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Stonemor Partners L.P. Reports Operating and Financial Results for Third Quarter 2016

  • Continued efforts to strengthen salesforce and drive pre-need billings
  • Declared a quarterly cash distribution of $0.33 per limited partner unit
  • Conference call scheduled at 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday, November 9, 2016

TREVOSE, Pa., Nov. 09, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- StoneMor Partners L.P. (NYSE:STON) (“StoneMor” or the “Partnership”) has reported operating and financial results for the third quarter 2016.

Third Quarter Summary

As of & for the Three Months Ended
September 30,
2016 2015 (Restated)
(in thousands, except per unit data)
Revenues $78,536 $81,768
Net loss $ (11,644 ) $ (3,258 )
Distributable Cash Flow(1) $11,071 $18,811
Distributable Available Cash(1) $20,507 $32,214
Cash Distributions $11,103 $20,823
per unit $0.33 $0.66
Deferred Revenue $896,752 $806,956


  • On a GAAP basis, the Partnership generated a net loss of $11.6 million for the third quarter 2016 compared with a net loss of $3.3 million for the prior year third quarter, an unfavorable change of $8.3 million. The change in earnings is primarily attributable to a $1.2 million decrease in cemetery revenue, a $1.7 million increase in cemetery expense, a $1.3 million increase in selling expense, and a $2.6 million increase in funeral home expenses.

  • Distributable cash flow(1), a non-GAAP measure, was $11.1 million for the third quarter 2016 compared with $14.0 million for the prior year third quarter, a decrease of $2.9 million. The change in distributable cash flow was primarily attributable to a $2.2 million increase in non-GAAP funeral home expenses, a $1.7 million increase in non-GAAP cemetery expense, a $1.4 million increase in non-GAAP selling expense, a $0.9 million increase in non-GAAP cost of goods sold, and a $1.1 million decrease in cemetery billings(2), partially offset by a $1.9 million increase in non-GAAP investment income from trusts.

(1) Theses non-GAAP measures are used internally by the Partnership to measure Partnership operating performance, and management believes that they are relevant and helpful to investors in understanding that performance. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures with the most directly comparable measures presented in accordance with GAAP is provided in the Financial and Operating Highlights table of this release (please see footnotes 1 and 3 to such table). Non-GAAP measures used by the Partnership should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP measures, and you should not consider such non-GAAP measures in isolation or as a substitute for the Partnership’s results as reported under GAAP.

(2) Billings represent the value of contracts written, including sales of property during the relevant periods.

  • As previously announced, the Partnership declared a $0.33 distribution for the third quarter. Management of the Partnership believes that the reduced cash distribution, along with previously announced cost savings measures of approximately $6.0 million annually, will enhance StoneMor’s liquidity by approximately $12.0 million in quarterly cash savings.

Larry Miller, StoneMor’s President and CEO, commented, “As we indicated in our previous announcement, third quarter financial results were disappointing. We continue to work on upgrading the quality of our sales force through increased recruiting efforts and other initiatives. The pace of progress has been below our expectations, but we believe our recent results are the result of a lack of execution and not due to any broad changes in the industry. The fundamentals of our industry continue to be predictable death rates, favorable demographics and large barriers to entry in the cemetery space, of which StoneMor is one of only a few scale players. As we work on enhancing the quality and size of our sales force, we intend to provide updates on its expansion in an effort to provide visibility on our efforts and data points by which investors may monitor our progress.

“At October 31, 2016, we employed a total of 764 salespeople within our salesforce, which reflects a 67 person or 10% increase from September 30, 2016, and a 64 person increase from the prior year October. Our salesforce also includes other categories of team members, such as sales managers, that can close a sale. Of our total salesforce, our top 100 individuals are considered to be core producers, with average monthly sales of approximately $87,300 for the 3rd quarter 2016 and $81,300 for the nine months ended September 30, 2016, up 4% and 9% respectively from the prior year. The growth realized by this group reflects the positive underlying economics of our pre-need sales program and the industry in general. However, the number of individuals within our salesforce who made a sale during the 3rd quarter 2016 is down approximately 70 year over year to 679, or approximately 10%. To rectify this decline, we have launched a number of initiatives, including expansion of our training classes, engaging a national recruiting firm, increased our in-house recruiting efforts, and hired a national vice president of sales. The execution of these initiatives is evident in the recent increase in our salespeople, who are currently enrolled in our training classes, which can effectively train up to 80 people over a two week period. We expect these hiring successes to translate into productive salespeople over a three to six month span after training, with average monthly revenue per person of at least $20,000 to $25,000.

