Clean Harbors First Quarter Profit Rises on Higher Revenues

Date: May 7, 2008

Source: Clean Harbors, Inc.

Clean Harbors Reports Record First-Quarter 2008 Financial Results

  • Strong Demand for Technical and Site Services Drives 18% Revenue Increase and 50% Growth in EBITDA

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 first quarter ended March 31, 2008.

For the first quarter of 2008, Clean Harbors reported an 18 percent increase in revenue to $242.5 million from $205.0 million in the first quarter of 2007. Income from operations rose 88 percent to $20.0 million from $10.7 million in the first quarter of 2007. First quarter 2008 net income attributable to common shareholders increased 160 percent to $8.9 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, from $3.4 million, or $0.17 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2007.

EBITDA (see description below) increased 50 percent to $33.1 million in the first quarter of 2008, from $22.1 million in the comparable period of 2007.

Comments on the First Quarter

In the first quarter, we extended the momentum we generated throughout 2007 and delivered another solid quarter of revenue and profitability growth,said Alan S. McKim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.Once again, we experienced growth across both Technical Services and Site Services as we achieved a doubledigit increase in revenue. We saw strength within many of our vertical markets in the quarter, particularly refineries, pharmaceuticals and chemicals. Utilization at our incinerators remained high at nearly 93 percent with healthy contributions from both our U.S. and Canadian locations. In addition, our landfill volumes increased 40 percent from the year earlier period. The first quarter did not involve any significant emergency response events. Overall, we were pleased that our first-quarter growth was broad based, as all of our geographic regions were above plan.

Our business model is centered around our extensive network of disposal assets, which affords us substantial leverage, McKim said.As a result of this leverage and our ongoing cost control initiatives, our 18 percent revenue growth translated into a 50 percent increase in EBITDA for the quarter. While we are facing ongoing cost pressures related to fuel, healthcare and raw materials, we continued to be proactive with our fuel recovery surcharges and the implementation of price increases to offset some of these expenses. Advances in procurement and other cost containment strategies also are helping to incrementally improve our margins.

The expansion of our incineration capacity remained on plan as we added 7,000 tons during the quarter, McKim continued.We continue to target the next phase by adding 14,000 tons by the middle of the third quarter, with the remaining 29,000 additional tons coming online sometime between year-end and mid-2009 depending upon the permitting process. We also recently completed the first phase of construction at our solvent recovery plant at our El Dorado, Arkansas facility, and weve just been awarded our first job. Were eager to commence commercial operations at the facility and expect that location, along with recently acquired solvent recovery facilities in Chicago, Illinois and Hebron, Ohio to be steady contributors to growth in the years ahead.

Within our Site Services segment, we continued to execute against our growth strategy, which combines acquisitions with internally generated growth,said McKim.We opened a new branch in Milwaukee during the first quarter and are excited to capitalize on the prospects in that market. Toward the end of the quarter, we announced the acquisition of Universal Environmental and its seasoned team of nearly 100 employees. The acquisition provided us with two mature service branches in California and Nevada, and greatly enhanced our footprint in the West. These types of locally entrenched service organizations are ideal additions to our Site Services business because they not only provide us a base from which to grow, but afford us the opportunity to cross-sell to our Technical Services accounts and generate higher volumes at our disposal facilities.

Non-GAAP First-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 Companys loan covenants are based upon levels of EBITDA achieved. The Company defines EBITDA in accordance with its outstanding credit agreement, as described in the following reconciliation showing the differences between reported net income and EBITDA for 2008 and 2007 (in thousands):

  For the three months ended:
March 31,   March 31,
2008 2007
Net income $8,922 $3,501
Accretion of environmental liabilities 2,670 2,474
Depreciation and amortization 10,475 8,938
Interest expense, net 3,385 3,184
Provision for income taxes 7,589 3,974
Other (income) expense 104 (6)
EBITDA $33,145 $22,065

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

Going forward, we plan to continue our comprehensive growth strategy,concluded McKim.Through our successful public offering in April, we now have considerable financial flexibility with more than $250 million in cash and equivalents. The pipeline for potential acquisitions is robust and we will continue to carefully evaluate prospects across a variety of areas. As the established leader in the environmental services marketplace, we are in a strong position benefiting from favorable industry trends and significant economies of scale. We are on track to achieve our goal of one billion dollars in annual revenue.

