United Rentals Inc.

United Q4 Rental Revenues up 18.5%, Rates Increase 6% from 2010

United Rentals Inc. has announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2011. For the fourth quarter, total revenues were $746 million and rental revenue was $589 million, compared with $597 million and $497 million, respectively, for 2010. For the full year 2011, total revenues were $2.6 billion and rental revenue was $2.2 billion, compared with $2.2 billion and $1.8 billion, respectively, for 2010.

For the fourth quarter 2011, adjusted EBITDA, which excludes the impact of special items¹, was $281 million and adjusted EBITDA margin was 37.7%, an increase of $100 million, or 55.2%, and 7.4 percentage points from the fourth quarter 2010. For the full year 2011, adjusted EBITDA was $929 million and adjusted EBITDA margin was 35.6%, an increase of $238 million, or 34.4%, and 4.7 percentage points from last year. The company’s EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA for the fourth quarter and full year 2011 include an $8 million benefit related to the reduction of the company’s self-insurance reserves, as compared to an $18 million charge in the fourth quarter and full year 2010.

2011 Highlights

  • For the fourth quarter 2011, on a GAAP basis, the company reported income from continuing operations of $28 million, or $0.39 per diluted share, compared with a loss of $17 million, or $0.29 per diluted share, for the same period in 2010. On an adjusted basis, excluding the impact of special items², EPS for the fourth quarter 2011 was $0.82 per diluted share, compared with $0.16 per diluted share in 2010. The effective tax rate for the fourth quarter 2011 was 50.0%.
  • Rental revenue increased 18.5% for the fourth quarter 2011, compared with the fourth quarter of the prior year, reflecting year-over-year increases of 6.7% in rental rates and 15.1% in the volume of equipment on rent. For the full year, rental rates increased 6.1% from 2010.
  • Time utilization for the fourth quarter 2011 increased 1.5 percentage points year-over-year to 70.8%, a fourth quarter record for the company. Time utilization for the full year 2011 was 69.1%, an increase of 3.5 percentage points and a full year record for the company.
  • Free cash flow was $23 million for the full year 2011, compared with $227 million for 2010. Full year net rental capital expenditures (defined as purchases of rental equipment less the proceeds from sales of rental equipment) were $566 million in 2011, compared with $202 million in 2010.
  • For the full year 2011, the company recognized $208 million from sales of rental equipment at a gross margin of 31.7%, compared with $144 million in sales at a gross margin of 28.5% last year.

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