GSE Systems Announces 2012 First Quarter Financial Results

GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE MKT: GVP), a global energy services solutions provider, announced financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2012.

Jim Eberle, Chief Executive Officer of GSE, commented, “In Q1 2012, we successfully built upon the themes that made 2011 a historic year for GSE. We generated improvements in revenue, gross margin, and operating income over Q1 2011, diversified our revenue streams and broadened our portfolio of energy services solutions, and maintained a strong financial position. We are very pleased with the progress of our business development efforts, which contributed to a $5.0 million increase to our backlog at March 31, 2012 from December 31, 2011. During Q1 2012, were awarded contracts totaling $17.8 million that address diverse end markets, such as nuclear, fossil, process simulation, engineering, and training, and serve global geographies, including China.”

Mr. Eberle continued, “Each of our business development activities and growth initiatives align with our core operating thesis that as energy demand continues to rise, the looming shortage of qualified energy operations professionals – many of whom are at or near retirement age - remains a growing industry concern.”


Q1 2012 revenue was $13.4 million, up 8.7% from $12.3 million in Q1 2011, due primarily to higher fossil simulation revenue.

Gross profit in Q1 2012 rose to $3.9 million, or 29.3 % of revenue, from $3.5 million, or 28.2% of revenue, in Q1 2011, due to a combination of factors. Revenue related to the full scope simulator and digital control system order from a Slovak utility, which has an overall lower gross profit percentage than GSE’s normal gross profit percentage, declined to $1.1 million, or 8.0% of total revenue in Q1 2012, from $1.7 million, or 14.2% of revenue, in Q1 2011. Also contributing to the improved Q1 2012 gross profit percentage was higher revenue from the Company’s fossil simulation business.

Operating income for Q1 2012 improved to $0.2 million from an operating loss of $0.3 million in Q1 2011. The improvement primarily reflects higher revenues and gross profit percentage in Q1 2012, and a decline in amortization expense related to the acquisitions of TAS Engineering Consultants in 2010 and EnVision Systems in 2011.

Pre-tax income for Q1 2012 rose to $0.8 million from $0.4 million in Q1 2011.

Income tax expense was $0.2 million in Q1 2012 compared to an income tax benefit of $0.6 million in Q1 2011. In Q1 2011, GSE recorded deferred tax liabilities of $1.0 million in conjunction with the acquisition of EnVision Systems, which reduced the consolidated U.S. net deferred tax asset by $1.0 million. As GSE had a full valuation allowance on its U.S. net deferred tax assets prior to the acquisition, the Company reduced the valuation allowance by $1.0 million in Q1 2011.

Net income for Q1 2012 was $0.5 million, or $0.03 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $1.0 million, or $0.05 per basic and diluted share.

Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (“EBITDA”) for Q1 2012 was $0.9 million compared to EBITDA of $0.7 million in Q1 2011.

Backlog at March 31, 2012 was $56.5 million, compared to $51.5 million at December 31, 2011. At March 31, 2012, approximately $4.7 million of GSE’s backlog was related to the Slovakia project.

GSE’s cash position at March 31, 2012 was $17.2 million, excluding $5.4 million of restricted cash and unrestricted Certificates of Deposit, as compared to cash and equivalents of $20.3 million, excluding $6.2 million of restricted cash and unrestricted Certificates of Deposit, at December 31, 2011. The reduction in cash from December 31, 2011 was primarily related to cash flow timing, $0.3 million in treasury stock purchases of GSE common stock (see “Share Repurchase” discussion, below), and a $0.5 million investment in the GSE-UNIS joint venture.


In May 2012, Slovenské elektrárne, a.s. (“SE”), with which GSE is contracted to provide a full scope simulator for a two unit reactor plant in Slovakia, notified the Company of its decision to suspend work under the contract due to changes in the Slovakian regulation requiring SE to redesign certain aspects of the plant. This decision to suspend the contract is not related to work being performed by GSE. GSE is currently negotiating with SE regarding ways the companies can continue to work together, including supporting the project during the suspension period, and other hardware and software changes that SE would like incorporated into the final simulator.


