AutoCanada Inc. Announces First Quarter 2017 Quarterly Results

Date : 05/04/2017 @ 7:00PM
Source : PR Newswire (Canada)
Stock : Autocanada (ACQ)
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AutoCanada Inc. Announces First Quarter 2017 Quarterly Results

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EDMONTON, May 4, 2017 /CNW/ - AutoCanada Inc. (the "Company" or "AutoCanada") (TSX: ACQ) one of Canada's largest multi-location automobile dealership groups, today announced financial results for the three-month period ended March 31, 2017.

2017 First Quarter Highlights:

  • New vehicles sold remained flat, with 8,508 units sold in the first quarter of 2017 and 8,502 units in the first quarter of 2016, compared to an overall market increase of 4.6%. While the overall market is up 4.6%, new unit sales from the 19 brands that we specifically retail are up 3.3% in the quarter compared to the prior year.

  • Overall Gross profit remained flat at $111,627 in the first quarter, compared to $111,709 in the same quarter of 2016, with gross profit as a percentage of revenue increasing from 16.8% to 17.5%.

  • The used vehicle department led the gain in gross profit as a percentage of revenue increasing from 5.6% in the first quarter of 2016 to 7.2% in the first quarter of 2017.

  • Finance, insurance and other, per vehicle retailed, has increased 3.7% year-over-year.

  • Parts, service and collision repair gross profit remained flat at $47,284 in the first quarter, compared to $47,669 in the same quarter of 2016.

  • Normalized operating expenses, after adjusted for non-recurring items, was 86.4% compared to 86.0% in Q1, 2016.

The following table summarizes the Company's results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017:




Three months ended March 31

Consolidated Operational Data

2017

2016

% Change

EBITDA

14,136

18,312

(22.8)%

Adjusted EBITDA

15,514

16,447

(5.7)%

Net earnings

3,678

7,272

(49.4)%

Adjusted net earnings

4,602

6,253

(26.4)%

Basic EPS

0.13

0.27

(51.9)%

Adjusted diluted EPS

0.17

0.23

(26.1)%

New retail vehicles sold (units)

6,753

7,078

(4.6)%

New fleet vehicles sold (units)

1,755

1,424

23.2%

New vehicles sold (units)

8,508

8,502

0.1%

Used retail vehicles sold (units)

4,547

4,799

(5.3)%

Total vehicles sold (units)

13,055

13,301

(1.8)%

Revenue

639,027

666,872

(4.2)%

Gross Profit

111,627

111,709

(0.1)%

Gross Profit %

17.5%

16.8%

4.2%

Operating expenses

98,170

96,047

2.2%

Operating expenses as % of gross profit

87.9%

86.0%

2.2%

Free cash flow

621

4,045

(84.6)%

Adjusted free cash flow

15,217

6,035

152.2%


*See the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 for complete footnote disclosures.

 

"We have seen some positive results in specific regions and areas of our business having realized growth in gross profit margins and cash flow from operations," said Steven J. Landry, President & Chief Executive Officer. "We are also excited about our recent acquisition of Mercedes-Benz Rive-Sud in Montreal which is an example of our acquisition strategy at work of adding new brands in metropolitan areas that further expand our dealer network and drive growth potential in major Canadian markets."

Dividends

Management reviews the Company's financial results on a monthly basis. The Board of Directors reviews the financial results periodically to determine whether a dividend shall be paid based on a number of factors.

On May 4, 2017, the Board declared a quarterly eligible dividend of $0.10 per common share on AutoCanada's outstanding Class A shares, payable on June 15, 2017 to shareholders of record at the close of business on May 31, 2017.

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

The outlook regarding new retail vehicle sales in Canada is difficult to predict, as manufacturers do not publicly disclose fleet and retail sales separately and is largely a function of the condition of the local economy and affordability which equates to vehicle price, loan rates, and trade in values. In Canada, factors contributing to new vehicle sales will vary widely by province.

Despite new light vehicle sales for the Canadian market decreasing 1.6% in April1, we believe that there are opportunities to grow in our dealerships, with particular focus on new vehicle sales, gross profit margins and cost reductions. We remain focused on delivering better financial performance irrespective of the energy sector and market conditions in our key markets, while also maintaining our focus on cost reductions. In the first quarter we were able to maintain gross profit and increase gross profit as a percentage of revenue despite lower vehicle sales and we plan to continue our success in this area.

Of the 17 dealerships that became same store in the fourth quarter of 2016, 11 of these are located in Alberta. As a result, we anticipate same stores sales results will continue to be impacted in 2017 as the Alberta economy begins to recover. We will continue to dedicate significant resources to newly acquired dealerships to integrate acquisitions and position them to be successful in their respective markets.

