Evoqua Water Technologies Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results
November 15, 2022 at 07:00 AM EST
Fourth Quarter 2022 Financial Highlights:
Full Year 2022 Financial Highlights:
Evoqua Water Technologies (NYSE:AQUA), an industry leader in mission-critical water treatment solutions, today reported results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended September 30, 2022.
Revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022 was $504.8 million, compared to $426.0 million in the prior year period, an increase of 18.5%, or $78.8 million. Organic revenue growth contributed 8.7%, or $37.0 million, driven by favorable price realization and higher volume for products and services across most product lines and regions. Inorganic revenue contributed $49.3 million, primarily related to our acquisition of the Mar Cor business on January 3, 2022. Revenue was unfavorably impacted by $7.5 million in the period related to foreign currency translation. Net income for the quarter was $41.3 million, resulting in diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) of $0.33, as compared to net income of $26.9 million and diluted EPS of $0.22 in the prior year period. The increase in net income of 53.5%, or $14.4 million, was favorably impacted by a non-cash benefit of $17.3 million associated with the release of a tax valuation allowance, as well as increased operational volume. These benefits were partially offset by increased operating expenses, primarily due to higher wages and other costs associated with acquisitions and inflation, as well as higher non-cash foreign currency translation losses as compared to the prior period. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $93.2 million, as compared to $81.9 million in the prior year period, an increase of 13.8%, or $11.3 million. See the “Use of Non-GAAP Measures” section below for additional information regarding adjusted EBITDA.
Revenue for the fiscal year 2022 was $1.74 billion, compared to $1.46 billion in the prior year period, an increase of 18.6%, or $272.7 million. Organic revenue growth contributed 10.2%, or $149.4 million, driven by favorable price realization and higher volume for products and services across most product lines and all regions. Inorganic revenue contributed $137.1 million, primarily related to our acquisition of the Mar Cor business on January 3, 2022. Revenue was unfavorably impacted by $13.8 million in the year related to foreign currency translation. Net income for the year was $72.3 million, resulting in diluted earnings per share (“EPS”) of $0.58, as compared to net income of $51.7 million and diluted EPS of $0.42 in the prior year. The increase in net income of 39.8%, or $20.6 million, was favorably impacted by a non-cash benefit of $17.3 million associated with the release of a tax valuation allowance, as well as increased operational volume. These benefits were partially offset by increased operating expenses, primarily due to higher wages and salaries and other costs associated with acquisitions and inflation, as well as non-cash foreign currency translation losses of $18.7 million in the current year, compared to foreign currency translation gains of $0.9 million in the prior year, mostly related to intercompany loans. Adjusted EBITDA for the year was $297.7 million, as compared to $250.9 million in the prior year period, an increase of 18.7%, or $46.8 million. See the “Use of Non-GAAP Measures” section below for additional information regarding adjusted EBITDA.
“We completed another strong fiscal year with outstanding fourth quarter results. Our team executed well delivering revenue growth of approximately 19% for both the fourth quarter and full year. Demand continues to be strong across multiple end markets generating organic revenue growth of approximately 10% for the fiscal year and 9% for the fourth quarter. Acquisition integrations continue to be favorable, and our team is efficiently managing supply chain challenges. Adjusted EBITDA grew by almost 19% to $298 million for the full year, while margin remained flat versus prior year, despite inflationary challenges. We are also pleased to again report a positive price/cost ratio for the fourth quarter and for the full year,” said Mr. Ron Keating, Evoqua’s CEO.
Mr. Keating continued, “Cash flow generation remains a key priority, and we were very pleased with our results. We again delivered improvements in operating cash, adjusted free cash flow, liquidity, and our net debt leverage. As we enter fiscal 2023, we expect to maintain a solid and flexible balance sheet to support continued organic and inorganic growth investments. We delivered on two fiscal 2022 goals of exceeding 55% water reuse in our top ten facilities and reducing our safety incident rate across the company from the prior year.”
Mr. Keating closed, “We enter the new year with a healthy backlog following our second consecutive year with a book-to-bill ratio of approximately 1.1. We continue to see significant growth opportunities, both organic and inorganic, and will closely monitor our pipeline to respond quickly to changes in our markets and incoming order rates. Our diverse end markets should minimize the effects of economic uncertainty, giving us a balanced outlook for the full year. For fiscal 2023, we expect revenues to be $1.81 to $1.89 billion and adjusted EBITDA to be $310 to $330 million for year-over-year growth of approximately 4% to 9% and approximately 4% to 11%, respectively.”
