Press Release Details
Rush Enterprises, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2020 Results, Announces $0.13 Per Share Dividend
- Revenues of
$1.287 billion, net income of $23.1 million
- Earnings per diluted share of
- Absorption ratio 114.3%
- Board declares cash dividend of
$0.13per share of Class A and Class B common stock
- Management suspends share repurchase program
- Outlook for remainder of year is uncertain due to impact of the COVID-19 pandemic
“Given the industry-wide slowdown in new Class 8 truck sales, which began in the fourth quarter of 2019, our first quarter 2020 performance was solid,” said W.M. “Rusty” Rush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of
“I am immensely grateful to our employees for rising to the challenge and continuing to support our customers while doing everything possible to protect the health of loved ones, fellow employees, customers and everyone in the communities we serve. I am also deeply moved by our employees’ commitment to our Company, our economy and our fellow citizens, which I witnessed firsthand while visiting locations over the past few weeks. All of our 7,000-plus employees are helping ensure much needed freight is moving in the United States,” said Rush.
Our Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic and Its Impact on Our Business and Outlook
“Though the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on our revenues were limited in the first quarter of 2020, we expect that the negative impact on our revenues, and business in general, will be substantial for the foreseeable future. We are following best practices to protect the health of our employees, customers, and the public, while responding to changing customer demand, making adjustments based on our manufacturers’ plant closures and remaining focused on maximizing the strength of our balance sheet to ensure the long-term financial strength of
Supporting Essential Functions While Protecting the Health and Safety of Employees, Customers and Communities
Rush Truck Centers are classified as “essential businesses” and have remained fully operational across the Company’s dealership network, though some hours of operation have been modified and in-person truck sales have been curtailed.
“We are monitoring and complying with CDC guidelines for limiting the spread of COVID-19 and complying with all applicable federal, state and local executive orders. We also provided employees who are unable to work as a direct result of COVID-19 with up to two weeks of additional sick leave. In accordance with CDC guidelines, we have mandated that all employees stay at least 6 feet away from each other and our customers. In addition, we are requiring employees throughout the Company to wear facemasks when required to do so by applicable orders or whenever they cannot maintain safe social distancing from customers or other employees, and we are thoroughly cleaning and disinfecting our facilities on a regular basis. We are also providing curbside parts pick-up, online parts ordering and web-based vehicle service communication to reduce in-person interactions. With 2,400 service bays and 500 mobile service vehicles operating, our service teams are minimizing contact with customers and taking extra precautions to keep high-touch areas on customer vehicles clean and disinfected,” said Rush.
Aftermarket Products and Services
“With only a few minor exceptions, our parts supply chain has remained uninterrupted to-date. However, we increased our parts inventories at all our stores to support an estimated extra 30 days of demand in case of any temporary supplier-related warehousing or logistics challenges,” he said.
“We believe that the investments we have made over the years in our aftermarket strategic initiatives will serve us especially well while social distancing is required. We recently expanded our RushCare Rapid Parts Call Centers and are now even better equipped to handle incoming calls. Our online ordering platforms are another convenient and contactless way that customers can order parts for shipping, delivery or pick-up. Additionally, our Xpress services help expedite vehicle diagnosis and maintenance to ensure customers receive same-day service. Our online communications platform, RushCare Service Connect, is another way we are leveraging technology to maintain continuous remote communication with our customers. We believe these offerings, many of which are the direct result of the successful implementation of our strategic initiatives in recent years, will help us capture additional sales in a tough operating environment,” Rush added.
“We have prohibited our aftermarket sales representatives from visiting customers in-person, unless they are specifically asked to do so, but they are regularly reaching out to customers and prospective customers to understand their business needs and to offer support in every way we can. Obviously, many of our customers have significantly reduced their operations and at this time nobody knows when the national economy, or society in general, will reopen in any meaningful way. As a result, as we look ahead to the second quarter, we anticipate our aftermarket products and services revenues will be negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.
Commercial Vehicle Sales
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic,
“Our truck sales representatives are in regular communication with our customers to understand the impact the COVID-19 pandemic is having on their businesses. Currently, we are not experiencing a significant number of cancelled truck orders, but that can quickly change. However, many customers are delaying purchases due to the tremendous uncertainty right now about the economy and the impact of the pandemic. We expect that the pandemic will have a significant negative impact on new Class 8 truck sales in the second quarter, but it is not clear just how significant the impact will be,” Rush said.
With respect to new
“We also expect that our medium-duty truck sales will be negatively impacted by the pandemic in the second quarter, as medium-duty commercial vehicle sales usually track closely to the general economy,” Rush added.
“We are approaching write-downs of new and used commercial vehicle inventories more aggressively than in the past, and we believe our inventories are appropriately valued to meet the needs of the market,” he said.
