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Thu. 12 May 2022, 4:15pm ET Benzinga Press Releases

Guidance Unchanged as Market Dynamics Point to Improving Award Environment

Williams Industrial Services Group Inc. (NYSE:WLMS) ("Williams" or the "Company"), an energy and industrial infrastructure services company, today reported its financial results for the fiscal first quarter ended March 31, 2022.

Recent Highlights

  • Williams posted revenue of $69.6 million in the first quarter of 2022 compared with $60.9 million in the prior-year period
  • The Company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $2.0 million, or $(0.08) per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2022 compared with a net loss from continuing operations of $1.6 million, or $(0.06) per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2021
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 was $0.1 million for the first quarter of 2022 compared with $0.6 million in the prior-year period
  • As of March 31, 2022, the Company's backlog was $257.0 million, compared to $270.7 million as of December 31, 2021 (excluding approximately $361 million of decommissioning work subsequently transferred to a competitor, as previously announced); approximately $139 million of the March 31, 2022 backlog is expected to be converted to revenue over the following twelve months
  • The Company announced its financial guidance for fiscal 2022 remains unchanged

"As anticipated, the first quarter of 2022 was negatively impacted by downward pressure on margins related to residual operating challenges in our Florida water business as well as start-up costs associated with expanding service to the energy delivery end market," said Tracy Pagliara, President and CEO of Williams. "However, we saw a decline in general and administrative expenses both year-over-year and sequentially, even as we recognized $0.7 million of one-time expenses for litigation against a former employee and competitor during the first quarter of 2022. We are squarely focused on reducing expenses and improving bottom line results going forward.

"We added $38 million in new orders during the quarter and believe this is just the beginning of robust opportunities ahead. The prospects for nuclear power are being enhanced by the clean energy mandate, national security concerns and federal and state-level subsidies, including $6 billion of Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act ('IIJA') funding designed to extend the life of existing nuclear facilities. Moreover, the capital budgets of our utility and municipality customers are substantial, and the IIJA will also add more than $45 billion of supplemental investments to enhance water and power grid infrastructure in the coming years. Overall, we are experiencing increased demand for our services, with strengthening market dynamics expected to benefit Williams for the foreseeable future. Accordingly, we are reiterating our 2022 financial guidance."

First Quarter 2022 Financial Results Compared to First Quarter 2021

Revenue in the first quarter, typically the lightest period of the fiscal year due to seasonal work factors, was $69.6 million compared with $60.9 million in the first quarter of 2021, largely reflecting an increase in nuclear and water work. Gross profit was $5.7 million, or 8.2% of revenue, compared with $6.1 million, or 10.0% of revenue, in the prior-year period, with the lower margin primarily due to changes in project mix, including the ongoing impact of certain contracts in Florida, as previously announced, which will reach completion in the fourth quarter of 2022, and start-up costs tied to the Company's further expansion into the energy delivery market. Excluding the aforementioned business start-up expenses and negative impact from the Company's Florida water projects, adjusted gross margin would have been 10.5% of revenue.

Operating expenses were $6.5 million compared with $6.6 million in the first quarter of 2021, reflecting lower general and administrative expenses, inclusive of $0.7 million in professional fees relating to an ongoing legal matter. The Company reported an operating loss of $0.8 million versus $0.5 million in the prior-year period. Interest expense was $1.2 million in the first quarter of 2022 versus $1.3 million in 2021.

The Company reported a net loss from continuing operations of $2.0 million, or $(0.08) per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2022 compared with a net loss from continuing operations of $1.6 million, or $(0.06) per diluted share, in the prior-year period.

Balance Sheet

The Company's total liquidity (the sum of unrestricted cash and availability under the Company's revolving credit facility) was $26.1 million as of March 31, 2022, versus $27.7 million at the beginning of 2022. As of March 31, 2022, the Company had $4.3 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, $0.5 million of restricted cash, and $31.3 million of bank debt compared with $2.5 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents, $0.5 million of restricted cash, and $32.1 million of bank debt as of December 31, 2021.

Backlog

Total backlog as of March 31, 2022 was $257.0 million compared with $270.7 million on December 31, 2021, after deducting approximately $361 million of decommissioning work through 2029 which was subsequently transferred to a competitor, as previously announced. During the first quarter of 2022, the Company recognized revenue of $69.6 million, booked new awards of $38.3 million, and (inclusive of the aforementioned contracts) saw net adjustments and cancellations of $343.5 million.

