NV5 Announces Record First Quarter Results; Exceeds Analyst Consensus and Increases Full-Year Guidance

May 5, 2022

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., May 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- NV5 Global, Inc. (Nasdaq: NVEE) ("NV5" or the "Company"), a provider of technology, conformity assessment, and consulting solutions, today reported financial results for the first quarter ended April 2, 2022.

"NV5 delivered a record first quarter, generating double-digit growth in gross revenues, net income, Adjusted EBITDA, and earnings per share as a result of NV5’s strategy and business model. Growth in the quarter was led by strong performances in the utility services, testing and inspection, environmental, and energy efficiency businesses. We enter the second quarter with a strong backlog and pipeline to build upon our growth in 2022 and are increasing our full-year guidance," said Dickerson Wright, PE, Chairman and CEO of NV5.

First Quarter 2022 Results

  • Gross revenues in the first quarter of 2022 were $190.2 million compared to $153.1 million in the first quarter of 2021, a 24% increase.
  • Net income in the first quarter of 2022 was $8.6 million compared to $5.5 million in the first quarter of 2021, a 58% increase.
  • Adjusted EBITDA in the first quarter of 2022 was $28.9 million compared to $24.2 million in the first quarter of 2021, a 19% increase.
  • GAAP EPS in the first quarter of 2022 was $0.57 per share compared to $0.41 per share in the first quarter of 2021, a 39% increase.
  • Adjusted EPS in the first quarter of 2022 was $0.99 per share compared to $0.88 per share in the first quarter of 2021, a 13% increase. Diluted weighted average shares were 15,216,105 in the first quarter of 2022 compared to 13,429,102 in the first quarter of 2021.
  • Cash flows provided by operations were $46.5 million in the first quarter of 2022.

Increased Full-Year 2022 Guidance

  • Increased gross revenues to a range of $785 million to $810 million (previously $773 million to $802 million).
  • Increased GAAP EPS to a range of $3.57 per share to $3.92 per share (previously $3.34 per share to $3.65 per share).
  • Increased Adjusted EPS to a range of $5.39 per share to $5.80 per share (previously $5.39 per share to $5.70 per share).

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures; Comparability of Certain Measures

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (“EBITDA”) is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Adjusted EBITDA reflects adjustments to EBITDA to eliminate stock-based compensation expense and acquisition-related costs. Management believes adjusted EBITDA, in addition to operating profit, Net Income, and other GAAP measures, is a useful indicator of our financial and operating performance and our ability to generate cash flows from operations that are available for taxes, capital expenditures, and debt service. A reconciliation of Net Income, as reported in accordance with GAAP, to adjusted EBITDA is provided at the end of this news release.

Adjusted earnings per diluted share (“Adjusted EPS”) is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Adjusted EPS reflects adjustments to reported diluted earnings per share (“GAAP EPS”) to eliminate amortization expense of intangible assets from acquisitions, net of tax benefits, and acquisition-related costs. As we continue our acquisition strategy, the growth in Adjusted EPS may increase at a greater rate than GAAP EPS. A reconciliation of GAAP EPS to Adjusted EPS is provided at the end of this news release.

Our definition of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EPS may differ from other companies reporting similarly named measures. These measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with GAAP, such as Net Income, and Diluted Earnings per Share. In addition, when presenting forward-looking non-GAAP metrics, we are unable to provide quantitative reconciliations to the most closely correlated GAAP measure due to the uncertainty in the timing, amount or nature of any adjustments, which could be material in any period.

Conference Call 

NV5 will host a conference call to discuss its first quarter 2022 financial results at 4:30 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 5, 2022. The accompanying presentation for the call is available by visiting http://ir.nv5.com.  

Date:  Thursday, May 5, 2022
Time:  4:30 p.m. Eastern
Toll-free dial-in number:   +1 888-412-4117
International dial-in number:  +1 646-960-0284
Conference ID:   6172299
Webcast:  http://ir.nv5.com

Please dial-in at least 5-10 minutes prior to the start time to allow the operator to log your name and connect you to the conference.

The conference call will be webcast live and available for replay via the “Investors” section of the NV5 website.

About NV5

NV5 Global, Inc. (NASDAQ: NVEE) is a provider of technology, conformity assessment, and consulting solutions for public and private sector clients supporting sustainable infrastructure, utility, and building assets and systems. The Company focuses on multiple verticals: testing, inspection & consulting, infrastructure engineering, utility services, buildings & program management, environmental health sciences, and geospatial technology services to deliver innovative, sustainable solutions to complex issues and improve lives in our communities. NV5 operates out of more than 100 offices nationwide and internationally. For additional information, please visit the Company’s website at www.NV5.com. Also visit the Company on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the safe harbor provisions of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The Company cautions that these statements are qualified by important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected by the forward-looking statements contained in this news release and on the conference call. Such factors include: (a) changes in demand from the local and state government and private clients that we serve; (b) general economic conditions, nationally and globally, and their effect on the market for our services; (c) competitive pressures and trends in our industry and our ability to successfully compete with our competitors; (d) changes in laws, regulations, or policies; and (e) the “Risk Factors” set forth in the Company’s most recent SEC filings. All forward-looking statements are based on information available to the Company on the date hereof, and the Company assumes no obligation to update such statements, except as required by law.

