Aramark Reports First Quarter Results
PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb 5, 2019--Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) today reported first quarter fiscal 2019 results.
“2019 is off to a good start, with broad-based momentum across the portfolio, driven by strong base business performance and progress in our integration of Avendra and AmerPride. We continue to elevate the consumer experience by enhancing our product offerings, obsessing on service excellence, and innovating with new technologies,” said Eric J. Foss, Chairman, President and CEO. “We now expect our full-year Adjusted EPS outlook to be $2.30 to $2.40.”
Foss added: “Aramark benefits from an advantaged business model and excellent financial flexibility. As we look ahead to the full year, we expect to deliver solid financial performance that will drive sustainable shareholder value.”
Consolidated revenue was $4.3 billion in the quarter, an increase of 11% on a constant-currency basis over the prior-year period, composed of a 4.5% increase in revenue related to the Avendra and AmeriPride acquisitions, 2.5% increase in revenue related to an accounting rule change, and 4% of growth in the legacy business. The year over year decrease due to the divestiture of the Healthcare Technologies business has been excluded from the calculation of legacy business.
The Company continues to deliver broad-based productivity improvements while reinvesting in the business. The FSS United States segment income benefited from the inclusion of Avendra results and synergies, as well as a client payment. In the FSS International segment, these improvements were offset by start-up costs associated with onboarding several new business wins across multiple geographies, and an increase in personnel costs. Uniform income benefited from the inclusion of AmeriPride results and synergies.
FIRST QUARTER SUMMARY
On a GAAP basis, revenue was $4.3 billion, operating income was $373 million, net income attributable to Aramark stockholders was $251 million, which includes a net gain on sale of the Healthcare Technologies business of approximately $140 million, and diluted earnings per share were $0.99. This compares to the first quarter of 2018 where, on a GAAP basis, revenue was $4.0 billion, operating income was $217 million, net income attributable to Aramark stockholders was $292 million and diluted earnings per share were $1.16. First quarter GAAP diluted earnings per share decreased (15)% year-over-year, primarily due to a decrease in the net benefit to the income tax provision related to tax reform, partially offset by increased operating income. Adjusted net income was $160 million or $0.63 per share, versus adjusted net income of $139 million or $0.55 per share in the first quarter of 2018. A stronger U.S. dollar decreased revenue by approximately $59 million, and had a negative impact of approximately $3 million on operating income as well as a one-cent negative impact on adjusted earnings per share.
CAPITAL STRUCTURE & LIQUIDITY
Total trailing 12-month net debt to covenant adjusted EBITDA was 4.2x at the end of the quarter, a 30 basis point improvement versus the end of the first quarter of 2018.
During the quarter, the Company received $293 million of proceeds from the sale of the Healthcare Technologies business, the majority of which were used for debt reduction. At quarter-end the company had approximately $1.2 billion in cash and availability on its revolving credit facility.
During the quarter, the company repurchased 1.6 million shares of Aramark common stock for an aggregate amount of $50 million.
The Company provides its expectations for full-year adjusted EPS and full-year free cash flow on a non-GAAP basis, and does not provide a reconciliation of such forward-looking non-GAAP measures to GAAP due to the inherent difficulty in forecasting and quantifying certain amounts that are necessary for such reconciliations, including adjustments that could be made for the impact of the change in fair value related to certain gasoline and diesel agreements, severance and other charges and the effect of currency translation.
The Company is increasing its 2019 adjusted EPS outlook to $2.30 to $2.40 per share, which now reflects the full impact of the Healthcare Technologies divestiture, principally due to the use of proceeds to pay down debt. It also includes 4 cents of currency headwinds. The Company is affirming its full-year free cash flow outlook of $500 million. This outlook includes approximately $50 million in cash outlay related to the divestiture of the Healthcare Technologies business, and approximately $50 million in spending on the integrations of Avendra and AmeriPride. The Company expects its leverage ratio to be at 3.8x by the end of the fiscal year.
