For the full year 2012, we purchased four stores and were granted two new stores, contributing estimated annualized revenues of $260 million.
Bryan DeBoer, President and CEO, stated, "We continue to emphasize acquisitions as one of the long term drivers of growth for Lithia. We remain focused on increasing our store count through acquisitions in 2013, and believe that compelling opportunities currently exist in the marketplace."
Balance Sheet Update
We ended the fourth quarter with $43 million in cash and $120 million in available credit on our credit facilities. Additionally, approximately $102 million of operating real estate is currently unfinanced, which could provide up to an additional $77 million in available liquidity, for total liquidity of $240 million.
During the fourth quarter, we increased the capacity on our syndicated credit facility by $150 million to $800 million in total availability. The facility allocates $575 million to new vehicle floorplan financing, $80 million to used vehicle floorplan financing, and $145 million to our revolving line of credit, and matures in April 2017.
As previously announced, we declared and paid a dividend of $0.10 per share in December 2012 for the fourth quarter of 2012. The dividend was in lieu of the dividend typically declared and paid each year in March.
Increased Outlook for 2013
We project 2013 first quarter earnings of $0.69 to $0.71 per diluted share and full-year 2013 earnings of $3.25 to $3.35 per diluted share. Both projections are based on the following annual assumptions:
•Total revenues of $3.7 to $3.8 billion •New vehicle same store sales increasing 11.5% •New vehicle gross margin of 7.1% to 7.3% •Used vehicle same store sales increasing 9.0% •Used vehicle gross margin of 14.3% to 14.5% •Service body and parts same store sales increasing 5.0% •Service body and parts gross margin of 48.0% to 48.2% •Finance and insurance gross profit of $1,100 per unit •Tax rate of 39.5% •Average diluted shares outstanding of 26.5 million •Capital expenditures of $55 million •Guidance excludes the impact of future acquisitions, dispositions, and any potential non-core items
Fourth Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Updated Presentation
The fourth quarter conference call may be accessed at 10:00 a.m. ET today by telephone at 877-407-8029. An updated presentation highlighting the fourth quarter results has been added to Investor Relations on www.lithia.com.
To listen live on our website or for replay, visit Investor Relations on www.lithia.com and click on webcasts. A playback of the conference call will be available on February 22, 2013 through March 6, 2013 by calling 877-660-6853 (Conference ID: 401506).
Lithia Motors, Inc. is the ninth largest automotive retailer in the United States. Lithia sells 27 brands of new vehicles and all brands of used vehicles at 87 stores in 11 states. Lithia also arranges finance, warranty, and credit insurance contracts; and provides vehicle parts, maintenance, and repair services at all of its locations.
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