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Aegion Corporation Reports 2017 First Quarter Financial Results

The Company remains well positioned for strong earnings per share growth in 2017

/EIN News/ -- ST. LOUIS, May 02, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --

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  • Q1’17 diluted EPS were $0.17 compared to a loss of $0.11 in Q1’16. Adjusted (non-GAAP)1 Q1’17 diluted EPS were $0.18 compared to $0.12 in Q1’16.

  • Cash flow from operating activities used $26 million of cash in a seasonally low quarter for cash generation, which included a higher than normal increase in receivables because of the deepwater pipe coating and insulation project and several turnaround events.

  • New orders increased in all three platforms during Q1’17 compared to Q1’16 by a total of 29 percent to $333 million.

  • Contract backlog at March 31, 2017 was $712 million, 6 percent below contract backlog at March 31, 2016 due to execution of the large deepwater pipe coating and insulation project. Excluding the deepwater project, backlog increased 6 percent to $661 million.

1 Adjusted (non-GAAP) results exclude certain charges related to the Company’s restructuring efforts, reversal of a contingency reserve, a legal settlement and acquisition-related expenses. The reconciliation of adjusted results can be found on pages 2 and 3.

Q1 2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • Infrastructure Solutions’ operating income declined because of limited activity in certain regions and planned investments for future growth. Strong execution resulted in revenue and profit growth in the key North American wastewater CIPP market.

  • Corrosion Protection delivered strong growth driven by execution of the large deepwater pipe coating and insulation project.

  • Energy Services delivered revenues, operating income and operating margins in line with expectations.

“With an improving backlog position and strong orders in our core end markets during the first quarter, we expect higher organic revenue and operating income in all three platforms to result in significant adjusted EPS growth in 2017. We are also making investments in sales resources, market expansion and R&D to advance our long-term strategy for sustainable organic growth and to position the Company to achieve our three-year financial objectives.”

Charles R. Gordon
Aegion President and Chief Executive Officer

Selected Q1’17 Consolidated Financial Highlights

    Quarter Ended March 31, 2017     Quarter Ended March 31, 2016
(in thousands)   As Reported
(GAAP)
  Adjustments
(1)
  As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)
    As Reported
(GAAP)
  Adjustments
(2)
  As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)
       
Cost of revenues   $ 257,763     $ (168 )   $ 257,595       $ 239,494     $ (1,244 )   $ 238,250  
Gross profit   67,412     168     67,580       54,414     1,244     55,658  
Operating expenses   52,746     251     52,997       50,725     (2,730 )   47,995  
Acquisition-related expenses   533     (533 )         1,031     (1,031 )    
Restructuring charges                 6,797     (6,797 )    
Operating income (loss)   14,133     450     14,583       (4,139 )   11,802     7,663  
Net income (loss)
(attributable to Aegion Corporation)
  5,871     195     6,066       (3,792 )   8,109     4,317  
Diluted earnings (loss) per share   $ 0.17     $ 0.01     $ 0.18       $ (0.11 )   $ 0.23     $ 0.12  

Net income and diluted earnings per share includes non-controlling interest.

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(1)    2017 Non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments:

  • Restructuring: Charges for cost of revenues of $168 related to the write-off of certain other assets; and pre-tax restructuring charges for operating expenses of $(251) primarily related to the reversal of reserves for potentially uncollectible receivables, net of wind-down and other restructuring-related charges.  All restructuring charges relate to the 2014 Restructuring.

  • Acquisition-Related Expenses: Expenses of $533 related to expenses incurred in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Environmental Techniques and other potential acquisition activity pursued by the Company during the quarter.

(2)  2016 Non-GAAP pre-tax adjustments:

  • Restructuring: Charges for cost of revenues of $35 related to the write-off of certain other assets; pre-tax restructuring charges for operating expenses of $2,730 related to wind-down and other restructuring-related charges; and pre-tax restructuring charges of $6,797 related to employee severance, extension of benefits, employment assistance programs and early lease termination costs in accordance with ASC 420, Exit or Disposal Cost Obligations, and recorded as “Restructuring charges” in the Consolidated Statements of Operations.  The vast majority of restructuring charges relate to the 2016 Restructuring.

  • Acquisition-Related Expenses:  Expense of $1,209 for cost of revenues recognized as part of the accounting for business combinations in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Underground Solutions; and expenses of $1,031 incurred in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Underground Solutions and other potential acquisition activity pursued by the Company during the quarter.

Selected Q1’17 Segment Financial Highlights

Infrastructure Solutions

    Quarter Ended March 31, 2017     Quarter Ended March 31, 2016
(in thousands)   As Reported
(GAAP)
  Adjustments
(1)
  As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)
    As Reported
(GAAP)
  Adjustments
(2)
  As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)
       
Revenues   $ 128,868     $     $ 128,868       $ 125,762     $     $ 125,762  
Cost of revenues   97,617     (168 )   97,449       96,018     (1,244 )   94,774  
Gross profit   31,251     168     31,419       29,744     1,244     30,988  
Gross profit margin   24.3 %       24.4 %     23.7 %       24.6 %
Operating expenses   25,108     251     25,359       20,926     41     20,967  
Acquisition-related expenses   533     (533 )         1,031     (1,031 )    
Restructuring charges                 1,979     (1,979 )    
Operating income   $ 5,610     $ 450     $ 6,060       $ 5,808     $ 4,213     $ 10,021  
Operating margin   4.4 %       4.7 %     4.6 %       8.0 %
                                   

(1) Includes non-GAAP adjustments related to: (i) pre-tax restructuring charges associated with the write-off of certain other assets, reversal of reserves for potentially uncollectible receivables, wind down and other restructuring charges; and (ii) acquisition expenses incurred primarily in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Environmental Techniques and other potential acquisition activity pursued by the Company during the quarter.

