The company rents construction and industrial equipment, aerial work platforms, trench safety equipment, power and HVAC equipment, pumps, and general tools and light equipment in the U.S. and Canada.
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A company creates wealth for its long-term shareholders in 2 main ways - through dividend payments and through the accumulation of retained earnings. This graph shows the accumulation of per-share equity of long-term shareholders (green bars), which consists of the retained earnings plus all capital invested in the company, and the cumulative dividends the company has paid over time per share of its stock (blue bars).
In the words of Warren Buffett: "We're looking for... businesses earning good returns on equity while employing little or no debt."
Return on equity is a key metric of financial performance, indicating a company's ability to generate earnings using shareholder capital. Over time, ROE is one of the major determinants of the rate at which a company creates shareholder wealth. The average ROE for large U.S. companies is 12%, and many investors use it as a threshold for attractive investments.
Companies can boost ROE by increasing leverage, which reduces the safety of the investment. Therefore, it is useful to look at the return on assets (ROA), which measures a company's earning power regardless of its capital structure. A widening gap between ROE and ROA may be a warning sign that should be thoroughly investigated.
Earnings per share is a popular metric used to value a company (using P/E ratio); growth in EPS is often used to judge company growth potential. However, many investors believe that EPS is an inferior metric to ROE, because it ignores the amount of capital the company used to generate earnings.
Free cash flow shows how much cash a company generates from operations, above and beyond what is required to maintain or expand its productive assets. This cash can be returned to investors, or spent by management on growing the company or paying back its debts.
Balance sheets of many companies contain intangible assets such as goodwill, trademarks, patents, etc. Many investors consider intangibles more difficult to value than physical assets. If intangible assets had been valued incorrectly, they must be impaired, resulting in a loss charged against shareholder equity. This chart demonstrates the potential loss to shareholder equity from such impairments.
Companies often use debt financing to increase their return on equity. However, as the amount of debt financing increases relative to the amount of equity financing, the company becomes more sensitive to down turns and other negative events. As a result, many investors use the ratio of debt to equity as a measure of a company's financial risk, and avoid companies that have this ratio above 1.
This chart shows shareholder equity as a percentage of total assets, allowing investors to judge the overall leverage. Companies with a higher proportion of equity can be viewed as safer investments. This metric is particularly important for highly leveraged institutions, such as banks, where it must be at least 4% according to government regulations.
The ratio of current assets to current liabilities is known as the current ratio. This metric is a quick measure of the company's ability to pay its short-term obligations. A current ratio below 1 is a warning sign that should be investigated, especially for companies that cannot count on adequate cash flow from operations.
This chart shows the cumulative dilution of investor ownership in a company over time. Dilution reduces an investor's participation in the future earnings. Dilution increases when a company issues new shares, and decreases when a company buys its shares back. Many investors avoid companies with large chronic dilution.
analysis provides insight into factors affecting the Return On Equity of a company.
The DuPont equation decomposes ROE as follows:
ROE = (Net margin) * (Asset turnover) * (Asset to equity ratio)
Net margin indicates operating efficiency, Asset turnover measures the total asset use efficiency, and the Asset to equity ratio is a measure of financial leverage.
The dividend payout ratio tells investors what percentage of earnings a company returns to shareholders, and what percentage it retains and reinvests. This ratio represents a major capital allocation decision by the company, and can be used to judge management rationality. Rational management should pay out all earnings that cannot be productively reinvested. Therefore, a low dividend payout ratio for a profitable company with a low growth potential may be a warning sign.
Many investors use the P/B ratio as a quick way of judging company valuation. Value investors - followers of Graham and Dodd - specifically seek out companies with low P/B ratios. However, investors should be careful not to make investment decisions on this metric alone, without considering a company's earning and growth potential, since a low P/B ratio can be a sign of a bleak future for the business.
P/E ratio is a popular way of making a quick judgment of a company valuation. Value investors - followers of Graham and Dodd - often seek solid companies with low P/E ratios as investment opportunities. However, P/E ratio represents an oversimplified approach to business valuation, and can often lead to incorrect investment decisions.
On August 24, 1998, the Company issued 2,744,368 shares of its Common Stock for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Rental Tools and Equipment Co. This transaction was accounted for as a pooling-of-interests and, accordingly, the consolidated financial statements at December 31, 1997 and for all periods presented have been restated to include the accounts of Rental Tools.
On September 24, 1998, the Company issued 1,456,997 shares of its Common Stock for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Wynne Systems, Inc. The transaction was accounted for as a pooling-of-interests; however, this transaction was not material to the Company's consolidated operations and financial position and, therefore, the Company's financial statements have not been restated for this transaction.
