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HARSCO CORPORATION REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2018 RESULTS
October 31, 2018

Q3 Revenues Increased 16 Percent Compared with the Prior-Year Quarter

Q3 GAAP Operating Income of $57 Million

Operating Income Excluding Unusual Items Increased 47 Percent to $58 Million Compared with the Prior-Year Quarter, Exceeding Guidance Due Mainly to Strong Performance in Rail as Well as Lower Corporate Costs

Diluted Earnings per Share (GAAP and Adjusted) Totaled $0.40, Increased From GAAP Diluted Earnings per Share of $0.16 and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share Excluding Unusual Items of $0.20 in the Prior-Year Quarter

2018 Full-Year Adjusted Operating Income Guidance Increased to Between $185 Million to $190 Million;Compared with Prior Range of $175 Million to $185 Million

CAMP HILL, PA (October31, 2018) - Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) today reported third quarter 2018 results. On a U.S. GAAP ("GAAP") and adjusted basis, third quarter of 2018 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.40. This figure compares with third quarter of 2017 GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.16 and adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.20, which excluded a Metals & Minerals bad debt expense related to a customer that had entered administration in Australia.

GAAP operating income from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2018 was $57 million. Excluding unusual items, operating income was $58 million, which exceeded the Company's previously provided guidance range of $50 million to $55 million.

“Harsco’s businesses, once again, delivered strong quarterly performance reflecting successful execution on our strategic initiatives in recent years as well as positive economic trends in each of our business units,” said Chairman and CEO Nick Grasberger. “We achieved double-digit top line growth in the third quarter, with even greater improvements in profitability and capital returns. Our backlogs also grew significantly in the quarter.”

 

“This strong business momentum has again enabled us to raise our guidance for the year. Additionally, our visibility has strengthened into 2019, providing us with confidence in our ability to realize further meaningful improvement in revenues and other key performance metrics. Overall, our organization remains focused on developing market-leading innovations and executing against our other growth priorities as we strive to achieve our long-term targets.”

 

 

Harsco Corporation—Selected Third Quarter Results

($ in millions, except per share amounts)

 

Q3 2018

 

Q3 2017 (1)

Revenues

 

$

445

 

 

$

385

 

Operating income from continuing operations - GAAP

 

$

57

 

 

$

35

 

Operating margin from continuing operations - GAAP

 

12.8

%

 

9.0

%

Diluted EPS from continuing operations - GAAP

 

$

0.40

 

 

$

0.16

 

Return on invested capital (TTM) - excluding unusual items

 

15.4

%

 

10.7

%

(1) 2017 figures reflect new pension accounting standard

 

 

 

 

 

Consolidated Third Quarter Operating Results

Total revenues were $445 million, an increase of 16 percent compared with the prior-year quarter as a result of higher revenues in each of the Company's business segments.

GAAP operating income from continuing operations was $57 million, while operating income excluding unusual items was $58 million for the third quarter of 2018. These figures compare with GAAP and adjusted operating income of $35 million and $39 million, respectively, in the same quarter of last year. Adjusted operating income in each of the Company's operating segments improved in comparison with the prior-year quarter. Also, Corporate spending declined relative to the prior-year period, and therefore contributed to the year-on-year increase in operating income.

The Company's GAAP and adjusted operating margins in the third quarter of 2018 increased to 12.8 percent and 12.9 percent, respectively, versus GAAP and adjusted operating margins of 9.0 percent and 10.2 percent in the third quarter of 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

Third Quarter Business Review

Metals & Minerals

($ in millions)

 

Q3 2018

 

Q3 2017 (1)

 

%Change

Revenues

 

$

269

 

 

$

255

 

 

5

%

Operating income - GAAP

 

$

29

 

 

$

24

 

 

24

%

Operating margin - GAAP

 

10.9

%

 

9.3

%

 

 

(1) 2017 figures reflect new pension accounting standard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues increased 5 percent to $269 million, mainly as a result of higher service levels, increased applied products sales and the Altek Group acquisition. These positive factors were partially offset by the impact of foreign currency translation, which lowered segment revenues by approximately $10 million relative to the prior-year quarter. The segment's operating income in the third quarter of 2018 totaled $29 million, or $30 million when excluding unusual items in the quarter. These figures compare with GAAP operating income of $24 million and adjusted operating income of $28 million in the prior-year period. The improvement in adjusted operating earnings is attributable to increased services demand and applied products contributions, as well as positive impacts from net contract changes compared with the third quarter of 2017. General and administrative investments (costs) to support the Company's growth strategy offset a portion of these benefits in the quarter. Lastly, the segment's operating margin was 10.9 percent and adjusted operating margin was 11.1 percent in the third quarter of 2018, compared with an operating margin of 9.3 percent and adjusted operating margin of 11.1 percent in the same quarter of 2017.

