AMERCO 2007 Annual Report
July 10, 2007 Download
Dear Fellow Shareholders,
Sustainability. All businesses should be held accountable for conducting themselves in a responsible manner, vis-à-vis, planet Earth. From its inception, U-Haul has recognized this. We define rentals as “division of use and specialization of ownership.” The rental concept is one of careful management of the Earth’s resources, while making these resources available to the Earth’s inhabitants. Done well, rentals enhance sustainability.
U-Haul can do more in this regard. Expect us to probe some additional initiatives this year. During fiscal 2007, U-Haul served more than 11 million do-it-yourself household moving customers. Also during this period more than 700,000 people stored their belongings in a U-Haul storage facility.
We have an aggressive fleet-replacement program in place geared to assist in the optimization of our maintenance program, improve fleet availability and to better serve our customers. This should result in added long-term profitability. During fiscal 2007 more than 22,500 trucks and nearly 2,000 trailers were added to our fleet.
Our revenues and earnings in fiscal 2007 were negatively affected by softness in one-way truck pricing, utilization and fleet distribution. We are addressing these concerns and believe we can deal with them.
Operating earnings at our life insurance and casualty insurance companies finished the year as expected. Their combined operating earnings grew $5.2 million during fiscal 2007. Both companies earned upgrades from A.M. Best.
We remain committed to managing our finances in order to grow our operations and deliver value directly to our shareholders. We will continue to expand our operations by reinvesting our own profits and leveraging the company’s real estate and fleet assets.
Our direction and principles have not changed with respect to who we are and what to expect from us. We remain a company with an entrepreneurial, aggressive management team, committed to serving customers throughout North America.
We have a strong committed group of people who have dedicated their careers to helping North Americans move to a better way of life and who support our Primary Service Objective; to provide a better and better product and service to more and more people at a lower and lower cost. I am proud to work towards and support this noble effort.
Thank you for your continued support.
E.J. “Joe” Shoen