Ameresco Reports First Quarter 2020 Financial Results

– Strong Revenue Growth and Expense Control Drives Substantial Profit Growth –

– Strong Liquidity Position to Fund Continued Growth –

– Qualifies as an “Essential Service” Under Most Government Directives –

– Maintains 2020 Guidance Range –

First Quarter 2020 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenues of $212.4 million, an increase of 42%
  • GAAP EPS of $0.13
  • Non-GAAP EPS of $0.15, an increase of 650%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $21.2 million, an increase of 50%

FRAMINGHAM, MA – May 4, 2020 – Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, today announced financial results for the fiscal quarter ended March 31, 2020. The Company has also furnished supplemental information in conjunction with this press release in a Current Report on Form 8-K. The supplemental information includes non-GAAP financial metrics and has been posted to the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s website at www.ameresco.com.

“2020 is off to a very strong start, showcasing Ameresco’s resilient business model characterized by excellent year-end project and asset backlog and healthy asset and O&M businesses generating recurring revenue,” said George P. Sakellaris, President and Chief Executive Officer. “In the first quarter, we achieved exceptional revenue growth, led by the very strong performance of our Projects business. Anticipating potential COVID-19 disruptions, we worked collectively with our customers to accelerate project execution in order to avoid delays.”

“In most of the states and federal facilities in which we operate, each of Ameresco’s three operating groups is considered to provide “essential services”, which has minimized the COVID-19 impact on our ability to execute projects and develop our asset portfolio. Throughout this health crisis, Ameresco has demonstrated its commitment to the health, safety and wellbeing of employees, customers, partners and the communities in which we operate. We have implemented risk prevention policies consistent with CDC guidelines and local authorities, provided personal protective equipment for all field personnel, and adopted company-wide teleworking practices.

“Ameresco has entered this crisis with strong financial resources and is well positioned to support our future growth.  We ended the first quarter with $40 million in cash, along with enhanced availability on our bank line of credit. The project finance market remains readily accessible, and we believe we have access to sufficient funds to finance our expected asset development pipeline.

“We continue to prioritize customer activities and projects in construction especially in those locations where we provide critical operations support. In most cases, we are fortunate to have local support and are already working closely to ensure projects and operations run smoothly while mitigating any concerns. While our development and construction activity continues with only minor delays, we have noted a slowdown in new project and asset bid and conversion activity as many potential customers have shifted priorities to the COVID-19 crisis. As with other disruptions we have faced in the past, we believe this is a matter of timing as customers remain fully committed to their cost savings, infrastructure upgrades and sustainability goals,” said George P. Sakellaris, President and Chief Executive Officer.

First Quarter Financial Results

(All financial result comparisons made are against the prior year period unless otherwise noted.)

Revenues were $212.4 million, compared to $150.1 million. This represented 42% growth driven primarily by stronger project revenue as the company proactively capitalized on additional business before potential COVID-19 related disruptions. Operating income was $9.5 million compared to $6.5 million, an increase of 46%. Net income attributable to common shareholders was $6.2 million compared to $4.1 million. Non-GAAP net income was $7.4 million compared to $0.8 million. Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, was $21.2 million, compared to $14.2 million, an increase of 50%, driven by operating leverage from stronger execution on projects and operating expense control.  EPS was $0.13 compared to $0.09, and non-GAAP EPS was $0.15 compared to $0.02, an increase of 650%.

Project Backlog and Awards

Total project backlog at March 31, 2020 was $2.2 billion and was comprised of:

  • $1.1 billion in contracted backlog representing signed customer contracts for installation or construction of projects, which we expect to convert into revenue over the next one to three years, on average; and
  • $1.1 billion of awarded projects, representing projects in development for which we do not have signed contracts.

