Stantec continues momentum with record third quarter adjusted diluted EPS of $0.72, a 16.1% increase, and return to organic growth
11/03/2021 EDMONTON, AB; NEW YORK, NY TSX, NYSE:STN
11/03/2021 EDMONTON, AB; NEW YORK, NY TSX, NYSE:STN
Stantec (TSX, NYSE:STN), a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, today reported its results for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2021. Unless otherwise indicated, financial figures are expressed in Canadian dollars, and comparisons are to the prior periods ended September 30, 2020.
Stantec delivered record quarterly earnings on the strength of a return to organic net revenue growth and a 200 basis points increase in gross margin. Organic net revenue growth for the quarter was 1.4% (3.3% without the impact of the descoped role on the Trans Mountain Expansion Project (TMEP)) reflecting organic growth of 10.6% in Global and 1.1% (8.0% excluding TMEP) in Canada. The US demonstrated significant progress toward growth as the market continues to recover and notified awards began to move into backlog and revenue.
“As demonstrated by our record Q3 results, our business continues to perform extremely well,” said Gord Johnston, President and CEO. “In Q3, we returned to organic growth, with Canada and Global firing on all cylinders, while our US backlog climbed 5% organically in the quarter to achieve a record level in native currency. This, coupled with the anticipated US Federal government infrastructure stimulus program and our recently announced acquisition of Cardno’s North America and Asia Pacific engineering and consulting businesses, provides strong tailwinds as we move into 2022.”
Q3 2021 Highlights
Stantec reported record adjusted diluted EPS of $0.72 in Q3 2021, a $0.10 per share or 16.1% increase from $0.62 in Q3 2020. This was driven by a continued focus on gross margin improvement, the ongoing execution of the 2023 Real Estate Strategy (which is on track to deliver $0.10 per share in 2021), lower interest expense from improved working capital management and the issuance of Senior Notes in October 2020, and reduced taxes from the implementation of tax optimization strategies.
The Canadian dollar has strengthened considerably relative to the US dollar year-over-year, with the average exchange rate shifting to $1.26 in Q3 2021 from USD/CAD $1.34 in Q3 2020. This reduced Q3 net revenues by
$25.4 million. Stantec further estimates that the impact to adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS was approximately $2.5 million, $1.0 million and $0.01, respectively.
Webcast & Conference Call
Stantec will host a live webcast and conference call on Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 7:00 AM Mountain Time (9:00 AM Eastern Time) to discuss the Company’s third quarter performance. The webcast and slide presentation can be accessed at the following link: https://edge.media-server.com/mmc/p/9ep3uj9w
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The conference call and slideshow presentation will be broadcast live and archived in their entirety in the Investors section.
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Stantec’s EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted basic and diluted earnings per share, adjusted return on invested capital, and net debt to adjusted EBITDA are non-IFRS measures. For a definition and explanation of non-IFRS measures, refer to the Critical Accounting Estimates, Developments, and Measures section of the Company’s Management's Discussion and Analysis for this quarter and the reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial Measures appended hereto.
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this news release include, but are not limited to, Stantec's projections regarding the impact of the Paleo Solutions, Cardno Select Assets, and Driven by Values acquisitions on ongoing operations, Stantec’s net revenue growth projections, continued market recovery in the US in relation to the pandemic, and any projections related to revenue, gross margin, utilization and days sales outstanding. Any such statements represent the views of management only as of the date hereof and are presented for the purpose of assisting the Company’s shareholders in understanding Stantec’s operations, objectives, priorities, and anticipated financial performance as at and for the periods ended on the dates presented and may not be appropriate for other purposes. By their nature, forward-looking statements require management to make assumptions and are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties. Stantec's assumptions relating to Stantec's Annual Targets for 2021 and Stantec's 2021 Outlook are provided in the Company’s 2020 Annual Report and Management's Discussion and Analysis for this quarter.
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