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Clean Harbors Announces Fourth-Quarter and Full-Year 2016 Financial Results
  • Reports Revenues of $692.1 Million as Growth in Safety-Kleen Offsets Weakness in Industrial and Energy Markets
  • Announces GAAP Net Loss of $12.7 Million, or $0.22 Per Share
  • Posts Adjusted Net Loss of $3.4 Million, or $0.06 Per Share
  • Achieves Adjusted EBITDA of $95.9 Million
  • Announces 2017 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Range

NORWELL, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 22, 2017-- Clean Harbors, Inc. (“Clean Harbors”) (NYSE: CLH), the leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2016.

Revenues for the fourth quarter of 2016 were $692.1 million, compared with $713.0 million in the same period a year ago. Income from operations was $21.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with $25.5 million in the same period in 2015.

Fourth-quarter 2016 net loss was $12.7 million, or $0.22 per share, which included non-cash tax-related valuation allowances totaling $9.6 million. The Company reported an adjusted net loss for the fourth quarter of 2016 of $3.4 million, or $0.06 per share. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $0.6 million, or $0.01 per diluted share. Net loss and adjusted net loss results for the fourth quarter of 2016 and net income results for the fourth quarter of 2015 included pre-tax integration and severance costs of $5.9 million and $4.5 million, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA (see description below) in the fourth quarter of 2016 was $95.9 million, or a margin of 13.9%, compared with $97.2 million, or a margin of 13.6%, in the same period of 2015.

Comments on the Fourth Quarter

“Our fourth-quarter results were largely in line with our expectations,” said Alan S. McKim, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. “On the top line, we saw strong revenue growth from our Safety-Kleen business, which helped offset year-end weakness in the energy and industrial markets that affected several other segments. Adjusted EBITDA came in at the lower end of our range, primarily due to higher-than-expected severance costs incurred as we accelerated some cost reductions planned for 2017. Despite the lower revenue, our gross margin in the quarter was 150 basis points higher than a year ago as a result of our comprehensive cost-reduction efforts.”

Beginning with the fourth quarter of 2016, Clean Harbors has reduced the number of its reportable segments. SK Environmental Services and Kleen Performance Products have been combined into a single reporting segment called ‘Safety-Kleen.’ This reflects the increasing interdependencies between these businesses, highlighted by the Company’s OilPlus™ closed-loop initiative and the recent appointment of David Vergo as President of Safety-Kleen. In addition, the Company’s Oil and Gas Field Services and Lodging Services businesses are now shown on a combined reporting basis under the heading ‘Oil, Gas and Lodging Services.’

“In the fourth quarter, our Safety-Kleen segment continued its strong top-line performance, increasing revenues by 15% and profitability by 35%. This growth was supported by higher base oil and lubricant pricing and acquisitions. Revenues from Technical Services declined from a year ago due to industrial weakness, project deferrals and reduced year-end customer spending. Incinerator utilization was strong – increasing to 90% – while our fourth-quarter landfill volumes fell 28% from those in the prior year. Within Industrial and Field Services, we increased profitability despite lower revenue resulting from the sale of our Catalyst Services business and weakness in Western Canada. The year-over-year slowdown in energy markets continued to pressure our Oil, Gas and Lodging Services business,” McKim said.

Full-Year 2016 Results

Revenues for 2016 were $2.76 billion, compared with $3.28 billion in 2015. Revenues in 2015 included approximately $314 million of large-scale emergency response projects.

GAAP net loss for 2016 was $39.9 million, or $0.69 per share, which included the non-cash tax-related valuation allowances primarily related to Canadian operations totaling $22.6 million, a $34.0 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge and a $15.4 million gain on sale of a business. This compared with net income for 2015 of $44.1 million, or $0.76 per diluted share, which included a $30.0 million non-cash goodwill impairment charge. Excluding the negative tax impacts, goodwill impairment charges and gain on sale of a business, the Company reported an adjusted net income for 2016 of $1.3 million, or $0.02 per diluted share, compared with $74.1 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, in 2015. Net loss and adjusted net income for 2016 included $24.4 million of pre-tax integration and severance costs; 2015 net income included $11.0 million of pre-tax integration and severance costs.

