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HARSCO CORPORATION REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2016 RESULTS
November 3, 2016

Q3 GAAP Operating Income of $29 Million Within Guidance Range; Results Supported by Positive Performance in Metals & Minerals and Lower Corporate Spending

Free Cash Flow Totaled $60 Million in Q3

Company Completes Sale of its Remaining Interest in Brand Energy JV for Total Value of $232 million

Net Debt Reduced to $596 Million and Liquidity Exceeded $340 million at Quarter-End

Company Completes Refinancing Through a New Senior Secured Credit Facility Subsequent to Quarter-End

Full-Year GAAP Operating Income Expected to be Between $60 Million and $69 Million; Adjusted Operating Income Anticipated Between $108 Million and $117 Million as Compared with Prior Range of $105 Million to $120 Million

Free Cash Flow Guidance Increased to Between $75 Million and $85 Million as Compared with Prior Range of $65 Million to $80 Million

CAMP HILL, PA (November 3, 2016) . . . Harsco Corporation (NYSE: HSC) today reported third quarter 2016 results. On a U.S. GAAP (“GAAP”) basis, third quarter 2016 diluted loss per share from continuing operations was $0.41, which included a non-cash loss related to the Company selling its remaining interest in Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services as previously disclosed. Excluding this item, adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations in the third quarter of 2016 were $0.14. These figures compare with GAAP diluted loss per share from continuing operations of $0.10 and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.18 in the third quarter of 2015.

Operating income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2016 was $29 million, which was within the guidance range of $27 million to $32 million previously provided by the Company.

"The third quarter for Harsco was another solid result, led by our Metals & Minerals business," said President and CEO Nick Grasberger. "Further, we were particularly pleased with our free cash flow performance in this quarter, which supports raising our free cash flow outlook for the year. We also substantially reduced our financial leverage in the quarter and further strengthened our financial flexibility more recently through a very successful refinancing. Looking ahead, our strategic priorities remain unchanged as we pursue initiatives to improve our market position and capital returns in each of our businesses, and we remain optimistic about our earnings potential as markets recover."

Harsco Corporation—Selected Third Quarter Results

($ in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Q3 2016

 

Q3 2015

Revenues

 

$

368

 

 

$

428

 

Operating income from continuing operations - GAAP

 

$

29

 

 

$

8

 

Operating margin from continuing operations - GAAP

 

7.8

%

 

1.8

%

Diluted EPS from continuing operations

 

$

(0.41

)

 

$

(0.10

)

Unusual items per diluted share

 

$

0.55

 

 

$

0.28

 

Adjusted operating income - excluding unusual items

 

$

29

 

 

$

35

 

Adjusted operating margin - excluding unusual items

 

7.8

%

 

8.2

%

Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations - excluding unusual items

 

$

0.14

 

 

$

0.18

 

Return on invested capital (TTM) - excluding unusual items

 

6.0

%

 

6.2

%

Consolidated Third Quarter Operating Results
Total revenues were $368 million, with the decrease mainly attributable to the Company’s Metals & Minerals and Industrial segments, as expected. Foreign currency translation negatively impacted third quarter 2016 revenues by approximately $9 million.

Operating income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2016 was $29 million. This figure compares with GAAP operating income of $8 million and adjusted operating income of $35 million in the prior-year quarter. Operating earnings in Metals & Minerals improved in comparison with adjusted operating income in the same quarter last year, while earnings declined in the Industrial and Rail segments. As a result, operating margin decreased 40 basis points versus the adjusted operating margin in the prior-year period.

Foreign currency translation positively affected operating income by approximately $2 million in this year’s quarter compared with the prior-year quarter. Also, the Company’s third quarter 2016 earnings included equity income of approximately $3.2 million ($0.03 per share after tax) from the Brand Energy joint venture.

Third Quarter Business Review

Metals & Minerals

($ in millions)

 

Q3 2016

 

Q3 2015

 

%Change

Revenues

 

$

248

 

 

$

277

 

 

(11

)%

Operating income - GAAP

 

$

24

 

 

$

(3

)

 

nmf

Operating margin - GAAP

 

9.7

%

 

(1.2

)%

 

 

Adjusted operating income - excluding unusual items (1)

 

$

24

 

 

$

21

 

 

13

%

Adjusted operating margin - excluding unusual items (1)

 

9.7

%

 

7.7

%

 

 

Customer liquid steel tons (millions)

 

34.9

 

 

37.5

 

 

(7

)%

nmf=not meaningful

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) no unusual items in Q3 2016

Revenues decreased 11 percent to $248 million, primarily as a result of exiting certain contracts and foreign exchange translation. Meanwhile, operating income totaled $24 million in comparison with a GAAP operating loss in the prior-year quarter of $3 million, which included Project Orion exited site costs, contract termination and resolution charges, and other adjustments. Compared with adjusted operating income in the 2015 quarter, earnings increased 13 percent as workforce reductions and other benefits realized under Project Orion offset the impact from site exits. As a result, the segment operating margin improved by 200 basis points to 9.7 percent versus an adjusted operating margin of 7.7 percent in last year’s third quarter.

