Aramark Announces Strong First Quarter 2014 Results

Solid Organic Sales Growth with Double-Digit Adjusted Operating Income Increase

Philadelphia, February 5, 2014 — Aramark Holdings Corporation (NYSE:ARMK), today reported strong first quarter 2014 results.  

 

KEY FIRST QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS  

Sales of $3.8 billion, with organic growth of 7%;  

Adjusted operating income of $259.6 million up 18%, operating income of $157.2 million;  

Adjusted net income of $111.9 million, net income of $44.9 million;  

Adjusted earnings per share of $0.52, earnings per share of $0.21;   

Regular quarterly dividend declared.  

 

FIRST QUARTER RESULTS  

First quarter 2014 sales were $3.8 billion versus $3.5 billion in the first quarter of 2013, with organic growth of 7%.   Adjusted operating income was $259.6 million, versus $220.6 million in the first quarter of last year, an increase of 18%.  In the first quarter of 2013, the company estimates that sales were reduced by approximately 2% and adjusted operating income was reduced by approximately 6% as a result of the NHL lockout and Hurricane Sandy, serving to boost the 2014 growth rates.          

   

Adjusted net income for the quarter was $111.9 million or $0.52 per share, versus adjusted net income of $70.6 million or $0.34 per share in the first quarter of 2013.  In the first quarter of 2013, the company estimates that adjusted net income was reduced by approximately $6.0 million, or $0.03 per share as a result of the NHL lockout and Hurricane Sandy.           

   

On an as reported basis for the quarter, operating income was $157.2 million, net income was $44.9 million and earnings per share were $0.21.  A reconciliation of adjusted financial measures to reported financial measures is presented below.  See “Non-GAAP Measures.”     

   

“The momentum in our business continues and we delivered strong first quarter results,” commented Eric J. Foss, president and chief executive officer.  “We continue to win new business and achieve high client retention rates, which drove broad-based topline growth across our segments and geographies.  At the same time, our productivity programs and repeatable business model are driving margin and profit improvement.  The growth potential in our business is significant and we are confident in our ability to drive long-term shareholder value through the effective execution of our strategy.”      

 

SEGMENT RESULTS  

   

Food and Support Services – North America  

Sales in the Food and Support Services – North America segment were $2.6 billion, up 7% on both a reported and an organic basis.  Adjusted operating income for the segment was up 16% in the quarter (up 15% on a reported basis).  In the first quarter of 2013, the NHL lockout and Hurricane Sandy were estimated to have reduced North America sales by about 2% and adjusted operating income by approximately 6%.  Sales growth was particularly solid in both the Education and Sports, Leisure and Corrections sectors as a result of higher new business.  Profit growth was driven by the company’s various productivity initiatives.     

   

Food and Support Services - International  

Sales in the Food and Support Services - International segment were $775.6 million, a 7% increase on both a reported and an organic basis, led by continued double digit growth in the company’s emerging market geographies and positive growth in Europe.  Adjusted operating income for the segment was up 23% in the quarter (up 41% on a reported basis) as the segment benefited from efforts to streamline food, labor and above-unit costs.   

   

Uniform and Career Apparel  

Sales in the Uniform and Career Apparel segment were $367.1 million, a 4% increase on both a reported and an organic basis.  Adjusted operating income for the segment was up 17% in the quarter (up 30% on a reported basis) from a combination of sales growth and merchandise and labor cost initiatives.  Hurricane Sandy was estimated to have reduced prior year adjusted operating income by about 2%.         

   

Declaration of Dividend  

On February 4, 2014, the company’s Board of Directors declared a 7.5 cent dividend per share of common stock, payable on March 11, 2014, to shareholders of record at the close of business February 18, 2014.    

