Clean Harbors Reports Second-Quarter 2016 Financial Results

  • Reports Revenues of $697.5 Million, Reflecting Softness in Energy and Industrial Markets
  • Announces Net Income of $4.0 Million and GAAP EPS of $0.07; Adjusted EPS of $0.15
  • Reports Adjusted EBITDA of $110.4 Million; Margin of 15.8%
  • Nears Completion of ~$175 Million in Acquisitions to Expand Environmental Services and Support Safety-Kleen’s Closed Loop Offering
  • Announces Planned Divestiture of Subsidiary Within Industrial Services
  • Narrows 2016 Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Range

NORWELL, Mass.--()--Clean Harbors, Inc. (“Clean Harbors”) (NYSE: CLH), the leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America, today announced financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016.

Revenues for the second quarter of 2016 were $697.5 million, compared with $936.2 million in the same period a year ago. Revenues in the second quarter of 2015 included approximately $170 million related to substantial emergency response activity. Income from operations was $34.5 million in the second quarter of 2016, compared with $60.8 million in last year’s second quarter, which included a non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $32.0 million related to the Oil and Gas Field Services segment.

Net income for the second quarter of 2016 was $4.0 million, or $0.07 per diluted share, which was negatively impacted by not recognizing income tax benefits associated with pre-tax losses generated by certain of the Company’s Canadian subsidiaries. The negative effect from not recognizing these benefits, which had no cash impact in the current period, was $4.5 million, or $0.08 per diluted share. Adjusted net income, which includes the recognition of these tax benefits, was $8.4 million, or $0.15 per diluted share.

In the second quarter of 2015, net income was $10.4 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, which included the non-cash goodwill impairment charge. Excluding the non-cash impairment charge, second-quarter 2015 adjusted net income was $42.4 million, or $0.72 per diluted share.

Net income and adjusted net income results for the second quarters of 2016 and 2015 included pre-tax integration and severance costs of $3.2 million and $1.8 million, respectively.

Adjusted EBITDA (see description below) in the second quarter of 2016 was $110.4 million, compared with $163.1 million in the same period of 2015.

Comments on the Second Quarter

“The ongoing slowdown in the energy sector, combined with softness across several of our key industrial markets, limited growth opportunities, constrained customer spending on projects and reduced near-term waste volumes from several key verticals,” said Alan S. McKim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “At the same time, both of our Safety-Kleen segments delivered strong quarterly results, with SK Environmental Services increasing its year-over-year profitability for the eighth consecutive quarter and Kleen Performance Products posting a small rebound in base oil pricing from earlier in the year, as well as an increase in blended products sales.

“Within Technical Services, second-quarter incineration utilization was 88 percent due to a higher number of turnaround days, which increased our deferred revenue by nearly $7 million sequentially to more than $70 million. Lower industrial volumes limited project opportunities and reductions in oil and gas production waste streams drove landfill volumes down 21 percent from those of a year ago,” McKim said. “Our Industrial and Field Services results reflected a difficult quarter in which our declining business in Western Canada was further weakened by the massive fire in the Fort McMurray area forcing shutdowns, and customer activity in the southwestern U.S. was temporarily reduced following widespread flooding in Texas. Business in our planned carve-out segments – Oil and Gas Field Services and Lodging Services – was hurt by continued deterioration in the overall energy market, to which we responded with additional cost-cutting efforts.

Recent Acquisitions and Divestiture

“During the second quarter, we worked on completing a series of six acquisitions totaling approximately $175 million, which expanded our geographic footprint and capabilities. This included two Part B permits to support our growing presence on the West Coast. One in southern California, where we were capacity constrained, is part of a significant plant, which will link with our new El Dorado, Arkansas incinerator. The second is in Seattle where we acquired new capabilities for our Technical Services and Field Services businesses in the Northwest region. We also acquired assets to support our North American renewable lubricants program and this included terminals, re-refineries, waste oil collection and blending/packaging capabilities – all critical components to the success of our ‘closed loop’ initiative, in which we directly sell Safety-Kleen’s blended products back to our customers. Three acquisitions have already been finalized, and we expect the remaining three to close within the next week.

“In addition, we plan to divest a subsidiary in our Industrial Services group. This business, which generated approximately $55 million in revenues in 2015, is not a core line of business in our portfolio and was planned for divestiture. Proceeds are expected to be in the range of $50 million.

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

“Looking ahead, we see near-term challenges stemming from ongoing energy, industrial and customer spending trends. Consequently, we intend to channel our resources and investments to core areas that show the highest growth potential, such as our closed loop program and our new hazardous waste incinerator in Arkansas, which we expect will be operational by year-end. We also intend to increase our previously announced $100 million cost reduction program to improve profitability and expand margins.

“As we enter the second half of 2016, we anticipate an improvement in our incineration business, due to our backlog of waste and fewer planned turnaround days. We expect a significant sequential benefit from pricing gains in the base oil marketplace and we expect that Kleen Performance Products will, in the third quarter, more than double its profitability compared with its second-quarter profitability. We also should see a greater impact from our ongoing cost reduction efforts in the second half of the year as more initiatives are fully implemented. As a result, we expect sequential improvement in Adjusted EBITDA in the third quarter versus our second-quarter performance. On a year-over-year basis, however, we expect Adjusted EBITDA to be down approximately 20 percent from the third quarter of 2015, reflecting last year’s record emergency response activities,” McKim concluded.

Based on its year-to-date financial performance and current market conditions, Clean Harbors updated its 2016 annual Adjusted EBITDA guidance. The Company narrowed its guidance to a range of $430 million to $450 million from its previously announced guidance of $430 million to $490 million. On a GAAP basis, the Company's guidance is based on 2016 net income in the range of $4 million to $9 million. Adjusted net income for 2016, which includes the recognition of the non-cash tax benefits in Canada, is in the range of $24 million to $29 million. A reconciliation of the Company’s Adjusted EBITDA guidance and adjusted net income to net income guidance is included below.

Non-GAAP Results

Clean Harbors reports Adjusted EBITDA results, which is a non-GAAP financial measure and should not be considered an alternative to net income or other measurements under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), but viewed only as a supplement to those measurements. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides additional useful information to investors since the Company’s loan covenants are based upon levels of Adjusted EBITDA achieved and the fact that management routinely evaluates the performance of its businesses based upon levels of Adjusted EBITDA. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA consistently and in accordance with its existing credit agreement, as described in the following reconciliation showing the differences between reported net income (loss) and Adjusted EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015 (in thousands):

     
For the Three Months Ended: For the Six Months Ended:
June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015 June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015
 
Net income (loss) $3,966 $10,395

($16,905)

$3,306
Accretion of environmental liabilities 2,548 2,599 5,053 5,218
Depreciation and amortization 73,393 67,773 142,295 136,129
Goodwill impairment charge 31,992 31,992
Other expense 189 660 539 251
Interest expense, net 21,647 19,249 40,627 38,687
Provision for income taxes 8,702 30,454 6,156 25,816
Adjusted EBITDA $110,445 $163,122 $177,765 $241,399
 

This press release includes a discussion of net income (loss) and net earnings (loss) per share adjusted for the non-cash impact of unbenefited tax losses in Canada and income from operations, net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share amounts adjusted for the goodwill impairment charge identified in the reconciliations provided below. The Company believes that discussion of these additional non-GAAP measures provides investors with meaningful comparisons of current results to prior periods’ results by excluding items that the Company does not believe reflect its fundamental business performance. The following shows the difference between income from operations to adjusted income from operations, net income (loss) to adjusted net income (loss) and earnings (loss) per share to adjusted earnings (loss) per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015 (in thousands, except per share amounts):

     
For the Three Months Ended: For the Six Months Ended:

June 30, 2016

 

June 30, 2015

June 30, 2016

 

June 30, 2015

Adjusted income from operations
Income from operations $34,504 $60,758 $30,417 $68,060

Goodwill impairment charge

31,992 31,992
Adjusted income from operations $34,504 $92,750 $30,417 $100,052
 

Adjusted net income (loss)

Net income (loss) $3,966 $10,395

($16,905)

$3,306
Unbenefited tax losses 4,453 12,371
Goodwill impairment charge, net of $0 taxes 31,992 31,992
Adjusted net income (loss) $8,419 $42,387

($4,534)

$35,298
 

Adjusted earnings (loss) per share

Earnings (loss) per share $0.07 $0.18

($0.29)

$0.06
Unbenefited tax losses 0.08 0.21

 

Goodwill impairment charge, net of $0 taxes

0.54 0.54
Adjusted earnings (loss) per share $0.15 $0.72

($0.08)

$0.60
 

Adjusted EBITDA Guidance Reconciliation

An itemized reconciliation between projected net income and projected Adjusted EBITDA is as follows:

   

For the Year Ending
December 31, 2016

Amount
(In millions)
Projected GAAP net income $4   to $9
Adjustments:
Accretion of environmental liabilities   11 to   10
Depreciation and amortization 295 to 285
Interest expense, net 84 to 84
Provision for income taxes   36   to   62
Projected Adjusted EBITDA $430   to $450
 

An itemized reconciliation between projected net income and projected adjusted net income is as follows:

   

For the Year Ending
December 31, 2016

Amount
(In millions)
Projected GAAP net income $4 to $9

Unbenefited tax losses

  20 to   20

Projected adjusted net income

$24 to $29
 

Conference Call Information

Clean Harbors will conduct a conference call for investors today at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss the information contained in this press release. On the call, management will discuss Clean Harbors’ financial results, business outlook and growth strategy. Investors who wish to listen to the webcast and view the accompanying slides should visit the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website at www.cleanharbors.com. The live call also can be accessed by dialing 201.689.8881 or 877.709.8155 prior to the start of the call. If you are unable to listen to the live call, the webcast will be archived on the Company’s website.

About Clean Harbors

Clean Harbors (NYSE: CLH) is North America’s leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services. The Company serves a diverse customer base, including a majority of the Fortune 500, across the chemical, energy, manufacturing and additional markets, as well as numerous government agencies. These customers rely on Clean Harbors to deliver a broad range of services such as end-to-end hazardous waste management, emergency spill response, industrial cleaning and maintenance, and recycling services. Through its Safety-Kleen subsidiary, Clean Harbors also is North America’s largest re-refiner and recycler of used oil and a leading provider of parts washers and environmental services to commercial, industrial and automotive customers. Founded in 1980 and based in Massachusetts, Clean Harbors operates throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit www.cleanharbors.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Any statements contained herein that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are generally identifiable by use of the words “believes,” “expects,” “intends,” “anticipates,” “plans to,” “estimates,” “projects,” or similar expressions. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, statements about future financial and operating results, the Company’s planned carve-out and other statements that are not historical facts. Such statements are based upon the beliefs and expectations of Clean Harbors’ management as of this date only and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially including, without limitation, those items identified as “risk factors” in Clean Harbors’ most recently filed Form 10-K and Form 10-Q. Therefore, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. Clean Harbors undertakes no obligation to revise or publicly release the results of any revision to these forward-looking statements other than through its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which may be viewed in the “Investors” section of Clean Harbors’ website at www.cleanharbors.com.

     

CLEAN HARBORS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands except per share amounts)

 
For the Three Months Ended: For the Six Months Ended:
June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015 June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015
 
Revenues $697,510 $936,228 $1,333,593 $1,668,727
Cost of revenues (exclusive of items shown separately below) 480,002 652,688 944,281 1,199,195
Selling, general and administrative expenses 107,063 120,418 211,547 228,133
Accretion of environmental liabilities 2,548 2,599 5,053 5,218
Depreciation and amortization 73,393 67,773 142,295 136,129
Goodwill impairment charge 31,992 31,992
Income from operations 34,504 60,758 30,417 68,060
Other expense (189) (660) (539) (251)
Interest expense, net (21,647) (19,249) (40,627) (38,687)
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes 12,668 40,849 (10,749) 29,122
Provision for income taxes 8,702 30,454 6,156 25,816
Net income (loss) $3,966 $10,395

($16,905)

$3,306
Earnings (loss) per share:
Basic $0.07 $0.18

($0.29)

$0.06
Diluted $0.07 $0.18

($0.29)

$0.06
 
Shares used to compute earnings (loss) per share — Basic 57,549 58,590 57,599 58,732
Shares used to compute earnings (loss) per share — Diluted 57,678 58,710 57,599 58,832
 
     

CLEAN HARBORS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands)

