SOURCE: Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.

March 17, 2014 20:07 ET

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. Reports 2013 Operating Results

GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS--(Marketwired - Mar 17, 2014) - Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. (NASDAQ: CWCO), which develops and operates seawater desalination plants and water distribution systems in areas of the world where naturally occurring supplies of potable water are scarce or nonexistent, today reported its operating results for the year ended December 31, 2013. The Company will host an investor conference call on Tuesday, March 18 2014, at 11:00 a.m. EDT (see details below) to discuss its operating results and other topics of interest.

2013 Operating Results

Net income attributable to the Company's stockholders was $8,594,519, or $0.58 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2013, compared with net income attributable to CWCO stockholders of $9,315,514, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2012. The decrease in net income from 2012 to 2013 was attributable to the earnings and profit sharing derived from the Company's equity investment in its affiliate, OC-BVI, which totaled $1,337,352 in 2013, compared with $2,464,773 in the previous year. OC-BVI's 2012 earnings included the receipt of approximately $4.7 million of the amount awarded by the Court in the Baughers Bay litigation, whereas its 2013 earnings included the receipt of only $2.0 million on this award.

Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2013 decreased 2.5% to approximately $63.8 million, compared with approximately $65.5 million for 2012.

Retail water revenues declined 5% to approximately $23.0 million (36% of total revenues) in the most recent year, versus approximately $24.2 million (37% of total revenues) in 2012. The reduction in retail revenues was due to an approximate 8% decrease in the number of gallons of water sold by the Company's Cayman retail operation. Management is not certain of the cause of this decrease in volume of retail water sold, but believes the decrease could partially reflect the adoption of water conservation measures by certain larger customers. The impact of the reduction in the number of gallons sold was exacerbated by a decrease in the Company's base rates of approximately 0.22% due to movements in the consumer price indices used to determine annual base rate adjustments that become effective in the first quarter of each year. 

Bulk water revenues decreased 2% to approximately $40.0 million (63% of total revenues) in 2013, compared with approximately $40.8 million (62% of total revenues) in the previous year. The January 2013 expiration of the Company's operating agreement with the Water Authority - Cayman for the Lower Valley plant on Grand Cayman Island resulted in a reduction in bulk water revenues for the year ended December 31, 2013 when compared with the year ended December 31, 2012. This decrease was partially offset by increased sales from the other plants that the Company operates for the Water Authority - Cayman. The total gallons of water sold by the bulk segment in 2013 decreased by 2% relative to the number of gallons sold in 2012.

Services revenues increased 80% to $843,413 in 2013, compared with $469,625 in 2012, primarily due to an increase in the management fees earned under the management services agreement with OC-BVI.

Consolidated gross profit improved 7% to approximately $23.5 million (37% of total revenues) for the year ended December 31, 2013, versus approximately $22.0 million (34% of total revenues) for the year ended December 31, 2012. Gross profit on retail revenues declined 5% to approximately $12.0 million in 2013 (52% of retail revenues), compared with approximately $12.7 million (52% of retail revenues) in the previous year. Gross profit on bulk revenues increased 29% to approximately $11.7 million (29% of bulk revenues), compared with approximately $9.1 million (22% of bulk revenues) in 2012. The increase in gross profit dollars for the bulk segment reflected improved margins for bulk operations and a reduction of approximately $2.2 million in depreciation expense, as certain assets we continue to use reached the end of their depreciable lives during the fourth quarter of 2012 and in early 2013. The services segment recorded a negative gross profit of ($236,847) in 2013, compared with a gross profit of $239,507 in 2012. The lower gross profit for 2013 reflects $307,000 in incremental employee costs primarily due to the transfer of four engineering employees from the retail segment to the services segment, and a $173,000 increase in engineering-related consulting expenses. The services segment's losses from operations of approximately ($3.6 million) and ($1.7 million) for 2013 and 2012, respectively, include the costs incurred by N.S.C. Agua, S.A. de C.V. ("NSC"), the Company's Mexico subsidiary, to develop a 100 million gallon per day desalination plant in Rosarito, Mexico. 

Consolidated general and administrative expenses ("G&A") increased 9% to approximately $15.8 million in 2013, compared with approximately $14.5 million in the previous year. Project development expenses incurred by NSC increased by approximately $1.5 million, employee costs rose approximately $206,000 due to base salary increases, directors' fees and expenses increased approximately $218,000, and fees and license expenses increased approximately $146,000. These cost increases were partially offset by a reduction of approximately $584,000 in business development expenses not related to NSC, a decrease of approximately $186,000 in research and development costs, a decline of approximately $178,000 in professional fees, and a reduction in depreciation expense of approximately $131,000.

