CACI International’s ( CACI Quick Quote CACI - Free Report) shares plunged 4.8% in Wednesday’s extended trading session after the company reported lower-than-expected results for the third quarter of fiscal 2022. The national security-related IT solutions and services provider reported non-GAAP earnings of $4.64 per share, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.79. Also, the bottom line declined by 12.1% from the year-ago quarter’s figure of $5.28 per share.
This decline in earnings was primarily due to lower operational income, high interest expenses and tax rates, partially offset by a reduced number of shares outstanding. The reduction in shares outstanding can be attributed to the stock buyback worth $500 million under the accelerated share repurchase program announced in March 2021.
In the third quarter of fiscal 2022, CACI reported revenues of $1.58 billion, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.65 billion. However, the top line increased 2.1% from the prior-year quarter, primarily driven by acquisitions completed earlier this year. Organic revenues declined by 2% on a year-over-year basis.
Contract awards during the third quarter totaled $1.2 billion, with approximately 45% for the new business. Revenues from contract awards excluded the ceiling values of multi-award, indefinite-delivery indefinite-quantity contracts.
CACI ended the quarter with a backlog of $23.5 billion, up 5% on a year-over-year basis. As of Mar 31, 2022, the funded backlog decreased by 7% to $3 billion.
In terms of the customer mix, the Department of Defense contributed 70.7% to total revenues in the reported quarter. Federal Civilian Agencies made up 24%, while Commercial and other customers accounted for 5.3% of revenues.
Revenues generated as a prime contractor and a subcontractor accounted for 89.6% and 10.4% of total revenues, respectively.
In terms of the contract type, cost-plus-fee type contracts, fixed-price contracts and time and material type contracts contributed 56.1%, 31.8% and 12.1%, respectively, to total revenues.
Revenues generated as ‘Expertise’ and ‘Technology’ accounted for 45.2% and 54.8% of total revenues, respectively.
The operating income for the quarter amounted to $125.4 million, down 17.2% year over year. The operating margin contracted by 190 basis points (bps) to 7.9%. Adjusted EBITDA slumped by 12.1% year over year to $161.5 million. The adjusted EBITDA margin contracted by 160 bps to 10.2%.
The company cited an abnormally high profit margin in the prior-year quarter as the primary reason behind this decline. In the year-ago quarter, the company’s margins benefited from higher profitability due to the favorable fixed-price contract performance and lower indirect costs amid the pandemic.
Balance Sheet & Cash Flow
As of Mar 31, 2022, CACI had cash and cash equivalents of $125.1 million compared with the previous quarter’s $124.1 million. Total long-term (net of the current portion) debt was $1.82 billion, down from $2.08 billion as of Dec 31, 2021.
The company generated an operating cash flow (excluding MARPA) of $314.1 million during the third quarter, improving by 145% from the year-ago quarter. During the first three quarters of fiscal 2022, CACI generated $617.4 million of operating cash flow (excluding MARPA).
Free cash flow was $296.9 million during the quarter under review and $578.6 million in the first three quarters of fiscal 2022.
CACI updated its fiscal 2022 guidance. The company now projects revenues between $6.2 billion and $6.25 billion compared with the prior range of $6.300-$6.400 billion. Adjusted earnings are forecast between $17.51 and $17.93 per share compared with the earlier guidance of $18.14-$18.57 per share.
The company now expects a fiscal 2022 net income in the range of $415-425 million compared with the prior range of $430-440 million. However, it estimates free cash flow to be at least $720 million.
Zacks Rank & Key Picks
CACI currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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