HOUSTON, July 31, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Orion Marine Group, Inc. (NYSE:ORN) (the "Company"), a heavy civil marine contractor, today reported a net loss for the three months ended June 30, 2014, of $1.2 million ($0.04 diluted loss per share). These results compare to a net profit of $0.2 million ($0.01 diluted earnings per share) for the same period a year ago.

"As we indicated, the mix of projects in the second quarter and the delay in the start dates for certain projects led to gaps in project schedules, which put pressure on margins during the second quarter due to idle labor and equipment," said Mark Stauffer, Orion Marine Group's President. "However, the delayed projects are now underway and we remain well positioned for a strong second half of the year as several large projects in backlog begin to execute. Additionally, we have had some positive industry catalysts move forward during the quarter, which bode well for our long term outlook. Overall, we remain excited about the remainder of the year and beyond."

Financial highlights of the Company's second quarter 2014 include:

Second Quarter 2014
  • Second quarter 2014 contract revenue was $90.3 million, an increase of 7.3%, as compared with second quarter 2013 contract revenue of $84.1 million.  
  • The Company self-performed approximately 82% of its work as measured by cost during the second quarter 2014, which is comparable to the prior year period.  
  • Gross profit for the quarter was $5.9 million, which represents a decrease of $1.9 million as compared with the second quarter of 2013. Gross profit margin for the quarter was 6.5%, which was lower than the prior year period of 9.3%. The decrease was a result of fluctuations in the mix of projects resulting in idle labor and equipment costs as start dates on certain projects were delayed, creating gaps in project schedules.    
  • Selling, General, and Administrative expenses for the second quarter 2014 were $8.1 million as compared to $7.8 million in the prior year period.   
  • The Company's second quarter 2014 EBITDA was $4.0 million, representing a 4.4% EBITDA margin, which compares to second quarter 2013 EBITDA of $5.7 million, or a 6.7% EBITDA margin. Similar to gross margin, EBITDA margin for the second quarter was pressured by fluctuations in the mix of projects resulting in idle labor and equipment costs as start dates on certain projects were delayed, creating gaps in project schedules.  

Backlog of work under contract as of June 30, 2014, was a record $281.6 million, which compares with backlog under contract at June 30, 2013, of $243.9 million. 

The Company reminds investors that backlog can fluctuate from period to period due to the timing and execution of contracts. Given the typical duration of the Company's projects, which generally range from three to nine months, the Company's backlog at any point in time usually represents only a portion of the revenue it expects to realize during a twelve-month period. Backlog consists of projects under contract that have either (a) not been started, or (b) are in progress and not yet complete, and the Company cannot guarantee that the revenue projected in its backlog will be realized, or, if realized, will result in earnings.


"With a record backlog and positive industry catalysts, we remain pleased with our outlook for the remainder of 2014 and beyond," said Mr. Stauffer. "Private sector demand, led by energy sector clients and recreational customers, continues to be a strong driver of bid opportunities. Additionally, we expect to see some lettings from the Corps of Engineers before the end of the Corps' fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2014. As a result, we expect to see improvement in the utilization of our assets as we move through the back half of the year. The second half of 2014 will also benefit from revenues generated from our Dredge Material Placement Area (DMPA) fees.

"Overall, we are pleased with both the amount of work we bid on and the amount of work we won during the second quarter of 2014. During the second quarter, we bid on approximately $429 million worth of opportunities and were successful on approximately $117 million. This represents a 27% win rate and a book-to-bill ratio of 1.29 times for the quarter. Currently, we have over $205 million worth of bids outstanding, including approximately $27 million on which we are apparent low bidder."

"We look forward to the second half of 2014, which will have improved labor and equipment utilization along with solid bid opportunities, leading to profitable results for the full year," said Chris DeAlmeida, Orion Marine Group's Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "As we look beyond 2014, we are seeing some positive industry catalysts, such as the recent passage of the Water Resource Development Act, which included language to rectify the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund expenditures, and a previously passed federal budget framework for fiscal 2015. Additionally, we expect to continue to see strong demand for our services from the private sector and local port authorities as trade and recreational use of waterways continues to grow. Overall, we are pleased with our market outlook and remain optimistic about the road ahead."

Conference Call Details

Orion Marine Group will conduct a telephone briefing to discuss its results for the second quarter 2014 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time/9:00 a.m. Central Time on Thursday, July 31, 2014. To listen to a live broadcast of this briefing, visit the Investor Relations section of the Company's website at www.orionmarinegroup.com. To participate in the call, please call the Orion Marine Group Second Quarter 2014 Earnings Conference Call at 866-700-6067; participant code 30673431.

