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Tetra Tech Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Fiscal 2021 Results

11/17/2021
  • Record quarterly results
    • Fourth quarter revenue $892 million, up 18% Y/Y
    • Fourth quarter net revenue $709 million, up 20% Y/Y
    • Fourth quarter EPS $1.52, up 85% Y/Y and Adjusted EPS $1.05, up 15% Y/Y
  • Record backlog of $3.48 billion

PASADENA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK), a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services, today announced results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended October 3, 2021.

Fourth Quarter Results

Tetra Tech achieved record quarterly results with all-time highs for revenue, net revenue, earnings and backlog. Revenue in the fourth quarter totaled $892 million and revenue, net of subcontractor costs (net revenue)1, was $709 million, up 18% and 20% year-over-year, respectively. Earnings per share (“EPS”) was $1.52 on a GAAP basis and adjusted EPS1 was $1.05, up 85% and 15% year-over-year, respectively. Cash generated from operations was $78 million, up 15% year-over-year. Backlog at the end of the quarter was a record $3.48 billion, up 7% year-over-year and sequentially.

Quarterly Dividend and Share Repurchase Program

On November 15, 2021, Tetra Tech’s Board of Directors declared a $0.20 per share dividend, an 18% increase over the prior year, payable on December 20, 2021, to stockholders of record as of December 2, 2021. In the fourth quarter, Tetra Tech repurchased $15 million of common stock. On October 7, 2021, the Company announced an additional $400 million share repurchase program. Together with the $148 million remaining under the previously approved program at the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, the Company had $548 million available for share repurchases.

Fiscal Year Results

Tetra Tech also achieved record annual results with all-time highs for revenue, net revenue, earnings and cash flow. Revenue for fiscal 2021 totaled $3.21 billion and net revenue was $2.55 billion. EPS was $4.26 and adjusted EPS was $3.79. Cash generated from operations of $304 million was up 16% compared to the previous year. The strong cash flow enabled the Company to return $100 million to shareholders in fiscal 2021 through a combination of share repurchases and dividends, while continuing to invest in strategic acquisitions and de-leveraging to a net debt ratio of 0.2x 2.

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1 Non-GAAP financial measures which the Company believes provide valuable perspectives on its business results. Refer to Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Items.

2 The net debt leverage ratio is defined as total debt less cash and cash equivalents divided by 12-month adjusted EBITDA. Refer to Regulation G Information and Reconciliation of GAAP and non-GAAP Items.

Chairman and CEO Comments

Tetra Tech’s Chairman and CEO, Dan Batrack, commented, “Tetra Tech finished a record fiscal year 2021 with fourth quarter net revenue growth of 20% while generating significantly higher operating income and cash flow compared to last year. We continue to see increasing demand for our differentiated high-end critical water and environmental consulting services augmented by technology and advanced data analytics, which drove increases in net revenue across all four of our client sectors. In 2021, we further advanced our Leading with Science® growth strategy with the acquisition of industry-leading consulting and technology firms that enhance our global technical capabilities. Increased orders across our end-markets drove our backlog to an all-time high, providing a solid foundation for even better performance in 2022.”

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 EPS for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 to range from $0.98 to $1.03 and net revenue to range from $630 million to $680 million. For fiscal 2022, Tetra Tech expects EPS to range from $4.00 to $4.20, and net revenue to range from $2.60 billion to $2.80 billion. 3

Webcast

Investors will have the opportunity to access a live audio-visual webcast and supplemental financial information concerning the fourth quarter and fiscal 2021 results through a link posted on the Company’s website at tetratech.com on November 18, 2021, at 8:00 a.m. (PT).

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3 Reconciliation of the net revenue guidance to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is not available without unreasonable efforts because the Company cannot predict the magnitude and timing of all the components required to provide such reconciliation with sufficient precision.

