STN
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Stantec
$.45
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Earnings Details
2nd Quarter June 2018
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 6:45:00 AM
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Summary

Stantec (STN) Recent Earnings

Stantec (STN) reported 2nd Quarter June 2018 earnings of $0.32 per share on revenue of $1.1 billion. The consensus earnings estimate was $0.42 per share on revenue of $705.2 million. Revenue grew 7.4% on a year-over-year basis.

Stantec Inc provides professional consulting services in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, & project economics for infrastructure & facilities projects.

Results
Reported Earnings
$0.32
Earnings Whisper
-
Consensus Estimate
$0.42
Reported Revenue
$1.05 Bil
Revenue Estimate
$705.2 Mil
Growth
Earnings Growth
Revenue Growth
Power Rating
Grade
Earnings Release

Stantec’s Second Quarter 2018 Results Demonstrate the Strength of Consulting Services

Growth offset by continued issues with legacy Construction Services projects

EDMONTON, Alberta & NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- TSX, NYSE:STN

Stantec’s Consulting Services business reports positive organic growth and financial results, generating $0.58 adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) during the quarter. Consolidated earnings were strengthened by the Company’s ongoing focus on revenue generation and operational efficiencies and by three strategic acquisitions. Strong performance in Consulting Services was offset by project issues in Construction Services, where delays and revised estimates to complete continued for legacy waste-to-energy projects in the United Kingdom and hard-bid and design-build projects in the United States. This negatively impacted Q2 18 EPS by approximately $0.17.

“Our Consulting Services business continues to perform well. We’re focusing on our long-term strategy, meeting targets, growing organically, and reducing costs,” explains Stantec president and chief executive officer, Gord Johnston. “Though we believe that our core Construction Services business is solid, several legacy projects continued to negatively impact results. We have placed a hold on hard-bid projects outside our area of expertise, we are winding down our exposure to the UK waste-to-energy market, and we continue to make positive progress on our strategic review.”

Summary of Results

  Quarter Ended June 30, 2018
Consulting Services     Construction Services     Total
(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts and percentages)   $   % of NR     $   % of NR     $   % of NR
Gross revenue 1,092.0   126.5%   266.2   598.2%   1,358.2   149.6%
Net revenue 863.3 100.0% 44.5 100.0% 907.8 100.0%
Gross margin 470.1 54.5% (4.9) (11.0%) 465.2 51.2%
Administrative and marketing expenses 356.8 41.3% 18.8 42.2% 375.6 41.4%
Other (income) expenses   (4.5)   (0.4%)     (0.2)   (0.4%)     (4.7)   (0.6%)
EBITDA (note) 117.8 13.6% (23.5) (52.8%) 94.3 10.4%
Adjusted EBITDA (note) 117.9 13.7% (23.5) (52.8%) 94.4 10.4%
Adjusted net income (note) 65.7 7.6% (19.2) (43.1%) 46.5 5.1%
Adjusted EPS - Basic (note) 0.58 (0.17) 0.41
Adjusted EPS - Diluted (note)   0.58         (0.17)         0.41    
note: EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, and adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) are non-IFRS measures discussed in the Definition section of our 2017 Annual Report and our Q2 18 Management's Discussion and Analysis.

Consulting Services

Stantec’s Consulting Services business achieved 4.5% organic net revenue growth when comparing Q2 18 to Q2 17, highlighted by 32.4% net organic growth in the Energy & Resources business operating unit (BOU). Consulting Services – Canada achieved 6.9% organic net revenue growth, and Consulting Services – United States achieved 3.3% organic net revenue growth. Consulting Services – Global achieved 3.9% net organic revenue growth, mainly due to new project starts in the Water BOU and the Mining sector. Positive momentum in organic growth resulted in 13.6% EBITDA as a percentage of net revenue and a 7.4% increase in adjusted diluted EPS—from $0.54 in Q2 17 to $0.58 in Q2 18.

