Casella Waste Reports Second Quarter Revenues Up, Profits Down

first_imgCasella Waste Systems, Inc. Announces Second Quarter Fiscal Year 2009 ResultsRUTLAND, VT, Dec 03, 2008 (MARKET WIRE via COMTEX News Network) — Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, today reported financial results for the second quarter of its 2009 fiscal year.Highlights of the quarter include:– Free cash flow* for the quarter was up $8.2 million over the sameperiod last year;– Operating income for the quarter was up 1.3 percent over same periodlast year; and– Solid waste operations continue to perform well through the economicslowdown, while the recycling group faces pressures from volatile commoditypricing.”Since the northeastern U.S. economy first began to slow in July 2006, we have taken steps to better position our business to perform well in this uncertain economic environment,” John W. Casella, chairman and CEO of Casella Waste Systems, said. “We continue to execute well against factors that we can control by combining our successful cost reduction initiatives from the past 18 months with operating programs that enhance productivity and asset utilization.””These efforts are currently offsetting economic pressures in our solid waste group, with performance in the quarter driven by increases in landfill volumes, improved operating performance of the hauling operations, and roll over impacts from the successful divestiture program of under-performing assets,” Casella said.”While it is difficult to fully assess the potential economic impacts from the financial market turmoil, the recession-resistant qualities of our integrated solid waste group will help our business maintain stability,” Casella said.”The global slowdown is negatively impacting recycling commodity pricing,” Casella said. “However, our commodity risk mitigation programs are dampening pricing exposure through the use of hedging agreements, floor price contracts, and long-term supply contracts with customers.”Second Quarter Financial ResultsFor the quarter ended October 31, 2008, the company reported revenues of $157.5 million, up $7.0 million, or 4.7 percent over the same quarter last year. The company’s net income available to common shareholders was $2.1 million or $0.08 per common share compared with net income of $2.8 million or $0.11 per common share in the same quarter last year.Operating income for the quarter was $16.0 million, up $0.2 million or 1.3 percent over the same quarter last year. Net cash provided by operating activities in the quarter was $19.4 million, compared to $15.1 million in the same quarter last year. The company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA*) were $35.5 million, down $0.5 million or 1.4 percent over the same quarter last year. The company’s free cash flow for the quarter was $6.2 million, up $8.2 million over the same period last year.In early August 2008, the company ceased accepting waste at the Colebrook, NH landfill closure project, creating a negative $1.1 million EBITDA variance for the second quarter of fiscal year 2009 over the same period last year. Excluding the negative year-over-year impact of closing Colebrook, EBITDA for the quarter was up $0.6 million or 1.7 percent over the same quarter last year.Six Months Financial ResultsFor the six months ended October 31, 2008, the company reported revenues of $315.4 million, up 5.5 percent over the same period last year. The company’s net income per common share for the six month period was $0.17, compared to a net income per common share of $0.18 in the same period last year.Operating income for the six month period was $31.6 million, up $1.9 million or 6.4 percent over the same period last year. Net cash provided by operating activities for the six month period was $39.2 million, up $3.9 million compared to the same period last year. EBITDA was $70.5 million for the six month period, up $0.8 million or 1.1% from the same period last year. The company’s free cash flow for six months period was $4.4 million, up $5.5 million over the same period last year.Fiscal 2009 OutlookThe company said that its solid waste group continues to maintain a stable level of performance, while the recycling group faces pressures from softer commodity pricing. As expected in late October, commodity pricing continued to weaken during November and the company forecasts average commodity pricing to be down approximately 55 percent from our first quarter of fiscal year 2009 through the remainder of our fiscal year. The updated fiscal year 2009 guidance reflects continued weakness in commodity pricing and softening of economic conditions through the remainder of the fiscal year.The company has updated its guidance for fiscal year 2009 to the following ranges:– Revenues between $580.0 million and $600.0 million;– Free cash flow remaining constant at the original range of $8.0 millionto $14.0 million;– EBITDA between $120.0 million and $124.0 million; and– Capital expenditures between $65.0 million and $69.0 million.