Significant Increases in Revenue, CFR, Gross Profit, Operating Profit and Adjusted EBITDA
Backlog Improved to $736.1 Million
Reiterates 2022 Outlook
First Quarter 2022 Overview
- Revenue increased 17.4% to $102.2 million in 2021
- Consulting Fee Revenue (“CFR”) rose 12.5% to $81.4 million from $72.4 million in the prior year period
- New contract awards were $88.0 million, resulting in a book-to-burn ratio of 1.08
- Gross Profit up 16.9% to $31.8 million from $27.2 million in the prior year period
- Operating profit improved to $1.0 million from an operating loss of $(0.2) million in the prior year period; adjusted operating profit improved to $2.4 million from adjusted operating profit of $0.2 million
- Net loss narrowed to $(0.5) million, or $(0.01) per diluted share, from a net loss of $(2.7) million, or $(0.05) per diluted share in the prior year period; adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure) improved to $0.9 million from an adjusted net loss of $(2.4) million
- Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure) increased to $3.2 million from $0.7 million in the same period last year
- Backlog (a non-GAAP measure) at March 31, 2022 rose to $736.1 million from $729.4 million at December 31, 2021 and $681.3 million at March 31, 2021
PHILADELPHIA, May 10, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Hill International, Inc. (NYSE:HIL) (“Hill” or the “Company”), delivering the infrastructure of change, announced today its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022 (“Q1 2022”).
“The momentum we experienced in 2021 continued into the first quarter of 2022 and manifested in our first $80+ million CFR quarter since the first quarter of 2018,” said Raouf Ghali, Hill’s Chief Executive Officer. “We increased gross profit, improved operating income, and reported another strong new bookings quarter. Backlog at quarter’s end rose to $736 million and included a 12-month backlog of $264 million. We have also taken steps to reduce our operating expenses going forward.”
Mr. Ghali continued, “Project activity remains robust, and we are proud to have been engaged in a number of exciting infrastructure projects during the first quarter, including domestic aviation, transit, and highway work. While we continue to monitor global economic and political developments, we remain confident in the resiliency of Hill’s model, our accelerating business development activity, and attractive end-market focus. We look forward to 2022 with great confidence.”
“Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased to $3.2 million, in line with our expectations as the first quarter is generally our slowest quarter of the year,” said Todd Weintraub, Hill’s Chief Financial Officer. “This is also true of cash generation; during the 2022 first quarter, cash used in operations was $(3.3) million, which was a significant improvement from cash used in operations of $(16.7) million in the first quarter of 2021. We expect to generate positive cash flow for the remainder of 2022, and remain confident in our ability to achieve annual CFR of $340 million to $350 million and adjusted EBITDA of $22 million to $24 million.”
Q1 2022 Financial Results Overview
Revenue increased 17.4% to $102.2 million in Q1 2022 from $87.1 million in the first quarter of 2021 (“Q1 2021”) as project activity continues to return to pre-COVID levels. Consulting fee revenue (“CFR”) rose 12.5% to $81.4 million in Q1 2022, from $72.4 million in Q1 2021.
Gross profit in Q1 2022 increased 16.9% to $31.8 million, or 31.1% of total revenue, from $27.2 million, or 31.3% of total revenue, in Q1 2021, driven by higher CFR and improved contract profit margins.
Selling, general, and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses in Q1 2022 rose 6.7% to $29.5 million from $27.7 million in Q1 2021. SG&A included non-recurring and non-cash (income) expenses of $(0.1) million and $0.4 million in Q1 2022 and 2021, respectively. Excluding these non-recurring and non-cash expenses, SG&A expenses in Q1 2022 were $29.6 million, or 91.3% of gross profit, compared to $27.3 million, or 100% of gross profit in Q1 2021. This decline in SG&A as a percentage of gross profit reflected continuing management of expenses to ensure costs grow more slowly than gross profits, resulting in the creation of operating leverage. To that end, the Company has reduced the run rate of G&A expenses by approximately $4 million annually, the initial impact of which is expected to be realized in the current second quarter ending June 30, 2022.
Operating profit for Q1 2022 improved to $1.0 million from an operating loss of $(0.2) million in Q1 2021. Improved gross profit from higher CFR was offset by an increase in foreign currency exchange losses when compared to Q1 2021 and higher SG&A to support the growth of the business. Adjusted operating income, a non-GAAP measure (see definition and reconciliation in the table below) was $2.4 million in Q1 2022, compared to adjusted operating income of $0.2 million in Q1 2021.
Net loss attributable to Hill in Q1 2022 was $(0.5) million, or $(0.01) per diluted share, compared to net loss attributable to Hill of $(2.7) million, or $(0.05) per diluted share, in Q1 2021. This narrowed net loss was due primarily to increased gross profit in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021, partially offset by the negative impact of unrealized foreign exchange losses and higher SG&A in Q1 2022 compared to Q1 2021. Adjusted net income, a non-GAAP measure (see definition and reconciliation in the table below) which excludes the impact of these items, was $0.9 million in Q1 2022, compared to adjusted net loss of $(2.4) million in Q1 2021.
Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure (see definition and reconciliation in the table below) was $3.2 million in Q1 2022, compared to adjusted EBITDA of $0.7 million in Q1 2021. Improved gross profit from higher CFR was partially offset by an increase in labor costs as business activity returns to normal levels and the partial resumption of business travel.
