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Covanta Holding Corporation Reports 2020 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results and Provides 2021 Guidance

MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Covanta Holding Corporation (NYSE: CVA) ("Covanta" or the "Company"), a world leader in sustainable waste and energy solutions, reported financial results today for the year ended December 31, 2020.


Key Highlights

  • Strategic review progressing, with initial implementation steps to be announced by mid-year 2021
  • Protos project reached financial close in Q4, marking fourth UK project in construction
  • Resilient business model minimized financial impact of the pandemic in 2020
  • Reestablishing guidance for Adjusted EBITDA and Free Cash Flow for 2021

“Covanta’s 2020 results highlighted the underlying resilience of our business model and the capabilities of our incredible operating team,” said Michael Ranger, President and CEO. "Waste flows in our markets have largely retuned to pre-pandemic levels and we’ve seen recent strength in the recycled metal markets, both of which are adding momentum as we look ahead to 2021. Our strategic review is progressing and we look forward to announcing concrete steps as they are developed and executed in the coming quarters.”

More detail on our fourth quarter results can be found in the exhibits to this release and in our fourth quarter 2020 earnings presentation found in the Investor Relations section of the Covanta website at

2021 Guidance
The Company established 2021 guidance for the following key metrics:

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Conference Call Information
Covanta will host a conference call at 8:30 AM (Eastern) on Friday, February 19, 2021 to discuss its fourth quarter results.

The conference call will begin with prepared remarks, which will be followed by a question and answer session. To participate on the live call, please dial 1-888-317-6003 (US) or 1-412-317-6061 (international) approximately 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call and enter the passcode 3286737. The conference call will also be webcast live from the Investor Relations section of the Company’s website. A presentation will be made available during the call and will be found in the Investor Relations section of the Covanta website at

An archived webcast will be available two hours after the end of the conference call and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Covanta website at

About Covanta
Covanta is a world leader in providing sustainable waste and energy solutions. Annually, Covanta’s modern Waste-to-Energy ("WtE") facilities safely convert approximately 21 million tons of waste from municipalities and businesses into clean, renewable electricity to power one million homes and recycle 600,000 tons of metal. Through a vast network of treatment and recycling facilities, Covanta also provides comprehensive industrial material management services to companies seeking solutions to some of today’s most complex environmental challenges. For more information, visit

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements in this press release may constitute “forward-looking” statements as defined in Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended (the “Securities Act”), Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”), the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 (the “PSLRA”) or in releases made by the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”), all as may be amended from time to time. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other important factors that could cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Covanta Holding Corporation and its subsidiaries (“Covanta”) or industry results, to differ materially from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Statements that are not historical fact are forward-looking statements. For additional information see the Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements at the end of the Exhibits.

Investor Contact:
Dan Mannes

Media Contact:
James Regan

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