Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises Announces Second Quarter 2019 Results

– Babcock & Wilcox segment nearly doubled adjusted EBITDA to $19.0 million

– All business segments showed improved results

– Consolidated operating loss improved by $133.1 million to a loss of $4.3 million; generated consolidated adjusted EBITDA of $8.0 million

– Equitization transactions substantially de-levered Company

BARBERTON, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–$BW #BabcockWilcox–Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc. (“B&W Enterprises”) (NYSE: BW) announced today second quarter 2019 GAAP net loss from continuing operations improved by $181.3 million to $28.3 million compared to $209.7 million in second quarter 2018. Adjusted EBITDA also improved by $90.4 million to a positive $8.0 million compared to negative $82.4 million in the prior year period, returning the Company to profitability on an adjusted EBITDA basis.

“Our performance in the second quarter of 2019 shows we are continuing to gain steam following our recent strategic actions and cost-saving efforts. Our consolidated business improved operating margins significantly and returned to profitability on an adjusted EBITDA basis of $8.0 million. Our Babcock & Wilcox segment continued its strong performance and across the Company we are making steady progress on our strategy to improve profitability by focusing on our core technologies and businesses,” said Kenneth Young, B&W Enterprises Chief Executive Officer. “With our equitization transactions complete, we are preparing to re-finance as planned to support our ongoing financial recovery. As 2019 continues, we look forward to demonstrating the underlying core strengths of our businesses to our customers and shareholders.”

“This quarter we identified more cost efficiencies and as a result we’ve begun to implement $19 million in additional savings initiatives, for a total of $119 million in annualized savings,” Young continued. “We expect to see improvement each quarter as our cost-savings measures continue to translate to bottom-line results and the effects of the EPC loss contracts continue to decline. We are committed to our ongoing transformation, confident in our dedicated employees and world-class technologies, and optimistic about our strategic path to sustained profitability.”

The Company’s recent dispositions and changes in strategy to focus on core technologies and profitability were the primary drivers, as expected, of a 15% decline in revenue compared to the second quarter of 2018, to consolidated revenues of $248.1 million. Revenue in the Babcock & Wilcox segment increased slightly due to increased construction volume, partly offset by lower retrofit activity. In the Vølund & Other Renewable segment, revenue declined as expected primarily due to the sale of Palm Beach Resource Recovery Corporation (“PBRRC”) in the third quarter of 2018, a lower level of activity in the EPC loss and other contracts, and a shift to a core technology business model rather than bidding EPC scope (partially offset by the startup of two operations and maintenance contracts in the U.K. that followed turnover of certain of the EPC contracts to the customers). In the SPIG segment, revenue declined as expected due to a lower level of activity on SPIG legacy loss contracts and an anticipated lower volume of new build cooling system services following a change in strategy to improve profitability.

Results of Operations

Consolidated revenues in second quarter 2019 were $248.1 million, down 15% compared to second quarter 2018. Factors contributing to this decline included the sale of Palm Beach Resource Recovery Corporation (“PBRRC”) in the third quarter of 2018; a lower level of activity in the Vølund & Other Renewable segment’s EPC loss and other contracts, and a shift to a core technology business model in the segment rather than bidding EPC scope, partially offset by the startup of two operations and maintenance contracts in the U.K.; and a lower level of activity on SPIG legacy loss contracts and lower volume of new build cooling system services in the SPIG segment following a change in strategy to improve profitability. The GAAP operating loss in second quarter 2019 was $4.3 million, inclusive of restructuring costs and advisory fees of $5.7 million, compared to an operating loss of $137.4 million in second quarter 2018. The improvement in operating losses was primarily driven by improvements in gross profit in all segments, led by a lower level of losses on the European EPC loss contracts, the absence of goodwill impairment charges and the SG&A benefits of restructuring and cost-control initiatives. Adjusted EBITDA was positive $8.0 million compared to negative $82.4 million in second quarter 2018. All amounts referred to in this release are on a continuing operations basis, unless otherwise noted. A reconciliation of adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is provided in the exhibits to this release.

