The following table reconciles on a historical basis for the third quarter year-to-date 2012 and third quarter year-to-date 2011, the Company’s Free cash flow on a consolidated basis to the line on its Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income entitled “Net income”, which the Company believes is the most directly comparable GAAP measure on its Condensed Consolidated Statement of Operations and Comprehensive Income to “Free cash flow”.
|(dollars in millions)||
|Depreciation and amortization||3.5||3.2|
|Stock-based compensation expense||3.5||2.2|
|Maintenance capital expenditures||(2.5||)||(1.8||)|
|Free cash flow||$||26.3||$||22.1|
|Free cash flow as a percentage of Total Revenue (Free cash flow margin)||20.0||%||18.8||%|
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