Nalco - an Ecolab company

Nalco Reports First Quarter 2011 Financial Results

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Source: Nalco - an Ecolab company

- Strong top line growth - record first-quarter sales up 11 percent, 9 percent organic

NAPERVILLE, Ill., April 26, 2011 /PR Newswire/ -- Nalco (NYSE: NLC), providing essential expertise for water, energy and air, reported results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2011.

Highlights

  • Record first-quarter sales of $1.1 billion, an 11 percent growth rate versus prior year.  The increase reflects substantial volume growth and moderate pricing gains with higher sales across all segments, particularly in Energy Services based on new account growth in the upstream markets.
  • Net earnings of $117 million includes an $84 million after-tax gain on sale of two non-core businesses driving a 66-cent increase in diluted earnings per share (EPS) to 84 cents, compared to $25 million or 18 cents per share in the prior year. Without the gains from the divestitures, diluted EPS would have been 24 cents. After adjusting for the divestitures, restructuring expenses and other unusual items, Adjusted EPS was 26 cents per share compared to 31 cents in 2010 (See Attachment 8). 
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $148 million (See Attachment 4) compares to 2010 adjusted EBITDA of $164 million and reflects margin pressure as productivity improvements and pricing actions only partially offset continued raw material and freight headwinds and prior year growth investment through new hires.
  • BRIC+ sales increased 19 percent to $195 million

 

“Nalco grew first-quarter revenues nicely year-over-year and sales were nearly flat sequentially, despite the 1st quarter being our lightest seasonal quarter,” said Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Erik Fyrwald. “The actions we are taking to offset lower margins due to accelerated increases in raw material costs support our unchanged 2011 profit expectations.”

Segment and Region Details (See Attachment 6)

Segment

Sales Three Months ended

March 31, 2011


Year-Over-Year Increase


Year-Over-Year Organic Increase


Direct Contribution (in $million)


Year-Over-Year Increase (Decrease)












Energy Services

$

421.1


15.5%


12.7%

$

82.3


1.8%

Paper Services


197.4


10.7%


8.6%


29.1


(2.4%)

Water Services


442.9


7.1%


6.8%


67.8


(13.7%)

Total

$

1,061.4


11.0%


9.4%

$

179.2


(5.3%)














Energy Services:  Americas upstream markets drove 16 percent Energy Services sales growth to $421 million with especially strong growth in North America shale gas and continued success in deep-water areas of the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. Direct contribution margin of 19.6 percent was down 260 basis points reflecting higher raw material costs, increased investment in headcount to support growth, and business disruptions. However, Energy Services delivered 2 percent direct contribution earnings growth despite the severe raw material and freight cost increase pressure.

Paper Services:  Sales grew to $197 million led by continued double-digit growth in Latin America and Asia Pacific. Direct contribution declined modestly reflecting a 200 basis point margin decline due to higher raw material costs only partially offset by decreased operating expenses.

Water Services:  Sales of $443 million reflected low double-digit growth in the Americas with strong growth in mining and the heavy industry market still outperforming light markets.  Substantially higher raw material costs and increased investment in headcount to support growth depressed direct contribution earnings by nearly 14 percent and margin by 370 basis points.

'Each of our business units must keep driving price capture of raw material cost inflation and company-wide productivity efforts to restore margins,” Fyrwald said. “I am confident in our ability to fully recover price if raws stabilize and I’m pleased with our progress in the 1st quarter that will have increasing impact in the upcoming quarters.”

Free Cash Flow was negative in the quarter due to seasonality of cash flows with a higher outflow compared to prior year due to higher profit sharing and incentive payments and increased capital expenditures partially offset by an improvement in working capital. Although not included in the first quarter Free Cash Flow calculation, the $198.5 million in net proceeds from the divestitures were used to pay down debt. The effective tax rate in the quarter was 37.5 percent. Excluding the impact of divestitures, restructuring expenses and other unusual items the Adjusted Effective Tax Rate was 35.0 percent (See Attachment 9).

2011 Expectations

“Our growth investments are paying off with strong volume increases and record first-quarter sales,” Fyrwald said. “As pricing and further penetration of our high-value technologies and services continue to ramp up, margins will improve and drive solid EBITDA growth.”

