Tetra Tech Inc.
) reported fourth quarter 2012 earnings per share (excluding
one-time items)of 48 cents, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate
of 49 cents and 14.3% higher than the year-ago level of 42
Profits during the quarter were driven by strong performances
across the company's businesses. The international business,
which is the largest client sector and the fastest growing
market, grew 32% organically in the fourth quarter.
In the U.S., commercial revenue was up 15% year over year,
marking the eighth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth for
the segment and driven by a very broad base of commercial clients
including oil and gas, industrial manufacturing, energy,
commercial utilities and mining.
The state and local work also increased on the back of few
larger projects and some localized pickups in some select
municipal orders, but overall, was relatively stable. Federal
work was up supported by the healthy book of orders.
Total revenue in the quarter was $719.4 million, an increase
of 6.5% year over year. Revenue, net of subcontractor costs, was
$536.3 million, up 12.7% from the prior-year quarter.
Subcontractor cost in the quarter was $183.1 million. Backlog
at the end of the reported quarter was at a record high of $2.14
billion versus $1.95 billion at the end of the prior-year
Income & Expenses
Operating income in the quarter amounted to $48.5 million, up
11.6% year over year. Earnings before interest, taxes,
depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) increased 11.5% year over
year to $56.4 million. Interest expenses were $1.38 million in
the quarter compared with $1.45 million in the previous-year
Tetra Tech generated cash flow from operations of $29.8
million in the quarter compared with $33.2 million in the
The company expects diluted earnings per share to be within 37
cents to 41 cents in the upcoming first quarter of fiscal 2013.
Revenue, net of subcontractor cost, is projected to be in the
range of $490 million to $540 million for the same period.
The company expects fiscal 2013 earnings per share to be in
the range of $1.80- $1.95. The revenue, net of subcontractor
cost, is likely to be within $2.1 billion to $2.3 billion for
Tetra Tech Inc. is a leading provider of consulting,
engineering, program management, construction and technical
services focusing on resource management and infrastructure. It
serves its clients by providing cost-effective and innovative
solutions to fundamental needs for water, environmental and
alternative energy services.
Tetra Tech Inc., which faces stiff competition from
), currently holds a Zacks #4 Rank, which implies a short-term
Sell rating on the stock.
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