Covanta Holding Corporation Reports 2018 First Quarter Results and Affirms 2018 Guidance

April 26, 2018

MORRISTOWN, N.J., April 26, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) ("Covanta" or the "Company"), a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, reported financial results today for the three months ended March 31, 2018.


Three Months Ended
March 31,


2017


2018


(Unaudited, $ in millions, except per
share amounts)

Revenue

$404


$458

Net (loss) income

$(52)


$201

Adjusted EBITDA

$51


$100

Net cash provided by operating activities

$9


$3

Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital

$(22)


$(8)

Free Cash Flow

$(17)


$(52)

Diluted EPS

$(0.41)


$1.53

Adjusted EPS

$(0.37)


$(0.09)

Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures can be found in the exhibits to this press release.


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Key Highlights

  • Affirming 2018 guidance
  • Strong plant operations, including record performance at Fairfax
  • Received Notice to Proceed for the NYC 91st St. Marine Transfer Station
  • Closed Dublin transaction with GIG and progressing on UK development

"We are off to a strong start in 2018, with improved year over year performance across our portfolio that supports our full year guidance," said Stephen J. Jones, Covanta's President and CEO. "We are proud of the recovery of our Fairfax facility, where our previous investments are now resulting in record performance. Concurrently, our international development efforts continue, and we expect to reach financial close on the Rookery project in the coming months. I am pleased by our performance during the year thus far as well as the progress on our growth initiatives and remain enthusiastic about our opportunities to grow over the long-term."

More detail on our first quarter results can be found in the exhibits to this release and in our first quarter 2018 earnings presentation found in the Investor Relations section of the Covanta website at www.covanta.com.

2018 Guidance
The Company reaffirmed guidance for 2018 for the following key metrics:

(In millions)

Metric

2017
Actual

2018
Guidance Range (1)

Adjusted EBITDA

$408

$425 - $455

Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital

$88

$100 - $130

Free Cash Flow

$132

$70 - $100


(1)  For additional information on the reconciliation of Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital to Net cash provided by operating
activities, see Exhibit 5 of this press release. Guidance as of April 26, 2018.

Conference Call Information
Covanta will host a conference call at 8:30 AM (Eastern) on Friday, April 27, 2018 to discuss its first quarter results.

The conference call will begin with prepared remarks, which will be followed by a question and answer session.  To participate, please dial 1-866-393-4306 approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call.  If calling outside of the United States, please dial 1-734-385-2616. Please request the "Covanta Holding Corporation Earnings Conference Call" when prompted by the conference call operator. The conference call will also be webcast live from the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.  A presentation will be made available during the call and will be found in the Investor Relations section of the Covanta website at www.covanta.com.

An archived webcast will be available two hours after the end of the conference call and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Covanta website at www.covanta.com.

About Covanta
Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions.  Annually, Covanta's modern Energy-from-Waste facilities safely convert approximately 20 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle over 550,000 tons of metal.  Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today's most complex environmental challenges.  For more information, visit www.covanta.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"), the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "PSLRA") or in releases made by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), all as may be amended from time to time.  Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Covanta Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries ("Covanta") or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Statements that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements.  For additional information see the Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements at the end of the Exhibits.


Covanta Holding Corporation

Exhibit 1

Consolidated Statements of Operations



Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017


(Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)

OPERATING REVENUE:




Waste and service revenue

$

312



$

286


Energy revenue

100



86


Recycled metals revenue

24



16


Other operating revenue

22



16


Total operating revenue

458



404


OPERATING EXPENSE:




Plant operating expense

345



332


Other operating expense, net

8



15


General and administrative expense

31



28


Depreciation and amortization expense

54



52


Total operating expense

438



427


Operating income (loss)

20



(23)


OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):




Interest expense

(38)



(36)


Gain (loss) on sale of assets (a)

210



(4)


Total other income (expense)

172



(40)


Income (loss) before income tax benefit

192



(63)


Income tax benefit

9



11


Net income (loss)

$

201



$

(52)






Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:




Basic

130



129


Diluted

132



129






Earnings (Loss) Per Share:




Basic

$

1.55



$

(0.41)


Diluted

$

1.53



$

(0.41)






Cash Dividend Declared Per Share

$

0.25



$

0.25






(a) For additional information, see Exhibit 4 of this Press Release

 

Covanta Holding Corporation

Exhibit 2

Consolidated Balance Sheets



As of


March 31,
2018


December 31,
2017


(Unaudited)



ASSETS

(In millions, except per share amounts)

Current:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

51



$

46


Restricted funds held in trust

42



43


Receivables (less allowances of $11 million and $14 million, respectively)

318



341


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

61



73


Assets held for sale (a)

3



653


Total Current Assets

475



1,156


Property, plant and equipment, net

2,609



2,606


Restricted funds held in trust

23



28


Waste, service and energy contract intangibles, net

248



251


Other intangible assets, net

35



36


Goodwill

313



313


Other assets

219



51


Total Assets

$

3,922



$

4,441


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current:




Current portion of long-term debt

$

10



$

10


Current portion of project debt

24



23


Accounts payable

75



151


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

261



313


Liabilities held for sale (a)



540


Total Current Liabilities

370



1,037


Long-term debt

2,279



2,339


Project debt

141



151


Deferred income taxes

412



412


Other liabilities

75



75


Total Liabilities

3,277



4,014


Equity:




Preferred stock ($0.10 par value; authorized 10 shares; none issued and outstanding)




Common stock ($0.10 par value; authorized 250 shares; issued 136 shares, 
     outstanding 131 and 131, respectively)

14



14


Additional paid-in capital

828



822


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(11)



(55)


Accumulated deficit

(185)



(353)


Treasury stock, at par

(1)



(1)


Total Stockholders' Equity

645



427


Total Liabilities and Equity

$

3,922



$

4,441






(a)  During the fourth quarter of 2017, our EfW facility in Dublin, Ireland met the criteria to be classified as held for sale

 

Covanta Holding Corporation

Exhibit 3

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow



Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017 (a)


(Unaudited, in millions)

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:




Net income (loss)

$

201



$

(52)


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization expense

54



52


Amortization of deferred debt financing costs

2



2


(Gain) loss on asset sales (b)

(210)



4


Stock-based compensation expense

9



5


Deferred income taxes

(3)



(14)


Other, net

(12)



2


Change in working capital, net of effects of acquisitions and dispositions

(44)



5


Changes in noncurrent assets and liabilities, net

6



5


Net cash provided by operating activities

3



9


INVESTING ACTIVITIES:




Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(81)



(62)


Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired

(4)



(16)


Proceeds from the sale of assets, net of restricted cash

111




Property insurance proceeds

7



2


Payment of indemnification claim from sale of asset

(7)




Other, net



(1)


Net cash provided by (used in) investing activities

26



(77)


FINANCING ACTIVITIES:




Proceeds from borrowings on long-term debt



400


Proceeds from borrowings on revolving credit facility

170



331


Proceeds from borrowings on project debt



33


Payments on long-term debt

(1)



(1)


Payment on revolving credit facility

(228)



(288)


Payments on equipment financing capital leases

(1)



(1)


Principal payments on project debt

(10)



(9)


Payment of deferred financing costs



(8)


Cash dividends paid to stockholders

(33)



(33)


Financing of insurance premiums, net

(7)




Other, net



(3)


Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities

(110)



421


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

3



1


Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(78)



354


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period (c)

194



194


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

116



$

548



(a)  As adjusted to reflect the adoption of ASU 2016-18 effective January 1, 2018. As a result of adoption, the statement of cash flows explains 
       the change during the period in the total of cash, cash equivalents, and amounts generally described as restricted cash or restricted cash 
       equivalents.

(b) For additional information, see Exhibit 4 of this Press Release.

(c) For the three months ended March 31, 2018, includes $77 million of restricted cash classified as held for sale as of December 31, 2017.

