The GEO Group, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2006 Results and Increases 2006 Year-End Guidance By $0.25 EPS

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     - Achieved Income from Continuing Operations of $4.7 Million

     - $0.46 EPS - Achieved Pro-Forma Income from Continuing Operations of $4.9 Million -

     $0.48 EPS - Increases Year-End Guidance by $0.25 EPS to Pro Forma Range of $2.10 to

     $2.20 EPS

    BOCA RATON, Fla., May 4 - The GEO Group, Inc. (NYSE: GGI) ("GEO") today reported first quarter 2006 GAAP earnings of $4.6 million, or $0.45 per share, based on 10.0 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding, including an after-tax loss of $0.1 million, or $0.01 per share, from discontinued operations, compared with $2.9 million, or $0.29 per share, based on 10.0 million diluted weighted average shares outstanding, including an after-tax gain of $0.5 million, or $0.05 per share, from discontinued operations, in the first quarter of 2005.

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    Excluding after-tax start-up expenses of $0.2 million, or $0.02 per share, related to the activation of GEO's new contract in the State of Indiana for the management of the 2,416-bed New Castle Correctional Facility, first quarter 2006 pro forma income from continuing operations was $4.9 million, or $0.48 per share, compared with income from continuing operations of $2.4 million, or $0.24 per share for the first quarter of 2005.

    Reconciliation of Pro Forma Income from Continuing Operations

    to GAAP Income from Continuing Operations

    (In thousands except per share data) 13 Weeks 13 Weeks

     Ended Ended

     2-Apr-06 3-Apr-05

    Income from Continuing Operations $4,674 $2,391

     Start-Up Expenses 211 -

    Pro Forma Income from Continuing Operations $4,885 $2,391

    Diluted Earnings Per Share

     Income from Continuing Operations $0.46 $0.24

     Start-Up Expenses 0.02 -

    Diluted Pro Forma Earnings Per Share $0.48 $0.24

    Revenue

    GEO reported first quarter 2006 revenue of $185.9 million compared with $148.3 million in the first quarter of 2006.

    George C. Zoley, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GEO, said: "We are very pleased with our strong operational and financial performance in the first quarter of the year. The successful integration of our acquisition of Correctional Services Corporation along with higher occupancy levels at our existing facilities has positioned us to achieve further growth in 2006. In addition, we believe that we have the strongest organic growth pipeline in our industry with seven projects totaling more than 4,500 beds under development which are expected to add more than $84 million in operating revenues between mid-2006 and late-2007. We also remain optimistic of our new business development prospects in our three business units of U.S. Corrections, International Corrections, and GEO Care's residential treatment services."

    Financial Guidance

    GEO is raising its previously-issued revenue guidance for 2006 to a range of $760 million to $775 million and its previously issued earnings guidance for 2006 to a pro forma range of $2.10 to $2.20 per share with the following quarterly detail.

    2006 Revenue Guidance (In Millions)

     1Q 2006 2Q 2006 3Q 2006 4Q 2006 FY 2006

    Previously Issued

     Guidance

     (March 31, 2006) $184-$188 $181-$185 $181-$185 $185-$189 $731-$747

    Revised

     Guidance

     (May 4, 2006) $185.9A $185-$190 $194-$199 $195-$200 $760-$775

    2006 Earnings

     Per Share

     1Q 2006 2Q 2006 3Q 2006 4Q 2006 FY 2006

    Previously Issued

     Guidance

     (March 31,

     2006) $0.39-$0.41 $0.43-$0.45 $0.53-$0.55 $0.50-$0.54 $1.85-$1.95

    Revised GAAP

     Projection $0.45A $0.41-$0.43 $0.56-$0.60 $0.53-$0.57 $1.95-$2.05

    Projected

     After-Tax

     Start-Up

     Expenses/

     Discontinued

     Operations $0.03A $0.03 $0.04 $0.05 $0.15

    Revised

     Pro Forma

     Guidance

     (May 4, 2006) $0.48A $0.44-$0.46 $0.60-$0.64 $0.58-$0.62 $2.10-$2.20

    GEO's second quarter pro forma earnings guidance excludes $0.03 per share in projected after-tax start-up expenses related primarily to the activation of GEO's new contract in the United Kingdom for the management of the 198-bed Campsfield House Immigration Centre and secondarily to the acceleration of start-up costs for the 600-bed expansion of GEO's 1,918-bed Lawton Correctional Facility in Oklahoma, both of which were not included in GEO's previously issued guidance for the second quarter. GEO's third and fourth quarter pro forma earnings guidance excludes $0.04 per share and $0.05 per share respectively in projected after-tax start-up expenses related to the acceleration of start-up costs associated with the construction of GEO's 1,000-bed Sex Offender Facility in Florence, Arizona, which GEO had previously projected for early 2007.

