Swisher Announces Results for the Three and Nine Months Ended September 30, 2014

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 10, 2014 // GLOBE NEWSWIRE // -- Swisher Hygiene Inc. ("Swisher") (Nasdaq:SWSH), a leading service provider of essential hygiene and sanitizing solutions, announced today results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014. All amounts in this news release are in United States dollars.

Third Quarter 2014 Highlights

  • Total revenue of $49.7 million for the third quarter of 2014, an 11% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2013. Excluding revenue related to non-core linen routes and businesses subsequently sold and held for sale, revenue for the third quarter of 2014 was down 6% from the prior-year period.
  • Adjusted EBITDA loss of $2.3 million for the third quarter of 2014, based on a net loss from continuing operations of $7.8 million, as compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.8 million for the third quarter of 2013, based on a net loss from continuing operations of $13.2 million.  For a reconciliation of non-GAAP to GAAP measures, please review the disclosures and table included with this release.
  • Basic and diluted loss per share of $0.44 for the third quarter of 2014, compared to basic and diluted loss per share of $0.75 in the third quarter of 2013.
  • Executed a three-year $20 million revolving credit facility with Siena Lending Group LLC. Interest on borrowings under the credit facility will accrue at the Base Rate plus 2.00%. 

"We continue to improve our margins on a year-over-year basis despite the decline in revenue, as our adjusted EBITDA loss saw improvement," said William M. Pierce, President and Chief Executive Officer of Swisher. "Challenges remain to turn the corner to sustained profitability, but we remain committed to that outcome in the near term."

Reclassification

In the first quarter of 2014, the Company began implementing a realignment of its field service and sales organization and as a result the primary function of certain job titles has shifted from primarily sales focused to service focused. Based on the change in the job functions, the related payroll expense will be classified within route expense, which the Company defines as employee costs incurred to provide service and deliver products to customers. To facilitate comparability between the periods, certain selling, general and administrative expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2013 have been reclassified to route expense to conform to the current year's presentation as follows: a $3.0 million increase in route expense and a $3.0 million decrease in selling, general and administrative expense. For the nine months ended September 30, 2013, the following amounts have been reclassified to route expense: an $8.6 million increase in route expense and an $8.6 million decrease in selling, general and administrative expense. There was no impact to loss from continuing operations, net loss or loss per share as a result of the reclassification.

Third Quarter 2014 Results

For the three months ended September 30, 2014, Swisher reported total revenue of $49.7 million, an 11% decrease from $55.9 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013. Excluding revenue related to non-core linen routes and businesses subsequently sold and held for sale, revenue for the third quarter of 2014 was down 6% from the prior-year period.

Total costs and expenses for the three months ended September 30, 2014 decreased 17% to $57.3 million, compared to $68.7 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013. Excluding $1.7 million of impairment expense related to assets held for sale in the three months ended September 30, 2013, total costs and expenses decreased 15%, or $9.7 million, compared to the three months ended September 30, 2013.

For the three months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively:

  Q3 2014 Q3 2013
Cost of sales as a % of revenue 45.7% 45.1%
Route expense as a % of revenue1 26.7% 25.2%
SG&A expense as a % of revenue 32.9% 39.7%
SG&A expense (excluding unusual expenses) as a % of revenue 32.9% 40.6%
     
1 Represents route expenses as a percentage of total non-franchise revenue.

Cost of sales declined $2.6 million, or 10%, from the prior-year period. Route expense declined $0.8 million, or 6%, from the prior-year period. SG&A expense (excluding non-routine professional fees) declined $6.3 million, or 28%, from the prior-year period.

The increase in cost of sales as a percentage of revenue from the prior-year period primarily reflects $0.5 million related to a realignment of freight costs previously classified in SG&A in 2013 as well as changes in Swisher's revenue mix. SG&A expenses as a percentage of revenue declined from the prior-year period, reflecting ongoing cost efficiencies, a reduction in stock-based compensation and the sale of non-core linen assets.

Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was $7.8 million, compared to net loss of $13.4 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013. Net loss for the three months ended September 30, 2013 included a $0.2 million loss from discontinued operations, net of tax.

