GOLDEN, Colo. – August 12, 2015 – GOLDEN, Colo., — Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER) (OTCQB: SENR), a provider of next-generation clean technologies, renewable fuel and waste management innovations, today announced its 2015 second quarter results.
2015 Second Quarter Highlights:
Second Quarter 2015 Revenues were $2.97 million compared to $4.27 million for second quarter 2014
Environmental Solutions segment (“MV”) revenues were $941,500 for Q2 2015 compared to $1.06 million for Q2 2014 but ahead of $889,000 in revenues achieved in Q1 2015
Gross Margin in Environmental Solutions (“MV”) segment was 37.5% in Q2 2015 compared to 29.6% in Q2 2014
Net loss applicable to SEER was $(744,000) for Q2 2015 compared to net income of $464,600 in Q2 2014
Paragon’s CoronaLux™ unit deployed in southern California generated $435,000 in non-refundable placement fees through the first six months of 2015, $112,500 in Q2 2015
Paragon’s technology continues to be the only permitted destruction technology available for all types of regulated medical waste, including pharmaceutical waste, in the State of California.
“While our financial results for the quarter reflect a slower and more challenging industrial services market than a year ago, we continued to make good progress in bringing our disruptive waste management and destruction technologies to the domestic and international markets,” commented J. John Combs III, Chairman and CEO of SEER. “Indeed, with the exception of our services division, REGS, which was still profitable as a segment, all other divisions posted higher first six-months revenue in 2015 as compared to 2014,” said Combs.
“MV Technologies, one of our two technology-based businesses, had a good start to the year, with revenue of over $1.8M for the first half, compared to just over $1.5M in the first half last year. We are particularly pleased with our robust pipeline of current MV proposals valued at just under $34M, primarily for our landfill gas – renewable energy solutions reflecting MV’s growing leadership and acceptance in the expanding market.
“Paragon, SEER’s other technology division, continues to make steady progress and generated $435,000 in non-refundable placement fees through the first six months of 2015, and generally operated according to plan.”
“Our large capacity Paragon CoronaLux™ system is deployed and operating in our partner’s facility in Southern California. We also are in various stages of pilot equipment testing programs with other customers in both medical waste and energy markets and continue to pursue existing and new international opportunities. Our existing Florida facility operations are being reassessed and the Company is exploring steps to better utilize the hard work and valuable permitting we have in Broward County and the state.”
”While the sales and permitting cycles remain long, the market feedback and technical data we are gathering consistently reinforce that we have game-changing and superior products and technologies that will result in significant future revenue and income,” Mr. Combs added.
“Our services businesses, REGS and Tactical saw a decline in revenues, partly attributable to seasonality in the business, but also a direct result of the dramatic decline in oil prices and, as a consequence, significant operating and spending cuts from the energy producers and refineries that we serve. The lower revenues had a negative impact on our bottom line as well,” said Combs. “Recognizing this changing dynamic within the oil and gas industry and with our customers, we have undertaken several measures to expand and diversify our service customer base as well as grow our higher margin service offerings; initiatives that should yield positive and demonstrable results by the end of the year.”
Second Quarter Results
Total second quarter revenues were approximately $2.97 million compared to $4.27 million in the same quarter last year, a decrease of approximately 30%. The decrease was primarily attributable to lower revenues from a key customer in the industrial cleaning segment which declined from $2.40 million for Q2 2014 compared to $1.25 million for Q2 2015, slightly lower revenues from our environmental solutions segment, partially offset by a 20% increase in our railcar cleaning segment revenues, Tactical. The quarterly results within industrial cleaning business, REGS, was negatively impacted by sustained decline in oil prices which has resulted in dramatic spending cuts by producers and refiners that are served by SEER.
The solid waste disposal segment, Paragon, has received approximately $112,500 in non-refundable fees in Q2 2015 and $435,000 for the six months ended June 30, 2015 compared to $118,250 in Q2 2014 and $295,125 for the six months ended June 30, 2014 which are being recognized as revenue ratably over the initial term of the agreements of between 5-7years.
Total operating expenses in the second quarter of 2015 were $3.86 million, slightly lower than total operating expenses in last year’s second quarter of $3.92 million. Service costs as a percentage of service revenues were 87% for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 and 63% for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 due to lower manpower and equipment efficiency, as well as the site preparation cost for a new servicing site in Montana, resulting in a gross margin of $253,100 compared to $1.10 million for Q2 2014. Product costs as a percentage of product revenues declined due to more favorable product mix, and consequently MV’s gross margins was 37.5% for Q2 2015 compared to 30% for Q2 2014. SG&A expense increased approximately $286,000 to approximately $1.35 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 due to higher professional services costs and other administrative and personnel costs.
Net loss applicable to SEER for the second quarter ended June 30, 2015 was $(744,000) compared to a net income of $464,600 for the second quarter ended June 30, 2014. The net loss in 2015 compared to net income in 2014 was primarily the result of 30% lower revenue, lower margins and increased SG&A costs for Q2 2015 compared to Q2 2014.
Modified EBITDA for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 was $(676,400) compared to $526,400 for the same quarter 2014.
Mr. Combs concluded, “While Q2 results were somewhat lower than our expectations, particularly after posting consecutive record quarters of financial performance during 2014, we are confident in our plan to address challenges in the energy industry. Each of us at the company is working diligently to improve operational efficiencies, diversify and expand markets, decrease customer concentrations and position SEER for sustainable future growth. We continue to focus on and invest in market segments where we believe our innovative, disruptive technologies have the potential to become the best available technology in their respective markets, and remain confident that investors will be well-rewarded for their patience.”
Conference Call Today:
Management will host a conference call at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time today to discuss the results with the investment community. Anyone interested in participating should call 1-888-259-8883 if calling within the United States or 1-913-312-1487 if calling internationally. A replay will be available until August 19, 2015 which can be accessed by dialing 877-870-5176 if calling within the United States or 858-384-5517 if calling internationally. Please use passcode 7720595 to access the replay.
The call will also be accompanied by a webcast over the Internet with slides, which are also accessible at the Investor Relations section of the Company’s corporate website at http://www.seer-corp.com.
Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information
The Company believes that the presentation of results excluding certain items in “Modified EBITDA,” such as non-cash equity compensation charges, provides meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors, facilitating the evaluation of performance across reporting periods. The Company uses these non-GAAP measures for internal planning and reporting purposes. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for, generally accepted accounting principles and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for net income or net income per share prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.
About Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc.
Strategic Environmental & Energy Resources, Inc. (SEER) identifies, secures, and commercializes patented and proprietary environmental clean technologies in several multibillion dollar sectors (including oil & gas, renewable fuels, and all types of waste management, both solid and gaseous) for the purpose of either destroying/minimizing hazardous waste streams more safely and at lower cost than any competitive alternative, and/or processing the waste for use as a renewable fuel for the benefit of the customers and the environment. SEER has three wholly-owned operating subsidiaries: REGS, LLC; Tactical Cleaning Company, LLC; MV Technologies, LLC; and two majority-owned subsidiaries: Paragon Waste Solutions, LLC; and ReaCH4biogas (“Reach”).
For more information about the Company visit: www.seer-corp.com
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J. John Combs III
Chief Executive Officer
Peter L. Seltzberg, Managing Director