CAI International, Inc. :CAI-US: Earnings Analysis: Q4, 2016 By the Numbers : March 27, 2017

CAI International, Inc. reports financial results for the quarter ended December 31, 2016.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of CAI International, Inc. – Aircastle Limited, Mobile Mini, Inc., Willis Lease Finance Corporation, AerCap Holdings NV, Textainer Group Holdings Limited, Air Lease Corporation Class A, General Finance Corporation and AeroCentury Corp. (AYR-US, MINI-US, WLFC-US, AER-US, TGH-US, AL-US, GFN-US and ACY-US) that have also reported for this period.

Highlights

  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 77.27 million, Net Earnings of USD 0.74 million.
  • Gross margins narrowed from 56.41% to 41.49% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 59.04% from 70.24%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -5.64% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth due to contribution of one-time items.

The table below shows the preliminary results and recent trends for key metrics such as revenues and net income growth:

2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30 2016-03-31 2015-12-31
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 77.27 78.47 71.64 66.97 65.69
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 17.63 18.69 20.68 14.49 11.7
Earnings (mil) 0.74 -5.42 3.76 7.17 -12.58
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 105.86 -141.69 -70.85 -47.08 -177.85
Net Margin (%) 0.95 -6.9 5.24 10.7 -19.15
EPS 0.04 -0.28 0.19 0.36 -0.62
Return on Equity (%) 0.64 -4.68 3.23 6.2 -10.74
Return on Assets (%) 0.14 -1.07 0.75 1.43 -2.52

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

CAI-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 17.63% is almost the same as its change in earnings, and is about average among the announced results thus far in its peer group, suggesting that CAI-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by -1.53% and earnings by 113.61% compared to the immediate last period.

Revenues Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Leader, Earnings Focus, Laggard, Revenues Focus

Earnings Growth Analysis

The company’s earnings rose year-on-year. But this growth has not come as a result of improvement in gross margins or any cost control activities in its operations. Gross margins went from 41.49% to 56.41% for the same period last year, while operating margins (EBITDA margins) went from 59.04% to 70.24% over the same time frame.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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Differentiated; Low Cost, Commodity; Low Cost, Commodity; High Cost, Differentiated; High Cost

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

It is important to examine a company�s cash versus earnings numbers to gauge whether its performance is sustainable.

CAI-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -5.64% compared to the same period last year is about the same as its change in earnings this period. Additionally, this change in operating cash flow is about average among its peer group. This suggests that the company did not use accruals or reserves to manage earnings this period, and that, all else being equal, the earnings number is sustainable.

Operating Cash Flow Growth Versus Earnings Growth

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Cash Flow based Earnings, Likely Non-cash Earnings, Low Cash Flow Base, Likely Undeclared Earnings

Margins

The company’s operating (EBIT) margins contracted from 34.69% to 22.34%. In spite of this, the company’s earnings rose. This was influenced primarily by one-time items, which improved pretax margins from -18.21% to 1.39%.

EBIT Margin Versus PreTax Margin

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Operation driven Earnings, One-time Favorables, Low Earnings Base, One-time Unfavorables
EBIT Margin History
PreTax Margin History

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Company Profile

CAI International, Inc. is a intermodal freight container leasing and management company. It operates through the Equipment Leasing segment. It offers a wide range of dry van containers, rail cars, and equipment including reefers, palletwides, roll trailers, and swap bodies. The company was founded by Hiromitsu Ogawa on August 3, 1989 and is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.

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