SOURCE: TRC Companies, Inc.

TRC Companies, Inc.

February 08, 2012 07:00 ET

TRC Announces Second-Quarter Fiscal 2012 Financial Results

Company Delivers 23% Net Service Revenue Growth and Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.18

LOWELL, MA--(Marketwire - Feb 8, 2012) - 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 three and six month periods ended December 30, 2011.

Financial Highlights

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
(In millions, except per share data) December 30, 2011 December 24, 2010 December 30, 2011 December 24, 2010
Net service revenue(1) $ 73.9 $ 60.3 $ 147.4 $ 117.9
Arena Towers litigation (2) $ 0.2 $ - $ (11.1 ) $ -
Operating income $ 4.9 $ 2.9 $ 20.4 $ 6.3
Federal and state income tax benefit (provision) $ 0.2 $ (0.2 ) $ 3.5 $ (0.7 )
Accretion charges on preferred stock $ - $ (3.5 ) $ - $ (7.3 )
Net income (loss) applicable to TRC Companies, Inc.'s common shareholders $ 5.2 $ (1.0 ) $ 23.9 $ (2.1 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.18 $ (0.04 ) $ 0.84 $ (0.10 )
Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding 28.5 21.8 28.5 20.8
(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) On October 5, 2011 a post-trial motion was granted to disregard a substantial portion of the verdict in this matter resulting in an $11.2 million reduction of the litigation accrual. A judgment was entered in the case on October 10, 2011, and on January 3, 2012 the Company paid $8.7 million in full satisfaction of the judgment and interest. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 the Company had recorded a litigation accrual of $17.3 million related to the verdict.

Comments on Fiscal Second-Quarter Results

"TRC delivered a strong second-quarter performance with net service revenue (NSR) growth of 23% driven by a combination of organic growth and contributions from our recent acquisitions," said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Chris Vincze. "Much of the organic growth stemmed from our Energy segment, while our Environmental segment produced most of the acquisition related growth. In the quarter, we continued to improve our profitability with operating margins increasing 68% and net income more than doubling."

"The performance of our Energy segment continues to be bolstered by increased investment by utilities in their electric transmission and distribution systems and a renewed focus on capital programs for electric system reliability. In the quarter, Energy segment NSR was up 34%, and segment profit increased by 43%. The growth in this segment is mostly organic and is a testament to the success of our strategy to gain market share through integrating TRC's energy service offerings and expanding our geographic presence."

"TRC's Environmental segment continues to post steady results with a 22% increase in NSR, which was primarily attributable to recent acquisitions. Our performance was in line with the overall environmental marketplace, which experienced weakness due to several factors, including a slowdown in real estate activity and reduced government spending. As a result, segment profit in the quarter was down 6%."

"Our Infrastructure segment performed well in the quarter, achieving NSR growth of 3% despite a challenging environment. The markets we serve continue to grapple with government budget deficits and the absence of a clear national policy for the transportation and infrastructure industries. Amidst these challenges, we continued to improve Infrastructure segment profit, which was up 54%, through enhanced project performance and execution and a focus on higher-margin project work."

Business Outlook

"Looking ahead, we see a number of opportunities to extend the momentum we have established in recent quarters, particularly within our Energy and Environmental segments. Our two-pronged profitable growth strategy, which combines selective acquisitions with internal growth initiatives, is delivering more consistent results as we have created a highly scalable, flexible and reliable business model. Several recently promulgated environmental regulations, involving the coal industry in particular, should support an increasing demand for many of our energy and environmental services in the coming quarters. We are also optimistic about opportunities for profitable growth within power markets such as energy efficiency, renewable energy, and electric transmission systems/substations upgrades, as well as the oil and gas markets. We believe the intermediate and long-term prospects for all three of our primary markets are promising and supported by favorable industry trends."

Conference Call Information

The Company will broadcast its second-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 and updates from the Company, visit TRC's website at www.TRCsolutions.com and follow us on Twitter at @TRC_Companies and on LinkedIn.

