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Advanced Emissions Solutions Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2022 Results

Full year consumables revenue increased 20% driven by increased volumes and pricing initiatives

Company expects 2023 revenue of approximately $106 million

GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo., March 08, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. ADES (the "Company" or "ADES"), a leader in environmental solutions for power generation, industrial and municipal water purification markets, today filed its Annual Report on Form 10-K and reported financial results for the quarter and year December 31, 2022.

Fourth Quarter Highlights

  • Fourth quarter consumables revenue was $23.4 million compared to $23.2 million in the prior year. Full year consumables revenue increased 20% to $103.0 million.
  • Fourth quarter net loss was $3.2 million compared to net income of $5.8 million in the prior year, which reflects the winddown of the Tinuum investments at the end of 2021.
  • Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA loss was $1.2 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $9.1 million in the prior year.
  • Cash balances as of December 31, 2022, including restricted cash, totaled $76.4 million compared to $88.8 million as of December 31, 2021.
  • Subsequent to quarter end, and as previously announced, the Company completed its acquisition of the subsidiaries of Arq Limited ("Arq") to combine ADES and Arq's respective businesses on updated terms and structure.
  • The Company expects its sale of Marshall Mine, LLC to Caddo Creek Resources Company, LLC to close during the first half of 2023. The sale will eliminate the Company's existing asset retirement obligation for Marshall Mine and is likely to result in the release of a portion of the Company's restricted cash balance.

"We delivered a solid fourth quarter of consumables sales and production at Red River which culminated in a record full year revenue performance since purchasing the activated carbon assets," said Greg Marken, CEO of ADES. "Our full year revenue of $103.0 million increased compared to the prior year despite $14.4 million of royalties from our Tinuum investments in 2021 that did not occur in 2022. Our revenue performance was a combination of strong demand from Power Generation customers, pricing initiatives and favorable product mix changes. While our operations remain constrained by tight manufacturing capacity, sourcing of product from third-parties and the overall inflationary environment, production has been in line with our expectations and we continue to make good progress managing our inventory position. In addition, our ability to align both new and renewing contracts with current market conditions and raise our average selling price ("ASP") is helping mitigate these headwinds."

Marken continued, "As we enter 2023 with the Arq acquisition closed, we are eager to welcome the Arq team and complete the integration of Arq's organization, assets and operations. We are focused on continuing to optimize the profitability of our powdered activated carbon production at Red River through high customer renewal rates and pricing initiatives, while simultaneously commencing the initial capital improvements to the Red River and Corbin plants to enable commercial scale granular activated carbon ("GAC") production and position the Company for long-term success within the broader North American activated carbon market. These efforts will also include securing lead customers for GAC and other emerging products building the necessary sales channels for new products, as well as pursuing additional technical and commercial testing to enable opportunities to realize the full potential of the Corbin Plant. We believe these ongoing investments and efforts will lead to a more diversified commercial portfolio with a path towards improved and sustainable economic performance for our business on a long-term basis."

Fourth Quarter 2022 Results

Fourth quarter revenues and costs of revenues were $23.4 million and $17.5 million, respectively, compared with $25.8 million and $16.9 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The revenue decline was the result of the loss of royalty earnings from the Tinuum investments in the prior year, which was partially offset by higher sales of consumables products.

Fourth quarter other operating expenses were $9.3 million compared to $8.1 million for the fourth quarter of 2021. The increase was mainly the result of higher legal and professional fees associated with the Company's strategic review process, which was partially offset by lower payroll and benefits expense.

Fourth quarter earnings from equity method investments were $0.3 million compared to $6.8 million in the prior year. The decrease in earnings from equity method investments is the result of all remaining invested Refined Coal facilities reaching the end of their tax credit generation period as of December 31, 2021. The Company does not expect further material contributions from its Tinuum investments.

The Company recognized income tax expense of $0.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2022 compared to income tax expense of $1.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2021.

Fourth quarter net loss was $3.2 million, or $(0.17) per diluted share, compared to net income of $5.8 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, in the prior year.

Fourth quarter Adjusted EBITDA was a loss of $1.2 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $9.1 million in 2021. The decline in net loss and Adjusted EBITDA was primarily the result of the decline in earnings from the Tinuum investments. See note below regarding the use of the Non-GAAP financial measure Adjusted EBITDA and a reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP financial measure.

