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Bird Construction Inc. Announces 2024 First Quarter Financial Results

Press Release

May 14, 2024

COMPANY: BIRD CONSTRUCTION INC.
LISTING: TORONTO STOCK EXCHANGE
CITY: MISSISSAUGA
SYMBOL: BDT
DATE: May 14, 2024

SUBJECT: BIRD CONSTRUCTION INC. ANNOUNCES 2024 FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL RESULTS

“Bird continues to deliver strong results, with 28% year over year revenue growth and margin accretion setting the stage for significant further improvements in earnings and cash flow for full-year 2024 over 2023. The Company’s combined backlog of contracted and awarded work continues to grow with favourable embedded margins, and the accretive acquisition of NorCan Electric in January added new specialized self-perform capabilities and recurring revenue to Bird’s already extensive resume,” stated Teri McKibbon, President and CEO of Bird Construction. “The Company’s strategic focus on being a leading collaborative construction company continues to drive growth and better outcomes for all parties, and the strength of our balance sheet positions us to invest in profitable organic growth and pursue attractive acquisitions in today’s active market.”

FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS

Building on strong momentum from 2023, Bird achieved impressive year over year growth in earnings and revenue in the first quarter. With record volumes of contracted and awarded work available to execute in the Company’s Backlog and Pending Backlog, full year expectations for revenue growth were bolstered by favourable weather in the quarter that reduced seasonal down time and allowed work to commence earlier than estimated on certain projects. Bird’s highly valued team continues to deliver on clients’ expectations safely, reinforcing the Company’s reputation for collaborative delivery of sophisticated, complex projects. The Company’s balance sheet remains healthy and structured for flexibility to strategically pursue attractive acquisitions in the current active M&A environment. Bird is well positioned to continue to capitalize on significant demand across market sectors, supported by macro trends in critical areas that are aligned to longer-term development and investment cycles such as infrastructure requirements driven by urbanization and population growth, growing power and electrification demands, and the energy transition, together upholding the positive outlook through 2024 and beyond.

First Quarter 2024 compared to First Quarter 2023

  • Construction revenue of $688.2 million earned in the quarter compared to $536.5 million earned in the prior year quarter, representing a 28.3% increase year-over-year.
  • Net income and earnings per share were $10.0 million and $0.19 in Q1 2024, compared to $5.1 million and $0.10 in Q1 2023, representing increases of 94%.
  • Adjusted Earnings1 and Adjusted Earnings Per Share were $10.6 million and $0.20 in Q1 2024, compared to $5.3 million and $0.10 in Q1 2023, representing increases of 101%.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $24.2 million, or 3.5% of revenues, compared to $16.1 million, or 3.0% of revenues in Q1 2023, representing an increase of 50.4%. Adjusted EBITDA Margin for Q1 2024 was impacted by $3.9 million additional share-based compensation costs driven by significant appreciation of Bird’s common share price and total shareholder return during the quarter.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bird continued to deliver significant revenue growth in the first quarter of 2024, with over 90% of the 28.3% growth from organic sources. Year over year revenue growth also benefited from NorCan, acquired on January 18, 2024, and a full quarter of contributions from Trinity, acquired in February 2023.
  • The Company’s margin profiles in the first quarter of 2024 continued to improve compared to the prior year, with Gross Profit Percentage increasing to 8.0% compared to 7.4%, and Adjusted EBITDA Margin increasing to 3.5% from 3.0%.
  • Bird added $697.7 million in securements to its Backlog in the first quarter, maintaining record Backlog levels of $3.5 billion at March 31, 2024. Pending Backlog of work awarded but not yet contracted remains at a healthy $3.4 billion at quarter end, and continues to include almost $1.0 billion of MSA and other recurring revenue to be earned over the next six years.
  • The Company’s liquidity position remains strong at March 31, 2024, with $133.6 million of cash and cash equivalents, and an additional $205.5 million available under the Company’s Syndicated Credit Facility, to support ongoing investments in growth-related working capital, project-driven capital expenditures, and potential tuck-in acquisitions to further diversify service offerings and self-perform capabilities.
  • During the first quarter of 2024, the Company announced that it had, as part of a 50/50 joint venture, entered into an Alliance Development Agreement to work collaboratively with Metrolinx to deliver the East Harbour Transit Hub, one of the first major projects in Canada to be procured using an ‘alliance’ model.
  • In January 2024, the Company announced that it had acquired the assets of NorCan Electric Inc. (“NorCan”) for total consideration of $11 million. NorCan is a leading electrical and instrumentation contractor providing maintenance turnaround and sustaining capital services in the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo in Alberta. During their 25 years of service in the region, they have developed deep, long-term relationships based on their strong service delivery and safety program. Since 2018, NorCan has operated through an Indigenous partnership, the NorCan/Infinity Limited Partnership, with Infinity Métis Corporation.
  • The Board has declared eligible dividends of $0.0467 per common share for each of May 2024, June 2024 and July 2024.

CONFERENCE CALL AND WEBCAST

Bird will host an investor webcast to discuss the quarterly results on Wednesday, May 15, 2024 at 10:00 a.m. ET, to discuss the Company’s results. Analysts and investors may connect to the webcast at https://services.choruscall.ca/links/bird2024Q1.html. They may also dial 1-844-763-8274 for audio only or to enter the question queue; attendees are asked to be on the line 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. The presentation can also be found on our website at https://www.bird.ca/investors.The Company’s financial statements and Management’s Discussion & Analysis (“MD&A”) will be filed and available on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval (“SEDAR+”) at www.sedarplus.ca and on the Company’s website at www.bird.ca.

TERMINOLOGY AND NON-GAAP & OTHER FINANCIAL MEASURES

Throughout this News Release, certain terminology and financial measures are used that do not have standard meanings under IFRS and are considered specified financial measures. These include non-GAAP financial measures, non-GAAP financial ratios, and supplementary financial measures. These measures may not be comparable with similar measures presented by other companies. Further information on these financial measures can be found in the “Terminology and Non-GAAP & Other Financial Measures” section in Bird’s most recently filed Management’s Discussion & Analysis for the period ended March 31, 2024, prepared as of May 14, 2024. This document is available on Bird’s SEDAR+ profile, at www.sedarplus.ca and on the Company’s website at www.bird.ca.“Backlog” is the total value of all contracts awarded to the Company, less the total value of work completed on these contracts as of the date of the most recently completed quarter. The Company’s Backlog equates to the Company’s remaining performance obligations as at March 31, 2024 and December 31, 2023.“Adjusted Earnings” and “Adjusted EBITDA” are non-GAAP financial measures. “Adjusted Earnings Per Share” and “Adjusted EBITDA margin” are non-GAAP financial ratios. “Pending Backlog” is a supplementary financial measure.Adjusted Earnings and Adjusted EBITDA are reconciled as follows:

For further information, please contact:
T.L. McKibbon, President & CEO or
W.R. Gingrich, CFO
Bird Construction Inc.
5700 Explorer Drive, Suite 400
Mississauga, ON L4W 0C6

Phone: (905) 602-4122

ABOUT BIRD CONSTRUCTION

Bird (TSX: BDT) is a leading Canadian construction company operating from coast-to-coast and servicing all of Canada’s major markets. Bird provides a comprehensive range of construction services from new construction for industrial, infrastructure and buildings markets to industrial maintenance, repair and operations services, heavy civil construction, and mine support services, as well as vertical infrastructure, including electrical, mechanical, and specialty trades. For over 100 years, Bird has been a people-focused company with an unwavering commitment to safety and a high level of service that provides long-term value for all stakeholders.
www.bird.ca

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