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 third quarter ended September 30, 2011.

Revenues for the third quarter were $556.1 million compared with $487.7 million in the same period in 2010. The third quarter of 2011 included approximately $42 million of revenue related to the Company’s participation in the Yellowstone River oil spill response effort. The third quarter of 2010 revenue included approximately $124 million related to the response work in the Gulf of Mexico and Michigan oil spills. Income from operations in the third quarter of 2011 was $66.8 million compared with $73.4 million in the same period of 2010.

In July 2011, Clean Harbors completed a two-for-one stock split. All share and per share amounts included in this earnings release reflect the stock split and have been adjusted retroactively for all periods presented. Third quarter 2011 net income was $37.1 million, or $0.70 per diluted share, compared with $38.8 million, or $0.73 per diluted share on a split-adjusted basis, in the third quarter of 2010. EBITDA (see description below) was $103.8 million in the third quarter of 2011 compared with $98.8 million in the same period of 2010.

Comments on the Third Quarter

“In the third quarter, Clean Harbors delivered a better-than-expected financial performance as a result of the broad-based growth of our business, strong contributions from recent acquisitions and emergency response work,” said Alan S. McKim, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Growth across our four operating segments enabled us to generate record revenues of $556 million. Within Technical Services, the utilization rate at our incinerators was 89% in the quarter. Within Field Services, emergency response work related to the Yellowstone River oil spill generated approximately $42 million in revenue in the quarter. Consistent with prior quarters, large-scale projects continued to drive growth in Field Services core operations, which increased by 38% year-over-year exclusive of emergency response work. Our Industrial Services segment had another exceptional quarter, growing by 44%, led by turnaround work at our refinery customers in Western Canada. Supported by our recent acquisitions, including Peak Energy Services and Destiny Resource Services, our Oil & Gas Field Services segment more than doubled, growing by more than 130% from the same period in 2010.”

“Our recent acquisition activity has proven to be highly successful,” McKim said. “The additions of Peak, Destiny and other tuck-in acquisitions have significantly advanced our position in oil and natural gas drilling and production support, as well as our Industrial Services business. Collectively, they have added high-margin revenue, broadened our service offerings and expanded our footprint in key geographies. We also expect numerous cross-selling opportunities from these acquisitions in the quarters ahead.”

“We achieved a significant financial milestone in the third quarter by surpassing $100 million in quarterly EBITDA for the first time in our history,” McKim said. “Our EBITDA of $103.8 million represents an EBITDA margin of 18.7%. Excluding the Yellowstone spill, our EBITDA margin for the quarter was 18.3%, reflecting the success of our pricing initiatives, productivity gains within our asset base, economies of scale from our acquisitions and ongoing cost reduction initiatives.”

Non-GAAP Third-Quarter Results

Clean Harbors reports EBITDA results, which are non-GAAP financial measures, as a complement to results provided in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States (GAAP) and believes that such information provides additional useful information to investors since the Company’s loan covenants are based upon levels of EBITDA achieved. The Company defines EBITDA in accordance with its existing credit agreement, as described in the following reconciliation showing the differences between reported net income and EBITDA for the third quarter of 2011 and 2010 (in thousands):
For the three months ended: For the nine months ended:

September 30,2011

September 30,2010

September 30,2011

September 30,2010
Net income $37,133 $38,827 $89,019 $107,186
Accretion of environmental liabilities 2,435 2,495 7,231 7,799
Depreciation and amortization 34,604 22,892 87,000 67,671
Other (income) loss (164) 669 (5,931) (2,485)
Loss on early extinguishment of debt 2,294 2,294
Interest expense, net 10,927 7,198 28,047 21,772
Provision for income taxes 18,896 24,384 47,283 42,941
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax       (2,794)
EBITDA $103,831   $98,759   $252,649   $244,384

Business Outlook and Financial Guidance

“We exited the third quarter with considerable momentum in a number of our key verticals,” McKim said. “The underlying industry and outsourcing trends remain favorable for our company. Within Environmental, we continue to have an active pipeline of projects in Field Services and the outlook for Technical Services is also strong. We anticipate some typical seasonality in these segments as we begin the winter weather season. Conversely, our Energy & Industrial Services business is entering its strongest operating periods during the colder weather months, particularly in Western Canada and some remote locations. While the timing of winter weather will be a factor in the quarter, we expect many of our specialty lines of business to perform well, and our recent acquisitions should only serve to accelerate the growth in our Oil & Gas Field Services segment.”

“We concluded the third quarter with nearly $260 million in cash. We will continue to execute our two-pronged growth strategy of internal investments and select acquisitions. For the year, we anticipate capital expenditures of approximately $160 million – the majority of which is related to growth-oriented investments in our business. We also intend to remain very active on the acquisition front. We have a number of excellent candidates in our pipeline, and we will continue to be selective as we target accretive opportunities that can accelerate our growth and enhance our competitive position,” McKim concluded.

