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GSE Reports Record Second Quarter Sales and EBITDA and Higher Margins

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HOUSTON, Aug. 3, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- GSE Holding, Inc. (the "Company" or "GSE") (NYSE: GSE), a leading global provider of highly engineered geosynthetic containment solutions for environmental protection and confinement applications, today reported its financial results for the Company's second quarter of 2012.

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Selected highlights for the second quarter of 2012 compared to the prior year period:

  • Record second quarter sales of $139.2 million, exceeding the prior year period by $20.7 million, or 17.5%
  • Gross margin of 16.9%  vs. 14.8% 2Q 2011
  • Record Adjusted EBITDA of $16.0 million
  • Adjusted EPS of $0.29 after adjusting for non-recurring costs
  • Refinanced second lien debt, resulting in $1.1 million annual savings in interest expense
  • Announcement of decision to build a manufacturing plant in China

"We are pleased to report another record quarter performance," stated Mark Arnold, President & Chief Executive Officer. "For the second quarter in a row, we set a new record for that quarter's revenue. Our second quarter Adjusted EBITDA was also the strongest in GSE's history, beating our previous record set in the third quarter of 2008.   Our trailing twelve month performance is now at $491.6 million in revenue and $45.4 million in Adjusted EBITDA.

Global demand for our innovative products and systems continues to build as we collaborate with our customers to develop purpose-fit solutions that solve their problems.   Our SG&A is higher than last year because we expanded our global sales force with new engineers and new sales managers in order to enable execution of our strategy.  This is demonstrated in sales growth that is exceeding our expectations in the coal ash and fracking markets and all applications in China. 

We are announcing today, after detailed analysis by GSE leaders and careful consideration and decision by our Board of Directors, that we will build a new manufacturing plant in China.  This plant should be operational during the second half of 2013.  Year to date sales into China were 64% higher than last year and we expect continued growth in demand for GSE products there. 

We expect to provide further updates on our new innovative products during the third quarter.   We remain confident that our long-term strategy and the execution of our business plans will drive performance and increase shareholder value.

I wish to express my gratitude to all of GSE's employees and our customers for our record performance during the first six months of this year."

Second Quarter Summary

Sales for the quarter increased $20.7 million, or 17.5%, to $139.2 million, compared to $118.5 million in the second quarter of 2011. Additional volume contributed $18.9 million to the Company's increase in sales for the second quarter. Better pricing, increases in raw material costs passed on to the customer, and changes in product mix contributed $7.4 million. Sales were partially offset by $5.6 million due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates, principally the Euro. 

Gross margin for the quarter of 2012 was 16.9% compared to 14.8% in the same prior year period. Gross profit increased $5.9 million or 33.7% compared to the same prior year period. Volume contributed $2.8 million while better pricing and changes in product mix contributed $4.0 million. Gross profit was partially offset by $0.7 million by foreign currency.

Selling, General and Administrative (SG&A) expense for the quarter was $11.8 million compared to $9.4 million in the second quarter of 2011, an increase of $2.4 million. This increase  was primarily related to the global expansion of our sales force ($0.7 million), public company costs ($0.7 million) and increased depreciation and other costs related to our global ERP system ($0.6 million), professional fees associated with a potential acquisition ($0.6 million), partially offset by lower restructuring expense and management fees.   

Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $16.0 million compared to $12.4 million in the same prior year period (see "Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA").     

Adjusted net income for the quarter was $5.8 million, adjusted for non-recurring costs associated with extinguishment of debt, professional fees associated with a potential acquisition  and management fees, or $0.29 per fully diluted share, compared to $1.7 million in the same prior year period (see "Earnings per Share Reconciliation"). Pre-tax income for the quarter was generated from international regions where the Company accrues a normal tax rate. The Company normally expects to have a significant amount of its pre-tax income from domestic operations where the income is not taxed due to NOLs and tax credits.

Year to Date Summary

Sales for the first half of the year increased $27.1 million, or 13.1%, to $234.1 million, compared to $207.0 million in the first half of 2011. Additional volume contributed $20.4 million to the Company's increase in sales for the first half of the year. Better pricing, increases in raw material costs passed on to the customer, and changes in product mix contributed $13.6 million. Sales were partially offset by $6.9 million due to changes in foreign currency exchange rates, principally the Euro. 

Gross margin for the first half of the year was 16.1% compared to 15.5% in the same prior year period. Gross profit increased $5.6 million or 17.3% compared to the same prior year period. Volume contributed $2.8 million, better pricing and changes in product mix contributed $2.9 million, and lower conversion and manufacturing costs contributed $0.6 million. Gross profit was partially offset by $0.7 million by foreign currency.

