SOURCE: Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.

November 09, 2010 16:45 ET

Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. Reports Third Quarter Operating Results

GEORGE TOWN, GRAND CAYMAN, CAYMAN ISLANDS--(Marketwire - November 9, 2010) - 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 third quarter and first nine months of 2010. The Company will host an investor conference call tomorrow -- Wednesday, November 10, 2010 -- at 11:00 a.m. EST (see details below).

Total revenues for the three months ended September 30, 2010 declined 14% to approximately $11.7 million, compared with approximately $13.5 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2009.

Retail water revenues declined 18% to approximately $4.6 million in the third quarter of 2010, versus approximately $5.7 million in the prior-year quarter, due to (i) inflation index-related decreases in base rates that went into effect during the first quarter of 2010 and (ii) a 19% decrease in the volume of gallons sold. Bulk water revenues decreased 6% to approximately $6.3 million, compared with $6.7 million in the year-earlier quarter, reflecting (i) the annual adjustment made during the first quarter to the base rates charged by Ocean Conversion Cayman due to the downward movement in the consumer price indices used to determine such rates; (ii) a 9% decrease in the volume of water sold; and (iii) a lower rate charged for water sold by the Red Gate plant under the new contract signed in connection with the refurbishment of the plant. Services revenues declined 36% to approximately $0.8 million, compared with approximately $1.2 million in the third quarter of 2009, reflecting reduced construction activity and a decrease in fees earned for management of the Bermuda plant. These decreases in services revenues were partially offset by an increase of approximately $346,000 in the management fees Ocean Conversion (BVI) Ltd. ("OC-BVI") was able to pay the Company as a result of OC-BVI's receipt during 2010 of $2.0 million of the Court award for the Baughers Bay dispute.

Net income attributable to stockholders increased to $1,265,593, or $0.09 per diluted share, in the quarter ended September 30, 2010, compared with net income of $657,900, or $0.05 per diluted share, in the quarter ended September 30, 2009. A decrease in operating income during the third quarter of 2010 was more than offset by an improvement in the operating results of OC-BVI, the Company's equity investment affiliate. During the three months ended September 30, 2010, the Company recognized earnings on its investment in OC-BVI of $777,406 due to (i) the receipt by OC-BVI in July 2010 of a $2.0 million payment under the Court award for the Baughers Bay dispute and (ii) revenues generated by the Bar Bay plant. In the three months ended September 30, 2009, the Company recognized a loss from its investment in OC-BVI totaling ($1,582,248) due to OC-BVI's contractual dispute with the BVI government relating to its Baughers Bay plant.

Consolidated gross profit decreased 25% to approximately $3.8 million (32% of total revenues) in the most recent quarter, versus approximately $5.0 million (37% of total revenues) a year earlier. Gross profit on retail revenues declined to approximately $2.3 million (50% of revenues) in the most recent quarter, compared with approximately $3.2 million (57% of revenues) in the quarter ended September 30, 2009. The decline in retail gross profit as a percentage of retail revenues reflected the previously mentioned annual adjustment of the Company's base water rates and the decline in the volume of water sold, as a significant portion of plant operating costs are fixed in nature. Gross profit on bulk revenues declined 23% to approximately $1.1 million (17% of revenues) in the third quarter of 2010, from approximately $1.4 million (21% of revenues) in the year-earlier quarter, due to the rate adjustment and the lower volume of water sold. The services segment recorded a gross profit of approximately $0.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2010, compared with a gross profit of approximately $0.4 million a year earlier. However, services gross profit as a percentage of revenues improved from 2009 to 2010 as a result of the additional management fees paid to the Company by OC-BVI.

General and administrative expenses increased 23% to $3,296,593 in the third quarter of 2010, versus $2,671,169 in the third quarter of 2009, primarily due to approximately $873,000 attributable to the business development activities of the Company's newly formed consolidated Mexico affiliate, N.S.C. Agua, S.A. de C.V.

