CoreCivic, Inc. (CXW) – A Fourth Quarter Beat

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Thursday, February 08, 2024

CoreCivic is a diversified, government-solutions company with the scale and experience needed to solve tough government challenges in flexible, cost-effective ways. We provide a broad range of solutions to government partners that serve the public good through high-quality corrections and detention management, a network of residential and non-residential alternatives to incarceration to help address America’s recidivism crisis, and government real estate solutions. We are the nation’s largest owner of partnership correctional, detention and residential reentry facilities, and believe we are the largest private owner of real estate used by government agencies in the United States. We have been a flexible and dependable partner for government for nearly 40 years. Our employees are driven by a deep sense of service, high standards of professionalism and a responsibility to help government better the public good. Learn more at

Joe Gomes, Managing Director, Equity Research Analyst, Generalist , Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

Joshua Zoepfel, Research Associate, Noble Capital Markets, Inc.

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Results. Fourth quarter revenue totaled $491.2 million, up from $471.4 million last year and in-line with our $495 million projection. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter was $90 million, compared to $87.7 million last year and our $82 million estimate. CXW reported adjusted net income of $26.4 million and adjusted EPS of $0.23, beating our estimates of $17.5 million and $0.18, respectively, and improving from $25 million and $0.22 last year.

Strong Business Momentum. The better than expected results were driven by ongoing population and resulting occupancy increases. CoreCivic ended the year at 74% occupancy, the highest quarterly level since 2Q20. Labor availability and wage inflation are normalizing, resulting in improving margins. We expect these trends to continue in 2024.

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