Willdan Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 and Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

Willdan Reports Fourth Quarter 2012 and Fiscal Year 2012 Financial Results

ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Willdan Group, Inc. ("Willdan") (Nasdaq: WLDN), today announced financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year 2012 ended December 28, 2012.

For the fourth quarter of 2012, Willdan reported total contract revenue of $22.9 million and net income of $0.3 million, or $0.04 per basic and diluted share.


For the fiscal year ended December 28, 2012, Willdan reported total contract revenue of $93.4 million and a net loss of $17.3 million, or $2.37 per basic and diluted share.

Tom Brisbin, Willdan's Chief Executive Officer, stated: "Our fourth quarter revenue and earnings were in line with our expectations. We continued to carefully manage expenses during the quarter and we generated positive cash flow from operations."

Fourth Quarter 2012 Results

For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, revenue was $22.9 million, down $7.1 million, or 23.5%, from revenue of $30.0 million for the comparable period last year. On a sequential basis, revenue was up $1.4 million, or 6.5%, from the third quarter of 2012. Income from operations was $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, as compared to income from operations of $0.3 million for the comparable period last year. On a sequential basis, income from operations decreased $0.2 million from $1.4 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Net income was $0.3 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, as compared to a net loss of $0.8 million in the comparable period last year and net income of $0.8 million in the third quarter of 2012.

Basic and diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 were $0.04 as compared to basic and diluted loss per share of $0.11 for the comparable period last year.

Willdan generated $0.7 million in cash flow from operations in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012.

Fiscal Year 2012 Results

Revenue for fiscal year 2012 was $93.4 million, a decrease of $13.7 million, or 12.8%, from revenue of $107.2 million for fiscal year 2011. Loss from operations was $19.3 million for fiscal year 2012 as compared to income from operations of $3.4 million for fiscal year 2011. Net loss was $17.3 million for fiscal year 2012, including a $15.2 million goodwill impairment charge, as compared to net income of $1.8 million for fiscal year 2011.

Basic and diluted loss per share for fiscal year 2012 was $2.37, as compared to basic and diluted earnings per share of $0.25 and $0.24, respectively, for fiscal year 2011.

Willdan generated $5.3 million in cash flow from operations in the year ended December 28, 2012.

 Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
In thousands (except EPS data)December 28,

2012

 December 30,

2011

December 28,

2012

 December 30,

2011

Revenue$22,947$30,006$93,443$107,165
 
Income from operations1,225347(19,255)3,401
Interest income265
Interest expense(26)(24)(106)(77)
Other, net7(4)(28)1
Income tax expense (benefit)9081,098(2,083)1,500
Net income (loss)$300$(779)$(17,300)$1,830
 
Earnings (loss) per share
Basic$0.04$(0.11)$(2.37)$0.25
Diluted$0.04$(0.11)$(2.37)$0.24
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic7,3357,2737,3107,262
Diluted7,3437,2737,3107,485
 

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Adjusted EBITDA is a supplemental measure used by Willdan's management to measure its operating performance. Willdan defines Adjusted EBITDA as net (loss) income plus net interest expense, income tax (benefit) expense, depreciation and amortization, goodwill impairment and other non-recurring income and expense items occurring in such period. Willdan's definition of Adjusted EBITDA may differ from those of many companies reporting similarly named measures. This measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, other measures of financial performance prepared in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, such as operating income and net income. Willdan believes Adjusted EBITDA enables management to separate non-recurring income and expense items from its results of operations to provide a more normalized and consistent view of operating performance on a period-to-period basis. Willdan uses Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate its performance for, among other things, budgeting, forecasting and incentive compensation purposes. Willdan also believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors, research analysts, investment bankers and lenders because it removes the impact of certain non-recurring income and expense items from its operational results, which may facilitate comparison of its results from period to period.

Adjusted EBITDA is not a recognized term under GAAP and does not purport to be an alternative to operating income or net income as an indicator of operating performance or any other GAAP measure.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased to $(3.3) million for fiscal year 2012 from $4.3 million for fiscal year 2011.

The following is a reconciliation of net (loss) income to Adjusted EBITDA:

In thousands Twelve Months Ended
December 28,

2012

 December 30,

2011

 
Net (loss) income$(17,300)$1,830
Interest income(6)(5)
Interest expense10677
Income tax (benefit) expense(2,083)1,500
Lease abandonment expense262
Depreciation and amortization737944
Impairment of goodwill15,208
Loss on sale of assets182
Adjusted EBITDA$(3,294)$4,350
 

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Willdan had $10.0 million in cash and cash equivalents at December 28, 2012, compared with $3.0 million at December 30, 2011. Willdan has a $5.0 million revolving line of credit with Wells Fargo Bank, National Association ("Wells Fargo"), with $3.0 million in outstanding borrowings at December 28, 2012. In addition, the revolving line of credit is scheduled to expire on April 1, 2013. Wells Fargo may also refuse to renew the facility when it expires on April 1, 2013 and if they do so, Willdan will have to repay the outstanding balance of $3.0 million.

