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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

(Mark One)
 (X)           QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(D) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012

OR

(   )           TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934

For the transition period from ___________________________ to ___________________________

Commission File Number 0-20797


RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
Texas  74-1733016
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
(I.R.S. Employer Identification No.)
 
555 I.H. 35 South, Suite 500
New Braunfels, Texas 78130
(Address of principal executive offices)
(Zip Code)

(830) 626-5200
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.
Yes [X]                               No [   ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate website, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulation S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files).
Yes [X]                               No [   ]

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company.  See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.

Large accelerated filer o                                                                                                   Accelerated filer þ

Non-accelerated filer o                                                                                                   Smaller reporting company o
(Do not check if a smaller reporting company)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).
Yes [  ]                               No [X]

Indicated below is the number of shares outstanding of each of the issuer’s classes of common stock, as of August 5, 2012.
 
Title of Class
Number of
Shares 
Outstanding
Class A Common Stock, $.01 Par Value 27,927,722
Class B Common Stock, $.01 Par Value 10,792,223
 
 
 
 

 

RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

INDEX

  Page
PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
   
Item 1.    Financial Statements
 
   
Consolidated Balance Sheets - June 30, 2012 (unaudited) and December 31, 2011
3
   
Consolidated Statements of Income and Comprehensive Income - For the Three and Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (unaudited)
4
   
Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows - For the Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (unaudited)
5
   
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements (unaudited)
6
   
Item 2.    Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
12
   
Item 3.    Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
26
   
Item 4.    Controls and Procedures
26
   
PART II.  OTHER INFORMATION
 
   
Item 1.    Legal Proceedings
  27
   
Item 1A. Risk Factors
27
   
Item 2.    Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
  27
   
Item 3.    Defaults Upon Senior Securities
  27
   
Item 4.    Mine Safety Disclosures
  27
   
Item 5.    Other Information
  27
   
Item 6.    Exhibits
  28
   
SIGNATURES
29
 
 
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PART I. FINANCIAL INFORMATION

ITEM 1. Financial Statements.

RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
JUNE 30, 2012 AND DECEMBER 31, 2011
 (In Thousands, Except Shares)

   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
   
(Unaudited)
       
Assets
           
Current assets:
           
Cash and cash equivalents
  $ 169,005     $ 207,775  
Accounts receivable, net
    95,875       98,160  
Inventories, net
    829,002       649,626  
    Prepaid expenses and other
    4,831       12,158  
Deferred income taxes, net
    12,180       12,286  
    Total current assets
    1,110,893       980,005  
                 
Investments
    6,628       6,628  
                 
Property and equipment, net
    537,870       499,667  
                 
Goodwill, net
    180,918       182,612  
                 
Other assets, net
    49,132       48,789  
                 
Total assets
  $ 1,885,441     $ 1,717,701  
                 
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity
               
Current liabilities:
               
Floor plan notes payable
  $ 634,649     $ 520,693  
Current maturities of long-term debt
    71,753       63,465  
Current maturities of capital lease obligations
    10,315       10,056  
Trade accounts payable
    75,613       62,299  
Accrued expenses
    97,649       134,278  
      Total current liabilities
    889,979       790,791  
                 
Long-term debt, net of current maturities
    285,486       264,822  
Capital lease obligations, net of current maturities
    34,253       35,498  
Other long-term liabilities
    2,239       2,233  
Deferred income taxes, net
    98,791       93,123  
                 
Shareholders’ equity:
               
Preferred stock, par value $.01 per share; 1,000,000 shares authorized; 0 shares outstanding in 2012 and 2011
           
Common stock, par value $.01 per share; 60,000,000 class A shares and 20,000,000 class B shares authorized; 27,887,575 class A shares and 10,792,223 class B shares outstanding in 2012; and 27,406,424 class A shares and 10,776,697 class B shares outstanding in 2011
        403           398  
Additional paid-in capital
    218,690       208,569  
Treasury stock, at cost: 1,639,843 class B shares
    (17,948 )     (17,948 )
Retained earnings
    375,492       342,164  
Accumulated other comprehensive loss, net of tax
    (1,944 )     (1,949 )
Total shareholders’ equity
    574,693       531,234  
                 
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity
  $ 1,885,441     $ 1,717,701  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 
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RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME AND COMPREHENSIVE INCOME
 (In Thousands, Except Per Share Amounts)
(Unaudited)

   
Three Months Ended
June 30,
   
Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2012
   
2011
 
                         
Revenues:
                       
New and used truck sales
  $ 598,220     $ 466,585     $ 1,150,148     $ 744,115  
Parts and service
    208,290       170,387       404,936       315,947  
Lease and rental
    23,433       20,563       46,909       39,548  
Finance and insurance
    3,577       2,744       6,714       4,712  
Other
    2,324       1,703       4,466       3,764  
    Total revenue
    835,844       661,982       1,613,173       1,108,086  
                                 
Cost of products sold:
                               
New and used truck sales
    559,017       436,163       1,069,824       695,068  
Parts and service
    127,617       103,453       245,873       192,165  
Lease and rental
    19,574       16,856       39,580       32,953  
    Total cost of products sold
    706,208       556,472       1,355,277       920,186  
                                 
Gross profit
    129,636       105,510       257,896       187,900  
                                 
Selling, general and administrative
    91,683       79,655       184,698       145,001  
                                 
Depreciation and amortization
    6,055       4,541       11,939       8,721  
                                 
Gain on sale of assets
    68       475       87       432  
                                 
Operating income
    31,966       21,789       61,346       34,610  
                                 
Interest expense, net
    3,407       1,599       6,711       2,800  
                                 
Income from before taxes
    28,559       20,190       54,635       31,810  
                                 
Provision for income taxes
    11,137       7,672       21,307       12,025  
                                 
Net income
  $ 17,422     $ 12,518     $ 33,328     $ 19,785  
                                 
Earnings per common share:
                               
Basic
  $ .45     $ .33     $ .86     $ .52  
Diluted
  $ .44     $ .32     $ .84     $ .51  
                                 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
                               
 Basic
    38,675       37,831       38,531       37,727  
 Diluted
    39,544       39,015       39,605       38,929  
                                 
Comprehensive income
  $ 17,428     $ 11,360     $ 33,333     $ 18,705  
 
The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 
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RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 (In Thousands)
(Unaudited)

   
Six Months Ended
 
   
June 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
             
Cash flows from operating activities:
           
Net income
  $ 33,328     $ 19,785  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
               
Depreciation and amortization
    34,267       26,108  
Gain on sale of property and equipment
    (87 )     (419 )
Stock-based compensation expense related to stock options and employee stock purchases
    4,801       3,874  
Provision for deferred income tax expense
    5,785       8,824  
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation
    (1,428 )     (1,145 )
Change in accounts receivable, net
    2,285       (26,966 )
Change in inventories
    (167,630 )     (93,554 )
Change in prepaid expenses and other, net
    7,327       6,801  
Change in trade accounts payable
    13,314       10,985  
Change in accrued expenses
    (35,201 )     9,696  
        Draws on floor plan notes payable – trade, net
    36,067        
Net cash used in operating activities
    (67,172 )     (36,011 )
                 
Cash flows from investing activities:
               
Acquisition of property and equipment
    (78,516 )     (60,805 )
Proceeds from the sale of property and equipment
    1,042       10,474  
    Business acquisitions
    (36 )     (60,038 )
Change in other assets
    (644 )     537  
Net cash used in investing activities
    (78,154 )     (109,832 )
                 
Cash flows from financing activities:
               
Draws on floor plan notes payable – non-trade, net
    77,889       114,741  
Proceeds from long-term debt
    63,914       45,943  
Principal payments on long-term debt
    (34,962 )     (33,252 )
Principal payments on capital lease obligations
    (5,610 )     (7,562 )
Debt issuance costs
          (41 )
    Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation
    1,428       1,145  
    Proceeds from issuance of shares relating to employee stock options and employee stock purchases
    3,897       2,178  
Net cash provided by financing activities
    106,556       123,152  
                 
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents
    (38,770 )     (22,691 )
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
    207,775       168,976  
                 
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
  $ 169,005     $ 146,285  
                 
Supplemental disclosure of cash flow information:
               
Cash paid during the period for:
               
Interest
  $ 11,409     $ 6,713  
Income taxes, net of refunds
  $ 2,598     $ (3,396 )
   Noncash investing activities:
               
       Assets acquired under capital leases
  $ 4,624     $ 6,903  

The accompanying notes are an integral part of these consolidated financial statements.

 
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RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
NOTES TO CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS
(Unaudited)

1 – Principles of Consolidation and Basis of Presentation

The interim consolidated financial statements included herein have been prepared by Rush Enterprises, Inc. and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as the “Company”), without audit, pursuant to the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”).  All adjustments have been made to the accompanying interim consolidated financial statements, which, in the opinion of the Company’s management, are necessary for a fair presentation of the Company’s operating results.  All adjustments are of a normal recurring nature.  Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles have been condensed or omitted pursuant to such rules and regulations.  It is recommended that these interim consolidated financial statements be read in conjunction with the consolidated financial statements and the notes thereto included in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.  Results of operations for interim periods are not necessarily indicative of results that may be expected for any other interim periods or the full fiscal year.

2 – Goodwill and Other Intangible Assets

In August 2011, the Company determined that the SAP enterprise software and SAP dealership management system were ready for their intended use, placed them in service and began amortization of the capitalized costs of the software.  The Company is currently operating several Rush Truck Centers in Texas and a majority of its leasing operations on the SAP enterprise software and SAP dealership management system.  The Company plans to convert all of its Rush Truck Centers and leasing operations to the SAP enterprise software and SAP dealership management system by the end of 2014.

The total capitalized costs of the SAP enterprise software and SAP dealership management system of $41.7 million, including capitalized interest, are recorded on the Consolidated Balance Sheet in Other Assets, net of accumulated amortization of $2.6 million.  Amortization expense of $0.7 million is included in depreciation and amortization expense for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and $1.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2012.  The SAP software will be amortized over a period of 15 years resulting in amortization expense of $2.8 million per year.  Additional enhancements to the SAP software will be capitalized and amortized over the remaining life of the asset.

