Hertz Reports Significant Year-Over-Year First Quarter Improvement
- Company increases 2012 guidance to $1.38 Adjusted EPS and $1.66B Corporate EBITDA at the high end of the range.
May 2, 2012
PARK RIDGE, N.J., May 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --
Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HTZ) (with its subsidiaries, the "Company" or "we") reported first quarter 2012 worldwide revenues of $2.0 billion, an increase of 10.2% year-over-year (a 10.7% increase excluding the effects of foreign currency). Worldwide car rental revenues for the quarter increased 9.8% year-over-year (a 10.3% increase excluding the effects of foreign currency) to $1,658.2 million. Revenues from worldwide equipment rental for the first quarter were $302.1 million, up 12.6% year-over-year (a 13.4% increase excluding the effects of foreign currency).
First quarter 2012 adjusted pre-tax income was $29.4 million, versus an adjusted pre-tax loss of $16.0 million in the same period in 2011, and loss before income taxes ("pre-tax loss"), on a GAAP basis, was $36.8 million, versus a pre-tax loss of $158.9 million in the first quarter of 2011. Corporate EBITDA(1) for the first quarter of 2012 was $208.0 million, an increase of 25.0% from the same period in 2011.
First quarter 2012 adjusted net income(1) was $19.4 million, versus a loss of $14.2 million in the same period of 2011, resulting in adjusted diluted earnings per share for the quarter of $0.05, compared with an adjusted diluted loss per share of $0.03 for the first quarter of 2011. First quarter 2012 net loss attributable to Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. and Subsidiaries' common stockholders, or "net loss," on a GAAP basis, was $56.3 million or $0.13 per share on a diluted basis, compared with a loss of $132.6 million, or $0.32 per share on a diluted basis, for the first quarter of 2011.
Mark P. Frissora, the Company's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are gratified by strong first quarter 2012 results, further validating our long-term, balanced approach to running global businesses, which generated double-digit revenue and profit growth despite difficult conditions in Europe."
INCOME MEASUREMENTS, FIRST QUARTER 2012 & 2011
Net cash provided by operating activities was $492.0 million in the first quarter of 2012, compared to $165.6 million in the same period last year, an increase of $326.4 million. The increase was primarily due to the timing of interest and other corporate payments, as well as an increase in net income before depreciation and amortization. Additionally, corporate cash flow(1) improved by $73.4 million due to the reasons stated above, as well as due to favorable timing of fleet payables and lower financing costs, partially offset by cash used for acquisitions. The Company ended the first quarter of 2012 with total debt of $11.4 billion and net corporate debt (1) of $3.96 billion, compared with total debt of $11.3 billion and net corporate debt of $3.68 billion as of December 31, 2011.
WORLDWIDE CAR RENTAL
Worldwide car rental revenues were $1,658.2 million for the first quarter of 2012, an increase of 9.8% (a 10.3% increase excluding the effects of foreign currency) from the prior year period. The Company achieved record transaction days for the quarter which increased 6.8% over the first quarter of 2011 [9.6% U.S.; 0.2% International]. U.S. off-airport total revenues for the first quarter increased 8.2% year-over-year, and transaction days increased 10.9% from the prior year period. Worldwide rental rate revenue per transaction day(1) ("RPD") for the quarter decreased 3.9% [(4.4)% U.S.; (2.4)% International] from the prior year period. RPD continues to be impacted by the shift in our mix between airport and off-airport rentals. When adjusted for mix, first quarter U.S. total RPD decreased 3.0%, with the leisure business decreasing 2.4%. Growth in off-airport rentals, and specifically growth in replacement rentals, which have longer rental lengths, has a negative impact on RPD. However, it is important to note that off-airport's profit contribution is growing significantly.
Worldwide car rental adjusted pre-tax income for the first quarter of 2012 was $91.6 million, an increase of $30.3 million from $61.3 million in the prior year period. The result was driven by increased volume, robust residual values, and strong cost management performance, partially offset by a decrease in RPD. As a result, worldwide car rental achieved an adjusted pre-tax margin(1) of 5.5% for the quarter, versus 4.1% in the prior year period.
