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Rush Enterprises, Inc. Reports Third Quarter Results And Announces Agreement To Purchase Ohio Dealerships

  • Agreement to purchase Navistar dealerships in Ohio expands network
  • Service solutions drive quarterly record for parts, service and body shop revenues
  • Quarterly absorption rate of 113%
  • Record high cash position of $230 million

SAN ANTONIO, Oct. 22, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rush Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:RUSHA) (Nasdaq:RUSHB), which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, today announced results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2012. The Company's net income for the quarter was $14.9 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, compared with net income of $16.0 million, or $0.41 per diluted share, in the quarter ended September 30, 2011.

Continued Growth

The Company continued to implement its strategy to extend its geographic footprint this quarter, signing an agreement to purchase certain assets of a dealership group in Ohio with International, IC Bus, Isuzu and Idealease franchises. The agreement includes locations in Akron, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Findlay and Lima, Ohio. While this transaction remains subject to regulatory approval, the Company plans to complete the acquisition by year end and expects it to be accretive to future earnings.

"When complete, the newly acquired dealership locations will operate within our Rush Truck Centers' Navistar Division, said W. M. "Rusty" Rush, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rush Enterprises, Inc. "We are excited to not only expand our Navistar Division, but also bring our philosophy and service commitment to customers in Ohio as well as add service points to our network," Rusty Rush added.

"We also relocated our full service dealership in Phoenix, Arizona, to a newly renovated facility, which tripled our service capabilities in this market. A grand opening for this new dealership facility will take place in November," Rusty Rush continued.

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