Casella Waste Systems, Inc. Announces Second Quarter 2016 Results; and Updates Guidance


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RUTLAND, Vt., July 28, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Casella Waste Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:CWST), a regional solid waste, recycling and resource management services company, today reported its financial results for the three month period ended June 30, 2016.  The company also increased its Adjusted EBITDA* guidance and reaffirmed its revenue and Free Cash Flow* guidance for the year ending December 31, 2016.  

Highlights for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2016:

  • Revenues were $144.7 million for the quarter, up $1.0 million, or 0.7%, from the same period in 2015. 
  • Net income was $5.2 million for the quarter, an improvement of $4.2 million from the same period in 2015. 
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $34.8 million for the quarter, an improvement of $4.1 million, or 13.3%, from the same period in 2015. 
  • Adjusted Operating Income* for the quarter was $15.6 million, an improvement of $4.6 million, or 42.4%, from the same period in 2015. 
  • Overall solid waste pricing for the quarter was up 3.5%, mainly driven by strong collection pricing up 4.8%.

"We had another strong quarter as our team executed well against our key management strategies as the regional economy continued to strengthen," said John W. Casella, chairman and CEO of Casella Waste Systems, Inc.  "Our results clearly demonstrated this improvement, with operating income up $4.2 million and margins up 290 bps year-over-year in the second quarter."

"Achievement of our strategies is clearly driving positive results, with residential and commercial collection pricing up 5.3% on our focused pricing programs," Casella said.  "Further, our efforts to reduce operating costs and drive efficiencies continue to gain traction across each line-of-business with cost of operations as a percentage of revenues down 290 bps year-over-year.  Recycling operating income was up $0.9 million year-over-year as our efforts to reshape the recycling business model has improved financial performance in these low commodity markets and helped to mitigate commodity risk.  Finally, we continue to expand profitable revenues through our innovative resource solutions offerings." 

"As expected, we did experience volume headwinds at the landfills during the quarter, with tons down 8.4% year-over-year, as the unseasonably warm northeast winter resulted in a pull-forward of volumes from the second quarter to the first quarter, our efforts to improve price at select sites has dampened volume growth, and energy related waste streams were down in the Marcellus," Casella said.  "With that said, landfill volumes year-to-date were up 51,000 tons, or 2.6%, year-over-year, with particular strength in construction and demolition volumes, which were up 124,000 tons year-over-year." 

"Over the last several months, we continued to redeem and repurchase our 7.75% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2019, with $39.4 million of these bonds being permanently retired through July 1, 2016," Casella said.  "Through our continued cash flow growth and debt repayment, we further reduced our consolidated leverage ratio during the second quarter.  Going forward, we remain committed to reducing leverage and improving free cash flow generation by using excess cash to retire our highest cost debt."

"In closing, I am very pleased with our financial and operational performance during the quarter, and believe that we are well positioned to continue to execute for the remainder of fiscal year 2016 and beyond," Casella said.

For the quarter, revenues were $144.7 million, up $1.0 million, or 0.7%, from the same period in 2015, with revenue growth mainly driven by robust collection, disposal and recycling commodity pricing, the acquisition of three transfer stations, and higher volumes in our organics line-of-business, partially offset by lower landfill and low margin transportation volumes.

Net income attributable to common stockholders was $5.2 million, or $0.12 per diluted common share for the quarter, compared to net income attributable to common stockholders of $1.0 million, or $0.03 per diluted common share for the same period in 2015.  The current quarter included a $0.6 million loss on debt extinguishment related to the redemption, repurchase and permanent retirement of $15.5 million of our 7.75% Senior Subordinated Notes due 2019, while the same quarter last year included a $0.7 million gain on the divestiture of non-strategic collection routes. 

Operating income was $15.6 million for the quarter, up $4.3 million from the same period in 2015, whereas Adjusted Operating Income was $15.6 million for the quarter, up $4.6 million from the same period in 2015.  Adjusted EBITDA was $34.8 million for the quarter, up $4.1 million from the same period in 2015, with growth mainly driven by improved performance in the collection, recycling, organics and customer solutions lines-of-business. 

Net cash provided by operating activities was $33.9 million in the quarter, up $4.3 million from the same period in 2015.  Free Cash Flow was $18.0 million in the quarter, as compared to $18.3 million for the same period in 2015.  Normalized Free Cash Flow* was $18.0 million in the quarter, as compared to $18.6 million for the same period in 2015.  The current quarter did not include any adjustments, while the same period in 2015 included a $0.3 million adjustment for the cash outlays associated with capping at our Worcester landfill. 