Babcock & Wilcox segment revenues increased 1.6% to $201.0 million in the second quarter of 2019 compared to $197.8 million in the prior-year period, mainly driven by large construction new build projects, including industrial projects, partially offset by a decrease in parts and retrofit sales. Gross profit in the Babcock & Wilcox segment in second quarter 2019 was $37.9 million, compared to $30.0 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to higher construction volume and lower warranty costs. Gross profit margin was 18.8%, compared to 15.2% in the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA in second quarter 2019 increased 92% to $19.0 million, compared to $9.9 million in last year’s quarter; adjusted EBITDA margin was 9.5% compared to 5.0% in the same period last year.

SPIG segment revenues decreased 50.4% as expected to $22.8 million in the second quarter of 2019 compared to $46.0 million in second quarter 2018, mainly due to a lower level of activity on legacy loss contracts and lower volume of new build cooling system projects as anticipated following the change in strategy to more selectively bid and focus on core geographies and products to improve profitability, and a lower volume of aftermarket services. Gross profit improved to $2.4 million in second quarter 2019, compared to $0.1 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to the effects of the new strategy. SPIG’s gross profit in the second quarter of 2018 was affected by increases in estimated costs to complete remaining legacy new build cooling systems contracts; these contracts that were sold under the previous strategy were mostly complete as of December 31, 2018; however, included in these few remaining contracts is a loss contract to engineer, procure materials and construct a dry cooling system for a gas-fired power plant in the U.S., which continued through the second quarter of 2019. Adjusted EBITDA improved by $6.1 million to negative $0.1 million compared to negative $6.2 million in the same period last year, driven by the improvement in gross profit and the benefits of cost-savings initiatives.

Vølund & Other Renewable segment revenues were $33.7 million for the second quarter of 2019, compared to $55.0 million in second quarter 2018. As expected, second quarter revenues were lower compared to the prior year quarter due to the third quarter 2018 sale of PBRRC, a lower level of activity in the EPC loss contracts and a shift to a core technology business model rather than bidding EPC scope, partially offset by the startup of two operations and maintenance contracts in the U.K. that followed turnover of the related EPC contracts to the customers. The segment gross profit improved $74.4 million to positive $5.1 million in second quarter 2019, compared to negative $69.3 million reported in second quarter 2018, primarily due to a lower level of losses on the European EPC loss contracts. In the second quarter of 2018, the segment recorded $57.3 million in net losses resulting from changes in the estimated revenues and costs to complete the six European EPC loss contracts, compared to $3.2 million of equivalent losses recorded in the second quarter of 2019, inclusive of warranty expense. Beyond the effect of the EPC loss contracts, the second quarter 2019 gross profit also included lower levels of direct overhead support and warranty expense, offset by the absence of gross profit from PBRRC due to its sale in the third quarter of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA in the quarter was negative $0.8 million compared to negative $78.6 million in the second quarter last year, mainly due to improved gross profit as well as lower SG&A, reflecting the benefits of restructuring and cost reductions.

European EPC Loss Projects

As of June 30, 2019, five of the six European EPC loss contracts had been turned over to the customers, with only punch list items, agreed remediation and performance testing remaining, some of which are expected to be completed during the customers’ scheduled maintenance outages. Turnover is not applicable to the fifth loss contract as a result of the previously disclosed March 29, 2019 settlement agreement, under which the Company’s remaining performance obligations were limited to supporting completion of certain key systems of the plant. As of June 30, 2019, remaining activities relate primarily to finalization of these key systems under the terms of the settlement.

The Company is continuing to pursue cost recoveries under various applicable insurance policies and from responsible subcontractors for the European EPC loss contracts. In June 2019, the Company agreed to a full settlement related to a portion of the losses on the first project, under which the insurer paid DKK 37 million ($5.6 million) in July 2019. Also in June 2019, the Company agreed in principle to a settlement agreement under one insurance policy to recover GBP 2.8 million ($3.5 million) of certain losses on the fifth project. The Company is continuing to pursue other potential insurance recoveries and claims where appropriate and available.

Financing, Liquidity and Balance Sheet

As previously disclosed, on April 5, 2019, the Company amended its credit agreement to provide $150.0 million of Tranche A-3 last-out term loans from B. Riley as well as an uncommitted incremental facility of up to $15.0 million, and entered into an agreement with B. Riley and Vintage Capital Management, LLC to effect a series of equitization transactions for a portion of the last-out term loans, subject to, among other things, stockholder approval. These transactions included a $50 million rights offering at $0.30 per share; an exchange of all of the principal of Tranche A-1 of the last-out term loan for common stock at $0.30 per share; and the issuance of approximately 1.7 million warrants (after giving effect to a one-for-ten reverse stock split), each to purchase one share of common stock at $0.01 per share, to B. Riley (or its designee) as further consideration under Tranche A-3 of the last-out term loans.

