Covanta Holding Corporation Reports 2013 First Quarter Results

2013 Guidance Reaffirmed

Marketwired

MORRISTOWN, NJ--(Marketwired - Apr 17, 2013) - Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) ("Covanta" or the "Company"), a leading global owner and operator of Energy-from-Waste ("EfW") projects, reported financial results today for the three months ended March 31, 2013.

       
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2013     2012  
    (Unaudited, $ in millions, except per share amounts)  
         
Revenue   $ 373     $ 392  
Net Loss   $ (26 )   $ (11 )
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 58     $ 74  
Free Cash Flow   $ 25     $ 77  
Adjusted EPS   $ (0.21 )   $ (0.09 )
                 

Q1 2013 Highlights:

  • Organic growth initiatives on track
  • Unfavorable impact of increased maintenance activity
  • Raised cash dividend by 10% to $0.165 per share ($0.66 per share annually)
  • Increased buyback authorization to $150 million
  • Reaffirming FY2013 guidance

Commenting on Covanta's results, Anthony Orlando, President and Chief Executive Officer stated, "Our organic growth initiatives are on track, we're seeing the benefit of improving energy markets and our business model remains very stable. As such, I'm confident that we'll finish the year within our guidance range." Orlando continued, "We typically conduct a large portion of our scheduled plant maintenance during the first quarter but this year the percentage of our planned work was even higher than last year. Furthermore, we had to make some unplanned repairs which caused additional downtime. The timing of planned maintenance will reverse in the second half and we're working to offset the impact of the unplanned downtime."

Q1 2013 Results
Operating revenues declined $19 million, or 5%, to $373 million, compared to the prior year. This decline was primarily due to lower construction revenue and downtime due to increased maintenance activity, partially offset by the benefits from higher energy prices and from organic growth initiatives.

Operating expenses decreased by $11 million to $378 million. The improvement was primarily due to lower construction expense, a gain related to the elimination of the defined benefit pension obligation, and the benefits from organic growth initiatives, partially offset by increased plant maintenance expense primarily due to timing.

Operating loss was $5 million, compared to operating income of $3 million in the prior year. This decrease was primarily due to increased maintenance activity including timing noted above, partially offset by a gain related to the elimination of the defined benefit pension plan obligation.

Adjusted EBITDA decreased by $16 million to $58 million, due to increased maintenance activity including the associated revenue reduction. Approximately $9 million of the decrease was due to unplanned maintenance and the remainder was primarily due to timing of planned maintenance which is expected to reverse by the end of the year.

Free Cash Flow decreased by $52 million to $25 million for the three month comparative period. The decline was primarily driven by the timing of construction working capital and the decline in Adjusted EBITDA.

Adjusted EPS declined by $0.12 to $(0.21) versus $(0.09) in the prior year period, primarily due to lower operating income and higher interest expense as a result of the refinancings completed in 2012.

Shareholder Returns and Liquidity
During the first quarter, the Company increased its quarterly cash dividend by 10% to $0.165 per share ($0.66 per share on an annual basis) and returned $46 million to shareholders, consisting of $22 million in cash dividends declared and $24 million in share repurchases (0.9% of common stock outstanding). Since the inception of its buyback program the Company has repurchased 27.0 million shares, or 17.5% of shares outstanding, at a weighted average cost of $16.15 per share. As of March 31, 2013, Covanta had $126 million of share repurchase authorization remaining.

The Company amended its $297 million senior secured term loan B in the first quarter to reduce its interest rate by 0.50% at current rates, consisting of a reduction in the LIBOR margin from 3.00% to 2.75% and a reduction in the LIBOR floor from 1.00% to 0.75%.

Sanjiv Khattri, Covanta's Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer, commented, "While we remain focused on allocating capital to generate value-enhancing growth, we again demonstrated our commitment to returning excess capital to shareholders with our actions during the quarter. In addition, we were pleased with two small transactions: the repricing of our term loan which will reduce our ongoing interest cost and the elimination of our pension obligation."

2013 Full Year Guidance
The Company is reaffirming its guidance for 2013 for the following key metrics:

(In millions, except per share amounts)
Metric   FY2012
Actual
  FY2013
Guidance Range
  % Change At Midpoint
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 492   $ 500 - $ 530   5%
Free Cash Flow   $ 262   $ 250 - $ 280   1%
Adjusted EPS   $ 0.52   $ 0.40 - $ 0.50   (13)%
             

Conference Call Information
Covanta will host a conference call at 8:30 am (Eastern) on Thursday, April 18, 2013 to discuss its first quarter results. The conference call will begin with prepared remarks, which will be followed by a question and answer session. To participate, please dial 800-860-2442 approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. If calling from Canada, please dial 866-605-3852. If calling outside of the United States and Canada, please dial 412-858-4600. Please request the "Covanta Holding Corporation call" when prompted by the conference call operator. The conference call will also be webcast live from the Investor Relations section of the Company's website. A presentation will be made available during the call and will be found on the Investor Relations section of the Covanta website at www.covantaenergy.com.

