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Rush Enterprises, Inc. Reports First Quarter Results

Apr 20, 2010 (GlobeNewswire via COMTEX News Network) --

  --  Truck center parts, service and body shop revenue up 10.0% from Q4 2009
  --  Continue to manage SG&A expenses
  --  First quarter absorption rate of 97.0%
  --  Announce intention to purchase assets of Lake City International


SAN ANTONIO, April 20, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rush Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:RUSHA) (Nasdaq:RUSHB), which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America and two John Deere construction equipment dealerships in Southeast Texas, today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2010.

In the first quarter, the Company's gross revenues totaled $308.4 million, a 6.3% decrease from gross revenues of $329.1 million reported for the first quarter ended March 31, 2009. Net income for the quarter was $2.2 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, compared with net income of $2.9 million, or $0.08 per diluted share, in the quarter ended March 31, 2009.

The Company's truck segment recorded revenues of $295.5 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to $313.0 million in the first quarter of 2009. The Company delivered 969 new heavy-duty trucks, 611 new medium-duty trucks and 686 used trucks during the first quarter of 2010, compared to 1,032 new heavy-duty trucks, 754 new medium-duty trucks and 577 used trucks in the first quarter of 2009. Parts, service and body shop sales revenue was $99.4 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to $101.8 million in the first quarter of 2009.

The Company's construction equipment segment recorded revenues of $9.1 million in the first quarter of 2010, compared to $11.6 million in the first quarter of 2009. New and used construction equipment sales revenue decreased 20.0% to $5.6 million in the first quarter of 2010 from $7.0 million in the first quarter of 2009. Construction equipment parts, service and body shop sales decreased 26.7% to $3.3 million in the first quarter of 2010 from $4.5 million in the first quarter of 2009.

"We believe 2010 will be another difficult year, but see encouraging signs of recovery in the general economy and specifically in our industry. Our employees worked diligently to control expenses throughout this prolonged downturn. We are seeing signs that lead me to believe Rush will experience an upturn in business in 2010 which will allow our employees to focus on servicing our customers in an expanding market," said W. Marvin Rush, Chairman of Rush Enterprises, Inc.

Rusty Rush, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rush Enterprises, Inc, said "I am encouraged that we are seeing initial signs of recovery in our parts and service business. Rush Truck Centers' parts, service and body shop revenues increased 10.0% compared to the fourth quarter of 2009. This resulted in our absorption rate increasing from 92.4% to 97.0% for the same time period. As excess truck capacity and freight demand equalize, more trucks are being put into service, which is increasing the need for maintenance and repair. We are optimistic that this increase in our parts and service business is an early indicator that a sustainable recovery has begun and should accelerate throughout the year."

"However, we expect 2010 will be another difficult year for truck sales. Trucks with 2010 emissions-compliant engines are now beginning to reach dealership lots. This new technology comes with a significant price increase, which will limit demand. As a result, we believe that new heavy-duty and medium-duty truck sales will remain sluggish in the second and third quarters of this year. Until then, we expect trucks with pre-2010 engines to be in high demand," added Rusty Rush.

"Looking forward, we expect truck orders to increase in the second half of 2010 which will lead to a strong recovery in retail sales in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Unlike the general economy, I believe that when the Class 8 truck market recovers, it will come back fast and strong due to the pent-up demand created by four consecutive years of below normal replacement cycles," Rusty Rush explained.

"We recently entered into an agreement to acquire certain assets of Lake City International -- a dealer group with 11 locations in Utah, Idaho and Oregon. This will provide us with significant entry into three western states and expand our network to 60 truck centers. More importantly it provides an excellent platform for Rush to build its Navistar Division. We anticipate that this acquisition will close sometime in the next 60 days," continued Rusty Rush.

"Our employees make the difference in our business. Our employees have done an excellent job throughout these difficult times. I have had the pleasure of meeting with many of the employees of Lake City International and we look forward to welcoming them to our organization," concluded Rusty Rush.

                      Conference Call Information


Rush Enterprises will host its quarterly conference call to discuss earnings for the first quarter on Wednesday, April 21, 2010, at 11 a.m. Eastern/10 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, 2010. Listen to the audio replay until April 29, 2010 by dialing 800-642-1687 (US) or 706-645-9291 (International) and entering the Conference ID 66947780.

About Rush Enterprises, Inc.

Rush Enterprises, Inc. 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, UD, GMC, Blue Bird, Diamond and Elkhart and two construction equipment dealerships in Texas representing John Deere construction equipment. The Company's vehicle and equipment centers are strategically located in high traffic areas on or near major highways in 11 states throughout the southern United States. These one-stop centers offer an integrated approach to meeting customer needs -- from sales of new and used vehicles and equipment 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.

