Vectrus posts strong third quarter 2015 financial results

Colorado Springs, CO Wednesday, November 4, 2015

 

  • Core business revenue1 increased 17 percent

  • Raises full year margin and EPS guidance

  • Strong free cash flow2 enabled $3 million voluntary debt payment

  • Appoints Vice President for IT & Network Communication service line

Vectrus, Inc. (NYSE:VEC) announced third quarter 2015 results, which included revenue of $299.1 million, operating income of $8.5 million and diluted earnings per share of $1.29. Excluding one-time tax settlements, adjusted operating income2 was $11.8 million and adjusted EPS2 was $0.65. As of Sept. 25, 2015, year-to-date net cash provided by operating activities was $10.0 million and free cash flow2 was $9.3 million.

“Third quarter results showed continued growth in our core business when compared to 2014, while strong free cash flow allowed us to continue to pay down debt ahead of schedule,” said Ken Hunzeker, chief executive officer and president of Vectrus.

Recent Business Update

The third quarter of 2015 saw solid funded orders of $444 million, representing a funded book-to-bill3 ratio of 1.5x. During the quarter, Vectrus was awarded a nearly $12 million modification to provide the Turkey Spain Base Maintenance Contract contingency support for Operation Inherent Resolve. Furthermore, Vectrus is starting to assess requests for proposals for task orders on the Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity contracts reported last quarter.

Vectrus recently announced a key strategic hire to support its growth objectives. “We appointed Chico Moline as vice president of our IT and Network Communication service line,” said Hunzeker. “Chico brings valuable experience to the organization in an area that is important to our plans for future growth. The IT and Network Communication service line has been gaining traction and we see additional opportunities to expand our presence in this market.” In addition, the Army Corps of Engineers Information Technology contract reached full operational capability in the quarter.

Vectrus completed its first full year as a publicly-traded, pure-play government services company. Significant year-one accomplishments include substantial completion of transition service agreements, favorable resolution of legacy tax liabilities from the former parent company, and a successful brand launch. "We assumed full operational responsibility for all IT systems and HR benefit plans from the former parent company, which contributes to a lower and more competitive cost structure going forward," said Matt Klein, chief financial officer of Vectrus.

Third Quarter 2015 Results

  • Revenue of $299.1 million
  • Operating income of $8.5 million, adjusted operating income2 of $11.8 million
  • Operating margin of 2.8 percent, adjusted operating margin2 of 3.9 percent
  • Diluted earnings per share of $1.29, adjusted diluted earnings per share2 of $0.65

"Core business revenue1 was $260.1 million for the third quarter, which is 17 percent growth compared to the same period last year," said Hunzeker. "We are pleased to report our second consecutive quarter of double digit growth in our core business, primarily driven by our new contracts."

Third quarter 2015 revenue of $299.1 million declined $1.6 million, or 0.5 percent, compared to the third quarter 2014. On an adjusted basis, third quarter 2015 revenue2 of $299.1 million increased $11.0 million, or 3.8 percent, compared to the third quarter 2014.

Programs based in Afghanistan contributed $39.0 million of revenue in the third quarter 2015, down $26.2 million compared to the third quarter 2014.

Operating income was $8.5 million, or 2.8 percent of operating margin, in the third quarter 2015, compared to $3.3 million, or 1.1 percent, in the third quarter 2014. Adjusted operating income2 was $11.8 million, or 3.9 percent, in the third quarter 2015, an increase of $2.3 million when compared to the third quarter 2014.

Third quarter 2015 diluted earnings per share were $1.29 compared to $0.20 in 2014, and adjusted diluted earnings per share2 were $0.65 compared to $0.59 in 2014.

Year-to-date, Sept. 25, 2015, net cash provided by operating activities was $10.0 million compared to $40.2 million during the same period in 2014. Free cash flow2 was $9.3 million year-to-date, compared to $38.1 million provided during the same period in 2014.

“Our strong free cash flow2 enabled us to make a voluntary debt payment of $3.0 million during the quarter and $9.0 million year-to-date," said Klein. "Additionally, our debt payments have helped lower our debt/EBITDA leverage ratio to less than 2.50x.”

For the quarter ended Sept. 25, 2015, the Company ended with total backlog of $2.4 billion and funded backlog of $0.9 billion.

2015 Guidance

The Company is updating its 2015 revenue, adjusted operating margin4, free cash flow5, and adjusted diluted EPS6 guidance:

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.

Investor Call

Management representatives will conduct an investor briefing and conference call at 8 a.m. ET on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015. U.S.-based participants may dial in to the conference call at 888-428-9480, while international participants may dial 719-325-2491. Passcode for both is 2974289. 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 Nov. 19, 2015, at 877-870-5176 (domestic) or 858-384-5517 (international) with passcode 2974289.

Footnotes:

1 Core business revenue is defined as total adjusted revenue less revenue from Afghanistan programs. Q3 2015 total revenue less Afghanistan program revenue is $260.1 million and Q3 2014 total adjusted revenue2 less Afghanistan program revenue $222.9 million; represents a 17% increase. See “Key Performance Indicators and Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

2 See “Key Performance Indicators and Non-GAAP Financial Measures.”

3 Adjusted book-to-bill is the amount of adjusted funded orders divided by adjusted revenue for the period.

4 Full year 2015 adjusted operating margin guidance excludes the pretax impact of year-to-date separation costs to become a standalone public company in the amount of $177,000 and tax indemnifications of $3.3 million.

5 Full-year 2015 adjusted diluted EPS excludes the impact of 2015 separation costs, net of taxes, in the amount $184,000 or $0.02 per share and the net impact of the settlement of uncertain tax positions of $6.9 million or $0.64 per share.  EPS is calculated using the estimated weighted average diluted common shares outstanding for the year ending December 31, 2015, of 10.8 million.

6 Full-year 2015 free cash flow guidance is GAAP net cash (used in) and provided by operating activities less estimated capital expenditures of $1 million.

CONTACT:

Investors
Mike Smith
719-637-5773
michael.smith@vectrus.com

Media
George Rhynedance
719-637-4182
george.rhynedance@vectrus.com

About Vectrus

About Vectrus

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 5,000 employees spanning 85 locations in 15 countries. In 2014, 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 former parent (The “Separation”), 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. 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. 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.

Such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from 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; changes in technology; intellectual property matters; 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; 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 2014 Annual Report on Form 10-K and described from time to time in our future reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

            

         

 

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, and free cash flow, 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, and free cash flow, 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 adjusted revenue, adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, and free cash flow 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 former parent.

“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 (used in) and 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 total adjusted revenue less revenue from Afghanistan programs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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