AECOM reports second-quarter fiscal year 2013 results

AECOM reports second-quarter fiscal year 2013 results

Quarter Highlights*

  • Fourth consecutive quarter of free cash flow in excess of net income.
  • Backlog of $17.1 billion with $2 billion in new wins.
  • EBITDA margin of 8.2 percent improved sequentially and year over year.
  • Company invests $65 million to repurchase 2 million shares.
  • Reported EPS of $0.53, up 23 percent.
  • Full-year targeted diluted EPS range of $2.40 to $2.50.

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AECOM Technology Corporation (NYS: ACM) reported second-quarter revenue of $2.0 billion, and revenue, net of other direct costs1, of $1.3 billion. Operating income of $80 million and reported net income2 of $54 million both increased 10 percent, and diluted earnings per share of $0.53 were up 23 percent.

    Second Quarter   Year-to-Date
($ in millions, except EPS)   Q2 FY12   Q2 FY13   

YOY % Change




Q2 YTD FY 13


YOY % Change

Gross Revenue   2,011   1,990   (1)   4,040   4,007   (1)
Net Service Revenue1   1,290   1,252   (3)   2,520   2,497   (1)
Operating Income   73   80   10   150   142   (5)
Net Income2   49   54   10   97   92   (5)
Earnings per Share2   0.43   0.53   23   0.85   0.88   4
Operating Cash Flow   11   85   646   5   152   NM
Free Cash Flow3   (2)   74   NM   (27)   128   NM

*All comparisons are year over year unless noted otherwise.

"During the quarter, we executed well against our long-term objectives, including continued expansion in emerging markets and an improved mix of higher-margin technical and construction services," said John M. Dionisio, AECOM chairman and chief executive officer. "We booked $2 billion in new wins, which contributed to our $17.1 billion in backlog. We saw strength in emerging markets — such as civil infrastructure in Asia as well as transportation and construction services in the Middle East — and we continued to drive improvements in our Management Support Services business, which included actions to diversify that operation for sustained growth and profitability. Given these results, we are reaffirming our full-year EPS guidance range of $2.40 to $2.50."

"This was our fourth consecutive quarter of free cash flow in excess of net income, as our working-capital initiatives continue to improve returns, drive long-term value and support our capital-allocation priorities," said Michael S. Burke, AECOM president. "We invested $65 million to repurchase 2 million shares, which brings our year-to-date total to $238 million invested to repurchase 10 million shares. We also made organic investments to advance our long-term strategy, such as the first investment by our AECOM Capital fund, which is structured to make direct investments in real estate and public-private opportunities that can benefit from our comprehensive service offerings."

New Wins and Backlog

New wins of $2 billion were driven by strength in the company's construction and transportation end markets, particularly in North America. The company's book-to-burn ratio4 was 1.0 for the quarter, maintaining total backlog at March 31, 2013, of $17.1 billion. These metrics demonstrate the underlying strength of AECOM's business as clients increasingly turn to the company for its integrated service platform and global expertise.

Tax Rate

The company's second-quarter effective tax rate of 20.6 percent, inclusive of non-controlling interest deduction, reflects the impact in the quarter of the reenactment of research and design tax credits in the U.S. The company expects its full-year effective tax rate to be 27 percent.

Cash Flow

Cash flow from operations for the quarter was $85 million. Free cash flow, which includes capital expenditures of $12 million, totaled $74 million. Days sales outstanding (DSOs) improved by 7 days to 91 in the quarter. The company reconfirmed that it is well positioned to meet its fiscal 2013 target of generating free cash flow equal to or in excess of its net income.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2013, AECOM had $628 million of total cash and cash equivalents, $1.3 billion of debt and $1.05 billion in committed bank facilities with $717 million in unused capacity.

Business Segments

In addition to providing consolidated financial results, AECOM reports separate financial information for its two segments: Professional Technical Services (PTS) and Management Support Services (MSS).

Professional Technical Services

The PTS segment delivers planning, consulting, architecture and engineering design, as well as program and construction management services to institutional, commercial and public sector clients worldwide.

Revenue of $1.77 billion declined 2 percent, and revenue, net of other direct costs, declined 5 percent to $1.11 billion, as declines in Australia and the Americas were only partially offset by growth in Asia. Profitability increased 6 percent aided by broad-based improvements in operating leverage and efficiencies.

Management Support Services

The MSS segment provides program and facilities management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance and systems integration services, primarily for agencies of the U.S. government.

