DLH Reports Fiscal 2022 Third Quarter Results

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ATLANTA, Aug. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: DLHC) (“DLH” or the “Company”), a leading provider of innovative healthcare services and solutions to federal agencies, today announced financial results for its fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2022.

Highlights

  • Third quarter revenue increased to $66.4 million in fiscal 2022 from $61.6 million in fiscal 2021, reflecting growth of 8% year-over-year
  • Earnings were $4.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2022 third quarter versus $2.9 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2021
  • The Company’s term loan was reduced to $28.5 million during the quarter versus $37.5 million at March 31, 2022
  • Contract backlog was $509.7 million as of June 30, 2022 versus $554.7 million at the end of the second quarter

Management Discussion
“I’m very pleased to announce that DLH continued to post strong performance derived from organic growth, margin expansion, and solid bottom line results,” said DLH President and Chief Executive Officer Zach Parker. “Revenue increased 8% year-over-year, while operating margins increased from 8.0% to 10.7%. We also paid down an additional $9 million of debt during the period, strengthening our capacity to pursue strategic acquisitions.

“During the quarter the Company won two key IDIQ contracts, with task orders not yet in our backlog, that position us well for fiscal 2023 and beyond. This includes a contract to provide health-related R&D and support services to the US Department of Defense and an award to assist the NIH’s National Cancer Institute with clinical research and program management expertise, helping in the ongoing fight against cancer. Even with these already in hand, we’re actively bidding on numerous opportunities prior to the end of the government’s fiscal year and remain positive about our growth outlook.”

Results for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2022
Revenue for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 was $66.4 million versus $61.6 million in the prior-year period. The 8% increase year-over-year was due to expanded work across the Company’s existing contracts, which continue to benefit from robust demand for the services provided.

Income from operations was $7.1 million for the quarter versus $4.9 million in the prior-year period and, as a percent of revenue, the Company reported an operating margin of 10.7% in fiscal 2022 versus 8.0% in fiscal 2021. Income from operations increased due to higher revenue, improved program mix and effective management of fringe benefit costs.    

Interest expense was $0.5 million in the fiscal third quarter of 2022 versus $0.9 million in the prior-year period, reflecting lower debt outstanding. Income before taxes was $6.6 million this year versus $4.0 million in fiscal 2021, representing 9.9% and 6.5% of revenue, respectively, for each period.

For the three months ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, respectively, DLH recorded a $1.7 million and $1.2 million provision for tax expense. The Company reported net income of approximately $4.9 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 versus $2.9 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the third quarter of fiscal 2021. As a percent of revenue, net income was 7.3% for the third quarter of fiscal 2022 versus 4.7% for the prior year period.

The third quarter results include final closeout activities related to the short-term FEMA COVID support contracts and the related agreements between DLH and its subcontractors. Reconciliation of estimated pass-through travel and accommodation expenses to the final reimbursable expenses resulted in a reduction to expenses previously accrued and pending payment and a corresponding reduction to revenue. This reduction reflected the value of in-kind expenses furnished by the State in support of the contract.

On a non-GAAP basis, EBITDA for the three months ended June 30, 2022 was approximately $9.0 million versus $7.0 million in the prior-year period, or 13.5% and 11.3% of revenue, respectively. A reconciliation of the Company’s performance for the quarter, less the contribution of the FEMA task orders compared to the prior-year period, is included at the back of this document.

Key Financial Indicators
Fiscal year to date, DLH used $4.8 million in operating cash, reflecting performance of the $22.3 million deferred revenue on the aforementioned FEMA contracts, for which there were advance payments in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. Excluding the impact of the FEMA contracts DLH would have generated positive operating cash flow fiscal year-to-date. The overall increase in accounts receivable versus the prior-year period reflects normal fluctuations in the timing of customer payments and growth in the overall business volume.

As of June 30, 2022, the Company had cash of $1.1 million and debt outstanding under its credit facility of $28.5 million, versus cash of $24.1 million and debt outstanding of $46.8 million as of September 30, 2021. The Company has satisfied all mandatory principal amortization until maturity and intends to continue to pay down the remaining balance of the term loan.

At June 30, 2022, total backlog was approximately $509.7 million, including funded backlog of approximately $87.4 million, and unfunded backlog of $422.3 million.

Conference Call and Webcast Details
DLH management will discuss third quarter results and provide a general business update, including current competitive conditions and strategies, during a conference call beginning at 10:00 AM Eastern Time tomorrow, August 3, 2022. Interested parties may listen to the conference call by dialing 888-347-5290 or 412-317-5256.   Presentation materials will also be posted on the Investor Relations section of the DLH website prior to the commencement of the conference call.     

