EXHIBIT 99.1

US Ecology Announces Third Quarter 2019 Results; Adjusts 2019 Guidance for Improved Business Outlook and Two Months of NRCG Ownership

THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS COMPARED TO PRIOR YEAR:

  • Revenue of $167.4 million, up 11%
  • Base Business growth of 11%; Event Business up 32%
  • Field and Industrial Services revenue growth of 2%
  • Net income of $13.1 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, down 3%
  • Adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.75, up 6%
  • Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA of $41.5 million, up 16%
  • Recognized $2.6 million of business interruption proceeds associated with our Idaho facility

BOISE, Idaho, Oct. 30, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ-GS: ECOL) (the “Company,” “US Ecology” or “we”) today reported total revenue of $167.4 million and net income of $13.1 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, for the quarter ended September 30, 2019.  Adjusted earnings per diluted share as defined in Exhibit A of this release, was $0.75 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2019, up from $0.71 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2018.

“Our third quarter results showed strong growth across nearly all verticals, demonstrating the continued momentum in the industrial economy,” commented Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Feeler. “This strong performance was led by our Environmental Services segment where we saw 11% growth in Base Business over the third quarter last year, significantly exceeding our expectations. This was compounded by 32% growth in our project based Event Business, the second quarter in a row of such strong year over year comparisons. Our field and industrial services grew 2% over the third quarter last year, which, while benefitting from recent acquisitions, saw limited benefit from larger emergency response activities during the current quarter.”

Total revenue for the third quarter of 2019 was $167.4 million, up 11% from $151.4 million in the same quarter last year and up 7% on an organic basis (excluding the 2018 Dallas/Midland, Winnie and Sarnia acquisitions). Revenue for the Environmental Services (“ES”) segment was up 14% to $122.2 million for the third quarter of 2019 compared to $107.2 million in the third quarter of 2018. This increase consisted of 19% growth in treatment and disposal (“T&D”) revenue, partially offset by a 2% decrease in transportation revenue when compared to the third quarter of 2018. Revenue for the Field and Industrial Services (“FIS”) segment was $45.2 million for the third quarter of 2019, up 2% from $44.2 million in the same quarter last year, reflecting our acquisition of the Dallas and Midland, Texas locations in August of 2018 and our acquisition of the Sarnia, Ontario location in August of 2019.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2019 was $56.5 million, up 20% from $47.3 million in the same quarter last year. Gross profit for the ES segment was $49.4 million in the third quarter of 2019, up from $39.9 million in the same quarter of 2018. T&D gross margin for the ES segment increased to 47% in the third quarter of 2019 compared to 43% in the third quarter of 2018, in part due to $2.6 million in business interruption insurance recoveries recorded in the third quarter of 2019 related to the Idaho facility.  Gross profit for the FIS segment in the third quarter of 2019 was $7.2 million. This compares to gross profit of $7.4 million in the third quarter of 2018. FIS gross margin was 16% for the third quarter of 2019 compared to 17% in the third quarter of 2018.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expense for the third quarter of 2019 was $33.3 million compared with $23.6 million in the same quarter last year. The increase was partially due to $4.0 million in business development expenses primarily associated with the pending merger with NRC Group Holdings Corp. (“NRCG”), increased labor and incentive compensation, increased property taxes, and higher intangible asset amortization related to 2018 acquisitions.

Operating income for the third quarter of 2019 was $23.2 million, up 16% from $20.0 million in the third quarter of 2018.  During the third quarter of 2018, the Company recognized a $3.7 million goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge on its mobile solvent recycling business within our ES segment as a result of declining business and cash flows.

Net interest expense for the third quarter of 2019 was $3.7 million, up from $3.0 million in the third quarter of 2018. The increase was the result of higher outstanding debt levels in the third quarter of 2019 due to the acquisitions completed in 2018 and in 2019.

The Company’s consolidated effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2019 was 33.0% compared with 20.2% in the third quarter of 2018.  The increase is primarily the result of business development expenses in the third quarter of 2019 that are not deductible for income tax purposes.  Additionally, the effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2018 was favorably impacted by the implementation of tax planning strategies that resulted in one-time favorable adjustments to prior year income tax returns. Our effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2019 would have been approximately 28% excluding the business development expenses.

