Genuine Parts Company Reports Record Sales And Earnings For The Second Quarter Ended June 30, 2018

- Record Sales of $4.8 Billion, Up 18% -

- Record Diluted EPS $1.54 -

- Adjusted EPS Excluding Transaction-Related Costs $1.59, Up 23% -

- Raises 2018 Sales Expectations and Reiterates EPS Outlook -

Jul 19, 2018

ATLANTA, July 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC) announced today sales and earnings for the second quarter and six months ended June 30, 2018.

GPC Logo. (PRNewsFoto/Genuine Parts Company)

Sales for the second quarter ended June 30, 2018 were a record $4.8 billion, a 17.6% increase compared to $4.1 billion for the same period in 2017.  Net income for the second quarter was $227.0 million and earnings per share on a diluted basis were $1.54, also a new record.  Before the impact of certain transaction and other costs incurred related to the Company's fourth quarter 2017 acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group (AAG) in Europe and the pending transaction to spin-off the Company's Business Products Group, S.P. Richards, adjusted net income was $233.6 million, or $1.59 per diluted share.  Total sales for the second quarter included 3% comparable growth, 14% from acquisitions, including AAG, and a 0.5% benefit from foreign currency translation.

Second quarter sales for the Automotive Group were up 27.7%, including a 2.1% comparable sales increase as well as the benefit of acquisitions and a slightly favorable foreign currency translation.  Sales for the Industrial Group were up 8.7%, including a 6.5% comparable sales increase, and sales for the Business Products Group were flat with the prior year quarter in both total and comparable sales.

Paul Donahue, President and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "We are pleased to report another quarter of record sales, driven by the favorable impact of strategic acquisitions and improved organic sales trends across our business segments.  The positive shift in the underlying sales environment in the automotive business is especially encouraging and, combined with the execution of our plans to drive operating improvement, including plans to address our automotive margin, we are optimistic for improved margin trends as we move ahead."

Sales for the six months ended June 30, 2018 were $9.4 billion, a 17.5% increase compared to $8.0 billion for the same period in 2017.  Net income for the six months was $403.5 million and earnings per share on a diluted basis were $2.74.  Before the transaction and other costs discussed above, adjusted net income was $420.0 million, or $2.85 per diluted share, for the six months.

Mr. Donahue concluded, "We enter the second half of 2018 excited for the opportunities ahead at GPC.  As we move forward with the planned spin-off of our Business Products Group, we remain committed to our core growth and higher-margin global automotive and industrial businesses.  To this end, we are focused on the further strengthening of our core sales growth, maximizing the benefits of our acquisitions and effectively reducing our cost structure to improve our operating results and enhance our long-term sales and profit outlook."

2018 Outlook

The Company is raising its sales guidance to be up 13% to 14%, an increase from the prior guidance of up 12% to 13%.  The Company expects diluted earnings per share to range from $5.49 to $5.64 and is reiterating its earnings guidance for adjusted diluted earnings per share, which excludes any transaction-related costs, of $5.60 to $5.75. The Company currently expects a tax rate of  approximately 25.0%, which is down slightly from the prior guidance of approximately 26.0% for 2018.

Non-GAAP Information

This release contains certain financial information not derived in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). These items include adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share. The Company does not, nor does it suggest investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, GAAP financial information. The Company believes that the presentation of adjusted net income and adjusted diluted earnings per share provides meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors that is indicative of the Company's core operations. The Company has included a reconciliation of this additional information to the most comparable GAAP measure following the financial statements below.

Conference Call

Genuine Parts Company will hold a conference call today at 11:00 a.m. EDT to discuss the results of the quarter and the future outlook.  Interested parties may listen to the call on the Company's website, www.genpt.com, by clicking "Investors", or by dialing 877-407-0789, conference ID 13681125.  A replay will also be available on the Company's website or at 844-512-2921, conference ID 13681125, two hours after the completion of the call until 12:00 a.m. EDT on August 3, 2018.

