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Mistras Group Realizes Strong Q1 Profits and Cash Flow Despite Weak Energy Market Conditions

Oct 6, 2016
  • Q1 Earnings per Diluted Share of $0.22 nearly in line with record prior year level of $0.23
  • Q1 Gross Profit Margin improved by 120 basis points over prior year
  • Q1 Adjusted EBITDA $21.2 Million nearly in line with record prior year level of $22.3 Million
  • Q1 Adjusted EBITDA Margin of 12.6% exceeds prior year's 12.4%, despite 6% Revenue Decline
  • Q1 Operating Cash Flow 7% higher than prior year, Free Cash Flow 14% higher than prior year

PRINCETON JUNCTION, N.J., Oct. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mistras Group, Inc. (NYSE:MG), a leading "one source" global provider of technology-enabled asset protection solutions, reported financial results for the first quarter of its fiscal year 2017, which ended August 31, 2016.

Net income for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 was $6.6 million, or $0.22 per diluted share, slightly below the prior fiscal year's net income of $6.9 million, or $0.23 per diluted share. Adjusted EBITDA was $21.2 million, or 12.6% of revenues in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, compared with the prior year's $22.3 million, or 12.4% of revenues.

Revenues for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 declined by 6% year-on-year to $168.4 million. The revenue decline reflected a tough prior year comparison as well as the timing of customer project-related spending.

Gross profit margins improved year-on-year for the 5th consecutive quarter to 29.7% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 compared with the prior year's 28.5%. International segment gross margins improved by nearly 400 basis points to 33.0%, while Services segment gross margin improved by 60 basis points to 27.2% and Products and Systems gross margin also improved. The increased gross margin rate was driven by improvements in sales mix, contract management discipline, utilization of technicians and in the International segment, by the beneficial impact of organic growth.

The Company's operating margin was 6.6% of sales in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, as compared with 7.2% in the prior's year's first quarter. Operating income exclusive of special items for the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 declined by only $0.3 million or 2% compared with prior year.

Cash flow from operating activities was $17.3 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, representing improvement of $1.1 million, or 7% over prior year. Free cash flow was $13.3 million, an improvement of $1.7 million, or 14% over prior year. The Company utilized its free cash flow generated primarily to pay down total debt by $16.7 million. The Company's net debt (total debt less cash) of $73.9 million was approximately 0.8x Adjusted EBITDA at August 31, 2016.

Performance by segment was as follows:
Services segment operating income before special items declined by $1.5 million, or 10% in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017 compared with prior year, on revenues that declined by $10.7 million or 8%. Services year-on-year gross margin improvement of 60 basis points was offset by the loss of operating leverage that resulted from the combination of flat operating expenses and the year-on-year revenue decline. Excluding special items, Services had an operating margin of approximately 10% in both first quarter periods.

The Services revenue decline was almost entirely organic, as a small amount of revenues from acquisitions was slightly more than offset by adverse foreign exchange impact. Factors which contributed to the Services revenue decline included a) a tough prior year comparison period, b) timing of customer projects, and c) the impact of a weak oil and gas market.

International segment operating income before special items more than doubled to a record quarterly level of $4.8 million in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, driven by significant improvements in sales mix in the Company's German and UK businesses, as well as mid-single digit organic revenue growth across the segment.

Total segment revenues increased 2% over prior year, as the impact of adverse foreign exchange and lost revenues from two small prior year dispositions offset the mid-single digit organic growth.

Products and Systems segment operating income declined by $1.0 million on a revenue decline of $2.5 million, or 29%, compared with the prior year's first quarter, driven by a decline in sales volume.

Sotirios Vahaviolos, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer stated, "I am pleased with our bottom line results, with the continued improvement in our gross margin and Adjusted EBITDA margin, and with our strong cash flow and balance sheet position. However I am also disappointed with our first quarter revenue decline compared with last year, which is primarily reflective of the difficult oil & gas market where customers continue to be very cautious in their spending."