A replay will be available one hour after the end of the conference call through 9:00 AM (Eastern) Friday, April 26, 2013. To access the replay, please dial 877-344-7529, or from outside of the United States 412-317-0088 and use the replay conference ID number 10027173. The webcast will also be archived on www.covantaenergy.com.

About Covanta
Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) is an internationally recognized owner and operator of large-scale Energy-from-Waste and renewable energy projects and a recipient of the Energy Innovator Award from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. Covanta's 44 Energy-from-Waste facilities provide communities with an environmentally sound solution to their solid waste disposal needs by using that municipal solid waste to generate clean, renewable energy. Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely and securely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste into 9 million megawatt hours of clean renewable electricity and approximately 9 billion pounds of steam that are sold to a variety of industries. For more information, visit www.covantaenergy.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act"), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"), the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "PSLRA") or in releases made by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), all as may be amended from time to time. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Covanta Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries ("Covanta") or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements. For additional information see the Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements at the end of the Exhibits.

   
   
Exhibit 1  
Covanta Holding Corporation  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations  
   
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2013     2012  
    (Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)
 
Operating revenues                
  Waste and service revenues   $ 231     $ 238  
  Recycled metals revenues     16       20  
  Electricity and steam sales     102       91  
  Other operating revenues     24       43  
    Total operating revenues     373       392  
Operating expenses                
  Plant operating expenses     281       267  
  Other operating expenses     17       39  
  General and administrative expenses     24       25  
  Depreciation and amortization expense     53       50  
  Net interest expense on project debt     3       8  
    Total operating expenses     378       389  
Operating (loss) income     (5 )     3  
Other income (expense)                
  Interest expense     (29 )     (18 )
  Non-cash convertible debt related expense     (7 )     (6 )
  Loss on extinguishment of debt     (1 )     (2 )
  Other income, net     -       3  
    Total other expenses     (37 )     (23 )
Loss before income tax benefit and equity in net income from unconsolidated investments     (42 )     (20 )
Income tax benefit     17       8  
Equity in net (loss) income from unconsolidated investments     (1 )     1  
Net Loss     (26 )     (11 )
Less: Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries     1       (1 )
Net Loss Attributable to Covanta Holding Corporation   $ (25 )   $ (12 )
                 
Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:                
Basic     130       134  
Diluted     130       134  
                 
Loss Per Share:                
Basic   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.09 )
Diluted   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.09 )
                 
Cash Dividend Declared Per Share:   $ 0.165     $ 0.15  
                 
Supplemental Information - Non-GAAP                
  Adjusted EPS (a)   $ (0.21 )   $ (0.09 )
                 
(a) For additional information, see Exhibit 4 of this Press Release.
   
   
   
Exhibit 1A  
Covanta Holding Corporation  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Loss  
   
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2013     2012  
    (Unaudited, in millions)  
Net loss   $ (26 )   $ (11 )
  Foreign currency translation     (5 )     1  
  Adjustment for defined benefit pension plan settlement, net of tax benefit of $2 (a)     (4 )     -  
  Pension and postretirement plan unrecognized benefits, net of tax expense of $1      3       -  
  Net unrealized (loss) gain on derivative instruments, net of tax benefit of $1 and tax expense of $0, respectively     (2 )     1  
  Net unrealized gain on available for sale securities, net of tax expense of $0     1       -  
Other comprehensive (loss) income attributable to Covanta Holding Corporation     (7 )     2  
Comprehensive loss     (33 )     (9 )
Less:                
  Net loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries     1       (1 )
Comprehensive loss (income) attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries     1       (1 )
Comprehensive loss attributable to Covanta Holding Corporation   $ (32 )   $ (10 )
(a) For additional information, see Exhibit 4A - Note (a) of this Press Release.
   
   
   
Exhibit 2  
Covanta Holding Corporation  
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets  
   
