Neff Corp. :NEFF-US: Earnings Analysis: Q2, 2017 By the Numbers : August 9, 2017

Neff Corp. reports financial results for the quarter ended June 30, 2017.

We analyze the earnings along side the following peers of Neff Corp. – Marlin Business Services Corp. and NewStar Financial, Inc. (MRLN-US and NEWS-US) that have also reported for this period.


  • Summary numbers: Revenues of USD 104.13 million, Net Earnings of USD 3.25 million.
  • Gross margins widened from 25.19% to 48.23% compared to the same period last year, operating (EBITDA) margins now 49.22% from 27.17%.
  • Year-on-year change in operating cash flow of -2.55% is about the same as the change in earnings, likely no significant movement in accruals or reserves.
  • Earnings growth from operating margin improvements as well as one-time items.

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

2017-06-30 2017-03-31 2016-12-31 2016-09-30 2016-06-30
Relevant Numbers (Quarterly)
Revenues (mil) 104.13 95.88 102.27 105.47 99.66
Revenue Growth (%YOY) 4.48 7.02 -3.61 6.08 5.77
Earnings (mil) 3.25 1.73 5.41 2.86 2.62
Earnings Growth (%YOY) 24.05 1242.38 35.2 -10.67 -64.69
Net Margin (%) 3.12 1.8 5.29 2.72 2.63
EPS 0.34 0.18 0.59 0.31 0.28
Return on Equity (%) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
Return on Assets (%) 1.97 1.04 3.21 1.69 1.55

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Market Share Versus Profits

Revenues History
Earnings History

NEFF-US‘s change in revenue this period compared to the same period last year of 4.48% 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 NEFF-US is holding onto its market share. Also, for comparison purposes, revenues changed by 8.60% and earnings by 88.41% 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 growth was influenced by year-on-year improvement in gross margins from 25.19% to 48.23% as well as better cost controls. As a result, operating margins (EBITDA margins) rose from 27.17% to 49.22% compared to the same period last year. For comparison, gross margins were 44.37% and EBITDA margins were 44.14% in the last reporting period.

Gross Margin Versus EBITDA Margin

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

Gross Margin Trend

Companies sometimes sacrifice improvements in revenues and margins in order to extend friendlier terms to customers and vendors. Capital Cube probes for such activity by comparing the changes in gross margins with any changes in working capital. If the gross margins improved without a worsening of working capital, it is possible that the company’s performance is a result of truly delivering in the marketplace and not simply an accounting prop-up using the balance sheet.

Gross Margin History
Working Capital Days History

NEFF-US‘s improvement in gross margin has been accompanied by an improvement in its balance sheet as well. This suggests that gross margin improvements are likely from operating decisions and not accounting gimmicks. Its working capital days have declined to 12.78 days from 16.40 days for the same period last year.

Gross Margin Versus Working Capital Days

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Customer Financed, Cash Starved, Supplier Financed, Cash Rich

Cash Versus Earnings – Sustainable Performance?

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

NEFF-US‘s change in operating cash flow of -2.55% 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


The company’s earnings growth has also been influenced by the following factors: (1) Improvements in operating (EBIT) margins from 1.73% to 25.13% and (2) one-time items. The company’s pretax margins are now 13.94% compared to 11.58% for the same period last year.

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

Neff Corp. is a regional equipment rental company. The company offers equipment rental solutions, including infrastructure, non-residential construction, oil and gas and residential construction customers. Its fleet of equipment includes earthmoving, material handling, aerial and other rental equipment. Neff was founded on August 18, 2014 and is headquartered in Miami, FL.

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