Harsco Reports First Quarter Results Slightly Above Updated Outlook

Revenues Increase 15% to Record $527 Million

Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, UNITED STATES


HARRISBURG, Pa., April 19, 2001 (PRIMEZONE) -- Worldwide industrial services and products company Harsco Corporation (NYSE:HSC) today reported first quarter results slightly better than the company's updated outlook announced on March 23, 2001. A strong performance from international operations helped offset weaker market conditions in the U.S. economy. Diluted earnings per share were $0.42 before nonrecurring costs and special charges. Revenues reached a record $527 million, an increase of 15 percent over the first quarter of 2000. Adjusting for the effects of negative foreign exchange translation, revenues would have been up approximately 18 percent. Negative foreign exchange translation lowered pre-tax income by approximately $2.2 million, or $0.04 per share.

Income before nonrecurring costs and special charges was $17.0 million, compared with net income of $20.2 million in the first quarter of 2000. Pre-tax net nonrecurring costs and special charges totaled $10.5 million, or $0.17 per share, principally related to the company's exit from its S3Networks equity investment, severance costs for headcount reductions, product line rationalizations, asset write-downs and other reorganization actions. Including these charges, net income for the first quarter of 2001 was $10.1 million, or $0.25 per share.

"Harsco's international businesses performed well, particularly our mill services and scaffolding and access services units. Our U.S. manufacturing businesses experienced weaker demand, as the domestic economic slowdown that began in the latter half of 2000 became more severe," said Harsco Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Derek C. Hathaway.

"Uncertainty about the duration of the external factors driving this quarter's results is causing us to be more cautious. The reorganization actions we are implementing will better align Harsco's operations with the current economic and market conditions and strengthen the company's position for the remainder of the year. We will benefit from continued strong performance from our international services businesses and lower domestic interest rates. Exiting in April from our S3Networks equity interest has eliminated future dilution and returned approximately $3.7 million in cash. We anticipate earnings contributions from business units we had previously planned to sell."

First Quarter Business Segment Review

Infrastructure -- Performance was mixed, with the services businesses posting strong results while the manufacturing businesses were weak. Operating income, excluding pre-tax special charges of approximately $3.6 million, increased 34 percent over last year's first quarter, while sales increased 74 percent. Results benefited greatly from the inclusion of the SGB Group, which performed to plan. Patent Construction Systems continued to experience strong demand for rentals of its scaffolding and other access products, but IKG industrial grating and Harsco Track Technologies were adversely affected by slower manufacturing activity in the U.S. and by lower capital spending by domestic railroads. Their performance lowered margins for this segment by 160 basis points to 5.5 percent, before special charges.

Mill Services -- Led by international operations, results exceeded last year's first quarter, before pre-tax special charges of $2.4 million. Noteworthy is the 110 basis point improvement in the segment's operating margins, before special charges, to 11.4 percent from 10.3 percent in last year's first quarter. Approximately 75 percent of the segment's revenues are generated from outside the United States, thereby compensating for the continuing difficulties in the domestic steel industry.

For the quarter, negative foreign exchange translation lowered sales by approximately $12 million and operating income by approximately $2.3 million. Without negative foreign exchange translation, operating margins would have further increased to 11.9 percent. The principal currencies showing weakness against the U.S. dollar were the euro, British pound sterling, Brazilian real, South African rand and the Australian dollar.

Gas and Fluid Control -- Sales decreased by 9 percent from the first quarter of last year due to the steep decline in demand in a weak domestic economy. Operating income, before pre-tax special charges of approximately $0.9 million, decreased 33 percent for the quarter while margins declined to 5.8 percent.

S3Networks and Other -- Nonrecurring costs and special charges for the quarter include approximately $3.6 million which represents approximately $1.2 million in operating losses at S3Networks, a $1.5 million write-down of the company's investment in S3Networks, and approximately $0.9 million in other nonrecurring items.

Financial Position

Harsco continued its strategic objectives for cash optimization during the quarter, realizing $3.0 million from the sale of assets and reducing its capital expenditures by 14 percent below the same period last year, despite the addition of SGB Group operations. Due to the seasonality of cash flows, principally from the Infrastructure and Gas and Fluid Control segments, the company's debt-to-capital ratio increased to 56.8 percent at the end of the first quarter. Net interest expense rose to $13.3 million, compared with $6.3 million in last year's first quarter, due to the SGB Group acquisition in June 2000. The company has undertaken a debt reduction program that includes a permanent reduction in working capital, the sale of underperforming assets and a complete evaluation of its capital expenditure program. These actions are expected to enable the company to reduce its debt levels by the end of 2001.

