Great Lakes Reports Second Quarter Financial Results
Oak Brook, Ill --
- Net income from continuing operations of $11.5M
- Completed sale of Environmental & Infrastructure business
- Closed new five-year Revolving Credit Facility
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (Nasdaq:GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in the United States, today reported financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2019.
Second Quarter 2019 Highlights
- Revenue was $184.8 million in the second quarter, a $49.5 million or 36.6% increase over the prior year quarter.
- Gross margin percentage increased to 20.3% in the second quarter from 16.4% in the prior year quarter.
- Total operating income from continuing operations was $22.8 million, an $11.8 million increase over the prior year quarter.
- Net income from continuing operations was $11.5 million, a $10.3 million increase over the prior year quarter.
- Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $32.0 million
- as compared to $23.3 million in the prior year quarter.
- Ratio of net debt to adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was 1.41x.
- Received $17.5 million in cash upon closing sale of Environmental & Infrastructure (“E&I”) business.
Chief Executive Officer Lasse Petterson commented, “The second quarter was another active period for the Company, marking our fourth consecutive quarter showing improvement in both revenue and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations when comparing to the prior year quarter. As we noted in our last earnings release, planned dry dockings of certain vessels had an impact on second quarter results, several of which continue into the third quarter with two hopper dredges entering dry dock in the third quarter. During the quarter we experienced better than expected production on the Jacksonville deepening project, along with strong execution on several coastal protection projects. Strong performance is also a result of safe project execution as we continue to focus on improving safety on our projects.
“In the second quarter the Company generated $11.5 million of net income from continuing operations and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $32.0 million, bringing full year-to-date net income from continuing operations and adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations to $32.0 million and $75.9 million, respectively.
“Earlier this year Great Lakes announced that it would initiate a process to divest the E&I business from its portfolio given that it was no longer a strategic fit with our core business. We completed the sale in the second quarter of this year and believe the business and affected team members will be a strategic fit with the new owner and the transaction will better position the E&I business to be successful in the future.
“Also in the second quarter we executed an amendment to our revolving credit facility. Due to the significant improvement in the Company’s credit profile and cash position, we were able to reduce the size of the facility to $200 million, extend the term five years, improve both the upfront pricing and interest rates, and gain much more flexibility to execute on the Company’s strategy over the next five years. We are very pleased with this facility. As of June 30, 2019 we continued to have no cash drawn on the revolving credit facility.
“As expected, the second quarter bid market, much like the first, was below the prior year with only $235.1 million awarded in the total market, of which Great Lakes was awarded $77.6 million. However, we expect bidding to increase significantly in the third and fourth quarters, with several bid dates for a variety of projects already advertised for August and September.”
- Revenue was $184.8 million, an increase of $49.5 million over the second quarter of 2018. The second quarter of 2019 was characterized by strong production and project performance. Revenues in all markets increased quarter over quarter with the exception of capital projects.
- Gross margin percentage improved to 20.3% in the current quarter from 16.4% in the second quarter of 2018 on strong project performance, particularly on port deepening projects.
- Operating income was $22.8 million which is an $11.8 million increase over the prior year quarter. The increase is a result of higher gross margin slightly offset by increased general and administrative expenses due to incentive compensation.
- Net income from continuing operations for the quarter was $11.5 million compared to net income from continuing operations of $1.2 million in the prior year quarter. In addition to the increase in operating income, net interest expense in the second quarter of 2019 also decreased compared to the prior year quarter by $1.8 million on lower revolver usage and higher interest income.
- At June 30, 2019, the Company had $125.6 million in cash and total debt of $322.4 million, resulting in a ratio of net debt to adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of 1.41x.
- At June 30, 2019, the Company had $498.1 million in backlog, a decrease of $209.0 million from December 31, 2018. This decrease was expected as the Company earned significant revenue during the first half of 2019 and bidding activity was low.
- Capital expenditures for the quarter were $19.2 million. This compares to $5.8 million in capital expenditures during the second quarter of 2018. Current quarter capital expenditures included final payment of $10.0 million for the new clamshell dredge. The Company continues to expect total capital expenditures to be $40 million for 2019.