Full Year 2022 Results

Full year revenues and costs of revenues were $103.0 million and $80.5 million, respectively, compared with $100.3 million and $65.6 million in 2021. The increase in revenue was driven by higher sales of consumables products, related to both activated carbon and chemical offerings, partially offset by a decrease in royalty earnings from Tinuum investments in the prior year.

Other operating expenses for the year totaled $34.6 million compared to $29.9 million in the prior year. The increase is primarily driven by higher strategic review and transaction related expenses in the current year, partially offset by lower payroll and benefits costs, depreciation and amortization.

Earnings from equity method investments totaled $3.5 million compared to $68.7 million in 2021. The decline was the result of all remaining invested Refined Coal facilities reaching the end of their tax credit generation period as of December 31, 2021, and the subsequent wind down of Tinuum's business.

The Company recognized $0.2 million in income tax expense compared to income tax expense of $15.7 million in 2021.

The Company recorded a net loss of $8.9 million, or $(0.48) per diluted share, during the full year compared to net income of $60.4 million, or $3.27 per diluted share in 2021.

Full year Adjusted EBITDA was $1.3 million compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $84.9 million in the prior year. The decline in net loss and Adjusted EBITDA was the result of the decline in earnings from the Tinuum investments.

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company has scheduled a conference call to begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Thursday, March 9, 2023. The conference call webcast information will be available via the Investor Resources section of ADES's website at www.advancedemissionssolutions.com. Interested parties may also participate in the call by registering at http://events.q4inc.com/attendee/549601614. A supplemental investor presentation will be available on the Company's Investor Resources section of the website prior to the start of the conference call.

As part of the conference call, ADES will conduct a question and answer session. Investors are invited to email their questions in advance to ADES@alpha-ir.com.

About Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc.

Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. serves as the holding entity for a family of companies that provide environmental solutions to customers in the power generation, industrial and municipal water purification markets.

ADA brings together ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC, a leading provider of powder activated carbon ("PAC") and ADA-ES, Inc., the providers of ADA® M-Prove™ Technology. We provide products and services to control mercury and other contaminants at coal-fired power generators and other industrial companies. Our broad suite of complementary products control contaminants and help our customers meet their compliance objectives consistently and reliably.

CarbPure Technologies LLC, ("CarbPure"), formed in 2015 provides high-quality PAC and granular activated carbon ideally suited for treatment of potable water and wastewater. Our affiliate company, ADA Carbon Solutions, LLC manufactures the products for CarbPure.

FluxSorb, LLC, formed in 2022, is an emerging technology company that introduces highly engineered activated carbons with a focus on the emerging remediation markets. Our vision is to partner with our customers to collaborate, develop and deploy best in class activated carbon solutions to meet even the most extreme challenges.

Arq is an environmental technology business founded in 2015 that has developed a novel process for producing specialty carbon products from coal mining waste. Arq has the technology and large-scale manufacturing facilities to produce a micro-fine hydrocarbon powder, Arq powder™, that can be used as a feedstock to produce activated carbon and as an additive for other products.

Caution on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which provides a "safe harbor" for such statements in certain circumstances. The forward-looking statements include projection on the timing and impact of the sale of Marshall Mine, LLC, our ability to integrate Arq's assets and operations, our ability to achieve commercial scale GAC production within the North American market, our ability to secure customers and develop sales channels for GAC products and other markets, among other matters. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results could differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors including, but not limited to: the effect of the announcement of the Arq acquisition on the Company's ability to hire key personnel; its ability to maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and others with whom it does business, or its results of operations and business generally; risks related to diverting management's attention from the Company's ongoing business operations; the ability to meet Nasdaq listing standards following the consummation of the transaction; costs related to the transaction; opportunities for additional sales of our lignite activated carbon products and end-market diversification, our ability to meet customer supply requirements, the ability to successfully integrate Arq's business, the ability to develop and utilize Arq's products and technology and the expected demand for those products, the rate of coal-fired power generation in the United States, timing of new and pending regulations and any legal challenges to or extensions of compliance dates of them; the US government's failure to promulgate regulations that benefit our business; changes in laws and regulations, IRS interpretations or guidance, accounting rules, any pending court decisions, prices, economic conditions and market demand; impact of competition; availability, cost of and demand for alternative energy sources and other technologies; technical, start up and operational difficulties; competition within the industries in which we operate; loss of key personnel; ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic downturn on our operations and prospects; as well as other factors relating to our business, as described in our filings with the SEC, with particular emphasis on the risk factor disclosures contained in those filings. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements and to consult filings we have made and will make with the SEC for additional discussion concerning risks and uncertainties that may apply to our business and the ownership of our securities. In addition to causing our actual results to differ, the factors listed above may cause our intentions to change from those statements of intention set forth in this press release. Such changes in our intentions my also cause or results to differ. We may change our intentions, at any time and without notice, based upon changes in such factors, our assumptions, or otherwise. The forward-looking statements speak only as to the date of this press release.

