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Montrose Environmental Group Announces Third Quarter 2021 Results

11/09/2021

- Continued Execution Drove Solid Third Quarter Results -

- Completed Strategically and Financially Accretive Acquisitions -

- Strengthened Balance Sheet With Successful October Equity Offering Reducing Leverage to 0.8x* -

- Increased Guidance for Full Year 2021 -

LITTLE ROCK, Ark.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. (the “Company,” “Montrose” or “MEG”) (NYSE: MEG) today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2021.

Third Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Total revenue of $132.6 million increased 56.5% compared to the prior year quarter.
  • Net income of $2.2 million compared to a net loss of $30.7 million in the prior year quarter, largely due to higher revenues and fair value adjustment charges in the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $21.5 million increased 28.6% compared to the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin1 of 16.2%.
  • Completed two strategically and financially accretive transactions in the third quarter.

First Nine Months 2021 Highlights

  • Total revenue of $402.6 million increased 83.4% compared to the prior year period.
  • Net loss of $23.9 million compared to a net loss of $58.8 million in the prior year period, primarily due to higher revenues and lower fair value adjustment charges in the current year versus the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $59.2 million grew 63.9% compared to the prior year period. Adjusted EBITDA margin1 of 14.7%.

*

Leverage is calculated under Montrose’s credit agreement, pro forma for the follow-on offering completed in October 2021. As of September 30, 2021, without giving effect to the follow-on offering, Montrose’s leverage ratio under its credit facility, which includes the impact of acquisition-related contingent earnout payments that may become payable in cash, was 2.8 times.

 
(1)

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP measures. See the appendix to this release for a discussion of these measures, including how they are calculated and the reasons why we believe they provide useful information to investors, and a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure.

 

“We continue to experience strong performance across our business which was evident during the third quarter as it has been in prior quarters,” stated Vijay Manthripragada, Montrose’s Chief Executive Officer. “Though we are increasing our outlook for 2021 to reflect continued outperformance, we believe it is important to anchor on our base business including a more normalized CTEH as that will be the basis for our 2022 outlook. Because Montrose continues to benefit from broader industry tailwinds and our unique strategy and position within the environmental industry, our long-term outlook remains optimistic.”

Mr. Manthripragada continued, “We remain pleased to see the continued focus on environmental stewardship by investors, by capital markets, and by our clients, which we expect will drive additional demand for our environmental solutions in the years ahead. I am particularly grateful to my team for their continued efforts as these great results belong to all of them.”

Third Quarter 2021 Results

Total revenue in the third quarter of 2021 increased 56.5% to $132.6 million compared to $84.7 million in the prior year quarter. The increase in revenues was primarily driven by organic growth in our Assessment, Permitting and Response and Remediation and Reuse segments, partially offset by a decrease in revenues in our Measurement and Analysis segment. Third quarter revenue growth also benefited from the acquisitions of MSE Group, LLC (MSE) in January 2021, Vista Analytical Laboratory, Inc. (Vista) in June 2021, and Environmental Intelligence, LLC (EI) in July 2021.

Net income was $2.2 million, compared to a net loss of $30.7 million in the prior year quarter. The year-over-year change was primarily attributable to higher revenues in the current year and fair value adjustment charges in the prior year related to contingent earn-out obligations and the Series A-2 preferred stock.

Adjusted EBITDA1 increased to $21.5 million, compared to $16.7 million in the prior year quarter. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA1 was driven by higher revenues. Adjusted EBITDA margin1 declined 350 basis points to 16.2% compared to 19.7% in the prior year quarter, mainly due to business mix, particularly the lower margin pandemic response services provided by CTEH, and the planned and expected normalization of margins in certain business lines following temporary cost mitigation actions taken at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have been reversed.

