Atlanta, Georgia – May 4, 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 March 31, 2021.
- Second quarter revenue increased to $108.7 million in fiscal 2022 from $61.5 million in fiscal 2021, reflecting the previously-announced award of two FEMA contracts to support Alaska, which accounted for approximately $39.8 million of revenue
- Excluding these short-term contracts, second quarter revenue rose to $68.9 million in fiscal 2022, an increase of 12% over the prior-year period
- Earnings were $7.2 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2022 second quarter versus $2.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2021
- Excluding contributions from the aforementioned short-term FEMA contracts, earnings on a non-GAAP basis for the fiscal 2022 second quarter were $3.1 million, or $0.22 per diluted share
- The Company’s term loan was reduced to $37.5 million from $42.9 million during the second quarter;
- Contract backlog was $554.7 million as of March 31, 2022 versus $633.6 million at the end of the first quarter, with approximately $30.0 million of the latter related to Alaska-based task orders
“Our second quarter continued the positive trends of the first, with strong organic revenue growth and contributions from our Alaska contracts resulting in solid financial performance,” said DLH President and Chief Executive Officer Zach Parker. “The overall business, net of short-term FEMA work, expanded 12% year-over-year, reflecting increased demand for services even during a slower-than-anticipated award environment. In addition, we achieved an operating margin of 9.4% and continued our early repayment of acquisition debt.
“With passage of the fiscal 2022 omnibus appropriations bill in March, contract decision-making should accelerate – at the same time DLH is expected to benefit from obtaining FedRamp authorization for its Infinibyte® data analytics solutions. We are pleased with the progress we are making to strengthen and diversify our capabilities across the key federal markets we serve. While focused on paying down debt and improving the balance sheet, we continue to actively look at potential acquisitions that may enhance and broaden our portfolio of technology-enabled applications. It’s an exciting time at DLH, with many opportunities ahead of us – leveraging our leadership position in innovative, healthcare-related services and solutions to build a unique, customer-centric enterprise that, at the same time, creates value for our shareholders.”
Results for the Three Months Ended March 31, 2022
Revenue for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 was $108.7 million versus $61.5 million in the prior-year period. The increase was primarily due to the Company’s work for FEMA in Alaska – which added approximately $39.8 million in revenue – along with other new business wins and generally higher volume across a number of legacy programs.
Income from operations was $10.3 million for the quarter versus $4.6 million in the prior-year period and, as a percent of revenue, the Company reported an operating margin of 9.4% in fiscal 2022 versus 7.5% in fiscal 2021. Income from operations increased primarily due to performance on the FEMA task orders. Income from operations on the remaining contract portfolio was essentially flat, notwithstanding the increase in revenue, reflecting planned investment in human capital management and business development as we continue to build and strengthen our sustaining business.
Interest expense was $0.6 million in the fiscal second quarter of 2022 versus $1.0 million in the prior-year period, reflecting lower debt outstanding. Income before taxes was $9.7 million this year versus $3.6 million in fiscal 2021, representing 8.9% and 5.9% of revenue, respectively, for each period.
For the three months ended March 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively, DLH recorded a $2.5 million and $1.0 million provision for tax expense. The Company reported net income of approximately $7.2 million, or $0.50 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 versus $2.6 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, for the second quarter of fiscal 2021. As a percent of revenue, net income was 6.6% for the second quarter of fiscal 2022 versus 4.2% for the prior-year period.
On a non-GAAP basis, EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2022 was approximately $12.1 million versus $6.6 million in the prior-year period, or 11.2% and 10.8% of revenue, respectively. 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 $14.8 million in operating cash, reflecting performance of the $22.2 million deferred revenue on the aforementioned FEMA contracts, for which there were advance payments in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. Excluding the impact of the FEMA contracts, DLH would have generated positive operating cash flow fiscal year to date.
Fiscal year to date, accounts receivable increased by $28.7 million, including $13.6 million related to the FEMA contracts, for which the cash flow impact was largely offset by corresponding subcontractor accruals. Both the receivables and corresponding payables on the FEMA contracts were largely settled subsequent to quarter end. The remaining increase in accounts receivable is related to normal fluctuations in the timing of customer payments and to growth in the overall business volume.
As of March 31, 2022, the Company had cash of $0.4 million and debt outstanding under its credit facility of $37.5 million, versus cash of $24.1 million and debt outstanding of $46.8 million as of September 30, 2021. The Company has satisfied mandatory principal amortization on the loan facility until December 31, 2024. Subsequent to the end of the quarter, the Company made additional debt payments, reducing the outstanding balance on the term loan to $33 million. As a result of these payments, DLH retired the $70 million debt associated with the Social & Scientific Systems, Inc. acquisition more than two years early. The Company intends to continue using cash to make debt prepayments when possible.
At March 31, 2022, total backlog was approximately $554.7 million, including funded backlog of approximately $82.4 million and unfunded backlog of $472.3 million.
Conference Call and Webcast Details
DLH management will discuss second quarter results and provide a general business update, including current competitive conditions and strategies, during a conference call beginning at 11:00 AM Eastern Time tomorrow, May 5, 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 7532524.
Contact: Chris Witty