Investor Relations

Press Release

Willbros Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

- Q2 2016 Operating loss of $2.7 million improved $6.8 million from Q1 2016

- Term Loan amendment increases financial flexibility through 2017

- Total Liquidity at June 30, 2016 of $84.5 million

- Oil & Gas market conditions remain challenging for the remainder of 2016

Company Release - 7/29/2016 5:14 PM ET

HOUSTON, July 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Willbros Group, Inc. (NYSE: WG) today reported a second quarter 2016 net loss of $6.4 million, or $(0.10) per share, on revenue of $193.4 million, compared to a net loss of $18.9 million, or $(0.32) per share, in the second quarter of 2015 on revenue of $218.8 million. Net loss before special items was $5.4 million, or $(0.09) per share, in the second quarter of 2016, compared to a net loss before special items in the second quarter of 2015 of $7.8 million, or $(0.13) per share, and a $9.2 million net loss before special items, or $(0.16) per share, in the first quarter of 2016.

An operating loss of $2.7 million in the second quarter of 2016 compares to a $13.0 million operating loss in the second quarter of 2015, a $10.3 million improvement, and a $9.5 million operating loss in the first quarter of 2016, a $6.8 million improvement. The Company's second quarter of 2016 operating results include other charges totaling $1.4 million, primarily related to employee severance, equipment impairment and idle equipment costs related to extensive forest fires in Canada, and a $0.2 million gain related to a business that we have exited. Excluding these special items, the operating loss before special items was $1.5 million in the second quarter of 2016, which represents a $3.6 million improvement from the Company's operating loss before special items of $5.1 million in the first quarter of 2016. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations before special items for the second quarter of 2016 was $2.9 million, a $2.1 million improvement from Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations before special items in the first quarter of 2016.

On July 26, 2016, the Company reached agreement with its lender to amend the financial covenants associated with its Term Loan. These amendments provide for a covenant holiday for the remainder of 2016 and less stringent covenants for all of 2017.

Michael J. Fournier, President and CEO, commented, "While our second quarter operating results were in line with our expectations, we elected to provide further cushion on covenants via an amendment to our term loan facility. We believe this covenant amendment also addresses potential concerns that some clients may have had in considering longer term project awards. We believe we have positioned ourselves well to compete in the current market and benefit when the oil and gas markets recover. This was accomplished by reducing corporate G&A, rightsizing our core businesses without eliminating capabilities and by allocating resources to areas of the business where we see short term growth opportunities. Despite current headwinds in the oil and gas markets, we are optimistic regarding 2017 opportunities."

Included in this press release are certain non-GAAP financial measures, including revenue, operating income (loss), net income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations before special items.  A related reconciliation of each of these non-GAAP measures is included in the accompanying schedules.

Backlog

At June 30, 2016, Willbros reported total backlog of $672.0 million, a decrease of $111.3 million from the March 31, 2016 balance. Twelve month backlog of $373.2 million at June 30, 2016 compares to $457.3 million at March 31, 2016. A substantial portion of the total backlog decline is attributable to the expiration of existing multi-year MSA contracts. We will rebid these MSA's as they come up for renewal but we do not include these new contracts in backlog until they are signed. To a lesser degree, the erosion in twelve month backlog is being affected by Canadian MSA contracts that expire at the end of 2016.

Segment Operating Results

Utility T&D
Utility T&D generated revenue of approximately $109.4 million in the second quarter of 2016, a 12% increase from the first quarter of 2016. The segment reported an operating loss of $0.5 million in the second quarter of 2016. The segment reported an operating loss before special items of $0.4 million, or a $2.9 million reduction from the first quarter of 2016 operating income before special items.

Oil & Gas
For the second quarter of 2016, the Oil & Gas segment generated revenue of $54.7 million, an 8% decrease when compared to the first quarter of 2016. The segment reported an operating loss of $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2016. The segment reported an operating loss before special items of $2.2 million, or a $4.3 million improvement from the first quarter of 2016 operating loss before special items.  

