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Rush Enterprises, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Oct. 26, 2016 (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 September 30, 2016, the Company achieved revenues of $1.096 billion and net income of $14.9 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared with revenues of $1.294 billion and net income of $19.9 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the quarter ended September 30, 2015

"A sluggish energy sector, choppy freight environment, excess Class 8 fleet vehicle capacity, and low used truck values continued to negatively impact our new and used Class 8 truck sales and parts and service revenues in the third quarter," said W. M. "Rusty" Rush, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Rush Enterprises, Inc.

"We are seeing a positive impact from our broad-reaching expense reductions implemented earlier this year and will remain diligent in controlling expenses.  We continue to invest in our strategic initiatives ranging from all-makes parts to vehicle technologies."

"I would like to recognize all of our employees for their efforts to provide superior customer service this quarter, while carefully managing costs throughout our organization."

Operations

Aftermarket Solutions
Aftermarket services accounted for approximately 67.0% of the Company's total gross profits, with parts, service and body shop revenues down 6.7% as compared to the third quarter of 2015.  The Company achieved a quarterly absorption ratio of 112.6% in the third quarter of 2016.

"This quarter, continued softness in the energy sector negatively impacted our aftermarket revenues, particularly in our operations in the south central part of the country," explained Rush.  "Additionally, the consolidation of several of our truck centers earlier this year has also impacted parts and service revenues when compared to the third quarter of 2015.  On a positive note, we are seeing some increased aftermarket activity on both coasts where construction remains strong."

"We expect parts, service and body shop sales in the fourth quarter to remain fairly consistent with sales in the third quarter after factoring in the seasonal decline we typically experience during that quarter," Rush said.

"We continue to make progress on initiatives related to all-makes parts and service technology.  While still in the early stages of these initiatives, the market is responding positively to our efforts," added Rush.  "Customers are gaining an understanding of how our all makes parts offerings and service technologies benefit their businesses."

"We expect to see more significant financial results from these initiatives beginning in 2017," Rush said.  "We will continue to carefully manage operating expenses and pursue opportunities for aftermarket business."

Truck Sales
U.S. Class 8 retail sales were 46,373 units in the third quarter, down 31% over the same time period last year, according to ACT Research.  Rush's Class 8 sales were consistent with industry activity, decreasing 31.5% as compared to the third quarter of 2015 and accounting for 6.5% of the U.S. Class 8 truck market.  ACT Research forecasts U.S. retail sales for Class 8 vehicles to be 201,000 units in 2016, a 20.5% decrease compared to 2015. 

"Our Class 8 new truck sales continue to be impacted by significantly reduced demand from several large fleet customers and from challenges in the Class 8 truck market," Rush said.  "We are seeing hesitation from customers due to a choppy freight environment and general economic uncertainty.  That said, construction and refuse activity remains solid, and we are focused on gaining incremental sales from new customers despite tough market conditions.  In the fourth quarter, we expect our new Class 8 truck sales to be down slightly compared to the third quarter," Rush said.

For 2017, ACT Research currently forecasts U.S. Class 8 retail sales to be 154,000 units, down 23.4% compared to this year.  "Looking forward, we believe these forecasts to be accurate given the average age of Class 8 fleet vehicles and the challenging used truck market conditions," said Rush.  

"Fleets, dealers and manufacturers are all dealing with an over-supply of used trucks and attempting to balance excess inventory with today's market pricing.  Our used truck inventory is as low as it has been in several years, and we believe we are well positioned for the current market dynamics and to support new truck sales.  We expect to continue to aggressively move inventory, even with market pressures on pricing and trade-in values.  In the fourth quarter, we expect used truck margins to remain below historical averages," Rush continued.

Rush's Class 4 through 7 medium-duty sales decreased 14.5% from the third quarter of 2015, accounting for 4.4% of the total U.S. market in the third quarter of 2016.  U.S. Class 4 through 7 retail sales were 56,499 units in the third quarter, which was flat compared to the third quarter of 2015.  

"Our medium-duty truck sales were down somewhat compared to the third quarter of 2015, but our overall medium-duty performance remains solid," said Rush.  "Construction is still a significant driver of medium-duty business, and we are seeing increased construction-related demand throughout the country, particularly in Texas and the Southeast.  With the continued decline in Class 8 sales activity, the market for medium-duty sales has grown even more competitive.  However, our ability to stock a variety of bodied-up medium-duty trucks continues to allow us to meet a wider range of our customers' immediate needs."

ACT Research currently forecasts U.S. retail sales for Class 4 through 7 vehicles to reach 231,400 units in 2016 and 233,100 units in 2017.  "In the fourth quarter, we expect our medium-duty truck sales to be consistent with our third quarter results," Rush said.

