Rush Enterprises, Inc. Reports First Quarter 2013 Results

  • Parts, service and body shop revenues set new quarterly record
  • Medium-duty truck sales up 26% over first quarter of 2012
  • First quarter absorption ratio of 111.9%
  • Cash position remains strong at $205 million

SAN ANTONIO, April 23, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Rush Enterprises, Inc. (Nasdaq:RUSHA) & (Nasdaq:RUSHB), which operates the largest network of commercial vehicle dealerships in North America, today announced that for the quarter ended March 31, 2013, the Company's net income was $13.5 million, or $0.34 per diluted share, compared with net income of $15.9 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, in the quarter ended March 31, 2012.

"The Company's financial performance remained strong this quarter despite expected sluggishness in energy sector activity and a decrease in Class 8 new truck retail sales. Geographic expansion of our dealership network, breadth of product offerings and a sustained focus on aftermarket solutions continue to positively impact the company's financial performance," said W. M. "Rusty" Rush, Chief Executive Officer and President of Rush Enterprises, Inc. "I am grateful to our employees for their contributions to our success this quarter."

Operations

Aftermarket Solutions

Aftermarket solutions accounted for approximately 64% of the Company's total gross profits in the first quarter of 2013. First quarter parts, service and body shop revenues reached a new record quarterly high, increasing by 18% as compared to first quarter 2012, despite the usual decrease due to seasonality experienced during the first quarter. "Our aftermarket success this quarter is the result of continued maintenance of aged vehicles, incremental revenues generated from newly acquired locations and innovative aftermarket solutions," said Rusty Rush.

"Despite the decline in the energy sector activity and integration of newly acquired locations in Ohio, we were able to achieve a quarterly absorption ratio of 111.9%," explained Rusty Rush.

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