WESCO International, Inc. Reports Record First Quarter 2008 Sales
Consolidated Sales up 2.9%, Record Free Cash Flow Generated

PITTSBURGH, April 24 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a leading provider of electrical MRO products, construction materials and advanced integrated supply procurement outsourcing services, today announced its first quarter 2008 financial results.

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Consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2008 were $1,465 million compared with $1,451 million in the first quarter of 2007. Consolidated sales grew 2.9% after adjusting for a previously announced divestiture. Sales for the quarter from acquisitions made in the second half of 2007 were approximately $12 million. Gross margin as a percent of sales for the quarter was 20.2% versus 20.6% for the comparable quarter last year. Operating income for the quarter was $77.1 million which included a one-time $3 million pre-tax loss in conjunction with the divestiture versus $82.5 million in the comparable quarter. Depreciation and amortization was $6.9 million in the quarter compared to $8.9 million last year.

Diluted earnings per share in the current quarter were $1.02, compared with $0.93 in the first quarter of 2007. Included in the current quarter was a one-time after-tax loss of $2.1 million, or $0.05 per share related to the divestiture. Last year's first quarter included two nonrecurring items totaling a net charge of $3.3 million on an after-tax basis, or $0.06 per share. Net income in the first quarter of 2008 was $44.8 million versus $48.2 million in the comparable 2007 quarter.

Mr. Stephen A. Van Oss, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, stated, "Strong earnings and good working capital performance produced company best ever free cash flow of $80 million. Free cash flow was directed at debt reduction and the purchase of stock under our share repurchase program. Our capital structure is strong and we have ample liquidity and debt facilities to fund our operational growth, acquisitions and share repurchases. Financial leverage improved to 2.9 versus 3.1 at year-end 2007. Additionally, during the quarter we purchased approximately 0.6 million shares of stock for approximately $25 million under our previously announced $400 million share repurchase program. To date, under the current $400 million authorization, we have purchased approximately 1.4 million shares for a total cost of $55 million, and since February 2007 we have purchased a total of 7.8 million shares."

Mr. Van Oss added, "We posted solid results for the first quarter despite a challenging economic environment. Organic sales growth at 2% continued the positive trend we experienced in the fourth quarter and our construction backlog increased 11% over both year-end and last year's first quarter. Earnings per share increased by $0.09 or 10% reflecting the impact of our share repurchase program."

Mr. Roy W. Haley, WESCO's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented, "We have seen some deterioration in certain markets related to residential construction activity. We are cognizant of the near-term risks of a slowing economy, and we are balancing the increased investment in business development initiatives with cost containment actions in other areas of our business. We've made investments in sales capacity and value-added services to enhance our customer relationships and strengthen our position in multiple market segments. Our business model is solidly established, and we are responsive to our customer's needs for service, value and product solutions in today's competitive marketplace."


WESCO will conduct a teleconference to discuss the first quarter earnings as described in this News Release on Thursday, April 24, 2008, at 11:00 a.m. E.D.T. The conference call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed from the Company's website at http://www.wesco.com. The conference call will be archived on this Internet site for seven days.

WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC) is a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company, headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, whose primary operating entity is WESCO Distribution, Inc. WESCO Distribution is a leading distributor of electrical construction products and electrical and industrial maintenance, repair and operating (MRO) supplies, and is the nation's largest provider of integrated supply services. 2007 annual sales were approximately $6.0 billion. The Company employs approximately 7,300 people, maintains relationships with over 24,000 suppliers, and serves more than 110,000 customers worldwide. Major markets include commercial and industrial firms, contractors, government agencies, educational institutions, telecommunications businesses and utilities. WESCO operates seven fully automated distribution centers and more than 400 full-service branches in North America and selected international markets, providing a local presence for area customers and a global network to serve multi-location businesses and multi-national corporations.

