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Essex Rental Corp. Reports 2012 Fourth Quarter And Year-End Results

Adjusted EBITDA before non-cash compensation and non-recurring expenses increased by 136.5% to $5.0 million for the three months ended December 31, 2012 compared to $2.1 million for the three months ended December 31, 2011. Adjusted EBITDA before non-cash compensation and non-recurring expenses increased by 90.1% to $17.2 million for the year ended December 31, 2012 compared to $9.0 million for the year ended December 31, 2011.

Outlook for 2013

Mr. Schad continued, “Thus far in 2013, we are continuing to experience a gradual recovery across all of our business lines as compared to the same period in 2012. For example, since the beginning of the year we have increased the number of crawler cranes on rent by approximately 10% as measured against units on rent at December 31, 2012. Rental rates continue to be firmer across all of our asset classes and where utilization warrants it, we are raising rates. We expect that our parts and service business will continue to provide a highly predictable earnings stream and believe that based on signed orders in hand, new equipment sales are likely to be meaningfully higher in the first half of 2013 compared to the same time period in 2012. Assuming a continued gradual improvement in crawler crane utilization and no material improvement in rental rates, we are expecting EBITDA before non-cash compensation expenses for the year ended December 31, 2013 to be in the range of $21 million to $26 million.

We have recently completed the refinancing of all of our operating company debt and extended maturities to 2016 and beyond. We are extremely pleased by the long-term financial stability that the refinancing provides. Consistent with 2012, when we reduced our total indebtedness by $10.9 million, we intend to continue to focus on disposing of excess assets and using excess free cash flow to reduce debt. Our blended cost of debt based on current Libor is approximately 4.51% and we expect consolidated interest expense in 2013 to be approximately $10 million. Finally, we are projecting net capital expenditures of approximately $2 million in 2013, excluding proceeds from the sale of lattice boom crawler cranes.”

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