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Waste Management Announces Second Quarter Earnings

Strong Organic Revenue Growth Continues to Drive Increases in Net Income and Cash Flow

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul. 26, 2017-- Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) today announced financial results for its quarter ended June 30, 2017. Revenues for the second quarter of 2017 were $3.68 billion compared with $3.43 billion for the same 2016 period. Net income for the quarter was $362 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, compared with net income of $287 million, or $0.64 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2016.(a) On an as-adjusted basis, excluding certain items, net income was $329 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2016.(b)

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2017 Q2 Earnings Overview (Graphic: Business Wire)

2017 Q2 Earnings Overview (Graphic: Business Wire)

Jim Fish, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waste Management, commented, “We are hitting on all cylinders right now with the cash generating strength of our business shining brightly in 2017. We achieved the highest quarterly operating EBITDA in our history, with operating EBITDA growing about 8.0% in the second quarter when compared to the second quarter of 2016.(c) Our strong operational performance led to record free cash flow generation in the first half of 2017.(b) Together, our strong core price results, robust volume growth, and continued cost improvement focus led to earnings per diluted share growth of almost 10%.(b)

KEY HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER 2017

  • Overall revenue increased by 7.4%, or $252 million. The revenue increase was driven by positive yield and volume in the Company’s collection and disposal business, which contributed $158 million to revenue growth, and higher recycling commodity prices and volumes, which contributed $90 million of revenue growth.
  • Core price, which consists of price increases net of rollbacks, plus fees other than the Company’s fuel surcharge, was 4.7%.(d)
  • Internal revenue growth from yield for collection and disposal operations was 1.9%.
  • Internal revenue growth from volume in the Company’s traditional solid waste business was 3.2% in the second quarter of 2017. Total Company internal revenue growth from volume was 3.4% in the second quarter of 2017.
  • As a percent of revenue, operating expenses were 62.3% in the second quarter of 2017, as compared to 62.2% in the second quarter of 2016. Operating expenses as a percentage of revenue in the Company’s traditional solid waste business improved about 70 basis points during the quarter, though that margin improvement was offset by growth in the Company’s lower margin recycling brokerage business and higher fuel costs.
  • As a percent of revenue, SG&A expenses were 9.6%, a 30 basis point improvement over the prior year quarter.
  • Net cash provided by operating activities was $813 million, compared to $762 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 6.7%.
  • Capital expenditures were $299 million, compared to $312 million in the second quarter of 2016.
  • Free cash flow was $520 million in the second quarter of 2017, compared to $461 million in the second quarter of 2016, an increase of 12.8%.(b)
  • The Company returned $437 million to shareholders during the second quarter, paying $187 million in dividends and repurchasing $250 million of its common stock.
  • The effective tax rate was approximately 36.6%.

Fish concluded, “Based upon our strong start to 2017, we are on track to meet the upper end of our full-year 2017 guidance of adjusted earnings per diluted share of between $3.14 and $3.18 and free cash flow of between $1.5 and $1.6 billion.(b) In the third quarter, we expect to enter agreements to repurchase $500 million of the Company’s common stock. We’re proud of the performance our employees have delivered and confident that will continue. Accordingly, we expect our earnings will continue to grow throughout the remainder of 2017, which in turn will continue to drive robust cash flow to be deployed for the benefit of our business and shareholders.”

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(a) For purposes of this press release, all references to “Net income” refer to the financial statement line items “Net income attributable to Waste Management, Inc.”.

(b) This press release contains a discussion of non-GAAP measures, as defined in Regulation G of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The Company reports its financial results in compliance with GAAP, but believes that also discussing non-GAAP measures provides investors with (i) additional, meaningful comparisons of current results to prior periods’ results by excluding items that the Company does not believe reflect its fundamental business performance and are not representative or indicative of its results of operations and (ii) financial measures the Company uses in the management of its business. Accordingly, net income, earnings per diluted share, and earnings growth have been presented in certain instances excluding items identified in the reconciliations provided.

The Company’s projected full-year 2017 earnings per diluted share is not based on GAAP net earnings per diluted share and are anticipated to be adjusted to exclude the effects of events or circumstances in 2017 that are not representative or indicative of the Company’s results of operations, including the items excluded from our as-adjusted first quarter results. Projected GAAP earnings per diluted share for the full year would require inclusion of the projected impact of future excluded items, including items that are not currently determinable, but may be significant, such as asset impairments and one-time items, charges, gains or losses from divestitures or litigation, or other items. Due to the uncertainty of the likelihood, amount and timing of any such items, the Company does not have information available to provide a quantitative reconciliation of adjusted projected full year earnings per diluted share to a GAAP earnings per diluted share projection.

