ABM Industries Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results

ABM Industries Announces 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full-Year Financial Results

Increases and Accelerates Payment of 187th Consecutive Quarterly Dividend

Fourth Quarter Cash Flow from Operations of $67 Million

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- ABM (NYSE: ABM), a leading provider of integrated facility solutions, today announced financial results for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter and full year that ended October 31, 2012.

Quarter EndedYear Ended
(in millions, except per share data)October 31,IncreaseOctober 31,Increase
(unaudited)   2012   2011  (Decrease) 2012   2011  (Decrease)
Revenues  $1,090.0  $1,081.3  0.8%$4,300.3  $4,246.8  1.3%
Income from continuing operations$27.7$18.252.2%$62.7$68.7(8.7)%
Income from continuing operations per diluted share  $0.50  $0.33  51.5%$1.14  $1.27  (10.2)%
Adjusted income from continuing operations$27.7$20.435.8%$76.1$75.01.5%
Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share  $0.50  $0.37  35.1%$1.39  $1.39  0.0%
Net income$27.7$18.053.9%$62.6$68.5(8.6)%
Net income per diluted share  $0.50  $0.33  51.5%$1.14  $1.27  (10.2)%
Net cash provided by operating activities  $66.8  $75.2  (11.2)%$150.6  $160.0  (5.9)%
Adjusted EBITDA  $50.2  $51.3  (2.1)%$176.4  $184.0  (4.1)%
(This release refers to non-GAAP financial measures described as "Adjusted EBITDA", "Adjusted income from continuing operations", and "Adjusted income from continuing operations per diluted share" (or "Adjusted EPS"). Refer to the accompanying financial tables for supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to certain GAAP financial measures.)

Executive Summary:

  • Revenues were $1.09 billion in the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter, up approximately 1% compared to $1.08 billion last year, as sluggish economic conditions and lower government spending continued to impact operating results.
  • Excluding the Company's government business, revenue grew approximately 2.6% in the fourth quarter.
  • Adjusted income from continuing operations for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter was $0.50 per diluted share, up 35.1% versus $0.37 per diluted share in the prior year. The increase is primarily due to a $0.11 per diluted share net benefit from a one-time discrete tax item.
  • Operating profit for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 increased 9.9% compared to fiscal 2011. All four service-line segments generated higher operating profit with Facility Solutions achieving a year-over-year increase of 13.2%.
  • Net cash flow from continuing operations was $66.8 million for fiscal 2012 fourth quarter, compared to $75.2 million for the same period last year. Fiscal 2012 fourth quarter income taxes paid increased by $4.8 million.
  • Outstanding borrowings under the Company's credit facility decreased by $37.0 million in the fourth quarter and for the fiscal year by $85.0 million from $300 million to $215 million.

Fourth Quarter Results and Recent Events

"Our fourth quarter and fiscal year-end operational results were in-line with our revised guidance and cash flow from operations was again very strong," said ABM's president and chief executive officer Henrik Slipsager. "On a year-over-year basis, we generated higher revenues on a consolidated basis as we benefited from new business in Janitorial, Security and Parking. Revenue for Facility Solutions continued to be negatively impacted by diminished sales to the U.S. Government, which decreased 34% year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2012. Excluding the government business, consolidated revenue grew approximately 2.6%."

Slipsager continued, "Operating profit for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter was $36.7 million, a $3.3 million or 9.9% increase from $33.4 million in the same period last year. The increase in operating profit is primarily due to new business in the Janitorial and Facility Solutions segments. For the quarter, Facility Solutions achieved a 13.2% increase in operating profit compared to fiscal 2011. Cash flow from operations continued to be strong with ABM generating $66.8 million for the fourth quarter and $150.6 million for the fiscal year. This marks the third consecutive year the company generated cash flow from operations of $150 million or more. A significant achievement, especially when you consider cash flow from operations was $68 million in fiscal 2008."

James Lusk, executive vice president and chief financial officer, added, "The Company's strong cash flow generation for the fiscal year enabled us to reduce debt levels by $85 million since the end of fiscal 2011 and to continue to return value to shareholders through the payment of a quarterly cash dividend. After fiscal year-end, we closed three strategic acquisitions for an aggregate purchase price of approximately $199 million. These transactions were funded by borrowings under our $650 million credit facility and excluding transaction and integration costs, are expected to be slightly accretive for fiscal 2013."

Interest expense for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter was $2.3 million, a $1.0 million decrease from $3.3 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 due to lower average borrowings and lower average interest rates on the Company's credit facility.