    As of  
    March 31, 2013     December 31, 2012  
    (Unaudited)        
    (In millions, except per share amounts)  
ASSETS                
Current:                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 211     $ 246  
  Restricted funds held in trust     53       53  
  Receivables (less allowances of $7 and $6, respectively)     262       256  
  Unbilled service receivables     13       18  
  Deferred income taxes     35       18  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     114       97  
Total Current Assets     688       688  
  Property, plant and equipment, net     2,575       2,561  
  Investments in fixed maturities at market (cost: $35 and $36, respectively)     36       36  
  Restricted funds held in trust     155       161  
  Unbilled service receivables     15       17  
  Waste, service and energy contracts, net     389       399  
  Other intangible assets, net     23       23  
  Goodwill     249       249  
  Investments in investees and joint ventures     46       49  
  Other assets     376       343  
Total Assets   $ 4,552     $ 4,526  
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                
Current:                
  Current portion of long-term debt   $ 3     $ 3  
  Current portion of project debt     72       80  
  Accounts payable     55       41  
  Deferred revenue     23       31  
  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities     245       205  
Total Current Liabilities     398       360  
  Long-term debt     2,101       2,012  
  Project debt     229       237  
  Deferred income taxes     694       691  
  Waste and service contracts     33       35  
  Other liabilities     135       136  
Total Liabilities     3,590       3,471  
Equity:                
Covanta Holding Corporation stockholders' equity:                
  Preferred stock ($0.10 par value; authorized 10 shares; none issued and outstanding)     -       -  
  Common stock ($0.10 par value; authorized 250 shares; issued 159 and 159 shares, respectively; outstanding 131 and 132 shares, respectively)     16       16  
  Additional paid-in capital     786       806  
  Accumulated other comprehensive income     -       7  
  Accumulated earnings     159       222  
  Treasury stock, at par     (3 )     (3 )
    Total Covanta Holding Corporation stockholders equity     958       1,048  
  Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries     4       7  
Total Equity     962       1,055  
Total Liabilities and Equity   $ 4,552     $ 4,526  
                 
                 
                 
Exhibit 3  
Covanta Holding Corporation  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow  
   
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2013     2012  
    (Unaudited, in millions)  
OPERATING ACTIVITIES:                
Net loss   $ (26 )   $ (11 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:                
  Depreciation and amortization expense     53       50  
  Defined benefit pension plan settlement gain (a)     (6 )     -  
  Loss on extinguishment of debt     1       2  
  Non-cash convertible debt related expense     7       6  
  Stock-based compensation expense     5       5  
  Deferred income taxes     (12 )     (7 )
  Other, net     (2 )     (6 )
  Change in restricted funds held in trust     9       2  
  Change in working capital     33       63  
Net cash provided by operating activities     62       104  
INVESTING ACTIVITIES:                
  Purchase of property, plant and equipment     (63 )     (32 )
  Acquisition of noncontrolling interest in subsidiary     (14 )     -  
  Acquisition of land use rights     -       (1 )
  Other, net     (10 )     1  
Net cash used in investing activities     (87 )     (32 )
FINANCING ACTIVITIES:                
  Proceeds from borrowings on long-term debt     -       699  
  Payment of deferred financing costs     (1 )     (23 )
  Principal payments on long-term debt     (1 )     (619 )
  Principal payments on project debt     (16 )     (37 )
  Convertible debenture repurchases     -       (25 )
  Payments of borrowings on revolving credit facility     (51 )     -  
  Proceeds from borrowings on revolving credit facility     98       -  
  Change in restricted funds held in trust     (3 )     12  
  Cash dividends paid to stockholders     -       (10 )
  Common stock repurchased     (24 )     (30 )
  Financing of insurance premiums, net     -       (3 )
  Other, net     (12 )     (1 )
Net cash used in financing activities     (10 )     (37 )
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents     -       -  
Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents     (35 )     35  
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period     246       234  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period     211       269  
Less: Cash and cash equivalents of discontinued operations at end of period     -       2  
Cash and cash equivalents of continuing operations at end of period   $ 211     $ 267  
                 
(a) For additional information, see Exhibit 4A - Note (a) of this Press Release.
   
   
   
Exhibit 4
Covanta Holding Corporation
Reconciliation of Diluted Loss Per Share to Adjusted EPS
                 
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
     
    2013     2012     Full Year
Estimated 2013
 
    (Unaudited)      
Diluted Loss Per Share   $ (0.19 )   $ (0.09 )   $0.42 - $0.52
Reconciling Items (a)     (0.02 )     -     (0.02)
Adjusted EPS   $ (0.21 )   $ (0.09 )   $0.40 - $0.50
                     
(a) For details related to the Reconciling Items, see Exhibit 4A of this Press Release.
   
 
                     
Exhibit 4A
Covanta Holding Corporation
Reconciling Items
                 
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
     
    2013     2012      
    (Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)
     
Reconciling Items                    
Operating loss related to insurance subsidiaries   $ -     $ 1      
Defined benefit pension plan settlement gain (a)     (6 )     -      
Loss on extinguishment of debt     1       2      
Effect of foreign exchange gain on indebtedness     -       (3 )    
Other     1       -      
  Total Reconciling Items, pre-tax     (4 )     -      
Pro forma income tax impact     2       -      
  Total Reconciling Items, net of tax   $ (2 )   $ -      
Diluted Loss Per Share Impact   $ (0.02 )   $ -      
Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding     130       134      
                     
(a) During the three months ended March 31, 2013, we recorded a defined benefit pension plan settlement gain of $6 million.
 
