September 30, 2020

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GSE Solutions Announces Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results

COLUMBIA, Md.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE Solutions”, “GSE” or “we”) (Nasdaq: GVP), a leader in delivering and supporting end-to-end training, engineering, compliance, simulation and workforce solutions to the power industry, announced today its financial results for the three months ended June 30, 2020.

Financial overview for the second quarter of fiscal 2020

  • Revenue of $14.3 million, compared to $23.5 million in Q2 2019
  • Gross profit of $3.6 million, compared to $5.9 million in Q2 2019
  • Net loss of $2.1 million or $(0.11) per basic and diluted share in Q2 2020, compared to a net loss of $216 thousand or $(0.01) per basic and diluted share in Q2 2019
  • Adjusted net loss1 of $707 thousand or $(0.03) adjusted loss per diluted share in Q2 2020, compared to adjusted net income of $964 thousand or $0.05 adjusted earnings per diluted share in Q2 2019
  • Adjusted EBITDA1 of $(191) thousand, compared to $1.9 million in Q2 2019
  • Cash provided by operations of $2 million YTD, compared to cash used in operations of $909 thousand YTD 2019
  • Repaid $3.5 million of long-term debt during Q2 2020
  • New orders of $6.8 million, compared to $9.5 million in Q2 2019

At June 30, 2020

  • Cash and cash equivalents of $18.3 million
  • Total indebtedness of $23.3 million, inclusive of $10.0 million loan pursuant to the Payroll Protection Program
  • Working capital totaled $3.4 million and current ratio equaled 1.1x
  • Backlog of $46.6 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, “As anticipated, our second quarter financial results were depressed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has resulted in industrywide RFP delays, project postponements and softer customer demand. Nonetheless, we generated positive cash flow and paid down approximately $3.5 million of long-term debt during the quarter. This demonstrates our ability to manage through the current challenges through providing essential services to our industry while operating the business within the constraints of the pandemic.”

Mr. Loudermilk continued, “We believe that significant pent-up demand for our services ultimately will be released as the COVID-19 impact abates. In the meantime, we are pursuing a number of meaningful second-half opportunities in Nuclear Industry Training & Consulting and expect a steady flow of new orders in Performance Improvement Solutions. To emerge stronger from the current challenges, we are focused on driving organic growth, containing costs, generating cash flow and deleveraging our balance sheet. Our long-term outlook remains bullish as GSE delivers differentiated products and services required for the safe, efficient and reliable operation of our clients’ nuclear facilities.”

Q2 2020 FINANCIAL RESULTS

Q2 2020 revenue of $14.3 million decreased by $9.1 million from $23.5 million in Q1 2019.

Three months ended

Six months ended

(in thousands)

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

Revenue:

Performance

$

8,273

$

13,010

$

17,984

$

25,200

NITC

6,067

10,448

14,061

20,452

Total revenue

$

14,340

$

23,458

$

32,045

$

45,652

Performance revenue decreased to $8.3 million in Q2 2020 from $13.0 million in Q2 2019. The change was mainly driven by a decrease of $2.2 million due to major project completions in the second quarter of 2019. We recorded total Performance orders of $7.1 million and $3.7 million for Q2 2020 and Q2 2019, respectively.

NITC revenue decreased to $6.1 million in Q2 2020 from $10.4 million in Q2 2019. The decrease in revenue was largely due to lower staffing needs during the quarter, particularly attributed to lower demand for staff augmentation support from two major customers. NITC orders totaled $(0.3) million and $5.8 million for Q2 2020 and Q2 2019, respectively.

Q2 2020 gross profit was $3.6 million or 24.8% of revenue, compared to $5.9 million or 25.0% of revenue, in Q2 2019.

Three months ended

Six months ended

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

(in thousands)

$

%

$

%

$

%

$

%

Gross profit:

Performance

$

2,970

35.9%

$

4,540

34.9%

$

5,758

32.0%

$

8,239

32.7%

NITC

592

9.8%

1,327

12.7%

1,919

13.6%

2,364

11.6%

Consolidated gross profit

$

3,562

24.8%

$

5,867

25.0%

$

7,677

24.%

$

10,603

23.2%

The decrease in our gross profit of $2.9 million was primarily driven by decreased gross profit margins in our Performance segment, due to completion of higher margin projects in our True North and DP Engineering subsidiaries during fiscal 2019.

Selling, general and administrative expenses in Q2 2020 totaled $4.7 million or 32.9% of revenue, compared to $4.3 million or 18.5% of revenue, in Q2 2019. The increase in SG&A during the three months ended June 30, 2020 over the same period for fiscal 2019, relates to a relates primarily to a provision for a loss on legal settlement of $861 thousand and an increase in the consulting expenses due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Net loss for Q2 2020 totaled $2.1 million or $(0.11) per basic and diluted share, compared to a net loss of $216 thousand or $(0.01) per basic and diluted share, in Q2 2019.

Adjusted net loss1 totaled $707 thousand or $(0.03) per diluted share in Q2 2020, compared to adjusted net income of $964 thousand, or $0.05 per diluted share, in Q2 2019.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA")1 for Q2 2020 was approximately $(1.2) million, compared to $1.3 million in Q2 2019.

Adjusted EBITDA1 totaled $(191) thousand in Q2 2020, compared to $1.9 million in Q2 2019.

BACKLOG AND CASH POSITION

Backlog at June 30, 2020 was $46.6 million, compared to $52.7 million at December 31, 2019. Backlog at June 30, 2020 included $31.2 million of Performance backlog and $15.4 million of NITC backlog. Performance backlog decreased by $6 million primarily due to 2019 backlog that was converted to revenues during 2020 and has only been partially replaced by new orders.

