June 8, 2017

Layne Christensen Reports Fiscal 2018 First Quarter Results

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, June 8, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Layne Christensen Company (NASDAQ: LAYN) ("Layne" or the "Company") today announced financial and operating results for the fiscal 2018 first quarter (Q1 FY 2018) ended April 30, 2017.

Q1 FY 2018 Financial Highlights

  • Financial performance in Q1 FY 2018 improved significantly compared to the prior year period as a result of continuing strong performance at Inliner, further SG&A cost reductions and a marked improvement in earnings at Mineral Services.
  • The Water Resources segment produced significant sequential improvement from the fiscal 2017 fourth quarter, generating higher revenues and positive Adjusted EBITDA.
  • On April 30, 2017, Layne sold its Heavy Civil business receiving cash consideration of $5.8 million, which included an estimate of the business' working capital at closing.  Financial results for the first quarter reflect the Heavy Civil business as discontinued operations for both current and historical periods.       
  • Reported net loss from continuing operations for Q1 FY 2018 was ($3.4) million, or ($0.17) per share, compared to ($8.0) million, or ($0.41) per share, for the fiscal 2017 first quarter (Q1 FY 2017).  The net loss from discontinued operations for Q1 FY 2018 was ($19.5) million, which included ($16.7) million related to the loss on the sale of the Heavy Civil business.
  • Total Adjusted EBITDA (a non-GAAP financial measure as defined below) increased to $9.6 million in Q1 FY 2018 compared to $4.3 million in Q1 FY 2017.
  • Unallocated corporate expenses reflected in Adjusted EBITDA continued to decline to $4.0 million in Q1 FY 2018 compared to $7.0 million in Q1 FY 2017.
  • As of April 30, 2017, cash and cash equivalents were $54.6 million, and total debt was $163.2 million.  Total liquidity, which includes availability under Layne's credit facility and total cash and cash equivalents, was $121.5 million at April 30, 2017, compared to $141.3 million at January 31, 2017
  • Total backlog was $172.2 million at April 30, 2017 compared to $166.6 million at January 31, 2017 and $213.5 million at April 30, 2016.  
  • Layne announced its new energy infrastructure business and the construction of a new high-capacity water pipeline and infrastructure system in the Delaware Basin of West Texas which is expected to begin generating positive earnings and cash flow in the fiscal 2018 third quarter.

CEO Commentary

Michael J. Caliel, President and Chief Executive Officer of Layne, commented, "We are encouraged with the significant financial improvement we delivered in the first quarter that was led by continuing strength at Inliner, further reductions in SG&A costs, and significantly improved activity and profitability at Mineral Services.  Further, the improvements underway at Water Resources to stem project losses we incurred in the last half of fiscal year 2017 led to meaningful sequential improvement for the division.

"The completion of the sale of our Heavy Civil business will allow us to concentrate on growing our core water infrastructure businesses, while reducing our overall risk exposure to large construction projects. 

"We are pleased and excited about our new energy infrastructure business and the construction of our new high-capacity water pipeline and infrastructure system in the Delaware Basin of West Texas.  This investment is part of our longer-term strategy to leverage our substantial know-how in providing water infrastructure solutions to our clients and is expected to build on our core water and energy expertise, and broaden our diverse water customer base.

"Our objectives for fiscal 2018 are to significantly improve profitability at Water Resources, leverage our strengths at Inliner to further grow the business, take advantage of the improved levels of activity in the Americas for Minerals Services, further reduce our cost base and significantly grow our energy infrastructure business. While clearly there is more work to be done, we expect our overall financial performance in fiscal 2018 to show material improvement over last fiscal year and are confident that our efforts will be successful."

 

LAYNE CHRISTENSEN COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL DATA




Three Months





Ended April 30,





(unaudited)



(in thousands, except per share data)


2017



2016



Revenues


$

111,507



$

120,646



Cost of revenues (exclusive of depreciation and amortization charges shown below)



(86,283)




(97,062)



Selling, general and administrative expenses (exclusive of depreciation and amortization charges shown below)



(17,640)




(21,559)



Depreciation and amortization



(6,484)




(5,958)



Gain on sale of fixed assets



612




135



Equity in earnings of affiliates



711




1,269



Restructuring costs



(428)




(64)



Interest expense



(4,200)




(4,246)



Other (expense) income, net



(163)




31



Loss from continuing operations before income taxes



(2,368)




(6,808)



Income tax expense



(1,050)




(1,213)



Net loss from continuing operations



(3,418)




(8,021)



Net loss from discontinued operations



(19,482)




(782)



Net loss


$

(22,900)



$

(8,803)



Loss per share information:










Loss per share from continuing operations - basic and diluted


$

(0.17)



$

(0.41)



Loss per share from discontinued operations - basic and diluted



(0.98)




(0.04)



Loss per share - basic and diluted


$

(1.15)



$

(0.45)



Weighted average shares outstanding - basic and dilutive



19,796




19,773







As of




April 30,



January 31,


(in thousands)


2017



2017




(unaudited)



(unaudited)


Balance Sheet Data









  Cash and cash equivalents


$

54,598



$

69,000


  Working capital



85,777




105,545


  Adjusted Working Capital (excluding cash and cash equivalents)



31,179




36,545


  Total assets



392,715




436,151


  Total debt



163,239




162,355


  Total Layne Christensen Company equity



59,646




82,220


  Common shares issued and outstanding



19,805




19,805








 

Summary of Operating Segment Data

The following table summarizes financial information for Layne's operating segments. A discussion of the results for Q1 FY 2018 for each segment compared to the prior year period follows the table.



Three Months




Ended April 30,


(in thousands)


2017



2016


Revenues









Water Resources


$

42,143



$

61,950


Inliner



47,408




47,534


Mineral Services



21,956




11,255


Intersegment eliminations






(93)


Total revenues


$

111,507



$

120,646


Adjusted EBITDA









Water Resources


$

469



$

4,097


Inliner



8,073




7,218


Mineral Services



5,026




51


Unallocated corporate expenses



(3,960)




(7,039)


Total Adjusted EBITDA


$

9,608



$

4,327











Water Resources



Three Months




Ended April 30,


(in thousands)


2017



2016


Revenues


$

42,143



$

61,950


Adjusted EBITDA



469




4,097


Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues



1.1

%



6.6

%

Revenues for Water Resources decreased during Q1 FY 2018 primarily due to reduced activity in agricultural drilling projects in the western U.S. stemming from increased precipitation in the region. 

The decrease in Adjusted EBITDA for the Water Resources segment for Q1 FY 2018 was primarily due to reduced drilling activity in the western U.S.

Backlog was $62.3 million at April 30, 2017 compared to $49.2 million at January 31, 2017 and $91.7 million at April 30, 2016.  Backlog increased from Q4 FY 2017 to Q1 FY 2018 as a result of increased bookings in both water well drilling and repair and maintenance work.   

Inliner



Three Months




Ended April 30,


(in thousands)


2017



2016


Revenues


$

47,408



$

47,534


Adjusted EBITDA



8,073




7,218


Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues



17.0

%



15.2

%

Revenues for Inliner during Q1 FY 2018 were relatively flat as compared to the prior year period.

The increase in Adjusted EBITDA for the Inliner segment as compared to the prior year period reflects improved results across most operating regions.  The increase in Adjusted EBITDA for the Inliner segment as a percentage of revenues was primarily attributable to a higher mix of self-performed work and increased crew efficiency in the current quarter compared to the prior year period.

Backlog was $109.9 million at April 30, 2017 compared to $117.4 million at January 31, 2017 and $121.8 million at April 30, 2016.

Mineral Services



Three Months




Ended April 30,


(in thousands)


2017



2016


Revenues


$

21,956



$

11,255


Adjusted EBITDA



5,026




51


Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues



22.9

%



0.5

%

Revenues for Mineral Services were almost double the prior year period due to increased activity in the western U.S., Mexico and Brazil.

The increase in Adjusted EBITDA for the Mineral Services segment for Q1 FY 2018 was primarily due to significantly increased activity and profitability in the western U.S. and Mexico, compared to the prior year period.

Unallocated Corporate Expenses

Unallocated corporate expenses reflected in Adjusted EBITDA were $4.0 million for the Q1 FY 2018, compared to $7.0 million for the same period last year. The improvement was primarily due to a reduction in legal and professional fees, consulting fees and compensation related expenses.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

Layne defines Total Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP financial measure, as the total of Adjusted EBITDA for all segments plus unallocated corporate expenses and other items/eliminations.  Layne's management evaluates segment performance based primarily on the segment's revenues and Adjusted EBITDA, among other factors.  Layne's measure of segment Adjusted EBITDA, which may not be comparable to other companies' measure of Adjusted EBITDA, represents the segment's shares of income or loss from continuing operations before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, gain on sale of fixed assets, non-cash share-based compensation, equity in earnings or losses from affiliates, certain non-recurring items such as restructuring costs, and certain other gains or losses, plus dividends received from affiliates. Total Adjusted EBITDA is included as a complement to results provided in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) because management believes this non-GAAP financial measure helps us understand and evaluate our operating performance and trends and provides useful information to both management and investors.  In addition, we use Total Adjusted EBITDA as a factor in incentive compensation decisions and our credit facility agreement uses measures similar to Total Adjusted EBITDA to measure compliance with certain covenants.

