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GSE Solutions Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2020 Financial Results

COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE Solutions”, “GSE”, or “the Company”) (Nasdaq: GVP), a leader in delivering and supporting engineering, compliance, simulation, training and workforce solutions that support decarbonization of the power industry, today announced its financial results for the fourth quarter (“Q4”) and fiscal year ended December 31, 2020.

FULL YEAR 2020 OVERVIEW

  • Revenue of $57.6 million, compared to $83.0 million in 2019.
  • Gross profit of $14.8 million, compared to $20.3 million in 2019.
  • Operating loss of $(9.5) million, compared to $(7.4) million in 2019.
  • Net loss of $(10.5) million, or $(0.52) per diluted share, compared to $(12.1) million, or $(0.60) per diluted share, in 2019.
  • Adjusted net income1 of $3 thousand, or approximately $0.00 per diluted share, compared to $8.0 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, in 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $(0.3) million, compared to $4.8 million in 2019.
  • Cash flow provided by operations totaled $0.3 million, compared to $4.0 millionin 2019.
  • New orders totaled $45.3 million, compared to $59.1 million in 2019.

Q4 2020 Overview

  • Revenue of $12.7 million, compared to $17.3 million in Q4 2019.
  • Gross profit of $3.8 million, compared to $5.0 million in Q4 2019.
  • Operating loss of $(1.2) million, compared to $(1.6) million in Q4 2019.
  • Net loss of $(1.5) million, or $(0.07) per diluted share, compared to $(6.3) million, or $(0.32) per diluted share, in Q4 2019.
  • Adjusted net income1 of $2.6 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, compared to $6.7 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in Q4 2019.
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $1.1 million, compared to $1.2 million in Q4 2019.
  • New orders equaled $7.9 million, compared to $16.2 million in Q4 2019.
  • Awarded master service agreements with a major U.S. utility for a combined value of $35 million during a two- year period, commencing in 2021 and ramping up during the year. These agreements are not included in the Company’s fourth quarter new orders or quarter-ending backlog.

At December 31, 2020

  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $6.7 million.
  • Working capital totaled $(2.7) million and current ratio equaled 0.9x.
  • Total debt equaled $13.1 million.
  • Backlog totaled $40.4 million.

1 Refer to the non-GAAP reconciliation tables at the end of this press release for a definition of “EBITDA”, “adjusted EBITDA” and “adjusted net income”.

Kyle J. Loudermilk, GSE’s President and Chief Executive Officer, said, “We concluded 2020 on a very encouraging note, with fourth quarter adjusted EBITDA improving to positive $1.1 million, compared to three straight quarters of negative adjusted EBITDA to start the year amidst the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. GSE achieved this positive result despite an ongoing lull in industrywide project activity in the fourth quarter due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We noted an uptick in bidding activity at the end of the quarter and were very pleased to be awarded two master service agreements in December with a major U.S. utility for a combined value of $35 million over two years. Work under these agreements will commence in the second quarter of 2021 and ramp up throughout the year. During the quarter, we also continued to build our Software as a Service cloud-based revenue stream, highlighted by a large U.S. oil company’s multi-year subscription to our EnVision On-Demand software simulation and training platform. In 2020, our recurring software revenue totaled $3.9 million, up 34% from $2.9 million in the prior year. This represents significant progress in our efforts to grow our software revenue.”

Mr. Loudermilk continued, “While uncertainties related to the pandemic persist, we noted a surge in RFP activity to start 2021 and, depending on our success rate converting bids to wins, we could see a meaningful upswing in business in the second half of the year. We are optimistic about our near- and long-term prospects, especially as a result of the renewed focus on decarbonizing the power sector. Our services are essential to the nuclear industry, which plays a critical role in the decarbonization of energy. We remain focused on growing our businesses organically, executing on an exciting product and solutions roadmap as well as emphasizing cross selling and upselling opportunities.”

2020 FULL YEAR RECAP

Revenue decreased to $57.6 million in 2020, compared to $83.0 million in 2019, reflecting a decrease in both our Performance Improvement Solutions and Nuclear Industry Training and Consulting segments. The decrease of $(13.0) million in the Company’s Performance Improvement Solutions (“Performance”) segment was driven by several significant projects ending in the prior fiscal year and delays in commencing new contracts remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The decrease of $12.4 million from the Company’s Nuclear Industry Training and Consulting (“NITC”) segment was primarily due to stoppage of existing projects and delays in commencing new contracts due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a reduction in demand for staffing from our major customers.

Gross profit decreased $5.5 to $14.8 million, or 25.7% of revenue in 2020, compared to $20.3 million, or 24.5% of revenue in 2019. Our margin is impacted by our mix of business, but overall profitability of remaining and new smaller projects increased the profit margin.

