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The GEO Group Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results; Increases Quarterly Dividend to $0.20 Per Share

<ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>2Q12 Income from Continuing Operations of $23.0 Million - $0.38 EPS</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>2Q12 Pro Forma Income from Continuing Operations of $25.1 Million - $0.41 Pro Forma EPS</b> </li> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>2012 Pro Forma EPS Guidance of $1.56 to $1.58 and 2012 Adjusted</b> </li> </ul> <p class='bwmarginl1'> <b>Funds from Operations Guidance of $3.18 to $3.34 per Share</b> </p> <ul> <li class='bwlistitemmargb'> <b>Increases Quarterly Cash Dividend to $0.20 per Share Beginning in September 2012</b> </li> </ul>

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

The GEO Group Reports Second Quarter 2012 Results; Increases Quarterly Dividend to $0.20 Per Share17:24 EDT Tuesday, August 07, 2012 BOCA RATON, Fla. (Business Wire) -- The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) (“GEO”) today reported its financial results for the second quarter and first six months of 2012 and announced that GEO's Board of Directors (GEO's “Board”) has increased GEO's quarterly dividend to $0.20 per share, or $0.80 per share annually, beginning with the first quarterly dividend which will be paid in September 2012. Financial Results - Second Quarter 2012 Compared with Second Quarter 2011 GEO reported total revenues for the second quarter 2012 of $412.3 million compared to total revenues of $396.8 million for the second quarter 2011. GEO's revenues and other financial data are presented throughout as retrospectively revised for discontinued operations. GEO reported income from continuing operations for the second quarter 2012 of $23.0 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, compared to income from continuing operations of $20.2 million, or $0.31 per diluted share for the second quarter of 2011. GEO's second quarter 2012 income from continuing operations includes $1.1 million, after-tax, in start-up/transition expenses; $0.8 million, after-tax, in international bid and proposal expenses; and $0.2 million, after-tax, in transaction related expenses in connection with GEO's previously announced acquisition of the partnership interests in Municipal Corrections Finance, L.P. (“MCF”). Excluding these items, GEO reported Pro Forma income from continuing operations of $25.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the second quarter 2012 compared to Pro Forma income from continuing operations of $24.8 million, or $0.38 per diluted share for the second quarter 2011. Second quarter 2012 Adjusted EBITDA increased to $86.0 million from $80.1 million in the second quarter 2011. Adjusted Funds from Operations for the second quarter 2012 increased to $54.3 million, or $0.89 per diluted share, compared to $46.6 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, for the second quarter 2011. George C. Zoley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GEO, said: “We are very pleased with our second quarter results and confirmed outlook for the remainder of the year, which continue to reflect strong operational and financial performance from our diversified business units. This continued strong performance has allowed our Board to increase our quarterly dividend to $0.20 per share beginning with our first quarterly dividend, which will be paid in September. Our dividend policy is indicative of our long-term view that we can meaningfully return value to our shareholders while continuing to deleverage and pursue quality earnings growth.” Financial Results – First Six Months of 2012 Compared with First Six Months of 2011 For the first six months of 2012, GEO reported total revenues of $813.6 million compared to total revenues of $777.1 million for the first six months of 2011. GEO reported income from continuing operations of $38.1 million, or $0.62 per diluted share for the first six months of 2012, compared to income from continuing operations of $36.0 million, or $0.56 per diluted share for the first six months of 2011. GEO's income from continuing operations for the first six months of 2012 includes $4.1 million in start-up/transition expenses, net of tax; $1.2 million in international bid and proposal expenses, net of tax; and $0.5 million, after-tax, in transaction related expenses in connection with GEO's previously announced acquisition of the partnership interests in MCF. Excluding these items, GEO reported Pro Forma income from continuing operations of $43.8 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, for the first six months of 2012 compared to Pro Forma income from