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Lithia Reports Adjusted Eps Of $1.55 For First Quarter 2016

The following excerpt is from the company's SEC filing.

Lithia Increases Dividend to $0.25 per Share for First Quarter

MEDFORD, OR -- (Marketwired - April 21, 2016) - Lithia Motors, Inc. (NYSE: LAD) reported the highest first quarter adjusted net income in company history and increased adjusted net income 9% for the first quarter 2016 over the prior year period. 2016 first quarter adjusted net income was $40.4 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, compared to 2015 first quarter adjusted net income of $36.9 million, or $1.39 per diluted share.

Unadjusted net income for the first quarter 2016 was $40.3 million, or $1.55 per diluted share, compared to $40.7 million, or $1.53 per diluted share, for the first quarter of 2015. As shown in the attached non-GAAP reconciliation tables, the 2016 first quarter adjusted results exclude a non-core benefit related to an equity investment and the gain on the sale of a store offset by a legal reserve adjustment. These non-core items result in no change to earnings per share. The 2015 first quarter adjusted results exclude a $0.14 non-core net benefit from an equity investment and the gain on the sale of a store.

First quarter 2016 revenue increased $193.7 million, or 11%, to $2.0 billion from $1.8 billion for the first quarter 2015.

First Quarter-over-Quarter Operating Highlights:

Total same store sales increased 8%

New vehicle same store sales increased 6%

Used vehicle retail same store sales increased 12%

Service, body and parts same store sales increased 10%

Same store F&I per unit increased $111 to $1,292

Adjusted SG&A expense as a percentage of gross profit was 71.1%

"Our performance in the first quarter was solid," said Bryan DeBoer, President and CEO. "We grew adjusted earnings per share 12%, drove double digit increases in both used retail vehicle and service, body and parts sales and set a record in F&I per unit. We also continued to increase revenue and profitability in our DCH stores. While national new vehicle sales growth is moderating, we have significant opportunity to drive earnings growth through focus on growing vehicle market share and retaining service customers longer, improving store performance and targeting strategic acquisitions."

Chris Holzshu, SVP and CFO, said, "Adjusted SG&A as a percentage of gross profit was 71.1% in the first quarter of 2016, an improvement of 20 basis points over the first quarter of 2015. In the first quarter, incremental throughput, or the percentage of additional same store gross profit dollars that we retain after deducting incremental selling costs on a same store basis, was estimated at 37%. Our stores generated strong increases in gross profit and will continue to focus on controlling advertising and personnel cost to improve operating leverage."

Balance Sheet Update

We ended the first quarter with $22 million in cash and $149 million in availability under our credit facilities. Additionally, approximately $200 million of our operating real estate is currently unfinanced, which we estimate could provide an additional $150 million in available liquidity, for total potential liquidity of $321 million.

Dividend Payment and Share Repurchase

Our Board of Directors has approved a 25% increase in our quarterly dividend to $0.25 per share related to first quarter 2016 financial results. We expect to pay the dividend May 27, 2016 to shareholders of record on May 13, 2016.

Since March 31, 2016 we have repurchased approximately 157,500 shares at a weighted average price of $80.90 per share. Year to date, we have repurchased approximately 759,000 shares at a weighted average price of $79.80. Under our existing $250 million share repurchase authorization, approximately $236 million remains available.

2016 Outlook

We project 2016 second quarter earnings of $1.86 to $1.90 per diluted share and 2016 full year earnings of $7.30 to $7.50 per diluted share. Both projections are based on the following annual assumptions:

Total revenues of $8.5 to $8.6 billion

New vehicle sales increasing 4.5%

New vehicle gross margin of 5.8% to 6.0%

Used vehicle sales increasing 9.5%

Used vehicle gross margin of 11.8% to 12.0%

Service body and parts sales increasing 7.5%

Service body and parts gross margin of 48.8% to 49.0%

Finance and insurance gross profit of $1,270 to $1,290 per unit

Tax rate of 39.5%

Average diluted shares outstanding of 25.9 million

These projections exclude the impact of future acquisitions, dispositions and non-core items. Actual results may be affected by items described under Forward-Looking Statements below.