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31, 2022

Backlog - beginning of period

 

$

631,693

 

New awards

 

 

38,293

 

Adjustments and cancellations, net

 

 

(343,471

)

Revenue recognized

 

 

(69,559

)

Backlog - end of period

 

$

256,956

 

 

Williams estimates that approximately $139 million of its quarter-end backlog will be converted to revenue within the next twelve months, compared with an adjusted $157.2 million of backlog (after the loss of the aforementioned decommissioning contracts) as of December 31, 2021 that the Company anticipated would be converted to revenue over the succeeding twelve-month period.

Outlook

The Company confirmed that guidance previously provided January 28, 2022 for the current fiscal year remains unchanged.

2022 Guidance

 

Revenue:

$305 million to $325 million

Gross margin:

10.5% to 11.0%

SG&A:

8.75% to 9.25% of revenue (8.25% to 8.75% excluding investments in upgrading systems)

Adjusted EBITDA*

$10.0 million to $12.5 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 tomorrow, May 13, 2022, at 10:00 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 13728732; alternatively, a webcast replay can be found 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 is a leading provider of infrastructure related services to blue-chip customers in energy and industrial end markets, including a broad range of construction maintenance, modification, and support services. 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 perform in accordance with guidance, build and diversify its backlog and convert backlog to revenue, realize opportunities, including receiving contract awards on outstanding bids and successfully pursuing future opportunities, benefit from potential growth in the Company's end markets, including from increased infrastructure spending by the U.S. federal government, and successfully achieve its growth, strategic and business development initiatives, including decreasing the Company's outstanding indebtedness, future demand for the Company's services, and expectations regarding future revenues, cash flow, 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 the Company's level of indebtedness and ability to make payments on, and satisfy the financial and other covenants contained in, its debt facilities, as well as its ability to engage in certain transactions and activities due to limitations and covenants contained in such facilities; its ability to generate sufficient cash resources to continue funding operations, including investments in working capital required to support growth-related commitments that it makes to customers, and the possibility that it may be unable to obtain any additional funding as needed or incur losses from operations in the future; exposure to market risks from changes in interest rates; the Company's ability to obtain adequate surety bonding and letters of credit; the Company's ability to maintain effective internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures; the Company's ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, skilled workers, and key officers; failure to successfully implement or realize its business strategies, plans and objectives of management, and liquidity, operating and growth initiatives and opportunities, including any expansion into new markets and its ability to identify potential candidates for, and consummate, acquisition, disposition, or investment transactions; the loss of one or more of its significant customers; its competitive position; market outlook and trends in the Company's industry, including the possibility of reduced investment in, or increased regulation of, nuclear power plants, declines in public infrastructure construction, and reductions in government funding; costs exceeding estimates the Company uses to set fixed-price contracts; harm to the Company's reputation or profitability due to, among other things, internal operational issues, poor subcontractor performances or subcontractor insolvency; potential insolvency or financial distress of third parties, including customers and suppliers; the Company's contract backlog and related amounts to be recognized as revenue; its ability to maintain its safety record, the risks of potential liability and adequacy of insurance; adverse changes in the Company's relationships with suppliers, vendors, and subcontractors, including increases in cost, disruption of supply or shortage of labor, freight, equipment or supplies, including as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic; compliance with environmental, health, safety and other related laws and regulations, including those related to climate change; limitations or modifications to indemnification regulations of the U.S.; the Company's expected financial condition, future cash flows, results of operations and future capital and other expenditures; the impact of general economic conditions, including inflation, ongoing economic disruption, including the effects of the Ukraine-Russia conflict, and any recession resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic; the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's business, results of operations, financial condition, and cash flows, including global supply chain disruptions and the potential for additional COVID-19 cases to occur at the Company's active or future job sites, which potentially could impact cost and labor availability; information technology vulnerabilities and cyberattacks on the Company's networks; the Company's failure to comply with applicable laws and regulations, including, but not limited to, those relating to privacy and anti-bribery; the Company's ability to successfully implement its new enterprise resource planning (ERP) system; the Company's participation in multiemployer pension plans; the impact of any disruptions resulting from the expiration of collective bargaining agreements; the impact of natural disasters, which may worsen or increase due to the effects of climate change, and other severe catastrophic events (such as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic); the impact of corporate citizenship and environmental, social and governance matters; the impact of changes in tax regulations and laws, including future income tax payments and utilization of net operating loss and foreign tax credit carryforwards; volatility of the market price for the Company's common stock; the Company's ability to maintain its stock exchange listing; the effects of anti-takeover provisions in the Company's organizational documents and Delaware law; the impact of future offerings or sales of the Company's common stock on the market price of such stock; expected outcomes of legal or regulatory proceedings and their anticipated effects on the Company's results of operations; and any other statements regarding future growth, future cash needs, future operations, business plans and future financial results.