 
June 30, 2016 December 31, 2015
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $352,923 $184,708
Accounts receivable, net 503,749 496,004
Unbilled accounts receivable 29,119 25,940
Deferred costs 21,261 18,758
Inventories and supplies 162,404 149,521
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 49,678 46,265
Total current assets 1,119,134 921,196
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,594,987 1,532,467
Other assets:
Deferred financing costs 1,412 1,847
Goodwill 461,491 453,105
Permits and other intangibles, net 492,224 506,818
Other 23,133 15,995
Total other assets 978,260 977,765
Total assets $3,692,381 $3,431,428
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $222,302 $241,183
Deferred revenue 70,263 61,882
Accrued expenses 203,813 193,660
Current portion of closure, post-closure and remedial liabilities 24,043 20,395
Total current liabilities 520,421 517,120
Other liabilities:
Closure and post-closure liabilities, less current portion 51,143 49,020
Remedial liabilities, less current portion 114,291 118,826
Long-term obligations 1,631,881 1,382,543
Deferred taxes, unrecognized tax benefits and other long-term liabilities 258,302 267,637
Total other liabilities 2,055,617 1,818,026
Total stockholders’ equity, net 1,116,343 1,096,282
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $3,692,381 $3,431,428
   

Supplemental Segment Data (in thousands)

 
For the Three Months Ended:
Revenue June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015

Third Party
Revenues

 

Intersegment
Revenues
(Expense), net

 

Direct
Revenues

Third Party
Revenues

 

Intersegment
Revenues
(Expense), net

 

Direct
Revenues

Technical Services $229,130   $36,245   $265,375 $248,025   $39,397   $287,422
Industrial and Field Services   153,851   (9,341)   144,510   353,329   (11,631)   341,698
Kleen Performance Products 86,711 (7,600) 79,111 99,104 (21,429) 77,675
SK Environmental Services 191,004 (21,491) 169,513 175,876 (8,799) 167,077
Lodging Services 16,418 151 16,569 21,171 1,072 22,243
Oil and Gas Field Services 19,232 2,480 21,712 38,617 2,194 40,811
Corporate Items   1,164     (444)     720   106     (804)     (698)
Total $697,510   $—  

 

$697,510

$936,228   $—  

 

$936,228

 
   
For the Six Months Ended:
Revenue June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015

Third Party
Revenues

 

Intersegment
Revenues
(Expense), net

 

Direct
Revenues

Third Party
Revenues

 

Intersegment
Revenues
(Expense), net

 

Direct
Revenues

Technical Services $448,235   $71,477   $519,712 $488,350   $75,598   $563,948
Industrial and Field Services   275,428   (16,824) 258,604   500,197   (18,114) 482,083
Kleen Performance Products 154,254 (17,008) 137,246 195,911 (39,687) 156,224
SK Environmental Services 370,422 (40,238) 330,184 336,560 (20,381) 316,179
Lodging Services 32,063 436 32,499 55,275 1,253 56,528
Oil and Gas Field Services 51,248 3,446 54,694 92,204 3,535 95,739
Corporate Items   1,943     (1,289)     654   230     (2,204)     (1,974)
Total $1,333,593   $—   $ 1,333,593

 

$1,668,727

  $—   $ 1,668,727
 
     
For the Three Months Ended: For the Six Months Ended:
Adjusted EBITDA June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015 June 30, 2016   June 30, 2015
 
Technical Services $68,891 $76,808 $129,289 $140,209
Industrial and Field Services 19,946 73,081 22,064 83,390
Kleen Performance Products 9,995 15,824 14,555 11,348
SK Environmental Services 45,239 41,195 80,734 68,444
Lodging Services 3,022 3,852 4,041 10,762
Oil and Gas Field Services (4,207) (2,182) (5,601) (779)
Corporate Items (32,441) (45,456) (67,317) (71,975)
Total $110,445 $163,122 $177,765 $241,399
 

Contacts

Clean Harbors, Inc.
Investors:
Jim Buckley, 781-792-5100
SVP Investor Relations
Buckley.James@cleanharbors.com
or
Media:
Eric Kraus, 781-792-5100
EVP Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Kraus.Eric@cleanharbors.com

Contacts

Clean Harbors, Inc.
Investors:
Jim Buckley, 781-792-5100
SVP Investor Relations
Buckley.James@cleanharbors.com
or
Media:
Eric Kraus, 781-792-5100
EVP Corporate Communications & Public Affairs
Kraus.Eric@cleanharbors.com