29.04.04

29.4.2004: Meldung: Stericycle: First Quarter 2004 Results

Stericycle, Inc. Reports Results for First Quarter 2004

LAKE FOREST, Ill.-- Stericycle, Inc. (NASDAQ:SRCL - News).
· Net income of $19.1 million for the quarter, up 30.3% from year-ago quarter.
· Earnings per share of $0.42 for the quarter, up 29.8% from year-ago quarter.
· Net cash provided by operating activities was $28.2 million for the quarter
· Revenues were $117.6 million, up 4.7% from year-ago quarter.
Stericycle, Inc. (NASDAQ: SRCL - News), the United States" leading provider of medical waste management and compliance services for the healthcare community, today reported financial results for the first quarter of 2004. "The first quarter is the start of another strong year for our company," said Mark Miller, Stericycle president and chief executive officer. "Our continued focus on our proven business model has resulted in continued increases in revenues, operating income, and net income."
FIRST QUARTER
Revenues for the quarter ended March 31, 2004 were $117.6 million, up 4.7% from $112.3 million in the same quarter last year. International equipment sales contributed $2.8 million in revenues for the quarter. Gross profit was $53.2 million, up 12.8% from $47.1 million in the same quarter last year. Gross profit as a percent of revenues increased to 45.2% from 42.0% in the first quarter of 2003.
Net income for the first quarter of 2004 rose 30.3% to $19.1 million, up from $14.7 million in the first quarter of 2003.
Earnings per diluted share for the first quarter of 2004 were $0.42, up 29.8% from $0.32 in the first quarter of 2003. Weighted shares outstanding used to determine earnings per diluted share were 46,045,010 for the first quarter of 2004 and 45,843,228 for the first quarter of 2003.
During the first quarter of 2004, the company continued to improve its balance sheet position. Our total debt to capitalization percentage ratio improved from 28.1% at December 31, 2003 to 25.6% at March 31, 2004. During the first quarter of 2004, we reduced our revolver borrowings by $18.0 million and repurchased $4.3 million of company stock.
Miller said, "During the quarter, we continued to execute our proven business model, generating sales growth and record income from operations. The cash flow from operations of $28.2 million generated in the quarter was used to strengthen the business by paying down our debt, funding acquisitions, investing in the company"s future and repurchasing company stock."
Stericycle provides medical waste collection, transportation, treatment and disposal services and safety and compliance programs to healthcare companies nationwide, including hospitals, physician and dental offices, laboratories and clinics. Medical waste includes single-use disposables such as needles, syringes, gloves and other supplies that have been in contact with blood or other bodily fluids, as well as blood, blood products and other items that could harbor infectious agents.
Safe Harbor Statement: Statements in this press release may contain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, some of which are beyond Stericycle"s control (for example, general economic conditions). Our actual results could differ significantly from the results described in the forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause such differences include difficulties in completing the integration of acquired businesses, changes in governmental regulation of medical waste collection and treatment, and increases in transportation and other operating costs, as well as the various other factors identified in our filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. As a result, past financial performance should not be considered a reliable indicator of future performance, and investors should not use historical trends to anticipate future results or trends. We make no commitment to disclose any subsequent revisions to forward-looking statements.
Conference call to be held April 28, 2004 at 4:00 p.m. Central time - dial in number is 888-747-3493. Replay available after the call through May 5th at 888-266-2081 pass code 237440. To hear a simulcast of the call over the Internet, or to access an audio archive of the call, go to www.ccbn.com or Stericycle"s website at www.stericycle.com.
STERICYCLE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT FOR SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)

