Waste Connections, Inc. WCN reported solid third-quarter 2022 results, wherein earnings and revenues surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate.
Raised 2022 revenue outlook motivated investors as the stock has risen 5% since the earnings release on Nov 2. Full-year revenues are estimated at $7.190 billion (previous view: $7.125 billion). The Zacks Consensus Estimate is below the raised guidance of $7.17 billion.
Adjusted earnings (excluding 18 cents from non-recurring items) of $1.10 per share beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 8.9% and increased 23.6% year over year. Revenues of $1.88 billion topped the consensus mark by 0.3% and rose 17.7% year over year.
Acquisitions contributed $51.4 million to revenues in the reported quarter.
Waste Connections, Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise
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Revenues by Segment
The Solid Waste Collection segment’s revenues increased 20.2% year over year to $1.34 billion.
The Solid Waste Disposal and Transfer segment’s revenues increased 11.4% from the year-ago quarter’s level to $616.9 million.
The Solid Waste Recycling segment’s revenues plunged 13.5% year over year to $48.25.
The Intermodal and Other segment’s revenues increased 24.6% to $47.6 million.
The E&P Waste Treatment, Recovery and Disposal segment’s revenues soared 48.1% from the year-ago quarter’s level to $57 million.
Adjusted EBITDA in the reported quarter was $588.1 million, up 16.3% from the year-ago quarter’s level. Adjusted EBITDA margin came in at 31.3% compared with 31.7% in the year-ago quarter.
Operating income totaled $326.8 million, up 14.6% from the prior-year quarter’s level.
WCN announced that its board of directors declared a dividend hike of 10.9% to 25.5 cents per share. The updated dividend will be paid out on Dec 1 to its shareholders of record as of Nov 16.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Waste Connections exited third-quarter 2022 with cash and cash equivalents of $147.4 million compared with $217.8 million at the end of the prior quarter. Long-term debt was $6.2 billion compared with $5.63 billion at the end of the March quarter.
WCN generated $421.5 million of cash from operating activities in the reported quarter. Adjusted free cash flow was $240 million. Capital expenditures totaled $208.1 million.
WCN paid out dividends worth $53.5 million in the reported quarter. Currently, Waste Connections carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.
Net income is estimated to be $836.7 million (prior view: $837.5 million). Adjusted EBITDA is estimated at $2.210 billion (past view: $2.190 billion).
Capital expenditures are estimated to be approximately $850 million, in line with the previous estimate.
Net cash provided by operating activities is estimated to be $1.963 billion (prior view: $1.974 billion). Adjusted free cash flow is estimated to be $1.160 billion, in line with the previous estimate.
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