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Vectrus, Inc. (NYSE:VEC) announced fourth quarter and full-year 2015 financial results. For the fourth quarter, revenue was $311.2 million, operating income was $11.3 million, and diluted earnings per share were $0.55. For the full year, revenue was $1,180.7 million, operating income was $40.0 million and adjusted operating income1 was $43.4 million. Diluted earnings per share were $2.86, while adjusted earnings per share1 were $2.23 for 2015. Cash provided by operating activities and free cash flow1 for the full-year 2015 were $18.9 million and $18.1 million, respectively.
"We are pleased to report that our first full year results were consistent with, or exceeded the midpoint of our 2015 guidance in all categories," said Ken Hunzeker, chief executive officer and president of Vectrus. "With our well-developed pipeline, a number of anticipated awards in 2016 and our additional investment in IT and network opportunities, we are optimistic about the future."
Vectrus recently opened a new facility in Reston, Va., in an effort to expand its IT and Network Communication market share. Over the course of the next two to three years, the company will invest in IT and Network Communication service offerings to capitalize on the potential for increased growth.
“Vectrus is now in a position to reinvest and achieve additional growth through market and capability expansion, which is something we were not able to do before becoming an independent, public company,” said Hunzeker.
Fourth Quarter 2015 Results
• Revenue $311.2 million
• Operating income $11.3 million
• Operating margin 3.6 percent
• Diluted earnings per share $0.55
Fourth quarter 2015 revenue of $311.2 million increased $25.4 million or 8.9 percent compared to the fourth quarter of 2014. The increase is due in large part to new contract startups and growth in Middle East business. Programs based in Afghanistan contributed $39.2 million of revenue in the fourth quarter of 2015, down $11.9 million compared to 2014.
"We experienced 16 percent growth in our core business1, the third consecutive quarter with double digit growth," said Hunzeker.
Operating income was $11.3 million or 3.6 percent operating margin in the fourth quarter of 2015, compared to $8.1 million or 2.9 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted operating income1 was $11.3 million or 3.6 percent margin in the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to $8.6 million or 3.0 percent in the fourth quarter of 2014. Programs based in Afghanistan contributed $2.2 million of operating income or 5.6 percent margin in the fourth quarter of 2015, down $1.0 million compared to 2014.
"Successful execution of our new contract phase-ins, core business revenue1 growth and operational excellence initiatives resulted in an improved fourth quarter margin," said Matt Klein, chief financial officer of Vectrus.
Fourth quarter 2015 diluted earnings per share were $0.55 compared to $0.31 in the fourth quarter of 2014. Adjusted diluted earnings per share1 were $0.55 compared to $0.33 in the prior year quarter.
Full-Year 2015 Results
• Revenue $1,180.7 million
• Operating income $40.0 million; adjusted operating income1 $43.4 million
• Operating margin 3.4 percent; adjusted operating margin1 3.7 percent
• Diluted earnings per share $2.86; adjusted diluted earnings per share1 $2.23
• Cash provided by operating activities $18.9 million; free cash flow1 was $18.1 million
Full-year 2015 revenue of $1,180.7 million declined $22.6 million or 1.9 percent compared to 2014. On an adjusted basis, 2015 revenue1 of $1,180.7 million increased $8.7 million or 0.7 percent compared to 2014. The increase is due to $111.1 million increase in revenue from our core business1, partially offset by a $102.4 million decline in revenue from programs based in Afghanistan, as a result of lower service-level requirements. Programs based in Afghanistan contributed revenue of $167.7 million in 2015.
Operating income was $40.0 million, or 3.4 percent operating margin for the full-year 2015, compared to $38.4 million or 3.2 percent in 2014. On an adjusted basis, operating income1 was $43.4 million or 3.7 percent margin for the full-year 2015, compared to $50.0 million or 4.3 percent in 2014, due to lower service-level requirements on Afghanistan contracts. Programs based in Afghanistan contributed $10.5 million of operating income or 6.3 percent margin for full-year 2015 compared to $24.3 million or 9.0 percent in 2014.
Full-year 2015 diluted earnings per share were $2.86 compared to $2.13 in 2014 and adjusted diluted earnings per share1 were $2.23 compared to $2.80 in 2014.
Cash provided by operating activities for the year ended December 31, 2015, was $18.9 million, which is $24.1 million lower when compared to 2014. Free cash flow1 was $18.1 million for full- year 2015, which is $21.0 million lower when compared to 2014, primarily due to early cash receipts on a couple of large contracts in 2014.
The Company ended 2015 with total backlog of $2.4 billion and funded backlog of $685 million.
"For 2016 we expect annual revenue to be in the range of $1,110 million to $1,190 million, which reflects continued growth in the core business1 at the mid-point. Full year operating margin is expected to be in the range of 3.60 percent to 3.90 percent. Our commitment to operational excellence allows us to achieve slightly higher operating margins at the midpoint while also investing in our IT and Network Communication services in 2016. We expect to see diluted earnings per share2 in the range of $1.94 to $2.31, and free cash flow3 between $20 million and $30 million," said Klein.
The Company notes that forward-looking statements of future performance made in this release are based upon current expectations and are subject to factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those suggested here, including those factors set forth in the Safe Harbor Statement below.
