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ABM Industries Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter And Full-Year Financial Results

Stocks in this article: ABM

Earnings Webcast

On Tuesday, December 11, at 9:00 a.m. (EST), ABM will host a live webcast of remarks by president and chief executive officer Henrik Slipsager, executive vice president and chief financial officer James Lusk, executive vice president Jim McClure, and executive vice president Tracy Price. A supplemental presentation will accompany the webcast and will be accessible through the Investor Relations portion of ABM’s website by clicking on the “Presentations” tab.

The webcast will be accessible at : http://investor.abm.com/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=122025

Listeners are asked to be online at least 15 minutes early to register, as well as to download and install any complimentary audio software that might be required. Following the call, the webcast will be available at this URL for a period of 90 days.

In addition to the webcast, a limited number of toll-free telephone lines will also be available for listeners who are among the first to call (877) 664-7395 within 15 minutes before the event. Telephonic replays will be accessible during the period from two hours to seven days after the call by dialing (855) 859-2056 and then entering ID #73360625.

Earnings Webcast Presentation

In connection with the webcast to discuss earnings (see above), a slide presentation related to earnings and operations will be available on the Company’s website at www.abm.com and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of ABM’s website by clicking on the “Presentations” tab.

ABOUT ABM

ABM (NYSE:ABM) is a leading provider of integrated facility solutions. Thousands of commercial, industrial, government and retail clients outsource their non-core functions to ABM for consistent quality service that meets their specialized facility needs. ABM’s comprehensive capabilities include expansive facility services, energy solutions, commercial cleaning, maintenance and repair, HVAC, electrical, landscaping, parking and security, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. With more than $4 billion in revenues and 100,000 employees deployed throughout the United States and various international locations, ABM delivers custom facility solutions to meet the unique client requirements of multiple industries –- ranging from healthcare, government and education to high-tech, aviation and manufacturing. ABM leverages its breadth of services, deep industry expertise and technology-enabled workforce to preserve and build value for clients’ physical assets. ABM Industries Incorporated, which operates through its subsidiaries, was founded in 1909. For more information, visit www.abm.com.

Cautionary Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements that set forth management's anticipated results based on management's current plans and assumptions. Any number of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These factors include but are not limited to the following: (1) risks relating to our acquisition strategy may adversely impact our results of operations; (2) our strategy of moving to an integrated facility solutions provider platform, focusing on vertical market strategy, may not generate the growth in revenues or profitability that we expect; (3) we are subject to intense competition that can constrain our ability to gain business, as well as our profitability; (4) increases in costs that we cannot pass on to clients could affect our profitability; (5) we have high deductibles for certain insurable risks and, therefore, are subject to volatility associated with those risks; (6) we primarily provide our services pursuant to agreements which are cancelable by either party upon 30 to 90 days' notice; (7) our success depends on our ability to preserve our long-term relationships with clients; (8) our international business exposes us to additional risks; (9) we conduct some of our operations through joint ventures and our ability to do business may be affected by the failure of our joint venture partners to perform their obligations or the improper conduct of joint venture employees, joint venture partners or agents; (10) significant delays or reductions in appropriations for our government contracts as well as changes in government and client priorities and requirements (including cost-cutting, the potential deferral of awards, reductions or terminations of expenditures in response to the priorities of Congress and the Executive Office, or budgetary cuts) may negatively affect our business, and could have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows; (11) negative or unexpected tax consequences could adversely affect our results of operations; (12) we are subject to business continuity risks associated with centralization of certain administrative functions; (13) a decline in commercial office building occupancy and rental rates could affect our revenues and profitability; (14) deterioration in economic conditions in general could further reduce the demand for facility services and, as a result, could reduce our earnings and adversely affect our financial condition; (15) a variety of factors could adversely affect the results of operations of our building and energy services business; (16) financial difficulties or bankruptcy of one or more of our major clients could adversely affect our results; (17) our ability to operate and pay our debt obligations depends upon our access to cash; (18) future declines in the fair value of our investments in auction rate securities could negatively impact our earnings; (19) uncertainty in the credit markets may negatively impact our costs of borrowing, our ability to collect receivables on a timely basis and our cash flow; (20) we incur accounting a and other control costs that reduce profitability; (21) sequestration under the Budget Control Act of 2011 or alternative measures that may be adopted in lieu of sequestration may negatively impact our business; (22) any future increase in the level of debt or in interest rates can negatively affect our results of operations; (23) an impairment charge could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations; (24) we are defendants in a number of class and representative actions or other lawsuits alleging various claims that could cause us to incur substantial liabilities; (25) federal health care reform legislation may adversely affect our business and results of operations; (26) changes in immigration laws or enforcement actions or investigations under such laws could significantly adversely affect our labor force, operations and financial results; (27) labor disputes could lead to loss of revenues or expense variations; (28) we participate in multi-employer pension plans which under certain circumstances could result in material liabilities being incurred; and (29) natural disasters or acts of terrorism could disrupt services.

Additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties the Company faces is contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2011 and in other reports the Company files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement ABM's consolidated financial information, the Company has presented income from continuing operations, as adjusted for items impacting comparability, for the fourth quarter and twelve months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011. These adjustments have been made with the intent of providing financial measures that give management and investors a better understanding of the underlying operational results and trends as well as ABM's marketplace performance. In addition, the Company has presented earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and excluding discontinued operations and items impacting comparability (adjusted EBITDA) for the fourth quarter and twelve months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011. Adjusted EBITDA is among the indicators management uses as a basis for planning and forecasting future periods. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. (See accompanying financial tables for supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to certain GAAP financial measures.)

     
ABM INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
       
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
 
Quarter Ended October 31, Increase
(In thousands, except per share data)       2012         2011       (Decrease)
 
Revenues $ 1,090,001 $ 1,081,343 0.8 %
Expenses
Operating 968,416 959,592 0.9 %
Selling, general and administrative 79,571 82,356 (3.4 )%
Amortization of intangible assets       5,280         5,975       (11.6 )%
  Total expenses       1,053,267         1,047,923       0.5 %
Operating profit 36,734 33,420 9.9 %
Income from unconsolidated affiliates, net 1,015 1,130 (10.2 )%
Interest expense       (2,317 )       (3,328 )     (30.4 )%
Income from continuing operations
before income taxes 35,432 31,222 13.5 %
Provision for income taxes       (7,727 )       (13,040 )     (40.7 )%
Income from continuing operations 27,705 18,182 52.4 %
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes       (42 )       (134 )     (68.7 )%
Net income     $ 27,663       $ 18,048       53.3 %
Net income per common share - basic
Income from continuing operations $ 0.51 $ 0.34 50.0 %
  Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes       -         -       -  
  Net income     $ 0.51       $ 0.34       50.0 %
Net income per common share - diluted
Income from continuing operations $ 0.50 $ 0.33 51.5 %
  Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes       -         -       -  
  Net income     $ 0.50       $ 0.33       51.5 %
 
 
Weighted-average common and
common equivalent shares outstanding
Basic 54,362 53,331
Diluted 55,200 54,158
 
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.150 $ 0.145
 
 
ABM INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
 
CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENT INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
 
Year Ended October 31, Increase
(In thousands, except per share data)       2012         2011       (Decrease)
 
Revenues $ 4,300,265 $ 4,246,842 1.3 %
Expenses
Operating 3,854,380 3,781,264 1.9 %
Selling, general and administrative 327,855 324,762 1.0 %
Amortization of intangible assets       21,464         23,248       (7.7 )%
  Total expenses       4,203,699         4,129,274       1.8 %
Operating profit 96,566 117,568 (17.9 )%
Other-than-temporary impairment credit losses
on auction rate security recognized in earnings (313 ) - NM*
Income from unconsolidated affiliates, net 6,395 3,915 63.3 %
Interest expense       (9,999 )       (15,805 )     (36.7 )%
Income from continuing operations
before income taxes 92,649 105,678 (12.3 )%
Provision for income taxes       (29,931 )       (36,980 )     (19.1 )%
Income from continuing operations 62,718 68,698 (8.7 )%
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes       (136 )       (194 )     (29.9 )%
Net income     $ 62,582       $ 68,504       (8.6 )%
Net income per common share - basic
Income from continuing operations $ 1.16 $ 1.29 (10.1 )%
  Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes       -         -       -  
  Net income     $ 1.16       $ 1.29       (10.1 )%
Net income per common share - diluted
Income from continuing operations $ 1.14 $ 1.27 (10.2 )%
  Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes       -         -       -  
  Net income     $ 1.14       $ 1.27       (10.2 )%
 
* Not Meaningful
 

Weighted-average common and

common equivalent shares outstanding

Basic 53,987 53,121
Diluted 54,914 54,103
 
Dividends declared per common share $ 0.585 $ 0.565
   
ABM INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
       
SELECTED CONSOLIDATED CASH FLOW INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
 