Following first-quarter results, Nalco reaffirmed its outlook for 2011 performance. The Company continues to expect Adjusted EBITDA of $735 million and Adjusted EPS of roughly $1.65. The effective tax rate for the year is still expected to be approximately 35 percent. We expect $175 million in Free Cash Flow, excluding the impact from divestitures and the $35 million of atypically high rent and profit sharing payments.  

Conference Call/Webcast

Nalco will discuss first-quarter 2011 results in a conference call and audio-only Webcast to be held on Wednesday, April 27 at 10 a.m. ET. Information on the conference call and Webcast is available on our website at www.nalco.com/investors.

About Nalco

Nalco is the world’s largest sustainability services company focused on industrial water, energy and air applications; delivering significant environmental, social and economic performance benefits to our customers. We help our customers reduce energy, water and other natural resource consumption, enhance air quality, minimize environmental releases and improve productivity and end products while boosting the bottom line. Together our comprehensive solutions contribute to the sustainable development of customer operations. Nalco is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability World and North America Indexes. More than 12,000 Nalco employees operate in 150 countries supported by a comprehensive network of manufacturing facilities, sales offices and research centers to serve a broad range of end markets. In 2010, Nalco achieved sales of $4.25 billion. For more information visit www.nalco.com.

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Several non-GAAP measures are discussed in today’s press release. Management believes that discussion of these measures provides investors with additional insight into the ongoing operations of Nalco Holding Company. Non-GAAP measures are reconciled to the closest GAAP measure in schedules attached to this press release, which may also be found at www.nalco.com/investors. EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure used by management as an internal operating metric and for enterprise valuation purposes. Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that includes adjusting for restructuring expenses and unusual items. Reconciliation to net earnings is included in Attachment 4. Free Cash Flow is reconciled on Attachment 7 to Cash from Operations as shown on Nalco’s Cash Flow Statement, and is defined as Cash from Operations less Capital Expenditures and Noncontrolling Interest charges. Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP measure that includes adjusting for restructuring expenses and unusual items. Reconciliation to reported EPS as shown on Nalco’s Statement of Operations is included in Attachment 8. Adjusted Effective Tax Rate is defined as the income tax provision excluding the tax expense (benefit) of specified transactions, divided by earnings before income taxes excluding the earnings (loss) before income taxes attributable to those specified transactions.  It is reconciled to the actual effective tax rate on Attachment 9. In addition, Nalco may discuss sales growth in terms of reported (actual), organic (reported less foreign currency and acquisition/divestiture/merger/joint venture/perimeter impacts), and real (organic growth less that portion of the growth which consists of price increases that simply pass along higher purchased material and freight costs) The non-GAAP measures should not be viewed as alternatives to GAAP measures of performance. Furthermore, these measures may not be consistent with similar measures provided by other companies.

This news release includes forward-looking statements concerning the Company's financial results and outlook for 2011, reflecting current analysis and expectations, based on what are believed to be reasonable assumptions. Forward-looking statements may involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, which may cause the actual results to differ materially from those projected, stated or implied, depending on many factors, including, without limitation: ability to generate cash, ability to raise capital, ability to refinance, the result of the pursuit of strategic alternatives, ability to execute work process redesign and reduce costs, ability to execute price increases, business climate, business performance, economic and competitive uncertainties, higher manufacturing costs, reduced level of customer orders, changes in strategies, risks in developing new products and technologies, environmental and safety regulations and cleanup costs, foreign exchange rates, the impact of changes in the regulation or  value of pension fund assets and liabilities, changes in generally accepted accounting principles, adverse legal and regulatory developments, including increases in the number or financial exposures of claims, lawsuits, settlements or judgments, or the inability to eliminate or reduce such financial exposures by collecting indemnity payments from insurers and other third parties, the impact of increased accruals and reserves for such exposures, weather-related factors, and adverse changes in economic and political climates around the world, including terrorism and international hostilities, and other risk factors identified by the Company in its most recent filing on Form 10-K and other Securities and Exchange Commission filings. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the Company will meet future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. This paragraph is included to provide safe harbor for forward-looking statements, which are not generally required to be publicly revised as circumstances change, and which the Company does not intend to update.

