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Edited Transcript of DXPE earnings conference call or presentation 6-Aug-19 9:00pm GMT

Q2 2019 DXP Enterprises Inc Earnings Call

Houston Aug 12, 2019 (Thomson StreetEvents) -- Edited Transcript of DXP Enterprises Inc earnings conference call or presentation Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 9:00:00pm GMT

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Corporate Participants

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* David R. Little

DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO

* Kent Yee

DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary

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Conference Call Participants

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* Blake Anthony Hirschman

Stephens Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst

* Joseph Logan Mondillo

Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst

* Ryan Thomas Mills

KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Research Division - Associate

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Presentation

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Operator [1]

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Good afternoon. My name is Roche, and I will be your conference operator today.

At this time, I would like to welcome everyone to the DXP Enterprises, Inc. 2019 Second Quarter Conference Call. (Operator Instructions) Thank you. Mr. Yee, you may begin your conference.

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [2]

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Thank you, Roche. This is Kent Yee, and welcome to DXP's Q2 2019 conference call to discuss our results for the second quarter ended June 30, 2019. Joining me today is our Chairman and CEO, David Little.

Before we get started, I want to remind you that today's call is being webcast and recorded and includes forward-looking statements. Actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by these forward-looking statements. A detailed discussion of the many factors that we believe may have a material effect on our business on an ongoing basis are contained in our SEC filings. DXP assumes no obligation to update that information as a result of new information or future events.

During this call, we may present both GAAP and non-GAAP financial measures. A reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures is included in our earnings press release. The press release and an accompanying investor presentation are now available on our website at ir.dxpe.com.

I will now turn the call over to David to provide his thoughts and a summary of our second quarter financial results.

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [3]

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Thanks, Kent, and thanks to everyone on our 2019 second quarter conference call. Kent will take you through the key financial details after my remarks. And after our prepared comments, we will be open for a Q&A session.

It is my privilege to share DXP's second quarter results with you on behalf of over 2,723 DXPeople. Congratulations to all our stakeholders and a special thank you to our DXPeople you can trust.

We are pleased to announce strong second quarter results with sales, operating income and earnings per share all up over the prior year. This was a great way to follow up our strong first quarter as we move into the second quarter of fiscal 2019.

Like many companies, we are dealing with the challenges of facing uncertain trade policies and other macro factors. However, through our strong customer focus orientation with our businesses, we provide products and services that help them save money, consolidate their MRO spend, manage their inventories, provide solutions to improve their processes and we help keep their operations running and people safe. We are investing in DXPeople and for sales growth to gain market share regardless of the point of the economic cycle.

So far this year, we have delivered strong operating results in the first half of 2019. Year-to-date through June 30, total sales were up 7.9%. Operating income is up 20.7%. Total sales for the second quarter grew 7.1% to $333.3 million. And we were able to deliver 16% diluted earnings per share growth over the prior year quarter. Each of our 3 business segments improved sales sequentially with segments operating income margins in line with our expectations. While some of our key indicators showed deceleration, we were able to take market share, maintain operating efficiencies and deliver on our goals and expectations.

Sales growth year-to-date have been driven by Supply Chain Services, up 15.9% compared to the same 6-month period in 2018. We continued to roll out new sites and add in-market diversification to DXP.

Innovative Pumping Solutions continues to perform, and it is up 8.9% versus the same period in 2018. This is considerable growth given the strong sales performance across IPS last year. Projects that we are benefiting from include pipeline, natural gas and onshore loading stations.

Moving to our second quarter results. Total DXP revenue of $333.3 million for the second quarter of 2019 was a 7.1% increase year-over-year. In terms of sales increase by business segment, I was pleased with the contribution of all 3 segments, with the greatest increase year-over-year coming from Supply Chain Services, which grew 20.6% to $52.3 million. Innovative Pumping Solutions sales increased 9.1% year-over-year to $81 million, while Service Centers sales increased 3.3% year-over-year to $200 million. Overall, our continued growth is great to see.

Supply Chain's growth reflects the additions of new customer sites. They have implemented 12 new sites since Q3 of last year, including customers in the medical device, aerospace and food and beverage markets.