*Non-GAAP Financial MeasuresIn addition to disclosing financial results prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), we also disclose free cash flow and earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), which are non-GAAP measures.These measures are provided because we understand that certain investors use this information when analyzing the financial position of companies in the solid waste industry, including us. Historically, these measures have been key in comparing operating efficiency of publicly traded companies in the solid waste industry, and assist investors in measuring our ability to meet capital expenditures, payments on landfill operating lease contracts, and working capital requirements. For these reasons we utilize these non-GAAP metrics to measure our performance at all levels. Free cash flow and EBITDA are not intended to replace “Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities,” which is the most comparable GAAP financial measure. Moreover, these measures do not necessarily indicate whether cash flow will be sufficient for such items as capital expenditures, payments on landfill operating lease contracts, or working capital, or to react to changes in our industry or to the economy generally. Because these measures are not calculated by all companies in the same fashion, they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services primarily in the eastern United States.For further information, contact Ned Coletta, director of investor relations at (802) 772-2239, or visit the Company’s website at http://www.casella.com(link is external).The Company will host a conference call to discuss these results on Thursday, December 4, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Individuals interested in participating in the call should dial (877) 675-4751 at least 10 minutes before start time. The call will also be webcast; to listen, participants should visit Casella Waste Systems’ website at http://www.casella.com(link is external) and follow the appropriate link to the webcast. A replay of the call will be available on the company’s website, or by calling 719-457-0820 or 888-203-1112 (conference code #4859748), until 11:59 p.m. ET on Thursday, December 11, 2008.Safe Harbor StatementCertain matters discussed in this press release are “forward-looking statements” intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified as such by the context of the statements, including words such as the company “believes,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “would,” “intends,” “estimates” and other similar expressions, whether in the negative or affirmative. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry and markets in which we operate and management’s beliefs and assumptions. We cannot guarantee that we actually will achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements made. Such forward-looking statements, and all phases of our operations, involve a number of risks and uncertainties, any one or more of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include or relate to, among other things: we may be unable to reduce costs or increase revenues sufficiently to achieve estimated EBITDA and other targets; landfill operations and permit status may be affected by factors outside our control, continuing weakness in general economic conditions and in the commodities markets and poor weather conditions may affect our revenues; we may be required to incur capital expenditures in excess of our estimates; and fluctuations in the commodity pricing of our recyclables may make it more difficult for us to predict our results of operations or meet our estimates. There are a number of other important risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These additional risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, those detailed in Item 1A, “Risk Factors” in our Form 10-K for the year ended April 30, 2008. We do not necessarily intend to update publicly any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law. CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS Unaudited (In thousands, except amounts per share) Three Months Ended Six Months Ended ———————— ———————— October 31, October 31, October 31, October 31, 2007 2008 2007 2008 ———– ———– ———– ———–Revenues $ 150,483 $ 157,538 $ 299,009 $ 315,442Operating expenses: Cost of operations 95,621 103,728 192,525 208,170 General and administration 18,898 18,299 36,766 36,739 Depreciation and amortization 20,136 19,505 40,044 38,975 ———– ———– ———– ———– 134,655 141,532 269,335 283,884 ———– ———– ———– ———–Operating income 15,828 16,006 29,674 31,558Other expense/(income), net: Interest expense, net (1) 10,785 10,253 21,399 20,227 Loss from equity method investments 1,487 1,045 3,638 2,173 Other (income) expense 35 (64) (2,360) (152) ———– ———– ———– ———– 12,307 11,234 22,677 22,248 ———– ———– ———– ———–Income from continuing operations before income taxes and discontinued operations 3,521 4,772 6,997 9,310Provision (benefit) for income taxes (416) 2,706 714 5,023 ———– ———– ———– ———–Income from continuing operations before discontinued operations 3,937 2,066 6,283 4,287Discontinued Operations: Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes (2) (3) (4) (670) – (1,274) (11) Loss on disposal of discontinued operations, net of income taxes (2) (4) (437) – (437) (34) ———– ———– ———– ———–Net income available to common stockholders $ 2,830 $ 2,066 $ 4,572 $ 4,242 =========== =========== =========== ===========Common stock and common stock equivalent shares outstanding, assuming full dilution 25,652 25,745 25,592 25,720 =========== =========== =========== ===========Net income per common share $ 0.11 $ 0.08 $ 0.18 $ 0.17 =========== =========== =========== =========== ———– ———– ———– ———–EBITDA (6) $ 35,964 $ 35,511 $ 69,718 $ 70,533 =========== =========== =========== =========== CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS Unaudited (In thousands) April 