CONFERENCE CALL SCHEDULED
The Company has scheduled a conference call at 10 a.m. ET today to discuss its earnings and outlook. This call and related materials can be heard and reviewed, either live or on a delayed basis, on the Company’s web site, www.aramark.com on the investor relations page.
Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) proudly serves Fortune 500 companies, world champion sports teams, state-of-the-art healthcare providers, the world’s leading educational institutions, iconic destinations and cultural attractions, and numerous municipalities in 19 countries around the world. Our 270,000 team members deliver experiences that enrich and nourish millions of lives every day through innovative services in food, facilities management and uniforms. We work to put our sustainability goals into action by focusing on initiatives that engage our employees, empower healthy living, preserve our planet and build local communities. Aramark is recognized as one of the World’s Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE, as well as an employer of choice by the Human Rights Campaign and DiversityInc. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Selected Operational and Financial Metrics
Adjusted Revenue represents revenue growth, adjusted to eliminate the impact of currency translation and divestitures.
Legacy Business Revenue
Legacy Business Revenue represents Adjusted Revenue, excluding the revenue of AmeriPride and Avendra, the impact of the adoption of Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 606, Revenue from Contracts with Customers, the effect of divestitures and the impact of currency translation.
Adjusted Operating Income
Adjusted Operating Income represents operating income adjusted to eliminate the change in amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets; the impact of the change in fair value related to certain gasoline and diesel agreements; severance and other charges; the effect of divestitures; merger and integration related charges and other items impacting comparability.
Adjusted Operating Income (Constant Currency)
Adjusted Operating Income (Constant Currency) represents Adjusted Operating Income adjusted to eliminate the impact of currency translation.
Adjusted Net Income
Adjusted Net Income represents net income attributable to Aramark stockholders adjusted to eliminate the change in amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets; the impact of changes in the fair value related to certain gasoline and diesel agreements; severance and other charges; merger and integration related charges; the effect of divestitures; the effects of refinancings on interest and other financing costs, net; the impact of tax reform and other items impacting comparability, less the tax impact of these adjustments. The tax effect for adjusted net income for our U.S. earnings is calculated using a blended U.S. federal and state tax rate. The tax effect for adjusted net income in jurisdictions outside the U.S. is calculated at the local country tax rate.
Adjusted Net Income (Constant Currency)
Adjusted Net Income (Constant Currency) represents Adjusted Net Income adjusted to eliminate the impact of currency translation.
Adjusted EPS represents Adjusted Net Income divided by diluted weighted average shares outstanding.
Adjusted EPS (Constant Currency)
Adjusted EPS (Constant Currency) represents Adjusted EPS adjusted to eliminate the impact of currency translation.
Covenant Adjusted EBITDA
Covenant Adjusted EBITDA represents net income attributable to Aramark stockholders adjusted for interest and other financing costs, net; provision (benefit) for income taxes; depreciation and amortization; and certain other items as defined in our debt agreements required in calculating covenant ratios and debt compliance. The Company also uses Net Debt for its ratio to Covenant Adjusted EBITDA, which is calculated as total long-term borrowings less cash and cash equivalents.
Free Cash Flow
Free Cash Flow represents net cash provided by operating activities less net purchases of property and equipment and other assets. Management believes that the presentation of free cash flow provides useful information to investors because it represents a measure of cash flow available for distribution among all the security holders of the Company.
We use Adjusted Revenue, Legacy Business Revenue, Adjusted Operating Income (including on a constant currency basis), Covenant Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income (including on a constant currency basis), Adjusted EPS (including on a constant currency basis) and Free Cash Flow as supplemental measures of our operating profitability and to control our cash operating costs. We believe these financial measures are useful to investors because they enable better comparisons of our historical results and allow our investors to evaluate our performance based on the same metrics that we use to evaluate our performance and trends in our results. These financial metrics are not measurements of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP. Our presentation of these metrics has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under GAAP. You should not consider these measures as alternatives to revenue, operating income, net income, or earnings per share, determined in accordance with GAAP. Adjusted Revenue, Legacy Business Revenue, Adjusted Operating Income, Covenant Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted EPS and Free Cash Flow as presented by us, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies because not all companies use identical calculations.