Other Assets on the Consolidated Balance Sheet include manufacturer franchise rights of $4.5 million at June 30, 2012 and $2.8 million at December 31, 2011.
 
Goodwill is the excess of the purchase price over the fair value of identifiable net assets acquired in business combinations accounted for under the purchase method.  The Company does not amortize goodwill or other indefinite-lived intangible assets, but tests goodwill for impairment annually in the fourth quarter, or when indications of potential impairment exist. These indicators would include a significant change in operating performance, or a planned sale or disposition of a significant portion of the business, among other factors. The Company tests for goodwill impairment utilizing a fair value approach at the reporting unit level.  A reporting unit is an operating segment, for which discrete financial information is prepared and regularly reviewed by segment management. The Company has deemed its reporting unit to be the Truck Segment, which is the level at which management regularly reviews operating results and makes resource allocation decisions.
 
The fair market value of the Company’s manufacturer franchise rights, which are included in Other Assets on the accompanying consolidated balance sheets, is determined at the acquisition date through discounting the projected cash flows specific to each franchise. The Company has determined that manufacturer franchise rights have an indefinite life as there are no economic or other factors that limit their useful lives, and they are expected to generate cash flows indefinitely due to the historically long lives of the manufacturers’ brand names. Furthermore, to the extent that any agreements evidencing manufacturer franchise rights would expire, the Company expects that it would be able to renew those agreements in the ordinary course of business. Due to the fact that manufacturer franchise rights are specific to geographic region, the Company has determined that the geographic region is the appropriate level for purposes of testing franchise rights for impairment.  The Company does not amortize franchise rights, but tests for impairment annually in the fourth quarter, or when indications of potential impairment exist.
 
 
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The impairment test for goodwill involves comparing the fair value of a reporting unit to its carrying amount, including goodwill. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit exceeds its fair value, a second step is required to measure the goodwill impairment loss. The second step includes hypothetically valuing all the tangible and intangible assets of the reporting unit as if the reporting unit had been acquired in a business combination. Then, the implied fair value of the reporting unit's goodwill is compared to the carrying amount of that goodwill. If the carrying amount of the reporting unit's goodwill exceeds the implied fair value of the goodwill, the Company would recognize an impairment loss in an amount equal to the excess, not to exceed the carrying amount. The Company determines the fair values calculated in an impairment test using the discounted cash flow method, which requires assumptions and estimates regarding future revenue, expenses and cash flow projections.  The analysis is based upon available information regarding expected future cash flows of its reporting unit discounted at rates consistent with the cost of capital specific to the reporting unit.
 
No impairment write down of the Company’s goodwill was required in the fourth quarter of 2011.  However, the Company cannot predict the occurrence of certain events that might adversely affect the reported value of goodwill or manufacturer franchise rights in the future.
 
The following table sets forth the change in the carrying amount of goodwill for the Company for the period ended June 30, 2012:
 
Balance January 1, 2012
  $ 182,612  
Adjustment to acquisition of Peck Road Ford
    36  
Adjustment for franchise rights related to West Texas Peterbilt acquisition
    (1,730 )
Balance June 30, 2012
  $ 180,918  

On December 5, 2011, the Company acquired certain assets of West Texas Peterbilt, which consisted of dealerships in Amarillo, Lubbock and Odessa, Texas that offer Peterbilt trucks, parts, service, financing and insurance, a parts and service facility in Dalhart, Texas and a parts facility in Hereford, Texas.  The final purchase price allocation includes an adjustment to goodwill of $1.7 million due to the finalization of the franchise rights valuation during the second quarter of 2012.
 
3 – Commitments and Contingencies
 
The Company is involved in various claims and legal actions arising in the ordinary course of business. The Company believes it is unlikely that the final outcome of any of the claims or proceedings to which the Company is a party would have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position or results of operations; however, due to the inherent uncertainty of litigation, there can be no assurance that the resolution of any particular claim or proceeding would not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s results of operations for the fiscal period in which such resolution occurred.

4 – Earnings Per Share

The following table sets forth the computation of basic and diluted earnings per share:

   
Three Months Ended June 30,
   
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2012
   
2011
 
Numerator:
                       
  Numerator for basic and diluted earnings per share –
        Net income available to common shareholders
  $ 17,422,000     $ 12,518,000     $ 33,328,000     $ 19,785,000  
                                 
Denominator–
                               
   Denominator for basic earnings per share – weighted average shares outstanding
    38,675,464       37,831,211       38,531,254       37,726,829  
   Effect of dilutive securities–
                               
       Employee and director stock options and restricted share awards
    868,722       1,183,785       1,074,120       1,202,492  
   Denominator for diluted earnings per share – adjusted weighted average shares outstanding and assumed conversions
    39,544,186       39,014,996       39,605,374       38,929,321  
                                 
Basic earnings per common share
  $ .45     $ .33     $ .86     $ .52  
                                 
Diluted earnings per common share and common share equivalents
  $ .44     $ .32     $ .84     $ .51  

 
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Options to purchase shares of common stock that were outstanding for the three months and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 that were not included in the computation of diluted earnings per share because the effect would have been anti-dilutive are as follows:

   
Three Months Ended June 30,
   
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2012
   
2011
 
Options
    1,373,860       498,600       1,126,795       498,600  
Total anti-dilutive securities
    1,373,860       498,600       1,126,795       498,600  

5 – Stock Options and Restricted Stock Awards

Valuation and Expense Information

The Company accounts for stock-based compensation in accordance with Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 718-10, “Compensation – Stock Compensation,” which requires the measurement and recognition of compensation expense for all share-based payment awards made to the Company’s employees and directors including employee stock options, restricted share awards and employee stock purchases related to the Employee Stock Purchase Plan based on estimated fair values.  Stock-based compensation expense, calculated using the Black-Scholes option-pricing model and included in selling, general and administrative expense, was $1.7 million for the three months ended June 30, 2012, and $1.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  Stock-based compensation expense, included in selling, general and administrative expense, for the six months ended June 30, 2012, was $4.8 million and for the six months ended June 30, 2011, was $3.9 million.  As of June 30, 2012, there was $12.7 million of total unrecognized compensation cost related to non-vested share-based compensation arrangements to be recognized over a weighted-average period of 2.4 years.

6 – Financial Instruments and Fair Value
 
Certain methods and assumptions were used by the Company in estimating the fair value of financial instruments at June 30, 2012.  The carrying value of current assets and current liabilities approximates the fair value due to the short maturity of these items.

The fair value of the Company’s long-term debt is based on secondary market indicators and is categorized in Level 2 of the fair value hierarchy.  Since the Company’s debt is not quoted, estimates are based on each obligation’s characteristics, including remaining maturities, interest rate, credit rating, collateral, amortization schedule and liquidity.  The carrying amount approximates fair value.
 
In prior years, the Company invested in interest-bearing short-term investments primarily consisting of investment-grade auction rate securities classified as available-for-sale and reported at fair value.  These types of investments were designed to provide liquidity through an auction process that reset the applicable interest rates at predetermined periods ranging from 1 to 35 days.  This reset mechanism was intended to allow existing investors to continue to own their respective interest in the auction rate security or to gain immediate liquidity by selling their interests at par.

As a result of the liquidity issues experienced in the global capital markets, auctions for investment grade securities held by the Company have failed.  An auction fails when there is insufficient demand.  However, a failed auction does not represent a default by the issuer.  The auction rate securities continue to pay interest in accordance with the terms of the underlying security; however, liquidity will be limited until there is a successful auction or until such time as other markets for these investments develop.  The Company has the intent and ability to hold these auction rate securities until liquidity returns to the market.  The Company does not believe that the lack of liquidity relating to its auction rate securities will have a material impact on its ability to fund operations.

If investments are deemed to be impaired, the Company determines whether the impairment is temporary or other than temporary.  If the impairment is deemed to be temporary, the Company records an unrealized loss in other comprehensive income.  If the impairment is deemed other than temporary, the Company records the impairment in the Company’s consolidated statement of operations.
 
 
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As of June 30, 2012, the Company held auction rate securities with underlying tax-exempt municipal bonds that mature in 2030 that have a fair value of $6.6 million and a cost basis of $7.6 million.  These bonds have credit wrap insurance and a credit rating of Aa3 by a major credit rating agency.

The Company valued the auction rate securities at June 30, 2012 using a discounted cash flow model based on the characteristics of the individual securities, which the Company believes yields the best estimate of fair value. The first step in the valuation included a credit analysis of the security which considered various factors including the credit quality of the issuer, the instrument’s position within the capital structure of the issuing authority, and the composition of the authority’s assets including the effect of insurance and/or government guarantees. Next, the future cash flows of the instruments were projected based on certain assumptions regarding the auction rate market significant to the valuation including the auction rate market will remain illiquid and auctions will continue to fail causing the interest rate to be the maximum applicable rate.  This assumption resulted in discounted cash flow analysis being performed through 2019, the point at which the Company estimates the securities will be redeemed by the municipality.  The projected cash flows were then discounted using the applicable yield curve plus a 225 basis point liquidity premium added to the applicable discount rate.
 
The Company recorded a pre-tax impairment charge of $1.0 million on these investments in 2011.  The Company believes that the impairment is temporary and has recognized the impairment in accumulated other comprehensive loss.

