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Akwel: Increase in Turnover of 4.6% in the 1st Quarter of 2019

Thursday, 2 May 2019, 5:45 pm


AKWEL (FR0000053027, AKW, PEA-eligible), the equipment and systems manufacturer for the automotive and heavy goods industries, a specialist in fluid management and mechanisms, has recorded consolidated turnover of €293.0m in the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 4.6% compared to the first quarter of 2018 (+6.6% at constant exchange rates and scope).

2019 1st quarter consolidated turnover (1 January to 31 March)

In million € – not audited20192018ChangePCC change (1)
Quarter 1293.0 280.2+4.6%+6.6%


The geographical breakdown of turnover by production area is as follows:

  • France: €94.1m (-8.0%)
  • Europe (excluding France) and Africa: €91.3m (+9.5%)
  • North America: €68.2m (+12.9%)
  • Asia and the Middle East (including Turkey): €37.1m (+21.0%)
  • South America: €2.3m (-32.5%)


Products and Functions turnover was up 4.2% at €281.0m. Our Cooling product line saw accelerated growth with a 22.1% increase, now accounting for more than a quarter of the Group’s business. New product launches reinforced growth within the Air Intake division (+7.5%). Emission Control products, the only part of the Group’s operations fully related to diesel, recorded their first decline this quarter, but remained under control nevertheless with turnover down just 1.4%.

NET DEBT DOWN TO €32.9m BY 31 MARCH 2019

The Group’s net debt as of 31 March 2019 stood at €32.9m, a reduction of €7.7m compared to 31 December 2018, owing to a less significant industrial investment package than in the previous two years, as announced, and better‑managed WCR growth.

The start of the year, in line with forecasts, has confirmed expectations of new growth in AKWEL’s business in 2019, with a return to positive free cash flow, and remains in line with the target of achieving a turnover in the region of €1.2 billion by 2020.

An independent, family-owned group listed on the Euronext Paris stock exchange, AKWEL is an equipment and systems manufacturer for the automotive and heavy goods industries, a specialist in fluid management and mechanisms, with leading industrial and technological expertise in applying and transforming materials (including plastics, rubber and metal) and mechatronics integration.

Operating in 20 countries on five continents, AKWEL employs approximately 12,000 people around the world.


AdColony Launches $5 Million Advanced Monetization Program for Publishers

Growth initiative for mobile app publishers to adopt the latest in-app monetization technology

LOS ANGELES, May 03, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — AdColony, the mobile performance marketplace, today announced the launch of a $5 million Advanced Monetization Program (AMP) — a tailored set of incentives designed to encourage publishers to adopt the latest in-app monetization technologies through the advanced technology of AdColony’s SDK. AdColony believes so strongly in its product that in an effort to distribute the fund to developers, they are offering publishers in the AdColony marketplace 100 percent revenue share for 90 days, a 15 percent user acquisition credit, and up to 10 percent bonus on first position waterfall deals to those who participate.

“We are thrilled to announce the Advanced Monetization Program to help publishers both earn and grow with AdColony,” said Vikas Gulati, AdColony’s head of performance. ”Video ad monetization for mobile app developers has made huge leaps in the past few years and we believe strongly that there are still many developers who need to take advantage of it.”

“AMP is designed to support game developers with both monetization and user acquisition efforts, helping them take the leap with the most technologically advanced monetization solution on the market,” Gulati added.

AdColony not only has the technology to enable best-in-class mobile ad creative but is also integrated with advanced bidding solutions from Google, Fyber, MoPub and others that enable publishers to maximize revenue on a real-time, impression by impression basis.

“GSN Games has proudly partnered with AdColony for the past five years,” said Brian Truman, Executive Director, Head of Digital Ad Monetization at GSN Games. “We continue this relationship because AdColony provides the highest level of support and the best quality ad experience for our players. Ad monetization is complex and always changing and we’ve seen time and time again that AdColony is committed to being a strategic, forward-thinking technology partner that continues to overcome industry shifts and hurdles.”

By combining its solution offerings with personalized account management teams, AdColony is able to constantly optimize supply and demand to maximize publisher results. Other SDKs in the marketplace fail to take advantage of the latest in-demand sources due to their lack of access to current or optimized mobile inventory.

