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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-K


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ANNUAL REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the fiscal year ended December 31, 2013

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TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from            to          

Commission file number: 1-08325



MYR GROUP INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)

Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
  36-3158643
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)

1701 Golf Road, Suite 3-1012
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008-4210

(Address of principal executive offices, including zip code)

(847) 290-1891
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(b) of the Act:

Title of Each Class   Name of Exchange on Which Registered
Common Stock, $0.01 par value   NASDAQ

Securities registered pursuant to Section 12(g) of the Act:
None

          Indicate by check mark if the registrant is a well-known seasoned issuer (as defined in Rule 405 of the Securities Act). Yes o    No ý

          Indicate by check mark if the registrant is not required to file reports pursuant to Section 13 or Section 15(d) of the Exchange Act. Yes o    No ý

          Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes ý    No o

          Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes ý    No o

          Indicate by check mark if disclosure of delinquent filers pursuant to Item 405 of Regulation S-K is not contained herein, and will not be contained, to the best of the registrant's knowledge, in definitive proxy or information statements incorporated by reference in Part III of this Form 10-K or any amendment to this Form 10-K. ý

          Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See the definitions of "large accelerated filer," "accelerated filer" and "smaller reporting company" in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer o   Accelerated filer ý   Non-accelerated filer o
(Do not check if a
smaller reporting company)
  Smaller reporting company o

          Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o    No ý

          As of June 28, 2013 (the last business day of the registrant's most recently completed second fiscal quarter), the aggregate market value of the outstanding common equity held by non-affiliates of the registrant was approximately $398.5 million, based upon the closing sale price of the common stock on such date as reported by the NASDAQ Global Market (for purposes of calculating this amount, only directors, officers and beneficial owners of 10% or more of the outstanding capital stock of the registrant have been deemed affiliates).

          As of February 28, 2014 there were 21,251,078 shares of the registrant's $0.01 par value common stock outstanding.

DOCUMENTS INCORPORATED BY REFERENCE

          Portions of the registrant's definitive proxy statement to be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC") in connection with its 2014 annual meeting of stockholders to be held on May 1, 2014, are incorporated into Part III hereof.

   


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MYR GROUP INC.
ANNUAL REPORT ON FORM 10-K
FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013

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PART I

 

 

       

Item 1.

 

Business

    4  

Item 1A.

 

Risk Factors

    14  

Item 1B.

 

Unresolved Staff Comments

    27  

Item 2.

 

Properties

    27  

Item 3.

 

Legal Proceedings

    27  

Item 4.

 

Mine Safety Disclosures

    28  

PART II

 

 

   
 
 

Item 5.

 

Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

    29  

Item 6.

 

Selected Financial Data

    31  

Item 7.

 

Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

    35  

Item 7A.

 

Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

    54  

Item 8.

 

Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

    55  

Item 9.

 

Changes in and Disagreements With Accountants on Accounting and Financial Disclosure

    88  

Item 9A.

 

Controls and Procedures

    88  

Item 9B.

 

Other Information

    89  

PART III

 

 

   
 
 

Item 10.

 

Directors, Executive Officers and Corporate Governance

    90  

Item 11.

 

Executive Compensation

    90  

Item 12.

 

Security Ownership of Certain Beneficial Owners and Management and Related Stockholder Matters

    90  

Item 13.

 

Certain Relationships and Related Transactions, and Director Independence

    90  

Item 14.

 

Principal Accountant Fees and Services

    90  

PART IV

 

 

   
 
 

Item 15.

 

Exhibits and Financial Statement Schedules

    91  

        Throughout this report, references to "MYR Group," the "Company," "we," "us," and "our" refer to MYR Group Inc. and its consolidated subsidiaries, except as otherwise indicated or as the context otherwise requires.

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FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

        Statements in this annual report on Form 10-K contain various forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act") and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"), which represent our management's beliefs and assumptions concerning future events. When used in this document and in documents incorporated by reference, forward-looking statements include, without limitation, statements regarding financial forecasts or projections, and our expectations, beliefs, intentions or future strategies that are signified by the words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "objective," "outlook," "plan," "project," "possible," "potential," "should" and similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this annual report on Form 10-K speak only as of the date of this annual report on Form 10-K. 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 in Item 1A "Risk Factors" of this report, 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.


WEBSITE ACCESS TO COMPANY'S REPORTS

        Our website address is www.myrgroup.com. Our annual reports on Form 10-K, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, current reports on Form 8-K, and amendments to those reports filed or furnished pursuant to Section 13(a) or 15(d) of the Exchange Act will be available free of charge through our website as soon as reasonably possible after they are electronically filed with, or furnished to, the SEC. The information on our website is not, and shall not be deemed to be, a part of this annual report on Form 10-K or incorporated into any other filings we make with the SEC.

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PART I

Item 1.    Business

General

        We are a holding company of specialty electrical construction service providers that was established in 1995 through the merger of long-standing specialty contractors. Through our subsidiaries, we have served the electric utility infrastructure markets since 1891. Our operations are currently conducted through wholly-owned subsidiaries, including: The L. E. Myers Co.; Harlan Electric Company; Hawkeye Construction, Inc.; Great Southwestern Construction, Inc.; Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. and MYR Transmission Services, Inc. We provide electrical construction services with a network of local offices located throughout the United States. We are also reviewing business opportunities in Canada. We provide a broad range of services, which includes design, engineering, procurement, construction, upgrade, maintenance and repair services, with a particular focus on construction, maintenance and repair.

        Our principal executive offices are located at 1701 Golf Road, Suite 3-1012, Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008-4210. The telephone number of our principal executive offices is (847) 290-1891.

Reportable Segments

        We are a leading specialty contractor serving the electrical infrastructure market in the United States. We manage and report our operations through two industry segments: Transmission and Distribution ("T&D") and Commercial and Industrial ("C&I") electrical contracting services.

        Transmission and Distribution segment.    We have operated in the T&D industry since 1891. We are one of the largest U.S. contractors servicing the T&D sector of the electric utility industry. We provide a broad range of services on electric transmission and distribution networks and substation facilities, which include design, engineering, procurement, construction, upgrade, maintenance and repair services, with a particular focus on construction, maintenance and repair, to customers in the electric utility and the renewable energy industries throughout the United States. Our T&D services include the construction and maintenance of high voltage transmission lines, substations and lower voltage underground and overhead distribution systems. We also provide storm restoration services in response to hurricane, ice or other storm related damage.

        In our T&D segment, we generally serve the electric utility industry as a prime contractor, either through traditional design-bid-build or engineering, procurement and construction ("EPC") forms of project delivery. Our T&D customers include electric utilities, cooperatives, municipalities and private developers. We have long-standing relationships with many of our T&D customers who rely on us to construct and maintain reliable electric and other utility infrastructure. We provide many services to our customers under multi-year master service agreements ("MSAs") and other variable-term service agreements. We generally focus on improving our profitability by: selecting projects we believe will provide attractive margins; actively monitoring the costs of completing our projects; holding customers accountable for costs related to changes to contract specifications; and rewarding our employees for keeping costs under budget.

        Commercial and Industrial segment.    We have provided electrical contracting services for C&I construction in the western United States since 1912. Our C&I segment provides services such as the design, installation, maintenance and repair of commercial and industrial wiring, installation of traffic networks and the installation of bridge, roadway and tunnel lighting. Our C&I operations are primarily focused in the Arizona and Colorado regional markets where we have sufficient scale to deploy the level of resources necessary to achieve significant market share. We concentrate our efforts on projects where our technical and project management expertise are critical to successful and timely execution. Typical C&I contracts cover electrical contracting services for airports, hospitals, data centers, hotels,

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stadiums, convention centers, manufacturing plants, processing facilities, waste-water treatment facilities, mining facilities and transportation control and management systems.

        In our C&I segment, we generally provide our electric construction and maintenance services as a subcontractor to general contractors in the C&I industry, but also contract directly with facility owners. We have a diverse customer base with many long-standing relationships.

        Additional financial information related to our business segments is provided under "Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and in Note 14 to our Consolidated Financial Statements.

Customers

        Our T&D customers include many of the leading companies in the electric utility industry. Our T&D customers include investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, cooperatives, private developers, nationally-owned utilities, independent power producers, independent transmission companies, industrial facility owners and other contractors. Our C&I customer base includes general contractors, commercial and industrial facility owners, local governments and developers in our regional markets. We have long-standing relationships with many of our customers, particularly in our T&D segment, and we cultivate these relationships at all levels of our organization from senior management to project supervisors. We seek to build upon existing customer relationships to secure additional projects so as to increase revenue from our current customer base. Many of our customer relationships originated decades ago and are maintained through a partnering approach, which includes project evaluation and consulting, quality performance, performance measurement and direct customer contact. At both a senior and operating unit level, management also maintains a parallel focus on pursuing growth opportunities with prospective customers. In addition, our senior management and our operating unit management teams promote and market our services for prospective large-scale projects and national accounts. We believe that our industry experience, technical expertise, customer relationships and emphasis on safety and customer service are factors that contribute to us obtaining new contracts with both existing and new customers.

        For the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011, our top 10 customers accounted for 57.8%, 59.6% and 58.1% of our revenues, respectively. For the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2011, no single customer accounted for more than 10.0% of our annual revenues, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2012, Cross Texas Transmission, LLC, a T&D customer, accounted for 15.1% of our revenues. No other single customer accounted for more than 10.0% of our annual revenues in the year ended December 31, 2012.

        For the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011, revenues derived from T&D customers accounted for 80.0%, 83.0%, and 79.7% of our total revenues, respectively, and revenues derived from C&I customers accounted for 20.0%, 17.0% and 20.3% of our total revenues, respectively.

Types of Service Arrangements and Bidding Process

        We enter into contracts principally through a competitive bid process. Our typical construction project begins with the preparation and submission of a bid to a customer. If selected as the successful bidder, we generally enter into a contract with the customer that provides for payment upon completion of specified work or units of work as identified in the contract. Although there is considerable variation in the terms of the contracts we undertake, our contracts are primarily structured as either fixed-price or unit-price agreements, pursuant to which we agree to do the work for a fixed amount for the entire project or for the particular units of work performed, respectively. We also enter into time-and-equipment contracts under which we are paid for labor and equipment at negotiated hourly billing rates and for other expenses, including materials, as incurred. In addition, we obtain time-and-materials contracts under which we are paid for labor at negotiated hourly billing rates and

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for other expenses, including materials, as incurred. Finally, we sometimes enter into cost-plus contracts, where we are paid for our costs plus a negotiated margin. On occasion, time-and-equipment, time-and-materials and cost-plus contracts require us to include a guaranteed not-to-exceed maximum price.

        Fixed-price and unit-price contracts typically have the highest potential margins; however, they hold a greater risk in terms of profitability because cost overruns may not be recoverable. Time-and-equipment, time-and-materials and cost-plus contracts have less margin upside, but generally have a lower risk of cost overruns. Work in our T&D segment is generally completed under fixed-price, time-and-materials, time-and-equipment, unit-price and cost-plus agreements. C&I work is typically performed under fixed-price, time-and-materials, cost-plus, and unit-price agreements. Fixed-price contracts accounted for 53.5% of total revenue for the year ended December 31, 2013, including 55.4% of our total revenue for our T&D segment and 45.9% of our total revenue for our C&I segment.

        Our EPC contracts are typically fixed-price. We may act as the prime contractor for an EPC project where we perform the procurement and construction functions but use a subcontractor to perform the engineering component, or we may use a subcontractor for both engineering and procurement functions. We may also act as a subcontractor on an EPC project to an engineering or construction management firm. When acting as a subcontractor for an EPC project, we typically provide construction services only, although we may also perform both the construction and procurement functions.

        Our T&D segment also provides services under MSAs that cover maintenance, upgrade and extension services, as well as new construction. Work performed under MSAs is typically billed on a unit-price, time-and-materials or time-and-equipment basis. MSAs are typically one to three years in duration; however, most of our contracts, including MSAs, may be terminated by our customers or by us on short notice, typically 30 to 90 days, even if we are not in default under the contract. Under MSAs, customers generally agree to use us for certain services in a specified geographic region. Most MSA customers have no obligation to assign specific volumes of work to us and are not required to use us exclusively, although in some cases they are subject to our right of first refusal. Many of our contracts, including MSAs, are open to public bid at expiration and generally attract numerous bidders.

        A portion of the work we perform requires performance and payment bonds at the time of execution of the contract. Contracts generally include retention provisions pursuant to which 3% to 10% is withheld from each progress payment as retainage until the contract work has been completed and approved.

Materials

        In many cases, our T&D customers are responsible for supplying their own materials on projects; however, under certain contracts, we may agree to provide all or a portion of the required materials. For our C&I contracts, we usually procure the necessary materials and supplies. We are not dependent on any one supplier for materials or supplies.

Subcontracting

        We are the prime contractor for the majority of our T&D projects. We may use subcontractors to perform portions of our contracts and to manage workflow, particularly for design, engineering, procurement and some foundation work. We often work with subcontractors who are sole proprietorships or small business entities. Subcontractors normally provide their own employees, vehicles, tools and insurance coverage. We are not dependent on any single subcontractor. Contracts with subcontractors often contain provisions limiting our obligation to pay the subcontractor if our client has not paid us. We hold our subcontractors responsible for their work or delays in performance. On larger projects we may require performance payment bonding from subcontractors, where we deem

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appropriate, based on the risk involved. We occasionally perform work as a subcontractor, and we may elect to do so from time-to-time on larger projects in order to manage our execution risk on certain projects.

        The majority of our work in our C&I segment is done as a subcontractor to a general contractor.

Competition

        Our business is highly competitive in both our T&D and C&I segments. Competition in both of our business segments is primarily based on the price of the construction services rendered and upon the reputation for quality, safety and reliability of the contractor rendering these services. The competition we encounter can vary depending upon the type of construction services to be rendered and the locations where such services are to be rendered. The current economic environment has had an impact on the competition that we face, as fewer construction projects have led to increased competition for projects being bid. We also believe that the number of competitors in our industry has increased as a number of engineering, construction and general contractors, who historically have not competed with us, now bid on some projects in our industry.

        We believe that the principal competitive factors that customers consider in our industry are:

    price and flexible contract terms;

    safety programs and safety performance;

    management team experience;

    reputation and relationships with customers;

    geographic presence and breadth of service offerings;

    willingness to accept risk;

    history of service execution (for example, cost control, timing and experience);

    specialized equipment, tooling and centralized fleet structure;

    the availability of qualified and/or licensed personnel;

    adequate financial resources and bonding capacity;

    weather-damage restoration abilities and reputation; and

    technological capabilities.

        While we believe our customers consider a number of factors when selecting a service provider, most of their work is awarded through a bid process where price is always a principal factor. See "Risk Factors—Our industry is highly competitive."

    T&D Competition

        Our T&D segment competes with a number of companies in the local markets where we operate, ranging from small local independent companies to large national firms. The national or large regional firms that compete with us for T&D contracts include Asplundh Construction Corp., Davis H. Elliot Company, Inc., Henkels & McCoy, Inc., MasTec, Inc., MDU Resources Group, Inc., Pike Electric Corporation, Power Line Services, Inc., Quanta Services, Inc. and Willbros Group, Inc.

        There are a number of barriers to entry into the transmission services business, including the cost of equipment and tooling necessary to perform transmission work, the availability of qualified labor, the scope of typical transmission projects and the technical, managerial and supervisory skills necessary to complete the job. Larger transmission projects generally require specialized heavy duty equipment as

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well as strong financial resources to meet the cash flow, bonding, or letter of credit requirements of these projects. These factors sometimes reduce the number of potential competitors on these projects. The number of firms that generally compete for any one significant transmission infrastructure project varies greatly depending on a number of factors, including the size of the project, its location and the bidder qualification requirements imposed upon contractors by the customer. Many of our competitors restrict their operations to one geographic area, and others operate nationally and internationally.

        Compared to the transmission markets, there are fewer significant barriers to entry in the distribution markets in which we operate. As a result, any organization that has adequate financial resources and access to technical expertise can compete for distribution projects. Instead of outsourcing to us, some of our T&D customers also employ personnel internally to perform the same type of services that we provide.

    C&I Competition

        Our C&I segment competes with a number of regional or small local firms and subsidiaries of larger national firms. Competition for our C&I construction services varies greatly. There are few significant barriers to entry in the C&I business, and there are a number of small companies that compete for C&I business. The size, location and technical requirements of the project will impact which competitors and the number of competitors that we will encounter on any particular project.

        A major competitive factor in our C&I segment is the individual relationships that we and our competitors have developed with general contractors who typically control the bid process. Additionally, the equipment requirements for C&I work are generally not as significant as that of T&D construction. Since C&I construction typically involves the purchase of materials, the financial resources to meet the materials procurement and equipment requirements of a particular project may impact the competition that we encounter. In the majority of cases involving maintenance services provided by us, our customers will also perform some or all of these types of services internally as well. We differentiate ourselves from our competitors by bidding for larger and/or more technically complex projects, which we believe many of our smaller competitors may not be capable of executing effectively or profitably. We believe that we have a favorable competitive position in the markets that we serve due in part to our strong operating history and strong local market share as well as our reputation and relationships with our customers.

Project Bonding Requirements

        Many customers, particularly in connection with new construction, require us to post performance and payment bonds issued by a financial institution known as a surety. These bonds provide a guarantee to the customer that we will perform under the terms of a contract and that we will pay subcontractors and vendors. If we fail to perform under a contract or to pay subcontractors and vendors, the customer may demand that the surety make payments or provide services under the bond. We generally must reimburse the surety for any expenses or outlays it incurs. These bonds are typically issued at the face value of the contract awarded. As of December 31, 2013, we had approximately $707.3 million in original face amount of bonds outstanding for projects in our T&D segment and $181.8 million for projects in our C&I segment. Our estimated remaining cost to complete these bonded projects for both segments was approximately $147.6 million as of December 31, 2013. As of December 31, 2012, we had approximately $670.5 million in original face amount of bonds outstanding for projects in our T&D segment and $212.8 million for projects in our C&I segment. The ability to post bonds provides us with a competitive advantage over smaller or less financially secure competitors. We believe that the strength of our balance sheet, as well as our strong and long-standing relationship with our surety, enhances our ability to obtain adequate financing and bonds.

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Backlog

        We refer to our estimated revenue on uncompleted contracts, including the amount of revenue on contracts for which work has not begun, less the revenue we have recognized under such contracts, as "backlog." We calculate backlog differently for different types of contracts. For our fixed-price contracts, we include the full remaining portion of the contract in our calculation of backlog. A customer's intention to award the Company work under a fixed-price contract is not included in backlog unless there is an actual award to perform a specific scope of work at specific terms and pricing. For many of our unit-price, time-and-equipment, time-and-materials and cost-plus contracts, we only include projected revenue for a three-month period in the calculation of backlog, although these types of contracts are generally awarded as part of MSAs that typically have a one-year to three-year duration from execution. Given the duration of our contracts and MSAs and our method of calculating backlog, our backlog at any point in time may not accurately represent the revenue that we expect to realize during any period and our backlog as of the end of a fiscal year may not be indicative of the revenue we expect to generate in the following fiscal year and should not be viewed or relied upon as a stand-alone indicator. See "Item 1A. Risk Factors—Backlog may not be realized or may not result in profits."

        Certain of the projects that we undertake are not completed in one accounting period. Revenue on construction contracts is recorded based upon the percentage-of-completion accounting method determined by the ratio of costs incurred to date on the contracts (excluding uninstalled direct materials) to management's estimates of total contract costs. Under the percentage-of-completion method of accounting, revenue recognition is largely a function of contract costs incurred for any given period. Contract costs may include direct material, labor, subcontractor and material procurement services, equipment, and those indirect costs related to contract performance such as indirect labor, supplies, tools and repairs. While our contracts typically include labor, equipment and indirect costs, the amount of subcontractor and material costs on any individual contract can vary considerably.

        There can be no assurance as to the accuracy of our customers' requirements or of our estimates of existing and future needs under MSAs, or of the values of our cost or time-dependent contracts and, therefore, our current backlog may not be realized as part of our future revenues. Subject to the foregoing discussions, the following table summarizes that amount of our backlog that we believe to be firm as of the dates shown and the amount of our current backlog that we reasonably estimate will not be recognized within the next twelve months:

 
  Backlog at December 31, 2013    
 
(in thousands)
  Total   Amount estimated
to not be recognized
within 12 months
  Total Backlog at
December 31, 2012
 

T&D

  $ 189,321   $   $ 375,708  

C&I

    136,773     27,895     121,871  
               

Total

  $ 326,094   $ 27,895   $ 497,579  
               
               

        Changes in backlog from period to period are primarily the result of fluctuations in the timing of awards and revenue recognition of contracts. The reduction in the 2013 backlog was the result of substantial construction activity performed throughout the year on many multi-year projects awarded in previous periods. These projects have not been replaced with projects of similar size and scope.

Trade Names and Intellectual Property

        We operate in the U.S. under a number of trade names, including MYR Group Inc., The L. E. Myers Co., Harlan Electric Company, Hawkeye Construction, Inc., Great Southwestern Construction, Inc., Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc. and MYR Transmission Services, Inc. We do not

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generally register our trade names, but instead rely on statutory and common law protection. While we consider our trade names to be valuable assets, we do not consider any single trade name to be of such material importance that its absence would cause a material disruption to our business. We also do not materially rely upon any patents, licenses or other intellectual property.

Equipment

        Our long history in the T&D industry has allowed us to be instrumental in designing much of the specialty tools and equipment used in the industry, including wire pullers, wire tensioners and aerial devices. We operate a fleet of trucks and trailers, support vehicles, bulldozers, bucket trucks, digger derricks and cranes and specialty construction equipment, such as wire pullers and wire tensioning machines. We also rely on specialized tooling, including stringing blocks, wire grips and presses. The standardization of our trucks and trailers allows us to minimize training, maintenance and parts costs. We operate 18 regional maintenance shops throughout the United States, which are staffed by over 125 mechanics and equipment managers who service our fleet. To support our substantial investment in equipment, we recently opened a new fleet manufacturing and maintenance facility. Our ability to internally service our fleet in various markets often allows us to reduce repair costs and the time equipment is out of service by eliminating both the need to ship equipment long distances for repair and dependence on third party maintenance providers. Our maintenance shops are also able to modify standard construction equipment to meet the specific needs of our specialty applications. We are a final-stage manufacturer for several configurations of our specialty vehicles, and, in the event that a particular piece of equipment is not available to us, we can build the component on-site, which reduces our reliance on our equipment suppliers.

        Our fleet of equipment is managed by our centralized fleet management group. Our fleet is highly mobile, which gives us the ability to shift resources from region-to-region quickly and to effectively respond to customer needs or major weather events. Our centralized fleet management group is designed to enable us to optimize and maintain our equipment to achieve the highest equipment utilization which helps to maintain a competitive position with respect to our equipment costs. We develop internal equipment rates which provide our business units with appropriate pricing levels to estimate their bids for new projects more accurately. We also involve our business units in prioritizing the use of our fleet assets. The fleet management group also manages the procurement of additional equipment through our capital budget and short-term rentals. All of these factors are critical in allowing us to operate efficiently and meet our customers' needs. Over the last few years, we have increased capital expenditures on our fleet, and we believe these increases will continue to reduce our operating costs over the long-term.

Regulation

        Our operations are subject to various laws and regulations including:

    licensing, permitting and inspection requirements applicable to electricians and engineers;

    building and electrical codes;

    permitting and inspection requirements applicable to construction projects;

    regulations relating to worker safety and environmental protection;

    special bidding and procurement requirements on government projects; and

    local laws and government acts regulating work on protected sites.

        We believe that we are in compliance with applicable regulatory requirements and have all material licenses required to conduct our operations. Our failure to comply with applicable regulations

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could result in project delays, cost overruns, remediation costs, substantial fines and/or revocation of our operating licenses.

Environmental Matters

        As a result of our current and past operations, we are subject to numerous environmental laws and regulations governing our operations, including the use, transport and disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous substances and wastes, as well as emissions and discharges into the environment, including discharges to air, surface water, groundwater and soil. We also are subject to laws and regulations that impose liability and cleanup responsibility for releases of hazardous substances into the environment. Under certain of these laws and regulations, such liabilities can be imposed for cleanup of previously owned or operated properties, or properties to which hazardous substances or wastes were discharged by current or former operations at our facilities, regardless of whether we directly caused the contamination or violated any law at the time of discharge or disposal. The presence of contamination from such substances or wastes could interfere with ongoing operations or adversely affect our ability to sell, lease or otherwise use our properties in certain ways such as collateral for possible financing. We could also be held liable for significant penalties and damages under certain environmental laws and regulations, which could materially and adversely affect our business and results of operations.

        Based on information currently available, we believe that our compliance with environmental laws and regulations will not have a material effect on our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows. We are unable to estimate with certainty the potential impact of compliance efforts and/or environmental remediation actions.

        Additionally, there are significant environmental regulations under consideration to encourage the use of clean energy technologies and regulate emissions of greenhouse gases to address climate change. We regularly monitor the various proposals in this regard. Although the impact of climate change regulations on our business will depend on the specifics of governmental policies, legislation, and regulation, we believe that we will be well-positioned to adapt our business to meet new regulations. See "Item 1A. Risk Factors—We are subject to risks associated with climate change" and "Item 1A. Risk Factors—Our failure to comply with environmental and other laws and regulations could result in significant liabilities."

Seasonality and Cyclical Nature of Business

        The demand for construction and maintenance services from our customers is cyclical in nature and vulnerable to downturns in the industries we serve as well as the economy in general. As a result, our volume of business could be adversely affected by declines or delays in new projects in various geographic regions.

        Although our revenues are primarily driven by spending patterns in our customers' industries, our revenues and results of operations can be subject to seasonal and other variations. These variations are influenced by weather, daylight hours, availability of system outages from utilities and holidays. For example, during the winter months, demand for our T&D work may be high, but our work can be delayed due to inclement weather. During the summer months, the demand for our T&D work may be affected by fewer available system outages during which we can perform electrical line service work due to peak electrical demands caused by warmer weather conditions. During the spring and fall months, the demand for our T&D work may increase due to improved weather conditions and system availability; however, extended periods of rain and other severe weather can affect the deployment of our crews and efficiency of operations.

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Employees

        We seek to attract and retain highly qualified craft employees by providing a superior work environment through our emphasis on safety, our high quality fleet of equipment, and our competitive compensation. The number of individuals we employ varies significantly throughout the year, typically with lower staffing levels at year end and through the winter months when fewer projects are active. The number of craft employees fluctuates depending on the number and size of projects at any particular time. As of December 31, 2013, we had approximately 3,500 employees, consisting of approximately 600 salaried employees, including executive officers, district managers, project managers, superintendents, estimators, office managers, and staff and clerical personnel, and approximately 2,900 craft employees. Approximately 92% of our craft employees were members of unions, with the majority being members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers ("IBEW"), who are represented by many local unions under agreements with generally uniform terms and varying expiration dates. We generally are not direct parties to such local agreements, but instead these agreements are entered into by and between the IBEW local unions and the National Electrical Contractors Association ("NECA"), of which we are a member. NECA negotiates the terms of these agreements on our behalf. On occasion we will also employ individuals who are members of other trade unions pursuant to multi-employer, multi-union project agreements.

Executive Officers

Name
  Age on
March 1, 2014
  Position

William A. Koertner

    64   Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Paul J. Evans

    46   Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer

Richard S. Swartz, Jr. 

    50   Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer

Gerald B. Engen, Jr. 

    63   Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

Tod M. Cooper

    49   Senior Vice President, East

John A. Fluss

    62   Group Vice President

William H. Green

    70   Senior Vice President

Gregory T. Wolf

    45   Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer

        William A. Koertner has served as chairman since December 2007. Mr. Koertner joined us in 1998 as senior vice president, treasurer and chief financial officer and became our president and chief executive officer in December 2003. Prior to joining us, Mr. Koertner served as vice president at Central Illinois Public Service Company from 1989 until 1998.

        Paul J. Evans joined us as vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer in January 2012. From 2010 until joining us, Mr. Evans was president and chief executive officer of a start-up renewable energy company. From 2004 until 2009, Mr. Evans was the treasurer at NorthWestern Energy. Previously, Mr. Evans held corporate operational finance positions at Duke Energy North America, NRG Energy, and McLane Company, Inc.

        Richard S. Swartz, Jr. has served as senior vice president and chief operating officer since May 2011. Mr. Swartz served as senior vice president from August 2009 to May 2011. Mr. Swartz served as a group vice president from 2004 to 2009. Prior to becoming a group vice president, Mr. Swartz served as vice president of our transmission & distribution central division from 2002 to 2004. Mr. Swartz has held a number of additional positions since he joined us in 1982, including project foreman, superintendent, project manager and district manager.

        Gerald B. Engen, Jr. has served as senior vice president, chief legal officer and secretary since August 2009. Between November 2002 and August 2009, Mr. Engen served as vice president, chief legal officer and secretary. Mr. Engen joined us as an assistant general counsel in September 2000 from Wells, Love & Scoby, LLC, a law firm specializing in construction law.

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        Tod M. Cooper was appointed senior vice president, east in August 2013. Mr. Cooper served as group vice president, east from 2009 to 2013 and vice president T&D, east from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Cooper has held a number of additional positions since joining us in 1989, including business development manager, regional manager, district manager, and estimator.

        John A. Fluss joined us in 1973 and has served as group vice president since 2002. Mr. Fluss has held a number of positions during his 40 years of employment with us, including vice president of line operations, district manager and district estimator.

        William H. Green has served as senior vice president since May 2011. From December 2003 to May 2011, Mr. Green served as senior vice president and chief operating officer. Prior to December 2003, Mr. Green served as a group vice president.

        Gregory T. Wolf was appointed vice president and chief accounting officer in November 2012. From 2007 until his appointment as chief accounting officer, Mr. Wolf served as vice president of finance and accounting. Previously, Mr. Wolf held various positions in finance and accounting within the company since he joined us in 2000. Prior to joining us, Mr. Wolf served as an officer of a construction company, and previously was in audit and tax with a public accounting firm.

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Item 1A.    Risk Factors

RISK FACTORS

        You should read the following risk factors carefully in connection with evaluating our business and the forward-looking information contained in this annual report on Form 10-K. We operate in a changing environment that involves numerous known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could affect our operations. The risks described below highlight some of the factors that have affected, and in the future could affect, our operations. Additional risks we do not yet know of, or that we currently think are immaterial, may also affect our business operations. If any of the events or circumstances described in the following risks actually occurs, our business, financial condition or results of operations could be affected and our stock price could decline.

Our operating results may vary significantly from period to period.

        Our business can be highly cyclical and subject to seasonal and other variations that can result in significant differences in operating results from period to period. Additionally, our results may be materially and adversely affected by:

    the timing and volume of work under contract;

    increased competition and changes in the competitive marketplace for our services;

    the spending patterns of customers and governments;

    the amount of subcontractor and material costs in our projects;

    permitting, regulatory or customer-caused delays on projects;

    the timing and execution of change orders and other contract adjustments;

    variations in the margins of projects performed during any particular reporting period;

    a change in the demand for our services;

    increased costs of performance of our services caused by severe weather conditions;

    increases in design and construction costs that we are unable to pass through to our customers;

    the termination or expiration of existing agreements;

    regional and general economic conditions and the condition of the financial markets;

    losses experienced in our operations not otherwise covered by insurance;

    a change in the mix of our customers, contracts and business;

    payment risk associated with the financial condition of our customers;

    cost overruns on fixed-price and unit-price contracts;

    availability of qualified labor for specific projects;

    decreased equipment utilization;

    changes in bonding requirements applicable to existing and new agreements;

    costs we incur to support growth internally or through acquisitions or otherwise; and

    changes in accounting pronouncements that require us to account for items differently than historical pronouncements.

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        Accordingly, our operating results in any particular reporting period may not be indicative of the results that can be expected for any other reporting period.

Our industry is highly competitive.

        Our industry is highly competitive from existing and new entrants into our markets. Increased competition can place downward pressure on contract prices and profit margins and may limit the number of projects that we are awarded. Our industry is fragmented and we compete with other companies, ranging from small, independent firms servicing local markets to larger firms servicing regional and national markets. Relatively few barriers prevent entry into the C&I market and the distribution market. As a result, any organization that has adequate financial resources and access to technical expertise may become one of our competitors in those areas. Competition in the industry depends on a number of factors, including price. Some of our competitors, including our competitors in the transmission market, may have lower labor and overhead cost structures and, therefore, may be able to provide their services at lower prices than ours. In addition, some of our competitors may have greater financial, technological and human resources than we do. We cannot be certain that our competitors will not develop the expertise, experience and resources to provide services that are superior in both price and quality to our services. Similarly, we cannot be certain that we will be able to maintain or enhance our competitive position within the markets we serve or maintain our customer base at current levels. We also may face competition from in-house service organizations of our existing or prospective customers. Electric utility companies often employ personnel to internally perform some of the same types of services we do. We cannot be certain that our existing or prospective customers will continue to outsource services in the future.

We may be unsuccessful in generating internal growth.

        Our ability to generate internal growth will be affected by, among other factors, our ability to:

    attract new customers;

    increase the number of projects performed for existing customers;

    hire and retain qualified personnel;

    successfully bid new projects; and

    adapt the range of services we offer to customers to address their evolving construction needs.

        In addition, if our customers are constrained in their ability to obtain capital, it could reduce the number or size of projects available to us. Many of the factors affecting our ability to generate internal growth may be beyond our control, and we cannot be certain that our strategies will be successful, or that we will be able to generate cash flow sufficient to fund our operations and to support internal growth. If we are unsuccessful, we may not be able to achieve internal growth, expand our operations or grow our business.

Negative economic and market conditions, as well as regulatory and environmental requirements, may adversely impact our customers' future spending and, as a result, our operations and growth.

        The demand for infrastructure construction and maintenance services from our customers has been, and will likely continue to be, cyclical in nature and vulnerable to downturns in the industries we serve as well as the economy in general. Stagnant or declining economic conditions have adversely impacted the demand for our services in the past and resulted in the delay, reduction or cancellation of certain projects and may adversely affect us in the future. Unfavorable economic conditions could also cause our customers to outsource less work. Additionally, many of our customers finance their projects through the incurrence of debt or the issuance of equity. A reduction in cash flow or the lack of

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availability of debt or equity financing may result in a reduction in our customers' spending for our services and may also impact the ability of our customers to pay amounts owed to us, which could have a material adverse effect on our operations and our ability to grow at historical levels. A prolonged economic downturn or recession could adversely affect our customers and their ability or willingness to fund capital expenditures in the future or pay for past services. Consolidation, competition, capital constraints or negative economic conditions in the electric power industry may also result in reduced spending by, or the loss of, one or more of our customers.

        Because the vast majority of our transmission and distribution revenue is derived from the electric utility industry, regulatory and environmental requirements affecting that industry could adversely affect our results of operations. Customers in the electric utility industry we serve face stringent regulatory and environmental requirements as well as permitting processes as they implement plans for their projects, which may result in delays, reductions and cancellations of some of their projects. These regulatory factors have resulted in decreased demand for our services in the past, and they may do so in the future, potentially impacting our operations and our ability to grow at historical levels.

Project performance issues, including those caused by third parties, or certain contractual obligations may result in additional costs to us, reductions or delays in revenues or the payment of penalties, including liquidated damages.

        Many projects involve challenging engineering, procurement and construction phases that may occur over extended time periods, sometimes over several years. We may encounter difficulties that impact our ability to complete the project in accordance with the original delivery schedule. These difficulties may be the result of delays in designs, engineering information or materials provided by the customer or a third party, delays or difficulties in equipment and material delivery, schedule changes, delays from our customer's failure to timely obtain permits or rights-of-way or meet other regulatory requirements, weather-related delays, delays caused by difficult worksite environments and other factors, some of which are beyond our control. In addition, for some projects we contract with third-party subcontractors to assist us with the completion of contracts. Any delay or failure by suppliers or by subcontractors in the completion of their portion of the project may result in delays in the overall progress of the project or may cause us to incur additional costs, or both. We also may encounter project delays due to local opposition, which may include injunctive actions as well as public protests, to the siting of electric transmission lines, solar or wind projects, or other facilities. We may not be able to recover the costs we incur that are caused by delays. In certain circumstances, we guarantee project completion by a scheduled acceptance date or achievement of certain acceptance and performance testing levels. Failure to meet any of our schedules or performance requirements could also result in additional costs or penalties, including liquidated damages, and such amounts could exceed expected project profit. In extreme cases, the above-mentioned factors could cause project cancellations, and we may not be able to replace such projects with similar projects or at all. Such delays or cancellations may impact our reputation or relationships with customers, adversely affecting our ability to secure new contracts.

        Our customers may change or delay various elements of the project after its commencement. The design, engineering information, equipment or materials that are to be provided by the customer or other parties may be deficient or delivered later than required by the project schedule, resulting in additional direct or indirect costs. Under these circumstances, we generally negotiate with the customer with respect to the amount of additional time required and the compensation to be paid to us. We are subject to the risk that we may be unable to obtain, through negotiation, arbitration, litigation or otherwise, adequate amounts to compensate us for the additional work or expenses incurred by us due to customer-requested change orders or failure by the customer to timely deliver items, such as engineering drawings or materials. Litigation or arbitration of claims for compensation may be lengthy and costly, and it is often difficult to predict when and for how much the claims will be resolved. A

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failure to obtain adequate compensation for these matters could require us to record a reduction to amounts of revenue and gross profit recognized in prior periods under the percentage-of-completion accounting method. Any such adjustments could be substantial. We may also be required to invest significant working capital to fund cost overruns while the resolution of claims is pending, which could adversely affect our liquidity and financial results in any given period.

Our business is labor intensive and we may be unable to attract and retain qualified employees.

        Our ability to maintain our productivity and our operating results may be limited by our ability to employ, train and retain skilled personnel necessary to meet our requirements. We may not be able to maintain an adequate skilled labor force necessary to operate efficiently and to support our growth strategy. We have from time-to-time experienced shortages of certain types of qualified personnel, such as engineers, project managers, field supervisors, and linemen, particularly in certain regions. In addition, our projects are sometimes located in remote areas which can make recruitment and deployment of our employees challenging. During periods with large volumes of storm restoration services work, linemen are frequently recruited across geographic regions to satisfy demand. Many linemen are willing to travel to earn premium wages for such work, which from time-to-time makes it difficult for us to retain these workers for ongoing projects when storm conditions persist. The supply of experienced engineers, project managers, field supervisors, linemen and other skilled workers may not be sufficient to meet current or expected demand. The commencement of new, large-scale infrastructure projects or increased demand for infrastructure improvements, as well as the aging electric utility workforce, may further reduce the pool of skilled workers available to us, even if we are not awarded such projects. Labor shortages or increased labor costs could impair our ability to maintain our business or grow our revenues. If we are unable to hire employees with the requisite skills, we may also be forced to incur significant training expenses.

The timing of new contracts and termination of existing contracts may result in unpredictable fluctuations in our cash flows and financial results.

        A substantial portion of our revenues are derived from project-based work that is awarded through a competitive bid process. It is generally very difficult to predict the timing and geographic distribution of the projects that we will be awarded. The selection of, timing of, or failure to obtain projects, delays in awards of projects, the re-bidding or termination of projects due to budget overruns, cancellations of projects or delays in completion of contracts could result in the under-utilization of our assets and reduce our cash flows. Even if we are awarded contracts, we face additional risks that could affect whether, or when, work will begin. This can present difficulty in matching workforce size and equipment location with contract needs. In some cases, we may be required to bear the cost of a ready workforce and equipment that is larger than necessary, which could impact our cash flow, expenses and profitability. If an expected contract award or the related work release is delayed or not received, we could incur substantial costs without receipt of any corresponding revenues. Moreover, construction projects for which our services are contracted may require significant expenditures by us prior to receipt of relevant payments from the customer. Finally, the winding down or completion of work on significant projects that were active in previous periods will reduce our revenue and earnings if such significant projects have not been replaced in the current period.

        Many of our contracts may be canceled upon short notice, and we may be unsuccessful in replacing our contracts if they are canceled or as they are completed or expire. We could experience a decrease in our revenue, net income and liquidity if contracts are canceled and if we are unable to replace canceled, completed or expired contracts. Many of our customers have the ability to cancel their contracts with us on short notice, typically 30 to 90 days, even if we are not in default under the contract. Certain of our customers assign work to us on a project-by-project basis under MSAs. Under these agreements, our customers often have no obligation to assign a specific amount of work to us.

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Our operations could decline significantly if the anticipated volume of work is not assigned to us or is cancelled. Many of our contracts, including our MSAs, are opened to competitive bid at the expiration of their terms. There can be no assurance that we will be the successful bidder on our existing contracts that come up for re-bid.

Backlog may not be realized or may not result in profits.

        Backlog is difficult to determine accurately, and companies within our industry may define backlog differently. Reductions in backlog due to cancellation, termination or scope adjustment by a customer or for other reasons could significantly reduce the revenue and profit we actually receive from contracts in backlog. In the event of a project cancellation, termination or scope adjustment, we typically have no contractual right to the total revenues reflected in our backlog. The timing of contract awards, duration of large new contracts and the mix of services, subcontracted work and material in our contracts can significantly affect backlog reporting. Given these factors and our method of calculating backlog, our backlog at any point in time may not accurately represent the revenue that we expect to realize during any period, and our backlog as of the end of a fiscal year may not be indicative of the revenue we expect to earn in the following fiscal year and should not be viewed or relied upon as a stand-alone indicator. Consequently, we cannot provide assurance as to our customers' requirements or our estimates of backlog. See "Item 1. Business—Backlog" for a discussion on how we calculate backlog for our business.

Our business growth could outpace the capability of our internal resources.

        Our internal resources, including our workforce, specialized equipment and financial resources may not be adequate to support our operations as they expand, particularly if we are awarded a significant number of large projects in a short time period. A large project may require hiring additional qualified personnel, such as engineers, project managers, field supervisors, linemen and safety personnel, the supply of which may not be sufficient to meet our demands.

        Often large transmission projects require specialized equipment. To the extent that we are unable to buy or build equipment necessary for a project, either due to a lack of available funding or equipment shortages in the marketplace, we may be forced to rent equipment on a short-term basis or to find alternative ways to perform the work without the benefit of equipment ideally suited for the job, which could increase the costs of completing the project. Furthermore, we may be unable to buy or rent the specialty equipment and tooling we require due to the limited number of manufacturers and distributors in the marketplace.

        Larger projects may require substantial financial resources to meet the cash flow, bonding or letter of credit requirements imposed upon contractors by the customer. Future growth also could impose additional demands and responsibilities on members of our senior management.

We may depend on subcontractors to assist us in providing certain services.

        We use subcontractors to perform portions of our contracts and to manage workflow, particularly for design, engineering, procurement and some foundation work. Although we are not dependent upon any single subcontractor, general market conditions may limit the availability of subcontractors on which we rely to perform portions of our contracts.

        Successful completion of our contracts may depend on whether our subcontractors successfully fulfill their contractual obligations. If our subcontractors fail to perform their contractual obligations as a result of financial or other difficulties, or if our subcontractors fail to meet the expected completion dates and quality standards, we may be required to incur additional costs and provide additional services in order to make up such shortfall.

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We may depend on customers or suppliers to procure material for our projects.

        Our customers often supply the materials necessary for our projects. However, on some projects we rely on suppliers to obtain the necessary materials. Demand for transmission products and services could strain production resources and could create significant lead-time for obtaining such items as large transformers, transmission structures, poles and wire. Our transmission project revenues could be significantly reduced or delayed due to the difficulty that we, our suppliers, or our customers, may experience in obtaining required materials.

Our participation in joint ventures and other projects with third parties may expose us to liability for failures of our partners.

        We may enter into joint venture or other strategic arrangements with other parties as part of our business operations. Success on a jointly performed project depends in large part on whether all parties satisfy their contractual obligations. Joint venture partners are generally jointly and severally liable for all liabilities and obligations of the joint venture. If a joint venture partner fails to perform or is financially unable to bear its portion of required capital contributions or other obligations, including liabilities relating to claims or lawsuits, we could be required to make additional investments, provide additional services or pay more than our proportionate or agreed upon share of a liability to make up for the partner's shortfall. In addition, if we are unable to adequately address our partner's performance issues, the customer may terminate the project, which could result in legal liability to us, reduce our profit on the project or damage our reputation.

Legislative or Regulatory actions relating to electricity transmission and renewable energy may impact demand for our services.

        Current and potential legislative or regulatory actions may impact demand for our services. Certain legislation or regulations require utilities to meet reliability standards and encourage installation of new electric transmission and renewable energy generation facilities. However, it is unclear whether these initiatives will create sufficient incentives for projects or result in increased demand for our services.

        While many states have mandates in place that require specified percentages of electricity to be generated from renewable sources, states could reduce those mandates or make them optional, which could reduce, delay or eliminate renewable energy development in the affected states. Additionally, renewable energy is generally more expensive to produce and may require additional power generation sources as backup. The locations of renewable energy projects are often remote and may not be viable unless new or expanded transmission infrastructure to transport the electricity to demand centers is economically feasible. Furthermore, funding for renewable energy initiatives may not be available. These factors could result in fewer renewable energy projects and a delay in the construction of these projects and the related infrastructure, which could negatively impact our business.

Our use of percentage-of-completion accounting could result in a reduction or reversal of previously recognized profits.

        As discussed in "Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results from Operations—Critical Accounting Policies" and in the notes to our consolidated financial statements, a significant portion of our revenues is recognized on a percentage-of-completion method of accounting, using the cost-to-cost method. This method is used because management considers expended costs to be the best available measure of progress on these contracts. This accounting method is commonly used in the construction industry for fixed-price contracts. The percentage-of-completion accounting practice we use results in our recognizing contract revenues and earnings ratably over the contract term in proportion to our incurrence of contract costs. The earnings or losses recognized on individual contracts are based on estimates of contract revenues, costs and profitability. Contract losses

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are recognized in full when determined, and contract profit estimates are adjusted based on ongoing reviews of contract profitability. Penalties are recorded when known or finalized, which generally occurs during the latter stages of the contract. In addition, we record adjustments to estimated costs of contracts when we believe the change in estimate is probable and the amounts can be reasonably estimated. These adjustments could result in both increases and decreases in profit margins. Actual results could differ from estimated amounts and could result in a reduction or elimination of previously recognized earnings.

Our actual costs may be greater than expected in performing our fixed- price and unit-price contracts.

        We currently generate, and expect to continue to generate, a portion of our revenues and profits under fixed-price and unit-price contracts. We must estimate the costs of completing a particular project when we bid for these types of contracts. The actual cost of labor and materials, however, may vary from the costs we originally estimated and we may not be successful in recouping additional costs from our customers. These variations, along with other risks inherent in performing fixed-price and unit-price contracts, may cause actual revenue and gross profits for a project to differ from those we originally estimated and could result in reduced profitability or losses on projects due to changes in a variety of factors such as:

    failure to properly estimate costs of engineering, material, equipment or labor;

    unanticipated technical problems with the structures, materials or services being supplied by us, which may require us to incur additional costs to remedy the problem;

    project modifications that create unanticipated costs;

    changes in the costs of equipment, materials, labor or subcontractors;

    the failure of our suppliers or subcontractors to perform;

    difficulties in our customers obtaining required governmental permits or approvals;

    site conditions that differ from those assumed in the original bid (to the extent contract remedies are unavailable);

    the availability and skill level of workers in the geographic location of the project;

    an increase in the cost of fuel or other resources;

    changes in local laws and regulations;

    delays caused by local weather conditions; or

    quality issues requiring rework.

Our financial results are based upon estimates and assumptions that may differ from actual results.

        In preparing our consolidated financial statements in conformity with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("U.S. GAAP"), estimates and assumptions are used by management in determining the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, revenues and expenses recognized during the periods presented and disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities known to exist as of the date of the financial statements. These estimates and assumptions must be made because certain information that is used in the preparation of our financial statements is dependent on future events, cannot be calculated with a high degree of precision from data available or is not capable of being readily calculated. In some cases, these estimates are particularly difficult to determine, and we must exercise significant judgment.

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        The most significant estimates we use are related to estimates to complete on contracts, insurance reserves, accounts receivable reserves, the recoverability of goodwill and intangibles, and estimates surrounding stock-based compensation. We also may use estimates in our assessment of the useful lives of property and equipment, the valuation allowance on deferred taxes and the provision for income taxes. From time-to-time, we may publicly provide earnings or other forms of guidance, which reflect our predictions about future revenue, operating costs and capital structure, among other factors. These predictions may be impacted by estimates, as well as other factors that are beyond our control and may not turn out to be correct. Actual results for all estimates could differ materially from the estimates and assumptions that we use.

        We maintain insurance policies with respect to automobile liability, general liability, workers' compensation, employers' liability and other coverages, but those policies do not cover all possible claims and are subject to certain deductible limits. We also have an employee health care benefit plan for employees not subject to collective bargaining agreements, which is subject to certain deductible limits. Insurance losses are accrued based upon our estimates of the ultimate liability for claims reported and an estimate of claims incurred but not yet reported. However, insurance liabilities are difficult to assess and estimate due to unknown factors, including the severity of an injury, the determination of our liability in proportion to other parties, the number of incidents not reported and the effectiveness of our safety programs, and as a result, our actual losses may exceed our estimates.

The loss of a key customer could have an adverse affect on us.

        Our customer base is highly concentrated, with our top ten customers accounting for 57.8% of our revenue for the year ended December 31, 2013. Much of our success depends on developing and maintaining relationships with our major customers. Our revenue could significantly decline if we lose one or more of our significant customers. In addition, revenues generated from contracts with significant customers may vary from period-to-period depending on the timing and volume of work ordered by such customers in a given period and as a result of competition from the in-house service organizations of our customers.

Our failure to comply with environmental and other laws and regulations could result in significant liabilities.

        Our past, current and future operations are subject to numerous environmental and other laws and regulations governing our operations, including the use, transport and disposal of non-hazardous and hazardous substances and wastes, as well as emissions and discharges into the environment, including discharges to air, surface water, groundwater and soil. We also are subject to laws and regulations that impose liability and cleanup responsibility for releases of hazardous substances into the environment. Under certain of these laws and regulations, such liabilities can be imposed for cleanup of previously owned or operated properties, or properties to which hazardous substances or wastes were discharged by current or former operations at our facilities, regardless of whether we directly caused the contamination or violated any law at the time of discharge or disposal. The presence of contamination from such substances or wastes could interfere with ongoing operations or adversely affect our ability to sell, lease or otherwise use our properties in ways such as collateral for possible financing. We could also be held liable for significant penalties and damages under certain environmental laws and regulations, which could materially and adversely affect our business and results of operations.

        In addition, new laws and regulations, stricter enforcement of existing laws and regulations, the discovery of previously unknown contamination or leaks, or the imposition of new permitting or clean-up requirements could require us to incur significant costs or become the basis for new or increased liabilities that could harm our financial condition and results of operations. In certain instances, we have obtained indemnification or covenants from third parties (including our predecessor owners or lessors) for some or all of such cleanup and other obligations and liabilities. However, such third-party indemnities or covenants may not cover all of our costs.

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        Legislative and regulatory proposals related to address greenhouse gas emissions could result in a variety of regulatory programs, additional charges to fund energy efficiency activities, or other regulatory actions. Any of these actions could result in increased costs associated with our operations and impact the prices we charge our customers. If new regulations are adopted regulating greenhouse gas emissions from mobile sources such as cars and trucks, we could experience a significant increase in environmental compliance costs in light of our large fleet. In addition, if our operations are perceived to result in high greenhouse gas emissions, our reputation could suffer.

        In addition, we are subject to laws and regulations protecting endangered species. Laws also protect Native American artifacts and archeological sites and a part of our business is done in the southwestern United States, where there is a greater chance of discovering those sites. We may incur work stoppages to avoid violating these laws and regulations, or we may risk fines or other sanctions for accidentally or willfully violating these laws and regulations.

Unavailability or cancellation of third party insurance coverage would increase our overall risk exposure and could disrupt our operations.

        We maintain insurance coverage from third party insurers as part of our overall risk management strategy and because some of our contracts require us to maintain specific insurance coverage limits. Although we maintain insurance policies with respect to automobile liability, general liability, workers' compensation, our employee group health program, and other types of coverage, these policies are subject to high deductibles, and we are self-insured up to the amount of those deductibles. There can be no assurance that our insurance coverage will be sufficient or effective under all circumstances or against all claims and liabilities to which we may be subject.

        We renew our insurance policies on an annual basis; therefore, deductibles and levels of insurance coverage may change in future periods. There can be no assurance that any of our existing insurance coverage will be renewed upon the expiration of the coverage period or that future coverage will be affordable at the required limits. In addition, our third party insurers may fail, cancel our coverage, determine to exclude certain items from coverage, or otherwise be unable to provide us with adequate insurance coverage. We may not be able to obtain certain types of insurance or incremental levels of insurance in scope or amount sufficient to cover liabilities we may incur.

        If any of these events occur, our overall risk exposure would increase and our operations could be disrupted. If our risk exposure increases as a result of adverse changes in our insurance coverage, we could be subject to increased claims and liabilities that could negatively affect our results of operations and financial condition.

The nature of our business exposes us to warranty claims, which may reduce our profitability.

        We typically provide a warranty for the services we provide, guaranteeing the work performed against defects in workmanship and the material we supply. Warranty claims that we have historically received have not been material because much of the work we perform is inspected by our customers for any defects in construction prior to acceptance of the project. However, if warranty claims occur, it could require us to re-perform the services or to repair or replace the warrantied item, at a cost to us, and could also result in other damages if we are not able to adequately satisfy our warranty obligations. In addition, we may be required under contractual arrangements with our customers to warrant any defects or failures of materials we purchased from third parties. While we generally require the materials suppliers to provide us warranties that are consistent with those we provide to the customers, if any of these suppliers default on their warranty obligations to us, we may incur costs to repair or replace the defective materials for which we are not reimbursed. Costs incurred as a result of warranty claims could adversely affect our operating results and financial condition.

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We may incur liabilities or suffer negative financial or reputational impacts relating to occupational health and safety matters.

        Our operations are subject to extensive laws and regulations relating to the maintenance of safe conditions in the workplace. While we have invested, and will continue to invest, substantial resources in our occupational health and safety programs, our industry involves a high degree of operational risk, and there can be no assurance that we will avoid significant liability exposure. Our business is subject to numerous safety risks, including electrocutions, fires, explosions, mechanical failures, weather-related incidents, transportation accidents and damage to equipment. These hazards can cause personal injury and loss of life, severe damage to or destruction of property and equipment and other consequential damages and could lead to suspension of operations, large damage claims and, in extreme cases, criminal liability. We have suffered serious injuries and fatalities in the past and may suffer additional serious injuries and fatalities in the future. Claims for damages to persons, including claims for bodily injury or loss of life, could result in substantial costs and liabilities. In addition, we have in the past, and we may in the future, be subject to criminal penalties relating to occupational health and safety violations, which have resulted in and could in the future result in substantial costs and liabilities.

        Our customers seek to minimize safety risks on their sites and they frequently review the safety records of outside contractors during the bidding process. If our safety record were to substantially deteriorate, we might become ineligible to bid on certain work, and our customers could cancel our contracts and not award us future business.

We extend trade credit to customers for purchases of our services, and may have difficulty collecting receivables from them.

        We grant trade credit, generally without collateral, to our customers for the purchase of our services. In the past we have had, and in the future we may have, difficulty collecting receivables from customers, particularly those experiencing financial difficulties. Our customers in the T&D segment include investor-owned utilities, municipal utilities, cooperatives, private developers, federally-owned utilities, independent power producers, independent transmission companies, industrial facility owners and other contractors. Our customers in the C&I segment include general contractors, commercial and industrial facility owners, local governments and developers located primarily in the western United States. Our customers also include special purpose entities that own T&D projects which do not have the financial resources of traditional transmission utility operators. Consequently, we are subject to potential credit risk related to changes in business and economic factors. Due to our work on large construction projects, a few customers sometimes may comprise a large portion of our receivable balance at any point in time. If any of our major customers experience financial difficulties, we could experience reduced cash flows and losses in excess of current allowances provided. In addition, material changes in any of our customers' revenues or cash flows could affect our ability to collect amounts due from them.

We may not be able to compete for, or work on, certain projects if we are not able to obtain any necessary bonds.

        Our contracts may require that we provide to our customers security for the performance of their projects, typically in the form of a performance bond, a payment bond, or both. Under standard terms in the bond market, sureties issue or renew bonds on a project-by-project basis and can decline to issue bonds at any time or require the posting of additional collateral as a condition to issuing or renewing any bonds.

        Current or future market conditions, including losses incurred in the construction industry or a decrease in lending activity, may have a negative effect on surety providers. These market conditions, as well as changes in our surety providers' assessment of our operating and financial risk, could also cause

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our surety providers to decline to issue or renew, or substantially reduce the amount of, bonds for our work and could increase our bonding costs. These actions could be taken on short notice. If our surety providers were to limit or eliminate our access to bonding, our alternatives would include seeking bonding capacity from other sureties, finding more business that does not require bonds and posting other forms of collateral for project performance, such as letters of credit or cash. We may be unable to secure these alternatives in a timely manner, on acceptable terms, or at all. Accordingly, if we were to experience an interruption or reduction in our availability of bonding capacity, we may be unable to compete for, or work on, certain projects.

Inability to hire or retain key personnel could disrupt business.

        The success of our business depends upon the continued efforts and abilities of our executive officers and senior management, including the management at each operating subsidiary. The relationships between our executive officers and senior management and our customers are important to obtaining and retaining business. We are also dependent upon our project managers and field supervisors who are responsible for managing and recruiting employees to our projects. There can be no assurance that any individual will continue in his or her capacity for any particular period of time. Industry-wide competition for managerial talent is high. Given that level of competition, there could be situations where our overall compensation package may be viewed as less attractive as compared to our competition, and we may experience the loss of key personnel. The loss of key personnel, or the inability to hire and retain qualified employees, could negatively impact our ability to manage our business and relationships with our customers.

Work stoppages or other labor issues with our unionized workforce could adversely affect our business.

        As of December 31, 2013, approximately 92% of our craft labor employees were covered by collective bargaining agreements. Although the majority of these agreements prohibit strikes and work stoppages, we cannot be certain that strikes or work stoppages will not occur in the future. Strikes or work stoppages could adversely impact our relationships with our customers and could cause us to lose business, resulting in decreased revenues.

Multi-employer pension plan obligations related to our unionized workforce could adversely impact our earnings.

        Our collective bargaining agreements may require us to participate with other companies in various multi-employer pension plans. To the extent that we participate in any multi-employer pension plans that are underfunded, the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974, as amended by the Multi-Employer Pension Plan Amendments Act of 1980, may subject us to substantial liabilities under those plans if we were to withdraw from them or if they were terminated. Furthermore, the Pension Protection Act of 2006 (the "PPA") imposes additional funding rules applicable to plan years beginning after 2007 for multi-employer pension plans that are classified as either "endangered," "seriously endangered" or "critical" status. For a plan that is classified as being in critical status, additional required employer contributions and/or employee benefit reductions could be applied going forward based on future union wages paid.

        We have been informed that several of the multi-employer pension plans to which our subsidiaries contribute have been labeled with a "critical" or "endangered" status as defined by the PPA. Although we are not currently aware of any potential significant liabilities to us as a result of these plans being classified as being in critical status, our future results could be impacted. It is unclear what impact the expiration of the PPA at the end of 2014 will have in our obligations to the multi-employer pension plans in which we participate.

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We may fail to execute or integrate future acquisitions or joint ventures successfully.

        As part of our growth strategy, we may acquire companies or enter into joint ventures that expand, complement or diversify our business. The number of acquisition targets or joint venture opportunities that meet our criteria may be limited, and we may face competition for these opportunities. Acquisitions or joint ventures that we may pursue may also involve significant cash expenditures, the incurrence or assumption of debt or burdensome regulatory requirements.

        Future acquisitions or joint ventures may expose us to operational challenges and risks, including the diversion of management's attention from our existing business, the failure to retain key personnel or customers of an acquired business, the assumption of unknown liabilities of the acquired business for which there are inadequate reserves and the potential impairment of acquired intangible assets. Our ability to grow and maintain our competitive position may be affected by our ability to successfully integrate any businesses acquired.

Our business may be affected by seasonal and other variations, including severe weather conditions.

        Although our revenues are primarily driven by spending patterns in our customers' industries, our revenues and results of operations can be subject to seasonal variations, particularly in our T&D segment. These variations are influenced by weather, hours of daylight, customer spending patterns, available system outages from utilities and holidays, and can have a significant impact on our gross margins. Our profitability may decrease during the winter months and during severe weather conditions because work performed during these periods may be restricted and more costly to complete. Additionally, our T&D customers often cannot remove their T&D lines from service during the summer months when consumer demand for electricity is at its peak, delaying the demand for our maintenance and repair services. Working capital needs are also influenced by the seasonality of our business. We generally experience a need for additional working capital during the spring when we increase outdoor construction in weather-affected regions of the country, and we convert working capital assets to cash during the winter months.

We may not have access in the future to sufficient funding to finance desired growth and operations.

        If we cannot secure funds in the future, including financing on acceptable terms, we may be unable to support our growth strategy or future operations. Our principal sources of cash come from our operating activities and borrowing availability under our credit facility, which expires in 2016. Our credit facility contains numerous covenants and requires us to meet and maintain certain financial ratios and other tests. General business and economic conditions may affect our ability to comply with these covenants or meet those financial ratios and other tests, which may limit our ability to borrow under the facility.

        Restrictions in the availability of bank credit could cause us to forgo otherwise attractive business opportunities and could require us to modify our business plan. We will continue to closely monitor our liquidity and the overall condition of the financial markets; however, we can give no assurance that we will be able to obtain such financing either on favorable terms or at all in the future.

Our operations are subject to a number of operational risks which may result in unexpected costs or liabilities.

        Unexpected costs or liabilities may arise from lawsuits or indemnity claims related to the services we perform. We have in the past been, and may in the future be, named as a defendant in lawsuits, claims and other legal proceedings during the ordinary course of our business. These actions may seek, among other things, compensation for alleged personal injury, workers' compensation, employment discrimination, breach of contract, property damage, environmental remediation, punitive damages, civil penalties or other losses, consequential damages or injunctive or declaratory relief. In addition,

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pursuant to our service arrangements, we generally indemnify our customers for claims related to the services we provide under those service arrangements. In some instances, our services are integral to the operation and performance of the electric distribution and transmission infrastructure. As a result, we may become subject to lawsuits or claims for any failure of the systems we work on, even if our services are not the cause for such failures. In addition, we may incur civil and criminal liabilities to the extent that our services contributed to any property damage. The outcome of any of these lawsuits, claims or legal proceedings could result in significant costs and diversion of managements' attention to the business.

Opportunities associated with government contracts could lead to increased governmental regulation applicable to us.

        Most government contracts are awarded through a regulated competitive bidding process. If we were to be successful in being awarded government contracts, significant costs could be incurred by us before any revenues were realized from these contracts. Government agencies may review a contractor's performance, cost structure and compliance with applicable laws, regulations and standards. If government agencies determine through these reviews that costs were improperly allocated to specific contracts, they will not reimburse the contractor for those costs or may require the contractor to refund previously reimbursed costs. If government agencies determine that we engaged in improper activity, we may be subject to civil and criminal penalties. Government contracts are also subject to renegotiation of profit and termination by the government prior to the expiration of the term.

Our results of operations could be adversely affected as a result of the impairment of goodwill or intangible assets.

        As of December 31, 2013 we had approximately $46.6 million of goodwill and $10.2 million of net intangible assets recorded on our balance sheet. Goodwill and indefinite-lived intangible assets are assessed for impairment at least annually or whenever events or changes in circumstances indicate that the carrying value of the assets may not be recoverable. Although we have not recorded any asset impairment charges in the past, a decline in the estimated results of operations or future cash flows of our reporting units, which are our reportable segments, or an adverse change in market conditions, cost of capital or growth rates could result in an impairment of goodwill or intangible assets.

We, or our business partners, may be subject to breaches of information technology systems, which could affect our competitive position or damage our reputation.

        We use our own information technology systems as well as our business partners' systems to maintain certain data and provide reports. Our security measures, and those of our business partners, may be compromised as a result of third-party security breaches, employee error, malfeasance, faulty password management, or other irregularity, and may result in persons obtaining unauthorized access to our data or accounts. While we devote significant resources to network security and other security measures to protect our systems and data, these security measures cannot provide absolute security. If an informational technology security breach affects our systems, or results in the unauthorized release of our proprietary information, our competitive situation or our reputation could be damaged.

Provisions in our organizational documents and under Delaware law could delay or prevent a change in control of our company.

        The existence of some provisions in our organizational documents and under Delaware law could delay or prevent a change in control of our company. The provisions in our certificate of incorporation and by-laws that could delay or prevent an unsolicited change in control of our company include a staggered board of directors, board authority to issue preferred stock, and advance notice provisions for director nominations or business to be considered at a stockholder meeting. In addition, Delaware law

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imposes restrictions on mergers and other business combinations between us and any holder of 15% or more of our outstanding common stock.

Risks associated with operating in the Canadian market could restrict our ability to expand and harm our business and prospects.

        We have previously disclosed our intention to expand our operations into Canada. However, we do not have recent experience operating in Canada or internationally. There are numerous inherent risks in conducting our business in Canada or internationally including, but not limited to, potential instability in international markets, political, economic and social conditions in foreign countries, and difficult or additional legal and regulatory requirements applicable to our international operations. Limits on our ability to repatriate earnings, exchange controls, and complex U.S. and foreign laws and treaties, including tax laws and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, could also adversely impact our operations. Changes in the value of the Canadian dollar could increase or decrease the U.S. dollar value of our profits earned or assets held in Canada. These risks could restrict our ability to provide services to Canadian customers or to operate our Canadian business profitably, and negatively impact our results.

We are subject to risks associated with climate change.

        Climate change may create physical and financial risk. Physical risks from climate change could, among other things, include an increase in extreme weather events (such as floods or hurricanes), rising sea levels and limitations on water availability and quality. Such extreme weather conditions may limit the availability of resources, increasing the costs of our projects, or may cause projects to be delayed or cancelled.

        Additionally, legislative and regulatory responses related to climate change and new interpretations of existing laws through climate change litigation may also negatively impact our operations. The cost of additional environmental regulatory requirements could impact the availability of goods and increase our costs. International treaties or accords could also have an impact on our business to the extent they lead to future governmental regulations. Compliance with any new laws or regulations regarding the reduction of greenhouse gases could result in significant changes to our operations and a significant increase in our cost of conducting business.

Item 1B.    Unresolved Staff Comments

        None.

Item 2.    Properties

        Our principal executive offices are located at 1701 Golf Road, Suite 3-1012, Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008-4210, the lease term of which expires on January 31, 2020. In addition to our executive offices, our corporate accounting and finance departments, corporate information technology department and certain legal and other personnel are located at this office. As of December 31, 2013, we owned 13 operating facilities and leased many other properties in various locations throughout our service territory. Most of our properties are used as offices or for fleet operations. We believe that our facilities are adequate for our current operating needs. We do not believe that any owned or leased facility is material to our operations and, if necessary, we could obtain replacement facilities for our leased facilities.

Item 3.    Legal Proceedings

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alleged personal injury, breach of contract and/or property damages, punitive damages, civil and criminal penalties or other losses, or injunctive or declaratory relief. With respect to all such lawsuits, claims and proceedings, we record reserves when it is probable that a liability has been incurred and the amount of loss can be reasonably estimated. We do not believe that any of these proceedings, separately or in the aggregate, would be expected to have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations, or cash flows.

        We are routinely subject to other civil claims, litigation and arbitration, and regulatory investigations arising in the ordinary course of our past and present businesses as well as in respect of our divested businesses. Some of these include claims related to our current services and operations, environmental claims in respect to historic operations, and asbestos-related claims concerning operations of a divested subsidiary of our predecessor. We believe that we have strong defenses to these claims as well as adequate insurance coverage in the event any environmental or asbestos-related claim is not resolved in our favor. These claims have not had a material impact on us to date, and we believe the likelihood that a future material adverse outcome will result from these claims is remote. However, if facts and circumstances change in the future, we cannot be certain that an adverse outcome of one or more of these claims would not have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations, or cash flows.

        In November 2009, a subcontractor working for The L. E. Myers Co. ("L. E. Myers"), a subsidiary of the Company, was involved in a vehicular traffic accident in Manatee County, Florida. In May 2011, Allen Young, and subsequently his estate, brought suit against named defendants, including L. E. Myers. Following a jury trial in the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Circuit of the State of Florida for the Manatee County Circuit Civil Division in September 2013, a verdict was entered against named defendants, including L. E. Myers, in favor of the estate of Allen Young, which included compensatory and punitive damages. The trial court subsequently issued a judgment against L. E. Myers for approximately $0.7 million in compensatory damages and $3.6 million in punitive damages. The compensatory damages will be covered under L. E. Myers' insurance. As a result of the punitive damages judgment and L. E. Myers' belief regarding the applicability of the limitations on punitive damages under Florida law, L. E. Myers recorded a legal reserve of $2.3 million during the third quarter of 2013, which represents estimated punitive damages, interest, and the cost of an appeal bond. L. E. Myers has appealed this judgment and intends to continue to defend its position through the appeal process.

        In January 2013, L. E. Myers was joined as a defendant in Northern States Power Company (Wisconsin) v. The City of Ashland, Wisconsin et al., filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin. Northern States Power Company alleges that named defendants, including L. E. Myers, contributed to contamination at the Ashland Lakefront Superfund site in Ashland, Wisconsin. Specifically, the lawsuit alleges that L. E. Myers operated a manufactured gas plant at the site for 6 to 12 years of the plant's operation during the time frame from 1885 to 1947. Plaintiff alleges damages of up to $140 million as payment for certain costs it has incurred in connection with contamination at the site. If L. E. Myers is held liable, it would be responsible for a court-determined "equitable" share of the total costs, and possibly a portion of any liability attributable to entities that no longer exist or cannot pay their share of costs. At this time, the extent, if any, of L.E. Myers' involvement with the Ashland Site is unknown and, therefore, potential liability, if any, from being added to this lawsuit cannot be assessed.

        For additional discussion of legal proceedings, see Note 10 to the Consolidated Financial Statements in Part II, Item 8 of this Form 10-K.

Item 4.    Mine Safety Disclosures

        Not Applicable.

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PART II

Item 5.    Market for Registrant's Common Equity, Related Stockholder Matters and Issuer Purchases of Equity Securities

        Our common stock, par value $0.01, is listed on The NASDAQ Global Market under the symbol "MYRG."

        The following table sets forth the high and low sales prices of our common stock per share, as reported by The NASDAQ Global Market for each of the periods listed:

 
  High   Low  

Year Ended December 31, 2013

             

First Quarter

  $ 25.76   $ 21.20  

Second Quarter

  $ 24.64   $ 19.02  

Third Quarter

  $ 24.87   $ 18.86  

Fourth Quarter

  $ 27.30   $ 22.86  

Year Ended December 31, 2012

             

First Quarter

  $ 23.50   $ 17.24  

Second Quarter

  $ 17.87   $ 14.18  

Third Quarter

  $ 21.46   $ 13.94  

Fourth Quarter

  $ 22.71   $ 17.60  

Holders of Record

        As of February 28, 2014, we had 29 holders of record of our common stock.

Dividend Policy

        We have neither declared nor paid any cash dividend on our common stock since our common stock began trading publicly on August 12, 2008. We currently intend to retain all available funds and any future earnings for use in the operation of our business and do not anticipate paying any cash dividends in the foreseeable future. Any future determination to declare cash dividends will be made at the discretion of our board of directors, subject to compliance with legal requirements and covenants under any existing financing agreements, which may restrict or limit our ability to declare or pay dividends, and will depend on our financial condition, results of operations, capital requirements, general business conditions, and other factors that our board of directors may deem relevant.

Performance Graph

        The following Performance Graph and related information shall be deemed "furnished" and not "filed" for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, and such information shall not be incorporated by reference into any future filing under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act except to the extent that we specifically incorporate it by reference into such filing.

        The following graph compares, for the period from December 31, 2008 to December 31, 2013, the cumulative total stockholder return on our common stock with the cumulative total return on the Standard & Poor's 500 Index (the "S&P 500 Index"), the Russell 2000 Index, and a peer group index selected by our management that includes seventeen publicly traded companies within our industry (the "Peer Group"). The comparison assumes that $100 was invested on December 31, 2008 and further assumes any dividends were reinvested quarterly. The stock price performance reflected on the following graph is not necessarily indicative of future stock price performance.

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Group more closely resembles our total business than any individual company in the group. The Peer Group is composed of the following companies:

Aegion Corporation   Granite Construction Incorporated   Primoris Services Corporation
Astec Industries, Inc.   Integrated Electrical Services, Inc.   Quanta Services, Inc.
Comfort Systems USA, Inc.   MasTec, Inc.   Tetra Tech, Inc.
Dycom Industries, Inc.   Matrix Service Company   TRC Companies, Inc.
EMCOR Group   Michael Baker Corporation   Willbros Group, Inc.
ENGlobal Corporation   Pike Electric Corporation    


COMPARISON OF 5 YEAR CUMULATIVE TOTAL RETURN*
Among MYR Group, Inc., the S&P 500 Index, the Russell 2000 Index,
and a Peer Group

GRAPHIC


*
$100 invested on 12/31/08 in stock or index, including reinvestment of dividends.
Fiscal year ending December 31.

Copyright© 2014 S&P, a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies Inc. All rights reserved.
Copyright© 2014 Russell Investment Group. All rights reserved.

 
  12/31/2008   12/31/2009   12/31/2010   12/31/2011   12/31/2012   12/31/2013  

MYR Group, Inc. 

    100.00     180.70     210.00     191.40     222.50     250.80  

S&P 500

    100.00     126.46     145.51     148.59     172.37     228.19  

Russell 2000

    100.00     127.17     161.32     154.59     179.86     249.69  

Peer Group

    100.00     106.33     107.19     104.17     131.56     163.73  

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Item 6.    Selected Financial Data

        The following table sets forth certain summary consolidated financial information on a historical basis. The summary statement of operations and the balance sheet data set forth below have been derived from our audited consolidated financial statements and footnotes thereto included elsewhere in this filing or in prior filings. Our consolidated financial statements have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Historical results are not necessarily indicative of the results we expect in the future and quarterly results are not necessarily indicative of the results of any future quarter or any full-year period. The information below should be read in conjunction with "Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results from Operations" and the consolidated financial statements and notes thereto included in this annual report on Form 10-K.

Statement of operations data:

 
  For the year ended December 31,  
(in thousands, except per share data)
  2013   2012   2011   2010   2009  

Contract revenues

  $ 902,729   $ 998,959   $ 780,356   $ 597,077   $ 631,168  

Contract costs

    777,852     880,306     694,790     526,357     555,261  
                       

Gross profit

    124,877     118,653     85,566     70,720     75,907  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

    69,818     63,575     56,776     44,630     48,467  

Amortization of intangible assets

    335     335     335     335     335  

Gain on sale of property and equipment

    (893 )   (1,019 )   (1,174 )   (750 )   (418 )
                       

Income from operations

    55,617     55,762     29,629     26,505     27,523  

Other income (expense):

                               

Interest income

    9     2     53     58     218  

Interest expense

    (727 )   (852 )   (544 )   (1,054 )   (852 )

Other, net

    (27 )   (222 )   (81 )   (144 )   (208 )
                       

Income before provision for income taxes

    54,872     54,690     29,057     25,365     26,681  

Income tax expense

    20,113     20,428     10,759     9,243     9,446  
                       

Net income

  $ 34,759   $ 34,262   $ 18,298   $ 16,122   $ 17,235  
                       
                       

Income per common share:

                               

Basic

  $ 1.65   $ 1.67   $ 0.90   $ 0.81   $ 0.87  

Diluted

  $ 1.61   $ 1.60   $ 0.87   $ 0.78   $ 0.83  

Weighted average number of common shares and potential common shares outstanding(1):

   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
 

Basic

    20,821     20,391     20,151     19,883     19,755  

Diluted

    21,431     21,172     20,993     20,782     20,702  

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Balance sheet data:

 
  As of December 31,  
(in thousands)
  2013   2012   2011   2010   2009  

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 76,454   $ 19,825   $ 34,013   $ 62,623   $ 37,576  

Working capital(2)

    119,570     89,507     59,154     85,091     72,815  

Total assets

    525,422     466,348     412,568     380,148     341,649  

Long-term debt

                30,000     30,000  

Total liabilities

    229,331     211,658     196,830     187,439     167,534  

Stockholders' equity

  $ 296,091   $ 254,690   $ 215,738   $ 192,709   $ 174,115  

(1)
Diluted weighted average number of common shares and potential common shares outstanding includes the effect of dilutive securities assuming that such securities were exercised into common shares during the period presented. Potential common shares are not included when the inclusion of such shares would be anti-dilutive or if certain performance conditions were not met.

(2)
Working capital represents total current assets less total current liabilities.

Other Data: (Unaudited)

 
  For the year ended December 31,  
(in thousands)
  2013   2012   2011   2010   2009  

EBITDA(3)

  $ 84,785   $ 80,696   $ 49,059   $ 42,651   $ 40,840  

Backlog(4)

    326,094     497,579     692,778     520,942     204,405  

Capital expenditures

    42,725     37,249     42,342     21,895     29,680  

Depreciation and amortization(5)

    29,195     25,156     19,511     16,290     13,525  

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

    95,062     29,999     30,394     44,837     23,911  

Net cash flows used in investing activities

    (41,574 )   (36,045 )   (41,036 )   (20,617 )   (28,932 )

Net cash flows (used in) provided by financing activities

  $ 3,141   $ (8,142 ) $ (17,968 ) $ 827   $ 521  

(3)
EBITDA, a performance measure used by management, is defined as net income (loss) plus: interest income and expense, provision (benefit) for income taxes and depreciation and amortization, as shown in the table below. EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, does not purport to be an alternative to net income as a measure of operating performance or to net cash flows provided by operating activities as a measure of liquidity. Because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of EBITDA may not be comparable to other similarly-titled measures of other companies. We use, and we believe investors benefit from the presentation of, EBITDA in evaluating our operating performance because it provides us and our investors with an additional tool to compare our operating performance on a consistent basis by removing the impact of certain items that management believes do not directly reflect our core operations. We believe that EBITDA is useful to investors and other external users of our financial statements in evaluating our operating performance and cash flow because EBITDA is widely used by investors to measure a company's operating performance without regard to items such as interest expense, taxes, depreciation and amortization, which can vary substantially from company to company depending upon accounting methods and book value of assets, capital structure and the method by which assets were acquired.

Using EBITDA as a performance measure has material limitations as compared to net income, or other financial measures as defined under U.S. GAAP as it excludes certain recurring items which may be meaningful to investors. EBITDA excludes interest expense or interest income; however, as we have borrowed money in order to finance transactions and operations, or invested available

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    cash to generate interest income, interest expense and interest income are elements of our cost structure and can affect our ability to generate revenue and returns for our stockholders. Further, EBITDA excludes depreciation and amortization; however, as we use capital and intangible assets to generate revenues, depreciation and amortization are a necessary element of our costs and ability to generate revenue. Finally, EBITDA excludes income taxes; however, as we are organized as a corporation, the payment of taxes is a necessary element of our operations. As a result of these exclusions from EBITDA, any measure that excludes interest expense, interest income, depreciation and amortization and income taxes has material limitations as compared to net income. When using EBITDA as a performance measure, management compensates for these limitations by comparing EBITDA to net income in each period, so as to allow for the comparison of the performance of the underlying core operations with the overall performance of the company on a full-cost, after-tax basis. Using both EBITDA and net income to evaluate the business allows management and investors to (a) assess our relative performance against our competitors and (b) monitor our capacity to generate returns for our stockholders. The following table provides a reconciliation of net income to EBITDA:

 
  For the year ended December 31,  
(in thousands)
  2013   2012   2011   2010   2009  

Net income

  $ 34,759   $ 34,262   $ 18,298   $ 16,122   $ 17,235  

Interest expense, net

    718     850     491     996     634  

Provision for income taxes

    20,113     20,428     10,759     9,243     9,446  

Depreciation and amortization(5)

    29,195     25,156     19,511     16,290     13,525  
                       

EBITDA

  $ 84,785   $ 80,696   $ 49,059   $ 42,651   $ 40,840  
                       
                       

We also use EBITDA as a liquidity measure. We believe that EBITDA is important in analyzing our liquidity because it is a key component of certain material covenants contained within our credit facility. Noncompliance with these financial covenants under our credit facility—our interest coverage ratio and our leverage ratio—could result in our lenders requiring us to immediately repay all amounts borrowed. If we anticipated a potential covenant violation, we would seek relief from our lenders, which may cause us to incur additional cost, and such relief might not be available, or if available, might not be on terms as favorable as those in our credit facility. In addition, if we cannot satisfy these financial covenants, we would be prohibited under our credit facility from engaging in certain activities, such as incurring additional indebtedness, making certain payments, and acquiring or disposing of assets. Based on the information above, management believes that the presentation of EBITDA as a liquidity measure would be useful to investors and relevant to their assessment of our capacity to service, or incur, debt.

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The following table provides a reconciliation of EBITDA to net cash flows provided by operating activities:

 
  For the year ended December 31,  
(in thousands)
  2013   2012   2011   2010   2009  

EBITDA

  $ 84,785   $ 80,696   $ 49,059   $ 42,651   $ 40,840  

Add/(subtract)

                               

Interest expense, net

    (718 )   (850 )   (491 )   (996 )   (634 )

Provision for income taxes

    (20,113 )   (20,428 )   (10,759 )   (9,243 )   (9,446 )

Depreciation and amortization          

    (29,195 )   (25,156 )   (19,511 )   (16,290 )   (13,525 )

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash flows provided by operating activities

    32,353     29,857     19,185     18,971     17,991  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

    27,950     (34,120 )   (7,089 )   9,744     (11,315 )
                       

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

  $ 95,062   $ 29,999   $ 30,394   $ 44,837   $ 23,911  
                       
                       
(4)
Backlog represents our estimated revenue on uncompleted contracts, including the amount of revenue on contracts on which work has not begun, minus the revenue we have recognized under such contracts. We calculate backlog differently for different types of contracts. For our fixed-price contracts, we include the full remaining portion of the contract in our calculation of backlog. A customer's intention to award the Company work under a fixed-price contract is not included in backlog unless there is an actual award to perform a specific scope of work at specific terms and pricing. For many of our unit-price, time-and-equipment, time-and-materials and cost-plus contracts, we only include projected revenue for a three-month period in the calculation of backlog, although these types of contracts are generally awarded as part of MSAs that typically have a one- to three-year duration from execution. Given the duration of our contracts and MSAs and our method of calculating backlog, our backlog at any point in time may not accurately represent the revenue that we expect to realize during any period and our backlog as of the end of a fiscal year may not be indicative of the revenue we expect to generate in the following fiscal year and should not be viewed or relied upon as a stand-alone indicator. See "Item 1A. Risk Factors—Backlog may not be realized or may not result in profits."

(5)
Depreciation and amortization includes depreciation on capital assets and amortization of finite-lived intangible assets.

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Item 7.    Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

MANAGEMENT'S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF
FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

        The following discussions should be read in conjunction with the other sections of this report, including the consolidated financial statements and related notes contained in Item 8 of this annual report on Form 10-K. In addition to historical information, this discussion contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from management's expectations. Factors that could cause such differences are discussed in "Forward-Looking Statements" and "Risk Factors." We assume no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

Overview—Introduction

        We are a leading specialty contractor serving the electrical infrastructure market. We manage and report our operations through two industry segments: T&D and C&I. We have operated in the T&D industry since 1891. We are one of the largest national contractors servicing the T&D sector of the electric utility industry, and our customers include many of the leading companies in the industry. We have provided C&I electrical contracting services to facility owners and general contractors in the western United States since 1912.

        We believe that we have a number of competitive advantages in both of our segments, including our skilled workforce, extensive centralized fleet, proven safety performance and reputation for timely completion of quality work that allow us to compete favorably in our markets. In addition, we believe that we are better capitalized than some of our competitors, which provides us with valuable flexibility to take on additional and complex projects.

        We had consolidated revenues, for the year ended December 31, 2013, of $902.7 million compared to $999.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. For the year ended December 31, 2013, our net income was $34.8 million compared to $34.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. Our results for 2013 benefitted from the successful execution of several large transmission projects and the high rate of utilization of our labor and fleet assets, which resulted in higher gross profit and gross margins.

Overview—Segments

        Transmission and Distribution segment.    The T&D segment provides comprehensive solutions to customers in the electric utility industry and the renewable energy industry. Our T&D segment generally serves the electric utility industry as a prime contractor to customers such as electric utilities, cooperatives, municipalities and private developers. Our T&D segment provides a broad range of services on electric transmission and distribution networks and substation facilities which include design, engineering, procurement, construction, upgrade, maintenance and repair services with a particular focus on construction, maintenance and repair. The demand for transmission construction and maintenance services increased over the past several years due to the modernization of the existing electric utility infrastructure and the need to integrate renewable generation into the electric power grid.

        For the year ended December 31, 2013, our T&D revenues were $722.4 million or 80.0% of our consolidated revenue, compared to $828.7 million or 83.0% of our consolidated revenue for the year ended December 31, 2012 and $622.0 million or 79.7% of our consolidated revenue for the year ended December 31, 2011. Material and subcontractor cost in our T&D segment comprised approximately 27%, 42%, and 36%, of T&D segment costs for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011,

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respectively. Revenues from transmission projects represented 84.8%, 82.0%, and 74.3%, of T&D segment revenue for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

        Our T&D segment also provides storm restoration services in response to hurricanes, ice or other storm related events, which typically account for less than 5% of our annual consolidated revenues. In 2013, 2012 and 2011, we recognized revenues from storm restoration services of approximately $14.6 million, $41.3 million and $31.1 million, respectively, which represented approximately 1.6%, 4.1% and 4.0% of our annual consolidated revenues, respectively.

        Measured by revenues in our T&D segment, we provided 55.4%, 42.0% and 49.1% of our T&D services under fixed-price contracts during the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively. We also provide many services to our customers under multi-year maintenance service agreements and other variable service agreements.

        Commercial and Industrial segment.    The C&I segment provides services such as the design, installation, maintenance and repair of commercial and industrial wiring, installation of traffic networks and the installation of bridge, roadway and tunnel lighting. In our C&I segment, we generally provide our electric construction and maintenance services as a subcontractor to general contractors in the C&I industry as well as to facility owners. Our C&I operations are primarily focused on the Arizona and Colorado regional markets where we have sufficient scale to deploy the level of resources necessary to achieve significant market share. We concentrate our efforts on projects where our technical and project management expertise are critical to successful and timely execution. The majority of C&I contracts cover electrical contracting services for airports, hospitals, data centers, hotels, stadiums, convention centers, manufacturing plants, processing facilities, waste-water treatment facilities, mining facilities and transportation control and management systems.

        For the year ended December 31, 2013, our C&I revenues were $180.3 million or 20.0% of our consolidated revenue, compared to $170.2 million or 17.0% of our consolidated revenue for the year ended December 31, 2012 and $158.4 million or 20.3% of our consolidated revenue for the year ended December 31, 2011.

        Material and subcontractor cost in our C&I segment comprised approximately 44%, 48%, and 52%, of C&I segment costs for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Measured by revenues in our C&I segment, we provided 45.9%, 49.9% and 55.2% of our services under fixed-price contracts for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Overview—Revenue and Gross Margins

        Revenue Recognition.    We recognize revenue on a percentage-of-completion method of accounting, which is commonly used in the construction industry. The percentage-of-completion accounting method results in recognizing contract revenues and earnings ratably over the contract term in proportion to our incurrence of contract costs (excluding uninstalled direct materials). The profits or losses recognized on individual contracts are based on estimates of contract revenues, costs and profitability. Contract losses are recognized in full when determined, and contract profit estimates are adjusted based on ongoing reviews of contract profitability. Changes in job performance, labor costs, equipment costs, job conditions, weather, estimated profitability and final contract settlements may result in revisions to costs and income and their effects are recognized in the period in which the revisions are determined. We record adjustments to estimated costs of contracts when we believe the change in estimate is probable and the amounts can be reasonably estimated. These adjustments could result in either increases or decreases in profit margins. The gross margins we record in the current period may not be indicative of margins in future periods.

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serve, the mix of business conducted in different parts of the country, the mix in service and maintenance work compared to new construction work, the amount of work that we subcontract, the amount of material we supply, changes in labor, equipment or insurance costs, seasonal weather patterns, changes in fleet utilization, pricing pressures due to competition, efficiency of work performance, fluctuations in commodity prices of materials, delays in the timing of projects and other factors.

Overview—Economic, Industry and Market Factors

        We operate in competitive markets, which can result in pricing pressures for the services we provide. Work is often awarded through a bidding and selection process, where price is always a principal factor. We generally focus on managing our profitability by: selecting projects that we believe will provide attractive margins; actively monitoring the costs of completing our projects; holding customers accountable for costs related to changes to contract specifications; and rewarding our employees for keeping costs under budget.

        The demand for construction and maintenance services from our customers has been, and will likely continue to be, cyclical in nature and vulnerable to downturns in the industries we serve as well as the economy in general. The financial condition of our customers and their access to capital, variations in the margins of projects performed during any particular period, and regional and national economic conditions may materially affect results. Project schedules, particularly in connection with larger, multi-year projects, can also create fluctuations in our revenues. Other market and industry factors, such as changes to our customers' capital spending plans or delays in regulatory approvals can affect project schedules. Changes in technology, tax and other incentives and new or changing regulatory requirements affecting the industries we serve can impact demand for our services. While we actively monitor economic, industry and market factors affecting our business, we cannot predict the impact such factors may have on our future results of operations, liquidity and cash flows. As a result of economic, industry and market factors, our operating results in any particular period or year may not be indicative of the results that can be expected for any other period or for any other year.

Overview—Seasonality

        Although our revenues are primarily driven by spending patterns in our customers' industries, our revenues, particularly those derived from our T&D segment, and results of operations can be subject to seasonal variations. These variations are influenced by weather, daylight hours, availability of system outages from utilities, and holidays. During the winter months, demand for our T&D work may be high, but our work can be delayed due to inclement weather. During the summer months, the demand for our T&D work may be affected by fewer available system outages during which we can perform electrical line service work due to peak electrical demands caused by warmer weather conditions. During the spring and fall months, the demand for our T&D work may increase due to improved weather conditions and system availability; however, extended periods of rain and other severe weather can affect the deployment of our crews and efficiency of operations.

        We also provide storm restoration services to our T&D customers. These services tend to have a higher profit margin. However, storm restoration service work that is performed under an MSA typically has similar rates to other work under the agreement. In addition, deploying employees on storm restoration work may, at times, delay work on other transmission and distribution work. Storm restoration service work is unpredictable and can affect results of operations.

Outlook

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although the timing of large bids and subsequent construction is likely to be highly variable from year to year. We believe several multi-year transmission projects, exceeding $50.0 million in contract value, will be available for bid in the 2014 to 2015 timeframe. We also expect bidding activity in small to medium sized transmission projects to continue in 2014, as well as improvements in the distribution and C&I markets. We believe that legislative and regulatory actions, state renewable portfolio standards, the aging of the electric grid, and the general improvement of the economy will positively impact the level of spending by our customers. Although competition remains strong, we see these trends as positive factors for us in the future.

        Our business is directly impacted by the level of spending on T&D infrastructure throughout the markets we serve and the level of commercial and industrial electrical construction activity in the western United States. The electric grid is aging and requires significant upgrades and maintenance to meet current and future demands for electricity. In addition, regulatory pressures and the low price of natural gas may accelerate the shut-down of coal-fired generating plants, which could result in the need for line upgrades and new substations. Over the past several years, many utilities have begun to implement plans to improve their transmission systems, improve reliability and reduce congestion. These utilities have started or planned new construction, line upgrades and maintenance projects on many transmission systems. We believe that our customers remain committed to the expansion and strengthening of their transmission infrastructure, with planning, engineering and funding for many of their projects already in place.

        Although multi-year transmission project bidding activity in 2013 was lower compared to the past several years, we believe that we will begin to see increased bidding activity in 2014. Significant construction on any large multi-year projects awarded in 2014 will not likely occur until 2015. The timing of multi-year transmission project awards and substantial construction activity is difficult to predict due to regulatory requirements and right-of-way permits needed to commence construction. Bidding and construction activity for small to medium-size transmission projects and upgrades remains strong, and we expect this trend to continue in 2014, primarily due to reliability and economic drivers. We also believe that the number of competitors in the transmission industry has grown, as a number of engineering, construction and general contractors, who historically have not competed with us, now bid on some projects in our industry. Competition in the transmission market, from existing competition and new entrants, has made winning projects more difficult and has increased pressure on contract margins.

        The Canadian transmission market appears to be entering a substantial growth phase which we expect will extend over the next several years, driven by the need for oil and gas infrastructure, further development of hydropower, load center delivery requirements, and upgrades to aging infrastructure. We are evaluating several near- and long-term Canadian projects and opportunities that we believe would fit our portfolio of work.

        Legislative or regulatory actions may affect demand for the services provided by our T&D segment in the long term, particularly in connection with electric power infrastructure. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) Order No. 1000 promotes more efficient and cost-effective development of new transmission facilities, which we believe could have a long-term positive impact on electric transmission line development. We also anticipate increased infrastructure spending over the long term as a result of legislation requiring the electric power industry to meet national and local reliability standards for its transmission and distribution systems and incentives to the industry to invest in and improve maintenance on its systems. The Environmental Protection Agency's Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS, may force some coal-fired and oil-fired generating plants to discontinue operation. Should this occur, it could result in increased spending by the affected utilities to strengthen their transmission infrastructure to alleviate congestion and deliver new and existing power sources to their regions.

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        We believe that renewable resources will be a driver for large transmission project activity. State renewable portfolio standards, which set required or voluntary standards for how much electricity is to be generated from renewable energy sources, as well as general environmental concerns, are driving the development of renewable energy projects. The economic feasibility of renewable energy projects, and therefore the attractiveness of investment in the projects, may depend on the availability of tax incentive programs or the ability of the projects to take advantage of such incentives. The production tax credit was not extended at the end of 2013 and there is no assurance that the government will extend the production tax credit or any tax incentives, or create new incentive or funding programs, for renewable energy programs. We do not know the impact, if any, this will have on our services related to renewable energy projects.

        As a result of reduced spending by utilities on their distribution systems for several years, we believe there is a growing need for sustained investment by utilities on their distribution systems to properly maintain or meet reliability requirements. In 2013 we saw a small increase in bidding activity in some of our electric distribution markets, as economic conditions improved in those areas. We believe that a recovery in the U.S. economy, and in the housing market in particular, over the next few years could provide additional stimulus for spending by our customers on their distribution systems. In addition, we believe there will be a push to strengthen utility distribution systems against major storm-related damage such as what occurred with hurricane Sandy in the Northeast. Several industry and market trends are also prompting customers in the electric utility industry to seek outsourcing partners rather than performing projects internally. These trends include an aging electric utility workforce, increasing costs and labor issues. We believe electric utility employee retirements could increase with further economic recovery, which may result in an increase in outsourcing opportunities. We expect to see an incremental increase in distribution opportunities in 2014 and we believe these opportunities will continue to be bid in a competitive market.

        We saw an increase in bidding activity in some of our C&I markets in 2013. Results in our C&I segment improved over the prior year as economic conditions improved slightly. We expect to see continued improvement in both bidding opportunities and margins in our C&I segment in 2014. We expect the long-term growth in our C&I segment to generally track the economic growth of the region and benefit to the extent economic conditions continue to improve in the Southwestern United States.

        We continue to invest in developing key management and craft personnel in both our T&D and C&I markets and in procuring the specialty equipment and tooling needed to win and execute projects of all sizes and complexity. In 2013 and 2012 we invested in capital expenditures approximately $42.7 million and $37.2 million, respectively. Most of our capital expenditures supported opportunities in our T&D business. We plan to continue to invest in additional equipment and tooling, substantially through cash flows from operations and cash on hand, with a focus on transmission and distribution. We expect our capital expenditures in 2014 will be similar to our 2013 capital expenditures. Our investment strategy is based on our belief that transmission spending will continue to remain strong over the next several years as electric utilities, cooperatives and municipalities make up for the lack of infrastructure spending in the past, combined with the overall need to integrate new generation into the electric power grid, and our belief that distribution demand will increase over the next several years.

        Our future growth may be organic or through strategic acquisitions or joint ventures that we expect will improve our competitive position within our existing markets or expand our geographic footprint. We established business operations in Alaska in 2013 and are currently reviewing and bidding opportunities in Canada. We believe the economic environment in Alaska and Canada could present favorable T&D bidding opportunities in 2014. We ended 2013 in a strong financial position, which included cash and cash equivalents of $76.5 million and availability of $156.6 million under our credit facility. We believe that our financial and operational strengths will enable us to manage the current challenges and uncertainties in the markets we serve and give us the flexibility for further strategic investments.

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Understanding Backlog

        We define backlog as our estimated revenue on uncompleted contracts, including the amount of revenue on contracts for which work has not begun, less the revenue we have recognized under such contracts. Backlog may not accurately represent the revenues that we expect to realize during any particular period. Several factors such as the timing of contract awards, the type and duration of contracts, and the mix of subcontractor and material costs in our projects, can impact our backlog at any point in time. Some of our revenue does not appear in our periodic backlog reporting because the award of the project, as well as the execution of the work, can all take place within the period. Our backlog only includes projects that have a signed contract or an agreed upon work order to perform work on mutually accepted terms and conditions.

        Changes in backlog from period to period are primarily the result of fluctuations in the timing of awards and revenue recognition of contracts. The reduction in the 2013 backlog was the result of substantial construction activity performed throughout the year on many multi-year projects awarded in previous periods. These projects have not been replaced with projects of similar size and scope.

Understanding Gross Margins

        Our gross margin is gross profit expressed as a percentage of revenues. Gross profit is calculated by subtracting contract costs from revenue. Contract costs consist primarily of salaries, wages and benefits to employees, depreciation, fuel and other equipment expenses, equipment rentals, subcontracted services, insurance, facilities expenses, materials and parts and supplies. Various factors affect our gross margins on a quarterly or annual basis, including those listed below.

        Performance Risk.    Margins may fluctuate because of the volume of work and the impacts of pricing and job productivity, which can be impacted both favorably and negatively by customer decisions and crew productivity, as well as other factors. When comparing a service contract between periods, factors affecting the gross margins associated with the revenues generated by the contract may include pricing under the contract, the volume of work performed under the contract, the mix of the type of work specifically being performed, the availability of labor resources at expected labor rates and the productivity of the crews performing the work. Productivity can be influenced by many factors including the experience level of the crew, whether the work is on an open or encumbered right of way, weather conditions, geographical conditions and effects of environmental restrictions or regulatory delays.

        Seasonal, Weather and Geographical.    Seasonal patterns, primarily related to weather conditions, can have a significant impact on gross margins in a given period. It is typical during the winter months that parts of the country may experience snow or rainfall, which can affect our crews' ability to work efficiently. Additionally, our T&D customers often cannot remove their T&D lines from service during the summer months, when consumer demand for electricity is at its peak, delaying the demand for our maintenance and repair services. In both cases, projects may be delayed or temporarily placed on hold. Conversely, in periods when weather remains dry and temperatures are moderate, more work can be done, sometimes with less cost, which would have a favorable impact on gross margins. The mix of business conducted in different parts of the country will also affect margins, as some parts of the country offer the opportunity for higher margins than others due to the geographic characteristics associated with the physical location where the work is being performed. Such characteristics include whether the project is performed in an urban versus a rural setting; in a mountainous area or in open terrain; or in normal soil conditions or rocky terrain. Site conditions, including unforeseen underground conditions, can also impact margins.

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last few years, we have spent a significant amount of capital on property, facilities and equipment, with the majority of such expenditures being used to purchase additional specialized equipment to enhance our fleet and to reduce our reliance on operating leases and short term equipment rentals. We believe the investment in specialized equipment will reduce our costs and improve our margins over the long-term, although there can be no assurance in this regard. We expect that, as a result of our ongoing capital expenditure program, depreciation expenses will increase in the future.

        Revenue Mix.    The mix of revenue derived from the industries we serve will impact gross margins. Changes in our customers' spending patterns in each of the industries we serve can cause an imbalance in supply and demand and, therefore, affect margins and mix of revenue by industry served. Storm restoration services typically command higher profit margins than other maintenance services. Seasonal and weather factors, as noted above, can impact the timing at which customers perform maintenance and repairs, which can cause a shift in the revenue mix. For example, during the period following Hurricanes Gustav and Ike in 2008 and Sandy in 2012, a portion of our resources was temporarily shifted to storm restoration services work away from maintenance and repair services, thereby resulting in higher gross margins.

        Service and Maintenance Compared to New Construction.    In general, new construction work has a higher gross margin than maintenance and repair work. New construction work is often obtained on a fixed-price basis, which carries a higher risk than other types of pricing arrangements because a contractor bears the risk of increased expenses. As such, we generally bid fixed-price contracts with higher profit margins. We typically derive approximately 10% to 25% of our revenue from maintenance and repair work that is performed under pre-established or negotiated prices or cost-plus pricing arrangements which generally allow us a set margin above our costs. Thus, the mix between new construction work, at fixed-price, and maintenance and repair work, at cost-plus, in a given period will impact gross margin in that period.

        Subcontract Work.    Projects that include a greater amount of subcontractor cost can experience lower overall project gross margins as we typically add less mark up to subcontractor cost in our bids than what we would to our labor and equipment cost. In addition, successful completion of our contracts may depend on whether our subcontractors successfully fulfill their contractual obligations. If our subcontractors fail to satisfactorily perform their contractual obligations as a result of financial or other difficulties, we may be required to incur additional costs and provide additional services in order to make up such shortfalls.

        Materials versus Labor.    Projects that include a greater amount of material cost can experience lower overall project gross margins as we typically add less mark up to material cost in our bids than what we would to our labor and equipment cost.

        Insurance.    Gross margins could be impacted by fluctuations in insurance accruals related to our deductibles in the period in which such adjustments are made. As of December 31, 2013, we carried insurance policies, which were subject to certain deductibles, for workers' compensation, general liability, automobile liability and other coverages. Losses up to the deductible amounts are accrued based upon estimates of the ultimate liability for claims reported and an estimate of claims incurred but not yet reported. Estimated insurance losses are determined by our insurance carrier and the appropriateness of those estimates are reviewed by management and updated quarterly.

        Fleet Utilization, Estimation, and Bidding.    We operate a centrally-managed fleet in an effort to achieve the highest equipment utilization. We also develop internal equipment rates which provide our business units with appropriate cost information to estimate bids for new projects. Availability of equipment for a particular contract is determined by our internal fleet ordering process which is designed to optimize the use of internal fleet assets and allocate equipment costs to individual

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contracts. We believe these processes allow us to utilize our equipment efficiently, which leads to improved gross margins.

        Our team of trained estimators helps us to determine potential costs and revenues and make informed decisions on whether to bid for a project and, if bid, the rates to use in estimating the costs for that bid. The ability to accurately estimate labor, equipment, subcontracting and material costs in connection with a new project may affect the gross margins achieved for the project.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

        Selling, general and administrative expenses consist primarily of compensation and related benefits to management, administrative salaries and benefits, marketing, office rent and utilities, communications, professional fees and bad debt expense. Not all industry participants define selling, general and administrative expenses and contract costs the same way. This can make comparisons between industry participants more difficult.

Consolidated Results of Operations

        The following table sets forth selected statements of operations data and such data as a percentage of revenues for the years indicated:

 
  For the year ended December 31,  
(dollars in thousands)
  2013   2012   2011  

Contract revenues

  $ 902,729     100.0 % $ 998,959     100.0 % $ 780,356     100.0 %

Contract costs

    777,852     86.2     880,306     88.1     694,790     89.0  
                           

Gross profit

    124,877     13.8     118,653     11.9     85,566     11.0  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

    69,818     7.7     63,575     6.4     56,776     7.3  

Amortization of intangible assets

    335         335         335      

Gain on sale of property and equipment

    (893 )   (0.1 )   (1,019 )   (0.1 )   (1,174 )   (0.1 )
                           

Income from operations

    55,617     6.2     55,762     5.6     29,629     3.8  

Other income (expense)

                                     

Interest income

    9         2         53      

Interest expense

    (727 )   (0.1 )   (852 )   (0.1 )   (544 )   (0.1 )

Other, net

    (27 )       (222 )       (81 )    
                           

Income before provision for income taxes

    54,872     6.1     54,690     5.5     29,057     3.7  

Income tax expense

    20,113     2.2     20,428     2.1     10,759     1.4  
                           

Net income

  $ 34,759     3.9 % $ 34,262     3.4 % $ 18,298     2.3 %
                           
                           

Year Ended December 31, 2013 Compared to the Year Ended December 31, 2012

        Revenues.    Revenues declined $96.3 million, or 9.6%, to $902.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $999.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The decline was mainly attributable to lower material and subcontractor costs associated with several transmission projects. Material and subcontractor cost comprised approximately 31% of total contract cost in the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to approximately 43% in the year ended December 31, 2012. Revenues from storm work declined $26.7 million to $14.6 million in year ended December 31, 2013 from $41.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2012.

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        Gross profit.    Gross profit increased $6.2 million, or 5.2%, to $124.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $118.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. Gross margin increased to 13.8% in the year ended December 31, 2013 from 11.9% in the year ended December 31, 2012. The increase in gross margin was largely due to better project execution, higher equipment utilization and the underlying mix of contract cost components, which included less material and subcontractor cost and more of the Company's labor and equipment cost, on a relative basis. Approximately 0.8% of the gross margin of 13.8% was due to improved contract margins on several large transmission projects as a result of increased productivity levels, cost efficiencies, additional work and effective contract management.

        Selling, general and administrative expenses.    Selling, general and administrative expenses increased approximately $6.2 million, or 9.8%, to $69.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $63.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. The majority of the increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was due to increased legal reserves and expenses of $3.6 million pertaining to ongoing litigation. The remaining increase in selling, general and administrative expenses was primarily attributable to an increase in employee compensation and fringe benefits related to the increased number of personnel to support operations. As a percentage of revenues, selling, general and administrative expenses increased to 7.7% for the year ended December 31, 2013 from 6.4% for the year ended December 31, 2012.

        Gain on sale of property and equipment.    Gains from the sale of property and equipment decreased $0.1million to $0.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $1.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. Gains from the sale of property and equipment are the result of routine sales of property and equipment that are no longer useful or valuable to our ongoing operations.

        Interest expense.    Interest expense decreased to $0.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $0.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 primarily due to interest incurred in the prior year resulting from sales and use tax audits.

        Income tax expense.    The provision for income taxes was $20.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, with an effective tax rate of 36.7%, compared to a provision of $20.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, with an effective tax rate of 37.4%. The decrease in our overall effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2013, was primarily caused by lower state taxes due to changes in the mix of business between states, and other discrete items.

        Net income.    Net income in 2013 increased to $34.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2013 from $34.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 for the reasons stated above.

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Segment Results

        The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, statements of operations data by segment, segment net sales as a percentage of total net sales and segment operating income as a percentage of segment net sales:

 
  For the Year Ended December 31,  
 
  2013   2012  
(dollars in thousands)
  Amount   Percent   Amount   Percent  

Contract revenues:

                         

Transmission & Distribution

  $ 722,387     80.0 % $ 828,711     83.0 %

Commercial & Industrial

    180,342     20.0     170,248     17.0  
                   

Total

  $ 902,729     100.0   $ 998,959     100.0  
                   
                   

Operating income (loss):

                         

Transmission & Distribution

  $ 81,413     11.3   $ 80,460     9.7  

Commercial & Industrial

    10,423     5.8     7,647     4.5  
                       

Total

    91,836     10.2     88,107     8.8  

Corporate

    (36,219 )   (4.0 )   (32,345 )   (3.2 )
                       

Consolidated

  $ 55,617     6.2 % $ 55,762     5.6 %
                       
                       

Transmission & Distribution

        Revenues for our T&D segment for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $722.4 million compared to $828.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, a decrease of $106.3 million or 12.8%. The decrease in revenues was primarily the result of lower material and subcontractor costs associated with several large transmission projects. Material and subcontractor costs in our T&D segment comprised approximately 27% of total contract costs in the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to approximately 42% in the year ended December 31, 2012. Revenues from storm work declined $26.7 million to $14.6 million in year ended December 31, 2013 from $41.3 million in the year ended December 31, 2012.

        Revenues from transmission projects represented 84.8% and 82.0% of T&D segment revenue for the years ended December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively. Additionally, for the year ended December 31, 2013, measured by revenue in our T&D segment, we provided 55.4% of our T&D services under fixed-price contracts, as compared to 42.0% for the year ended December 31, 2012.

        Operating income for our T&D segment for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $81.4 million compared to $80.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, as lower volume in large transmission projects was largely offset by higher contract margins on several large transmission projects. Operating income, as a percentage of revenues, for our T&D segment increased to 11.3% for the year ended December 31, 2013 from 9.7% for the year ended December 31, 2012. The increase in operating income, as a percentage of revenues, was mainly due to improved project margins on several large transmission projects as a result of increased productivity levels, cost efficiencies, additional work, and effective contract management. Additionally, an increase in equipment utilization led to improved operating income as a percentage of revenues for the year ended December 31, 2013.

Commercial & Industrial

        Revenues for our C&I segment for the year ended December 31, 2013 were $180.3 million compared to $170.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, an increase of $10.1 million or 5.9%. The increase in C&I revenues was mainly due to an increase in from a few large projects.

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Material and subcontractor cost in our C&I segment comprised approximately 44% of total contract cost in the year ended December 31, 2013, compared to approximately 48% in the year ended December 31, 2012.

        For the year ended December 31, 2013, measured by revenue in our C&I segment, we provided 45.9% of our services under fixed-price contracts, as compared to 49.9% for the year ended December 31, 2012.

        Operating income for our C&I segment for the year ended December 31, 2013 was $10.4 million compared to $7.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, an increase of $2.8 million, or 36.3%. As a percentage of revenues, operating income for our C&I segment increased to 5.8% for the year ended December 31, 2013 from 4.5% for the year ended December 31, 2012. The increase in operating income, as a percentage of revenues, in the C&I segment was primarily attributable to an overall increase in margins on projects of all sizes.

Corporate

        The increase in corporate expenses in 2013 was primarily due to increased legal reserves and expenses of $3.6 million pertaining to ongoing litigation. The remaining increase in corporate expenses was due to increased employee compensation and fringe benefits related to the increased number of personnel to support operations.

Year Ended December 31, 2012 Compared to the Year Ended December 31, 2011

        Revenues.    Revenues increased $218.6 million, or 28.0%, to $999.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 from $780.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The majority of the increase in revenues was the result of an increase in revenues from a few large transmission projects (greater than $10.0 million in contract value). Our revenues in 2012 grew in part from certain large transmission projects whose underlying contract cost for the period included a greater than normal amount of material and subcontractor costs, which contributed to the higher revenues. Revenues also increased from many small (less than $3.0 million in contract value) and medium-sized (between $3.0 million and $10.0 million in contract value) transmission projects, as well as from small and medium-sized C&I projects.

        Gross profit.    Gross profit increased $33.1 million, or 38.7%, to $118.7 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 from $85.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The majority of the gross profit increase was attributable to an increase in revenues year over year. Gross margin increased to 11.9% for the year ended December 31, 2012 from 11.0% for the year ended December 31, 2011. The increase in gross profit as a percentage of revenues was mainly attributable to an overall increase in contract margins on small and medium-sized projects in both segments and improved utilization of fleet assets.

        Selling, general and administrative expenses.    Selling, general and administrative expenses increased approximately $6.8 million, or 12.0%, to $63.6 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 from $56.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. The increase was primarily due to an increase in employee compensation related to the increased number of support personnel and normal salary increases, increased profit sharing and bonus expense, and an increase in other employee-related benefit costs. As a percentage of revenues, selling, general and administrative expenses decreased to 6.4% for the year ended December 31, 2012 from 7.3% for the year ended December 31, 2011.

        Gain on sale of property and equipment.    Gains from the sale of property and equipment decreased $0.2 million to $1.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 from $1.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2011. Gains from the sale of property and equipment are the result of routine sales of property and equipment that are no longer useful or valuable to our ongoing operations.

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        Interest expense.    Interest expense increased to $0.9 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 from $0.5 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 primarily resulting from interest due on sales and use tax amounts.

        Income tax expense.    The provision for income taxes was $20.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2012, with an effective tax rate of 37.4%, compared to a provision of $10.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, with an effective tax rate of 37.0%. The increase in our overall effective tax rate for the year ended December 31, 2012, was mainly due to differences in discrete tax adjustment items between the periods.

        Net income.    Net income in 2012 increased to $34.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 from $18.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2011 for the reasons stated above.

Segment Results

        The following table sets forth, for the periods indicated, statements of operations data by segment, segment net sales as a percentage of total net sales and segment operating income as a percentage of segment net sales.

 
  For the Year Ended December 31,  
 
  2012   2011  
(dollars in thousands)
  Amount   Percent   Amount   Percent  

Contract revenues:

                         

Transmission & Distribution

  $ 828,711     83.0 % $ 622,000     79.7 %

Commercial & Industrial

    170,248     17.0     158,356     20.3  
                   

Total

  $ 998,959     100.0   $ 780,356     100.0  
                   
                   

Operating income (loss):

                         

Transmission & Distribution

  $ 80,460     9.7   $ 52,053     8.4  

Commercial & Industrial

    7,647     4.5     5,833     3.7  
                       

Total

    88,107     8.8     57,886     7.4  

Corporate

    (32,345 )   (3.2 )   (28,257 )   (3.6 )
                       

Consolidated

  $ 55,762     5.6 % $ 29,629     3.8 %
                       
                       

Transmission & Distribution

        Revenues for our T&D segment for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $828.7 million compared to $622.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $206.7 million or 33.2%. The increase in revenues was primarily the result of an increase in revenues from transmission projects of all sizes, offset in part by a decrease in distribution revenues. Storm work contributed approximately $41.3 million to revenues in 2012, compared to $31.1 million in 2011.

        Revenues from transmission projects represented 82.0% and 74.3% of T&D segment revenue for the years ended December 31, 2012 and 2011, respectively. Additionally, for the year ended December 31, 2012, measured by revenue in our T&D segment, we provided 42.0% of our T&D services under fixed-price contracts, as compared to 49.1% for the year ended December 31, 2011.

        Operating income for our T&D segment for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $80.5 million compared to $52.1 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of approximately $28.4 million, or 54.6%. The increase in operating income in the T&D segment was mainly attributable to an overall increase in revenues. As a percentage of revenues, operating income for our T&D segment increased to 9.7% for the year ended December 31, 2012 from 8.4% for the year ended December 31, 2011. The increase in operating income, as a percentage of revenues, was mainly due to improved margins on small and medium-sized transmission and distribution projects and improved utilization of fleet assets.

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Commercial & Industrial

        Revenues for our C&I segment for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $170.2 million compared to $158.4 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $11.9 million or 7.5%. The increase in revenues was due mainly to an increase in revenues derived from several small and medium-sized projects, partially offset by an overall decrease in revenues from a few large projects.

        For the year ended December 31, 2012, measured by revenue in our C&I segment, we provided 49.9% of our services under fixed-price contracts, as compared to 55.2% for the year ended December 31, 2011.

        Operating income for our C&I segment for the year ended December 31, 2012 was $7.6 million compared to $5.8 million for the year ended December 31, 2011, an increase of $1.8 million, or 31.1%. As a percentage of revenues, operating income for our C&I segment increased to 4.5% for the year ended December 31, 2012 from 3.7% for the year ended December 31, 2011. The increase in operating income in the C&I segment was mainly attributable to an overall increase in margins on C&I contracts with a contract value under $10.0 million, which was partially offset by an overall decrease in margins on projects with a contract value over $10.0 million.

Corporate

        The increase in Corporate expenses in 2012 was due primarily to increased profit sharing and bonus expense and an increase in other employee-related benefit costs.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

        As of December 31, 2013, we had cash and cash equivalents of $76.5 million and working capital of $119.6 million. During the year ended December 31, 2013, consolidated operating activities of our business resulted in net cash flow from operations of $95.1 million compared to $30.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2012. Cash flow from operations is primarily influenced by demand for our services, operating margins and the type of services we provide our customers. We used net cash in investing activities of $41.6 million, including $42.7 million used for capital expenditures offset by approximately $1.1 million of proceeds from the sale of property and equipment. Financing activities provided cash of $3.1 million, primarily related to the exercise of stock options and the related tax benefits.

        The changes in various working capital accounts (such as: accounts receivable, including retention; costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts; accounts payable; and billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts) are due to normal timing fluctuations in our operating activities. In particular, the gross amount of accounts receivable, costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts, accounts payable and billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts provided cash of $30.1 million in 2013, compared to using cash of $39.7 million in 2012, largely due to the substantial completion of several large transmission projects. We typically experience higher working capital needs in the early stages of projects, when cash is being used for personnel, equipment, supplies and other project costs prior to cash flow being received from the customer. As the project progresses, the working capital needs typically stabilize or decrease as cash flow from customers begins to meet or exceed cash outlaid for operating expenses. As several large transmission projects reached substantial completion in 2013, costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts provided $21.3 million in cash, compared to using $18.1 million in 2012.

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expect our capital expenditures in 2014 will be similar to our 2013 capital expenditures. Although we believe that we have adequate cash and availability under our credit facility to meet our liquidity needs, our involvement in any multi-year transmission projects or the acquisition of other companies may require additional capital, depending upon the size of the project or the acquisition and the financial terms of the underlying agreement.

        On August 1, 2012, the Company's Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to $20.0 million of the Company's common stock, and the Company subsequently established a Rule 10b5-1 plan to facilitate this repurchase. The share repurchase program was authorized through August 9, 2013. In May 2013, the Company's Board of Directors approved an extension of the program through August 9, 2014 and increased the size of the program to $22.5 million. No shares have been repurchased under this program.

Debt Instruments

        On December 21, 2011, we entered into a five-year syndicated credit agreement (the "Credit Agreement") for an initial facility of $175.0 million. The entire facility is available for revolving loans and the issuance of letters of credit, and up to $25.0 million of the facility is available for swingline loans. We have the option to increase the commitments under the Credit Agreement or enter into incremental term loans, subject to certain conditions, by up to an additional $75.0 million upon receipt of additional commitments from new or existing lenders.

        Revolving loans under the Credit Agreement bear interest, at our option, at either (1) ABR, which is the greatest of the Prime Rate, the Federal Funds Effective Rate plus 0.50% or adjusted LIBOR plus 1.00%, plus in each case an applicable margin ranging from 0.00% to 1.00%; or (2) adjusted LIBOR plus an applicable margin ranging from 1.00% to 2.00%. The applicable margin is determined based on our leverage ratio. Letters of credit issued under the Credit Agreement are subject to a letter of credit fee of 1.00% to 2.00%, based on our leverage ratio and a fronting fee of 0.125%. Swingline loans will bear interest at the ABR Rate. We are required to pay a 0.2% commitment fee on the unused portion of the credit facility.

        Subject to certain exceptions, the Credit Agreement is secured by substantially all of our assets and the assets of all of our subsidiaries and by a pledge of all of the capital stock of our subsidiaries. Our subsidiaries also guarantee the repayment of all amounts due under the Credit Agreement. The Credit Agreement provides for customary events of default. If an event of default occurs and is continuing, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Credit Agreement, amounts outstanding under the Credit Agreement may be accelerated and may become or be declared immediately due and payable.

        Under the Credit Agreement, we are subject to certain financial covenants, a leveraged debt ratio and a minimum interest coverage ratio and we were in compliance at December 31, 2013. The Credit Agreement also contains a number of covenants including limitations on asset sales, investments, indebtedness and liens.

        As of December 31, 2013, we had no debt outstanding. We had approximately $18.4 million in irrevocable standby letters of credit outstanding under our Credit Agreement at an interest rate of 1.125%. As of December 31, 2013, we had $156.6 million available for borrowing under our Credit Agreement. As of December 31, 2012, we had no debt outstanding. We had approximately $19.7 million in irrevocable standby letters of credit outstanding under our Credit Agreement at an interest rate of 1.125%.

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Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

        As is common in our industry, we enter into certain off-balance sheet arrangements in the ordinary course of business that result in risks not directly reflected in our balance sheets. Our significant off-balance sheet transactions include liabilities associated with non-cancelable operating leases, letter of credit obligations and bond guarantees entered into in the normal course of business. We have not engaged in any off-balance sheet financing arrangements through special purpose entities.

Leases

        We enter into non-cancelable operating leases for some of our facility, vehicle and equipment needs. These leases allow us to conserve cash by paying a monthly lease rental fee for the use of facilities, vehicles and equipment rather than purchasing them. We may decide to cancel or terminate a lease before the end of its term, in which case we are typically liable to the lessor for the remaining lease payments under the term of the lease. At December 31, 2013, we had no leases with residual value guarantees.

        We typically have purchase options on the equipment underlying our long-term operating leases and many of our short-term rental arrangements. We exercise some of these purchase options when the need for equipment is on-going and the purchase option price is attractive.

Purchase Commitments for Construction Equipment

        As of December 31, 2013, we had approximately $6.1 million in outstanding purchase obligations for certain construction equipment to be paid, with most of the cash outlay scheduled to occur over the first five months of 2014.

Letters of Credit

        Some of our vendors require letters of credit to ensure reimbursement for amounts they are disbursing on our behalf, such as to beneficiaries under our insurance programs. In addition, from time-to-time certain customers require us to post letters of credit to ensure payment to our subcontractors and vendors under those contracts and to guarantee performance under our contracts. Such letters of credit are generally issued by a bank or similar financial institution. The letter of credit commits the issuer to pay specified amounts to the holder of the letter of credit if the holder claims that we have failed to perform specified actions in accordance with the terms of the letter of credit. If this were to occur, we would be required to reimburse the issuer of the letter of credit. Depending on the circumstances of such a reimbursement, we may also have to record a charge to earnings for the reimbursement. Currently, we do not believe that it is likely that any claims will be made under any letter of credit in the foreseeable future.

        At December 31, 2013 we had $18.4 million in irrevocable standby letters of credit outstanding under our Credit Agreement at an interest rate of 1.125%, including one for $17.5 million related to the Company's payment obligation under its insurance programs and another for approximately $0.9 million related to contract performance obligations.

Performance and Payment Bonds

        Many customers, particularly in connection with new construction, require us to post performance and payment bonds issued by a financial institution known as a surety. These bonds provide a guarantee to the customer that we will perform under the terms of a contract and that we will pay subcontractors and vendors. If we fail to perform under a contract or to pay subcontractors and vendors, the customer may demand that the surety make payments or provide services under the bond. We must reimburse the surety for any expenses or outlays it incurs. Under our continuing indemnity

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and security agreement with the surety, with the consent of our lenders under the Credit Agreement, we have granted security interests in certain of our assets to collateralize our obligations to the surety. We may be required to post letters of credit or other collateral in favor of the surety or our customers. Posting letters of credit in favor of the surety or our customers reduces the borrowing availability under the Credit Agreement. To date, we have not been required to make any reimbursements to the surety for bond-related costs. We believe that it is unlikely that we will have to fund significant claims under our surety arrangements in the foreseeable future. As of December 31, 2013, an aggregate of approximately $889.1 million in original face amount of bonds issued by the surety were outstanding. Our estimated remaining cost to complete these bonded projects was approximately $147.6 million as of December 31, 2013.

Contractual Obligations

        As of December 31, 2013, our future contractual obligations are as follows:

(in thousands)
  Total   Less than
1 Year
  1 - 3 Years   3 - 5 Years   More than
5 Years
  Other  

Operating lease obligations

  $ 3,835   $ 1,873   $ 1,330   $ 433   $ 199   $  

Purchase obligations

    6,102     6,102                  

Income tax contingencies

    846                     846  
                           

Total

  $ 10,783   $ 7,975   $ 1,330   $ 433   $ 199   $ 846  
                           
                           

        Excluded from the above table are our multi-employer pension plan contributions, which are determined annually, based on our union employee payrolls, and which cannot be determined for future periods in advance.

        The amount of income tax contingencies has been presented in the "Other" column in the table above due to the fact that the period of future payment cannot be reliably estimated. For further information, refer to Note 9 to the Consolidated Financial Statements.

Concentration of Credit Risk

        We grant trade credit under normal payment terms, generally without collateral, to our customers, which include high credit quality electric utilities, governmental entities, general contractors and builders, owners and managers of commercial and industrial properties. Consequently, we are subject to potential credit risk related to changes in business and economic factors. However, we generally have certain statutory lien rights with respect to services provided. Under certain circumstances such as foreclosures or negotiated settlements, we may take title to the underlying assets in lieu of cash in settlement of receivables. As of December 31, 2013, one customer individually exceeded 10.0% of consolidated accounts receivable with approximately 14.4% of the total consolidated accounts receivable amount (excluding the impact of allowance for doubtful accounts). As of December 31, 2012, two customers individually exceeded 10.0% of consolidated accounts receivable with approximately 24.6% of the total consolidated accounts receivable amount (excluding the impact of allowance for doubtful accounts). Management believes the terms and conditions in its contracts, billing and collection policies are adequate to minimize the potential credit risk.

Inflation

        Inflation did not have a significant effect on our results during the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 or 2011.

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New Accounting Pronouncements

        We adopted updates to several accounting standards in 2013, as explained in Note 1 to the Consolidated Financial Statements. The adoption of these standard modifications did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial condition, results of operations or cash flows, although there were impacts to our financial statement disclosures.

        The Financial Accounting Standard Board ("FASB") is currently working on amendments to existing accounting standards governing a number of areas including revenue recognition and lease accounting which may have significant impacts on us.

        In June 2010, the FASB issued an exposure draft, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, which would supersede most of the existing guidance on revenue recognition in Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 605, Revenue Recognition. In November 2011, the FASB re-exposed this draft. As the standard-setting process is still ongoing, we are unable to determine the impact this proposed change in accounting will have to our consolidated financial statements at this time.

        In 2013, the FASB reissued an exposure draft, Leases, which would result in significant changes to the accounting requirements for both lessees and lessors in ASC Topic 840, Leases. As the standard-setting process is still ongoing, we are unable to determine the impact this proposed change in accounting will have in the Company's consolidated financial statements at this time.

Critical Accounting Policies

        The discussion and analysis of our financial condition and results of operations are based on our consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with U.S. GAAP. The preparation of these consolidated financial statements requires us to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities, disclosures of contingent assets and liabilities known to exist at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period. We evaluate our estimates on an ongoing basis, based on historical experience and on various other assumptions that are believed to be reasonable under the circumstances. There can be no assurance that actual results will not differ from those estimates. We believe the following accounting policies affect our more significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of our consolidated financial statements:

        Revenue Recognition.    Revenues under long-term contracts are accounted for under the percentage-of-completion method of accounting. Under the percentage-of-completion method, we estimate profit as the difference between total estimated revenue and total estimated cost of a contract and recognize that profit over the contract term based on either input (e.g., costs incurred under the cost-to-cost method which is typically used for development effort) or output (e.g., units delivered under the units-of-delivery method, which is used for production effort), as appropriate under the circumstances.

        Revenues from our construction services are performed under fixed-price, time-and-equipment, time-and-materials, unit-price, and cost-plus fee contracts. For fixed-price contracts, we use the ratio of cost incurred to date on the contract (excluding uninstalled direct materials) to management's estimate of the contract's total cost, to determine the percentage of completion on each contract. This method is used as management considers expended costs to be the best available measure of progression of these contracts. Contract cost includes all direct costs on contracts, including labor and material, subcontractor costs and those indirect costs related to contract performance, such as supplies, fuel, tool repairs and depreciation. We recognize revenues from construction services with fees based on time-and-materials, unit prices, or cost-plus fee as the services are performed and amounts are earned.

        Contract costs incurred to date and expected total contract costs are continuously monitored during the term of the contract. Changes in job performance, job conditions and final contract

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settlements are factors that influence management's assessment of total contract value and the total estimated costs to complete those contracts and therefore, our profit recognition. These changes, which include contracts with estimated costs in excess of estimated revenues, are recognized in contract costs in the period in which the revisions are determined. At the point we anticipate a loss on a contract, we estimate the ultimate loss through completion and recognize that loss in the period in which the possible loss was identified.

        The accuracy of our revenue and profit recognition in a given period is dependent on the accuracy of our estimates of the cost to complete each project. Cost estimates for all of our significant projects use a detailed "bottom up" approach and we believe our experience typically allows us to provide materially reliable estimates. There are a number of factors that can contribute to changes in estimates of contract cost and profitability. The most significant of these include, among others:

    the completeness and accuracy of the original bid;

    costs associated with added scope changes;

    costs of labor and/or materials;

    extended overhead due to owner, weather and other delays;

    subcontractor performance issues;

    changes in productivity expectations;

    site conditions that differ from those assumed in the original bid (to the extent contract remedies are unavailable);

    the availability and skill level of workers in the geographic location of the project; and

    a change in the availability and proximity of equipment and materials.

        The foregoing factors as well as the stage of completion of contracts in process and the mix of contracts at different margins may cause fluctuations in gross profit between periods.

        We provide warranties to customers on a basis customary to the industry; however, the warranty period does not typically exceed one year. Historically, warranty claims have not been material.

        Total revenues do not include sales tax as we consider ourselves a pass-through conduit for collecting and remitting sales taxes.

        Accounts Receivable and Allowance for Doubtful Accounts.    We do not charge interest to our customers, and we carry our customer receivables at their face amounts, less an allowance for doubtful accounts. Included in accounts receivable are balances billed to customers pursuant to retainage provisions in certain contracts that are due upon completion of the contracts and acceptance by the customer, or earlier, as provided by the contract. Based on our experience in recent years, the majority of customer balances at each balance sheet date are collected within twelve months. We grant trade credit, on a non-collateralized basis (with the exception of lien rights against the property in certain cases) to our customers, and we are subject to potential credit risk related to changes in business and overall economic activity. We analyze specific accounts receivable balances, historical bad debts, customer credit-worthiness, current economic trends and changes in customer payment terms when evaluating the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful accounts. In the event that a customer balance is deemed to be uncollectible the account balance is written-off against the allowance for doubtful accounts.

        Impairment of Goodwill and Intangibles.    Goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite lives are not amortized. Intangible assets with finite lives are amortized on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives. We review goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite lives for impairment on

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an annual basis at the beginning of the fourth quarter, or when circumstances change, such as a significant adverse change in the business climate or the decision to sell a business, both of which would indicate that impairment may have occurred. We perform a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is necessary to perform a two-step goodwill impairment test. The qualitative assessment considers financial, industry, segment and macroeconomic factors. If the qualitative assessment indicates a potential for impairment, the two-step method is used to determine if impairment exists. The two-step method begins with a comparison of the fair value of the reporting unit with its carrying value. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, the second step of the process involves a comparison of the implied fair value and carrying value of the goodwill of that reporting unit. The company also performs a qualitative assessment on intangible assets with indefinite lives. If the qualitative assessment indicates a potential for impairment, the two-step method is used to determine if impairment exists. If the carrying value of goodwill or other indefinite lived assets exceeds its implied fair value, an impairment charge is recorded in the statement of operations.

        Our annual qualitative assessment performed in 2013 determined it was not necessary to perform a two-step goodwill impairment test. As a result of the Company's annual impairment review process, no impairment charges to goodwill or intangible assets were recorded during 2013, 2012 or 2011.

        Insurance.    We carry insurance policies, which are subject to certain deductibles, for workers' compensation, general liability, automobile liability and other coverages. Our deductible for each line of coverage is $1.0 million. Once a policy's claim aggregate is reached per line of coverage, the deductible for that policy is reduced to $0.5 million per claim.

        Certain of our health insurance benefit plans are subject to a $0.1 million deductible for qualified individuals. Losses up to the stop loss amounts are accrued based upon our estimates of the ultimate liability for claims reported and an estimate of claims incurred but not yet reported.

        The insurance and claims accruals are based on known facts, actuarial estimates and historical trends. While recorded accruals are based on the ultimate liability, which includes amounts in excess of the stop loss deductible, a corresponding receivable for amounts in excess of the stop loss deductible is included in current assets in the consolidated balance sheets.

        Income Taxes.    We follow the liability method of accounting for income taxes. Under this method, deferred assets and liabilities are recorded for future tax consequences of temporary differences between the financial reporting and tax bases of assets and liabilities, and are measured using the enacted tax rates and laws that are expected to be in effect when the underlying assets or liabilities are recovered or settled.

        Interest and penalties related to uncertain income tax positions are included in income tax expense in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations. Interest and penalties actually incurred are charged to interest expense and other expense, respectively.

        Stock-Based Compensation.    We determine compensation expense for stock-based awards based on the estimated fair values at the grant date and recognize the related compensation expense over the vesting period. We use the straight-line attribution method to recognize compensation expense related to stock-based awards that have graded vesting and only service conditions. This method recognizes stock compensation expense on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period for the entire award. Stock-based compensation expense is adjusted for changes in estimated and actual forfeitures. We use historical data to estimate the forfeiture rate that we use; however, these estimates are subject to change and may impact the value that will ultimately be recognized as stock compensation expense. We recognize stock-based compensation expense related to performance awards based upon our determination of the potential achievement of the performance target at each reporting date, net of estimated forfeitures.

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Item 7A.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk

        As of December 31, 2013, we were not parties to any derivative instruments. We did not use any material derivative financial instruments during the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 or 2011, including trading or speculation on changes in interest rates, or commodity prices of materials used in our business.

        Borrowings under the Credit Agreement are based upon an interest rate that will vary depending upon the prime rate, federal funds rate and LIBOR. If the prime rate, federal funds rate or LIBOR rises, our interest payment obligations will increase and have a negative effect on our cash flow and financial condition. We currently do not maintain any hedging contracts that would limit our exposure to variable rates of interest. We had no borrowings outstanding under the Credit Agreement as of December 31, 2013. If we had borrowings outstanding under the Credit Agreement as of December 31, 2013, the borrowings would have accrued annual interest at the one-month LIBOR in effect at each month end plus a spread of 1.00%, based upon our current leverage ratio, as defined in the Credit Agreement.

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Item 8.    Consolidated Financial Statements and Supplementary Data

INDEX TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

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Management's Report on Internal Control Over Financial Reporting

        Our management is responsible for establishing and maintaining adequate internal control over financial reporting as defined in Rule 13a-15(f) under the Exchange Act. Our internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of our consolidated financial statements for external purposes in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (i) pertain to the maintenance of records that in reasonable detail accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (ii) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with U.S. GAAP, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (iii) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use or disposition of the company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

        Under the supervision and with the participation of our management, including our Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, we have conducted an evaluation of the effectiveness of our internal control over financial reporting based upon the criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (1992 framework). Based on this evaluation, our management has concluded that our internal control over financial reporting was effective as of December 31, 2013 to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external reporting purposes in accordance with U.S. GAAP.

        Because of its inherent limitations, a system of internal control over financial reporting can provide only reasonable assurances and may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with policies and procedures may deteriorate.

        Ernst & Young LLP, an independent registered public accounting firm, who audited and reported on the consolidated financial statements included in this report on Form 10-K, has audited the effectiveness of MYR Group's internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2013 as stated in their report which appears herein.

March 5, 2014

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To Board of Directors and Stockholders of
MYR Group Inc.

        We have audited the accompanying consolidated balance sheets of MYR Group Inc. as of December 31, 2013 and 2012, and the related consolidated statements of operations, stockholders' equity and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2013. These financial statements are the responsibility of the Company's management. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on these financial statements based on our audits.

        We conducted our audits in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether the financial statements are free of material misstatement. An audit includes examining, on a test basis, evidence supporting the amounts and disclosures in the financial statements. An audit also includes assessing the accounting principles used and significant estimates made by management, as well as evaluating the overall financial statement presentation. We believe that our audits provide a reasonable basis for our opinion.

        In our opinion, the financial statements referred to above present fairly, in all material respects, the consolidated financial position of MYR Group Inc. at December 31, 2013 and 2012, and the consolidated results of its operations and its cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2013, in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.

        We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), MYR Group Inc.'s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2013, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (1992 framework) and our report dated March 5, 2014 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP

Chicago, Illinois
March 5, 2014

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Report of Independent Registered Public Accounting Firm

To Board of Directors and Stockholders of
MYR Group Inc.

        We have audited MYR Group Inc.'s internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2013, based on criteria established in Internal Control—Integrated Framework issued by the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations of the Treadway Commission (1992 framework) (the COSO criteria). MYR Group Inc.'s management is responsible for maintaining effective internal control over financial reporting, and for its assessment of the effectiveness of internal control over financial reporting included in the accompanying Management's Report on Internal Control over Financial Reporting. Our responsibility is to express an opinion on the Company's internal control over financial reporting based on our audit.

        We conducted our audit in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States). Those standards require that we plan and perform the audit to obtain reasonable assurance about whether effective internal control over financial reporting was maintained in all material respects. Our audit included obtaining an understanding of internal control over financial reporting, assessing the risk that a material weakness exists, testing and evaluating the design and operating effectiveness of internal control based on the assessed risk, and performing such other procedures as we considered necessary in the circumstances. We believe that our audit provides a reasonable basis for our opinion.

        A company's internal control over financial reporting is a process designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles. A company's internal control over financial reporting includes those policies and procedures that (1) pertain to the maintenance of records that, in reasonable detail, accurately and fairly reflect the transactions and dispositions of the assets of the company; (2) provide reasonable assurance that transactions are recorded as necessary to permit preparation of financial statements in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles, and that receipts and expenditures of the company are being made only in accordance with authorizations of management and directors of the company; and (3) provide reasonable assurance regarding prevention or timely detection of unauthorized acquisition, use, or disposition of the company's assets that could have a material effect on the financial statements.

        Because of its inherent limitations, internal control over financial reporting may not prevent or detect misstatements. Also, projections of any evaluation of effectiveness to future periods are subject to the risk that controls may become inadequate because of changes in conditions, or that the degree of compliance with the policies or procedures may deteriorate.

        In our opinion, MYR Group Inc. maintained, in all material respects, effective internal control over financial reporting as of December 31, 2013, based on the COSO criteria.

        We also have audited, in accordance with the standards of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (United States), the consolidated balance sheets of MYR Group Inc. as of December 31, 2013 and 2012, and the related consolidated statements of operations, stockholders' equity, and cash flows for each of the three years in the period ended December 31, 2013 of MYR Group Inc. and our report dated March 5, 2014 expressed an unqualified opinion thereon.

/s/ Ernst & Young LLP

Chicago, Illinois
March 5, 2014

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MYR GROUP INC.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

 
  December 31,  
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
  2013   2012  

ASSETS

             

Current assets

             

Cash and cash equivalents

  $ 76,454   $ 19,825  

Accounts receivable, net of allowances of $1,132 and $1,305, respectively

    173,468     167,241  

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts

    40,519     61,773  

Deferred income tax assets

    14,550     12,742  

Receivable for insurance claims in excess of deductibles

    11,389     11,379  

Refundable income taxes

    1,286     1,044  

Other current assets

    6,283     4,396  
           

Total current assets

    323,949     278,400  

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $115,679 and $88,042, respectively

    142,931     128,911  

Goodwill

    46,599     46,599  

Intangible assets, net of accumulated amortization of $2,893 and $2,558, respectively

    10,199     10,534  

Other assets

    1,744     1,904  
           

Total assets

  $ 525,422   $ 466,348  
           
           

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

             

Current liabilities

             

Accounts payable

  $ 79,605   $ 84,481  

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts

    52,952     32,589  

Accrued self insurance

    39,111     39,583  

Other current liabilities

    32,711     32,240  
           

Total current liabilities

    204,379     188,893  

Deferred income tax liabilities

    23,719     21,530  

Other liabilities

    1,233     1,235  
           

Total liabilities

    229,331     211,658  
           

Commitments and contingencies

             

Stockholders' equity

             

Preferred stock—$0.01 par value per share; 4,000,000 authorized shares; none issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013 and 2012

  $   $  

Common stock—$0.01 par value per share; 100,000,000 authorized shares; 21,223,076 and 20,747,161 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2013 and 2012, respectively

    210     206  

Additional paid-in capital

    161,202     154,564  

Retained earnings

    134,679     99,920  
           

Total stockholders' equity

    296,091     254,690  
           

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

  $ 525,422   $ 466,348  
           
           

   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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MYR GROUP INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

 
  Year ended December 31,  
(in thousands, except per share data)
  2013   2012   2011  

Contract revenues

  $ 902,729   $ 998,959   $ 780,356  

Contract costs

    777,852     880,306     694,790  
               

Gross profit

    124,877     118,653     85,566  

Selling, general and administrative expenses

    69,818     63,575     56,776  

Amortization of intangible assets

    335     335     335  

Gain on sale of property and equipment

    (893 )   (1,019 )   (1,174 )
               

Income from operations

    55,617     55,762     29,629  

Other income (expense):

                   

Interest income

    9     2     53  

Interest expense

    (727 )   (852 )   (544 )

Other, net

    (27 )   (222 )   (81 )
               

Income before provision for income taxes

    54,872     54,690     29,057  

Income tax expense

    20,113     20,428     10,759  
               

Net income

  $ 34,759   $ 34,262   $ 18,298  
               
               

Income per common share:

                   

—Basic

  $ 1.65   $ 1.67   $ 0.90  

—Diluted

  $ 1.61   $ 1.60   $ 0.87  

Weighted average number of common shares and potential common shares outstanding:

                   

—Basic

    20,821     20,391     20,151  

—Diluted

    21,431     21,172     20,993  

   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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MYR GROUP INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

 
   
  Common Stock    
   
   
 
 
  Preferred
Stock
  Additional
Paid-In
Capital
  Retained
Earnings
   
 
(in thousands)
  Shares   Amount   Total  

Balance at December 31, 2010

  $     20,007   $ 200   $ 145,149   $ 47,360   $ 192,709  

Net income

   
   
   
   
   
18,298
   
18,298
 

Stock issued under compensation plans, net

        396     3     1,287         1,290  

Tax benefit from stock-based awards

                1,266         1,266  

Stock-based compensation expense

                2,130         2,130  

Stock issued—other

        2         45         45  
                           

Balance at December 31, 2011

        20,405     203     149,877     65,658     215,738  

Net income

   
   
   
   
   
34,262
   
34,262
 

Stock issued under compensation plans, net

        340     3     1,306         1,309  

Tax benefit from stock-based awards

                419         419  

Stock-based compensation expense

                2,924         2,924  

Stock issued—other

        2         38         38  
                           

Balance at December 31, 2012

        20,747     206     154,564     99,920     254,690  

Net income

   
   
   
   
   
34,759
   
34,759
 

Stock issued under compensation plans, net

        473     4     1,758         1,762  

Tax benefit from stock-based awards

                1,305         1,305  

Stock-based compensation expense

                3,519         3,519  

Stock issued—other

        3         56         56  
                           

Balance at December 31, 2013

  $     21,223   $ 210   $ 161,202   $ 134,679   $ 296,091  
                           
                           

   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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MYR GROUP INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

 
  Year ended December 31,  
(in thousands)
  2013   2012   2011  

Cash flows from operating activities:

                   

Net income

  $ 34,759   $ 34,262   $ 18,298  

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash flows provided by operating activities—

                   

Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment

    28,860     24,821     19,176  

Amortization of intangible assets

    335     335     335  

Stock-based compensation expense

    3,519     2,923     2,130  

Deferred income taxes

    381     2,687     (1,326 )

Gain on sale of property and equipment

    (893 )   (1,019 )   (1,174 )

Other non-cash items

    151     110     44  

Changes in operating assets and liabilities

                   

Accounts receivable, net

    (6,227 )   (40,330 )   (19,739 )

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts

    21,254     (18,079 )   (14,395 )

Construction materials inventory

        4,003     (4,003 )

Receivable for insurance claims in excess of deductibles

    (10 )   (1,257 )   (1,700 )

Other assets

    (2,138 )   (1,619 )   2,293  

Accounts payable

    (5,289 )   11,067     35,062  

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts

    20,363     7,644     (20,560 )

Accrued self insurance

    (472 )   733     4,806  

Other liabilities

    469     3,718     11,147  
               

Net cash flows provided by operating activities

    95,062     29,999     30,394  
               

Cash flows from investing activities:

                   

Proceeds from sale of property and equipment

    1,151     1,204     1,306  

Purchases of property and equipment

    (42,725 )   (37,249 )   (42,342 )
               

Net cash flows used in investing activities

    (41,574 )   (36,045 )   (41,036 )
               

Cash flows from financing activities:

                   

Repayments on term loan

            (30,000 )

Net borrowings (repayments) on revolving credit facility

        (10,000 )   10,000  

Employee stock option transactions

    1,762     1,309     1,290  

Excess tax benefit from stock-based awards

    1,323     524     1,266  

Debt issuance costs

        (13 )   (569 )

Other financing activities

    56     38     45  
               

Net cash flows provided by (used in) financing activities

    3,141     (8,142 )   (17,968 )
               

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

    56,629     (14,188 )   (28,610 )

Cash and cash equivalents:

                   

Beginning of period

    19,825     34,013     62,623  
               

End of period

  $ 76,454   $ 19,825   $ 34,013  
               
               

   

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

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MYR GROUP INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

1. Organization, Business and Significant Accounting Policies

Organization and Business

        MYR Group Inc. ("the Company") is a holding company of specialty electrical construction service providers and is currently conducting operations through wholly-owned subsidiaries including: The L. E. Myers Co., a Delaware corporation; Harlan Electric Company, a Michigan corporation; Hawkeye Construction, Inc., an Oregon corporation; Great Southwestern Construction, Inc., a Colorado corporation; Sturgeon Electric Company, Inc., a Michigan corporation; and MYR Transmission Services, Inc., a Delaware corporation.

        The Company performs construction services in two business segments: Transmission and Distribution ("T&D"), and Commercial and Industrial ("C&I"). T&D customers include electric utilities, cooperatives, municipalities and private developers. The Company provides a broad range of services, which include design, engineering, procurement, construction, upgrade, maintenance and repair services, with a particular focus on construction, maintenance and repair. The Company also provides C&I electrical contracting services to property owners and general contractors in the western United States.

Significant Accounting Policies

Consolidation

        The accompanying consolidated financial statements include the results of operations of the Company and its subsidiaries. Significant intercompany transactions and balances have been eliminated.

Revenue Recognition

        Revenues under long-term contracts are accounted for under the percentage-of-completion method of accounting. Under the percentage-of-completion method, the Company estimates profit as the difference between total estimated revenue and total estimated cost of a contract and recognizes that profit over the contract term based on either input (e.g., costs incurred under the cost-to-cost method which is typically used for development effort) or output (e.g., units delivered under the units-of-delivery method, which is used for production effort), as appropriate under the circumstances.

        Revenues from the Company's construction services are performed under fixed-price, time-and-equipment, time-and-materials, unit-price, and cost-plus fee contracts. For fixed-price contracts, the Company uses the ratio of cost incurred to date on the contract (excluding uninstalled direct materials) to management's estimate of the contract's total cost, to determine the percentage of completion on each contract. This method is used as management considers expended costs to be the best available measure of progression of these contracts. Contract cost includes all direct costs on contracts, including labor and material, subcontractor costs and those indirect costs related to contract performance, such as supplies, fuel, tool repairs and depreciation. The Company recognizes revenues from construction services with fees based on time-and-materials, unit prices, or cost-plus fee as the services are performed and amounts are earned.

        Contract costs incurred to date and expected total contract costs are continuously monitored during the term of the contract. Changes in job performance, job conditions and final contract settlements are factors that influence management's assessment of total contract value and the total estimated costs to complete those contracts and therefore, the Company's profit recognition. These changes, which include contracts with estimated costs in excess of estimated revenues, are recognized in

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MYR GROUP INC.

NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS (Continued)

1. Organization, Business and Significant Accounting Policies (Continued)

contract costs in the period in which the revisions are determined. At the point the Company anticipates a loss on a contract, the Company estimates the ultimate loss through completion and recognizes that loss in the period in which the possible loss was identified.

        The Company provides warranties to customers on a basis customary to the industry; however, the warranty period does not typically exceed one year. Historically, warranty claims have not been material to the Company.

        Total revenues do not include sales tax as the Company considers itself a pass-through conduit for collecting and remitting sales taxes. Sales tax collected from customers is included in other current liabilities on our consolidated balance sheets.

Use of Estimates

        The preparation of financial statements in conformity with U.S. GAAP requires management to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities and disclosure of contingent assets and liabilities at the date of the financial statements and revenues and expenses during the period reported. Actual results could differ from those estimates.

        The most significant estimates are related to estimates to complete on contracts, insurance reserves, the accounts receivable reserve, the recoverability of goodwill and intangibles and estimates surrounding stock-based compensation. Actual results could differ from these estimates.

        During the twelve-month period ended December 31, 2013, the Company revised its cost estimates on several large transmission projects, which resulted in the recognition of approximately 0.8% of additional gross margin.

Advertising

        Advertising costs are expensed when incurred. Advertising costs, included in selling, general and administrative expenses, were $0.3 million, $0.5 million and $0.4 million for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively.

Income Taxes

        The Company follows the liability method of accounting for income taxes. Under this method, deferred tax assets and liabilities are recorded for future tax consequences of temporary differences between the financial reporting and tax basis of assets and liabilities, and are measured using the enacted tax rates and laws that are expected to be in effect when the underlying assets or liabilities are recovered or settled.

        Interest and penalties related to uncertain income tax positions are included in income tax expense in the accompanying consolidated statements of operations. Interest and penalties actually incurred are charged to interest expense and other expense, respectively.

Stock-Based Compensation

        The Company determines compensation expense for stock-based awards based on the estimated fair values at the grant date and recognizes the related compensation expense over the vesting period. The Company uses the straight-line attribution method to recognize compensation expense related to

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stock-based awards that have graded vesting and only service conditions. This method recognizes stock compensation expense on a straight-line basis over the requisite service period for the entire award. Stock-based compensation expense is adjusted for changes in estimated and actual forfeitures. The Company uses historical data to estimate the forfeiture rate that it uses; however, these estimates are subject to change and may impact the value that will ultimately be recognized as stock compensation expense. The Company recognizes stock-based compensation expense related to performance awards based upon its determination of the potential achievement of the performance target at each reporting date, net of estimated forfeitures.

Earnings Per Share

        The Company computes earnings per share using the two-class method, an earnings allocation formula that determines earnings per share for common stock and participating securities according to dividends declared and participation rights in undistributed earnings, when that method results in a more dilutive effect than the Treasury method. The Company's unvested grants of restricted stock contain non-forfeitable rights to dividends and are treated as participating securities and included in the computation of basic earnings per share. The Company calculates basic earnings per share by dividing net income available to common shareholders by the weighted average number of shares outstanding for the reporting period. Diluted earnings per share is computed similarly, except that it reflects the potential dilutive impact that would occur if dilutive securities were exercised into common shares. Potential common shares are not included in the denominator of the diluted earnings per share calculation when inclusion of such shares would be anti-dilutive or performance conditions are not met.

Cash Equivalents

        The Company considers all highly liquid investments purchased with an original maturity of three months or less to be cash equivalents. As of December 31, 2013 and 2012, the Company held its cash in checking accounts or in highly liquid money market funds.

Accounts Receivable and Allowance for Doubtful Accounts

        The Company does not charge interest to its customers and carries its customer receivables at their face amounts, less an allowance for doubtful accounts. Included in accounts receivable are balances billed to customers pursuant to retainage provisions in certain contracts that are due upon completion of the contract and acceptance by the customer, or earlier as provided by the contract. Based on the Company's experience in recent years, the majority of customer balances at each balance sheet date are collected within twelve months. As is common practice in the industry, the Company classifies all accounts receivable, including retainage, as current assets. The contracting cycle for certain long-term contracts may extend beyond one year, and accordingly, collection of retainage on those contracts may extend beyond one year. The Company estimates that approximately 90% of retainage recorded at December 31, 2013 will be collected within one year.

        The Company grants trade credit, on a non-collateralized basis (with the exception of lien rights against the property in certain cases), to its customers and is subject to potential credit risk related to changes in business and overall economic activity. The Company analyzes specific accounts receivable balances, historical bad debts, customer credit-worthiness, current economic trends and changes in customer payment terms when evaluating the adequacy of the allowance for doubtful accounts. In the

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event that a customer balance is deemed to be uncollectible the account balance is written-off against the allowance for doubtful accounts.

Classification of Construction Contract-related Assets and Liabilities

        Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts are presented as an asset in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets, and billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts are presented as a liability in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets. The Company's contracts vary in duration, with the duration of some larger contracts exceeding one year. Consistent with industry practices, the Company includes in current assets and current liabilities amounts realizable and payable under contracts, which may extend beyond one year; however, the vast majority of these balances are settled within one year.

Construction Materials Inventory

        When required, the Company provides construction materials for projects. Construction materials which have not yet been installed are included in construction materials inventory. Construction materials inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market, as determined by the specific identification method. As of December 31, 2013 and 2012 the Company did not carry any construction materials inventory.

Property and Equipment

        Property and equipment is carried at cost. Depreciation for buildings and improvements, including land improvements, is computed using the straight-line method over estimated useful lives ranging from three years to thirty-nine years. Depreciation for construction equipment, including large tool purchases, is computed using the straight-line method over estimated useful lives ranging from two years to twelve years. Depreciation for office equipment is computed using the straight-line method over the estimated useful lives ranging from three years to eight years. Major modifications or refurbishments which extend the useful life of the assets are capitalized and depreciated over the adjusted remaining useful life of the assets. Upon retirement or disposition of property and equipment, the cost and related accumulated depreciation are removed and any resulting gain or loss is recognized into income from operations. The cost of maintenance and repairs is charged to expense as incurred.

        The Company leases certain real estate, construction equipment and office equipment. Real estate is generally leased for terms up to ten years in duration. No new construction equipment leases have been entered into since 2010, although the Company continues to rent some equipment under short-term, cancelable agreements. The terms and conditions of material leases are reviewed at inception to determine the classification (operating or capital) of the lease. Nonperformance-related default covenants, cross-default provisions, subjective default provisions and material adverse change clauses contained in material lease agreements, if any, are also evaluated to determine whether those clauses affect lease classification in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC") Topic 840-10-25.

Insurance

        The Company carries insurance policies, which are subject to certain deductibles, for workers' compensation, general liability, automobile liability and other coverages. The deductible for each line of

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coverage is $1.0 million. Certain of the Company's health insurance benefit plans are subject to a $0.1 million deductible for qualified individuals. Losses up to the stop loss amounts are accrued based upon the Company's estimates of the ultimate liability for claims reported and an estimate of claims incurred but not yet reported.

        The insurance and claims accruals are based on known facts, actuarial estimates and historical trends. While recorded accruals are based on the ultimate liability, which includes amounts in excess of the stop loss deductible, a corresponding receivable for amounts in excess of the stop loss deductible is included in current assets in the consolidated balance sheets.

Goodwill and Intangible Assets

        Goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite lives are not amortized. Intangible assets with finite lives are amortized on a straight-line basis over their estimated useful lives. The Company reviews goodwill and intangible assets with indefinite lives for impairment on an annual basis at the beginning of the fourth quarter, or when circumstances change, such as a significant adverse change in the business climate or the decision to sell a business, both of which would indicate that impairment may have occurred. The Company performs a qualitative assessment to determine whether it is necessary to perform a two-step goodwill impairment test. The qualitative assessment considers financial, industry, segment and macroeconomic factors. If the qualitative assessment indicates a potential for impairment, the two-step method is used to determine if impairment exists. The two-step method begins with a comparison of the fair value of the reporting unit with its carrying value. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, the second step of the process involves a comparison of the implied fair value and carrying value of the goodwill of that reporting unit. The company also performs a qualitative assessment on intangible assets with indefinite lives. If the qualitative assessment indicates a potential for impairment, the two-step method is used to determine if impairment exists. If the carrying value of goodwill or other indefinite lived assets exceeds its implied fair value, an impairment charge is recorded in the statement of operations.

        The qualitative assessment performed in 2013 determined it was not necessary to perform a two-step goodwill impairment test. As a result of the Company's annual impairment review process, no impairment charges to goodwill or intangible assets were recorded during 2013, 2012 or 2011.

Concentrations

        Financial instruments that potentially subject the Company to a concentration of credit risk consist principally of cash and cash equivalents and accounts receivable. The Company maintains substantially all of its cash and cash equivalent balances with large financial institutions which are believed to be high quality institutions.

        The Company grants trade credit under normal payment terms, generally without collateral, to its customers, which include high credit quality electric utilities, governmental entities, general contractors and builders, owners and managers of commercial and industrial properties. Consequently, the Company is subject to potential credit risk related to changes in business and economic factors. However, the Company generally has certain statutory lien rights with respect to services provided. Under certain circumstances such as foreclosures or negotiated settlements, the Company may take title to the underlying assets in lieu of cash in settlement of receivables. As of December 31, 2013, one customer individually exceeded 10.0% of consolidated accounts receivable with an aggregate of

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approximately 14.4% of the total consolidated accounts receivable amount (excluding the impact of allowance for doubtful accounts). As of December 31, 2012, two customers individually exceeded 10.0% of consolidated accounts receivable with an aggregate of approximately 24.6% of the total consolidated accounts receivable amount (excluding the impact of allowance for doubtful accounts). The Company believes the terms and conditions in its contracts, billing and collection policies are adequate to minimize the potential credit risk.

        The Company is subject to a concentration of risk because it derives a significant portion of its revenues from a few customers. The Company's top ten customers accounted for approximately 57.8%, 59.6% and 58.1% of consolidated revenues for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011, respectively. One T&D customer, Cross Texas Transmission, LLC, accounted for 15.1% of our revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012. No other customer accounted for more than 10.0% of revenues for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011.

        As of December 31, 2013, approximately 92% of the Company's craft labor employees were covered by collective bargaining agreements. Although the majority of these agreements prohibit strikes and work stoppages, the Company cannot be certain that strikes or work stoppages will not occur in the future.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements

        Changes to U.S. GAAP are typically established by the Financial Accounting Standards Board ("FASB") in the form of accounting standards updates ("ASUs") to the FASB's Accounting Standards Codification ("ASC"). The Company considers the applicability and impact of all ASUs. The Company, based on its assessment, determined that any recently issued or proposed ASUs not listed below are either not applicable to the Company or have minimal impact on our consolidated financial statements.

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

        In February 2013, the FASB issued ASU No. 2013-04, Liabilities (Topic 405): Obligations Resulting from Joint and Several Liability Arrangements for Which the Total Amount of the Obligation Is Fixed at the Reporting Date. This update requires an entity to measure obligations resulting from joint and several liability arrangements for which the total amount of the obligation within the scope of this guidance is fixed at the reporting date, as the sum of the amount the reporting entity agreed to pay on the basis of its arrangement among its co-obligors and any additional amount the reporting entity expects to pay on behalf of its co-obligors. Obligations within the scope of this update include debt arrangements, other contractual obligations and settled litigation and judicial rulings. The update is effective for fiscal years, and interim periods within those years, beginning after December 15, 2013. The Company believes that this update will not have a material impact on its financial statements.

Recently Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

        In July 2012, the FASB issued ASU No. 2012-02, Intangibles—Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Testing Indefinite-Lived Intangible Assets for Impairment. This update was intended to simplify how entities test impairment of indefinite-lived intangible assets other than goodwill. The new guidance permits an entity to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is more likely than not that the fair value of the asset is less than its carrying amount as a basis for determining whether it is

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necessary to perform certain additional impairment tests. The Company adopted this ASU in January 2013 and there was no effect on the Company's financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

        In December 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-11, Balance Sheet (Topic 210): Disclosures about Offsetting Assets and Liabilities. The update requires entities to disclose information about offsetting and related arrangements of financial instruments and derivative instruments. The Company adopted this ASU in January 2013 and there was no effect on the Company's financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

        In September 2011, the FASB issued ASU No. 2011-08, Intangibles-Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Testing Goodwill for Impairment. This update was intended to simplify how entities test goodwill for impairment. ASU 2011-08 permits an entity to first assess qualitative factors to determine whether it is "more-likely-than-not" that the fair value of a reporting unit is less than its carrying amount as a basis for determining whether it is necessary to perform the two-step goodwill impairment test described in ASC 350. The "more-likely-than-not" threshold is defined as having a likelihood of more than 50%. ASU 2011-08 was effective for annual and interim goodwill impairment tests performed for reporting periods beginning after December 15, 2011. The Company adopted the provisions of ASU 2011-08 in January 2012 and there was no effect on the Company's financial position, results of operations or cash flows.

2. Fair Value Measurements

        The Company uses the three-tier hierarchy of fair value measurement, which prioritizes the inputs used in measuring fair value based upon their degree of availability in external active markets. These tiers include: Level 1 (the highest priority), defined as observable inputs, such as quoted prices in active markets; Level 2, defined as inputs other than quoted prices in active markets that are either directly or indirectly observable; and Level 3 (the lowest priority), defined as unobservable inputs in which little or no market data exists, therefore requiring an entity to develop its own assumptions.

        As of December 31, 2013 and 2012, the Company determined that the carrying value of cash and cash equivalents approximated fair value based on Level 1 inputs.

3. Accounts Receivable

        Accounts receivable consisted of the following at December 31:

(in thousands)
  2013   2012  

Contract receivables

  $ 113,572   $ 112,316  

Contract retainages

    60,694     56,053  

Other

    334     177  
           

    174,600     168,546  

Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts

    (1,132 )   (1,305 )
           

  $ 173,468   $ 167,241  
           
           

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        The roll-forward activity of allowance for doubtful accounts was as follows for the years ended December 31:

(in thousands)
  2013   2012  

Balance at beginning of period

  $ (1,305 ) $ (1,078 )

Reduction in (provision for) allowances

    159     (383 )

Write offs, net of recoveries

    14     156  
           

Balance at end of period

  $ (1,132 ) $ (1,305 )
           
           

4. Contracts in Process

        The net asset (liability)position for contracts in process consisted of the following at December 31:

(in thousands)
  2013   2012  

Costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts

  $ 1,748,204   $ 1,439,455  

Less: Billings to date

    1,760,637     1,410,271  
           

  $ (12,433 ) $ 29,184  
           
           

        The net asset (liability) position for contracts in process is included in the accompanying consolidated balance sheets as follows at December 31:

(in thousands)
  2013   2012  

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts

  $ 40,519   $ 61,773  

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts

    (52,952 )   (32,589 )
           

  $ (12,433 ) $ 29,184  
           
           

5. Property and Equipment

        Property and equipment consisted of the following at December 31:

(dollars in thousands)
  Estimated
Useful Life
in Years
  2013   2012  

Land

    $ 4,360   $ 3,990  

Buildings and improvements

  3 to 39     16,082     13,096  

Construction equipment

  2 to 12     233,051     195,085  

Office equipment

  3 to 8     5,117     4,782  
               

        258,610     216,953  

Less: Accumulated depreciation and amortization

        (115,679 )   (88,042 )
               

      $ 142,931   $ 128,911  
               
               

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        Depreciation and amortization expense of property and equipment for the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011were $28.9 million, $24.8 million, and $19.2 million, respectively.

6. Goodwill and Intangible Assets

        Goodwill and intangible assets consisted of the following at December 31:

 
  2013   2012  
(in thousands)
  Gross
Carrying
Amount
  Accumulated
Amortization
  Net
Carrying
Amount
  Gross
Carrying
Amount
  Accumulated
Amortization
  Net
Carrying
Amount
 

Goodwill

                                     

T&D

  $ 40,042   $   $ 40,042   $ 40,042   $   $ 40,042  

C&I

    6,557         6,557     6,557         6,557  

Amortizable Intangible Assets

                                     

Backlog

    521     521         521     521      

Customer relationships

    4,015     2,372     1,643     4,015     2,037     1,978  

Indefinite-lived Intangible Assets

                                     

Trade names

    8,556         8,556     8,556         8,556  
                           

  $ 59,691   $ 2,893   $ 56,798   $ 59,691   $ 2,558   $ 57,133  
                           
                           

        Customer relationships are being amortized on a straight-line method over an estimated useful life of 12 years, with 4.9 years remaining, and have been determined to have no residual value. Trade names have been determined to have indefinite lives and, therefore, are not being amortized. Intangible asset amortization expense was $0.3 million for each of the years ended December 31, 2013, 2012 and 2011. Intangible asset amortization expense for the years subsequent to December 31, 2013 is expected to be approximately $0.3 million for each of the years from 2014 to 2018.

7. Accrued Liabilities

        Other current liabilities consisted of the following at December 31:

(in thousands)
  2013   2012  

Payroll and incentive compensation

  $ 10,647   $ 10,695  

Union dues and benefits

    7,122     6,210  

Profit sharing and thrift plan

    2,862     4,679  

Taxes, other than income taxes

    4,286     5,771  

Legal settlements

    2,869      

Other

    4,925     4,885  
           

  $ 32,711   $ 32,240  
           
           

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8. Debt and Borrowing Arrangements

        On December 21, 2011, the Company entered into a five-year syndicated credit agreement (the "Credit Agreement") for an initial facility of $175.0 million. The entire facility is available for revolving loans and the issuance of letters of credit and up to $25.0 million of the facility is available for swingline loans. The Company has the option to increase the commitments under the Credit Agreement or enter into incremental term loans, subject to certain conditions, by up to an additional $75.0 million upon receipt of additional commitments from new or existing lenders.

        Revolving loans under the Credit Agreement bear interest, at the Company's option, at either (1) the ABR, which is the greatest of the Prime Rate, the Federal Funds Effective Rate plus 0.50% or LIBOR plus 1.00%, plus in each case an applicable margin ranging from 0.00% to 1.00%; or (2) LIBOR plus an applicable margin ranging from 1.00% to 2.00%. The applicable margin is determined based on the Company's leverage ratio. Letters of credit issued under the Credit Agreement are subject to a letter of credit fee of 1.00% to 2.00%, based on the Company's leverage ratio and a facing fee of 0.125%. Swingline loans bear interest at the ABR rate. The Company is currently required to pay a 0.2% commitment fee on the unused portion of the credit facility.

        Subject to certain exceptions, the Credit Agreement is secured by substantially all of the assets of the Company and its subsidiaries and by a pledge of all of the capital stock of the Company's subsidiaries. The Company's subsidiaries also guarantee the repayment of all amounts due under the Credit Agreement. The Credit Agreement provides for customary events of default. If an event of default occurs and is continuing, on the terms and subject to the conditions set forth in the Credit Agreement, amounts outstanding under the Credit Agreement may be accelerated and may become or be declared immediately due and payable.

        Under the Credit Agreement, the Company is subject to certain financial covenants and must maintain a maximum leveraged debt ratio of 3.0 and a minimum interest coverage ratio of 3.0. The Company was in compliance with the financial covenants at December 31, 2013, as well as in all previous quarters. The Credit Agreement also contains a number of covenants including limitations on asset sales, investments, indebtedness and liens.

        The Company had no revolving loans outstanding under the credit agreement as of December 31, 2013 and 2012. As of December 31, 2013 and 2012, the Company had approximately $18.4 million and $19.7 million, respectively, in irrevocable standby letters of credit outstanding under the facility at an interest rate of 1.125%. The Company had $156.6 million available for borrowing under the Credit Agreement as of December 31, 2013.

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9. Income Taxes

        The income tax provision consisted of the following for the years ended December 31:

(in thousands)
  2013   2012   2011  

Current

                   

Federal

  $ 16,812   $ 14,856   $ 10,047  

State

    2,920     2,885     2,038  
               

    19,732     17,741     12,085  
               

Deferred

                   

Federal

    218     2,396     (1,039 )

State

    163     291     (287 )
               

    381     2,687     (1,326 )
               

Income tax expense

  $ 20,113   $ 20,428   $ 10,759  
               
               

        The differences between the U.S. federal statutory tax rate and the Company's effective tax rate for continuing operations were as follows for the years ended December 31:

 
  2013   2012   2011  

U.S federal statutory rate

    35.0 %   35.0 %   35.0 %

State income taxes, net of U.S. federal income tax expense

    3.5     3.8     4.5  

Provision to return adjustments, net

    (0.3 )   (0.2 )   (0.3 )

Deferred tax adjustments, net

            (0.1 )

Domestic production/manufacturing deduction

    (2.0 )   (2.0 )   (2.7 )

Non-deductible meals and entertainment

    0.4     0.4     0.7  

Research and development credit

        (0.1 )   (0.1 )

Other, net

    0.1     0.5      
               

    36.7 %   37.4 %   37.0 %
               
               

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        The net deferred tax assets and (liabilities) arising from temporary differences was as follows at December 31:

(in thousands)
  2013   2012  

Deferred income tax assets:

             

Self insurance reserves

  $ 8,643   $ 9,439  

Contract loss reserves

    435     49  

Stock-based awards

    4,245     5,099  

Bonus

    2,884     1,931  

Other

    2,588     1,322  
           

Total deferred income tax assets

    18,795     17,840  
           

Deferred income tax liabilities:

             

Property and equipment—tax over book depreciation

    (24,037 )   (22,572 )

Intangible assets—tax over book amortization

    (3,927 )   (4,056 )
           

Total deferred income tax liabilities

    (27,964 )   (26,628 )
           

Net deferred income taxes

  $ (9,169 ) $ (8,788 )
           
           

        The balance sheet classification of deferred income taxes is as follows:

(in thousands)
  2013   2012  

Current deferred income tax assets

  $ 14,550   $ 12,742  

Non-current deferred income tax liabilities

    (23,719 )   (21,530 )
           

  $ (9,169 ) $ (8,788 )
           
           

        The Company is subject to taxation in various jurisdictions. The Company's federal tax returns for 2009 and 2010 are currently under examination by the Internal Revenue Service. The Company remains subject to examination by U.S. federal authorities for the remaining open tax years (2011 and 2012) and by various state authorities for the years 2009 through 2012.

        The Company has recorded a liability for unrecognized tax benefits related to tax positions taken on its various income tax returns. If recognized, the entire amount of unrecognized tax benefits would favorably impact the effective tax rate that is reported in future periods. The Company anticipates that total unrecognized tax benefits will be reduced within the next 12 months due to the lapses in the applicable statutes of limitations, as well as pending federal tax settlements for the two years under examination. The adjustment related to these items is estimated at approximately $0.3 million.

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        The following is a reconciliation of the beginning and ending liabilities for unrecognized tax benefits at December 31:

(in thousands)
  2013   2012  

Balance at beginning of period

  $ 655   $ 567  

Gross increases in current period tax positions

    132     186  

Gross increases in prior period tax positions

    55     134  

Gross decreases in prior period tax positions

    (185 )   (232 )
           

Balance at end of period

    657     655  

Accrued interest and penalties at end of period

    189     185  
           
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