Electro Rent Reports Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Financial Results

Electro Rent Reports Fiscal 2014 First Quarter Financial Results

-- Company Generates 12 Percent Increase in Net Income --

VAN NUYS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Electro Rent Corporation (Nasdaq: ELRC) today reported improved financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended August 31, 2013.

"We are very comfortable with the solid results achieved during the first quarter, considering the uncertain environment in which we are operating," said Daniel Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Electro Rent. "The quarter was characterized by several positive trends, including strong equipment rentals, an expanding telecom business and data products growth. Our European operations held steady, while China continues to show promise for this fiscal year. Both new and used equipment sales declined modestly."

Total revenues for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 rose to $60.2 million from $58.5 million one year ago. Rental and lease revenues increased approximately 6.0% to $35.7 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, up from $33.7 million last year. Sales of equipment and other revenues totaled $24.5 million for the most recent quarter of fiscal 2013, compared with $24.8 million last year.

Selling, general and administrative expenses equaled $14.7 million, or 24.4% of total revenues, for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, compared with $13.8 million, or 23.6% of total revenues, for the similar quarter last year. The increase principally related to the ongoing enhancement of Electro Rent's sales and sales support organizations, as well as its administrative infrastructure, to support the company's growth plans.

Total operating expenses amounted to $51.4 million for the fiscal 2014 first quarter, versus $50.3 million a year ago.

Operating profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 was $8.8 million, or 14.6% of total revenues, compared with $8.2 million, or 14.1% of total revenues, for the first quarter of fiscal 2013.

Net income grew to $5.7 million, or $0.23 per diluted share, for fiscal 2014 first quarter, versus $5.1 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, for the same quarter last year.

The company's effective tax rate was 35.8% for the first quarter of fiscal 2014, compared with 39.4% for the same quarter last year. The decrease was principally related to changes in state tax apportionment.

Rental equipment additions for the fiscal 2014 first quarter were $15.0 million, compared with $17.9 million for the fiscal 2013 first quarter. The net book value of Electro Rent's equipment was $233.7 million at August 31, 2013, compared with $234.9 million at the end of the last fiscal year.

Electro Rent had a sales order backlog for test and measurement equipment relating to its Agilent resale agreement of $6.9 million at August 31, 2013, versus $7.8 million last year, primarily reflecting a decrease in new sales orders due to lower demand. The majority of the backlog is expected to be delivered to customers within the next six months.

Electro Rent paid dividends of $5.0 million for the first quarter of fiscal 2014. On an annualized basis, Electro Rent's current quarterly dividend of $0.20 per common share represents a 4.6% yield on the October 2, 2013 closing share price of $17.43.

Total shareholders' equity at August 31, 2013 was $225.0 million, or $9.38 per share, compared with $228.5 million, or $9.52 per share, at May 31, 2013.

Electro Rent's cash and cash equivalents balance was $5.5 million at August 31, 2013, compared with $10.4 million at May 31, 2013. The decline related primarily to the repayment of debt. Bank borrowings at August 31, 2013 were reduced to $5.0 million, from $10.0 million at May 31, 2013 and a high of $23.0 million in December 2012, when the company paid its special dividend.

"We remain cautiously positive about the remainder of the fiscal year, despite the complicated issues surrounding the current government 'shutdown,' sequestration, the national budget, and the impact that is having on our core customer sectors. In this environment, customers are continuing to respond very positively to the alternatives we offer, which allow them to deploy their capital in much more effective ways," said Greenberg. "We believe Electro Rent's longer-term prospects remain very promising. Regardless of external challenges, we are confident that the range of choices we offer to customers, including sale of new and used equipment, leases, and most importantly, rentals, will become a much more important factor in our customers' business decisions this coming fiscal year."

About Electro Rent

Electro Rent Corporation (www.ElectroRent.com) is one of the largest global organizations devoted to the rental, leasing and sales of general purpose electronic test equipment, personal computers and servers.

"Safe Harbor" Statement:

Except for the historical statements and discussions in this press release, the company's statements above constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. These forward-looking statements reflect Electro Rent's management's current views with respect to future events and financial performance; however, you should not put undue reliance on these statements. When used, the words "expect" and "will" and other similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. The company believes its assumptions are reasonable; nonetheless, it is likely that at least some of these assumptions will not come true. Accordingly, Electro Rent's actual results will probably differ from the outcomes contained in any forward-looking statement, and those differences could be material. Factors that could cause or contribute to these differences include, among others, those risks and uncertainties discussed in the company's periodic reports on Form 10-K and 10-Q and in its other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Should one or more of the risks discussed, or any other risks, materialize, or should one or more of our underlying assumptions prove incorrect, the company's actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimated, expected or projected. In light of the risks and uncertainties, there can be no assurance that any forward-looking statement will in fact prove to be correct. Electro Rent undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements.

(Unaudited) (in thousands, except per share data)
Three Months Ended
August 31,
Rentals and leases$35,657$33,665
Sales of equipment and other revenues 24,511 24,836
Total revenues 60,168 58,501
Operating expenses:
Depreciation of rental and lease equipment14,37314,058
Costs of rentals and leases, excluding depreciation4,8124,372
Cost of sales equipment and other revenues17,51818,049
Selling, general and administrative expenses 14,679 13,777
Total operating expenses 51,382 50,256
Operating profit8,7868,245
Interest income, net 82 146
Income before income taxes8,8688,391
Income tax provision 3,171 3,305
Net income$5,697$5,086
Earnings per share:


Shares used in per share calculation:
Basic 24,291 23,993
Diluted 24,328 24,216
Cash dividends declared per share$0.40$0.20

(Unaudited) (in thousands, except share numbers)
August 31,May 31,
Cash and cash equivalents$5,489$10,402
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $410 and $45734,39034,350
Rental and lease equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $231,274 and $224,397233,746234,856
Other property, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $19,125 and $18,87313,70013,826
Intangibles, net of amortization of $1,509 and $1,4689961,037
Other assets 21,361 21,346
Bank Borrowings$5,000$10,000
Accounts payable5,6717,479
Accrued expenses21,59415,866
Deferred revenue7,2187,292
Deferred tax liability 48,305 49,740
Total liabilities 87,788 90,377
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $1 par - shares authorized 1,000,000, none issued
Common stock, no par - shares authorized 40,000,000;
issued and outstanding August 31, 2013 - 23,996,292;
May 31, 2013 - 23,995,62638,16437,724
Accumulated other comprehensive income, net of tax-
Retained earnings 186,839 190,825
Total shareholders' equity 225,003 228,549

Electro Rent Corporation
Daniel Greenberg, Chairman and CEO
PondelWilkinson Inc.
Roger Pondel/Laurie Berman

KEYWORDS:   United States  North America  California


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