Harsco sees Q4 including non-recurring items from infrastructure transaction

November 7, 2013

The company expects Q4 will include a number of non-recurring items related to the Infrastructure transaction. These include restructuring charges to address stranded Infrastructure costs and to reduce overall corporate overhead costs; an adjustment to the impairment charge recorded in Q3; and transaction-related costs. In addition, the precise timing of the Infrastructure transaction close and subsequent impact on the company's equity income from the joint venture, as well as its impact on the company's non-cash tax rate are not known at this time. Therefore, the company is providing fourth quarter guidance for operating income for its continuing businesses, excluding these items. Metals & Minerals' revenues for the fourth quarter are expected to grow in the low-single digits and operating income is anticipated to increase in the high-single digits versus the prior year quarter. This outlook reflects growth from higher-return contracts coming on line and modest growth in liquid steel tonnage. Rail's revenues are expected to decline approximately 30% from a very strong prior-year quarter. This outlook reflects the effects of quarter-to-quarter timing of equipment deliveries, specifically the very strong fourth quarter of 2012 that was driven by deliveries to the China Railway Corporation. Despite the anticipated revenue decline, operating margin is anticipated to be in the low-double digits, reflecting strong aftermarket parts sales focus and a continued focus on driving operational efficiencies. Industrial's revenues are expected to be essentially flat with the prior-year quarter. Operating margin is expected to be in the mid-to-high teens. This business continues to see similar business dynamics as the third quarter, led by stronger grating and boiler sales. The company expects operating income from the Metals & Minerals, Rail and Industrial segments to range from $37M-$42M in Q4, excluding special items. This outlook reflects the aforementioned segment-specific factors, as well as $2M-$3M of expenses for ongoing strategic consulting services.