30, October 31, ASSETS 2008 2008 ———– ———–CURRENT ASSETS: Cash and cash equivalents $ 2,814 $ 3,110 Restricted cash 95 96 Accounts receivable – trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts 62,233 66,222 Other current assets 30,343 32,206 ———– ———–Total current assets 95,485 101,634Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation 488,028 501,263Goodwill 179,716 179,930Intangible assets, net 2,608 2,680Restricted cash 13,563 13,602Investments in unconsolidated entities 44,617 41,832Other non-current assets 12,070 15,515 ———– ———–Total assets $ 836,087 $ 856,456 =========== =========== LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITYCURRENT LIABILITIES: Current maturities of long-term debt $ 2,758 $ 2,002 Accounts payable 51,731 47,340 Other accrued liabilities 58,335 47,512 ———– ———–Total current liabilities 112,824 96,854Long-term debt, less current maturities 559,227 562,280Financing lease obligations – 11,674Other long-term liabilities 39,354 48,406Stockholders’ equity 124,682 137,242 ———– ———–Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 836,087 $ 856,456 =========== =========== CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS Unaudited (In thousands) Six Months Ended ———————— October 31, October 31, 2007 2008 ———– ———–Cash Flows from Operating Activities:Net income $ 4,572 $ 4,242Loss from discontinued operations, net 1,274 11Loss on disposal of discontinued operations, net 437 34Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities – Gain on sale of equipment (418) (577) Depreciation and amortization 40,045 38,975 Depletion of landfill operating lease obligations 3,348 3,520 Income from assets under contractual obligation (1,367) (114) Preferred stock dividend 1,038 – Amortization of premium on senior notes (307) (331) Maine Energy settlement (2,142) – Loss from equity method investments 3,638 2,173 Stock-based compensation 505 954 Excess tax benefit on the exercise of stock options (16) (157) Deferred income taxes 691 4,647 Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures (15,988) (14,160) ———– ———– 29,027 34,930 ———– ———– Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities 35,310 39,217 ———– ———–Cash Flows from Investing Activities: Acquisitions, net of cash acquired (93) (458) Additions to property, plant and equipment – growth (7,965) (8,232) – maintenance (35,025) (29,964) Payments on landfill operating lease contracts (2,413) (1,825) Proceeds from divestitures – 670 Other 2,554 (1,501) ———– ———– Net Cash Used In Investing Activities (42,942) (41,310) ———– ———–Cash Flows from Financing Activities: Proceeds from long-term borrowings 221,605 60,000 Principal payments on long-term debt (149,468) (59,104) Redemption of Series A redeemable, convertible preferred stock (75,056) – Proceeds from exercise of stock options 286 1,289 Excess tax benefit on the exercise of stock options 16 157 ———– ———– Net Cash Provided by (Used in) Financing Activities (2,617) 2,342 ———– ———–Cash Provided by Discontinued Operations 51 47 ———– ———–Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents (10,198) 296Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 12,366 2,814 ———– ———–Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 2,168 $ 3,110 =========== =========== CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS Unaudited (In thousands)Note 1: The Company’s Series A redeemable, convertible preferred stock (“Series A preferred”) contained a mandatory redemption provision effective August 11, 2007. As the Company did not anticipate that the Series A preferred would be converted to Class A Common Stock by the redemption date, the Company reflected the redemption value of the Series A preferred as a current liability. Consistent with this presentation, the Company recorded the Series A preferred dividend as interest expense in the three and six months ended October 31, 2007. The Series A preferred was redeemed effective August 11, 2007 at an aggregate redemption price of $75,057.Note 2: The Company divested its Buffalo, N.Y. transfer station, hauling operation and related equipment during the quarter ended October 31, 2007. The transaction required discontinued operations treatment under SFAS No. 144, therefore the operating results of these operations have been reclassified from continuing to discontinued operations for the three and six months ended October 31, 2007. For the three and six months ended October 31, 2007, the Company recorded a loss from discontinued operations (net of tax) of ($273) and ($810), respectively. For the three and six months ended October 31, 2007, the Company recorded a loss on disposal of discontinued operations (net of tax) of ($437).Note 3: The Company terminated its operation of MTS Environmental, a soils processing operation in the quarter ended April 30, 2008. The transaction required discontinued operations treatment under SFAS No. 144, therefore the operating results of this operation have been reclassified from continuing to discontinued operations for the three and six months ended October 31, 2007. For the three and six months ended October 31, 2007, the Company recorded a loss from discontinued operations (net of tax) of ($478) and ($650), respectively.Note 4: The Company divested its FCR Greenville operation in the quarter ended July 31, 2008. The transaction required discontinued operations treatment under SFAS No. 144, therefore the operating results of this operation have been reclassified from continuing