Financial Highlights

In the third quarter of 2016, the Company's gross revenues totaled $1.096 billion, a 15.3% decrease from gross revenues of $1.294 billion reported for the quarter ended September 30, 2015.  Net income for the quarter was $14.9 million, or $0.37 per diluted share, compared to net income of $19.9 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, in the quarter ended September 30, 2015.

Parts, service and body shop revenues were $336.5 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to $360.7 million in the third quarter of 2015.  The Company delivered 3,024 new heavy-duty trucks, 2,469 new medium-duty commercial vehicles, 523 new light-duty commercial vehicles and 1,795 used commercial vehicles during the third quarter of 2016, compared to 4,412 new heavy-duty trucks, 2,889 new medium-duty commercial vehicles, 312 new light-duty commercial vehicles and 2,169 used commercial vehicles during the third quarter of 2015.

During the third quarter of 2016, the Company repurchased $13 million of its common stock and ended the quarter with $91.6 million in cash and cash equivalents. 

Conference Call Information

Rush Enterprises will host its quarterly conference call to discuss earnings for the third quarter on Thursday, October 27, 2016, 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), Conference ID 95483807 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 February 10, 2017.  Listen to the audio replay until November 3, 2016, by dialing 855-859-2056 (US) or 404-537-3406 (International) and entering the Conference ID 95483807.

About Rush Enterprises, Inc.

Rush Enterprises, Inc. is the premier solutions provider to the commercial vehicle industry. The Company owns and operates Rush Truck Centers, the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in the United States, with more than 100 dealership locations in 21 states. These vehicle centers, strategically located in high traffic areas on or near major highways throughout the United States, represent truck and bus manufacturers, including Peterbilt, International, Hino, Isuzu, Ford, IC Bus and Blue Bird.  They offer an integrated approach to meeting customer needs — from sales of new and used vehicles to aftermarket parts, service and body shop operations plus financing, insurance, leasing and rental.  Rush Enterprises' operations also provide CNG fuel systems, telematics products, 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 and demand for the Company's services 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, one-time events and other factors described herein and in filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission.       

-Tables and Additional Information to Follow-

RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Thousands, Except Shares and Per Share Amounts)
 
 September 30,  December 31,
  2016   2015 
 (Unaudited)  
Assets   
Current assets:   
Cash and cash equivalents$   91,698  $  64,847 
Accounts receivable, net   147,516     156,977 
Note receivable affiliate 11,512   10,611 
Inventories, net   911,669   1,061,198 
Prepaid expenses and other   8,790      32,953 
Assets held for sale 15,676    - 
Total current assets 1,186,861   1,326,586 
Investments 6,231   6,650 
Property and equipment, net 1,152,320   1,172,824 
Goodwill, net 290,191   285,041 
Other assets, net   59,892     60,907 
Total assets$2,695,495  $2,852,008 
    
Liabilities and shareholders' equity   
Current liabilities:   
Floor plan notes payable$  711,906  $  854,758 
Current maturities of long-term debt   132,671     151,024 
Current maturities of capital lease obligations   14,409   14,691 
Liabilities directly associated with assets held for sale 1,163   - 
Trade accounts payable   109,957     120,255 
Customer deposits 15,878   22,438 
Accrued expenses 90,462      83,871 
Total current liabilities 1,076,446   1,247,037 
Long-term debt, net of current maturities   494,550     496,731 
Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities 71,979   69,074 
Other long-term liabilities 6,996   5,282 
Deferred income taxes, net   192,354     188,987 
Shareholders' equity:   
Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share; 1,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares outstanding in 2016 and 2015 -   - 
Common stock, par value $.01 per share; 60,000,000 class A shares and 20,000,000 class B shares authorized; 29,780,999 class A shares and 9,621,714 class B shares outstanding in 2016; and 30,303,818 class A shares and 10,093,305 class B shares outstanding in 2015   436   430 
Additional paid-in capital 301,732     288,294 
Treasury stock, at cost: 934,171 class A shares and 3,274,224 class B shares in 2016; and 2,616,657 class B shares in 2015 (76,650)  (43,368)
Retained earnings   627,938     599,846 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax   (286)    (305)
Total shareholders' equity   853,170     844,897 
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity$2,695,495  $2,852,008 


RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)
 
 Three Months Ended
September 30,
 Nine Months Ended
September 30,
    2016     2015     2016     2015 
        
