Perma-Fix Reports Results for the Second Quarter of 2007
Completes Integration of New Radioactive and Mixed-Waste Treatment Facility in Richland, Washington
ATLANTA, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: PESI) today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2007.
Dr. Louis F. Centofanti, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We achieved a number of important milestones during the second quarter of 2007. First, we completed the acquisition and successful integration of our new radioactive and mixed-waste treatment facility in Richland, Washington, which we have renamed Perma-Fix Northwest Richland, Inc. Located adjacent to the Hanford site, this facility provides us immediate access to treat some of the most complex nuclear waste streams in the nation. We believe this one site alone represents a substantial growth opportunity for us in the coming years as we introduce our proprietary processes for the treatment of wastes that are both radioactive and chemically hazardous. Second, our M&EC South Bay began processing special nuclear materials during the second quarter, which represents our first foray into the treatment of mid-level radioactive nuclear waste-an opportunity that we believe may far exceed our current market for the treatment of low-level nuclear wastes. Lastly, we announced our intent to sell our Industrial Segment and that we entered into a letter of intent with The Environmental Quality Company (EQ) to purchase our Industrial Segment. EQ has advised us that they will be unable to proceed with the transaction as contemplated by the letter of intent. As a result, we are in the process of considering additional offers that we have received to purchase all or portions of our Industrial Segment. The sale of our Industrial Segment would enable us to focus greater attention and resources on the Nuclear Segment, which has higher margins, strong cash flow and substantial barriers to entry for potential competitors."
Dr. Centofanti continued, "Nuclear revenues were relatively flat for the quarter, which reflected the timing of several projects. However, under our existing contracts alone, we anticipate revenues will return to historic growth levels. In addition, the federal government is proposing a number of new nuclear and mixed waste remediation projects during 2008. We anticipate participating in several of these new projects, which will help further accelerate our revenue growth as these projects begin to ramp-up. The new Perma-Fix Northwest Richland facility contributed two weeks of revenue, and we are quite pleased with the strong flow of radioactive-only waste coming into the facility that we can treat utilizing the existing processes and excess capacity at the facility. Moreover, we look forward to installing our new processes for the treatment of mixed waste at this facility, which will provide very significant expansion opportunities. Overall, we are extremely encouraged by the near and long-term growth opportunities within our Nuclear Segment as we expand our operations at the Hanford site, move into the treatment of higher level waste streams, and continue to bid on an increasing number of new DOE projects."
Revenues for the second quarter of 2007 were $13.5 million versus $14.0 million for the same period last year. Revenue for the quarter does not include the Industrial Segment, which has been reclassified under discontinued operations. Revenue for the Nuclear Segment was $13.0 million versus $13.1 million in the same period last year. Nuclear Segment revenue for the quarter includes approximately $1.2 million from Perma-Fix Northwest Richland. Additionally, revenues from the Engineering Segment declined to $532,000 versus $934,000 for the same period last year due in part to inter-company work required by the Industrial Segment divestiture and the Nuvotec acquisition. Income from operations for the second quarter was $752 thousand, versus $1.7 million for the same period last year. During the second quarter, the Company announced its intent to sell the Industrial Segment and to focus on the Nuclear Segment. The discussion of results in this press release exclude the Company's Industrial Segment because it is being reported as "assets for sale".
As previously disclosed, the Company's insurer recently withdrew its prior denial of coverage and agreed to defend and indemnify Perma-Fix and its Dayton, Ohio subsidiary in the previously disclosed lawsuit brought against the Dayton, Ohio subsidiary by a citizens' group and the federal government alleging, among other things, that our Dayton subsidiary was operating without appropriate air permits. Perma-Fix has recently been advised that its insurer will reimburse the Company for the $2.5 million previously spent to defend this litigation. As a result, the Company recorded a gain within discontinued operations of $2.5 million. Perma-Fix has received $750,000 of the $2.5 million anticipated cash reimbursement from its insurer. This was partially offset by $800,000 of reserves recorded in discontinued operations for the anticipated settlement. As a result, income from discontinued operations increased to $470,000 versus $84,000 for the same period last year. Net income applicable to common stock for the second quarter of 2007 was $1.2 million, or $0.02 per share, versus net income of $1.8 million or $0.04 per share, for the same period last year.