Adjusted EBITDA loss for the three months ended September 30, 2014 was $2.3 million, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $3.8 million in the three months ended September 30, 2013.

Nine Months 2014 Results

For the nine months ended September 30, 2014, Swisher reported total revenue of $147.9 million, a 9% decrease from $163.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Excluding revenue related to non-core linen routes and businesses subsequently sold and held for sale, revenue for the first nine months of 2014 was down 5% from the prior-year period.

Total costs and expenses for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 decreased 12% to $183.3 million, compared to $207.3 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Excluding $9.0 million related to an impairment loss on goodwill, an impairment loss on assets held for sale and investigation and review-related expenses in the nine months ended September 30, 2014, and $8.3 million of impairment on assets held for sale, investigation and review-related expenses, and non-routine professional fees, in the nine months ended September 30, 2013, total costs and expenses decreased 12% compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013, respectively:

  YTD 2014 YTD 2013
Cost of sales as a % of revenue 45.6% 44.2%
Route expense as a % of revenue1 26.0% 25.5%
SG&A expense as a % of revenue 36.0% 45.1%
SG&A expense (excluding unusual expenses) as a % of revenue 35.9% 42.1%
     
Represents route expenses as a percentage of total non-franchise revenue.

Cost of sales declined $4.7 million, or 7%, from the prior-year period. Route expense declined $3.3 million, or 8%, from the prior-year period. SG&A expense (excluding unusual expenses) declined $15.0 million, or 23%, from the prior-year period.

The increase in cost of sales as a percentage of revenue from the prior-year period primarily reflects $1.5 million related to a realignment of freight costs previously classified in SG&A in 2013 as well as changes in Swisher's revenue mix. SG&A expenses (excluding investigation and review-related expenses and non-routine professional fees) as a percentage of revenue declined from the prior-year period, reflecting cost efficiencies, a reduction in stock-based compensation and the sale of linen assets.

Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $36.7 million, compared to net loss of $46.0 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013. Net loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2013 included a $0.7 million loss from discontinued operations, net of tax.

Adjusted EBITDA loss for the nine months ended September 30, 2014 was $9.5 million, compared to an Adjusted EBITDA loss of $14.7 million in the nine months ended September 30, 2013.

Cash and Capital Resources

As of September 30, 2014, Swisher had $10.2 million of unrestricted cash and cash equivalents on its balance sheet and $3.0 million in outstanding debt, as well as $11.0 million in availability under its revolving credit facility. During the third quarter of 2014, Swisher Hygiene repaid $1.8 million of outstanding debt.

Conference Call

Swisher will host a conference call to discuss third quarter 2014 results on Tuesday, November 11 at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.

The conference call can be accessed over the phone by dialing 1-855-437-4412 or for international callers by dialing 1-484-756-4295; please dial-in 10 minutes before the start of the call. A replay will be available two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-855-859-2056 or for international callers by dialing 1-404-537-3406; the conference ID is 30668706. The replay will be available until Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

In order to access the live webcast, please go to the Investors section of Swisher's website at www.swsh.com and click on the webcast link that will be made available. A replay will be available shortly after the original webcast.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the attached financial tables contain certain non-GAAP financial measures. In addition to net income determined in accordance with GAAP, we use certain non-GAAP measures such as "Adjusted EBITDA" in assessing Swisher's operating performance. Swisher believes this non-GAAP measure serves as an appropriate measure to be used in evaluating the performance of its business.

Swisher defines Adjusted EBITDA as net loss excluding the impact of income taxes, impairment on goodwill, impairment on assets held for sale, one-time exit fee, depreciation and amortization expense, investigation and review related expenses, non-routine professional fees, net interest expense, foreign currency, stock based compensation, and severance.

