Ameresco Reports Second Quarter 2021 Financial Results
– Robust Revenue and Profit Growth Across all Business Lines –
– Gross Margin Improvement Driven by Recurring Revenue Growth –
– Placed 33 MWe of Energy Assets into Operation –
Second Quarter 2021 Financial Highlights:
Revenues of $273.9 million, up 23% year-over-year
Net Income of $13.7 million, up 213%
GAAP EPS of $0.26, up 189%
Non-GAAP EPS of $0.34, up 79%
Adjusted EBITDA of $34.4 million, up 42%
FRAMINGHAM, MA – August 2, 2021 – Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading cleantech integrator specializing in energy efficiency and renewable energy, today announced financial results for the fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2021. 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.
“We are very pleased with our strong second quarter results. These results highlight the strength of our diversified business model as all business lines experienced outstanding growth,” said George P. Sakellaris, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We grew our portfolio of operating Energy Assets by 33 megawatt equivalents (MWe) during the quarter, continuing the expansion of this higher margin, recurring revenue business, which provides great long-term visibility. Our Projects business continued to benefit from the ongoing shift to more comprehensive projects that utilize a broad portfolio of advanced clean energy technologies in which Ameresco has substantial expertise providing us a competitive advantage. We also are gaining traction in our Energy-as-a-Service (EaaS) offering. Our recent EaaS win at Northwestern University highlights the growing interest in these “no up-front capital” solutions that address deferred maintenance, escalating energy costs, resiliency and customer commitments to lowering their carbon footprints. We are all seeing a heightened awareness of the importance of resiliency and sustainability across all markets, and we believe this is not only impacting our business in the short-term, but that it is paving the way for outstanding long-term growth.”
Second Quarter Financial Results
(All financial result comparisons made are against the prior year period unless otherwise noted.)
Total revenue increased 23% to $273.9 million, compared to $223.0 million driven by broad strength across all our business lines. The Projects business grew 23%, with contributions across a number of geographies and markets. Energy Assets revenue was up 28%, reflecting the continued growth of our operating portfolio. Additionally, we continued to benefit from strong renewable natural gas (RNG) production and favorable pricing on renewable identification numbers (RINs). Ameresco added 33 MWe of assets to its operating portfolio in the second quarter while adding 23 MWe of new Energy Assets into our Assets in Development. Gross margin of 19.5% increased 90 basis-points sequentially and 180 basis-points year-over-year as revenue mix continued to shift towards the Company’s higher margin Energy Assets business. Operating income increased 66% to $21.4 million and operating margin was 7.8%. Net income attributable to common shareholders increased to $13.7 million and GAAP EPS increased to $0.26. The GAAP results for 2021 and 2020 reflect a non-cash downward adjustment of $4.2 million and $4.5 million, respectively, related to non-controlling interest activities. Excluding these adjustments, 2021 Non-GAAP net income was $18.0 million compared to $9.0 million. Adjusted EBITDA, a Non-GAAP financial measure, increased 42% to $34.4 million, and Non-GAAP EPS was $0.34 compared to $0.19.
Net Income (Loss)
(1) Numbers in table may not foot due to rounding.
At June 30, 2021
Awarded Project Backlog
Contracted Project Backlog
Total Project Backlog
O&M Revenue Backlog
Energy Asset Visibility *
Operating Energy Assets
Assets in Development
* estimated contracted revenue and incentives throughout PPA term on our operating energy assets
In the second quarter of 2021:
Our Federal Solutions Group added three new contracts:
$21.6 million project at Fort Hunter Liggett in southern Monterey County, CA that will bolster the Army base’s work toward its goal of reaching net-zero energy use by 2022.
$19 million Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) with Cannon Air Force Base (AFB) in Curry County, New Mexico to enhance the AFB’s operational efficiency and provide on-site energy generation.
$29 million Design Build project at Fort Totten in Bayside, New York, for a full facility revitalization.
Our EaaS offering in the higher education market continues to gain traction with the recent signing of an EaaS agreement with Northwestern University. This partnership will provide ongoing energy management, capital improvements, and related operations and maintenance – all under a long-term service agreement.
In the second quarter of 2021:
Ameresco brought 33 MWe into operation while adding 23 MWe (gross) to our development backlog, bringing our total to 376 MWe.
Projects placed in operation during the quarter included the 11.7 MWe McCarty Road RNG asset as well as four solar installations totaling 19 MWe.
Summary and Outlook
“Our strong second quarter performance represented excellent execution and demonstrated the substantial demand for Ameresco’s energy efficiency and renewable energy services. Total project backlog was stable at $2.2 billion while our 12-month contract backlog also remained at a healthy level of $606.5 million. Subsequent to the end of the second quarter, we converted $98 million from awarded to contracted project backlog. Furthermore, proposal activity for both our projects business and energy assets opportunities are at record levels and support our confidence in Ameresco’s future growth prospects,” Mr. Sakellaris noted.
Based on visibility from our project backlog and our increased levels of recurring revenues, the Company reaffirms its 2021 guidance ranges detailed in the table below, representing year-over-year revenue and adjusted EBITDA growth of 10% and 23%, respectively, at the midpoints, and Non-GAAP EPS growth of 20% at the midpoint, excluding the impact of approximately $0.13 of one-time tax benefits realized in 2020. The Company anticipates commissioning a further 22 MWe to 42 MWe of energy assets and plans to invest approximately $115 million to $165 million in additional energy asset capital expenditures during the remainder of 2021, the majority of which will be funded with project finance debt.
FY 2021 Guidance Ranges
Interest Expense & Other
Effective Tax Rate
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:
U.S. Participants: Dial +1 (877) 359-9508 (Access Code: 2779293)
International Participants: Dial +1 (224) 357-2393 (Access Code: 2779293)
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 Non-GAAP Financial Measures and Non-GAAP Financial Guidance in the accompanying tables.
About Ameresco, Inc.
Founded in 2000, Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC) is a leading cleantech integrator and renewable energy asset developer, owner and operator. Our comprehensive portfolio includes energy efficiency, infrastructure upgrades, asset sustainability and renewable energy solutions delivered to clients throughout North America and the United Kingdom. Ameresco’s sustainability services in support of clients’ pursuit of Net-Zero include upgrades to a facility’s energy infrastructure and the development, construction, and operation of distributed energy resources. 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.
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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, net income, adjusted EBITDA, non-GAAP EPS, other financial guidance 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, 2020, filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on March 2, 2021. Currently, one of the most significant factors, however, is the potential adverse effect of the current COVID-19 (and its variants) pandemic 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 our Annual Report 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.