Interest income decreased slightly to $826,570 in 2013, versus $835,941 in 2012 as a result of the declining principal balances on our loans receivable. Interest expense decreased 45% to $484,057 for the year ended December 31, 2013, versus $876,971 in the previous year, as a result of the repayment in March 2012 of the remaining $8.5 million of CW-Bahamas' Series A bonds payable and the declining principal balances on the Company's remaining bonds payable.

Management Comments

"I am pleased that we were able to increase the Company's consolidated gross profit dollars by 7% during 2013, in spite of a 2.5% decline in consolidated revenues," commented Chief Executive Officer Rick McTaggart. "This demonstrates our expertise in operating and maintaining seawater desalination plants and our ability to maximize the production of our facilities while controlling costs, which ultimately benefits our customers and shareholders."

"The erosion over the past three years of our retail sales volumes in Grand Cayman is somewhat confounding, given that economic conditions and tourist numbers continue to improve. We are currently speaking with some of our larger customers to determine what factors may be contributing to this phenomenon."

"Development activities involving our Rosarito desalination plant and conveyance pipeline project in northern Baja California, Mexico continue to progress," continued Mr. McTaggart. "Over the last three months, we have held technical and financial meetings with officials from the Government of Baja California and the public water utility in Tijuana, Mexico, Comisión Estatal de Servicios Públicos de Tijuana ("CESPT"), and we expect to reach certain important project milestones shortly. In addition, we continue to work closely with the Otay Water District in San Diego County, California, and expect to soon deploy additional water sampling and piloting programs in support of Otay's efforts to obtain necessary regulatory approvals in California."

"We continue to believe that the northern Baja California and southern California region desperately needs new drinking water sources and that the Rosarito project provides an economical and practical solution to meet this need. Recent press coverage of the extreme drought conditions affecting the region supports our views," concluded Mr. McTaggart.

Cash Dividends

On January 31, 2014, the Company paid a quarterly cash dividend of $0.075 per share for the 19th consecutive quarter. The Company has paid cash dividends to shareholders since 1985.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time (EDT) on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 877-374-8416 (international/local participants dial 412-317-6716) and requesting participation in the "Consolidated Water Conference Call" a few minutes before 11:00 a.m. EDT on March 18, 2014.

A replay of the conference call will be available one hour after the call through Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by dialing 877-344-7529 (international/local participants dial 412-317-0088) and entering the conference ID # 10042472, and on the Company's website at www.cwco.com.

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About Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. develops and operates seawater desalination plants and water distribution systems in areas of the world where naturally occurring supplies of potable water are scarce or nonexistent. The Company operates water production and/or distribution facilities in the Cayman Islands, Belize, the British Virgin Islands, The Commonwealth of The Bahamas, and Bali, Indonesia.

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. is headquartered in George Town, Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands. The Company's ordinary (common) stock is traded on the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol "CWCO". Additional information on the Company is available on its website at http://www.cwco.com.

This press release includes statements that may constitute "forward-looking" statements, usually containing the words "believe", "estimate", "project", "intend", "expect", "should" 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, continued acceptance of the Company's products and services in the marketplace, changes in its relationships with the governments of the jurisdictions in which it operates, the outcome of its negotiations with the Cayman government regarding a new retail license agreement, its ability to successfully secure contracts for water projects, including the projects under development in Baja California, Mexico and Bali, Indonesia, its ability to develop and operate such projects profitably, and its ability to manage growth and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC").

By making these forward-looking statements, the Company undertakes no obligation to update these statements for revisions or changes after the date of this release.

(Financial Highlights Follow)

   
CONSOLIDATED WATER CO. LTD.  
   
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  
   
    December 31,  
    2013     2012  
ASSETS                
Current assets                
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 33,626,516     $ 33,892,655  
  Marketable securities     8,587,475       8,570,338  
  Accounts receivable, net     18,859,560       12,516,466  
  Inventory     1,383,135       1,757,601  
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets     3,435,127       2,709,185  
  Current portion of loans receivable     1,691,102       1,812,532  
Total current assets     67,582,915       61,258,777  
Property, plant and equipment, net     58,602,886       58,993,406  
Construction in progress     1,450,417       2,612,800  
Inventory, non-current     4,204,089       3,970,241  
Loans receivable     7,337,177       9,028,279  
Investment in OC-BVI     6,623,448       6,925,346  
Intangible assets, net     1,096,488       1,455,015  
Goodwill     3,499,037       3,499,037  
Investment in land     12,175,566       -  
Other assets     2,792,831       2,706,185  
Total assets   $ 165,364,854     $ 150,449,086  
                 
