SOURCE: KAR Auction Services, Inc.

KAR Auction Services, Inc.

February 17, 2015 16:15 ET

KAR Auction Services, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2014 Results

Board Announces Quarterly Dividend of $0.27 per Common Share

CARMEL, IN--(Marketwired - Feb 17, 2015) - KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR), today reported its fourth quarter financial results for the period ended December 31, 2014. For the fourth quarter of 2014, the company reported revenue of $606.0 million as compared with revenue of $540.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2013, an increase of 12%. Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 increased 13% to $148.5 million, as compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $131.2 million for the quarter ended December 31, 2013. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2014 increased to $50.3 million, or $0.35 per diluted share, as compared with a net loss of $17.6 million, or $0.13 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2013. Adjusted net income per diluted share for the quarter ended December 31, 2014 increased 54% to $0.40 versus adjusted net income per diluted share of $0.26 for the quarter ended December 31, 2013.

For the year ended December 31, 2014, the company reported revenue of $2,364.5 million as compared with revenue of $2,173.3 million for the year ended December 31, 2013, an increase of 9%. Adjusted EBITDA for the year ended December 31, 2014 increased 11% to $598.8 million, as compared with Adjusted EBITDA of $538.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2013. Net income increased 150% to $169.3 million, or $1.19 per diluted share, as compared with net income of $67.7 million, or $0.48 per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2013. Adjusted net income per diluted share for the year ended December 31, 2014 increased 36% to $1.62 versus adjusted net income per diluted share of $1.19 for the year ended December 31, 2013.

The company also announced a cash dividend today of $0.27 per share on the company's common stock. The dividend is payable on April 2, 2015, to stockholders of record as of the close of business on March 25, 2015.

2015 Outlook
The company expects 2015 Adjusted EBITDA of $630 million - $660 million. The company also expects net income per share of $1.40 - $1.55 and adjusted net income per share of $1.60 - $1.75, assuming a 2015 effective tax rate of approximately 38%. Adjusted net income per share for 2015 represents GAAP net income per diluted share excluding excess depreciation and amortization resulting from the 2007 merger, net of taxes. Additionally, the company expects 2015 cash taxes of approximately $130 million - $135 million, cash interest on corporate debt of approximately $60 million and capital expenditures of approximately $115 million. This would result in free cash flow before dividend payments of approximately $325 million - $350 million or $2.27 - $2.45 per share.

Earnings Conference Call Information
KAR Auction Services, Inc. will be hosting an earnings conference call and webcast on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EST (10:00 a.m. CST). The call will be hosted by KAR Auction Services, Inc.'s Chief Executive Officer, Jim Hallett, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Eric Loughmiller. The conference call may be accessed by calling 1-877-718-5101 and entering participant passcode 8517967 while the live web cast will be available at the investor relations section of www.karauctionservices.com. Supplemental financial information for KAR Auction Services' fourth quarter and full year 2014 results is available at the investor relations section of www.karauctionservices.com under the quarterly results page.

A replay of the call will be available for two weeks via telephone starting approximately 30 minutes after the completion of the call. The replay may be accessed by calling 1-888-203-1112 and entering pass code 8517967. The archive of the web cast will also be available following the call and will be available at the investor relations section of www.karauctionservices.com for a limited time.

About KAR Auction Services, Inc.
KAR Auction Services, Inc. (NYSE: KAR), a FORTUNE® 1000 company, operates used vehicle auction services for North American sellers and buyers worldwide. Based in Carmel, Ind., the KAR group of companies is comprised of ADESA, Inc. (ADESA), Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (IAA), Automotive Finance Corporation (AFC), and additional business units, with nearly 12,000 employees across the globe.

ADESA operates 65 wholesale used vehicle auctions and IAA has 168 salvage vehicle auctions. Both companies offer leading online auction platforms to provide greater access for customers. AFC provides inventory financing and comprehensive business services primarily to independent used vehicle dealers from its 111 locations. Together, KAR's complementary businesses provide support, technology and logistics for the used vehicle industry. For more information, visit karauctionservices.com.

