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VANCOUVER, May 7, 2020 /CNW/ - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers Incorporated ((NYSE &amp, TSX:RBA, the ", Company", , ", Ritchie Bros.", , ", we", , ", us", , or ", our", )) reported the following results for the three months ended March 31, 2020:

(All figures are presented in U.S. dollars)



Net income attributable to stockholders increased 26% to $22.8 million compared to $18.2 million in Q1 2019. Diluted earnings per share ("EPS") attributable to stockholders increased 24% to $0.21 per share in Q1 2020 compared to $0.17 per share in Q1 2019.

"During these unprecedented times, our customers turned to Ritchie Bros. for liquidity and we were able to continue operating our business while keeping the health and safety of our employees and our customers at the forefront", said Ann Fandozzi, Chief Executive Officer of Ritchie Bros.

"Continuing our operations is a testament to our employees, our flexible operational model, our technology and the financial strength of our balance sheet. As social distancing measures took hold, we successfully transitioned our business entirely to online formats quickly and effectively. Overall, we delivered strong first quarter financial performance while providing solid price performance for our customers."

"We are positioned well to manage through this crisis. Our purpose has never been more essential, and we look forward with a great sense of pride, passion and the knowledge that we have traversed many challenging environments in our 60-year history and will continue to be here for our customers."

Consolidated results:

  • Total revenue in Q1 2020 decreased 10% to $273.3 million as compared to Q1 2019
    • Service revenue in Q1 2020 increased 6% to $183.1 million as compared to Q1 2019
    • Inventory sales revenue in Q1 2020 decreased 31% to $90.1 million as compared to Q1 2019
  • Total selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") in Q1 2020 increased 3% to $98.4 million as compared to Q1 2019
  • Operating income in Q1 2020 increased 1% to $34.1 million as compared to Q1 2019
  • Cash provided by operating activities was $4.1 million for the first three months of 2020
  • Cash on hand at Q1 2020 was $355.9 million, of which $290.1 million was unrestricted

Auctions & Marketplaces segment results: 

  • GTV1 in Q1 2020 decreased 2% to $1.1 billion compared to Q1 2019
  • A&M total revenue in Q1 2020 decreased 11% to $244.9 million as compared to Q1 2019
    • Service revenue in Q1 2020 increased 8% to $154.7 million as compared to Q1 2019
    • Inventory sales revenue in Q1 2020 decreased 31% to $90.1 million as compared to Q1 2019

Other Services segment results:

  • Other Services total revenue in Q1 2020 decreased 2% to $28.4 million as compared to Q1 2019
  • RBFS revenue in Q1 2020 increased 16% to $7.3 million as compared to Q1 2019

Other Company development:

  • On March 19, 2020, the Company announced the appointment of Baron Concors as Chief Information Officer, effective March 23, 2020.

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1
Gross Transaction Value ("GTV") represents total proceeds from all items sold at the Company's live on site auctions and online marketplaces. GTV is not a measure of financial performance, liquidity, or revenue, and is not presented in the Company's consolidated financial statements.


The Company presents both GAAP and non-GAAP measures to provide investors with additional information. Providing these non-GAAP measures along with GAAP measures allows for increased comparability of our ongoing performance from period to period. Non-GAAP financial measures referred to in this news release are labeled as "non-GAAP measure" or designated as such with an asterisk (*). Please see page 9-10 for explanations of why the Company uses these non-GAAP measures and the reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP financial measures.

Financial Overview
(Unaudited)









(in U.S. $000's, except EPS and percentages)

Three months ended March 31,







% Change



2020


2019


2020 over 2019

Service revenue:







Commissions

$

93,484

$

92,280


1%

Fees


89,639


80,092


12%

Total service revenue


183,123


172,372


6%

Inventory sales revenue


90,132


131,057


(31%)

Total revenue


273,255


303,429


(10%)

Service revenue as a % of total revenue


67.0%


56.8%


1020 bps

Inventory sales revenue as a % of total revenue


33.0%


43.2%


(1020) bps

Costs of services


39,355


36,069


9%

Cost of inventory sold


81,585


120,475


(32%)

Selling, general and administrative expenses


98,385


95,184


3%

Operating expenses


239,173


269,841


(11%)

Cost of inventory sold as a % of operating expenses


34.1%


44.6%


(1050) bps

Operating income


34,082


33,588


1%

Operating income margin


12.5%


11.1%


140 bps

Net income attributable to stockholders


22,809


18,164


26%

Diluted earnings per share attributable to stockholders

$

0.21

$

0.17


24%

Effective tax rate


19.8%


26.8%


(700) bps

Total GTV


1,147,025


1,174,681


(2%)

Service revenue as a % of total GTV- Rate


16.0%


14.7%


130 bps

Inventory sales revenue as a % of total GTV- Mix


7.9%


11.2%


(330) bps








Segment Overview








(in U.S $000's)

Three months ended March 31, 2020



A&M


Other


Consolidated

Service revenue

$

154,743


28,380

$

183,123

Inventory sales revenue


90,132


-


90,132

Total revenue


244,875


28,380


273,255

Ancillary and logistical service expenses


-


12,758


12,758

Other costs of services


25,095


1,502


26,597

Cost of inventory sold


81,585


-


81,585

SG&A expenses


91,585


6,800


98,385

Segment profit

$

46,610


7,320

$

53,930

Total GTV


1,147,025


N/A


N/A

A&M service revenue as a % of total GTV- Rate


13.5%


N/A


N/A















(in U.S $000's)

Three months ended March 31, 2019



A&M


Other


Consolidated

Service revenue

$

143,437

$

28,935

$

172,372

Inventory sales revenue


131,057


-


131,057

Total revenue


274,494


28,935


303,429

Ancillary and logistical service expenses


-


13,759


13,759

Other costs of services


20,817


1,493


22,310

Cost of inventory sold


120,475


-


120,475

SG&A expenses


89,182


6,002


95,184

Segment profit

$

44,020

$

7,681

$

51,701

Total GTV


1,174,681


N/A


N/A

A&M service revenue as a % of total GTV- Rate


12.2%


N/A


N/A

Q1 2020 Consolidated Performance Overview

GTV decreased 2% to $1.1 billion in Q1 2020 compared to Q1 2019.

Due to the spread of the COVID-19 virus and the social distancing restrictions put in place by local jurisdictions in the quarter to control the pandemic, we transitioned all our remaining traditional live on site auctions to online formats utilizing our existing online bidding technology and simultaneously ceased all public attendance at our live auction theaters. Our core online auction channels (IronPlanet.com, GovPlanet.com, Marketplace-E) continued to operate as usual.

To facilitate the live auction process transition to a virtual platform and under strict safety guidelines, we enabled equipment drop off at our physical yards prior to the online event, with buyers able to conduct inspections pre-auction and collect equipment post auction. In addition, where auctioneers were not able to attend physical site, we used Time Auctioned Lots (TAL) solutions for selected International and on-the-farm agriculture events.   

We experienced good momentum throughout 2019, which continued into the first two months of 2020, however, due to local emergency measures and Shelter-In-Place orders, we had to postpone four live auctions in the first quarter which adversely impacted our GTV volume.  Those four sites generated $63.0 million of GTV in the prior year. The postponements included the (1) Narita, Japan (2) Caorso, Italy (3) Montreal, Canada and (4) Los Angeles, US auctions. These postponed auctions have all been rescheduled to take place in the second quarter. 

In addition to the auction postponements, we also experienced softness in the International region due to the continuing economic uncertainty in certain markets within Europe and Asia, which was further exacerbated by COVID-19.  International also had lower volume of inventory contracts in Europe and Asia as we cycled large inventory packages from last year. Partially offsetting these declines, our US region experienced strong year over year performance in US live auctions, particularly in Las Vegas and Texas, overcoming a lower GTV at our Orlando auction compared to last year.

Total revenue decreased 10% to $273.3 million due to a 31% decrease in inventory sales revenue, partially offset by a 6% increase in service revenue.

