General Finance Corporation (“General Finance” and, with its consolidated subsidiaries, the “Company”) (NASDAQ: GFN) (NASDAQ: GFNCL) (NASDAQ: GFNCZ) today announced its consolidated financial results for the third quarter (“QE3”) and nine months (“YTD”) of the fiscal year ending June 30, 2011 (“FY 2011”). The consolidated results include RWA Holdings Pty Limited and subsidiaries (“Royal Wolf”), the leading provider of portable storage solutions in Australia and New Zealand, and Pac-Van, Inc. (“Pac-Van”), a key provider of modular buildings and mobile office units in the United States.

QE3 FY 2011 Results
  • Total revenues were $43.3 million in QE3 FY 2011, a 12% increase over QE3 of the fiscal year ended June 30, 2010 (“FY 2010”);
  • Leasing revenues were $22.8 million in QE3 FY 2011, an 18% increase over QE3 FY 2010;
  • Leasing revenues comprised 53% of total revenues in QE3 FY 2011 versus 50% in QE3 FY 2010;
  • Sales revenues were $20.5 million in QE3 FY 2011, a 7% increase over QE3 FY 2010;
  • Adjusted EBITDA (1) was $9.2 million in QE3 FY 2011, an increase of approximately 19% over QE3 FY 2010;
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin as a percentage of total revenues was 21% in QE3 FY 2011 versus 20% in QE3 FY 2010;
  • Interest expense increased to $4.8 million in QE3 FY 2011 from $3.9 million in QE3 FY 2010; and
  • Foreign currency exchange gains and other were $0.1 million for QE3 FY 2011 versus $0.6 million for QE3 FY 2010.

YTD FY 2011 Results
  • Total revenues were $131.7 million in YTD FY 2011, a 17% increase over YTD FY 2010;
  • Leasing revenues were $65.6 million in YTD FY 2011, a 14% increase over YTD FY 2010;
  • Leasing revenues comprised 50% in YTD FY 2011 versus 51% in YTD FY 2010;
  • Sales revenues were $66.1 million in YTD FY 2011, a 20% increase over YTD FY 2010;
  • Adjusted EBITDA was $27.1 million, a 17% increase over YTD FY 2010;
  • Adjusted EBITDA margin as a percentage of total revenues was 21% in both YTD FY 2011 and YTD FY 2010;
  • Interest expense increased to $13.4 million in YTD FY 2011 from $11.8 million in YTD FY 2010; and
  • Foreign currency exchange gains and other were $4.6 million in YTD FY 2011 versus $3.7 million in YTD FY 2010.

Key Financial Highlights
  • When comparing March 31, 2011 with June 30, 2010, days sales outstanding in trade receivables improved to 41 days from 43 days at Royal Wolf and lengthened to 63 days from 53 days at Pac-Van, respectively;
  • Inventories, excluding the effect of foreign currency translation into the U.S. dollar reporting currency, decreased by $1.8 million from June 30, 2010 to March 31, 2011;
  • The utilization rate of the total lease fleet, on a unit basis, increased to 81% at March 31, 2011 from 79% at June 30, 2010;
  • Net capital expenditures for the lease fleet were $15.3 million during YTD FY 2011 versus a negative $2.4 million during YTD FY 2010, reflecting the Company’s investment to meet the increasing demand in the Asia-Pacific area;
  • During YTD FY 2011, outstanding borrowings, excluding the effect of foreign currency translation into the U.S. dollar reporting currency, were reduced by $6.2 million;
  • On May 9, 2011, Pac-Van entered into an amendment to, among other things, waive noncompliance at quarter end of the senior leverage ratio covenant of its senior credit facility; and
  • Trailing twelve-month (“TTM”) total revenues through March 31, 2011 were $175.1 million ($55.5 million in the United States and $119.6 million in the Asia-Pacific area) and, through March 31, 2011, TTM adjusted EBITDA was $35.4 million ($8.3 million in the United States and $27.1 million in the Asia-Pacific area).

