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The GEO Group Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

November 7, 2018

BOCA RATON, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 7, 2018--The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) (“GEO”), a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and a leading provider of evidence-based offender rehabilitation and community reentry services around the globe, reported today its financial results for the third quarter 2018.

Third Quarter 2018 Highlights

Net Income Attributable to GEO of $39.3 million or $0.33 per diluted share Adjusted Net Income of $0.38 per diluted share Net Operating Income of $162.8 million Normalized FFO of $0.52 per diluted share AFFO of $0.65 per diluted share

GEO reported third quarter 2018 net income attributable to GEO of $39.3 million, or $0.33 per diluted share, compared to $38.5 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, for the third quarter 2017. GEO reported total revenues for the third quarter 2018 of $583.5 million up from $566.8 million for the third quarter 2017.

Third quarter 2018 results reflect $4.2 million in start-up expenses, after-tax, related to the third quarter 2018 activation of a 338-bed annex at the company-owned Folkston ICE Processing Center in Georgia; the company-owned, 661-bed Eagle Pass Correctional Facility in Texas; and the company-owned, 1,000-bed Montgomery ICE Processing Center in Texas. Third quarter 2018 results also reflect a $2.2 million loss on real estate assets, after-tax, related to the write-off of leasehold improvements at company-leased facilities. Excluding these items, GEO reported third quarter 2018 Adjusted Net Income of $45.6 million, or $0.38 per diluted share.

GEO reported third quarter 2018 Normalized Funds From Operations (“Normalized FFO”) of $62.9 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, compared to $58.8 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the third quarter 2017. GEO reported third quarter 2018 Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”) of $77.9 million, or $0.65 per diluted share, compared to $77.0 million, or $0.63 per diluted share, in the third quarter 2017.

George C. Zoley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GEO, said, “We are pleased with our third quarter results and our earnings and AFFO guidance for the fourth quarter. We are focused on effectively allocating capital to drive long-term, sustainable value for our shareholders, and we remain optimistic regarding the demand for our services and the outlook for new growth opportunities.”

First Nine Months 2018 Highlights

Net Income Attributable to GEO of $111.7 million or $0.92 per Diluted Share Adjusted Net Income of $1.00 per Diluted Share Net Operating Income of $463.0 million Normalized FFO of $1.43 per Diluted Share AFFO of $1.82 per Diluted Share

For the first nine months of 2018, GEO reported net income attributable to GEO of $111.7 million, or $0.92 per diluted share, compared to $109.9 million, or $0.91 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2017. GEO reported total revenues for the first nine months of 2018 of $1.73 billion up from $1.69 billion for the first nine months of 2017.

Results for the first nine months of 2018 reflect a $0.3 million net charge related to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; a $0.6 million loss on extinguishment of debt; $3.7 million in legal related expenses, after-tax; $4.3 million in start-up expenses, after-tax; and a $2.7 million loss on real estate assets, after-tax. These items were partially offset by $2.1 million in escrow releases, after-tax. Excluding these items, GEO reported Adjusted Net Income of $121.0 million, or $1.00 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2018.

For the first nine months of 2018, GEO reported Normalized FFO of $173.2 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, compared to $172.3 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2017. For the first nine months of 2018, GEO reported AFFO of $219.9 million, or $1.82 per diluted share, compared to $225.7 million, or $1.88 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2017.

Stock Repurchase Program

During the first nine months of 2018, GEO repurchased approximately 3.1 million shares of its common stock for approximately $70.4 million under the $200.0 million stock repurchase program approved by GEO’s Board of Directors, which is effective through October 20, 2020.

The stock repurchase program is intended to be implemented through purchases made from time to time in the open market or in privately negotiated transactions, in accordance with applicable Securities and Exchange Commission requirements. The stock repurchase program does not obligate GEO to purchase any specific amount of its common stock and may be suspended or extended at any time at the discretion of GEO’s Board of Directors.

Quarterly Dividend

On October 15, 2018, GEO’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.47 per share. The quarterly cash dividend was paid on November 2, 2018 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 26, 2018. The declaration of future quarterly cash dividends is subject to approval by GEO’s Board of Directors and to meeting the requirements of all applicable laws and regulations. GEO’s Board of Directors retains the power to modify its dividend policy as it may deem necessary or appropriate in the future.

2018 Financial Guidance

GEO updated its financial guidance for the fourth quarter 2018 and full-year 2018. For the fourth quarter 2018, GEO expects total revenues to be in a range of $587 million to $592 million. GEO expects fourth quarter 2018 Net Income Attributable to GEO to be in a range of $0.32 to $0.34 per diluted share. GEO’s fourth quarter guidance reflects approximately $0.01 per diluted share in close-out expenses related to the consolidation of populations into GEO’s larger reentry facilities in Pennsylvania, resulting in the idling of smaller underperforming assets, and approximately $0.02 per diluted share in losses associated with the damage caused by Hurricane Michael to the GEO-managed Bay Correctional Facility in Florida, for which GEO expects to receive insurance reimbursement proceeds in 2019.

