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TITN earnings call for the period ending December 31, 2020.

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Titan Machinery (TITN -4.25%)
Q4 2021 Earnings Call
Mar 18, 2021, 8:30 a.m. ET


  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:


Greetings and welcome to the Titan Machinery fourth-quarter 2021 earnings call. [Operator instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded. I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Mr. John Mills of ICR.

Thank you. You may begin.

John Mills -- Investor Relations

Thank you. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen. Welcome to the Titan Machinery fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 earnings conference call. On the call today from the company are David Meyer, chairman and CEO; Mark Kalvoda, chief financial officer; and Bryan Knutson, chief operating officer.

By now, everyone should have access to the earnings release for the fiscal fourth quarter ended January 31, 2021, which went out this morning at approximately 6:45 a.m. Eastern Time. If you have not received the release, it is available on the Investor Relations tab of Titan's website at This call is being webcast, and a replay will be available on the company's website as well.

In addition, we're providing a presentation to accompany today's prepared remarks. We suggest you access the presentation now by going to Titan's website at The presentation is directly below the webcast information in the middle of the page. You'll see on Slide 2 of the presentation our safe harbor statement.

We would like to remind everyone that the prepared remarks contain forward-looking statements, and management may make additional forward-looking statements in response to your questions. The statements do not guarantee future performance, and therefore, undue reliance should not be placed upon them. These forward-looking statements are based on current expectations of management and involve inherent risks and uncertainties, including those identified in the Risk Factors section of Titan's most recently filed annual report on Form 10-K. These risk factors contain a more detailed discussion of the factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected in any forward-looking statements.

Except as may be required by applicable law, Titan assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements that may be made in today's release or call. Please note that during today's call, we'll discuss non-GAAP financial measures, including results on an adjusted basis. We believe these adjusted financial measures can facilitate a more complete analysis and greater transparency in Titan's ongoing financial performance, particularly when comparing underlying results from period to period. We've included a reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures to their most directly comparable GAAP financial measures in today's release.

The call will last approximately 45 minutes. At the conclusion of the prepared remarks, we will open the call to take your questions. Now I'd like to introduce the company's chairman and CEO, Mr. David Meyer.

Go ahead, David.

David Meyer -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, John. Good morning, everyone. Welcome to our fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 earnings conference call. On today's call, I will provide a summary of our results, and then Bryan Knutson, our chief operating officer, will give the overview for each of our business segments.

Mark Kalvoda, our CFO, will then review financial results for the fourth quarter and full year of fiscal 2021 and conclude with some commentary around our fiscal 2022 modeling assumptions. If you turn to Slide 3, you will see an overview of our fourth-quarter and full-year financial results. We have generated fourth-quarter revenue of $436.7 million, which exceeded our expectations, increasing 24% versus prior year due to the strong sales in our Agriculture and Construction segments. The stronger revenue and combined with lower interest expense, resulted in a $5.6 million increase in our adjusted pre-tax income to $6.8 million and a significant fit in our adjusted earnings per diluted share to $0.23, compared to just $0.02 last year.

This strong finish in the fourth quarter made for an exceptional year in what is otherwise considered to be a challenging operating environment with well-documented complexities associated with the COVID pandemic. We are extremely proud of our accomplishments, and our financial results demonstrate our team's commitment to stay focused on our customers, who are also working in the fields and on job sites. We generated full-year revenue of $1.41 billion, which was up 8.1% compared to fiscal 2020. Our adjusted pre-tax income grew 52.5% to $38.1 million versus $25 million for the prior year, driving adjusted EPS of $1.26, compared to $0.84 last year.

Before I turn the call over to Bryan, I want to thank all our customers and our employees, who, in the face of a pandemic and weather challenges, demonstrated the resilient nature which is fundamental to the industries in which we operate in. I will now turn the call over to Bryan to review our three segments in more detail.

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Thank you, David, and good morning, everyone. I'm excited to cover our three business segments this morning and then we'll be available for Q&A after our formal presentation. On Slide 4 is an overview of our domestic Agriculture segment. We are seeing much improved farmer sentiment due to progressive strength in commodity prices through our fourth quarter and continuing to date.

In addition to these stronger commodity prices, favorable yields in much of our ag footprint, combined with USDA payments, led to improved net farm income for calendar year 2020. Additionally, fall harvest conditions were ideal for most of our farm and ranch customers to then get their fields in great shape for the upcoming spring planting season. Our business is well positioned to support the aging fleet of equipment with our focused parts and service strategy. We continue to pursue this consistent growth in parts and service revenue, which is supporting strong gross profit margins and healthy pre-tax income contribution.

