NEW YORK, May 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- HC2 Holdings, Inc. ("HC2") (NYSE MKT:HCHC), a diversified holding company that focuses on acquiring and operating businesses that it considers to be under or fairly valued and growing its acquired businesses, today announced its consolidated results for the first quarter 2016, which ended on March 31, 2016.

"The first quarter marked a solid start to the year," said Philip Falcone, HC2's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our results highlight the unique value HC2 brings to the market given our diverse holdings across a number of uncorrelated industries.  Going forward, we remain committed to being a permanent capital vehicle and pursuing cash flow positive, and select early stage businesses to enhance long-term shareholder value."

First Quarter Financial Highlights:
  • Net Revenue: Consolidated total net revenues were $331.7 million for the first quarter 2016, an increase of $129.9 million, or 64.4%, as compared to the first quarter of 2015, primarily driven by growth in the telecom segment, as well as the contribution from the newly acquired Continental Insurance business.
  • Operating Income / (Loss): HC2 reported a loss of $19.7 million from operations for the first quarter 2016 compared to operating income of $0.1 million for the year-ago quarter. The year-over-year decline was primarily driven by non-cash charges, including mark-to-market charges in the insurance segment's investment portfolio, as well as a one-time charge in the Marine Services segment related to delays associated with one telecommunications installation project.
  • Net Income / (Loss): HC2 reported a net loss attributable to common and participating preferred stockholders of $31.5 million or $0.89 per fully diluted share for the first quarter 2016, versus a loss of $6.3 million or $0.26 per fully diluted share for the year ago quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA: Adjusted EBITDA for "Core Operating Subsidiaries", consisting of HC2's Manufacturing, Marine Services, Utilities and Telecommunications segments, was a combined $12.7 million for the quarter, or $18.2 million excluding the one-time charge in Marine Services, versus $14.1 million for the year-ago quarter.Core Operating Subsidiary results benefited from EBITDA growth in the Manufacturing segment due largely to margin expansion, growth in scale and customer relationships in the Telecommunications segment, and an increase in volume of Gasoline Gallon Equivalents (GGE's) delivered in the Utilities segment, offset by a decrease in Marine Services.Total Adjusted EBITDA (excluding the Insurance segment) for the first quarter, which includes results from Core Operating Subsidiaries, Early-Stage, Other and Non-Operating Corporate segments, was $0.3 million, compared to $5.9 million from the year-ago quarter.
  • Balance sheet: As of March, 31, 2016, HC2 had consolidated cash, cash equivalents and investments of $1.5 billion, which includes cash associated with HC2's Insurance segment acquisitions that closed during the fourth quarter 2015.  At the corporate level, HC2 had $40.9 million in cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments at the end of the first quarter.

Additional First Quarter Highlights and Recent Developments
  • Manufacturing - Backlog in HC2's Manufacturing segment (Schuff) was $415.0 million at the end of the first quarter, up nearly 10% from the prior quarter and up 36% compared to the prior year quarter.
  • Marine Services - During the first quarter, Global Marine was awarded an extension of the North America Maintenance Zone (NAZ) submarine cable maintenance contract through 2024.  In addition, two new installation contracts were signed in first quarter with scheduled delivery in the second half of 2016. Joint Ventures with HMN (Huawei Marine Networks) and SBSS (China Telecom) continued to be valuable components of the Global Marine business.
  • Utilities - During the first quarter, ANG delivered 800,000 Gasoline Gallon Equivalents (GGE's), versus 659,000 GGE's in the previous quarter and 358,000 in year-ago quarter. ANG owns and/or operates 11 natural gas fueling stations with three additional facilities under construction and scheduled for commission mid-2016, and is currently under contract to acquire two new stations.
  • Telecommunications - The first quarter 2016 marked the fourth consecutive quarter of profitability for PTGI-ICS with first quarter revenues up $103 million or 221% from the prior-year quarter due to growth in wholesale traffic volumes.
  • Insurance - Approximately $80.0 million of statutory surplus and $2.0 billion in total GAAP assets as of March 31, 2016. Strengthened Executive Management Team - Appointed Paul L. Robinson as the Company's Chief Legal Officer and Corporate Secretary and Andrew G. Backman as Managing Director - Investor Relations and Public Relations, both reporting directly to Philip Falcone, HC2's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Falcone concluded, "HC2 is a unique company, with a very promising long-term value proposition. We continue to actively manage our diverse portfolio of companies to drive positive cash flow at our existing subsidiaries and identify and acquire additional undervalued companies, all with the objective of increasing long-term shareholder value."

