United Rentals (URI) Announces $1B Share Buyback, Reports Earnings

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United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) today announced financial results for the fourth quarter 2021 and reported its full year results on Form 10-K1. The company also announced a new $1 billion share repurchase program.

Fourth Quarter 2021 Highlights

  • Total revenue of $2.776 billion, including rental revenue2 of $2.312 billion.
  • Fleet productivity3 increased 10.3% year-over-year.
  • Net income of $481 million, at a margin4 of 17.3%. GAAP diluted earnings per share of $6.61, and adjusted EPS4 of $7.39.
  • Adjusted EBITDA4 of $1.309 billion, at a margin4 of 47.2%.
  • Full year net cash from operating activities of $3.689 billion; free cash flow5 of $1.514 billion, including gross rental capital spending of $2.998 billion.
  • Year-end net leverage ratio6 of 2.2x, with total liquidity6 of $2.851 billion.

CEO Comment

Matthew Flannery, chief executive officer of United Rentals, said, “Our strong fourth quarter, which included record revenue, adjusted EBITDA and operating earnings, completes a year of significant achievements and provides solid momentum as we enter the new year. Our team provided exceptional customer service, which supported better than expected organic growth in 2021, and successfully integrated over $1.4 billion of acquisitions while maintaining their focus on operating safely and managing costs.”

Flannery continued, “Our 2022 guidance reflects the optimism of our customers, as well as our confidence in leveraging our competitive advantages over the longer term. Our larger, more diverse value proposition should both benefit the top line and strengthen our levers for delivering strong margins, cash generation and returns in this new upcycle.”

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1.

A discussion of the company’s full year 2021 results of operations is included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the SEC.

2.

Rental revenue includes owned equipment rental revenue, re-rent revenue and ancillary revenue.

3.

Fleet productivity reflects the combined impact of changes in rental rates, time utilization and mix on owned equipment rental revenue. See the table below for more information.

4.

Adjusted EPS (earnings per share) and adjusted EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization) are non-GAAP measures as defined in the tables below. See the tables below for reconciliations to the most comparable GAAP measures. Net income margin and adjusted EBITDA margin represent net income or adjusted EBITDA divided by total revenue.

5.

Free cash flow is a non-GAAP measure as defined in the table below. See the table below for a reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measure.

6.

The net leverage ratio reflects net debt (total debt less cash and cash equivalents) divided by adjusted EBITDA for the trailing 12 months. Total liquidity reflects cash and cash equivalents plus availability under the asset-based revolving credit facility (“ABL facility”) and the accounts receivable securitization facility.

2022 Outlook

The company provided the following outlook for 2022.

2022 Outlook

2021 Actual

Total revenue

$10.65 billion to $11.05 billion

$9.716 billion

Adjusted EBITDA7

$4.95 billion to $5.15 billion

$4.414 billion

Net rental capital expenditures after gross purchases

$1.85 billion to $2.05 billion, after gross purchases of $2.9 billion to $3.1 billion

$2.030 billion net, $2.998 billion gross

Net cash provided by operating activities

$3.5 billion to $3.9 billion

$3.689 billion

Free cash flow (excluding merger and restructuring related payments, such payments were $13 million in 2021)

$1.5 billion to $1.7 billion

$1.527 billion

Summary of Fourth Quarter 2021 Financial Results

  • Rental revenue for the quarter was $2.312 billion, reflecting an increase of 24.7% year-over-year. The increase reflects the continuing recovery of activity broadly across the end-markets served by the company relative to the impact of COVID-19 in the fourth quarter of 2020. Fleet productivity increased 10.3% year-over-year, in large part due to better fleet absorption.
  • Used equipment sales in the quarter increased 17.8% year-over-year. These sales generated $324 million of proceeds at a GAAP gross margin of 49.4% and an adjusted gross margin8 of 52.2%; this compares with $275 million at a GAAP gross margin of 37.1% and an adjusted gross margin of 42.5% for the same period last year. The gross margin increases were primarily due to stronger pricing, which rose sequentially for the fifth consecutive quarter. Used equipment proceeds in the quarter were 60.4% of original equipment cost ("OEC").
  • Net income for the quarter increased 62% year-over-year to $481 million, while net income margin increased 430 basis points to 17.3%, primarily reflecting improved gross margins from rental revenue and used equipment sales. The increase also included the impact of lower non-rental depreciation and amortization as a percentage of revenue, and lower net interest expense, which reflected a reduction in the average cost of debt and the impact of a debt redemption loss recorded in the fourth quarter of 2020. The effect of these items was partially offset by higher income tax expense. Income tax expense increased $73 million, or 81%, and the effective income tax rate of 25.3% reflects a year-over-year increase of 200 basis points.
  • Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter increased 26.2% year-over-year to $1.309 billion, while adjusted EBITDA margin increased 170 basis points to 47.2%. The increase in adjusted EBITDA margin primarily reflected improved gross margins from rental revenue and used equipment sales, and a larger proportion of revenue from higher margin (excluding depreciation) rental revenue, partially offset by higher bonus and travel and entertainment expenses within selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expense.

