Rush Enterprises, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2014 Results

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  • Parts, service and body shop quarterly revenues set new record
  • First quarter Class 8 truck sales outpace industry
  • Illinois and Indiana acquisitions complete, network expanded to 106 locations in 20 states
  • Company launches new Rig Tough Used Truck sales location

SAN ANTONIO, April 21, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rush Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:RUSHA) (Nasdaq:RUSHB), which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, today announced that for the quarter ended March 31, 2014, the Company's net income was $12.0 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared with net income of $13.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

"We are proud of the Company's solid financial performance this quarter," said W. M. "Rusty" Rush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rush Enterprises, Inc. "Our truck sales performance outpaced the U. S. Class 8 retail sales market and parts, service and body shop revenues topped $300 million, setting a new quarterly record, despite harsh weather conditions and multiple shutdown days at our dealerships in Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia during the quarter. We believe these shutdown days represent approximately $3.5-4.0 million in lost revenue potential, and equate to approximately $.02 of earnings per share."

Operations

Aftermarket Solutions

Aftermarket solutions accounted for approximately 66% of the Company's total gross profit and we achieved an absorption ratio of 111.2% in the first quarter of 2014. First quarter parts, service and body shop revenues reached a new record quarterly high, increasing by 33% as compared to first quarter 2013.

"Continued strong demand for repair and maintenance of aged vehicles, service support in the energy sector and incremental business from our range of aftermarket solutions continues to drive strong performance in our aftermarket business," said Rush.  

"Our mobile business has grown to 280 service units across the country, with an additional 125 technicians working in our customers' shops. We introduced RushCareSM Rapid Parts, a state-of-the-art parts call center, in several key markets and plan to expand this service across our network. We continue to expand our ability to support natural gas vehicles with dedicated service operations in Arizona, Georgia and Texas. We also added natural gas fueling capabilities at our Custom Vehicle Solutions operation in Denton, Texas," explained Rush.

"We continue to evaluate all opportunities to add innovative services to our aftermarket solutions capabilities and expect that parts, service and body shop operations will remain strong throughout 2014," Rush added. 

Truck Sales

U.S. Class 8 retail sales were 45,291 units in the first quarter, up 15% over the same time period last year. Rush's Class 8 sales increased 30% over the same time period, significantly outpacing the industry and accounting for 5.9% of the U.S. Class 8 truck market. 

"With improving general economic conditions, including activity in housing and construction, we began to see Class 8 truck sales improve last month across a range of market segments and throughout most regions of the country. We saw particular strength in energy and vocational segments operating in the South Central United States," said Rush. 

Rush's Class 4-7 medium-duty sales increased 1% over the first quarter of 2013, accounting for 4.6% of the total U.S. market. "Our first quarter Class 4-7 truck sales continued at 2013 levels, with strong activity in the medium-duty fleet, construction, utility and beverage segments of the market," explained Rush. 

ACT Research forecasts U. S. retail sales for Class 8 vehicles to reach 217,000 units in 2014, a 16% increase over 2013. ACT Research also forecast U. S. retail sales for Class 4-7 vehicles to reach 193,500 units in 2014, an 8% increase over 2013. 

"Consistent with industry forecasts, our Class 8 order intake has improved as well," said Rush. "We began to see our backlog increase at the end of last year and the increase continued in the first quarter.  We expect our higher rate of order intake to continue throughout 2014 as on-highway and vocational fleets replace aged vehicles and add some capacity."

Continued Growth

In January, the Company completed the acquisition of certain assets of Chicago International Trucks and Indy Truck Sales, which operated International commercial truck dealerships and Idealease commercial lease and rental operations. "This acquisition added 10 dealership locations to our Rush Truck Centers network and expanded our leasing capabilities in major leasing markets," said Rusty Rush. 

"Within 13 months, we added 37 dealerships to our network footprint, supplementing our existing Peterbilt network by growing our Navistar Division in the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic regions of the country," said Rush. Rush Truck Centers now has 106 locations in 20 states, allowing us to serve customers operating in markets where our dealerships are located as well as those whose operations route them through our market areas. 

"We continue to invest significantly in our Peterbilt Division, with new construction and remodel projects underway that will enhance capabilities and increase capacity at locations in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida and Texas in 2014," Rush said. "We have also begun facility improvements to existing Navistar dealerships in Ohio, Idaho and Missouri."

"With significant growth in the size of our network, one of our priorities will be to integrate our customer-focused culture into newly acquired operations and standardize our processes, business systems and performance metrics.   Moving forward, our focus will be to create a seamless network of Rush Truck Centers operating with consistency across the country," said Rush. 

"We also opened a new Rig Tough Used Truck sales location in Knoxville, Tennessee. This sales operation allows us to offer dependable used trucks to buyers in markets we currently do not serve. We have plans to add Rig Tough Used Truck sales locations which will enable us to expand our capability in the used truck segment," explained Rush.