Attachments


1.  Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited)  

2.  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)  

3.  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)  

4.  EBITDA (Unaudited)  

5.  Segment Information (Unaudited)  

6.  Regional Performance (Unaudited)  

7.  Free Cash Flow (Unaudited)  

8.  Earnings Per Share Data (Unaudited)  

9.  Adjusted Effective Income Tax Rate (Unaudited)  

10.  Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations -- 2010 Results Reclassified to Conform with 2011 Presentation (Unaudited)  

11.  Segment Information -- 2010 Results Reclassified to Conform with 2011 Presentation (Unaudited)  



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(dollars in millions)









(Unaudited)






March 31,



December 31,



2011



2010

Assets






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

118.7


$

128.1

Accounts receivable, less allowances of $11.2 in 2011 and  






$13.2 in 2010


799.8



765.5

Inventories:






Finished products


287.2



246.0

Materials and work in process


100.3



84.0



387.5



330.0

Prepaid expenses, taxes and other current assets


194.8



211.1

Total current assets


1,500.8



1,434.7







Property, plant, and equipment, net


745.8



729.1

Intangible assets:






Goodwill


1,824.9



1,844.1

Other intangibles, net


1,016.6



1,023.3

Other assets


179.5



192.5

Total assets

$

5,267.6


$

5,223.7







Liabilities and equity






Current liabilities:






Accounts payable

$

383.5


$

356.5

Short-term debt


93.3



90.0

Other current liabilities


378.7



411.7

Total current liabilities


855.5



858.2







Other liabilities:






Long-term debt


2,660.7



2,782.0

Deferred income taxes


272.9



260.3

Accrued pension benefits


394.0



405.6

Other liabilities


194.7



190.1

Total liabilities


4,377.8



4,496.2







Equity:






Nalco Holding Company shareholders' equity


858.3



696.8

Noncontrolling interest


31.5



30.7

Total equity


889.8



727.5

Total liabilities and equity

$

5,267.6


$

5,223.7







ATTACHMENT 1



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)









Three Months ended

March 31, 2011



Three Months ended

March 31, 2010







Net sales

$

1,061.4


$

956.6

Operating costs and expenses:






Cost of product sold


617.7



523.5

Selling, administrative, and research expenses


322.1



297.8

Amortization of intangible assets


9.7



10.7

Restructuring expenses


1.0



1.5

Gain on divestitures


(136.0)



-

Total operating costs and expenses


814.5



833.5







Operating earnings


246.9



123.1







Other income (expense), net


(6.1)



(18.9)

Interest income


0.2



2.2

Interest expense


(48.3)



(58.7)







Earnings before income taxes


192.7



47.7







Income tax provision


72.3



21.6







Net earnings


120.4



26.1







Less: Net earnings attributable to






noncontrolling interests


3.0



0.9







Net earnings attributable to






Nalco Holding Company

$

117.4


$

25.2







Net earnings per share






attributable to Nalco Holding Company






common shareholders:






Basic

$

0.85


$

0.18

Diluted

$

0.84


$

0.18

Weighted-average shares outstanding






(millions):






Basic


138.7



138.3

Diluted


139.9



139.2

Cash dividends declared per share

$

0.035


$

0.035







ATTACHMENT 2



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows (Unaudited)

(dollars in millions)









Three Months ended

March 31, 2011



Three Months ended

March 31, 2010

Operating activities






Net earnings

$

120.4


$

26.1

Adjustments to reconcile net earnings to






net cash (used for) provided by operating activities:






Depreciation


32.3



30.2

Amortization


9.7



10.7

Gain on divestitures


(136.0)



-

Amortization of deferred financing costs


2.9



3.0

Loss on early extinguishment of debt


2.8



-

Other, net


22.4



29.3

Changes in operating assets and liabilities


(80.8)



(97.6)

Net cash (used for) provided by operating activities


(26.3)



1.7







Investing activities






Additions to property, plant, and equipment, net


(36.5)



(26.4)

Business purchases


(6.4)



-

Net proceeds from business divestitures


198.5



-

Other, net


5.6



-

Net cash provided by (used for) investing activities


161.2



(26.4)







Financing activities






Cash dividends


(4.9)



(9.7)

Changes in short-term debt, net


1.1



130.6

Proceeds from long-term debt


63.8



-

Repayments on long-term debt


(202.5)



-

Redemption premium on early extinguishment of debt


(3.0)



-

Deferred financing costs


(1.2)



-

Other, net


(3.5)



0.6

Net cash  (used for) provided by financing activities


(150.2)



121.5

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents


5.9



(12.8)

(Decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents


(9.4)



84.0

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period


128.1



127.6

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

118.7


$

211.6







ATTACHMENT 3



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

EBITDA (Unaudited)

(dollars in millions)