In addition to the stronger net farm income and improved farmer sentiment, we will continue to see replacement demand, precision technology and connected machines as ongoing catalysts for new equipment purchases. As a result, we anticipate the momentum within our ag segment to continue throughout fiscal 2022. Turning to Slide 5. You will see an overview of our domestic Construction segment.

Although our construction equipment segment continues to feel the economic impact of COVID, we are now seeing improving industry trends due to low interest rates, economic stabilization, net farm income growth, improved oil prices and continued optimism for future infrastructure investment. The operational improvements that our team has also implemented over the past couple of years produced improved fourth-quarter pre-tax profits and full-year adjusted pre-tax income. Late in the fiscal fourth quarter, we divested two of our CE stores in the Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona. Not only will this be advantageous to our CE segment profitability, but also supports our strategy of operating and acquiring locations in core markets where we can leverage logistics, and similar equipment specifications and customer synergies.

Before we turn to Slide 6, International overview, I want to share a couple of comments on the ERP implementation, which impacts our domestic ag and CE business. We have been successfully operating one pilot store in the new ERP platform since July 2020 with an expected full rollout in the next 12 months. With the calendar year 2020 COVID challenges, along with additional ERP development, we are experiencing an extension of our original time line, resulting in some additional fiscal 2022 expenses that will be incurred, in which Mark will discuss later. Now moving to Slide 6.

We have an overview of our International segment, which represents our business within the countries of Bulgaria, Germany, Romania, Serbia and Ukraine. In addition to COVID-related disruptions, our International segment is also being impacted by the extremely dry weather in Romania and parts of Bulgaria and Ukraine, which negatively affected summer and fall crop yields. The sentiment of the European farmer is improving due to improved global commodity prices and the winter crops receiving some much-needed moisture, and creating a better outlook as our customers approach the 2021 growing season. We continue to focus on the parts and our service areas of our International business as customers in these developing markets are looking for higher levels of product support as equipment becomes more sophisticated and technologically advanced.

As with our North American ag business, the new equipment demand is being driven by precision technology and connected machines and the performance and reliability of modern farm machinery. Before I turn the call over to Mark, so I'd like to thank all of our employees for a very successful fiscal 2021. In the face of adversity, our employees stepped up and outperformed at all levels of the organization, producing outstanding results while supporting our customers and their operations. With that, I will now turn the call over to Mark to review our financial results in more detail.

Mark Kalvoda -- Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Bryan. Turning to Slide 7. Our total revenue for the fiscal 2021 fourth quarter was $436.7 million, an increase of 24.4% compared to last year. Exceptional strength in our equipment business was our main driver of the strong revenue results in our fourth quarter, which increased 34.7%.

While we have experienced this solid equipment growth in both our Agriculture and Construction segments, Agriculture was particularly strong due to the improved end market conditions Bryan discussed earlier. As I mentioned on the call -- on the last call, we had very difficult comps for our fourth-quarter parts and service businesses, where some parts and service were up in 19.2% and 16.6%, respectively, due to the very difficult harvest conditions. This past fall's harvest was quite different as weather conditions allowed for a much quicker harvest with less stress on equipment. As a result, parts sales were down 4.7%, and service was up 4.5% in our current year fourth quarter.

Our rental and other revenue remained under pressure due to the headwinds within our Construction segment and decreased 28.8% in the fourth quarter. As a result, we experienced a 260-basis-point compression in our rental fleet dollar utilization from 25% in the fourth quarter last year to 22.4% in the current quarter. Rental revenue was also down due to our smaller fleet size, where we ended the year at $77.5 million, compared to $104.1 million in the prior period. On Slide 8, our gross profit for the quarter increased by 10.8% to $67.7 million due to the significant increase in our revenue.

But the mix of sales, which favored equipment has caused our gross profit margin to decrease by 190 basis points to 15.5%. Our operating expenses were essentially flat at $60.5 million for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021. Flat expenses, coupled with the strong revenue growth we experienced, generated significant operating leverage during the quarter. Operating expenses as a percentage of sales improved 320 basis points to about 13.9% for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to 17.1% of revenue in the prior year period.

Our impairment costs were $400,000 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to $3.6 million in the prior year. Floorplan and other interest expense decreased $1 million to $1.5 million compared to the same period last year. The decrease was also due to a lower interest rate environment, a lower interest rate spread under our new amended credit agreement that was finalized in April 2020 and lower borrowings on our line of credit. In our fourth quarter of the fiscal 2021, we realized adjusted net income of $5.3 million, compared to $600,000 for the prior year quarter.