 


Covanta Holding Corporation

Exhibit 4

Consolidated Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) and Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 
     to Adjusted EBITDA




Three Months Ended March 31,



2018


2017


(Unaudited, in millions)

Net income (loss)


$

201



$

(52)


Depreciation and amortization expense


54



52


Interest expense


38



36


Income tax benefit


(9)



(11)


(Gain) loss on sale of assets (a)


(210)



4


Property insurance recoveries, net


(7)




Capital type expenditures at client owned facilities (b)


12



14


Debt service billings in excess of revenue recognized


1



1


Business development and transaction costs


2




Severance and reorganization costs


2




Stock-based compensation expense


9



5


Adjustments to reflect Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated investments


4




Other (c)


3



2


Adjusted EBITDA


$

100



$

51


Capital type expenditures at client owned facilities (b)


(12)



(14)


Cash paid for interest, net of capitalized interest


(33)



(26)


Cash paid for taxes, net




1


Adjustments to reflect Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated investments


(4)




Adjustment for working capital and other


(48)



(3)


Net cash provided by operating activities


$

3



$

9



(a)   During the three months ended March 31, 2018, we recorded a $204 million gain on the sale of 50% of our Dublin project to our joint 
        venture with GIG and $6 million gain on the sale of our remaining interests in China.

(b)   Adjustment for impact of adoption of FASB ASC 853 - Service Concession Arrangements.  These types of capital equipment related 
        expenditures at our service fee operated facilities were historically capitalized prior to adoption of this new accounting standard effective 
        January 1, 2015 and are capitalized at facilities that we own.

(c)   Includes certain other items that are added back under the definition of Adjusted EBITDA in Covanta Energy, LLC's credit agreement.

 


Covanta Holding Corporation

Exhibit 5

Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow
Before Working Capital



Three Months Ended March 31,


Full  Year
Estimated 2018


2018


2017



(Unaudited, in millions)



Net cash provided by operating activities

$

3



$

9



$195 - $225

Add: Changes in restricted funds - operating (a)

(10)



1



10

Less: Maintenance capital expenditures (b)

(45)



(27)



(140 - 130)

Free Cash Flow

$

(52)



$

(17)



$70 - $100

Less: Changes in working capital

44



(5)



20 - 40

Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital

$

(8)



$

(22)



$100 - $130




(a)   Adjustment for the impact of the adoption of ASU 2016-18 effective January 1, 2018.  As a result of adoption, the 
        statement of cash flows explains the change during the period in the total of cash, cash equivalents, and amounts 
        generally described as restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents. Therefore, changes in restricted funds are 
        eliminated in arriving at net cash, cash equivalents and restricted funds provided by operating activities












(b)   Purchases of property, plant and equipment are also referred to as capital expenditures. Capital expenditures that 
        primarily maintain existing facilities are classified as maintenance capital expenditures. The following table provides 
        the components of total purchases of property, plant and equipment:








Three Months Ended March 31,




2018


2017



Maintenance capital expenditures

$

(45)



$

(27)




Maintenance capital expenditures paid but incurred in prior periods

(7)






Capital expenditures associated with construction of Dublin EfW facility

(17)



(20)




Capital expenditures associated with organic growth initiatives

(8)



(11)




Capital expenditures associated with Essex County EfW emissions control 
     system



(3)




Total capital expenditures associated with growth investments

(25)



(34)




Capital expenditures associated with property insurance events

(4)



(1)




Total purchases of property, plant and equipment

$

(81)



$

(62)




 

Covanta Holding Corporation

Exhibit 6

Reconciliation of Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share to Adjusted EPS




Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017


(Unaudited)

Diluted Earnings (Loss) Per Share:

$

1.53



$

(0.41)


Reconciling Items (a)

(1.62)



0.04


Adjusted EPS

$

(0.09)



$

(0.37)






(a) For details related to the Reconciling Items, see Exhibit 6A of this Press Release


Covanta Holding Corporation

Exhibit 6A

Reconciling Items




Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017


(Unaudited)
(In millions, except per share amounts)

Reconciling Items




(Gain) loss on sale of assets⁽ᵃ⁾

$

(210)



$

4


Property insurance recoveries, net

(7)




Severance and reorganization costs

2




Effect of foreign exchange loss on indebtedness

1




Other

(1)




Total Reconciling Items, pre-tax

(215)



4


Pro forma income tax impact (b)

2




Grantor trust activity



1


Total Reconciling Items, net of tax

$

(213)



$

5


Diluted Per Share Impact

$

(1.62)



$

0.04


Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding

132



129






(a) For additional information, see Exhibit 4 of this Press Release

(b) We calculate the federal and state tax impact of each item using the statutory federal tax rate and applicable blended state rate


 

Covanta Holding Corporation



Exhibit 7

Supplemental Information




(Unaudited, $ in millions)





Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017

REVENUE




Waste and service revenue:




EfW tip fees

$

153



$

131


EfW service fees

99



98


Environmental services (a)

32



29


Municipal services (b)

45



44


Other (c)

8



8


Intercompany (d)

(26)



(23)


Total waste and service

312



286


Energy Revenue:




Energy sales

87



76


Capacity

13



9


Total energy revenue

100



86


Recycled metals revenue:




Ferrous

15



10


Non-ferrous

9



6


Total recycled metals

24



16


Other revenue (e)

22



16


Total revenue

$

458



$

404






OPERATING EXPENSE




Plant operating expense:




Plant maintenance

$

90



$

98


Other plant operating expense

255



234


Total plant operating expense

345



332


Other operating expense

8



15


General and administrative

31



28


Depreciation and amortization

54



52


Total operating expense

$

438



$

427






Operating income (loss)

$

20



$

(23)






(a) Includes the operation of material processing facilities and related services provided by our CES business

(b) Consists of transfer stations and transportation component of NYC MTS contract

(c) Includes waste brokerage, debt service and other revenue not directly related to EfW waste processing activities

(d) Consists of elimination of intercompany transactions primarily relating to transfer stations

Note: Certain amounts may not total due to rounding

 

Covanta Holding Corporation











Exhibit 8

Revenue and Operating Income Changes - Q1 2017 to Q1 2018









(Unaudited, $ in millions)






























Organic Growth (a)


Contract Transitions (b)








Q1 2017


Total


%


Waste


PPA


Trans-
actions
(c)


Total
Changes


Q1 2018

REVENUE
















Waste and service:
















EfW tip fees

$

131



$

10



7.9

%


$

3



$



$

9



$

22



$

153


EfW service fees

98



1



1.4

%


(3)





3



1



99


Environmental services

29



1



3.2

%






2



3



32


Municipal services

44



1



2.7

%








1



45


Other revenue

8



(1)



(13.1)%



1









8


Intercompany

(23)



(2)











(2)



(26)


Total waste and service

286



11



3.7

%


1





15



25



312


Energy:
















Energy Sales

76



7



9.3

%


1



(1)



4



11



87


Capacity

9



1



13.2

%




2



1



4



13


Total energy revenue

86



8



9.6

%


1



1



5



15



100


Recycled metals:
















Ferrous

10



5



46.3

%








5



15


Non-ferrous

6



3



55.8

%








3



9


Total recycled metals

16



8



49.7

%








8



24


Other revenue

16



5



31.9

%








5



22


Total revenue

$

404



$

32



7.9

%


$

1



$

1



$

19



$

53



$

458


















OPERATING EXPENSE
















Plant operating expense:















Plant maintenance

$

98



$

(9)



(8.9)%



$

(1)



$



$

1



$

(9)



$

90


Other plant operating expense

234



13



5.8

%






8



21



255


Total plant operating expense

332



5



1.4

%


(2)





9



12



345


Other operating expense (income)

15



(8)











(8)



8


General and administrative

28



4











4



31


Depreciation and amortization

52



2











2



54


Total operating expense (income)

$

427



$

2





$

(1)



$



$

10



$

11



$

438


Operating (Loss) Income

$

(23)



$

30





$

3



$

1



$

9



$

43



$

20


















(a) Reflects performance on a comparable period-over-period basis, excluding the impacts of transitions and transactions.

(b) Includes the impact of the expiration of: (1) long-term major waste and service contracts, most typically representing the transition to a new contract structure, and (2) long-term energy contracts.

(c) Includes the impacts of acquisitions, divestitures, new projects and the addition or loss of operating contracts.















Note: Excludes impairment charges.

Note: Certain amounts may not total due to rounding.

