Centrus Reports First Quarter 2022 Results

Financial Highlights

  • Gross profit of $6.3 million
  • Net loss of $0.4 million on $35.3 million in revenue
  • Consolidated cash balance of $168.5 million as of March 31, 2022
  • Long-term order book valued at $1 billion as of March 31, 2022

Business Highlights

  • Continued to meet all milestones under the DOE HALEU contract
  • Completed conceptual design for commercial-scale HALEU cascade

BETHESDA, Md., May 5, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Centrus Energy Corp. (NYSE American: LEU) today reported a net loss of $0.4 million for the quarter ended March 31, 2022, compared to net income of $5.1 million for the first quarter of 2021.  The net loss allocable to common stockholders in the first quarter of 2022 was $0.4 million, or $0.03 (basic and diluted) per common share.

“Our first quarter results reflect the quarter-to-quarter lumpiness in our revenues and margins that we discuss in our earnings call each quarter and do not reflect our annual performance — and we continue to see strong opportunities for our future,” said Daniel B. Poneman, Centrus President and Chief Executive Officer.  “The unfolding tragedy in Ukraine has catalyzed the nuclear fuel marketplace and highlighted the urgent need for a robust public and private-sector response and investment in domestic uranium enrichment capacity so that we are no longer dependent upon foreign imports.  With the only US-owned enrichment technology and a Nuclear Regulatory Commission license to produce High-Assay, Low-Enriched Uranium production as well as Low Enriched Uranium, Centrus is well-positioned to lead the crucial effort to bolster energy security for the current and next generation fleet of reactors.”

Financial Results

Centrus generated total revenue of $35.3 million for the first quarter of 2022 compared to $55.6 million in the first quarter of 2021.  Revenue from the LEU segment decreased $20.4 million in the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to the corresponding period in 2021.  The volume of SWU sold and the average SWU price both decreased reflecting the timing of customer orders and pricing of the particular contracts under which SWU were sold during those periods.  Revenue from uranium sales increased to $4.9 million in the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to no sales in the corresponding period in 2021.

Revenue from the technical solutions segment had a slight increase of $0.1 million in the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to the corresponding period in 2021.

Cost of sales for the LEU segment decreased $10.6 million in the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to the corresponding period in 2021, largely reflecting decreases in both SWU sales volume and the average SWU unit cost.

Cost of sales for the technical solutions segment decreased $4.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to the corresponding period in 2021, which included a rent credit related to the Piketon facility of approximately $1.6 million. The remainder of the decrease was due to a reduction in costs of approximately $6.9 million associated with the HALEU Contract, offset by new contract work of approximately $5.2 million.

Centrus realized a gross profit of $6.3 million in the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to $11.7 million in the corresponding period in 2021. 

Selling, general and administrative expenses decreased by $0.7 million compared to the first quarter of 2021, reflecting the company’s ongoing efforts to reduce overhead expenses. 

Net loss was $0.4 million in the three months ended March 31, 2022, compared to net income of $5.1 million in the corresponding period in the prior year. 

HALEU Update

Centrus continues to meet all milestones under the HALEU contract to date and expects to compete for additional funding as part of an upcoming contract to demonstrate and operate the HALEU cascade; the Department of Energy indicated in a February pre-solicitation notice that it intends to issue a solicitation soon. 

In addition, Centrus recently completed conceptual design for a commercial-scale HALEU cascade that would have 120 centrifuges and a much larger output than the 16-centrifuge demonstration cascade.  Each 120-machine commercial cascade could produce approximately 6 metric tons of HALEU per year.  Subject to the availability of funding and/or offtake agreements, Centrus’ could scale up the Piketon facility to accommodate whatever level of HALEU production is required and could also produce Low-Enriched Uranium for existing reactors if needed.  The Piketon facility is large enough to accommodate thousands of centrifuges. 

About Centrus Energy Corp.