The table below presents disclosures about the auction rate securities measured at fair value on a recurring basis in the Company’s financial statements as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011 (in thousands):

   
At June 30, 2012
 
         
Fair Value Estimated Using
 
   
Cost Basis
Amount
   
Level 1
Inputs
   
Level 2
Inputs
   
Level 3
Inputs
 
Investment in auction rate securities
  $ 7,575     $     $     $ 6,628  
 
   
At December 31, 2011
 
         
Fair Value Estimated Using
 
   
Cost Basis
Amount
   
Level 1
Inputs
   
Level 2
Inputs
   
Level 3
Inputs
 
Investment in auction rate securities
  $ 7,575     $     $     $ 6,628  

Interest Rate Swap Agreements

The Company has entered into swap agreements to hedge against the potential impact of increases in interest rates on its floating-rate debt instruments.  Swap agreements that hedge exposures to changes in interest rates expose us to credit risk and market risk.  Credit risk is the potential failure of the counterparty to perform under the terms of the swap agreement.  The Company attempts to minimize this risk by entering into transactions with high-quality counterparties.  Market risk is the potential adverse effect on the value of the swap agreement that results from a decline in interest rates.  The market risk associated with interest-rate contracts is managed by establishing and monitoring parameters that limit the types and degree of market risk that may be undertaken.

At June 30, 2012, the Company had an aggregate $43.6 million notional amount of interest rate swap contracts, which have been designated as cash flow hedges, to pay fixed rates of interest and receive a floating interest rate based on LIBOR. The fixed interest rates specified in the interest rate swap contracts became effective on or about January 1, 2012.  The Company’s interest rate swaps qualify for cash flow hedge accounting treatment.  Unrealized gains or losses are recorded in accumulated other comprehensive income.  Realized gains and losses will be recognized in interest expense, if they occur. Amounts to be received or paid under the contracts will be recognized as interest expense over the life of the contracts.  There was no ineffectiveness for these swaps during the quarters ended June 30, 2011 and June 30, 2012.
 
The fair value of cash flow hedges is calculated as the present value of expected future cash flows, determined on the basis of forward interest rates and present value factors.  As such, the carrying amounts for these swaps are designated to be Level 2 fair values and totaled $2.2 million as of June 30, 2012.  The carrying value of these swaps is included in Other Long-Term Liabilities on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet as of June 30, 2012.

 
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As of June 30, 2012, the Company was party to derivative financial instruments as described in the following table (in thousands):
 
Agreement
 
Notional Amount
   
Fixed Interest Rate
 
Underlying Rate
 
Expiration Date
 
Fair Value
 
Interest Rate Swap
  $ 2,155     5.075 %
3 month LIBOR
 
July 1, 2015
  $ (108 )
Interest Rate Swap
    4,452     5.075 %
3 month LIBOR
 
July 1, 2015
    (222 )
Interest Rate Swap
    7,595     5.39 %
1 month LIBOR
 
December 31, 2014
    (343 )
Interest Rate Swap
    1,468     5.39 %
1 month LIBOR
 
December 31, 2014
    (66 )
Interest Rate Swap
    2,613     5.39 %
1 month LIBOR
 
December 31, 2014
    (118 )
Interest Rate Swap
    5,913     5.39 %
1 month LIBOR
 
December 31, 2014
    (267 )
Interest Rate Swap
    5,408     5.38 %
1 month LIBOR
 
June 29, 2015
    (314 )
Interest Rate Swap
    832     5.29 %
1 month LIBOR
 
June 30, 2015
    (48 )
Interest Rate Swap
    1,595     5.29 %
1 month LIBOR
 
June 30, 2015
    (91 )
Interest Rate Swap
    8,043     5.29 %
1 month LIBOR
 
June 30, 2015
    (462 )
Interest Rate Swap
    693     5.29 %
1 month LIBOR
 
June 30, 2015
    (40 )
Interest Rate Swap
    2,787     5.29 %
1 month LIBOR
 
June 30, 2015
    (160 )
 
Fair values of derivative instruments are on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheet as of June 30, 2012 (in thousands):
 
       
Fair Value at
 
Derivative Liabilities Designated as Hedging Instruments
 
Balance Sheet Location
 
June 30, 2012
   
December 31, 2011
 
Interest Rate Swaps
 
Other Long-Term Liabilities
  $ 2,239     $ 2,233  

7 – Segment Information

The Company currently has one reportable business segment, the Truck Segment.  The Truck Segment operates a network of commercial vehicle dealerships that provide an integrated one-stop source for the commercial vehicle needs of its customers, including retail sales of new and used commercial vehicles; aftermarket parts, service and body shop facilities; and a wide array of financial services, including the financing of new and used commercial vehicle purchases, insurance products and truck leasing and rentals.  The commercial vehicle dealerships are deemed a single reporting unit because they have similar economic characteristics.  The Company’s chief operating decision maker considers the entire Truck Segment, not individual dealerships, when making decisions about resources to be allocated to the segment and assess its performance.
 
The accounting policies of the segments are the same as those described in the summary of significant accounting policies. The Company evaluates performance based on income before income taxes not including extraordinary items.
 
 
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The following table contains summarized information about reportable segment revenue, segment income or loss and segment assets for the periods ended June 30, 2012 and 2011 (in thousands):
 
   
Truck Segment
   
All Other
   
Totals
 
                   
As of and for the three months ended June 30, 2012
                 
                   
Revenues from external customers
  $ 830,773     $ 5,071     $ 835,844  
Segment income (loss) before taxes
    28,574       (15 )     28,559  
Segment assets
    1,858,045       27,396       1,885,441  
                         
As of and for the six months ended June 30, 2012
                       
                         
Revenues from external customers
  $ 1,603,681     $ 9,492     $ 1,613,173  
Segment income (loss) before taxes
    54,817       (182 )     54,635  
                         
As of and for the three months ended June 30, 2011
                       
                         
Revenues from external customers
  $ 657,490     $ 4,492     $ 661,982  
Segment income (loss) before taxes
    20,521       (331 )     20,190  
Segment assets
    1,324,548       25,752       1,350,300  
                         
As of and for the six months ended June 30, 2011
                       
                         
Revenues from external customers
  $ 1,099,630     $ 8,456     $ 1,108,086  
Segment income (loss) before taxes
    32,606       (796 )     31,810  

Revenues from segments below the quantitative thresholds are attributable to three operating segments of the Company and are included in the All Other column. Those segments include a retail tire company, an insurance agency and a guest ranch operation. None of those segments has ever met any of the quantitative thresholds for determining reportable segments.

8 – Income Taxes

The Company included accruals for unrecognized income tax benefits totaling $1.3 million as a component of accrued liabilities as of June 30, 2012, and December 31, 2011.  The unrecognized tax benefits of $1.3 million at June 30, 2012, if recognized, would impact the Company’s effective tax rate.  An unfavorable settlement would require a charge to income tax expense and a favorable resolution would be recognized as a reduction to income tax expense.  As of June 30, 2012, $51,000 of accrued interest related to unrecognized tax benefits is included in the provision for income taxes.  No amounts were accrued for penalties.

The Company does not anticipate a significant change in the amount of unrecognized tax benefits in the next 12 months.  As of June 30, 2012, the tax years ended December 31, 2008 through 2011 remained subject to audit by federal tax authorities and the tax years ended December 31, 2007 through 2011, remained subject to audit by state tax authorities.

 
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ITEM 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations.

Certain statements contained in this Form 10-Q (or otherwise made by the Company or on the Company’s behalf from time to time in other reports, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, news releases, conferences, website postings or otherwise) that are not statements of historical fact constitute “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Exchange Act of 1934, as amended (the “Exchange Act”), notwithstanding that such statements are not specifically identified. Forward-looking statements include statements about the Company’s financial position, business strategy and plans and objectives of management of the Company for future operations.  These forward-looking statements reflect the best judgments of the Company about the future events and trends based on the beliefs of the Company’s management as well as assumptions made by and information currently available to the Company’s management.  Use of the words “may,” “should,” “continue,” “plan,” “potential,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “estimate,” “expect” and “intend” and words or phrases of similar import, as they relate to the Company or its subsidiaries or Company management, are intended to identify forward-looking statements but are not the exclusive means of identifying such statements.  Forward-looking statements reflect the current view of the Company with respect to future events and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in such statements. Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, those set forth under Item 1A—Risk Factors in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 as well as future growth rates and margins for certain of our products and services, future supply and demand for our products and services, competitive factors, general economic conditions, cyclicality, market conditions in the new and used commercial vehicle markets, customer relations, relationships with vendors, the interest rate environment, governmental regulation and supervision, seasonality, distribution networks, product introductions and acceptance, technological change, changes in industry practices, one-time events and other factors described herein and in the Company’s quarterly and other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (collectively, “Cautionary Statements”). Although the Company believes that its expectations are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Based upon changing conditions, should any one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should any underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described in any forward-looking statements. All subsequent written and oral forward-looking statements attributable to the Company or persons acting on its behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the applicable Cautionary Statements. All forward-looking statements speak only as the date on which they are made and the Company undertakes no duty to update or revise any forward-looking statements.
 
The following comments should be read in conjunction with the Company’s consolidated financial statements and related notes included elsewhere in this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q.

Note Regarding Trademarks Commonly Used in the Company’s Filings

Peterbilt® is a registered trademark of Peterbilt Motors Company. PACCAR® is a registered trademark of PACCAR, Inc. GMC® is a registered trademark of General Motors Corporation. Hino® is a registered trademark of Hino Motors, Ltd. UD® is a registered trademark of UD Truck North America, Ltd. Isuzu® is a registered trademark of Isuzu Motors Limited. Kenworth® is a registered trademark of PACCAR, Inc. doing business as Kenworth Truck Company. Volvo® is a registered trademark of Volvo Trademark Holding AB. Freightliner® is a registered trademark of Freightliner Corporation. Mack® is a registered trademark of Mack Trucks, Inc. Navistar® is a registered trademark of Navistar International Corporation. Caterpillar® is a registered trademark of Caterpillar, Inc. PacLease® is a registered trademark of PACCAR Leasing Corporation. CitiCapital® is a registered trademark of Citicorp. Ford® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company.  Ford Motor Credit Company® is a registered trademark of Ford Motor Company. Cummins® is a registered trademark of Cummins Intellectual Property, Inc.  Eaton® is a registered trademark of Eaton Corporation.  Arvin Meritor® is a registered trademark of Meritor Technology, Inc. JPMorgan Chase® is a registered trademark of JP Morgan Chase & Co.  SAP® is a registered trademark of SAP Aktiengesellschaft.  International® is a registered trademark of Navistar International Transportation Corp. Blue Bird® is a registered trademark of Blue Bird Investment Corporation.  Autocar® is a registered trademark of Shem, LLC.  IC Bus® is a registered trademark of IC Bus, LLC.  Collins Bus Corporation® is a registered trademark of Collins Bus Corporation. Fuso® is a registered trademark of Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation. Workhorse® is a registered trademark of Workhorse Custom Chassis, LLC. Micro Bird® is a registered trademark of Blue Bird Body Company.