Revenues:        
New and used commercial vehicle sales$  698,838  $  872,106  $  2,004,236  $  2,590,178 
Parts and service sales 336,459   360,711   1,007,063   1,051,001 
Lease and rental 52,452   50,545   155,491   147,634 
Finance and insurance 4,870   6,164   14,206   16,373  
Other 3,422   4,550   12,347   12,728 
Total revenue 1,096,041   1,294,076   3,193,343   3,817,914 
Cost of products sold:       
New and used commercial vehicle sales 653,992   813,178   1,868,983   2,413,712 
Parts and service sales 214,916   227,775   642,678   664,697 
Lease and rental 45,817   45,115   136,618   130,242 
Total cost of products sold 914,725   1,086,068   2,648,279    3,208,651 
Gross profit 181,316   208,008   545,064   609,263 
Selling, general and administrative expense 142,280   160,776   450,812   474,712 
Depreciation and amortization expense 13,014   11,228   38,482   32,051 
Gain (loss) on sale of assets 1,566   26   1,571   (581)
Operating income   27,588    36,030   57,341   101,919 
Interest expense, net 3,285   3,568   11,287   10,107 
Income before taxes 24,303   32,462   46,054   91,812 
Provision for income taxes 9,423   12,579   17,962   35,572 
Net income $  14,880  $  19,883  $  28,092   56,240 
        
Earnings per common share:       
Basic$  .38 $  .49 $   .70 $    1.40 
Diluted$  .37 $    .48 $  .69 $  1.37 
        
Weighted average shares outstanding:       
Basic 39,617   40,361   40,138   40,235 
Diluted 40,274   41,136   40,698   41,065 
        
Comprehensive income$  14,889  $  19,883  $  28,111  $  56,395 
                 

This press release and the attached financial tables contain certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules, such as Adjusted total debt, 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 the same information available to them that management uses to assess the Company's operating performance and capital structure.  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) September 30,
2016
 September 30,
2015
New heavy-duty vehicles $  411,238  $  553,536 
New medium-duty vehicles (including bus sales revenue)    187,231     209,926 
New light-duty vehicles  20,380    15,981  
Used vehicles  74,628     90,245 
Other vehicles  5,361   2,418 
     
Absorption Ratio  112.6%  116.2%
         

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)   September 30,
2016
September 30 ,
2015
Floor plan notes payable $  711,906 $  921,560 
Current maturities of long-term debt  132,671  129,772 
Current maturities of capital lease obligations  14,409  14,371 
Liabilities directly associated with asset held for sale  1,163  5,440 
Long-term debt, net of current maturities  494,550  452,550 
Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities  71,979  63,629 
Total Debt (GAAP)  1,426,678  1,587,322 
Adjustments:   
Debt related to lease & rental fleet  (600,586) (585,184)
Floor plan notes payable  (711,906) (921,560 )
Adjusted Total Debt (Non-GAAP)  114,186  80,578 
Adjustment:   
Cash and cash equivalents  (91,698) (64,918)
Adjusted Net Debt (Non-GAAP) $  22,488 $  15,660 
        

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 (Cash) 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 with supplemental information regarding 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 (Cash) 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)  September 30,
2016
 September 30,
2015
Net Income (GAAP) $   37,905 $   80,867 
Provision for income taxes  24,140  51,155 
Interest expense   14,653  12,942 
Depreciation and amortization  50,290  45,354 
(Gain) loss on sale of assets  (1,608) 539 
EBITDA  (Non-GAAP)  125,380  190,857 
Adjustment:   
Interest expense associated with FPNP  (12,872) (11,870)
Restructuring and impairment charges  8,930   
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) $  121,438  $   178,987 
        

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 with supplemental information regarding   operating results and to assist investors in performing analysis that is consistent with financial models developed by management and research analysis.  Management recorded a charge to selling, general and administrative expense during the first quarter and second quarter of 2016 related to the closing of certain dealerships and the disposition of excess real estate.  Management believes adding back this charge to EBITDA provides both the investors and management with supplemental information regarding 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)  September 30,
2016
 September 30,
2015
Net cash provided by operations (GAAP) $  514,543 $  99,791 
Acquisition of property and equipment  (277,125) (328,867)
Free cash flow (Non-GAAP)  237,418  (229,076)
Adjustments:   
Draws (payments) on floor plan financing, net  (205,716) 200,729 
Proceeds from L&RFD  150,685  176,314 
Debt proceeds related to business acquisitions    (5,645)
Principal payments on L&RFD  (161,762) (128,489)
Non-maintenance capital expenditures  74,834  116,327 
Adjusted Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP) $  95,459  $  130,160 
        

"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) that are not considered necessary to maintain the current level of cash generated by the business.  "Free Cash Flow" and "Adjusted Free Cash Flow" provides management with supplemental information regarding the Company's cash flows from operating activities and assists investors in performing analysis that is consistent with the financial models developed by Company management. "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  (in thousands)  September 30,
2016
September 30,
2015
Total Shareholders' equity (GAAP) $  853,170 $  832,180 
Adjusted net debt (Non-GAAP)  22,488  15,660 
Adjusted Invested Capital (Non-GAAP) $  875,658 $  847,840 
        

"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 with supplemental information regarding 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 Net (Cash) Debt" and "Adjusted Invested Capital" are both non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, total shareholders' equity, 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.

Contact:                                                                                                                

Rush Enterprises, Inc., San Antonio

Steven L. Keller, 830-302-5226

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