Goldfield Announces 2018 First-Quarter Results

MELBOURNE, Fla., May 08, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Goldfield Corporation (NYSE American:GV), a leading provider of electrical construction services for the utility industry and industrial customers, today announced financial results for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Through its subsidiaries, Power Corporation of America, C and C Power Line, Inc. and Southeast Power Corporation, Goldfield provides electrical construction services primarily in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic, Texas and Southwest regions of the United States.

President and Chief Executive Officer John H. Sottile said, “First-quarter 2018 electrical construction revenue improved nearly 16 percent year over year, as we experienced overall increased activity in both bid and MSA work. Importantly, we achieved our third consecutive quarter of gross margin improvement. Additionally, our total backlog reached $193 million, with a record-high 12-month backlog of $111 million. We believe our strong market position and active bidding climates should continue to support growth in our operations.”

Three Months Ended March 31, 2018

For the three months ended March 31, 2018, compared to the three months ended March 31, 2017:

  • Total revenue increased 12.1% to $34.4 million from $30.7 million attributable to a 15.9% improvement in electrical construction revenue mainly due to increases in projects awarded and work completed in the Texas and Southwest and mid-Atlantic operations of $7.0 million and $3.1 million, respectively, partially offset by a decrease in project activity in the Southeast operation of $5.5 million in part due to customer demand exceeding labor resources, as well as lower real estate development revenue.

  • Gross margin on electrical construction operations decreased to 21.5% from 25.3% attributable to a change in project mix, resulting in a higher volume of lower margin projects mainly due to increased competition.

  • Operating income decreased to $3.5 million from $4.3 million due to the same factors which affected gross margin, as well as higher selling, general and administrative, depreciation expenses and lower real estate volume.

  • Net income declined to $2.4 million, or $0.09 per share, from $2.7 million, or $0.10 per share.

  • EBITDA (a non-GAAP measure)(1) decreased to $5.4 million from $6.1 million as a result of the same factors which drove operating income.

Backlog

As of March 31, 2018, total backlog, which includes total revenue estimated over the remaining life of the Master Service Agreements, or MSAs, an estimate of existing customer renewal options, plus estimated revenue from awarded fixed-price contracts, increased to $193.1 million from $152.3 million as of March 31, 2017, an improvement of 26.7 percent, mainly due to an increase in both firm contract awards and estimated MSAs. The Company’s 12-month electrical construction backlog improved to a record $111.1 million compared to $79.5 million one year ago, and of that, project-specific firm contracts increased 62.2 percent while estimated MSA backlog increased 29 percent. The size and amount of future projects awarded under MSAs cannot be determined with certainty and revenue from such contracts may vary substantially from current estimates.

Backlog is estimated at a particular point in time and is not determinative of total revenue in any particular period. It does not reflect future revenue from a significant number of short-term projects undertaken and completed between the estimated dates.

Conference Call

The Company’s President and Chief Executive Officer John H. Sottile and Chief Financial Officer Stephen R. Wherry will host a conference call and webcast to discuss results at 10 a.m. Eastern time on May 9, 2018. To participate in the conference call via telephone, please dial (866) 373-3407 (domestic) or (412) 902-1037 (international) at least five minutes prior to the start of the event. Goldfield will also webcast the conference call live via the internet. Interested parties may access the webcast at https://78449.themediaframe.com/dataconf/productusers/gv/mediaframe/24295/indexl.html or through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at http://www.goldfieldcorp.com. Please access the website at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register and download and install any necessary audio software. The webcast will be archived at this link or through the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website for six months. Investors can access the financial results (including any information required by Regulation G) at http://ir.goldfieldcorp.com/financial-results.

About Goldfield
Goldfield is a leading provider of electrical construction services engaged in the construction of electrical infrastructure for the utility industry and industrial customers, primarily in the Southeast, mid-Atlantic Texas and Southwest regions of the United States. For additional information on our first-quarter 2018 results, please refer to our report on Form 10-Q being filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission and visit the Company’s website at http://www.goldfieldcorp.com.

(1) Represents Non-GAAP Financial Measure - The non-GAAP financial measure used in this earnings release is more fully described in the accompanying supplemental data and reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measure to the reported GAAP measure. The non-GAAP measure in this press release and on The Goldfield Corporation’s website is provided to enable investors and analysts to evaluate the Company’s performance excluding the effects of certain items that impact the comparability of operating results between reporting periods and compare the Company’s operating results with those of its competitors. This measure should be used to supplement, and not in lieu of, results prepared in conformity with GAAP. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly-titled measures of other companies.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes forward-looking statements within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provision of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 throughout this document.  You can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “plan,” and “continue” or similar words. We have based these statements on our current expectations about future events. Although we believe that our expectations reflected in or suggested by our forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that these expectations will be achieved. Our actual results may differ materially from what we currently expect. Factors that may affect the results of our operations include, among others: the level of construction activities by public utilities; the concentration of revenue from a limited number of utility customers; the loss of one or more significant customers; the timing and duration of construction projects for which we are engaged; our ability to estimate accurately with respect to fixed price construction contracts; and heightened competition in the electrical construction field, including intensification of price competition. Other factors that may affect the results of our operations include, among others: adverse weather; natural disasters; effects of climate changes; changes in generally accepted accounting principles; ability to obtain necessary permits from regulatory agencies; our ability to maintain or increase historical revenue and profit margins; general economic conditions, both nationally and in our region; adverse legislation or regulations; availability of skilled construction labor and materials and material increases in labor and material costs; and our ability to obtain additional and/or renew financing. Other important factors which could cause our actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements in this press release are detailed in the Companys Risk Factors and Managements Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operation sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K and Goldfields other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which are available on Goldfields website: http://www.goldfieldcorp.com. We may not update these forward-looking statements, even in the event that our situation changes in the future, except as required by law.