Innovative Pumping Solutions' sales increase continued to be driven by modular packaged equipment for onshore markets and products sold into the midstream markets. In terms of the strength in the IPS backlog, we are up 6% on a quarterly average backlog versus this time last year and up 16.9% compared to 6 months average backlog.

The Service Centers year-over-year sales growth was primarily driven by increases in our Rotating Equipment and our Metal Working product divisions. Within Service Centers, we saw particular year-over-year sales strength in the West Texas, Gulf Coast and Ohio River Valley regions.

DXP's overall gross profit margins for the second quarter were 27.6%, a 25 basis point improvement over 2018 and sequentially an increase of 55 basis points. Specifically, IPS experienced a 519 basis point improvement sequentially. As we discussed in Q1, we expected to see improvement in Q2.

SG&A for the second quarter increased $4.1 million versus Q2 of '18. SG&A as a percent of sales declined 16 basis points, going from 20.9% in Q2 of '18 to 20.74% in Q2 of 2019. SG&A continues to reflect our investment in our people and organization. As always, it is my privilege to share DXP's financial results on behalf of these DXPeople.

DXP's overall operating income margin was 6.9% or $22.8 million, which includes corporate expense and amortization. This reflects a 40 basis point improvement in margins over 2018. That being said, we still feel that there is opportunity in our operations to be more efficient. IPS' operating income margins were 14.8%, Service Centers operating income margins were 11.6%, and Supply Chain Services' operating income margins was 7.2%.

Overall, DXP produced EBITDA of $29.7 million versus $26.6 million in 2018 adjusting for a onetime associated sale of our corporate facility. This turned into a year-over-year increase of $2.1 million or 7.8%. EBITDA as a percent of sales was 8.6% of sales, essentially flat to Q2 2018.

While we are encouraged by our performance in the second quarter, we are continuing to plan thoughtfully for the second half of the year given the uncertainty, macro environment in which we are operating. We have seen slowing in some of our key indicators that has been overcome by our growth strategies designed to take market share.

I am very pleased by our performance in the first half. We still have substantial work to do to achieve our goals, and I am confident that the team will continue to execute. We feel that the economy is still growing and that our goal is to execute on our growth strategies to exceed market performance. We also expect to drive strong SG&A leverage, manage working capital and create free cash flow.

With that, I will now turn it back over to Kent to review the financials in more detail.

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [4]

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Thank you, David, and thank you to everyone for joining us for our review of our second quarter financial results.

Q2 shows that we carried our momentum from the first quarter through the entire first half of 2019. We are growing sales, improving gross margins and our balance sheet continues to be poised for us to be acquisitive. Strong sales growth within Supply Chain Services, gross margin expansion and improvement within IPS along with strategic investments have been key themes during the first half of 2019 for DXP.

For the 6-month period ending June 30, 2019, total sales grew 7.9% to $644.5 million, and operating income is up 20.7% to $37.7 million. Diluted earnings per share is up 29.3% to $1.13 per share.

Total sales for the second quarter increased 7.1% year-over-year to $333.3 million. Second quarter sales growth was supported by all 3 business segments. Second quarter sales growth was led by Supply Chain Services growing 20.6% year-over-year to $52.3 million, followed by Innovative Pumping Solutions growing 9.1% year-over-year to $81 million, and Service Centers growing 3.3% to $200 million. Average daily sales for the second quarter were 5.3 million per day versus 4.9 million per day in Q2 2018.

The ISM PMI remanufacturing index averaged 52.2% for the second quarter compared to 58.7% in 2018. Additionally, the Metalworking Business Index averaged a reading of 51.5% in the second quarter of 2019 versus 58.2% in Q2 2018.

In terms of oil and gas, the average U.S. rig count for Q2 was down 50 rigs versus Q2 2018. Canada's rig count is down 26 rigs versus Q2 2018. That said, WTI averaged $60 per barrel for the second quarter versus $55 per barrel in Q1. In today's environment, we believe our oil and gas customers are focused on disciplined capital allocation and free cash flow.