 

LIQUIDITY & CAPITAL STRUCTURE  

In December 2013, the company completed its initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange, including a primary offering of 28 million shares that yielded net proceeds of approximately $524 million, which the company used to repay outstanding debt.  As of December 27, 2013, total debt had been reduced to $5.6 billion and the company’s total debt to adjusted EBITDA ratio had been reduced to 4.7x, from 5.6x as of December 2012.  The fiscal year end September 2013 ratio pro forma for the equity offering was 4.5x, with the increase in the first quarter of 2014 resulting from normal seasonal increases in working capital.  Liquidity remains strong, and as of quarter end the company had approximately $400 million of available borrowing capacity on its $605 million revolving credit facility.  Subsequent to the initial public offering, Aramark received a two level ratings upgrade from S&P to its corporate debt rating.        

   

OUTLOOK  

The company’s outlook for the year remains unchanged and is consistent with the framework that was communicated in conjunction with the initial public offering:        

Organic sales growth is expected between 3% and 5% on a 52-week basis;  

Adjusted operating income in Q2 and subsequent quarters is expected to grow in the mid to high single digits; and,     

Adjusted earnings per share are expected to be between $1.30 and $1.40 when reflecting the impact of a 53rd reporting week and utilizing a projected estimate of 236 million diluted shares at the end of fiscal 2014.        

 

CONFERENCE CALL SCHEDULED  

The company has scheduled a conference call at 10 a.m. Eastern Standard Time today to discuss its earnings.  This call can be heard, either live or on a delayed basis, on the company's web site, www.aramark.com on the investor relations page.  

   

 

About Aramark 

Aramark (NYSE: ARMK) is in the customer service business across food, facilities and uniforms, wherever people work, learn, recover, and play.  United by a passion to serve, our more than 270,000 employees deliver experiences that enrich and nourish the lives of millions of people in 22 countries around the world every day.  Aramark is recognized among the Most Admired Companies by FORTUNE and the World’s Most Ethical Companies by the Ethisphere Institute. Learn more at www.aramark.com or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.  

  

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Selected Operational and Financial Metrics  

   

Adjusted Sales (Organic)  

Management believes that presentation of sales growth, adjusted to eliminate the effects of acquisitions & divestitures and the impact of currency translation, provides useful information to investors because it enhances comparability between the current year and prior year reporting periods.  Elimination of the currency translation effect provides constant currency comparisons without the distortion of currency rate fluctuations.   

   

Adjusted Operating Income  

Adjusted operating income, represents operating income adjusted to eliminate the increased amortization of acquisition-related customer relationship intangible assets and depreciation of property and equipment resulting from the going-private transaction in 2007 (the "Transaction"); the impact of the change in fair value related to the gasoline and diesel agreements; severance and other charges; share-based compensation; the effects of acquisitions & divestitures and the impact of currency translation and other items impacting comparability.   

   

Adjusted EBITDA  

Adjusted EBITDA represents Adjusted Operating Income further adjusted to exclude the impact of all other depreciation and amortization expense.   

   

Adjusted Net Income  

Adjusted Net Income represents net income adjusted to eliminate the impact from discontinued operations; the increased amortization of acquisition-related customer relationship intangible assets and depreciation of property and equipment resulting from the 2007 Transaction; the impact of changes in the fair value related to the gasoline and diesel agreements; severance and other charges; share-based compensation; the effects of acquisitions & divestitures and the impact of currency translation and other items impacting comparability,  less the tax impact of these adjustments.  Management believes that presentation of net income as adjusted is useful information to investors because we use such information when evaluating net income to better evaluate the underlying operating performance of the company.  

 

We use Adjusted Sales, Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income as supplemental measures of our operating profitability and to operate and control our cash operating costs to evaluate our performance.  These financial metrics are not measurements of financial performance under generally accepted accounting principles in the United States, or U.S. GAAP.  We believe the presentation of these metrics is appropriate to provide additional information to investors about our operating performance.  Our presentation of these metrics has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP. You should not consider these measures as alternatives to net income or operating income, determined in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Adjusted Sales, Adjusted Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income, as presented by us, may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies because not all companies use identical calculations.  

