Press Release Details

Great Lakes Reports First Quarter 2023 Results

May 2, 2023

First quarter net loss of $3.2 million
First quarter adjusted EBITDA of $10.2 million
Dredging backlog of $327.1 million at March 31, 2023

HOUSTON, May 02, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (“Great Lakes” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: GLDD), the largest provider of dredging services in the United States, today reported financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2023.

First Quarter 2023 Highlights

  • Revenue was $158.0 million for the first quarter
  • Total operating loss was $0.9 million for the first quarter
  • Net loss was $3.2 million for the first quarter
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $10.2 million for the first quarter

Management Commentary

Lasse Petterson, President and Chief Executive Officer commented, “We reported improved results in the first quarter of 2023, showing improvements in gross profit margins and adjusted EBITDA from the prior three quarters. Despite facing continued challenges related to weather delays in the Northeast and a lower-than-normal amount of capital work, we ended the quarter with revenues of $158.0 million and adjusted EBITDA of $10.2 million. The Company’s improved first quarter performance is primarily due to more project work for our vessels and adjustments we have made to the business and operations to improve profitability.

We have taken swift and proactive action on cost reductions and fleet adjustments. Last year we retired the 42-year-old hopper dredge, the Terrapin Island, and we currently have cold stacked two major dredges and support equipment as we continue to watch the bid market. Correspondingly, we are adjusting our general and administrative, overhead cost structures and dredging fleet to reflect the changed market conditions, which have already led to substantially reduced costs in 2023.

In the first quarter of 2023, Great Lakes’ total bid market reached over $300 million, which is approximately $125 million greater than the first quarter of 2022. The port deepening and widening projects that were delayed in 2022 are starting to enter the market. The first quarter saw one capital project bid, and April 2023 included one more capital project.

Great Lakes ended the quarter with $327.1 million of dredging backlog, which does not include approximately $50.0 million dollars of performance obligations related to offshore wind contracts. In addition, we ended the quarter with $516.9 million in low bids and options pending award. The Company’s awarded work during the quarter represents 31.7% of the first quarter bid market. Not included in the first quarter backlog is the Freeport Capital Port Deepening project, on which Great Lakes was low bidder in April for approximately $160 million, which is the third largest domestic capital project Great Lakes has won in its history. We are also optimistic that one or two Liquified Natural Gas ("LNG") projects on which we are low bidder could achieve final investment decision in 2023 with dredging to potentially start in the second half of the year and continuing into 2024. We expect that the improved market conditions, combined with the fleet adjustment and cost reduction initiatives we have in place, will provide improved results in 2023 and beyond.

Although we have seen overall improvement in results in the first quarter, and bidding has picked up, second quarter utilization is expected to be lower than the first quarter. Our fleet renewal program remains on budget with our mid-size hopper dredge, the Galveston Island, expected to be operational mid-year 2023 and her sistership, the Amelia Island, is expected to be delivered in 2025.

We are executing on our strategy to enter the fast-growing U.S. offshore wind market. Construction of our U.S. flagged Jones Act-compliant inclined fallpipe vessel for subsea rock installation, which will be named the Acadia, is on budget and expected to be delivered and operational in the first half of 2025. In 2022, Great Lakes was awarded rock installation contracts for the Empire Wind I and II projects by Equinor and BP, with installation windows in 2025 and 2026. We are currently bidding several other offshore wind farm projects with rock installations planned for 2025 and beyond."

Operational Update

  • Revenue was $158.0 million, a decrease of $36.3 million from the first quarter of 2022. The lower revenue in the first quarter of 2022 was due primarily to lower domestic capital and coastal protection project revenue, offset partially by an increase in maintenance, and rivers and lakes project revenue.
  • Gross profit was $12.1 million, a decrease of $21.0 million compared to the gross profit from the first quarter of 2022. Gross margin percentage declined to 7.7% in the first quarter of 2023 from 17.0% in the first quarter of 2022. As mentioned, although the majority of vessels were working, the total mix of projects included less higher margin capital work in comparison to the prior year first quarter. In addition, significant weather delays impacted several projects in the Northeast.
  • Operating loss was $0.9 million, which is a $19.7 million decrease compared with the operating income from the prior year quarter. The decrease is a result of $21.0 million lower gross margin, offset slightly by lower general and administrative expenses compared to the prior year first quarter.
  • Net loss for the quarter was $3.2 million, which is a $14.3 million decrease compared to net income of $11.1 million in the prior year first quarter.
  • At March 31, 2023, the Company had $32.5 million in cash and cash equivalents and total debt of $371.7 million, and availability under its revolving credit facility of $195.7 million with $50.0 million of draws outstanding at the end of the first quarter of 2023.
  • At March 31, 2023, the Company had $327.1 million in dredging backlog as compared to $377.1 million at December 31, 2022. Low bids and options pending award totaled $516.9 million as of March 31, 2023.
  • Total capital expenditures for first quarter of 2023 were $28.7 million compared to $25.6 million in 2022. The 2023 capital expenditures included $10.4 million for the Amelia Island, $9.7 million for the Galveston Island, and $4.3 million for the build of the subsea rock installation vessel, the Acadia.

