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H&E Equipment Services Reports First Quarter 2011 Results

Thursday, May 05, 2011

H&E Equipment Services Reports First Quarter 2011 Results07:00 EDT Thursday, May 05, 2011 BATON ROUGE, La. (Business Wire) -- H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEES) today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2011. FIRST QUARTER 2011 HIGHLIGHTS Revenues grew in all segments, reflecting a 17.6% year-over-year increase to $134.9 million in total revenues. Rental revenues increased 33.0% from a year ago to $48.5 million. Gross margins were 26.0% as compared to 20.8% a year ago. Rental gross margins increased to 35.4% compared to 21.7% a year ago. Average time utilization (based on units available for rent) increased to 61.0% compared to 49.7% last year. Average time utilization (based on original equipment cost) increased to 64.9% compared to 51.2% a year ago. Average rental rates turned positive in March on a year-over-year basis. Dollar utilization was 27.9% in the first quarter compared to 22.0% a year ago. Average rental fleet age at March 31, 2011 was 43.2 months compared to an industry average of approximately 53 months. EBITDA increased 93.6% to $21.3 million from $11.0 million, yielding a margin of 15.8% compared to 9.6% of revenues a year ago. “We are extremely pleased with our first quarter results and the ongoing improvements in our business,” said John Engquist, H&E Equipment Services' president and chief executive officer. “Despite normal seasonality that was compounded by historically inclement weather in many of our end markets, our business delivered solid year-over-year improvements in revenue, gross profit and EBITDA. The trends in our rental business remain particularly strong as revenue increased 33.0%, gross profit increased 116.7% and gross margins increased from 21.7% to 35.4% despite a slight decline in rental rates from a year ago. We were pleased to see rates turn positive on a year-over-year basis in the month of March. Furthermore, the second quarter has started on a positive note with solid year-over-year gains in April rental rates. Visibility in our distribution business remains limited. While new earthmoving equipment sales were strong, the lack of large crawler crane sales negatively impacted new equipment sales compared to the fourth quarter.” “Our outlook for the second quarter is positive as we expect the improvement in industrial construction markets to accelerate. However, we do not expect a broad recovery in non-residential construction markets to occur until 2012. In spite of this, we expect our losses to moderate for the remainder of 2011,” Engquist commented. “The activity in our industrial markets remains strong, especially in our Gulf Coast and Intermountain regions as a result of rising oil and commodity prices. Demand for early cycle earthmoving equipment continues to increase and we are beginning to see improved rental rates. With a solid capital structure and excellent liquidity, we believe we have positioned our business very well to take advantage of any improvements in market conditions.” FINANCIAL DISCUSSION FOR FIRST QUARTER 2011Revenue Total revenues increased 17.6% to $134.9 million from $114.7 million in the first quarter of 2010. Equipment rental revenues increased 33.0% to $48.5 million compared with $36.5 million in the first quarter of 2010. New equipment sales increased 6.9% to $29.2 million from $27.3 million a year ago. Used equipment sales increased 14.8% to $15.4 million compared to $13.4 million a year ago. Parts sales increased 9.9% to $21.6 million from $19.6 million in the first quarter of 2010. Service revenues increased 10.0% to $12.6 million compared with $11.5 million a year ago. Gross Profit Gross profit increased 47.0% to $35.1 million from $23.9 million in the first quarter of 2010. Gross margin was 26.0% for the quarter ended March 31, 2011 as compared to 20.8% for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. In comparison to a year ago, the higher gross margin in the first quarter 2011 was largely the result of improved rental gross margins. On a segment basis, gross margin on rentals increased to 35.4% from 21.7% in the first quarter of 2010. On average, rental rates were 1.1% lower than rates in the first quarter of 2010. However, average rental rates for the month of March improved 1.1% compared to March of last year. Time utilization (based on units available for rent) was 61.0% in the first quarter of 2011 as compared to 49.7% a year ago. Gross margins on new equipment sales were 10.8% compared to 8.7% in the first quarter a year ago. Gross margins on used equipment sales were 25.1% compared to 20.0% a year ago. Gross margins on parts sales were 26.6% in the first quarter of 2011 and 27.4% last year. Gross margins on service revenues were 61.1% for the first quarter of 2011 compared to 61.9% in the first quarter of 2010. Rental Fleet At the end of the first quarter of 2011, the original acquisition cost of the Company's rental fleet was $699.7 million, an increase of $39.7 million from $660.0 million at the end of the first quarter of 2010. Dollar utilization was 27.9% compared to 22.0% for the first quarter of 2010. Dollar returns improved reflecting higher time utilization as discussed above. Selling, General and Administrative Expenses SG&A expenses for the first quarter of 2011 were $38.1 million compared with $35.9 million last year, a $2.2 million, or 6.2% increase. SG&A expenses in the first quarter of 2011 declined as a percentage of total revenues to 28.2% as compared to 31.3% last year. The increase in SG&A expenses was primarily attributable to higher commission and incentive pay on higher revenues and an increase in employee headcount. Loss from Operations Loss from operations for the first quarter of 2011 was $2.9 million, or 2.1% of revenues, compared with loss from operations of $11.9 million, or 10.4% of revenues, a year ago. Interest Expense Interest expense for the first quarter of 2011 was $7.2 million compared with $7.3 million a year ago. Net Loss Net loss was $6.5 million, or ($0.19) per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2011 compared to a net loss of $12.1 million, or ($0.35) per diluted share, in the first quarter of 2010. EBITDA EBITDA for the first quarter of 2011 increased $10.3 million to $21.3 million from $11.0 million in the first quarter of 2010. EBITDA as a percentage of revenues was 15.8% compared with 9.6% in the first quarter of 2010. Non-GAAP Financial Measures This press release contains certain Non-GAAP measures. Please refer to our Current Report on Form 8-K for a description of our use of these measures. These measures 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 first quarter results today, May 5, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). To listen to the call, participants should dial 719-457-2605 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A telephonic replay will become available after 12:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on May 5, 2011, and will continue to be available through May 14, 2011, by dialing 719-457-0820 and entering confirmation code 1938929. The live broadcast of the Company's quarterly conference call will be available online at or on May 5, 2011, 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 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 67 full-service facilities throughout the West Coast, Intermountain, Southwest, Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions of the United States. The Company is focused on heavy construction and industrial equipment and rents, sells and provides parts and service 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, and 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 service operations. Forward-Looking Statements Certain statements in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements about our beliefs and expectations and 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 recent 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 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 equipment's 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 (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 OPERATIONS (unaudited)(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)           Three Months EndedMarch 31,20112010   Revenues: Equipment rentals $ 48,478 $ 36,453 New equipment sales 29,173 27,293 Used equipment sales 15,417 13,431 Parts sales 21,577 19,632 Service revenues 12,637 11,483 Other   7,626     6,394   Total revenues   134,908     114,686     Cost of revenues: Rental depreciation 20,563 19,279 Rental expense 10,739 9,247 New equipment sales 26,030 24,910 Used equipment sales 11,562 10,745 Parts sales 15,840 14,247 Service revenues 4,911 4,376 Other   10,147     7,997   Total cost of revenues   99,792     90,801     Gross profit 35,116 23,885   Selling, general, and administrative expenses 38,093 35,874 Gain on sales of property and equipment, net   97     64     Loss from operations (2,880 ) (11,925 )   Interest expense (7,207 ) (7,291 ) Other income, net   323     50     Loss before benefit for income taxes (9,764 ) (19,166 )   Benefit for income taxes   (3,291 )   (7,088 )   Net loss $ (6,473 ) $ (12,078 )   NET LOSS PER SHARE Basic – Net loss per share $ (0.19 ) $ (0.35 ) Basic – Weighted average number of common shares outstanding   34,700     34,625     Diluted – Net loss per share $ (0.19 ) $ (0.35 ) Diluted – Weighted average number of common shares outstanding   34,700     34,625                 H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA (unaudited)(Amounts in thousands)       March 31,     December 31,20112010   Cash $ 9,148 $ 29,149 Rental equipment, net 426,524 426,637 Total assets 719,500 734,421   Total debt(1) 252,718 252,754 Total liabilities 471,425 480,171 Stockholders' equity 248,075 254,250 Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 719,500 $ 734,421   (1) Total debt consists of the aggregate amounts outstanding on the senior unsecured notes and capital lease obligations.         H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES(Amounts in thousands)     Three Months EndedMarch 31,20112010   Net loss $ (6,473 ) $ (12,078 ) Interest expense 7,207 7,291 Benefit for income taxes (3,291 ) (7,088 ) Depreciation 23,695 22,711 Amortization of intangibles   124     148     EBITDA $ 21,262   $ 10,984         H&E Equipment Services, Inc.Leslie S. 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