Net income for the third quarter of 2019 was $13.1 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, compared with net income of $13.4 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2018. Adjusted earnings per diluted share was $0.75 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2019 compared with $0.71 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2018.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2019 was $37.4 million, up 5% from $35.6 million in the same quarter last year. Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA, which excludes business development expenses, was $41.5 million in the third quarter of 2019, up 16% from $35.8 million in the third quarter of 2018. 

Reconciliations of earnings per diluted share to adjusted earnings per diluted share and net income to adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA are attached as Exhibit A to this release.

YEAR-TO-DATE RESULTS

Total revenue for the first nine months of 2019 was $454.2 million, up 11% from $408.4 million in the first nine months of 2018 and up 7% on an organic basis (excluding the 2018 Dallas/Midland, Winnie and Sarnia acquisitions). Revenue for the ES segment was $327.4 million for the first nine months of 2019, up from $292.6 million in the same period of 2018. This consisted of a 14% increase in T&D revenue and a 4% increase in transportation revenue compared to the first nine months of 2018. Revenue for the FIS segment was $126.9 million for the first nine months of 2019, up 10% from $115.8 million in the same period of 2018, reflecting our acquisition of the Dallas and Midland, Texas locations in the third quarter of 2018 as well as stronger overall market conditions.

Gross profit for the first nine months of 2019 was $141.4 million, up 14% from $124.4 million in the same period last year. Gross profit for the ES segment was $124.0 million in the first nine months of 2019, up from $108.3 million in the first nine months of 2018. ES segment gross profit for the first nine months of 2019 included approximately $4.8 million in business interruption insurance recoveries including $4.1 million of business interruption insurance recoveries related to the Idaho facility.   T&D gross margin for the ES segment was 44% for the first nine months of 2019 compared to 42% for the prior year period.  Gross profit for the FIS segment in the first nine months of 2019 was $17.4 million, up 8% from $16.1 million in the first nine months of 2018.  Gross margin for the FIS segment was 14% in both the first nine months of 2019 and 2018.

SG&A expense for the first nine months of 2019 was $77.7 million compared with $67.0 million in the same period last year.  The increase in SG&A expense was primarily due to $6.7 million of business development expenses associated primarily with the pending merger with NRCG, increased labor and incentive compensation, increased property taxes, and higher intangible asset amortization. Partially offsetting these cost increases were $9.7 million in property insurance recoveries recognized in the first nine months of 2019 related to the Idaho facility accident. 

Operating income for the first nine months of 2019 was $63.7 million, up 19% from $53.7 million in the first nine months of 2018. During the third quarter of 2018, the Company recognized a $3.7 million goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge on its mobile solvent recycling business within our ES segment as a result of declining business and cash flows.

Net interest expense for the first nine months of 2019 was $10.9 million, up from $8.7 million in the first nine months of 2018.  The increase was the result of higher outstanding debt levels in the first nine months of 2019 due to the acquisitions completed in 2018 and 2019.

The Company’s consolidated effective income tax rate for the first nine months of 2019 was 30.2%, up from 23.7% for the first nine months of 2018. This increase is primarily due to business development expenses in the first nine months of 2019 that are not deductible for income tax purposes. Additionally, the effective income tax rate for the first nine months of 2018 was favorably impacted by the implementation of tax planning strategies that resulted in one-time favorable adjustments to prior year income tax returns. Our effective income tax rate for the first nine months of 2019 would have been approximately 28% excluding the business development expenses.

Net income for the first nine months of 2019 was $36.6 million, or $1.65 per diluted share, compared to $35.9 million, or $1.63 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2018. Adjusted earnings per share was $1.64 per diluted share in the first nine months of 2019 compared to $1.67 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2018. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2019 was $96.4 million, up 5% from $91.8 million in the same period last year.  Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA, which excludes business development expenses, was up 12% to $103.1 million in the first nine months of 2019 compared with $92.0 million in the first nine months of 2018. 

Reconciliations of earnings per diluted share to adjusted earnings per diluted share and net income to adjusted EBITDA are attached as Exhibit A to this release.

