HOUSTON–Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (NYSE: FIX), a leading provider of commercial, industrial and institutional heating, ventilation, air conditioning and electrical contracting services, today announced net income of $36.2 million or $0.98 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, as compared to $38.5 million or $1.02 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2018. The Company reported revenue of $706.9 million in the current quarter, as compared to $594.5 million in 2018. The Company reported free cash flow of $67.0 million in the current quarter, as compared to $23.0 million in 2018. Backlog as of September 30, 2019 was $1.61 billion as compared to $1.50 billion as of June 30, 2019 and $1.25 billion as of September 30, 2018. On a same-store basis, backlog increased from $1.25 billion as of September 30, 2018 to $1.33 billion as of September 30, 2019.
Brian Lane, Comfort Systems USA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “This quarter our teams across the United States achieved very good operating results, strong backlog growth and truly remarkable free cash flow. Backlog has continued to strengthen both sequentially and year-over-year, which is especially encouraging during a busy third quarter. Cash flow was outstanding this quarter, far exceeding any previous third quarter performance. We are also happy to report that our newest acquisition, Walker Engineering, contributed strongly to our earnings and cash performance, exceeding our expectations.”
The Company reported net income of $80.3 million, or $2.16 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, as compared to $87.7 million, or $2.33 per diluted share, in 2018. Earnings in the first quarter of 2018 included a $0.07 per diluted share increase due to a discrete tax item. Earnings in the second quarter of 2018 included an $0.08 per diluted share benefit from a legal settlement. The Company also reported revenue of $1.90 billion for the nine months ended September 30, 2019, as compared to $1.59 billion in 2018. Free cash flow for the nine months ended September 30, 2019 was $78.5 million, as compared to $47.0 million in 2018.
Mr. Lane concluded, “Our markets remain strong, and we continue to invest, especially in our industry leading workforce. We expect continued strength and strong profitability as we close out the year and look forward to 2020.”
The Company will host a webcast and conference call to discuss its financial results and position on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. The call-in number for this conference call is 1-866-515-2907, and enter 18336151 as the passcode. The call and the slide presentation to accompany the remarks can be accessed on the Company’s website at www.comfortsystemsusa.com under the Investor tab. A replay of the entire call will be available on the Company’s website on the next business day following the call.
Comfort Systems USA® is a premier provider of business solutions addressing workplace comfort, with 129 locations in 111 cities around the nation. For more information, visit the Company’s website at www.comfortsystemsusa.com.
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