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Edited Transcript of AEGN earnings conference call or presentation 2-Aug-18 1:30pm GMT

Q2 2018 Aegion Corp Earnings Call

Chesterfield Aug 15, 2018 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of Aegion Corp earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 1:30:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants


* Charles R. Gordon

Aegion Corporation - President, CEO & Director

* David F. Morris

Aegion Corporation - Executive VP & CFO

* Katie D. Cason

Aegion Corporation - VP FP&A & IR


Conference Call Participants


* Aaron Michael Spychalla

Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Associate Analyst

* Michael Hagan

* Noelle Christine Dilts

Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - VP & Analyst

* William James Newby

D.A. Davidson & Co., Research Division - Research Associate




Operator [1]


Good morning, and welcome to Aegion Corporation's Second Quarter 2018 Earnings Call. (Operator Instructions) As a reminder, this event is being recorded.

It is my pleasure to turn the call over to Katie Cason, Vice President of Finance and Investor Relations. Katie, you may proceed.


Katie D. Cason, Aegion Corporation - VP FP&A & IR [2]


Good morning, and thank you for joining us today. On the line with me are: Chuck Gordon, Aegion's president and Chief Executive Officer; and David Morris, Aegion's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. We posted a presentation that will be referenced during the prepared remarks on Aegion's website at aegion.com/investor/webcast.

You will find our Safe Harbor statement in the presentation and the press release issued yesterday evening. During this conference call and in the presentation materials the company will make forward-looking statements, which are inherently subject to risks and uncertainty. The company does not assume the duty to update forward-looking statements. With that, I'll now turn the call over to Chuck Gordon.


Charles R. Gordon, Aegion Corporation - President, CEO & Director [3]


Thank you, Katie, and good morning to everyone joining us on the call today. For those following along with the slides we posted this morning, let's start on Slide 3 of the presentation.

Aegion delivered second quarter adjusted EPS of $0.34, which was above prior year results that included significant contribution for more than $40 million in revenues related to the large deepwater project.

Year-to-date, we've achieved $0.46 of adjusted EPS, and we are reaffirming our full-year outlook for adjusted EPS growth of at least 30% over 2017 levels.

Confidence in our outlook is underpinned by ongoing market strength for our core businesses, as well as: one, our record North America Rehab CIPP backlog position; continued productivity improvements in the cathodic protection business; and 3, significant remaining work in backlog on the large international robotic coating projects.

Looking more closely at the second quarter, our results benefited from several key drivers: first, we saw topline strength within the Infrastructure Solutions driven by a higher number of crews within our core North America wastewater business that grew contracting revenues more than 10% over the prior year; and even with this strong Q2 revenue burn, we ended the quarter with North America wastewater business in a record backlog position.

Additionally, we saw another quarter of strong demand for our pressure pipe offers led by Fusible PVC products, which drove year-to-date orders and revenues sharply higher than prior year.

Second, we continue to execute success during the large Middle East robotic coding project.

Although the changes in customers' scheduling for these projects have shifted more earnings in this back half of the year, the nearly 60% of work completed to date has gone very well at margins in line with our projections.

Also, within Corrosion Protection, the cathodic protection business continues to show strong year-over-year improvements, particularly within the U.S. where we've seen nearly a 600 basis point year-over-year improvement in gross margins through the first 6 months.

Finally, we saw 6 consecutive quarters of improved year-over-year performance from the Energy Services segment.

These favorable drivers overcame underperformance in our Denmark and Australia CIPP contracting operations, where adjusted operating losses totaled $1 million in the quarter and nearly $2.5 million year-to-date.

That's $0.06 of year-to-date losses on 2 businesses accounted for less than 3% of total revenues. As a result of continued underperformance and our long-term outlook for these businesses, we've made a decision to exit CIPP contracting in the Denmark and Australia markets.

If you turn to Slide 4, I'll provide an update on lease and other strategic actions. We initiated restructuring programs in both countries during the third quarter of 2017, which included a consolidation of regional offices to drive more centralized oversight and consistency the right sizing of overheads to match market demand and multiple leadership changes.

