United Rentals Announces Second Quarter 2014 Results
United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE:URI) today announced financial results for the second quarter 2014. Total revenue was $1.399 billion and rental revenue was $1.179 billion, compared with $1.206 billion and $1.009 billion, respectively, for the same period last year. On a GAAP basis, the company reported second quarter net income of $94 million, or $0.90 per diluted share, compared with $83 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, for the same period last year.
Adjusted EPS1 for the quarter was $1.65 per diluted share, compared with $1.12 per diluted share for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA2 was $663 million and adjusted EBITDA margin was 47.4%, a second quarter record.
Second Quarter 2014 Highlights
- Rental revenue (which includes owned equipment rental revenue, re-rent revenue and ancillary items) increased 16.8% year-over-year. Within rental revenue, owned equipment rental revenue increased 16.1%, reflecting year-over-year increases of 10.3% in the volume of equipment on rent and 4.9% in rental rates.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $663 million and adjusted EBITDA margin was 47.4%, an increase of $114 million and 190 basis points, respectively, from the same period last year.
- ROIC was 8.1% for the 12 months ended June 30, 2014, an increase of 1.1 percentage points from the 12 months ended June 30, 2013.
- Time utilization increased 20 basis points year-over-year to 68.1%.
- The company generated $138 million of proceeds from used equipment sales at an adjusted gross margin of 48.6%, compared with $131 million and 42.0% for the same period last year.3
- Flow-through, which represents the year-over-year change in adjusted EBITDA divided by the year-over-year change in total revenue, was 59.1% for the quarter.
1 Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP measure that excludes the impact of the following special items: (i) merger related costs; (ii) restructuring charge; (iii) asset impairment charge; (iv) impact on interest expense related to fair value adjustment of acquired RSC indebtedness; (v) impact on depreciation related to acquired RSC fleet and property and equipment; (vi) impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired RSC fleet; (vii) merger related intangible asset amortization and (viii) loss on repurchase/redemption of debt securities and retirement of subordinated convertible debentures. See table below for amounts.
2 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that excludes the impact of the following special items: (i) merger related costs; (ii) restructuring charge; (iii) impact of the fair-value mark up of acquired RSC fleet; (iv) gain/loss on sale of software subsidiary and (v) stock compensation expense, net. See table below for amounts.
3 Used equipment sales adjusted gross margin excludes the impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired RSC fleet that was sold.
Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, "Our strong performance in the quarter reflects significantly more equipment on rent at better margins than a year ago, resulting in a new high water mark for second quarter EBITDA margin. The rebound in non-residential construction is continuing to drive up demand, particularly in the energy and commercial sectors. Given the vigorous activity we're seeing, and the benefit of secular penetration, we've raised our full year outlook - and we concur with the forecasts that show multiple years of healthy industry growth beyond 2014."
Kneeland continued, "We're well into the expansion of our specialty segment, most notably the acquisition and integration of National Pump in the second quarter. Our pump customers now have access to our full range of fleet, and we'll expand our cross-selling of pump assets to our broader customer base. In addition, we opened five specialty cold-starts in Trench Safety, Power and HVAC and Tools, and acquired the four-location Blue-Stream Power and HVAC business in May. We're very pleased with the caliber of our specialty acquisitions and the potential they represent for superior return on capital."
The company has updated its full year outlook as follows:
- Total revenue: $5.45 billion to $5.65 billion
- Adjusted EBITDA: $2.55 billion to $2.65 billion4
- Increase in rental rates (year-over-year): Approximately 4.0%
- Time utilization: Approximately 68.5%
- Net rental capital expenditures after gross purchases: Approximately $1.2 billion, after gross purchases of approximately $1.7 billion
- Full year free cash flow (excluding the impact of merger and restructuring related costs): $425 million to $475 million
- Total revenue: $5.55 billion to $5.65 billion
- Adjusted EBITDA: $2.65 billion to $2.70 billion
- Increase in rental rates (year-over-year): Approximately 4.5%
- Time utilization: Unchanged
- Net rental capital expenditures after gross purchases: Unchanged
- Full year free cash flow (excluding the impact of merger and restructuring related costs): $450 million to $500 million
Six Months 2014 Highlights
- Total revenue was $2.577 billion and rental revenue was $2.184 billion, compared with $2.306 billion and $1.925 billion, respectively, for the same period last year.
- Rental revenue increased 13.5% year-over-year. Within rental revenue, owned equipment rental revenue increased 12.7%, reflecting year-over-year increases of 9.0% in the volume of equipment on rent and 4.6% in rental rates.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $1.182 billion and adjusted EBITDA margin was 45.9%, an increase of $182 million and 250 basis points, respectively, from the same period last year.