continuing operations of $46.9 million, or $0.72 per diluted share for the first six months of 2011. Adjusted EBITDA for the first six months of 2012 increased to $160.0 million from $152.0 million in the first six months of 2011. Adjusted Funds from Operations for the first six months of 2012 increased to $112.5 million, or $1.84 per diluted share, compared to $93.5 million, or $1.44 per diluted share, for the first six months of 2011. Business Segments RevenueU.S. Corrections & Detention For the second quarter 2012, U.S. Corrections & Detention revenue increased to $246.1 million from $230.7 million in the second quarter 2011. Second quarter 2012 revenues for U.S. Corrections & Detention reflect the activation of the Adelanto ICE Processing Center East in California in August 2011 and the Riverbend Correctional Facility in Georgia in December 2011 along with the opening of the Karnes Civil Detention Center in Texas and an expansion to the New Castle Correctional Facility in Indiana in the first quarter 2012. These facility activations were offset by deactivation of the Regional Correctional Center in New Mexico in the second quarter 2011, the Leo Chesney Community Correctional Facility in California in the third quarter 2011, and the Desert View and Central Valley Community Correctional Facilities in California in the fourth quarter 2011. GEO Care For the second quarter 2012, GEO Care reported revenue of $110.3 million compared to $110.9 million for the second quarter 2011. GEO Care's second quarter 2012 revenue reflects continued growth in GEO Care's electronic monitoring services and day reporting centers offset by the deactivation of the 177-bed Brooklyn Residential Reentry Center in the third quarter 2011. International Services For the second quarter 2012, International Services revenue increased to $56.0 million from $55.3 million in the second quarter 2011. International Services revenue for the second quarter 2012 reflects the activation of the Dungavel House Immigration Removal Centre in Scotland in the third quarter 2011 partially offset by the deactivation of the Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre in England in the second quarter 2011. Reconciliation Tables and Supplemental Disclosure GEO has made available a Supplemental Disclosure which contains reconciliation tables of pro forma income from continuing operations to income from continuing operations, Adjusted EBITDA to income from continuing operations, Adjusted Funds from Operations to income from continuing operations along with supplemental financial and operational information on GEO's business segments. Please see the section of this press release below entitled “Note to Reconciliation Tables and Supplemental Disclosure - Important Information on GEO's Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for information on how GEO defines pro forma income from continuing operations, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted Funds from Operations. GEO's Reconciliation Tables can be found herein and in GEO's Supplemental Disclosure which is available on GEO's Investor Relations webpage at www.geogroup.com. 2012 Financial Guidance GEO expects its full year 2012 revenues to be in a range of $1.64 billion to $1.65 billion and its 2012 pro forma earnings per share to be in a range of $1.56 to $1.58 per share, excluding $0.14 per share in after-tax start-up/transition expenses and international bid and proposal expenses, and also exclusive of transaction and financing expenses associated with GEO's previously announced acquisition of the partnership interests in MCF. GEO expects its 2012 Adjusted EBITDA to be in a range of $330 million to $340 million and its 2012 Adjusted Funds from Operations to be in a range of $195 million to $205 million, or $3.18 to $3.34 per share. GEO expects its third quarter 2012 revenues to be in a range of $410 million to $415 million and its pro forma earnings per share to be in a range of $0.42 to $0.43 per share, excluding $0.04 per share in after-tax start-up/transition expenses and international bid and proposal expenses, and also exclusive of transaction and financing expenses associated with GEO's previously announced acquisition of the partnership interests in MCF. GEO expects its fourth quarter 2012 revenues to be in a range of $413 million to $418 million and its pro forma earnings per share to be in a range of $0.42 to $0.43 per share, excluding $0.01 per share in after-tax international bid and proposal expenses. GEO's earnings guidance reflects the activation of the Adelanto ICE Processing Center West in California in August 2012 and the previously announced continuation of the Golden State Community Correctional Facility contract in California