Parsons Delivers Strong Third Quarter 2020 Results

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Parsons Corporation (NYSE: PSN) today announced financial results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2020.

CEO Commentary

“We delivered strong third quarter results with record adjusted EBITDA and generated outstanding cash flow. We also recently announced a significant pending strategic acquisition in the rapidly expanding space market that exceeds all our disciplined quantitative and qualitative M&A criteria, while also preserving our financial flexibility for potential future acquisitions,” said Chuck Harrington, chairman and chief executive officer of Parsons Corporation.

“Our strong operational performance enabled us to win large new contracts in high-priority national security markets. We continue to execute our strategic plan and look forward to further leveraging our strong balance sheet to drive additional shareholder value.”

Third Quarter 2020 Results

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2020 decreased by $19 million, or 2%, from the prior year period to $1 billion. Operating income increased 24% to $66 million primarily as a result of an increase in equity in earnings and lower indirect, general and administrative (IG&A) expenses. Net income decreased to $41 million and net income margin decreased to 4.0% from the prior year period. These decreases were driven by the nonrecurring positive tax benefit impact included in the third quarter of 2019 from elections made in connection with the filing of the company’s 2018 S-Corporation tax return and associated with the company’s change in tax status. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) attributable to Parsons was $0.40 in the third quarter of 2020, compared to $0.57 in the prior year period.

Adjusted EBITDA including noncontrolling interests for the third quarter of 2020 was $101 million, a 13% increase over the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 130 basis points to 10.0%.

Adjusted EPS increased to $0.57, compared to $0.53 in the third quarter of 2019.

Information about the company’s use of non-GAAP financial information is provided on page nine and in the non-GAAP reconciliation tables included herein.

Segment Results

Federal Solutions Segment

Three Months Ended

Growth

Nine Months Ended

Growth

September 30,
2020

September 30,
2019

Dollars/

Percent

Percent

September 30,
2020

September 30,
2019

Dollars/

Percent

Percent

Revenue

$

498,156

$

486,175

$

11,981

2

%

$

1,457,937

$

1,387,484

$

70,453

5

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

45,936

$

50,445

$

(4,509)

-9

%

$

125,401

$

126,979

$

(1,578)

-1

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

9.2

%

10.4

%

-1.2

%

-11

%

8.6

%

9.2

%

-0.6

%

-6

%

Third quarter 2020 revenue increased $12 million, or 2%, compared to the prior year period primarily due to an increase in business volume on new and existing contracts.

Third quarter 2020 Federal Solutions Adjusted EBITDA including noncontrolling interests decreased by $5 million, or 9%, compared to the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin decreased to 9.2% from the third quarter of 2019. These decreases were primarily driven by a large technical performance incentive fee recognized in the third quarter of 2019 and an increase in volume on contracts with pass-through costs during the third quarter 2020.

Critical Infrastructure Segment

Three Months Ended

Growth

Fiscal Year Ended

Growth

September 30,
2020

September 30,
2019

Dollars/

Percent

Percent

September 30,
2020

September 30,
2019

Dollars/

Percent

Percent

Revenue

$

506,080

$

537,102

$

(31,022)

-6

%

$

1,496,751

$

1,529,940

$

(33,189)

-2

%

Adjusted EBITDA

$

54,865

$

38,545

$

16,320

42

%

$

127,057

$

110,240

$

16,817

15

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

10.8

%

7.2

%

3.7

%

51

%

8.5

%

7.2

%

1.3

%

18

%

Third quarter 2020 revenue decreased $31 million, or 6%, compared to the prior year period. The decrease was primarily driven by lower volume on contracts with pass-through revenue.

Third quarter 2020 Critical Infrastructure Adjusted EBITDA including noncontrolling interests increased by $16 million, or 42%, compared to the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 10.8%. These increases were primarily driven by higher equity in earnings from unconsolidated joint ventures and lower IG&A costs.

