Electro Rent Reports Fiscal 2012 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results

-- Company Reports Increased Full Year Revenues and Profit --

VAN NUYS, Calif.--()--Electro Rent Corporation (NASDAQ:ELRC) today reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended May 31, 2012.

“During fiscal 2012 we strengthened many areas of our business by making additional investments in people and product, two key drivers of our long-term success,” said Daniel Greenberg, Chairman and CEO of Electro Rent. “We completed a strategic acquisition, added new sales, marketing and technical talent, reorganized our sales force and purchased more than $113.0 million of equipment during the year. These steps will further enhance our ability to provide customers with highly flexible alternatives for their equipment needs, a key competitive advantage as they, and we, adjust to shifting business requirements in an uncertain environment.”

Total revenues grew to $68.2 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 from $65.2 million for the same quarter last year. Sales of equipment and other revenues were $34.4 million for the most recent fiscal quarter, compared with $34.3 million for the fiscal 2011 fourth quarter. Rental and lease revenues rose to $33.8 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, from $30.9 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011. The increase was primarily related to increased 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 a decrease in leasing demand in Electro Rent’s profitable data products business, which remains one of the largest personal computer and server rental organizations in the country.

Selling, general and administrative expenses totaled $16.4 million, or 24.1% of total revenues, for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter, compared with $15.9 million, or 24.4% of total revenues, for last year’s fourth quarter. The increase in SG&A expenses reflected enhancements to Electro Rent’s sales organization in support of its Agilent resale channel, higher rental demand and future growth opportunities. Total operating expenses amounted to $58.0 million for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter, compared with $54.7 million last year.

Operating profit for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter was $10.2 million, or 14.9% of total revenues, versus $10.5 million, or 16.1% of total revenues, a year ago.

Net income for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter was $6.3 million, or $0.26 per diluted share, the same as for the fiscal 2011 fourth quarter. Net income for the fiscal 2012 period was impacted by higher depreciation expense related to Electro Rent’s substantially increased average rental and lease equipment pool, as well as higher selling, general and administrative expenses.

Total revenues for the full fiscal 2012 year grew 8.7% to $248.6 million from $228.7 million last year. Equipment sales and other revenues rose 7.4% to $118.8 million for fiscal 2012, from $110.7 million for fiscal 2011. Rental and lease revenues for fiscal 2012 increased 9.9% to $129.7 million from $118.1 million last year.

Net income for the fiscal 2012 year improved 8.5% to $25.8 million, or $1.07 per diluted share, from $23.8 million, or $0.99 per diluted share, for the fiscal 2011 year. Net income included a one-time gains associated with acquisitions of $3.4 million, or $0.14 per diluted share, for fiscal 2012 and $202,000, or $0.01 per diluted share, for fiscal 2011. Net income for fiscal 2011 also included a reversal of accrued interest and penalties of $1.4 million, or $0.06 per diluted share, related to the effective settlement of Electro Rent’s uncertain tax positions.

SG&A expenses were $64.0 million, or 25.7% of total revenues, for fiscal 2012, versus $57.4 million, or 25.1% of total revenues, for last year. Total operating expenses for fiscal 2012 were $212.5 million compared with $192.0 million for fiscal 2011.

Operating profit for fiscal 2012 was $36.1 million, or 14.5% of total revenue, versus $36.7 million, or 16.1% of total revenue, for the prior year.

Electro Rent’s effective tax rate for the full fiscal year was 35.6%, compared with 36.3% for fiscal 2011. Electro Rent’s effective tax rate for fiscal 2012 included a bargain purchase gain, net of deferred taxes, of $3.4 million resulting from the purchase of Equipment Management Technology (EMT). Bargain purchase gains are recorded net of deferred taxes and are treated as permanent differences, resulting in a lower effective tax rate in the period recorded. The effective tax rate for fiscal 2011 benefited from a $1.4 million reduction of the income tax provision related to the effective settlement of Electro Rent’s uncertain tax positions.