The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2012 was 21.8%, compared to 41.8% in the same period last year. As previously communicated, the tax provision for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 included a one-time discrete tax benefit.

Slipsager observed, "Fiscal 2012 results were adversely impacted by the early withdrawal of troops from Iraq and one additional workday, which negatively impacts the Janitorial segment because of fixed price contracts, compared to fiscal 2011. Despite this, we ended the fiscal year with improved operational results and sales as we continued to focus on managing operating margins and building on investments we made in a number of key initiatives to drive long-term growth."

Fiscal 2012 Results

The Company reported revenues for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2012 of $4.30 billion, a 1.3% increase compared to year-ago revenues of $4.25 billion. Income from continuing operations for the fiscal year 2012 was $62.7 million, or $1.14 per diluted share, compared to $68.7 million, or $1.27 per diluted share, for the fiscal year 2011.

Adjusted income from continuing operations for the fiscal year 2012 was $76.1 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, essentially flat, compared to $75.0 million, or $1.39 per diluted share, for the fiscal year 2011.

Strategy Update

Slipsager concluded, "We continue to focus on our long-term strategic goals and are pleased with the progress we are making. The recent acquisitions of Air Serv and HHA along with our initial steps to streamline internal assets and focus resources on vertical markets are improving our long-term growth prospects. The acquisition of Air Serv strengthens ABM's position in the aviation vertical with over $650 million in annual revenue and their European operations will serve as a strategic base as we seek to expand our global presence in other verticals. With the HHA transaction, ABM has consolidated and strengthened our healthcare capabilities considerably. These acquisitions along with the investments and acquisitions we have made in our on-demand and mobile businesses uniquely position ABM to meet the long-term growth opportunities in the facility services industry."


The Company also announced that the Board of Directors has declared a first quarter cash dividend of $0.15 per common share - which is a 3.4% increase - payable on December 28, 2012 to stockholders of record on December 21, 2012. This will be ABM's 187th consecutive quarterly cash dividend.


At this time, given the economic and government spending uncertainties relating to possible sequestration under the Budget Control Act of 2011, commonly referred to as the "fiscal cliff", the Company is not providing guidance for fiscal year 2013. The Company anticipates providing guidance in March 2013, when it reports results of its first fiscal quarter.

Earnings Webcast

On Tuesday, December 11, at 9:00 a.m. (EST), ABM will host a live webcast of remarks by president and chief executive officer Henrik Slipsager, executive vice president and chief financial officer James Lusk, executive vice president Jim McClure, and executive vice president Tracy Price. A supplemental presentation will accompany the webcast and will be accessible through the Investor Relations portion of ABM's website by clicking on the "Presentations" tab.

The webcast will be accessible at:http://investor.abm.com/eventdetail.cfm?eventid=122025

Listeners are asked to be online at least 15 minutes early to register, as well as to download and install any complimentary audio software that might be required. Following the call, the webcast will be available at this URL for a period of 90 days.

In addition to the webcast, a limited number of toll-free telephone lines will also be available for listeners who are among the first to call (877) 664-7395 within 15 minutes before the event. Telephonic replays will be accessible during the period from two hours to seven days after the call by dialing (855) 859-2056 and then entering ID #73360625.

Earnings Webcast Presentation

In connection with the webcast to discuss earnings (see above), a slide presentation related to earnings and operations will be available on the Company's website at www.abm.com and can be accessed through the Investor Relations section of ABM's website by clicking on the "Presentations" tab.


ABM (NYS: ABM) is a leading provider of integrated facility solutions. Thousands of commercial, industrial, government and retail clients outsource their non-core functions to ABM for consistent quality service that meets their specialized facility needs. ABM's comprehensive capabilities include expansive facility services, energy solutions, commercial cleaning, maintenance and repair, HVAC, electrical, landscaping, parking and security, provided through stand-alone or integrated solutions. With more than $4 billion in revenues and 100,000 employees deployed throughout the United States and various international locations, ABM delivers custom facility solutions to meet the unique client requirements of multiple industries -- ranging from healthcare, government and education to high-tech, aviation and manufacturing. ABM leverages its breadth of services, deep industry expertise and technology-enabled workforce to preserve and build value for clients' physical assets. ABM Industries Incorporated, which operates through its subsidiaries, was founded in 1909. For more information, visit www.abm.com.