(1) Earnings before interest, income taxes, impairment, depreciation and amortization and other non-operating costs and income (“EBITDA” and “adjusted EBITDA”) are supplemental measures of performance that are not required by, or presented in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (“U.S. GAAP”). Adjusted EBITDA (which adds back share-based compensation expense) is a non-U.S. GAAP measure, is not a measurement of our financial performance under U.S. GAAP and should not be considered as an alternative to net income, income from operations or any other performance measures derived in accordance with U.S. GAAP or as an alternative to cash flow from operating, investing or financing activities as a measure of liquidity. We present adjusted EBITDA because we consider it to be an important supplemental measure of our performance and because it is frequently used by securities analysts, investors and other interested parties in the evaluation of companies in our industry, many of which present EBITDA and a form of our adjusted EBITDA when reporting their results.

Business Overview

Ronald Valenta, General Finance’s President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, “Trends we have seen at the beginning of the year continued as total revenues increased by 12% during the third quarter over the prior year. More importantly, we continue to meet one of our primary objectives, the improvement of leasing revenues, which increased 14% year-to-date and 18% in the quarter. With increased demand for our container products, particularly in the Asia-Pacific area, we have seen our composite utilization rate increase to 81% at quarter end. Together with our continued focus on cost disciplines, our operating profit has increased in the current fiscal year.”

Charles Barrantes, General Finance’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added, “Royal Wolf’s business in the Asia-Pacific area continued to drive our improved operating results through the third quarter. We believe the Australian economy will continue to support this trend and we will continue to invest in our lease fleet to meet the increasing demand there. In the United States, we have carefully monitored our capital spending and costs and reduced our borrowings by over $7,000,000 since year end, but the market has remained weak in our modular and mobile office business. This weakness contributed to the need to amend Pac-Van’s senior credit facility and the senior lenders were supportive of our business and in the need to make this amendment.”

Mr. Valenta then concluded, “Last month, we announced our intentions to undertake an Australian initial public offering of a noncontrolling interest of Royal Wolf. If successful, this event would allow us to effectively recapitalize our consolidated financial position and provide the foundation for further growth. We look forward to reporting the process of this endeavor as significant events transpire.”

Conference Call

A conference call is scheduled for Monday, May 16th, at 8:30 a.m. PDT (11:30 am EDT) to discuss the operating results. The conference call number for U.S. participants is (866) 901-5096, the conference call number for participants outside the U.S. is (706) 643-3717 and the conference ID number for both conference call numbers is 63752151. A replay of the conference call may be accessed through May 30, 2011 by U.S. callers by calling (800) 642-1687 or by callers outside the U.S. by calling (706) 645-9291; both U.S. callers and callers outside of the U.S. will utilize conference ID number 63752151 to access the replay of the conference call.
 
GENERAL FINANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations

(In thousands, except share and per share data)

(Unaudited)
 

 
         

 

Quarter Ended March 31,
         

 

Nine Months Ended March 31,
2010       2011 2010       2011
 
Revenues
Sales $ 19,234 $ 20,537 $ 55,135 $ 66,087
Leasing   19,251     22,785     57,715     65,597  
  38,485     43,322     112,850     131,684  
 
Costs and expenses
Cost of sales (exclusive of the items shown separately below) 15,311 15,829 42,865 50,085
Direct costs of leasing operations 6,426 8,193 19,418 24,160
Selling and general expenses 9,191 10,302 27,943 30,894
Depreciation and amortization   4,578     4,720     14,929     14,252  
 
Operating income 2,979 4,278 7,695 12,293
 
Interest income 56 124 178 354
Interest expense (3,932 ) (4,822 ) (11,771 ) (13,454 )
Foreign currency exchange gain and other   578     108     3,716     4,573  
  (3,298 )   (4,590 )   (7,877 )   (8,527 )
 
Income (loss) before provision for income taxes and noncontrolling interest (319 ) (312 ) (182 ) 3,766
 
