updated 5/10/2010 4:01:22 PM ET 2010-05-10T20:01:22

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., May 10, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- MYR Group Inc. ("MYR") (Nasdaq:MYRG), a leading specialty contractor serving the electrical infrastructure market in the United States, today announced its first-quarter 2010 financial results.

Highlights

Management Comments

Bill Koertner, MYR's president and CEO, said, "Although we are pleased with our revenue growth in the first quarter of 2010 compared to 2009, we are not satisfied with the overall margin reductions that we have experienced. We continue to see margin pressures when bidding smaller transmission and distribution projects, as well as on bids in our Commercial and Industrial segment. As we have expressed in the past, we expect 2010 to be a challenging year for our company and the industry as many of our customers have adjusted their capital and maintenance spending programs to align with the current economic activity in their end markets. We remain optimistic about the long-term infrastructure build out that will take place over the next several years. We see signs that economic activity in the country continues to improve, which should drive up electrical demand, requiring our end customers to increase maintenance and capital expenditures on transmission and distribution systems. Outside of our base business that we anticipate to slowly improve, we also continue to see several major transmission projects being bid this year with substantial construction beginning in 2011. We will continue to invest in people and equipment in preparation for the anticipated ramp up in infrastructure spending for reliability-driven projects and those necessary to integrate renewable generation into the electric power grid."

First-Quarter Results

MYR reported first-quarter 2010 revenues of $148.9 million, an increase of $16.0 million, or 12.0 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2009. Specifically, the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) segment reported revenues of $102.8 million, an increase of 3.2 percent over the same period of 2009, while the Commercial and Industrial (C&I) segment reported revenues of $46.1 million, an increase of 38.5 percent over the first quarter of 2009. The increased revenues in the first quarter of 2010 compared to the first quarter of 2009 were mainly attributable to a significant increase in revenues from a few large projects (greater than $10.0 million in contract value) in our T&D and C&I segments, which was partially offset with a decrease in revenues on smaller projects (less than $3.0 million in contract value) in both reporting segments.

Consolidated gross profit decreased to $15.2 million, or 10.2 percent of revenues, in the first quarter of 2010, compared to $17.0 million, or 12.8 percent of revenues, for the first quarter of 2009. In both of our reporting segments, we experienced pressures on margins partially due to lower productivity levels compared to plan on certain contracts, coupled with overall margin pressures from increased competition. The decrease in gross profit was mainly attributable to an overall reduction in margins on smaller T&D contracts (less than $3.0 million in contract value) of approximately $3.3 million. This decrease in margins on smaller contracts was partially offset with an overall increase in margins on large transmission contracts (greater than $10.0 million in contract value) of approximately $2.1 million. In addition, the Company experienced a decrease in gross margins in its C&I segment, which was mainly attributable to an overall reduction in margins on large C&I contracts (greater than $10.0 million in contract value) of approximately $1.5 million.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (SG&A) decreased $1.4 million, or 11.8 percent, to $10.6 million in the first quarter of 2010 compared to $12.0 million in the first quarter of 2009. The decrease was primarily due to the elimination of a $1.6 million severance liability as a result of amending employment agreements with the Company's executive officers in the first quarter of 2010. The severance liability decrease had a positive effect of approximately $0.05 per diluted share. This decrease was partially offset by an increase in certain incremental employee benefit costs.

For the first quarter of 2010, net income was $2.8 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to net income of $2.9 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for the same period of 2009. First-quarter 2010 EBITDA was $8.7 million, or 5.8 percent of revenues, compared to $8.2 million, or 6.2 percent of revenues, in the first quarter of 2009. The decreases in net income and EBITDA as a percentage of revenues were due to a decrease in the gross profit margins as discussed above, which was partially offset by a $1.4 million reduction in SG&A in the first quarter of 2010 as compared to the first quarter of 2009.

