ATLANTA, Nov. 07, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: PESI) today announced results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue for the third quarter of 2018 increased to $12.0 million versus $11.8 million for the same period last year
  • Gross profit included $1.1 million and $550,000 of closure costs related to the M&EC facility for 2018 and 2017, respectively; and excluding these costs, gross profit would have increased to $2.9 million versus $2.3 million for the third quarter of 2017
  • Achieved third consecutive quarter of positive net income
  • Backlog increased by $2.0 million to $9.4 million as of September 30, 2018, versus $7.4 million as of June 30, 2018

Mark Duff, President & CEO, stated, “For the third straight quarter this year, we achieved revenue growth and profitability despite continued and unexpected delays related to the closure of our East Tennessee Materials and Energy Corporation (“M&EC”) facility. We now expect this facility to be closed on or before the end of the year, which we expect will result in a positive impact on performance of the overall Company. Our Waste Treatment plants exceeded our waste receipt targets for the quarter which is reflected in the increase in our backlog of approximately $2.0 million to $9.4 million on September 30, 2018 from $7.4 million at June 30, 2018. Within our Services Segment, revenues increased 19.9% to $2.9 million for the third quarter of 2018 from the third quarter of 2017. The quarter realized increases in bidding activities particularly within the US Army Corps of Engineers, which has seen increased funding for base upgrades. We believe we are well positioned to support large U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) opportunities currently in the procurement process through our ability to provide commercialization alternatives for complex waste management challenges. Overall, completion of new construction at our facilities and attention to optimization of infrastructure has positioned Perma-Fix to complete 2018 with strong funded backlog and opportunity for sustainable growth in 2019.”

Financial Results
Revenue for the third quarter of 2018 was $12.0 million versus $11.8 million for the same period last year. Revenue from the Services Segment was $2.9 million versus $2.4 million for the same period in 2017. Our Services Segment revenues are project based and we continue to see modest growth and improvement in our project revenue. Revenue for the Treatment Segment was $9.1 million compared to $9.4 million for the same period in 2017. The decrease was primarily due to lower averaged price waste resulting from waste mix. Our Treatment Segment revenue was also impacted by the pending closure of our M&EC subsidiary which had a revenue decrease of approximately $555,000 from the third quarter of 2017 to the third quarter of 2018. Additionally, our Treatment Segment revenue was impacted by the timing of the waste shipments with over 20% of the waste received in the quarter arriving after the middle of September; however, the anticipated future revenue related to these receipts is reflected in the increased backlog which was up approximately $2.0 million from the second quarter and should bode well for us in the fourth quarter of 2018 and into the first quarter of 2019.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2018 was $1.8 million versus $1.7 million for the third quarter of 2017. Gross profit for the third quarter of 2018 and 2017 included $1.1 million and $550,000, respectively, of additional closure costs recorded for our M&EC facility in connection with the pending closure of the facility. Excluding the additional closure costs in each period, gross profit for the third quarter of 2018 was $2.9 million, an increase of $623,000 or 27.1% from the corresponding period of 2017. This improvement was primarily due to increased revenue in the Services Segment, Treatment Segment revenue mix, and the reduction in our fixed costs. Excluding the additional closure costs recorded, gross margin increased to 24.3% in the third quarter of 2018 from 19.5% in the third quarter of 2017.

Operating loss for the third quarter of 2018 was $1.0 million versus an operating loss of $1.9 million for the third quarter of 2017. Operating loss for the third quarter of 2018 and 2017 included the closure costs of $1.1 million and $550,000, respectively, as discussed above. Operating loss for the third quarter of 2017 also included an impairment charge on tangible assets of $672,000. Net income attributable to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2018 was $221,000 or $0.02 per share, versus net loss of $2.0 million or ($0.17) per share for the same period in 2017. Net income attributable to common stockholders for the third quarter of 2018 included a tax benefit in the amount of approximately $1,380,000 resulting from the release of a portion of the valuation allowance on deferred tax assets related to indefinite-lived net operating losses generated due to the pending closure of our M&EC facility.

The Company recorded Adjusted EBITDA of $510,000 from continuing operations during the quarter ended September 30, 2018, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $654,000 for the same period of 2017. The Company defines EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before research and development costs related to the Medical Isotope project, closure costs accrued for M&EC subsidiary, impairment loss on tangible assets, and net gain on exchange offer of Series B Preferred Stock of M&EC. Both EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States of America (“GAAP”), and should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, earnings as an indicator of operating performance or cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. The Company believes the presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is relevant and useful by enhancing the readers’ ability to understand the Company’s operating performance. The Company’s management utilizes EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a means to measure performance. The Company’s measurements of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similar titled measures reported by other companies. The table below reconciles EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, both non-GAAP measures, to GAAP numbers for income (loss) from continuing operations for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017.

 Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended 
 September 30, September 30, 
(In thousands) 2018   2017   2018   2017  
Income (loss) from continuing operations$317  $(1,977) $1,358  $(3,878) 
         
         
Adjustments:        
Depreciation & amortization 364   1,107   1,095   3,394  
Interest income (82)  (34)  (212)  (105) 
Interest expense 62   59   177   249  
Interest expense - financing fees 10   9   27   27  
Income tax (benefit) expense (1,342)  71   (1,272)  218  
         
EBITDA (671)  (765)  1,173   (95) 
         
Research and development costs related to        
Medical Isotope project 88   197   259   947  
Closure costs accrued for M&EC subsidiary 1,093   550   2,308   550  
Impairment loss on tangible assets    672      672  
Net gain on exchange offer of Series B Preferred Stock        
of M&EC       (1,596)    
         
Adjusted EBITDA$510  $654  $2,144  $2,074  
         

The tables below present certain unaudited financial information for the business segments, excluding allocation of corporate expenses:

  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2018 September 30, 2018
    (Unaudited)    (Unaudited)
(In thousands) Treatment Services  Medical Treatment Services  Medical
Net revenues $  9,103 $  2,881   $  —   $  27,207 $  10,594   $  —  
Gross profit    1,564    261    —      5,867    1,322    —  
Segment profit (loss)    1,848    (224)    (88)    5,556    (194)    (259)
               

 

  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, 2017 September 30, 2017
    (Unaudited)    (Unaudited)
(In thousands) Treatment Services  Medical Treatment Services  Medical
Net revenues $  9,355  $  2,403   $  —   $  29,019 $  8,160   $  —  
Gross profit    1,613     132    —      6,474    343    —  
Segment (loss) profit    (30)    (478)    (197)    2,665    (1,738)    (947)
               

Conference Call

Perma-Fix will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. ET on Wednesday, November 7, 2018. The call will be available on the Company’s website at www.perma-fix.com, or by calling 877-407-0778 for U.S. callers, or +1 201-689-8565 for international callers.  The conference call will be led by Mark J. Duff, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Louis F. Centofanti, Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, and Ben Naccarato, Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc.

A webcast will also be archived on the Company’s website and a telephone replay of the call will be available approximately one hour following the call, through 11:00 a.m. November 14, 2018, and can be accessed by calling: 877-481-4010 (U.S. callers) or +1 919-882-2331 (international callers) and entering conference ID: 40844.

About Perma-Fix Environmental Services

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. is a nuclear services company and leading provider of nuclear and mixed waste management services. The Company's nuclear waste services include management and treatment of radioactive and mixed waste for hospitals, research labs and institutions, federal agencies, including the DOE, the Department of Defense ("DOD"), and the commercial nuclear industry. The Company’s nuclear services group provides project management, waste management, environmental restoration, decontamination and decommissioning, new build construction, and radiological protection, safety and industrial hygiene capability to our clients. The Company operates three nuclear waste treatment facilities and provides nuclear services at DOE, DOD, and commercial facilities, nationwide.

Please visit us at http://www.perma-fix.com.

This press release contains “forward‑looking statements” which are based largely on the Company's expectations and are subject to various business risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control. Forward-looking statements generally are identifiable by use of the words such as “believe”, “expects”, “intends”, “anticipate”, “plans to”, “estimates”, “projects”, and similar expressions. Forward‑looking statements include, but are not limited to: the impact on the Company of closure of M&EC facility on or before the end of the year; the effect of increase in backlog in the fourth quarter of 2018 and into the first quarter of 2019; and sustainable growth in 2019. These forward‑looking statements are intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While the Company believes the expectations reflected in this news release are reasonable, it can give no assurance such expectations will prove to be correct. There are a variety of factors which could cause future outcomes to differ materially from those described in this release, including, without limitation, future economic conditions; industry conditions; competitive pressures; our ability to apply and market our new technologies; the government or such other party to a contract granted to us fails to abide by or comply with the contract or to deliver waste as anticipated under the contract; inability to win bid projects; that Congress fails to provides continuing funding for the DOD’s and DOE’s remediation projects; ability to obtain new foreign and domestic remediation contracts; inability to meet financial covenants; and the “Risk Factors” discussed in, and the additional factors referred to under "Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" of, our 2017 Form 10-K and Forms 10-Q for quarters ended March 31, 2018, June 30, 2018 and September 30, 2018. The Company makes no commitment to disclose any revisions to forward‑looking statements, or any facts, events or circumstances after the date hereof that bear upon forward‑looking statements.