Our adjusted fourth-quarter fiscal 2021 net income excludes a $3.3 million charge for Ukraine income tax valuation allowance adjustments, while the prior year figure which excludes $4.6 million benefit for domestic income tax valuation adjustments. Our adjusted earnings per diluted share was $0.23 for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, compared to $0.02 in the fourth quarter last year. For our fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, adjusted EBITDA increased 69.1% to $13.7 million, which compares to $8.1 million in the prior year. You can also find the reconciliation of adjusted net income, adjusted income per diluted share and adjusted EBITDA to the most comparable GAAP amounts in the appendix to the slide presentation.

On Slide 9, you will see our overview of the segment results for the fourth quarter. Agriculture segment sales increased 40.7% to $303.2 million, which drove a significant increase in our adjusted pre-tax income to $8 million in the fourth quarter, which is at $5.5 million improvement from the $2.5 million we generated last year. Strong equipment sales, combined with lower floorplan interest expense, drove the robust increase in adjusted pre-tax income. And turning to our construction segment, revenue increased 1.9% to $88.9 million compared to the prior year period.

Lower operating expenses, combined with lower interest costs, drove a $1.6 million improvement in segment adjusted pre-tax income to $600,000, compared to our pre-tax loss of $1 million in the same period last year. In the fourth quarter of fiscal 2021, our International segment revenue was $44.6 million. The decline of 7.5% compared to the prior year period was also the result of lower equipment revenue caused by the industry conditions Bryan discussed earlier, partially offset by an increase in parts and service revenue. The overall lower revenues caused our adjusted pre-tax loss to increase some $400,000 to $2.7 million, compared to $2.3 million in the prior year.

Turning to Slide 10. And you will see an overview of our full-year revenue results. Fiscal 2021 total revenue increased 8.1%, compared to last year driven by 10.8% growth in equipment revenue and was further supported by solid contributions from our parts and service businesses, which were both strong contributors through the first nine months of the year and then finish up with 4.5% and 8.1%, respectively, for the full year. Rental and other was down 20.8% due to the smaller fleet and lower dollar utilization.

On Slide 11, our full-year gross profit was $261.4 million, a 4.2% increase compared to the prior year, while our gross profit margin decreased 70 basis points to 18.5%. Similar to the dynamics we realized in our fourth quarter, we have also seen the effects of the strong equipment revenue growth driving gross profit dollars but diluting overall margins due to mix. Operating expenses decreased by $4.9 million or 2.2% for the full year of fiscal 2021 compared to the prior year period. We were successful in decreasing our operating expenses during our year primarily due to expense reductions in our Construction segment as well as benefiting from lower operating costs caused by the pandemic.

As a result of lower expenses and higher revenues, operating expenses as a percentage of revenue decreased 170 basis points to 15.6% in the fiscal 2021. Impairment costs decreased $600,000 to $3.2 million in the current full-year period, compared to $3.8 million in the prior year. Floorplan and other interest expense decreased $2.6 million or 26.8% due to a lower interest rate environment, our lower interest rate spread under our amended credit agreement and overall lower borrowing levels. For the full-year fiscal 2021, our adjusted net income was $28.2 million, an increase of 51.5% from the prior year.

Our adjusted earnings per diluted share was $1.26 for fiscal 2021, representing a 50% increase, compared to the $0.84 in the prior year. For fiscal 2021, adjusted EBITDA grew 24.6% to $65.4 million, compared to $52.5 million in fiscal 2020. Turning to Slide 12. We provide our segment results for the full-year fiscal 2021.

Overall, our adjusted pre-tax income increased 52.5% to $38.1 million for the full year. And this improvement was largely due to the strength of our Agriculture segment we discussed earlier, but we are also happy to see our Construction segment achieve profitability despite lower revenues. Our Construction segment team continues to build off of focused initiatives, which we believe will enable us to also achieve sustained future profitability in this segment. The Ag and Construction results were modestly offset by the top and bottom line softness in our International segment.

Turning to Slide 13, here, we provide an overview of our balance sheet highlights at the end of this year. We had cash of $79 million as of January 31, 2021, which is higher than normal due to the very strong cash generation in fiscal year 2021 that I will discuss in a few minutes. Our equipment inventory at the end of fiscal 2021 was $338.1 million, a decrease of $177.8 million from January 31, 2020. This substantial decrease in both new and used equipment inventories was just a result of strong end-of-year equipment sales combined with inventory that was sold in the divestiture of our Phoenix and Tucson, Arizona locations, which have also occurred in our fourth quarter of fiscal 2021.

Strong sales, combined with lower inventory levels, accelerated our equipment inventory turns to 2.0 in fiscal 2021 from 1.5 in the prior year. I will provide a little more color on inventory on the next slide. Our rental fleet assets at the end of the fourth quarter decreased to $77.5 million, compared to $104.1 million at the end of fiscal 2020. In addition to the defleeting earlier in the year, we have also sold rental fleet assets as part of our fourth-quarter divestiture of the two Arizona construction stores.

