G&K Services Reports Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Results

G&K Services Reports Fiscal 2013 Third Quarter Results

Earnings Per Diluted Share Grow 33 Percent to a Record $0.69

Operating Margin Improves 190 Basis Points to 9.4 Percent


G&K Increases Full-Year Earnings Guidance

MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- G&K Services, Inc. (Nasdaq: GK) today reported operating results for the third quarter of its fiscal year 2013, which ended on March 30, 2013. Third quarter revenue grew by 3.6 percent to $226.6 million, up from $218.8 million in last year's third quarter, driven by solid growth in rental operations, partially offset by lower revenue in direct sales. Third quarter net earnings per diluted share grew 33 percent to a record $0.69, up from adjusted earnings of $0.52 per diluted share in the prior-year period. Adjusted earnings in the prior-year period excluded charges of $0.78 per share (see reconciliation table). Including these charges, the company recorded a net loss of $0.26 per share in the prior-year period.

"Our team delivered another terrific quarter, achieving a new all-time high for quarterly earnings per share," said Douglas A. Milroy, Chief Executive Officer. "The execution of our game plan continues to produce substantial margin improvements. We're also pleased with the company's success in managing working capital and converting our improved earnings into strong cash flow."

Income Statement Review

Third quarter revenue from rental operations grew 4.9 percent to $210.0 million, up from $200.2 million in the prior-year quarter. The rental organic growth rate, which adjusts for the impact of currency exchange rate differences, acquisitions and divestitures, was 3.8 percent. Acquisitions, along with currency exchange rates, added 1.1 percent to rental growth during the quarter. Third quarter revenue from direct sales was $16.6 million, down from $18.6 million in the prior-year, primarily due to lower catalog sales.

Operating margin expanded to 9.4 percent, a 190 basis point improvement from the 7.5 percent adjusted operating margin in last year's third quarter. Adjusted operating margin in the prior-year period excluded the impact of the previously mentioned charges. Including these charges, operating margin in the prior-year quarter was negative 4.4 percent. The improvement in this quarter's operating margin was primarily driven by increased operating leverage from revenue growth, productivity improvements in rental production and delivery, and lower health insurance costs. Direct sale gross margin also improved compared to the prior year, primarily due to a change in sales mix and productivity gains in our distribution centers.

Earnings benefited from lower interest expense, which was $1.1 million, down from $1.5 million in the prior-year period, primarily due to a lower effective interest rate, partially offset by higher total debt. The effective tax rate in the quarter was 32.7 percent, benefitting from the resolution of a prior-year IRS audit.

Balance Sheet and Cash Flow

The company ended the third quarter with total debt, net of cash, of $158.4 million, and a debt to total capital ratio of 29.4 percent. The company reduced its debt by $33 million during the quarter. Total stockholders' equity at the end of the quarter was $450.3 million.

Cash flow in the quarter was exceptionally strong. Cash provided by operating activities for the nine months ended March 30, 2013 was $82.6 million, more than double the $39.4 million in the first nine months of the prior-year. The stronger cash flow was primarily due to higher net income and improvements in working capital, especially lower investments in inventory. These improvements were partially offset by higher tax payments in the current year. Capital expenditures for the first nine months of the fiscal year were $27.5 million, slightly higher than the $25.9 million in the prior-year.

Outlook

The company is maintaining its full-year revenue guidance in a range of $905 million to $915 million. Based on strong year to date performance and increased confidence in its outlook, the company is raising its full-year earnings guidance to a range of $2.60 to $2.65 per diluted share, up from the previously announced range of $2.50 to $2.60.

Conference Call Information

The company will host a conference call today at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss its financial results and outlook. The call will be webcast and is available in the Investor Relations section of the company's web site at www.gkservices.com. A replay of the call will be available on the company's web site through May 30, 2013.

Safe Harbor for Forward-Looking Statements

Statements made in this press release concerning the company's intentions, expectations or predictions about future results or events are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements reflect the company's current expectations or beliefs, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results or events to vary from stated expectations, which could be material and adverse. You are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements, and the company undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Information concerning potential factors that could affect future financial results is included in the company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

About G&K Services, Inc.

G&K Services, Inc. is a service-focused market leader of branded uniform and facility services programs in the United States, and is the largest such provider in Canada. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, G&K Services has nearly 7,800 employees serving approximately 165,000 customers from 160 facilities in North America. G&K Services is a publicly held company traded over the NASDAQ Global Select Market under the symbol GK and is a component of the Standard & Poor's SmallCap 600 Index. For more information on G&K Services, visit the company's web site at www.gkservices.com.

