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Section 1: 8-K (FORM 8-K)

FORM 8-K

 

 

UNITED STATES

SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION

WASHINGTON, D.C. 20549

 

 

FORM 8-K

 

 

CURRENT REPORT

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

of The Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): November 3, 2016

 

 

THE GEO GROUP, INC.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in its Charter)

 

 

 

Florida   1-14260   65-0043078

(State or Other Jurisdiction

of Incorporation)

 

(Commission

File Number)

 

(IRS Employer

Identification No.)

621 NW 53rd Street, Suite 700, Boca Raton, Florida   33487
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

Registrant’s telephone number, including area code (561) 893-0101

N/A

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)

 

 

Check the appropriate box below if the Form 8-K filing is intended to simultaneously satisfy the filing obligation of the registrant under any of the following provisions (see General Instructions A.2. below):

 

  Written communications pursuant to Rule 425 under the Securities Act (17 CFR 230.425)

 

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Section 2 Financial Information

 

Item 2.02. Results of Operations and Financial Condition.

On November 3, 2016, The GEO Group, Inc. (“GEO” or the “Company”) issued a press release (the “Earnings Press Release”) announcing its financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2016, and updating its financial guidance for full year and fourth quarter 2016. A copy of the Earnings Press Release is furnished hereto as Exhibit 99.1. GEO also held a conference call on November 3, 2016 to discuss these matters, a transcript of which is furnished hereto as Exhibit 99.2.

In the Earnings Press Release, GEO provided Net Operating Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Funds From Operations, Normalized Funds From Operations, Adjusted Funds From Operations and Adjusted Net Income for the quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016 and the comparable prior-year periods that were not calculated in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (the “Non-GAAP Information”) and are presented as supplemental disclosures. Generally, for purposes of Regulation G under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, Non-GAAP Information is any numerical measure of a company’s performance, financial position, or cash flows that either excludes or includes amounts that are not normally excluded or included in the most directly comparable measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP. The Earnings Press Release presents the financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP, which is the most directly comparable to the Non-GAAP Information, with a prominence equal to or greater than its presentation of the Non-GAAP Information. The Earnings Press Release also contains a reconciliation of the Non-GAAP Information to the financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP which is the most directly comparable to the Non-GAAP Information.

Net Operating Income is defined as revenues less operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization expense, general and administrative expenses, real estate related operating lease expense and start-up expenses, pre-tax. Net Operating Income is calculated as net income attributable to GEO adjusted by subtracting net loss attributable to non-controlling interests, equity in earnings of affiliates, net of income tax provision, and by adding income tax (benefit) provision, interest expense, net of interest income, loss on extinguishment of debt, depreciation and amortization expense, general and administrative expenses, real estate related operating lease expense and start-up expenses, pre-tax.

EBITDA is defined as Net Operating Income adjusted by subtracting general and administrative expenses, real estate related operating lease expense, and start-up expenses, pre-tax, and by adding equity in earnings of affiliates, pre-tax. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA adjusted for net loss/income attributable to non-controlling interests, stock-based compensation expenses, pre-tax, and certain other adjustments as defined from time to time, including for the periods presented M&A related expenses, pre-tax, and start-up expenses, pre-tax. Given the nature of GEO’s business as a real estate owner and operator, GEO believes that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are helpful to investors as measures of its operational performance because they provide an indication of its ability to incur and service debt, to satisfy general operating expenses, to make capital expenditures and to fund other cash needs or reinvest cash into its business. GEO believes that by removing the impact of its asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) and excluding certain non-cash charges, amounts spent on interest and taxes, and certain other charges that are highly variable from year to year, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide its investors with performance measures that reflect the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, per diem rates and operating costs, providing a perspective not immediately apparent from income from continuing operations. The adjustments GEO makes to derive the non-GAAP measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA exclude items which may cause short-term fluctuations in income from continuing operations and which GEO does not consider to be the fundamental attributes or primary drivers of its business plan and they do not affect GEO’s overall long-term operating performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide disclosure on the same basis as that used by GEO’s management and provide

 

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consistency in its financial reporting, facilitate internal and external comparisons of its historical operating performance and its business units and provide continuity to investors for comparability purposes.

Funds from Operations, or FFO, is defined in accordance with standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT, which defines FFO as net income/loss attributable to common shareholders (computed in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), excluding real estate related depreciation and amortization, excluding gains and losses from the cumulative effects of accounting changes, extraordinary items and sales of properties, and including adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Normalized Funds from Operations, or Normalized FFO, is defined as FFO adjusted for certain items which by their nature are not comparable from period to period or that tend to obscure GEO’s actual operating performance, including for the periods presented M&A related expenses, net of tax, start-up expenses, net of tax, and loss on extinguishment of debt, net of tax.

Adjusted Funds from Operations, or AFFO, is defined as Normalized FFO adjusted by adding non-cash expenses such as non-real estate related depreciation and amortization, stock based compensation expense, the amortization of debt issuance costs, discount and/or premium and other non-cash interest, and by subtracting recurring consolidated maintenance capital expenditures.

Adjusted Net Income is defined as Net Income Attributable to GEO adjusted for certain items which by their nature are not comparable from period to period or that tend to obscure GEO’s actual operating performance, including for the periods presented M&A related expenses, net of tax, start-up expenses, net of tax, and loss on extinguishment of debt, net of tax.

Because of the unique design, structure and use of GEO’s correctional facilities, the Company believes that assessing the performance of its correctional facilities without the impact of depreciation or amortization is useful and meaningful to investors. Although NAREIT has published its definition of FFO, companies often modify this definition as they seek to provide financial measures that meaningfully reflect their distinctive operations. GEO has modified FFO to derive Normalized FFO and AFFO that meaningfully reflect its operations.

GEO’s assessment of its operations is focused on long-term sustainability. The adjustments GEO makes to derive the non-GAAP measures of Normalized FFO and AFFO exclude items which may cause short-term fluctuations in income from continuing operations but have no impact on GEO’s cash flows, or the Company does not consider them to be fundamental attributes or the primary drivers of GEO’s business plan and they do not affect GEO’s overall long-term operating performance.

GEO may make adjustments to FFO from time to time for certain other income and expenses that do not reflect a necessary component of GEO’s operational performance on the basis discussed above, even though such items may require cash settlement. Because FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO exclude depreciation and amortization unique to real estate as well as non-operational items and certain other charges that are highly variable from year to year, they provide GEO’s investors with performance measures that reflect the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, per diem rates, operating costs and interest costs, providing a perspective not immediately apparent from income from continuing operations. GEO believes the presentation of FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO provide useful information to investors as they provide an indication of GEO’s ability to fund capital expenditures and expand its business. FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO provide disclosure on the same basis as that used by GEO’s management and provide consistency in its financial reporting, facilitate internal and external comparisons of its historical operating performance and its business units and provide continuity to investors for comparability purposes. Additionally, FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO are widely recognized measures in GEO’s industry as a real estate investment trust.

 

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The Earnings Press Release contains reconciliation tables for Net Operating Income, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, Funds from Operations, Normalized Funds from Operations, Adjusted Funds from Operations and Adjusted Net Income.

GEO has presented in the Earnings Press Release certain forward-looking statements about GEO’s future financial performance that include non-GAAP financial measures, including, Net Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO. The determination of the amounts that are excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures is a matter of management judgment and depends upon, among other factors, the nature of the underlying expense or income amounts recognized in a given period. While GEO has provided a high level reconciliation for the guidance ranges for full year 2016, it is unable to present a more detailed quantitative reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measures because management cannot reliably predict all of the necessary components of such GAAP measures. The quantitative reconciliation of the forward-looking GAAP financial measures will be provided for completed annual and quarterly periods, as applicable, calculated in a consistent manner with the quantitative reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures previously reported for completed annual and quarterly periods.

The Non-GAAP Information should be considered in addition to results that are prepared under current accounting standards but should not be considered a consolidated substitute for, or superior to, financial information prepared in accordance with GAAP. The Non-GAAP Information may differ from similarly titled measures presented by other companies. The Non-GAAP Information, as well as other information in the Earnings Press Release, should be read in conjunction with GEO’s financial statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The information set forth in Item 2.02 in this Form 8-K is being furnished and shall not be deemed “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, or otherwise subject to the liabilities of that section. The information set forth in Item 2.02 in this Form 8-K shall not be incorporated by reference into any registration statement or other document pursuant to the Securities Act of 1933, as amended.