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7.

Information reconciling forward-looking adjusted EBITDA to the comparable GAAP financial measures is unavailable to the company without unreasonable effort, as discussed below.

8.

Used equipment sales adjusted gross margin excludes the impact of the fair value mark-up of fleet acquired in certain major acquisitions that was subsequently sold, as explained further in the tables below.

  • General rentals segment had an increase of 18.6% year-over-year in rental revenue to $1.699 billion for the quarter. Rental gross margin increased by 220 basis points to 40.2%, primarily due to reductions in depreciation, labor and repair expenses as a percentage of revenue.
  • Specialty rentals segment rental revenue increased 45.3% year-over-year, including the impact of the recent acquisition of General Finance Corporation (“General Finance”), to $613 million for the quarter. On a pro forma basis, including the standalone, pre-acquisition revenues of General Finance, Specialty rental revenue increased 28%. Rental gross margin increased by 70 basis points to 45.2%, due primarily to reductions in depreciation and labor expenses as a percentage of revenue, partially offset by a higher proportion of revenue from certain lower margin ancillary fees in 2021.
  • Cash flow from operating activities increased 38.8% to $3.689 billion for the full year, and free cash flow, including aggregated merger and restructuring payments, decreased 38.0% to $1.514 billion. The decrease in free cash flow was mainly due to higher net rental capital expenditures (purchases of rental equipment less proceeds from sales of rental equipment), which increased $1.927 billion, partially offset by higher net cash from operating activities.
  • Capital management. The company's net leverage ratio was 2.2x at December 31, 2021, as compared to 2.4x at December 31, 2020. In 2021, net debt increased by $61 million, primarily reflecting the use of cash and borrowings under the ABL facility to fund the acquisition of General Finance, offset in part by cash generated from operations and the net impact of issued and redeemed debt.
  • Total liquidity was $2.851 billion as of December 31, 2021, including $144 million of cash and cash equivalents.
  • Return on invested capital (ROIC)9 increased 140 basis points year-over-year, and 80 basis points sequentially, to 10.3% for the 12 months ended December 31, 2021. The year-over-year and sequential increases in ROIC were primarily due to increased after-tax operating income. ROIC exceeded the company’s current weighted average cost of capital of approximately 8.5%.

Share Repurchase Programs

On January 25, 2022, the company's Board of Directors authorized a new $1 billion share repurchase program which is expected to commence in the first quarter of 2022. The company intends to complete the new share repurchase program in 2022. The new program replaces the prior $500 million program, which was paused in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and under which the company had $243 million of remaining authorization.

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9.

The company’s ROIC metric uses after-tax operating income for the trailing 12 months divided by average stockholders’ equity, debt and deferred taxes, net of average cash. To mitigate the volatility related to fluctuations in the company’s tax rate from period to period, the U.S. federal corporate statutory tax rate of 21% was used to calculate after-tax operating income.

Conference Call

United Rentals will hold a conference call tomorrow, Thursday, January 27, 2022, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time. The conference call number is 855-458-4217 (international: 574-990-3618). The conference call will also be available live by audio webcast at unitedrentals.com, where it will be archived until the next earnings call. The replay number for the call is 404-537-3406, passcode is 1384534.

Non-GAAP Measures

Free cash flow, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization (EBITDA), adjusted EBITDA, and adjusted earnings per share (adjusted EPS) are non-GAAP financial measures as defined under the rules of the SEC. Free cash flow represents net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of, and plus proceeds from, equipment and intangible assets. The equipment and intangible asset purchases and proceeds represent cash flows from investing activities. EBITDA represents the sum of net income, provision for income taxes, interest expense, net, depreciation of rental equipment and non-rental depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA plus the sum of the merger related costs, restructuring charge, stock compensation expense, net, and the impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired fleet. Adjusted EPS represents EPS plus the sum of the merger related costs, restructuring charge, the impact on depreciation related to acquired fleet and property and equipment, the impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired fleet, merger related intangible asset amortization, asset impairment charge and the loss on repurchase/redemption of debt securities. The company believes that: (i) free cash flow provides useful additional information concerning cash flow available to meet future debt service obligations and working capital requirements; (ii) EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA provide useful information about operating performance and period-over-period growth, and help investors gain an understanding of the factors and trends affecting our ongoing cash earnings, from which capital investments are made and debt is serviced; and (iii) adjusted EPS provides useful information concerning future profitability. However, none of these measures should be considered as alternatives to net income, cash flows from operating activities or earnings per share under GAAP as indicators of operating performance or liquidity.

Information reconciling forward-looking adjusted EBITDA to GAAP financial measures is unavailable to the company without unreasonable effort. The company is not able to provide reconciliations of adjusted EBITDA to GAAP financial measures because certain items required for such reconciliations are outside of the company’s control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, such as the provision for income taxes. Preparation of such reconciliations would require a forward-looking balance sheet, statement of income and statement of cash flow, prepared in accordance with GAAP, and such forward-looking financial statements are unavailable to the company without unreasonable effort. The company provides a range for its adjusted EBITDA forecast that it believes will be achieved, however it cannot accurately predict all the components of the adjusted EBITDA calculation. The company provides an adjusted EBITDA forecast because it believes that adjusted EBITDA, when viewed with the company’s results under GAAP, provides useful information for the reasons noted above. However, adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and, accordingly, should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operating activities as an indicator of operating performance or liquidity.