Construction Services

Stantec’s core US and UK Construction Services business is meeting management’s expectations. However, project delays and performance issues in legacy waste-to-energy projects in the United Kingdom and legacy hard-bid and design-build projects in the United States continued to impact results. During the quarter, Stantec recorded additional negative revenue and cost adjustments of $16.3 million for UK-based waste-to-energy projects, $5.4 million on a major US design-build contract, and $3 million on legacy US-based hard-bid projects. Adjustments related to these projects negatively impacted gross margins and EBITDA and decreased EPS by approximately $0.17. Settlement agreements in two of the three UK waste-to-energy projects have been agreed upon in principle, and minimal additional costs are expected. Further costs associated with the remaining project are related to additional estimated costs to complete the project takeover, currently expected in Q3 18.

The Company continues to make positive progress in its strategic review of the Construction Services business, which it announced in April. As part of the review, Stantec will evaluate a range of strategic options to optimize the value of the Construction Services business and provide the best prospects for shareholders, clients, and employees.

Additional Information from the Second Quarter of 2018

(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts and percentages)   Q2 2018

$

  Q2 2017

$

  Change

$

 

% Increase
(Decrease)

Gross revenue   1,358.2   1,318.6   39.6   3.0%
Net revenue 907.8 888.4 19.4 2.2%
EBITDA (note) 94.3 158.2 (63.9) (40.4%)
Adjusted EBITDA (note) 94.4 103.5 (9.1) (8.8%)
Net income 39.6 97.6 (58.0) (59.4%)
Adjusted net income (note) 46.5 57.9 (11.4) (19.7%)
EPS - basic 0.35 0.86 (0.51) (59.3%)
EPS - diluted 0.35 0.85 (0.50) (58.8%)
Adjusted EPS – basic (note) 0.41 0.51 (0.10) (19.6%)
Adjusted EPS – diluted (note) 0.41 0.51 (0.10) (19.6%)
Dividends declared per common share   0.1375   0.1250   0.0125   10.0%

note: EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, and adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share (EPS) are non-IFRS measures discussed in the Definition section of our 2017 Annual Report and our Q2 18 Management's Discussion and Analysis. Certain comparative figures have been reclassified to conform to the presentation adopted for the current period. Gross and net revenue were accounted for using IAS 11 in 2017 and IFRS 15 in 2018.

  • During the quarter, Stantec acquired Traffic Design Group Limited, a transportation engineering firm in New Zealand; Norwest Corporation, an Alberta-based energy and resources firm; and Cegertec, a Quebec-based top-tier engineering firm.
  • Contract backlog was $5.3 billion at June 30, 2018—$4 billion in Consulting Services and $1.3 billion in Construction Services.
  • In Consulting Services, gross revenue was up 4.4% to $1,092 million, and net revenue was up 3.8% to $863.3 million in Q2 18 compared to Q2 17.
  • Gross margin in Consulting Services decreased—from 55.1% in Q2 17 to 54.5% in Q2 18—mainly due to project mix, competitive pricing pressures, and increased revenues in all Energy & Resources sectors, which are at lower margins.
  • Administrative and marketing expenses as a percentage of net revenue was 41.4% in Q2 18 compared to 42.1% in Q2 17. Year-to-date administrative and marketing expenses as a percentage of net revenue was 41.3% in Q2 18 compared to 42.7% for 2017, mainly due to operational efficiencies, lower integration costs, improved utilization, and lower occupancy costs.
  • Stantec’s effective annual income tax rate increased from 27% in Q1 18 to 29% in Q2 18. The change is mainly due to losses incurred in the UK Construction Services operation. These losses attract a tax benefit at a UK expected deferred tax rate of 17%, which is significantly lower than Stantec’s Q1 18 effective tax rate of 27%. The relationship between the tax rates and the estimated earnings in the jurisdiction in which Stantec operates resulted in the increase to the annual effective tax rate. This increase to the annual tax rate increased the Q2 18 tax rate to 30.8%, resulting in a reduction in EPS of approximately $0.02 in the quarter.
  • In Consulting Services, adjusted net income was up 5.8% and adjusted diluted EPS was up $0.04 in Q2 18 compared to Q2 17. These increases were due to acquisitions and organic revenue growth and improvements in administrative and marketing expenses as a percentage of net revenue.
  • On June 28, 2018, Stantec announced the amendment of its syndicated credit facilities agreement, which removed provisions for Stantec and its subsidiaries to grant collateral, thereby making all facilities unsecured. The amendment extended the maturity date of its revolving credit facility to five years and Tranches B and C of its term loans to four years and five years respectively. The accordion feature of the facility was also increased from $200 million to $400 million.

