Carriage Services, Inc.
Aug 4, 2015

Carriage Services Announces Record Results For Second Quarter 2015 and Raises Rolling Four Quarter Outlook

HOUSTON, Aug. 4, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- (NYSE: CSV) Melvin C. Payne, Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We achieved record second quarter results with Adjusted Net Income of $6.4 million equal to Adjusted Diluted EPS of $0.34 and Adjusted Net Income Margin of 10.8% on record revenue of $59.3 million.  While the second quarter revenue and earnings increases over last year were all modest in the 3% - 5% range, the large increases comprising our record high performance for the first six months continues to reflect the maturity and effectiveness of Carriage as an operating and consolidation platform that has also become a superior value creation investment platform. We are producing record amounts of Adjusted Free Cash Flow, i.e. $13.9 million for the second quarter and $25.4 million for the first six months, primarily a function of our increasing cash earning power as reflected by our historically high Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin of 30.1% for the first six months of 2015. Shown below are the highlights of our three and six months performance (in millions):

Three Months ended June 30, 2015

  • Total Revenue of $59.3 million, an increase of 4.9%;
  • Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA of $17.2 million, an increase of 5.4%;
  • Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin increased 10 basis points to 29.0%;
  • Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share of $0.34, an increase of 3.0%;
  • Adjusted Net Profit Margin up 10 basis points to 10.8%; and
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $13.9 million.

Six Months ended June 30, 2015

  • Total Revenue of $122.5 million, an increase of 9.2%;
  • Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA of $36.9 million, an increase of 17.3%;
  • Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin up 210 basis points to 30.1%;
  • Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share of $0.76, an increase of 18.8%;
  • Adjusted Net Profit Margin up 130 basis points to 11.8%; and
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow of $25.4 million, an increase of 30.9%.

Since launching the first five year phase of our Good To Great Journey at the beginning of 2012, our goal has been to create a high performance culture driven by a strong and uniquely collaborative leadership team dynamic in our Houston home office. We initially created the Operations and Support Leadership Team (OSLT) that has since evolved into the Operations and Strategic Growth Leadership Team (OSGLT), a small group of leaders representing all major functional areas of Carriage.  We have gone through several organizational structure and responsibility changes within OSGLT since January 1, 2012, each of which was designed to raise and accelerate the high and sustainable financial performance required by the Carriage Good To Great Journey. We recently completed another leadership reorganization, as our OSGLT members were reduced from fifteen active members to ten and a significant number of department or functional groups were placed under new leadership within the OSGLT.  A  primary by-product of these organizational changes will be much less overhead and improved execution of our three models in the future.

In May we announced that Bill Heiligbrodt will officially retire as a full time employee of Carriage on March 4, 2016, after which he will serve as a consultant for two more years to me and other members of our Operations and Strategic Growth Leadership Team. While Bill has officially transitioned his executive officer roles to Viki Blinderman and Ben Brink as Co-CFO's, he continues to actively serve as an advisory member of our OSGLT and Board of Directors.

Our revised Strategic Acquisition Model methodologies are being actively implemented both by Dave DeCarlo's Corporate Development Team and by the various support teams in Houston. We remain highly optimistic that our focus on the best remaining independent businesses in the best strategic markets and areas will result in long-term high single digit annual compound revenue growth with much higher rates of growth in Adjusted Diluted EPS and Free Cash Flow over time because of the highly efficient leveraging dynamics of Carriage as a deathcare operations and consolidation platform.

We have concluded that allocation of our increasing Adjusted Free Cash Flow should  include repurchasing common shares when the price does not fully reflect the cash earning power and intrinsic value of our company, which we believe is currently the case. Accordingly, we recently announced that our Board approved a $25 million common share repurchase program.  We will repurchase shares under this plan from time to time as long as we can buy our shares at prices under what we consider 'fair value', a capital allocation strategy option that was initiated in the second quarter with the repurchase of 125,000 shares for $3.1 million. We will continue to prioritize the allocation of our Adjusted Free Cash Flow toward the goal of acquiring the best remaining independent funeral and cemetery businesses in the best strategic markets in the country and on exceptional internal growth projects.

To reflect primarily the overhead benefits of recent organizational changes, we are raising our Rolling Four Quarter Outlook of Adjusted Diluted Earnings per share to $1.57 - $1.61 from $1.55 - $1.59 at the end of the first quarter," concluded Mr. Payne.

