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Dycom's (DY) Stock Down Despite Q3 Earnings & Revenue Beat

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Dycom Industries Inc. (DY - Free Report) reported solid results for third-quarter fiscal 2023 (ended Oct 29, 2022). The top and bottom lines surpassed their respective Zacks Consensus Estimate and increased on a year-over-year basis. The upside was mainly backed by solid organic growth of the top five customers.

Shares of DY lost 2.3% on Nov 21, post-earnings release.

Earnings & Revenue Discussion

Dycom’s adjusted earnings of $1.69 per share (after adjusting for income tax benefits of 11 cents per share) surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.28 by 32% and increased 77.9% from the year-ago adjusted figure of 95 cents. The uptrend was driven by higher adjusted EBITDA, lower depreciation and amortization, and higher gains on asset sales, partially offset by higher stock-based compensation and interest expense.

Contract revenues of $1,042.4 million increased 22.1% year over year and topped the consensus mark of $974 million by 7%. Organically, contract revenues increased 22.1%.

The company’s top five customers represented 66.5% of total contract revenues, which rose 27.4% organically. Revenues from all other customers increased 13.3% organically in the quarter. The quarter marks the 15th consecutive period of organic growth for DY’s all other customers in aggregate, excluding the top five.

Dycom’s largest customer AT&T (contributing 24.8% to total revenues), advanced 29.4% on an organic basis. This marked its seventh consecutive quarter of organic growth. Lumen (the second-largest customer) contributed 13.7% to total revenues, Comcast contributed 10.4%, while Verizon and Frontier represented 9.1% and 8.5% of total revenues, respectively. Lumen and Frontier rose 64.5% and 115.4% organically, respectively.

Fiber construction revenues from electric utilities increased 53.6% year over year, organically, and contributed 7.9% to total contract revenues in the quarter.

Dycom’s backlog at the end of the fiscal third quarter totaled $6.116 billion compared with $5.896 billion at the third quarter of fiscal 2022-end. Of the backlog, $3.276 billion is projected to be completed in the next 12 months.

Dycom Industries, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

Dycom Industries, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Operating Highlights

Depreciation and amortization expenses of $35.5 million were down 6.1% year over year. General and administrative expenses of $78.8 million increased 17.8% year over year.

Adjusted EBITDA was $114.6 million during the quarter, up 37.9% year over year. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 11% expanded 130 bps from the year-ago level.


As of Oct 29, 2022, Dycom had liquidity of $444.3 million, including cash and cash equivalents worth $65.3 million compared with $310.8 million on Jan 29, 2022. Long-term debt was $811.4 million at the end of third-quarter fiscal 2023, down from $823.3 million at the fiscal 2022-end.

Fiscal Q4 Guidance

For the fiscal fourth quarter (ending Jan 28, 2023), management expects contract revenues to grow in mid-to-high-single digits from the year-ago reported figure. The adjusted EBITDA margin is expected to increase modestly from the year-ago levels. For the period, Dycom expects the effective tax rate to be 27% and diluted shares of 30.1 million. Interest expense is likely to be $11.8 million.

Zacks Rank & Few Recent Construction Releases

Dycom currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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For fiscal 2022, Jacobs’ total revenues of $14.92 billion grew 5.9% year over year and 10% at constant currency. Adjusted EPS was $6.93, an increase of 10% from fiscal 2022 and 13% at constant currency. Adjusted EBITDA grew 10% to $1.4 billion and 12% at constant currency.

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For fiscal 2023, ACM anticipates generating 8% organic NSR growth (4% for actual NSR), underpinned by robust momentum in the Professional Services business. The company expects adjusted EPS in the range of $3.55-$3.75. This indicates a 10% improvement from fiscal 2022 levels at a constant-currency basis, considering the mid-point of the guidance.

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