H&E Equipment Services Reports Second Quarter 2021 Results

H&E Equipment Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: HEES) today announced results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2021, reporting strong year-over-year performance as activity in the rental equipment industry displays further improvement.

SECOND QUARTER 2021 SUMMARY

  • Revenues increased 13.4% to $315.8 million versus $278.3 million a year ago.
  • Net income was $15.8 million compared to $8.8 million a year ago. The effective income tax rate was 27.5% in the second quarter of 2021 and 26.9% in the second quarter of 2020.
  • Adjusted EBITDA increased 7.4% to $102.3 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $95.3 million a year ago, yielding a margin of 32.4% of revenues compared to 34.2% a year ago.
  • Total equipment rental revenues for the second quarter of 2021 were $179.0 million, an increase of $23.2 million, or 14.9%, compared to $155.8 million a year ago. Rental revenues for the second quarter of 2021 were $160.3 million, an increase of approximately $19.5 million, or 13.9%, compared to $140.8 million in the second quarter of 2020.
  • New equipment sales increased 13.6% to $49.9 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $43.9 million a year ago.
  • Used equipment sales increased 21.6% to $41.4 million in the second quarter of 2021 compared to $34.0 million a year ago.
  • Gross margin was 35.3% compared to 33.1% a year ago.
  • Total equipment rental gross margins were 41.3% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 38.0% a year ago. Rental gross margins were 46.1% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 41.5% a year ago.
  • Average time utilization (based on original equipment cost) was 68.3% compared to 59.5% a year ago. The size of the Company’s rental fleet based on original acquisition cost decreased 2.2% from a year ago, to $1.8 billion. On a sequential basis, the rental fleet grew 5.4% when compared to the first quarter of 2021.
  • Average rental rates declined 0.3% compared to a year ago and improved 1.0% when compared to the first quarter of 2021.
  • Dollar utilization was 35.2% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 29.6% a year ago.
  • Average rental fleet age on June 30, 2021, was 39.7 months compared to an industry average age of 52.1 months.
  • Announced the pending sale of the crane business for $130 million in cash.
  • Paid regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.275 per share of common stock.

Addressing the strong financial results for the second quarter of 2021, Brad Barber, Chief Executive Officer of H&E Equipment Services, Inc., stated, “Physical utilization of 68.3% was 880 basis points ahead of the same quarter in 2020, when worsening economic conditions caused by the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic drove the metric to its lowest level since 2010. On a sequential basis, our second quarter utilization exceeded the first quarter result by 480 basis points at a time when we grew our fleet by more than 5%. The rising demand from customers led to a 1% improvement in second quarter rental rates when compared to the preceding quarter, representing the first sequential quarterly improvement since late-2019. With improving utilization, rising rental rates and fleet growth, we are increasingly encouraged by the prospects for our industry as we enter the second half of 2021.”

Mr. Barber elaborated on the improving industry outlook, noting, “Customer inquiries addressing current equipment needs remain strong and we expect the elevated demand to persist for the foreseeable future. Key industry indices, which in some cases are near record levels, point to a continuation of project expansion into 2022, especially in the non-residential construction market. Physical utilization of our fleet remains on a favorable trend, closing August 1, 2021, at 71.9%, reflecting the increasing demand for our young rental fleet.”

Providing a final comment on the Company’s success with strategic initiatives, Mr. Barber said, “Our recent disclosure regarding the pending sale of our crane business represents a transformative event for H&E. Following the close of the transaction, expected during the fourth quarter of 2021, we expect to fortify our position in the rental equipment business and in turn benefit from a more stable revenue base and margin appreciation while positioning the Company to capture incremental opportunities resulting from the highly favorable industry trends. In addition, proceeds from the sale are expected to be utilized in numerous ways, including further growth in our rental fleet, expansion of branch operations and other strategic growth initiatives that should advantageously position H&E for the expected industry expansion. Further steps have been taken in support of our transition to a pure-play equipment rental business. Recently, we reached an agreement to sell two earthmoving distribution branches in Arkansas and plan to start a new rental-only branch in the Greater Little Rock market.”

FINANCIAL DISCUSSION FOR SECOND QUARTER 2021:

Revenue

Total revenues increased 13.4% to $315.8 million in the second quarter of 2021 from $278.3 million in the second quarter of 2020. Total equipment rental revenues increased 14.9% to $179.0 million compared to $155.8 million in the second quarter of 2020. Rental revenues increased 13.9% to $160.3 million compared to $140.8 million in the second quarter of 2020. New equipment sales increased 13.6% to $49.9 million compared to $43.9 million a year ago. Used equipment sales increased 21.6% to $41.4 million compared to $34.0 million a year ago. Parts sales increased 4.6% to $27.4 million compared to $26.2 million a year ago. Service revenues decreased 4.3% to $15.0 million compared to $15.7 million a year ago.

