Rush Enterprises, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2021 Results, Announces $0.18 Per Share Dividend

Wednesday, 21. April 2021 22:15
  • Revenues of $1.2 billion, net income of $45.3 million
  • Earnings per diluted share of $0.79
  • Absorption ratio 122.6%
  • Economic recovery from COVID-19 impact continues, but supply chain issues remain
  • Board declares cash dividend of $0.18 per share of Class A and Class B common stock

SAN ANTONIO, April 21, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) --  Rush Enterprises, Inc. (NASDAQ: RUSHA & RUSHB), which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, today announced that for the quarter ended March 31, 2021, the Company achieved revenues of $1.232 billion and net income of $45.3 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, compared with revenues of $1.287 billion and net income of $23.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the quarter ended March 31, 2020. Additionally, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a cash dividend of $0.18 per share of Class A and Class B Common Stock, to be paid on June 10, 2021, to all shareholders of record as of May 10, 2021.

“We are proud of our strong financial results for the first quarter of 2021, which were primarily driven by the continuing recovery of the national economy and widespread activity across the market segments we support,” said W.M. “Rusty” Rush, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rush Enterprises, Inc. “Gradually increasing demand for aftermarket products and services, and strong demand for Class 8 new and used trucks contributed to our strong quarter,” said Rush. “Further, in the first quarter, we maintained our strict focus on expense management, which helped us nearly double our net income over the first quarter of 2020,” he said. “While the COVID-19 pandemic is not over, business conditions have improved significantly and, consumer spending remains strong. We expect the general economic recovery to continue as more states re-open across the country and businesses return to operating at full or close-to-full capacity,” he added.

“Though our industry will likely be impacted by supply constraints over the next few quarters affecting the availability of new commercial vehicles, we believe there is strong demand and that our sales will increase throughout the year as vehicle availability increases. We also expect that our parts and service revenues will improve steadily throughout the year, and with a continued focus on expense management, we believe we will achieve strong financial results in 2021,” said Rush.

“As always, I would like to thank our employees for their dedication to our customers and for their superb performance, which directly lead to us having such a positive start to the year,” said Rush.

Operations

Aftermarket Products and Services

Aftermarket products and services accounted for approximately 63% of the Company’s total gross profit in the first quarter of 2021, with parts, service and collision center revenues reaching $415.7 million, down 2.9% compared to the first quarter of 2020. The Company achieved a quarterly absorption ratio of 122.6% in the first quarter of 2021, compared to 114.3% in the first quarter of 2020.  

“Our parts and services revenues are down slightly year-over-year, but they improved over the fourth quarter of 2020, and we expect to see gradual improvements as the year progresses,” said Rush. “Much of our quarter over quarter aftermarket growth can be attributed to parts sales related to the continued economic recovery, as well as healthy aftermarket activity from our refuse, construction and public sector customers. While service revenues are improving at a slower pace than parts revenues, we are currently adding service technicians to our network in anticipation of increased demand as the year progresses,” Rush said.

“It should also be noted that winter storms throughout Texas and the Southern United States negatively impacted revenue in the first quarter,” added Rush.

“Looking ahead, supply constraints are expected to impact the industry over the next two quarters. However, we intend to leverage the size of our nationwide dealership network and the scale of our nationwide parts inventory to attempt to mitigate parts supply chain issues as much as possible. Currently, we do not believe parts supply constraints will have a significant effect on our aftermarket revenues in 2021. We plan to continue to add technicians to our workforce with a focus on contract and preventive maintenance, which will offer not only expanded services for customers, but learning opportunities and a career path for less-experienced technicians. As the economic recovery continues, we believe aftermarket demand will grow throughout the remainder of 2021,” Rush noted.

Commercial Vehicle Sales

New U.S. Class 8 retail truck sales totaled 55,402 units in the first quarter of 2021, up 13.9% over the same time period last year, according to ACT Research. The Company sold 2,995 new Class 8 trucks in the first quarter, a decrease of 2.7% compared to the first quarter of 2020, and accounted for 5.4% of the new U.S. Class 8 truck market.

“In the first quarter, solid consumer spending and strong freight rates continued, and Class 8 truck manufacturers ramped up production capabilities. Our Class 8 new truck sales results were down slightly year-over-year, largely because we made some large fleet deliveries in the first quarter of 2020. However, we experienced a very strong first quarter in stock truck sales this year with robust activity from over-the-road customers, as well as vocational and construction customers nationwide,” Rush said.