The worldwide average number of Company-operated cars for the first quarter of 2012 was 595,300, an increase of 39.3% over the prior year period, largely as a result of the Donlen acquisition, and a 6.2% increase year-over-year excluding the effects of the Donlen acquisition.
WORLDWIDE EQUIPMENT RENTAL
Worldwide equipment rental revenues were $302.1 million for the first quarter of 2012, a 12.6% increase (a 13.4% increase excluding the effects of foreign currency) from the prior year period.
Adjusted pre-tax income for worldwide equipment rental for the first quarter of 2012 was $25.9 million, an improvement of $15.7 million from $10.2 million in the prior year period, primarily attributable to the effects of increased volume and pricing and cost management initiatives. Worldwide equipment rental achieved an adjusted pre-tax margin of 8.6% and a Corporate EBITDA margin(1) of 35.6% for the quarter.
The average acquisition cost of rental equipment operated during the first quarter of 2012 increased by 5.3% year-over-year and net revenue earning equipment as of March 31, 2012 was $1,911.1 million, compared to $1,786.7 million as of December 31, 2011.
Commenting on the Company's business unit results for the first quarter of 2012, Mark Frissora said, "In addition to generating strong organic revenue and earnings growth, especially in the United States, HERC completed two acquisitions, Cinelease and Arpielle, last quarter which are already contributing profitable, incremental revenue growth to our equipment rental results. Donlen, acquired last September, is a key component of our 2012 vehicle and equipment leasing and fleet management strategies for HERC and car rental. The global car rental business continues to generate exceptional adjusted pre-tax income growth, which should further improve now that conditions in Europe have stabilized. We are especially pleased that Advantage continues to be a significant growth engine, with global revenues up about 56.5% in April and U.S. advance reservations almost double 2011 levels for all periods forward. Additionally, the installation of Hertz on Demand's car sharing technology throughout our rental fleet over the next 12-18 months will provide consumers more options and control, and improve our efficiency, as we put the power of Hertz into the hands of our customers 24/7."
Hertz has increased its full year 2012 guidance for revenues, Corporate EBITDA, adjusted pre-tax income, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share as follows:
Adjusted diluted earnings per share are based on 450 million adjusted diluted shares outstanding.
RESULTS OF THE HERTZ CORPORATION
The Company's operating subsidiary, The Hertz Corporation ("Hertz"), posted the same revenues for the first quarter of 2012 as the Company. Hertz's first quarter 2012 pre-tax loss was $24.0 million versus the Company's pre-tax loss of $36.8 million. The difference between Hertz's and the Company's results is primarily due to additional interest expense recognized by the Company on its 5.25% Convertible Senior Notes issued in May and September 2009.
(1) Adjusted pre-tax income, adjusted pre-tax margin, Corporate EBITDA, Corporate EBITDA margin, adjusted net income, adjusted diluted earnings per share, corporate cash flow, net corporate debt and rental rate revenue per transaction day are non-GAAP measures. See the accompanying Tables and Exhibit for the reconciliations and definitions for each of these non-GAAP measures and the reason the Company's management believes that these measures provide useful information to investors regarding the Company's financial condition and results of operations.
(2) Management believes that Corporate EBITDA, adjusted pre-tax income, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share are useful in measuring the comparable results of the Company period-over-period. The GAAP measures most directly comparable to Corporate EBITDA, adjusted pre-tax income, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share are (i) pre-tax income and cash flows from operating activities, (ii) pre-tax income, (iii) net income, and (iv) diluted earnings per share, respectively. Because of the forward-looking nature of the Company's forecasted Corporate EBITDA, adjusted pre-tax income, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share, specific quantifications of the amounts that would be required to reconcile forecasted cash flows from operating activities, pre-tax income and net income are not available. The Company believes that there is a degree of volatility with respect to certain of the Company's GAAP measures, primarily related to fair value accounting for its financial assets (which includes the Company's derivative financial instruments), its income tax reporting and certain adjustments made to arrive at the relevant non-GAAP measures, which preclude the Company from providing accurate forecasted GAAP to non-GAAP reconciliations. Based on the above, the Company believes that providing estimates of the amounts that would be required to reconcile the range of the non-GAAP Corporate EBITDA, adjusted pre-tax income, adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share to forecasted cash flows from operating activities, pre-tax income, net income and diluted earnings per share would imply a degree of precision that would be confusing or misleading to investors for the reasons identified above.
