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AECOM Reports 22% Growth in EPS, Backlog of $9.2 Billion for Third Quarter of Fiscal Year 2009

Dépèche transmise le 6 août 2009 par Business Wire

LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--AECOM Technology Corporation (NYSE: ACM), a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, announced today its financial results for the third quarter of fiscal year 2009, which ended June 30, 2009.

AECOM reported net income from continuing operations of $50 million for the third quarter, or diluted earnings per share (EPS) of 45 cents. These results represent an increase of 30% over net income from continuing operations of $38 million – and an increase of 22% over diluted EPS of 37 cents – for the same period last year. The net income amount does not include $1.2 million of earnings from discontinued operations associated with non-strategic assets acquired as part of the 2008 Earth Tech transaction, which AECOM intends to divest. Operating income for the third quarter increased 14% year over year to $73 million. For the first nine months of fiscal year 2009, AECOM reported net income from continuing operations of $133 million and operating income of $212 million, an increase of 28% and 26%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

Third-quarter revenue increased to $1.5 billion, 16% higher than the third quarter of fiscal year 2008. AECOM’s gross revenue includes a significant amount of pass-through costs and, therefore, the company believes revenue, net of other direct costs, which is a non-GAAP measure, also provides a valuable perspective on its business results.

AECOM’s third-quarter revenue, net of other direct costs, increased 13% compared to the same period last year, to $1.0 billion. For the first nine months of fiscal year 2009, AECOM reported revenue of $4.5 billion and revenue, net of other direct costs of $2.8 billion, an increase of 25% and 24%, respectively, compared to the same period last year.

“AECOM’s ability to maintain continued growth across our end markets reflects our strong diversified business model,” said John M. Dionisio, AECOM president and chief executive officer. “Overall, we saw continued solid performance across our geographies. Our ability to expand client relationships and collaborate across our operations around the globe contributed to a successful third quarter.”

“During the quarter, we won several significant projects,” said Dionisio. “Mega projects, such as the Trans-Hudson Express tunnel final design in the United States and the Hong Kong High-Speed Rail Terminus, as well as several large infrastructure-development projects throughout the Middle East, highlighted the quarter.”

Business Segments

In addition to providing consolidated financial results, AECOM reports separate financial information for its two segments: Professional Technical Services (PTS) and Management Support Services (MSS).

Professional Technical Services

The PTS segment delivers planning, consulting, architecture and engineering design, and program and construction management services to institutional, commercial and government clients worldwide.

For the third quarter of fiscal year 2009, the PTS segment reported revenue of $1.2 billion and operating income of $80 million, compared to revenue of $1.1 billion and operating income of $70 million for the same period during fiscal year 2008. This represents a 14% increase in both revenue and operating income year over year. PTS revenue, net of other direct costs, increased 10% year over year to $894 million.

Management Support Services

The MSS segment provides program and facilities management and maintenance, training, logistics, consulting, technical assistance and systems integration services, primarily for agencies of the U.S. government.

For the third quarter of fiscal year 2009, the MSS segment reported revenue of $286 million and operating income of $13 million, compared to revenue of $224 million and operating income of $11 million for the same period during fiscal year 2008. This represents a 28% increase in revenue and a 23% increase in operating income year over year. MSS revenue, net of other direct costs, increased 69% year over year to $74 million.

Backlog

AECOM announced backlog totaling $9.2 billion at June 30, 2009, a 30% increase year over year.

“We continued to execute our growth strategy and cost-containment initiatives during the quarter,” said Michael S. Burke, AECOM executive vice president and chief financial officer. “Continued margin improvement and a $2.1-billion increase in our backlog over last year position AECOM well in our global end markets.”

Outlook

Based on its results through the third quarter of the fiscal year, as well as its backlog, AECOM has raised its EPS outlook range for fiscal year 2009 to $1.65 to $1.70.

“Looking ahead, we believe that AECOM will continue to see growth and is well positioned to benefit from continued spending on infrastructure projects around the globe,” said Burke.

AECOM is hosting a conference call today at 11 a.m. EDT, during which management will make a brief presentation focusing on the company's results, strategies and operating trends. Interested parties may listen to the conference call and view accompanying slides via webcast at www.aecom.com. The webcast will be available for replay following the call. Those wishing to dial in to the call via telephone can do so at (877) 941-8609 or (480) 629-9818.

About AECOM

AECOM (NYSE: ACM) is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental and energy. With 44,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 100 countries and had revenue of $6.1 billion during the 12-month period ended June 30, 2009. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at www.aecom.com.

Forward-Looking Statements: All statements in this press release other than statements of historical fact are “forward-looking statements” for purposes of federal and state securities laws, including any projections of earnings or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives for future operations; and any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in our forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from those projected or assumed in any of our forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause our actual results, performance and achievements, or industry results to differ materially from estimates or projections contained in forward-looking statements include: uncertainties related to funding, audits, modifications and termination of long-term government contracts; losses under fixed-price contracts; limited control over operations run through our joint venture entities; misconduct by our employees or consultants or our failure to comply with laws or regulations; failure to successfully execute our acquisition strategy; the need to retain and recruit key technical and management personnel; and unexpected adjustments and cancellations related to our backlog. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our forward-looking statements are set forth in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We do not intend, and undertake no obligation, to update any forward-looking statement.