Highlights for the Six Months Ended June 30, 2016:

  • Revenues year-to-date were $270.1 million, up $9.8 million, or 3.8%, from the same period in 2015.
  • Net loss year-to-date was ($2.4) million, an improvement of $4.6 million from the same period in 2015.
  • Adjusted EBITDA year-to-date was $54.1 million, an improvement of $8.9 million, or 19.6%, from the same period in 2015.
  • Adjusted Operating income year-to-date was $17.6 million, an improvement of $8.4 million, or 92.2%, from the same period in 2015.

For the six months ended June 30, 2016, revenues were $270.1 million, up $9.8 million, or 3.8%, from the same period in 2015, mainly driven by robust collection and disposal pricing, and higher volumes in our organics line-of-business, partially offset by lower disposal volumes and lower energy pricing.

Net loss attributable to common stockholders was ($2.4) million, or ($0.06) per diluted common share year-to-date, compared to ($8.2) million, or ($0.20) per diluted common share for the same period in 2015. 

Operating income was $17.6 million year-to-date, up $3.1 million from the same period in 2015.  Adjusted Operating Income was $17.6 million year-to-date, up $8.4 million from the same period in 2015.  Adjusted EBITDA was $54.1 million year-to-date, up $8.9 million from the same period in 2015. 

Net cash provided by operating activities was $35.6 million year-to-date, up $11.7 million from the same period in 2015.  Free Cash Flow was $9.8 million year-to-date, as compared to $10.8 million for the same period in 2015.  Normalized Free Cash Flow was $9.8 million year-to-date, as compared to $8.3 million for the same period in 2015.  The current year-to-date period did not include any adjustments, while the same period in 2015 included a $3.1 million adjustment for the net cash proceeds from the CARES dissolution and a $0.6 million adjustment for the cash outlays associated with capping at the Worcester landfill. 

Outlook

Given our strong pricing and operational efficiency performance year-to-date, the company is increasing its Adjusted EBITDA guidance for the year ending December 31, 2016 by estimating results in the following range:

  • Adjusted EBITDA between $113 million and $116 million (increased from a range of $111 million to $115 million).

The company reaffirms its Revenue and Free Cash Flow guidance for the year by estimating results in the following ranges:

  • Revenues between $550 million and $560 million; and
  • Free Cash Flow between $20 million and $24 million.

Capital expenditures are projected to be between $50 million and $54 million for the year, up from our previously announced range due to higher construction costs associated with the time-sensitive construction schedule at the Ontario landfill that faced significant permitting delays in 2015.

The company does not provide reconciling information for forward-looking periods because such information is not available without an unreasonable effort.  The company believes that such information is not significant to an understanding of its non-GAAP measures for forward-looking periods because its methodology for calculating such non-GAAP measures is based on sensitivity analysis compared to budget at the business unit level rather than on differences from GAAP financial measures. 

Conference call to discuss quarter

The company will host a conference call to discuss these results on Friday, July 29, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.  Individuals interested in participating in the call should dial (877) 838-4153 or for international participants (720) 545-0037 at least 10 minutes before start time.  The call will also be webcast; to listen, participants should visit Casella Waste Systems' website at http://ir.casella.com and follow the appropriate link to the webcast.

A replay of the call will be available on the company's website, or by calling (855) 859-2056 or (404) 537-3406 (Conference ID 48538723) until 1:00 p.m. ET on August 5, 2016

About Casella Waste Systems, Inc.

Casella Waste Systems, Inc., headquartered in Rutland, Vermont, provides solid waste management services consisting of collection, transfer, disposal, and recycling services in the northeastern United States.  For further information, investors contact Ned Coletta, Chief Financial Officer at (802) 772-2239; media contact Joseph Fusco, Vice President at (802) 772-2247; or visit the company's website at http://www.casella.com.

*Non-GAAP Financial Measures

In addition to disclosing financial results prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in the United States ("GAAP"), the company also discloses earnings before interest, taxes, and depreciation and amortization, adjusted for accretion, depletion of landfill operating lease obligations, gains on asset sales, development project charge write-offs, contract settlement charges, legal settlement costs, tax settlement costs, bargain purchase gains, asset impairment charges, environmental remediation charges, severance and reorganization costs, expenses from divestiture, acquisition and financing costs, gains on the settlement of acquisition related contingent consideration, fiscal year-end transition costs, proxy contest costs, as well as impacts from divestiture transactions ("Adjusted EBITDA"), which is a non-GAAP measure. 

