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Williams Reports Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results

Begins 2020 Positioned for Strong Growth and Solid Bottom Line Performance

/EIN News/ -- ATLANTA, March 25, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Williams Industrial Services Group Inc. (OTCQX: WLMS) (“Williams” or the “Company”), a construction and maintenance services company, today reported its financial results for the fiscal fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2019.

Recent Highlights

  • The Company posted revenue of $66.8 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, up 50.6% over the prior-year period
  • Williams reported net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the fourth quarter versus a loss of $0.5 million, or $(0.03) per diluted share, for the fourth quarter of 2018
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $4.2 million and $12.6 million for the fourth quarter and full year 2019, respectively, and the Company expects to achieve $13 million to $15 million in Adjusted EBITDA for the full year 2020
  • The year-end backlog was $494.9 million, up 26.7% sequentially from the third quarter, representing major contract wins across the Company’s core end markets, with approximately $191.3 million expected to be converted to revenue in 2020
  • The Company amended its credit facilities in January 2020, increasing borrowing capacity under its revolver by $10 million, to $25 million, extending the maturity of this facility by one year, and restructuring its $35 million term loan
  • Williams also completed a rights offering in March 2020, which was oversubscribed and raised net proceeds of $6.6 million

“I’m pleased to say that we accomplished our objectives in 2019 and, as we turn the corner on a new year, are well positioned for sustained growth and higher financial returns going forward,” said Tracy Pagliara, President and CEO of Williams. “Fourth quarter revenue rose 50% year-over-year, and our backlog increased over $100 million from the third quarter of 2019 to $494.9 million – about $191.3 million of which we expect to be realized as revenue in 2020. With our restructuring actions largely complete, and strategic plans to diversify and expand the Company well underway, we are optimistic about the outlook for this year and beyond.

“We’re on track to reach our goals in 2020 – most notably, revenue of $280 million to $300 million and Adjusted EBITDA of $13 million to $15 million – as we deliver on current orders and execute our business development initiatives. That said, we are assessing any potential impacts from COVID-19 on current project execution and future bid timing as circumstances continue to unfold. The ultimate ramifications associated with this pandemic are, inherently, uncertain to predict. However, Williams is otherwise generally recession-proof – largely immune from the challenges related to trade disputes and other demand dynamics in the current, somewhat turbulent geopolitical and economic environment.

“We will use operating cash flow this year to grow the business and bolster our balance sheet, which has already been strengthened as a result of the recently-completed, oversubscribed rights offering. In addition, we remain committed to uplisting to a major exchange this year to open the Company up to a broader class of institutional investors and increase trading liquidity. As we begin 2020, I’d like to thank our employees, customers, and shareholders for their passion and interest in our success; this is just the beginning.”

Fourth Quarter 2019 Financial Results Compared to Fourth Quarter 2018

Revenue in the fourth quarter was $66.8 million, up 50.6% from $44.4 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2018. Growth was realized across most of the Company’s core end markets, with particularly strong performance in Canada.  

Gross profit was $9.1 million, or 13.6% of revenue, compared with $5.3 million, or 12.0% of revenue, in the prior-year period, with the higher margin due to increased volume and the inclusion of a $1.7 million credit related to the early termination of a contract. Operating expenses were $8.5 million, down $3.0 million versus $11.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2018. The reduction year-over-year was the result of cost-reduction initiatives completed over the past year, although general and administrative (“G&A”) expenses were higher than during the third quarter of fiscal 2019 primarily due to approximately $1.6 million of non-recurring severance, professional, and legal fees. Interest expense was $1.5 million for the quarter compared with $1.6 million in the prior-year period.

The Company reported net income of $0.2 million, or $0.01 per share, in the fourth quarter of 2019 compared with a net loss of $0.5 million, or $(0.03) per share, in the prior-year period.  

