Steel Excel Inc. Reports 2015 Fourth Quarter Financial Results

WHITE PLAINS, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Steel Excel Inc. (Nasdaq Capital Market:SXCL) (“Steel Excel”, “SXCL” or
the “Company”), which operates Energy and Sports segments, today
announced operating results for the fourth quarter and year ended
December 31, 2015. The results are summarized in the following
paragraphs. For a full discussion of the results, please see the
Company’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31,
2015, which can be found at www.steelexcel.com.

Steel Excel reported net revenues of $24.6 million for the fourth
quarter of 2015, as compared to $54.5 million for the same period of
2014. The Company incurred a loss from continuing operations before
income taxes of $56.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2015, as compared
to a loss of $33.7 million in the 2014 period. The net loss attributable
to Steel Excel for the fourth quarter of 2015 was $65.1 million, or
$5.74 per diluted common share, as compared to a net loss of $33.6
million, or $2.95 per diluted common share, for the same period in 2014.

For the year ended December 31, 2015, the Company reported net revenues
of $132.6 million, as compared to $210.1 million in 2014. The Company
incurred a loss from continuing operations before income taxes of $88.0
million in 2015, as compared to a loss of $19.5 million in 2014. The net
loss attributable to Steel Excel for 2015 was $97.4 million, or $8.50
per diluted common share, as compared to a net loss of $23.8 million, or
$2.04 per diluted common share, for 2014. At December 31, 2015, the
Company had cash and marketable securities totaling $127.9 million.

The net loss for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2015,
includes goodwill and intangible asset impairment charges totaling $25.6
million in each period related to the Company’s Energy segment and an
impairment charge of $29.2 million and $59.8 million, respectively,
related to marketable securities. Net income for the fourth quarter and
year ended December 31, 2015, also includes a benefit from income taxes
of $2.1 million and $6.3 million, respectively. The net loss for the
fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2014, includes a goodwill
impairment charge of $36.7 million in each period related to the
Company’s Energy segment.

The Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $0.1 million in the fourth
quarter of 2015, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $9.6 million in the
2014 quarter, a decrease of $9.6 million or 99.2%. For the year ended
December 31, 2015, the Company generated Adjusted EBITDA of $11.7
million, as compared to Adjusted EBITDA of $40.2 million in 2014, a
decrease of $28.5 million, or 70.9%. See “Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP
Financial Measurements” below for the definition of Adjusted EBITDA.

“Despite the significant impact the decline in the price of oil has had
on our energy business and related investments this past year, we
generated $11.7 million of adjusted EBITDA and have a strong balance
sheet with $127.9 million of cash and marketable securities at year
end,” said Warren
Lichtenstein
, Chairman. “We have aggressively managed our costs and
are positioned to continue to be competitive in this new environment
with the ability to take advantage of opportunities as they arise.

“Our sports business is under new leadership and positioned for growth
in 2016,” continued Mr.
Lichtenstein
. “This past year we had over 120,000 athletes
participate in our programs and we developed the Steel Coaching System
to ensure that we offer a first class sports experience with a focus on
helping youth athletes reach their potential.”

On March 11, 2016, the Company notified the Nasdaq Stock Market of its
intention to voluntarily delist its common stock, with associated
preferred stock purchase rights, from the Nasdaq Capital Market. The
Company intends to cease trading on Nasdaq at the close of business on
March 31, 2016. After the effective date of delisting, the Company
intends to file a Form 15 with the Securities and Exchange Commission to
voluntarily effect deregistration of its securities pursuant to Section
12(g) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company’s
obligation to file current and periodic reports with the Securities and
Exchange Commission (“SEC”) will be terminated the same day upon the
filing of the Form 15 with the SEC. The Company is eligible to
deregister its common stock, with associated preferred stock purchase
rights, because it has fewer than 300 stockholders of record.