Financial Condition and Backlog
Net cash used in operating activities in Q1 2022 was $(3.3) million compared to $(16.7) million in Q1 2021. Free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure (see definition below) for Q1 2022 was $(4.1) million, which represents net cash used in operating activities, less $0.4 million in purchases of property and equipment during the quarter. Free cash flow during Q1 2021 was $(17.5) million, which represents net cash provided by operating activities, less $0.8 million in property and equipment purchased during the quarter.
Unrestricted cash at March 31, 2022 was $23.9 million compared to unrestricted cash of $21.8 million at December 31, 2021. At March 31, 2022, the Company had approximately $3.9 million in available and undrawn credit facilities and total liquidity was $27.9 million.
Backlog (which is a non-GAAP measure; see definition below) was $736.1 million at March 31, 2022 compared to $729.4 million at December 31, 2020, primarily due to new bookings throughout the year, offset by CFR burn.
2022 Financial Guidance
The Company reiterates its full-year 2022 guidance. For the full year, CFR is expected to be $340 million to $350 million with adjusted EBITDA of $22 million to $24 million.
The following measures below are not measures of financial performance under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”) and should be considered in addition to and not as a substitute for, or superior to, the related measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Backlog represents the Company’s estimate of the amount of uncompleted projects under contract and awards in-hand that are expected to be recognized as CFR in future periods as a component of total revenue. Hill’s backlog is based upon the binding nature of the underlying contract, commitment or letter of intent, and other factors, including the economic, financial and regulatory viability of the project and the likelihood of the contract being extended, renewed or canceled. Although backlog reflects business that the Company considers to be firm, cancellations or scope adjustments may occur. It is an important indicator of future performance and is used by the Company in planning Hill’s operational needs. Backlog is not a measure defined in GAAP and the Company’s methodology for determining backlog may not be comparable to the methodology used by other companies in determining their backlog.
Adjusted Operating Profit (Loss)
Adjusted operating profit (loss) is operating profit (loss), adjusted to exclude non-recurring items and non-cash items including unrealized foreign currency exchange losses (gains), share-based compensation and the write-off of leasehold improvements previously included in property and equipment on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets. The Company believes that adjusted operating profit (loss) is useful to investors and other external users of Hill’s financial statements as a measure of a company’s core ongoing operations, without regard to generally non-recurring items and non-cash activity.
Adjusted Net Income (Loss) Attributable to Hill
Adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hill is net income (loss) attributable to Hill, adjusted to exclude non-recurring and non-cash items including unrealized foreign currency exchange losses (gains), share-based compensation and the write-off of leasehold improvements previously included in property and equipment on the Company’s consolidated balance sheets. The Company believes that adjusted net income (loss) attributable to Hill is useful to investors and other external users of Hill’s financial statements as a measure of a company’s operating performance, without regard to generally non-recurring items and non-cash activity.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”), in addition to operating profit, net income, and other GAAP measures, is a useful indicator of Hill’s financial and operating performance. Investors should recognize that EBITDA might not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. The Company believes that EBITDA is useful to investors and other external users of Hill’s financial statements in evaluating its operating performance because EBITDA is widely used by investors to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items such as interest expense, taxes, and depreciation and amortization, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired.
Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA, adjusted to exclude the impact of certain items, including non-recurring, one-time costs (as presented in the table below) and non-cash items such as unrealized foreign currency exchange losses (benefit) and share-based compensation expense. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA helps its investors and other external users of Hill’s financial statements understanding of a company’s operating performance, without regard to non-recurring and other non-cash activity.
The Company does not provide a reconciliation of its 2022 financial guidance for such non-GAAP measure to GAAP due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliation, including adjustments that could be made for non-recurring, one-time costs and other charges reflected in its reconciliation of historic numbers.
Free Cash Flow
Free cash flow, a non-GAAP measure, includes net cash provided by (used in) continuing operations, less purchases of property and equipment. Free cash flow is a useful indicator that provides additional perspective on Hill’s ability to generate cash that is available to the Company for taxes and other corporate purposes. Investors should recognize that free cash flow might not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies. This measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP.
Management will host a conference call on Wednesday, May 11, 2022 at 9:00 am ET to discuss the results and business activities. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing:
- (877) 407-9753 (Domestic) or
- (201) 493-6739 (International)
The call will also be accessible on the “Investor Relations” section of Hill’s website at www.hillintl.com. Click on “Financial Information” and then “Conferences and Calls”.
About Hill International
Hill International, with more than 3,000 professionals and 100 offices worldwide, provides program management, project management, construction management, project management oversight, facilities management, and other consulting services to clients in a variety of market sectors. Engineering News-Record magazine recently ranked Hill as one of the largest construction management firms in the United States. For more information on Hill, please visit our website at www.hillintl.com.
Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements contained herein may be considered “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and it is our intent that any such statements be protected by the safe harbor created thereby. Except for historical information, the matters set forth herein including, but not limited to, any statements of belief or intent, any statements concerning our plans, strategies, and objectives for future operations are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on our current expectations, estimates and assumptions and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. Although we believe that the expectations, estimates, and assumptions reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in our forward-looking statements are set forth in the Risk Factors section and elsewhere in the reports we have filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including that unfavorable global economic conditions may adversely impact our business, our backlog may not be fully realized as revenue, infrastructure legislation may not be implemented, and our expenses may be higher than anticipated. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement.