Foster Wheeler Reports Results for First Quarter of 2011

02/05/2011


ZUG, Switzerland, May 03, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Foster Wheeler AG (Nasdaq: FWLT) today reported net income for the first quarter of 2011 of $23.0 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, compared with $72.1 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2010. Net income in both quarterly periods was impacted by items as detailed in the attached table. Excluding such items from both quarterly periods, net income in the first quarter of 2011 was $23.4 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, compared with $71.3 million, or $0.56 per diluted share, in the year-ago quarter.

The following tables present quarterly and average quarterly data, both as reported and as adjusted. The company believes that quarterly averages provide meaningful comparative relevance for certain key metrics in light of the significant quarter-to-quarter variability that is inherent in the company's financial results.

(in millions) Q1 2011 Q1 2010 Qtrly Avg. 2010
Net income $23 $72 $54
Net income, as adjusted $23 $71 $55

In commenting on the company's results for the first quarter of 2011, Foster Wheeler's Interim Chief Executive Officer, Umberto della Sala, said, "Both of our business groups have continued to operate very well. However, relative to the average quarter of 2010, our net income in the first quarter of 2011 declined, as both business groups reported lower realized EBITDA margins, reflecting the as-booked margins on contracts that were awarded over the course of 2009 and 2010. Also contributing to the decline in net income relative to the average quarter of 2010 were lower volumes in our Global E&C Group and materially lower levels of profit enhancement opportunities in both groups."

Mr. della Sala said, "Our financial results for the first quarter of 2011 were broadly in line with our expectations, and we anticipate marked improvement in the remaining quarters of this year."

Global Engineering and Construction (E&C) Group

(in millions) Q1 2011 Q1 2010 Qtrly Avg. 2010
New orders booked (FW Scope) $381 $418 $485
Operating revenues (FW Scope) $359 $414 $421
Segment EBITDA $42 $100 $74
EBITDA Margin (FW Scope) 11.6% 24.1% 17.6%

  • EBITDA in the first quarter of 2011 was lower than the average quarter of 2010 due primarily to lower realized margin and lower volume of work executed. In addition, EBITDA reflected a negligible level of profit enhancement opportunities.
  • New orders booked in Foster Wheeler scope were below the average quarter of 2010 due in part to delays in the timing of client decisions regarding the award of certain contracts.
  • Scope operating revenues were below the average quarter of 2010, primarily due to a lower volume of work executed.

Global Power Group (GPG)

(in millions) Q1 2011 Q1 2010 Qtrly Avg. 2010
New orders booked (FW Scope) $141 $460 $298
Operating revenues (FW Scope) $210 $163 $178
Segment EBITDA $26 $30 $41
EBITDA Margin (FW Scope) 12.6% 18.3% 23.0%

  • EBITDA in the first quarter of 2011 was below the average quarter of 2010 due to lower realized margin. EBITDA for the first quarter of 2011 also reflects a low level of profit enhancement opportunities and the unfavorable impact of a $4.6 million out-of-period correction.
  • Scope new orders in the first quarter of 2011 were below the average quarter of 2010 due in part to the delays in the timing of expected large boiler contracts.
  • Scope operating revenues in the first quarter of 2011 were above the average quarter of 2010, reflecting an increase in the volume of boiler work being executed.

Mr. della Sala said, "We continue to view 2011 as a transition year. We already see signs of the markets strengthening, and these improvements in our served markets are expected to have a stronger impact on backlog and revenue in the second half of the year."

"In our Global E&C Group, we believe scope revenue and scope backlog in 2011 will likely be above the level of 2010," he said. "We expect the full-year 2011 EBITDA margin on scope revenue to be in the range of 13-15%."

Mr. della Sala added, "In our Global Power Group, we expect scope revenue to be up sharply in 2011 versus 2010. We also expect to see an increase in scope backlog at year-end 2011 versus 2010. We expect the EBITDA margin on scope revenue in 2011 to be in the range of 14%-16%."

