ROCKVILLE, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Argan, Inc. (NYSE: AGX) (the “Company”) today announced financial results for its fiscal year and fourth quarter ended January 31, 2016. Please read the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed today with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which can be retrieved from the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov or from the Company’s website at www.arganinc.com.
Summary Annual Information: (dollars in thousands, except per share data):
|January 31,||January 31,|
|For the Fiscal Year Ended:|
|Cost of revenue||313,810||299,507||14,303||5|
|Net income attributable to the stockholders of the Company||36,345||30,445||5,900||19|
|Diluted per share||2.42||2.05||0.37||18|
|EBITDA attributable to the stockholders of the Company||62,905||52,225||10,680||20|
|Diluted per share||4.19||3.52||0.67||19|
|Cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments||$||275,007||$||333,691||$||(58,684||)||(18||)%|
|Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings||105,863||161,564||(55,701||)||(34||)|
|Gemma Power Systems (“GPS”) backlog||1,148,000||423,000||725,000||171|
Highlights for the Year:
- Revenues increased 8% to $413 million for the year ended January 31, 2016 (“Fiscal 2016”) as compared to $383 million for the prior year.
- Our gross profit percentage increased to 24.1% for Fiscal 2016 as compared to 21.8% for the prior year.
- EBITDA attributable to the stockholders of Argan increased 20% to $62.9 million for Fiscal 2016 as compared to $52.2 million for the prior year.
- Net income attributable to the stockholders of Argan increased 19% to $36.3 million for Fiscal 2016 as compared to $30.4 million for the prior year.
- The contract backlog of GPS increased 171% to $1.1 billion at the end of Fiscal 2016 as compared to $423 million at the end of the prior year. Subsequent to Fiscal 2016, an additional $400 million was added to the contract backlog.
- GPS started five new power plant projects during Fiscal 2016.
- In December, we acquired The Roberts Company (“Roberts”), a fully integrated fabrication, construction and plant services company, for $0.5 million and we paid off $16 million in Roberts debt obligations.
- In May, we acquired Atlantic Projects Company (“APC”), a leading provider of construction and technical services for power generation, oil and gas, industrial and process industry customers worldwide, for $11.1 million.
Fiscal Year Results:
Revenue increased 8% to $413 million over last year primarily due to consistent year over year revenue from GPS and the addition of revenues from the two acquisitions, APC and Roberts, in Fiscal 2016. Our gross profit margins increased to 24.1% during Fiscal 2016 reflecting the effective performance of the construction teams during the year, though new work in the latter part of the year had lower gross margins. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased primarily due to the additions of APC and Roberts and related acquisition costs. Net income attributable to our stockholders for Fiscal 2016 increased 19% to $36.3 million, or $2.42 per diluted share, from $30.4 million, or $2.05 per diluted share, for the prior year due primarily to the aforementioned revenues and gross profit increases. Likewise, EBITDA attributable to our stockholders for Fiscal 2016 increased 20% to $62.9 million, or $4.19 per diluted share, from $52.2 million, or $3.52 per diluted share, for the prior year.
Commenting on Argan’s results, Rainer Bosselmann, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “This has been a significant year of growth for us. Revenues and gross profit are at record levels and we expect that growth to continue into next year. We started five new power plant projects at Gemma this year and our total backlog has increased to over $1.5 billion with the addition of the CPV Towantic project. Our two new acquisitions will increase our geographical reach to international power markets, enhance vertical synergies with certain supply services and help diversify our revenue streams for our stockholders. We believe we are well positioned for the coming years.”
Fourth Quarter Results:
Revenues increased 2% to $116 million over last quarter primarily due to $15.3 million in revenues from Roberts which we acquired in December, partially offset by a decrease in revenue at GPS during the fourth quarter reflecting a transitional period from older projects to new projects. Gross margins decreased 2.8% reflecting lower margins on the new GPS projects and a loss at Roberts, but remain robust overall at 20.2%. Selling, general and administrative expenses increased $3.5 million primarily due to the addition of Roberts and related acquisition costs as well as year-end incentive compensation costs. Net income attributable to our stockholders for the fourth quarter decreased 38% to $6.7 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, from $10.8 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, for the third quarter. Likewise, EBITDA attributable to our stockholders for the fourth quarter decreased 30% to $12.8 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, from $18.2 million, or $1.21 per diluted share, for the third quarter.
- In March, GPS received from Competitive Power Venture’s Towantic Energy Center project (“CPV Towantic”) the full notice-to-proceed with EPC activities for a 785 MW combined cycle power plant to be located in Oxford, Connecticut. GPS total backlog increased to over $1.5 billion with the addition of CPV Towantic, when added to the GPS backlog balance at January 31, 2016.