We anticipate our fleet size to increase slightly by the end of fiscal 2022 to around $80 million. As of January 31st, we have $161.8 million of outstanding floorplan payables on $773 million of floorplan lines of credit, which leaves us with considerable capacity in our credit lines to handle our equipment financing needs. Our adjusted debt-to-tangible net worth ratio is a strong 1.0, compared to the 1.3 in the prior year period and is well below 3.5, which is the leverage covenant requirement of our two largest floorplan facilities outside our bank syndicate credit agreement. Turning to Slide 14.

The amount of new and used equipment inventories are now reflected in the size of the red and blue bars on this slide. As I mentioned, strong fourth-quarter sales, combined with the divestiture, drove a $151.7 million decrease in new equipment and a $26.1 million decrease in the used equipment as compared to January 31, 2020, generating the higher equipment turn of 2.0. Supply chain disruptions due to this pandemic and strong customer demand, particularly in Agriculture, has created an overall tighter industry supply of equipment. Our equipment orders, level of presales and used equipment inventory have us well positioned to meet our revenue targets for fiscal year 2022.

Given the lower inventory starting point for the year and the strong end market in the ag, we expected our inventory turn will continue to increase throughout fiscal 2022. The overall quality of our inventory remains very healthy. Our inventory under noninterest-bearing terms, which can also be seen by the gray bar on the slide, ended the year at 29.2%, reflecting a higher mix of International inventory compared to that of the prior year. We have longer noninterest-bearing terms available with domestic inventory purchases than we do with purchases in our International business.

When procurement levels increase in the fiscal 2022, we would expect to see this noninterest-bearing percentage rise as well. Slide 15 provides an overview of our operating cash flows for fiscal years 2021 and 2020. The GAAP reported cash provided by operating activities for fiscal 2021 was $173 million, compared to $1 million last year. So as part of our adjusted cash flow provided by operating activities, we include all our equipment inventory financing, including nonmanufacturer floorplan activity and adjust our cash flow to reflect the constant equity in the equipment inventory, allowing us to evaluate operating cash flows exclusive of changes in equipment inventory financing decisions.

After applying these adjustments, our adjusted cash provided by operating activities was a record $148.5 million for fiscal year 2021, compared to about $17.8 million in the prior year. Solid bottom line performance, combined with good working capital management, including the reduction of equipment inventory I just discussed, drove this robust cash flow metric. This strong cash generation has now allowed us to pay off all of our domestic interest-bearing credit lines and end fiscal year 2021 with cash on the balance sheet of $79 million. We have never generated this level of cash flow before.

And our balance sheet has never been stronger. On Slide 16, we are introducing our fiscal 2022 full-year modeling assumptions. And our business is performing well, and we are bullish on our prospects this fiscal year given the improving macro backdrop, particularly in ag. However, we believe areas of our business could continue to be impacted by the challenging global economy due to the COVID, also creating a higher degree of uncertainty in these assumptions compared to this normal environment.

For the Agriculture segment, our initial assumption is for revenue growth in the range of up to 10% to 15%, which compares to our fiscal 2021 performance, where we generated growth of 18.3%. The fiscal 2022 growth range includes a full-year revenue contribution from our HorizonWest acquisition that closed in May 2020. For the Construction segment, and our initial assumption is for revenue to decrease in the range of flat to down 5%. Impacting this assumption is the divestment of our two construction equipment stores in Arizona at the end of fiscal 2021, which have accounted for approximately $27 million of combined revenue.

Excluding these revenues from the prior year base, our assumption results in a same-store sales range of up 3% to 8%. So, this divestiture reduces invested capital and will further strengthen the bottom line results of our Construction segment. For the International segment, our initial assumption is for revenue growth in the range of up to 12% to 17%. This segment is coming off a very challenged fiscal 2021, where the pandemic and weather weighed on revenues.

Our assumption anticipates transitioning back to a more normal operating environment with some strength anticipated from higher global agriculture commodity prices. From our diluted earnings per share perspective, we are introducing a fiscal 2022 range of $1.25 to $1.45. This range now includes all ERP implementation expenses and in addition to normal variable expense increases on higher revenues, anticipates that expenses are rising as we transition to a post-pandemic business environment and incur higher costs in areas like travel, fuel and employee medical expenses. And considering these variables, we would not expect to see as much operating expense leverage on increased sales as we normally would, but still estimate our expenses as a percent of revenue will improve slightly now relative to fiscal 2021.