First Quarter Earnings Conference Call and Updated Presentation

The first quarter conference call may be accessed at 10:00 a.m. ET today by telephone at 877-407-8029. An updated presentation highlighting the first quarter results has been added to www.lithiainvestorrelations.com.

To listen live on our website or for replay, visit www.lithiainvestorrelations.com and click on webcasts.

About Lithia

Lithia Motors, Inc. is one of the largest automotive retailers in the United States. Lithia sells 31 brands of new vehicles and all brands of used vehicles at 138 stores in 15 states. Lithia also arranges finance, warranty, and credit insurance contracts; and provides vehicle parts, maintenance, and repair services at all of its locations.

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This press release includes "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the "Safe-Harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward looking statements include statements regarding our goals, plans, projections and guidance regarding our financial position, results of operations, market position, pending and potential future acquisitions and business strategy, and often contain words such as "project," "outlook," "expect," "anticipate," "intend," "plan," "believe," "estimate," "may," "seek," "would," "should," "likely," "goal," "strategy," "future," "maintain," "continue," "remain," "target" or "will" and similar references to future periods. Examples of forward-looking statements in this press release include, among others, statements regarding:

Expected operating results, such as improved store efficiency and performance; generating 2016 second quarter earnings per share of $1.86 to $1.90 per diluted share and 2016 full year earnings of $7.30 to $7.50 per diluted share and all projections set forth under the headings "2016 Outlook";

Anticipated ability to improve store performance;

Anticipated additions of dealership locations to our portfolio in the future; and

Anticipated availability of liquidity from our credit facility and unfinanced operating real estate.

By their nature, forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties because they relate to events that depend on circumstances that may or may not occur in the future. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future performance, and our actual results of operations, financial condition and liquidity and development of the industry in which we operate may differ materially from those made in or suggested by the forward-looking statements in this press release. The risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from estimated or projected results include, without limitation, future economic and financial conditions (both nationally and locally), changes in customer demand, our relationship with, and the financial and operational stability of, vehicle manufacturers and other suppliers, risks associated with our indebtedness (including available borrowing capacity, compliance with financial covenants and ability to refinance or repay indebtedness on favorable terms), government regulations, legislation and others set forth throughout Part II, Item 7. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations and in Part I, Item 1A. Risk Factors of our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and from time to time in our other filings with the SEC. We urge you to carefully consider this information and not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements. We undertake no duty to update our forward-looking statements, including our earnings outlook, which are made as of the date of this release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release and the attached financial tables contain non-GAAP financial measures such as adjusted net income and diluted earnings per share, adjusted SG&A as a percentage of revenues and gross profit, adjusted operating margin, adjusted operating profit as a percentage of gross profit, and adjusted pre-tax margin. Non-GAAP measures do not have definitions under GAAP and may be defined differently by and not comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies. As a result, we review any non-GAAP financial measures in connection with a review of the most directly comparable measures calculated in accordance with GAAP. We caution you not to place undue reliance on such non-GAAP measures, but also to consider them with the most directly comparable GAAP measures. We present cash flows from operations in the attached tables, adjusted to include the change in non-trade floor plan debt to improve the visibility of cash flows related to vehicle financing. As required by SEC rules, we have reconciled these measures to the most directly comparable GAAP measures in the attachments to this release. We believe the non-GAAP financial measures we present improve the transparency of our disclosures; provide a meaningful presentation of our results from core business operations, because they exclude items not related to core business operations and other non-cash items; and improve the period-to-period comparability of our results from core business operations. These presentations should not be considered an alternative to GAAP measures.

