Covanta Holding Corporation Reports 2021 First Quarter Results and Increases 2021 Guidance

MORRISTOWN, N.J., April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) («Covanta» or the «Company»), a world leader in sustainable…

MORRISTOWN, N.J., April 29, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) («Covanta» or the «Company»), a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, reported financial results today for the three months ended March 31, 2021.


Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020






(Unaudited, $ in millions)

Revenue

$498


$468

Net income (loss)

$2


$(32)

Adjusted EBITDA

$106


$97

Net cash provided by operating activities

$52


$61

Free Cash Flow

$19


$18


Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures can be found in the exhibits to this press release.

Key Highlights

  • Strong first quarter operating results including 4% year-over-year WtE tip fee price growth
  • Metals prices significantly higher year-over-year on improving demand and tight market supply
  • Increasing 2021 guidance for Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow
  • Initiating overhead cost rationalization program for $30 million in annual savings by 2023
  • Establishing long-term financial outlook:
    • Adjusted EBITDA of $600 million and Free Cash Flow of $250 million by 2024
    • Leverage ratio below 5x by end of 2022

«Covanta is off to a great start operationally, and with strong waste and metals markets, improved visibility on waste-to-energy plant production for the balance of the year, and continued focus on cost control, we are confidently raising our guidance for 2021,» said Michael Ranger, President and CEO. «I am also pleased to announce the first definitive steps in our strategic review process. We are instituting a comprehensive overhead cost rationalization program to rightsize the level of support required for the business. In addition, we continue to explore third party interest in discrete assets and develop plans to address underperforming operations. With our new UK projects coming online over the next three years, including Rookery in Q1 next year, and planned cost improvements, we have a high degree of visibility to meaningful growth from drivers under our control, which translates to a compelling outlook for cash generation.»

More detail on our first quarter results can be found in the exhibits to this release and in our first quarter 2021 earnings presentation found in the Investor Relations section of the Covanta website at www.covanta.com.  

2021 Guidance

The Company increased its guidance for 2021 for the following key metrics:

($ in millions)

2021 Guidance Range


Metric

New

Previous

2020 Actual

Adjusted EBITDA

$460 – $480

$435 – $465

$424

Free Cash Flow

$125 – $155

$100 – $140

$93


Reconciliations of non-GAAP measures can be found in the exhibits to this press release.


Guidance as of April 30, 2021.

Conference Call Information

Covanta will host a conference call at 8:30 AM (Eastern) on Friday, April 30, 2021 to discuss its first quarter results.

The conference call will begin with prepared remarks, which will be followed by a question and answer session.  To participate on the live call, please dial 1-888-317-6003 (US) or 1-412-317-6061 (international) approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call and enter the passcode 9319047. The conference call will also be webcast live from the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website. A presentation will be made available during the call and will be found in the Investor Relations section of the Covanta website at www.covanta.com.

An archived webcast will be available two hours after the end of the conference call and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Covanta website at www.covanta.com.

About Covanta

Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions.  Annually, Covanta’s modern Waste-to-Energy («WtE») facilities safely convert approximately 21 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle 600,000 tons of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today’s most complex environmental challenges. For more information, visit www.covanta.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this press release may constitute «forward-looking» statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the «Securities Act»), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the «Exchange Act»), the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the «PSLRA») or in releases made by the Securities and Exchange Commission («SEC»), all as may be amended from time to time. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Covanta Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries («Covanta») or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements. For additional information see the Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements at the end of the Exhibits.



 

Covanta Holding Corporation


Exhibit 1

Consolidated Statements of Operations








Three Months Ended

March 31,



2021


2020 (a)







(Unaudited)

(In millions, except per

share amounts)

OPERATING REVENUE:





Waste revenue


$

343



$

340


Energy revenue


104



93


Materials sales revenue


36



17


Services revenue


15



18


Total operating revenue


498



468


OPERATING EXPENSE:





Cost of operations


398



371


Other operating expense, net


(4)



2


General and administrative expense


33



30


Depreciation and amortization expense


57



58


Impairment charges (b)




19


Total operating expense


484



480


Operating income (loss)


14



(12)


OTHER INCOME (EXPENSE):





Interest expense


(31)



(34)


Net gain on sale of business and investments (b)




9


Other expense




(1)


Total other expense


(31)



(26)


Loss before income tax benefit and equity in net income from unconsolidated investments


(17)



(38)


Income tax benefit


18



5


Equity in net income from unconsolidated investments


1



1


Net income (loss)


$

2



$

(32)







Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:





Basic


132



131


Diluted


137



131







Income (Loss) Per Share





Basic


$

0.02



$

(0.24)


Diluted


$

0.01



$

(0.24)







Cash Dividend Declared Per Share


$

0.08



$

0.25



(a) As revised for new financial statement presentation, see Exhibit 8 of this Press Release for further information.

(b) For additional information, see Exhibit 4 of this Press Release.


 

Covanta Holding Corporation



Exhibit 2

Consolidated Balance Sheets









March 31,


December 31,


2021


2020






(Unaudited)



ASSETS

(In millions, except per share amounts)

Current:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

56



$

55


Restricted funds held in trust

10



11


Receivables (less allowances of $7 and $8, respectively)

233



260


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

98



117


Total Current Assets

397



443


Property, plant and equipment, net

2,405



2,421


Restricted funds held in trust

6



6


Intangible assets, net

232



237


Goodwill

302



302


Other assets

300



297


Total Assets

$

3,642



$

3,706


LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




Current:




Current portion of long-term debt

$

27



$

18


Current portion of project debt

9



9


Accounts payable

68



75


Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

270



303


Total Current Liabilities

374



405


Long-term debt

2,411



2,396


Project debt

115



116


Deferred income taxes

338



362


Other liabilities

114



117


Total Liabilities

3,352



3,396


Equity:




Preferred stock ($0.10 par value; authorized 10 shares; none issued and outstanding)




Common stock ($0.10 par value; authorized 250 shares; issued 136 shares,

outstanding 133 shares)

14



14


Additional paid-in capital

883



882


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(44)



(32)


Accumulated deficit

(563)



(554)


Treasury stock, at par




Total Equity

290



310


Total Liabilities and Equity

$

3,642



$

3,706



 

Covanta Holding Corporation

Exhibit 3

Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow





Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020






(Unaudited, in millions)

OPERATING ACTIVITIES:




Net income (loss)

$

2



$

(32)


Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:




Depreciation and amortization expense

57



58


Amortization of deferred debt financing costs

1



1


Net gain on sale of business and investments (a)



(9)


Impairment charges (a)



19


Stock-based compensation expense

9



8


Equity in net income from unconsolidated investments

(1)



(1)


Deferred income taxes

(20)



(6)


Other, net

(3)



3


Change in working capital

7



20


Net cash provided by operating activities

52



61


INVESTING ACTIVITIES:




Purchase of property, plant and equipment

(43)



(43)


Proceeds from asset sales



3


Investment in equity affiliates

(1)



(10)


Other, net

(1)



(1)


Net cash used in investing activities

(45)



(51)


FINANCING ACTIVITIES:




Proceeds from borrowings on long-term debt



9


Proceeds from borrowings on revolving credit facility

97



181


Payments on long-term debt

(5)



(4)


Payments on revolving credit facility

(69)



(146)


Payments on project debt

(1)



(1)


Cash dividends paid to stockholders

(11)



(34)


Payment of insurance premium financing

(9)



(8)


Other, net

(8)



(5)


Net cash used in financing activities

(6)



(8)


Effect of exchange rate changes on cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(1)



(1)


Net increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash



1


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period

72



63


Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period

$

72



$

64






(a) For additional information, see Exhibit 4 of this Press Release.


 

Covanta Holding Corporation


Exhibit 4

Consolidated Reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) and Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to

Adjusted EBITDA








Three Months Ended

March 31,



2021


2020







(Unaudited, in millions)

Net income (loss)


$

2



$

(32)


Depreciation and amortization expense


57



58


Interest expense


31



34


Income tax benefit


(18)



(5)


Impairment charges (a)




19


Net gain on sale of businesses and investments (b)




(9)


Gain on sale of assets


(1)




Accretion expense


1



1


Business development and transaction costs


2




Severance and reorganization costs


4




Stock-based compensation expense


9



8


Adjustments to reflect Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated investments


7



6


Capital type expenditures at client owned facilities (c)


14



14


Other (d)


(2)



3


Adjusted EBITDA


$

106



$

97




(a) 

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, we recorded a $19 million non-cash impairment charge related to our Covanta Environmental Solutions reporting unit.