“When it comes to monetization, publishers like us look for ad networks that are easy to integrate and manage, while at the same time provide competitive fill rates and revenue figures,” said Nader Tfaili, Chief Business Officer of Numbase, publisher of the popular trivia app, Play & Win. “AdColony is a perfect fit for such criteria. Working with AdColony’s account managers and support team, we were able to smoothly operate and monetize our app and continuously optimize performance, helping us grow.”

Publishers with no prior relationship with AdColony as well as those who have worked with AdColony in the past are invited to participate in the Advanced Monetization Program. To qualify, publishers must:

  • Complete this form:
  • Agree to the standard AdColony publisher terms of service
  • Sign the supplemental Incentive Agreement and submit by June 30, 2019
  • Place an app live on the AdColony marketplace by June 30, 2019. Only apps distributed on the Google Play or Apple App Stores will qualify for this promotion. Test apps do not qualify.

The launch of AdColony’s program creates more money for publishers to monetize their apps and the best opportunity for developers to break even on their app development. For more information about the Advanced Monetization Program, visit https://www.adcolony.com/amp.

About AdColony
AdColony is one of the largest mobile advertising platforms in the world with a reach of more than 1.5 billion users globally. Known for its unparalleled 3rd party verified viewability rates, exclusive Instant-Play™ and Aurora™ HD video technologies, rich media formats, global performance advertising business and programmatic marketplace, and extensive SDK footprint in the Top 1000 apps worldwide, they are passionate about helping brands connect with consumers at scale on the most important screen in their lives. A fully-owned subsidiary of Otello Corporation ASA, AdColony is a global organization with over 20 offices worldwide.

Media Contact:
Alexis Roberts
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WillScot Corporation Announces First Quarter 2019 Results and Reaffirms 2019 Outlook

Execution Of Integration And Growth Initiatives Drives Accelerating Earnings

BALTIMORE, May 02, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Corporation (“WillScot” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: WSC) today announced its first quarter 2019 financial results.

First Quarter 2019 Financial Highlights1,2

  • Revenues of $255.0 million, representing an 89.2% (or $120.2 million) year over year increase, driven by growth in core leasing and services revenues of $104.9 million, or 84.9%.
    • Consolidated modular space average monthly rental rate increased to $575 representing a 7.7% increase year over year. Pro forma average monthly rental rates increased 12.1% year over year, driven primarily by a 13.6% year-over-year increase in our core Modular – US segment.
    • Consolidated modular space units on rent increased 39,197 or 72.4% year over year, driven by the ModSpace acquisition, and average modular space utilization increased 250 basis points (“bps”) year over year to 72.4%. Pro forma utilization increased 240 bps year over year in the Modular – US segment and 200 bps on a consolidated basis.
  • Consolidated net loss of $11.2 million includes $18.4 million of discrete costs expensed in the period related to the ModSpace integration.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $84.5 million represents a 138.0% (or $49.0 million) year over year increase.
  • Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA margin of 33.1% increased 680 bps year over year.
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2019 vs. 2018
(in thousands)20192018$ Change% Change
Consolidated net loss$(11,161)$(6,835)$(4,326)
Three Months Ended
March 31,
2019 vs. 2018
Adjusted EBITDA1 by Segment (in thousands)20192018$ Change% Change
Modular – US$76,768$32,612$44,156135.6%
Modular – Other North America7,7402,8804,860165.5%
Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA$84,508$35,492$49,016138.0%

Management Commentary1,3

Brad Soultz, President and Chief Executive Officer of WillScot commented, “I am extremely happy with the first quarter results as we continue to focus on growing our core leasing revenue through price optimization and the continued expansion of our “Ready-to-Work” platform. We are also now starting to see the combined earnings potential that exists in our operating platform as a result of our recent acquisitions. Revenue and Adjusted EBITDA for the quarter were up 89.2% and 138.0%, respectively, over the prior year, and our Adjusted EBITDA margin of 33.1% increased 680 bps versus the first quarter of 2018. This extraordinary margin expansion highlights the value of scale and synergy realization in our business, when combined with our commercial strategy to drive lease revenue growth organically through rate optimization and penetration of our “Ready to Work” solutions. These growth levers are largely in management’s control, and when coupled with these outstanding first quarter results, make us confident in achieving our 2019 outlook, an annualized Adjusted EBITDA run rate of $400.0 million as we exit 2019, and deleveraging below 4x by the second quarter of 2020.”