Financial Highlights

In the first quarter, the Company's gross revenues totaled $958.7 million, a 26.7% increase from gross revenues of $756.8 million reported for the first quarter ended March 31, 2013. Net income for the quarter was $12.0 million, or $0.30 per diluted share, compared with net income of $13.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, in the quarter ended March 31, 2013.

Parts, service and body shop sales revenue was $309.0 million in the first quarter of 2014, compared to $231.5 million in the first quarter of 2013. The Company delivered 2,688 new heavy-duty trucks, 1,966 new medium-duty commercial vehicles, 486 new light-duty commercial vehicles and 1,703 used commercial vehicles during the first quarter of 2014, compared to 2,065 new heavy-duty trucks, 1,954 new medium-duty commercial vehicles, 395 new light-duty commercial vehicles and 1,414 used trucks during the first quarter of 2013.

"As expected, expenses for the first quarter increased due to employee benefits and payroll taxes, acquisitions and costs related to the accelerated rollout of our business operating system. Business system implementation will be complete in our Peterbilt Division by May with implementation of Navistar dealerships expected to be complete during the second quarter of 2015," Rush added. 

"We ended the quarter with a cash position of $94 million, reduced mainly by cash paid for acquisition costs, bonuses and taxes in the first quarter. We expect to generate positive free cash flow and to see our cash position steadily increase throughout 2014," concluded Rush.

Conference Call Information

Rush Enterprises will host its quarterly conference call to discuss earnings for the first quarter on Tuesday, April 22, 2014, at 10 a.m. Eastern/9 a.m. Central. The call can be heard live by dialing 877-638-4557 (US) or 914-495-8522 (International) or via the Internet at http://investor.rushenterprises.com/events.cfm

For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, the webcast will be available on our website at the above link until July 10, 2014. Listen to the audio replay until April 29, 2014 by dialing 855-859-2056 (US) or 404-537-3406 (International) and entering the Conference ID 24068672.

About Rush Enterprises, Inc.

Rush Enterprises, Inc. is the premier service provider to the commercial vehicle industry and owns and operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in the United States, representing truck and bus manufacturers, including Peterbilt, International, Hino, Isuzu, Ford, IC Bus and Blue Bird.   The Company's vehicle centers are strategically located in high traffic areas on or near major highways throughout the United States. These one-stop centers offer an integrated approach to meeting customer needs — from sales of new and used vehicles to aftermarket parts, service and body shop operations plus a wide array of financial services, including financing, insurance, leasing and rental. Rush Enterprises' operations also provide vehicle up-fitting, chrome accessories and tires. For more information, please visit www.rushenterprises.com.

Certain statements contained herein, including those concerning current and projected market conditions, sales forecasts, demand for the Company's services, the Company's expectations about future revenue, cash flow and cash position, implementation of our business operating system and statements about the addition of new locations are "forward-looking" statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, competitive factors, general U.S. economic conditions, economic conditions in the new and used commercial vehicle markets, customer relations, relationships with vendors, the interest rate environment, governmental regulation and supervision, product introductions and acceptance, changes in industry practices, onetime events and other factors described herein and in filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.               

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RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Thousands, Except Shares and Per Share Amounts)
     
  March
31,
2014
December 31,
2013
  (Unaudited)  
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents $ 94,369 $ 217,305
Accounts receivable, net  135,855  103,293
Inventories, net  865,685  802,220
Prepaid expenses and other  13,067  14,341
Deferred income taxes, net  15,567  16,277
     
Total current assets 1,124,543 1,153,436
     
Investments 6,628 6,628
     
Property and equipment, net  819,704  739,663
     
Goodwill, net 262,889 215,464
     
Other assets, net  49,956  52,607
     
Total assets $ 2,263,720 $ 2,167,798
     
     
Liabilities and shareholders' equity    
Current liabilities:    
Floor plan notes payable $ 659,289 $ 593,649
Current maturities of long-term debt  103,725  97,243
Current maturities of capital lease obligations  10,697 10,268
Trade accounts payable  112,356  100,375
Customer deposits 31,249 58,319
Accrued expenses  61,751  69,321
Total current liabilities  979,067  929,175
     
Long-term debt, net of current maturities  416,011  385,538
Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities 35,246 35,199
Other long-term liabilities 4,429 4,683
Deferred income taxes, net  147,019  147,822
     
Shareholders' equity:    
Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share; 1,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares outstanding in 2014 and 2013  –  –
Common stock, par value $.01 per share; 60,000,000 class A shares and 20,000,000 class B shares authorized; 29,100,940 class A shares and 10,289,460 class B shares outstanding in 2014; and 28,910,505 Class A shares and 10,304,518 Class B shares outstanding in 2013 417 414
Additional paid-in capital 250,216  243,154
Treasury stock, at cost: 2,270,052 class B shares (33,447) (30,821)
Retained earnings  465,850  453,836
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax  (1,088)  (1,202)
     