 
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General

Rush Enterprises, Inc. was incorporated in Texas in 1965 and consists of one reportable segment, the Truck Segment.  The Company conducts business through numerous subsidiaries, all of which it wholly owns, directly or indirectly.  Its principal offices are located at 555 IH 35 South, Suite 500, New Braunfels, Texas 78130.

The Company is a full-service, integrated retailer of commercial vehicles and related services.  The Truck Segment operates a regional network of commercial vehicle dealerships under the name “Rush Truck Centers.”  Rush Truck Centers primarily sell commercial vehicles manufactured by Peterbilt, International, Hino, UD, Ford, Isuzu, Mitsubishi Fuso, IC Bus or Blue Bird.  Through its strategically located network of Rush Truck Centers, the Company provides one-stop service for the needs of its commercial vehicle customers, including retail sales of new and used commercial vehicles, aftermarket parts sales, service and repair facilities, and financing, leasing and rental, and insurance products.

The Company’s Rush Truck Centers are principally located in high traffic areas throughout the United States.  Since commencing operations as a Peterbilt heavy-duty truck dealer in 1966, the Company has grown to operate 70 Rush Truck Centers in 14 states.

Our business strategy consists of providing our customers with competitively priced products supported with timely and reliable service through our integrated dealer network. We intend to continue to implement our business strategy, reinforce customer loyalty and remain a market leader by continuing to develop our Rush Truck Centers as we extend our geographic focus through strategic acquisitions of new locations and expansions of our existing facilities and product lines.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

The Company’s discussion and analysis of its financial condition and results of operations are based on the Company’s consolidated financial statements, which have been prepared in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles.  The preparation of these consolidated financial statements requires the Company to make estimates and assumptions that affect the reported amounts of assets and liabilities at the date of the consolidated financial statements and the reported amounts of revenues and expenses during the reporting period.  Actual results may differ from those estimates.  The Company believes the following accounting policies affect its more significant judgments and estimates used in the preparation of its consolidated financial statements.

Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market value.  Cost is determined by specific identification of new and used commercial vehicles and by the first-in, first-out method for tires, parts and accessories.  As the market value of our inventory typically declines over time, reserves are established based on historical loss experience and market trends.  These reserves are charged to cost of sales and reduce the carrying value of our inventory on hand.  An allowance is provided when it is anticipated that cost will exceed net realizable value.

Goodwill

Goodwill and other intangible assets that have indefinite lives are not amortized but instead are tested at least annually by reporting unit for impairment, or more frequently when events or changes in circumstances indicate that the asset might be impaired.

Goodwill is reviewed for impairment utilizing a two-step process.  The first step requires the Company to compare the fair value of the reporting unit, which is the same as the segment, to the respective carrying value.  The Company considers its segment to be a reporting unit for purposes of this analysis.  If the fair value of the reporting unit exceeds its carrying value, the goodwill is not considered impaired.  If the carrying value is greater than the fair value, there is an indication that impairment may exist and a second step is required.  In the second step of the analysis, the implied fair value of the goodwill is calculated as the excess of the fair value of a reporting unit over the fair values assigned to its assets and liabilities.  If the implied fair value of goodwill is less than the carrying value of the reporting unit’s goodwill, the difference is recognized as an impairment loss.

The Company determines the fair value of its reporting unit using the discounted cash flow method.  The discounted cash flow method uses various assumptions and estimates regarding revenue growth rates, future gross margins, future selling, general and administrative expenses and an estimated weighted average cost of capital.  The analysis is based upon available information regarding expected future cash flows of each reporting unit discounted at rates consistent with the cost of capital specific to the reporting unit.  This type of analysis contains uncertainties because it requires the Company to make assumptions and to apply judgment regarding its knowledge of its industry, information provided by industry analysts, and its current business strategy in light of present industry and economic conditions.  If any of these assumptions change, or fails to materialize, the resulting decline in its estimated fair value could result in a material impairment charge to the goodwill associated with the reporting unit.

 
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Management is not aware of any impairment charge that may currently be required; however, a change in economic conditions, if one occurs, could result in an impairment charge in future periods.

The Company does not believe there is a reasonable likelihood that there will be a material change in the future estimates or assumptions it used to test for impairment losses on goodwill.  However, if actual results are not consistent with our estimates or assumptions, or certain events occur that might adversely affect the reported value of goodwill in the future, the Company may be exposed to an impairment charge that could be material.  Such events may include, but are not limited to, the discontinuance of operations by certain manufacturers the Company represents, strategic decisions made in response to economic and competitive conditions or the impact of the current economic environment.

Insurance Accruals

The Company is partially self-insured for a portion of the claims related to its property and casualty insurance programs, requiring it to make estimates regarding expected losses to be incurred.  The Company engages a third party administrator to assess any open claims and the Company adjusts its accrual accordingly on an annual basis.  The Company is also partially self-insured for a portion of the claims related to its worker’s compensation and medical insurance programs.  The Company uses actuarial information provided from third party administrators to calculate an accrual for claims incurred, but not reported, and for the remaining portion of claims that have been reported.

Changes in the frequency, severity, and development of existing claims could influence the Company’s reserve for claims and financial position, results of operations and cash flows.  The Company does not believe there is a reasonable likelihood that there will be a material change in the estimates or assumptions it used to calculate its self-insured liabilities.  However, if actual results are not consistent with our estimates or assumptions, the Company may be exposed to losses or gains that could be material.

Accounting for Income Taxes

Management judgment is required to determine the provisions for income taxes and to determine whether deferred tax assets will be realized in full or in part.  Deferred income tax assets and liabilities are measured using enacted tax rates expected to apply to taxable income in the years in which those temporary differences are expected to be recovered or settled.  When it is more likely than not that all or some portion of specific deferred income tax assets will not be realized, a valuation allowance must be established for the amount of deferred income tax assets that are determined not to be realizable.  Accordingly, the facts and financial circumstances impacting deferred income tax assets are reviewed quarterly and management’s judgment is applied to determine the amount of valuation allowance required, if any, in any given period.

The Company’s income tax returns are periodically audited by tax authorities.  These audits include questions regarding our tax filing positions, including the timing and amount of deductions.  In evaluating the exposures associated with the Company’s various tax filing positions, the Company adjusts its liability for unrecognized tax benefits and income tax provision in the period in which an uncertain tax position is effectively settled, the statute of limitations expires for the relevant taxing authority to examine the tax position, or when more information becomes available.

The Company’s liability for unrecognized tax benefits contains uncertainties because management is required to make assumptions and to apply judgment to estimate the exposures associated with its various filing positions.  The Company’s effective income tax rate is also affected by changes in tax law, the level of earnings and the results of tax audits.  Although the Company believes that the judgments and estimates are reasonable, actual results could differ, and the Company may be exposed to losses or gains that could be material.  An unfavorable tax settlement generally would require use of the Company’s cash and result in an increase in its effective income tax rate in the period of resolution.  A favorable tax settlement would be recognized as a reduction in the Company’s effective income tax rate in the period of resolution.  The Company’s income tax expense includes the impact of reserve provisions and changes to reserves that it considers appropriate, as well as related interest.

 
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Stock-Based Compensation Expense
 
The Company applies the provisions of ASC 718-10, “Compensation – Stock Compensation,” which requires the measurement and recognition of compensation expense for all share-based payment awards made to employees and directors including grants of employee stock options, restricted stock and restricted stock units and employee stock purchases under the Employee Stock Purchase Plan based on estimated fair values.
 
The Company uses the Black-Scholes option-pricing model to estimate the fair value of share-based payment awards on the date of grant.  The value of the portion of the award that is ultimately expected to vest is recognized as expense over the requisite service periods in the Company’s Consolidated Statement of Income.

Derivative Instruments and Hedging Activities
 
The Company utilizes derivative financial instruments to manage its interest rate risk. The types of risks hedged are those relating to the variability of cash flows and changes in the fair value of the Company’s financial instruments caused by movements in interest rates. The Company assesses hedge effectiveness at the inception and during the term of each hedge. Derivatives are reported at fair value on the accompanying Consolidated Balance Sheets.
 
The effective portion of the gain or loss on the Company’s cash flow hedges are reported as a component of accumulated other comprehensive loss.  Hedge effectiveness will be assessed quarterly by comparing the changes in cumulative gain or loss from the interest rate swap with the cumulative changes in the present value of the expected future cash flows of the interest rate swap that are attributable to changes in the LIBOR rate. If the interest rate swaps become ineffective, portions of these interest rate swaps would be reported as a component of interest expense in the accompanying Consolidated Statements of Income.

 
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Results of Operations

The following discussion and analysis includes the Company’s historical results of operations for the three months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011.

