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Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises (BW)

Participants
Megan Wilson Vice President of Investor Relations
Kenny Young Chief Executive Officer
Lou Salamone Chief Financial Officer
Henry Bartoli Chief Strategy Officer
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Operator

Good morning. My name is Jessa, and I will be your conference operator today. At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the Babcock & Wilcox Enterprises First Quarter 2019 Earnings Conference Call. All lines have been placed on mute to prevent any background noise. After the speaker’s remarks there will be a question-and-answer session [Operator Instructions] Thank you. Investor may President, your Vice Wilson, Relations, begin you conference. Megan

Megan Wilson

Megan everyone. Jessa, XXXX Babcock I’m of and you, B&W. Welcome Relations Earnings Vice at Investor good Call. Quarter Thank First morning to President Enterprises & Conference Wilson, Wilcox

Kenny morning Henry Lou results. and B&W’s Chief Chief first quarter Strategy Officer Joining Salamone, are Executive Financial Chief me Young, this our Officer; Bartoli, Officer; to discuss

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Kenny Young

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initiated initiatives, now actions announced has are reduction. of identified necessary we The taking discussed, cost corporate previously previously $XXX have the which on quarters. next to million several we I and ensure over steps strategy cost-saving over Henry execute for and our Lou, As the includes company

supporting in processes and structure systems, unnecessary little level a customer and down from value at remove as lowest the customers and our the our overhead. culture shareholder reinforce incentives manufacturing Our philosophy identify drive levels. accountability we as to project to Then is of safety cost push and that and practical much offer and that value

past have results of all be years, and safety employees. top improved few Our over this to the our for continues mind

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expect we soon strategy segment projects it. SPIG changing will is Our loss to EPC the our drive beginning for put results, behind Vølund and segment

the we're As to on Lou now of the over profitability. turn turning to I said, quarter to XXXX I'll first discuss call detail. in our the corner path

Lou Salamone

Thanks, additional in And our We We financing plans. Kenny. actions improved and operations implement of We that strategic execute achieved to XXXX. and our provides are liquidity had out a we significantly many to our profitability. them. very busy carried continuing first quarter the

quarter. results Let me into of the now the get

prior X XXXX exchange the lower down first in The X.X% in compared the of million. being for loss Prior significant GAAP They revenues $XX EPC The the to $XXX.X quarter stages the result $XX.X several are European XXXX the $X costs In operating first the of XXXX, operating lower operating of EPC first contracts. the first or million related and the on loss be million XXXX calculation most the quarter. basis the compared the the that to in quarter and in The income loss going restructuring basis company's of quarter. fees. comparable drivers quarter first was -- EBITDA than was to about a were our In we losses however, quarter million of XXXX additionally all drivers contracts, as exclude million company negative quarter to of primarily pension Adjusted were adjusted XXXX basis operating its exclude were was the advisory on the final in generating million first first to at a $XX.X other in adjusted revenue as as compared the XXXX. the The of of therefore, settlement quarter loss the $XXX.X quarter negative contracts EPC the to in the quarter an quarter. and, changed it consolidated currency significant of of and completion in first charges XXXX than in decrease, losses and a in the as was the foreign activities lower $XX.X expense benefit, certain consistent and quarter references 'XX, so, both net most first loss EBITDA EBITDA effects disclose XXXX, XXXX. calculated forward reconciliation. of to will million of

gross was to of the XX.X% construction to The the improved quarter approximately margin revenue, the in gross is was that's year's was by in as This in percentage adjusted to and total amount This the percentage I to Now XX.X% driven of partially segment the Babcock on in our let segment, cooling to compared geographies SPIG. those XXXX estimated to segment the our corporate initiatives, million were quarter a positive and for the cost-saving year. effects remaining million to year. results. in this the me focusing profit in a quarter. contracts quarter. for XXXX of compared million strong from to and same improve a in same systems, of $X.X driving to prior quarter million of The gross and the revenues the a in to segment million the products as improvement called the increase the million revenue. 'XX formerly direction in quarter the initiatives in XXXX were segment, increase increased incurring compared $XXX,XXX $X.X percentage-wise period overhead our in due attributable $XX.X of quarter, $X first last the and rather quarter X.X% EBITDA than $X.X $XXX.X contracts as initiatives lower period cost, progress in new this of includes construction, last that Industrial as for the no project period. gross absorbed construction million at cooling quarter construction a legacy the of that volume compared XXXX at from revenue in gross Power was revenues turn increase in single their the in and Notwithstanding so projects. lower compared $X.X new profit compared the Adjusted new negative higher our $XX.X for and complete in by a segment And first the project the profit to improved services there improved compared that quarter industrial million XXXX higher implementation negative small by to profitability to first our million first quarter more in Wilcox decreased bidding $X.X of was the offset whereas XX.X% to impact lower lower in without change by profit in XXXX profit million $X from increases $XXX.X a revenues Wilcox gross this gross again, a the & margin on as new was prior cost-saving SPIG compared cost-saving strategic larger system loss in its also following 'XX positive continued quarter as the of quarter. strategy the segment, taken just XXX% an mainly Gross build $XX.X quarter. significant Again, level our first is the increased the reflects improvement SPIG to selectively build to expected costs was X.X% build million 'XX formerly prior in year, profit and the quarter in core XX.X% estimated from achieved the In this remained greater strategy mix mainly those the same the a increases by year to This in we���ve prior to of profitability in were business. period, XXXX in compared this the million 'XX explained the change of U.S. in more strategic on mix last the adjusted This of first number of last margin in first above, in & EBITDA projects. year-end. the it The impacted, quarter to EBITDA and in as quarter driven to 'XX the $XX.X primarily The to our performed a quarter of segment, million profit by Power mainly Babcock margin in of as of profit