Lithia Motors, Inc. Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited) (In thousands except per share data) Three months ended % March 31, Increase Increase ---------------------- 2016 2015 (Decrease) (Decrease) ---------- ---------- ----------- ---------- Revenues: New vehicle retail $1,096,055 $1,007,816 $ 88,239 8.8% Used vehicle retail 532,726 462,931 69,795 15.1 Used vehicle wholesale 65,146 62,208 2,938 4.7 Finance and insurance 77,638 64,604 13,034 20.2 Service, body and parts 196,675 173,475 23,200 13.4 Fleet and other 14,621 18,144 (3,523) (19.4) ---------- ---------- ----------- ---------- Total revenues 1,982,861 1,789,178 193,683 10.8 Cost of sales: New vehicle retail 1,029,289 946,042 83,247 8.8 Used vehicle retail 468,449 403,489 64,960 16.1 Used vehicle wholesale 63,316 60,047 3,269 5.4 Service, body and parts 100,556 89,036 11,520 12.9 Fleet and other 14,069 17,189 (3,120) (18.2) ---------- ---------- ----------- ---------- Total cost of sales 1,675,679 1,515,803 159,876 10.5 ---------- ---------- ----------- ---------- Gross profit 307,182 273,375 33,807 12.4 Asset impairments 3,498 4,130 (632) NM SG&A expense 219,106 191,618 27,488 14.3 Depreciation and amortization 11,663 9,726 1,937 19.9 ---------- ---------- ----------- ---------- Income from operations 72,915 67,901 5,014 7.4 Floor plan interest expense (5,909) (4,649) 1,260 27.1 Other interest expense (5,459) (4,828) 631 13.1 Other expense, net (1,526) (368) 1,158 NM ---------- ---------- ----------- ---------- Income before income taxes 60,021 58,056 1,965 3.4 Income tax expense (19,751) (17,403) 2,348 13.5 Income tax rate 32.9% 30.0% ---------- ---------- ----------- ---------- Net income $ 40,270 $ 40,653 $ (383) (0.9)% ========== ========== =========== ========== Diluted net income per share: Net income per share $ 1.55 $ 1.53 $ 0.02 1.3% Diluted shares outstanding 25,973 26,519 (546) (2.1)% NM - not meaningful Lithia Motors, Inc. Key Performance Metrics (Unaudited) Three months ended % March 31, Increase Increase ---------------------- 2016 2015 (Decrease) (Decrease) ---------- ---------- ----------- ----------- Gross margin New vehicle retail 6.1% 6.1% -- bps Used vehicle retail 12.1 12.8 (70) Used vehicle wholesale 2.8 3.5 (70) Finance and insurance 100.0 100.0 -- Service, body and parts 48.9 48.7 20 Fleet and other 3.8 5.3 (150) Gross profit margin 15.5 15.3 20 Unit sales New vehicle retail 32,749 30,623 2,126 6.9% Used vehicle retail 27,431 24,204 3,227 13.3 Total retail units sold 60,180 54,827 5,353 9.8 Used vehicle wholesale 9,513 9,144 369 4.0 Average selling price New vehicle retail $ 33,468 $ 32,910 $ 558 1.7% Used vehicle retail 19,421 19,126 295 1.5 Used vehicle wholesale 6,848 6,803 45 0.7 Average gross profit per unit New vehicle retail $ 2,039 $ 2,017 $ 22 1.1% Used vehicle retail 2,343 2,456 (113) (4.6) Used vehicle wholesale 192 236 (44) (18.6) Finance and insurance 1,290 1,178 112 9.5 Total vehicle(1) 3,498 3,429 69 2.0 Revenue mix New vehicle retail 55.3% 56.3% Used vehicle retail 26.9 25.9 Used vehicle wholesale 3.3 3.5 Finance and insurance, net 3.9 3.6 Service, body and parts 9.9 9.7 Fleet and other 0.7 1.0 Adjusted As reported ---------------------- ------------------------ Three Months Ended Three months ended March 31, March 31, ---------------------- ------------------------ Other metrics 2016 2015 2016 2015 ---------- ---------- ------------ ----------- SG&A as a % of revenue 11.0% 10.9% 11.0 10.7% SG&A as a % of gross profit 71.1 71.3 71.3 70.1 Operating profit as a % of revenue 3.9 3.8 3.7 3.8 Operating profit as a % of gross profit 25.1 25.1 23.7 24.8 Pretax margin 3.3 3.4 3.0 3.2 Net profit margin 2.0 2.1 2.0 2.3 (1) - includes the sales and gross profit related to new, used retail, used wholesale and finance and insurance and unit sales for new and used retail