While this clearly indicates that some of our key indicators are showing a decelerating growth environment, we have strategies designed to take market share, and we are executing and winning with these strategies. Supply Chain Services is leading our sales growth this year, accompanied by another strong year from Innovative Pumping Solutions. The sales growth in Supply Chain Services is the result of adding new customer sites within the food and beverage, aerospace, medical device and oil and gas industries, which has been occurring since Q3 of 2018. The rollout of new sites does impact operating income margins over the short term due to implementation costs, including inventory burn-off and initial hiring of on-site personnel without the corresponding revenue fully ramping up.

Projects within our IPS segment, which experienced year-over-year sales growth, continue to include pipeline natural gas and onshore loading stations, as David mentioned. Regions within our Service Center segment which experienced meaningful sales growth in the second quarter include the West Ohio River Valley and Texas Gulf Coast.

Turning to our gross margins. DXP's total gross margins were 27.6%, a 25 basis point improvement over Q2 2018. DXP's total gross margins for the second quarter primarily reflects improvement within our IPS business segment. IPS gross margins improved 419 basis points sequentially. And we are seeing an overall improvement in the gross margins on the jobs we have in the backlog.

In terms of operating income, combined, all 3 business segments improved 42 basis points in year-over-year business segment operating income margins versus Q2 2018. Total DXP operating income increased 40 basis points versus Q2 2018 to $22.8 million. Innovative Pumping Solutions improved operating income margins 278 basis points to $12 million, while Service Centers' improved operating income margins 29 basis points to $23.2 million. Supply Chain Services decreased 278 basis points year-over-year. And as we discussed, this was primarily driven by the implementation of new SCS sites, as we mentioned during our Q1 conference call.

Turning to EBITDA. EBITDA was $28.7 million in Q2, up 2.7% from 2018. However, during 2018, there was a onetime gain associated with the sale of a corporate facility. Adjusting for this gain, EBITDA grew 7.7%. Year-over-year EBITDA margins were essentially flat or increased 6 basis points after adjusting for the onetime gain.

For the 6 months, this translated into 1.5x operating leverage and for the quarter 1.1x operating leverage after adjusting for the onetime gain.

In terms of EPS, our net income for Q2 2019 was $13.5 million. This is up $1.9 million or 16.4% versus Q2 2018. Our earnings per diluted share for Q2 2019 was $0.73 versus $0.63 in Q2 2018.

Turning to the balance sheet. In terms of working capital, our working capital was $241.5 million at the end of the quarter. This amounted to 19.1% of last 12-month sales. This is above our historical average but reflects the seasonal nature of working on projects and investing in associated working capital and project-related jobs within IPS. We expect this to start trending downwards as we move into Q3 and Q4.

Accounts receivable were at $210.3 million at the end of the second quarter, up $13 million sequentially. Inventory is up $13.1 million from Q4. This reflects DXP carrying higher levels to support our revenue growth and investment we expect within IPS and the Service Centers. We achieved inventory turns of 7.1x.

In terms of cash, we had $25.5 million in cash on the balance sheet at June 30.

In terms of CapEx, CapEx in the second quarter was $6.3 million or 1.9% of second quarter sales. Compared to the second quarter of 2018, CapEx dollars are up $1.5 million. CapEx during the quarter reflects investments made within our facilities, including our corporate office, fabrication facilities in Houston and other Service Centers locations. We also are continuing to make investments in software to enhance our corporate support operations.

Return on invested capital, or ROIC, at the end of the second quarter was 25%. During Q2, ROIC was impacted by the $16.2 million increase in working capital from Q1 to Q2.

In terms of our capital structure at June 30, our fixed charge coverage ratio and secured leverage ratio remained at 3.7 and 2.2 to 1, respectively. Total debt outstanding at June 30 was $247 million.

In conclusion, we are pleased with the first half of 2019. We look forward to finishing the year strong, executing on our strategy, growing sales both organically and through acquisitions and driving both gross and EBITDA margins. Momentum has been good, and we look forward to pushing this through the entirety of 2019.

We will now turn the call over for your questions.

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Questions and Answers

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Operator [1]

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(Operator Instructions) Your first question comes from the line of Joe Mondillo with Sidoti & Company.

