First Quarter Revenue Increased 40% Year-Over-Year Driven by Growth Across All Reporting Segments

ALEXANDRIA, Va.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–VSE Corporation (NASDAQ: VSEC, “VSE”, or the “Company”), a leading provider of aftermarket distribution and maintenance, repair and overhaul (“MRO”) services for land, sea and air transportation assets for government and commercial markets, today announced results for the first quarter 2022.

FIRST QUARTER 2022 RESULTS

(As compared to the First Quarter 2021)

  • Total Revenues of $231.2 million increased 40.2%
  • GAAP Net Income of $6.2 million increased 22.2%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $22.2 million increased 42.9%
  • Adjusted Net Income of $9.2 million increased 72.8%
  • Adjusted EPS (Diluted) of $0.72 increased 64%

Aviation segment revenue increased 110% year-over-year to a record $93.3 million in the first quarter 2022. The year-over-year revenue improvement was attributable to share gains within the Business and General Aviation (B&GA) market and continued commercial end-market recovery. Aviation distribution and repair revenue increased 172% and 22%, respectively, in the first quarter 2022 versus the prior-year period. The Aviation segment reported operating income of $7.6 million in the first quarter, compared to a loss of $0.3 million in the same period of 2021. Segment adjusted EBITDA increased by 389% in the first quarter to $10.9 million, versus $2.2 million in the prior-year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 11.6%, an increase of 664 basis points versus the prior-year period, driven by improved sales mix and end-market recovery.

Fleet segment revenue increased 22% year-over-year to $67.0 million in the first quarter 2022. Revenues from commercial customers increased 93% on a year-over-year basis, driven by growth in commercial fleet demand and e-commerce fulfillment sales. Commercial revenue represented 42% of total Fleet segment revenue in the period. Segment adjusted EBITDA increased 9% year-over-year to $8.8 million, while adjusted EBITDA margin declined 165 basis points to 13.1%, given a higher mix of commercial revenue and continued investment in commercial channel growth.

Federal & Defense segment revenue increased 8% year-over-year to $70.9 million in the first quarter 2022, driven by the contributions from the acquisition of HAECO Special Services (HSS), growth in field programs within aircraft maintenance and modernization services, along with a steady increase in Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) distribution services. The segment continues to execute under its one-year, $100 million Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) bridge award contract, which was announced in March 2022. The Federal & Defense segment reported an operating loss of $(0.7) million in the first quarter 2022 due to a $3.5 million provision for a contract loss recognized in the current quarter. The charge represents the expected loss driven by higher than anticipated supply chain material and labor costs related to a specific fixed-price, non-DoD contract with a foreign customer that is not considered indicative of ongoing business operations and strategy. Segment adjusted EBITDA declined 34.8% year-over-year to $3.8 million in the period, given a higher mix of cost-plus contracts. Funded backlog increased 5% year-over-year to $198 million, while bookings increased 46% on a year-over-year basis, given an increased focused on business development activities.

STRATEGIC UPDATE

During the first quarter, VSE continued to advance its business transformation of developing a leading aftermarket parts distribution and MRO services platform to support higher-growth end-markets. Building long-term sustainable revenue channels, growing adjusted EBITDA, and stabilizing legacy programs remain key focus areas that are expected to deliver value for shareholders. The Company’s first quarter results demonstrate substantial progress across these strategic imperatives and the additional opportunities that exist as the business continues to scale.

Building Long-Term, Sustainable Revenue Channels:

