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Republic Services, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Republic Services, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results17:55 EDT Thursday, November 01, 2012- Reports third quarter earnings of $0.42 per share, $0.47 per share as adjusted - Restructures field and corporate operations - Updates 2012 financial guidance and provides preliminary 2013 outlookPHOENIX, Nov. 1, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Republic Services, Inc. (NYSE: RSG) today reported net income of $152.7 million, or $0.42 per diluted share, for the three months ended September 30, 2012, versus $193.5 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the comparable 2011 period.  (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100304/RSLOGO) Republic's net income for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 includes a number of charges and other expenses that impacted its results. A detail of these charges and other expenses is contained in the Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Measures section of this document.  Excluding these items, net income for the three months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 would have been $170.7 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, and $198.5 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, respectively.  Excluding certain charges and other expenses recorded during 2012 and 2011 as described in the Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Measures section of this document, adjusted earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion (adjusted EBITDA) for the three months ended September 30, 2012 would have been $572.5 million, or 28.0% as a percentage of revenue, compared to $648.7 million, or 30.7% as a percentage of revenue, for the comparable 2011 period.Revenue for the three months ended September 30, 2012 decreased to $2,046.9 million compared to $2,116.2 million for the comparable 2011 period.  This decrease in revenue of 3.3% was made up of increases in core price of 1.0% and acquisitions, net of divestitures of 0.2% that were more than offset by decreases in fuel surcharges of 0.4%, volumes of 2.1% (0.5% of which is due to one less workday)  and recycling commodities pricing of 2.0%. For the nine months ended September 30, 2012, net income was $444.8 million, or $1.20 per diluted share, versus $398.2 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, for the comparable 2011 period.Republic's net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 includes a number of charges, other expenses and benefits that impacted its results.  A detail of these charges, other expenses and benefits is contained in the Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Measures section of this document.  Excluding these items, net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011 would have been $530.0 million, or $1.44 per diluted share, and $543.1 million, or $1.43 per diluted share, respectively.  Excluding certain charges and other expenses recorded during 2012 and 2011 as described in the Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Measures section of this document, adjusted EBITDA for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 would have been $1,754.0 million, or 28.8% as a percentage of revenue, compared to $1,898.7 million, or 30.8% as a percentage of revenue, for the comparable 2011 period.Revenue for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 decreased to $6,089.9 million compared to $6,167.7 million for the comparable 2011 period.  This decrease in revenue of 1.3% was made up of increases in core price of 0.7% and acquisitions, net of divestitures of 0.4% that were more than offset by decreases in volumes of 1.1% and recycling commodities pricing of 1.3%.  Fuel surcharges were flat versus the comparable 2011 period.Commenting on these results, Donald W. Slager, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "During the third quarter, we have seen improvement in our core price driven by higher resets in our index-based markets. We expect to maintain higher pricing through the end of the year and into 2013. In addition, we had positive volume growth in the collection line of business."Company Restructures Field and Corporate OperationsIn October 2012, we restructured our field and corporate operations to create a more efficient and competitive company.  These changes include consolidating our field regions from four to three and our areas from 28 to 20, relocating office space, and reducing administrative staffing levels.  We expect to record expenses of approximately $30 million with respect to this restructuring, approximately one-half of which will be incurred in the fourth quarter of 2012.  