Asbury Automotive Group Announces 2020 First Quarter Financial Results

DULUTH, Ga., May 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. (NYSE: ABG), one of the largest automotive retail and service companies in the U.S., reported net income for the first quarter 2020 of $19.5 million ($1.01 per diluted share) and adjusted net income (a non-GAAP measure) of $34.7 million ($1.80 per diluted share). This compares to net income of $40.9 million ($2.11 per diluted share) and adjusted net income of $42.7 million ($2.20 per diluted share) in the prior year quarter.

Net income for the first quarter 2020 was adjusted for the following pre-tax items: gain on dealership divestitures of $33.7 million ($1.30 per diluted share), gain on legal settlements of $0.9 million ($0.03 per diluted share), gain on the sale of vacant property $0.3 million or ($0.01 per diluted share), franchise rights impairment of $23.0 million ($0.89 per diluted share), loss on debt extinguishment of $20.7 million ($0.79 per diluted share), and Park Place deal termination costs of $11.6 million ($0.45 per diluted share). Net income for the first quarter 2019 was adjusted for a fixed asset write-off of $2.4 million ($0.09 per diluted share).

"The quarter started off very strong with February year-to-date revenue, gross profit, and adjusted EPS up 10%, 12%, and 31%, respectively; however, our March results were significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team acted decisively to right-size our business, reduced expenses, deferred most capital expenditures, and focus on our omni-channel sales initiatives." said David Hult, Asbury's President and Chief Executive Officer. "In addition, we also drew down our credit facilities to maximize our liquidity. As we manage through this crisis, our top priorities are maintaining the health and safety of our employees and guests and preserving the financial strength of our company."

First Quarter 2020 Operational Summary

Total company:

  • Total revenue decreased 4%; gross profit decreased 2%
  • SG&A as a percentage of gross profit increased 310 basis points to 71.5%
  • Adjusted income from operations decreased 15%
  • Adjusted EPS decreased 18%

Same store:

  • Total revenue decreased 6%; gross profit decreased 5%
  • New vehicle revenue decreased 7%; gross profit decreased 8%
  • Used vehicle retail revenue decreased 5%; gross profit decreased 11%
  • Finance and insurance revenue and gross profit decreased 3%
  • Parts and service revenue decreased 1%; gross profit decreased 3%

Strategic Highlights:

  • Terminated our agreement to acquire 20 Park Place luxury franchises.
  • Acquired a Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram store in the Denver market in late January 2020. We expect this store to generate approximately $124 million in annual revenues.
  • Divested all five stores in the Mississippi market in March 2020. These dealerships generated approximately $334 million in annualized revenue.
  • Divested our Nissan Atlanta store in February 2020. This dealership generated approximately $77 million in annualized revenue.
  • Refinanced our $600 million 6% notes due in 2024, lowered average rate to 4.63%, and extended the maturities to 2028 and 2030.

Additional commentary regarding the first quarter results will be provided during the earnings conference call on May 05, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.  The conference call will be simulcast live on the internet and can be accessed at www.asburyauto.com or www.ccbn.com.  A replay will be available at these sites for 30 days.

In addition, a live audio of the call will be accessible to the public by calling (800) 347-6311 (domestic), or (323) 994-2131 (international); passcode - 5313580.  Callers should dial in approximately 5 to 10 minutes before the call begins.

A conference call replay will be available two hours following the call for seven days, and can be accessed by calling (888) 203-1112 (domestic), or (719) 457-0820 (international); passcode - 5313580.

About Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

Asbury Automotive Group, Inc. ("Asbury"), a Fortune 500 company headquartered in Duluth, GA, is one of the largest automotive retailers in the U.S.  Asbury currently operates 83 dealerships, consisting of 102 franchises, representing 31 domestic and foreign brands of vehicles.  Asbury also operates 24 collision repair centers.  Asbury offers customers an extensive range of automotive products and services, including new and used vehicle sales and related financing and insurance, vehicle maintenance and repair services, replacement parts and service contracts.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements are statements other than historical fact, and may include statements relating to goals, plans, market conditions and projections regarding Asbury's financial position, liquidity, results of operations, market position and dealership portfolio, and other initiatives and future business strategy.  These statements are based on management's current expectations and beliefs and involve significant risks and uncertainties that may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in the statements.  These risks and uncertainties include, among other things, market factors, Asbury's relationships with, and the financial and operational stability of, vehicle manufacturers and other suppliers, acts of God or other incidents which may adversely impact supply from vehicle manufacturers and/or present retail sales challenges, risks associated with Asbury's indebtedness (including available borrowing capacity, compliance with its financial covenants and ability to refinance or repay such indebtedness, on favorable terms), Asbury's relationships with, and the financial stability of, its lenders and lessors, risks related to competition in the automotive retail and service industries, general economic conditions both nationally and locally, governmental regulations, legislation, adverse results in litigation and other proceedings, and Asbury's ability to execute its IT initiatives and other operational strategies, Asbury's ability to leverage gains from its dealership portfolio, Asbury's ability to capitalize on opportunities to repurchase its debt and equity securities or purchase properties that it currently leases, and Asbury's ability to stay within its targeted range for capital expenditures.  There can be no guarantees that Asbury's plans for future operations will be successfully implemented or that they will prove to be commercially successful.