FIELD OPERATIONS

Three Months Ended June 30, 2015 compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2014


  • Total Field Revenue increased 4.9% to $59.3 million;
  • Total Field EBITDA increased 5.3% to $23.6 million;
  • Total Field EBITDA Margin increased 10 basis points to 39.7%;

  • Total Funeral Operating Revenue increased 6.2% to $42.3 million;
  • Same Store Funeral Revenue increased 1.8% with same store volume increasing 0.1%;
  • Acquisition Funeral Revenue increased 21.9% with acquisition volume increasing 18.9%;
  • Total Funeral Field EBITDA increased 9.2% to $15.3 million;
  • Total Funeral Field EBITDA Margin increased 100 basis points to 36.2%;

  • Total Cemetery Operating Revenue increased 4.1% to $12.2 million;
  • Cemetery pre-need property sale contracts decreased 4.6% to 2,110;
  • Preneed property revenue recognized increased 0.4% and At-need revenue increased 5.6%;
  • Total Cemetery Field EBITDA increased 3.3% to $3.8 million;
  • Total Cemetery Field EBITDA Margin decreased 20 basis points to 31.4%;

  • Total Financial Revenue decreased 3.7% to $4.8 million;
  • Funeral Financial Revenue decreased 6.5% to $2.2 million;
  • Cemetery Financial Revenue decreased 1.2% to $2.6 million;
  • Total Financial EBITDA decreased 4.8% to $4.4 million;
  • Total Financial EBITDA Margin decreased 100 basis points to 92.3%.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2015 compared to Six Months Ended June 30, 2014

  • Total Field Revenue increased 9.2% to $122.5 million;
  • Total Field EBITDA increased 13.1% to $51.1 million;
  • Total Field EBITDA Margin increased 140 basis points to 41.7%;

  • Total Funeral Operating Revenue increased 10.5% to $89.9 million;
  • Same Store Funeral Revenue increased 4.2% with same store volume increasing 2.5%;
  • Acquisition Funeral Revenue increased 35.4% with acquisition volume increasing 33.5%;
  • Total Funeral Field EBITDA increased 16.4% to $34.8 million;
  • Total Funeral Field EBITDA Margin increased 200 basis points to 38.7%;

  • Total Cemetery Operating Revenue increased 8.4% to $23.3 million;
  • Cemetery pre-need property sale contracts increased 10.2% to 4,250;
  • Preneed property revenue recognized increased 11.6% and At-need revenue increased 6.0%;
  • Total Cemetery Field EBITDA increased 17.5% to $7.7 million;
  • Total Cemetery Field EBITDA Margin increased 260 basis points to 33.0%;

  • Total Financial Revenue decreased 0.1% to $9.4 million;
  • Funeral Financial Revenue decreased 1.6% to $4.8 million;
  • Cemetery Financial Revenue increased 1.6% to $4.6 million;
  • Total Financial EBITDA decreased 1.3% to $8.6 million;
  • Total Financial EBITDA Margin decreased 110 basis points to 92.4%.

ADJUSTED FREE CASH FLOW

We produced Adjusted Free Cash Flow from operations for the three and six months ended June 30, 2015 of $13.9 million and $25.4 million, respectively, compared to Adjusted Free Cash Flow from operations of $13.9 million and $19.4 million for the corresponding periods in 2014. A reconciliation of Cash Flow Provided by Operations to Adjusted Free Cash Flow for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2015 is as follows (in millions):


Three Months Ended
June 30,


Six Months Ended
June 30,



2014


2015


2014


2015

Cash flow provided by operations

$

14.9



$

15.7



$

13.3



$

28.3


Cash used for maintenance capital expenditures

(1.7)



(3.0)



(2.6)



(4.8)


Free Cash Flow

$

13.2



$

12.7



$

10.7



$

23.5










Plus: Incremental Special Items:








Adjustment for tax benefit from Good to Great stock awards





4.8




Acquisition and divestiture expenses

0.3





1.0



0.5


Severance costs

0.4



0.5



0.7



0.6


Consulting fees



0.7



0.3



0.8


Other incentive compensation





1.0




Premium paid for the redemption of convertible junior subordinated debentures





0.9




Adjusted Free Cash Flow

$

13.9



$

13.9



$

19.4



$

25.4


ROLLING FOUR QUARTER OUTLOOK

The Rolling Four Quarter Outlook ("Outlook") reflects management's opinion on the performance of the portfolio of existing businesses, including performance of existing trusts, plus likely acquisitions for the Rolling Four Quarter Outlook period ending June 30, 2016. This Outlook is not intended to be management estimates or forecasts of our future performance, as we believe such precise rolling estimates will be precisely wrong all the time. Rather our intent and goal is to reflect a "roughly right range" most of the time of future Rolling Four Quarter Outlook performance as we execute our Standards Operating, Strategic Acquisition and 4E Leadership Models over time.

ROLLING FOUR QUARTER OUTLOOK - Period Ending June 30, 2016



Range
(in millions, except per share amounts)

Revenues


$250 - $254

Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA


$71 - $75

Adjusted Net Income


$29 - $31

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share(1)


$1.57 - $1.61

Factors affecting our analysis include, among others, number, size and timing of closing of acquisitions, funeral contract volumes, average revenue per funeral service, cemetery interment volumes, preneed cemetery sales, capital expenditures, execution of our funeral and cemetery Standards Operating Model, Strategic Acquisition Model, Withdrawable Trust Income and changes in Federal Reserve monetary policy. Revenues, Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA, Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share for the four quarter period ending June 30, 2016 are expected to improve relative to the trailing four quarter period ending June 30, 2015 for the following reasons:

  • Increases in Acquired Funeral Revenue and Acquired Funeral Field EBITDA;
  • Increases in Acquired Cemetery Revenue and Acquired Cemetery Field EBITDA;
  • Modest increases in Same Store Funeral Revenue and Same Store Funeral Field EBITDA;
  • Increases in Same Store Cemetery Revenue and Same Store Cemetery Field EBITDA;
  • Incremental increases in Financial Revenue and Financial EBITDA from trust funds; and
  • Modest decreases in Overhead as a percentage of Revenue.