We plan to spend approximately $30.9 million in 2017 on dealership relocations and expansions. Construction continues on the relocation of Audi Winnipeg, which we anticipate will be completed in Q4, 2017 and will lead to increased customer traffic and sales. We are also constructing two new Nissan Open Point locations in Calgary and Ottawa.

We are committed to delivering meaningful returns to our shareholders. Although we continue to confront headwinds in key markets, we believe that we can generate better results by improving employee productivity, realizing the benefits of our scale and continuing to grow our brand and geographic footprints with accretive acquisitions.

1 DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc.

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)

Q1
2017

Q4
2016

Q3
2016

Q2
2016

Q1
2016

Q4
2015

Q3
2015

Q2
2015

Income Statement Data










New vehicles

353,540

348,107

444,482

497,025

363,181

368,242

471,018

483,435


Used vehicles

165,408

157,724

179,582

208,016

180,108

167,100

179,270

194,956


Parts, service and collision repair

90,735

92,310

95,585

100,317

94,721

102,220

93,139

99,304


Finance, insurance and other

29,344

31,133

33,529

36,899

28,862

34,752

37,778

39,182

Revenue

639,027

629,274

753,178

842,257

666,872

672,314

781,205

816,877


New vehicles

25,590

25,042

31,578

34,410

27,267

27,482

34,300

34,861


Used vehicles

11,940

10,064

12,950

13,758

10,420

10,326

10,949

11,000


Parts, service and collision repair

47,284

52,957

47,676

52,957

47,669

51,760

48,336

49,859


Finance, insurance and other

26,813

28,722

30,733

33,577

26,353

34,354

35,088

33,955

Gross profit

111,627

116,785

122,937

134,702

111,709

123,922

128,673

129,675

Gross Profit %

17.5%

18.6%

16.3%

16.0%

16.8%

18.4%

16.5%

15.9%

Operating expenses

98,170

97,397

99,041

107,932

96,047

101,310

100,824

100,568

Operating expenses as a % of gross profit

87.9%

83.4%

80.6%

80.1%

86.0%

81.8%

78.4%

77.6%

Net earnings (loss) attributable to AutoCanada shareholders

3,678

13,785

(32,619)

14,158

7,272

(7,361)

11,690

13,523

Adjusted net earnings attributable to AutoCanada shareholders

4,602

7,536

10,327

15,523

6,253

8,610

12,535

13,957

EBITDA attributable to AutoCanada shareholders

14,136

25,260

23,842

27,072

18,312

23,353

26,379

27,397

EBITDA attributable to AutoCanada shareholders as a % of Sales

2.7%

4.5%

3.6%

3.7%

3.2%

3.5%

3.8%

3.8%

Free cash flow

621

23,424

30,897

37,922

4,045

9,066

14,995

17,776

Adjusted free cash flow

15,217

13,133

27,766

21,632

6,035

8,078

18,951

19,187

Basic earnings per share

0.13

0.50

(1.19)

0.53

0.27

(0.29)

0.48

0.56

Diluted earnings per share

0.13

0.50

(1.19)

0.53

0.27

(0.29)

0.47

0.56

Basic adjusted earnings per share

0.17

0.28

0.38

0.57

0.23

0.34

0.51

0.56

Diluted adjusted earnings per share

0.17

0.27

0.38

0.57

0.23

0.34

0.51

0.57

Dividends declared per share

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.10

0.25

0.25

0.25

0.25

Operating Data









Vehicles (new and used) sold

13,055

12,912

15,955

17,425

13,301

14,150

17,086

17,739

New vehicles sold

8,508

8,449

10,983

12,098

8,502

9,210

12,018

12,296

New retail vehicles sold

6,753

7,590

8,949

9,374

7,078

8,016

9,985

9,929

New fleet vehicles sold

1,755

859

2,034

2,724

1,424

1,194

2,033

2,367

Used retail vehicles sold

4,547

4,463

4,972

5,327

4,799

4,940

5,068

5,443

# of service and collision repair orders completed

197,069

217,418

209,912

227,446

209,194

230,772

202,692

215,142

Absorption rate

82%

86%

89%

90%

83%

93%

91%

94%

# of dealerships at period end

56

55

53

53

53

54

50

49

# of same stores dealerships

47

44

33

27

27

28

26

24

# of service bays at period end

949

928

898

898

898

912

862

842

Same stores revenue growth

(7.1)%

(10.0)%

(9.2)%

(3.2)%

(3.1)%

(12.1)%

(6.9)%

(2.8)%

Same stores gross profit growth

(1.2)%

(5.8)%

(11.0)%

(5.3)%

(5.5)%

(14.3)%

(14.1)%

(11.0)%


*See the Company's Management's Discussion and Analysis for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 for complete footnote disclosures.