 

 

ARAMARK HOLDINGS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(Unaudited)
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)

 

   

Three Months  

 

Three Months  

   

Ended  

 

Ended  

   

December 27, 2013  

 

December 28, 2012  

         

Sales  

 

$            3,763,081  

 

$            3,535,915  

         

Costs and Expenses:  

       

     Cost of services provided  

 

3,354,819  

 

3,171,540  

     Depreciation and amortization  

 

136,824  

 

133,400  

     Selling and general corporate expenses  

 

114,216  

 

55,656  

   

3,605,859  

 

3,360,596  

Operating income  

 

157,222  

 

175,319  

Interest and other financing costs, net  

 

83,353  

 

113,351  

     Income before income taxes   

 

73,869  

 

61,968  

Provision for income taxes  

 

28,953  

 

18,776  

     Net income  

 

44,916  

 

43,192  

     Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interests  

 

154  

 

378  

     Net income attributable to ARAMARK Holdings stockholders  

 

$                 44,762  

 

$                 42,814  

         

Earnings per share attributable to ARAMARK Holdings stockholders:  

     

Basic  

 

$                     0.22  

 

$                     0.21  

Diluted  

 

$                     0.21  

 

$                     0.20  

         

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding:  

       

Basic  

 

206,462  

 

201,991  

Diluted  

 

215,294  

 

209,107  

 

         

ARAMARK HOLDINGS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS  

(Unaudited)  

(In Thousands)  

         
   

December 27, 2013  

 

September 27, 2013  

Assets  

       
         

Current Assets:  

       

Cash and cash equivalents  

 

$               115,598  

 

$               110,998  

Receivables   

 

1,504,479  

 

1,405,843  

Inventories  

 

532,943  

 

541,972  

Prepayments and other current assets  

 

183,549  

 

228,352  

Total current assets  

 

2,336,569  

 

2,287,165  

Property and Equipment, net  

 

967,350  

 

977,323  

Goodwill  

 

4,615,082  

 

4,619,987  

Other Intangible Assets  

 

1,363,219  

 

1,408,764  

Other Assets  

 

967,116  

 

973,867  

   

$          10,249,336  

 

$          10,267,106  

         

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  

       
         

Current Liabilities:  

       

Current maturities of long-term borrowings  

 

$                 88,786  

 

$                 65,841  

Accounts payable  

 

760,284  

 

888,969  

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities  

 

1,139,678  

 

1,434,443  

Total current liabilities  

 

1,988,748  

 

2,389,253  

Long-Term Borrowings  

 

5,555,929  

 

5,758,229  

Other Liabilities  

 

1,011,182  

 

1,047,002  

Common Stock Subject to Repurchase and Other  

 

10,146  

 

168,915  

Total Stockholders' Equity  

 

1,683,331  

 

903,707  

   

$          10,249,336  

 

$          10,267,106  

         

   

         

ARAMARK HOLDINGS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS  

(Unaudited)  

(In Thousands)  

         
         
   

Three Months  

 

Three Months  

   

Ended  

 

Ended  

   

December 27, 2013  

 

December 28, 2012  

         

Cash flows from operating activities:  

       

     Net income  

 

$                 44,916  

 

$                 43,192  

     Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash   

       

       used in operating activities:  

       

          Depreciation and amortization  

 

136,824  

 

133,400  

          Income taxes deferred  

 

(21,162)  

 

(18,460)  

          Share-based compensation expense  

 

45,398  

 

4,027  

     Changes in noncash working capital  

 

(493,545)  

 

(386,109)  

     Other operating activities  

 

6,311  

 

25,011  

Net cash used in operating activities  

 

(281,258)  

 

(198,939)  

         

Cash flows from investing activities:  

       

     Net purchases of property and equipment,  

       

        and client contract investments and other  

 

(76,931)  

 

(71,199)  

     Acquisitions, divestitures, and other investing activities  

 

18,102  

 

(7,522)  

Net cash used in investing activities  

 

(58,829)  

 

(78,721)  

         

Cash flows from financing activities:  

       

     Net proceeds/payments of long-term borrowings  

 

(179,565)  

 

304,737  

     Net change in funding under the Receivables Facility  

 

-  

 

36,200  

     Proceeds from initial public offering, net  

 

524,081  

 

-  

     Proceeds from issuance of common stock  

 

1,837  

 

3,246  

     Distribution in connection with spin-off of Seamless Holdings  

 