Lithia Motors, Inc. Same Store Operating Highlights (Unaudited) Three months ended % March 31, Increase Increase ---------------------- 2016 2015 (Decrease) (Decrease) ---------- ---------- ----------- ------------ Revenues New vehicle retail $1,062,335 $1,000,768 $ 61,567 6.2% Used vehicle retail 516,277 459,192 57,085 12.4 Used vehicle wholesale 63,805 61,949 1,856 3.0 Finance and insurance 75,365 64,206 11,159 17.4 Service, body and parts 189,968 172,116 17,852 10.4 Fleet and other 14,583 18,145 (3,562) (19.6) ---------- ---------- ----------- Total revenues $1,922,333 $1,776,376 $ 145,957 8.2 Gross profit New vehicle retail $ 64,818 $ 61,278 $ 3,540 5.8% Used vehicle retail 62,543 59,026 3,517 6.0 Used vehicle wholesale 1,755 2,222 (467) (21.0) Finance and insurance 75,365 64,206 11,159 17.4 Service, body and parts 92,956 83,749 9,207 11.0 Fleet and other 544 956 (412) (43.1) ---------- ---------- ----------- Total gross profit $ 297,981 $ 271,437 $ 26,544 9.8 Gross margin New vehicle retail 6.1% 6.1% -- bps Used vehicle retail 12.1 12.9 (80) Used vehicle wholesale 2.8 3.6 (80) Finance and insurance 100.0 100.0 -- Service, body and parts 48.9 48.7 20 Fleet and other 3.7 5.3 (160) Total gross profit 15.5 15.3 20 Unit sales New vehicle retail 31,779 30,391 1,388 4.6% Used vehicle retail 26,531 23,972 2,559 10.7 Total retail units sold 58,310 54,363 3,947 7.3 Used vehicle wholesale 9,255 9,063 192 2.1 Average selling price New vehicle retail $ 33,429 $ 32,930 $ 499 1.5% Used vehicle retail 19,459 19,155 304 1.6 Used vehicle wholesale 6,894 6,835 59 0.9 Average gross profit per unit New vehicle retail $ 2,040 $ 2,016 $ 24 1.2% Used vehicle retail 2,357 2,462 (105) (4.3) Used vehicle wholesale 190 245 (55) (22.4) Finance and insurance 1,292 1,181 111 9.4 Total vehicle(1) 3,507 3,435 72 2.1 (1) - includes the sales and gross profit related to new, used retail, used wholesale and finance and insurance and unit sales for new and used retail Lithia Motors, Inc. Segment Operating Highlights (Unaudited) Three months ended % March 31, Increase Increase ---------------------- 2016 2015 (Decrease) (Decrease) ---------- ---------- ----------- ----------- Revenues Domestic $ 768,902 $ 690,682 $ 78,220 11.3% Import 865,743 760,080 105,663 13.9 Luxury 346,813 336,993 9,820 2.9 ---------- ---------- ----------- Total segment revenues 1,981,458 1,787,755 193,703 10.8 Corporate and other 1,403 1,423 (20) (1.4) ---------- ---------- ----------- Total revenues $1,982,861 $1,789,178 $ 193,683 10.8 Segment Income(1) Domestic $ 21,730 $ 27,294 $ (5,564) (20.4)% Import 22,633 17,063 5,570 32.6 Luxury 4,235 6,645 (2,410) (36.3) ---------- ---------- ----------- Total segment income 48,598 51,002 (2,404) (4.7) Corporate and other 30,071 21,976 8,095 36.8 Depreciation and amortization (11,663) (9,726) (1,937) 19.9 Other interest expense (5,459) (4,828) (631) 13.1 Other expense, net (1,526) (368) (1,158) NM ---------- ---------- ----------- Income before income taxes $ 60,021 58,056 $ 1,965 3.4 (1) Segment income for each of the segments is defined as Income before income taxes, less Depreciation and amortization, Other interest expense and Other expense, net. Retail New Vehicle Unit Sales Domestic 10,649 10,012 637 6.4% Import 18,114 16,805 1,309 7.8 Luxury 4,063 