Atlanta, Georgia – January 31, 2022 – DLH Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: DLHC) (“DLH” or the “Company”), a leading provider of innovative healthcare services and solutions to federal agencies, today announced financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended December 31, 2021.
- First quarter revenue increased to $152.8 million in fiscal 2022 from $57.9 million in fiscal 2021, reflecting the previously-announced award of two FEMA contracts to support Alaska, which accounted for approximately $91.1 million of revenue; these programs are expected to contribute substantially less revenue in the fiscal second quarter as performance nears completion
- Excluding these short-term contracts, first quarter revenue rose to $61.7 million in fiscal 2022, an increase of 7% over the prior-year period
- Earnings were $7.8 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2022 first quarter versus $1.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2021
- Excluding contributions from the aforementioned short-term FEMA contracts, earnings on a non-GAAP basis for the fiscal 2022 first quarter were $3.1 million, or $0.22 per diluted share
- The Company’s term loan was reduced to $42.9 million from $46.8 million during the first quarter
- Contract backlog was $633.6 million as of December 31, 2021 of which approximately $30.0 million related to the task order under a FEMA contract providing medical staffing support to Alaska, which is expected to be completed in the second quarter.
“We delivered another solid quarter of growth at the start of fiscal 2022, resulting in outstanding performance that reflects the contribution of two short-term contracts, awarded by the DHS’ FEMA organization, for COVID-19 countermeasures and contingency assistance in Alaska,” said DLH President and Chief Executive Officer Zach Parker. “Excluding these programs, revenue rose almost $4.0 million year-over-year or approximately 7%. While timing for the federal budget remains uncertain – and another continuing resolution is certainly possible – we feel confident that our array of offerings, and recent wins, position us well for fiscal 2022.
“The second quarter is expected to reflect the wind-down of our COVID-19 support activities in Alaska, but we remain on track for another year of standout results. M&A remains a key aspect of our expansion strategy as we examine opportunities to further strengthen our innovation and technology credentials and service offerings. In addition, we will continue to de-lever the balance sheet while enhancing our capital deployment plans, positioning the company for further growth; we believe the best is yet to come for DLH.”
Results for the Three Months Ended December 31, 2021
Revenue for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 was $152.8 million versus $57.9 million in the prior-year period. The increase was primarily due to the Company’s work for FEMA in Alaska – which added approximately $91.1 million in revenue – along with other new business wins and generally higher volume across a number of legacy programs.
Income from operations was $11.2 million for the quarter versus $3.6 million in the prior-year period and, as a percent of revenue, the Company reported an operating margin of 7.3% in fiscal 2022 versus 6.3% in fiscal 2021.
Interest expense was $0.7 million in the fiscal first quarter of 2022 versus $1.1 million in the prior-year period, reflecting lower debt outstanding. Income before taxes was $10.5 million this year versus $2.6 million in fiscal 2021, representing 6.9% and 4.4% of revenue, respectively, for each period.
For the three months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, DLH recorded a $2.7 million and $0.7 million provision for tax expense. The Company reported net income of approximately $7.8 million, or $0.55 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 versus $1.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, for the first quarter of fiscal 2021. As a percent of revenue, net income was 5.1% for the first quarter of fiscal 2022 versus 3.1% for the prior year period.
On a non-GAAP basis, EBITDA for the three months ended December 31, 2021 was approximately $13.2 million versus $5.7 million in the prior-year period, or 8.6% and 9.8% of revenue, respectively. EBITDA performance reflects the impact from the FEMA task orders – specifically, the pass-through nature of the revenue. A reconciliation of the Company’s performance for the quarter less the contribution of the FEMA task orders compared to the prior-year period, is included at the back of this document.
Key Financial Indicators:
Fiscal year to date, DLH used $16.2 million in operating cash, reflecting performance obligations for the deferred revenue on the aforementioned FEMA contracts, for which there were advance payments in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. The Company paid down $3.9 million of its secured loan facility and has satisfied mandatory principal amortization on the loan facility until March 31, 2024. The Company intends to continue using cash to make debt prepayments when possible.
As of December 31, 2021, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $4.2 million and debt outstanding under its credit facility of $42.9 million, versus cash of $24.1 million and debt outstanding of $46.8 million as of September 30, 2021.
At December 31, 2021, total backlog was approximately $633.6 million, including funded backlog of approximately $132.4 million, and unfunded backlog of $501.2 million.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
DLH management will discuss first quarter results and provide a general business update, including current competitive conditions and strategies, during a conference call beginning at 10:00 AM Eastern Time tomorrow, February 1, 2022. Interested parties may listen to the conference call by dialing 888-347-5290 or 412-317-5256. Presentation materials will also be posted on the Investor Relations section of the DLH website prior to the commencement of the conference call.
A digital recording of the conference call will be available for replay two hours after the completion of the call and can be accessed on the DLH Investor Relations website or by dialing 877-344-7529 and entering the conference ID 8200479.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements relate to future events or DLH`s future financial performance. Any statements that refer to expectations, projections or other characterizations of future events or circumstances or that are not statements of historical fact (including without limitation statements to the effect that the Company or its management “believes”, “expects”, “anticipates”, “plans”, “intends” and similar expressions) should be considered forward looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties which could cause actual events or DLH’s actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements in this release include, among others, statements regarding estimates of future revenues, operating income, earnings and cash flow. These statements reflect our belief and assumptions as to future events that may not prove to be accurate. Our actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking statements made in this release due to a variety of factors, including: the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”), including the measures to reduce its spread, and its impact on the economy and demand for our services, are uncertain, cannot be predicted, and may precipitate or exacerbate other risks and uncertainties; the risk that we will not realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions; the challenges of managing larger and more widespread operations; contract awards in connection with re-competes for present business and/or competition for new business; compliance with new bank financial and other covenants; changes in client budgetary priorities; government contract procurement (such as bid and award protests, small business set asides, loss of work due to organizational conflicts of interest, etc.) and termination risks; the ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquisitions; and other risks described in our SEC filings. For a discussion of such risks and uncertainties which could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, see “Risk Factors” in the Company’s periodic reports filed with the SEC, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2021, as well as subsequent reports filed thereafter. The forward-looking statements contained herein are not historical facts, but rather are based on current expectations, estimates, assumptions and projections about our industry and business.
Such forward-looking statements are made as of the date hereof and may become outdated over time. The Company does not assume any responsibility for updating forward-looking statements, except as may be required by law.