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Joseph Logan Mondillo, Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst [2]

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So I wanted to first start off with IPS, the margin, best that you've seen in a couple of years. Just curious how you think about that margin going forward on a run rate basis. And then also in terms of sort of your order trends, you mentioned, Kent, that your I guess the back -- the margin in the backlog I guess was good, but how about your order trends over the last several months? And how does that backlog look today as we head into August and beyond?

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [3]

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Yes, and I'm sure David will have some comments here. But just in terms of the order trends, in terms of the backlog, David mentioned it in his comments, but the backlog is still up on a quarter-over-quarter basis on the -- and comparing a 6-month average basis. So from that perspective, we feel good.

Is the backlog growing at the same pace as we were this time last year? No. A majority of our growth in terms of the total business obviously came from Supply Chain. But we still feel good with what we see in our backlog in Innovative Pumping Solutions. And you picked up on my comment, which is when we do our quarterly review of the jobs and kind of where we're at, the average gross margin is improving and was improving in Q2. And so that also gives us comfortability kind of as we go into the second half of the year.

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Joseph Logan Mondillo, Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst [4]

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Okay. So if I -- so looking at the sort of 15% or so operating margin at the segment, is there any -- when you look at mix, volume and then knowing what you have in the backlog, is that a sustainable run rate from for the back half of the year, you think?

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [5]

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This is David. Sure. I think that we had some jobs in the first quarter that were not quite as profitable as we would like. And so I think those issues are behind us. I think our second quarter we may have picked up a little bit. So maybe there's a percent or something there that's maybe not as doable, but I think that 14%, 15% number is the area where we should be at.

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Joseph Logan Mondillo, Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst [6]

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All right. And then at Supply Chain Services, a couple of things that I'm -- I wanted to ask about. First of, some of your peers have been talking about sort of price realization and just given I guess inflation on -- related to tariffs and then not -- just given the fact that growth and demand is sort of slowing, not being able to push through fully the inflated prices that you're getting from your suppliers, are you seeing any issues with that at all?

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [7]

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Oh, sure. That is -- that's a constant battle with the business that's under our contract with cost savings promises and et cetera. So we're -- and so you have to work that. It's -- the customer doesn't want to give you a price increase. You have proof that your cost of goods sold have gone up. And so you're trying to push that through, and that's a battle.

Now, doesn't mean it can't get done. Does it get done automatically? No. I mean you -- it's negotiations with the customer, and that's just part of the business and things we deal with. So -- but we're -- we don't just think of anything as that as being really unusual. We don't think of like the customer goes, "Well, I don't believe there are tariffs," because there are. And so I think as long as you have the proof and -- then you can get them done, but they take a little while.

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Joseph Logan Mondillo, Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst [8]

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And any thoughts yet regarding the new tariffs that are supposed to go in place in September 1? Do you anticipate further challenges related to those?

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [9]

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We -- to the best of my knowledge, we don't pay any tariffs. We haven't paid any tariffs. So think about our manufacturing that we represent. They pay tariffs, and they've had price increases. And they pass that on to us, and we've -- and they pass that on to everybody. So everybody's sort of in the same boat. As it relates to us buying things from China in any real big significant way, we don't do that. And so we do have 1 pump, HP-Plus we buy some stuff from China, but it's been classified as a nontariff item. But even if tariffs do come, and I assume they will on this last deal that they're going to have tariffs on everything that's bought from China, then all our competition buys from China too. We all buy it from the same spot.

So again, I don't see anything besides the fact that we're going to have to raise our prices, but so will all our competition. And again, that's not a big number. It's a pretty small number. So tariffs really aren't affecting us.

As it relates to our customers, that's a little different story. Our -- we have customers that export a lot of their materials and stuff. And so they -- China's saying, "We're not even going to buy from you." And so they have a demand problem. And so they're not doing as well. But -- and again, that's only a handful of customers I can think of. So it's not a real big threat.

So I think we're pretty fortunate. We're domestic. We're -- represent made in America. And so I think we're just real fortunate as a company that none of this is bothering us too much.

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [10]

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Yes, Joe, the only thing I'd underscore there, as David said it, but on our Rotating Equipment side, which is our large product division where we make the branded private label pumps, those are made in America. And so if DXP was going to be susceptible, it would be kind of obvious in our largest product category, and we're just not. And so we don't -- we pay attention. We're cued in like everyone else. But I'm not sure right now we have a lot of concerns. Obviously, it's real time, so everybody's watching, so.