Forward Looking Statements

Some statements in this report, as well as in other materials we file with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) or otherwise release to the public and in materials that we make available on our website, constitute forward-looking statements that are subject to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Senior officers may also make verbal statements to analysts, investors, the media and others that are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements may relate, for example, to the proposed business combination transaction between the Company and Essendant, Inc. ("Essendant") in which the Company will spin-off its Business Products Group and combine this business with Essendant or the acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group (AAG) and the anticipated strategic benefits, synergies and other attributes of these transactions, as well as future operations, prospects, strategies, financial condition, economic performance (including growth and earnings), industry conditions and demand for our products and services. The Company cautions that its forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, and while we believe that our expectations for the future are reasonable in view of currently available information, you are cautioned not to place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Actual results or events may differ materially from those indicated as a result of various important factors. Such factors may include, among other things, the Company's ability to successfully integrate AAG into the Company and to realize the anticipated synergies and benefits; changes in the European aftermarket; the  Company's ability to complete the transaction to spin-off its Business Products Group and combine it with Essendant, particularly in light of Staples, Inc.'s announced offer to acquire Essendant; the Company's ability to successfully implement its business initiatives in each of its three business segments; slowing demand for the Company's products; changes in national and international legislation or government regulations or policies, including potential import tariffs and data security policies and requirements; changes in general economic conditions, including unemployment, inflation (including the impact of potential tariffs) or deflation; changes in tax policies; volatile exchange rates; significant cost increases, such as rising fuel and freight expenses; labor shortages; uncertain credit markets and other macroeconomic conditions; competitive product, service and pricing pressures; the ability to maintain favorable vendor arrangements and relationships; disruptions in our vendors' operations, including the impact of potential tariffs and trade considerations on their operations and output, as required to meet product demand; the Company's ability to successfully integrate its other acquired businesses; the uncertainties and costs of litigation; disruptions caused by a failure or breach of the Company's information systems, as well as other risks and uncertainties discussed in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2017 and from time to time in the Company's subsequent filings with the SEC.

Forward-looking statements are only as of the date they are made, and the Company undertakes no duty to update its forward-looking statements except as required by law.  You are advised, however, to review any further disclosures we make on related subjects in our subsequent Forms 10-K, 10-Q, 8-K and other reports to the SEC.

About Genuine Parts Company

Genuine Parts Company is a distributor of automotive replacement parts in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australasia, France, the U.K., Germany and Poland.  The Company also distributes industrial replacement parts and electrical and electronic materials in the U.S., Canada and Mexico through its Industrial Products Group, comprised of Motion Industries and EIS, Inc.  S.P. Richards Company, the Business Products Group, distributes a variety of business products in the U.S. and Canada.

 

GENUINE PARTS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2018


2017


2018


2017


(Unaudited)


(in thousands, except per share data)









Net sales

$

4,822,065


$

4,100,178


$

9,408,359


$

8,005,819

Cost of goods sold

3,300,479


2,860,466


6,450,966


5,610,386

Gross profit

1,521,586


1,239,712


2,957,393


2,395,433









Operating and non-operating expenses:








Selling, administrative & other expenses

1,162,864


903,343


2,310,989


1,777,157

Depreciation and amortization

58,451


39,232


116,814


77,364


1,221,315


942,575


2,427,803


1,854,521









Income before income taxes

300,271


297,137


529,590


540,912

Income taxes

73,299


107,165


126,042


190,780









Net income

$

226,972


$

189,972


$

403,548


$

350,132









Basic net income per common share

$

1.55


$

1.29


$

2.75


$

2.37









Diluted net income per common share

$

1.54


$

1.29


$

2.74


$

2.36









Weighted average common shares outstanding

146,748


147,079


146,738


147,613









Dilutive effect of stock options and non-vested

   restricted stock awards

512


571


548


598









Weighted average common shares outstanding –

   assuming dilution

147,260


147,650


147,286


148,211









 

 

GENUINE PARTS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
SEGMENT INFORMATION AND FINANCIAL HIGHLIGHTS



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2018


2017


2018


2017


(Unaudited)


(in thousands)







Net sales: (1)






Automotive

$

2,736,201


$

2,142,922


$

5,300,460


$

4,121,368

Industrial (2)

1,602,665


1,474,209


3,150,609


2,903,168

Business products

483,199


483,047


957,290


981,283

Total net sales

$

4,822,065


$

4,100,178


$

9,408,359


$

8,005,819







Operating profit:






Automotive

$

243,611


$

207,332


$

428,317


$

359,089

Industrial (2)

125,191


111,833


237,382


215,842

Business products

21,422


30,091


43,023


61,210

Total operating profit

390,224


349,256


708,722


636,141

Interest expense, net

(25,525)


(6,878)


(48,832)


(13,052)

Intangible amortization

(21,806)


(11,434)


(43,209)


(22,240)

Other, net (3)

(42,622)


(33,807)


(87,091)


(59,937)

Income before income taxes

$

300,271


$

297,137


$

529,590


$

540,912







Capital expenditures

$

33,513


$

29,289


$

65,146


$

54,095







Depreciation and amortization

$

58,451


$

39,232


$

116,814


$

77,364


(1) The net effects of discounts, incentives, freight billed to customers have been allocated to their respective segments for the current and prior period.  Previously, the net effects of such items were captured and presented separately in a line item entitled "Other".


(2) Effective January 1, 2018, the electrical/electronic materials segment became a division of the industrial segment. These two reporting segments became a single reporting segment, the Industrial Parts Group. The change in segment is presented retrospectively.