We expect this restructuring will reduce our selling, general and administrative expenses by approximately $23 million annually.Commenting on the restructuring, Mr. Slager said, "We implemented this realignment to leverage our strong leadership team and organizational capabilities to refine how we operate.  We have not made any changes to the span of control at our business units, keeping the appropriate leadership focus and decision making closest to our customers." Updated 2012 Financial Guidance and Preliminary 2013 OutlookRepublic is updating its full year 2012 earnings guidance and issuing preliminary outlook for 2013.  2012 Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share:  Our previous adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance was $1.91 to $1.93. We now expect adjusted diluted earnings per share to be in a range of $1.85 to $1.87 due to lower commodity pricing, higher fuel expense, and a third quarter 2012 environmental remediation charge, partially offset by a lower effective tax rate.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share excludes a number of charges, other expenses and benefits, as described in the Reconciliation of Updated 2012 Financial Guidance section of this document.   This guidance assumes an effective tax rate of approximately 33.5%.2012 Adjusted Free Cash Flow:  Our previous adjusted free cash flow guidance was approximately $775 million. We now expect 2012 adjusted free cash flow to be approximately $750 million primarily due to lower commodity pricing and higher fuel expense.  Adjusted free cash flow consists of cash provided by operating activities, less property and equipment received, plus proceeds from the sales of property and equipment.  Adjusted free cash flow guidance excludes merger and restructuring related expenditures, certain legacy tax settlement payments, cash tax benefit for debt extinguishment and cash paid related to negotiation and withdrawal costs - Central States, net of tax.2013 Preliminary Outlook:  We also are providing our preliminary outlook for 2013.  We are midway through our 2013 budget process.  Consistent with our prior practice, we will provide 2013 guidance in February 2013.  Given current business conditions, adjusted diluted earnings per share is expected to be in a range of $1.90 to $1.92.  This assumes a full year effective tax rate of approximately 38.0%.  Adjusted diluted earnings per share excludes negotiation and withdrawal costs - Central States, restructuring expenses and (gain) loss on disposition of assets and impairments, net.   Company Declares Quarterly DividendRepublic also announced that its Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly dividend of $0.235 per share for stockholders of record on January 2, 2013.  The dividend will be paid on January 16, 2013.About RepublicRepublic is an industry leader in the U.S. non-hazardous solid waste industry.  Through its subsidiaries, Republic's collection companies, transfer stations, recycling centers and landfills focus on providing reliable environmental services and solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal and residential customers.  Republic and its employees believe in protecting the planet and applying common sense solutions to customers' waste and recycling challenges.  Republic participates in investor presentations and conferences throughout the year.  Interested parties can find a schedule of these conferences at republicservices.com by selecting "Calendar" on the investor relations page.  Audio and other presentations from earnings calls and investor conferences are also available on the investor relations page of the website. SUPPLEMENTAL UNAUDITED FINANCIAL INFORMATIONAND OPERATING DATAREPUBLIC SERVICES, INC.CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS(in millions, except per share amounts)September 30,December 31,20122011(Unaudited)ASSETSCurrent assets:Cash and cash equivalents$74.0$66.3Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts of $44.8 and $48.1, respectively854.2825.8Prepaid expenses and other current assets217.9215.9Deferred tax assets123.9157.7Total current assets1,270.01,265.7Restricted cash and marketable securities132.9189.6Property and equipment, net6,903.26,792.3Goodwill10,678.210,647.0Other intangible assets, net371.9409.6Other assets278.1247.3Total assets$19,634.3$19,551.5LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITYCurrent liabilities:Accounts payable$490.6$563.6Notes payable and current maturities of long-term debt44.434.8Deferred revenue311.1290.2Accrued landfill and environmental costs, current portion185.4184.2Accrued interest71.672.2Other accrued liabilities596.1752.5Total current liabilities1,699.21,897.5Long-term debt, net of current maturities7,060.06,887.0Accrued