Section 9 Financial Statements and Exhibits

 

Item 9.01. Financial Statements and Exhibits.

 

(d) Exhibits

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description

99.1    Press Release, dated November 3, 2016, announcing GEO’s financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016.
99.2    Transcript of Conference Call discussing GEO’s financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

 

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SIGNATURES

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.

 

    THE GEO GROUP, INC.
November 9, 2016     By:  

/s/ Brian R. Evans

Date       Brian R. Evans
     

Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

(Principal Financial Officer)

 

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EXHIBIT INDEX

 

Exhibit
No.

  

Description

99.1    Press Release, dated November 3, 2016, announcing GEO’s financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016.
99.2    Transcript of Conference Call discussing GEO’s financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended September 30, 2016.

 

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Section 2: EX-99.1 (PRESS RELEASE)

Press Release

Exhibit 99.1

 

LOGO      N E W S  R E L E A S E

One Park Place, Suite 700  ● 621 Northwest 53rd Street  ● Boca Raton, Florida 33487  ● www.geogroup.com

THE GEO GROUP REPORTS THIRD QUARTER 2016 RESULTS

 

    3Q16 Net Income Attributable to GEO of $0.59 per Diluted Share

 

    3Q16 Normalized FFO of $0.79 per Diluted Share

 

    3Q16 AFFO of $0.96 per Diluted Share

 

    Increased FY 2016 Net Income Attributable to GEO Guidance to $1.88-$1.90 per Diluted Share

And Adjusted EPS Guidance to $2.11-$2.13 per Diluted Share

 

    Increased FY 2016 AFFO Guidance to $3.65-$3.67 per Diluted Share

Boca Raton, Fla. – November 3, 2016 — The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) (“GEO”), a fully integrated equity real estate investment trust (“REIT”) and a leading provider of evidence-based offender rehabilitation and community reentry services around the globe, reported today its financial results for the third quarter 2016.

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights

 

    Net Income Attributable to GEO of $0.59 per Diluted Share

 

    Net Operating Income of $145.2 million

 

    Normalized FFO of $0.79 per Diluted Share

 

    AFFO of $0.96 per Diluted Share

GEO reported third quarter 2016 net income attributable to GEO of $43.7 million, or $0.59 per diluted share, compared to $38.3 million, or $0.52 per diluted share, for the third quarter 2015. GEO reported third quarter 2016 Normalized Funds From Operations (“Normalized FFO”) of $59.1 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, compared to $54.7 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, for the third quarter 2015. GEO reported third quarter 2016 Adjusted Funds From Operations (“AFFO”) of $71.5 million, or $0.96 per diluted share, compared to $66.3 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, for the third quarter 2015. GEO reported third quarter 2016 Net Operating Income (“NOI”) of $145.2 million compared to $132.0 million for the third quarter 2015.

George C. Zoley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GEO, said, “We are pleased with our strong third quarter results and our outlook for the fourth quarter and full year. We believe that our financial performance and continued organic growth is reflective of our diversified platform of real estate, management and programmatic solutions which allows us to provide cost-effective, high quality services for our government partners around the world and to deliver industry-leading, evidence-based rehabilitation programs both in-custody and in community-based settings to the men and women who have been entrusted to our care. We remain focused on maintaining our leadership in the delivery of these important programs and effectively allocating capital to continue to enhance value for our shareholders.”

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Contact:   Pablo E. Paez    (866) 301 4436
  Vice President, Corporate Relations   


N E W S  R E L E A S E

 

GEO reported total revenues for the third quarter 2016 of $554.4 million up from $469.9 million for the third quarter 2015. Third quarter 2016 revenues reflect $69.7 million in construction revenues associated with the development of the 1,300-bed Ravenhall Facility in Australia (the “Ravenhall, Australia project”) which is lower than the $84 million GEO had previously anticipated and compares to $24.8 million in construction revenues for the third quarter 2015.

First Nine Months 2016 Highlights

 

    Net Income Attributable to GEO of $1.34 per Diluted Share; Reflects Loss on Extinguishment of Debt

 

    Adjusted Net Income of $1.57 per Diluted Share

 

    Net Operating Income of $419.6 million

 

    Normalized FFO of $2.18 per Diluted Share

 

    AFFO of $2.71 per Diluted Share

GEO reported net income attributable to GEO of $99.3 million, or $1.34 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2016, compared to $95.4 million, or $1.29 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2015. GEO’s results for the first nine months of 2016 reflect approximately $15.9 million, net of tax, related to the loss on extinguishment of debt associated with GEO’s April 2016 senior note offering and tender offer for GEO’s 6.625% senior notes which were due 2021, and approximately $1.2 million, net of tax, in start-up expenses. Adjusting for start-up expenses and for the loss on extinguishment of debt, GEO reported adjusted net income for the first nine months of 2016 of $1.57 per diluted share.

For the first nine months of 2016, GEO reported Normalized FFO of $162.1 million, or $2.18 per diluted share, compared to $145.3 million, or $1.97 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2015. GEO reported AFFO for the first nine months of 2016 of $201.5 million, or $2.71 per diluted share, compared to $176.7 million, or $2.39 per diluted share, for the first nine months of 2015. For the first nine months of 2016, GEO reported NOI of $419.6 million compared to $369.4 million for the first nine months of 2015.

GEO reported total revenues for the first nine months of 2016 of $1.61 billion up from $1.34 billion for the first nine months of 2015. Revenues for the first nine months of 2016 reflect $182.3 million in construction revenues associated with the development of the Ravenhall, Australia project, which is lower than the $196 million GEO had previously anticipated and compares to $67.0 million in construction revenues for the first nine months of 2015.

2016 Financial Guidance

GEO updated its financial guidance for the full-year and for the fourth quarter of 2016. GEO expects full-year 2016 total revenue to be approximately $2.18 billion, including approximately $253 million in construction revenue associated with GEO’s contract for the development and operation of the Ravenhall, Australia project. GEO expects full-year 2016 Net Income Attributable to GEO to be in a range of $1.88 to $1.90 per diluted share. For the full-year 2016, GEO increased its Adjusted EPS guidance to a range of $2.11 to $2.13 per diluted share and its AFFO guidance to a range of $3.65 to $3.67 per diluted share.

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Contact:   Pablo E. Paez    (866) 301 4436
  Vice President, Corporate Relations   


N E W S  R E L E A S E

 

For the fourth quarter 2016, GEO expects total revenues to be in a range of $552 million to $557 million, including approximately $71 million in construction revenue associated with GEO’s contract for the development and operation of the Ravenhall, Australia project. For the fourth quarter 2016, GEO expects Net Income Attributable to GEO to be in a range of $0.54 to $0.56 per diluted share and AFFO to be in a range of $0.94 to $0.96 per diluted share.

Quarterly Dividend

On October 18, 2016, GEO’s Board of Directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.65 per share. The quarterly cash dividend will be paid on November 10, 2016 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on October 31, 2016. The declaration of future quarterly cash dividends is subject to approval by GEO’s Board of Directors and to meeting the requirements of all applicable laws and regulations. GEO’s Board of Directors retains the power to modify its dividend policy as it may deem necessary or appropriate in the future.

Reconciliation Tables and Supplemental Information

GEO has made available Supplemental Information which contains reconciliation tables of Net Income Attributable to GEO to Net Operating Income, EBITDA, and Adjusted EBITDA, and Net Income Attributable to GEO to FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO along with supplemental financial and operational information on GEO’s business segments and other important operating metrics. A reconciliation table of Net Income Attributable to GEO to Adjusted Net Income is also presented herein. Please see the section of this press release below titled “Note to Reconciliation Tables and Supplemental Disclosure - Important Information on GEO’s Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for information on how GEO defines these supplemental Non-GAAP financial measures and reconciles them to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. GEO’s Reconciliation Tables can be found herein and in GEO’s Supplemental Information which is available on GEO’s Investor Relations webpage at www.geogroup.com.

Conference Call Information

GEO has scheduled a conference call and simultaneous webcast for today at 9:30 AM (Eastern Time) to discuss GEO’s third quarter 2016 financial results as well as its progress and outlook. The call-in number for the U.S. is 1-877-250-1553 and the international call-in number is 1-412-542-4145. In addition, a live audio webcast of the conference call may be accessed on the Conference Calls/Webcasts section of GEO’s investor relations webpage at www.geogroup.com. A replay of the webcast will be available on the website for one year. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until November 17, 2016 at 1-877-344-7529 (U.S.) and 1-412-317-0088 (International). The participant passcode for the telephonic replay is 10095727.

About The GEO Group

The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GEO) is the first fully integrated equity real estate investment trust specializing in the design, financing, development, and operation of correctional, detention, and community reentry facilities around the globe. GEO is the world’s leading provider of diversified correctional, detention, community reentry, and electronic monitoring services to government agencies worldwide with operations in the United States, Australia, South Africa, and the United Kingdom. GEO’s worldwide operations include the ownership and/or management of 104 facilities totaling approximately 87,000 beds, including projects under development, with a growing workforce of approximately 20,500 professionals.

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Contact:   Pablo E. Paez    (866) 301 4436
  Vice President, Corporate Relations   


N E W S  R E L E A S E

 

Note to Reconciliation Tables and Supplemental Disclosure –

Important Information on GEO’s Non-GAAP Financial Measures

Net Operating Income, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Funds from Operations, Normalized Funds from Operations, Adjusted Funds from Operations, and Adjusted Net Income are non-GAAP financial measures that are presented as supplemental disclosures.

GEO has presented herein certain forward-looking statements about GEO’s future financial performance that include non-GAAP financial measures, including, Net Operating Income, Adjusted EBITDA, FFO, Normalized FFO, and AFFO. The determination of the amounts that are excluded from these non-GAAP financial measures is a matter of management judgment and depends upon, among other factors, the nature of the underlying expense or income amounts recognized in a given period. While we have provided a high level reconciliation for the guidance ranges for full year 2016, we are unable to present a more detailed quantitative reconciliation of the forward-looking non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP financial measures because management cannot reliably predict all of the necessary components of such GAAP measures. The quantitative reconciliation of the forward-looking GAAP financial measures will be provided for completed annual and quarterly periods, as applicable, calculated in a consistent manner with the quantitative reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures previously reported for completed annual and quarterly periods.

Net Operating Income is defined as revenues less operating expenses, excluding depreciation and amortization expense, general and administrative expenses, real estate related operating lease expense, and start-up expenses, pre-tax. Net Operating Income is calculated as net income attributable to GEO adjusted by subtracting net loss attributable to non-controlling interests, equity in earnings of affiliates, net of income tax provision, and by adding income tax (benefit) provision, interest expense, net of interest income, loss on extinguishment of debt, depreciation and amortization expense, general and administrative expenses, real estate related operating lease expense, and start-up expenses, pre-tax.

EBITDA is defined as Net Operating Income adjusted by subtracting general and administrative expenses, real estate related operating lease expense, and start-up expenses, pre-tax, and by adding equity in earnings of affiliates, pre-tax. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA adjusted for net loss/income attributable to non-controlling interests, stock-based compensation expenses, pre-tax, and certain other adjustments as defined from time to time, including for the periods presented M&A related expenses, pre-tax, and start-up expenses, pre-tax. Given the nature of our business as a real estate owner and operator, we believe that EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA are helpful to investors as measures of our operational performance because they provide an indication of our ability to incur and service debt, to satisfy general operating expenses, to make capital expenditures and to fund other cash needs or reinvest cash into our business. We believe that by removing the impact of our asset base (primarily depreciation and amortization) and excluding certain non-cash charges, amounts spent on interest and taxes, and certain other charges that are highly variable from year to year, EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide our investors with performance measures that reflect the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, per diem rates and operating costs, providing a perspective not immediately apparent from income from continuing operations. The adjustments we make to derive the non-GAAP measures of EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA exclude items which may cause short-term fluctuations in income from continuing operations and which we do not consider to be the fundamental attributes or primary drivers of our business plan and they do not affect our overall long-term operating performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA provide disclosure on the same basis as that used by our management and provide consistency in our financial reporting, facilitate internal and external comparisons of our historical operating performance and our business units and provide continuity to investors for comparability purposes.

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Contact:   Pablo E. Paez    (866) 301 4436
  Vice President, Corporate Relations   


N E W S  R E L E A S E

 

Funds From Operations, or FFO, is defined in accordance with standards established by the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts, or NAREIT, which defines FFO as net income/loss attributable to common shareholders (computed in accordance with United States Generally Accepted Accounting Principles), excluding real estate related depreciation and amortization, excluding gains and losses from the cumulative effects of accounting changes, extraordinary items and sales of properties, and including adjustments for unconsolidated partnerships and joint ventures. Normalized Funds from Operations, or Normalized FFO, is defined as FFO adjusted for certain items which by their nature are not comparable from period to period or that tend to obscure GEO’s actual operating performance, including for the periods presented M&A related expenses, net of tax, start-up expenses, net of tax, and loss on extinguishment of debt, net of tax.

Adjusted Funds From Operations, or AFFO, is defined as Normalized FFO adjusted by adding non-cash expenses such as non-real estate related depreciation and amortization, stock based compensation expense, the amortization of debt issuance costs, discount and/or premium and other non-cash interest, and by subtracting recurring consolidated maintenance capital expenditures.

Adjusted Net Income is defined as Net Income Attributable to GEO adjusted for certain items which by their nature are not comparable from period to period or that tend to obscure GEO’s actual operating performance, including for the periods presented M&A related expenses, net of tax, start-up expenses, net of tax, and loss on extinguishment of debt, net of tax.

Because of the unique design, structure and use of our correctional facilities, we believe that assessing the performance of our correctional facilities without the impact of depreciation or amortization is useful and meaningful to investors. Although NAREIT has published its definition of FFO, companies often modify this definition as they seek to provide financial measures that meaningfully reflect their distinctive operations. We have modified FFO to derive Normalized FFO and AFFO that meaningfully reflect our operations.

Our assessment of our operations is focused on long-term sustainability. The adjustments we make to derive the non-GAAP measures of Normalized FFO and AFFO exclude items which may cause short-term fluctuations in income from continuing operations but have no impact on our cash flows, or we do not consider them to be fundamental attributes or the primary drivers of our business plan and they do not affect our overall long-term operating performance.

We may make adjustments to FFO from time to time for certain other income and expenses that do not reflect a necessary component of our operational performance on the basis discussed above, even though such items may require cash settlement. Because FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO exclude depreciation and amortization unique to real estate as well as non-operational items and certain other charges that are highly variable from year to year, they provide our investors with performance measures that reflect the impact to operations from trends in occupancy rates, per diem rates, operating costs and interest costs, providing a perspective not immediately apparent from income from continuing operations. We believe the presentation of FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO provide useful information to investors as they provide an indication of our ability to fund capital expenditures and expand our business. FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO provide disclosure on the same basis as that used by our management and provide consistency in our financial reporting, facilitate internal and external comparisons of our historical operating performance and our business units and provide continuity to investors for comparability purposes. Additionally, FFO, Normalized FFO and AFFO are widely recognized measures in our industry as a real estate investment trust.

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Contact:   Pablo E. Paez    (866) 301 4436
  Vice President, Corporate Relations   


N E W S  R E L E A S E

 

Safe-Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements regarding future events and future performance of GEO that involve risks and uncertainties that could materially affect actual results, including statements regarding financial guidance for the fourth quarter of 2016 and full year 2016, the assumptions underlying such guidance, and statements regarding future project activations and growth opportunities. Factors that could cause actual results to vary from current expectations and forward-looking statements contained in this press release include, but are not limited to: (1) GEO’s ability to meet its financial guidance for 2016 given the various risks to which its business is exposed; (2) GEO’s ability to declare future quarterly cash dividends and the timing and amount of such future cash dividends; (3) GEO’s ability to successfully pursue further growth and continue to create shareholder value; (4) risks associated with GEO’s ability to control operating costs associated with contract start-ups; (5) GEO’s ability to timely open facilities as planned, profitably manage such facilities and successfully integrate such facilities into GEO’s operations without substantial costs; (6) GEO’s ability to win management contracts for which it has submitted proposals and to retain existing management contracts; (7) GEO’s ability to obtain future financing on acceptable terms; (8) GEO’s ability to sustain company-wide occupancy rates at its facilities; (9) GEO’s ability to access the capital markets in the future on satisfactory terms or at all; (10) GEO’s ability to remain qualified as a REIT; (11) the incurrence of REIT related expenses; and (12) other factors contained in GEO’s Securities and Exchange Commission periodic filings, including its Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.

