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CECO Announces 2019 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
Solid Fourth Quarter and Second Half Results Demonstrate Progress in 2019

DALLAS, March 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- CECO Environmental Corp. (Nasdaq: CECE), a leading global air quality and fluid handling company serving the energy and industrial markets, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of 2019.

Highlights of the Fourth Quarter 2019*

  • Bookings of $67.7 million, compared with $72.8 million, adjusted for divestitures
  • Backlog of $216.6 million, compared with $182.1 million
  • Revenue of $89.4 million, compared with $93.9 million
  • Gross profit of $30.0 million (33.6% margin), compared with $29.8 million (31.7% margin)
  • Operating income of $7.0 million, compared with $5.7 million
  • Non-GAAP operating income of $9.6 million, compared with $8.4 million
  • Net income of $8.4 million, compared with $0.9 million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $10.1 million, compared with $10.0 million
  • Non-GAAP net income of $9.6 million, compared with $3.0 million
  • Earnings per diluted share was $0.24, compared with $0.03
  • Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.27, compared with $0.08

Highlights of the Full Year 2019*

  • Bookings of $383.7 million, compared with $359.1 million, adjusted for divestitures
  • Revenue of $341.9 million, compared with $337.3 million, and $328.0 million organic
  • Gross profit of $114.1 million (33.4% margin), compared with $111.5 million (33.1% margin)
  • Operating income of $18.0 million, compared with $10.0 million
  • Non-GAAP operating income of $28.2 million, compared with $24.1 million
  • Net income of $17.7 million, compared with net loss of $(7.1) million
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $33.0 million, compared with $30.7 million
  • Non-GAAP net income of $20.9 million, compared with $10.2 million
  • Net income per diluted share was $0.50, compared with net loss per diluted share of $(0.21)
  • Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share of $0.59, compared with $0.29

* All comparisons are versus the comparable prior-year period, which include results from divestitures, unless otherwise stated.

CECO's Chief Executive Officer Dennis Sadlowski commented, "Our fourth quarter profitability was a testament to the continued progress we are making.  We delivered 11.3% EBITDA margins on $89 million revenue as we accelerated out of the second half of 2019.  New orders of $68 million in the quarter were below our strong 2019 trend but we continued to see a growing pipeline of opportunities across our served market segments."

Mr. Sadlowski added, "We are confident that the execution of our 4-3-3 strategic blueprint over the past two years has put CECO on the right path to accelerate growth.  Over that period, our investment of $15 million in people and technology have helped to generate 29% growth in organic orders, an increase of $86 million, with revenue tracking up 10%. We will continue to make ongoing investments to generate above market growth that drives top tier returns for our shareholders while addressing earth's sustainability needs."

FOURTH QUARTER RESULTS

Revenue in the fourth quarter of 2019 was $89.4 million, down 4.7% from $93.9 million in the prior-year period.

Operating income was $7.0 million (margin) for the fourth quarter of 2019, up $1.3 million or 22.6%, from $5.7 (margin) million in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP operating income was $9.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019 (10.8% margin), compared with $8.4 million in the prior-year period (9.0% margin).

Net income was $8.4 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $0.9 million in the prior-year period. Net income on a non-GAAP basis was $9.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $3.0 million in the prior-year period. In the fourth quarter of 2019, both net income and net income on a Non-GAAP basis were favorably impacted by the following tax related items: $1.2 million in research and development credits, $1.1 million tax benefit for additional corporate expense deductions, and $0.7 million for yearend finalization of state apportionment.

Net earnings per diluted share was $0.24 for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $0.03 in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share was $0.27 for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $0.08 for the prior-year period.

Cash and cash equivalents were $35.6 million and bank debt was $67.3 million as of December 31, 2019, compared with $43.7 million and $76.1 million, respectively, as of December 31, 2018.

BACKLOG AND BOOKINGS

Total backlog at December 31, 2019 was $216.6 million, up $34.5 million or 19.0%, from $182.1 million on December 31, 2018.  

Bookings were $67.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2019, compared with $72.8 million in the prior-year period, adjusted for divestitures. Bookings were $383.7 million for the year of 2019, up $24.6 million or 6.9%, from $359.1 million for the prior-year period, adjusted for divestitures.

