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AutoNation Reports All-Time Record Quarterly EPS from Continuing Operations
- EPS from continuing operations an all-time record $0.90, up 20% compared to the year-ago period
- Total revenue of $4.9 billion, up 10% compared to the year-ago period, increasing across all major business sectors; operating income of $207 million, an increase of 11% compared to the year-ago period
- Total retail new and used vehicle unit sales are up 8% compared to the year-ago period
- AutoNation completed acquisition of Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Porsche, and Volvo stores in Seattle-Bellevue, Washington and today announced the award of a new Porsche franchise in Orange County, California
- In 2014, AutoNation has repurchased 8% of its outstanding shares; AutoNation today announced that the Board of Directors increased share repurchase authorization by $250 million

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Oct. 28, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today reported 2014 third quarter net income from continuing operations of $107 million, or $0.90 per share, compared to net income from continuing operations of $93 million, or $0.75 per share, for the same period in the prior year, a 20% improvement on a per-share basis. 

2014 third quarter revenue totaled $4.9 billion, compared to $4.5 billion in the year-ago period, an increase of 10%, driven by stronger performance in all of the Company's business sectors – new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and service, and finance and insurance. AutoNation's retail new vehicle unit sales increased 9% overall and 7% on a same store basis, and retail used vehicle unit sales increased 7% overall and 6% on a same store basis.

Mike Jackson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "AutoNation delivered its 16th consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth in EPS. This quarter we set another record for the highest ever quarterly EPS from continuing operations. As we look to 2015, we expect continued growth in new vehicle unit sales, with 2015 industry new vehicle sales above 17 million units."

Acquisitions

In October 2014, AutoNation completed the acquisition of Mercedes-Benz of Bellevue, Barrier Audi, Barrier Porsche, and Barrier Volvo in the Seattle-Bellevue, Washington market. The annual revenue for these stores is approximately $355 million.

AutoNation also today announced that Porsche Cars North America has awarded a new Porsche franchise to AutoNation in Orange County, California. AutoNation expects that the new store will open in 2016 and currently anticipates annual revenue of approximately $100 million once fully operational.

Share Repurchase

During the third quarter of 2014, AutoNation repurchased 4.4 million shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $235.9 million.  Since January 1, 2014, through October 27, 2014, AutoNation has repurchased 8% of its outstanding shares (based on shares outstanding as of December 31, 2013).   AutoNation today announced that the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $250 million of AutoNation common stock.  With the increased authorization, AutoNation has approximately $281 million remaining Board authorization for share repurchase. As of October 27, 2014, AutoNation had approximately 113 million shares outstanding.

Segment results(1) for the third quarter of 2014 were as follows:

  • Domestic - Domestic segment income(2) was $77 million compared to year-ago segment income of $64 million, an increase of 19%.
  • Import - Import segment income(2) was $77 million compared to year-ago segment income of $73 million, an increase of 6%.
  • Premium Luxury - Premium Luxury segment income(2) was $84 million compared to year-ago segment income of $74 million, an increase of 13%.

For the nine-month period ended September 30, 2014, the Company reported adjusted net income from continuing operations of $298 million, or $2.48 per share, compared to net income from continuing operations of $266 million, or $2.16 per share for the same period in the prior year, an improvement of 15% on a per-share basis. On a GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2014 was $303 million, or $2.52 per share. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are included in the attached financial tables. The Company's revenue for the nine-month period ended September 30, 2014, totaled $14.1 billion, up 8% compared to $13.0 billion for the same period in the prior year.

The third quarter conference call may be accessed by telephone at (888) 769-8515 (password: AutoNation) at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time or on AutoNation's investor relations website at http://investors.autonation.com.  

The webcast will also be available on AutoNation's website under "Events & Presentations" following the call. A playback of the conference call will be available after 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on October 28, 2014 through November 8, 2014 by calling (866) 509-3932 (password 75300).

(1)        AutoNation has three reportable segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury. The Domestic segment is comprised of stores that sell vehicles manufactured by General Motors, Ford, and Chrysler; the Import segment is comprised of stores that sell vehicles manufactured primarily by Toyota, Honda, Nissan, and Hyundai; and the Premium Luxury segment is comprised of stores that sell vehicles manufactured primarily by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus, and Audi.

(2)        Segment income represents income for each of our reportable segments and is defined as operating income less floorplan interest expense.

About AutoNation, Inc.

AutoNation is transforming the automotive retail industry through bold leadership. We deliver a superior automotive retail experience through our customer-focused sales and service processes. Owning and operating 277 new vehicle franchises, which sell 34 new vehicle brands across 15 states, AutoNation is America's largest automotive retailer, with state-of-the-art operations and the ability to leverage economies of scale that benefit the customer. As an indication of our leadership position in our industry, AutoNation is a component of the S&P 500 Index.