Third quarter 2016 financial tables to follow:

 

Contact:   Pablo E. Paez    (866) 301 4436
  Vice President, Corporate Relations   


N E W S  R E L E A S E

 

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     Unaudited  
     Q3 2016     Q3 2015     YTD 2016     YTD 2015  

Revenues

   $ 554,376      $ 469,866      $ 1,612,911      $ 1,343,181   

Operating expenses

     415,659        345,966        1,221,002        997,812   

Depreciation and amortization

     28,783        27,127        85,886        78,628   

General and administrative expenses

     37,483        33,742        108,448        97,764   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Operating income

     72,451        63,031        197,575        168,977   

Interest income

     7,928        2,992        18,387        7,933   

Interest expense

     (33,428     (27,314     (93,864     (78,610

Loss on extinguishment of debt

     —          —          (15,885     —     
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Income before income taxes and equity in earnings of affiliates

     46,951        38,709        106,213        98,300   

Provision for income taxes

     4,970        1,758        12,000        6,954   

Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of income tax provision

     1,693        1,340        4,943        3,949   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income

     43,674        38,291        99,156        95,295   

Less: Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

     46        21        123        79   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net income attributable to The GEO Group, Inc.

   $ 43,720      $ 38,312      $ 99,279      $ 95,374   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding:

          

Basic

     74,108        73,757        74,010        73,658   

Diluted

     74,336        73,919        74,283        73,906   

Income per Common Share Attributable to The GEO Group, Inc. :

          

Basic:

          

Net income per share — basic

   $ 0.59      $ 0.52      $ 1.34      $ 1.29   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Diluted:

          

Net income per share — diluted

   $ 0.59      $ 0.52      $ 1.34      $ 1.29   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Regular Dividends Declared per Common Share

   $ 0.65      $ 0.62      $ 1.95      $ 1.86   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

* all figures in ‘000s, except per share data

Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to GEO to Adjusted Net Income

(In thousands, except per share data)(Unaudited)

 

     Q3 2016      Q3 2015      YTD 2016      YTD 2015  

Net Income attributable to GEO

   $ 43,720       $ 38,312       $ 99,279       $ 95,374   

Add:

           

Loss on extinguishment of debt, net of tax

     —           —         $ 15,885         —     

Start-up expenses, net of tax

     —           1,919         1,190         4,831   

M&A related expenses, net of tax

     —           —           —           2,232   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Adjusted Net Income

   $ 43,720       $ 40,231       $ 116,354       $ 102,437   
  

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

    

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding - Diluted

     74,336         73,919         74,283         73,906   

Adjusted Net Income Per Diluted Share

   $ 0.59       $ 0.54       $ 1.57       $ 1.39   

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Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

     Unaudited
As of
September 30, 2016
     As of
December 31, 2015
 
ASSETS      

Current Assets

     

Cash and cash equivalents

   $ 30,123       $ 59,638   

Restricted cash and investments

     102,652         8,489   

Accounts receivable, less allowance for doubtful accounts

     341,454         314,097   

Current deferred income tax assets

     —           27,914   

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

     33,443         28,208   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current assets

   $ 507,672       $ 438,346   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Restricted Cash and Investments

     24,463         20,236   

Property and Equipment, Net

     1,908,053         1,916,386   

Contract Receivable

     388,729         174,141   

Direct Finance Lease Receivable

     —           1,826   

Non-Current Deferred Income Tax Assets

     24,154         7,399   

Intangible Assets, Net (including goodwill)

     824,427         839,586   

Other Non-Current Assets

     64,897         64,307   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Assets

   $ 3,742,395       $ 3,462,227   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY      

Current Liabilities

     

Accounts payable

   $ 81,906       $ 77,523   

Accrued payroll and related taxes

     46,947         48,477   

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities

     144,384         135,483   

Current portion of capital lease obligations, long-term debt, and non-recourse debt

     15,638         17,141   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total current liabilities

   $ 288,875       $ 278,624   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Non-Current Deferred Income Tax Liabilities

     —           11,471   

Other Non-Current Liabilities

     92,081         87,694   

Capital Lease Obligations

     7,757         8,693   

Long-Term Debt

     1,893,980         1,855,810   

Non-Recourse Debt

     493,303         213,098   

Shareholders’ Equity

     966,399         1,006,837   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

Total Liabilities and Shareholders’ Equity

   $ 3,742,395       $ 3,462,227   
  

 

 

    

 

 

 

 

* all figures in ‘000s

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Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to GEO to FFO, Normalized FFO, and AFFO

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     Unaudited  
     Q3 2016     Q3 2015     YTD 2016     YTD 2015  

Net Income attributable to GEO

   $  43,720      $  38,312      $ 99,279      $ 95,374   

Add:

          

Real Estate Related Depreciation and Amortization

     15,334        14,449        45,697        42,826   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Equals: NAREIT defined FFO

   $ 59,054      $ 52,761      $ 144,976      $ 138,200   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Add:

          

Loss on extinguishment of debt, net of tax

     —          —          15,885        —     

Start-up expenses, net of tax

     —          1,919        1,190        4,831   

M&A related expenses, net of tax

     —          —          —          2,232   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Equals: FFO, normalized

   $ 59,054      $ 54,680      $ 162,051      $ 145,263   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Add:

          

Non-Real Estate Related Depreciation & Amortization

     13,449        12,678        40,189        35,802   

Consolidated Maintenance Capital Expenditures

     (7,526     (5,843     (18,720     (17,929

Stock Based Compensation Expenses

     3,186        3,025        9,675        8,602   

Amortization of debt issuance costs, discount and/or premium and other non-cash interest

     3,303        1,770        8,330        4,986   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Equals: AFFO

   $ 71,466      $ 66,310      $ 201,525      $ 176,724   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Weighted average common shares outstanding - Diluted

     74,336        73,919        74,283        73,906   

FFO/AFFO per Share - Diluted

          

Normalized FFO Per Diluted Share

   $ 0.79      $ 0.74      $ 2.18      $ 1.97   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

AFFO Per Diluted Share

   $ 0.96      $ 0.90      $ 2.71      $ 2.39   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Regular Common Stock Dividends per common share

   $ 0.65      $ 0.62      $ 1.95      $ 1.86   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

* all figures in ‘000s, except per share data

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Reconciliation of Net Income Attributable to GEO to Net Operating Income and Adjusted EBITDA

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)

 

     Unaudited  
     Q3 2016     Q3 2015     YTD 2016     YTD 2015  

Net income attributable to GEO

   $ 43,720      $ 38,312      $ 99,279      $ 95,374   

Less

          

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

     46        21        123        79   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net Income

   $ 43,674      $ 38,291      $ 99,156      $ 95,295   

Add (Subtract):

          

Equity in earnings of affiliates, net of income tax provision

     (1,693     (1,340     (4,943     (3,949

Income tax provision

     4,970        1,758        12,000        6,954   

Interest expense, net of interest income

     25,500        24,322        75,477        70,677   

Loss on extinguishment of debt

     —          —          15,885        —     

Depreciation and amortization

     28,783        27,127        85,886        78,628   

General and administrative expenses

     37,483        33,742        108,448        97,764   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net Operating Income, net of operating lease obligations

   $ 138,717      $ 123,900      $ 391,909      $ 345,369   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Add:

          

Operating lease expense, real estate

     6,481        6,293        25,726        19,369   

Start-up expenses, pre-tax

     —          1,850        1,939        4,658   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Net Operating Income (NOI)

   $ 145,198      $ 132,043      $ 419,574      $ 369,395   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Subtract (Add):

          

