Great Lakes Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results

Posted on February 18, 2021

Fourth quarter income from continuing operations of $10.6 million

Fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $29.4 million

Full year income from continuing operations of $66.1 million

Full year adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $151.1 million

Backlog of $559.4 million at December 31, 2020

Cash position of $216.5 million at December 31, 2020

HOUSTON, Feb. 17, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (Nasdaq: GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in the United States, today reported financial results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2020.

Full Year 2020 Highlights

  • Revenue was $733.6 million for the full year 2020, a $22.1 million or 3.1% increase over the prior year.
  • Gross profit percentage increased to 23.3% in 2020 as compared to 21.6% in 2019.
  • Total operating income was $111.8 million, a $13.7 million or 14.0% increase over the prior year.
  • Net income from continuing operations was $66.1 million, a $10.4 million or 18.7% increase over the prior year.
  • Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations was $151.1 million as compared to $135.6 million in 2019, a $15.5 million or 11.4% increase over the prior year.

Management Commentary

Lasse Petterson, Chief Executive Officer and President commented, “This year the COVID pandemic posed a significant challenge to us all. During the year we implemented a number of changes to meet and manage the challenges that impacted so many facets of our lives. We were fortunate to be able to continue working as a federally designated “Critical Infrastructure” company throughout the year. Great Lakes had another exceptional year financially as we continued to act on our long term strategic plan, despite the pandemic’s impact on some of our projects. Our record calendar year financial performance was a result of a strong domestic dredging market and our continued focus on improving project performance. We ended the year with full year net income from continuing operations of $66.1 million and Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations of $151.1 million. Our strong cash flow and improved balance sheet allowed us to not only withstand the economic storm as a result of the pandemic, but positioned us well to invest in our future. In 2020, we contracted to build a new mid-size hopper dredge, we upgraded several large cutter dredges, we decided to move our headquarters to Houston to be closer to our markets and clients and we invested in our shareholders through a $75 million share repurchase program.

The domestic dredging market remained strong in 2020, despite the many obstacles related to the pandemic. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers continued to advertise new projects as evidenced by the bid market that ended the year at $1.8 billion. In September, we were awarded a $105 million contract for the continuation of our work on the Jacksonville Florida Harbor Deepening Project. This important project contributes to our backlog of capital, coastal protection and maintenance work as we enter 2021. In addition, in the fourth quarter we were pleased to announce the signing of the largest contract in Great Lakes’ history for dredging on the Brownsville LNG project, which will enter backlog if a notice to proceed is received. We expect the dredging market to remain strong in 2021 driven by project work that will include large-scale port deepening projects along the East and Gulf coasts, as well as coastal protection projects, including the renourishment of coastal beaches that have been impacted by the recent major hurricane events.

To meet the increased demand of the U.S. dredging market, in June 2020, Great Lakes announced the build of a highly automated new mid-sized hopper dredge that will increase the capabilities of our hopper fleet in the coastal protection and maintenance markets. In addition to the build, we continue to upgrade our existing domestic dredges, which we believe will improve working efficiency and capabilities to meet future market demands.

The fourth quarter had two important announcements that were in line with our long term strategy. In October, Great Lakes announced the relocation of our corporate offices to Houston, Texas. We also announced the opening of our regional offices in Jacksonville, Florida and in New York. These moves put us closer to clients and key markets for dredging and offshore wind, which we believe will allow us to continue to grow in the future. We also believe that the development of offshore wind generation in the U.S. presents an exciting new opportunity for the Company. In December, we announced the design and development of the first U.S. flagged Jones Act compliant, inclined fall-pipe vessel for subsea rock installation for the windmill foundations. This vessel would represent a significant critical advancement in building the U.S. logistics infrastructure to support the future of the new U.S. offshore wind industry.

Although we enter a new year still being challenged by the pandemic, we are confident that the decisions we made over the past year positioned Great Lakes well going into 2021. We continue to remain focused on strong project performance while ensuring the safety and continued protection of our crew members and employees. Great Lakes looks forward to working closely with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to ensure safe and successful execution and completion of projects that are critical to protecting our nation’s coastlines and strengthening our infrastructure, and to support our energy clients in building and securing our energy supply. We remain confident in our strategy and will continue to utilize our strengths to drive shareholder value and returns.”

Operational Update

Fourth Quarter 2020

  • Revenue was $172.1 million, an increase of $7.8 million over the fourth quarter of 2019. The increase was caused by higher domestic capital, maintenance and rivers & lakes revenue, offset partially by lower coastal protection and foreign revenue.
  • Gross margin percentage was 19.4% in the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared to 21.0% in the fourth quarter of 2019. In addition to several vessel drydockings during the fourth quarter of 2020, we also experienced some excessive storm activities and delays at our Ponte Vedra beach project in Florida. This was offset with strong performance on the Sabine Pass LNG Berth project and the MSCIP Phase 3 & 4 project.
  • Operating income was $17.3 million, which is a $4.9 million decrease from the prior year quarter. The decrease was due to lower operating margin, a $4.6 million loss of use claim settlement received in the fourth quarter of 2019 and higher general and administrative expenses in the fourth quarter of 2020, offset partially by a gain from sale of assets.
  • Income from continuing operations for the quarter was $10.6 million compared to $14.8 million in the prior year quarter.