Swisher presents Adjusted EBITDA because the Company considers it an important supplemental measure of its operating performance and believes it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of its results. Management uses this non-GAAP financial measure frequently in its decision-making because it provides supplemental information that facilitates internal comparisons to the historical operating performance of prior periods and gives an additional indication of Swisher's core operating performance. Swisher includes this non-GAAP financial measure in its earnings announcement in order to provide transparency to its investors and enable investors to better compare its operating performance with the operating performance of its competitors. Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered in isolation from, and is not intended to represent an alternative measure of, revenue, operating results or cash flows from operating activities as determined in accordance with GAAP. Additionally, Swisher's definition of Adjusted EBITDA may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

Under SEC rules, Swisher is required to provide a reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. Accordingly, the following is a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to Swisher's net losses for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2014 and 2013:

  Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
  September 30, September 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
         
Net loss from continuing operations  $ (7,776)  $ (13,192)  $ (36,716)  $ (45,316)
Income tax (benefit) expense  (55)  558  (78)  1,325
Depreciation and amortization expense  5,044  5,538  15,577  16,690
Interest expense, net  78  186  294  343
Foreign currency  4  --   104  2
Stock-based compensation  395  1,237  1,406  2,956
Severance  59  235  857  520
Investigation and review-related expenses  --   --   225  4,423
Non-routine professional fees  --   (500)  --   517
Impairment loss on assets held for sale  --   1,692  2,989  3,330
Impairment loss on goodwill  --   --   5,821  -- 
One-time exit fee  --   480  --   480
Adjusted EBITDA  $ (2,251)  $ (3,766) $ (9,521)  $ (14,730)

Cautionary Statement on Forward-Looking Information

All statements other than statements of historical fact contained in this press release and on the conference call constitute "forward-looking information" or "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws and the Securities Act (Ontario) and are based on the expectations, estimates and projections of management as of the date of this press release unless otherwise stated. All statements other than historical facts are, or may be, deemed to be forward looking statements. The words "plans," "expects," "is expected," "scheduled," "estimates," or "believes," or similar words or variations of such words and phrases or statements that certain actions, events or results "may," "could," "would," "might," or "will be taken," "occur," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are necessarily based upon a number of estimates and assumptions that, while considered reasonable by Swisher as of the date of such statements, are inherently subject to significant business, economic and competitive uncertainties and contingencies. All of these assumptions have been derived from information currently available to Swisher including information obtained by Swisher from third-party sources. These assumptions may prove to be incorrect in whole or in part. All of the forward-looking statements made in this press release and on the conference call are qualified by the above cautionary statements and those made in the "Risk Factors" section of Swisher's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013 and Swisher's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2014, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, available on www.sec.gov, and with Canadian securities regulators available on Swisher's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com, and Swisher's other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission and with Canadian securities regulators available on Swisher's SEDAR profile at www.sedar.com. The forward-looking information set forth in this press release and on the conference call is subject to various assumptions, risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and which could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking information. Swisher disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events and circumstances, except to the extent required by applicable law.

About Swisher Hygiene Inc.

Swisher Hygiene Inc. is a NASDAQ listed service company delivering essential hygiene and sanitizing solutions to customers in a wide range of end-markets, with a particular emphasis on the foodservice, hospitality, retail and healthcare industries. These solutions are typically delivered by employees on a regularly scheduled basis and involve providing Swisher's customers with consumable products such as detergents, cleaning chemicals, soap and hand sanitizers, paper and specialty products. Most of these offerings are coupled with the rental and servicing of dish machines, dispensing equipment and additional services such as the cleaning of restrooms and other facilities. EPA-registered disinfectants that meet the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's guidelines are also offered to assist customers with their need to disinfect environmental surfaces that may harbor specific viruses. Swisher is committed to service excellence, as what Swisher does matters to thousands of customers on a daily basis, helping to create the cleanest and healthiest environments.