(b)

During the three months ended March 31, 2020, we recorded a $9 million gain related to the Newhurst Energy Recovery Facility development project.

(c)

Adjustment for capital equipment related expenditures at our service fee operated facilities which are capitalized at facilities that we own. 

(d)

Added back under the definition of Adjusted EBITDA in Covanta Energy, LLC’s credit agreement.

 



Three Months Ended

March 31,



2021


2020







(Unaudited, in millions)

Net cash provided by operating activities


$

52



$

61


Capital type expenditures at client owned facilities (a)


14



14


Cash paid for interest


52



39


Cash paid for taxes


1



1


Equity in net income from unconsolidated investments


1



1


Adjustments to reflect Adjusted EBITDA from unconsolidated investments


7



6


Adjustments for working capital and other


(21)



(25)


Adjusted EBITDA


$

106



$

97



(a) See Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation above – Note (c).


 

Covanta Holding Corporation


Exhibit 5

Reconciliation of Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow








Three Months Ended

March 31,



2021


2020







(Unaudited, in millions)

Net cash provided by operating activities


$

52



$

61


Add: Changes in restricted funds – operating (a)




(2)


Less: Software implementation expenditures (b)




(1)


Less: Maintenance capital expenditures (c)


(33)



(40)


Free Cash Flow


$

19



$

18



(a)  Adjustment for the impact of the adoption of ASU 2016-18 effective January 1, 2018. As a result of adoption, the statement

of cash flows explains the change during the period in the total of cash, cash equivalents, and amounts generally described as

restricted cash or restricted cash equivalents. Therefore, changes in restricted funds are eliminated in arriving at net cash, cash

equivalents and restricted funds provided by operating activities.


(b)   Due to the adoption of ASU 2018-15 effective January 1, 2020, these expenditures, previously included in Maintenance capital

expenditures above and Purchases of property, plant and equipment on our consolidated statement of cash flows, are now included

in Other, net in the investing section of our consolidated statement of cash flows.






(c)   Purchases of property, plant and equipment are also referred to as capital expenditures. Capital expenditures that primarily

maintain existing facilities are classified as maintenance capital expenditures. The following table provides the components

of total purchases of property, plant and equipment:



Three Months Ended March 31,



2021


2020







(Unaudited, in millions)

Maintenance capital expenditures


$

(33)



$

(40)


Net maintenance capital expenditures paid but incurred in prior periods


(9)



5







Total ash processing system


(1)



(8)


Total capital expenditures associated with growth investments (d)


(1)



(8)


Total purchases of property, plant and equipment


$

(43)



$

(43)







(d)  Total growth investments represents investments in growth opportunities, including organic growth initiatives, technology,

business development, and other similar expenditures, net of third party loans collateralized by unconsolidated project equity:

Capital expenditures associated with growth investments


$

(1)



$

(8)


UK business development projects




(1)


Investment in equity affiliate


(1)



(10)


Less: Third party project loan proceeds collateralized by project equity




9


Total growth investments


$

(2)



$

(10)




 

Covanta Holding Corporation



Exhibit 6

Supplemental Information

(Unaudited, $ in millions)






Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020

REVENUE:




Waste:




 Tip fees

$

159



$

161


 Service fees

123



119


Waste to energy processing

282



279


Materials processing and recycling

25



22


Waste handling and disposal

67



67


Intercompany

(30)



(28)


Total waste revenue

343



340


Energy:




Energy sales

76



77


Capacity

10



10


Wholesale load serving (1)

11



4


Renewable energy credits and other

7



2


Total energy revenue

104



93


Materials sales:




Ferrous

22



10


Non-ferrous

13



7


Other Materials




Total materials sales revenue

36



17


Services revenue

15



18


Total revenue

$

498



$

468






OPERATING EXPENSE:




Cost of operations:




Wages & benefits

$

125



$

122


Maintenance

105



92


Other operating costs

167



157


Cost of operations

398



371


Other operating expense, net

(4)



2


General and administrative

33



30


Depreciation and amortization

57



58


Impairments



19


Total operating expense

$

484



480






Operating income (loss)

$

14



$

(12)






Plus impairment charges



19


Operating income excluding impairment charges

$

14



$

7






(1)

Includes wholesale energy load serving revenue not included in Energy sales line, such as transmission and ancillaries.


