Bids Outstanding Have Grown to in Excess of $3.5 Billion; Meaningful Award Potential in 2019
Maintaining 2019 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance and Expectation for Significant Free Cash Flow
Lowering 2019 Revenue Guidance on Timing of Awards; Maintaining 2020 Outlook for Strong Growth
Key Financial Highlights
• Revenue of $163.3 million, up 5.0% from first quarter 2018
• Environmental Solutions segment revenue grew to $58.4 million, a 22% increase from first quarter 2018
• Net loss of $(2.8) million or $(0.10) per diluted share, as compared to net income of $0.8 million or $0.03 per diluted share in first quarter 2018
• Adjusted net loss1 of $(2.0) million or $(0.07) per diluted share, as compared to adjusted net income of $3.5 million or $0.14 per diluted share in first quarter 2018
• Adjusted EBITDA1 of $8.9 million, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $17.4 million in first quarter 2018
• Lowering 2019 revenue guidance range to $550 million to $650 million; affirming 2019 Adjusted EBITDA guidance range of $50 million to $65 million
• Strong flow of project opportunities continues with meaningful award potential in 2019; outstanding bids risen to in excess of $3.5 billion
• Construction ongoing at two slag grinding facilities, expected operational second half of 2019
• Opened additional fly ash storage terminal in Massachusetts, expanding MultiSource® network
• Final ash received at Brickhaven; expect to receive significant cash payment second half of 2019
Louisville, KY – May 15, 2019 – Charah® Solutions, Inc. (NYSE: CHRA) (“Charah Solutions” or the “Company”), a leading provider of environmental and maintenance services to the power generation industry, today announced financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2019. Revenues for the first quarter of 2019 were $163.3 million, up 5.0% from the first quarter of 2018, with a net loss attributable to Charah Solutions of $(2.8) million, or $(0.10) per diluted share. Adjusted net loss1 and adjusted loss per diluted share1 were $(2.0) million and $(0.07), respectively. Adjusted EBITDA was $8.9 million.
“We continue to see growing demand for our environmental and maintenance solutions and remain excited about the size of the opportunity set. Our pending bids have grown to in excess of $3.5 billion and we expect to announce significant new business awards over the remainder of this year. We are committed to our investment in technology initiatives and have received an overwhelmingly positive response domestically and from overseas. As the market leader in ash excavation with a unique ability to bundle our low-cost ash beneficiation technology in a highly scalable design, we believe we are in an ideal position to bring differentiated and customized solutions to our customers’ accelerating need for remediation and recycling of coal ash,” said Scott Sewell, President and Chief Executive Officer of Charah Solutions.
1 Adjusted net (loss) income, Adjusted (loss) earnings per diluted share, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of Adjusted net (loss) income, Adjusted (loss) earnings per diluted share and Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures and a calculation of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA margin are included in the financial tables accompanying this release.
Mr. Sewell continued, “Our new business prospects are strong, though most of the benefit to revenue now is expected to occur in 2020. While a shift in the timing of awards has impacted our 2019 revenue outlook, we still expect to have significant free cash flow this year as a result of the expected cash payment related to the early completion of the Brickhaven contract, which we will allocate to meaningful debt repayment and the growth of our business. We remain confident in our 2020 outlook and continue to anticipate strong growth in revenue and EBITDA.”
|Summary of Financial Results||Three Months Ended March 31,|
|(Unaudited, in thousands, except per share and margin data)||2019||2018|
|Gross profit margin||9.4%||12.3%|
|Net (loss) income attributable to Charah Solutions, Inc.||$(2,819)||$806|
|(Loss) earnings per common share (diluted)||$(0.10)||$0.03|
|Cash flow provided by operating activities||$6,175||$4,225|
|Non-GAAP Financial Measures|
|Adjusted net (loss) income1||$(1,962)||$3,524|
|Adjusted EBITDA margin||5.5%||11.2%|
First Quarter 2019 Results
Revenue for the first quarter of 2019 was $163.3 million, an increase of $7.7 million, or 5.0%, from $155.5 million in the first quarter of 2018. Gross profit decreased $3.7 million, or 19.5%, to $15.4 million from $19.1 million in the first quarter of 2018. Gross profit as a percentage of revenue, or gross margin, declined to 9.4% from 12.3% in the first quarter of 2018, primarily due to lower gross margin in the Company’s Environmental Solutions segment.