3,865 198 5.1 ---------- ---------- ----------- Total 32,826 30,682 2,144 7.0 Allocated to management (77) (59) (18) NM ---------- ---------- ----------- Total retail new vehicle unit sales 32,749 30,623 2,126 6.9 NM - not meaningful Lithia Motors, Inc. Other Highlights (Unaudited) As of March 31, December 31, March 31, ------------ ------------ ------------ 2016 2015 2015 ------------ ------------ ------------ Days Supply(1) New vehicle inventory 78 67 62 Used vehicle inventory 53 55 49 (1) Days supply calculated based on current inventory levels, excluding in- transit vehicles, and a 30-day historical cost of sales level. Financial covenants As of March 31, Requirement 2016 -------------------------- ------------------ Current ratio Not less than 1.10 to 1 1.25 to 1 Fixed charge coverage ratio Not less than 1.20 to 1 2.87 to 1 Leverage ratio Not more than 5.00 to 1 1.75 to 1 Funded debt restriction Not more than $600 million $414.4 million Lithia Motors, Inc. Other Highlights (Unaudited) Three months ended March 31, -------------------------- 2016 2015 ------------ ------------ New vehicle unit sales brand mix Honda, Acura 23.2% 22.0% Toyota, Lexus 19.7 20.1 Chrysler 18.6 19.1 General Motors 8.8 9.0 Subaru 7.3 7.2 BMW, Mini 5.5 5.8 Ford 5.2 4.6 Nissan 3.8 4.0 Volkswagen, Audi 2.7 2.8 Hyundai 1.9 2.1 Mercedes Benz 1.3 1.6 Kia 1.3 1.3 Other 0.7 0.4 Three months ended March 31, -------------------------- 2016 2015 ------------ ------------ Revenue geographic mix California 23.0% 22.2% Oregon 16.8 16.8 Texas 14.0 15.7 New Jersey 13.9 13.7 Montana 6.3 5.8 Washington 5.4 5.1 Alaska 4.7 5.1 Nevada 3.2 3.2 New York 3.0 2.7 Idaho 2.8 3.1 Iowa 2.5 2.8 Hawaii 2.0 1.4 North Dakota 1.2 1.5 New Mexico 0.9 0.9 Massachusetts 0.3 -- As of March 31, 2016 -------------------------- Current store count mix # of stores % of total ------------- ------------ Chrysler 27 19.6% Honda, Acura 21 15.2 Toyota, Lexus 20 14.5 General Motors 16 11.6 BMW, Mini 11 8.0 Subaru 8 5.8 Volkswagen, Audi 8 5.8 Ford 7 5.1 Nissan 6 4.3 Hyundai 4 2.9 Mercedes Benz 4 2.9 Other 6 4.3 Lithia Motors, Inc. Consolidated Balance Sheets (Unaudited) (In thousands) March 31, December 31, 2016 2015 ------------ ------------ Cash and cash equivalents $ 21,559 $ 45,008 Trade receivables, net 286,292 308,462 Inventories, net 1,541,085 1,470,987 Other current assets 50,473 54,408 ------------ ------------ Total current assets $ 1,899,409 $ 1,878,865 Property and equipment, net 882,405 876,660 Goodwill 213,934 213,220 Franchise value 161,668 157,699 Other non-current assets 110,202 100,855 ------------ ------------ Total assets $ 3,267,618 $ 3,227,299 ============ ============ Floor plan notes payable $ 55,836 $ 48,083 Floor plan notes payable: non trade 1,296,751 1,265,872 Current maturities of long-term debt 33,721 38,891 Trade payables 78,250 70,871 Accrued liabilities 179,145 167,108 ------------ ------------ Total current liabilities $ 1,643,703 $ 1,590,825 Long-term debt 595,663 606,463 Deferred revenue 70,066 66,734 Deferred income taxes 59,134 53,129 Other long-term liabilities 84,375 81,984 ------------ ------------ Total liabilities $ 2,452,941 $ 2,399,135 ------------ ------------ Class A common stock 213,699 258,410 Class B common stock 219 316 Additional paid-in capital 34,866 