- In March, GPS received from NTE Energy the full notice-to-proceed with EPC activities for a 475 MW combined cycle power plant to be located in Kings Mountain, North Carolina.
About Argan, Inc.
Argan’s primary business is providing a full range of services to the power industry including the engineering, procurement and construction of gas-fired and biomass-fired power plants, along with related commissioning, operations management, maintenance, project development and consulting services, through its Gemma Power Systems and Atlantic Projects Company operations. Argan also owns Southern Maryland Cable, which provides telecommunications infrastructure services, and The Roberts Company, which is a fully integrated fabrication, construction and plant services company.
Certain matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws and are subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to: (1) the continued strong performance of our power industry services business; (2) the Company’s ability to successfully and profitably integrate acquisitions; and (3) the Company’s ability to achieve its business strategy while effectively managing costs and expenses. Actual results and the timing of certain events could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to a number of factors detailed from time to time in Argan’s filings with the SEC. In addition, reference is hereby made to cautionary statements with respect to risk factors set forth in the Company’s most recent reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q, and other SEC filings.
|ARGAN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS|
|(In thousands, except per share data)|
|Fiscal Years Ended January 31,|
|Power industry services||$||387,636||$||376,676|
|Industrial fabrication and field services||15,260||—|
|Telecommunications infrastructure services||10,379||6,434|
|COST OF REVENUES|
|Power industry services||290,823||294,643|
|Industrial fabrication and field services||15,527||—|
|Telecommunications infrastructure services||7,460||4,864|
|Cost of revenues||313,810||299,507|
|Selling, general and administrative expenses||25,060||19,470|
|INCOME FROM OPERATIONS||74,405||64,133|
|Gains on the deconsolidation of variable interest entities||349||—|
|Other income, net||752||234|
|INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES||75,506||64,367|
|Income tax expense||25,302||20,912|
|Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests||13,859||13,010|
NET INCOME ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE STOCKHOLDERS OF ARGAN, INC.
EARNINGS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO THE STOCKHOLDERS OF ARGAN, INC.
WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES OUTSTANDING
|CASH DIVIDENDS PER COMMON SHARE||$||0.70||$||0.70|
|ARGAN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|Reconciliations to EBITDA|
|Fiscal Years Ended January 31,|
|Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interests||(13,859||)||(13,010||)|
|Interest (income) expense||(8||)||30|
|Income tax expense||25,258||20,956|
|Amortization of purchased intangible assets||531||243|
|EBITDA attributable to the stockholders of Argan, Inc.||$||62,905||$||52,225|
|Three Months Ended|
|January 31, 2016||October 31, 2015|
|Less net income attributable to noncontrolling interests||(2,432||)||(3,552||)|
|Income tax expense||5,458||7,045|
|Amortization of purchased intangible assets||248||119|
|EBITDA attributable to the stockholders of Argan, Inc.||$||12,777||$||18,242|
Management uses EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, for planning purposes, including the preparation of operating budgets and the determination of appropriate levels of operating and capital investments. Management believes that EBITDA provides additional insight for analysts and investors in evaluating the Company’s financial and operational performance and in assisting investors in comparing the Company’s financial performance to those of other companies in the Company’s industry. However, EBITDA is not intended to be an alternative to financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and should not be considered in isolation from the Company’s GAAP results of operations. Pursuant to the requirements of SEC Regulation G, reconciliations between the Company’s GAAP and non-GAAP financial results are included in the presentations above and investors are advised to carefully review and consider this information as well as the GAAP financial results that are presented in the Company’s SEC filings.
|ARGAN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES|
|CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS|
|(In thousands, except share and per share data)|
|As of January 31,|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||160,909||$||333,691|
|Accounts receivable, net||64,185||27,330|
|Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings||4,078||455|
|Notes receivable and accrued interest, net||1,974||1,786|
|Deferred income tax assets||1,111||—|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets||5,368||1,092|
|TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS||351,723||364,354|
|Property, plant and equipment, net||12,308||6,518|
|Intangible assets, net||9,344||1,845|
|LIABILITIES AND EQUITY|
|Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings||105,863||161,564|
|Deferred income taxes||—||201|
|TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES||187,712||215,432|
|Deferred income taxes||1,335||809|
|COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES|
|Preferred stock, par value $0.10 per share –
500,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding
Common stock, par value $0.15 per share – 30,000,000 shares authorized;
14,839,702 and 14,634,434 shares issued at January 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively; 14,836,469 and 14,631,201 shares outstanding at January 31, 2016 and 2015, respectively
|Additional paid-in capital||117,274||109,663|
|Accumulated other comprehensive loss||(565||)||—|
|TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY||218,516||185,472|
|TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY||$||410,902||$||391,193|