November 2, 2017 - NACCO Industries, Inc. (NYSE: NC) today announced consolidated income from continuing operations of $3.3 million, or $0.49 per diluted share, and revenues of $21.9 million for the third quarter of 2017 compared with a consolidated loss from continuing operations of $2.1 million, or $0.31 loss per diluted share, and revenues of $32.4 million for the third quarter of 2016.
NACCO reported consolidated income from continuing operations for the nine months ended September 30, 2017 of $18.8 million, or $2.74 per diluted share, and revenues of $78.3 million compared with consolidated income from continuing operations of $7.6 million, or $1.10 per diluted share, and revenues of $85.8 million for the first nine months of 2016.
The 2016 third quarter and first nine months consolidated losses from continuing operations include a $17.4 million impairment charge, or $12.5 million after a tax benefit of $4.9 million, related to North American Coal's Centennial mining operation, which is no longer active.
NACCO's consolidated EBITDA from continuing operations for the third quarter of 2017 and the trailing twelve months ended September 30, 2017, was $10.1 million and $39.5 million, respectively. EBITDA in this press release is provided solely as a supplemental non-GAAP disclosure of operating results as defined in the reconciliation of GAAP results to EBITDA, on page 8.
After the completion of the spin-off, NACCO ended the third quarter with consolidated cash on hand of $93.9 million, debt of $58.7 million and net cash of $35.2 million. The cash on hand included a $35 million dividend received from the housewares business prior to the completion of the spin-off.
NACCO's board of directors will evaluate and determine an ongoing dividend payout rate at its next regularly scheduled meeting in November. When doing so, the board will consider the financial conditions and prospects of NACCO and North American Coal following the spin-off of the housewares-related business.
In May 2016, NACCO announced authorization of a share buyback program to purchase up to $50 million of the Company's outstanding Class A common stock, which remains in place. NACCO has repurchased approximately 109,300 shares for an aggregate purchase price of $6.0 million since inception of this program. The Company did not repurchase any shares during the third quarter of 2017.
North American Coal - Third Quarter Results
North American Coal's deliveries for the third quarter of 2017 and 2016 were as follows:
North American Coal reported income before income tax of $8.2 million and revenues of $21.9 million in the third quarter of 2017, compared with a loss before income tax of $11.7 million and revenues of $32.4 million in the third quarter of 2016. The 2016 operating loss included a non-cash asset impairment charge of $17.4 million to reduce asset values at Centennial. Excluding the impairment charge, North American Coal's Adjusted income before income tax was $5.7 million for the third quarter of 2016. See reconciliation to non-GAAP financial results on page 9.
Revenues decreased primarily as a result of a substantial decrease in tons sold at Mississippi Lignite Mining Company because of reduced customer requirements, mainly due to an outage at the customer's power plant in the third quarter of 2017. This decrease in revenues was partially offset by higher royalty and other income.
Centennial had an operating loss of $0.3 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared with an operating loss of $19.7 million in the third quarter of 2016, including the $17.4 million impairment. Excluding the asset impairment, Centennial's operating loss declined from the prior year primarily as a result of lower operating costs and a gain on sale of assets in the third quarter of 2017.
Excluding Centennial, North American Coal's income before income tax improved primarily as a result of higher royalty and other income and an increase in earnings of unconsolidated mines as newer mines increased production. These increases were partially offset by the substantially lower results at Mississippi Lignite Mining Company due to fewer tons sold.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2017, North American Coal reported income before income tax of $29.1 million and revenues of $78.3 million compared with a loss before income tax of $1.1 million and revenues of $85.8 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016. Excluding the Centennial impairment, Adjusted income before income tax was $16.4 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, including a $7.3 million loss before income tax related to Centennial's operations.
NACCO & Other - Third Quarter
NACCO and Other, which includes the parent company operations and Bellaire Corporation, reported a loss from continuing operations before income taxes of $2.2 million in the third quarter of 2017 compared with a loss from continuing operations before income taxes of $2.0 million in the third quarter of 2016.
NACCO Consolidated - Third Quarter
For the third quarter of 2017, NACCO reported consolidated income before income tax from continuing operations of $5.9 million, income tax expense on continuing operations of $2.6 million and income from continuing operations of $3.3 million. For the third quarter of 2016, NACCO reported a consolidated loss before income tax from continuing operations of $13.7 million, an income tax benefit from continuing operations of $11.6 million and a loss from continuing operations of $2.1 million.
The effective income tax rate on pre-tax income from continuing operations was 44.1% for the 2017 third quarter compared with an 84.5% effective income tax rate benefit on a pre-tax continuing operations loss for the 2016 third quarter. The effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2017 includes discrete income tax expense of $1.9 million primarily due to the establishment of a valuation allowance on deferred tax assets as the Company expects to be subject to Alternative Minimum Tax beginning in 2018 due to the change in the mix of earnings as a result of the spin-off of the housewares business. The effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2016 was the result of the mix of earnings between the North American Coal business and the spun-off housewares business now included in discontinued operations, including losses at entities with higher effective income tax rates, and the benefits of percentage depletion. The intraperiod tax allocation in 2016 resulted in an unusual relationship between the loss from continuing operations and the related tax benefit.