CONFERENCE CALL INFORMATION
The Company's first quarter 2012 earnings conference call will be held on Thursday, May 3, 2012, at 10:00 a.m. (EDT). To access the conference call live, dial 800-288-8975 in the U.S. and 612-332-0430 for international callers using the passcode: 245862 or listen via webcast at www.hertz.com/investorrelations. The conference call will be available for replay one hour following the conclusion of the call until May 17, 2012 by calling 800-475-6701 in the U.S. or 320-365-3844 for international callers with the passcode: 245862. The press release and related tables containing the reconciliations of non-GAAP measures will be available on our website, www.hertz.com/investorrelations.
ABOUT THE COMPANY
Hertz is the largest worldwide airport general use car rental brand, operating from approximately 8,650 corporate and licensee locations in approximately 150 countries in North America, Europe, Latin America, Asia, Australia, Africa, the Middle East and New Zealand. Hertz is the number one airport car rental brand in the U.S. and at 119 major airports in Europe. In addition, the Company has sales and marketing centers in 60 countries which promote Hertz business both within and outside such country. Product and service initiatives such as Hertz Gold Choice, Hertz #1 Club Gold®, NeverLost® customized, onboard navigation systems, Sirius XM Satellite Radio, and unique cars and SUVs offered through the Company's Adrenaline, Prestige and Green Traveler Collections, set Hertz apart from the competition. In 2008, the Company entered the global car sharing market with its service now referred to as Hertz On Demand which rents cars by the hour and/or by the day, at various locations in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Hertz also operates one of the world's largest equipment rental businesses, Hertz Equipment Rental Corporation, offering a diverse line of rental equipment, from small tools and supplies to earthmoving equipment, as well as new and used equipment for sale, to customers ranging from major industrial companies to local contractors and consumers, from approximately 325 branches in the United States, Canada, China, France, Spain and Saudi Arabia, as well as through its international licensees. Hertz also owns Donlen Corporation, based in Northbrook, Illinois, which is a leader in providing fleet leasing and management services.
CAUTIONARY NOTE CONCERNING FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS
Certain statements contained in this press release and in related comments by our management include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Examples of forward-looking statements include information concerning the Company's outlook, anticipated revenues and results of operations, as well as any other statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. These forward-looking statements often include words such as "believe," "expect," "project," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "seek," "will," "may," "would," "should," "could," "forecasts" or similar expressions. These statements are based on certain assumptions that the Company has made in light of its experience in the industry as well as its perceptions of historical trends, current conditions, expected future developments and other factors that the Company believes are appropriate in these circumstances. We believe these judgments are reasonable, but you should understand that these statements are not guarantees of performance or results, and our actual results could differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements due to a variety of important factors, both positive and negative.
