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Tetra Tech Reports Strong Third Quarter Results

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Operating Income up 17% to $46 million</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>EPS up 18% to $0.45</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Record backlog up 10% to $2.06 billion</b> </li> </ul>

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Tetra Tech Reports Strong Third Quarter Results16:46 EDT Wednesday, August 01, 2012 PASADENA, Calif. (Business Wire) -- Tetra Tech, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTEK) today announced results for the third quarter ended July 1, 2012. Third Quarter Results Revenue in the quarter was $684.7 million compared to $673.8 million in the third quarter last year. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs1, was $516.9 million, up 7.6% compared to $480.5 million in the third quarter last year. Operating income was $46.3 million, up 17.4% compared to $39.4 million in the third quarter last year. Diluted earnings per share (EPS) were $0.45, up 18.4% compared to $0.38 in the third quarter last year. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, and amortization (EBITDA2), were $59.1 million, up 12.6% compared to $52.5 million in the third quarter last year. Backlog was a record high $2.06 billion, up 9.9% compared to $1.88 billion at the end of the third quarter last year. Cash generated from operations was $56.8 million compared to $55.8 million in the third quarter last year. Nine-Month Results Revenue for the nine-month period was $1.99 billion compared to $1.90 billion in the year-ago period. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs, was $1.49 billion, up 12.9% compared to $1.32 billion in the year-ago period. Operating income was $117.9 million, up 14.5% compared to $103.0 million in the year-ago period. Diluted EPS were $1.16, up 14.9% compared to $1.01 (or up 17.2% compared to $0.99 excluding a prior year tax benefit) in the year-ago period. EBITDA were $159.4 million, up 12.1% compared to $142.2 million in the year-ago period. Cash generated from operations was $128.2 million, up 30.3% compared to $98.4 million in year-ago period. Tetra Tech's Chairman and CEO, Dan Batrack highlighted, “Our growth this quarter was driven by strong demand from our U.S. commercial and international clients, which now comprise 57% of our business. This client mix continues to improve our operating margin. The addition of midstream pipeline planning and engineering services this quarter further strengthens our U.S. commercial business. As a result of our performance, we are increasing our EPS guidance for the year.” 1 Tetra Tech's revenue includes a significant amount of subcontractor costs and, therefore, the Company believes revenue, net of subcontractor costs, which is a non-GAAP financial measure, provides a valuable perspective on its business results. 2 EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. The Company believes EBITDA is a useful representation of operating performance because of significant amounts of acquisition-related non-cash amortization expense. A table reconciling net income attributable to Tetra Tech to EBITDA can be found at the end of this release.     In thousands (except EPS data)Three Months EndedNine Months Ended July 1, 2012   July 3, 2011 July 1, 2012   July 3, 2011 Revenue $ 684,698 $ 673,792 $ 1,991,670 $ 1,897,482 Subcontractor costs   (167,832 )   (193,288 )   (505,855 )   (581,093 ) Revenue, net of subcontractor costs 516,866 480,504 1,485,815 1,316,389 Operating income 46,261 39,408 117,896 102,989 Interest expense, net (1,419 ) (1,703 ) (4,182 ) (4,478 ) Income tax expense   (15,674 )   (12,957 )   (39,522 )   (32,928 ) Net income including noncontrolling interests 29,168 24,748 74,192 65,583 Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests   (114 )   (909 )   (244 )   (1,944 ) Net income attributable to Tetra Tech $ 29,054   $ 23,839     $ 73,948   $ 63,639     Earnings per share attributable to Tetra Tech: Basic $ 0.46   $ 0.38   $ 1.17   $ 1.03   Diluted $ 0.45   $ 0.38   $ 1.16   $ 1.01     Weighted-average common shares outstanding: Basic 63,387 62,203   63,054 61,967 Diluted 64,179 62,934   63,752 62,745   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 diluted EPS for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 to be in the range of $0.45 to $0.50. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs, for the fourth quarter is expected to range from $525 million to $575 million. For fiscal 2012, Tetra Tech is increasing diluted EPS guidance to a range of $1.61 to $1.66. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs, for fiscal 2012 is expected to range from $2.0 billion to $2.1 billion. Webcast Investors will have the opportunity to access a live audio-visual webcast and supplemental financial information concerning the third quarter results through a link posted on the Company's website at on August 2, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. (PDT). About Tetra Tech ( Tetra Tech is a leading provider of consulting, engineering, program management, construction management, and technical services. The Company supports government and commercial clients by providing innovative solutions to complex problems focused on water, environment, energy, infrastructure, and natural resources. With over 13,000 employees worldwide, Tetra Tech's capabilities span the entire project life cycle.   Tetra Tech, Inc.Regulation G InformationReconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA   In thousandsThree Months EndedNine Months Ended July 1, 2012   July 3, 2011 July 1, 2012   July 3, 2011 Net income attributable toTetra Tech $ 29,054 $ 23,839 $ 73,948 $ 63,639 Interest expense, net 1,419 1,703 4,182 4,478 Income tax expense 15,674 12,957 39,522 32,928 Depreciation 6,077 7,009 19,657 20,401 Amortization   6,901   7,024   22,083   20,747 EBITDA $ 59,125 $ 52,532 $ 159,392 $ 142,193   Forward-Looking StatementsThis news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include information concerning future events and the future financial performance of Tetra Tech that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are urged to read the documents filed by Tetra Tech with the SEC, specifically the most recent reports on Form 10-K, 10-Q, and 8-K, each as it may be amended from time to time, which identify risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Among the important factors or risks that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements in this release are:worldwide political and economic uncertainties; fluctuations in annual revenue, expenses and operating results; the cyclicality in demand for U.S. state and local government and U.S. commercial services; credit risks associated with certain U.S. commercial clients; delays in U.S. federal debt ceiling legislation and shifts in U.S. defense spending; concentration of revenues from U.S. government agencies and potential funding disruptions by these agencies; delays in the completion of the U.S. government budget process; violations of U.S. government contractor regulations; dependence on winning or renewing U.S. federal, state and local 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; the failure to properly manage projects; the loss of key personnel or the inability to attract and retain qualified personnel; the use of estimates and assumptions in the preparation of financial statements; the ability to maintain adequate utilization of our workforce; the use of the percentage-of-completion method of accounting; the inability to accurately estimate contract risks, revenue and costs; the failure to win or renew contracts with private and public sector clients; acquisition strategy and integration risks; goodwill or other intangible asset impairment; growth strategy management; backlog cancellation and adjustments; risks associated with international operations; the failure of partners to perform on joint projects; the failure of subcontractors to satisfy their obligations; changes in resource management or infrastructure industry laws, regulations or programs; changes in capital markets and the access to capital; credit agreement covenants; industry competition; volatility of common stock value; liability related to legal proceedings; 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 environmental laws and regulations; force majeure events; protection of intellectual property rights; and the interruption of our computer, information and communications technology and systems. Any projections in this release are based on limited information currently available to Tetra Tech, which is subject to change. Although any such projections and the factors influencing them will likely change, Tetra Tech will not necessarily update the information, since Tetra Tech will only provide guidance at certain points during the year. Readers should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements since such information speaks only as of the date of this release. Tetra Tech, Inc.Jim Wu, Investor RelationsTalia Starkey, Media & Public Relations(626) 470-2844