Date: September 22, 2008
Source: Waste Connections, Inc.
Waste Connections to Offer 10 Million Shares of Common Stock
Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE: WCN) today announced it intends to issue 10 million shares of its common stock in a registered offering. The company also plans to grant the underwriters an option to purchase up to 1.5 million additional shares to cover over-allotments, if any. J.P. Morgan Securities Inc., Merrill Lynch & Co., Banc of America Securities LLC and Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC will act as joint bookrunning managers for the proposed offering.
Waste Connections intends to use the net proceeds to repay a portion of the outstanding borrowings under its senior revolving credit facility and to use the remaining net proceeds for general corporate purposes, which may include acquisitions.
This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of the common stock in any jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such jurisdiction. A copy of the prospectus supplement and prospectus relating to these securities may be obtained, when available, by contacting J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. at National Statement Processing, Prospectus Library, 4 Chase Metrotech Center, CS Level, Brooklyn, NY 11245, Attention: Chase Distribution & Support Service Northeast Statement Processing, Phone: 718-242-8002; Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated, Attention: Prospectus Department, Four World Financial Center, New York, New York 10080, phone: 866-500-5408; Banc of America Securities LLC, Capital Markets (Prospectus Fulfillment) by e-mail to email@example.com or by mail to Banc of America Securities LLC, Capital Markets Operations, 100 West 33rd Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10001; or Credit Suisse Securities (USA) LLC, Attn: Prospectus Department, One Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10010, Phone: 800-221-1037.
Waste Connections, Inc. is an integrated solid waste services company that provides solid waste collection, transfer, disposal and recycling services in mostly secondary markets in the Western and Southern U.S. The company serves more than 1.5 million residential, commercial and industrial customers from a network of operations in 23 states. The company also provides intermodal services for the movement of containers in the Pacific Northwest. Waste Connections, Inc. was founded in September 1997 and is headquartered in Folsom, California.
Certain statements contained in this press release are forward-looking in nature. These statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as "believes," "expects," "may," "will," "should," or "anticipates," or the negative thereof or comparable terminology, or by discussions of strategy. Our business and operations are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties and, consequently, actual results may differ materially from those projected by any forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ from those projected include, but are not limited to, those described in Waste Connections' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the Form S-3 Registration Statement and Prospectus Supplement related to the offering described above and Waste Connections' most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. There may be additional risks of which Waste Connections is not presently aware or that it currently believes are immaterial which could have an adverse impact on its business. Waste Connections makes no commitment to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances that may change.
Waste Connections Updates Expected Third Quarter Results
Waste Connections, Inc. (NYSE: WCN) today updated its expected results for third quarter 2008. The company estimates its revenue to be between $271 million and $272 million, with pricing growth to be approximately 6.0% and volume growth to be approximately negative 2.5%. Operating income before depreciation and amortization expense is estimated to be between $80 million and $81 million. Depreciation and amortization expense is estimated to be approximately 8.9% of revenue. Operating income is estimated to be between 20.5% and 20.8% of revenue. Net interest expense is estimated to be approximately $8.7 million. Minority interests and other expense are estimated to be approximately 1.4% of revenue. The effective tax rate is estimated to be approximately 36%, and the fully diluted share count is estimated to be approximately 68.5 million shares.
Operating income before depreciation and amortization is considered a non-GAAP financial measure, and is provided supplementally because it is widely used by investors as a valuation and liquidity measure in the solid waste industry. It should be used in conjunction with GAAP financial measures. Management uses operating income before depreciation and amortization as a principal measure to evaluate and monitor the ongoing financial performance of our operations. Other companies may calculate this measure differently.