About Orion Marine Group

Orion Marine Group, Inc. provides a broad range of heavy civil marine construction and specialty services on, over and under the water along the Gulf Coast, the Atlantic Seaboard, the West Coast, and in Alaska, Canada and the Caribbean Basin, and acts as a single source turn-key solution for its customers' marine contracting needs. Its heavy civil marine construction services include marine transportation facility construction, marine pipeline construction, marine environmental structures, dredging of waterways, channels and ports, environmental dredging, and specialty services. The Company is headquartered in Houston, Texas and has a near 100-year legacy of successful operations.


This press release includes the financial measures "EBITDA" and "EBITDA margin." These measurements may be deemed "non-GAAP financial measures" under rules of the Securities and Exchange Commission, including Regulation G. The non-GAAP financial information may be determined or calculated differently by other companies. By reporting such non-GAAP financial information, the Company does not intend to give such information greater prominence than comparable and other GAAP financial information, which information is of equal or greater importance.

Orion Marine Group defines EBITDA as net income before net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing EBITDA for the period by contract revenues for the period. The GAAP financial measure that is most directly comparable to EBITDA margin is operating margin, which represents operating income divided by contract revenues. EBITDA and EBITDA margin are used internally to evaluate current operating expense, operating efficiency, and operating profitability on a variable cost basis, by excluding the depreciation and amortization expenses, primarily related to capital expenditures and acquisitions, and net interest and tax expenses. Additionally, EBITDA and EBITDA margin provide useful information regarding the Company's ability to meet future debt repayment requirements and working capital requirements while providing an overall evaluation of the Company's financial condition. In addition, EBITDA is used internally for incentive compensation purposes. The Company includes EBITDA and EBITDA margin to provide transparency to investors as they are commonly used by investors and others in assessing performance. EBITDA and EBITDA margin have certain limitations as analytical tools and should not be used as a substitute for operating margin, net income, cash flows, or other data prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or as a measure of the Company's profitability or liquidity.

A reconciliation of the Company's future EBITDA margin to the corresponding GAAP measure is not available as these are estimated goals for the performance of the overall operations over the planning period. These estimated goals are based on assumptions that may be affected by actual outcomes, including but not limited to the factors noted in the "forward looking statements" herein, in other releases, and in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Forward-Looking Statements

The matters discussed in this press release may constitute or include projections or other forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, the provisions of which the Company is availing itself. Certain forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology, such as 'believes', 'expects', 'may', 'will', 'could', 'should', 'seeks', 'approximately', 'intends', 'plans', 'estimates', or 'anticipates', or the negative thereof or other comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy, plans, objectives, intentions, estimates, forecasts, outlook, assumptions, or goals. In particular, statements regarding future operations or results, including those set forth in this press release (including those under "Outlook" above), and any other statement, expressed or implied, concerning future operating results or the future generation of or ability to generate revenues, income, net income, profit, EBITDA, EBITDA margin, or cash flow, including to service debt, and including any estimates, forecasts or assumptions regarding future revenues or revenue growth, are forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements also include estimated project start date, anticipated revenues, and contract options which may or may not be awarded in the future. Forward looking statements involve risks, including those associated with the Company's fixed price contracts that impacts profits, unforeseen productivity delays that may alter the final profitability of the contract, cancellation of the contract by the customer for unforeseen reasons, delays or decreases in funding by the customer, levels and predictability of government funding or other governmental budgetary constraints and any potential contract options which may or may not be awarded in the future, and are the sole discretion of award by the customer. Past performance is not necessarily an indicator of future results. In light of these and other uncertainties, the inclusion of forward-looking statements in this press release should not be regarded as a representation by the Company that the Company's plans, estimates, forecasts, goals, intentions, or objectives will be achieved or realized. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The Company assumes no obligation to update information contained in this press release whether as a result of new developments or otherwise.

Please refer to the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed on March 27, 2014, which is available on its website at www.orionmarinegroup.com or at the SEC's website at www.sec.gov, for additional and more detailed discussion of risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from our current expectations, estimates or forecasts.