First Nine Months 2021 Results

Total revenue in the first nine months of 2021 increased 83.4% to $402.6 million compared to $219.5 million in the prior year period. Excluding discontinued services, which generated no revenue and $3.8 million in the 2021 and 2020 periods, respectively, total revenue increased 86.7%. The increase in revenue was driven by a full nine-month period including the results of CTEH and organic growth across all three of our segments, as well as the acquisitions of MSE, Vista, and EI.

Net loss was $23.9 million compared to a net loss of $58.8 million in the prior year period. The year-over-year difference in net loss primarily reflected higher revenues in the current year and significantly lower fair value charges related to the Series A-2 preferred stock.

Adjusted EBITDA1 increased 63.9% to $59.2 million compared to $36.2 million in the prior year period. The increase in Adjusted EBITDA1 was due to higher revenues. Adjusted EBITDA margin1 declined 180 basis points to 14.7%, compared to 16.5% in the prior year mainly due to business mix, public company costs in the current year that existed during only a portion of the prior year, and the planned and expected normalization of margins in certain business lines following the reversal of COVID-19 related initiatives.

Operating Cash Flow Liquidity and Capital Resources

Cash flow from operating activities for the nine months ended September 30, 2021 was $13.7 million compared to cash used in operating activities of $3.9 million in the prior year period. Cash flow from operations includes payment of contingent consideration of $15.5 million and $6.4 million in current and prior year periods, respectively. Excluding acquisition-related contingent earnout payments, which are not part of day-to-day operations, cash flow from operating activities was $29.2 million compared to a cash flow of $2.5 million in the prior year period, an increase of $26.7 million. The period-over-period increase was primarily due to higher year-to-date earnings before non-cash items and cloud computing costs of $2.4 million in the prior year. These increases were partially offset by an increase in working capital of $17.6 million versus the prior year change in working capital. The increase in working capital in the current year is a result of an increase in accounts receivable and contract assets of $12.5 million, driven by higher revenues, an increase in prepaid expenses and other current assets of $1.8 million, and lower accounts payable and other accrued liabilities of $3.4 million.

At September 30, 2021, Montrose had total debt, before debt issuance costs, of $212.0 million and $16.0 million of cash. As of September 30, 2021, Montrose’s leverage ratio under its credit facility, which includes the impact of acquisition-related contingent earnout payments that may become payable in cash, was 2.8 times. Pro forma for the follow-on stock issuance in October 2021, Montrose’s leverage ratio was 0.8 times.

In October 2021, Montrose completed a public offering of 2,875,000 shares of its common stock, raising approximately $169.8 million, net of underwriting discounts and commissions. The proceeds from the offering will be used for general corporate purposes, including, among other things, funding acquisitions and business expansion, working capital, capital expenditures such as investments in research, development and software, or the repayment of debt. Following the public offering, Montrose had $273.8 million of liquidity, including $148.8 million of cash and $125 million of availability on its revolving credit facility.

Recent Acquisitions

In October 2021, Montrose acquired Environmental Chemistry, Inc. (“ECI”), an environmental laboratory with a focus on Texas and the US gulf coast region. ECI is part of the Company’s Measurement and Analysis segment.

In November 2021, Montrose acquired Horizon Water and Environment, LLC (“Horizon”), an environmental consulting firm. Horizon deepens Montrose’s water resource knowledge and relationships in the Western US. Horizon is part of the Company’s Assessment, Permitting and Response Segment.

Full Year 2021 Outlook

Because demand for environmental services does not follow fiscal quarter patterns, the Company’s business is best assessed on yearly results. Given the outperformance of CTEH, continued organic growth across its segments, and the contribution of completed acquisitions, the Company now expects full year 2021 Adjusted EBITDA1 to be in the range of $75 million to $80 million, which is increased from its prior full year 2021 guidance of $70.0 million to $75.0 million in Adjusted EBITDA1.

Given the emergency response dynamic and impact of CTEH’s performance in 2021, the Company expects to initiate 2022 guidance based off its base business and a more normalized CTEH, taking into consideration acquisitions completed in 2021 and continued organic growth acceleration across other business lines.