landfill and environmental costs, net of current portion1,419.61,396.5Deferred income taxes and other long-term tax liabilities1,165.31,161.1Self-insurance reserves, net of current portion288.1303.9Other long-term liabilities260.5222.1Commitments and contingenciesStockholders' equity:Preferred stock, par value $0.01 per share; 50 shares authorized; none issued??Common stock, par value $0.01 per share; 750 shares authorized; 404.4 and 402.1      issued including shares held in treasury, respectively4.04.0Additional paid-in capital6,563.36,495.6Retained earnings2,361.32,164.7Treasury stock, at cost (39.8 and 32.2 shares, respectively)(1,169.6)(961.5)Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax(19.8)(21.5)Total Republic Services, Inc. stockholders' equity7,739.27,681.3Noncontrolling interests2.42.1Total stockholders' equity7,741.67,683.4Total liabilities and stockholders' equity$19,634.3$19,551.5REPUBLIC SERVICES, INC.UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME(in millions, except per share data)Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,2012201120122011Revenue$2,046.9$2,116.2$6,089.9$6,167.7Expenses:Cost of operations1,280.51,260.03,722.23,657.5Depreciation, amortization and depletion203.5215.0632.1629.4Accretion19.719.459.158.6Selling, general and administrative193.8207.5613.5611.5Negotiation and withdrawal costs - Central States31.3?34.6?Loss (gain) on disposition of assets and impairments, net0.25.8(3.4)24.8Operating income317.9408.51,031.81,185.9Interest expense(93.2)(108.3)(296.3)(335.4Loss on extinguishment of debt(2.3)(6.0)(112.6)(207.3)Interest income0.3?0.80.3Other income, net0.41.81.13.8Income before income taxes223.1296.0624.8647.3Provision for income taxes70.3102.4179.7249.4Net income152.8193.6445.1397.9Net (income) loss attributable to noncontrolling interests(0.1)(0.1)(0.3)0.3Net income attributable to Republic Services, Inc.$152.7$193.5$444.8$398.2Basic earnings per share attributable to Republic Services,   Inc. stockholders:Basic earnings per share$0.42$0.52$1.21$1.05Weighted average common shares outstanding365.4373.2368.1377.9Diluted earnings per share attributable to Republic Services,   Inc. stockholders:Diluted earnings per share$0.42$0.52$1.20$1.05Weighted average common and common equivalent      shares outstanding366.4374.7369.3379.6Cash dividends per common share$0.235$0.220$0.675$0.620REPUBLIC SERVICES, INC.UNAUDITED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS(in millions)Nine Months Ended September 30,20122011Cash provided by operating activities:Net income$445.1$397.9Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash provided by operating activities:Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment387.9384.3Landfill depletion and amortization191.3188.0Amortization of intangible and other assets52.957.1Accretion59.158.6Non-cash interest expense - debt10.520.9Non-cash interest expense - other35.737.2Stock-based compensation17.216.4Deferred tax benefit(36.0)(18.9)Provision for doubtful accounts, net of adjustments20.810.9Excess income tax benefit from stock option exercises(1.6)(2.4)Asset impairments0.345.9Loss on extinguishment of debt112.6207.3Gain on disposition of assets, net(13.6)(34.8)Withdrawal liability - Central States30.7?Other non-cash items?(6.7)Change in assets and liabilities, net of effects from business acquisitions and divestitures:Accounts receivable(47.3)(80.7)Prepaid expenses and other assets(19.2)24.5Accounts payable(37.2)6.3Restructuring and synergy related expenditures(68.1)(2.9)Capping, closure and post-closure expenditures(54.0)(73.3)Remediation expenditures(49.5)(26.7)Other liabilities19.177.9Cash provided by operating activities1,056.71,286.8Cash used in investing activities:Purchases of property and equipment(707.4)(696.1)Proceeds from sales of property and equipment24.523.4Cash used in acquisitions, net of cash acquired(73.1)(40.8)Cash proceeds from divestitures, net of cash divested9.614.2Change in restricted cash and marketable securities54.512.3Other(0.3)(2.2)Cash used in investing activities(692.2)(689.2)Cash used in financing activities:Proceeds from notes payable and long-term debt2,038.21,137.5Proceeds from issuance of senior notes, net of discount847.61,844.9Payments of notes payable and long-term debt(2,799.3)(2,827.6)Premiums paid on extinguishment of debt(25.8)(89.6)Fees paid to issue and retire senior notes and certain hedging relationships(16.9)(58.8)Issuances of common stock49.335.6Excess income tax benefit from stock option exercises1.62.4Purchases of common stock for treasury(208.1)(429.9)Cash dividends paid(243.4)(227.8)Cash used in financing activities(356.8)(613.3)Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents7.7(15.7)Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period66.388.3Cash and cash equivalents at end of period$74.0$72.6You should read the following information in conjunction with our audited consolidated financial statements and notes thereto appearing in our Annual Report on Form 10-K as of and for the year ended December 31, 2011.  