The company is taking steps to accelerate its positive record for adding shareholder value through the formal implementation of the Stern Stewart & Co. Economic Value Added (EVA(R)) program for both financial measurement and incentive compensation. "Harsco has generated some $320 million in cumulative Economic Value Added in recent years, and we believe this reinforcement will enhance Harsco's ability to generate improving levels of returns on its invested capital," Mr. Hathaway said.

Harsco has scheduled a conference call for 2 p.m. ET this afternoon, April 19th to discuss its first quarter 2001 results and respond to questions from the investment community. The conference call will be broadcast live through the Harsco Corporation Web site at www.harsco.com and through www.streetevents.com. The call will also be available by telephone by dialing 888-328-2940, or 212-346-0304 from outside the United States. Participants are asked to dial in at least five minutes prior to the call. A recording of Harsco's conference call will be available via telephone for five days following the call, by dialing 800-633-8284, or 858-812-6440 from outside the United States. Enter reservation number 18386385. The replay will also be available through the web sites noted above.

Harsco Corporation is a $2 billion worldwide industrial services and products company serving the infrastructure development, steel, railway transportation, gas and energy industries. The company employs more than 20,000 people in 38 countries. Additional information about Harsco can be found at www.harsco.com.

The nature of Harsco's operations and the many countries in which it operates subject it to changing economic, competitive, regulatory and technological conditions, risks and uncertainties. In accordance with the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, Harsco provides the following cautionary remarks regarding important factors which, among others, could cause future results to differ materially from the forward-looking statements, expectations and assumptions expressed or implied herein. These include statements about our management confidence and strategies for performance; expectations for new and existing products, technologies, and opportunities; and expectations for market segment and industry growth, sales, earnings, and other financial performance measures.

These factors include, but are not limited to: (1) changes in the worldwide business environment in which the Company operates, including general economic conditions, particularly in the mill service, infrastructure and industrial gas markets; currency exchange rates; interest rates; and capital costs; (2) changes in governmental laws and regulations, including taxes; (3) market and competitive changes, including pricing pressures, market demand and acceptance for new products, services, and technologies; (4) effects of unstable governments and business conditions in emerging economies; and (5) other risk factors listed from time to time in the Company's SEC reports. The Company does not intend to update this information and disclaims any legal liability to the contrary.


 Harsco Corporation
 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF INCOME (Unaudited)
                                               Three Months Ended
                                                     March 31
 (In thousands, except per share amounts)       2001         2000
                                             ---------     ---------
 Revenues:
    Service sales (a)                        $ 325,064     $ 231,249
    Product sales (a)                          201,148       226,205
    Other                                          426           203
                                             ---------     ---------
      Total revenues                           526,638       457,657
                                             ---------     ---------
 
 Costs and expenses:
    Cost of services sold (a)                  237,643       179,094
    Cost of products sold (a)                  167,972       183,725
    Selling, general,
      and administrative expenses               83,553        53,794
    Research and development expenses              585         1,647
    Other expense                                4,040           374
                                             ---------     ---------
      Total costs and expenses                 493,793       418,634
                                             ---------     ---------
 
      Operating income                          32,845        39,023
 
 Equity in income (loss)
   of affiliates, net (b)                       (2,238)          150
 Interest income                                 1,222         1,188
 Interest expense                              (14,556)       (7,490)
                                             ---------     ---------
 
      Income before income taxes
          and minority interest                 17,273        32,871
 
 Provision for income taxes                      6,046        11,505
                                             ---------     ---------
      Income before minority interest           11,227        21,366
 
 Minority interest in net income                 1,086         1,164
                                             ---------     ---------
 
 Net income                                  $  10,141     $  20,202
                                             =========     =========
 
 Average shares of
   common stock outstanding                     39,807        40,015
 
                                             =========     =========
 Basic earnings per common share             $     .25     $     .50
                                             =========     =========
 
 Diluted average shares of
   common stock outstanding                     39,879        40,085
 
                                             =========     =========
 
 Diluted earnings per common share           $     .25     $     .50
                                             =========     =========
 
 (a) In order to comply with Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) Issue
     No. 00-10, all shipping and handling costs have been classified
     as cost of services sold or as cost of products sold rather than
     as reductions of sales. The income statement for the three months
     ended March 31, 2000 has been reclassified to reflect this 
     change.  The reclassification has no effect on previously 
     reported operating income or net income for the three months 
     ended March 31, 2000.
 