The following table sets forth certain financial data as a percentage of total revenues:

   
Three Months Ended June 30,
   
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2012
   
2011
 
                         
New and used truck sales
    71.6 %     70.5 %     71.3 %     67.2 %
Parts and service
    24.9       25.7       25.1       28.5  
Lease and rental
    2.8       3.1       2.9       3.6  
Finance and insurance
    0.4       0.4       0.4       0.4  
Other
    0.3       0.3       0.3       0.3  
Total revenues
    100.0       100.0       100.0       100.0  
Cost of products sold
    84.5       84.1       84.0       83.0  
Gross profit
    15.5       15.9       16.0       17.0  
Selling, general and administrative
    11.0       12.0       11.5       13.1  
Depreciation and amortization
    0.7       0.7       0.7       0.8  
Gain on sale of assets
    0.0       0.1       0.0       0.0  
Operating income
    3.8       3.3       3.8       3.1  
Interest expense, net
    0.4       0.2       0.4       0.3  
Income before income taxes
    3.4       3.1       3.4       2.8  
Provision for income taxes
    1.3       1.2       1.3       1.1  
Net income
    2.1 %     1.9 %     2.1 %     1.7 %

The following table sets forth for the periods indicated the percent of gross profit by revenue source:

   
Three Months Ended June 30,
   
Six Months Ended June 30,
 
   
2012
   
2011
   
2012
   
2011
 
                         
Gross Profit:
                       
New and used commercial vehicle sales
    30.2 %     28.8 %     31.2 %     26.1 %
Parts and service sales
    62.2       63.5       61.7       65.9  
Lease and rental
    3.0       3.5       2.8       3.5  
Finance and insurance
    2.8       2.6       2.6       2.5  
Other
    1.8       1.6       1.7       2.0  
Total gross profit
    100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %     100.0 %

 
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The following table sets forth the unit sales and revenue for new heavy-duty, new medium-duty, new light-duty and used commercial vehicles and the absorption ratio (revenue in millions):

   
Three Months Ended
June 30,
         
Six Months Ended
June 30,
       
   
2012
   
2011
   
% Change
   
2012
   
2011
   
% Change
 
Vehicle unit sales:
                                   
New heavy-duty vehicles
    2,813       2,363       19.0 %     5,551       3,708       49.7 %
New medium-duty vehicles
    2,141       1,514       41.4 %     3,675       2,331       57.7 %
New light-duty vehicles
    343       314       9.2 %     620       426       45.5 %
  Total new vehicle unit sales
    5,297       4,191       26.4 %     9,846       6,465       52.3 %
                                                 
Used vehicles
    1,242       1,156       7.4 %     2,494       2,263       10.2 %
                                                 
Vehicle revenue:
                                               
New heavy-duty vehicles
  $ 395.3     $ 300.5       31.5 %   $ 779.5     $ 473.7       64.6 %
New medium-duty vehicles
    135.8       107.3       26.6 %     236.5       160.7       47.2 %
New light-duty vehicles
    11.0       10.2       7.8 %     20.2       14.2       42.3 %
  Total new vehicle revenue
  $ 542.1     $ 418.0       29.7 %   $ 1,036.2     $ 648.6       59.8 %
                                                 
Used vehicle revenue
  $ 53.1     $ 47.4       12.0 %   $ 107.6     $ 93.8       14.7 %
                                                 
Other vehicle revenue:(1)
  $ 3.0     $ 1.2       150.0 %   $ 6.3     $ 1.7       270.6 %
                                                 
Absorption ratio:
    117.7 %     112.9 %     4.3 %     117.2 %     111.1 %     5.5 %
 
(1)  Includes sales of truck bodies, trailers and other new equipment.
 
Key Performance Indicator

Absorption Ratio

Management uses several performance metrics to evaluate the performance of its commercial vehicle dealerships, and considers Rush Truck Centers’ “absorption ratio” to be of critical importance.  Absorption ratio is calculated by dividing the gross profit from the parts, service and body shop departments by the overhead expenses of all of a dealership’s departments, except for the selling expenses of the new and used commercial vehicle departments and carrying costs of new and used commercial vehicle inventory.  When 100% absorption is achieved, then gross profit from the sale of a commercial vehicle, after sales commissions and inventory carrying costs, directly impacts operating profit.  In 1999, the Company’s truck dealerships’ absorption ratio was approximately 80%.  The Company has made a concerted effort to increase its absorption ratio since 1999.  The Company’s truck dealerships achieved a 117.7% absorption ratio for the second quarter of 2012 and a 112.9% absorption ratio for the second quarter in 2011.

Three Months Ended June 30, 2012 Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2011

In the second quarter, the Company’s gross revenues totaled $835.8 million, a 26.3% increase from gross revenues of $662.0 million for the second quarter ended June 30, 2011.  The Company’s overall parts, service and body shop sales increased 22.2% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011.  This contributed to the Company achieving an absorption ratio of 117.7% for the quarter ended June 30, 2012.

The Company’s strategy to expand the scope of aftermarket solutions provided to the commercial vehicle market, combined with the ability to offer a diverse product lineup of new trucks into a range of market segments, continues to result in solid financial performance.  The Company’s aftermarket capabilities now include a wide range of services and products such as jobsite mobile service, new diagnostic and analysis capabilities and assembly service for specialized bodies and equipment.

The Company increased deliveries of Class 8 trucks by 19.0% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011.  A.C.T. Research Co., LLC (“A.C.T. Research”), a truck industry data and forecasting service provider, currently predicts U.S. retail sales of Class 8 trucks of approximately 202,500 units in 2012, 227,000 units in 2013, and 229,000 units in 2014, compared to approximately174,000 units in 2011.  The Company believes that U.S. retail sales of Class 8 trucks in 2012 will range from approximately 180,000 to 185,000 units.
 
 
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The Company increased deliveries of new Class 4 through 7 medium-duty vehicles by 41.4% in the second quarter of 2012, compared to the second quarter of last year.  A.C.T. Research currently predicts U.S. retail sales of Class 4 through 7 medium-duty commercial vehicles of approximately 158,000 units in 2012, a 9.5% increase from the number of units sold in 2011, 182,000 units in 2013, and 198,000 in 2014.

Revenues

Revenues increased $173.9 million, or 26.3%, in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011.

Parts, service and body shop revenues increased $37.9 million, or 22.2%, in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011.  This increase is the result of increased service needs of aging vehicles, continued service activity in the energy sector, expanded product and service offerings and acquisitions that occurred in 2011.  The Company expects parts, service and body shop sales to continue to remain strong through 2012 and remains focused on expanding aftermarket product and service offerings.

Revenues from sales of new and used commercial vehicles increased $131.6 million, or 28.2%, in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011.  Demand for commercial vehicles remained strong in the first half of 2021, but the Company believes that demand for commercial vehicles will soften in the second half of 2012 due to current economic and political uncertainty.

The Company sold 2,813 heavy-duty trucks in the second quarter of 2012, a 19.0% increase compared to 2,363 heavy-duty trucks in the second quarter of 2011.  This increase was primarily driven by strong activity in the energy sector and replacement truck deliveries to larger fleets. According to A.C.T. Research, the U.S. Class 8 truck market increased 31.0% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011. The Company’s share of the U.S. Class 8 truck sales market was approximately 5.2% in 2011.  The Company expects its market share to range between 5.2% and 5.4% of U.S. Class 8 truck sales in 2012.  This would result in the sale of approximately 9,400 to 10,000 of Class 8 trucks in 2012 based on the Company’s estimate that U.S. retail sales will range from 180,000 to 185,000 units.  The Company’s ability to sell this many trucks may be limited by manufacturer and component suppliers’ ability to maintain or increase production over current levels to meet customer demand.
 
The Company sold 2,141 medium-duty commercial vehicles, including 141 buses, in the second quarter of 2012, a 41.4% increase compared to 1,514 medium-duty commercial vehicles, including 398 buses, in 2011.  This increase is primarily the result of increased new truck sales to medium-duty fleets across the country along with strong performance by the Company’s Ford franchises.  A.C.T. Research estimates that unit sales of Class 4 through 7 commercial vehicles in the U.S. increased approximately 11.0% in the second quarter of 2012, compared to the second quarter of 2011.  In 2011, the Company achieved a 3.8% share of the Class 4 through 7 commercial vehicle sales market in the U.S.  As a result of acquisitions that occurred during 2011, the Company expects its market share to range between 4.2% and 4.6% of U.S. Class 4 through 7 commercial vehicle sales in 2012.  This market share percentage would result in the sale of approximately 6,700 to 7,300 of Class 4 through 7 commercial vehicles in 2012 based on A.C.T. Research’s current U.S. retail sales estimates of 158,000 units.

The Company sold 343 light-duty vehicles in the second quarter of 2012, a 9.2% increase compared to 314 light-duty vehicles in the second quarter of 2011.  This increase is primarily due to acquisitions that occurred in 2011. The Company expects to sell 1,200 light-duty vehicles in 2012.

The Company sold 1,242 used commercial vehicles in the second quarter of 2012, a 7.4% increase compared to 1,156 used commercial vehicles in the second quarter of 2011.  The Company expects to sell approximately 4,700 to 5,200 used commercial vehicles in 2012.  The volume of used commercial vehicle sales will be largely dependent upon our ability to acquire quality used commercial vehicles and maintain an adequate used commercial vehicle inventory throughout 2012.
 
Truck lease and rental revenues increased $2.9 million, or 14.0%, in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011.  The increase in lease and rental revenue is primarily due to the increased number of units put into service in the lease and rental fleet during 2011 and 2012.  The Company expects lease and rental revenue to increase 20% to 25% during 2012, compared to 2011 based on the increase of units in the lease and rental fleet.

Finance and insurance revenues increased $0.8 million, or 30.4%, in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011.  The increase in finance and insurance revenue is primarily a result of the increase in new and used commercial vehicle sales.  The Company expects finance and insurance revenue to fluctuate proportionately with the Company’s new and used commercial vehicle sales in 2012.  Finance and insurance revenues have limited direct costs and, therefore, contribute a disproportionate share of the Company’s operating profits.
 
 
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Gross Profit

Gross profit increased $24.1 million, or 22.9%, in the second quarter of 2012, compared to the second quarter of 2011.  Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased to 15.5% in the second quarter of 2012 from 15.9% in the second quarter of 2011.  This decrease in gross profit as a percentage of sales is a result of a change in our product sales mix.  Commercial vehicle sales, a lower margin revenue item, increased as a percentage of total revenue to 71.6% in 2012, from 70.5% in 2011.  Parts and service revenue, a higher margin revenue item, decreased as a percentage of total revenue to 24.9% in 2012, from 25.7% in 2011.