Market Update

We continue to see strong support from the Biden Administration and Congress for the dredging industry. On December 29, 2022, the Omnibus Appropriations Bill for fiscal year 2023 was signed into law which included another record budget of $8.66 billion for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (the "Corps") civil works program of which $2.32 billion is provided for the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund to maintain and modernize our nation’s waterways. In addition, the Disaster Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act for fiscal year 2023 was approved which included $1.48 billion for the Corps to make necessary repairs to infrastructure impacted by hurricanes and other natural disasters and to initiate beach renourishment projects that will increase coastal resiliency. This increased budget and additional funding support our expectation for a stronger bid market in 2023.

We expect these budgeted appropriations to support the funding of several delayed capital port improvement projects including Sabine, Houston, Corpus Christi, San Juan and additional phases of Norfolk. Although the Corps was delayed in bidding capital port deepening projects in 2022, the first four months of 2023 have already seen bids for the port improvement projects for Norfolk and Freeport.

In March 2023, President Biden released the President’s Fiscal Year 2024 executive budget. This is the starting point for negotiations in Congress over what will eventually become the actual Federal spending figures. The proposed amount for the Corps targets $7.4 billion, which is a record amount for a President's budget, and we are hopeful that based on recent history, Congress will further increase the Corps' budget for fiscal year 2024 when it is passed.

At the end of 2022, the Water Resources Development Act of 2022, or WRDA 2022, was approved by Congress and signed into law by the President. WRDA 2022 is on a two-year renewal cycle and includes legislation that authorizes the financing of Corps’ projects for flood and hurricane protection, dredging, ecosystem restoration and other construction projects. WRDA 2022 featured among many other things authorization for New York and New Jersey shipping channels to be deepened to 55 feet, estimated at $6 billion, as well as the Coastal Texas Protection and Restoration Program, estimated at $34.4 billion which includes dune and marsh restoration to safeguard the Texas Gulf Coast from hurricane surges. In addition, this legislation includes policy changes that will allow future port, waterways, and coastal projects to be more readily approved and funded.

Included in our low bids pending are two LNG projects that have been awaiting Notice to Proceed from our clients. Several North American LNG export projects have been delayed in the past few years during the pandemic but with the increase in LNG prices, some of these LNG projects are currently gaining momentum and are targeting final investment decisions in 2023.

In 2021, the Biden Administration announced the ambitious goal of 30 GW of offshore wind by 2030 and provided $3.0 billion in federal loan guarantees for offshore wind projects. Equinor and BP have already awarded Great Lakes the rock installation contracts for the Empire Wind I and II projects, with installation windows in 2025 and 2026, which is expected to power more than 1 million homes in the State of New York. Great Lakes continues to tender bids on multiple offshore wind projects for our subsea rock installation vessel and additional contract awards are anticipated in 2023.

The Company will be holding a conference call at 9:00 a.m. C.D.T. today, May 2, 2023, where we will further discuss these results. Information on this conference call can be found below.

Conference Call Information

The Company will conduct a quarterly conference call, which will be held on Tuesday, May 2, 2023, at 9:00 a.m. C.D.T (10:00 a.m. E.D.T.). Investors and analysts are encouraged to pre-register for the conference call by using the link below. Participants who pre-register will be given a unique PIN to gain immediate access to the call. Pre-registration may be completed at any time up to the call start time.

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The live call and replay can also be heard at and on the Company’s website,, under Events on the Investor Relations page. A copy of this press release will be available on the Company’s website.

