 $ 578,394 26 % $ 2,583,469 $ 2,299,321 12 %
RCM   (15,369 )   (17,528 ) -     (52,150 )   (86,575 ) -  
Ongoing revenue $ 713,139   $ 560,866   27 % $ 2,531,319   $ 2,212,746   14 %
 
Net revenue $ 530,850 $ 426,982 24 % $ 1,929,205 $ 1,718,715 12 %
RCM   (4,730 )   (4,829 ) -     (17,267 )   (23,275 ) -  
Ongoing net revenue $ 526,120   $ 422,153   25 % $ 1,911,938   $ 1,695,440   13 %
 
Operating income (loss) $ 47,189 $ (20,047 ) NM $ 135,855 $ 87,685 55 %
Goodwill charge - 60,763 - - 60,763 -
Earn-out loss (gain) - - - 2,823 (3,113 ) -
Acq. & integration 2,632 - - 19,548 - -
RCM   2,144     5,009   -     11,834     8,614   -  
Ongoing operating income $ 51,965   $ 45,725   14 % $ 170,060   $ 153,949   10 %
 
EPS $ 0.53 $ (0.53 ) NM $ 1.42 $ 0.64 122 %
Goodwill charge - 0.96 - - 0.93 -
Earn-out loss (gain) - - - 0.03 (0.04 ) -
Acq. & integration 0.03 - - 0.29 - -
Coffey debt prepayment - - - 0.03 - -
Retroactive R&D tax - - - (0.03 ) (0.02 ) -
RCM   0.03     0.07   -     0.14     0.10   -  
Ongoing EPS $ 0.59   $ 0.50   18 % $ 1.88   $ 1.61   17 %
 

About Tetra Tech

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting and engineering services. For 50 years, the Company has supported commercial and government clients focused on water, environment, infrastructure, resource management, energy, and international development. With 16,000 staff worldwide, Tetra Tech provides clear solutions to complex problems. For more information about Tetra Tech, please visit tetratech.com, follow us on Twitter ( @TetraTech), or like us on Facebook.

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 our overall services; the cyclicality in demand for mining services; the cyclicality in demand for oil and gas services; concentration of revenues from U.S. government agencies and potential funding disruptions by these agencies; violations of U.S. government contractor regulations; dependence on winning or renewing U.S. 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; credit risks associated with certain commercial clients; risks associated with international operations; the failure to comply with worldwide anti-bribery laws; the failure to comply with domestic and international export laws; 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 workforce utilization; the use of the percentage-of-completion method of accounting; the inability to accurately estimate and control contract costs; the failure to adequately recover on our claims for additional contract 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; the failure of partners to perform on joint projects; the failure of subcontractors to satisfy their obligations; requirements to pay liquidated damages based on contract performance; changes in resource management, environmental, or infrastructure industry laws, regulations, or programs; changes in capital markets and the access to capital; credit agreement covenants; industry competition; liability related to legal proceedings, investigations, and disputes; 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 reports and opinions; liabilities relating to environmental laws and regulations; force majeure events; protection of intellectual property rights; the interruption of systems and information technology; the ability to impede a business combination based on Delaware law and charter documents; and stock price volatility. 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.

1 Refer to the Operating Results table for a reconciliation to GAAP. 2 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.

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