SG&A expense for the first half of the year was $22.7 million compared to $18.7 million in the first half of 2011, an increase of $4.0 million.  This increase was primarily related to the global expansion of our sales force ($1.2 million), public company costs ($1.2 million), increased depreciation and other costs related to our global ERP system ($1.8 million) and professional fees associated with a potential acquisition ($0.6 million), partially offset by lower restructuring expense and management fees.   

Adjusted EBITDA for the first half of the year was $23.1 million compared to $22.2 million in the same prior year period (see "Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA").     

Adjusted net income for the first half of the year was $4.7 million, adjusted for non-recurring costs associated with our IPO, loss on extinguishment of debt, professional fees associated with a potential acquisition and management fees, or $0.28 per fully diluted share, compared to $1.1 million in the same prior year period (see "Earnings per Share Reconciliation").

Conference Call

GSE will hold a conference call today, August 3, 2012, at 9:30 a.m. Central Time to discuss second quarter operating results. Interested parties should use the following phone numbers: Toll-free: (877) 616-4476; International: (402) 875-4763; Conference ID # 12739030.  Approximately two hours after the call concludes, a replay will be available. This audio replay will be available until August 17, 2012. Interested parties should use the following replay phone numbers: Toll-free (855) 859-2056; International: (404) 537-3406; Conference ID # 12739030.

Interested parties may also listen to a simultaneous webcast of the conference call via the Investor Relations section of GSE's website at http://www.gseworld.com.  A replay of the conference call will also be available for approximately 30 days following the call.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

EBITDA represents net income (loss) before interest expense, income tax expense, depreciation and amortization of intangibles.  Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA before loss (gain) on foreign currency transactions, restructuring expenses, extraordinary and non-recurring professional fees, stock‑based compensation expense, IPO costs, loss on extinguishment of debt and management fees. Adjusted Earnings per Share represents Earnings per Share before IPO costs and IPO related interest expense, loss on extinguishment of debt and management fees.  EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings per Share are "non-GAAP financial measures," as defined under the rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), and are intended as supplemental measures of the Company's performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, GAAP. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings per Share should not be considered as alternatives to net income, income from continuing operations, earnings per share or any other performance measure derived in accordance with GAAP. The presentation of EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Earnings per Share should not be construed to imply that future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items.  Management believes these measures are meaningful to investors to enhance their understanding of the Company's financial performance.   Management's calculation of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.  A reconciliation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income (loss), the most comparable GAAP measure, appears in the section of this press release titled "Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA". A reconciliation of Adjusted Earnings per Share to Earnings per Share appears in the section of this press release titled "Earnings per Share Reconciliation".

About GSE Holding, Inc.

GSE is a global manufacturer and marketer of geosynthetic lining solutions, products and services used in the containment and management of solids, liquids, and gases for organizations engaged in waste management, mining, water, wastewater, and aquaculture.

GSE has a long history of manufacturing quality geosynthetic lining systems and developing innovative products. The Company's principal products are polyethylene-based geomembranes, geonets, geocomposites, geosynthetic clay liners, concrete protection liners and vertical barriers. GSE manufactures products primarily to line or cap hazardous and non-hazardous waste landfills; contain materials generated in certain mining processes; and contain water, liquid waste and industrial products in ponds, tanks, reservoirs, sewers, and canals. Headquartered in Houston, Texas, USA, GSE maintains sales offices throughout the world and manufacturing facilities in the United States, Chile, Germany, Thailand and Egypt.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward‑looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties. All statements other than statements of historical fact included in this press release are forward‑looking statements. Forward‑looking statements give management's current expectations and projections relating to the Company's financial condition, results of operations, plans, objectives, future performance and business. You can identify forward‑looking statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. These statements may include words such as "anticipate," "estimate," "expect," "project," "plan," "intend," "believe," "may," "will," "should," "can have," "likely" and other words and terms of similar meaning in connection with any discussion of the timing or nature of future operating or financial performance or other events.  The forward‑looking statements are based on the Company's beliefs, assumptions and expectations of future performance, taking into account the information currently available to management.  Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from statements included in this press release can be found in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and other documents filed with the SEC.  These documents are available in the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at http://www.gseworld.com.

The Company cannot assure you that it will realize the results or developments it expects or anticipates or, even if substantially realized, that they will result in the consequences or affect the Company or its operations in the way it expects. The forward‑looking statements included in this press release are made only as of the date hereof. Management undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward‑looking statement as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as otherwise required by law.

Financial Tables

GSE Holding, Inc.


