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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers announces record third quarter revenues and 48% increase in adjusted earnings

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers announces record third quarter revenues and 48% increase in adjusted earnings07:00 EDT Tuesday, October 30, 2012VANCOUVER, Oct. 30, 2012 /CNW/ - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE: RBA) and (TSX: RBA), the world's largest auctioneer of industrial equipment, announces net earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 of $57.4 million, or $0.54 per diluted share, and adjusted net earnings of $60.2 million, or $0.56 per diluted share. This compares to net earnings of $49.9 million, or $0.47 per diluted share, and adjusted net earnings of $46.9 million, or $0.44 per diluted share, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, representing a 28% increase in adjusted net earnings. Adjusted net earnings is a non-GAAP financial measure and is defined below. The Company's auction revenues for the first nine months of 2012 grew 13% to $320.8 million compared to $282.7 million for the same period in 2011. All dollar amounts in this release are presented in U.S. dollars.For the quarter ended September 30, 2012 net earnings were $8.2 million or $0.08 per diluted share and adjusted net earnings were $9.7 million or $0.09 per diluted share compared to net earnings and adjusted net earnings of $6.5 million or $0.06 per diluted share for the same period in 2011, representing a 25% increase in net earnings and 48% increase in adjusted net earnings. The Company's auction revenues for the third quarter of 2012 grew 16% to a record $92.3 million compared to $79.7 million for the same period in 2011, the largest third quarter in Company history.Quarterly dividendThe Company also announces the declaration of a quarterly cash dividend of $0.1225 per common share payable on December 7, 2012 to shareholders of record as of November 16, 2012.Gross auction proceeds and auction revenuesFor the nine months ended September 30, 2012, gross auction proceeds were $2.9 billion, 9% higher than in the first nine months of 2011. Gross auction proceeds is a non-GAAP financial measure and is defined below. The Company's auction revenue rate (auction revenues as a percentage of gross auction proceeds) was 11.03% during the first nine months of 2012 compared to 10.57% in the same period in 2011. The Company's at risk business, which is comprised of guarantee and purchase contracts, represented 33% of gross auction proceeds in the first nine months of 2012 (2011: 35%).For the three months ended September 30, 2012, gross auction proceeds were $848.5 million, 26% higher than in the same period in 2011. The Company's auction revenue rate was 10.88% during the three months ended September 30, 2012 compared to 11.84% in the same period in 2011.Summary comments"During the quarter we continued to see new equipment supply and demand becoming more balanced, contributing to rising new and used equipment inventory levels and a more predictable flow of used equipment to our auctions," said Peter Blake, Ritchie Bros. CEO. "We are confident about our growth prospects for the remainder of 2012 and into 2013 as we believe the evolving market conditions are very favourable for our business."Mr. Blake continued: "Our at risk business volume remained above historic levels during the third quarter, though we are starting to see a more predictable competitive environment and we expect that it will trend down. The performance of our at risk business did not improve in the third quarter compared to the second, mainly because of the variability and downward trend in used equipment values in September that kept the rate below our historic range. In particular, a number of deals that were signed in Q2 and sold in Q3 eroded our Q3 performance, primarily in Australia where market conditions changed quickly. With increased availability of used equipment and improved competitive dynamics, we are looking forward to a strong finish to the year."Online bidding statisticsRitchie Bros. sold over $952 million of equipment, trucks and other assets to online buyers during the first nine months of 2012, representing a 24% increase compared to the same period in 2011 (first nine months of 2011: approximately $770 million) and more than any other company in the world. Internet bidders continued to comprise over 50% of the total bidder registrations at Ritchie Bros. industrial auctions during the first nine months of 2012. On October 22, 2012, the Company surpassed $1 billion in gross auction proceeds to online buyers during 2012.Website statistics The Ritchie Bros. website (www.rbauction.com) attracted roughly 4.1 million unique visitors in the first nine months of 2012, a 37% increase compared to the same period in 2011.Definitions of non-GAAP measuresThe Company defines adjusted net earnings as financial statement net earnings excluding the after-tax effects of excess property sales and other non recurring items, and has provided a reconciliation below. Adjusted net earnings is a non-GAAP financial measure that does not have a standardized meaning, and is therefore unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The Company believes that comparing adjusted net earnings for different financial periods provides more useful information about the growth or decline of its net earnings for the relevant financial period and identifies the impact of items which the Company does not consider to be part of its normal operating results.Gross auction proceeds represent the total proceeds from all items sold at Ritchie Bros. auctions. The Company's definition of gross auction proceeds may differ from those used by other participants in its industry. Gross auction proceeds is an important measure the Company uses in comparing and assessing its operating performance. It is not a measure of the Company's financial performance, liquidity or revenue and is not presented in its consolidated financial statements. The Company believes that auction revenues, which is the most directly comparable measure in its Consolidated Income Statements, and certain other line items, are best understood by considering their relationship to gross auction proceeds. Auction revenues represent the revenues earned by Ritchie Bros. in the course of conducting its auctions, and consist primarily of commissions earned on consigned equipment and net profit on the sale of equipment purchased by the Company and sold in the same manner as consigned equipment.About Ritchie Bros.Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the world's largest industrial auctioneer, selling more equipment to on-site and online bidders than any other company in the world. Ritchie Bros. offers services that enable the world's builders to easily and confidently exchange equipment. The Company conducts hundreds of unreserved public auctions each year, selling a broad range of used and unused industrial assets, including equipment, trucks and other assets utilized in the construction, transportation, agricultural, material handling, mining, forestry, petroleum and marine industries. Ritchie Bros. has over 110 locations in more than 25 countries, including 44 auction sites worldwide. The Company maintains a website at www.rbauction.com and sponsors an equipment wiki at www.RitchieWiki.com.Earnings Conference CallRitchie Bros. is hosting a conference call to discuss its financial results for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 at 8:00am Pacific Time (11:00am Eastern Time) on October 30, 2012. To access a live broadcast of the conference call, please go to the Ritchie Bros. website http://www.rbauction.com, click on 'About Us.' then click on 'For Investors'. Please go to the website at least fifteen minutes early to download and install any necessary audio software. A replay will be available on the website shortly after the call.Forward-looking StatementsThe discussion in this press release relating to future events or operating periods contains forward-looking statements (as defined in Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended) that involve risks and uncertainties, including, in particular, statements regarding anticipated results for future periods; anticipated equipment pricing and competitive environments; the impact of equipment levels; competition in the used equipment market; the predictability of used equipment flows to the Company's auctions; and the performance of the Company's at risk business. These risks and uncertainties include: the numerous factors that influence the supply of and demand for used equipment; fluctuations in the market conditions and values of used equipment; seasonal and periodic variations in operating results; actions of competitors; economic and other conditions in local, regional and global markets and other risks and uncertainties as detailed from time to time in the Company's SEC and Canadian securities filings, including the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations for the year ended December 31, 2011 and for the three and nine month periods ended September 30, 2012, available on the SEC, SEDAR and the Company's websites. Actual results may differ materially from those forward-looking statements. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update the information contained herein, which speaks only as of this date.       Condensed Consolidated Interim Income Statements Nine months ended Nine months ended(Amounts in table and related footnotes are in USDSeptember 30, 2012 September 30, 2011thousands, except share and per share amounts)(unaudited)  (unaudited)      Gross auction proceeds$2,907,578 $2,674,491      Auction revenues$320,815 $282,696Direct expenses 36,916  34,513  283,899  248,183      Selling, general and administrative expenses:     Depreciation and amortization 30,500  32,054Other selling, general and administrative expenses 166,491  151,205  196,991  183,259      Earnings from operations 86,908  64,924      Other income (expense):     Foreign exchange gain (loss) (691)  706Gain (loss) on disposition of property, plant and equipment (1,721)  3,762Other income (407)  2,722  (2,819)  7,190Finance income (costs):     Finance income 1,698   1,757Finance costs (5,082)  (4,301)  (3,384)  (2,544)      Earnings before income taxes 80,705  69,570       Income taxes 23,262  19,704       Net earnings$57,443 $49,866      Net earnings per share$0.54 $0.47Net earnings per share - diluted$0.54 $0.47      Weighted average shares outstanding 106,442,819  106,103,116Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 106,906,797  106,998,500            Net earnings$57,443 $49,866 After-tax loss (gain) on excess property (1, 2, 3) 2,708  (2,995)Adjusted net earnings$60,151 $46,871      Adjusted net earnings per share$0.57 $0.44Adjusted net earnings per share - diluted$0.56 $0.44(1)Net earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2011 included a gain of $3,482 ($2,995 after tax,or $0.03 per diluted share) recorded on the sale of the Company's former Vancouver, British Columbiapermanent auction site.(2)Net earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 included a loss of $1,946 ($1,197 after tax,or $0.01 per diluted share) recorded on the sale of the Company's former Olympia, Washingtonpermanent auction site.(3)Net earnings for the nine months ended September 30, 2012 included an impairment loss of $2,457($1,511 after tax, or $0.02 per diluted share) recorded against the Company's former permanentauction site that is held for sale in North Carolina.      Condensed Consolidated Interim Income Statements Three months ended Three months ended(Amounts in table and related footnotes are in USDSeptember 30, 2012 September 30, 2011thousands, except share and per share amounts)(unaudited) (unaudited)      Gross auction proceeds$848,536 $673,362      Auction revenues$92,326 $79,709Direct expenses 11,292  10,299  81,034  69,410      Selling, general and administrative expenses:     Depreciation and amortization 10,762  10,949Other selling, general and administrative expenses 55,354  49,642  66,116  60,591      Earnings from operations 14,918  8,819      Other income (expense):     Foreign exchange gain (loss) (517)  1,280Gain (loss) on disposition of property, plant and equipment 4  119Other income (1,653)  703  (2,166)  2,102 Finance income (costs):     Finance income 455  471 Finance costs (1,984)  (1,389)  (1,529)  (918)      Earnings before income taxes 11,223  10,003      Income taxes 3,052   3,470       Net earnings$8,171  $6,533       Net earnings per share$0.08  $0.06 Net earnings per share - diluted$0.08  $0.06       Weighted average shares outstanding 106,454,695  106,325,701Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 106,831,366  106,899,423            Net earnings$8,171 $6,533    After-tax loss (gain) on excess property (1) 1,511  -Adjusted net earnings$9,682 $6,533      Adjusted net earnings per share$0.09 $0.06Adjusted net earnings per share - diluted$0.09 $0.06(1)Net earnings for the three months ended September 30, 2012 included an impairment loss of $2,457 ($1,511after tax, or $0.02 per diluted share) recorded against the Company's former permanent auction site that is heldfor sale in North Carolina.      Selected Balance Sheet Data (USD thousands) September 30, 2012  December 31, 2011  (unaudited)         Current assets$506,382 $253,840Current liabilities 422,548  190,544Working capital$83,834 $63,296      Total assets$1,296,094 $967,241Non-current borrowings$201,898 $133,881Total shareholders' equity$646,188 $617,906        Nine months ended  Nine months endedSelected Operating Data (unaudited) September 30, 2012  September 30, 2011      Auction revenues as percentage of gross auction proceeds 11.03%  10.57%Number of consignments at industrial auctions 31,350  29,850Number of bidder registrations at industrial auctions 283,500  268,500Number of buyers at industrial auctions 73,000  68,900Number of lots at industrial auctions 214,000  194,500Number of permanent auction sites(1) 39  39Number of regional auction sites(1) 5  4Total auction sites 44  43Number of industrial auctions 160  157        Twelve months ended  Twelve months endedAverage Industrial Auction Data (unaudited) September 30, 2012  September 30, 2011      Gross auction proceeds $16.1 million  $14.5 millionBidder registrations 1,732  1,515Consignors 185  167Lots 1,247  1,087(1)Effective February 2012, the Company changed its definition of permanent auction sites and regional auctionsites (formerly known as regional auction units) to better reflect recent investments, which resulted in thereclassification of four sites; refer to the Company's Annual Information Form for the year ended December 31,2011 (filed on the SEDAR website at www.sedar.com) for further discussion.     SOURCE: Ritchie Bros. AuctioneersFor further information: Jeremy Black Vice President, Business Development Corporate Secretary Phone: 778 331 5500 Fax: 778 331 4628 Email:ir@rbauction.com