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Nesco Holdings, Inc. Reports Second Quarter 2019 Financial Results

08/09/2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind., Aug. 9, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Nesco Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: NSCO, "Nesco" or the "Company"), a leading provider of specialty rental equipment to the electric utility, telecom and rail end-markets, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.

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SECOND QUARTER 2019 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Total revenue of $62.9 million (+12.6% from the second quarter 2018)
  • Net loss available to common stockholders of $5.4 million (+0.3% from the second quarter 2018)
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $30.5 million (+7.4% from the second quarter 2018)
  • Full year 2019 revenue and Adjusted EBITDA outlook reaffirmed

Lee Jacobson, President and CEO of Nesco, remarked: "Demand conditions remain strong across all of our key end-markets, as evidenced by our 12th consecutive quarter of growth in Adjusted EBITDA.  Within the electric utility market, several of our customers' project backlogs increased materially during the first half of 2019, a positive indicator that supports our outlook for multi-year growth in T&D specialty rental demand.  Within the telecom market, we continue to see significant opportunities around wireless infrastructure investment related to 5G adoption, together with ongoing investments in wireline backhaul services and small cell implementation.  Within our rail market, ongoing maintenance of existing rail lines, together with growth in commercial and commuter rail traffic, stand to provide another stable base of demand for our product offering."

"Looking ahead, we remain focused on growing our fleet while maintaining high utilization rates," continued Jacobson.  "With the completion of our merger with Capitol Investment Corp. IV in July, we believe that Nesco's balance sheet is now positioned to support sustained investments in fleet expansion and related strategic initiatives.  Over time, we expect these targeted investments will drive continued growth in Adjusted EBITDA and free cash flow."

SECOND QUARTER 2019 RESULTS

Total Revenues

Total revenue in the second quarter was $62.9 million, an increase of $7.0 million or 12.6% from the second quarter 2018.  The increase was driven by growth of $3.3 million in the Equipment Rental and Sales segment ("ERS") and growth of $3.7 million in the Parts, Tools and Accessories segment ("PTA").  

ERS segment total revenue grew 6.7% to $53.0 million in the second quarter from $49.6 million for the same period in 2018.   Notably, second quarter 2018 ERS segment revenue included a net benefit of $1.4 million related to non-recurring hurricane-related power restoration work in Puerto Rico.  Equipment on rent increased 3.7% to $468.0 million in the second quarter from $451.4 million in the same period of 2018.  Fleet utilization was 78.7% in the second quarter, versus 80.9% in the same period of 2018.  Fleet utilization was impacted by a higher volume of net fleet additions in the second quarter 2019, as compared to the prior-year period.  These fleet additions were not immediately available for rent but are included in the utilization calculation from the day they are delivered to the Company.  Utilization in the second quarter 2018 benefited from non-recurring Puerto Rico-related work. Adjusted for these factors, fleet utilization would have been approximately 1% higher in the second quarter 2019 than in the prior-year period.  Average rental rate per day was $137 in the second quarter, versus $139 in the same period of 2018, due to a shift in the mix of equipment on rent during the period toward lower cost equipment, primarily used in the telecom and rail end-markets.

PTA segment total revenue grew 59.4% to $9.9 million in the second quarter, versus $6.2 million for the same period in 2018.  PTA revenue growth was driven by the opening of two new locations in April 2019 and from the addition of product lines, including a variety of insulated products, from the N&L acquisition, which occurred in the third quarter 2018.  The Company's PTA footprint expansion from two to six locations by September 30, 2019 is progressing on schedule, with an additional facility planned for 2020.

Net Income (Loss)

The Company reported a net loss in the second quarter of $5.4 million, versus a net loss of $5.4 million for the same period in 2018.  During the second quarter, the Company reported a $7.0 million increase in total revenue and a $1.4 million decline in total selling, general and administrative expenses.  These factors were offset by a $2.2 million increase in the cost of parts sales and service, a $1.6 million increase in the cost of equipment sales, a $1.6 million increase in transaction expenses related to our merger with Capitol Investment Corp. IV ("Capitol") that closed on July 31, 2019, and a $1.4 million increase in the depreciation of rental equipment. 

Adjusted EBITDA

For the three months ended June 30, 2019, Total Adjusted EBITDA increased 7.4% to $30.5 million, up from $28.4 million in the same period in 2018, mainly due to higher equipment on rent within the ERS segment and an increase in the number of service locations and product lines within the PTA segment.