Provision (benefit) for income taxes   (116 )   (116 )   (66 )   1,425  
 
Net income (loss) (203 ) (196 ) (116 ) 2,341
 
Noncontrolling interest (576 ) (2,298 ) (1,722 ) (3,444 )
Preferred stock dividends   (42 )   (45 )   (125 )   (132 )
 
Net loss attributable to common stockholders

$

(821

)

$

(2,539

)

$

(1,963

)

$

(1,235

)
 
Net loss per common share:
Basic $ (0.05 ) $ (0.12 ) $ (0.11 ) $ (0.06 )
Diluted   (0.05 )   (0.12 )   (0.11 )   (0.06 )
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
Basic 17,826,052 22,013,299 17,826,052 22,013,299
Diluted   17,826,052     22,013,299     17,826,052     22,013,299  
 

(a) Includes share-based compensation expense of $199 and $212 during QE3 FY 2010 and QE3 FY 2011 and $615 and $581 during YTD FY 2010 and YTD FY 2011, respectively.

(b) Includes an unrealized gain on interest rate swap and option contracts of $132 and $67 during QE3 FY 2010 and QE3 FY 2011 and $313 and $545 during YTD FY 2010 and YTD FY 2011, respectively.

(c) The Company has certain U.S. dollar-denominated debt at Royal Wolf, including intercompany borrowings, which are remeasured at each financial reporting date with the impact of the remeasurement being recorded in the statement of operations as an unrealized gain or loss. Amounts exchanged into U.S. dollars from Australian dollars for repayments of this U.S. dollar-denominated debt will depend upon the currency exchange rate at the time, with differences in the exchange rate from when the borrowing was incurred being recorded in the statement of operations as a realized gain or loss. During Q3 FY 2010 and Q3 FY 2011, net unrealized and realized foreign exchange gains (losses) totaled $674 and $15, and $(16) and $162, respectively; and during YTD FY 2010 and YTD FY 2011, net unrealized and realized foreign exchange gains totaled $2,637 and $423, and $4,498 and $450, respectively.
         
GENERAL FINANCE CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Balance Sheet Information

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)
 
                   

June 30, 2010
                   

March 31, 2011
 
Trade and other receivables, net $ 27,449 $ 27,363
Inventories 19,063 20,049
Lease fleet, net 188,410 213,946
Total assets 346,880 376,467
 
Trade payables and accrued liabilities 25,246 28,867
Senior and other debt 186,183 196,083
Total stockholders’ equity   101,734   111,143
 

About General Finance Corporation

General Finance Corporation ( www.generalfinance.com), through its indirect majority-owned subsidiary, Royal Wolf ( www.royalwolf.com.au) and its indirect 100%-owned subsidiary Pac-Van ( www.pacvan.com), sells and leases products in the portable services industry to a broad cross section of industrial, commercial, educational and government customers throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United States. These products include storage containers and freight containers in the mobile storage industry; and modular buildings, mobile offices and portable container buildings in the modular space industry.

Cautionary Statement About Forward-Looking Statements

Statements in this news release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements relating an initial public offering by Royal Wolf, statements addressing management’s views with respect to future financial and operating results, competitive pressures, market interest rates for our variable rate indebtedness, our ability to raise capital or borrow additional funds, changes in the Australian or New Zealand dollar relative to the U.S. dollar, regulatory changes, customer defaults or insolvencies, litigation, acquisition of businesses that do not perform as we expect or that are difficult for us to integrate or control, our ability to procure adequate levels of products to meet customer demand, adverse resolution of any contract or other disputes with customers, declines in demand for our products and services from key industries such as the Australian mining industry or the U.S. construction industry or a write-off of all or a part of our goodwill and intangible assets. These involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements. We believe that the expectations represented by our forward looking statements are reasonable, yet there can be no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Furthermore, unless otherwise stated, the forward looking statements contained in this press release are made as of the date of the press release, and we do not undertake any obligation to update publicly or to revise any of the included forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise unless required by applicable legislation or regulation. The forward-looking statements contained in this press release are expressly qualified by this cautionary statement. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties, including those contained in filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Copyright Business Wire 2010

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