On September 29, 1998, a merger of United Rentals, Inc. and U.S. Rentals, Inc. was completed. The Merger was effected by having a wholly owned subsidiary of United Rentals, Inc. merge with and into U.S. Rentals. Following the Merger, United Rentals, Inc. contributed the capital stock of U.S. Rentals to URI, a wholly owned subsidiary of United Rentals, Inc. Pursuant to the Merger, each outstanding share of common stock of U.S. Rentals was converted into the right to receive 0.9625 of a share of common stock of United Rentals, Inc. An aggregate of approximately 29.6 million shares of United Rentals, Inc. Common Stock were issued in the Merger in exchange for the outstanding shares of U.S. Rentals common stock. The Merger was accounted for as a pooling-of-interests and, accordingly, the consolidated financial statements at December 31, 1997, and for all periods presented have been restated to include the accounts of U.S. Rentals.
On January 7, 1999, Holdings sold 300,000 shares of its Series A Perpetual Convertible Preferred Stock. The net proceeds from the sale of the Series A Preferred were approximately $287.0 million. Holdings contributed such net proceeds to URI and URI used such net proceeds to repay all of the then outstanding indebtedness under the Credit Facility. The Series A Preferred is convertible into 12,000,000 shares of Holdings common stock at $25 per share based upon the liquidation preference of $1,000 per share of Series A Preferred, subject to adjustment.
On March 9, 1999, Holdings completed a public offering of 2,290,000 shares of common stock. The net proceeds to the Company from this offering were approximately $64.8 million (after deducting underwriting discounts and offering expenses). Holdings contributed such net proceeds to URI and URI used such net proceeds to repay outstanding indebtedness under the Credit Facility.
In June 2008, we commenced a modified "Dutch auction" tender offer in which we offered to purchase up to 27.16 million shares of our common stock at a price not less than $22.00 nor greater than $25.00 per share. The tender offer expired in July 2008 and, in accordance with the terms of the offer, we accepted for payment an aggregate of 27.16 million shares of our common stock at a price of $22.00 per share, for a total cost of $598 [M] (excluding fees and expenses). The number of shares of common stock purchased in the tender offer represented approximately 31 percent of the total common stock outstanding on the last full trading day prior to the commencement of the offer. Also in June 2008, and in connection with our announcement of the tender offer, we repurchased all of our outstanding Series C and Series D preferred stock, a substantial majority of which was held by Apollo Investment Fund IV, L.P. and Apollo Overseas Partners IV, L.P. Prior to this preferred stock repurchase, a majority of the preferred holders had the right to consent to certain transactions by us, including the aforementioned tender offer. Under the definitive repurchase agreement, the total purchase price for the preferred stock was approximately $679, a portion of which was settled through the issuance by Holdings of new 14% Senior Notes due 2014.
During the fourth quarter of 2008, with the assistance of a third party valuation firm and in connection with the preparation of our year-end financial statements, we recognized an aggregate non-cash goodwill impairment charge of $1.1 billion related to certain reporting units within our general rentals segment. The charge reflects the challenges of the current construction cycle, as well as the broader economic and credit environment, and includes $1.0 billion, reflecting conditions at the time of our annual October 1 testing date, as well as an additional $100 as of December 31, reflecting further deterioration in the economic and credit environment during the fourth quarter. Substantially all of the impairment charge relates to goodwill arising out of acquisitions made by the Company between 1997 and 2000.
On April 30, 2012, we acquired 100 percent of the outstanding common shares and voting interest of RSC Holdings, Inc. The results of RSC's operations have been included in the condensed consolidated financial statements since the acquisition date. RSC was one of the largest equipment rental providers in North America, and had a network of 440 rental locations in 43 U.S. states and three Canadian provinces as of December 31, 2011. We believe that the acquisition will create a leading North American equipment rental company with a more attractive business mix, greater scale and enhanced growth prospects, and that the acquisition will provide us with financial benefits including reduced operating expenses and additional revenue opportunities. The acquisition date fair value of the consideration transferred was $2.6 billion.
In April 2014, we acquired National Pump. The results of National Pump's operations have been included in our consolidated financial statements since the acquisition date. National Pump was the second largest specialty pump rental company in North America. National Pump was a leading supplier of pumps for energy and petrochemical customers, with upstream oil and gas customers representing about half of its revenue. National Pump had a total of 35 branches, including four branches in western Canada, and had annual revenues of approximately $210 million. For additional information concerning the National Pump acquisition, see note 3 to our consolidated financial statements. The total purchase consideration was $849 million.
United Rentals, Inc. (NYSE: URI) announced that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Neff Corporation for a total purchase price of approximately $1.3 billion. The purchase was funded primarily through newly issued unsecured debt.