WESCO International, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2015 Results
Third quarter highlights:
- Consolidated sales of $1.9 billion
- Operating profit of $106.3 million
- Earnings per diluted share of $1.28
- Repurchased 1.4 million shares for a total buyback of 2.5 million shares in 2015

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 22, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications MRO and OEM products, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistics services, announces its 2015 third quarter results.

The following are results for the three months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the three months ended September 30, 2014:

  • Net sales were $1,923.9 million for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $2,078.2 million for the third quarter of 2014, a decrease of 7.4%. Normalized organic sales decreased 5.3%; foreign exchange rates negatively impacted sales by 4.1% and were partially offset by a 2.0% positive impact from acquisitions. Sequentially, net sales and normalized organic sales increased 0.4%.
  • Gross profit was $380.8 million, or 19.8% of sales, for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $422.4 million, or 20.3% of sales, for the third quarter of 2014.
  • Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $258.2 million, or 13.4% of sales, for the third quarter of 2015, compared to $271.8 million, or 13.1% of sales, for the third quarter of 2014.
  • Operating profit was $106.3 million for the current quarter, compared to $133.2 million for the third quarter of 2014. Operating profit as a percentage of sales was 5.5% in 2015, compared to 6.4% in 2014.
  • Interest expense for the third quarter of 2015 was $20.4 million, compared to $20.8 million for the third quarter of 2014. Non-cash interest expense, which includes convertible debt interest, interest related to uncertain tax positions, amortization of deferred financing fees and accrued interest, for the third quarter of 2015 and 2014 was $4.6 million and $4.1 million, respectively.
  • The effective tax rate for the current quarter was 27.4%, compared to 28.1% for the prior year third quarter.
  • Net income attributable to WESCO International, Inc. of $63.5 million for the current quarter was down 21.4% from $80.8 million for the prior year quarter.
  • Earnings per diluted share for the third quarter of 2015 was $1.28 per share, based on 49.7 million diluted shares, compared to $1.52 per share in the third quarter of 2014, based on 53.2 million diluted shares.
  • Free cash flow for the third quarter of 2015 was $39.7 million compared to $84.7 million for the third quarter of 2014.

Mr. John J. Engel, WESCO's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our third quarter sales declined 7% reflecting continued foreign exchange headwinds and weakness in the industrial market and certain non-residential construction sectors. Organic sales momentum decelerated during the quarter in the U.S. and in Canada, down 4% and 10% year over year, respectively. While the top line remains pressured overall, our data communications and utility sales continued to grow. The benefits of ongoing cost reduction actions partially mitigated the impact of business mix and lower sales on earnings per share, which were lower than prior year. Free cash flow remains solid at 100% of net income on a year-to-date basis. We repurchased approximately 1.4 million shares in the third quarter bringing year-to-date repurchases to approximately 2.5 million shares, utilizing half of the $300 million share repurchase authorization, while maintaining our leverage ratio within our target range of 2.0 to 3.5 times EBITDA. Based on our third quarter results and a challenging market outlook, we now estimate full year earnings per diluted share of $4.15 to $4.30 on sales down 4% to 5% from the prior year, compared to our previous estimate of earnings per diluted share of $4.50 to $4.90 on sales flat to down 3%. In addition, based upon the strength of our year-to-date free cash flow, we are increasing our estimate of full year free cash flow to approximately equal to net income, above our previous estimate of greater than 80% of net income."

The following results are for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 compared to the nine months ended September 30, 2014:

  • Net sales were $5,656.9 million for the first nine months of 2015, compared to $5,894.1 million for the first nine months of 2014, a decrease of 4.0%. Normalized organic sales decreased 1.9%; foreign exchange rates and number of workdays negatively impacted sales by 3.2% and 0.5%, respectively, and were partially offset by a 1.6% positive impact from acquisitions.
  • Gross profit of $1,130.1 million, or 20.0% of sales, for the first nine months of 2015 compared to $1,208.8 million, or 20.5% of sales, for the first nine months of 2014.
  • Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses were $798.0 million, or 14.1% of sales, for the first nine months of 2015, compared to $815.8 million, or 13.8% of sales, for the first nine months of 2014.
  • Operating profit was $283.8 million for the first nine months of 2015 compared to $342.0 million for the first nine months of 2014. Operating profit as a percentage of sales was 5.0% in 2015 compared to 5.8% in 2014.
  • Interest expense for the first nine months of 2015 was $59.9 million, compared to $61.8 million for the first nine months of 2014. Non-cash interest expense, which includes convertible debt interest, interest related to uncertain tax positions, amortization of deferred financing fees and accrued interest, for the first nine months of 2015 and 2014 was $11.6 million and $7.4 million, respectively.
  • The effective tax rate was 28.6% for the nine months ended September 30, 2015, compared to 28.1% for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.
  • Net income attributable to WESCO International, Inc. of $162.3 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was down 19.5% from $201.5 million for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.
  • Earnings per diluted share for the first nine months of 2015 was $3.16 per share, based on 51.3 million diluted shares, versus $3.78 per share for the first nine months of 2014, based on 53.4 million diluted shares.
  • Free cash flow for the nine months ended September 30, 2015 was $159.8 million, or 100% of net income, compared to free cash flow of $123.8 million, or 61% of net income for the nine months ended September 30, 2014.

Mr. Engel continued, "We expect reduced demand in commodity-driven end markets and foreign exchange headwinds to continue into 2016. The completion of cost reduction actions initiated in the second quarter are improving our second half profitability. We are continuing to simplify and streamline the business in the fourth quarter by reducing management structure and expect these changes to further improve our operational effectiveness while reducing costs in 2016. Our capital structure remains in good shape, and we will continue to take a disciplined approach to strengthening our electrical core and expanding our portfolio of products and services through acquisitions. As consolidation and outsourcing accelerate in our industry, customers are looking for a one-stop-shop to manage their global supply chain needs, and WESCO is well positioned to deliver on these expectations."

Webcast and Teleconference Access

WESCO will conduct a webcast and teleconference to discuss the third quarter earnings as described in this News Release on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 11:00 a.m. E.T. The call will be broadcast live over the Internet and can be accessed from the Company's Website at http://www.wesco.com. The call will be archived on this Internet site for seven days.

WESCO International, Inc. (NYSE: WCC), a publicly traded Fortune 500 holding company headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a leading provider of electrical, industrial, and communications maintenance, repair and operating ("MRO") and original equipment manufacturers ("OEM") product, construction materials, and advanced supply chain management and logistic services. 2014 annual sales were approximately $7.9 billion. The Company employs approximately 9,200 people, maintains relationships with over 25,000 suppliers, and serves over 75,000 active customers worldwide. Customers include commercial and industrial businesses, contractors, government agencies, institutions, telecommunications providers and utilities. WESCO operates nine fully automated distribution centers and approximately 485 full-service branches in North America and international markets, providing a local presence for 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, 2014, as well as the Company's other reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

 

WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(dollar amounts in millions, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 
 

September 30,
 2015

   

September 30,
 2014

 

Net sales

$

1,923.9

     

$

2,078.2

   

Cost of goods sold (excluding

1,543.1

 

80.2

%

 

1,655.8

 

79.7

%

    depreciation and amortization below)

         

Selling, general and administrative expenses

258.2

 

13.4

%

 

271.8

 

13.1

%

Depreciation and amortization

16.3

     

17.4

   

    Income from operations

106.3

 

5.5

%

 

133.2

 

6.4

%

Interest expense, net

20.4

     

20.8

   

    Income before income taxes

85.9

 

4.5

%

 

112.4

 

5.4

%

Provision for income taxes

23.5

     

31.6

   

    Net income

62.4

 

3.2

%

 

80.8

 

3.9

%

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(1.1)

     

   

    Net income attributable to WESCO International, Inc.

