Steel Excel Inc. Reports 2014 Third Quarter Financial Results

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.--()--Steel Excel Inc. (Other OTC:SXCL) (“Steel Excel” or the “Company”), which operates Energy and Sports segments, today announced operating results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2014. The results are summarized in the following paragraphs. For a full discussion of the results, please see the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarterly period ended September 30, 2014, which can be found at www.steelexcel.com.

“Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measurements”

Steel Excel reported net revenues of $58.6 million for the third quarter of 2014, as compared to $31.4 million for the same period of 2013. Income from continuing operations before income taxes and equity method income was $5.4 million in the third quarter of 2014, as compared to $2.9 million in the 2013 period. Net loss attributable to Steel Excel for the third quarter of 2014 was $1.2 million, or $0.10 per diluted common share, as compared to income of $2.5 million, or $0.20 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2013.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, Steel Excel reported net revenues of $155.7 million, as compared to $86.5 million for the same period of 2013. Income from continuing operations before income taxes and equity method income was $14.2 million in the first nine months of 2014, as compared to $5.4 million in the 2013 period. Net income attributable to Steel Excel for the first nine months of 2014 was $12.0 million, or $1.01 per diluted common share, as compared to $6.9 million, or $0.54 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2013. At September 30, 2014, the Company had cash and marketable securities totaling $216.3 million.

For the third quarter of 2014, net revenues in the Energy segment were $49.7 million compared to $25.2 million in the 2013 quarter; net revenues in the Sports segment were $8.9 million in the 2014 quarter, compared to $6.3 million in the comparable 2013 period. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, net revenues in the Energy segment were $140.8 million compared to $78.3 million in the 2013 period; net revenues in the Sports segment were $14.9 million in the first nine months of 2014, compared to $8.3 million in the comparable 2013 period.

The Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $12.8 million in the third quarter of 2014, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $5.8 million in the 2013 quarter, an increase of $7.0 million or 120.4%. For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, the Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $30.6 million, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $18.0 million in the 2013 period, an increase of $12.6 million or 70.0%. See "Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measurements" below for the definition of Adjusted EBITDA.

Based on current information, the Company anticipates full year 2014 revenue and Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $185.0 million to $225.0 million and $34.0 million to $43.0 million, respectively; the Company anticipates revenue and Adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2014 to be in the range of $44.0 million to $55.0 million and $7.0 million to $9.5 million, respectively.

Financial Summary

Statements of Operations Data:

   
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014     2013   2014     2013  
(in thousands, except per-share data)
Net revenues $ 58,583 $ 31,420 $ 155,666 $ 86,532
Gross profit $ 17,984 $ 8,080 $ 44,571 $ 24,471
Operating income $ 6,180 $ 949 $ 10,149 $ 1,651
 
Income from continuing operations before income taxes and equity method income $ 5,435 $ 2,888 $ 14,195 $ 5,400
Benefit from (provision for) income taxes (1,537 ) 297 1,059 2,314
Loss from equity method investees (4,843 ) (138 ) (3,402 ) (218 )
Net income (loss) from continuing operations (945 ) 3,047 11,852 7,496
Loss from discontinued operations   (888 )   (1,477 )
Net income (loss) (945 ) 2,159 11,852 6,019
Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests in consolidated entities (238 ) 311   99   832  
Net income (loss) attributable to Steel Excel Inc. $ (1,183 ) $ 2,470   $ 11,951   $ 6,851  
 
Net income (loss) attributable to Steel Excel Inc. per share of common stock - basic $ (0.10 ) $ 0.20 $ 1.02 $ 0.54
Net income (loss) attributable to Steel Excel Inc. per share of common stock - diluted $ (0.10 ) $ 0.20 $ 1.01 $ 0.54

Balance Sheet Data:

   
September 30,
2014

December 31,
2013

(in thousands)
Cash and marketable securities $ 216,312 $ 252,087
Restricted cash 20,264
Property and equipment 108,337 105,890
Goodwill and intangible assets 105,547 111,968
Other investments 61,268 34,183
Other assets 40,281   34,566
Total assets $ 552,009   $ 538,694
 
Total liabilities $ 129,863 $ 114,759
Total stockholders' equity 422,146   423,935
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 552,009   $ 538,694

Segment Results

   
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014     2013   2014     2013  
(in thousands)
Net revenues:
Energy $ 49,701 $ 25,162 $ 140,767 $ 78,272
Sports 8,882   6,258   14,899   8,260  
Total net revenues $ 58,583   $ 31,420   $ 155,666   $ 86,532  
 
Operating income (loss):
Energy $ 8,551 $ 2,007 $ 21,923 $ 8,626
Sports 1,146   975   (896 ) (318 )
Total segment operating income 9,697 2,982 21,027 8,308
Corporate and other business activities (3,517 ) (2,033 ) (10,878 ) (6,657 )
Interest income, net 554 472 1,763 2,341
Other income (expense), net (1,299 ) 1,467   2,283   1,408  
Income from continuing operations before income taxes and equity method income $ 5,435   $ 2,888   $ 14,195   $ 5,400  