All amounts below are in millions and as a percentage of our revenue, except per share data.REVENUEThe following table reflects our total revenue by line of business for the three and nine months ended September 30:Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,2012201120122011Collection:Residential$542.026.5%$538.325.4%$1,614.026.5%$1,601.626.0%Commercial632.430.9625.929.61,884.430.91,871.530.3Industrial395.919.3397.518.81,154.719.01,141.718.5Other8.40.48.50.424.90.424.40.4Total collection1,578.777.11,570.274.24,678.076.84,639.275.2Transfer247.7258.8721.4750.9Less: Intercompany(146.4)(146.3)(427.5)(433.0)Transfer, net101.35.0112.55.3293.94.8317.95.2Landfill477.7496.41,408.71,400.3Less: Intercompany(218.2)(219.8)(650.0)(636.1)Landfill, net259.512.7276.613.1758.712.5764.212.4Sale of recyclable materials78.43.8120.05.7266.54.4341.25.5Other non-core29.01.436.91.792.81.5105.21.7Other107.45.2156.97.4359.35.9446.47.2Total revenue$2,046.9100.0%$2,116.2100.0%$6,089.9100.0%$6,167.7100.0%The following table reflects changes in our revenue for the three and nine months ended September 30:Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,2012201120122011Core price1.0%0.7%0.7%0.9%Fuel surcharges(0.4)1.2?1.0Total price0.61.90.71.9Volume(2.1)0.3(1.1)(0.5)Recycling commodities(2.0)1.7(1.3)1.4San Mateo and Toronto contract losses?(1.4)?(1.4)Total internal growth(3.5)2.5(1.7)1.4Acquisitions / divestitures, net0.20.10.4(0.1)Total(3.3)%2.6%(1.3)%1.3%COST OF OPERATIONSCost of operations includes labor and related benefits, which consists of salaries and wages, health and welfare benefits, incentive compensation and payroll taxes. It also includes transfer and disposal costs representing tipping fees paid to third party disposal facilities and transfer stations; maintenance and repairs relating to our vehicles, equipment and containers, including related labor and benefit costs; transportation and subcontractor costs, which include costs for independent haulers who transport our waste to disposal facilities and costs for local operators who provide waste handling services associated with our national accounts in markets outside our standard operating areas; fuel, which includes the direct cost of fuel used by our vehicles, net of fuel credits; disposal franchise fees and taxes consisting of landfill taxes, municipal franchise fees, host community fees and royalties; landfill operating costs, which includes financial assurance, leachate disposal and other landfill maintenance costs; risk management, which includes casualty insurance premiums and claims; cost of goods sold, which includes material costs paid to suppliers associated with recycling commodities; and other, which includes expenses such as facility operating costs, equipment rent and gains or losses on sale of assets used in our operations.The following table summarizes the major components of our cost of operations for the three and nine months ended September 30: Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,2012201120122011Labor and related benefits$393.019.2%$387.718.3%$1,172.419.3%$1,148.418.6%Transfer and disposal costs159.37.8166.97.9460.37.6483.27.8Maintenance and repairs175.18.5166.07.8511.78.4471.47.6Transportation and   subcontract costs108.45.3118.25.6324.55.3330.25.4Fuel132.36.5133.36.3395.56.5388.26.3Franchise fees and taxes102.65.0103.74.9302.24.9296.24.8Landfill operating costs70.63.434.01.6129.62.192.91.5Risk management44.32.239.91.9132.02.2129.92.1Cost of goods sold25.31.341.82.089.91.5113.81.9Other69.63.468.53.2204.13.3203.33.3Total cost of operations$1,280.562.6%$1,260.059.5%$3,722.261.1%$3,657.559.3%The cost categories shown above may change from time to time and may not be comparable to similarly titled categories used by other companies. As such, you should take care when comparing our cost of operations by cost component to that of other companies.  