First Quarter Project Highlights:

  • S. Army Engineering and Support Center Huntsville awarded Ameresco a new contract vehicle, referred to as UMCS V (utility monitoring and control systems). This contract can be used for servicing/upgrades on HVAC systems, controls systems, and electronic security systems for Federal Agencies, and is worth a total programmatic contract capacity of $2.1 billion over a seven-year period.
  • Demonstrating Ameresco’s capacity to do design build for large infrastructure projects, the Navy awarded Ameresco a Multiple Award Construction Contract for Disaster Relief at Marine Corps Sites in North Carolina. This is a large construction contract vehicle issued by Naval Facilities Command MidAtlantic (NAVFAC MIDLANT) with a capacity of $975 million over five years. Ameresco was one of 5 awardees under this prime contract.
  • Ameresco completes citywide street light conversion project in Phoenix, AZ, replacing nearly 100,000 standard street lights with LEDs to reduce energy consumption and generate $3.5M in annual energy savings.
  • Ameresco and New Bedford Housing Authority announce $12.7M contract to provide energy and water cost savings, along with 2.4 MW of solar power generation.
  • McKinleyville Community Services District in California selected Ameresco to develop an integrated community microgrid including battery storage, PV and an existing diesel generator.
  • Ameresco completed energy efficiency project for the City of St. Peter, MN, a $2.6 million ESPC to reduce municipal energy consumption and operating costs.
  • Ameresco nationally recognized as one of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For by the National Association for Business Resources (NABR).

Ameresco Asset Metrics

Total operating assets were 255 MWe, assets in development were 298 MWe

  • $900 million estimated contracted revenue and incentives during PPA period
  • 14-year weighted average PPA remaining

First Quarter Asset Highlights:

  • 7 MWe placed into operations
  • Philips Farm, NY 6.2 MW solar added to development pipeline
  • Hampden, MA 5.8MW solar added to development pipeline

Contracted O&M Backlog

Total O&M backlog of $1.1 billion with a 16-year weighted average lifetime

First Quarter O&M Highlights:

  • McKinleyville Community Services District design and build an integrated microgrid including battery storage, PV and an existing diesel generator

Summary and Outlook

“First quarter results along with our substantial backlog position Ameresco for considerable year-on-year growth in 2020. We are maintaining the guidance we provided with our fourth quarter results. While we normally do not provide quarterly guidance, given the unusual circumstances we will provide some color on the second quarter.  We anticipate second quarter revenue to be down sequentially due to the proactive pull forward of $20 million dollars of project revenue that contributed to our strong first quarter revenue results. We also expect an additional $10 million dollars of revenue will be pushed out of the second quarter to the second half of the year as a result of project delays.  The combination of the revenue shifts along with incremental remobilization costs will reduce operating income by approximately $6 million dollars. This guidance is predicated on a return to a more normal operating environment allowing a resumption of contract bidding and conversions by mid-year.

“More than ever, we see the need for the services that Ameresco provides – resiliency, cost savings, efficiency and carbon free energy – to our customers. In the aftermath of the COVID-19 crisis, we expect clients, especially municipalities and institutions, to be focused on reducing operating costs and upgrading their infrastructure, which we believe will drive additional growth opportunities for Ameresco,” Mr. Sakellaris concluded.

The Company’s guidance excludes the impact of any non-controlling interest activity and any additional charges relating to the Company’s restructuring activities, as well as any related tax impact.

FY 2020 Guidance
Revenue $910 million $980 million
Gross Margin 18.5% 19.5%
Adjusted EBITDA $102 million $112 million
Interest Expense & Other $17 million $19 million
Effective Tax Rate 8% 12%
Non-GAAP EPS $0.86 $0.96

Conference Call/Webcast Information

The Company will host a conference call today at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss results. The conference call will be available via the following dial in numbers:

  • S. Participants: Dial 1-877-359-9508 (Access Code: 6298527)
  • International Participants: Dial 1-224-357-2393 (Access Code: 6298527)