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Certain statements contained herein, including those concerning current and projected truck industry and market conditions, sales and delivery forecasts, the Company's prospects, anticipated results for 2010, the impact of diesel emissions regulations, the impact of general economic conditions, and the anticipated closing of the Lake City International asset purchase 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 and construction equipment markets, customer relations, relationships with vendors, approval by various manufacturers and governmental agencies of the acquisition of Lake City International, 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. There can be no assurance that the closing conditions of the Lake City International acquisition will be satisfied or that the transaction will be consummated.

                         RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
                               CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
                   (In Thousands, Except Shares and Per Share Amounts)

                                           March 31,                December 31,

                                              2010                      2009
                                    ------------------------  ------------------------
                                    (Unaudited)
  Assets
  Current assets:
   Cash and cash equivalents                       $ 145,840                 $ 149,095
   Accounts receivable, net                           48,449                    38,869
   Inventories, net                                  294,269                   269,955
   Prepaid expenses and other                          3,917                     3,650

   Deferred income taxes, net                          9,687                    11,414
                                    ------------------------  ------------------------
     Total current assets                            502,162                   472,983
  Investments                                          7,575                     7,575
  Property and equipment, net                        355,636                   354,749
  Goodwill, net                                      140,836                   140,836

  Other assets, net                                    1,101                     1,154
                                    ------------------------  ------------------------

  Total assets                                   $ 1,007,310                 $ 977,297
                                    ========================  ========================

  Liabilities and shareholders'
   equity
  Current liabilities:
   Floor plan notes payable                        $ 214,664                 $ 189,256
   Current maturities of long-term
    debt                                              59,402                    55,545
   Current maturities of capital
    lease obligations                                  5,821                     5,730
   Trade accounts payable                             30,142                    22,427

   Accrued expenses                                   39,232                    40,843
                                    ------------------------  ------------------------
     Total current liabilities                       349,261                   313,801
  Long-term debt, net of current
   maturities                                        144,999                   153,957
  Capital lease obligations, net
   of current maturities                              29,155                    28,714
  Deferred income taxes, net                          53,188                    54,600

  Shareholders' equity:
   Preferred stock, par value $.01
    per share; 1,000,000 shares
    authorized;
   0 shares outstanding in 2010
    and 2009                                              --                        --
   Common stock, par value $.01
    per share; 60,000,000 class A
    shares and
   20,000,000 class B shares
    authorized; 26,531,316 class A
    shares and
   10,691,589 class B shares
    outstanding in 2010; and
    26,437,848 class A
   shares and 10,689,375 class B
    shares outstanding in 2009                           389                       388
   Additional paid-in capital                        190,360                   188,116
   Treasury stock, at cost:
    1,639,843 shares                                (17,948)                  (17,948)

   Retained earnings                                 257,906                   255,669
                                    ------------------------  ------------------------

     Total shareholders' equity                      430,707                   426,225
                                    ------------------------  ------------------------
     Total liabilities and
      shareholders' equity                       $ 1,007,310                 $ 977,297
                                    ========================  ========================


       RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
        CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
       (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
                     (Unaudited)


                                Three Months Ended
                                    March 31,
                               --------------------

                                  2010       2009
                               ---------  ---------

  Revenues:
   New and used truck sales    $ 180,604  $ 195,988
   Parts and service             105,101    109,218
   Construction equipment
    sales                          5,623      7,003
   Lease and rental               14,032     13,476
   Finance and insurance           1,542      1,715

   Other                           1,494      1,686
                               ---------  ---------
     Total revenue               308,396    329,086
  Cost of products sold:
   New and used truck sales      166,346    182,827
   Parts and service              64,535     66,449
   Construction equipment
    sales                          4,882      6,182

   Lease and rental               12,250     11,928
                               ---------  ---------
     Total cost of products
      sold                       248,013    267,386
                               ---------  ---------
  Gross profit                    60,383     61,700
  Selling, general and
   administrative                 51,668     52,051
  Depreciation and
   amortization                    3,685      3,978
  (Loss) gain on sale of
   assets                            (8)         55
                               ---------  ---------
  Operating income                 5,022      5,726

  Interest expense, net            1,408      1,624
                               ---------  ---------
  Income before taxes              3,614      4,102

  Provision for income taxes       1,377      1,239
                               ---------  ---------

  Net income                    $  2,237   $  2,863
                               =========  =========
  Earnings per share:
  Earnings per common share
   -- Basic                       $  .06     $  .08
                               =========  =========
  Earnings per common share
   -- Diluted                     $  .06     $  .08
                               =========  =========

  Weighted average shares
   outstanding:

  Basic                           37,171     36,991
                               =========  =========

  Diluted                         37,745     37,274
                               =========  =========

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SOURCE: Rush Enterprises, Inc.

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

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