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Willbros Reports First Quarter 2017 Results

Company Release - 5/2/2017 4:15 PM ET
  • Twelve-month backlog at March 31, 2017 increases 26% from $420 million to $528 million
  • Additional awards of $42 million booked in April 2017
  • Anticipate significant increase in revenue and improvement in operating income in Q2 2017
  • Company to host conference call at 9:00 AM CT, May 3, 2017

HOUSTON, May 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Willbros Group, Inc. (NYSE:WG) today announced financial results for the first quarter of 2017. The Company reported a net loss of $17.8 million, or $(0.29) per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2017 on revenue of $163.9 million, compared to a net loss of $15.2 million, or $(0.25) per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2016 on revenue of $199.0 million.

An operating loss of $14.9 million in the first quarter of 2017 compares to an operating loss of $9.5 million in the first quarter of 2016. Included in the first quarter of 2017 operating loss are $0.8 million of other charges, primarily related to severance and professional fees, which compares to $3.7 million of other charges in the first quarter of 2016, which were primarily related to equipment and facility lease abandonment charges.

Michael Fournier, President and CEO, commented, “As expected, our first quarter of 2017 revenue was similar to the fourth quarter of 2016 as the work associated with awards announced in early March had minimal impact in the first quarter.  We fell short in our operating income expectations due to a project loss in our Oil & Gas segment coupled with lower than anticipated net contract margin in our Utility T&D segment. With the backlog growth in the first quarter, coupled with $42 million in new awards in April, we see a significant increase in revenue for the second quarter of 2017 and anticipate an improvement in operating performance.  Finally, we have signed a non-binding letter of intent to sell our U.S. tank services business.”


The Company’s twelve-month and total backlog increased for the second consecutive quarter. Twelve-month backlog of $528.4 million at March 31, 2017 increased $108.5 million, or approximately 26% from December 31, 2016 as all segments showed positive gains.  Total backlog of $852.5 million at March 31, 2017, increased $60 million, or approximately 8% from December 31, 2016.

Segment Operating Results

Utility T&D
The Utility T&D segment reported revenue of approximately $115.5 million for the first quarter of 2017, a 10% increase compared to the fourth quarter of 2016.  The segment reported operating income of $0.8 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to operating income of $2.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The lower operating income was primarily generated in the segment’s electric transmission business due to a change in the mix of work between periods which led to higher indirect costs and margin erosion.

Oil & Gas
For the first quarter of 2017, the Oil & Gas segment reported revenue of $22.4 million and an operating loss of $7.3 million, a $1.6 million increase in operating loss from the fourth quarter of 2016 when this segment generated $23.3 million in revenue. The increased operating loss was primarily due to a $1.0 million project loss in our integrity construction business coupled with lower activity in our mainline pipeline and facilities construction businesses.  

Canada reported revenue of $26.0 million for the first quarter of 2017, a $9.8 million reduction when compared to the fourth quarter of 2016. The segment reported an operating loss of $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2017 compared to an operating loss of $1.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2016. The increased operating loss was impacted by lower revenue volume across the segment and lower margins in our construction and maintenance business as work transitioned to new contracts.


Total liquidity (defined as cash and cash equivalents plus revolver availability) was $49.5 million at March 31, 2017, which includes $36.7 million of cash and cash equivalents.  Liquidity levels decreased $17.2 million from $66.7 million at December 31, 2016 primarily attributed to reduced revolver availability due to additional letters of credit issued in the quarter that supports new work. There were no revolver borrowings at March 31, 2017.


Van Welch, Willbros Chief Financial Officer, commented, “With the increase in backlog and the new awards, we believe revenue will increase significantly and operating income will improve for the second quarter of 2017. We are re-confirming our revenue guidance for the year of $775 to $825 million excluding our tank services business.”

Conference Call

In conjunction with this release, Willbros has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time).