Financial Summary

Statements of Operations Data:

  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
December 31 December 31
2015   2014 2015   2014
(in thousands, except per-share data)
Net revenues $ 24,645 $ 54,482 $ 132,620 $ 210,148
Gross profit $ 3,424 $ 14,281 $ 26,615 $ 58,029
Operating loss $ (32,211 ) $ (33,552 ) $ (40,667 ) $ (23,403 )
 
Loss from continuing operations before income taxes $ (56,216 ) $ (33,717 ) $ (88,004 ) $ (19,522 )
Benefit from income taxes 2,056 2,417 6,323 1,323
Loss from equity method investees (11,284 ) (2,668 ) (16,102 ) (6,070 )
Net loss from continuing operations (65,444 ) (33,968 ) (97,783 ) (24,269 )
Income from discontinued operations   506     506  
Net loss (65,444 ) (33,462 ) (97,783 ) (23,763 )
Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests in
consolidated entities
297   (143 ) 376   (44 )
Net loss attributable to Steel Excel Inc. $ (65,147 ) $ (33,605 ) $ (97,407 ) $ (23,807 )
 
Net loss attributable to Steel Excel Inc. per share of common stock
– basic
$ (5.74 ) $ (2.95 ) $ (8.50 ) $ (2.04 )
Net loss attributable to Steel Excel Inc. per share of common stock
– diluted
$ (5.74 ) $ (2.95 ) $ (8.50 ) $ (2.04 )
 

Balance Sheet Data:

 

December 31,

 

December 31,

2015

 

2014

(in thousands)
Cash and marketable securities $ 127,896 $ 190,367
Restricted cash 21,639 21,311
Property and equipment 95,793 107,187
Goodwill and intangible assets 32,813 66,646
Other investments 28,370 58,585
Other assets 38,311   32,850  
Total assets $ 344,822   $ 476,946  
 
Total liabilities $ 76,967 $ 119,428
Total stockholders’ equity 267,855   357,518  
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 344,822   $ 476,946  
 

Segment Results

  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
December 31 December 31
2015   2014 2015   2014
(in thousands)
Net revenues:
Energy $ 21,000 $ 50,841 $ 111,397 $ 191,608
Sports 3,645   3,641   21,223   18,540  
Total net revenues $ 24,645   $ 54,482   $ 132,620   $ 210,148  
 
Operating income (loss) before goodwill and other asset
impairments:
Energy $ (1,214 ) $ 7,966 $ 2,478 $ 29,889
Sports (1,784 ) (1,265 ) (3,354 ) (2,161 )
Total segment operating income (loss) (2,998 ) 6,701 (876 ) 27,728
Corporate and other business activities (3,591 ) (3,587 ) (14,169 ) (14,465 )
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets (25,622 ) (36,666 ) (25,622 ) (36,666 )
Impairment of marketable securities (29,155 ) (59,781 )
Interest expense (572 ) (709 ) (2,455 ) (3,177 )
Other income (expense), net 5,722   544   14,899   7,058  
Income (loss) from continuing operations before income taxes $ (56,216 ) $ (33,717 ) $ (88,004 ) $ (19,522 )
 

Supplemental Non-GAAP Disclosures

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA

  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
December 31 December 31
2015   2014 2015   2014
(in thousands)
Net loss attributable to Steel Excel $ (65,147 ) $ (33,605 ) $ (97,407 ) $ (23,807 )
Net income (loss) attributable to non-controlling interests in
consolidated entities
(297 ) 143   (376 ) 44  
Net loss (65,444 ) (33,462 ) (97,783 ) (23,763 )
Interest expense 572 709 2,455 3,177
Benefit from income taxes (2,056 ) (2,417 ) (6,323 ) (1,323 )
Depreciation and amortization 5,845 6,029 23,613 24,156
Impairment of goodwill and intangible assets 25,622 36,666 25,622 36,666
Impairment of marketable securities 29,155 59,781
Loss from equity method investees 11,284 2,668 16,102 6,070
Income from discontinued operations (506 ) (506 )
Non-cash stock-based compensation 819 502 3,157 2,807
Other expense (income), net (5,722 ) (544 ) (14,899 ) (7,058 )
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA $ 75   $ 9,645   $ 11,725   $ 40,226  
 

Adjusted EBITDA by Segment

  Three Months Ended   Year Ended
December 31 December 31
2015   2014 2015   2014
(in thousands)
Energy $ 4,205 $ 13,573 $ 24,382 $ 52,419
Sports (1,358 ) $ (843 ) (1,645 ) (535 )
Corporate and other business activities (2,772 ) (3,085 ) (11,012 ) (11,658 )
Total $ 75   $ 9,645   $ 11,725   $ 40,226  
 

Note Regarding Use of Non-GAAP Financial
Measurements

The financial data contained in this press release includes certain
non-GAAP financial measurements as defined by the Securities and
Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including “Adjusted EBITDA”. The Company is
presenting Adjusted EBITDA because it believes that it provides useful
information to investors about Steel Excel, its business, and its
financial condition. The Company defines Adjusted EBITDA as net income
from continuing operations before the effects of realized and unrealized
gains or losses, interest income or expense, income taxes, and
depreciation and amortization, and excludes certain non-recurring and
non-cash items including stock-based compensation. The Company believes
Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors because it is one of the measures
used by the Company’s Board of Directors and management to evaluate its
business, including in internal management reporting, budgeting, and
forecasting processes, in comparing operating results across the
business, as an internal profitability measure, as a component in
evaluating the ability and the desirability of making capital
expenditures and significant acquisitions, and as an element in
determining executive compensation.

