Consolidated Water Reports Q1 2020 Results

|May 15|magazine35 min read

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands, May 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (Nasdaq Global Select Market: CWCO), a leading developer and operator of advanced water supply and treatment plants, reported results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2020. Quarterly comparisons are to the year-ago quarter unless otherwise noted.

Q1 2020 Highlights

  • Revenue increased 22% to $20.7 million.
  • Gross profit up 21% to $8.4 million.
  • Net income from continuing operations attributable to stockholders increased 13% to $2.9 million or $0.19 per diluted share.
  • Cash and cash equivalents totaled $32.3 million as of March 31, 2020.
  • Paid $1.3 million in dividends.
  • Acquired remaining 49% interest in Aerex Industries, the company's custom and specialty manufacturer of water treatment-related systems and products based in Ft. Pierce, Florida.

Management Commentary

"In Q1, we reported record quarterly revenue as a result of the addition of $3.0 million of revenue from PERC Water, our 51% owned subsidiary which we acquired in Q4 of 2019," commented Consolidated Water CEO, Rick McTaggart. "Our retail segment and manufacturing segment also increased their revenue and gross profit from the first quarter of last year.

"Regional water management challenges are creating demand not only for potable water solutions, like desalination, but also for wastewater treatment and reuse projects. For states actively pursuing these projects, like California, Arizona, Texas and Florida, the anticipated demand for new wastewater treatment facilities and operations is actually several times higher than the corresponding category for potable water. In February, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued its long-awaited National Reuse Action Plan in which it emphasizes the importance of water reuse for all industries.

"PERC supports our pursuit of these water reuse projects and other emerging opportunities, and has proven to be highly complementary and synergistic to our existing business and overall mission. PERC allows us to offer our customers a comprehensive solution for improving their water infrastructure, as well as provides a solid platform upon which we can expand our core business of designing, constructing and operating desalination plants in North America. PERC exemplifies the high-quality opportunities we are pursuing to drive continued growth and enhance shareholder value over the coming years.

"During the quarter, we acquired the remaining 49% interest in Aerex. Since our initial acquisition of 51% of Aerex in February 2016, we have strengthened Aerex's capabilities and resources and expanded its product offerings. This has resulted in improved results, which we expect to enhance shareholder value over the coming years.

"While we continue to be concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the world economy and our business, we remain optimistic about the future. Over the near term, travel interruptions and resulting decline in tourism will likely adversely affect our retail water business on Grand Cayman.

"Our revenue from bulk water supply contracts with government entities is not as directly affected by a short-term decline in tourism but could be adversely impacted over the longer term by continued weakness in the economies of the Cayman Islands and The Bahamas. The COVID-19 pandemic has already drastically slowed the economies of these countries. While our U.S.-based businesses are not affected by tourism, these businesses could be adversely affected by a decline in the U.S. and world economies or supply chain interruptions.

"We will remain vigilant and responsive to any challenges that may arise as this global pandemic plays out. At the same time, we will continue our mission of addressing water resource challenges. This includes continuing to actively evaluate acquisition targets in North America that would expand our geographic footprint and diversify our revenue streams."

Q1 2020 Financial Summary

Revenue increased 22% to $20.7 million from $17.0 million in the first quarter of 2019, which was driven primarily by increases of $3.0 million in the services segment, $823,000 in the manufacturing segment and $571,000 in the retail segment. The increases were partially offset by a decrease of $671,000 in the bulk segment.

The increase in service revenue was due to the addition of $3.0 million in revenue from PERC as a result of acquiring 51% of the company in late October 2019. The increase in manufacturing revenue was due to an increase in the number of orders that resulted in expanded project production activity. The increase in retail revenue was due to a 10% increase in the volume of water sold by Cayman Water due to drought-like conditions on Grand Cayman.

The decrease in bulk water revenue was due to the lower rates that came into effect in February 2019 for water supplied by the Red Gate and North Sound plants, as well as lower rates that came into effect in July 2019 for the North Side Water Works plant under the new contracts for those plants.

Gross profit for the first quarter of 2020 was $8.4 million, up 21% from $7.0 million in the same year-ago quarter.

Net income attributable to Consolidated Water stockholders for the first quarter of 2020 was $2.9 million or $0.19 per fully diluted share, down 53% from $6.2 million or $0.41 per fully diluted share in the first quarter of 2019. The decrease was due to the gain on the sale of the company's discontinued Belize operations of approximately $3.6 million in the first quarter of 2019.

Cash and cash equivalents totaled $32.3 million as of March 31, 2020, as compared to $42.9 million as of December 31, 2019. The decrease in cash and cash equivalents was primarily due to the acquisition of the remaining 49% interest in Aerex.

