O’Reilly Automotive Inc. (ORLY) revealed a 25% increase in profit to $147 million in the first quarter of 2012 from $118 million in the same quarter of 2011. These are equivalent to earnings per share of $1.14 during the quarter, up 37% from 83 cents in the first quarter of 2011 and the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.04 (all excluding non-recurring items).
Sales during the quarter scaled up 11% to $1.5 billion from $1.4 billion in the same period a year ago. Comparable store sales (adjusted for the impact of Leap Day in the quarter) increased 6.1% in the quarter versus 5.7% in the first quarter of 2011.
Gross profit increased 14% to $762 million (49.8% of sales) from $670 million (48.4%) in the first quarter of 2011. Selling, general and administrative expenses rose 9% to $514 million (33.6%) from $473 million (34.2%) a year ago. Operating income grew 26% to $248 million (16.2%) from $196 million (or 14.2%) in the previous year quarter.
During the quarter, O’Reilly opened 73 stores and closed 4 stores, bringing its total store count to 3,809 as of March 31, 2012. Sales per weighted average-store increased to $400 from $381 a year ago.
During the quarter, O’Reilly repurchased 1.8 million shares of its common stock for $154 million, reflecting an average price of $87.01. Subsequent to the end of the first quarter and through the date of the earnings release, the company has repurchased an additional 0.1 million shares for $5.3 million, implying an average price of $89.96.
Since the inception of the share repurchase program in January last year, O’Reilly repurchased a total of 17.7 million shares for $1.14 billion, reflecting an average price of $64.14. As of April 25, 2012, the company had approximately $364 million worth of shares remaining under its share repurchase program.
O’Reilly had cash and cash equivalents of $575.2 million as of March 31, 2012, which more than doubled from $230.0 million as of March 31, 2011. Long-term debt increased to $797.5 million as of March 31, 2012 from $498.8 million as of March 31, 2011. This translated into a higher long-term debt-to-capitalization ratio of 22% as of March 31, 2012 compared with 14% as of March 31, 2011.
In the quarter, net cash flow from operations rose 41% to $414.5 million from $294.1 million in the previous year quarter. The increase in cash flow primarily came on the back of higher profits and increases in accounts payable and income taxes payable. Meanwhile, capital expenditures (net) decreased to $75.0 million from $94.2 million in the same quarter of 2010.
O’Reilly has projected comparable store sales gain of 3%–5% for the second quarter of 2012 and 3%–6% for the full year 2012.
The company expects to generate revenues of $6.15 billion–$6.25 billion for the year. The company has projected gross margin of 49.4%–49.8% and operating margin of 15.4%–15.9% for the year. It also expects to earn $1.13–$1.17 per share in the second quarter and $4.47–$4.57 per share in 2012.
The company has also provided capital expenditures forecast of $315 million to $345 million and free cash flow guidance of $ $700 million to $750 million for the year.
O'Reilly Automotive is the third largest specialty retailer of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment, and accessories in the U.S., selling products to both Do-it-Yourself (:DIY) customers and Do-it-for-Me (:DIFM) or professional installers.
The company sells an extensive line of products consisting of new and remanufactured automotive hard parts (such as mufflers, brakes, and shock absorbers), maintenance items, accessories, a complete range of auto body paint and related materials, automotive tools, and professional service equipment. Its main competitors include Advance Auto Parts Inc. (AAP), AutoZone Inc. (AZO) and Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack (PBY),
Based on its market position as well as improved results and clear-cut outlook, the company currently retains a Zacks #2 Rank on its shares, which translates to a short-term rating of “Buy”.
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