Consolidated Balance Sheets


(in thousands, except share amounts)



June 30,

 2012

December 31, 2011


(Unaudited)


ASSETS

Current assets:



Cash and cash equivalents

$8,764

$9,076

Accounts receivable:



Trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,629 and $1,736

101,451

80,705

Other

5,889

3,054

Inventory, net

71,417

58,109

Deferred income taxes

482

935

Prepaid expenses and other

10,455

5,741

Income taxes receivable

2,483

2,447

Total current assets

200,941

160,067

Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation

63,792

57,270

Goodwill

58,895

58,895

Intangible assets, net

2,109

2,727

Deferred income taxes

3,050

2,519

Deferred debt issuance costs, net

7,420

8,387

Other assets

255

2,561

TOTAL ASSETS

$336,462

$292,426

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities:



Accounts payable

$34,734

$31,396

Accrued liabilities and other

24,193

26,264

Short-term debt

3,673

2,864

Current portion of long-term debt

2,248

2,709

Income taxes payable

2,009

964

Deferred income taxes

1,109

1,135

Total current liabilities

67,966

65,332

Other liabilities

1,027

1,124

Deferred income taxes

1,345

1,416

Long-term debt, net of current portion

176,177

192,885

Total liabilities

246,515

260,757

Commitments and Contingencies



Stockholders' equity:



Common stock, $.01 par value, 150,000,000 shares authorized, 19,395,754 and 10,809,987 shares issued and outstanding at June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011

194

108

Additional paid-in capital

129,277

61,407

Accumulated deficit

(38,426)

(29,456)

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(1,098)

(390)

Total stockholders' equity

89,947

31,669

TOTAL LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

$336,462

$292,426





GSE Holding, Inc.


Consolidated Statements of Operations


(in thousands, except per share amounts)


(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended
June 30,

Six Months Ended
June 30,


2012

2011

2012

2011






Net sales

$139,168

$118,487

$234,085

$206,949

Cost of products

115,675

100,911

196,509

174,919

Gross profit

23,493

17,576

37,576

32,030

Selling, general and administrative expenses

11,814

9,395

22,739

18,738

Public offering related costs

9,655

Amortization of intangibles

297

334

598

728

Operating income

11,382

7,847

4,584

12,564

Other expenses (income):





Interest expense, net

3,890

5,480

9,637

10,321

Foreign currency transaction loss

631

363

58

1,653

Loss on extinguishment of debt

1,555

2,016

1,555

2,016

Other income, net

(488)

(282)

(664)

(706)

Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes

5,794

270

(6,002)

(720)

Income tax provision

2,078

1,074

2,727

1,201

Income (loss) from continuing operations

3,716

(804)

(8,729)

(1,921)

Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax

80

(379)

(241)

7

Net income (loss)

$3,796

$(1,183)

$(8,970)

$(1,914)

Other comprehensive income (loss):





Foreign currency translation adjustment

(1,844)

1,280

(708)

4,393

Comprehensive income (loss)

$1,952

$97

$(9,678)

$2,479






Basic net income (loss) per common share:





Continuing operations

$0.19

$(0.07)

$(0.51)

$(0.18)

Discontinued operations

0.01

(0.04)

(0.01)


$0.20

$(0.11)

$(0.52)

$(0.18)

Diluted net income (loss) per common share:





Continuing operations

$0.18

$(0.07)

$(0.51)

$(0.18)

Discontinued operations

0.01

(0.04)

(0.01)


$0.19

$(0.11)

$(0.52)

$(0.18)

Basic weighted-average common shares outstanding

19,338

10,810

17,230

10,810

Diluted weighted-average common shares outstanding

20,399

10,810

17,230

10,810















GSE Holding, Inc.


Earnings per Share Reconciliation


(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,


2012

2011

2012

2011

Diluted net income (loss) per common share

$0.19

$(0.11)

$(0.52)

$(0.18)

Discontinued operations

(0.01)

0.04

0.01

Loss on extinguishment of debt

0.08

0.19

0.09

0.19

Due diligence fees

0.03

0.03

Public offering related costs

0.56

Initial public offering related interest expense

0.09

Management fees

0.04

0.02

0.09

Adjusted Earnings per Share

$0.29

$0.16

$0.28

$0.10





GSE Holding, Inc.


Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA


(in thousands)


(Unaudited)



Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

 June 30,


2012

2011

2012

2011






Net Income (loss)

$ 3,796

$ (1,183)

$(8,970)

$ (1,914)

(Income) loss from discontinued operations, net of income tax

(80)

379

241

(7)

Interest expense

3,890

5,480

9,637

10,321

Income tax expense

2,078

1,074

2,727

1,201

Depreciation and amortization expense

3,522

3,127

7,066

6,172

EBITDA

13,206

8,877

10,701

15,773

Foreign exchange loss

631

363

58

1,653

Loss on extinguishment of debt

1,555

2,016

1,555

2,016

Restructuring expense

33

93

355

Professional fees

559

649

597

1,300

Stock-based compensation expense

35

35

75

Public offering related costs

9,655

Management fees

14

504

229

1,004

Other

10

144

8

Adjusted EBITDA

$16,043

$12,409

$23,067

$ 22,184

CONTACT: Cade Kohoutek, Phone: 281-230-6733, Email: ckohoutek@gseworld.com

SOURCE GSE Holding, Inc.



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