“We remain committed to creating a world-class salesforce dedicated to providing a wide range of burial products and services. We expect to overcome the challenges we encountered in our initial efforts to upgrade the team. We are equally committed to providing distributions to our unit holders. We believe the recent reduction in our quarterly cash distribution combined with the efforts we have taken and will continue to take to restructure the sales force and better control expenses will ultimately create a much stronger Partnership.”

The Partnership also noted that on November 9, 2016, it filed a Current Report on Form 8-K containing disclosure that it expects to amend its Form 10-K (“Form 10-K/A”) for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015, and its Forms 10-Q (“Form 10-Q/A”) for the quarterly periods ended June 30, 2016 and March 31, 2016. The Partnership had previously disclosed that it would amend these filings in a Current Report on Form 8-K filed on September 2, 2016. In addition to the changes referenced in the Form 8-K filed on September 2, 2016, which consisted of adjustments to the allocation of net income (loss) to the General Partner and limited partners for purposes of calculating net income per limited partner unit and the capital accounts within partners’ capital on the consolidated balance sheets, the Partnership also expects to record additional adjustments to its consolidated financial statements for the periods referenced upon further review of those statements during an ordinary course review by the Securities and Exchange Commission. The extent of the changes is summarized within the Form 8-K filed on November 9, 2016. The Partnership expects to file its Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2015 and Forms 10-Q/A for the quarterly periods ended June 30, 2016 and March 31, 2016 upon completion of the ordinary course review by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Information set forth in this press release may be subject to change due to the additional time needed to finalize the Partnership’s restated financial statements for the prior periods described above.

Sean McGrath, StoneMor’s CFO, commented, “These additional adjustments consist of consolidated balance sheet reclassifications, clean-up of prior period entries that were previously determined to be immaterial to the financial statements, and other historical entries that relate to the GAAP recognition of customer contracts and the related obligations rather than generation of customer billings and related non-GAAP costs. While our team and I regret these amendments, we are working to remediate these legacy control failures in furtherance of our goal to provide financial information to our investors in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles that also meet the highest standards of integrity and transparency.”

McGrath continued, “I would also like to mention that the format of our earnings release has changed from previous quarters due principally to our adoption of the SEC’s new guidance with regard to non-GAAP measures. As I mentioned previously, we have been working with the Staff at the Securities and Exchange Commission during an ordinary course review of our filings, including our press release format, and this draft incorporates all comments received to date. These changes include, among other items, that we will no longer be able to provide Adjusted EBITDA as a performance metric within future earnings releases.”

Operating Highlights

Cemetery Operations

  • Cemetery contracts written for the third quarter 2016 were 27,404 compared to 28,890 in the prior year third quarter.
  • GAAP cemetery margin declined to a loss of $1.6 million for the third quarter 2016, a decrease of $4.4 million compared to the third quarter 2015. Non-GAAP cemetery margin(1) was $9.2 million for the third quarter 2016 compared with $15.0 million for the prior year third quarter, a decrease of $5.8 million due principally to lower pre-need sales combined with higher cemetery costs. Non-GAAP cemetery margin percentage was approximately 14% for the third quarter 2016, compared with 22% in the prior year third quarter.

Funeral Home Operations

  • Funeral home calls for the third quarter 2016 were 3,984 compared with 3,814 in the prior year period.
  • GAAP funeral home margin was $0.2 million for the third quarter 2016, a decrease of $2.9 million compared to the third quarter 2015. GAAP funeral home margin percentage was approximately 1% for the third quarter 2016, compared with 21% in the prior year third quarter. Non-GAAP funeral home margin(1) was $3.6 million for the third quarter 2016 compared with $5.5 million for the prior year third quarter, a decrease of $1.9 million. Non-GAAP funeral home margin percentage was approximately 21% for the third quarter 2016, compared with 32% in the prior year third quarter.

Trust Investment Income

  • GAAP trust investment income was $6.8 million for the third quarter 2016, a decrease of $1.7 million compared to the third quarter 2015. Non-GAAP trust investment income(1) was $10.5 million for the third quarter 2016 compared with $8.7 million for the prior year third quarter.
  • Trust investment returns, including realized gains and losses and dividends (excluding realized gains on perpetual care trusts), net of fees, were 1.2% (4.9% annualized) for the third quarter 2016, compared with 1.1% (4.2% annualized) for the prior year third quarter.