About United Rentals

United Rentals, Inc. is the largest equipment rental company in the world. The company has an integrated network of 1,288 rental locations in North America, 11 in Europe, 28 in Australia and 18 in New Zealand. In North America, the company operates in 49 states and every Canadian province. The company’s approximately 20,400 employees serve construction and industrial customers, utilities, municipalities, homeowners and others. The company offers approximately 4,300 classes of equipment for rent with a total original cost of $15.79 billion. United Rentals is a member of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, the Barron’s 400 Index and the Russell 3000 Index® and is headquartered in Stamford, Conn. Additional information about United Rentals is available at unitedrentals.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, known as the PSLRA. These statements can generally be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “believe,” “expect,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seek,” “on-track,” “plan,” “project,” “forecast,” “intend” or “anticipate,” or the negative thereof or comparable terminology, or by discussions of vision, strategy or outlook. These statements are based on current plans, estimates and projections, and, therefore, you should not place undue reliance on them. No forward-looking statement can be guaranteed, and actual results may differ materially from those projected. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected include, but are not limited to, the following: (1) the cyclical nature of our business, which is highly sensitive to North American construction and industrial activities; if construction or industrial activity decline, our revenues and, because many of our costs are fixed, our profitability may be adversely affected; (2) uncertainty regarding the ongoing impact of existing and emerging variant strains of the coronavirus (COVID-19) on global economic conditions, and regarding the length of time it will take for the COVID-19 pandemic to ultimately subside. Uncertainty remains regarding the effectiveness of vaccines against COVID-19 (including against emerging variant strains), and the time it will take for the pandemic to subside will also be impacted by measures that may in the future be implemented to protect public health; (3) the impact of global economic conditions (including potential trade wars) and public health crises and epidemics, such as COVID-19, on us, our customers and our suppliers, in the United States and the rest of the world; (4) rates we charge and time utilization we achieve being less than anticipated; (5) excess fleet in the equipment rental industry; (6) inability to benefit from government spending, including spending associated with infrastructure projects; (7) trends in oil and natural gas could adversely affect the demand for our services and products; (8) competition from existing and new competitors; (9) our significant indebtedness, which requires us to use a substantial portion of our cash flow for debt service and can constrain our flexibility in responding to unanticipated or adverse business conditions; (10) the inability to refinance our indebtedness on terms that are favorable to us, including as a result of volatility and uncertainty in capital markets, or at all; (11) the incurrence of additional debt, which could exacerbate the risks associated with our current level of indebtedness; (12) noncompliance with financial or other covenants in our debt agreements, which could result in our lenders terminating the agreements and requiring us to repay outstanding borrowings; (13) restrictive covenants and amount of borrowings permitted in our debt instruments, which can limit our financial and operational flexibility; (14) inability to access the capital that our businesses or growth plans may require, including as a result of uncertainty in capital or other financial markets; (15) the possibility that companies that we have acquired or may acquire could have undiscovered liabilities or involve other unexpected costs, may strain our management capabilities or may be difficult to integrate; (16) the incurrence of impairment charges; (17) fluctuations in the price of our common stock and inability to complete stock repurchases in the time frame and/or on the terms anticipated; (18) our charter provisions as well as provisions of certain debt agreements and our significant indebtedness may have the effect of making more difficult or otherwise discouraging, delaying or deterring a takeover or other change of control of us; (19) inability to manage credit risk adequately or to collect on contracts with a large number of customers; (20) turnover in our management team and inability to attract and retain key personnel, as well as loss, absenteeism or the inability of employees to work or perform key functions in light of public health crises or epidemics (including COVID-19); (21) costs we incur being more than anticipated and the inability to realize expected savings in the amounts or time frames planned; (22) inability to obtain equipment and other supplies for our business from our key suppliers on acceptable terms or at all, as a result of supply chain disruptions, insolvency, financial difficulties or other factors; (23) increases in our maintenance and replacement costs and/or decreases in the residual value of our equipment; (24) inability to sell our new or used fleet in the amounts, or at the prices, we expect; (25) risks related to security breaches, cybersecurity attacks, failure to protect personal information, compliance with data protection laws and other significant disruptions in our information technology systems; (26) risks related to climate change and climate change regulation; (27) risks relating to our ability to meet our environmental and social goals, including our greenhouse gas intensity reduction goal; (28) the fact that our holding company structure requires us to depend in part on distributions from subsidiaries and such distributions could be limited by contractual or legal restrictions; (29) shortfalls in our insurance coverage; (30) increases in our loss reserves to address business operations or other claims and any claims that exceed our established levels of reserves; (31) incurrence of additional expenses (including indemnification obligations) and other costs in connection with litigation, regulatory and investigatory matters; (32) the costs of complying with environmental, safety and foreign laws and regulations, as well as other risks associated with non-U.S. operations, including currency exchange risk, and tariffs; (33) the outcome or other potential consequences of regulatory matters and commercial litigation; (34) labor shortages and/or disputes, work stoppages or other labor difficulties, which may impact our productivity, and potential enactment of new legislation or other changes in law affecting our labor relations or operations generally; and (35) the effect of changes in tax law.

For a more complete description of these and other possible risks and uncertainties, please refer to our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2021, as well as to our subsequent filings with the SEC. The forward-looking statements contained herein speak only as of the date hereof, and we make no commitment to update or publicly release any revisions to forward-looking statements in order to reflect new information or subsequent events, circumstances or changes in expectations.

UNITED RENTALS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME (UNAUDITED)

(In millions, except per share amounts)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Revenues:

Equipment rentals

$

2,312

$

1,854

$

8,207

$

7,140

Sales of rental equipment

324

275

968

858

Sales of new equipment

50

78

203

247

Contractor supplies sales

29

25

109

98

Service and other revenues

61

47

229

187

Total revenues

2,776

2,279

9,716

8,530

Cost of revenues:

Cost of equipment rentals, excluding depreciation

913

737

3,329

2,820

Depreciation of rental equipment

439

385

1,611

1,601

Cost of rental equipment sales

164

173

537

526

Cost of new equipment sales

41

67

169

214

Cost of contractor supplies sales

21

17

78

69

Cost of service and other revenues

37

31

139

117

Total cost of revenues

1,615

1,410

5,863

5,347

Gross profit

1,161

869

3,853

3,183

Selling, general and administrative expenses

322

258

1,199

979

Merger related costs

3

Restructuring charge

1

6

2

17

Non-rental depreciation and amortization

93

95

372

387

Operating income

745

510

2,277

1,800

Interest expense, net

93

125

424

669

Other expense (income), net

8

(2

)

7

(8

)

Income before provision for income taxes

644

387

1,846

1,139

Provision for income taxes

163

90

460

249

Net income

$

481

$

297

$

1,386

$

890

Diluted earnings per share

$

6.61

$

4.09

$

19.04

$

12.20

UNITED RENTALS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS (UNAUDITED)

