The Company continues to expect per-unit fleet costs in its North America segment to increase approximately 15% to 20%, to roughly $275 to $290 per month in 2013. Total Company fleet costs are also expected to be $275 to $290 per unit per month in 2013, an increase of approximately 11% to 17% compared to 2012.
The Company expects interest expense related to corporate debt to be approximately $240 million, a decline of $30 million compared to 2012. The increase in projected interest expense compared to our prior outlook reflects the costs of financing the acquisition of Zipcar, partially offset by the benefits of the refinancings the Company has completed. The Company also expects that its 2012 non-vehicle depreciation and amortization expense (excluding the amortization of intangible assets related to the acquisitions of Avis Europe and Zipcar) will be approximately $130 million to $135 million. As a result, the Company estimates that its pretax income will be approximately $375 million to $485 million, excluding certain items.
The Company expects that its effective tax rate in 2013 will be approximately 37% to 38%, excluding certain items, and that its diluted share count will be approximately 118 million. Based on these expectations, the Company now estimates that its 2013 diluted earnings per share, excluding certain items, will be approximately $2.00 to $2.60.
Investor Conference CallAvis Budget Group will host a conference call to discuss first quarter results on May 2, 2013, at 8:30 a.m. (ET). Investors may access the call live at ir.avisbudgetgroup.com or by dialing (630) 395-0021 and providing the access code "Avis Budget." Investors are encouraged to dial in approximately 10 minutes prior to the call. A web replay will be available at ir.avisbudgetgroup.com following the call. A telephone replay will be available from 11:00 a.m. (ET) on May 2 until 8:00 p.m. (ET) on May 16 at (203) 369-3192, access code: "Avis Budget."
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