Corporate Expenses, Liquidity and Capital Structure

  • Corporate overhead expenses for the third quarter 2016 were $10.1 million compared with $9.1 million for the prior year third quarter. Corporate overhead expenses, a non-GAAP measure excluding acquisition and related costs and non-cash stock compensation, for the third quarter 2016 were $8.0 million compared to $7.9 million for the prior year third quarter.

(1) These non-GAAP measures are used internally by the Partnership to measure Partnership operating performance, and management believes that they are relevant and helpful to investors in understanding that performance. We define non-GAAP Cemetery margin as cemetery billings less cost of goods sold, cemetery, selling and general and administrative expenses, including certain billings and expenses which are deferred under GAAP, as well as excluding certain GAAP revenues and expenses. We define non-GAAP Funeral Home margin as Funeral Home billings less associated expenses, including certain billings and expenses which are deferred under GAAP, as well as excluding certain GAAP revenues and expenses. We define non-GAAP Trust Investment Income as investment income from trusts, including certain income, which is deferred under GAAP, as well as excluding certain GAAP income. A reconciliation of non-GAAP measures with the most directly comparable measures presented in accordance with GAAP is provided in the Financial and Operating Highlights table of this release. Please see footnotes 1 and 3 to such table. Non-GAAP measures used by the Partnership should not be considered as alternatives to GAAP measures, and you should not consider such non-GAAP measures in isolation or as a substitute for the Partnership’s results as reported under GAAP.

  • Interest expense was $5.9 million for the third quarter 2016 compared with $5.7 million for the prior year third quarter. Cash interest expense, a non-GAAP measure which excludes non-cash amortization of deferred finance costs and accretion of discounts, was $5.0 million for the third quarter 2016 compared with $4.9 million in the prior year third quarter.
  • On August 4, 2016, the Partnership entered into a new, $210 million revolving credit facility, replacing its previously existing facility. As of September 30, 2016, the Partnership had $316.2 million of total debt, including $151.1 million outstanding under its revolving credit facility. The Partnership had approximately $42.4 million available on its revolving credit facility at September 30, 2016, and $15.6 million of cash and cash equivalents as of the same date.

Investor Conference Call and Webcast

The Partnership will conduct a conference call to discuss third quarter 2016 financial results today, Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. ET. The conference call can be accessed by calling (800) 668-9550. An audio replay of the conference call will be available by calling (800) 633-8284 through 1:00 p.m. ET on November 23, 2016. The reservation number for the audio replay is 21821108. A live webcast of the conference call will also be available to investors who may access the call through the investors section of www.stonemor.com. An audio replay of the conference call will also be archived on the Partnership’s website at www.stonemor.com.

About StoneMor Partners L.P.

StoneMor Partners L.P., headquartered in Trevose, Pennsylvania, is an owner and operator of cemeteries and funeral homes in the United States, with 317 cemeteries and 105 funeral homes in 28 states and Puerto Rico.

StoneMor is the only publicly traded death care company structured as a partnership. 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 Partners L.P., please visit StoneMor’s website, and the investors section, at http://www.stonemor.com.

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release, including, but not limited to, information regarding the restatement of StoneMor’s consolidated financial statements, status and progress of StoneMor’s operating activities, the plans and objectives of StoneMor’s management, assumptions regarding StoneMor’s future performance and plans, and any financial guidance provided or guidance related to StoneMor’s future distributions, as well as certain information in StoneMor’s other filings with the SEC and elsewhere, are forward-looking statements. Generally, the words “believe,” “may,” “will,” “estimate,” “continue,” “anticipate,” “intend (including, but not limited to StoneMor’s intent to maintain or increase its distributions),” “project,” “expect,” “predict” and similar expressions identify these forward-looking statements.

Forward-looking statements are based on management’s 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 the cash flow from pre-need and at-need sales, trusts and financings, which may impact StoneMor’s ability to meet its financial projections, service its debt, pay distributions, and increase its distributions, as well as with StoneMor’s ability to maintain an effective system of internal control over financial reporting and disclosure controls and procedures.

