McGrath RentCorp (NASDAQ: MGRC) (the “Company”), a diversified business to business rental company, today announced revenues for the quarter ended December 31, 2012 of $102.0 million, an increase of 20%, compared to $85.2 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. The Company reported net income of $11.9 million, or $0.47 per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2012, compared to net income of $13.2 million, or $0.53 per diluted share, in the fourth quarter of 2011. Total revenues for the year ended December 31, 2012 were $364.1 million, compared to $342.7 million in 2011. Rental revenues increased 6% to $248.4 million in 2012 compared to $234.9 million in 2011. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2012 decreased 10% to $44.8 million, compared to net income of $49.6 million in the prior year. Diluted earnings per share decreased 11% to $1.78 in 2012 from $2.00 in 2011. The Company also announced that the board of directors declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.24 per share for the quarter ending March 31, 2013, an increase of 2% over the prior year period. On an annualized basis, the 2013 dividend represents a 3.3% yield, based on the February 20, 2013 closing stock price. The cash dividend will be payable on April 30, 2013 to all shareholders of record on April 16, 2013. Dennis Kakures, President and CEO of McGrath RentCorp, made the following comments regarding these results and future expectations: “Although Company-wide rental revenues increased by 4% from a year ago, we had an 11% decrease in EPS for the quarter. This is primarily the result of lower rental revenues for Adler relative to its current cost structure. While Adler rental revenues grew over last year’s fourth quarter by approximately 6%, its income from operations declined by approximately 39%. Over the past year we have executed on ramping our tank rental business’s national footprint to support higher rental revenue and earnings levels in the years ahead. These costs are primarily related to filling management, sales, office and inventory center positions, facilities and winch / roll-off tractor infrastructure. This is all by design. Adler’s profitability was also impacted negatively during the quarter by $1.3 million higher bad debt write-offs from a year ago. Finally, we also experienced $0.7 million higher expenses during the quarter from a year ago in moving underutilized equipment from the dry gas Marcellus region to other Adler geographies in need of equipment. We have now completed the great majority of these interregional asset movements and we anticipate this expense category will be materially lower in 2013. Adler’s average rental equipment utilization for the fourth quarter 2012 stood at 69.9% compared to 86.8% a year ago, and 68.9% in the third quarter 2012. Our percentage of overall rental revenue derived from E&P gas and oil fracking declined from a high of approximately 35% in 2011, to 15% in the fourth quarter of 2012, and at the same time rental revenues grew by 6%. We have a great tank rental business, but not without some growing pains. What’s most important is that Adler is making very good headway in establishing its brand name, high quality products and exceptional customer experiences over an increasingly larger geography and customer base, quarter after quarter.
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