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Perma-Fix Reports 44% Increase in Revenue for 2020

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ATLANTA, March 29, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: PESI) (the “Company”) today announced results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2020.

2020 Financial Highlights:

  • Revenue for 2020 increased 43.5% to $105.4 million versus $73.5 million for the same period last year

  • Services Segment revenue increased 127.5% to $75.3 million for 2020 versus $33.1 million for 2019

  • Treatment Segment revenue decreased to $30.1 million versus $40.4 million for 2019

  • Gross profit for 2020 increased to $15.9 million versus $15.6 million for 2019

  • Net income attributable to common stockholders increased to $2.9 million, or $0.24 per share (basic) for 2020, compared to net income of $2.3 million or $0.19 per share (basic) for 2019

  • Generated adjusted EBITDA (defined below) of $5.4 million compared to $5.2 million for 2019 (see reconciliation to GAAP below)

Mark Duff, Chief Executive Officer, stated, “We achieved year-over-year growth of 28% and 44% for the fourth quarter and 2020, respectively, reflecting steady expansion of our Services Segment as we continued to execute on our strategic plan and business development initiatives. The growth in our Services Segment was offset by weakness in our Treatment Segment, as previously disclosed, due in large part to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although we continue to face some pandemic-related challenges in the first half of 2021, we remain optimistic about the outlook for the full year.”

“Looking ahead, we are actively bidding on a number of very large service projects. Moreover, we are rapidly advancing several initiatives within the Treatment Segment that we believe have the potential to significantly enhance our revenues, while establishing increased market share and large backlog for waste processing. In particular, we are making continued progress at Hanford regarding opportunities to leverage our advanced capabilities to solve large-scale waste management problems at the site. We believe our technologies and off-site processing capabilities provide a unique and cost-effective solution to addressing some of the country’s largest environmental remediation challenges, and we look forward to playing a major role in addressing these national priorities.”

COVID-19
Similar to most of the US, Perma-Fix is beginning to relax the COVID-19-related precautions associated with ongoing operations as more staff is vaccinated and the new cases continue to decline in our locations. However, the Company’s Treatment Segment continues to see delays in waste shipments from certain customers due to continued impacts of COVID-19 and the Services Segment is realizing delays in procurement actions which will push out funded backlog. As the situations surrounding COVID-19 remain fluid, the full impact and extent of the pandemic on the Company’s financial results cannot be estimated with any degree of certainty but appear to be subsiding towards the end of the second quarter of 2021. The Company is realizing pent-up demand in both segments, which has been reflected in the large increase in proposal requests throughout Q1 2021.

Financial Results

Fourth-Quarter 2020 Results
Revenue for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $28.3 million versus $22.1 million for the same period last year. Revenue from the Services Segment increased by $10.8 million to $22.6 million from $11.8 million for the same period in 2019. The increase in Services Segment revenues was attributed to more project work. Revenue for the Treatment Segment decreased approximately $4.6 million to $5.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2020 from $10.3 million for the corresponding period of 2019. The revenue decrease in the Treatment segment was the result of reduced volume from waste shipment delays from the impact of COVID-19 as well as lower average price which was impacted by waste mix.

Gross profit for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $3.2 million and $4.7 million for the fourth quarter of 2019.

Operating income for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $188,000 versus $1.2 million for the fourth quarter of 2019. Income from continuing operations for the fourth quarter of 2020 was approximately $100,000 as compared to income from continuing operations of $1.0 million for the corresponding period of 2019. Net loss attributable to common stockholders for the fourth quarter of 2020 was $10,000 as compared to net income attributable to common stockholders of $930,000 for the fourth quarter of 2019. Earnings per share (basic) attributable to common stockholders was $0.00 for the fourth quarter of 2020 as compared to income per share (basic) of $0.08 for the corresponding period of 2019.

2020 Financial Results
Revenue in 2020 was $105.4 million versus $73.5 million in 2019. Revenue from the Services Segment increased by $42.2 million to $75.3 million from $33.1 million in 2019. The increase in Services Segment revenues was attributed to more project work. Revenue for the Treatment Segment decreased approximately $10.3 million to $30.1 million in 2020 from $40.4 million in 2019. The revenue decrease in the Treatment segment was primarily the result of reduced volume from waste shipment delays from the impact of COVID-19.

Gross profit in 2020 was $15.9 million and $15.6 million in 2019.

Operating income in 2020 was $3.3 million versus $3.0 million in 2019. Income from continuing operations in 2020 was approximately $3.1 million as compared to income from continuing operations of $2.7 million in 2019. Net income attributable to common stockholders in 2020 was $2.9 million as compared to net income attributable to common stockholders of $2.3 million in 2019. Earnings per share (basic) attributable to common stockholders was $0.24 in 2020 as compared to income per share (basic) of $0.19 in 2019.