Subsequent Event

Stantec declared a dividend of $0.1375 per share on May 9, 2018, that was paid on July 12, 2018, to shareholders of record on June 29, 2018. Subsequent to the quarter end, on August 7, 2018, the Company declared a dividend of $0.1375 per share, payable on October 11, 2018, to shareholders of record on September 28, 2018.

Conference Call

On Wednesday, August 8, at 7:00 AM MDT (9:00 AM EDT), Stantec’s second quarter 2018 conference call and slideshow presentation will be broadcast live and archived in their entirety in the Investors section of stantec.com. Those wishing to listen to the call can phone toll-free at 1-888-220-8451 (Canada and the United States) or 1-647-484-0475 (international). Please provide the operator with confirmation code 6973125.

About Stantec

Communities are fundamental. Whether around the corner or across the globe, they provide a foundation, a sense of place and of belonging. That's why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind.

We care about the communities we serve—because they're our communities too. This allows us to assess what's needed and connect our expertise, to appreciate nuances and envision what's never been considered, to bring together diverse perspectives so we can collaborate toward a shared success.

We're designers, engineers, scientists, and project managers, innovating together at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. Balancing these priorities results in projects that advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Stantec trades on the TSX and the NYSE under the symbol STN. Visit us at stantec.com or find us on social media.

Cautionary Statements

Stantec’s EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, and adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share are non-IFRS measures. For a definition and explanation of non-IFRS measures, refer to the Critical Accounting Estimates, Developments, and Measures section of the Company’s 2017 Annual Report and the 2018 Second Quarter Management’s Discussion and Analysis.

Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, statements relating to the strategic review of the Company’s Construction Services business, and further costs and completion dates associated with certain Construction Services projects. Forward-looking statements also include any other statements that do not refer to historical facts. Any such statements represent the views of management only as of the date hereof and are presented for the purpose of assisting the Company’s shareholders in understanding Stantec’s operations, objectives, priorities, and anticipated financial performance as at and for the periods ended on the dates presented and may not be appropriate for other purposes. By their nature, forward-looking statements require us to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties.

We caution readers of this news release not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements since a number of factors could cause actual future results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, changing market conditions for Stantec’s services and the risk that Stantec fails to capitalize on its strategic initiatives. Investors and the public should carefully consider these factors, other uncertainties, and potential events, as well as the inherent uncertainty of forward-looking statements, when relying on these statements to make decisions with respect to our Company.

For more information about how other material risk factors could affect our results, refer to the Risk Factors section and Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements section in our 2017 Annual Report and the 2018 Second Quarter Management’s Discussion and Analysis. You may obtain these documents by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at sec.gov, on the CSA website at sedar.com, or at stantec.com. Or you may obtain a hard copy of the 2017 Annual Report free of charge from our investor contact noted below.

Design with community in mind

 

Consolidated Statements of Financial Position

(Unaudited)

     

     June 30

December 31

2018

2017

(In millions of Canadian dollars)

 

$

    $

ASSETS

Current

Cash and cash equivalents

216.5

239.5
Cash in escrow

5.7

7.9
Trade and other receivables

846.1

816.1
Unbilled receivables

445.1

414.8
Contract assets

89.3

-
Income taxes recoverable

47.4

61.6
Prepaid expenses

51.1

54.3
Other financial assets

13.2

9.3
Other assets  

7.2

    4.7

Total current assets

1,721.6

1,608.2

Non-current

Property and equipment

253.1

212.6
Goodwill

1,640.6

1,556.6
Intangible assets

269.2

262.4
Investments in joint ventures and associates

12.3

11.9
Net employee defined benefit asset

16.9

12.7
Deferred tax assets

27.5

23.2
Other financial assets

186.6

186.1
Other assets  

13.2

    9.4

Total assets

 