Centrus Energy is a trusted supplier of nuclear fuel and services for the nuclear power industry. Centrus provides value to its utility customers through the reliability and diversity of its supply sources – helping them meet the growing need for clean, affordable, carbon-free electricity. Since 1998, the Company has provided its utility customers with more than 1,750 reactor years of fuel, which is equivalent to 7 billion tons of coal. With world-class technical and engineering capabilities, Centrus is also advancing the next generation of centrifuge technologies so that America can restore its domestic uranium enrichment capability in the future. Find out more at www.centrusenergy.com.

Forward-Looking Statements:

This news release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. In this context, forward-looking statements mean statements related to future events, may address our expected future business and financial performance, and often contain words such as “expects”, “anticipates”, “intends”, “plans”, “believes”, “will”, “should”, “could”, “would” or “may” and other words of similar meaning. Forward-looking statements by their nature address matters that are, to different degrees, uncertain.

For Centrus Energy Corp., particular risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual future results to differ materially from those expressed in our forward-looking statements include but are not limited to the following which are, and will be, exacerbated by the novel coronavirus (“COVID-19”) pandemic and subsequent variants, and any worsening of the global business and economic environment as a result; risks related to the war in Ukraine and geopolitical conflicts and the imposition of sanctions or other measures that could impact our ability to obtain or sell low enriched uranium (“LEU”) under our existing supply contract with the Russian government-owned entity TENEX, Joint-Stock Company (“TENEX”); risks related to the refusal of TENEX to deliver LEU to us if TENEX is unable to identify an unsanctioned bank to which we can send payments for the separative work units (“SWU”) contained in the LEU, or to make other payments under our supply contract with TENEX; risks related to natural and other disasters, including the continued impact of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan on the nuclear industry and on our business, results of operations and prospects; risks related to financial difficulties experienced by customers or suppliers, including possible bankruptcies, insolvencies or any other inability to pay for our products or services or delays in making timely payment; risks related to pandemics and other health crises, the impact and potential extended duration of the current supply/demand imbalance in the market for LEU; risks related to our ability to sell the LEU we procure pursuant to our purchase obligations under our supply agreements including those imposed under the 1992 Russian Suspension Agreement as amended, international trade legislation and other international trade restrictions; risks related to existing or new trade barriers and contract terms that limit our ability to procure LEU for, or deliver LEU to customers; pricing trends and demand in the uranium and enrichment markets and their impact on our profitability; risks related to the movement and timing of customer orders; risks related to our dependence on others, such as our transporters, for deliveries of LEU including deliveries from TENEX, under our commercial supply agreement with TENEX and deliveries under our long-term commercial supply agreement with Orano Cycle (“Orano”); risks associated with our reliance on third-party suppliers to provide essential products and services to us; risks related to the fact that we face significant competition from major producers who may be less cost sensitive or are wholly or partially government owned; risks that our ability to compete in foreign markets may be limited for various reasons; risks related to the fact that our revenue is largely dependent on our largest customers; risks related to our sales order book, including uncertainty concerning customer actions under current contracts and in future contracting due to market conditions and our lack of current production capability; risks related to whether or when government funding or demand for high-assay low-enriched uranium (“HALEU”) for government or commercial uses will materialize; risks and uncertainties regarding funding for continuation and deployment of the American Centrifuge technology; risks related to (i) our ability to perform and absorb costs under our agreement with the U.S. Department of Energy (“DOE”) to deploy a cascade of centrifuges to demonstrate production of HALEU for advanced reactors (the “HALEU Contract”), (ii) to obtain contracts and funding to be able to continue operations and (iii) our ability to obtain and/or perform under other agreements; risks that (i) we may not obtain the full benefit of the HALEU Contract and may not be able to operate the HALEU enrichment facility to produce HALEU after the completion of the existing HALEU Contract or (ii) the HALEU enrichment facility may not be available to us as a future source of supply; risks related to uncertainty regarding our ability to commercially deploy competitive