Third Quarter 2020 Key Performance Indicators

  • Book-to-bill ratio (third quarter): 1.2x on net bookings of $1.2 billion. Book-to-bill ratio (trailing twelve-months): 1.0x on net bookings of $4.0 billion.
  • Total backlog: $7.8 billion, a 6% decrease from the third quarter of 2019 and a 1% increase from the second quarter of 2020.
  • Cash flow from operating activities: $145 million. This strong performance was driven by healthy cash collections.
  • Net cash: Cash and cash equivalents were $614 million and total debt was $587 million for a total net cash position of $27 million as of September 30, 2020. Following the $300 million all-cash acquisition of Braxton, as of September 30, 2020, pro forma net debt was approximately $273 million, positioning the company for continued investment in the implementation of its growth strategy. The company’s pro forma net debt to trailing twelve-month adjusted EBITDA leverage ratio at the end of the third quarter of 2020 was 0.8x. The company defines net debt as total debt less cash and cash equivalents.

Third Quarter 2020 Significant Contract Wins

Parsons continues to win large single-award contracts in markets of national security importance.

  • Awarded a $307 million contract with a classified customer.
  • Awarded a $115 million option year contract on the Combatant Commands Cyber Mission Support (CCMS) contract by the U.S. General Services Administration.
  • Awarded a $51 million contract by the U.S. Air Force for the manufacturing, integration and sustainment of 13 Recovery of Airbase Denied by Ordnance (RADBO) systems. RADBO employs the Parsons developed ZEUS™ directed energy system to destroy unexploded ordinance with extreme accuracy in previously denied areas and improves the safety of deployed warfighters. This program is the first Department of Defense (DoD) ground-based laser system placed into production.

Recent Additional Corporate Highlights

Parsons continues to build on its strong track record of acquiring and integrating leading-edge technology companies in high-growth markets that broaden its portfolio and customer footprint. In addition, the company was recognized for its commitment to various important military friendly programs.

  • Announced on October 29, 2020, its intent to acquire Braxton Science & Technology Group, LLC (Braxton). The addition of Braxton complements Parsons’ space portfolio, increases its product offerings in high-growth markets, and adds critical intellectual property that complements and expands the company’s capabilities for the U.S. Air Force, Space Force, and research laboratories. The transaction is also consistent with Parsons’ strategy of acquiring high-growth, defense, and intelligence technology companies with software and hardware intellectual property that enhance its technology and transactional revenue growth and margin profile.
  • Recognized numerous times as one of the best companies for its commitment to military personnel, veterans and their families.
    • Presented with the 2021 Military Friendly® Employer Silver designation by VIQTORY Media for its comprehensive veteran and military spouse employment, transition, retention and career development programs that ultimately improve the lives of veterans.
    • Named a “Best for Vets Employer – 2020” by Military Times, as one of the country’s best employers and organizations with military-connected employment programs, benefits and support efforts.
    • Recognized by the Department of Defense for its commitment to supporting employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve in the United States.

Fiscal Year 2020 Guidance

The company is narrowing its adjusted EBITDA guidance range for fiscal year 2020 and reiterating the revenue and cash flow from operating activities guidance ranges it initially issued on March 10, 2020, based on its financial results for the first nine months of 2020 and its current outlook for the remainder of year. The table below summarizes the company’s fiscal year 2020 guidance.

(in millions

Current FY20 Guidance

Prior FY20 Guidance

Revenue

$3.95 – $4.05 billion

$3.95 – $4.05 billion

Adjusted EBITDA including non-controlling interest

$340 – $360 million

$330 – $360 million

Cash Flow from Operating Activities

$230 – $250 million

$230 – $250 million

Net income guidance is not presented as the company believes market volatility in its share price and the resulting impact on the company’s equity-based compensation expense, as well as charges to interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and other matters affecting net income will preclude the company from providing accurate net income guidance for fiscal year 2020.

Conference Call Information

Parsons will host a conference call today, November 4, 2020, at 8:00 a.m. ET to discuss the financial results for its third quarter 2020.

Listeners may access a webcast of the live conference call from the Investor Relations section of the company’s website at www.Parsons.com. Listeners may also access a slide presentation on the website, which summarizes the company’s third quarter 2020 results. Listeners should go to the website 15 minutes before the live event to download and install any necessary audio software.

Listeners may also participate in the conference call by dialing +1 866-987-6581 (domestic) or +1 602-563-8686 (international) and entering passcode 6876155.

A replay will be available on the company’s website approximately two hours after the conference call and continuing for one year. A telephonic replay also will be available through November 11, 2020 at +1 855-859-2056 (domestic) or +1 404-537-3406 (international) and entering passcode 6876155.

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