Liquidity and Capitalization

As previously announced, on July 31, 2019, Nesco and Capitol Investment Corp. IV completed their business combination.  In connection with the merger, Nesco reduced its net debt of $821 million as of July 31, 2019 to approximately $679 million.  In July, the Company issued $475 million of Senior Secured Second Lien Notes due 2024 and established a new five-year senior secured asset-based revolving credit facility ("ABL Facility") of up to $350.0 million, subject to a borrowing base.  As of July 31, 2019, the Company's balance on the ABL Facility was $175 million.

Investing Activities

Average fleet count increased to 4,205 units in the second quarter, from 3,930 units in the same period of 2018.  During the three months ended June 30, 2019, the Company continued its fleet expansion program that began in the first quarter, shifting capital expenditures planned for the second half of 2019 into the first half of 2019.  The acceleration in planned capital expenditures resulted in the addition of 130 units to the fleet during the second quarter 2019, versus 51 units in the same period of 2018.  Total net capital expenditures in the second quarter were $29.5 million, including $16.2 million of maintenance expenditures and $23.8 million of growth expenditures.   The Company received $10.5 million from used equipment sales in the second quarter of 2019. 

NON-BINDING LETTER OF INTENT

The Company remains party to a non-binding letter of intent that was entered into on May 13, 2019, to acquire a privately held entity in the equipment rental business. The terms of the non-binding letter of intent provide for purchase consideration of approximately $42.0 million, implying an approximately 5x multiple of reported Adjusted EBITDA prior to synergies and the full-year impact of recent fleet additions.  The consummation of the business combination is subject to the satisfactory completion of further diligence and negotiation of a final definitive agreement. There can be no assurance that this transaction will be consummated, including the consideration to be issued therein, as the terms of the non-binding letter of intent are subject to change.

REAFFIRMATION OF 2019 OUTLOOK

Nesco management reaffirms its outlook on revenue and Adjusted EBITDA for the full-year 2019 of $278 million and $137 million, respectively, as set forth in the investor presentation related to the merger with Capitol.  This guidance is subject to the risks and uncertainties described in the "Forward-Looking Statements" below.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

The Company uses a variety of operational and financial metrics, including non-GAAP financial measures such as Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, fleet utilization, original equipment cost on rent, among other metrics, to enable it to analyze its performance and financial condition. The Company utilizes these financial measures to manage its business on a day-to-day basis and believes that they are the most relevant measures of performance. Some of these measures are commonly used in the specialty rentals industry to evaluate performance. The Company believes these non-GAAP measures provide expanded insight to assess revenue and cost performance, in addition to the standard GAAP-based financial measures. There are no specific rules or regulations for determining non-GAAP measures, and as such, they may not be comparable to measures used by other companies within the industry.  The presentation of non-GAAP financial information should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for, or superior to, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with GAAP. The definitions of non-GAAP financial measures along with a reconciliation of non-GAAP financial information to GAAP are included in the supplemental financial schedules.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

The Company has scheduled a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time on August 9, 2019 to discuss the second quarter 2019 financial results. The conference call can be accessed by dialing 866-211-4094 (United States) or 647-689-6722 (International) using the conference ID 6228956.  A replay of the call will be available at the Company's investor relations website at investors.nescospecialty.com.

ABOUT NESCO

Nesco is one of the largest providers of specialty equipment, parts, tools, accessories and services to the electric utility transmission and distribution, telecommunications and rail markets in North America. Nesco offers its specialized equipment to a diverse customer base for the maintenance, repair, upgrade and installation of critical infrastructure assets including electric lines, telecommunications networks and rail systems. Nesco's coast-to-coast rental fleet of more than 4,200 units includes aerial devices, boom trucks, cranes, digger derricks, pressure drills, stringing gear, hi-rail equipment, repair parts, tools and accessories. For more information, please visit investors.nescospecialty.com.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This press release includes "forward looking statements" within the meaning of the "safe harbor" provisions of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.  When used in this press release, the words "estimates," "projected," "expects," "anticipates," "forecasts," "plans," "intends," "believes," "seeks," "may," "will," "should," "future," "propose" and variations of these words or similar expressions (or the negative versions of such words or expressions) are intended to identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, conditions or results, and involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside Nesco's management's control, that could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in this press release. This press release is based on certain assumptions that Nesco has made in light of its experience in the industry as well as Nesco's perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors Nesco believes are appropriate in these circumstances. As you read and consider this press release, you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results. Many factors could affect Nesco's actual performance and results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in this press release. All forward-looking statements attributable to Nesco or persons acting on their behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. Important factors, among others, that may affect actual results or outcomes include:  Nesco's ability to execute on its plans to develop and market new products and the timing of these development programs; Nesco's estimates of the size of the markets for its solutions; the rate and degree of market acceptance of Nesco's solutions; the success of other competing technologies that may become available; Nesco's ability to identify and integrate acquisitions; the performance and security of Nesco's services; potential litigation involving Nesco; and general economic and market conditions impacting demand for Nesco's services.  For a more complete description of these and other possible risks and uncertainties, please refer to Capitol's final prospectus and definitive proxy statement filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on June 4, 2019 (as supplemented on June 24, 2019 and July 11, 2019, and incorporated by reference in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the SEC on August 1, 2019. as well as, to our subsequent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date hereof, and Nesco undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