YEAR-TO-DATE RESULTS 

Revenue was $341.9 million, up 1.4% from $337.3 million in the prior-year period. Excluding revenue of $9.3 million attributable to the business divested in 2018, organic revenues increased 4.2%.

Operating income was $18.0 million in 2019 (5.3% margin), compared with $10.0 million in the prior-year period (3.0% margin).  Operating income on a non-GAAP basis was $28.2 million in 2019 (8.2% margin), compared with $24.1 million in the prior-year period (7.1% margin). 

Net income was $17.7 million in 2019, compared with net loss of $(7.1) million in the prior-year period.  Net income on a non-GAAP basis was $20.9 million for the year of 2019, compared with $10.2 million in the prior-year period. In 2019, both net income and net income on a Non-GAAP basis were favorably impacted by the following tax related items: $2.1 million in research and development credits, $1.1 million tax benefit for additional corporate expense deductions, and $0.7 million for yearend finalization of state apportionment. In 2019, net income was also impacted favorably by $4.4 million by finalization of a tax position related to the 2018 divestiture of Zhongli.

Net earnings per diluted share was $0.50 for the year of 2019, compared with net loss per diluted share of $(0.21) in the prior-year period. Non-GAAP net income per diluted share was $0.59 for the year of 2019, compared with $0.29 for the prior-year period. 

CONFERENCE CALL

A conference call is scheduled for today at 8:30 a.m. ET to discuss the fourth quarter and fiscal 2019 financial results.  The conference call may also be accessed by dialing (888) 346-4547 (Toll-Free) within the U.S., (855) 669-9657 (Toll-Free) within Canada or Toll/International (412) 317-5251.

The live webcast and slides can also be accessed at https://investors.cecoenviro.com/events-webcasts-and-presentations

A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website for 7 days.  The replay may be accessed by dialing toll free (877) 344-7529 within North America or Toll/International (412) 317-0088 and entering passcode 10138481.

ABOUT CECO ENVIRONMENTAL

CECO Environmental is a global leader in air quality and fluid handling serving the energy, industrial and other niche markets. Providing innovative technology and application expertise, CECO helps companies grow their business with safe, clean and more efficient solutions that help protect our shared environment. In regions around the world, CECO works to improve air quality, optimize the energy value chain and provide custom engineered solutions for applications including oil and gas, power generation, water and wastewater, battery production, poly silicon fabrication, chemical and petrochemical processing along with a range of others. CECO is listed on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol "CECE". For more information, please visit www.cecoenviro.com.

Contact:

Matthew Eckl, Chief Financial Officer
(888) 990-6670
investor.relations@onececo.com

CECO ENVIRONMENTAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS




December 31,

(dollars in thousands, except share data)

2019


2018

ASSETS






Current assets:






Cash and cash equivalents

$

35,602


$

43,676

Restricted cash


1,356



762

Accounts receivable, net


68,434



53,225

Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts


34,805



29,694

Inventories, net


20,578



20,817

Prepaid expenses and other current assets


9,899



10,117

Prepaid and refundable income taxes


8,231



1,388

Assets held for sale


593



1,186

Total current assets


179,498



160,865

Property, plant and equipment, net


15,274



22,200

Right-of-use assets from operating leases


13,607



Goodwill


152,020



152,156

Intangible assets – finite life, net


31,283



35,959

Intangible assets – indefinite life


14,291



18,258

Deferred charges and other assets


2,664



3,144

Total assets

$

408,637


$

392,582

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY






Current liabilities:






Current portion of debt

$

2,500


$

Accounts payable and accrued expenses


78,319



80,229

Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts


34,369



20,144

Note payable




1,700

Income taxes payable




1,813

Total current liabilities


115,188



103,886

Other liabilities


20,372



26,925

Debt, less current portion


63,001



74,456

Deferred income tax liability, net


5,943



8,755

Operating lease liabilities


11,116



Total liabilities


215,620



214,022

Commitments and contingencies






Shareholders' equity:






Preferred stock, $.01 par value; 10,000 shares authorized, none issued




Common stock, $.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized, 35,275,465 and 34,953,825 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively


353



349

Capital in excess of par value


253,869



251,409

Accumulated loss


(46,344)



(59,427)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(14,505)



(13,415)



193,373



178,916

Less treasury stock, at cost, 137,920 shares at December 31, 2019 and 2018


(356)



(356)

Total shareholders' equity


193,017



178,560

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

408,637


$

392,582

 

CECO ENVIRONMENTAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS



Three Months Ended December 31,


For the Year Ended December 31,

(dollars in thousands, except share and per share data)

2019


2018


2019


2018

Net sales

$

89,413


$

93,854


$

341,869


$

337,339

Cost of sales


59,369



64,077



227,770



225,802

Gross profit


30,044



29,777



114,099



111,537

Selling and administrative expenses


20,406



21,315



85,978



87,462

Amortization and earnout expenses


2,019



2,288



8,499



9,683

Loss on divestitures, net of selling costs




420



70



4,390

Restructuring expenses, net


129



23



1,097



Acquisition and integration expenses


465





465



Income from operations


7,025



5,731



17,990



10,002

Other income (expense), net


656



(248)



751



(365)

Interest expense


(1,078)



(1,698)



(5,397)



(7,140)

Income before income taxes


6,603



3,785



13,344



2,497

Income tax (benefit) expense


(1,794)



2,854



(4,363)



9,618

Net income (loss)

$

8,397


$

931


$

17,707


$

(7,121)

Earnings (loss) per share:












Basic

$

0.24


$

0.03


$

0.51


$

(0.21)

Diluted

$

0.24


$

0.03


$

0.50


$

(0.21)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding:












Basic


35,117,916



34,812,714



34,987,878



34,714,395

Diluted


35,352,957



35,298,212



35,484,273



34,714,395

 

CECO ENVIRONMENTAL CORP. AND SUBSIDIARIES

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP MEASURES



Three Months Ended December 31,



For the Year Ended December 31,


(dollars in millions)

2019



2018



2019



2018


Revenue as reported in accordance with GAAP

$

89.4



$

93.9



$

341.9



$

337.3


Less revenue attributable to divestitures











(9.3)


Organic revenue

$

89.4



$

93.9



$

341.9



$

328.0



































Three Months Ended December 31,



For the Year Ended December 31,


(dollars in millions)

2019



2018



2019



2018


Operating income as reported in accordance with GAAP

$

7.0



$

5.7



$

18.0



$

10.0


Operating margin in accordance with GAAP


7.8

%



6.1

%



5.3

%



3.0

%

Amortization and earnout expenses


2.0




2.3




8.5




9.7


Restructuring expenses, net


0.1







1.1





Acquisition and integration expenses


0.5







0.5





Loss on divestitures, net of selling costs





0.4




0.1




4.4


Non-GAAP operating income

$

9.6



$

8.4



$

28.2



$

24.1


Non-GAAP operating margin


10.8

%



9.0

%



8.2

%



7.1

%


































Three Months Ended December 31,



For the Year Ended December 31,


(dollars in millions)

2019



2018



2019



2018


Net income (loss) as reported in accordance with GAAP

$

8.4



$

0.9



$

17.7



$

(7.1)


Amortization and earnout expenses, net


2.0




2.3




8.5




9.7


Restructuring expenses, net


0.1







1.1





Acquisition and integration expenses


0.5







0.5





Deferred financing fee adjustment








0.4





Loss on divestiture, net of selling costs





0.4




0.1




4.4


Foreign currency remeasurement


(1.0)







(0.5)




0.8


Tax (benefit) expense of adjustments


(0.4)




(0.6)




(2.5)




2.4


Zhongli tax benefit








(4.4)





Non-GAAP net income

$

9.6



$

3.0



$

20.9



$

10.2


Depreciation


0.5




0.8




2.1




3.5


Non-cash stock compensation





0.8




2.8




3.1


Other expense (income)


0.3




0.2




(0.3)




(0.4)


Interest expense


1.1




1.7




5.0




7.1


Income tax (benefit) expense


(1.4)




3.5




2.5




7.2


Adjusted EBITDA

$

10.1



$

10.0



$

33.0



$

30.7


















Earnings (loss) per share:
