General and administrative expenses

     37,483        33,742        108,448        97,764   

Operating lease expense, real estate

     6,481        6,293        25,726        19,369   

Start-up expenses, pre-tax

     —          1,850        1,939        4,658   

Equity in earnings of affiliates, pre-tax

     (2,343     (1,923     (6,793     (5,661
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

EBITDA

   $ 103,577      $ 92,081      $ 290,254      $ 253,266   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjustments

          

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

     46        21        123        79   

Stock based compensation expenses, pre-tax

     3,186        3,025        9,675        8,602   

Start-up expenses, pre-tax

     —          1,850        1,939        4,658   

M&A related expenses, pre-tax

     —          —          —          2,174   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 106,809      $ 96,977      $ 301,991      $ 268,779   
  

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

* all figures in ‘000s

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2016 Outlook/Reconciliation

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)

 

     FY 2016  

Net Income Attributable to GEO

   $ 139,500        to       $ 141,500   

Real Estate Related Depreciation and Amortization

     61,000           61,000   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Funds from Operations (FFO)

   $ 200,500        to       $ 202,500   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Adjustments

       

Loss on Extinguishment of Debt

     16,000           16,000   

Start-Up Expenses

     1,000           1,000   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Normalized Funds from Operations

   $  217,500        to       $  219,500   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Non-Real Estate Related Depreciation and Amortization

     54,000           54,000   

Consolidated Maintenance Capex

     (25,000        (25,000

Non-Cash Stock Based Compensation and Non-Cash Interest Expense

     25,000           25,000   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Adjusted Funds From Operations (AFFO)

   $ 271,500        to       $ 273,500   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Net Cash Interest Expense

     88,000           88,000   

Consolidated Maintenance Capex

     25,000           25,000   

Income Taxes

     20,000           20,000   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

   $ 404,500        to       $ 406,500   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

G&A Expenses

     144,000           144,000   

Non-Cash Stock Based Compensation

     (13,000        (13,000

Real Estate Related Operating Lease Expense

     32,000           32,000   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

Net Operating Income

   $ 567,500        to       $ 569,500   
  

 

 

      

 

 

 

FFO Per Diluted Share (Normalized)

   $ 2.93        to       $ 2.95   

AFFO Per Diluted Share

   $ 3.65        to       $ 3.67   

Weighted Average Common Shares Outstanding-Diluted

     74,300        to         74,500   

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Section 3: EX-99.2 (TRANSCRIPT OF CONFERENCE CALL)

Transcript of Conference Call

Exhibit 99.2

Participants

CORPORATE PARTICIPANTS  

Pablo E. Paez

Vice President-Corporate Relations,

The GEO Group, Inc.

 

J. David Donahue

Senior Vice President and President, GEO

Corrections and Detention, The GEO Group, Inc.

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer &

Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

 

Ann M. Schlarb

Senior Vice President & President-GEO Care, The

GEO Group, Inc.

Brian R. Evans

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice

President, The GEO Group, Inc.

 
OTHER PARTICIPANTS  

Michael B. Kodesch

Analyst, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

 

James Kayler

Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

 

Management Discussion Section

Operator

Good morning. And welcome to The GEO Group Third Quarter 2016 Earnings Conference Call. All participants will be in a listen-only mode. [Operator Instructions] After today’s presentation, there will be an opportunity to ask questions. [Operator Instructions]

Please note that this event is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to Pablo Paez, Vice President of Investor Relations.

Please go ahead, sir.

Pablo E. Paez

Vice President-Corporate Relations, The GEO Group, Inc.

Thank you, operator. Good morning, everyone, and thank you for joining us for today’s discussion of The GEO Group’s third quarter 2016 earnings results. With us today is George Zoley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; Brian Evans, Chief Financial Officer; Ann Schlarb, President of GEO Care; and David Donahue, President of GEO Corrections and Detention.

This morning, we will discuss our third quarter results and current business development activities. We will conclude the call with a question-and-answer session. This conference call is also being webcast live on our website at www.geogroup.com.


Today we will discuss non-GAAP basis information. A reconciliation from non-GAAP basis information to GAAP basis results is included in the press release and supplemental disclosure we issued this morning.

Additionally, much of the information we will discuss today, including the answers we give in response to your questions may include forward-looking statements, regarding our beliefs and current expectations with respect to various matters.

These forward-looking statements are intended to fall within the Safe Harbor provisions of the securities laws. Our actual results may differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors contained in our Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the Form 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.

With that, please allow me to turn this call over to our Chairman and CEO, George Zoley.

George?

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Good morning, everyone. Thank you, Pablo, and thank you everyone for joining us on this call. We are very pleased with our strong third quarter results and our outlook for the fourth quarter and full year. We believe that our financial performance and continued organic growth is reflective of the diversified nature of our real estate and service platform.

As a REIT, GEO has provided essential real estate and management solutions to government agencies in the fields of detention, corrections and community reentry facilities for over three decades. Today we own or manage over 87,000 beds worldwide in a diversified network of real estate assets.

Additionally, as a service provider, The GEO Group continues to expand its organizational and financial commitment to be a world leader in the delivery of offender rehabilitation and community reentry programs.

At the corporate level within our GEO Care business unit, we have continued to expand our GEO Continuum of Care division which presently has an annual cost of $5 million. It is led by an Executive Vice President overseeing two dozen subject matter experts in treatment, education, vocational training, case management and specialized training for all facility employees.

Most recently, we have added a Director for post-release services overseeing several post-release services case managers, who would assist inmates in returning and reintegrating into their communities. Every day in the US, GEO has approximately 30,000 men and women in GEO facilities participating in evidence-based in-prison rehabilitation ranging from academic and vocational classes to life, skills and treatment programs.


Additionally, through our network of community reentry facilities in the United States, approximately 7,000 individuals on a daily basis participate in programs aimed at helping their reintegration into their communities.

We presently have 13 GEO facilities that involve more than 15,000 inmates in nine states, which are in various stages of fully implementing the GEO Continuum of Care rehabilitation model. Our GEO Continuum of Care integrates enhanced in-prison programs which are evidence-based and include cognitive behavioral treatment with post-release services.

Typically released offenders critical needs will include assistance in housing, food, clothing, transportation and employment. In the State of Victoria, Australia, GEO is developing the 1,300 bed Ravenhall person which we believe will have the most comprehensive inmate rehabilitation program in the world.

In an effort to expand the knowledge and participation of the GEO Continuum of Care program, we held two international conferences recently in Boca Raton, Florida. In two separate, two days sessions, 400 GEO professionals comprised of corporate executives, GEO Australia and GEO facility administrators, rehabilitation program managers, case managers and information technology managers participated in the interactive conference format.

We now feel confident that there has been a companywide adoption of the GEO Continuum of Care mission, a deeper understanding of its interrelated components and the sense of ownership to properly document the participation and progress of the inmates as they participate and progress through our program.

These industry-leading efforts underscore our continued belief that as a company, we are most effective and at our best by helping those in our care, reenter society as productive and employable citizens.

Now, I would like to turn the call over to Brian Evans, our Chief Financial Officer.

Brian R. Evans

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, The GEO Group, Inc.

Thank you, George, and good morning to everyone. As disclosed in our press release today, we reported net income attributable to GEO per share or GAAP earnings per share for the third quarter 2016 of $0.59 which represents a 13% year-over-year increase. We reported adjusted funds from operations for the third quarter 2016 of $0.96 per share, which represents a 7% year-over-year increase.

Our revenues for the third quarter 2016 increased to approximately $554 million from $470 million a year ago. Our construction revenue for the third quarter was approximately $70 million, which was below our previous estimate of $84 million. As a reminder, our construction revenue is related to our Ravenhall project in Australia and has little or no margin.


For the third quarter 2016, we reported NOI of approximately $145 million or a 10% increase year-over-year. Compared to third quarter 2015, our third quarter 2016 results reflect the activation of an expansion to the Karnes Residential Center in Texas in December, 2015, the assumption of operations at the 3,400-bed Kingman Arizona prison in December 2015, the new GEO Care contract with the Department of Homeland Security for case management services in November, 2015, and $70 million in construction revenue compared to $25 million in construction revenue for the third quarter of 2015. These revenues for both periods are associated with our Ravenhall prison project in Australia.