Backlog

As of March 31, 2010, MYR's backlog was approximately $199.5 million, consisting of $142.9 million in the T&D segment and $56.6 million in the C&I segment. Total backlog decreased $95.1 million, or 32.3 percent, from $294.6 million reported at March 31, 2009. The decrease in backlog comparing the first quarter of 2010 to first quarter of 2009 was primarily related to the contract completion process and resulting revenue recognition of a few significant transmission projects that were awarded in the latter half of 2008. These significant projects have not been replaced with projects of similar size as of March 31, 2010.

Total backlog at March 31, 2010, decreased 2.4 percent from the $204.4 million reported at December 31, 2009. T&D backlog increased $9.7 million, or 7.3 percent, while C&I backlog decreased $14.6 million, or 20.5 percent, compared to backlog at December 31, 2009.

MYR's method of tracking and reporting backlog may differ from methods used by other companies. The timing of contract awards and the duration of large projects can significantly affect MYR's backlog, and therefore, should not be viewed or relied upon as a stand-alone indicator of future results.

Balance Sheet

As of March 31, 2010, MYR had cash and cash equivalents of $37.1 million and total long-term debt of $30.0 million under a term loan. The Company also had a $75 million revolving credit facility, which had a $15.0 million letter of credit outstanding against the total credit available at March 31, 2010. MYR's long-term credit agreement, which encompasses the term loan and the revolving credit facility, matures on August 31, 2012.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To assist investors' understanding of the Company's financial results, MYR has provided EBITDA in this release. EBITDA is a measure not recognized by generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP). Management believes this information is useful to investors in understanding results of operations because it illustrates the impact that interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization had on the Company's results. A reconciliation of EBITDA to its GAAP counterpart (net income) is provided at the end of this release.

Conference Call

MYR will host a conference call to discuss its first-quarter 2010 results on Tuesday, May 11, 2010, at 10 a.m. Central time. To participate in the conference call via telephone, please dial (877) 561-2750 (domestic) or (763) 416-8565 (international) at least five minutes prior to the start of the event. A replay of the conference call will be available through Tuesday, May 18, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time, by dialing (800) 642-1687 or (706) 645-9291, and entering conference ID 69364127. MYR will also broadcast the conference call live via the internet. Interested parties may access the webcast through the Investor Relations section of the Company's Web site at www.myrgroup.com. Please access the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. The webcast will be archived for 7 days.

About MYR Group Inc.

MYR is a holding company of specialty construction service providers. Through subsidiaries dating back to 1891, MYR is one of the largest national contractors serving the transmission and distribution sector of the United States electric utility industry. Transmission and Distribution customers include electric utilities, cooperatives and municipalities. MYR also provides Commercial and Industrial electrical contracting services to facility owners and general contractors in the Western United States. Our comprehensive services include turnkey construction and maintenance services for the nation's electrical infrastructure.

Forward-Looking Statements

Various statements in this announcement, including those that express a belief, expectation, or intention, as well as those that are not statements of historical fact, are forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements may include projections and estimates concerning the timing and success of specific projects and our future production, revenue, income, capital spending and investments. Our forward-looking statements are generally accompanied by words such as "estimate," "project," "predict," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "potential," "plan," "goal" or other words that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes. The forward-looking statements in this announcement speak only as of the date of this announcement; we disclaim any obligation to update these statements (unless required by securities laws), and we caution you not to rely on them unduly. We have based these forward-looking statements on our current expectations and assumptions about future events. While our management considers these expectations and assumptions to be reasonable, they are inherently subject to significant business, economic, competitive, regulatory and other risks, contingencies and uncertainties, most of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond our control. These and other important factors, including those discussed under "Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in other current or periodic reports which we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.

These risks, contingencies and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, significant variations in our operating results from quarter to quarter, the competitive and cyclical nature of our industry, our ability to realize and profit from our backlog, the implementation of the Energy Policy Act of 2005, the implementation of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, our ability to obtain new contracts and/or replace completed or cancelled contracts, our ability to obtain adequate bonding for our projects, our ability to hire and retain key personnel and subcontractors, limitations on our internal infrastructure, the downturn in the U.S. economy and credit markets and its impact on our customers and our sources of liquidity.

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