World News: 13:30 GMT Monday 11th February 2019. [General Finance Corporation via Globe Newswire via SPi World News]
PASADENA, Calif., Feb. 11, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: GFN), a leading specialty rental services company offering portable storage, modular space and liquid containment solutions in North America and in the Asia-Pacific region of Australia and New Zealand (the “Company”), today announced its consolidated financial results for the second quarter and six months (“YTD”) ended December 31, 2018.
"We are extremely pleased with our strong performance for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019, where we delivered our highest quarterly level of revenues and adjusted EBITDA in the history of the Company,” said Jody Miller, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our North American leasing operations again generated record results, driven by overall strength in unit growth, fleet utilization and average lease rate. Our core portable storage business performance exceeded our expectations, benefitting from strong demand across all product lines. We continue to experience significantly improved results in our liquid containment business, due to a healthy oil and gas market in Texas, combined with our superior customer service and safety record. Our Asia-Pacific region delivered solid results, driven by higher leasing revenues in local currency, despite being impacted by declines in the Australian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar.”
Charles Barrantes, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added, “Our second quarter results exceeded our expectations and mark the eighth consecutive quarter where we have delivered year-over-year growth in adjusted EBITDA. During the quarter, we paid off the entire FILO portion of our North American credit facility, replacing this higher-cost debt with lower-cost revolver borrowings on the credit facility; which we also amended and expanded, freeing up additional borrowing base capacity. Our strong financial performance has enabled us to end the quarter with a net leverage ratio of four times, our lowest level in four years.”
Mr. Miller concluded, “We are proud to announce that with the three new locations added during the second quarter, we now have a total of 100 branch locations across our two geographic venues.”
North American manufacturing revenues for the second quarter of fiscal year 2019 totaled $3.6 million and included intercompany sales of $0.9 million from products sold to our North American leasing operations. This compares to $3.5 million of total sales, including $1.4 million intercompany revenues during the second quarter of fiscal year 2018. On a stand-alone basis, prior to intercompany adjustments, adjusted EBITDA was $228,000 for the quarter, as compared to $73,000 in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018.
At December 31, 2018, the Company had total debt of $412.0 million and cash and cash equivalents of $5.8 million, compared with $427.2 million and $21.6 million at June 30, 2018, respectively. At December 31, 2018, our North American leasing operations had $56.3 million available to borrow under its $260 million credit facility, and our Asia-Pacific leasing operations had, including cash at the bank, $15.1 million (A$21.3 million) available to borrow under its senior credit facility.
During the first six months of fiscal year 2019, the Company generated cash from operating activities of $19.4 million, as compared to $14.6 million for the first six months of fiscal year 2018. For the first six months of fiscal year 2019, the Company invested a net $21.7 million ($16.6 million in North America and $5.1 million in the Asia-Pacific) in the lease fleet, as compared to $12.9 million in net fleet investment ($11.6 million in North America and $1.3 million in the Asia-Pacific) in the first six months of fiscal year 2018.
Receivables were $55.0 million at December 31, 2018, as compared to $50.5 million at June 30, 2018. Days sales outstanding in receivables at December 31, 2018, for our Asia-Pacific and North American leasing operations were 39 and 45 days, as compared to 35 and 47 days, respectively, as of June 30, 2018.
On our first quarter earnings conference call, we stated that consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2019 were expected to be in the range of $365 million to $385 million and that consolidated adjusted EBITDA was expected to increase by 14% to 20% in fiscal year 2019 from fiscal year 2018. Based on our year-to-date results and assuming the Australian dollar averages 0.71 versus the U.S. dollar during the rest of fiscal year 2019, we now expect that consolidated revenues for fiscal year 2019 will be in the range of $370 million to $390 million and that consolidated adjusted EBITDA will increase by 20% to 25% in fiscal year 2019 from fiscal year 2018. This outlook does not take into account the impact of any additional acquisitions that may occur in fiscal year 2019.
Management will host a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. Pacific Time (11:30 a.m. Eastern Time) to discuss the Company's operating results. The conference call number for U.S. participants is (866) 901-5096 and the conference call number for participants outside the U.S. is (706) 643-3717. The conference ID number for both conference call numbers is 4458233. Additionally, interested parties can listen to a live webcast of the call in the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at .
A replay of the conference call may be accessed through February 25, 2019 by dialing (800) 585-8367 (U.S.) or (404) 537-3406 (international), using conference ID number 4458233.
After the replay has expired, interested parties can listen to the conference call via webcast in the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at .
Headquartered in Pasadena, California, General Finance Corporation (NASDAQ: GFN, ) is a leading specialty rental services company offering portable storage, modular space and liquid containment solutions. Management’s expertise in these sectors drives disciplined growth strategies, operational guidance, effective capital allocation and capital markets support for the Company’s subsidiaries. The Company’s Asia-Pacific leasing operations in Australia and New Zealand consist of wholly-owned subsidiary Royal Wolf Holdings Pty Ltd (), the leading provider of portable storage solutions in those regions. The Company’s North America leasing operations consist of wholly-owned subsidiaries Pac-Van, Inc. () and Lone Star Tank Rental Inc. (), providers of portable storage, office and liquid storage tank containers, mobile offices and modular buildings. The Company also owns Southern Frac, LLC (), a manufacturer of portable liquid storage tank containers and, under the trade name Southern Fabrication Specialties (), other steel-related products in North America.
Statements in this news release that are not historical facts are 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. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements addressing management’s views with respect to future financial and operating results, competitive pressures, increases in interest rates for our variable interest rate indebtedness, our ability to raise capital or borrow additional funds, changes in the Australian, New Zealand or Canadian dollar relative to the U.S. dollar, regulatory changes, customer defaults or insolvencies, litigation, the acquisition of businesses that do not perform as we expect or that are difficult for us to integrate or control, our ability to procure adequate levels of products to meet customer demand, our ability to procure adequate supplies for our manufacturing operations, labor disruptions, adverse resolution of any contract or other disputes with customers, declines in demand for our products and services from key industries such as the Australian resources industry or the U.S. oil and gas and construction industries, or a write-off of all or a part of our goodwill and intangible assets. These risks and uncertainties could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those described in our forward-looking statements. We believe that the expectations represented by our forward-looking statements are reasonable, yet there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Furthermore, unless otherwise stated, the forward-looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of the press release, and we do not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required by applicable law. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by these cautionary statements. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties, including those contained in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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Earnings before interest, income taxes, impairment, depreciation and amortization and other non-operating costs and income (“EBITDA”) and adjusted EBITDA are non-U.S. GAAP measures. We calculate adjusted EBITDA to eliminate the impact of certain items we do not consider to be indicative of the performance of our ongoing operations. In addition, in evaluating adjusted EBITDA, you should be aware that in the future, we may incur expenses similar to the expenses excluded from our presentation of adjusted EBITDA. Our presentation of adjusted EBITDA should not be construed as an inference that our future results will be unaffected by unusual or non-recurring items. We present adjusted EBITDA because we consider it to be an important supplemental measure of our performance and because we believe it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry, many of which present EBITDA and a form of adjusted EBITDA when reporting their results. Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and should not be considered in isolation, or as a substitute for analysis of our results as reported under U.S. GAAP. We compensate for these limitations by relying primarily on our U.S. GAAP results and using adjusted EBITDA only supplementally. The following tables show our adjusted EBITDA and the reconciliation from net income on a consolidated basis and from operating income (loss) for our geographic segments (in thousands):
Globe Newswire: 13:30 GMT Monday 11th February 2019
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