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Clean Harbors Reports Record Second-Quarter 2008 Financial Results

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Quarterly Revenue and EBITDA Exceed Guidance; Strong Demand for

Technical Services and Operating Leverage Drives 23% EBITDA Growth

NORWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 6, 2008--Clean Harbors, Inc. ("Clean Harbors") (NASDAQ: CLHB), the leading provider of environmental and hazardous waste management services throughout North America, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2008.

For the second quarter of 2008, Clean Harbors reported an 11.1 percent increase in revenue to $265.3 million from $238.7 million in the second quarter of 2007. Income from operations rose 26.3 percent to $29.8 million from $23.6 million in the second quarter of 2007. Second quarter 2008 net income attributable to common shareholders increased 43.8 percent to $16.0 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, from $11.1 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2007.

EBITDA (see description below) increased 23.1 percent to a record $43.4 million in the second quarter of 2008, from $35.2 million in the comparable period of 2007.

Comments on the Second Quarter

"Clean Harbors delivered another record quarter in Q2, with double digit increases in both revenue and profitability," said Alan S. McKim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Solid growth across nearly all of our operations enabled us to generate revenues of $265.3 million. Utilization at our domestic incinerators, which includes the additional capacity rolled out in the first quarter of the year, was especially strong, and helped overall utilization reach 88 percent for the quarter, despite scheduled maintenance that was performed at several of our facilities. We did experience some softness in our landfill disposal facilities, primarily due to the timing of projects, as well as our strategic decision to selectively increase pricing, which resulted in lower volumes. Within our Site Services segment, we saw solid growth from our petrochemical, specialty chemical and refinery clients and also benefited from some limited emergency response work from flood-related clean up projects in the Midwest."

"Demonstrating once again the leverage of our network of assets, EBITDA growth exceeded our revenue growth for the quarter, increasing 23 percent year-over-year to a record $43.4 million," McKim said. "We achieved this record EBITDA through a combination of price increases and tighter cost controls, even while experiencing lower landfill volumes and significantly higher fuel costs."

"During the quarter, we continued to successfully execute on the expansion of our incineration capacity," McKim said. "Earlier this year, we established an 18-month goal of adding 10 percent, or 50,000 tons, to our overall capacity. We made substantial progress on that program in the second quarter. After having brought on an initial 7,000 tons in the first quarter, we added approximately 14,000 additional tons in the second quarter. We expect to bring another 7,000 tons online in the third quarter, and the remaining new capacity will commence before mid-2009, depending upon the permitting process and construction schedules."

"In the second quarter, we significantly enhanced our balance sheet through our successful follow-on common stock offering," said McKim. "We raised $173.6 million in net proceeds, which provides ample financial flexibility for potential acquisitions, repayment of debt and working capital needs. Using the proceeds from the offering, we redeemed $50 million principal amount of our outstanding Senior Secured Notes on July 28, which is expected to lower the Company's interest expense by an estimated $5.6 million annually." In connection with the redemption, Clean Harbors expects to record a $4.3 million charge below the EBITDA line in the third quarter, consisting of a prepayment penalty and non-cash expense for the unamortized discount and financing costs related to the notes.

Non-GAAP Second-Quarter Results

Clean Harbors reports EBITDA results, which are non-GAAP financial measures, as a complement to results provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and believes that such information provides additional useful information to investors since the Company's loan covenants are based upon levels of EBITDA achieved. The Company defines EBITDA in accordance with its existing credit agreement, as described in the following reconciliation showing the differences between reported net income and EBITDA for the second quarter and first six months of 2008 and 2007 (in thousands):

                                      For the three     For the six
                                       months ended:    months ended:
                                               June    June
                                     June 30,   30,     30,   June 30,
                                       2008     2007    2008    2007

Net income                           $15,987  $11,188 $24,909 $14,689
Accretion of environmental
 liabilities                           2,726    2,554   5,396   5,028
Depreciation and amortization         10,806    9,049  21,281  17,987
Interest expense, net                  2,515    3,695   5,900   6,879
Provision for income taxes            11,404    8,739  18,993  12,713
Other (income) expense                   (59)       5      45      (1)
EBITDA                               $43,379  $35,230 $76,524 $57,295

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

"As we enter the second half of 2008, we are optimistic about our future prospects," concluded McKim. "We anticipate continued growth across our operations, both from our Technical and Site Services business segments. Moreover, the acquisition pipeline remains healthy and we are continuing to evaluate strategic opportunities that have the potential to accelerate our growth and further strengthen our company. Our quarter end cash position of more than $280 million affords us many options in this area. Improved cost containment measures will continue to be a major goal, as we work to offset higher fuel and natural gas expenses. We look forward to steady revenue and EBITDA growth for the remainder of the year."

