updated 3/9/2011 5:45:55 PM ET 2011-03-09T22:45:55

CHICAGO, March 9, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Standard Parking Corporation (Nasdaq:STAN), one of the nation's leading providers of parking management, ground transportation and other ancillary services, today announced 2010 fourth quarter and full-year results. 2010 earnings per share was $1.06, an 18% increase compared with 2009. The Company generated $15.3 million of free cash flow in 2010 as compared with $17.2 million in 2009.

Comments

James A. Wilhelm, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are encouraged with the strengthening in some key business measures that appear to have taken root in the final quarter of 2010. Same location gross profit in the quarter increased by 10% compared with the fourth quarter of 2009, while same location gross profit for the full year increased by only 1%.  Paid exits at same location leases increased 9% over the fourth quarter of 2009, with growth across most vertical markets. We're hopeful that these trends will continue into the future. 

"Our free cash flow for the year was somewhat lower than our expectations at $15.3 million, due primarily to a lower than expected improvement in working capital combined with a higher than expected increase in cash paid for income taxes.

"We're extremely pleased with our December acquisition of Expert Parking in Philadelphia, one of the last major metropolitan areas in which we previously had no presence. The acquisition is a wonderful complement to our operations in New York and New Jersey, and provides a solid platform for growth in the Northeast corridor in 2011."

Wilhelm concluded by stating, "We remain cautious in light of the economic challenges that many of our clients and customers continue to face. Nevertheless, we're continuing to invest in people and technology that will enhance our ability to deliver the diverse suite of products and services offered through our SP Plus brand, including the master transportation planning services offered by our SP Plus Gameday and SP Plus Event Services divisions."

Fourth Quarter Operating Results

Gross profit in the 2010 fourth quarter increased by 28% to $22.6 million from $17.7 million a year ago, as the Company incurred a $2.3 million expense in the fourth quarter of 2009 attributable to the settlement of two California labor code cases. The absence of this expense in the 2010 fourth quarter represented 15% of the year-over-year increase in gross profit. 

General and administrative expense ("G&A") increased by 21% to $12.6 million from $10.3 million in the 2009 fourth quarter. The 2010 restoration of the Company's performance-based compensation program and annual salary increases represented 16% of the year-over-year increase in G&A. 

Net income attributable to the Company for the 2010 fourth quarter was $4.7 million, or $0.29 per share, as compared with $3.3 million, or $0.21 per share. The 2010 EPS of $0.29 is after a $0.06 per share cost due to the restoration of the performance-based compensation bonus program and annual salary increases. The 2009 EPS of $0.21 per share is after a $0.11 per share cost due to the settlement of the California labor code cases.

Recent Developments

Noteworthy recent business activity included the following:

  • Emory University in Atlanta, GA awarded the Company a contract to manage visitor parking and customer service as well as provide parking enforcement services for the University's 13,000 parking spaces.
  • The Company's SP Plus® Gameday division was awarded multi-year contract renewals to continue providing its event transportation and travel demand management services for the NFL Super Bowls, the NCAA Capital One Bowl and Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando, FL, and NASCAR's Daytona 500 and Coke Zero 400 races in Daytona, FL.
  • Operationally, during early 2011 SP Plus® Gameday provided its services at several high-profile, major sporting events, including:
  • Super Bowl XLV in Dallas, where SP Plus® Gameday pre-sold 10,000 parking permits, distributed an additional 7,000 parking permits to the workforce, and supervised the flow of 60,000 people.
  • The Daytona 500 NASCAR race in Daytona, FL, where SP Plus® Gameday managed the ingress and egress of 60,000 people in one day on the track's front and back stretches.
  • The NHL All-Star Game in Raleigh-Durham, NC, where SP Plus® Gameday managed all contracted bus transportation services and provided automobile fleet management services.
  • During the 4th quarter of 2010, the Company ceased its management of the Canadian parking operations for the London Health Sciences Centre in London, Ontario. The Company had managed the parking operations for five hospitals with 8,000 parking spaces since 1999.

Full-Year Results

Gross profit for 2010 increased by 10% to $86.9 million from $78.8 million for the same period of 2009. A reduction in certain legal-related expenses represented 5% of the gross profit growth. 

General and administrative expenses in 2010 increased 7% to $47.9 million from $44.7 million a year earlier. The restoration of the performance-based compensation bonuses and annual salary increases in 2010, net of a reduction in certain legal-related expenses, represented 5% of the increase.

Net income attributable to the Company increased by 20% to $16.8 million in 2010 as compared with $14.1 million in 2009. On a per share basis, the year-over-year increase was 18%, from $0.90 in 2009 to $1.06 in 2010. 

