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Ritchie Bros. sells more than US$44 million of equipment and breaks multiple site records in Fort Worth, TX auction

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Ritchie Bros. sells more than US$44 million of equipment and breaks multiple site records in Fort Worth, TX auction07:00 EST Thursday, March 07, 2013 Site records for registered bidders and online bidders were set as more than 3,100 heavy equipment items and trucks were sold during the two-day heavy equipment auction in Fort Worth FORT WORTH, TX, March 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers (NYSE and TSX: RBA), the world's largest industrial auctioneer, sold more than US$44 million of equipment items and trucks at a two-day unreserved public auction held at its permanent auction site in Fort Worth, Texas on March 5 & 6, 2013. New auction site records were set for total registered bidders (more than 3,900) and total online bidders (more than 2,300). Equipment highlights included a 2009 Freightliner Cascadia truck tractor that sold for US$49,000 and formed part of the professionally maintained, 23-truck Walmart fleet featured in the Fort Worth auction as well as a 2008 Caterpillar D8T crawler tractor that sold for US$282,500. In total, more than 3,100 equipment items and trucks were sold in the auction for more than 470 sellers - every item was sold to the highest bidder, without minimum bids or reserve prices. "This auction offered one of the largest quantities of high-quality late-model equipment that I have seen at our auctions here in Fort Worth," said Adam Kawulok, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers. "The unprecedented number of late-model Caterpillar D8T crawler tractors and professionally maintained Walmart trucks that were sold is just a glimpse of the great collection of well-maintained, late-model equipment that we continue to offer at our Fort Worth auctions. And, with so many of the people bidding in our auctions being end-users, selection is very important for our buying customers. It's because of that and the ability of Ritchie Bros. to reach buyers from all over?as was shown by the multiple records set at this auction?that we create a competitive bidding environment which allows us to achieve strong values for the sale of our equipment." Over 3,900 people from more than 60 countries, including 48 U.S. states, nine Canadian provinces and one Canadian territory, registered to bid in person or online in real time at the auction. Bidders from outside Texas purchased more than US$24 million (55 percent of total gross auction proceeds). More than 2,300 of the bidders taking part in the auction registered to bid online and purchased more than US$19 million of equipment online (43 percent of total gross auction proceeds). AUCTION QUICK FACTS: FORT WORTH, TX - MARCH 5 & 6, 2013 Gross Auction Proceeds - more than US$44 million Amount sold to online bidders - more than US$19 million (43 percent of total gross auction proceeds) Unique bidders (total) - more than 3,900 * new Fort Worth, TX permanent auction site record Unique online bidders -  more than 2,300 *  new Fort Worth, TX permanent auction site record Lots sold - more than 3,100 Number of sellers - more than 470 The Ritchie Bros. auction calendar currently features more than 125 unreserved public auctions around the world, including a two-day unreserved public auction in Houston, TX on April 17 and 18, 2013. Visit www.rbauction.com for a complete list of upcoming auctions. 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 45 auction sites worldwide. ATTENTION MEDIA: Photos and other media resources are available for use at http://www.rbauction.com/media. Members of the public and the media can follow Ritchie Bros. on Twitter @RitchieBros. SOURCE Ritchie Bros. AuctioneersFor further information: <p> Jose Vargas, Corporate Communications Specialist, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers<br/> Phone: +1.604.765.2909 or email: <a href="mailto:CorpComm@rbauction.com">CorpComm@rbauction.com</a> </p> <p> Or </p> <p> Adam W Kawulok, Regional Sales Manager, Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers<br/> Fort Worth auction site phone: +1.817.237.6544 </p>