Moving to our outlook for the balance of the year, we have increased our full year GAAP EPS guidance to a range of $1.88 per diluted share to $ 1.90 per diluted share and our adjusted EPS guidance to a range of $2.11 per diluted share to $2.13 per diluted share. We have also increased our full year AFFO guidance to a range of $3.65 per diluted share to $3.67 per diluted share.

We expect full year revenue to be approximately $2.18 billion, including approximately $253 million in construction revenue related to the Ravenhall project. For the fourth quarter 2016, we expect total revenues to be in a range of $552 million to $557 million, including approximately $71 million in construction revenue related to the Ravenhall project.

Our fourth quarter 2016 GAAP earnings per share is expected to be in a range of $0.54 per diluted share to $0.56 per diluted share and we expect fourth quarter 2016 AFFO to be between $0.94 per diluted share and $0.96 per diluted share.

With respect to our liquidity position, we continue to have ample borrowing capacity of approximately $360 million under our revolving credit facility, in addition to an accordion feature of $450 million under our credit facility.

With respect to our uses of cash, we expect our project and growth CapEx to be approximately $35 million in 2016, of which approximately $27 million was spent during the first nine months of the year. We also have approximately $17 million in scheduled annual principal payments of debt. Additionally, as a reminder, we will also make our investment of approximately $87 million related to the Ravenhall project in Australia during the first quarter of 2017.

As it relates to our dividend payment, as we announced a couple of weeks ago, our board has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.65 per share or $2.60 annualized, which currently represent approximately 70% of our annual AFFO guidance and is below our previously targeted payout of 75% to 80% of AFFO.

We will evaluate our dividend payment again during the first quarter of next year, at which time we expect to have additional clarity on the pending opportunities we are pursuing, including the ICE Houston RFP and the Grafton, Australia, facility project among others.


With that, I will turn the call to Dave Donohue for a review of our GEO Corrections and Detention segment.

J. David Donahue

Senior Vice President and President, GEO Corrections and Detention, The GEO Group, Inc.

Thanks, Brian, and good morning to everyone. I would like to give you an update on our GEO Corrections and Detention segment. As you may be aware, GEO has enjoyed a three decade long partnership with the federal government and we currently provide services for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, more commonly referred to as ICE, and the US Marshals Service.

Additionally, we owned and/or manage correctional facilities for 10 states, including Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico, California, Vermont, Virginia and Indiana. Our business relationships with our state customers began in the mid 1980s and now involve more than 20 facilities that are almost all medium-security or higher.

With respect to international business, GEO is the only US publicly traded company, providing corrections and detention services overseas. We presently operate in the UK, Australia and South Africa.

With respect to our federal market, as you recall, the Department of Justice made an announcement in August related to the Federal Bureau of Prisons facilities which are currently under private contracts. In its announcement, the DOJ expressed concerns over the quality of operation at BOP contracted facilities and directed the BOP to evaluate the future renewals of private contracts, in order to reduce the use of privately operated facilities over time.

As we expressed to you when the announcement was made, we believe it is extremely important to understand both the quality of metrics for our BOP facilities, as well as the overall needs of the BOP given the continued levels of overcrowding and BOP operating facilities.

Our company has enjoyed a long-standing public-private partnership with the Federal Bureau of Prisons dating back to the 1990s and we take great pride in the operational quality of our owned and managed BOP facilities.

We currently own and manage five federal prisons on behalf of the BOP, totaling approximately 11,000 beds and we believe strongly that all of our BOP facilities meet or exceed quality standards comparable to government operated facilities. All of our BOP facilities are independently audited based on standards and requirements set by the BOP and the agency employs several on-site contract monitors.


Our facilities received exemplary ratings across all audited areas during the most recent audits conducted by the BOP. Given this high level of performance, we are pleased to have announced the renewal of our BOP contract for the D. Ray James facility in Georgia for a two-year term through September of 2018.

Like our other BOP facilities, D. Ray James has consistently achieved high-quality ratings and we believe the negotiation process we went through for this renewal should serve as a good barometer for future renewals given the continued overcrowding challenges facing the BOP.

As you may know, our company owned Big Spring facility in Texas is currently being rebid under the CAR 16 procurement and its contract expires at the end of March 2017. Additionally, at the Reeves County owned-facility for which we have a modest management consulting fee agreement is also being rebid under CAR 16.

We are hopeful of retaining our contract for The GEO-owned Big Spring facility. We believe that strong consideration will be given to the quality of operations at the facilities and are currently part of this bid. Like other BOP facilities, the Big Spring facility received exemplary ratings across all audited areas during its most recent BOP audit.

We also remain supportive of the Reeves County rebid submission. With respect to our other federal customers, as you may be aware the Department of Homeland Security recently instructed the Homeland Security Advisory Council or HSAC to review ICE’s currently privately operated facilities in light of the DOJ announcement.

As we said publicly at that time, we welcome this independent review. Our facilities are highly-rated and provide high-quality cost effective services pursuant to strict contractual requirements and the federal government’s national standards.

Over the last 30 years, our company has partnered with the federal government to develop special purpose facilities that provide needed services in safe, secure and humane residential environments. Our public-private partnership has allowed ICE to transfer services from older public jail facilities that did not meet the most up-to-date national standards to our highly-rated cost effective facilities.

During the most recent independent audits commissioned by ICE, all of our facilities were found to be in compliance with federal government’s national standards. Additionally, during the most recent American Correctional Association’s independent accreditation reviews, our facility scored an average greater than 99.5% with about two-thirds receiving perfect accreditation scores of 100%.

We received significant and constant oversight from ICE which employs several full-time on-site contract monitors who have physical presence at each facility. We also provide extensive office and courtroom space for ICE, personnel, immigration attorneys, immigration court judges, non-governmental organizations and other constituent groups who have ongoing access to each facility.


We’re proud that our facilities provide extensive recreational and educational amenities including a state-of-the-art, artificial soccer turf fields, flat screen TVs in all housing areas and modern classrooms with interactive smart boards for educational program.

Approximately three weeks ago, myself along with other members of our leadership team had the opportunity to make a presentation to answer questions from the HSAC panel currently reviewing ICE’s privately operated facilities.

During this presentation and subsequent to it, we were able to provide the HSAC panel extensive documentation related to the quality of our facilities and our long standing partnership with ICE and we invited and encouraged the panel to visit any, and all, of our ICE facilities.

At this time, we have no reason to expect further reviews from our state customers or any other federal contracts which entail the provisions of diversified services including free trial detention for the US marshals, community reentry halfway houses and electronic monitoring services. However, we would welcome any such reviews.

With respect to future growth opportunities, we currently have approximately 3,000 beds in idle facilities and have several active efforts to reactivate this available capacity. There are number of publicly known opportunities in the US and overseas totaling several thousand beds and we are also exploring a number of non-public opportunities that relate to both new project development and potential assets purchases.

At the federal level, ICE has a pending procurement for a 1,000-bed detention center in the Houston, Texas area. This is a rebid of the ICE Houston Contract Detention facility. The RFP requires proposed facilities to be within a 50-mile radius of the ICE Houston office, comply with the most recent ICE detention standards and provide extensive ICE offices and support areas. A decision on this procurement has been delayed at this time and we would not expect a decision on this contract until closer to the end of the year.

Additionally, as has been widely reported in the media, ICE is experiencing a significant and unprecedented surge in activity along the southern border. Today, ICE is detaining approximately 44,000 individuals, with internal projections forecasting a high of 47,000 during fiscal year 2017.

ICE is actively procuring capacity to respond to this need. We are having ongoing discussions with ICE about our capabilities to assist during this difficult time. These discussions include several GEO facilities which have significant capacity, are immediately available and would meet ICE’s national detention standards.


We believe that this development underscores the importance of our public-private partnership with ICE and our ability to respond swiftly to provide high-quality cost-effective services in safe, secure and in humane environments.

Now moving to the state level, several states continue to face capacity constraints and inmate population growth, and many of our state customers are facing challenges related to aging inefficient prisons which need to be replaced with new more cost-efficient facilities.

For instance, in the states we currently operate, the average age of state prisons ranges from approximately 30 years to 60 years. There are several states, including Arizona, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and others which are considering public-private partnerships for the housing of inmates, as well as the development and operation of new and replacement correctional facilities.

