Penske Automotive Reports Record Results

Penske Automotive Reports Record Results

Income and Earnings per Share Highest in Company History

  • Revenue Increased 7.7% to $3.4 Billion

  • Same-store Retail Revenue Increased 7.4%

  • Income from Continuing Operations Increased 13.9% to $56.9 Million

  • Earnings per Share from Continuing Operations Increased 14.5% to $0.63

  • EBITDA Increased 9.5% to $111.8 Million

  • Repurchased 410,000 shares


BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Penske Automotive Group, Inc. (NYS: PAG) , an international automotive retailer, announced today the highest income and earnings per share in company history. For the first quarter 2013, income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders increased 13.9% to $56.9 million and related earnings per share increased 14.5% to $0.63 per share. This compares to income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders of $49.9 million, or $0.55 per share in the same period last year.

First quarter 2013 revenue was $3.4 billion, compared to $3.2 billion in the same period last year, an increase of 7.7%. On a same-store basis, retail revenue increased 7.4%. The revenue growth was driven by strong performance across each business area including a 9.9% increase in total retail unit sales and 6.8% on a same-store basis. Gross profit improved 7.9% to $533.0 million while overall gross margin increased 10 basis points. Operating income increased 11.7% to $105.2 million.

Highlights of the First Quarter

  • Total Retail Unit Sales increased 9.9% to 85,821

    • +12.7% in the United States; +4.5% Internationally

    • New unit retail sales +9.7%

    • Used unit retail sales +10.2%

  • Same-store Retail Revenue increased 7.4%

    • New +10.1%; Used +4.5%; Finance & Insurance +9.9%; Service and Parts +3.1%

    • +11.5% in the United States; +1.2% Internationally

  • Average Transaction Price Per Unit

    • New $38,099; +2.9%

    • Used $25,076; -2.6%

  • Average Gross Profit Per Unit

    • New $2,959, -$149/unit; Gross Margin 7.8%, -60 bps

    • Used $1,958, -$133/unit; Gross Margin 7.8%, -30 bps

    • Finance & Insurance $1,010, +$14/unit

Chairman Roger Penske said, "Penske Automotive Group delivered strong operating results and record profitability in the first quarter, including double-digit growth in operating income, income from continuing operations and earnings per share. I was pleased to see our gross margin improve to 15.7% on the strength of a 3.1% increase in same-store service and parts revenue and a 60 basis-point increase in service and parts gross margin to 58.4%. Additionally, SG&A as a percent of gross profit improved 80 basis points year-over-year to 77.5% and 200 basis-points sequentially, helping drive an increase in our operating margin to 3.1%."

Securities Repurchase Activity

During the first quarter, the company acquired 410,000 shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $12.7 million, or an average price of $30.93 per share. The company currently has remaining authorization from its Board of Directors to repurchase up to $85.6 million of its outstanding common stock or debt. Securities may be acquired from time to time either through open market purchases, negotiated transactions or other means.

Conference Call

Penske Automotive will host a conference call discussing financial results relating to the first quarter of 2013 on April 29, 2013, at 2:00 p.m.Eastern Daylight Time. To listen to the conference call, participants must dial (800) 230-1059 [International, please dial (612) 234-9959]. The call will also be simultaneously broadcast over the Internet through the Investors Relations section of the Penske Automotive Group website. Additionally, an investor presentation relating to the first quarter 2013 financial results has been posted to the company's website. To access the presentation or to listen to the company's webcast, please refer to www.penskeautomotive.com.

About Penske Automotive

Penske Automotive Group, Inc., headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, operates 342 retail automotive franchises, representing 40 different brands and 30 collision repair centers. Penske Automotive, which sells new and previously owned vehicles, finance and insurance products and replacement parts, and offers maintenance and repair services on all brands it represents, has 174 franchises in 18 states and Puerto Rico and 168 franchises located outside the United States, primarily in the United Kingdom. Penske Automotive is a member of the Fortune 500 and Russell 2000 and has approximately 16,700 employees.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules, such as earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"). The company has reconciled these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in the release. The company believes that these widely accepted measures of operating profitability improve the transparency of the company's disclosures and provide a meaningful presentation of the company's results from its core business operations excluding the impact of items not related to the company's ongoing core business operations, and improve the period-to-period comparability of the company's results from its core business operations. These non-GAAP financial measures are not substitutes for GAAP financial results, and should only be considered in conjunction with the company's financial information that is presented in accordance with GAAP.

Caution Concerning Forward Looking Statements

Statements in this press release may involve forward-looking statements, including forward-looking statements regarding Penske Automotive Group, Inc.'s future sales potential and outlook. Actual results may vary materially because of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict. These risks and uncertainties include, among others: economic conditions generally, conditions in the credit markets and changes in interest rates, adverse conditions affecting a particular manufacturer, including the adverse impact to the vehicle and parts supply chain due to natural disasters or other disruptions that interrupt the supply of vehicles or parts to us; changes in consumer credit availability, the outcome of legal, regulatory and administrative matters, and other factors over which management has limited control. These forward-looking statements should be evaluated together with additional information about Penske Automotive's business, markets, conditions and other uncertainties, which could affect Penske Automotive's future performance. These risks and uncertainties are addressed in Penske Automotive's Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2012, and its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC"). This press release speaks only as of its date, and Penske Automotive disclaims any duty to update the information herein.