Segment Results



Three Months Ended March 31, 2020




Retail



Bulk



Services



Manufacturing



Total


Revenue


$

7,257,432



$

6,440,284



$

3,114,813



$

3,913,192



$

20,725,721


Cost of revenue



2,986,620




4,564,580




2,273,520




2,460,680




12,285,400


Gross profit



4,270,812




1,875,704




841,293




1,452,512




8,440,321


General and administrative expenses



3,373,839




292,046




1,131,138




356,734




5,153,757


Gain (loss) on asset dispositions and impairments, net



-




200




(420)




-




(220)


Income (loss) from operations


$

896,973



$

1,583,858



$

(290,265)



$

1,095,778




3,286,344


Other income, net



















169,344


Income before income taxes



















3,455,688


Provision for income taxes



















206,083


Net income



















3,249,605


Income attributable to non-controlling interests



















360,998


Net income attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders


















$

2,888,607






Three Months Ended March 31, 2019




Retail



Bulk



Services



Manufacturing



Total


Revenue


$

6,686,660



$

7,111,313



$

100,577



$

3,089,974



$

16,988,524


Cost of revenue



2,825,604




4,954,591




121,919




2,124,107




10,026,221


Gross profit



3,861,056




2,156,722




(21,342)




965,867




6,962,303


General and administrative expenses



3,117,278




261,412




485,885




513,459




4,378,034


Gain (loss) on asset dispositions and impairments, net



(2,731)




46,500




-




-




43,769


Income (loss) from operations


$

741,047



$

1,941,810



$

(507,227)



$

452,408




2,628,038


Other income, net



















260,090


Income before income taxes



















2,888,128


Provision for income taxes



















48,959


Net income from continuing operations



















2,839,169


Income from continuing operations attributable to non-controlling interests



















273,908


Net income from continuing operations attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders



















2,565,261


Total income from discontinued operations



















3,621,170


Net income attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders


















$

6,186,431


Annual General Meeting of Shareholders
The company has set August 17, 2020 as the date of its annual meeting of shareholders to be held at a time and location yet to be determined. Holders of record of the company's stock as of June 15, 2020 will be entitled to vote at the meeting.

Conference Call
Consolidated Water management will host a conference call to discuss these results, followed by a question and answer period.

Date: Monday, May 18, 2020
Time: 11:00 a.m. Eastern time (8:00 a.m. Pacific time)
Toll-free dial-in number: 1-844-875-6913
International dial-in number: 1-412-317-6709
Conference ID: 10143041

Please call the conference telephone number five minutes prior to the start time. An operator will register your name and organization. If you have any difficulty connecting with the conference call, please contact CMA at 1-949-432-7566.

A replay of the call will be available after 1:00 p.m. Eastern time on the same day through May 25, 2020, as well as available for replay via the Investors section of the Consolidated Water website at www.cwco.com.

Toll-free replay number: 1-877-344-7529
International replay number: 1-412-317-0088
Replay ID: 10143041

About Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. develops and operates advanced water supply and treatment plants and water distribution systems. The company operates water production facilities in the Cayman Islands, The Bahamas and the British Virgin Islands and operates water treatment facilities in the United States. The company also manufactures and services a wide range of products and provides design, engineering, management, operating and other services applicable to commercial and municipal water production, supply and treatment, and industrial water and wastewater treatment. For more information, visit www.cwco.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release includes statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements, usually containing the words "believe", "estimate", "project", "intend", "expect", "should", "will" or similar expressions. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements inherently involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements. Factors that would cause or contribute to such differences include, but are not limited to (i) continued acceptance of the company's products and services in the marketplace; (ii) changes in its relationships with the governments of the jurisdictions in which it operates; (iii) the outcome of its negotiations with the Cayman government regarding a new retail license agreement; (iv) its ability to complete the project under development in Baja California, Mexico; (v) the future financial performance of its subsidiary that manufactures water treatment-related systems and products and provides design, engineering, management, operating and other services applicable to commercial, municipal and industrial water production; (vi) the collection of its delinquent accounts receivable in the Bahamas; (vii) its ability to integrate and profitably operate recently acquired subsidiary PERC Water Corporation; (viii) the possible adverse impact of the COVID-19 virus on the company's business; and (ix) various other risks, as detailed in the company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). For more information about risks and uncertainties associated with the company's business, please refer to the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of the company's SEC filings, including, but not limited to, its annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, copies of which may be obtained by contacting the company's Secretary at the company's executive offices or at the "Investors – SEC Filings" page of the company's website at http://ir.cwco.com/docs/. Except as otherwise required by law, the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Company Contact:
David W. Sasnett
Executive Vice President and CFO
Tel (954) 509-8200
[email protected]

