AutoCanada Inc. Announces Q2, 2015 Quarterly Results

EDMONTON, Aug. 6, 2015 /CNW/ - AutoCanada Inc. (the "Company" or "AutoCanada") (TSX: ACQ) today announced financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2015.

Second Quarter 2015 Highlights

  • Revenue from existing and new dealerships increased by 75.6%, or $351.8 million, to $816.9 million in the second quarter of 2015 from $465.1 million in the same quarter in 2014.

  • Gross profit from existing and new dealerships increased by 66.8%, or $52.0 million, to $129.7 million in the second quarter of 2015 from $77.7 million in the same quarter in 2014.

  • Adjusted EBITDA attributable to AutoCanada shareholders increased by 24.2%, or $5.4 million, to $27.7 million in the second quarter of 2015 from $22.3 million in the same quarter in 2014.

  • EBITDA attributable to AutoCanada shareholders increased by 26.3%, or $5.7 million, to $27.4 million in the second quarter of 2015 from $21.7 million in the same quarter in 2014.

  • The Company generated net earnings attributable to AutoCanada shareholders of $13.5 million or basic earnings per share of $0.56 versus earnings per share of $0.59 in the second quarter of 2014. Pre-tax earnings attributable to AutoCanada shareholders increased by 10.4%, or $1.8 million, to $19.1 million in the second quarter of 2015 as compared to $17.3 million in the same period in 2014.

  • The Company generated adjusted net earnings attributable to AutoCanada shareholders of $13.6 million from $13.3 million in the same quarter in 2014. Basic adjusted net earnings per share $0.56 versus earnings per share of $0.61 in the second quarter of 2014.

  • Same store revenue decreased by 2.8% in the second quarter of 2015, compared to the same quarter in 2014. Same store gross profit decreased by 11.0% in the second quarter of 2015, compared to the same quarter in 2014.

  • Free cash flow increased to $17.8 million in the second quarter of 2015 or $0.73 per share as compared to $9.9 million or $0.45 per share in the same quarter in 2014.

  • Adjusted free cash flow increased to $19.2 million in the second quarter of 2015 or $0.79 per share as compared to $15.5 million or $0.71 per share in the same quarter in 2014.

  • Same store new vehicle retail revenue decreased by 14.1%, or $28.5 million, to $173.7 million in the second quarter of 2015 from $202.2 million in the same quarter in 2014.

  • Same store used vehicle retail revenue increased by 15.3%, or $9.3 million, to $70.0 million in the second quarter of 2015 from $60.7 million in the same quarter in 2014.

  • Same store parts, service and collision repair revenue increased by 4.5%, or $1.6 million, to $35.6 million in the second quarter of 2015 from $34.0 million in the same quarter in 2014.

  • The increase in the Alberta tax rate from 10% to 12%, effective July 1, 2015, has negatively impacted Net and comprehensive income for the period by $831 thousand, and basic and diluted earnings per share in the second quarter by $0.03, from $0.59 to $0.56.

"Although the second quarter and the Western Canadian economy in particular provided great challenges, as evidenced by declines in our gross margin percentages and earnings per share," said Mr Tom Orysiuk, President & CEO, "and same store sales revenues and gross margins were weaker than the previous quarter, we are determined to adjust to meet these challenges.  We were pleased to see that our efforts in the quarter resulted in same store gross margin growth in both used vehicles and parts and service operations as well as significant improvements in operating expenses relative to gross profit. These gains notwithstanding, we are not satisfied and are working closely on a dealership by dealership basis to make the appropriate market sensitive adjustments to maximize all volume, gross and expense reduction opportunities."

"We continue to follow a prudent course on acquisitions seeking to capitalize on those opportunities which provide the best long-term value," stated Mr Patrick Priestner, Executive Chairman. "We believe that the changed economic circumstances, particularly in the Alberta, demands an even more critical, and calculated approach, which we have adopted. Due to certain due diligence and related matters, we have not closed two acquisitions within our originally anticipated timeframe. Nevertheless we are very confident that we shall achieve our acquisition guidance of six to eight stores by May, 2016."