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; 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 the risk factors and 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.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(in thousands, except per share data)
(Unaudited)
Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
December 30, December 24, December 30, December 24,
2011 2010 2011 2010
Gross revenue $ 105,378 $ 84,291 $ 209,113 $ 163,109
Less subcontractor costs and other direct reimbursable charges 31,482 23,968 61,762 45,196
Net service revenue 73,896 60,323 147,351 117,913
Interest income from contractual arrangements 95 125 173 213
Insurance recoverables and other income 518 2,313 738 2,910
Operating costs and expenses:
Cost of services (exclusive of costs shown separately below) 61,173 51,715 121,335 98,289
General and administrative expenses 6,847 6,312 14,395 12,850
Provision for doubtful accounts - 595 365 1,173
Depreciation and amortization 1,434 1,233 2,796 2,461
Arena Towers litigation 163 - (11,061 ) -
Total operating costs and expenses 69,617 59,855 127,830 114,773
Operating income 4,892 2,906 20,432 6,263
Interest expense (175 ) (218 ) (356 ) (415 )
Income from operations before taxes and equity in earnings 4,717 2,688 20,076 5,848
Federal and state income tax benefit (provision) 206 (222 ) 3,504 (686 )
Income from operations before equity in earnings 4,923 2,466 23,580 5,162
Equity in earnings from unconsolidated affiliates, net of taxes 270 23 270 10
Net income 5,193 2,489 23,850 5,172
Net loss applicable to noncontrolling interest 18 13 49 34
Net income applicable to TRC Companies, Inc. 5,211 2,502 23,899 5,206
Accretion charges on preferred stock - (3,462 ) - (7,261 )
Net income (loss) applicable to TRC Companies, Inc.'s common shareholders $ 5,211 $ (960 ) $ 23,899 $ (2,055 )
Basic earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.19 $ (0.04 ) $ 0.86 $ (0.10 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share $ 0.18 $ (0.04 ) $ 0.84 $ (0.10 )
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 27,845 21,817 27,657 20,781
Diluted 28,525 21,817 28,458 20,781
TRC Companies, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share data)
(Unaudited)
December 30, June 30,
2011 2011
ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 14,736 $ 10,829
Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts 98,766 89,258
Insurance recoverable - environmental remediation 28,475 30,827
Restricted investments 6,376 12,413
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 15,093 10,087
Total current assets 163,446 153,414
Property and equipment 51,495 48,475
Less accumulated depreciation and amortization (38,220 ) (36,825 )
Property and equipment, net 13,275 11,650
Goodwill 24,775 20,886
Investments in and advances to unconsolidated affiliates and construction joint ventures 111 111
Long-term restricted investments 38,379 38,753
Long-term prepaid insurance 35,841 37,410
Other assets 13,442 13,836
Total assets $ 289,269 $ 276,060
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 6,484 $ 3,139
Accounts payable 39,167 26,510
Accrued compensation and benefits 29,750 28,252
Deferred revenue 16,985 22,709
Environmental remediation liabilities 527 505
Other accrued liabilities 44,687 59,718
Total current liabilities 137,600 140,833
Non-current liabilities:
Long-term debt, net of current portion 3,364 6,037
Income taxes payable 757 4,912
Deferred revenue 86,574 88,865
Environmental remediation liabilities 5,600 5,741
Total liabilities 233,895 246,388
Commitments and contingencies
Equity:
Common stock, $.10 par value; 40,000,000 shares authorized, 27,870,592 and 27,867,110 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at Dectember 30, 2011, and 27,303,774 and 27,300,292 shares issued and outstanding, respectively, at June 30, 2011 2,787 2,730
Additional paid-in capital 175,858 173,984
Accumulated deficit (123,356 ) (147,255 )
Accumulated other comprehensive income 350 429
Treasury stock, at cost (33 ) (33 )
Total shareholders' equity applicable to TRC Companies, Inc. 55,606 29,855
Noncontrolling interest (232 ) (183 )
Total equity 55,374 29,672
Total liabilities and equity $ 289,269 $ 276,060

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