Interest income increased 24% to $386,562 in the third quarter of 2010, versus $311,990 in the 2009 quarter, due to interest earned on the loan receivable from the Water Authority Cayman arising from the refurbishment of the Red Gate plant.

"The global economic downturn has definitely impacted the tourism and real estate industries in Grand Cayman, while recent unfortunate legislative changes have increased the cost of operating businesses on the island, thereby hampering an economic recovery," stated Rick McTaggart, Chief Executive Officer of Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. "While there are some encouraging signs, including an uptick in cruise ship arrivals and some expansion in new company incorporations, the soft global economy and wetter-than-normal weather patterns reduced demand for water in the Cayman Islands during the three months ended September 30, 2010, as evidenced by a 19% decrease in the number of gallons sold in our retail business segment when compared with the prior-year quarter. The first and second quarters of the year are generally the most profitable for our retail business, reflecting seasonal strength in tourist arrivals and drier weather patterns, so we are hopeful that our retail business will strengthen in early 2011."

"The Company continues to negotiate with the Cayman Islands government for a new water utility license, and we have received two license extensions since July in order to allow more time for negotiations. We have made some progress towards a final agreement, and at this time we see no reason why the government would not continue to extend the current license during these negotiations. The new rate model proposed by the government is more complex than our present inflation adjustment rate model and includes a 'guaranteed profitability range' based on the Company's invested capital. This has required us to carefully analyze a number of variables and terms that directly impact water rates and our profitability in order to fully understand the implications of this complex rate model over time. We hope to reach a mutually acceptable agreement with the government in the near future."

"In our bulk water operations, relatively flat sales in the Commonwealth of The Bahamas were offset by continued improvement in our operating margins, reflecting the success of cost controls implemented earlier," continued McTaggart. "However, our Grand Cayman bulk water sales suffered a revenue decline not unlike our retail water business, for similar reasons, and this caused an overall decline in our bulk operating margins during the third quarter of 2010."

"While the economic downturn in the Caribbean has adversely impacted our recent operating results, we believe it may ultimately provide new opportunities to grow our business through potential privatization of government-owned assets in a number of countries. All of our government customers are grappling with significant tax revenue declines and a need to raise cash. We will continue to follow these trends in order to take advantage of privatization opportunities, when appropriate, if they develop in the future."

"Bidding activity related to new business opportunities has picked up in recent months, following a period of relative quiet in this regard, and we are pursuing new projects in our traditional markets, as well as in Mexico. We supplemented our sales and marketing resources during the third quarter with the hiring of a new Director of Sales and Marketing, who has significant experience in the Caribbean region and is expanding our business development initiatives into new markets with attractive project opportunities that are consistent with our technical expertise and profitability guidelines."

"We continue to devote considerable resources towards our Mexican business development activities and have been encouraged by our progress to date. Potential customers have expressed a great deal of interest in purchasing water from a large seawater reverse osmosis desalination plant to be located in Baja, California that can address the growing need for a new potable water supply for both northern Mexico and Southern California. We expect to continue to devote significant time and resources to pursue this opportunity with our affiliate partners," concluded McTaggart.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2010, total revenues declined 13% to approximately $39.1 million, compared with approximately $44.8 million in the first nine months of 2009. Year-to-date retail water revenues declined 7% to approximately $17.1 million, versus approximately $18.4 million in the prior-year period. Bulk water revenues decreased 4% to approximately $18.8 million, compared with $19.5 million in the year-earlier period. Services revenues decreased 53% to approximately $3.3 million, compared with approximately $6.9 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2009.

Net income attributable to stockholders declined 24% to $5,375,598, or $0.37 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2010, compared with net income of $7,075,657, or $0.49 per diluted share, in the corresponding period of the previous year. The decrease in net income was significantly impacted by a decline in the results of the Company's retail, bulk and services business segments. The Company recognized $1,072,517 in earnings on its investment in OC-BVI, its British Virgin Islands ("BVI") affiliate, in the nine months ended September 30, 2010, compared with a loss from its investment in OC-BVI of ($2,780,270) in the prior-year period.