$

63.5

 

3.3

%

 

$

80.8

 

3.9

%

           

Earnings per diluted common share

$

1.28

     

$

1.52

   

Weighted-average common shares outstanding and common

         

share equivalents used in computing earnings per diluted

         

share (in millions)

49.7

     

53.2

   

 

WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME

(dollar amounts in millions, except per share amounts)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Nine Months Ended

 
 

September 30,
 2015

   

September 30,
 2014

 

Net sales

$

5,656.9

     

$

5,894.1

   

Cost of goods sold (excluding

4,526.8

 

80.0

%

 

4,685.3

 

79.5

%

    depreciation and amortization below)

         

Selling, general and administrative expenses

798.0

 

14.1

%

 

815.8

 

13.8

%

Depreciation and amortization

48.3

     

51.0

   

    Income from operations

283.8

 

5.0

%

 

342.0

 

5.8

%

Interest expense, net

59.9

     

61.8

   

    Income before income taxes

223.9

 

4.0

%

 

280.2

 

4.8

%

Provision for income taxes

64.1

     

78.8

   

    Net income

159.8

 

2.8

%

 

201.4

 

3.4

%

Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interests

(2.5)

     

(0.1)

   

    Net income attributable to WESCO International, Inc.

$

162.3

 

2.9

%

 

$

201.5

 

3.4

%

           

Earnings per diluted common share

$

3.16

     

$

3.78

   

Weighted-average common shares outstanding and common

         

share equivalents used in computing earnings per diluted

         

share (in millions)

51.3

     

53.4

   

 

WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(dollar amounts in millions)

(Unaudited)

 
 

September 30,
 2015

 

December 31,
 2014

Assets

     

Current Assets

     

Cash and cash equivalents

$

132.9

   

$

128.3

 

Trade accounts receivable, net

1,149.7

   

1,117.4

 

Inventories, net

845.0

   

819.5

 

Current deferred income taxes

33.1

   

35.9

 

Other current assets

205.4

   

249.2

 

    Total current assets

2,366.1

   

2,350.3

 

Other assets

2,276.4

   

2,404.0

 

    Total assets

$

4,642.5

   

$

4,754.3

 
       
       

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity

     

Current Liabilities

     

Accounts payable

$

787.6

   

$

765.1

 

Current debt and short-term borrowings

46.6

   

49.1

 

Other current liabilities

182.6

   

249.6

 

    Total current liabilities

1,016.8

   

1,063.8

 
       

Long-term debt

1,454.7

   

1,366.4

 

Other noncurrent liabilities

411.2

   

396.0

 

    Total liabilities

2,882.7

   

2,826.2

 
       

Stockholders' Equity

     

    Total stockholders' equity

1,759.8

   

1,928.1

 

    Total liabilities and stockholders' equity

$

4,642.5

   

$

4,754.3

 

 

WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS

(dollar amounts in millions)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Nine Months Ended

 

September 30,
 2015

 

September 30,
 2014

Operating Activities:

     

Net income

$

159.8

   

$

201.5

 

Add back (deduct):

     

   Depreciation and amortization

48.3

   

51.0

 

   Deferred income taxes

26.3

   

17.8

 

   Change in trade receivables, net

(49.8)

   

(175.0)

 

   Change in inventories, net

(38.9)

   

(54.1)

 

   Change in accounts payable

30.4

   

106.9

 

   Other

(0.1)

   

(8.3)

 

Net cash provided by operating activities

176.0

   

139.8

 
       

Investing Activities:

     

Capital expenditures

(16.2)

   

(16.0)

 

Acquisition payments

(68.5)

   

(138.8)

 

    Other

1.8

   

5.4

 

Net cash used in investing activities

(82.9)

   

(149.4)

 
       

Financing Activities:

     

Debt borrowings, net of repayments

92.5

   

33.3

 

Equity activity, net

(154.1)

   

(0.6)

 

Other

(11.7)

   

(37.0)

 

Net cash used in financing activities

(73.3)

   

(4.3)

 
       

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(15.2)

   

0.6

 
       

Net change in cash and cash equivalents

4.6

   

(13.3)

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the beginning of the period

128.3

   

123.7

 

Cash and cash equivalents at the end of the period

$

132.9

   

$

110.4

 

 

NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

This earnings release includes certain non-GAAP financial measures. These financial measures include normalized organic sales growth, gross profit, financial leverage and free cash flow. The Company believes that these non-GAAP measures are useful to investors in order to provide a better understanding of the Company's organic growth trends, capital structure position and liquidity on a comparable basis. Management does not use these non-GAAP financial measures for any purpose other than the reasons stated above.

