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Clean Harbors Reports Third-Quarter 2008 Financial Results

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Company Generates Record Revenues on Strength of Incineration Business; Expects to Exceed Full Year Revenue and EBITDA Guidance
NORWELL, Mass., Nov 05, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- 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 third quarter ended September 30, 2008.

For the third quarter of 2008, Clean Harbors reported an 11 percent increase in revenue to $273.2 million from $245.5 million in the third quarter of 2007. Income from operations rose 21 percent to $31.3 million from $25.9 million in the third quarter of 2007. Third quarter 2008 net income attributable to common shareholders was $14.6 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, which includes an $0.11 per share charge related to the early extinguishment of $50 million in debt. This compares with $12.9 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2007. Weighted average diluted shares outstanding used to calculate the net income per share in the third quarter of 2008 were 23.8 million, versus 20.7 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2007.

EBITDA (see description below) increased 18.1 percent to a record $45.4 million in the third quarter of 2008, from $38.4 million in the comparable period of 2007.

Comments on the Third Quarter

"Given the hurricanes and flooding that affected our business during the quarter, we were pleased to achieve our guidance," said Alan S. McKim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "On the top-line, we delivered another record quarter as the overall utilization rate at our incinerators was nearly 93 percent with strong contributions from both our U.S. and Canada facilities. This was even more impressive given that our Deer Park, Texas incinerators were shut down for five days due to Hurricane Ike. We estimate that interruption of business, along with the consequent weather-related slowdown in the region, cost us between $5 and $7 million in revenue. Helping to offset that unexpected shortfall was approximately $9.1 million in emergency response business stemming from a major oil spill on the Mississippi River and some hurricane-related work in the Gulf region. While our landfill volumes improved sequentially, that business continued to experience some softness related to ongoing project delays. Our Site Services segment continued its steady performance with growth driven by our petrochemical, specialty chemical and utilities clients."

"In the third quarter, we continued to leverage our extensive network of assets to grow our EBITDA at a far greater rate than our revenues," McKim said. "We continued to successfully implement our pricing initiatives, pass through higher fuel expenses and tightly manage our overall costs. One of our ongoing areas of focus has been reducing our reliance on outside transportation. During the quarter, we lowered our outside transportation expense by $2.9 million compared to the third quarter of 2007 as we gained efficiencies and expanded our internal fleet of vehicles. As a percentage, outside transportation represented only 5.1% of revenues compared with 6.8% in the same period of 2007."

"Our financial position remains strong, as we closed the third quarter with cash and equivalents of $253 million," McKim said. "Using the proceeds from the successful follow-on offering we completed in the second quarter, we redeemed $50 million in outstanding Senior Secured Notes in July. As we previously announced, we incurred a $4.3 million charge below the EBITDA line, consisting of a prepayment penalty and non-cash expense for the unamortized discount and financing costs related to the notes. The elimination of these notes is expected to save the Company an estimated $5.6 million annually in interest expense."

Non-GAAP Third-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 third quarter and first nine months of 2008 and 2007 (in thousands):

                                          For the three months ended:               For the nine months ended:
                                          September 30,          September 30,      September 30,          September 30,
                                          2008                   2007               2008                   2007
Net income                                $14,628                $12,940            $39,537                $27,629
Accretion of environmental liabilities    2,682                  2,715              8,078                  7,743
Depreciation and amortization             11,414                 9,814              32,695                 27,801
Loss on early extinguishment of debt      4,251                  --                 4,251                  --
Interest expense, net                     1,889                  3,022              7,789                  9,901
Provision for income taxes                10,388                 9,978              29,381                 22,691
Other (income) expense                    104                    (61      )         149                    (62      )
EBITDA                                    $45,356                $38,408            $121,880               $95,703

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

"Despite the current economic uncertainty, we expect to exceed our previously announced annual guidance of revenue growth in the range of 8 to 10 percent, and EBITDA growth in the range of 20 to 22 percent," said McKim. "We remain encouraged about our prospects as we enter the final quarter of the year with momentum in both segments of our business. Within Technical Services, our incineration volumes are healthy with a sizeable backlog of materials and our ongoing capacity expansion plans are proceeding on schedule. Within Site Services, our organic growth strategy is succeeding and we have another office opening planned for the fourth quarter. We also expect some residual emergency response work related to the Gulf hurricanes. On the cost side, we remain committed to our ongoing expense reduction initiatives. We are confident that the leverage that is inherent in our business model will enable us to continue to grow EBITDA at relatively high margins. And our cash position affords us significant flexibility to expand our business through selective acquisitions and strategic investments."

