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Note 1 - Organization and Description of Business

Note 1 - Organization and Description of Business
9 Months Ended
Jul. 31, 2022
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Organization, Consolidation and Presentation of Financial Statements Disclosure [Text Block]

Note 1. Organization and Description of Business




Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc. (the “Company”) is a Delaware corporation headquartered in Denver, Colorado. The Consolidated Financial Statements include the accounts of Concrete Pumping Holdings, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiaries including Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping, Inc. (“Brundage-Bone”), Capital Pumping (“Capital”), Camfaud Group Limited (“Camfaud”), and Eco-Pan, Inc. (“Eco-Pan”).


Nature of business


Brundage-Bone and Capital are concrete pumping service providers in the United States ("U.S.") and Camfaud is a concrete pumping service provider in the United Kingdom (“U.K.”). Their core business is the provision of concrete pumping services to general contractors and concrete finishing companies in the commercial, infrastructure and residential sectors. Most often equipment returns to a “home base” nightly and these companies do not contract to purchase, mix, or deliver concrete. Brundage-Bone and Capital collectively have approximately 95 branch locations across 20 states, with its corporate headquarters in Denver, Colorado. Camfaud has approximately 30 branch locations throughout the U.K., with its corporate headquarters in Epping (near London), England.


Eco-Pan provides industrial cleanup and containment services, primarily to customers in the construction industry. Eco-Pan uses containment pans specifically designed to hold waste products from concrete and other industrial cleanup operations. Eco-Pan has 18 operating locations across the U.S. with its corporate headquarters in Denver, Colorado. In addition, we have concrete waste management operations under our Eco-Pan brand name in the U.K. and currently operate from a shared Camfaud location.




The Company’s sales are historically seasonal, with lower revenue in the first quarter and higher revenue in the fourth quarter of each year. Such seasonality also causes the Company’s working capital cash flow requirements to vary from quarter to quarter and primarily depends on the variability of weather patterns with the Company generally having lower sales volume during the winter and spring months.


Impacts of Macroeconomic Factors and COVID-19 Recovery


Global economic challenges including the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the war in Ukraine, rising inflation, significant increases in fuel costs, supply-chain disruptions, and adverse labor market conditions have caused macroeconomic uncertainty and volatility in markets where the Company operates. For example, the COVID-19 pandemic rapidly changed market and economic conditions globally beginning in March 2020 and may continue to create significant uncertainty in the macroeconomic environment. To date, the COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted the Company's revenue volumes primarily in the U.K. and certain markets in the U.S. As of the third quarter of fiscal 2022, revenue volumes have largely recovered in a number of the Company's markets; however, the lingering impact from COVID-19 remains an issue and has contributed to a tight labor market that has impacted operations in certain markets.


With respect to our financial condition, impairments may be recorded as a result of such events and circumstances, including those related to COVID-19 discussed above. As previously reported during fiscal 2020, the Company reported goodwill and intangible charges, but no impairments were identified through July 31, 2022. The Company will continue to evaluate its goodwill and intangible assets in future quarters.


Furthermore, as referenced above, the war in Ukraine has had a global impact on the supply and price of fuel and has contributed to increased inflation around the world. While the Company has attempted to increase the rates per hour we charge for our services when possible to make up for our increased costs, rising fuel prices have had a material impact on our results of operations for the three and nine-month periods ended July 31, 2022. We will continue to monitor and adapt our strategic approach as the crisis and its impacts persist.