Operating loss totaled $(9.5) million in 2020, compared to operating loss of $(7.4) million in 2019.

Net loss was $(10.5) million, or $(0.52) per diluted share in 2020, compared to net loss of $(12.1) million, or $(0.60) per diluted share, in 2019.

Adjusted net income1 decreased to $3 thousand, or $0.00 per diluted share in 2020, compared to $8.0 million, or $0.39 per diluted share in 2019.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA) totaled $(6.9) million in 2020, compared to $(2.2) million in 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA1 totaled $(0.3) million in 2020, compared to $4.8 million in 2019.

Performance new orders totaled $26.2 million in 2020 compared to $27.4 million in 2019. NITC new orders totaled $19.1 million in 2020 compared to $31.7 million in 2019.

Q4 2020 RESULTS

Q4 2020 revenue decreased $4.6 million from $17.3 million in Q4 2019 to $12.7 million in Q4 2020. The year-over-year decrease was driven by a decrease of $1.6 million in the Company’s Performance segment and a decrease of $3.0 million from the Company’s NITC segment.

The decrease in the Performance segment’s revenue primarily reflects major projects at the end of 2019 that were completed at the beginning of 2020 and delays in commencing new contracts remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The year-over-year decrease in the NITC segment’s revenue was primarily caused by stoppage of existing projects and delays in commencing new contracts due to the COVID-19 pandemic and lower customer demand for staffing during the year.

(in thousands)

 

Three Months ended

December 31,

 

Twelve Months ended

December 31,

 

Revenue:

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

 

Performance

 

$7,550

 

$9,159

 

$32,790

 

$45,776

 

NITC

 

5,103

 

8,133

 

24,830

 

37,199

 

Total Revenue

 

$12,653

 

$17,292

 

$57,620

 

$82,975

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance new orders totaled $4.4 million in Q4 2020, compared to $8.4 million in Q4 2019. NITC new orders totaled $3.5 million in Q4 2020, compared to $7.8 million in Q4 2019.

Q4 2020 gross profit was $3.8 million, or 29.9% of revenue, compared to $5.0 million, or 29.0% of revenue, in Q4 2019.

(in thousands)

 

Three Months ended

December 31,

 

Twelve Months ended

December 31,

 

Gross Profit:

 

2020

 

%

 

2019

 

%

 

2020

 

%

 

2019

 

%

 

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

 

Performance

 

$3,155

 

41.8%

 

$3,444

 

37.6%

 

$11,395

 

34.8%

 

$15,231

 

33.3%

 

NITC

 

634

 

12.4%

 

1,578

 

19.4%

 

3,390

 

13.7%

 

5,067

 

13.6%

 

Consolidated Gross Profit

 

$3,789

 

29.9%

 

$5,022

 

29.0%

 

$14,785

 

25.7%

 

$20,298

 

24.5%

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The decrease in our gross profit of $1.2 million during Q4 2020 was primarily driven by a decrease in Performance and NITC revenue.

Selling, general, and administrative expenses (SG&A) in Q4 2020 totaled $3.2 million, or 25.4% of revenue, compared to $3.9 million, or 22.8% of revenue, in Q4 2019. The decrease during Q4 2020 was primarily driven by lower business development costs.

Operating loss was approximately $(1.2) million in Q4 2020, compared to Operating loss of $(1.6) million in Q4 2019. The decrease was due to both lower gross profit and restructuring charges taken in Q4 2020.

The Company recorded a tax expense of $0.2 million in Q4 2020. The significant change of $6.4 million in deferred tax expense was primarily driven by the prior year recognition of $6.8 million of valuation allowance against the deferred tax assets related to the U.S. and foreign entities which was partially offset by the generation of a deferred tax asset related to the GAAP goodwill and intangible impairment in the U.S. entities.

Net loss for Q4 2020 totaled $(1.5) million, or $(0.07) per basic and diluted share, compared to $(6.3) million, or $(0.32) per basic and diluted share, in Q4 2019.

Adjusted net income1 totaled $2.6 million, or $0.13 per diluted share in Q4 2020, compared to $6.7 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, in Q4 2019.

EBITDA for Q4 2020 was approximately $(631) thousand, compared to $1.2 million in Q4 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA1 totaled $1.1 million in Q4 2020, compared to $1.2 million in Q4 2019.

BACKLOG AND CASH POSITION

Backlog at December 31, 2020, was $40.4 million, including $30.3 million of Performance backlog, and $10.1 million of NITC backlog. At December 31, 2019, the Company’s backlog was $52.7 million; $37.2 million for Performance and $15.5 million for NITC. The decrease in our backlog over the prior fiscal year was primarily due to lower orders during fiscal 2020.