The company also discloses earnings before interest and taxes, adjusted for gains on asset sales, development project charge write-offs, contract settlement charges, legal settlement costs, tax settlement costs, bargain purchase gains, asset impairment charges, environmental remediation charges, severance and reorganization costs, expenses from divestiture, acquisition and financing costs, gains on the settlement of acquisition related contingent consideration, fiscal year-end transition costs, proxy contest costs, as well as impacts from divestiture transactions ("Adjusted Operating Income"), which is a non-GAAP measure. 

The company also discloses net cash provided by operating activities, less capital expenditures (excluding acquisition related capital expenditures), less payments on landfill operating lease contracts, plus proceeds from divestiture transactions, plus proceeds from the sale of property and equipment, plus proceeds from property insurance settlement, less contributions from (distributions to) noncontrolling interest holders ("Free Cash Flow"), which is a non-GAAP measure. 

And lastly, the company discloses Free Cash Flow plus certain cash outflows associated with landfill closure, site improvement and remediation expenditures, plus certain cash outflows associated with new contract and project capital expenditures, plus cash (inflows) outflows associated with certain business dissolutions ("Normalized Free Cash Flow"), which is a non-GAAP measure.

Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Operating Income are reconciled to net loss, while Free Cash Flow and Normalized Free Cash Flow are reconciled to net cash provided by operating activities.   

The company presents Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Operating Income, Free Cash Flow, and Normalized Free Cash Flow because it considers them important supplemental measures of its performance and believes they are frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of the company's results.  Management uses these non-GAAP measures to further understand the company's "core operating performance." The company believes its "core operating performance" is helpful in understanding its ongoing performance in the ordinary course of operations. The company believes that providing Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Operating Income, Free Cash Flow, and Normalized Free Cash Flow to investors, in addition to corresponding income statement and cash flow statement measures, affords investors the benefit of viewing its performance using the same financial metrics that the management team uses in making many key decisions and understanding how the core business and its results of operations has performed. The company further believes that providing this information allows its investors greater transparency and a better understanding of its core financial performance. In addition, the instruments governing the company's indebtedness use EBITDA (with additional adjustments) to measure its compliance with covenants.

Non-GAAP financial measures are not in accordance with or an alternative for GAAP.  Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Operating Income, Free Cash Flow, and Normalized Free Cash Flow should not be considered in isolation from or as a substitute for financial information presented in accordance with GAAP, and may be different from Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Operating Income, Free Cash Flow, or Normalized Free Cash Flow presented by other companies.

Safe Harbor Statement

Certain matters discussed in this press release, including, but not limited to, the statements regarding financial results and guidance, are "forward-looking statements" intended to qualify for the safe harbors from liability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements can generally be identified as such by the context of the statements, including words such as "believe," "expect," "anticipate," "plan," "may," "would," "intend," "estimate," "guidance" and other similar expressions, whether in the negative or affirmative. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations, estimates, forecasts and projections about the industry and markets in which we operate and management's beliefs and assumptions. We cannot guarantee that we actually will achieve the financial results, plans, intentions, expectations or guidance disclosed in the forward-looking statements made. Such forward-looking statements, and all phases of our operations, involve a number of risks and uncertainties, any one or more of which could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include or relate to, among other things: adverse weather conditions that have negatively impacted and may continue to negatively impact our revenues and our operating margin; current economic conditions that have adversely affected and may continue to adversely affect our revenues and our operating margin; we may be unable to increase volumes at our landfills or improve our route profitability; our need to service our indebtedness may limit our ability to invest in our business; we may be unable to reduce costs or increase pricing or volumes sufficiently to achieve estimated Adjusted EBITDA and other targets; landfill operations and permit status may be affected by factors outside our control; groundwater contamination discovered near our Southbridge landfill may delay our permitting activities at that landfill and result in costs and liabilities as well as impacting our disposal revenues at that site, each of which could impact our results of operations; we may be required to incur capital expenditures in excess of our estimates; fluctuations in energy pricing or the commodity pricing of our recyclables may make it more difficult for us to predict our results of operations or meet our estimates; we may incur environmental charges or asset impairments in the future; and actions of activist investors and the cost and disruption of responding to those actions. There are a number of other important risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements. These additional risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, those detailed in Item 1A, "Risk Factors" in our Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015.

We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 
(Unaudited) 
(In thousands, except amounts per share) 
        
  Three Months Ended
June 30, 
  Six Months Ended
June 30, 
  2016   2015   2016   2015 
        
         
Revenues$  144,670  $  143,714  $  270,103  $  260,292 
        
Operating expenses:       
Cost of operations   95,188     98,737     185,606     186,569 
General and administration    18,084     18,071     36,672     34,876 
Depreciation and amortization   15,802     16,241     30,255     29,990 
Divestiture transactions   -      (677)     -      (5,611)
    129,074     132,372     252,533     245,824 
        
Operating income   15,596     11,342     17,570     14,468 
        
Other expense (income):       
Interest expense, net    9,944     10,080     19,870     20,065 
Loss on debt extinguishment   593     -      545     521 
Loss on derivative instruments   -      47     -      198 
Other income   (363)    (46)    (504)    (209)
Other expense, net   10,174     10,081     19,911     20,575 
        
Income (loss) before income taxes   5,422     1,261     (2,341)    (6,107)
Provision for income taxes    230     318     81     914 
        
        
Net income (loss)   5,192     943     (2,422)    (7,021)
        
 Less: Net (loss) income attributable to noncontrolling interests    (3)    (82)    (9)    1,226 
        
Net income (loss) attributable to common stockholders $  5,195  $  1,025  $  (2,413) $  (8,247)
        
Basic weighted average common shares outstanding 41,132   40,447   41,064   40,432 
        
Basic earnings per share$  0.13  $  0.03  $  (0.06) $  (0.20)
        
Diluted weighted average common shares outstanding 41,598   40,846   41,064   40,432 
        
Diluted earnings per common share$  0.12  $  0.03  $  (0.06) $  (0.20 )
        
Adjusted EBITDA $  34,787  $  30,715  $  54,050  $  45,194 
                 

 

CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(Unaudited) 
(In thousands) 
    

ASSETS
 June 30,
2016
 December 31,
2015
 (Unaudited)  
CURRENT ASSETS:   
Cash and cash equivalents$  2,382  $  2,312 
Accounts receivable - trade, net of allowance for doubtful accounts   61,083     60,167 
Other current assets   15,124     14,189 
Total current assets   78,589     76,668 
    
Property, plant and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization   398,747      402,252 
Goodwill   119,899     118,976 
Intangible assets, net   8,425     9,252 
Restricted assets   1,762     2,251 
Cost method investments   12,333     12,333 
Other non-current assets   11,866     11,937 
    
Total assets$  631,621  $  633,669 
        
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' DEFICIT       
        
CURRENT LIABILITIES:       
Current maturities of long-term debt and capital leases$  1,411  $  1,448 
Accounts payable   46,037     44,921 
Other accrued liabilities   37,186     38,977 
Total current liabilities   84,634     85,346 
    
Long-term debt and capital leases, less current maturities   501,804     505,985 
Other long-term liabilities   67,372     63,935 
    
Total stockholders' deficit   (22,189)    (21,597)
    
Total liabilities and stockholders' deficit$  631,621  $  633,669 

 

    
CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(Unaudited) 
(In thousands) 
    
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2016   2015 
    
 Cash Flows from Operating Activities:    
 Net loss $  (2,422) $  (7,021)
 Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities -      
 Depreciation and amortization    30,255     29,990 
 Depletion of landfill operating lease obligations    4,443     4,359 
 Interest accretion on landfill and environmental remediation liabilities    1,782     1,704 
 Amortization of debt issuance costs and discount on long-term debt    2,079     1,999 
 Stock-based compensation expense    1,622     1,435 
 Gain on sale of property and equipment    (520)    (93)
 Divestiture transactions    -     (5,611)
 Loss on debt extinguishment    545     521 
 Loss on derivative instruments    -     198 
 Excess tax benefit on the vesting of share based awards    -     (153)
 Deferred income taxes    303     416 
 Changes in assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions and divestitures    (2,502)    (3,855)
 Net cash provided by operating activities    35,585     23,889 
 Cash Flows from Investing Activities:    
 Acquistions, net of cash acquired    (2,439 )    - 
 Acquisition related additions to property, plant and equipment    (38)    - 
 Additions to property, plant and equipment    (23,460)    (16,311)
 Payments on landfill operating lease contracts    (3,326)    (1,425)
 Proceeds from divestiture transactions    -     5,335 
 Proceeds from sale of property and equipment    957     259 
 Proceeds from property insurance settlement    -     546 
 Net cash used in investing activities    (28,306)    (11,596)
 Cash Flows from Financing Activities:    
 Proceeds from long-term borrowings    126,000     231,728 
 Principal payments on long-term debt    (132,716)    (239,340)
 Payments of debt issuance costs    (682)    (8,063)
 Payments of debt extinguishment costs    (310)    - 
 Excess tax benefit on the vesting of share based awards    -     153 
 Change in restricted cash    499     5,677 
 Distribution to noncontrolling interest holder    -      (1,495)
 Net cash used in financing activities    (7,209)    (11,340)
 Net increase in cash and cash equivalents    70     953 
 Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period    2,312     2,205 
 Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $  2,382  $  3,158 
    
