Perma-Fix Reports Record Profit for First Quarter, Ended March 31, 2006Revenue for Nuclear Segment Climbs 11.6 Percent
ATLANTA, May 9 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: PESI; BSE: PESI; Germany: PES.BE) today announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2006. Revenues for the first quarter of 2006 were $21.1 million versus $21.4 million for the first quarter of 2005, a decrease of 1.5%.
Income from continuing operations for the quarter rose to $1.1 million, from $109,000 in the same period a year ago. Net income applicable to common stock for the quarter grew to a record $678,000, or $0.02 per share, from a net loss applicable to common stock of $168,000 or $0.00 per share, for the same period a year ago. The 2006 net income applicable to common stock included a loss from discontinued operations of $450,000 from expenses incurred at the Company's discontinued operations in Detroit and Pittsburgh.
Dr. Louis F. Centofanti, Perma-Fix chairman and chief executive officer, said, "This was Perma-fix's best first quarter. In addition to achieving record first quarter net income, the Nuclear segment is now on a dynamic track."
"Going forward, we envision continued growth in the Nuclear segment. The segment's continued growth is allowing it to handle new mixed waste streams which we have not previously handled, as evidenced by a new government contract that our Nuclear segment entered into during the first quarter of 2006. This contract has a potential value of approximately $9.4 million over the term of the contract. In addition, we believe that the recently announced certification received by our Nuclear segment to dispose of certain types of nuclear related waste at the Nevada Test site will also assist in its growth.
"Moreover," Centofanti added, "we are anticipating a good year as a whole. The performance of the Industrial segment is improving as demonstrated by the increase in gross profit percentage from 18.8% in 2005 to 21.6% in 2006; we are now near completion of lower margin contracts and we have discontinued our unprofitable operations in Michigan and Pittsburgh.
Revenues for the Nuclear segment rose 11.6% to $12.2 million, reflecting growing sales and new contracts in the mixed waste market. Revenue for the Industrial segment was $8.2 million versus $9.8 million in the same quarter of the previous year.
The table below presents certain financial information for the business segments, excluding allocation of corporate expenses.
Quarter Ended March 31, 2006 (In thousands) Industrial Nuclear Engineering Net revenues $8,222 $12,158 $738 Gross profit 1,777 4,821 232 Segment profit (loss) (89) 2,706 91 Quarter Ended March 31, 2005 Industrial Nuclear Engineering Net revenues $9,771 $10,896 $763 Gross profit 1,836 3,546 155 Segment profit (loss) (166) 1,631 31
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 information concerning continued growth in the Nuclear segment, handling new mixed waste streams as evidenced by a new government contract having a potential value of approximately $9.4 million; potential growth as a result of a recently received certification that our Nuclear segment received to dispose of certain types of nuclear waste at the Nevada Test site; and anticipating a good year as a whole. 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; 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 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 pending or future litigation or administrative proceeding (including, but not limited to, the pending proceedings brought by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency against Perma-Fix of Dayton, Inc. ("PFD") alleging that PFD's operations require it to operate under a title V Air permit and a citizens' suit against PFD alleging similar matters) is resolved unfavorably to us, and the additional factors referred to under "Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" of our 2005 Form 10-K and the "Forward-Looking Statements" discussed in our Form 10-Q for the first quarter of 2006. 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. PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (Unaudited) Three Months Ended March 31, (Amounts in Thousands, Except for Per Share 2006 2005 Amounts) Net revenues $ 21,118 $ 21,430 Cost of goods sold 14,288 15,893 Gross profit 6,830 5,537 Selling, general and administrative expenses 5,241 4,665 Gain on disposal of property and equipment 3 - Income from operations 1,586 872 Other income (expense): Interest income 33 1 Interest expense (357) (412) Interest expense-financing fees (49) (111) Other (13) (28) Income from continuing operations before taxes 1,200 322 Income tax expense 72 213 Income from continuing operations 1,128 109 Loss from discontinued operations (450) (246) Net income (loss) 678 (137) Preferred Stock dividends - (31) Net income (loss) applicable to Common Stock $ 678 $ (168) Net income (loss) per common share - basic Continuing operations $ .03 $ - Discontinued operations (.01) - Net income per common share $ .02 $ - Net income (loss) per common share - diluted Continuing operations $ .03 $ - Discontinued operations (.01) - Net income per common share $ .02 $ - Number of shares and potential common shares used in net income (loss) per common share: Basic 44,831 41,778 Diluted 45,349 44,539 PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS March 31, 2006 December 31, (Amounts in Thousands, Except for Share Amounts) (Unaudited) 2005 ASSETS Current assets Cash $ 68 $ 94 Restricted cash 501 511 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $467 and $512 13,562 16,609 Unbilled receivables 13,975 11,948 Prepaid expenses and other 3,302 3,656 Current assets of discontinued operations - 60 Total current assets 31,408 32,878 Net property and equipment 43,778 44,480 Net property and equipment of discontinued operations 716 806 Permits 13,246 13,188 Goodwill 1,330 1,330 Finite Risk Sinking Fund 4,361 3,339 Other assets 2,297 2,504 Total assets $ 97,136 $ 98,525 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $ 4,842 $ 6,053 Accrued expenses and other 15,818 17,603 Current liabilities of discontinued operations 302 628 Current portion of long-term debt 2,512 2,678 Total current liabilities 23,474 26,962 Other long-term liabilities 9,452 9,279 Long-term liabilities of discontinued operations 3,149 3,149 Long-term debt, less current portion 11,906 10,697 Total long-term liabilities 24,507 23,125 Total liabilities 47,981 50,087 Commitments and Contingencies - - Preferred Stock of subsidiary, $1.00 par value; 1,467,396 shares authorized, 1,284,730 shares issued and outstanding, liquidation value $1.00 per share 1,285 1,285 Stockholders' equity: Common Stock, $.001 par value; 75,000,000 shares authorized, 45,824,926 and 45,813,916 shares issued, including 988,000 shares held as treasury stock, respectively 46 46 Additional paid-in capital 82,219 82,180 Accumulated deficit (32,533) (33,211) 49,732 49,015 Less Common Stock in treasury at cost; 988,000 shares (1,862) (1,862) Total stockholders' equity 47,870 47,153 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $97,136 $98,525
Dr. Louis F. Centofanti
Chairman and CEO
Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc.
J. Todd Atenhan
Both of EPOCH Financial Group, Inc.
European Investor Relations
Stephanie Stern of Stern & Co.
Released May 9, 2006