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Edited Transcript of ONEW.OQ earnings conference call or presentation 7-May-20 11:30am GMT

Q2 2020 OneWater Marine Inc Earnings Call

Jun 7, 2020 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of OneWater Marine Inc earnings conference call or presentation Thursday, May 7, 2020 at 11:30:00am GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* Anthony K. Aisquith

OneWater Marine Inc. - President, COO & Director

* Jack P. Ezzell

OneWater Marine Inc. - CFO

* Philip Austin Singleton

OneWater Marine Inc. - Founder, CEO & Director

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Conference Call Participants

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* Craig R. Kennison

Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - Director of Research Operations and Senior Research Analyst

* Joseph Nicholas Altobello

Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - MD & Senior Analyst

* Michael Arlington Swartz

SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Research Division - Senior Analyst

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for standing by and welcome to the OneWater Marine Fiscal Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) Please be advised that today's conference is being recorded. (Operator Instructions)

I would now like to turn the conference over to your speaker today, Jack Ezzell, Chief Financial Officer. Thank you. Please go ahead, sir.

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Jack P. Ezzell, OneWater Marine Inc. - CFO [2]

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Good morning, and welcome to the OneWater Marine Fiscal Second Quarter 2020 Earnings Conference Call. I am joined on the call today by Austin Singleton, Chief Executive Officer; and Anthony Aisquith, President and Chief Operating Officer.

Before we begin, I would like to remind you that certain statements made by management in this morning's conference call regarding OneWater Marine and its operations may be considered forward-looking statements under the securities law and involve a number of risks and uncertainties. As a result, the company cautions you that there are a number of factors, many of which are beyond the company's control, which could cause actual results and events to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Factors that might affect future results are discussed in the company's earnings release, which can be found in the Investor Relations section of the company's website and its filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The company disclaims any obligation or undertaking to update forward-looking statements to reflect circumstances or events that occur after the date the forward-looking statements are made, except as required by law.

And with that, I'd like to turn the call over to Austin Singleton, who will begin with a few opening remarks. Austin?

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Philip Austin Singleton, OneWater Marine Inc. - Founder, CEO & Director [3]

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Thanks, Jack, and thank you, everyone, for joining our fiscal second quarter 2020 earnings call. We delivered strong results in the second quarter of 2020, with sales increasing in boat and nonboat segments despite the slowing environment the last few weeks of the quarter. As we have discussed, we have a proven, adaptable model, and our performance during the quarter shows the optionality of our portfolio.

During the quarter, pre-owned boat sales grew nearly 19% while our high-margin finance and insurance increased by 27% compared to the prior year. In total, revenues rose 5% to $190 million while gross margin expanded 150 basis points year-over-year.

Same-store sales through mid-March outpaced the prior year by over 10% before slowing in the last 2 weeks of the quarter as the impact of the corona-19 global pandemic began to materialize.

Over the last 1.5 months, we really showcased the strength of our organization. As the COVID-19 pandemic spread quickly across the U.S., the economy came to a virtual standstill, ushering in a level of uncertainty never experienced in the industry. And while the ultimate impact of the macroeconomic environment is not yet known, we immediately took actions to protect the health and safety of our team members. At the same time, we implemented our 2008 playbook to ensure we remained nimble, which included reducing costs, securing liquidity and mitigating the possible impact of a prolonged period of lower demand.

Moving forward into the back half of our year, there are still significant questions around consumer demand, credit availability and the continued impact on our dealership by state and local shelter-in-place orders. As such, we tapped all available resources to ensure not only the health of our employees but the financial stability of the company as well. In late March and early April, we faced an incredible magnitude of unknowns. At that time, we met the qualifications to receive funds under the Paycheck Protection Program. As such, we applied for and then subsequently received the funds in late April.

However, after the dust settled from the cost reduction actions that we enacted immediately following the beginning of acceleration of COVID-19 on our business and after a rebound in April and looking forward into May, we no longer feel this assistance is needed and returned the money. We also believe our employment is at an appropriate level to fully execute on our plan. Importantly, we also rolled back the nonexecutive compensation adjustments previously announced.

We are truly seeing the resilience of our business as we move into our fiscal third quarter. Sales through April were up in excess of 10% and have been better than expected in certain locations. More specifically, boat sales in Georgia, Alabama and South Florida successfully delivered same-store sales growth, while some stores are still seeing the impact of COVID and the weather. Once the weather breaks, we do expect to see a bump in sales from these stores as well. While we are excited and encouraged by these numbers, there are still many unknowns.

We will continue to adapt as conditions change and leverage our recession playbook to ensure we are well positioned to navigate through a variety of operating environments in the coming months. While we are being prudent in all aspects of our business, we do believe boating provides a great activity for people in this new normal we find ourselves in. Air travel, summer camps and travel sports are likely to be altered for the foreseeable future. And recreational boating allows families to get on the water, enjoy the fresh air while continuing to practice safe social distancing on their terms. Based on current trends, we are cautiously optimistic as we move forward into the prime selling season.

Before I turn it over to Anthony to talk about the operations, I want to remind you of our long-term strategy. Our team remains focused on expanding our dealership in regions with strong boating cultures, enhancing the customer experience and generating value for our shareholders. With that in mind, we are taking a temporary pause on acquisitions until the current macroeconomic environment stabilizes.

We are using this time to better evaluate targets and ensure we can continue on our track record of cutting the purchase multiple in half inside the first 24 months. We have not seen any significant change to the acquisition pipeline, but we are remaining patient in our execution.

With that, I will turn it over to Anthony to discuss business operations.

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Anthony K. Aisquith, OneWater Marine Inc. - President, COO & Director [4]

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Thanks, Austin. We continue to adapt our business model to customer demand, while at the same time, complying with current federal and local mandates. Our business model was designed to support cycle resilience. And no matter what's going on in the economy, we are built to be flexible to the changing market conditions as we have successfully done in the past. Over the last few weeks, our service departments are working hard being mindful of shelter-in-place orders to deliver boats and customers on the water. And at the same time, our sales team members are fully engaged with customers and providing them with virtual walk-throughs of inventory, along with private showings either at their homes or on the water.

As Austin said, we are selling boats at all dealerships, which has been significantly enabled by the investments we have made in our proprietary digital platform. This platform, coupled with enhanced marketing tools and strategies, has supported an increase of over 2x the lead flow compared to the prior year. These tools have also allowed our sales team members to engage and build relationships with new and existing customers effectively while working from home and other remote locations where customers are comfortable doing business. While we're well positioned with our scale and best-in-class technology to actively pursue opportunities while at the same time, maintaining the excellent customer service we are known for, even while operating in this unique, more virtual environment.

As is typical in the second fiscal quarter each year, inventory was at a peak level in February and March in order to prepare for a prime selling season. We believe we are in a strong position as we work through our current inventory and move into the second half of our fiscal year. Most of our EOM (sic) [OEM] partners shut down production at the end of March and through a good portion of April, which helped inventory reductions at our stores. As stay-at-home orders lift and it becomes safer for people to be out and start working again, production lines will get back up and moving. With that said, assuming OEMs continue to ramp up production, we should have sufficient inventories to support retail sales.

While this reality we find ourselves in is filled with uncertainty, we are able to offer a sense of normalcy to our customers who are accustomed to spending time on the water. Our flexible business model allows our team to continue to support our customers no matter what their boating needs might be.

And with that, I'll turn the call over to Jack to discuss the financials in more detail.

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Jack P. Ezzell, OneWater Marine Inc. - CFO [5]

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Thanks, Anthony. We delivered a strong second quarter with total revenue up 5.1% to $190 million from $180.8 million in fiscal second quarter of 2019. Sales from stores recently acquired contributed to the increase in revenues, but were partially offset by a 2.7% decline in same-store sales. The increased demand for boats continued into March, but as the COVID-19 pandemic quickly spread across the U.S., the pace of sales declined. As a result, new boat sales for the quarters were essentially flat year-over-year. However, as consumer demand tends to shift in weaker economic environments, we are prepared to generate income through our diverse business model. Our focus on pre-owned boat sales and higher-margin products like finance and insurance, parts, maintenance and repair services, will allow us to meet consumer demand and generate sales across all markets.

