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COVINGTON, La., July 18, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pool Corporation (NASDAQ/GSM:POOL) today reported record results for the second quarter of 2019.
“We realized record sales and earnings in the quarter despite unprecedented levels of rainfall and cooler temperatures in many of our key markets. Consumer demands and dealer backlog remain high and our team remains focused on execution throughout the remainder of the season,” said Peter D. Arvan, President and CEO.
Net sales increased 6% to a record $1.12 billion in the second quarter of 2019 compared to $1.06 billion in the second quarter of 2018, while base business sales grew 4%. In the southeastern United States, favorable weather conditions and solid execution by our teams delivered strong sales growth in these markets. This growth was offset by record rainfall and cooler temperatures in three of our largest markets, California, Texas and Arizona, particularly in the month of May, which was the second wettest May on record for the contiguous United States. Sales were also negatively impacted approximately 1% compared to the second quarter of 2018 from unfavorable currency exchange rate fluctuations. During the quarter, sales benefited from strong demand for discretionary products as evidenced by higher sales growth in construction materials and products used in the repair and replacement of in-ground pools.
Gross profit increased 7% to a record $330.3 million in the second quarter of 2019 from $308.7 million in the same period of 2018. Base business gross profit improved 5% over the second quarter of 2018, including a negative currency exchange impact of 1%. Gross margin increased 30 basis points to 29.5% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to 29.2% in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting benefits from strategic inventory purchases.
Selling and administrative expenses (operating expenses) increased 8% to $157.8 million in the second quarter of 2019 compared to the second quarter of 2018. Base business operating expenses were up 5% over the comparable 2018 period, including a 1% currency benefit. As a percentage of net sales, base business operating expenses increased to 13.9% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to 13.8% in the second quarter of 2018, reflecting disciplined expense controls in line with sales growth.
Operating income for the second quarter of 2019 increased to a record $172.5 million, up 6% compared to the same period in 2018. Operating margin was 15.4% in the second quarter of 2019 compared to 15.3% in the second quarter of 2018, while base business operating margin improved 30 basis points from the prior year to 15.6% in the second quarter of 2019.
We recorded a $7.8 million, or $0.19 per diluted share, tax benefit from Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, in the quarter ended June 30, 2019 compared to a tax benefit of $1.5 million, or $0.04 per diluted share, realized in the same period of 2018.
Net income was $131.4 million in the second quarter of 2019 compared to $117.0 million in the second quarter of 2018. Earnings per share increased 15% to a record $3.22 per diluted share in the three months ended June 30, 2019 compared to $2.80 per diluted share in the same period of 2018. Excluding the impact from ASU 2016-09 in both periods, earnings per diluted share increased 10% to $3.03 in the second quarter of 2019 compared to $2.76 in the second quarter of 2018.
Net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2019 increased 5% to a record $1.72 billion from $1.64 billion in the six months ended June 30, 2018, with most of this growth coming from the 3% improvement in base business sales. In addition, sales were negatively impacted approximately 1% from unfavorable currency exchange rate fluctuations. Gross margin increased 50 basis points to 29.4% compared to 28.9% in the same period last year.
Operating expenses increased 5% compared to the first half of 2018, with base business operating expenses up 3%, including a 1% currency benefit. Operating income for the first six months of 2019 increased 8% to a record $210.9 million compared to $195.6 million in the same period last year. Operating margin for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was 12.3% compared to 11.9% for the six months ended June 30, 2018, while our base business operating margin improved 50 basis points from the prior year to 12.5% for the six months ended June 30, 2019.
We recorded a $16.6 million, or $0.40 per diluted share, tax benefit from ASU 2016-09 in the six months ended June 30, 2019 compared to a $10.6 million, or $0.25 per diluted share, tax benefit in the same period of 2018.
Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2019 was a record $164.0 million compared to $148.4 million for the six months ended June 30, 2018. Earnings per share for the first six months of 2019 increased 13% to $4.02 per diluted share versus $3.55 in the first six months of 2018.
On the balance sheet at June 30, 2019, total net receivables, including pledged receivables, increased 3%. Inventory levels grew 14% compared to June 30, 2018, reflecting strategic inventory purchases, cost inflation on purchases and inventory from recently acquired businesses of $13.0 million. Accounts payable increased 14%, which is consistent with our inventory growth. Total debt outstanding was $692.3 million at June 30, 2019, a $35.2 million increase from total debt at June 30, 2018.
Cash provided by operations was $97.4 million in the first six months of 2019 compared to $36.8 million used in operations in the first six months of 2018, an improvement of $134.3 million. The increase in cash provided by operations primarily relates to payments for pre-price increase inventory purchases in 2018 ahead of the 2019 season. Adjusted EBITDA (as defined in the addendum to this release) was $231.6 million and $215.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018, respectively. Interest expense increased compared to last year primarily due to higher debt levels and higher interest rates.
