USA: GLDD Reports Third Quarter Results

 GLDD Reports Third Quarter Results

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and a major provider of commercial and industrial demolition and remediation services, today reported financial results for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2011.

Commentary

Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Berger said, “We were very pleased with the third quarter. We performed well and launched strategic initiatives which are key to our future vision of the company. Accomplishments during the third quarter included:

Executed above estimate on dredging projects

• Our rivers and lakes division acquired in late 2010 exceeded budget in the third quarter, as the rivers receded and projects in backlog moved into production. We are on track to meet the 2011 full year budget.

• Added significantly to domestic dredging backlog winning $224 million of new work and improving our 2011 win rate to 42% of the market

• Continued the process of upgrading demolition segment management and systems

• Began the process of integrating our business segments to leverage complimentary skillsets, customer relationships and markets

• Announced the formation of TerraSea, a new remediation business, in a 50/50 Joint Venture with an established European company with over 20 years experience in marine and land based material remediation

• Initiated a marketing program to increase our rivers and lakes dredging opportunities and levee building operations

• Developed a rotational program to cross train employees in our business segments, to provide a practical and knowledge based understanding of each segments’ operations.

These initiatives resulted from the formation of a working group consisting of 25 key employees who worked diligently to identify and establish initiatives to shape our future and form the basis for our strategic plan. This process has been very positive and the team is very enthusiastic and supportive of following through to enhance and reshape the Company.

“We continue to progress on our plans to fully-integrate and develop the demolition business. In August we installed a new president of NASDI who has significant demolition and environmental experience and is working to grow the existing business and expand its environmental remediation services. In recent years, we expanded into the bridge demolition business and earlier this year we expanded geographically into Louisiana. We have performed above estimate on the I-10 bridge demolition project that crosses over Lake Pontchartrain, a project which is an example of the synergies between our divisions where we have leveraged our complementary skillsets and markets. On the I-10 projects we are demolishing in the water. Management teams from both segments are collaborating to make this project a success. Bridge replacement in the U.S. is a growing business as bridge failures in recent years have necessitated emphasis on improving this part of our infrastructure. As expected, the demolition segment has begun to yield positive results and we expect that to continue.

“Last quarter we announced the formation of TerraSea Environmental Solutions, a 50/50 joint venture, with Environmental Remediation Holding Inc. (ERH). ERH is a subsidiary of DEC, a leading Belgium-based, international environmental specialist contractor which holds DEC process licenses for soil remediation and dredged sediment treatment. This venture positions us nicely to accelerate expansion into the environmental services market in our dredging and demolition businesses, each of which has experienced increasing requirements for handling contaminated sediments and soils at project sites.”

2011 Third Quarter Operating Results – Summary

The third quarter 2011 was a strong quarter. The results were lower compared to the third quarter of 2010 which had higher revenue and gross profit margin due to increased employment of the domestic fleet that was largely attributable to approximately $60 million of non-recurring capital revenue from berm construction in the third quarter of 2010 as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. This one-time berm construction, in conjunction with weather downtime in 2011 discussed below, resulted in higher revenue and gross profit margin in 2010 as compared to the current 2011 third quarter.

                                    Q3 2011                Q3 2010

Revenue                           $158.5 million      $173.3 million

Decrease 8.5%

 

Gross Profit                      $27.4 million         $32.7 million

Gross Profit Margin 17.3% 18.9%

 

Operating Income          $14.8 million          $16.1 million

Decrease 8.1%

 

Net Income attributable to Great Lakes $5.6 million $7.7 million

Per Diluted Share $0.09 $0.13

 

Adjusted EBITDA         $26.0 million           $24.1 million

Increase 7.9%

 

Net Debt*                        $152.6 million           $96.4 million

 

Cash $107.1 million $79.0 million

Revenue

• The decline in revenue between quarters was largely attributable to approximately $60 million of non-recurring capital revenue from berm construction in the third quarter of 2010 as a result of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico

• The third quarter of 2011 was affected by Hurricane Irene and subsequent storm activity which suspended certain East Coast dredging operations in August and September, resulting in variances unfavorable to our estimated weather contingency

• Positive factors, which partially offset the lower revenues, were:

o Several beach projects executed during the current quarter

o An increase in previously postponed river projects followed the spring rains as the Mississippi River and tributaries receded sufficiently. This allowed the Company to perform work in the third quarter and should lead to greater market opportunities for dredging and levee repairs in 2012.