Please visit investors.autonation.com, www.autonation.com, www.twitter.com/autonation, www.twitter.com/CEOMikeJackson, www.facebook.com/autonation, and www.facebook.com/CEOMikeJackson, where AutoNation discloses additional information about the Company, its business, and its results of operations.

FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS

This news release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. All statements other than statements of historical fact are, or may be deemed to be, forward-looking statements. Words such as "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "goals," "plans," "believes," "continues," "may," "will," and variations of such words and similar expressions are intended to identify such forward-looking statements. Statements regarding our expectations for the future performance of our franchises and the automotive retail industry, as well as statements that describe our objectives, goals, or plans, are forward-looking statements. Our forward-looking statements reflect our current expectations concerning future results and events, and they involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that are difficult to predict and may cause our actual results, performance or achievements to be materially different from any future results, performance and achievements expressed or implied by these statements. These risks, uncertainties and other factors include, among others: our ability to integrate successfully acquired and awarded franchises and to attain planned sales volumes within our expected time frames; economic conditions generally; conditions in the credit markets and changes in interest rates; the success and financial viability of vehicle manufacturers and distributors with which we hold franchises; factors affecting our goodwill and other intangible asset impairment testing; natural disasters and other adverse weather events; restrictions imposed by vehicle manufacturers; the resolution of legal and administrative proceedings; regulatory factors affecting our business; and other factors described in our news releases and filings made under the securities laws, including, among others, our Annual Reports on Form 10-K, our Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and our Current Reports on Form 8-K.  Forward-looking statements contained in this news release speak only as of the date of this news release, and we undertake no obligation to update these forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This press release and the attached financial tables contain certain non-GAAP financial measures as defined under SEC rules, such as adjusted net income and earnings per share from continuing operations, which exclude certain items disclosed in the attached financial tables. As required by SEC rules, the Company provides reconciliations of these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures. The Company believes that these non-GAAP financial measures improve the transparency of the Company's disclosure, provide a meaningful presentation of the Company's results from its core business operations excluding the impact of items not related to the Company's ongoing core business operations, and improve the period-to-period comparability of the Company's results from its core business operations.

AUTONATION, INC. 

UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

(In millions, except per share data)














Three Months Ended September 30,


Nine Months Ended September 30,




2014


2013


2014


2013











Revenue:










New vehicle


$               2,823.6


$               2,561.6


$               7,989.1


$               7,312.9


Used vehicle


1,148.5


1,044.7


3,280.5


3,110.9


Parts and service


717.4


653.8


2,093.2


1,946.3


Finance and insurance, net


196.5


174.9


554.3


504.4


Other


23.0


35.8


143.9


119.2

Total revenue


4,909.0


4,470.8


14,061.0


12,993.7











Cost of sales:










New vehicle


2,666.5


2,406.2


7,524.5


6,866.6


Used vehicle


1,060.1


964.2


3,008.5


2,860.3


Parts and service


413.7


376.7


1,202.0


1,116.7


Other


15.8


27.1


120.8


93.4

Total cost of sales


4,156.1


3,774.2


11,855.8


10,937.0











Gross profit


752.9


696.6


2,205.2


2,056.7











Selling, general, and administrative expenses


522.3


485.1


1,547.6


1,452.5

Depreciation and amortization


27.2


24.1


79.0


70.1

Other expenses (income), net


(4.0)


0.2


(15.7)


(3.4)











Operating income


207.4


187.2


594.3


537.5











Non-operating income (expense) items:










Floorplan interest expense


(13.1)


(12.7)


(39.6)


(39.2)


Other interest expense


(21.7)


(22.3)


(64.6)


(66.6)


Interest income


0.1


0.1


0.2


0.2


Other income (loss), net


1.1


(0.7)


3.5


2.2











Income from continuing operations before income taxes


173.8


151.6


493.8


434.1











Income tax provision


67.1


58.8


190.9


168.0











Net income from continuing operations


106.7


92.8


302.9


266.1











Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes


(0.2)


(0.2)


(0.9)


(0.6)





















Net income


$                  106.5


$                     92.6


$                  302.0


$                  265.5





















Diluted earnings (loss) per share*:










Continuing operations


$                     0.90


$                     0.75


$                     2.52


$                     2.16


Discontinued operations


$                          -


$                          -


$                   (0.01)


$                          -












Net income


$                     0.90


$                     0.75


$                     2.51


$                     2.15





















Weighted average common shares outstanding


118.5


123.5


120.2


123.3











Common shares outstanding, net of treasury stock, at period end


114.5


121.8


114.5


121.8





















* Earnings per share amounts are calculated discretely and therefore may not add up to the total.