Service revenue increased 6% with commissions revenue increasing 1% and fee revenue increasing 12%. The increase in commissions revenue was in line with higher Service GTV. The increase in fee revenue was driven primarily by the full harmonization of buyer fees, higher volume and fee rates at our Leake auction and GovPlanet platform, higher proportion of small value lots and continued growth in RBFS fee revenue. This increase was partially offset by lower RB Logistics revenue earned due to lower activity in the International region during the quarter.

Inventory sales revenue decreased 31% primarily related to selling through certain non-repeating large inventory deals from Europe and Asia in Q1 2019, and a decrease in volume of inventory contracts at our Orlando auction compared to the prior year. We also had lower inventory contracts in our Australia region in Q1 2020 compared to prior quarter.

Costs of services increased 9% to $39.4 million. The increase was primarily due to additional facilities costs incurred to support our Q1 2020 Leake auction and expenses incurred to support our GovPlanet surplus contracts. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and our restriction on onsite attendance at our live auction facilities, we incurred more marketing costs to promote the changes to our customers.

Cost of inventory decreased 32% to $81.6 million, primarily in line with lower activity in inventory sales revenue.

Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses increased 3% to $98.4 million primarily due to additional investments to support our growth initiatives, and partially offset by lower share-based payments. SG&A expense also increased due to higher travel, advertising and promotion costs.

Foreign exchange had an unfavourable impact on total revenue and a favourable impact on expenses. These impacts were primarily due to the fluctuations in the Euro, Canadian dollar, and Australian dollar exchange rates relative to the U.S. dollar.

Net income attributable to stockholders increased 26% to $22.8 million from $18.2 million in Q1 2019, in line with higher operating income and also due to $1.7 million of contingent consideration received related to the disposition of an equity investment. Net income attributable to stockholders also increased due to lower net interest expenses and lower effective tax rate during Q1 2020.

Primarily for the same reasons noted above, diluted EPS attributable to stockholders increased 24% to $0.21 per share for Q1 2020 from $0.17 per share in Q1 2019.

Dividend Information
Quarterly dividend
The Company declared on May 6, 2020, a quarterly cash dividend of $0.20 per common share payable on June 17, 2020 to shareholders of record on May 27, 2020.

Q1 2020 Earnings Conference Call
Ritchie Bros. is hosting a conference call to discuss its financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, at 8am Pacific time / 11 am Eastern time / 4pm GMT on May 8, 2020.  The replay of the webcast will be available through June 8, 2020.

Conference call and webcast details are available at the following link: https://investor.ritchiebros.com

About Ritchie Bros.
Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. (TSX:RBA) is a global asset management and disposition company, offering customers end-to-end solutions for buying and selling used heavy equipment, trucks and other assets. Operating in a number of sectors, including construction, transportation, agriculture, energy, oil and gas, mining, and forestry, the company's selling channels include: Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers, the world's largest industrial auctioneer offers live auction events with online bidding; IronPlanet, an online marketplace with featured weekly auctions and providing the exclusive IronClad Assurance® equipment condition certification; Marketplace-E, a controlled marketplace offering multiple price and timing options; Mascus, a leading European online equipment listing service; and Ritchie Bros. Private Treaty, offering privately negotiated sales. The company's suite of multichannel sales solutions also includes RB Asset Solutions, a complete end-to-end asset management and disposition system. Ritchie Bros. also offers sector-specific solutions including GovPlanet, TruckPlanet, and Kruse Energy Auctioneers, plus equipment financing and leasing through Ritchie Bros. Financial Services. For more information about Ritchie Bros., visit RitchieBros.com.

