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The GEO Group Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)
Posted by: gurufocus (IP Logged)
Date: May 10, 2011 06:17AM

The GEO Group Inc. (GEO) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2011-04-03. The Geo Group Inc. has a market cap of $1.65 billion; its shares were traded at around $25.4 with a P/E ratio of 16.7 and P/S ratio of 1.3. The Geo Group Inc. had an annual average earning growth of 20.8% over the past 10 years.

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capacity as the stockholders’ representative, and AEA Investors 2006 Fund L.P. Under the terms of the Merger Agreement, Merger Sub merged with and into BII Holding (the “Merger”), with BII Holding emerging as the surviving corporation of the merger. As a result of the Merger, we paid merger consideration of $409.6 million in cash excluding cash acquired, transaction related expenses and subject to certain adjustments. Under the Merger Agreement, $12.5 million of the merger consideration was placed in an escrow account for a one-year period to satisfy any applicable indemnification claims pursuant to the terms of the Merger Agreement by us, the Merger Sub or its affiliates. At the time of the BI Acquisition, approximately $78.4 million, including accrued interest was outstanding under BI’s senior term loan and $107.5 million, including accrued interest was outstanding under its senior subordinated note purchase agreement, excluding the unamortized debt discount. All indebtedness of BI under its senior term loan and senior subordinated note purchase agreement was repaid by BI with a portion of the $409.6 million merger consideration. We are in the process of integrating BI into our wholly-owned subsidiary, GEO Care.

On February 10, 2011, we completed the issuance of $300.0 million in aggregate principal amount of 6.625% senior unsecured notes due 2021, which we refer to as the 6.625% Senior Notes, in a private offering under an Indenture dated as of February 10, 2011 among us, certain of our domestic subsidiaries, as guarantors, and Wells Fargo Bank, National Association, as trustee. The 6.625% Senior Notes were offered and sold to qualified institutional buyers in accordance with Rule 144A under the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and outside the United States in accordance with Regulation S under the Securities Act. The 6.625% Senior Notes were issued at a coupon rate and yield to maturity of 6.625%. Interest on the 6.625% Senior Notes will accrue at the rate of 6.625% per annum and will be payable semi-annually in arrears on February 15 and August 15, commencing on August 15, 2011. The 6.625% Senior Notes mature on February 15, 2021. We used the net proceeds from this offering along with $150.0 million of borrowings under our senior credit facility to finance the acquisition of BI and to pay related fees, costs, and expenses. We used the remaining net proceeds for general corporate purposes.

On February 8, 2011, we entered into Amendment No. 1, which we refer to as Amendment No. 1, to our Credit Agreement, which we refer to as the Senior Credit Facility, dated as of August 4, 2010, by and among us, the Guarantors party thereto, the lenders party thereto and BNP Paribas, as administrative agent. Amendment No. 1, among other things amended certain definitions and covenants relating to the total leverage ratios and the senior secured leverage ratios set forth in the Credit Agreement. This amendment increased our borrowing capacity by $250.0 million and is comprised of $150.0 million in borrowings under a new Term Loan A-2 due August 2015, bearing interest at LIBOR plus 2.75%, and an incremental $100.0 million in borrowing capacity under the existing Revolver. Following the amendment, the Senior Credit Facility is comprised of: a $150.0 million Term Loan A due August 2015; a $150.0 million Term Loan A-2 due August 2015; a $200.0 million Term Loan B due August 2016; and a $500.0 million Revolving Credit Facility due August 2015. Incremental borrowings of $150.0 million under our amended Senior Credit Facility along with proceeds from our $300.0 million offering of the 6.625% Senior Notes were used to finance the acquisition of BI. As of April 3, 2011, the Company had $493.5 million in aggregate borrowings outstanding, net of discount, under the Term Loans, $210.0 million in borrowings under the Revolving Credit Facility due August 2015, which we refer to as the Revolver, approximately $70.4 million in letters of credit and $219.6 million in additional borrowing capacity under the Revolver.

We currently maintain a general liability policy and excess liability policy for U.S. Detention & Corrections, GEO Care’s community based services, GEO Care’s youth services and BI with limits of $62.0 million per occurrence and in the aggregate. A separate $35.0 million limit applies to medical professional liability claims arising out of correctional healthcare services. Our wholly-owned subsidiary, GEO Care Inc., has a separate insurance program for their residential services division with a specific loss limit of $35.0 million per occurrence and in the aggregate. We are uninsured for any claims in excess of these limits. We also maintain insurance to cover property and other casualty risks including, workers’ compensation, environmental liability and automobile liability.

For most casualty insurance policies, we carry substantial deductibles or self-insured retentions — $3.0 million per occurrence for general liability and hospital professional liability, $2.0 million per occurrence for workers’ compensation and $1.0 million per occurrence for automobile liability. In addition, certain of our facilities located in Florida and other high-risk hurricane areas carry substantial windstorm deductibles. Since hurricanes are considered unpredictable future events, no reserves have been established to pre-fund for potential windstorm damage. Limited commercial availability of certain types of insurance relating to windstorm exposure in coastal areas and earthquake exposure mainly in California may prevent us from insuring some of our facilities to full replacement value.

Of the reserves discussed above, our most significant insurance reserves relate to workers’ compensation and general liability claims. These reserves are undiscounted and were $40.6 million and $40.2 million as of April 3, 2011 and January 2, 2011, respectively. We use statistical and actuarial methods to estimate amounts for claims that have been reported but not paid and claims incurred but not reported. In applying these methods and assessing their results, we consider such factors as historical frequency and severity of claims at each of our facilities, claim development, payment patterns and changes in the nature of our business, among other factors. Such factors are analyzed for each of our business segments. Our estimates may be impacted by such factors as increases in the market price for medical services and unpredictability of the size of jury awards. We also may experience variability between our estimates and the actual settlement due to limitations inherent in the estimation process, including our ability to estimate costs of processing and settling claims in a timely manner as well as our ability to accurately estimate our exposure at the onset of a claim. Because we have high deductible insurance policies, the amount of our insurance expense is dependent on our ability to control our claims experience. If actual losses related to insurance claims significantly differ from our estimates, our financial condition, results of operations and cash flows could be materially adversely impacted.

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