INVESTOR CONTACT

Noel Ryan, IRC
720.778.2415
investors@nescospecialty.com

Table 1: Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets


Nesco Holdings I, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (unaudited)


(in thousands, except share data)

June 30, 2019


December 31, 2018

Assets




Current Assets




Cash

$

2,584



$

2,140


Accounts receivable, net of allowance of $2,505 and $7,562, respectively

62,900



52,559


Inventory

17,680



11,435


Prepaid expenses and other

4,992



2,483


Total current assets

88,156



68,617


Property and equipment, net

5,914



2,763


Rental equipment, net

334,406



320,722


Other Assets




Goodwill

228,714



228,714


Other intangible assets, net

69,292



70,740


Total other assets

298,006



299,454


Total Assets

$

726,482



$

691,556


Liabilities and Stockholder's Deficit




Current Liabilities




Accounts payable

$

37,197



$

20,867


Accrued expenses

6,050



6,359


Accrued interest expense

13,676



14,024


Deferred rent income

3,043



4,762


Current portion of capital lease obligations

5,123



4,866


Current maturities of long-term debt

2,532



2,531


Total current liabilities

67,621



53,409


  Long term debt, net

791,906



756,872


  Capital leases

25,548



28,418


  Deferred tax liabilities

11,449



11,191


  Other liabilities

1,069



422


Total long term liabilities

$

829,972



$

796,903


Commitments and contingencies




Stockholder's Deficit




Common stock - $0.01 par value, 1,000 shares authorized, 100 shares issued and outstanding, at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018




Additional paid-in capital

259,480



259,300


Accumulated deficit

(429,807)



(417,660)


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(784)



(396)


Total stockholder's deficit

(171,111)



(158,756)


Total Liabilities and Stockholder's Deficit

$

726,482



$

691,556


 

Table 2: Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations


Nesco Holdings I, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (unaudited)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

2019


2018


2019


2018

Revenue








Rental revenue

$

47,510



$

44,720



$

92,412



$

89,254


Equipment sales

8,812



6,953



18,561



14,328


Parts sales and services

6,533



4,169



13,374



9,945


Total revenue

62,855



55,842



124,347



113,527


Cost of Revenue








Cost of rental revenue, excluding depreciation

12,632



12,300



23,470



23,825


Depreciation of rental equipment

17,155



15,721



34,105



31,309


Cost of equipment sales

7,568



6,005



15,308



12,364


Cost of parts sales and services

4,471



2,228



9,321



5,902


Major repair disposal

384



339



1,146



761


Total cost of revenue

42,210



36,593



83,350



74,161


Gross Profit

20,645



19,249



40,997



39,366


Operating Expenses








Transaction expenses

1,559





4,069




Selling, general, and administrative expenses

7,888



9,243



16,120



17,716


Amortization expense

724



745



1,448



1,383


Non-rental depreciation

25



52



71



103


Other operating expenses

629



8



779



36


Total operating expenses

10,825



10,048



22,487



19,238


Operating Income

9,820



9,201



18,510



20,128


Other Expense (Income)








Interest expense, net

14,850



14,069



29,843



27,453


Other (income) expense, net

(9)



12



(22)



328


Total other expenses

14,841



14,081



29,821



27,781


Loss Before Income Taxes

(5,021)



(4,880)



(11,311)



(7,653)


Income Tax Expense

402



529



836



790


Net Loss

$

(5,423)



$

(5,409)



$

(12,147)



$

(8,443)


Loss per share:








    Basic and diluted

$

(54,230.00)



$

(54,090.00)