 

Operating Metrics



Exhibit 9

(Unaudited)





Three Months Ended March 31,


2018


2017

EfW Waste




Tons: (in millions)




Tip fee- contracted

2.1



1.9


Tip fee- uncontracted

0.7



0.6


Service fee

2.1



2.1


Total tons

4.8



4.6


Revenue per ton:




Contracted

$

53.33



$

48.68


Uncontracted

$

65.38



$

68.45


Average revenue per ton

$

56.20



$

54.11


EfW Energy




Energy sales: (MWh in millions)




Contracted

0.5



0.6


Hedged

0.8



0.6


Market

0.3



0.2


Total energy sales

1.6



1.4


Market sales by geography:




PJM East

0.2



0.1


NEPOOL




NYISO




Other

0.1



0.1


Revenue per MWh (excludes capacity):




Contracted

$

67.86



$

70.85


Hedged

$

50.07



$

47.76


Market

$

44.08



$

24.44


Average revenue per MWh

$

54.56



$

53.76


Metals




Tons Recovered: (in thousands)




Ferrous

102



95


Non-ferrous

11



9


Tons Sold: (in thousands)




Ferrous

77



60


Non-ferrous

7



9


Revenue per ton:




Ferrous

$

193



$

169


Non-ferrous

$

1,192



$

615


EfW plant operating expense: ($ in millions)




Plant operating expense - gross

$

282



$

275


Less: Client pass-through costs

(14)



(10)


Less: REC sales - contra-expense

(3)



(3)


Plant operating expense, net

$

266



$

262


Client pass-throughs as % of gross costs

4.9

%


3.6

%





Note: Waste volume includes solid tons only. Metals and energy volume are presented net of client revenue sharing. Steam sales are converted to MWh equivalent at an assumed average rate of 11 klbs of steam / MWh. Uncontracted energy sales include sales under PPAs that are based on market prices.

Note: Certain amounts may not total due to rounding.


Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We use a number of different financial measures, both United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP") and non-GAAP, in assessing the overall performance of our business.  To supplement our assessment of results prepared in accordance with GAAP, we use the measures of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital, and Adjusted EPS, which are non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital, and Adjusted EPS as described below, and used in the tables above, are not intended as a substitute or as an alternative to net income, cash flow provided by operating activities or diluted earnings per share as indicators of our performance or liquidity or any other measures of performance or liquidity derived in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, our non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes.

The presentations of Adjusted EBITDA, Free Cash Flow, Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital, and Adjusted EPS are intended to enhance the usefulness of our financial information by providing measures which management internally use to assess and evaluate the overall performance of its business and those of possible acquisition candidates, and highlight trends in the overall business.

Adjusted EBITDA

We use Adjusted EBITDA to provide additional ways of viewing aspects of operations that, when viewed with the GAAP results provide a more complete understanding of our core business. As we define it, Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, as adjusted for additional items subtracted from or added to net income including the effects of impairment losses, gains or losses on sales, dispositions or retirements of assets, adjustments to reflect the Adjusted EBITDA from our unconsolidated investments, adjustments to exclude significant unusual or non-recurring items that are not directly related to our operating performance plus adjustments to capital type expenses for our service fee facilities in line with our credit agreements. We adjust for these items in our Adjusted EBITDA as our management believes that these items would distort their ability to efficiently view and assess our core operating trends. As larger parts of our business are conducted through unconsolidated entities that we do not control, we adjust for our proportionate share of the entities depreciation and amortization, interest expense and taxes in order to improve comparability to the Adjusted EBITDA of our wholly owned entities.

In order to provide a meaningful basis for comparison, we are providing information with respect to our Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, reconciled for each such period to net income and cash flow provided by operating activities, which are believed to be the most directly comparable measures under GAAP.

Our projections of the proportional contribution of our interests in the JV to our Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are not based on GAAP net income/loss or Cash flow provided by operating activities, respectively, and are anticipated to be adjusted to exclude the effects of events or circumstances in 2018 that are not representative or indicative of our results of operations and that are not currently determinable. Due to the uncertainty of the likelihood, amount and timing of any such adjusting items, we do not have information available to provide a quantitative reconciliation of projected net income/loss to an Adjusted EBITDA projection.

Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital

Free Cash Flow is defined as cash flow provided by operating activities, plus changes in operating restricted funds, less maintenance capital expenditures, which are capital expenditures primarily to maintain our existing facilities.  Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital is defined as Free Cash Flow excluding changes in working capital.

We use the non-GAAP measures of Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital as criteria of liquidity and performance-based components of employee compensation.  We use Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital as measures of liquidity to determine amounts we can reinvest in our core businesses, such as amounts available to make acquisitions, invest in construction of new projects, make principal payments on debt, or amounts we can return to our stockholders through dividends and/or stock repurchases.