Willdan is currently in breach of the net income covenant in its revolving line of credit because it did not have net income of at least $250,000 measured on a rolling four quarter basis and it sustained net losses for two consecutive quarters in the past year. Additionally, Willdan's ratio of funded debt to EBITDA exceeds the limits permitted under the line of credit. Because of these covenant breaches, Willdan's ability to borrow additional funds under the line of credit is currently subject to Wells Fargo's discretion. Although Willdan is seeking a waiver from Wells Fargo for the current breach of the covenants and to extend the maturity of the line of credit, Wells Fargo is not obligated to provide any waiver or modify the terms of the agreement and could choose to increase the interest rate of the outstanding indebtedness, accelerate the loans outstanding under the line of credit and/or terminate its commitments under the line of credit.

Conference Call and Webcast

Chief Executive Officer Thomas Brisbin and Chief Financial Officer Kimberly Gant plan to host a conference call today, March 26, 2013, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern/2:00 p.m. Pacific, to discuss Willdan's financial results.

Interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 877-941-0844 (480-629-9835 for international callers). When prompted, ask for the "Willdan Group, Inc., Fourth Quarter 2012 Conference Call." The conference call will be webcast simultaneously on Willdan's website at www.willdan.com under Investors: Events.

The telephonic replay of the conference call may be accessed approximately two hours after the call through April 9, 2013, by dialing 800-358-3474 (303-590-3030 for international callers). The replay access code is 4599738. The webcast replay will be archived for 12 months.

About Willdan Group, Inc.

Founded in 1964, Willdan is a provider of professional technical and consulting services to public agencies at all levels of government, public and private utilities and commercial and industrial firms. Willdan provides a broad range of services to clients throughout the United States, including engineering and planning, energy efficiency and sustainability, economic and financial consulting, and national preparedness and interoperability. For additional information, visit Willdan's website at www.willdan.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor Statement: Statements in this press release which are not purely historical, including statements regarding Willdan's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations, representations, projections, estimates, plans or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the risk that Willdan will not be able to expand its services or meet the needs of customers in markets in which it operates. It is important to note that Willdan's actual results could differ materially from those in any such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially include, but are not limited to, a slowdown in the local and regional economies of the states where Willdan conducts business and the loss of or inability to hire additional qualified professionals. Willdan's business could be affected by a number of other factors, including the risk factors listed from time to time in Willdan's SEC reports including, but not limited to, the Annual Report on Form 10-K to be filed for the year ended December 28, 2012. Willdan cautions investors not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements contained in this press release. Willdan disclaims any obligation to, and does not undertake to, update or revise any forward-looking statements in this press release.

  
WILLDAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
 
December 28,
2012
December 30,
2011
Assets  
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$10,006,000$3,001,000
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $303,000 and $421,000

at December 28, 2012 and December 30, 2011, respectively

15,484,00016,782,000
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts9,860,00020,672,000
Other receivables95,000175,000
Prepaid expenses and other current assets1,782,0001,724,000
Total current assets37,227,00042,354,000
 
Equipment and leasehold improvements, net979,0001,217,000
Goodwill15,208,000
Other intangible assets, net12,00049,000
Other assets307,000383,000
Deferred income taxes3,452,0005,100,000
Total assets$41,977,000$64,311,000
 
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
Current liabilities:
Excess of outstanding checks over bank balance$1,188,000$1,777,000
Borrowings under line of credit3,000,000256,000
Accounts payable6,983,0008,182,000
Accrued liabilities5,306,00010,192,000
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts3,419,000752,000
Current portion of notes payable628,000600,000
Current portion of capital lease obligations152,000163,000
Current portion of deferred income taxes3,452,0007,349,000
Total current liabilities24,128,00029,271,000
 
Notes payable, less current portion77,000
Capital lease obligations, less current portion124,000136,000
Deferred lease obligations374,000534,000
Total liabilities24,626,00030,018,000
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
Stockholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 shares authorized, no shares issued and

outstanding

Common stock, $0.01 par value, 40,000,000 shares authorized; 7,335,000 and 7,274,000

shares issued and outstanding at December 28, 2012 and December 30, 2011, respectively

73,00073,000
Additional paid-in capital34,423,00034,065,000
Accumulated (deficit) earnings(17,145,000)155,000
Total stockholders' equity17,351,00034,293,000
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$41,977,000$64,311,000
 
 
WILLDAN GROUP, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
 
Fiscal Year
2012 2011 2010
 
Contract revenue$93,443,000$107,165,000$77,896,000
 
Direct costs of contract revenue (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown separately below):
Salaries and wages23,218,00025,714,00021,607,000
Subconsultant services and other direct costs35,741,00039,013,00020,415,000
Total direct costs of contract revenue58,959,00064,727,00042,022,000
 
General and administrative expenses:
Salaries and wages, payroll taxes and employee benefits22,421,00022,594,00017,582,000
Facilities and facility related4,871,0004,875,0004,290,000
Stock-based compensation227,000201,000235,000
Depreciation and amortization671,000877,0001,042,000
Lease abandonment (recovery), net26,0002,000 Read Full Story

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