Reconciliation of GAAP and Non-GAAP Items

In thousands (except EPS data)

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Fiscal Year Ended

 

Oct. 3,

2021

 

Sep. 27,

2020

 

%

Y/Y

 

Oct. 3,

2021

 

Sep. 27,

2020

 

%

Y/Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenue

$

892,012

 

 

$

753,364

 

 

18

%

 

$

3,213,513

 

 

$

2,994,891

 

 

7

%

Subcontractor costs

 

(182,879

)

 

 

(163,550

)

 

 

 

 

(661,341

)

 

 

(646,319

)

 

 

Net revenue

$

709,133

 

 

$

589,814

 

 

20

%

 

$

2,552,172

 

 

$

2,348,572

 

 

9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EPS

$

1.52

 

 

$

0.82

 

 

85

%

 

$

4.26

 

 

$

3.16

 

 

35

%

Purchase accounting

 

(0.04

)

 

 

0.11

 

 

 

 

 

(0.04

)

 

 

0.11

 

 

 

Non-recurring tax items

 

(0.43

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.43

)

 

 

 

 

 

Non-core dispositions

 

 

 

 

(0.02

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(0.12

)

 

 

COVID-19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

0.11

 

 

 

Adjusted EPS

$

1.05

 

 

$

0.91

 

 

15

%

 

$

3.79

 

 

$

3.26

 

 

16

%

 

 

Oct. 3,

2021

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

$

12,504

 

Long-term debt

 

200,000

 

Less: Cash and cash equivalents

 

(166,568

)

Net debt

$

45,936

 

 

 

Trailing 12-month EBITDA

$

299,212

 

 

 

Net debt leverage ratio

0.2x

About Tetra Tech

Tetra Tech is a leading provider of high-end consulting and engineering services for projects worldwide. With 21,000 associates working together, Tetra Tech provides clear solutions to complex problems in water, environment, sustainable infrastructure, renewable energy, and international development. We are Leading with Science® to provide sustainable and resilient solutions for our clients. For more information about Tetra Tech, please visit tetratech.com, follow us on Twitter (@TetraTech), or like us on Facebook.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The use of words such as "anticipate," "expect," "could," "may," "intend," "plan" and "believe," among others, generally identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are based on currently available operating, financial, economic and other information, and are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. A variety of factors, many of which are beyond our control, could cause actual future results or events to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements in this release, including but not limited to: the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; continuing worldwide political and economic uncertainties; the U.S. Administration’s potential changes to fiscal policies; the cyclicality in demand for our overall services; the fluctuation in demand for oil and gas, and mining services; risks related to international operations; concentration of revenues from U.S. government agencies and potential funding disruptions by these agencies; 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; compliance with government procurement laws and regulations; credit risks associated with certain clients in certain geographic areas or industries; acquisition strategy and integration risks; goodwill or other intangible asset impairment; 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 ability of our employees to obtain government granted eligibility; 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 adequately recover on our claims for additional contract costs; the failure to win or renew contracts with private and public sector clients; growth strategy management; backlog cancellation and adjustments; risks relating to cyber security breaches; 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; the adoption of new legal requirements; 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; 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; stock price volatility; the ability to impede a business combination based on Delaware law and charter documents; and other risks and uncertainties as may be described in Tetra Tech’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those described in the “Risk Factors” section of Tetra Tech’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 27, 2020, and Tetra Tech’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q for fiscal year 2021, as well as in Tetra Tech’s other filings with the SEC. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since such information speaks only as of the date of this release. Tetra Tech does not intend to update forward-looking statements and expressly disclaims any obligation to do so.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement the financial results presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”), we present certain non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We provide these non-GAAP financial measures because we believe they provide a valuable perspective on our financial results. However, non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation and are not in accordance with, or a substitute for, GAAP measures. In addition, other companies may define non-GAAP measures differently which limits the ability of investors to compare non-GAAP measures of Tetra Tech to those used by our peer companies. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures is included in this release.

Jim Wu, Investor Relations
Charlie MacPherson, Media & Public Relations
(626) 470-2844

Source: Tetra Tech, Inc.

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