For the second quarter of 2008, the Company expects revenue in the range of $260 million to $263 million. The Company expects to generate EBITDA for the second quarter of 2008 in the range of $41 million to $43 million.

Clean Harbors has also updated its full-year 2008 guidance. The Company now expects to increase revenues in the range of 8 percent to 10 percent, and achieve EBITDA growth in the range of 20 percent to 22 percent. The Company previously anticipated full year 2008 revenue growth in the range of 6 percent to 8 percent, and EBITDA growth in the range of 17 percent to 20 percent.

Conference Call Information

Clean Harbors will conduct a conference call for investors to discuss the information contained in this press release today, Wednesday, May 7, 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 Harborsfinancial results, business outlook and growth strategy.

Investors who wish to listen to the first-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 Companys website.

About Clean Harbors, Inc.

Clean Harbors is North America's leading provider of environmental and hazardous waste management services. With an unmatched infrastructure of 51 waste management facilities, including nine landfills, six incineration locations, six wastewater treatment centers and two solvent recovery facilities, the Company provides essential services to over 45,000 customers, including more than 325 Fortune 500 companies, thousands of smaller private entities and numerous federal, state and local governmental agencies. 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

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  • The Companys ability to manage the significant environmental liabilities that it assumed in connection with the CSD and other acquisitions;

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(in thousands except per share amounts)
  For the three months ended:
March 31,   March 31,
2008 2007
Revenues $242,509 $205,024
Cost of revenues (exclusive of items shown separately below) 170,194 151,604
Selling, general and administrative expenses 39,170 31,355
Accretion of environmental liabilities 2,670 2,474
Depreciation and amortization 10,475 8,938
Income from operations 20,000 10,653
Other income (expense) (104) 6
Interest expense, net (3,385) (3,184)
Income before provision for income taxes 16,511 7,475
Provision for income taxes 7,589 3,974
Net income 8,922 3,501
Dividends on Series B Preferred Stock 69
Net income attributable to common shareholders $8,922 $3,432
Earnings per share:
Basic earnings attributable to common shareholders $0.44 $0.17
Diluted earnings attributable to common shareholders $0.43 $0.17
Weighted average common shares outstanding 20,357 19,750
Weighted average common shares outstanding plus potentially dilutive common shares
20,910 20,637


(in thousands)
March 31, December 31,
  2008   2007
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 86,153 $ 119,538
Marketable securities 1,500 850
Accounts receivable, net 180,411 193,126
Unbilled accounts receivable 15,051 14,703
Deferred costs 6,136 7,359
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 12,918 10,098
Supplies inventories 23,395 22,363
Deferred tax assets 11,497 11,491
Properties held for sale   374   910
Total current assets   337,435   380,438
Property, plant and equipment, net   288,254   262,601
Other assets:
Long-term investments 6,116 8,500
Deferred financing costs 5,306 5,881
Goodwill 24,809 21,572
Permits and other intangibles, net 82,553 74,809
Deferred tax assets 12,317 12,176
Other   4,052   3,911
  135,153   126,849
Total assets $ 760,842 $ 769,888


(in thousands)
March 31, December 31,
  2008   2007
Current liabilities:
Uncashed checks $ 6,854 $ 5,489
Current portion of capital lease obligations 478 1,251
Accounts payable 74,509 81,309
Deferred revenue 25,061 29,730
Other accrued expenses 60,346 65,789
Current portion of closure, post-closure and remedial liabilities 22,061 18,858
Income taxes payable   3,651   8,427
Total current liabilities   192,960   210,853
Other liabilities:
Closure and post-closure liabilities, less current portion 25,134 24,202
Remedial liabilities, less current portion 139,329 141,428
Long-term obligations 120,746 120,712
Capital lease obligations, less current portion 616 1,520
Unrecognized tax benefits and other long-term liabilities   70,550   68,276
Total other liabilities   356,375   356,138
Total stockholdersequity, net   211,507   202,897
Total liabilities and stockholdersequity $ 760,842 $ 769,888

For more information, contact:
Clean Harbors, Inc.
James M. Rutledge, 781-792-5100
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Clean Harbors, Inc.
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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