2019 OUTLOOK

“Business conditions have improved in the first nine months of 2019 compared with our expectations, with strong underlying activity across many industry verticals and service lines,” commented Feeler.  “Our Base Business continues to lead the way, with double digit growth in the third quarter contributing to the 8% increase over the first nine months of 2018.  Event Business growth of over 30% year over year in the last two quarters has been in line with our expectations.  Our Field and Industrial Services segment has benefited from an August 2018 acquisition while our transportation and logistics, small quantity generation and industrial services business lines are generating strong growth, offsetting softness in our total waste management and remediation business lines as well as operating losses while we ramp operations at several newly opened service centers.”

We recognized $4.1 million of business interruption insurance recoveries related to our Idaho facility in the first nine months of 2019 and do not expect additional business interruption insurance recoveries until early 2020.  As previously announced, we anticipate closing our merger with NRCG on November 1, 2019. As a result, we expect NRCG to contribute an estimated $13 million of additional Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA during the final two months of 2019.  Including NRCG, and taking into account continued strength in the underlying business for the remainder of 2019, we expect our Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA to range between $153 million to $158 million for the full year.  This compares to prior Pro Forma Adjusted EBITDA guidance of $135 million to $145 million.  Adjusted earnings per share is expected to range from $2.12 to $2.26 for the full year, which reflects the dilutive effect of approximately $0.15 per share from equity issued and assumed in connection with the merger.  NRCG’s post-merger impact is expected to be neutral to slightly dilutive on a stand-alone basis to adjusted earnings per share for 2019.  Our previously issued adjusted earnings per share guidance was $2.09 to $2.41 per share. 

Revenue for 2019 is now expected to range from $691 million to $713 million and includes estimated revenue from NRCG of $70 million for our two months of ownership. This revised revenue guidance compares to our previous revenue guidance of $583 million to $627 million.

The Company’s guidance excludes property and equipment impairment charges, property insurance recoveries, business development and integration expenses, and foreign currency gains and losses. 

The following tables reconcile our projected net income to our Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA guidance range and contemplates the expected contribution from NRCG for two months of ownership following the expected completion of the merger on November 1, 2019:

       
  Low Guidance Range For the Year Ending December 31, 2019
(in thousands) US Ecology NRCG Consolidated
       
Net Income (loss) $50,500  $(13) $50,487 
Income tax expense (benefit)  20,987   (5)  20,982 
Interest expense, net  14,750   3,418   18,168 
Foreign currency loss  613   -   613 
Other income  (450)  -   (450)
Property and equipment impairment charges  25   -   25 
Depreciation and amortization of plant and equipment  35,480   4,740   40,220 
Amortization of intangible assets  11,600   4,840   16,440 
Accretion and non-cash adjustments of closure & post-closure obligations  4,500   20   4,520 
Stock-based compensation  4,950   -   4,950 
Property insurance recoveries  (9,651)  -   (9,651)
Adjusted EBITDA $133,304  $13,000  $146,304 
       
       
Business development expenses  6,696   -   6,696 
Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA $140,000  $13,000  $153,000 
       
       
       
  High Guidance Range For the Year Ending December 31, 2019
(in thousands) US Ecology NRCG Consolidated
       
Net Income (loss) $54,000  $(13) $53,987 
Income tax expense (benefit)  22,237   (5)  22,232 
Interest expense, net  14,750   3,418   18,168 
Foreign currency loss  613   -   613 
Other income  (450)  -   (450)
Property and equipment impairment charges  25   -   25 
Depreciation and amortization of plant and equipment  35,730   4,740   40,470 
Amortization of intangible assets  11,600   4,840   16,440 
Accretion and non-cash adjustments of closure & post-closure obligations  4,500   20   4,520 
Stock-based compensation  4,950   -   4,950 
Property insurance recoveries  (9,651)  -   (9,651)
Adjusted EBITDA $138,304  $13,000  $151,304 
       
       
Business development expenses    6,696     -      6,696 
Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA $  145,000  $  13,000  $  158,000 
       
       

The following tables reconcile our projected diluted earnings per share to our projected adjusted diluted earnings per share range and contemplates the expected contribution from NRCG for two months of ownership following the expected completion of the merger on November 1, 2019, as well as the dilutive effect of the additional shares issued:

  Low Guidance Range For the Year Ending December 31, 2019
  US Ecology NRCG Consolidated
       
Earnings per diluted share $2.13  $(0.00) $2.13 
       
Adjustments:      
Less:  Property insurance recoveries  (0.28)  -   (0.28)
Plus:  Business development expenses  0.26   -   0.26 
Foreign currency loss  0.01   -   0.01 
       
As Adjusted $2.12  $(0.00) $2.12 
       
       
Shares used in earnings per diluted share calculation (1)  23,745   23,745   23,745 
       
       
  High Guidance Range For the Year Ending December 31, 2019
  US Ecology NRCG Consolidated
       
Earnings per diluted share $2.27  $(0.00) $2.27 
       
Adjustments:      
Less:  Property insurance recoveries  (0.28)  -   (0.28)
Plus:  Business development expenses  0.26   -   0.26 
Foreign currency loss  0.01   -   0.01 
       
As Adjusted $  2.26  $  (0.00) $  2.26 
       
       
Shares used in earnings per diluted share calculation (1)    23,745     23,745     23,745 
       
(1) Includes approximately 1.5 million additional diluted shares to be issued in conjunction with the NRCG merger expected to close on November 1, 2019,  weighted for our two months of ownership in 2019

DIVIDEND

On October 1, 2019, the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per common share for stockholders of record on October 18, 2019. The $4.0 million dividend was paid on October 25, 2019.

CONFERENCE CALL

US Ecology, Inc. will hold an investor conference call on Thursday, October 31, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (8:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time) to discuss these results and its current financial position and business outlook. Questions will be invited after management’s presentation. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing 800-353-6461 or 334-323-0501. The conference call will also be broadcast live on our website at www.usecology.com. An audio replay will be available through November 7, 2019 by calling 888-203-1112 or 719-457-0820 and using the passcode 7673516.  The replay will also be accessible on our website at www.usecology.com.

ABOUT US ECOLOGY, INC.

US Ecology, Inc. is a leading North American provider of environmental services to commercial and government entities. The Company addresses the complex waste management needs of its customers, offering treatment, disposal and recycling of hazardous, non-hazardous and radioactive waste, as well as a wide range of complementary field and industrial services. US Ecology’s focus on safety, environmental compliance, and best—in-class customer service enables us to effectively meet the needs of US Ecology’s customers and to build long lasting relationships. US Ecology has been protecting the environment since 1952 and has operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.usecology.com.

ABOUT NRC GROUP HOLDINGS CORP.

NRC Group Holdings Corp. is a global provider of a wide range of environmental, compliance and waste management services. NRCG’s broad range of capabilities and global reach enable it to meet the critical, and often non-discretionary, needs of more than 5,000 customers across diverse end markets to ensure compliance with environmental, health and safety laws and regulations around the world. NRC Group, a wholly owned subsidiary of NRCG, was established in June 2018 through the combination of two businesses, National Response Corporation and Sprint Energy Services, both previously operating separately under the ownership of investment affiliates of J.F. Lehman & Company. For more information, please visit ir.nrcg.com. No portion of the website referenced in this paragraph is incorporated by reference into or otherwise deemed to be a part of this news release.