-  

 

(47,352)  

     Repurchase of common stock  

 

(629)  

 

(15,573)  

     Other financing activities   

 

(1,037)  

 

(11,393)  

Net cash provided by financing activities  

 

344,687  

 

269,865  

Increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  

 

4,600  

 

(7,795)  

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period  

 

110,998  

 

136,748  

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period  

 

$               115,598  

 

$               128,953  

         

   

ARAMARK HOLDINGS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES  

ADJUSTED CONSOLIDATED OPERATING INCOME MARGIN  

(Unaudited)  

(In thousands)  

                     
   

Three Months Ended  

   

 December 27, 2013   

   

FSS North America 

 

FSS International  

 

Uniform  

 

Corporate  

 

ARAMARK  

Holdings  

Corporation  

Sales (as reported)  

 

$          2,620,351 

 

$             775,575 

 

$             367,155 

     

$          3,763,081 

                     

Operating Income (as reported)  

 

$             163,134 

 

$               27,072 

 

$               40,295 

 

$              (73,279) 

 

$             157,222 

                     

Operating Income Margin (as reported)  

 

6.2%  

 

3.5%  

 

11.0%  

     

4.2%  

                     
                     

Sales (as reported)  

 

$          2,620,351 

 

$             775,575 

 

$             367,155 

     

$          3,763,081 

                     

Effect of Currency Translation  

                 

-  

Effect of Acquisitions & Divestitures  

 

(5,032)  

 

-  

 

-  

     

(5,032)  

                     

Adjusted Sales (Organic)  

 

$          2,615,319 

 

$             775,575 

 

$             367,155 

     

$          3,758,049 

                     

Operating Income (as reported)  

 

$             163,134 

 

$               27,072 

 

$               40,295 

 

$              (73,279) 

 

$             157,222 

Increased Amortization of Acquisition-Related Customer  

Relationship Intangible Assets and Depreciation of Property 

and Equipment Resulting from the Transaction  

 

30,768  

 

1,772  

 

6,976  

 

-  

 

39,516  

Share-Based Compensation  

 

-  

 

-  

 

-  

 

8,513  

 

8,513  

Effect of Currency Translation  

             

-  

 

-  

Severance and Other Charges  

 

-  

 

-  

 

-  

 

5,038  

 

5,038  

Effect of Acquisitions & Divestitures  

 

(143)  

 

-  

 

-  

 

-  

 

(143)  

Branding  

 

-  

 

-  

 

-  

 

5,176  

 

5,176  

Initial Public Offering-Related Expenses, including share-based  

compensation  

 

-  

 

-  

 

-  

 

41,857  

 

41,857  

Gains, Losses & Settlements impacting comparability  

 

3,667  

 

-  

 

(923)  

 

(329)  

 

2,415  

Adjusted Operating Income  

 

$             197,426 

 

$               28,844 

 

$               46,348 

 

$              (13,024) 

 

$             259,594 

                     

Adjusted Operating Income Margin  

 

7.5%  

 

3.7%  

 

12.6%  

     

6.9%  

                     
   

Three Months Ended  

   

 December 28, 2012   

   

FSS North America 

 

FSS International  

 

Uniform  

 

Corporate  

 

ARAMARK  

Holdings  

Corporation  

Sales (as reported)  

 

$          2,457,584 

 

$             724,897 

 

$             353,434 

     

$          3,535,915 

                     

Operating Income (as reported)  

 

$             141,551 

 

$               19,210 

 

$               31,096 

 

$              (16,538) 

 

$             175,319 

                     

Operating Income Margin (as reported)  

 

5.8%  

 

2.7%  

 

8.8%  

     

5.0%  

                     
                     

Sales (as reported)  

 

$          2,457,584 

 

$             724,897 

 

$             353,434 

     

$          3,535,915 

                     

Effect of Currency Translation  

 

(14,521)  

 

(1,353)  

 

-  

     

(15,874)  

Effect of Acquisitions & Divestitures  

 

(8,451)  

 

-  

 

-  

     

(8,451)  

                     

Adjusted Sales (Organic)  