Our cash position was $18.3 million at June 30, 2020, compared to $11.7 million at December 31, 2019. The increase of $6.6 million during the six months ended June 30, 2020 in our cash and cash equivalents was primarily due to a positive, operating cash flow of $2 million, receipt of $10 million from the Paycheck Protection Program Loan and a draw on our revolving line of credit of $3.5 million on our credit line, offset by repayments of debt of $8.7 million.

CONFERENCE CALL

Management will host a conference call today at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to discuss Q2 2020 results as well as other matters.

Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing:

(877) 407-9753 (United States)

(201) 493-6739 (International)

The conference call will also be accessible via the following link: https://78449.themediaframe.com/dataconf/productusers/gvp/mediaframe/40287/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/40287/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.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF OPERATIONS

Three months ended

Six months ended

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

Revenue

$

14,340

23,458

$

32,045

45,652

Cost of revenue

10,778

17,591

24,368

35,049

Gross profit

$

3,562

5,867

$

7,677

10,603

Operating expenses:

Selling, general and administrative

4,722

4,343

9,670

8,766

Research and development

179

156

389

396

Restructuring charges

2

10

2

Loss on impairment

4,302

5,464

Depreciation

70

102

178

193

Amortization of definite-lived intangible assets

444

638

1,114

1,208

Total operating expenses

5,415

5,241

15,663

16,029

Operating (loss) income

$

(1,853)

626

$

(7,986)

(5,426)

Interest expense, net

(187)

(316)

(428)

(524)

Gain (loss) on derivative instruments, net

47

(101)

4

(8)

Other income (expense), net

24

(19)

53

3

(Loss) income before income taxes

(1,969)

190

(8,357)

(5,955)

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

180

406

50

(1,442)

Net loss

$

(2,149)

(216)

$

(8,407)

(4,513)

Net loss per common share – basic and diluted

$

(0.11)

(0.01)

$

(0.41)

(0.23)

Weighted average shares outstanding used to

compute net loss per share – basic and diluted

20,407,958

20,006,492

20,375,446

19,979,018

Selected Consolidated Balance Sheet Data

(in thousands)

(unaudited)

(audited)

June 30, 2020

December 31, 2019

Cash and cash equivalents

$

18,298

11,691

Current assets

14,270

19,087

Noncurrent assets

21,691

27,731

Total assets

$

54,259

58,509

Current liabilities

$

29,207

34,434

Long-term liabilities

13,041

3,956

Stockholders’ equity

12,001

20,119

Total liabilities and

stockholders' equity

$

54,259

58,509

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

(in thousands)

References to “EBITDA” mean net (loss) income, before taking into account interest expense (income), provision for income taxes, depreciation and amortization. References to Adjusted EBITDA exclude loss on impairment, impact of the change in fair value of contingent consideration, restructuring charges, stock-based compensation expense, impact of the change in fair value of derivative instruments, and acquisition-related expense. 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:

(in thousands)

Three months ended

Six months ended

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

Net loss

$

(2,149)

(216)

$

(8,407)

(4,513)

Interest expense, net

187

316

428

524

Provision for (benefit from) income taxes

180

406

50

(1,442)

Depreciation and amortization

593

839

1,451

1,629

EBITDA

(1,189)

1,345

(6,478)

(3,802)

Provision for legal settlement

861

861

Loss on impairment

4,302

5,464

Impact of the change in contingent consideration

(1,200)

Restructuring charges

2

10

2

Stock-based compensation expense

171

439

324

1,036

Gain (loss) on derivative instruments, net

(47)

101

(4)

8

Acquisition-related expenses

7

188

628

Adjusted EBITDA

$

(191)

1,887

$

(797)

2,136

Adjusted Net (Loss) Income per Common and Diluted share

(in thousands)

References to Adjusted net income exclude the impact of gain from loss on impairment, impact of 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, and amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions, net of income tax expense impact of 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, such as stock-based compensation expense. 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:

(in thousands)

Three months ended

Six months ended

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

June 30, 2020

June 30, 2019

Net loss

$

(2,149)

(216)

$

(8,407)

(4,513)

Provision for legal settlement

861

861

Loss on impairment

4,302

5,464

Impact of the change in fair value of

contingent consideration

(1,200)

Restructuring charges

2

10

2

Stock-based compensation expense

177

439

324

1,036

Gain (loss) on derivative instruments, net

(47)

101

(4)

8

Acquisition-related expense

7

188

628

Amortization of intangible assets related to acquisitions

444

638

1,114

1,208

Adjusted net (loss) income

$

(707)

964

$

(1,612)

2,633

Adjusted (loss) earnings per common share

– basic and diluted

$

(0.03)

0.05

$

(0.08)

0.13

Weighted average shares outstanding used

to compute adjusted net (loss) earnings per

share – basic and diluted(1)

20,407,958

20,269,733

20,375,446

20,154,866

(1) During the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, we reported a GAAP net loss. Accordingly there were 74,732 an 263,241 dilutive shares from RSUs included in the adjusted earnings per common share calculation that were considered anti-dilutive when calculating the adjusted net (loss) income per common share for the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

(1) During the six months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, we reported a GAAP net loss. Accordingly there were 56,373 and 175,848 dilutive shares from RSUs included in the adjusted earnings per common share calculation that were considered anti-dilutive when calculating the adjusted net (loss) income per common share for the three months ended June 30, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

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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