(In millions)

December 31, 2021

December 31, 2020

ASSETS

Cash and cash equivalents

$

144

$

202

Accounts receivable, net

1,677

1,315

Inventory

164

125

Prepaid expenses and other assets

166

375

Total current assets

2,151

2,017

Rental equipment, net

10,560

8,705

Property and equipment, net

612

604

Goodwill

5,528

5,168

Other intangible assets, net

615

648

Operating lease right-of-use assets

784

688

Other long-term assets

42

38

Total assets

$

20,292

$

17,868

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

Short-term debt and current maturities of long-term debt

$

906

$

704

Accounts payable

816

466

Accrued expenses and other liabilities

881

720

Total current liabilities

2,603

1,890

Long-term debt

8,779

8,978

Deferred taxes

2,154

1,768

Operating lease liabilities

621

549

Other long-term liabilities

144

138

Total liabilities

14,301

13,323

Common stock

1

1

Additional paid-in capital

2,567

2,482

Retained earnings

7,551

6,165

Treasury stock

(3,957

)

(3,957

)

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(171

)

(146

)

Total stockholders’ equity

5,991

4,545

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity

$

20,292

$

17,868

UNITED RENTALS, INC.

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (UNAUDITED)

(In millions)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Cash Flows From Operating Activities:

Net income

$

481

$

297

$

1,386

$

890

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

532

480

1,983

1,988

Amortization of deferred financing costs and original issue discounts

4

3

13

14

Gain on sales of rental equipment

(160

)

(102

)

(431

)

(332

)

Gain on sales of non-rental equipment

(4

)

(3

)

(10

)

(8

)

Insurance proceeds from damaged equipment

(6

)

(6

)

(25

)

(40

)

Stock compensation expense, net

30

24

119

70

Merger related costs

3

Restructuring charge

1

6

2

17

Loss on repurchase/redemption of debt securities

24

30

183

Increase (decrease) in deferred taxes

111

(55

)

268

(121

)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of acquisitions:

(Increase) decrease in accounts receivable

(76

)

16

(300

)

218

Decrease (increase) in inventory

1

(17

)

9

(5

)

(Increase) decrease in prepaid expenses and other assets

(58

)

(258

)

248

(228

)

(Decrease) increase in accounts payable

(241

)

(78

)

307

10

Increase in accrued expenses and other liabilities

53

39

87

2

Net cash provided by operating activities

668

370

3,689

2,658

Cash Flows From Investing Activities:

Purchases of rental equipment

(690

)

(176

)

(2,998

)

(961

)

Purchases of non-rental equipment and intangible assets

(58

)

(52

)

(200

)

(197

)

Proceeds from sales of rental equipment

324

275

968

858

Proceeds from sales of non-rental equipment

10

11

30

42

Insurance proceeds from damaged equipment

6

6

25

40

Purchases of other companies, net of cash acquired

(1

)

(1,436

)

(2

)

Purchases of investments

1

(1

)

(3

)

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

(408

)

63

(3,611

)

(223

)

Cash Flows From Financing Activities:

Proceeds from debt

1,334

2,009

8,364

9,260

Payments of debt

(1,768

)

(2,416

)

(8,462

)

(11,245

)

Payments of financing costs

(8

)

(23

)

Proceeds from the exercise of common stock options

1

Common stock repurchased

(1

)

(5

)

(34

)

(286

)

Net cash used in financing activities

(435

)

(412

)

(140

)

(2,293

)

Effect of foreign exchange rates

(1

)

7

4

8

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(176

)

28

(58

)

150

Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period

320

174

202

52

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

144

$

202

$

144

$

202

Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:

Cash paid for income taxes, net

$

51

$

79

$

202

$

318

Cash paid for interest

29

45

391

483

(1)

See above for a discussion of our share repurchase programs. The common stock repurchases include i) shares repurchased pursuant to our share repurchase programs and ii) shares withheld to satisfy tax withholding obligations upon the vesting of restricted stock unit awards.

UNITED RENTALS, INC.
RENTAL REVENUE

Fleet productivity is a comprehensive metric that provides greater insight into the decisions made by our managers in support of growth and returns. Specifically, we seek to optimize the interplay of rental rates, time utilization and mix in driving rental revenue. Fleet productivity aggregates, in one metric, the impact of changes in rates, utilization and mix on owned equipment rental revenue.