For the third quarter of 2008, the Company expects revenue in the range of $270 million to $275 million. The Company expects to generate EBITDA for the third quarter of 2008 in the range of $45 million to $47 million.

For full-year 2008, the Company now expects to increase annual revenues at the high-end of its previously announced range of 8 percent to 10 percent, and achieve EBITDA growth at the high-end of its previously announced range of 20 percent to 22 percent.

Conference Call Information

Clean Harbors will conduct a conference call for investors to discuss the information contained in this press release today, Wednesday, August 6, 2008 at 9:00 a.m. (ET). On the call, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Alan S. McKim and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer James M. Rutledge will discuss Clean Harbors' financial results, business outlook and growth strategy.

Investors who wish to listen to the second-quarter webcast should log onto The live call also can be accessed by dialing 877.407.5790 or 201.689.8328 prior to the start of the call. If you are unable to listen to the live call, the webcast will be archived on the Company's website.

About Clean Harbors

Clean Harbors is North America's leading provider of environmental and hazardous waste management services. With an unmatched infrastructure of waste management facilities, Clean Harbors serves over 45,000 customers, including more than 325 Fortune 500 companies, thousands of smaller private entities and numerous federal, state and local governmental agencies. Clean Harbors' Technical Services provides a broad range of hazardous material management and disposal services including hazardous and non-hazardous waste recycling, treatment and disposal, CleanPack(R) laboratory chemical packing, and household hazardous waste management services. Clean Harbors' Site Services provides field services, industrial services, vacuum services, emergency response and disaster recovery, transformer services, tank cleaning and decontamination.

Headquartered in Norwell, Massachusetts, Clean Harbors has more than 100 locations strategically positioned throughout North America in 36 U.S. states, six Canadian provinces, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit

Safe Harbor Statement

Any statements contained herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, and involve risks and uncertainties. These forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "plans to," "estimates," "projects," or similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those reflected in these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which reflect management's opinions only as of the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements other than through its various filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Furthermore, all financial information in this press release is based on preliminary data and is subject to the final closing of the Company's books and records.

A variety of factors beyond the control of the Company may affect the Company's performance, including, but not limited to:

    --  The Company's ability to manage the significant environmental
        liabilities that it assumed in connection with the CSD and
        other acquisitions;

    --  The availability and costs of liability insurance and
        financial assurance required by governmental entities relating
        to our facilities;

    --  The effects of general economic conditions in the United
        States, Canada and other territories and countries where the
        Company does business;

    --  The effect of economic forces and competition in specific
        marketplaces where the Company competes;

    --  The possible impact of new regulations or laws pertaining to
        all activities of the Company's operations;

    --  The outcome of litigation or threatened litigation or
        regulatory actions;

    --  The effect of commodity pricing on overall revenues and

    --  Possible fluctuations in quarterly or annual results or
        adverse impacts on the Company's results caused by the
        adoption of new accounting standards or interpretations or
        regulatory rules and regulations;

    --  The effect of weather conditions or other aspects of the
        forces of nature on field or facility operations;

    --  The effects of industry trends in the environmental services
        and waste handling marketplace; and

    --  The effects of conditions in the financial services industry
        on the availability of capital and financing.

