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Republic Services Raises Full-Year Guidance Again as Second-Quarter Results Better Than Expected

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| Brian Bernard, CFA, CPA |

Wide-moat rated Republic Services reported strong second-quarter results as its end markets continue to recover. Revenue increased almost 15% year over year as the firm benefited from strong pricing, a significant rebound in volume, favorable recycled commodity prices, and acquisitions. Core price increased 5.2% during the second quarter, compared with 4.3% last quarter and 4.7% during the year-ago quarter. While volume had an easy prior-year comparison due to the pandemic (second quarter 2020 volume was down over 7%), the 8% year-over-year volume gain during the quarter exceeded management's expectations. Republic Services' recycling operations contributed 100 basis points to revenue growth as recycled commodity prices increased 68% year over year to $170 per ton. Finally, the company has spent $567 million on acquisitions so far during 2021, which accounted for 200 basis points of revenue growth during the second quarter. Management said the firm has a full acquisition pipeline, and "well over" $600 million is earmarked for acquisitions in 2021. Republic Services' adjusted EBITDA margin expanded 110 basis points to 30.6% primarily due to strong pricing and operating leverage. Favorable recycled commodity prices accounted for 50 basis points of EBITDA margin improvement.

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Republic Services ranks as the second- largest integrated provider of traditional solid waste services in the United States, operating roughly 186 active landfills and more than 200 transfer stations. The company serves residential, commercial, and industrial end markets. It also runs a sizable recycling operation in North America.

18500 North Allied Way
Phoenix, AZ, 85054
T +1 480 627-2700
Sector Industrials
Industry Waste Management
Most Recent Earnings Jun 30, 2021
Fiscal Year End Dec 31, 2019
Stock Type Slow Growth
Employees 35,000


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