We continue to expect additional phases of multiple large deepening and other capital projects to bid in the second half of the year resulting in another strong domestic bid market in 2019. The projects coming into the pipeline include additional phases of work in Savannah and Corpus Christi, new projects in the Ports of Norfolk, Virginia and Freeport, Texas and large coastal restoration projects in Mississippi and Louisiana. In addition to this anticipated capital work, we also expect to bid on multiple projects funded by the $17.4 billion disaster supplemental appropriations. While most of this funding is for non-dredging projects like flood control, there is a significant portion that is intended to be deployed in our sector to recover from the damage caused by coastal storms and to reduce the risk of future damage from flood and storm events. Although we have not yet bid on these projects, we do expect the projects to come into the market in the second half of the year.
In addition to the deepening and coastal protection projects, several Liquefied Natural Gas petrochemical and crude oil projects are creating the need for port development in support of energy exports. We believe several of these private client projects are progressing to bid in 2019. Great Lakes’ fleet and safety performance position the Company well to perform in this growing segment of the market.
The Company will be holding a conference call at 9:00 a.m. C.D.T. today where we will further discuss these results. Information on this conference call can be found below.
Conference Call Information
The Company will conduct a quarterly conference call, which will be held on Wednesday July 31, 2019 at 9:00 a.m. C.D.T (10:00 a.m. E.D.T.). The call in number is (877) 377-7553 and Conference ID is 3694524. The conference call will be available by replay until Friday, August 2, 2019 by calling (855) 859-2056 and providing Conference ID 3694524. The live call and replay can also be heard on the Company’s website, www.gldd.com, under Events & Presentations on the investor relations page. Information related to the conference call will also be available on the investor relations page of the Company’s website.
Classification of Environmental and Infrastructure Business
The Company sold its E&I business in June 2019. As such, the Company has presented its E&I business as discontinued operations in all financial statement periods. Therefore all amounts in this release reflect continuing operations only.
Use of Non-GAAP measures
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, as provided herein, represents net income attributable to common stockholders of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, adjusted for net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, debt extinguishment, accelerated maintenance expense for new international deployments, goodwill or asset impairments and gains on bargain purchase acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is not a measure derived in accordance with GAAP. The Company presents adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations as an additional measure by which to evaluate the Company's operating trends. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is a measure frequently used to evaluate performance of companies with substantial leverage and that the Company's primary stakeholders (i.e., its stockholders, bondholders and banks) use adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations to evaluate the Company's period to period performance. Additionally, management believes that adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations provides a transparent measure of the Company’s recurring operating performance and allows management and investors to readily view operating trends, perform analytical comparisons and identify strategies to improve operating performance. For this reason, the Company uses a measure based upon adjusted EBITDA to assess performance for purposes of determining compensation under the Company's incentive plan. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, amounts determined in accordance with 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 from continuing operations, instead of a GAAP measure, has limitations as an analytical tool, including the inability to determine profitability or liquidity due to the exclusion of accelerated maintenance expense for new international deployments, goodwill or asset impairments, gains on bargain purchase acquisitions, interest and income tax 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 the Company's operating performance and uses adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations only as a supplement. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is reconciled to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation in the table of financial results. For further explanation, please refer to the Company's SEC filings.
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes” or the “Company”) is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States and the only U.S. dredging company with significant international operations. The Company employs experienced civil, ocean and mechanical engineering staff in its estimating, production and project management functions. In its over 129-year history, the Company has never failed to complete a marine project. Great Lakes owns and operates the largest and most diverse fleet in the U.S. dredging industry, comprised of over 200 specialized vessels. Great Lakes has a disciplined training program for engineers that ensures experienced-based performance as they advance through Company operations. The Company’s Incident-and Injury-Free (IIF®) safety management program is integrated into all aspects of the Company’s culture. The Company’s commitment to the IIF® culture promotes a work environment where employee safety is paramount.