Gross Profit

• The decline in gross profit margin between quarters was largely attributable to the significant equipment utilization generated by the capital berm project in the 2010 third quarter, completed in early 2011

• The 2011 third quarter was affected by Hurricane Irene and subsequent storms, which suspended projects in process, for which variable costs could not be reduced as we had to stand ready to resume operations

• Additionally the third quarter of 2011 included demolition projects bid too aggressively in 2010, for which loss reserves have been recorded and accordingly carry no margin as work is performed; these projects will be completed in 2012

Operating Income

• Impacted by the decrease in gross profit

• This was offset by a reduction in general & administrative costs (G&A) compared to the third quarter of 2010 when the company recognized expenses related to senior management restructuring

Net Income Attributable to Great Lakes

• Impacted by items noted above

• In addition, interest expense increased in 2011 due to the issuance of $250 million in new senior unsecured notes issued in early 2011. Although issued at a lower rate, the $250 million notes replaced $175 million in senior subordinated notes with a resulting increase in interest expense due to the higher amount outstanding.

Adjusted EBITDA

• Although operating income for the 2011 third quarter was lower than the same period in the prior year, the Company recorded $11.2 million of non-cash depreciation and amortization expense for the three months ended September 30, 2011 that is included as a component of operating income, but excluded for the purposes of calculating Adjusted EBITDA

• Depreciation and amortization expense recorded in the three months ended September 30, 2010 was only $8.0 million.

Nine-Months Ended September 30, 2011- Summary

                         YTD 9/30/2011                    YTD 9/30/2010

Revenue                       $468.8 million                     $514.9 million

Decrease 9.0%

 

Gross Profit                $74.6 million                      $97.8 million

Gross Profit Margin 15.9% 19.0%

 

Operating Income    $39.1 million                      $55.7 million

Decrease 29.8%

 

Net Income attributable to Great Lakes $9.7 million $27.8 million

Per Diluted Share $0.16 $0.47

 

Adjusted EBITDA        $67.9 million                     $81.5 million

Decrease 16.7%

Revenue

• Decreased primarily as a result of lower domestic dredging activity

• Partially offset by an increase in demolition revenue and contribution from rivers and lakes dredging projects

Gross Profit

• Dredging segment gross profit margin was 18.4% for the for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 compared to 20.2% for the prior year period

• Impacted by higher employment of the domestic fleet in the first nine months of 2010 resulting from the berm construction in the Gulf

• Additionally, gross profit margin declined due to losses incurred on projects in the demolition segment which were primarily recognized in previous quarters

Operating Income

• Decreased year to date due to the decreased gross profit, primarily from the demolition segment

• Partially offset by a decrease in G&A expense

Net Income attributable to Great Lakes

• This decline was partially the result of the operational issues noted above

• Also impacted by one time charges related to the issuance of the new notes and increased interest expense. Interest expense increased $6.9 million due to increase in outstanding debt and the incurrence of additional interest expense when both notes were outstanding for a 30 day period in early 2011.

• Additionally, the gain on the Company’s interest rate swaps decreased by $1.9 million compared to the first nine months of 2010 when interest rates were declining.

Bid Market & Backlog

The domestic dredging bid market for the first nine months of 2011 totaled $847 million, compared to $658 million in the first nine months of 2010. The Company won 42% of the overall domestic bid market, slightly above its three year average of 39%. In the first nine months of 2011 Great Lakes won:

• 64%, or $188 million, of the beach nourishment projects awarded;

• 31%, or $93 million, of the capital projects awarded; and

• 31%, or $69 million, of the maintenance projects awarded.

The dredging bid market has grown year to date largely from federal projects, as addressing infrastructure needs continues to grow in importance. It should be noted, project timing, competitive factors and equipment utilization/deployment can result in significant variability in bid results in any given period.

August and September represented a particularly robust bidding period resulting in dredging backlog and pending awards of $375 million at September 30, 2011. The Company’s contracted dredging backlog was $297 million at September 30, 2011 compared to $283 million as of December 31, 2010. The September 30, 2011 contracted backlog does not include approximately $78 million domestic low bids pending formal award and additional phases (“options”) pending on projects currently in backlog. At December 31, 2010 the amount of domestic low bids pending award was $34 million.

Demolition segment backlog was $68 million and $81 million at September 30, 2011 and December 31, 2010, respectively.