Forward-looking Statements
This news release contains forward-looking statements and forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable U.S. and Canadian securities legislation (collectively, "forward-looking statements"), including, in particular, statements regarding future financial and operational results, including future auctions and estimated GTV thereof, growth prospects and payment of dividends. Forward-looking statements are statements that are not historical facts and are generally, although not always, identified by words such as "expect", "plan", "anticipate", "project", "target", "potential", "schedule", "forecast", "budget", "estimate", "intend" or "believe" and similar expressions or their negative connotations, or statements that events or conditions "will", "would", "may", "could", "should" or "might" occur. All such forward-looking statements are based on the opinions and estimates of management as of the date such statements are made. Forward-looking statements necessarily involve assumptions, risks and uncertainties, certain of which are beyond the Company's control, including the duration and impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Company's operations, the operations of customers and general economic conditions, the numerous factors that influence the supply of and demand for used equipment; economic and other conditions in local, regional and global sectors; the Company's ability to successfully integrate IronPlanet, and to receive the anticipated benefits of the IronPlanet acquisition; and the risks and uncertainties set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2019 and the Company's Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2020, which are available on the SEC, SEDAR, and Company websites. The foregoing list is not exhaustive of the factors that may affect the Company's forward-looking statements. There can be no assurance that forward-looking statements will prove to be accurate, and actual results may differ materially from those expressed in, or implied by, these forward-looking statements. Forward looking statements are made as of the date of this news release and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update the information contained herein unless required by applicable securities legislation. For the reasons set forth above, you should not place undue reliance on forward looking statements.

GTV and Selected Condensed Consolidated Financial Information

GTV and Condensed Consolidated Income Statements – First Quarter
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except share, per share amounts and percentages)
(Unaudited)








(in U.S. $000's, except EPS)

Three months ended March 31,







% Change



2020


2019


2020 over 2019

GTV

$

1,147,025

$

1,174,681


(2%)

Revenues:







Service revenues

$

183,123

$

172,372


6%

Inventory sales revenue


90,132


131,057


(31%)

Total revenues


273,255


303,429


(10%)

Operating expenses:







Costs of services


39,355


36,069


9%

Cost of inventory sold


81,585


120,475


(32%)

Selling, general and administrative expenses


98,385


95,184


3%

Acquisition-related costs


-


669


(100%)

Depreciation and amortization expenses


19,293


17,115


13%

Gain on disposition of property, plant and equipment


(47)


(149)


(68%)

Foreign exchange loss


602


478


26%

Total operating expenses


239,173


269,841


(11%)

Operating income


34,082


33,588


1%

Interest expense


(9,182)


(10,816)


(15%)

Other income, net


3,577


2,039


75%

Income before income taxes


28,477


24,811


15%

Income tax expense


5,648


6,639


(15%)

Net income

$

22,829

$

18,172


26%

Net income attributable to:







Stockholders

$

22,809

$

18,164


26%

Non-controlling interests


20


8


150%


$

22,829

$

18,172


26%

Earnings per share attributable to stockholders:







Basic

$

0.21

$

0.17


24%

Diluted

$

0.21

$

0.17


24%

Weighted average number of share outstanding:







Basic


109,248,880


108,765,489


0%

Diluted


110,482,837


110,044,213


0%

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars, except share data)
(Unaudited)



March 31, 2020



December 31, 2019







Assets






Cash and cash equivalents

$

290,094


$

359,671

Restricted cash


65,831



60,585

Trade and other receivables


249,454



142,627

Less: allowance for credit losses


(3,727)



(5,225)

Inventory


61,747



64,956

Other current assets


38,043



50,160

Income taxes receivable


8,027



6,810

Total current assets


709,469



679,584







Property, plant and equipment


477,327



484,482

Other non-current assets


132,476



145,679

Intangible assets


225,291



233,380

Goodwill


670,136



672,310

Deferred tax assets


13,019



13,995

Total assets

$

2,227,718


$

2,229,430







Liabilities and Equity






Auction proceeds payable

$

344,311


$

276,188

Trade and other payables


187,783



194,279

Income taxes payable


1,891



7,809

Short-term debt


33,081



4,705

Current portion of long-term debt


16,944



18,277

Total current liabilities


584,010



501,258







Long-term debt


613,536



627,204

Other non-current liabilities


142,569



151,238

Deferred tax liabilities


42,632



42,743

Total liabilities


1,382,747



1,322,443







Commitments and Contingencies (Note 19 and Note 20 respectively)






