Clean Harbors Reports Third-Quarter 2008 Financial Results
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 www.cleanharbors.com/investor_relations. 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 www.cleanharbors.com.
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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 www.cleanharbors.com/investor_relations.
CLEAN HARBORS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (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
CLEAN HARBORS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS ASSETS (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
CLEAN HARBORS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY (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.
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