Three Months ended

March 31, 2011



Three Months ended

March 31, 2010







Net earnings attributable to Nalco Holding Company

$

117.4


$

25.2

Income tax provision


72.3



21.6

Interest expense, net of interest income


48.1



56.5

Depreciation


32.3



30.2

Amortization


9.7



10.7

EBITDA


279.8



144.2

Restructuring expenses


1.0



1.5

Loss on early extinguishment of debt


2.8



-

Gain on divestitures


(136.0)



-

Foreign exchange loss from devaluation of





-

Venezuelan bolivar fuerte


-



18.4

Adjusted EBITDA

$

147.6


$

164.1







ATTACHMENT 4



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

Segment Information (Unaudited)

(dollars in millions)







Net sales by reportable segment were as follows:









Three Months ended

March 31, 2011



Three Months ended

March 31, 2010







Segment net sales:






Water Services

$

442.9


$

413.6

Paper Services


197.4



178.3

Energy Services


421.1



364.7

Total segment net sales

$

1,061.4


$

956.6







The following table presents direct contribution by reportable segment and reconciles the total segment direct contribution to earnings before income taxes:









Three Months ended

March 31, 2011



Three Months ended

March 31, 2010







Segment direct contribution:






Water Services

$

67.8


$

78.5

Paper Services


29.1



29.8

Energy Services


82.3



80.9

Total segment direct contribution


179.2



189.2







Expenses not allocated to segments:






Administrative expenses


57.6



53.9

Amortization of intangible assets


9.7



10.7

Restructuring expenses


1.0



1.5

Gain on divestitures


(136.0)



-

Operating earnings


246.9



123.1

Other income (expense), net


(6.1)



(18.9)

Interest income


0.2



2.2

Interest expense


(48.3)



(58.7)

Earnings before income taxes

$

192.7


$

47.7







ATTACHMENT 5



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

Regional Performance (Unaudited)

(dollars in millions)












The following table presents, by region, net sales for the period, the changes in reported and organic net sales from the year-ago period, the Adjusted EBITDA margin for the period, and the basis-points (bps) changes in Adjusted EBITDA margin from the year-ago period:  














Three Months ended

March 31, 2011


Year-Over-Year Increase


Year-Over-Year Organic Increase


Adjusted EBITDA Margin


Year-Over-Year (Decrease) bps

Region:











North America

$

516.7


14.7%


12.6%


13.6%


(280)

Latin America


112.3


15.6%


12.1%


14.1%


(430)

EAME


253.9


2.5%


4.2%


14.0%


(380)

Asia


178.5


10.5%


6.8%


14.3%


(330)

Total net sales by region

$

1,061.4


11.0%


9.4%


13.9%


(320)












ATTACHMENT 6



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

Free Cash Flow (Unaudited)

(dollars in millions)









Three Months ended

March 31, 2011



Three Months ended

March 31, 2010







Net cash (used for) provided by operating activities

$

(26.3)


$

1.7

Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interests


(3.0)



(0.9)

Additions to property, plant, and equipment, net


(36.5)



(26.4)

Free cash flow

$

(65.8)


$

(25.6)







ATTACHMENT 7



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

Earnings Per Share Data (Unaudited)









Three Months ended

March 31, 2011



Three Months ended

March 31, 2010







Adjusted earnings per share attributable to Nalco






Holding Company*

$

0.26


$

0.31

Restructuring expenses, net of tax


(0.01)



(0.01)

Loss on early extinguishment of debt,






net of tax


(0.01)



-

Gain on divestitures, net of tax


0.60



-

Foreign exchange loss from devaluation of






Venezuelan bolivar fuerte, net of tax


-



(0.10)

Deferred tax adjustment for reduced tax deductibility






of postretirement prescription drug benefits


-



(0.02)

Diluted net earnings per share attributable to Nalco






Holding Company, as reported

$

0.84


$

0.18







*  Excludes after-tax impact of restructuring expenses, loss on early extinguishment of debt, gain on divestitures, foreign exchange loss from devaluation of Venezuelan bolivar fuerte, and deferred tax adjustment for reduced tax deductibility of postretirement prescription drug benefits.