 

 

 

Industrial

($ in millions)

 

Q3 2018

 

Q3 2017 (1)

 

%Change

Revenues

 

$

94

 

 

$

78

 

 

20

%

Operating income - GAAP

 

$

14

 

 

$

13

 

 

8

%

Operating margin - GAAP

 

14.9

%

 

16.5

%

 

 

(1) 2017 figures reflect new pension accounting standard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues increased 20 percent to $94 million, due to increased demand and higher product prices. Operating income increased to $14 million from $13 million, and note that the prior-year quarter included a $4 million asset-sale gain from monetizing an industrial grating facility in Mexico. After considering this item, the profit improvement was driven by increased underlying customer demand relative to the prior-year quarter. The segment's operating margin was 14.9 percent, compared with 16.5 percent (or 11.7 percent excluding the gain) in the comparable quarter last year.

 

Rail

($ in millions)

 

Q3 2018

 

Q3 2017 (1)

 

%Change

Revenues

 

$

83

 

 

$

51

 

 

62

%

Operating income - GAAP

 

$

19

 

 

$

4

 

 

nm

Operating margin - GAAP

 

23.0

%

 

8.6

%

 

 

(1) 2017 figures reflect new pension accounting standard

 

 

 

 

 

 

nm = not meaningful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Revenues increased 62 percent to $83 million, as a result of increased demand for rail maintenance equipment and after-market parts. The segment's operating income improved to $19 million from $4 million in the prior-year quarter, with the increase attributable to positive demand trends, shipment timing and a more favorable business mix relative to the comparable quarter. Lastly, the segment's operating margin was 23.0 percent in the third quarter of 2018, compared with 8.6 percent in the same quarter of 2017.

Cash Flow

Net cash provided by operating activities totaled $48 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared with $36 million in the prior-year period. Further, free cash flow was $20 million in the third quarter of 2018, compared with $22 million in the prior-year period. The year-over-year change in free cash flow reflects an increase in net capital expenditures, partially offset by an increase in net cash from operating activities.

 

2018 Outlook

The Company's 2018 guidance is increased to reflect an improved outlook for Rail, as well as lower Corporate spending, as compared with the guidance provided along with the Company's second quarter 2018 results. Rail operating income is expected to increase more than previously anticipated due to improved demand and a more favorable mix of equipment and after-market parts sales. For the year, adjusted operating income in Rail is anticipated to be higher compared with 2017, as increased demand for after-market parts and Protran Technology products will be partially offset by a less favorable mix of equipment sales and lower contributions from contracting services. Corporate spending is also now expected to decline slightly relative to 2017.

The Company's outlook for the Metals & Minerals and Industrial segments are unchanged and the Company anticipates each will realize a meaningful operating income improvement in the fourth quarter of 2018 versus the comparable 2017 quarter. For the year relative to 2017, higher customer steel output and commodity prices, new contract ramp-ups, operational savings and improved profitability in certain applied products businesses in M&M are expected to be only partially offset by exited sites and investments to support M&M growth initiatives. For Industrial, demand growth, a more favorable product mix and manufacturing savings are expected to support a year-on-year increase in operating income compared with 2017.

 

Key highlights in the Outlook are included below.

 

Full Year 2018

• GAAP operating income for the full year is expected to range from $186 million to $191 million; versus $177 million to $187 million previously and compared with 2017 GAAP operating income of
$145 million.

• Adjusted operating income for the full year is expected to range from $185 million to $190 million; versus $175 million to $185 million previously and compared with 2017 adjusted operating income of $150 million.

• GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the full year are expected in the range of $1.35 to $1.40; versus $1.31 to $1.39 previously and compared with 2017 GAAP diluted earnings per share of $0.09.

• Adjusted diluted earnings per share from continuing operations for the full year are expected in the range of $1.24 to $1.29; versus $1.19 to $1.27 previously and compared with 2017 adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.74.

• Free cash flow is expected in the range of $90 million to $100 million, unchanged from prior guidance and compared with $93 million in 2017. The free cash flow outlook anticipates net capital expenditures of between $115 million and $125 million in 2018.

• Net interest expense is forecasted to range from $36 million to $37 million; compared with $45 million
in 2017.

• The operational effective tax rate is expected to range from 26 percent to 28 percent.

• Adjusted return on invested capital is expected to range from 14.5 percent to 15.5 percent; compared with 11.5 percent in 2017.

 

Q4 2018

• GAAP and adjusted operating income of $39 million to $44 million; compared with GAAP and adjusted operating income of $39 million in the prior-year quarter.

• GAAP and adjusted earnings per share from continuing operations of $0.26 to $0.31; compared with GAAP earnings per share of $(0.42) and adjusted earnings per share of $0.20 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 accessedby telephone by dialing (800) 611-4920, or (973) 200-3957 for international callers. Enter Conference ID number 60531310. 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 14, 2018 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," "outlook," "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 outcome of any disputes with customers, contractors and subcontractors; (15)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; (16) implementation of environmental remediation matters; (17) risk and uncertainty associated with intangible assets; and (18) other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports. A further discussion of these, along with other potential risk factors, can be found in PartI, Item1A, "Risk Factors," of the Company's Annual Report on Form10-K for the year ended December31, 2017. 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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