• Revenue growth of 9.1% to a record $1.77 billion
  • Organic revenue growth for parts and services of 7.5%
  • First quarter 2015 diluted EPS of $0.35; adjusted EPS of $0.36
  • Affirms full year 2015 guidance

CHICAGO, April 30, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq:LKQ) today reported record revenue for the first quarter of 2015 of $1.77 billion, an increase of 9.1% as compared to $1.63 billion in the first quarter of 2014. Net income for the first quarter of 2015 was $107.1 million, an increase of 2.3% as compared to $104.7 million for the same period of 2014. Diluted earnings per share of $0.35 for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015 increased 2.9% from $0.34 for the first quarter of 2014. The Company noted that adjusted diluted earnings per share for the first quarter 2015 would have been $0.36 compared to $0.35 for the first quarter of 2014 after adjusting each of the periods for net losses resulting from restructuring and acquisition related expenses, loss on debt extinguishment in 2014 and the change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities.

"We are pleased with our operating results during the quarter even with the headwinds of scrap prices and currency devaluations," stated Robert Wagman, President and Chief Executive Officer of LKQ Corporation. "I am proud that we overcame these challenges and posted 9.1% revenue growth and segment EBITDA margins roughly on par with the first quarter of 2014. I was encouraged by signs of improvement in our Wholesale Europe segment profitability after a difficult fourth quarter. Organic revenue growth for parts and services was 7.5%, including 14% in our Wholesale Europe segment."

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

Cash flow from operations totaled $180 million during the first quarter, which after investing approximately $34 million in capital expenditures and other long term assets, allowed the Company to increase cash balances and reduce its outstanding debt. As of March 31, 2015, LKQ's balance sheet reflected cash and equivalents of $175 million and outstanding debt of $1.73 billion. Total availability under the Company's credit facility at March 31, 2015 was approximately $1.2 billion.

Other Events

During the first quarter of 2015, LKQ acquired a salvage business located in Nebraska and a distributor of aftermarket automotive products in the Netherlands. LKQ's European operations opened three Euro Car Parts branches in the first quarter of 2015.

In April 2015, we renewed our design patent license agreement with Ford Global Technologies, LLC. The license agreement grants to LKQ the exclusive right to distribute aftermarket replicas of Ford automotive parts covered by U.S. design patents. The renewal is on substantially the same terms as the previous agreement except that the term now extends until March 2020.

Company Outlook
   
  2015 Guidance
Organic revenue growth for parts & services 6.5% to 9.0%
Net income $420 million to $450 million
Diluted EPS $1.36 to $1.46
Cash flow from operations Approximately $425 million
Capital expenditures $150 million to $180 million

The Company is reaffirming its February 2015 guidance. Mr. Wagman commented, "We are optimistic about our prospects for 2015 after a solid start to the year despite interim challenges such as those witnessed in the quarter with scrap and currency fluctuations. Our guidance reflects this belief with strong year over year growth in revenue, earnings and cash flows projected for 2015."

Guidance for 2015 is based on current conditions (including 2015 acquisitions completed to date) and excludes the impact of restructuring and acquisition related expenses; gains or losses related to acquisitions or divestitures (including changes in the fair value of contingent consideration liabilities); and capital spending related to future business acquisitions.

Quarterly Conference Call

LKQ will host a conference call and webcast on April 30, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time) with members of senior management to discuss the Company's results.

To access the investor conference call, please dial (877) 407-0668. International access to the call may be obtained by dialing (201) 689-8558. The audio webcast can be accessed via the Company's website at www.lkqcorp.com in the Investor Relations section.

A replay of the conference call will be available by telephone at (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415 for international calls. The telephone replay will require you to enter conference ID: 13606785#. An online replay of the audio webcast will be available on the Company's website. Both formats of replay will be available through May 29, 2015. Please allow approximately two hours after the live presentation before attempting to access the replay.

About LKQ Corporation

LKQ Corporation ( www.lkqcorp.com) is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles.  LKQ has operations in North America, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Belgium, France, Scandinavia, Australia and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.

Forward Looking Statements

The statements in this press release that are not historical in nature are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include statements regarding our outlook or guidance, expectations, beliefs, hopes, intentions or strategies. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, some of which are not currently known to us. Actual events or results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward looking statements as a result of various factors.

These factors include:
  • Changes in economic and political activity in the U.S. and other countries in which we are located or do business, and the impact of these changes on the demand for our products and our ability to obtain financing for operations;
  • fluctuations in the pricing of new original equipment manufacturer ("OEM") replacement products;
  • the availability and cost of our inventory;
  • variations in the number of vehicles sold, vehicle accident rates, miles driven, and the age profile of vehicles in accidents;
  • changes in state or federal laws or regulations affecting our business;
  • inaccuracies in the data relating to our industry published by independent sources upon which we rely;
  • changes in the level of acceptance and promotion of alternative automotive parts by insurance companies and auto repairers;
  • changes in the demand for our products and the supply of our inventory due to severity of weather and seasonality of weather patterns;
  • increasing competition in the automotive parts industry;
  • our ability to satisfy our debt obligations and to operate within the limitations imposed by financing agreements;
  • our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms to finance our growth;
  • declines in the values of our assets;
  • fluctuations in the prices of fuel, scrap metal and other commodities;
  • our ability to develop and implement the operational and financial systems needed to manage our operations;
  • our ability to identify sufficient acquisition candidates at reasonable prices to maintain our growth objectives;
  • our ability to integrate, realize expected synergies, and successfully operate acquired companies and any companies acquired in the future, and the risks associated with these companies;
  • restrictions or prohibitions on selling certain aftermarket products to the extent OEMs seek and obtain more design patents than they have in the past and are successful in asserting infringement of these patents and defending their validity;
  • changes to our business relationships with insurance companies or changes by insurance companies to their business practices relating to the use of our products;
  • product liability claims by the end users of our products or claims by other parties who we have promised to indemnify for product liability matters;
  • costs associated with recalls of the products we sell;
  • currency fluctuations in the U.S. dollar, pound sterling and euro versus other currencies;
  • instability in regions in which we operate that can affect our supply of certain products;
  • interruptions, outages or breaches of our operational systems, security systems, or infrastructure as a result of attacks on, or malfunctions of, our systems;
  • additional unionization efforts, new collective bargaining agreements, and work stoppages;
  • higher costs and  the resulting potential inability to service our customers to the extent that our suppliers decide to discontinue business relationships with us; and
  • other risks that are described in our Form 10-K filed March 2, 2015 and in other reports filed by us from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements. All of these forward-looking statements are based on our expectations as of the date of this press release. We undertake no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
     
LKQ CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income ( In thousands, except per share data )
     
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2015 2014
Revenue  $ 1,773,912  $ 1,625,777
Cost of goods sold  1,074,433  973,893
Gross margin  699,479  651,884
Facility and warehouse expenses  132,657  126,159
Distribution expenses  141,714  137,329
Selling, general and administrative expenses  203,241  184,530
Restructuring and acquisition related expenses  6,488  3,321
Depreciation and amortization  29,453  26,711
Operating income  185,926  173,834
Other expense (income):    
Interest expense, net  14,906  16,118
Loss on debt extinguishment  --  324
Change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities  151  (1,222)
Other expense (income), net  1,768  (96)
Total other expense, net  16,825  15,124
Income before provision for income taxes  169,101  158,710
Provision for income taxes  60,098  54,021
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries  (1,908)  (36)
Net income  $ 107,095  $ 104,653
     
Earnings per share:    
Basic  $ 0.35  $ 0.35
Diluted  $ 0.35  $ 0.34
     
Weighted average common shares outstanding:    
Basic  304,003  301,406
Diluted  306,961  305,514
     
LKQ CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets ( In thousands, except share and per share data )
     
