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Group 1 Automotive (GPI)

Participants
Pete DeLongchamps SVP Manufacturer Relations, Financial Services & Public Affairs
Earl Hesterberg President & CEO
John Rickel SVP & CFO
Daryl Kenningham President, U.S. Operations
John Murphy America Merrill Lynch
David Tamberrino Goldman Sachs
Rick Nelson Stephens
David Whiston Morningstar
Michael Ward Williams Trading
Rajat Gupta JPMorgan
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Operator

Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to Group 1 Automotive's 2018 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Financial Results Conference Call. Please be advised that this call is being recorded. I would now like to turn the call over to Mr. Pete DeLongchamps Group 1's Senior Vice President of Manufacturer Relations, Financial Services and Public Affair. Mr. ahead, go Please DeLongchamps.

Pete DeLongchamps

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Earl Hesterberg

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Daryl Kenningham

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by In $XX. our vehicle addition unit increase, to we sales retail profit the XX% gross per total increased same-store used

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Earl Hesterberg

Thanks, Daryl.

with for team affected UK delivered can XX% mentioned same-store and quarter the disproportionately for are the X% Audi in the our The aftersales that disrupted September legislation once quarter brand F&I, operations we areas In used effect was the to industry growth. As in came once earlier, decline. again on control, down the into the significantly our was vehicles, UK again Xst. strong WLTP that a total due

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John Rickel

Earl you, everyone. and good morning, Thank

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was year cash flow the million. adjusted For XXXX operating $XXX

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Earl Hesterberg

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Operator

Thank Mr. you, Hesterberg.

begin go And be will Murphy question-and-answer John Instructions] Lynch. of the question session. from will [Operator Merrill ahead. We your of Bank now America first Please

John Murphy

for thanks and guys, morning Good the detail. Hi.

question Audi a bounce Just where around Earl, dealerships. I'm do kind curious these we'll in seem and orders early think a the based waiting sort comments, your folks the up first able -- VW confidence, of expecting of you here on to a in near-term of just bit that to you of a you you're some boost that that sort back just of what the be little sort are WLTP that on backlog lost have catch of XXXX gets demand, the you'll of gives particularly and issues? through as see your

Earl Hesterberg

a to an order the this starting time Well, to because backlog to show we have of for don't really but you're have the is bank where people, build cars we month. big plate change just didn't year a March,

So XX%, or that's I four the retail they've retail, previous January first dropped of Audi private and data dropping and my sales, today each I three got months. months retail I say, just would beginning. XX% only of saw confidence than been But more UK level just

powerful retail what in we March, starting a to brand not would find is enough we normalize. we continuously think the business catch their okay. certainly very be is, driven. think Audi up the like have but looks is are strong. UK, It's fleet to don't brand by mid-year the very things through driven, point, And for I it demand do should I So time

to be starting to So by normal. midyear confidence gain things back will we're

John Murphy

to those pent-up But be is say of of off, there would consumers a and kind of fair held that that? demand little it bit some is

Earl Hesterberg

no doubt, Yeah yeah. sure, Yeah sure, doubt. no

John Murphy

more you sort how new dollar pressure dynamic with -- do F&I press I we're see a job with simplistically, of on new us of time I'm in reaching beating I I on just that pressure it then second apologize, much you we volumes. the that you PVR. a understand keep sort I'm F&I US, some because the grosses and And seeing side. lower just new a of PVR done you to and in guys of a go kind sort think and pressing mean, on and long curious the F&I and upside I can't and great basis we of Okay. are it or in press just grosses continuing just you lot or but whole dynamic are as a question something is offsetting can point do the that the correspond vehicle slight gross, see the grosses, ask and that giving PVR, vehicle stop you mean, get and this how how on automakers trying have PVR all really question and far vehicle result can to well? more you at F&I on up even these

PeterDeLongchamps

we we never giving in We all Pete it's margin John the continues. remain where the Certainly, have in continued pressure pricing front, margins, that I think DeLongchamps. can their front mentioned continue gross, kind and the of some the there end. to three that resilient up initiatives on the on models. but but but in countries, we intentionally work performed especially we think Daryl dealerships place, So, we pressure F&I with used on the hold of in is are