Landfill operating costs for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 include a charge of $37.1 million recorded in response to conditions at a closed disposal facility in Missouri.SELLING, GENERAL AND ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSESSelling, general and administrative expenses include salaries, health and welfare benefits and incentive compensation for corporate and field general management, field support functions, sales force, accounting and finance, legal, management information systems and clerical and administrative departments. Other expenses include rent and office costs, fees for professional services provided by third parties, marketing, investor and community relations, directors' and officers' insurance, general employee relocation, travel, entertainment and bank charges, but excludes any such amounts recorded as restructuring charges.The following table provides the components of our selling, general and administrative costs for the three and nine months ended September 30:Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,2012201120122011Salaries$120.55.9%$133.76.3%$408.36.7%$399.56.5%Provision for doubtful accounts8.00.44.80.220.80.310.90.2Other65.33.269.03.3184.43.1201.13.2Total selling, general and administrative expenses$193.89.5%$207.59.8%$613.510.1%$611.59.9%The cost categories shown above may change from time to time and may not be comparable to similarly titled categories used by other companies. As such, you should take care when comparing our selling, general and administrative expenses by cost component to that of other companies.  RECONCILIATION OF CERTAIN NON-GAAP MEASURESEarnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation, Depletion, Amortization and Accretion The following table calculates earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion (EBITDA), which is not a measure determined in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), for the three and nine months ended September 30:Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,2012201120122011Net income attributable to Republic Services, Inc.$152.7$193.5$444.8$398.2Net income (loss) attributable to noncontrolling interests0.10.10.3(0.3)Provision for income taxes70.3102.4179.7249.4Other income, net(0.4)(1.8)(1.1)(3.8)Interest income(0.3)?(0.8)(0.3)Loss on extinguishment of debt2.36.0112.6207.3Interest expense93.2108.3296.3335.4Depreciation, amortization and depletion203.5215.0632.1629.4Accretion19.719.459.158.6EBITDA$541.1$642.9$1,723.0$1,873.9We believe that presenting EBITDA is useful to investors because it provides important information concerning our operating performance exclusive of certain non-cash and other costs.  EBITDA demonstrates our ability to execute our financial strategy, which includes reinvesting in existing capital assets to ensure a high level of customer service, investing in capital assets to facilitate growth in our customer base and services provided, maintaining our investment grade credit rating and minimizing debt, paying cash dividends, repurchasing our common stock, and maintaining and improving our market position through business optimization.  This measure has limitations.  Although depreciation, depletion, amortization and accretion are considered operating costs in accordance with GAAP, they represent the allocation of non-cash costs generally associated with long-lived assets acquired or constructed in prior years.  Our definition of EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.Adjusted EarningsReported diluted earnings per share were $0.42 and $1.20 for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 versus $0.52 and $1.05 for the comparable 2011 periods.  During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012 and 2011, we recorded a number of charges, other expenses and net (gain) loss on disposition of assets that impacted our EBITDA, pre-tax income, net income attributable to Republic Services, Inc. (Net Income ? Republic) and diluted earnings per share.  These items primarily consist of the following:Three Months Ended September 30, 2012Three Months Ended September 30, 2011NetDilutedNetDilutedPre-taxIncome -EarningsPre-taxIncome -EarningsEBITDAIncomeRepublicper ShareEBITDAIncomeRepublicper ShareAs reported$541.1$223.1$152.7$0.42$642.9$296.0$193.5$0.52Negotiation and withdrawal costs -    Central States31.331.318.60.05????Loss on extinguishment of debt?2.31.3??6.05.80.01Loss (gain) on disposition of assets    and impairments, net0.10.1(1.9)?5.85.8(0.8)?Adjusted$572.5$256.8$170.7$0.47$648.7$307.8$198.5$0.53Nine Months Ended September 30,  2012Nine Months Ended September 30,  2011NetDilutedNetDilutedPre-taxIncome -EarningsPre-taxIncome -EarningsEBITDAIncomeRepublicper ShareEBITDAIncomeRepublicper ShareAs reported$1,723.0$624.8$444.8$1.20$1,873.9$647.3$398.2$1.05Negotiation and withdrawal costs -    Central States34.634.620.60.06????Loss on extinguishment of debt?112.668.70.19?207.3127.30.33(Gain) loss on disposition of assets    and impairments, net(3.6)(3.6)(4.1)(0.01)24.824.817.60.05Adjusted$1,754.0$768.4$530.0$1.44$1,898.7$879.4$543.1$1.43During the three and nine months ended September 30, 2012, we incurred costs related to the negotiation of certain collective bargaining agreements under which we have obligations to contribute to the Central States, Southeast and Southwest Areas Pension Fund (Central States).  