Waste Connections Reports Third Quarter 2006 Results and Announces Increase in Stock Repurchase Program
- Revenue increases 14.7% to $216.5 million with stronger than expected margins - Reports internal growth of 5.3% price and 2.6% volume - Repurchases approximately $100.2 million YTD of common stock - Increases stock repurchase program to $500 million
Oct 23, 2006
Waste Connections, Inc.
"We are extremely pleased with our operating results in the quarter, which exceeded the upper end of our outlook. We expect continuing pricing strength to result in sequentially more favorable year-over-year margin comparisons in the fourth quarter, providing a springboard for further improvements in 2007," said Ronald J. Mittelstaedt, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Our strong free cash flow has enabled us already to meet our goal of repurchasing at least $100 million of stock during the year while maintaining our strong credit profile. We believe our improving financial outlook and free cash flow will continue to enable us to both execute our growth strategy and repurchase approximately 6% of outstanding shares per year without a material impact to our capital structure."
The Company also announced that its Board of Directors has authorized a $200 million increase to its ongoing common stock repurchase program, increasing the total authorized amount to $500 million, and an extension of the program's term through December 31, 2008. Stock repurchases may be made in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions from time to time at management's discretion. The timing and amounts of any repurchases will depend on many factors, including the Company's capital structure, the market price of the common stock and overall market conditions.
For the nine months ended September 30, 2006, revenue was $613.7 million, a 15.0% increase over revenue of $533.5 million in the year ago period. Operating income was $127.5 million versus $128.8 million for the same period in 2005. Net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2006, was $56.8 million, or $1.21 per share on a diluted basis of 46.9 million shares. In the year ago period, the Company reported income from continuing operations of $65.8 million and diluted earnings per share from continuing operations of $1.36.
The Company noted the following items which contributed to the year-over-year change in net income and diluted earnings per share:
-- write-off of unamortized debt issuance costs associated with convertible notes redeemed during the second quarter of 2006 in the amount of $4.2 million ($2.6 million net of taxes), or a decrease of approximately $0.06 per share; -- additional development costs in the second quarter of 2006 for insurance claims from prior years of $3.8 million ($2.4 million net of taxes), or a decrease of approximately $0.05 per share; -- stock-based compensation costs of $2.6 million ($1.6 million net of taxes), or a decrease of approximately $0.03 per share; -- reduced interest expense in the second quarter of 2006 due to the redemption of convertible notes of $1.0 million ($0.6 million net of taxes), or an increase of approximately $0.01 per share; and -- an increase in the estimated effective state tax rate which resulted in a $2.6 million adjustment to accrued deferred tax liabilities in the third quarter, increasing the effective tax rate for the nine months ended September 30, 2006, to 38.4% from 36.2% in the year ago period.
Waste Connections will be hosting a conference call related to third quarter earnings and fourth quarter outlook on October 24th at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet at www.streetevents.com and through a link on the Company's web site at www.wasteconnections.com . A playback of the call will be available at both of these sites.
For non-GAAP measures, see accompanying Non-GAAP Reconciliation Schedule.
In the second quarter of 2005, Waste Connections classified as discontinued operations the results of certain operations in Utah and California that were exited during that quarter. Results for 2005 have been reclassified to present the results for these operations as discontinued operations.
In accordance with the Company's adoption of SFAS 123R at the beginning of the first quarter of 2006, excess tax benefits on the exercise of stock options, which totaled $5.7 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2006, are now classified as a cash flow from financing activities, rather than as a cash flow from operating activities as classified in prior year periods. This requirement will reduce the amounts recorded as net cash provided by operating activities, and will increase the amount recorded as net cash provided by financing activities. In order to improve comparability to prior periods, the Company's definition of free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, has been expanded to include the excess tax benefits on the exercise of stock options. Total cash flow will remain unchanged from what would have been reported under prior accounting rules.
Waste Connections, Inc. is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly secondary markets in the Western and Southern U.S. The Company serves more than one million residential, commercial and industrial customers from a network of operations in 22 states. The Company also provides intermodal services for the movement of containers in the Pacific Northwest. Waste Connections, Inc. was founded in September 1997 and is headquartered in Folsom, California.
For more information, visit the Waste Connections web site at www.wasteconnections.com . Copies of financial literature, including this release, are available on the Waste Connections web site or through contacting us directly at (916) 608-8200.
Certain statements contained in this press release are forward-looking in nature. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," "anticipates," or the negative thereof or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy. Waste Connections' business and operations are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and, consequently, actual results may differ materially from those projected by any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those projected include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) Waste Connections may be unable to compete effectively with larger and better capitalized companies and governmental service providers; (2) increases in the price of fuel may adversely affect Waste Connections' business and reduce its operating margins; (3) increases in labor and disposal and related transportation costs could impact Waste Connections' financial results; (4) efforts by labor unions could divert management attention and adversely affect operating results; (5) increases in insurance costs and the amount that Waste Connections self-insures for various risks could reduce its operating margins and reported earnings; (6) Waste Connections may lose contracts through competitive bidding, early termination or governmental action; (7) the geographic concentration of Waste Connections' business makes its results vulnerable to economic and seasonal factors affecting the regions in which it operates; (8) competition for acquisition candidates, consolidation within the waste industry and economic and market conditions may limit Waste Connections' ability to grow through acquisitions; (9) Waste Connections' growth and future financial performance depend significantly on its ability to integrate acquired businesses into its organization and operations; (10) Waste Connections' acquisitions may not be successful, resulting in changes in strategy, operating losses or a loss on sale of the business acquired; (11) Waste Connections' Amended and Restated Revolving Credit and Term Loan Agreement and other factors and considerations may limit the number of shares repurchased under Waste Connections' stock repurchase program; (12) because Waste Connections depends on railroads for its intermodal operations, its operating results and financial condition are likely to be adversely affected by any reduction or deterioration in rail service; (13) Waste Connections' intermodal business could be adversely affected by steamship lines diverting business to ports other than those Waste Connections services, or by heightened security measures or actual or threatened terrorist attacks; (14) Waste Connections depends significantly on the services of the members of its senior and district management team, and the departure of any of those persons could cause its operating results to suffer; (15) Waste Connections' decentralized decision-making structure could allow local managers to make decisions that adversely affect Waste Connections' operating results; (16) Waste Connections' financial results are based upon estimates and assumptions that may differ from actual results; (17) Waste Connections may incur additional charges related to capitalized expenditures, which would decrease its earnings; (18) each business that Waste Connections acquires or has acquired may have liabilities that Waste Connections fails or is unable to discover, including environmental liabilities; and (19) the adoption of new accounting standards or interpretations could adversely impact Waste Connections' financial results. These risks and uncertainties, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in Waste Connections' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. There may be additional risks of which Waste Connections is not presently aware or that it currently believes are immaterial which could have an adverse impact on its business. Waste Connections makes no commitment to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may change.
- financial tables attached - WASTE CONNECTIONS, INC. CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME THREE AND NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 AND 2006 (Unaudited) (in thousands, except share and per share amounts) Three months ended Nine months ended September 30, September 30, 2005 2006 2005 2006 Revenues $188,745 $216,547 $533,454 $613,686 Operating expenses: Cost of operations 108,049 128,709 305,815 368,346 Selling, general and administrative 17,686 21,424 51,924 61,846 Depreciation and amortization 16,728 19,072 47,278 56,040 Gain on sale of assets (198) (189) (332) (35) Operating income 46,480 47,531 128,769 127,489 Interest expense (6,033) (7,572) (16,543) (21,685) Minority interests (3,158) (3,719) (9,272) (9,748) Other income (expense), net 55 141 226 (3,840) Income from continuing operations before income tax 37,344 36,381 103,180 92,216 Income tax provision (12,869) (14,508) (37,360) (35,420) Income from continuing operations 24,475 21,873 65,820 56,796 Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax -- -- (579) -- Net income $24,475 $21,873 $65,241 $56,796 Basic earnings per common share: Continuing operations $0.53 $0.48 $1.40 $1.25 Discontinued operations -- -- (0.01) -- Net income per common share $0.53 $0.48 $1.39 $1.25 Diluted earnings per common share: Continuing operations $0.51 $0.47 $1.36 $1.21 Discontinued operations -- -- (0.02) -- Net income per common share $0.51 $0.47 $1.34 $1.21 Shares used in the per share calculations: Basic 46,523,711 45,490,632 46,904,412 45,444,208 Diluted 48,122,605 46,597,157 48,511,858 46,936,291 WASTE CONNECTIONS, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (Unaudited) (in thousands, except share and per share amounts) December 31, September 30, 2005 2006 ASSETS Current assets: Cash and equivalents $7,514 $10,527 Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,826 and $3,198 at December 31, 2005 and September 30, 2006, respectively 94,438 102,155 Deferred tax assets 5,145 7,296 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 