to discontinued operations for the three and six months ended October 31, 2007. For the three and six months ended October 31, 2007 and 2008, the Company recorded a gain /(loss) from discontinued operations (net of tax) of $81, $0, $186 and ($11), respectively. For the six months ended October 31, 2008, the Company recorded a loss on disposal of discontinued operations (net of tax) of ($34).Note 5: Return on Net Assets, (RONA), is defined as twelve months of operating income (excluding all unusual or non-recurring items) divided by the average for the five quarter-ends, commencing on the day preceding such twelve-month period, of the sum of working capital (net of cash) plus the net book value of property, plant and equipment plus goodwill and net intangible assets.Note 6: Non – GAAP Financial MeasuresIn addition to disclosing financial results prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), we also disclose earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, (EBITDA) and free cash flow, which are non-GAAP measures.These measures are provided because we understand that certain investors use this information when analyzing the financial position of the solid waste industry, including us. Historically, these measures have been key in comparing operating efficiency of publicly traded companies within the industry, and assist investors in measuring our ability to meet capital expenditures, payments on landfill operating lease contracts and working capital requirements. For these reasons, we utilize these non-GAAP metrics to measure our performance at all levels. EBITDA and free cash flow are not intended to replace “Net cash provided by operating activities”, which is the most comparable GAAP financial measure. Moreover, these measures do not necessarily indicate whether cash flow will be sufficient for such items as working capital, payments on landfill operating lease contracts or capital expenditures, or to react to changes in our industry or to the economy generally. Because these measures are not calculated by all companies in the same fashion, they may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Following is a reconciliation of EBITDA to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities: Three Months Ended Six Months Ended —————— —————— October October October October 31, 31, 31, 31, 2007 2008 2007 2008 ——– ——– ——– ——–Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $ 15,078 $ 19,430 $ 35,310 $ 39,217Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures 11,232 7,149 15,988 14,160Deferred income taxes 165 (2,212) (691) (4,647)Stock-based compensation (289) (565) (505) (954)Excess tax benefit on the exercise of stock options 16 126 16 157Provision (benefit) for income taxes (416) 2,706 714 5,023Interest expense, net 10,785 10,253 21,399 20,227Preferred stock dividend (113) – (1,038) -Amortization of premium on senior notes 156 167 307 331Depletion of landfill operating lease obligations (1,491) (1,797) (3,348) (3,520)Income from assets under contractual obligation 629 25 1,367 114Gain on sale of equipment 177 293 418 577Other (income) expense, net 35 (64) (219) (152) ——– ——– ——– ——–EBITDA $ 35,964 $ 35,511 $ 69,718 $ 70,533 ======== ======== ======== ======== CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES Unaudited (In thousands) Following is a reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities: Three Months Ended Six Months Ended —————— —————— October October October October 31, 31, 31, 31, 2007 2008 2007 2008 ——– ——– ——– ——–EBITDA $ 35,964 $ 35,511 $ 69,718 $ 70,533Add (deduct): Cash interest (14,471) (14,618) (19,154) (20,463) Capital expenditures (20,642) (15,767) (42,990) (38,196) Cash taxes (1,459) (13) (1,770) (258) Depletion of landfill operating lease obligations 1,491 1,797 3,348 3,520 Change in working capital, adjusted for non-cash items (2,886) (743) (10,303) (10,778) ——– ——– ——– ——–FREE CASH FLOW (2,003) 6,167 (1,151) 4,358Add (deduct): Capital expenditures 20,642 15,767 42,990 38,196 Other (3,561) (2,504) (6,529) (3,337) ——– ——– ——– ——–Net Cash Provided by Operating Activities $ 15,078 $ 19,430 $ 35,310 $ 39,217 ======== ======== ======== ======== CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES SUPPLEMENTAL DATA TABLES (Unaudited) (In thousands)Amounts of the Company’s total revenues attributable to services providedare as follows: Three Months Ended Six Months Ended October 31, October 31, ——————- ——————- 2007 2008 2007 2008 ——— ——— ——— ———Collection $ 69,178 $ 70,094 $ 138,331 $ 141,422Landfill / disposal facilities 28,966 30,866 58,169 59,909Transfer 7,691 8,717 15,038 17,920Recycling 44,648 47,861 87,471 96,191 ——— ——— ——— ———Total revenues $ 150,483 $ 157,538 $ 299,009 $ 315,442 ========= ========= ========= =========Components of revenue growth for the three months ended October 31, 2008compared to the three months ended October 31, 2007: Percentage ———-Solid Waste Operations (1) Price 3.4% Volume -2.2% Commodity price and volume 0.2% ———-Total growth – Solid Waste Operations 1.4% ==========FCR Operations (1) Price 13.0% Volume 1.2% ———-Total growth – FCR Operations 14.2% ==========Rollover effect of acquisitions (2) 0.7%Total revenue growth (2) 4.7%(1) – Calculated as a percentage of segment revenues.(2) – Calculated as a percentage of total revenues.Solid Waste Internalization Rates by Region: Three Months Ended Six Months Ended October 31, October 31, —————— —————last_img

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