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PENSKE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, INC.

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Income

(Amounts In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

2013

2012

Revenues:

New Vehicle

$

1,742,833

$

1,543,991

Used Vehicle

1,004,964

936,091

Finance and Insurance, Net

86,685

77,752

Service and Parts

383,483

359,206

Fleet, Wholesale and Other

181,902

239,350

Total Revenues

$

3,399,867

$

3,156,390

Cost of Sales:

New Vehicle

1,607,458

1,414,388

Used Vehicle

926,493

860,032

Service and Parts

159,615

151,654

Fleet, Wholesale and Other

173,314

236,457

Total Cost of Sales

2,866,880

2,662,531

Gross Profit

532,987

493,859

SG&A Expenses

413,312

386,705

Depreciation

14,449

12,950

Operating Income

105,226

94,204

Floor Plan Interest Expense

(10,211

)

(9,493

)

Other Interest Expense

(11,776

)

(12,131

)

Equity in Earnings of Affiliates

2,348

4,410

Income from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes

85,587

76,990

Income Taxes

(28,381

)

(26,908

)

Income from Continuing Operations

57,206

50,082

(Loss) Income from Discontinued Operations, Net of Tax

813

(3,076

)

Net Income

58,019

47,006

Less: Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests

(355

)

(188

)

Net Income Attributable to Common Shareholders

$

57,664

$

46,818

Income from Continuing Operations Per Share

$

0.63

$

0.55

Income Per Share

$

0.64

$

0.52

Weighted Average Shares Outstanding

90,457

90,338

Amounts Attributable to Common Shareholders:

Reported Income from Continuing Operations

$

57,206

$

50,082

Less: Income Attributable to Non-Controlling Interests

(355

)

(188

)

Income from Continuing Operations, net of tax

$

56,851

$

49,894

(Loss) Income from Discontinued Operations, net of tax

813

(3,076

)

Net Income

$

57,664

$

46,818

PENSKE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, INC.

Consolidated Condensed Balance Sheets

(Amounts In Thousands)

(Unaudited)

March 31,

December 31,

2013

2012

Assets

Cash and Cash Equivalents

$

31,627

$

43,753

Accounts Receivable, Net

527,663

552,868

Inventories

2,023,529

1,991,167

Other Current Assets

89,488

90,854

Assets Held for Sale

108,468

94,441

Total Current Assets

2,780,775

2,773,083

Property and Equipment, Net

1,078,627

1,023,781

Intangibles

1,225,591

1,258,012

Other Long-Term Assets

329,989

324,114

Total Assets

$

5,414,982

$

5,378,990

Liabilities and Equity

Floor Plan Notes Payable

$

1,425,199

$

1,408,363

Floor Plan Notes Payable - Non-Trade

744,223

716,621

Accounts Payable

287,744

263,349

Accrued Expenses

226,080

223,574

Current Portion Long-Term Debt

33,053

19,493

Liabilities Held for Sale

81,452

62,156

Total Current Liabilities

2,797,751

2,693,556

Long-Term Debt

858,676

918,024

Other Long-Term Liabilities

452,979

451,089

Total Liabilities

4,109,406

4,062,669

Equity

1,305,576

1,316,321

Total Liabilities and Equity

$

5,414,982

$

5,378,990

PENSKE AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, INC.

Consolidated Condensed Statements of Income

(Amounts In Thousands, Except Per Share Data)

(Unaudited)

Three Months Ended

March 31,

% Increase/

2013

2012

(Decrease)

Revenues:

New Vehicle

$

1,742,833

$

1,543,991

12.9%

Used Vehicle

1,004,964

936,091

7.4%

Finance and Insurance, Net

86,685

77,752

11.5%

Service and Parts

383,483

359,206

6.8%

Fleet, Wholesale and Other

181,902

239,350

(24.0%

)

Total Revenues

$

3,399,867

$

3,156,390

7.7%

Cost of Sales:

New Vehicle

1,607,458

1,414,388

13.7%

Used Vehicle

926,493

860,032

7.7%

Service and Parts

159,615

151,654

5.2%

Fleet, Wholesale and Other

173,314

236,457

(26.7%

)

Total Cost of Sales

2,866,880

2,662,531

7.7%

Gross Profit

532,987

493,859

7.9%

SG&A Expenses

413,312

386,705

6.9%

Depreciation

14,449

12,950

11.6%

Operating Income

105,226

94,204

11.7%

Floor Plan Interest Expense

(10,211

)

(9,493

)

7.6%

Other Interest Expense

(11,776

)

(12,131

)

(2.9%

)

Equity in Earnings of Affiliates

2,348

4,410

(46.8%

)

Income from Continuing Operations Before Income Taxes

85,587

76,990

11.2%

Income Taxes

(28,381

)

(26,908

)

5.5%

Income from Continuing Operations

57,206

50,082

14.2%