Orion Marine Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except share and per share information)
  Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Contract revenues $ 90,251 $ 84,081 $ 171,509 $ 159,140
Costs of contract revenues 84,378 76,250 157,989 145,479
Gross profit 5,873 7,831 13,520 13,661
Selling, general and administrative expenses 8,129 7,826 16,093 15,517
(Loss) income from operations (2,256) 5 (2,573) (1,856)
Other income (expense)        
Gain from sale of assets, net 84 176
Other income 467 316 467 614
Interest income 1 10 12
Interest expense (194) (132) (324) (316)
Other income, net 357 185 329 310
(Loss) income before income taxes (1,899) 190 (2,244) (1,546)
Income tax benefit (736) (22) (871) (661)
Net (loss) income  (1,163) 212  (1,373) (885)
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest (18) (25)
Net (loss) income attributable to Orion common stockholders $ (1,163) $ 230 $ (1,373) $ (860)
Basic (loss) income per share  $ (0.04)  $ 0.01  $ (0.05)  $ (0.03)
Diluted (loss) income per share  $ (0.04)  $ 0.01  $ (0.05)  $ (0.03)
Shares used to compute (loss) income per share        
Basic 27,422,658 27,270,367 27,410,384 27,250,268
Diluted 27,422,658 27,600,661 27,410,384 27,250,268
Orion Marine Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
EBITDA and EBITDA Margin Reconciliations
(In Thousands, except margin data)
  Three months ended June 30, Six months ended June 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
  (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited)
Net (loss) income  $ (1,163)  $ 212  $ (1,373)  $ (885)
Income tax benefit (736) (22) (871) (661)
Interest expense, net 194 131 314 304
Depreciation and amortization 5,644 5,350 11,263 10,728
EBITDA  $ 3,939  $ 5,671  $ 9,333  $ 9,486
Operating (loss) income margin (1.9)% 0.4% (1.1)% (0.7)%
Impact of depreciation and amortization 6.3% 6.3% 6.6% 6.7%
EBITDA margin 4.4% 6.7% 5.5% 6.0%
Orion Marine Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Supplementary Financial Information
(In Thousands)
  June 30, December 31,
  2014 2013
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 34,370  $ 40,859
Accounts receivable:    
Trade, net of allowance of $0 26,997 39,110
Retainage 15,032 10,427
Other 394 2,040
Income taxes receivable 333 333
Inventory 4,082 3,520
Deferred tax asset 726 726
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 30,556 24,856
Asset held for sale 375 417
Prepaid expenses and other 2,580 2,990
Total current assets 115,445 125,278
Accounts Receivable, non-current 1,410
Property and equipment, net 163,512 141,923
Inventory, non-current 5,636 4,772
Goodwill 33,798 33,798
Intangible assets, net of amortization 60 197
Other assets 234 240
Total assets  $ 320,095  $ 306,208
Current liabilities:    
Current debt  $ 30,675  $ 8,564
Accounts payable:    
Trade 19,838 23,105
Retainage 1,623 1,667
Accrued liabilities 14,493 11,415
Taxes payable 356 459
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts 7,922 14,595
Total current liabilities 74,907 59,805
Other long-term liabilities 502 526
Deferred income taxes 17,067 17,978
Deferred revenue 58 87
Total liabilities 92,534 78,396
Commitments and contingencies    
Stockholders' equity:    
Preferred stock -- $0.01 par value, 10,000,000 authorized, none issued
Common stock -- $0.01 par value, 50,000,000 authorized, 27,765,697 and 27,710,775 issued; 27,447,966 and 27,393,045 outstanding at June 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013, respectively 278 278
Treasury stock, 317,731 shares, at cost (3,003) (3,003)
Additional paid-in capital 165,092 163,970
Retained earnings 65,194 66,567
Total stockholders' equity 227,561 227,812
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 320,095  $ 306,208
Orion Marine Group, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Supplementary Financial Information
(In Thousands)
  Six months ended June 30,
  2014 2013
Cash flows from operating activities    
Net loss  $ (1,373)  $ (885)
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization 11,263 10,728
Deferred financing cost amortization 35
Bad debt recoveries (7) (3)
Deferred income taxes (911) (747)
Stock-based compensation 782 1,132
Gain on sale of property and equipment (176) (48)
Change in operating assets and liabilities:    
Accounts receivable 7,751 14,905
Income tax receivable 269
Inventory (1,426) (869)
Prepaid expenses and other 498 930
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts (5,700) (647)
Accounts payable (3,311) (9,324)
Accrued liabilities 3,054 (2,762)
Income tax payable (103) 86
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts (6,673) (5,700)
Deferred revenue (29) (29)
Net cash provided by operating activities 3,639 7,071
Cash flows from investing activities:    
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment 338 81
Purchase of property and equipment (10,718) (6,917)
Purchase of land in Houston (22,199)
Net cash used in investing activities (32,579) (6,836)
Cash flows from financing activities:    
Borrowings from Credit Facility 22,500
Contributions from non-controlling interest 33
Payments made on borrowings from Credit Facility (389) (3,278)
Exercise of stock options 340 510
Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities 22,451 (2,735)
Net change in cash and cash equivalents (6,489) (2,500)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 40,859 43,084
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period  $ 34,370  $ 40,584
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:    
Cash paid during the period for:    
Interest  $ 325  $ 337
Taxes (net of refunds)  $ 146  $ (269)
CONTACT: Orion Marine Group, Inc.         Drew Swerdlow, Investor Relations, 713-852-6582

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