Additionally, during the three months ended September 30, 2012, we recorded a charge to earnings of approximately $31 million for our partial withdrawal from Central States.We believe that presenting adjusted EBITDA, adjusted pre-tax income, adjusted net income attributable to Republic Services, Inc., and adjusted diluted earnings per share, which are not measures determined in accordance with GAAP, provides an understanding of operational activities before the financial impact of certain items.  We use these measures, and believe investors will find them helpful, in understanding the ongoing performance of our operations separate from items that have a disproportionate impact on our results for a particular period. We have incurred comparable charges and costs in prior periods, and similar types of adjustments can reasonably be expected to be recorded in future periods. Our definition of adjusted EBITDA, adjusted pre-tax income, adjusted net income attributable to Republic Services Inc., and adjusted diluted earnings per share may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.  Free Cash FlowWe define free cash flow, which is not a measure determined in accordance with GAAP, as cash provided by operating activities less purchases of property and equipment plus proceeds from sales of property and equipment as presented in our consolidated statements of cash flows.  The following table calculates our free cash flow for the three and nine months ended September 30: Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,2012201120122011Cash provided by operating activities$361.7$491.2$1,056.7$1,286.8Purchases of property and equipment(244.9)(214.4)(707.4)(696.1)Proceeds from sales of property and equipment3.17.124.523.4Free cash flow$119.9$283.9$373.8$614.1The following table calculates our adjusted free cash flow, which is not a measure determined in accordance with GAAP, for the nine months ended September 30:20122011Cash provided by operating activities$1,056.7$1,286.8Property and equipment received(673.7)(601.8)Proceeds from sales of property and equipment24.523.4Merger related expenditures, net of tax41.01.8BFI risk management and Allied exchange of partnership interest tax payments34.2?Cash tax benefit for debt extinguishment(7.1)(23.9)Divestiture related tax payments1.815.0Cash paid related to negotiation and withdrawal costs - Central States, net of tax2.3?Adjusted free cash flow$479.7$701.3We believe that presenting adjusted free cash flow provides useful information regarding our recurring cash provided by operating activities after certain expenditures.  It also demonstrates our ability to execute our financial strategy and is a key metric we use to determine compensation.  The presentation of adjusted free cash flow has material limitations.  Adjusted free cash flow does not represent our cash flow available for discretionary expenditures because it excludes certain expenditures that are required or to which we have committed such as debt service requirements and dividend payments.  Our definition of adjusted free cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.Purchases of property and equipment as reflected on our consolidated statements of cash flows and the free cash flow presented above represent amounts paid during the period for such expenditures.  A reconciliation of property and equipment reflected on our consolidated statements of cash flows to property and equipment received during the period is as follows for the three and nine months ended September 30:Three Months Ended September 30,Nine Months Ended September 30,2012201120122011Purchases of property and equipment per the unaudited      consolidated statements of cash flows$244.9$214.4$707.4$696.1Adjustments for property and equipment received during the      prior period but paid for in the following period, net(29.2)(0.2)(33.7)(94.3)Property and equipment received during the period$215.7$214.2$673.7$601.8The adjustments noted above do not affect our net change in cash and cash equivalents as reflected in our consolidated statements of cash flows.As of September 30, 2012 and 2011, accounts receivable were $854.2 million and $901.3 million, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $44.8 million and $46.1 million, resulting in days sales outstanding of approximately 38 (or 24 net of deferred revenue) and 39 (or 26 net of deferred revenue), respectively.CASH DIVIDENDSIn July 2012, we paid a cash dividend of $80.4 million to stockholders of record as of July 2, 2012.  As of September 30, 2012, we recorded a dividend payable of $85.7 million to stockholders of record as of October 1, 2012, which was paid on October 15, 2012.  In July 2012, our board of directors approved an increase in the regular quarterly dividend of approximately 7%.  