Based on current market conditions and its year-to-date performance, the Company expects revenue in the range of $261 million to $263 million for the fourth quarter of 2008. The Company expects to generate EBITDA for the fourth quarter in the range of $42 million to $44 million.

For full-year 2009, the Company is early in its budgeting process, but anticipates continued growth in revenues and profitability based on its diversified customer base and wide range of services. Excluding the effect of any potential acquisitions, the Company currently expects revenue growth in the range of 5 percent to 7 percent, and EBITDA growth in the range of 10 percent to 15 percent.

Conference Call Information

Clean Harbors will conduct a conference call for investors to discuss the information contained in this press release today, Wednesday, November 5, 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 third-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 profitability;

-- 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 months ended:                     For the nine months ended:
                                                                  September 30,            September 30,          September 30,            September 30,
                                                                  2008                     2007                   2008                     2007
Revenues                                                          $273,157                 $245,507               $780,925                 $689,239
Cost of revenues                                                  187,063                  169,007                535,641                  485,893
Selling, general and administrative expenses                      40,738                   38,092                 123,404                  107,643
Accretion of environmental liabilities                            2,682                    2,715                  8,078                    7,743
Depreciation and amortization                                     11,414                   9,814                  32,695                   27,801
Income from operations                                            31,260                   25,879                 81,107                   60,159
Other (expense) income                                            (104      )              61                     (149      )              62
Loss on early extinguishment of debt                              (4,251    )              --                     (4,251    )              --
Interest (expense), net                                           (1,889    )              (3,022    )            (7,789    )              (9,901    )
Income before provision for income taxes                          25,016                   22,918                 68,918                   50,320
Provision for income taxes                                        10,388                   9,978                  29,381                   22,691
Net income                                                        14,628                   12,940                 39,537                   27,629
Dividends on Series B Preferred Stock                             --                       69                     --                       206
Net income attributable to common stockholders                    $14,628                  $12,871                $39,537                  $27,423
Earnings per share:
Basic income attributable to common stockholders                  $0.62                    $0.65                  $1.79                    $1.39
Diluted income attributable to common stockholders                $0.61                    $0.63                  $1.75                    $1.33
Weighted average common shares outstanding                        23,423                   19,840                 22,052                   19,788
Weighted average common shares outstanding plus potentially       23,822                   20,686                 22,530                   20,715
dilutive common shares
(in thousands)
                                                      September 30,             December 31,
                                                      2008                      2007
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                             $ 252,959                 $ 119,538
Marketable securities                                 428                       850
Accounts receivable, net                              186,249                   193,126
Unbilled accounts receivable                          10,469                    14,703
Deferred costs                                        6,382                     7,359
Prepaid expenses and other current assets             6,335                     10,098
Supplies inventories                                  27,196                    22,363
Deferred tax assets                                   11,497                    11,491
Properties held for sale                              --                        910
Total current assets                                  501,515                   380,438
Property, plant and equipment, net                    294,398                   262,601
Other assets:
Long-term investments                                 6,625                     8,500
Deferred financing costs                              3,776                     5,881
Goodwill                                              22,726                    21,572
Permits and other intangibles, net                    76,228                    74,809
Deferred tax assets                                   11,480                    12,176
Other                                                 4,194                     3,911
                                                      125,029                   126,849
Total assets                                          $920,942                  $769,888
(in thousands)
                                                                              September 30,             December 31,
                                                                              2008                      2007
Current liabilities:
Uncashed checks                                                               $ 6,966                   $ 5,489
Current portion of long-term debt                                             19,226                    --
Current portion of capital lease obligations                                  484                       1,251
Accounts payable                                                              73,294                    81,309
Deferred revenue                                                              25,784                    29,730
Other accrued expenses                                                        68,977                    65,789
Current portion of closure, post-closure and remedial liabilities             17,073                    18,858
Income taxes payable                                                          172                       8,427
Total current liabilities                                                     211,976                   210,853
Other liabilities:
Closure and post-closure liabilities, less current portion                    25,746                    24,202
Remedial liabilities, less current portion                                    136,968                   141,428
Long-term obligations                                                         51,982                    120,712
Capital lease obligations, less current portion                               421                       1,520
Unrecognized tax benefits and other long-term liabilities                     73,841                    68,276
Total other liabilities                                                       288,958                   356,138
Total stockholders' equity, net                                               420,008                   202,897
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity                                    $ 920,942                 $ 769,888

SOURCE: Clean Harbors, Inc.

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

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