Date: May 12, 2008
Source: EnergySolutions, Inc.
EnergySolutions Announces First Quarter 2008 Results
Revenues of $502 million
EBITDA of $54.0 million
Net Income before the Non-Cash Impact of Amortization of Intangible Assets of $23.8 million, or $0.27 per share
EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE:ES) ("EnergySolutions" or the "Company"), a leading provider of specialized, technology-based nuclear services to government and commercial customers, today announced financial results for the Company's first quarter ended March 31, 2008.
First Quarter 2008 Results
Revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 were $502 million, compared to $114 million for the same quarter in 2007. Gross profit for the first quarter of 2008 was $73.0 million, compared to gross profit of $30.8 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2007. Selling, general and administrative expenses for the current quarter were $28.6 million, compared to $28.3 million in the same quarter last year.
The Company generated cash flow from operations of $25.7 million during the quarter, enabling it to repay $20 million of long-term debt. This repayment, together with repayments of debt from the proceeds of its initial public offering in November 2007, has contributed to the reduction of the Company's interest expense, which was $11.7 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2008, compared to $15.4 million in the same period last year.
Net income for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 was $19.3 million, or $0.22 per share, compared to a loss of $10.3 million for the same quarter in 2007. EBITDA for the quarter was $54.0 million compared to EBITDA of $12.0 million for the prior year, and net income before the non-cash impact of amortization of intangible assets for the quarter ended March 31, 2008 was $23.8 million, or $0.27 per share, based on 88.3 million fully-diluted shares outstanding. The Company defines EBITDA as earnings before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. The Company defines net income before the impact of amortization of intangible assets as net income plus amortization expense of intangible assets, net of the related income tax expense. The reconciliation of EBITDA, and net income before the impact of amortization of intangible assets to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is set forth in table 4 in the accompanying tables.
"This has been an excellent start to 2008 for EnergySolutions," said R Steve Creamer, the Company's Chief Executive Officer. "All of our business segments performed well during the quarter. In particular we benefited from early substantial completion of two of our Commercial Services projects and the expected first quarter margin increase from our international operations. We see this strong first quarter largely as a shift in timing of some of our commercial business rather than any change from our original full year expectations."
Business Segments - First Quarter 2008
The results of the Company's four business segments, on a GAAP basis, are presented in Table 5 in the accompanying schedules.
Federal Services revenues for the first quarter of 2008 were $44.6 million, up from revenues of $34.9 million in the same quarter in the prior year. Segment income from operations for the first quarter of 2008 was $6.3 million, compared to $6.2 million in the same quarter last year. The operating margin for the first quarter of 2008 was 14%, compared to 18% in the same quarter last year. During the fourth quarter 2007 and the first quarter 2008, the Company, at the request of its customer, the Department of Energy, assumed voting control over two joint ventures. As a result, these joint ventures were consolidated in the first quarter this year, adding approximately $13 million to revenues at an approximate 3% operating margin. Partially offsetting this lower margin business was lower selling, general and administrative expenses due to lower labor expenses.
Commercial Services revenues for the first quarter of 2008 were $30.6 million, up from $25.3 million in the same quarter in the prior year. Segment income from operations for the first quarter of 2008 was $9.6 million, compared to $0.1 million in the same quarter last year. The operating margin for the first quarter of 2008 was 32%, compared to 0.2% in the same quarter last year. The improvement of the segment's performance was primarily due to the early substantial completion of two large high-margin projects, and lower due diligence costs on licensed stewardship opportunities when compared to the same quarter last year.
Logistics, Processing and Disposal revenues for the first quarter of 2008 were $54.1 million, up from $53.9 million in the same quarter in the prior year. Segment income from operations for the first quarter of 2008 was $16.3 million, up from $15.1 million in the same quarter last year. The operating margin for the first quarter of 2008 was 30%, compared to 28% in same quarter last year. The increase in this segment's operating margin was primarily the result of decreased equipment maintenance, demurrage and labor expenses.
International revenues for the first quarter of 2008 were $372.5 million. Last year the Company did not report its international operations, which were immaterial, as a separate segment. In June 2007, the Company acquired RSMC, a reactor operator and manager of multiple nuclear sites in the United Kingdom, which significantly expanded the Company's international capabilities. As a result of its acquisition of RSMC, the Company began to report its international operations in a separate segment in the second quarter of 2007. Segment income from operations for the first quarter of 2008 was $30.1 million, and operating margin for the first quarter of 2008 was 8%. The operating margin is typically higher in the first quarter of the year than the Company expects it to be in other quarters due to the recognition of efficiency fees under its contract with the United Kingdom's Nuclear Decommissioning Authority.
Outlook for 2008
The Company affirms its full year guidance of revenues in the range of $1.8 billion to $1.9 billion and earnings per share in the range of $0.69 to $0.74. Earnings per share before the impact of non-cash amortization of intangible assets, which is calculated as earnings per share plus the per share impact of amortization expense of intangible assets, net of related income tax expense, is expected to be in the range of $0.89 to $0.94. When calculating per share amounts, in its guidance, the Company assumes a weighted average fully-diluted share count for the year of 89 million shares. EBITDA for the year ending December 31, 2008 is expected to be between $195 million and $205 million. Amortization expense of intangible assets, net of related income tax expense, is expected to be $17.8 million. Compensation expense related to stock option grants is expected to be $9.1 million for 2008. Capital expenditures for the year are expected to be approximately $37 million, primarily relating to the one-time purchases of equipment for the Company's Atlas mill tailings contract as well as the general maintenance of the Company's facilities."
Based on the expected timing of key contracts, including the license transfer of the Zion license stewardship contract, the large U.S. DOE contract awards and the NRC rulemaking change for major components, the Company continues to expect revenues and earnings for 2008 to be weighted toward the second half of the year.
Statements in this news release regarding future financial and operating results and any other statements about the Company's future expectations, beliefs or prospects expressed by management constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including economic conditions generally. Additional information on potential factors that could affect the Company's results and other risks and uncertainties are set forth in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revision to any of these forward-looking statements.
The Company will conduct a conference call at 10:00 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, to discuss financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2008.
Hosting the call will be Steve Creamer, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Philip Strawbridge, Chief Financial Officer.
To participate in the event by telephone, please dial (888) 713-4216 five to 10 minutes prior to the start time (to allow time for registration) and reference the conference passcode 74566781. International callers should dial (617) 213-4868 and use the same passcode.
A replay of the call will be available on Tuesday, May 13, 2008, at 12:00 p.m. EDT through Tuesday, May 20, 2008, at 2:00 pm EDT. To access the replay, dial (888) 286-8010 and enter passcode 17911522. International callers should dial (617) 801-6888 and enter the same passcode.
The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties through the Company's Web site at www.EnergySolutions.com by clicking on the "investor relations" tab at the top of the home page. To listen to the live call, please visit the Web site at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the call to register, download and install any necessary audio software. An audio replay of the event will be archived on EnergySolutions' Web site for 90 days.
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EnergySolutions offers customers a full range of integrated services and solutions, including nuclear operations, characterization, decommissioning, decontamination, site closure, transportation, nuclear materials management, the safe, secure disposition of nuclear waste, and research and engineering services across the fuel cycle.
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