Mistras Group Announces Fourth Quarter 2017 Results

Highlights of the Fourth Quarter 2017*

  • Consolidated Q4 revenues increased 10%; Services segment revenues increased 17%
  • Q4 pretax income of $5.0 million increased 140%
  • Q4 net income was $0.9 million; non-GAAP net income of $4.4 million increased 127%
  • Q4 adjusted EBITDA of $17.8 million increased 24%
  • Q4 cash flows from operating activities was $20.0 million

*- All comparisons are versus the equivalent prior year period.

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., March 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mistras Group, Inc. (NYSE:MG), a leading "one source" global provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions, reported financial results for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2017.

Consolidated revenues for the fourth quarter of 2017 were $187.6 million, 10% higher than the prior year period of $170.2 million. Services segment revenues were $146.0 million for the fourth quarter of 2017, 17% higher than $124.3 million in the prior year. The increase in revenues were due to the combined effect of organic growth coupled with acquisition expansion.

Pre-tax income for the fourth quarter of 2017 was $5.0 million, 140% higher than the prior year of $2.1 million. Fourth quarter 2017 net income was $0.9 million or $0.03 per diluted share, versus net income of $1.0 million or $0.03 per diluted share in the prior year period. Fourth quarter 2017 results included the following special items:

  • The impact of the Tax Act passed on December 22, 2017 which resulted in a net charge of $1.9 million in in the fourth quarter of 2017. The residual impact of the Tax Act, (exclusive of the following net-of-tax special items) reduced net income by $1.6 million or $0.05 per diluted share
  • Acquisition-related expense net; reduced operating income by $1.1 million ($0.9 million net-of-tax)
  • A reserve was increased for a litigation settlement; reduced operating income by $0.4 million ($0.5 million net-of-tax)
  • Severance pertaining to cost reductions; reduced operating income by $0.9 million ($0.6 million net-of-tax)

Excluding these special items, which include the total impact of the Tax Act, the Company’s net income would have been $4.4 million, or $0.15 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2017. All of these net-of-tax amounts are inclusive of the impact of the Tax Act passed on December 22, 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter was $17.8 million, 24% higher than the prior year amount of $14.4 million.
The Company generated $55.2 million of cash flows from operating activities and $34.7 million of free cash flow for full year 2017, both of which were reduced by the $6.3 million payment of a prior year legal settlement. The Company used its free cash flow to repurchase $15.9 million of common stock and partially fund its acquisitions.

The Company’s net debt (total debt of $181.5 million less cash and cash equivalents of $27.5 million) was $154.0 million at December 31, 2017. compared to $92.0 million at September 30, 2017. This increase in net debt was primarily attributable to the West Penn Acquisition which closed during the fourth quarter of 2017.

Performance by segment was as follows:

Services segment Q4 revenues increased by $21.7 million or 17% over prior year, attributable to high-single digit positive organic growth coupled with mid-single digit positive acquisition growth. Services segment gross profit margin improved by 170 bps year-over-year, resulting in an operating income improvement of $8.6 million, or 126% over prior year.

International segment Q4 revenues decreased by $5.6 million or 13% compared with prior year. International segment revenues were adversely impacted a double digit organic decline, offset by mid-single digit favorable impact of foreign exchange rates. International segment Q4 operating income declined by $4.3 million or 108% compared with prior year. These declines were driven by reductions in Germany and in the UK.

Products and Systems segment Q4 revenue increased by $0.3 million or 5% compared with prior year. Products and Systems segment Q4 operating income was essentially breakeven compared with a $0.7 million loss in the prior year period.

Chief Executive Officer Dennis Bertolotti stated, "I am particularly pleased with the performance of our Services segment in the quarter. As expected, market conditions throughout the second half of 2017 turned positive compared with an unusually low level of prior year activity. Our 2017 acquisitions are also performing above expectations.”

Mr. Bertolotti additionally stated, “We are working diligently to position the Company for its next phase of growth. We restructured the Services segment leadership team earlier in 2017 and as our Q4 results demonstrate, we are already seeing benefits from increased focus and accountability. Given stable petroleum prices, a growing aerospace business and our push into mechanical services expansion, this should enable strong improvement in 2018 and in the years to come.”

Mr. Bertolotti concluded, stating “In addition to these initiatives, we are also making steady progress on our previously announced $5 million cost reduction program. Our acquisition pipeline is also active with potential opportunities to grow and to diversify our Services business. We intend to continue to pursue this growth avenue to take advantage of what we expect will be a market that continues to improve throughout 2018.”