Gross margins from the Company’s parts, service and body shop operations decreased to 38.7% in the second quarter of 2012, from 39.3% in the second quarter of 2011.  Gross profit for the parts, service and body shop departments increased to $80.7 million in the second quarter of 2012 from $66.9 million in the second quarter of 2011.  The Company expects gross margins on parts, service and body shop operations to range from approximately 38.0% to 41.0% in 2012.

Gross margins on Class 8 truck sales remained constant at 6.7% in the second quarter of 2012 and the second quarter of 2011.  In 2012, the Company expects overall gross margins from Class 8 truck sales of approximately 6.5% to 7.5%.

Gross margins on medium-duty commercial vehicle sales decreased to 4.2% in the second quarter of 2012, from 4.3% in the second quarter of 2011.  Gross margins on medium-duty commercial vehicles are difficult to forecast accurately because gross margins vary significantly depending upon the mix of fleet and non-fleet purchasers and types of medium-duty commercial vehicles sold.  For 2012, the Company expects overall gross margins from medium-duty commercial vehicle sales of approximately 4.5% to 5.5%, but this will largely depend upon general economic conditions and the mix of purchasers and types of vehicles sold.

Gross margins on used commercial vehicle sales decreased to 8.3% in the second quarter of 2012, from 10.2% in the second quarter of 2011.  The decrease in the margin is primarily due to a larger percentage of wholesale transactions in the second quarter of 2012.  In 2012, the Company expects margins on used commercial vehicles to remain between 8.0% and 10.0% depending upon general economic conditions and the availability of quality used vehicles.

Gross margins from truck lease and rental sales decreased to 16.5% in the second quarter of 2012, from 18.0% in the second quarter of 2011.  The decrease in gross profit is primarily attributable to the significant number of units placed into service during the first quarter of 2012.  Growth in the lease and rental fleet can negatively affect margins as the Company experiences a full month of expense on new units going into service while a full month of revenue is not secured.  The Company expects gross margins from lease and rental sales of approximately 14.5% to 16.5% during 2012, as it expects to continue to grow its lease and rental fleet.  The Company’s policy is to depreciate its lease and rental fleet using a straight line method over the customer’s contractual lease term.  The lease unit is depreciated to a residual value that approximates fair value at the expiration of the lease term.  This policy results in the Company realizing reasonable gross margins while the unit is in service and a corresponding gain or loss on sale when the unit is sold at the end of the lease term.

Finance and insurance revenues and other income, as described above, have limited direct costs and, therefore, contribute a disproportionate share of gross profit.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

Selling, General and Administrative (“SG&A”) expenses increased $12.0 million, or 15.1%, in the second quarter of 2012, compared to the second quarter of 2011.  SG&A expenses as a percentage of total revenue decreased to 11.0% in the second quarter of 2012, from 12.0% in the second quarter of 2011.  SG&A expenses as a percentage of total revenue have historically ranged from 10.0% to 15.0%.  In general, when new and used commercial vehicle revenue decreases as a percentage of total revenue, SG&A expenses as a percentage of total revenue will be at, or exceed, the higher end of this range.  For 2012, the Company expects SG&A expenses as a percentage of total revenue to range from 11.0% to 13.0% and the selling portion of SG&A expenses to be approximately 25% to 30% of new and used commercial vehicle gross profit.  In 2012, the Company expects the general and administrative portion of SG&A expenses to increase by approximately 13.0% to 17.0% compared to 2011 due to an expected increase in personnel costs related to increased parts and service business, the full year effect of acquisitions made in 2011, and the reinstatement of certain employee benefits.  The Company will incur ongoing additional costs of approximately $0.3 million to $0.4 million per month related to implementation of SAP software, which includes monthly maintenance fees and training expenses.  The SAP software was placed into service in August 2011.
 
 
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Depreciation and Amortization Expense

Depreciation and amortization expense increased $1.5 million, or 33.3%, in the second quarter of 2012 compared to 2011.  Approximately $0.7 million of the increase was amortization expense related to the SAP software development which began in August 2011.  The remainder was due to acquisitions and store expansions.

Interest Expense, Net

Net interest expense increased $1.8 million, or 113.1%, in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011.  The increase in net interest expense is primarily due to increased truck inventory levels.  In January 2012, the Company’s floor plan agreement with GE Capital was amended to decrease interest rates related to floor plan notes payable.  Net interest expense in 2012 will depend on inventory levels and cash available for prepayment of floor plan financing.  Interest expense will increase by approximately $0.1 million per month, through July of 2012, because the Company discontinued the capitalization of interest on the costs related to the SAP software implementation when the software was placed in service in August 2011.

Income before Income Taxes

As a result of the factors described above, income before income taxes increased $8.4 million, or 41.5%, in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the second quarter of 2011.  The Company believes that income before income taxes will increase in 2012 compared to 2011 because of the factors described above.

Income Taxes

Income taxes increased $3.5 million, or 45.2%, in the second quarter of 2012, compared to the second quarter of 2011.  The Company provided for taxes at a 39.0% effective rate in the second quarter of 2012 compared to an effective rate of 38.0% in the second quarter of 2011.  The Company expects its effective tax rate to be approximately 37.0% to 39.0% of pretax income in 2012.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2012, Compared to Six Months Ended June 30, 2011

Unless otherwise stated below, the Company’s variance explanations and future expectations with regard to the items discussed in this section are set forth in the discussion of the “Three Months Ended June 30, 2012, Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2011.”

Revenues increased $505.1 million, or 45.6%, in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.  Sales of new and used trucks increased $406.0 million, or 54.6%, in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.

 Parts and service sales increased $89.0 million, or 28.2%, in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.
 
The Company sold 5,551 heavy-duty trucks in the first six months of 2012, a 49.7% increase compared to 3,708 heavy-duty trucks in the first six months of 2011.  According to A.C.T. Research, retail sales in the U.S. Class 8 truck market increased 38.0% in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.
 
The Company sold 3,675 medium-duty commercial vehicles, including 255 buses in the first six months of 2012.  This represented a 57.7% increase compared to 2,331 medium-duty commercial vehicles, including 507 buses in the first six months of 2011.  A.C.T. Research estimates that unit sales of Class 4 through 7 commercial vehicles in the U.S increased approximately 15.0% in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.

The Company sold 2,494 used commercial vehicles in the first six months of 2012, a 10.2% increase compared to 2,263 used commercial vehicles in the first six months of 2011.
 
 
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Truck lease and rental revenues increased $7.4 million, or 18.6%, in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.

Finance and insurance revenues increased $2.0 million, or 42.5%, in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.

Gross Profit

Gross profit increased $70.0 million, or 37.3%, in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.  Gross profit as a percentage of sales decreased to 16.0% in the first six months of 2012 from 17.0% in the first six months of 2011.

Gross margins from the Company’s parts, service and body shop operations increased to 39.3% in the first six months of 2012, from 39.2% in the first six months of 2011.  Gross profit for the parts, service and body shop departments was $159.1 million in the first six months of 2012, compared to $123.8 million in the first six months of 2011.

Gross margins on Class 8 truck sales increased to 7.1% in the first six months of 2012, from 6.6% in the first six months of 2011.

Gross margins on medium-duty commercial vehicle sales remained constant at 4.5% in the first six months of 2012 and the first six months of 2011.

Gross margins on used commercial vehicle sales decreased to 9.2% in the first six months of 2012, from 10.1% in the first six months of 2011.

Gross margins from truck lease and rental sales decreased to 15.6% in the first six months of 2012, from approximately 16.7% in the first six months of 2011.  

Finance and insurance revenues and other income, as described above, has limited direct costs and, therefore, contributes a disproportionate share of gross profit.

Selling, General and Administrative Expenses

SG&A expenses increased $39.7 million, or 27.4%, in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.  SG&A expenses as a percentage of sales was 11.4% in the first six months of 2012 and 13.1% in the first six months of 2011.

Depreciation and Amortization Expense

Depreciation and amortization expense increased $3.2 million, or 36.9%, in the first six months of 2012 compared to 2011.

Interest Expense, Net

Net interest expense increased $3.9 million, or 139.7%, in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.

Income before Income Taxes

Income before income taxes increased $22.8 million, or 71.8%, in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.

Provision for Income Taxes

Income taxes increased $9.3 million, or 77.2%, in the first six months of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011.  The Company provided for taxes at a 39.0% rate in the first six months of 2012, compared to a rate of 38.0% in the first six months of 2011.
 
 
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Liquidity and Capital Resources

The Company’s short-term cash requirements are primarily for working capital, inventory financing, the improvement and expansion of existing facilities and the construction or purchase of new facilities.  Historically, these cash requirements have been met through the retention of profits, borrowings under our floor plan arrangements and bank financings.  As of June 30, 2012, the Company had working capital of approximately $220.9 million, including $169.0 million in cash available to fund our operations.  The Company believes that these funds are sufficient to meet any operating requirements for at least the next twelve months.

Available cash is generally invested in variable interest rate instruments in accordance with the Company’s investment policy, which is to invest excess funds in a manner that will provide maximum preservation and safety of principal.  The portfolio is maintained to meet anticipated liquidity needs of the Company in order to ensure the availability of cash to meet the Company’s obligations and to minimize potential liquidation losses.  As of June 30, 2012, the majority of excess cash is maintained in a depository account or invested in a money market fund that invests exclusively in U.S. Treasury bills, notes and other obligations issued or guaranteed by the U.S. Treasury, and repurchase agreements collateralized by such obligations.

The Company has a secured line of credit that provides for a maximum borrowing of $10.0 million.  There were no advances outstanding under this secured line of credit at June 30, 2012, however, $7.7 million was pledged to secure various letters of credit related to self-insurance products, leaving $2.3 million available for future borrowings as of June 30, 2012.