  March 31, December 31,
  2015 2014
Assets    
     
Current Assets:    
Cash and equivalents  $ 175,492  $ 114,605
Receivables, net  645,037  601,422
Inventory  1,358,056  1,433,847
Deferred income taxes  78,340  81,744
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  80,254  85,799
Total Current Assets  2,337,179  2,317,417
     
Property and Equipment, net  621,571  629,987
Intangibles  2,466,895  2,534,420
Other Assets  96,821  91,668
     
Total Assets  $ 5,522,466  $ 5,573,492
     
Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity    
     
Current Liabilities:    
Accounts payable  $ 397,623  $ 400,202
Accrued expenses  252,820  250,164
Other current liabilities  59,568  36,815
Current portion of long-term obligations  62,303  63,515
     
Total Current Liabilities  772,314  750,696
     
Long-Term Obligations, Excluding Current Portion  1,672,332  1,801,047
Deferred Income Taxes  177,373  181,662
Other Noncurrent Liabilities  120,540  119,430
     
Commitments and Contingencies    
     
Stockholders' Equity:    
Common stock, $0.01 par value, 1,000,000,000 shares authorized, 304,164,218 and 303,452,655 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2015 and December 31, 2014, respectively  3,042  3,035
Additional paid-in capital  1,061,233  1,054,686
Retained earnings  1,810,256  1,703,161
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (94,624)  (40,225)
     
Total Stockholders' Equity  2,779,907  2,720,657
     
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity  $ 5,522,466  $ 5,573,492
     
LKQ CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Unaudited Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows ( In thousands )
   
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2015 2014
CASH FLOWS FROM OPERATING ACTIVITIES:    
Net income  $ 107,095  $ 104,653
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:    
Depreciation and amortization  30,669  27,846
Stock-based compensation expense  5,546  6,246
Excess tax benefit from stock-based payments  (5,201)  (6,813)
Other  3,298  545
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects from acquisitions:    
Receivables  (62,329)  (49,615)
Inventory  43,823  (19,021)
Prepaid income taxes/income taxes payable  48,715  39,104
Accounts payable  11,233  (9,336)
Other operating assets and liabilities  (2,704)  3,400
     
Net cash provided by operating activities  180,145  97,009
     
CASH FLOWS FROM INVESTING ACTIVITIES:    
Purchases of property and equipment  (26,096)  (33,716)
Acquisitions, net of cash acquired  (864)  (486,736)
Other investing activities, net  (7,316)  (835)
     
Net cash used in investing activities  (34,276)  (521,287)
     
CASH FLOWS FROM FINANCING ACTIVITIES:    
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  1,318  2,377
Excess tax benefit from stock-based payments  5,201  6,813
Taxes paid related to net share settlements of stock-based compensation awards  (5,243)  --
Debt issuance costs  --  (3,753)
Net (payments) borrowings of long-term and other obligations  (81,688)  380,776
     
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities  (80,412)  386,213
     
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and equivalents  (4,570)  823
     
Net increase (decrease) in cash and equivalents  60,887  (37,242)
     
Cash and equivalents, beginning of period  114,605  150,488
     
Cash and equivalents, end of period  $ 175,492  $ 113,246
             
LKQ CORPORATION AND SUBSIDIARIES Unaudited Supplementary Data ( In thousands, except per share data )
             
  Three Months Ended March 31,
Operating Highlights 2015 2014    
    % of   % of    
    Revenue (1)   Revenue (1) Change % Change
Revenue  $ 1,773,912 100.0%  $ 1,625,777 100.0%  $ 148,135 9.1%
Cost of goods sold  1,074,433 60.6%  973,893 59.9%  100,540 10.3%
Gross margin  699,479 39.4%  651,884 40.1%  47,595 7.3%
Facility and warehouse expenses  132,657 7.5%  126,159 7.8%  6,498 5.2%
Distribution expenses  141,714 8.0%  137,329 8.4%  4,385 3.2%
Selling, general and administrative expenses  203,241 11.5%  184,530 11.4%  18,711 10.1%
Restructuring and acquisition related expenses  6,488 0.4%  3,321 0.2%  3,167 95.4%
Depreciation and amortization  29,453 1.7%  26,711 1.6%  2,742 10.3%
Operating income  185,926 10.5%  173,834 10.7%  12,092 7.0%
             
Other expense (income):            
Interest expense, net  14,906 0.8%  16,118 1.0%  (1,212) (7.5%)
Loss on debt extinguishment  -- 0.0%  324 0.0%  (324) (100.0%)
Change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities  151 0.0%  (1,222) (0.1%)  1,373 n/m
Other expense (income), net  1,768 0.1%  (96) (0.0%)  1,864 n/m
             
Total other expense, net  16,825 0.9%  15,124 0.9%  1,701 11.2%
             
Income before provision for income taxes  169,101 9.5%  158,710 9.8%  10,391 6.5%
             
Provision for income taxes  60,098 3.4%  54,021 3.3%  6,077 11.2%
             
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries  (1,908) (0.1%)  (36) (0.0%)  (1,872) n/m
             
Net income  $ 107,095 6.0%  $ 104,653 6.4%  $ 2,442 2.3%
             
Earnings per share:            
Basic  $ 0.35    $ 0.35    $ -- 0.0%
Diluted  $ 0.35    $ 0.34    $ 0.01 2.9%
             
Weighted average common shares outstanding:          
Basic  304,003    301,406    2,597 0.9%
Diluted  306,961    305,514    1,447 0.5%
             
(1) The sum of the individual percentage of revenue components may not equal the total due to rounding.
         
The following unaudited tables compare certain third party revenue categories:
         
  Three Months Ended    
  March 31,    
  2015 2014 Change % Change
  (In thousands)    
Included in Unaudited Condensed Consolidated        
Statements of Income of LKQ Corporation        
         
North America  $ 918,333  $ 873,779  $ 44,554 5.1%
Europe  486,096  418,977  67,119 16.0%
Specialty  240,487  176,797  63,690 36.0%
Parts and services  1,644,916  1,469,553  175,363 11.9%
Other  128,996  156,224  (27,228) (17.4%)
Total  $ 1,773,912  $ 1,625,777  $ 148,135 9.1%
         
Revenue changes by category for the three months ended March 31, 2015 vs. 2014:
         
  Revenue Change Attributable to:  
  Acquisition Organic Foreign Exchange % Change (1)
         
North America 1.4% 4.6% (0.9%) 5.1%
Europe 12.7% 14.0% (10.7%) 16.0%
Specialty 31.2% 6.3% (1.5%) 36.0%
Parts and services 8.2% 7.5% (3.8%) 11.9%
Other 0.6% (17.7%) (0.3%) (17.4%)
Total 7.5% 5.1% (3.4%) 9.1%
         
(1) The sum of the individual revenue change components may not equal the total percentage change due to rounding.
       
 The following unaudited table reconciles Net Income to EBITDA: 
    Three Months Ended
    March 31,
    2015 2014
    (In thousands)
       
Net income    $ 107,095  $ 104,653
Depreciation and amortization  30,669  27,846
Interest expense, net    14,906  16,118
Loss on debt extinguishment (1)  --  324
Provision for income taxes    60,098  54,021
       
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)   $ 212,768  $ 202,962
       
EBITDA as a percentage of revenue  12.0% 12.5%
       
(1) Loss on debt extinguishment is considered a component of interest in calculating EBITDA, as the write-off of debt issuance costs is similar to the treatment of debt issuance cost amortization.
       