 (b) Equity in income (loss) of affiliates is now separately reported.
     Previously this amount was included in operating income as other
     revenues. The amount previously reported as operating income for
     the three months ended March 31, 2000 was $39,173.
 
 
 
 Harsco Corporation
 CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET (Unaudited)
                                          March 31     December 31
 (In thousands)                             2001          2000
                                        -----------    -----------
 ASSETS
 Current assets:
     Cash and cash equivalents          $    61,367    $    56,422
     Receivables                            429,047        413,654
     Inventories                            201,499        199,117
     Other current assets                    53,436         57,222
                                        -----------    -----------
        Total current assets                745,349        726,415
                                        -----------    -----------
 Property, plant and equipment, net         868,120        896,781
 Cost in excess of net assets of
    businesses acquired, net                355,905        369,199
 Other assets                               176,023        188,553
                                        ===========    ===========
        Total assets                    $ 2,145,397    $ 2,180,948
                                        ===========    ===========
 
 LIABILITIES
 Current liabilities:
     Notes payable and
       current maturities               $    54,128    $    62,295
     Accounts payable                       156,353        192,148
     Accrued compensation                    39,175         46,591
     Income taxes                            29,167         34,783
     Other current liabilities              206,043        200,362
                                        -----------    -----------
        Total current liabilities           484,866        536,179
                                        -----------    -----------
 Long-term debt                             808,753        774,450
 Deferred income taxes                       90,388         88,480
 Other liabilities                          104,229        107,660
                                        -----------    -----------
        Total liabilities                 1,488,236      1,506,769
                                        -----------    -----------
 
 SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
 Common stock and
   additional paid-in capital               173,048        172,887
 Accumulated other
   comprehensive income (expense)          (127,130)      (109,377)
 Retained earnings                        1,215,245      1,214,659
 Treasury stock                            (604,002)      (603,990)
                                        -----------    -----------
      Total shareholders' equity            657,161        674,179
                                        ===========    ===========
      Total liabilities and
         shareholders' equity           $ 2,145,397    $ 2,180,948
                                        ===========    ===========
 
 
 Harsco Corporation
 CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)
                                                  Three Months Ended
                                                       March 31
 (In thousands)                                    2001        2000
                                                 --------    --------
 
 Cash flows from operating activities:
  Net income                                     $ 10,141    $ 20,202
  Adjustments to reconcile net income to net
   cash provided by operating activities:
    Depreciation                                   38,874      31,883
    Amortization                                    4,327       3,350
    Equity in (income) loss of affiliates, net      2,238        (150)
    Deferred income taxes                           5,863       1,859
    Other, net                                      3,896         864
    Changes in assets and liabilities,
     net of acquisitions and
     dispositions of businesses:
       Accounts receivable                        (26,116)     (6,901)
       Inventories                                 (5,962)     (6,117)
       Accounts payable                           (21,779)     (7,887)
       Net disbursements related to
        discontinued defense business                (186)       (227)
       Other assets and liabilities                (8,742)    (19,393)
                                                 --------    --------
 
        Net cash provided by
          operating activities                      2,554      17,483
                                                 --------    --------
 
 Cash flows from investing activities:
  Purchases of property, plant and equipment      (33,609)    (39,207)
  Proceeds from sale of 
    property, plant and equipment                   3,035         793
  Purchase of business, net of cash acquired         --        (9,502)
  Proceeds from sale of business                     --         3,743
  Other investing activities                            9         122
                                                 --------    --------
 
        Net cash (used) by
          investing activities                    (30,565)    (44,051)
                                                 --------    --------
 
 Cash flows from financing activities:
    Short-term and long-term debt, net             47,488      35,877
    Cash dividends paid on common stock            (9,553)     (9,421)
    Common stock issued-options                       151         265
    Common stock acquired for treasury                (50)     (3,768)
    Other financing activities                     (1,206)       (748)
                                                 --------    --------
 