Cautionary Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This press release contains forward-looking statements that set forth management's anticipated results based on management's current plans and assumptions. Any number of factors could cause the Company's actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These factors include but are not limited to the following: (1) risks relating to our acquisition strategy may adversely impact our results of operations; (2) our strategy of moving to an integrated facility solutions provider platform, focusing on vertical market strategy, may not generate the growth in revenues or profitability that we expect;(3) we are subject to intense competition that can constrain our ability to gain business, as well as our profitability; (4) increases in costs that we cannot pass on to clients could affect our profitability; (5) we have high deductibles for certain insurable risks and, therefore, are subject to volatility associated with those risks; (6) we primarily provide our services pursuant to agreements which are cancelable by either party upon 30 to 90 days' notice; (7) our success depends on our ability to preserve our long-term relationships with clients; (8) our international business exposes us to additional risks; (9) we conduct some of our operations through joint ventures and our ability to do business may be affected by the failure of our joint venture partners to perform their obligations or the improper conduct of joint venture employees, joint venture partners or agents; (10) significant delays or reductions in appropriations for our government contracts as well as changes in government and client priorities and requirements (including cost-cutting, the potential deferral of awards, reductions or terminations of expenditures in response to the priorities of Congress and the Executive Office, or budgetary cuts) may negatively affect our business, and could have a material adverse effect on our financial position, results of operations or cash flows; (11) negative or unexpected tax consequences could adversely affect our results of operations; (12) we are subject to business continuity risks associated with centralization of certain administrative functions; (13) a decline in commercial office building occupancy and rental rates could affect our revenues and profitability;(14) deterioration in economic conditions in general could further reduce the demand for facility services and, as a result, could reduce our earnings and adversely affect our financial condition; (15) a variety of factors could adversely affect the results of operations of our building and energy services business; (16) financial difficulties or bankruptcy of one or more of our major clients could adversely affect our results; (17) our ability to operate and pay our debt obligations depends upon our access to cash; (18) future declines in the fair value of our investments in auction rate securities could negatively impact our earnings; (19) uncertainty in the credit markets may negatively impact our costs of borrowing, our ability to collect receivables on a timely basis and our cash flow; (20) we incur accounting a and other control costs that reduce profitability; (21) sequestration under the Budget Control Act of 2011 or alternative measures that may be adopted in lieu of sequestration may negatively impact our business; (22) any future increase in the level of debt or in interest rates can negatively affect our results of operations; (23) an impairment charge could have a material adverse effect on our financial condition and results of operations; (24) we are defendants in a number of class and representative actions or other lawsuits alleging various claims that could cause us to incur substantial liabilities; (25) federal health care reform legislation may adversely affect our business and results of operations; (26) changes in immigration laws or enforcement actions or investigations under such laws could significantly adversely affect our labor force, operations and financial results; (27) labor disputes could lead to loss of revenues or expense variations; (28) we participate in multi-employer pension plans which under certain circumstances could result in material liabilities being incurred; and (29) natural disasters or acts of terrorism could disrupt services.

Additional information regarding these and other risks and uncertainties the Company faces is contained in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2011 and in other reports the Company files from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Use of Non-GAAP Financial Information

To supplement ABM's consolidated financial information, the Company has presented income from continuing operations, as adjusted for items impacting comparability, for the fourth quarter and twelve months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011. These adjustments have been made with the intent of providing financial measures that give management and investors a better understanding of the underlying operational results and trends as well as ABM's marketplace performance. In addition, the Company has presented earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization and excluding discontinued operations and items impacting comparability (adjusted EBITDA) for the fourth quarter and twelve months of fiscal years 2012 and 2011. Adjusted EBITDA is among the indicators management uses as a basis for planning and forecasting future periods. The presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States. (See accompanying financial tables for supplemental financial data and corresponding reconciliations to certain GAAP financial measures.)

Quarter Ended October 31,Increase
(In thousands, except per share data)   2012    2011   (Decrease)
Selling, general and administrative79,57182,356(3.4)%
Amortization of intangible assets   5,280    5,975   (11.6)%
 Total expenses   1,053,267    1,047,923   0.5%
Operating profit36,73433,4209.9%
Income from unconsolidated affiliates, net1,0151,130(10.2)%
Interest expense   (2,317)   (3,328)  (30.4)%
Income from continuing operations
before income taxes35,43231,22213.5%
Provision for income taxes   (7,727)   (13,040)  (40.7)%
Income from continuing operations27,70518,18252.4%
Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes   (42)   (134)  (68.7)%
Net income  $27,663   $18,048   53.3%
Net income per common share - basic
Income from continuing operations$0.51$0.3450.0%
 Loss from discontinued operations, net of taxes   -    -   - 
 Net income  $0.51   $0.34   50.0%
Net income per common share - diluted