Note: Certain amounts may not total due to rounding.

 

Covanta Holding Corporation



Exhibit 7

Operating Metrics




(Unaudited)





Three Months Ended March 31,


2021


2020

WtE Waste




Tons: (in millions)




Tip fees- contracted

1.95



2.08


Tip fees- uncontracted

0.59



0.58


Service fees

2.52



2.62


Total tons

5.06



5.28


Tip Fee revenue per ton:




Tip fees- contracted

$

57.22



$

54.04


Tip fees- uncontracted

$

80.24



$

82.87


Average tip fees

$

62.54



$

60.36


WtE Energy




Energy sales: (MWh in millions)




Contracted

0.49



0.51


Hedged

0.82



0.82


Market

0.25



0.30


Total energy

1.56



1.64


Market sales by geography: (MWh in millions)




PJM East

0.1



0.1


NEPOOL



0.1


NYISO

0.1




Other

0.1



0.1


Revenue per MWh (excludes capacity and other energy revenue):




Contracted

$

68.12



$

66.32


Hedged

$

43.37



$

45.68


Market

$

26.68



$

19.15


Average revenue per MWh

$

48.52



$

47.27


Materials sales




Tons Recovered: (in thousands)




Ferrous

114.1



103.1


Non-ferrous

10.6



12.0


Tons Sold: (in thousands)




Ferrous

104.2



90.6


Non-ferrous

8.0



7.5


Revenue per ton:




Ferrous

$

213



$

115


Non-ferrous

$

1,656



$

900







Note: Waste volume includes solid tons only. Materials and energy volume are presented net of client revenue sharing. Steam sales are converted to MWh equivalent at an assumed average rate of 11 klbs of steam / MWh.  Hedged energy sales includes the energy component of wholesale load serving. Uncontracted energy sales include sales under PPAs that are based on market prices.





Note: Certain amounts may not total due to rounding.




 

Covanta Holding Corporation










Exhibit 8

Supplemental Information – Income (Loss) from Operations

(Unaudited, $ in millions)














Three Months Ended


Mar. 31,


June 30,


Sept. 30,


Dec. 31,


Mar. 31,


June 30,


Sept. 30,


Dec. 31,


2020


2020


2020


2020


2019


2019


2019


2019

REVENUE:
















Waste:
















Tip fees

$

161



$

158



$

168



$

164



$

149



$

162



$

163



$

164


Service fees

119



115



119



117



118



117



116



119


Waste to energy processing

279



273



287



282



267



279



279



283


Materials processing and recycling

22



19



22



23



20



24



23



24


Waste handling and disposal

67



72



81



73



57



75



77



69


Intercompany

(28)



(28)



(31)



(31)



(26)



(28)



(33)



(29)


Total waste revenue (1) (3)

340



337



358



347



319



351



346



347


Energy:
















Energy sales

77



57



63



69



81



58



66



68


Capacity

10



10



10



10



13



12



9



9


Wholesale load serving

4



9



17



12





2



6



4


Renewable energy credits and other

2



2



3



2










Total energy revenue

93



78



93



93



94



72



81



82


Materials sales:
















Ferrous

10



10



12



15



11



13



11



10


Non-ferrous

7



9



9



9



9



8



8



14


Other Materials
















Total materials sales revenue  (2)(3)

17



20



21



24



21



21



20



24


Services revenue (1)(4)

18



19



19



27



19



23



18



32


Total revenue

$

468



$

454



$

491



$

491



$

453



$

467



$

465



$

485


















OPERATING EXPENSE:
















Cost of operations:
















Wages & benefits

$

122



$

111



$

118



$

126



$

120



$

116



$

115



$

120


Maintenance

92



81



66



88



96



83



63



68


Other operating costs

157



159



174



173



154



170



156



166


Cost of operations (5)

371



351



358



387



370



369



334



354


Other operating expense, net (5)

2



2



2



(2)



5



1



1



(1)


General and administrative

30



27



27



37



31



31



29



33


Depreciation and amortization

58



56



54



56



55



55



55



56


Impairments

19











1



2



(1)


Total operating expense

$

480



$

436



$

441



$

478



$

461



$

457



$

421



$

441


Operating (loss) income

$

(12)



$

18



$

50



$

13



$

(8)



$

10



$

44



$

44







Plus: impairment charges

19











1



2



(1)


Operating income (loss) excluding impairment charges

$

7



$

18



$

50



$

13



$

(8)



$

11



$

46



$

43




Note: Certain amounts may not total due to rounding.