Gross Profit

Gross profit increased 21.0% to $111.4 million from $92.1 million in the second quarter of 2020. Gross margin was 35.3% for the second quarter of 2021, as compared to 33.1% for the second quarter of 2020. On a segment basis, gross margin on total equipment rentals was 41.3% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 38.0% in the second quarter of 2020. Rental margins were 46.1% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 41.5% for the second quarter of 2020. On average, rental rates in the second quarter of 2021 were 0.3% lower than rental rates in the second quarter of 2020. Time utilization (based on original equipment cost) was 68.3% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 59.5% in the second quarter of 2020. Gross margins on new equipment sales were 11.5% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 10.7% in the second quarter of 2020. Gross margins on used equipment sales were 34.7% compared to 31.6% in the second quarter of 2020. Gross margins on parts sales were 25.8% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 26.2% in the second quarter of 2020. Gross margins on service revenues were 68.0% for the second quarter of 2021 compared to 67.0% in the second quarter of 2020.

Rental Fleet

At the end of the second quarter of 2021, the original acquisition cost of the Company’s rental fleet was $1.8 billion, which represented a 2.2%, or $40.7 million, decrease from the end of the second quarter of 2020. Dollar utilization for the second quarter of 2021 was 35.2% compared to 29.6% for the second quarter of 2020.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

SG&A expenses for the second quarter of 2021 were $77.0 million compared with $67.9 million in the comparable quarter in 2020, a $9.1 million, or 13.5%, increase. SG&A expenses in the second quarter of 2021 as a percentage of total revenues were 24.4%, unchanged from the second quarter in 2020. Employee salaries, wages, payroll taxes and related employee benefits, and other employee related expenses increased $9.0 million. Also, facilities and promotion expenses increased $0.9 million and $0.6 million, respectively, due in part to an increase in the Company’s total branch count. Partially offsetting these increases were a $1.1 million decrease in liability insurance and a $0.9 million decrease in bad debt expense. Approximately $3.2 million of SG&A expenses were attributable to warm start branches opened since January 1, 2021.

Income from Operations

Income from operations for the second quarter of 2021 was $34.4 million, or 10.9% of revenues, compared to $27.0 million, or 9.7% of revenues, for the second quarter of 2020.

Interest Expense

Interest expense was $13.4 million for the second quarter of 2021 compared to $15.6 million for the second quarter of 2020.

Net Income

Net income was $15.8 million, or $0.43 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2021 compared to net income of $8.8 million, or $0.24 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2020. The effective income tax rate was 27.5% in the second quarter of 2021 compared to 26.9% in the second quarter of 2020.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release contains certain Non-GAAP measures (EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted Income from Operations, Adjusted Net Income, Adjusted Net Income per share and the disaggregation of equipment rental revenues and cost of sales numbers) detailed below. Please refer to our Current Report on Form 8-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 3, 2021, for a description of these measures and of our use of these measures. These measures as calculated by the Company are not necessarily comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies. Additionally, these Non-GAAP measures are not a measurement of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and should not be considered as alternatives to the Company's other financial information determined under GAAP.

Conference Call

The Company’s management will hold a conference call to discuss second quarter 2021 results today, August 3, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time). To listen to the call, participants should dial 877-317-6789 approximately 10 minutes prior to the start of the call. A telephonic replay will become available after 1:00 p.m. (Eastern Time) on August 3, 2021, and will continue through August 10, 2021, by dialing 877-344-7529 and entering the confirmation code 10158067.

A live broadcast of the Company’s quarterly conference call will be available online at www.he-equipment.com on August 3, 2021, beginning at 10:00 a.m. (Eastern Time) and will remain available for 30 days. Related presentation materials will be posted to the “Investor Relations” section of the Company’s web site at www.he-equipment.com prior to the call. The presentation materials will be in Adobe Acrobat format.

About H&E Equipment Services, Inc.

