CHANTILLY, Va., June 6, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Perspecta Inc. (NYSE: PRSP), a leading U.S. government services provider, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and fiscal year 2019 ended March 31, 2019.
"As we complete our first year as Perspecta, I want to thank all of our employees who came together to make the year such a success," said Mac Curtis, president and chief executive officer, Perspecta. "By never losing sight of the missions we support, they ensured that every one of our financial results was ahead of the top end of the guidance we laid out last year. Each day, we are proving the primary thesis behind creating Perspecta—that the innovation, end-to-end capabilities, and scale that we can bring to our customers would drive enhanced performance. The 'Power of the Pyramid' is reflected in our accelerating financial results and robust bookings that provide a solid foundation for fiscal year 2020."
With the one-year anniversary of its initial listing on the NYSE, Perspecta plans to file a shelf registration on Form S-3 to register the 23,273,341 shares of Perspecta Inc. common stock owned by Veritas Capital Fund Management, L.L.C. and certain of its affiliates (Veritas Capital). The filing replaces the existing shelf registration on Form S-1, filed on November 14, 2018, and eliminates the requirement to file prospectus supplements to incorporate updated financial statements going forward. The registration of the shares of common stock does not require Veritas Capital to sell any of its shares, and no new shares of common stock will be issued by Perspecta as part of any offering off of the shelf registration statement.
Summary operating results (unaudited)
On May 31, 2018, Perspecta became an independent company through consummation of the spin-off by DXC Technology Company (DXC) of its U.S. Public Sector Business (USPS) and merger with Vencore Holding Corp. (Vencore) and KGS Holding Corp. (KeyPoint). Accordingly, results provided on an as-reported basis through May 31, 2018, reflect the standalone operations of USPS and thereafter reflect the combined operations of USPS, Vencore and KeyPoint. To aid investors and analysts with year-over-year comparisons, Perspecta also presents pro forma financial information that reflects the USPS, Vencore and KeyPoint financial information on a combined, pro forma basis as if the mergers had taken place on April 1, 2017. In addition, Perspecta provides adjusted, non-GAAP results that exclude costs directly associated with the spin-off and mergers and the ongoing integration process. The tables in Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures at the end of this press release present pro forma adjustments and provide reconciliations from GAAP to non-GAAP results.
Fourth quarter summary results. Revenue for the quarter was $1.09 billion, up 53% compared to the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 on an as-reported basis, primarily as a result of the mergers. Revenue for the quarter was up 3% from pro forma revenue for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. Defense and Intelligence segment revenue of $739 million increased 8%, and Civilian and Health Care segment revenue of $355 million decreased 5% compared to pro forma revenue from the same period of the prior year. In total, the continued growth in background investigations support and ramp ups of new Department of Defense and Intelligence Community programs more than offset the decrease in a few civilian agency contracts.
Defense and Intelligence adjusted segment operating margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 improved to 14.9% from 13.6% (pro forma) in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. Civilian and Health Care adjusted segment operating margin for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 decreased to 13.8% from 15.8% (pro forma) in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. Total adjusted segment operating profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 increased to $159 million from $152 million (pro forma) in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 even though depreciation and amortization excluding acquisition-related intangibles amortization increased $12 million.
Income before taxes for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was a loss of $13 million, which was down from income of $36 million (5.0% operating margin) in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018 on an as-reported basis. The year-over-year decrease in income was due primarily to the $28 million in unrecoverable separation, integration and restructuring expenses and $35 million mark-to-market pension adjustment. Net income was a loss of $19 million, or $0.12 per diluted share.
Adjusted net income was $89 million for the fourth quarter, up 14% compared to pro forma adjusted net income for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018. Adjusted earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) was $207 million for the fourth quarter, up 10% compared to pro forma adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018; adjusted EBITDA margin improved from 17.8% (pro forma) to 18.9% over the same period. The year-over-year increase in profitability primarily reflects strong program execution on fixed price programs, cost synergies associated with the mergers, and an $8 million gain from a subcontractor negotiation. Adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS) for the fourth quarter was $0.54, up 15% compared to pro forma adjusted diluted EPS for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018.
Fiscal year summary results. Revenue for the fiscal year was $4.03 billion, up 43% compared to fiscal year 2018, primarily as a result of the mergers. Pro forma revenue was $4.27 billion, up 2% from pro forma revenue for fiscal year 2018, despite the $108 million headwind from the completion of a large engineering support contract for the Kennedy Space Center in December 2017 and the $37 million headwind from the divestiture of a contract in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019.
Income before taxes for fiscal year 2019 was $112 million (2.8% operating margin), down from $199 million (7.1% operating margin) in fiscal year 2018. The year-over-year decrease in operating margin is due primarily to the $109 million increase in interest expense associated with the debt service from the spin-off and mergers. Net income was $72 million, or $0.44 per diluted share.