Balance Sheet

As of December 31, 2019, the Company had $7.8 million of cash (including restricted cash) and $44.2 million of bank debt compared with $4.9 million of cash and $36.8 million of bank debt as of December 31, 2018. After the end of the fourth quarter, in January 2020, the Company refinanced its debt facilities, providing greater capacity to fund its growth initiatives and, in March 2020, completed a rights offering that raised net proceeds of $6.6 million.

Backlog

             
    Three Months Ended December 31, 2019   Year Ended December 31, 2019
Backlog - beginning of period   $  390,633     $  501,604  
New awards      162,252        193,096  
Adjustments and cancellations, net      8,826        45,991  
Revenue recognized      (66,807 )      (245,787 )
Backlog - end of period   $  494,904     $  494,904  

Total backlog as of December 31, 2019 was $494.9 million, compared with $390.6 million at September 30, 2019 and $501.6 million at December 31, 2018. The increase in backlog sequentially from the fiscal 2019 third quarter was due to $112.0 million of new awards, primarily in the nuclear decommissioning market.

Williams estimates that approximately $191.3 million, or 39%, of the total backlog as of December 31, 2019 will be converted to revenue during the next twelve months. This compares with $151.3 million of backlog at September 30, 2019 that the Company anticipated would be converted to revenue over the succeeding twelve-month period.

Outlook

   
2020 Guidance  
Revenue: $280 million to $300 million
Gross margin: 11% to 13%
SG&A: 8% to 8.5% of revenue
Adjusted EBITDA (from continuing operations)*: $13 million to $15 million

*See Note 1—Non-GAAP Financial Measures for information regarding the use of Adjusted EBITDA and forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures.

Webcast and Teleconference

The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, March 26, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern time. A webcast of the call and an accompanying slide presentation will be available at www.wisgrp.com. To access the conference call by telephone, listeners should dial 201-493-6780.

An audio replay of the call will be available later that day by dialing 412-317-6671 and entering conference ID number 13697633. Alternatively, you may access the webcast replay at http://ir.wisgrp.com/, where a transcript will be posted once available.

About Williams
Williams Industrial Services Group has been safely helping plant owners and operators enhance asset value for more than 50 years. The Company provides a broad range of construction, maintenance and modification, and support services to customers in energy and industrial end markets. Williams’ mission is to be the preferred provider of construction, maintenance, and specialty services through commitment to superior safety performance, focus on innovation, and dedication to delivering unsurpassed value to its customers.

Additional information about Williams can be found on its website: www.wisgrp.com.

Forward-looking Statement Disclaimer
This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the term set forth in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements include statements or expectations regarding the Company’s ability to realize opportunities and successfully achieve its growth and strategic initiatives, such as midstream oil & gas opportunities, water-related projects and expansion into Canada, as well as expectations for future growth of revenue, profitability and earnings, including the Company’s ability to grow its core business, expand its customer base, increase backlog and convert backlog to revenue, as well as revenue, profitability and earnings, the Company’s ability to uplist to a major exchange in 2020, the continuing impact of the Company’s cost reduction, reorganization and restructuring efforts, expectations relating to the Company’s performance, expected work in the energy and industrial markets, and other related matters. These statements reflect the Company’s current views of future events and financial performance and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, including its ability to comply with the terms of its debt instruments and access letters of credit, ability to implement strategic initiatives, business plans, and liquidity plans, and ability to implement and maintain effective internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures. Actual results, performance or achievements may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Additional risks and uncertainties that could cause or contribute to such material differences include, but are not limited to, reduced need for construction or maintenance services in the Company’s targeted markets, or increased regulation of such markets, loss of any of the Company’s major customers, whether pursuant to the loss of pending or future bids for either new business or an extension of existing business, termination of customer or vendor relationships, cost increases and project cost overruns, unforeseen schedule delays, poor performance by its subcontractors, cancellation of projects, the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the Company generally or on any of the Company’s customers or vendors upon which it relies, competition, including competitors being awarded business by current customers, damage to the Company’s reputation, warranty or product liability claims, increased exposure to environmental or other liabilities, failure to comply with various laws and regulations, failure to attract and retain highly-qualified personnel, loss of customer relationships with critical personnel, volatility of the Company’s stock price, deterioration or uncertainty of credit markets, and changes in the economic, social and political conditions in the United States, including the banking environment or monetary policy.