Use of Non-GAAP measures

Adjusted EBITDA, as provided herein, represents net income (loss) from continued operations, adjusted for net interest expense, income taxes, depreciation and amortization expense, debt extinguishment, accelerated maintenance expense for new international deployments, goodwill or asset impairments and gains on bargain purchase acquisitions. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure derived in accordance with GAAP. The Company presents Adjusted EBITDA as an additional measure by which to evaluate the Company's operating trends. The Company believes that Adjusted EBITDA is a measure frequently used to evaluate performance of companies with substantial leverage and that the Company's primary stakeholders (i.e., its stockholders, bondholders and banks) use Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate the Company's period to period performance. Additionally, management believes that Adjusted EBITDA provides a transparent measure of the Company’s recurring operating performance and allows management and investors to readily view operating trends, perform analytical comparisons and identify strategies to improve operating performance. For this reason, the Company uses a measure based upon Adjusted EBITDA to assess performance for purposes of determining compensation under the Company's incentive plan. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered an alternative to, or more meaningful than, amounts determined in accordance with GAAP including: (a) operating income as an indicator of operating performance; or (b) cash flows from operations as a measure of liquidity. As such, the Company's use of Adjusted EBITDA, instead of a GAAP measure, has limitations as an analytical tool, including the inability to determine profitability or liquidity due to the exclusion of accelerated maintenance expense for new international deployments, goodwill or asset impairments, gains on bargain purchase acquisitions, interest and income tax expense and the associated significant cash requirements and the exclusion of depreciation and amortization, which represent significant and unavoidable operating costs given the level of indebtedness and capital expenditures needed to maintain the Company's business. For these reasons, the Company uses operating income (loss) to measure the Company's operating performance and uses Adjusted EBITDA only as a supplement. Adjusted EBITDA is reconciled to net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders of Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation in the table of financial results. For further explanation, please refer to the Company's SEC filings.

The Company

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States, which is complemented with a long history of performing significant international projects. In addition, Great Lakes is fully engaged in expanding its core business into the rapidly developing offshore wind energy industry. The Company employs experienced civil, ocean and mechanical engineering staff in its estimating, production and project management functions. In its over 133-year history, the Company has never failed to complete a marine project. Great Lakes owns and operates the largest and most diverse fleet in the U.S. dredging industry, comprised of approximately 200 specialized vessels. Great Lakes has a disciplined training program for engineers that ensures experienced-based performance as they advance through Company operations. The Company’s Incident-and Injury-Free® (IIF®) safety management program is integrated into all aspects of the Company’s culture. The Company’s commitment to the IIF® culture promotes a work environment where employee safety is paramount.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may constitute "forward-looking" statements, as defined in 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 (the "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 Great Lakes and its subsidiaries, 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,” “would,” “could,” “should,” “seeks,” “are optimistic,” or “scheduled to,” or other similar words, or the negative of these terms or other variations are being made pursuant to the Exchange Act and the PSLRA with the intention of obtaining of these terms or comparable language, or by discussion of strategy or intentions. These cautionary statements the benefits of the "safe harbor" provisions of such laws. Great Lakes cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made by Great Lakes are not guarantees or indicative of future performance. Important assumptions and other important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements with respect to Great Lakes include, but are not limited to: project delays related to the increasingly negative impacts of climate change or other unusual, non-historical weather patterns; rising costs related to inflation, particularly with the cost of materials needed for general maintenance of our dredges and increasing costs to operate and maintain aging vessels and comply with applicable regulations or standards; the inability of our largest customer, the Corps, to bring projects to market; impacts to our supply chain for procurement of new vessel build materials or maintenance on our existing vessels; the timing of our performance on contracts and new contracts being awarded to us; equipment or mechanical failures: our ability to obtain and retain federal government dredging and other contracts, which is impacted by the amount of government funding for dredging and other projects and the degree to which government funding is directed to the Corps and certain other customers, which in turn could be impacted by extended federal government shutdowns or declarations of additional national emergencies; impairments of our goodwill or other intangible assets; our ability to qualify as an eligible bidder under government contract criteria and to compete successfully against other qualified bidders in order to obtain government dredging and other contracts; cost over-runs, operating cost inflation and potential claims for liquidated damages, particularly with respect to our fixed cost contracts; significant liabilities that could be imposed were we to fail to comply with government contracting regulations, including proposed regulations which may be promulgated capital and operational costs due to environmental regulations; market and regulatory responses to climate change including proposed regulations concerning emissions reporting and future emissions reduction goals; contract penalties for any projects that are completed late; force majeure events, including natural disasters, pandemics and terrorists’ actions; changes in the amount of our estimated backlog; significant negative changes to large, single customer contracts; our ability to obtain financing for the construction of new vessels, including our new offshore wind vessel; potential inability to secure contracts to utilize new offshore wind vessel; unforeseen delays and cost overruns related to maintenance of our existing vessels and the construction of new vessels, including potential mechanical and engineering issues, supply chain issues and unforeseen changes in environmental regulations; any failure to comply with Section 27 of the Jones Act provisions on coastwise trade, or if those provisions were modified or repealed; adverse rulings by Customs and Border Protection concerning the Jones Act or other matters impacting our business; fluctuations in fuel prices, particularly given our dependence on petroleum-based products; impacts of nationwide inflation on procurement of new build materials; our ability to obtain bonding or letters of credit and risks associated with draws by the surety on outstanding bonds or calls by the beneficiary on outstanding letters of credit; acquisition integration and consolidation, including transaction expenses, unexpected liabilities and operational challenges and risks; divestitures and discontinued operations, including retained liabilities from businesses that we sell or discontinue; potential penalties and reputational damage as a result of legal and regulatory proceedings; any liabilities imposed on us for the obligations of joint ventures, partners and subcontractors; increased costs of certain material used in our operations due to newly imposed tariffs; unionized labor force work stoppages; any liabilities for job-related claims under federal law, which does not provide for the liability limitations typically present under state law; operational hazards, including any liabilities or losses relating to personal or property damage resulting from our operations; our ability to identify and contract with qualified MBE or DBE contractors to perform as subcontractors; our substantial amount of indebtedness, which makes us more vulnerable to adverse economic and competitive conditions; restrictions on the operation of our business imposed by financing covenants; impacts of adverse capital and credit market conditions on our ability to meet liquidity needs and access capital; our ability to maintain or expand our credit capacity; limitations on our hedging strategy imposed by statutory and regulatory requirements for derivative transactions; foreign exchange risks, in particular, as it relates to the new offshore wind vessel build; losses attributable to our investments in privately financed projects; restrictions on foreign ownership of our common stock; restrictions imposed by Delaware law and our charter on takeover transactions that stockholders may consider to be favorable; restrictions on our ability to declare dividends imposed by our financing agreements and Delaware law; significant fluctuations in the market price of our common stock, which may make it difficult for holders to resell our common stock when they want or at prices that they find attractive; changes in previous recorded net revenue and profit as a result of the significant estimates made in connection with our methods of accounting for recognized revenue; maintaining an adequate level of insurance coverage; our ability to find, attract and retain key personnel and skilled labor; disruptions, failures, data corruptions, cyber-based attacks or security breaches of the information technology systems on which we rely to conduct our business; and the impact of COVID-19 or new worldwide infections and related responsive measures, including negative supply chain impacts. For additional information on these and other risks and uncertainties, please see Item 1A. “Risk Factors” of Great Lakes' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2022.