 

(1)

The Rolling Four Quarter Outlook on Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share does not include any changes to our fully diluted share count that could occur related to a stock price increase and EPS dilution calculations related to our convertible notes and outstanding and exercisable stock options.

TRUST FUND PERFORMANCE

For the six months ended June 30, 2015, Carriage's discretionary trust funds gained 3.6% compared to our 70/30 index benchmark of 2.1%.  The current yield on Carriage's discretionary fixed income portfolio, which comprises 65% of discretionary trust assets, is 7.3% and the estimated annual income for the discretionary portfolio is approximately $10.3 million.

Shown below are consolidated performance metrics for the combined trust fund portfolios (preneed funeral, cemetery merchandise and services and cemetery perpetual care) at key dates.

Investment Performance



Investment Performance(1)


Index Performance



Discretionary

Total Trust


S&P 500 Stock Index

High Yield Index

70/30 index Benchmark(2)









6 months ended 6/30/15


3.6%

3.2%


1.2%

2.5%

2.1%

1 year ended 12/31/14


8.3%

7.9%


13.7%

2.5%

5.8%

2 years ended 12/31/14


23.8%

22.7%


50.4%

10.1%

22.2%

3 years ended 12/31/14


48.9%

43.7%


74.5%

27.5%

41.6%

4 years ended 12/31/14


44.6%

41.0%


78.1%

33.8%

47.1%

5 years ended 12/31/14


74.5%

66.6%


105.0%

54.1%

69.3%



(1)

Investment performance includes realized income and unrealized appreciation (depreciation).

(2)

The 70/30 Benchmark is 70% weighted to the High Yield Index and 30% weighted to the S&P 500 Stock Index.

 

Asset Allocation as of June 30, 2015
(in thousands)




Discretionary
Trust Funds


Total
Trust Funds

Asset Class



MV

%


MV

%

Cash



$

19,703

10

%


$

35,203

15

%

Equities



47,146

24

%


55,245

24

%

Fixed Income



128,478

64

%


140,959

59

%

Other/Insurance



3,476

2

%


3,668

2

%

Total Portfolios



$

198,803

100

%


$

235,075

100

%

CONFERENCE CALL AND INVESTOR RELATIONS CONTACT

Carriage Services has scheduled a conference call for tomorrow, August 5, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. central time. To participate in the call, please dial 866-516-3867 (ID-76057989) and ask for the Carriage Services conference call.  A replay of the conference call will be available through August 9, 2015 and may be accessed by dialing 855-859-2056 (ID-76057989). The conference call will also be available at www.carriageservices.com. For any investor relations questions, please contact Ben Brink at 713-332-8441.

CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC.

OPERATING AND FINANCIAL TREND REPORT

FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (IN THOUSANDS - EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)










Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014

2015

% Change


2014

2015

% Change









Same Store Contracts








Atneed Contracts

4,892


4,911


0.4

%


10,228


10,455


2.2

%

Preneed Contracts

1,227


1,217


-0.8

%


2,540


2,630


3.5

%

Total Same Store Funeral Contracts

6,119


6,128


0.1

%


12,768


13,085


2.5

%

Acquisition Contracts








Atneed Contracts

1,248


1,442


15.5

%


2,366


3,085


30.4

%

Preneed Contracts

230


315


37.0

%


438


658


50.2

%

Total Acquisition Funeral Contracts

1,478


1,757


18.9

%


2,804


3,743


33.5

%

Total Funeral Contracts

7,597


7,885


3.8

%


15,572


16,828


8.1

%









Funeral Operating Revenue








Same Store Revenue

$

31,199


$

31,769


1.8

%


$

64,863


$

67,604


4.2

%

Acquisition Revenue

8,621


10,513


21.9

%


16,442


22,262


35.4

%

Total Funeral Operating Revenue

$

39,820


$

42,282


6.2

%


$

81,305


$

89,866


10.5

%









Cemetery Operating Revenue








Same Store Revenue

$

11,382


$

11,266


-1.0

%


$

21,094


$

21,534


2.1

%

Acquisition Revenue

334


930


178.4

%


389


1,752


350.4

%

Total Cemetery Operating Revenue

$

11,716


$

12,196


4.1

%


$

21,483


$

23,286


8.4

%









Financial Revenue








Preneed Funeral Commission Income

$

563


$

370


-34.3

%


$

1,127


$

725


-35.7

%

Preneed Funeral Trust Earnings

1,809


1,849


2.2

%


3,725


4,047


8.6

%

Cemetery Trust Earnings

2,276


2,176


-4.4

%


3,860


3,817


-1.1

%

Preneed Cemetery Finance Charges

320


388


21.3

%


657


773


17.7

%

Total Financial Revenue

$

4,968


$

4,783


-3.7

%


$

9,369


$

9,362


-0.1

%

Total Revenue

$

56,504


$

59,261


4.9

%


$

112,157


$

122,514


9.2

%









Field EBITDA








Same Store Funeral Field EBITDA

$

10,878


$

11,415


4.9

%


$

23,768


$

25,953


9.2

%

Same Store Funeral Field EBITDA Margin

34.9

%

35.9

%

100 bp


36.6

%

38.4

%

180 bp

Acquisition Funeral Field EBITDA

3,142


3,898


24.1

%


6,108


8,811


44.3

%

Acquisition Funeral Field EBITDA Margin

36.4

%

37.1

%

70 bp


37.1

%

39.6

%

250 bp

Total Funeral Field EBITDA

$

14,020


$

15,313


9.2

%


$

29,876


$

34,764


16.4

%

Total Funeral Field EBITDA Margin

35.2

%

36.2

%

100 bp


36.7

%

38.7

%

200 bp









Same Store Cemetery Field EBITDA

$

3,568


$

3,537


-0.9

%


$

6,408


$

7,087


10.6

%

Same Store Cemetery Field EBITDA Margin

31.3

%

31.4

%

10 bp


30.4

%

32.9

%

250 bp

Acquisition Cemetery Field EBITDA

134


288


114.9

%


125


588


370.4

%

Acquisition Cemetery Field EBITDA Margin

40.1

%

31.0

%

-910 bp


32.1

%

33.6

%

150 bp

Total Cemetery Field EBITDA

$

3,702


$

3,825


3.3

%


$

6,533


$

7,675


17.5

%

Total Cemetery Field EBITDA Margin

31.6

%

31.4

%

-20 bp


30.4

%

33.0

%

260 bp









Funeral Financial EBITDA

$

2,079


$

1,925


-7.4

%


$

4,305


$

4,196


-2.5

%

Cemetery Financial EBITDA

2,556


2,489


-2.6

%


4,454


4,453


%

Total Financial EBITDA

$

4,635


$

4,414


-4.8

%


$

8,759


$

8,649


-1.3

%

Total Financial EBITDA Margin

93.3

%

92.3

%

-100 bp


93.5

%

92.4

%

-110 bp









Total Field EBITDA

$

22,357


$

23,552


5.3

%


$

45,168


$

51,088


13.1

%

Total Field EBITDA Margin

39.6

%

39.7

%

10 bp


40.3

%

41.7

%

140 bp









 


OPERATING AND FINANCIAL TREND REPORT

FROM CONTINUING OPERATIONS (IN THOUSANDS - EXCEPT PER SHARE AMOUNTS)










Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2014

2015

% Change


2014

2015

% Change









Overhead








Total Variable Overhead

$

1,411


$

1,766


25.2

%


$

5,274


$

4,196


-20.4

%

Total Regional Fixed Overhead

781


884


13.2

%


1,567


1,707


8.9

%

Total Corporate Fixed Overhead

5,085


5,260


3.4

%


10,659


10,613


-0.4

%

Total Overhead

$

7,277


$

7,910


8.7

%


$

17,500


$

16,516


-5.6

%

Overhead as a percent of sales

12.9

%

13.3

%

40 bp


15.6

%

13.5

%

-210 bp









Consolidated EBITDA

$

15,080


$

15,642


3.7

%


$

27,668


$

34,572


25.0

%

Consolidated EBITDA Margin

26.7

%

26.4

%

-30 bp


24.7

%

28.2

%

350 bp









Other Expenses and Interest








Depreciation & Amortization

$

3,029


$

3,365


11.1

%


$

5,785


$

6,687


15.6

%

Non-Cash Stock Compensation

1,263


1,287


1.9

%


1,993


2,376


19.2

%

Interest Expense

2,691


2,492


-7.4

%


5,536


5,042


-8.9

%

Accretion of Discount on Convertible Subordinated Notes

694


851


22.6

%


865


1,678


94.0

%

Loss on Early Extinguishment of Debt

1,042



-100.0

%


1,042



-100.0

%

Loss on Redemption of Convertible Junior Subordinated Debentures





3,779



-100.0

%

Other, Net

(5)


(13)


160.0

%


(373)


106


-128.4

%

Pretax Income

$

6,366


$

7,660


20.3

%


$

9,041


$

18,683


106.6

%

Net Tax Provision

2,483


3,103


25.0

%


3,526


7,708


118.6

%

GAAP Net Income

$

3,883


$

4,557


17.4

%


$

5,515


$

10,975


99.0

%









Special Items, Net of tax except for **








Withdrawable Trust Income

$

366


$

230




$

515


$

230



Acquisition and Divestiture Expenses

168


19




659


354



Severance Costs

268


323




477


407



Consulting Fees

6


445




165


521



Other Incentive Compensation





660




Accretion of Discount on Convertible Subordinated Notes **

694


851




865


1,678



Costs Related to Credit Facility

688





688




Loss on Redemption of Convertible Junior Subordinated Debentures





2,493




Gain on Asset Purchase





(746)