 
Exhibit 4B
Covanta Holding Corporation
Effective Tax Rate ("ETR")
             
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
   
    2013   2012    
    (Unaudited)    
Effective Tax Rate (a)     (40.4)%     (38.0)%    
                 
(a) The increase in the effective tax rate was primarily a result of an increase in taxes on foreign operations and development activities, and an increase in state taxes related to the mix of earnings and losses from subsidiaries that are subject to state taxes on a separate entity basis. We currently estimate our annual effective tax rate for the year ending December 31, 2013 to be approximately 45.6%. We review the annual effective tax rate on a quarterly basis as projections are revised and laws are enacted.
   
   
   
Exhibit 5
Covanta Holding Corporation
Reconciliation of Net Loss to Adjusted EBITDA
 
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
     
    2013     2012     Full Year
Estimated 2013
    (Unaudited, in millions)      
Net Loss Attributable to Covanta Holding Corporation   $ (25 )   $ (12 )   $53 - $66
                     
Operating loss related to insurance subsidiaries     -       1     (5) - 0
                     
Depreciation and amortization expense     53       50     220 - 210
                     
Debt service:                    
  Net interest expense on project debt     3       8      
  Interest expense     29       18      
  Non-cash convertible debt related expense     7       6      
Subtotal debt service     39       32     171 - 155
                     
Income tax benefit     (17 )     (8 )   40 - 65
                     
Defined benefit pension plan settlement gain (a)     (6 )     -      
                     
Loss on extinguishment of debt     1       2      
                     
Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries     (1 )     1     3 - 8
                     
Other adjustments:                    
  Debt service billings in excess of revenue recognized     7       6      
  Non-cash compensation expense     5       5      
  Other non-cash items (b)     2       (3 )    
Subtotal other adjustments     14       8     18 - 26
                     
Total adjustments     83       86      
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 58     $ 74     $500 - $530
                     
(a) For additional information, see Exhibit 4A - Note (a) of this Press Release.
(b) Includes certain non-cash items that are added back under the definition of Adjusted EBITDA in Covanta Energy Corporation's credit agreement.
   
   
   
Exhibit 6
Covanta Holding Corporation
Reconciliation of Cash Flow Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow
 
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
     
    2013     2012     Full Year
Estimated 2013
 
    (Unaudited, in millions)      
Cash flow provided by operating activities   $ 62     $ 104     $325 - $360
Plus: Cash flow used in operating activities from insurance subsidiaries     1       1     5 - 10
Less: Maintenance capital expenditures (a)     (38 )     (28 )   (80) - (90)
Free Cash Flow   $ 25     $ 77     $250 - $280
                     
Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding     130       134      
                     
Uses of Free Cash Flow                    
Investments:                    
  Acquisition of noncontrolling interest in subsidiary   $ (14 )   $ -      
  Non-maintenance capital expenditures (b)     (25 )     (4 )    
  Acquisition of land use rights (b)     -       (1 )    
  Other growth investments (b)     -       1      
  Other investing activities, net (c)     (10 )     -      
Total investments   $ (49 )   $ (4 )    
                     
Return of capital to stockholders:                    
  Cash dividends paid to stockholders   $ -     $ (10 )    
  Common stock repurchased     (24 )     (30 )    
Total return of capital to stockholders   $ (24 )   $ (40 )    
                     
Capital raising activities:                    
  Net proceeds from issuance of corporate debt (d)   $ -     $ 676      
  Other financing activities, net     (13 )     (1 )    
Net proceeds from capital raising activities   $ (13 )   $ 675      
                     
Debt repayments:                    
  Net cash used for scheduled principal payments on corporate debt   $ (1 )   $ (23 )    
  Net cash used for scheduled principal payments on project debt (e)     (19 )     (25 )    
  Optional repayment of corporate debt (f)     -       (621 )    
Total debt repayments   $ (20 )   $ (669 )    
                     
Borrowing activities - Revolving credit facility, net   $ 47     $ -      
                     
Short-term borrowing activities - Financing of insurance premiums, net   $ -     $ (3 )    
                     
Net change in cash and cash equivalents   $ (34 )   $ 36      
                     
(a) Purchases of property, plant and equipment are also referred to as capital expenditures. Capital expenditures that primarily maintain existing facilities are classified as maintenance capital expenditures. The following table provides the components of total purchases of property, plant and equipment:
                 
                 
    Three Months Ended      
    March 31      
    2013     2012      
                     
Maintenance capital expenditures   $ (38 )   $ (28 )    
Capital expenditures associated with organic growth initiatives and technology development     (25 )     (4 )    
Total purchases of property, plant and equipment   $ (63 )   $ (32 )    
                     
(b) Investments in growth opportunities, including organic growth initiatives, technology, business development, and other similar expenditures, excluding acquisitions of businesses.
   
(c) Other investing activities is primarily comprised of net payments from the purchase/sale of investment securities and business development expenses.
   