The following table reconciles Total Adjusted EBITDA to income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes, which Layne consider to be the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to Total Adjusted EBITDA.















Unallocated










Three Months Ended April 30, 2017


Water







Mineral



Corporate



Other Items/






(in thousands)


Resources



Inliner



Services



Expenses



Eliminations



Total


Revenues


$

42,143



$

47,408



$

21,956



$



$



$

111,507



























(Loss) income  from continuing operations before income taxes


$

(2,411)



$

6,462



$

2,820



$

(5,039)



$

(4,200)



$

(2,368)


Interest expense















4,200




4,200


Depreciation expense and amortization



3,057




1,517




1,686




224







6,484


Gain on sale of fixed assets



(374)







(238)










(612)


Non-cash equity-based compensation



85




56




60




818







1,019


Equity in earnings of affiliates









(711)










(711)


Restructuring costs



14




3




389




22







428


Other expense, net



98




35




15




15







163


Dividends received from affiliates









1,005










1,005


Adjusted EBITDA


$

469



$

8,073



$

5,026



$

(3,960)



$



$

9,608









































Unallocated










Three Months Ended April 30, 2016


Water







Mineral



Corporate



Other Items/






(in thousands)


Resources



Inliner



Services



Expenses



Eliminations



Total


Revenues


$

61,950



$

47,534



$

11,255



$



$

(93)



$

120,646



























Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes


$

300



$

5,645



$

(347)



$

(8,160)



$

(4,246)



$

(6,808)


Interest expense















4,246




4,246


Depreciation expense and amortization



3,153




1,254




1,219




332







5,958


Loss (gain) on sale of fixed assets



359




7




(499)




(2)







(135)


Non-cash equity-based compensation



204




251




49




707







1,211


Equity in earnings of affiliates









(1,269)










(1,269)


Restructuring costs









64










64


Other expense (income), net



81




61




(257)




84







(31)


Dividends received from affiliates









1,091










1,091


Adjusted EBITDA


$

4,097



$

7,218



$

51



$

(7,039)



$



$

4,327


 

Conference Call

Layne Christensen will conduct a conference call at 9:00 AM ET / 8:00 AM CT Friday, June 9, 2017, to discuss these results and related matters. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing 1-877-407-0672 (Domestic) or 1-412-902-0003 (International). The conference call will also be broadcast live via the Investor Relations section of Layne's website at www.layne.com. To listen to the live call, please go to the website at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. If you are unable to listen live, the conference call will be archived on the website for approximately 90 days. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available through June 16, 2017 and may be accessed by calling 1-877-660-6853 (Domestic) or 1-201-612-7415 (International) and using passcode 13662609#.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934. Such statements may include, but are not limited to, statements of plans and objectives, statements of future economic performance and statements of assumptions underlying such statements, and statements of management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future. Forward-looking statements can often be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as "should," "intended," "continue," "believe," "may," "hope," "anticipate," "goal," "forecast," "plan," "estimate" and similar words or phrases. Such statements are based on current expectations and are subject to certain risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including but not limited to: estimates and assumptions regarding Layne's strategic direction and business strategy, the timely and effective execution of Layne's strategy for Water Resources, the extent and timing of a recovery in the mining industry, prevailing prices for various commodities, longer term weather patterns, unanticipated slowdowns in Layne's major markets, the availability of credit, the risks and uncertainties normally incident to Layne's industries of operation, the impact of competition, the effect of any deregulation or other initiatives by the Trump Administration, the effectiveness of operational changes expected to reduce operating expenses and increase efficiency, productivity and profitability, the satisfaction of all of the post-closing conditions for the sale of Layne's Heavy Civil business in a timely manner, the availability of equity or debt capital needed for the business, including the refinancing of Layne's existing indebtedness as it matures, worldwide economic and political conditions and foreign currency fluctuations that may affect Layne's results of operations. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially and adversely from those anticipated, estimated or projected. These forward-looking statements are made as of the date of this filing, and Layne assumes no obligation to update such forward-looking statements or to update the reasons why actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements.

About Layne

Layne is a global water management, infrastructure services and drilling company, providing responsible solutions to the world of essential natural resources—water, minerals and energy. We offer innovative, sustainable products and services with an enduring commitment to safety, excellence and integrity.

Contacts

J. Michael Anderson
Chief Financial Officer
281-475-2694
michael.anderson@layne.com

Dennard Lascar Associates
Jack Lascar
713-529-6600
jlascar@dennardlascar.com

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