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[January 29, 2014]

Tetra Tech Reports First Quarter Results

PASADENA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--

Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) today announced results for the fiscal 2014 first quarter ended December 29, 2013.

First Quarter Results

Revenue in the quarter was $645.8 million compared to $658.5 million in the first quarter last year. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs1, was $483.0 million compared to $497.2 million in the first quarter last year. Operating income was $43.7 million, up 4.6% compared to $41.8 million in the first quarter last year. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.42, up 2.4% compared to $0.41 in the first quarter last year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA2), were $59.4 million, up 9.9% compared to $54.1 million in the first quarter last year. Backlog was $1.9 billion for the first quarter, up slightly from the prior quarter. Cash generated from operations was $41.7 million, up 135.0% compared to $17.8 million in the first quarter last year.

The Board has authorized the amendment of the Company's stock repurchase program to revise the pricing grids and to commit $30 million of the $100 million authorized buyback to be expended prior to the end of Company's fiscal year. The $30 million committed amount will offset the Company's share dilution from equity awards. It is the Board's intent to re-authorize a repurchase program which offsets annual dilution.

Tetra Tech's Chairman and CEO, Dan Batrack commented, "We had a solid first quarter, in line with our expectations. Work for oil & gas clients, which grew organically over 20%, continues to be our strongest market. In addition, the recently passed U.S. federal spending bill provides more certainty for our government business outlook. Our focus on water and the environment continues to differentiate us in the marketplace. Cash generation has consistently exceeded net income, enabling us to commit $30 million this year to offset dilution from equity awards without impacting the Company's M&A strategy."

1 Tetra Tech's revenue includes a significant amount of subcontractor costs and, therefore, the Company believes revenue, net of subcontractor costs, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, provides a valuable perspective on its business results.

2 EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company believes EBITDA is a useful representation of operating performance because of significant amounts of acquisition-related non-cash amortization expense. A table reconciling net income attributable to Tetra Tech to EBITDA can be found at the end of this release.

Business Outlook

The following statements are based on current expectations. These statements are forward-looking and the actual results could differ materially. These statements do not include the potential impact of transactions that may be completed or developments that become evident after the date of this release. The Business Outlook section should be read in conjunction with the information on forward-looking statements at the end of this release.

Tetra Tech expects diluted EPS for the second quarter of fiscal 2014 to be in the range of $0.37 to $0.42. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs, for the second quarter is expected to range from $450 million to $500 million. Fiscal 2014 guidance remains unchanged. Diluted EPS is expected to range from $1.60 to $1.80 and cash EPS3 is expected to range from $2.30 to $2.60. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs, for fiscal 2014 is expected to range from $2.1 billion to $2.3 billion.




 
In thousands (except EPS data) Three Months Ended
December 29, 2013   December 30, 2012
Revenue $ 645,848 $ 658,545
Subcontractor costs   (162,857 )   (161,347 )
Revenue, net of subcontractor costs 482,991 497,198
Operating income 43,718 41,809
Interest expense (2,424 ) (1,185 )
Income tax expense   (13,967 )   (14,228 )
Net income including noncontrolling interests 27,327 26,396
Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (12 )   (172 )
Net income attributable to Tetra Tech $ 27,315   $ 26,224  
 

 

Earnings per share attributable to Tetra Tech:

 

 

Basic

$ 0.43   $ 0.41  
Diluted $ 0.42   $ 0.41  
 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding:
Basic 64,227 63,864
Diluted 65,048 64,608
 

Webcast

Investors will have the opportunity to access a live audio-visual webcast and supplemental financial information concerning the first quarter results through a link posted on the Company's website at www.tetratech.com on January 30, 2014 at 8:00 a.m. (PST).

3 Cash EPS defined as cash flow from operations divided by diluted shares outstanding. Cash EPS is a non-GAAP financial measure that provides a valuable perspective on the Company's financial results.

About Tetra Tech (www.tetratech.com)

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction management, and technical services. The Company supports government and commercial clients by providing innovative solutions to complex problems focused on water, environment, energy, infrastructure, and natural resources. With more than 14,000 staff worldwide, Tetra Tech's capabilities span the entire project life cycle.

 

Tetra Tech, Inc.

Regulation G Information
Reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA
 

In thousands

 

Three Months Ended

December 29,

2013

  December 30,

2012

Net income attributable to Tetra Tech $ 27,315 $ 26,224
Interest expense 2,424 1,185
Income tax expense 13,967 14,228
Depreciation 7,129 6,808
Amortization   8,581   5,633
EBITDA $ 59,416 $ 54,078
 

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include information concerning future events and the future financial performance of Tetra Tech that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are urged to read the documents filed by Tetra Tech with the SEC (News - Alert), specifically the most recent reports on Form 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K, each as it may be amended from time to time, which identify risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Among the important factors or risks that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this release are: worldwide political and economic uncertainties; fluctuations in annual revenue, expenses and operating results; the cyclicality in demand for our overall services; the cyclicality in demand for mining services; the cyclicality in demand for oil and gas services; concentration of revenues from U.S. government agencies and potential funding disruptions by these agencies; violations of U.S. government contractor regulations; dependence on winning or renewing U.S. government contracts; the delay or unavailability of public funding on U.S. government contracts; the U.S. government's right to modify, delay, curtail or terminate contracts at its convenience; credit risks associated with certain commercial clients; risks associated with international operations; the failure to comply with worldwide anti-bribery laws; the failure to comply with domestic and international export laws; the failure to properly manage projects; the loss of key personnel or the inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the use of estimates and assumptions in the preparation of financial statements; the ability to maintain adequate workforce utilization; the use of the percentage-of-completion method of accounting; the inability to accurately estimate and control contract costs; the failure to win or renew contracts with private and public sector clients; acquisition strategy and integration risks; goodwill or other intangible asset impairment; growth strategy management; backlog cancellation and adjustments; the failure of partners to perform on joint projects; the failure of subcontractors to satisfy their obligations; requirements to pay liquidated damages based on contract performance; changes in resource management, environmental or infrastructure industry laws, regulations or programs; changes in capital markets and the access to capital; credit agreement covenants; industry competition; liability related to legal proceedings, investigations and disputes; the availability of third-party insurance coverage; the ability to obtain adequate bonding; the failure to adequately recover on our claims for additional contract costs; employee, agent or partner misconduct; employee risks related to international travel; safety programs; conflict of interest issues; liabilities relating to reports and opinions; liabilities relating to environmental laws and regulations; force majeure events; protection of intellectual property rights; the interruption of systems and information technology; the ability to impede a business combination based on Delaware law and charter documents; and stock price volatility. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to Tetra Tech, which is subject to change. Although any such projections and the factors influencing them will likely change, Tetra Tech will not necessarily update the information, since Tetra Tech will only provide guidance at certain points during the year. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since such information speaks only as of the date of this release.


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