(2)  Includes non-GAAP adjustments related to: (i) pre-tax restructuring charges associated with the write-off of certain other assets, severance and benefit related costs, and other restructuring charges; (ii) inventory step up expense recognized in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Underground Solutions; and (iii) acquisition expenses incurred primarily in connection with the Company’s acquisition of Underground Solutions.

Corrosion Protection

    Quarter Ended March 31, 2017     Quarter Ended March 31, 2016
(in thousands)   As Reported
(GAAP)
  Adjustments   As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)
    As Reported
(GAAP)
  Adjustments
(1)
  As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)
       
Revenues   $ 123,390     $     $ 123,390       $ 92,446     $     $ 92,446  
Cost of revenues   95,427         95,427       75,247         75,247  
Gross profit   27,963         27,963       17,199         17,199  
Gross profit margin   22.7 %       22.7 %     18.6 %       18.6 %
Operating expenses   20,751         20,751       20,449     (317 )   20,132  
Restructuring charges                 2,420     (2,420 )    
Operating income   $ 7,212     $     $ 7,212       $ (5,670 )   $ 2,737     $ (2,933 )
Operating margin   5.8 %       5.8 %     (6.1 )%       (3.2 )%
                                   

(1)  Includes non-GAAP adjustments related to pre-tax restructuring charges associated with the write-off of certain other assets, severance and benefit related costs, and other restructuring charges.

Energy Services

    Quarter Ended March 31, 2017     Quarter Ended March 31, 2016
(in thousands)   As Reported
(GAAP)
  Adjustments   As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)
    As Reported
(GAAP)
  Adjustments
(1)
  As Adjusted
(Non-GAAP)
       
Revenues   $ 72,917     $     $ 72,917       $ 75,700     $     $ 75,700  
Cost of revenues   64,719         64,719       68,229         68,229  
Gross profit   8,198         8,198       7,471         7,471  
Gross profit margin   11.2 %       11.2 %     9.9 %       9.9 %
Operating expenses   6,887         6,887       9,350     (2,454 )   6,896  
Restructuring charges                 2,398     (2,398 )    
Operating income   $ 1,311     $     $ 1,311       $ (4,277 )   $ 4,852     $ 575  
Operating margin   1.8 %       1.8 %     (5.6 )%       0.8 %
                                   

(1) Includes non-GAAP adjustments related to pre-tax restructuring charges associated with the write-off of certain other assets, early lease termination costs, severance and benefit related costs, and other restructuring charges.

About Aegion (NASDAQ:AEGN)

Aegion combines innovative technologies with market-leading expertise to maintain, rehabilitate and strengthen infrastructure around the world. Since 1971, the Company has played a pioneering role in finding innovative solutions to rehabilitate aging infrastructure, primarily pipelines in the wastewater, water, energy, mining and refining industries. Aegion also maintains the efficient operation of refineries and other industrial facilities and provides innovative solutions for the strengthening of buildings, bridges and other structures. Aegion is committed to Stronger. Safer. Infrastructure.®  More information about Aegion can be found at www.aegion.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a “safe harbor” for forward-looking statements. Aegion’s forward-looking statements in this news release represent its beliefs or expectations about future events or financial performance. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to Aegion and on management’s beliefs, assumptions, estimates or projections and are not guarantees of future events or results. When used in this document, the words “anticipate,” “estimate,” “believe,” “plan,” “intend, “may,” “will” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements. Such statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including those referred to in the “Risk Factors” section of Aegion’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 1, 2017, and in subsequently filed documents. In light of these risks, uncertainties and assumptions, the forward-looking events may not occur. In addition, Aegion’s actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, suggested or projected. Except as required by law, Aegion does not assume a duty to update forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Investors should, however, review additional disclosures made by Aegion from time to time in Aegion’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Please use caution and do not place reliance on forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements made by Aegion in this news release are qualified by these cautionary statements.

About Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Aegion has presented certain information in this release excluding certain items that impacted income, expense and earnings per share from continuing operations. The adjusted earnings per share in the quarter ended March 31, 2017 and 2016 exclude charges related to the Company’s restructuring efforts and acquisition-related activities.

Aegion management uses such non-GAAP information internally to evaluate financial performance for Aegion’s operations because Aegion’s management believes such non-GAAP information allows management to more accurately compare Aegion’s ongoing performance across periods. As such, Aegion’s management believes that providing non-GAAP financial information to Aegion’s investors is useful because it allows investors to evaluate Aegion’s performance using the same methodology and information used by Aegion management.

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CONTACT:
Aegion Corporation
David A. Martin, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(636) 530-8000

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