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Rush Enterprises, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2019 Results, Announces $0.13 Per Share Dividend

  • Revenues of $1.6 billion, net income of $39.1 million

  • Earnings per diluted share of $1.05

  • Heavy-duty and medium-duty truck sales significantly outperform the market

  • Strategic initiatives continue to contribute to aftermarket revenue growth

  • Board declares cash dividend of $0.13 per share of Class A and Class B common stock

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 23, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: RUSHA & RUSHB), which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, today announced that for the quarter ended September 30, 2019, the Company achieved revenues of $1.6 billion and net income of $39.1 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, compared with revenues of $1.38 billion and net income of $41.7 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, in the quarter ended September 30, 2018. Additionally, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.13 per share of Class A and Class B Common Stock, to be paid on December 10, 2019, to all shareholders of record as of November 8, 2019.

“Robust activity in the commercial vehicle market and our continued focus on our aftermarket strategic initiatives positively contributed to our third quarter results,” said W.M. “Rusty” Rush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rush Enterprises, Inc. “We outpaced the commercial vehicle market in both Class 8 and Class 4-7 sales, and our parts and services sales remained strong,” Rush said.

“I sincerely thank our employees for providing superior service to our customers while remaining focused on the successful execution of our strategic initiatives,” said Rush.

Operations

Aftermarket Products and Services
Aftermarket products and services accounted for approximately 64.4% of the Company's total gross profits in the third quarter, with parts, service and collision center revenues reaching $454.8 million, up 6.5% compared to the third quarter of 2018. The Company achieved a quarterly absorption ratio of 120% in the third quarter of 2019.

“Considering the continued decline in demand from the energy sector compared to last quarter and especially compared to the third quarter of 2018, we are pleased with our strong aftermarket performance this quarter. Our aftermarket products and services revenue growth is once again a direct result of the successful execution of our long-term aftermarket initiatives, which include offering a broad portfolio of internal and customer-facing technology solutions, a parts e-commerce platform, expedited commercial vehicle service and continuing to add skilled technicians to our network,” Rush noted.

“We expect industry demand for aftermarket products and services to remain steady in the fourth quarter, subject to typical seasonal softness through the winter months,” said Rush. “With continued focus on our strategic growth initiatives, we expect our aftermarket parts and service sales to outperform the market in the fourth quarter of 2019 and for the full year 2020,” he added.

Truck Sales
New U.S. Class 8 retail truck sales totaled 78,117 units in the third quarter, up 12% over the same period last year, according to ACT Research. The Company sold 4,318 Class 8 trucks in the third quarter, an increase of 29.9% compared to the third quarter of 2018, and accounted for 5.5% of the new U.S. Class 8 truck market. ACT Research forecasts U.S. retail sales for new Class 8 vehicles to be 277,300 units in 2019, an 8.4% increase compared to 2018.

“Our new Class 8 truck sales outpaced the industry in the third quarter of 2019. Our strong performance was primarily the result of solid activity from over-the-road fleets and vocational customers,” Rush said. “However, we believe that we have passed the peak of the current truck sales cycle and our fourth quarter new Class 8 truck sales will be down compared to the third quarter,” he added.

ACT projects new U.S. Class 8 retail sales to be 204,000 units in 2020, down 26% from the 277,300 units forecast in 2019. “Although 2020 will be a challenging year for new Class 8 truck sales, we are focused on achieving every sale possible and believe we are well-positioned to increase our Class 8 market share in 2020,” said Rush.

The Company sold 4,566 Class 4-7 medium-duty commercial vehicles in the third quarter of 2019, an increase of 36% from the third quarter of 2018, accounting for 6.5% of the total U.S. market and significantly outpacing the industry. U.S. Class 4-7 retail sales were 69,978 units in the third quarter of 2019, up 7.2% over the third quarter of 2018. ACT Research forecasts U.S. retail sales for Class 4-7 vehicles to reach 266,000 units in 2019, a 3% increase over 2018.

“We are very pleased with another record-setting performance in our Class 4-7 medium-duty commercial vehicle sales this quarter. Continued strong demand from all of the medium-duty market segments we support, and especially our rental and construction customers, along with our robust inventory of Ready-to-Roll medium-duty trucks across the country, positively impacted our Class 4-7 results in the third quarter of 2019,” Rush said. “Due to the timing of large fleet deliveries in the second and third quarters of 2019, our Class 4-7 medium-duty sales may be down in the fourth quarter of 2019, but we should still outpace the industry for 2019,” he added. ACT projects U.S. Class 4-7 medium-duty sales to be 257,400 units in 2020, down 3.2% from the 266,000 units forecast for 2019. “We believe our Class 4-7 medium-duty commercial vehicle sales results in 2020 will be on pace with the market,” said Rush.

The Company sold 1,868 used vehicles in the third quarter of 2019, a 15% decrease compared to the third quarter of 2018. “Near record high deliveries of new trucks over the past few years have caused an oversupply of used trucks in the market. Currently, we believe that used truck values are depreciating faster than what is considered a normal rate. We are closely monitoring used truck values, along with other market factors that affect used truck sales. Our used truck inventory unit count is currently at its lowest point of 2019, and we believe it is valued appropriately with respect to current market conditions,” Rush explained.

Financial Highlights

In the third quarter of 2019, the Company’s gross revenues totaled $1.60 billion, a 16.2% increase from gross revenues of $1.38 billion reported for the third quarter of 2018. Net income for the third quarter was $39.1 million, or $1.05 per diluted share, compared to net income of $41.7 million, or $1.03 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2018.

Parts, service and collision center revenues were $454.8 million in the third quarter of 2019, compared to $426.8 million in the third quarter of 2018. The Company delivered 4,318 new heavy-duty trucks, 4,566 new medium-duty commercial vehicles, 525 new light-duty commercial vehicles and 1,868 used commercial vehicles during the third quarter of 2019, compared to 3,325 new heavy-duty trucks, 3,349 new medium-duty commercial vehicles, 567 new light-duty commercial vehicles and 2,197 used commercial vehicles during the third quarter of 2018.

During the third quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased $16.1 million of its common stock, paid a cash dividend of $4.7 million and ended the quarter with $86.1 million in cash and cash equivalents.

“Our balance sheet remains strong, and we are confident in our ability to invest in the Company’s future while returning capital to shareholders,” said Rush.

Conference Call Information

Rush Enterprises will host its quarterly conference call to discuss earnings for the third quarter on Thursday, October 24, 2019, 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 3181958 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 January 15, 2020. Listen to the audio replay until October 31, 2019, by dialing 855-859-2056 (US) or 404-537-3406 (International) and entering the Conference ID 3181958.

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 North America, with more than 100 dealership locations in 22 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, Mitsubishi, 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 collision center operations plus financing, insurance, leasing and rental. Rush Enterprises' operations also provide vehicle upfitting, CNG fuel systems and vehicle telematics products. Additional information about Rush Enterprises’ products and services is available at www.rushenterprises.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @rushtruckcenter and on Facebook at facebook.com/rushtruckcenters.

Certain statements contained herein, including those concerning current and projected market conditions, sales forecasts, market share forecasts, demand for the Company’s services, the impact of strategic initiatives and the Company’s capital allocation strategy, 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). 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. In addition, the declaration and payment of cash dividends and authorization of future share repurchase programs remains at the sole discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors and the issuance of future dividends and authorization of future share repurchase programs will depend upon the Company’s financial results, cash requirements, future prospects, applicable law and other factors that may be deemed relevant by the Company’s Board of Directors.


RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In Thousands, Except Shares and Per Share Amounts)

September 30,

December 31,

2019

2018

(Unaudited)

Assets

Current assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$

86,117

$

131,726

Accounts receivable, net

220,378

190,650

Note receivable affiliate

12,310

12,885

Inventories, net

1,385,132

1,339,923

Prepaid expenses and other

24,419

10,491

Assets held for sale

419

2,269

Total current assets

1,728,775

1,687,944

Property and equipment, net

1,261,370

1,184,053

Operating lease right-of-use assets, net

56,372

Goodwill, net

292,142

291,391

Other assets, net

66,595

37,962

Total assets

$

3,405,254

$

3,201,350

Liabilities and shareholders’ equity

Current liabilities:

Floor plan notes payable

$

1,051,241

$

1,023,019

Current maturities of long-term debt

158,722

161,955

Current maturities of finance lease obligations

20,995

19,631

Current maturities of operating lease obligations

9,787

Trade accounts payable

137,781

127,451

Customer deposits

33,553

36,183

Accrued expenses

106,768

125,056

Total current liabilities

1,518,847

1,493,295

Long-term debt, net of current maturities

462,646

439,218

Finance lease obligations, net of current maturities

57,077

49,483

Operating lease obligations, net of current maturities

46,899

Other long-term liabilities

19,621

11,118

Deferred income taxes, net

162,911

141,308

Shareholders’ equity:

Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share; 1,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares outstanding in 2019 and 2018

Common stock, par value $.01 per share; 60,000,000 Class A shares and 20,000,000 Class B shares authorized; 27,806,319 Class A shares and 8,283,916 Class B shares outstanding in 2019; and 28,709,636 Class A shares and 8,290,277 Class B shares outstanding in 2018



463

458

Additional paid-in capital

390,359

370,025

Treasury stock, at cost: 4,995,651 Class A shares and 5,262,911 Class B shares in 2019 and 3,791,751 Class A shares and 5,030,787 Class B shares in 2018

(300,041

)

(245,842

)

Retained earnings

1,046,538

942,287

Accumulated other comprehensive income

(66

)

Total shareholders’ equity

1,137,253

1,066,928

Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity

$

3,405,254

$

3,201,350



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,

2019

2018

2019

2018

Revenues:

New and used commercial vehicle sales

$

1,070,868

$

878,845

$

2,933,952

$

2,508,970

Aftermarket products and services sales

454,785

426,845

1,341,305

1,250,080

Lease and rental

62,949

60,825

183,973

177,342

Finance and insurance

5,863

5,053

18,874

15,286

Other

4,800

4,568

14,039

14,070

Total revenue

1,599,265

1,376,136

4,492,143

3,965,748

Cost of products sold:

New and used commercial vehicle sales

997,946

808,634

2,717,484

2,311,156

Aftermarket products and services sales

284,328

268,521

830,153

788,148

Lease and rental

52,223

49,924

153,316

147,015

Total cost of products sold

1,334,497

1,127,079

3,700,953

3,246,319

Gross profit

264,768

249,057

791,190

719,429

Selling, general and administrative expense

192,482

177,405

573,644

527,729

Depreciation and amortization expense

14,033

12,794

40,552

57,395

Gain (loss) on sale of assets

70

(209

)

(12

)

159

Operating income

58,323

58,649

176,982

134,464

Other income

1,577

2,316

Interest expense, net

7,690

4,468

23,120

13,268

Income before taxes

52,210

54,181

156,178

121,196

Provision for income taxes

13,106

12,516

38,349

29,103

Net income

$

39,104

$

41,665

$

117,829

$

92,093

Earnings per common share:

Basic

$

1.07

$

1.06

$

3.21

$

2.33

Diluted

$

1.05

$

1.03

$

3.13

$

2.27

Weighted average shares outstanding:

Basic

36,545

39,309

36,744

39,480

Diluted

37,351

40,388

37,625

40,635

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.13

$

0.12

$

0.37

$

0.12

This press release and the attached financial tables contain certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules, such as Adjusted net income, 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,
2019

September 30,
2018

New heavy-duty vehicles

$

605,675

$

501,478

New medium-duty vehicles (including bus sales revenue)

357,005

252,288

New light-duty vehicles

21,538

22,434

Used vehicles

80,405

97,587

Other vehicles

6,245

5,058

Absorption Ratio

120.0

%

122.4

%

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 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.

This earnings release includes “adjusted net income (non-GAAP)” and “adjusted net income per diluted share (non-GAAP),” which are financial measures that are not in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles, since they exclude the charges related to the upgrade and replacement of certain components of the Company’s Enterprise Resource Planning software platform (ERP platform) in the second quarter of 2018. These measures differ from the most directly comparable measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies. Reconciliations from the most directly comparable GAAP measures of adjusted net income (non-GAAP) and adjusted net income per diluted share (non-GAAP) are as follows:

Nine Months Ended

Adjusted Net Income (in thousands)

September 30,
2019

September 30,
2018

Net Income

$

117,829

$

92,093

Charges related to upgrade and replacement of ERP platform, net of tax

15,682

Adjusted Net Income (non-GAAP)

$

117,829

$

107,775

Per Diluted Share

Net Income

$

3.13

$

2.27

Charges related to upgrade and replacement of ERP platform, net of tax

0.38

Adjusted Net Income (non-GAAP)

$

3.13

$

2.65


Debt Analysis (in thousands)

September 30,
2019

September 30,
2018

Floor plan notes payable

$

1,051,241

$

990,594

Current maturities of long-term debt

158,722

159,972

Current maturities of finance lease obligations

20,995

16,977

Long-term debt, net of current maturities

462,646

439,418

Finance lease obligations, net of current maturities

57,077

54,689

Total Debt (GAAP)

1,750,681

1,661,650

Adjustments:

Debt related to lease & rental fleet

(639,138

)

(588,079

)

Floor plan notes payable

(1,051,241

)

(990,594

)

Adjusted Total Debt (Non-GAAP)

60,302

82,977

Adjustment:

Cash and cash equivalents

(86,117

)

(205,569

)

Adjusted Net (Cash) Debt (Non-GAAP)

$

(25,815

)

$

(122,592

)

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 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,
2019

September 30,
2018

Net Income (GAAP)

$

164,798

$

197,960

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

53,353

(42,341

)

Interest expense

29,534

16,862

Depreciation and amortization

53,646

70,090

(Gain) loss on sale of assets

(126

)

22

EBITDA (Non-GAAP)

301,205

242,593

Adjustment:

Interest expense associated with FPNP

(28,174

)

(15,021

)

Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)

$

273,031

$

227,572

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 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,
2019

September 30,
2018

Net cash provided by operations (GAAP)

$

233,962

$

185,485

Acquisition of property and equipment

(292,634

)

(247,382

)

Free cash flow (Non-GAAP)

(58,672

)

(61,897

)

Adjustments:

Draws on floor plan financing, net

85,697

203,135

Proceeds from L&RFD

203,573

170,460

Principal payments on L&RFD

(169,339

)

(160,420

)

Non-maintenance capital expenditures

55,696

42,348

Adjusted Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP)

$

116,955

$

193,626

“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 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,
2019

September 30,
2018

Total Shareholders' equity (GAAP)

$

1,137,253

$

1,089,159

Adjusted net (cash) (Non-GAAP)

(25,815

)

(122,592

)

Adjusted Invested Capital (Non-GAAP)

$

1,111,438

$

966,567

“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.

Contact:
Rush Enterprises, Inc., San Antonio
Steven L. Keller, 830-302-5226