AECOM TECHNOLOGY CORPORATION
Reportable Segments
(in thousands)
       

Professional
Technical
Services

Management
Support
Services

Corporate Total
Three Months Ended June 30, 2009
Revenue $ 1,245,739 $ 286,250 $ - $ 1,531,989
Other direct costs   352,224     212,630     -     564,854  
Revenue, net of other direct costs 893,515 73,620 - 967,135
Cost of revenue, net of other direct costs   816,730     63,288     -     880,018  
Gross profit 76,785 10,332 - 87,117
Gross profit as a % of revenue 6.2 % 3.6 % - 5.7 %
Gross profit as a % of revenue, net of other direct costs 8.6 % 14.0 % - 9.0 %
Equity in earnings of joint ventures 3,397 2,756 - 6,153
General and administrative expenses - - 20,071 20,071
Operating income 80,182 13,088 (20,071 ) 73,199
 
 
Three Months Ended June 30, 2008
Revenue $ 1,096,986 $ 224,217 $ - $ 1,321,203
Other direct costs   287,271     180,648     -     467,919  
Revenue, net of other direct costs 809,715 43,569 - 853,284
Cost of revenue, net of other direct costs   742,262     35,313     -     777,575  
Gross profit 67,453 8,256 - 75,709
Gross profit as a % of revenue 6.1 % 3.7 % - 5.7 %
Gross profit as a % of revenue, net of other direct costs 8.3 % 18.9 % - 8.9 %
Equity in earnings of joint ventures 2,922 2,391 - 5,313
General and administrative expenses - - 16,840 16,840
Operating income 70,375 10,647 (16,840 ) 64,182
 
 
Nine Months Ended June 30, 2009
Revenue $ 3,696,120 $ 767,455 $ - $ 4,463,575
Other direct costs   1,062,260     583,829     -     1,646,089  
Revenue, net of other direct costs 2,633,860 183,626 - 2,817,486
Cost of revenue, net of other direct costs   2,409,160     152,369     -     2,561,529  
Gross profit 224,700 31,257 - 255,957
Gross profit as a % of revenue 6.1 % 4.1 % - 5.7 %
Gross profit as a % of revenue, net of other direct costs 8.5 % 17.0 % - 9.1 %
Equity in earnings of joint ventures 9,783 7,010 - 16,793
General and administrative expenses - - 61,248 61,248
Operating income 234,483 38,267 (61,248 ) 211,502
Contracted backlog 4,660,168 445,510 - 5,105,678
Awarded backlog 3,845,985 296,880 - 4,142,865
 
Nine Months Ended June 30, 2008
Revenue $ 2,945,494 $ 620,080 $ - $ 3,565,574
Other direct costs   776,623     509,329     -     1,285,952  
Revenue, net of other direct costs 2,168,871 110,751 - 2,279,622
Cost of revenue, net of other direct costs   1,990,978     88,225     -     2,079,203  
Gross profit 177,893 22,526 - 200,419
Gross profit as a % of revenue 6.0 % 3.6 % - 5.6 %
Gross profit as a % of revenue, net of other direct costs 8.2 % 20.3 % - 8.8 %
Equity in earnings of joint ventures 6,630 5,533 - 12,163
General and administrative expenses - - 44,909 44,909
Operating income 184,523 28,059 (44,909 ) 167,673
Contracted backlog 3,438,641 518,200 - 3,956,841
Awarded backlog 2,666,749 508,500 - 3,175,249
AECOM Technology Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statement of Income
(in thousands, except per share data)
 
  Three Months Ended   Nine Months Ended
June 30, 2009   June 30, 2008 June 30, 2009   June 30, 2008
 
Revenue $ 1,531,989 $ 1,321,203 $ 4,463,575 $ 3,565,574
Other direct costs   564,854     467,919     1,646,089     1,285,952  
Revenue, net of other direct costs 967,135 853,284 2,817,486 2,279,622
Cost of revenue, net of other direct costs   880,018     777,575     2,561,529     2,079,203  
Gross profit 87,117 75,709 255,957 200,419
 
Equity in earnings of joint ventures 6,153 5,313 16,793 12,163
General and administrative expenses   20,071     16,840     61,248     44,909  
Income from operations 73,199 64,182 211,502 167,673
 
Minority interest in share of earnings 3,040 4,862 10,818 10,939
Other income (expense) 3,248 756 (2,958 ) (872 )
Interest income (expense), net   (2,517 )   (198 )   (8,134 )   4,111  
Income from continuing operations
before income tax expense
70,890 59,878 189,592 159,973
 
Income tax expense 20,987 21,424 56,878 56,197
 
Income from continuing operations 49,903 38,454 132,714 103,776
 
Discontinued operations, net of tax 1,218 - 2,710 -
       

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