Great Lakes Dredge & Dock (GLDD) – A Solid Fourth Quarter; Backlog Continues to Rise

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Friday, February 16, 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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4Q23 Results. Fourth quarter revenue came in at $181.7 million, slightly below our $190 million estimate, due to a delay in some work which has since commenced, but above the $146.7 million in 4Q22. Reported gross margin jumped to 21.3% from a negative last year. Net income came in at $21.6 million, or $0.32/sh, from a loss of $31.2 million, or a loss of $0.47/sh in 4Q22, which was impacted by the write-down of the Terrapin Island. Adjusted EBITDA came in at $40.8 million, up from a $24.2 million loss last year.

Solid Operating Environment. The dredging bid environment remains strong, with proposed increased funding and a number of key capital projects coming to bid in 2024. While the wind and LNG segments are more challenged, we believe both markets will prove fruitful for Great Lakes in the long-term.

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