Other Special Items





503


98



Tax Adjustment from Prior Period **






141



Sum of Special Items, Net of tax

$

2,190


$

1,868


-14.7

%


$

6,279


$

3,429


-45.4

%









Adjusted Net Income

$

6,073


$

6,425


5.8

%


$

11,794


$

14,404


22.1

%

Adjusted Net Profit Margin

10.7

%

10.8

%

10 bp


10.5

%

11.8

%

130 bp









Adjusted Basic Earnings Per Share

$

0.33


$

0.35


6.1

%


$

0.64


$

0.78


21.9

%

Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

0.33


$

0.34


3.0

%


$

0.64


$

0.76


18.8

%









GAAP Basic Earnings Per Share

$

0.21


$

0.25


19.0

%


$

0.30


$

0.59


96.7

%

GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share

$

0.21


$

0.24


14.3

%


$

0.30


$

0.57


90.0

%









Weighted Average Basic Shares Outstanding

18,123


18,268




18,054


18,238



Weighted Average Diluted Shares Outstanding

18,247


18,880




18,195


18,844











Reconciliation to Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA








Consolidated EBITDA

$

15,080


$

15,642


3.7

%


$

27,668


$

34,572


25.0

%

Withdrawable Trust Income

554


348




779


348



Acquisition and Divestiture Expenses

255


29




999


537



Severance Costs

406


489




723


616



Consulting Fees

9


673




250


788



Other Incentive Compensation





1,000




Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA

$

16,304


$

17,181


5.4

%


$

31,419


$

36,861


17.3

%

Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin

28.9

%

29.0

%

10 bp


28.0

%

30.1

%

210 bp

 

 

CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(in thousands, except share data)





(unaudited)


December 31, 2014


June 30, 2015

ASSETS




Current assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$

413



$

558


Accounts receivable, net

19,264



16,909


Inventories

5,294



5,502


Prepaid expenses

4,590



3,451


Other current assets

7,144



2,539


Total current assets

36,705



28,959


Preneed cemetery trust investments

71,972



71,894


Preneed funeral trust investments

97,607



96,002


Preneed receivables, net

26,284



26,448


Receivables from preneed trusts, net

12,809



12,939


Property, plant and equipment, net

186,211



205,332


Cemetery property, net

75,564



75,516


Goodwill

257,442



261,291


Deferred charges and other non-current assets

14,264



14,899


Cemetery perpetual care trust investments

48,670



48,620


Total assets

$

827,528



$

841,900






LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current liabilities:




Current portion of long-term debt and capital lease obligations

$

9,838



$

10,705


Accounts payable

6,472



6,639


Other liabilities

1,437



3,698


Accrued liabilities

15,203



12,942


Total current liabilities

32,950



33,984


Long-term debt, net of current portion

111,887



110,571


Revolving credit facility

40,500



46,400


Convertible subordinated notes due 2021

114,542



116,220


Obligations under capital leases, net of current portion

3,098



2,989


Deferred preneed cemetery revenue

56,875



56,298


Deferred preneed funeral revenue

31,265



31,028


Deferred tax liability

36,414



36,353


Other long-term liabilities

2,401



3,601


Deferred preneed cemetery receipts held in trust

71,972



71,894


Deferred preneed funeral receipts held in trust

97,607



96,002


Care trusts' corpus

48,142



48,154


Total liabilities

647,653



653,494


Commitments and contingencies:




Stockholders' equity:




Common stock, $.01 par value; 80,000,000 shares authorized; 22,434,000 and 22,449,000 shares issued at December 31, 2014 and June 30, 2015

224



224


Additional paid-in capital

212,386



213,024


Accumulated deficit

(17,468)



(6,493)


Treasury stock, at cost; 3,922,000 and 4,047,000 shares at December 31, 2014 and June 30, 2015

(15,267)



(18,349)


Total stockholders' equity

179,875



188,406


Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

827,528



$

841,900


 

 

CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share data)



For the Three Months Ended June 30,


For the Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2015


2014


2015









Revenues

$

56,504



$

59,261



$

112,157



$

122,514


Field costs and expenses

38,515



41,013



76,152



82,057


Gross profit

$

17,989



$

18,248



$

36,005



$

40,457


General and administrative expenses

7,201



7,258



16,877



14,948


Operating income

$

10,788



$

10,990



$

19,128



$

25,509


Interest expense, net

(2,686)



(2,479)



(5,531)



(5,148)


Accretion of discount on convertible subordinated notes

(694)



(851)



(865)



(1,678)


Loss on early extinguishment of debt

(1,042)





(1,042)




Loss on redemption of convertible junior subordinated debentures





(3,779)




Other income





1,130




Income from continuing operations before income taxes

$

6,366



$

7,660



$

9,041



$

18,683


Provision for income taxes

(2,483)



(3,103)



(3,526)



(7,708)


Net income from continuing operations

3,883



4,557



5,515



10,975


Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax

(637)





(51)




Net income available to common stockholders

$

3,246



$

4,557



$

5,464



$

10,975










Basic earnings (loss) per common share:








Continuing operations

$

0.21



$

0.25



$

0.30



$

0.59


Discontinued operations

(0.03)