Basic

$

0.24



$

0.03



$

0.51



$

(0.21)


Diluted

$

0.24



$

0.03



$

0.50



$

(0.21)


















Non-GAAP earnings per share:
















Basic

$

0.27



$

0.09



$

0.60



$

0.29


Diluted

$

0.27



$

0.08



$

0.59



$

0.29


NOTE REGARDING NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

CECO is providing certain non-GAAP historical financial measures as presented above as the Company believes that these figures are helpful in allowing individuals to better assess the ongoing nature of CECO's core operations. CECO is providing organic revenue for comparability purposes given the impact of divestitures.  A "non-GAAP financial measure" is a numerical measure of a company's historical financial performance that excludes amounts that are included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in the GAAP statement of operations.

Non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share and adjusted EBITDA, as we present them in the financial data included in this press release, have been adjusted to exclude the effects of transactions related to loss on divestitures, net of selling costs, acquisition and integration expense activities including retention, legal, accounting, banking, amortization and contingent earnout expenses, foreign currency re-measurement, restructuring expenses, other nonrecurring or infrequent items and the associated tax impact of these items. Organic revenue, as we present them in the financial data included in this press release, excludes revenue attributable to divested businesses.  Management believes that these items are not necessarily indicative of the Company's ongoing operations and their exclusion provides individuals with additional information to compare the Company's results over multiple periods.  Management utilizes this information to evaluate its ongoing financial performance. Our financial statements may continue to be affected by items similar to those excluded in the non-GAAP adjustments described above, and exclusion of these items from our non-GAAP financial measures should not be construed as an inference that all such costs are unusual or infrequent.

Organic revenue, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share and adjusted EBITDA are not calculated in accordance with GAAP, and should be considered supplemental to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the costs associated with the operations of our business as determined in accordance with GAAP. As a result, you should not consider these measures in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of CECO's results as reported under GAAP.  Additionally, CECO cautions investors that non-GAAP financial measures used by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.

In accordance with the requirements of Regulation G issued by the Securities and Exchange Commission, organic revenue, non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP net income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP earnings per basic and diluted share and adjusted EBITDA stated in the tables above present the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure and reconcile to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures.  

SAFE HARBOR

Any statements contained in this Press Release, other than statements of historical fact, including statements about management's beliefs and expectations, are forward-looking statements and should be evaluated as such. These statements are made on the basis of management's views and assumptions regarding future events and business performance. We use words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intends," "estimate," "forecast," "project," "will," "plan," "should" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such statements. Potential risks and uncertainties, among others, that could cause actual results to differ materially are discussed under "Part I – Item 1A. Risk Factors" of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2019 and include, but are not limited to: our ability to successfully realize the expected benefits of our restructuring program; our ability to successfully integrate acquired businesses and realize the synergies from acquisitions, as well as a number of factors related to our business, including economic and financial market conditions generally and economic conditions in our service areas; dependence on fixed price contracts and the risks associated therewith, including actual costs exceeding estimates and method of accounting for revenue; fluctuations in operating results from period to period due to cyclicality or seasonality of the business; the effect of growth on our infrastructure, resources, and existing sales; the ability to expand operations in both new and existing markets; the potential for contract delay or cancellation; liabilities arising from faulty services or products that could result in significant professional or product liability, warranty, or other claims; changes in or developments with respect to any litigation or investigation; failure to meet timely completion or performance standards that could result in higher cost and reduced profits or, in some cases, losses on projects; the potential for fluctuations in prices for manufactured components and raw materials, including as a result of tariffs and surcharges; the substantial amount of debt incurred in connection with our acquisitions and our ability to repay or refinance it or incur additional debt in the future; the impact of federal, state or local government regulations; economic and political conditions generally; our ability to successfully complete the divestitures of non-core assets and the effect of competition in the industries served by our Energy Solutions segment, Industrial Solutions segment and Fluid Handling Solutions segment. Many of these risks are beyond management's ability to control or predict. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should the assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary in material aspects from those currently anticipated. Investors are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements as they speak only to our views as of the date the statement is made. Furthermore, forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made. Except as required under the federal securities laws or the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, we undertake no obligation to update or review any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

SOURCE CECO Environmental Corp.

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