Hudson Technologies Inc.

08/14/2019 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 08/14/2019 18:33

Hudson Technologies Reports Second Quarter 2019 Results and Receives $8.9 Million Settlement from Airgas

Pearl River, NT - August 14, 2019 - Hudson Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: HDSN) announced results for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2019.

For the quarter ended June 30, 2019 Hudson reported revenues of $56.0 million compared to $57.8 million in the comparable 2018 period. Refrigerant average selling prices declined by approximately 19%, partially offset by a 12% increase in volume. Revenue from the Defense Logistics Agency ('DLA') increased by approximately $2.3 million in the quarter. The Company recorded lower of cost or net realizable value ('NRV') adjustments to its inventory of $9.2 million and $34.7 million during the second quarter of 2019 and 2018, respectively. The 2019 NRV adjustment was primarily attributed to the remaining R-22 inventory purchased in connection with the acquisition of Aspen Refrigerants, Inc. ('ARI'). Selling, general and administrative ('SG&A') expenses for the three-month period ended June 30, 2019 were $6.8 million, a decrease of $3.8 million from the $10.6 million reported during the comparable 2018 period. The reduction in SG&A was primarily attributable to professional fees pertaining to integration and services relating to the acquisition of ARI, which declined by approximately $2.5 million from the second quarter of 2018, as well as a reduction in payroll-related expenses, advertising and other professional fees in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the 2018 period. The Company's net loss for the second quarter of 2019, which includes the above mentioned $9.2 million inventory adjustment, was $13.8 million, or $(0.32) per basic and diluted share. This compares to a net loss for the second quarter of 2018, which includes the above mentioned $34.7 million inventory adjustment, of $30.6 million or $(0.72) per basic and diluted share.

For the six months ended June 30, 2019, Hudson reported revenues of $90.7 million compared to $100.3 million in the comparable 2018 period. Refrigerant average selling prices declined by approximately 19%, partially offset by a 3% increase in refrigerant volume. Revenue from the DLA also increased by approximately $4.1 million. Net loss for the first half of 2019, which includes the above mentioned $9.2 million inventory adjustment, was $17.8 million, or ($0.42) per basic and diluted share. This compares to a net loss in the first half of 2018, which includes the above mentioned $34.7 million inventory adjustment, of $33.7 million, or $(0.79) per basic and diluted share.

In August 2019, following the end of the second quarter, the Company successfully completed the working capital adjustment process arising from the acquisition of ARI, including the settlement of related litigation, which resulted in Airgas agreeing to make a cash payment to Hudson of $8.9 million.

Loan Covenant Defaults

The Company failed to comply with the financial covenants contained in its term loan facility and its revolving credit facility at June 30, 2019 and is currently in default under those agreements. Other than the financial covenants, the Company has fully complied with all of its debt payment and other obligations on a timely basis and had over $21 million of availability pursuant to the borrowing base formula in its revolving loan facility as of June 30, 2019. As such, the Company does not believe that the covenant defaults relate to a liquidity issue but relate to a leverage issue under the current covenant structure. The Company is currently seeking a waiver and amendment from its lenders to waive the covenant defaults and reset the financial covenants under both the term loan facility and the revolving credit facility. However, the lenders have the right to declare all amounts under these facilities to be immediately due and payable, and there can be no assurance that the Company will be able to obtain any such waivers or amendments on acceptable terms or at all.

Kevin J. Zugibe, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Hudson Technologies commented, 'This was a disappointing quarter as we continued to encounter lower prices, primarily on R-22, when compared to 2018. Temperatures remained cool for much of the quarter, which reduced urgency for customers and a 'just in time' buying pattern continued. On a positive note, even with poor weather conditions, we did see refrigerant sales volumes increase meaningfully during the second quarter, and, as we move through the third fiscal quarter, temperatures have risen to more seasonal levels.

'A benefit of our experience in this industry is that we have faced and managed through price corrections and disappointing sales seasons before and as we sell through the higher priced layers within our FIFO inventory, we expect to return to more historical margin levels. We remain optimistic about the long-term market opportunity and remain focused on driving growth by leveraging our positioning at two key points in the supply chain and our ability to provide any refrigerant, anywhere at any time.'

Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the first quarter results today, August 14, 2019 at 5:00 P.M. Eastern Time.

To access the live webcast, log onto the Hudson Technologies website at www.hudsontech.com, and click on 'Investor Relations'.

To participate in the call by phone, dial (877) 407-9205 approximately five minutes prior to the scheduled start time. International callers please dial (201) 689-8054.

A replay of the teleconference will be available until September 14, 2019 and may be accessed by dialing (877) 481-4010. International callers may dial (919) 882-2331. Callers should use conference ID: 53040.

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