 

 

 AUTONATION, INC. 

 UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTARY DATA 

 ($ in millions, except per vehicle data) 









































Operating Highlights


Three Months Ended September 30,


 Nine Months Ended September 30, 





2014


2013


$ Variance


% Variance


2014


2013


$ Variance


% Variance

Revenue:



















New vehicle


$          2,823.6


$          2,561.6


$             262.0


10.2


$         7,989.1


$         7,312.9


$            676.2


9.2



  Retail used vehicle


1,046.2


933.0


113.2


12.1


2,981.1


2,786.2


194.9


7.0



  Wholesale


102.3


111.7


(9.4)


(8.4)


299.4


324.7


(25.3)


(7.8)



Used vehicle


1,148.5


1,044.7


103.8


9.9


3,280.5


3,110.9


169.6


5.5



Finance and insurance, net


196.5


174.9


21.6


12.3


554.3


504.4


49.9


9.9


Total variable operations


4,168.6


3,781.2


387.4


10.2


11,823.9


10,928.2


895.7


8.2


Parts and service


717.4


653.8


63.6


9.7


2,093.2


1,946.3


146.9


7.5


Other


23.0


35.8


(12.8)




143.9


119.2


24.7



Total revenue


$          4,909.0


$          4,470.8


$             438.2


9.8


$       14,061.0


$       12,993.7


$         1,067.3


8.2







































Gross profit:



















New vehicle


$             157.1


$             155.4


$                 1.7


1.1


$            464.6


$            446.3


$             18.3


4.1



  Retail used vehicle


91.8


80.4


11.4


14.2


273.3


247.1


26.2


10.6



  Wholesale


(3.4)


0.1


(3.5)




(1.3)


3.5


(4.8)





Used vehicle


88.4


80.5


7.9


9.8


272.0


250.6


21.4


8.5



Finance and insurance


196.5


174.9


21.6


12.3


554.3


504.4


49.9


9.9


Total variable operations


442.0


410.8


31.2


7.6


1,290.9


1,201.3


89.6


7.5


Parts and service


303.7


277.1


26.6


9.6


891.2


829.6


61.6


7.4


Other


7.2


8.7


(1.5)




23.1


25.8


(2.7)



Total gross profit


752.9


696.6


56.3


8.1


2,205.2


2,056.7


148.5


7.2




















Selling, general and administrative expenses


522.3


485.1


(37.2)


(7.7)


1,547.6


1,452.5


(95.1)


(6.5)




















Depreciation and amortization


27.2


24.1


(3.1)




79.0


70.1


(8.9)



Other expenses (income), net


(4.0)


0.2


4.2




(15.7)


(3.4)


12.3



 Operating income 


207.4


187.2


20.2


10.8


594.3


537.5


56.8


10.6




















Non-operating income (expense) items:



















Floorplan interest expense


(13.1)


(12.7)


(0.4)




(39.6)


(39.2)


(0.4)





Other interest expense


(21.7)


(22.3)


0.6




(64.6)


(66.6)


2.0





Interest income


0.1


0.1


-




0.2


0.2


-





Other income (loss), net


1.1


(0.7)


1.8




3.5


2.2


1.3



Income from continuing operations before income taxes


$             173.8


$             151.6


$               22.2


14.6


$            493.8


$            434.1


$             59.7


13.8




















Retail vehicle unit sales:



















New 


83,682


76,943


6,739


8.8


235,459


218,454


17,005


7.8



Used


56,584


52,659


3,925


7.5


161,376


155,280


6,096


3.9





140,266


129,602


10,664


8.2


396,835


373,734


23,101


6.2




















Revenue per vehicle retailed:



















New 


$           33,742


$           33,292


$                450


1.4


$          33,930


$          33,476


$              454


1.4



Used


$           18,489


$           17,718


$                771


4.4


$          18,473


$          17,943


$              530


3.0




















Gross profit per vehicle retailed:



















New 


$             1,877


$             2,020


$               (143)


(7.1)


$            1,973


$            2,043


$               (70)


(3.4)



Used


$             1,622


$             1,527


$                   95


6.2


$            1,694


$            1,591


$              103


6.5



Finance and insurance


$             1,401


$             1,350


$                   51


3.8


$            1,397


$            1,350


$                47


3.5



Total variable operations(1)


$             3,175


$             3,169


$                     6


0.2


$            3,256


$            3,205


$                51


1.6









































Operating Percentages


 Three Months Ended September 30, 


 Nine Months Ended September 30, 













2014 (%)


