Grainger Reports Results For The 2020 First Quarter

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CHICAGO, April 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Grainger (NYSE: GWW) today reported results for the 2020 first quarter. Sales of $3.0 billion in the quarter increased 7.2% versus the 2019 first quarter. On a daily basis, sales were up 5.5%. The first quarter had one more selling day than the prior year period.

"During these challenging times, as an essential business, Grainger remains more committed than ever to achieving our purpose … to Keep the World Working. We are focused on serving our customers well, ensuring the safety and well-being of our team members, and maintaining a strong financial position to support us through this crisis. By supporting customers who are saving lives and keeping communities safe, we are demonstrating the power of our products and solutions, deep customers relationships, and exceptional customer experience. Our strategy matters even more today," said DG Macpherson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "In the midst of the uncertainty, we delivered robust top-line growth, solid profitability, and continued to produce strong operating cash flow in the first quarter. We also bolstered our already solid financial position, maintaining our flexibility to continue making thoughtful investments for the future.  We intend to persevere through this crisis and I am confident that we are well-positioned to come out stronger on the other side."

2020 First Quarter Financial Summary

($ in millions)

Q1 2020

Q1 2019

Q1

Fav. (Unfav.) vs. Prior



Reported

Adjusted1

Reported

Adjusted1

Reported

Adjusted1


Net Sales

$3,001

$3,001

$2,799

$2,799

7%

7%


Gross Profit

$1,121

$1,121

$1,095

$1,096

2%

2%


Operating Earnings

$159

$343

$363

$365

(56)%

(6)%


Net Earnings

$173

$230

$253

$255

(32)%

(9)%


Diluted EPS

$3.19

$4.24

$4.48

$4.51

(29)%

(6)%










Gross Profit %

37.4%

37.4%

39.1%

39.2%

(180) bps

(180) bps


Operating Margin

5.3%

11.4%

13.0%

13.0%

(770) bps

(160) bps


Tax Rate

(30.4)%

25.6%

25.4%

25.4%

5580 bps

(20) bps


(1)

Results exclude restructuring and income tax items as shown in the supplemental information of this release. Reconciliations of the adjusted measures reflected in this table to the most directly comparable GAAP measures are provided in the supplemental information of this release. During the quarter, the company recorded a $177 million write-down of goodwill, intangibles and long-lived assets from the Fabory business which was the largest contributor to the decline in reported operating earnings.

Revenue
Daily sales for the quarter increased 5.5%. Sales were composed of volume increases of approximately 7% and price and mix headwinds of around 2%. Foreign exchange contributed a 0.2% unfavorable impact.

Gross Profit Margin
Reported and adjusted gross profit margin for the first quarter of 2020 was 37.4%. This compares to reported and adjusted gross profit margin in the first quarter of 2019 of 39.1% and 39.2%, respectively. The variance was due primarily to business unit mix impact from higher growth in our lower margin endless assortment businesses as well as headwinds in our U.S. segment related to customer and product mix stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, and challenging year-over-year timing related to pricing actions in the first quarter of 2019.

Earnings
Reported operating earnings for the 2020 first quarter of $159 million were down 56% versus $363 million in the 2019 first quarter. Reported earnings in the 2020 first quarter included $184 million in restructuring and non-cash impairment charges, which were primarily related to the Fabory business in the Netherlands. On an adjusted basis, operating earnings for the quarter of $343 million were down 6% versus $365 million in the 2019 quarter.

Reported operating margin of 5.3% decreased 770 basis points in the first quarter of 2020 versus the prior year quarter. Adjusted operating margin of 11.4% in the quarter declined 160 basis points versus the prior year quarter. The decline in operating margin was due primarily to lower gross margin, primarily in the U.S. segment, slightly offset by SG&A leverage.

Reported earnings per share of $3.19 in the first quarter was down 29% versus $4.48 in the 2019 first quarter. Adjusted earnings per share in the quarter of $4.24 decreased 6% versus $4.51 in the 2019 first quarter. The decrease in adjusted earnings per share was due primarily to lower operating earnings which were partially offset by lower average shares outstanding in the current year period.

Tax Rate
For the 2020 first quarter, the company's reported tax rate was negative 30.4% versus 25.4% in the 2019 first quarter. The lower tax rate in the current year quarter was primarily driven by tax benefits related to the Fabory business.

Excluding restructuring, net and impairment charges and non-recurring income tax items in both periods, the adjusted tax rates were 25.6% and 25.4% for the three months ended March 31, 2020 and 2019, respectively.

Cash Flow
Operating cash flow was $244 million in the 2020 first quarter compared to $127 million in the 2019 first quarter. The increase in operating cash flow was primarily the result of favorable working capital in the current year period. Grainger returned $178 million to shareholders through $78 million in dividends and $100 million used to buy back approximately 336,000 shares in the first quarter of 2020. While we remain committed to returning excess capital to shareholders over time, we have temporarily paused our share repurchase program as we shift to conserve capital during the pandemic.

