Stantec reports record third quarter 2023 results and raises full year guidance
11/09/2023 EDMONTON, AB; NEW YORK, NY TSX, NYSE:STN
11/09/2023 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, 2023.
Stantec delivered record third quarter earnings, as continued strong demand was met with high utilization, particularly in the United States and Canada. Excellent operational performance was augmented by effective workforce management strategies and continued robust organic hiring, bolstered by the effect of voluntary turnover returning to pre-pandemic levels in North America. Third quarter results also reflected the favorable impacts from a higher-than- typical volume of resolved change orders.
In the third quarter of 2023, Stantec generated net revenue of $1.3 billion on the strength of 9.0% organic growth. The Company's regional and business operating units all delivered organic net revenue growth for the seventh consecutive quarter, with notable organic growth achieved in Water (18.1%) and Environmental Services (12.8%). Stantec also achieved double digit organic net revenue growth of 12.9% in its US region. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased by 160 basis points over Q3 2022 to 18.3%, driven by high utilization and operating leverage, combined with sustained discipline in cost management. These factors were partially offset by a significant expense related to the revaluation of Stantec’s long-term incentive plan (LTIP) primarily due to strong share price appreciation year-to-date. Stantec delivered diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.94, and record third quarter adjusted diluted EPS of $1.14. Backlog at September 30, 2023 increased to $6.4 billion, driven primarily by organic growth of 5.5% since December 31, 2022.
“I am extremely pleased with our third quarter results as we continued to deliver exceptional growth in revenue and earnings through excellent operational performance,” said Gord Johnston, President and CEO. “As a result of our outperformance this quarter, our strong year-to-date results, and the continued favorable market demand, we are increasing our guidance for 2023 once more.” Mr. Johnston continued, “Our backlog is at a near-record high level and market demand continues to be robust, bolstering our optimism for ongoing strong growth in 2024 and beyond. We are confident that our diverse business model and engaged workforce ideally position Stantec to continue delivering industry-leading results.”
 Adjusted diluted EPS, adjusted net income, adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted EBITDA margin are non-IFRS measures, and organic growth, acquisition growth and DSO are other financial measures (discussed in the Definitions section of the Q3 2023 MD&A).
As a result of the strong year-to-date results, Stantec is revising its targets contained within the Company's 2023 guidance which was previously updated in August 2023 and provided on page M-6 of the Q2 2023 Financial Report.
Stantec continues to expect high single digit net revenue organic growth, with the US being in the low double digits, and Global in the mid to high single digits. The Canadian market has continued to be more resilient than expected across Stantec’s business units, particularly in Water and Infrastructure where organic growth forecasts were exceeded in the third quarter. While Stantec expects growth in Canada to moderate in the fourth quarter, the Company now expects organic net revenue growth to be in the mid to high single digits (previously mid single digits).
Given regular seasonal factors in the northern hemisphere, Stantec reiterates guidance that the earnings pattern will continue to fall within 40 to 45% in Q1 and Q4, and 55 to 60% in Q2 and Q3.
Stantec will host a live webcast and conference call on Friday, November 10, 2023, at 7:00 AM Mountain Time (9:00 AM Eastern Time) to discuss the Company’s third quarter performance.
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Non-IFRS and Other Financial Measures
Stantec reports its financial results in accordance with IFRS. This news release also reports the following non-IFRS and other financial measures are used by the Company: adjusted EBITDA, adjusted net income, adjusted earnings per share (EPS), net debt to adjusted EBITDA, days sales outstanding (DSO), margin (percentage of net revenue), organic growth (retraction), acquisition growth, adjusted return on invested capital (ROIC) 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 Q3 2023 Management’s Discussion and Analysis, 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 to 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 and ratios provide useful information to investors to assist them in understanding components of the Company'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.
Certain statements contained in this news release constitute forward-looking statements. These statements include, without limitation, comments regarding the Company's ability to capture future growth opportunities, adjusted diluted EPS and net revenue growth, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted ROIC, and the updated 2023 outlook. Readers of this news release are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since a number of factors could cause actual future results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, the risk of economic downturn, cash flow projections, project cancellations, access and retention of skilled labor, decreased infrastructure spending levels, decrease or end to stimulus programs, changing market conditions for Stantec’s services, and the risk that Stantec fails to capitalize on its strategic initiatives. Investors and the public should carefully consider these factors, other uncertainties, and potential events, as well as the inherent uncertainty of forward-looking statements, when relying on these statements to make decisions with respect to the Company.
Future outcomes relating to forward-looking statements may be influenced by many factors and material risks. For the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2023, there has been no significant change in the risk factors from those described in Stantec'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 sedarplus.ca or Stantec’s website, Stantec.com. You may obtain a hard copy of the 2022 annual report free of charge from the investor contact noted below.
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