“As we look ahead, we expect component manufacturers’ supply chain issues to impact second and third quarter new Class 8 truck sales across the industry. That said, there is currently strong demand for new Class 8 trucks and we believe sales will accelerate through the end of 2021. We also believe we are well positioned to increase our market share as the year progresses,” said Rush.

New U.S. Class 4 through 7 retail commercial vehicle sales totaled 62,088 units in the first quarter of 2021, up 13.5% over the same time period last year, according to ACT Research. The Company sold 2,334 Class 4-7 medium-duty commercial vehicles in the first quarter, a decrease of 28.5% compared to the first quarter of 2020, and accounted for 3.8% of the U.S. Class 4 through 7 commercial vehicle market.  

“Our first quarter Class 4-7 new commercial truck sales were down primarily due to decreased activity from our lease and rental and food service customers. In addition, production shutdowns from some of the manufacturers we represent, and component supplier constraints also negatively impacted our first quarter Class 4 through 7 new commercial vehicle sales. Looking ahead, demand for Class 4 through 7 new commercial vehicles appears to be strong and we expect our market share to increase throughout 2021,” Rush said.

The Company sold 1,924 used commercial vehicles in the first quarter of 2021, a 23.5% increase compared to the first quarter of 2020. “We estimate that used commercial vehicle values increased approximately 10% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020, and demand remained strong due to production constraints of new commercial vehicles. Though demand and pricing may soften somewhat as more new commercial vehicles are available, we believe overall used commercial vehicle values and demand will remain strong through 2021. Despite limited supply of used commercial vehicles, we believe our inventory is positioned appropriately to meet the needs of the market,” said Rush.

Network Expansion

The Company bolstered its support of customers nationwide by adding Rush Truck Center – Phoenix East, a parts and service location, to its nationwide network. “We are proud to announce this new location, as it is a reflection of our steadfast commitment to support or customers and keep them up and running,” said Rush.

Financial Highlights

In the first quarter of 2021, the Company’s gross revenues totaled $1.232 billion, a 4.3% decrease from $1.287 billion in the first quarter of 2020. Net income for the quarter was $45.3 million, or $0.79 per diluted share, compared to net income of $23.1 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the quarter ended March 31, 2020.  

Aftermarket products and services revenues were $415.7 million in the first quarter of 2021, compared to $428.0 million in the first quarter of 2020. The Company delivered 2,995 new heavy-duty trucks, 2,334 new medium-duty commercial vehicles, 395 new light-duty commercial vehicles and 1,924 used commercial vehicles during the first quarter of 2021, compared to 3,078 new heavy-duty trucks, 3,264 new medium-duty commercial vehicles, 267 new light-duty commercial vehicles and 1,558 used commercial vehicles during the first quarter of 2020.

Rush Truck Leasing operates 45 PacLease and Idealease franchises in markets across the country with more than 8,500 trucks in its lease and rental fleet and more than 1,000 trucks under contract maintenance agreements. Lease and rental revenue declined 4.2% in the first quarter of 2021 compared to the first quarter of 2020. However, due to efficient management of the fleet and increased rental fleet utilization, our lease and rental gross profit increased 18.6% over the same time period.

During the first quarter of 2021, the Company repurchased $6.5 million of its common stock pursuant to its stock repurchase plan. In addition, the Company paid a cash dividend of $9.9 million during the first quarter. “In the first quarter, our disciplined adherence to expense management, as well as our laser focus on earning every sale possible, resulted in a record-high $316 million in cash and cash equivalents. With our strong balance sheet and free cash flow, we continue to return capital to our shareholders through our dividend and share repurchase programs while we also invest in our strategic initiatives, which will help us achieve our long-term growth goals,” said Rush.

Conference Call Information

Rush Enterprises will host its quarterly conference call to discuss earnings for the first quarter on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 10 a.m. Eastern/9 a.m. Central. The call can be heard live by dialing 877-638-4557 (U.S.) or 914-495-8522 (International) or via the Internet at http://investor.rushenterprises.com/events.cfm.

For those who cannot listen to the live broadcast, the webcast will be available on our website at the above link until July 10, 2021. Listen to the audio replay until April 29, 2021 by dialing 855-859-2056 (U.S.) or 404-537-3406 (International) and entering the Conference ID 4369865.

About Rush Enterprises, Inc.

