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Northwest Pipe Company Reports Second Quarter 2015 Results and Announces Conference Call

VANCOUVER, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/05/15 -- Northwest Pipe Company (NASDAQ: NWPX) today announced its financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. The Company will broadcast its second quarter 2015 earnings conference call on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 8:00 AM PDT.

Second Quarter 2015 Results
Net sales from continuing operations for the quarter ended June 30, 2015 decreased 47.2% to $53.8 million compared to $102.0 million for the quarter ended June 30, 2014. Gross loss was $2.6 million (negative 4.8% of net sales from continuing operations) in the second quarter of 2015, a decrease in profitability from a gross profit of $11.3 million (11.1% of net sales from continuing operations) in the second quarter of 2014. A non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $5.3 million was recorded in the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Including the impairment charge, the loss from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2015 was $12.1 million or $1.26 per diluted share compared to income from continuing operations of $3.2 million or $0.33 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2014. Excluding the impairment charge, adjusted loss from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2015 was $6.8 million or $0.71 per diluted share.

Water Transmission sales decreased by 38.2% to $38.4 million in the second quarter of 2015 from $62.2 million in the second quarter of 2014. The decrease in net sales was the result of lower production due to reduced demand and project timing, partially offset by higher selling prices per ton due to a higher mix of fabrication in the second quarter of 2015 compared to the second quarter of 2014. Water Transmission gross profit decreased to $1.3 million (3.3% of segment net sales) in the second quarter of 2015 from $11.5 million (18.5% of segment net sales) in the same quarter of 2014. Water Transmission gross profit decreased in total and as a percent of net sales due to continued pricing pressure from the competitive bidding environment for those products.

Tubular Products sales from continuing operations decreased 61.3% to $15.4 million in the second quarter of 2015 from $39.8 million in the second quarter of 2014, driven by a 57% decrease in tons sold and a 10% decrease in selling prices per ton. Tubular Products had a segment gross loss of $3.8 million (negative 25.0% of segment net sales from continuing operations) in the second quarter of 2015 compared to a segment gross loss of $0.2 million (negative 0.4% of segment net sales from continuing operations) in the second quarter of 2014. Gross profit was negatively affected by reduced sales volumes due to lower demand and high levels of imported pipe.

For the six months ended June 30, 2015, free cash flow, defined as net cash generated from operating activities after capital expenditures for property, plant and equipment, was $35.7 million, compared to $24.2 million during the six months ended June 30, 2014.

In connection with the preparation and review of the financial statements for the second quarter of 2015, the Company tested goodwill for impairment, due to changing events and circumstances in the current water transmission market. The Company recorded a non-cash impairment charge of $5.3 million, which was associated with the goodwill for its Water Transmission Group. The impairment charge has no impact on the Company's liquidity.

As of June 30, 2015, the backlog of orders in the Water Transmission segment increased 24% to approximately $109 million compared to a backlog of orders of $88 million as of March 31, 2015. The backlog includes confirmed orders, including the balance of projects in process, and projects for which the Company has been notified that we are the successful bidder even though a binding agreement has not been executed.

"In the coming quarter, we expect revenue growth of 10-15% in our Water Transmission business as we start production on the next segment of the Integrated Pipeline Project in Texas. Third quarter margins are expected to remain compressed in the mid-single digits. Nevertheless, bidding activity is expected to grow in the third and fourth quarters, leading to improving results in this business," said Scott Montross, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. "With the recently announced decision to explore the transformative sale of our remaining energy Tubular Products business, we should now be able to sharpen our focus on enhancing shareholder value through a variety of initiatives, including organic growth and M&A in our core Water Transmission business."

Conference Call
The Company will hold its second quarter 2015 earnings conference call on Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 8:00 AM PDT. The live call can be accessed by dialing 1-888-810-4934 passcode NWPIPE. For those unable to attend the live call, a replay will be available approximately one hour after the event and will remain available until Friday, September 4, 2015 by dialing 1-866-396-7645 passcode 6301.

About Northwest Pipe Company
Northwest Pipe Company is a leading manufacturer of welded steel pipe and tube products. The Water Transmission Group is the largest manufacturer of engineered steel pipe water systems in North America. With eight Water Transmission manufacturing facilities, the Group is positioned to meet North America's growing needs for water and wastewater infrastructure. The Water Transmission Group serves a wide range of markets and their solution-based products are a good fit for applications including: water transmission, plant piping, energy, tunnels, river crossings, structural, industrial and construction. The Tubular Products Group operates a state-of-the-art electric resistance weld mill facility. The Tubular Products portfolio serves a wide range of markets and its quality certified pipe and tube products are good for applications including: oil and gas, structural industrial, fire protection, low pressure and agricultural. The Company is headquartered in Vancouver, Washington and has manufacturing facilities in the United States and Mexico.