Tim Boswell, Chief Financial Officer commented, “Our first quarter financial results exceeded our high expectations financially. Our core commercial drivers remain strong with pro forma modular space average rental rates in our Modular – US segment up 13.6% year over year, which is now the sixth quarter in a row with growth exceeding 10.0% driven by both continued improvement in base rental rates and expansion of our “Ready to Work” value proposition. Our first quarter results represent the first quarter of significant cost synergy savings in our financial results, which we estimate contributed 290 bps of expansion to our Adjusted EBITDA margin. Approximately 100 bps of margin uplift resulted from the Acton and Tyson synergies which have now been fully realized consistent with our expectations. The remainder resulted from the substantial progress made on the ModSpace integration in the fourth quarter last year and the first quarter this year, which puts us on track to achieve our cost reduction targets for the year, as well as our expected transition to free cash flow and net income generation in the second half of 2019.”

First Quarter 2019 Results1,2

Total consolidated revenues increased 89.2% to $255.0 million, as compared to $134.8 million in the prior year quarter. Pro forma revenues increased 4.5% to $255.0 million.

  • Modular – US segment revenue increased 89.6% to $231.5 million, as compared to $122.1 million in the prior year quarter with core leasing and services revenues up $97.2 million, or 86.9% year over year.
    • Modular space average monthly rental rate of $577 increased 8.3% year over year. Improved pricing was driven by a combination of our price optimization tools and processes, as well as by continued growth in our “Ready to Work” solutions and increased VAPS penetration across our customer base, offset partially by the average modular space monthly rental rates on acquired units. Pro forma monthly rental rates increased 13.6% year over year.
    • Average modular space units on rent increased 35,805, or a 73.6% year over year increase, primarily resulting from our acquisitions. Pro forma units on rent decreased 2.0% year over year, and pro forma utilization tightened by 240 bps year over year, as we executed major integration and fleet rebalancing activities across the branch network, and new order activity began ramping later in the season than normal due to weather impacts and project delays in the first quarter.
  • Modular – Other North America segment revenue increased 85.0% to $23.5 million, compared to $12.7 million in the prior year quarter, with modular space average units on rent up 62.2% and average monthly rental rate up 2.0% compared to the prior year quarter.
    • On a pro forma basis, Modular – Other North America segment modular space units on rent decreased 3.5% to 8,847 and pro forma utilization for our modular space units decreased to 55.1%, down 80 bps from 55.9%. Pro forma modular space rental rate decreased 0.9% compared to the prior year quarter.

Consolidated Adjusted EBITDA of $84.5 million was up 138.0% compared to $35.5 million in the prior year quarter, and Adjusted EBITDA margins improved 680 bps year over year to 33.1%.

  • Modular – US segment Adjusted EBITDA increased 135.6% to $76.8 million, and Modular – Other North America segment Adjusted EBITDA increased $4.8 million to $7.7 million from the prior year quarter.
  • Increases in Adjusted EBITDA margins were driven primarily by a 300 bps improvement in leasing and services margins year-over-year as a result of continued improvement of modular space average monthly rental rates and by improved delivery and installation rates. Additionally, we estimate that cost synergies of approximately $7.3 million related to the Acton and ModSpace acquisitions were realized in the first quarter, which represents nearly $30.0 million of annualized savings and over 40% of the $70.0 million of annualized cost synergies that we expect from the acquisitions. These cost savings accounted for improvement of approximately 290 bps to Adjusted EBITDA margins in the first quarter.

Consolidated net loss of $11.2 million includes $18.4 million of discrete costs expensed in the period related to the ModSpace integration. The $18.4 million of discrete items include $6.0 million of restructuring costs, $10.1 million of integration costs, and $2.3 million of non-cash impairment losses on property, plant and equipment associated with real estate consolidations. This compares to a consolidated net loss of $6.8 million for same period in 2018, which included $0.6 million of restructuring cost and $2.6 million of integration cost related to the Acton and Tyson acquisitions.

Capitalization and Liquidity Update

Capital expenditures increased $20.4 million, or 61.6%, to $53.5 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019, from $33.1 million for the three months ended March 31, 2018. Net capital expenditures4 also increased $16.9 million, or 67.6%, to $41.9 million for the three months ended March 31, 2019. The increase was driven by increased spend for value-added products to drive revenue growth, as well as increased investments in refurbishments partly offset by a $7.8 million increase in rental unit sales, both resulting from the 59.6% increase in fleet size following our recent acquisitions.