Full Year 2020

  • Revenue for the full year 2020 was $733.6 million, an increase of $22.1 million from 2019. This increase was primarily due to higher domestic capital, maintenance and coastal protection revenue, offset partially by lower rivers & lakes and foreign revenue.
  • Gross profit for the full year 2020 was $171.2 million, an increase of $17.4 million from 2019. Gross profit margin percentage improved to 23.3% for the full year 2020 as compared to 21.6% for the full year 2019 based on increased project revenue and strong project performance. Positive results on the Jacksonville port deepening, Sabine Pass LNG Berth and Corpus Christi deepening projects contributed to this increase.
  • Operating income was $111.8 million, an increase of $13.7 million over the prior year. The increase is a result of improved gross profit offset slightly by an increase in general and administrative expenses.
  • Net income from continuing operations for the full year was $66.1 million compared to $55.7 million in 2019, an increase of $10.4 million from 2019. This increase is a result of an increase in operating income and a decrease in net interest expense, offset partially by an increase in taxes.

Balance Sheet, Backlog & Capital Expenditures

  • At December 31, 2020, the Company had $216.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and total debt of $323.7 million, resulting in a net debt to adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations ratio of 0.7x.
  • At December 31, 2020, the Company had $559.4 million in backlog as compared to $589.4 million at December 31, 2019. Low bids and options pending award totaled $472.3 as of December 31, 2020.
  • Total capital expenditures for 2020 were $47.8 million compared to $44.4 million in 2019. The 2020 capital expenditures included $13.6 million related to the construction of the new mid-sized hopper dredge.

Market Update

As stated previously, the domestic bid market for 2020 reached $1.8 billion in projects bid. The domestic market remains strong and continues to be driven by the large-scale port deepening projects along the east and gulf coasts. We expect that 2021 will see bids for multiple project phases for port deepenings in Corpus Christi, Mobile, Port Everglades, Norfolk and the Houston ship channel that will continue for the next several years. Additionally, strong hurricane and storm seasons have resulted in an increase in beach erosion and other damage which adds to the recurring nature of our business and the need for more frequent coastal protection and port maintenance projects. These projects are needed as they help to reduce the risk of future damage from flood and storm events and are important in providing resilience to protect coastal communities and ecosystems as well as driving job creation and economic development. We have seen support for the dredging industry in U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2021 budget that was approved at a record high of $7.3 billion. In addition, the Water Resource Development Act (WRDA) was signed into law and included some additional reforms to the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund (HMTF) that will allow Congress to, for the first time, drawdown from the $9.3 billion surplus, which is in addition to having the annual cap lifted on the HMTF earlier in the year in the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act. WRDA also includes significant language encouraging more beneficial use of dredged material and natural infrastructure, both of which are important environmental issues.

For offshore wind we see strong increased focus on securing licenses for developments on the East Coast with plans for more than 10GW to be installed before 2030.

GLDD remains committed to maintaining the health and safety of our team members through an Incident & Injury Free® (IIF®) safety management program. This value-based approach has allowed us to respond quickly and effectively to the COVID-19 pandemic and any challenges resulting from the pandemic which helped us minimize the financial impact.

The Company will be holding a conference call at 9:00 a.m. C.S.T. today where we will further discuss these results. Information on this conference call can be found below.

Conference Call Information

The Company will conduct a quarterly conference call, which will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. C.S.T. (10:00 a.m. E.S.T.). The call in number is (877) 377-7553 and Conference ID is 4967097. The conference call will be available by replay until Friday, February 19, 2021 by calling (855) 859-2056 and providing Conference ID 4967097. The live call and replay can also be heard on the Company’s website, www.gldd.com, under Events & Presentations on the investor relations page. Information related to the conference call will also be available on the investor relations page of the Company’s website.

Classification of Environmental and Infrastructure Business

During the second quarter of 2019, the Company completed the sale of its historical environmental & infrastructure business. The historical environmental & infrastructure segment has been retrospectively presented as discontinued operations, and as such, is no longer reflected in continuing operations.

Use of Non-GAAP measures

Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, as provided herein, represents net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation, adjusted for net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, debt extinguishment, accelerated maintenance expense for new international deployments, goodwill or asset impairments and gains on bargain purchase acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is not a measure derived in accordance with GAAP. The Company presents adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations as an additional measure by which to evaluate the Company’s operating trends. The Company believes that adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is a measure frequently used to evaluate performance of companies with substantial leverage and that certain of the Company’s primary stakeholders (i.e., its stockholders, bondholders and banks) use adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations to evaluate the Company’s period to period performance. Additionally, management believes that adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations provides a transparent measure of the Company’s recurring operating performance and allows management and investors to readily view operating trends, perform analytical comparisons and identify strategies to improve operating performance. For this reason, the Company uses a measure based upon adjusted EBITDA to assess performance for purposes of determining compensation under the Company’s incentive plan. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, amounts determined in accordance with GAAP including: (a) operating income as an indicator of operating performance; or (b) cash flows from operations as a measure of liquidity. As such, the Company’s use of adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations, instead of a GAAP measure, has limitations as an analytical tool, including the inability to determine profitability or liquidity due to the exclusion of accelerated maintenance expense for new international deployments, goodwill or asset impairments, gains on bargain purchase acquisitions, net interest expense and income tax expense and the associated significant cash requirements and the exclusion of depreciation and amortization, which represent significant and unavoidable operating costs given the level of indebtedness and capital expenditures needed to maintain the Company’s business. For these reasons, the Company uses operating income to measure the Company’s operating performance and uses adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations only as a supplement. Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations is reconciled to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation in the table of financial results. For further explanation, please refer to the Company’s SEC filings.