Dividends

On August 6, 2015, the Board declared a quarterly eligible dividend of $0.25 per common share on AutoCanada's outstanding shares, payable on September 15, 2015 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 31, 2015.

For purposes of the enhanced dividend tax credit rules contained in the Income Tax Act (Canada) (the "ITA") and any corresponding provincial and territorial tax legislation, all dividends paid by AutoCanada or any of its subsidiaries in 2010 and thereafter are designated as "eligible dividends" (as defined in 89(1) of the ITA), unless otherwise indicated. Please consult with your own tax advisor for advice with respect to the income tax consequences to you of AutoCanada Inc. designating dividends as "eligible dividends".

Outlook

Main drivers of AutoCanada's business are retail consumer credit access, commercial automotive financing, employment rates and consumer confidence. Despite the economic situation in Western Canada, the Company has not seen significant adverse changes in the availability of either consumer credit or to commercial automotive financing. Employment rates have declined but remain at acceptable levels throughout Alberta. However, consumer confidence continues to challenge the retail sector, especially for high priced retail goods including housing and vehicles and the Company believes that current West Texas Intermediate crude prices have negatively impacted consumer confidence and further reductions to employee base or capital spending in the oil & gas sector could potentially impact the Company. Consequently the economic climate in Western Canada continues to be a challenging environment.

As noted previously, the reduced sales volumes experienced in the first quarter of 2015 lead to an accumulation of new vehicle inventories. The accumulation of new vehicle inventory was directly correlated to the slowdown in sales throughput combined with the delivery of orders placed in late fiscal 2014. Excess inventories have negatively impacted the Company in the first half of 2015 due to heightened competition to clear out additional vehicle inventories leading to reduced gross margins and increased floorplan interest financing costs until new vehicle inventories are rightsized. This accumulation of new vehicle inventory is not expected to be a concern from a valuation perspective.

The Company remains well positioned to continue acquiring dealerships and consolidating the retail automotive industry. We have diversified in terms of manufacturer partners and geographic locations, and have a strong balance sheet with which to continue acquisitions. Previously, the Company provided guidance to the effect that it would add two dealerships by June 2015 and an additional four to six by May of 2016. Although a number of due diligence and related issues in respect of certain acquisitions have taken longer than anticipated, management is wholly confident that it shall meet its aggregate guidance of six to eight dealerships by May 2016. Furthermore, after closing several financing transactions in fiscal 2014, the Company has sufficient capital to execute on our acquisition strategy, capital expenditure requirements and adequate liquidity to continue to fund its cash dividend.

SELECTED QUARTERLY INFORMATION
The following table shows the unaudited results of the Company for each of the eight most recently completed quarters.  The results of operations for these periods are not necessarily indicative of the results of operations to be expected in any given comparable period.

(in thousands of dollars, except Gross Profit %,
Earnings per share, and Operating Data)

Q2
2015

Q1
2015

Q4
2014

Q3
2014

Q2
2014

Q1
2014

Q4
2013

Q3
2013

Income Statement Data










New vehicles

483,435

345,542

378,706

457,198

289,918

216,524

197,097

257,543


Used vehicles

194,956

163,243

148,579

158,779

102,025

85,969

75,137

85,975


Parts, service and collision repair

99,304

92,951

90,534

78,371

46,078

40,724

41,268

37,341


Finance, insurance and other

39,182

31,671

34,620

39,002

27,038

20,713

20,271

22,676

Revenue

816,877

633,407

652,439

733,350

465,059

363,930

333,773

403,535


New vehicles

34,861

25,765

28,700

35,711

23,792

17,799

18,326

20,510


Used vehicles

11,000

8,354

7,808

9,637

6,505

5,551

4,450

6,242


Parts, service and collision repair

49,859

43,913

45,658

38,942

23,373

20,593

20,822

20,113


Finance, insurance and other

33,955

27,407

30,208

35,615

24,077

19,180

18,734

20,831

Gross profit

129,675

105,439

112,374

119,905

77,747

63,123

62,332

67,696

Gross Profit %

15.9%

16.6%

17.2%

16.4%

16.7%

17.3%

18.7%

16.8%

Operating expenses

100,568

93,175

91,265

89,713

59,227

50,699

48,447

51,080

Operating expenses as a % of gross profit

77.6%

88.4%

81.2%

74.8%

76.2%

80.3%

77.7%

75.5%

Income from investments in associates

-

-

-

359

2,238

893

837

555

Net earnings attributable to AutoCanada shareholders

13,523

4,969

14,240

17,765

12,831

8,296

9,553

10,968

EBITDA attributable to AutoCanada shareholders

27,397

12,687

24,605

28,674

21,702

14,453

14,754

16,607

Basic earnings per share

0.56

0.20

0.60

0.74

0.59

0.38

0.44

0.51

Diluted earnings per share

0.56

0.20

0.59

0.74

0.59

0.38

0.44

0.51

Operating Data









Vehicles (new and used) sold excluding GM

14,723

11,343

12,774

14,966

9,887

8,766

8,046

10,325

Vehicles (new and used) sold including GM

17,739

13,824

15,415

18,079

12,414

9,945

9,209

11,405

New vehicles sold including GM

12,296

8,933

10,570

12,821

8,658

6,570

6,090

8,023

New retail vehicles sold

9,929

7,393

8,907

10,686

5,980

4,773

4,932

5,986

New fleet vehicles sold

2,367

1,540

1,663

2,135

1,146

1,132

552

1,365

Used retail vehicles sold

5,443

4,891

4,845

5,258

2,761

2,861

2,562

2,974










# of service & collision repair orders completed

215,142

199,096

216,427

198,612

97,559

91,999

95,958

97,074

Absorption rate

94%

85%

85%

93%

92%

85%

90%

88%

# of dealerships at period end

49

48

48

45

34

28

28

29

# of same store dealerships

24

23

23

23

23

23

21

22

# of service bays at period end

842

822

822

734

516

406

406

413

Same store revenue growth

(2.8)%

(3.5)%

10.9%

8.9%

4.1%

13.0%

8.9%

19.9%

Same store gross profit growth

(11.0)%

(8.5)%

5.7%

11.4%

5.4%

8.1%

9.2%

18.5%

Balance Sheet Data









Cash and cash equivalents

77,676

66,351

72,462

64,559

91,622

41,541

35,113

37,970

Trade and other receivables

124,683

104,753

92,138

115,074

85,837

69,747

57,771

62,105

Inventories

620,837

625,779

563,277

471,664

324,077

261,764

278,091

236,351

Revolving floorplan facilities

607,694

601,432

527,780

437,935

313,752

261,263

264,178

228,526

*See the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the period ended June 30, 2015 for complete footnote disclosures.

The following tables summarizes the results for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2015 on a same store basis by revenue source and compares these results to the same period in 2014.


Same Store Revenue and Vehicles Sold






For the Three Months Ended

For the Six Months Ended



(in thousands of dollars)

