The following management discussion and analysis ("MD&A") provides information management believes is relevant to an assessment and understanding of the consolidated financial condition and consolidated results of operations of Element Fleet Management Corp. (the "Company", "we" or "Element") as at and for the three- month period ended March 31, 2021 and should be read in conjunction with the Company's unaudited interim condensed financial statements as at and for the three-month period ended March 31, 2021 and the audited consolidated financial statements and accompanying notes for the year ended December 31, 2020 filed on the System for Electronic Document Analysis and Retrieval ("SEDAR") at www.sedar.com. All dollar amounts in this MD&A are expressed in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified and all numbers are in thousands, unless otherwise specified or for per share amounts or ratios. References to "Q1 2021", "this quarter", or "the quarter" are to the quarter ended March 31, 2021 and references to "Q4 2020" and "Q1 2020" are to the quarters ended December 31, 2020 and March 31, 2020, respectively. Additional information relating to the Company is available on SEDAR at www.sedar.comand on the Company's website at www.elementfleet.com.
THIS ANALYSIS HAS BEEN PREPARED TAKING INTO CONSIDERATION INFORMATION AVAILABLE TO MAY 11, 2021. CERTAIN STATEMENTS IN THIS MD&A, OTHER THAN STATEMENTS OF HISTORICAL FACT, ARE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS WITHIN THE MEANING OF APPLICABLE SECURITIES LAWS AND MAY CONTAIN FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION. SUCH STATEMENTS ARE BASED UPON ELEMENT'S AND ITS MANAGEMENT'S CURRENT INTERNAL EXPECTATIONS, ESTIMATES, PROJECTIONS, ASSUMPTIONS AND BELIEFS. THESE STATEMENTS MAY INCLUDE, WITHOUT LIMITATION, STATEMENTS REGARDING THE OPERATIONS, BUSINESS, FINANCIAL CONDITION, EXPECTED FINANCIAL RESULTS, PERFORMANCE, PROSPECTS, OPPORTUNITIES, PRIORITIES, TARGETS, GOALS, ONGOING OBJECTIVES, STRATEGIES AND OUTLOOK OF ELEMENT. FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS INCLUDE STATEMENTS THAT ARE PREDICTIVE IN NATURE, DEPEND UPON OR REFER TO FUTURE EVENTS OR CONDITIONS. IN SOME CASES, WORDS SUCH AS "PLAN", "EXPECT", "INTEND", "BELIEVE", "ANTICIPATE", "ESTIMATE", "TARGET", "PROJECT", "FORECAST", "MAY", "IMPROVE", "WILL", "POTENTIAL", "PROPOSED" AND OTHER SIMILAR WORDS, OR STATEMENTS THAT CERTAIN EVENTS OR CONDITIONS "MAY" OR "WILL" OCCUR ARE INTENDED TO IDENTIFY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION. FORWARD- LOOKING STATEMENTS (INCLUDING THOSE REGARDING FINANCIAL OUTLOOK) ARE PROVIDED FOR THE PURPOSES OF ASSISTING THE READER IN UNDERSTANDING ELEMENT AND ITS BUSINESS, OPERATIONS, RISKS, FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE, FINANCIAL POSITION AND CASH FLOWS AS AT AND FOR THE PERIODS ENDED ON CERTAIN DATES AND TO PRESENT INFORMATION ABOUT MANAGEMENT'S CURRENT EXPECTATIONS AND PLANS RELATING TO THE FUTURE AND THE READER IS CAUTIONED THAT SUCH STATEMENTS MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR OTHER PURPOSES. THESE STATEMENTS ARE NOT GUARANTEES OF FUTURE PERFORMANCE AND INVOLVE KNOWN AND UNKNOWN RISKS, UNCERTAINTIES AND OTHER FACTORS THAT MAY CAUSE ACTUAL RESULTS OR EVENTS TO DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE ANTICIPATED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS OR INFORMATION. UNDUE RELIANCE SHOULD NOT BE PLACED ON