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Comfort Systems USA Reports Third Quarter 2017 Results


Comfort Systems USA, Inc. (FIX), a leading provider of mechanical services including heating, ventilation, air conditioning, plumbing, piping and controls, today announced net income of $22.3 million or $0.59 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2017, as compared to $20.5 million or $0.54 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The Company reported revenue of $480.9 million in the current quarter, as compared to $428.8 million in 2016. The Company reported free cash flow of $39.5 million in the current quarter, as compared to $7.3 million in 2016. Backlog as of September 30, 2017 was $901.2 million as compared to $937.8 million as of June 30, 2017 and $719.3 million as of September 30, 2016.

Brian Lane, Comfort Systems USA’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to report third quarter results marked by strong earnings and cash flow performance. Margins continued to benefit from solid field execution, and we are reporting the highest third quarter cash flow in our history.”

The Company reported net income of $47.7 million or $1.27 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2017, as compared to $48.0 million or $1.27 per diluted share, in 2016. The Company also reported revenue of $1.33 billion, as compared to $1.24 billion in 2016. Free cash flow for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 was $49.6 million, as compared to $33.3 million in 2016.

Mr. Lane concluded, “Our backlog remains strong, as we finished our busiest quarter at same-store levels much higher than a year ago. We feel that the environment for non-residential construction remains favorable, and our results and strong cash flow give us the confidence to continue our investments in productivity and growth. In light of our strong backlog and the generally supportive environment in our industry, we remain optimistic about the remainder of 2017 and about our prospects for growth and profitability in 2018.”

As previously announced, the Company will host a webcast and conference call to discuss its financial results and position in more depth on Friday, October 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. Central Time. The call-in number for this conference call is 1-888-680-0865 and enter 89429063 as the passcode. Participants may pre-register for the call at The Company anticipates that an accompanying slide presentation will also be available under the Investor tab. Pre-registrants will be issued a pin number to use when dialing in to the live call, which will provide quick access to the conference by bypassing the operator upon connection. The call can also be accessed on the Company’s website at under the Investor tab. A replay of the entire call will be available until 3:00 p.m. Central Time, Friday, November 3, 2017 by calling 1-888-286-8010 with the conference passcode of 38729423, and will also be available on our website on the next business day following the call.

Comfort Systems USA® is a premier provider of business solutions addressing workplace comfort, with 109 locations in 98 cities around the nation. For more information, visit the Company’s website at

Certain statements and information in this press release may constitute forward-looking statements regarding our future business expectations, which are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. The words “believe,” “expect,” “anticipate,” “plan,” “intend,” “foresee,” “should,” “would,” “could,” or other similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historic in nature. These forward-looking statements are based on the current expectations and beliefs of Comfort Systems USA, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively, the “Company”) concerning future developments and their effect on the Company. While the Company’s management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting the Company will be those that it anticipates. All comments concerning the Company’s expectations for future revenue and operating results are based on the Company’s forecasts for its existing operations and do not include the potential impact of any future acquisitions. The Company’s forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond the Company’s control) and assumptions that could cause actual future results to differ materially from the Company’s historical experience and its present expectations or projections. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: the use of incorrect estimates for bidding a fixed-price contract; undertaking contractual commitments that exceed the Company’s labor resources; failing to perform contractual obligations efficiently enough to maintain profitability; national or regional weakness in construction activity and economic conditions; financial difficulties affecting projects, vendors, customers, or subcontractors; the Company’s backlog failing to translate into actual revenue or profits; failure of third party subcontractors and suppliers to complete work as anticipated; difficulty in obtaining or increased costs associated with bonding and insurance; impairment to goodwill; errors in the Company’s percentage-of-completion method of accounting; the result of competition in the Company’s markets; the Company’s decentralized management structure; material failure to comply with varying state and local laws, regulations or requirements; debarment from bidding on or performing government contracts; shortages of labor and specialty building materials; retention of key management; seasonal fluctuations in the demand for mechanical systems; the imposition of past and future liability from environmental, safety, and health regulations including the inherent risk associated with self-insurance; adverse litigation results; an increase in our effective tax rate; an information technology failure or cyber security breach; and other risks detailed in our reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.