June 30, 2015

June 30, 2014

% Change

June 30, 2015

June 30, 2014

% Change

Revenue Source








New vehicles ‑ Retail

173,743

202,231

(14.1)%

309,902

356,037

(13.0)%


New vehicles ‑ Fleet

45,953

37,534

22.4%

79,919

72,892

9.6%

New vehicles

219,696

239,765

(8.4)%

389,821

428,929

(9.1)%


Used vehicles ‑ Retail

70,007

60,738

15.3%

128,296

117,505

9.2%


Used vehicles ‑ Wholesale

26,433

24,947

6.0%

49,660

43,261

14.8%

Used vehicles

96,440

85,685

12.6%

177,956

160,766

10.7%

Finance, insurance and other

19,702

22,624

(12.9)%

36,610

41,034

(10.8)%

Subtotal

335,838

348,074

(3.5)%

604,387

630,729

(4.2)%

Parts, service and collision repair

35,569

34,026

4.5%

70,797

66,552

6.4%

Total

371,407

382,100

(2.8)%

675,184

697,281

(3.2)%








New retail vehicles sold

4,640

5,442

(14.7)%

8,293

9,586

(13.5)%

New fleet vehicles sold

1,431

1,109

29.0%

2,366

2,153

9.9%

Used retail vehicles sold

2,604

2,614

(0.4)%

4,992

5,082

(1.8)%

Total

8,675

9,165

(5.3)%

15,651

16,821

(7.0)%

Total vehicles retailed

7,244

8,056

(10.1)%

13,285

14,668

(9.4)%


Same Store Gross Profit and Gross Profit Percentage



For the Three Months Ended


Gross Profit

Gross Profit %

(in thousands of dollars)

June 30, 2015

June 30, 2014

% Change

June 30, 2015

June 30, 2014

% Change

Revenue Source








New vehicles ‑ Retail

15,467

20,048

(22.9)%

8.9%

9.9%

(1.0)%


New vehicles ‑ Fleet

218

220

(0.9)%

0.5%

0.6%

(0.1)%

New vehicles

15,685

20,268

(22.6)%

7.1%

8.5%

(1.4)%


Used vehicles ‑ Retail

4,718

4,470

5.5%

6.7%

7.4%

(0.7)%


Used vehicles ‑ Wholesale

62

1,166

(94.7)%

0.2%

4.7%

(4.5)%

Used vehicles

4,780

5,636

(15.2)%

5.0%

6.6%

(1.6)%

Finance, insurance and other

17,942

20,684

(13.3)%

91.1%

91.4%

(0.3)%

Subtotal

38,407

46,588

(17.6)%

11.4%

13.4%

(2.0)%

Parts, service and collision repair

18,994

17,890

6.2%

53.4%

52.6%

0.8%

Total

57,401

64,478

(11.0)%

15.5%

16.9%

(1.4)%



For the Six Months Ended


Gross Profit

Gross Profit %

(in thousands of dollars)

June 30, 2015

June 30, 2014

% Change

June 30, 2015

June 30, 2014

% Change

Revenue Source








New vehicles ‑ Retail

28,232

35,837

(21.2)%

9.1%

10.1%

(1.0)%


New vehicles ‑ Fleet

332

239

38.9%

0.4%

0.3%

0.1%

New vehicles

28,564

36,076

(20.8)%

7.3%

8.4%

(1.1)%


Used vehicles ‑ Retail

9,004

8,815

2.1%

7.0%

7.5%

(0.5)%


Used vehicles ‑ Wholesale

67

1,847

(96.4)%

0.1%

4.3%

(4.2)%

Used vehicles

9,071

10,662

(14.9)%

5.1%

6.6%

(1.5)%

Finance, insurance and other

33,350

37,580

(11.3)%

91.1%

91.6%

(0.5)%

Subtotal

70,985

84,318

(15.8)%

11.7%

13.4%

(1.7)%

Parts, service and collision repair

36,158

34,493

4.8%

51.1%

51.8%

(0.7)%

Total

107,143

118,811

(9.8)%

15.9%

17.0%

(1.1)%

MD&A and Financial Statements

Information included in this press release is a summary of results. It should be read in conjunction with AutoCanada's consolidated financial statements and management's discussion and analysis for the three and six month periods ended June 30, 2015, which can be found on the company's website at www.autocan.ca or on www.sedar.com.

