AutoNation Reports All-Time Record Quarterly EPS from Continuing Operations - Adjusted EPS from continuing operations for the second quarter of 2012 was an all-time record(1) $0.66, up 35% compared to second quarter 2011 EPS from continuing operations of $0.49

- On a GAAP basis, second quarter 2012 EPS from continuing operations was $0.64

- Demonstrated improved operating leverage of 69.8% (selling, general and administrative expenses as a percentage of gross profit), a 180 basis point improvement compared to the second quarter of 2011

- Total revenue of $3.9 billion, up 17% compared to the year-ago period; revenue for all major business sectors - new vehicles, used vehicles, parts and service, and finance and insurance - improved compared to second quarter of 2011

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., July 19, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- AutoNation, Inc. (NYSE: AN), America's largest automotive retailer, today reported 2012 second quarter adjusted net income from continuing operations of $82 million, or $0.66 per share, compared to net income from continuing operations of $73 million, or $0.49 per share, for the same period in the prior year, a 35% improvement on a per-share basis.  On a GAAP basis, second quarter 2012 net income from continuing operations was $79 million, or $0.64 per share.  Reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures are included in the attached financial tables.

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2012 second quarter revenue totaled $3.9 billion, compared to $3.3 billion in the year-ago period, an increase of 17%, driven primarily by stronger retail new vehicle unit sales.  AutoNation's retail new vehicle unit sales increased 29%.  Based on CNW Research data, total U.S. industry retail new vehicle unit sales increased 15%.

Mike Jackson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We delivered solid double-digit growth in operating income in the second quarter, driven by improved gross profit in our new vehicle, parts and service, and finance and insurance business sectors, as well as significantly improved operating leverage.  We are very pleased with our strong year-over-year growth in these areas of our business."

Commenting on the automotive retail environment, Mr. Jackson added, "We continued to see a strong new vehicle selling environment in the second quarter, supported by genuine replacement demand, a healthy credit environment, and accelerated product offerings.  We are expecting industry new vehicle sales to reach mid-14 million units in 2012."

During the second quarter of 2012, AutoNation repurchased 3.7 million shares of common stock for an aggregate purchase price of $126.2 million. As of June 30, 2012, there were 121 million shares outstanding. AutoNation today announced that the Board of Directors authorized the repurchase of up to an additional $250 million of AutoNation common stock.  With the increased authorization, AutoNation has approximately $368 million remaining Board authorization for share repurchase. 

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 Chrysler; the Import(2) segment is comprised of stores that sell vehicles manufactured primarily by Toyota, Honda, Hyundai and Nissan; and the Premium Luxury(2) segment is comprised of stores that sell vehicles manufactured primarily by Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi and Lexus. Segment results for the second quarter of 2012 were as follows:

  • Domestic - Domestic segment income(3) was $54 million compared to year-ago segment income of $46 million.  Second quarter Domestic retail new vehicle unit sales increased 17%.
  • Import - Import segment income(3) was $67 million compared to year-ago segment income of $63 million.  Second quarter Import retail new vehicle unit sales increased 44% as sales normalized from the tsunami effects from the prior year.
  • Premium Luxury - Premium Luxury segment income(3) was $68 million compared to year-ago segment income of $60 million.  Second quarter Premium Luxury retail new vehicle unit sales increased 16%.

For the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, the Company reported adjusted net income from continuing operations of $155 million, or $1.21 per share, compared to net income from continuing operations of $144 million, or $0.95 per share for the same period in the prior year, an improvement of 27% on a per-share basis.  On a GAAP basis, net income from continuing operations for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012 was $153 million, or $1.19 per share.  The Company's revenue for the six-month period ended June 30, 2012, totaled $7.6 billion, up 14% compared to $6.6 billion for the same period in the prior year.

The second 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 http://investors.autonation.com.

The webcast will also be available on our website under "Events & Presentations" following the call. A playback of the conference call will be available after 1:00 p.m. Eastern Time on July 19, 2012, through July 30, 2012 by calling (800) 337-6538 (password 75300).

(1)  As compared to adjusted EPS from continuing operations in prior periods.
(2)  As of March 31, 2012, we revised the basis of segmentation for our Import and Premium Luxury segments to reclassify our Audi franchises from the Import segment to the Premium Luxury segment. In connection with this change, we have reclassified historical amounts to conform to our current segment presentation.
(3)  Segment income 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 260 new vehicle franchises, which sell 32 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.  AutoNation is driven to be the best-run, most profitable automotive retailer. Follow us at www.facebook.com/autonation and www.twitter.com/autonation.

For additional information about AutoNation, please visit investors.autonation.com or www.autonation.com

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 expectations for 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: economic conditions generally; conditions in the credit markets and changes in interest rates; the success and financial viability of vehicle manufacturers and distributors with which we hold franchises; factors affecting our goodwill and other intangible asset impairment testing; natural disasters and other adverse weather events; restrictions imposed by vehicle manufacturers; the resolution of legal and administrative proceedings; regulatory factors affecting our business; 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.

 

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UNAUDITED CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED INCOME STATEMENTS

($ in millions, except per share data)


































Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,




2012


2011


2012


2011











Revenue:










New vehicle


$           2,196.1


$           1,746.6


$           4,190.4


$           3,531.7


Used vehicle


947.4


887.3


1,866.2


1,718.7


Parts and service


602.5


572.0


1,202.4


1,142.0


Finance and insurance, net


145.1


117.0


275.3


227.7


Other


13.4


13.4


27.2


27.3

Total revenue


3,904.5


3,336.3


7,561.5


6,647.4











Cost of sales:










New vehicle


2,050.6


1,609.9


3,910.9


3,269.7


Used vehicle


870.3


808.7


1,708.0


1,562.0


Parts and service


349.1


326.8


698.8


652.3


Other


6.5


7.5


12.8


13.8

Total cost of sales


3,276.5


2,752.9


6,330.5


5,497.8











Gross profit


628.0


583.4


1,231.0


1,149.6











Selling, general and administrative expenses


438.6


417.6


871.5


825.3

Depreciation and amortization


20.8


21.1


42.0


41.8

Franchise rights impairment


4.2


-


4.2


-

Other expenses (income), net


0.2


0.3


0.4


(1.9)











Operating income


164.2


144.4


312.9


284.4











Non-operating income (expense) items:










Floorplan interest expense


(10.8)


(10.9)


(21.5)


(22.1)


Other interest expense


(22.5)


(15.9)


(43.0)


(32.2)


Interest income


0.1


0.3


0.2


0.6


Other income (loss), net


(1.4)


0.5


0.6


2.2











Income from continuing operations before income taxes


129.6


118.4


249.2


232.9











Income tax provision


50.6


45.1


96.7


89.3











Net income from continuing operations


79.0


73.3


152.5


143.6











Loss from discontinued operations, net of income taxes


(0.4)


(1.4)


(0.9)


(2.3)





















Net income


$                78.6


$                71.9


$              151.6


$               141.3





















Diluted earnings (loss) per share*:










Continuing operations


$                0.64


$                0.49


$                1.19


$                 0.95


Discontinued operations


$                      -


$              (0.01)


$              (0.01)


$               (0.02)












Net income


$                0.64


$                0.48


$                1.18


$                 0.94





















Weighted average common shares outstanding


123.7


150.0


128.0


150.9











Common shares outstanding, net of treasury stock, at June 30


120.6


145.7


120.6


145.7





















* Earnings per share amounts are calculated discretely and therefore may not add up to the total.