GSE Systems Announces Corporate Restructuring
SYKESVILLE, Md. – August 29, 2015 – GSE Systems, Inc. (“GSE” or “the Company”) (NYSE MKT: GVP), a global energy industry performance improvement company, today announced that it has commenced a company-wide restructuring program associated with its previously announced global corporate review.
In August 2015, Kyle J. Loudermilk became President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company and Christopher D. Sorrells became Interim Chief Operating Officer of the Company. Our new leadership team initiated a comprehensive review of the Company’s overall operations and software product development programs with a goal of immediately improving profitability and implementing operational best practices to better serve GSE’s blue chip customer base. This restructuring, which is expected to be substantially completed by October 2015, primarily involves the cessation of one research and development project, office closings and company-wide staff reductions resulting in a streamlined organization.
GSE expects the restructuring will generate approximately $1.0 million of pre-tax savings in the fourth quarter of 2015 with ongoing annual pre-tax savings of approximately $4.2 million in 2016. Annual cash savings generated via the restructuring will approximate $4.9 million. The Company expects to record total pre-tax charges of approximately $2.6 million in the third quarter ending September 30, 2015, comprised of a non-cash asset impairment charge of approximately $1.4 million related to the cessation of the above-referenced research and development project, and cash charges of approximately $1.2 million, primarily related to employee severance and benefits.
Mr. Loudermilk said, “These decisions are difficult, and our comprehensive review of the business allowed us to make them thoughtfully and quickly in order to better align our cost structure with our revenue profile. Most importantly, we believe this greatly improves our efficiency as an organization and we expect no impact to our customers. As a result, we will be well-positioned to improve GSE’s profitability, preserve our cash, and focus our efforts towards delivering the solutions and services that provide the most value to our customers, do so efficiently, and in turn yield the highest long-term returns to our shareholders. We view this as an essential first step that will allow us to define and execute our long-term growth objectives.”
About GSE Systems, Inc.
GSE is a world leader in real-time high-fidelity simulation, providing a wide range of simulation, training, consulting and engineering solutions to the power and process industries. Its comprehensive and modular solutions help customers achieve performance excellence in design, training and operations. GSE’s products and services are tailored to meet specific client requirements such as scope, budget and timeline. The Company has over four decades of experience, more than 1,100 installations, and hundreds of customers in over 50 countries spanning the globe. GSE Systems is headquartered in Sykesville (Baltimore), Maryland, with offices in Huntsville, Alabama; Chennai, India; Nyköping, Sweden; Stockton-on-Tees, UK; Glasgow, UK; and Beijing, China.
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