Although Great Lakes believes that its plans, 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. Great Lakes' future financial condition and results of operations, as well as any forward-looking statements, are subject to change and inherent risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof and Great Lakes 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.

For further information contact:
Tina Baginskis
Director, Investor Relations

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation 
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations 
(Unaudited and in thousands, except per share amounts) 
 Three Months Ended 
 March 31, 
  2023   2022 
Contract revenues$158,044  $194,349 
Gross profit 12,135   33,055 
General and administrative expenses 13,017   14,604 
Gain on sale of assets—net (18)  (321)
Operating income (loss) (864)  18,772 
Interest expense—net (3,385)  (4,025)
Other income (expense) 227   (405)
Income (loss) before income taxes (4,022)  14,342 
Income tax benefit (provision) 791   (3,285)
Net income (loss)$(3,231) $11,057 
Basic earnings (loss) per share$(0.05) $0.17 
Basic weighted average shares 66,264   65,847 
Diluted earnings (loss) per share$(0.05) $0.17 
Diluted weighted average shares 66,264   66,436 

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation 
Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA 
(Unaudited and in thousands) 
 Three Months Ended 
 March 31, 
  2023   2022 
Net income (loss)$(3,231) $11,057 
Adjusted for:     
Interest expense—net 3,385   4,025 
Income tax provision (benefit) (791)  3,285 
Depreciation and amortization 10,850   11,316 
Adjusted EBITDA$10,213  $29,683 

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation 
Selected Balance Sheet Information 
(Unaudited and in thousands) 
 Period Ended 
 March 31,  December 31, 
  2023   2022 
Cash and cash equivalents$32,519  $6,546 
Total current assets 208,590   182,841 
Total assets 1,024,995   981,780 
Total current liabilities 163,154   160,333 
Total long-term debt 371,658   321,521 
Total equity 364,022   368,220 

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation
Revenue and Backlog Data
(Unaudited and in thousands)
 Three Months Ended  
 March 31,  
Revenues 2023   2022  
Capital - U.S.$32,475  $101,010  
Coastal protection 51,305   71,917  
Maintenance 71,928   19,812  
Rivers & lakes 2,336   1,610  
Total revenues$158,044  $194,349  

 As of 
 March 31,  December 31,  March 31, 
Backlog 2023   2022   2022 
Capital - U.S.$118,895  $148,429  $320,352 
Coastal protection 62,051   97,819  $120,457 
Maintenance 143,131   125,671  $31,451 
Rivers & lakes 3,070   5,221  $1,211 
Total backlog$327,147  $377,140  $473,471