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In this release, HC2 refers to certain financial measures that are not presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), including Core Operating Subsidiary Adjusted EBITDA and Total Adjusted EBITDA (excluding the Insurance segment).  Management believes that Adjusted EBITDA measures provide investors with meaningful information for gaining an understanding of certain results as it is frequently used by the financial community to provide insight into an organization's operating trends and facilitates comparisons between peer companies, because interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization and the other items for which adjustments are made as noted in the definition of Adjusted EBITDA below can differ greatly between organizations as a result of differing capital structures and tax strategies. Adjusted EBITDA can also be a useful measure of a company's ability to service debt. In addition, management uses Adjusted EBITDA measures in evaluating certain of the Company's segments performance because they eliminate the effects of considerable amounts of non-cash depreciation and amortization and items not within the control of the Company's operations managers. While management believes that these non-US GAAP measurements are useful as supplemental information, such adjusted results are not intended to replace our US GAAP financial results and should be read together with HC2's results reported under GAAP.

Management defines Adjusted EBITDA as Net income (loss)  adjusted to exclude the impact of asset impairment expense; gain (loss) on sale or disposal of assets; lease termination costs; interest expense; loss on early extinguishment or restructuring of debt; other income (expense), net; foreign currency transaction gain (loss); income tax (benefit) expense; gain (loss) from discontinued operations; non-controlling interest; share-based compensation expense; acquisition related and other non-recurring costs and depreciation and amortization. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net income, the most comparable measure calculated in accordance with GAAP is included in the financial tables at the end of this release.

Conference Call

HC2 Holdings, Inc. will host a live conference call to discuss its first quarter 2016 financial results and operations today, Monday, May 9, 2016 at 4:30 p.m. ET. Dial-in instructions for the conference call and the replay are as follows:

Live Call

Dial-In (Toll Free): 1-866-395-3893

International Dial-In: 1-678-509-7540

Participant Entry Number: 5431300

Alternatively, a live webcast of the conference call can be accessed by interested parties through the Investor Relations section of the HC2 Website, www.HC2.com.

Conference Replay*

Domestic Dial-In (Toll Free): 1-855-859-2056

International Dial-In: 1-404-537-3406

Conference Number: 5431300

*Available approximately one hour after the end of the conference call through May, 31, 2016.

Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Safe Harbor Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains, and certain oral statements made by our representatives from time to time may contain, forward-looking statements. Generally, forward-looking statements include information describing actions, events, results, strategies and expectations and are generally identifiable by use of the words "believes," "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "plans," "seeks," "estimates," "projects," "may," "will," "could," "might," or "continues" or similar expressions. The forward-looking statements in this press release include without limitation statements regarding our expectation regarding building shareholder value.  Such statements are based on the beliefs and assumptions of HC2's management and the management of HC2's subsidiaries. The Company believes these judgments are reasonable, but you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results, and the Company's actual results could differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of important factors, both positive and negative, that may be revised or supplemented in subsequent reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K. Such important factors include, without limitation, issues related to the restatement of our financial statements; the fact that we have historically identified material weaknesses in our internal control over financial reporting, and any inability to remediate future material weaknesses; capital market conditions; the ability of HC2's subsidiaries to generate sufficient net income and cash flows to make upstream cash distributions; volatility in the trading price of HC2 common stock; the ability of HC2 and its subsidiaries to identify any suitable future acquisition opportunities; our ability to realize efficiencies, cost savings, income and margin improvements, growth, economies of scale and other anticipated benefits of strategic transactions; difficulties related to the integration of financial reporting of acquired or target businesses; difficulties completing pending and future acquisitions and dispositions; effects of litigation, indemnification claims, and other contingent liabilities; changes in regulations and tax laws; and risks that may affect the performance of the operating subsidiaries of HC2. These risks and other important factors discussed under the caption "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), and our other reports filed with the SEC could cause actual results to differ materially from those indicated by the forward-looking statements made in this press release.