The Company also discusses free cash flow and provides a projection of free cash flow. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure. The Company discusses free cash flow because the Company believes that it is indicative of its ability to pay its quarterly dividends, repurchase common stock, fund acquisitions and other investments and, in the absence of refinancings, to repay its debt obligations. Free cash flow is not intended to replace “Net cash provided by operating activities,” which is the most comparable U.S. GAAP measure. However, the Company believes free cash flow gives investors useful insight into how the Company views its liquidity. Nevertheless, the use of free cash flow as a liquidity measure has material limitations because it excludes certain expenditures that are required or that the Company has committed to, such as declared dividend payments and debt service requirements. The Company defines free cash flow as net cash provided by operating activities, less capital expenditures, plus proceeds from divestitures of businesses and other assets (net of cash divested); this definition may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The quantitative reconciliations of non-GAAP measures used herein to the most comparable GAAP measures are included in the accompanying schedules, with the exception of projected earnings per diluted share. Non-GAAP measures should not be considered a substitute for financial measures presented in accordance with GAAP, and investors are urged to take into account GAAP measures as well as non-GAAP measures in evaluating the Company.

(c) Management defines operating EBITDA as GAAP income from operations before depreciation and amortization; this measure may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

(d) Core price is a performance metric used by management to evaluate the effectiveness of the Company’s pricing strategies; it is not derived from the Company’s financial statements and may not be comparable to measures presented by other companies. Core price is based on certain historical assumptions, which differs from actual results, to allow for comparability between reporting periods and to reveal trends in results over time.

The Company will host a conference call at 10:00 AM (Eastern) today to discuss the second quarter 2017 results. Information contained within this press release will be referenced and should be considered in conjunction with the call.

The conference call will be webcast live from the Investor Relations section of Waste Management’s website www.wm.com. To access the conference call by telephone, please dial (877) 710-6139 approximately 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start of the call. If you are calling from outside of the United States or Canada, please dial (706) 643-7398. Please utilize conference ID number 51149867 when prompted by the conference call operator.

A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website www.wm.com and by telephone from approximately 1:00 PM (Eastern) Wednesday, July 26, 2017 through 5:00 PM (Eastern) on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. To access the replay telephonically, please dial (855) 859-2056, or from outside of the United States or Canada dial (404) 537-3406, and use the replay conference ID number 51149867.

The Company, from time to time, provides estimates of financial and other data, comments on expectations relating to future periods and makes statements of opinion, view or belief about current and future events. This press release contains a number of such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements regarding 2017 earnings per diluted share; 2017 free cash flow; 2017 share repurchases; and all statements regarding future business performance and growth. You should view these statements with caution. They are based on the facts and circumstances known to the Company as of the date the statements are made. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to be materially different from those set forth in such forward-looking statements, including but not limited to, increased competition; pricing actions; failure to implement our optimization, growth, and cost savings initiatives and overall business strategy; failure to identify acquisition targets and negotiate attractive terms; failure to consummate or integrate such acquisitions; failure to obtain the results anticipated from acquisitions; environmental and other regulations; commodity price fluctuations; disposal alternatives and waste diversion; declining waste volumes; failure to develop and protect new technology; significant environmental or other incidents resulting in liabilities and brand damage; weakness in economic conditions; failure to obtain and maintain necessary permits; labor disruptions; impairment charges; and exposure to litigation and governmental proceedings. Please also see the Company’s filings with the SEC, including Part I, Item 1A of the Company’s most recently filed Annual Report on Form 10-K, for additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties applicable to our business. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statement, including financial estimates and forecasts, whether as a result of future events, circumstances or developments or otherwise.

ABOUT WASTE MANAGEMENT

Waste Management, based in Houston, Texas, is the leading provider of comprehensive waste management services in North America. Through its subsidiaries, the company provides collection, transfer, recycling and resource recovery, and disposal services. It is also a leading developer, operator and owner of landfill gas-to-energy facilities in the United States. The company’s customers include residential, commercial, industrial, and municipal customers throughout North America. To learn more information about Waste Management, visit www.wm.com or www.thinkgreen.com.