The Company’s Adjusted EBITDA at December 31, 2020 was approximately $5.4 million from continuing operations as compared to approximately $5.2 million for the corresponding period of 2019. The Company defines EBITDA as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA before research and development costs related to the Medical Isotope project and closure costs accrued for the Company’s East Tennessee Materials and Energy Corporation (“M&EC”) facility. Both EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of performance calculated in accordance with Accounting Principles Generally Accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), and should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, earnings as an indicator of operating performance or cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. The Company believes the presentation of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA is relevant and useful by enhancing the readers’ ability to understand the Company’s operating performance. The Company’s management utilizes EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as a means to measure performance. The Company’s measurements of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similar titled measures reported by other companies. The table below reconciles EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, both non-GAAP measures, to GAAP numbers for income from continuing operations for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2020 and 2019.

Quarter Ended

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

2020

2019

2020

2019

Income from continuing operations

$

100

$

1,014

$

3,149

$

2,732

Adjustments:

Depreciation & amortization

408

373

1,596

1,342

Interest income

(28

)

(72

)

(140

)

(337

)

Interest expense

92

139

398

432

Interest expense - financing fees

107

69

294

208

Income tax (benefit) expense

(61

)

58

(189

)

157

Loss on extinguishment of debt

27

EBITDA

618

1,581

5,135

4,534

Research and development costs related to

medical Isotope project

91

87

311

314

Closure costs accrued for M&EC subsidiary

330

Adjusted EBITDA

$

709

$

1,668

$

5,446

$

5,178

The tables below present certain financial information for the business segments, which exclude allocation of corporate expenses:

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2020

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(In thousands)

Treatment

Services

Medical

Treatment

Services

Medical

Net revenues

$

5,675

$

22,672

$

$

30,143

$

75,283

$

(Negative gross profit)/gross profit

(42

)

3,235

5,491

10,402

Segment (loss) profit

(983

)

2,660

(91

)

1,758

7,820

(311

)


Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

December 31, 2019

December 31, 2019

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

(In thousands)

Treatment

Services

Medical

Treatment

Services

Medical

Net revenues

$

10,285

$

11,796

$

$

40,364

$

33,095

$

Gross profit

3,326

1,329

12,248

3,336

Segment profit (loss)

2,189

478

(87

)

7,820

795

(314

)

Conference Call

Perma-Fix will host a conference call at 1:00 p.m. ET on Monday, March 29, 2021. A webcast of the call may be accessed at https://www.webcaster4.com/Webcast/Page/2243/40535 or on the Company’s website at www.perma-fix.com. The conference call will also be available via telephone by dialing toll free 877-876-9173 for U.S. callers, or +1 785-424-1667 for international callers. The conference call will be led by Mark J. Duff, Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Louis F. Centofanti, Executive Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, and Ben Naccarato, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc.

A webcast will also be archived on the Company’s website and a telephone replay of the call will be available approximately one hour following the call, through Monday, April 05, 2021, and can be accessed by calling: 877-481-4010 for U.S. callers, or 919-882-2331 for international callers and entering conference ID: 40535

About Perma-Fix Environmental Services

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. is a nuclear services company and leading provider of nuclear and mixed waste management services. The Company's nuclear waste services include management and treatment of radioactive and mixed waste for hospitals, research labs and institutions, federal agencies, including the U.S Department of Energy (“DOE”), the U.S Department of Defense (“DOD”), and the commercial nuclear industry. The Company’s nuclear services group provides project management, waste management, environmental restoration, decontamination and decommissioning, new build construction, and radiological protection, safety and industrial hygiene capability to our clients. The Company operates four nuclear waste treatment facilities and provides nuclear services at DOE, DOD, and commercial facilities, nationwide.

Please visit us at http://www.perma-fix.com.

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” which are based largely on the Company's expectations and are subject to various business risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control. Forward-looking statements generally are identifiable by use of the words such as “believe”, “expects”, “intends”, “anticipate”, “plans to”, “estimates”, “projects”, and similar expressions. Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to: strategic plan and business development initiatives; impact of COVID-19 pandemic; demand for our services; outlook for the full year; enhance revenues; increase market share and large backlog for waste processing; our technologies and off-site processing capabilities; and end of second quarter of 2021. These forward-looking statements are intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. While the Company believes the expectations reflected in this news release are reasonable, it can give no assurance such expectations will prove to be correct. There are a variety of factors which could cause future outcomes to differ materially from those described in this release, including, without limitation, future economic conditions; industry conditions; competitive pressures; our ability to apply and market our new technologies; the government or such other party to a contract granted to us fails to abide by or comply with the contract or to deliver waste as anticipated under the contract; inability to win bid projects; Congress fails to provides continuing funding for the DOD’s and DOE’s remediation projects; inability to obtain new foreign and domestic remediation contracts; inability to meet financial covenants; impact of the COVID-19; and the “Risk Factors” discussed in, and the additional factors referred to under "Special Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements" of, our 2020 Form 10-K. The Company makes no commitment to disclose any revisions to forward-looking statements, or any facts, events or circumstances after the date hereof that bear upon forward-looking statements.