These equitization transactions were completed on July 23, 2019. On July 24, 2019, the Company effected a one-for-ten reverse stock split that took effect immediately after completion of the equitization transactions.

The rights offering resulted in the issuance of 13.9 million common shares (after giving effect to the reverse stock split). Gross proceeds from the rights offering were $41.8 million, of which $10.3 million was used to fully repay Tranche A-2 of the last-out term loans and the remaining $31.5 million was used to reduce outstanding borrowings under Tranche A-3 of the last-out term loans. Concurrently with the closing of the rights offering, and in satisfaction of B. Riley’s related backstop commitment, the Company issued an aggregate of 2.7 million common shares (after giving effect to the reverse stock split) in exchange for a portion of the Tranche A-3 last-out term loans totaling $8.2 million. In addition, all $38.2 million of outstanding principal of Tranche A-1 of the last-out term loans including accrued paid in kind interest was exchanged for 12.7 million shares of common stock (after giving effect to the reverse stock split).

After completion of the equitization transactions, Tranches A-1 and A-2 of the last-out term loans were fully extinguished, and the balance on the Tranche A-3 last-out term loans was reduced to $114.0 million inclusive of accrued paid in kind interest. In the aggregate, $88.2 million of debt was converted to equity through the equitization transactions. After giving effect to the reverse stock split, the transactions resulted in the issuance of 29.4 million shares of additional common stock, for total outstanding shares of 46.3 million. Further detail regarding the equitization transactions and the reverse stock split can be found in the Company’s 10-Q.

At June 30, 2019, the Company had a cash and cash equivalents balance of $35.2 million and borrowing availability of $18.6 million. The Company’s credit agreement requires it to terminate its credit facility on or prior to March 15, 2020. The Company intends to refinance the revolving credit facility as required.

Sale of Loibl GmbH

Effective May 31, 2019, the Company sold all of the issued and outstanding capital stock of Loibl, a material handling business in Germany, to Lynx Holding GmbH for €10.0 million (approximately $11.4 million), subject to adjustment. The Company received $7.4 million in cash proceeds at closing on June 24, 2019, which were primarily used to reduce outstanding balances under the credit facility. The sale also facilitated the release of performance letters of credit totaling $8.5 million, which improved the Company’s borrowing capacity. In July 2019, the revolving credit facility was reduced by $7.0 million due to the sale, in accordance with the terms of the Company’s credit agreement. The Company continues to evaluate potential dispositions.

Increased Cost-Savings Measures Target $119 Million In Annual Savings

In the second quarter, the Company identified $19 million in annualized cost savings in addition to the approximately $100 million previously identified. Roughly three quarters of the aggregate $119 million in savings measures have been implemented to date with the majority of the balance to be implemented in 2019 and the remainder in 2020. Cost savings have been identified across all segments and at the Corporate level, and the implementation plan and savings are progressing in line with expectations. The Company continues to evaluate additional opportunities for cost savings.

NYSE Listing Standards

On November 27, 2018, the Company received notification from the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) that the Company has fallen below its continued listing criteria based on the price of the Company’s common stock. The Company completed a one-for-ten reverse stock split on July 24, 2019 to regain compliance. The Company expects to regain compliance with the NYSE’s continued listing standards relating to minimum price per share if the Company’s share price remains at or above $1.00 for 30 trading days after the reverse stock split effective date.