Among other items, such factors could include: our ability to obtain regulatory approval for and to consummate an acquisition of Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group; the risk that expected synergies, operational efficiencies and cost savings from a Dollar Thrifty acquisition may not be fully realized or realized within the expected time frame; the operational and profitability impact of divestitures that may be required to be undertaken to secure regulatory approval for an acquisition of Dollar Thrifty; levels of travel demand, particularly with respect to airline passenger traffic in the United States and in global markets; significant changes in the competitive environment, including as a result of industry consolidation, and the effect of competition in our markets, including on our pricing policies or use of incentives; occurrences that disrupt rental activity during our peak periods; our ability to achieve cost savings and efficiencies and realize opportunities to increase productivity and profitability; an increase in our fleet costs as a result of an increase in the cost of new vehicles and/or a decrease in the price at which we dispose of used vehicles either in the used vehicle market or under repurchase or guaranteed depreciation programs; our ability to accurately estimate future levels of rental activity and adjust the size of our fleet accordingly; our ability to maintain sufficient liquidity and the availability to us of additional or continued sources of financing for our revenue earning equipment and to refinance our existing indebtedness; safety recalls by the manufacturers of our vehicles and equipment; a major disruption in our communication or centralized information networks; financial instability of the manufacturers of our vehicles and equipment; any impact on us from the actions of our licensees, franchisees, dealers and independent contractors; our ability to maintain profitability during adverse economic cycles and unfavorable external events (including war, terrorist acts, natural disasters and epidemic disease); shortages of fuel and increases or volatility in fuel costs; our ability to successfully integrate acquisitions and complete dispositions; our ability to maintain favorable brand recognition; costs and risks associated with litigation; risks related to our indebtedness, including our substantial amount of debt and our ability to incur substantially more debt and increases in interest rates or in our borrowing margins; our ability to meet the financial and other covenants contained in our senior credit facilities, our outstanding unsecured senior notes and certain asset-backed and asset-based funding arrangements; changes in accounting principles, or their application or interpretation, and our ability to make accurate estimates and the assumptions underlying the estimates, which could have an effect on earnings; changes in the existing, or the adoption of new laws, regulations, policies or other activities of governments, agencies and similar organizations where such actions may affect our operations, the cost thereof or applicable tax rates; changes to our senior management team; the effect of tangible and intangible asset impairment charges; the impact of our derivative instruments, which can be affected by fluctuations in interest rates and commodity prices; and our exposure to fluctuations in foreign exchange rates. Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and Current Reports on Form 8-K.
The Company therefore cautions you against relying on these forward-looking statements. All forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on the Company's behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. All such statements speak only as of the date made, and the Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Tables and Exhibit:
Exhibit 1: Non-GAAP Measures: Definitions and Use/Importance
Non-GAAP Measures: Definitions and Use/Importance
Hertz Global Holdings, Inc. ("Hertz Holdings") is our top-level holding company. The Hertz Corporation ("Hertz") is our primary operating company. The term "GAAP" refers to accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America.
Definitions of non-GAAP measures utilized in Hertz Holdings' May 2, 2012 Press Release are set forth below. Also set forth below is a summary of the reasons why management of Hertz Holdings and Hertz believes that the presentation of the non-GAAP financial measures included in the Press Release provide useful information regarding Hertz Holdings' and Hertz's financial condition and results of operations and additional purposes, if any, for which management of Hertz Holdings and Hertz utilize the non-GAAP measures.
1. Earnings Before Interest, Taxes, Depreciation and Amortization ("EBITDA") and Corporate EBITDA
EBITDA is defined as net income before net interest expense, income taxes and depreciation (which includes revenue earning equipment lease charges) and amortization. Corporate EBITDA, as presented herein, represents EBITDA as adjusted for car rental fleet interest, car rental fleet depreciation and certain other items, as described in more detail in the accompanying tables.
Management uses EBITDA and Corporate EBITDA as operating performance and liquidity metrics for internal monitoring and planning purposes, including the preparation of our annual operating budget and monthly operating reviews, as well as to facilitate analysis of investment decisions, profitability and performance trends. Further, EBITDA enables management and investors to isolate the effects on profitability of operating metrics such as revenue, operating expenses and selling, general and administrative expenses, which enables management and investors to evaluate our two business segments that are financed differently and have different depreciation characteristics and compare our performance against companies with different capital structures and depreciation policies. We also present Corporate EBITDA as a supplemental measure because such information is utilized in the calculation of financial covenants under Hertz's senior credit facilities.