Source: Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc.

Investor Contact:

Alpha IR Group
Chris Hodges or Ryan Coleman
312-445-2870
ADES@alpha-ir.com


TABLE 1

Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Balance Sheets

    As of December 31,
(in thousands, except share data)     2022       2021  
ASSETS        
Current assets:        
Cash   $ 66,432     $ 78,753  
Receivables, net     13,864       12,622  
Receivables, related party           2,481  
Inventories, net     17,828       7,850  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     7,538       6,661  
Total current assets     105,662       108,367  
Restricted cash, long-term     10,000       10,027  
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $11,897 and $7,684, respectively     34,855       30,171  
Other long-term assets, net     30,647       36,871  
Total Assets   $ 181,164     $ 185,436  
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY        
Current liabilities:        
Accounts payable and accrued expenses   $ 16,108     $ 16,486  
Current portion of long-term debt     1,131       1,011  
Other current liabilities     6,645       5,124  
Total current liabilities     23,884       22,621  
Long-term debt, net of current portion     3,450       3,152  
Other long-term liabilities     13,851       12,362  
Total Liabilities     41,185       38,135  
Commitments and contingencies (Note 7)        
Stockholders' equity:        
Preferred stock: par value of $.001 per share, 50,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding            
Common stock: par value of $.001 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 23,788,319 and 23,460,212 shares issued and 19,170,173 and 18,842,066 shares outstanding at December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively     24       23  
Treasury stock, at cost: 4,618,146 and 4,618,146 shares as of December 31, 2022 and 2021, respectively     (47,692 )     (47,692 )
Additional paid-in capital     103,698       102,106  
Retained earnings     83,949       92,864  
Total stockholders' equity     139,979       147,301  
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' equity   $ 181,164     $ 185,436  


TABLE 2

Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations

    Years Ended December 31,
(in thousands, except per share data)     2022       2021  
Revenues:        
Consumables   $ 102,987     $ 85,882  
License royalties, related party           14,368  
Other           44  
Total revenues     102,987       100,294  
Operating expenses:        
Consumables cost of revenues, exclusive of depreciation and amortization     80,465       65,576  
Payroll and benefits     10,540       11,315  
Legal and professional fees     9,455       6,260  
General and administrative     8,145       7,060  
Depreciation, amortization, depletion and accretion     6,416       7,933  
Loss (gain) on change in estimate, asset retirement obligation     34       (2,702 )
Total operating expenses     115,055       95,442  
Operating (loss) income     (12,068 )     4,852  
Other income (expense):        
Earnings from equity method investments     3,541       68,726  
Gain on extinguishment of debt           3,345  
Interest expense     (336 )     (1,490 )
Other     155       640  
Total other income     3,360       71,221  
(Loss) income before income tax expense     (8,708 )     76,073  
Income tax expense     209       15,672  
Net (loss) income   $ (8,917 )   $ 60,401  
(Loss) earnings per common share (Note 1):        
Basic   $ (0.48 )   $ 3.31  
Diluted   $ (0.48 )   $ 3.27  
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:        
Basic     18,453       18,258  
Diluted     18,453       18,461  