Forward Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this release include "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and which are subject to certain risks, trends and uncertainties. In particular, statements made that are not historical facts may be forward-looking statements. Words such as "should," "may," "will," "anticipates," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are not guarantees of future performance and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from the results projected, expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause or contribute to such differences include those matters disclosed in the Company's Securities and Exchange Commission filings. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

   
KAR Auction Services, Inc.  
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income  
(In millions) (Unaudited)  
   
    Three Months Ended
December 31,
    Year Ended
December 31,
 
    2014     2013     2014     2013  
Operating revenues                                
  ADESA Auction Services   $ 310.5     $ 274.3     $ 1,218.5     $ 1,118.6  
  IAA Salvage Services     229.6       206.8       895.9       830.0  
  AFC     65.9       59.5       250.1       224.7  
Total operating revenues     606.0       540.6       2,364.5       2,173.3  
                                 
Operating expenses                                
  Cost of services (exclusive of depreciation and amortization)     344.2       305.7       1,318.8       1,232.2  
  Selling, general and administrative     113.8       156.7       471.4       490.0  
  Depreciation and amortization     51.3       48.5       196.6       194.4  
Total operating expenses     509.3       510.9       1,986.8       1,916.6  
                                 
Operating profit     96.7       29.7       377.7       256.7  
                                 
Interest expense     20.9       25.4       86.2       104.7  
Other income, net     (1.9 )     (0.1 )     (3.8 )     (2.6 )
Loss on extinguishment/modification of debt     --       --       30.3       5.4  
                                 
Income before income taxes     77.7       4.4       265.0       149.2  
                                 
Income taxes     27.4       22.0       95.7       81.5  
                                 
  Net income (loss)   $ 50.3     $ (17.6 )   $ 169.3     $ 67.7  
                                 
Net income (loss) per share                                
  Basic   $ 0.36     $ (0.13 )   $ 1.21     $ 0.49  
  Diluted   $ 0.35     $ (0.13 )   $ 1.19     $ 0.48  
                                 
Dividends declared per common share   $ 0.27     $ 0.25     $ 1.02     $ 0.82  
                                 
                                 
 
KAR Auction Services, Inc.
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In millions) (Unaudited)
 
    December 31,
2014
  December 31,
2013
Cash and cash equivalents   $ 152.9   $ 191.6
Restricted cash     17.0     18.8
Trade receivables, net of allowances     401.2     354.3
Finance receivables, net of allowances     1,363.1     1,099.6
Other current assets     140.7     127.2
  Total current assets     2,074.9     1,791.5
             
Goodwill     1,705.2     1,705.1
Customer relationships, net of accumulated amortization     484.4     569.9
Intangible and other assets     359.1     356.9
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation     727.9     703.8
  Total assets   $ 5,351.5   $ 5,127.2
             
Current liabilities, excluding obligations collateralized by finance receivables and current maturities of debt   $ 707.7   $ 629.7
Obligations collateralized by finance receivables     865.2     772.4
Current maturities of debt     17.7     32.5
  Total current liabilities     1,590.6     1,434.6
             
Long-term debt     1,736.6     1,734.7
Other non-current liabilities     477.2     476.1
Stockholders' equity     1,547.1     1,481.8
  Total liabilities and stockholders' equity   $ 5,351.5   $ 5,127.2
             
             

KAR Auction Services, Inc.
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Measures

EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA Measures
EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA as presented herein are supplemental measures of our performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with, generally accepted accounting principles in the United States ("GAAP"). They are not measurements of our financial performance under GAAP and should not be considered as substitutes for net income (loss) or any other performance measures derived in accordance with GAAP.

EBITDA is defined as net income (loss), plus interest expense net of interest income, income tax provision (benefit), depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA is EBITDA adjusted for the items of income and expense and expected incremental revenue and cost savings as described in our senior secured credit agreement covenant calculations. Management believes that the inclusion of supplementary adjustments to EBITDA applied in presenting Adjusted EBITDA is appropriate to provide additional information to investors about one of the principal measures of performance used by our creditors. In addition, management uses EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to evaluate our performance. EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA have limitations as analytical tools, and should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for analysis of the results as reported under GAAP. These measures may not be comparable to similarly titled measures reported by other companies.