Liquidity and Expense Reduction
In the first quarter, the Company repurchased
Notwithstanding the strength of the Company’s balance sheet, the Company is taking steps to reduce expenses. W.M. “Rusty” Rush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of the Company, has reduced his salary by 25 percent, other members of his senior executive team also reduced their salaries by 10 percent, and the members of the Board of Directors voted to reduce the amount of their annual cash retainer by 10 percent. “We are currently taking steps to reduce expenses and delaying capital expenditures where appropriate to navigate the tough economic conditions and industry specific challenges that most certainly lie ahead,” Rush added.
“On a positive note, I have repeatedly emphasized to our employees that our business is essential to our country’s response to this pandemic, and they have wholeheartedly embraced their role in ensuring food, medical supplies and other essentials continue to move where they are needed. We are all honored to be able to support our employees, customers, our communities and our country during this challenging time,” Rush stated.
First Quarter Results – Operations
Aftermarket Products and Services
Aftermarket products and services accounted for approximately 67% of the Company’s total gross profit in the first quarter of 2020, with parts, service and collision center revenues reaching
“Our first quarter results declined slightly year-over-year, primarily due to overall softness in demand for aftermarket products and services – a continuation of what we began to see in the fourth quarter of 2019. Activity from customers in the energy sector was down substantially in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the first quarter of 2019, and currently our business related to our energy customers is not a material part of our aftermarket sales revenue. The COVID-19 pandemic had a slight negative impact on our aftermarket revenues in the second half of March, but as I previously discussed, is likely to have a significant negative impact on our aftermarket revenues going forward,” Rush said.
Commercial Vehicle Sales
“Our Class 8 new truck sales were the result of solid business from customers in the refuse and construction sectors, as well as healthy sales of stock trucks across the country. The COVID-19 pandemic had little impact on our first quarter truck sales results, though this will change going forward. Customers are delaying purchases due to economic uncertainty, and, with temporary production suspensions, there are questions about availability of new inventory,” said Rush.
“Our Class 4-7 new commercial vehicle sales results were strong in the first quarter, and similar to our new Class 8 truck results, minimally impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our strong medium-duty results were primarily driven by solid activity from our grocery and food service customers, as well as strong stock truck sales throughout our dealership network,” said Rush.
Used truck sales were down slightly through the first two months of the quarter compared to 2019 due to the overall industry downturn. We experienced significant decline in used truck sales in March, which we attribute to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In the first quarter of 2020, the Company’s gross revenues totaled
Aftermarket products and services revenues were
The Company increased its lease and rental revenues by 2.3% in the first quarter of 2020, compared to the first quarter of 2019, but experienced a decrease in gross profit margins in the first quarter of 2020, primarily due to decreased rental fleet demand and utilization and decreased variable revenue.
Selling, general and administrative expenses increased in the first quarter compared to the fourth quarter of 2019, as is expected in the first quarter of every year, primarily due to employee benefits and payroll taxes.
During the first quarter of 2020, the Company repurchased
Conference Call Information
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Certain statements contained in this release, including those concerning current and projected market conditions, sales forecasts, market share forecasts, demand for the Company’s services, the effects the COVID-19 pandemic may have on our business and financial results, including future issuances of cash dividends and future repurchases of the Company’s common stock, are “forward-looking” statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Such forward-looking statements only speak as of the date of this release and the Company assumes no obligation to update the information included in this release. 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
-Tables and Additional Information to Follow-
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Thousands, Except Shares and Per Share Amounts)
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||137,540||$||181,620|
|Accounts receivable, net of allowance||214,597||183,704|
|Prepaid expenses and other||14,726||20,728|
|Assets held for sale||419||419|
|Total current assets||1,557,601||1,712,551|
|Property and equipment, net||1,276,055||1,279,931|
|Operating lease right-of-use assets, net||55,994||57,197|
|Other assets, net||60,866||65,508|
|Liabilities and shareholders’ equity|
|Floor plan notes payable||$||888,680||$||996,336|
|Current maturities of long-term debt||183,727||189,265|
|Current maturities of finance lease obligations||23,339||22,892|
|Current maturities of operating lease obligations||10,141||10,114|
|Trade accounts payable||122,830||133,697|
|Total current liabilities||1,351,844||1,507,389|
|Long-term debt, net of current maturities||426,727||438,413|
|Finance lease obligations, net of current maturities||75,300||69,478|
|Operating lease obligations, net of current maturities||46,357||47,555|
|Other long-term liabilities||19,817||20,704|
|Deferred income taxes, net||157,137||164,297|
|Preferred stock, par value
|Common stock, par value
|Additional paid-in capital||406,725||397,267|
|Accumulated other comprehensive income||(1,593||)||337|
|Total shareholders’ equity||1,165,476||1,159,493|
|Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity||$||3,242,658||$||3,407,329|
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
|Three Months Ended
|New and used commercial vehicle sales||$||789,554||$||838,283|
|Parts and service sales||427,978||438,354|
|Lease and rental||60,781||59,433|
|Finance and insurance||4,467||6,610|
|Cost of products sold:|
|New and used commercial vehicle sales||728,539||768,417|
|Parts and service sales||271,415||273,189|
|Lease and rental||52,208||49,795|
|Total cost of products sold||1,052,162||1,091,401|
|Selling, general and administrative expense||185,074||187,181|
|Depreciation and amortization expense||14,330||12,925|
|Gain on sale of assets||100||57|
|Equity in earnings of unconsolidated entities||1,240||49|
|Interest expense, net||4,769||7,358|
|Income before taxes||31,669||49,558|
|Provision for income taxes||8,562||12,454|
|Earnings per common share:|
|Weighted average shares outstanding:|
This press release and the attached financial tables contain certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under
Management believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information about the results of operations of the Company for the current and past periods. Management believes that investors should have the same information available to them that management uses to assess the Company’s operating performance and capital structure. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most comparable GAAP financial measures. Investors are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures utilized by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.
|Three Months Ended|
|Commercial Vehicle Sales Revenue (in thousands)||
|New heavy-duty vehicles||$||470,784||$||530,918|
|New medium-duty vehicles (including bus sales revenue)||243,972||199,680|
|New light-duty vehicles||11,498||22,019|
Management uses several performance metrics to evaluate the performance of its commercial vehicle dealerships and considers Rush Truck Centers’ “absorption ratio” to be of critical importance. Absorption ratio is calculated by dividing the gross profit from the parts, service and collision center departments by the overhead expenses of all of a dealership’s departments, except for the selling expenses of the new and used commercial vehicle departments and carrying costs of new and used commercial vehicle inventory. When 100% absorption is achieved, then gross profit from the sale of a commercial vehicle, after sales commissions and inventory carrying costs, directly impacts operating profit.
|Debt Analysis (in thousands)||
|Floor plan notes payable||$||888,680||$||1,111,473|
|Line of credit
|Current maturities of long-term debt||183,727||157,213|
|Current maturities of finance lease obligations||23,339||19,709|
|Long-term debt, net of current maturities||426,727||438,794|
|Finance lease obligations, net of current maturities||75,300||49,947|
|Total Debt (GAAP)||1,597,773||1,905,410|
|Debt related to lease & rental fleet||(648,054||)||(597,182||)|
|Floor plan notes payable||(888,680||)||(1,111,473||)|
|Adjusted Total Debt (Non-GAAP)||61,039||196,755|
|Cash and cash equivalents||(137,540||)||(126,572||)|
|Adjusted Net Debt (Cash) (Non-GAAP)||$||(76,501||)||$||70,183|
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 received fully cover the capital costs of the lease & rental fleet (i.e., the 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
|Twelve Months Ended|
|EBITDA (in thousands)|| March 31,
|Net Income (GAAP)||$||127,586||$||155,127|
|Provision for income taxes||44,048||49,517|
|Depreciation and amortization||56,777||60,506|
|Loss (gain) on sale of assets||59||(382||)|
|Interest expense associated with FPNP||(25,279||)||(21,148||)|
|Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)||$||229,409||$||266,354|
The Company presents EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, for the twelve months ended each period presented, as additional information about its operating results. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA that excludes the addition of interest expense associated with FPNP to EBITDA is consistent with management’s presentation of Adjusted Total Debt, in each case reflecting management’s view of interest expense associated with the FPNP as an operating expense of the Company, and to provide management with supplemental information regarding operating results and to assist investors in performing analysis that is consistent with financial models developed by management and research analyst. “EBITDA” and “Adjusted EBITDA” are both non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, net income of the Company, as reported in the Company’s consolidated statements of income in accordance with
|Twelve Months Ended|
|Free Cash Flow (in thousands)|| March 31,
|Net cash provided by operations (GAAP)||$||599,342||$||58,445|
|Acquisition of property and equipment||(279,411||)||(253,616||)|
|Free cash flow (Non-GAAP)||319,931||(195,171||)|
|(Payments) draws on floor plan financing, net||(177,997||)||261,536|
|Proceeds from L&RFD||200,409||162,473|
|Principal payments on L&RFD||(172,412||)||(161,962||)|
|Non-maintenance capital expenditures||36,486||48,050|
|Adjusted Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP)||$||206,417||$||114,926|
“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” are both presented so that investors have the same financial data that management uses in evaluating the Company’s cash flows from operating activities. “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
| March 31,
|Total Shareholders' equity (GAAP)||$||1,165,476||$||1,083,421|
|Adjusted net debt (cash) (Non-GAAP)||(76,501||)||70,183|
“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 a more accurate picture of 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. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures may vary among companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.
Source: Rush Enterprises, Inc.