StoneMor’s additional risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, the following: uncertainties associated with future revenue and revenue growth; uncertainties associated with the integration or anticipated benefits of recent acquisitions or any future acquisitions; StoneMor’s ability to complete and fund additional acquisitions; the effect of economic downturns; the impact of StoneMor’s significant leverage on its operating plans; the decline in the fair value of certain equity and debt securities held in StoneMor’s trusts; StoneMor’s ability to attract, train and retain an adequate number of sales people; uncertainties associated with the volume and timing of pre-need sales of cemetery services and products; increased use of cremation; changes in the death rate; changes in the political or regulatory environments, including potential changes in tax accounting and trusting policies; StoneMor’s ability to successfully implement a strategic plan relating to achieving operating improvements, including improving sales productivity and reversing negative trends in costs of goods sold, certain expenses, cemetery billings and investment income from trusts, strong cash flows, further deleveraging and liquidity enhancement; StoneMor’s ability to successfully compete in the cemetery and funeral home industry; litigation or legal proceedings that could expose StoneMor to significant liabilities and damage StoneMor’s reputation; the effects of cyber security attacks due to StoneMor’s significant reliance on information technology; uncertainties relating to the financial condition of third-party insurance companies that fund StoneMor’s pre-need funeral contracts; and various other uncertainties associated with the death care industry and StoneMor’s operations in particular.

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 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.

STONEMOR PARTNERS L.P.
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(unaudited; in thousands)
September 30, December 31,
ASSETS 2016 2015
(Unaudited;
As restated)
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 15,610 $ 15,153
Accounts receivable, net of allowance 75,324 68,415
Prepaid expenses 7,048 5,367
Other current assets 26,531 22,241
Total current assets 124,513 111,176
Long-term accounts receivable, net of allowance 97,982 95,167
Cemetery property 337,245 334,457
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation 118,158 116,127
Merchandise trusts, restricted, at fair value 504,604 464,676
Perpetual care trusts, restricted, at fair value 334,923 307,804
Deferred selling and obtaining costs 122,249 111,542
Deferred tax assets 181 181
Goodwill 70,572 69,851
Intangible assets 66,028 67,209
Other assets 17,684 16,167
Total assets $ 1,794,139 $ 1,694,357
LIABILITIES AND PARTNERS’ CAPITAL
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities $ 35,920 $ 29,989
Accrued interest 4,990 1,503
Current portion of long-term debt 2,144 2,440
Total current liabilities 43,054 33,932
Long-term debt, net of deferred financing costs 314,032 316,399
Deferred revenues 896,752 815,421
Deferred tax liabilities 17,876 17,747
Perpetual care trust corpus 334,923 307,804
Other long-term liabilities 25,955 21,508
Total liabilities 1,632,592 1,512,811
Partners’ capital:
General partner’s interest (2,220) 15
Common limited partners’ interests 163,767 181,531
Total partners’ capital 161,547 181,546
Total liabilities and partners’ capital $ 1,794,139 $ 1,694,357


See accompanying notes to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in the Quarterly Report to be filed on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The foregoing financial information is preliminary and may be subject to change in the Form 10-Q when it is filed with the SEC.


STONEMOR PARTNERS L.P.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(unaudited; in thousands, except per unit data)
Three Months Ended
September 30,
Nine Months Ended
September 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
(As restated) (As restated)
Revenues:
Cemetery:
Merchandise$ 36,314 $ 37,570 $ 106,937 $ 105,972
Services 13,928 14,945 41,067 44,869
Investment and other 14,302 15,011 40,689 42,937
Funeral home:
Merchandise 6,656 6,588 20,681 19,913
Services 7,336 7,654 24,373 23,083
Total revenues 78,536 81,768 233,747 236,774
Costs and expenses:
Cost of goods sold (exclusive of depreciation) 11,721 12,195 34,483 35,357
Cemetery expense 19,926 18,245 53,267 53,789
Selling expense 15,931 14,647 46,898 44,326
General and administrative expense 9,522 8,819 27,719 27,340
Corporate overhead 10,058 9,115 30,106 28,627
Depreciation and amortization 2,927 3,311 9,147 9,207
Funeral home expense:
Merchandise 2,322 1,002 6,306 5,444
Services 6,070 5,432 18,672 16,728
Other 5,433 4,774 15,319 13,335
Total costs and expenses 83,910 77,540 241,917 234,153
Operating income (loss) (5,374) 4,228 (8,170) 2,621
Other gains (losses), net (506) (1,460) (1,579) (1,460)
Interest expense (5,934) (5,669) (17,431) (16,902)
Loss before income taxes (11,814) (2,901) (27,180) (15,741)
Income tax benefit (expense) 170 (357) (590) (671)
Net loss$ (11,644) $ (3,258) $ (27,770) $ (16,412)
Allocation of net loss attributable to limited partners and the general partner:
General partner’s interest$ (130) $ 1,021 $ 2,043 $ 2,605
Limited partners’ interest (11,514) (4,279) (29,813) (19,017)
Net loss attributable to common limited partners per unit
(basic and diluted)$ (0.32) $ (0.14) $ (0.87) $ (0.63)
Weighted average limited partner units outstanding:
Basic and diluted 35,470 31,491 34,287 30,011


See accompanying notes to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in the Quarterly Report to be filed on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The foregoing financial information is preliminary and may be subject to change in the Form 10-Q when it is filed with the SEC.