During the three months ended March 31, 2019, our total long-term debt balance increased by $34.7 million to $1,709 million primarily to fund restructuring and integration costs, which we expect to be front-end loaded in the year, as well as our capital investments, which we reassess quarterly based on market conditions. At March 31, 2019, the Company had $468.9 million of available borrowing capacity under the ABL Facility.

Reaffirmation of 2019 Outlook

Management reaffirmed the Company’s outlook for the full year 2019, which we previously reaffirmed on March 14, 2019. This guidance is subject to the risks and uncertainties described in the “Forward-Looking Statements” below, and the 2019 guidance includes:

  • Total revenue between $1.05 billion and $1.15 billion
  • Adjusted EBITDA between $345.0 million and $365.0 million3
  • Net capital expenditures (after rental unit sales) between $130.0 million and $160.0 million4
1Adjusted EBITDA is a non-GAAP financial measure. A reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA, as well as segment-level results to net loss, have been provided in the financial statement tables included in this press release. Adjusted EBITDA Margin is a non-GAAP measure defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Revenue. An explanation of these non-GAAP financial measures is included below under the heading “Non-GAAP Financial Measures.” Please see the non-GAAP reconciliation tables included at the end of this press release.
2The pro forma financial information and performance metrics contained in this press release include the results of WillScot and ModSpace for all periods presented. The ModSpace acquisition closed August 15, 2018.
3Information reconciling forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA to generally accepted accounting principles in the US (“GAAP”) financial measures is unavailable to the Company without unreasonable effort and therefore no reconciliation to the most comparable GAAP measures is provided.
4Net capital expenditures is a non-GAAP financial measure. Please see the non-GAAP reconciliation tables included at the end of this press release.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This press release includes non-GAAP financial measures, including Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EBITDA margin, pro forma revenue, and net capital expenditures. Adjusted EBITDA is defined as net income (loss) before income tax expense, net interest expense, depreciation and amortization adjusted for non-cash items considered non-core to business operations including net currency losses, goodwill and other impairment charges, restructuring costs, costs to integrate acquired companies, non-cash charges for stock compensation plans, and other discrete expenses. Adjusted EBITDA margin is defined as Adjusted EBITDA divided by revenue. Net capital expenditures is defined as capital expenditures for purchases and capitalized refurbishments of rental equipment, plus purchases of property, plant and equipment, reduced by proceeds from the sale of rental equipment. Net rental capital expenditures is defined as capital expenditures for purchases and capitalized refurbishments of rental equipment, reduced by proceeds from the sale of rental equipment. Pro forma revenue is defined the same as revenue, but includes pre-acquisition results from ModSpace for all periods presented. WillScot believes that Adjusted EBITDA and Adjusted EBITDA margin are useful to investors because they (i) allow investors to compare performance over various reporting periods on a consistent basis by removing from operating results the impact of items that do not reflect core operating performance; (ii) are used by our board of directors and management to assess our performance; (iii) may, subject to the limitations described below, enable investors to compare the performance of WillScot to its competitors; and (iv) provide additional tools for investors to use in evaluating ongoing operating results and trends. WillScot believes that pro forma revenue and pro forma Adjusted EBITDA are useful to investors because they allow investors to compare performance of the combined Company over various reporting periods on a consistent basis WillScot believes that net capital expenditures and net rental capital expenditures provide useful additional information concerning cash flow available to meet future debt service obligations. However, Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of financial performance or liquidity under GAAP and, accordingly, should not be considered as an alternative to net income or cash flow from operating activities as an indicator of operating performance or liquidity. These non-GAAP measures should not be considered in isolation from, or as an alternative to, financial measures determined in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA and other non-GAAP financial measures differently, and therefore WillScot’s non-GAAP financial measures may not be directly comparable to similarly titled measures of other companies. For reconciliation of the non-GAAP measures used in this press release (except as explained below), see “Reconciliation of non-GAAP Financial Measures” included in this press release.

Information reconciling forward-looking Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP financial measures is unavailable to WillScot without unreasonable effort. We cannot provide reconciliations of forward looking Adjusted EBITDA to GAAP financial measures because certain items required for such reconciliations are outside of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, such as the provision for income taxes. Preparation of such reconciliations would require a forward-looking balance sheet, statement of income and statement of cash flow, prepared in accordance with GAAP, and such forward-looking financial statements are unavailable to WillScot without unreasonable effort. Although we provide a range of Adjusted EBITDA that we believe will be achieved, we cannot accurately predict all the components of the Adjusted EBITDA calculation. WillScot provides Adjusted EBITDA guidance because we believe that Adjusted EBITDA, when viewed with our results under GAAP, provides useful information for the reasons noted above.

