Stantec announces record 2022 earnings, raises dividend by 8.3%, and provides 2023 outlook
02/22/2023 EDMONTON, AB; NEW YORK, NY TSX, NYSE:STN
02/22/2023 EDMONTON, AB; NEW YORK, NY TSX, NYSE:STN
Stantec, a global leader in sustainable design and engineering, today reported its results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022, and provided its 2023 outlook.
Stantec achieved record financial results and delivered another solid year of excellent performance in 2022. Net revenue increased $821 million to $4.5 billion driven by 9.4% organic growth1 and 12.3% acquisition growth1. All of Stantec's business operating units and geographic regions delivered net organic growth. Continued focus on strong project execution and operational excellence drove record adjusted EBITDA margin1 of 16.2%, diluted earnings per share ("EPS") of $2.22, and adjusted diluted EPS of $3.13.
In the fourth quarter of 2022, Stantec grew net revenue 23.4% to $1.1 billion through strong organic growth of 10.6% and 9.8% acquisition growth. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 150 basis points to 17.0% compared to the fourth quarter of 2021, while diluted EPS was $0.66 and adjusted diluted EPS increased 43.9% to $0.82.
“For the second consecutive year, we achieved record financial results, and I am extremely pleased that we outperformed our revenue and earnings guidance for 2022 on the strength of our outstanding fourth quarter performance,” said Gord Johnston, President and CEO. “I am also very proud that Stantec has again been ranked as one of the most sustainable companies in the world. These remarkable achievements are attributed to the dedication and passion of our employees. With the Cardno integration behind us, we expect our strong financial momentum to continue throughout 2023 and the years ahead.”
 Adjusted diluted EPS, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin are non-IFRS measures, and organic growth and acquisition growth are other financial measures (discussed in the Definitions section of Stantec's 2022 Annual Report).
“Stantec is well positioned for another year of solid growth,” said Mr. Johnston. “Significant backlog and strong tailwinds of public and private investment, along with Stantec’s focus on project execution and operational efficiencies, support Stantec’s confidence for delivering on our strategic plan and 2023 targets.”
For 2023, Stantec has established the following targets and expectations.
Stantec expects that net revenue growth will increase 7% - 11% in 2023, with net revenue organic growth in the mid- to high-single digits. Organic growth in the US is expected to be in the high single digits to low double digits, driven by growing momentum as reflected in record-high US backlog and continuing project opportunities arising from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the CHIPS and Science Act, and the Inflation Reduction Act. Growth from the IIJA is expected to be slower in the first half of the year and to accelerate in the second half of the year. After another year of robust organic growth in Canada in 2022, Stantec expects to maintain high levels of activity, moderating to organic growth in the low single digits. Organic growth in Global is expected to achieve mid- to high-single digit growth driven by continued high levels of activity in its UK Water business under the ongoing Asset Management Program, and demand and stimulus in environmental services and infrastructure sectors.
On Thursday, February 23, 2023, at 7:00 AM Mountain Time (9:00 AM Eastern Time), Gord Johnston, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Theresa Jang, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will hold a conference call to discuss the company’s fourth quarter and year end 2022 performance.
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Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures
Stantec reports its financial results in accordance with IFRS. However, in this press release, the following non-IFRS and other financial measures are used by the company: adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share (EPS), adjusted return on invested capital (ROIC), net debt to adjusted EBITDA, days sales outstanding (DSO), margin (percentage of net revenue), organic growth (retraction), acquisition growth, and measures described as on a constant currency basis and the impact of foreign exchange or currency fluctuations, as well as measures and ratios calculated using these non-IFRS or other financial measures. Additional disclosure for these non-IFRS and other financial measures, incorporated by reference, is included in the Definitions of Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures section of the 2022 Annual Report, available on SEDAR at SEDAR.com, EDGAR at sec.gov, and the Company's website at stantec.com and the reconciliation of Non-IFRS Financial Measures appended hereto.
These non-IFRS and other financial measures do not have a standardized meaning under IFRS and, therefore, may not be comparable similar measures presented by other issuers. Management believes that, in addition to conventional measures prepared in accordance with IFRS, these non-IFRS and other financial measures provide useful information to investors to assist them in understanding components of Stantec's financial results. These measures should not be considered in isolation or viewed as a substitute for the related financial information prepared in accordance with IFRS.
Forward Looking Statements
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 Outlook and Annual Targets for 2023 in their entirety, any projections related to revenue, adjusted EBITDA as a % of net revenue, adjusted net income as a % of net revenue, adjusted diluted EPS growth, adjusted ROIC, net debt to adjusted EBITDA, effective tax rate, earnings patterns, 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 the 2023 Outlook and Annual Targets are provided in the company’s 2022 Annual Report.
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For more information about how other material risk factors could affect Stantec’s results, refer to the Risk Factors section and Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements section in the company’s 2022 Annual Report. This report is accessible online by visiting EDGAR on the SEC website at sec.gov or by visiting the CSA website at sedar.com or Stantec’s website. You may obtain a hard copy of the 2022 Annual Report free of charge from the investor contact noted below.
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