In a conference call with investors Wednesday, David Lockwood, president and chief executive officer, said the company will focus on the core businesses of processing and disposal of low-level nuclear waste, with a strategy of growing by partnering with others companies instead trying to expand on its own.
"We're in too many businesses in too many places," Lockwood told investors, while adding that EnergySolutions could sell off some of its units in order to concentrate on more profitable ones.
"We're confident, with focus, we can grow our company," he said.
EnergySolutions' board of directors named Lockwood CEO on June 11, following a management shakeup that saw the resignation of Val John Christensen as the company's top executive and the replacement of William Benz as chief financial officer. The new CFO is Greg Wood.
The company's stock price dropped by half after the move the second management overhaul in two years and hasn't recovered since then.
But the new managers, in place just 58 days, said they are determined to improve the bottom line by trimming costs, reducing debt and setting the stage for long-term growth by raising additional capital.
"In order to focus our company," Lockwood said, "we will consider asset sales."
That includes the possibility of EnergySolutions selling off its nuclear cleanup business in the United Kingdom, the source of significant profits over the past few years. The company acknowledged last month it has entertained offers for that business.
Meanwhile, Lockwood described the company's mile-square disposal site for low-level radioactive waste in Utah as one EnergySolutions most important assets and a foundation for its future growth.
Volumes of waste shipped to the site have fallen. But, coupled with the company's large waste-processing plant in Tennessee and its expertise in shipping waste, prospects look good going forward as 12 more nuclear plants representing about $4 billion in business await decommissioning, Lockwood said.