Commentary

Chief Executive Officer Jonathan Berger said, “It was a productive and busy quarter as we made progress on our strategic initiatives, experienced a strong bidding quarter and formed strategic relationships with potential key demolition and remediation clients. In addition, we worked on a variety of projects throughout the quarter, including eight different beach projects. It was one of the industry’s most active domestic bidding quarters ever, with more than $500 million worth of new domestic dredging projects awarded. The 2011 year to date beach bid market of $295 million for the first nine months of 2011 is almost equal to that of the record full year 2005 beach bid market. The projects bid in the third quarter provide important coastal protection from natural erosion and storm damage along the coastlines. They are each being funded in different combinations of Federal, State, and local resources, underscoring the critical nature of these projects to the regions and the nation. Also, our rivers and lakes division posted its best quarter yet, with more revenue in the third quarter than in the entire first half of 2011.”

President and CFO Bruce Biemeck said “Third quarter was back on track, despite some weather issues along the East Coast. We are reaffirming our Adjusted EBITDA guidance for 2011 of $85 to $90 million. In addition, we anticipate gains from the sale of non-essential assets as we continue to carefully review our operating assets and divest those that are not a good fit with our strategic goals. Many of our third quarter market wins will impact the fourth quarter and 2012. We are pleased to forecast our second best year ever for Adjusted EBITDA.

“During the next twelve months, we see continued focus on restoring the barrier islands and wetlands that provide natural protection from storms in the Gulf Coast area. We anticipate numerous projects in the Gulf States in coming periods resulting from a fund established following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, which has not yet released projects. We are excited about the potential opportunity to work on these projects which have been long overdue to restore the eroding coastline. In addition, we anticipate a deepening project in Miami to be released next year as domestic ports contemplate the need to deepen for larger draft ships coming through the Panama Canal. The new focus in Washington on marine infrastructure is manifesting itself as evidenced by the bipartisan interest in addressing deferred and long overdue infrastructure needs.

“We have seen further evidence of an increase in international dredging plans as previously reported, particularly in the Middle East, and we continue to follow the many opportunities in Brazil. Several projects are being advertised that fit well with our expertise and equipment. We have recently made strategic moves to bolster our international sales and marketing effort, as we see an abundance of opportunities ahead, which we believe can yield better results from a more aggressive approach.

“The demolition business has maintained a strong backlog with $68 million at quarter end. The new management team in the demolition business quickly jumped in and is finding opportunities to strengthen and grow the business. The integration of our demolition and dredging businesses is a pivotal step in this process and the recent focus on bridge demolition provides additional opportunities. Additionally, our dredging and demolition business collaborating with our TerraSea joint venture on new prospects adds to the list of opportunities.”

Jonathan Berger concluded: “We are pleased with the results from the first nine months of this year and our domestic dredging bidding market win rate. We have continued to make significant strides in improving the operations and controls at our demolition business and look forward to the development and growth of that segment. We are excited about the prospects ahead for all facets of our business. As always, we thank the Great Lakes team for their continued efforts in growing our business and delivering strong results for our shareholders.”

Use of Adjusted EBITDA

Adjusted EBITDA, as provided herein, represents net income (loss) attributable to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, adjusted for net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense and debt restructuring expense. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, amounts determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”) including: (a) operating income as an indicator of operating performance; or (b) cash flows from operations as a measure of liquidity. As such, the Company’s use of Adjusted EBITDA, instead of a GAAP measure, has limitations as an analytical tool, including the inability to determine profitability or liquidity due to the exclusion of interest expense and the associated significant cash requirements and the exclusion of depreciation and amortization, which represent significant and unavoidable operating costs given the level of indebtedness and capital expenditures needed to maintain the Company’s business. For these reasons, the Company uses operating income to measure its operating performance and uses Adjusted EBITDA only as a supplement. Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled to net income (loss) attributable to Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation in the table of financial results. (For further explanation, please refer to the Company’s SEC filings.)

The Company

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and the only U.S. dredging company with significant international operations. The Company is also one of the largest U.S. providers of commercial and industrial demolition services primarily in the Northeast. Additionally, the Company owns a 50% interest in a marine sand mining operation in New Jersey which supplies sand and aggregate used for road and building construction. Great Lakes employs over 150 degreed engineers, most specializing in civil and mechanical engineering, which contributes to its 121-year history of never failing to complete a marine project. Great Lakes has a disciplined training program for engineers which ensures experienced-based performance as they advance through Company operations. Great Lakes also owns and operates the largest and most diverse fleet in the U.S. industry, comprised of over 200 specialized dredging and support vessels.

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Source: Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, November 1, 2011

 

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