(d) Excludes borrowings under Revolving Credit Facility. Calculated as follows:
                     
Proceeds from borrowings on long-term debt   $ -     $ 699      
Less: Financing costs related to issuance of long-term debt     -       (23 )    
Net proceeds from issuance of corporate debt   $ -     $ 676      
                     
(e) Calculated as follows:                    
                     
Total scheduled principal payments on project debt   $ (16 )   $ (37 )    
(Increase) decrease in related restricted funds held in trust     (3 )     12      
Net cash used for principal payments on project debt   $ (19 )   $ (25 )    
                     
(f) Calculated as follows:
                     
Redemption of Term Loan due 2014   $ -     $ (619 )    
Redemption of Convertible Debentures     -       (2 )    
Total optional repayment of corporate debt   $ -     $ (621 )    
                     
                     
                     
Exhibit 7
Covanta Holding Corporation
Capitalization Information
 
    As of
    March 31, 2013   December 31, 2012
    (Unaudited, in millions)
Cash and Cash Equivalents:      
Domestic   $ 11   $ 12
International     193     215
Insurance Subsidiary     7     19
Total Cash and Cash Equivalents   $ 211   $ 246
             
Restricted Funds Held in Trust: (a)            
  Debt Service Funds - Principal   $ 74   $ 72
  Debt Service Funds - Interest     6     6
Debt Service Funds - Total     80     78
Revenue Funds     6     9
Other Funds     122     127
Total Restricted Funds Held in Trust   $ 208   $ 214
             
(a) Restricted funds held in trust are primarily amounts received by third-party trustees relating to certain projects we own which may be used only for specified purposes. We generally do not control these accounts. They primarily include debt service reserves for payment of principal and interest on project debt. Revenue funds are comprised of deposits of revenues received with respect to projects prior to their disbursement. Other funds are primarily amounts held in trust for operations, maintenance, environmental obligations, operating lease reserves in accordance with agreements with our clients and amounts held for future scheduled distributions.
   
   
   
Exhibit 7A
                 
    As of   As of
    March 31, 2013   December 31, 2012
    Face
Value
  Book
Value
  Face
Value
  Book
Value
    (Unaudited, in millions)
Corporate Debt:      
Revolving Credit Facility   $ 107   $ 107   $ 60   $ 60
Term Loan due 2019     297     296     298     297
7.25% Senior Notes due 2020     400     400     400     400
6.375% Senior Notes due 2022     400     400     400     400
3.25% Cash Convertible Senior Notes due 2014     460     566     460     523
Sub-total   $ 1,664   $ 1,769   $ 1,618   $ 1,680
Tax-Exempt Bonds                        
  4.875% Massachusetts Series 2012A due 2027   $ 20   $ 20   $ 20   $ 20
  4.875% Massachusetts Series 2012B due 2042     67     67     67     67
  5.25% Massachusetts Series 2012C due 2042     83     83     83     83
  5.25% Niagara Series 2012A due 2042     130     130     130     130
  4.00% Niagara Series 2012B due 2024     35     35     35     35
Sub-total Tax-Exempt Bonds   $ 335   $ 335   $ 335   $ 335
Total corporate debt (including current portion)   $ 1,999   $ 2,104   $ 1,953   $ 2,015
                         
Project Debt:                        
Domestic project debt - service fee facilities   $ 207   $ 209   $ 223   $ 226
Domestic project debt - tip fee facilities     69     69     68     68
International project debt     23     23     23     23
Total project debt (including current portion)   $ 299   $ 301   $ 314   $ 317
                         
Total Debt Outstanding   $ 2,298   $ 2,405   $ 2,267   $ 2,332
                         
Net Debt (a)   $ 2,013         $ 1,949      
                         
Availability for Borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility   $ 536         $ 584      
                         
(a) Net Debt is calculated as total principal amount of debt outstanding less cash and cash equivalents and debt service principal restricted funds.
   
   
   
Exhibit 8
Covanta Holding Corporation
Return to Stockholders
(Unaudited, in millions, except per share amounts and percentages)
 
During years ended December 31, 2010, 2011, 2012 and the three months ended March 31, 2013, the following amounts were returned to stockholders:
                 
    Amount   Shares Repurchased   Weighted Average Cost Per Share   % of Common Stock Outstanding Repurchased
Common Stock Repurchased (a)                    
FY 2010   $ 95   6.1   $ 15.56   3.9%
FY 2011   $ 230   14.4   $ 15.99   9.6%
FY 2012   $ 88   5.3   $ 16.55   3.9%
Q1 2013   $ 24   1.2   $ 19.27   0.9%
Total Common Stock Repurchased   $ 437   27.0   $ 16.15   17.5%
                     
Cash Dividends Declared to Stockholders                    
FY 2010   $ 233              
FY 2011   $ 42              
FY 2012   $ 81              
Q1 2013 (b)   $ 22              
Total Cash Dividends Declared to Stockholders   $ 378              
                     
Total Return to Stockholders   $ 815              
                     
(a) We increased the authorization to repurchase shares of outstanding common stock to $150 million during the three months ended March 31, 2013. As of March 31, 2013, the amount remaining under our currently authorized share repurchase program was $126 million.
   