2020 Company Guidance
Given the uncertainty around the depth and duration of this pandemic, and the related economic response, we are suspending our guidance for 2020. We intend to return to our normal guidance practices when appropriate.

Webcast
Grainger will conduct a live conference call and webcast at 11:00 a.m. ET on April 23, 2020 to discuss the first quarter results. The webcast will be hosted by DG Macpherson, Chairman and CEO, and Tom Okray, Senior Vice President and CFO, and can be accessed at invest.grainger.com. For those unable to participate in the live event, a webcast replay will be available for 90 days at invest.grainger.com.

About Grainger
W.W. Grainger, Inc., with 2019 sales of $11.5 billion, is North America's leading broad line supplier of maintenance, repair and operating products (MRO), with operations also in Europe, Asia and Latin America.

Visit invest.grainger.com to view information about the company, including a supplement regarding 2020 first quarter results. Additional company information can be found on the Grainger Investor Relations website which includes our Fact Book and Corporate Social Responsibility report.

Safe Harbor Statement
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CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS (Unaudited)

(In millions of dollars, except for share and per share amounts)



Three Months Ended
March 31,


2020


2019

Net sales

$

3,001



$

2,799


Cost of goods sold

1,880



1,704


Gross profit

1,121



1,095


Selling, general and administrative expenses

962



732


Operating earnings

159



363


Other (income) expense:




Interest expense, net

21



19


Other, net

(4)



(7)


Total other expense, net

17



12


Earnings before income taxes

142



351


Income tax (benefit) provision

(43)



89


Net earnings

185



262


Less: Net earnings attributable to noncontrolling interest

12



9


Net earnings attributable to W.W. Grainger, Inc.

$

173



$

253






Earnings per share:




Basic

$

3.20



$

4.50


Diluted

$

3.19



$

4.48


Weighted average number of shares outstanding:




Basic

53.6



55.6


Diluted

53.8



55.9


Diluted Earnings Per Share




Net earnings as reported

$

173



$

253


Earnings allocated to participating securities

(2)



(3)


Net earnings available to common shareholders

$

171



$

250


Weighted average shares adjusted for dilutive securities

53.8



55.9


Diluted earnings per share

$

3.19



$

4.48


 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS

(In millions of dollars)




(Unaudited)



Assets

March 31, 2020


December 31, 2019

Cash and cash equivalents (6)

$

1,492



$

360


Accounts receivable – net

1,613



1,425


Inventories - net

1,615



1,655


Prepaid expenses and other current assets

129



104


Prepaid income taxes

65



11


Total current assets

4,914



3,555


Property, buildings and equipment – net

1,357



1,400


Deferred income taxes

10



11


Goodwill (1)

361



429


Intangibles - net (2)

226



304


Other assets

309



306


Total assets

$

7,177



$

6,005


Liabilities and Shareholders' Equity




Short-term debt (3)

$

17



$

55


Current maturities of long-term debt (4)

21



246


Trade accounts payable

863



719


Accrued compensation and benefits

177



228


Accrued contributions to employees' profit-sharing plans (5)

19



85


Accrued expenses

384



318


Income taxes payable

19



27


Total current liabilities

1,500



1,678


Long-term debt (6)

3,303



1,914


Deferred income taxes and tax uncertainties

99



106


Other non-current liabilities

245



247


Shareholders' equity (7)

2,030



2,060


Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$

7,177



$

6,005




(1)

Goodwill decreased $68 million primarily due to a $58 million Fabory impairment.

(2)

Intangibles - net decreased $78 million primarily due to a $74 million Fabory impairment

(3)

Short-term debt decreased $38 million primarily due to the repayment of the Company's foreign lines of credit.

(4)

Current maturities of long-term debt decreased $225 million primarily due to the repayment of the British pound term loan, Euro term loan and the Canadian dollar revolving credit facility.

(5)

Accrued contributions to employees' profit-sharing plans decreased $66 million primarily due to the timing of annual cash contributions and the reduction of the contribution rate in 2020.

(6)

Long-term debt increased $1,389 million primarily due to the draw down on the Company's revolving credit facility of $1 billion in March 2020 and the issuance of $500 million in unsecured senior notes in February 2020, partially offset by the repayments of international debt.

(7)

Common stock outstanding as of March 31, 2020 was 53,467,936 compared with 53,687,528 shares at December 31, 2019, primarily due to share repurchases.