Quarter Ended October 31,
(In thousands)       2012         2011  
Net cash provided by continuing operating activities $ 66,790 $ 74,248
Net cash provided by discontinued operating activities       42         905  
Net cash provided by operating activities     $ 66,832       $ 75,153  
Net cash used in investing activities     $ (2,618 )     $ (4,847 )
Proceeds from exercises of stock options
(including income tax benefit) $ 2,442 $ 189
Dividends paid (7,884 ) (7,466 )
Deferred financing costs paid - (30 )
Borrowings from line of credit 169,000 145,000
Repayment of borrowings from line of credit (206,000 ) (210,000 )
Changes in book cash overdrafts       37         (11,146 )
Net cash used in financing activities     $ (42,405 )     $ (83,453 )
 
Year Ended October 31,
(In thousands)       2012         2011  
Net cash provided by continuing operating activities $ 148,947 $ 156,800
Net cash provided by discontinued operating activities       1,665         3,190  
Net cash provided by operating activities     $ 150,612       $ 159,990  
Purchase of businesses, net of cash acquired (5,963 ) (290,253 )
Other investing activities       (23,875 )       (17,159 )
Net cash used in investing activities     $ (29,838 )     $ (307,412 )
Proceeds from exercises of stock options
(including income tax benefit) $ 12,496 $ 9,708
Dividends paid (31,309 ) (29,744 )
Deferred financing costs paid (14 ) (5,021 )
Borrowings from line of credit 773,000 885,500
Repayment of borrowings from line of credit (858,000 ) (726,000 )
Changes in book cash overdrafts       45         -  
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities     $ (103,782 )     $ 134,443  
   
ABM INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
     
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEET INFORMATION (UNAUDITED)
 
October 31, October 31,
(In thousands)       2012       2011
 
Assets
Cash and cash equivalents $ 43,459 $ 26,467
Trade accounts receivable, net 561,317 552,098
Notes receivable and other 62,053 54,748
Prepaid expenses 46,672 41,823
Prepaid income taxes 385 7,205
Deferred income taxes, net 43,671 40,565
Insurance recoverables       9,870       10,851
Total current assets 767,427 733,757
 
 
Insurance deposits 31,720 35,974
Other investments and long-term receivables 5,666 5,798
Investments in unconsolidated affiliates, net 14,863 14,423
Investments in auction rate securities 17,780 15,670
Property, plant and equipment, net 59,909 60,009
Other intangible assets, net 109,138 128,994
Goodwill 751,610 750,872
Noncurrent deferred income taxes, net 17,610 30,948
Noncurrent insurance recoverables 54,630 59,759
Other assets       38,898       43,394
  Total assets     $ 1,869,251     $ 1,879,598
Liabilities
Trade accounts payable $ 130,410 $ 130,464
Accrued liabilities
Compensation 121,855 112,233
Taxes - other than income 19,437 19,144
Insurance claims 80,192 78,828
Other 113,566 102,220
Income taxes payable       8,450       307
Total current liabilities 473,910 443,196
 
Noncurrent income taxes payable 27,773 38,236
Line of credit 215,000 300,000
Retirement plans and other 38,558 39,707
Noncurrent insurance claims       263,612       262,573
  Total liabilities       1,018,853       1,083,712
Stockholders’ equity       850,398       795,886
  Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity     $ 1,869,251     $ 1,879,598
       
ABM INDUSTRIES INCORPORATED AND SUBSIDIARIES
       
REVENUES AND OPERATING PROFIT BY SEGMENT (UNAUDITED)
 
Quarter Ended October 31, Increase
(In thousands)       2012         2011       (Decrease)
Revenues
Janitorial $ 604,098 $ 596,638 1.3 %
Facility Solutions 238,189 241,323 (1.3 )%
Parking 154,022 153,363 0.4 %
Security 93,452 89,747 4.1 %
Corporate and other       240         272       (11.8 )%
          $ 1,090,001       $ 1,081,343       0.8 %
Operating Profit
Janitorial $ 37,115 $ 35,679 4.0 %
Facility Solutions 10,434 9,214 13.2 %
Parking 7,579 7,458 1.6 %
Security 3,016 2,957 2.0 %
Corporate       (21,410 )       (21,888 )     2.2 %
Operating profit 36,734 33,420 9.9 %
Income from unconsolidated affiliates, net 1,015 1,130 (10.2 )%
Interest expense       (2,317 )       (3,328 )     (30.4 )%
Income from continuing operations
  before income taxes     $ 35,432       $ 31,222       13.5 %
 
 
 
REVENUES AND OPERATING PROFIT BY SEGMENT (UNAUDITED)
 