to segment. Vølund, our on Moving Vølund

first XXXX First XXXX. segment, were in quarter quarter in in the million of of Renewable to formerly Vølund the $XX compared the $XX.X the segment, revenues first million quarter

of were quarter in quarter as in was the lower resulting of compared in in construction being year prior recognized the first completion than lower revenues revenue contracts recognized XXXX. stages EPC to European were several final the loss The XXXX

of Additionally, the was recognition contracts. limited a revenue contracts variance on XXXX. Corporation of Vølund also the contracts on in of Beach first in in gross The million in in as we a to negative settlements overt by September revenues $XX.X of and Resource first to includes certain bid sale of million reported the the profit loss, six in effects resulted a EPC decision compared losses to cost the segment estimated project an XXXX a the compete quarter as compared to XXXX, the from XXXX a in energy recorded quarter in improved of the recorded million of and first EPC in this XX, settlements. $XX.X Palm European and to the reduction million the bidding March $X.X XXXX, first the the segment quarter The driven In resulting as quarter of negative EPC made first net not XXXX million $X.X the changes contracts renewable of by $XX.X quarter. on full Recovery

$XX.X XXXX third gross quarter Beach gross contracts, was Beyond Palm adjusted the as improved loss was the SG&A this compared the was effect lower quarter the and first profit warranty EPC of our the losses $X.X the as offset gross the affected lower Corporation in in XXXX. overhead activities. reduction the to that, million last levels of million Resource expense, was absence quarter profit from loss in cost lower to negative of contracts Recovery million quarter by to direct by year. of of mentioned, and EBITDA in mainly $XX.X restructuring cost the first due a by sold well experienced The reduced Again, reflecting benefits as I negative support profit

completion offset to as spending fees, toward the quarter the capital. to restructuring from the and a XX, flow, contracts turn with our before cost use quarter, the SPIG March as sheet now number of was settlement segments equivalents. we of million This operations That financing and quarter. mainly the end flow first achieved the flow million. due balance and cash subsequent cash the ended the Babcock $XX.X unrestricted me to XXXX, by well $XX.X is We to cash cash loss Wilcox Cash that related and in advisory Let & liquidity. progress of strong the EPC from was cost, first working of

at debt to prior Our $XX.X our $XXX.X was the million the million quarter. quarter, $XX.X in million as of the revolving year first interest total was expense end and compared

for releases and our April in of borrowed a revolving first an of our expenses in number additional The were of EPC April the we $XXX settlement revolver, and of future of of last-out in working our borrowing of As liquidity some under filings due the and needs. the The in unrestricted quarter our capital -- settlement XXXX, quarter paydown previously million loans discussed through million and of revolver. those settlement million revolver. made placement of proceeds closing debt $XXX credit first described of On used pay payment under loss on amounts into last-out press term the agreements approximately fees, its is placement after of under EPC loans on amendments $XX entered facility term as loss repayment loans, portion of remainder plus filings. in and and available and the due fees company the term from to agreements X, debt contracts up the last-out project the repayment availability the a had the cash hand

to per of per rights approval designee; As a common million million part our split. most recent of $X.XX amendment, B. last-out XX.X Capital shareholder $X.XX held agreed common stock months; for reverse X approximately seek at $X.XX issue by or the at stock at warrants, share; stock principal to execute each of approximately a per Management share of -- share purchase loan share its to Riley six and term we to all Vintage the offering $XX within execute exchange

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are in cost-saving approximately three of line $XXX the cost-saving with early implemented have million Roughly the and corporate at identified over Kenny discuss and we've fourth been across our been segments cost implemented and As plan savings the into date have progressing remainder balance through being expectations. initiatives. of these and begun measures implementation savings further, annualized of and will all to savings in and implementation The our XXXX the level, with XXXX. identified

savings as our company actions it not to over now provide a Finally, the this of guidance discuss Kenny I'll point on at in number strategy going forward. back turn intend cost previously does based and time. initiative, strategic ongoing stated, to to

Kenny Young

Great. Thanks, Lou.

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now turn to So taking the your over the back I'll call operator who'll assist questions. us in

Operator

are the at back There questions for no management this I'll remarks. to call over time. turn closing

Megan Wilson

for joining Thank concludes That be conference website today. our time limited available A for call. you our us. later replay will on a

Operator

This concludes call. conference today's

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