17,279 16,930 Total current assets 124,376 136,908 Property and equipment, net 700,508 730,741 Goodwill 723,120 748,686 Intangible assets, net 87,651 86,977 Restricted assets 13,888 15,142 Other assets, net 26,764 23,972 $1,676,307 $1,742,426 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY Current liabilities: Accounts payable $54,795 $57,446 Book overdraft 8,869 2,726 Accrued liabilities 44,522 64,407 Deferred revenue 30,957 32,404 Current portion of long-term debt and notes payable 10,858 7,078 Total current liabilities 150,001 164,061 Long-term debt and notes payable 586,104 638,042 Other long-term liabilities 20,478 16,061 Deferred tax liabilities 175,167 188,666 Total liabilities 931,750 1,006,830 Commitments and contingencies Minority interests 26,357 28,265 Stockholders' equity: Preferred stock: $0.01 par value; 7,500,000 shares authorized; none issued and outstanding -- -- Common stock: $0.01 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized; 45,924,686 and 45,260,160 shares issued and outstanding at December 31, 2005 and September 30, 2006, respectively 459 453 Additional paid-in capital 373,382 301,135 Deferred stock compensation (2,234) -- Treasury stock at cost, 106,600 shares outstanding at December 31, 2005 (3,672) -- Retained earnings 345,308 402,104 Accumulated other comprehensive income 4,957 3,639 Total stockholders' equity 718,200 707,331 $1,676,307 $1,742,426 WASTE CONNECTIONS, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS NINE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2005 AND 2006 (Unaudited) (Dollars in thousands) Nine months ended September 30, 2005 2006 Cash flows from operating activities: Net income $65,241 $56,796 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Gain on disposal of assets (529) (35) Depreciation 45,450 52,990 Amortization of intangibles 2,077 3,050 Deferred income taxes, net of acquisitions (4,814) 11,524 Minority interests 9,272 9,748 Amortization of debt issuance costs 1,430 5,758 Stock-based compensation 940 2,562 Interest income on restricted assets (272) (462) Closure and post-closure accretion 509 476 Tax benefit on the exercise of stock options 6,987 -- Excess tax benefit on the exercise of stock options -- (5,660) Net change in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions 23,505 15,593 Net cash provided by operating activities 149,796 152,340 Cash flows from investing activities: Payments for acquisitions, net of cash acquired (73,548) (35,948) Capital expenditures for property and equipment (61,418) (73,482) Proceeds from disposal of assets 4,420 1,950 Decrease (increase) in restricted cash, net of interest income 1,111 (792) Increase in other assets (612) (321) Net cash used in investing activities (130,047) (108,593) Cash flows from financing activities: Proceeds from long-term debt 195,098 655,996 Principal payments on notes payable and long-term debt (132,939) (608,141) Change in book overdraft (3,514) (6,143) Proceeds from option and warrant exercises 25,216 26,048 Excess tax benefit on the exercise of stock options -- 5,660 Distributions to minority interest holders (8,526) (7,840) Payments for repurchase of common stock (91,917) (100,245) Debt issuance costs (43) (6,069) Net cash used in financing activities (16,625) (40,734) Net increase in cash and equivalents 3,124 3,013 Cash and equivalents at beginning of period 3,610 7,514 Cash and equivalents at end of period $6,734 $10,527 ADDITIONAL STATISTICS THREE MONTHS ENDED SEPTEMBER 30, 2006 (Dollars in thousands)
Internal Growth: The following table reflects revenue growth for operations owned for at least 12 months:
Three Months Ended September 30, 2006 Price 5.3% Volume 2.6% Intermodal, Recycling and Other (0.6%) Total 7.3% Uneliminated Revenue Breakdown: Three Months Ended September 30, 2006 Collection $157,891 64.0% Disposal and Transfer 69,016 28.0% Intermodal, Recycling and Other 19,758 8.0% Total $246,665 100.0% Inter-company elimination $30,118
Days Sales Outstanding for the three months ended September 30, 2006: 43 (30 net of deferred revenue)
Internalization for the three months ended September 30, 2006: 68% Other Cash Flow Items for the three months ended September 30, 2006: Cash Interest Paid: $ 5,744 Cash Taxes Paid: $ 7,024 Debt to Capitalization: 47.7% Share Information for the three months ended September 30, 2006: Basic shares outstanding 45,490,632 Dilutive effect of options and warrants 1,014,774 Dilutive effect of restricted stock 91,751 Diluted shares outstanding 46,597,157 Shares repurchased 347,900 NON-GAAP RECONCILIATION SCHEDULE (in thousands)
Free cash flow, a non-GAAP financial measure, is provided supplementally because it is widely used by investors as a valuation and liquidity measure in the solid waste industry. Waste Connections defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities, plus proceeds from disposal of assets and excess tax benefit on the exercise of stock options, plus or minus change in book overdraft, less capital expenditures and distributions to minority interest holders. This measure is not a substitute for, and should be used in conjunction with, GAAP financial measures. Management uses free cash flow as one of the principal measures to evaluate and monitor the ongoing financial performance of our operations. Other companies may calculate free cash flow differently.
Free cash flow reconciliation: Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended September 30, September 30, 2006 2006 Net cash provided by operating activities $56,344 $152,340 Change in book overdraft (809) (6,143) Plus: Proceeds from disposal of assets 1,637 1,950 Plus: Excess tax benefit on the exercise of stock options 158 5,660 Less: Capital expenditures for property and equipment (24,443) (73,482) Less: Distributions to minority interest holders (2,940) (7,840) Free cash flow $29,947 $72,485 Free cash flow as % of revenues 13.8% 11.8%
SOURCE: Waste Connections, Inc.
CONTACT: Worthing Jackman of Waste Connections, Inc., +1-916-608-8266,
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