March 31, December 31,
2004 2003
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ASSETS
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 3,132 $ 7,240
Short-term investments 334 641
Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful
accounts of $3,601 in 2004 and $4,149 in 2003 58,978 59,711
Parts and supplies 2,946 3,244
Prepaid expenses 4,694 7,339
Notes receivable 3,423 2,223
Deferred tax asset 9,504 12,345
Other current assets 1,379 4,994
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Total current assets 84,390 97,737
Property, plant and equipment, net 97,629 96,562
Other assets:
Goodwill, net 476,396 464,946
Intangible assets, less accumulated
amortization of $6,084 in 2004 and
$5,459 in 2003 32,212 31,642
Notes receivable 9,617 7,717
Other 7,401 8,858
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Total other assets 525,626 513,163
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Total assets $ 707,645 $ 707,462
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LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS" EQUITY
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt $ 5,332 $ 4,830
Accounts payable 9,587 15,741
Accrued liabilities 44,599 43,436
Deferred revenue 7,624 4,987
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Total current liabilities 67,142 68,994
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Long-term debt, net of current portion 148,924 163,016
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Deferred income taxes 38,668 42,277
Other liabilities 4,113 4,411
Redeemable preferred stock
Series A convertible preferred stock (par value
$0.01 per share, 75,000 shares authorized,
12,348 outstanding in 2004 and 22,799
outstanding in 2003, liquidation preference
of $13,438 at March 31, 2004 and $24,814 at
December 31, 2003 9,569 20,944
Common shareholders" equity
Common stock (par value $0.01 per share,
80,000,000 shares authorized, 43,341,018 issued
and outstanding in 2004, 41,868,515 issued and
outstanding in 2003 434 420
Additional paid in capital 303,096 290,631
Accumulated other comprehensive loss 336 530
Retained earnings 135,363 116,239
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Total shareholders" equity 439,229 407,820
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Total liabilities and shareholders"
equity $ 707,645 $ 707,462
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Total debt to capitalization percentage ratio 25.6% 28.1%
Calculation of total debt to capitalization
percentage ratio:
Total debt $ 154,256 $ 167,846
Redeemable preferred stock 9,569 20,944
Shareholders" equity 439,229 407,820
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Capitalization $ 603,054 $ 596,610


STERICYCLE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(IN THOUSANDS EXCEPT FOR SHARE AND PER SHARE DATA)

Three Months Ended
March 31,
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2004 2003
% of % of
$ Rev $ Rev
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Revenues $ 117,556 100.0% $ 112,311 100.0%

Cost of revenues 64,401 54.8% 65,167 58.0%
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Gross profit 53,155 45.2% 47,144 42.0%

Selling, general and
administrative expenses 17,744 15.1% 16,374 14.6%
Amortization 604 0.5% 321 0.3%
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Total SG&A expense and
amortization 18,348 15.6% 16,695 14.9%

Acquisition-related costs 116 0.1% 91 0.1%
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Income from operations 34,691 29.5% 30,358 27.0%

Other income (expense):
Interest income 52 0.0% 189 0.2%
Interest expense (2,529) -2.2% (3,927) -3.5%
Debt extinguishments and
restructuring - 0.0% (1,628) -1.4%
Other expense (420) -0.4% (645) -0.6%
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Total other income (expense) (2,897) -2.5% (6,011) -5.4%
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Income before income taxes $ 31,794 27.0% $ 24,347 21.7%

Income tax expense 12,670 10.8% 9,666 8.6%
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Net income $ 19,124 16.3% $ 14,681 13.1%
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Earnings per share-diluted $ 0.42 $ 0.32
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Weighted average number of
common shares outstanding-
diluted 46,045,010 45,843,228
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STERICYCLE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOW
(IN THOUSANDS)

For the Three Months
Ended March 31,
2004 2003
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Operating Activities:
Net Income $ 19,124 $ 14,681
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash
provided by operating activities:
Write off of deferred financing costs - 247
Stock compensation expense 21 76
Tax benefit of disqualifying dispositions of
stock options 2,067 1,343
Loss on sale of property and equipment 91 72
Depreciation 4,070 3,943
Amortization 604 321
Deferred income taxes (768) 3,555
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net
of effect of acquisitions
Accounts receivable 733 (2,200)
Parts and supplies 298 (279)
Prepaid expenses and other assets 4,319 5,626
Accounts payable (6,154) (2,643)
Accrued liabilities 1,163 3,368
Deferred revenue 2,637 165
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Net cash provided by operating activities 28,205 28,275
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Investing Activities:
Payments for acquisitions and international
investments, net of cash acquired (7,621) (31,301)
Purchases of short-term investments 307 (629)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment 253 132
Capital expenditures (5,347) (3,788)
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Net cash used in investing activities (12,408) (35,586)
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Financing Activities:
Proceeds from issuance of note payable 618 1,132
Repayment of senior subordinated debt - (9,129)
Payments of deferred financing costs - (395)
Repayment of long-term debt (949) (752)
Net (repayments of) proceeds from senior credit
facility (18,000) 15,814
Principal payments on capital lease obligations (259) (252)
Purchase of common stock (4,294) -
Proceeds from other issuances of common stock 3,240 1,733
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Net cash provided by (used in) financing
activities (19,644) 8,151
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Effect of exchange rate changes on cash (261) (27)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash
equivalents (4,108) 813
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period 7,240 8,375
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Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 3,132 $ 9,188
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Non-cash activities:
Net issuances of common stock for certain
acquisitions $ 70 $ 70
Net issuances of notes payable for certain
acquisitions $ 5,000 $ -



Contact:
Stericycle, Inc.
Frank ten Brink, 847-607-2012



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