Adjusted EBITDA (see description below) was $400.4 million in 2016, compared with $504.2 million in 2015. Adjusted EBITDA in 2015 included a contribution of approximately $76 million from large-scale emergency response projects.

“The Company was severely impacted in 2016 by the deterioration in crude oil pricing which resulted in reduced lube oil prices, lower industrial production and further weakness in the North American energy marketplace,” McKim said. “Faced with these adverse market conditions, we focused our energies on controlling the areas we could, eliminating more than $100 million of costs over the course of the year. The Company also moved forward with several key strategic initiatives including the completion of seven acquisitions to support our OilPlus closed-loop direct sales model and our environmental businesses. Additionally, our team delivered the best safety performance in our history, improving our safety record for the fourth consecutive year, as we protected our employees, customers and communities.”

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

“Through the first two months of 2017, we have seen positive signs across a number of our markets,” McKim said. “Energy markets are slowly improving, with crude oil prices recently stabilizing in the $50 range. This has led to an increase in rig counts. The rise in energy activity also has modestly increased base oil and lubricant prices, even during a seasonally slower period. We are starting to see a growing pipeline of potential projects for this year, and an improving industrial and energy environment should help spur customer spending, which has been constrained for the past several years.

“The newest addition to our incinerator network became operational in early 2017 in El Dorado, Arkansas. This facility will provide a boost to Technical Services as we work toward maximizing its capacity in the years ahead. Our OilPlus closed-loop offering should grow steadily throughout 2017, following the national launch of our packaged lubricants in late 2016 and the introduction of bulk lubricants delivery in additional metropolitan areas this year. We also will continue our comprehensive cost-reduction efforts, including maximizing synergies from acquisitions, optimizing transportation and network efficiencies and internalizing more third-party spending,” McKim concluded.

Based on its 2016 financial performance and current market conditions, Clean Harbors expects full-year 2017 Adjusted EBITDA in the range of $435 million to $475 million. A reconciliation of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA guidance to net income guidance is included below. On a GAAP basis, the Company’s guidance is based on 2017 net income in the range of $4 million to $35 million. Adjusted net income for 2017, which includes the recognition of the non-cash tax benefits in Canada and valuation allowances, is in the range of $24 million to $48 million. A reconciliation of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA guidance and adjusted net income to net income guidance is included below.

Non-GAAP Results

Clean Harbors reports Adjusted EBITDA, which is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered an alternative to net income or other measurements under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), but viewed only as a supplement to those measurements. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides additional useful information to investors since the Company’s loan covenants are based upon levels of Adjusted EBITDA achieved and the fact that management routinely evaluates the performance of its businesses based upon levels of Adjusted EBITDA. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA consistently and in accordance with its existing credit agreement, as described in the following reconciliation showing the differences between reported net (loss) income and Adjusted EBITDA for the three months and years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 (in thousands):

           
For the Three Months Ended: For the Year Ended:

December 31,
2016

     

December 31,
2015

December 31,
2016

     

December 31,
2015

 
Net (loss) income ($12,713) $568 ($39,873) $44,102
Accretion of environmental liabilities 2,648 2,607 10,177 10,402
Depreciation and amortization 71,347 69,005 287,002 274,194
Goodwill impairment charge 34,013 31,992
Other (income) expense (6,932) 990 (6,195) 1,380
Gain on sale of business (453) (16,884)
Interest expense, net 21,333 18,849 83,525 76,553
Provision for income taxes 20,708 5,142 48,589 65,544
Adjusted EBITDA $95,938 $97,161 $400,354 $504,167
 

This press release includes a discussion of income from operations adjusted for the goodwill impairment charge identified in the reconciliation provided below. This press release also includes a discussion of net (loss) income and (loss) earnings per share adjusted for the non-cash impact of unbenefited tax losses in Canada and valuation allowances, the goodwill impairment charge and gain on sale of business identified in the reconciliations provided below. The Company believes that discussion of these additional non-GAAP measures provides investors with meaningful comparisons of current results to prior periods’ results by excluding items that the Company does not believe reflect its fundamental business performance. The following shows the difference between income from operations to adjusted income from operations, net (loss) income to adjusted net (loss) income and (loss) earnings per share to adjusted (loss) earnings per share for the three months and years ended December 31, 2016 and 2015 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