Based on its year-to-date performance, recently completed acquisitions and current market conditions, Clean Harbors is increasing its 2011 annual revenue and EBITDA guidance. The Company now expects 2011 revenues in the range of $1.92 billion to $1.94 billion, up from its previous revenue guidance of $1.84 billion to $1.88 billion. For 2011, the Company now expects EBITDA in the range of $335 million to $340 million, an increase from its previous guidance of $315 million to $320 million.

Based upon preliminary estimates of the markets it serves, the Company expects 2012 revenues in the range of $2.15 billion to $2.2 billion. The Company expects its EBITDA margin to be approximately 18% at this level of growth in 2012, which translates into an EBITDA range of $390 million to $400 million. As Clean Harbors completes its 2012 budgeting process in the coming months, it plans to update this preliminary guidance in conjunction with the announcement of its fourth-quarter results in February 2012.

Conference Call Information

Clean Harbors will conduct a conference call for investors today at 9:00 a.m. (ET) to discuss the information contained in this press release. On the call, management will discuss Clean Harbors’ financial results, business outlook and growth strategy.

Investors who wish to listen to the webcast should log onto The live call also can be accessed by dialing 201.689.8881 or 877.709.8155 prior to the start of the call. If you are unable to listen to the live call, the webcast will be archived on the Company’s website.

About Clean Harbors

Clean Harbors is the leading provider of environmental, energy and industrial services throughout North America. The Company serves more than 50,000 customers, including a majority of the Fortune 500 companies, thousands of smaller private entities and numerous federal, state, provincial and local governmental agencies.

Headquartered in Norwell, Massachusetts, Clean Harbors has more than 175 locations, including over 50 waste management facilities, throughout North America in 37 U.S. states, seven Canadian provinces, Mexico and Puerto Rico. The Company also operates international locations in Bulgaria, China, Singapore, Sweden, Thailand and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit

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 (in thousands except per share amounts)






For the three months ended:

For the nine months ended:

September 30,2011

September 30,2010

September 30,2011

September 30,2010
Revenues $556,053 $487,651 $1,438,250 $1,314,186
Cost of revenues (exclusive of items shown separately below) 386,518 335,273 1,006,849 919,970
Selling, general and administrative expenses 65,704 53,619 178,752 149,832
Accretion of environmental liabilities 2,435 2,495 7,231 7,799
Depreciation and amortization 34,604 22,892 87,000 67,671
Income from operations 66,792 73,372 158,418 168,914
Other income (loss) 164 (669) 5,931 2,485
Loss on early extinguishment of debt (2,294) (2,294)
Interest (expense), net (10,927) (7,198) (28,047) (21,772)
Income from continuing operations before provision for income taxes 56,029 63,211 136,302 147,333
Provision for income taxes 18,896 24,384 47,283 42,941
Income from continuing operations 37,133 38,827 89,019 104,392
Income from discontinued operations, net of tax 2,794
Net income $37,133 $38,827 $89,019 $107,186
Earnings per share:
Basic $0.70 $0.74 $1.68 $2.04
Diluted $0.70 $0.73 $1.67 $2.03
Weighted average common shares outstanding 53,023 52,658 52,921 52,581
Weighted average common shares outstanding plus potentially

dilutive common shares
53,370 52,963 53,298





(in thousands)
September 30, December 31,


Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 257,159 $ 302,210
Marketable securities 93 3,174
Accounts receivable, net 414,079 332,678
Unbilled accounts receivable 41,728 19,117
Deferred costs 5,831 6,891
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 37,278 28,939
Supplies inventories 53,614 44,546
Deferred tax assets 16,488 14,982
Total current assets 826,270 752,537
Property, plant and equipment, net 880,719 655,394
Other assets:

Long-term investments
4,239 5,437
Deferred financing costs 14,325 7,768
Goodwill 134,696 60,252
Permits and other intangibles, net 140,970 114,400
Other 9,166 6,687
Total other assets 303,396 194,544
Total assets $ 2,010,385 $ 1,602,475




(in thousands)

September 30,
December 31,


Current liabilities:
Current portion of capital lease obligations $ 8,570 $ 7,954
Accounts payable 201,561 136,978
Deferred revenue 28,627 30,745
Accrued expenses 138,911 116,089
Current portion of closure, post-closure and remedial liabilities 15,899 14,518
Total current liabilities 393,568 306,284
Other liabilities:
Closure and post-closure liabilities, less current portion 27,420 32,830
Remedial liabilities, less current portion 124,183 128,944
Long-term obligations 524,590 264,007
Capital lease obligations, less current portion 7,531 6,839
Unrecognized tax benefits and other long-term liabilities 92,887 82,744
Total other liabilities 776,611 515,364
Total stockholders’ equity, net 840,206 780,827
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 2,010,385 $ 1,602,475

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