Pro forma adjusted net income was $329 million for the year, up 20% compared to pro forma adjusted net income for fiscal year 2018. Pro forma adjusted EBITDA was $760 million, up 16% compared to pro forma adjusted EBITDA for fiscal year 2018; pro forma adjusted EBITDA margin improved from 15.6% to 17.8% over the same period. Pro forma adjusted diluted EPS was $2.00, up 20% compared to pro forma adjusted diluted EPS for fiscal year 2018.
Cash management and capital deployment
Perspecta generated $168 million of net cash provided by operating activities in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019. Quarterly adjusted free cash flow was $136 million, or 153% of adjusted net income. During the quarter, Perspecta used $88 million to pay down debt and returned $24 million to shareholders, including $8 million as part of its regular quarterly cash dividend program and $16 million in share repurchases.
For fiscal year 2019, Perspecta generated $462 million of net cash provided by operating activities and $420 million of pro forma adjusted free cash flow, or 128% of pro forma adjusted net income. During the year, Perspecta used $220 million to pay down debt and returned $84 million to shareholders, including $25 million in dividends and $59 million in share repurchases.
As of March 31, 2019, Perspecta had $88 million in cash and cash equivalents, $600 million of undrawn capacity in its revolving credit facility, and $2.7 billion in total debt, including $305 million in capital lease obligations.
In May, Perspecta announced that its board of directors approved an increase in the company's dividend policy for fiscal year 2020, declaring a dividend of $0.06 per share for the quarter ended March 31, 2019, a 20% increase over the previous quarterly dividend of $0.05 per share. The dividend is payable July 16, 2019, to shareholders of record at the close of business on June 5, 2019. Payment of future quarterly dividends is subject to Board approval.
Contract awards (bookings) totaled $1.4 billion in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019, representing a book-to-bill ratio of 1.2x. New business awards constituted approximately 93 percent of the total awards in the fourth quarter. Book-to-bill exceeded 1x for each of the last four quarters and totaled 1.6x for the fiscal year. Included in the quarterly bookings were several particularly important single-award prime contracts:
- United States Army Cyber Command (ARCYBER) Support. Perspecta won a potential five-year $905 million task order to provide cyberspace operations support to the ARCYBER, the Army headquarters under United States Cyber Command (USCYBERCOM) responsible for the operation and defense of Army networks and for delivering cyberspace effects against adversaries to defend the nation. The award is new work for Perspecta and augments existing cyberspace operations support for USCYBERCOM and cyber research and development for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.
- Department of Defense (DoD) Operational Support. A DoD agency issued Perspecta a contract to support its critical national security and foreign relations challenges and evolving mission needs. The award is new work for Perspecta with a potential value of $129 million over 66 months.
In addition, Perspecta won prime positions on large multiple-award indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity contracts that are not part of the bookings for the quarter but support future growth, including:
Army Program Executive Office - Intelligence, Electronic Warfare and Sensors (PEO IEW&S) R4. Under a potential 10-year, $982 million contract, Perspecta will compete to develop and deploy a comprehensive suite of non-kinetic cyber electronic warfare capabilities in support of the Army's cyber-electromagnetic activities mission. Additionally, the company will integrate deep signals intelligence, wireless, and big data expertise into the services and solutions it plans to deliver to the Army.
Perspecta's backlog of signed business orders at the end of fourth quarter of fiscal year 2019 was $10.7 billion, which was up 2% compared to the third quarter of fiscal year 2019. Funded backlog at the end of the fourth quarter was $2.2 billion, which was unchanged from the third quarter of fiscal year 2019.
The table below introduces fiscal year 2020 guidance ranges for revenue, adjusted EBITDA margin, adjusted diluted EPS, and adjusted free cash flow conversion (as a percentage of adjusted net income). All forward-looking non-GAAP measures exclude estimates for amortization of intangible assets; stock-based compensation expenses; restructuring, separation, transaction, and integration-related costs; mark-to-market changes associated with pension and other post-retirement benefit plans; and other non-recurring items. Perspecta is unable to provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP guidance measures to corresponding GAAP measures on a forward-looking basis without unreasonable effort due to the overall high variability and low visibility of most of the excluded items. Material changes to any one of these items could have a significant effect on future GAAP results.
John Kavanaugh, Perspecta CFO, commented, "We are pleased to have exceeded all of our financial targets in our inaugural year. We aim to build a consistent track record of execution. Our fiscal year 2020 guidance reflects our expectations for continued revenue acceleration and strong profitability and cash generation."
Perspecta executive management will hold a conference call on June 6, 2019, at 5 p.m. Eastern to discuss the financial results and outlook and answer questions. Analysts and investors may participate on the conference call by dialing 888-348-3873 (domestic), 855-669-9657 (Canada), or 412-902-4234 (international). The conference call will be webcast simultaneously through a link on the Investor Relations section of the Perspecta website. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Investor Relations section of the Perspecta website approximately two hours after the conclusion of the call.
About Perspecta Inc.