Basic earnings per common share

$

0.18



$

0.25



$

0.30



$

0.59










Diluted earnings (loss) per common share:








Continuing operations

$

0.21



$

0.24



$

0.30



$

0.57


Discontinued operations

(0.04)





(0.01)




Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.17



$

0.24



$

0.29



$

0.57










Dividends declared per common share

$

0.025



$

0.025



$

0.050



$

0.050










Weighted average number of common and common equivalent shares outstanding:








Basic

18,123



18,268



18,054



18,238


Diluted

18,247



18,880



18,195



18,844


 

 

CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(unaudited and in thousands)



For the Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2015

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net income

$

5,464



$

10,975


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:




Gain on sale of businesses and purchase of other assets

(2,039)




Impairment of goodwill

1,180




Loss on early extinguishment of debt

1,042




Depreciation and amortization

5,801



6,687


Amortization of deferred financing costs

456



460


Accretion of discount on convertible subordinated notes

865



1,678


Provision for losses on accounts receivable

1,338



833


Stock-based compensation expense

2,782



2,376


Deferred income tax (benefit) expense

(1,884)



1,452


Loss on redemption of convertible junior subordinated debentures

2,932




Other

(8)




Changes in operating assets and liabilities that provided (required) cash:




Accounts and preneed receivables

(1,783)



1,358


Inventories and other current assets

818



4,062


Deferred charges and other

(174)



117


Preneed funeral and cemetery trust investments

(10,057)



1,603


Accounts payable

(871)



167


Accrued and other liabilities

(2,117)



(953)


Deferred preneed funeral and cemetery revenue

345



(814)


Deferred preneed funeral and cemetery receipts held in trust

9,229



(1,671)


Net cash provided by operating activities

13,319



28,330






Cash flows from investing activities:




Acquisitions and land for new construction

(54,850)



(4,250)


Purchase of land and buildings previously leased

(4,100)



(6,080)


Net proceeds from the sale of businesses and other assets

200




Capital expenditures

(5,593)



(15,285)


Net cash used in investing activities

(64,343)



(25,615)






Cash flows from financing activities:




Net borrowings on the revolving credit facility

5,500



5,900


Net borrowings (payments) on the term loan

8,000



(4,688)


Proceeds from the issuance of convertible subordinated notes

143,750




Payment of debt issuance costs related to the convertible subordinated notes

(4,650)




Payments on other long-term debt and obligations under capital leases

(542)



(401)


Redemption of convertible junior subordinated debentures

(89,748)




Payments for performance-based stock awards

(16,150)




Proceeds from the exercise of stock options and employee stock purchase plan contributions

863



410


Dividends on common stock

(917)



(925)


Payment of loan origination costs related to the credit facility

(797)



(13)


Purchases of treasury stock



(3,082)


Excess tax benefit of equity compensation

5,069



229


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

50,378



(2,570)






Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(646)



145


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

1,377



413


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

731



$

558


 

 

CARRIAGE SERVICES, INC.

CALCULATION OF EARNINGS PER SHARE

(UNAUDITED)

(in thousands, except per share data)



For the Three Months Ended June 30,


For the Six Months Ended June 30,


2014


2015


2014


2015

Numerator for basic and diluted earnings per share:








Numerator from continuing operations








Income from continuing operations

$

3,883



$

4,557



$

5,515



$

10,975


  Less: Earnings allocated to unvested restricted stock

(76)



(53)



(115)



(146)


  Income attributable to continuing operations

$

3,807



$

4,504



$

5,400



$

10,829










Numerator from discontinued operations








Loss from discontinued operations

$

(637)



$



$

(51)



$


  Less: Earnings allocated to unvested restricted stock

13





1




  Loss attributable to discontinued operations

$

(624)



$



$

(50)



$


















Denominator








Denominator for basic earnings per common share - weighted average shares outstanding

18,123



18,268



18,054



18,238


Effect of dilutive securities:








Stock options

124



261



141



255


Convertible subordinated notes



351





351


Denominator for diluted earnings per common share - weighted average shares outstanding

18,247



18,880



18,195



18,844










Basic earnings (loss) per common share:








Continuing operations

$

0.21



$

0.25



$

0.30



$

0.59


Discontinued operations

(0.03)








Basic earnings per common share

$

0.18



$

0.25



$

0.30



$

0.59










Diluted earnings (loss) per common share:








Continuing operations

$

0.21



$

0.24



$

0.30



$

0.57


Discontinued operations

(0.04)





(0.01)




Diluted earnings per common share

$

0.17



$

0.24



$

0.29



$

0.57


NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This press release uses Non-GAAP financial measures to present the financial performance of the Company.  Non-GAAP financial measures should be viewed in addition to, and not as an alternative for, the Company's reported operating results or cash flow from operations or any other measure of performance as determined in accordance with GAAP.  We believe the Non-GAAP results are useful to investors because such results help investors compare our results to previous periods and provide insights into underlying trends in our business. The Company's GAAP financial statements accompany this release.  Reconciliations of the Non-GAAP financial measures to GAAP measures are provided in this press release.

