Republic Services, Inc.
Operating income for the three months ended December 31, 2007 was $139.9 million, or 17.6 percent of revenue, compared to operating income of $129.7 million, or 16.9 percent of revenue, for the same period last year.
Revenue for the year ended December 31, 2007 increased 3.4 percent to $3,176.2 million from $3,070.6 million for the comparable period in 2006. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2007 was $290.2 million, or $1.51 per diluted share, compared to $279.6 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, for 2006. The Company's income before income taxes for the year ended December 31, 2007 includes $54.9 million of pre-tax charges ($33.8 million, or $0.18 per diluted share, net of tax) related to estimated increases in costs to remediate landfills in Ohio and California. The Company's income before income taxes for the year ended December 31, 2007 also includes a $12.5 million pre-tax gain ($5.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, net of tax) related to the sale of the Company's compost, mulch, and soil business in Texas. Net income for the twelve months ended December 31, 2006 included a $5.1 million tax benefit related to the resolution of various income tax matters.
Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2007 was $536.0 million, or 16.9 percent of revenue, compared to operating income of $519.5 million, or 16.9 percent of revenue, for 2006. Excluding the $54.2 million of operating expenses included in the charges for the costs to remediate two of the Company's landfills in Ohio and California, operating income for the year ended December 31, 2007 would have been $590.2 million, or 18.6 percent of revenue.
James E. O'Connor, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Republic Services, Inc. stated, "In 2007, we experienced another record-setting year. Revenue grew 3.4 percent for the full year. Operating margins improved 70 basis points during the fourth quarter to 17.6 percent. Our employees did an excellent job of executing our business plan during 2007. It was our team focus that allowed the Company - in spite of weaker residential construction - to exceed our goals for earnings per share and free cash flow for the year."
Republic Services also announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.17 per share for shareholders of record on April 1, 2008. The dividend will be paid on April 15, 2008.
Stock Repurchase Program
During 2007, Republic repurchased 11.1 million shares, or 5.7 percent, of Company stock for a total of $362.8 million.
Separately, the Company announced that its Board of Directors approved an additional $250 million common stock repurchase program. At December 31, 2007, the Company had $136 million remaining under its existing share repurchase program which was approved in July 2007. Combined, the Company has the authority to repurchase $386 million of its common stock. The Company expects this combined authorization to be fully utilized by mid-2009.
Fiscal Year 2008 Outlook
Republic Services' objectives for 2008 remain consistent with previous years and once again focus on enhancing shareholder value through the generation and efficient use of free cash flow. The Company remains committed to implementing a broad-based pricing initiative across all lines of service to recover increasing costs. The Company anticipates using free cash flow to repurchase common stock under its stock repurchase programs and to pay regular quarterly dividends. Republic's guidance is based on current economic conditions and does not assume any deterioration or improvement in the overall economy in 2008.
Specific guidance is as follows: -- Earnings Per Share: The Company anticipates earnings per share in the range of $1.78 to $1.82. -- Operating Margins: The Company anticipates 2008 operating margins of approximately 19 percent. -- Free Cash Flow: The Company anticipates free cash flow for 2008 in excess of 100 percent of net income or approximately $340 to $350 million. The Company defines free cash flow as cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment plus proceeds from sales of property and equipment as presented in the Company's consolidated statements of cash flows. -- Internal Growth: The Company is targeting internal growth of approximately 2.0 to 3.5 percent, with approximately 3.5 to 4.0 percent growth from core price increases, while the change in volume is expected to be down .5 to 1.5 percent. -- Capital Spending: The Company is anticipating 2008 net capital spending of approximately $325 million.
Republic Services, Inc. is a leading provider of solid waste collection, transfer, and disposal services in the United States. The Company's operating units are focused on providing solid waste services for commercial, industrial, municipal, and residential customers.