(b) On March 7, 2013, we authorized a quarterly cash dividend of $0.165 per share. The Q1 2013 payment was made on April 5, 2013 to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 28, 2013.
   
   
   
Exhibit 9
Covanta Holding Corporation
Consolidated Reconciliation of Cash Flow Provided by Operating Activities to Adjusted EBITDA
 
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
     
    2013     2012     Full Year
Estimated 2013
    (Unaudited, in millions)      
Cash flow provided by operating activities   $ 62     $ 104     $325 - $360
                     
Cash flow used in operating activities from insurance subsidiaries     1       1     5 - 10
                     
Debt service     39       32     171 - 155
                     
Change in working capital     (33 )     (63 )    
Change in restricted funds held in trust     (9 )     (2 )    
Non-cash convertible debt related expense     (7 )     (6 )    
Equity in net income from unconsolidated investments     (1 )     1      
Dividends from unconsolidated investments     (1 )     -      
Current tax provision     (5 )     (1 )    
Other     12       8      
  Sub-total     (44 )     (63 )   (1) - 5
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 58     $ 74     $500 - $530
                     
                     
                     
Exhibit 10
Covanta Holding Corporation
Plant Operating Expenses Detail - Americas
         
The Americas segment quarterly plant operating expenses typically differs substantially as a result of the timing of scheduled plant maintenance. We typically conduct scheduled maintenance periodically each year, which requires that individual boiler units temporarily cease operations. During these scheduled maintenance periods, we incur material repair and maintenance expenses and receive less revenue until the boiler and/or turbine units resume operations. This scheduled maintenance typically occurs during periods of off-peak electric demand and/or lower waste volumes, which are our first, second and fourth fiscal quarters. The first half of the year scheduled maintenance period is typically the most extensive. The third quarter scheduled maintenance period is typically the least extensive. Given these factors, we typically experience our lowest operating income from our projects during the first half of each year. The aggregate of all other components of plant operating expense is relatively consistent each quarter of the year.
         
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
    2013   2012
    (Unaudited, in millions)
Plant Operating Expenses:            
Plant maintenance (a)   $ 88   $ 81
All other     184     179
Plant operating expenses   $ 272   $ 260
             
(a) Plant maintenance costs include our internal maintenance team and non-facility employee costs for facility scheduled and unscheduled maintenance and repair expenses.
   
   
   
Exhibit 11A  
Covanta Holding Corporation - Americas Segment  
Statistics - (Unaudited, in millions, except percentages)  
   
Boiler Availability            
             
    Last Twelve Months
as of March 31,
 
    2013     2012  
EfW Facilities     92.5%       91.9%  
                 
Waste and Service Revenue                
         
    Three Months Ended
March 31,
 
    2013     2012  
Waste and service revenue unrelated to project debt   $ 220     $ 225  
Revenue earned explicitly to service project debt - principal     8       10  
Revenue earned explicitly to service project debt - interest     1       2  
Total waste and service revenue   $ 229     $ 237  
                 
                         
Energy Revenue and Megawatt Hours (MWh) At Market and Contracted by Facility Type
     
    Three Months Ended March 31,
    2013   2012
    Revenue (a)   Volume (a), (b)   % of Total Volume   Revenue (a)   Volume (a), (b)   % of Total Volume
EfW                            
  At Market   $ 7   0.17   12%   $ 16   0.31   23%
  Contracted & Hedged     74   1.05   74%     57   0.85   63%
Total EfW   $ 81   1.22   86%   $ 73   1.16   86%
Biomass                            
  At Market   $ 7   0.11   8%   $ 3   0.11   8%
  Contracted     7   0.09   6%     8   0.08   6%
Total Biomass   $ 14   0.20   14%   $ 11   0.19   14%
Total   $ 95   1.42   100%   $ 84   1.35   100%
                             
(a) Covanta share only
(b) Steam sales converted to MWh equivalents (0.2M MWh for both 2013 and 2012)
   
   
Projected Energy Megawatt Hours (MWh) At Market and Contracted by Facility Type (a)
     
    Full Year 2013E
As of April 1, 2013
EfW    
  At Market   0.9
  Contracted & Hedged   4.5
Total EfW   5.4
Biomass (b)    
  At Market   0.4
  Contracted   0.4
Total Biomass   0.8
Total   6.2
     
(a) Covanta share only
(b) Additional 0.3 million MWh of Biomass energy is economically dispatched, but available to run
   
   
   