Please visit us on the World Wide Web at http://www.perma-fix.com.

FINANCIAL TABLES FOLLOW

Contacts:
David K. Waldman-US Investor Relations
Crescendo Communications, LLC
(212) 671-1021

Herbert Strauss-European Investor Relations
herbert@eu-ir.com
+43 316 296 316

PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

Three Months Ended

Twelve Months Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2020

2019

2020

2019

(Amounts in Thousands, Except for Per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

Net revenues

$

28,347

$

22,081

$

105,426

$

73,459

Cost of goods sold

25,154

17,426

89,533

57,875

Gross profit

3,193

4,655

15,893

15,584

Selling, general and administrative expenses

2,839

3,314

11,774

11,862

Research and development

164

135

762

750

Loss on disposal of property and equipment

2

29

3

Income from operations

188

1,206

3,328

2,969

Other income (expense):

Interest income

28

72

140

337

Interest expense

(92

)

(139

)

(398

)

(432

)

Interest expense-financing fees

(107

)

(69

)

(294

)

(208

)

Other

22

2

211

223

Loss on debt extinguishment of debt

27

Income from continuing operations before taxes

39

1,072

2,960

2,889

Income tax (benefit) expense

(61

)

58

(189

)

157

Income from continuing operations, net of taxes

100

1,014

3,149

2,732

Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes

(146

)

(118

)

(412

)

(541

)

Net (loss) income

(46

)

896

2,737

2,191

Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest

(36

)

(34

)

(123

)

(124

)

Net (loss) income attributable to Perma-Fix Environmental

Services, Inc. common stockholders

$

(10

)

$

930

$

2,860

$

2,315

Net income (loss) per common share attributable to

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. stockholders - basic:

Continuing operations

$

.01

$

.09

$

.27

$

.24

Discontinued operations

(.01

)

(.01

)

(.03

)

(.05

)

Net income per common share

$

$

.08

$

.24

$

.19

Net income (loss) per common share attributable to

Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. stockholders - diluted:

Continuing operations

$

.01

$

.09

$

.26

$

.24

Discontinued operations

(.01

)

(.01

)

(.03

)

(.05

)

Net income per common share

$

$

.08

$

.23

$

.19

Number of common shares used in computing

net income (loss) per share:

Basic

12,154

12,094

12,139

12,046

Diluted

12,370

12,273

12,347

12,060

PERMA-FIX ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES, INC.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

December 31,

December 31,

2020

2019

(Amounts in Thousands, Except for Share and Per Share Amounts)

(Unaudited)

(Audited)

ASSETS

Current assets:

Cash

$

7,924

$

390

Account receivable, net of allowance for doubtful

accounts of $404 and $487, respectively

9,659

13,178

Unbilled receivables

14,453

7,984

Other current assets

4,577

3,470

Assets of discontinued operations included in current assets

22

104

Total current assets

36,635

25,126

Net property and equipment

17,783

16,576

Property and equipment of discontinued operations

81

81

Operating lease right-of-use assets

2,287

2,545

Intangibles and other assets

22,133

22,151

Other assets related to discontinued operations

36

Total assets

$

78,919

$

66,515

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current liabilities

$

32,065

$

24,106

Current liabilities related to discontinued operations

898

994

Total current liabilities

32,963

25,100

Long-term liabilities

13,253

11,935

Long-term liabilities related to discontinued operations

252

244

Total liabilities

46,468

37,279

Commitments and Contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Preferred Stock, $.001 par value; 2,000,000 shares authorized,

no shares issued and outstanding

Common Stock, $.001 par value; 30,000,000 shares authorized,

12,161,539 and 12,123,520 shares issued, respectively;

12,153,897 and 12,115,878 shares outstanding, respectively

12

12

Additional paid-in capital

108,931

108,457

Accumulated deficit

(74,455

)

(77,315

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(207

)

(211

)

Less Common Stock held in treasury, at cost: 7,642 shares

(88

)

(88

)

Total Perma-Fix Environmental Services, Inc. stockholders' equity

34,193

30,855

Non-controlling interest in subsidiary

(1,742

)

(1,619

)

Total stockholders' equity

32,451

29,236

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

78,919

$

66,515