In Ohio last year, the legislature approved the sale of the state-owned prison totaling 2,700 beds. This opportunity would represent the second such sale of a corrections asset for the State of Ohio. In Michigan, the legislature passed budget language this year, directing the state to explore options for the potential lease or purchase of available private correctional facility in state to replace older more costly facilities.

And finally, at the local level, Hamilton County, Tennessee, is exploring a public-private partnership project for the development of replacement jail facilities totaling approximately 1,800 beds.

With respect to our international markets, our GEO Australia subsidiary has continued to work on our project for the development and operation of the new 1,300-bed Ravenhall Prison near Melbourne. This large scale project is expected to be completed in late 2017 and will provide an unprecedented level of in-prison and post-release rehabilitation programs. The project is being developed under a public-private partnership and GEO will make an investment of $87 million with expected returns on investment consistent with our company-owned facilities.

Also in Australia, the State of New South Wales has issued a procurement for a 1,700-bed facility known as the Grafton Prison. This large scale project will be developed under a public-private partnership structure similar to our Ravenhall prison project in Victoria and result in a 20-year contract. GEO is pleased to have been approved to be on the shortlist of three bidders who are required to submit proposals this month.

We have also been approved to be on a list of three bidders for the 400-bed John Morony Facility in New South Wales, which is a manage-only opportunity with a decision expected in February 2017.

At this time, I’ll turn the call over to Ann Schlarb for a review of our GEO Care segment.


Ann?

Ann M. Schlarb

Senior Vice President & President-GEO Care, The GEO Group, Inc.

Thank you, Dave, and good morning, everyone. As you may remember, our GEO Care segment is comprised of four divisions. Our GEO Reentry division manages 21 halfway houses totaling over 3,000 beds and over 60 day reporting centers nationwide with the ability to serve approximately 4,000 participants.

Our Youth Services division oversees 12 residential facilities with approximately 1,300 beds and seven non-residential programs with approximately 1,200 participants.

Our BI division monitors approximately 142,000 offenders under community supervision, including 102,000 individuals through an array of technology products, including radio frequency, GPS and alcohol monitoring devices.

Finally, our GEO Continuum of Care division oversees the integration of our industry-leading evidence-based rehabilitation programs, both in-prison and through our community-based and post-release services.

The diversified nature of our divisions has allowed GEO Care to achieve approximately 17% year-over-year revenue growth for the first three quarters of 2016. We remain optimistic about our growth prospects going forward and we continue to be enthusiastic about the opportunity to expand our delivery of offender rehabilitation services through the GEO Continuum of Care.

We believe that our focus on improved offender rehabilitation and community reentry programs is in line with current criminal justice reform discussions. We view these discussions as positive and believe these efforts will create growth opportunities for our company.

Each of our divisions continues to pursue several new growth opportunities. GEO reentry continues to work with existing and prospective local and state correctional customers to leverage new opportunities in the provision of community reentry services. These services are provided through real estate and programmatic solutions in residential settings, as well as case management and support services in non-residential day reporting centers.

We are pursuing several new opportunities for residential reentry centers at the state and federal level and for new day reporting centers primarily at the state and local level. These new opportunities total more than $47 million in potential annualized revenue.

Our Youth Services division continues to work towards maximizing the utilization of our existing asset base. Our Youth Services team has undertaken a number of new marketing initiatives aimed at increasing the overall utilization of our existing Youth Services facilities. These important efforts have resulted in consistent and stronger census levels at several of our facilities over the last couple of years. We’re pursuing additional referrals working with local jurisdictions for our Pennsylvania facilities and are exploring additional expansion opportunities of our community-based programs in Ohio.


Finally, our BI subsidiary continues to grow its supervision and electronic monitoring services at the local, state and federal level, nationwide. BI is currently bidding on new business opportunities in the state of Massachusetts, as well as a number of other jurisdictions.

With respect to our contract for the Intensive Supervision Appearance Program or ISAP, as we have updated you over the last couple of quarters, the utilization of this program has been increasing rapidly. Currently, the program is tracking above 60,000 participants.

Similar to this important contract, over the course of this year, GEO Care has implemented a new Family Case Management Program under partnership with the US Department of Homeland Security. Under this new contract, GEO Care provides community-based case management services for families going through the immigration review process.

Working collaboratively with all of our divisions, GEO Care has been able to build upon existing relationships with local community providers and expand our network of community partners in order to provide comprehensive case management services. We believe this program is indicative of our leadership position in the provision of community-based and case management services through our comprehensive GEO Continuum of Care.

At this time, I’ll turn the call back to George for his closing remarks.

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Thank you, Ann. Over the last 10 years, GEO has acquired every major acquisition available in the corrections industry, involving detentions, corrections, community reentry facilities and electronic monitoring. In each of these service lines, we have become a world-leader and recognized as best-in-class. In fact, GEO is the seventh largest correctional organization in the world, with 87,000 beds and more than 20,000 employees located in US, Australia, UK and South Africa.

More recently, we have invested and reorganized the company to deliver the GEO Continuum of Care providing enhanced offender rehabilitation, integrated with post-release services. It is gratifying to see GEO’s continued financial success based on its successful diversification and commitment to operational excellence. It also underscores our belief that as a company we are most effective and at our best when we are helping those in our care reenter society as productive and employable citizens.

This concludes our presentation. We would now like to open the call to your questions. [Operator Instructions]


Question And Answer Section

Operator

And our first question comes from Michael Kodesch of Canaccord. Please go ahead.

Michael B. Kodesch

Analyst, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

Hey. Good morning and thanks for taking my questions and really nice quarter. I guess, maybe just to start, for ICE, you are seeing this massive disparity between in, inflow – I think you mentioned 44,000 going up to 47,000 in fiscal year 2017 and in the quota I think it was around 34,000 beds that they need to have. Seems like a pretty big opportunity. I guess, just kind of wondering what the alternative is to in what seems like an emergency situation to go into the private, what alternatives are out there for ICE to use?

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Well, with respect to detention capacity, I think, the private sector is really the only logical solution for organizations that can move quickly and meet the detention standards that ICE needs for a residential type of detention. Other than detention, they could put additional people on the ISAP program under electronic monitoring. I think those are their two most logical alternatives.

Michael B. Kodesch

Analyst, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

Great. That’s helpful. And then, turning to the – sorry, go ahead.

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Just like to add to that, so what we said is that, where in the past many years, there has normally been a downturn in the census during fourth quarter because of what we call the seasonality of ICE detention. We don’t expect that to take place this year. In fact, we’re seeing an increase in our census it – likely in the fourth quarter from our third quarter, and that’s very different than we’ve ever experienced.

Michael B. Kodesch

Analyst, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

Great. That’s helpful color. And then turning to Grafton, so you said proposals were due this month. Just, what sort of timeline from submitting the proposals to maybe seeing something realize would – what do you guys expect?


George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Well, they are actually due next week, so that’s very soon. And I think the timeline for tentative award is spring of next year and there is only three bidders in this case. And Grafton will be the largest facility – correctional facility in all of Australia at 1,700 beds and...

Michael B. Kodesch

Analyst, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

Great. Thanks.

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

...largest private provider in Australia.

Michael B. Kodesch

Analyst, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

Great. Okay. And then, turning to the community based facilities. I noticed that one, I think – one facility was lost in the quarter. I know it’s a small contribution to EBITDA, but I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about that and then maybe opportunities for that facility?

Brian R. Evans

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, The GEO Group, Inc.

I think during last quarter or maybe it was this quarter we restructured some facilities maybe in the youth side with some of our Illinois contracts but, go ahead, Ann.

Ann M. Schlarb

Senior Vice President & President-GEO Care, The GEO Group, Inc.

Yes. We consolidated facilities that we had nearby, which was in DuPage, in Illinois our youth facilities and that’s what that was.

Michael B. Kodesch

Analyst, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

All right. Thanks. That’s helpful. And then finally, I have a lot of questions here. Just in terms of BI, in your electronic monitoring, it’s 7% quarter-over-quarter growth I think there, but that’s like a 28% year-over-year. You mentioned the Massachusetts opportunity, so that seems like a great opportunity. I was wondering what the size of that might look like? How competitive it is? And then just kind of the sustainability of your electronic monitoring growth, kind of what your expectations are there? Thanks.


