SOURCE: TRC Companies, Inc.

TRC Companies, Inc.

November 09, 2011 07:30 ET

TRC Announces First-Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

Company Generates Strong Profitable Growth

LOWELL, MA--(Marketwire - Nov 9, 2011) - TRC Companies, Inc. (NYSE: TRR), a recognized leader in engineering, consulting and construction management services to the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets, today announced financial results for the fiscal three months ended September 30, 2011.

Financial Highlights

Three Months Ended
September 30, September 24,
(In millions, except per share data) 2011 2010
Net service revenue(1) $ 73.5 $ 57.6
Arena Towers litigation reserve(2) $ (11.2 ) $ -
Operating income $ 15.5 $ 3.4
Federal and state income tax benefit (provision)(3) $ 3.3 $ (0.5 )
Accretion charges on preferred stock(4) $ - $ (3.8 )
Net income (loss) applicable to TRC Companies, Inc.'s common shareholders $ 18.7 $ (1.1 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.66 $ (0.06 )
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 28.4 19.7
(1) The Company believes net service revenue, rather than gross revenue, best reflects the value of services provided to its customers and is the most meaningful indicator of TRC's revenue performance.
(2) The Company recorded a litigation reserve of $17.3 million during the fourth quarter of 2011 related to the verdict in the Arena Towers litigation matter. On October 5, 2011 a post-trial motion to disregard a substantial portion of the verdict was granted resulting in an $11.2 million reduction of the reserve.
(3) The Company received final approval of a federal tax settlement resulting in a one-time tax benefit which is included as a component of the federal and state income tax benefit (provision) line item.
(4) The accretion charges on preferred stock concluded in the second quarter of fiscal 2011.

Comments on First-Quarter Results
"TRC achieved strong first-quarter financial performance through the continued successful execution of our profitable growth strategy," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. "Net service revenue (NSR) grew 28% to $73.5 million as compared to the same period in the prior year, demonstrating a balance of organic and acquisition-related growth. Our growth in the quarter occurred across all three of our segments with each generating double-digit year-over-year percentage increases in NSR."

"Our first-quarter results benefited from two favorable one-time items totaling $14.5 million. In the Arena Towers litigation matter, the court issued a ruling on our post-trial motion to disregard a substantial portion of the jury verdict resulting in an $11.2 million reduction to the legal reserve. In addition, as a result of receiving final approval of our federal tax settlement, income tax expense for the quarter reflects a net benefit of $3.3 million."

"We generated a solid operating profit and net income in the quarter as we continued our efforts to improve margins. These results are further indication that the legacy issues of the Company are behind us. As a result of a combination of NSR growth and expense control, G&A expenses as a percentage of NSR decreased to 10.3% in the quarter from 11.4% for the same period in the prior year. Our results for the quarter reflect the impact from the items described in notes two through four of the table above. Excluding the applicable items, operating income for the first quarter of fiscal 2012 would have increased $1.0 million or 29%."

"Our Energy segment was our top performer in the quarter with NSR growth of 38% and segment profit growth of 87%. The positive results were driven by new projects as utility clients continued ramping up investments in the modernization and replacement of outdated facilities, as well as the commencement of several previously deferred electric transmission and distribution projects. Part of the growth was related to the expansion of our services in Texas and the mid-Atlantic region. Our Environmental segment achieved 28% NSR growth and 17% improvement in segment profit due primarily to acquisitions, as well as steady demand for a broad array of environmental services. TRC's Infrastructure segment produced 11% NSR growth and a 58% increase in segment profit. The Infrastructure segment continues to benefit from prior initiatives to eliminate lower-margin project work, control costs, and reposition certain services."

Business Outlook
"We are off to a strong start in fiscal 2012 -- with solid NSR growth and improved profits. We have established a highly scalable business model and are steadily building a portfolio of higher-margin project work. We have the financial flexibility necessary to continue executing our two-pronged profitable growth strategy that combines internal investments with acquisitions. In the most recent of the three acquisitions completed over the past 12 months, we acquired The Payne Firm, which strengthens our position in the mergers and acquisition and transactions markets, particularly within the legal and private equity communities. We plan to pursue similar opportunities to supplement the growth of our Energy and Environmental segments."

"The three major markets in which we operate continue to offer promising intermediate and long-term opportunities for TRC. While our near-term outlook is less certain due to economic factors, positive capital spending trends in the power and energy related markets should continue to support the growth of TRC's Energy and Environmental segments. Longer-term, increased investments in the nation's infrastructure, whether through public/private partnerships or enhanced public funding, will supplement growth across all three of our segments."

Conference Call Information
The Company will broadcast its first-quarter fiscal 2012 financial results conference call today, at 9 a.m. ET. Those who wish to listen to the conference call should visit the "Investor Center" section of TRC's website at www.TRCsolutions.com. The call also may be accessed by dialing (877) 709-8155 or (201) 689-8881 prior to the start of the call. For interested individuals unable to join the live conference call, a webcast replay will be available on the Company's website for one year.