These and other risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in our forward-looking statements are and will be discussed in Asbury's filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission from time to time, including its most recent annual report on Form 10-K and any subsequently filed quarterly reports on Form 10-Q.  We undertake no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

 

ASBURY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, INC.
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (In millions, except per share data)
(Unaudited)



For the Three Months
Ended March 31,


Increase

(Decrease)


%

Change


2020


2019



REVENUE:








New vehicle

$

822.1



$

871.8



$

(49.7)



(6)

%

Used vehicle:








Retail

446.0



458.2



(12.2)



(3)

%

Wholesale

47.2



51.7



(4.5)



(9)

%

     Total used vehicle

493.2



509.9



(16.7)



(3)

%

Parts and service

221.6



217.6



4.0



2

%

Finance and insurance, net

70.4



71.5



(1.1)



(2)

%

TOTAL REVENUE

1,607.3



1,670.8



(63.5)



(4)

%

GROSS PROFIT:








New vehicle

36.4



37.9



(1.5)



(4)

%

Used vehicle:








Retail

31.2



33.6



(2.4)



(7)

%

Wholesale

(0.5)



0.9



(1.4)



(156)

%

     Total used vehicle

30.7



34.5



(3.8)



(11)

%

Parts and service

134.9



135.3



(0.4)



%

Finance and insurance, net

70.4



71.5



(1.1)



(2)

%

TOTAL GROSS PROFIT

272.4



279.2



(6.8)



(2)

%

OPERATING EXPENSES:








Selling, general and administrative

194.7



191.0



3.7



2

%

Depreciation and amortization

9.5



8.6



0.9



10

%

Franchise rights impairment

23.0





23.0



%

Other operating expense, net

10.2



1.8



8.4



NM


INCOME FROM OPERATIONS

35.0



77.8



(42.8)



(55)

%

OTHER EXPENSES (INCOME):








Floor plan interest expense

7.0



10.2



(3.2)



(31)

%

Other interest expense, net

17.0



13.9



3.1



22

%

Loss on extinguishment of long-term debt, net

20.6





20.6



%

Gain on dealership divestitures, net

(33.7)





(33.7)



%

Total other expenses, net

10.9



24.1



(13.2)



(55)

%

INCOME BEFORE INCOME TAXES

24.1



53.7



(29.6)



(55)

%

Income tax expense

4.6



12.8



(8.2)



(64)

%

NET INCOME

$

19.5



$

40.9



$

(21.4)



(52)

%

EARNINGS PER COMMON SHARE:








Basic—








Net income

$

1.02



$

2.13



$

(1.11)



(52)

%

Diluted—








Net income

$

1.01



$

2.11



$

(1.10)



(52)

%

WEIGHTED AVERAGE COMMON SHARES OUTSTANDING:








Basic

19.1



19.2



(0.1)



(1)

%

Restricted stock

0.1



0.1





%

Performance share units

0.1



0.1





%

Diluted

19.3



19.4



(0.1)



(1)

%

______________________________

NMNot Meaningful

 

ASBURY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, INC.
KEY OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS (In millions, except per unit data)
(Unaudited)



For the Three Months
Ended March 31,


Increase

(Decrease)


%

Change


2020


2019



Unit sales








New vehicle:








Luxury

4,992



5,162



(170)



(3)

%

Import

12,458



14,443



(1,985)



(14)

%

Domestic

4,527



4,504



23



1

%

     Total new vehicle

21,977



24,109



(2,132)



(9)

%

Used vehicle retail

20,287



21,083



(796)



(4)

%

Used to new ratio

92.3

%


87.4

%


490 bps



Average selling price








New vehicle

$

37,407



$

36,161



$

1,246



3

%

Used vehicle retail

21,985



21,733



252



1

%

Average gross profit per unit








New vehicle:








Luxury

$

3,385



$

3,700



$

(315)



(9)

%

Import

851



810



41



5

%

Domestic

1,966



1,576



390



25

%

Total new vehicle

1,656



1,572



84



5

%

Used vehicle retail

1,538



1,594



(56)