We believe that this metric is useful in assessing the effectiveness of our decisions on rates, time utilization and mix, particularly as they support the creation of shareholder value. The table below shows the components of the year-over-year change in rental revenue using the fleet productivity methodology:

Year-over-

year

change in

average

OEC

Assumed

year-over-

year

inflation

impact (1)

Fleet

productivity (2)

Contribution

from

ancillary and

re-rent

revenue (3)

Total

change in

rental

revenue

Three Months Ended December 31, 2021

13.3%

(1.5)%

10.3%

2.6%

24.7%

Year Ended December 31, 2021

4.0%

(1.5)%

10.4%

2.0%

14.9%

Please refer to our Fourth Quarter 2021 Investor Presentation for additional detail on fleet productivity.

(1)

Reflects the estimated impact of inflation on the revenue productivity of fleet based on OEC, which is recorded at cost.

(2)

Reflects the combined impact of changes in rental rates, time utilization and mix on owned equipment rental revenue. Changes in customers, fleet, geographies and segments all contribute to changes in mix. The positive fleet productivity above includes the impact of COVID-19, which resulted in rental volume declines in response to shelter-in-place orders and other market restrictions. The rental volume declines were more pronounced in 2020.

(3)

Reflects the combined impact of changes in other types of equipment rental revenue: ancillary and re-rent (excludes owned equipment rental revenue).

UNITED RENTALS, INC.

SEGMENT PERFORMANCE

($ in millions)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

Change

2021

2020

Change

General Rentals

Reportable segment equipment rentals revenue

$

1,699

$

1,432

18.6

%

$

6,074

$

5,472

11.0

%

Reportable segment equipment rentals gross profit

683

544

25.6

%

2,269

1,954

16.1

%

Reportable segment equipment rentals gross margin

40.2

%

38.0

%

220 bps

37.4

%

35.7

%

170 bps

Specialty

Reportable segment equipment rentals revenue

$

613

$

422

45.3

%

$

2,133

$

1,668

27.9

%

Reportable segment equipment rentals gross profit

277

188

47.3

%

998

765

30.5

%

Reportable segment equipment rentals gross margin

45.2

%

44.5

%

70 bps

46.8

%

45.9

%

90 bps

Total United Rentals

Total equipment rentals revenue

$

2,312

$

1,854

24.7

%

$

8,207

$

7,140

14.9

%

Total equipment rentals gross profit

960

732

31.1

%

3,267

2,719

20.2

%

Total equipment rentals gross margin

41.5

%

39.5

%

200 bps

39.8

%

38.1

%

170 bps

UNITED RENTALS, INC.

DILUTED EARNINGS PER SHARE CALCULATION

(In millions, except per share data)

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Numerator:

Net income available to common stockholders

$

481

$

297

$

1,386

$

890

Denominator:

Denominator for basic earnings per share—weighted-average common shares

72.5

72.3

72.4

72.7

Effect of dilutive securities:

Employee stock options

Restricted stock units

0.4

0.3

0.4

0.2

Denominator for diluted earnings per share—adjusted weighted-average common shares

72.9

72.6

72.8

72.9

Diluted earnings per share

$

6.61

$

4.09

$

19.04

$

12.20

UNITED RENTALS, INC.
ADJUSTED EARNINGS PER SHARE GAAP RECONCILIATION

We define “earnings per share – adjusted” as the sum of earnings per share – GAAP, as reported plus the impact of the following special items: merger related costs, merger related intangible asset amortization, impact on depreciation related to acquired fleet and property and equipment, impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired fleet, restructuring charge, asset impairment charge and loss on repurchase/redemption of debt securities. Management believes that earnings per share - adjusted provides useful information concerning future profitability. However, earnings per share - adjusted is not a measure of financial performance under GAAP. Accordingly, earnings per share - adjusted should not be considered an alternative to GAAP earnings per share. The table below provides a reconciliation between earnings per share – GAAP, as reported, and earnings per share – adjusted.