The Company's EBITDA was $1.9 million during the quarter ended June 30, 2007, as compared to $3.0 million for the same period of 2006. The Company defines EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), and should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, earnings as an indicator of operating performance or cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. The Company believes the presentation of EBITDA is relevant and useful by enhancing the readers' ability to understand the Company's operating performance. The Company's management utilizes EBITDA as a means to measure performance. The Company's measurements of EBITDA may not be comparable to similar titled measures reported by other companies. The table below reconciles EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure, to net income for the three months ended June 30, 2007 and 2006.
Six Months Quarter Ended June 30 Ended June 30 (In thousands) 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net Income - Continuing Operations $752 $1,741 $1,335 $2,958 Adjustments: Depreciation & Amortization 857 757 1,628 1,510 Interest Income (78) (58) (166) (89) Interest Expense 272 389 473 719 Interest Expense - Financing Fees 48 48 96 96 Income Tax Expense 58 107 183 179 EBITDA $1,909 $2,984 $3,549 $5,373
The tables below present certain financial information for the business segments, excluding allocation of corporate expenses:
Quarter Ended Quarter Ended June 30, 2007 June 30, 2006 (In thousands) Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Engineering Net revenues $13,005 532 $13,106 934 Gross profit 4,639 165 5,714 219 Segment profit (loss) 2,295 43 3,375 60 Six Months Ended Six Months Ended June 30, 2007 June 30, 2006 (In thousands) Nuclear Engineering Nuclear Engineering Net revenues $25,349 1,109 $25,264 1,672 Gross profit 9,071 333 10,535 451 Segment profit (loss) 4,305 92 6,082 151 About Perma-Fix Environmental Services
Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. is a national environmental services company, providing unique mixed waste and industrial waste management services. The Company has increased its focus on the nuclear services segment, which provides radioactive and mixed waste treatment services to hospitals, research laboratories and institutions, numerous federal agencies including DOE and the U.S. Department of Defense and nuclear utilities. The industrial services segment provides hazardous and non-hazardous waste treatment services for a diverse group of customers including Fortune 500 companies, numerous federal, state and local agencies and thousands of smaller clients. The Company operates nine major waste treatment facilities across the country.
This press release contains "forward-looking statements" which are based largely on the Company's expectations and are subject to various business risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, the growth prospects of our nuclear segment; under our existing contracts alone, we anticipate revenues will return to historic growth levels; that the Perma-Fix Northwest Richland facility will represent a substantial growth opportunity for us in the coming years; M&EC South Bay processing of special nuclear waste which we believe may exceed our current market for the treatment of low level, nuclear waste; the sale of our Industrial Segment; the sale of our Industrial Segment would enable us to focus greater attention and resources in our Nuclear Segment; federal government's new remediation projects during 2008, and we anticipate growth will resume as these new projects slated to being during 2008 ramp up; and reimbursement by our insurer of $2.5 million litigation expenses that we have incurred relating to the Dayton litigation. These forward-looking statements are intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While the Company believes the expectations reflected in this news release are reasonable, it can give no assurance such expectations will prove to be correct. There are a variety of factors which could cause future outcomes to differ materially from those described in this release, including, without limitation, future economic conditions; industry conditions; competitive pressures; and our ability to apply and market our technologies; that neither the federal government nor any other party to a subcontract involving the federal government terminates or renegotiates any material contract granted to us prior to expiration of the term of the contract, as such contracts are generally terminable or renegotiable on 30 day notice, at the government's option; or the government or such other party to a contract granted to us fails to abide by or comply with the contract or to deliver waste as anticipated under the contract; that Congress provides funding for the new remediation projects; and the additional factors referred to under "Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" of our 2006 Form 10-K and the Forward-Looking Statements discussed in our Forms 10-Q for the first quarter of 2007. The Company makes no commitment to disclose any revisions to forward-looking statements, or any facts, events or circumstances after the date hereof that bear upon forward-looking statements.