Share Repurchase Program

The company repurchased 859,904 shares during the first quarter of 2011 for approximately $29 million. During April 2011, the company purchased an additional 312,200 shares for approximately $10.8 million. As of April 29, 2011, the company had $461 million remaining under its authorized share repurchase program.

Net Income Attributable to Foster Wheeler AG

All references to net income in this news release indicate net income attributable to Foster Wheeler AG.

Calculation of EBITDA

EBITDA is a supplemental financial measure not defined in generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. The company defines EBITDA as net income attributable to Foster Wheeler AG before interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization. The company has presented EBITDA because it believes it is an important supplemental measure of operating performance. Certain covenants under our U.S. senior secured credit agreement use an adjusted form of EBITDA such that in the covenant calculations the EBITDA as presented herein is adjusted for certain unusual and infrequent items specifically excluded in the terms of our U.S. senior secured credit agreement. The company believes that the line item on its consolidated statement of operations entitled "net income attributable to Foster Wheeler AG" is the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure to EBITDA. Since EBITDA is not a measure of performance calculated in accordance with GAAP, it should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net income attributable to Foster Wheeler AG as an indicator of operating performance or any other GAAP financial measure.

EBITDA, as calculated by the company, may not be comparable to similarly titled measures employed by other companies. In addition, this measure does not necessarily represent funds available for discretionary use, and is not necessarily a measure of the company's ability to fund its cash needs. As EBITDA excludes certain financial information that is included in net income attributable to Foster Wheeler AG, users of this financial information should consider the type of events and transactions that are excluded.

The company's non-GAAP performance measure, EBITDA, has certain material limitations as follows:

- It does not include interest expense. Because the company has borrowed money to finance some of its operations, interest is a necessary and ongoing part of its costs and has assisted the company in generating revenue. Therefore, any measure that excludes interest expense has material limitations;

- It does not include taxes. Because the payment of taxes is a necessary and ongoing part of the company's operations, any measure that excludes taxes has material limitations; and

- It does not include depreciation and amortization. Because the company must utilize property, plant and equipment and intangible assets in order to generate revenues in its operations, depreciation and amortization are necessary and ongoing costs of its operations. Therefore, any measure that excludes depreciation and amortization has material limitations.

Calculation of EBITDA Margin

Segment EBITDA margin is calculated by dividing business group operating revenues in Foster Wheeler Scope into business group EBITDA.

Foster Wheeler Scope

Foster Wheeler Scope represents that portion of unfilled orders, new orders booked and operating revenues on which profit can be earned. Foster Wheeler Scope excludes revenues relating to third-party costs incurred by the company as agent or principal on a reimbursable basis.

Conference Call Information

Foster Wheeler AG plans to hold a conference call today, Tuesday, May 3, at 4:00 p.m. Central European Time (10:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time in the U.S.) to discuss its financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. The call will be accessible to the public by telephone or webcast, and the company will post an accompanying slide presentation in the investor relations section of its website (www.fwc.com). To listen to the call by telephone, dial 973-935-8752 (conference I.D. No. 53254672) approximately ten minutes before the call. The conference call will also be available over the Internet at www.fwc.com or through StreetEvents at www.streetevents.com. A replay of the call will be available on the company's website for four weeks following the call.

Foster Wheeler AG is a global engineering and construction contractor and power equipment supplier delivering technically advanced, reliable facilities and equipment. The company employs approximately 12,000 talented professionals with specialized expertise dedicated to serving its clients through one of its two primary business groups. The company's Global Engineering and Construction Group designs and constructs leading-edge processing facilities for the upstream oil and gas, LNG and gas-to-liquids, refining, chemicals and petrochemicals, power, mining and metals, environmental, pharmaceuticals, biotechnology and healthcare industries. The company's Global Power Group is a world leader in combustion and steam generation technology that designs, manufactures and erects steam generating and auxiliary equipment for power stations and industrial facilities and also provides a wide range of aftermarket services. The company is based in Zug, Switzerland, and its operational headquarters office is in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information about Foster Wheeler, please visit our Web site at www.fwc.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