Regarding tax, we anticipate an effective tax rate for fiscal 2022 of approximately 29%. We still expect this rate will vary quarter-to-quarter as profit and loss mix fluctuates due to seasonality within our various international tax jurisdictions, where corporate tax rates vary and valuation allowances exist. We will update you as necessary on our tax rate expectations as we progress through the year. This now concludes our prepared remarks.

Operator, we are now ready for the question-and-answer session of our call.

Questions & Answers:


[Operator instructions] Our first question comes from the line of Rick Nelson with Stephens Inc. Please proceed with your question.

Rick Nelson -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Thanks a lot. Good morning. I'd like to, I guess, focus on inventory, the big reduction. We saw improved turns.

You referenced some supply chain challenges. If you could speak to that and when you think inventories will normalize. And I guess the implications for margins, right, when supplies are tight, do you think there's more pricing flexibility?

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Sure. Thanks, Rick. This is Bryan. We do have, as we mentioned, a good inflow of presales coming in, a nice amount of late-model used inventory on hand, lease returns, that will be coming back throughout the year as well as our current inventories and then our Q4 order book that opens soon here.

So we're positioned well. We feel good. Obviously, there are some supply chain disruptions. As you mentioned, a lot of them due to COVID, some of them due to the fairly rapid uptick in the commodity prices.

But yes, that will potentially help margins as well. A lot of the growers are aware of the longer lead times. Of course, the manufacturers are ramping up production. And so again, we feel we're pretty well positioned there.

And looking to capitalize on that, as we mentioned also, the improved inventory turns that can come along with that.

Rick Nelson -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Great. So equipment margins this quarter were relatively flat as last year. Is it possible to separate or can you comment on what you're seeing what -- on the new equipment side and the used equipment side?

Mark Kalvoda -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes, I can take that. Rick, this is Mark. Yes, and I think this kind of goes for next year as well. So with the higher level of revenues that we're expecting, on the new, what happens is that some of these bigger-ticket items, the combines, the four-wheel drives.

So even in a tighter environment, those big-ticket items typically don't garner the same level of margins that some of the smaller, lower-priced equipment is. So that is a little bit of the lower results for the quarter. It was on that and some of our expectations for next year. Overall, I think we can improve those equipment margins a little bit, but there's going to be full -- because of the tighter environment that you referenced, particularly on used, some -- should be able to see some nicer margins on used.

But the -- from a new standpoint, we'll be somewhat held back because of those higher-ticket items making up a larger mix of what we're selling.

Rick Nelson -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

OK. So how -- your inventory turns two times, I believe your objective or targets have been two to three times. How do you see that shaking out in year fiscal '22? Would we potentially be at the upper end or even above your targets, given the tight supply situation?

Mark Kalvoda -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So it's hard to know exactly how that's all going to play out with the timing of the -- with the inventories coming in. But overall, with the lower inventory levels to start the year and the strong end markets, particularly in ag, I could easily see us approaching that 2.5 this year. But again, I think it somewhat depends on the timing of that inflow of the equipment.

Rick Nelson -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

And I guess just to follow up on that comment, what are you hearing in terms of the ability to source that equipment? What the timing as to when you think things would normalize?

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Generally, more toward Q4. Most of it is baked through this point. Again, we've got a good level of presales through that point. And CNH and the other manufacturers have been ramping up quite a bit.

So yes, generally, into that Q4 time period.

Rick Nelson -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Great. Thanks for the commentary and good luck as we push forward.

David Meyer -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Rick.


Our next question comes from the line of Larry De Maria with William Blair. Please proceed with your question.

Larry De Maria -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

Thanks. Good morning, everybody. I wanted to start off construction question. I mean, I don't think anybody expects your fiscal '22 and this calendar '21 to be huge construction year per se, but still it looks a little conservative given the segments like housing and ag, which you play into, look a bit more favorable.

So what's holding that back? And I would think we have -- obviously have an easier comp on the energy side, too, which could potentially be a little bit better. So what's then holding back the construction performance at this point?

David Meyer -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, yes, this is Dave, Larry. I think we are guiding pretty much in line with what we're hearing from the industry. And our targets are the small to midsized construction equipment, which is -- tends to -- I think the is expectation a little bit higher but infrastructure builds, too. A lot of unknowns in there and the timing of when that could potentially happen with the stuff.

So again, I think we're guiding pretty much in line with the industry, and we're optimistic to that segment but it's a little bit going to be a timing on both the COVID and the oil starting to pick up. There's still a little bit of caution out there and how long is that going to last and where is all this energy going to go? So I think in the most part, we're in line and we're optimistic.

Larry De Maria -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

OK. Thanks. Obviously, we expect to sell out a new ag equipment this year, more so than in a while. Can you talk about the conversations? I know you mentioned technology upgrades, but we have an old fleet.

