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Electro Rent Reports Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Financial Results

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Electro Rent Reports Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Financial Results

Electro Rent Reports Fiscal 2012 Third Quarter Financial Results

VAN NUYS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Electro Rent Corporation (NASDAQ:ELRC) today reported financial results for the third quarter and nine months ended February 29, 2012.

“Fortunately, our March rentals looked encouraging and the initiatives we have undertaken over the last several years put us in good shape to become the partner of choice for providing the best test and measurement equipment acquisition alternatives.”

“Our business remained steady during the quarter, with growth constrained by slower new and used equipment sales and uncertainty in the defense and aerospace industries, an important segment of our business,” said Daniel Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Electro Rent. “A challenging budgetary environment in the sector delayed buying decisions while companies come to grips with changes in the defense budget. We believe that when the dust settles, renting test and measurement equipment will emerge as a key alternative to purchasing. Electro Rent is squarely positioned to benefit from this fundamental shift caused by a steadily deteriorating defense budget.”

Total revenues grew to $60.1 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 from $59.5 million for the same quarter last year. Sales of equipment and other revenues were $28.4 million for the most recent fiscal quarter, compared with $30.8 million for the fiscal 2011 third quarter. The decline primarily reflected lower sales of used equipment and new Agilent equipment, partially offset by increased finance lease activity. Rental and lease revenues increased to $31.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2012 from $28.7 million for the third quarter of fiscal 2011. The increase was principally attributable to higher rental activity and rates in North America and Europe, as the integration of Electro Rent’s new resale organization with its existing test and measurement sales force provided additional rental opportunities to an expanding customer base. This increase was partially offset by decline in leasing demand in the company’s data products business.

SG&A expenses totaled $15.7 million, or 26.2% of total revenues, for the fiscal 2012 third quarter, compared with $14.3 million, or 24.0% of total revenues, for last year’s third quarter. The increased selling, general and administrative expenses reflects the enhancement of Electro Rent’s sales organization in support of its Agilent resale agreement, higher rental demand and future growth opportunities. Total operating expenses amounted to $52.2 million for the fiscal 2012 third quarter, compared with $51.2 million last year.

Operating profit for the fiscal 2012 third quarter was $7.9 million, or 13.1% of total revenues, versus $8.3 million, or 14.0% of total revenues, a year ago.

Net income for the fiscal 2012 third quarter was $5.0 million, or $0.21 per diluted share, substantially the same as last year’s third fiscal quarter. Net income for the fiscal 2012 period was impacted by higher depreciation expense related to the company’s substantially increased average rental and lease equipment pool, as well as higher selling, general and administrative expenses.

Total revenues for the fiscal 2012 nine-month period grew 10.3% to $180.4 million from $163.6 million for the comparable period last year. Equipment sales and other revenues rose 10.5% to $84.4 million for the nine months ended February 29, 2012 from $76.4 million for the first nine months of fiscal 2011. Rental and lease revenues for the fiscal 2012 year-to-date period increased 10.1% to $95.9 million from $87.1 million for the similar period last year.

Net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 improved 12% to $19.5 million, or $0.81 per diluted share, from $17.4 million, or $0.72 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2011 period. Net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2012 included a one-time gain of $3.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, and $202,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 associated with an acquisition. Net income for the first nine months of fiscal 2011 included a reversal of accrued interest and penalties of $1.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, related to the effective settlement of the company’s uncertain tax positions.

SG&A expenses were $47.5 million, or 26.4% of total revenues, for the first nine months of fiscal 2012, versus $41.5 million, or 25.4% of total revenues, for the similar period last year. Total operating expenses for the fiscal 2012 nine-month period were $154.5 million, compared with $137.3 million for the fiscal 2011 nine-month period.

Operating profit for the fiscal 2012 year-to-date period was $25.9 million, or 14.4% of total revenue, versus $26.2 million, or 16.0% of total revenue, for the prior-year period.

The company’s effective tax rate for the fiscal 2012 third quarter was 37.7%, versus 39.1% in the prior year period. The decrease related to a refund of foreign taxes recognized as tax expense in prior years.

Rental equipment purchases for the fiscal 2012 third quarter and nine-month period were $23.9 million and $78.2 million, respectively, compared with $22.5 million and $70.9 million, respectively, for the same periods last year. The book value of Electro Rent's equipment increased significantly to $240.6 million at February 29, 2012 from $195.6 million at May 31, 2011.