Consolidated gross profit decreased 27% to approximately $13.5 million (35% of total revenues) in the nine months ended September 30, 2010, versus approximately $18.6 million (41% of revenues) in the year-earlier period. Gross profit on retail revenues declined 16% to approximately $9.2 million (54% of revenues) in the first nine months of 2010, compared with approximately $11.0 million (60% of revenues) in the corresponding period of the previous year. Gross profit on bulk revenues decreased 16% to approximately $3.6 million (19% of revenues), from approximately $4.3 million (22% of revenues) in the year-earlier period. The services segment recorded a gross profit of approximately $0.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2010, compared with a gross profit of approximately $3.3 million a year earlier.

General and administrative expenses increased 14% to $8,912,276 in the first nine months of 2010, versus $7,842,434 in the corresponding 2009 period, due to approximately $1.4 million in incremental expenses attributable to business development activities of the Company's newly formed consolidated Mexico affiliate.

Interest income increased 60% to $990,777 in the first nine months of 2010, versus $620,663 in the year-earlier period, reflecting interest earned on the loan receivable from Water Authority - Cayman arising from the completion and sale of the North Side Water Works plant and the refurbishment of the Red Gate plant. Interest expense declined to $1,196,346, from $1,287,369 in the prior-year period. Other income totaled $113,876 in the nine months ended September 30, 2010, versus $143,600 in the nine months ended September 30, 2009.

The Company will host a conference call at 11:00 a.m. EST tomorrow -- Wednesday, November 10, 2010. Shareholders and other interested parties may participate in the conference call by dialing 877-317-6789 (international/local participants dial 412-317-6789) and requesting participation in the "Consolidated Water Conference Call" a few minutes before 11:00 a.m. EST on November 10, 2010. A replay of the conference call will be available one hour after the call through November 17, 2010 by dialing 877-344-7529 (international/local participants dial 412-317-0088) and entering the conference ID 445964.

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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 Bermuda.

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 relationship with the Governments of the jurisdictions in which it operates, the manner in which the disputed issues between OC-BVI and the BVI Government are resolved, the ability to successfully secure contracts for water projects, the ability to develop and operate such projects profitably and the Company's ability to manage growth and other risks detailed in the Company's periodic report filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. 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.

                        CONSOLIDATED WATER CO. LTD.
                  CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS


                                               September 30,  December 31,
                                                   2010           2009
                                               -------------  -------------
                                               (Unaudited)
ASSETS
Current assets
   Cash and cash equivalents                   $  45,472,336  $  44,429,190
   Accounts receivable, net                       10,541,055      9,980,928
   Inventory                                       1,899,541      1,832,564
   Prepaid expenses and other current assets       2,684,975      1,689,874
   Current portion of loans receivable             1,644,268      1,216,098
                                               -------------  -------------
Total current assets                              62,242,175     59,148,654

Property, plant and equipment, net                57,038,909     60,876,276
Construction in progress                             483,887        370,131
Costs and estimated earnings in excess of
 billings - construction project                           -      1,872,552
Inventory non-current                              3,342,660      3,352,054
Loans receivable                                  13,107,855     10,875,848
Investment in affiliate                            8,871,980      9,157,995
Intangible assets, net                             1,762,967      1,919,656
Goodwill                                           3,587,754      3,587,754
Other assets                                       3,138,660      3,314,861
                                               -------------  -------------
Total assets                                   $ 153,576,847  $ 154,475,781
                                               =============  =============