The Company’s outlook continues to be based on a combination of high single digit organic growth plus the contribution of completed acquisitions. The outlook does not include any benefit from future acquisitions that have not yet been completed.

Webcast and Conference Call

The Company’s senior management will host a webcast and conference call on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern time to discuss third quarter financial results. Their prepared remarks will be followed by a question and answer session. A live webcast of the conference call will be available in the Investors section of the Montrose website at www.montrose-env.com. The conference call will also be accessible by dialing 1-855-327-6837 (Domestic) and 1-631-891-4304 (International). For those who are unable to listen to the live broadcast, an audio replay of the conference call will be available on the Montrose website for 30 days.

About Montrose

Montrose is a leading environmental services company focused on supporting commercial and government organizations as they deal with the challenges of today, and prepare for what’s coming tomorrow. With more than 2000 employees across over 70 locations around the world, Montrose combines deep local knowledge with an integrated approach to design, engineering, and operations, enabling the Company to respond effectively and efficiently to the unique requirements of each project. From comprehensive air measurement and laboratory services to regulatory compliance, emergency response, permitting, engineering, and remediation, Montrose delivers innovative and practical solutions that keep its clients on top of their immediate needs – and well ahead of the strategic curve. For more information, visit www.montrose-env.com.

Forward‐Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Forward-looking statements may be identified by the use of words such as “intend,” “expect”, and “may”, and other similar expressions that predict or indicate future events or that are not statements of historical matters. Forward-looking statements are based on current information available at the time the statements are made and on management’s reasonable belief or expectations with respect to future events, and are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the Company’s control, that could cause actual performance or results to differ materially from the belief or expectations expressed in or suggested by the forward-looking statements. Further, many of these factors are, and may continue to be, amplified by the COVID-19 pandemic. Additional factors or events that could cause actual results to differ may also emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for the Company to predict all of them. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect future events, developments or otherwise, except as may be required by applicable law. Investors are referred to the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2020, for additional information regarding the risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statement.

 

MONTROSE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND
COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
(In thousands, except per share data)

 
 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

Nine Months Ended

 

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

September 30,

 

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

REVENUES

 

$

132,578

 

 

$

84,705

 

 

$

402,619

 

 

$

219,502

 

COST OF REVENUES (exclusive of depreciation and amortization shown below)

 

 

85,242

 

 

 

51,828

 

 

 

272,662

 

 

 

142,115

 

SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE

EXPENSE

 

 

30,499

 

 

 

24,442

 

 

 

82,865

 

 

 

64,810

 

FAIR VALUE CHANGES IN BUSINESS

ACQUISITIONS CONTINGENT

CONSIDERATION

 

 

 

 

 

13,404

 

 

 

24,035

 

 

 

17,387

 

DEPRECIATION AND AMORTIZATION

 

 

11,471

 

 

 

9,740

 

 

 

33,145

 

 

 

27,084

 

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS

 

 

5,366

 

 

 

(14,709

)

 

 

(10,088

)

 

 

(31,894

)

OTHER EXPENSE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other expense

 

 

(516

)

 

 

(9,637

)

 

 

(1,909

)

 

 

(17,534

)

Interest expense—net

 

 

(1,722

)

 

 

(3,043

)

 

 

(11,208

)

 

 

(10,896

)

Total other expenses—net

 

 

(2,238

)

 

 

(12,680

)

 

 

(13,117

)

 

 

(28,430

)

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE EXPENSE (BENEFIT) FROM INCOME TAXES

 

 

3,128

 

 

 

(27,389

)

 

 

(23,205

)

 

 

(60,324

)

INCOME TAX EXPENSE (BENEFIT)

 

 

902

 

 

 

3,348

 

 

 

648

 

 

 

(1,563

)

NET INCOME (LOSS)