Industrial

($ in millions)

 

Q3 2016

 

Q3 2015

 

%Change

Revenues

 

$

63

 

 

$

91

 

 

(30

)%

Operating income - GAAP

 

$

6

 

 

$

14

 

 

(55

)%

Operating margin - GAAP

 

10.0

%

 

15.3

%

 

 

Revenues declined 30 percent to $63 million, principally due to lower demand for heat exchangers from U.S. energy customers as well as industrial grating. Operating income declined as reduced demand offset lower selling and administrative costs. As a result, the segment’s operating margin decreased to 10.0 percent compared with 15.3 percent in the comparable quarter last year.

Rail

($ in millions)

 

Q3 2016

 

Q3 2015

 

%Change

Revenues

 

$

57

 

 

$

60

 

 

(5

)%

Operating income - GAAP

 

$

5

 

 

$

8

 

 

(41

)%

Operating margin - GAAP

 

8.1

%

 

13.0

%

 

 

Revenues decreased 5 percent to $57 million as lower contract services offset an increase in after-market parts sales. These trends, along with sales mix, contributed to the decrease in operating income and operating income margin compared with the prior-year period.

Cash Flow
Free cash flow was $60 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared with $23 million in the prior-year period. This cash flow improvement resulted from increased net cash provided by operating activities, including working capital and additional contract advances, as well as lower capital expenditures.

Financial Position
At the end of the third quarter, the Company maintained net debt of approximately $596 million, a decrease of more than $200 million from this year's second quarter. Cash proceeds from the previously-announced sale of the Company's remaining JV interest in Brand Energy and free cash flow were used to reduce leverage in the quarter. The Company's net debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio was 2.2x, as compared with a maximum leverage covenant of 4.0x under the Company's Credit Agreement, and its borrowing capacity and available cash totaled more than $340 million at the end of the quarter. Subsequent to the end of the third quarter, the Company closed on a new senior secured credit facility, which includes a $400 million five-year revolving credit facility and a $550 million seven-year term loan B facility. The proceeds from this financing will be used to replace the Company's existing credit facility and redeem its existing 5.75% Senior Notes due 2018.

2016 Outlook
The Company's 2016 Outlook range is updated to reflect recent performance and current expectations for each business segment. For Metals & Minerals, adjusted operating income is expected to improve compared with 2015 as internal improvements and site start-ups are forecasted to fully offset the impacts from site exits, weaker commodities prices and lower steel production for the year. In Industrial, operating results are projected to be significantly lower as compared with 2015 due to reduced demand from U.S. energy customers. Rail earnings are expected to meaningfully decrease as a result of weaker U.S. market demand, sales mix and administrative costs to facilitate international expansion as well as the $40 million loss provision recorded in the second quarter of 2016. Lastly, Corporate spending is now expected to decrease approximately 30 percent versus 2015 as a result of continued reduction of various overhead expenditures such as personnel, travel and professional fees.

Full Year 2016
• GAAP operating income for the full year is expected to range from $60 million to $69 million; compared with $89 million in 2015.
• Adjusted operating income for the full year is expected to range from $108 million to $117 million; compared with $105 million to $120 million previously and with $135 million in 2015.
• Free cash flow in the range of $75 million to $85 million; compared with a previous range of $65 million to $80 million and with $24 million in 2015.
• Net interest expense is forecasted to range from $50 million to $51 million.
• GAAP loss per share for the full year in the range of $0.76 to $0.85, which does not take intoaccountany charges related to the recent refinancing; compared with GAAP earnings per share of $0.09 in 2015.
• Adjusted earnings per share for the full year in the range of $0.36 to $0.45; compared with $0.33 to $0.49 previously and $0.56 per share in 2015.
• Adjusted return on invested capital is expected to range from 5.8 percent to 6.3 percent; compared with 6.3 percent in 2015.