Exhibit 11B
Covanta Holding Corporation - Americas Segment
Statistics - (Unaudited, in millions, except percentages, metal tons (in thousands), and pricing data in Economic Drivers Section)
 
 
Recycled Metal Net Revenue by Type (a)        
    Last Twelve Months
as of March 31,
    2013   2012
Ferrous Metal   $ 55   $ 63
Non-Ferrous Metal     13     14
Total   $ 68   $ 77
             
(a) Covanta share only
         
         
Recycled Metal Net Tons Recovered by Type (a),(b)
         
    Last Twelve Months
as of March 31,
    2013   2012
Ferrous Metal   300.0   319.3
Non-Ferrous Metal   14.8   14.5
Total   314.8   333.8
         
(a) Net volume: Covanta share only
(b) Tons in thousands
                 
                 
Published Industry U.S. Economic Drivers (a)  
    As of March 31,  
    2013     2012  
Consumer Price Index (b)     1.5 %     2.7 %
PJM Pricing (Electricity) (c)   $ 44.82     $ 31.93  
Henry Hub Pricing (Natural Gas) (d)   $ 3.49     $ 2.46  
#1 HMS Pricing (Ferrous Metals) (e)   $ 350     $ 411  
Scrap Metals - Old Sheet & Old Cast (f)   $ 0.74     $ 0.74  
   
(a) While these drivers impact our business, there is not an exact correlation between our results and changes in these metrics.
(b) Represents the year-over-year percent change in the Headline CPI number. The Consumer Price Index (CPI-U) data is provided by the U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics.
(c) Average price per MWh for Q1 2013 and Q1 2012. Pricing for the PJM PSEG Zone is provided by the PJM ISO.
(d) Average price per MMBtu for Q1 2013 and Q1 2012. The Henry Hub Pricing data is provided by the Natural Gas Weekly Update, Energy Information Administration, Washington, DC. Nebraska Energy Office, Lincoln, NE.
(e) Average price per gross ton for Q1 2013 and Q1 2012. The #1 Heavy Melt Steel (HMS) composite index ($/gross ton) price is published by American Metal Market.
(f) Average price per pound for Q1 2013 and Q1 2012. Calculated using high and low prices for Old Sheet & Old Cast Scrap Metals ($/lb) published by American Metal Market.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We use a number of different financial measures, both United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and non-GAAP, in assessing the overall performance of our business. To supplement our assessment of results prepared in accordance with GAAP, we use the measures of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, and Adjusted EPS, which are non-GAAP measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, and Adjusted EPS as described below, and used in the tables above, are not intended as a substitute or as an alternative to net loss, cash flow provided by operating activities or diluted loss per share as indicators of our performance or liquidity or any other measures of performance or liquidity derived in accordance with GAAP. In addition, our non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes.

The presentations of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow and Adjusted EPS are intended to enhance the usefulness of our financial information by providing measures which management internally use to assess and evaluate the overall performance of its business and those of possible acquisition candidates, and highlight trends in the overall business.

Adjusted EBITDA

We use Adjusted EBITDA to provide further information that is useful to an understanding of the financial covenants contained in the credit facilities as of March 31, 2013 of our most significant subsidiary, Covanta Energy, through which we conduct our core waste and energy services business, and as additional ways of viewing aspects of its operations that, when viewed with the GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of our core business. The calculation of Adjusted EBITDA is based on the definition in Covanta Energy's credit facilities as of March 31, 2013, which we have guaranteed. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, as adjusted for additional items subtracted from or added to net loss. Because our business is substantially comprised of that of Covanta Energy, our financial performance is substantially similar to that of Covanta Energy. For this reason, and in order to avoid use of multiple financial measures which are not all from the same entity, the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA and other financial measures presented herein are ours, measured on a consolidated basis, less the results of operations of our insurance subsidiaries.

Under the credit facilities as of March 31, 2013, Covanta Energy is required to satisfy certain financial covenants, including certain ratios of which Adjusted EBITDA is an important component. Compliance with such financial covenants is expected to be the principal limiting factor which will affect our ability to engage in a broad range of activities in furtherance of our business, including making certain investments, acquiring businesses and incurring additional debt. Covanta Energy was in compliance with these covenants as of March 31, 2013. Failure to comply with such financial covenants could result in a default under these credit facilities, which default would have a material adverse affect on our financial condition and liquidity.

These financial covenants are measured on a trailing four quarter period basis and the material covenants are as follows:

  • maximum Covanta Energy leverage ratio of 4.00 to 1.00, which measures Covanta Energy's Consolidated Adjusted Debt (which is the principal amount of its consolidated debt less certain restricted funds dedicated to repayment of project debt principal and construction costs) to its Adjusted EBITDA (which for purposes of calculating the leverage ratio and interest coverage ratio, is adjusted on a pro forma basis for acquisitions and dispositions made during the relevant period); and

  • minimum Covanta Energy interest coverage ratio of 3.00 to 1.00, which measures Covanta Energy's Adjusted EBITDA to its consolidated interest expense plus certain interest expense of ours, to the extent paid by Covanta Energy.