 Supplemental Disclosures of Cash Flow Information:    
 Cash interest $  18,394  $  17,063 
 Cash income taxes, net of refunds $  203  $  55 
    
 Supplemental Disclosures of Non-Cash Investing and Financing Activities:    
 Non-current assets obtained through long-term obligations $  866  $  - 

 

CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES 
RECONCILIATION OF CERTAIN NON-GAAP MEASURES 
(Unaudited) 
(In thousands) 
        
        
Following is a reconciliation of Net Income (Loss) to Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Operating Income: 
        
  Three Months Ended
June 30,
  Six Months Ended
June 30, 
  2016   2015   2016   2015 
        
Net income (loss) $   5,192   $   943   $   (2,422) $   (7,021)
Provision for income taxes   230      318     81     914 
Other income   (363)    (46)    (504)    (209)
Loss on derivative instruments   -      47     -     198 
Loss on debt extinguishment   593     -     545     521 
Interest expense, net   9,944     10,080     19,870     20,065 
Divestiture transactions   -     (677)    -     (5,611)
Depreciation and amortization   15,802      16,241     30,255     29,990 
Proxy contest costs   -     284     -     284 
Depletion of landfill operating lease obligations   2,493     2,669     4,443     4,359 
Interest accretion on landfill and environmental remediation liabilities   896     856     1,782     1,704 
Adjusted EBITDA $   34,787   $   30,715   $   54,050   $   45,194  
Depreciation and amortization   (15,802)    (16,241)    (30,255)    (29,990)
Depletion of landfill operating lease obligations   (2,493)    (2,669)    (4,443)    (4,359)
Interest accretion on landfill and environmental remediation liabilities   (896)    (856)    (1,782)    (1,704)
Adjusted Operating Income $   15,596   $   10,949   $   17,570   $   9,141  
        
 
Following is a reconciliation of Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities to Free Cash Flow and Normalized Free Cash Flow: 
 
 Three Months Ended
June 30,
 Six Months Ended
June 30,
  2016   2015   2016    2015 
Net Cash Provided By Operating Activities$   33,861   $   29,584   $   35,585    $   23,889  
Capital expenditures   (13,612)    (11,867)    (23,460)    (16,311)
Payments on landfill operating lease contracts   (2,826)    (947)    (3,326)    (1,425)
Proceeds from divestiture transactions   -      785     -      5,335 
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment    598     170     957     259 
Proceeds from property insurance settlement   -      546     -      546 
Distribution to noncontrolling interest holder   -      -      -      (1,495)
Free Cash Flow $   18,021   $   18,271   $   9,756   $   10,798  
Landfill closure, site improvement and remediation expenditures (i)   -      319     -     553 
Net cash proceeds from CARES dissolution (ii)   -      -      -     (3,055)
Normalized Free Cash Flow $   18,021   $   18,590   $   9,756   $   8,296  
        
(i) Includes cash outlays associated with Worcester landfill capping. 
(ii) Includes cash proceeds and cash distribution associated with the dissolution of CARES. 

