Waste Management, Inc. (NYSE: WM) today announced financial results for its quarter ended June 30, 2013. Revenues for the second quarter of 2013 were $3.53 billion compared with $3.46 billion for the same 2012 period. Net income (a) for the quarter was $244 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared with $208 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, for the second quarter of 2012, a 15.6% increase. Results in the second quarter of 2013 included approximately $8 million of after-tax charges primarily from an asset impairment. Excluding these costs, net income would have been $252 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, compared to adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.52 in 2012. (b)
David P. Steiner, President and Chief Executive Officer of Waste Management, commented, “In the second quarter, our earnings per share grew to $0.54 in spite of the negative impact of $0.03 of unexpected headwinds. We had $0.02 more headwind from our recycling operations than we expected and a negative $0.01 from litigation settlements. Without these headwinds, we would have earned $0.57 per share. Income from operations in our traditional solid waste business grew $47 million and the related income from operations margin grew 80 basis points. These strong results were driven by collection and disposal yield of 2.1% for the second quarter. We also achieved SG&A cost savings of $21 million, despite nearly $30 million of incremental incentive compensation accruals.
“The strong yield and cost savings translated into net cash provided by operating activities of $545 million and increased free cash flow to $347 million in the second quarter. Through the first six months, net cash provided by operating activities and free cash flow totaled $1.1 billion and $695 million, respectively. When we exclude the impact of asset sales, we are well on our way to achieving our goal of generating between $1.1 and $1.2 billion of free cash flow.” (b)
KEY HIGHLIGHTS FOR THE SECOND QUARTER 2013
- Revenue increased by 1.9%, or $67 million.
- Internal revenue growth from yield for collection and disposal operations was 2.1%. The Company’s fuel surcharge added 0.4% to total revenue. Year to date yield is 1.7%.
- Core price, which consists of price increases and fees, other than the Company’s fuel surcharge, net of rollbacks, was 3.6%, compared with 2.5% in the second quarter of 2012. Rollbacks were reduced by over 45% from the second quarter of 2012, without a material increase in the Company’s churn rate.
- Internal revenue growth from volume was negative 0.6%, down from the first quarter 2013 work-day adjusted volume improvement of 0.8%, primarily driven by a negative swing in recycling volumes.
- Average recycling commodity prices were approximately 12.5% lower in the second quarter of 2013 compared with the prior year period. In total, recycling operations negatively affected earnings by $0.05 per diluted share in the second quarter when compared to the prior year period, versus previous expectations of negative $0.03, which created the additional $0.02 headwind referenced above. The Company now expects a full-year negative impact of $0.08 per share from its recycling operations compared to 2012. Originally, the Company expected a negative impact of $0.02 per share for 2013.
- Operating expenses increased by $51 million. The majority of the increase relates to higher operating costs from acquired operations, increased costs in the Company’s recycling operations stemming from China’s restrictions on non-conforming materials in imported recycling commodities, and the timing of maintenance costs at its waste-to-energy facilities.
- SG&A expenses improved by $21 million compared with the second quarter of 2012 and improved to 10.0% of revenue from 10.8% in the prior year period.
- Net cash provided by operating activities was $545 million; capital expenditures were $235 million; and free cash flow was $347 million. (b)
- The Company returned $171 million to shareholders in the form of dividends.
- The effective tax rate was approximately 33.2%.