enrichment technology; risks related to the potential for further demobilization or termination of our American Centrifuge work; risks that we will not be able to timely complete the work that we are obligated to perform; risks related to our ability to perform fixed-price and cost-share contracts such as the HALEU Contract, including the risk that costs could be higher than expected; risks related to our significant long-term liabilities, including material unfunded defined benefit pension plan obligations and postretirement health and life benefit obligations; risks relating to our 8.25% notes (the “8.25% Notes”) maturing in February 2027; the risks of revenue and operating results fluctuating significantly from quarter to quarter, and in some cases, year to year; risks related to the impact of financial market conditions on our business, liquidity, prospects, pension assets and insurance facilities; risks related to the Company’s capital concentration; risks related to the value of our intangible assets related to the sales order book and customer relationships; risks related to the limited trading markets in our securities; risks related to decisions made by our Class B stockholders regarding their investment in the Company based upon factors that are unrelated to the Company’s performance; risks that a small number of holders of our Class A Common Stock, par value $0.10 per share (“Class A Common Stock”) (whose interests may not be aligned with other holders of our Class A Common Stock), may exert significant influence over the direction of the Company; risks related to (i) the use of our net operating losses (“NOLs”) carryforwards and net unrealized built-in losses (“NUBILs”) to offset future taxable income and the use of the Rights Agreement (as defined herein) to prevent an “ownership change” as defined in Section 382 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, as amended (the “Code”) and (ii) our ability to generate taxable income to utilize all or a portion of the NOLs and NUBILs prior to the expiration thereof; failures or security breaches of our information technology systems; risks related to our ability to attract and retain key personnel; risks related to the potential for the DOE to seek to terminate or exercise its remedies under its agreements with the Company; risks related to actions, including reviews, that may be taken by the United States government, the Russian government or other governments that could affect our ability to perform under our contract obligations or the ability of our sources of supply to perform under their contract obligations to us; risks related to our ability to perform and receive timely payment under agreements with the DOE or other government agencies, including risks and uncertainties related to the ongoing funding by the government and potential audits; risks related to changes or termination of agreements with the U.S. government or other counterparties; risks related to the competitive environment for our products and services; risks related to changes in the nuclear energy industry; risks related to the competitive bidding process associated with obtaining contracts, including government contracts; risks that we will be unable to obtain new business opportunities or achieve market acceptance of our products and services or that products or services provided by others will render our products or services obsolete or noncompetitive; risks related to potential strategic transactions that could be difficult to implement, disrupt our business or change our business profile significantly; risks related to the outcome of legal proceedings and other contingencies (including lawsuits and government investigations or audits); risks related to the impact of government regulation and policies including by the DOE and the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission; risks of accidents during the transportation, handling or processing of hazardous or radioactive material that may pose a health risk to humans or animals, cause property or environmental damage, or result in precautionary evacuations; risks associated with claims and litigation arising from past activities at sites we currently operate or past activities at sites that we no longer operate, including the Paducah, Kentucky, and Portsmouth, Ohio, gaseous diffusion plants; and other risks and uncertainties discussed in this and our other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), including under Part I, Item 1A – “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021 and under Part II, Item 1A – “Risk Factors” of our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

These factors may not constitute all factors that could cause actual results to differ from those discussed in any forward-looking statement. Accordingly, forward-looking statements should not be relied upon as a predictor of actual results. Readers are urged to carefully review and consider the various disclosures made in this report and in our other filings with the SEC that attempt to advise interested parties of the risks and factors that may affect our business. We do not undertake to update our forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances that may arise after the date of this press release except as required by law.

