updated 4/28/2011 8:16:19 AM ET 2011-04-28T12:16:19

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 28, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Worldwide industrial services and engineered products company Harsco Corporation (NYSC:HSC) today reported first quarter 2011 results from continuing operations.

First Quarter 2011 Highlights

First quarter 2011 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations were $0.15, compared with $0.10 per share in the first quarter of last year. Income from continuing operations was $13.6 million, compared with $9.7 million in the first quarter last year. Sales increased by 5 percent in the quarter to $779 million from $742 million in last year's first quarter. Foreign currency translation increased sales by approximately $19 million when compared with the first quarter last year, but did not have a meaningful impact on operating income.

Comment

Commenting on the Company's results, Harsco Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Salvatore D. Fazzolari said, "We are encouraged by the balanced performance of our operations in the first quarter of 2011. This is a good start to the year. Despite the still-fragile domestic economy and continued uncertainties throughout the major global economies in which we operate, all four of our business segments performed well. The first quarter results benefited by approximately $3 million, or $0.03 per share, from the timing of deliveries within our Harsco Rail and Harsco Industrial businesses. These deliveries were planned for the second quarter, but for various reasons were realized in the first quarter.

"While we are encouraged by these results, it remains prudent for us to view the near-term outlook with a degree of caution, particularly as we have yet to see measurable improvement in our Infrastructure Segment's principal end-markets of the U.S., U.K. and Western Europe. As such, we are slightly increasing our previous full-year 2011 earnings guidance from $1.25 to $1.35 diluted earnings per share from continuing operations to $1.30 to $1.40.

"As we have previously communicated, our second quarter results will be negatively impacted by the timing of shipments within our Harsco Rail group being weighted more towards the second half of the year. Furthermore, due to the economic uncertainties we continue to face in key end-markets, and given that the previously mentioned first quarter benefit from the acceleration of deliveries will have the opposite effect in the second quarter, our present outlook is for second quarter 2011 earnings from continuing operations in the range of $0.34 to $0.39 per share, compared with $0.40 per share in the second quarter of 2010. I should note also that last year's second quarter benefited from an approximately $0.03 per share gain largely on the sale of assets that is not expected to be repeated in this year's second quarter.

"We expect our prospects for the full year will be clearer at the end of the second quarter, particularly for our Harsco Infrastructure Segment, at which point we should have further visibility for the remainder of 2011."

First Quarter Business Review

Harsco Metals & Minerals

Sales in the first quarter increased approximately $47 million to $392 million, up 14 percent from $344 million in last year's comparable quarter. Foreign currency translation increased sales in the quarter by $12 million, but had only a minimal effect on operating income. Operating income in the quarter increased by 48 percent to $28.6 million, compared with $19.3 million in the first quarter of last year. Operating margins in the first quarter of 2011 were 7.3 percent, compared with 5.6 percent in the first quarter last year.

Results in the quarter benefited from increased global steel production, new contract start-ups, the Company's continued cost control initiatives, and increased market prices for recovered metallics.

Looking ahead, the full-year outlook for this Segment remains favorable. Global steel production is expected to remain at or near current levels and new contract bidding activity throughout the world remains strong.

Harsco Infrastructure

Sales in the first quarter increased approximately 4 percent to $262 million from $251 million in the first quarter last year. Foreign currency translation increased sales by approximately $5 million in the quarter, when compared with the first quarter of 2010. An operating loss of $17.5 million was incurred in the quarter, compared with an operating loss of $19.3 million in the first quarter of last year. 

As this Segment continues to successfully implement the major restructuring plan announced in the fourth quarter of last year, the Company expects to achieve its anticipated savings of approximately $40 million in 2011, and full annualized savings of $60 million starting in 2012, as previously announced. Average rental rates and utilization rates appear to have bottomed out sequentially. Nevertheless, uncertainties and challenges remain in major end-markets, particularly in the U.S., U.K. and Western Europe. The prospects for the full year should be clearer at the end of the second quarter of this year.

Harsco Rail

As expected, sales in the first quarter of 2011 decreased to $63 million, down approximately 34 percent from sales of $95 million in last year's first quarter. Consequently, operating income of $8.1 million was lower than the $20.4 million in last year's comparable quarter, which was also as expected. Likewise, operating margins of 13.0 percent were lower, compared with 21.4 percent in last year's first quarter. It should be noted that a key shipment was pulled forward for delivery in the first quarter of 2011 that had been planned for the second quarter. 

To reiterate previous comments made at the Company's Annual Analysts Conference in December and again when the Company's fourth quarter 2010 results were reported on January 27, 2011, the quarterly results of Harsco Rail in 2011 will again be affected by the timing of unit deliveries as they are completed. Order deliveries in 2011 will be significantly weighted in the second half of the year compared with the first half in 2010. Overall, the Company expects another year of strong results from the Rail Segment.

Harsco Industrial

Sales in the quarter increased by approximately 21 percent to $63 million, from last year's first quarter sales of $52 million. Likewise, operating income of $10.7 million was 27 percent greater than last year's $8.4 million. Operating margins of 16.9 percent in the quarter were 80 basis points higher than the operating margins of 16.1 percent in the first quarter of 2010. 

The outlook for this Segment remains favorable. Demand for this Segment's engineered products remains strong and recently announced joint venture agreements in Australia and Brazil should contribute to longer-term growth.

Liquidity, Capital Resources and Other Matters

Net cash provided by operating activities for the first quarter of 2011 was $13 million, compared with $30 million for the prior year. Capital expenditures in the first quarter of 2011 were $67 million, compared with $30 million for the same period last year. The increase in capital expenditures is due to recent contract wins, principally in the Metals & Minerals Segment where bidding activity continues to be very strong.

At the end of the quarter, the Company's balance sheet debt was $919 million, up slightly from the December 31, 2010 amount of $885 million. The debt-to-capital ratio at March 31, 2011 was 38.0 percent, up slightly from 37.6 percent at December 31, 2010, which was the Company's lowest level since 1998.

Economic Value added (EVA®) improved in the first quarter of 2011 over the comparable 2010 period, due principally to better earnings performance.

Discontinued Operations

For the first quarter of 2011, income from discontinued operations was a loss after tax of $0.8 million, or $0.01 per diluted share, compared with income of $0.3 million in the first quarter of 2010 due to an income tax benefit.

Forward Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about the company's strategy for growth, product development, market position, expected expenditures and financial results are forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "may," "could," "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "intends," "projects," "indicates," and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors, including those discussed more fully elsewhere in this release and in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Harsco, particularly its latest annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q, as well as others, could cause results to differ materially from those stated. These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in the worldwide business environment in which the Company operates, including general economic conditions; changes in currency exchange rates, interest rates, commodity and fuel costs and capital costs; changes in the performance of the equity and debt markets that could affect, among other things, the valuation of the assets in the Company's pension plans and the accounting for pension assets, liabilities and expenses; changes in governmental laws and regulations, including environmental, tax and import tariff standards; market and competitive changes, including pricing pressures, market demand and acceptance for new products, services, and technologies; unforeseen business disruptions in one or more of the many countries in which the Company operates due to political instability, civil disobedience, armed hostilities, public health issues or other calamities; the seasonal nature of the Company's business; our ability to successfully enter into new contracts and complete new acquisitions or joint ventures in the timeframe contemplated or at all; the recent global financial and credit crisis, which could result in our customers curtailing development projects, construction, production and capital expenditures, which, in turn, could reduce the demand for our products and services and, accordingly, our sales, margins and profitability; the financial condition of the Company's customers, including the ability of customers (especially those that may be highly leveraged and those with inadequate liquidity) to maintain their credit availability; the successful integration of the Company's strategic acquisitions; the amount and timing of repurchases of the Company's common stock, if any; our ability to successfully implement cost-reduction initiatives; and other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports. The Company undertakes no duty to update forward-looking statements.

Conference Call

As previously announced, the Company will hold a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its results and respond to questions from the investment community. The conference call will be broadcast live through the Harsco Corporation website at www.harsco.com . The call can also be accessed by telephone by dialing (800) 611-4920, or (973) 200-3957 for international callers. Enter Conference ID number 57859895. Listeners are advised to dial in at least five minutes prior to the call. Replays will be available via the Harsco website. 

About Harsco

Harsco Corporation is a diversified, global industrial services and engineered products company serving major industries that are fundamental to worldwide infrastructure development and economic growth. Harsco's common stock is a component of the S&P MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 1000 Index. Additional information can be found at  www.harsco.com.

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HARSCO CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (Unaudited)

(In thousands, except per share amounts)
 
  Three Months Ended

March 31
  2011 2010
Revenues from continuing operations:    
Service revenues $ 653,527 $  599,046
Product revenues  125,528  143,360
Total revenues  779,055  742,406
     
Costs and expenses from continuing operations:    
Cost of services sold  525,978  486,632
Cost of products sold  84,441  92,801
Selling, general and administrative expenses  137,789  136,327
Research and development expenses  1,340  916
Other expenses (income)  471  (2,509)
Total costs and expenses  750,019  714,167
     
Operating income from continuing operations  29,036  28,239
     
Interest income  720  461
Interest expense  (11,935)  (16,119)
     
Income from continuing operations before income taxes and equity income  17,821  12,581
     
Income tax expense  (4,400)  (3,034)
Equity in income of unconsolidated entities, net  211  130
     
Income from continuing operations  13,632  9,677
     
Discontinued operations:    
Loss from discontinued business  (1,328)  (163)
Income tax benefit  503  414
Income (loss) from discontinued operations  (825)  251
Net Income  12,807  9,928
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests  (1,376)  (1,894)
Net Income attributable to Harsco Corporation $ 11,431 $ 8,034
     
Amounts attributable to Harsco Corporation common stockholders:    
Income from continuing operations, net of tax $ 12,256 $ 7,783
Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax  (825)  251
Net income attributable to Harsco Corporation common stockholders $ 11,431 $ 8,034
     
Weighted average shares of common stock outstanding  80,695  80,543
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Harsco Corporation common stockholders:    
Continuing operations $ 0.15 $ 0.10
Discontinued operations  (0.01)  --
Basic earnings per share attributable to Harsco Corporation common stockholders $ 0.14 $ 0. 10
     
Diluted weighted average shares of common stock outstanding  80,944  80,743
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Harsco Corporation common stockholders:    
Continuing operations $ 0.15 $ 0.10
Discontinued operations  (0.01)  --
Diluted earnings per share attributable to Harsco Corporation common stockholders $ 0.14 $ 0.10
     
     
HARSCO CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited)

(In thousands)
   
 

 
March 31

2011
December 31

2010
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 101,312  $ 124,238
Trade accounts receivable 643,390 585,301
Other receivables 27,738 29,299
Inventories 289,907 271,617
Other current assets 134,711 144,491
Total current assets 1,197,058 1,154,946
Property, plant and equipment, net 1,403,548 1,366,973
Goodwill 708,101 690,787
Intangible assets, net 114,986 120,959
Other assets 126,817 135,555
Total assets  $ 3,550,510  $ 3,469,220
LIABILITIES    
Current liabilities:    
Short-term borrowings  $ 60,787  $ 31,197
Current maturities of long-term debt 3,868 4,011
Accounts payable 285,149 261,509
Accrued compensation 76,268 83,928
Income taxes payable 8,464 9,718
Dividends payable 16,535 16,505
Insurance liabilities 25,769 25,844
Advances on contracts 115,609 128,794
Other current liabilities 216,888 206,358
Total current liabilities 809,337 767,864
Long-term debt 854,495 849,724
Deferred income taxes 42,541 35,642
Insurance liabilities 61,517 62,202
Retirement plan liabilities 215,862 223,777
Other liabilities 65,828 61,866
Total liabilities 2,049,580 2,001,075
EQUITY    
Harsco Corporation stockholders' equity:    
Common stock 139,732 139,514
Additional paid-in capital 143,263 141,298
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (150,558) (185,932)
Retained earnings 2,068,803 2,073,920
Treasury stock (738,114) (737,106)
Total Harsco Corporation stockholders' equity 1,463,126 1,431,694
Noncontrolling interests 37,804 36,451
Total equity 1,500,930 1,468,145
Total liabilities and equity  $ 3,550,510  $ 3,469,220
 