The Company’s long-term real estate debt agreements require the Company to satisfy various financial ratios such as the debt to worth ratio, leverage ratio and the fixed charge coverage ratio and certain requirements for tangible net worth and GAAP net worth.  As of June 30, 2012, the Company was in compliance with all debt covenants related to debt secured by real estate and its floor plan credit agreement.  The Company does not anticipate any breach of the covenants in the foreseeable future.

The Company expects to purchase or lease trucks worth approximately $115.0 million for its leasing operations in 2012, depending on customer demand, all of which will be financed.  The Company also expects to make capital expenditures for recurring items such as computers, shop tools and equipment and vehicles of approximately $12.0 million to $18.0 million during 2012.

The Company is currently under contract to construct a dealership facility in Ardmore, Oklahoma at an estimated cost of $4.9 million.  The construction project is estimated to continue through the first quarter of 2013.

The Company currently anticipates funding its capital expenditures relating to the improvement and expansion of existing facilities and recurring expenses, as well as a portion of the construction or purchase of new facilities through its operating cash flow.  The Company may finance 70% to 80% of the appraised value of any newly constructed or purchased facilities, which would increase the Company’s cash and cash equivalents by that amount.

The Company has no other material commitments for capital expenditures as of June 30, 2012, except that the Company will continue to purchase vehicles for its lease and rental division and authorize capital expenditures for improvement and expansion of its existing dealership facilities and construction or purchase of new facilities based on market opportunities.

Cash Flows

Cash and cash equivalents decreased by $38.8 million during the six months ended June 30, 2012 and decreased by $22.7 million during the six months ended June 30, 2011.  The major components of these changes are discussed below.

Cash Flows from Operating Activities

Cash flows from operating activities include net income adjusted for non-cash items and the effects of changes in working capital.  During the first six months of 2012, operating activities resulted in net cash used in operations of $67.2 million.  Cash used in operating activities was primarily impacted by the increase in inventories and the decrease in accrued expenses which was offset by the increase in accounts payable and draws on floor plan notes payable - trade.
 
 
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During the first six months of 2011, operating activities resulted in net cash used in operations of $36.0 million.
 
In June 2012, the Company entered into a wholesale financing agreement with Ford Motor Credit Company that provides for the financing of, and is collateralized by, the Company’s Ford new vehicle inventory.  This wholesale financing agreement bears interest at a rate of Prime plus 150 basis points minus certain incentives and rebates; however, the prime rate is defined to be a minimum of 3.75%.  As of June 30, 2012, the interest rate on the wholesale financing agreement was 5.25% before considering the applicable incentives. As of June 30, 2012, the Company had an outstanding balance of $36.1 million under the Ford Motor Credit Company wholesale financing agreement.
 
Cash Flows from Investing Activities

Cash flows used in investing activities consist primarily of cash used for capital expenditures and business acquisitions.  During the first six months of 2012, cash used in investing activities was $78.2 million.  Capital expenditures consisted of purchases of property and equipment and improvements to our existing dealership facilities of $78.5 million.  Property and equipment purchases during the first six months of 2012 consisted of $69.9 million for additional units for rental and leasing operations, which will be directly offset by borrowings of long-term debt.  The Company expects to purchase or lease trucks worth approximately $115.0 million for its leasing operations in 2012, depending on customer demand, all of which will be financed.  During 2012, the Company expects to make capital expenditures for recurring items such as computers, shop equipment and vehicles of approximately $12.0 to $18.0 million.

During the first six months of 2011, cash used in investing activities was $109.8 million.  Capital expenditures consisted of purchases of property and equipment and improvements to our existing dealership facilities of $60.8 million.  Property and equipment purchases during the first six months of 2011 consisted of $30.4 million for additional units for rental and leasing operations, which was directly offset by borrowings of long-term debt, $16.0 million for transportation equipment and $4.5 million related to the SAP software implementation, including capitalized interest.

Cash Flows from Financing Activities

Cash flows from financing activities include borrowings and repayments of long-term debt and net proceeds of floor plan notes payable – non-trade.  Cash provided by financing activities was $106.6 million during the first six months of 2012. The Company had borrowings of long-term debt of $63.9 million and repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations of $40.6 million during the first six months of 2012.  The Company had net draws on floor plan notes payable – non-trade of $77.9 million during the first six months of 2012.  The borrowings of long-term debt were primarily related to units for the rental and leasing operations.

Cash provided by financing activities was $123.2 million during the first six months of 2011. The Company had borrowings of long-term debt of $45.9 million and repayments of long-term debt and capital lease obligations of $40.8 million during the first six months of 2011.  The Company had net draws on floor plan notes payable – non-trade of $114.7 million during the first six months of 2011.  The borrowings of long-term debt were primarily related to units for the rental and leasing operations.

Substantially all of the Company’s commercial vehicle purchases are made on terms requiring payment within 15 days or less from the date the commercial vehicles are invoiced from the factory.  On January 31, 2012, the Company entered into an amended and restated $600.0 million credit agreement with GE Capital.  The interest rate under the amended credit agreement is LIBOR plus 2.23% on inventory loans up to $500.0 million and LIBOR plus 2.95% on inventory loans exceeding $500.0 million. The amended credit agreement allows the Company to prepay inventory loans, provided that the prepayment does not exceed the sum of 38% of the aggregate inventory loans made up to $500.0 million plus 100% of the inventory loans above $500.0 million.  GE Capital may terminate this credit agreement without cause upon 120 days notice.  The Company makes monthly interest payments to GE Capital on the amount financed, but is not required to commence loan principal repayments on any vehicle until such vehicle had been financed for 12 months or was sold.  On June 30, 2012, the Company had approximately $583.8 million outstanding under its credit agreement with GE Capital.
 
Navistar Financial Corporation and Peterbilt offer wholesale new vehicle inventory financing programs that provide an interest free financing period, which varies depending on the commercial vehicle purchased.  If the commercial vehicle financed is not sold within the interest free finance period, the Company transfers the financed commercial vehicle to the GE Capital credit agreement. 

 
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Backlog

On June 30, 2012, the Company’s backlog of commercial vehicle orders was approximately $753.2 million compared to a backlog of commercial vehicle orders of approximately $705.7 million on June 30, 2011. The Company includes only confirmed orders in its backlog.  The delivery time for a custom-ordered commercial vehicle varies depending on the truck specifications and demand for the particular model ordered, however, the Company expects to fill the majority of its backlog orders during 2012.  The Company sells the majority of its new commercial vehicles by customer special order, with the remainder sold out of inventory.  Orders from a number of the Company’s major fleet customers are included in the Company’s backlog as of June 30, 2012.

Seasonality

The Company’s Truck Segment is moderately seasonal. Seasonal effects on new commercial vehicle sales related to the seasonal purchasing patterns of any single customer type are mitigated by the diverse geographic locations of our dealerships and the Company’s diverse customer base, including regional and national fleets, local governments, corporations and owner operators. However, commercial vehicle parts and service operations historically have experienced higher sales volumes in the second and third quarters.

Cyclicality

The Company’s business is dependent on a number of factors relating to general economic conditions, including fuel prices, interest rate fluctuations, credit availability, economic recessions, environmental and other government regulations and customer business cycles. Unit sales of new commercial vehicles have historically been subject to substantial cyclical variation based on these general economic conditions. For example, according to data published by A.C.T. Research, in recent years total U.S. retail sales of new Class 8 trucks have ranged from a low of approximately 97,000 in 2009 to a high of approximately 291,000 in 2006.  Through geographic expansion, concentration on higher margin parts and service operations and diversification of its customer base, the Company believes it has reduced the negative impact on the Company’s earnings of adverse general economic conditions or cyclical trends affecting the heavy-duty truck industry.

Off-Balance Sheet Arrangements

Other than operating leases, the Company does not have any obligation under any transaction, agreement or other contractual arrangement to which an entity unconsolidated with the Company is a party, that has or is reasonably likely to have a material effect on the Company's financial condition, changes in financial condition, revenues or expenses, results of operations, liquidity, capital expenditures or capital resources that is material to investors.

Environmental Standards and Other Governmental Regulations

The Company is subject to a wide range of federal, state and local environmental laws and regulations, including those governing discharges into the air and water; the operation and removal of underground and aboveground storage tanks; the use, handling, storage and disposal of hazardous substances, petroleum and other materials; and the investigation and remediation of contamination.  As with commercial vehicle dealerships generally, and service, parts and body shop operations in particular, our business involves the generation, use, storage, handling and contracting for recycling or disposal of hazardous materials or wastes and other environmentally sensitive materials.  The Company has incurred, and will continue to incur, capital and operating expenditures and other costs in complying with such laws and regulations.

Our operations involving the handling and disposal of hazardous and nonhazardous materials are subject to the requirements of the federal Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, or RCRA, and comparable state statutes.  Pursuant to these laws, federal and state environmental agencies have established approved methods for handling, storage, treatment, transportation and disposal of regulated substances and wastes with which the Company must comply.  Our business also involves the operation and use of above ground and underground storage tanks.  These storage tanks are subject to periodic testing, containment, upgrading and removal under RCRA and comparable state statutes.  Furthermore, investigation or remediation may be necessary in the event of leaks or other discharges from current or former underground or aboveground storage tanks.
 
 
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The Company may also have liability in connection with materials that were sent to third-party recycling, treatment, or disposal facilities under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act, or CERCLA, and comparable state statutes.  These statutes impose liability for investigation and remediation of contamination without regard to fault or the legality of the conduct that contributed to the contamination.  Responsible parties under these statutes may include the owner or operator of the site where contamination occurred and companies that disposed or arranged for the disposal of the hazardous substances released at these sites.  These responsible parties also may be liable for damages to natural resources.  In addition, it is not uncommon for neighboring landowners and other third parties to file claims for personal injury and property damage allegedly caused by the release of hazardous substances or other pollutants into the environment.