2. Adjusted Pre-Tax Income
Adjusted pre-tax income is calculated as income before income taxes plus non-cash purchase accounting charges, non-cash debt charges relating to the amortization of debt financing costs and debt discounts and certain one-time charges and non-operational items. Adjusted pre-tax income is important to management because it allows management to assess operational performance of our business, exclusive of the items mentioned above. It also allows management to assess the performance of the entire business on the same basis as the segment measure of profitability. Management believes that it is important to investors for the same reasons it is important to management and because it allows them to assess the operational performance of the Company on the same basis that management uses internally.
3. Adjusted Net Income
Adjusted net income is calculated as adjusted pre-tax income less a provision for income taxes derived utilizing a normalized income tax rate (34% in 2012 and 2011) and noncontrolling interest. The normalized income tax rate is management's estimate of our long-term tax rate. Adjusted net income is important to management and investors because it represents our operational performance exclusive of the effects of purchase accounting, non-cash debt charges, one-time charges and items that are not operational in nature or comparable to those of our competitors.
4. Adjusted Diluted Earnings Per Share
Adjusted diluted earnings per share is calculated as adjusted net income divided by, for the three months ended March 31, 2012, 418.1 million, which represents the weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the period; for the three months ended March 31, 2011, 413.0 million, which represents the approximate weighted average diluted shares outstanding for the period. Adjusted diluted earnings per share is important to management and investors because it represents a measure of our operational performance exclusive of the effects of purchase accounting adjustments, non-cash debt charges, one-time charges and items that are not operational in nature or comparable to those of our competitors.
5. Transaction Days
Transaction days represent the total number of days that vehicles were on rent in a given period.
6. Car Rental Rate Revenue, Rental Rate Revenue Per Transaction Day and Rental Rate Revenue Per Transaction
Car rental rate revenue consists of all revenue, net of discounts, associated with the rental of cars including charges for optional insurance products, but excluding revenue derived from fueling and concession and other expense pass-throughs, NeverLost units in the U.S. and certain ancillary revenue. Rental rate revenue per transaction day is calculated as total rental rate revenue, divided by the total number of transaction days, with all periods adjusted to eliminate the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency. Rental rate revenue per transaction is calculated as total rental rate revenue, divided by the total number of transactions, with all periods adjusted to eliminate the effects of fluctuations in foreign currency. Our management believes eliminating the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency is appropriate so as not to affect the comparability of underlying trends. These statistics are important to management and investors as they represent the best measurements of the changes in underlying pricing in the car rental business and encompass the elements in car rental pricing that management has the ability to control. The optional insurance products are packaged within certain negotiated corporate, government and membership programs and within certain retail rates being charged. Based upon these existing programs and rate packages, management believes that these optional insurance products should be consistently included in the daily pricing of car rental transactions. On the other hand, non-rental rate revenue items such as refueling and concession pass-through expense items are driven by factors beyond the control of management (i.e. the price of fuel and the concession fees charged by airports). Additionally, NeverLost units are an optional revenue product which management does not consider to be part of their daily pricing of car rental transactions.
7. Equipment Rental and Rental Related Revenue
Equipment rental and rental related revenue consists of all revenue, net of discounts, associated with the rental of equipment including charges for delivery, loss damage waivers and fueling, but excluding revenue arising from the sale of equipment, parts and supplies and certain other ancillary revenue. Rental and rental related revenue is adjusted in all periods to eliminate the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency. Our management believes eliminating the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency is appropriate so as not to affect the comparability of underlying trends. This statistic is important to our management and to investors as it is utilized in the measurement of rental revenue generated per dollar invested in fleet on an annualized basis and is comparable with the reporting of other industry participants.
8. Same Store Revenue Growth/Decline
Same store revenue growth or decline is calculated as the year over year change in revenue for locations that are open at the end of the period reported and have been operating under our direction for more than twelve months. The same store revenue amounts are adjusted in all periods to eliminate the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency. Our management believes eliminating the effect of fluctuations in foreign currency is appropriate so as not to affect the comparability of underlying trends.