At Perspecta (NYSE: PRSP), we question, we seek and we solve. Perspecta brings a diverse set of capabilities to our U.S. government customers in defense, intelligence, civilian, health care and state and local markets. Our 260+ issued, licensed and pending patents are more than just pieces of paper, they tell the story of our innovation. With offerings in mission services, digital transformation and enterprise operations, our team of more than 14,000 engineers, analysts, investigators and architects work tirelessly to not only execute the mission, but build and support the backbone that enables it. Perspecta was formed to take on big challenges. We are an engine for growth and success and we enable our customers to build a better nation. For more information about Perspecta, visit perspecta.com .
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Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To aid investors and analysts with year-over-year comparability for the combined businesses of USPS, Vencore and KeyPoint, Perspecta is including certain pro forma financial information that combines the stand-alone USPS and Vencore and KeyPoint financial information as if the acquisition had taken place on April 1, 2017. These pro forma results include a full period of Vencore and KeyPoint results and assess the impact of interest, depreciation and amortization, recurring elements of pension income, and other costs as if the spin-off and mergers had occurred at the beginning of the period. Perspecta is also including adjusted, non-GAAP results that exclude costs directly associated with the spin-off and mergers and the ongoing integration process.
The following tables reconcile non-GAAP financial measures to the most directly comparable financial measures calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. Perspecta management believes that these non-GAAP financial measures provide useful additional information to investors regarding Perspecta's results of operations as they provide another measure of Perspecta's profitability and ability to service its debt and are considered important to financial analysts covering Perspecta's industry.
These non-GAAP financial measures have limitations as an analytical tool and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for income from operations, net income or any other measure of financial performance reported in accordance with GAAP. Perspecta's non-GAAP measures may be calculated differently than similarly named measures reported by other companies. In addition, using non-GAAP measures may have limited value as they exclude certain items that may have a material impact on reported financial results and cash flows. When analyzing Perspecta's performance, it is important to evaluate each adjustment in the reconciliation tables and use adjusted measures in addition to, and not as an alternative to, GAAP measures.
Pro Forma Revenue (Unaudited)
Adjusted EBITDA, Net Income, and Diluted EPS (Unaudited)
Adjusted EBITDA excludes the following items: mark-to-market adjustments to the pension and other post-employment benefit (OPEB) programs, stock-based compensation, and the fiscal year 2018 start-up costs associated with the National Background Investigations Bureau (NBIB) program. Adjusted net income and adjusted diluted EPS also exclude acquired intangible amortization.
Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA, Net Income, and Diluted EPS (Unaudited)
Previously, in its Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 19, 2018, Perspecta provided reconciliations of pro forma adjusted EBITDA, pro forma adjusted net income, and pro forma adjusted diluted EPS to net income. The pro forma presentations of these measures contained in this press release differ from the 8-K for three reasons:
- In the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 19, 2018, Perspecta provided separate reconciliations of (1) pro forma adjusted EBITDA and (2) pro forma adjusted net income and pro forma adjusted diluted EPS. In the current press release, Perspecta has updated this presentation to combine the separate reconciliations and to apply a pro forma effective tax rate of 34 percent in the reconciliations for pro forma adjusted net income and pro forma adjusted diluted EPS for fiscal year 2018. This change adjusts for the effects of implementing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 for purposes of comparison to the financial results for fiscal year 2019.
- As required by the SEC, the pro forma presentations in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 19, 2018, were prepared in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X. Conversely, the pro forma presentations in this press release are prepared in accordance with ASC 805, which requires a different treatment of "non-recurring" costs.
- The pro forma presentations in the Current Report on Form 8-K filed on July 19, 2018, were based on a preliminary valuation of intangibles reflected in Amendment 3 to the Form 10 filed on April 30, 2018. Perspecta has finalized the valuation report, with updated fair values of net tangible assets purchased, including intangibles, and has reflected this update in this press release.
Adjusted EBITDA Margin and Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA Margin (Unaudited)
Adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as the ratio of adjusted EBITDA to revenue, and pro forma adjusted EBITDA margin is calculated as the ratio of pro forma adjusted EBITDA to pro forma revenue.
Adjusted Free Cash Flow (Unaudited)
Perspecta defines adjusted free cash flow as the sum of net cash provided by operating activities and net cash used in investing activities adjusted for certain items, such as (i) payments on capital lease obligations, (ii) business acquisitions, dispositions, and investments, (iii) restructuring payments, (iv) payments on transactions, separation and integration-related costs, (v) the impact arising from the initial sale of accounts receivables under the Master Accounts Receivable Purchase Agreement, and (vi) other non-recurring payments.
Segment Operating Results (Unaudited)
Perspecta delivers IT, mission, and operations-related services across the U.S. federal government through two reportable segments—Defense and Intelligence, which provides services to the Department of Defense (DoD), intelligence community, branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, and other DoD agencies; and Civilian and Health Care, which provides services to the Departments of Homeland Security, Justice, and Health and Human Services, as well as other federal civilian and state and local government agencies.
The following tables summarize revenue and segment operating profit by reportable segment:
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