Comparison of GAAP to Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company reports its consolidated financial results in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). To supplement these consolidated financial results, management believes that certain non-GAAP operating results provide a more meaningful measure on which to compare the company's results of operations between periods. The company believes these non-GAAP results provide useful information to both management and investors by excluding certain amounts that impact comparability of the results. A reconciliation of operating income, net income and earnings per diluted share on a GAAP basis to adjusted earnings per diluted share on a non-GAAP basis is presented in the table below:

Three Months Ended

Three Months Ended

March 30, 2013

March 31, 2012

Operating

Earnings

Operating

Net Income

Earnings

(U.S. Dollars, in thousands, except per share data)

Revenue

Income

Net Income

Per Share

Revenue

Income (Loss)

(Loss)

Per Share

As Reported

$

226,631

$

21,307

$

13,582

$

0.69

$

218,809

$

(9,582

)

$

(4,800

)

$

(0.26

)

Add: Impact of pension withdrawal and associated expenses

-

-

-

-

-

24,004

14,626

0.79

Add: Impact of equitable adjustment to equity based compensation

-

-

-

-

-

1,881

1,241

0.07

Less: Impact of discrete tax event

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,390

)

(0.08

)

As Adjusted

$

226,631

$

21,307

$

13,582

$

0.69

$

218,809

$

16,303

$

9,677

$

0.52

Nine Months Ended

Nine Months Ended

March 30, 2013

March 31, 2012

Operating

Earnings

Operating

Earnings

(U.S. Dollars, in thousands, except per share data)

Revenue

Income

Net Income

Per Share

Revenue

Income

Net Income

Per Share

As Reported

$

678,233

$

63,711

$

38,697

$

1.99

$

645,596

$

22,847

$

12,959

$

0.69

Add: Impact of pension withdrawal and associated expenses

-

-

-

-

-

24,004

14,626

0.78

Add: Impact of equitable adjustment to equity based compensation

-

-

-

-

-

1,881

1,241

0.07

Less: Impact of discrete tax event

-

-

-

-

-

-

(1,390

)

(0.07

)

As Adjusted

$

678,233

$

63,711

$

38,697

$

1.99

$

645,596

$

48,732

$

27,436

$

1.47

* The EPS calculation for the individual adjustments noted above may be different for the three and nine month periods due to the appropriate use of a different weighted average number of shares.

These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with, or an alternative for measures prepared in accordance with, GAAP and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. Investors should consider non-GAAP measures in addition to, and not as a substitute for, or superior to, financial performance measures prepared in accordance with GAAP.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

G&K Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries

(Subject to Reclassification)

For the Three Months Ended

For the Nine Months Ended

(U.S. Dollars, in thousands, except per share data)

March 30, 2013

March 31, 2012

March 30, 2013

March 31, 2012

REVENUES

Rental operations

$

210,037

$

200,238

$

621,348

$

591,071

Direct sales

16,594

18,571

56,885

54,525

Total revenues

226,631

218,809

678,233

645,596

OPERATING EXPENSES

Cost of rental operations

142,898

139,303

423,338

409,240

Cost of direct sales

12,328

14,794

42,215

42,961

Pension withdrawal and associated expenses

-

24,004

-

24,004

Selling and administrative

50,098

50,290

148,969

146,544

Total operating expenses

205,324

228,391

614,522

622,749

INCOME (LOSS) FROM OPERATIONS

21,307

(9,582

)

63,711

22,847

Interest expense

1,127

1,524

3,274

4,784

INCOME (LOSS) BEFORE INCOME TAXES

20,180

(11,106

)

60,437

18,063

Provision (Benefit) for income taxes

6,598

(6,306

)

21,740

5,104

NET INCOME (LOSS)

$

13,582

$

(4,800

)

$

38,697

$

12,959

BASIC EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE

$

0.70

$

(0.26

)

$

2.02

$

0.70

DILUTED EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE

$

0.69

$

(0.26

)

$

1.99

$

0.69

Net Income (loss) available to common stockholders:

Net income (loss)

$

13,582

$

(4,800

)

$

38,697

$

12,959

Less: Income allocable to participating securities

(210

)

-

(590

)

-

Net Income (loss) available to common stockholders

$

13,372

$

(4,800

)

$

38,107

$

12,959

Weighted average number of shares outstanding, basic

19,053

18,502

18,858

18,475

Weighted average number of shares outstanding, diluted

19,430

18,502

19,159

18,665

Dividends declared per share

$

0.195

$

0.130

$

0.585

$

0.390

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

G&K Services, Inc. and Subsidiaries

(Subject to Reclassification)

(U.S. Dollars, in thousands)

March 30, 2013

June 30, 2012

ASSETS

Current Assets

Cash and cash equivalents