In order to provide a meaningful basis for comparison, we are providing information with respect to our Free Cash Flow and Free Cash Flow Before Working Capital for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, reconciled for each such period to cash flow provided by operating activities, which we believe to be the most directly comparable measure under GAAP.

Adjusted EPS

Adjusted EPS excludes certain income and expense items that are not representative of our ongoing business and operations, which are included in the calculation of Diluted Earnings Per Share in accordance with GAAP.  The following items are not all-inclusive, but are examples of reconciling items in prior comparative and future periods.  They would include impairment charges, the effect of derivative instruments not designated as hedging instruments, significant gains or losses from the disposition or restructuring of businesses, gains and losses on assets held for sale, transaction-related costs, income and loss on the extinguishment of debt and other significant items that would not be representative of our ongoing business.

We will use the non-GAAP measure of Adjusted EPS to enhance the usefulness of our financial information by providing a measure which management internally uses to assess and evaluate the overall performance and highlight trends in the ongoing business.

In order to provide a meaningful basis for comparison, we are providing information with respect to our Adjusted EPS for the three months ended March 31, 2018 and 2017, reconciled for each such period to diluted income per share, which is believed to be the most directly comparable measure under GAAP.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the "Securities Act"), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the "Exchange Act"), the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the "PSLRA") or in releases made by the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"), all as may be amended from time to time.  Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Covanta Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries ("Covanta") or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements.  Statements that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements.  Forward-looking statements can be identified by, among other things, the use of forward-looking language, such as the words "plan," "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "estimate," "project," "may," "will," "would," "could," "should," "seeks," or "scheduled to," or other similar words, or the negative of these terms or other variations of these terms or comparable language, or by discussion of strategy or intentions.  These cautionary statements are being made pursuant to the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and the PSLRA with the intention of obtaining the benefits of the "safe harbor" provisions of such laws.  Covanta cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made by Covanta are not guarantees or indicative of future performance.  Important factors, risks, and uncertainties that could cause actual results of Covanta and the JV to differ materially from those forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • seasonal or long-term fluctuations in the prices of energy, waste disposal, scrap metal and commodities, and Covanta's ability to renew or replace expiring contracts at comparable prices and with other acceptable terms;
  • adoption of new laws and regulations in the United States and abroad, including energy laws, tax laws, environmental laws, labor laws and healthcare laws;
  • advances in technology;
  • difficulties in the operation of our facilities, including fuel supply and energy delivery interruptions, failure to obtain regulatory approvals, equipment failures, labor disputes and work stoppages, and weather interference and catastrophic events;
  • failure to maintain historical performance levels at Covanta's facilities and Covanta's ability to retain the rights to operate facilities Covanta does not own;
  • Covanta's and the joint ventures ability to avoid adverse publicity or reputational damage relating to its business;
  • difficulties in the financing, development and construction of new projects and expansions, including increased construction costs and delays;
  • Covanta's ability to realize the benefits of long-term business development and bear the costs of business development over time;
  • Covanta's ability to utilize net operating loss carryforwards;
  • limits of insurance coverage;
  • Covanta's ability to avoid defaults under its long-term contracts;
  • performance of third parties under its contracts and such third parties' observance of laws and regulations;
  • concentration of suppliers and customers;
  • geographic concentration of facilities;
  • increased competitiveness in the energy and waste industries;
  • changes in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • limitations imposed by Covanta's existing indebtedness and its ability to perform its financial obligations and guarantees and to refinance its existing indebtedness;
  • exposure to counterparty credit risk and instability of financial institutions in connection with financing transactions;
  • the scalability of its business;
  • restrictions in its certificate of incorporation and debt documents regarding strategic alternatives;
  • failures of disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting;
  • Covanta's and the joint ventures ability to attract and retain talented people;
  • general economic conditions in the United States and abroad, including the availability of credit and debt financing; and
  • other risks and uncertainties affecting Covanta's businesses described periodic securities filings by Covanta with the SEC.

Although Covanta believes that its plans, cost estimates, returns on investments, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from a projection or assumption in any forward-looking statements. Covanta's and the joint ventures future financial condition and results of operations, as well as any forward-looking statements, are subject to change and to inherent risks and uncertainties.  The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof and Covanta does not have, or undertake, any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or otherwise, unless otherwise required by law.

 

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