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AutoNation Reports Record First Quarter EPS from Continuing Operations
- EPS from continuing operations was $0.97, a record for first quarter results and an increase of 29% compared to first quarter 2014 adjusted EPS from continuing operations of $0.75 ($0.79 for the first quarter of 2014 on a GAAP basis)
- Net income from continuing operations was $112 million, up 23% compared to first quarter 2014 adjusted net income from continuing operations of $91 million ($96 million for the first quarter of 2014 on a GAAP basis)
- Total revenue of $4.9 billion, up 13% compared to the year-ago period, increasing across all major business sectors

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., April 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today reported 2015 first quarter net income from continuing operations of $112 million, or $0.97 per share, compared to adjusted net income from continuing operations of $91 million, or $0.75 per share, for the same period in the prior year, a 29% improvement on a per-share basis. On a GAAP basis, first quarter 2014 net income from continuing operations was $96 million, or $0.79 per share. Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are included in the attached financial tables.

First quarter 2015 revenue totaled $4.9 billion, an increase of 13%, driven by stronger performance in all business sectors – new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and service, and finance and insurance. In the first quarter of 2015, AutoNation's retail new vehicle unit sales increased 10% overall and 9% on a same store basis, while retail used vehicle unit sales increased 12% overall and 11% on a same store basis.

Commenting on the quarterly results, Mike Jackson, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President, said, ­­­­"AutoNation delivered its 18th consecutive quarter of double-digit year-over-year growth in EPS as we increased profitability in each of our business sectors." Mr. Jackson added, "We continue to expect U.S. industry new vehicle unit sales above 17 million in 2015."

Acquisitions
In April 2015, AutoNation completed the acquisitions of a Mercedes-Benz store in San Jose, California and a Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram store in Valencia, California. In addition, AutoNation has signed an agreement to acquire a Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo store in Spokane, Washington, subject to customary terms and conditions, including manufacturer approval. As previously announced, during the first quarter of 2015, AutoNation completed the acquisitions of a Mercedes-Benz store in Reno, Nevada and a Volkswagen store in the Atlanta, Georgia market. The combined annual revenue for the stores acquired since the beginning of 2015 and the Jaguar, Land Rover and Volvo store is approximately $320 million.

Segment Results

Segment results(1) for the first quarter of 2015 were as follows:

  • Domestic - Domestic segment income(2) was $79 million compared to year-ago segment income of $64 million, an increase of 24%. 
  • Import - Import segment income(2) was $75 million compared to year-ago segment income of $65 million, an increase of 15%. 
  • Premium Luxury - Premium Luxury segment income(2) was $94 million compared to year-ago segment income of $83 million, an increase of 13%.

The first 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 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 April 22, 2015 through May 6, 2015 by calling (888) 568-0435 (password 75300).

(1) AutoNation has three operating segments: Domestic, Import, and Premium Luxury. The Domestic segment is comprised of stores that sell vehicles manufactured by General Motors, Ford and FCA US (formerly 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 290 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.autonationdrive.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 strategic initiatives and 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, including conditions in the credit markets and changes in interest rates; our ability to maintain and enhance our retail brands and reputation and to attract consumers to our own digital channels; the success and financial viability and the incentive and marketing programs of vehicle manufacturers and distributors with which we hold franchises; natural disasters and other adverse weather events; restrictions imposed by vehicle manufacturers; the resolution of legal and administrative proceedings; regulatory factors affecting our business, including fuel economy requirements; factors affecting our goodwill and other intangible asset impairment testing; 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 March 31,





2015


2014









Revenue:







New vehicle


$               2,769.6


$               2,428.6



Used vehicle


1,193.2


1,049.7



Parts and service


743.4


671.0



Finance and insurance, net


207.6


172.4



Other


30.4


41.8


Total revenue


4,944.2


4,363.5









Cost of sales:







New vehicle


2,608.1


2,282.7



Used vehicle


1,089.5


955.4



Parts and service


423.4


384.3



Other


23.3


33.7


Total cost of sales


4,144.3


3,656.1









Gross profit


799.9


707.4









Selling, general, and administrative expenses


557.6


500.7


Depreciation and amortization


28.7


25.6


Other income, net


(1.3)


(8.0)









Operating income


214.9


189.1









Non-operating income (expense) items:







Floorplan interest expense


(13.2)


(13.2)



Other interest expense


(21.4)


(21.6)



Interest income


0.1


-



Other income, net


1.1


1.5









Income from continuing operations before income taxes


181.5


155.8









Income tax provision


69.8


60.3









Net income from continuing operations


111.7


95.5









Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes


(0.2)


(0.4)
















Net income


$                   111.5


$                     95.1
















Diluted earnings (loss) per share*:







Continuing operations


$                     0.97


$                     0.79



Discontinued operations


$                           -


$                           -










Net income


$                     0.97


$                     0.78
















Weighted average common shares outstanding


115.1


121.3









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


113.9


119.4
















* 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 March 31,






2015


2014


$ Variance


% Variance


Revenue:












New vehicle


$          2,769.6


$          2,428.6


$             341.0


14.0




  Retail used vehicle


1,094.1


945.8


148.3


15.7




  Wholesale


99.1


103.9


(4.8)


(4.6)




Used vehicle


1,193.2


1,049.7


143.5


13.7




Finance and insurance, net


207.6


172.4


35.2


20.4



Total variable operations


4,170.4


3,650.7


519.7


14.2



Parts and service


743.4


671.0


72.4


10.8



Other


30.4


41.8


(11.4)




Total revenue


$          4,944.2


$          4,363.5


$             580.7


13.3


























Gross profit:












New vehicle


$             161.5


$             145.9


$               15.6


10.7




  Retail used vehicle


102.5


92.8


9.7


10.5




  Wholesale


1.2


1.5


(0.3)






Used vehicle


103.7


94.3


9.4


10.0




Finance and insurance


207.6


172.4


35.2


20.4



Total variable operations


472.8


412.6


60.2


14.6



Parts and service


320.0


286.7


33.3


11.6



Other


7.1


8.1


(1.0)




Total gross profit


799.9


707.4


92.5


13.1














Selling, general, and administrative expenses


557.6


500.7


(56.9)


(11.4)














Depreciation and amortization


28.7


25.6


(3.1)




Other income, net


(1.3)


(8.0)


(6.7)




 Operating income 


214.9


189.1


25.8


13.6














Non-operating income (expense) items:












Floorplan interest expense


(13.2)


(13.2)


-






Other interest expense


(21.4)


(21.6)


0.2






Interest income


0.1


-


0.1






Other income, net


1.1


1.5


(0.4)




Income from continuing operations before income taxes


$             181.5


$             155.8


$               25.7


16.5














Retail vehicle unit sales:












New 


78,560


71,223


7,337


10.3




Used


58,624


52,136


6,488


12.4






137,184


123,359


13,825


11.2














Revenue per vehicle retailed:












New 


$           35,255


$           34,099


$             1,156


3.4




Used


$           18,663


$           18,141


$                522


2.9














Gross profit per vehicle retailed:












New 


$             2,056


$             2,048


$                    8


0.4




Used


$             1,748


$             1,780


$                 (32)


(1.8)




Finance and insurance


$             1,513


$             1,398


$                115


8.2




Total variable operations(1)


$             3,438


$             3,333


$                105


3.2




























Operating Percentages


 Three Months Ended March 31, 










2015 (%)


2014 (%)


















Revenue mix percentages:












New vehicle


56.0


55.7








Used vehicle


24.1


24.1








Parts and service


15.0


15.4








Finance and insurance, net


4.2


4.0








Other


0.7


0.8










100.0


100.0


















Gross profit mix percentages:












New vehicle


20.2


20.6








Used vehicle


13.0


13.3








Parts and service


40.0


40.5








Finance and insurance


26.0


24.4








Other


0.8


1.2










100.0


100.0


















Operating items as a percentage of revenue:












Gross profit:












   New vehicle


5.8


6.0








   Used vehicle - retail


9.4


9.8








   Parts and service


43.0


42.7








   Total


16.2


16.2








Selling, general, and administrative expenses


11.3


11.5








Operating income


4.3


4.3


















Operating items as a percentage of total gross profit:












Selling, general, and administrative expenses


69.7


70.8








Operating income


26.9


26.7






























(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 March 31,





2015


2014


$ Variance


% Variance
























Revenue:











Domestic


$            1,665.7


$            1,473.0


$               192.7


13.1



Import


1,678.7


1,549.4


129.3


8.3



Premium luxury


1,563.2


1,306.4


256.8


19.7



    Total


4,907.6


4,328.8


578.8


13.4



Corporate and other


36.6


34.7


1.9


5.5



    Total consolidated revenue


$            4,944.2


$            4,363.5


$               580.7


13.3
























Segment income*:











Domestic


$                 79.3


$                 63.8


$                 15.5


24.3



Import


75.0


65.4


9.6


14.7



Premium luxury


94.1


83.3


10.8


13.0



    Total 


248.4


212.5


35.9


16.9













Corporate and other


(46.7)


(36.6)


(10.1)




Add:  Floorplan interest expense


13.2


13.2


-




Operating income


$               214.9


$               189.1


$                 25.8


13.6













* 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


25,750


23,815


1,935


8.1



Import


36,914


34,925


1,989


5.7



Premium luxury


15,896


12,483


3,413


27.3





78,560


71,223


7,337


10.3

























Brand Mix - New Vehicle Retail Units Sold













 Three Months Ended March 31, 









2015 (%)


2014 (%)


















Domestic:











   Ford, Lincoln


16.5


17.7







   Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac, GMC


9.8


10.0







   Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge


6.5


5.7







     Domestic total


32.8


33.4


















Import:











   Honda


10.9


11.4







   Toyota


18.7


19.0







   Nissan


10.1


11.6







   Other imports


7.3


7.1







     Import total


47.0


49.1


















Premium Luxury:











   Mercedes-Benz


8.1


7.5







   BMW


4.9


4.6







   Lexus


3.2


2.6







   Audi


1.9


1.0







   Other premium luxury (Land Rover, Porsche)


2.1


1.8







     Premium Luxury total


20.2


17.5




















100.0


100.0






 

 


 AUTONATION, INC. 

 UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTARY DATA, Continued 

 ($ in millions) 










































Capital Expenditures / Stock Repurchases


 Three Months Ended March 31, 








2015


2014















Capital expenditures (1)


$                    62.9


$                   34.9





Cash paid for acquisitions (2)


$                    27.7


$                         -





Proceeds from exercises of stock options


$                    12.4


$                   15.3





Stock repurchases:










Aggregate purchase price


$                      9.1


$                 115.7






Shares repurchased (in millions)


0.2


2.4


























Floorplan Assistance and Expense


 Three Months Ended March 31, 






2015


2014


 Variance 























Floorplan assistance earned (included in cost of sales)


$                    26.7


$                   24.0


$                     2.7



New vehicle floorplan interest expense


(12.5)


(12.7)


0.2














Net new vehicle inventory carrying benefit


$                    14.2


$                   11.3


$                     2.9
























Balance Sheet and Other Highlights






















March 31, 2015


December 31, 2014


March 31, 2014













Cash and cash equivalents


$                    74.1


$                   75.4


$                    69.2



Inventory


$               2,928.4


$              2,899.0


$               2,712.0



Total floorplan notes payable


$               3,002.4


$              3,097.2


$               2,844.2



Non-vehicle debt


$               2,055.7


$              2,128.4


$               1,803.9



Equity


$               2,205.6


$              2,072.1


$               2,068.9












New days supply (industry standard of selling days) 


 52 days 


 54 days 


 61 days 












Used days supply (trailing calendar month days) 


 34 days 


 38 days 


 31 days 

































Key Credit Agreement Covenant Compliance Calculations













Ratio of funded indebtedness/









Adjusted EBITDA




 2.15x 





Covenant

less than or equal to


 3.75x 















Ratio of funded indebtedness including floorplan/










Total capitalization including floorplan





57.5%





Covenant



less than or equal to


70.0%

























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





(2) Excludes capital leases




 

 

 AUTONATION, INC. 

