Great Lakes’ bidding success in the first quarter, along with the addition of the Wheatstone LNG project in Australia, resulted in record dredging backlog and pending awards of $539 million at March 31, 2012, which compares favorably to $355 million at December 31, 2011. Rivers & lakes backlog and pending awards at March 31, 2012 were $43.4 million, a record level for this division. The Company’s contracted dredging backlog was $524 million at March 31, 2012 compared to $319 million at December 31, 2011.
Demolition segment backlog was $60 million and $51 million at March 31, 2012 and December 31, 2011, respectively.
Mr. Berger continued, “We are excited about the prospects in all our lines of business. The demolition segment continues solid financial improvement related to its project execution and the rivers & lakes division has won several new large projects giving it a healthy backlog to execute and add on to throughout the year. While the dredging segment experienced adverse weather in the quarter, we currently expect results for the remainder of the year to recover any shortfall allowing us to meet our 2012 plan.
“As we announced last week, there has been progress in the legislation for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and the Restore Act. The timing is uncertain for the enactment into law of these legislative components of the various transportation bills working through Congress. However, the continued dialogue and focus on our ports is beneficial to the U.S. economy as well as our industry. The attention to this postponed need is clear to the many well informed officials in Congress who supported this legislation.”
President and Chief Financial Officer Bruce Biemeck said, “As we look at the market for the remainder of 2012, we still anticipate a deepening project in Miami to be released in the second half of the year. Florida officials and the Army Corps of Engineers are actively working to responsibly resolve environmental concerns related to the execution methods and impact of this project to ensure timely execution. This process has been dealt with responsibly, compassionately and expeditiously, which has resulted in a minimum of project postponement. In another important market, the Gulf Coast, we expect additional coastal restoration projects to be let for bidding in the second half of the year, for which we have made a working capital investment in pipe and feel we will be well positioned to execute.