Canada
The Canada segment generated revenue of $29.5 million for the second quarter of 2016, a $13 million reduction from the first quarter of 2016, partially due to the impact of the forest fires. The segment reported operating income of $0.1 million in the second quarter of 2016. The segment reported operating income before special items of $1.2 million, or a $2.2 million improvement from the first quarter of 2016 operating loss before special items.

Liquidity and Debt

Total liquidity (defined as cash and cash equivalents plus revolver availability) remained relatively flat compared to the end of the first quarter of 2016 and totaled $84.5 million at June 30, 2016 including $48.7 million of cash and cash equivalents. There were no revolver borrowings at June 30, 2016.

At June 30, 2016, the principal amount due on the term loan remained unchanged from the prior quarter at $92.2 million.

Guidance

Van Welch, Willbros Chief Financial Officer, commented, "Both our Oil & Gas and Canadian businesses continue to face difficult challenges in this current market. Therefore, for 2016, we now expect annual revenue to range between $750 million to $800 million."

Conference Call

In conjunction with this release, Willbros has scheduled a conference call, which will be broadcast live over the Internet, on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time).

What:

Willbros Second Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call

When: 

Monday, August 1, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time)

How: 

Live via phone - By dialing 877-404-9648 or 412-902-0030 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: 

http://www.willbros.com. 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 August 08, 2016 and may be accessed by calling 877-660-6853 or 201-612-7415 using pass code 13639813#.  Also, an archive of the webcast will be available shortly after the call on www.willbros.com.

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 www.willbros.com.

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.

CONTACT:
Stephen W. Breitigam
VP Investor Relations
Willbros
713-403-8172

 

SCHEDULES TO FOLLOW

 










WILLBROS GROUP, INC.

(In thousands, except per share amounts)














 Three Months Ended 


 Six Months Ended 



 June 30, 


 June 30, 



2016


2015


2016


2015

Income Statement 










Contract revenue











Oil & Gas


$      54,739


$    61,778


$       114,074


$    138,218



Utility T&D


109,355


106,439


206,644


193,425



Canada


29,496


50,645


71,988


137,654



Eliminations


(148)


(73)


(234)


(154)





193,442


218,789


392,472


469,143













Operating expenses











Oil & Gas


57,065


77,529


125,477


164,944



Utility T&D


109,860


101,773


205,945


193,619



Canada


29,406


50,264


73,486


138,788



Unallocated Corporate Costs


-


2,334


-


6,269



Eliminations


(148)


(73)


(234)


(154)





196,183


231,827


404,674


503,466













Operating income (loss)











Oil & Gas


(2,326)


(15,751)


(11,403)


(26,726)



Utility T&D


(505)


4,666


699


(194)



Canada


90


381


(1,498)


(1,134)



Unallocated Corporate Costs


-


(2,334)


-


(6,269)


Operating loss


(2,741)


(13,038)


(12,202)


(34,323)













Non-operating income (expense)











Interest expense


(3,302)


(6,543)


(6,869)


(14,851)



Interest income


411


11


431


22



Debt covenant suspension and extinguishment charges


-


(312)


(63)


(36,181)



Other, net


58


(38)


(2)


(135)





(2,833)


(6,882)


(6,503)


(51,145)


Loss from continuing operations before income taxes


(5,574)


(19,920)


(18,705)


(85,468)


Provision (benefit) for income taxes


187


(517)


354


(21,121)


Loss from continuing operations


(5,761)


(19,403)


(19,059)


(64,347)


Income (loss) from discontinued operations net of provision for income taxes


(658)


517


(2,511)


35,637


Net loss


$      (6,419)


$   (18,886)


$       (21,570)


$    (28,710)













Basic income (loss) per share attributable to Company shareholders:











Continuing operations


$        (0.09)


$       (0.33)


$           (0.31)


$        (1.17)



Discontinued operations


(0.01)


0.01


(0.04)


0.65





$        (0.10)


$       (0.32)


$           (0.35)