The quarterly dividend of $0.235 per share will be paid on January 16, 2013 to stockholders of record as of January 2, 2013.STOCK REPURCHASE PROGRAMIn August 2011, our board of directors approved a share repurchase program pursuant to which we may repurchase up to $750.0 million of our outstanding shares of common stock through December 31, 2013. This authorization is in addition to the $400.0 million repurchase program authorized in November 2010.  From November 2010 to September 30, 2012, we repurchased 24.7 million shares of our stock for $708.3 million at a weighted average cost per share of $28.65.  During the three months ended September 30, 2012, we repurchased 1.3 million shares of our stock for $35.7 million at a weighted average cost per share of $28.32. As of September 30, 2012, we had 364.6 million shares of common stock issued and outstanding. RECONCILIATION OF UPDATED 2012 FINANCIAL GUIDANCE  Adjusted Diluted Earnings per ShareThe following is a summary of anticipated adjusted diluted earnings per share for the year ending December 31, 2012 which is not a measure determined in accordance with GAAP:(Anticipated)Year EndingDecember 31, 2012Diluted earnings per share $    1.58 - 1.60Loss on extinguishment of debt0.19Negotiation and withdrawal costs - Central States0.06Restructuring expenses0.03Gain on disposition of assets and impairments, net(0.01)Adjusted diluted earnings per share $    1.85 - 1.87This adjusted diluted earnings per share guidance assumes an effective tax rate of 33.5% for the year ending December 31, 2012.We believe that the presentation of adjusted diluted earnings per share, which excludes loss on extinguishment of debt, negotiation and withdrawal costs ? Central States, restructuring expenses and gain on disposition of assets and impairments, net, provides an understanding of operational activities before the financial impact of certain items. We use this measure, and believe investors will find it helpful, in understanding the ongoing performance of our operations separate from items that have a disproportionate impact on our results for a particular period. We have incurred comparable charges and costs in prior periods, and similar types of adjustments can reasonably be expected to be recorded in future periods. Our definition of adjusted diluted earnings per share may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies. Adjusted Free Cash FlowOur anticipated adjusted free cash flow for the year ending December 31, 2012, which is not a measure determined in accordance with GAAP, is calculated as follows:(Anticipated) Year Ending December 31, 2012Cash provided by operating activities$1,489Property and equipment received(860)Proceeds from sales of property and equipment30Merger related expenditures, net of tax41Restructuring expenditures, net of tax1BFI risk management and Allied exchange of partnership interest tax payments54Cash tax benefit for debt extinguishment(10)Divestiture related tax payments3Cash paid related to negotiation and withdrawal costs - Central States, net of tax2Adjusted free cash flow$750We believe that presenting adjusted free cash flow provides useful information regarding our recurring cash provided by operating activities after certain expenditures.  It also demonstrates our ability to execute our financial strategy and is a key metric we use to determine compensation.  The presentation of adjusted free cash flow has material limitations.  Adjusted free cash flow does not represent our cash flow available for discretionary expenditures because it excludes certain expenditures that are required or to which we have committed such as debt service requirements and dividend payments.  Our definition of adjusted free cash flow may not be comparable to similarly titled measures presented by other companies.INFORMATION REGARDING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTSThis document contains certain forward-looking information about us that is intended to be covered by the safe harbor for "forward-looking statements" provided by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts.  Words such as "guidance," "expect," "will," "may," "anticipate," "plan," "estimate," "project," "intend," "should," "can," "likely," "could," "outlook," and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements.  These statements include statements about our plans, strategies and prospects. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance.  These statements are based upon the current beliefs and expectations of our management and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed in, or implied or projected by, the forward-looking information and statements.  Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot assure you that the expectations will prove to be correct.  