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 2021 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.

Financial Tables Follow

 
 

WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

($ in thousands, except share and per share amounts)

 

2022

 

2021

Revenue

 

$

69,559

 

 

$

60,851

 

Cost of revenue

 

 

63,850

 

 

 

54,753

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gross profit

 

 

5,709

 

 

 

6,098

 

Gross margin

 

 

8.2

%

 

 

10.0

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling and marketing expenses

 

 

330

 

 

 

211

 

General and administrative expenses

 

 

6,071

 

 

 

6,311

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

 

66

 

 

 

41

 

Total operating expenses

 

 

6,467

 

 

 

6,563

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

 

 

(758

)

 

 

(465

)

Operating margin

 

 

(1.1

)%

 

 

(0.8

)%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

1,219

 

 

 

1,293

 

Other income, net

 

 

(179

)

 

 

(360

)

Total other expense, net

 

 

1,040

 

 

 

933

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from continuing operations before income tax

 

 

(1,798

)

 

 

(1,398

)

Income tax expense

 

 

229

 

 

 

185

 

Loss from continuing operations

 

 

(2,027

)

 

 

(1,583

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from discontinued operations before income tax

 

 

 

 

 

(79

)

Income tax expense

 

 

17

 

 

 

19

 

Loss from discontinued operations

 

 

(17

)

 

 

(98

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(2,044

)

 

$

(1,681

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic loss per common share

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from continuing operations

 

$

(0.08

)

 

$

(0.06

)

Loss from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

(0.01

)

Basic loss per common share

 

$

(0.08

)

 

$

(0.07

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted loss per common share

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss from continuing operations

 

$

(0.08

)

 

$

(0.06

)

Loss from discontinued operations

 

 

 

 

 

(0.01

)

Diluted loss per common share

 

$

(0.08

)

 

$

(0.07

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding (basic)

 

 

25,838,562

 

 

 

24,933,894

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding (diluted)

 

 

25,838,562

 

 

 

24,933,894

 

 
 

WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

REVENUE BRIDGE ANALYSIS*

First Quarter 2022 Revenue Bridge

 

(in millions)

 

 

$ Change

First quarter 2021 revenue

 

$

60.9

 

Other U.S. Nuclear

 

 

7.1

 

Water

 

 

6.3

 

Plant Vogtle Units 3 and 4

 

 

1.8

 

Project mix

 

 

1.7

 

Canada

 

 

(4.2

)

Decommissioning

 

 

(4.0

)

Total change

 

 

8.7

 

First quarter 2022 revenue*

 

$

69.6

 

*Numbers may not sum due to rounding

 
 
 

WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

 

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

($ in thousands, except per share amounts)

 

2022

 

2021

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

4,260

 

 

$

2,482

 

Restricted cash

 

 

468

 

 

 

468

 

Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $392 and $427, respectively

 

 

33,574

 

 

 

35,204

 

Contract assets

 

 

12,838

 

 

 

12,683

 

Other current assets

 

 

11,076

 

 

 

11,049

 

Total current assets

 

 

62,216

 

 

 

61,886

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

587

 

 

 

653

 

Goodwill

 

 

35,400

 

 

 

35,400

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

12,500

 

 

 

12,500

 

Other long-term assets

 

 

6,998

 

 

 

5,712

 

Total assets

 

$

117,701

 

 

$

116,151

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

16,424

 

 

$

12,168

 

Accrued compensation and benefits

 

 

12,056

 

 

 

12,388

 

Contract liabilities

 

 

2,717

 

 

 

3,412

 

Short-term borrowings

 

 

-

 

 

 

676

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

1,050

 

 

 

1,050

 

Other current liabilities

 

 

10,288

 

 

 

11,017

 

Current liabilities of discontinued operations

 

 

337

 

 

 

316

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

42,872

 

 

 

41,027

 

Long-term debt, net

 