Total shareholders' equity  681,948  665,381
     
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 2,263,720 $  2,167,798

 

RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
   
  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2014 2013
     
Revenues:    
New and used commercial vehicle sales $ 600,900 $ 489,610
Parts and service sales 308,974 231,479
Lease and rental 40,989 30,140
Finance and insurance 4,076 3,133
Other 3,728 2,426
     
Total revenue 958,667 756,788
     
Cost of products sold:    
New and used commercial vehicle sales 558,142 452,574
Parts and service sales 198,703 145,713
Lease and rental 35,897 24,713
     
Total cost of products sold 792,742 623,000
     
Gross profit 165,925 133,788
     
Selling, general and administrative 134,445 102,106
     
Depreciation and amortization 8,818 7,110
     
Gain on sale of assets 84 41
     
Operating income  22,746 24,613
     
Interest expense, net 3,131 2,513
     
Income before taxes 19,615 22,100
     
Provision for income taxes 7,601 8,553
     
Net income $ 12,014 $ 13,547
     
Earnings per common share:    
Earnings per common share - Basic $  0.31 $  0.35
Earnings per common share - Diluted $   0.30 $   0.34
     
     
Weighted average shares outstanding:    
Basic 39,332 39,119
Diluted 40,511 40,269

This press release and the attached financial tables contain certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules, such as Adjusted net (cash) debt, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free cash flow, Adjusted free cash flow and Adjusted invested capital, which exclude certain items disclosed in the attached financial tables. The Company provides reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. 

Management believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information about the results of operations of the Company for the current and past periods. Management believes that investors should have available the same information that management uses to assess operating performance and assess capital structure of the Company. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most comparable GAAP financial measures. Investors are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures utilized by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. 

  Three Months Ended
Vehicle Sales Revenue (in thousands) March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013
New heavy-duty vehicles $ 373,048 $  287,144
New medium-duty vehicles (including bus sales revenue)  140,888  132,866
New light-duty vehicles  15,689  11,975
Used vehicles  67,162  55,708
Other vehicles 4,113 1,917
     
Absorption Ratio 111.2% 111.9%

Absorption Ratio

Management uses several performance metrics to evaluate the performance of its commercial vehicle dealerships, and considers Rush Truck Centers' "absorption ratio" to be of critical importance. Absorption ratio is calculated by dividing the gross profit from the parts, service and body shop departments by the overhead expenses of all of a dealership's departments, except for the selling expenses of the new and used commercial vehicle departments and carrying costs of new and used commercial vehicle inventory. When 100% absorption is achieved, then gross profit from the sale of a commercial vehicle, after sales commissions and inventory carrying costs, directly impacts operating profit.

Debt Analysis  (in thousands)  March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013
Floor plan notes payable $ 659,289 $ 498,265
Current maturities of long-term debt 103,725 80,524
Current maturities of capital lease obligations 10,697 10,200
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 416,011 326,966
Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities 35,246 38,965
Total Debt (GAAP) 1,224,968 954,920
Adjustments:    
Debt related to lease & rental fleet (453,531) (332,703)
Floor plan notes payable (659,289) (498,265)
Adjusted Total Debt (Non-GAAP) 112,148 123,952
Adjustments:    
Cash and cash equivalents (94,369) (205,049)
Adjusted Net Debt (Non-GAAP) $ 17,779 $ (81,097)

Management uses "Adjusted Total Debt" to reflect the Company's estimated financial obligations less debt related to lease and rental fleet (L&RFD) and floor plan notes payable (FPNP), and "Adjusted Net Debt" to present the amount of Adjusted Total Debt net of cash and cash equivalents on the Company's balance sheet. The FPNP is used to finance the Company's new and used inventory, with its principal balance changing daily as vehicles are purchased and sold and the sale proceeds are used to repay the notes.  Consequently, in managing the business, management views the FPNP as interest bearing accounts payable, representing the cost of acquiring the vehicle that is then repaid when the vehicle is sold, as the Company's credit agreements require it to repay loans used to purchase vehicles when such vehicles are sold.  The Company's lease & rental fleet are fully financed and are either (i) leased to customers under long-term lease arrangements or (ii), to a lesser extent, dedicated to the Company's rental business.  In both cases, the lease and rental payments fully cover the capital costs of the lease & rental fleet (i.e., the principal repayments and interest expense on the borrowings used to acquire the vehicles and the depreciation expense associated with the vehicles), plus a profit margin for the Company. The Company believes excluding the FPNP and L&RFD from the Company's total debt for this purpose provides management a more accurate picture of the Company's capital structure and leverage profile and assists investors in performing analysis that is consistent with financial models developed by Company management and research analysts. "Adjusted Total Debt" and "Adjusted Net Debt" are both non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, the Company's debt obligations, as reported in the Company's consolidated balance sheet in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures may vary among companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