through December 14, 2012, partially offset by the previously announced deactivation/transition of GEO's managed-only contracts for the East Mississippi and Walnut Grove Correctional Facilities in July 2012 and the Marshall County Correctional Facility in August 2012. GEO's 2012 financial guidance does not assume the potential reactivation of approximately 7,000 current beds in inventory which GEO is actively marketing to local, state, and federal customers. The after-tax carrying costs associated with keeping the facilities idle represent approximately $0.15 per share, of which more than half are non-cash expenses. GEO's guidance also reflects approximately $0.18 per share in after-tax intangibles amortization expense primarily related to the acquisitions of Cornell Companies and BI Incorporated. Stock Repurchase Program On July 14, 2011, GEO's Board of Directors approved a stock repurchase program of up to $100.0 million of GEO's common stock effective through December 31, 2012. Through the end of the second quarter 2012, GEO had repurchased approximately 3.9 million shares of its common stock for approximately $75.0 million. Dividend Policy GEO announced today that its Board has decided to increase its quarterly cash dividend to $0.20 per share, or $0.80 per share annually, beginning with the payment of GEO's first quarterly cash dividend in September 2012. The declaration of each quarterly cash dividend will be subject to approval by GEO's Board and to meeting the requirements of all applicable laws and regulations. GEO's Board retains the power to modify, suspend or cancel its dividend policy as it may deem necessary or appropriate in the future. MCF Acquisition and Senior Credit Facility Amendment As previously announced, GEO has signed a definitive agreement to purchase 100% of the partnership interests in Municipal Corrections Finance, L.P. for approximately $27.0 million. In connection with the acquisition, GEO expects to redeem the current outstanding MCF bonds for approximately $67.0 million, net of bond cash reserves and inclusive of a make whole premium of approximately $15.0 million. The MCF bonds have a cash coupon rate of 8.47 percent and a net effective interest carrying cost of approximately 5.0 percent. The transaction will give GEO full ownership interest in 11 correctional properties, representing 10,000 beds, which are currently leased and operated by GEO and will save GEO approximately $155.0 million in future net cash payments, becoming accretive to earnings after 2012. GEO will finance the acquisition of the partnership interests in MCF and the redemption of the MCF bonds with a new $100.0 million, three-year term loan under its Senior Credit Facility. The new term loan will bear interest at the same rate of GEO's existing term loans, currently LIBOR plus 3.00 percent, stepping down to LIBOR plus 2.75 percent by the end of August 2012. In connection with this transaction, GEO will also amend its Senior Credit Facility to increase its initial restricted payment basket to $50.0 million and increase the senior secured leverage ratio covenant to access the net income restricted payment basket from 2.5x to 2.75x. Conference Call Information GEO has scheduled a conference call and simultaneous webcast at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time) tomorrow, August 8, 2012 to discuss GEO's second quarter 2012 financial results as well as its progress and outlook. The call-in number for the U.S. is 1-866-443-1498 and the international call-in number is 1-402-875-4823. The conference call ID number is 17964463. In addition, a live audio webcast of the conference call may be accessed on the Conference Calls/Webcasts section of GEO's investor relations home page at www.geogroup.com. A replay of the audio webcast will be available on the website for one year. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until September 8, 2012 at 1-855-859-2056 (U.S.) and 1-404-537-3406 (International). The conference call ID number for the telephonic replay is 17964463. About The GEO Group, Inc. The GEO Group, Inc. is the world's leading diversified provider of correctional, detention, and residential treatment services to federal, state, and local government agencies around the globe. GEO offers a turnkey approach that includes design, construction, financing, and operations. GEO represents government clients in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. GEO's worldwide operations include 20,000 employees, 109 correctional, detention and residential treatment facilities, including projects under development, and 75,000 owned and/or managed beds. Note to Reconciliation Tables and Supplemental Disclosure –Important Information on GEO's Non-GAAP Financial Measures