Argan, Inc. (NYSE: AGX) (“Argan” or the “Company”) today announces financial results for its second quarter of fiscal year 2024, ended July 31, 2023. The Company will host an investor conference call today, September 6, 2023, at 5 p.m. ET.

Consolidated Financial Highlights

($ in thousands, except per share data)

 

July 31,

 

 

For the Quarter Ended:

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

 

Change

Revenues

$

141,349

 

$

118,110

 

$

23,239

 

Gross profit

 

23,742

 

 

24,387

 

 

(645

)

Gross margin %

 

16.8

%

 

20.6

%

 

(3.8

)%

Net income

$

12,767

 

$

4,222

 

$

8,545

 

Diluted per share

 

0.94

 

 

0.30

 

 

0.64

 

EBITDA

 

17,945

 

 

14,888

 

 

3,057

 

Cash dividends per share

 

0.25

 

 

0.25

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 31,

 

 

For the Six Months Ended:

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

 

Change

Revenues

$

245,024

 

$

218,387

 

$

26,637

 

Gross profit

 

37,966

 

 

44,125

 

 

(6,159

)

Gross margin %

 

15.5

%

 

20.2

%

 

(4.7

)%

Net income

$

14,876

 

$

11,707

 

$

3,169

 

Diluted per share

 

1.10

 

 

0.80

 

 

0.30

 

EBITDA

 

21,594

 

 

25,621

 

 

(4,027

)

Cash dividends per share

 

0.50

 

 

0.50

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 31,

 

January 31,

 

 

As of:

 

2023

 

 

 

2023

 

 

Change

Cash, cash equivalents and investments

$

346,415

 

$

325,458

 

$

20,957

 

Net liquidity (1)

 

239,526

 

 

236,199

 

 

3,327

 

Share repurchase treasury stock, at cost

 

92,329

 

 

88,641

 

 

3,688

 

Project backlog

 

824,000

 

 

822,000

 

 

2,000

 

 

(1)

 

Net liquidity, or working capital, is defined as total current assets less total current liabilities.

David Watson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Argan, commented, “Our second quarter performance reflected increased momentum as demonstrated by significant revenue growth, improved bottom line profitability and continuing strength in our balance sheet. During the quarter we were pleased to see our consolidated gross margin percentage return to a range more in line with expected levels based on our revenue mix. Backlog at the close of the second quarter is the third straight quarter in excess of $0.8 billion as new contracts continue to offset the conversion of existing backlog into revenue. For example, APC received full notice to proceed with the Shannonbridge Power Project in Ireland, which upon completion, will contribute to the availability of reliable electricity supply throughout Ireland during critical situations and emergencies. Additionally, Gemma has received limited notices to proceed on three solar and battery projects in Illinois representing a combined 160 MW of electrical power and 22 MW of energy storage. Both projects demonstrate the growing diversity of our backlog and our leadership position as a full-service partner in the planning and construction of all types of power facilities. Our pipeline is strong and we’re energized by the opportunities we’re seeing related to marketplace recognition of our capabilities related to both traditional and renewable power resources.”

Second Quarter Results

Consolidated revenues for the quarter ended July 31, 2023 were $141.3 million, an increase of $23.2 million, or 19.7%, from consolidated revenues of $118.1 million reported for the comparable prior year period. The Company experienced increased revenues at several projects, including the Shannonbridge Power Project, the Trumbull Energy Center, a large combined cycle, gas-fired power plant under construction near Lordstown, Ohio, the three ESB FlexGen peaker plants being built in Dublin, Ireland; and the Kilroot Power Station under construction near Belfast in Northern Ireland. The increase in revenues were partially offset by decreased revenues at the Guernsey Power Station and the Maple Hill Solar energy facility, as those projects are generally near or at completion.

For the three-month period ended July 31, 2023, Argan reported consolidated gross profit of approximately $23.7 million, which represented a gross profit percentage of approximately 16.8% of corresponding consolidated revenues. This was a decrease from gross profit percentage of approximately 20.6% for the three-month period ended July 31, 2022, primarily due to change in the Company’s revenue mix.

Selling, general and administrative expenses declined by $0.5 million, to $10.5 million for the quarter ended July 31, 2023, from $11.0 million in the comparable prior year period.

For the quarter ended July 31, 2023, Argan achieved net income of $12.8 million, or $0.94 per diluted share, compared to $4.2 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, for last year’s comparable quarter. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) for the quarter ended July 31, 2023 was $17.9 million compared to $14.9 million in the same period of last year. These results benefitted from an increase in earnings on our invested funds as yields between periods increased meaningfully and from a reduction in income tax expense between periods due to the unfavorable research and development credits adjustment recorded in the prior year quarter.