  • During the first quarter, VSE Aviation secured a renewal of a three-year, $180 million distribution agreement with a global B&GA aircraft OEM. VSE Aviation will remain the global distributor of approximately 30,000 airframe parts serving approximately 1,000 B&GA aircraft through year-end 2025.
  • During the first quarter, VSE Aviation reached an agreement with Honeywell Aerospace to provide repair services for various avionics products, including inertial reference units and cockpit display units across multiple air transport platforms. The agreement will establish OEM-authorized repair capabilities and contribute to commercial MRO revenue and growth beginning in 2023.
  • VSE Aviation was recognized as Honeywell Aerospace’s Regional Channel Partner of the Year (EMEAI region) for its “unwavering commitment to supporting Honeywell products and services.” This recognition further exemplifies VSE’s dedication to excellence in service, and the value of the partnerships between VSE Aviation and global OEMs in support of mutual customers.
  • During the first quarter, Fleet continued to execute on its revenue diversification strategy implemented in 2019 to expand its presence in commercial fleet, e-commerce, and e-commerce fulfillment markets. By leveraging Fleet’s existing capabilities and operational infrastructure to serve a diverse set of new customers, Fleet’s commercial revenue has grown to 42% of total segment revenue, up from 10% in 2019. VSE anticipates commercial revenue channels will continue to drive growth within the segment.
  • Federal & Defense continues to achieve steady increases in awards for logistics and distribution services, resulting in $4.2 million in bookings during the first quarter. This growing revenue channel builds on existing capabilities, while bringing more comprehensive solutions to our DoD customers.

Growing Adjusted EBITDA:

  • Aviation segment adjusted EBITDA grew to $10.9 million, up 389% versus the prior-year period. The execution of new business wins and commercial MRO activity continued to drive margin expansion in the quarter. Commercial airline end-market activity, anticipated to recover in 2024, will support higher-margin repair revenue, which we anticipate will contribute to incremental margin expansion in 2023 and beyond.
  • Fleet segment adjusted EBITDA grew to $8.8 million, up 9% versus the prior-year period. Fleet segment leadership successfully mitigated industry-wide supply chain disruptions and cost inflation during the period, as it continues to leverage existing supply chain excellence, supplier relationships, and product knowledge to reach new commercial customers. Fleet commercial growth, underpinned by higher class 4-8 and heavy-duty vehicle aftermarket activity, is anticipated to deliver an improved outlook for adjusted EBITDA, despite margin headwinds from revenue diversification.

Stabilizing Legacy Programs:

  • Fleet segment’s USPS revenue was flat in the first quarter versus the prior-year period. In support of this long-term customer relationship, Fleet continued to add product offerings in support of the 230,000 vehicles in the USPS fleet. Amid a challenging supply chain environment, the Fleet segment remains essential in USPS maintenance operations and seeks to further develop comprehensive parts solutions for older long-lived vehicles (LLV), commercial off-the-shelf vehicles (COTS), and next generation delivery vehicles (NGDV).
  • Federal & Defense segment revenue grew 8% in the first quarter, supported by contributions from the HAECO Special Services (HSS) acquisition and growth in NAVSEA services. Segment backlog grew 5% in the period versus the prior-year period, in part from awards under the recently announced NAVSEA $100 million contract, as well as contributions from new aircraft maintenance and DLA distribution awards.

MANAGEMENT COMMENTARY

“During the first quarter, we delivered strong revenue growth in our Aviation and Fleet segments as both businesses capitalized on recent investments, new program wins, and market share gains with new and existing customers in our end-markets. The robust first quarter results included revenue growth in all segments, the highest ever revenue quarter for our Aviation segment, and the highest revenue quarter for VSE in the last ten years,” stated John Cuomo, President and CEO of VSE Corporation. “This quarter’s results demonstrate the opportunities that exist for our businesses to capitalize on end-market demand through focused product and service strategies and our industry-leading customer service.”

“Building long-term, sustainable revenue growth remains critical to scaling our businesses,” continued Cuomo. “Our first quarter results highlight the potential for both Aviation and Fleet segments in 2023 and beyond. VSE Aviation’s $180 million B&GA-focused airframe renewal is a testament to the ‘tip-to-tail’ initiative launched in 2021 that supports multi-year revenue confidence through 2025. VSE Aviation is also poised to benefit from new commercial repair capabilities with the recently announced Honeywell agreement, which will expand service offerings into newer next generation aircraft and increase our technical avionics repair capabilities as an authorized OEM repair station. Additionally, Fleet commercial growth, up 93% versus the first quarter of 2021, showcases the strong end-market demand for the products and services that Fleet provides, and illustrates our customer-centric value proposition to fleet owners, specifically in times of global supply chain uncertainty.”

