United Rentals Announces Second Quarter 2013 Results Reaffirms Full Year Outlook
Stamford, CT - Jul 15, 2013
United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced financial results for the second quarter 2013 . Total revenue was $1.206 billion and rental revenue was $1.009 billion. On a GAAP basis, the company reported net income of $83 million, or $0.78 per diluted share. Adjusted EPS for the quarter was $1.12 per diluted share.
Adjusted EBITDA was $549 million and adjusted EBITDA margin was 45.5% for the quarter.
Second Quarter 2013 Highlights
On a pro-forma basis (that is, assuming the combination of United Rentals results and RSC results for the entire second quarter of 2012):
- Rental revenue (which includes owned equipment rental revenue, re-rent revenue and ancillary items) increased 4.7%. Within rental revenue, owned equipment rental revenue increased 6.2%, reflecting year-over-year increases of 5.1% in the volume of equipment on rent and 4.2% in rental rates.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $549 million and adjusted EBITDA margin was 45.5%, an increase of $76 million and 370 basis points, respectively, from the same period last year. The company has reaffirmed its outlook for full year adjusted EBITDA in a range of $2.25 billion to $2.35 billion.
- Time utilization increased 60 basis points year-over-year to a second quarter company record 67.9%. The company has reaffirmed its outlook for full year time utilization of approximately 68.0%.
- The company generated $131 million of proceeds from used equipment sales at an adjusted gross margin of 42.0%, compared with $96 million of proceeds at an adjusted gross margin of 40.6% for the same period last year. 4
- The company realized cost synergies of $60 million in the quarter from the integration of RSC, and reaffirmed its goal of $230 million to $250 million of annual cost synergies on a fully developed basis.
- Flow-through, which represents the year-over-year change in adjusted EBITDA divided by the year-over-year change in total revenue, was 102.7%.
1 On April 30, 2012, the company completed the acquisition of RSC Holdings, Inc. (“RSC”). The results of RSC’s operations have been combined with the company’s results since that date.
2 Adjusted EPS is a non-GAAP measure that excludes the impact of the following special items: (i) RSC merger related costs; (ii) restructuring charge; (iii) asset impairment charge; (iv) pre-close RSC merger related interest expense; (v) impact on interest expense related to fair value adjustment of acquired RSC indebtedness; (vi) impact on depreciation related to acquired RSC fleet and property and equipment; (vii) impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired RSC fleet; (viii) RSC merger related intangible asset amortization; (ix) loss on repurchase/redemption of debt securities and retirement of subordinated convertible debentures; and (x) gain on sale of software subsidiary. See table below for amounts.
3 Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP measure that excludes the impact of the following special items: (i) RSC merger related costs; (ii) restructuring charge; (iii) impact of the fair-value mark up of acquired RSC fleet; (iv) gain on sale of software subsidiary; and (v) stock compensation expense, net. See table below for amounts.
4 Adjusted used equipment gross margins exclude 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 second quarter performance reflects our commitment to a strategy of profitable and disciplined growth.”
Kneeland continued, “We invested over $730 million in fleet purchases in the second quarter to fill customer orders, especially key accounts, and prepare for peak season demand. We feel comfortable about achieving our full year outlook on rate, total revenue, EBITDA and free cash flow, while continuing to reduce our leverage.”
Six Months 2013 Results
On a pro-forma basis (that is, assuming the combination of United Rentals results and RSC results for the entire six months ended June 30, 2012), the company reported the following:
- Total revenue was $2.306 billion and rental revenue was $1.925 billion, compared with $2.196 billion and $1.833 billion, respectively, for the same period last year.
- Rental revenue increased 5.0%. Within rental revenue, owned equipment rental revenue increased 6.7%, reflecting year-over-year increases of 5.4% in the volume of equipment on rent and 4.8% in rental rates.
- Adjusted EBITDA was $1.000 billion and adjusted EBITDA margin was 43.4%, an increase of $135 million and 400 basis points, respectively, from the same period last year.
- Time utilization increased 50 basis points year-over-year to 66.1%. The company generated $254 million of proceeds from used equipment sales at an adjusted gross margin of 42.9%, compared with $221 million of proceeds at an adjusted gross margin of 39.8% for the same period last year.
- Flow-through was 122.7%.
Free Cash Flow and Fleet Size
For the first six months of 2013, free cash flow was $77 million, after total rental and non-rental capital expenditures of $1.066 billion. By comparison, free cash usage (negative flow) for the first six months of 2012 on an as-reported basis was $388 million after total rental and non-rental capital expenditures of $898 million. The company has reaffirmed its outlook for full year 2013 free cash flow in the range of $400 million to $500 million, after net rental capital expenditures of approximately $1.05 billion and gross purchases of approximately $1.5 billion.
The size of the rental fleet was $7.70 billion of original equipment cost at June 30, 2013, compared with $7.23 billion at December 31, 2012. The age of the rental fleet was 44.5 months on an OEC-weighted basis at June 30, 2013, compared with 47.2 months at December 31, 2012.
Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)
Return on invested capital on an as-reported basis was 7.0% for the 12 months ended June 30, 2013, a decrease of 0.1 percentage points from the same period last year. The company’s ROIC metric uses after-tax operating income for the trailing 12 months divided by the averages of 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
United Rentals will hold a conference call tomorrow, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call number is 866-244-4518. 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 1617911.
Free cash (usage) 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 (usage) 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 and excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements, net. EBITDA represents the sum of net income (loss), provision (benefit) 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 RSC merger related costs, restructuring charge, stock compensation expense, net, the impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired RSC fleet and the gain on sale of software subsidiary. Adjusted EPS represents EPS plus the sum of the RSC merger related costs, restructuring charge, asset impairment charge, pre-close RSC merger related interest expense, 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, RSC merger related intangible asset amortization, the loss on repurchase/redemption of debt securities and retirement of subordinated convertible debentures and the gain on sale of software subsidiary. The company believes that: (i) free cash (usage) 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, with an integrated network of 824 rental locations in 49 states and 10 Canadian provinces. The company’s approximately 11,500 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers for rent over 3,200 classes of equipment with a total original cost of $7.70 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s MidCap 400 Index and the Russell 2000 Index® and is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at unitedrentals.com.
5 When adjusting the denominator of the ROIC calculation to also exclude average goodwill, ROIC on an as-reported basis was 9.5% for the 12 months ended June 30, 2013, an increase of 1.2 percentage points from the same period last year.
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