Our continued focus on these businesses generated an increase in pre-owned boat sales of 19.4% to $43 million and a 27.2% increase in finance and insurance revenue to $8.1 million in our fiscal second quarter of 2020. Revenue from service parts and other sales decreased in the quarter 4.3% to $11 million compared to $11.5 million in the prior year. This decline was a result of temporary store closures, social distancing requirements and shelter -- local shelter-in-place orders, which made it physically difficult for us to complete retail parts and service sales.

Gross profit increased to $44.6 million in the second quarter compared to $39.7 million in the prior year, driven by increased pre-owned unit sales and higher finance and insurance revenue. Gross profit as a percentage of sales increased 150 basis points to 23.5% compared to 22% in the prior year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses increased to $32.1 million from $27.5 million, and SG&A as a percentage of sales increased to 16.9% from 15.2% in the prior year. The increase in selling and general and administrative expenses was primarily due to the stores acquired in the back half of 2019. It is important to note that the previously announced expense cuts had little to no impact on the quarter.

Operating income decreased $4.1 million to $8.7 million, driven by the higher selling, general and administrative expenses, as previously mentioned, and IPO-related expenses, which are included in transaction costs. Adjusted EBITDA remained essentially flat at $9.9 million compared to the prior year.

Net income totaled $3 million for the second quarter and compared to a net loss of $3 million in the prior year. The increase is primarily due to the timing of the $12.3 million reduction in income related to the noncash change in the fair value of the warrant liability recognized in the prior year, partially offset by higher interest expenses, income taxes and transaction costs in the current period. Post-IPO, OneWater share count changed dramatically as a result of the stock split and share offering. Additionally, the warrant liability and redeemable preferred interest were also converted and repaid, respectively, at the IPO.

Now turning to the balance sheet. As of March 31, 2020, we had $20.4 million of cash and $10 million worth of availability on our revolving line of credit. Total inventory at March 31, 2020, increased to $333.4 million compared to $298.5 million at March 31, 2019. This increase is due to the dealerships we acquired in the back half of fiscal 2019. We remain keenly focused on managing our inventory levels and are comfortable with our current position as we navigate the spring selling season in conjunction with the COVID-19 pandemic. As previously announced, in March, we evoked our option to defer payment of interest on our senior term loan facility for a period of 12 months, which will reduce the annual cash interest payments by approximately $8.5 million. Accordingly, there are no interest payments due until December 31, 2020, and scheduled principal payments on the senior term loan facility do not begin until March 2022.

In light of the uncertainty that exists around COVID-19 pandemic, on March 26, we withdrew our fiscal 2020 guidance that was provided on our last call. We are offering no additional guidance at this time.

This concludes our prepared remarks. Operator, will you please open the line for questions.

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) Our first question comes from Craig Kennison with Baird.

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Craig R. Kennison, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - Director of Research Operations and Senior Research Analyst [2]

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Just looking at the press release, it says that April sales were solid. I'm curious if you actually saw something close to positive retail trends in April and would be also curious if you could break that up into new versus used sales.

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Jack P. Ezzell, OneWater Marine Inc. - CFO [3]

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Yes, Craig. I would say that it's a bit of a mixed bag, but generally speaking, we were up approximately 10% in the month of April. You had some locations where there's still heavier -- have a greater impact on the shelter-in-place orders. And so it's -- you see certain locations, particularly the Northeast, maybe a little more impacted than the state of Georgia, for example. And so we continue to see revenue from all of our product lines, whether it be new, preowned and finance. I don't have necessarily the breakdown of that 10% across those categories in front of me. But we did see positive comps year-over-year.

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Craig R. Kennison, Robert W. Baird & Co. Incorporated, Research Division - Director of Research Operations and Senior Research Analyst [4]

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And then maybe you could just shed some light on the pitch here. It's just really a remarkable outcome here to show positive results in April in the middle of a pandemic. Is -- are you pulling forward a lot of demand with a really exceptional pitch? I mean just shed a little light on that extraordinary result.

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Philip Austin Singleton, OneWater Marine Inc. - Founder, CEO & Director [5]

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Craig, I think that what we offer from an industry perspective is like Jack said in -- earlier, we're offering social distancing on your time, we offer recreational leisure activity where families can get on the boat and can control their environment. So they might have their little inner circle that they allow on their boat or it might just be the immediate family.

And I think that the people are starving to get out. And we've seen that, especially on the -- in the southern part of the country, where like the lake that I actually live on, it looks like the fourth of July out there. There's that many boats on the weekend boating. And I think as the weather continues to improve, the industry has got great tailwinds behind it because we are offering something to people that they can get out and actually live their life a little bit. And I just -- we're super excited about the amount of traffic we're seeing on the lakes.

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Operator [6]

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Our next question comes from Joe Altobello with Raymond James.

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Joseph Nicholas Altobello, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - MD & Senior Analyst [7]

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So the commentary on April, obviously, is very encouraging. And I know we're only a month in here, but just curious, has that momentum continued into May? Or is that really just pent-up demand coming out of March?

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Jack P. Ezzell, OneWater Marine Inc. - CFO [8]

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Yes. I'd say we're still very early in May, obviously, but the pace of leads and activity has continued.

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Joseph Nicholas Altobello, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - MD & Senior Analyst [9]

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Okay. Great. And then secondly, on costs. You guys mentioned that you did return the PPP loan, which is kind of interesting. So I'd be curious to hear what the rationale was behind that. And maybe help us understand what you guys are doing on the cost front, maybe rent abatements or renegotiations, and maybe a sense for how much of your costs today are variable versus fixed.

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Philip Austin Singleton, OneWater Marine Inc. - Founder, CEO & Director [10]

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Jack, do you want me to take the first part of that?

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Jack P. Ezzell, OneWater Marine Inc. - CFO [11]

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Yes. Yes. Go ahead.

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Philip Austin Singleton, OneWater Marine Inc. - Founder, CEO & Director [12]

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Let me take the PPP piece. Joe, good to talk to you this morning. But the Payroll Protection Program, when it first came out in that -- and they didn't have a whole lot of guidance behind it. And at that time, there was a lot of unknowns, which we spoke about earlier. And we did qualify for that. And so we filed that. And as we continued to move forward and got out of March into April, we had a modest headcount reduction, but we felt that -- 2 things. We felt that our headcount reduction put us at the appropriate level of employer -- employees to execute on our plan moving forward. So it's not like we really needed to bring them back. And then the PPP continued guidance, continue to change. And the language was just so -- you just -- you didn't know whether or not you should take it or not take it.

And then as April continued to go as it did, we just really looked at it, and we were like, we don't really need this money. We don't really want to bring back that headcount because we feel our business is where it needs to be to operate efficiently. And so if we weren't going to bring back or didn't really think we had to bring back the headcount reduction and our business was doing good, that money needed to go back and be available to somebody that really needed it.

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Jack P. Ezzell, OneWater Marine Inc. - CFO [13]

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Additionally, on the cost front, we started quickly to take action to reduce -- obviously, in this environment, nobody is really traveling, but travel, other type of expenses, some marketing, really tried to pull back those costs and spend money only in a very targeted way. We did reach out to a number of our landlords. We had some landlords provide abatement of rent, others provide deferral of payment of rent. And again, in light of our process of working with them and their willingness to work with us, we kind of felt the same way with them.

And so we're in the process of -- a lot of times when it's just deferred, it's still an expense in the P&L. It's just a cash flow item. And so we're in the process of kind of rolling that back as well with our landlords because we want to be a good partner with them. And if we have the cash, flowing the cash, we want -- we don't want to put pressure on them, and we'd rather save that for a time when we really need it. And so we feel like we can always go back to our landlords or our -- we did a -- for the nonexecutive pay, we rolled that reduction back because we want to take care of the team members we have. But on the flip side, we want to keep that expense card just in case we need it, should the results look different than they currently do.

So I would tell you that our expense structure is not changing dramatically. Our fixed versus variable kind of still is around that 50-50. We'll probably move a little more towards the fixed just because with revenue down and some things like that and us maintaining those costs, it might tick up a little bit. But generally speaking, we continue to watch all of our expenses on a daily basis, trimming costs where we can.

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Joseph Nicholas Altobello, Raymond James & Associates, Inc., Research Division - MD & Senior Analyst [14]

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That's very helpful. And just one last one, if I could. In terms of unlevered inventory, can you quantify that for us at this point?

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Jack P. Ezzell, OneWater Marine Inc. - CFO [15]

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Yes. It's not a huge number. I mean, obviously, we have a lot of credit availability under our floor plan. Our floor plan has a capacity of $392 million. We only have just under $300 million available. So there's plenty of capacity from the standpoint of capacity on our floor plan. We are in the season right of declining inventory, declining floor plan. But there's some availability on there, a couple of million dollars, like less than $5 million probably at this point.

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Operator [16]

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(Operator Instructions) Our next question comes from Mike Swartz with SunTrust.

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Michael Arlington Swartz, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Research Division - Senior Analyst [17]

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Just wanted to touch on new boat margins during the quarter. That number came in well ahead of what I think anyone had anticipated, particularly given some of the pressures we've seen over the past couple of quarters. So maybe what turned around during the quarter? I mean, I think mix was part of it as you highlighted in the press release, but any color there? And how should we think about that over the next couple of quarters?

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Jack P. Ezzell, OneWater Marine Inc. - CFO [18]

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Yes. I'd say, as -- if you go back to our last call, we had talked about some strategies that we were implementing to enhance our F&I penetration. And it was coming at the cost of a bit of new boat margin and that was going to turn as we kind of got out of boat show season and into the normal season. And so I would tell you that absent the pandemic, we expect -- fully expected margins to increase. And Anthony and team did a great job of holding margin and maintaining margins kind of through the month of March. But Anthony, maybe you want to discuss a little bit what we're seeing on the retail front with respect to margins.

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Anthony K. Aisquith, OneWater Marine Inc. - President, COO & Director [19]

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Sure. I mean I think that we had the plan all along, and we intentionally dropped the margins down in the past on our new stuff to -- just like Jack said, to increase our F&I penetration and our whole plan was to -- as we implemented the selling process through all of our stores. And once they've gotten it, we didn't need to continue to discount the boats as much as we had to. And our plan is exactly working and our margins are rising from it.

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Michael Arlington Swartz, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Research Division - Senior Analyst [20]

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Okay. And I think you've unveiled publicly some pretty unique sales and marketing incentives on new boats with certain new manufacturers. Can you talk about some of those as much as you can and maybe how that will impact the P&L in any way?

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Anthony K. Aisquith, OneWater Marine Inc. - President, COO & Director [21]

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It shouldn't impact the P&L in any way, except to increase. So we were able to negotiate some one-off programs with our manufacturers and some of our banking partners that we have, to have some marketing tools out there that is going to allow us to be very attractive for our buyers no matter what's going on in the economy.

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Michael Arlington Swartz, SunTrust Robinson Humphrey, Inc., Research Division - Senior Analyst [22]

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And one final one for me, maybe for Jack. On a comparable store basis, the -- what do the F&I and used boat sales look like in the quarter just from a growth perspective?

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Jack P. Ezzell, OneWater Marine Inc. - CFO [23]

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Yes, Michael, we actually -- we don't break down -- we don't do a same store by pre-owned or by F&I. Just looking into some of the numbers, you certainly see some of our legacy stores seeing nice increases with the changes in F&I and with pre-owned as well as our newly acquired source. So it is a balance of the 2. I don't -- we don't necessarily have a same-store number by F&I same store or pre-owned same store. We can't really get at that data for you.

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Operator [24]

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Thank you. I'm not showing any further questions at this time. Ladies and gentlemen, thank you for participating in today's conference. This concludes the program. You may all disconnect. Everyone, have a great day.