Guidance for 2018
The Company is introducing its planning assumptions and guidance for 2018. The Company expects that the present range for petroleum prices will persist for the foreseeable future, causing oil and gas customer spend for inspection services to be relatively stable. Information obtained from North American oil and gas customers suggests that their spending in the first half of 2018 will continue to improve over 2017 and the Company’s results are expected to reflect this dynamic.

The Company recently announced that a large customer plans to discontinue using the Company’s services beginning in the second quarter of 2018. Inclusive of this event, we expect Services Segment revenues to increase by approximately 1% to 3%, instead of approximately 10% that we had been planning. Services segment operating margins are expected to increase by 150 basis points in 2018, driven by improved levels of business and the beneficial impact of cost reductions made in 2017.

International segment revenues are expected to improve by approximately 10%, driven by a mix of organic growth and foreign exchange benefit from a weaker US dollar. International segment operating margins are expected to increase by more than 400 basis points in 2018, driven by the beneficial impact of expected organic growth and cost reductions made in 2017.

Products and Systems segment revenues are expected to decline somewhat, as the impact of expected organic growth from core operations is more than offset by lost revenues from a subsidiary that is held for sale.

Total revenues for 2018 are expected to be between $715 million to $730 million. The Company’s adjusted EBITDA is expected to increase by 22% to 30% over 2017, to between $78 million and $83 million. The Company is still assessing the impact of the recent tax reform act on the Company’s effective tax rate for 2018.

The Company expects that its operating cash flow will approximate $70 million. Capital expenditures are expected to be between $15 million and $20 million.

Conference Call
In connection with this release, Mistras will hold a conference call on March 13, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. (Eastern). The call will be broadcast over the Web and can be accessed on Mistras' Website, www.mistrasgroup.com. Individuals in the U.S. wishing to participate in the conference call by phone may dial 1-844-832-7227 and use confirmation code 4199929 when prompted. The International dial-in number is 1-224-633-1529. Those who wish to listen to the call later can access an archived copy of the conference call at the Mistras Website.

About Mistras Group, Inc.

Mistras offers one of the broadest "one source" services and technology-enabled asset protection solution portfolios in the industry used to evaluate the structural integrity of energy, industrial and public infrastructure. Mission critical services and solutions are delivered globally and provide customers with the ability to extend the useful life of their assets, improve productivity and profitability, comply with government safety and environmental regulations and enhance risk management operational decisions.

Mistras uniquely combines its industry leading products and technologies - 24/7 on-line monitoring of critical assets; mechanical integrity ("MI") and non-destructive testing ("NDT") services; destructive testing services; and its proprietary world class data warehousing and analysis software - to provide comprehensive and competitive products, systems and services solutions from a single source provider.

For more information, please visit the company's website at www.mistrasgroup.com or contact Nestor S. Makarigakis, Group Director, Marketing Communications at marcom@mistrasgroup.com.

Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements

Certain statements made in this press release are "forward-looking statements" about Mistras' financial results and estimates, products and services, business model, strategy, growth opportunities, profitability and competitive position, and other matters. These forward-looking statements generally use words such as "future," "possible," "potential," "targeted," "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan," "predict," "project," "will," "may," "should," "could," "would" and other similar words and phrases. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by which, such performance or results will be achieved, if at all. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from those expressed in these statements. A list, description and discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties can be found in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Transition Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 20, 2017, as updated by our reports on Form 10-Q and Form 8-K. The forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof, and Mistras undertakes no obligation to update such statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Use of Non-GAAP Measures

In addition to financial information prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. (GAAP), this press release also contains adjusted financial measures that we believe provide investors and management with supplemental information relating to operating performance and trends that facilitate comparisons between periods and with respect to projected information. The term "Adjusted EBITDA" used in this release is a financial measurement not calculated in accordance with GAAP and is defined as net income attributable to Mistras Group, Inc. plus: interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization, share-based compensation expense and certain acquisition related costs (including transaction due diligence costs and adjustments to the fair value of contingent consideration), foreign exchange (gain) loss and, if applicable, certain special items which are noted. A Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to a financial measurement under GAAP is set forth in a table attached to this press release. In addition, the Company has also included in the attached tables non-GAAP measurement” “Segment and Total Company Income (Loss) Before Special Items”, reconciling these measurements to financial measurements under GAAP. The Company uses the term “free cash flow”, a non-GAAP measurement the Company defines as cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures (which is classified as an investing activity). The Company also uses the term “net debt”, a non-GAAP measurement defined as the sum of the current and long-term portions of long-term debt and capital lease obligations, less cash and cash equivalents.