GSE’s cash position at December 31, 2020, was $6.7 million, as compared to $11.7 million at December 31, 2019.

CONFERENCE CALL

Management will host a conference call today at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to discuss Q4 and full year 2020 results as well as other matters.

Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing:

  • (877) 407-9753 (Domestic)
  • (201) 493-6739 (International)

The conference call will also be accessible via the following link: https://78449.themediaframe.com/dataconf/productusers/gvp/mediaframe/44080/indexl.html.

For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, an online webcast replay will be available at the following link: https://78449.themediaframe.com/dataconf/productusers/gvp/mediaframe/44080/indexl.html or at www.gses.com for a longer period.

ABOUT GSE SOLUTIONS

We are the future of operational excellence in the power industry. As a collective group, GSE Solutions leverages top skills, expertise, and technology to provide highly specialized solutions that enable customers to achieve the performance they envision. Our experts deliver and support end-to-end training, engineering, compliance, simulation, and workforce solutions that help the power industry reduce risk and optimize plant operations. GSE is a proven solution provider, with more than four decades of industry experience and more than 1,100 installations serving hundreds of customers in over 50 countries spanning the globe. www.gses.com

FORWARD LOOKING STATEMENTS

We make statements in this press release that are considered forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These statements reflect our current expectations concerning future events and results. We use words such as “expect,” “intend,” “believe,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “could,” “anticipates,” and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, but their absence does not mean a statement is not forward-looking. These statements are not guarantees of our future performance and are subject to risks, uncertainties, and other important factors that could cause our actual performance or achievements to be materially different from those we project. For a full discussion of these risks, uncertainties, and factors, we encourage you to read our documents on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those set forth in our periodic reports under the forward-looking statements and risk factors sections. We do not intend to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

GSE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(in thousands, except share and per share data)

 

 

       

 

 

Three Months ended
December 31,

Twelve Months ended
December 31,

 

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

Revenue

 

$12,653

 

$17,292

 

$57,620

 

$82,975

Cost of revenue

 

8,864

 

12,270

 

42,835

 

62,677

Gross profit

 

3,789

 

5,022

 

14,785

 

20,298

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Selling, general and administrative

 

3,217

 

3,938

 

15,765

 

16,169

Research and development

 

160

 

184

 

686

 

710

Restructuring charges

 

1,102

 

1,736

 

1,297

 

2,478

Loss on impairment

 

 

133

 

4,302

 

5,597

Depreciation

 

76

 

63

 

330

 

363

Amortization of definite-lived intangible assets

 

415

 

596

 

1,943

 

2,400

Total operating expenses

 

4,970

 

6,650

 

24,323

 

27,717

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Operating loss

 

(1,181)

 

(1,628)

 

(9,538)

 

(7,419)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Interest expense

 

(67)

 

(176)

 

(623)

 

(988)

Loss on derivative instruments, net

 

(52)

 

56

 

(17)

 

(13)

Other income (expense), net

 

20

 

2,006

 

(4)

 

2,068

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Loss before income taxes

(1,280)

 

258

 

(10,182)

 

(6,352)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provision for income taxes

 

189

 

6,607

 

355

 

5,733

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Net loss

 

$(1,469)

 

$(6,349)

 

$(10,537)

 

$(12,085)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Basic loss per common share

 

$(0.07)

 

$(0.32)

 

$(0.52)

 

$(0.60)

Diluted loss per common share

 

$(0.07)

 

$(0.32)

 

$(0.52)

 

$(0.60)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding – Basic

 

20,566,121

 

20,017,028

 

20,439,157

 

20,062,021

Weighted average shares outstanding – Diluted

 

20,566,121

 

20,017,028

 

20,439,157

 

20,062,021

GSE SYSTEMS, INC AND SUBSIDIARIES

Selected Balance Sheet Data
(in thousands)

 

 

 

(audited)

(audited)

 

 

December 31, 2020

December 31, 2019

Cash and cash equivalents

 

$6,702

$11,691

Current assets

 

18,469

30,778

Total assets

 

$38,909

$58,509

 

 

Current liabilities

 

$21,200

$34,434

Long-term liabilities

 

7,204

3,956

Stockholders’ equity

 

$10,505

$20,119

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Reconciliation (in thousands)