Stockholders' equity:






Share capital:






Common stock; no par value, unlimited shares






authorized, issued and outstanding shares:






108,198,739 (December 31, 2019: 109,337,781)


153,801



194,771

Additional paid-in capital


46,147



52,110

Retained earnings


714,816



714,051

Accumulated other comprehensive loss


(74,959)



(59,099)

Stockholders' equity


839,805



901,833

Non-controlling interest


5,166



5,154

Total stockholders' equity


844,971



906,987

Total liabilities and equity

$

2,227,718


$

2,229,430

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Expressed in thousands of United States dollars)
(Unaudited)







Three months ended March 31,


2020



2019

Cash provided by (used in):






Operating activities:






Net income

$

22,829


$

18,172

Adjustments for items not affecting cash:






Depreciation and amortization expenses


19,293



17,115

Stock option compensation expense


1,187



1,539

Equity-classified share unit expense


1,786



2,368

Deferred income tax expense


1,331



1,057

Unrealized foreign exchange (gain) loss


782



(48)

Gain on disposition of property, plant and equipment


(47)



(149)

Amortization of debt issuance costs


756



934

Amortization of right-of-use assets


3,343



2,976

Gain on contingent consideration from equity investment


(1,700)



-

Other, net


1,282



534

Net changes in operating assets and liabilities


(46,710)



27,405

Net cash provided by operating activities


4,132



71,903

Investing activities:






Property, plant and equipment additions


(3,495)



(2,801)

Intangible asset additions


(7,220)



(5,625)

Proceeds on disposition of property, plant and equipment


333



262

Distribution from equity investment


4,212



-

Proceeds on contingent consideration from equity investment


1,700



-

Other, net


(2,804)



-

Net cash used in investing activities


(7,274)



(8,164)

Financing activities:






Share repurchase


(53,170)



-

Dividends paid to stockholders


(21,905)



(19,568)

Issuances of share capital


7,054



1,628

Payment of withholding taxes on issuance of shares


(2,984)



(2,047)

Proceeds from short-term debt


29,069



6,741

Repayment of short-term debt


-



(17,946)

Repayment of long-term debt


(4,236)



(12,235)

Repayment of finance lease obligations


(2,189)



(1,269)

Net cash used in financing activities


(48,361)



(44,696)

Effect of changes in foreign currency rates on






cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash


(12,828)



(1,376)

Increase (decrease)


(64,331)



17,667

Beginning of period


420,256



305,567

Cash, cash equivalents, and restricted cash, end of period

$

355,925


$

323,234

Selected Data
(Unaudited)

Industrial live on site auction metrics









Three months ended March 31,







% Change



2020


2019


2020 over 2019

Number of auctions


30


35


(14%)

Bidder registrations


161,050


143,000


13%

Consignors


10,950


11,550


(5%)

Buyers


29,900


30,750


(3%)

Lots


82,400


86,250


(4%)

Non-GAAP Measures
This news release references to non-GAAP measures. Non-GAAP measures do not have a standardized meaning and are, therefore, unlikely to be comparable to similar measures presented by other companies. The presentation of this financial information, which is not prepared under any comprehensive set of accounting rules or principles, is not intended to be considered in isolation of, or as a substitute for, the financial information prepared and presented in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

Adjusted Net Debt* and Adjusted Net Debt/Adjusted EBITDA* Reconciliation
The Company believes that comparing adjusted net debt/adjusted EBITDA* on a trailing 12-month basis for different financial periods provides useful information about the performance of the Company's operations as an indicator of the amount of time it would take the Company to settle both the short and long-term debt. The Company does not consider this to be a measure of liquidity, which is the ability to settle only short-term obligations, but rather a measure of how well the Company funds liquidity.

The following table reconciles adjusted net debt* to debt, adjusted EBITDA* to net income, and adjusted net debt*/adjusted EBITDA* to debt/ net income, respectively, which are the most directly comparable GAAP measures in, or calculated from, our consolidated financial statements.