“Our strong customer base and knowledgeable team members remain a key component of our achievements and greatly contribute to our continued success in a challenging weather year. Based on our results to date and expectations for the remainder of the year, we are narrowing our annual earnings guidance range from $6.09 to $6.39 per diluted share to $6.09 to $6.34 per diluted share,” said Arvan.
POOLCORP is the world’s largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool and related backyard products. POOLCORP operates 372 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, through which it distributes more than 180,000 national brand and private label products to roughly 120,000 wholesale customers. For more information, please visit www.poolcorp.com.
This news release includes “forward-looking” statements that involve risks and uncertainties that are generally identifiable through the use of words such as “believe,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “estimate,” “project,” “should” and similar expressions and include projections of earnings. The forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur. Actual results may differ materially due to a variety of factors, including the sensitivity of our business to weather conditions, changes in the economy and the housing market, our ability to maintain favorable relationships with suppliers and manufacturers, competition from other leisure product alternatives and mass merchants, excess tax benefits or deficiencies recognized under ASU 2016-09 and other risks detailed in POOLCORP’s 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) as updated by POOLCORP’s subsequent filings with the SEC.
Curtis J. Scheel
Director of Investor Relations
Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share data)
|Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,|
|Cost of sales||791,014||749,149||1,213,839||1,168,976|
|Selling and administrative expenses||157,791||146,613||294,036||279,145|
|Interest and other non-operating expenses, net||6,424||5,991||13,040||9,518|
|Income before income taxes and equity earnings||166,099||156,051||197,869||186,065|
|Provision for income taxes||34,778||39,062||33,976||37,783|
|Equity earnings in unconsolidated investments, net||69||60||134||106|
|Earnings per share:|
|Weighted average shares outstanding:|
|Cash dividends declared per common share||$||0.55||$||0.45||$||1.00||$||0.82|
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
|June 30,||June 30,||Change|
|Cash and cash equivalents||$||60,694||$||42,167||$||18,527||44||%|
|Receivables, net (1)||127,260||135,104||(7,844||)||(6||)|
|Receivables pledged under receivables facility||289,866||269,311||20,555||8|
|Product inventories, net (2)||694,447||606,583||87,864||14|
|Prepaid expenses and other current assets (5)||10,922||17,169||(6,247||)||(36||)|
|Total current assets||1,183,189||1,070,334||112,855||11|
|Property and equipment, net||113,360||113,048||312||—|
|Other intangible assets, net||11,502||12,608||(1,106||)||(9||)|
|Equity interest investments||1,213||1,130||83||7|
|Operating lease assets (3),(4),(5)||173,854||—||173,854||100|
|Liabilities and stockholders’ equity|
|Accounts payable (4)||$||342,335||$||300,232||$||42,103||14||%|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||81,626||83,271||(1,645||)||(2||)|
|Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt||23,974||21,462||2,512||12|
|Current operating lease liabilities (3)||55,692||—||55,692||100|
|Total current liabilities||503,627||404,965||98,662||24|
|Deferred income taxes||28,852||24,729||4,123||17|
|Long-term debt, net||668,363||635,658||32,705||5|
|Other long-term liabilities||27,191||25,128||2,063||8|
|Non-current operating lease liabilities (3)||119,380||—||119,380||100|
|Total stockholders’ equity||343,169||313,801||29,368||9|
|Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity||$||1,690,582||$||1,404,281||$||286,301||20||%|
(1) The allowance for doubtful accounts was $6.4 million at June 30, 2019 and $4.1 million at June 30, 2018.
(2) The inventory reserve was $9.5 million at June 30, 2019 and $8.4 million at June 30, 2018.
(3) We adopted ASU 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842), on January 1, 2019. Upon adoption, we recorded operating lease assets and operating lease liabilities based on the present value of future lease obligations. We applied the practical expedient available in this guidance, which does not require the restatement of prior year balances.
(4) Due to ASU 2016-02, our straight-line rent liability of $5.0 million, reported in Accounts payable under previous accounting guidance, offsets our Operating lease assets.
(5) As of June 30, 2019, we presented pre-paid rent of $4.8 million in Operating lease assets as required under the new guidance (presented in Prepaid expenses and other current assets as of June 30, 2018).