Participants are advised to dial into the call at least ten minutes prior 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. An archived webcast will be available on the Company’s website for one year.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the accompanying tables include references to adjusted EBITDA, Non- GAAP EPS, non-GAAP net income and adjusted cash from operations, which are non-GAAP financial measures. For a description of these non-GAAP financial measures, including the reasons management uses these measures, please see the section following the accompanying tables titled “Exhibit A: Non-GAAP Financial Measures”. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, please see Other Non-GAAP Disclosures and Non-GAAP Financial Guidance 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 businesses and organizations throughout North America and Europe. Ameresco’s sustainability 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 has more than 1,000 employees providing local expertise in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. 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 market conditions, 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 we do on projects where we recognize revenue on a percentage of completion basis, including the ability to perform under recently signed contracts without unusual delay; demand for our energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions; our ability to arrange financing for our 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 and restructuring activities; seasonality in construction and in demand for our products and services; a customer’s decision to delay our 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; market price of the Company’s stock prevailing from time to time; the nature of other investment opportunities presented to the Company from time to time; the Company’s cash flows from operations; and other factors discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on March 4, 2020. Currently, one of the most significant factors, however, is the potential adverse effect of the current pandemic of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, on our financial condition, results of operations, cash flows and performance and the global economy and financial markets. The extent to which COVID-19 impacts us, suppliers, customers, employees and supply chains will depend on future developments, which are highly uncertain and cannot be predicted with confidence, including the scope, severity and duration of the pandemic, the actions taken to contain the pandemic or mitigate its impact, and the direct and indirect economic effects of the pandemic and containment measures, among others. Moreover, you should interpret many of the risks identified in this report, as well as the risks set forth below, as being heightened as a result of the ongoing and numerous adverse impacts of COVID-19. In addition, the forward-looking statements included in this press release represent our views as of the date of this press release. We anticipate that subsequent events and developments will cause our views to change. However, while we may elect to update these forward-looking statements at some point in the future, we specifically disclaim any obligation to do so. These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing our views as of any date subsequent to the date of this press release.

Exhibit A: Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We use the non-GAAP financial measures defined and discussed below to provide investors and others with useful supplemental information to our financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered as an alternative to any measure of financial performance calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. For a reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP, please see Other Non-GAAP Disclosure and Non-GAAP Financial Guidance in the tables above.

We understand that, although measures similar to these non-GAAP financial measures are frequently used by investors and securities analysts in their evaluation of companies, they have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures or an analysis of our results of operations as reported under GAAP. To properly and prudently evaluate our business, we encourage investors to review our GAAP financial statements included above, and not to rely on any single financial measure to evaluate our business.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Margin

We define adjusted EBITDA as operating income before depreciation, amortization of intangible assets, accretion of asset retirement obligations, contingent consideration expense, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, and gain upon deconsolidation of a variable interest entity (“VIE”). We believe adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors in evaluating our 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 our adjusted EBITDA in different historical periods, investors can evaluate our operating results without the additional variations of depreciation and amortization expense, accretion of asset retirement obligations, contingent consideration expense, stock-based compensation expense, restructuring charges, and gain upon deconsolidation of a VIE.  We define adjusted EBITDA margin as adjusted EBITDA stated as a percentage of revenue.

Our management uses adjusted EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA margin as measures of operating performance, because they do not include the impact of items that we do not consider indicative of our core operating performance; for planning purposes, including the preparation of our annual operating budget; to allocate resources to enhance the financial performance of the business; to evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies; and in communications with the board of directors and investors concerning our financial performance.

Non-GAAP Net Income and EPS

We define non-GAAP net income and earnings per share (“EPS”) to exclude certain discrete items that management does not consider representative of our ongoing operations, including restructuring charges, gain upon deconsolidation of a VIE and impact from redeemable non-controlling interest. We consider non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP EPS to be important indicators of our operational strength and performance of our business because they eliminate the effects of events that are not part of the Company’s core operations.

Adjusted Cash from Operations

We define adjusted cash from operations as cash flows from operating activities plus proceeds from Federal ESPC projects. Cash received in payment of Federal ESPC projects is treated as a financing cash flow under GAAP due to the unusual financing structure for these projects. These cash flows, however, correspond to the revenue generated by these projects. Thus we believe that adjusting operating

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