Explanatory Notes to the Non-GAAP Schedules
Amortization of acquisition-related intangible assets - adjustments to eliminate the change in amortization resulting from the purchase accounting applied to the January 26, 2007 going-private transaction executed with investment funds affiliated with GS Capital Partners, CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC and J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC, Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. and Warburg Pincus LLC as well as approximately 250 senior management personnel ($7.7 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $13.7 million for the first quarter of 2018) and amortization expense recognized on other acquisition-related intangible assets ($22.7 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $8.9 million for the first quarter of 2018).
Severance and other charges - adjustments to eliminate severance expenses and other costs incurred in the applicable period related to streamlining initiatives ($22.0 million for the first quarter of 2019), adjustments to eliminate consulting costs incurred in the applicable period related to streamlining initiatives ($4.2 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $5.8 million for the first quarter of 2018), incurring duplicate rent charges, moving costs, opening costs to build out and ready the Company’s new headquarters while occupying its existing headquarters and closing costs ($6.6 million for the first quarter of 2019) and other charges ($1.4 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $0.7 million for the first quarter of 2018).
Effects of divestitures - adjustments to eliminate the impact that the Healthcare Technologies divestitures had on comparative periods.
Merger and Integration Related Charges - adjustments to eliminate merger and integration charges primarily related to the Avendra and AmeriPride acquisitions, including deal costs, costs for transitional employees and integration related consulting costs ($8.6 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $19.4 million for the first quarter of 2018).
Gain on sale of Healthcare Technologies - adjustment to eliminate the impact of the gain on sale of the Healthcare Technologies business.
Gains, losses and settlements impacting comparability - adjustments to eliminate certain transactions that are not indicative of our ongoing operational performance, primarily for income/loss from prior years’ loss experience under our casualty insurance program ($11.3 million gain for the first quarter of 2019 and $12.9 million gain for the first quarter 2018), pension plan charges ($1.2 million for the first quarter of 2019 and $1.6 million for the first quarter of 2018), banker fees and other charges related to the sale of Healthcare Technologies ($8.4 million for the first quarter of 2019), the impact of the change in fair value related to certain gasoline and diesel agreements ($8.9 million loss for the first quarter of 2019 and $1.8 million gain for the first quarter of 2018) and other charges.
Effect of currency translation - adjustments to eliminate the impact that fluctuations in currency translation rates had on the comparative results by presenting the periods on a constant currency basis. Assumes constant foreign currency exchange rates based on the rates in effect for the prior year period being used in translation for the comparable current year period.
Effect of refinancing on interest and other financing costs, net - adjustments to eliminate expenses associated with refinancing activities undertaken by the Company in the applicable period such as third party costs and non-cash charges for the write-offs of deferring financing costs and debt discounts.
Effect of tax reform on provision for income taxes - adjustments to eliminate the impact of tax reform that is not indicative of our ongoing tax position based on the new tax policies and certain other adjustments.
Tax Impact of Adjustments to Adjusted Net Income - adjustments to eliminate the net tax impact of the adjustments to adjusted net income calculated based on a blended U.S. federal and state tax rate for U.S. adjustments and the local country tax rate for adjustments in jurisdictions outside the U.S.