Revenue increased 7 percent to $224 million, and revenue, net of other direct costs, increased 12 percent to $142 million driven by growth in the Middle East. Operating income increased over 450 percent to $11 million, aided by improved project performance and cost structure. The company continues to expect full-year operating income, on an adjusted basis5, to double versus last year.

Fiscal 2013 Outlook

AECOM's target EPS range for fiscal 2013 is $2.40 to $2.50. EPS guidance is based on a full-year diluted share count of 103 million shares, which reflects the impact of shares repurchased through the end of the second fiscal quarter. The company expects its full-year effective tax rate to be 27 percent.

Five-Year Free Cash Flow Target

AECOM reaffirms its five-year free cash flow target of $1.3 billion to $1.8 billion. This target is based on a range of assumptions related to growth, profitability and working capital requirements.

AECOM is hosting a conference call today at 11 a.m. EDT, during which management will make a brief presentation focusing on the company's results, strategies and operating trends. Interested parties can listen to the conference call and view accompanying slides via webcast at The webcast will be available for replay following the call.

1 AECOM's revenue includes a significant amount of pass-through costs and, therefore, the company believes that revenue, net of other direct costs (net service revenue), which is a non-GAAP measure, also provides a meaningful perspective on its business results. See the accompanying reconciliation of revenue, net of other direct costs, to revenue, the closest comparable GAAP measure.
2Attributable to AECOM.
3Free cash flow is defined as cash flow from operations less capital expenditures and is a non-GAAP measure. See the accompanying reconciliation of free cash flow from operations, the closest comparable GAAP measure.
4Book-to-burn ratio is defined as the amount of new business divided by gross revenue recognized during the period.
5Adjusted operating income excludes the impact of the goodwill impairment charge taken in fiscal 2012.


AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 45,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 140 countries and had revenue of $8.2 billion during the 12 months ended March 31, 2013. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact are "forward-looking statements" for purposes of federal and state securities laws, including any projections of earnings, revenue, profit margins, cash flows, share count or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives for future operations; and any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance. Although we believe that the expectations 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, performance and achievements, or industry results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in forward-looking statements include: uncertainties related to global economic conditions and funding, audits, modifications and termination of long-term government contracts; losses under fixed-price contracts; limited control over operations run through our joint venture entities; misconduct by our employees or consultants or our failure to comply with laws or regulations; failure to successfully execute our merger and acquisition strategy; the failure to retain and recruit key technical and management personnel; and unexpected adjustments and cancellations related to our backlog. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements are set forth in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement.

This press release contains financial information calculated other than in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). In particular, the company believes that non-GAAP financial measures such as revenue, net of other direct costs, backlog, and free cash flow also provide a meaningful perspective on its business results as the company utilizes this information to evaluate and manage the business. This non-GAAP disclosure has limitations as an analytical tool, should not be viewed as a substitute for financial information determined in accordance with GAAP, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the company's results as reported under GAAP, nor is it necessarily comparable to non-GAAP performance measures that may be presented by other companies.

AECOM Technology Corporation
Consolidated Statements of Income
(unaudited - in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months EndedSix Months Ended
March 31,   March 31,   %March 31,   March 31,   %
Other direct costs737,807721,4512.3%1,510,0611,519,782(0.6%)
Revenue, net of other direct costs (non-GAAP)1,251,8391,289,500(2.9%)2,496,8572,520,349(0.9%)
Cost of revenue, net of other direct costs1,151,9961,213,383(5.1%)2,318,8962,353,886(1.5%)
Gross profit99,84376,11731.2%177,961166,4636.9%
Equity in earnings of joint ventures7,84616,898(53.6%)13,76125,860(46.8%)
General and administrative expenses(27,253)(19,857)37.2%(49,355)(42,468)16.2%
Income from operations80,43673,1589.9%142,367149,855(5.0%)
Other income1564,852(96.8%)8277,121(88.4%)
Interest expense(11,855)(11,585)2.3%(22,776)(22,549)1.0%
Income before income tax expense68,73766,4253.5%120,418134,427(10.4%)
Income tax expense13,96116,769(16.7%)26,66436,347(26.6%)
Net income54,77649,65610.3%93,75498,080(4.4%)
Noncontrolling interests in income of consolidated subsidiaries, net of tax(965)(662)45.8%(1,834)(1,155)58.8%
Net income attributable to AECOM$53,811$48,9949.8%$91,920$96,925(5.2%)
Net income attributable to AECOM per share:
Weighted average shares outstanding:
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