For further information, please contact:
The Goldfield Corporation
Kristine Walczak
Phone: (312) 780-7205
Email:  kwalczak@dresnerco.com



The Goldfield Corporation and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)

    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2018   2017
Revenue        
Electrical construction   $ 34,131,919     $ 29,448,647  
Other   306,777     1,275,217  
Total revenue   34,438,696     30,723,864  
Costs and expenses        
Electrical construction   26,782,860     22,008,973  
Other   213,757     874,277  
Selling, general and administrative   2,116,414     1,779,972  
Depreciation and amortization   1,887,508     1,748,892  
Gain on sale of property and equipment   (13,391 )   (2,572 )
Total costs and expenses   30,987,148     26,409,542  
Total operating income   3,451,548     4,314,322  
Other income (expense), net        
Interest income   6,789     7,336  
Interest expense, net of amount capitalized   (189,617 )   (134,020 )
Other income, net   15,094     14,649  
Total other expense, net   (167,734 )   (112,035 )
Income before income taxes   3,283,814     4,202,287  
Income tax provision   878,139     1,537,138  
Net income   $ 2,405,675     $ 2,665,149  
         
Net income per share of common stock — basic and diluted   $ 0.09     $ 0.10  
Weighted average shares outstanding — basic and diluted   25,451,354     25,451,354  



The Goldfield Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)

  March 31,   December 31,
  2018   2017
ASSETS      
Current assets      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 16,566,711     $ 18,529,757  
Accounts receivable and accrued billings, net 16,495,418     21,566,842  
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 13,697,310     6,074,346  
Income taxes receivable     619,552  
Residential properties under construction 3,581,864     2,412,202  
Prepaid expenses 1,087,420     993,668  
Other current assets 1,661,135     1,532,110  
Total current assets 53,089,858     51,728,477  
       
Property, buildings and equipment, at cost, net 38,388,082     36,072,300  
Deferred charges and other assets 6,248,818     5,831,163  
Total assets $ 97,726,758     $ 93,631,940  
       
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY      
Current liabilities      
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 12,017,673     $ 9,379,535  
Current portion of notes payable, net 6,100,885     6,099,787  
Income taxes payable 348,708      
Accrued remediation costs 78,577     87,553  
Other current liabilities 214,613     166,268  
Total current liabilities 18,760,456     15,733,143  
       
Deferred income taxes 4,618,399     4,698,720  
Accrued remediation costs, less current portion 434,164     434,164  
Notes payable, less current portion, net 14,625,868     16,151,567  
Other accrued liabilities 333,883     66,033  
Total liabilities 38,772,770     37,083,627  
Commitments and contingencies      
Stockholders’ equity      
Common stock 2,781,377     2,781,377  
Capital surplus 18,481,683     18,481,683  
Retained earnings 38,999,115     36,593,440  
Common stock in treasury, at cost (1,308,187 )   (1,308,187 )
Total stockholders’ equity 58,953,988     56,548,313  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 97,726,758     $ 93,631,940  



The Goldfield Corporation and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)

EBITDA, a non-GAAP performance measure used by management, is defined as net income (loss) plus: interest expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes and depreciation and amortization, as shown in the table below. EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, does not purport to be an alternative to net income (loss) as a measure of operating performance. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly-titled measures of other companies. We use, and we believe investors benefit from the presentation of, EBITDA in evaluating our operating performance because it provides us and our investors with an additional tool to compare our operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of certain items that management believes do not directly reflect our core operations. We believe that EBITDA is useful to investors and other external users of our financial statements in evaluating our operating performance because EBITDA is widely used by investors to measure a company’s operating performance without regard to items such as interest expense, taxes, and depreciation and amortization, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired.

    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
EBITDA   2018   2017
Net income (GAAP as reported)   $ 2,405,675     $ 2,665,149  
Interest expense, net of amount capitalized   189,617     134,020  
Provision for income taxes, net (1)   878,139     1,537,138  
Depreciation and amortization (2)   1,887,508     1,748,892  
EBITDA   $ 5,360,939     $ 6,085,199  
___________        
(1) Provision for income tax, net is equal to the total amount of tax provision, which includes the tax benefit for discontinued operations.

(2) Depreciation and amortization includes depreciation on property, plant and equipment and amortization of finite-lived intangible assets.

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