(4)

%

Finance and insurance, net

1,666



1,582



84



5

%

Front end yield (1)

3,265



3,164



101



3

%

Gross margin








New vehicle:








Luxury

6.1

%


6.6

%


(50) bps



Import

3.0

%


2.9

%


10 bps



Domestic

4.7

%


4.0

%


70 bps



Total new vehicle

4.4

%


4.3

%


10 bps



Used vehicle retail

7.0

%


7.3

%


(30) bps



Parts and service

60.9

%


62.2

%


(130) bps



Total gross profit margin

16.9

%


16.7

%


20 bps



SG&A metrics








Rent expense

$

6.8



$

6.8



$



%

Total SG&A as a percentage of gross profit

71.5

%


68.4

%


310 bps



SG&A, excluding rent expense as a percentage of gross profit

69.0

%


66.0

%


300 bps



Operating metrics








Income from operations as a percentage of revenue

2.2

%


4.7

%


(250) bps



Income from operations as a percentage of gross profit

12.8

%


27.9

%


(1,510) bps



Adjusted income from operations as a percentage of revenue

4.3

%


4.8

%


(50) bps



Adjusted income from operations as a percentage of gross profit

25.1

%


28.7

%


(360) bps



Revenue mix








New vehicle

51.1

%


52.2

%





Used vehicle retail

27.8

%


27.4

%





Used vehicle wholesale

2.9

%


3.1

%





Parts and service

13.8

%


13.0

%





Finance and insurance

4.4

%


4.3

%





     Total revenue

100.0

%


100.0

%





Gross profit mix








New vehicle

13.4

%


13.6

%





Used vehicle retail

11.5

%


12.0

%





Used vehicle wholesale

(0.2)

%


0.3

%





Parts and service

49.5

%


48.5

%





Finance and insurance

25.8

%


25.6

%





     Total gross profit

100.0

%


100.0

%





_____________________________


(1)

Front end yield is calculated as gross profit from new vehicles, used retail vehicles and finance and insurance (net),
divided by combined new and used retail unit sales.

 

ASBURY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, INC.
SAME STORE OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS (In millions)
(Unaudited)



For the Three Months
Ended March 31,


Increase

(Decrease)


%

Change


2020


2019



Revenue








New vehicle:








Luxury

$

275.7



$

287.5



$

(11.8)



(4)

%

Import

323.3



359.6



(36.3)



(10)

%

Domestic

146.4



155.7



(9.3)



(6)

%

     Total new vehicle

745.4



802.8



(57.4)



(7)

%

Used Vehicle:








Retail

404.5



426.6



(22.1)



(5)

%

Wholesale

43.4



47.2



(3.8)



(8)

%

     Total used vehicle

447.9



473.8



(25.9)



(5)

%

Parts and service

203.5



204.6



(1.1)



(1)

%

Finance and insurance, net

64.4



66.2



(1.8)



(3)

%

Total revenue

$

1,461.2



$

1,547.4



$

(86.2)



(6)

%









Gross profit








New vehicle:








Luxury

$

17.0



$

19.1



$

(2.1)



(11)

%

Import

9.3



10.4



(1.1)



(11)

%

Domestic

6.9



6.4



0.5



8

%

     Total new vehicle

33.2



35.9



(2.7)



(8)

%

Used Vehicle:








Retail

28.3



31.8



(3.5)



(11)

%

Wholesale

(0.5)



0.8



(1.3)



(163)

%

     Total used vehicle

27.8



32.6



(4.8)



(15)

%

Parts and service:








Customer pay

72.5



73.3



(0.8)



(1)

%

Warranty

19.7



20.6



(0.9)



(4)

%

Wholesale parts

4.6



5.5



(0.9)



(16)

%

     Parts and service, excluding reconditioning and preparation

96.8



99.4



(2.6)



(3)

%

Reconditioning and preparation

27.3



28.0



(0.7)



(3)

%

Total parts and service

124.1



127.4



(3.3)



(3)

%

Finance and insurance

64.4



66.2



(1.8)



(3)

%

Total gross profit

$

249.5



$

262.1



$

(12.6)



(5)

%









SG&A expense

$

178.5



$

179.1



$

(0.6)



%

SG&A expense as a percentage of gross profit

71.5

%


68.3

%


320 bps



_____________________________

Same store amounts consist of information from dealerships for identical months in each comparative period, commencing with
the first month we owned the dealership. Additionally, amounts related to divested dealerships are excluded from each comparative
period.

