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Stonemor Inc. Reports First Quarter Financial Results

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StoneMor Partners L.P.
StoneMor Partners L.P.

BENSALEM, Pa., May 12, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StoneMor Inc. (NYSE: STON) (“StoneMor” or the “Company”), a leading owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes, today reported operating and financial results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2022. Investors are encouraged to read the Company’s quarterly report on Form 10-Q when it is filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), which will contain additional details, and will be posted at www.stonemor.com.

FIRST QUARTER FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE

  • Revenues for the first quarter were $81.0 million compared to $78.3 million in the first quarter in the prior year.

  • Cemetery segment operating income for the first quarter was $8.0 million compared to $11.7 million in the first quarter in the prior year period, representing a decrease of $3.6 million.

  • Funeral home segment operating income for the first quarter was $1.3 million compared to $1.6 million in the first quarter in the prior year period, representing a decrease of $0.3 million.

  • Corporate overhead expense increased to $11.8 million in the first quarter compared to $9.5 million in the first quarter in the prior year period.

  • First quarter operating loss was $2.7 million compared to operating income of $3.6 million in the first quarter in the prior year.

  • First quarter net loss from continuing operations was $12.2 million compared to $5.2 million in the first quarter in the prior year.

  • First quarter adjusted EBITDA was $32.6 million compared to $28.0 million in the first quarter in the prior year.

Joe Redling, StoneMor’s President and Chief Executive Officer said, “As we entered 2022, we knew that we were facing tougher comps after our strong sales production performance throughout 2021. Our teams delivered during the first quarter of 2022, with pre-need sales production growth of 4% compared to a first quarter of 2021 that was up 45% against the first quarter of 2020. This performance contributed to a year-to-date adjusted EBITDA improvement of $4.6 million, even as we are faced with rising costs and other expense challenges.”

LIQUIDITY UPDATE

As of March 31, 2022, the Company had $90.9 million of cash, including $16.7 million of restricted cash, and $393.6 million of total debt.

“Through the first quarter, we remained on target with our previously announced 2022 annual guidance targets for organic growth in our trusts of $70 million and unlevered free cash flow of $40 million,” said Jeff DiGiovanni, StoneMor’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. “For the three months ended March 31, 2022, we generated $28.2 million in trust growth, which included $10.3 million in trust funds added through our recent acquisitions, as well as $6.3 million in unlevered free cash flow. Collectively, that’s $34.5 million in value creation during the first quarter of 2022.”

AXAR LETTER UPDATE

As previously reported, the Conflicts Committee of the Company’s Board of Directors and its counsel had been engaged in discussions with Axar Capital Management, LP (“Axar”) and its counsel regarding a transaction in which Axar would acquire the shares of the Company that are not owned by Axar or its affiliates but, as had also been previously reported, those negotiations had been tabled in light of the work undertaken by the Conflicts Committee with respect to the independent review of certain investments by our trusts in which Axar had an interest. The Conflicts Committee and Axar recently resumed active negotiations and those negotiations are continuing, but they have not come to agreement on any price that Axar would pay for such shares or on certain other terms of any transaction. There can be no assurance that any agreement with respect to a take-private transaction will be executed or that this or any other transaction will be approved or consummated. The Company does not undertake any obligation to provide any updates with respect to these matters except as required under applicable law.

CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION

StoneMor will conduct a conference call to discuss this news release today, May 12, 2022 at 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time. The conference call can be accessed by calling (800) 935-9319. No reservation number is necessary; however, it is advised that interested parties access the call-in number 5 to 10 minutes prior to the scheduled start time to avoid delays. StoneMor will also host a live webcast of this conference call. Investors may access the live webcast via the Investors page of the StoneMor website www.stonemor.com under Events & Presentations.

About StoneMor Inc.

StoneMor Inc., headquartered in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, is an owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes in the United States, with 304 cemeteries and 72 funeral homes in 24 states and Puerto Rico. StoneMor’s cemetery products and services, which are sold on both a pre-need (before death) and at-need (at death) basis, include: burial lots, lawn and mausoleum crypts, burial vaults, caskets, memorials, and all services which provide for the installation of this merchandise. For additional information about StoneMor Inc. please visit StoneMor’s website, and the investors section, at http://www.stonemor.com.

