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 MasTec Announces Fourth Quarter and Annual 2018 Financial Results and Issues Record 2019 Guidance
   Thursday, February 28, 2019 4:35:00 PM ET

CORAL GABLES, Fla., Feb. 28, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- MasTec, Inc. (NYSE: MTZ) today announced strong 2018 fourth quarter and full year financial results and issued its initial 2019 guidance expectation.

  • Fourth quarter 2018 revenue was $1.92 billion, compared with $1.60 billion for the same period last year. GAAP net income was $31.8 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared to $160.7 million, or $1.95 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2017. Fourth quarter 2017 GAAP results include an after-tax benefit of $1.46 per diluted share related to the impact of initial re-measurement of the Company's U.S. deferred income tax balances because of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act enacted in December 2017 ("2017 Tax Act").
  • Fourth quarter 2018 adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, both non-GAAP measures, were $83.1 million, or $1.07 per adjusted diluted share, compared to $38.8 million, or $0.47 per adjusted diluted share in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 128% increase per adjusted diluted share.
  • Fourth quarter 2018 adjusted EBITDA, also a non-GAAP measure, was $195.8 million, compared to $128.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, a 52% increase. Fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA margin rate of 10.2% increased 220 basis points compared to last year's period.
  • Record year end 18-month backlog as of December 31, 2018 was $7.7 billion, a 9% increase compared to $7.1 billion for the prior year end.

The Company also reported:

  • For the year ended December 31, 2018, revenue was $6.9 billion, a 4.6% increase compared with $6.6 billion for the prior year. GAAP net income was $259.2 million, or $3.26 per diluted share, compared to $348.9 million, or $4.22 per diluted share in 2017 which included the after-tax benefit of $1.46 per diluted share, related to the 2017 Tax Act.
  • Full year 2018 adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, both non-GAAP measures, were $300.6 million or $3.77 per adjusted diluted share, compared to $241.9 million or $2.92 per adjusted diluted share during 2017, a 29% increase per adjusted diluted share.
  • Full year 2018 adjusted EBITDA, also a non-GAAP measure, was $721.0 million, compared to $645.6 million in 2017, a 12% increase. Full year 2018 adjusted EBITDA margin rate of 10.4% increased 60 basis points compared to last year's period.

Adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, and adjusted EBITDA, which are all non-GAAP measures, exclude certain items which are detailed and reconciled to the most comparable GAAP-reported measures in the attached Supplemental Disclosures and Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Disclosures.

Jose Mas, MasTec's Chief Executive Officer, commented, "First I would like to thank the men and women of MasTec for helping us deliver a third consecutive year of record financial performance. I am also proud that our 2019 guidance expectation shows continued growth and represents yet another record level."

Mr. Mas continued, "Our record year end backlog gives us strong confidence and visibility into continued growth in 2019 and beyond.  Our confidence in the future and commitment to enhancing shareholder value is evidenced by $319 million in 2018 share repurchase activity, representing 7.2 million shares or approximately 9% of our outstanding share base as of the beginning of the year."

George Pita, MasTec's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, noted, "As previously indicated, we delivered record annual 2018 cash flow from operations. We enter 2019 with normalized levels of working capital investment, ample liquidity and strong and improved year end leverage metrics despite significant share repurchase investments made during 2018.  Our balance sheet is in excellent shape and provides us ample liquidity to support various opportunities to generate additional value for our shareholders, including share repurchases and strategic acquisitions."

Based on the information available today, the Company is providing both first quarter and full year 2019 guidance. The Company currently expects full year 2019 revenue will approximate $7.6 billion, another record level. 2019 full year GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share are expected to approximate $318 million and $4.20, respectively. Full year 2019 non-GAAP measures, including adjusted EBITDA and adjusted diluted earnings per share, represent record levels, with adjusted EBITDA expected to approximate $780 million, or 10.3% of revenue, and adjusted diluted earnings per share expected to be $4.34, a 15% increase over 2018.

For the first quarter of 2019, the Company expects revenue of approximately $1.4 billion. First quarter 2019 GAAP net income is expected to approximate $30 million, with GAAP diluted earnings per share expected to be $0.39. First quarter 2019 adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, is expected to approximate $126 million or 9.0% of revenue, with adjusted diluted earnings per share, a non-GAAP measure, expected to be $0.43.