 
Waste Management, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
     
 
Quarters Ended June 30,
2017 2016
 
Operating revenues $ 3,677 $ 3,425
 
Costs and expenses:
Operating 2,290 2,130
Selling, general and administrative 353 340
Depreciation and amortization 356 340
Restructuring 1 2
Expense from divestitures, asset impairments and unusual items, net   4     2  
  3,004     2,814  
Income from operations   673     611  
 
Other income (expense):
Interest expense, net (90 ) (93 )
Equity in net losses of unconsolidated entities (13 ) (16 )
Other, net   -     (43 )
  (103 )   (152 )
 
Income before income taxes 570 459
Income tax expense   209     173  
Consolidated net income 361 286
Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests   (1 )   (1 )
Net income attributable to Waste Management, Inc. $ 362   $ 287  
 
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.82   $ 0.65  
 
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.81   $ 0.64  
 
Basic common shares outstanding   441.9     444.0  
 
Diluted common shares outstanding   444.4     446.7  
 
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.425   $ 0.41  
 
Waste Management, Inc.
Earnings Per Share
(In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
   
 
Quarters Ended June 30,
2017 2016
 
EPS Calculation:
 
Net income attributable to Waste Management, Inc. $ 362 $ 287
 
 
 
Number of common shares outstanding at end of period 439.7 441.7
Effect of using weighted average common shares outstanding   2.2   2.3
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding 441.9 444.0
Dilutive effect of equity-based compensation awards and
other contingently issuable shares   2.5   2.7
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding   444.4   446.7
 
 
 
Basic earnings per common share $ 0.82 $ 0.65
 
Diluted earnings per common share $ 0.81 $ 0.64
 
Waste Management, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
     
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
2017 2016
 
Operating revenues $ 7,117 $ 6,601
 
Costs and expenses:
Operating 4,456 4,123
Selling, general and administrative 743 702
Depreciation and amortization 684 652
Restructuring 2 4
Expense from divestitures, asset impairments and unusual items, net   1     1  
  5,886     5,482  
Income from operations   1,231     1,119  
 
Other income (expense):
Interest expense, net (182 ) (188 )
Equity in net losses of unconsolidated entities (45 ) (23 )
Other, net   -     (53 )
  (227 )   (264 )
 
Income before income taxes 1,004 855
Income tax expense   346     313  
Consolidated net income 658 542
Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests   (2 )   (3 )
Net income attributable to Waste Management, Inc. $ 660   $ 545  
 
Basic earnings per common share $ 1.49   $ 1.22  
 
Diluted earnings per common share $ 1.49   $ 1.22  
 
Basic common shares outstanding   441.6     445.0  
 
Diluted common shares outstanding   444.4     447.5  
 
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.85   $ 0.82  
 
Waste Management, Inc.
Earnings Per Share
(In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
   
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
2017 2016
 
EPS Calculation:
 
Net income attributable to Waste Management, Inc. $ 660 $ 545
 
 
 
Number of common shares outstanding at end of period 439.7 441.7
Effect of using weighted average common shares outstanding   1.9   3.3
Weighted average basic common shares outstanding 441.6 445.0
Dilutive effect of equity-based compensation awards and
other contingently issuable shares   2.8   2.5
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding   444.4   447.5
 
 
 
Basic earnings per common share $ 1.49 $ 1.22
 
Diluted earnings per common share $ 1.49 $ 1.22
 
Waste Management, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In Millions)
     
 
 
June 30, December 31,
2017 2016
(Unaudited)
Assets
 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 32 $ 32
Receivables, net 2,077 2,132
Other   217   212
Total current assets 2,326 2,376
 
Property and equipment, net 11,002 10,950
Goodwill 6,248 6,215
Other intangible assets, net 573 591
Other assets   690   727
Total assets $ 20,839 $ 20,859
 
 
Liabilities and Equity
 
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable, accrued liabilities, and
deferred revenues $ 2,380 $ 2,377
Current portion of long-term debt   390   417
Total current liabilities 2,770 2,794
 
Long-term debt, less current portion 8,667 8,893
Other liabilities   3,895   3,852
Total liabilities   15,332   15,539
 
Equity:
Waste Management, Inc. stockholders' equity 5,486 5,297
Noncontrolling interests   21   23
Total equity   5,507   5,320
Total liabilities and equity $ 20,839 $ 20,859
     
Waste Management, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In Millions)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Six Months Ended June 30,
2017 2016
 
Cash flows from operating activities:
Consolidated net income $ 658 $ 542
Adjustments to reconcile consolidated net income to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization 684 652
Other 159 162
Change in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of
acquisitions and divestitures   33     138  
Net cash provided by operating activities   1,534     1,494  
 