Year Ended October 31, Increase
(In thousands)       2012         2011       (Decrease)
Revenues
Janitorial $ 2,394,344 $ 2,380,195 0.6 %
Facility Solutions 924,415 899,381 2.8 %
Parking 615,132 615,679 (0.1 )%
Security 365,926 350,377 4.4 %
Corporate       448         1,210       63.0 %
          $ 4,300,265       $ 4,246,842       1.3 %
Operating Profit
Janitorial $ 135,967 $ 140,621 (3.3 )%
Facility Solutions 31,965 33,384 (4.3 )%
Parking 26,189 24,257 8.0 %
Security 7,835 7,968 (1.7 )%
Corporate and other       (105,390 )       (88,662 )     (18.9 )%
Operating profit 96,566 117,568 (17.9 )%
Other-than-temporary impairment credit losses
on auction rate security recognized in earnings (313 ) - NM*
Income from unconsolidated affiliates, net 6,395 3,915 63.3 %
Interest expense       (9,999 )       (15,805 )     (36.7 )%
Income from continuing operations
  before income taxes     $ 92,649       $ 105,678       (12.3 )%
 
* Not Meaningful
               
ABM Industries Incorporated and Subsidiaries
Reconciliations of Non-GAAP Financial Measures
(Unaudited)
 
(in thousands, except per share data)
               
Quarter Ended October 31, Year Ended October 31,
  2012     2011     2012     2011  
 
Reconciliation of Adjusted Income from Continuing
Operations to Net Income
 
Adjusted income from continuing operations $ 27,730 $ 20,377 $ 76,122 $ 74,962
Items impacting comparability, net of taxes   (25 )   (2,195 )   (13,404 )   (6,264 )
Income from continuing operations 27,705 18,182 62,718 68,698
 
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes   (42 )   (134 )   (136 )   (194 )
 
Net income $ 27,663   $ 18,048   $ 62,582   $ 68,504  
 
Reconciliation of Adjusted Income from Continuing
Operations to Income from Continuing Operations
 
Adjusted income from continuing operations $ 27,730 $ 20,377 $ 76,122 $ 74,962
 
Items impacting comparability:
 
Corporate initiatives and other (a) (27 ) (2,924 ) (2,482 ) (3,252 )
Rebranding (b) (672 ) - (2,755 ) -

U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigation (c)

(182 ) - (3,504 ) -
Gain from equity investment (d) (63 ) - 2,925 -
Auction rate security credit loss - - (313 ) -
Self-insurance adjustment 2,182 223 (7,278 ) (856 )
Linc purchase accounting - - - (838 )
Acquisition costs (1,010 ) (780 ) (1,329 ) (6,092 )
Litigation and other settlements   (270 )   355     (7,830 )   1,402  
Total items impacting comparability (42 ) (3,126 ) (22,566 ) (9,636 )
Benefit from income taxes   17     931     9,162     3,372  
Items impacting comparability, net of taxes   (25 )   (2,195 )   (13,404 )   (6,264 )
 
Income from continuing operations $ 27,705   $ 18,182   $ 62,718   $ 68,698  
 
Reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Net Income
 
Adjusted EBITDA $ 50,189 $ 51,339 $ 176,353 $ 184,023
 
Items impacting comparability (42 ) (3,126 ) (22,566 ) (9,636 )
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes (42 ) (134 ) (136 ) (194 )
Provision for income taxes (7,727 ) (13,040 ) (29,931 ) (36,980 )
Interest expense (2,317 ) (3,328 ) (9,999 ) (15,805 )
Depreciation and amortization   (12,398 )   (13,663 )   (51,139 )   (52,904 )
 
Net income $ 27,663   $ 18,048   $ 62,582   $ 68,504  
 
 
 
Reconciliation of Adjusted Income from Continuing Operations per Diluted
Share to Income from Continuing Operations per Diluted Share (Unaudited)
               
Quarter Ended October 31, Year Ended October 31,
  2012     2011     2012     2011  
 
Adjusted income from continuing
operations per diluted share $ 0.50 $ 0.37 $ 1.39 $ 1.39
 
Items impacting comparability, net of taxes   -     (0.04 )   (0.25 )   (0.12 )
Income from continuing operations
per diluted share $ 0.50   $ 0.33   $ 1.14   $ 1.27  
 
Diluted shares 55,200 54,158 54,914 54,103
(a) Corporate initiatives and other includes the integration costs associated with The Linc Group acquisition on December 1, 2010 and data center consolidation costs.
(b) Represents costs related to the Company's branding initiative.

(c) Includes legal and other costs incurred in connection with an internal investigation into a foreign entity affiliated with a former joint venture partner.

(d) The Company's share of a gain associated with property sales completed by one of its investments in a low income housing partnership.




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