 

SWISHER HYGIENE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS AND COMPREHENSIVE LOSS (Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share and per share data)
         
  Three Months Ended 
September 30,
Nine Months Ended 
September 30,
  2014 2013 2014 2013
Revenue        
Products  $ 44,603  $ 49,864  $ 132,624  $ 144,897
Services  4,749  5,728  14,252  17,381
Franchise and other  298  324  1,024  1,047
Total revenue  49,650  55,916  147,900  163,325
         
Costs and expenses        
Cost of sales (exclusive of route expenses and related depreciation and amortization)  22,671  25,234  67,456  72,199
Route expenses  13,191  14,033  38,153  41,416
Selling, general, and administrative expenses  16,357  22,197  53,261  73,666
Depreciation and amortization  5,044  5,538  15,577  16,690
Impairment loss on assets held for sale  --   1,692  2,989  3,330
Impairment loss on goodwill  --   --   5,821  -- 
Total costs and expenses  57,263  68,694  183,257  207,301
Loss from continuing operations  (7,613)  (12,778)  (35,357)  (43,976)
         
Other (expense) income, net  (218)  144  (1,437)  (15)
Net loss from continuing operations before income taxes  (7,831)  (12,634)  (36,794)  (43,991)
Income tax benefit (expense)  55  (558)  78  (1,325)
Net loss from continuing operations  (7,776)  (13,192)  (36,716)  (45,316)
Loss from discontinued operations, net of tax  --   (208)  --   (707)
Net loss  (7,776)  (13,400)  (36,716)  (46,023)
         
Comprehensive loss        
Employee benefit plan adjustment, net of tax  --   --   --   3
Foreign currency translation adjustment  (21)  33  (20)  (20)
Comprehensive loss  $ (7,797)  $ (13,367)  $ (36,736)  $ (46,040)
         
Loss per share (1)        
Basic and diluted (continuing operations)  $ (0.44)  $ (0.75)  $ (2.07)  $ (2.58)
Basic and diluted (discontinued operations) -- (0.00) -- (0.00)
         
Weighted-average common shares used in the computation of loss per share (1)        
Basic and diluted  17,744,834  17,681,543  17,714,011  17,575,997
         
(1) All outstanding share amounts and computations using such amounts have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the June 3, 2014 one-for-ten reverse stock split.
 
 
SWISHER HYGIENE INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except share data)
     
  September 30, December 31,
  2014 2013
  (Unaudited)  
Current assets    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 10,179  $ 21,465
Restricted cash 231 3,558
Accounts receivable (net of allowance for doubtful accounts of approximately $1.6 million at September 30, 2014and $2.0 million at December 31, 2013) 18,774 21,010
Inventory, net 15,864 14,032
Deferred income taxes 96 935
Assets held for sale 75 4,520
Other assets 3,366 5,782
Total current assets 48,585 71,302
Restricted cash  --  2,117
Property and equipment, net 40,061 43,842
Goodwill  --  5,821
Other intangibles, net 7,061 8,436
Customer relationships and contracts, net 24,183 28,575
Other noncurrent assets 1,946 1,624
Total assets  $ 121,836  $ 161,717
Current liabilities    
Accounts payable  $ 11,693  $ 8,794
Accrued payroll and benefits 4,807 3,819
Accrued expense 7,096 8,132
Long-term debt and obligations due within one year 1,693 5,251
Liabilities of discontinued operations  --  2,131
Total current liabilities 25,289 28,127
Long-term debt and obligations 1,295 2,003
Deferred income taxes 142 1,053
Other long-term liabilities 3,275 3,348
Total noncurrent liabilities 4,712 6,404
Commitments and contingencies    
Equity    
Preferred stock, par value $0.001, authorized 10,000,000 shares; no shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013  --   -- 
Common stock, par value $0.001, authorized 600,000,000 shares; 17,588,897 shares and 17,577,330 shares issued and outstanding at September 30, 2014 and December 31, 2013 (1)  18  18
Additional paid-in capital (1) 389,637 388,252
Accumulated deficit  (297,271)  (260,555)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (549)  (529)
Total equity 91,835 127,186
Total liabilities and equity  $ 121,836  $ 161,717
     
(1) All outstanding share amounts and computations using such amounts have been retroactively adjusted to reflect the June 3, 2014 one-for-ten reverse stock split.

SOURCE Swisher Hygiene Inc.

Investor Contact:

Amy Simpson
Swisher Hygiene Inc.
O: (704) 602-7116

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