Pro Forma Income from Continuing Operations, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Funds From Operations are non-GAAP financial measures that are presented as supplemental disclosures. Pro Forma Income from Continuing Operations is defined as income from continuing operations adjusted for net income/loss attributable to non-controlling interests, start-up/transition expenses, net of tax, international bid and proposal expenses, net of tax, and M&A-related expenses, net of tax. GEO believes that Pro Forma Income from Continuing Operations is useful to investors as it provides information about the performance of GEO's overall business because such measure eliminates the effects of certain unusual or non-recurring charges that are not directly attributable to GEO's underlying operating performance, it provides disclosure on the same basis as that used by GEO's management and it provides consistency in GEO's financial reporting and therefore continuity to investors for comparability purposes. GEO's management uses Pro Forma Income from Continuing Operations to monitor and evaluate its operating performance and to facilitate internal and external comparisons of the historical operating performance of GEO and its business units. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as income from continuing operations before net interest expense, income tax provision, depreciation and amortization, and tax provision on equity in earnings of affiliate, adjusted for net income/loss attributable to non-controlling interests, stock-based compensation expenses, pre-tax, start-up/transition expenses, pre-tax, international bid and proposal expenses, pre-tax, and M&A-related expenses, pre-tax. GEO believes that Adjusted EBITDA is useful to investors as it provides information about the performance of GEO's overall business because such measure eliminates the effects of certain unusual or non-recurring charges that are not directly attributable to GEO's underlying operating performance, it provides disclosure on the same basis as that used by GEO's management and it provides consistency in GEO's financial reporting and therefore continuity to investors for comparability purposes. GEO's management uses Adjusted EBITDA to monitor and evaluate its operating performance and to facilitate internal and external comparisons of the historical operating performance of GEO and its business units. Adjusted Funds From Operations is defined as income from continuing operations excluding depreciation and amortization, income tax provision, income taxes refunded/paid, stock-based compensation expenses, maintenance capital expenditures, equity in earnings of affiliates, net of income tax, tax provision on equity in earnings of affiliate, amortization of debt costs and other non-cash interest, net income/loss attributable to non-controlling interests, start-up/transition expenses, M&A-related expenses, and international bid and proposal expenses. GEO believes that Adjusted Funds From Operations is useful to investors as it provides information regarding cash that GEO's operating business generates before taking into account certain cash and non-cash items that are non-operational or infrequent in nature, it provides disclosure on the same basis as that used by GEO's management and it provides consistency in GEO's financial reporting and therefore continuity to investors for comparability purposes. GEO's management uses Adjusted Funds From Operations to monitor and evaluate its operating performance and to facilitate internal and external comparisons of the historical operating performance of GEO and its business units. GEO has made available a Supplemental Disclosure which contains reconciliation tables of pro forma income from continuing operations to income from continuing operations, Adjusted EBITDA to income from continuing operations, Adjusted Funds from Operations to income from continuing operations along with supplemental financial and operational information on GEO's business segments. GEO's Reconciliation Tables can be found herein and in GEO's Supplemental Disclosure which is available on GEO's Investor Relations webpage at www.geogroup.com. Safe-Harbor StatementThis press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and future performance of GEO that involve risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results, including statements regarding financial guidance for third quarter 2012, fourth quarter 2012, and full year 2012, our expectation to declare quarterly cash dividends and the timing and amount of such dividends, and our expectations regarding the acquisition of MCF, including the amendment of our senior credit facility, the redemption of the MCF bonds, the impact