Rental equipment purchases for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter and full year were $19.1 million and $113.2 million, respectively, compared with $19.4 million and $90.2 million, respectively, for the same periods last year. The book value of Electro Rent's equipment increased significantly to $243.2 million at May 31, 2012 from $195.6 million at the same time last year.

As of May 31, 2012, Electro Rent had a sales order backlog for test and measurement equipment relating to the company’s Agilent resale agreement of $8.4 million, versus $17.0 million at May 31, 2011. The majority of the backlog is expected to be delivered to customers within the next six months.

Electro Rent paid dividends of $4.8 million for the fiscal 2012 fourth quarter. On an annualized basis, Electro Rent’s current quarterly dividend of $0.20 per common share represents a 4.8% yield on the July 31, 2012 closing share price of $16.76.

Total shareholders' equity at May 31, 2012 grew to $248.1 million, or $10.34 per share, from $240.4 million, or $10.02 per share, last year.

Electro Rent had $9.3 million in cash and cash equivalents at May 31, 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.

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 Electro Rent’s ability to provide highly flexible equipment acquisition alternatives to customers is a key competitive advantage, 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 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.

               
 
ELECTRO RENT CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
(Unaudited) (in thousands, except per share data)
 
 
Three Months Ended Twelve Months Ended
May 31, May 31,
2012 2011 2012 2011
 
Revenues:
Rentals and leases $ 33,812 $ 30,923 $ 129,737 $ 118,062
Sales of equipment and other revenues   34,370   34,254   118,817   110,667
 
Total revenues   68,182   65,177   248,554   228,729
 
Operating expenses:
Depreciation of rental and lease equipment 14,073 12,161 53,651 47,922
Costs of revenues other than depreciation of rental
and lease equipment 27,506 26,633 94,856 86,649
Selling, general and administrative expenses   16,426   15,882   63,961   57,423
 
Total operating expenses   58,005   54,676   212,468   191,994
 
Operating profit 10,177 10,501 36,086 36,735
 
Gain on bargain purchase, net of deferred taxes - - 3,435 202
 
Interest income, net   157   95   484   352
 
Income before income taxes 10,334 10,596 40,005 37,289
 
Income tax provision   4,081   4,257   14,233   13,533
 
Net income $ 6,253 $ 6,339 $ 25,772 $ 23,756
 
Earnings per share:
Basic $ 0.26 $ 0.26 $ 1.07 $ 0.99
Diluted $ 0.26 $ 0.26 $ 1.07 $ 0.99
 
Shares used in per share calculation:
Basic   23,988   23,981   23,983   23,974
Diluted   24,197   24,115   24,152   24,072
 
 
         
 
ELECTRO RENT CORPORATION
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(Unaudited) (in thousands, except share numbers)
 
 
 
May 31,
2012 2011
ASSETS
 
Cash and cash equivalents $ 9,290 $ 41,441
Accounts receivable, net 35,915 30,616
Rental and lease equipment, net 243,173 195,632
Other property, net 13,871 14,127
Goodwill 3,109 3,109
Intangibles, net 1,201 1,214
Other   23,272   19,788
$ 329,831 $ 305,927
 
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY
 
Liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 8,555 $ 8,237
Accrued expenses 11,870 10,437
Deferred revenue 6,904 5,874
Deferred tax liability   54,371   41,004
Total liabilities   81,700   65,552
 
 
Shareholders' equity:
Preferred stock, $1 par - shares authorized 1,000,000, none issued or outstanding - -
Common stock, no par - shares authorized 40,000,000;
issued and outstanding 2012 - 23,987,826 ; 2011 - 23,980,581 36,179 34,742
Retained earnings   211,952   205,633
Total shareholders' equity   248,131   240,375
$ 329,831 $ 305,927
 

Contacts

Electro Rent Corporation
Daniel Greenberg, Chairman and CEO
818-786-2525
or
PondelWilkinson Inc.
Roger Pondel/Laurie Berman
310-279-5980
pwinvestor@pondel.com

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Contacts

Electro Rent Corporation
Daniel Greenberg, Chairman and CEO
818-786-2525
or
PondelWilkinson Inc.
Roger Pondel/Laurie Berman
310-279-5980
pwinvestor@pondel.com