Excluding these items, GEO provided fourth quarter 2018 guidance for Adjusted Net Income in a range of $0.35 to $0.37 per diluted share. GEO also confirmed its fourth quarter 2018 guidance for AFFO in a range of $0.65 to $0.67 per diluted share.

For the full-year 2018, GEO expects Net Income Attributable to GEO to be in a range of $1.25 to $1.27 per diluted share; Adjusted Net Income to be in a range of $1.35 to $1.37 per diluted share; and AFFO to be in a range of $2.47 to $2.49 per diluted share. GEO expects full-year 2018 revenue to be approximately $2.3 billion.

Reconciliation Tables and Supplemental Information

GEO has made available Supplemental Information which contains reconciliation tables of Net Income Attributable to GEO to Net Operating Income, Net Income to EBITDAre (EBITDA for real estate) and Adjusted EBITDAre (Adjusted EBITDA for real estate), Net Income Attributable to GEO to Adjusted Net Income, and Net Income Attributable to GEO to FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO along with supplemental financial and operational information on GEO’s business and other important operating metrics. The reconciliation tables are also presented herein. Please see the section of this press release below titled “Note to Reconciliation Tables and Supplemental Disclosure - Important Information on GEO’s Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for information on how GEO defines these supplemental Non-GAAP financial measures and reconciles them to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. GEO’s Reconciliation Tables can be found herein and in GEO’s Supplemental Information which is available on GEO’s Investor Relations webpage at investors.geogroup.com.

Conference Call Information

GEO has scheduled a conference call and simultaneous webcast for today at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time) to discuss GEO’s third quarter 2018 financial results as well as its outlook. The call-in number for the U.S. is 1-877-250-1553 and the international call-in number is 1-412-542-4145. In addition, a live audio webcast of the conference call may be accessed on the Events and Webcasts section of GEO’s investor relations webpage at investors.geogroup.com. A replay of the webcast will be available on the website for one year. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until November 21, 2018 at 1-877-344-7529 (U.S.) and 1-412-317-0088 (International). The participant passcode for the telephonic replay is 10125520.

About The GEO Group

The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) is the first fully integrated equity real estate investment trust specializing in the design, financing, development, and operation of correctional, detention, and community reentry facilities around the globe. GEO is the world’s leading provider of diversified correctional, detention, community reentry, and electronic monitoring services to government agencies worldwide with operations in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. GEO’s worldwide operations include the ownership and/or management of 136 facilities totaling approximately 96,000 beds, including projects under development, with a growing workforce of approximately 23,000 professionals.

Note to Reconciliation Tables and Supplemental Disclosure – Important Information on GEO’s Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Net Operating Income, EBITDAre, Adjusted EBITDAre, Funds from Operations, Normalized Funds from Operations, Adjusted Funds from Operations, and Adjusted Net Income are non-GAAP financial measures that are presented as supplemental disclosures. GEO has presented herein certain forward-looking statements about GEO’s future financial performance that include non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted Net Income, FFO, Normalized FFO, and AFFO. The determination of the amounts that are excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures is a matter of management judgment and depends upon, among other factors, the nature of the underlying expense or income amounts recognized in a given period. While we have provided a high level reconciliation for the guidance ranges for full year 2018, we are unable to present a more detailed quantitative reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measures because management cannot reliably predict all of the necessary components of such GAAP measures. The quantitative reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures will be provided for completed annual and quarterly periods, as applicable, calculated in a consistent manner with the quantitative reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures previously reported for completed annual and quarterly periods.

Net Operating Income is defined as revenues less operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization expense, general and administrative expenses, real estate related operating lease expense, and start-up expenses, pre-tax. Net Operating Income is calculated as net income adjusted by subtracting equity in earnings of affiliates, net of income tax provision, and by adding income tax (benefit) provision, interest expense, net of interest income, loss on extinguishment of debt, depreciation and amortization expense, general and administrative expenses, real estate related operating lease expense, gain/loss on real estate assets, pre-tax, and start-up expenses, pre-tax.

EBITDAre (EBITDA for real estate) is defined as net income adjusted by adding provisions for income tax, interest expense, net of interest income, depreciation and amortization, and gain/loss on sale of real estate assets, pre-tax. Adjusted EBITDAre (Adjusted EBITDA for real estate) is defined as EBITDAre adjusted for net income/loss attributable to non-controlling interests, stock-based compensation expenses, pre-tax, and certain other adjustments as defined from time to time, including for the periods presented merger and acquisition (“M&A”) related expenses, pre-tax, start-up expenses, pre-tax, legal related expenses, pre-tax, and escrow releases, pre-tax. Given the nature of our business as a real estate owner and operator, we believe that EBITDAre and Adjusted EBITDAre are helpful to investors as measures of our operational performance because they provide an indication of our ability to incur and service debt, to satisfy general operating expenses, to make capital expenditures and to fund other cash needs or reinvest cash into our business.

We believe that by removing the impact of our asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) and excluding certain non-cash charges, amounts spent on interest and taxes, and certain other charges that are highly variable from year to year, EBITDAre and Adjusted EBITDAre provide our investors with performance measures that reflect the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, per diem rates and operating costs, providing a perspective not immediately apparent from net income attributable to GEO.