 

$          2,434,612 

 

$             723,544 

 

$             353,434 

     

$          3,511,590 

                     

Operating Income (as reported)  

 

$             141,551 

 

$               19,210 

 

$               31,096 

 

$              (16,538) 

 

$             175,319 

Increased Amortization of Acquisition-Related Customer  

Relationship Intangible Assets and Depreciation of Property 

and Equipment Resulting from the Transaction  

 

29,593  

 

2,497  

 

6,721  

     

38,811  

Share-Based Compensation  

 

-  

 

-  

 

-  

 

4,027  

 

4,027  

Effect of Currency Translation  

 

(1,351)  

 

(737)  

 

-  

 

-  

 

(2,088)  

Severance and Other Charges  

 

-  

 

2,400  

 

3,580  

 

-  

 

5,980  

Effect of Acquisitions & Divestitures  

 

(36)  

 

-  

 

-  

 

-  

 

(36)  

Gains, Losses & Settlements impacting comparability  

 

-  

 

-  

 

(1,693)  

 

231  

 

(1,462)  

Adjusted Operating Income  

 

$             169,757 

 

$               23,370 

 

$               39,704 

 

$              (12,280) 

 

$             220,551 

                     

Adjusted Operating Income Margin  

 

7.0%  

 

3.2%  

 

11.2%  

     

6.3%  

 

ARAMARK HOLDINGS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES  

ADJUSTED NET INCOME, ADJUSTED NET INCOME, ADJUSTED EBITDA & ADJUSTED EPS  

(Unaudited)  

(In thousands, except per share amounts)  

           
           
     

Three Months  

 

Three Months  

     

Ended  

 

Ended  

     

 December 27, 2013   

 

 December 28, 2012   

           

Net Income (as reported)  

 

$                 44,916  

 

$                 43,192  

 

Adjustment:  

       
 

Increased Amortization of Acquisition-Related Customer Relationship Intangible Assets and Depreciation of Property and Equipment Resulting from the Transaction  

 

39,516  

 

38,811  

 

Share-Based Compensation  

 

8,513  

 

4,027  

 

Effect of Currency Translation  

 

-  

 

(2,088)  

 

Severance and Other Charges  

 

5,038  

 

5,980  

 

Effect of Acquisitions & Divestitures  

 

(143)  

 

(36)  

 

Branding  

 

5,176  

 

-  

 

Initial Public Offering-Related Expenses, including share-based compensation  

 

41,857  

 

-  

 

Gains, Losses & Settlements impacting comparability  

 

2,415  

 

(1,462)  

 

Tax Impact of Adjustments to Adjusted Net Income  

 

(35,432)  

 

(17,867)  

Adjusted Net Income  

 

$               111,856  

 

$                 70,557  

 

Adjustment:  

       
 

Tax Impact of Adjustments to Adjusted Net Income  

 

35,432  

 

17,867  

 

Provision for Income Taxes  

 

28,953  

 

18,776  

 

Interest and Other Financing Charges, net  

 

83,353  

 

113,351  

Adjusted Operating Income  

 

$               259,594  

 

$               220,551  

 

Adjustment:  

       
 

Increased Amortization of Acquisition-Related Customer Relationship Intangible Assets and Depreciation of Property and Equipment Resulting from the Transaction  

 

(39,516)  

 

(38,811)  

 

Depreciation and Amortization  

 

136,824  

 

133,400  

Adjusted EBITDA  

 

$               356,902  

 

$               315,140  

           
           

Adjusted Earnings Per Share  

       
 

Adjusted Net Income  

 

$               111,856  

 

$                 70,557  

 

Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding  

 

215,294  

 

209,107  

     

$                     0.52  

 

$                     0.34  

 

 

ARAMARK HOLDINGS CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES  

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP MEASURES  

DEBT TO ADJUSTED EBITDA  

(Unaudited)  

(In thousands)  

           
     

Twelve Months  

 

Twelve Months  

     

Ended  

 

Ended  

     

 December 27, 2013   

 

 December 28, 2012   

           

Net Income  

 

$               72,090  

 