As of February 29, 2012, Electro Rent had a sales order backlog for test and measurement equipment relating to the company’s Agilent resale agreement of $11.8 million, versus $15.8 million as of the same time last year. The majority of the backlog is expected to be delivered to customers within the next six months. The company recently extended its resale agreement with Agilent through January 31, 2014.

Electro Rent paid dividends of $4.9 million for the fiscal 2012 third quarter. On an annualized basis, the company’s current quarterly dividend of $0.20 per common share represents a 4.4% yield on the March 30, 2012 closing price of $18.41.

Total shareholders' equity at February 29, 2012 grew to $246.5 million, or $10.27 per share, from $240.4 million, or $10.02 per share, at May 31, 2011.

Electro Rent had $8.9 million in cash and cash equivalents at February 29, 2012, compared with $41.4 million at the end of fiscal 2011. The decrease related primarily to the company’s acquisition of EMT, equipment purchases and dividend payments. Electro Rent’s balance sheet remains debt free, and the company has the full amount available on its $25.0 million bank line of credit. Since the beginning of fiscal 2009, the company has returned $81.5 million in cash to shareholders and has invested $35.4 million in cash for the successful acquisitions of Telogy LLC and EMT.

“We remain cautiously optimistic as the defense and aerospace industries adapt to a new operating environment and a potential shift in their spending strategies,” said Greenberg. “Fortunately, our March rentals looked encouraging and the initiatives we have undertaken over the last several years put us in good shape to become the partner of choice for providing the best test and measurement equipment acquisition alternatives.”

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, which include, but are not limited to, whether renting test and measurement equipment, versus purchasing it, will emerge as a key alternative for customers, that Electro Rent is squarely positioned to benefit from the fundamental shift being caused by a steadily deteriorating defense budget, and that the company will become the partner of choice for providing the best test and measurement equipment acquisition alternatives, 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," "will," "helping," and other similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties. The company believes its management's 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, our 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.

 
ELECTRO RENT CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited) (in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
      Three Months Ended       Nine Months Ended
February 29,       February 28, February 29,       February 28,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Revenues:
Rentals and leases $ 31,704 $ 28,679 $ 95,925 $ 87,139
Sales of equipment and other revenues   28,375   30,771   84,447   76,413
 
Total revenues   60,079   59,450   180,372   163,552
 
Operating expenses:
Depreciation of rental and lease equipment 13,677 12,186 39,578 35,761

Costs of revenues other than depreciation of rental and lease equipment

22,839 24,707 67,350 60,016
Selling, general and administrative expenses   15,713   14,259   47,535   41,541
 
Total operating expenses   52,229   51,152   154,463   137,318
 
Operating profit 7,850 8,298 25,909 26,234
 
Gain on bargain purchase, net of deferred taxes 53 - 3,435 202
 
Interest income, net   120   38   327   257
 
Income before income taxes 8,023 8,336 29,671 26,693
 
Income tax provision   3,028   3,259   10,152   9,276
 
Net income $ 4,995 $ 5,077 $ 19,519 $ 17,417
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.21 $ 0.21 $ 0.81 $ 0.73
Diluted $ 0.21 $ 0.21 $ 0.81 $ 0.72
 
Shares used in per share calculation:
Basic   23,983   23,978   23,981   23,972
Diluted   24,179   24,098   24,180   24,058
 
 
ELECTRO RENT CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited) (in thousands, except share numbers)
 
 
      February 29,       May 31,
2012 2011
ASSETS
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 8,878 $ 41,441
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts of $482 and $602 32,473 30,616
Rental and lease equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $199,515 and $191,160 240,580 195,632
Other property, net of accumulated depreciation and amortization of $17,587 and $16,825 13,908 14,127
Goodwill 3,109 3,109
Intangibles, net of amortization of $1,263 and $1,151 1,242 1,214
Other assets   20,783   19,788
$ 320,973 $ 305,927
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 6,455 $ 8,237
Accrued expenses 11,017 10,437
Deferred revenue 6,355 5,874
Deferred tax liability   50,690   41,004
Total liabilities   74,517   65,552
 
Commitments and contingencies
 
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 February 29, 2012 - 23,987,826;
May 31, 2011 - 23,980,581

35,784 34,742
Retained earnings   210,672   205,633
Total shareholders' equity   246,456   240,375
$ 320,973 $ 305,927

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