 UNAUDITED SUPPLEMENTARY DATA, Continued 

 ($ in millions, except per share data) 













































Comparable Basis Reconciliations*














Three Months Ended March 31,





 Net Income 


 Diluted Earnings Per Share** 
















2015


2014


2015


2014












As reported



$                  111.5


$                    95.1


$                    0.97


$                    0.78













Discontinued operations, net of income taxes



0.2


0.4


$                          -


$                          -

From continuing operations, as reported



111.7


95.5


$                    0.97


$                    0.79













Net gain related to business/property dispositions



-


(5.0)


$                          -


$                   (0.04)












Adjusted 



$                  111.7


$                    90.5


$                    0.97


$                    0.75























*

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) 

























Operating Highlights


Three Months Ended March 31,





2015


2014


$ Variance


% Variance

Revenue:











New vehicle


$           2,692.1


$           2,414.9


$              277.2


11.5



  Retail used vehicle


1,060.7


939.6


121.1


12.9



  Wholesale


97.3


103.6


(6.3)


(6.1)



Used vehicle


1,158.0


1,043.2


114.8


11.0



Finance and insurance, net


203.4


171.4


32.0


18.7


Total variable operations


4,053.5


3,629.5


424.0


11.7


Parts and service


722.7


666.3


56.4


8.5


Other


30.4


40.8


(10.4)



Total revenue


$           4,806.6


$           4,336.6


$              470.0


10.8























Gross profit:











New vehicle


$              154.2


$              145.1


$                 9.1


6.3



  Retail used vehicle


99.7


92.0


7.7


8.4



  Wholesale


1.2


1.5


(0.3)





Used vehicle


100.9


93.5


7.4


7.9



Finance and insurance


203.4


171.4


32.0


18.7


Total variable operations


458.5


410.0


48.5


11.8


Parts and service


310.1


284.6


25.5


9.0


Other


6.8


7.9


(1.1)



Total gross profit


$              775.4


$              702.5


$               72.9


10.4












Retail vehicle unit sales:











New 


76,919


70,676


6,243


8.8



Used


57,353


51,674


5,679


11.0





134,272


122,350


11,922


9.7












Revenue per vehicle retailed:











New 


$            34,999


$            34,169


$                830


2.4



Used


$            18,494


$            18,183


$                311


1.7












Gross profit per vehicle retailed:











New 


$              2,005


$              2,053


$                 (48)


(2.3)



Used


$              1,738


$              1,780


$                 (42)


(2.4)



Finance and insurance


$              1,515


$              1,401


$                114


8.1



Total variable operations(1)


$              3,406


$              3,339


$                  67


2.0

























Operating Percentages


 Three Months Ended March 31, 









2015 (%)


2014 (%)
















Revenue mix percentages:











New vehicle


56.0


55.7







Used vehicle


24.1


24.1







Parts and service


15.0


15.4







Finance and insurance, net


4.2


4.0







Other


0.7


0.8









100.0


100.0
















Gross profit mix percentages:











New vehicle


19.9


20.7







Used vehicle


13.0


13.3







Parts and service


40.0


40.5







Finance and insurance


26.2


24.4







Other


0.9


1.1









100.0


100.0
















Operating items as a percentage of revenue:











Gross profit:











   New vehicle


5.7


6.0







   Used vehicle - retail


9.4


9.8







   Parts and service


42.9


42.7







   Total


16.1


16.2
















(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.

 

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