Cash flows from investing activities:
Acquisitions of businesses, net of cash acquired (51 ) (572 )
Capital expenditures (631 ) (629 )
Proceeds from divestitures of businesses
and other assets (net of cash divested) 13 24
Other, net   (8 )   (9 )
Net cash used in investing activities   (677 )   (1,186 )
 
Cash flows from financing activities:
New borrowings 86 2,094
Debt repayments (627 ) (1,517 )
Net commercial paper borrowings 253 -
Common stock repurchase program (250 ) (500 )
Cash dividends (381 ) (364 )
Exercise of common stock options 86 44
Tax payments associated with equity-based compensation transactions (47 ) (23 )
Other, net   23     (43 )
Net cash used in financing activities   (857 )   (309 )
 
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   -     1  
 
Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents - -
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   32     39  
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 32   $ 39  
 
 

Prior year information has been revised to reflect the adoption of ASU 2016-09 and conform to our current year presentation.

         

Waste Management, Inc.

Summary Data Sheet
(Dollar Amounts in Millions)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Quarters Ended
June 30, March 31, June 30,
2017 2017 2016

Operating Revenues by Lines of Business

 
Collection
Commercial $ 917 $ 911 865
Residential 632 621 622
Industrial 654 603 613
Other   123     100     111  
Total Collection 2,326 2,235 2,211
Landfill 864 739 792
Transfer 414 366 391
Recycling 375 372 290
Other 437 400 407
Intercompany (a)   (739 )   (672 )   (666 )
Operating revenues $ 3,677   $ 3,440   $ 3,425  
 
Quarters Ended
June 30, 2017 June 30, 2016
 

Analysis of Change in Year Over Year Revenues

Amount

As a % of
Total Company

Amount

As a % of
Total Company

Average yield (i) $ 153 4.5 % $ 56 1.7 %
Volume   115     3.4 %   12     0.4 %
Internal revenue growth 268 7.9 % 68 2.1 %
Acquisition 9 0.2 % 64 1.9 %
Divestitures (17 ) -0.5 % (12 ) -0.4 %
Foreign currency translation   (8 )   -0.2 %   (10 )   -0.3 %
$ 252     7.4 % $ 110     3.3 %
 
Amount

As a % of
Related
Business

Amount

As a % of
Related
Business

(i) Average yield
Collection and disposal $ 57 1.9 % $ 77 2.6 %
Recycling commodities 76 27.4 % 3 1.1 %
Fuel surcharges and mandated fees   20   18.2 %   (24 ) -17.8 %
Total $ 153   4.5 % $ 56   1.7 %
 
Quarters Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30,
2017 2016 2017 2016

Free Cash Flow Analysis (b) (c)

 
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 813 $ 762 $ 1,534 $ 1,494
Capital expenditures (299 ) (312 ) (631 ) (629 )
Proceeds from divestitures of businesses
and other assets (net of cash divested)   6     11     13     24  
Free cash flow $ 520   $ 461   $ 916   $ 889  
 
(a)

Intercompany revenues between lines of business are eliminated within the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements included herein.

 
(b)

The summary of free cash flows has been prepared to highlight and facilitate understanding of the principal cash flow elements. Free cash flow is not a measure of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles and is not intended to replace the consolidated statement of cash flows that was prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

 
(c) Prior year information has been revised to reflect the adoption of ASU 2016-09 and conform to our current year presentation.
       
Waste Management, Inc.
Summary Data Sheet
(Dollar Amounts in Millions)
(Unaudited)
 
 
Quarters Ended
June 30, March 31, June 30,
2017 2017 2016

Balance Sheet Data

 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 32   $ 30   $ 39  
 
Debt-to-total capital ratio:
Long-term indebtedness, including current
portion $ 9,057 $ 9,042 $ 9,530
Total equity   5,507     5,538     5,228  
Total capital $ 14,564   $ 14,580   $ 14,758  
 
Debt-to-total capital   62.2 %   62.0 %   64.6 %
 
Capitalized interest $ 3   $ 2   $ 3  
 

Acquisition Summary (a)

 
Gross annualized revenue acquired $ 34   $ 7   $ 21  
 
Total consideration $ 48   $ 10   $ 37  
 
Cash paid for acquisitions $ 41   $ 10   $ 35  
 

Other Operational Data

 
Internalization of waste, based on disposal costs   66.3 %   65.7 %   65.6 %
 
Total landfill disposal volumes (tons in millions)   29.0     25.3     26.7  
 
Active landfills   247     248     248  
 
Sites accepting waste at the end of each period presented   233     234     233  
 
 