(in U.S. $ millions, except percentages)

As at and for the 12 months ended March 31,







% Change



2020


2019


2020 over 2019

Short-term debt

$

33.1

$

8.7


280%

Long-term debt


630.5


703.3


(10%)

Debt


663.6


712.0


(7%)

       Less: Cash and cash equivalents


290.1


266.5


9%

Adjusted net debt*


373.5


445.5


(16%)

Net income

$

153.8

$

122.5


26%

Add: depreciation and amortization expenses


72.7


67.5


8%

Add: interest expense


39.6


44.0


(10%)

Less: interest income


(3.8)


(3.4)


12%

Add: income tax expense


40.6


32.4


25%

Pre-tax adjusting items:







Share-based payment expense recovery


(4.1)


-


(100%)

Severance and retention


-


1.5


(100%)

Gain on sale of equity accounted for investment


-


(4.9)


100%

Adjusted EBITDA*

$

298.8

$

259.6


15%

Debt/net income


4.3x


5.8x


(26%)

Adjusted net debt*/adjusted EBITDA*


1.3x


1.7x


(24%)








(1)

Please refer to page 10 for a summary of adjusting items for the trailing 12-months ended
March 31, 2020 and March 31, 2019.

(2)

Adjusted EBITDA* is calculated by adding back depreciation and amortization expenses,
interest expense, and income tax expense, and subtracting interest income from net income
excluding the pre-tax effects of adjusting items.

(3)

Adjusted net debt* is calculated by subtracting cash and cash equivalents from short and
long-term debt.

(4)

Adjusted net debt*/adjusted EBITDA* is calculated by dividing adjusted net debt* by
adjusted EBITDA*.

Operating Free Cash Flow* ("OFCF") Reconciliation

The Company believes OFCF*, when compared on a trailing 12-month basis to different financial periods provides an effective measure of the cash generated by the business and provides useful information regarding cash flows remaining for discretionary return to stockholders, mergers and acquisitions, or debt reduction. The balance sheet scorecard includes OFCF* as a performance metric. OFCF* is also an element of the performance criteria for certain annual short-term and long-term incentive awards.

The following table reconciles OFCF* to cash provided by operating activities, which is the most directly comparable GAAP measure in, or calculated from, the consolidated statements of cash flows:








(in U.S. $ millions, except percentages)

12 months ended March 31,







% Change



2020


2019


2020 over 2019

Cash provided by operating activities

$

265.0

$

148.9


78%

Property, plant and equipment additions


14.3


17.1


(16%)

Intangible asset additions


29.0


24.7


17%

Proceeds on disposition of property plant and equipment


(6.0)


(9.8)


(39%)

Net capital spending

$

37.3

$

32.0


17%

OFCF*

$

227.7

$

116.9


95%








(1)

OFCF* is calculated by subtracting net capital spending from cash provided by operating activities.

Adjusting items during the trailing 12-months ended March 31, 2020 were:

Recognized in the first quarter of 2020

  • There were no adjustment items recognized in the first quarter of 2020.

Recognized in the fourth quarter of 2019

  • $4.1 million ($3.4 million after tax, or $0.03 per diluted share) in share-based payment expense recovery related to the departure of our former CEO.

Recognized in the third quarter of 2019

  • There were no adjustment items recognized in the third quarter of 2019.

Recognized in the second quarter of 2019

  • There were no adjustment items recognized in the second quarter of 2019.

Adjusting items during the trailing 12-months ended March 31, 2019 were:

Recognized in the first quarter of 2019

  • There were no adjustment items recognized in the first quarter of 2019.

Recognized in the fourth quarter of 2018

  • There were no adjustment items recognized in the fourth quarter of 2018.

Recognized in the third quarter of 2018

  • $1.5 million ($1.1 million after tax, or $0.01 per diluted share) of severance and retention costs in a corporate reorganization that followed the IronPlanet acquisition;
  • $4.9 million ($4.9 million after tax, or $0.04 per diluted share) due to gain on sale of an equity accounted for investment.

Recognized in the second quarter of 2018

  • There were no adjustment items recognized in the second quarter of 2018.

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