Conference Call Information

WillScot will host a conference call and webcast to discuss its first quarter 2019 results at 10 a.m. Eastern Time on Friday, May 3, 2019. The live call can be accessed by dialing (855) 312-9420 (US/Canada toll-free) or (210) 874-7774 (international) and asking to be connected to the WillScot call. A live webcast will also be accessible via the “Events & Presentations” section of the Company’s investor relations website https://investors.willscot.com. Choose “Events” and select the information pertaining to the first quarter WillScot earnings conference call. Additionally, there will be slides accompanying the webcast. Please allow at least 15 minutes prior to the call to register, download and install any necessary software. For those unable to listen to the live broadcast, an audio webcast of the call will be available for 60 days on the Company’s investor relations website.

About WillScot Corporation

Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, WillScot is the public holding company for the Williams Scotsman family of companies. WillScot trades on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol “WSC,” and is the specialty rental services market leader providing innovative modular space and portable storage solutions across North America. WillScot is the modular space supplier of choice for the construction, education, health care, government, retail, commercial, transportation, security and energy sectors. With over half a century of innovative history, organic growth and strategic acquisitions, WillScot serves a broad customer base from over 120 locations throughout the US, Canada and Mexico, with a fleet of approximately 160,000 modular space and portable storage units.

Forward-Looking Statements

This news release contains forward-looking statements (including affirmation of our previously disclosed outlook) within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. The words “estimates,” “expects,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “forecasts,” “plans,” “intends,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “shall” and variations of these words and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements, which are generally not historical in nature. Forward-looking statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other important factors, many of which are outside our control, which could cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Although WillScot believes that these forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that any such forward-looking statement will materialize. Important factors that may affect actual results or outcomes include, among others, our ability to acquire and integrate new assets and operations; our ability to achieve planned synergies related to acquisitions; our ability to manage growth and execute our business plan; our estimates of the size of the markets for our products; the rate and degree of market acceptance of our products; the success of other competing modular space and portable storage solutions that exist or may become available; rising costs adversely affecting our profitability (including cost increases resulting from tariffs); potential litigation involving our Company; general economic and market conditions impacting demand for our products and services; implementation of tax reform; our ability to implement and maintain an effective system of internal controls; and such other risks and uncertainties described in the periodic reports we file with the SEC from time to time (including our Form 10-K for the year ending December 31, 2018), which are available through the SEC’s EDGAR system at www.sec.gov and on our website. Any forward-looking statement speaks only at the date which it is made, and WillScot disclaims any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Additional information can be found on our investor relations website at http://investors.willscot.com.

Contact Information
Investor Inquiries:Media Inquiries:
Mark BarbalatoScott Junk

WillScot Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations (Unaudited)

Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands, except share and per share data)20192018
Leasing and services revenue:
Modular leasing$178,222$97,262
Modular delivery and installation50,28126,250
New units14,9047,428
Rental units11,6013,811
Total revenues255,008134,751
Costs of leasing and services:
Modular leasing47,23527,162
Modular delivery and installation43,34325,521
Costs of sales:
New units10,8784,987
Rental units7,7952,315
Depreciation of rental equipment41,10323,845
Gross profit104,65450,921
Selling, general and administrative73,48545,214
Other depreciation and amortization3,0042,436
Impairment losses on property, plant and equipment2,290
Restructuring costs5,953628
Currency (gains) losses, net(316)1,024
Other income, net(951)(2,845)
Operating income21,1894,464
Interest expense31,97211,719
Loss from operations before income tax(10,783)(7,255)
Income tax benefit378(420)
Net loss(11,161)(6,835)
Net loss attributable to non-controlling interest, net of tax(860)(648)
Net loss attributable to WillScot$(10,301)$(6,187)
Net loss per share attributable to WillScot – basic and diluted$(0.09)$(0.08)
Weighted average shares – basic and diluted108,523,26977,189,774