Among the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the expectations expressed in the forward-looking statements are:the impact on us of our substantial indebtedness, including on our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms to finance our operations and growth strategy and to operate within the limitations imposed by financing arrangements;general economic and market conditions, including the current global economic and financial market crisis, inflation and changes in commodity pricing, fuel, labor, risk and health insurance and other variable costs that are generally not within our control, and our exposure to credit and counterparty risk;whether our estimates and assumptions concerning our selected balance sheet accounts, income tax accounts, final capping, closure, post-closure and remediation costs, available airspace, and projected costs and expenses related to our landfills and property and equipment (including our estimates of the fair values of the assets and liabilities acquired in our acquisition of Allied), and labor, fuel rates and economic and inflationary trends, turn out to be correct or appropriate;competition and demand for services in the solid waste industry;price increases to our customers may not be adequate to offset the impact of increased costs, including labor, third-party disposal and fuel, and may cause us to lose volume; our ability to manage growth and execute our growth strategy;our compliance with, and future changes in, environmental and flow control regulations and our ability to obtain approvals from regulatory agencies in connection with operating and expanding our landfills;our ability to retain our investment grade ratings for our debt; our dependence on key personnel; our dependence on large, long-term collection, transfer and disposal contracts;our business is capital intensive and may consume cash in excess of cash flow from operations;any exposure to environmental liabilities, to the extent not adequately covered by insurance, could result in substantial expenses;risks associated with undisclosed liabilities of acquired businesses;risks associated with pending and future legal proceedings, including litigation, audits or investigations brought by or before any governmental body;severe weather conditions, which could impair our financial results by causing increased costs, loss of revenue, reduced operational efficiency or disruptions to our operations;compliance with existing and future legal and regulatory requirements, including limitations or bans on disposal of certain types of wastes or on the transportation of waste, which could limit our ability to conduct or grow our business, increase our costs to operate or require additional capital expenditures;potential increases in our costs if we are required to provide additional funding to any multi-employer pension plan to which we contribute or if an additional withdrawal event or events occur with respect to Central States or if a withdrawal event occurs with respect to any other multi-employer pension plan to which we contribute; the negative impact on our operations of union organizing campaigns, work stoppages or labor shortages;  the negative effect that trends toward requiring recycling, waste reduction at the source and prohibiting the disposal of certain types of wastes could have on volumes of waste going to landfills; changes by the Financial Accounting Standards Board or other accounting regulatory bodies to generally accepted accounting principles or policies; andacts of war, riots or terrorism, including the events taking place in the Middle East and the continuing war on terrorism, as well as actions taken or to be taken by the United States or other governments as a result of further acts or threats of terrorism, and the impact of these acts on economic, financial and social conditions in the United States.The risks included here are not exhaustive. Refer to "Part I, Item 1A ? Risk Factors" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 for further discussion regarding our exposure to risks.  Additionally, new risk factors emerge from time to time and it is not possible for us to predict all such risk factors, or to assess the impact such risk factors might have on our business or the extent to which any factor or combination of factors may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statements.  You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.  Except to the extent required by applicable law or regulation, we undertake no obligation to update or publish revised forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.SOURCE Republic Services, Inc.For further information: Media Inquiries: Darcie Brossart, +1-480-718-6565, or Investor Inquiries: Ed Lang +1-480-627-7128