Investor Relations Contact

NV5 Global, Inc.
Jack Cochran
Vice President, Marketing & Investor Relations
Tel: +1-954-637-8048
Email: ir@nv5.com

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(in thousands, except share data)

  April 2, 2022   January 1, 2022
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 81,948   $ 47,980
Billed receivables, net   129,990     153,814
Unbilled receivables, net   87,627     89,734
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   8,758     12,442
Total current assets   308,323     303,970
Property and equipment, net   36,297     32,729
Right-of-use lease assets, net   41,899     44,260
Intangible assets, net   180,081     188,224
Goodwill   389,954     389,916
Other assets   3,299     2,844
Total Assets $ 959,853   $ 961,943
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 48,126   $ 55,954
Accrued liabilities   58,043     50,461
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts   24,345     29,444
Other current liabilities   1,266     1,551
Current portion of contingent consideration   2,747     5,807
Current portion of notes payable and other obligations   18,335     20,734
Total current liabilities   152,862     163,951
Contingent consideration, less current portion   3,984     2,521
Other long-term liabilities   32,097     34,304
Notes payable and other obligations, less current portion   107,931     111,062
Deferred income tax liabilities, net   23,476     25,385
Total liabilities   320,350     337,223
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ equity:      
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value; 5,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and outstanding      
Common stock, $0.01 par value; 45,000,000 shares authorized, 15,495,451 and 15,414,005 shares issued and outstanding as of April 2, 2022 and January 1, 2022, respectively   155     154
Additional paid-in capital   457,894     451,754
Retained earnings   181,454     172,812
Total stockholders’ equity   639,503     624,720
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 959,853   $ 961,943

(in thousands, except share data)

  Three Months Ended
  April 2, 2022   April 3, 2021
Gross revenues $ 190,154     $ 153,095  
Direct costs:      
Salaries and wages   45,977       41,459  
Sub-consultant services   34,825       23,246  
Other direct costs   15,525       9,798  
Total direct costs   96,327       74,503  
Gross profit   93,827       78,592  
Operating expenses:      
Salaries and wages, payroll taxes and benefits   49,767       42,951  
General and administrative   16,387       11,549  
Facilities and facilities related   5,185       5,097  
Depreciation and amortization   9,934       9,440  
Total operating expenses   81,273       69,037  
Income from operations   12,554       9,555  
Interest expense   (914 )     (2,318 )
Income before income tax expense   11,640       7,237  
Income tax expense   (2,998 )     (1,757 )
Net income and comprehensive income $ 8,642     $ 5,480  
Earnings per share:      
Basic $ 0.59     $ 0.43  
Diluted $ 0.57     $ 0.41  
Weighted average common shares outstanding:      
Basic   14,693,323       12,876,822  
Diluted   15,216,105       13,429,102  

(in thousands)

  Three Months Ended
  April 2, 2022   April 3, 2021
Cash flows from operating activities:      
Net income $ 8,642     $ 5,480  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization   11,167       10,542  
Non-cash lease expense   3,092       2,161  
Provision for doubtful accounts   678       (536 )
Stock-based compensation   4,789       3,696  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration         209  
Gain on disposals of property and equipment   (54 )     (530 )
Deferred income taxes   (1,903 )     (2,282 )
Amortization of debt issuance costs   185       227  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of impact of acquisitions:      
Billed receivables   23,211       36,037  
Unbilled receivables   2,042       2,032  
Prepaid expenses and other assets   3,230       (1,114 )
Accounts payable   (7,854 )     (6,332 )
Accrued liabilities   4,684       2,629  
Income taxes payable         3,085  
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts   (5,104 )     (7,241 )
Other current liabilities   (289 )     92  
Net cash provided by operating activities   46,516       48,155  
Cash flows from investing activities:      
Cash paid for acquisitions (net of cash received from acquisitions)   (326 )     (15,007 )
Proceeds from sale of assets         460  
Purchase of property and equipment   (6,044 )     (1,470 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (6,370 )     (16,017 )
Cash flows from financing activities:      
Proceeds from common stock offering         150,000  
Payments on notes payable   (4,581 )     (1,669 )
Payments of contingent consideration   (1,597 )     (150 )
Payments of borrowings from Senior Credit Facility         (143,207 )
Payments of common stock offering costs         (9,044 )
Purchases of common stock tendered by employees to satisfy the required withholding taxes related to stock-based compensation         (52 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (6,178 )     (4,122 )
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents   33,968       28,016  
Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period   47,980       64,909  
Cash and cash equivalents – end of period $ 81,948     $ 92,925  

(in thousands)


    Three Months Ended
    April 2, 2022   April 3, 2021
Net Income $ 8,642     $ 5,480  
Add: Interest expense   914       2,318  
  Income tax expense   2,998       1,757  
  Depreciation and amortization   11,167       10,542  
  Stock-based compensation   4,789       3,696  
  Acquisition-related costs   355       449  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 28,865     $ 24,242  


    Three Months Ended
    April 2, 2022   April 3, 2021
Net Income - per diluted share $ 0.57     $ 0.41  
Per diluted share adjustments:      
Add: Amortization expense of intangible assets and acquisition-related costs   0.57       0.63  
  Income tax expense   (0.15 )     (0.16 )
Adjusted EPS $ 0.99     $ 0.88  

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