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Earnings per share - GAAP, as reported

$

6.61

$

4.09

$

19.04

$

12.20

After-tax impact of:

Merger related costs (2)

0.03

Merger related intangible asset amortization (3)

0.47

0.52

1.98

2.22

Impact on depreciation related to acquired fleet and property and equipment (4)

0.13

(0.04

)

0.16

0.08

Impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired fleet (5)

0.10

0.16

0.38

0.51

Restructuring charge (6)

0.06

0.02

0.18

Asset impairment charge (7)

0.08

0.14

0.37

Loss on repurchase/redemption of debt securities (8)

0.25

0.31

1.88

Earnings per share - adjusted

$

7.39

$

5.04

$

22.06

$

17.44

Tax rate applied to above adjustments (1)

25.2

%

25.2

%

25.3

%

25.2

%

(1)

The tax rates applied to the adjustments reflect the statutory rates in the applicable entities.

(2)

Reflects transaction costs associated with the General Finance acquisition that was completed in May 2021. Merger related costs only include costs associated with major acquisitions completed since 2012 that significantly impact our operations (the "major acquisitions," each of which had annual revenues of over $200 million prior to acquisition).

(3)

Reflects the amortization of the intangible assets acquired in the major acquisitions.

(4)

Reflects the impact of extending the useful lives of equipment acquired in certain major acquisitions, net of the impact of additional depreciation associated with the fair value mark-up of such equipment.

(5)

Reflects additional costs recorded in cost of rental equipment sales associated with the fair value mark-up of rental equipment acquired in certain major acquisitions and subsequently sold.

(6)

Primarily reflects severance and branch closure charges associated with our closed restructuring programs and our current restructuring program. We only include such costs that are part of a restructuring program as restructuring charges. Since the first such restructuring program was initiated in 2008, we have completed five restructuring programs. We have cumulatively incurred total restructuring charges of $352 million under our restructuring programs.

(7)

Reflects write-offs of leasehold improvements and other fixed assets. The 2020 charges primarily reflect the discontinuation of certain equipment programs, and were not related to COVID-19.

(8)

Reflects the difference between the net carrying amount and the total purchase price of the redeemed notes.

UNITED RENTALS, INC.
EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA GAAP RECONCILIATIONS
(In millions)

EBITDA represents the sum of net income, provision for income taxes, interest expense, net, depreciation of rental equipment, and non-rental depreciation and amortization. Adjusted EBITDA represents EBITDA plus the sum of the merger related costs, restructuring charge, stock compensation expense, net, and the impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired fleet. These items are excluded from adjusted EBITDA internally when evaluating our operating performance and for strategic planning and forecasting purposes, and allow investors to make a more meaningful comparison between our core business operating results over different periods of time, as well as with those of other similar companies. The net income and adjusted EBITDA margins represent net income or adjusted EBITDA divided by total revenue. Management believes that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA, when viewed with the company’s results under GAAP and the accompanying reconciliation, provide useful information about operating performance and period-over-period growth, and provide additional information that is useful for evaluating the operating performance of our core business without regard to potential distortions. Additionally, management believes that EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA help investors gain an understanding of the factors and trends affecting our ongoing cash earnings, from which capital investments are made and debt is serviced.

The table below provides a reconciliation between net income and EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA.

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net income

$

481

$

297

$

1,386

$

890

Provision for income taxes

163

90

460

249

Interest expense, net

93

125

424

669

Depreciation of rental equipment

439

385

1,611

1,601

Non-rental depreciation and amortization

93

95

372

387

EBITDA

$

1,269

$

992

$

4,253

$

3,796

Merger related costs (1)

3

Restructuring charge (2)

1

6

2

17

Stock compensation expense, net (3)

30

24

119

70

Impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired fleet (4)

9

15

37

49

Adjusted EBITDA

$

1,309

$

1,037

$

4,414

$

3,932

Net income margin

17.3

%

13.0

%

14.3

%

10.4

%

Adjusted EBITDA margin

47.2

%

45.5

%

45.4

%

46.1

%

(1)

Reflects transaction costs associated with the General Finance acquisition that was completed in May 2021. Merger related costs only include costs associated with major acquisitions.

(2)

Primarily reflects severance and branch closure charges associated with our closed restructuring programs and our current restructuring program. We only include such costs that are part of a restructuring program as restructuring charges. Since the first such restructuring program was initiated in 2008, we have completed five restructuring programs. We have cumulatively incurred total restructuring charges of $352 million under our restructuring programs.

(3)

Represents non-cash, share-based payments associated with the granting of equity instruments.

(4)

Reflects additional costs recorded in cost of rental equipment sales associated with the fair value mark-up of rental equipment acquired in certain major acquisitions and subsequently sold.

