Herc equipment rental revenues, machine sales up in 2Q as age of fleet falls

Updated Aug 13, 2018

Herc Rentals building with workers in lift truck in front

Herc Rentals posted a strong second quarter, with swift growth in equipment rentals and equipment sales.

The company saw 2Q rental revenues grow 12 percent year over year to $392.5 million, according to the quarterly earnings report filed today by its parent company, Herc Holdings. The increase represents the company’s fourth consecutive quarter of double-digit growth over the prior-year period in equipment rental revenue. Herc reports 3-percent growth in pricing over 2Q 2017, the ninth consecutive quarter of year-over-year improvement in that metric.

Meanwhile, total equipment sales grew 45 percent over 2Q 2017 to $89 million on the strength of used—or “revenue earning” as the report refers to these machines—equipment sales.

Used equipment sales grew 69 percent year over year to $78.2 million, while sales of new equipment, parts and supplies fell 28 percent to $10.8 million.

Total revenues during the quarter, which ended June 30, are up 17 percent over 2Q 2017 to $485.5 million. Despite the growth in revenue, expenses totaled $485 million for the quarter. A tax charge of $800,000 wiped out the company’s $500,000 of left over income, resulting in a $300,000 loss for the quarter.

The small loss is still a huge improvement over the $50 million loss the company reported in 2Q 2017.

“Our focus on fleet, customer and local market diversification continued to drive strong organic rental revenue growth across North America in the second quarter,” said Larry Silber, Herc Holdings president and CEO. “We also completed the final separation of our financial information technology systems from Hertz at the end of July. The successful completion of this project means we no longer use any support services from our former parent and establishes our independence. With the final separation now behind us, our full attention and resources can be applied to operational improvements.”


First half improvements

For the first half of the year, Herc rental revenues are up 13 percent to $751.6 million over the first half of 2017. Total equipment sales rose 16 percent to $147.7 million with sales of used equipment up 25 percent to $125.5 million. Sales of new equipment, parts and supplies fell 16 percent to $22.2 million from the first half of 2017.

Total first half revenues were $916.8 million, a 14-percent increase over the prior-year period.

With expenses of $931.5 million in the first six months, the company has posted a loss of $10.4 million, compared to the $66.8 million loss posted in the first half of 2017.

Thanks to “strong rental revenue growth and improved pricing in the used equipment market,” Herc says its adjusted EBITDA in the first half of 2018 jumped 23.4 percent to $284.9 million.

Herc reports that the average age of its fleet fell in the first half to 46 months from 48 months in the prior-year period.