Forward-Looking Statements

B&W Enterprises cautions that this release contains forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements relating to our strategic objectives; our business execution model; management’s expectations regarding the industries in which the Company operates; our guidance and forecasts; our projected operating margin improvements, savings and restructuring costs; our U.S. revolving credit facility; and project execution. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and involve a number of risks and uncertainties, including, among other things, our ability to continue as a going concern; our ability to obtain and maintain sufficient financing to provide liquidity to meet our business objectives, surety bonds, letters of credit and similar financing; our ability to satisfy the liquidity and other requirements under our revolving credit facility as recently amended; our ability to refinance said facility in a timely manner, if at all; the highly competitive nature of our businesses; general economic and business conditions, including changes in interest rates and currency exchange rates; general developments in the industries in which the Company is involved; cancellations of and adjustments to backlog and the resulting impact from using backlog as an indicator of future earnings; our ability to perform contracts on time and on budget, in accordance with the schedules and terms established by the applicable contracts with customers; failure by third-party subcontractors, joint venture partners or suppliers to perform their obligations on time and as specified; our ability to realize anticipated savings and operational benefits from our restructuring plans, and other cost-savings initiatives; our ability to successfully address productivity and schedule issues in our Vølund and Other Renewable segment, including the ability to complete our European EPC projects within the expected time frame and the estimated costs; our ability to successfully partner with third parties to win and execute renewable contracts; changes in our effective tax rate and tax positions; our ability to maintain operational support for our information systems against service outages and data corruption, as well as protection against cyber-based network security breaches and theft of data; our ability to protect our intellectual property and renew licenses to use intellectual property of third parties; our use of the percentage-of-completion method of accounting; our ability to successfully manage research and development projects and costs, including our efforts to successfully develop and commercialize new technologies and products; the operating risks normally incident to our lines of business, including professional liability, product liability, warranty and other claims against us; changes in, or our failure or inability to comply with, laws and government regulations; actual or anticipated changes in governmental regulation, including trade and tariff policies; difficulties the Company may encounter in obtaining regulatory or other necessary permits or approvals; changes in, and liabilities relating to, existing or future environmental regulatory matters; changes in actuarial assumptions and market fluctuations that affect our net pension liabilities and income; potential violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act; our ability to successfully compete with current and future competitors; the loss of key personnel and the continued availability of qualified personnel; our ability to negotiate and maintain good relationships with labor unions; changes in pension and medical expenses associated with our retirement benefit programs; social, political, competitive and economic situations in foreign countries where the Company does business or seek new business; the possibilities of war, other armed conflicts or terrorist attacks; the willingness of customers and suppliers to continue to do business with us on reasonable terms and conditions; our ability to successfully consummate strategic alternatives for non-core assets, if the Company determines to pursue them; and our ability to maintain the listing of our common stock on the NYSE. If one or more of these risks or other risks materialize, actual results may vary materially from those expressed. For a more complete discussion of these and other risk factors, see B&W Enterprise’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent annual report on Form 10-K. B&W Enterprises cautions not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release, and undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, except to the extent required by applicable law.

About B&W Enterprises

Headquartered in Barberton, Ohio, Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises is a global leader in energy and environmental technologies and services for the power and industrial markets. Follow us on Twitter @BabcockWilcox and learn more at www.babcock.com.

Exhibit 1

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations(1)

(In millions, except per share amounts)

 

Three months ended

June 30,

 

Six months ended

June 30,

 

2019

2018

 

2019

2018

Revenues

$

248.1

 

$

291.3

 

 

$

480.1

 

$

544.5

 

Costs and expenses:

 

 

 

 

 

Cost of operations

203.8

 

332.4

 

 

404.9

 

609.7

 

Selling, general and administrative expenses

42.1

 

47.1

 

 

84.5

 

106.5

 

Goodwill impairment

 

37.5

 

 

 

37.5

 

Advisory fees and settlement costs

4.8

 

5.1

 

 

18.4

 

8.2

 

Restructuring activities and spin-off transaction costs

0.9

 

3.8

 

 

7.0

 

10.7

 

Research and development costs

0.7

 

1.3

 

 

1.5

 

2.4

 

Loss on asset disposals, net

0.0

 

1.4

 

 

0.0

 

1.4

 

Total costs and expenses

252.4

 

428.7

 

 

516.3

 

776.5

 

Equity in loss of investees

 

 

 

 

(11.8

)

Operating loss

(4.3

)

(137.4

)

 

(36.2

)

(243.8

)

Other income (expense):

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

(26.8

)

(11.9

)

 

(38.0

)

(25.3

)

Interest income

0.2

 

0.1

 

 

0.8

 

0.3

 

Loss on debt extinguishment

(4.0

)

(49.2

)

 

(4.0

)

(49.2

)

Loss on sale of business

(3.6

)

0.0

 

 

(3.6

)

0.0

 

Benefit plans, net

2.5

 

7.1

 

 

5.5

 