The Non-GAAP financial measures include  "Adjusted Net Income", "Adjusted Basic Earnings Per Share", "Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share", "Consolidated EBITDA", "Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA", "Adjusted Free Cash Flow", "Funeral, Cemetery and Financial EBITDA", "Total Field EBITDA" and  "Special Items" in this press release.  These financial measurements are defined as similar GAAP items adjusted for Special Items and are reconciled to GAAP in this press release.  In addition, the Company's presentation of these measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures in other companies' reports. The definitions used by the Company for our internal management purposes and in this press release are as follows:

  • Adjusted Net Income is defined as net income from continuing operations plus adjustments for special items and other non-recurring expenses or credits.
  • Consolidated EBITDA is defined as net income from continuing operations before income taxes, interest expenses, non-cash stock compensation, depreciation and amortization, and interest income and other, net.
  • Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA is defined as Consolidated EBITDA plus adjustments for special items and non-recurring expenses or credits.
  • Adjusted Free Cash Flow is defined as net cash provided by operations, adjusted by special items as deemed necessary, less cash for maintenance capital expenditures.
  • Funeral Field EBITDA is defined as Funeral Gross Profit less depreciation and amortization, regional and unallocated overhead expenses and net financial income.
  • Cemetery Field EBITDA is defined as Cemetery Gross Profit less depreciation and amortization, regional and unallocated overhead expenses and net financial income.
  • Financial EBITDA is defined as Financial Revenue less Financial Expenses.
  • Total Field EBITDA is defined as Gross Profit less depreciation and amortization and regional and unallocated overhead expenses.
  • Special Items is defined as charges or credits that are deemed as Non-GAAP items such as withdrawable trust income, acquisition and divestiture expenses, severance costs, loss on early retirement of debt and other costs, discrete tax items and other non-recurring amounts. Special items are taxed at the federal statutory rate of 34 percent for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2015, except for the accretion of the discount on Convertible Notes as this is a non-tax deductible item and the tax adjustment from prior period.
  • Adjusted Basic Earnings Per Share is defined as GAAP Basic Earnings Per Share, adjusted for special items.
  • Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share is defined as GAAP Diluted Earnings Per Share, adjusted for special items.

Certain state regulations allow the withdrawal of financial income from preneed cemetery merchandise and services trust funds when realized in the trust.  Under current generally accepted accounting principles, trust income is only recognized in the Company's financial statements at a later time when the related merchandise and services sold on the preneed contract is delivered at the time of death.  Carriage has provided financial income from the trusts, termed "Withdrawable Trust Income" and reported on a Non-GAAP proforma basis within Special Items in the accompanying Operating and Financial Trend Report (a Non-GAAP Unaudited Income Statement), to reflect the current cash results. Management believes that the Withdrawable Trust Income provides useful information to investors because it presents income and cash flow when earned by the trusts.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures:

This press release includes the use of certain financial measures that are not GAAP measures.  The Non-GAAP financial measures are presented for additional information and are reconciled to their most comparable GAAP measures below.

Reconciliation of Net Income from continuing operations to Adjusted Net Income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2015 (in thousands):



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,



2014


2015


2014


2015

Net Income from continuing operations

$

3,883



$

4,557



$

5,515



$

10,975


Special items, net of tax except for **








Withdrawable Trust Income

$

366



$

230



$

515



$

230


Acquisition and Divestiture Expenses

168



19



659



354


Severance Costs

268



323



477



407


Consulting Fees

6



445



165



521


Other Incentive Compensation





660




Accretion of Discount on Convertible Subordinated Notes **

694



851



865



1,678


Costs Related to the Credit Facility

688





688




Loss on Redemption of Convertible Junior Subordinated Debentures





2,493




Gain on Asset Purchase





(746)




Other Special Items





503



98


Tax Adjustment from Prior Period **







141


     Total Special items affecting net income

$

2,190



$

1,868



$

6,279



$

3,429


Adjusted Net Income

$

6,073



$

6,425



$

11,794



$

14,404


 

Reconciliation of Net Income from continuing operations to Consolidated EBITDA and Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2015 (in thousands):



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,




2014


2015


2014


2015

Net income from continuing operations

$

3,883



$

4,557



$

5,515



$

10,975


Net provision for income taxes

2,483



3,103



3,526



7,708


Pre-tax earnings from continuing operations

$

6,366



$

7,660



$

9,041



$

18,683


Depreciation & amortization

3,029



3,365



5,785



6,687


Non-cash stock compensation

1,263



1,287



1,993



2,376


Interest expense

2,691



2,492



5,536



5,042


Accretion of discount on convertible subordinated notes

694



851



865



1,678


Loss on early extinguishment of debt

1,042





1,042




Loss on redemption of convertible junior subordinated debentures





3,779




Other, net

(5)



(13)



(373)



106


Consolidated EBITDA

$

15,080



$

15,642



$

27,668



$

34,572


Adjusted For:








Withdrawable Trust Income

$

554



$

348



$

779



$

348


Acquisition and Divestiture Expenses

255



29



999



537


Severance Costs

406



489



723



616


Consulting Fees

9



673



250



788


Other Incentive Compensation





1,000




Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA

$

16,304



$

17,181



$

31,419



$

36,861


Revenue

$

56,504



$

59,261



$

112,157



$

122,514










Adjusted Consolidated EBITDA Margin

28.9

%

29.0


%

28.0

%


30.1

%

 

Reconciliation of funeral and cemetery income before income taxes to Field EBITDA for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2015 (in thousands):


Funeral Field EBITDA

Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,



2014


2015


2014


2015

Gross Profit (GAAP)

$

13,214



$

13,644



$

27,735



$

31,640


Depreciation & amortization

1,683



1,876



3,297



3,665


Regional & unallocated costs

1,202



1,718



3,149



3,655


Net financial income

(2,079)



(1,925)



(4,305)



(4,196)


Funeral Field EBITDA

$

14,020



$

15,313



$

29,876



$

34,764






Cemetery Field EBITDA

Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,



2014


2015


2014


2015

Gross Profit (GAAP)

$

4,775



$

4,604



$

8,270



$

8,817


Depreciation & amortization

992



1,117



1,793



2,130


Regional & unallocated costs

491



593



924



1,181


Net financial income

(2,556)



(2,489)



(4,454)



(4,453)


Cemetery Field EBITDA

$

3,702



$

3,825



$

6,533



$

7,675






Total Field EBITDA

Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,



2014


2015


2014


2015

Funeral Field EBITDA

$

14,020



$

15,313



$

29,876



$

34,764


Cemetery Field EBITDA

3,702



3,825



6,533



7,675


Funeral Financial EBITDA

2,079



1,925



4,305



4,196


Cemetery Financial EBITDA

2,556



2,489



4,454



4,453


Total Field EBITDA

$

22,357



$

23,552



$

45,168



$

51,088


 

Reconciliation of GAAP basic earnings per share to Adjusted basic earnings per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2015:



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,



2014


2015


2014


2015

GAAP basic earnings per share from continuing operations

$

0.21



$

0.25



$

0.30



$

0.59


Special items affecting net income

0.12



0.10



0.34



0.19


Adjusted basic earnings per share

$

0.33



$

0.35



$

0.64



$

0.78



Reconciliation of GAAP diluted earnings per share to Adjusted diluted earnings per share for the three and six months ended June 30, 2014 and 2015:



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,



2014


2015


2014


2015

GAAP diluted earnings per share from continuing operations

$

0.21



$

0.24



$

0.30



$

0.57


Special items affecting net income

0.12



0.10



0.34



0.19


Adjusted diluted earnings per share

$

0.33



$

0.34



$

0.64



$

0.76


CAUTIONARY STATEMENT ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

Certain statements made herein or elsewhere by, or on behalf of, the Company that are not historical facts are intended to be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended.  In addition to historical information, this Press Release contains certain statements and information that may constitute forward-looking statements within the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements include statements regarding the consummation of the SCI acquisition, any projections of earnings, revenues, asset sales, cash flow, debt levels or other financial items; any statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements regarding future economic conditions or performance; any statements of belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing and are based on our current expectations and beliefs concerning future developments and their potential effect on us. The words "may", "will", "estimate", "intend", "believe", "expect", "project", "forecast", "foresee", "should", "would", "could", "plan", "anticipate" and other similar words or expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. While management believes that these forward-looking statements are reasonable as and when made, there can be no assurance that future developments affecting us will be those that we anticipate. All comments concerning our expectations for future revenues and operating results are based on our forecasts for our existing operations and do not include the potential impact of any future acquisitions. Our forward-looking statements involve significant risks and uncertainties (some of which are beyond our control) and assumptions that could cause actual results to differ materially from our historical experience and our present expectations or projections. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those summarized below:

  • the execution of our Standards Operating, 4E leadership and Standard Acquisition Models;
  • changes in the number of deaths in our markets;
  • changes in consumer preferences;
  • ability to find and retain skilled personnel;
  • the effects of competition;
  • the investment performance of our funeral and cemetery trust funds;
  • fluctuations in interest rates;
  • our ability to obtain debt or equity financing on satisfactory terms to fund additional acquisitions, expansion projects, working capital requirements and the repayment or refinancing of indebtedness;
  • death benefits related to preneed funeral contracts funded through life insurance contracts;
  • our ability to generate preneed sales;
  • the financial condition of third-party insurance companies that fund our preneed funeral contracts;
  • increased or unanticipated costs, such as insurance or taxes;
  • effects of the application of applicable laws and regulations, including changes in such regulations or the interpretation thereof;
  • consolidation of the deathcare industry; and
  • other factors and uncertainties inherent in the deathcare industry.

For additional information regarding known material factors that could cause our actual results to differ from our projected results, please see "Risk Factors" in our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date they are made, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. A copy of the Company's Form 10-K, other Carriage Services information and news releases are available at www.carriageservices.com.

This press release includes the use of certain financial measures that are not GAAP measures.  The Non-GAAP financial measures are presented for additional information and are reconciled to their most comparable GAAP measures in the tables presented above.

 

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