“Our first quarter adjusted EBITDA of $22.2 million, up $6.7 million, demonstrates our focus on margin and operational excellence as our businesses scale. Aviation segment adjusted EBITDA of $10.9 million grew $8.6 million, driven by strong results from the recent B&GA-focused Global Parts acquisition, contributions from 2021 distribution awards, and higher repair revenues, which were up 22% year-over-year. Although commercial MRO market recovery in 2022 will be slightly slower than initially anticipated, we expect higher-margin Aviation commercial repair recovery, driven by improved air traffic levels and our MRO capability additions, to further support margin expansion for the Aviation segment as we look to 2023 and beyond.”

“Fleet adjusted EBITDA was $8.8 million in the quarter, up $0.7 million year-over-year, as the segment drives scale and successfully manages through a challenging supply chain environment. Key to our transformation is the stabilization of legacy programs, and in the first quarter Fleet delivered solid results with USPS revenue flat year-over-year. Fleet continues to support this long-term customer by adding products to support both legacy LLV and newer Commercial Off the Shelf vehicles. Over time, we plan to stabilize Fleet segment profit through commercial revenue diversification and additional support of non-LLV vehicle fleets.”

“Federal and Defense growth in the quarter was driven by the HSS acquisition and growth of our NAVSEA services. Margins were impacted as our contract mix of cost plus versus fixed price awards created headwinds in the quarter. The segment focused on delivering exceptional service to customers and continuing to grow profitable backlog.”

“We remain disciplined in our capital allocation in 2022,” stated Stephen Griffin, CFO of VSE Corporation. “In addition to improving net leverage this year, we will continue to invest in our higher return business through organic investments and bolt-on acquisitions of complementary assets that expand our product and service capabilities. At the conclusion of the first quarter, we had $100 million in cash and available liquidity to support the ongoing growth of our business.”

FINANCIAL RESOURCES AND LIQUIDITY

As of March 31, 2022, the Company had $100 million in cash and unused commitment availability under its $350 million revolving credit facility maturing in 2024. As of March 31, 2022, VSE had total net debt outstanding of $303 million and $80.3 million of trailing-twelve months adjusted EBITDA.

FIRST QUARTER RESULTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands, except per share data)

 

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

Revenues

 

$

231,239

 

$

164,981

 

40.2

%

Operating income

 

$

11,914

 

 

$

9,603

 

 

24.1

%

Net income

 

$

6,244

 

 

$

5,111

 

 

22.2

%

EPS (Diluted)

 

$

0.49

 

 

$

0.42

 

 

16.7

%

FIRST QUARTER SEGMENT RESULTS

The following is a summary of revenues and operating income (loss) for the three months ended March 31, 2022 and March 31, 2021:

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

Revenues:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aviation

 

$

93,290

 

 

$

44,371

 

 

110.2

%

Fleet

 

$

67,030

 

 

 

54,747

 

 

22.4

%

Federal & Defense

 

$

70,919

 

 

 

65,863

 

 

7.7

%

Total revenues

 

$

231,239

 

 

$

164,981

 

 

40.2

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income (loss):

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aviation

 

$

7,622

 

 

$

(332

)

 

(2,395.8

)%

Fleet

 

 

6,381

 

 

 

5,741

 

 

11.1

%

Federal & Defense

 

 

(688

)

 

 

5,025

 

 

(113.7

)%

Corporate/unallocated expenses

 

 

(1,401

)

 

 

(831

)

 

68.6

%

Operating income

 

$

11,914

 

 

$

9,603

 

 

24.1

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Company reported $1.3 million of total capital expenditures for three months ended March 31, 2022.

NON-GAAP MEASURES

In addition to the financial measures prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), this earnings release also contains Non-GAAP financial measures. These measures provide useful information to investors, and a reconciliation of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures and other information relating to these Non-GAAP measures is included in the supplemental schedules attached.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Reconciliation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS to Net Income

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

Net income

 

$

6,244

 

 

$

5,111

 

 

22.2

%

Adjustments to net income:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Acquisition, integration and restructuring costs

 

 

287

 

 

 

310

 

 

(7.4

)%

Non-recurring professional fees

 

 

218

 

 

 

 

 

%

Forward contract loss provision

 

 

3,482

 

 

 

 

 

%

 

 

 

10,231

 

 