First Six Months Results

Consolidated revenues for the six months ended July 31, 2023 were $245.0 million, an increase of $26.6 million, or 12.2%, from consolidated revenues of $218.4 million reported for the comparable prior year period, with the improvement primarily due to the growth in revenues for the second quarter of the current year.

For the six months ended July 31, 2023, consolidated gross profit declined to approximately $38.0 million, or consolidated gross margin of 15.5% compared to consolidated gross profit of $44.1 million or consolidated gross margin of 20.2% reported for the six months ended July 31, 2022. The decline in gross profit was primarily due to the change in the mix of major projects for the six months ended July 31, 2023.

Selling, general and administrative expenses declined slightly to $21.1 million for the six months ended July 31, 2023, from $21.6 million incurred in the comparable prior year period.

For the six months ended July 31, 2023, Argan achieved net income of $14.9 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, versus net income of $11.7 million, or $0.80 per diluted share, for last year’s comparable period. EBITDA for the six months ended July 31, 2023 was $21.6 million compared to $25.6 million in the same period of last year. These results, reflect the reduction in consolidated gross profit between periods, offset by an increase in earnings on our invested funds and the reduction in income tax expense between periods due to the aforementioned research and development credits adjustment recorded in the prior year.

As of July 31, 2023, cash and liquid investments totaled $346 million and balance sheet net liquidity was $240 million; furthermore, the Company had no debt.

Share Repurchase Program

During the quarter ended July 31, 2023, the Company repurchased 77,132 shares of common stock at a cost of $3.1 million. Since the start of the program to repurchase shares of our common stock which began in November 2021, the Company has repurchased approximately 2.6 million shares of common stock, or approximately 16% of its outstanding shares at that time, at a cost of approximately $95.3 million, under the $125.0 million share repurchase plan authorized by the Company’s board of directors.

Conference Call and Webcast

Argan will host a conference call and webcast for investors today, September 6, 2023, at 5 p.m. ET.

Domestic stockholders and interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing (888) 506-0062 and international participants should dial (973) 528-0011; all callers shall use access code: 405007. The call and the accompanying slide deck will also be webcast at:

https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2961/48950

The conference call and slide deck may also be accessed via the Investor Center section of the Company’s website at https://arganinc.com/investor-center/. Please allow extra time prior to the call to visit the site.

A replay of the teleconference will be available until September 20, 2023, and can be accessed by dialing 877-481-4010 (domestic) or 919-882-2331 (international). The replay access code is 48950. A replay of the webcast can be accessed until September 6, 2024.

About Argan

Argan’s primary business is providing a full range of construction and related services to the power industry. Argan’s service offerings focus on the engineering, procurement and construction of natural gas-fired power plants and renewable energy facilities, along with related commissioning, maintenance, project development and technical consulting services, through its Gemma Power Systems and Atlantic Projects Company operations. Argan also owns The Roberts Company, which is a fully integrated fabrication, construction and industrial plant services company, and SMC Infrastructure Solutions, which provides telecommunications infrastructure services.

Certain matters discussed in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Reference is hereby made to the cautionary statements made by the Company with respect to risk factors set forth in its most recent reports on Form 10-K, Forms 10-Q and other SEC filings. The Company’s future financial performance is subject to risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, the successful addition of new contracts to project backlog, the receipt of corresponding notices to proceed with contract activities, and the Company’s ability to successfully complete the projects that it obtains. Actual results and the timing of certain events could differ materially from those projected in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements due to the risk factors highlighted above and described regularly in the Company’s SEC filings.

ARGAN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

July 31,

 

July 31,

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2022

 

REVENUES

 

$

141,349

 

 

$

118,110

 

 

$

245,024

 

 

$

218,387

 

Cost of revenues

 

 

117,607

 

 

 

93,723

 

 

 

207,058

 

 

 

174,262

 

GROSS PROFIT

 

 

23,742

 

 

 

24,387

 

 

 

37,966

 

 

 

44,125

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

 

 

10,501

 

 

 

10,984

 

 

 

21,092

 

 

 

21,559

 

INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

 

 

13,241

 

 

 

13,403

 

 

 

16,874

 

 

 

22,566

 

Other income, net

 

 

4,118

 

 

 

505

 

 

 

3,489

 

 

 

1,100

 

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

 

 

17,359

 

 

 