And when growers are coming in to buy equipment, are they coming in more for these tech upgrades or more because they need to replace older equipment? And also, can you talk about take rates on such higher tech piece of equipment this season versus the -- maybe last season? How much more of that higher tech stuff are they taking this year?

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Yes. Thanks, Larry. This is Bryan. It is a mix of tax purchasing as well as upgrading older equipment to more efficient equipment and then also the technology.

So really, a mix of all those technology is a big driver. We're getting higher take rates, as you mentioned. Some of the things like the harvest command has become an extremely high take rate, which automatically adjusts the combine for the conditions to optimize the combine. Also, our soil command is increasing take rates quite rapidly, adjusting the tillage to make a better seed bin.

And a lot of the precision planning components have also been a very high take rate and growing as well. And then steering and precision have a very high take rate as well. So -- and then the connected machines, our telematics also continues to really ramp up. So there's just a lot of drivers on the technology side that we continue to see that ongoing throughout the year.

Larry De Maria -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

So with that in mind -- that's really helpful. Two follow-up questions to that. First is if you're selling to more bigger, expensive equipment that has all this extra technology, shouldn't you be able to capture more margin or is the CNH capturing that? And then with this telematics and connected machines, how does this going to impact your aftermarket capture rates? That impact mix for the positive over the next few years?

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Yes. And there are a couple of components to it, too, Larry. There's the initial transactional price of it and the -- which, again, is a driver of the purchase right now, and then the ongoing revenues associated with it. So anywhere from annual subscription fees that the farmer pays to get that data as well as some other things that telematics can do for our parts and service business, allowing us to really help the grower and help the contractor with their uptime and just keep the machine going, preventive maintenance of the -- and then helping us to really partner with them and make them more profitable.

So there are several additional revenue streams here through the precision and the parts and service side as well for us.

Larry De Maria -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

OK. But it just seems like CNH is not sharing as much on this higher tech stuff and keeping more than they're letting you guys do with selling it. I don't know if that's right or not, but it feels like you should be capturing more margin upfront if you guys are selling all these higher tech piece of equipment and software upgrades.

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Yes, yes. I think an opportunity that we're really excited about is the ongoing incremental revenue opportunities again through subscriptions and through the additional revenue sources that it provides for us, but parts and service will be a couple of examples of that.

Larry De Maria -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

OK. Thank you.


Our next question comes from the line of Mig Dobre with Robert W. Baird. Please proceed with your question.

Mig Dobre -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Good morning, everyone. I want to continue with Larry's train of thought here. And you're talking about this kind of life cycle opportunity that you have just given precision technology and so on being added to the machine but as you ran your own analysis on this, is there a way for us to understand how much higher is the opportunity on service and maybe parts and maintenance on these upgraded machines versus equipment that was not smart, for lack of a better term? I mean, is it 10% higher opportunity over the life of the machine? Is it 20? Is it 50? How would you describe it?

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Hey. Good morning, Mig. We've got the additional parts and service opportunity. And then as we go forward, our Titan tech support teams will continue to offer tech support services.

So I don't have specific numbers for you at this time in terms of will that incrementally drive our parts business 10% per se or whatever. It is difficult to break down always with that parts purchase or service purchase specifically due to the technology or replacement or walk in, etc. So at the point of sale, we don't specifically break down our purchase -- our parts purchases as an example like that.

Mig Dobre -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Got it. I understand that but I would imagine, just like you say, right, there's going to be a support revenue stream here associated with this equipment. It's more complex. It's perhaps less user-friendly without the proper support from the dealer.

So I think we're all trying to understand. As the industry is evolving here, what your part in this ecosystem is and how you're going to be profiting and benefiting from it? I think that all of us are really kind of asking the same question.

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Yes. And frankly, we're probably in the same boat with you there but we're -- we believe it definitely makes the customer stickier to us. We're adding resources to handle the tech support side of it to drive the sales of it. We are optimistic again to what it'll do for our parts and service.

It just has been difficult to model out at this point exactly what impact it will have on parts and service as an example for us.

Mig Dobre -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Well, when you do have a model out, I think we'd love -- all love to hear it. Mark, a question for you, maybe. It's interesting that you're no longer excluding your ERP-related costs, so I'm curious as to why you've made that decision. I'm also curious as to what you anticipate these costs are going to be in fiscal '22.

Mark Kalvoda -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. So Mig, we've been adjusting these ERP transition costs out now for the last two years. And we're close here -- closing in on the full implementation. So yes, we just decided to put this in our -- not just adjust these out, put them into our regular operating costs here.