 

ASBURY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, INC.
SAME STORE OPERATING HIGHLIGHTS (Continued)
(Unaudited)



For the Three Months
Ended March 31,


Increase

(Decrease)


%

Change


2020


2019



Unit sales








New vehicle:








Luxury

4,977



5,132



(155)



(3)

%

Import

11,340



12,842



(1,502)



(12)

%

Domestic

3,596



3,952



(356)



(9)

%

     Total new vehicle

19,913



21,926



(2,013)



(9)

%

Used vehicle retail

18,230



19,510



(1,280)



(7)

%

Used to new ratio

91.5

%


89.0

%


250 bps











Average selling price








New vehicle

$

37,433



$

36,614



$

819



2

%

Used vehicle retail

22,189



21,866



323



1

%









Average gross profit per unit








New vehicle:








Luxury

$

3,416



$

3,722



$

(306)



(8)

%

Import

820



810



10



1

%

Domestic

1,919



1,619



300



19

%

Total new vehicle

1,667



1,637



30



2

%

Used vehicle retail

1,552



1,630



(78)



(5)

%

Finance and insurance, net

1,688



1,598



90



6

%

Front end yield (1)

3,301



3,231



70



2

%









Gross margin








New vehicle:








Luxury

6.2

%


6.6

%


(40) bps



Import

2.9

%


2.9

%


0 bps



Domestic

4.7

%


4.1

%


60 bps



Total new vehicle

4.5

%


4.5

%


0 bps



Used vehicle retail

7.0

%


7.5

%


(50) bps



Parts and service:








Parts and service, excluding reconditioning and preparation

47.6

%


48.6

%


(100) bps



Parts and service, including reconditioning and preparation

61.0

%


62.3

%


(130) bps



Total gross profit margin

17.1

%


16.9

%


20 bps



_____________________________

Same store amounts consist of information from dealerships for identical months in each comparative period, commencing with
the first month we owned the dealership. Additionally, amounts related to divested dealerships are excluded from each comparative
period.


(1)

Front end yield is calculated as gross profit from new vehicles, used retail vehicles and finance and insurance (net),
divided by combined new and used retail unit sales.

 

ASBURY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP, INC.
Additional Disclosures (In millions)
(Unaudited)



March 31,
2020


December 31,
2019


Increase

(Decrease)


% Change

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA








Cash and cash equivalents

$

388.6



$

3.5



$

385.1



11,003

%

New vehicle inventory

861.1



802.6


(a)

58.5



7

%

Used vehicle inventory

158.0



140.1


(b)

17.9



13

%

Parts inventory

40.6



42.3


(c)

(1.7)



(4)

%

Total current assets

1,753.2



1,602.6



150.6



9

%

Floor plan notes payable

848.5



788.0


(d)

60.5



8

%

Total current liabilities

1,186.0



1,247.0



(61.0)



(5)

%









CAPITALIZATION:








Long-term debt (including current portion)

$

1,164.9


*

$

939.4


(e)

$

225.5



24

%

Shareholders' equity

660.9



646.3



14.6



2

%

Total

$

1,825.8



$

1,585.7



$

240.1



15

%

_______________________________

*Includes $237.0 million drawn on the Revolver as of March 31, 2020


(a)

Excluding $56.3 million of new vehicle inventory classified as Assets held for sale as of December 31, 2019

(b) 

Excluding $8.6 million of used vehicle inventory classified as Assets held for sale as of December 31, 2019

(c)

Excluding $2.8 million of parts inventory classified as Assets held for sale as of December 31, 2019

(d) 

Excluding $62.8 million of Floor plan notes payable classified as Liabilities associated with assets held for sale as of
December 31, 2019

(e) 

Excluding $28.1 million of Long-term debt classified as Liabilities associated with assets held for sale as of December 31,
2019

 


March 31, 2020


December 31, 2019

DAYS SUPPLY




New vehicle inventory

105



66


Used vehicle inventory

42



29


_____________________________

Days supply of inventory is calculated based on new and used inventory levels at the end of each reporting period and a 30-day
historical cost of sales.

