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Group 1 Automotive Inc. Reports Operating Results (10-Q)

October 26, 2011 | About:
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Group 1 Automotive Inc. (GPI) filed Quarterly Report for the period ended 2011-09-30.

Group 1 Automotive Inc. has a market cap of $1.04 billion; its shares were traded at around $44.18 with a P/E ratio of 13.7 and P/S ratio of 0.2. The dividend yield of Group 1 Automotive Inc. stocks is 1.2%.

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For the three months ended September 30, 2011, total revenues increased 7.4% from 2010 levels to $1.6 billion and gross profit improved 8.7% to $248.8 million. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, total revenues increased 9.4% from 2010 levels to $4.5 billion and gross profit improved 8.3% to $714.7 million. Operating income rose for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2011 by 7.7% and 25.9%, respectively, from 2010 to $50.1 million and $143.7 million, respectively. Income before income taxes improved to $34.5 million for the third quarter of 2011, which was a 12.7% improvement over the same period from the prior year. For the first nine months of 2011, income before income taxes increased 52.3% to $98.7 million. For the three months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, we realized net income of $21.5 million and $19.0 million, respectively, and diluted income per share of $0.94 and $0.83, respectively. For the nine months ended September 30, 2011 and 2010, we realized net income of $61.5 million and $39.7 million, respectively, and diluted income per share of $2.67 and $1.70, respectively. Our net cash flow provided by operations was $301.1 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, while our net cash flow used in operations was $52.2 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2010.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, as compared to the corresponding period in 2010, Same Store new vehicle unit sales and revenues increased 0.7% and 6.5%, respectively. We achieved increases in Same Store unit sales of 25.1% and 2.8% in our domestic and luxury categories, respectively, partially offset by a decrease in Same Store unit sales of 6.0% in our import category. Our Same Store new vehicle retail revenues PRU improved 5.7% to $33,001 for the nine months ended September 30, 2011. Gross profit PRU improved 13.6% to $2,071 in the third quarter of 2011 from $1,823 during the same period in 2010, and, as a result, our gross margin grew 50 basis points from 5.8% to 6.3% for the nine months ended 2011, as compared to the same period in 2010.

Our Same Store parts and service revenues increased 2.2% for the three months ended September 30, 2011, driven primarily by a 6.8% increase in wholesale part sales and a 2.6% increase in customer-pay parts and service sales. We also generated a 7.4% increase in collision revenues. The increase in Same Store parts and service revenues were partially offset by a 6.3% decrease in warranty parts and service revenues related to the non-recurrence of the large Toyota recall in 2010. Similarly, for the nine months ended September 30, 2011, Same Store parts and service revenues increased 3.2%, as compared to the same period a year ago. The overall increase consisted of improvements in our wholesale parts business of 5.9%, our customer-pay parts and service revenues of 2.2%, and our collision revenues of 6.8%, as compared to the same period in 2010. Year to date, our warranty parts and service revenues increased 0.8%.

For the nine months ended September 30, 2011, we generated $301.1 million in net cash flow from operating activities, primarily driven by $61.5 million in net income and a $183.2 million net change in operating assets and liabilities, as well as non-cash adjustments related to deferred income taxes of $16.3 million, depreciation and amortization of $19.9 million, amortization of debt discounts and debt issue costs of $8.9 million, stock-based compensation of $8.3 million, and asset impairment charges of $4.0 million. Included in the net change in operating assets and liabilities are cash inflows of $111.7 million from decreases in inventory levels, $19.0 million from the net increase in floorplan borrowings from manufacturer-affiliates, $39.7 million from increases in accounts payable and accrued expenses, $13.5 million from decreases of contracts-in-transit and vehicles receivables, and $3.9 million from decreases in accounts and notes receivables.

Revolving Credit Facility. Our Revolving Credit Facility, which is comprised of 21 financial institutions, including four manufacturer-affiliated finance companies, expires on June 1, 2016 and consists of two tranches: $1.1 billion for vehicle inventory floorplan financing (the Floorplan Line) and $250.0 million for working capital, including acquisitions (the Acquisition Line). Up to half of the Acquisition Line can be borrowed in either Euros or Pound Sterling. The capacity under these two tranches can be re-designated within the overall $1.35 billion commitment, subject to the original limits of a minimum of $1.1 billion for the Floorplan Line and maximum of $250.0 million for the Acquisition Line. The Revolving Credit Facility can be expanded to its maximum commitment of $1.60 billion, subject to participating lender approval. The Floorplan Line bears interest at rates equal to one-month LIBOR plus 150 basis points for new vehicle inventory and one-month LIBOR plus 175 basis points for used vehicle inventory. The Acquisition Line bears interest at the one-month LIBOR plus a margin that ranges from 150 to 250 basis points, depending on our leverage ratio. The Floorplan Line requires a commitment fee of 0.20% per annum on the unused portion. The Acquisition Line also requires a commitment fee ranging from 0.25% to 0.45% per annum, depending on our leverage ratio, based on a minimum commitment of $100.0 million less outstanding borrowings.

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