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Advanced Emissions Solutions Reports Second Quarter 2016 Results

Improved Cost Structure and Solid Refined Coal Distributions Drive Quarterly Net Income of $7.9 Million

HIGHLANDS RANCH, Colo., Aug. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADES) (the "Company" or "ADES") 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.” 

Conference Call and Webcast Information

The Company has scheduled a conference call to begin at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, August 10, 2016.  The conference call will be webcast live via the Investor Information section of ADES's website at www.advancedemissionssolutions.com. Interested parties may also participate in the call by dialing (877) 201-0168 (Domestic) or (647) 788-4901 (International) conference ID 52464588. A supplemental investor presentation will be available on the Company's investor relations website prior to the start of the conference call.

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. For more information on ADA, its products and services, visit www.adaes.com or the ADA Blog (http://blog.adaes.com/).

Clean Coal Solutions, LLC (“CCS”) is a 42.5% owned joint venture by ADA that provides ADA’s patented Refined Coal (“RC”) CyClean™ technology to enhance combustion of and reduce emissions of NOx and mercury from coals in cyclone boilers and ADA’s patent pending M-45™ and M-45-PC™ technologies for Circulating Fluidized boilers and Pulverized Coal boilers respectively.

Caution on Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, which provides a “safe harbor” for such statements in certain circumstances. The forward-looking statements include statements or expectations regarding future rent payments to CCS, execution against our pipeline of tax-equity investors, expectations of the size of the chemicals market, our sales pipeline and ability to sell products and increase revenue in the Emissions Control business, the expected results and timing of our cost containment initiatives and restructuring efforts, and payments of litigation settlement amounts by our insurers. These statements are based on current expectations, estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions of our management. Such statements involve significant risks and uncertainties. Actual events or results could differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, including but not limited to changes in laws, regulations and IRS interpretations or guidance; economic conditions and market demand; failure of the RC facilities to produce coal that qualifies for tax credits; decreases in the production of RC; availability, cost of and demand for alternative tax credit vehicles and other technologies; seasonality; customer expectations; the value of our products, technologies and intellectual property to customers and strategic investors; non-approval of our litigation settlements by the courts or SEC; significant opt-outs by class members in our stockholders class action lawsuit; and other factors discussed in greater detail in our filings with the SEC. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements and to consult our SEC filings for additional risks and uncertainties that may apply to our business and the ownership of our securities. Our forward-looking statements are presented as of the date made, and we disclaim any duty to update such statements unless required by law to do so.


TABLE 1
Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
 
  As of
(in thousands, except share data) June 30, 2016 December 31, 2015
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $2,221  $9,265 
Receivables, net 8,950  8,361 
Receivables, related parties, net 444  1,918 
Restricted cash 4,469  728 
Costs in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 1,254  2,137 
Prepaid expenses and other assets 1,781  2,306 
Total current assets 19,119  24,715 
Restricted cash, long-term 6,700  10,980 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $2,528 and $4,557, respectively 1,218  2,040 
Investment securities, restricted, long-term   336 
Cost method investment 2,776  2,776 
Equity method investments 3,081  17,232 
Other assets 3,714  2,696 
Total Assets $36,608  $60,775 
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable $3,263  $6,174 
Accrued payroll and related liabilities 3,413  5,800 
Current portion of notes payable, related parties   1,837 
Billings in excess of costs on uncompleted contracts 5,112  9,708 
Short-term borrowings, net of discount and deferred loan costs, related party   12,676 
Legal settlements and accruals 11,470  6,502 
Other current liabilities 7,012  7,395 
Total current liabilities 30,270  50,092 
Long-term portion of notes payable, related party   13,512 
Legal settlements and accruals, long-term 11,596  13,797 
Advance deposit, related party 2,362  2,980 
Other long-term liabilities 2,871  5,372 
Total Liabilities 47,099  85,753 
Commitments and contingencies (Note 8)    
Stockholders’ deficit:    
Preferred stock: par value of $.001 and no par value per share, respectively, 50,000,000 shares authorized, none outstanding    
Common stock: par value of $.001 per share, 100,000,000 shares authorized, 22,241,474 and 21,943,872 shares issued, and
21,967,969 and 21,809,164 shares outstanding at June 30, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively
 22  22 
Additional paid-in capital 118,280  116,029 
Accumulated deficit (128,793) (141,029)
Total stockholders’ deficit (10,491) (24,978)
Total Liabilities and Stockholders’ Deficit $36,608  $60,775 






TABLE 2
Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited)
 
  Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands, except per share data and percentages) 2016 2015 2016 2015
Revenues:        
Equipment sales $8,213  $14,236  $29,919  $35,351 
Chemicals 613  343  1,047  617 
Consulting services and other 125  316  320  684 
Total revenues 8,951  14,895  31,286  36,652 
Operating expenses:        
Equipment sales cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization 5,437  13,698  22,470  28,749 
Chemicals cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization 255  41  396  278 
Consulting services cost of revenue, exclusive of depreciation and amortization 77  264  212  690 
Payroll and benefits 3,956  9,746  7,759  14,657 
Rent and occupancy 632  601  1,026  1,232 
Legal and professional fees 1,982  4,387  4,965  8,122 
General and administrative 1,346  1,503  2,092  3,385 
Research and development, net (345) 1,860  (143) 3,110 
Depreciation and amortization 223  573  454  1,104 
Total operating expenses 13,563  32,673  39,231  61,327 
Operating loss (4,612) (17,778) (7,945) (24,675)
Other income (expense):        
Earnings from equity method investments 13,754  4,860  19,331  5,174 
Royalties, related party 669  2,299  1,859  4,493 
Interest income 95  6  118  18 
Interest expense (1,573) (1,794) (3,537) (3,569)
Gain on sale of equity method investment     2,078   
Gain on settlement of note payable and licensed technology 151    1,019   
Other (525) 23  (535) 87 
Total other income 12,571  5,394  20,333  6,203 
Income (loss) before income tax expense 7,959  (12,384) 12,388  (18,472)
Income tax expense 99  63  152  107 
Net income (loss) $7,860  $(12,447) $12,236  $(18,579)
Earnings (loss) per common share (Note 1):        
Basic $0.36  $(0.57) $0.55  $(0.85)
Diluted $0.35  $(0.57) $0.55  $(0.85)
Weighted-average number of common shares outstanding:        
Basic 21,875  21,715  21,895  21,728 
Diluted 22,187  21,715  22,204  21,728 







TABLE 3
Advanced Emissions Solutions, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
 
  Six Months Ended June 30,
(in thousands) 2016 2015
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net income (loss) $12,236  $(18,579)
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash used in operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 454  1,104 
Amortization of debt issuance costs 1,152  50 
Impairment of property and equipment and inventory 517  46 
Interest costs added to principal balance of notes payable   432 
Share-based compensation expense 1,543  5,459 
Earnings from equity method investments (19,331) (5,174)
Gain on sale of equity method investment (2,078)  
Gain on settlement of note payable and licensed technology (1,019)  
Other non-cash items, net 34  688 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquired businesses:    
Receivables (627) 7,625 
Related party receivables 1,473  (226)
Prepaid expenses and other assets 806  (460)
Costs incurred on uncompleted contracts 17,201  2,363 
Restricted cash 1,089  (709)
Other long-term assets (2,630) 231 
Accounts payable (2,910) 2,713 
Accrued payroll and related liabilities (1,596) 1,651 
Other current liabilities (101) 1,348 
Billings on uncompleted contracts (20,910) (9,420)
Advance deposit, related party (618) (1,496)
Other long-term liabilities (1,336) 19 
Legal settlements and accruals 2,767  (1,472)
Distributions from equity method investees, return on investment 5,900  19 
Net cash used in operating activities (7,984) (13,788)
Cash flows from investing activities    
Maturity of investment securities, restricted 336   
Increase in restricted cash (550) (1,200)
Acquisition of property and equipment, net (111) (380)
Advance on note receivable   (500)
Acquisition of business   (2,124)
Purchase of and contributions to equity method investees (223) (230)
Proceeds from sale of equity method investment 1,773   
Distributions from equity method investees in excess of cumulative earnings 14,875  4,730 
Net cash provided by investing activities 16,100  296 
Cash flows from financing activities    
Repayments on short-term borrowings, related party (13,250)  
Repayments on notes payable, related party (1,246) (1,014)
Short-term borrowing loan costs (579)  
Repurchase of shares to satisfy tax withholdings (85) (262)
Net cash used in financing activities (15,160) (1,276)
Decrease in Cash and Cash Equivalents (7,044) (14,768)
Cash and Cash Equivalents, beginning of period 9,265  25,181 
Cash and Cash Equivalents, end of period $2,221  $10,413 
Supplemental disclosures of cash information:    
Cash paid for interest $1,436  $2,993 
Cash paid (refunded) for income taxes $(72) $146 
Supplemental disclosure of non-cash investing and financing activities:    
Restricted stock award reclassification (liability to equity) $899  $ 
Settlement of RCM6 note payable $13,234  $ 
Non-cash reduction of equity method investment $11,156  $ 

 

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