Other important factors that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements are discussed in the Company’s filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, including the section of the Annual Report on Form 10-K for its 2019 fiscal year titled “Risk Factors.” Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date of this press release. Except as may be required by applicable law, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, and you are cautioned not to rely upon them unduly.

Investor Contact:
Chris Witty
Darrow Associates
646-345-0998
cwitty@darrowir.com

Financial Tables Follow

WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

                         
                         
    Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)   2019    2018
  2019
  2018
Revenue   $  66,807     $  44,355     $  245,787     $  188,918  
Cost of revenue      57,737        39,023        214,887        160,177  
                         
Gross profit      9,070        5,332        30,900        28,741  
Gross margin     13.6 %     12.0 %     12.6 %     15.2 %
                         
Selling and marketing expenses      119        350        587        1,649  
General and administrative expenses      8,256        8,865        24,583        30,510  
Restructuring charges      —        2,028        —        5,689  
Depreciation and amortization expense      76        224        301        857  
Total operating expenses      8,451        11,467        25,471        38,705  
                         
Operating income (loss)      619        (6,135 )      5,429        (9,964 )
Operating margin     0.9 %     (14.7 )%     2.2 %     (5.5 )%
                         
Interest expense, net      1,528        1,593        6,032        8,990  
Other (income) expense, net      (805 )      80        (1,958 )      (764 )
Total other (income) expenses, net      723        1,673        4,074        8,226  
                         
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income tax      (104 )      (7,808 )      1,355        (18,190 )
Income tax expense (benefit)      192        (5,120 )      333        (4,400 )
Income (loss) from continuing operations      (296 )      (2,688 )      1,022        (13,790 )
                         
Loss from discontinued operations before income tax      (59 )      (480 )      (234 )      (15,002 )
Income tax expense (benefit)      (553 )      (2,691 )      (1,398 )      (3,357 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations      494        2,211        1,164        (11,645 )
                         
Net income (loss)   $  198     $  (477 )   $  2,186     $  (25,435 )
                         
Basic earnings (loss) per common share                         
Income (loss) from continuing operations   $  (0.02 )   $  (0.15 )   $  0.05     $  (0.76 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations      0.03        0.12        0.07        (0.64 )
Basic earnings (loss) per common share   $  0.01     $  (0.03 )   $  0.12     $  (1.40 )
                         
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share                        
Income (loss) from continuing operations   $  (0.02 )   $  (0.15 )   $  0.05     $  (0.76 )
Income (loss) from discontinued operations      0.03        0.12        0.07        (0.64 )
Diluted earnings (loss) per common share   $  0.01     $  (0.03 )   $  0.12     $  (1.40 )
                         
Weighted average common shares outstanding (basic)      18,775,136        18,336,821        18,700,107        18,207,661  
Weighted average common shares outstanding (diluted)      18,831,450        18,336,821        18,922,012        18,207,661  



WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
REVENUE BRIDGE ANALYSIS*


Fourth Quarter 2019 Revenue Bridge

       
(in millions)     $ Change
Fourth quarter 2018 revenue   $ 44.4
Timing related to Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4     10.9
Canada     5.9
Net change in project revenue     2.8
Timing of decommissioning projects     2.8
Total change     22.4
Fourth quarter 2019 revenue*   $ 66.8

2019 Full Year Revenue Bridge

       
(in millions)     $ Change
2018 revenue   $ 188.9  
Timing related to Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4     17.5  
Canada     17.0  
Timing of scheduled outage     15.6  
Net change in project revenue     10.3  
Timing of decommissioning projects     (3.4 )
Total change     57.0  
2019 revenue*   $ 245.9  