Foster Wheeler AG news releases may contain forward-looking statements that are based on management's assumptions, expectations and projections about the Company and the various industries within which the Company operates. These include statements regarding the Company's expectations about revenues (including as expressed by its backlog), its liquidity, the outcome of litigation and legal proceedings and recoveries from customers for claims and the costs of current and future asbestos claims and the amount and timing of related insurance recoveries. Such forward-looking statements by their nature involve a degree of risk and uncertainty. The Company cautions that a variety of factors, including but not limited to the factors described in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, which was filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the following, could cause the Company's business conditions and results to differ materially from what is contained in forward-looking statements: benefits, effects or results of the Company's redomestication or the relocation of our principal executive offices to Geneva, Switzerland; the search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer; the benefits, effects or results of our strategic renewal initiative; further deterioration in global economic conditions, changes in investment by the oil and gas, oil refining, chemical/petrochemical and power generation industries, changes in the financial condition of its customers, changes in regulatory environments, changes in project design or schedules, contract cancellations, changes in estimates made by the Company of costs to complete projects, changes in trade, monetary and fiscal policies worldwide, compliance with laws and regulations relating to its global operations, currency fluctuations, war and/or terrorist attacks on facilities either owned by the Company or where equipment or services are or may be provided by the Company, interruptions to shipping lanes or other methods of transit, outcomes of pending and future litigation, including litigation regarding the Company's liability for damages and insurance coverage for asbestos exposure, protection and validity of its patents and other intellectual property rights, increasing global competition, compliance with its debt covenants, recoverability of claims against its customers and others by the Company and claims by third parties against the Company, and changes in estimates used in its critical accounting policies. Other factors and assumptions not identified above were also involved in the formation of these forward-looking statements and the failure of such other assumptions to be realized, as well as other factors, may also cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Most of these factors are difficult to predict accurately and are generally beyond the Company's control. You should consider the areas of risk described above in connection with any forward-looking statements that may be made by the Company. The Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You are advised, however, to consult any additional disclosures the Company makes in proxy statements, quarterly reports on Form 10-Q, annual reports on Form 10-K and current reports on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Foster Wheeler AG and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Statement of Operations

(in thousands of dollars, except share data and per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Fiscal Three Months Ended
March 31,

2011

March 31,

2010

Operating revenues $ 1,036,252 $ 945,573
Cost of operating revenues 936,997 773,491
Contract profit 99,255 172,082
Selling, general and administrative expenses 73,841 70,305
Other income, net (14,266 ) (8,332 )
Other deductions, net 6,117 11,688
Interest income (3,275 ) (2,359 )
Interest expense 3,879 4,551
Net asbestos-related provision/(gain) 400 (747 )
Income before income taxes 32,559 96,976
Provision for income taxes 7,283 21,610
Net income 25,276 75,366
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests 2,305 3,306
Net income attributable to Foster Wheeler AG $ 22,971 $ 72,060
Shares Outstanding:
Weighted-average number of shares

outstanding for basic earnings per share

124,680,060 127,474,887
Weighted-average number of shares

outstanding for diluted earnings per share

125,331,870 127,893,176
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.18 $ 0.57
Diluted $ 0.18 $ 0.56

Foster Wheeler AG and Subsidiaries

Consolidated Balance Sheet

(in thousands of dollars)

(unaudited)