STONEMOR PARTNERS L.P.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(unaudited; in thousands)
Nine months Ended
September 30,
2016 2015
(As restated)
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:
Net loss$ (27,770 ) $ (16,412 )
Adjustments to reconcile net loss to net cash provided by operating activities:
Cost of lots sold 6,773 7,506
Depreciation and amortization 9,147 9,207
Non-cash compensation expense 1,468 824
Non-cash interest expense 2,510 2,207
Other gains (losses), net 975 (1,540)
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable, net of allowance (9,167) (4,838)
Merchandise trust fund (13,248) (33,403)
Other assets (6,270) (6,740)
Deferred selling and obtaining costs (10,716) (10,959)
Deferred revenue 53,996 60,516
Deferred taxes (net) (245) (40)
Payables and other liabilities 11,034 5,702
Net cash provided by operating activities 18,487 12,030
Cash Flows From Investing Activities:
Cash paid for capital expenditures (9,655) (11,033)
Cash paid for acquisitions (10,550) (13,100)
Proceeds from asset sales 1,896 -
Net cash used in investing activities (18,309) (24,133)
Cash Flows From Financing Activities:
Cash distributions (68,062) (56,689)
Proceeds from borrowings 207,868 102,323
Repayments of debt (207,700) (99,945)
Proceeds from issuance of common units 74,535 67,871
Cost of financing activities (6,362) (66)
Net cash provided by financing activities 279 13,494
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 457 1,391
Cash and cash equivalents - Beginning of period 15,153 10,401
Cash and cash equivalents - End of period$ 15,610 $ 11,792
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
Cash paid during the period for interest$ 11,434 $ 10,918
Cash paid during the period for income taxes$ 3,114 $ 4,167
Non-cash investing and financing activities:
Acquisition of assets by financing$ 505 $ 593
Acquisition of assets by assumption of directly related liability$ - $ 876


See accompanying notes to the Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements in the Quarterly Report to be filed on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended September 30, 2016. The foregoing financial information is preliminary and may be subject to change in the Form 10-Q when it is filed with the SEC.

STONEMOR PARTNERS L.P.
FINANCIAL AND OPERATING DATA
(unaudited; in thousands)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
2016 2015 2016 2015
Financial Data:
Net loss (in thousands) $ (11,644) $ (3,258) $ (27,770) $ (16,412)
Net loss per limited partner unit – basic and diluted $ (0.32) $ (0.14) $ (0.87) $ (0.63)
Distributable Available Cash(1) (in thousands) $ 20,507 $ 32,214 $ 56,897 $ 64,320
Cash distributions paid $ 11,103 $ 20,823 $ 57,777 $ 59,564
Cash distributions paid per unit(2) $ 0.33 $ 0.66 $ 1.65 $ 1.95
Operating Data:
Interments Performed 13,127 12,878 40,161 41,514
Interment rights sold (3):
Lots 8,469 8,086 23,710 23,980
Mausoleum crypts (including pre-construction) 419 446 1,471 1,779
Niches 426 441 1,181 1,285
Net interment rights sold(3) 9,314 8,973 26,362 27,044
Number of cemetery contracts written 27,404 28,890 81,800 86,516
Aggregate contract billings (in thousands, excluding interest) $ 65,546 $ 67,643 $ 193,202 $ 200,959
Average billings per contract (excluding interest) $ 2,392 $ 2,341 $ 2,362 $ 2,323
Number of pre-need cemetery contracts written 12,795 13,799 36,955 39,847
Aggregate pre-need contract billings (in thousands, excluding interest) $ 40,842

$


42,492
$ 116,860

$


122,397
Average billings per pre-need contract (excluding interest) $ 3,192

$


3,079
$ 3,162

$


3,072
Number of at-need cemetery contracts written 14,609 15,091 44,845 46,669
Aggregate at-need contract billings (in thousands excluding interest) $ 24,704