Contacts:

Investors: Dan Leistikow [email protected]
Media: Lindsey Geisler [email protected]

CENTRUS ENERGY CORP.  
ADJUSTED NET INCOME PER SHARE RECONCILIATION TABLE 

The Company measures Net Income (Loss) and Net Income (Loss) per Share both on a GAAP basis and on an adjusted basis to exclude deemed dividends allocable to retired preferred stock shares (“Adjusted Net Income (Loss)” and “Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Share”). We believe Adjusted Net Income (Loss) and Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Share, which are non-GAAP financial measures, provide investors with additional understanding of the Company’s financial performance as well as its strategic financial planning analysis and period-to-period comparability. These metrics are useful to investors because they reflect how management evaluates the Company’s ongoing operating performance from period-to-period after removing certain transactions and activities that affect comparability of the metrics and are not reflective of the Company’s core operations.


Three Months Ended March 31,


2022


2021

Numerator (in millions):




     Net income (loss)

$         (0.4)


$          5.1

     Less: Preferred stock dividends – undeclared and cumulative


0.7

     Less: Distributed earnings allocable to retired preferred shares


6.6

     Net loss allocable to common stockholders

$         (0.4)


$         (2.2)





     Plus: Distributed earnings allocable to retired preferred shares

$           —


$          6.6





     Adjusted net income (loss), including distributed earnings allocable to retired preferred
          shares (Non-GAAP)

$         (0.4)


$          4.4





Denominator (in thousands):




     Average common shares outstanding – basic

14,547


12,818

     Average common shares outstanding – diluted (a)

14,547


12,818





Net loss per share (in dollars):




     Basic

$       (0.03)


$       (0.17)

     Diluted

$       (0.03)


$       (0.17)





Plus: Effect of distributed earnings allocable to retired preferred shares, per common share (in dollars):




     Basic

$           —


$        0.51

     Diluted

$           —


$        0.50





Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Share (Non-GAAP) (in dollars):




     Basic

$       (0.03)


$        0.34

     Diluted (a)

$       (0.03)


$        0.33

(a) For purposes of calculating the Adjusted Net Income (Loss) per Share of $0.33, for the three months ended March 31, 2021, average common shares outstanding – diluted are 13,196,000 shares.  No dilutive effect is recognized in a period in which a net loss has occurred and, thus, Net Loss per Share of $(0.17) for the three months ended March 31, 2021, was calculated using 12,818,000 average common shares outstanding.

CENTRUS ENERGYCORP

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME

(Unaudited; in millions, except share and per share data)

 



Three Months Ended March 31,


2022


2021

Revenue:




     Separative work units

$               12.8


$               38.1

     Uranium

4.9


     Technical solutions

17.6


17.5

          Total revenue

35.3


55.6

Cost of Sales:




     Separative work units and uranium

14.8


25.4

     Technical solutions

14.2


18.5

          Total cost of sales

29.0


43.9

Gross profit

6.3


11.7

     Advanced technology costs

1.1


0.5

     Selling, general and administrative

7.5


8.2

     Amortization of intangible assets

1.1


2.1

Operating income (loss)

(3.4)


0.9

     Nonoperating components of net periodic benefit income

(3.3)


(4.3)

Income (loss) before income taxes

(0.1)


5.2

     Income tax expense

0.3


0.1

Net income (loss) and comprehensive income (loss)

(0.4)


5.1

     Preferred stock dividends – undeclared and cumulative


0.7

     Distributed earnings allocable to retired preferred shares


6.6

Net loss allocable to common stockholders

$                (0.4)


$                (2.2)





Net loss per share:




   Basic

$              (0.03)


$              (0.17)

   Diluted

$              (0.03)


$              (0.17)

Average number of common shares outstanding (in thousands):




   Basic

14,547


12,818

   Diluted

14,547


12,818

CENTRUS ENERGYCORP

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(Unaudited; in millions)



Three Months Ended March 31,


2022


2021

OPERATING




Net income (loss)

$           (0.4)


$            5.1

Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to cash used in operating activities:




     Depreciation and amortization

1.3


2.2

     Accrued loss on long-term contract

(0.5)


(2.0)