 

The following tables summarizes the results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017 on a same store basis by revenue source and compares these results to the same period in 2016.



Same Store Revenue and Vehicles Sold




Three Months Ended March 31

(in thousands of dollars)

2017

2016

% Change

Revenue Source





New vehicles ‑ Retail

251,515

277,777

(9.5)%


New vehicles ‑ Fleet

58,810

49,844

18.0%

Total New vehicles

310,325

327,621

(5.3)%


Used vehicles ‑ Retail

104,673

121,601

(13.9)%


Used vehicles ‑ Wholesale

43,987

44,976

(2.2)%

Total Used vehicles

148,660

166,577

(10.8)%

Finance, insurance and other

26,270

26,494

(0.8)%

Subtotal

485,255

520,692

(6.8)%

Parts, service and collision repair

78,096

86,040

(9.2)%

Total

563,351

606,732

(7.1)%

New retail vehicles sold (units)

5,802

6,338

(8.5)%

New fleet vehicles sold (units)

1,542

1,279

20.6%

Used retail vehicles sold (units)

4,076

4,433

(8.1)%

Total

11,420

12,050

(5.2)%

Total vehicles retailed (units)

9,878

10,771

(8.3)%

 



Same Store Gross Profit and Profit Percentage




Three Months Ended March 31


Gross Profit

Gross Profit %

(in thousands of dollars)

2017

2016

% Change

2017

2016

Revenue Source







New vehicles ‑ Retail

21,184

22,995

(7.9)%

8.4 %

8.3 %


New vehicles ‑ Fleet

1,707

1,592

7.2 %

2.9 %

3.2 %

Total New vehicles

22,891

24,587

(6.9)%

7.4 %

7.5 %


Used vehicles ‑ Retail

9,465

8,970

5.5 %

9.0 %

7.4 %


Used vehicles ‑ Wholesale

1,217

751

62.1 %

2.8 %

1.7 %

Total Used vehicles

10,682

9,721

9.9 %

7.2 %

5.8 %

Finance, insurance and other

23,890

24,217

(1.4)%

90.9 %

91.4 %

Subtotal

57,463

58,525

(1.8)%

11.8 %

11.2 %

Parts, service and collision repair

43,447

43,600

(0.4)%

55.6 %

50.7 %

Total

100,910

102,125

(1.2)%

17.9 %

16.8 %

 

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 quarter ended March 31, 2017, 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 annual 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 quarter ended March 31, 2017 will be held on May 5, 2017 at 8:00am MT (10:00am ET). To participate in the conference call, please dial 1.888.231.8191 approximately 10 minutes prior to the call.

This conference call will also be webcast live over the internet and can be accessed by all interested parties at the following URL: http://investors.autocan.ca/Q12017

Webcast of AGM Presentation

AutoCanada will hold its Annual Meeting on Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00am MT (12:00pm ET) at the Hilton Doubletree West Edmonton Hotel, Room SBCC #7, 16615-109 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta. The Meeting materials are available online on SEDAR at www.sedar.com and on AutoCanada's website at http://investors.autocan.ca.

To view a live webcast of the Annual General Meeting, please access the following URL:

http://investors.autocan.ca/2017AGM

At the Annual General Meeting, shareholders will be asked to elect the directors of the Company for the ensuing year and to appoint PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as the independent auditor of the Company. Following the conclusion of the formal proceedings of AutoCanada's annual shareholder meeting, Steven J. Landry, President & CEO, will address shareholders and provide a recap of FY2016, discuss the current state of the Company and will discuss key initiatives for the coming year.

About AutoCanada

AutoCanada is one of Canada's largest multi-location automobile dealership groups, currently operating 57 franchised dealerships, comprised of 65 franchises, in eight provinces and has over 4,250 employees. AutoCanada currently sells Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram, FIAT, Chevrolet, GMC, Buick, Cadillac, Infiniti, Nissan, Hyundai, Subaru, Mitsubishi, Audi, Volkswagen, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and MINI branded vehicles. In 2016 with $2.9 billion in revenue, our dealerships sold approximately 60,000 vehicles and processed approximately 864,000 service and collision repair orders in our 928 service bays.

Dealerships generate 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 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. The Company earns fees for arranging financing on new and used vehicle purchases on behalf of third parties. Under agreements with retail financing sources, the Company is 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.

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