About TRC
A pioneer in groundbreaking scientific and engineering developments since the 1960s, TRC is a national engineering, consulting and construction management firm that provides integrated services to the energy, environmental and infrastructure markets. TRC serves a broad range of clients in government and industry, implementing complex projects from initial concept to delivery and operation. TRC delivers results that enable clients to achieve success in a complex and changing world. For more information, visit TRC's website at http://www.trcsolutions.com.

Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. You can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "may," "expects," "plans," "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," or other words of similar import. You should consider statements that contain these words carefully because they discuss TRC's future expectations, contain projections of the Company's future results of operations or of its financial condition, or state other "forward-looking" information. TRC believes that it is important to communicate its future expectations to its investors. However, there may be events in the future that the Company is not able to accurately predict or control and that may cause its actual results to differ materially from the expectations described in its forward-looking statements. Investors are cautioned that all forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ materially from those discussed as a result of various factors, including, but not limited to, the availability and adequacy of insurance; the uncertainty of our operational and growth strategies; circumstances which could create large cash outflows, such as contract losses, litigation, uncollectible receivables and income tax assessments, including potential payments related to TRC's Houston lease litigation; regulatory uncertainty; the availability of funding for government projects; the level of demand for TRC's services; product acceptance; industry-wide competitive factors; the ability to continue to attract and retain highly skilled and qualified personnel; and general political or economic conditions. Furthermore, market trends are subject to changes, which could adversely affect future results. See additional discussion in TRC's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2011, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, and other factors detailed from time to time in the Company's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

TRC Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended
September 30, September 24,
2011 2010
Gross revenue $ 103,735 $ 78,818
Less subcontractor costs and other direct reimbursable charges 30,280 21,228
Net service revenue 73,455 57,590
Interest income from contractual arrangements 78 88
Insurance recoverables and other income 220 597
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of services (exclusive of costs shown separately below) 60,162 46,574
General and administrative expenses 7,548 6,538
Provision for doubtful accounts 365 578
Depreciation and amortization 1,362 1,228
Arena Towers litigation reserve (11,224 ) -
Total operating costs and expenses 58,213 54,918
Operating income 15,540 3,357
Interest expense (181 ) (197 )
Income from operations before taxes and equity in losses 15,359 3,160
Federal and state income tax benefit (provision) 3,298 (464 )
Income from operations before equity in losses 18,657 2,696
Equity in losses from unconsolidated affiliates, net of taxes - (13 )
Net income 18,657 2,683
Net loss applicable to noncontrolling interest 31 21
Net income applicable to TRC Companies, Inc. 18,688 2,704
Accretion charges on preferred stock - (3,799 )
Net income (loss) applicable to TRC Companies, Inc.'s common shareholders $ 18,688 $ (1,095 )
Basic earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.68 $ (0.06 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.66 $ (0.06 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 27,472 19,684
Diluted 28,392 19,684

TRC Companies, Inc.
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)
September 30, June 30,
2011 2011
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 13,128 $ 10,829
Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts 97,976 89,258
Insurance recoverable - environmental remediation 30,415 30,827
Restricted investments 12,205 12,413
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 11,700 10,087
Total current assets 165,424 153,414
Property and equipment 50,203 48,475
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (37,641 ) (36,825 )
Property and equipment, net 12,562 11,650
Goodwill 24,775 20,886
Investments in and advances to unconsolidated affiliates and construction joint ventures 115 111
Long-term restricted investments 35,556 38,753
Long-term prepaid insurance 36,625 37,410
Other assets 13,453 13,836
Total assets $ 288,510 $ 276,060
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 9,727 $ 3,139
Accounts payable 31,323 26,510
Accrued compensation and benefits 36,977 28,252
Deferred revenue 22,489 22,709
Environmental remediation liabilities 527 505
Other accrued liabilities 46,102 59,718
Total current liabilities 147,145 140,833
Non-current liabilities:
Long-term debt, net of current portion 976 6,037
Income taxes payable 1,728 4,912
Deferred revenue 83,897 88,865
Environmental remediation liabilities 5,601 5,741
Total liabilities 239,347 246,388
Commitments and contingencies
Equity:
Common stock, $.10 par value; 40,000,000 shares authorized, 27,812,523 and 27,809,041 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at September 30, 2011, and 27,303,774 and 27,300,292 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at June 30, 2011 2,781 2,730
Additional paid-in capital 174,979 173,984
Accumulated deficit (128,567 ) (147,255 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 217 429
Treasury stock, at cost (33 ) (33 )
Total shareholders' equity applicable to TRC Companies, Inc. 49,377 29,855
Noncontrolling interest (214 ) (183 )
Total equity 49,163 29,672
Total liabilities and equity $ 288,510 $ 276,060

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