     Deferred tax assets

0.3


     Equity related compensation

0.5


     Changes in operating assets and liabilities:




          Accounts receivable

16.6


14.2

          Inventories

11.1


(18.7)

          Inventories owed to customers and suppliers

(8.1)


8.4

          Accounts payable and other liabilities

1.2


6.6

          Payables under inventory purchase agreements

(28.3)


(4.4)

          Deferred revenue and advances from customers, net of deferred costs

(0.3)


(12.5)

          Pension and postretirement benefit liabilities

(5.1)


(7.4)

          Other, net

(0.9)


               Cash used in operating activities

(12.6)


(8.5)





INVESTING




Capital expenditures

(0.1)


(0.4)

               Cash used in investing activities

(0.1)


(0.4)





FINANCING




Proceeds from the issuance of common stock, net


23.2

Exercise of stock options

0.2


0.2

Payment of interest classified as debt

(3.1)


(3.1)

Other

(0.3)


(0.1)

               Cash provided by (used in) financing activities

(3.2)


20.2





Increase (decrease) in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(15.9)


11.3

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, beginning of period (Note 3)

196.8


157.9

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash, end of period (Note 3)

$         180.9


$         169.2





Non-cash activities:




     Common stock and warrant issued in exchange for preferred stock

$             —


$            7.5

     Reclassification of stock-based compensation liability to equity

$          10.6


$            7.5

     Property, plant and equipment included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$            0.2


$            0.1

     Equity issuance costs included in accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$             —


$            0.4

     Shares withheld for employee taxes

$            1.9


$             —

CENTRUS ENERGY CORP.

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(Unaudited; in millions, except share and per share data)



March 31,
2022


December 31,
2021

ASSETS




Current assets:




     Cash and cash equivalents

$           168.5


$           193.8

     Accounts receivable

12.5


29.1

     Inventories

89.4


91.1

     Deferred costs associated with deferred revenue

143.3


143.3

     Other current assets

9.4


8.6

          Total current assets

423.1


465.9

Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $3.1 million as of March 31,
     2022 and $3.0 million as of December 31, 2021

5.5


5.3

Deposits for financial assurance

12.2


2.8

Intangible assets, net

53.6


54.7

Deferred tax assets

41.2


41.4

Other long-term assets

2.0


2.3

Total assets

$           537.6


$           572.4





LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ DEFICIT




Current liabilities:




     Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$             33.7


$             37.8

     Payables under inventory purchase agreements

9.6


37.9

     Inventories owed to customers and suppliers

0.3


8.4

     Deferred revenue and advances from customers

302.8


303.1

     Current debt

6.1


6.1

          Total current liabilities

352.5


393.3

Long-term debt

98.8


101.8

Postretirement health and life benefit obligations

113.5


114.9

Pension benefit liabilities

19.6


23.1

Advances from customers

45.1


45.1

Long-term inventory loan

31.8


22.4

Other long-term liabilities

9.3


13.7

Total liabilities

670.6


714.3

Commitments and contingencies




Stockholders’ deficit:




     Preferred stock, par value $1.00 per share, 20,000,000 shares authorized




          Series A Participating Cumulative Preferred Stock, none issued


          Series B Senior Preferred Stock, none issued


     Class A Common Stock, par value $0.10 per share, 70,000,000 shares authorized, 13,757,384 and
          13,649,933 shares issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021,
          respectively

1.4


1.4

Class B Common Stock, par value $0.10 per share, 30,000,000 shares authorized, 719,200 shares
     issued and outstanding as of March 31, 2022 and December 31, 2021

0.1


0.1

     Excess of capital over par value

150.1


140.7

     Accumulated deficit

(285.0)


(284.6)

     Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax

0.4


0.5

          Total stockholders’ deficit

(133.0)


(141.9)

Total liabilities and stockholders’ deficit

$           537.6


$           572.4

SOURCE Centrus Energy Corp.

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