The Company

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes” or the “Company”) is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States. In addition, the Company has a long history of performing significant international projects. The Company employs experienced civil, ocean and mechanical engineering staff in its estimating, production and project management functions. In its over 130-year history, the Company has never failed to complete a marine project. Great Lakes owns and operates the largest and most diverse fleet in the U.S. dredging industry, comprised of over 200 specialized vessels. Great Lakes has a disciplined training program for engineers that ensures experienced-based performance as they advance through Company operations. The Company’s Incident & Injury Free® (IIF®) safety management program is integrated into all aspects of the Company’s culture. The Company’s commitment to the IIF® culture promotes a work environment where employee safety is paramount.

For further information contact:
Tina Baginskis
Director, Investor Relations
630-574-3024

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2020 2019 2020 2019
Contract revenues $ 172,145 $ 164,295 $ 733,601 $ 711,518
Gross profit 33,387 34,561 171,228 153,757
General and administrative expenses 17,494 16,184 62,757 59,110
Proceeds from loss of use claim (4,619 ) (1,723 ) (4,619 )
(Gain) loss on sale of assets—net (1,387 ) 805 (1,571 ) 1,138
Total operating income 17,280 22,191 111,765 98,128
Other income (expense)
Interest expense—net (6,511 ) (6,450 ) (26,585 ) (27,524 )
Other income 1,510 44 1,110 317
Income from continuing operations before income taxes 12,279 15,785 86,290 70,921
Income tax provision (1,670 ) (973 ) (20,187 ) (15,253 )
Income from continuing operations $ 10,609 $ 14,812 $ 66,103 $ 55,668
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 1,161 (6,329 )
Net income $ 10,609 $ 15,973 $ 66,103 $ 49,339
Basic earnings per share attributable to income from continuing operations $ 0.16 $ 0.23 $ 1.02 $ 0.88
Basic earnings (loss) per share attributable to income (loss) on discontinued operations, net of income taxes 0.02 (0.10 )
Basic earnings per share $ 0.16 $ 0.25 $ 1.02 $ 0.78
Basic weighted average shares 64,793 64,041 64,743 63,597
Diluted earnings per share attributable to income from continuing operations $ 0.16 $ 0.23 $ 1.00 $ 0.86
Diluted earnings (loss) per share attributable to income (loss) on discontinued operations, net of income taxes 0.02 (0.10 )
Diluted earnings per share $ 0.16 $ 0.25 $ 1.00 $ 0.76
Diluted weighted average shares 66,000 65,284 65,872 65,042
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation and Subsidiaries
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA from Continuing Operations
(Unaudited and in thousands)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
2020 2019 2020 2019
Net income 10,609 15,973 66,103 49,339
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of income taxes 1,161 (6,329 )
Income from continuing operations 10,609 14,812 66,103 55,668
Adjusted for:
Interest expense—net 6,511 6,450 26,585 27,524
Income tax provision 1,670 973 20,187 15,253
Depreciation and amortization 10,599 10,373 38,183 37,145
Adjusted EBITDA from continuing operations $ 29,389 $ 32,608 $ 151,058 $ 135,590
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation and Subsidiaries
Selected Balance Sheet Information
(Unaudited and in thousands)
As of
December 31, December 31,
2020 2019
Cash and cash equivalents $ 216,510 $ 186,995
Total current assets 362,693 300,712
Total assets 958,024 897,552
Total short-term debt
Total current liabilities 176,287 203,933
Total long-term debt 323,735 322,843
Total equity 346,668 279,399
Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation and Subsidiaries
Revenue and Backlog Data
(Unaudited and in thousands)
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
December 31, December 31,
Revenues 2020 2019 2020 2019
Capital – U.S. $ 90,980 $ 85,038 $ 336,163 $ 299,706
Capital – foreign 5,262 9,096 25,892 48,619
Coastal protection 35,693 48,472 201,361 182,369
Maintenance 30,961 14,842 148,767 104,753
Rivers & lakes 9,249 6,847 21,418 76,071
Total revenues $ 172,145 $ 164,295 $ 733,601 $ 711,518
As of
December 31, December 31,
Backlog 2020 2019
Capital – U.S. $ 320,920 $ 347,377
Capital – foreign 6,865 30,571
Coastal protection 97,986 141,039
Maintenance 125,090 60,891
Rivers & lakes 8,515 9,528
Total backlog $ 559,376 $ 589,406

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