Advance Auto Parts Inc.
) posted a 2.2% decrease in earnings per share to 88 cents in the
fourth quarter of 2012 from 90 cents in the year-ago quarter.
However, reported EPS surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by
13 cents. Net income dipped 2.1% to $65.1 million from $66.4
million a year ago.
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Revenues remained flat year over year at $1.3 billion, in line
with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Flat revenues reflect a 1.9%
decrease in comparable store sales versus a 2.9% rise during the
fourth quarter of 2011, offset partially by the positive impact
of net addition of 132 stores over the past 12 months.
Gross margin expanded 87 basis points to 49.9% from 49.0% in the
fourth quarter of 2011. The improvement was attributable to
increased shrink and supply chain efficiencies. Operating profit
increased 1.1% to $113.2 million or 8.5% of sales from $111.9
million or 8.4% in the year-ago quarter.
During the quarter, Advance Auto Parts opened 67 stores,
including 8 Autopart International stores. With this, the company
has opened 137 stores, including 21 Autopart International
stores, in 2012. The company has closed 5 stores in 2012. As of
Dec 29, 2012, the company's total store count stood at 3,794,
including 218 Autopart International stores.
For full year 2012, Advance Auto Parts reported a 2.2% increase
in earnings per share to $5.22 from $5.11 a year ago. Revenues
increased marginally to $6.21 billion from $6.17 billion in 2011.
Gross margin increased to 49.9% from 49.7% in fiscal 2011.
Share Repurchase and Dividend
In 2012, Advance Auto Parts repurchased shares worth $27.1
million. As of Dec 29, 2012, the company had nearly $492 million
shares remaining under its $500 million share repurchase program,
which was authorized by the board on May 14, 2012.
On Feb 5, 2013, the board of directors of the company approved a
quarterly dividend of 6 cents per share. The dividend is payable
on Apr 5 to shareholders of record as of Mar 22.
Advance Auto Parts had cash and cash equivalents of $598.1
million as of Dec 29, 2012, significantly up from $57.9 million
as of Dec 31, 2011. Long-term debt increased to $604.5 million as
of Dec 29, 2012 from $415.1 million as of Dec 31, 2011. Long-term
debt-to-capitalization ratio was 33.3% versus 32.9% as of Dec 31,
In the 52-week period ended Dec 29, 2012, the company's operating
cash flow declined to $685.3 million from $828.9 million in the
year-ago period. Capital expenditures (net) increased marginally
to $271.2 million from $268.1 million a year ago.
For 2013, Advance Auto Parts expects operating EPS between $5.45
and $5.60, which excludes one-time integration costs for BWP
Distributors of roughly 15 cents to 20 cents per share. Revenues
are expected to increase roughly $170 million to $180 million
during the year due to the acquisition of BWP.
Capital expenditure is estimated in the range of $275 million to
$300 million. Free cash flow will be $375 million, excluding the
net acquisition price of BWP.
Advance Auto Parts operates in the U.S. automotive aftermarket
industry and is primarily engaged in selling replacement parts
(excluding tires), accessories, maintenance items, batteries and
automotive fluids for cars and light trucks. The company is the
second leading retailer catering to the DIY and DIFM (or
commercial) customers. It retains a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
), another leading retailer and distributor of automotive
replacement parts & accessories, reported a 15.6% rise in
earnings per share to $5.41 in the first quarter of fiscal 2013
ended Nov 17, 2012 from $4.68 in the year-ago quarter. With this,
profits in the quarter surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by
a penny. The company's revenues for the quarter increased 3.5% to
$1.99 billion, marginally missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of
O'Reilly Automotive Inc.
) with Zacks Rank #2 (Buy) are performing well in the same
industry where Advance Auto Parts operates.