       Net cash provided by
         financing activities                      36,830      22,205
                                                 --------    --------
 
 Effect of exchange rate changes on cash           (3,874)     (1,055)
                                                 --------    --------
 
 Net increase (decrease)
   in cash and cash equivalents                     4,945      (5,418)
 
 Cash and cash equivalents
  at beginning of period                           56,422      51,266
                                                 --------    --------
 
 Cash and cash equivalents at end of period      $ 61,367    $ 45,848
                                                 ========    ========
 
 
 Harsco Corporation
 REVIEW OF OPERATIONS BY SEGMENT (Unaudited)
 
 (In millions)                                                 Gas
                                     Infra-       Mill      and Fluid
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2001  Structure   Services     Control
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Net sales to
    unaffiliated customers (a)      $   215.1   $   183.1   $   128.0
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Operating income (loss)          $     8.2   $    18.5   $     6.5
   Equity in income (loss)
     of affiliates, net                   0.4         0.1         -  
   Interest income                        0.2         1.0         -  
   Interest expense                      (9.1)       (2.2)       (0.4)
   Income tax (expense) benefit           0.2        (5.2)       (2.4)
   Minority interest in net (income)      -          (1.1)        -   
                                    ---------   ---------   --------- 
 
   Segment net income (loss)        $    (0.1)  $    11.1   $     3.7 
                                    =========   =========   ========= 
 
                                                               Gas
                                      Infra-      Mill      and Fluid
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2000  Structure   Services     Control 
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Net sales to
    unaffiliated customers (a)      $   123.9   $   193.5   $   140.1
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Operating income (loss)          $     8.8   $    19.9   $    11.1
   Equity in income
    of affiliates, net (b)                -           0.2          - 
   Interest income                        -           1.1         0.1
   Interest expense                      (1.8)       (2.1)       (1.0)
   Income tax (expense) benefit          (2.4)       (6.7)       (3.8)
   Minority interest in net (income)      -          (1.2)         -  
                                    ---------   ---------   --------- 
 
   Segment net income (loss)        $     4.6   $    11.2   $     6.4 
                                    =========   =========   =========
 
                                                                
                                    S3Networks   General  Consolidated
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2001     LLC      Corporate    Totals   
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
  Net sales to
    unaffiliated customers (a)      $     -     $    -      $   526.2
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Operating income (loss)          $     -     $    (0.4)  $    32.8
   Equity in income (loss)
     of affiliates, net                  (2.7)        -          (2.2)
   Interest income                        -           -           1.2 
   Interest expense                       -          (2.9)      (14.6)
   Income tax (expense) benefit           0.9         0.5        (6.0)
   Minority interest in net (income)      -           -          (1.1)
                                    ---------   ---------   --------- 
   
   Segment net income (loss)        $    (1.8)  $    (2.8)  $    10.1 
                                    =========   =========   =========
 
 
                                   S3Networks   General  Consolidated
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2000     LLC      Corporate    Totals  
                                    ---------   ---------   --------- 
                
   Net sales to
     unaffiliated customers (a)     $     -     $     -     $   457.5
                                    ---------   ---------   --------- 
  
   Operating income (loss)          $     -     $    (0.8)  $    39.0
   Equity in income of
     affiliates, net (b)                  -           -           0.2
   Interest income                        -           -           1.2
   Interest expense                       -          (2.6)       (7.5)
   Income tax (expense) benefit           -           1.4       (11.5)
   Minority interest in net (income)      -           -          (1.2)
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
                    
   Segment net income (loss)        $     -     $    (2.0)  $    20.2
                                    =========   =========   ========= 
                                                          
 
 (a) In order to comply with Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) Issue
     No. 00-10, all shipping and handling costs have been classified
     as cost of services sold or as cost of products sold rather than
     as reductions of sales. The income statement for the three months
     ended March 31, 2000 has been reclassified to reflect this 
     change.  The reclassification has no effect on previously
     reported operating income or net income for the three months 
     ended March 31, 2000.
 
 (b) Equity in income (loss) of affiliates is now separately reported.
     Previously these amounts were included in operating income.
     Amounts previously reported as operating income for the three
     months ended March 31, 2000 were $20.1 million for Harsco Mill
     Services Segment and a consolidated total of $39.2 million.
     Reported operating income amounts for the other segments are
     unchanged.
 