Certain statements and information included herein constitute "forward- looking statements" within the meaning of the Federal Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties, and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance, or achievements of the Company to be materially different from any future results, performance, or achievements expressed or implied in or by such forward-looking statements. Such factors include, among other things:
-- whether the Company's estimates and assumptions concerning its selected balance sheet accounts, income tax accounts, final capping, closure, post-closure and remediation costs, available airspace, and projected costs and expenses related to the Company's landfills and property and equipment, and labor, fuel rates and economic, and inflationary trends, turn out to be correct or appropriate; -- various factors that will impact the actual business and financial performance of the Company such as competition and demand for services in the solid waste industry; -- the Company's ability to manage growth; -- compliance with, and future changes in, environmental regulations; -- the Company's ability to obtain approvals from regulatory agencies in connection with operating and expanding the Company's landfills; -- the ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms to finance the Company's operations and growth strategy and for the Company to operate within the limitations imposed by financing arrangements; -- the ability of the Company to repurchase common stock at prices that are accretive to earnings per share; -- the Company's dependence on key personnel; -- general economic and market conditions including, but not limited to, inflation and changes in commodity pricing, fuel, labor, risk and health insurance, and other variable costs that are generally not within control of the Company; -- the Company's dependence on large, long-term collection, transfer and disposal contracts; -- the Company's dependence on acquisitions for growth; -- risks associated with undisclosed liabilities of acquired businesses; -- risks associated with pending legal proceedings; and -- other factors contained in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. REPUBLIC SERVICES, INC. CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (in millions, except share data) December 31, December 31, 2007 2006 ASSETS CURRENT ASSETS: Cash and cash equivalents $21.8 $29.1 Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $14.7 and $18.8, respectively 298.2 293.8 Other current assets 93.8 70.5 Total Current Assets 413.8 393.4 RESTRICTED CASH 165.0 153.3 PROPERTY AND EQUIPMENT, NET 2,164.3 2,163.8 GOODWILL AND OTHER INTANGIBLE ASSETS, NET 1,582.2 1,593.9 OTHER ASSETS 142.5 125.0 $4,467.8 $4,429.4 LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY CURRENT LIABILITIES: Accounts payable, deferred revenue and other current liabilities $625.1 $599.6 Notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt 2.3 2.6 Total Current Liabilities 627.4 602.2 LONG-TERM DEBT, NET OF CURRENT MATURITIES 1,565.5 1,544.6 ACCRUED LANDFILL AND ENVIRONMENTAL COSTS 280.5 260.7 OTHER LIABILITIES 690.6 599.8 COMMITMENTS AND CONTINGENCIES STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY: Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share; 50,000,000 shares authorized; none issued - - Common stock, par value $.01 per share; 750,000,000 shares authorized; 195,761,969 and 193,711,579 issued, including shares held in treasury, respectively 2.0 1.9 Additional paid-in capital 38.7 1,617.5 Retained earnings 1,572.3 1,602.6 Treasury stock, at cost (10,338,970 and 63,714,284 shares, respectively) (318.3) (1,800.8) Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax 9.1 0.9 Total Stockholders' Equity 1,303.8 1,422.1 $4,467.8 $4,429.4 REPUBLIC SERVICES, INC. UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (in millions, except per share data) Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended December 31, December 31, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Revenue $796.0 $766.2 $3,176.2 $3,070.6 Expenses: Cost of operations 495.5 482.3 1,997.3 1,924.4 Depreciation, amortization and depletion 71.6 71.6 305.5 296.0 Accretion 4.5 4.1 17.1 15.7 Selling, general and administrative 84.5 78.5 320.3 315.0 Operating income 139.9 129.7 536.0 519.5 Interest expense, net (20.4) (20.4) (82.0) (80.0) Other income (expense), net 11.5 (0.4) 14.1 4.2 Income before income taxes 131.0 108.9 468.1 443.7 Provision for income taxes 48.9 42.0 177.9 164.1 Net income $82.1 $66.9 $290.2 $279.6 Basic earnings per share $0.44 $0.34 $1.53 $1.41 Weighted average common shares outstanding 186.2 195.0 190.1 198.2 Diluted earnings per share $0.44 $0.34 $1.51 $1.39 Weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding 188.2 196.8 192.0 200.6 Cash dividends per common share $0.1700 $0.1067 $0.5534 $0.4000 REPUBLIC SERVICES, INC. UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (in millions) Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2007 2006 CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES: Net income $290.2 $279.6 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Depreciation, amortization, and depletion 305.5 296.0 Accretion 17.1 15.7 Other 38.4 50.5 Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from business acquisitions and dispositions 10.1 (130.6) 661.3 511.2 CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES: Purchases of property and equipment (292.5) (326.7) Proceeds from sales of property and equipment 6.1 18.5 Cash used in business acquisitions, net of cash acquired (4.4) (4.9) Cash proceeds from business dispositions, net of cash disposed 42.1 7.1 Change in restricted cash (11.6) 102.3 Other - (0.8) (260.3) (204.5) CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES: Proceeds from notes payable and long-term debt 313.5 327.0 Payments of notes payable and long-term debt (302.4) (255.0) Issuances of common stock 31.3 75.3 Excess income tax benefit from stock option exercises 6.0 13.8 Purchases of common stock for treasury (362.8) (492.0) Cash dividends paid (93.9) (78.5) (408.3) (409.4) DECREASE IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS (7.3) (102.7) CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD 29.1 131.8 CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD $21.8 $29.1 REPUBLIC SERVICES, INC. SUPPLEMENTAL UNAUDITED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
The following information should be read in conjunction with the Company's audited Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto appearing in the Company's Form 10-K as of and for the year ended December 31, 2006. It should also be read in conjunction with the Company's Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements and notes thereto appearing in the Company's Form 10-Q as of and for the nine months ended September 30, 2007.
In January 2007, the Company's Board of Directors approved a 3-for-2 stock split effective on March 16, 2007, to stockholders of record as of March 5, 2007. The Company distributed approximately 64.5 million shares from treasury stock to effect the stock split. The Company's shares of treasury stock, earnings per share and weighted average common and common equivalent shares outstanding have been retroactively adjusted for all periods to reflect the stock split.
The Company adopted the provisions of FASB Interpretation No. 48, "Accounting for Uncertainty in Income Taxes" ("the Interpretation") effective January 1, 2007, as required. As a result of adopting the Interpretation, the Company recorded a $5.6 million cumulative adjustment to decrease retained earnings.
During the first quarter of 2007, the Company recorded $4.2 million of additional income taxes related to the resolution of various income tax matters. During the second quarter of 2007, the Company recorded a $5.0 million reduction in income taxes related to the resolution of various income tax matters, which effectively closes the Internal Revenue Service's audits of the Company's consolidated tax returns for fiscal years 2001 through 2004. The Company expects its effective tax rate for 2008 to be approximately 38.5%.
During the first quarter of 2007, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $22.0 million ($13.5 million, or $.07 per diluted share, net of tax), related to estimated costs the Company believed would be required to comply with Final Findings and Orders ("F&Os") issued by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency ("OEPA") in response to environmental conditions at the Company's Countywide Recycling and Disposal Facility ("Countywide") in East Sparta, Ohio. The Company also incurred approximately $3.3 million of additional amortization and depletion expense during 2007 associated with a reduction of estimated remaining available airspace at this landfill as a result of the OEPA's F&Os.
The Company has complied with and will continue to comply with the F&Os. However, while there are indications that the reaction is beginning to subside, the Company nevertheless agreed with the OEPA to take certain additional remedial actions at Countywide, including creating multiple barriers in the landfill to further isolate the reaction. Consequently, the Company recorded an additional pre-tax charge of $23.3 million ($14.4 million, or $.08 per diluted share, net of tax) during the three months ended September 30, 2007. The majority of these additional costs will be paid during fiscal 2008. While the Company is vigorously pursuing financial contributions from third parties for its costs to comply with the F&Os and the additional remedial actions, the Company has not recorded any receivables for potential recoveries.