Environmental Solutions Segment: Environmental Solutions generated revenue of $58.4 million, an increase of $10.6 million, or 22.2%, from the first quarter of 2018, primarily due to the acquisition of SCB Materials International, Inc. and affiliated entities (“SCB”) in March 2018, which contributed $13.3 million in revenue, partially offset by lower revenues from the Company’s remediation and compliance services. Gross profit declined to $8.3 million from $12.5 million in the first quarter of 2018, primarily due to a combination of adverse weather impacts across the segment and project-specific issues at three sites, which resulted in project delays and unanticipated cost increases. Gross margin declined to 14.2% from 26.1% in the first quarter of 2018.
Maintenance and Technical Services Segment: Maintenance and Technical Services generated revenue of $104.9 million, a decrease of $2.9 million, or 2.7%, from the first quarter of 2018. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower revenues in the Company’s nuclear services business, which resulted from reduced scope leading to fewer outage days during the period, partially offset by the commencement of the APS fossil maintenance contract. Gross profit increased $0.5 million, or 7.3%, to $7.1 million from $6.6 million in the first quarter of 2018. Gross margin rose to 6.8% from 6.2% in the first quarter of 2018.
Net loss attributable to Charah Solutions was $(2.8) million, while Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2019 was $8.9 million, a decrease of $8.5 million, or 48.7%, from $17.4 million in the first quarter of 2018. Interest expense rose during the first quarter of 2019 by $0.9 million from $4.1 million in the first quarter of 2018, as a result of a non-cash $1.4 million mark-to-market expense associated with the change in value of the Company’s interest rate swap during the period. Cash flow from operating activities was $6.2 million, an increase of nearly $2.0 million or 46.2% above the first quarter of 2018 results.
• Revenues of $550 million to $650 million
• Net income of $5 million to $15 million
• Adjusted EBITDA of $50 million to $65 million
• Significantly cash flow positive
As a result of delays in the timing of new business awards, the Company has lowered its 2019 revenue guidance to a range of $550 million to $650 million from the previous range of $650 million to $800 million. However, a substantial majority of the lower end of the revenue guidance can be achieved through existing business and awards received to date. As compared to 2018, revenues are expected to be lower in the Environmental Solutions segment (with growth in byproduct sales offset by lower revenues in remediation and compliance services) and modestly lower in the Maintenance and Technical Services segment (with growth in fossil services offset by the impact of fewer scheduled nuclear outages on the nuclear services business).
The Company has affirmed its 2019 Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $50 million to $65 million and revised its 2019 net income guidance to a range of $5 million to $15 million.
The Company continues to expect to have significant positive cash flow in 2019 as a result of the expected cash payment later this year in connection with the early completion of the Brickhaven contract.
The Company continues to anticipate revenue growth of at least 20% from its previous 2019 revenue guidance of $650 million to $800 million, based on the likelihood of meaningful new business awards during the remainder of 2019 that should boost revenue in 2020. Management’s confidence in winning future awards is driven by its compelling value proposition to customers, favorable market dynamics, and regulatory trends that continue to expand its potential to win project mandates, further diversify its customer composition, and broaden the opportunity set. Revenue and margin enhancement potential is further supported by the planned rollout of the Company’s technology initiatives. In addition, the Company also expects Adjusted EBITDA margins in 2020 comparable to or higher than the revised 2019 guidance level, due to the higher-margin profile of the expected sources of growth in revenue and the ability to grow revenues without materially scaling up general and administrative expenses.
Currently, the Company has more than $3.5 billion in bids outstanding, which has increased from more than $3.0 billion at the end of March. As bids outstanding have grown, the Company’s success rate in winning bids has remained in line with historical levels. About 15% of the current bid pipeline has been verbally awarded to the Company and exclusive negotiations are underway, with execution of contracts expected by the end of the third quarter. Management has also received an enthusiastic response from customers evaluating its MP618TM fly ash beneficiation technology and expects to execute agreements later this year. Two grinding facilities are currently in construction and expected to become operational in the second half of 2019, and two additional facilities are expected to begin construction before year-end. Further, the Company continued to execute on its technology deployment initiatives and expand its MultiSource network with an additional fly ash storage terminal opened in Massachusetts during the first quarter.