In Australia, we've seen strong improvements in the business over the last several months, and first half gross margins are back in the double-digit range compared to losses in the prior year.

We feel good about the market potential improvements made in the business and believe that business would be better suited for a local player that should realize greater operating leverage as part of a larger portfolio.

We began an active sales process in May and are currently undergoing management meetings with multiple interested parties.

We're targeting a structure that would position Aegion with a long-term tube supply agreement as we look to expand our third-party sales capabilities.

We expect to complete a successful transaction by the end of the year. In Denmark, results have been more challenging, although restructuring efforts have reduced the fixed overhead structure for the business with a revenue of less than $10 million. We are unable to project enough volume to utilize operating leverage and generating an acceptable margin profile for this business in the near term or over the next several years.

We expect to exit Denmark contracting activities by the end of the year, either through divestiture or shutdown of the operations.

In addition to the exit of CIPP contracting in Denmark and Australia, we're evaluating Aegion's footprint outside of the U.S. and Canada where we have been successful in many areas exporting our prudent technologies and marketing expertise outside of North America. We must ensure we're doing business in the right markets with the right operating model, risk profile and return on investment opportunity to serve the long-term interest of our shareholders, customers and employees worldwide.

Our restructuring efforts to the Fyfe North America business are a good example of this type of operating model review.

We exited the nonpipe contract application of our Tyfo/Fibrwrap app technology in North America and re-focused our expertise in fiber-reinforced polymers to promote third-party product sales and provide technical engineering support.

We shed the construction side of the business where we didn't have the right scale to manage our risk and focused on the higher value engineering support and sales.

As a result, the business has been a stable earnings contributed this year at significantly improved margins.

We are in final negotiations to complete the Bayou divestiture and expect to complete the transaction by mid- to late August.

The prospect of tariffs on imported steel pipe contributed to land the transaction, while the buyer digested the potential impact on the business.

With that update on restructuring initiatives, I'll walk through our outlook for each segment. Starting with Infrastructure Solutions on Slide 5.

New orders in the second quarter declined 11%, primarily due to exiting Fyfe North America structural contracting business as well as some weaknesses in Europe and Australia.

However, record orders from the NAR CIPP business brought their June 30 backlog to more than $300 million at margins in line with prior year levels.

Total segment backlog of $376 million is in line with the prior year and positions us very well for the next 6 to 9 months.

In North America Rehabilitation, our crew count is up 10% from the prior year, which has been a driver for revenue growth year-to-date. However, gross margins year to date have been below expectations due to several factors.

First, we discussed last quarter a significant impact from severe weather, which cost us approximately 10% of scheduled installation footage in the first quarter.

Second, we've seen a rise in labor and fuel rates that impacted work on projects awarded late last year. While we can factor these increases into our future estimates, we face near-term pressure and inflationary periods on our margins and backlog, which tend to cover about 6 months of work.

Additionally, despite the higher overall footage installed due to crew additions, we've seen lower productivity trends as our newer teams come up the learning curve towards full capacity.

These productivity losses manifest themselves in site readiness, delays, equipment challenges and slower installation times leading to project write-downs.

We've developed strong operating systems for our wastewater installation business, and generally, manage the learning curve without disruption, when crews are added at a measured pace over time.

However, the expansion of crews has been significant in a short timeframe to serve the strong growth in new orders from last year.

We've been aggressively addressing these issues by placing more experienced management with the newer crews, upgrading project management and retraining where necessary. In response, trends in June and July have improved sharply, and we expect these challenges to be largely behind us as we end the second half of the year.

We've updated our full year 2018 guidance for the platform to factor in these year-to-date trends. We still expect to see revenue in the low- to mid-single-digit range, however, we now expect the 50 to 100 basis point operating margin improvement over 2017 levels, a reduction from our previous guidance of 100 to 200 basis of the -- points of improvement.