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

Statements in this communication that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements that reflect US Ecology’s and NRCG’s respective management’s current expectations, assumptions and estimates of future performance and economic conditions. These forward-looking statements are made in reliance on the safe harbor provisions of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements relate to, among other things, the anticipated closing of the proposed transaction, the satisfaction of closing conditions to the transaction, the expected benefits of the proposed merger, including estimated synergies, estimates and projections concerning the business and operations, strategic initiatives and value creation plans of the combined companies, the ownership structure of the combined company and the refinancing of NRCG’s existing indebtedness. All statements other than historical facts may be forward-looking statements; words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “design,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “goal,” “guidance,” “imply,” “intend,” “may”, “objective,” “opportunity,” “outlook,” “plan,” “position,” “potential,” “predict,” “project,” “prospective,” “pursue,” “seek,” “should,” “strategy,” “target,” “would,” “will” or other similar expressions that convey the uncertainty of future events or outcomes are used to identify forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, some of which are beyond the control of US Ecology or NRCG. Factors that could cause US Ecology’s or NRCG’s actual results to differ materially from those implied in the forward-looking statements include: (1) the risk that the conditions to the closing of the transaction are not satisfied (2) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that either could give rise to the right of one or both of NRCG or US Ecology to terminate the Merger Agreement; (3) litigation relating to the transaction; (4) uncertainties as to the timing of the consummation of the transaction and the ability of each party to consummate the transaction; (5) risks related to disruption of management time from ongoing business operations due to the proposed transaction; (6) unexpected costs, charges or expenses resulting from the transaction; (7) the ability of NRCG and US Ecology to retain and hire key personnel; (8) competitive responses to the proposed transaction and the impact of competitive services; (9) certain restrictions during the pendency of the mergers that may impact NRCG’s or US Ecology’s ability to pursue certain business opportunities or strategic transaction; (10) the terms and availability of the indebtedness planned to be incurred in connection with the transaction to refinance NRCG’s existing indebtedness; (11) potential adverse changes to business relationships resulting from the announcement or completion of the transaction; (12) the combined companies’ ability to achieve the growth prospects and synergies expected from the transaction, as well as delays, challenges and expenses associated with integrating the combined companies’ existing businesses; and (13) legislative, regulatory and economic developments, including changing business conditions in the industries in which NRCG and US Ecology operate. These risks, as well as other risks associated with the proposed transaction, are more fully described in the joint proxy statement/prospectus that was filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) by US Ecology Parent on September 19, 2019, in connection with the proposed transaction. Investors and potential investors are urged not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements in this communication, which speak only as of the date made. Neither US Ecology nor NRCG undertakes any obligation to revise or update publicly any forward-looking statement to reflect future events or circumstances. Nothing contained herein constitutes or will be deemed to constitute a forecast, projection or estimate of the future financial performance of US Ecology, NRCG or the combined company, whether following the implementation of the proposed transaction or otherwise.

In addition, actual results are subject to other risks and uncertainties that relate more broadly to US Ecology’s and NRCG’s overall business, including those more fully described in US Ecology’s and NRCG’s filings with the SEC.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND WHERE TO FIND IT

In connection with the transaction, US Ecology Parent, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of US Ecology, has filed with the SEC a Registration Statement on Form S-4 that includes the Joint Proxy Statement of US Ecology and NRCG and a Prospectus of US Ecology Parent, Inc., as well as other relevant documents regarding the transaction.  INVESTORS AND SECURITY HOLDERS ARE ENCOURAGED TO READ THE REGISTRATION STATEMENT, INCLUDING THE JOINT PROXY STATEMENT/PROSPECTUS, REGARDING THE MERGERS AND ANY OTHER RELEVANT DOCUMENTS FILED WITH THE SEC, AS WELL AS ANY AMENDMENTS OR SUPPLEMENTS TO THOSE DOCUMENTS, BECAUSE THESE DOCUMENTS WILL CONTAIN IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT THE TRANSACTION. A definitive Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus has been mailed to stockholders of US Ecology and NRCG. A free copy of the Joint Proxy Statement/Prospectus, as well as other filings containing information about US Ecology and NRCG, may be obtained at the SEC’s website, www.sec.gov. You may also obtain these documents, free of charge, by accessing US Ecology’s website at https://investors.usecology.com or by accessing NRCG’s website at ir.nrcg.com.

US ECOLOGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
   2019   2018   2019   2018 
Revenue        
Environmental Services $122,212  $107,197  $327,389  $292,628 
Field & Industrial Services  45,190   44,219   126,852   115,759 
         
Total  167,402   151,416   454,241   408,387 
         
Gross profit        
Environmental Services  49,363   39,930   123,999   108,281 
Field & Industrial Services  7,177   7,370   17,365   16,138 
         
Total  56,540   47,300   141,364   124,419 
         
Selling, general & administrative expenses        
Environmental Services  8,333   5,725   11,748   16,926 
Field & Industrial Services  3,756   2,759   10,880   7,470 
Corporate  21,240   15,165   55,055   42,641 
         
Total  33,329   23,649   77,683   67,037 
         
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges        
Environmental Services  -   3,666   -   3,666 
         