Unaudited Segment Operating Data

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019
(in thousands, except for units on rent and rates)Modular – USModular – Other
North America
Gross profit$95,250$9,404$104,654
Adjusted EBITDA$76,768$7,740$84,508
Capital expenditures for rental equipment$49,921$1,952$51,873
Modular space units on rent (average during the period)84,4628,84793,309
Average modular space utilization rate74.8%55.1%72.4%
Average modular space monthly rental rate$577$552$575
Portable storage units on rent (average during the period)17,01040917,419
Average portable storage utilization rate66.6%52.0%66.1%
Average portable storage monthly rental rate$120$109$119
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
(in thousands, except for units on rent and rates)Modular – USModular – Other
North America
Gross profit$46,808$4,113$50,921
Adjusted EBITDA$32,612$2,880$35,492
Capital expenditures for rental equipment$30,524$1,560$32,084
Modular space units on rent (average during the period)48,6575,45554,112
Average modular space utilization rate71.8%56.6%69.9%
Average modular space monthly rental rate$533$541$534
Portable storage units on rent (average during the period)13,62536213,986
Average portable storage utilization rate70.8%55.8%70.3%
Average portable storage monthly rental rate$118$116$118

WillScot Corporation
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(in thousands, except share data)March 31, 2019
December 31,
Cash and cash equivalents$12,779$8,958
Trade receivables, net of allowances for doubtful accounts at March 31, 2019 and
December 31, 2018 of $11,889 and $9,340, respectively
Prepaid expenses and other current assets22,03921,828
Assets held for sale20,9622,841
Total current assets302,755256,347
Rental equipment, net1,940,6171,929,290
Property, plant and equipment, net167,464183,750
Intangible assets, net131,246131,801
Other non-current assets5,4614,280
Total long-term assets2,487,7722,496,138
Total assets$2,790,527$2,752,485
Liabilities and equity
Accounts payable$96,184$90,353
Accrued liabilities88,68084,696
Accrued interest14,66920,237
Deferred revenue and customer deposits74,61671,778
Current portion of long-term debt1,9901,959
Total current liabilities276,139269,023
Long-term debt1,709,2661,674,540
Deferred tax liabilities68,29767,384
Deferred revenue and customer deposits9,0077,723
Other non-current liabilities33,88731,618
Long-term liabilities1,820,4571,781,265
Total liabilities2,096,5962,050,288
Commitments and contingencies (see Note 14)
Class A common stock: $0.0001 par, 400,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2019
and December 31, 2018; 108,693,209 and 108,508,997 shares issued and
outstanding at March 31, 2019 and December 31, 2018, respectively
Class B common stock: $0.0001 par, 100,000,000 shares authorized at March 31, 2019
and December 31, 2018; 8,024,419 shares issued and outstanding at March 31, 2019
and December 31, 2018
Additional paid-in-capital2,390,1842,389,548
Accumulated other comprehensive loss(66,278)(68,026)
Accumulated deficit(1,693,275)(1,683,319)
Total shareholders’ equity630,643638,215
Non-controlling interest63,28863,982
Total equity693,931702,197
Total liabilities and equity$2,790,527$2,752,485

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

We use certain non-GAAP financial information that we believe is important for purposes of comparison to prior periods and development of future projections and earnings growth prospects. This information is also used by management to measure the profitability of our ongoing operations and analyze our business performance and trends.

We evaluate business segment performance on Adjusted EBITDA, a non-GAAP measure that excludes certain items as described in the reconciliation of our consolidated net loss to Adjusted EBITDA reconciliation below. We believe that evaluating segment performance excluding such items is meaningful because it provides insight with respect to intrinsic operating results of the Company.

We also regularly evaluate gross profit by segment to assist in the assessment of the operational performance of each operating segment. We consider Adjusted EBITDA to be the more important metric because it more fully captures the business performance of the segments, inclusive of indirect costs.

Adjusted EBITDA

We define EBITDA as net income (loss) plus interest (income) expense, income tax expense (benefit), depreciation and amortization. Our Adjusted EBITDA reflects the following further adjustments to EBITDA to exclude certain non-cash items and the effect of what we consider transactions or events not related to our core business operations:

  • Currency (gains) losses, net: on monetary assets and liabilities denominated in foreign currencies other than the subsidiaries’ functional currency. Substantially all such currency gains (losses) are unrealized and attributable to financings due to and from affiliated companies.
  • Goodwill and other impairment charges related to non-cash costs associated with impairment charges to goodwill, other intangibles, rental fleet and property, plant and equipment.
  • Restructuring costs associated with restructuring plans designed to streamline operations and reduce costs including employee and lease termination costs.
  • Transaction costs including legal and professional fees and other transaction specific related costs.
  • Costs to integrate acquired companies, including outside professional fees, fleet relocation expenses, employee training costs and other costs.
  • Non-cash charges for stock compensation plans.
  • Other expense includes consulting expenses related to certain one-time projects, financing costs not classified as interest expense and gains and losses on disposals of property, plant and equipment.