 

 

Brand Mix - New Vehicle Revenue by Brand-



For the Three Months
Ended March 31,


2020


2019

Luxury:




Mercedes-Benz

8

%


7

%

Lexus

7

%


6

%

BMW

6

%


6

%

Acura

4

%


4

%

Infiniti

2

%


3

%

Other luxury

7

%


7

%

Total luxury

34

%


33

%

Imports:




Honda

17

%


19

%

Toyota

13

%


12

%

Nissan

7

%


11

%

Other imports

6

%


5

%

Total imports

43

%


47

%

Domestic:




Ford

10

%


9

%

Chevrolet

6

%


6

%

Dodge

4

%


2

%

Other domestics

3

%


3

%

Total domestic

23

%


20

%

Total New Vehicle Revenue

100

%


100

%

ASBURY AUTOMOTIVE GROUP INC.
Supplemental Disclosures
(Unaudited)

Non-GAAP Financial Disclosure and Reconciliation

In addition to evaluating the financial condition and results of our operations in accordance with GAAP, from time to time management evaluates and analyzes results and any impact on the Company of strategic decisions and actions relating to, among other things, cost reduction, growth, and profitability improvement initiatives, and other events outside of normal, or "core," business and operations, by considering certain alternative financial measures not prepared in accordance with GAAP. These measures include "Adjusted leverage ratio," "Adjusted income from operations," "Adjusted net income," " Adjusted operating margins," and "Adjusted diluted earnings per share ("EPS")." Further, management assesses the organic growth of our revenue and gross profit on a same store basis. We believe that our assessment on a same store basis represents an important indicator of comparative financial performance and provides relevant information to assess our performance at our existing locations. Same store amounts consist of information from dealerships for identical months in each comparative period, commencing with the first month we owned the dealership. Additionally, amounts related to divested dealerships are excluded from each comparative period. Non-GAAP measures do not have definitions under GAAP and may be defined differently by and not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. As a result, any non-GAAP financial measures considered and evaluated by management are reviewed in conjunction with a review of the most directly comparable measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. Management cautions investors not to place undue reliance on such non-GAAP measures, but also to consider them with the most directly comparable GAAP measures. In their evaluation of results from time to time, management excludes items that do not arise directly from core operations, or are otherwise of an unusual or non-recurring nature. Because these non-core, unusual or non-recurring charges and gains materially affect Asbury's financial condition or results in the specific period in which they are recognized, management also evaluates, and makes resource allocation and performance evaluation decisions based on, the related non-GAAP measures excluding such items.  In addition to using such non-GAAP measures to evaluate results in a specific period, management believes that such measures may provide more complete and consistent comparisons of operational performance on a period-over-period historical basis and a better indication of expected future trends. Management discloses these non-GAAP measures, and the related reconciliations, because it believes investors use these metrics in evaluating longer-term period-over-period performance, and to allow investors to better understand and evaluate the information used by management to assess operating performance.

The following tables provide reconciliations for our non-GAAP metrics:


For the Twelve Months Ended


March 31, 2020


December 31, 2019


(Dollars in millions)

Adjusted leverage ratio:




Long-term debt (including current portion and HFS)

$

1,164.9



$

967.5






Calculation of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization ("EBITDA"):




Net Income

$

163.0



$

184.4






Add:




Depreciation and amortization

37.1



36.2


Income tax expense

51.5



59.5


Swap and other interest expense

58.5



54.9


Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
("EBITDA")

$

310.1



$

335.0






Non-core items - expense (income):




Gain on dealership divestitures

$

(45.4)



$

(11.7)


Legal settlements

(1.5)



$

(0.6)


Gain on sale of real estate

(0.6)



(0.3)


Franchise rights impairment

30.1



7.1


Real estate-related charges

0.6



0.6


Park Place deal termination costs

11.6




Loss on debt extinguishment

20.7




Fixed assets write-off



2.4


  Total non-core items

15.5



(2.5)






Adjusted EBITDA

$

325.6



$

332.5






Adjusted leverage ratio

3.6



2.9


 

 


For the Three Months Ended March 31,


2020


2019


(In millions, except per share data)

Adjusted income from operations:




Income from operations

$

35.0



$

77.8


Legal settlements

(0.9)




Gain on sale of real estate

(0.3)




Park Place deal termination costs

11.6




Franchise rights impairment

23.0




Fixed assets write-off



2.4


Adjusted income from operations

$

68.4



$

80.2






Adjusted net income:




Net income

$

19.5



$

40.9






Non-core items - (income) expense:




Gain on dealership divestitures

(33.7)




Legal settlements

(0.9)




Gain on sale of real estate

(0.3)




Park Place deal termination costs

11.6




Loss on extinguishment of debt

20.7




Franchise rights impairment

23.0




Fixed assets write-off



2.4


Income tax effect on non-core items above

(5.2)



(0.6)


Total non-core items

15.2



1.8


Adjusted net income

$

34.7



$

42.7






Adjusted diluted earnings per share (EPS):




Diluted EPS

$

1.01



$

2.11






Total non-core items

0.79



0.09


Adjusted diluted EPS

$

1.80



$

2.20






Weighted average common shares outstanding - diluted

19.3


19.4

 

 

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SOURCE Asbury Automotive Group, Inc.

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