$             119,542  

 

Adjustment:  

       
 

Loss from Discontinued Operations, net of tax  

 

1,030  

 

-  

 

Increased Amortization of Acquisition-Related Customer Relationship Intangible Assets and Depreciation of Property and Equipment Resulting from the Transaction  

 

156,148  

 

153,426  

 

Share-Based Compensation  

 

23,903  

 

13,828  

 

Effect of Currency Translation  

 

(1,073)  

 

(2,088)  

 

Severance and Other Charges  

 

113,490  

 

8,980  

 

Effect of Acquisitions & Divestitures  

 

(6,457)  

 

(58)  

 

Branding  

 

5,176  

 

-  

 

Initial Public Offering-Related Expenses, including share-based compensation  

 

41,857  

 

-  

 

Gains, Losses & Settlements impacting comparability  

 

(6,374)  

 

(8,186)  

 

Tax Impact of Adjustments to Adjusted Net Income  

 

(119,409)  

 

(65,531)  

Adjusted Net Income  

 

$             280,381  

 

$             219,913  

 

Adjustment:  

       
 

Tax Impact of Adjustments to Adjusted Net Income  

 

119,409  

 

65,531  

 

Provision for Income Taxes  

 

29,410  

 

23,054  

 

Interest and Other Financing Charges, net  

 

393,847  

 

447,622  

Adjusted Operating Income  

 

$             823,047  

 

$             756,120  

 

Adjustment:  

       
 

Increased Amortization of Acquisition-Related Customer Relationship Intangible Assets and Depreciation of Property and Equipment Resulting from the Transaction  

 

(156,148)  

 

(153,426)  

 

Depreciation and Amortization  

 

545,560  

 

530,747  

Adjusted EBITDA  

 

$          1,212,459  

 

$          1,133,441  

           

Debt to Adjusted EBITDA  

       
 

Total Long-Term Borrowings  

 

$          5,644,715  

 

$          6,347,460  

 

Adjusted EBITDA  

 

1,212,459  

 

1,133,441  

 

Debt to Adjusted EBITDA Ratio  

 

4.7  

 

5.6  

           

 

Explanatory Notes to the Non-GAAP Schedules

Increased amortization of acquisition related customer relationship intangible assets and depreciation of property and equipment resulting from the Transaction – adjustment to eliminate the increased amortization and depreciation above historical levels resulting from the purchase accounting applied to the January 26, 2007 going-private transaction executed with investment funds affiliated with GS Capital Partners, CCMP Capital Advisors, LLC and J.P. Morgan Partners, LLC, Thomas H. Lee Partners, L.P. and Warburg Pincus LLC as well as approximately 250 senior management personnel.

Shared-based compensation – adjustment to eliminate non-cash compensation expense related to the company's issuances of stock options, restricted stock units, performance stock units and other share-based units, excluding the expense related to the modification of missed year options in connection with the initial public offering which are included in the Initial public offering and related expenses adjustment noted below. See Note 9 to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements contained in the company's Form 10-Q filing.

Effect of currency translation – adjustment to eliminate the impact that fluctuations in currency translation rates had on the comparative results by presenting the periods on a constant currency basis.

Severance and other charges – adjustment to eliminate severance expenses and other costs incurred in the applicable period such as costs incurred to start-up our Business Service Center in Nashville, TN and other transformational / organizational streamlining initiatives that are not indicative of our ongoing operational performance.

Effects of acquisitions and divestitures – adjustment to eliminate the impact that acquisitions and divestitures had on the comparative periods by only presenting the acquired or divested businesses for the same periods of time in each period of the comparison.

Branding – adjustment to eliminate the expenses incurred in the period for the Aramark rebranding, such as costs related to the logo redesign, painting of trucks, changing signage, advertising, etc.

Initial public offering and related expenses – adjustment to eliminate non-cash compensation expense ($36.9 million) related to the modification of missed year options in connection with the initial public offering, bonuses paid ($4.3 million) to select senior management individuals related to the successful completion of the initial public offering and other costs attributable to the completion of the initial public offering.