Some of the incremental costs that we're going to be incurring this year as we get close to the go-live is going to be internal resources to help in the training and support and those type of things. And those are the type of things that we wouldn't be adjusting out anyways or that we haven't adjusted out in the past. Last year, what you can see in our tables there that we did adjust out was a little over -- I think it was a little over $3 million or about $3 million or $0.11. And we'd expect that to ramp up a little bit this next year just for the reasons I said and put more internal resources to this, again, for training support after go-live and going into the go-live, that type of thing.

So just call it another $1 million, $1.5 million. So roughly around probably $4.5 million is what we're looking at for like incremental ERP costs over the last year is what was in the adjusted numbers.

Mig Dobre -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

OK. All right. Then if I may, I want to ask a question on construction. Maybe I missed this, but the two dealerships that you've divested, it was implied there that this is going to be margin positive with them being gone.

Can you give us a sense for what these two dealerships -- how much of a drag maybe they were to your fiscal '21 or the benefit that we could get from margin from just these two being done in '22?

Mark Kalvoda -- Chief Financial Officer

Yes. It gets a little tricky to answer that. I mean, we allocate out SRC or our corporate expenses here to those locations. With allocating those expenses out, those stores did lose like maybe half a million, something like that but they did absorb some of the corporate costs.

So taking that out, it wouldn't be that much. But it was overall, like I said, with SRC allocation out there, it was about half a million.

Mig Dobre -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

OK. It kind of begs the question on construction here, we're starting to see some growth. As somebody was pointing out earlier, maybe your guidance is conservative in terms of how you're thinking about same-store sales for '22. But look, the margin in construction is still not probably where you want it to be.

Can you remind us what the long-term vision is here? I mean, what are you guys working toward? I'm presuming that it's more than 0.3%. And how do we get there?

David Meyer -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Well, so Mig, our strategy here is to really grow that parts and service business around that construction business. And I think we've made some really good progress in that area and also to focus on the key products. I mean, when you look at Construction, you've got a huge range. You've got aggregate.

You've got the really heavy mining stuff. You've got the really large roll building equipment. Then they're also more of our target space. We're targeting the homebuilders, the commercial building, a lot of the subcontractors, your landscape people and stuff like that.

So they really focus on that sweet spot, where we've got some, I think that a lot -- I think some really solid progress. We've got heritage legacy. We have backhoes, mini-excavators, some of the mid-sized wheel orders to focus on that product. And then as I see as we get into some of our core footprint, where we got some of the -- farmers use a lot of ag equipment and the ranchers.

And all your feed lots, all your seed and chemicals start to come in cold. So you're looking at skid steer loaders, all-terrain forklifts, land improvement. A lot of our growers have excavators. They're [Inaudible].

They're putting in entire irrigation, so I think it's mini-excavators, loader backhoes, wheel orders for, like I said, for feed lots. But also the ag-related businesses, some of your crop inputs companies, some of the ag processing plants are some of the big buyers of construction equipment. So they have to really focus that and some of our key areas. So we've got these synergies of both our people, the Upper Midwest, where you've got the ag.

We've got, I think that -- some decent talent. If you look at towns like Des Moines, Omaha, Minneapolis, St. Paul, and some of it right in our footprint and stuff. But we could get some of these synergies with people, with our customers, and also that ag-related business.

So -- and at the same time, you continue to grow this higher-margin product support business. So I say that's our strategy.

Mig Dobre -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Right. I mean, I appreciate that. And it's just that we've been through a couple of cycles here with construction and we are yet to see actual margin momentum out of this business. And we're at the beginning of what probably is going to be a pretty good demand up cycle, right? So just as your -- David, if you're thinking strategically about this portion of the business, do you see this business getting to the point where it can be as profitable or close to as profitable as your Ag business or is there something in here that will still hold it back, and we should keep our expectations in check?

David Meyer -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

No. We definitely have this, and there's been years where we've got some of our CE stores have actually been some of our top profitable stores as a percentage. So yes, I think it's definitely, if you look, historically, there's been a lot of wealth created in the construction equipment distribution channel that's out there, some creating multimillionaires. So yes, it's definitely a very viable segment.

And like I say, it is cyclical. There are some difference between the ag but I think when we get into some of these common markets and stuff, I think it works really well for us. So -- but I can say what we've done with some of our divestitures, and we're trying to really focus on in these markets and where we think it's a good environment to be profitable, and it's in the right space. And I guess that's why we've made some of these divestitures to also get ourselves in a better position.

Mig Dobre -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Right. Well, final question for me. You spent a good amount of time talking about your inventory and talking about tightness in the channel. I guess what I'm wondering here is this.