Fourth Quarter Segment Results
Evoqua has two reportable operating segments - Integrated Solutions and Services and Applied Product Technologies. The results of our segments for the fourth quarter are as follows:
Integrated Solutions and Services
Segment revenue increased by $65.8 million, or 23.4%, to $347.2 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, as compared to $281.4 million in the prior year period.
Operating profit decreased by $0.1 million, or 0.2%, to $52.3 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, as compared to $52.4 million in the prior year period.
Segment adjusted EBITDA increased by $7.1 million, or 10.1%, to $77.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, as compared to $70.5 million in the prior year period. The increase in segment adjusted EBITDA resulted from the same factors that impacted operating profit, other than the change in depreciation and amortization. Segment adjusted EBITDA also excludes restructuring and other non-recurring activity recognized in the period. See the “Use of Non-GAAP Measures” section below for a reconciliation of segment adjusted EBITDA to segment operating profit.
Applied Product Technologies
Segment revenue increased by $13.0 million, or 9.0%, to $157.6 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, as compared to $144.6 million in the prior year period.
Operating profit increased by $5.0 million, or 17.4%, to $33.7 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, as compared to $28.7 million in the prior year period.
Segment adjusted EBITDA increased by $4.6 million, or 13.9%, to $37.7 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2022, as compared to $33.1 million in the prior year period. The change in segment adjusted EBITDA was driven by the same factors that impacted segment operating profit, other than the change in depreciation and amortization. Segment adjusted EBITDA also excludes restructuring and other non-recurring activity. See the “Use of Non-GAAP Measures” section below for a reconciliation of segment adjusted EBITDA to segment operating profit.
Fourth Quarter Earnings Call and Webcast
The Company will hold its fourth quarter fiscal 2022 earnings conference call Tuesday, November 15, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. E.T. The live audio webcast and presentation slides for the call will be accessible via Evoqua’s Investor Relations website, http://aqua.evoqua.com/.
Dissemination of Company Information
The Company intends to make future announcements regarding developments and financial performance through the Investor Relations section of its website, http://aqua.evoqua.com, as well as through press releases, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), conference calls and webcasts. The Company does not incorporate the information contained on, or accessible through, its corporate website into this press release.
About Evoqua Water Technologies
Evoqua Water Technologies is a leading provider of mission critical water and wastewater treatment solutions, offering a broad portfolio of products, services, and expertise to support industrial, municipal and recreational customers who value water. Evoqua has worked to protect water, the environment and its employees for more than 100 years, earning a reputation for quality, safety and reliability around the world. Headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the company operates in more than 150 locations across nine countries. Serving more than 38,000 customers and 200,000 installations worldwide, our employees are united by a common purpose: Transforming Water. Enriching Life.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This press release contains reference to adjusted EBITDA, a financial measure that is not calculated and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). This non-GAAP financial measure is provided as additional information for investors. We believe this non-GAAP financial measure is helpful to management and investors in highlighting trends in our operating results and provide greater clarity and comparability period over period to management and our investors regarding the operational impact of long-term strategic decisions relating to capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which we operate and capital investments. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for GAAP measures. For definitions of the non-GAAP financial measures used in this press release and reconciliations to the most directly comparable respective GAAP measures, see the “Use of Non-GAAP Measures” section below.
With respect to forward-looking guidance provided in this press release, we have not presented a quantitative reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure adjusted EBITDA to its most directly comparable GAAP financial measure because it is impractical to forecast certain items without unreasonable efforts due to the uncertainty and inherent difficulty of predicting the occurrence and financial impact of, and the periods in which, such items, including foreign exchange impact and certain expenses for which we adjust, may be recognized. For the same reasons, we are unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information, which could be material to future results.