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
|Six Months Ended|
|Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:|
|Equity earnings in unconsolidated investments, net||(134||)||(106||)||(28||)|
|Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:|
|Prepaid expenses and other assets||4,831||2,100||2,731|
|Accrued expenses and other current liabilities||19,713||21,290||(1,577||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities||97,441||(36,809||)||134,250|
|Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired||(9,345||)||(578||)||(8,767||)|
|Purchases of property and equipment, net of sale proceeds||(19,193||)||(24,620||)||5,427|
|Net cash used in investing activities||(28,538||)||(25,198||)||(3,340||)|
|Proceeds from revolving line of credit||545,834||554,536||(8,702||)|
|Payments on revolving line of credit||(657,180||)||(545,574||)||(111,606||)|
|Proceeds from asset-backed financing||176,100||177,500||(1,400||)|
|Payments on asset-backed financing||(54,200||)||(60,000||)||5,800|
|Proceeds from short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt||22,687||13,957||8,730|
|Payments on short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt||(7,881||)||(3,330||)||(4,551||)|
|Payments of deferred financing costs||—||(8||)||8|
|Payments of deferred and contingent acquisition consideration||(311||)||(265||)||(46||)|
|Proceeds from stock issued under share-based compensation plans||12,603||9,383||3,220|
|Payments of cash dividends||(39,753||)||(33,194||)||(6,559||)|
|Purchases of treasury stock||(23,097||)||(38,876||)||15,779|
|Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities||(25,198||)||74,129||(99,327||)|
|Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents||631||105||526|
|Change in cash and cash equivalents||44,336||12,227||32,109|
|Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period||16,358||29,940||(13,582||)|
|Cash and cash equivalents at end of period||$||60,694||$||42,167||$||18,527|
The following table breaks out our consolidated results into the base business component and the excluded component (sales centers excluded from base business):
|(in thousands)||Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended||Three Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,||June 30,|
|Expenses as a % of net sales||13.9||%||13.8||%||22.0||%||41.4||%||14.1||%||13.9||%|
|Operating income (loss)||171,592||162,158||931||(116||)||172,523||162,042|
|(in thousands)||Six Months Ended||Six Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|June 30,||June 30,||June 30,|
|Expenses as a % of net sales||16.9||%||16.9||%||27.2||%||41.6||%||17.1||%||17.0||%|
|Operating income (loss)||210,750||196,242||159||(659||)||210,909||195,583|
We have excluded the following acquisitions from base business for the periods identified:
|W.W. Adcock, Inc. (1)||January 2019||4||January - June 2019|
|Turf & Garden, Inc. (1)||November 2018||4||January - June 2019|
|Tore Pty. Ltd. (Pool Power) (1)||January 2018||1||January - April 2019 and
January - April 2018
|Chem Quip, Inc. (1)||December 2017||5||January - March 2019 and
January - March 2018
|Intermark||December 2017||1||January - February 2019 and
January - February 2018
(1) We acquired certain distribution assets of each of these companies.
When calculating our base business results, we exclude sales centers that are acquired, closed or opened in new markets for a period of 15 months. We also exclude consolidated sales centers when we do not expect to maintain the majority of the existing business and existing sales centers that are consolidated with acquired sales centers.
We generally allocate corporate overhead expenses to excluded sales centers on the basis of their net sales as a percentage of total net sales. After 15 months of operations, we include acquired, consolidated and new market sales centers in the base business calculation including the comparative prior year period.
The table below summarizes the changes in our sales center count in the first six months of 2019.
|December 31, 2018||364|
|June 30, 2019||372|
We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income or net loss plus interest and other non-operating expenses, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, share‑based compensation, goodwill and other non-cash impairments and equity earnings or loss in unconsolidated investments. Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of cash flow or liquidity as determined by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). We have included Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because we believe that it is widely used by our investors, industry analysts and others as a useful supplemental liquidity measure in conjunction with cash flows provided by or used in operating activities to help investors understand our ability to provide cash flows to fund growth, service debt and pay dividends as well as compare our cash flow generating capacity from year to year.
We believe Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, operating income or loss, net income or loss, cash flows provided by or used in operating, investing and financing activities or other income statement or cash flow statement line items reported in accordance with GAAP. Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, which may limit its usefulness as a comparative measure.
The table below presents a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA.
|(Unaudited)||Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|(in thousands)||June 30,||June 30,|
|Interest and other non-operating expenses (1)||6,424||5,991||13,040||9,518|
|Provision for income taxes||34,778||39,062||33,976||37,783|
|Equity earnings in unconsolidated investments||(69||)||(60||)||(134||)||(106||)|
(1) Shown net of interest income and includes amortization of deferred financing costs as discussed below.
(2) Excludes amortization of deferred financing costs of $108 and $193 for the three months ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018, respectively, and $216 and $387 for the six months ended June 30, 2019 and June 30, 2018, respectively.
The table below presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities. Please see page 5 for our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.
|(Unaudited)||Three Months Ended||Six Months Ended|
|(in thousands)||June 30,||June 30,|
|Interest and other non-operating expenses, net of interest income||(6,316||)||(5,798||)||(12,824||)||(9,131||)|
|Provision for income taxes||(34,778||)||(39,062||)||(33,976||)||(37,783||)|
|Change in operating assets and liabilities||(75,312||)||(121,046||)||(89,875||)||(207,259||)|
|Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities||$||68,637||$||7,340||$||97,441||$||(36,809||)|