14.1

 

Foreign exchange

9.5

 

(20.2

)

 

(0.6

)

(17.7

)

Other – net

0.0

 

(0.1

)

 

0.5

 

0.3

 

Total other expense

(22.2

)

(74.3

)

 

(39.5

)

(77.7

)

Loss before income tax expense

(26.4

)

(211.6

)

 

(75.7

)

(321.5

)

Income tax expense (benefit)

1.9

 

(1.9

)

 

2.5

 

5.0

 

Loss from continuing operations

(28.3

)

(209.7

)

 

(78.2

)

(326.5

)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

0.7

 

(55.9

)

 

0.7

 

(59.4

)

Net loss

(27.6

)

(265.6

)

 

(77.5

)

(385.9

)

Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interest

 

(0.2

)

 

0.1

 

(0.3

)

Net loss attributable to stockholders

$

(27.6

)

$

(265.8

)

 

$

(77.4

)

$

(386.2

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and diluted loss per common share:

 

 

 

 

 

Continuing operations

$

(1.54

)

$

(15.41

)

 

$

(4.26

)

$

(35.39

)

Discontinued operations

0.04

 

(4.11

)

 

0.04

 

(6.43

)

Basic and diluted loss per common share

$

(1.50

)

$

(19.52

)

 

$

(4.22

)

$

(41.82

)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shares used in the computation of earnings per share:

 

 

 

 

 

Basic and Diluted(2)

18.4

 

13.6

 

 

18.4

 

9.2

 

(1) Figures may not be clerically accurate due to rounding.

(2) Basic and diluted shares reflect the bonus element for the 2019 Rights Offering on July 23, 2019 and the one-for-ten reverse stock split on July 24, 2019 as described in Note 2 and Note 1, respectively, in the Company’s 10-Q.

Exhibit 2

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets(2)

(In millions, except per share amount)

June 30, 2019

December 31, 2018

Cash and cash equivalents

$

35.2

 

$

43.2

 

Restricted cash and cash equivalents

9.2

 

17.1

 

Accounts receivable – trade, net

200.6

 

197.2

 

Accounts receivable – other

62.8

 

44.7

 

Contracts in progress

150.4

 

144.7

 

Inventories

63.8

 

61.3

 

Other current assets

64.6

 

41.4

 

Total current assets

586.6

 

549.6

 

Net property, plant and equipment

78.0

 

90.9

 

Goodwill

47.1

 

47.1

 

Intangible assets

28.4

 

30.8

 

Right-of-use assets

13.1

 

 

Other assets

18.8

 

27.1

 

Total assets

$

772.0

 

$

745.5

 

 

Revolving credit facilities

184.4

 

145.5

 

Last out term loans

183.1

 

30.6

 

Accounts payable

167.1

 

199.9

 

Accrued employee benefits

27.4

 

19.3

 

Advance billings on contracts

102.3

 

149.4

 

Accrued warranty expense

39.6

 

45.1

 

Lease liabilities

4.2

 

 

Other accrued liabilities

97.1

 

122.1

 

Total current liabilities

805.1

 

712.0

 

Pension and other accumulated postretirement benefit liabilities

275.1

 

281.6

 

Noncurrent lease liabilities

8.8

 

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

26.0

 

29.2

 

Total liabilities

1,115.1

 

1,022.8

 

 

 

 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

Stockholders’ deficit:

 

 

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, authorized 500,000 shares at June 30, 2019 and 200,000 shares at December 31, 2018, respectively; issued and outstanding 16,888 and 16,879 shares at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively (1)

1.7

 

1.7

 

Capital in excess of par value

1,055.8

 

1,047.1

 

Treasury stock at cost, 593 and 587 shares at June 30, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively (1)

(105.6

)

(105.6

)

Accumulated deficit

(1,295.3

)

(1,217.9

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(8.0

)

(11.4

)

Stockholders’ deficit attributable to shareholders

(351.4

)

(286.1

)

Noncontrolling interest

8.4

 

8.8

 

Total stockholders’ deficit

(343.0

)

(277.3

)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit

$

772.0

 

$

745.5

 

Contacts

Investors:

Megan Wilson

Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises

704.625.4944 | investors@babcock.com

Media:

Ryan Cornell

Public Relations

Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises

330.860.1345 | rscornell@babcock.com

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