A digital recording of the conference call will be available for replay two hours after the completion of the call and can be accessed on the DLH Investor Relations website or by dialing 877-344-7529 and entering the conference ID 2605060.

About DLH

DLH (NASDAQ:DLHC) delivers improved health and readiness solutions for federal programs through research, development, and innovative care processes. The Company’s experts in public health, performance evaluation, and health operations solve the complex problems faced by civilian and military customers alike, leveraging digital transformation, artificial intelligence, advanced analytics, cloud-based applications, telehealth systems, and more. With over 2,400 employees dedicated to the idea that “Your Mission is Our Passion,” DLH brings a unique combination of government sector experience, proven methodology, and unwavering commitment to public health to improve the lives of millions. For more information, visit www.DLHcorp.com.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to future events or DLH`s future financial performance. Any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances or that are not statements of historical fact (including without limitation statements to the effect that the Company or its management “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “intends” and similar expressions) should be considered forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or DLH’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release include, among others, statements regarding estimates of future revenues, operating income, earnings and cash flow. These statements reflect our belief and assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Our actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements made in this release due to a variety of factors, including: the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), including the measures to reduce its spread, and its impact on the economy and demand for our services, are uncertain, cannot be predicted, and may precipitate or exacerbate other risks and uncertainties; the risk that we will not realize the anticipated benefits of   acquisitions; the challenges of managing larger and more widespread operations; contract awards in connection with re-competes for present business and/or competition for new business; compliance with new bank financial and other covenants; changes in client budgetary priorities; government contract procurement (such as bid and award protests, small business set asides, loss of work due to organizational conflicts of interest, etc.) and termination risks; the ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquisitions; the impact of inflation and higher interest rates; and other risks described in our SEC filings. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, as well as subsequent reports filed thereafter. The forward-looking statements contained herein are not historical facts, but rather are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections about our industry and business.

Such forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and may become outdated over time. The Company does not assume any responsibility for updating forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.

CONTACTS:

INVESTOR RELATIONS
Contact: Chris Witty
Phone: 646-438-9385
Email: [email protected]
 

TABLES TO FOLLOW

DLH HOLDINGS CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Amounts in thousands except per share amounts)

  (unaudited)   (unaudited)
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2022   2021   2022   2021
Revenue $ 66,440   $ 61,555   $ 327,940   $ 180,913
Cost of Operations:              
Contract costs   49,668     48,365     271,184     143,092
General and administrative costs   7,535     6,237     22,178     18,522
Corporate development costs   250         250    
Depreciation and amortization   1,873     2,014     5,740     6,105
Total operating costs   59,326     56,616     299,352     167,719
Income from operations   7,114     4,939     28,588     13,194
Interest expense, net   512     893     1,739     2,977
Income before income taxes   6,602     4,046     26,849     10,217
Income tax expense   1,738     1,166     7,003     2,956
Net income $ 4,864   $ 2,880   $ 19,846   $ 7,261
               
Net income per share – basic $ 0.38   $ 0.23   $ 1.55   $ 0.58
Net income per share – diluted $ 0.34   $ 0.21   $ 1.40   $ 0.54
Weighted average common shares outstanding              
Basic   12,812     12,545     12,779     12,529
Diluted   14,235     13,655     14,205     13,694
                       

DLH HOLDINGS CORP.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Amounts in thousands except par value of shares)

  June 30,
2022
  September 30,
2021
  (unaudited)    
ASSETS      
Current assets:      
Cash $ 1,060     $ 24,051  
Accounts receivable   50,337       33,447  
Other current assets   4,417       4,265  
Total current assets   55,814       61,763  
Equipment and improvements, net   1,355       1,912  
Operating lease right-of-use assets   17,429       19,919  
Goodwill   65,643       65,643  
Intangible assets, net   42,530       47,469  
Other long-term assets   365       464  
Total assets $ 183,136     $ 197,170  
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities:      
Operating lease liabilities – current $ 2,227     $ 2,261  
Accrued payroll   13,157       9,125  
Deferred revenue         22,273  
Accounts payable, accrued expenses, and other current liabilities   35,098       32,717  
Total current liabilities   50,482       66,376  
Long-term liabilities:      
Deferred taxes, net   1,175       1,176  
Operating lease liabilities – long-term   17,028       19,374  
Debt obligations – long-term, net of deferred financing costs   26,783       44,636  
Total long-term liabilities   44,986       65,186  
Total liabilities   95,468       131,562  
Shareholders’ equity:      
Common stock, $0.001 par value; authorized 40,000 shares; issued and outstanding 12,961 and 12,714 at June 30, 2022 and September 30, 2021, respectively   13       13  
Additional paid-in capital   90,107       87,893  
Accumulated deficit   (2,452 )     (22,298 )
Total shareholders’ equity   87,668       65,608  
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 183,136     $ 197,170  
               