$        (0.52)













Diluted income (loss) per share attributable to Company shareholders:











Continuing operations


$        (0.09)


$       (0.33)


$           (0.31)


$        (1.17)



Discontinued operations


(0.01)


0.01


(0.04)


0.65





$        (0.10)


$       (0.32)


$           (0.35)


$        (0.52)












Cash Flow Data









Continuing operations










Cash provided by (used in)











Operating activities


$       (5,407)


$       7,273


$         (3,043)


$     41,945



Investing activities


5,633


17,432


4,751


102,307



Financing activities


(687)


(14,773)


(6,120)


(80,778)



Foreign exchange effects


341


423


928


(411)

Discontinued operations


(2,840)


18,890


(6,622)


(18,103)












Other Data (Continuing Operations)










Weighted average shares outstanding











Basic


61,299


60,227


61,065


55,052



Diluted


61,299


60,227


61,065


55,052


Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations(1)


$        3,232


$     (4,032)


$           3,328


$    (14,012)


Purchases of property, plant and equipment


1,408


128


1,900


1,424












Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures





















Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations (1)











Loss from continuing operations


$      (5,761)


$   (19,403)


$       (19,059)


$    (64,347)



Interest expense


3,302


6,543


6,869


14,851



Interest income


(411)


(11)


(431)


(22)



Provision (benefit) for income taxes


187


(517)


354


(21,121)



Depreciation and amortization


5,621


7,149


11,309


14,594



Debt covenant suspension and extinguishment charges


-


312


63


36,181



Stock based compensation


1,108


1,441


2,401


3,053



Restructuring and reorganization costs


927


2,908


4,279


3,191



Accounting and legal fees associated with the restatements


(81)


(30)


(46)


446



Loss on sale of subsidiary


-


-


123


-



Fort McMurray wildfire related costs


523


-


523


-



Gain on disposal of property and equipment


(2,183)


(2,424)


(3,057)


(838)



Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations(1)


$       3,232


$    (4,032)


$           3,328


$    (14,012)























Balance Sheet Data


June 30,
2016


March 31,
2016


December 31,
2015




Cash and cash equivalents


$     48,726


$    51,686


$         58,832




Working capital


105,443


106,304


120,430




Total assets


416,464


431,372


441,577




Total debt  


90,589


90,617


95,623




Stockholders' equity


160,324


165,682


177,400














Backlog Data (2)










Total By Reporting Segment











Oil & Gas


$     34,479


$    71,314


$         48,810





Utility T&D


535,218


595,620


622,629





Canada


102,302


116,352


155,379




Total Backlog


$671,999


$783,286


$       826,818















Total Backlog By Geographic Area











United States


$   569,697


$  666,934


$       671,439





Canada


102,302


116,352


155,379




Total Backlog


$671,999


$783,286


$       826,818















12 Month Backlog by Reporting Segment











Oil & Gas


$     34,479


$    69,514


$         46,810





Utility T&D


269,758


296,278


274,610





Canada


68,995


91,503


110,797




12 Month Backlog


$   373,232


$  457,295


$       432,217















12 Month Backlog By Geographic Area











United States


$   304,237


$  365,792


$       321,420





Canada


68,995


91,503


110,797




12 Month Backlog


$   373,232


$  457,295


$       432,217





(1)

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is defined as income (loss) from continuing operations before interest expense, 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)

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.

 

Supplemental Schedule of Special Items







Three Months Ended June 30, 2016 




(In thousands)








Oil & Gas

Utility T&D

Canada

Unallocated
Corporate
Costs

Eliminations

Consolidated

Contract revenue before special items (1)









Contract revenue, as reported



$   54,739

$   109,355

$ 29,496

$            -

$       (148)

$      193,442

Contract revenue, exited subsidiaries (2)



(385)

-

-

-

-

(385)

Contract revenue before special items



$   54,354

$   109,355

$ 29,496

$            -

$       (148)

$      193,057










Operating income (loss) before special items (1)