             
For the Three Months Ended:

 

For the Year Ended:

December 31,
2016

     

December 31,
2015

December 31,
2016

     

December 31,
2015

Adjusted income from operations
Income from operations $21,943 $25,549 $69,162 $187,579
Goodwill impairment charge 34,013 31,992
Adjusted income from operations $21,943 $25,549 $103,175 $219,571
 
Adjusted net (loss) income
Net (loss) income ($12,713) $568 ($39,873) $44,102
Goodwill impairment charge, net of tax 34,013 30,030
Gain on sale of business, net of tax

(289)

(15,380)

Tax-related valuation allowances 9,609 22,564
Adjusted net (loss) income ($3,393) $568 $1,324 $74,132
 
Adjusted (loss) earnings per share
(Loss) earnings per share ($0.22) $0.01 ($0.69) $0.76
Goodwill impairment charge, net of tax 0.59 0.51
Gain on sale of business, net of tax

(0.01)

(0.27)

Tax-related valuation allowances 0.17 0.39
Adjusted (loss) earnings per share ($0.06) $0.01 $0.02 $1.27
 

Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Reconciliation

An itemized reconciliation between projected net income and projected Adjusted EBITDA is as follows:

   

For the Year Ending
December 31, 2017

Amount
(In millions)
Projected GAAP net income $4     to     $35
Adjustments:
Accretion of environmental liabilities 11 to 10
Depreciation and amortization 290 to 280
Interest expense, net 91 to 91
Provision for income taxes 39     to     59
Projected Adjusted EBITDA $435     to     $475
 

An itemized reconciliation between projected net income and projected adjusted net income is as follows:

   

For the Year Ending
December 31, 2017

Amount
(In millions)
Projected GAAP net income $4     to     $35
Tax-related valuation allowances 20     to     13
Projected adjusted net income $24     to     $48
 

Conference Call Information

Clean Harbors will conduct a conference call for investors today at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss the information contained in this press release. On the call, management will discuss Clean Harbors’ financial results, business outlook and growth strategy. Investors who wish to listen to the webcast and view the accompanying slides should visit the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.cleanharbors.com. The live call also can be accessed by dialing 201.689.8881 or 877.709.8155 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 (NYSE: CLH) is North America’s leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services. The Company serves a diverse customer base, including a majority of the Fortune 500, across the chemical, energy, manufacturing and additional markets, as well as numerous government agencies. These customers rely on Clean Harbors to deliver a broad range of services such as end-to-end hazardous waste management, emergency spill response, industrial cleaning and maintenance, and recycling services. Through its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, Clean Harbors also is North America’s largest re-refiner and recycler of used oil and a leading provider of parts washers and environmental services to commercial, industrial and automotive customers. Founded in 1980 and based in Massachusetts, Clean Harbors operates throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.cleanharbors.com.

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. These forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “plans to,” “estimates,” “projects,” or similar expressions. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, the Company’s planned carve-out and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the beliefs and expectations of Clean Harbors’ management as of this date only and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, without limitation, those items identified as “risk factors” in Clean Harbors’ most recently filed Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Therefore, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Clean Harbors undertakes no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements other than through its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which may be viewed in the “Investors” section of Clean Harbors’ website at www.cleanharbors.com.

 

CLEAN HARBORS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands except per share amounts)

 
      For the Three Months Ended:       For the Year Ended:

December 31,
2016

     

December 31,
2015

December 31,
2016

     

December 31,
2015

 
Revenues $692,113 $713,044 $2,755,226 $3,275,137
Cost of revenues (exclusive of items shown separately below) 496,661 522,965 1,932,857 2,356,806
Selling, general and administrative expenses 99,514 92,918 422,015 414,164
Accretion of environmental liabilities 2,648 2,607 10,177 10,402
Depreciation and amortization 71,347 69,005 287,002 274,194
Goodwill impairment charge 34,013 31,992
Income from operations 21,943 25,549 69,162 187,579
Other income (expense) 6,932 (990) 6,195 (1,380)
Gain on sale of business 453 16,884
Interest expense, net (21,333) (18,849) (83,525) (76,553)
Income before provision for income taxes 7,995 5,710 8,716 109,646
Provision for income taxes 20,708 5,142 48,589 65,544
Net (loss) income

