Ameresco Reports Third Quarter 2012 Financial Results

Published Date: 
Thu, 11/08/2012

Third Quarter 2012 Financial Highlights:
•    Revenue of $163.9 million
•    Net income of $6.8 million
•    Net income per diluted share of $0.15

 

9 Month Year-to-Date 2012 Financial Highlights:
•    Revenue of $474.6 million
•    Net income of $13.4 million
•    Net income per diluted share of $0.29


FRAMINGHAM, MA – November 8, 2012 – Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today announced financial results for the fiscal quarter ended September 30, 2012. The Company has also furnished prepared remarks in conjunction with this press release in a Current Report on Form 8-K. Those prepared remarks contain supplemental information, including non-GAAP financial metrics, and have been posted to the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at www.ameresco.com.

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2012 was $163.9 million, compared to $227.8 million for the same period in 2011, a decrease of 28.0% year-over-year. Operating income for the third quarter of 2012 was $10.7 million, compared to $16.4 million for the third quarter of 2011, a decrease of 34.7% year-over-year. Third quarter 2012 adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $16.3 million, compared to $20.9 million for the same period in 2011, a decrease of 21.9% year-over-year. Net income for the third quarter of 2012 was $6.8 million, compared to $12.4 million for the same period of 2011, a decrease of 45.2% year-over-year. Third quarter 2012 net income per diluted share was $0.15, compared to $0.27 per diluted share for the same period of 2011.

“Increased uncertainty within our customers’ respective political environments as well as their ongoing budgetary concerns impacted third quarter results,” stated George P. Sakellaris, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ameresco. “Customers have been proceeding more cautiously with greater attention to care and diligence, which has further extended conversion times from awarded projects to signed contracts during the quarter.”

“We continued to execute well on our projects in construction and third quarter revenue from all other offerings increased 20%, helped by annuity-based revenues,” continued Sakellaris. “Further, awarded projects increased 46% year-over-year and gross additions to backlog for the third quarter were $281 million, a new record, more than offsetting a 27% decline in fully-contracted backlog. As a result, total construction backlog of awarded projects and fully-contracted backlog reached a new record level at nearly $1.5 billion.”

“We believe that as our customers gain greater clarity going forward and as market uncertainties, including the elections, are resolved, awarded projects will begin to convert at a pace more consistent with what we have experienced historically. In the meantime, we continue to focus on achieving our long-term strategic plan, improving our competitive position, and offering innovative budget-neutral energy services for customers looking to cut operating costs while addressing their aging infrastructure needs.”

For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, Ameresco reported total revenue of $474.6 million, compared to $539.7 million for the same period in 2011, a decrease of 12.1% year-over-year. Operating income for the first nine months of 2012 was $22.4 million, compared to $38.1 million for the first nine months of 2011, a decrease of 41.2% year-over-year. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2012 was $39.4 million, compared to $49.7 million for the first nine months of 2011, a decrease of 20.7% year-over-year. Net income for the first nine months of 2012 was $13.4 million, compared to $26.5 million for the first nine months of 2011, a decrease of 49.2% year-over-year. Net income per diluted share was $0.29 for the first nine months of 2012, compared to $0.58 for the first nine months of 2011.


Additional Third Quarter 2012 Operating Highlights:

  • Revenue generated from backlog was $120.7 million for the third quarter of 2012, a decrease of 37.0% year-over-year.
  • All other revenue was $43.2 million for the third quarter of 2012, an increase of 19.8% year-over-year.
  • Operating cash flows were $3.1 million for the third quarter of 2012.
  • Total construction backlog was $1.46 billion as of September 30, 2012 and consisted of:
    • $318.4 million of fully-contracted backlog, which represents signed customer contracts for installation or construction of projects that are expected to convert into revenue over the next 12-24 months, on average; and
    • $1.14 billion of awarded projects, which prior to the current lengthening of conversion times from awarded projects to signed contracts, has historically represented estimated future revenue for projects for which contracts are expected to be signed over the next 6-12 months, on average.  

FY 2012 Guidance

Ameresco is revising its guidance for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2012. We continue to experience a lengthening of backlog conversion times, and as a consequence, a portion of revenue that was previously expected to be recognized in the second half of 2012 is now not expected to be recognized until future periods. The Company now expects total revenue to be in the range of $640 million to $660 million; and net income in the range of $22 million to $26 million.  

 

Webcast Reminder
Ameresco will hold its earnings conference call today, November 8th, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time with President and Chief Executive Officer, George Sakellaris, and Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Andrew Spence, to discuss details regarding the Company’s third quarter 2012 results, business outlook and strategy. Participants may access it by dialing domestically 888.680.0860 or internationally 617.213.4852. The passcode is 60524689. Participants are advised to dial into the call at least ten minutes prior to the call to register. A live, listen-only webcast of the conference call will also be available over the Internet. Individuals wishing to listen can access the call through the "Investor Relations" section of the Company’s website at www.ameresco.com. If you are unable to listen to the live call, the webcast will be archived on the Company’s website shortly after the call and be available for one year.