We provide a reconciliation of Net Income to EBITDA as we believe it offers investors, securities analysts and other interested parties useful information regarding our results of operations because it assists in analyzing our performance and the value of our business. EBITDA provides insight into our profitability trends, and allows management and investors to analyze our operating results with and without the impact of depreciation, amortization, interest and income tax expense. We believe EBITDA is used by securities analysts, investors, and other interested parties in evaluating companies, many of which present EBITDA when reporting their results. EBITDA should not be construed as an alternative to operating income, net income or net cash provided by (used in) operating activities, as determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. In addition, not all companies that report EBITDA information calculate EBITDA in the same manner as we do and, accordingly, our calculation is not necessarily comparable to similarly named measures of other companies and may not be an appropriate measure for performance relative to other companies.
         
The following unaudited table compares revenue and Segment EBITDA by reportable segment:
         
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
  2015 2014
    % of Revenue   % of Revenue
(In thousands)        
         
Revenue        
North America  $ 1,046,173    $ 1,029,299  
Europe  487,346    419,714  
Specialty  241,222    177,023  
Eliminations  (829)    (259)  
         
Total revenue  $ 1,773,912    $ 1,625,777  
         
Segment EBITDA        
North America  $ 149,388 14.3%  $ 146,138 14.2%
Europe  46,523 9.5%  41,155 9.8%
Specialty  25,404 10.5%  17,804 10.1%
         
Total Segment EBITDA  221,315 12.5%  205,097 12.6%
         
Deduct:        
Restructuring and acquisition related expenses  6,488    3,321  
Change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities  151    (1,222)  
         
Add:        
Equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries  (1,908)    (36)  
         
 Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA)   $ 212,768 12.0%  $ 202,962 12.5%
         
The key measure of segment profit or loss reviewed by our chief operating decision maker, who is our Chief Executive Officer, is Segment EBITDA. Segment EBITDA includes revenue and expenses that are controllable by the segment. Corporate and administrative expenses are allocated to the segments based on usage, with shared expenses apportioned based on the segment's percentage of consolidated revenue. Segment EBITDA is calculated as EBITDA excluding restructuring and acquisition related expenses, change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities and equity in earnings of unconsolidated subsidiaries. EBITDA, which is the basis for Segment EBITDA, is calculated as net income excluding depreciation, amortization, interest (including loss on debt extinguishment) and taxes. Loss on debt extinguishment is considered a component of interest in calculating EBITDA, as the write-off of debt issuance costs is similar to the treatment of debt issuance cost amortization.
     
The following unaudited table reconciles Net Income and Diluted Earnings per Share to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted Earnings per Share, respectively:
     
  Three Months Ended
  March 31,
     
  2015 2014
(In thousands, except per share data)    
     
Net income  $ 107,095  $ 104,653
     
Adjustments:    
     
Restructuring and acquisition related expenses, net of tax  4,211  2,192
Loss on debt extinguishment, net of tax  --  214
Change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities  151  (1,222)
     
Adjusted net income  $ 111,457  $ 105,837
     
Weighted average diluted common shares outstanding  306,961  305,514
     
Diluted earnings per share  $ 0.35  $ 0.34
     
Adjusted diluted earnings per share  $ 0.36  $ 0.35
     
We provide a reconciliation of Net Income and Diluted Earnings per Share ("EPS") to Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS as we believe it offers investors, securities analysts and other interested parties useful information regarding our results of operations because it assists in analyzing our performance and the value of our business. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS are presented as supplemental measures of our performance that management believes are useful for evaluating and comparing our operating activities across reporting periods. In 2015 and 2014, the Company defines Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS as Net Income and Diluted EPS adjusted to eliminate the impact of restructuring and acquisition related expenses, net of tax, loss on debt extinguishment, net of tax, and the change in fair value of contingent consideration liabilities. Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS should not be construed as alternatives to Net Income or Diluted EPS as determined in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States. In addition, because not all companies use identical calculations, this presentation of Adjusted Net Income and Adjusted Diluted EPS may not be comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies.
CONTACT: Joseph P. Boutross-Director, Investor Relations         LKQ Corporation         (312) 621-2793         jpboutross@lkqcorp.com

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