  Twelve Months Ended
EBITDA  (in thousands)  March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013
Net Income (GAAP) $ 47,684 $ 60,096
Provision for income taxes 30,892 37,111
Interest expense 11,311 12,226
Depreciation and amortization 31,633 26,242
(Gain) loss on sale of assets (48) (198)
EBITDA (Non-GAAP) 121,472 135,477
Adjustments:    
Interest expense associated with FPNP (8,090) (7,868)
W. Marvin Rush retirement payment accrual  10,777
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $ 124,159 $ 127,609

The Company presents EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as additional information about its operating results. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA that excludes the addition of interest expense associated with FPNP to EBITDA is consistent with management's presentation of Adjusted Total Debt, in each case reflecting management's view of interest expense associated with the FPNP as an operating expense of the Company, and to provide management a more accurate picture of its operating results and to assist investors in performing analysis that is consistent with financial models developed by management and research analysis. Management recorded a one-time charge to selling, general and administrative expense during the second quarter of 2013 related to the Retirement and Transition Agreement between W. Marvin Rush and the Company. Management views this as a non-recurring event that is not indicative of the core operating expenses of the Company. Management believes adding back this one-time charge to EBITDA provides both the investors and management a more accurate picture of the Company's core operating results. "EBITDA" and "Adjusted EBITDA" are both non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, net income of the Company, as reported in the Company's consolidated statements of income in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures may vary among companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

  Twelve Months Ended
Free Cash Flow (in thousands)  March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013
Net cash provided by (used in) operations (GAAP) $ 109,232 $ 406,619
Acquisition of property and equipment (214,631) (163,110)
Free cash flow (Non-GAAP) (105,399) 243,509
Adjustments:    
Draws (payments) on floor plan financing, net 125,339 (162,641)
Proceeds from L&RFD 193,453 144,021
Debt proceeds related to business acquisitions (54,663) (64,000)
Principal payments on L&RFD (91,312) (77,312)
Non-maintenance capital expenditures 35,262 25,130
Adjusted Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP) $ 102,680 $ 108,707

"Free Cash Flow" and "Adjusted Free Cash Flow" are key financial measures of the Company's ability to generate cash from operating its business. Free Cash Flow is calculated by subtracting the acquisition of property and equipment included in the Cash flows from investing activities from Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities. For purposes of deriving Adjusted Free Cash Flow from the Company's operating cash flow, Company management makes the following adjustments: (i) adds back draws (or subtracts payments) on the floor plan financing that are included in Cash flows from financing activities as their purpose is to finance the vehicle inventory that is included in Cash flows from operating activities, (ii) adds back proceeds from notes payable related specifically to the financing of the lease and rental fleet that are reflected in Cash flows from financing activities, (iii) subtracts draws on floor plan financing, net and proceeds from L&RFD related to business acquisition assets that are included in Cash flows from investing activities, (iv) subtracts principal payments on notes payable related specifically to the financing of the lease and rental fleet that are included in Cash flows from financing activities, and (v) adds back non-maintenance capital expenditures that are for growth and expansion (i.e. building of new dealership facilities and the development of the SAP enterprise software) that are not considered necessary to maintain the current level of cash generated by the business. "Free Cash Flows" and "Adjusted Free Cash Flows" are both presented so that investors have the same financial data that management uses in evaluating the Company's cash flows from operating activities. "Free Cash Flow" and "Adjusted Free Cash Flow" are both non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, net cash provided by (used in) operations of the Company, as reported in the Company's consolidated Statement of Cash Flows in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures may vary among companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

Invested Capital and Adjusted Invested Capital  March 31, 2014 March 31, 2013
Total Shareholders' equity (GAAP) $ 681,948 $ 632,891
Adjusted net debt (Non-GAAP)  17,779  (81,097)
Adjusted Invested Capital (Non-GAAP) $ 699,727 $ 551,794

"Adjusted Invested Capital" is a key financial measure used by the Company to calculate its return on invested capital. For purposes of this analysis, management excludes L&RFD, FPNP, and cash and cash equivalents, for the reasons provided in the debt analysis above and uses Adjusted Net Debt in the calculation. The Company believes this approach provides management a more accurate picture of the Company's leverage profile and capital structure, and assists investors in performing analysis that is consistent with financial models developed by Company management and research analysts. "Adjusted Total Debt" and "Adjusted Invested Capital" are both non-GAAP financial measures. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures may vary among companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

Rush Enterprises, Inc., San Antonio
Steven L. Keller, 830-626-5226