(1)

Reflects reclassification of certain services performed by CES from the former Waste and service revenue category to the new Services revenue category.

(2)

Reflects reclassification of the former Recycled metals revenue category to the new Materials sales revenue category.

(3)

Reflects reclassification of E-waste recycling revenue from the former Waste and service revenue category to the new Materials sales revenue category.

(4)

Reflects reclassification of construction related revenue from the former Other operating revenue category to the new Services revenue category.

(5)

Expense classified under the former Plant operating expense category is now included in the new Cost of operations category, which also reflects the reclassification of construction related expense from the Other operating expense, net category.

Discussion of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We use a number of different financial measures, both United States generally accepted accounting principles («GAAP») and non-GAAP, in assessing the overall performance of our business.  To supplement our assessment of results prepared in accordance with GAAP, we use the measures of Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow, which are non-GAAP financial measures as defined by the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The non-GAAP financial measures of Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow as described below, and used in the tables above, are not intended as a substitute or as an alternative to net income, cash flow provided by operating activities or diluted earnings per share as indicators of our performance or liquidity or any other measures of performance or liquidity derived in accordance with GAAP.  In addition, our non-GAAP financial measures may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies, limiting their usefulness for comparison purposes.

The presentations of Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are intended to enhance the usefulness of our financial information by providing measures which management internally use to assess and evaluate the overall performance of its business and those of possible acquisition candidates, and highlight trends in the overall business.

Adjusted EBITDA

We use Adjusted EBITDA to provide additional ways of viewing aspects of operations that, when viewed with the GAAP results provide a more complete understanding of our core business. As we define it, Adjusted EBITDA represents earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, as adjusted for additional items subtracted from or added to net income including the effects of impairment losses, gains or losses on sales, dispositions or retirements of assets, adjustments to reflect the Adjusted EBITDA from our unconsolidated investments, adjustments to exclude significant unusual or non-recurring items that are not directly related to our operating performance plus adjustments to capital type expenses for our service fee facilities in line with our credit agreements. We adjust for these items in our Adjusted EBITDA as our management believes that these items would distort their ability to efficiently view and assess our core operating trends. As larger parts of our business are conducted through unconsolidated investments, we adjust EBITDA for our proportionate share of the entity’s depreciation and amortization, interest expense, tax expense and other adjustments to exclude significant unusual or non-recurring items that are not directly related to the entity’s  operating performance. in order to improve comparability to the Adjusted EBITDA of our wholly owned entities. We do not have control, nor have any legal claim to the portion of our unconsolidated investees’ revenues and expenses allocable to our joint venture partners. As we do not control, but do exercise significant influence, we account for these unconsolidated investments in accordance with the equity method of accounting. Net income (losses) from these investments are reflected within our consolidated statements of operations in Equity in net income from unconsolidated investments. In order to provide a meaningful basis for comparison, we are providing information with respect to our Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, reconciled for each such period to net income and cash flow provided by operating activities, which are believed to be the most directly comparable measures under GAAP.

Our projections of the proportional contribution of our interests in joint ventures to our Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow are not based on GAAP net income/loss or cash flow provided by operating activities, respectively, and are anticipated to be adjusted to exclude the effects of events or circumstances in 2021 that are not representative or indicative of our results of operations and that are not currently determinable. Due to the uncertainty of the likelihood, amount and timing of any such adjusting items, we do not have information available to provide a quantitative reconciliation of projected net income/loss to an Adjusted EBITDA projection.

Free Cash Flow

Free Cash Flow is defined as cash flow provided by operating activities, plus changes in operating restricted funds, less expenditures for software implementation and maintenance capital expenditures, which are capital expenditures primarily to maintain our existing facilities.