The following table reconciles EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA to net income for the periods presented:

           
    Three Months Ended
December 31,
    Year Ended
December 31,
(Dollars in millions), (Unaudited)   2014     2013     2014   2013
                             
Net income   $ 50.3     $ (17.6 )   $ 169.3   $ 67.7
Add back:                            
  Income taxes     27.4       22.0       95.7     81.5
  Interest expense, net of interest income     20.8       25.3       85.9     104.3
  Depreciation and amortization     51.3       48.5       196.6     194.4
EBITDA     149.8       78.2       547.5     447.9
Adjustments per the Credit Agreement     (1.3 )     53.0       51.3     76.8
Superstorm Sandy     --       --       --     13.5
Adjusted EBITDA   $ 148.5     $ 131.2     $ 598.8   $ 538.2
                             
                             

KAR Auction Services, Inc.
Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income Per Share

Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Net Income Per Share
The revaluation of certain assets of the company, and resultant increase in depreciation and amortization expense which resulted from the 2007 merger, as well as stock-based compensation expense tied to the 2007 merger, have had a continuing effect on our reported results. Non-GAAP financial measures of adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share, in the opinion of the company, provide comparability to other companies that may have not incurred these types of non-cash expenses. In addition, net income and net income per share have been adjusted for certain other charges, as seen in the following reconciliation.

The following table reconciles adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share to net income and net income per share for the periods presented:

           
    Three Months Ended
December 31,
    Year Ended
December 31,
(In millions, except per share amounts)   2014     2013     2014   2013
                             
Net income   $ 50.3     $ (17.6 )   $ 169.3   $ 67.7
Loss on extinguishment/modification of debt, net of tax (1)     --       --       19.3     3.2
Stepped up depreciation and amortization expense, net of tax (2)     7.2       7.1       28.6     28.7
Stock-based compensation, net of tax (3)     (0.3 )     46.2       13.2     60.2
Superstorm Sandy, net of tax (4)     --       --       --     8.0
Adjusted net income   $ 57.2     $ 35.7     $ 230.4   $ 167.8
                             
Net income per share - diluted   $ 0.35     $ (0.13 )   $ 1.19   $ 0.48
Loss on extinguishment/modification of debt, net of tax     --       --       0.14     0.02
Stepped up depreciation and amortization expense, net of tax     0.05       0.05       0.20     0.20
Stock-based compensation, net of tax     --       0.34       0.09     0.43
Superstorm Sandy, net of tax     --       --       --     0.06
Adjusted net income per share - diluted   $ 0.40     $ 0.26     $ 1.62   $ 1.19
                             
Weighted average diluted shares     142.8       138.9       141.8     140.8
                             
(1) We incurred a loss on the extinguishment/modification of debt totaling $30.3 million ($19.3 million net of tax) and $5.4 million ($3.2 million net of tax) for the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively.
   
(2) Increased depreciation and amortization expense was $11.1 million ($7.2 million net of tax) and $11.3 million ($7.1 million net of tax) for the three months ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, respectively. For the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, increased depreciation and amortization expense was $44.8 million ($28.6 million net of tax) and $45.8 million ($28.7 million net of tax), respectively.
   
(3) For the three months ended December 31, 2014, there was a reduction in stock-based compensation resulting from the 2007 merger of $0.5 million ($0.3 million benefit net of tax). Stock-based compensation resulting from the 2007 merger was $49.7 million ($46.2 million net of tax) for the three months ended December 31, 2013. For the year ended December 31, 2014 and 2013, such stock-based compensation was $20.6 million ($13.2 million net of tax) and $64.5 million ($60.2 million net of tax), respectively.
   
(4) We incurred a loss resulting from Superstorm Sandy of approximately $13.5 million ($8.0 million net of tax) for the year ended December 31, 2013.
   
   

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The company provides historical and forward-looking non-GAAP measures called EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA, free cash flow, adjusted net income and adjusted net income per share. Management believes that these measures provide investors additional meaningful methods to evaluate certain aspects of the company's results period over period and for the other reasons set forth previously.

Earnings guidance also does not contemplate future items such as business development activities, strategic developments (such as restructurings or dispositions of assets or investments), significant expenses related to litigation and changes in applicable laws and regulations (including significant accounting and tax matters). The timing and amounts of these items are highly variable, difficult to predict, and of a potential size that could have a substantial impact on the company's reported results for any given period. Prospective quantification of these items is generally not practicable. Forward-looking non-GAAP guidance excludes increased depreciation and amortization expense that resulted from the 2007 revaluation of the company's assets, as well as one-time charges, net of taxes.

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