Consistent with the Company’s exceptional track record of safe operations and commitment to safety excellence, several new safety awards have been received year-to-date in recognition of low incidence rates, including those from the North Carolina Department of Labor, the Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Committee and the Coalition of Construction Safety.
Charah Solutions will host a conference call at 8:30 a.m. ET today to discuss the first quarter results. Information contained within this press release will be referenced and should be considered in conjunction with the call.
Participants may access the conference call live via webcast on the Investors section of the Charah Solutions website at ir.charah.com. To participate via telephone, please dial (877) 273-7219 within the United States or (647) 689-5395 outside the United States, approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. The conference ID for the call is 4093428.
A webcast replay will be available on the Investors section of the Charah Solutions website at ir.charah.com after 11:30 a.m. ET on Wednesday, May 15, 2019. In addition, an audio replay will be available for one week following the call and will be accessible by dialing (800) 585-8367 within the United States or (416) 621-4642 outside the United States. The replay ID is 4093428.
A supplementary presentation will also be available on the Investors section of the Charah Solutions website at ir.charah.com.
ABOUT CHARAH SOLUTIONS
With 30 years of experience, Charah® Solutions, Inc. is a leading provider of environmental and maintenance services to the power generation industry, with operations in fossil fuel and nuclear power generation sites across the country. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Charah Solutions assists utilities with all aspects of managing and recycling ash byproducts generated from the combustion of coal in the production of electricity as well as routine power plant maintenance and outage services for the fossil fuel and nuclear power generation industry. The company also designs and implements solutions for ash pond management and closure, landfill construction, fly ash and slag sales, and structural fill projects. Charah Solutions is the partner of choice for solving customers’ most complex environmental challenges, and as an industry leader in quality, safety, and compliance, the company is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions for a cleaner energy future. For more information, please visit www.charah.com.
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, included in this press release that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future are forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are identified by their use of terms and phrases such as “may,” “expect,” “estimate,” “project,” “plan,” “believe,” “intend,” “achievable,” “anticipate,” “will,” “continue,” “potential,” “should,” “could,” and similar terms and phrases. These statements are based on certain assumptions made by the Company based on management’s experience and perception of historical trends, current conditions, anticipated future developments and other factors believed to be appropriate. Such statements are subject to a number of assumptions, risks and uncertainties, many of which are beyond the control of the Company, which may cause actual results to differ materially from those implied or expressed by the forward-looking statements.
Any forward-looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made and the Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.
NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
Adjusted net (loss) income and Adjusted (loss) earnings per diluted share are not financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Charah Solutions defines Adjusted net (loss) income as Net (loss) income attributable to Charah Solutions plus, on a post-tax basis, non-recurring legal and start-up costs and expenses, and transaction-related expenses and other items. Adjusted (loss) earnings per diluted share is based on Adjusted Net (loss) income.
Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are not financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Charah Solutions defines Adjusted EBITDA as net (loss) income before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization, equity-based compensation, non-recurring legal and start-up costs and expenses, and transaction-related expenses and other items. Adjusted EBITDA margin represents the ratio of Adjusted EBITDA to total revenues.
Management believes Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are useful performance measures because they allow for an effective evaluation of our operating performance when compared to our peers, without regard to our financing methods or capital structure. Management excludes the items listed above from net (loss) income in arriving at Adjusted EBITDA because these amounts are either non-recurring or can vary substantially within Charah Solutions’ industry depending upon accounting methods and book values of assets, capital structures and the method by which the assets were acquired. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as an alternative to, or more meaningful than, net (loss) income determined in accordance with GAAP. Certain items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing a company’s financial performance, such as a company’s cost of capital and tax structure, as well as the historic costs of depreciable assets, none of which are reflected in Adjusted EBITDA. Charah Solutions’ presentation of Adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an indication that the Company’s results will be unaffected by the items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA. Charah Solutions’ computations of Adjusted EBITDA may not be identical to other similarly titled measures of other companies. Charah Solutions uses Adjusted EBITDA margin to measure the success for the Company’s business in managing its cost base and improving profitability. A reconciliation between Adjusted EBITDA to net (loss) income, Charah Solutions’ most directly comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, along with a calculation of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA margin is included in the supplemental financial data attached to this press release.
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