Media Contact:
Nestor S. Makarigakis, Group Director of Marketing Communications
marcom@mistrasgroup.com
1 (609) 716-4000

Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
December 31,
2017 2016
ASSETS
Current Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $27,541 $19,154
Accounts receivable, net 138,080 130,852
Inventories 10,503 10,017
Deferred income taxes 6,230
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 18,884 16,399
Total current assets 195,008 182,652
Property, plant and equipment, net 87,143 73,149
Intangible assets, net 63,739 40,007
Goodwill 203,438 169,940
Deferred income taxes 1,606 1,086
Other assets 3,507 2,593
Total Assets $554,441 $469,427
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities
Accounts payable $10,362 $6,805
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 65,561 58,697
Current portion of long-term debt 2,358 1,379
Current portion of capital lease obligations 5,875 6,488
Income taxes payable 6,069 4,342
Total current liabilities 90,225 77,711
Long-term debt, net of current portion 164,520 85,917
Obligations under capital leases, net of current portion 8,738 9,682
Deferred income taxes 8,803 17,584
Other long-term liabilities 11,363 7,789
Total Liabilities 283,649 198,683
Commitments and contingencies
Equity
Preferred stock, 10,000,000 shares authorized
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 28,294,968 and 29,216,745 shares issued 282 292
Additional paid-in capital 222,425 217,211
Treasury stock at cost, 0 and 420,258 shares (9,000)
Retained earnings 64,717 91,803
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (16,805) (29,724)
Total Mistras Group, Inc. stockholders’ equity 270,619 270,582
Non-controlling interests 173 162
Total Equity 270,792 270,744
Total Liabilities and Equity $554,441 $469,427


Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income (Loss)
(in thousands, except per share data)
For the three months ended December 31, For the year ended December 31,
2017 2016
(unaudited)
2017 2016
(unaudited)
Revenue$187,643 $170,156 $700,970 $684,762
Cost of revenue132,093 116,902 492,238 468,929
Depreciation5,230 5,276 21,020 21,699
Gross profit50,320 47,978 187,712 194,134
Selling, general and administrative expenses39,535 41,648 153,025 148,914
Impairment charges 15,810
Research and engineering521 742 2,272 2,670
Depreciation and amortization2,510 2,549 10,363 10,689
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net1,071 94 482 (5)
Litigation charges400 1,600 6,320
Income from operations6,283 2,945 4,160 25,546
Interest expense1,273 857 4,386 3,075
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes5,010 2,088 (226) 22,471
Provision for income taxes4,141 1,100 1,942 8,008
Net income (loss)869 988 (2,168) 14,463
Less: net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interests, net of taxes(15) 25 7 54
Net income (loss) attributable to Mistras Group, Inc.$884 $963 $(2,175) $14,409
Earnings (loss) per common share:
Basic$0.03 $0.03 $(0.08) $0.50
Diluted$0.03 $0.03 $(0.08) $0.48
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 28,294 28,943 28,422 28,960
Diluted29,410 29,920 28,422 30,114


Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Operating Data by Segment
(in thousands)
For the three months ended December 31, For the year ended December 31,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Revenues
Services$146,000 $124,289 $543,565 $519,378
International37,906 43,486 144,265 148,761
Products and Systems6,372 6,094 23,297 26,049
Corporate and eliminations(2,635) (3,713) (10,157) (9,426)
$187,643 $170,156 $700,970 $684,762
For the three months ended December 31, For the year ended December 31,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Gross profit
Services$38,728 $30,880 $139,160 $133,532
International9,255 14,699 38,974 48,372
Products and Systems2,485 2,481 9,798 11,956
Corporate and eliminations(148) (82) (220) 274
$50,320 $47,978 $187,712 $194,134


Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of
Segment and Total Company Income (Loss) from Operations (GAAP) to Income (Loss) before Special Items (non-GAAP)
(in thousands)
For the three months ended December 31, For the year ended December 31,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Services:
Income from operations (GAAP)$15,466 $6,856 $46,677 $37,788
Litigation charges 6,320
Bad debt provision for a customer bankruptcy 1,200
Severance costs69 34 561 77
Asset write-offs and lease terminations 123
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net440 (109) 392 (232)
Income before special items (non-GAAP)15,975 6,781 48,953 43,953
International:
(Loss) income from operations (GAAP)(330) 3,983 3,537 12,908
Severance costs600 384 1,055 1,184
Asset write-offs and lease terminations 1,042 1,042
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net 11 (501) (42)
Income before special items (non-GAAP)270 5,420 4,091 15,092
Products and Systems:
Loss from operations (GAAP)(77) (740) (16,991) (180)
Impairment charges 15,810
Severance costs18 14 18 31
Loss before special items (non-GAAP)(59) (726) (1,163) (149)
Corporate and Eliminations:
Loss from operations (GAAP)(8,776) (7,154) (29,063) (24,970)
Litigation charges400 1,600
Severance costs184 184 133
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net631 192 591 269
Loss before special items (non-GAAP)(7,561) (6,962) (26,688) (24,568)
Total Company:
Income from operations (GAAP)$6,283 $2,945 $4,160 $25,546
Litigation charges400 1,600 6,320
Impairment charges 15,810
Bad debt provision for a customer bankruptcy 1,200
Severance costs871 432 1,818 1,425
Asset write-offs and lease terminations 1,042 123 1,042
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net1,071 94 482 (5)
Income before special items (non-GAAP)$8,625 $4,513 $25,193 $34,328


Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Summary Cash Flow Information
(in thousands)
For the year ended December 31,
2017 2016
Net cash provided by (used in): (unaudited)
Operating activities$55,239 $63,211
Investing activities(102,797) (22,408)
Financing activities53,605 (30,031)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash2,340 (1,217)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents$8,387 $9,555


Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities (GAAP) to Free Cash Flow (non-GAAP)
(in thousands)
For the year ended December 31, 2017
GAAP: Net cash provided by operating activities$55,239
Less:
Purchases of property, plant and equipment(19,314)
Purchases of intangible assets(1,255)
Non-GAAP: Free cash flow$34,670


Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of
Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands)
For the three months ended December 31, For the year ended December 31,
2017 2016 2017 2016
Net income (loss)$869 $988 $(2,168) $14,463
Less: net (loss) income attributable to non-controlling interests, net of taxes(15) 25 7 54
Net income (loss) attributable to Mistras Group, Inc.$884 $963 $(2,175) $14,409
Interest expense1,273 857 4,386 3,075
Provision for income taxes4,141 1,100 1,942 8,008
Depreciation and amortization7,740 7,825 31,383 32,388
Share-based compensation expense1,436 2,163 6,575 7,324
Litigation charges400 1,600 6,320
Impairment charges 15,810
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net1,071 94 482 (5)
Severance871 433 1,818 1,425
Asset write-offs and lease terminations 1,042 123 1,042
Bad debt provision for unexpected customer bankruptcy 1,200
Foreign exchange (gain) loss7 (107) 604 (1,461)
Adjusted EBITDA$17,823 $14,370 $63,748 $72,525


Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of
Net Income (Loss) (GAAP) and Diluted EPS (GAAP) to Net Income Excluding Special Items (non-GAAP)
and Diluted EPS Excluding Special Items (non-GAAP)
(in thousands, except per share data)
For the three months ended December 31, For the year ended December 31,
2017 (1) 2016 2017 (1) 2016
Net income (loss) (GAAP) $884 $963 $(2,175) $14,409
Impairment charges 11,860
Severance 617 289 1,249 967
Bad debt provision for a customer bankruptcy 908
Asset write-offs and lease terminations 691 82 691
Residual impact of tax act 1,565 (662)
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net 874 (5) 251 96
Litigation charges 461 1,211 3,935
Net income Excluding Special Items (non-GAAP) $4,401 $1,938 $12,724 $20,098
Diluted EPS (GAAP) $0.03 $0.03 $(0.08) $0.48
Impairment charges 0.40
Severance 0.02 0.01 0.04 0.03
Bad debt provision for a customer bankruptcy 0.03
Asset write-offs and lease terminations 0.02 0.01 0.02
Residual impact of tax act 0.05 (0.02)
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net 0.03 0.01 0.01
Litigation charges 0.02 0.04 0.13
Diluted EPS Excluding Special Items (non-GAAP) $0.15 $0.06 $0.43 $0.67

(1) - On December 22, 2017, the United States enacted fundamental changes to federal tax law following passage of the Tax Act, (the “Tax Act”). Accordingly, during the three months ended December 31, 2017, the Company recorded a net charge of $1.9 million attributable to three items; i) a charge of $3.9 million due to the transition tax ii) a net tax benefit of $2.3 million due to the remeasurement of federal deferred tax assets and liabilities from 35% to 21% and iii) a $0.3 million charge attributable to reducing deferred tax assets due to changes made to executive compensation rules pursuant to the Tax Act. In reconciling net income and diluted earnings per share to non-GAAP measures, the Company allocated all the related tax effects inclusive of the Tax Act, as recorded during three months ended December 31, 2017, to the specific special items. The remaining tax impact of the Tax Act was reflected as a residual impact in the non-GAAP reconciliation. For the three months ended December 31, 2017, $0.3 million of net expense is included net-of-tax within the special items and $1.6 million of net expense is reported as a residual impact. For the year ended December 31, 2017, $2.6 million of net expense is recorded net-of-tax within the special items and $0.7 million of net benefit is reflected as a residual impact.

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