References to “EBITDA” mean net income (loss), before taking into account interest income and expense, provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. References to Adjusted EBITDA exclude the impact on our (loss) of any impairment of our intangibles, gain from the change in fair value of contingent consideration, restructuring charges, stock-based compensation expense, impact of the change in fair value of derivative instruments, acquisition-related expense, acquisition-related legal settlement and bad debt expense due to customer bankruptcy. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are not measures of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Management believes EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, in addition to operating profit, net income and other GAAP measures, are useful to investors to evaluate the Company’s results because it excludes certain items that are not directly related to the Company’s core operating performance that may, or could, have a disproportionate positive or negative impact on our results for any particular period. Investors should recognize that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA might not be comparable to similarly-titled measures of other companies. This measure should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP measure in accordance with SEC Regulation G follows:

 

 

Three Months ended
December 31,

Twelve Months ended
December 31,

 

 

2020

2019

2020

2019

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

Net loss

 

$(1,469)

 

$(6,349)

 

$(10,537)

 

$(12,085)

Interest expense

 

67

 

176

 

623

 

988

Provision for income taxes

 

189

 

6,607

 

355

 

5,733

Depreciation and amortization

 

582

 

732

 

2,612

 

3,129

EBITDA

 

(631)

 

1,166

 

(6,947)

 

(2,235)

Litigation

 

568

 

 

477

 

Loss on impairment

 

 

133

 

4,302

 

5,597

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

 

 

 

 

(1,200)

Restructuring charges

 

1,102

 

1,736

 

1,297

 

2,478

Stock-based compensation expense

 

21

 

270

 

378

 

1,420

Change in fair value of derivative instruments

 

52

 

(56)

 

17

 

13

Acquisition-related expense

 

1

 

 

192

 

744

Acquisition-related legal settlement

 

 

(2,025)

 

 

(2,025)

Adjusted EBITDA

 

$1,113

 

$1,224

 

$(284)

 

$4,792

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted EPS Reconciliation (in thousands, except per share amounts)

References to Adjusted net income exclude the impact of gain from the change in fair value of contingent consideration, loss on impairment of our intangibles, restructuring charges, stock-based compensation expense, change in fair value of derivative instruments, acquisition-related expense, acquisition-related legal settlement, amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions, bad debt expense due to customer bankruptcy, release of valuation allowance, and the income tax expense impact of any such adjustments. Adjusted Net Income and adjusted earnings per share (adjusted EPS) are not measures of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). Management believes adjusted net income and adjusted EPS, in addition to other GAAP measures, are useful to investors to evaluate the Company’s results because they exclude certain items that are not directly related to the Company’s core operating performance and non-cash items that may, or could, have a disproportionate positive or negative impact on our results for any particular period. These measures should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, any measure of performance prepared in accordance with GAAP. A reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted net income and adjusted EPS to GAAP net income, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is as follows:

 

 

Three Months ended
December 31,

Twelve Months ended
December 31,

 

 

2020

 

2019

 

2020

 

2019

 

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(unaudited)

 

(audited)

Net loss

 

$(1,469)

 

$(6,349)

 

$(10,537)

 

$(12,085)

Litigation

 

568

 

 

477

 

Loss on impairment

 

 

133

 

4,302

 

5,597

Change in fair value of contingent consideration

 

 

 

 

(1,200)

Restructuring charges

 

1,102

 

1,736

 

1,297

 

2,478

Stock-based compensation expense

 

21

 

270

 

378

 

1,420

Change in fair value of derivative instruments

 

52

 

(56)

 

17

 

13

Acquisition-related expense

 

1

 

 

192

 

744

Acquisition-related legal settlement

 

 

(2,025)

 

 

(2,025)

Amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions

 

415

 

596

 

1,943

 

2,400

Valuation allowance

 

1,589

 

6,820

 

1,589

 

6,820

Income tax expense impact of adjustments

 

345

 

5,612

 

345

 

3,851

Adjusted net income

 

$2,624

 

$6,737

 

$3

 

$8,013

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Diluted earnings (loss) per common share

 

$(0.07)

 

$(0.31)

 

$(0.52)

 

$(0.60)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted earnings (loss) per common share – Diluted

 

$0.13

 

$0.33

 

$0.00

 

$0.39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Weighted average shares outstanding – Diluted(a)

 

20,646,910

 

20,560,399

 

20,439,157

 

20,376,255

(a)During the year ended December 31, 2020, the Company reported a GAAP net loss and positive adjusted net income. Accordingly, there was no dilutive shares from RSUs included in the adjusted earnings per common share calculation for the year ended December 31, 2020, that was considered anti-dilutive in determining the GAAP diluted loss per common share.

Contacts

Company Contact
Kyle Loudermilk

Chief Executive Officer

GSE Systems, Inc.

(410) 970-7800

The Equity Group Inc.
Kalle Ahl, CFA

(212) 836-9614

kahl@equityny.com

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