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H&E Equipment Services Reports Fourth Quarter 2013 Results

February 28, 2014

BATON ROUGE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEES) today announced results for the fourth quarter and year ended December 31, 2013.

FOURTH QUARTER 2013 HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Revenues increased 3.8% to $259.6 million versus $250.1 million a year ago.
  • Net income was $14.6 million in the fourth quarter compared to $10.7 million a year ago, an increase of $3.9 million, or 36.4% from a year ago.
  • EBITDA increased 17.5% to $70.9 million from $60.4 million, yielding a margin of 27.3% compared to 24.1% of revenues a year ago.
  • Rental revenues increased 12.0%, or $9.7 million, to $90.4 million due to a larger fleet and improved rates compared to a year ago. Demand remained strong during the fourth quarter.
  • Used equipment sales increased 28.9% to $38.0 million from $29.5 million a year ago.
  • Gross margin was 31.5% as compared to 29.4% a year ago. Rental gross margin increased to 48.9% compared to 48.1% a year ago and combined parts and services gross margin improved to 42.6% versus 39.2% a year ago.
  • Average time utilization (based on original equipment cost) was 71.9% compared to 71.8% a year ago and 72.3% in the third quarter of 2013. Average time utilization (based on units available for rent) was 66.0% compared to 66.6% last year and last quarter.
  • Average rental rates increased 5.6% compared to a year ago and improved 0.4% compared to the third quarter of this year.
  • Dollar utilization was 36.2% compared to 36.4% a year ago.
  • Average rental fleet age at December 31, 2013 was 34.9 months, down from 38.0 months at the end of the last year and approximately ten months younger than the current industry average age of 45 months.

    “Our fourth quarter performance demonstrated across the board strength and momentum that has continued in our business,” said John Engquist, H&E Equipment Services’ chief executive officer. “Demand for rental equipment was strong in the fourth quarter, driving higher consolidated margins and strong utilization even while operating a significantly larger fleet. Our combined distribution business remained solid as well, despite a lower level of year-end buying of certain new cranes from a year ago, which we believe was the result of reduced year-end tax incentives. We see our continued focus on leveraging the increasing demand in our end user markets and our operational efficiency reflected in our financial results for the quarter, with income from operations and EBITDA increasing 18.6% and 17.5%, respectively, against the prior year quarter.”

    Engquist concluded, “We believe 2013 was a year of success and our outlook for 2014 is also positive as we believe there will be significant recovery in non-residential construction over the next several years. We feel there is reason to be optimistic regarding the outlook for our rental business given the demand we are currently experiencing. From our perspective, end-user demand for new and used equipment remains high and we expect this trend to continue based on current activity levels. We are increasing our fleet size to accommodate this anticipated growth. We also expect to benefit from the industrial markets we serve, particularly along the Gulf Coast, where we see the petrochemical, oil patch, refining, manufacturing and other related industries operating at high capacity levels. It is being reported that capital spending scheduled to begin in 2014 relating to these industries, particularly in our Louisiana and Texas markets, may hit historically high levels. We believe overall market conditions are encouraging, and we will continue to focus on solid execution and improving our market position to capitalize on all of these positive trends in 2014.”

    FINANCIAL DISCUSSION FOR FOURTH QUARTER 2013:

    Revenue

    Total revenues increased 3.8% to $259.6 million from $250.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Equipment rental revenues increased 12.0% to $90.4 million compared with $80.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. New equipment sales decreased 10.6% to $77.8 million from $87.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Used equipment sales increased 28.9% to $38.0 million compared to $29.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Parts sales decreased 1.0% to $25.2 million from $25.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Services revenues decreased 2.0% to $14.6 million compared to $14.9 million a year ago.

    Gross Profit

    Gross profit increased 11.1% to $81.6 million from $73.5 million in the fourth quarter of 2012. Gross margin was 31.5% for the quarter ended December 31, 2013, compared to gross margin of 29.4% for the quarter ended December 31, 2012.