Amortization, Accretion and Other Expenses for

Landfills Included in Operating Groups:

Landfill amortization expense -
Cost basis of landfill assets $ 104.4 $ 89.5 $ 96.7
Asset retirement costs   32.8     23.8     18.4  
Total landfill amortization expense (b) (c) 137.2 113.3 115.1
Accretion and other related expense   19.5     19.3     19.2  
Landfill amortization, accretion and other related expense $ 156.7   $ 132.6   $ 134.3  
 
(a)

Represents amounts associated with business acquisitions consummated during the indicated periods except for Cash paid for acquisitions, which may include cash payments for business acquisitions consummated in prior quarters.

 

(b)

The quarter ended June 30, 2017 as compared to the quarter ended March 31, 2017 reflects an increase in amortization expense of approximately $23.9 million due to an increase in volumes, primarily due to seasonality.

 
(c)

The quarter ended June 30, 2017 as compared to the quarter ended June 30, 2016 reflects an increase in amortization expense of approximately $22.1 million due to increased volumes and changes in landfill estimates identified in both quarters.

 

 
Waste Management, Inc.
Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Measures
(Dollars In Millions, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
           

Quarter Ended June 30, 2016

Adjusted Net Income and Earnings Per Diluted Share After-Tax Amount Per Share Amount
 
Net income and diluted EPS, as reported $ 287 $ 0.64
 
Adjustments to net income and diluted EPS:

Expense from divestitures, asset and investment impairments and unusual items and restructuring charges

  42   0.10
Adjusted net income and diluted EPS $ 329 $ 0.74

(a)

 
Quarters Ended June 30,
2017 2016
Income from Operations and Operating EBITDA Amount Amount
 
Income from operations, as reported $ 673 $ 611
Depreciation and amortization   356   340
Operating EBITDA, as reported (b) $ 1,029 $ 951
 
 
Quarter Ended June 30, 2016
Adjusted Tax Expense Reconciliation and Effective Tax Rate Pre-tax Income Tax Expense

Effective Tax Rate (c)

As reported amounts $ 459 $ 173 37.6 %
 
Adjustments:

Expense from divestitures, asset and investment impairments and unusual items and restructuring charges

  45   3
As adjusted amounts $ 504 $ 176 34.7 %
   
(a) Second quarter 2017 as reported earnings per diluted share increased $0.07, or almost 10%, as compared with adjusted results in second quarter 2016.
(b) As reported operating EBITDA increased $78 million, or about 8%, as compared with as reported operating EBITDA in second quarter 2016.
(c) The Company calculates its effective tax rate based on actual dollars. Rounding differences occurred when the effective tax rate was calculated using Pre-tax Income and Tax Expense amounts included in the table above, as these items have been rounded in millions.
 
Waste Management, Inc.
Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Measures
(Dollars In Millions)
(Unaudited)
       
Quarter Ended June 30, 2017
Income from Operations and Income from Operations Margin Amount % of Revenues
 
Operating revenues, as reported $ 3,677
 
Income from operations, as reported $ 673 (a) 18.3 % (b)
 
 
Quarter Ended June 30, 2016
Adjusted Income from Operations and Adjusted Income from Operations Margin Amount % of Revenues
 
Operating revenues, as reported $ 3,425
 
Income from operations, as reported 611
Adjustments to income from operations:

Expense from divestitures, asset impairments and unusual items and restructuring charges

  4  
Adjusted income from operations $ 615   (a) 18.0 % (b)
 
 
2017 Projected Free Cash Flow Reconciliation (c)
Scenario 1 Scenario 2
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 2,900 $ 3,000
Capital expenditures (1,450 ) (1,450 )

Proceeds from divestitures of businesses and other assets (net of cash divested)

  50     50  
Free Cash Flow $ 1,500   $ 1,600  
   
(a) As reported income from operations increased $58 million, or 9.4%, as compared with adjusted results in second quarter 2016.
(b) As reported income from operations grew 30 basis points as a percent of revenues, as compared with adjusted results in second quarter 2016.
(c) The reconciliation includes two scenarios that illustrate our projected free cash flow range for 2017. The amounts used in the reconciliation are subject to many variables, some of which are not under our control and, therefore, are not necessarily indicative of actual results.

Source: Waste Management, Inc.

Waste Management
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