Also during the third quarter of 2007, the Company recorded a pre-tax charge of $9.6 million ($5.9 million, or $.03 per diluted share, net of tax) associated with an increase in estimated leachate disposal costs and costs to upgrade onsite equipment that captures and treats leachate at the Company's closed disposal facility in Contra Costa County, California. These additional remediation costs are attributable to a consent agreement with the California Department of Toxic Substance Control. The majority of these additional costs will be paid during fiscal 2008.
It is reasonably possible that the Company will need to adjust the charges noted above to reflect the effects of new or additional information, to the extent that such information impacts the costs, timing or duration of the required actions. Future changes in the Company's estimates of the costs, timing or duration of the required actions could have a material adverse effect on the Company's financial position, results of operations or cash flows.
During the three months ended December 31, 2007, the Company divested of its compost, mulch and soil business in Texas and recorded a pre-tax gain of $12.5 million ($5.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted share, net of tax) on the sale.
OPERATING INCOME BEFORE DEPRECIATION, AMORTIZATION, DEPLETION AND ACCRETION
Operating income before depreciation, amortization, depletion and accretion, which is not a measure determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2007 and 2006 is calculated as follows (in millions):
Three months ended Twelve months ended December 31, December 31, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Net income $ 82.1 $ 66.9 $290.2 $279.6 Provision for income taxes 48.9 42.0 177.9 164.1 Other (income) expense, net (11.5) .4 (14.1) (4.2) Interest expense, net 20.4 20.4 82.0 80.0 Depreciation, amortization and depletion 71.6 71.6 305.5 296.0 Accretion 4.5 4.1 17.1 15.7 Operating income before depreciation, amortization, depletion and accretion $216.0 $205.4 $858.6 $831.2
The Company believes that the presentation of operating income before depreciation, amortization, depletion and accretion is useful to investors because it provides important information concerning the Company's operating performance exclusive of certain non-cash costs. Operating income before depreciation, amortization, depletion and accretion demonstrates the Company's ability to execute its financial strategy which includes reinvesting in existing capital assets to ensure a high level of customer service, investing in capital assets to facilitate growth in the Company's customer base and services provided, pursuing strategic acquisitions that augment the Company's existing business platform, repurchasing shares of common stock at prices that provide value to the Company's shareholders, paying cash dividends, maintaining the Company's investment grade rating and minimizing debt. This measure has material limitations. Although depreciation, amortization, depletion and accretion are considered operating costs in accordance with GAAP, they represent the allocation of non-cash costs generally associated with long-lived assets acquired or constructed in prior years.
The Company defines free cash flow, which is not a measure determined in accordance with GAAP, as cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment plus proceeds from sales of property and equipment as presented in the Company's consolidated statements of cash flows. The Company's free cash flow for the twelve months ended December 31, 2007 and 2006 is calculated as follows (in millions):
Twelve months ended Twelve months ended December 31, 2007 December 31, 2006 Cash provided by operating activities $661.3 $511.2 Purchases of property and equipment (292.5) (326.7) Proceeds from sales of property and equipment 6.1 18.5 Free cash flow $ 374.9 $203.0
The change in cash provided by operating activities during the periods presented is primarily due to the payment of $83.0 million for income taxes made during the year ended December 31, 2006 related to fiscal 2005 that had been deferred as a result of an Internal Revenue Service notice issued in response to Hurricane Katrina.
Purchases of property and equipment as reflected on the Company's consolidated statements of cash flows and the free cash flow presented above represent amounts paid during the period for such expenditures. A reconciliation of property and equipment reflected on the consolidated statements of cash flows to property and equipment received during the period is as follows (in millions):
Twelve months ended Twelve months ended December 31, 2007 December 31, 2006 Purchases of property and equipment per the consolidated statements of cash flows $292.5 $326.7 Adjustments for property and equipment received during the prior period but paid for in the following period, net 3.2 10.9 Property and equipment received during the current period $295.7 $ 337.6
The adjustments noted above do not affect either the Company's net change in cash and cash equivalents as reflected in its consolidated statements of cash flows or its free cash flow.