If demand is better than what you're anticipating right now in agriculture, so better than up 10% to 15%, do you think you have the ability to get inventory to satisfy that demand or are things so tight now that you would simply have to sort of say, "Hey, look, I'm going to take the order, but I might not be able to deliver the machine until fiscal '23." Can you help me understand that dynamic?

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Yes, hey, Mig. We -- as we go throughout the year here, that could happen. There's a lot of growers that presold crop last year and are just going to start recognizing these higher prices as we go throughout the year, some of them maybe not until harvest time and so on. But if we got into that opportunity here, again, we do have a pretty good supply of late-model used.

We've got presales that are coming in throughout the year. We've got some larger customers that we roll with that generate quite a bit of this late-model used for us. So that also is another good opportunity for us. The lease returns that I mentioned earlier, we've got quite a few of those coming back, really nice supply of those.

The new itself could get tight. And so if you got into that situation, you could see a bit of a change in mix of revenue for us from -- to be more used but -- and then we do have the opportunity to presell into next year as well, which is very common with the lead times that would -- and a big uptick like that could end up that's potentially being captured for us next fiscal year when that equipment would ship in then.

Mig Dobre -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

OK. Just to clarify because I think I heard you answer another question saying that you're kind of expecting to be able to kind of catch up from an equipment availability and supply standpoint somewhere around the fourth quarter but that's using current assumptions for growth and demand. If things are better than that, then that's essentially the thing that kind of push -- starts pushing things into fiscal '23, right? Did I get that right?

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Right, right.

Mig Dobre -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

Understood. OK. Thank you so much.

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Yeah. Thanks, Mig.


Our last question today comes from the line of Steve Dyer with Craig-Hallum Capital Group. Please proceed with your question.

Unknown speaker

Good morning, guys. Ryan on for Steve. I want to go at technology a little bit different direction than others have here. But we know there's increasing demand for greater technology and equipment that should boost parts and service, accelerate through replacement cycle, etc.

for you guys. But what are you seeing as far as consumer desire for greater digitization of the retail and service experience and your guys' ability to buy, sell, service, do more online? And I guess, what are you guys doing from an investment standpoint? What are your customers pushing for there?

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Yes, we continue to see a higher adoption rate of that all the time, especially with the younger generation farmers that are starting to come into play. These farms are starting to turn over more and more as we go forward. We've done a lot with our website. Working on developing further our customer portal as well as our e-commerce site.

So giving our customers the ability to purchase parts online, schedule service online. We got a number of things built into our new ERP that will go with that when we do the full rollout as well. So we're making a lot of investments here on the technology side to continue to get more into better equipped, I should say, to -- for that with our customers.

Unknown speaker

And then on the M&A market, what are you guys seeing on the ag side domestically here? What's the pipeline look like, multiples, etc.? Secondly, is there more opportunity to optimize and divest construction stores?

David Meyer -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

OK. So first of all, on the ag, there's been a little bit of a pause on that. I think the basic fundamental's out there. I think we're on the front edge of another round of consolidation our aging dealer principals, the sophistication of the equipment, the capital requirements out there, lack of succession alternatives, things like that.

So with COVID, to get this, it's been difficult to get this totally engaged. The travel restrictions, people wear masks, a little awkward to go in and out of dealerships. And at the same time, and most of the dealerships out there receive PPP loans, and they're in our whole forgiveness process right now. With that said, we're -- we've got a number of really quality, and I can say large acquisition targets that we're actually working through to the owners and the principals right now.

So I'm really optimistic about that and again, on Construction, again, we look at the market, we don't really disclose exactly locations. But I guess we want that company to be profitable. And if it means investing in the right markets and then investing when a lot of markets aren't working, we continue to look at that and do what we think is in the best interest for our shareholders on that but definitely, we're engaged. We've got the balance sheet to do some acquisitions out there, and we're really looking at doing some larger-quality acquisitions, and we're fully engaged with that.

And so we do think there's going to be a pretty good runway of, well, consolidation, and we're right in the middle of that, and we've got this balance sheet that will support it.

Unknown speaker

Great. That's it for us, guys. Nice results.


Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes our question-and-answer session. I'll turn the floor back to Mr. Meyer for any final comments.

David Meyer -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Thank you to everyone for participating in the call and your interest in Titan Machinery, and we look forward to updating you on our progress on our next call. So have a good day, everybody.


[Operator signoff]

Duration: 61 minutes

Call participants:

John Mills -- Investor Relations

David Meyer -- Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

Bryan Knutson -- Chief Operating Officer

Mark Kalvoda -- Chief Financial Officer

Rick Nelson -- Stephens Inc. -- Analyst

Larry De Maria -- William Blair & Company -- Analyst

Mig Dobre -- Robert W. Baird -- Analyst

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