You should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements attributable to HC2 or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. All such statements speak only as of the date made, and HC2 undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

HC2 HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(in thousands, except per share amounts)
  Three Months Ended March 31,
  2016   2015
Services revenue $ 182,109     $ 73,718  
Sales revenue 120,497     128,090  
Life, accident and health earned premiums, net 19,934      
Net investment income 14,079      
Realized losses on investments (4,875 )    
Net revenue 331,744     201,808  
Operating expenses      
Cost of revenue - services 174,873     61,920  
Cost of revenue - sales 99,677     110,536  
Policy benefits and acquisition expenses 34,139      
Selling, general and administrative 36,302     23,512  
Depreciation and amortization 5,597     5,255  
Loss on sale or disposal of assets 887     473  
Total operating expenses 351,475     201,696  
Income (loss) from operations (19,731 )   112  
Interest expense (10,326 )   (8,700 )
Other income (expense), net 110     (227 )
Loss from equity investees (3,934 )   (2,688 )
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes (33,881 )   (11,503 )
Income tax benefit 2,539     6,014  
Loss from continuing operations (31,342 )   (5,489 )
Loss from discontinued operations     (9 )
Net loss (31,342 )   (5,498 )
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest and redeemable noncontrolling interest 880     261  
Net loss attributable to HC2 Holdings, Inc. (30,462 )   (5,237 )
Less: Preferred stock dividends and accretion 1,069     1,088  
Net loss attributable to common stock and participating preferred stockholders $ (31,531 )   $ (6,325 )
Basic loss per common share:      
Loss from continuing operations $ (0.89 )   $ (0.26 )
Loss from discontinued operations      
Net loss attributable to common stock and participating preferred stockholders $ (0.89 )   $ (0.26 )
Diluted loss per common share:      
Loss from continuing operations $ (0.89 )   $ (0.26 )
Loss from discontinued operations      
Net loss attributable to common stock and participating preferred stockholders $ (0.89 )   $ (0.26 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:      
Basic 35,262     24,146  
Diluted 35,262     24,146  

HC2 HOLDINGS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET

(in thousands)
  March 31, 2016   December 31, 2015
Assets      
Investments:      
Fixed maturity securities, available-for-sale at fair value $ 1,278,031     $ 1,231,841  
Equity securities, available-for-sale at fair value 47,557     49,682  
Mortgage loans 1,145     1,252  
Policy loans 18,360     18,476  
Other invested assets 46,009     53,119  
Total investments 1,391,102     1,354,370  
Cash and cash equivalents 137,700     158,624  
Restricted cash 589     538  
Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $1,621 and $794 at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively) 192,607     210,853  
Costs and recognized earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts 33,143     39,310  
Inventory 10,636     12,120  
Recoverable from reinsurers 526,251     522,562  
Accrued investment income 16,420     15,300  
Deferred tax asset 44,245     52,511  
Property, plant and equipment, net 241,848     214,466  
Goodwill 83,766     61,178  
Intangibles 37,539     29,409  
Other assets 44,142     65,206  
Assets held for sale 4,976     6,065  
Total assets $ 2,764,964     $ 2,742,512  
Liabilities, temporary equity and stockholders' equity      
Life, accident and health reserves $ 1,614,244     $ 1,593,330  
Annuity reserves 258,644     259,460  
Value of business acquired 51,130     50,761  
Accounts payable and other current liabilities 193,137     225,389  
Billings in excess of costs and recognized earnings on uncompleted contracts 24,643     21,201  
Deferred tax liability 18,249     4,281  
Long-term obligations 394,242     371,876  
Pension liability 22,982     25,156  
Other liabilities 16,986     17,793  
Total liabilities 2,594,257     2,569,247  
Commitments and contingencies      
Temporary equity:      
Preferred stock, $.001 par value - 20,000,000 shares authorized; Series A - 29,172 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015; Series A-1 - 10,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015; Series A-2 - 14,000 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015 52,674     52,619  
Redeemable noncontrolling interest 3,090     3,122  
Total temporary equity 55,764     55,741  
Stockholders' equity:      
Common stock, $.001 par value - 80,000,000 shares authorized; 35,346,536 and 35,281,375 shares issued and 35,314,910 and 35,249,749 shares outstanding at March 31, 2016 and December 31, 2015, respectively 35     35  
Additional paid-in capital 211,713     209,477  
Accumulated deficit (110,191 )   (79,729 )
Treasury stock, at cost (378 )   (378 )
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (14,935 )   (35,375 )
Total HC2 Holdings, Inc. stockholders' equity before noncontrolling interest 86,244     94,030  
Noncontrolling interest 28,699     23,494  
Total stockholders' equity 114,943     117,524  
Total liabilities, temporary equity and stockholders' equity $ 2,764,964     $ 2,742,512  