March 31, December 31,
2011 2010
ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 1,102,823 $ 1,057,163
Accounts and notes receivable, net:
Trade 517,676 577,400
Other 107,453 96,758
Contracts in process 171,875 165,389
Prepaid, deferred and refundable income taxes 64,132 59,977
Other current assets 43,688 37,813
Total current assets 2,007,647 1,994,500
Land, buildings and equipment, net 372,423 362,087
Restricted cash 33,259 27,502
Notes and accounts receivable - long-term 5,940 2,648
Investments in and advances to unconsolidated affiliates 232,431 217,071
Goodwill 91,765 88,917
Other intangible assets, net 65,303 66,070
Asbestos-related insurance recovery receivable 186,776 194,570
Other assets 83,697 84,078
Deferred tax assets 27,594 23,034
TOTAL ASSETS $ 3,106,835 $ 3,060,477
LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY AND EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Current installments on long-term debt $ 12,520 $ 11,996
Accounts payable 252,085 239,071
Accrued expenses 210,980 240,894
Billings in excess of costs and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts 717,515 684,090
Income taxes payable 32,196 34,623
Total current liabilities 1,225,296 1,210,674
Long-term debt 158,060 152,574
Deferred tax liabilities 43,466 42,179
Pension, postretirement and other employee benefits 162,771 166,362
Asbestos-related liability 300,032 307,619
Other long-term liabilities 169,263 160,785
Commitments and contingencies
TOTAL LIABILITIES 2,058,888 2,040,193
Temporary Equity:
Non-vested share-based compensation awards subject to redemption 6,005 4,935
TOTAL TEMPORARY EQUITY 6,005 4,935
Equity:
Registered shares 335,391 334,052
Paid-in capital 672,013 659,739
Retained earnings 560,559 537,588
Accumulated other comprehensive loss (439,190 ) (464,504 )
Treasury shares (128,398 ) (99,182 )
TOTAL FOSTER WHEELER AG SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY 1,000,375 967,693
Noncontrolling Interests 41,567 47,656
TOTAL EQUITY 1,041,942 1,015,349
TOTAL LIABILITIES, TEMPORARY EQUITY AND EQUITY $ 3,106,835 $ 3,060,477

Foster Wheeler AG and Subsidiaries

Business Segments

(in thousands of dollars)

(unaudited)

Fiscal Three Months Ended
March 31,

2011

March 31,

2010

Global Engineering & Construction Group

Backlog - in future revenues $ 2,853,100 $ 3,164,700
New orders booked - in future revenues 719,800 476,300
Operating revenues 823,743 779,684
EBITDA 41,668 99,933
Foster Wheeler Scope (1):
Backlog - in Foster Wheeler Scope 1,637,800 1,455,200
New orders booked - in Foster Wheeler Scope 381,400 418,200
Operating revenues - in Foster Wheeler Scope 358,772 413,883

Global Power Group

Backlog - in future revenues 996,200 863,100
New orders booked - in future revenues 143,700 462,200
Operating revenues 212,509 165,889
EBITDA 26,464 29,883
Foster Wheeler Scope (1):
Backlog - in Foster Wheeler Scope 986,300 851,500

New orders booked - in Foster Wheeler Scope

141,300 459,500
Operating revenues - in Foster Wheeler Scope 210,042 163,219

Corporate & Finance Group (2)

EBITDA (21,328 ) (18,536 )

Consolidated

Backlog - in future revenues 3,849,300 4,027,800
New orders booked - in future revenues 863,500 938,500
Operating revenues 1,036,252 945,573
EBITDA 46,804 111,280
Foster Wheeler Scope (1):
Backlog - in Foster Wheeler Scope 2,624,100 2,306,700
New orders booked - in Foster Wheeler Scope 522,700 877,700
Operating revenues - in Foster Wheeler Scope 568,814 577,102

(1)

Foster Wheeler Scope represents the portion of backlog, new orders booked and operating revenues on which profit can be earned. Foster Wheeler Scope excludes revenues relating to third-party costs incurred by the company as agent or principal on a reimbursable basis.

(2)

Includes intersegment eliminations.