Adjusted EBITDA has limitations as an analytical tool, and you should not consider the measure in isolation or as a substitute for net income (loss), cash flow from operations or other methods of analyzing WillScot’s results as reported under GAAP. Some of these limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for our working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our interest expense, or the cash requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments, on our indebtedness;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our tax expense or the cash requirements to pay our taxes;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect historical cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect the impact on earnings or changes resulting from matters that we consider not to be indicative of our future operations;
  • Although depreciation and amortization are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future and Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect any cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • Other companies in our industry may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently, limiting its usefulness as a comparative measure.

Because of these limitations, Adjusted EBITDA should not be considered as discretionary cash available to reinvest in the growth of our business or as measures of cash that will be available to meet our obligations. The following tables provide an unaudited reconciliation of Net loss to Adjusted EBITDA:

Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands)20192018
Net loss$(11,161)$(6,835)
Income tax expense (benefit)378(420)
Interest expense, net31,97211,719
Depreciation and amortization44,10726,281
Currency (gains) losses, net(316)1,024
Goodwill and other impairments2,290
Restructuring costs5,953628
Integration costs10,1382,630
Stock compensation expense1,290121
Other (income) expense(143)344
Adjusted EBITDA$84,508$35,492

Loss from Operations to Adjusted EBITDA Non-GAAP Reconciliations

The following tables present an unaudited reconciliation of the Company’s (loss) income from operations before income tax to Adjusted EBITDA by segment for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively:

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019
(in thousands)Modular – USModular – Other
North America
(Loss) income from operations before income taxes$(11,122)$339$(10,783)
Interest expense31,23673631,972
Depreciation and amortization39,1994,90844,107
Currency gains, net(130)(186)(316)
Goodwill and other impairments1,8014892,290
Restructuring costs5,2746795,953
Integration costs9,35278610,138
Stock compensation expense1,2901,290
Other income(132)(11)(143)
Adjusted EBITDA$76,768$7,740$84,508
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
(in thousands)Modular – USModular – Other
North America
Loss from operations before income taxes$(5,308)$(1,947)$(7,255)
Interest expense11,16055911,719
Depreciation and amortization22,8923,38926,281
Currency losses, net1578671,024
Restructuring costs61810628
Integration costs2,6302,630
Stock compensation expense121121
Other expense3422344
Adjusted EBITDA$32,612$2,880$35,492

Adjusted EBITDA Margin Non-GAAP Reconciliation

We define Adjusted EBITDA Margin as Adjusted EBITDA divided by Revenue. Management believes that the presentation of Adjusted EBITDA Margin provides useful information to investors regarding the performance of our business.
The following unaudited tables detail the calculation of Adjusted EBITDA Margin by segment for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and 2018, respectively:

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019
(in thousands)Modular – USModular – Other
North America
Adjusted EBITDA (A)$76,768$7,740$84,508
Revenue (B)231,47623,532255,008
Adjusted EBITDA Margin (A/B)33.2%32.9%33.1%
Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
(in thousands)Modular – USModular – Other
North America
Adjusted EBITDA (A)$32,612$2,880$35,492
Revenue (B)122,08712,664134,751
Adjusted EBITDA Margin (A/B)26.7%22.7%26.3%

Net Capital Expenditures Non-GAAP Reconciliation

We define Net Capital Expenditures (“Net CAPEX”) and Net CAPEX for Rental Equipment as capital expenditures for purchases and capitalized refurbishments of rental equipment and purchases of property, plant and equipment (collectively “Total Capital Expenditures”), reduced by proceeds from the sale of rental equipment. Net CAPEX for Rental Equipment is defined as capital expenditures for purchases and capitalized refurbishments of rental equipment, reduced by proceeds from the sale of rental equipment. Our management believes that the presentation of Net CAPEX and Net CAPEX for Rental Equipment provides useful information to investors regarding the net capital invested into our rental fleet each year to assist in analyzing the performance of our business.