This revised guidance factors in the NAR CIPP performance I just highlighted, as well as losses in Denmark and Australia.

To deliver these targets, we will need to see continued second half revenue growth and a sharp improvement in profitability trends.

I believe we're taking the right actions, both in the NAR business as well as internationally, to achieve these targets.

Shifting the Corrosion Protection on Slide 6. The backlog decline as of June 30 was primarily driven by work completed on the large international field joint coating project, as well as the roll-off of $10 million in pipeline and projects in Central and South America that were booked in Q2 2017.

Within the industrial linings business, activity has picked up in July and we recently booked orders for additional work in the U.S., Canada and internationally, including the 3-year contract in the Middle East, where we'll be installing more than 500 miles of Tite Liner product.

We're approximately 60% complete on the large international robotic coating project valued at more than $35 million.

You may recall that we had previously forecasted this project to be substantially complete by the end of Q2. Most of the remaining work is to be completed offshore, where we're locating on a large -- a lay barge using our robots to coat the interior diameter of the welds.

While the pace of our work is set by the customers' pipeline operation, our revenues based on a combination of time and activity-based billing rates, so the extension in project timing has not unfavorably impacted us. We currently expect the majority of this work to be completed in the second half with the potential for some work into early 2019.

This project is a critical contributor to overall results in FY '18 and has met financial expectations to date.

We're also completing work on another $8 million international coating project that was awarded in March of this year and will be completed over the next 6 months.

The outlook for the cathodic protection business is favorable as well. We saw strong year-over-year improvement in the second quarter with U.S. gross margins nearly double the prior year.

Margins are approaching historical levels we saw in 2015 and '16, due to improvements in all key revenue streams, giving us further confidence in the turnaround of this business following significant operational challenges in 2017.

The majority of our work in U.S. is performed in the second half of the year and the sales funnel is strong, which we expect to drive a significant increase in earnings.

For the full year 2018 outlook, we continue to expect Corrosion Protection segment revenues to decline 10% to 15%, reflecting the lost contribution from the deepwater project.

Excluding the project, revenues are projected to increase approximately 15%, slightly down from our previous projections due to some project slippage in the linings business.

Adjusted operating margins are now expected to be in the 3.5% to 4% range, driven by improvements in our cathodic protection businesses and up slightly from our previous guidance due to the margin performance on the large international field joint coating projects.

Shifting to Energy Services on Slide 7. Backlog at June 30 increased 2% from the prior year, driven by increases in maintenance and construction services and despite the [role] of nearly $20 million of backlog related to 2 refinery maintenance agreements expiring at the end of this year.

We expect to renew these agreements in the second half of the year but until negotiations are complete, the related backlog will continue to taper off at a $3 million-per-month pace.

This business continues to perform very well and improved execution in the construction business drove second quarter gross margins higher than the prior year.

We are able to maintain operating margins in line with the prior year, despite investments and overhead demands, multiple labor transitions to the trade this year, as well as to continue growing our specialty service offerings.

For the full year, we're raising our expectation for top line growth to reflect favorable trends year-to-date. We now expect revenue growth in the mid- to single-digit range with operating margin improvement of 75 to 150 basis points.

That wraps a review of the markets and outlook for each segment. As I mentioned earlier, we're still targeting adjusted EPS for the full year of at least 30%, which implies a significant increase in the second half earnings.

I've highlighted the key drivers of this growth, including: one, our record NAR CIPP backlog position and improving productivity trends; two, continued strength in cathodic protection as we roll into peak season for this business; three, significant work remaining on the large international coating projects; and four, performance on the multiple Tite Liner awards.

We will also look to exit the Australia and Denmark CIPP contracting businesses in a timely manner to limit additional losses from those businesses.

We will provide updates in the coming months as we work through these processes as well as our assessment for our remaining international footprint.

With that, I'm happy to turn the call over to David for his perspective on our results and additional outlook commentary for the remainder of 2018. David?


David F. Morris, Aegion Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [4]


Thank you, Chuck. And good morning to everyone on the call.