Ann M. Schlarb

Senior Vice President & President-GEO Care, The GEO Group, Inc.

It is a significant contract. There’s currently a competitor incumbent. It’s probably about $3.5 million annualized a year and we’ll be competing aggressively for that contract, so it’s a nice opportunity. And the sustainability year-over-year, we have several of the key contracts in the electronic monitoring division. We’ve continued to enhance our technology products and services, so as we’re offering solutions to our customers, we have enhanced products that we’re offering through our data analytics and other things along with our suite of technology that, we believe will be able to sustain and continue to grow that division.

Michael B. Kodesch

Analyst, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

Great. And just to confirm that was $3.5 million of annualized revenues on that Massachusetts contract?

Ann M. Schlarb

Senior Vice President & President-GEO Care, The GEO Group, Inc.

Approximate. That’s an approximate number.

Michael B. Kodesch

Analyst, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

Approximately?

Ann M. Schlarb

Senior Vice President & President-GEO Care, The GEO Group, Inc.

Yes.

Michael B. Kodesch

Analyst, Canaccord Genuity, Inc.

Great. Awesome. That’s truly helpful. Thanks again for answering the questions and once again nice quarter.


Ann M. Schlarb

Senior Vice President & President-GEO Care, The GEO Group, Inc.

Thank you.

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Thank you. [Operator Instructions]

Operator

Our next question comes from Tobey Sommer of SunTrust. Please go ahead.

Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Thanks. Could you refresh us on the capital that would be required if you were successful for the – in the publicly known procurements that are out there and maybe let us know, how – if you’re successful, how much you’d choose to fund that additional investment? Thanks.

Brian R. Evans

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, The GEO Group, Inc.

Hey. Tobey. This is Brian. I’m just trying to think about what we’ve actually said about the capital requirements for bids that are under review. I don’t think we’ve specifically stated what those amounts are, once we announce the contracts we will announce the actual absolute dollar value. But, there are obviously significant projects, the ICE opportunity the 1,000 beds and the Hamilton County opportunity is approximately 1,800 beds and Grafton has, as George discussed, the 1,700 beds. And that equity commitment there will be similar to or possibly a little bit larger than Ravenhall. So, all three of those are substantial projects, using consistent averages there’s several hundred million dollars worth of capital requirements for this.

Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

And would the company choose to fund that with likely – with debt or equity or a blend of both?

Brian R. Evans

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, The GEO Group, Inc.

I mean, currently, we believe we can fund those with our revolving credit facility. So, we’ll probably look to use debt first and if we need to supplement it with a little bit of equity, we might. But between cash flows above our dividend payment and debt that would be our first choice.


Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Thanks, Brian.

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

...three year project, it doesn’t require all the capital upfront, it’s different tranches over a three-year period.

Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Thank you for pointing that out. What is the cash flow in excess of the dividend payout. Maybe on an annualized basis so far this year or something like that?

Brian R. Evans

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, The GEO Group, Inc.

On an annualized basis approximately $40 million to $60 million.

Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Okay. And could you give us an update on CAR 16 and where that sits in terms of maybe when we’ll get our next update or next steps?

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Well, it’s in still progress. There has not been a best and final so that’s approximately all we know and maybe other than thinking that there will be a decision before the end of the year.

Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Okay. Sensitive to you being able to speak only in limited fashion about your ongoing dialogue with ICE about its growing needs, but could you discuss kind of conceptually, how you think about sort of committing the company’s resources to helping out a customer that when it isn’t clear that that need will kind of exist long-term? Thank you.


George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Well, I think, our – the answer and our response here is along the lines of existing capacity, not new construction. And as we said in our presentation, we do have approximately 3,000 beds that are available and could be easily provided and quickly, in meeting their needs. And all these beds meet the ICE detention standards and it would be very unusual for governments to have such beds quickly available or be able to meet the ICE detention standards. So we think the logical path for ICE will be to look towards the private sector for these beds, which may be short-term and may be longer term. I don’t think anybody knows the answer to that, as yet.

Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Okay. And then, I wanted to ask you a question about your recent BOP contract renewal. As we think about, maybe, the tension between the BOP’s own needs and the memo in discussion that initiated in mid-August, does the framework of that contract seem like a template to you that could be replicated as other contracts come up for renewal? Thank you.

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

There are characteristics that, at that facility, that are similar at our other facilities certainly, and I would start with the knowledge that that particular facility has received very high and exemplary performance ratings, and those are conducted by teams of subject matter experts who come in annually and review various areas of the facilities from medical, housing, different types of security services. So overall that facility has done very well on a performance basis and we know that was one of the concerns by the DOJ. But all of our facilities, as we said, are outstanding with regard to performance.

There was a cut down on some of the beds that were needed, so, instead of a full 2,500 beds, the bed capacity under the contract was reduced to approximately 1,900 beds. But there was an opportunity to negotiate reasonable financial provisions to provide for the reduction of those incremental beds based on an incremental cost reduction.

Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Thank you for that color. And then, George, just wondered if you could comment and give us an update on the private conversations that you’re having, the direct dialogues, just in terms of the volume and intensity. Could you compare that to six months or a year ago, particularly on the real estate opportunities? Thank you.


George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Not sure what’s the question.

Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Just compare the volume of the conversations and the relative intensity that you’re having now versus six months or 12 months ago.

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Well, as I said, the – we’ve seen a significant increase in the census. We get census report every morning about what is the census at every one of our facilities and we track these census reports that are done on a daily basis, so we put them on a chart to show monthly progress, so we compare them to previous years on where – I’ve said previously, where in previous years, the fourth quarter usually shows a downturn in the census, this year is an anomaly in that there is actually uptick in the census that we expect to see continue for the balance of the year, at least and it will be reflected in our operational and financial performance. And the basis for what is publicly known as an increase in capacity for ICE as there are more people coming across the border.

Tobey Sommer

Analyst, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc.

Thanks for your help. [Operator Instructions]

Operator

Our next question comes from James Kayler of Bank of America. Please go ahead.

James Forristall Kayler

Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Hey, guys. How are you doing?

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Good. Thank you.


James Forristall Kayler

Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Good. Just first on Ravenhall, can you just sort of remind us sort of how to think about the earnings ramp once that facility is complete? And I think you mentioned the equity infusion we should expect that towards the end of 2017, is that right?

Brian R. Evans

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, The GEO Group, Inc.

No. The equity infusion is January of 2017 and the contract start date after construction completion and commercial acceptance is November of 2017 and I believe they begin paying for 1,000 beds immediately.

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Yeah.

Brian R. Evans

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, The GEO Group, Inc.

So, there is an actual ramp-up to some degree in the population, but they start paying for the first 1,000 beds immediately. And then ultimately it’s a 1,300 bed facility, so depending on their needs, they may use the remaining 300 beds but when they decide to do that then will be paying for 1,300 beds on a guaranteed basis.

James Forristall Kayler

Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

All right. Very good. And then, maybe just a conceptual question about the balance sheet and then also covenant question if you have it. I guess, just sort of given the recent developments with what’s going in the world, do you have views on where you want the leverage to be over the longer term and if you could just review the sort of covenant restrictions you have in the credit facility and the amount of cushion you have?

Brian R. Evans

Chief Financial Officer & Senior Vice President, The GEO Group, Inc.

Right now, we’re not changing our view with regards to our leverage level, I think, we said, we’re comfortable operating between 4 times and 5 times, the average probably 4.5 times over the last several years. The primarily covenant level leverage limit is 6.25 times and so we have significant additional capacity yet we’re at about – currently we’re at about 4.6 times, 4.7 times.


James Forristall Kayler

Analyst, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Okay. Great. Thank you.

Operator

And ladies and gentlemen, this concludes our question-and-answer session. I would like to turn the conference back over to George Zoley for any closing remarks.

George C. Zoley

Chairman, Chief Executive Officer & Founder, The GEO Group, Inc.

Okay. Well, thank you for joining us on this conference call. We look forward to addressing you on our next one. Thank you.

Operator

And ladies and gentlemen, the conference has now concluded. Thank you for attending today’s presentation. You may now disconnect.

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