UNITED RENTALS, INC.
EBITDA AND ADJUSTED EBITDA GAAP RECONCILIATIONS (continued)
(In millions)

The table below provides a reconciliation between net cash provided by operating activities and EBITDA and adjusted EBITDA.

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

668

$

370

$

3,689

$

2,658

Adjustments for items included in net cash provided by operating activities but excluded from the calculation of EBITDA:

Amortization of deferred financing costs and original issue discounts

(4

)

(3

)

(13

)

(14

)

Gain on sales of rental equipment

160

102

431

332

Gain on sales of non-rental equipment

4

3

10

8

Insurance proceeds from damaged equipment

6

6

25

40

Merger related costs (1)

(3

)

Restructuring charge (2)

(1

)

(6

)

(2

)

(17

)

Stock compensation expense, net (3)

(30

)

(24

)

(119

)

(70

)

Loss on repurchase/redemption of debt securities (5)

(24

)

(30

)

(183

)

Changes in assets and liabilities

386

444

(328

)

241

Cash paid for interest

29

45

391

483

Cash paid for income taxes, net

51

79

202

318

EBITDA

$

1,269

$

992

$

4,253

$

3,796

Add back:

Merger related costs (1)

3

Restructuring charge (2)

1

6

2

17

Stock compensation expense, net (3)

30

24

119

70

Impact of the fair value mark-up of acquired fleet (4)

9

15

37

49

Adjusted EBITDA

$

1,309

$

1,037

$

4,414

$

3,932

(1)

Reflects transaction costs associated with the General Finance acquisition that was completed in May 2021. Merger related costs only include costs associated with major acquisitions.

(2)

Primarily reflects severance and branch closure charges associated with our closed restructuring programs and our current restructuring program. We only include such costs that are part of a restructuring program as restructuring charges. Since the first such restructuring program was initiated in 2008, we have completed five restructuring programs. We have cumulatively incurred total restructuring charges of $352 million under our restructuring programs.

(3)

Represents non-cash, share-based payments associated with the granting of equity instruments.

(4)

Reflects additional costs recorded in cost of rental equipment sales associated with the fair value mark-up of rental equipment acquired in certain major acquisitions and subsequently sold.

(5)

Reflects the difference between the net carrying amount and the total purchase price of the redeemed notes.

UNITED RENTALS, INC.
FREE CASH FLOW GAAP RECONCILIATION
(In millions)

We define “free cash flow” as net cash provided by operating activities less purchases of, and plus proceeds from, equipment and intangible assets. The equipment and intangible asset purchases and proceeds are included in cash flows from investing activities. Management believes that free cash flow provides useful additional information concerning cash flow available to meet future debt service obligations and working capital requirements. However, free cash flow is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP. Accordingly, free cash flow should not be considered an alternative to net income or cash flow from operating activities as an indicator of operating performance or liquidity. The table below provides a reconciliation between net cash provided by operating activities and free cash flow.

Three Months Ended

Year Ended

December 31,

December 31,

2021

2020

2021

2020

Net cash provided by operating activities

$

668

$

370

$

3,689

$

2,658

Purchases of rental equipment

(690

)

(176

)

(2,998

)

(961

)

Purchases of non-rental equipment and intangible assets

(58

)

(52

)

(200

)

(197

)

Proceeds from sales of rental equipment

324

275

968

858

Proceeds from sales of non-rental equipment

10

11

30

42

Insurance proceeds from damaged equipment

6

6

25

40

Free cash flow (1)

$

260

$

434

$

1,514

$

2,440

(1)

Free cash flow included aggregate merger and restructuring related payments of $2 million and $5 million for the three months ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively, and $13 million and $14 million for the years ended December 31, 2021 and 2020, respectively.

The table below provides a reconciliation between 2022 forecasted net cash provided by operating activities and free cash flow.

Net cash provided by operating activities

$3,500-$3,900

Purchases of rental equipment

$(2,900)-$(3,100)

Proceeds from sales of rental equipment

$1,000-$1,100

Purchases of non-rental equipment and intangible assets, net of proceeds from sales and insurance proceeds from damaged equipment

$(100)-$(200)

Free cash flow (excluding the impact of merger and restructuring related payments)

$1,500- $1,700

Ted Grace

(203) 618-7122

Cell: (203) 399-8951

[email protected]

Source: United Rentals, Inc.



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