HC2 HOLDINGS, INC.

ADJUSTED EBITDA

(in thousands)
  Three Months Ended March 31, 2016
  Core Operating Early-Stage and Other Non-operating Corporate HC2 Holdings, Inc. (Excluding Insurance) Core Financial Services Subsidiaries (Insurance) HC2 Holdings, Inc.
  Manufacturing   Marine Services   Telecommunications   Utilities   Total Core Operating Life Sciences   Other
Net income (loss) $ 4,384     $ (5,918 )   $ 1,202     $ (27 )   $ (359 ) $ 1,298     $ (5,714 ) $ (13,409 ) $ (18,184 ) $ (12,278 ) $ (30,462 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:                                
Depreciation and amortization 529     4,797     106     429     5,861   19     336     6,216      
Depreciation and amortization (included in cost of revenue) 1,933                 1,933           1,933      
(Gain) loss on sale or disposal of assets 904     (17 )           887           887      
Interest expense 310     1,070         9     1,389         8,937   10,326      
Other (income) expense, net (44 )   612     (1,025 )   (31 )   (488 ) (3,221 )   1,224   (1,611 ) (4,096 )    
Foreign currency (gain) loss (included in cost of revenue)     (147 )           (147 )         (147 )    
Income tax (benefit) expense 3,445     (640 )           2,805       (1 ) (4,226 ) (1,422 )    
Noncontrolling interest 61     (155 )       (22 )   (116 ) (720 )   (44 )   (880 )    
Share-based payment expense     609         14     623   22     160   2,386   3,191      
Acquisition related and other non-recurring costs     266         27     293       1   2,201   2,495      
Adjusted EBITDA $ 11,522     $ 477     $ 283     $ 399     $ 12,681   $ (2,602 )   $ (4,038 ) $ (5,722 ) $ 319      

  Three Months Ended March 31, 2015
  Core Operating Early-Stage and Other Non-operating Corporate HC2 Holdings, Inc. (excluding Insurance) Core Financial Services Subsidiaries (Insurance) HC2 Holdings, Inc.
  Manufacturing   Marine Services   Telecommunications   Utilities   Total Core Operating Life Sciences   Other
Net income (loss) $ 3,188     $ 1,209     $ (524 )   $ (113 )   $ 3,760   $ (1,072 )   $ 6,475   $ (14,400 ) $ (5,237 ) $   $ (5,237 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to Adjusted EBITDA:                                
Depreciation and amortization 478     4,278     98     398     5,252   1     2     5,255      
Depreciation and amortization (included in cost of revenue) 1,875                 1,875           1,875      
(Gain) loss on sale or disposal of assets 423         50         473           473      
Interest expense 344     996         11     1,351         7,349   8,700      
Other (income) expense, net (17 )   446     317     (6 )   740       (162 ) (351 ) 227      
Foreign currency (gain) loss (included in cost of revenue)     (1,823 )           (1,823 )         (1,823 )    
Income tax (benefit) expense 2,569     (120 )           2,449   9     (8,418 ) (54 ) (6,014 )    
Loss from discontinued operations 9                 9           9      
Noncontrolling interest 85     49         (108 )   26   (288 )   1     (261 )    
Share-based payment expense             1     1       1   2,692   2,694      
Adjusted EBITDA $ 8,954     $ 5,035     $ (59 )   $ 183     $ 14,113   $ (1,350 )   $ (2,101 ) $ (4,764 ) $ 5,898      

 
For information on HC2 Holdings, Inc., please contact Andrew G. Backman - Managing Director - Investor Relations & Public Relations - abackman@hc2.com - 212-339-5836

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