2011 Outlook

The Company continues to believe that its geographic and vertical market diversity, its predominately fixed-fee management contract structure and the successful completion and integration of tuck-in acquisitions positions it for continued growth in 2011.   

2011 earnings per share is expected to be in the range of $1.10 to $1.20, an increase of up to 13% on reported 2010 earnings per share of $1.06. We expect this growth despite the loss of the above-mentioned Canadian client and the absence of two major 2010 Gameday events that will not recur in 2011, which collectively contributed $0.09 to 2010 earnings per share.

This guidance assumes approximately 16.1 million diluted shares. This guidance does not include the impact of any acquisitions that might be completed in 2011. 

The Company anticipates an increase in its 2011 cash income tax rate to as much as 35% of pre-tax income as compared with 26% in 2010. As a result, cash taxes are expected to increase by up to $3 million, which will reduce free cash flow. While the Company believes it will have to continue to invest some working capital to win new business and retain existing contracts, it nevertheless expects to generate $15 million to $20 million of free cash flow in 2011.

Conference Call 

The Company's quarterly earnings conference call will be held at 10:00 a.m. (Central Time) on Thursday, March 10, 2011 and will be available live and in replay to all analyst/investors through a webcast service. To listen to the live call, individuals are directed to the Company's investor relations page at www.standardparking.com at least 15 minutes early to register, download and install any necessary audio software. For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, replays will be available shortly after the call on the Standard Parking website and can be accessed for 30 days after the call.

Standard Parking is a leading provider of parking management, ground transportation and other ancillary services to commercial, institutional and municipal clients in the United States and Canada. The Company, with approximately 12,000 employees, manages approximately 2,100 facilities, containing over one million parking spaces in approximately 341 cities across North America, including parking-related and shuttle bus operations serving more than 60 airports.

More information about Standard Parking is available at www.standardparking.com . You should not construe the information on this website to be a part of this release. Standard Parking's annual reports filed on Form 10-K, its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its current reports on Form 8-K are available on the Internet at www.sec.gov and can also be accessed through the Investor Relations section of the Company's website.

DISCLOSURE NOTICE: The information contained in this document is as of March 9, 2011. The Company assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements contained in this document as a result of new information or future events or developments.

This document and tables contain forward-looking information about the Company's financial results that involve substantial risks and uncertainties. You can identify these statements by the fact that they use words such as "anticipate," "believe," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "plan," "predict," "project," "will" and similar terms and phrases in connection with any discussion of future operating or financial performance. These forward-looking statements are made based on management's expectations and beliefs concerning future events affecting the Company and are subject to uncertainties and factors relating to the operations and business environment, all of which are difficult to predict and many of which are beyond management's control. These uncertainties and factors could cause actual results to differ materially from those matters expressed in or implied by these forward-looking statements. The following factors are among those that may cause actual results to differ materially from forward-looking statements: intense competition; the loss, or renewal on less favorable terms, of management contracts and leases; adverse litigation judgments or settlements; the loss of key employees; changes in general economic and business conditions or demographic trends; the impact of public and private regulations; the financial difficulties or bankruptcy of our major clients; insurance losses that are worse than expected or adverse events not covered by insurance; labor disputes; extraordinary events affecting parking at facilities that we manage, including emergency safety measures, military or terrorist attacks, cyber terrorism and natural disasters; state and municipal government clients that sell or enter into long-term leases of parking-related assets; uncertainty in the credit markets; availability, terms and deployment of capital; and our ability to obtain performance bonds on acceptable terms. A further list and description of these risks, uncertainties, and other matters can be found in the Company's Annual Reports on Form 10-K and in its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q and its current reports on Form 8-K.

STANDARD PARKING CORPORATION
   
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
   
   December 31, 
   2010   2009 
  (In thousands, except for share and per

share data)
ASSETS    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents  $ 7,305  $ 8,256
Notes and accounts receivable, net  52,167  44,490
Prepaid expenses and supplies  2,312  5,401
Deferred taxes   2,314   3,457
Total current assets  64,098  61,604
Leasehold improvements, equipment and construction in

progress, net
 16,839  17,445
Other assets:    
Advances and deposits  5,172  4,904
Long-term receivables, net  12,789  10,325
Intangible and other assets, net  8,910  8,545
Cost of contracts, net  15,628  11,818
Goodwill   132,196   128,113
    174,695   163,705
Total assets  $ 255,632  $ 242,754
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY    
Current liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 43,984  $ 48,502
Accrued rent  4,044  3,905
Compensation and payroll withholdings  10,774  5,710
Property, payroll and other taxes  3,025  3,038
Accrued insurance  7,012  7,185
Accrued expenses  15,127  13,325
Current portion of obligations under senior credit facility

