Steel Excel Inc. Reports 2013 Fourth Quarter Financial Results

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--()--Steel Excel Inc. (Other OTC:SXCL) (“Steel Excel”, “SXCL” or the “Company”), which operates Energy and Sports segments, today announced operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013. The results are summarized in the following paragraphs. For a full discussion of the results, please see the Company's annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, which can be found at www.steelexcel.com.

Steel Excel reported net revenues of $33.5 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared to $26.9 million for the same period of 2012. Income from continuing operations before income taxes was $1.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared to a loss of $0.3 million in the 2012 period. Net income attributable to Steel Excel for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $7.3 million, or $0.60 per diluted common share, as compared to a loss of $0.1 million, or $0.01 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2012.

For the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company reported net revenues of $120.0 million, as compared to $100.1 million for the same period of 2012. Income from continuing operations before income taxes was $7.0 million in 2013, as compared to $6.5 million in 2012. Net income attributable to Steel Excel for 2013 was $14.2 million, or $1.13 per diluted common share, as compared to $20.7 million, or $1.71 per diluted common share, for 2012. At December 31, 2013, the Company had cash and marketable securities totaling $252.1 million.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2013, includes a benefit from income taxes of approximately $9.3 million due primarily to a reversal of reserves for foreign taxes upon the expiration of the statute of limitations and the reversal of a portion of the valuation allowance for deferred tax assets. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2012, includes a benefit from income taxes of approximately $15.1 million due primarily to the reversal of the valuation allowance for deferred tax assets resulting from deferred tax liabilities recognized related to the identifiable intangible assets recorded in connection with an acquisition in the 2012 period.

The Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $5.8 million in the fourth quarter of 2013, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $5.1 million in the 2012 quarter, an increase of $0.7 million or 13.2%. For the year ended December 31, 2013, the Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $23.8 million, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $22.6 million in the 2012 period, an increase of $1.2 million, or 5.2%. See "Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measurements" below for the definition of Adjusted EBITDA.

Based on current information, the Company anticipates revenue and Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2014, to be in the range of $180.0 million to $220.0 million and $38.5 million to $47.5 million respectively; the Company anticipates revenue and Adjusted EBITDA for the first quarter of 2014 to be in the range of $39.0 million to $48.0 million and $6.5 million to $8.5 million respectively.

 

Financial Summary

 

Statements of Operations Data:

 
  Three Months Ended   Fiscal Year Ended
December 31 December 31
2013   2012 2013   2012
(in thousands, except per-share data)
Net revenues $ 33,496 $ 26,915 $ 120,028 $ 100,104
Gross profit $ 10,172 $ 6,668 $ 34,643 $ 34,040
Operating income (loss) $ 911 $ (489 ) $ 2,562 $ 5,817
 
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes $ 1,867 $ (330 ) $ 7,049 $ 6,467
Benefit from income taxes 7,028   334   9,342   15,712  
Net income from continuing operations 8,895 4 16,391 22,179
Income (loss) from discontinued operations (4,063 ) 51   (5,540 ) (1,935 )
Net income 4,832 55 10,851 20,244

Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests in
consolidated entities

2,512   (131 ) 3,344   449  
Net income (loss) attributable to Steel Excel Inc. $ 7,344   $ (76 ) $ 14,195   $ 20,693  
 

Net income (loss) attributable to Steel Excel Inc. per share of
common stock - basic

$ 0.60 $ (0.01 ) $ 1.13 $ 1.71

Net income (loss) attributable to Steel Excel Inc. per share of
common stock - diluted

$ 0.60 $ (0.01 ) $ 1.13 $ 1.71
 
 

Balance Sheet Data:

 
 

December 31,
2013

 

December 31,
2012

(in thousands)
Cash and marketable securities $ 252,087   $ 270,684
Property and equipment 106,383 77,768
Goodwill and intangible assets 112,582 92,980
Other investments 34,183 1,021
Other assets 32,804   24,042
Total assets $ 538,039   $ 466,495
 
Total liabilities $ 114,104 $ 34,533
Total stockholders' equity $ 423,935 $ 431,962
 
 

Segment Results

 
  Three Months Ended   Fiscal Year Ended
December 31 December 31
2013   2012 2013   2012
(in thousands)
Net revenues:
Energy $ 31,352 $ 26,403 $ 109,624 $ 97,191
Sports 2,144   512   10,404   2,913  
Total net revenues $ 33,496   $ 26,915   $ 120,028   $ 100,104  
 
Operating income (loss):
Energy $ 3,755 $ 2,287 $ 12,381 $ 16,837
Sports (1,091 ) (669 ) (1,408 ) (2,061 )
Total segment operating income 2,664 1,618 10,973 14,776
Corporate and other business activities (1,753 ) (2,107 ) (8,411 ) (8,959 )
Interest income, net 738 914 3,079 1,486
Other income, net 218   (755 ) 1,408   (836 )
Income from continuing operations before income taxes $ 1,867   $ (330 ) $ 7,049   $ 6,467  
 
