Advanced Emissions Solutions Reports 2Q Results
OREANDA-NEWS. Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. today filed its Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and reported financial results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2016, including information about its joint-venture partnerships, Clean Coal Solutions, LLC (“CCS”) and Clean Coal Solutions Services, LLC (“CCSS”), of which ADES owns 42.5% and 50%, respectively.
CCS & Refined Coal (“RC”) Highlights
- CCS & CCSS distributions to ADES were $15.9 million during the second quarter of 2016, an increase of $11.2 million from the comparable period in 2015
- Royalty earnings from CCS were $0.7 million
- CCS invested tonnage was 9.4 million
- RC Segment operating income was $14.2 million, including a $2.1 million gain on sale of RCM6
- Completed the transition of one investor from a lower tonnage, non-royalty producing RC facility to a higher tonnage, royalty producing facility, which resulted in a $7.0 million payment to ADES during the period
- Future expected aggregated rent payments to CCS updated to $639 million through the end of 2021
ADES Consolidated Highlights
- Recognized consolidated revenue of $9.0 million
- Reduced general and administrative operating costs to $7.8 million, a decrease of 58% compared to the second quarter of 2015
- Achieved consolidated net income of $7.9 million
- Recently announced continued execution against cost containment strategy, resulting in expected annualized expense savings of approximately $2.1 million - $2.4 million
- Reached an agreement in principle with the SEC Staff to settle the SEC Inquiry, subject to final approval by the SEC, for $0.5 million
- Reached agreements to settle ongoing shareholder and derivative lawsuits, subject to final approval by applicable courts, for $4.0 million and $0.6 million, respectively, all of which are expected to be paid by the Company’s insurers
- Listing of common stock on the NASDAQ Global Market
- Completed goal to eliminate debt through the payment and subsequent termination of the credit agreement
- Continued to validate and expand the pipeline for M-Prove™ chemicals business
L. Heath Sampson, President and CEO of ADES commented, “We’ve spent the last year transforming our business and we began to see the impact of our cost containment efforts this quarter as we delivered consolidated net income of $7.9 million compared to a loss of $12.4 million in last year’s second quarter. Our recent announcement of further headcount and cost reductions was the next planned step in aligning our cost structure and we remain on track with our goal to lower our go forward operating cost basis to between $12 to $14 million, once our cost containment plan is fully executed. While we aren’t satisfied with our success in converting new refined coal tax equity investors, we are pleased with our progress internally and believe that we are positioning the Company for long-term success.”
Second quarter revenues and costs of revenues were $9.0 million and $5.8 million, a decrease of 40% and 59%, respectively, compared with $14.9 million and $14.0 million in the second quarter of 2015. The decreases were primarily the result of the completion of several large equipment related contracts. Second quarter other operating expenses were $7.8 million, a decrease of 58% compared to $18.7 million in the second quarter of 2015. The decreases were primarily the result of ongoing cost containment initiatives and reduced restatement costs. Moving forward, restatement costs are not expected to be material.
Second quarter earnings from equity method investments were $13.8 million, compared to $4.9 million for the second quarter of 2015. Second quarter royalty earnings from CCS were $0.7 million, a decrease of 71% compared to $2.3 million in the second quarter of 2015, due to reduced refined coal tonnage and the increase in operating expenses of CCS. The increase in operating expenses of CCS was the result of a payment made that was necessary to secure the transition of an existing tax equity investor to a higher tonnage RC facility. Second quarter expenses related to the RC business were $0.4 million, a decrease of 76% compared to $1.7 million in the second quarter of 2015 due to no longer incurring interest expense related to RCM6 as it was sold in the first quarter of 2016, and a decrease in 453A interest expense. RC segment operating income was $14.2 million, which included a $2.1 million gain on sale of RCM6, compared to segment operating income of $5.2 million in the second quarter of 2015.
Second quarter consolidated interest expense was $1.6 million, compared to $1.8 million in the second quarter of 2015.
Consolidated net income for the second quarter was $7.9 million, compared to a net loss of $12.4 million in the second quarter of 2015, primarily driven by equity income from the RC business and significantly reduced operating expenses in the Emissions Control business as well as corporate expenses.
As of June 30, 2016, the Company had cash and cash equivalents of $2.2 million, a decrease of 76% compared to $9.3 million as of December 31, 2015, due primarily to the repayment and termination of the Company’s credit agreement in its entirety, including debt principal payments of $13.3 million. The Company also had $11.2 million in current and long-term restricted cash as of June 30, 2016, compared to $11.7 million as of December 31, 2015. In July 2016, $2.4 million of restricted cash was released to the Company as it met all performance testing requirements on certain equipment projects during the second quarter of 2016. Upon release, the cash was included in the cash and cash equivalents line item on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets.
Sampson concluded, “As we review our progress over the first six months of the year, exclusive of the performance of increasing invested RC facilities at CCS, I’m very proud of our accomplishments. We have made tremendous progress on multiple fronts, including becoming current on our financials, nearing settlement of the shareholder and derivative litigation and SEC inquiry, and relisting on the NASDAQ. We’ve also continued to validate the market for our Emissions Controls business and now believe that the opportunities for our chemicals business are even larger than we initially expected. We’ve done that while simultaneously reducing our general and administrative operating costs by 58 percent this quarter and 49 percent over the last six months. Lastly, we’ve enhanced our financial profile through the elimination of debt. We remain diligently focused on obtaining new refined coal tax equity investors and believe that the recent increase in natural gas prices should help us execute against our sales pipeline.”
About Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc.
Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. serves as the holding entity for a family of companies that provide emissions solutions to customers in the power generation and other industries.
ADA-ES, Inc. (“ADA”) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. (“ADES”) that provides emissions control solutions for coal-fired power generation and industrial boiler industries. With more than 25 years of experience developing advanced mercury control solutions, ADA delivers proprietary environmental technologies, equipment and specialty chemicals that enable coal-fueled boilers to meet emissions regulations. These solutions enhance existing air pollution control equipment, maximizing capacity and improving operating efficiencies. Our track record includes securing more than 30 US patents for emissions control technology and systems and selling the most activated carbon injection systems for power plant mercury control in North America.