ICF International, Inc. (ICFI - Free Report) reported solid third-quarter 2019 results, with earnings and revenues beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Non-GAAP EPS of $1.12 beat the consensus mark by 3.7% and improved 10.8% on a year-over-year basis driven by strong operating performance. Revenues of $373.9 million outpaced the consensus mark by 0.6% and increased 12.3% year over year.
So far this year, shares of the company have gained 38% compared with 41.4% rally of the industry it belongs to.
Revenues in Detail
Revenues from government clients came in at $247.7 million and improved 11.4% year over year. U.S. federal government revenues of $148.2 million increased 5.6% year over year and contributed 40% to total revenues. U.S. state and local government revenues of $71.5 million rose 28.8% year over year and contributed 19% to total revenues. International government revenues of $28 million, up 5.5% year over year, contributed 7% to total revenues.
Commercial revenues totaled $126.2 million, up 14.1% from the year-ago quarter’s figure and contributed 34% to total revenues. Energy markets contributed 47% to commercial revenues and Marketing services contributed 45% to the same.
Backlog and Value of Contracts
Total backlog and funded backlog amounted to $2.5 billion and $1.3 billion at the end of the quarter, respectively. The total value of contracts awarded was $477.2 million, representing a third quarter book-to-bill ratio of 1.3, and a trailing 12-month (TTM) book-to-bill ratio of 1.0.
Adjusted EBITDA was $35.9 million, up 12.8% from the year-ago quarter’s figure. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 9.6% was flat year over year. Adjusted EBITDA margin on service revenues was 14%, up 20 basis points (bps) year over year.
ICF International exited third-quarter 2019 with cash and cash equivalent balance of $7.45 million compared with $6.30 million at the end of the previous quarter. The company had a long-term debt of $245 million compared with $288.54 million at the end of the prior quarter.
The company generated $54.3 million of cash from operating activities and capex was $6.17 million. The company paid out dividends of $2.6 million in the reported quarter.
ICF International reaffirmed its guidance for the year. Management continues to expect total revenues between $1.48 billion and $1.50 billion. The current Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.49 billion lies within the guidance.
Non-GAAP EPS is expected in the range of $4.10 to $4.25. The current Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4.21 lies within the guidance.
Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider
Currently, ICF International carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
A few better-ranked stocks in the broader Zacks Business Services sector are Global Payments (GPN - Free Report) , Mastercard (MA - Free Report) and Cardtronics (CATM - Free Report) . While Global Payments sports a Zacks Rank #1, Mastercard and Cardtronics carry a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy).
Long-term expected EPS (three to five years) growth rate for Global Payments, Mastercard and Cardtronics is 17%, 15.9% and 4%, respectively.
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