Gains, losses and settlements impacting comparability – adjustment to eliminate certain transactions that are not indicative of our ongoing operational performance such as the loss on the McKinley Chalet divestiture ($6.7 million in fiscal 2014), insurance reserve adjustments due to favorable claims experience ($3.9 million in fiscal 2014 and $1.7 million in fiscal 2013) and gas and diesel contract settlements ($0.3 million gain in fiscal 2014 and $0.2 million loss in fiscal 2013).

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that reflect our current views as to future events and financial performance with respect to, without limitation, conditions in our industry, our operations, our economic performance and financial condition, including, in particular, statements relating to our business and growth strategy. These statements can be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. They use words such as "outlook," "aim," "anticipate," "are confident," "estimate," "expect," "will be," "will continue," "will likely result," "project," "intend," "plan," "believe," "look to" and other words and terms of similar meaning or the negative versions of such words.

Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date made. All statements we make relating to our estimated and projected earnings, costs, expenditures, cash flows, growth rates and financial results are forward-looking statements. In addition, we, through our senior management, from time to time make forward-looking public statements concerning our expected future operations and performance and other developments. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that may change at any time, and, therefore, our actual results may differ materially from those that we expected. We derive many of our forward-looking statements from our operating budgets and forecasts, which are based upon many detailed assumptions. While we believe that our assumptions are reasonable, we caution that it is very difficult to predict the impact of known factors, and, of course, it is impossible for us to anticipate all factors that could affect our actual results. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to us, or persons acting on our behalf, are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements. Some of the factors that we believe could affect our results include without limitation: unfavorable economic conditions; natural disasters, global calamities, sports strikes and other adverse incidents; the failure to retain current clients, renew existing client contracts and obtain new client contracts; a determination by clients to reduce their outsourcing or use of preferred vendors; competition in our industries; increased operating costs and obstacles to cost recovery due to the pricing and cancellation terms of our food and support services contracts; the inability to achieve cost savings through our cost reduction efforts; our expansion strategy; the failure to maintain food safety throughout our supply chain, food-borne illness concerns and claims of illness or injury; governmental regulations including those relating to food and beverages, the environment, wage and hour and government contracting; liability associated with noncompliance with applicable law or other governmental regulations; changes in, new interpretations of or changes in the enforcement of the government regulatory framework; currency risks and other risks associated with international operations, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.K. Bribery Act and other anti-corruption law compliance; continued or further unionization of our workforce; liability resulting from our participation in multiemployer defined benefit pension plans; risks associated with suppliers from whom our products are sourced; disruptions to our relationship with, or to the business of, our primary distributor; the inability to hire and retain sufficient qualified personnel or increases in labor costs; healthcare reform legislation; the contract intensive nature of our business, which may lead to client disputes; seasonality; our leverage; the inability to generate sufficient cash to service all of our indebtedness; debt agreements that limit our flexibility in operating our business; potential conflicts of interest between certain of our controlling shareholders and us; and other factors set forth under the headings "Risk Factors," "Business - Legal Proceedings" and "Management Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" sections in our prospectus dated December 11, 2013, filed with the SEC pursuant to Rule 424(b) of the Securities Act on December 12, 2013, as such factors may be updated from time to time in our periodic filings with the SEC, which are accessible on the SEC's website at www.sec.gov and which may be obtained by contacting Aramark's investor relations department via its website www.aramark.com. Accordingly, there are or will be important factors that could cause actual outcomes or results to differ materially from those indicated in these statements. These factors should not be construed as exhaustive and should be read in conjunction with the other cautionary statements that are included in this release and in our filings with the SEC. As a result of these risks and uncertainties, readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on any forward-looking statements included herein or that may be made elsewhere from time to time by, or on behalf of, us. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or review any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future developments, changes in our expectations, or otherwise, except as required by law.

 

Contacts:
Media Inquiries
Karen Cutler
215-238-4063
Cutler-Karen@aramark.com

Investor Inquiries
Ian Bailey
215-409-7287
Bailey-Ian@aramark.com

Did You Know?

ARAMARK is North America's largest employer of dietitians with more than 500 registered dietitians on staff.