    GEO is raising its previously issued Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR guidance for 2006. GEO estimates year-end 2006 Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $78 million to $82 million and year-end 2006 EBITDAR to be in the range of $102 million to $106 million. GEO is raising its previously issued Adjusted Free Cash Flow guidance for 2006 to a range of $48 million to $52 million.

    Pro Forma Income from Continuing Operations, Adjusted EBITDA, EBITDAR, and Adjusted Free Cash Flow are non-GAAP financial measures. Pro Forma Income from Continuing Operations is defined as Income from Continuing Operations excluding Start-Up Expenses. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as EBITDA excluding Start-Up Expenses. EBITDAR is defined as Adjusted EBITDA including Lease Rental Expense. Adjusted Free Cash Flow is defined as Income from Continuing Operations after giving effect to the items set forth in the Reconciliation Table in the Financial Tables Section of this press release. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measurements of these items is included in the Financial Tables section of this press release. GEO believes that these financial measures are important operating measures that supplement discussion and analysis of GEO's financial results derived in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures should be read in conjunction with GEO's consolidated financial statements and related notes included in GEO's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

    Update on REIT Relationship

    GEO will provide an update on the restructuring of its relationship with CentraCore Properties Trust (NYSE: CPV) on GEO's first quarter 2006 earnings conference call.

    Conference Call Information

    GEO has scheduled a conference call and simultaneous webcast at 11:00 AM (Eastern Time) on Friday, May 5, 2006 to discuss GEO's first quarter 2006 financial results as well as its progress and outlook. The call-in number for the U.S. is 1-800-561-2693 and the international call-in number is 1-617-614- 3523. The participant pass-code for the conference call is 16095234. In addition, a live audio webcast of the conference call may be accessed on the Conference Calls/Webcasts section of GEO's investor relations home page at http://www.thegeogroupinc.com. A replay of the audio webcast will be available on the website for one year. A telephonic replay of the conference call will be available until June 5, 2006 at 1-888-286-8010 (U.S.) and 1-617- 801-6888 (International). The pass-code for the telephonic replay is 76215620. GEO will discuss Non-GAAP ("Pro Forma") basis information on the conference call. A reconciliation from Non-GAAP ("Pro Forma") basis information to GAAP basis results may be found on the Conference Calls/Webcasts section of GEO's investor relations home page at http://www.thegeogroupinc.com.

    About The GEO Group, Inc.

    The GEO Group, Inc. ("GEO") is a world leader in the delivery of correctional, detention, and residential treatment services to federal, state, and local government agencies around the globe. GEO offers a turnkey approach that includes design, construction, financing, and operations. GEO represents government clients in the United States, Australia, South Africa, Canada, and the United Kingdom. GEO's worldwide operations include 61 correctional and residential treatment facilities with a total design capacity of approximately 49,000 beds.

    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 estimated earnings, revenues and costs and our ability to maintain growth and strengthen contract relationships. 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 2006 given the various risks to which its business is exposed; (2) GEO's ability to successfully pursue further growth and continue to enhance shareholder value; (3) GEO's ability to access the capital markets in the future on satisfactory terms or at all; (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; and (9) other factors contained in GEO's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including the forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K reports.

     The GEO Group, Inc.

     Consolidated Statements of Operations

     For the thirteen weeks ended April 2, 2006

     and the thirteen weeks ended April 3, 2005

     (In thousands except per share data)

     13 Weeks 13 Weeks

     Ended Ended

     April 2, 2006 April 3, 2005

    Revenues $185,881 $148,255

    Operating Expenses 153,746 125,813

    Depreciation and Amortization 5,664 3,668

    General and Administrative Expenses 14,009 11,401

     Operating Income 12,462 7,373

    Interest Income 2,216 2,330

    Interest Expense (7,579) (5,454)

    Income before income taxes, minority

     interest, equity in income of affiliate,

     and discontinued operations 7,099 4,249

    Provision for Income Taxes 2,693 1,723

    Minority interest (9) (184)

    Equity in earnings of affiliate, net of

     income tax 277 49

    Income from Continuing Operations 4,674 2,391

    Income (loss) from Discontinued Operations,

     net of tax (118) 505

    Net Income (loss) $4,556 $2,896

    Basic EPS

     Income from Continuing Operations $0.48 $0.25

     Income (loss) from Discontinued Operations (0.01) 0.05

     Earnings per share - Basic $0.47 $0.30

    Basic Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 9,700 9,525

    Diluted EPS

     Income from Continuing Operations $0.46 $0.24

     Income (loss) from Discontinued Operations (0.01) 0.05

     Earnings per share - Diluted $0.45 $0.29

    Diluted Weighted Average Shares Outstanding 10,034 10,002

     The GEO Group, Inc.