$


25,151
$ 76,342

$


78,562
Average billings per at-need contract (excluding interest) $ 1,691

$


1,667
$ 1,702

$


1,683
Funeral home calls 3,984 3,814 12,747 11,792


(1)These non-GAAP measures are used internally by the Partnership to measure Partnership operating performance, and management believes that they are relevant and helpful to investors in understanding that performance. A reconciliation of GAAP net loss to Distributable Cash Flow and Distributable Available Cash is provided in the financial tables of this release. Please see footnotes 1 and 3 to the Financial and Operating Highlights table of this release.
(2)Represents the cash distributions declared for the respective period and paid by the Partnership within 45 days after the end of each quarter, based upon the distributable cash flow generated during the respective period.
(3)Net of cancellations. Sales of double-depth burial lots are counted as two sales.


STONEMOR PARTNERS L.P.
FINANCIAL AND OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS
(unaudited; in thousands, except per unit data)
Three Months Ended Nine Months Ended
September 30, September 30,
Reconciliation of net loss to non-GAAP measure(1): 2016 2015 2016 2015
Net loss$ (11,644) $ (3,258) $ (27,770) $ (16,412)
Acquisition and related costs 1,369 963 4,622 1,648
Depreciation and amortization 2,927 3,311 9,147 9,207
Non-cash amortization of cemetery property 2,330 2,589 6,773 7,506
Non-cash interest expense 976 740 2,510 2,207
Non-cash stock compensation expense 648 277 1,468 824
Maintenance capital expenditures(2) (1,129) (1,632) (5,422) (5,011)
Non-cash income tax benefit (expense) (496) 507 345 777
Other gains (losses), net 506 (1,540) 2,862 (1,540)
Net operating profit deferral from non-delivered merchandise and services(3) 15,584 12,089 47,209 49,948
Distributable Cash Flow (1)$ 11,071 $ 14,046 $ 41,744 $ 49,154
Supplemental Summary(1,3):
Pre-need cemetery billings$ 40,842 $ 42,492 $ 116,860 $ 122,397
At-need cemetery billings 24,704 25,151 76,342 78,562
Other cemetery billings(4) 2,192 1,154 8,066 4,198
Total cemetery billings 67,738 68,797 201,268 205,157
Funeral home billings 17,418 17,077 54,269 50,226
Non-GAAP investment income from trusts 10,547 8,691 30,408 36,317
Interest income 2,197 2,233 6,678 6,617
Total billings and other non-GAAP income 97,900 96,798 292,623 298,317
Non-GAAP cost of goods sold(5) (9,673) (8,743) (26,959) (26,092)
Cemetery expense (19,926) (18,245) (53,267) (53,789)
Non-GAAP selling expense (19,456) (18,034) (56,643) (56,276)
General and administrative expense (9,522) (8,819) (27,719) (27,340)
Total non-GAAP cemetery expenses (58,577) (53,841) (164,588) (163,497)
Non-GAAP funeral home expense (13,798) (11,625) (41,687) (36,911)
Non-GAAP cash corporate overhead(6) (8,041) (7,875) (24,016) (26,155)
Total non-GAAP costs and expenses (80,416) (73,341) (230,291) (226,563)
Non-GAAP interest expense(7) (4,958) (4,929) (14,921) (14,695)
Non-GAAP income tax benefit (expense) (326) 150 (245) 106
Cash gain (loss) on settlement(8) - (3,000) - (3,000)
Maintenance capital expenditures(2) (1,129) (1,632) (5,422) (5,011)
Total other non-GAAP costs and expenses$ (6,413) $ (9,411) $ (20,588) $ (22,600)
Distributable Cash Flow(1) $ 11,071 $ 14,046 $ 41,744 $ 49,154
Discretionary adjustments considered by the Board of Directors of the General Partner
in the determination of quarterly cash distributions:
Non-recurring legal settlement(8) - 3,000 - 3,000
Non-recurring impact from early repayment marketing program(9) - 1,765 - 1,765
Distributable Cash Flow with discretionary adjustments by the Board of Directors of the General Partner11,071
18,811
41,744
53,919
Cash on hand – beginning of period 9,436 13,403 15,153 10,401
Distributable Available Cash(1)$ 20,507 $ 32,214 $ 56,897 $ 64,320
Cash distributions paid(10) $ 11,103 $ 20,823 $ 57,777 $ 59,564
per limited partner unit$ 0.33 $ 0.66 $ 1.65 $ 1.95
Excess of Distributable Available Cash after cash distributions paid(11)$ 9,404 $ 11,391 $ (880) $ 4,756