Management representatives will conduct an investor briefing and conference call at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time on Wednesday, March 16, 2016. U.S.-based participants may dial in to the conference call at 888-438-5448, while international participants may dial 719-457-1512. Passcode for both is 7482188. For all other listeners, a live webcast of the briefing and conference call will be available on the Vectrus Investor Relations website at http://investors.vectrus.com.
A replay of the briefing will be posted on the Vectrus website shortly after completion of the call, and will remain available for one year. A telephonic replay will also be available through March 30, 2016 at 877-870-5176 (domestic) or 858-384-5517 (international) with passcode 7482188.
1 See “Key Performance Indicators and Non-GAAP Financial Measures” (below).
2 2016 EPS guidance is calculated using the estimated weighted average diluted common shares outstanding for the year ending December 31, 2016 of 11.2 million.
3 2016 Free Cash Flow guidance is calculated as GAAP net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures. Estimated 2016 capital expenditures are $2.1 million.
Vectrus is a leading, global government services company with a history in the services market that dates back more than 70 years. The company provides infrastructure asset management, information technology and network communication services, and logistics and supply chain management services to U.S. government customers around the world. Vectrus is differentiated by operational excellence, superior program performance, a history of long-term customer relationships, and a strong commitment to their mission success. Vectrus is headquartered in Colorado Springs, Colo., and includes more than 6,000 employees spanning 132 locations in 18 countries. In 2015, Vectrus generated sales of $1.2 billion. For more information, visit our website at http://www.vectrus.com or connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.
Safe Harbor Statement
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "Act"): Certain material presented herein includes forward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe harbor from liability established by the Act. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements about our spin-off from our former parent (the “Separation” or "Spin-off"), the terms and the effect of the Separation and related matters, future strategic plans and other statements that describe our business strategy, outlook, objectives, plans, intentions or goals, and any discussion of guidance or future operating or financial performance. Whenever used, words such as "may", "will", "likely", "anticipate", "estimate", "expect", "project", "intend", "plan", "believe", "target", "could," "potential," "continue," or similar terminology are forward-looking statements. These statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of the management of the company based on information currently available to management. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results contemplated by the forward-looking statements, our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. These risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to: risks and uncertainties relating to the Spin-off, including whether the Spin-off and related transactions will result in any tax liability, the operational and financial profile or any of our businesses after giving effect to the Spin-off, and our ability to operate as an independent entity; economic, political and social conditions in the countries in which we conduct our businesses; changes in U.S. or international government defense budgets; protests of new awards; our ability to submit proposals for and/or win all potential opportunities in our pipeline; changes in technology, intellectual property matters, government regulations and compliance therewith, including changes to the Department of Defense procurement process; governmental investigations, reviews, audits and cost adjustments; contingencies related to actual or alleged environmental contamination, claims and concerns; delays in completion of the U.S. Government's budget; our success in expanding our geographic footprint or broadening our customer base, markets and capabilities; our ability to realize the full amounts reflected in our backlog and retain and renew our existing contracts; impairment of goodwill; misconduct of our employees, subcontractors, agents and business partners; our ability to control costs; our level of indebtedness; subcontractor performance; economic and capital markets conditions; ability to retain and recruit qualified personnel; security breaches and other disruptions to our information technology and operations; changes in our tax provisions or exposure to additional income tax liabilities; changes in generally accepted accounting principles; and other factors described in Part I, Item 1A – “Risk Factors,” and elsewhere in our 2015 Annual Report on Form 10-K and described from time to time in our future reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company undertakes no obligation to update our forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
Key Performance Indicators and Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The primary financial performance measures Vectrus uses to manage its business and monitor results of operations are revenue trends and operating income trends. In addition, we consider adjusted revenue, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, free cash flow, adjusted funded orders, and core business revenue, to be useful to management and investors in evaluating our operating performance for the periods presented, and to provide a tool for evaluating our ongoing operations. This information can assist investors in assessing our financial performance and measures our ability to generate capital for deployment among competing strategic alternatives and initiatives.
Adjusted revenue, adjusted operating income, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, free cash flow, adjusted funded orders and core business revenue, however, are not measures of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America (GAAP) and should not be considered a substitute for revenue, operating income, net income, diluted earnings per share, or net cash provided by operating activities as determined in accordance with GAAP. Reconciliations of these items are provided below.
“Adjusted revenue” is defined as revenue adjusted to exclude the Tethered Aerostat Radar System (TARS) program revenue which has been retained by our former parent in connection with the Spin-off.
“Adjusted operating income” is defined as net income, adjusted to exclude income tax expense (benefit), interest income (expense), TARS program operating income (loss), pretax impact of separation costs incurred to become a public company, and tax indemnifications.
“Adjusted operating margin” is defined as net income, adjusted to exclude income tax expense (benefit), interest income (expense), TARS program operating income (loss), pretax impact of separation costs incurred to become a public company, and tax indemnifications divided by adjusted revenue.
"Adjusted net income" is defined as net income, adjusted to exclude TARS program operating income (loss), separation costs incurred to become a public company, and net settlement of uncertain tax positions, net of taxes.
"Adjusted diluted earnings per share" is defined as net income, adjusted to exclude TARS program operating income (loss), separation costs incurred to become a public company, and net settlement of uncertain tax positions, net of taxes divided by the weighted average diluted common shares outstanding.
“Free cash flow” is defined as GAAP net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures.
"Adjusted funded orders" is defined as funded orders adjusted to exclude the TARS program orders.
"Core business revenue" is defined as adjusted revenue less revenue from Afghanistan programs.
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