United Rentals Announces Third Quarter 2016 Results Updates 2016 Guidance

Stamford, CT - Oct 19, 2016

United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced financial results for the third quarter 2016. Total revenue was $1.508 billion and rental revenue was $1.322 billion for the third quarter, compared with $1.550 billion and $1.326 billion, respectively, for the same period last year. On a GAAP basis, the company reported third quarter net income of $187 million, or $2.16 per diluted share, compared with $215 million, or $2.25 per diluted share, for the same period last year.

Adjusted EPS1 for the quarter was $2.58 per diluted share, compared with $2.57 per diluted share for the same period last year. Adjusted EBITDA1 was $747 million and adjusted EBITDA margin was 49.5%, reflecting decreases of $33 million and 80 basis points, respectively, from the same period last year.

Third Quarter 2016 Highlights

• Rental revenue (which includes owned equipment rental revenue, re-rent revenue and ancillary items) decreased 0.3% year-over-year. Within rental revenue, owned equipment rental revenue decreased 0.8% year-over-year, reflecting a 1.7% drop in rental rates partially offset by an increase of 2.2% in the volume of equipment on rent.

• Time utilization increased 30 basis points year-over-year to 70.3%.

• Rental revenue generated by the company’s Trench Safety and Power & HVAC specialty businesses, combined, increased by 10% year-over-year, primarily on a same store basis.

• The company’s Pump specialty unit's rental revenue increased by 5% year-over-year driven by strong gains in non oil and gas markets and branch expansion.

• The company generated $112 million of proceeds from used equipment sales at a GAAP gross margin of 39.3% and an adjusted gross margin of 46.4%, compared with $141 million at a GAAP gross margin of 39.7% and an adjusted gross margin of 44.0% for the same period last year.2

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  1. Adjusted EPS (earnings per share) and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) are non-GAAP measures that exclude the impact of the items noted in the tables below. See the tables below for amounts and reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures.
  2. Used equipment sales adjusted gross margin excludes the impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired RSC fleet that was sold.

 

CEO Comments

Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, "Our third quarter results played out largely as expected, as volumes benefited from continued growth on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. and the start of numerous large projects. We were also pleased by solid contributions from our specialty businesses and cross-selling initiatives, which helped offset ongoing headwinds in oil and gas markets and Canada."

Kneeland continued, "Based on what we saw through the third quarter, and what we hear from our customers, we remain optimistic about the cycle. We now expect our 2016 rental rates and adjusted EBITDA to track toward the upper end of prior guidance and free cash flow to exceed our prior expectations. This takes into account our plan to invest up to an additional $50 million in fleet to service specific large contract wins. Looking forward, we remain positive about our operating environment and remind investors of the substantial flexibility we have in managing our business for whatever market conditions materialize."

Nine Months 2016 Highlights

• Within rental revenue3, owned equipment rental revenue decreased 1.1% year-over-year, reflecting a 2.2% drop in rental rates partially offset by an increase of 2.6% in the volume of equipment on rent, which included the adverse impact from currency.

• Time utilization increased 40 basis points year-over-year to 67.4%.

• Rental revenue generated by the company’s Trench Safety and Power & HVAC specialty businesses, combined, increased by 12% year-over-year, primarily on a same store basis.

• Net income was $413 million, or $4.66 per diluted share, compared with $416 million, or $4.27 per diluted share, for the same period last year.4

• Adjusted EBITDA was $2.010 billion and adjusted EBITDA margin was 47.4%, reflecting decreases of $78 million and 120 basis points, respectively, from the same period last year.

• The company generated $361 million of proceeds from used equipment sales at a GAAP gross margin of 40.4% and an adjusted gross margin of 47.6%, compared with $381 million at a GAAP gross margin of 43.0% and an adjusted gross margin of 48.0% for the same period last year.

• The company generated $1.630 billion of net cash provided by operating activities and $846 million of free cash flow5, compared with $1.557 billion and $508 million, respectively, for the same period last year. Net rental capital expenditures were $784 million, compared with $1.044 billion for the same period last year.

• The company redeemed all $300 million of its 8 1/4 % Senior Notes and all $750 million of its 7 3/8 % Senior Notes, and issued $750 million of 5 7/8 % Senior Notes. The redeemed notes would have matured in 2020 and 2021, and the issued notes will mature in 2026. The company expects annualized interest savings of approximately $30 million as a result of these actions.

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  1. Total rental revenue decreased 0.8% including the adverse impact from currency. Excluding this impact, rental revenue would have decreased 0.3% year-over-year.
  2. GAAP net income and diluted earnings per share for the first nine months 2016 and 2015 include debt extinguishment losses of $22 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, and $75 million, or $0.78 per diluted share, respectively.
  3. Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure. See the table below for amounts and a reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure.

 

2016 Outlook                

The company has updated its full year outlook as follows:

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Free Cash Flow and Fleet Size

 

For the first nine months of 2016 and 2015, net cash provided by operating activities was $1.630 billion and $1.557 billion, respectively. For the first nine months of 2016, free cash flow was $846 million, after total rental and non-rental gross capital expenditures of $1.210 billion. By comparison, free cash flow for the first nine months of 2015 was $508 million after total rental and non-rental gross capital expenditures of $1.501 billion.

The size of the rental fleet was $9.17 billion of original equipment cost at September 30, 2016, compared with $8.73 billion at December 31, 2015. The age of the rental fleet was 43.7 months on an OEC-weighted basis at September 30, 2016, compared with 43.1 months at December 31, 2015. 