Looking more at the second quarter results, let's move to Slide 8.

Aegion delivered adjusted diluted earnings per share of $0.34 in the second quarter, compared to $0.33 in Q2 '17.

As Chuck highlighted, positive income drivers for the quarter included: topline strength from Infrastructure Solutions, strong performance on the international coatings projects, improved contribution from the cathodic protection business and solid results from Energy Services.

Additionally, total operating expenses were down nearly $5 million from Q2 '17, as a result of our restructuring initiatives and cost containment efforts.

These favorable earnings drivers helped to offset losses in Denmark and Australia and lower-than-expected performance in our industrial linings business due to project delays.

At the topline, revenues for the quarter were down $20 million or 6% from the prior year, largely due to the loss of more than $40 million in revenues from the large deepwater project completed in 2017.

The majority of work on this large project was spread over the first and second quarters of last year at a margin profile well in excess of our typical business.

As such, the comparisons of our key metrics within the consolidated P&L reflect the impacts of this lost contribution. Excluding this project, adjusted operating income increased across all segments. I'll discuss those drivers more fully in a moment.

Touching on a couple of additional items below operating income for the quarter, noncontrolling interest saw a favorable pick up compared to the prior year, primarily due to higher minority interest in 2017 associated with the Deepwater project.

We also benefited in Q2 '18 from a lower adjusted effective tax rate of 26% compared to 30% in Q2 '17, primarily driven by lower expected rates in the U.S. as a result of the tax legislation passed late last year.

I'll now turn to the segment reviews, starting with Infrastructure Solutions on Slide 9. Revenues increased to 8% year-over-year or $12 million, primarily driven by higher North America CIPP volumes as a result of our crew expansion to serve new order growth.

Additionally, we saw another quarter of strong growth for our Fusible PVC products, as we make progress on our efforts to expand in the pressure pipe market.

Topline growth grow -- segment gross profit 5% higher than the prior year. However, gross margins declined 80 basis points, primarily due to the challenges within the North America CIPP business that Chuck outlined previously, including rising labor and fuel cost and reduced probability from newer crews as they come up the learning curve.

Operating margins increased to 190 basis points, driven by more than a $2 million reduction in the SG&A expenses due to our restructuring efforts in Fyfe North America, Australia and Denmark.

With improving productivity trends in the North America CIPP business and plans to exit Australia and Denmark, we expect operating margins to improve significantly in the second half of the year relative to the first half performance.

Turning to Corrosion Protection on Slide 10. Revenues declined 25% or $31 million, primarily due to the absence of the deepwater project completed in 2017.

Excluding this project, revenues increased more than 10%, largely driven by the large international field joint coating projects.

Revenues for cathodic protection were on par with the prior year, and we saw a decline in industrial linings revenues due to project delays.

Corrosion Protection, adjusted gross margins and adjusted operating margins declined 240 and 490 basis points, respectively, driven by the loss contribution from the deepwater project.

Margins were also impacted by the lower industrial linings volume in the quarter. However, declines were partially offset by strong performance on the large international coating project as well as significant improvements in the cathodic protection business, which added 600 basis point improvement in both adjusted gross margins and adjusted operating margins in the quarter.

We expect second half margins to increase as volumes pickup seasonally with the cathodic protection business and as we execute work on multiple recent Tite Liner rewards.

I'll wrap up the operating discussion with Energy Services on Slide 11.

Revenues for the second quarter dipped slightly from the prior year as expected the declines in turnaround activity were offset by higher maintenance and construction business.

Gross margins improved to 110 basis points, driven primarily by improved performance on construction projects. SG&A expenses increased approximately $800,000 compared to Q2 '17, driven by a higher overhead structure to support continued refinery labor transitions as well as investments to grow our specialty service offerings.

We expect the majority of refinery transitions to be completed by the end of this year, and then should be able to realize additional efficiencies in spending.

That wraps our review of each of the segments. Now let's review our year-to-date cash performance on Slide 12.