The Company is one of the largest integrated equipment services companies in the United States with 106 full-service facilities throughout the West Coast, Intermountain, Southwest, Gulf Coast, Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. The Company is focused on heavy construction and industrial equipment, and rents, sells, and provides parts and services support for four core categories of specialized equipment: (1) hi-lift or aerial platform equipment; (2) cranes; (3) earthmoving equipment; and (4) material handling equipment. By providing equipment rental, sales, on site parts, repair services, and maintenance functions under one roof, the Company is a one-stop provider for its customers’ varied equipment needs. This full-service approach provides the Company with multiple points of customer contact, enabling it to maintain a high quality rental fleet, as well as an effective distribution channel for fleet disposal, and provides cross-selling opportunities among its new and used equipment sales, rentals, parts sales, and services operations.

Forward-Looking Statements

Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts, including statements about H&E’s beliefs and expectations, are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the federal securities laws. Statements containing the words “may”, “could”, “would”, “should”, “believe”, “expect”, “anticipate”, “plan”, “estimate”, “target”, “project”, “intend”, “foresee” and similar expressions constitute forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Such factors include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) risks related to the impact of the COVID-19 global pandemic, such as the scope and duration of the outbreak, government actions and restrictive measures implemented in response to the pandemic, material delays and cancellations of construction or infrastructure projects, supply chain disruptions and other impacts to the business; (2) general economic conditions and construction and industrial activity in the markets where we operate in North America; (3) our ability to forecast trends in our business accurately, and the impact of economic downturns and economic uncertainty in the markets we serve (including as a result of current uncertainty due to COVID-19); (4) trends in oil and natural gas could adversely affect the demand for our services and products; (5) the impact of conditions in the global credit and commodity markets (including as a result of current volatility and uncertainty in credit and commodity markets due to COVID-19) and their effect on construction spending and the economy in general; (6) relationships with equipment suppliers; (7) increased maintenance and repair costs as we age our fleet and decreases in our equipment’s residual value; (8) our indebtedness; (9) risks associated with the expansion of our business and any potential acquisitions we may make, including any related capital expenditures, or our inability to consummate such acquisitions; (10) our possible inability to integrate any businesses we acquire; (11) competitive pressures; (12) security breaches and other disruptions in our information technology systems; (13) adverse weather events or natural disasters; (14) compliance with laws and regulations, including those relating to environmental matters, corporate governance matters and tax matters, as well as any future changes to such laws and regulations; and (15) other factors discussed in our public filings, including the risk factors included in the Company’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K. Investors, potential investors and other readers are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements. Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission, we are under no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after the date of this release. These statements are based on the current beliefs and assumptions of H&E’s management, which in turn are based on currently available information and important, underlying assumptions. H&E is under no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements after this press release, whether as a result of any new information, future events or otherwise. Investors, potential investors, security holders and other readers are urged to consider the above-mentioned factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements.

H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS (unaudited)

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

June 30,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenues:

Equipment rentals

$

179,037

$

155,794

$

335,261

$

330,313

New equipment sales

49,919

43,947

87,664

74,820

Used equipment sales

41,358

34,013

83,124

65,231

Parts sales

27,424

26,220

53,036

55,989

Service revenues

14,977

15,657

29,487

32,479

Other

3,048

2,705

5,636

5,426

Total revenues

315,763

278,336

594,208

564,258

Cost of revenues:

Equipment rentals

Rental depreciation

58,337

59,156

113,686

119,142

Rental expense

28,081

23,264

53,769

48,833

Rental other

18,731

14,226

35,454

31,031

105,149

96,646

202,909

199,006

New equipment sales

44,176

39,259

77,618

66,685

Used equipment sales

27,008

23,282

55,373

43,720

Parts sales

20,356

19,352

39,103

41,255

Service revenues

4,789

5,173

9,486

10,713

Other

2,920

2,554

5,351

5,326

Total cost of revenues

204,398

186,266

389,840

366,705

Gross Profit

111,365

92,070

204,368

197,553

Selling, general, and administrative expenses

77,006

67,861

150,959

147,485

Merger and other

680

118

1,417

158

Gain on sales of property and equipment, net

(680

)

(2,894

)

(834

)

(7,158

)

Impairment of goodwill

-

-

-

61,994

Income (Loss) from Operations

34,359

26,985

52,826

(4,926

)

Interest expense

(13,425

)

(15,572

)

(26,868

)

(31,602

)

Other income, net

808

642

1,475

1,272

Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes

21,742

12,055

27,433

(35,256

)

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

5,976

3,240

7,516

(7,103

)

Net Income (Loss)

$

15,766

$

8,815

$

19,917

$

(28,153

)

NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE:

Basic – Net income (loss) per share

$

0.44

$

0.24

$

0.55

$

(0.78

)

Basic – Weighted average number of common shares outstanding

36,216

36,031

36,200

35,998

Diluted – Net income (loss) per share

$

0.43

$

0.24

$

0.55

$

(0.78

)

Diluted – Weighted average number of

common shares outstanding

36,437

36,107

36,412

35,998

Dividends declared per common share

$

0.275

$

0.275

$

0.55

$

0.55

H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.