NACCO Industries, Inc. Outlook - Fourth Quarter 2017
Overall, in the fourth quarter of 2017, NACCO expects a substantial increase in consolidated income before income taxes from continuing operations compared with 2016 primarily driven by improvements at North American Coal. The fourth quarter effective income tax rate related to continuing operations, excluding discrete items, is expected to be approximately 15%. Including discrete items recognized in the first nine months of 2017, NACCO expects the full year effective income tax rate related to continuing operations to be between 20 and 25%.
North American Coal expects a modest increase in tons sold in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the fourth quarter of 2016. Income before income tax is also expected to increase in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the fourth quarter of 2016, resulting in a substantial increase in full-year 2017 income before income tax, including and excluding the effect of Centennial's 2016 third quarter asset impairment and $3.3 million of legal resolution charges in the fourth quarter of 2016. However, fourth quarter 2017 income before income tax is expected to be lower than the 2017 third quarter due to a decrease in earnings from unconsolidated mines as a result of reduced customer requirements and a reduction in royalty and other income.
Income before income tax at North American Coal's consolidated operations in the fourth quarter of 2017 is expected to improve over the prior year due to lower operating expenses, including a reduction in lease expense. These improvements are expected to be partially offset by a substantial decrease in Mississippi Lignite Mining Company's fourth-quarter 2017 results primarily as a result of an increase in cost of sales attributable to the recognition of production costs capitalized into inventory during the outage at the customer's power plant in the third quarter. In the fourth quarter of 2017, Centennial's operating loss is expected to be modestly higher than in 2016, excluding Centennial's legal resolution charges and mine reclamation adjustment. Centennial will continue to evaluate strategies to optimize cash flow, including the continued assessment of a range of strategies for its remaining Alabama mineral reserves, including holding reserves with substantial unmined coal tons for sale or contract mining when conditions permit. Cash expenditures related to mine reclamation will continue until reclamation is complete, or ownership of, or responsibility for, the remaining mines is transferred.
Income before income tax in the fourth quarter of 2017 is also expected to benefit from an increase in earnings from the unconsolidated mining operations due to the start of production at Bisti Fuels on January 1, 2017. In addition, at North American Mining's unconsolidated operations, an increase in the number of draglines being operated for customers is expected to contribute to the increase in earnings from the unconsolidated mining operations.
Cash flow before financing activities at North American Coal is expected to be positive but decrease substantially in the fourth quarter of 2017 compared with the prior year quarter. However, full-year cash flow before financing is expected to increase moderately compared with 2016. Capital expenditures are estimated to be $8.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2017 and approximately $18 million for the full year.
On June 28, 2017, Southern Company and its subsidiary, Mississippi Power, issued a press release announcing they were immediately suspending start-up and operations activities involving the coal gasifier portion of the Kemper County energy facility. Liberty Fuels is the sole supplier of coal to fuel the gasifier. At this time, the future of the Kemper County coal gasification facility remains uncertain, and therefore the future of the Liberty Mine is uncertain. The terms of the contract specify that Mississippi Power is responsible for all mine closure costs, should that be required, with the Liberty Mine specified as the contractor to complete final mine closure. Should the decision to suspend operations of the gasifier and mine become permanent, it will unfavorably affect North American Coal's long-term earnings under its contract with Mississippi Power.
NACCO Industries, Inc. Outlook - 2018
In 2018, NACCO expects consolidated income before income taxes from continuing operations to decrease moderately compared with 2017 and expects an effective income tax rate of approximately 25%.
In 2018, North American Coal expects income before income taxes to decrease compared with 2017, primarily because of a substantial anticipated decrease in royalty and other income. Royalties on oil, gas and coal extracted by others are subject to changes in market forces and the activities of others, making it difficult to forecast whether recent high levels of income will continue. The absence of $3.5 million of gains on sales of assets, primarily realized at Centennial, during the first nine months of 2017 and higher North American Coal operating expenses, which are expected to be partially offset by lower NACCO parent operating expenses, are also expected to contribute to the decrease in income before income taxes. These decreases are expected to be partially offset by improved results at Mississippi Lignite Mining Company due to an anticipated increase in customer demand. Mississippi Lignite Mining Company believes customer demand will be higher in the first half of 2018 compared with the second half of 2018 because Mississippi Lignite Mining Company's customer anticipates taking a planned outage at its power plant in the second half of the year. An increase in income from unconsolidated mines is also expected to partially offset the decline in income before income taxes.
Cash flow before financing activities is expected to decrease in 2018 compared with 2017, and capital expenditures are expected to be approximately $21 million in 2018.
While the current regulatory environment for development of new coal projects has improved, continued low natural gas prices and growth in renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind, could unfavorably affect the amount of electricity generation attributable to coal-fired power plants over the longer term. North American Coal expects to continue efforts to develop opportunities for new or expanded coal mining projects, although future opportunities are likely to be very limited. In addition, North American Coal continues to pursue additional non-coal mining opportunities, principally related to its North American Mining business and elsewhere where it might provide other value-added services.