CONTACT
Investor Relations
StoneMor Inc.
(215) 826-4438

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release, including, but not limited to, information regarding continued negotiations with Axar, are forward-looking statements. Generally, the words “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend,” “project,” “expect,” “predict” and similar expressions identify these forward-looking statements. These statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Forward-looking statements are based on management’s current expectations and estimates. These statements are neither promises nor guarantees and are made subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results stated or implied in this press release. StoneMor’s major risks are related to uncertainties associated with current business and economic disruptions resulting from the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, including the effect of government regulations issued in connection therewith, its ability to identify, and negotiate acceptable agreements with, sellers of additional properties, uncertainties associated with the cash flow from pre-need and at-need sales, trusts and financings, which may impact StoneMor’s ability to meet its financial projections and service its debt, as well as with StoneMor’s ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures.

When considering forward-looking statements, you should keep in mind the risk factors and other cautionary statements set forth in StoneMor’s Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and the other reports that StoneMor files with the Securities and Exchange Commission, from time to time. Except as required under applicable law, StoneMor assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements made herein or any other forward-looking statements made by it, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted EBITDA, Field EBITDA and unlevered free cash flow, which are intended as supplemental measures of the Company’s performance that are not required by or presented in accordance with GAAP. All business results presented in this release are not prepared in accordance with Article 11 of Regulation S-X.

Management uses these non-GAAP measures internally to evaluate and manage the Company’s operations and to better understand its business because they facilitate a comparative assessment of the Company's operating performance relative to its performance based on results calculated under GAAP. These non-GAAP measures also isolate the effects of some items that vary from period to period without any correlation to core operating performance and eliminate certain charges that management believes do not reflect the Company's operations and underlying operational performance. The Compensation, Nominating and Governance Committee of the Company’s board of directors also uses certain of these measures to evaluate management's performance and set its compensation. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures also provide useful information to investors regarding certain financial and business trends relating to the Company’s financial condition and operating results and facilitate an evaluation of the financial performance of the Company and its operations on a consistent basis. Providing this information therefore allows investors to make independent assessments of the Company’s financial performance, results of operation and trends while viewing the information through the eyes of management.

These non-GAAP measures are subject to limitations. The non-GAAP measures presented in this release may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies because other companies may not calculate one or more in the same manner. Additionally, the non-GAAP performance measures exclude significant expenses and income that are required by GAAP to be recorded in the Company’s financial statements; do not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, working capital needs; and do not reflect interest expense, or the requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on debt. Further, our historical adjusted results are not intended to project our adjusted results of operations or financial position for any future period. To compensate for these limitations, management presents and considers these non-GAAP measures in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP results; no non-GAAP measure should be considered in isolation from or as an alternative to net income, earnings per share or any other measure determined in accordance with GAAP. Readers should review the reconciliations included below, and should not rely on any single financial measure to evaluate the Company’s business.

A reconciliation of each non-GAAP measure to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is set forth below (in thousands):

EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA

Three Months Ended March 31,

2022

2021

Net loss from continuing operations

$

(12,234

)

$

(5,213

)

Income tax (expense) benefit

232

(1,676

)

Interest expense

9,286

10,473

Depreciation and amortization

2,061

2,102

Non-cash stock compensation

499

505

Cost of lots sold

1,870

1,394

EBITDA

1,714

7,585

Change in deferred revenues

33,674

22,598

Change in deferred selling and obtaining costs

(2,832

)

(2,202

)

Adjusted EBITDA

$

32,556

$

27,981

FIELD EBITDA

Three Months Ended March 31,

2022

2021

EBITDA

$

1,714

$

7,585

Corporate overhead

11,813

9,541

Less: non-cash stock compensation

499

505

Field EBITDA

$

13,028

$

16,621

UNLEVERED CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES AND UNLEVERED FREE CASH FLOW

Three Months Ended March 31,

2022

2021

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

8,755

$

4,631

Cash interest payments

111

8,639

Unlevered cash provided by operating activities

8,866

13,270

Less: cash paid for capital expenditures

2,602

1,774

Unlevered free cash flow

$

6,264

$

11,496

STONEMOR INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except share and per share data)

March 31,

December 31,

2022

2021

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents, excluding restricted cash

$

74,223

$

83,882

Restricted cash

16,704

16,415

Accounts receivable, net of allowance

64,321

62,220

Prepaid expenses

10,321

6,971

Other current assets

16,141

11,459

Total current assets

181,710

180,947

Long-term accounts receivable, net of allowance

72,196

72,309

Cemetery property

306,065

296,758

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation

84,454

82,610

Merchandise trusts, restricted, at fair value

589,767

567,853

Perpetual care trusts, restricted, at fair value

345,413

339,138

Deferred selling and obtaining costs

125,886

124,023

Deferred tax assets

3

21

Goodwill

5,195

Intangible assets, net

51,988

54,023

Other assets

22,801

23,462

Total assets

$

1,785,478

$

1,741,144

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

Current liabilities:

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

$

44,332

$

44,704

Accrued interest

12,844

4,344

Current portion, long-term debt

3,876

762

Total current liabilities

61,052

49,810

Long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs

389,728

389,401

Deferred revenues

1,094,329

1,056,260

Deferred tax liabilities

10,994

10,878

Perpetual care trust corpus

345,413

339,138

Other long-term liabilities

41,439

41,399

Total liabilities

1,942,955

1,886,886

Commitments and contingencies

Stockholders' equity:

Common stock, par value $0.01 per share, 200,000,000 shares authorized, 118,337,475
and 118,290,600 shares issued and outstanding, respectively

1,183

1,182

Paid-in capital in excess of par value

(82,788

)

(83,286

)

Accumulated deficit

(75,872

)

(63,638

)

Total stockholders' equity

(157,477

)

(145,742

)

Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

1,785,478

$

1,741,144

STONEMOR INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands, except per share data)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2022

2021

Revenues:

Cemetery:

Interments

$

21,155

$

20,519

Merchandise

14,856

16,282

Services

16,858

17,281

Investment and other

16,628

12,898

Funeral home:

Merchandise

6,045

5,973

Services

5,435

5,360

Total revenues

80,977

78,313

Costs and Expenses:

Cost of goods sold

11,539

11,184

Cemetery expense

22,179

18,161

Selling expense

15,573

14,207

General and administrative expense

10,753

10,193

Corporate overhead

11,813

9,541

Depreciation and amortization

2,061

2,102

Funeral home expenses:

Merchandise

1,632

1,661

Services

4,757

4,661

Other

3,386

3,019

Total costs and expenses

83,693

74,729

Operating (loss) income

(2,716

)

3,584

Interest expense

(9,286

)

(10,473

)

Loss from continuing operations before income taxes

(12,002

)

(6,889

)

Income tax (expense) benefit

(232

)

1,676

Net loss from continuing operations

(12,234

)

(5,213

)

Discontinued operations (Note 2):

Income from operations of discontinued businesses

589

Income tax expense

Net income from discontinued operations

589

Net loss

$

(12,234

)

$

(4,624

)

Net loss from continuing operations per common share (basic)

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.04

)

Net income from discontinued operations per common share (basic)

0.00

Net loss per common share (basic)

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.04

)

Net loss from continuing operations per common share (diluted)

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.04

)

Net income from discontinued operations per common share (diluted)

0.00

Net loss per common share (diluted)

$

(0.10

)

$

(0.04

)

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - basic

118,329

117,909

Weighted average number of common shares outstanding - diluted

118,329

117,909

STONEMOR INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)
(in thousands)

Three Months Ended March 31,

2022

2021

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

Net loss

$

(12,234

)

$

(4,624

)

Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by
operating activities:

Cost of lots sold

1,870

1,394

Depreciation and amortization

2,061

2,142

Provision for bad debt

1,255

2,212

Non-cash compensation expense

499

505

Non-cash interest expense

603

1,880

Gain on sale of businesses

(7

)

Changes in assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable, net of allowance

(4,775

)

(6,843

)

Merchandise trust fund

(15,136

)

(6,145

)

Other assets

(4,514

)

(3,754

)

Deferred selling and obtaining costs

(2,832

)

(2,202

)

Deferred revenues

33,674

22,598

Deferred taxes, net

133

(1,726

)

Payables and other liabilities

8,151

(799

)

Net cash provided by operating activities

8,755

4,631

Cash Flows From Investing Activities:

Cash paid for acquisitions

(18,295

)

Cash paid for capital expenditures

(2,602

)

(1,774

)

Net cash used in investing activities

(20,897

)

(1,774

)

Cash Flows From Financing Activities:

Proceeds from borrowings

5,243

4,433

Repayments of debt

(2,129

)

(1,541

)

Principal payment on finance leases

(311

)

(299

)

Cost of financing activities

(31

)

(269

)

Net cash provided by financing activities

2,772

2,324

Net (decrease) increase in cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash

(9,370

)

5,181

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash—Beginning of period

100,297

60,090

Cash, cash equivalents and restricted cash—End of period

$

90,927

$

65,271

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Cash paid during the period for interest

$

111

$

8,639

Cash paid during the period for income taxes

642

505

Cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities:

Operating cash flows from operating leases

$

450

$

473

Operating cash flows from finance leases

81

87

Financing cash flows from finance leases

311

299

Non-cash investing and financing activities:

Right of use assets obtained in exchange for new operating lease liabilities

$

20

$

45

Right of use assets obtained in exchange for new finance lease liabilities

197


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