SELECTED BALANCE SHEET DATA (unaudited)

(Amounts in thousands)

 

June 30,

December 31,

 

2021

2020

Cash

 

$

202,487

$

310,882

Rental equipment, net

 

1,112,959

1,028,745

Total assets

 

2,015,891

1,980,484

Total debt (1)

 

1,250,177

1,250,305

Total liabilities

 

1,775,429

1,742,251

Stockholders’ equity

 

240,462

238,233

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

 

$

2,015,891

$

1,980,484

(1)

Total debt consists of the aggregate amounts on the senior unsecured notes and finance lease obligations..

H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Amounts in thousands, except per share amounts)

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2020

As Reported

Adjustment

As Adjusted

Gross profit

$

197,553

$

$

197,553

Selling, general and administrative expenses

147,485

147,485

Impairment of goodwill

61,994

(61,994

)

Gain on sale of property and equipment, net

(7,158

)

(7,158

)

Merger and other

158

158

Income (loss) from operations

(4,926

)

61,994

57,068

Interest expense

(31,602

)

(31,602

)

Other income, net

1,272

1,272

Income (loss) before provision (benefit) for income taxes

(35,256

)

61,994

26,738

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

(7,103

)

12,929

5,826

Net income (loss)

$

(28,153

)

$

49,065

$

20,912

Six Months Ended June 30,

2020

2020

As Reported

Adjustment

As Adjusted

NET INCOME (LOSS) PER SHARE (1)

Basic – Net income (loss) per share

$

(0.78

)

$

1.36

$

0.58

Basic – Weighted average number of common

shares outstanding

35,998

35,998

35,998

Diluted – Net income (loss) per share

$

(0.78

)

$

1.36

$

0.58

Diluted – Weighted average number of common

shares outstanding

35,998

35,998

35,998

(1)

Because of the method used in calculating per share data, the summation of the above per share data may not necessarily total to the as adjusted per share data.

H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Amounts in thousands)

Three Months Ended

June 30,

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2021

2020

2021

 

2020

 

Net Income (loss)

$

15,766

$

8,815

$

19,917

 

$

(28,153

)

Interest Expense

13,425

15,572

26,868

 

31,602

Provision (benefit) for income taxes

5,976

3,240

7,516

 

(7,103

)

Depreciation

65,474

66,568

127,768

 

133,992

Amortization of intangibles

992

992

1,985

 

2,002

 

EBITDA

$

101,633

$

95,187

$

184,054

 

$

132,340

 

Merger and other

680

118

1,417

 

158

Impairment of goodwill

-

-

-

 

61,994

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

102,313

$

95,305

$

185,471

 

$

194,492

H&E EQUIPMENT SERVICES, INC.

UNAUDITED RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(Amounts in thousands)

 

Three Months Ended

Six Months Ended

June 30,

2021

June 30,

2020

June 30,

2021

June 30,

2020

RENTAL REVENUES

Equipment rentals (1)

$

160,299

$

140,776

$

300,240

$

299,394

Rentals other

18,738

15,018

35,021

30,919

Total equipment rentals

179,037

155,794

335,261

330,313

RENTAL COST OF SALES

Rental depreciation

58,337

59,156

113,686

119,142

Rental expense

28,081

23,264

53,769

48,833

Rental other

18,731

14,226

35,454

31,031

Total rental cost of sales

105,149

96,646

202,909

199,006

RENTAL REVENUES GROSS PROFIT (LOSS)

Equipment rentals

73,881

58,356

132,785

131,419

Rentals other

7

792

(433

)

(112

)

Total rental revenues gross profit

73,888

59,148

132,352

131,307

RENTAL REVENUES GROSS MARGIN

Equipment rentals

46.1

%

41.5

%

44.2

%

43.9

%

Rentals other

0.0

%

5.3

%

-1.2

%

-0.4

%

Total rental revenues gross margin

41.3

%

38.0

%

39.5

%

39.8

%

(1)

Pursuant to SEC Regulation S-X, our equipment rental revenues are aggregated and presented in our unaudited consolidated statements of operations in this press release as a single line item, “Equipment Rentals”. The above table disaggregates our equipment rental revenues for discussion and analysis purposes only.

Contacts:

Leslie S. Magee
Chief Financial Officer
225-298-5261
lmagee@he-equipment.com

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