 

30,228

 

 

 

30,328

 

Deferred tax liabilities

 

 

2,447

 

 

 

2,442

 

Other long-term liabilities

 

 

3,539

 

 

 

1,647

 

Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations

 

 

4,207

 

 

 

4,250

 

Total liabilities

 

 

83,293

 

 

 

79,694

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 170,000,000 shares authorized and 26,700,683 and 26,408,789 shares issued, respectively, and 26,231,515 and 25,939,621 shares outstanding, respectively

 

 

261

 

 

 

261

 

Paid-in capital

 

 

92,080

 

 

 

92,227

 

Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss)

 

 

47

 

 

 

(95

)

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(57,974

)

 

 

(55,930

)

Treasury stock, at par (469,168 and 469,168 common shares, respectively)

 

 

(6

)

 

 

(6

)

Total stockholders' equity

 

 

34,408

 

 

 

36,457

 

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

 

$

117,701

 

$

116,151

 

 
 

WILLIAMS INDUSTRIAL SERVICES GROUP INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended March 31,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

2021

Operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(2,044

)

 

$

(1,681

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss from discontinued operations

 

 

17

 

 

 

98

 

Deferred income tax provision (benefit)

 

 

5

 

 

 

(13

)

Depreciation and amortization on plant, property and equipment

 

 

66

 

 

 

41

 

Amortization of deferred financing costs

 

 

208

 

 

 

208

 

Amortization of debt discount

 

 

50

 

 

 

50

 

Bad debt expense

 

 

(35

)

 

 

(18

)

Stock-based compensation

 

 

(31

)

 

 

715

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable

 

 

1,713

 

 

 

(1,634

)

Contract assets

 

 

(153

)

 

 

(4,410

)

Other current assets

 

 

(27

)

 

 

59

 

Other assets

 

 

(1,369

)

 

 

(172

)

Accounts payable

 

 

4,231

 

 

 

(859

)

Accrued and other liabilities

 

 

619

 

 

 

5,112

 

Contract liabilities

 

 

(695

)

 

 

(548

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, continuing operations

 

 

2,555

 

 

 

(3,052

)

Net cash used in operating activities, discontinued operations

 

 

(39

)

 

 

(69

)

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

 

2,516

 

 

 

(3,121

)

Investing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchase of property, plant and equipment

 

 

 

 

 

(56

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

 

 

 

(56

)

Financing activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repurchase of stock-based awards for payment of statutory taxes due on stock-based compensation

 

 

 

 

 

(541

)

Proceeds from short-term borrowings

 

 

66,618

 

 

 

57,971

 

Repayments of short-term borrowings

 

 

(67,294

)

 

 

(57,172

)

Repayments of long-term debt

 

 

(263

)

 

 

(263

)

Net cash used in financing activities

 

 

(939

)

 

 

(5

)

Effect of exchange rate change on cash

 

 

201

 

 

 

(90

)

Net change in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

 

 

1,778

 

 

 

(3,272

)

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period

 

 

2,950

 

 

 

9,184

 

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period

 

$

4,728

 

 

$

5,912

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Supplemental Disclosures:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for interest

 

$

867

 

 

$

875

 

Cash paid for income taxes, net of refunds

 

$

36

 

 

$

1,066

 
 

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 March 31,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

2021

Loss from continuing operations

 

$

(2,027

)

 

$

(1,583

)

Add back:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense, net

 

 

1,219

 

 

 

1,293

 

Income tax expense

 

 

229

 

 

 

185

 

Depreciation and amortization expense

 

 

66

 

 

 

41

 

Stock-based compensation

 

 

(31

)

 

 

715

 

Severance costs

 

 

43

 

 

 

 

Other professional fees

 

 

714

 

 

 

 

Franchise taxes

 

 

64

 

 

 

60

 

Foreign currency gain

 

 

(135

)

 

 

(90

)

Adjusted EBITDA - continuing operations

 

$

142

 

 

$

621

 

 
 

NOTE 1 — Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA-Continuing Operations

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 the Company's income (loss) from continuing operations 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 and stock-based compensation. 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 certain non-cash expenses and unusual gains or charges (such as stock-based compensation, severance costs, other professional fees, and foreign currency (gain) loss) which are not always commensurate with the reporting period in which such items are included. Williams' credit facilities also contain ratios based on EBITDA. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to net income or income from continuing operations 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.

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.