ATTACHMENT 8



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

Adjusted Effective Income Tax Rate (Unaudited)

(dollars in millions)












Three Months ended March 31, 2011



Earnings before Income Taxes



Income Tax Provision



Effective Income Tax Rate










As reported

$

192.7


$

72.3



37.5%

Less:









Restructuring expenses


(1.0)



(0.3)




Loss on early extinguishment of debt


(2.8)



(1.1)




Gain on divestitures


136.0



52.5




As adjusted

$

60.5


$

21.2



35.0%










ATTACHMENT 9



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

2010 Results Reclassified to Conform with 2011 Presentation

(Unaudited)

(dollars in millions, except per share amounts)







Three Months


Three Months


Three Months


Three Months


Year


ended


ended


ended


ended


ended


March 31,


June 30,


September 30,


December 31,


December 31,


2010


2010


2010


2010


2010











Net sales

$               956.6


$            1,086.6


$            1,088.3


$            1,119.0


$            4,250.5

Operating costs and expenses:










Cost of product sold

523.5


600.9


610.6


635.8


2,370.8

Selling, administrative, and research










expenses

297.8


319.3


307.7


326.5


1,251.3

Amortization of intangible assets

10.7


10.7


10.8


11.0


43.2

Restructuring expenses

1.5


0.7


(0.3)


0.7


2.6

Impairment of goodwill

-


-


5.4


(0.5)


4.9

Total operating costs and expenses

833.5


931.6


934.2


973.5


3,672.8











Operating earnings

123.1


155.0


154.1


145.5


577.7











Other income (expense), net

(18.9)


1.4


(2.8)


(24.8)


(45.1)

Interest income

2.2


0.7


0.8


0.6


4.3

Interest expense

(58.7)


(58.4)


(59.1)


(55.7)


(231.9)











Earnings before income taxes

47.7


98.7


93.0


65.6


305.0











Income tax provision

21.6


41.8


32.1


7.8


103.3











Net earnings

26.1


56.9


60.9


57.8


201.7











Less: Net earnings attributable to










noncontrolling interests

0.9


0.2


2.0


2.4


5.5











Net earnings attributable to










Nalco Holding Company

$                 25.2


$                 56.7


$                 58.9


$                 55.4


$               196.2











Net earnings per share










attributable to Nalco Holding Company










common shareholders:










Basic

$                 0.18


$                 0.41


$                 0.43


$                 0.40


$                 1.42

Diluted

$                 0.18


$                 0.41


$                 0.42


$                 0.40


$                 1.41

Weighted-average shares outstanding










(millions):










Basic

138.3


138.3


138.3


138.4


138.3

Diluted

139.2


139.2


139.4


139.8


139.4

Cash dividends declared per share

$               0.035


$               0.035


$               0.035


$               0.035


$                 0.14











ATTACHMENT 10



Nalco Holding Company and Subsidiaries

Segment Information

2010 Results Reclassified to Conform with 2011 Presentation

(Unaudited)

(dollars in millions)












Three Months ended

March 31, 2010


Three Months ended

June 30, 2010


Three Months ended

September 30, 2010


Three Months ended

December 31, 2010


Year ended

December 31, 2010











Segment net sales:










Water Services

$             413.6


$             429.7


$              465.3


$             483.1


$         1,791.7

Paper Services

178.3


181.3


194.4


200.8


754.8

Energy Services

364.7


475.6


428.6


435.1


1,704.0

Total segment net sales

$             956.6


$          1,086.6


$           1,088.3


$          1,119.0


$         4,250.5











Segment direct contribution:










Water Services

$               78.5


$               76.8


$                88.8


$               89.8


$            333.9

Paper Services

29.8


28.6


33.3


35.4


127.1

Energy Services

80.9


121.9


98.6


91.0


392.4

Total segment direct contribution

189.2


227.3


220.7


216.2


853.4











Expenses not allocated to segments:










Administrative expenses

53.9


60.9


50.7


59.5


225.0

Amortization of intangible assets

10.7


10.7


10.8


11.0


43.2

Restructuring expenses

1.5


0.7


(0.3)


0.7


2.6

Impairment of goodwill

-


-


5.4


(0.5)


4.9

Operating earnings

123.1


155.0


154.1


145.5


577.7

Other income (expense), net

(18.9)


1.4


(2.8)


(24.8)


(45.1)

Interest income

2.2


0.7


0.8


0.6


4.3

Interest expense

(58.7)


(58.4)


(59.1)


(55.7)


(231.9)











Earnings before income taxes

$               47.7


$               98.7


$                93.0


$               65.6


$            305.0











ATTACHMENT 11



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