Operating income (loss), as reported



$   (2,326)

$        (505)

$       90

$            -

$             -

$        (2,741)

Operating income, exited subsidiaries (2)



(179)

-

-

-

-

(179)

Other charges



265

99

575

-

-

939

Fort McMurray wildfire related costs



-

-

523

-

-

523

Operating income (loss) before special items



$   (2,240)

$        (406)

$   1,188

$            -

$             -

$        (1,458)













Three Months Ended March 31, 2016 




(In thousands)








Oil & Gas

Utility T&D

Canada

Unallocated
Corporate
Costs

Eliminations

Consolidated

Contract revenue before special items (1)









Contract revenue, as reported



$    59,335

$     97,289

$       42,492

$            -

$         (86)

$      199,030

Contract revenue, exited subsidiaries (2)



(645)

-

-

-

-

(645)

Contract revenue before special items



$    58,690

$     97,289

$       42,492

$            -

$          86)

$      198,385










Operating income (loss) before special items (1)









Operating income (loss), as reported



$    (9,077)

$       1,204

$       (1,588)

$            -

$             -

$        (9,461)

Operating loss, exited subsidiaries (2)



702

-

-

-

-

702

Other charges



1,828

1,294

566

-

-

3,688

Operating income (loss) before special items



$    (6,547)

$       2,498

$       (1,022)

$            -

$             -

$        (5,071)













Three Months Ended June 30, 2015 




(In thousands)








Oil & Gas

Utility T&D

Canada

Unallocated
Corporate
Costs

Eliminations

Consolidated

Contract revenue before special items (1)









Contract revenue, as reported



$    61,778

$    106,439

$       50,645

$            -

$        (73)

$      218,789

Contract revenue, exited subsidiaries (2)



(14,217)

(3,821)

-

-

-

(18,038)

Contract revenue before special items



$    47,561

$    102,618

$       50,645

$            -

$        (73)

$      200,751










Operating income (loss) before special items (1)









Operating income (loss), as reported



$  (15,751)

$        4,666

$            381

$   (2,334)

$            -

$      (13,038)

Operating (income) loss, exited subsidiaries (2)



4,843

(962)

-

-

-

3,881

Other charges



2,749

290

208

71

-

3,318

Operating income (loss) before special items



$    (8,159)

$        3,994

$            589

$   (2,263)

$            -

$        (5,839)



















Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations before special items (1)



Q2 2016

Q1 2016

Q2 2015




Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, as reported



$      3,232

$             96

$       (4,032)




Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, exited subsidiaries (2)



(298)

684

2,707




Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations before special items



$      2,934

$           780

$       (1,325)













Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations (4)



Q2 2016

Q1 2016

Q2 2015




Loss from continuing operations



$    (5,761)

$    (13,298)

$    (19,403)




Interest expense



3,302

3,567

6,543




Interest income



(411)

(20)

(11)




Provision (benefit) for income taxes



187

167

(517)




Depreciation and amortization



5,621

5,688

7,149




Debt covenant suspension and extinguishment charges



-

63

312




Stock-based compensation



1,108

1,293

1,441




Restructuring and reorganization costs



927

3,352

2,908




Accounting and legal fees associated with the restatements



(81)

35

(30)




Loss on sale of subsidiary



-

123

-




Fort McMurray wildfire related costs



523

-

-




Loss on disposal of property and equipment outside of normal course of business



-

-

247




Changes in project loss provision



(186)

(456)

707




Adjustments to self-insurance liabilities



-

-

211




Letter of credit fees



342

356

392




Provision for (recovery of) bad debt



62

(22)

(8)




Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations



$      5,633

$          848

$           (59)













Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations before special items (1)



Q2 2016

Q1 2016

Q2 2015




Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations, as reported



$      5,633

$          848

$           (59)




Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations, exited subsidiaries (2)



(298)

684

2,707




Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations before special items



$      5,335

$       1,532

$       2,648






















Loss from continuing operations before special items (1)