(1) Although not prescribed under generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”), the Partnership’s management believes the presentation of its non-GAAP measures, including Distributable Cash Flow (“DCF”) and Distributable Available Cash, is relevant and useful because management uses these non-GAAP measures in managing the Partnership’s business and measuring the operating performance of the Partnership. In addition, management believes it allows for easier comparison of its results with other master limited partnerships (“MLP”), and is a critical component in the determination of quarterly cash distributions. As a MLP, the Partnership is required to distribute 100% of available cash, subject to cash reserves established by its general partner and as defined in its limited partnership agreement (excluding cash held in merchandise and perpetual care trusts, “Available Cash”), to investors on a quarterly basis, in compliance with applicable Delaware law. The Partnership refers to Available Cash prior to the establishment of cash reserves as Distributable Available Cash. DCF and Distributable Available Cash should not be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, net income (loss) as an indicator of operating performance or cash flows from operating activities as a measure of liquidity. While the Partnership’s management believes that its presentation format of DCF and Distributable Available Cash is generally consistent with the common practice of other MLPs, such metrics may not be consistent and, as such, may not be comparable to measures reported by other MLPs, who may use other adjustments related to their specific businesses. Non-GAAP measures, including DCF and Distributable Available Cash, are supplemental measures used by the Partnership’s management and by external users of the Partnership’s financial statements such as investors, lenders under the Partnership’s credit facility, research analysts, rating agencies and others to assess its:

  • Operating performance as compared to other publicly traded partnerships, without regard to financing methods, historical cost basis or capital structure;
  • Ability to generate sufficient cash flows to support its distributions to unitholders;
  • Ability to incur and service debt and fund acquisitions and growth opportunities; and

Non-GAAP measures used by the Partnership include (i) certain billings and related expenses that are deferred in accordance with GAAP because certain delivery and performance requirements have not yet been met during the period the contracts were written, and (ii) exclude certain revenues and related expenses that are recognized in accordance with GAAP due to their inclusion in non-GAAP measures during earlier periods when the contracts were written. A portion of the cash received with regard to billings that are deferred under GAAP is held in trust until the Partnership meets certain delivery and performance requirements. See footnote 3 below.

DCF is determined by adjusting net income (loss) for non-cash, non-recurring and other items, such as maintenance capital expenditures. Distributable Available Cash is then determined by adding cash on hand at the beginning of the period to DCF.

A supplemental reconciliation of non-GAAP measures to the comparable GAAP measures is provided below:

Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
September 30, 2016 September 30, 2015
(unaudited; in thousands)
GAAP
Results
Net Deferral
Adjustments
Other
Adjustments
Non-GAAP
Results
GAAP
Results

Net Deferral
Adjustments

Other
Adjustments

Non-GAAP
Results

Investment income from trusts$ 6,812 $ 3,735 $ - $ 10,547 $ 8,521 $ 170 $ - $ 8,691
Cost of goods sold(5) 11,721 282 (2,330) 9,673 12,195 (863) (2,589) 8,743
Selling expense 15,931 3,525 - 19,456 14,647 3,387 - 18,034
Funeral home expenses 13,825 (27) - 13,798 11,208 417 - 11,625
Corporate overhead(6) 10,058 - (2,017) 8,041 9,115 - (1,240) 7,875
Interest expense 5,934 - (976) 4,958 5,669 - (740) 4,929
Income tax expense (benefit) (170) - 496 326 357 - (507) (150)
Cemetery margin (1,566) 8,397 2,330 9,161 2,837 9,530 2,589 14,956
Funeral home margin 167 3,453 - 3,620 3,065 2,387 - 5,452


Nine Months Ended
Nine Months Ended
September 30, 2016
September 30, 2015
(unaudited; in thousands)
GAAP
Results
Net Deferral Adjustments Other Adjustments Non-GAAP Results
GAAP
Results
Net Deferral Adjustments Other Adjustments
Non-GAAP Results
Investment income from trusts
$