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Joseph Logan Mondillo, Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst [11]

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All right. Great. And then just last question for me. I'm curious what you're seeing -- so you did, I believe it was 3% revenue growth? Yes, 3.3% revenue growth at the Service Center segment. I'm wondering what your same-store growth was? How many sites including the 12 since the third quarter, what number is that at now? And do you have any -- is there any plans to add additional sites in the back half of the year?

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [12]

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Yes. So I think you mixed 2 things there, Service Centers and Supply Chain Services. But you're right, Service Centers grew 3.3% in the quarter. Supply Chain grew 20.6%. Supply Chain Services since Q3 of '18, they've implemented 19 sites total. 13 of those sites have come in this year, 2019. And we do have some more in the pipeline for Q3. So we expect the growth trends in IPF to continue, but also the counterbalance there is there'll still be a little bit of pressure on the operating income margins until we finish those implementations or we get more. There's always more in the funnel.

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [13]

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So Joe, on Service Centers, those are all same-store sales. That's -- there isn't' any...

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [14]

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There isn't any...

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [15]

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Yes, there's nothing new. It's just...

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Joseph Logan Mondillo, Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst [16]

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Yes. I definitely confused that data point, okay. Lastly, could you just sort of mention sort of the daily sales at Service Centers through July, if you have those?

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [17]

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Yes. Well, we do -- what we do is we typically give you the daily sales for the total business for DXP, the average daily sales. So I can give you that trend through Q2. And then we have a preliminary look at July by giving kind of the -- where our earnings call fell this year, and I'll call it preliminary. But April, we were $5.3 million per day; may, $5.3 million; June, $5.3 million; and then kind of July preliminarily, we're looking around $4.9 million to $5 million, so.

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Operator [18]

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Your next question comes from the line of Blake Hirschman with Stephens Inc.

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Blake Anthony Hirschman, Stephens Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst [19]

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First question for me on the IPS segment. It certainly doesn't seem like there was any headwinds on the margins in the quarter. But I know there was kind of a double-rent expense dynamic you guys were facing that weighed on the margins, at least last quarter due to opening up the new facility. I was curious if that was a drag at all in the quarter, or if that kind of flushed its way through?

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [20]

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That's there, Blake. And then I think we're out of the other building I want to say at the end of October.

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Blake Anthony Hirschman, Stephens Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst [21]

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Got it. And then on the gross margins, was there any mix, price cost, good or bad guys to call out outside of just IPS gross margins being real strong?

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [22]

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No, they were -- it was -- Supply Chain had some -- Supply Chain's margins have been -- the net margins have been going down because their gross margins, the -- we had this lecture about passing on the price increases and et cetera, how that's hard to do and our competition obviously finds that hard to do so too. But it does get done. It's just not very timely. So I think there's some pressure there.

And then on the Service Centers side, I think they raised margins. So they've consistently -- we've kind of been under a program to raise our gross margins in that particular area. And so I think they have successfully done that. They're small increments, but they've done that.

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Blake Anthony Hirschman, Stephens Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst [23]

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Got it. Let's see. On Canada, I know you've talked about it being kind of tough in the past as far as the market and environment. You guys have been taking some share to offset that. But I didn't really hear much about it in the opening comments. Just kind of curious if you can updated it, if you've seen things ease or get any worse since last quarter and kind of an update on what all you're doing to drive share gains up there?

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [24]

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Yes. So Canada is our -- there's 2 pieces of Canada. There's Rotating Equipment and then our Safety Services business. And the Safety Services side is struggled and it's making progress. Where it struggled is that our employees still want to make a lot of money, I don't blame them, and -- but our customers don't want to pay for their services. So that's been kind of a push-pull deal. We're finally getting where we would like. We're making progress there. And so I think that's a plus. Our pump side is been doing well. They have some markets that are doing good for them, realize too that we're also on the East Coast, so all that's not oil and gas. That's industrial, municipal, Montréal, Toronto. Those are -- a lot of water around there, et cetera. So they've done fine. And so really, our Rotating Equipment side has really done a nice job. And so it was just a matter of getting the Safety Services piece worked out. And we're -- we feel good about the direction it's headed.