Rush Enterprises, Inc. is the premier solutions provider to the commercial vehicle industry. The Company owns and operates Rush Truck Centers, the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, with more than 100 dealership locations in 22 states. These vehicle centers, strategically located in high traffic areas on or near major highways throughout the United States, represent truck and bus manufacturers, including Peterbilt, International, Hino, Isuzu, Ford, IC Bus and Blue Bird. They offer an integrated approach to meeting customer needs — from sales of new and used vehicles to aftermarket parts, service and collision center operations plus financing, insurance, leasing and rental. Rush Enterprises' operations also provide vehicle upfitting, CNG fuel systems and vehicle telematics products. Additional information about Rush Enterprises’ products and services is available at www.rushenterprises.com. Follow our news on Twitter at @rushtruckcenter and on Facebook at facebook.com/rushtruckcenters.

Certain statements contained in this release, including those concerning current and projected market conditions, sales forecasts, market share forecasts, demand for the Company’s services, the effects the COVID-19 pandemic may have on our business and financial results, including future issuances of cash dividends and future repurchases of the Company’s common stock, are “forward-looking” statements (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995). Such forward-looking statements only speak as of the date of this release and the Company assumes no obligation to update the information included in this release. Because such statements include risks and uncertainties, actual results may differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, competitive factors, general U.S. economic conditions, economic conditions in the new and used commercial vehicle markets, customer relations, relationships with vendors, the interest rate environment, governmental regulation and supervision, product introductions and acceptance, changes in industry practices, the duration and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic and governmental mandates in connection therewith, one-time events and other factors described herein and in filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including in our annual report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2020. In addition, the declaration and payment of cash dividends and authorization of future share repurchase programs remains at the sole discretion of the Company’s Board of Directors and the issuance of future dividends and authorization of future share repurchase programs will depend upon the Company’s financial results, cash requirements, future prospects, applicable law and other factors that may be deemed relevant by the Company’s Board of Directors. Although we believe that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, there are many factors that could affect our actual business and financial results and could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements. All future written and oral forward-looking statements by us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the cautionary statements contained or referred to above. Except for our ongoing obligations to disclose material information as required by the federal securities laws, we do not have any obligations or intention to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances in the future or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.

Contact:                                                         
Rush Enterprises, Inc., San Antonio
Steven L. Keller, 830-302-5226

-Tables and Additional Information to Follow-

RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In Thousands, Except Shares and Per Share Amounts)

  March 31, December 31,
  2021  2020 
  (unaudited)  
Assets    
Current assets:    
Cash and cash equivalents$316,070 $312,048 
Accounts receivable, net 187,171  172,481 
Inventories, net 877,876  858,291 
Prepaid expenses and other 15,635  14,906 
Total current assets 1,396,752  1,357,726 
Property and equipment, net 1,183,437  1,203,719 
Operating lease right-of-use assets, net 64,512  60,577 
Goodwill, net 292,142  292,142 
Other assets, net 71,580  71,229 
Total assets$3,008,423 $2,985,393 
     
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity    
Current liabilities:    
Floor plan notes payable$550,304 $511,786 
Current maturities of long-term debt 135,523  141,672 
Current maturities of finance lease obligations 26,448  26,373 
Current maturities of operating lease obligations 10,329  10,196 
Trade accounts payable 136,329  110,728 
Customer deposits 42,966  74,209 
Accrued expenses 126,407  151,830 
Total current liabilities 1,028,306  1,026,794 
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 369,587  387,982 
Finance lease obligations, net of current maturities 93,584  90,740 
Operating lease obligations, net of current maturities 55,229  51,155 
Other long-term liabilities 34,424  34,246 
Deferred income taxes, net 118,064  126,439 
Shareholders’ equity:     
Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share; 1,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares outstanding in 2021 and 2020    
Common stock, par value $.01 per share; 60,000,000 Class A shares and 20,000,000 Class B shares authorized; 42,885,268 Class A shares and 12,659,918 Class B shares outstanding in 2021; and 42,503,925 Class A shares and 12,470,308 Class B shares outstanding in 2020 558  551 
Additional paid-in capital 449,790  437,646 
Treasury stock, at cost: 12,999 Class A shares and 228,849 Class B shares in 2021; and 10,335 Class A shares and 73,437 Class B shares in 2020 (9,362) (2,879)
Retained earnings 867,119  831,850 
Accumulated other comprehensive income 1,124  869 
Total shareholders’ equity 1,309,229  1,268,037 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity$3,008,423 $2,985,393 
       


RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)

  Three Months Ended
March 31,
  2021  2020 
  (Unaudited)
  (Unaudited)
 