We generated cash flow from operating activities of $10.2 million in the first half compared to a net usage during the same period last year, despite lower reported net income.

Improvements were driven by lower working capital usage, which was significantly higher in the prior year due to the timing of collections related to the large deepwater projects.

We spent nearly $19 million for share repurchases during the first half of the year, which included open market purchases of approximately 548,000 shares for $13.2 million and an additional $5.4 million spent to acquire approximately 224,000 shares related to employee tax obligations in connection with divesting of employee equity compensation awards.

We spent $14 million in capital expenditures and continue to target a range of $30 million to $35 million for the full year.

We funded net debt repayments of $4 million and spent $3 million for a small asset acquisition within our indusial linings business.

The full value of the acquisition is $6 million with the remaining $3 million to be funded in the third quarter.

We ended the quarter with $76 million in cash. This balance is lower than historical norms, primarily due to payment processing delays at one of our larger West Coast customers near quarter-end that held up approximately $5 million in outstanding receivables. The delays, which we believe have now been resolved, were associated with the customer's implementation of a new payment system.

Looking forward, we expect operating cash flows to increase sharply in the second half of the year, driven by our strong earnings outlook.

Overall, our cash usage year-to-date has aligned with our capital allocation priorities of debt repayment, capital investments and share repurchases. We plan to use the majority of proceeds from the expected Bayou transaction for further debt repayment on our revolver borrowings.

Turning to Slide 13. I'll walk through the components of our consolidated full-year outlook that drive our expectations for adjusted EPS growth of more than 30% in 2018.

We've achieved year-to-date adjusted earnings per share of $0.46 and expect a significant increase in earnings in the half -- second half, split largely evenly over the next 2 quarters to achieve our full-year targets.

We continue to expect total revenues to be essentially flat with 2017's record results, offsetting the absence in 2018 of approximately $95 million in revenues in 2017 from the large deepwater project.

We expect adjusted gross margins and adjusted operating margin improvements of approximately 50 basis points, driven by improvements in the restructured businesses and in the U.S. cathodic protection business.

We've reduced this guidance from our previous 50 to 100 basis point range to reflect the lower margins, year-to-date, primarily within the Infrastructure Solutions segment.

Operational spend as a percentage of revenue is expected to remain in line with 2017 levels at approximately 16%, and we continue to expect the interest expense in the $13.5 million to $14.5 million range.

Income attributable noncontrolling interest is now expected to be approximately $1 million, down from our previous range due to a change in earnings mix from our joint ventures.

And we still expect our adjusted effective tax rate to be between 23% and 24%.

For our 2017 restructuring initiatives, we have incurred $118 million in charges to date, inclusive of $86 million in impairment charges reported in 2017, and expect total restructuring related impairment charges related to our previously announced actions to be approximately $120 million, including charges -- cash charges of approximately $20 million.

Additional cash and noncash charges may be incurred as a result of the decisions announced today to exit the CIPP contracting operations in Australia and Denmark and pending the outcome of our assessment of our remaining international operations.

Additionally, we're continuing to review options to simplify our operating and tax organizational structure, which we believe will result in a simplified organizational structure with improved operating leverage. We expect all of these activities and related charges under the 2017 restructuring to be completed by the end of the year.

That wraps a review of our second quarter results and outlook for the remainder of the year. With

that, operator, at this time, we would be pleased to take questions.


Questions and Answers


Operator [1]


(Operator Instructions) Our first question comes from Bill Newby with D.A. Davidson.


William James Newby, D.A. Davidson & Co., Research Division - Research Associate [2]


Just a couple of questions on the IS business, following these -- I guess strategic decisions. Are you -- can you give us the stand -- or I guess, the standalone margin, excluding the Australia and Denmark businesses?

I guess what you expect that business to generate on a go-forward basis, of what you're keeping?


