EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE: EME) today reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017.
For the first quarter of 2017, net income from continuing operations attributable to EMCOR was $53.1 million, or $0.88 per diluted share, compared to $34.4 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2016. Included in net income from continuing operations attributable to EMCOR for the first quarter of 2016 were after-tax transaction expenses of $0.7 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, related to the acquisition of Ardent Services, L.L.C. and Rabalais Constructors, LLC (collectively, “Ardent”), which was completed on April 15, 2016. Excluding these expenses, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations attributable to EMCOR in the first quarter of 2016 was $35.1 million, or $0.57 per diluted share. Revenues for the first quarter of 2017 were $1.89 billion, an increase of 8.4%, compared to $1.74 billion for the first quarter 2016.
Operating income for the first quarter of 2017 was $82.8 million, or 4.4% of revenues, compared to $55.6 million, or 3.2% of revenues, in the year ago period. Included in operating income for the first quarter of 2016 were pre-tax transaction expenses of $1.1 million related to the Ardent acquisition. Excluding these expenses, non-GAAP operating income for the first quarter of 2016 was $56.7 million.
Please see the attached tables for a reconciliation of non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income from continuing operations and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to the comparable GAAP figures.
Selling, general and administrative expenses for the first quarter of 2017 totaled $183.0 million, or 9.7% of revenues, compared to $167.4 million, or 9.6% of revenues, in the year ago period.
The Company's income tax rate in the first quarter of 2017 was 33.6%, compared to an income tax rate of 35.5% in the year ago period. The income tax rate for the first quarter of 2017 was favorably impacted by the reversal of certain reserves for previously unrecognized income tax benefits.
Backlog as of March 31, 2017 was $3.97 billion, an increase of 3.2% from $3.85 billion at the end of the first quarter of 2016. Total domestic backlog grew $129.8 million year-over-year, while backlog in our U.K. segment fell $7.4 million, driven by the negative impact of foreign currency translation. Growth in backlog in our U.S. Electrical Construction and U.S. Mechanical Construction segments more than offset domestic declines in our U.S. Building Services and U.S. Industrial Services segments. From an end-market perspective, backlog growth in the healthcare, commercial, hospitality and water & wastewater markets were partially offset by declines in the industrial, transportation and institutional sectors.
Tony Guzzi, President and Chief Executive Officer of EMCOR, commented, “2017 is off to a very solid start with record first quarter revenues and operating income, driven by strong top-line growth and operating performance in our U.S. Construction segments. Strong execution for the quarter across all end-markets drove operating income growth for the Company of 49% and operating margin expansion of 120 basis points over the year ago period. Along with revenue growth of over 8%, we continued to grow our backlog ending the first quarter with a strong pipeline of project work.”
Mr. Guzzi added, “Our U.S. Construction segments delivered a 16% increase in revenues, driven by double-digit organic revenue growth, with strong contributions from both our U.S. Electrical and U.S. Mechanical Construction segments. Importantly, our solid operational execution in the quarter drove an 86% increase in operating income in our U.S. Electrical Construction segment and a 70% increase in our U.S. Mechanical Construction segment. We also experienced good performance in our U.S. Industrial Services segment, driven by the spring turnaround season, much of which was completed by the end of the quarter. Additionally, despite a mild winter, our U.S. Building Services segment performed as we expected. Lastly, our U.K. segment delivered revenue growth, excluding the impact of unfavorable exchange rates, as we continued to expand our customer base. However, profitability in the U.K. segment was hampered by start-up costs associated with the timing of new projects, which will likely persist into the second quarter.”
Based on the current size and mix of backlog and current market conditions, EMCOR maintains its full year 2017 revenue guidance of $7.5 billion to $7.6 billion. The Company now expects its full year 2017 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to be in the range of $3.20 to $3.50, representing a $0.10 increase to the low end of the range.
Mr. Guzzi concluded, “We are very pleased with our operating and financial performance thus far in 2017. In light of first quarter results, our strong backlog and continued strength in the non-residential construction sector, we are raising the low end of our guidance range for diluted earnings per share from continuing operations. Our guidance continues to reflect our expectations for strong growth in our U.S. Construction segments, as well as difficult year-over-year comparisons that we will face over the next two quarters, particularly with respect to our U.S. Industrial Services segment which benefited from a large specialty service project last year. As we look ahead, we will use our healthy balance sheet to capitalize on both organic and acquisition growth opportunities, as well as continue to return capital to our shareholders.”
EMCOR Group, Inc. is a Fortune 500 leader in mechanical and electrical construction services, industrial and energy infrastructure and building services. This press release and other press releases may be viewed at the Company’s website at www.emcorgroup.com.
EMCOR Group's first quarter conference call will be available live via internet broadcast today, Thursday, April 27, at 10:30 AM Eastern Daylight Time. The live call may be accessed through the Company's website at www.emcorgroup.com.
This release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995. Any such comments are based upon information available to EMCOR management and its perception thereof, as of this date, and EMCOR assumes no obligation to update any such forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements may include statements regarding market opportunities, market share growth, gross profit, backlog mix, projects with varying profit margins, and selling, general and administrative expenses. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Accordingly these statements are no guarantee of future performance. Such risk and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, adverse effects of general economic conditions, changes in the political environment, changes in the specific markets for EMCOR’s services, adverse business conditions, availability of adequate levels of surety bonding, increased competition, unfavorable labor productivity and mix of business. Certain of the risks and factors associated with EMCOR's business are also discussed in the Company's 2016 Form 10-K and in other reports filed from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All these risks and factors should be taken into account in evaluating any forward-looking statements.