THESE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS, AS THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT THE PLANS, INTENTIONS OR EXPECTATIONS UPON WHICH THEY ARE BASED WILL OCCUR. BY ITS NATURE, FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION INVOLVES NUMEROUS ASSUMPTIONS, KNOWN AND UNKNOWN RISKS AND UNCERTAINTIES, BOTH GENERAL AND SPECIFIC, THAT CONTRIBUTE TO THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE EXPECTATIONS, PREDICTIONS, FORECASTS, PROJECTIONS, CONCLUSIONS OR OTHER FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS WILL NOT OCCUR OR PROVE ACCURATE, THAT ASSUMPTIONS MAY NOT BE CORRECT AND THAT OBJECTIVES, STRATEGIC GOALS AND PRIORITIES WILL NOT BE ACHIEVED. SUCH FORWARD- LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION IN THIS MD&A SPEAK ONLY AS OF THE DATE OF THIS MD&A. THE FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS CONTAINED IN THIS MD&A REFLECT SEVERAL MATERIAL FACTORS, EXPECTATIONS AND ASSUMPTIONS OF ELEMENT INCLUDING, WITHOUT LIMITATION: THE IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC ON INDUSTRY AND MARKET CONDITIONS; THAT ELEMENT WILL CONDUCT ITS OPERATIONS IN A MANNER CONSISTENT WITH ITS EXPECTATIONS AND, WHERE APPLICABLE, CONSISTENT WITH PAST PRACTICE; ACCEPTABLE NEGOTIATIONS WITH THIRD PARTIES; THE CONTINUANCE OF EXISTING (AND IN CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES, THE IMPLEMENTATION OF PROPOSED) TAX AND REGULATORY REGIMES; CERTAIN COST ASSUMPTIONS; THE CONTINUED AVAILABILITY OF ADEQUATE DEBT AND/OR EQUITY FINANCING AND CASH FLOW TO FUND ITS CAPITAL AND OPERATING REQUIREMENTS AS NEEDED; THE EXTENT OF ITS ASSETS AND LIABILITIES; THE COMPANY'S NET FINANCING REVENUE YIELD ON AVERAGE NET EARNING ASSETS; GROWTH IN LEASE RECEIVABLES AND SERVICE INCOME; EXPECTATIONS REGARDING SYNDICATION; RATE OF COST INFLATION; APPLICABLE FOREIGN EXCHANGE RATES AND APPLICABLE INCOME TAX RATES; THE COMPANY'S FUNDING MIX; AND THE RESET RATES FOR THE COMPANY'S OUTSTANDING PREFERRED SHARES. ELEMENT BELIEVES THE MATERIAL FACTORS, EXPECTATIONS AND ASSUMPTIONS REFLECTED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING INFORMATION AND STATEMENTS ARE REASONABLE BUT NO ASSURANCE CAN BE GIVEN THAT THESE FACTORS, EXPECTATIONS AND ASSUMPTIONS WILL PROVE TO BE CORRECT.
THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC HAS CAST ADDITIONAL UNCERTAINTY ON ELEMENT'S INTERNAL EXPECTATIONS, ESTIMATES, PROJECTIONS, ASSUMPTIONS AND BELIEFS. THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT THEY WILL CONTINUE TO BE VALID. GIVEN THE RAPID PACE OF CHANGE WITH RESPECT TO THE IMPACT OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, IT IS PREMATURE TO MAKE FURTHER ASSUMPTIONS ABOUT THESE MATTERS. THE DURATION,
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EXTENT AND SEVERITY OF THE IMPACT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC, INCLUDING MEASURES TO PREVENT ITS SPREAD, WILL HAVE ON ELEMENT'S BUSINESS IS HIGHLY UNCERTAIN AND DIFFICULT TO PREDICT AT THIS TIME.
FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION IN THIS MD&A INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, STATEMENTS WITH RESPECT TO: THE IMPACT THAT THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC MAY HAVE ON ELEMENT'S FINANCIAL CONDITION, OPERATING RESULTS AND CASH FLOWS; ELEMENT'S REVENUES, EXPENSES, RUN-RATE AND OPERATIONS, FUTURE CASH FLOWS, FINANCIAL CONDITION, OPERATING PERFORMANCE, FINANCIAL RATIOS, PROJECTED ASSET BASE AND CAPITAL STRUCTURE; ELEMENT'S ABILITY TO RENEW OR REFINANCE CREDIT AND SECURITIZATION FACILITIES; ELEMENT'S STRATEGY TO IMPROVE AND OPTIMIZE THE CLIENT EXPERIENCE AND CLIENT ACQUISITION AND RETENTION; ELEMENT'S EXPECTATIONS REGARDING SYNDICATION; ELEMENT'S ANTICIPATED CASH NEEDS, CAPITAL REQUIREMENTS AND ITS NEEDS FOR ADDITIONAL FINANCING; ELEMENT'S FUTURE GROWTH PLANS; ELEMENT'S EXPECTATIONS REGARDING ITS ORIGINATION VOLUMES; ELEMENT'S ANTICIPATED DELINQUENCY RATES AND CREDIT LOSSES; ELEMENT'S ABILITY TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN PERSONNEL; ELEMENT'S PRESENT INTENTION TO PAY REGULAR DIVIDENDS ON ITS COMMON SHARES AND PREFERRED SHARES; ELEMENT'S TECHNOLOGY AND DATA, AND EXPECTED USES AND BENEFITS; ELEMENT'S COMPETITIVE POSITION AND ITS EXPECTATIONS REGARDING COMPETITION; ANTICIPATED TRENDS AND CHALLENGES IN ELEMENT'S BUSINESS AND THE MARKETS IN WHICH IT OPERATES; THE EVOLUTION OF ELEMENT'S BUSINESS AND THE FLEET MANAGEMENT INDUSTRY; ELEMENT'S GROWTH PROSPECTS AND THE OBJECTIVES, VISION AND STRATEGIES OF ELEMENT; ELEMENT'S OPERATIONS AND ABILITY TO DRIVE OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCIES; ELEMENT'S EXPECTATIONS REGARDING ITS ASSETS; ELEMENT'S BUSINESS STRATEGY; ELEMENT'S EXPECTATION REGARDING THE AVAILABILITY OF FUNDS FROM OPERATIONS, CASH FLOW GENERATION AND CAPITAL ALLOCATION; ELEMENT'S STRATEGIC ASSESSMENT OF CURRENT AND FUTURE ASSETS; ELEMENT'S BUSINESS OUTLOOK AND OTHER EXPECTATIONS REGARDING FINANCING OR OPERATING PERFORMANCE METRICS; THE EVOLUTION OF OPERATIONS AND THE DEVELOPMENT OF PERFORMANCE INDICATORS, AND OTHER FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE METRICS; THE FUTURE FINANCIAL REPORTING OF ELEMENT; ELEMENT'S FUTURE ASSETS AND THE DEMAND FOR ELEMENT'S SERVICES; ELEMENT'S BORROWING BASE; THE EXTENT, NATURE AND IMPACT OF ANY VALUE DRIVER TO CREATE, AND THE ABILITY TO GENERATE, PRE-TAXRUN-RATE OPERATING INCOME; ELEMENT'S ABILITY TO INCREASE TOTAL SHAREHOLDER RETURN; ELEMENT'S DIVIDEND POLICY AND THE PAYMENT OF FUTURE DIVIDENDS; ELEMENT'S PROPOSED SHARE PURCHASES, INCLUDING THE NUMBER OF COMMON SHARES TO BE REPURCHASED, THE TIMING THEREOF AND TSX ACCEPTANCE OF ANY RENEWAL OF THE NORMAL COURSE ISSUER BID; AND ELEMENT'S ABILITY TO PRE-FUND REDEMPTION OF ITS OUTSTANDING CONVERTIBLE DEBENTURES UPON THEIR MATURITY. THE READER IS CAUTIONED TO CONSIDER THESE AND OTHER FACTORS, UNCERTAINTIES AND POTENTIAL EVENTS CAREFULLY AND NOT TO PUT UNDUE RELIANCE ON FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS. INFORMATION CONTAINED IN FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS IS BASED UPON CERTAIN MATERIAL ASSUMPTIONS THAT WERE APPLIED IN DRAWING A CONCLUSION OR MAKING A FORECAST OR PROJECTION, INCLUDING MANAGEMENT'S PERCEPTIONS OF HISTORICAL TRENDS, CURRENT CONDITIONS AND EXPECTED FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS, AS WELL AS OTHER CONSIDERATIONS THAT ARE BELIEVED TO BE APPROPRIATE IN THE CIRCUMSTANCES. ALTHOUGH ELEMENT BELIEVES THAT THE EXPECTATIONS REFLECTED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS ARE REASONABLE, THERE CAN BE NO ASSURANCE THAT SUCH EXPECTATIONS WILL PROVE TO BE CORRECT. ELEMENT CANNOT GUARANTEE FUTURE RESULTS, LEVELS OF ACTIVITY, PERFORMANCE OR ACHIEVEMENTS. MOREOVER, NEITHER ELEMENT NOR ANY OTHER PERSON ASSUMES RESPONSIBILITY FOR THE ACCURACY OR COMPLETENESS OF THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION.