 

WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.

 

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(dollar amounts in millions, except sales growth data)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

Normalized Organic Sales Growth - Year-Over-Year:

September 30,
 2015

 

September 30,
 2015

       

    Change in net sales

(7.4)%

 

(4.0)%

    Impact from acquisitions

2.0 %

 

1.6 %

    Impact from foreign exchange rates

(4.1)%

 

(3.2)%

    Impact from number of workdays

— %

 

(0.5)%

        Normalized organic sales growth

(5.3)%

 

(1.9)%

 

 

         

Three Months Ended

       

Normalized Organic Sales Growth - Sequential:

September 30,
 2015

           
       

    Change in net sales

0.4 %

       

    Impact from acquisitions

0.7 %

       

    Impact from foreign exchange rates

(0.7)%

       

    Impact from number of workdays

— %

       

        Normalized organic sales growth

0.4 %

         
         

Note: Normalized organic sales growth is provided by the Company as an additional financial measure to provide a better understanding of the Company's sales growth trends. Normalized organic sales growth is calculated by deducting the percentage impact from acquisitions, foreign exchange rates and number of workdays from the overall percentage change in consolidated net sales.

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

Gross Profit:

September 30,
 2015

 

September 30,
 2014

 

September 30,
 2015

 

September 30,
 2014

               

Net Sales

$

1,923.9

   

$

2,078.2

   

$

5,656.9

   

$

5,894.1

 

Cost of goods sold (excluding depreciation and
amortization)

1,543.1

   

1,655.8

   

4,526.8

   

4,685.3

 

Gross profit

$

380.8

   

$

422.4

   

$

1,130.1

   

$

1,208.8

 

Gross margin

19.8

%

 

20.3

%

 

20.0

%

 

20.5

%

 

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 a commonly used financial measure within the distribution industry. Gross margin is calculated by dividing gross profit by net sales.

 

WESCO INTERNATIONAL, INC.

 

RECONCILIATION OF NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES

(dollar amounts in millions)

(Unaudited)

 
 

Twelve Months Ended

Financial Leverage:

September 30,
 2015

 

December 31,
 2014

       

Income from operations

$

408.0

   

$

466.2

 

Depreciation and amortization

65.4

   

68.0

 

EBITDA

$

473.4

   

$

534.2

 
       
 

September 30,
 2015

 

December 31,
 2014

Current debt and short-term borrowings

$

46.6

   

$

49.1

 

Long-term debt

1,454.7

   

1,366.4

 

Debt discount related to convertible debentures and term loan(1)

165.7

   

170.4

 

Total debt including debt discount

1,667.0

   

1,585.9

 
       

Financial leverage ratio

3.5

   

3.0

 
 

(1)    The convertible debentures and term loan are presented in the condensed consolidated balance sheets in long-
        term debt, net of the unamortized discount.

 

Note: Financial leverage is a non-GAAP financial measure provided by the Company to illustrate its capital structure position. Financial leverage ratio is calculated by dividing total debt, including debt discount, by EBITDA. EBITDA is defined as the trailing twelve months earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

 

 

Three Months Ended

 

Nine Months Ended

Free Cash Flow:

September 30,
 2015

 

September 30,
 2014

 

September 30,
 2015

 

September 30,
 2014

               

Cash flow provided by operations

$

43.3

   

$

89.0

   

$

176.0

   

$

139.8

 

Less: Capital expenditures

(3.6)

   

(4.3)

   

(16.2)

   

(16.0)

 

Free cash flow

$

39.7

   

$

84.7

   

$

159.8

   

$

123.8

 

Percent of net income

64

%

 

105

%

 

100

%

 

61

%

 

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. Free cash flow is available to fund the Company's financing needs.

 

SOURCE WESCO International, Inc.


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