The following table provides an unaudited reconciliation of purchase of rental equipment to Net CAPEX and to Net CAPEX for Rental Equipment:

Three Months Ended March 31,
(in thousands)20192018
Total purchases of rental equipment and refurbishments$(51,873)$(32,084)
Total proceeds from sale of rental equipment11,6018,128
Net Capital Expenditures for Rental Equipment$(40,272)$(23,956)
Purchase of property, plant and equipment(1,629)(1,000)
Net Capital Expenditures$(41,901)$(24,956)

Malaysia Future Leaders School to Instill Good Values Among Youths

KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 2019 (Bernama) � The Malaysia Future Leaders School (MFLS) was created according to the principle of the Japan Future Leaders School but adapted to the Malaysian landscape, said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

The Prime Minister said the programme is aimed at instilling leadership qualities and good values among the youths in order to strengthen and harness their potential to be great leaders in the future.

What determines success is the adoption of good values by someone or a race until it becomes a way of life for a race.

Our hope is that by instilling good values while they are still young they will practise it and make it their way of life, he said when launching the MFLS at Universiti Malaya here tonight.

Also present were his wife Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman.

The Prime Minister said values of the Japanese people would be inculcated through MFLS to mould future leaders with strong personality in the aspects of integrity, inclusiveness, excellence, volunteerism, responsibility, competitiveness and community spirit.

For example, workers in Japan are very meticulous in carrying out their duties for the sake of producing high quality products or services. This ‘meticulous’ culture has become part of their daily life and is not only reflected in their work, he said.

The recipe for success for the Japanese and South Koreans is based on discipline, loyalty to the country, priority for society, emphasis on quality, and the regular practice of positive values in their daily life.

Dr Mahathir said as such, the Look East Policy is still relevant although it was introduced 37 years ago in 1982.

He said the shaping of mindsets and inculcation of values among the youths today were very different from that for the previous generation because then the sources of the values were traditional and conventional, like parents, teachers, religious education and civics lessons.

Today, the sources of values are diverse. Apart from the traditional sources I mentioned, the rapid development in information technology has opened up various avenues and penetrated the minds of all strata of society, especially the young generation.

Some among the younger generation prefer to refer to the internet and social media without the need to do some research first, he said.

He also admitted that young people nowadays are fond of playing online games which can influence them and shape their personality.

Therefore, MFLS was introduced as a way to respond to the challenge of Industrial Revolution 4.0 to ensure that youths could use and handle modern technology positively and effectively, he said.

Source: Office of the Prime Minster Malaysia

Malaysia Hopes to Recover US$7 Billion of 1MDB Money

KUALA LUMPUR, May 3 (Bernama) � Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Malaysia hopes to recover a total of US$7 billion (US$1=RM4.14) that was allegedly misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

We are hoping to get back US$7 billion, Dr Mahathir said when asked how much Malaysia hoped to recover.

The Prime Minister also confirmed that the United States is preparing to return US$200 million linked to the troubled state investment fund.

They are going to give it back to us. They know this is our money. Singapore is also giving it back to us, he told a press conference after Pakatan Harapan’s Presidential Council Meeting here today.

Dr Mahathir had previously said the stolen 1MDB money which amounted to US$4.3 billion would make its way to Malaysia, but not all of it.

According to a news report by Bloomberg today, the US authorities were in the midst of preparing to return about US$200 million of funds allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB to Malaysia, which was likely to be transferred as soon as next week.

The report said this included some US$140 million generated from the sale of a stake in New York’s Park Lane Hotel, as well as a settlement paid by the producer of the Wolf of Wall Street movie worth US$60 million.

Bloomberg said Singaporean authorities were going to return about S$35 million (S$1=RM3.04), which was surrendered by former Goldman Sachs banker Roger Ng and his family in connection with 1MDB to Malaysia.

It said a Singapore court order was granted on March 21 for the money to be repatriated to 1MDB.

Goldman Sachs earned about US$600 million in fees for its work with 1MDB, which included three bond offerings in 2012 and 2013 that raised US$6.5 billion.

Last year, Switzerland Attorney-General (AG) Michael Lauber confirmed about US$7 billion of 1MDB’s fund was circulated in the global financial system and the Swiss government had frozen some 400 million Swiss francs (1 Swiss franc=RM4.07) believed connected to the state fund in the country.

He had said direct contact with the AG of Malaysia has been made in order to make a clear statement that Switzerland is still interested in coordinating with Malaysia.

That means setting up priorities, exchanging the latest updates on the investigation, and also to exchange views about different legal systems, he said.

Source: Office of the Prime Minster Malaysia