Please visit us on the World Wide Web at http://www.perma-fix.com. FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT FOR THE QUARTER ENDED JUNE 30, 2007 Three Months Ended Six Months Ended (Amounts in Thousands, Except June 30, June 30, for Per Share Amounts) 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net revenues $13,537 $14,040 $26,458 $26,936 Cost of goods sold 8,733 8,107 17,054 15,950 Gross profit 4,804 5,933 9,404 10,986 Selling, general and administrative expenses 3,759 3,689 7,474 7,090 Loss (gain) on disposal of property and equipment 2 - 2 1 Income from operations 1,043 2,244 1,928 3,895 Other income (expense): Interest income 78 58 166 89 Interest expense (272) (389) (473) (719) Interest expense-financing fees (48) (48) (96) (96) Other 9 (17) (7) (32) Income from continuing operations before taxes 810 1,848 1,518 3,137 Income tax expense 58 107 183 179 Income from continuing operations 752 1,741 1,335 2,958 Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of taxes 470 84 (1,197) (455) Net income 1,222 1,825 138 2,503 Preferred Stock dividends - - - - Net income applicable to Common Stock $1,222 $1,825 $138 $2,503 Net income (loss) per common share - basic Continuing operations $.01 $.04 $ .02 $ .07 Discontinued operations .01 - (.02) (.01) Net income (loss) per common share $.02 $.04 $ - $ .06 Net income (loss) per common share - diluted Continuing operations $.01 $.04 $ .02 $ .06 Discontinued operations .01 - (.02) (.01) Net income (loss) per common share $.02 $.04 $ - $ .05 Number of shares used in computing net income (loss) per share: Basic 52,131 45,117 52,097 44,975 Diluted 53,601 46,380 53,333 45,805 PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS AS OF JUNE 30, 2007 (Amounts in Thousands, June 30, 2007 December 31, Except for Share Amounts) (Unaudited) 2006 ASSETS Current assets: Cash $60 $2,528 Restricted cash 35 35 Investments 121 - Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful account of $73 and $168 10,547 9,488 Unbilled receivables-current 11,758 12,313 Prepaid expenses and other 2,306 4,776 Current assets included in assets held for sale, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $330 and $247 9,014 6,435 Total current assets $33,841 $35,575 Net property and equipment 47,522 33,345 Net Property and equipment included in assets held for sale, net of accumulated depreciation of $13,641 and $13,341 13,194 13,281 Permits 11,110 11,025 Goodwill 12,769 1,330 Unbilled receivable - non-current 3,275 2,600 Finite Risk Sinking Fund 5,633 4,518 Other assets 1,699 1,954 Intangibles and other assets included in assets held for sale 2,369 2,369 Total assets $131,412 $105,997 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $5,109 $2,456 Accrued expenses and other 16,553 12,146 Current liabilities included in assets held for sale 7,525 6,072 Current portion of long-term debt 4,080 2,092 Total current liabilities 33,267 22,766 Other long-term liabilities 12,236 8,191 Long-term liabilities included in assets held for sale 3,746 3,895 Long-term debt, less current portion 13,549 5,407 Total long-term liabilities 29,531 17,493 Total liabilities 62,798 40,259 Preferred Stock of subsidiary, $1.00 par value; 1,467,396 1,285 1,285 shares authorized, 1,284,730 shares issued and outstanding, liquidation value $1.00 per share Stockholders' equity: Common Stock, $.001 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized, 52,252,363 and 52,053,744 shares issued, including 0 shares held and 988,000 shares of treasury stock retired in 2006, respectively 52 52 Additional paid-in capital 95,691 92,980 Stock subscription receivable (52) (79) Accumulated deficit (28,362) (28,500) Total stockholders' equity 67,329 64,453 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $131,412 $105,997
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Released August 7, 2007