 

Return on Invested Capital (ROIC)

Return on invested capital was 8.3% for the 12 months ended September 30, 2016, a decrease of 70 basis points from the 12 months ended September 30, 2015. The company’s ROIC metric uses after-tax operating income for the trailing 12 months divided by average stockholders’ equity, 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.7

Conference Call                                          

United Rentals will hold a conference call tomorrow, Thursday, October 20, 2016, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call number is 866-764-6147 (international: 973-935-8698). 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 1676800.

 

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  1. Information reconciling forward-looking adjusted EBITDA to the comparable GAAP financial measures is unavailable to the company without unreasonable effort, as discussed below.
  2. When adjusting the denominator of the ROIC calculation to also exclude average goodwill, ROIC was 11.2% for the 12 months ended September 30, 2016, a decrease of 90 basis points from the 12 months ended September 30, 2015.

Non-GAAP Measures                                                                                             

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 and excess tax benefits from share-based payment arrangements. EBITDA represents the sum of net income, provision for income taxes, interest expense, net, 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, and the impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired RSC fleet. Adjusted EPS represents EPS plus the sum of the merger related costs, restructuring 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, asset impairment charge and the loss on repurchase/redemption of debt securities and amendment of ABL facility. 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 help investors gain an understanding of the factors and trends affecting our ongoing cash earnings, from which capital investments are made and debt is serviced; 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 adjusted EBITDA to GAAP financial measures is unavailable to the company without unreasonable effort. The company is not able to provide reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA to GAAP financial measures because certain items required for such reconciliations are outside of the company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, such as the provision for income taxes. Preparation of such reconciliations would require a forward-looking balance sheet, statement of income and statement of cash flow, prepared in accordance with GAAP, and such forward-looking financial statements are unavailable to the company without unreasonable effort. The company provides a range for its adjusted EBITDA forecast that it believes will be achieved, however it cannot accurately predict all the components of the adjusted EBITDA calculation. The company provides an adjusted EBITDA forecast because it believes that adjusted EBITDA, when viewed with the company’s results under GAAP, provides useful information for the reasons noted above. However, adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and, accordingly, should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operating activities as an indicator of operating performance or liquidity.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world. The company has an integrated network of 890 rental locations in 49 states and every Canadian province. The company’s approximately 12,500 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers approximately 3,200 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $9.17 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 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.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, known as the PSLRA. These statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seek,” “on-track,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend” or “anticipate,” or the negative thereof or comparable terminology, or by discussions of vision, strategy or outlook. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and, therefore, you should not place undue reliance on them. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) the challenges associated with past or future acquisitions, such as undiscovered liabilities, costs, integration issues and/or the inability to achieve the cost and revenue synergies expected; (2) a slowdown in North American construction and industrial activities, which occurred during the economic downturn and significantly affected our revenues and profitability, could reduce demand for equipment and prices that we can charge; (3) our significant indebtedness, which requires us to use a substantial portion of our cash flow for debt service and can constrain our flexibility in responding to unanticipated or adverse business conditions; (4) the inability to refinance our indebtedness at terms that are favorable to us, or at all; (5) the incurrence of additional debt, which could exacerbate the risks associated with our current level of indebtedness; (6) noncompliance with covenants in our debt agreements, which could result in termination of our credit facilities and acceleration of outstanding borrowings; (7) restrictive covenants and amount of borrowings permitted under our debt agreements, which could limit our financial and operational flexibility; (8) an overcapacity of fleet in the equipment rental industry; (9) a decrease in levels of infrastructure spending, including lower than expected government funding for construction projects; (10) fluctuations in the price of our common stock and inability to complete stock repurchases in the time frame and/or on the terms anticipated; (11) our rates and time utilization being less than anticipated; (12) our inability to manage credit risk adequately or to collect on contracts with customers; (13) our inability to access the capital that our business or growth plans may require; (14) the incurrence of impairment charges; (15) trends in oil and natural gas could adversely affect demand for our services and products; (16) our dependence on distributions from subsidiaries as a result of our holding company structure and the fact that such distributions could be limited by contractual or legal restrictions; (17) an increase in our loss reserves to address business operations or other claims and any claims that exceed our established levels of reserves; (18) the incurrence of additional costs and expenses (including indemnification obligations) in connection with litigation, regulatory or investigatory matters; (19) the outcome or other potential consequences of litigation and other claims and regulatory matters relating to our business, including certain claims that our insurance may not cover; (20) the effect that certain provisions in our charter and certain debt agreements and our significant indebtedness may have of making more difficult or otherwise discouraging, delaying or deterring a takeover or other change of control of us; (21) management turnover and inability to attract and retain key personnel; (22) our costs being more than anticipated and/or the inability to realize expected savings in the amounts or time frames planned; (23) our dependence on key suppliers to obtain equipment and other supplies for our business on acceptable terms; (24) our inability to sell our new or used fleet in the amounts, or at the prices, we expect; (25) competition from existing and new competitors; (26) security breaches, cybersecurity attacks and other significant disruptions in our information technology systems; (27) the costs of complying with environmental, safety and foreign laws and regulations, as well as other risks associated with non-U.S. operations, including currency exchange risk; (28) labor difficulties and labor-based legislation affecting our labor relations and operations generally; and (29) increases in our maintenance and replacement costs and/or decreases in the residual value of our equipment. For a more complete description of these and other possible risks and uncertainties, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as well as to our subsequent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date hereof, and we make no commitment to update or publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements in order to reflect new information or subsequent events, circumstances or changes in expectations.

 

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Contacts:

Ted Grace

(203) 618-7122

Cell: (203) 399-8951

tgrace@ur.com

 

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