The federal Clean Water Act and comparable state statutes prohibit discharges of pollutants into regulated waters without the necessary permits, require containment of potential discharges of oil or hazardous substances, and require preparation of spill contingency plans.  Water quality protection programs govern certain discharges from some of our operations.  Similarly, the federal Clean Air Act and comparable state statutes regulate emissions of various air pollutants through air emissions permitting programs and the imposition of other requirements. In addition, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, or EPA, has developed, and continues to develop, stringent regulations governing emissions of toxic air pollutants from specified sources.

In 2010, the EPA and the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the first national standards to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and improve fuel efficiency of heavy-duty trucks and buses beginning in model year 2014.  The final rules, which were issued on September 15, 2011, begin to apply in 2014 and are fully implemented in model year 2017.

It is not possible at this time to accurately predict how the foregoing proposed standards, future legislation or other new regulations that may be adopted to address greenhouse gas emissions will impact our business.  Any regulations will likely result in increased compliance costs, additional operating restrictions or changes in demand for our products and services, which could have a material adverse effect on our business, financial condition and results of operation.

The Company believes that it does not currently have any material environmental liabilities and that compliance with environmental laws and regulations will not, individually or in the aggregate, have a material adverse effect on our results of operations, financial condition or cash flows.  However, soil and groundwater contamination is known to exist at some of our current properties.  Further, environmental laws and regulations are complex and subject to change. In addition, in connection with acquisitions, it is possible that the Company will assume or become subject to new or unforeseen environmental costs or liabilities, some of which may be material. In connection with our dispositions, or prior dispositions made by companies we acquire, the Company may retain exposure for environmental costs and liabilities, some of which may be material. Compliance with current or amended, or new or more stringent, laws or regulations, stricter interpretations of existing laws or the future discovery of environmental conditions could require additional expenditures by us, and those expenditures could be material.

 
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ITEM 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk.

Market risk represents the risk of loss that may impact the financial position, results of operations, or cash flows of the Company due to adverse changes in financial market prices, including interest rate risk, and other relevant market rate or price risks.

The Company is exposed to some market risk through interest rates related to our floor plan financing agreements, variable rate real estate debt and discount rates related to finance sales.  The majority of floor plan debt and variable rate real estate debt is based on LIBOR.  As of June 30, 2012, the Company had floor plan borrowings and variable interest rate real estate debt of approximately $691.8 million.  Assuming an increase or decrease in LIBOR of 100 basis points, annual interest expense could correspondingly increase or decrease by approximately $6.9 million.

The Company provides all customer financing opportunities to various finance providers. The Company receives all finance charges in excess of a negotiated discount rate from the finance providers in the month following the date of the financing. The negotiated discount rate is variable, thus subject to interest rate fluctuations. This interest rate risk is mitigated by the Company’s ability to pass discount rate increases to customers through higher financing rates.

The Company is exposed to some market risk through interest rate swaps on some of the Company’s variable interest rate real estate debt.  As of June 30, 2012, the Company had interest rate swaps with a total notional amount of $43.6 million.  The swaps were designed to provide a hedge against changes in interest rates on some of the Company’s variable interest rate real estate debt.  The swaps are collateralized by the underlying real estate.  These interest rate swaps qualify for cash flow hedge accounting treatment and are considered effective.  For additional information about the effect of the Company’s derivative instruments on the accompanying consolidated financial statements, see Note 6 – Financial Instruments and Fair Value of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

The Company is also exposed to some market risk through interest rates related to the investment of our current cash and cash equivalents which totaled $169.0 million on June 30, 2012.  These funds are generally invested in variable interest rate instruments in accordance with the Company’s investment policy.  As such instruments mature and the funds are reinvested, we are exposed to changes in market interest rates. This risk is mitigated by management’s ongoing evaluation of the best investment rates available for current and noncurrent high quality investments. If market interest rates were to increase or decrease immediately and uniformly by 100 basis points, the Company’s annual interest income could correspondingly increase or decrease by approximately $1.7 million.

In the past, the Company invested in interest-bearing short-term investments consisting of investment-grade auction rate securities classified as available-for-sale.  As a result of the recent liquidity issues experienced in the global credit and capital markets, auctions for investment grade securities held by the Company have failed.  The auction rate securities continue to pay interest in accordance with the terms of the underlying security; however, liquidity will be limited until there is a successful auction or until such time as other markets for these investments develop.

As of June 30, 2012, the Company holds auction rate securities, with underlying tax-exempt municipal bonds that mature in 2030, that have a fair value of $6.6 million.  Given the current market conditions in the auction rate securities market, if the Company determines that the fair value of these securities temporarily decreases by an additional 10%, the Company’s equity could correspondingly decrease by approximately $0.7 million.  If it is determined that the fair value of these securities is other-than-temporarily impaired by 10%, the Company could record a loss on its Consolidated Statements of Operations of approximately $0.7 million.  For further discussion of the risks related to our auction rate securities, see Note 6 – Financial Instruments and Fair Value of the Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.

ITEM 4. Controls and Procedures.

The Company, under the supervision and with the participation of management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, evaluated the effectiveness of the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures as of the end of the period covered by this report.  Based on that evaluation, the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer concluded that the Company’s disclosure controls and procedures were effective as of June 30, 2012 to ensure that information required to be disclosed in the reports filed or submitted under the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 is (i) recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms, and (ii) is accumulated and communicated to Company management, including the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer, as appropriate, to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.
 
 
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There has been no change in the Company’s internal control over financial reporting that occurred during the three months ended June 30, 2012 that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, the Company’s internal control over financial reporting.
 
PART II.  OTHER INFORMATION

ITEM 1. Legal Proceedings.

From time to time, we are involved in litigation arising out of the Company’s operations in the ordinary course of business. We maintain liability insurance, including product liability coverage, in amounts deemed adequate by management. To date, aggregate costs to us for claims, including product liability actions, have not been material. However, an uninsured or partially insured claim, or claim for which indemnification is not available, could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition or results of operations. We believe that there are no claims or litigation pending, the outcome of which could have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial position or results of operations. However, due to the inherent uncertainty of litigation, there can be no assurance that the resolution of any particular claim or proceeding would not have a material adverse effect on the Company’s financial condition or results of operations for the fiscal period in which such resolution occurred.

ITEM 1A. Risk Factors.

While we attempt to identify, manage and mitigate risks and uncertainties associated with our business to the extent practical under the circumstances, some level of risk and uncertainty will always be present.  Item 1A, Part I of our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K (the “2011 Annual Report”) describes some of the risks and uncertainties associated with our business that have the potential to materially affect our business, financial condition or results of operations.

There has been no material change in our risk factors disclosed in our 2011 Annual Report.

ITEM 2.  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds.

The Company did not make any unregistered sales of equity securities during the second quarter of 2012.
 
The Company did not repurchase any shares of its Class A Common Stock or Class B Common Stock during the second quarter of 2012.

ITEM 3.  Defaults Upon Senior Securities.
 
Not Applicable

ITEM 4.  Mine Safety Disclosures.
 
Not Applicable

ITEM 5.  Other Information.

Not Applicable

 
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ITEM 6.  Exhibits

Exhibit
Number
 
Exhibit Title 
3.1
 
Restated Articles of Incorporation of Rush Enterprises, Inc. (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 000-20797) for the quarter ended June 30, 2008).
     
3.2
 
Rush Enterprises, Inc. Amended and Restated Bylaws (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.2 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 000-20797) filed for the quarter ended June 30, 2009).
     
10.1*
 
Form of Rush Enterprises, Inc. 2006 Non-Employee Director Stock Plan Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement.
     
31.1*
 
Certification of CEO pursuant to Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
31.2*
 
Certification of CFO pursuant to Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
32.1**
 
Certification of CEO pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
32.2**
 
Certification of CFO pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
     
101***
 
The following materials from Rush Enterprises, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011; (ii) Consolidated Statements of Income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011; (iii) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011; and (iv) Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
*
Filed herewith
**
Furnished herewith
***
Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the Interactive Data Files on Exhibit 101 hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under those sections.

 
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SIGNATURES
 
Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the Registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned thereunto duly authorized.
 
 
 
RUSH ENTERPRISES, INC.
 
 
 
       
Date:           August 9, 2012
By:
/S/ W.M. “RUSTY” RUSH  
   
W.M. “Rusty” Rush
President and Chief Executive Officer
(Principal Executive Officer)
 
       
       
       
  By:  /S/ STEVEN L. KELLER  
Date:           August 9, 2012  
Steven L. Keller
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
(Principal Financial and Accounting Officer)
 
 
 
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EXHIBIT INDEX
 
Exhibit
Number
 
Exhibit Title 
3.1
 
Restated Articles of Incorporation of Rush Enterprises, Inc. (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.1 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 000-20797) for the quarter ended June 30, 2008).
     
3.2
 
Rush Enterprises, Inc. Amended and Restated Bylaws (incorporated herein by reference to Exhibit 3.2 of the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q (File No. 000-20797) filed for the quarter ended June 30, 2009).
     
10.1*
 
Form of Rush Enterprises, Inc. 2006 Non-Employee Director Stock Plan Restricted Stock Unit Award Agreement.
     
31.1*
 
Certification of CEO pursuant to Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
31.2*
 
Certification of CFO pursuant to Rules 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a) adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
32.1**
 
Certification of CEO pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
32.2**
 
Certification of CFO pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350 as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
     
101***
 
The following materials from Rush Enterprises, Inc.’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended June 30, 2012, formatted in XBRL (eXtensible Business Reporting Language): (i) Consolidated Balance Sheets as of June 30, 2012 and December 31, 2011; (ii) Consolidated Statements of Income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011; (iii) Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and 2011; and (iv) Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
*
Filed herewith
**
Furnished herewith
***
Pursuant to Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the Interactive Data Files on Exhibit 101 hereto are deemed not filed or part of a registration statement or prospectus for purposes of Sections 11 or 12 of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, are deemed not filed for purposes of Section 18 of the Securities and Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, and otherwise are not subject to liability under those sections.

 

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