Forward-Looking Statements
Statements in this press release by Scott Montross are "forward-looking" statements within the meaning of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Exchange Act that are based on current expectations, estimates and projections about our business, management's beliefs, and assumptions made by management. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. Therefore, actual outcomes and results may differ materially from what is expressed or forecasted in such forward-looking statements as a result of a variety of important factors. While it is impossible to identify all such factors, those that could cause actual results to differ materially from those estimated by us include changes in demand and market prices for our products, product mix, bidding activity, the timing of customer orders and deliveries, production schedules, the price and availability of raw materials, excess or shortage of production capacity, international trade policy and regulations, the results of our exploration of the sale of our remaining energy tubular products business, including our ability to identify and complete any transactions or other actions as a result of such efforts, our ability to identify and complete internal initiatives and/or acquisitions in order to grow our Water Transmission business and other risks discussed in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 and from time to time in our other Securities and Exchange Commission filings and reports. Such forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and we do not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date of this release. If we do update or correct one or more forward-looking statements, investors and others should not conclude that we will make additional updates or corrections with respect thereto or with respect to other forward-looking statements.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures
The Company is presenting adjusted loss from continuing operations, adjusted loss from continuing operations per diluted share, and free cash flow, which are non-GAAP measures, to better enable investors and others to assess our results and compare them with our competitors. These non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial measures calculated in accordance with GAAP.

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(Dollar and share amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)  
    Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
    June 30,     June 30,  
    2015     2014     2015     2014  
Net sales:                                
  Water Transmission   $ 38,445     $ 62,205     $ 94,687     $ 105,204  
  Tubular Products     15,401       39,783       44,024       79,431  
    Net sales     53,846       101,988       138,711       184,635  
Cost of sales:                                
  Water Transmission     37,190       50,714       85,913       92,045  
  Tubular Products     19,249       39,957       51,500       76,959  
    Total cost of sales     56,439       90,671       137,413       169,004  
Gross profit (loss):                                
  Water Transmission     1,255       11,491       8,774       13,159  
  Tubular Products     (3,848 )     (174 )     (7,476 )     2,472  
    Total gross profit (loss)     (2,593 )     11,317       1,298       15,631  
Selling, general and administrative expense     5,452       5,918       12,426       11,358  
Impairment of Water Transmission goodwill     5,282       -       5,282       -  
Operating income (loss):                                
  Water Transmission     (5,815 )     9,543       (182 )     9,244  
  Tubular Products     (4,254 )     (589 )     (8,871 )     1,705  
  Corporate     (3,258 )     (3,555 )     (7,357 )     (6,676 )
    Total operating income (loss)     (13,327 )     5,399       (16,410 )     4,273  
Other income (expense)     14       26       58       (37 )
Interest income     81       82       163       163  
Interest expense     (286 )     (569 )     (703 )     (1,339 )
Income (loss) before income taxes from continuing operations     (13,518 )     4,938       (16,892 )     3,060  
Income tax expense (benefit)     (1,439 )     1,756       (2,712 )     1,089  
Income (loss) from continuing operations     (12,079 )     3,182       (14,180 )     1,971  
Income (loss) from discontinued operations     -       10       -       (10,883 )
Net income (loss)   $ (12,079 )   $ 3,192     $ (14,180 )   $ (8,912 )
Basic income (loss) per share                                
  Continuing operations   $ (1.26 )   $ 0.34     $ (1.48 )   $ 0.21  
  Discontinued operations     -       -       -       (1.15 )
  Total   $ (1.26 )   $ 0.34     $ (1.48 )   $ (0.94 )
Diluted income (loss) per share                                
  Continuing operations   $ (1.26 )   $ 0.33     $ (1.48 )   $ 0.21  
  Discontinued operations     -       -       -       (1.14 )
  Total   $ (1.26 )   $ 0.33     $ (1.48 )   $ (0.93 )
Shares used in per share calculations:                                
  Basic     9,557       9,513       9,555       9,510  
  Diluted     9,557       9,605       9,555       9,596  
(Dollar amounts in thousands)
    June 30,   December 31,
    2015   2014
  Cash and cash equivalents   $ 688   $ 527
  Trade and other receivables, net     33,533     58,310
  Costs and estimated earnings in excess of billings on uncompleted contracts     49,794     45,847
  Inventories     51,151     72,779
  Other current assets     13,305     17,776
    Total current assets     148,471     195,239
  Property and equipment, net     133,362     132,595
  Other assets     12,833     24,048
    Total assets   $ 294,666   $ 351,882
  Current maturities of long-term debt and capital leases   $ 178   $ 2,170
  Accounts payable     14,598     15,480
  Accrued liabilities     9,442     9,071
  Billings in excess of cost and estimated earnings on uncompleted contracts     933     2,835
    Total current liabilities     25,151     29,556
  Borrowings on line of credit     7,053     45,587
  Capital leases, less current maturities     149     225
  Other long-term liabilities     30,305     30,879
    Total liabilities     62,658     106,247
Stockholders' equity     232,008     245,635
    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 294,666   $ 351,882

Robin Gantt
Chief Financial Officer
(360) 397-6250

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