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Clean Harbors Reports Fourth-Quarter And Year-End 2012 Financial Results

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Clean Harbors, Inc. (“Clean Harbors”) (NYSE: CLH), the leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2012.

Revenues for the fourth quarter increased to $559.0 million compared with $545.9 million in the same period in 2011. Income from operations in the fourth quarter of 2012 decreased to $36.2 million from $59.2 million in the same period of 2011 primarily based on costs associated with the Safety-Kleen acquisition and an increase in depreciation and amortization expense.

Fourth quarter 2012 net income was $61.9 million, or $1.11 per diluted share, compared with $38.2 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Fourth-quarter 2012 net income included a $52.4 million benefit from the release of unrecognized tax benefits due to expired statute of limitation periods, partially offset by approximately $7.5 million (net of tax) in costs related to the Safety-Kleen acquisition. Adjusted EBITDA (see description below) in the fourth quarter of 2012, which includes the costs related to Safety-Kleen, was $83.6 million compared with $97.4 million in the same period of 2011.

Comments on the Fourth Quarter

“We achieved year-over-year revenue growth in the fourth quarter as strong contributions in our Industrial Services and Field Services segments offset a slowdown in our Oil & Gas Field Services segment,” said Alan S. McKim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our margins in the quarter were affected by both external and internal costs associated with our $1.25 billion acquisition of Safety-Kleen, which we completed in late December. Our bottom-line benefited from the reversal of reserves we had previously accrued related to unrecognized tax benefits.”

“Within our operating segments, Technical Services had a solid quarter with 90% utilization at our incineration facilities and very high landfill volumes, driven again by Bakken-related work and large-scale projects,” McKim said. “Field Services generated double-digit growth in its base business, along with approximately $12 million in clean-up work associated with Hurricane Sandy. Within Industrial Services, lodging, specialty services and Oil Sands-related work all contributed to a strong quarterly performance in this segment. Within Oil & Gas Field Services, the winter drilling season was not as robust as the same period in 2011 with lower rig counts in Western Canada and margin pressure in the U.S. related to the shift away from natural gas.”

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