9. Unlevered Pre-Tax Cash Flow
Unlevered pre-tax cash flow is calculated as Corporate EBITDA less non-fleet capital expenditures, net of non-fleet disposals, plus changes in working capital (receivables, excluding car rental receivables, inventories, prepaid expenses, accounts payable and accrued liabilities), cash used for acquisitions, cash used for / provided by other investing activities, cash used / provided by non-debt financing activities and the foreign exchange impact on cash and cash equivalents. Unlevered pre-tax cash flow is important to management and investors as it represents funds available to pay corporate interest and taxes and to grow our fleet or reduce debt.
10. Levered After-Tax Cash Flow Before Fleet Growth
Levered after-tax cash flow before fleet growth is calculated as Unlevered Pre-Tax Cash Flow less corporate net cash interest and corporate cash taxes. Levered after-tax cash flow before fleet growth is important to management and investors as it represents the funds available to grow our fleet or reduce our debt.
11. Corporate Net Cash Interest (used in the calculation of Levered After-Tax Cash Flow Before Fleet Growth)
Corporate net cash interest represents cash paid by the Company during the period for interest expense relating to Corporate Debt. Corporate net cash interest helps management and investors measure the ongoing costs of financing the business exclusive of the costs associated with the fleet financing.
12. Corporate Cash Taxes (used in the calculation of Levered After-Tax Cash Flow Before Fleet Growth)
Corporate cash taxes represents cash paid by the Company during the period for income taxes.
13. Corporate Cash Flow
Corporate cash flow is calculated as Levered After-Tax Cash Flow Before Fleet Growth less equipment rental fleet growth capital expenditures, net of disposal proceeds and less the car rental fleet equity requirement. Corporate cash flow is important to management and investors as it represents the cash available for the reduction of corporate debt.
14. Net Corporate Debt
Net corporate debt is calculated as total debt excluding fleet debt less cash and equivalents and corporate restricted cash. Corporate debt consists of our Senior Term Facility; Senior ABL Facility; Senior Notes; Senior Subordinated Notes, Convertible Senior Notes; and certain other indebtedness of our domestic and foreign subsidiaries. Net Corporate Debt is important to management, investors and ratings agencies as it helps measure our leverage. Net Corporate Debt also assists in the evaluation of our ability to service our non-fleet-related debt without reference to the expense associated with the fleet debt, which is fully collateralized by assets not available to lenders under the non-fleet debt facilities.
15. Corporate Restricted Cash (used in the calculation of Net Corporate Debt)
Total restricted cash includes cash and cash equivalents that are not readily available for our normal disbursements. Total restricted cash and equivalents are restricted for the purchase of revenue earning vehicles and other specified uses under our Fleet Debt facilities, our like-kind exchange programs and to satisfy certain of our self insurance regulatory reserve requirements. Corporate restricted cash is calculated as total restricted cash less restricted cash associated with fleet debt.
16. Net Fleet Debt
Net fleet debt is calculated as total fleet debt less restricted cash associated with fleet debt. As of March 31, 2012, fleet debt consists of U.S. Fleet Variable Funding Notes, U.S. Fleet Medium Term Notes, Donlen GN II Variable Funding Notes, U.S. Fleet Financing Facility, European Revolving Credit Facility, European Fleet Notes, European Securitization, Canadian Securitization, Australian Securitization, Brazilian Fleet Financing and Capitalized Leases relating to revenue earning equipment. This measure is important to management, investors and ratings agencies as it helps measure our leverage.
17. Restricted Cash Associated with Fleet Debt (used in the calculation of Net Fleet Debt and Corporate Restricted Cash)
Restricted cash associated with fleet debt is restricted for the purchase of revenue earning vehicles and other specified uses under our Fleet Debt facilities and our car rental like-kind exchange program.
18. Total Net Debt
Total net debt is calculated as net corporate debt plus net fleet debt. This measure is important to management, investors and ratings agencies as it helps measure our leverage.
SOURCE Hertz Global Holdings, Inc.
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