Operating income  23,211   19,985   63,681   53,716 
         
Other income (expense):        
Interest income  158   34   567   97 
Interest expense  (3,891)  (3,066)  (11,509)  (8,782)
Foreign currency loss  (90)  (303)  (613)  (456)
Other  110   177   342   2,493 
         
Total other expense  (3,713)  (3,158)  (11,213)  (6,648)
         
Income before income taxes  19,498   16,827   52,468   47,068 
Income tax expense  6,428   3,400   15,864   11,178 
         
Net income $13,070  $13,427  $36,604  $35,890 
         
Earnings per share:        
Basic $0.59  $0.61  $1.66  $1.64 
Diluted $0.59  $0.61  $1.65  $1.63 
         
Shares used in earnings        
per share calculation:        
Basic  22,013   21,928   22,002   21,866 
Diluted  22,231   22,099   22,212   22,027 
         
Dividends paid per share $0.18  $0.18  $0.54  $0.54 
         


US ECOLOGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
  September 30, 2019 December 31, 2018
Assets    
     
Current Assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $21,074  $31,969 
Receivables, net  155,826   144,690 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  16,014   10,938 
Income tax receivable  4,786   7,071 
Total current assets    197,700      194,668  
     
Property and equipment, net  273,781   258,443 
Operating lease assets  17,496   - 
Restricted cash and investments  5,045   4,941 
Intangible assets, net  275,983   279,666 
Goodwill  219,181   207,177 
Other assets  10,963   3,003 
Total assets $  1,000,149   $  947,898  
     
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity    
     
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable $23,162  $17,754 
Deferred revenue  12,278   10,451 
Accrued liabilities  33,369   35,524 
Accrued salaries and benefits  19,469   16,732 
Income tax payable  275   505 
Short-term borrowings  1,535   - 
Current portion of closure and post-closure obligations  2,196   2,266 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities  4,914   - 
Total current liabilities    97,198      83,232  
     
Long-term debt  354,000   364,000 
Long-term closure and post-closure obligations  78,203   76,097 
Long-term operating lease liabilities  12,590   - 
Other long-term liabilities  3,792   2,146 
Deferred income taxes, net  68,399   63,206 
Total liabilities    614,182      588,681  
     
Commitments and contingencies    
     
Stockholders’ Equity    
     
Common stock  221   220 
Additional paid-in capital  185,940   183,834 
Retained earnings  214,013   189,324 
Treasury stock  (772)  (370)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (13,435)  (13,791)
Total stockholders’ equity    385,967      359,217  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $  1,000,149   $  947,898  
     


US ECOLOGY, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
     
  For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
   2019   2018 
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:    
Net income $36,604  $35,890 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by    
operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment  26,656   20,991 
Amortization of intangible assets  8,600   6,925 
Accretion of closure and post-closure obligations  3,397   3,242 
Property and equipment impairment charges  25   - 
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges  -   3,666 
Unrealized foreign currency (gain) loss  (361)  899 
Deferred income taxes  3,873   4,730 
Share-based compensation expense  3,713   3,272 
Unrecognized tax benefits  (238)  674 
Net (gain) loss on disposition of assets  665   (57)
Gain on insurance proceeds from damaged property and equipment  (9,651)  - 
Amortization of debt issuance costs  613   607 
Changes in assets and liabilities (net of effects of business acquisition):    
Receivables  (9,449)  (27,573)
Income tax receivable  2,292   (7,878)
Other assets  (7,206)  (2,355)
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  1,873   11,218 
Deferred revenue  1,770   3,579 
Accrued salaries and benefits  2,665   1,576 
Income tax payable  (425)  (2,884)
Closure and post-closure obligations  (1,414)  (1,026)
Net cash provided by operating activities   64,002   55,496 
     
Cash Flows From Investing Activities:    
Purchases of property and equipment  (38,443)  (25,791)
Business acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (17,851)  (21,253)
Insurance proceeds from damaged property and equipment  10,000   - 
Minority interest investment  (7,870)  - 
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment  549   307 
Purchases of restricted investments  (798)  (673)
Proceeds from sale of restricted investments  751   583 
Net cash used in investing activities   (53,662)  (46,827)
     