SOME OF THE RISKS AND OTHER FACTORS, SOME OF WHICH ARE BEYOND ELEMENT'S CONTROL, WHICH COULD CAUSE RESULTS TO DIFFER MATERIALLY FROM THOSE EXPRESSED IN THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS AND INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS MD&A, INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, THOSE SET FORTH UNDER THE HEADING "RISK MANAGEMENT" HEREIN AND UNDER THE HEADING "RISK FACTORS" IN ELEMENT'S ANNUAL INFORMATION FORM FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2020. READERS ARE CAUTIONED THAT SUCH RISK FACTORS ARE NOT EXHAUSTIVE. THE FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENTS CONTAINED IN THIS MD&A ARE EXPRESSLY QUALIFIED BY THIS CAUTIONARY STATEMENT. OTHER THAN AS SPECIFICALLY REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE CANADIAN LAW, ELEMENT UNDERTAKES NO OBLIGATION TO UPDATE ANY FORWARD-LOOKING STATEMENT TO REFLECT EVENTS OR CIRCUMSTANCES AFTER THE DATE ON WHICH SUCH STATEMENT IS MADE, OR TO REFLECT THE OCCURRENCE OF UNANTICIPATED EVENTS, WHETHER AS A RESULT OF NEW INFORMATION, FUTURE EVENTS OR RESULTS, OR OTHERWISE.
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Table of Contents
Achievements and Initiatives in the period
Outlook and Economic Conditions
Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates
Related Party Transactions
Change in Reporting Presentation
Recently Adopted Accounting Standards
Selected Financial Information and Ratios
Future Accounting Changes
Internal Control over Disclosure and Financial Reporting
Results of Operations for the
Three-Months ended March 31, 2021
Summary of Quarterly Information
IFRS to Non-IFRS Reconciliations
Glossary of Terms
Foreign Currency Exchange Rate Changes
Description of Non-IFRS Measures
Updated Share Information
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Element Fleet Management Corp. is the largest pure-play automotive fleet manager in the world. Our business is exclusively focused on business-to-business services for corporates, governments and not-for- profits that operate vehicle fleets. We are the market leader in the geographies in which we operate: the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and Australia and New Zealand (ANZ). Element has approximately $15.0 billion in assets under management and over 1 million vehicles under management serving more than 5,500 clients.
The fleet management industry took shape over 70 years ago and has consistently demonstrated stability and resilience across the business cycle. The industry is characterized by high barriers to entry, rational competition and long-term client relationships.
Element specializes in large and often complex vehicle fleets. We benefit from a blue-chip client base, significant advantages of scale and expertise, and the financial strength to support the achievement of our and our clients' business objectives. Element's purpose is to ensure that our clients' vehicles and their drivers are safer, smarter and more productive.
Fleet vehicles are essential to our clients' ability to generate and sustain revenue or, in the case of governments and not-for-profits, fulfill their obligations to stakeholders. Regardless, fleet vehicles have significant associated costs. Element's value proposition is the material reduction of our clients' total cost of fleet operations, and the elimination of related administrative burden. We deliver this value through services and solutions that span the fleet lifecycle, from acquisition and financing to maintenance, repair and remarketing.
In 2018, we completed an end-to-end assessment of Element's business that resulted in a strategic plan to solidify the Company's core operating platform and client relationships, strengthen and deleverage its balance sheet and divest of all non-core assets. We knew that the successful execution of this three-prong strategy would position Element for solid sustainable organic growth in 2021 and beyond.
In 2020, we completed the transformation of Element, having effected hundreds of changes to the organization resulting in a more consistent, superior client experience; greater operational efficiency and scalability; a materially strengthened financial position and maturing capital structure; diversified funding sources, including approximately $4 billion of committed, undrawn liquidity; and meaningfully improved profitability.
The rapid and successful transformation program allowed our Commercial teams to focus on the aggressive pursuit of profitable, organic revenue growth, beginning in mid-2020 in the U.S. and Canada, and earlier in Mexico, Australia and New Zealand. Element's global growth strategy leverages our market leadership to (i) hold share through best-in-class client retention, (ii) improve salesforce effectiveness and win clients from other fleet management companies, (iii) better manage client profitability and (iv) convert self-managed fleets into Element clients. We are also pursuing additional, Armada1-like "mega fleet" opportunities.
Transforming Element has given our people the skills and confidence to deal with large, complicated and deeply nuanced business problems. These capabilities have been on full display in our swift and successful adaptation to operating through the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite the practical and economic consequences of the pandemic, we completed Element's transformation in 2020 and are focused on our strategic priorities for 2021 and beyond:
Aggressively pursue organic growth in all our geographies and demonstrate the scalability of Element's transformed operating platform by magnifying 4-6% annual net revenue growth into high single-digit to low double-digit annual operating income growth;
Advance a capital-lighter business model that enhances return on equity; and
Achieve high single-digit to low double-digit annual free cash flow growth and predictably return excess equity to shareholders by way of dividends and share buybacks.
"Armada" is the term Element uses to reference one large client in particular that the Company does not name due to the client's desire for confidentiality.
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