In order to provide a meaningful basis for comparison, we are providing information with respect to our Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, reconciled for each such periods to net loss and cash flow provided by operating activities, which are believed to be the most directly comparable measures under GAAP.

Free Cash Flow

Free Cash Flow is defined as cash flow provided by operating activities, excluding the cash flow provided by or used in our insurance subsidiaries, less maintenance capital expenditures, which are capital expenditures primarily to maintain our existing facilities. We use the non-GAAP measure of Free Cash Flow as a criterion of liquidity and performance-based components of employee compensation. We use Free Cash Flow as a measure of liquidity to determine amounts we can reinvest in our core businesses, such as amounts available to make acquisitions, invest in construction of new projects, make principal payments on debt, or amounts we can return to our stockholders through dividends and/or stock repurchases.

In order to provide a meaningful basis for comparison, we are providing information with respect to our Free Cash Flow for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, reconciled for each such periods to cash flow provided by operating activities, which we believe to be the most directly comparable measure under GAAP.

Adjusted EPS

Adjusted EPS excludes certain income and expense items that are not representative of our ongoing business and operations, which are included in the calculation of Diluted Earnings Per Share in accordance with GAAP. The following items are not all-inclusive, but are examples of reconciling items in prior comparative and future periods. They would include the results of operations of our insurance subsidiaries, write-off of assets and liabilities, the effect of derivative instruments not designated as hedging instruments, significant gains or losses from the disposition or restructuring of businesses, gains and losses on assets held for sale, transaction-related costs, income and loss on the extinguishment of debt and other significant items that would not be representative of our ongoing business.

We will use the non-GAAP measure of Adjusted EPS to enhance the usefulness of our financial information by providing a measure which management internally uses to assess and evaluate the overall performance and highlight trends in the ongoing business.

In order to provide a meaningful basis for comparison, we are providing information with respect to our Adjusted EPS for the three months ended March 31, 2013 and 2012, reconciled for each such periods to diluted loss per share, which is believed to be the most directly comparable measure under GAAP.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this press release constitute "forward-looking" statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (the "Securities Act"), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"), the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "PSLRA") or in releases made by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), all as may be amended from time to time. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Covanta Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries ("Covanta") or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by, among other things, the use of forward-looking language, such as the words "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "project," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "seeks," or "scheduled to," or other similar words, or the negative of these terms or other variations of these terms or comparable language, or by discussion of strategy or intentions. These cautionary statements are being made pursuant to the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and the PSLRA with the intention of obtaining the benefits of the "safe harbor" provisions of such laws. Covanta cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made by us are not guarantees or indicative of future performance. Important factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • fluctuations in the prices of energy, waste disposal, scrap metal and commodities;
  • adoption of new laws and regulations in the United States and abroad, including energy laws, environmental laws, labor laws and healthcare laws;
  • the fee structures of our contracts;
  • our ability to avoid adverse publicity relating to our business expansion efforts;
  • advances in technology; 
  • difficulties in the operation of our facilities, including fuel supply and energy delivery interruptions, failure to obtain regulatory approvals, equipment failures, labor disputes and work stoppages, and weather interference and catastrophic events;
  • failure to maintain historical performance levels at our facilities and our ability to retain the rights to operate facilities we do not own;
  • difficulties in the financing, development and construction of new projects and expansions, including increased construction costs and delays;
  • our ability to realize the benefits of long-term business development and bear the costs of business development over time;
  • the scalability of our business;
  • limits of insurance coverage;
  • our ability to avoid defaults under our long-term contracts;
  • performance of third parties under our contractual arrangements and such third parties' observance of laws and regulations;
  • concentration of suppliers and customers;
  • geographic concentration of facilities;
  • increased competitiveness in the energy and waste industries;
  • changes in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • limitations imposed by our existing indebtedness and our ability to perform our financial obligations and guarantees and to refinance our existing indebtedness;
  • exposure to counterparty credit risk and instability of financial institutions in connection with financing transactions;
  • our ability to utilize net operating loss carryforwards;
  • restrictions in our certificate of incorporation and debt documents regarding strategic alternatives;
  • failures of disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting;
  • our ability to attract and retain talented people;
  • general economic conditions in the United States and abroad, including the availability of credit and debt financing and market conditions at the time our contracts expire; and
  • other risks and uncertainties affecting our businesses described in Item 1A. Risk Factors of Covanta's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012 and in other filings by Covanta with the SEC.

Although we believe that our plans, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from a projection or assumption in any of our forward-looking statements. Our future financial condition and results of operations, as well as any forward-looking statements, are subject to change and inherent risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof and we do not have, or undertake, any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or otherwise, unless otherwise required by law.

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