(3) Includes $9.1 million and $22.1 million for the three and six months ended June 30, 2018, respectively, in transaction and other costs related to Alliance Automotive Group and the pending combination of S.P. Richards with Essendant.

 

 

GENUINE PARTS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS



June 30,


June 30,


2018


2017


(Unaudited)


(in thousands)

ASSETS




CURRENT ASSETS




Cash and cash equivalents

$

355,141



$

203,145


Trade accounts receivable, net

2,669,649



2,169,970


Merchandise inventories, net

3,484,949



3,330,189


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,013,630



598,112






TOTAL CURRENT ASSETS

7,523,369



6,301,416






Goodwill and other intangible assets, less accumulated amortization

3,498,971



1,677,748


Deferred tax assets

25,480



126,299


Other assets

600,124



565,905


Net property, plant and equipment

918,578



740,776






TOTAL ASSETS

$

12,566,522



$

9,412,144



LIABILITIES AND EQUITY




CURRENT LIABILITIES




Trade accounts payable

$

3,831,274



$

3,302,969


Current portion of debt

686,415



580,000


Dividends payable

105,661



99,109


Income taxes payable

17,782



28,300


Other current liabilities

1,015,762



790,789






TOTAL CURRENT LIABILITIES

5,656,894



4,801,167






Long-term debt

2,490,552



550,000


Pension and other post-retirement benefit liabilities

200,137



272,394


Deferred tax liabilities

174,564



48,256


Other long-term liabilities

482,048



438,984






Common stock

146,753



146,831


Retained earnings

4,308,570



4,062,682


Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(943,351)



(921,389)






TOTAL  PARENT EQUITY

3,511,972



3,288,124






Noncontrolling interests in subsidiaries

$

50,355



$

13,219






TOTAL  EQUITY

3,562,327



3,301,343






TOTAL LIABILITIES AND EQUITY

$

12,566,522



$

9,412,144



 

 

GENUINE PARTS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS



Six Months Ended June 30,


2018


2017


(Unaudited)


(in thousands)





OPERATING ACTIVITIES:




Net income

$

403,548



$

350,132


Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating
activities:




Depreciation and amortization

116,814



77,364


Share-based compensation

9,035



8,086


Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation

(2,599)



(2,245)


Changes in operating assets and liabilities

(71,723)



(88,053)


NET CASH PROVIDED BY OPERATING ACTIVITIES

455,075



345,284






INVESTING ACTIVITIES:




Purchases of property, plant and equipment

(65,146)



(54,095)


Acquisitions and other investing activities

(82,545)



(240,216)


NET CASH USED IN INVESTING ACTIVITIES

(147,691)



(294,311)






FINANCING ACTIVITIES:




Proceeds from debt

2,320,906



2,250,000


Payments on debt

(2,367,284)



(1,995,000)


Share-based awards exercised

(4,851)



(3,014)


Dividends paid

(204,649)



(197,408)


Purchase of stock



(153,508)


NET CASH USED IN FINANCING ACTIVITIES

(255,878)



(98,930)






EFFECT OF EXCHANGE RATE CHANGES ON CASH

(11,264)



8,223






NET INCREASE (DECREASE) IN CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS

40,242



(39,734)






CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT BEGINNING OF PERIOD

314,899



242,879






CASH AND CASH EQUIVALENTS AT END OF PERIOD

$

355,141



$

203,145


 

 

GENUINE PARTS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of GAAP Net Income to Adjusted Net Income



Three Months Ended June 30,


Six Months Ended June 30,


2018


2017


2018


2017


(Unaudited)


(in thousands, except per share data)









GAAP net income

$

226,972



$

189,972



$

403,548



$

350,132


Diluted net income per common share

$

1.54



$

1.29



$

2.74



$

2.36










Add after-tax adjustments:








Transaction and other costs

6,581





16,464












Adjusted net income

$

233,553



$

189,972



$

420,012



$

350,132


Adjusted diluted net income per common

share

$

1.59



$

1.29



$

2.85



$

2.36


 

 

GENUINE PARTS COMPANY AND SUBSIDIARIES
Reconciliation of 2018 Forecasted GAAP Net Income to Forecasted Adjusted Net Income




Low End


High End



(Unaudited)



(in thousands, except per share
data)






Forecasted GAAP net income


$

808,000



$

830,000


Forecasted diluted net income per common share


$

5.49



$

5.64







Add forecasted after-tax adjustments:





 Forecasted transaction and other costs


16,464



16,464







Forecasted adjusted net income


$

824,464



$

846,464


Forecasted adjusted diluted net income per common share


$

5.60



$

5.75


 

 

SOURCE Genuine Parts Company

For further information: Carol B. Yancey, Executive Vice President and CFO - (678) 934-5044, Sidney G. Jones, Senior Vice President - Investor Relations - (678) 934-5628


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