 

 CASELLA WASTE SYSTEMS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES  
 SUPPLEMENTAL DATA TABLES  
 (Unaudited)  
 (In thousands)  
          
 Amounts of our total revenues attributable to services provided for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015 are as follows: 
          
   Three Months Ended June 30, 
    
2016
  % of Total
Revenue
  
2015
 % of Total
Revenue
 
 Collection  $  63,685   44.0% $  60,636  42.2% 
 Disposal    39,384   27.2%    44,064  30.6% 
 Power generation    1,460   1.0%    1,564   1.1% 
 Processing    1,747   1.3%    1,665  1.2% 
 Solid waste operations    106,276    73.5%    107,929   75.1% 
 Organics    12,171   8.4%    10,847  7.5% 
 Customer solutions    13,407   9.3%    13,476  9.4% 
 Recycling    12,816   8.8%     11,462  8.0% 
 Total revenues $   144,670    100.0%  $   143,714   100.0% 
          
   Six Months Ended June 30, 
    
2016
  % of Total
Revenue
  
2015
 % of Total
Revenue
 
 Collection  $  121,536   45.0% $  113,962  43.8% 
 Disposal    71,637   26.5%    71,831  27.6% 
 Power generation    3,167   1.2%    3,612  1.4% 
 Processing    2,720    1.0%    2,785  1.0% 
 Solid waste operations    199,060    73.7%    192,190   73.8% 
 Organics    21,106   7.8%    19,867  7.6% 
 Customer solutions     26,483   9.8%    26,479  10.2% 
 Recycling    23,454   8.7%    21,756  8.4% 
 Total revenues $   270,103    100.0% $   260,292   100.0% 
          
 Components of revenue growth for the three months ended June 30, 2016 compared to the three months ended June 30, 2015 are as follows: 
          
   
Amount
 % of Related
Business
 % of Solid Waste
Operations
% of Total
Company
 
 Solid Waste Operations:        
 Collection $  2,921   4.8%  2.7% 2.0% 
 Disposal    830    1.9%  0.8% 0.6% 
 Solid Waste Price    3,751      3.5% 2.6% 
          
 Collection    302     0.3% 0.2% 
 Disposal    (6,293)    -5.8% -4.4% 
 Processing     16     0.0% 0.0% 
 Solid Waste Volume    (5,975)    -5.5% -4.2% 
           
 Fuel surcharge    (35)    0.0% 0.0% 
 Commodity price & volume    (32)    0.0% 0.0% 
 Acquisitions, net divestitures    638     0.5% 0.4% 
 Total Solid Waste    (1,653)    -1.5% -1.2% 
           
 Organics    1,324        1.0% 
          
 Customer Solutions    (69)     0.0% 
          
 Recycling Operations:     % of Recycling
Operations
  
 Price    1,103     9.6%  0.7% 
 Volume    251     2.2% 0.2% 
 Total Recycling    1,354      11.8% 0.9% 
          
 Total Company $   956       0.7% 
          
 Solid Waste Internalization Rates by Region for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015 are as follows: 
          
   Three Months Ended June 30,
 Six Months Ended June 30,
 
    2016   2015    2016  2015  
 Eastern region  53.0%  48.1%  49.2 % 46.5% 
 Western region  75.6%  74.0%  74.3% 73.0% 
 Solid waste internalization  63.7%  60.4%   60.9% 59.1% 
          
          
 Components of Capital Expenditures for the three and six months ended June 30, 2016 and 2015 are as follows (iv): 
           
   Three Months Ended June 30, Six Months Ended June 30, 
    2016   2015   2016  2015  
 Total Growth Capital Expenditures $   2,116   $   1,711   $    3,462  $   2,449   
          
 Replacement Capital Expenditures:        
 Landfill development $  7,670  $  4,380  $  11,457 $  5,618  
 Vehicles, machinery, equipment and containers    3,150     4,994     7,344    6,707  
 Landfill construction & equipment        -    
 Facilities    526     334     680    503  
 Other    150     448     517    1,034  
 Total Replacement Capital Expenditures$   11,496   $   10,156   $   19,998  $   13,862   
          
 Total Growth and Replacement Capital Expenditures$   13,612   $   11,867   $   23,460  $   16,311   
          
 (iv) Our capital expenditures are broadly defined as pertaining to either growth, replacement or acquisition activities. Growth capital expenditures are defined as costs related to development of new airspace, permit expansions, and new recycling contracts along with incremental costs of equipment and infrastructure added to further such activities. Growth capital expenditures include the cost of equipment added directly as a result of organic business growth as well as expenditures associated with adding infrastructure to increase throughput at transfer stations and recycling facilities. Replacement capital expenditures are defined as landfill cell construction costs not related to expansion airspace, costs for normal permit renewals, and replacement costs for equipment due to age or obsolescence. Acquisition capital expenditures, which are not included in the table above, are defined as costs of equipment added directly as a result of new business growth related to an acquisition.  
          

 

 

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