    On a segment basis, fourth quarter 2013 gross margin on rentals was 48.9% compared to 48.1% in the fourth quarter of 2012 due to higher average rental rates on new contracts in the period, solid fleet utilization and lower rental expenses as a percentage of equipment rental revenues. On average, rental rates increased 5.6% compared to the fourth quarter of 2012. Time utilization (based on original equipment cost) was 71.9% in the fourth quarter of 2013 compared to 71.8% a year ago.

    Gross margin on new equipment sales was 10.7% this quarter compared to 11.2% in the fourth quarter a year ago, and gross margin on used equipment sales was 29.7% compared to 30.2% a year ago. Gross margin on parts sales was 30.2% in this quarter and 27.4% a year ago. Gross margin on service revenues was 63.9% compared to 59.4% in the prior year.

    Rental Fleet

    At the end of the fourth quarter of 2013, the original acquisition cost of the Company’s rental fleet was $1.0 billion, an increase of $117.8 million from $883.0 million at the end of 2012. Dollar utilization was 36.2% compared to 36.4% for the fourth quarter of 2012.

    Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

    SG&A expenses for the fourth quarter of 2013 were $48.7 million compared with $45.1 million last year, a $3.6 million increase, or 7.9%. The net increase in SG&A expenses is primarily a result of increased wages, commission, incentive pay and branch expansion expenses. For the fourth quarter of 2013, SG&A expenses as a percentage of total revenues were 18.8% compared to 18.1% a year ago.

    Income from Operations

    Income from operations for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $33.8 million, or 13.0% of revenues, compared with $28.5 million, or 11.4% of revenues a year ago.

    Interest Expense

    Interest expense for the fourth quarter of 2013 was $12.9 million compared to $11.9 million in the fourth quarter of 2012.

    Net Income

    Net income was $14.6 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, compared to net income of $10.7 million, or $0.31 per diluted share, a year ago. The effective income tax rate was 31.1% compared to 36.1% a year ago due to higher favorable permanent differences in relation to pre-tax income.

    EBITDA

    EBITDA for the fourth quarter of 2013 increased 17.5% to $70.9 million compared to $60.4 million a year ago. EBITDA, as a percentage of revenues, was 27.3% compared to 24.1% a year ago.

    FINANCIAL DISCUSSION FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2013:

    Revenue

    Total revenues increased 18.0% to $987.8 million from $837.3 million in 2012. Equipment rental revenues increased 17.4% to $338.9 million compared with $288.6 million in 2012. New equipment sales increased 22.0% to $294.8 million from $241.7 million in 2012. Used equipment sales increased 35.4% to $141.6 million compared to $104.6 million in 2012. Parts sales increased 3.6% to $103.2 million from $99.6 million in 2012. Services revenues increased to $56.7 million compared with $56.6 million a year ago.

    Gross Profit

    Gross profit increased 17.3% to $301.8 million from $257.3 million in 2012. Gross margin was 30.6% for 2013 as compared to 30.7% for 2012. This net decline in gross margin is due to revenue mix.

    On a segment basis, gross margin on rentals increased to 47.7% in 2013 from 47.0% in 2012 primarily due to increased average rental rates and lower rental expense as a percentage of equipment rental revenues. On average, 2013 rental rates increased 6.9% as compared to 2012. In 2013, time utilization (based on original equipment cost) was 70.8% compared to 72.0% last year. In 2013, time utilization (based on units available for rent) was 65.7% compared to 67.5% a year ago.

    Gross margin on new equipment sales was 10.8%, down from 11.4% in 2012. Gross margin on used equipment sales decreased to 28.9% from 29.2%. Gross margin on parts sales increased to 28.0% from 27.4%. Gross margin on service revenues was 62.9% compared to 61.1% in 2012.

    Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

    SG&A expenses for 2013 were $189.1 million compared with $169.7 million last year, a $19.4 million, or 11.3%, increase. The net increase in SG&A expenses is primarily a result of increased wages, commission, incentive pay, health insurance costs and branch expansion expenses. In 2013, SG&A expenses as a percentage of total revenues were 19.1% compared to 20.3% in 2012.

    Income from Operations

    Income from operations in 2013 was $115.3 million, or 11.7% of revenues, compared to $89.2 million, or 10.7% of revenues in 2012.

    Interest Expense

    Interest expense in 2013 was $51.4 million compared to $35.5 million in 2012.

    Net Income and Adjusted Net Income

    Net income was $44.1 million, or $1.26 per diluted share, compared to $28.8 million, or $0.82 per diluted share a year ago. 2012 Adjusted Net Income was $35.4 million, or $1.01 per diluted share. The effective income tax rate was 32.3% in 2013 compared to 35.1% in 2012 due to higher favorable permanent differences in relation to pre-tax income.

    EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA

    EBITDA for 2013 increased $59.0 million to $255.5 million from $196.5 million in 2012. EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 25.9% compared to 23.5% in 2012. Adjusted EBITDA increased $48.8 million, or 23.6%, to $255.5 million from $206.7 million in 2012. Adjusted EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 25.9% compared with 24.7% in 2012.

    Non-GAAP Financial Measures

    This press release contains certain Non-GAAP measures (EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted Net Income). Please refer to our Current Report on Form 8-K for a description of these measures and a discussion of our use of these measures. EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, and Adjusted Net Income as calculated by the Company, are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Additionally, these Non-GAAP measures are not measurements of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to the Company’s other financial information determined under GAAP.

    Conference Call

    The Company’s management will hold a conference call to discuss fourth quarter results today, February 28, 2014, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). To listen to the call, participants should dial 719-325-2425 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A telephonic replay will be available after 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on February 28, 2014, and will continue through March 14, 2014, by dialing 719-457-0820 and entering confirmation code 9766158.

    The live broadcast of the Company’s quarterly conference call will be available online at www.he-equipment.com on February 28, 2014, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) and will continue to be available for 30 days. Related presentation materials will be posted to the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s web site at www.he-equipment.com prior to the call. The presentation materials will be in Adobe Acrobat format.

    About H&E Equipment Services, Inc.

    The Company is one of the largest integrated equipment services companies in the United States with 69 full-service facilities throughout the West Coast, Intermountain, Southwest, Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. The Company is focused on heavy construction and industrial equipment and rents, sells and provides parts and services support for four core categories of specialized equipment: (1) hi-lift or aerial platform equipment; (2) cranes; (3) earthmoving equipment; and (4) industrial lift trucks. By providing equipment rental, sales, on-site parts, repair and maintenance functions under one roof, the Company is a one-stop provider for its customers’ varied equipment needs. This full service approach provides the Company with multiple points of customer contact, enabling it to maintain a high quality rental fleet, as well as an effective distribution channel for fleet disposal and provides cross-selling opportunities among its new and used equipment sales, rental, parts sales and services operations.

    Forward-Looking Statements

    Certain statements in this press release are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements that are not historical facts, including statements about our beliefs and expectations are forward-looking statements. Statements containing the words “may”, “could”, “would”, “should”, “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “estimate”, “target”, “project”, “intend” and similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) general economic conditions and construction and industrial activity in the markets where we operate in North America, as well as the depth and duration of the macroeconomic downturn related to decreases in construction and industrial activities, and the impact of conditions of the global credit markets and their effect on construction spending activity and the economy in general; (2) relationships with equipment suppliers; (3) increased maintenance and repair costs as we age our fleet and decreases in our equipments’ residual value; (4) our indebtedness; (5) the risks associated with the expansion of our business; (6) our possible inability to effectively integrate any businesses we acquire; (7) competitive pressures; (8) compliance with laws and regulations, including those relating to environmental matters and corporate governance matters; and (9) other factors discussed in our public filings, including the risk factors included in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Investors, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the SEC, we are under no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date of this release.

     

    H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.

    CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (unaudited)

    (Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

     
       

    Three Months Ended

       

    Twelve Months Ended

    December 31,

    December 31,

    2013

       

    2012

    2013

       

    2012

    Revenues:
    Equipment rentals $ 90,417 $ 80,700 $ 338,935 $ 288,641
    New equipment sales 77,789 87,011 294,768 241,721
    Used equipment sales 37,971 29,463 141,560 104,563
    Parts sales 25,203 25,460 103,174 99,621
    Service revenues 14,644 14,939 56,694 56,554
    Other   13,555     12,544     52,625     46,215  
    Total revenues 259,579 250,117 987,756 837,315
     
    Cost of revenues:
    Rental depreciation 32,269 28,239 121,948 102,966
    Rental expense 13,937 13,677 55,338 50,052
    New equipment sales 69,434 77,252 262,887 214,197
    Used equipment sales 26,687 20,562 100,693 73,988
    Parts sales 17,581 18,497 74,241 72,323
    Service revenues 5,291 6,070 21,034 21,977
    Other   12,736     12,327     49,779     44,510  
    Total cost of revenues   177,935     176,624     685,920     580,013  
     
    Gross profit 81,644 73,493 301,836 257,302
     
    Selling, general, and administrative expenses 48,715 45,149 189,062 169,653
    Gain on sales of property and equipment, net   834     114     2,549     1,592  
     
    Income from operations 33,763 28,458 115,323 89,241
     
    Loss on early extinguishment of debt - - - (10,180 )
    Interest expense (12,854 ) (11,873 ) (51,404 ) (35,541 )
    Other income, net   283     177     1,228     928  
    Income before provision for income taxes 21,192 16,762 65,147 44,448
     
    Provision for income taxes   6,591     6,058     21,007     15,612  
     
    Net income $ 14,601   $ 10,704   $ 44,140   $ 28,836  
     
    NET INCOME PER SHARE
    Basic – Net income per share $ 0.42   $ 0.31   $ 1.26   $ 0.83  
    Basic – Weighted average number of common shares outstanding   35,099     34,958     35,041     34,890  
     
    Diluted – Net income per share $ 0.41   $ 0.31   $ 1.26   $ 0.82  
    Diluted – Weighted average number of common shares outstanding   35,194     35,022     35,146     34,978  
     
     

    H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.

    SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA (unaudited)

    (Amounts in thousands)

     
               

    December 31,

       

    December 31,

    2013

    2012

     
    Cash $ 17,607 $ 8,894
    Rental equipment, net 688,710 583,349
    Total assets 1,090,340 942,399
    Total debt (1) 734,738 690,166
    Total liabilities 995,528 893,763
    Stockholders’ equity 94,812 48,636
    Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $ 1,090,340 $ 942,399
     

    (1) Total debt consists of the amounts outstanding on the senior secured credit facility, capital lease obligations and the aggregate amount outstanding on the senior unsecured notes.

     
     

    H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.

    UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

    (Amounts in thousands)

     

    Three Months Ended

    Twelve Months Ended

    December 31,

    December 31,

    2013

    2012

    2013

    2012

     
    Net income $ 14,601 $ 10,704 $ 44,140 $ 28,836
    Interest expense 12,854 11,873 51,404 35,541
    Provision for income taxes 6,591 6,058 21,007 15,612
    Depreciation 36,869 31,723 138,903 116,447
    Amortization of intangibles   -   -   -   66
     
    EBITDA $ 70,915 $ 60,358 $ 255,454 $ 196,502
     
    Loss on early extinguishment of debt   -   -   -   10,180
     
    Adjusted EBITDA $ 70,915 $ 60,358 $ 255,454 $ 206,682
     
     
    H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.
    UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES
    (Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)
     
       

    Twelve Months Ended December 31, 2012

    As Reported

       

    Adjustment (1)

       

    Adjusted

    Income before provision for income taxes $ 44,448 $ 10,180 $ 54,628
     
    Provision for income taxes   15,612   3,573   19,185
     
    Net income $ 28,836 $ 6,607 $ 35,443
     
    NET INCOME PER SHARE
    Basic – Net income per share $ 0.83 $ 1.02
    Diluted – Net income per share $ 0.82 $ 1.01
     

    Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

     

    Basic   34,890   34,890
    Diluted   34,978   34,978
     

    (1) Adjustment includes premium paid to repurchase or redeem the Company’s 8 3/8% senior unsecured notes and the write-off of unamortized deferred transaction costs in the periods presented.






    H&E Equipment Services, Inc.

    Leslie S. Magee, 225-298-5261

    Chief Financial Officer

    lmagee@he-equipment.com

    or

    Corporate Communications, Inc. (CCI)

    Kevin S. Inda, 941-792-1680

    kevin.inda@cci-ir.com

    Source: H&E Equipment Services, Inc.


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