Advance Auto Parts Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Diluted EPS Increase of 18.7% to $1.59

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Advance Auto Parts Reports Second Quarter Fiscal 2013 Diluted EPS Increase of 18.7% to $1.59

ROANOKE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYS: AAP) , a leading retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items, today announced its financial results for the second quarter ended July 13, 2013. Second quarter earnings per diluted share (EPS) were $1.59, which was an 18.7% increase versus the second quarter last year and includes a $0.01 impact resulting from the integration expenses for B.W.P. Distributors, Inc. (BWP).

 
Second Quarter Performance Summary
    
Twelve Weeks EndedTwenty-Eight Weeks Ended
July 13,July 14,July 13,July 14,
2013201220132012
 
Sales(in millions)$1,549.6$1,461.0$3,564.9$3,418.3
 
Comp Store Sales %(0.3%)(2.7%)(2.0%)0.0%
 
Gross Profit %50.3%49.9%50.1%50.0%
 
SG&A %37.7%38.3%39.0%38.5%
 
Operating Income %12.6%11.6%11.2%11.5%
 
Diluted EPS$1.59$1.34$3.23$3.14
 
Avg Diluted Shares(in thousands)73,34374,08473,60774,157
 

"Our sales grew 6.1% and operating income increased 15.1% in the second quarter. We are pleased with our profit improvement despite our comparable store sales being essentially flat," said Darren R. Jackson, Chief Executive Officer. "The positive comparable sales growth at the start of the quarter was offset by weaker demand in the balance of the quarter including sales shortfalls in key seasonal categories. While the macroeconomic environment continued to impact our customers we continue to be encouraged by the strong long-term fundamentals of our industry and remain focused on improving our sales performance as we continue to improve our profitability."


Fiscal Second Quarter and Year-to-Date Highlights

Total sales for the second quarter increased 6.1% to $1.55 billion, as compared with total sales during the second quarter of fiscal 2012 of $1.46 billion. The sales increase was driven by the acquisition of BWP and the net addition of 175 new stores over the past 12 months, partially offset by a comparable store sales decrease of 0.3% versus a comparable store sales decrease of 2.7% during the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Year-to-date, total sales increased 4.3% to $3.56 billion, compared with total sales of $3.42 billion over the same period last year.

The Company's gross profit rate was 50.3% of sales during the second quarter as compared to 49.9% during the second quarter last year. The 40 basis-point increase in gross profit rate was primarily driven by increased merchandise margins due to lower acquisition costs and a favorable product mix partially offset by planned increases in supply chain costs related to the full operations of the Company's new distribution center and the impact of BWP sales, which have a lower gross margin rate as a result of their much higher mix of Commercial sales. Year-to-date, the Company's gross profit rate was 50.1%, a 13 basis-point increase over the same period in fiscal 2012.

The Company's SG&A rate was 37.7% of sales during the second quarter as compared to 38.3% during the same period last year. The 58 basis-point decrease was primarily driven by the timing of last year's Company-wide leadership meeting, lower marketing expense, increased labor productivity and lower credit card fees as a result of the insourcing of the Company's commercial credit program. These were partially offset by higher incentive compensation and expense deleverage as a result of the 0.3% comparable store sales decline and increased new store openings. Year-to-date, the Company's SG&A rate was 39.0% versus 38.5% during the same period last year.

The Company's operating income during the second quarter of $194.7 million increased 15.1% versus the second quarter of fiscal 2012. On a rate basis, operating income was 12.6% of total sales as compared to 11.6% during the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Year-to-date the Company's operating income rate was 11.2% versus 11.5% during the same period last year.

Operating cash flow decreased 24.6% to $310.1 million from $411.4 million through the second quarter of fiscal 2012. Free cash flow was $27.9 million versus $265.4 million through the second quarter of fiscal 2012. This decrease in free cash flow was primarily due to the Company's acquisition of BWP which occurred at the beginning of the fiscal year. Capital expenditures were $111.9 million as compared to $146.3 million through the second quarter of fiscal 2012.

"We are pleased that we were able to exceed our profit expectations for the quarter," said Mike Norona, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. "Despite softer sales than we expected in the back half of the quarter, our gross profit improvements and disciplined focus on expense management allowed us to increase our earnings per share 18.7% and our operating margins by 98 bps during the quarter. Our long-term operating income rate goal is to achieve 12% and our progress in the quarter is a solid step in the right direction."

 
Comparable Key Financial Metrics and Statistics(1)
      
Twelve Weeks EndedTwenty-Eight Weeks EndedFifty-Two Weeks Ended
July 13,July 14,July 13,July 14,
2013201220132012FY 2012FY 2011
 
Sales Growth %6.1%(1.3%)4.3%1.2%0.6%4.1%
 
Sales per Store(2)$1,654$1,697$1,654$1,697$1,664$1,708
 
Operating Income per Store(3)$172$187$172$187$176$184
 
Return on Invested Capital(4)18.5%19.9%18.5%19.9%19.4%19.5%
 
Gross Margin Return on Inventory(5)8.97.08.97.09.36.6
 
Total Store Square Footage, end of period29,20426,92729,20426,92727,80626,663
 
Total Team Members, end of period54,25053,46454,25053,46453,47352,002
 

(1)

 In thousands except for gross margin return on inventory and total Team Members. The financial metrics presented are calculated on an annual basis and accordingly reflect the last four quarters completed, except for Sales Growth % and where noted.

(2)

Sales per store is calculated as net sales divided by an average of beginning and ending store count.

(3)

Operating income per store is calculated as operating income divided by an average of beginning and ending store count.

(4)

Return on invested capital (ROIC) is calculated in detail in the supplemental financial schedules.

(5)

Gross margin return on inventory is calculated as gross profit divided by an average of beginning and ending inventory, net of accounts payable and financed vendor accounts payable.
 

Store Information

During the second quarter, the Company opened 26 stores, including 5 Autopart International stores, and closed 5 stores. As of July 13, 2013, the Company's total store count was 3,990 including 227 Autopart International stores.

Share Repurchase Program

Year-to-date, the Company repurchased approximately 1.0 million shares of its common stock at an aggregate cost of $74.5 million, or an average price of $77.38 per share.As of July 13, 2013, the Company had approximately $418 million available on the Company's $500 million share repurchase program authorized by the Company's Board of Directors on May 14, 2012.

Dividend

On August 6, 2013, the Company's Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share to be paid on October 4, 2013 to stockholders of record as of September 20, 2013.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, August 8, 2013, at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time to discuss its quarterly results. To listen to the live call, please log on to the Company's website, www.AdvanceAutoParts.com, or dial (866) 908-1AAP. The call will be archived on the Company's website until August 8, 2014.

About Advance Auto Parts

Headquartered in Roanoke, Va., Advance Auto Parts, Inc., a leading automotive aftermarket retailer of parts, accessories, batteries, and maintenance items in the United States, serves both the do-it-yourself and professional installer markets. As of July 13, 2013, the Company operated 3,990 stores in 39 states, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands. Additional information about the Company, employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found on the Company's website at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Certain statements contained in this release are forward-looking statements, as that statement is used in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements address future events or developments, and typically use words such as believe, anticipate, expect, intend, plan, forecast, outlook or estimate. These statements discuss, among other things, expected growth and future performance, including store growth, capital expenditures, comparable store sales, SG&A, operating income, gross profit rate, free cash flow, profitability and earnings per diluted share for fiscal year 2013. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions including, but not limited to, competitive pressures, demand for the Company's products, the market for auto parts, the economy in general, inflation, consumer debt levels, the weather, business interruptions, information technology security, availability of suitable real estate, dependence on foreign suppliers and other factors disclosed in the Company's 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 29, 2012 on file with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Actual results may differ materially from anticipated results described in these forward-looking statements. The Company intends these forward-looking statements to speak only as of the time of this news release and does not undertake to update or revise them as more information becomes available.

 
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(in thousands)
(unaudited)
    
July 13,December 29,July 14,
201320122012
 

Assets

 
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents$520,969$598,111$448,594
Receivables, net281,714229,866159,349
Inventories, net2,407,0412,308,6092,096,341
Other current assets66,55547,61460,883
Total current assets3,276,2793,184,2002,765,167
 
Property and equipment, net1,285,0291,291,7591,263,680
Assets held for sale2,237788788
Goodwill199,79176,38976,389
Intangible assets, net56,15528,84529,468
Other assets, net32,79731,83333,654
$4,852,288$4,613,814$4,169,146
 

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

 
Current liabilities:
Current portion of long-term debt$878$627$760
Accounts payable2,048,2022,029,8141,738,101
Accrued expenses450,253379,639417,663
Other current liabilities140,332149,558135,517
Total current liabilities2,639,6652,559,6382,292,041
 
Long-term debt604,117604,461599,696
Other long-term liabilities239,527239,021218,308
Total stockholders' equity1,368,9791,210,6941,059,101
$4,852,288$4,613,814$4,169,146
 

NOTE: These preliminary condensed consolidated balance sheets have been prepared on a basis consistent with our previously prepared balance sheets filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for our prior quarter and annual report, but do not include the footnotes required by generally accepted accounting principles, or GAAP, for complete financial statements.

 
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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
Twelve Week Periods Ended
July 13, 2013 and July 14, 2012
(in thousands, except per share data)
(unaudited)
   
July 13,July 14,
20132012
 
Net sales$1,549,553$1,460,983
Cost of sales, including purchasing and warehousing costs770,330 732,125 
Gross profit779,223728,858
Selling, general and administrative expenses584,541 559,663 
Operating income194,682 169,195 
Other, net:
Interest expense(8,024)(7,947)
Other income (expense), net365 (55)
Total other, net(7,659)(8,002)
Income before provision for income taxes187,023161,193
Provision for income taxes70,152 61,587 
Net income$116,871 $99,606 
 
Basic earnings per share (a)$1.60$1.36
Diluted earnings per share (a)$1.59$1.34
 
Average common shares outstanding (a)72,93073,150
Average common shares outstanding - assuming dilution (a)73,34374,084