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Blake Anthony Hirschman, Stephens Inc., Research Division - Research Analyst [25]

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Got it. And then just lastly, any updates on how you're thinking about M&A? Or how we should think about free cash flow generation for the year or just kind of over the next few?

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [26]

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Yes. Just, Blake, just in terms of M&A, we're always looking at opportunities, and that is the case. I'll make a macro comment. I think from an industry perspective there's been a lot of activity. And I anticipate that it'll continue to be the second half of the year. And hopefully we'll participate in some of that.

In terms of free cash flow, the second half of the year is always the better part for us. That was the case last year. That's the case trending for this year. We had cash flow from operations. We are positive in Q2. So we're actually ahead where we were last year. And so really kind of what caused our free cash flow to go negative was really just our CapEx. And that's investments, strategic investment, so we control that. But during the second half of the year, we look to produce kind of that strong free cash flow, so.

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Operator [27]

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Your next question comes from the line of Steve Barger with KeyBanc Capital Markets.

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Ryan Thomas Mills, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Research Division - Associate [28]

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This is Ryan Mills on for Steve. Just was wondering if you could provide some color on what you're hearing from your oil and gas customers around back half activity levels? Given the color from PVF distributors who reported last week, it sounds like there's a lot of uncertainty out there in regards to the back half.

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [29]

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Yes, we're -- we don't play like DNOW and MRC or -- they're in the pipe, valve and fittings and stuff like that business. And so they're not building as many gathering systems, and they're not doing some things that have to do with infrastructure. They'd rather drill a well and have -- tie it into an existing structure instead of creating a whole another gathering system. So I -- but we don't -- we just don't play in that arena. So they're really not a great match in terms of looking at them versus us as a peer group. And so I don't think we should look at us that way. We're selling pumps that are dealing with the amount of water that those oil fields are producing. And they're producing a lot of oil and they're producing a lot of water. And they've got to do something with the water, and so we sell the pumps that go to that. So we do a lot of pumps in the midstream market, pipeline-type pumps. And so again, we're not dealing with the pipe. That's just steel that's put together in a pipe form and it's more of a commodity. We're actually selling the brains of the operation and the things that move the fluid down the pipeline. Whether it's oil or gas, both are good markets for us.

And so we're -- our piece of the oil field is doing fine. I don't think it's booming. We're not going from 5 million barrels a day to 12 million again anytime real soon, I don't think, or from 12 million to 24 million. But the business is good for us in terms of the areas that we play. And then we don't -- we just don't play in the commodity side.

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Ryan Thomas Mills, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Research Division - Associate [30]

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Okay. And then going back to M&A, have you seen multiples come down given what appears to be a decelerating growth environment? And based off the monthly numbers you gave for your average daily sales, we're seeing deceleration year-over-year in your average daily sales as well. Do you feel comfortable pursuing M&A in this type of environment along with where your balance sheet's at now? Or could we maybe see deleveraging becoming more of a focus in the short term?

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [31]

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So the first part of that question was just around multiples. I would say the multiples are just maintained consistent, meaning, hey, for the larger transactions you start to get close if not into those double digits. We probably all saw Kaman Distribution trade to LittleJohn for north a little bit of 10x, 11x, if you will. And so I think that's consistent with where the market's been.

In terms of how do we spend our capital in the second half of the year in a decelerating growth environment, I think from a DXP perspective we have over $20 million-plus worth of cash on the balance sheet. We tend to produce free cash flow in the second half of the year. Last year, cash flow from operations during the second half of the year was over $43 million. And so I think for an average acquisition size, we have more than enough capacity to do those tuck-in type acquisitions. And so obviously, it's business specific, and we want to see performance, and we want it to be a good business. But as long as our general filters are met and financial criteria are met, we can easily stomach those onesies and twosies. So…

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Ryan Thomas Mills, KeyBanc Capital Markets Inc., Research Division - Associate [32]

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Okay. And then last one from me. Just want to dig a little deeper in the EBIT margins for Supply Chain Services. It sounds like price cost is -- was -- has been a big driver of the year-over-year decline in EBIT margins. Is there anything else that we should be thinking about in regards to the performance in the first half from a margin perspective for that segment? And do you expect margins to improve in the back half?

