PERMA-FIX ENVIR is a professional waste management company which provides hazardous mixed and industrial waste management services and environmental engineering and consulting services to industrial and commercial customers and the U.S. Government. The Company is active in the research and development of technologies that allow it to address its customer's needs. To date the Company's R&D efforts have resulted in the granting of two patents and the filing of an additional eleven pending patent applications. PermaFix Environmental Services Inc. has a market cap of $128.37 million; its shares were traded at around $2.38 with a P/E ratio of 238 and P/S ratio of 1.7.
Highlight of Business Operations:The first quarter of 2009 reflected a revenue increase of $4,532,000 to $22,002,000 or 25.9% from revenue of $17,470,000 for the same period of 2008. Within our Nuclear Segment, we generated revenue of $19,114,000 in the first quarter of 2009, an increase of $5,133,000 or 36.7% from the corresponding period of 2008. The increase in revenue within our Nuclear Segment was primarily due to revenue generated from the subcontract awarded to our M&EC subsidiary by CH Plateau Remediation Company (“CHPRC”), a general contractor to the Department of Energy (“DOE”), in the second quarter of 2008. This increase in revenue was offset by lower receipts from remaining generators. Our Industrial Segment generated $2,109,000 in revenue in the quarter ended March 31, 2009, as compared to $2,587,000 for the corresponding period of 2008, or 18.5 % decrease. This decrease was primarily the result of lower oil sales revenue resulting from both decreased volume and lower average price per gallon and less field service work in the first quarter of 2009 as compared to first quarter of 2008 resulting from the slow down in the economy. Revenue in our Industrial Segment includes revenue of Perma-Fix of Fort Lauderdale, Inc. (“PFFL”), Perma-Fix of South Georgia, Inc. (“PFSG”), and Perma-Fix of Orlando, Inc. (“PFO”). In May 2007, our Board of Directors authorized the divestiture of our Industrial Segment. In September 2008, our Board of Directors approved retaining the three facilities/operations at PFFL, PFSG, and PFO, which resulted in the reclassification of these three facilities/operations back into our continuing operations. Revenue for the first quarter of 2009 from the Engineering Segment decreased $123,000 or 13.6% to $779,000 from $902,000 for the same period of 2008.
SG&A for the first quarter of 2009 decreased 2.7% to $4,339,000 from $4,460,000 in the corresponding period of 2008.
Our working capital position at March 31, 2008 was a negative $2,301,000, which includes working capital of our discontinued operations, as compared to a negative working capital of $3,886,000 as of December 31, 2008. The improvement in our working capital was primarily the result of the reduction in our current unbilled receivable of approximately $1,264,000 as we continue our efforts to invoice our customers. In addition, we continue to reduce our account payables and other current debts by utilizing funds generated by our operations. Our working capital in the first quarter of 2009 was also impacted by the annual cash payment to the finite risk sinking fund of $1,004,000 and capital spending of approximately $304,000.
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