Investor Relations Contact
Ron Both, CMA
Tel (949) 432-7566
[email protected]

 

CONSOLIDATED WATER CO. LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS




March 31,



December 31,




2020



2019




(Unaudited)





ASSETS









Current assets









Cash and cash equivalents


$

32,310,781



$

42,902,669


Accounts receivable, net



25,624,783




23,229,689


Inventory



6,282,173




3,287,555


Prepaid expenses and other current assets



2,353,521




2,346,918


Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings



1,968,324




1,675,781


Total current assets



68,539,582




73,442,612


Property, plant and equipment, net



61,239,413




61,248,979


Construction in progress



328,334




1,335,597


Inventory, non-current



4,534,074




4,404,378


Investment in OC-BVI



1,939,610




1,903,602


Goodwill



13,325,013




13,325,013


Land and rights of way held for development



24,162,523




24,162,523


Intangible assets, net



4,785,833




5,040,000


Operating lease right-of-use assets



4,043,717




4,439,212


Other assets



2,794,060




2,990,228


Total assets


$

185,692,159



$

192,292,144











LIABILITIES AND EQUITY









Current liabilities









Accounts payable, accrued expenses and other current liabilities


$

4,364,590



$

3,672,142


Accrued compensation



1,077,650




1,821,395


Dividends payable



1,297,703




1,292,187


Current maturities of operating leases



761,540




755,751


Current portion of long-term debt



42,211




17,753


Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings



903,692




614,386


Total current liabilities



8,447,386




8,173,614


Long term debt



155,484




61,146


Deferred tax liabilities



1,448,306




1,529,035


Noncurrent operating leases



3,166,476




3,836,475


Net liability arising from put/call options



825,000




664,000


Other liabilities



75,000




75,000


Total liabilities



14,117,652




14,339,270


Commitments and contingencies









Equity









Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders' equity









Redeemable preferred stock, $0.60 par value. Authorized 200,000 shares; issued and outstanding 33,751 and 33,751 shares, respectively



20,251




20,251


Class A common stock, $0.60 par value. Authorized 24,655,000 shares; issued and outstanding 15,114,506 and 15,049,608 shares, respectively



9,068,704




9,029,765


Class B common stock, $0.60 par value. Authorized 145,000 shares; none issued



-




-


Additional paid-in capital



86,034,929




88,356,509


Retained earnings



67,951,962




66,352,733


Total Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders' equity



163,075,846




163,759,258


Non-controlling interests



8,498,661




14,193,616


Total equity



171,574,507




177,952,874


Total liabilities and equity


$

185,692,159



$

192,292,144


 

CONSOLIDATED WATER CO. LTD.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(UNAUDITED)




Three Months Ended March 31,




2020



2019


Total revenue


$

20,725,721



$

16,988,524


Total cost of revenue



12,285,400




10,026,221


Gross profit



8,440,321




6,962,303


General and administrative expenses



5,153,757




4,378,034


Gain (loss) on asset dispositions and impairments, net



(220)




43,769


Income from operations



3,286,344




2,628,038











Other income (expense):









Interest income



136,440




150,185


Interest expense



(2,526)




-


Profit-sharing income from OC-BVI



10,125




6,075


Equity in the earnings of OC-BVI



25,883




13,461


Net unrealized loss on put/call options



(161,000)




(24,000)


Other



160,422




114,369


Other income, net



169,344




260,090


Income before income taxes



3,455,688




2,888,128


Provision for income taxes



206,083




48,959


Net income from continuing operations



3,249,605




2,839,169


Income from continuing operations attributable to non-controlling interests



360,998




273,908


Net income from continuing operations attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders



2,888,607




2,565,261


Gain on sale of discontinued operations



-




3,621,170


Total income from discontinued operations



-




3,621,170


Net income attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders


$

2,888,607



$

6,186,431




















Basic earnings per common share attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. common stockholders









Continuing operations


$

0.19



$

0.17


Discontinued operations



-




0.24


Basic earnings per share


$

0.19



$

0.41











Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. common stockholders









Continuing operations


$

0.19



$

0.17


Discontinued operations



-




0.24


Diluted earnings per share


$

0.19



$

0.41











Dividends declared per common and redeemable preferred shares


$

0.085



$

0.085











Weighted average number of common shares used in the determination of:









Basic earnings per share



15,114,506




15,020,344


Diluted earnings per share



15,268,884




15,184,435


 

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