 

$

2,226

 

 

$

(30,737

)

 

$

(23,853

)

 

$

(58,761

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EQUITY ADJUSTMENT FROM FOREIGN

CURRENCY TRANSLATION

 

 

(74

)

 

 

80

 

 

 

(17

)

 

 

27

 

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)

 

 

2,152

 

 

 

(30,657

)

 

 

(23,870

)

 

 

(58,734

)

ACCRETION OF REDEEMABLE

SERIES A-1 PREFERRED STOCK

 

 

 

 

 

(6,542

)

 

 

 

 

 

(17,601

)

REDEEMABLE SERIES A-1 PREFERRED

STOCK DEEMED DIVIDEND

 

 

 

 

 

(24,341

)

 

 

 

 

 

(24,341

)

CONVERTIBLE AND REDEEMABLE

SERIES A-2 PREFERRED STOCK DIVIDEND

 

 

(4,100

)

 

 

(2,870

)

 

 

(12,300

)

 

 

(2,870

)

NET LOSS ATTRIBUTABLE TO

COMMON STOCKHOLDERS

 

 

(1,874

)

 

 

(64,490

)

 

 

(36,153

)

 

 

(103,573

)

WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES

OUTSTANDING— BASIC AND DILUTED

 

 

26,220

 

 

 

21,554

 

 

 

25,798

 

 

 

13,669

 

NET LOSS PER SHARE ATTRIBUTABLE TO

COMMON STOCKHOLDERS—

BASIC AND DILUTED

 

$

(0.07

)

 

$

(2.99

)

 

$

(1.40

)

 

$

(7.58

)

 

MONTROSE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF FINANCIAL POSITION
(In thousands, except share data)

 

 

 

September 30,

 

 

December 31,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash and restricted cash

 

$

16,006

 

 

$

34,881

 

Accounts receivable—net

 

 

66,471

 

 

 

54,102

 

Contract assets

 

 

46,270

 

 

 

38,576

 

Prepaid and other current assets

 

 

9,839

 

 

 

6,709

 

Total current assets

 

 

138,586

 

 

 

134,268

 

NON-CURRENT ASSETS:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Property and equipment—net

 

 

31,078

 

 

 

34,399

 

Operating lease right-of-use asset—net

 

 

23,111

 

 

 

 

Finance lease right-of-use asset—net

 

 

7,493

 

 

 

 

Goodwill

 

 

304,237

 

 

 

274,667

 

Other intangible assets—net

 

 

160,239

 

 

 

154,854

 

Other assets

 

 

2,874

 

 

 

4,538

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

667,618

 

 

$

602,726

 

LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE AND REDEEMABLE SERIES A-2

PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

 

$

42,373

 

 

$

34,877

 

Accrued payroll and benefits

 

 

22,485

 

 

 

21,181

 

Business acquisitions contingent consideration, current

 

 

31,152

 

 

 

49,902

 

Current portion of operating lease liabilities

 

 

6,715

 

 

 

 

Current portion of finance lease liabilities

 

 

3,174

 

 

 

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

 

8,750

 

 

 

5,583

 

Total current liabilities

 

 

114,649

 

 

 

111,543

 

NON-CURRENT LIABILITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Business acquisitions contingent consideration, long-term

 

 

4,200

 

 

 

4,565

 

Other non-current liabilities

 

 

2,446

 

 

 

2,523

 

Deferred tax liabilities—net

 

 

3,059

 

 

 

2,815

 

Conversion option

 

 

22,537

 

 

 

20,886

 

Operating lease liability—net of current portion

 

 

16,584

 

 

 

 

Finance lease liability—net of current portion

 

 

4,641

 

 

 

 

Long-term debt—net of deferred financing fees

 

 

200,876

 

 

 

170,321

 

Total liabilities

 

 

368,992

 

 

 