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [33]

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So first of all, I don't think price -- I'm not sure you said that right. I'm going to say it like this. We've had 19 -- I guess I'm corrected. We've had 19 sites that we're expanding into. Well, when we go into those sites, the first thing we do is we spend a lot of money organizing their warehouses, barcoding their warehouses, getting our system hooked up to their SAP system, et cetera. We burn off a lot of their inventory, et cetera. So we have a lot of upfront cost and very little revenues to show for it for a period of 3 to 6 months.

So what -- so we've had an unusual amount of revenue growth, which is nice. But we've also had a lot of additional revenue that's coming that hadn't shown up yet that's being -- existing revenues has been eaten away by higher expenses. So that's really the big effect that's driving down their operating income. It's never more than a -- if they're not doing anything, then they get to maybe 9%. But if they have some growth and they're always adding stores and they have new deals that they're getting awarded, et cetera, then it's not unusual for them to be down in the 8%, but they've kind of had an unusual amount of growth that's driven them down to 7%. So not a big swing, and it's certainly -- but it's more expense than it is that we haven't been able to pass along the price increases. I mean the price increases haven't helped, but it's more the expenses.

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Operator [34]

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Your next question comes from the line of Joe Mondillo with Sidoti & Company.

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Joseph Logan Mondillo, Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst [35]

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Just a couple of follow-up questions. First off, at IPS I'm just wondering what the costs related to the other building. What costs are you still carrying? And I guess you said through October.

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [36]

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Yes. It's rent plus utility plus a lot of stuff. I mean it's probably -- I'm thinking it's $100,000 a month. That's a guess. It might be $150,000, and it probably isn't lower than $100,000.

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Joseph Logan Mondillo, Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst [37]

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Okay. All right. That's good enough. And then the second half of last year at the Service Center segment, you saw some pretty good margins. I'm just wondering are those -- is that a tough comp? Or is that sort of very doable to match or surpass?

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [38]

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Yes, Joe. This is Kent. I think -- if I remember last year, part of that was a little bit of some benefit from some mix in the second half of last year. And so I think the answer is, is I don't know where mix will necessarily fall out, but their operating incomes were 11.6%. We're at 11.6%. I think with the mix we have today, we ought to be able to -- that's usually always our goal is around that 12% range for the Service Centers. So we don't see anything today that wouldn't say that, that wouldn't continue.

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Joseph Logan Mondillo, Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst [39]

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Okay. And then last one. The corporate expense grew quite a bit -- a little bit, about $1 million or so. Actually, that's sequentially. But on a year-over-year perspective, it was up quite a bit. Just wondering what exactly drove that and how to look at that sort of -- is that a run rate going forward or -- usually in the back half of last year, you saw a ramp-up actually from even the second quarter. Is that seasonally or however expenses fall, is that normal? Just wondering how to look at that $13.4 million -- or $12.4 million? Sorry.

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [40]

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Yes -- no, there is definitely increase in our corporate SG&A, Joe, so you're correct. Part of that was a ramp increase associated with an expanded corporate facility. Also, part of that was some onetime expenses in professional fees that I'll just categorize as partially transaction related, partially just kind of some onetime things associated with accounting. And so kind of as we move forward, some of that will remain but not all of it. So roughly call it around $300,000 to $500,000 of that as kind of onetime.

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Joseph Logan Mondillo, Sidoti & Company, LLC - Research Analyst [41]

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Okay. And is there a seasonal jump in the back half of the year at that corporate expense line?

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [42]

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Yes. Well, it goes down.

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [43]

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Yes, but I was going to say it tends to...

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [44]

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It starts up -- the first quarter's always high, and then it trends down.

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Kent Yee, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Senior VP of Finance, CFO & Secretary [45]

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Yes, it tends to trend down.

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [46]

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Unless, if we're growing 20% and then we have commissions and bonuses and stuff. But if it's -- the business is flat, expenses would trend down.

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Operator [47]

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This concludes today's conference call. You may now disconnect.

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David R. Little, DXP Enterprises, Inc. - Chairman of the Board, President & CEO [48]

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Thank you.