Non-GAAP Measures

This press release contains certain financial measures that do not have any standardized meaning prescribed by Canadian GAAP. Therefore, these financial measures may not be comparable to similar measures presented by other issuers.  Investors are cautioned these measures should not be construed as an alternative to net earnings (loss) or to cash provided by (used in) operating, investing, and financing activities determined in accordance with Canadian GAAP, as indicators of our performance.  We provide these measures to assist investors in determining our ability to generate earnings and cash provided by (used in) operating activities and to provide additional information on how these cash resources are used. The following "Non-GAAP Measures" are defined in the interim MD&A: EBITDA; Adjusted EBITDA; Adjusted Net Earnings and Adjusted Net Earnings per Share; EBIT; Free Cash Flow; Adjusted Free Cash Flow; Adjusted Average Capital Employed; Absorption Rate; Average Capital Employed; Return on Capital Employed; and Adjusted Return on Capital Employed.

Conference Call

A conference call to discuss the results for the reporting period ended June 30, 2015 will be held on August 7, 2015 at 11:00am Eastern time (9:00am Mountain time).  To participate in the conference call, please dial 1.888.231.8191 approximately 10 minutes prior to the call.  A live and archived audio webcast of the conference call will also be available at the following:

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=999963&s=1&k=56686012CDC80723208E75928B5F84D2.

About AutoCanada

AutoCanada is one of Canada's largest multi‑location automobile dealership groups, currently operating 49 dealerships, comprised of 57 franchises, (see "GROWTH, ACQUISITIONS, RELOCATIONS AND REAL ESTATE") in 8 provinces and has over 3,500 employees. AutoCanada currently sells Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, FIAT, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, Infiniti, Nissan, Hyundai, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Audi, Volkswagen, Kia, BMW and MINI branded vehicles. In 2014, our dealerships sold approximately 57,000 vehicles and processed approximately 786,000 service and collision repair orders in our 822 service bays.

Our dealerships derive their revenue from the following four inter‑related business operations: new vehicle sales; used vehicle sales; parts, service and collision repair; and finance and insurance. While new vehicle sales are the most important source of revenue, they generally result in lower gross profits than used vehicle sales, parts, service and collision repair operations and finance and insurance sales. Overall gross profit margins increase as revenues from higher margin operations increase relative to revenues from lower margin operations. We earn fees for arranging financing on new and used vehicle purchases on behalf of third parties.  Under our agreements with our retail financing sources we are required to collect and provide accurate financial information, which if not accurate, may require us to be responsible for the underlying loan provided to the consumer. 

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in management's discussion and analysis are forward‑looking statements and information (collectively "forward‑looking statements"), within the meaning of the applicable Canadian securities legislation. We hereby provide cautionary statements identifying important factors that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those projected in these forward‑looking statements. Any statements that express, or involve discussions as to, expectations, beliefs, plans, objectives, assumptions or future events or performance (often, but not always, through the use of words or phrases such as "will likely result", "are expected to", "will continue", "is anticipated", "projection", "vision", "goals", "objective", "target", "schedules", "outlook", "anticipate", "expect", "estimate", "could", "should", "plan", "seek", "may", "intend", "likely", "will", "believe" and similar expressions are not historical facts and are forward‑looking and may involve estimates and assumptions and are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors some of which are beyond our control and difficult to predict. Accordingly, these factors could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those expressed in the forward‑looking statements. Therefore, any such forward‑looking statements are qualified in their entirety by reference to the factors discussed throughout this document.

The Company's Annual Information Form and other documents filed with securities regulatory authorities (accessible through the SEDAR website www.sedar.com describe the risks, material assumptions and other factors that could influence actual results and which are incorporated herein by reference.

Further, any forward‑looking statement speaks only as of the date on which such statement is made, and, except as required by applicable law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward‑looking statement to reflect events or circumstances after the date on which such statement is made or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. New factors emerge from time to time, and it is not possible for management to predict all of such factors and to assess in advance the impact of each such factor on our business or the extent to which any factor, or combination of factors, may cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward‑looking statement.

Additional Information

Additional information about AutoCanada is available at the Company's website at www.autocan.ca and www.sedar.com.

SOURCE AutoCanada Inc.

For further information: Christopher Burrows, Vice-President & Chief Financial Officer, Phone: 780.509.2808, Email: cburrows@autocan.ca

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