BENSALEM, PA - March 23, 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 fourth
quarter and year ended December 31, 2020. Investors are encouraged to read the Company's annual report on Form
10-K 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.
FOURTH QUARTER AND FULL YEAR 2020 FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE
- Revenues for the fourth quarter were $74.9 million compared to $58.3 million in the fourth quarter in the prior year. Full year revenues were $279.5 million compared to $257.2 million in the prior year period.
- Cemetery segment operating income for the fourth quarter was $10.9 million compared to an operating loss of $0.6 million in the fourth quarter in the prior year, representing an increase of $11.5 million. Full year cemetery segment operating income was $35.0 million compared to $8.0 million in the prior year period, representing an increase of $27.0 million.
- Funeral home segment operating income for the fourth quarter was $1.5 million compared to $0.9 million in the fourth quarter in the prior year, representing an increase of $0.6 million. Full year funeral home segment operating income was $5.0 million compared to $4.0 million in the prior year period, representing an increase of $1.0 million.
- Corporate overhead expense decreased to $9.0 million in the fourth quarter compared to $13.0 million in the fourth quarter in the prior year. Full year corporate overhead expense decreased to $36.0 million compared to $51.1 million in the prior year period.
- Fourth quarter operating income was $3.4 million, compared to an operating loss of $17.4 million in the fourth quarter in the prior year. Full year operating income was $3.3 million, compared to an operating loss of $47.9 million in the prior year period.
- Fourth quarter net loss from continuing operations was $5.7 million compared to $52.4 million in the fourth quarter in the prior year. Full year net loss from continuing operations was $37.3 million compared to $154.7 million in the prior year period. Full year net loss from continuing operations in the prior year period included a loss on impairment of goodwill of $24.9 million and a loss on debt extinguishment of $8.5 million.
Joe Redling, StoneMor's President and Chief Executive Officer said, "The groundwork that was laid with our
transformation initiatives, allowed StoneMor to produce another very strong quarter financially, while weathering
the surge in the COVID-19 pandemic. We saw 29% year-over-year revenue growth, driven by a strong sales
performance including a 20% increase in pre-need sales production. The revenue growth coupled with the
continued focus on our operating initiatives and cost structure resulted in Adjusted EBITDA of $5.5 million in the
fourth quarter, an improvement of $16.1 million versus the prior year."
As of December 31, 2020, the Company had $60.1 million of cash, including $20.8 million of restricted cash, and $321.0 million of total debt.
"During the fourth quarter of 2020, StoneMor generated unlevered free cash flow of $4.9 million and increased the value of its trust assets by $45.6 million (net of income and principal distributions) resulting in a further deleveraging of our balance sheet," said Jeff DiGiovanni, StoneMor's Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "For 2021, we have set targets of $40 million in unlevered free cash flow and $50 million in growth in our trust assets (net of income and principal distributions). From a financial standpoint, we are focused on cash generation and trust asset growth as our key drivers of long-term stockholder value creation."
Redling added "With the recent financial success, we are excited about our opportunity for future growth. A great
deal of thanks and appreciation to the StoneMor team that has persevered through a difficult environment and
delivered this high level of performance for the company and the communities and families we serve."
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
StoneMor will conduct a conference call to discuss this news release today, March 23, 2021 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern
Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling (877) 308-6987. 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 313 cemeteries and 80 funeral homes in 26 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 unlevered free cash flow and trust asset growth targets, 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, purchasers 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 adjusted operating income, EBITDA, adjusted EBITDA, field 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.