 
 Harsco Corporation
 REVIEW OF OPERATIONS BY SEGMENT - Addendum (Unaudited)
 
 (In millions)                                                 Gas
                                     Infra-        Mill     and Fluid 
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2001  Structure    Services    Control  
                                    ---------   ---------   --------- 
 
   Net sales to
     unaffiliated customers (a)     $   215.1   $   183.1   $   128.0 
                                    ---------   ---------   --------- 
   Operating income (loss)
     before non-recurring items     $    11.8   $    20.9   $     7.4 
   Non-recurring items                   (3.6)       (2.4)       (0.9)
                                    ---------   ---------   --------- 
 
   Operating income (loss)                8.2        18.5         6.5 
   Equity in income (loss)
     of affiliates, net                   0.4         0.1          -  
   Interest income                        0.2         1.0          -  
   Interest expense                      (9.1)       (2.2)       (0.4)
   Income tax (expense) benefit           0.2        (5.2)       (2.4)
   Minority interest in net (income)       -         (1.1)         - 
                                    ---------   ---------   --------- 
 
   Segment net income (loss)        $    (0.1)  $    11.1   $     3.7
                                    =========   =========   ========= 
 
 
                                                                Gas
                                      Infra-       Mill     and Fluid
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2000  Structure    Services    Control 
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Net sales to
    unaffiliated customers (a)      $   123.9   $   193.5   $   140.1
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Operating income (loss)          $     8.8   $    19.9   $    11.1
   Equity in income
     of affiliates, net (b)               -           0.2          - 
   Interest income                        -           1.1         0.1
   Interest expense                      (1.8)       (2.1)       (1.0)
   Income tax (expense) benefit          (2.4)       (6.7)       (3.8)
   Minority interest in net (income)      -          (1.2)         - 
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Segment net income (loss)        $     4.6   $    11.2   $     6.4
                                    =========   =========   =========
 
                                   S3Networks    General  Consolidated
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2001     LLC      Corporate     Totals 
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
            
   Net sales to
     unaffiliated customers (a)     $     -     $     -     $   526.2
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
                    
   Operating income (loss)
    before non-recurring items      $     -     $     0.5   $    40.6
   Non-recurring items                   (2.7)       (0.9)      (10.5)
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
               
   Operating income (loss)                -          (0.4)     32.8(c)
   Equity in income (loss)
     of affiliates, net                  (2.7)        -          (2.2)
   Interest income                        -           -           1.2
   Interest expense                       -          (2.9)      (14.6)
   Income tax (expense) benefit           0.9         0.5        (6.0)
   Minority interest in net (income)      -           -          (1.1)
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Segment net income (loss)        $    (1.8)  $    (2.8)  $    10.1
                                    =========   =========   =========
 
 
                                   S3Networks   General  Consolidated
 Three Months Ended March 31, 2000     LLC      Corporate    Totals  
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Net sales to
     unaffiliated customers (a)     $     -     $     -     $   457.5
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Operating income (loss)          $     -     $    (0.8)  $    39.0
   Equity in income
     of affiliates, net (b)               -           -           0.2 
   Interest income                        -           -           1.2 
   Interest expense                       -          (2.6)       (7.5)
   Income tax (expense) benefit           -           1.4       (11.5)
   Minority interest in net (income)      -           -          (1.2)
                                    ---------   ---------   ---------
 
   Segment net income (loss)        $     -     $    (2.0)  $    20.2
                                    =========   =========   =========
 
 
 (a) In order to comply with Emerging Issues Task Force (EITF) Issue
     No. 00-10, all shipping and handling costs have been classified
     as cost of services sold or as cost of products sold rather than
     as reductions of sales. The income statement for the three months
     ended March 31, 2000 has been reclassified to reflect this 
     change. The reclassification has no effect on previously reported
     operating income or net income for the three months ended March
     31, 2000.
 
 (b) Equity in income (loss) of affiliates is now separately reported.
     Previously these amounts were included in operating income.
     Amounts previously reported as operating income for the three
     months ended March 31, 2000 were $20.1 million for Harsco Mill
     Services Segment and a consolidated total of $39.2 million.
     Reported operating income amounts for the other segments are
     unchanged.
 
 (c) Excludes $2.7 million of losses for S3Networks, LLC that are
     included as non-recurring items above.  The $2.7 million is
     included in Equity in income (loss) of affiliates, net.


        

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