 

5,421

 

 

88.7

%

Tax impact of adjusted items

 

 

(997

)

 

 

(78

)

 

1,178.2

%

Adjusted net income

 

$

9,234

 

 

$

5,343

 

 

72.8

%

Weighted average dilutive shares

 

 

12,803

 

 

 

12,172

 

 

5.2

%

Adjusted EPS (Diluted)

 

$

0.72

 

 

$

0.44

 

 

63.6

%

Reconciliation of Consolidated EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

Net income

 

$

6,244

 

$

5,111

 

22.2

%

Interest expense

 

 

3,609

 

 

 

3,030

 

 

19.1

%

Income taxes

 

 

2,061

 

 

 

1,462

 

 

41.0

%

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

4,736

 

 

 

4,288

 

 

10.4

%

Depreciation and other amortization

 

 

1,600

 

 

 

1,360

 

 

17.6

%

EBITDA

 

 

18,250

 

 

 

15,251

 

 

19.7

%

Acquisition, integration and restructuring costs

 

 

287

 

 

 

310

 

 

(7.4

)%

Non-recurring professional fees

 

 

218

 

 

 

 

 

%

Forward contract loss provision

 

 

3,482

 

 

 

 

 

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

22,237

 

 

$

15,561

 

 

42.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA Summary

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aviation

 

$

10,863

 

 

$

2,222

 

 

388.9

%

Fleet

 

 

8,790

 

 

 

8,081

 

 

8.8

%

Federal and Defense

 

 

3,767

 

 

 

5,779

 

 

(34.8

)%

Adjusted Corporate expenses (1)

 

 

(1,183

)

 

 

(521

)

 

127.1

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

22,237

 

 

$

15,561

 

 

42.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) Includes certain adjustments not directly attributable to any of our segments.

Reconciliation of Segment EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to Operating Income (Loss)

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

2021

 

% Change

Aviation

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income (loss)

 

$

7,622

 

 

$

(332

)

 

(2,395.8

)%

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

3,035

 

 

 

2,554

 

 

18.8

%

EBITDA

 

 

10,657

 

 

 

2,222

 

 

379.6

%

Acquisition, integration and restructuring costs

 

 

206

 

 

 

 

 

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

10,863

 

 

$

2,222

 

 

388.9

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fleet

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

$

6,381

 

 

$

5,741

 

 

11.1

%

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

2,328

 

 

 

2,340

 

 

(0.5

)%

EBITDA

 

$

8,709

 

 

$

8,081

 

 

7.8

%

Acquisition, integration and restructuring costs

 

 

81

 

 

 

 

 

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

8,790

 

 

$

8,081

 

 

8.8

%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Federal & Defense

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating income

 

$

(688

)

 

$

5,025

 

 

(113.7

)%

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

973

 

 

 

754

 

 

29.0

%

EBITDA

 

$

285

 

 

$

5,779

 

 

(95.1

)%

Forward contract loss provision

 

 

3,482

 

 

 

 

 

%

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

3,767

 

 

$

5,779

 

 

(34.8

)%

Reconciliation of Operating Cash to Free Cash Flow

 

 

Three months ended March 31,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

2021

Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities

 

$

(18,174

)

 

$

(36,367

)

Capital expenditures

 

 

(1,269

)

 

 

(2,109

)

Free cash flow

 

$

(19,443

)

 

$

(38,476

)

Reconciliation of Debt to Net Debt

 

 

March 31,

 

December 31,

(in thousands)

 

2022

 

2021

Principal amount of debt

 

$

305,800

 

 

$

286,734

 

Debt issuance costs

 

 

(1,955

)

 

 

(2,165

)

Cash and cash equivalents

 

 

(498

)

 

 

(518

)

Net debt

 

$

303,347

 

 

$

284,051

 

The non-GAAP Financial Information set forth in this document is not calculated in accordance with GAAP under SEC Regulation G. We consider Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EPS (Diluted), EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, net debt and free cash flow as non-GAAP financial measures and important indicators of performance and useful metrics for management and investors to evaluate our business’ ongoing operating performance on a consistent basis across reporting periods. These non-GAAP financial measures, however, should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted Net Income represents Net Income adjusted for acquisition-related costs, forward contract loss provision and other discrete items, and related tax impact. Adjusted EPS (Diluted) is computed by dividing net income, adjusted for the discrete items as identified above and the related tax impacts, by the diluted weighted average number of common shares outstanding. EBITDA represents net income before interest expense, income taxes, amortization of intangible assets and depreciation and other amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA (as defined above) adjusted for the discrete items as identified above. Net debt is defined as total debt less cash and cash equivalents. Free cash flow represents operating cash flow less capital expenditures.

