Exhibit 99.1


ESSEX RENTAL CORP. REPORTS 2015 FIRST QUARTER RESULTS


BUFFALO GROVE, IL - May 6, 2015 - Essex Rental Corp. (Nasdaq: ESSX) ("Essex") today announced its consolidated results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2015.
First Quarter 2015 Highlights

Hydraulic crawler crane utilization increased to 73.0% for the three month period ended March 31, 2015 compared to 57.5% for the three month period ended March 31, 2014;
Crawler crane rental backlog based on expected rental revenues as of March 31, 2015 increased by 40.8% compared to the backlog as of March 31, 2014;
City and other tower crane utilization increased to 56.5% for the three month period ended March 31, 2015 compared to 39.1% for the three month period ended March 31, 2014. Self-Erecting tower crane utilization increased to 51.4% for the three month period ended March 31, 2015 compared to 44.1% for the three month period ended March 31, 2014. Rental revenue generated from tower cranes in the quarter was at its highest level since we acquired these assets;
Equipment rental revenue increased by $1.0 million or 9.1% for the three month period ended March 31, 2015 compared to the three month period ended March 31, 2014;
Essex Crane rental segment gross profit increased by approximately $400,000 or 55.9% for the three month period ended March 31, 2015 compared to the three month period ended March 31, 2014; and
Coast Crane rental segment gross profit increased by approximately $500,000 or 23.7% for the three month period ended March 31, 2015 compared to the three month period ended March 31, 2014;

Nick Matthews, President and CEO of Essex stated, “The continued strength in utilization of our hydraulic crawler crane and tower crane fleets was the primary driver of the $1.0 million year over year increase in equipment rental revenue. The operating leverage inherent in our model has become more apparent as the rental segments of both Essex Crane and Coast Crane improved quarterly gross profit and gross profit percentage materially compared to the same period in 2014.”

Mr. Matthews continued, “We continue to experience more active rental end markets and anticipate that this trend will continue throughout 2015. As we progress out of our seasonal soft period and move past some of the non-recurring costs and restatement issues that negatively impacted our first quarter results, we are excited to continue the progress we made on our strategic initiatives and make operational improvements to efficiently manage the increased activity expected from the broad array of end markets that we serve.”

First Quarter 2015 Overview

Essex Crane equipment rentals segment revenues were $7.9 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2015 versus $8.3 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2014. Essex Crane equipment rentals segment revenues include rental, transportation and used rental equipment sales generated from the Essex Crane subsidiary. The $400,000 decrease was driven by a $500,000 decrease in used rental equipment sales and a $400,000 decrease in transportation revenue. Those decreases were partially offset by a $500,000 increase in equipment rental revenue. Despite the decrease in overall revenue, gross profit increased by $400,000 or 55.9% due primarily to stronger margins from equipment rentals and transportation.

Coast Crane equipment rentals segment revenues were $6.6 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2015 versus $6.8 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2014. Coast Crane equipment rentals segment revenues include rental, transportation and used rental equipment sales from the Coast Crane subsidiary. The $200,000 decrease was driven by an $800,000 decrease in used rental equipment sales, partially offset by a $500,000 increase in equipment rental revenue and a $100,000 increase in transportation revenue. Despite the decrease in overall revenue, gross profit increased by $500,000 or 23.7% due to primarily to stronger margins from equipment rentals and transportation.

Equipment distribution revenue, which includes the retail distribution of new and used equipment, but excludes the proceeds received from the sale of used rental equipment, was $2.8 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2015 compared to $1.3 million for the three month period ended March 31, 2014.



The following information was filed by Essex Rental Corp. (ESSX) on Thursday, May 7, 2015 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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