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Some of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include, among other things, material, freight, and labor inflation, commodity and component availability constraints, and disruptions in global supply chains and transportation services; general global economic and business conditions, including the impacts of rising interest rates, recessionary conditions, geopolitical conflicts, such as the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and tensions between China and the U.S., and the COVID-19 pandemic; our ability to execute projects on budget and on schedule; the potential for us to incur liabilities to customers as a result of warranty claims or failure to meet performance guarantees; our ability to meet our own and our customers’ safety standards; failure to effectively treat emerging contaminants; our ability to continue to develop or acquire new products, services and solutions that allow us to compete successfully in our markets; our ability to implement our growth strategy, including acquisitions, and our ability to identify suitable acquisition targets; our ability to operate or integrate any acquired businesses, assets or product lines profitably; our ability to achieve the expected benefits of our restructuring actions; delays in enactment or repeals of environmental laws and regulations; the potential for us to become subject to claims relating to handling, storage, release or disposal of hazardous materials; our ability to retain our senior management, skilled technical, engineering, sales, and other key personnel and to attract and retain key talent in increasingly competitive labor markets; risks associated with international sales and operations; our ability to adequately protect our intellectual property from third-party infringement; risks related to our contracts with federal, state, and local governments, including risk of termination or modification prior to completion; risks associated with product defects and unanticipated or improper use of our products; our ability to accurately predict the timing of contract awards; risks related to our substantial indebtedness; our increasing dependence on the continuous and reliable operation of our information technology systems; risks related to foreign, federal, state and local environmental, health and safety laws and other applicable laws and regulations and the costs associated therewith; our ability to execute on our strategies related to environmental, social, and governance matters, and achieve related goals and targets, including as a result of evolving standards, laws, regulations, processes, and assumptions, delayed scientific and technological developments, increased costs, and changes in carbon markets; and other risks and uncertainties, including those listed under Part I, Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2022, to be filed with the SEC, and in other filings we may make from time to time with the SEC. 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These forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as representing the Company’s views as of any date subsequent to the date of this release.
Revenue is used by management to evaluate the performance of our business. Revenue growth is primarily related to organic and inorganic factors. Organic revenue growth, as a component of revenue growth, is defined as period over period revenue growth excluding (i) the impact from acquisitions and divestitures during the first 12 months following the closing of the acquisition or divestiture, which we refer to as inorganic impact, and (ii) the impact of foreign currency translation. Divestitures include sales of insignificant portions of our business that did not meet the criteria for classification as a discontinued operation. We exclude the effect of foreign currency translation from organic revenue growth because foreign currency translation is not under management’s control, is subject to volatility and can obscure underlying business trends. We exclude the effect of acquisitions and divestitures during the first 12 months following the closing of the acquisition or divestiture because they can obscure underlying business trends and make comparisons of long-term performance difficult between the Company and its peers due to the varying nature, size, and number of transactions from period to period.
Components of our revenue growth for the three months ended and years ended September 30, 2022 and 2021 are as follows:
Use of Non-GAAP Measures
The Company reports its financial results in accordance with GAAP. However, management believes that certain non-GAAP financial measures provide users of the Company's financial information with additional useful information in evaluating operating performance. We use the non-GAAP financial measures EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA in evaluating the strength and financial performance of our core business.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense, income tax benefit (expense), and depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before interest expense, income tax benefit (expense), and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for the impact of certain other items, including restructuring and related business transformation costs, share-based compensation, transaction costs, and other gains, losses and expenses that we believe do not directly reflect our underlying business operations.
Adjusted EBITDA is one of the primary metrics used by management to evaluate the financial performance of our business. We present adjusted EBITDA because we believe it is frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate and compare operating performance and value companies within our industry. Further, we believe it is helpful in highlighting trends in our operating results and provides greater clarity and comparability period over period to management and our investors regarding the operational impact of long-term strategic decisions relating to capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which we operate and capital investments. In addition, adjusted EBITDA highlights true business performance by removing the impact of certain items that management believes do not directly reflect our underlying operations and provides investors with greater visibility into the ongoing organic drivers of our business performance.
Management uses adjusted EBITDA to supplement GAAP measures of performance as follows:
In addition to the above, our chief operating decision maker uses adjusted EBITDA of each reportable operating segment to evaluate the operating performance of such segments. Adjusted EBITDA on a segment basis is defined as earnings before depreciation and amortization, adjusted for the impact of certain other items that have been reflected at the segment level. Adjusted EBITDA of the reportable operating segments do not include certain charges that are presented within corporate activities. These charges include certain restructuring and other business transformation charges that have been incurred to align and reposition the Company to the current reporting structure, acquisition related costs (including transaction costs and integration costs) and share-based compensation charges.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. The financial results prepared in accordance with GAAP and the reconciliations from these results included below should be carefully evaluated. You are encouraged to evaluate each adjustment and the reasons we consider it appropriate for supplemental analysis. In addition, in evaluating adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future, we may incur expenses similar to the adjustments in the presentation of adjusted EBITDA. Our presentation of adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. In addition, other companies in our industry or across different industries may calculate adjusted EBITDA differently.
The following is a reconciliation of our net income to EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA (unaudited):
Adjusted EBITDA on a segment basis is defined as earnings before interest expense, income tax benefit (expense) and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for the impact of certain other items that have been reflected at the segment level. We do not present net income on a segment basis because we do not allocate interest expense or income tax benefit (expense) to our segments, making operating profit the most comparable GAAP metric. The following is a reconciliation of our segment operating profit to our segment adjusted EBITDA: