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Press Release Source: EnergySolutions On Tuesday November 8, 2011, 8:00 am EST

SALT LAKE CITY, UT–(Marketwire -11/08/11)- EnergySolutions, Inc. (NYSE: ESNews) (the “Company”), a leading provider of specialized, technology-based nuclear services to government and commercial customers, announced financial results for the Company’s third quarter ended September 30, 2011.

Third Quarter 2011 Summary

  • Revenue of $ 421.0 million
  • Net loss attributable to EnergySolutions of $ 3.8 million, or $ 0.04 per share
  • Net income attributable to EnergySolutions before non-cash impact of amortization of intangible assets of $ 0.4 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $ 36.5 million

Third Quarter 2011 Results
Revenue for the third quarter of 2011 increased to $ 421.0 million, compared with $ 417.7 million in the third quarter of 2010. Gross profit for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 37.1 million, compared with $ 49.2 million for the third quarter of 2010. After removing the effects of accretion expense, adjusted gross profit for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 45.1 million, compared with $ 51.3 million for the third quarter of 2010. Selling, general, & administrative expenses decreased to $ 32.2 million, from $ 38.1 million in the third quarter of 2010 as a result of ongoing cost reduction efforts. Operating income for the quarter ended September 30, 2011 was $ 10.6 million compared to $ 15.0 million for the same quarter last year. Adjusted income from operations for the third quarter of 2011 was $ 18.6 million, compared with an adjusted income from operations of $ 17.1 million for the third quarter of 2010.

Net loss attributable to EnergySolutions for the third quarter of 2011 was $ 3.8 million, or $ 0.04 per share, compared with a net loss attributable to EnergySolutions of $ 5.7 million, or $ 0.06 per share, for the third quarter of 2010.

Net income attributable to EnergySolutions before the non-cash impact of amortization of intangible assets for the third quarter of 2011 was $ 0.4 million compared with a net loss attributable to EnergySolutions before the non-cash impact of amortization of intangible assets of $ 0.6 million for the third quarter of 2010.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2011 were $ 23.5 million and $ 36.5 million, respectively, compared with $ 54.8 million and $ 30.9 million, respectively, for the third quarter of 2010.

Reconciliations of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures are provided in the attached Table 4.

Business Segments – Third Quarter 2011
The results of the Company’s two business groups are presented in Table 5 in the accompanying financial tables.

Global Commercial Group
Global Commercial Group revenue for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 369.3 million, compared with $ 336.5 million in the third quarter of 2010. The $ 32.8 million increase in revenue was due primarily to growth from Commercial Services and International activities as discussed below.

Income from operations for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 18.3 million, compared with $ 32.0 million for the third quarter of 2010. Operating margins declined to 5.0% for the third quarter of 2011, compared to 9.5% for the third quarter of 2010 due primarily to lower margins in Commercial Services business resulting from non-cash accretion expense of $ 8.0 million, partially offset by net asset retirement obligation settlement gains.

Commercial Services
Revenue from Commercial Services operations in our Global Commercial Group for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 47.1 million, compared with $ 42.1 million for the third quarter of 2010. The increase in revenue was due primarily to the rapid ramp up of activity at our Zion long-term stewardship project, which was partially offset by decreased revenue from engineering projects completed last without corresponding revenue this year.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 0.9 million, compared with gross profit of $ 2.6 million in the third quarter of 2010. Gross margin was 1.9% for the third quarter of 2011, compared with 6.1% for the third quarter of 2010. The decrease in gross margin was due primarily to $ 8.0 million of accretion expense primarily related to our Zion Station asset retirement obligation in the third quarter of 2011 compared to $ 2.1 million in the same quarter of 2010, and to the relative profitability of other major projects preformed. After taking out the effects of non-cash accretion expense, adjusted gross margin was 18.9% for the third quarter of 2011 compared to 10.9% for the same quarter of 2010.

Logistics, Processing and Disposal
Revenue from our Logistics, Processing and Disposal (“LP&D”) operations in our Global Commercial Group for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 64.7 million, compared to $ 71.0 million in the third quarter of 2010. The decrease in revenue was due primarily to a large delivery of uranium tubes made in the third quarter of 2010 that was not repeated this year, as well as to lower government transportation service activity during the quarter.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 24.3 million, compared with $ 30.6 million for the third quarter of 2010. Gross margin declined to 37.6% for the third quarter of 2011, compared with 43.1% for the third quarter of 2010. The decrease in gross margin was attributable primarily to less absorption of fixed costs at our facilities on a lower revenue base, as well as to increased labor costs.

International
Revenue from our International operations in our Global Commercial Group for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 257.5 million, compared to $ 223.4 million for the third quarter of 2010. Of the $ 34.1 million increase in revenue, $ 8.9 million was related to foreign currency fluctuations, while the operational increase in revenue was due to the acceleration of decommissioning activities at two sites under our Magnox contract in the U.K., and to increased design and construction activities in our operations in Asia. Gross profit for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 5.2 million, compared with $ 8.0 million for the third quarter of 2010. Gross margin declined to 2.0% for the third quarter of 2011 compared with 3.6% for the third quarter of 2010, due primarily to fewer project based incentive fees available in the third quarter of 2011 compared to the third quarter of 2010.

Government Group
Government Group revenue for the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 51.7 million, compared with $ 81.2 million in the third quarter of 2010. The decrease in revenue was due primarily to the completion of our Uranium Disposition Services project and the Portsmouth Gas Diffusion Plant remediation project in March 2011, as well as to decreased funding received during the third quarter of 2011 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“ARRA”) for projects like the Atlas mill tailings clean up project in Moab, UT. As a result of the completion of the UDS and Portsmouth contracts, the reduction in ARRA funding, and the completion of the Moab contract, the Company anticipates year-over-year decreases for the remainder of 2011.

Income from operations for the Government Group in the third quarter of 2011 totaled $ 3.4 million, compared with $ 2.7 million for the third quarter of 2010. Operating margins increased to 6.5% for the third quarter of 2011 compared to 3.3% for the third quarter of 2010 due primarily to reduced overhead costs associated with the ETTP project bid in 2010 that did not continue into 2011, and to ongoing SG&A cost reduction efforts in 2011.

Equity in income from unconsolidated joint ventures totaled $ 5.7 million for the third quarter of 2011, compared with $ 4.0 million for the third quarter of 2010. The increase was due primarily to a timing difference in recognition of income related to our Hanford tank operating contract.

Outlook
“We are pleased with the progress we have made in the third quarter towards achieving our 2011 strategic and financial objectives. As expected, our commercial business revenue growth has continued to more than offset declines in our government business,” said Val Christensen, President and Chief Executive Officer. “With the accelerated progress that we have made so far this year, and based on our current estimated results for the fourth quarter, we are increasing our full year 2011 Adjusted EBITDA guidance to the range of $ 140 to $ 150 million.”

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this earnings release regarding future financial and operating results and any other statements about the Company’s future expectations, beliefs or prospects expressed by management constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements include statements regarding the Company’s outlook for 2011, strategic initiatives, expected continued decline in government project funding and expectations for EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to: (a) uncertain and weak economic conditions globally, including decreased credit availability for our customers and the decisions of individual customers to retain cash and reduce credit market exposure, (b) decreased tax revenue combined with increased demands on federal funding allocations reducing funds available for existing or proposed federal projects that we have been awarded or on which we would bid, (c) current regulatory initiatives, including the importation of nuclear waste into the U.S. and the disposal and storage of depleted uranium, (d) the weakening of the pound sterling and the related currency translation impact on our business if the currency continues to weaken, (e) adverse public reaction that could lead to increased regulation or limitations on our activities, (f) uncertainty regarding the impact on our business of increased regulatory scrutiny of the nuclear waste industry in the U.S. and U.K., (g) decisions by our customers to reduce, delay or halt their spending on nuclear services, (h) decisions by our commercial customers to store radioactive materials on-site rather than dispose of radioactive materials at one of our facilities, (i) the adverse impact of current or future financial conditions on the value of decommissioning trust funds, and (j) continued competitive pressures in our markets. Additional information on potential factors that could affect the Company’s results and other risks and uncertainties are set forth in EnergySolutions, Inc. filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2010 and its most recent report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2011. The Company does not undertake any obligation to release publicly any revision to any of these forward-looking statements.

Conference Call Details
The EnergySolutions 2011 third quarter teleconference and webcast are scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. ET, on Tuesday, November 8, 2011.

Hosting the call will be Val Christensen, President and Chief Executive Officer, and William Benz, Chief Financial Officer.

To participate in the event by telephone, please dial (866)-713-8564 five to ten minutes prior to the start time (to allow time for registration) and reference the conference pass-code 26242334. International callers should dial (617)-597-5312 and enter the same pass-code.

A replay of the call will be available for one week beginning on Wednesday, November 9. To access the replay, dial (888)-286-8010 and enter pass-code 68572982. International callers should dial (617)-801-6888 and enter the same pass-code.

The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed by all interested parties through the Company’s web site at www.energysolutions.com by clicking on the “investor relations” tab at the top of the home page. An audio replay of the event will be archived on EnergySolutions’ web site for 90 days.

About EnergySolutions, Inc.
EnergySolutions offers customers a full range of integrated services and solutions, including nuclear operations, characterization, decommissioning, decontamination, site closure, transportation, nuclear materials management, the safe, secure disposition of nuclear waste, and research and engineering services across the fuel cycle.

-Financial Tables to follow-

Table 1

 
`
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

For the Quarter For the Nine Month Period
Ended September 30 Ended September 30
-------------------------- --------------------------
2011 2010 2011 2010
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Revenue $ 421,027 $ 417,656 $ 1,346,967 $ 1,301,885
Cost of revenue (383,942) (368,453) (1,227,914) (1,164,826)
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Gross profit 37,085 49,203 119,053 137,059

Selling, general and
administrative
expenses (32,165) (38,120) (96,157) (97,861)
Impairment of
goodwill - - - (35,000)
Equity in income of
unconsolidated
joint ventures 5,714 3,952 9,995 10,165
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Income from
operations 10,634 15,035 32,891 14,363

Interest expense (18,201) (33,831) (54,850) (52,374)
Other income, net 2,500 29,923 35,078 30,943
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Income (loss)
before income
taxes and
noncontrolling
interests (5,067) 11,127 13,119 (7,068)

Income tax expense 2,218 (16,053) (4,514) (20,078)
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Net income (loss) (2,849) (4,926) 8,605 (27,146)

Less: Net income
attributable to
noncontrolling
interests (979) (735) (2,020) (1,188)
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Net income (loss)
attributable to
EnergySolutions $ (3,828) $ (5,661) $ 6,585 $ (28,334)
============ ============ ============ ============

Net income (loss)
attributable to
EnergySolutions per
share:
Basic $ (0.04) $ (0.06) $ 0.07 $ (0.32)
Diluted $ (0.04) $ (0.06) $ 0.07 $ (0.32)

Number of shares
used in per share
calculations:
Basic 88,845,102 88,582,398 88,775,360 88,504,525
Diluted 88,845,102 88,582,398 88,777,647 88,504,525

Table 2

 

ENERGYSOLUTIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(dollars in thousands)

ASSETS September 30, 2011 December 31, 2010
------------------- -------------------
Current assets: (Unaudited)
Cash and cash equivalents $ 41,378 $ 60,192
Accounts receivable, net of
allowance for doubtful accounts 324,416 294,972
Nuclear decommissioning trust
fund investments 123,370 110,328
Other current assets 218,504 220,116
------------------- -------------------
Total current assets 707,668 685,608

Property, plant & equipment, net 123,242 122,649
Goodwill 480,925 480,398
Other intangible assets,net 265,403 283,500
Nuclear decommissioning trust fund
investments 622,263 694,754
Restricted cash and
decontamination and
decommissioning deposits 333,341 338,408
Deferred Costs 546,684 650,270
Other noncurrent assets 192,480 169,912
------------------- -------------------

Total assets $ 3,272,006 $ 3,425,499
=================== ===================

LIABILITIES & STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term
debt $ - $ 5,600
Accounts payable 118,745 101,229
Accrued expenses and other
current liabilities 200,850 197,034
Facility and equipment
decontamination and
decommissioning liabilities 123,370 110,328
Unearned revenue, current
portion 123,037 117,802
------------------- -------------------
Total current liabilities 566,002 531,993

Long-term debt, less current
portion 826,834 834,560
Facility and equipment
decontamination and
decommissioning liabilities 604,511 711,419
Unearned revenue 550,717 654,643
Other noncurrent liabilities 230,956 214,346
------------------- -------------------

Total liabilities 2,779,020 2,946,961
------------------- -------------------

EnergySolutions stockholders' equity 489,858 475,636
Noncontrolling interests 3,128 2,902
------------------- -------------------

Total stockholders' equity 492,986 478,538
------------------- -------------------

Total liabilities and
stockholders' equity $ 3,272,006 $ 3,425,499
------------------- -------------------

Table 3

 

ENERGYSOLUTIONS, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
(dollars in thousands)

For the Nine Month Period
Ended September 30
--------------------------
2011 2010
------------ ------------

Cash Provided by Operating Activities $ 14,331 $ 115,400
------------ ------------

Investing Activities
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (17,147) (11,665)
Purchase and sale of investments in nuclear
decommissioning trust fund 3,269 55
Purchases of intangible assets (610) (845)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and
equipment 235 143
------------ ------------
Cash Used in Investing Activities (14,253) (12,312)
------------ ------------

Financing Activities
Repayments of long-term debt (15,200) (1,400)
Net borrowings under revolving credit facility - 2,480
Dividends to stockholders - (6,638)
Other items (2,221) (25,935)
------------ ------------
Cash Used in Financing Activities (17,421) (31,493)
------------ ------------

Effect of Exchange Rate on Cash (1,471) 2,113
------------ ------------

Increase (Decrease) in Cash and Cash Equivalents $ (18,814) $ 73,708
============ ============

Amortization of Intangible Assets $ 19,627 $ 19,227
============ ============
Depreciation $ 15,990 $ 14,527
------------ ------------

Table 4

 

ENERGYSOLUTIONS, INC.
GAAP to Non-GAAP Reconciliation
(dollars in thousands, except per share amounts)

For the Nine Month
For the Quarter Period
Ended September 30 Ended September 30
2011 2010 2011 2010
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------

Reconciliation of net
income (loss)
attributable to
EnergySolutions to
EBITDA:
Net income (loss)
attributable to
EnergySolutions $ (3,828) $ (5,661) $ 6,585 $ (28,334)
Interest expense 18,201 33,831 54,850 52,374
Interest rate swap
loss (gain) - (208) - (1,090)
Income tax expense
(benefit) (2,218) 16,053 4,514 20,078
Depreciation expense 4,807 4,346 15,990 14,527
Impairment of goodwill - - - 35,000
Amortization of
intangible assets 6,523 6,450 19,627 19,227
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
EBITDA $ 23,485 $ 54,811 $ 101,566 $ 111,782
=========== =========== =========== ===========

Accretion expense 7,982 2,053 23,944 2,493
Nuclear
decommissioning
trust fund
earnings, net 1,940 (28,953) (31,313) (28,953)
Equity-based
compensation 3,141 2,982 8,242 8,032
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Adjusted EBITDA $ 36,548 $ 30,893 $ 102,439 $ 93,354
=========== =========== =========== ===========

Reconciliation of gross
profit to adjusted
gross profit and to
adjusted income from
operations
Gross profit 37,085 49,203 119,053 137,059
Accretion expense 7,982 2,053 23,944 2,493
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Adjusted gross profit $ 45,067 $ 51,256 $ 142,997 $ 139,552
=========== =========== =========== ===========

Operating expenses (26,451) (34,168) (86,162) (87,696)
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Adjusted income from
operations $ 18,616 $ 17,088 $ 56,835 $ 51,856
Interest expense (18,201) (33,831) (54,850) (52,374)
Other income 2,500 29,923 35,078 30,943
Impairment of goodwill - - - (35,000)
Accretion expense (7,982) (2,053) (23,944) (2,493)
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Income (loss) before
income taxes and
noncontrolling
interests $ (5,067) $ 11,127 $ 13,119 $ (7,068)
=========== =========== =========== ===========

Reconciliation of net
income (loss)
attributable to
EnergySolutions to net
income (loss)
attributable to
EnergySolutions before
the impact of
amortization of
intangible assets:
Net income (loss)
attributable to
EnergySolutions $ (3,828) $ (5,661) $ 6,585 $ (28,334)
Amortization of
intangible assets 6,523 6,450 19,627 19,227
Income tax expense
related to amortization
of intangible assets
(1) (2,283) (1,354) (6,869) (4,499)
----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
Net income (loss)
attributable to
EnergySolutions
before the impact
of amortization
of intangible
assets $ 412 $ (565) $ 19,343 $ (13,606)
=========== =========== =========== ===========

Net income (loss)
attributable to
EnergySolutions
before the impact of
amortization of
intangible assets per
share:
Basic $ 0.00 $ (0.01) $ 0.22 $ (0.15)
Diluted $ 0.00 $ (0.01) $ 0.22 $ (0.15)

Number of shares used
in per share
calculations:
Basic 88,845,102 88,582,398 88,775,360 88,504,525
Diluted 88,845,102 88,582,398 88,777,647 88,504,525

(1) 2011 figure
calculated using an
assumed 35% tax rate

The Company defines EBITDA as net income (loss) attributable to EnergySolutions plus interest expense (including the effects of interest rate derivative agreements), income taxes, depreciation, impairment charges and amortization. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as EBITDA plus non-cash equity compensation expense and, non-cash accretion expense, plus or minus nuclear decommissioning trust fund gains or losses net of management fees. The Company uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as key indicators of its operating performance and for planning and forecasting future business operations. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, as presented in this release, are supplemental measures of the Company’s performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (“GAAP”). They are not measures of the Company’s financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to net income or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP or as alternatives to cash flow from operating activities as measures of the Company’s liquidity.

The Company’s measurement of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. The Company has included information concerning EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA in this release because they are used by management to measure operating performance and because the Company believes that such information is often used by certain investors as measures of a company’s historical performance and for modeling.

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and investors should not consider them in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of the Company’s operating results or cash flows as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • They do not reflect the Company’s cash expenditures, or future requirements, for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • They do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, the Company’s working capital needs;
  • They do not reflect the significant interest expense or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on the Company’s debt;
  • Although depreciation is a non-cash charge, the assets being depreciated will often have to be replaced in the future, and EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA do not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements;
  • They are not adjusted for all non-cash income or expense items that are reflected in the Company’s statements of cash flows; and
  • Other companies in the Company’s industry may calculate these measures differently than the Company does, limiting their usefulness as comparative measures.

Because of these limitations, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as measures of discretionary cash available to the Company to invest in the growth of its business. The Company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its GAAP results and using EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA only for supplemental purposes.

The Company defines Adjusted Gross Profit as gross profit plus accretion expense. The Company defines Adjusted Income from Operations as Adjusted Gross Profit less operating expenses. The Company uses Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Income from Operations as indicators of its operating performance and for planning and forecasting future business operations. Adjusted Gross Profit and Adjusted Income from Operations, as presented in this release, are supplemental measures of the Company’s performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. They are not measures of the Company’s financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to gross profit or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP.

The Company defines net income attributable to EnergySolutions before the impact of amortization of intangible assets as net income attributable to EnergySolutions plus amortization expense of intangible assets, net of the related income tax expense. These non-GAAP measures may be useful to investors seeking to compare the Company’s operating performance on a consistent basis from period to period that, when viewed with its GAAP results and the above reconciliation, management believes provides a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting the Company’s business than GAAP measures alone. These measures should not be considered as substitutes for net income attributable to EnergySolutions, as determined in accordance with GAAP, and you should not consider them in isolation or as a substitute for analyzing the Company’s results as reported under GAAP.

Table 5

 

ENERGYSOLUTIONS, INC.
REPORTING SEGMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
(dollars in thousands)

For the Nine Month Period
Ended September 30, Ended September 30
2011 2010 2011 2010
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Revenue
Government Group $ 51,726 $ 81,158 $ 185,485 $ 262,828
Global Commercial Group
Commercial Services 47,110 42,149 141,402 84,278
LP&D 64,736 70,973 181,434 190,480
International 257,455 223,376 838,646 764,299
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
Total Revenue $ 421,027 $ 417,656 $ 1,346,967 $ 1,301,885
============ ============ ============ ============

Gross Profit
Government Group $ 6,638 $ 8,037 $ 16,755 $ 24,127
Global Commercial Group
Commercial Services 913 2,554 9,698 10,837
LP&D 24,340 30,602 53,810 65,547
International
Operations 5,194 8,010 38,790 36,548
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
Total Gross Profit $ 37,085 $ 49,203 $ 119,053 $ 137,059
============ ============ ============ ============

Income from Operations
Government Group $ 3,372 $ 2,708 $ 5,730 $ 11,577
Global Commercial Group 18,293 31,951 64,511 86,335
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

Group Operating Income 21,665 34,659 70,241 97,912
Corporate selling,
general and
administrative expenses (16,745) (23,576) (47,345) (58,714)
Impairment of goodwill - - - (35,000)
Equity in income of
unconsolidated joint
ventures 5,714 3,952 9,995 10,165
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------
Total Income from
Operations $ 10,634 $ 15,035 $ 32,891 $ 14,363
------------ ------------ ------------ ------------

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