GSE Systems Announces 2013 Second Quarter Financial Results

GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE MKT: GVP), a global energy services solutions provider, today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2013.

Jim Eberle, Chief Executive Officer of GSE, commented, “Our results for Q2 2013 were materially impacted by a decline in revenue caused by delays in customers’ decisions with respect to in excess of $17.0 million of potential orders and, more significantly, $6.6 million of one-time, non-cash charges. We believe decisions on a number of projects that were delayed from the first half of 2013 will be made in the second half of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014. We have taken appropriate actions by reducing staff and operating expenses that we believe will produce annualized savings of approximately $1.0 million. We believe that the combination of expected new orders and cost savings will produce an improvement in the third quarter of 2013 and a return to profitability in the fourth quarter of 2013. If the expected new orders do not occur on a timely basis, we are prepared to take additional measures to return to profitability. We ended the quarter with a very strong balance sheet, including cash and equivalents of $21.1 million, or $1.16 per diluted share, working capital of $26.3 million, and no long-term debt. Reflecting the long-term optimism we have for our business, we repurchased 216,399 shares of our common stock in Q2 2013 and expect to remain in the market on a go forward basis.

“Based on the last several quarters, it is clear that some nuclear customers and governments have paused, slowed, and in some cases canceled nuclear related capital projects. This is mainly the result of three issues: the impact of the Fukushima disaster in March 2011, the overall sluggishness of the world economy, and the very low natural gas prices. Thus the Company is focusing on nuclear simulation business in those areas of the world where nuclear energy will be expanding, selling its Post-Fukushima solution products PSA-HD TM and DesignEP TM, and ControlSim TM which helps with the design and testing of new plants and modifications.”


Q2 2013 revenue declined 16.3% to $11.0 million from $13.2 million in Q2 2012. Higher revenue from the $36.0 million Slovakia simulator project in Q2 2013 ($2.5 million) compared to Q2 2012 ($0.5 million) was offset by a $2.0 million decline in revenue from nuclear simulation projects in Japan and Germany. The Slovakia simulator project is expected to be substantially completed in Q1 2014. In addition, in Q2 2012 the Company completed two significant nuclear simulation projects: one was for a full scope AGR replacement simulator with a British utility, the other was for significant upgrades to a Ukrainian simulator. These projects generated revenue of $1.4 million in Q2 2012.

Gross profit in Q2 2013 was $0.6 million, or 5.8% of revenue, as compared to $4.5 million, or 33.9% of revenue, in Q2 2012. Gross profit for Q2 2013 included a $2.2 million, one-time, non-cash charge to write-down certain capitalized software development costs. Excluding this charge, gross profit in Q2 2013 was $2.8 million, or 25.5% of revenue.

The decline in gross profit was largely driven by the higher percentage of revenue associated with the Slovakian project in Q2 2013 (22.4%) as compared to the percentage of revenue from the Slovakian project in Q2 2012 (4.2%) Revenue from the Slovakia project has a substantially lower gross profit margin than GSE’s normal gross profit margin due to an inordinate amount of hardware being supplied.

Operating loss for Q2 2013 was $8.0 million compared to operating income of $560,000 in Q2 2012. Excluding the above-referenced one-time, non-cash charges of $6.6 million, the operating loss for Q2 2013 was $1.3 million in line with Q1 2013, primarily resulting from lower total revenue and revenue mix.

Net loss for Q2 2013 was $8.2 million, or $0.45 per basic and diluted share, compared to net income of $158,000, or $0.01 per basic and diluted share, in the same period last year. Excluding the $6.6 million in one-time, non-cash charges, the net loss for Q2 2013 would have been $1.6 million, or $0.09 per diluted share.

The EBITDA (Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, plus other one-time items) loss for Q2 2013 was ($1.4 million) compared to EBITDA of $0.5 million in Q2 2012.

Backlog at June 30, 2013 was $39.0 million compared to $51.9 million at December 31, 2012.

GSE’s cash position at June 30, 2013 was $21.1 million, excluding $2.2 million of restricted cash up from $18.7 million at March 31, 2013.


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GSE Systems, Inc. is a world leader in real-time high-fidelity simulation, providing a wide range of simulation, training and engineering solutions to the energy and process industries. Its comprehensive and modular solutions help customers achieve performance excellence in design, training and operations. GSE’s products and services are tailored to meet specific client requirements such as scope, budget and timeline. The Company has over four decades of experience, more than 1,100 installations, and hundreds of customers in over 50 countries spanning the globe. GSE Systems is headquartered in Sykesville (Baltimore), Maryland, with offices in St. Marys, Georgia; Madison, New Jersey; Cary, North Carolina; Chennai, India; Nyköping, Sweden; Stockton-on-Tees, UK; Glasgow, UK; and Beijing, China. Information about GSE Systems is available at


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(in thousands, except share and per share data)
(unaudited)   (unaudited)
Three Months ended Six Months ended
June 30, June 30,
  2013       2012     2013     2012
Contract revenue $ 11,034 $ 13,183 $ 23,417 $ 26,572
Cost of revenue 8,219 8,713 17,521 18,183
Write-down of capitalized software development costs   2,174     -     2,174     -
Gross profit 641 4,470 3,722 8,389
Selling, general and administrative 3,946 3,694 8,111 7,180
Goodwill impairment loss 4,462 - 4,462 -
Depreciation 146 138 299 275
Amortization of definite-lived intangible assets   52     78     104     156
Operating expenses   8,606     3,910     12,976     7,611
Operating income (loss) (7,965 ) 560 (9,254 ) 778
Interest income, net 24 34 63 85
Gain (loss) on derivative instruments (410 ) (384 ) (143 ) 16
Other income (expense), net   94     93     (11 )   179
Income (loss) before income taxes (8,257 ) 303 (9,345 ) 1,058
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (58 )   145     9     370
Net income (loss) $ (8,199 ) $ 158   $ (9,354 ) $ 688
Basic income (loss) per common share $ (0.45 ) $ 0.01   $ (0.51 ) $ 0.04
Diluted income (loss) per common share $ (0.45 ) $ 0.01   $ (0.51 ) $ 0.04
Weighted average shares outstanding - Basic   18,299,108     18,391,988     18,320,653     18,398,790
Weighted average shares outstanding - Diluted   18,299,108     18,489,690     18,320,653     18,495,693
Selected balance sheet data

 June 30, 2013 
  December 31, 2012
Cash and cash equivalents $ 21,091 $ 22,386
Restricted cash - current 979 743
Current assets 45,736 50,057
Long-term restricted cash 1,177 1,192
Total assets 51,665 62,564
Current liabilities $ 19,459 $ 20,275
Long-term liabilities 776 1,459
Stockholders' equity 31,430 40,830

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 Six Months ended
June 30, June 30,
  2013     2012     2013     2012  
Net income (loss) $ (8,199 ) $ 158 $ (9,354 ) $ 688
Interest income, net (24 ) (34 ) (63 ) (85 )
Provision (benefit) for income taxes (58 ) 145 9 370
Write-down of capitalized software development costs 2,174 - 2,174 -
Depreciation and amortization 198 216 403 431
Goodwill and impairment loss   4,462     -     4,462     -  
EBITDA $ (1,447 ) $ 485   $ (2,369 ) $ 1,404  

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