29.03.06

29.3.2006: Meldung: Ceco Environmental Corp.: Fourth Quarter and 2005 Results

CECO Environmental Reports Fourth Quarter and 2005 Results
Tuesday March 28, 8:00 am ET
2005 income from operations increases by 198% to $3.5 million
4th Qtr. income from operations increases 288% to $2.0 million
2005 revenues increase 18% to $81.5 million

NEW YORK, March 28 -- CECO Environmental Corp., a leading provider of industrial ventilation and pollution control systems today announced fourth quarter and twelve month results for the period ended December 31, 2005.

Chairman and CEO, Phillip DeZwirek, stated, "We are delighted with the recent strong momentum in our business that has allowed us to overcome an unusually slow start in the first quarter of 2005. Fourth quarter 2005 results were very strong resulting in a $1.5 million increase in operating income over last years fourth quarter."

"With a backlog of $29 million at year end, significant bookings in January, February and March of 2006 and lower interest rates due to our December 2005 banking arrangement, we expect to continue to produce improved financial results."

Consolidated sales were $23.0 million for the fourth quarter and $81.5 million for FY2005 compared to $21.7 and $69.4 during the same periods in FY2004. Revenues increased significantly in the second and third quarters of 2005 coupled with a slight increase in the fourth quarter. This overall increase came primarily from a large increase in equipment sales as well as an increase in contracting revenues and sales of component parts.

Gross profit excluding depreciation and amortization was $6.0 million (26.2%) in the fourth quarter of FY2005 and $17.0 million (20.9%) for FY2005 compared to gross profit of $3.6 million (16.8%) and $13.1 million (18.9%) during the same periods in FY2004. The gross margin percentage increased by 10.6 points during the fourth quarter of FY2005 and 2.0 points in FY2005. We benefited from better overall margins in our product mix and backlog as jobs closed out with lower than anticipated costs.

Operating profit generated during the fourth quarter of FY2005 was $2.0 million and $3.5 million for FY2005 compared to $525,000 and $1.2 million during the comparable periods in FY2004. This represents a 288% increase for the quarter and a 198% increase for FY2005.

CECO reported pretax earnings during the fourth quarter of 2005 of $736,000 and $212,000 for FY2005 compared to $17,000 and a loss of $1.2 million for the same periods in FY2004. Pretax earnings in 2005 were negatively impacted by non-cash charges, included in other expense, for the fair market value adjustment of detachable stock warrants and the write off of impaired fixed assets. The warrant charge amounted to $549,000 and $806,000 for the fourth quarter and FY2005 year respectively and the asset write off amounted to $173,000 for the fourth quarter and FY2005. When the warrants are exercised or expire in 2006, the company will receive a capital contribution and the previously recorded charges will revert to income.

Fourth quarter FY2005 was negatively affected by an unfavorable tax adjustment resulting in a net loss of ($393,000) or ($0.04) per share compared to a net loss of ($510,000) or ($0.05) per share during the fourth quarter of 2004. FY2005 net loss was ($435,000) or ($0.04) per share compared with ($928,000) or ($0.09) per share for the same period last year. The effective tax rate during 2005 was unfavorably affected by certain permanent differences including the non-deductible, non-cash charge for warrants of $806,000 and non-deductible interest expense of $447,000 relating to amortization of the subordinated debt discount.

Orders booked during the fourth quarter of FY2005 were $29.6 million and $89.6 million for FY2005. This represents a 19% increase compared to $24.9 for the fourth quarter of 2004 and an 8% increase compared to $82.8 for FY2004. The backlog was $29 million at December 31, 2005.

ABOUT CECO ENVIRONMENTAL

CECO Environmental Corp. is North America"s largest independent air pollution control company. Through its seven subsidiaries -- Busch, CECOaire, CECO Filters, CECO Abatement Systems, kbd/Technic, Kirk & Blum and H. M. White, Inc. -- CECO provides a wide spectrum of air quality services and products including: industrial air filters, environmental maintenance, monitoring and management services, and air quality improvements systems. CECO is a full-service provider to the steel, military, aluminum, automotive, ethanol, aerospace, semiconductor, chemical, cement, metalworking, glass, foundry and virtually all-industrial process industries.

For more information on CECO Environmental please visit the company"s website at http://www.cecoenviro.com/

Contact:
Corporate Information
Phillip DeZwirek, CECO Environmental Corp.
Email: investors@cecoenviro.com
1-800-606-CECO

Source: CECO Environmental Corp.
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