Revenues      
New and used commercial vehicle sales$747,719 $789,554 
Aftermarket products and services sales 415,737  427,978 
Lease and rental 58,227  60,781 
Finance and insurance 6,465  4,467 
Other 3,658  3,883 
Total revenue 1,231,806  1,286,663 
Cost of products sold      
New and used commercial vehicle sales 677,092  728,539 
Aftermarket products and services sales 261,842  271,415 
Lease and rental 48,058  52,208 
Total cost of products sold 986,992  1,052,162 
Gross profit 244,814  234,501 
Selling, general and administrative expense 174,955  185,074 
Depreciation and amortization expense 13,726  14,330 
Gain on sale of assets 92  100 
Operating income 56,225  35,197 
Other income 919  1,241 
Interest expense, net 507  4,769 
Income before taxes 56,637  31,669 
Income tax provision 11,304  8,562 
Net income $45,333 $23,107 
       
Earnings per common share:      
Basic$0.82 $0.42
 
Diluted$0.79
 $0.41
 
       
Weighted average shares outstanding:      
Basic 55,567  54,727 
Diluted 57,734  55,989 
       
Dividends declared per common share$0.18 $0.13 

This press release and the attached financial tables contain certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules, such as Adjusted net income, Adjusted total debt, Adjusted net (cash) debt, EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Free cash flow, Adjusted free cash flow and Adjusted invested capital, which exclude certain items disclosed in the attached financial tables. The Company provides reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures.

Management believes the presentation of these non-GAAP financial measures provides useful information about the results of operations of the Company for the current and past periods. Management believes that investors should have the same information available to them that management uses to assess the Company’s operating performance and capital structure. These non-GAAP financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most comparable GAAP financial measures. Investors are cautioned that non-GAAP financial measures utilized by the Company may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP financial measures used by other companies.

  Three Months Ended
Commercial Vehicle Sales Revenue     (in thousands) March 31,
2021
 March 31,
2020
New heavy-duty vehicles$449,997 $470,784 
New medium-duty vehicles (including bus sales revenue) 188,218  243,972 
New light-duty vehicles 18,407  11,498 
Used vehicles 88,343  59,710 
Other vehicles 2,754  3,590 
     
Absorption Ratio 122.6%  114.3% 

Absorption Ratio
Management uses several performance metrics to evaluate the performance of its commercial vehicle dealerships and considers Rush Truck Centers’ “absorption ratio” to be of critical importance. Absorption ratio is calculated by dividing the gross profit from the parts, service and collision center departments by the overhead expenses of all of a dealership’s departments, except for the selling expenses of the new and used commercial vehicle departments and carrying costs of new and used commercial vehicle inventory. When 100% absorption is achieved, then gross profit from the sale of a commercial vehicle, after sales commissions and inventory carrying costs, directly impacts operating profit.

Debt Analysis    (in thousands)                                March 31,
2021
 March 31,
2020
Floor plan notes payable$550,304 $888,680 
Current maturities of long-term debt 135,523  183,727 
Current maturities of finance lease obligations 26,448  23,339 
Long-term debt, net of current maturities 369,587  426,727 
Finance lease obligations, net of current maturities 93,584  75,300 
Total Debt (GAAP) 1,175,446  1,597,773 
Adjustments:    
Debt related to lease & rental fleet (581,692)  (648,054) 
Floor plan notes payable (550,304)  (888,680) 
Adjusted Total Debt (Non-GAAP) 43,450  61,039 
Adjustment:    
Cash and cash equivalents (316,070)  (137,540) 
Adjusted Net Debt (Cash) (Non-GAAP)$(272,620) $(76,501) 

Management uses “Adjusted Total Debt” to reflect the Company’s estimated financial obligations less debt related to lease and rental fleet (L&RFD) and floor plan notes payable (FPNP), and “Adjusted Net (Cash) Debt” to present the amount of Adjusted Total Debt net of cash and cash equivalents on the Company’s balance sheet. The FPNP is used to finance the Company’s new and used inventory, with its principal balance changing daily as vehicles are purchased and sold and the sale proceeds are used to repay the notes. Consequently, in managing the business, management views the FPNP as interest bearing accounts payable, representing the cost of acquiring the vehicle that is then repaid when the vehicle is sold, as the Company’s credit agreements require it to repay loans used to purchase vehicles when such vehicles are sold. The Company’s lease & rental fleet are fully financed and are either (i) leased to customers under long-term lease arrangements or (ii), to a lesser extent, dedicated to the Company’s rental business. In both cases, the lease and rental payments received fully cover the capital costs of the lease & rental fleet (i.e., the interest expense on the borrowings used to acquire the vehicles and the depreciation expense associated with the vehicles), plus a profit margin for the Company.   The Company believes excluding the FPNP and L&RFD from the Company’s total debt for this purpose provides management with supplemental information regarding the Company’s capital structure and leverage profile and assists investors in performing analysis that is consistent with financial models developed by Company management and research analysts. “Adjusted Total Debt” and “Adjusted Net (Cash) Debt” are both non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, the Company’s debt obligations, as reported in the Company’s consolidated balance sheet in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures may vary among companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