312,653

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CONVERTIBLE AND REDEEMABLE SERIES A-2 PREFERRED STOCK $0.0001

PAR VALUE—

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Authorized, issued and outstanding shares: 17,500 at September 30, 2021 and

December 31, 2020; aggregate liquidation preference of $182.2 million at

September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020

 

 

152,928

 

 

 

152,928

 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, $0.000004 par value; authorized shares: 190,000,000 at

September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020; issued and outstanding shares:

26,525,844 and 24,932,527 at September 30, 2021 and December 31, 2020,

respectively

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Additional paid-in-capital

 

 

291,850

 

 

 

259,427

 

Accumulated deficit

 

 

(146,206

)

 

 

(122,353

)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

 

 

54

 

 

 

71

 

Total stockholders’ equity

 

 

145,698

 

 

 

137,145

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES, CONVERTIBLE AND REDEEMABLE SERIES A-2

PREFERRED STOCK AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

$

667,618

 

 

$

602,726

 

 

MONTROSE ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP, INC.
UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)

 

 

 

Nine Months Ended September 30,

 

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$

(23,853

)

 

$

(58,761

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash used in operating activities:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for bad debt

 

 

803

 

 

 

6,445

 

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

33,145

 

 

 

27,084

 

Amortization of right-of-use asset

 

 

5,947

 

 

 

 

Stock-based compensation expense

 

 

6,587

 

 

 

3,439

 

Fair value changes in embedded derivatives

 

 

1,651

 

 

 

17,492

 

Fair value changes in business acquisitions contingent consideration

 

 

24,035

 

 

 

17,387

 

Deferred income taxes

 

 

232

 

 

 

(1,563

)

Other

 

 

68

 

 

 

(1,180

)

Debt extinguishment costs

 

 

4,052

 

 

 

 

Changes in operating assets and liabilities—net of acquisitions:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Accounts receivable and contract assets

 

 

(12,503

)

 

 

(7,736

)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

 

(1,781

)

 

 

(1,349

)

Accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

 

 

(3,422

)

 

 

(4,829

)

Accrued payroll and benefits

 

 

61

 

 

 

6,084

 

Payment of contingent consideration and other

assumed purchase price obligations

 

 

(15,549

)

 

 

(6,390

)

Change in operating leases

 

 

(5,765

)

 

 

 

Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities

 

 

13,708

 

 

 

(3,877

)

INVESTING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Purchases of property and equipment

 

 

(5,405

)

 

 

(5,366

)

Proprietary software development and other software costs

 

 

(241

)

 

 

(370

)

Purchase price true ups

 

 

(8,562

)

 

 

 

Proceeds from net working capital adjustment

related to acquisitions

 

 

 

 

 

2,819

 

Cash paid for acquisitions—net of cash acquired

 

 

(36,480

)

 

 

(173,923

)

Net cash used in investing activities

 

 

(50,688

)

 

 

(176,840

)

FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Proceeds from line of credit

 

 

109,000

 

 

 

104,390

 

Payments on line of credit

 

 

(72,000

)

 

 

(201,980

)

Proceeds from term loans

 

 

175,000

 

 

 

175,000

 

Repayment of term loan

 

 

(173,905

)

 

 

(49,297

)

Payment of contingent consideration and other purchase price obligations

 

 

(9,605

)

 

 

(6,004

)

Repayment of finance leases

 

 

(1,884

)

 

 

(2,257

)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock in connection with initial public offering, net of issuance costs

 

 

 

 

 

161,288

 

Payments of deferred offering costs

 

 

 

 

 

(2,925

)

Prepayment premium on credit facility

 

 

 

 

 

(351

)

Debt issuance costs

 

 

(2,590

)

 

 

(4,866

)

Proceeds from issuance of common stock for exercised stock options

 

 

6,032

 

 

 

171

 

Issuance of convertible and redeemable Series A-2 preferred stock and warrant

 

 

 

 

 

173,664

 