Charles R. Gordon, Aegion Corporation - President, CEO & Director [3]


I think what we gave for the margin improvement carries about that there's probably for the year going to be around a 500 -- I'm sorry, about a 50 basis point improvement, we would expect on an ongoing basis as we exit those 2 businesses.


William James Newby, D.A. Davidson & Co., Research Division - Research Associate [4]


Okay. So I guess, as we look forward for the next 2 to 3 years, I guess, mid-7s on the operating basis is what you can expect that...


Charles R. Gordon, Aegion Corporation - President, CEO & Director [5]


No. We would -- I think we will actually expect it to be higher than that. We have -- remember that we had what we believe is an unusual weather pattern in the first half of the year. We've brought on 10% more crews. And we're also in a period where we've had significant oil price increases, which impacts our fuel and impacts some of our materials or chemicals.

What happens is as those prices stabilize, now we we've built all those increases into our bids without affecting our win rate, so that a bit -- that's also passed us. So going forward, I would expect the margins to be significantly higher than what we're projecting for this year.


William James Newby, D.A. Davidson & Co., Research Division - Research Associate [6]


Okay, that's helpful. And then, I guess on the backlog there, can you -- is there any way to quantify the headwind from the Fyfe exit? I guess, what that backlog would be on a like-for-like basis?


David F. Morris, Aegion Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [7]


On a year-over-year basis, we're probably down $10 million to $12 million associated with the exit of the nonpipe structural side of the Fyfe business.


Operator [8]


And our next question comes from Eric Stine with Craig-Hallum.


Aaron Michael Spychalla, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Associate Analyst [9]


It's Aaron Spychalla for Eric. Maybe, first on Australia and Denmark, over the last couple of quarters, it sounded like you were turning the corner and there maybe specifically, more in Australia. Can you just kind of talk about what changed there to bring on these actions?


Charles R. Gordon, Aegion Corporation - President, CEO & Director [10]


So in Australia -- first of all both businesses, we weren't in a position to exit until very recently, because we had some legacy issues that we needed to resolve in terms of work that we had previously done. And we completed -- we've completed most of that -- almost all that work during the first half of '18, so now we're in a position to exit.

But the second thing is, in Australia in particular, I think that could be a nice small business. It's -- but it does not offer us the ability to leverage any kind of operating expenses because of its location. And we just feel like, it's -- a better plan for us is to be a tube supplier and a technology provider to a local construction company or a local organization that has a better opportunity to leverage overhead.


Aaron Michael Spychalla, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Associate Analyst [11]


Understood. And then, I mean, there in Australia, is there any -- do you expect any kind of money from that transaction? Or like you're saying, is it more really of the third-party tube sales?


Charles R. Gordon, Aegion Corporation - President, CEO & Director [12]


Yes. We've been going through a sales process and we do expect a nominal amount of cash for the business.


Aaron Michael Spychalla, Craig-Hallum Capital Group LLC, Research Division - Associate Analyst [13]


Okay. Sounds good. And then, maybe lastly for me on the corrosion side of things, can you just talk about the pipeline there, now that we have a little bit left on those 2 large projects? In the past you've kind of talked about some other projects that you thought you could see some order activity in the near term. So maybe just an update there please?


Charles R. Gordon, Aegion Corporation - President, CEO & Director [14]


Yes. I think, as I look at the year, the thing that pushed back the most were the some of the Tite Liner projects. And those -- we had a very good month in June. We followed up with a nice month in July.

And as we look out, going forward, we see a nice opportunity for the Tite Liner business. I would also say that in our cathodic protection business, particularly in the U.S. where we had significant operating issues last year, the business is performing exceptionally well. And there we have -- we feel like we're back on track from an execution standpoint, while we have very solid backlog going into the second half, the funnel looks extremely strong.

So as we enter the second half the year, which is traditionally the best part of the year for that business, we feel very confident that going forward that business is going to perform very well.

So both those businesses, we continue to see upside. In our coating services businesses, particularly the robotics piece of it, the funnel remains strong. Those -- we won't see another $30 million project. But there are several projects sort of in that $5 million to $10 million range that are part of the funnel going into the second half of the year.