We use the non-GAAP measure of Free Cash Flow as a criterion of liquidity and performance-based components of employee compensation.  We use Free Cash Flow as a measure of liquidity to determine amounts we can reinvest in our core businesses, such as amounts available to make acquisitions, invest in construction of new projects, make principal payments on debt, or amounts we can return to our stockholders through dividends and/or stock repurchases.

In order to provide a meaningful basis for comparison, we are providing information with respect to our Free Cash Flow for the three months ended March 31, 2021 and 2020, reconciled for each such period to cash flow provided by operating activities, which we believe to be the most directly comparable measure under GAAP.

CAUTIONARY NOTE REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements in this press release may constitute «forward-looking» statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (the «Securities Act»), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the «Exchange Act»), the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the «PSLRA») or in releases made by the Securities and Exchange Commission («SEC»), all as may be amended from time to time. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Covanta Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries («Covanta») or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can be identified by, among other things, the use of forward-looking language, such as the words «plan,» «believe,» «expect,» «anticipate,» «intend,» «estimate,» «project,» «may,» «will,» «would,» «could,» «should,» «seeks,» or «scheduled to,» or other similar words, or the negative of these terms or other variations of these terms or comparable language, or by discussion of strategy or intentions. These cautionary statements are being made pursuant to the Securities Act, the Exchange Act and the PSLRA with the intention of obtaining the benefits of the «safe harbor» provisions of such laws. Covanta cautions investors that any forward-looking statements made by us are not guarantees or indicative of future performance. Important factors, risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to:

  • the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our employees, business, and operations, or on the economy in general, including commercial and financial markets;
  • our ability to identify opportunities and execute on strategies and transactions, including in connection with a strategic review of our business and including acquisitions, divestitures, and restructuring opportunities;
  • seasonal or long-term fluctuations in the prices of energy, waste disposal, scrap metal and commodities;
  • our ability to renew or replace expiring contracts at comparable prices and with other acceptable terms;
  • adoption of new laws and regulations in the United States and abroad, including energy laws, environmental laws, tax laws, labor laws and healthcare laws;
  • failure to maintain historical performance levels at our facilities and our ability to retain the rights to operate facilities we do not own;
  • our ability to avoid adverse publicity or reputational damage relating to our business;
  • advances in technology;
  • difficulties in the operation of our facilities, including fuel supply and energy delivery interruptions, failure to obtain regulatory approvals, equipment failures, labor disputes and work stoppages, and weather interference and catastrophic events;
  • difficulties in the financing, development and construction of new projects and expansions, including increased construction costs and delays;
  • our ability to realize the benefits of long-term business development and bear the cost of business development over time;
  • limits of insurance coverage;
  • our ability to avoid defaults under our long-term contracts;
  • performance of third parties under our contracts and such third parties’ observance of laws and regulations;
  • concentration of suppliers and customers;
  • geographic concentration of facilities;
  • increased competitiveness in the energy and waste industries;
  • changes in foreign currency exchange rates;
  • limitations imposed by our existing indebtedness, including limitations on strategic alternatives or transactions;
  • our ability to perform our financial obligations and guarantees and to refinance our existing indebtedness;
  • exposure to counterparty credit risk and instability of financial institutions in connection with financing transactions;
  • the scalability of our business;
  • our ability to attract and retain talented people;
  • failures of disclosure controls and procedures and internal controls over financial reporting;
  • our ability to utilize net operating loss carryforwards;
  • general economic conditions in the United States and abroad, including the availability of credit and debt financing; and
  • other risks and uncertainties affecting our business described in Item 1A. Risk Factors of our Annual Report on Form 10-K and in other filings by Covanta with the SEC.

Although Covanta believes that its plans, cost estimates, returns on investments, intentions and expectations reflected in or suggested by such forward-looking statements are reasonable, actual results could differ materially from a projection or assumption in any forward-looking statements. Covanta’s and the joint ventures future financial condition and results of operations, as well as any forward-looking statements, are subject to change and to inherent risks and uncertainties. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made only as of the date hereof and Covanta does not have, or undertake, any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, subsequent events or otherwise, unless otherwise required by law.

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