13,908

 

 

 

20,363

 

 

 

23,666

 

Income tax expense

 

 

4,592

 

 

 

9,686

 

 

 

5,487

 

 

 

11,959

 

NET INCOME

 

 

12,767

 

 

 

4,222

 

 

 

14,876

 

 

 

11,707

 

Foreign currency translation adjustments

 

 

(185

)

 

 

(687

)

 

 

255

 

 

 

(1,951

)

Net unrealized losses on available-for-sale securities

 

 

(683

)

 

 

 

 

 

(720

)

 

 

 

COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

 

$

11,899

 

 

$

3,535

 

 

$

14,411

 

 

$

9,756

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NET INCOME PER SHARE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

$

0.95

 

 

$

0.30

 

 

$

1.11

 

 

$

0.81

 

Diluted

 

$

0.94

 

 

$

0.30

 

 

$

1.10

 

 

$

0.80

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEIGHTED AVERAGE NUMBER OF SHARES OUTSTANDING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic

 

 

13,403

 

 

 

14,134

 

 

 

13,408

 

 

 

14,516

 

Diluted

 

 

13,542

 

 

 

14,247

 

 

 

13,544

 

 

 

14,616

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CASH DIVIDENDS PER SHARE

 

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.25

 

 

$

0.50

 

 

$

0.50

 

ARGAN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Dollars in thousands, except per share data)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July 31,

 

January 31,

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

2023

 

 

 

(Unaudited)

 

 

ASSETS

 

 

 

 

CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$

204,799

 

 

$

173,947

 

Investments

 

 

141,616

 

 

 

151,511

 

Accounts receivable, net

 

 

44,532

 

 

 

50,132

 

Contract assets

 

 

20,747

 

 

 

24,778

 

Other current assets

 

 

43,438

 

 

 

38,334

 

TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

 

 

455,132

 

 

 

438,702

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

 

10,457

 

 

 

10,430

 

Goodwill

 

 

28,033

 

 

 

28,033

 

Intangible assets, net

 

 

2,413

 

 

 

2,609

 

Deferred taxes, net

 

 

3,910

 

 

 

3,689

 

Right-of-use and other assets

 

 

5,763

 

 

 

6,024

 

TOTAL ASSETS

 

$

505,708

 

 

$

489,487

 

 

 

 

 

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

 

 

 

CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

 

 

Accounts payable

 

$

31,530

 

 

$

56,375

 

Accrued expenses

 

 

67,620

 

 

 

49,867

 

Contract liabilities

 

 

116,456

 

 

 

96,261

 

TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

 

 

215,606

 

 

 

202,503

 

Noncurrent liabilities

 

 

5,066

 

 

 

6,087

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES

 

 

220,672

 

 

 

208,590

 

 

 

 

 

 

COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

 

Preferred stock, par value $0.10 per share – 500,000 shares authorized; no shares issued and outstanding

 

 

 

 

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.15 per share – 30,000,000 shares authorized; 15,828,289 shares issued; 13,353,653 and 13,441,590 shares outstanding at July 31, 2023 and January 31, 2023, respectively

 

 

2,374

 

 

 

2,374

 

Additional paid-in capital

 

 

162,323

 

 

 

162,208

 

Retained earnings

 

 

216,009

 

 

 

207,832

 

Less treasury stock, at cost – 2,474,636 and 2,386,699 shares at July 31, 2023 and January 31, 2023, respectively

 

 

(92,329

)

 

 

(88,641

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

 

 

(3,341

)

 

 

(2,876

)

TOTAL STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

285,036

 

 

 

280,897

 

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 

$

505,708

 

 

$

489,487

 

ARGAN, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATIONS TO EBITDA

(In thousands) (Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

 

July 31,

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

Net income, as reported

 

$

12,767

 

$

4,222

Income tax expense

 

 

4,592

 

 

9,686

Depreciation

 

 

488

 

 

747

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

98

 

 

233

EBITDA

 

$

17,945

 

$

14,888

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Six Months Ended

 

 

July 31,

 

 

 

2023

 

 

2022

Net income, as reported

 

$

14,876

 

$

11,707

Income tax expense

 

 

5,487

 

 

11,959

Depreciation

 

 

1,035

 

 

1,556

Amortization of intangible assets

 

 

196

 

 

399

EBITDA

 

$

21,594

 

$

25,621

 

Company Contact: David Watson 301.315.0027

Investor Relations Contact: John Nesbett/Jennifer Belodeau IMS Investor Relations 203.972.9200

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