Cash Flows From Financing Activities:    
Payments on short-term borrowings  (51,018)  - 
Proceeds from short-term borrowings  52,553   - 
Payments on long-term debt  (30,000)  - 
Proceeds from long-term debt  20,000   - 
Dividends paid  (11,915)  (11,838)
Payment of equipment financing obligations  (619)  (326)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  63   2,427 
Other  (915)  (314)
Net cash used in financing activities   (21,851)  (10,051)
     
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash  673   (578)
     
Decrease increase in Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash  (10,838)  (1,960)
     
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period  32,753   28,799 
     
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $21,915  $26,839 
     

EXHIBIT A
Non-GAAP Results and Reconciliation

US Ecology reports adjusted EBITDA, Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per diluted share results, which are non-GAAP financial measures, as a complement to results provided in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (‘GAAP’) and believes that such information provides analysts, stockholders, and other users information to better understand the Company’s operating performance. Because adjusted EBITDA, Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per diluted share are not measurements determined in accordance with GAAP and are thus susceptible to varying calculations they may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. Items excluded from adjusted EBITDA, Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per diluted share are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance.

Adjusted EBITDA, Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per diluted share should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to, or substitute for, net income, cash flows generated by operations, investing or financing activities, or other financial statement data presented in the consolidated financial statements as indicators of financial performance or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA, Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per diluted share have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or a substitute for analyzing our results as reported under GAAP. Some of the limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our interest expense, or the requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our income tax expenses or the cash requirements to pay our taxes;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Although depreciation and amortization charges are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our business development expenses, which may vary significantly quarter to quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA

The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as net income before income tax expense/benefit, interest expense, interest income, foreign currency gain/loss, non-cash property and equipment impairment charges, non-cash goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation, accretion of closure and post-closure liabilities, property insurance recoveries, and other income/expense, which are not considered part of usual business operations.

Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA

The Company defines Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA as adjusted EBITDA (see definition above) plus business development expenses incurred during the period. We believe Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA is helpful in understanding our business and how it relates to our 2019 guidance which does not include business development expenses. 

The following reconciliation itemizes the differences between reported net income and adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018:

(in thousands) Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30,
   2019   2018   2019   2018 
         
Net Income $13,070  $13,427  $36,604  $35,890 
Income tax expense  6,428   3,400   15,864   11,178 
Interest expense  3,891   3,066   11,509   8,782 
Interest income  (158)  (34)  (567)  (97)
Foreign currency loss  90   303   613   456 
Other income  (110)  (177)  (342)  (2,493)
Property and equipment impairment charges  -   -   25   - 
Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges  -   3,666   -   3,666 
Depreciation and amortization of plant and equipment  9,402   7,342   26,656   20,991 
Amortization of intangible assets  2,926   2,327   8,600   6,925 
Share-based compensation  1,246   1,193   3,713   3,272 
Accretion and non-cash adjustments of closure & post-closure obligations  1,139   1,087   3,397   3,242 
Property insurance recoveries  (498)  -   (9,651)  - 
Adjusted EBITDA $37,426  $35,600  $96,421  $91,812 
         
         
Business development expenses  4,025   189   6,696   218 
Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA $41,451  $35,789  $103,117  $92,030 
         

Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share

The Company defines adjusted earnings per diluted share as net income adjusted for the after-tax impact of business development expenses, the after-tax impact of property insurance recoveries, the after-tax impact of non-cash property and equipment impairment charges, the after-tax impact of non-cash goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges, the after-tax impact of the gain on the issuance of a property easement, the after-tax impact of foreign currency gains or losses and discrete income tax adjustments, divided by the number of diluted shares used in the earnings per share calculation.