What:    Willbros First Quarter 2017 Earnings Conference Call
When:    Wednesday, May 3, 2017 - 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time)
How:    Live via phone - By dialing 844-850-0544 (U.S. Toll Free), 855-669-9657 (Canada Toll Free) or 412-317-5201 (International)
     a few minutes prior to the start time and asking for the Willbros’ call.  Or live over the Internet by logging on to the web address below.
Where: The webcast can be accessed from the investor relations home page.

For those who cannot listen to the live call, a replay will be available through May 10, 2017 and may be accessed by calling 877-344-7529 (U.S. Toll Free), 855-669-9658 (Canada Toll Free) or 412-317-0088 (International) using pass code 10106451.  Also, an archive of the webcast will be available shortly after the call on  

Willbros is a specialty energy infrastructure contractor serving the oil and gas and power industries with offerings that primarily include construction, maintenance and facilities development services. For more information on Willbros, please visit our web site at

This announcement contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, which address activities, events or developments the Company expects or anticipates will or may occur in the future, are forward-looking statements.  A number of risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements, including unanticipated accounting or other issues regarding any material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting; inability of the Company or its independent auditor to confirm relevant information or data; unanticipated issues that prevent or delay the Company’s independent auditor from completing its review of financial statements or that require additional efforts, procedures or review; the untimely filing of financial statements; pending and potential investigations and lawsuits; the identification of one or more issues that require restatement of one or more other prior period financial statements; ability to remain in compliance with, or obtain additional waivers or amendments under, the Company's existing loan agreements; the existence of other material weaknesses in internal control over financial reporting; contract and billing disputes; availability of quality management; availability and terms of capital; changes in, or the failure to comply with, government regulations; the promulgation, application, and interpretation of environmental laws and regulations; future E&P capital expenditures; oil, gas, gas liquids, and power prices and demand; the amount and location of planned pipelines; development trends of the oil, gas, and power industries; as well as other risk factors described from time to time in the Company's documents and reports filed with the SEC.  The Company assumes no obligation to update publicly such forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as may be required by law.