LIABILITIES AND EQUITY
Current liabilities
   Accounts payable and other current
    liabilities                                $   5,207,298  $   6,187,606
   Dividends payable                               1,151,971      1,152,702
   Current portion of long term debt               1,400,995      1,322,483
                                               -------------  -------------
Total current liabilities                          7,760,264      8,662,791
Long term debt                                    17,245,546     19,806,784
Other liabilities                                    448,541        465,408
                                               -------------  -------------
Total liabilities                                 25,454,351     28,934,983
                                               -------------  -------------
Equity
Consolidated Water Co. Ltd. stockholders'
 equity
   Redeemable preferred stock, $0.60 par
    value. Authorized 200,000 shares;
    issued and outstanding 19,394 and
    17,192 shares, respectively                       11,636         10,315
   Class A common stock, $0.60 par value.
    Authorized 24,655,000 shares;
    issued and outstanding 14,549,893 and
    14,541,878 shares, respectively                8,729,936      8,725,127
   Class B common stock, $0.60 par value.
    Authorized 145,000 shares;
    none issued or outstanding                             -              -
   Additional paid-in capital                     81,282,102     80,990,686
   Retained earnings                              36,466,797     34,365,640
                                               -------------  -------------
Total Consolidated Water Co. Ltd.
 stockholders' equity                            126,490,471    124,091,768
Noncontrolling interests                           1,632,025      1,449,030
                                               -------------  -------------
Total equity                                     128,122,496    125,540,798
                                               -------------  -------------
Total liabilities and equity                   $ 153,576,847  $ 154,475,781
                                               =============  =============





                        CONSOLIDATED WATER CO. LTD.
                CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
                                (UNAUDITED)


                           Three Months Ended         Nine Months Ended
                              September 30,             September 30,
                        ------------------------  ------------------------
                            2010         2009         2010         2009
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Retail water revenues   $ 4,631,368  $ 5,659,390  $17,056,601  $18,418,103

Bulk water revenues       6,312,326    6,687,836   18,766,546   19,526,044

Services revenues           756,108    1,178,833    3,253,451    6,900,965
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

  Total revenues         11,699,802   13,526,059   39,076,598   44,845,112
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Cost of retail revenues   2,310,307    2,421,740    7,817,030    7,390,251

Cost of bulk revenues     5,250,494    5,302,535   15,178,925   15,239,258

Cost of services
 revenues                   366,486      765,716    2,590,597    3,611,992
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

  Total cost of
   revenues               7,927,287    8,489,991   25,586,552   26,241,501
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Gross profit              3,772,515    5,036,068   13,490,046   18,603,611

General and
 administrative
 expenses                 3,296,593    2,671,169    8,912,276    7,842,434
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Income from operations      475,922    2,364,899    4,577,770   10,761,177
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Other income (expense):

  Interest income           386,562      311,990      990,777      620,663

  Interest expense         (392,711)    (417,316)  (1,196,346)  (1,287,369)

  Other income               35,918       50,337      113,875      143,600

  Equity in earnings
   (loss) of affiliate      777,406   (1,582,248)   1,072,517   (2,780,270)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

  Other income
   (expense), net           807,175   (1,637,237)     980,823   (3,303,376)
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Net income                1,283,097      727,662    5,558,593    7,457,801
Income attributable to
 noncontrolling
 interests                   17,504       69,762      182,995      382,144
                        -----------  -----------  -----------  -----------

Net income attributable
 to Consolidated Water
 Co. Ltd. stockholders  $ 1,265,593  $   657,900  $ 5,375,598  $ 7,075,657
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

Basic earnings per
 common share
 attributable to
 Consolidated Water Co.
 Ltd. common
 stockholders           $      0.09  $      0.05  $      0.37  $      0.49
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========
Diluted earnings per
 common share
 attributable to
 Consolidated Water Co.
 Ltd. common
 stockholders           $      0.09  $      0.05  $      0.37  $      0.49
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========
Dividends declared per
 common share           $     0.075  $     0.075  $     0.225  $     0.205
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

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

  Basic earnings per
   share                 14,549,189   14,537,041   14,545,555   14,533,097
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========
  Diluted earnings per
   share                 14,592,665   14,611,601   14,600,210   14,583,250
                        ===========  ===========  ===========  ===========

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) 427-6283
    info@cwco.com
    http://www.cwco.com

    or

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