So overall, the CP funnel remains very strong. We're not going to have the big project that we had in 2017 or the big one that we had in '16. But I think the overall health of the business and the overall run rate of the business is going to be very strong. And we are, particularly excited, again, by the way the cathodic protection services business is executing.


Operator [15]


And our next question comes from Noelle Dilts with Stifel.


Noelle Christine Dilts, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - VP & Analyst [16]


I was just a little bit late dialing in, so I apologize if you've addressed some of these things. But you mentioned a few times that labor and kind of bring on new crews and CIPP is driving some inefficiency.

So can you give us a sense of -- I think, that the growth outlook for that market is still pretty solid, so how do we think about that kind of resolving as you move forward? Or is it going to be a drag as you move into 2019?


Charles R. Gordon, Aegion Corporation - President, CEO & Director [17]


We think we've actually moved forward now. We had a -- we had very good execution in June. I think July is going to be a good month for us and what happens, Noelle, is typically when we bring these crews on, and we're up about 10% year-over-year in crews.

We don't have a problem bringing on 1 or 2 crews at a time. In this case, we brought on 6 or 7 crews. And it stressed the organization. But typically, it takes a crew about 6 months to get up to full speed. And most of these crews are at that point now.

So we feel pretty confident going into the second half of the year. We've got record backlog in our -- and the crews are up to speed. We saw a really good productivity in July. And so we feel like those issues are behind us.


Noelle Christine Dilts, Stifel, Nicolaus & Company, Incorporated, Research Division - VP & Analyst [18]


Got it. And then in terms of the -- with the new elements of the restructuring plan, it looks like you still maintained the kind of somewhat north of $20 million of savings target. Was there anything that's kind of tracking below your expectations? Or was that just because it's somewhat of a more general number?


David F. Morris, Aegion Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [19]


Yes. That's general with respect to the actions that we previously announced. However, both with respect to potential additional charges and any potential additional savings, certainly, the decision is to exit Denmark and Australia. In Australia, there will be charges associated with those. And then as we further examine our international footprint, yes, we would expect both additional restructuring charges there as well as additional cost savings associated with those actions. We'd be in a position that quantify those probably by the end of the third quarter.


Operator [20]


(Operator Instructions) Our next question comes from Craig Bibb with CJS Securities.


Michael Hagan, [21]


It's actually Mike Hagan for Craig.

Just real quick I wanted to see, do you guys have a ballpark selling price estimates for Bayou?


David F. Morris, Aegion Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [22]


Nothing that we're able to disclose at this time, no.


Michael Hagan, [23]


Okay. But assuming proceeds from that, can you just remind me again, what were the proceeds expected for in terms of either stock buyback or debt paydown?


David F. Morris, Aegion Corporation - Executive VP & CFO [24]


Yes. What we had previous said we did an amendment to our credit facility in February. And as part of that amendment, we've committed to apply net proceeds from the sale up to $38 million against the outstanding borrowings on the line of credit.

So most of any cash proceeds would go against the line of credit. And then any remaining proceeds would be for other general corporate purposes, which could include share repurchases.


Operator [25]


Thank you, and I'm showing no further questions in the queue at this time. I'd like to turn the call back over to Charles Gordon, President and CEO, for any closing remarks.


Charles R. Gordon, Aegion Corporation - President, CEO & Director [26]


Thank you, operator. We will continue to take the actions necessary to ensure we're best serving our stakeholders, including our employees, customers and shareholders globally.

At the halfway point of the year, we remain confident in our outlook for significant earnings growth in 2018, underpinned by continued strength in our core markets, including North America, CIPP, midstream pipeline protection and Energy Services.

We are excited about the strong earnings outlook for the second half of the year and look forward to providing additional updates in the next quarter. Thank you for joining us today and for your continued support of Aegion.


Operator [27]


Ladies and gentleman, thank you for participating in today's conference. This does conclude your program and you may all disconnect. Everyone, have a great day.