($12,713)

$568

($39,873)

$44,102

(Loss) earnings per share:
Basic

($0.22)

$0.01

($0.69)

$0.76

Diluted

($0.22)

$0.01

 

($0.69)

$0.76

 
Shares used to compute (loss) earnings per share — Basic 57,350 57,594 57,532 58,324
Shares used to compute (loss) earnings per share — Diluted 57,350 57,720 57,532 58,434
 
 

CLEAN HARBORS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

 
      December 31, 2016       December 31, 2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $306,997 $184,708
Accounts receivable, net   496,226   496,004
Unbilled accounts receivable 36,190 25,940
Deferred costs 18,914 18,758
Inventories and supplies 178,428 149,521
Prepaid expenses and other current assets   56,116   46,265
Total current assets   1,092,871   921,196
Property, plant and equipment, net   1,611,827   1,532,467
Other assets:
Goodwill 465,154 453,105
Permits and other intangibles, net 498,721 506,818
Other   13,347   17,842
Total other assets   977,222   977,765
Total assets $3,681,920 $3,431,428
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable 229,534 241,183
Deferred revenue 64,397 61,882
Accrued expenses 190,721 193,660
Current portion of closure, post-closure and remedial liabilities   20,016   20,395
Total current liabilities 504,668 517,120
Other liabilities:
Closure and post-closure liabilities, less current portion 52,111 49,020
Remedial liabilities, less current portion 114,211 118,826
Long-term obligations 1,633,272 1,382,543
Deferred taxes, unrecognized tax benefits and other long-term liabilities   293,417   267,637
Total other liabilities   2,093,011   1,818,026
Total stockholders’ equity, net   1,084,241   1,096,282
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $3,681,920 $3,431,428
 
 

Supplemental Segment Data (in thousands)

 
      For the Three Months Ended:
Revenue December 31, 2016       December 31, 2015

Third Party
Revenues

     

Intersegment
Revenues
(Expense), net

     

Direct
Revenues

Third Party
Revenues

     

Intersegment
Revenues
(Expense), net

     

Direct
Revenues

Technical Services $225,778       $39,476       $265,254 $249,991       $36,747       $286,738
Industrial and Field Services   151,226   (10,218)   141,008   163,376   (8,420)   154,956
Safety-Kleen 288,969 (28,683) 260,286 255,796 (29,474) 226,322
Oil, Gas and Lodging Services 25,137 327 25,464 43,770 1,814 45,584
Corporate Items   1,003         (902)         101   111         (667)         (556)
Total

$692,113

      $—      

$692,113

$713,044

      $—      

$713,044

     
For the Year Ended:
Revenue December 31, 2016       December 31, 2015

Third Party
Revenues

     

Intersegment
Revenues
(Expense), net

     

Direct
Revenues

Third Party
Revenues

     

Intersegment
Revenues
(Expense), net

     

Direct
Revenues

Technical Services $906,495       $150,240       $1,056,735 $991,410       $147,670       $1,139,080
Industrial and Field Services   618,245   (36,030)   582,215   1,023,638   (33,685)   989,953
Safety-Kleen 1,110,727 (114,644) 996,083 1,060,926 (119,237) 941,689
Oil, Gas and Lodging Services 116,692 3,191 119,883 198,705 8,434 207,139
Corporate Items   3,067         (2,757)         310   458         (3,182)         (2,724)
Total $2,755,226       $—       $2,755,226 $3,275,137       $—       $3,275,137
 
      For the Three Months Ended:       For the Year Ended:
Adjusted EBITDA December 31, 2016       December 31, 2015 December 31, 2016       December 31, 2015
 
Technical Services $69,554 $72,480 $271,176 $291,737
Industrial and Field Services   12,564   11,849   51,191   161,447
Safety-Kleen 54,204 40,251 219,546 172,262
Oil, Gas and Lodging Services (3,427) 2,063 (3,292) 11,704
Corporate Items   (36,957)   (29,482)   (138,267)   (132,983)
Total $95,938 $97,161 $400,354 $504,167
 

Source: Clean Harbors, Inc.

Clean Harbors, Inc.
Investors:
Jim Buckley, 781-792-5100
SVP Investor Relations
Buckley.James@cleanharbors.com
or
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