  Twelve Months Ended
EBITDA    (in thousands)  March 31,
2021
 March 31,
2020
Net Income (GAAP)$137,113 $127,586 
Provision for income taxes 39,578  44,048 
Interest expense 4,752  26,218 
Depreciation and amortization 56,852  56,777 
(Gain) loss on sale of assets (1,844)  59 
EBITDA (Non-GAAP) 236,451  254,688 
Adjustment:    
Interest expense associated with FPNP (3,808)  (25,279) 
Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP)$232,643 $229,409 

The Company presents EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA, for the twelve months ended each period presented, as additional information about its operating results. The presentation of Adjusted EBITDA that excludes the addition of interest expense associated with FPNP to EBITDA is consistent with management’s presentation of Adjusted Total Debt, in each case reflecting management’s view of interest expense associated with the FPNP as an operating expense of the Company, and to provide management with supplemental information regarding operating results and to assist investors in performing analysis that is consistent with financial models developed by management and research analyst. “EBITDA” and “Adjusted EBITDA” are both non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, net income of the Company, as reported in the Company’s consolidated statements of income in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures may vary among companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

  Twelve Months Ended
Free Cash Flow    (in thousands)  March 31,
2021
 March 31,
2020
Net cash provided by operations (GAAP)$664,308 $599,342 
Acquisition of property and equipment (119,644)  (279,411) 
Free cash flow (Non-GAAP) 544,664  319,931 
Adjustments:    
Payments on floor plan financing, net (238,495)  (177,997) 
Proceeds from L&RFD 80,333  200,409 
Principal payments on L&RFD (179,423)  (172,412) 
Non-maintenance capital expenditures 6,918  36,486 
Adjusted Free Cash Flow (Non-GAAP)$213,997 $206,417 

“Free Cash Flow” and “Adjusted Free Cash Flow” are key financial measures of the Company’s ability to generate cash from operating its business. Free Cash Flow is calculated by subtracting the acquisition of property and equipment included in the Cash flows from investing activities from Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities. For purposes of deriving Adjusted Free Cash Flow from the Company’s operating cash flow, Company management makes the following adjustments: (i) adds back draws (or subtracts payments) on the floor plan financing that are included in Cash flows from financing activities as their purpose is to finance the vehicle inventory that is included in Cash flows from operating activities; (ii) adds back proceeds from notes payable related specifically to the financing of the lease and rental fleet that are reflected in Cash flows from financing activities; (iii) subtracts draws on floor plan financing, net and proceeds from L&RFD related to business acquisition assets that are included in Cash flows from investing activities; (iv) subtracts principal payments on notes payable related specifically to the financing of the lease and rental fleet that are included in Cash flows from financing activities; and (v) adds back non-maintenance capital expenditures that are for growth and expansion (i.e. building of new dealership facilities) that are not considered necessary to maintain the current level of cash generated by the business. “Free Cash Flow” and “Adjusted Free Cash Flow” are both presented so that investors have the same financial data that management uses in evaluating the Company’s cash flows from operating activities. “Free Cash Flow” and “Adjusted Free Cash Flow” are both non-GAAP financial measures and should be considered in addition to, and not as a substitute for, net cash provided by (used in) operations of the Company, as reported in the Company’s consolidated statement of cash flows in accordance with U.S. GAAP. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures may vary among companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.

Invested Capital (in thousands)  March 31, 2021 March 31, 2020
Total Shareholders' equity (GAAP)$1,309,229 $1,165,476 
Adjusted net debt (cash) (Non-GAAP) (272,620)  (76,501) 
Adjusted Invested Capital (Non-GAAP)$         1,036,609 $      1,088,975 

“Adjusted Invested Capital” is a key financial measure used by the Company to calculate its return on invested capital. For purposes of this analysis, management excludes L&RFD, FPNP, and cash and cash equivalents, for the reasons provided in the debt analysis above and uses Adjusted Net Debt in the calculation. The Company believes this approach provides management a more accurate picture of the Company’s leverage profile and capital structure and assists investors in performing analysis that is consistent with financial models developed by Company management and research analysts. “Adjusted Net (Cash) Debt” and “Adjusted Invested Capital” are both non-GAAP financial measures. Additionally, these non-GAAP measures may vary among companies and may not be comparable to similarly titled non-GAAP measures used by other companies.


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