Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) – A “Reset” on Empire II

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Friday, January 05, 2024

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation is the largest provider of dredging services in the United States. In addition, Great Lakes is fully engaged in expanding its core business into the rapidly developing offshore wind energy industry. The Company has a long history of performing significant international projects. The Company employs experienced civil, ocean and mechanical engineering staff in its estimating, production and project management functions. In its over 131-year history, the Company has never failed to complete a marine project. Great Lakes owns and operates the largest and most diverse fleet in the U.S. dredging industry, comprised of approximately 200 specialized vessels. Great Lakes has a disciplined training program for engineers that ensures experienced-based performance as they advance through Company operations. The Company’s Incident-and Injury-Free® (IIF®) safety management program is integrated into all aspects of the Company’s culture. The Company’s commitment to the IIF® culture promotes a work environment where employee safety is paramount.

Joe Gomes, Managing Director, Equity Research Analyst, Generalist , Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

Joshua Zoepfel, Research Associate, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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A Termination. Coming as no surprise, European energy firms Equinor and BP announced an agreement with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to terminate the Offshore Wind Renewable Energy Certificate Agreement for the Empire Wind II project. As we previously noted, rising inflation, higher borrowing costs, and supply chain issues combined to negatively impact potential returns from the project. Termination of the Empire Wind II project initiates a contractually obligated termination fee payable to Great Lakes and Van Oord that is intended to cover lost earnings potential related to Empire Wind II.

But A Reset. But all is not lost, as Equinor and BP can re-submit the project on more acceptable terms. With the state supporting offshore wind projects, we believe there remains a strong chance the project is revived in some form. Winners of an expedited solicitation for offshore wind will be announced in February.

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