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Ritchie Bros. sells $728M at Edmonton auction

December 12, 2016  By Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers

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December 12, 2016 – In 2016 Ritchie Bros. held six auctions at its flagship site in Edmonton, Alta., selling 43,500-plus equipment items and trucks for CA$728-plus million (US$559-plus million). This includes last week’s two-day auction on Dec. 8 to 9, when 4,500-plus items were sold for CA$66-plus million (US$50-plus million).

This year, Ritchie Bros. registered a record 65,800-plus bidders in Edmonton—up 12 percent from 2015. Approximately 69 percent of these bidders registered to participate online, up approximately six percent from 2015. In 2016, online bidders purchased CA$450-plus million (US$347-plus million) of the equipment sold in Edmonton—up approximately 11 percent from 2015. 

“We helped more Alberta companies than ever before turn their under-utilized or idle assets into cash this year,” said Brian Glenn, senior vice-president, Ritchie Bros. “At the same time we set new company bidder records, with as many as 16,000 bidders for a single auction. Our ability to reach the right buyers from Alberta, across Canada and around the world helped us achieve solid returns for our sellers. The pricing levels achieved in last week’s auction were very encouraging for our sellers as we saw good returns for assets in all categories.”

For the December 8 to 9, 2016 auction, 7,550-plus people registered to bid from 52 countries. Approximately 88 per cent of the equipment in the auction was sold to Canadian buyers (by dollar value), including 55 percent sold to Albertans; about 10 percent was sold to U.S. buyers. Online buyers purchased 67 per cent (CA$44-plus million or US$33-plus million) of the equipment.


“We saw bidders on our equipment from all over the world,” said Lorne Zaparniuk, vice-president of Corvet Construction 1977 Ltd., who sold close to 300 items in the December Edmonton auction as part of a complete dispersal. “My father has been buying and selling equipment with Ritchie Bros. since the 1960s. Our companies grew up together. The professionalism and service from Ritchie Bros. is unmatched in the industry. We are very happy with the results on the equipment we sold last week. The experience was both pleasurable and profitable.”

Auction quick facts: Edmonton, Alta. (December 8 to 9, 2016)
•Gross auction proceeds – CA$66+ million (US$50+ million)
•Amount sold to online bidders – CA$44+ million (US$33+ million)
•Total registered bidders (onsite and online) – 7,550+ bidders from 52 countries
•Online registered bidders – 5,700+
•Number of lots sold – 4,500+
•Number of sellers – 670+

2016 Edmonton totals:
•Total gross auction proceeds – CA$728+ million (US$559+ million)
•Amount sold to online bidders – CA$450+ million (US$347+ million) or approx. 62 percent of total sales
•Total bidder registrations (onsite and online) – 65,800+ bidders
•Online bidder registrations – 45,300+
•Number of lots sold – 43,500+

Ritchie Bros. will conduct 15 more unreserved public auctions in 2016. Visit for a complete list of upcoming auctions and equipment available. The next Edmonton auction will be held in February 2017.

About Ritchie Bros.
Established in 1958, Ritchie Bros. (NYSE and TSX: RBA) is the world’s largest seller of used equipment for the construction, transportation, agriculture, material handling, energy, mining, forestry, marine and other industries. Ritchie Bros. TM solutions make it easy for the world’s builders to buy and sell equipment with confidence, including live unreserved public auctions with on-site and online bidding (, the EquipmentOneTM secure online marketplace (, a professional corporate asset management program, and a range of value-added services, including equipment financing for customers through Ritchie Bros. Financial Services ( Ritchie Bros. has operations in 19 countries, including 44 auction sites worldwide. Learn more at

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