4,141.0

    3,883.1

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

Current

Bank indebtedness

21.7

-
Trade and other payables

720.3

704.6
Deferred revenue

181.0

187.4
Income taxes payable

2.1

11.0
Long-term debt

51.2

198.2
Provisions

25.9

28.1
Other financial liabilities

1.5

4.0
Other liabilities  

15.4

    22.2

Total current liabilities

1,019.1

1,155.5

Non-current

Income taxes payable

19.2

18.3
Long-term debt

860.3

541.4
Provisions

85.8

81.7
Net employee defined benefit liability

28.1

31.2
Deferred tax liabilities

49.0

54.6
Other financial liabilities

7.7

9.1
Other liabilities  

92.9

    92.0
Total liabilities  

2,162.1

    1,983.8

Shareholders’ equity

Share capital

881.8

878.2
Contributed surplus

22.8

21.5
Retained earnings

958.7

947.1
Accumulated other comprehensive income  

113.3

    49.5

Total shareholders’ equity

 

1,976.6

    1,896.3

Non-controlling interests

 

2.3

    3.0

Total liabilities and equity

 

4,141.0

    3,883.1
 
 

Consolidated Statements of Income

(Unaudited)

   

For the quarter ended

For the two quarters ended

June 30

June 30

2018

  2017

2018

  2017

(In millions of Canadian dollars, except per share amounts)

 

$

    $    

$

    $  
 

Gross revenue

1,358.2

1,318.6

2,639.9

2,594.9
Less subconsultant/subcontractor and other direct expenses  

450.4

    430.2    

855.5

    835.7  

Net revenue

907.8

888.4

1,784.4

1,759.2
Direct payroll costs  

442.6

    412.7    

861.7

    814.5  

Gross margin

465.2

475.7

922.7

944.7
Administrative and marketing expenses

375.6

373.7

737.2

751.0
Depreciation of property and equipment

12.9

13.6

25.6

27.5
Amortization of intangible assets

17.5

18.7

39.1

42.2
Net interest expense

6.7

6.2

12.3

13.8
Other net finance expense

0.4

1.4

2.0

3.6
Share of income from joint ventures and associates

(0.4

)

(1.3 )

(0.7

)

(2.0 )
Foreign exchange (gain) loss

(0.9

)

(1.0 )

1.3

0.2
Gain on disposition of a subsidiary

-

(54.6 )

-

(54.6 )
Other income  

(3.8

)

  (0.7 )  

(1.7

)

  (1.4 )

Income before income taxes

 

57.2

    119.7    

107.6

    164.4  

Income taxes

Current

22.2

18.9

36.1

28.4
Current tax on disposition of subsidiary

-

124.1

-

124.1
Deferred

(4.6

)

(1.0 )

(4.9

)

1.8
Deferred tax on disposition of subsidiary  

-

    (119.9 )   -     (29.5 )

Total income taxes

 

17.6

    22.1    

31.2

    124.8  
 

Net income for the period

 

39.6

   

97.6

   

76.4

   

39.6

 
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - basic  

113,877,678

    114,045,875    

113,970,164

    114,087,887  
Weighted average number of shares outstanding - diluted  

113,987,518

    114,355,587    

114,149,597

    114,454,989  
Shares outstanding, end of the period  

113,852,947

    113,816,504    

113,852,947

    113,816,504  

Earnings per share

Basic  

0.35

    0.86    

0.67

    0.35  
Diluted  

0.35

    0.85    

0.67

    0.35  

Media Contact
Stantec Media Relations
Stephanie Smith, 780-917-7230
stephanie.smith2@stantec.com
or
Investor Contact
Stantec Investor Relations
Cora Klein, 780-969-2018
cora.klein@stantec.com

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