 

CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS (Unaudited)



(In millions of dollars)

Three Months Ended
March 31,


2020


2019

Cash flows from operating activities:




Net earnings

$

185



$

262






Provision for credit losses

6



4


Deferred income taxes and tax uncertainties

(7)



(4)


Depreciation and amortization

45



57


Net losses (gains) from sales of assets and business divestitures

3



(2)


Impairment of goodwill, intangible and long-lived assets

177




Stock-based compensation

9



5


Subtotal

233



60


Change in operating assets and liabilities:




Accounts receivable

(217)



(102)


Inventories

19



20


Prepaid expenses and other assets

(26)



(30)


Trade accounts payable

155



64


Accrued liabilities

(36)



(207)


Income taxes, net

(62)



64


Other non-current liabilities

(7)



(4)


Subtotal

(174)



(195)


Net cash provided by operating activities

244



127


Cash flows from investing activities:




Additions to property, buildings, equipment and intangibles

(50)



(60)


Proceeds from sale of assets



6


Other

(2)



2


Net cash used in investing activities

(52)



(52)


Cash flows from financing activities:




Net (decrease) increase in lines of credit

(36)



3


Net increase (decrease) in long-term debt

1,155



(14)


Proceeds from stock options exercised

19



3


Payments for employee taxes withheld from stock awards

(5)



(3)


Purchases of treasury stock

(100)



(135)


Cash dividends paid

(78)



(76)


Other, net



1


Net cash provided by (used in) financing activities

955



(221)


Exchange rate effect on cash and cash equivalents

(15)




Net change in cash and cash equivalents

1,132



(146)


Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of year

360



538


Cash and cash equivalents at end of period

$

1,492



$

392



SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS
RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Unaudited)
(In millions of dollars, except for per share amounts)

The company supplemented the reporting of financial information determined under U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) with certain non-GAAP financial measures, which the company refers to as "adjusted" measures, including adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross profit margin, adjusted operating earnings, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net earnings, adjusted tax rate and adjusted diluted earnings per share. Adjusted measures exclude items that may not be indicative of core operating results. The company believes that these non-GAAP measures provide meaningful information to assist shareholders in understanding financial results and assessing prospects for future performance. Management believes adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross profit margin, adjusted operating earnings, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net earnings, adjusted tax rate and adjusted diluted earnings per share are important indicators of operations because they exclude items that may not be indicative of our core operating results, and provide a better baseline for analyzing trends in our underlying businesses. Because non-GAAP financial measures are not standardized, it may not be possible to compare these financial measures with other companies' non-GAAP financial measures having the same or similar names. These adjusted financial measures should not be considered in isolation or as a substitute for reported results. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of operations that, when viewed with GAAP results, provide a more complete understanding of the business. The company strongly encourages investors and shareholders to review company financial statements and publicly filed reports in their entirety and not to rely on any single financial measure.

This press release also includes certain non-GAAP forward-looking information. The company believes that a quantitative reconciliation of such forward-looking information to the most comparable financial measure calculated and presented in accordance with GAAP cannot be made available without unreasonable efforts. A reconciliation of these non-GAAP financial measures would require the company to predict the timing and likelihood of future restructurings, asset impairments, and other charges.  Neither of these forward-looking measures, nor their probable significance, can be quantified with a reasonable degree of accuracy. Accordingly, the most directly comparable forward-looking GAAP measures are not provided.

The reconciliations provided below reconcile GAAP financial measures to the non-GAAP financial measures: , adjusted gross profit, adjusted gross profit margin, adjusted operating earnings, adjusted operating margin, adjusted net earnings, adjusted tax rate and adjusted diluted earnings per share:

In millions

Three Months Ended March 31,


2020

Gross
Profit %


2019

Gross
Profit %

Gross profit reported

$

1,121


37.4

%


$

1,095


39.1

%

    Restructuring, net and impairment charges




1


0.1


Gross profit adjusted

$

1,121


37.4

%


$

1,096


39.2

%

 

In millions

Three Months Ended March 31,


2020

Operating
Margin %


2019

Operating
Margin %

Operating earnings reported

$

159


5.3

%


$

363


13.0

%

Restructuring, net and impairment charges

184


6.1



2



Operating earnings adjusted

$

343


11.4

%


$

365


13.0

%

 

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION - CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF EARNINGS

RECONCILIATION OF GAAP TO NON-GAAP FINANCIAL MEASURES (Unaudited)

(In millions of dollars, except for per share amounts)


In millions

Three Months Ended March 31,



2020


2019

%

Net earnings reported

$

173



$

253


(32)

%

Restructuring, net and impairment charges

57



2



Net earnings adjusted

$

230



$

255


(9)

%






Diluted earnings per share reported

$

3.19



$

4.48


(29)

%

Pretax restructuring, net and impairment charges

3.38



0.04



  Tax effect (1)

(2.33)



(0.01)



Total, net of tax

1.05



0.03



Diluted earnings per share adjusted

$

4.24



$

4.51


(6)

%






(1) The tax impact of adjustments is calculated based on the income tax rate in each applicable jurisdiction, subject to deductibility limitations and the company's ability to realize the associated tax benefits.The lower tax rate effect in the current year quarter was primarily driven by tax benefits related to the Fabory business.

 


Three Months Ended
March 31,


2020


2019


Bps impact

Effective tax rate reported

(30.4)

%


25.4

%


(5,580)


Tax benefit related to the Fabory business

61.2






Tax impact of restructuring, net and impairment charges

(5.2)






Effective tax rate adjusted

25.6

%


25.4

%


20


 

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