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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers announces annual results

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers announces annual results07:00 EST Tuesday, February 26, 2013VANCOUVER, Feb. 26, 2013 /CNW/ - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest auctioneer of industrial equipment, announces net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2012 of $79.5 million, or $0.74 per diluted share, and adjusted net earnings of $82.6 million, or $0.77 per diluted share. This compares to net earnings of $76.6 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, and adjusted net earnings of $73.6 million, or $0.69 per diluted share, for the year ended December 31, 2011, representing a 12% increase in adjusted net earnings. Adjusted net earnings is a non-IFRS financial measure and is defined below. Excluding the acquisition and operational costs related to AssetNation, the growth in the Company's adjusted net earnings would have been 17% in 2012. The Company's auction revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 grew 11% to $438.0 million compared to $396.1 million for the same period in 2011. All dollar amounts in this release are presented in U.S. dollars.For the three months ended December 31, 2012 net earnings were $22.1 million or $0.21 per diluted share and adjusted net earnings were $22.4 million or $0.21 per diluted share compared to net earnings and adjusted net earnings of $26.8 million or $0.25 per diluted share for the same period in 2011, representing a 16% decrease in adjusted net earnings.Gross auction proceeds and auction revenuesFor the year ended December 31, 2012, gross auction proceeds were a record $3.9 billion, 5% higher than in 2011. Gross auction proceeds is a non-IFRS financial measure and is defined below. The Company's auction revenue rate (auction revenues as a percentage of gross auction proceeds) was 11.21% during the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to 10.66% in 2011. The Company's at risk business, which is comprised of guarantee and purchase contracts, represented 32% of gross auction proceeds in 2012 (2011: 36%).For the three months ended December 31, 2012, gross auction proceeds were $1.0 billion, 4% lower than the same period in 2011. The Company's auction revenue rate was 11.71% during the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to 10.91% in the same period in 2011.Summary comments"2012 was another year of volatility in the used equipment market. During the year, we saw competition remain strong, used equipment prices rise then flatten, and ultimately the supply and demand for used equipment became more balanced ," said Peter Blake, Ritchie Bros. CEO. "Our at-risk business experienced wide variations in performance but, for the year, it performed within our expectations. We reached some great milestones during the year, beyond achieving the highest ever gross auction proceeds of $3.9 billion, which included significant gains in our online presence with over 5 million unique visitors to our website, $1.3 billion in sales to internet bidders at our auctions and over $1 billion of volume at our Canada auctions. These all contributed to another growth year in gross auction proceeds. We felt 2012, even with adjusted net earnings growth of 17% excluding costs associated with AssetNation, was not an optimal year. If we had executed we would have had an even strong year. This has focused us on executing specific strategies in 2013.Mr. Blake continued: "Looking forward to 2013, we remain committed to our strategic pillars GROW-ADD-PERFORM which will help us focus on executing our 2013 plan. We believe the used equipment marketplace has evolved into a more familiar environment with improving prospects for growth over the long term. We have made significant strategic investments in our infrastructure, people and processes and now it is about execution to ensure we continue to be the trusted source for the world's builders to easily and confidently exchange equipment."EquipmentOneAs previously announced on January 22, 2013, the Company launched a new online equipment marketplace called Richie Bros. EquipmentOne. Complementary to the Company's flagship unreserved auction business, Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne (www.EquipmentOne.com) is a secure online marketplace for equipment and materials. Buyers and sellers can use Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne to negotiate, complete and settle their transactions in a safe and transparent environment. Core marketplace functionality has now been released and enhancements are being made on an ongoing basis; the next major release and full commercial launch is scheduled for the second quarter of 2013.Quarterly DividendThe Company also announced on January 21, 2013 the declaration of a quarterly dividend of $0.1225 per common share payable on March 8, 2013 to shareholders of record on February 15, 2013. In 2012, the Company paid approximately $50 million in regular cash dividends, an 8% increase over 2011.Online bidding statisticsRitchie Bros. sold over $1.3 billion of equipment, trucks and other assets to online buyers during 2012, representing an 18% increase from 2011 and more than any other auction company in the world. Internet bidders continued to comprise over 60% of the total bidder registrations at Ritchie Bros. industrial auctions in 2012.Website statistics The Ritchie Bros. website (www.rbauction.com) attracted roughly 5.6 million unique visitors in 2012, a 40% increase compared to 2011.Definitions of non-IFRS 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-IFRS 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 eliminates the impact of items 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. (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the world's largest seller of used equipment for the construction, transportation, agricultural, material handling, energy, mining, forestry,  marine and other industries. Ritchie Bros. offers compelling solutions that make it easy for the world's builders to buy and sell equipment with confidence. The Company conducts hundreds of unreserved public auctions each year, selling more equipment to on-site and online bidders than any other company in the world (rbauction.com).  The Company also operates an online marketplace through Ritchie Bros. EquipmentOne (EquipmentOne.com) and a range of value-added services, including equipment financing for customers through Ritchie Bros. Financial Services (rbauctionfinance.com). The Company has over 110 locations in more than 25 countries, including 44 auction sites worldwide.Earnings Conference CallRitchie Bros. is hosting a conference call to discuss its financial results for the year ended December 31, 2012 at 8:00am Pacific Time (11:00am Eastern Time) on February 26, 2013. 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; the continued growth of the Company's unreserved auction business; the impact from launching a new online, non-auction marketplace; and the timing of the next major release and full commercial launch of the Company's new online marketplace. 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; the success of the Company's new initiatives (including the new online equipment marketplace); 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, 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 Income Statements      (Amounts in table and related footnotes are in USDYear ended Year endedthousands, except share and per share amounts)December 31, 2012 December 31, 2011      Gross auction proceeds$3,907,991  $3,714,281       Auction revenues$437,955  $396,099 Direct expenses 49,687   48,044   388,268   348,055       Selling, general and administrative expenses:     SG&A expenses excluding depreciation and amortization 227,091   201,935 Depreciation and amortization 41,138   42,408   268,229   244,343       Earnings from operations 120,039   103,712       Other income (expense):     Foreign exchange gain (loss) (619)  (585)Gain (loss) on disposition of property, plant and equipment (2,074)  3,861 Other income (891)  4,242   (3,584)  7,518 Finance income (costs):     Finance income 2,420   2,326 Finance costs (6,860)  (5,541)  (4,440)  (3,215)      Earnings before income taxes 112,015   108,015       Income taxes 32,469   31,382       Net earnings$79,546  $76,633       Net earnings per share$0.75  $0.72 Net earnings per share - diluted$0.74  $0.72       Weighted average shares outstanding 106,469,665  106,164,237Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 106,923,852  106,983,757            Net earnings$79,546  $76,633  After-tax loss (gain) on excess property (1, 2, 3, 4) 3,004   (2,995)Adjusted net earnings$82,550  $73,638       Adjusted net earnings per share$0.78  $0.69 Adjusted net earnings per share - diluted$0.77  $0.69 (1) Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2011 included a gain of $3,482 ($2,995 after tax, or $0.03 per dilutedshare) recorded on the sale of the Company's former Vancouver, British Columbia permanent auction site.(2) Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2012 included a loss of $1,946 ($1,197 after tax, or $0.01 per dilutedshare) recorded on the sale of the Company's former Olympia, Washington permanent auction site.(3)Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2012 included a net impairment loss of $2,172 ($1,336 after tax, or $0.01 perdiluted share) recorded against the Company's former permanent auction site that is held for sale in Statesville, North Carolina.(4)Net earnings for the year ended December 31, 2012 included an impairment loss of $632 ($471 after tax, or $0.01 per dilutedshare) recorded against the Company's former permanent auction site in London, Ontario.      Condensed Consolidated Income Statements Three months ended Three months ended(Amounts in table and related footnotes are in USDDecember 31, 2012 December 31, 2011thousands, except share and per share amounts)(unaudited) (unaudited)      Gross auction proceeds$1,000,413  $1,039,790       Auction revenues$117,140  $113,403 Direct expenses 12,771   13,531   104,369   99,872       Selling, general and administrative expenses:     SG&A expenses excluding depreciation and amortization 60,600   50,730 Depreciation and amortization 10,638   10,354   71,238   61,084       Earnings from operations 33,131   38,788       Other income (expense):     Foreign exchange gain (loss) 72   (1,291)Gain (loss) on disposition of property, plant and equipment (353)  99 Other income (484)  1,520   (765)  328 Finance income (costs):     Finance income 722   569 Finance costs (1,778)  (1,240)  (1,056)  (671)      Earnings before income taxes 31,310   38,445       Income taxes 9,207   11,678       Net earnings$22,103  $26,767       Net earnings per share$0.21  $0.25 Net earnings per share - diluted$0.21  $0.25       Weighted average shares outstanding 106,545,880  106,345,608Diluted weighted average shares outstanding 106,953,754  106,720,475            Net earnings$22,103  $26,767  After-tax loss (gain) on excess property (1,2) 296   -Adjusted net earnings$22,399  $26,767       Adjusted net earnings per share$0.21  $0.25 Adjusted net earnings per share - diluted$0.21  $0.25 (1) Net earnings for the three months ended December 31, 2012 included an impairment reversal of $285 ($175 after tax, or $0.00per diluted share) recorded against the Company's former permanent auction site that is held for sale in Statesville, North Carolina.(2) Net earnings for the three months ended December 31, 2012 included an impairment loss of $632 ($471 after tax, or $0.01per diluted share) recorded against the Company's former permanent auction site in London, Ontario.      Selected Balance Sheet Data (USD thousands) As at  As at  December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011      Current assets$345,601  $253,840 Current liabilities 249,548   190,544 Working capital$96,053  $63,296       Total assets$1,132,498  $967,241 Non-current borrowings$200,746  $133,881 Total shareholders' equity$656,531  $617,906         Year ended  Year endedSelected Operating Data (unaudited) December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011      Auction revenues as percentage of gross auction proceeds 11.21%  10.66%Number of consignments at industrial auctions 42,100  41,300Number of bidder registrations at industrial auctions 389,500  385,000Number of buyers at industrial auctions 99,250  95,550Number of lots at industrial auctions 287,000  268,500Number of permanent auction sites 39  39Number of regional auction sites 5  4Total auction sites 44  43Number of industrial auctions 221  228        Twelve months ended  Twelve months endedAverage Industrial Auction Data (unaudited) December 31, 2012  December 31, 2011      Gross auction proceeds $16.5 million  $15.5 millionBidder registrations 1,760   1,690 Consignors 190   181 Lots 1,300   1,180 SOURCE: Ritchie Bros. AuctioneersFor further information: Rob McLeod Chief Financial Officer Phone:  778 331 5500 Email:  ir@rbauction.com