$

(121,470.00)



$

(84,430.00)


Weighted-average common shares outstanding:








    Basic and diluted

100



100



100



100


 

Table 3: Unaudited Statements of Cash Flows


Nesco Holdings I, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (unaudited)



Six Months Ended June 30,

(in thousands)

2019


2018

Operating Activities




Net loss

$

(12,147)



$

(8,443)


Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash flow from operating activities:




Depreciation

34,176



31,412


Amortization - intangibles

1,448



1,383


Amortization - financing costs

1,380



1,802


Provision for losses on accounts receivable

1,112



1,974


Share-based payments

180



570


Gain on sale of equipment - rental fleet

(3,260)



(4,345)


Gain on insurance proceeds - damaged equipment

(387)




Major repair disposal

1,146



761


Deferred tax expense

544



515


Changes in assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(13,357)



152


Inventory

(8,864)



(7,044)


Prepaid expenses and other

(2,412)



(2,365)


Accounts payable

8,020



(2,627)


Accrued expenses and other liabilities

(683)



(2,867)


Unearned income

(1,719)



(247)


Net cash flow from operating activities

5,177



10,631


Investing Activities




Purchase of equipment - rental fleet

(51,734)



(18,709)


Proceeds from sale of equipment - rental fleet

18,187



17,451


Insurance proceeds from damaged equipment

1,427




Purchase of other property and equipment

(3,655)



(2,524)


Net cash flow from investing activities

(35,775)



(3,782)


Financing Activities




Borrowings under revolving credit facilities

43,000



21,000


Repayments under revolving credit facilities

(9,000)



(22,000)


Repayments of notes payable

(365)



(1,212)


Capital lease payments

(2,613)



(2,600)


Finance fees paid

20



(1,394)


Net cash flow from financing activities

31,042



(6,206)


Net Change in Cash

444



643


Cash at Beginning of Period

2,140



960


Cash at End of Period

$

2,584



$

1,603


Supplemental Cash Flow Information




Cash paid for interest

$

28,708



$

26,237


Cash paid for income taxes

240



237


Non-Cash Investing and Financing Activities




Transfer of parts inventory to leased equipment

2,618



2,323


Rental equipment purchases in accounts payable

19,021



6,404


Rental equipment sales in accounts receivable

623



2,153


Insurance recoveries accrued in accounts receivable

224




Rental equipment on capital lease



6,589



 

Table 4: Unaudited Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation


Nesco Holdings I, Inc. and Subsidiaries

Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation (unaudited)



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,

(in thousands)

2019


2018


2019


2018

Net loss

$

(5,423)



$

(5,409)



$

(12,147)



$

(8,443)


Interest expense

14,850



14,069



29,843



27,453


Income tax expense

402



529



836



790


Depreciation expense

17,180



15,773



34,176



31,412


Amortization expense

724



745



1,448



1,383


EBITDA

27,733



25,707



54,156



52,595


   Adjustments:








   Non-cash purchase accounting impact

125



1,005



736



1,838


   Transaction and process improvement costs

2,183



1,059



4,693



1,502


   Major repairs

384



339



1,146



761


   Share-based payments

52



280



180



570


   Other non-recurring items







300


Adjusted EBITDA

$

30,477



$

28,390



$

60,911



$

57,566


 

Table 5: Fleet Metrics



 Three Months Ended June 30,


2019


2018


 Change


(%)

Fleet count








Quarter to date average

4,205


3,930


275


7.0%

Equipment on rent (in thousands)








Quarter to date average

$468,000


$451,400


$16,600


3.7%

Fleet utilization








Quarter to date average

78.7%


80.9%


(2.2%)


(2.7%)

Rental rate per day








Quarter to date average

$136.6


$138.8


($2.2)


(1.6%)

OPERATIONAL AND FINANCIAL METRICS

Average fleet utilization for the period is calculated as the total number of invoiced days divided by the total number of available equipment days.

Average equipment on rent is the average original equipment cost of units on rent during the period. The measure provides a value dimension to the fleet utilization statistics.

Average rental rate per day for the period is calculated as total rental revenue divided by the total rental days, which represents the number of billable rental days in the period aggregated across all units in the fleet.

Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) plus interest expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation, and amortization, as further adjusted for (1) non-cash purchase accounting impact, (2) transaction and process improvement costs, (3) major repairs, (4) share-based payments, and (5) other non-recurring items. These metrics are subject to certain limitations.

 

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