Management will hold a conference call to discuss these results on Friday, March 1, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The call-in number for the conference call is (323) 794-2551 or (800) 239-9838 and the replay phone number is (719) 457-0820 with a pass code of 9818218. The replay will be available for 30 days. Additionally, the call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed and replayed through the Investors section of the Company's website at .

The following tables set forth the financial results for the periods ended December 31, 2018 and 2017:

















The tables may contain slight summation differences due to rounding.

MasTec, Inc. is a leading infrastructure construction company operating mainly throughout North America across a range of industries.  The Company's primary activities include the engineering, building, installation, maintenance and upgrade of communications, energy and utility and other infrastructure, such as: wireless, wireline/fiber, and customer fulfillment activities; petroleum and natural gas pipeline infrastructure; electrical utility transmission and distribution; power generation; heavy civil, and industrial infrastructure.  MasTec's customers are primarily in these industries.  The Company's corporate website is located at .  The Company's website should be considered as a recognized channel of distribution, and the Company may periodically post important, or supplemental, information regarding contracts, awards or other related news and webcasts on the Events & Presentations page in the Investors section therein. 

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and assumptions, including market conditions, technological developments, regulatory changes or other governmental policy uncertainty that affects us or our customers' industries; the effect on demand for our services of changes in the amount of capital expenditures by our customers due to, among other things, economic conditions, commodity price fluctuations, the availability and cost of financing, and customer consolidation in the industries we serve; activity in the oil and gas, utility and power generation industries and the impact on our customers' expenditure levels caused by fluctuations in prices of oil, natural gas, electricity and other energy sources; our ability to manage projects effectively and in accordance with our estimates, as well as our ability to accurately estimate the costs associated with our fixed price and other contracts, including any material changes in estimates for completion of projects and estimates of the recoverability of change orders; the timing and extent of fluctuations in operational, geographic and weather factors affecting our customers, projects and the industries in which we operate; the highly competitive nature of our industry; the ability of our customers, including our largest customers, to terminate or reduce the amount of work, or in some cases, the prices paid for services, on short or no notice under our contracts, and/or customer disputes related to our performance of services and the resolution of unapproved change orders; our dependence on a limited number of customers and our ability to replace non-recurring projects with new projects; risks related to completed or potential acquisitions, including our ability to identify suitable acquisition or strategic investment opportunities, to integrate acquired businesses within expected timeframes and to achieve the revenue, cost savings and earnings levels from such acquisitions at or above the levels projected, including the risk of potential asset impairment charges and write-downs of goodwill; disputes with, or failures of, our subcontractors to deliver agreed-upon supplies or services in a timely fashion, and the risk of being required to pay our subcontractors even if our customers do not pay us; risks associated with potential environmental issues and other hazards from our operations; risks related to our strategic arrangements, including our equity investees; any exposure resulting from system or information technology interruptions or data security breeches; any material changes in estimates for legal costs or case settlements or adverse determinations on any claim, lawsuit or proceeding; the effect of state and federal regulatory initiatives, including costs of compliance with existing and future safety and environmental requirements; the effect of federal, local, state, foreign or tax legislation and other regulations affecting the industries we serve and related projects and expenditures, including the effect of corporate income tax reform; the adequacy of our insurance, legal and other reserves; the outcome of our plans for future operations, growth and services, including business development efforts, backlog, acquisitions and dispositions; our ability to maintain a workforce based upon current and anticipated workloads; our ability to attract and retain qualified personnel, key management and skilled employees, including from acquired businesses, and our ability to enforce any noncompetition agreements; fluctuations in fuel, maintenance, materials, labor and other costs; risks related to our operations that employ a unionized workforce, including labor availability, productivity and relations, as well as risks associated with multi-employer union pension plans, including underfunding and withdrawal liabilities; risks associated with operating in or expanding into additional international markets, including risks from fluctuations in foreign currencies, foreign labor, general business conditions and risks from failure to comply with laws applicable to our foreign activities and/or governmental policy uncertainty; restrictions imposed by our credit facility, senior notes, and any future loans or securities; our ability to obtain performance and surety bonds; a small number of our existing shareholders have the ability to influence major corporate decisions; risks associated with volatility of our stock price or any dilution or stock price volatility that shareholders may experience in connection with shares we may issue as consideration for earn-out obligations or as purchase consideration in connection with past or future acquisitions, or as a result of other stock issuances; as well as other risks detailed in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ significantly from results expressed or implied in these statements. We do not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements.


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