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Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers announces second quarter results and increases dividend

Thursday, August 02, 2012

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers announces second quarter results and increases dividend07:00 EDT Thursday, August 02, 2012 VANCOUVER, Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest auctioneer of industrial equipment, announces net earnings for the six months ended June 30, 2012 of $49.3 million, or $0.46 per diluted share, and adjusted net earnings of $50.5 million, or $0.47 per diluted share. This compares to net earnings of $43.3 million and adjusted net earnings of $40.3 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, for the six months ended June 30, 2011, representing a 25% 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 six months of 2012 grew 13% to $228.5 million compared to $203.0 million for the same period in 2011. All dollar amounts in this release are presented in U.S. dollars. For the quarter ended June 30, 2012 net earnings were $31.3 million or $0.29 per diluted share and adjusted net earnings were $32.5 million or $0.30 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 17% increase in net earnings and a 21% increase in adjusted net earnings. The Company's auction revenues for the second quarter of 2012 grew 11% to $127.2 million compared to $114.5 million for the same period in 2011. Quarterly dividend The Company also announces a 9% increase in its quarterly cash dividend. The quarterly cash dividend increases to $0.1225 per common share and is payable on September 7, 2012 to shareholders of record as of August 17, 2012. Gross auction proceeds and auction revenues For the six months ended June 30, 2012, gross auction proceeds were $2.1 billion, 3% higher than in the first half 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 11.10% during the first six months of 2012 compared to 10.14% in the same period in 2011. The Company's revised fee structure, which came into effect on July 1, 2011, contributed $25.9 million to auction revenues for the first half of 2012. The Company's at risk business, comprised of guarantee and purchase contracts, represented 33% of gross auction proceeds in the first half of 2012 (2011: 36%). For the three months ended June 30, 2012, gross auction proceeds were $1.2 billion, 4% higher than in the same period of 2011. The Company's auction revenue rate was 10.65% during the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to 9.96% in the same period in 2011. Summary comments "We are pleased to have achieved gross auction proceeds of over $2 billion and adjusted earnings growth of 25% for the first half of this year, both of which are testaments to the hard work and dedication of our employee team in the face of a challenging used equipment supply environment," said Peter Blake, Ritchie Bros. CEO. "Although we experienced generally strong demand and good pricing for late model equipment at our auctions, values began to level off towards the end of the second quarter. In addition, competition for late model equipment remained intense during the second quarter. The combination of these market factors reduced the performance of our at risk business which negatively impacted our second quarter auction revenue rate." Mr. Blake continued: "As we move into the third quarter we are seeing increased deliveries of new equipment, reducing original equipment manufacturers backlogs and making new equipment more readily available for end users. This is resulting in a more balanced used equipment supply and demand environment, which should stimulate the supply of used equipment for our auctions. As a result we remain confident in our ability to execute and achieve our 2012 plan. We are pleased to announce the increase in our dividend by 9%." Acquisition of AssetNation Inc. On May 15, 2012 the Company acquired AssetNation, Inc., a leading online marketplace and solutions provider for surplus and salvage assets. The Company recognized goodwill of approximately $40 million on the acquisition, and the results of AssetNation for the period May 16 - June 30, 2012 are included in the Ritchie Bros. consolidated results for the second quarter. Online bidding statistics Ritchie Bros. sold over $669 million of equipment, trucks and other assets to online bidders during the first half of 2012, representing a 24% increase compared to the same period in 2011 (first half of 2011: approximately $540 million). Internet bidders continued to comprise over 50% of the total bidder registrations at Ritchie Bros. industrial auctions during the first half of 2012. Since launching its real-time online bidding service in 2002, the Company has now sold over $5.9 billion worth of trucks, equipment, and other assets to online bidders, confirming Ritchie Bros.' position as the world's largest seller of used equipment and trucks to online buyers. Website statistics The Ritchie Bros. website (www.rbauction.com) attracted roughly 2.6 million unique visitors in the first half of 2012, a 30% increase compared to the same period in 2011. Definitions of non-GAAP measures The 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 Call Ritchie Bros. is hosting a conference call to discuss its financial results for the six months ended June 30, 2012 at 8:00am Pacific Time (11:00am Eastern Time) on August 2, 2012. To access a live broadcast of the conference call, please go to the Ritchie Bros. website http://www.rbauction.com, click on 'About Ritchie Bros.' 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 Statements The 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 pricing and competitive environments for good quality equipment in the future; the impact of manufacturers' backlog on market demand for near new equipment; competition in the used equipment market; continued growth of the AssetNation business and leverage of its e-commerce enterprise and technology platform to develop and launch new services for equipment owners, and the Company's long-term growth strategy. 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 six month periods ended June 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 (Amounts in table and related footnotes are in USD thousands, except share and per share amounts)   Six months ended June 30, 2012 (unaudited)     Six months ended June 30, 2011 (unaudited)             Gross auction proceeds $          2,059,042   $          2,001,130             Auction revenues $             228,489   $            202,987 Direct expenses            25,624              24,214                 202,865                 178,773             Selling, general and administrative expenses:             Depreciation and amortization   19,738     21,105   Other selling, general and administrative expenses           111,137             101,563             130,875             122,668                         Earnings from operations   71,990     56,105             Other income (expense):             Foreign exchange loss        (174)                  (574)   Gain (loss) on disposition of property, plant and equipment    (1,725)                 3,643   Other income    1,246                       2,019                 (653)                 5,088 Finance income (costs):             Finance income   1,243     1,286   Finance costs     (3,098)                       (2,912)                   (1,855)                   (1,626)             Earnings before income taxes           69,482             59,567             Income taxes                     20,210                       16,234             Net earnings $         49,272   $       43,333             Net earnings per share $                 0.46   $                    0.41 Net earnings per share - diluted $                0.46   $                0.41             Weighted average shares outstanding         106,411,229           105,989,978 Diluted weighted average shares outstanding         106,926,045           106,809,634                         Net earnings $         49,272   $        43,333 Less: after-tax (gain) on sale of excess property (1)                     -                       (2,995) Add: after-tax loss on sale of excess property (2)                     1,197                       - Adjusted net earnings $        50,469   $        40,338             Adjusted net earnings per share $             0.47   $             0.38 Adjusted net earnings per share - diluted $               0.47   $             0.38             (1) Net earnings for the six months ended June 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 Columbia permanent auction site. (2) Net earnings for the six months ended June 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, Washington permanent auction site.     Condensed Consolidated Interim Income Statements (Amounts in table and related footnotes are in USD thousands, except share and per share amounts)   Three months ended June 30, 2012 (unaudited)     Three months ended June 30, 2011 (unaudited)             Gross auction proceeds $             1,194,356   $          1,149,847             Auction revenues $             127,213   $             114,524 Direct expenses            15,490              15,281                 111,723                 99,243             Selling, general and administrative expenses:             Depreciation and amortization   10,073     10,793   Other selling, general and administrative expenses           57,533             51,690             67,606             62,483                         Earnings from operations   44,117     36,760             Other income (expense):             Foreign exchange loss               (172)                 (87)   Gain (loss) on disposition of property, plant and equipment               (1,775)                 4   Other income                     528                       1,335              (1,419)                 1,252 Finance income (costs):             Finance income   684     606   Finance costs                     (1,722)                       (1,455)                  (1,038)                    (849)             Earnings before income taxes           41,660             37,163             Income taxes                     10,357                       10,400             Net earnings $         31,303   $         26,763             Net earnings per share $                    0.29   $                    0.25 Net earnings per share - diluted $                 0.29   $                 0.25             Weighted average shares outstanding         106,422,964           106,168,275 Diluted weighted average shares outstanding         106,852,613           106,960,860                         Net earnings $         31,303   $         26,763 Add: after-tax loss on sale of excess property (1)              1,197                       - Adjusted net earnings $         32,500   $         26,763             Adjusted net earnings per share $                0.30   $                0.25 Adjusted net earnings per share - diluted $                0.30   $                0.25 (1) Net earnings for the three months ended June 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, Washington permanent auction site.                 Selected Balance Sheet Data (USD thousands)   June 30, 2012 (unaudited)     December 31, 2011             Current assets $              485,781   $        253,840 Current liabilities               399,680                 190,544 Working capital $                86,101   $        63,296             Total assets $                1,262,535   $                967,241 Non-current borrowings $              197,732   $         133,881 Total shareholders' equity $            641,827   $         617,906             Selected Operating Data (unaudited)   Six months ended June 30, 2012     Six months ended June 30, 2011             Auction revenues as percentage of gross auction proceeds                     11.10%                       10.14% Number of consignments at industrial auctions                     21,450                       20,500 Number of registrants at industrial auctions                     197,000                       193,000 Number of buyers at industrial auctions                     50,000                       48,950 Number of lots at industrial auctions   146,000     138,500 Number of permanent auction sites(1)                     39                       39 Number of regional auction sites(1)                     5                       4 Total auction sites                     44                       43 Number of industrial auctions          109                       105                         Average Industrial Auction Data (unaudited)   Twelve months ended June 30, 2012     Twelve months ended June 30, 2011             Gross auction proceeds $ 15.4 million   $ 14.8 million Bidder registrations   1,677     1,516 Consignors   182        171 Lots   1,190     1,133             (1) Effective February 2012, the Company changed its definition of permanent auction sites and regional auction sites (formerly known as regional auction units) to better reflect recent investments, which resulted in the reclassification 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: <p> Jeremy Black<br/> Vice President, Business Development<br/> Corporate Secretary<br/> Phone:  778 331 5500<br/> Fax:  778 331 4628<br/> Email:  <a href="mailto:ir@rbauction.com">ir@rbauction.com</a> </p>