The Company believes that the presentation of free cash flow provides useful information regarding the Company's recurring cash provided by operating activities after expenditures for property and equipment, net of proceeds from sales of property and equipment. It also demonstrates the Company's ability to execute its financial strategy as previously discussed and is a key metric used by the Company to determine compensation. The presentation of free cash flow has material limitations. Free cash flow does not represent the Company's cash flow available for discretionary expenditures because it excludes certain expenditures that are required or that the Company has committed to such as debt service requirements and dividend payments. The Company's definition of free cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.
Capital expenditures include $3.0 million and $2.7 million of capitalized interest for the twelve months ended December 31, 2007 and 2006, respectively.
As of December 31, 2007, accounts receivable were $298.2 million, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $14.7 million, resulting in days sales outstanding of approximately 33.8 (or 20.0 net of deferred revenue). In the second quarter of 2007, the Company recorded a $4.3 million reduction to its allowance for doubtful accounts as a result of the Company refining its estimate of its allowance for doubtful accounts based on its historical collection experience.
STOCK REPURCHASE PROGRAM
During the three months ended December 31, 2007, the Company paid $70.7 million to repurchase 2.1 million shares of its common stock. During the twelve months ended December 31, 2007, the Company repurchased a total of 11.1 million shares of its common stock for $362.8 million. As of December 31, 2007, the Company was authorized to repurchase up to an additional $136.4 million of its common stock under its existing stock repurchase program. In January 2008, the Company's Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of an additional $250 million of Company stock. Combined, Republic has the authority to repurchase $386.4 million of its common stock.
In October 2007, the Company paid a cash dividend of $31.8 million to shareholders of record as of October 1, 2007. As of December 31, 2007, the Company recorded a dividend payable of $31.6 million to shareholders of record at the close of business on January 2, 2008, which has been paid. In January 2008, the Company's Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $.17 per share payable to shareholders of record as of April 1, 2008.
The following table reflects total revenue of the Company by revenue source for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2007 and 2006 (in millions):
Three months ended Twelve months ended December 31, December 31, 2007 2006 (1) 2007 2006 (1) Collection: Residential $203.4 $193.4 $802.1 $758.3 Commercial 242.6 227.5 944.4 883.6 Industrial 157.3 159.0 645.6 654.1 Other 4.8 5.5 19.5 22.4 Total collection 608.1 585.4 2,411.6 2,318.4 Transfer and disposal 293.0 289.3 1,192.5 1,182.1 Less: Intercompany (150.4) (145.0) (612.3) (588.6) Transfer and disposal, net 142.6 144.3 580.2 593.5 Other 45.3 36.5 184.4 158.7 Total revenue $796.0 $766.2 $3,176.2 $3,070.6 (1) Certain amounts for 2006 have been reclassified to conform to the 2007 presentation.
The following table reflects the Company's revenue growth for the three and twelve months ended December 31, 2007 and 2006:
Three months ended Twelve months ended December 31, December 31, 2007 2006 2007 2006 Core price 4.3% 3.6% 4.2% 3.4% Fuel surcharges .6 .2 .2 1.1 Environmental fee - .4 .2 .4 Commodities 1.1 .2 .9 (.1) Total price 6.0 4.4 5.5 4.8 Core volume (1.5) (.8) (1.5) 2.4 Non-core volume .2 - (.1) - Total volume (1.3) (.8) (1.6) 2.4 Total internal growth 4.7 3.6 3.9 7.2 Acquisitions, net of divestitures (.7) .1 (.5) (.1) Taxes (.1) .1 - .1 Total revenue growth 3.9% 3.8% 3.4% 7.2%
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