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25.02.2016, 16:15

Record Q4 Revenues & Cash Flow for EMCOR

Author: Emcor Group Inc.

EMCOR Group, Inc. today reported results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2015. Highlights include a record rise in Quarter 4 revenues and record operating cash flow.

EMCOR Group, Inc. (NYSE: EME) today reported results for the fourth quarter and the year ended December 31, 2015.

For the fourth quarter of 2015, net income from continuing operations attributable to EMCOR was $50.4 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, compared to $43.1 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2014. Included in net income from continuing operations attributable to EMCOR for the fourth quarter of 2014 were after-tax impairment charges of $0.9 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. Excluding the impairment charges, non-GAAP net income attributable to EMCOR in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $44.0 million, or $0.68 per diluted share. Net income attributable to EMCOR in the fourth quarter of 2015 increased by 14.6% and diluted earnings per share increased by 17.6% as compared to non-GAAP results in the fourth quarter of 2014. Revenues in the fourth quarter of 2015 were $1.78 billion, an increase of 3.7% compared to revenues of $1.71 billion in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $84.1 million, or 4.7% of revenues, compared to operating income of $74.5 million, or 4.3% of revenues, in the fourth quarter of 2014. Included in operating income for the fourth quarter of 2014 were the pre-tax impairment charges of $1.5 million. Excluding the impairment charges, non-GAAP operating income in the fourth quarter of 2014 was $76.0 million. Operating income in the fourth quarter of 2015 increased by 10.7% and operating margin expanded by 30 basis points as compared to non-GAAP results in the fourth quarter of 2014.

Selling, general and administrative expenses for the fourth quarter of 2015 were $168.5 million, or 9.5% of revenues, compared to $172.2 million, or 10.0% of revenues, in the year ago period.

The Company's income tax rate in the fourth quarter of 2015 was 38.5%, compared to an income tax rate of 39.5% in the year ago period.

Backlog as of December 31, 2015 was $3.77 billion, representing the highest level of backlog since 2008, and a 3.8% increase compared to $3.63 billion at the end of the fourth quarter of 2014. Domestic backlog grew $163 million year-over-year, while backlog in the UK Building Services segment decreased by $25 million year-over-year primarily driven by the negative impact of foreign currency translation. Growth in backlog in the U.S. Mechanical Construction and U.S. Building Services segments more than offset declines in the U.S. Industrial Services and U.S. Electrical Construction segments. From an end market perspective, backlog growth in the hospitality/gaming, water & wastewater, institutional and industrial sectors was partially offset by declines in the healthcare, transportation and commercial sectors.

Tony Guzzi, President and Chief Executive Officer of EMCOR Group, commented, “The Company delivered record revenues and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations in 2015 despite a challenging start to the year. This reflects a continued focus on operational execution and the ongoing recovery in the non-residential construction sector. Our annual performance was underscored by positive organic revenue growth in every segment of our business. We also continued to generate strong operating cash flow, delivering $267 million in 2015, an 8% increase year-over-year.”

Mr. Guzzi added, “In the fourth quarter of 2015, our U.S. Mechanical Construction segment had strong topline and profit growth, reflecting increased demand across several end markets as well as a settlement of a claim. Results in our U.S. Electrical Construction segment were negatively impacted by losses on several transportation projects due to productivity issues and schedule delays. Our U.S. Building Services segment posted solid results due to increased profitability within our mobile mechanical and commercial site-based services operations. In our Industrial Services segment, both revenue and operating income were negatively affected by decreased demand for new heat exchangers as a result of competitive market conditions resulting from volatility in crude oil prices and decreased turnaround activities. In the UK, we delivered strong organic revenue growth and operating income even with significant foreign exchange headwinds.”

Mr. Guzzi concluded, “After a solid close to 2015, we are encouraged by our prospects for continued growth as we look to 2016 and beyond. Despite low levels of anticipated capital spending in the oil and gas sector, our diverse and growing backlog remains a source of strength, and we are optimistic that the non-residential construction sector will continue to improve in 2016. Our strong cash flow and healthy balance sheet continue to provide us with the flexibility to pursue strategic acquisitions in order to support the long-term growth of the Company, as well as to return capital to shareholders through share repurchases and dividends.”

Revenues for the 2015 full-year period totaled $6.72 billion, an increase of 4.6% compared to $6.42 billion for the 2014 full-year period.

Net income from continuing operations attributable to EMCOR for the 2015 full-year period was $172.3 million, or $2.72 per diluted share, compared to $173.4 million, or $2.59 per diluted share, for the 2014 full-year period. Included in net income from continuing operations attributable to EMCOR for the 2014 full-year period were the aforementioned after-tax impairment charges of $0.9 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, and an after-tax gain of $7.1 million, or $0.11 per diluted share, associated with the sale of a building. Excluding these adjustments, non-GAAP net income attributable to EMCOR for the 2014 full-year period was $167.1 million, or $2.49 per diluted share.

Operating income for the 2015 full-year period was $287.1 million, or 4.3% of revenues, compared to $289.9 million, or 4.5% of revenues, for the 2014 full-year period. Included in operating income for the 2014 full-year period were the aforementioned pre-tax impairment charges of $1.5 million and a pre-tax gain of $11.7 million from the sale of a building. Excluding these adjustments, non-GAAP operating income for the 2014 full-year period was $279.6 million.

For the 2015 full-year period, selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $656.6 million, or 9.8% of revenues, compared to $626.5 million, or 9.8% of revenues, in the 2014 full-year period.

The Company noted that based on the current size and mix of its backlog and assuming continued improvement in market conditions, EMCOR expects full year 2016 revenues to be between $6.9 billion and $7.0 billion and full year 2016 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to be in the range of $2.70 to $3.00.

Please see the attached tables for a reconciliation of non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP diluted earnings per share to the comparable GAAP figures.

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 fourth quarter conference call will be available live via internet broadcast today, Thursday, February 25, at 10:30 AM Eastern Standard Time. You can access the live call 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 2015 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.

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