- Time utilization increased 30 basis points year-over-year to 66.4%.
- The company generated $248 million of proceeds from used equipment sales at an adjusted gross margin of 48.8%, compared with $254 million and 42.9% for the same period last year.
- Flow-through, which represents the year-over-year change in adjusted EBITDA divided by the year-over-year change in total revenue, was 67.2%.
4 The company’s prior outlook indicated it expected to be near the top of the $2.55 billion to $2.65 billion range.
Free Cash Flow and Fleet Size
For the first six months of 2014, free cash flow was $240 million, after total rental and non-rental gross capital expenditures of $1.080 billion. By comparison, free cash flow for the first six months of 2013 was $77 million after total rental and non-rental gross capital expenditures of $1.066 billion. Free cash flow for the first six months of 2014 and 2013 includes aggregate merger and restructuring related payments of $14 million and $27 million, respectively.
The size of the rental fleet was $8.42 billion of original equipment cost at June 30, 2014, compared with $7.73 billion at December 31, 2013. The age of the rental fleet was 42.9 months on an OEC-weighted basis at June 30, 2014, compared with 45.2 months at December 31, 2013.
Share Repurchase Program
During the first six months of 2014, the company repurchased $228 million of common stock as part of the $500 million share repurchase program that was announced in October 2013. The company’s current intention is to complete the program by April 2015.
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)
Return on invested capital was 8.1% for the 12 months ended June 30, 2014, an increase of 1.1 percentage points from the 12 months ended June 30, 2013. The company’s ROIC metric uses after-tax operating income for the trailing 12 months divided by average stockholders’ equity (deficit), debt and deferred taxes, net of average cash. To mitigate the volatility related to fluctuations in the company’s tax rate from period to period, the federal statutory tax rate of 35% is used to calculate after-tax operating income.5
National Pump6 Acquisition
In April 2014, the company completed the acquisition of certain assets of National Pump, the second largest specialty pump rental company in North America, which had annual revenue of approximately $210 million. The purchase price was approximately $853 million, including potential future cash consideration to be paid based on the future achievement of certain adjusted EBITDA targets. The acquisition was financed in part by proceeds from the previously announced senior notes issued in March 2014.
5 When adjusting the denominator of the ROIC calculation to also exclude average goodwill, ROIC was 10.9% for the 12 months ended June 30, 2014, an increase of 1.4 percentage points from the 12 months ended June 30, 2013.
6 The company acquired certain assets of the following four entities: National Pump & Compressor, Ltd., Canadian Pump and Compressor Ltd., GulfCo Industrial Equipment, LP and LD Services, LLC (collectively “National Pump”).
United Rentals will hold a conference call tomorrow, Thursday, July 17, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call number is 866-238-1422. The conference call will also be available live by audio webcast at unitedrentals.com, where it will be archived until the next earnings call. The replay number for the call is 703-925-2533, passcode is 1640819.
Free cash flow, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted earnings per share (adjusted EPS) are non-GAAP financial measures as defined under the rules of the SEC. Free cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities, less purchases of rental and non-rental equipment plus proceeds from sales of rental and non-rental equipment. EBITDA represents the sum of net income, provision for income taxes, interest expense, net, interest expense-subordinated convertible debentures, depreciation of rental equipment and non-rental depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA plus the sum of the merger related costs, restructuring charge, stock compensation expense, net, the impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired RSC fleet and the gain/loss on sale of software subsidiary. Adjusted EPS represents EPS plus the sum of the merger related costs, restructuring charge, asset impairment charge, the impact on interest expense related to the fair value adjustment of acquired RSC indebtedness, the impact on depreciation related to acquired RSC fleet and property and equipment, the impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired RSC fleet, merger related intangible asset amortization and the loss on repurchase/redemption of debt securities and retirement of subordinated convertible debentures. The company believes that: (i) free cash flow provides useful additional information concerning cash flow available to meet future debt service obligations and working capital requirements; (ii) EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA provide useful information about operating performance and period-over-period growth; and (iii) adjusted EPS provides useful information concerning future profitability. However, none of these measures should be considered as alternatives to net income, cash flows from operating activities or earnings per share under GAAP as indicators of operating performance or liquidity. Information reconciling forward-looking free cash flow and adjusted EBITDA to GAAP financial measures is unavailable to the company without unreasonable effort.
About United Rentals
United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world. The company has an integrated network of 883 rental locations in 49 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The company’s approximately 12,400 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers approximately 3,400 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $8.42 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s MidCap 400 Index, the Barron’s 400 Index and the Russell 3000 Index® and is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at unitedrentals.com.
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