BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. — Penske Automotive Group, Inc. announced this week that fourth quarter 2011 income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders increased 22% to $42.5 million and related earnings per share increased 24% to $0.47 per share. This compares to income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders of $34.9 million, or $0.38 per share in the same period last year.
Fourth Quarter 2011
- Revenue Increases 11% to $3.0 Billion
- Same-store Retail Revenue Increases 5.9%
- Operating Income Increases 16% to $76.6 mil
- Income from Continuing Operations Increases 22% to $42.5 Million
- EPS from Continuing Operations Increases 24% to $0.47 per share
- EBITDA Increases 16% to $89.7 Million
Full Year 2011
- Revenue Increases 12% to $11.6 Billion
- Same-store Retail Revenue Increases 8.2%
- Operating Income Increases 15% to $298.2 mil
- Income from Continuing Operations Increases 42% to $175.1 Million
- EPS from Continuing Operations Increases 43% to $1.92 per share
- EBITDA Increases 17% to $344.0 Million
Total revenue increased by 10.8%, to $3.0 billion, driven largely by an increase in total retail unit sales of 10.6%. The increase in retail unit sales was highlighted by a 20.0% increase in used retail unit sales, which drove the Company’s used-to-new ratio to 0.82 to 1. Same-store retail revenue increased 5.9% in the fourth quarter. Total gross profit for the Company improved 9.3% to $455.8 million and operating income increased 16.1% to $76.6 million.
Highlights of the Fourth Quarter
Total retail unit sales increased 10.6% to 71,453
- +14.1% in the United States; +2.6% Internationally
- New unit retail sales +4.0%
- Used unit retail sales +20.0%
Same-store retail revenue increased 5.9%
- New +2.7%; Used +14.1%; Finance & Insurance +11.4%; Service and Parts +0.7%
- +9.3% in the United States; (0.1%) Internationally
Average Transaction Price Per Unit
- New $38,816, +4.4%
- Used $26,034, (1.3%)
Average Gross Profit Per Unit
- New $3,251, +2.8%; Gross Margin 8.4%
- Used $1,852, (2.6%); Gross Margin 7.1%
- Finance & Insurance $965, +3.8%
Inventory Days’ Supply
- New 49 days; Used 52 days
Chairman Roger Penske said, “Our fourth quarter results continue to demonstrate the strength of the automotive retail model and the benefit from our premium/luxury brand mix in both the U.S. and international markets. We produced another outstanding quarter of profitability while generating same-store revenue increases in each area of our business. I am extremely pleased with the continued strong performance of our used vehicle business, which increased same-store retail unit sales by 16% and same-store retail revenue by 14%, and our service and parts operations gross margin which added 120 basis points to 57.3%.”
For the year ended December 31, 2011, total revenue increased 11.9% to $11.6 billion. Income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders was an all-time company record, increasing 41.7% to $175.1 million and related earnings per share increased 43.3% to $1.92. This compares to income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders of $123.6 million, and related earnings per share of $1.34 per share in the same period last year. During 2011, the Company recognized a net income tax benefit of $11.0 million, or $0.12 per share, reflecting a positive adjustment from the resolution of certain tax items in the U.K. of $17.0 million, or $0.19 per share, partially offset by a reduction in deferred tax assets of $6.0 million, or $0.07 per share. After adjusting for these items, adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders was $164.0 million, or $1.80 per share, representing an increase of 34.3% on a per share basis compared to last year.
Penske added, “The performance of our business in 2011 exceeded our expectations. We completed the most profitable year in the history of our Company, generating a same-store retail revenue increase of 8.2% and $344 million in EBITDA. Further, we continued to grow the business through opportunistic acquisitions of approximately $1 billion in estimated annualized revenue, which includes the January 2012 Agnew Group acquisition in the U.K. We also discontinued non-strategic dealerships during 2011 with annualized revenues of approximately $300 million. These acquisitions, coupled with the continued recovery in the retail automotive market, are expected to drive our business to higher levels in 2012.”
Securities Repurchase Activity
For the year ended December 31, 2011, the Company acquired 2,449,768 shares of its common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $44.3 million, or an average price of $18.07 per share. The Company currently has remaining authorization from its Board of Directors to repurchase up to $106.8 million of its outstanding common stock, debt or convertible debt. Securities may be acquired from time to time either through open market purchases, negotiated transactions or other means.
About Penske Automotive
Penske Automotive Group, Inc., headquartered in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, operates 332 retail automotive franchises, representing 42 different brands and 29 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 166 franchises in 17 states and Puerto Rico and 166 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 16,000 employees.
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
This release contains certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules, such as adjusted income from continuing operations, adjusted income from continuing operations per share and 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. 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 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 such as the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March 2011; changes in consumer credit availability, the outcome of legal 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, 2010, 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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* See the following Non-GAAP reconciliation tables
Reconciliation of twelve months ended December 31, 2011, income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders and related earnings per share to adjusted income from continuing operations attributable to common shareholders and related earnings per share:
Source: Penske Automotive Group, Inc.