The matters discussed herein may contain forward-looking statements that are subject to certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Certain of these risks are set forth in the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2007, as well as the Company's other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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                            WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
             (dollar amounts in millions, except per share amounts)

                                         Three Months       Three Months
                                            Ended              Ended
                                          March 31,          March 31,
                                            2008               2007
    Net sales                              $1,465.2           $1450.6
    Cost of goods sold (excluding
     depreciation and amortization below)   1,169.6   79.8%   1,151.6   79.4%
    Selling, general and administrative
     expenses                                 211.6   14.4%     207.6   14.3%
    Depreciation and amortization               6.9               8.9
      Income from operations                   77.1    5.3%      82.5    5.7%
    Interest expense, net                      14.6              12.2
    Other (income) expense                     (2.7)                -
      Income before income taxes               65.2    4.4%      70.3    4.8%
    Provision for income taxes                 20.4              22.1
      Net income                              $44.8    3.1%     $48.2    3.3%

    Diluted earnings per common share         $1.02             $0.93
    Weighted average common shares
     outstanding and common share
     equivalents used in computing
     diluted earnings per share (in
     millions)                                 44.0              52.0

                            WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
                          (dollar amounts in millions)

                                                    March 31,     December 31,
                                Assets                   2008           2007
    Current Assets
      Cash and cash equivalents                          $94.4          $72.3
      Trade accounts receivable                          864.1          844.5
      Inventories, net                                   615.3          666.0
      Other current assets                                75.9           97.7
        Total current assets                           1,649.7        1,680.5
      Other assets                                     1,139.2        1,179.4
        Total assets                                  $2,788.9       $2,859.9

                Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
    Current Liabilities
      Accounts payable                                  $638.8         $626.3
      Other current liabilities                          635.7          665.6
        Total current liabilities                      1,274.5        1,291.9

      Long-term debt                                     748.0          811.3
      Other noncurrent liabilities                       137.8          148.2
        Total liabilities                              2,160.3        2,251.4

    Stockholders' Equity
        Total stockholders' equity                       628.6          608.5
        Total liabilities and stockholders' equity    $2,788.9       $2,859.9

                            WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
                          (dollar amounts in thousands)

                                            Twelve Months     Twelve Months
                                                Ended             Ended
    Financial Leverage:                     March 31, 2008  December 31, 2007
      Income from operations                    $388,762          $394,224
      Depreciation and amortization               34,762            36,759
        EBITDA                                  $423,524          $430,983

      Short term debt                            486,000           502,300
      Current debt                                 2,706             2,676
      Long term debt                             748,022           811,311
        Total debt                            $1,236,728        $1,316,287
      Financial leverage ratio                       2.9               3.1

    Note: Financial leverage is provided by the Company as an indicator of
          capital structure position. Financial leverage is calculated by
          dividing total debt by the trailing twelve months earnings before
          interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

                                                      Three Months
    Free Cash Flow:                                  March 31, 2008
      Cash flow provided by operations                   $91,427
      Less:  Capital expenditures                        (11,319)
        Free cash flow                                   $80,108

    Note: Free cash flow is provided by the Company as an additional liquidity
          measure. Capital expenditures are deducted from operating cash flow
          to determine free cash flow. This amount represents excess funds
          available to management to service all of its financing needs.

                          WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.
                         (dollar amounts in millions)

                                         Three Months        Three Months
                                            Ended               Ended
    Gross Profit:                       March 31, 2008      March 31, 2007
      Net sales                            $1,465.2            $1,450.6
      Cost of goods sold (excluding
       depreciation and amortization)       1,169.6             1,151.6
        Gross profit                         $295.6              $299.0
        Gross Margin                           20.2%               20.6%

    Note: Gross profit is provided by the Company as an additional financial
          measure. Gross profit is calculated by deducting cost of goods sold,
          excluding depreciation and amortization, from net sales. This amount
          represents an important financial measure within the distribution
          industry. Gross Margin is calculated by dividing gross profit by net