Business development expenses excluded from the earnings per diluted share calculation relate to costs incurred to evaluate businesses for potential acquisition or costs related to closing and integrating successfully acquired businesses. Property and equipment impairment charges excluded from the earnings per diluted share calculation are related to the Company’s write-off of the net book value of damaged or destroyed property and equipment as a result of the accident at our Grand View, Idaho facility in November of 2018 while property insurance recoveries relate to payments received for the insured value of the damaged or destroyed property and equipment as a result of the accident. Goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges excluded from the earnings per diluted share calculation are related to the Company’s assessment of goodwill and intangible assets associated with its mobile recycling business. The easement gain excluded from the earnings per diluted share calculation relates to the issuance of an easement on a small portion of owned land at an operating facility which should not hinder our future use. The foreign currency gains or losses excluded from the earnings per diluted share calculation are partially related to unrealized gains or losses primarily associated with intercompany loans between our Canadian subsidiaries and the U.S. parent which have been established as part of our tax and treasury management strategy. These intercompany loans are payable in Canadian dollars (“CAD”) requiring us to revalue the outstanding loan balance through our consolidated income statement based on the CAD/U.S. currency movements from period to period. Foreign currency gains or losses also include realized gains and losses associated with the settlement of transactions denominated in a foreign currency. The discrete income tax adjustments excluded from the earnings per diluted share calculation relate to the implementation of tax planning strategies that resulted in one-time favorable adjustments to prior year income tax returns.

We believe excluding these gains and losses provides meaningful information to investors regarding the operational and financial performance of the Company.

The following reconciliation itemizes the differences between reported net income and earnings per diluted share to adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per diluted share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2019 and 2018:

(in thousands, except per share data)Three Months Ended September 30,
  2019   2018 
 Income
before
income taxes

Income tax
expense


Net income


per share
 Income
before
income taxes

Income tax
expense


Net income


per share
As Reported$19,498 $(6,428)$13,070 $0.59  $16,827 $(3,400)$13,427 $0.61 
          
Adjustments:         
Plus:  Business development expenses 4,025  (193) 3,832  0.17   189  (51) 138  - 
Less:  Property insurance recoveries (498) 164  (334) (0.01)  -  -  -  - 
Plus:  Goodwill and intangible asset
impairment charges
 -  -  -  -   3,666  -  3,666  0.17 
Less:  Discrete income tax adjustments -  -  -  -   -  (1,704) (1,704) (0.08)
Foreign currency loss (1) 90  (30) 60  -   303  (61) 242  0.01 
          
As Adjusted$23,115 $(6,487)$16,628 $0.75  $20,985 $(5,216)$15,769 $0.71 
          
Shares used in earnings per diluted share calculation   22,231      22,099  
          
          
          
(in thousands, except per share data)Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2019   2018 
 Income
before
income taxes

Income tax
expense


Net income


per share
 Income
before
income taxes

Income tax
expense


Net income


per share
As Reported$52,468 $(15,864)$36,604 $1.65  $47,068 $(11,178)$35,890 $1.63 
          
Adjustments:         
Less:  Property insurance recoveries (9,651) 2,918  (6,733) (0.30)  -  -  -  - 
Plus:  Business development costs 6,696  (615) 6,081  0.27   218  (59) 159  0.01 
Plus:  Property and equipment impairment charges 25  -  25  -   -  -  -  - 
Plus:  Goodwill and intangible asset
impairment charges
 -  -  -  -   3,666  -  3,666  0.17 
Less:  TX land easement gain -  -  -  -   (1,990) 512  (1,478) (0.07)
Less:  Discrete income tax adjustments -  -  -  -   -  (1,704) (1,704) (0.08)
Foreign currency loss(1) 613  (185) 428  0.02   456  (108) 348  0.01 
          
As Adjusted$50,151 $(13,746)$36,405 $1.64  $49,418 $(12,537)$36,881 $1.67 
          
Shares used in earnings per diluted share calculation   22,212      22,027  
          

(1) In the first quarter of 2019, the Company conformed the amount of the foreign currency gains or losses included in the calculation of adjusted earnings per diluted share with the amount of the foreign currency gains or losses included in the calculation of adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA.  In previous quarters only non-cash translation gains or losses were included in the calculation of adjusted earnings per diluted share while total foreign currency gains or losses were included in the calculation of adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA.  The calculation of adjusted earnings per diluted share has been updated for all periods presented to include total foreign currency losses, resulting in a $0.01 increase in adjusted earnings per share from what was previously reported in our earnings release for the three months ended September 30, 2018 and no change to adjusted earnings per share from what was previously reported in our earnings release for the nine months ended September 30, 2018.

Contact: Alison Ziegler, Darrow Associates (201) 220-2678
aziegler@darrowir.com   www.usecology.com

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