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Sterling Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results


February 27, 2023

Sterling Reports Record Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results
Provides 2023 Full Year Guidance

Sterling Infrastructure, Inc. (NasdaqGS: STRL) (“Sterling” or the “Company”) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2022 and provided full year 2023 guidance.

Fourth Quarter 2022 Results (compared with prior year period)
(The financial information herein is from continuing operations unless otherwise noted)

  • Revenues of $448.6 million, an increase of 26%
  • Gross margin of 4%, an increase from 14.8%
  • Net Income was $20.2 million, or $0.66 per diluted share, an increase of 80% and 74%, respectively
  • EBITDA(1) of $49.9 million, an increase of 78%; Adjusted EBITDA(1) of $50.1 million, an increase of 58%
  • Cash flows from operations(2) of $88.5 million and $219.1 million for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2022, respectively
  • Cash and Cash Equivalents totaled $181.5 million at December 31, 2022
  • Backlog at December 31, 2022 was $1.41 billion, an increase of 7% over December 31, 2021
  • Combined backlog(3) at December 31, 2022 was $1.69 billion, an increase of 25% over December 31, 2021

Continuing Operations–For the full year ended December 31, 2022, the Company reported net income of $96.7 million, or $3.16 per diluted share, versus $61.5 million, or $2.11 per diluted share, for 2021. Revenue increased by 25% over 2021. EBITDA(1) increased 51% to $208.7 million in 2022, versus $138.1 million in 2021. Adjusted EBITDA(1) increased 49% to $209.5 million in 2022, versus $140.9 million in 2021.

Discontinued Operations–For the full year ended December 31, 2022, the Company reported net income of $9.7 million, or  $0.32 per diluted share, versus $1.2 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, for 2021. The increase was primarily driven by a pretax gain of $16.7 million, as the result of the disposition of the Company’s 50% ownership interest in its partnership with Myers & Sons Construction L.P.

For the full year ended December 31, 2022, the Company reported net income attributable to Sterling common stockholders(2) of $106.5 million, or $3.48 per diluted share, versus $62.6 million, or $2.15 per diluted share, for 2021.

CEO Remarks and Outlook

“2022 marked another year of significant progress in transforming the company into a leading Infrastructure Service Provider. During a time of increased inflation and supply chain disruptions, our team’s ability to grow revenue 25% and improve margins 110 basis points over the prior year is truly amazing,” stated Joe Cutillo, Sterling’s Chief Executive Officer.

“Our E-Infrastructure Solutions segment delivered remarkable top-line growth of 93% compared to the prior year and remained our largest revenue, fastest-growing and highest-margin segment. E-Infrastructure organic growth was 31%, while 62% was from the acquisition of Petillo. In our Building Solutions and Transportation Solutions segments, we saw slower growth but significant operating income improvements. In Building Solutions, our operating income improved 13%, and in Transportation Solutions, our operating income improved 34%,” continued Mr. Cutillo.

“We enter 2023 stronger than ever. With our record backlog and strong demand in E-Infrastructure and Transportation Solutions, we are confident in our ability to deliver another year of record earnings and value to our customers and investors,” Mr. Cutillo concluded.

Full Year 2023 Guidance:

  • Revenue of $1.9 billion to $2.0 billion
  • Net Income of $104 million to $110 million
  • EPS of $3.33 to $3.53
  • EBITDA(1) of $220 million to $235 million

Conference Call

Sterling’s management will hold a conference call to discuss these results and recent corporate developments on Tuesday, February 28, 2023 at 9:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. CT. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing (201) 493-6744 or (877) 445-9755. Please call in 10 minutes before the conference call is scheduled to begin and ask for the Sterling Infrastructure call. To coincide with the conference call, Sterling will post a slide presentation at on the Events & Presentations section of the Investor Relations tab. Following management’s opening remarks, there will be a question and answer session.

To listen to a simultaneous webcast of the call, please go to the Company’s website at at least 15 minutes early to download and install any necessary audio software. If you are unable to listen live, the conference call webcast will be archived on the Company’s website for 30 days.