and other
 136  128
Current portion of capital lease obligations   537   534
Total current liabilities  84,639  82,327
Deferred taxes  9,637  8,151
Long-term borrowings, excluding current portion:    
Obligations under senior credit facility  95,200  109,850
Capital lease obligations  988  1,522
Other   1,041   1,177
   97,229  112,549
Other long-term liabilities  27,324  25,050
Stockholders' equity:    
Preferred Stock, par value $0.01 per share; 5,000,000

and 10,000 shares authorized as of December 31,

2010 and 2009, respectively; no shares issued
 ―  ―
Common stock, par value $.001 per share; 50,000,000

and 21,300,000 shares authorized as of December 31,

2010, and 2009, respectively; 15,775,645 and

15,385,428 shares issued and outstanding as of

December 31, 2010, and 2009, respectively
 16  15
Additional paid-in capital  97,291  91,793
Accumulated other comprehensive income  103  313
Accumulated deficit   (60,532)   (77,372)
Total Standard Parking Corporation Stockholder's equity  36,878  14,749
Noncontrolling interest   (75)   (72)
Total equity   36,803   14,677
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity  $ 255,632  $ 242,754
 
 
STANDARD PARKING CORPORATION
   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
   
  Three Months Ended

December 31,
Twelve Months Ended

December 31,
   2010   2009   2010   2009 
Parking services revenue:        
Lease contracts $ 35,673 $ 34,478 $ 138,664 $ 140,441
Management contracts  45,462  38,512  171,331  153,382
Reimbursed management contract revenue  102,836  104,038  411,148  401,671
Total revenue  183,971  177,028  721,143  695,494
Costs and expenses:        
Cost of parking services:        
Lease contracts  32,911  32,117  128,613  130,897
Management contracts  25,582  23,142  94,481  84,167
Reimbursed management contract expense  102,836  104,038  411,148  401,671
Total cost of parking services  161,329  159,297  634,242  616,735
Gross profit:        
Lease contracts  2,762  2,361  10,051  9,544
Management contracts  19,880  15,370  76,850  69,215
Total gross profit  22,642  17,731  86,901  78,759
General and administrative expenses  12,551  10,331  47,878  44,707
Depreciation and amortization  1,517  1,346  6,074  5,828
Total costs and expenses  175,397  170,974  688,194  667,270
Operating income  8,574  6,054  32,949  28,224
Other expenses (income):        
Interest expense  1,161  1,502  5,335  6,012
Interest income  (88)  (52)  (249)  (268)
   1,073  1,450  5,086  5,744
Income before income taxes  7,501  4,604  27,863  22,480
Income tax expense  2,763  1,345  10,755  8,265
Net income  4,738  3,259  17,108  14,215
Less: Net income attributable to noncontrolling interest  87  (21)  268  123
Net income attributable to Standard Parking Corporation $ 4,651 $ 3,280 $ 16,840 $ 14,092
Common stock data:        
Net income per share:        
Basic $ 0.30 $ 0.21 $ 1.08 $ 0.92
Diluted $ 0.29 $ 0.21 $ 1.06 $ 0.90
Weighted average shares outstanding:        
Basic  15,736,906  15,346,452  15,579,352  15,292,412
Diluted  16,096,486  15,755,494  15,944,662  15,683,525
 
 
STANDARD PARKING CORPORATION
   
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
   
  Year Ended December 31,
  2010 2009
     
Operating activities    
Net income  $ 17,108  $ 14,215
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided

by operations:
   
Depreciation and amortization  6,018  5,460
Loss on sale of assets  115  332
Amortization of debt issuance costs  638  640
Non-cash stock-based compensation  2,310  2,292
Provision for losses on accounts receivable  100  376
Excess tax benefit related to stock option exercises  (1,446)  (535)
Deferred income taxes  2,629  4,642
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:    
Notes and accounts receivable  (9,672)  (1,860)
Prepaid assets  2,710  (2,244)
Other assets  (1,887)  (1,798)
Accounts payable  (5,098)  2,028
Accrued liabilities   6,009   (1,787)
Net cash provided by operating activities  19,534  21,761
Investing activities    
Purchase of leasehold improvements and equipment  (2,985)  (3,486)
Proceeds from the sale of assets  5  58
Acquisitions  (3,597)  (2,450)
Cost of contracts purchased  (678)  (934)
Capital interest  (139)  ―
Contingent purchase payments   (340)   (268)
Net cash used in investing activities  (7,734)  (7,080)
Financing activities    
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  1,773  415
Repurchase of common stock  ―  (3,885)
Earn-out payments  (529)  ―
(Payments on) proceeds from senior credit facility  (14,650)  (10,750)
Payments on long-term borrowings  (128)  (120)
Distribution to noncontrolling interest  (271)  (136)
Payments of debt issuance costs  (30)  (30)
Payments on capital leases  (531)  (983)
Tax benefit related to stock option exercise   1,446   535
Net cash used in financing activities  (12,920)  (14,954)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash

equivalents
  169   228
(Decrease) in cash and cash equivalents  (951)  (45)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year   8,256   8,301
Cash and cash equivalents at end of year  $ 7,305  $ 8,256
Cash paid for:    
Interest  $ 5,097  $ 5,951
Income taxes  7,270  2,938

The Company defines free cash flow as net cash from operating activities, less cash used for investing activities (exclusive of acquisitions), plus the effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents. Due to the adoption, effective January 1, 2009, of Financial Accounting Standards Board Accounting Standards Codification Topic 810, Consolidation (formerly FAS 160), the calculation of Free Cash Flow has been modified to deduct for the distribution to noncontrolling interest, which was previously reported as part of net cash from operating activities.

STANDARD PARKING CORPORATION
FREE CASH FLOW
(in thousands, except for share and per share data, unaudited)
         
  Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
  December

31, 2010
December

31, 2009
December

31, 2010
December

31, 2009
Operating income $8,574 $6,054 $32,949 $28,224
Depreciation and amortization expense  1,517  1,346  6,074  5,828
Non-cash compensation  540  538  2,310  2,292
Income tax paid  (2,345)  (489)  (7,270)  (2,938)
Income attributable to noncontrolling interest  (87)  21  (268)  (123)
Change in assets and liabilities  (3,312)  934  (9,291)  (5,451)
Purchase of leaseholds, equipment

and cost of contracts and contingent

purchase payments
 (1,241)  (705)  (4,142)  (4,688)
Operating cash flow $3,646 $7,699 $20,362 $23,144
Cash interest paid (before payment of

debt issuance) 
 (1,122)  (1,435)  (5,067)  (5,921)
Free cash flow (1) $2,524 $6,264 $15,295 $17,223
Decrease in cash and cash equivalents 99 385 951 45
Free cash flow, net of change in cash $2,623 $6,649 $16,246 $17,268
         
Sources (Uses) of cash:        
(Payments) Proceeds from senior credit facility  $ 550   ($7,150)   ($14,650)   ($10,750)
(Payments) on other borrowings  (160)  (238)  (659)  (1,103)
(Payments) of debt issuance costs  --   --   (30)  (30)
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  323  290  1,773  415
Tax benefit related to stock option exercises  261  399  1,446  535
(Repurchase) of common stock  --   --   --   (3,885)
(Payments) on earn-out  --   --   (529)  -- 
(Payments) on acquisitions  (3,597)  50  (3,597)  (2,450)
Total (uses) of cash   ($2,623)   ($6,649)   ($16,246)   ($17,268)
 
(1) Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow to Consolidated Statements of Cash Flow
       
  Twelve Months

Ended

December 31,

2010
Nine Months

Ended

September 30,

2010
Three Months

Ended

December 31,

2010
Net cash provided by operating activities $19,534 $15,767 $3,767
Net cash (used in) investing activities  (7,734)  (2,898)  (4,836)
Acquisitions  3,597  --   3,597
Distribution to noncontrolling interest  (271)  (179)  (92)
Effect of exchange rate changes on

cash and cash equivalents
 169  81  88
Free cash flow $15,295 $12,771 $2,524
       
       
  Twelve Months

Ended

December 31,

2009
Nine Months

Ended

September 30,

2009
Three Months

Ended

December 31,

2009
Net cash provided by operating activities $21,761 $14,779 $6,982
Net cash (used in) investing activities  (7,080)  (6,444)  (636)
Acquisitions  2,450  2,500  (50)
Distribution to noncontrolling interest  (136)  (148)  12
Effect of exchange rate changes on

cash and cash equivalents
 228  272  (44)
Free cash flow $17,223 $10,959 $6,264
 
 
STANDARD PARKING CORPORATION
LOCATION COUNT
       
  December 31, 2010 December 31, 2009 December 31, 2008
Managed facilities 1,907 1,921 1,986
Leased facilities 212 208 229
Total facilities 2,119 2,129 2,215
CONTACT: G. MARC BAUMANN
         Executive Vice President and
         Chief Financial Officer
         Standard Parking Corporation
         (312) 274-2199
         mbaumann@standardparking.com

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