Foster Wheeler AG and Subsidiaries

Reconciliations of EBITDA and Foster Wheeler Scope

(in thousands of dollars)

(unaudited)

Fiscal Three Months Ended Fiscal Twelve

Months Ended

March 31,

2011

March 31,

2010

December 31,

2010

Reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Income*

EBITDA:

Global Engineering & Construction Group $ 41,668 $ 99,933 $ 296,240
Global Power Group 26,464 29,883 163,825
Corporate & Finance Group (21,328 ) (18,536 ) (100,362 )
Consolidated EBITDA 46,804 111,280 359,703
Less: Interest expense 3,879 4,551 15,610
Less: Depreciation/amortization (1) 12,671 13,059 54,155
Less: Provision for income taxes 7,283 21,610 74,531
Net income* $ 22,971 $ 72,060 $ 215,407

Reconciliation of Foster Wheeler Scope Operating

Revenues to Operating Revenues

Global Engineering & Construction Group

Foster Wheeler Scope operating revenues $ 358,772 $ 413,883 $ 1,685,778
Flow-through revenues 464,971 365,801 1,660,272
Operating revenues 823,743 779,684 3,346,050

Global Power Group

Foster Wheeler Scope operating revenues 210,042 163,219 710,827
Flow-through revenues 2,467 2,670 10,842
Operating revenues 212,509 165,889 721,669

Consolidated

Foster Wheeler Scope operating revenues 568,814 577,102 2,396,605
Flow-through revenues 467,438 368,471 1,671,114
Operating revenues $ 1,036,252 $ 945,573 $ 4,067,719
((1))The depreciation / amortization by business segment:

Fiscal Three Months Ended

Fiscal Twelve

Months Ended

March 31,

2011

March 31,

2010

December 31,

2010

Global Engineering & Construction Group $ 6,639 $ 7,332 $ 30,523
Global Power Group 5,430 5,287 21,273
Corporate & Finance Group 602 440 2,359
Total depreciation / amortization $ 12,671 $ 13,059 $ 54,155
* Net income attributable to Foster Wheeler AG.

Foster Wheeler AG and Subsidiaries

EBITDA, Net Income* and Diluted Earnings Per Share Reconciliation

(in thousands of dollars, except per share amounts)

(unaudited)

Fiscal Three Months Ended
March 31, 2011
Diluted Earnings
EBITDA Net Income* Per Share
As adjusted $ 47,204 $ 23,371 $ 0.19
Adjustments:
Net asbestos-related provision (400) (400) (0.01)
As reported $ 46,804 $ 22,971 $ 0.18
Fiscal Three Months Ended
March 31, 2010
Diluted Earnings
EBITDA Net Income* Per Share
As adjusted $ 110,533 $ 71,313 $ 0.56
Adjustments:
Net asbestos-related gain 747 747 0.00
As reported $ 111,280 $ 72,060 $ 0.56
Fiscal Twelve Months Ended
December 31, 2010
Diluted Earnings
EBITDA Net Income* Per Share
As adjusted $ 365,113 $ 220,817 $ 1.74
Adjustments:
Net asbestos-related provision (5,410) (5,410) (0.04)
As reported $ 359,703 $ 215,407 $ 1.70
*Net income attributable to Foster Wheeler AG.

Foster Wheeler AG and Subsidiaries

Average Calculations

(in thousands of dollars)

(unaudited)

2010

Full Year

Amount

2010

Quarterly

Average

Amount *

Consolidated

Net income ** $ 215,407 $ 53,852
Adjusted net income ** 220,817 55,204
Consolidated EBITDA 359,703 89,926

Consolidated EBITDA, as adjusted

365,113 91,278

Global Engineering & Construction Group

New orders booked - in Foster Wheeler Scope $ 1,939,100 $ 484,775
Operating revenues - in Foster Wheeler Scope 1,685,778 421,445
Segment EBITDA 296,240 74,060
EBITDA margin 17.6% 17.6%

Global Power Group

New orders booked - in Foster Wheeler Scope $ 1,192,900 $ 298,225
Operating revenues - in Foster Wheeler Scope 710,827 177,707
Segment EBITDA 163,825 40,956
EBITDA margin 23.0% 23.0%
* To calculate the quarterly average dollar amounts, the company divided reported annual figures by four.
** Net income attributable to Foster Wheeler AG.

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