Q2 2016

Q1 2016

Q2 2015




Loss from continuing operations, as reported



$    (5,761)

$   (13,298)

$   (19,403)




(Income) loss from continuing operations, exited subsidiaries (2)



(179)

702

3,881




Other charges



939

3,688

3,318




Fort McMurray wildfire related costs



523

-

-




Debt covenant suspension and extinguishment charges



-

63

312




Benefit for income taxes (3)



-

-

(308)




Loss from continuing operations before special items



$    (4,478)

$     (8,845)

$   (12,200)













Income (loss) from discontinued operations before special items (1)



Q2 2016

Q1 2016

Q2 2015




Income (loss) from discontinued operations, as reported



$       (658)

$     (1,853)

$         517




Other charges



(1,162)

-

1,417




Loss on sale of subsidiaries



911

1,545

2,177




Provision for income taxes (3)



-

-

308




Income (loss) from discontinued operations before special items



$       (909)

$        (308)

$      4,419













Net loss before special items (1)



Q2 2016

Q1 2016

Q2 2015




Net loss, as reported



$    (6,419)

$   (15,151)

$  (18,886)




(Income) loss from continuing operations, exited subsidiaries (2)



(179)

702

3,881




Other charges



(223)

3,688

4,735




Fort McMurray wildfire related costs



523

-

-




Loss on sale of subsidiaries



911

1,545

2,177




Debt covenant suspension and extinguishment charges



-

63

312




Provision (benefit) for income taxes



-

-

-




Net loss, before special items



$    (5,387)

$    (9,153)

$   (7,781)













Diluted loss per share attributable to Company shareholders before special items (1)



Q2 2016

Q1 2016

Q2 2015




Diluted loss per share attributable to Company shareholders, as reported



$      (0.10)

$      (0.25)

$     (0.32)




(Income) loss from continuing operations, exited subsidiaries (2)



-

-

0.06




Other charges



-

0.06

0.08




Fort McMurray wildfire related costs



-

-

-




Loss on sale of subsidiaries



0.01

0.03

0.04




Debt covenant suspension and extinguishment charges



-

-

0.01




Provision (benefit) for income taxes



-

-

-




Diluted loss per share attributable to Company shareholders before special items



$      (0.09)

$      (0.16)

$     (0.13)





(1) Contract revenue before special items, operating income (loss) before special items, Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations before special items, Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations before special items, loss from continuing operations before special items, income (loss) from discontinued operations before special items, net loss before special items and diluted loss per share attributable to Company shareholders before special items are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude special items that management believes affect the comparison of results for the periods presented.  Management also believes results excluding these items are more comparable to estimates provided by securities analysts and therefore are useful in evaluating operational trends of the Company and its performance relative to other construction companies.  In addition, management believes results excluding these items are more indicative of the future operating prospects for Willbros as a consolidated company in 2016.


(2) Contract revenue, exited subsidiaries, operating income (loss), exited subsidiaries, Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, exited subsidiaries, Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations, exited subsidiaries and (income) loss from continuing operations, exited subsidiaries relate to the Company's historical Downstream Oil & Gas (including Fabrication services sold in the first quarter of 2016), Regional Delivery and Bemis subsidiaries.  They are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude special items that management believes affect the comparison of results for the periods presented.  Management also believes results excluding these items are more comparable to estimates provided by securities analysts and therefore are useful in evaluating operational trends of the Company and its performance relative to other construction companies.  In addition, management believes results excluding these items are more indicative of the future operating prospects for Willbros as a consolidated company in 2016.


(3) The Company recorded a provision for income taxes on discontinued operations in connection with the 2015 gains on sale of the Professional Services segment and its historical subsidiaries.  The provision for income taxes in discontinued operations was fully offset with a benefit for income taxes in continuing operations through the utilization of prior year net operating losses.  The net effect on the Company's consolidated financial results was $-0-.


(4) Covenant EBITDA from continuing operations is a non-GAAP financial 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. 

 

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SOURCE Willbros Group, Inc.