     Operating Data

     13 Weeks 13 Weeks

     Ended Ended

     April 2, 2006 April 3, 2005

    * Revenue-producing beds 44,553 34,813

    * Compensated man-days 3,929,744 3,125,505

    * Average occupancy (1) 100.5% 99.0%

    * Includes South Africa

    (1) Does not include GEO's idle facilities.

     The GEO Group, Inc.

     Consolidated Balance Sheets

     April 2, 2006 and January 1, 2006

     (In thousands)

     April 2, 2006 January 1, 2006

     (Unaudited)

    ASSETS

    Current assets

     Cash and cash equivalents $56,169 $57,094

     Restricted Cash 10,633 8,882

     Accounts receivable, less allowance

     for doubtful accounts of $224 and $224 137,468 127,612

     Deferred income tax asset 19,756 19,755

     Other current assets 12,366 15,826

     Current assets of discontinued operations 6 123

     Total current assets 236,398 229,292

    Restricted cash 20,317 17,484

    Property and equipment, net 287,145 282,236

    Assets held for sale 1,265 5,000

    Direct finance lease receivable 37,394 38,492

    Goodwill and other intangible assets, net 56,780 52,127

    Other non current assets 14,680 14,880

     $653,979 $639,511

    LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

    Current liabilities:

     Accounts payable $39,761 $27,762

     Accrued payroll and related taxes 30,204 26,985

     Accrued expenses 64,028 70,177

     Current portion of deferred revenue 1,810 1,894

     Current portion of long-term debt

     and non-recourse debt 12,399 8,441

     Current liabilities of discontinued

     operations 1,216 1,260

     Total current liabilities 149,418 136,519

    Deferred revenue 2,899 3,267

    Deferred tax liability 2,121 2,085

    Minority interest 1,325 1,840

    Other non current liabilities 21,268 19,601

    Capital Leases 17,262 17,072

    Long-term debt 217,992 219,254

    Non-recourse debt 126,245 131,279

     Total shareholders' equity 115,449 108,594

     $653,979 $639,511

    Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR

    First quarter 2006 EBITDA excluding Start-Up Expenses ("Adjusted EBITDA") was $18.7 million compared with $10.9 million for the first quarter of 2005. Adjusted EBITDA including Lease Rental Expense ("EBITDAR") for the first quarter of 2006 was $24.8 million compared with $16.7 million for the first quarter of 2005.

    Reconciliation from Adjusted EBITDA and EBITDAR to GAAP Net Income

    (In thousands)

     1Q 2006 1Q 2005

    Net Income $4,556 $2,896

     Discontinued Operations 118 (505)

     Interest Expense, Net 5,363 3,124

     Income Tax Provision 2,693 1,723

     Depreciation and Amortization 5,664 3,668

    Adjustments, Pre-tax

     Start-Up Expenses 340 -

    Adjusted EBITDA $18,734 $10,906

    Lease Rental Expense 6,048 5,832

    EBITDAR $24,782 $16,738

    Adjusted Free Cash Flow

    Adjusted Free Cash Flow, defined as Income from Continuing Operations after giving effect to the items set forth in the table immediately below ("Adjusted Free Cash Flow"), for the first quarter of 2006 was $13.0 million compared with $6.1 million for the first quarter of 2005.

    Reconciliation of Adjusted Free Cash Flow to GAAP Income from Continuing

    Operations

    (In thousands)

     1Q 2006 1Q 2005

    Income from Continuing Operations $4,674 $2,391

     Depreciation and Amortization 5,664 3,668

     Income Tax Provision 2,693 1,723

     Income Taxes Paid (272) (90)

     Stock Based Compensation Included in G&A 177 -

     Maintenance Capital Expenditures (1,723) (1,841)

     Equity in Earnings of Affiliates,

     Net of Income Tax (277) (49)

     Dividends from Equity Affiliates 1,812 -

     Minority Interest 9 184

     Amortization of Debt Costs and

     Other Non-Cash Interest 281 79

    Adjusted Free Cash Flow 13,038 6,065
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