CONFERENCE CALL

A conference call will be held Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 8:30 A.M. EST to review the Company’s financial results, discuss recent events and conduct a question-and-answer session.

A webcast of the conference call and accompanying presentation materials will be available in the Investor Relations section of VSE’s website at https://ir.vsecorp.com. To listen to the live broadcast, go to the site at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time in order to register, download and install any necessary audio software.

To participate in the live teleconference:

Domestic Live:

 

(877) 407-0789

International Live:

 

(201) 689-8562

Audio Webcast:

 

Click here

To listen to a replay of the teleconference through May 12, 2022:

Domestic Replay:

 

(844) 512-2921

International Replay:

 

(412) 317-6671

Replay PIN Number:

 

13728798

ABOUT VSE CORPORATION

VSE is a leading provider of aftermarket distribution and repair services for land, sea and air transportation assets for government and commercial markets. Core services include MRO services, parts distribution, supply chain management and logistics, engineering support, and consulting and training services for global commercial, federal, military and defense customers. VSE also provides information technology and energy consulting services. For additional information regarding VSE’s services and products, visit www.vsecorp.com.

AVIATION

Distribution & MRO Services

VSE’s Aviation segment provides aftermarket MRO and distribution services to commercial, business and general aviation, cargo, military/defense and rotorcraft customers globally. Core services include parts distribution, component and engine accessory MRO services, rotable exchange and supply chain services.

FLEET

Distribution & Fleet Services

VSE’s Fleet segment provides parts, inventory management, e-commerce fulfillment, logistics, supply chain support and other services to the commercial aftermarket medium- and heavy-duty truck market, the United States Postal Service (USPS), and the United States Department of Defense. Core services include parts distribution, sourcing, IT solutions, customized fleet logistics, warehousing, kitting, just-in-time supply chain management, alternative product sourcing, engineering and technical support.

FEDERAL & DEFENSE

Logistics & Sustainment Services

VSE’s Federal & Defense segment provides aftermarket MRO and logistics services to improve operational readiness and extend the lifecycle of military vehicles, ships and aircraft for the U.S. Armed Forces, federal agencies and international defense customers. Core services include base operations support, procurement, supply chain management, vehicle, maritime and aircraft sustainment services, IT and data management services and energy consulting.

Please refer to the Form 10-Q that will be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on or about April 28, 2022 for more details on our first quarter 2022 results. Also, refer to VSE’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 for further information and analysis of VSE’s financial condition and results of operations. VSE encourages investors and others to review the detailed reporting and disclosures contained in VSE’s public filings for additional discussion about the status of customer programs and contract awards, risks, revenue sources and funding, dependence on material customers, and management’s discussion of short- and long-term business challenges and opportunities.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

This document contains certain forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements, which are included in accordance with the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause VSE’s actual results and performance in future periods to be materially different from any future results or performance suggested by the forward-looking statements in this document. Although we believe the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, we can give no assurance that actual results will not differ materially from these expectations. “Forward-looking” statements, as such term is defined by the SEC in its rules, regulations and releases, represent our expectations or beliefs, including, but not limited to, statements concerning our operations, economic performance, financial condition, the impact of widespread health developments, the health and economic impact thereof, and the governmental, commercial, consumer and other responses thereto, growth and acquisition strategies, investments and future operational plans. Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, words such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “believe,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “forecast,” “seek,” “plan,” “predict,” “project,” “could,” “estimate,” “might,” “continue,” “seeking” or the negative or other variations thereof or comparable terminology are intended to identify forward-looking statements.

Contacts

INVESTOR CONTACT
Noel Ryan

(720) 778-2415

investors@vsecorp.com

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