However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance under
generally accepted accounting principles in the United States of America
(“U.S. GAAP”), and the items excluded from Adjusted EBITDA are
significant components in understanding and assessing financial
performance. Therefore, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered a
substitute for net income or cash flows from operating, investing, or
financing activities. Because Adjusted EBITDA is calculated before
recurring cash charges, including realized and unrealized losses,
interest income or expense, and income taxes, and is not adjusted for
capital expenditures or other recurring cash requirements of the
business, it should not be considered as a measure of discretionary cash
available to invest in the growth of the business. There are a number of
material limitations to the use of Adjusted EBITDA as an analytical
tool, including the following:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company’s net realized and
    unrealized gains and losses;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company’s interest income or
    expense;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the Company’s income tax provision or
    benefit or the cash requirements to pay its income taxes;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash expenses in the
    period recorded, the assets being depreciated and amortized may have
    to be replaced in the future, and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the
    cash requirements for such replacement;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include stock-based compensation;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include goodwill and other asset impairments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include the income or losses of equity-method
    investees;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include the attribution of income or loss to
    non-controlling interests;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include discontinued operations; and
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not include certain other non-recurring and
    non-cash items.

The Company compensates for these limitations by relying primarily on
its U.S. GAAP financial measures and by using Adjusted EBITDA only as
supplemental information. The Company believes that consideration of
Adjusted EBITDA, together with a careful review of its U.S. GAAP
financial measures, is the most informed method of analyzing the Company.

Adjusted EBITDA is derived from net income attributable to Steel Excel,
and that calculation is set forth above. Because Adjusted EBITDA is not
a measurement determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP and is susceptible
to varying calculations, Adjusted EBITDA, as presented, may not be
comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies.
Revenues and expenses are measured in accordance with the policies and
procedures described in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the
year ended December 31, 2015.

About Steel Excel

Steel Excel, through its two business segments, Energy and Sports, is
committed to acquiring, strengthening and growing profitable businesses.
The Energy segment provides drilling and production services to the oil
and gas industry. The Sports segment is a social impact organization
that strives to provide a first-class youth sports experience
emphasizing positive experiences and instilling the core values of
discipline, teamwork, safety, respect, and integrity.

The Company is based in White Plains, N.Y. (Nasdaq Capital Market:
SXCL). Website: www.steelexcel.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within
the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended,
and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that
reflect the Company’s current expectations and projections about its
future results, performance, prospects, and opportunities. The Company
has tried to identify these forward-looking statements by using words
such as “may,” “should,” “expect,” “hope,” “anticipate,” “believe,”
“intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” and similar expressions. These
forward-looking statements are based on information currently available
to the Company and are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, and
other factors that could cause its actual results, performance,
prospects, or opportunities in 2016 and beyond to differ materially from
those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements.
These risks include, but are not limited to, our ability to deploy our
capital in a manner that maximizes stockholder value; the ability to
identify suitable acquisition candidates or business and investment
opportunities; the inability to realize the benefits of our net
operating losses; the ability to consolidate and manage our newly
acquired businesses; fluctuations in the price of oil and other factors
resulting in volatility for the demand for our services, especially in
our Energy segment; the hazardous nature of operations in the oilfield
services industry, which could result in personal injury, property
damage or damage to the environment; environmental and other health and
safety laws and regulations, including those relating to climate change,
and general economic conditions. Although the Company believes that the
expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are
reasonable and achievable, such statements involve significant risks and
uncertainties, and no assurance can be given that the actual results
will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. Investors
should read carefully the factors described in the “Risk Factors”
section of the Company’s filings with the SEC, including the Company’s
Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, for information
regarding risk factors that could affect the Company’s results. Except
as otherwise required by Federal securities laws, the Company undertakes
no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking
statements, whether as a result of new information, future events,
changed circumstances, or any other reason.

Contacts

Steel Excel Inc.
James F. McCabe, Jr., 212-520-2300
Chief
Financial Officer
jmccabe@steelpartners.com