DLH HOLDINGS CORP.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(Amounts in thousands)

  (unaudited)
  Nine Months Ended
  June 30,
  2022   2021
Operating activities      
Net income $ 19,846     $ 7,261  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization   5,740       6,105  
Amortization of deferred financing costs charged to interest expense   497       610  
Stock based compensation expense   1,952       1,317  
Deferred taxes, net   (1 )     2,177  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities      
Accounts receivable   (16,890 )     (3,868 )
Other current assets   (152 )     (133 )
Accrued payroll   4,032       (403 )
Deferred revenue   (22,273 )      
Accounts payable, accrued expenses, and other current liabilities   2,380       1,912  
Other long-term assets and liabilities   110       410  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities   (4,759 )     15,388  
Investing activities      
Business acquisition adjustment, net of cash acquired         59  
Purchase of equipment and improvements   (244 )     (53 )
Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities   (244 )     6  
Financing activities      
Proceeds from debt obligations   13,500       23,950  
Repayments of debt obligations   (31,750 )     (40,150 )
Payments of deferred financing costs         (43 )
Proceeds from issuance of common stock upon exercise of options and warrants   543       231  
Common stock surrendered for the exercise of stock options – tax obligations   (281 )      
Net cash used in financing activities   (17,988 )     (16,012 )
       
Net change in cash   (22,991 )     (618 )
Cash at beginning of period   24,051       1,357  
Cash at end of period $ 1,060     $ 739  
       
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information      
Cash paid during the period for interest $ 1,195     $ 2,321  
Cash paid during the period for income taxes $ 6,403     $ 396  
       
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash activity      
Common stock surrendered for the exercise of stock options $ 256     $  
               

Revenue Metrics

  Nine Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2022   2021
Market Mix:      
Defense/VA 36 %   57 %
Human Services and Solutions 48 %   17 %
Public Health/Life Sciences 17 %   26 %
       
Contract Mix:      
Time and Materials 80 %   76 %
Cost Reimbursable 11 %   20 %
Firm Fixed Price 9 %   4 %
       
Prime vs Sub:      
Prime 93 %   88 %
Subcontractor 7 %   12 %
           

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company uses EBITDA and EBITDA as a percent of revenue as supplemental non-GAAP measures of performance. We define EBITDA as net income excluding (i) interest expense, (ii) provision for or benefit from income taxes and (iii) depreciation and amortization. EBITDA as a percent of revenue is EBITDA for the measurement period divided by revenue for the same period.

The Company is presenting additional non-GAAP measures to describe the impact from two short-term FEMA task orders on its financial performance for the three and nine months periods ended June 30, 2022. The measures presented are revenue, operating income, net income, diluted earnings per share, and EBITDA for our enterprise contract portfolio less the respective performance on the FEMA task orders. These resulting measures present the remaining contract portfolio’s quarterly financial performance compared to results delivered in the prior year period. Definitions of these additional non-GAAP measures are set forth in the footnotes to the reconciliation table below.

These non-GAAP measures of performance are used by management to conduct and evaluate its business during its review of operating results for the periods presented. Management and the Company’s Board utilize these non-GAAP measures to make decisions about the use of the Company’s resources, analyze performance between periods, develop internal projections and measure management performance. We believe that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in evaluating the Company’s ongoing operating and financial results and understanding how such results compare with the Company’s historical performance.

Reconciliation of GAAP net income to EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure:

  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
(in thousands) 2022   2021   Change   2022   2021   Change
Net income $ 4,864     $ 2,880     $ 1,984     $ 19,846     $ 7,261     $ 12,585  
(i) Interest expense, net   512       893       (381 )     1,739       2,977       (1,238 )
(ii) Provision for taxes   1,738       1,166       572       7,003       2,956       4,047  
(iii) Depreciation and amortization   1,873       2,014       (141 )     5,740       6,105       (365 )
EBITDA $ 8,987     $ 6,953     $ 2,034     $ 34,328     $ 19,299     $ 15,029  
                       
Net income as a % of revenue   7.3 %     4.7 %     2.6 %     6.1 %     4.0 %     2.1 %
EBITDA as a % of revenue   13.5 %     11.3 %     2.2 %     10.5 %     10.7 %   (0.2 )%
Revenue $ 66,440     $ 61,555     $ 4,885     $ 327,940     $ 180,913     $ 147,027  
                                               

Reconciliation of GAAP revenue, operating income, net income, diluted earnings per share, and non-GAAP EBITDA reported for the three and nine months ended to the same metrics for our contract portfolio less the FEMA task orders:

      Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
      June 30,   June 30,
(in thousands) Ref   2022   2021   Change   2022   2021   Change
Revenue                          
Total enterprise     $ 66,440     $ 61,555   $ 4,885     $ 327,940   $ 180,913   $ 147,027
Less: FEMA task orders to support Alaska (a)     (5,116 )         (5,116 )     125,773         125,773
Remaining contract portfolio (a)   $ 71,556       61,555     10,001     $ 202,167   $ 180,913   $ 21,254
                           
Operating income                          
Total enterprise     $ 7,114     $ 4,939   $ 2,175     $ 28,588   $ 13,194   $ 15,394
Less: FEMA task orders to support Alaska (b)     608     $   $ 608       12,479         12,479
Remaining contract portfolio (b)   $ 6,506     $ 4,939   $ 1,567     $ 16,109   $ 13,194   $ 2,915
                           
Net income                          
Total enterprise     $ 4,864     $ 2,880   $ 1,984     $ 19,846   $ 7,261   $ 12,585
Less: FEMA task orders to support Alaska (c)     450           450       9,235         9,235
Remaining contract portfolio (c)   $ 4,414     $ 2,880   $ 1,534     $ 10,611   $ 7,261   $ 3,350
                           
Diluted earnings per share                          
Total enterprise     $ 0.34     $ 0.21   $ 0.13     $ 1.40   $ 0.54   $ 0.86
Less: FEMA task orders to support Alaska (d)     0.03           0.03       0.64         0.64
Remaining contract portfolio (d)   $ 0.31     $ 0.21   $ 0.10     $ 0.76   $ 0.54   $ 0.22
                           
EBITDA                          
Total enterprise     $ 8,987     $ 6,953   $ 2,034     $ 34,328   $ 19,299   $ 15,029
Less: FEMA task orders to support Alaska (e)     608           608       12,479         12,479
Remaining contract portfolio (e)   $ 8,379     $ 6,953   $ 1,426     $ 21,849   $ 19,299   $ 2,550
                                           

Ref (a): Revenue for the Company’s remaining contract portfolio less the FEMA task orders represents our consolidated revenues less the revenues generated from the FEMA task orders. The results for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2022 include final closeout activities related to the short-term FEMA COVID support contracts and the related agreements between DLH and its subcontractors. Reconciliation of estimated pass-through travel and accommodation expenses to the final reimbursable expenses resulted in a reduction to expenses, and a corresponding reduction to revenue, previously accrued and pending payment. This reduction reflected the value of in-kind expenses furnished by the State in support of the contract.

Ref (b): Operating income attributable to the remaining contract portfolio less the FEMA task orders represents the Company’s consolidated operating income, determined in accordance with GAAP, less the operating income derived from the FEMA task orders. Operating income for the FEMA task orders is derived by subtracting from the revenue attributable to such task orders during the three months ended June 30, 2022 of ($5.1) million the contract costs of ($5.7) million. Similarly, for the nine months ended June 30, 2022 operating income for the FEMA task orders is derived by subtracting from the revenue attributable to the tasks orders of $125.8 million the following amounts associated with such task orders: contract costs $112.1 million and general & administrative costs of $1.2 million. Operating income for the remaining contract portfolio for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2022 represents the Company’s consolidated operating income for such period less the operating income attributable to the FEMA task orders for such period.

Ref (c): Net income attributable to the remaining contract portfolio less the FEMA task orders represents the Company’s consolidated net income, determined in accordance with GAAP, less the net income derived from the FEMA task orders. Net income for the FEMA task orders is derived by subtracting from the revenue attributable to such task orders during the three months ended June 30, 2022 of ($5.1) million the following amounts associated with such task orders: contract costs of ($5.7) million and income tax expense of $0.2 million. Similarly, for the nine months ended June 30, 2022 net income for the FEMA task orders is derived by subtracting from the revenue attributable to the tasks orders of $125.8 million the following amounts associated with such task orders: contract costs of $112.1 million, general & administrative costs of $1.2 million, and tax expense of $3.2 million. Net income for the remaining contract portfolio for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2022 represents the Company’s consolidated net income for such period less the net income attributable to the FEMA task orders for such period.

Ref (d): Diluted earnings per share (diluted EPS) for the FEMA task orders is calculated using the net income attributable to such task orders as opposed to GAAP net income. Diluted EPS for the remaining contract portfolio (total contract portfolio excluding the FEMA task orders) is calculated by subtracting the diluted EPS for the FEMA task orders from the Company’s total diluted EPS.

Ref (e): EBITDA attributable to the FEMA task orders of $0.6 million and $12.5 million for the three and nine months ended June 30, 2022, respectively, is arrived at through the same calculation as operating income as there are not any depreciation and amortization costs attributable to the FEMA task orders. EBITDA for the remaining contract portfolio is calculated by subtracting the EBITDA attributable to the FEMA task orders from the Company’s total EBITDA.