of the transaction, and our estimates regarding the timing of when the acquisition of 100% of the partnership interests in MCF will be accretive. Factors that could cause actual results to vary from current expectations and forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to: (1) GEO's ability to meet its financial guidance for 2012 given the various risks to which its business is exposed; (2) GEO's ability to declare future quarterly cash dividends; (3) GEO's ability to successfully pursue further growth and continue to create shareholder value; (4) GEO's ability to consummate the acquisition of 100% of the partnership interests in MCF within the anticipated timeframe; (5) risks associated with GEO's ability to control operating costs associated with contract start-ups; (6) GEO's ability to timely open facilities as planned, profitably manage such facilities and successfully integrate such facilities into GEO's operations without substantial costs; (7) GEO's ability to win management contracts for which it has submitted proposals and to retain existing management contracts; (8) GEO's ability to obtain future financing on acceptable terms; (9) GEO's ability to sustain company-wide occupancy rates at its facilities; (10) any difficulties encountered in maintaining relationships with customers, employees or suppliers as a result of the transactions with Cornell and BI; (11) GEO's ability to access the capital markets in the future on satisfactory terms or at all; and (12) other factors contained in GEO's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.Second quarter and first six months 2012 financial tables to follow:     THE GEO GROUP, INC.CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOMEFOR THE THIRTEEN AND TWENTY-SIX WEEKS ENDEDJULY 1, 2012 AND JULY 3, 2011(In thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)   Thirteen Weeks EndedTwenty-six Weeks EndedJuly 1, 2012   July 3, 2011July 1, 2012   July 3, 2011 Revenues $ 412,348 $ 396,804 $ 813,605 $ 777,148 Operating expenses 305,035 299,236 613,295 588,257 Depreciation and amortization 23,807 20,945 46,882 39,646 General and administrative expenses 27,043   27,710   54,484   60,498   Operating income 56,463 48,913 98,944 88,747 Interest income 1,761 1,629 3,568 3,198 Interest expense (20,617 ) (19,412 ) (41,424 ) (36,373 ) Income before income taxes, equity in earnings of affiliates and discontinued operations 37,607 31,130 61,088 55,572 Provision for income taxes 14,991 12,302 24,208 21,674 Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of income tax provision of $303, $563, $624 and $1,587, respectively 430   1,418   1,178   2,080   Income from continuing operations 23,046 20,246 38,058 35,978 Income (loss) from discontinued operations, net of tax provision (benefit) of $(359), $577, $(330) and $985, respectively (570 ) 917   (523 ) 1,565   Net income 22,476 21,163 37,535 37,543 Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests 25   415   (9 ) 825   Net income attributable to The GEO Group, Inc. $ 22,501   $ 21,578   $ 37,526   $ 38,368   Weighted-average common shares outstanding: Basic 60,839 64,455 60,803 64,373 Diluted 61,066 64,858 60,984 64,787 Income per Common Share Attributable to The GEO Group, Inc.(1): Basic: Income from continuing operations $ 0.38 $ 0.32 $ 0.63 $ 0.57 Income (loss) from discontinued operations (0.01 ) 0.01   (0.01 ) 0.02   Income per common share attributable to The GEO Group, Inc. - basic $ 0.37   $ 0.33   $ 0.62   $ 0.60   Diluted: Income from continuing operations $ 0.38 $ 0.32 $ 0.62 $ 0.57 Income (loss) from discontinued operations (0.01 ) 0.01   (0.01 ) 0.02   Income per common share attributable to The GEO Group, Inc. - diluted $ 0.37   $ 0.33   $ 0.62   $ 0.59     (1) Note that earnings per share tables may contain slight summation differences due to rounding.       CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETSJULY 1, 2012 AND JANUARY 1, 2012(In thousands, except share data)   July 1, 2012January 1, 2012   (Unaudited)ASSETSCurrent Assets Cash and cash equivalents $ 68,538 $ 44,753 Restricted cash and investment (including VIEs1 of $29,373 and $35,435, respectively) 40,071 42,535 Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $2,779 and $2,453, respectively 284,431 285,810 Deferred income tax assets, net 28,726 28,726 Prepaid expenses and other current assets 23,383 50,346 Current assets of discontinued operations 6,713   7,159 Total current assets 451,862   459,329 Restricted Cash and Investments (including VIEs of $41,270 and $38,930, respectively) 60,070 57,912 Property and Equipment, Net (including VIEs of $160,284 and $162,665, respectively) 1,718,392 1,705,306 Assets Held for Sale 5,390 4,363 Direct Finance Lease Receivable 29,253 32,146 