Pre-Registration for the call is also available at:
https://www.theconferencingservice.com/prereg/key.process?key=PJVDEQN8B.  Pre-registrants will be issued a pin number to use when dialing into the live call which will provide faster access to the conference by bypassing the operator upon connection.

 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release and the accompanying tables include references to adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure. For a description of this non-GAAP financial measure, including the reasons management uses this measure, please see the section following the accompanying tables titled "Exhibit A: Non-GAAP Financial Measures". For a reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to operating income, the most directly comparable financial measure prepared in accordance with GAAP, please see Other Non-GAAP Disclosure in the accompanying tables.

About Ameresco, Inc.

Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) is a leading independent provider of comprehensive services, energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions for facilities throughout North America. Ameresco’s services include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction and operation of renewable energy plants.  Ameresco has successfully completed energy saving, environmentally responsible projects with federal, state and local governments, healthcare and educational institutions, housing authorities, and commercial and industrial customers.  With its corporate headquarters in Framingham, MA, Ameresco provides local expertise through its 63 offices in 34 states and five Canadian provinces. Ameresco has more than 900 employees. For more information, visit www.ameresco.com.

Safe Harbor Statement
Any statements in this press release about future expectations, plans and prospects for Ameresco, Inc., including statements about pipeline and backlog, as well as estimated future revenues and net income, and other statements containing the words “projects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “expects,” “will” and similar expressions, constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements as a result of various important factors, including the timing of, and ability to, enter into contracts for awarded projects on the terms proposed; the timing of work Ameresco does on projects where it recognizes revenue on a percentage of completion basis, including the ability to perform under recently signed contracts without unusual delay; demand for Ameresco’s energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions; the Company’s ability to arrange financing for its projects; changes in federal, state and local government policies and programs related to energy efficiency and renewable energy; the ability of customers to cancel or defer contracts included in our backlog; the effects of our recent acquisitions; seasonality in construction and in demand for its products and services; a customer’s decision to delay the Company’s work on, or other risks involved with, a particular project; availability and costs of labor and equipment; the addition of new customers or the loss of existing customers; and other factors discussed in Ameresco’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 15, 2012 and in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent Ameresco’s views as of the date of this press release. Ameresco anticipates that subsequent events and developments will cause its views to change. However, while Ameresco may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, it specifically disclaims any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing Ameresco’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

 

Exhibit A: Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Ameresco defines adjusted EBITDA as operating income before depreciation, amortization of intangible assets and share-based compensation expense. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered as an alternative to operating income or any other measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP.


The Company believes adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating its operating performance for the following reasons: adjusted EBITDA and similar non-GAAP measures are widely used by investors to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items that can vary substantially from company to company depending upon financing and accounting methods, book values of assets, capital structures and the methods by which assets were acquired; securities analysts often use adjusted EBITDA and similar non-GAAP measures as supplemental measures to evaluate the overall operating performance of companies; and by comparing Ameresco’s adjusted EBITDA in different historical periods, investors can evaluate its operating results without the additional variations of depreciation and amortization expense, and share-based compensation expense. 


Ameresco’s management uses adjusted EBITDA: as a measure of operating performance, because it does not include the impact of items that management does not consider indicative of our core operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of the annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of the business; to evaluate the effectiveness of Ameresco’s business strategies; and in communications with the board of directors and investors concerning Ameresco’s financial performance. 


The Company understands that, although measures similar to adjusted EBITDA are frequently used by investors and securities analysts in their evaluation of companies, adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and investors should not consider it in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP operating income or an analysis of Ameresco’s results of operations as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are: adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company’s cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or other contractual commitments; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, Ameresco’s working capital needs; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect stock-based compensation expense; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash requirements for income taxes; adjusted EBITDA does not reflect net interest income (expense); although depreciation, amortization and impairment are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated, amortized or impaired will often have to be replaced in the future, and adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for these replacements; and other companies in Ameresco’s industry may calculate adjusted EBITDA differently than it does, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure. 
To properly and prudently evaluate Ameresco’s business, the Company encourages investors to review its GAAP financial statements included above, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the business. Please refer to the above reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to operating income, the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

Contact:  Media Relations, CarolAnn Hibbard, 508.661.2264, news@ameresco.com
                  Investor Relations, Suzanne Messere, 508.598.3044, ir@ameresco.com

 

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