18,129

$

12,279

$

-

$

30,408

$

21,989

$

14,328

$

-

$

36,317
Cost of goods sold(5) 34,483 (751) (6,773) 26,959 35,357 (1,759) (7,506) 26,092
Selling expense 46,898 9,745 - 56,643 44,326 11,950 - 56,276
Funeral home expenses 40,297 1,390 - 41,687 35,507 1,404 - 36,911
Corporate overhead(6) 30,106 - (6,090) 24,016 28,627 - (2,472) 26,155
Interest expense
17,431 - (2,510
) 14,921 16,902 - (2,207) 14,695
Income tax expense (benefit)

590

-

(345

)

245

671

-

(777

)

(106

)
Cemetery margin 2,002 26,622 8,056 36,680 4,283 29,871 7,506 41,660
Funeral home margin 4,274 8,308 - 12,582 7,567 5,748 - 13,315

(2) Maintenance capital expenditures include those capitalized costs that the Partnership incurs to maintain its properties and equipment as well as corporate expenditures.

(3) Consists of adjustments to (i) include certain billings and related expenses deferred in accordance with GAAP because certain delivery and performance requirements have not yet been met during the period the contracts were written, and (ii) exclude certain revenues and related expenses that are recognized in accordance with GAAP due to their inclusion in non-GAAP measures during earlier periods when the contracts were written. The Partnership’s management has provided this data to present its results in a manner consistent with its internal managerial accounting practices. Under these practices, billings are recognized at their contract value at the point in time at which the contract is written, less a historic cancellation reserve, while all related costs are expensed in the period the contract is recognized as revenue. In contrast, GAAP requires the Partnership defer all billings and the direct costs associated with these billings, until it meets certain delivery and performance requirements. Under GAAP, the Partnership recognizes pre-need cemetery sales for sales of burial lots and mausoleum crypts when the product is constructed and at least 10% of the sales price is collected, while other products are recognized when the criteria for delivery under GAAP are met, which include purchase of the product, delivery and installation, and transfer of title, among other items. The nature of the Partnership’s business is such that there is no meaningful relationship between the time that elapses from the date a contract is executed and the date the underlying merchandise is delivered or the service, delivery and performance requirements are met. Further, certain factors affecting this time period, such as weather and supplier issues, are out of its control. As a result, during a period of growth, operating profits as defined by GAAP will tend to lag behind operating profits on this alternative view because of the deferral of billings required under GAAP. The Partnership’s management believes that the data presented herein is relevant and useful to its investors so as to better understand its operating performance and allow for easier comparison to other MLPs. Refer to footnote 1 for more information.

(4) The results for the nine months ended September 30, 2016 include a gain on sale of real property during the current period of $1.3 million.

(5) The non-GAAP measure excludes non-cash amortization of cemetery property.

(6) The non-GAAP measure excludes non-cash stock compensation expense and acquisition and related costs.

(7) Excludes non-cash amortization of deferred finance costs and other non-cash items.

(8) Consists of the estimated non-recurring settlement cost and associated legal fees of a litigation matter. The Board of Directors and management of the General Partner deemed this item as non-recurring and excluded the impact in its determination of DCF and Distributable Available Cash for the period after consideration of the item’s characteristics, including, but not limited to, the type of litigation and the amount of the settlement.

(9) Consists of the non-recurring reduction of pre-need cemetery revenues resulting from the Partnership’s early payment marketing program, which offers certain discounts for installment pre-need sales if paid in full within specific dates. The Board of Directors and management of the General Partner considered this item as non-recurring and excluded the impact in its determination of DCF and Distributable Available Cash for the period as they do not expect to offer such programs in future periods.

(10) Represents cash distributions declared for the respective period and paid by the Partnership within 45 days after the end of each quarter, based upon the DCF and Distributable Available Cash generated during the respective period.

(11) The Partnership seeks to at least maintain its current cash distribution in future quarterly periods, and expects to only increase such cash distributions when future DCF and Distributable Available Cash amounts allow for it and are expected to be sustained. The Partnership’s determination of quarterly cash distributions and its resulting determination of the amount of excess (shortfall) those cash distributions generate in comparison to DCF and Distributable Available Cash are based upon its assessment of numerous factors, including but not limited to the variability of cash flow from the Partnership’s pre-need and at-need sales and its trust investments performance, interest rate movements, and financial leverage. The Partnership also considers its historical trailing four quarters of excess or shortfalls and future forecasted excess or shortfalls that its cash distributions generate in comparison to DCF and Distributable Available Cash due to the variability of its DCF and Distributable Available Cash generated each quarter, which could have more or less excess (shortfalls) generated quarter to quarter.

CONTACT: John McNamara Director - Investor Relations StoneMor Partners L.P. (215) 826-2945

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