BENSALEM, PA - May 13, 2021 - StoneMor Inc. (NYSE: STON) ("StoneMor" or the "Company"), a leading owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes, today reported operating and financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2021. Investors are encouraged to read the Company's quarterly report on Form 10-Q when it is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the "SEC"), which will contain additional details, and will be posted at www.stonemor.com.
FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
- Revenues for
the first quarter were
$78.3 millioncompared to $65.1 millionin the first quarter in the prior year.
- Cemetery segment operating income
for the first quarter was
$11.7 millioncompared to $5.2 millionin the first quarter in the prior year, representing an increaseof $6.4 million.
- Funeral home segment operating
income for the first quarter was
$1.6 millioncompared to $1.4 millionin the first quarter in the prior year, representing an increaseof $0.2 million.
overhead expense increased to
$9.5 millionin the first quarter compared to $8.5 millionin the first quarter in the prior year.
quarter operating income was
$3.6 million, compared to an operating loss of $2.1 millionin the first quarter in the prior year.
quarter net loss from continuing operations was
$5.2 millioncompared to $14.8 millionin the first quarter in the prior year.
quarter adjusted EBITDA was
$28.0 millioncompared to $7.1 millionin the first quarter in the prior year.
Joe Redling, StoneMor's President and Chief Executive Officer said, "the first quarter of 2021 has continued to build upon the groundwork that was laid with our transformation initiatives, with top-line revenue growth of 20% and more than a $20 million increase in our adjusted EBITDA, year-over-year. We continue to deliver strong sales results, including 45% growth in cemetery sales production in the quarter. We have made great progress towards our previously announced guidance targets for organic growth in our trusts and unlevered free cash flow. During the first quarter, we generated more than $30 million in trust growth and $11.5 million in unlevered free cash flow against $50 million and $40 million annual targets, respectively."
On May 11, 2021, the Company closed its private offering of $400 million aggregate principal amount of its 8.500% Senior Secured Notes due 2029. The Company used the net proceeds of the offering to fund the redemption in full of approximately $338.1 million aggregate principal amount of the outstanding 9.875%/11.500% Senior Secured PIK Toggle Notes due 2024, together with an approximately $18.5 million prepayment premiums and pay fees and expenses incurred in connection with the offering. The remaining proceeds will be used for general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions.
"Earlier this week, we completed a transformational transaction for the Company by fortifying our balance sheet through a refinancing of all of our outstanding indebtedness. The new Notes dramatically increase our financial flexibility and improve our liquidity, including eliminating the maintenance covenants, extending maturity to 8 years, reducing our rate of interest and allowing us to enter into a super senior credit facility of up to $40 million," said Jeff DiGiovanni, StoneMor's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "As a result of this transaction, StoneMor netted approximately $30 million in new cash to its balance sheet, resulting in approximately $78 million in cash on a pro forma basis at March 31, 2021, adjusted for the sale of the notes and the use of the proceeds thereof."
Redling added "our transformation and cost savings initiatives set us on the right path and trajectory - and the sales culture and production have powered the engine. The refinancing has substantially reduced potential structural limitations as we are now well positioned both operationally and financially to better serve our customers, employees and stockholders."
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
StoneMor will conduct a conference call to discuss this news release today, May 13, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling (800) 786-5706. No reservation number is necessary; however, due to the on-going pandemic, it is advised that interested parties access the call-in number 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to avoid delays. StoneMor will also host a live webcast of this conference call. Investors may access the live webcast via the Investors page of the StoneMor website www.stonemor.com under Events & Presentations.
About StoneMor Inc.
StoneMor Inc., headquartered in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, is an owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes in the United States, with 304 cemeteries and 70 funeral homes in 24 states and Puerto Rico. StoneMor's cemetery products and services, which are sold on both a pre-need (before death) and at-need (at death) basis, include: burial lots, lawn and mausoleum crypts, burial vaults, caskets, memorials, and all services which provide for the installation of this merchandise. For additional information about StoneMor Inc. please visit StoneMor's website, and the investors section, at http://www.stonemor.com.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release, including, but not limited to, information regarding continued implementation of the Company's performance and cost structure improvement efforts and the anticipated use of the remaining proceeds from the issuance of the notes, are forward-looking statements. Generally, the words "believe," "may," "will," "estimate," "continue," "anticipate," "intend," "project," "expect," "predict" and similar expressions identify these forward-looking statements. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and estimates. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees and are made subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results stated or implied in this press release. StoneMor's major risks are related to uncertainties associated with current business and economic disruptions resulting from the recent coronavirus pandemic, including the effect of government regulations issued in connection therewith, its ability to identify, and negotiate acceptable agreements with, sellers of additional properties, uncertainties associated with the cash flow from pre-need and at-need sales, trusts and financings, which may impact StoneMor's ability to meet its financial projections and service its debt, as well as with StoneMor's ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures.
When considering forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements set forth in StoneMor's Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the other reports that StoneMor files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, from time to time. Except as required under applicable law, StoneMor assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by it, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, unlevered cash provided by operating activities and unlevered free cash flow, which are intended as supplemental measures of the Company's performance that are not required by or presented in accordance with GAAP. All business results presented in this release are not prepared in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X.
Management uses these non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate and manage the Company's operations and to better understand its business because they facilitate a comparative assessment of the Company's operating performance relative to its performance based on results calculated under GAAP. These non-GAAP measures also isolate the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance and eliminate certain charges that management believes do not reflect the Company's operations and underlying operational performance. The Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee of the Company's board of directors also uses certain of these measures to evaluate management's performance and set its compensation. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures also provide useful information to investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the Company's financial condition and operating results facilitates an evaluation of the financial performance of the Company and its operations on a consistent basis. Providing this information therefore allows investors to make independent assessments of the Company's financial performance, results of operation and trends while viewing the information through the eyes of management.
These non-GAAP measures are subject to limitations. The non-GAAP measures presented in this release may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies because other companies may not calculate one or more in the same manner. Additionally, the non-GAAP performance measures exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company's financial statements; do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs; and do not reflect interest expense, or the requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on debt. Further, our historical adjusted results are not intended to project our adjusted results of operations or financial position for any future period. To compensate for these limitations, management presents and considers these non-GAAP measures in conjunction with the Company's GAAP results; no non-GAAP measure should be considered in isolation from or as alternatives to net income, earnings per share or any other measure determined in accordance with GAAP. Readers should review the reconciliations included below, and should not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company's business.