Redemption of the Series A-1 preferred stock

 

 

 

 

 

(131,821

)

Dividend payment to the Series A-2 shareholders

 

 

(12,300

)

 

 

(2,870

)

Exercise of warrant options

 

 

 

 

 

25

 

Net cash provided by financing activities

 

 

17,748

 

 

 

212,167

 

CHANGE IN CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH

 

 

(19,232

)

 

 

31,450

 

Foreign exchange impact on cash balance

 

 

357

 

 

 

43

 

CASH, CASH EQUIVALENTS AND RESTRICTED CASH:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Beginning of year

 

 

34,881

 

 

 

6,884

 

End of period

 

$

16,006

 

 

$

38,377

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF CASH FLOWS INFORMATION:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cash paid for interest

 

$

4,649

 

 

$

9,368

 

Cash paid for income tax

 

$

958

 

 

$

171

 

SUPPLEMENTAL DISCLOSURES OF NON-CASH INVESTING AND FINANCING ACTIVITIES:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Series A-1 preferred stock deemed dividends—net of return from holders

 

$

 

 

$

24,341

 

Series A-1 preferred stock dividend paid in common shares

 

$

 

 

$

26,801

 

Accrued purchases of property and equipment

 

$

1,171

 

 

$

486

 

Property and equipment purchased under finance leases

 

$

1,766

 

 

$

1,753

 

Accretion of the redeemable series A-1 preferred stock to redeemable value

 

$

 

 

$

17,601

 

Common stock issued to acquire new businesses

 

$

6,020

 

 

$

25,000

 

Acquisitions unpaid contingent consideration

 

$

35,352

 

 

$

58,912

 

Offering costs included in accounts payable and other accrued liabilities

 

$

389

 

 

$

1,237

 

Acquisitions contingent consideration and purchase price true ups paid in shares

 

$

26,084

 

 

$

 

 

Non-GAAP Financial Information

In addition to our results under GAAP, in this release we also present certain other supplemental financial measures of financial performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP, including Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin. We calculate Adjusted EBITDA as net income (loss) before interest expense, income tax expense (benefit) and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for the impact of certain other items, including stock-based compensation expense and acquisition-related costs, as set forth in greater detail in the table below. Adjusted EBITDA margin represents Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues for a given period.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are two of the primary metrics used by management to evaluate our financial performance and compare it to that of our peers, evaluate the effectiveness of our business strategies, make budgeting and capital allocation decisions and in connection with our executive incentive compensation. These measures are also frequently used by analysts, investors and other interested parties to evaluate companies in our industry. Further, we believe they are helpful in highlighting trends in our operating results because they allow for more consistent comparisons of financial performance between periods by excluding gains and losses that are non-operational in nature or outside the control of management, as well as items that may differ significantly depending on long-term strategic decisions regarding capital structure, the tax jurisdictions in which we operate and capital investments.

These non-GAAP measures do, however, have certain limitations and should not be considered as an alternative to net income (loss) or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. Our presentation of Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items for which we may make adjustments. In addition, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies in our industry or across different industries, and other companies may not present these or similar measures. Management compensates for these limitations by using these measures as supplemental financial metrics and in conjunction with our results prepared in accordance with GAAP. We encourage investors and others to review our financial information in its entirety, not to rely on any single measure and to view Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin in conjunction with the related GAAP measures.

Additionally, we have provided estimates regarding Adjusted EBITDA for 2021. These projections account for estimates of revenue, operating margins and corporate and other costs. However, we cannot reconcile our projection of Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), the most directly comparable GAAP measure, without unreasonable efforts because of the unpredictable or unknown nature of certain significant items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA and the resulting difficulty in quantifying the amounts thereof that are necessary to estimate net income (loss). Specifically, we are unable to estimate for the future impact of certain items, including income tax (expense) benefit, stock-based compensation expense, fair value changes and the accounting for the issuance of the Series A-2 preferred stock. We expect the variability of these items could have a significant impact on our reported GAAP financial results.