38,822 Accumulated other comprehensive loss (114) (277) Retained earnings 566,007 530,893 ------------ ------------ Total liabilities & stockholders' equity $ 3,267,618 $ 3,227,299 ============ ============ Lithia Motors, Inc. Summarized Cash Flow from Operations (Unaudited) (In thousands) Three Months Ended March 31, 2016 2015 ------------ ------------ Net income $ 40,270 $ 40,653 Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities: Asset impairments 3,498 4,130 Depreciation and amortization 11,663 9,726 Stock-based compensation 3,149 2,727 Gain on disposal of assets (3,391) 8 Gain on sale of franchise (1,087) (3,349) Deferred income taxes 10,261 3,863 Excess tax benefit from share-based payment arrangements (4,379) (4,733) (Increase) decrease: Trade receivables, net 25,564 7,569 Inventories (73,744) (39,460) Other assets (4,705) (2,078) Increase (decrease): Floor plan notes payable, net 7,753 1,092 Trade payables 920 6,799 Accrued liabilities 13,425 4,444 Other long-term liabilities and deferred revenue 5,396 6,838 ------------ ------------ Net cash provided by operating activities $ 34,593 $ 38,229 ============ ============ Lithia Motors, Inc. Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Cash Flow from Operations (Unaudited) (In thousands) Three Months Ended March 31, Net cash provided by operating activities 2016 2015 ------------- ------------ As reported $ 34,593 $ 38,229 Floor plan notes payable, non-trade, net 38,626 (21,984) ------------- ------------ Adjusted $ 73,219 $ 16,245 ============= ============ Lithia Motors, Inc. Reconciliation of Certain Non-GAAP Financial Measures (Unaudited) (In thousands, except for per share data) Three Months Ended March 31, 2016 -------------------------------------------- Disposal Equity gain on investment Legal As sale of fair value reserve reported store adjustment adjustment Adjusted -------- --------- ----------- ---------- -------- Asset impairments $ 3,498 $ -- $ (3,498) $ -- $ -- Selling, general and administrative 219,106 1,087 -- (1,906) 218,287 Income from operations 72,916 (1,087) 3,498 1,906 77,233 Other expense, net (1,526) -- 2,066 -- 540 Income before income taxes $ 60,021 $ (1,087) $ 5,564 $ 1,906 $ 66,404 Income tax expense (19,751) 426 (5,945) (747) (26,017) -------- --------- ----------- ---------- -------- Net income $ 40,270 $ (661) $ (381) $ 1,159 $ 40,387 ======== ========= =========== ========== ======== Diluted earnings per share $ 1.55 $ (0.03) $ (0.01) $ 0.04 $ 1.55 Diluted share count 25,973 Three Months Ended March 31, 2015 ----------------------------------------- Disposal Equity gain on investment As sale of fair value reported store adjustment Adjusted -------- --------- ---------- -------- Asset impairments $ 4,130 -- $ (4,130) $ -- Selling, general and administrative 191,618 3,349 -- 194,967 Income from operations 67,901 (3,349) 4,130 68,682 Other expense, net (368) -- 1,732 1,364 Income before income taxes $ 58,056 (3,349) $ 5,862 $ 60,569 Income tax expense (17,403) 1,004 (7,250) (23,649) -------- --------- ---------- -------- Net income $ 40,653 (2,345) $ (1,388) $ 36,920 ======== ========= ========== ======== Diluted earnings per share $ 1.53 (0.09) $ (0.05) $ 1.39 Diluted share count 26,519

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