Any of the above factors and numerous others not listed nor foreseen may adversely impact the Company's financial performance. Additional information on the potential factors that could affect the Company's actual results of operations is included in its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which may be viewed on

               (in thousands except per share amounts)

                                 For the three     For the six months
                                  months ended:           ended:
                               June 30,  June 30,  June 30,  June 30,
                                 2008      2007      2008      2007
                               --------- --------- --------- ---------

 Revenues                      $265,259  $238,708  $507,768  $443,732
 Cost of revenues               178,384   165,282   348,578   316,886
 Selling, general and
  administrative expenses        43,496    38,196    82,666    69,551
 Accretion of environmental
  liabilities                     2,726     2,554     5,396     5,028
 Depreciation and amortization   10,806     9,049    21,281    17,987
                               --------- --------- --------- ---------
 Income from operations          29,847    23,627    49,847    34,280
 Other (expense) income              59        (5)      (45)        1
 Interest (expense), net         (2,515)   (3,695)   (5,900)   (6,879)
                               --------- --------- --------- ---------
 Income before provision for
  income taxes                   27,391    19,927    43,902    27,402
 Provision for income taxes      11,404     8,739    18,993    12,713
                               --------- --------- --------- ---------
 Net income                      15,987    11,188    24,909    14,689
 Dividends on Series B
  Preferred Stock                    --        69        --       138
                               --------- --------- --------- ---------
 Net income attributable to
  common stockholders           $15,987   $11,119   $24,909   $14,551
                               ========= ========= ========= =========
 Earnings per share:
        Basic income
         attributable to common
         stockholders             $0.71     $0.56     $1.16     $0.74
                               ========= ========= ========= =========
        Diluted income
         attributable to common
         stockholders             $0.70     $0.54     $1.14     $0.71
                               ========= ========= ========= =========

 Weighted average common shares
  outstanding                    22,437    19,817    21,392    19,773
                               ========= ========= ========= =========
 Weighted average common shares
  outstanding plus potentially
dilutive common shares           22,936    20,661    21,907    20,683
                               ========= ========= ========= =========
                            (in thousands)

                                                 June 30, December 31,
                                                   2008       2007
                                                 -------- ------------
 Current assets:
      Cash and cash equivalents                  $281,893     $119,538
      Marketable securities                           438          850
      Accounts receivable, net                    185,228      193,126
      Unbilled accounts receivable                 10,235       14,703
      Deferred costs                                5,795        7,359
      Prepaid expenses and other current assets    11,369       10,098
      Supplies inventories                         24,660       22,363
      Deferred tax assets                          11,497       11,491
      Properties held for sale                        374          910
                                                 -------- ------------
         Total current assets                     531,489      380,438
                                                 -------- ------------

 Property, plant and equipment, net               293,118      262,601
                                                 -------- ------------

 Other assets:
Long-term investments                               6,625        8,500
      Deferred financing costs                      5,228        5,881
      Goodwill                                     25,109       21,572
      Permits and other intangibles, net           77,619       74,809
      Deferred tax assets                          12,158       12,176
      Other                                         3,842        3,911
                                                 -------- ------------
                                                  130,581      126,849
                                                 -------- ------------
         Total assets                            $955,188     $769,888
                                                 ======== ============
                            (in thousands)

                                                 June 30, December 31,
                                                   2008       2007
                                                 -------- ------------
 Current liabilities:
      Uncashed checks                              $7,531       $5,489
      Current portion of long-term debt            69,224           --
      Current portion of capital lease
       obligations                                    482        1,251
      Accounts payable                             72,273       81,309
      Deferred revenue                             23,492       29,730
      Other accrued expenses                       65,878       65,789
      Current portion of closure, post-closure
       and remedial liabilities                    22,795       18,858
      Income taxes payable                             --        8,427
                                                 -------- ------------
              Total current liabilities           261,675      210,853
                                                 -------- ------------
 Other liabilities:
      Closure and post-closure liabilities, less
       current portion                             25,877       24,202
      Remedial liabilities, less current portion  138,634      141,428
      Long-term obligations                        51,557      120,712
      Capital lease obligations, less current
       portion                                        556        1,520
      Unrecognized tax benefits and other long-
       term liabilities                            71,979       68,276
                                                 -------- ------------
              Total other liabilities             288,603      356,138
                                                 -------- ------------
              Total stockholders' equity, net     404,910      202,897
                                                 -------- ------------
              Total liabilities and stockholders'
               equity                            $955,188     $769,888
                                                 ======== ============

    CONTACT: Clean Harbors, Inc.
             James M. Rutledge, 781-792-5100
             Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
             Bill Geary, 781-792-5130
             Executive Vice President and General Counsel
             Sharon Merrill Associates, Inc.
             Jim Buckley, 617-542-5300
             Executive Vice President

    SOURCE: Clean Harbors, Inc.

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