GSE also announced that it has received more than $5.0 million of new orders subsequent to Q1 2012 . The largest of these orders was generated by GSE’s wholly-owned subsidiary, GSE EnVision LLC. Under a multi-year agreement, GSE EnVision will provide simulation and computer-based learning modules to assist the subsidiary of a global energy services company in core fundamental operations training for control room operators, instrumentation and maintenance technicians, and process engineers in multiple refinery and ethylene plants, as well as engineering centers. Other contracts included work extensions on existing projects, including additional work on two small modular reactor simulators.

Mr. Eberle, “These new awards are indicative of our continuing focus on business development. GSE EnVision’s robust library of generic refining models, comprehensive tutorials, and a learning management system complements GSE’s customized, high-fidelity simulation and training systems. GSE EnVision’s products provide introductory training on fundamental systems and equipment common across the electric generation, oil & gas refining, and chemical industries, which allow users to establish a working knowledge of process fundamentals, plant operations, and interaction. With this knowledge, energy professionals are better prepared to utilize the full-scope, real-time simulators provided by GSE. We will continue to introduce GSE EnVision’s products in our established power markets, and pursue additional sales opportunities in new and existing customer channels.”


Under the provisions of the share repurchase program authorized by GSE’s Board of Directors in March 2011, during the three months ended March 31, 2012, GSE repurchased 162,387 shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $0.3 million.


Management will host a conference call this afternoon at 4:30 pm Eastern Time to discuss the results. Interested parties may participate in the call by dialing:
  • (877) 407-9753 (Domestic) or
  • (201) 493-6739 (International)

The conference call will also be accessible via the following link:


GSE Systems, Inc. provides a wide range of simulation and training solutions to the global energy (nuclear and non-nuclear) industry, and is the world leader in nuclear simulation. The Company has over four decades of experience, more than 1,000 installations, and hundreds of customers in over 50 countries spanning the globe. Our software, hardware and integrated training solutions leverage proven technologies to deliver real-world business advantages to the energy, process, manufacturing and government sectors worldwide. GSE Systems is headquartered in Sykesville (Baltimore), Maryland, with offices in St. Marys, Georgia; Tarrytown, New York; Madison, New Jersey; Cary, North Carolina; Chennai, India; Nyköping, Sweden; Stockton-on-Tees, UK; Glasgow, Scotland; and Beijing, China. Information about GSE Systems is available via the Internet at


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.
(in thousands, except share and per share data)
Three Months ended
March 31,
2012 2011
Contract revenue $ 13,389 $ 12,322
Cost of revenue   9,470   8,847  
Gross profit 3,919 3,475
Selling, general and administrative 3,486 3,420
Depreciation 137 125
Amortization of definite-lived intangible assets   78   217  
Operating expenses   3,701   3,762  
Operating income (loss) 218 (287 )
Interest income, net 51 33
Gain on derivative instruments, net 400 588
Other income, net   86   65  
Income before income taxes 755 399
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   225   (614 )
Net income $ 530 $ 1,013  
Basic income per common share $ 0.03 $ 0.05  
Diluted income per common share $ 0.03 $ 0.05  
Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic   18,395,585   19,210,954  
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted   18,468,818   19,498,353  
Selected balance sheet data  
(in thousands)   (unaudited)
March 31, 2012

December 31, 2011
Cash and cash equivalents $ 17,185 $ 20,326
Restricted cash - current 3,241 3,505
Current assets 47,092 47,920
Long-term restricted cash 858 897
Total assets $ 58,728 58,815
Current liabilities 17,283 $ 17,680
Long-term liabilities 1,789 2,352
Stockholders' equity $ 39,656 38,783

EBITDA Reconciliation

EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”). Management believes EBITDA, in addition to operating profit, net income and other GAAP measures, is 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. Investors should recognize that 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 EBITDA to the most directly comparable GAAP measure in accordance with SEC Regulation G follows:
Three Months ended
March 31,
2012 2011
Net income $ 530 $ 1,013
Interest income, net (51 ) (33 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes 225 (614 )
Depreciation and amortization   215     342  
EBITDA $ 919   $ 708  

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