 
HARSCO CORPORATION

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)

(In thousands)
  Three Months Ended

March 31
  2011 2010
     
Cash flows from operating activities:    
Net income  $ 12,807  $ 9,928
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net

cash provided (used) by operating activities:
   
Depreciation 67,929 71,857
Amortization 8,593 9,078
Equity in income of unconsolidated entities, net (211) (130)
Dividends or distributions from unconsolidated entities 88 88
Other, net (4,372) (12,853)
Changes in assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions

and dispositions of businesses:
   
Accounts receivable (38,681) (53,212)
Inventories (14,313) 5,748
Accounts payable 10,547 8,324
Accrued interest payable 6,199 9,817
Accrued compensation (9,704) 8,697
Harsco Infrastructure Segment Restructuring Program accrual (9,116) --
Other assets and liabilities (16,626) (27,287)
     
Net cash provided by operating activities 13,140 30,055
     
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Purchases of property, plant and equipment (67,257) (29,849)
Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment 6,017 8,873
Purchases of businesses, net of cash acquired -- (27,584)
Proceeds from sale of businesses, net of cash acquired 600 --
Other investing activities 4,733 (4,386)
     
Net cash used by investing activities (55,907) (52,946)
     
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Short-term borrowings, net 29,431 31,736
Current maturities and long-term debt:    
Additions 70,482 96,577
Reductions (66,566) (95,601)
Cash dividends paid on common stock (16,507) (16,472)
Dividends paid to noncontrolling interests (600) (1,825)
Contributions of equity from noncontrolling interests 333 161
Common stock issued-options 1,239 108
     
Net cash provided by financing activities 17,812 14,684
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash 2,029 (583)
     
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents (22,926) (8,790)
     
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 124,238 94,184
     
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 101,312  $ 85,394
 
 
HARSCO CORPORATION

REVIEW OF OPERATIONS BY SEGMENT (Unaudited)

(In thousands)
     
  Three Months Ended

March 31, 2011
Three Months Ended

March 31, 2010
         
 

Sales
Operating

Income (loss)


Sales
Operating

Income (loss)
         
Harsco Metals & Minerals              $ 391,737  $ 28,605  $ 344,262  $ 19,284
         
Harsco Infrastructure  261,567  (17,491)  250,629  (19,273)
         
Harsco Rail  62,602  8,123  95,402  20,414
         
Harsco Industrial  63,149  10,674  52,053  8,378
         
General Corporate  --  (875)  60  (564)
         
Consolidated Totals  $ 779,055  $ 29,036  $ 742,406  $ 28,239
   
   
HARSCO CORPORATION

FREE CASH FLOW (Unaudited)

(In thousands)
 
  Three Months Ended

March 31
  2011 2010
     
Net cash provided by operating activities  $ 13,140  $ 30,055
Less purchases of property, plant and equipment  (67,257)  (29,849)
Plus proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment  6,017  8,873
     
Sub-total  (48,100)  9,079
Plus capital expenditures related to major joint venture investments  --  --
 

Free Cash Flow
 

 $ (48,100)
 

 $ 9,079
     
Free Cash Flow is a non-GAAP financial measure.  The Company's Management believes that this measure is meaningful to investors because

management reviews cash flows generated from operations after taking into consideration net capital expenditures due to the fact that these

expenditures are considered necessary to maintain and expand the Company's asset base and are expected to generate future cash flows from

operations. Capital expenditures may include items related to major joint venture investments. While these expenditures are also expected to

generate future cash flows from operations, management considers them to be generally equivalent to an investment in a business which the partner

will provide a significant portion of the required cash investment and adds them back to provide a more accurate assessment of sustainable Free

Cash Flow.  It is important to note that Free Cash Flow does not represent the residual cash flow available for discretionary expenditures since other

non-discretionary expenditures, such as mandatory debt service requirements, are not deducted from the measure.
CONTACT: Investor Contact
         Eugene M. Truett
         717.975.5677
         etruett@harsco.com
         
         Media Contact
         Kenneth D. Julian
         717.730.3683
         kjulian@harsco.com

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