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Republic Services, Inc. RSG reported impressive second-quarter 2022 results, with earnings and revenues surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Adjusted earnings (excluding 15 cents from non-recurring items) per share of $1.32 outpaced the consensus mark by 11.9% and improved 21.1% year over year.
Republic Services' average recycled-commodity price per ton sold in the first quarter was $218, down $17 on a sequential basis but up $48 year over year.
So far this year, shares of Republic Services have gained 19.6% against a 6.9% decline of the industry it belongs to.
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Quarterly revenues of $3.41 billion surpassed the consensus estimate by 2.5% and increased 21.4% year over year. RSG’s top line includes a favorable impact of 11.1% from internal growth and 10.3% from acquisitions/divestitures.
Republic Services, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Revenues in the Collection segment totaled $2.33 billion, up 13.1% year over year. Revenues in the Transfer segment (net) amounted to $191.9 million, rising 9.3% year over year. Revenues in the Landfill segment (net) totaled $406.1 million, increasing 9.5% year over year. Environmental solutions segment’s revenues (net) of $294.3 million surged more than 100% year over year. Other segment’s revenues of $191 million increased 12.9% year over year.
Adjusted EBITDA margin of 27.4% declined 210 basis points (bps) from the prior-year quarter’s levels.
Operating income was $589.6 million, up 13.8% from the year-ago quarter’s levels. The operating income margin declined to 17.3% from the year-ago quarter’s figure.
Total selling, general and administrative expenses were $391.5 million, up 24% from the year-ago quarter’s figure.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Republic Services exited second-quarter 2022 with cash and cash equivalents of $119.4 million compared with $39 million at the end of the prior quarter.
Long-term debt (net of current maturities) was $11.6 billion compared with $9.61 billion at the end of the prior quarter.
RSG generated $857.9 million of cash from operating activities in the reported quarter. The Adjusted free cash flow was $621.1 million.
In the June quarter of 2022, RSG returned $145.3 million of total cash to its shareholders (including $203.5 million of share repurchases and $145.3 million of dividends paid).
During the reported quarter, RSG did not do any share repurchase. As of Jun 30, 2022, the remaining authorized purchase capacity under October 2020 repurchase program was $1.5 billion.
Currently, Republic Services carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
RSG announced that its board approved a dividend hike of approximately 8% to 49.5 cents per share. The new dividend will be paid out on Oct 14 to its shareholders of record as of Oct 3.
RSG raised its full-year adjusted EPS guidance to the $4.77-$4.80 range (prior view: $4.58-$4.65). The Zacks Consensus Estimate is pegged lower at $4.67.
Full-year adjusted free cash flow guidance is expected in the range of $1,700 -$1,725 million.
Recent Performances of Some Other Business Services Companies
Equifax EFX reported mixed second-quarter 2022 results, wherein earnings beat estimates but revenues missed the same.
EFX’s adjusted earnings of $2.09 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 3% and improved 5.6% on a year-over-year basis. Revenues of $1.32 billion missed the consensus estimate marginally but improved 6.6% year over year.
IQVIA Holdings IQV reported solid second-quarter 2022 results, wherein its earnings and revenues surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
IQV’s adjusted earnings per share of $2.44 beat the consensus mark by 2.1% and improved 15% on a year-over-year basis. Total revenues of $3.54 billion outpaced the consensus estimate by 1.2% and increased 3% year over year.
Omnicom Group OMC reported impressive second-quarter 2022 results, wherein earnings and revenues surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
OMC’s earnings of $1.68 per share beat the consensus mark by 7.7% and increased 15.1% year over year, driven by a strong margin performance. Total revenues of $3.6 billion surpassed the consensus estimate by 4.4% but declined slightly year over year.
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