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GVP GSE Systems

Participants
Kalle Ahl The Equity Group
Kyle Loudermilk Chief Executive Officer
Emmett Pepe Chief Financial Officer
Tate Sullivan Maxim Group
Benji Gallander Contra the Heard Investment Letter
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Operator

Greetings. Welcome to the GSE Systems, Inc.

Third Quarter 2019 Financial Results Conference Call. At this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode. A brief question-and-answer session will follow the formal presentation [Operator Instructions].

conference recorded. this reminder, a is being As

It Kalle Thank Ahl my pleasure you, your host to introduce of Ahl. is now Mr. The Equity Group.

You may begin.

Kalle Ahl

Thank today. Thank for afternoon and you, everyone. Sheri, joining us good you

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support organic the business, our and strategy, believe that in drive to focusing development previously, and growth. segments mentioned NITC performance and we current As core building backlog is both we our to business level sufficient are our executing on

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now the turn Pepe, the call go will ahead. review who please third I'll quarter over Emmett, Emmett to our CFO, results.

Emmett Pepe

Thank million $X.X $X.X primarily of million is our customers in quarter's acquisition QX due you, our Engineering QX quarter. NITC increase more augmentation contributed revenue. $XX Kyle. during 'XX in by the staff Performance NITC Improvement of $XXX,XXX than offset lower in QX this million from to partially needs driven decline revenue business. which in revenue, in XXXX, million revenue compared to by in in The our is legacy DP decrease revenue, was offset of increase revenue revenue in $XX.X reflecting million segment performance primarily segment the $X.X to The XXXX, was by which Improvement decrease our Total Performance

business this improved Kyle are hires segment, are well we and positioned As on new in about development excited deliver we the results XXXX. touched to previously, in

of XXXX. totaled $XXX,XXX Performance QX compared profit million, $X.X $X.X to in the to million. XXXX in declined gross $XX,XXX Improvement profit $X.X QX million. driven revenue to decreased year-over-year decline $X.X approximately million NITC by by Gross gross profit approximately year-over-year million $X.X

DP in million by was Improvement impairment as to an of additional earnings we and million needed. the the QX previous impairment incentive company allowances figure Also, in Performance on performed XXXX, comparable $X.X below mentioned cost in no totaled reduced the driven plans primarily quarter, expenses by updated and on call, segment our due results. SG&A $X.X driven

loss Operating loss Engineering. QX in $XX,XXX of executive related in operating loss $XXX,XXX in DP changes driven of equaled year-over-year team the to an leadership approximately and 'XX compared by QX the in $XXX,XXX rightsizing XXXX. restructuring to the The operating in is increase costs

to previously, reach mentioned evaluating DP and in the spent QX fixed Kyle cost changes implemented loss business after where contract significant breakeven possible. As eliminated We necessary we time approximately 'XX.

terminating in example, and leases For QX options facility remaining our are two for in evaluating Worth. unused Fort the space

and to DP business. closely the continue will monitor optimize We

the earnings our $X.X $XXX,XXX to includes XXXX. QX million and approximately QX DP million in the totaled EBITDA, $X.X from position QX a QX of in adjusted by which cash million Non-GAAP debt decreased XXXX, $X.X debt which XXXX of of made defined $XX.X release, XXXX, with during as payments approximately $X.X We concluded million total to we end quarter. compared compared million, in loss reflecting

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I’ll Kyle. the conversation turn now to back

Kyle Loudermilk

floor Emmett. open please right, Thanks All for the questions. very much. Operator,

Operator

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Tate Sullivan

options can you evaluating repeat on I missed comment. sorry you that about your Was that? and Emmett, that facility said just what about credit last

Emmett Pepe

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Tate Sullivan

-- you our on And then I said the mentioned divestment streamlining Kyle, going forward when operations, earlier mean, table?

Kyle Loudermilk

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our I So strategy. of kind that frames think

Tate Sullivan

the the is offerings other cadence weakness be different and staffing, your general. why to that? in moves And a mean, then in I it seems And -- than in staffing

Kyle Loudermilk

mostly end had qualitatively, guess, through through successfully termination exception a not this perfectly to from With cycles, Tate, point a our flight a came peaks had with one lines troughs. natural project have in year, the they that, client, last cyclicality, cycles. to type to its contract, specific annual from another training significant sync and any one the of of year-over-year, business is qualitative. but with I not XXXX. that's an They said, was NITC, And at be which we with budgeting at very seem in get each of that of which independent

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Tate Sullivan

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Kyle Loudermilk

That's NITC.

of specifically blend NITC, a that's a So Hyperspring with services there.

very encouraging So that see. was very, to

Tate Sullivan

maintenance The operating that, component of it's not… and

Kyle Loudermilk

that that NITC specifically an The isn't fact win.

Operator

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Benji Gallander

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Kyle Loudermilk

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now We is which have kept for backlog our two a steady good quarters, sign.

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Benji Gallander

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Kyle Loudermilk

the Appreciate perspective, Benjamin.

Operator

to question-and-answer closing I like And the would session. conference that to remarks. for concludes back Kyle turn our over

Kyle Loudermilk

thank today. to like joining for everybody I'd us

to to really worked are point this we're -- We confident are have headed. seeing we've we're really good to get where future, and and hard by remain what a excited in

interest your for appreciate in and So us that joining again, said, everyone GSE. time we thanks with and

Operator

today's concludes This conference.

may You lines your this for your disconnect time. participation. And at you thank