Daryl Kenningham

would focus F&I margins to I -- OEMs, Pete are Kenningham. continual for they interested be those seem front John, end a add about us. in It's of Yeah, Nothing made. as as that the Daryl continual comments The focus well. the a

as to trying we get can much we And the so, on both. other one trade as don't ever for

John Rickel

John is this Rickel. John,

also just there Daryl's kind add point. of me on build to Let

been for the sector, and have done for that the focused by looking plus that I Hurricane others this the of unlike I'm their tough of they numbers two haven't years. get when should think in of a Daryl dropped Harvey, If the and period. margins. more been fourth than year, team ability margins of from against some our have we pretty in we the operating up front over kind kind pretty -- don't this holding the you were look other stable on me, quarter front happened a robust that after $XX the actually the comps pretty than we on the lot at credit two-year guys and demand have

operating deliver the team a what good margin, actually the on and the to managing F&I we're has So is doing grow the overall able really of margins then job front actually us. been able to for

John Murphy

there helpful. of on you quick, Okay, last for couple just Val-U-Line gangbusters then that quarters. quickly the real Are process. just [ph] any of is success lessons like gates sounds sub-billing the great as used on had opportunities any that's you're of in on I early such mean, the learned And seeing, there kind it going side the or out very in more your

John Rickel

not are of that's for with pricing. and pleased Val-U-Line always right capabilities, testing we're right quarter early late things some have in later that may the the additional continually level testing sure on. is fourth like we continual us. now things doing some on It some in and us. now think we’re other the mix for auction, substitutional, news make to Val-U-Line. But and internal more like it's it's first quarter XX% that. things like started John, that around We're things We kind watching a -- is where the for of We're early some incremental. focus We

want we to to push on short those initiatives. So kind yes, is our answer continue of my

John Murphy

just advertising on that a with as I sort digital dated is, that digital maybe go it then over more Daryl, could kind be real It about estimate it's of I you mean, with curious, get rule of lastly, if and where advertising, you the is this as of about like would of and that think SG&A number and I'm sounds Okay. my rough advertising, thought. thumb efficient the U.S.? is And rough the might XX% efforts. just time the efficient benefit much big lower quickly more cost one of underwrite

Daryl Kenningham

I John. don't on it where have go a would time, over guess

make We us are matter productive, traffic continually, the in we're our to digital allowed of the do including of retailer digital though a just great it's and more that's continuing driving traffic, with do not more -- a shift organic to in and productive Acura. to that lot driving efforts matter of be XXXX the which trying XXXX always what includes it's a should traffic

John Murphy

just up. Does mean it market traditionally spend efforts I'm reach or been, that that than mean, that sorry, one larger a is further follow impacting and metro on the I area? market dollar a your you're has

Daryl Kenningham

it. are reach Yes. we Better think better getting. I – on Yes.

John Murphy

Okay. Great. much Thank very you guys.

Operator

The next from question Sachs. Please go Goldman ahead. will be David of Tamberrino

David Tamberrino

gentlemen. from still just were a you Good morning, previous Great. few but There think analyst, of questions more. have I a lot the

prepared remarks that's don't you addressed that On the your know basis if parts and service I year-over-year. from just side you had about a in XXX points pressure of margin if there's improve? increases maybe rates and should higher labor capacity that shift, just walk to me some related you instrumental need if mix a pay, costs your through like labor that to

Daryl Kenningham

hit additional you there. number We've You hit the -- it the brought technicians. of on a head on

in double-digits and wise cost counts that year-over-year in technician cost the the lowers is effect percentage of sales things. of and up Our margin

base is focus driving our on that margin revenue and So, now. process capacity

David Tamberrino

Okay.

