ServiceMaster to Return up to US$300 Million in Share Buyback
ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc., a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a three-year share repurchase program under which the company may repurchase up to $300 million of its outstanding common stock.
ServiceMaster Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:SERV), a leading provider of essential residential and commercial services, today announced that its Board of Directors has approved a three-year share repurchase program, under which the company may repurchase up to $300 million of its outstanding common stock. As of December 31, 2015, the company had approximately 135.5 million shares of common stock outstanding.
The share repurchase program is part of the company’s capital allocation strategy that focuses on sustainable growth and maximizing shareholder value. As part of the strategy, the company has set a target Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA ratio range of 2.5x to 3.0x. As of December 31, 2015, the company’s ratio of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA was 4.2x.
Under the share repurchase program, the company may repurchase shares in accordance with all applicable securities laws and regulations, including Rule 10b-18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The extent to which the company repurchases its shares, and the timing and manner of such repurchases, will depend upon a variety of factors, including market conditions, regulatory requirements and other corporate considerations, as determined by the company. The repurchase program may be suspended or discontinued at any time. The company expects to fund the purchases from operating cash flow.
Net Debt and Adjusted EBITDA are non-GAAP financial measures and should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP financial measures. Management views the leverage ratio of Net Debt to Adjusted EBITDA as the most useful indicator of when the company would be in a position to repurchase shares and return funds to shareholders. Net Debt is defined as face value of debt less unrestricted cash and marketable securities. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to income from continuing operations and the calculation of Net Debt are set forth below.
|Adjustments to reconcile Adjusted EBITDA to Income from Continuing Operations:|
|Depreciation and amortization expense||(84||)|
|401(k) Plan corrective contribution||(23||)|
|Non-cash stock-based compensation expense||(10||)|
|Gain on sale of Merry Maids branches||7|
|Provision for income taxes||(107||)|
|Loss on extinguishment of debt||(58||)|
|Other non-operating expenses||(12||)|
|Income from Continuing Operations||$||162|
|Face value of debt||$||2,843|
|Unrestricted cash and marketable securities:|
|Cash and cash equivalents||296|
|Long-term marketable securities||57|
|Restricted net assets||(169||)|
|Total unrestricted cash and marketable securities:||208|
Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements and cautionary statements, including the company’s expectations regarding its share repurchase program. Some of the forward-looking statements can be identified by the use of forward-looking terms such as “believes,” “expects,” “may,” “will,” “shall,” “should,” “would,” “could,” “seeks,” “aims,” “projects,” “is optimistic,” “intends,” “plans,” “estimates,” “anticipates, ” “considers” or other comparable terms. Forward-looking statements are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties, many of which may be beyond our control, including, without limitation, the risks and uncertainties discussed in the “Risk Factors” and “Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements” sections in the company’s reports filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We caution you that forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance or outcomes and that actual performance and outcomes, including, without limitation, our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity, and the development of the market segments in which we operate, may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements contained in this press release.
Additional factors that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ from those reflected in forward-looking statements include, without limitation, lawsuits, enforcement actions and other claims by third parties or governmental authorities; compliance with, or violation of environmental health and safety laws and regulations; 401(k) Plan corrective contribution; the effects of our substantial indebtedness; changes in interest rates, because a significant portion of our indebtedness bears interest at variable rates; weakening general economic conditions; weather conditions and seasonality; the success of our business strategies, and costs associated with restructuring initiatives. The company assumes no obligation to update the information contained herein, which speaks only as of the date hereof.