This press release includes “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect our current views as to future events and financial performance with respect to, without limitation, conditions in our industry, our operations, our economic performance and financial condition, including, in particular, statements made by our Chairman, President, and CEO and under the heading “2019 Outlook” and including with respect to, without limitation, anticipated effects of changes related to accounting changes and the divestiture of our Healthcare Technologies business, the benefits and costs of our acquisitions of each of Avendra, LLC (“Avendra”) and AmeriPride Services, Inc. (“AmeriPride”) and related financings, as well as statements regarding these companies’ services and products and statements relating to our business and growth strategy. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They use words such as “outlook,” “aim,” “anticipate,” “are or remain or continue to be confident,” “have confidence,” “estimate,” “expect,” “will be,” “will continue,” “will likely result,” “project,” “intend,” “plan,” “believe,” “see,” “look to” and other words and terms of similar meaning or the negative versions of such words.
Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. All statements we make relating to our estimated and projected earnings, costs, expenditures, cash flows, growth rates, financial results and our estimated benefits and costs of our acquisitions are forward-looking statements. In addition, we, through our senior management, from time to time make forward-looking public statements concerning our expected future operations and performance and other developments. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may change at any time, and, therefore, our actual results may differ materially from those that we expected. We derive many of our forward-looking statements from our operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While we believe that our assumptions are reasonable, we caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and, of course, it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us, or persons acting on our behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements. Some of the factors that we believe could affect our results or the costs and benefits of the acquisitions include without limitation: unfavorable economic conditions; natural disasters, global calamities, sports strikes and other adverse incidents; the failure to retain current clients, renew existing client contracts and obtain new client contracts; a determination by clients to reduce their outsourcing or use of preferred vendors; competition in our industries; increased operating costs and obstacles to cost recovery due to the pricing and cancellation terms of our food and support services contracts; the inability to achieve cost savings through our cost reduction efforts; our expansion strategy; the failure to maintain food safety throughout our supply chain, food-borne illness concerns and claims of illness or injury; governmental regulations including those relating to food and beverages, the environment, wage and hour and government contracting; liability associated with noncompliance with applicable law or other governmental regulations; new interpretations of or changes in the enforcement of the government regulatory framework; currency risks and other risks associated with international operations, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.K. Bribery Act and other anti-corruption law compliance; continued or further unionization of our workforce; liability resulting from our participation in multiemployer defined benefit pension plans; risks associated with suppliers from whom our products are sourced; disruptions to our relationship with, or to the business of, our primary distributor; the inability to hire and retain sufficient qualified personnel or increases in labor costs; healthcare reform legislation; the contract intensive nature of our business, which may lead to client disputes; seasonality; disruptions in the availability of our computer systems or privacy breaches; failure to achieve and maintain effective internal controls; our leverage; the inability to generate sufficient cash to service all of our indebtedness; debt agreements that limit our flexibility in operating our business; our ability to successfully integrate the businesses of Avendra and AmeriPride and costs and timing related thereto, the risk of unanticipated restructuring costs or assumption of undisclosed liabilities, the risk that we are unable to achieve the anticipated benefits (including tax benefits) and synergies of the acquisition of AmeriPride and Avendra including whether the proposed transactions will be accretive and within the expected timeframes, the availability of sufficient cash to repay certain indebtedness and our decision to utilize the cash for that purpose, the disruption of the transactions to each of Avendra and AmeriPride and their respective managements; the effect of the transactions on each of Avendra’s and AmeriPride’s ability to retain and hire key personnel and maintain relationships with customers, suppliers and other third parties, our ability to attract new or maintain existing customer and supplier relationships at reasonable cost, our ability to retain key personnel and other factors set forth under the headings Item 1A “Risk Factors,” Item 3 “Legal Proceedings” and Item 7 “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and other sections of our Annual Report on Form 10-K, filed with the SEC on November 21, 2018 as such factors may be updated from time to time in our other periodic filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC’s website at www.sec.gov and which may be obtained by contacting Aramark’s investor relations department via its website www.aramark.com. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this press release and in our other filings with the SEC. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements included herein or that may be made elsewhere from time to time by, or on behalf of, us. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments, changes in our expectations, or otherwise, except as required by law.
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