TABLE 3

Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

    Years Ended December 31,
(in thousands)     2022       2021  
Cash flows from operating activities        
Net (loss) income   $ (8,917 )   $ 60,401  
Adjustments to reconcile net (loss) income to net cash (used in) provided by operating activities:        
Depreciation, amortization, depletion and accretion     6,416       7,933  
Earnings from equity method investments     (3,541 )     (68,726 )
Operating lease expense     2,709       2,038  
Stock-based compensation expense     1,981       1,927  
Loss (gain) on change in estimate, asset retirement obligation     34       (2,702 )
Deferred income tax expense           10,604  
Amortization of debt discount and debt issuance costs           945  
Gain on extinguishment of debt           (3,345 )
Other non-cash items, net     496       (209 )
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:        
Receivables, net     (1,312 )     540  
Related party receivables     2,481       972  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets     (876 )     (2,064 )
Inventories, net     (9,686 )     1,394  
Other long-term assets, net     245       (4,270 )
Accounts payable and accrued expenses     (911 )     5,197  
Other current liabilities     1,008       (8,279 )
Operating lease liabilities     1,521       3,344  
Other long-term liabilities     (6 )     (2,645 )
Distributions from equity method investees, return on investment     2,297       22,944  
Net cash (used in) provided by operating activities     (6,061 )     25,999  
Cash flows from investing activities        
Distributions from equity method investees in excess of cumulative earnings     3,636       51,082  
Acquisition of property, equipment and intangible assets, net     (8,914 )     (6,201 )
Mine development costs     (583 )     (1,398 )
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment     1,253       895  
Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities     (4,608 )     44,378  
Cash flows from financing activities        
Principal payments on term loan           (16,000 )
Principal payments on finance lease obligations     (1,246 )     (1,190 )
Repurchase of shares to satisfy tax withholdings     (388 )     (246 )
Dividends paid     (45 )     (93 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (1,679 )     (17,529 )
(Decrease) increase in Cash and Restricted Cash     (12,348 )     52,848  
Cash and Restricted Cash, beginning of year     88,780       35,932  
Cash and Restricted Cash, end of year   $ 76,432     $ 88,780  
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:        
Cash paid for interest   $ 334     $ 524  
Cash paid for income taxes   $ 3     $ 8,882  
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:        
Acquisition of property and equipment under finance lease   $ 1,641     $  
Change in accrued purchases for property and equipment   $ 532     $ 183  
Change in asset retirement obligation   $     $ 121  


Note on Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement our financial information presented in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States ("GAAP"), we provide non-GAAP measures of certain financial performance. These non-GAAP measures include EBITDA (EBITDA Loss) and Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA Loss). We have included these non-GAAP measures because management believes that they help to facilitate period to period comparisons of our operating results and provide useful information to both management and users of the financial statements by excluding certain expenses, gains and losses which may not be indicative of core operating results and business outlook. Management uses these non-GAAP measures in evaluating the performance of our business.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative to, measures prepared in accordance with GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. In addition, these non-GAAP measures are not based on any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles. These measures should only be used to evaluate our results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures.

We define EBITDA (EBITDA Loss) as net income (loss) adjusted for the impact of the following items that are either non-cash or that we do not consider representative of our ongoing operating performance: depreciation, amortization, depletion, accretion, amortization of upfront customer consideration that was recorded as a component of the Marshall Mine Acquisition ("Upfront Customer Consideration"), interest expense, net and income tax expense. We define Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA Loss) as EBITDA (EBITDA Loss), reduced by the non-cash impact of equity earnings from equity method investments, gain on change in estimate of asset retirement obligations and gain on extinguishment of debt, and increased by cash distributions from equity method investments, loss on early settlement of the Norit Receivable and the change in AROs as a result of a change in estimate. Because Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA Loss) omits certain non-cash items, we believe that the measure is less susceptible to variances that affect our operating performance.

When used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures, we believe these non-GAAP measures are supplemental measures of operating performance which explain our operating performance for our period to period comparisons and against our competitors' performance. Generally, we believe these non-GAAP measures are less susceptible to variances that affect our operating performance results.

We expect the adjustments to EBITDA (EBITDA Loss) and Adjusted EBITDA (EBITDA Loss) in future periods will be generally similar. These non-GAAP measures have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analyzing our results as reported under GAAP.


TABLE 4

Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation to Net Income (Loss)
(Amounts in thousands)

    Three Months Ended December 31,   Year ended December 31,
(in thousands)     2022       2021       2022       2021  
Net (loss) income   $ (3,167 )   $ 5,821     $ (8,917 )   $ 60,401  
Depreciation, amortization, depletion and accretion     1,651       1,778       6,416       7,933  
Amortization of Upfront Customer Consideration     127       127       508       508  
Interest expense, net     (66 )     (24 )     97       1,164  
Income tax expense     209       1,659       209       15,672  
(EBITDA Loss) EBITDA     (1,246 )     9,361       (1,687 )     85,678  
Cash distributions from equity method investees     320       7,275       5,933       74,026  
Equity earnings     (319 )     (6,782 )     (3,541 )     (68,726 )
Gain on extinguishment of debt                       (3,345 )
Loss (gain) on change in estimate, asset retirement obligation           (760 )     34       (2,702 )
Loss on early settlement of Norit Receivable                 535        
Adjusted (EBITDA loss) EBITDA   $ (1,245 )   $ 9,094     $ 1,274     $ 84,931