 

Supplemental Non-GAAP Disclosures

 

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

 
  Three Months Ended   Fiscal Year Ended
December 31 December 31
2013   2012 2013   2012
(in thousands)
Net income attributable to Steel Excel $ 7,344 $ (76 ) $ 14,195 $ 20,693

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests in
consolidated entities

(2,512 ) 131   (3,344 ) (449 )
Net income 4,832 55 10,851 20,244
Interest income, net (738 ) (914 ) (3,079 ) (1,486 )
Benefit from income taxes (7,028 ) (334 ) (9,342 ) (15,712 )
Depreciation and amortization 4,824 4,979 19,185 15,303
Loss (income) from discontinued operations 4,063 (51 ) 5,540 1,935
Non-cash stock-based compensation 61 630 2,040 1,487
Other expense (income), net (218 ) 755   (1,408 ) 836  
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $ 5,796   $ 5,120   $ 23,787   $ 22,607  
 
 

Adjusted EBITDA by Segment

 
  Three Months Ended   Fiscal Year Ended
December 31 December 31
2013   2012 2013   2012
(in thousands)
Energy $ 8,227 $ 7,137 $ 30,774 $ 31,619
Sports (739 ) $ (536 ) (616 ) (1,540 )
Corporate and other business activities (1,692 ) (1,481 ) (6,371 ) (7,472 )
Total $ 5,796   $ 5,120   $ 23,787   $ 22,607  
 

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measurements

The financial data contained in this press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measurements as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including "Adjusted EBITDA". The Company is presenting Adjusted EBITDA because it believes that it provides useful information to investors about Steel Excel, its business, and its financial condition. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income from continuing operations before the effects of realized and unrealized gains or losses, interest income or expense, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization, and excludes certain non-recurring and non-cash items including stock-based compensation. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is one of the measures used by the Company's Board of Directors and management to evaluate its business, including in internal management reporting, budgeting, and forecasting processes, in comparing operating results across the business, as an internal profitability measure, as a component in evaluating the ability and the desirability of making capital expenditures and significant acquisitions, and as an element in determining executive compensation.

However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"), and the items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for net income or cash flows from operating, investing, or financing activities. Because Adjusted EBITDA is calculated before recurring cash charges, including realized and unrealized losses, interest income or expense, and income taxes, and is not adjusted for capital expenditures or other recurring cash requirements of the business, it should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to invest in the growth of the business. There are a number of material limitations to the use of Adjusted EBITDA as an analytical tool, including the following:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company's net realized and unrealized gains and losses;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company's interest income or expense;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company's income tax provision or benefit or the cash requirements to pay its income taxes;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash expenses in the period recorded, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cash requirements for such replacement;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include stock-based compensation;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include asset impairments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include the income or losses of equity-method investees;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include the attribution of income or loss to non-controlling interests;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include discontinued operations; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include certain other non-recurring and non-cash items.

The Company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its U.S. GAAP financial measures and by using Adjusted EBITDA only as supplemental information. The Company believes that consideration of Adjusted EBITDA, together with a careful review of its U.S. GAAP financial measures, is the most informed method of analyzing SXCL.

Adjusted EBITDA is derived from net income attributable to Steel Excel, and that calculation is set forth above. Because Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and is susceptible to varying calculations, Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. Revenues and expenses are measured in accordance with the policies and procedures described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

About Steel Excel

Steel Excel, through its two business segments, Energy and Sports, is committed to acquiring, strengthening and growing profitable businesses. The Energy segment provides well servicing, workover and other services to the oil and gas industry. The Sports segment is a network of branded participatory and experience-based businesses engaged in sports, training, entertainment and consumer lifestyle.

The Company is based in White Plains, N.Y. (Other OTC: SXCL). Website: www.steelexcel.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that reflect SXCL's current expectations and projections about its future results, performance, prospects, and opportunities. SXCL has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words such as "may," "should," "expect," "hope," "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "plan," "estimate," and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause its actual results, performance, prospects, or opportunities in 2014 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, our ability to deploy our capital in a manner that maximizes stockholder value; the ability to identify suitable acquisition candidates or business and investment opportunities; the inability to realize the benefits of our net operating losses; the ability to consolidate and manage our newly acquired businesses; fluctuations in demand for our services; the hazardous nature of operations in the oilfield services industry, which could result in personal injury, property damage or damage to the environment; environmental and other health and safety laws and regulations, including those relating to climate change, and general economic conditions. Although SXCL believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable and achievable, such statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and no assurance can be given that the actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Investors should read carefully the factors described in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's filings with the SEC, including the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, for information regarding risk factors that could affect the Company's results. Except as otherwise required by Federal securities laws, SXCL undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances, or any other reason.

Contacts

Steel Excel Inc.
James F. McCabe, Jr., 212-520-2300
Chief Financial Officer
jmccabe@steelpartners.com

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Steel Excel Inc.
James F. McCabe, Jr., 212-520-2300
Chief Financial Officer
jmccabe@steelpartners.com