Please visit us on the World Wide Web at http://www.perma-fix.com.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW

Contacts:
David K. Waldman-US Investor Relations
Crescendo Communications, LLC
(212) 671-1021

Herbert Strauss-European Investor Relations
herbert@eu-ir.com
+43 316 296 316


PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(UNAUDITED)

  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
(Amounts in Thousands, Except for Per Share Amounts) 2018  2017  2018  2017 
         
Net revenues$  11,984 $  11,758 $  37,801 $  37,179 
Cost of goods sold   10,159    10,013    30,612    30,362 
Gross profit   1,825    1,745    7,189    6,817 
         
Selling, general and administrative expenses   2,640    2,653    8,061    8,337 
Research and development   229    293    680    1,300 
Gain on disposal of property and equipment   (9)  —     (34)   (1)
Impairment loss on tangible assets  —     672   —     672 
Loss from operations   (1,035)   (1,873)   (1,518)   (3,491)
         
Other income (expense):        
Interest income   82    34    212    105 
Interest expense   (62)   (59)   (177)   (249)
Interest expense-financing fees   (10)   (9)   (27)   (27)
Net gain on exchange offer of Series B Preferred Stock of subsidiary   —    —     1,596   —  
Other  —     1   —     2 
(Loss) income from continuing operations before taxes   (1,025)   (1,906)   86    (3,660)
Income tax (benefit) expense   (1,342)   71    (1,272)   218 
Income (loss) from continuing operations, net of taxes   317    (1,977)   1,358    (3,878)
         
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes of $0   (131)   (145)   (495)   (436)
Net income (loss)   186    (2,122)   863    (4,314)
         
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest   (35)   (78)   (102)   (374)
         
Net income (loss) attributable to Perma-Fix Environmental         
Services, Inc. common stockholders$  221 $  (2,044)$  965 $  (3,940)
         
Net income (loss) per common share attributable to Perma-Fix        
Environmental Services, Inc. stockholders - basic and diluted:        
Continuing operations$.03 $(.16)$.12 $(.30)
Discontinued operations (.01) (.01) (.04) (.04)
Net income (loss) per common share$.02 $(.17)$.08 $(.34)
         
Number of common shares used in computing        
net income (loss) per share:        
Basic   11,922    11,714    11,828    11,698 
Diluted   12,027    11,714    11,909    11,698 
         


 

PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET 

  (Unaudited) (Audited)
  September 30, December 31,
(Amounts in Thousands, Except for Share and Per Share Amounts) 2018 2017
     
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash  $793   $1,063 
Account receivable, net of allowance for doubtful    
accounts of $159 and $720, respectively 8,300   7,940 
Unbilled receivables  3,389   4,547 
Other current assets  3,688   3,674 
Assets of discontinued operations included in current assets, net of allowance    
for doubtful accounts of $0 for each period presented  95   89 
Total current assets  16,265   17,313 
     
Net property and equipment  15,342   14,870 
Property and equipment of discontinued operations, net of accumulated    
depreciation of $10 for each period presented  81   81 
Intangibles and other assets  26,783   27,079 
Other assets related to discontinued operations  138   195 
Total assets  $58,609   $59,538 
     
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY    
Current liabilities  $19,258   $18,676 
Current liabilities related to discontinued operations  940   905 
Total current liabilities  20,198   19,581 
     
Long-term liabilities  9,371   11,152 
Long-term liabilities related to discontinued operations  354   359 
Total liabilities  29,923   31,092 
Commitments and Contingencies    
Series B Preferred Stock of subsidiary, $0 par value; 1,467,396    
shares authorized, 0 and 1,284,730 shares issued, respectively; 0 and 1,284,730    
shares outstanding, respectively; liquidation value $1.00 per share plus accrued    
and unpaid dividends of $0 and $955, respectively     1,285 
Stockholders’ equity:    
Preferred Stock, $.001 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized,    
no shares issued and outstanding      
Common Stock, $.001 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized,    
11,930,247 and 11,738,623 shares issued, respectively;    
11,922,605 and 11,730,981 shares outstanding, respectively  12   12 
Additional paid-in capital  107,435   106,417 
Accumulated deficit  (77,245)  (77,893)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (151)  (112)
Less Common Stock held in treasury, at cost: 7,642 shares  (88)  (88)
Total Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. stockholders' equity  29,963   28,336 
Non-controlling interest in subsidiary  (1,277)  (1,175)
     Total stockholders' equity  28,686   27,161 
     
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $58,609   $59,538