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United Rentals Reports Rental Revenues Up Over 20% in Q1

April 23, 2012, 06:00 AM
Filed Under: Corporate Earnings

United Rentals, Inc. announced financial results for the first quarter 2012. Total revenue was $656 million and rental revenue was $523 million, compared with $523 million and $434 million, respectively, for the same period last year. On a GAAP basis, the company reported first quarter 2012 net income of $13 million compared with a net loss of $20 million for the same period in 2011.

First Quarter 2012 Highlights

  • Rental revenue increased 20.5%, reflecting year-over-year increases of 6.3% in rental rates and 18.4% in the volume of equipment on rent. The company has reaffirmed its standalone outlook for an increase in rental rates of approximately 5% for the full year.
  • Time utilization was 62.3%, an increase of 1.2 percentage points from the same period last year, and a first quarter record for the company. The company has reaffirmed its standalone outlook for an increase in time utilization for the full year of approximately 0.5 percentage points.
  • The size of the company’s fleet increased by $264 million since year-end 2011, measured on an original equipment cost (OEC) basis, and was 16.2% larger, on average, in the first quarter 2012 compared to the same period last year.
  • The company generated $76 million of proceeds from used equipment sales at a gross margin of 38.2%, compared with $32 million of proceeds at a gross margin of 43.8% for the same period last year.

Michael Kneeland, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, "Our performance surpassed all prior first quarters, with record time utilization, record fleet growth, and record adjusted EBITDA, both dollars and margin. Once again, we drove profitable growth faster than the construction recovery. Both core areas of our business - general rentals and specialty operations - realized higher rates year-over-year on a fleet that was about $600 million larger on average. These results speak volumes about the effectiveness of our strategy and the ongoing secular shift toward renting."
Kneeland continued, "Current market dynamics create a favorable environment for our combination with RSC. We expect to complete the transaction on April 30, and move immediately into integration mode. The benefits are substantial, including more than $200 million in cost synergies, an unparalleled branch footprint, and significant penetration into the industrial sector."

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