Deferred Income Tax Assets, Net 1,711 1,711 Goodwill 508,068 508,066 Intangible Assets, Net 190,743 200,342 Other Non-Current Assets 83,163 79,576 Non-Current Assets of Discontinued Operations 576   865 Total Assets $ 3,049,228   $ 3,049,616 LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent Liabilities Accounts payable $ 63,681 $ 69,632 Accrued payroll and related taxes 37,209 38,130 Accrued expenses 121,604 126,682 Current portion of capital lease obligations, long-term debt and non-recourse debt (including VIEs of $21,000 and $20,770, respectively) 59,758 53,666 Current liabilities of discontinued operations 702   708 Total current liabilities 282,954   288,818 Deferred Income Tax Liabilities 125,209 125,209 Other Non-Current Liabilities 58,938 56,381 Capital Lease Obligations 12,456 13,087 Long-Term Debt 1,298,030 1,319,068 Non-Recourse Debt (including VIEs of $101,730 and $108,335, respectively) 198,995   208,532 Total shareholders' equity 1,072,646   1,038,521 Total Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity $ 3,049,228   $ 3,049,616   1 Variable interest entities or “VIEs”   Reconciliation Tables for Second Quarter and First Six Months 2012   Reconciliation of Pro Forma Income from Continuing Operations to Income from Continuing Operations (In thousands except per share data)     13 Weeks   13 Weeks   26 Weeks   26 WeeksEndedEndedEndedEnded1-Jul-123-Jul-111-Jul-123-Jul-11Income from continuing operations $ 23,046 $ 20,246 $ 38,058 $ 35,978 Start-up/transition expenses, net of tax 1,084 3,348 4,139 5,537 International bid and proposal expenses, net of tax 753 416 1,171 416 Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests 25 415 (9 ) 825 M&A related expenses, net of tax   209   394   482     4,129 Pro forma income from continuing operations $ 25,117 $ 24,819 $ 43,841   $ 46,885   Diluted earnings per share from continuing operations (1) $ 0.38 $ 0.31 $ 0.62 $ 0.56 Start-up/transition expenses, net of tax 0.02 0.05 0.07 0.09 International bid and proposal expenses, net of tax 0.01 0.01 0.02 0.01 Net loss attributable to non-controlling interests - 0.01 - 0.01 M&A related expenses, net of tax   -   0.01   0.01     0.06 Diluted pro forma earnings per share from continuing operations $ 0.41 $ 0.38 $ 0.72   $ 0.72   Weighted average common shares outstanding-diluted 61,066 64,858 60,984 64,787   (1) Note that earnings per share tables may contain slight summation differences due to rounding           Reconciliation from Adjusted EBITDA to Income from Continuing Operations (In thousands)   13 Weeks13 Weeks26 Weeks26 WeeksEndedEndedEndedEnded1-Jul-123-Jul-111-Jul-123-Jul-11Income from continuing operations $ 23,046 $ 20,246 $ 38,058 $ 35,978 Interest expense, net 18,856 17,783 37,856 33,175 Income tax provision 14,991 12,302 24,208 21,674 Depreciation and amortization 23,807 20,945 46,882 39,646 Tax provision on equity in earnings of affiliate   303   563   624     1,587 EBITDA $ 81,003 $ 71,839 $ 147,628   $ 132,060   AdjustmentsNet loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests $ 25 $ 415 $ (9 ) $ 825 Stock based compensation expenses, pre-tax 1,988 1,537 3,494 3,598 Start-up/transition expenses, pre-tax 1,535 4,996 6,424 8,563 International bid and proposal expenses, pre-tax 1,050 645 1,615 645 M&A related expenses, pre-tax   351   651   804     6,308 Adjusted EBITDA $ 85,952 $ 80,083 $ 159,956   $ 151,999       Reconciliation of Adjusted Funds from Operations to Income from Continuing Operations (In thousands)       13 Weeks13 Weeks26 Weeks26 WeeksEndedEndedEndedEnded1-Jul-123-Jul-111-Jul-123-Jul-11Income from continuing operations $ 23,046 $ 20,246 $ 38,058 $ 35,978 Net loss (income) attributable to non-controlling interests 25 415 (9 ) 825 Depreciation and Amortization 23,807 20,945 46,882 39,646 Income Tax Provision 14,991 12,302 24,208 21,674 Income Taxes (Paid) Refunded (4,934 ) (7,794 ) 4,397 (8,734 ) Stock Based Compensation Expenses 1,988 1,537 3,494 3,598 Maintenance Capital Expenditures (8,090 ) (6,875 ) (14,212 ) (15,194 ) Equity in Earnings of Affiliates, Net of Income Tax (430 ) (1,418 ) (1,178 ) (2,080 ) Tax provision on equity in earnings of affiliate 303 563 624 1,587 Amortization of Debt Costs and Other Non-Cash Interest 679 415 1,369 641 Start-up/transition expenses 1,535 4,996 6,424 8,563 M&A Related Expenses 351 651 804 6,308 International bid and proposal expenses   1,050     645     1,615     645   Adjusted Funds from Operations $ 54,321   $ 46,628   $ 112,476   $ 93,457           Adjusted Funds from Operations Per Share $ 0.89   $ 0.72   $ 1.84   $ 1.44     Weighted average common shares outstanding-diluted 61,066 64,858 60,984 64,787   The GEO Group, Inc.Pablo E. Paez, 866-301 4436Vice President, Corporate Relations