About Sterling

Sterling operates through a variety of subsidiaries within three segments specializing in E-Infrastructure, Transportation and Building Solutions in the United States (the “U.S.”), primarily across the Southern, Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic U.S., the Rocky Mountain States, and Hawaii, as well as other areas with strategic construction opportunities. E-Infrastructure Solutions projects include advanced, large-scale site development systems and services for data centers, e-commerce distribution centers, warehousing, transportation, energy and more. Transportation Solutions includes infrastructure and rehabilitation projects for highways, roads, bridges, airports, ports, light rail and storm drainage systems. Building Solutions projects include residential and commercial concrete foundations for single-family and multi-family homes, parking structures, elevated slabs and other concrete work. From strategy to operations, we are committed to sustainability by operating responsibly to safeguard and improve society’s quality of life. Caring for our people and our communities, our customers and our investors – that is The Sterling Way.

Joe Cutillo, CEO, “We build and service the infrastructure that enables our economy to run, our people to move and our country to grow.”

Important Information for Investors and Stockholders

Non-GAAP Measures

This press release contains “Non-GAAP” financial measures as defined under Regulation G of the amended U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934. The Company reports financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), but the Company believes that certain Non-GAAP financial measures provide useful supplemental information to investors regarding the underlying business trends and performance of the Company’s ongoing operations and are useful for period-over-period comparisons of those operations.

Non-GAAP measures may include adjusted net income, adjusted EPS, EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, in each case excluding the impacts of certain identified items. The excluded items represent items that the Company does not consider to be representative of its normal operations. The Company believes that these measures are useful for investors to review, because they provide a consistent measure of the underlying financial results of the Company’s ongoing business and, in the Company’s view, allow for a supplemental comparison against historical results and expectations for future performance. Furthermore, the Company uses each of these to measure the performance of the Company’s operations for budgeting and forecasting, as well as employee incentive compensation. However, Non-GAAP measures should not be considered as substitutes for net income, EPS, or other data prepared and reported in accordance with GAAP and should be viewed in addition to the Company’s reported results prepared in accordance with GAAP.

Reconciliations of Non-GAAP financial measures to the most comparable GAAP measures are provided in the tables included within this press release.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains statements that are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of the federal securities laws. These forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond our control, which may include statements about: our business strategy; our financial strategy; our industry outlook; our guidance; and our plans, objectives, expectations, forecasts, outlook and intentions. All of these types of statements, other than statements of historical fact included in this press release, are forward-looking statements. In some cases, forward-looking statements can be identified by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “expect,” “plan,” “project,” “intend,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict,” “potential,” “pursue,” “target,” “continue,” the negative of such terms or other comparable terminology. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are largely based on our expectations, which reflect estimates and assumptions made by our management. These estimates and assumptions reflect our best judgment based on currently known market conditions and other factors. Although we believe such estimates and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently uncertain and involve a number of risks and uncertainties that are beyond our control. In addition, management’s assumptions about future events may prove to be inaccurate. Management cautions all readers that the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are not guarantees of future performance, and we cannot assure any reader that such statements will be realized or the forward-looking events and circumstances will occur. Actual results may differ materially from those anticipated or implied in the forward-looking statements due to factors listed in the “Risk Factors” section in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and elsewhere in those filings. Additional factors or risks that we currently deem immaterial, that are not presently known to us or that arise in the future could also cause our actual results to differ materially from our expected results. Given these uncertainties, investors are cautioned that many of the assumptions upon which our forward-looking statements are based are likely to change after the date the forward-looking statements are made. The forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made, and we undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements for any reason, whether as a result of new information, future events or developments, changed circumstances, or otherwise, notwithstanding any changes in our assumptions, changes in business plans, actual experience or other changes. These cautionary statements qualify all forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf.

Corporate Contact:
Sterling Infrastructure, Inc.
Ron Ballschmiede, Chief Financial Officer
(281) 214-0777

Investor Relations Contact:
The Equity Group Inc.
Jeremy Hellman, CFA
(212) 836-9626

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