 

Montrose Environmental Group, Inc.
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA
(in thousands)

 

 

 

For the Three Months
Ended September 30,

 

 

For the Nine Months
Ended September 30,

 

(in thousands)

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

 

2021

 

 

2020

 

Net income (loss)

 

$

2,226

 

 

$

(30,737

)

 

$

(23,853

)

 

$

(58,761

)

Interest expense

 

 

1,722

 

 

 

3,043

 

 

 

11,208

 

 

 

10,896

 

Income tax expense (benefit)

 

 

902

 

 

 

3,348

 

 

 

648

 

 

 

(1,563

)

Depreciation and amortization

 

 

11,471

 

 

 

9,740

 

 

 

33,145

 

 

 

27,084

 

EBITDA

 

$

16,321

 

 

$

(14,606

)

 

$

21,148

 

 

$

(22,344

)

Stock-based compensation (1)

 

 

2,365

 

 

 

1,149

 

 

 

6,587

 

 

 

3,439

 

Start-up losses and investment in new services (2)

 

 

1,186

 

 

 

602

 

 

 

3,276

 

 

 

1,283

 

Acquisition costs (3)

 

 

913

 

 

 

6

 

 

 

1,656

 

 

 

3,767

 

Fair value changes in financial instruments (4)

 

 

531

 

 

 

9,710

 

 

 

1,651

 

 

 

17,492

 

Expenses related to financing transactions (5)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50

 

 

 

277

 

Fair value changes in business acquisitions

contingent consideration (6)

 

 

 

 

 

13,404

 

 

 

24,035

 

 

 

17,387

 

Short term purchase accounting fair value adjustment

to deferred revenue (7)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

243

 

IPO expense (8)

 

 

 

 

 

6,378

 

 

 

 

 

 

6,908

 

Discontinued service lines and closing of Berkley

lab (9)

 

 

 

 

 

30

 

 

 

 

 

 

7,526

 

Other losses and expenses(10)

 

 

171

 

 

 

33

 

 

 

846

 

 

 

179

 

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$

21,487

 

 

$

16,706

 

 

$

59,249

 

 

$

36,157

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1)

Represents non-cash stock-based compensation expenses related to option awards issued to employees and restricted stock grants issued to directors.

(2)

Represent start-up losses related to losses incurred on (i) the expansion of lab testing methods and lab capacity, including into new geographies, (ii) expansion of our Remediation and Consulting services and (iii) expansion into Europe in advance of projects driven by new regulations.

(3)

Includes financial and tax diligence, consulting, legal, valuation, accounting and travel costs and acquisition-related incentives related to our acquisition activity.

(4)

Amounts relate to the change in fair value of the embedded derivatives and warrant option attached to the Series A-1 preferred stock and the Series A-2 preferred stock.

(5)

Amounts represent non-capitalizable expenses associated with refinancing and amending our debt facilities.

(6)

Reflects the difference between the expected settlement value of acquisition related earn-out payments at the time of the closing of acquisitions and the expected (or actual) value of earn-outs at the end of the relevant period.

(7)

Purchase accounting fair value adjustment to deferred revenue represents the impact of the fair value adjustment to the carrying value of deferred revenue as of the date of acquisition of ECT2.

(8)

Represents expenses incurred by us to prepare for our initial public offering, as well as costs from IPO-related bonuses.

(9)

Represents losses from the Discontinued Service Lines and the Berkeley lab.

(10)

Represents non-operational charges incurred as a result of lease abandonments and non-capitalizable costs related to the implementation of a new ERP and net of insurance gains.

 

Investor Relations:
Rodny Nacier
(949) 988-3383
ir@montrose-env.com

Media Relations:
Doug Donsky
(646) 361-1427
Montrose@icrinc.com

Source: Montrose Environmental Group, Inc.

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