Q4 2016
• Adjusted operating income of $20 million to $29 million; compared with $26 million in the prior-year quarter.
• Adjusted earnings per share of $0.06 to $0.11; compared with $0.11 in the prior-year quarter.

Conference Call
The Company will hold a conference call today at 9:00a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its results and respond to questions from the investment community. The conference call will be broadcast live through the Harsco Corporation website at www.harsco.com. The Company will refer to a slide presentation that accompanies its formal remarks. The slide presentation will be available on the Company’s website.

The call can also be accessed by telephone by dialing (800) 611-4920, or (973) 200-3957 for international callers. Enter Conference ID number 87961546. Listeners are advised to dial in at least five minutes prior to the call.

Replays will be available via the Harsco website and also by telephone through November 17, 2016 by dialing (800) 585-8367, (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406.

Forward-Looking Statements
The nature of the Company's business and the many countries in which it operates subject it to changing economic, competitive, regulatory and technological conditions, risks and uncertainties. In accordance with the "safe harbor" provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Company provides the following cautionary remarks regarding important factors that, among others, could cause future results to differ materially from the results contemplated by forward-looking statements, including the expectations and assumptions expressed or implied herein. Forward-looking statements contained herein could include, among other things, statements about management's confidence in and strategies for performance; expectations for new and existing products, technologies and opportunities; and expectations regarding growth, sales, cash flows, and earnings. Forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of such terms as "may," "could," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "believe," "likely," "estimate," "plan" or other comparable terms.

Factors that could cause actual results to differ, perhaps materially, from those implied by forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: (1) changes in the worldwide business environment in which the Company operates, including general economic conditions; (2) changes in currency exchange rates, interest rates, commodity and fuel costs and capital costs; (3) changes in the performance of equity and bond markets that could affect, among other things, the valuation of the assets in the Company's pension plans and the accounting for pension assets, liabilities and expenses; (4) changes in governmental laws and regulations, including environmental, occupational health and safety, tax and import tariff standards; (5) market and competitive changes, including pricing pressures, market demand and acceptance for new products, services and technologies; (6) the Company's inability or failure to protect its intellectual property rights from infringement in one or more of the many countries in which the Company operates; (7) failure to effectively prevent, detect or recover from breaches in the Company's cybersecurity infrastructure; (8) unforeseen business disruptions in one or more of the many countries in which the Company operates due to political instability, civil disobedience, armed hostilities, public health issues or other calamities; (9) disruptions associated with labor disputes and increased operating costs associated with union organization; (10) the seasonal nature of the Company's business; (11) the Company's ability to successfully enter into new contracts and complete new acquisitions or strategic ventures in the time-frame contemplated, or at all; (12) the integration of the Company's strategic acquisitions; (13) the amount and timing of repurchases of the Company's common stock, if any; (14) the prolonged recovery in global financial and credit markets and economic conditions generally, which could result in the Company's customers curtailing development projects, construction, production and capital expenditures, which, in turn, could reduce the demand for the Company's products and services and, accordingly, the Company's revenues, margins and profitability; (15) the outcome of any disputes with customers, contractors and subcontractors; (16) the financial condition of the Company's customers, including the ability of customers (especially those that may be highly leveraged and those with inadequate liquidity) to maintain their credit availability; (17) the Company's ability to successfully implement and receive the expected benefits of cost-reduction and restructuring initiatives, including the achievement of expected cost savings in the expected time frame; (18) the ability to successfully implement the Company's strategic initiatives and portfolio optimization and the impact of such initiatives, such as the Harsco Metals & Minerals Segment's Improvement Plan ("Project Orion"); (19) implementation of environmental remediation matters; (20) risk and uncertainty associated with intangible assets; (21) the impact of a transaction, if any, resulting from the Company's determination to explore strategic options for the separation of the Harsco Metals & Minerals Segment; and (22) other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports. Afurther discussion of these, along with other potential risk factors, can be found in Part I, Item 1A,"Risk Factors," of the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015 andPart II, Item 1A, Risk Factors of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the period ended June 30, 2016. The Company cautions that these factors may not be exhaustive and that many of these factors are beyond the Company's ability to control or predict. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a prediction of actual results. The Company undertakes no duty to update forward-looking statements except as may be required by law.

About Harsco
Harsco Corporation serves key industries that are fundamental to worldwide economic development, including steel and metals production, railways and energy. Harsco’s common stock is a component of the S&P SmallCap 600 Index and the Russell 2000 Index. Additional information can be found at www.harsco.com.

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