*Numbers may not sum due to rounding


WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

             
($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)   2019   2018
ASSETS            
Current assets:            
Cash and cash equivalents   $  7,350     $  4,475  
Restricted cash      468        467  
Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $377 and $140, respectively      38,218        22,724  
Contract assets      7,225        8,218  
Other current assets      2,483        1,735  
Total current assets      55,744        37,619  
             
Property, plant and equipment, net      273        335  
Goodwill      35,400        35,400  
Intangible assets, net      12,500        12,500  
Other long-term assets      8,549        1,650  
Total assets   $  112,466     $  87,504  
             
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY            
             
Current liabilities:            
Accounts payable   $  16,618     $  2,953  
Accrued compensation and benefits      9,318        10,859  
Contract liabilities      2,699        3,278  
Short-term borrowings      10,849        3,274  
Current portion of long-term debt      700        525  
Other current liabilities      6,408        5,518  
Current liabilities of discontinued operations      340        640  
Total current liabilities      46,932        27,047  
Long-term debt, net      32,658        32,978  
Deferred tax liabilities      2,198        2,682  
Other long-term liabilities      4,028        1,396  
Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations      4,486        5,188  
Total liabilities      90,302        69,291  
Commitments and contingencies            
Stockholders’ equity:            
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 170,000,000 shares authorized and 19,794,270 and 19,767,605 shares issued, respectively, and 19,057,195 and 18,660,218 shares outstanding, respectively      198        197  
Paid-in capital      81,964        80,424  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss      222        —  
Accumulated deficit      (60,211 )      (62,397 )
Treasury stock, at par (737,075 and 1,107,387 common shares, respectively)      (9 )      (11 )
Total stockholders’ equity      22,164        18,213  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity   $  112,466     $  87,504  


WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

 
    Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands)   2019   2018
Operating activities:            
Net income (loss)   $  2,186     $  (25,435 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:            
Net (income) loss from discontinued operations      (1,164 )      11,645  
Deferred income tax provision (benefit)      (484 )      (7,239 )
Depreciation and amortization on plant, property and equipment and intangible assets      301        857  
Amortization of deferred financing costs      616        1,623  
Loss on disposals of property, plant and equipment      —        637  
Bad debt expense      237        (90 )
Stock-based compensation      1,698        1,179  
Paid-in-kind interest      —        1,964  
Restructuring charges      —        5,689  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of businesses acquired and sold:            
Accounts receivable      (15,675 )      3,426  
Contract assets      1,001        3,269  
Other current assets      (743 )      2,271  
Other assets      1,613        (1,038 )
Accounts payable      13,697        (2,127 )
Accrued and other liabilities      (6,705 )      (1,157 )
Contract liabilities      (579 )      (3,771 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, continuing operations      (4,001 )      (8,297 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, discontinued operations      162        (6,125 )
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities      (3,839 )      (14,422 )
Investing activities:            
Purchase of property, plant and equipment      (242 )      (137 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities, continuing operations      (242 )      (137 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities, discontinued operations      —        319  
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities      (242 )      182  
Financing activities:            
Repurchase of stock-based awards for payment of statutory taxes due on stock-based compensation      (154 )      (497 )
Debt issuance costs      —        (2,189 )
Proceeds from short-term borrowings      223,958        46,688  
Repayments of short-term borrowings      (216,383 )      (43,414 )
Proceeds from long-term debt      —        33,679  
Repayments of long-term debt      (525 )      (31,241 )
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities, continuing operations      6,896        3,026  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities, discontinued operations      —        —  
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities      6,896        3,026  
Effect of exchange rate change on cash, continuing operations      61        —  
Effect of exchange rate change on cash      61        —  
Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash      2,876        (11,214 )
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period      4,942        16,156  
Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period   $  7,818     $  4,942  
             
Supplemental Disclosures:            
Cash paid for interest   $  3,527     $  5,652  
Noncash amendment fee related to MidCap Facility   $  150     $  —  
Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds   $  —     $  16  
Noncash amendment fee related to term loan   $  —     $  4,000  


WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURE (UNAUDITED)

This press release contains financial measures not derived in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (“GAAP”). A reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure is provided below.