So then…

Daryl Kenningham

[Technical difficulty] back like in [Technical technician industry We as we you lot of know is XXXX. headcount. a made feel difficulty]

John Rickel

that, think phase, on, grow normalized margins them not should productive them add the initial right? to John on, -- This as bring the levels. return that bring you as is to volumes we they're that's in Yeah, but those I'd and more back David. Rickel. You temporary, is

David Tamberrino

Yeah, got it.

start and now your just So, growth up bit about be half footprint you'll a staff profitable I right more mean, then throughout as you have exiting start that is you to stores, about so year, that, see of to the maybe XXXX? progress we XX little should

John Rickel

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David Tamberrino

it. Got

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John Rickel

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David Tamberrino

going And to active seeing you are last been industry and the as addressing question the How and smaller to more the make opportunities definitively more service going again, capacity? happening Okay. me, that moving of in you're from are you to toward digital, like to do? that are the the from forward? able first adding something not, is for you this Is if add more what dealers looking in M&A are they more headwinds their and what that then you of still acquisitions present they market, do as some service are they're

Earl Hesterberg

is Earl. this Yeah,

to cost. Interest for is biggest probably increase the have, time. we small the to and floorplan that similar a were for rates think low long artificially dealers right I one headwind now

has tougher also the a get little times goes growth scale and market little when a more benefit. think I away,

and trends So of and forth. I emerging think unease there's lot dealerships like vehicles smaller also a so electric about

of high-quality valuations or the selling. a a are So a the acquisitions, work least for many all more over well more are our ours, there just in there, of will companies fact the sale, because large now I like reduced companies that dealerships but more at Right math for considering dealerships be continuously doesn't for and know smaller I think time. sector, there for

David Tamberrino

Great. all. Thank you

Operator

Nelson of Please The next question go will be from Stephens. Rick ahead.

Rick Nelson

in replacement that would that now really market. get How thinking XXXX of came the Texas about that comments fully demand. on your sort lapped you're

JohnRickel

yes, know behind front comps you is the This from us. John tough from Rick. that Yeah, – On that Rickel. are

demand at Daryl or environment, now kind out. addressed leveled but overall clean the all that's of are that So least comps the

Daryl Kenningham

XXXX know sales Texas. we're the And feel but about and normal good spike like you We more in back to Harvey about we normal – good we market the QX itself. Yeah. after generally we due feel rate, feel –

Rick Nelson

Thanks that for like to of I’d on service and…? that. know parts And you Earl, you think your had lots and product will get impact how the coming thoughts mentioned and down you pipeline electric

Earl Hesterberg

quite Motor terms getting units We're our some vehicles and bigger and drive have there things looking forth. forward so in still maintenance unit. Well, and less are no service a Audi and like meaningful to e-tron, it I be the software in to Europe of UK to with But way amount updates that first doubt seems off be before potential a be it think there repairs primary operation. required in it diagnosis is seems of of and motor one part brands. be long It that determined. will repairs our which electric experience and here. like will interesting issue will also before that experience of the are is electronical per are But the it long the seems

have starting April May. number and should of for they orders that, reasonable We be a or in fulfilled

you just able that be for a I our the that way So, as out more, long, we but less see unit, business per will on being any parts functionally get the to parts, they but impact don't rack time. experience tell moving we'll material long be

Rick Nelson

that, And eventually ticket. those batteries know, get you I guess take big a And what incumbents would I replaced.

Earl Hesterberg

understand winter on the U.S. Europe cold range yeah. the and impact lot in about the throughout discussion in And don't of that of northern a now we weather some right batteries. yet. There's these dynamic Yeah, of

So rate we're for these all going think, to the as together, as I take increases. vehicles these learn –

Rick Nelson

the with Thanks would get to pilot some online had opportunities headwinds you early what see this who exactly for that. or of F&I purchasing the including to encompass nuts, and like that Also learnings maybe there. soup

Daryl Kenningham

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included of not. two One them them FNI, of did

purchases. we terrestrial be line process We in incorporated were both know those we year, their of expect what end of F&I see you in it customers of online was have the the FNI and just online started on and with Before all encouraged this will offline results them. by

tend So inquiry these process a a and they buy customer to us. this. car Also that double that at start was another that with this once learning they for online customers place the about that rate

are both So those and quite extremely things that encouraged by we were honestly by. surprised

excited So, the that. roll to rest of We and about out were to – We're we're going the comfortable enough. we're it country

Rick Nelson

delivery include well? And has as this home

Daryl Kenningham

do. we We offer Yes that.

Operator

Instructions] will of go Please next David [Operator from ahead. question be Whiston Morningstar. The

David Whiston

your In about morning. was used U.S. XX% down was GPU but XX%. the over Good up vehicle volume Thanks.

talk or trying now? just overly you a mostly line – you is that or value to volume impact get can right more So about you discounting

Daryl Kenningham

something, well. when some internal it F&I and Val-U-Line we impact, it or departments as profit generate of of also sell Some volume gross is we aftersales profit is

margins gross So we're touch I volumes. didn't -- will trying drive we that. focused to up or John, purposely think that driving on discount give on

John Rickel

John Yeah. Rickel. David, is this

profitability units at unit point used other actually if some was same-store is out minimizing, value a the And The a a in line wholesale business which from the and in key look generating on is the is quarter. so the I gains retail, we we're basically wholesale the of up and at losses would to wholesale overall of strategy thing actually it's what U.S basis you $XX redeploying part quarter, up we're in look really totally total basically were as use, the U.S. profitability we

David Whiston

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John Rickel

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David Whiston

Thanks. Okay.

Operator

from Williams Ward ahead. Please be of Trading. will question next The Michael go

Michael Ward

Good you. morning, everyone. Thank

John Rickel

morning, Good Mike.

Michael Ward

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John Rickel

of on and mentioned. carry, sort the the reason trucks finance to Well, heavier you is carry

And so opportunity to more provide people. a they little

Daryl Kenningham

FNI higher service of trucks. contracts And on and contracts maintenance the penetration side, we vehicle Mike, on have do

Michael Ward

penetration in A higher versus trucks cars?

Daryl Kenningham

Yes.

Michael Ward

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Daryl Kenningham

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Michael Ward

new used? for that’s both And and

Daryl Kenningham

sir. Yes,

Michael Ward

Okay.

Daryl Kenningham

our Houston center all departments, service our happens. On service take and yes, calls of for in-bound appointments in service, phone service does development that

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Michael Ward

service your second that was that side? said quarter, on Yeah. the remarks thought And you be active, prepared said I stores something in all the you by would

Daryl Kenningham

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dealerships, We’re all taking going this with the U.S. on we and is service out It’s the pilot in our new roll that all we're side of stores dealerships today. news. now in to that XXX XX The to did

Michael Ward

It's already there.

Okay. Beautiful. Thank you.

Operator

Gupta be of will Please from ahead. question Rajat go JPMorgan. next The

Rajat Gupta

mean the SG&A services the in on making and see, on GPU I investments pressure the bottom Hey, used leverage taking some guys also XXXX that just for of thanks my question. a had you in I how particularly the you can GP what you're then context side question U.S., mean, And adjusted SG&A to about a do capacity, – XXXX? should follow-up.X you grow increase SG&A I had going to the I think to forward? think the trajectory Or – we there GP

John Rickel

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Rajat Gupta

just terms year Great. way expect of different particularly of terms M&A. mixed the forward, mean, somewhat your Thanks to should Thanks. in allocation then the you’ve on capital for expect going could I similar we or the XXXX is allocation strategy clarifying these that. capital And anything there we be that of in

Earl Hesterberg

for I keep that changed is company the a a don't Earl. that some believe in that top -- situation But brands acquisitions to terms strengths. have there than undervalued of share have dynamic our but the geographies Possible share less repurchases. on $XX the more leverage not the can make but math capital We're priorities the time we stock high if accretion price repurchases that just as quality our here little -- authorization. a our sellers interested is of that still can and we're of is it awful that on some of find we looks and of a Yeah. does think we and to work Obviously seem sit best left, this it's dramatically. will to million get top nice point hard We will right realistic growing This some today existing still really looking like accretion markets. at and work destroy board about little brands we now and in certainly the that's of

Rajat Gupta

That’s Thanks. all Great. Understood. I have.

Earl Hesterberg

you. Thank

Operator

I’d for to session. his And over and will gentlemen, the to question-and-answer turn closing comments. conclude Hesterberg our back like ladies Earl this conference

Earl Hesterberg

three Thanks to joining look forward to about our for We you in everyone first quarter with results. for visiting months today. Okay. us

Operator

today’s that conference you, At Ladies presentation. gentlemen, this may lines. you attending disconnect for has and Sir. you Thank concluded. Thank time your