Supplemental Non-GAAP Disclosures

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014     2013   2014     2013  
(in thousands)
Net income (loss) attributable to Steel Excel $ (1,183 ) $ 2,470 $ 11,951 $ 6,851
Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests in consolidated entities 238   (311 ) (99 ) (832 )
 
Net income (loss) (945 ) 2,159 11,852 6,019
Interest income, net (554 ) (472 ) (1,763 ) (2,341 )
Provision for (benefit from) income taxes 1,537 (297 ) (1,059 ) (2,314 )
Loss from equity method investees 4,843 138 3,402 218
Depreciation and amortization 5,950 4,536 18,127 14,361
Loss from discontinued operations 888 1,477
Non-cash stock-based compensation 622 302 2,305 1,979
Other expense (income), net 1,299   (1,467 ) (2,283 ) (1,408 )
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 12,752   $ 5,787   $ 30,581   $ 17,991  

Adjusted EBITDA by Segment

   
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2014     2013   2014     2013  
(in thousands)
Energy $ 14,068 $ 6,389 $ 38,846 $ 22,546
Sports 1,578 $ 1,129 308 $ 123
Corporate and other business activities (2,894 ) (1,731 ) (8,573 ) (4,678 )
Total $ 12,752   $ 5,787   $ 30,581   $ 17,991  

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measurements

The financial data contained in this press release includes certain non-GAAP financial measurements as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), including "Adjusted EBITDA". The Company is presenting Adjusted EBITDA because it believes that it provides useful information to investors about Steel Excel, its business, and its financial condition. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income from continuing operations before the effects of realized and unrealized gains or losses, interest income or expense, income taxes, and depreciation and amortization, and excludes certain non-recurring and non-cash items including stock-based compensation. The Company believes Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is one of the measures used by the Company's Board of Directors and management to evaluate its business, including in internal management reporting, budgeting, and forecasting processes, in comparing operating results across the business, as an internal profitability measure, as a component in evaluating the ability and the desirability of making capital expenditures and significant acquisitions, and as an element in determining executive compensation.

However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America ("U.S. GAAP"), and the items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a substitute for net income or cash flows from operating, investing, or financing activities. Because Adjusted EBITDA is calculated before recurring cash charges, including realized and unrealized losses, interest income or expense, and income taxes, and is not adjusted for capital expenditures or other recurring cash requirements of the business, it should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash available to invest in the growth of the business. There are a number of material limitations to the use of Adjusted EBITDA as an analytical tool, including the following:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company's net realized and unrealized gains and losses;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company's interest income or expense;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company's income tax provision or benefit or the cash requirements to pay its income taxes;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash expenses in the period recorded, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the cash requirements for such replacement;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include stock-based compensation;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include asset impairments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include the income or losses of equity-method investees;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include discontinued operations; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include certain other non-recurring and non-cash items.

The Company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on its U.S. GAAP financial measures and by using Adjusted EBITDA only as supplemental information. The Company believes that consideration of Adjusted EBITDA, together with a careful review of its U.S. GAAP financial measures, is the most informed method of analyzing the Company.

Adjusted EBITDA is derived from net income attributable to Steel Excel, and that calculation is set forth above. Because Adjusted EBITDA is not a measurement determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and is susceptible to varying calculations, Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. Revenues and expenses are measured in accordance with the policies and procedures described in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013.

About Steel Excel

Steel Excel, through its two business segments, Energy and Sports, is committed to acquiring, strengthening and growing profitable businesses. The Energy segment provides drilling and production services to the oil and gas industry. The Sports segment provides event-based sports services and other health-related services.

The Company is based in White Plains, N.Y. (Other OTC: SXCL). Website: www.steelexcel.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that reflect the Company's current expectations and projections about its future results, performance, prospects, and opportunities. The Company has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words such as "may," "should," "expect," "hope," "anticipate," "believe," "intend," "plan," "estimate," and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements are based on information currently available to the Company and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and other factors that could cause its actual results, performance, prospects, or opportunities in 2014 and beyond to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. These risks include, but are not limited to, our ability to deploy our capital in a manner that maximizes stockholder value; the ability to identify suitable acquisition candidates or business and investment opportunities; the inability to realize the benefits of our net operating losses; the ability to consolidate and manage our newly acquired businesses; fluctuations in the price of oil and other factors resulting in volatility for the demand for our services, especially in our Energy segment; the hazardous nature of operations in the oilfield services industry, which could result in personal injury, property damage or damage to the environment; environmental and other health and safety laws and regulations, including those relating to climate change, and general economic conditions. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable and achievable, such statements involve significant risks and uncertainties, and no assurance can be given that the actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Investors should read carefully the factors described in the "Risk Factors" section of the Company's filings with the SEC, including the Company's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, for information regarding risk factors that could affect the Company's results. Except as otherwise required by Federal securities laws, the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, changed circumstances, or any other reason.

Contacts

Steel Excel Inc.
James F. McCabe, Jr., 212-520-2300
Chief Financial Officer
jmccabe@steelpartners.com

Steel Excel Inc.