Arcosa, Inc. Announces Third Quarter 2018 Results
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 14, 2018--Arcosa, Inc. (NYSE: ACA) (“Arcosa” or the “Company”), a manufacturer of infrastructure-related products and services, today announced earnings results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018.
Third Quarter HighlightsRevenues of $378.6 million were up 3.5% year-on-year, led by Construction Products and Transportation Products Net income was $3.2 million, inclusive of a previously-announced $23.2 million pre-tax impairment charge in the Energy Equipment Group, compared with $20.6 million in 2017 EBITDA was $46.6 million, compared to $50.5 million in 2017 Construction Products and Transportation Products posted higher revenues and operating profit Within Transportation Products, results for the inland barge business continued to reflect early signs of an industry recovery, receiving $61.3 million of orders and posting a book-to-bill ratio of 1.24 during the quarter Year-to-date operating cash flow was $118.5 million
Arcosa President and CEO, Antonio Carrillo, commented, “Third quarter results were in line with our expectations and support the growth strategy we have put in place across our three business segments. Both Construction Products and Transportation Products posted higher revenues and operating profit in the third quarter.
“In Construction Products, growth in our lightweight aggregates and trench shoring businesses more than offset the impact of challenging weather conditions on our aggregates business in Texas.
“In Transportation Products, higher inland barge revenues, increased backlog, and strong order and quoting activity are signs of an early recovery underway in the barge market and support our recent decision to re-open one of our two idled facilities.
“Energy Equipment results were substantially reduced by a one-time impairment charge resulting from our decision, announced in early October, to divest several sub-scale businesses. These businesses have now been divested, and while the cash proceeds from the transactions were immaterial, the divestitures will eliminate ongoing operating losses. Additionally, the segment’s results were affected by planned lower volumes in our wind towers product line as part of a long term supply agreement, as well as a $6.1 million inventory reserve related to a canceled project for a single customer in our utility structures business. During the quarter, our utility structures business recovered from production inefficiencies related to an order for a new product type that hampered our throughput in the second quarter and early part of the third quarter.
“Moving forward, the new structure of Energy Equipment will enhance our focus on the higher potential platform businesses in the segment: utility structures, wind towers, storage tanks, and we are rolling out plans to replicate the continuous improvements programs of the wind towers business across our utility structures and storage tank product lines.
“We remain focused on our stage one priorities: growing our Construction Products businesses, improving margins in our Energy Equipment segment, and expanding our Transportation Products businesses as our key markets recover.”
Mr. Carrillo concluded, “In that context, we are pleased to have reached a definitive agreement with an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, LLC to acquire the ACG Materials business for approximately $315 million, which we announced today in a separate release. ACG Materials is a producer of specialty materials and aggregates in the United States and Canada and is expected to be a strong strategic addition to Arcosa’s Construction Products segment.”
Additional notes on Financial ResultsThe Company reported a higher effective tax rate of 51.5% during the third quarter compared to 39.1% last year, primarily due to the non-deductibility of a portion of the impairment charge in the Energy Equipment segment Throughout the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018, Arcosa operated as part of Trinity Industries, Inc. (NYSE: TRN) (“Trinity”). Consequently, Trinity’s net investment in Arcosa’s operations (Parent Equity) is shown in lieu of stockholders’ equity, as there were no reported Arcosa shares outstanding as of September 30, 2018 On November 1, 2018, Arcosa’s tax-free separation from Trinity was successfully completed and “regular way” trading in the Company’s shares began on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “ACA”. At November 1, 2018, the Company reported approximately 48.8 million shares outstanding In connection with the separation, on October 31, 2018, Trinity contributed $200 million cash to Arcosa. In addition, the Company has announced that it has executed a $400 million unsecured, five-year credit facility
Conference Call Information
A conference call is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Eastern time today to discuss the acquisition and the Company’s earnings results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2018. A slide presentation for this conference call will be posted on the Company’s website at http://ir.arcosa.com/Events approximately 15 minutes before the start of the call. The conference call number is 866-831-8711 for domestic callers and 203-518-9865 for international callers. The conference ID is ARCOSA. An audio playback will be available through 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on November 28, 2018, by dialing 800-839-9719 for domestic callers and 402-220-6091 for international callers. A live audio webcast of the conference call with a slide presentation will be available to the public and a replay will be available after the call by visiting Arcosa’s website at http://ir.arcosa.com/Events.
Arcosa, Inc., headquartered in Dallas, Texas, is a manufacturer of infrastructure-related products and services with leading positions in construction, energy, and transportation markets. Arcosa reports its financial results in three principal business segments: the Construction Products Group, the Energy Equipment Group, and the Transportation Products Group. For more information, visit www.arcosa.com.
Some statements in this release, which are not historical facts, are “forward-looking statements” as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements about Arcosa’s estimates, expectations, beliefs, intentions or strategies for the future. Arcosa uses the words “anticipates,” “assumes,” “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “intends,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “guidance,” “outlook,” and similar expressions to identify these forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release, and Arcosa expressly disclaims any obligation or undertaking to disseminate any updates or revisions to any forward-looking statement contained herein, except as required by federal securities laws. Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current views and assumptions and involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from historical experience or our present expectations, including but not limited to assumptions, risks and uncertainties regarding achievement of the expected benefits of Arcosa’s spin-off from Trinity; tax treatment of the spin-off; inability to consummate the ACG Materials acquisition within the expected time periods or at all, failure to successfully integrate ACG Materials, or failure to achieve the expected benefits of the acquisition; market conditions and customer demand for Arcosa’s business products and services; the cyclical nature of, and seasonal or weather impact on, the industries in which Arcosa competes; competition and other competitive factors; governmental and regulatory factors; changing technologies; availability of growth opportunities; market recovery; improving margins; and Arcosa’s ability to execute its long-term strategy, and such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance. For further discussion of such risks and uncertainties, see “Information Statement Summary”, “Risk Factors” and “Forward-Looking Statements” in the information statement filed as an exhibit to Arcosa’s Registration Statement on Form 10, as amended.
Our effective tax rate reflects the Company’s estimate for its state income tax expense, excess tax benefits or deficiencies related to equity compensation, and the impact of nondeductible impairment charges. A portion of the $23.2 million pre-tax impairment charge recorded in the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 was attributable to certain of our foreign operations for which taxes are not provided. This impairment charge increased the losses in those jurisdictions with no corresponding tax benefit.
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), enacted in December 2017, reduced the U.S. federal corporate income tax rate from 35.0% to 21.0%. In December 2017, we recorded a tax benefit after the initial assessment of the tax effects of the Act, and we will continue refining this amount throughout 2018, which could potentially affect the measurement of our deferred tax balance or give rise to new deferred tax amounts in a final adjustment in the fourth quarter of 2018. The impact of the Act may differ from our estimate due to changes in the regulations, rulings, guidance, and interpretations issued by the IRS and the FASB as well as interpretations and assumptions made by the Company.
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