Dr. Vahaviolos added: "When we established our financial guidance for fiscal year 2017, we expected that the market for inspection services would be flat to down and that our first quarter revenues would be approximately what we achieved. But based upon recent discussions with customers, we now expect that the fall season will continue to be weak, which will cause revenues in our Services segment to continue to generate similar negative year-on-year comparisons for the remainder of calendar 2016. This necessitates a reduction in our financial guidance. We remain confident in our operational direction that has improved our profit margins, and we are also confident that market share gains such as our recently announced contract with Safran in France will enable us to improve in calendar 2017."

Updated Guidance for Fiscal 2017

The Company previously established financial guidance for fiscal 2017 as follows:

  • Revenues of $720 million to $735 million, increasing from 0% to 2% over prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $89 million to $95 million, representing an increase of from 1% to 8% above prior year. 
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.99 to $1.12, representing an increase of from 3% to 17% above prior year, exclusive of a prior year legal charge.

The Company has updated its financial guidance for fiscal 2017 as follows:

  • Revenue range reduced to $690 million to $705 million, representing a decrease of from 2% to 4% below prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $84 million to $89 million or 5% lower to 1% higher than prior year. 
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.88 to $0.97, or 8% lower to 1% higher than prior year, exclusive of a prior year legal charge.

Conference Call

In connection with this release, Mistras will hold a conference call on Friday, October 7, 2016 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 call 1-844-832-7227 and use confirmation code 89738855 when prompted. The International dial-in number is 1-224-633-1529.

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.

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 risks and uncertainties can be found in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for fiscal year 2016 filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 15, 2016, 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 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. These adjusted financial measures are non-GAAP and should be considered in addition to, but not as a substitute for, the information prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. We typically exclude certain GAAP items that management believes do not affect our basic operations and that do not meet the GAAP definition of unusual or non-recurring items. Other companies may define these measures in different ways. The term "Adjusted EBITDA" used in this release is a financial measurement not calculated in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the U.S. ("US GAAP"). A Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to a financial measurement under US 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 measurements" "Segment and Total Company Income (Loss) Before Special Items", reconciling these measurements to financial measurements under US 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). Free cash flow does not represent residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures since items such as debt repayments are not deducted in determining such measures. 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. The Company believes that investors and other users of the financial statements benefit from the presentation of these non-GAAP measurements because they provide additional metrics to compare the Company's operating performance on a consistent basis and measure underlying trends and results of the Company's business.

Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  August 31, 2016 May 31, 2016
Current Assets    
Cash and cash equivalents $14,940  $21,188 
Accounts receivable, net 134,138  137,913 
Inventories 10,049  9,918 
Deferred income taxes 6,096  6,216 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 12,491  12,711 
Total current assets 177,714  187,946 
Property, plant and equipment, net 76,662  78,676 
Intangible assets, net 41,513  43,492 
Goodwill 169,195  169,220 
Deferred income taxes 975  1,000 
Other assets 2,222  2,341 
Total assets $468,281  $482,675 
Current Liabilities    
Accounts payable $8,669  $10,796 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities 60,747  62,983 
Current portion of long-term debt 2,089  12,553 
Current portion of capital lease obligations 7,041  7,835 
Income taxes payable 2,472  2,710 
Total current liabilities 81,018  96,877 
Long-term debt, net of current portion 68,341  72,456 
Obligations under capital leases, net of current portion 11,349  11,932 
Deferred income taxes 19,442  18,328 
Other long-term liabilities 7,136  6,794 
Total liabilities 187,286  206,387 
Commitments and contingencies    
Preferred stock, 10,000,000 shares authorized    
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 200,000,000 shares authorized 291  290 
Additional paid-in capital 215,420  213,737 
Retained earnings 88,832  82,235 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (23,682) (20,099)
Total Mistras Group, Inc. stockholders' equity 280,861  276,163 
Noncontrolling interests 134  125 
Total equity 280,995  276,288 
Total liabilities and equity $468,281  $482,675 

Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(in thousands, except per share data)
  Three months ended
  August 31, 2016 August 31, 2015
Revenue $168,443  $179,853 
Cost of revenue 112,981  123,400 
Depreciation 5,406  5,179 
Gross profit 50,056  51,274 
Selling, general and administrative expenses 35,278  35,836 
Research and engineering 632  621 
Depreciation and amortization 2,597  2,781 
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net 394  (896)
Income from operations 11,155  12,932 
Interest expense 820  1,922 
Income before provision for income taxes 10,335  11,010 
Provision for income taxes 3,726  4,163 
Net income 6,609  6,847 
Less: net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of taxes 13  (25)
Net income attributable to Mistras Group, Inc. $6,596  $6,872 
Earnings per common share    
Basic $0.23  $0.24 
Diluted $0.22  $0.23 
Weighted average common shares outstanding:    
Basic 28,976  28,724 
Diluted 30,210  29,595 

Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Operating Data by Segment
(in thousands)
 Three months ended
 August 31, 2016 August 31, 2015
Services$126,690  $137,405 
International37,518  36,859 
Products and Systems6,166  8,686 
Corporate and eliminations(1,931) (3,097)
 $168,443  $179,853 
 Three months ended
 August 31, 2016 August 31, 2015
Gross profit   
Services$34,445  $36,569 
International12,387  10,780 
Products and Systems3,096  3,922 
Corporate and eliminations128  3 
 $50,056  $51,274 

Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of
Segment and Total Company Income (Loss) from Operations (GAAP) to Income before Special Items (non-GAAP)
(in thousands)
 Three months ended
 August 31, 2016 August 31, 2015
Income from operations$12,468  $15,398 
Severance costs176   
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net345  (930)
Income before special items12,989  14,468 
Income from operations4,659  1,818 
Severance costs89  60 
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net11  30 
Income before special items4,759  1,908 
Products and Systems:   
Income from operations137  1,184 
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net   
Income before special items137  1,184 
Corporate and Eliminations:   
Loss from operations(6,109) (5,468)
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net38  4 
Loss before special items(6,071) (5,464)
Total Company   
Income from operations$11,155  $12,932 
Severance costs$265  $60 
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net$394  $(896)
Income before special items$11,814  $12,096 

Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Summary Cash Flow Information
(in thousands)
 Three months ended
 August 31, 2016 August 31, 2015
Net cash provided by (used in):   
Operating activities$17,344  $16,210 
Investing activities(4,975) (4,399)
Financing activities(17,847) (10,562)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash(770) (118)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents$(6,248) $1,131 

Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of
Net Income to Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands)
 Three months ended
 August 31, 2016 August 31, 2015
Net income$6,609  $6,847 
Less: net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests, net of taxes13  (25)
Net income attributable to Mistras Group, Inc.$6,596  $6,872 
Interest expense820  1,922 
Provision for income taxes3,726  4,163 
Depreciation and amortization8,003  7,960 
Share-based compensation expense1,906  1,957 
Acquisition-related expense (benefit), net394  (896)
Severance265  60 
Foreign exchange (gain) loss(525) 292 
Adjusted EBITDA$21,185  $22,330 

Mistras Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Unaudited Reconciliation of
Estimated Adjusted EBITDA and Estimated Net Income for FY 2017
(in millions)
 For the Fiscal Year Ended May 31, 2017
 Low High
Estimated Net Income$26.0  $29.0 
Interest expense4.0  4.0 
Provision for income taxes15.5  17.5 
Depreciation and amortization32.0  32.0 
Share-based compensation expense6.5  6.5 
Estimated Adjusted EBITDA$84.0  $89.0 


Media Contact: 
Nestor S. Makarigakis, Group Director of Marketing Communications, 

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