(In thousands, except per share amounts)
   Three Months Ended 
   March 31, 
    2017 2016
Income Statement         
 Contract revenue        
  Oil & Gas $22,432  $59,335 
  Utility T&D  115,508   97,289 
  Canada  25,960   42,492 
  Eliminations  -   (86)
     163,900   199,030 
 Operating expenses        
  Oil & Gas  29,768   65,082 
  Utility T&D  114,724   92,390 
  Canada  29,300   41,668 
  Corporate  4,961   9,437 
  Eliminations  -   (86)
     178,753   208,491 
 Operating income (loss)        
  Oil & Gas  (7,336)  (5,747)
  Utility T&D  784   4,899 
  Canada  (3,340)  824 
  Corporate  (4,961)  (9,437)
 Operating loss  (14,853)  (9,461)
 Non-operating expenses        
  Interest expense  (3,488)  (3,567)
  Interest income  8   20 
  Debt covenant suspension and extinguishment charges  -   (63)
  Other, net  (3)  (60)
     (3,483)  (3,670)
 Loss from continuing operations before income taxes  (18,336)  (13,131)
 Provision (benefit) for income taxes  (600)  167 
 Loss from continuing operations  (17,736)  (13,298)
 Loss from discontinued operations net of provision for income taxes  (31)  (1,853)
 Net loss $(17,767) $(15,151)
 Basic loss per share attributable to Company shareholders:        
  Continuing operations $(0.29) $(0.22)
  Discontinued operations  -   (0.03)
    $(0.29) $(0.25)
 Diluted loss per share attributable to Company shareholders:        
  Continuing operations $(0.29) $(0.22)
  Discontinued operations  -   (0.03)
    $(0.29) $(0.25)
Cash Flow Data        
Continuing operations        
 Cash provided by (used in)        
  Operating activities $(3,685) $2,651 
  Investing activities  1,566   (882)
  Financing activities  (2,454)  (5,720)
  Foreign exchange effects  86   587 
Discontinued operations  (240)  (3,782)
Other Data (Continuing Operations)        
 Weighted average shares outstanding        
  Basic  61,830   60,756 
  Diluted  61,830   60,756 
 Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations(1) $(9,012) $96 
 Purchases of property, plant and equipment  493   492 
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures        
 Adjusted EBITDA and Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations (1) (2)        
  Loss from continuing operations $(17,736) $(13,298)
  Interest expense  3,488   3,567 
  Interest income  (8)  (20)
  Provision (benefit) for income taxes  (600)  167 
  Depreciation and amortization  5,037   5,688 
  Debt covenant suspension and extinguishment charges  -   63 
  Stock based compensation  906   1,293 
  Restructuring and reorganization costs  323   3,352 
  Accounting and legal fees associated with the restatements  274   35 
  Gain on disposal of property and equipment  (696)  (751)
  Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations(1) $(9,012) $96 
  Gain on disposal of property and equipment, normal course of business  696   874 
  Changes in project loss provision  (1,807)  (456)
  Letter of credit fees  368   356 
  Provision for (recovery of) bad debt  44   (22)
  Exit of Tank Services  858   1,015 
  Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations(2) $(8,853) $1,863 
Balance Sheet Data March 31,
 December 31,
 Cash and cash equivalents $36,693  $41,420 
 Working capital  75,756   89,323 
 Total assets  366,285   363,036 
 Total debt  87,466   89,189 
 Stockholders' equity  118,614   135,137 
Backlog Data (3)        
 Total Backlog By Reporting Segment        
  Oil & Gas $87,750  $28,827 
  Utility T&D  605,706   656,838 
  Canada  158,999   106,793 
 Total Backlog $852,455  $792,458 
 Total Backlog By Geographic Area    
  United States $693,456  $685,665 
  Canada  158,999   106,793 
 Total Backlog $852,455  $792,458 
 Total Backlog exclusive of Tank Services        
 Total Backlog, as reported $852,455  $792,458 
 Tank Services Total Backlog  28,813   15,189 
 Total Backlog, exclusive of Tank Services $823,642  $777,269 
 12 Month Backlog by Reporting Segment        
  Oil & Gas $87,750  $28,827 
  Utility T&D  362,749   349,998 
  Canada  77,918   41,041 
 12 Month Backlog $528,417  $419,866 
 12 Month Backlog By Geographic Area        
  United States $450,499  $378,825 
  Canada  77,918   41,041 
 12 Month Backlog $528,417  $419,866 
 12 Month Backlog exclusive of Tank Services        
 12 Month Backlog, as reported $528,417  $419,866 
 Tank Services 12 Month Backlog  28,813   15,189 
 12 Month Backlog, exclusive of Tank Services $499,604  $404,677 
(1) Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is defined as income (loss) from continuing operations before interest expense (income), income tax expense (benefit) and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for items broadly consisting of selected items which management does not consider representative of our ongoing operations and certain non-cash items of the Company.  Management uses Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations as a supplemental performance measure for comparing normalized operating results with corresponding historical periods and with the operational performance of other companies in our industry and for presentations made to analysts, investment banks and other members of the financial community who use this information in order to make investment decisions about us.
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is not a financial measurement recognized under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or U.S. GAAP.  When analyzing our operating performance, investors should use Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations in addition to, and not as an alternative for, net income, operating income, or any other performance measure derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP, or as an alternative to cash flow from operating activities as a measure of our liquidity.  Because all companies do not use identical calculations, our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations may be different from similarly titled measures of other companies.
(2) Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations is a non-GAAP measure that conforms to the definition of Consolidated EBITDA in the Company's 2014 Term Credit Agreement which includes certain special items.  Management uses Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations to determine the Company's compliance with certain financial covenants under the 2014 Term Credit Agreement.
(3) Backlog is anticipated contract revenue from uncompleted portions of existing contracts and contracts whose award is reasonably assured.  Master Service Agreement ("MSA") backlog is estimated for the remaining term of the contract.  MSA backlog is determined based on historical trends inherent in the MSAs, factoring in seasonal demand and projecting customer needs based on ongoing communications.  Backlog is not a term recognized under U.S. GAAP; however, it is a common measurement used in our industry.
Stephen W. Breitigam
VP Investor Relations

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