The adjustments we make to derive the non-GAAP measures of EBITDAre and Adjusted EBITDAre exclude items which may cause short-term fluctuations in income from continuing operations and which we do not consider to be the fundamental attributes or primary drivers of our business plan and they do not affect our overall long-term operating performance. EBITDAre and Adjusted EBITDAre provide disclosure on the same basis as that used by our management and provide consistency in our financial reporting, facilitate internal and external comparisons of our historical operating performance and our business units and provide continuity to investors for comparability purposes.

Funds From Operations, or FFO, is defined in accordance with standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT, which defines FFO as net income/loss attributable to common shareholders (computed in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), excluding real estate related depreciation and amortization, excluding gains and losses from the cumulative effects of accounting changes, extraordinary items and sales of properties, and including adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Normalized Funds from Operations, or Normalized FFO, is defined as FFO adjusted for certain items which by their nature are not comparable from period to period or that tend to obscure GEO’s actual operating performance, including for the periods presented net Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) impact, M&A related expenses, pre-tax, loss on extinguishment of debt, start-up expenses, pre-tax, legal related expenses, pre-tax, escrow releases, pre-tax, and tax effect of adjustments to FFO.

Adjusted Funds From Operations, or AFFO, is defined as Normalized FFO adjusted by adding non-cash expenses such as non-real estate related depreciation and amortization, stock based compensation expense, the amortization of debt issuance costs, discount and/or premium and other non-cash interest, and by subtracting recurring consolidated maintenance capital expenditures.

Adjusted Net Income is defined as Net Income Attributable to GEO adjusted for certain items which by their nature are not comparable from period to period or that tend to obscure GEO’s actual operating performance, including for the periods presented net TCJA impact, M&A related expenses, pre-tax, gain/loss on sale of real estate assets, pre-tax, loss on extinguishment of debt, start-up expenses, pre-tax, legal related expenses, pre-tax, escrow releases, pre-tax, and tax effect of adjustments to Net Income Attributable to GEO.

Because of the unique design, structure and use of our correctional facilities, we believe that assessing the performance of our correctional facilities without the impact of depreciation or amortization is useful and meaningful to investors. Although NAREIT has published its definition of FFO, companies often modify this definition as they seek to provide financial measures that meaningfully reflect their distinctive operations. We have modified FFO to derive Normalized FFO and AFFO that meaningfully reflect our operations.

Our assessment of our operations is focused on long-term sustainability. The adjustments we make to derive the non-GAAP measures of Normalized FFO and AFFO exclude items which may cause short-term fluctuations in net income attributable to GEO but have no impact on our cash flows, or we do not consider them to be fundamental attributes or the primary drivers of our business plan and they do not affect our overall long-term operating performance. We may make adjustments to FFO from time to time for certain other income and expenses that do not reflect a necessary component of our operational performance on the basis discussed above, even though such items may require cash settlement. Because FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO exclude depreciation and amortization unique to real estate as well as non-operational items and certain other charges that are highly variable from year to year, they provide our investors with performance measures that reflect the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, per diem rates, operating costs and interest costs, providing a perspective not immediately apparent from Net Income Attributable to GEO.

We believe the presentation of FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO provide useful information to investors as they provide an indication of our ability to fund capital expenditures and expand our business. FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO provide disclosure on the same basis as that used by our management and provide consistency in our financial reporting, facilitate internal and external comparisons of our historical operating performance and our business units and provide continuity to investors for comparability purposes. Additionally, FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO are widely recognized measures in our industry as a real estate investment trust.

Safe-Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and future performance of GEO that involve risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results, including statements regarding financial guidance for the fourth quarter and full year 2018, the assumptions underlying such guidance, and statements regarding future project activations and growth opportunities. Factors that could cause actual results to vary from current expectations and forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to: (1) GEO’s ability to meet its financial guidance for 2018 given the various risks to which its business is exposed; (2) GEO’s ability to fully implement its announced stock repurchase program and the timing and amounts of any future stock repurchases; (3) GEO’s ability to declare future quarterly cash dividends and the timing and amount of such future cash dividends; (4) GEO’s ability to successfully pursue further growth and continue to create shareholder value; (5) risks associated with GEO’s ability to control operating costs associated with contract start-ups; (6) GEO’s ability to timely open facilities as planned, profitably manage such facilities and successfully integrate such facilities into GEO’s operations without substantial costs; (7) GEO’s ability to win management contracts for which it has submitted proposals and to retain existing management contracts; (8) GEO’s ability to obtain future financing on acceptable terms; (9) GEO’s ability to sustain company-wide occupancy rates at its facilities; (10) GEO’s ability to access the capital markets in the future on satisfactory terms or at all; (11) the impact of any future regulations or guidance on the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act; (12) GEO’s ability to remain qualified as a REIT; (13) the incurrence of REIT related expenses; and (14) other factors contained in GEO’s Securities and Exchange Commission periodic filings, including its Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.

Third quarter and first nine months financial tables to follow:

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CONTACT: The GEO Group, Inc.

Pablo E. Paez, 866-301-4436

Executive Vice President, Corporate Relations

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SOURCE: The GEO Group, Inc.

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