ADJUSTED EBITDA-CONTINUING OPERATIONS

 
    Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands)   2019   2018   2019   2018
Net income (loss)-continuing operations   $  (296 )   $  (2,688 )   $  1,022   $  (13,790 )
Add back:                        
Interest expense, net      1,528        1,593        6,032      8,990  
Income tax expense (benefit)      192        (5,120 )      333      (4,400 )
Depreciation and amortization expense      76        224        301      857  
Stock-based compensation      584        482        1,595      1,179  
Severance costs      865        —        1,314      —  
Other non-recurring expenses      —        —        241      —  
Franchise taxes      63        (128 )      255      74  
Loss on other receivables      —        —        189      —  
Consulting expenses-remediation      433        —        585      —  
Bank restructuring costs      548        —        685      —  
Foreign currency loss      206        —        20      —  
Restructuring charges      —        2,028        —      5,689  
Asset disposition costs      —        —        —      815  
Restatement expenses      —        —        —      160  
Estimated non-recurring expenses      —        4,600        —      11,900  
Adjusted EBITDA - continuing operations   $  4,199     $  991     $  12,572   $  11,474  

ADJUSTED OPERATING INCOME (LOSS)

 
    Three Months Ended December 31,   Year Ended December 31,
(in thousands)   2019   2018   2019   2018
Operating income (loss)   $  619   $  (6,135 )   $  5,429   $  (9,964 )
Restructuring charges      —      2,028        —      5,689  
Estimated non-recurring expenses      —      4,600        —      11,900  
Adjusted operating income   $  619   $  493     $  5,429   $  7,625  

NOTE 1 — Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA
Adjusted EBITDA is not calculated through the application of GAAP and is not the required form of disclosure by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Adjusted EBITDA is the sum of our net income (loss) before interest expense, net, and income tax (benefit) expense and unusual gains or charges. It also excludes non-cash charges such as depreciation and amortization. The Company’s management believes Adjusted EBITDA is an important measure of operating performance because it allows management, investors and others to evaluate and compare the performance of its core operations from period to period by removing the impact of the capital structure (interest), tangible and intangible asset base (depreciation and amortization), taxes and unusual gains or charges (stock-based compensation, severance costs, other estimated non-recurring expenses, franchise taxes, loss on other receivables, consulting expenses to develop corporate strategies, bank restructuring costs, foreign currency gain, restructuring charges, asset disposition charges and restatement expenses), which are not always commensurate with the reporting period in which such items are included. Williams’ credit facility also contains ratios based on EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to net income or as a better measure of liquidity than net cash flows from operating activities, as determined by GAAP, and, therefore, should not be used in isolation from, but in conjunction with, the GAAP measures. The use of any non-GAAP measure may produce results that vary from the GAAP measure and may not be comparable to a similarly defined non-GAAP measure used by other companies.

Adjusted operating income (loss)
Adjusted operating income is not calculated through the application of GAAP and is not the required form of disclosure by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Adjusted operating income is adjusted for items that are not typical operating expenses and that are not expected to be realized in the future. The Company’s management believes adjusted operating income is an important measure of operating performance because it allows management, investors and others to evaluate and compare the performance of its core operations from period to period by removing the impact of costs that are not core to the operating business. Adjusted operating income should not be considered an alternative to operating income (loss), as determined by GAAP, and, therefore, should not be used in isolation from, but in conjunction with, the GAAP measures. The use of any non-GAAP measure may produce results that vary from the GAAP measure and may not be comparable to a similarly defined non-GAAP measure used by other companies.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company does not provide a reconciliation of forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to their comparable GAAP financial measures because it could not do so without unreasonable effort due to the unavailability of the information needed to calculate reconciling items and due to the variability, complexity and limited visibility of the adjusting items that would be excluded from the non-GAAP financial measures in future periods. When planning, forecasting and analyzing future periods, the Company does so primarily on a non-GAAP basis without preparing a GAAP analysis.


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