2013 (%)


2014 (%)


2013 (%)




























Revenue mix percentages:



















New vehicle


57.5


57.3


56.8


56.3











Used vehicle


23.4


23.4


23.3


23.9











Parts and service


14.6


14.6


14.9


15.0











Finance and insurance, net


4.0


3.9


3.9


3.9











Other


0.5


0.8


1.1


0.9













100.0


100.0


100.0


100.0




























Gross profit mix percentages:



















New vehicle


20.9


22.3


21.1


21.7











Used vehicle


11.7


11.6


12.3


12.2











Parts and service


40.3


39.8


40.4


40.3











Finance and insurance


26.1


25.1


25.1


24.5











Other


1.0


1.2


1.1


1.3













100.0


100.0


100.0


100.0




























Operating items as a percentage of revenue:



















Gross profit:



















   New vehicle


5.6


6.1


5.8


6.1











   Used vehicle - retail


8.8


8.6


9.2


8.9











   Parts and service


42.3


42.4


42.6


42.6











   Total


15.3


15.6


15.7


15.8











Selling, general and administrative expenses


10.6


10.9


11.0


11.2











Operating income


4.2


4.2


4.2


4.1




























Operating items as a percentage of total gross profit:



















Selling, general and administrative expenses


69.4


69.6


70.2


70.6











Operating income


27.5


26.9


26.9


26.1















































(1)

Total variable operations gross profit per vehicle retailed is calculated by dividing the sum of new vehicle, retail used vehicle, and finance and insurance gross profit by total retail vehicle unit sales.




























 

 

 AUTONATION, INC. 

 UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTARY DATA 

 ($ in millions) 






































Segment Operating Highlights


Three Months Ended September 30,


 Nine Months Ended September 30, 




2014


2013


$ Variance


% Variance


2014


2013


$ Variance


% Variance





































Revenue:


















Domestic


$            1,660.7


$            1,491.2


$               169.5


11.4


$            4,738.6


$            4,384.5


$               354.1


8.1


Import


1,787.8


1,695.5


92.3


5.4


5,055.0


4,828.5


226.5


4.7


Premium luxury


1,422.9


1,247.4


175.5


14.1


4,161.2


3,662.7


498.5


13.6


    Total


4,871.4


4,434.1


437.3


9.9


13,954.8


12,875.7


1,079.1


8.4


Corporate and other


37.6


36.7


0.9


2.5


106.2


118.0


(11.8)


(10.0)


    Total consolidated revenue


$            4,909.0


$            4,470.8


$               438.2


9.8


$          14,061.0


$          12,993.7


$            1,067.3


8.2





































Segment income*


















Domestic


$                 76.7


$                 64.2


$                 12.5


19.5


$               211.0


$               188.9


$                 22.1


11.7


Import


77.1


72.7


4.4


6.1


220.0


216.6


3.4


1.6


Premium luxury


84.0


74.2


9.8


13.2


253.1


218.7


34.4


15.7


    Total 


237.8


211.1


26.7


12.6


684.1


624.2


59.9


9.6



















Corporate and other


(43.5)


(36.6)


(6.9)




(129.4)


(125.9)


(3.5)



Add:  Floorplan interest expense


13.1


12.7


0.4




39.6


39.2


0.4



Operating income


$               207.4


$               187.2


$                 20.2


10.8


$               594.3


$               537.5


$                 56.8


10.6



















* Segment income represents income for each of our reportable segments and is defined as operating income less floorplan interest expense



























Retail new vehicle unit sales:


















Domestic


27,041


25,107


1,934


7.7


77,038


72,842


4,196


5.8


Import


41,765


38,906


2,859


7.3


116,375


108,382


7,993


7.4


Premium luxury


14,876


12,930


1,946


15.1


42,046


37,230


4,816


12.9




83,682


76,943


6,739


8.8


235,459


218,454


17,005


7.8






































Brand Mix - New Vehicle Retail Units Sold




















 Three Months Ended September 30, 


 Nine Months Ended September 30, 












2014 (%)


2013 (%)


2014 (%)


2013 (%)




























Domestic:


















   Ford, Lincoln


16.3


17.4


16.9


17.8










   Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC


9.6


10.1


9.8


10.3










   Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge


6.4


5.1


6.0


5.2










     Domestic total


32.3


32.6


32.7


33.3




























Import:


















   Honda


12.2


12.5


12.0


11.8










   Toyota


20.0


19.7


19.6


19.9










   Nissan


10.7


10.7


10.9


10.6










   Other imports


7.0


7.7


6.9


7.4










     Import total


49.9


50.6


49.4


49.7




























Premium Luxury:


















   Mercedes-Benz


7.0


6.8


7.2


7.1










   BMW


4.7


4.6


4.7


4.7










   Lexus


2.6


2.2


2.6


2.2










   Audi


1.6


1.2


1.4


1.2










   Other premium luxury (Land Rover, Porsche)


1.9


2.0


2.0


1.8










     Premium Luxury total


17.8


16.8


17.9


17.0






























100.0


100.0


100.0


100.0



























 

 

 AUTONATION, INC. 

 UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTARY DATA, Continued 

 ($ in millions) 






























































Capital Expenditures / Stock Repurchases


 Three Months Ended September 30, 


 Nine Months Ended September 30, 









2014


2013


2014


2013





















Capital expenditures(1)


$                    52.0


$                  85.3


$                  139.8


$                 139.9






Cash paid for acquisitions


$                    13.3


$                    0.4


$                    13.3


$                   72.9






Proceeds from exercises of stock options


$                      7.5


$                    9.9


$                    29.6


$                   20.5






Stock repurchases:















Aggregate purchase price


$                  235.9


$                        -


$                  415.7


$                     4.9







Shares repurchased (in millions)


4.4


-


8.0


0.1





































Floorplan Assistance and Expense


 Three Months Ended September 30, 


 Nine Months Ended September 30, 





2014


2013


 Variance 


2014


2013


 Variance 
































Floorplan assistance earned (included in cost of sales)


$                    27.4


$                   24.7


$                     2.7


$                   78.1


$                   67.1


$                   11.0


New vehicle floorplan interest expense


(12.5)


(12.1)


(0.4)


(37.8)


(37.4)


(0.4)


















Net new vehicle inventory carrying benefit


$                    14.9


$                   12.6


$                     2.3


$                   40.3


$                   29.7


$                   10.6

































Balance Sheet and Other Highlights
































September 30, 2014


December 31, 2013


September 30, 2013























Cash and cash equivalents


$                    67.5


$                   69.2


$                    68.3








Inventory


$               2,691.4


$              2,827.2


$               2,504.8








Total floorplan notes payable


$               2,774.7


$              3,029.0


$               2,600.9








Non-vehicle debt


$               1,933.0


$              1,839.9


$               1,856.3








Equity


$               2,012.0


$              2,061.7


$               1,993.4








New days supply (industry standard of selling days)(2)


 57 days 


 62 days 


 58 days 








Used days supply (trailing calendar month days) 


 32 days 


 35 days 


 31 days 






















































Key Credit Agreement Covenant Compliance Calculations





























Ratio of funded indebtedness/














Adjusted EBITDA




 2.19x 










Covenant

less than or equal to


 3.75x 

























Ratio of funded indebtedness including floorplan/














Total capitalization including floorplan




57.1%










Covenant


less than or equal to


65.0%








































(1)

Includes accrued construction in progress and excludes property acquired under capital leases




(2)

As of December 31, 2013, we have revised our method of calculating new vehicle days supply to exclude fleet sales and in-transit inventory. We have revised prior periods to conform to our revised method of calculation.
















 

 

 AUTONATION, INC. 

 UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTARY DATA, Continued 

 ($ in millions, except per share data) 













































Comparable Basis Reconciliations*














Three Months Ended September 30,





 Net Income 


 Diluted Earnings Per Share** 
















2014


2013


2014


2013












As reported



$                  106.5


$                    92.6


$                    0.90


$                    0.75













Discontinued operations, net of income taxes



0.2


0.2


$                          -


$                          -

From continuing operations, as reported



106.7


92.8


$                    0.90


$                    0.75












Adjusted 



$                  106.7


$                    92.8


$                    0.90


$                    0.75



























Nine Months Ended September 30,





 Net Income 


 Diluted Earnings Per Share** 
















2014


2013


2014


2013












As reported



$                  302.0


$                  265.5


$                    2.51


$                    2.15













Discontinued operations, net of income taxes



0.9


0.6


$                    0.01


$                         -

From continuing operations, as reported



302.9


266.1


$                    2.52


$                    2.16













Net gain related to business/property dispositions



(5.0)


-


$                   (0.04)


$                         -












Adjusted 



$                  297.9


$                  266.1


$                    2.48


$                    2.16












*

Please refer to the "Non-GAAP Financial Measures" section of the Press Release.



**

Diluted earnings per share amounts are calculated discretely and therefore may not add up to the total.














 

 

 AUTONATION, INC. 

 UNAUDITED SAME STORE DATA 

 ($ in millions, except per vehicle data)