LIABILITIES AND EQUITY                
Current liabilities                
  Accounts payable and other current liabilities   $ 7,157,896     $ 5,883,666  
  Dividends payable     1,164,026       1,158,967  
  Current portion of long term debt     5,205,167       1,647,493  
  Land purchase obligation     10,050,000       -  
Total current liabilities     23,577,089       8,690,126  
Long term debt     -       5,205,167  
Other liabilities     289,392       435,413  
Total liabilities     23,866,481       14,330,706  
Commitments and contingencies                
Equity                
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders' equity                
  Redeemable preferred stock, $0.60 par value. Authorized 200,000 shares; issued and outstanding 37,408 and 30,265 shares, respectively     22,445       18,159  
  Class A common stock, $0.60 par value. Authorized 24,655,000 shares; issued and outstanding 14,686,197 and 14,593,011 shares, respectively     8,811,718       8,755,807  
  Class B common stock, $0.60 par value. Authorized 145,000 shares; none issued or outstanding     -       -  
  Additional paid-in capital     83,381,387       82,467,421  
  Retained earnings     47,155,548       42,965,179  
  Cumulative translation adjustment     (471,983 )     (15,400 )
Total Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders' equity     138,899,115       134,191,166  
Non-controlling interests     2,599,258       1,927,214  
Total equity     141,498,373       136,118,380  
Total liabilities and equity   $ 165,364,854     $ 150,449,086  
                 
 
   
CONSOLIDATED WATER CO. LTD.  
   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME  
   
    Year Ended December 31,  
    2013     2012     2011  
Retail water revenues   $ 23,018,498     $ 24,222,895     $ 23,356,338  
Bulk water revenues     39,960,220       40,758,182       30,757,874  
Services revenues     843,413       469,625       1,040,280  
  Total revenues     63,822,131       65,450,702       55,154,492  
                         
Cost of retail revenues     11,023,096       11,548,255       11,496,598  
Cost of bulk revenues     28,212,896       31,679,887       24,127,488  
Cost of services revenues     1,080,260       230,118       508,339  
  Total cost of revenues     40,316,252       43,458,260       36,132,425  
Gross profit     23,505,879       21,992,442       19,022,067  
General and administrative expenses     15,844,303       14,542,817       13,651,650  
Impairment losses     -       521,444       -  
Income from operations     7,661,576       6,928,181       5,370,417  
                         
Other income (expense)                        
  Interest income     826,570       835,941       1,200,999  
  Interest expense     (484,057 )     (876,971 )     (1,141,744 )
  Profit sharing income from OC-BVI     357,636       343,454       -  
  Equity in earnings of OC-BVI     979,716       2,121,319       838,652  
  Impairment of investment in OC-BVI     (200,000 )     -       -  
  Other     7,048       272,085       283,656  
  Other income (expense), net     1,486,913       2,695,828       1,181,563  
Net income     9,148,489       9,624,009       6,551,980  
Income attributable to non-controlling interests     553,970       308,495       438,762  
Net income attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders   $ 8,594,519     $ 9,315,514     $ 6,113,218  
                         
Basic earnings per common share attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. common stockholders   $ 0.59     $ 0.64     $ 0.42  
                         
Diluted earnings per common share attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. common stockholders   $ 0.58     $ 0.64     $ 0.42  
                         
Dividends declared per common share   $ 0.30     $ 0.30     $ 0.30  
                         
Weighted average number of common shares used in the determination of:                        
  Basic earnings per share     14,633,884       14,578,518       14,560,259  
  Diluted earnings per share     14,703,880       14,606,148       14,596,013  
                           
 
CONSOLIDATED WATER CO. LTD.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF COMPREHENSIVE INCOME (LOSS)
 
    Year Ended December 31,
    2013     2012     2011
                       
Net Income   $ 9,148,489     $ 9,624,009     $ 6,551,980
Other comprehensive income (loss)                      
    Foreign currency translation adjustment     (480,614 )     (16,210 )     -
  Total other comprehensive income (loss)     (480,614 )     (16,210 )     -
Comprehensive income     8,667,875       9,607,799       6,551,980
Comprehensive income attributable to the non-controlling interest     529,939       307,685       438,762
Comprehensive income attributable to Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders   $ 8,137,936     $ 9,300,114     $ 6,113,218
                       

Contact Information

  • For further information, please contact:

    Frederick W. McTaggart
    President and CEO
    (345) 945-4277

    David W. Sasnett
    Executive Vice President and CFO
    (954) 509-8200
    info@cwco.com

    or

    RJ Falkner & Company, Inc.
    Investor Relations Counsel
    (800) 377-9893
    info@rjfalkner.com