Advance Auto Parts Reports Third Quarter 2018 Results

November 13, 2018

ROANOKE, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov 13, 2018--Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (NYSE: AAP), a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers, today announced its financial results for the third-quarter ended October 6, 2018.

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“I am extremely pleased to report another quarter of improved top and bottom line growth in the third quarter. Through the dedication of our Team Members and our unrelenting focus on enhancing our Customer Value Proposition, we delivered our strongest comparable sales growth in nearly eight years. In addition, through the disciplined execution of our financial priorities we increased our Free cash flow by 140% and returned $120 million to our shareholders through share repurchases,” said Tom Greco, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Third Quarter Highlights

Net sales increased 4.3% to $2.3B Comparable store sales (a) increased 4.6% Gross profit increased 6.2% to $1.0B; 83 basis point margin expansion Adjusted gross profit (a) increased 6.3% to $1.0B; 86 basis point margin expansion Diluted EPS increased 20.0% to $1.56 Adjusted EPS (a) increased 32.2% to $1.89

Year to Date Highlights

Net sales increased 1.9% to $7.5B Comparable store sales (a) increased 2.0% Operating income increased 7.7% to $520.0M; 37 basis point margin expansion Adjusted operating income (a) increased 8.8% to $623.0M; 53 basis point margin expansion Diluted EPS increased 27.0% to $4.99 Adjusted EPS (a) increased 29.6% to $5.96

Third Quarter 2018 Highlights

Net sales for the third quarter of 2018 were $2.3 billion, a 4.3% increase versus the third quarter of the prior year. Comparable store sales for the third quarter of 2018 increased 4.6%.

Adjusted gross margin was 44.3% of Net sales in the third quarter of 2018, an 86 basis point increase from the third quarter of 2017. This was primarily driven by our sales product mix and strong inventory management, partially offset by supply chain headwinds. The Company’s GAAP Gross profit margin increased to 44.3% from 43.4% in the third quarter of the prior year.

Adjusted SG&A was 35.8% of Net sales in the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 23 basis points as compared to the third quarter of 2017. This was primarily driven by higher bonus and medical costs, partially offset by leveraging labor as well as a reduction in insurance and liability costs. The Company’s GAAP SG&A of 37.5% of Net sales increased from 36.3% in the same quarter of the prior year.

The Company’s Adjusted operating income was $193.7 million in the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 12.5% versus the third quarter of the prior year. Adjusted operating income margin improved to 8.5% of Net sales for the third quarter, an increase of 62 basis points compared to the third quarter of the prior year. On a GAAP basis, the Company’s Operating income was $154.2 million, 6.8% of Net sales, a decline of 39 basis points from the third quarter of 2017.

The Company’s effective tax rate in the third quarter of 2018 was 21.2%, compared to 33.3% in the third quarter of the prior year. The Company’s Adjusted EPS was $1.89 for the third quarter of 2018, an increase of 32.2% compared to the third quarter of the prior year. On a GAAP basis, the Company’s Diluted EPS increased 20.0% to $1.56.

Operating cash flow was $681.5 million through the third quarter of 2018 versus $401.0 million in the same period of the prior year, an increase of 69.9%. Free cash flow through the third quarter of 2018 was $576.4 million, an increase of 140.1% compared to the same period of the prior year.

2018 Full Year Guidance

Mr. Greco commented, “Following continued operational improvement in the third quarter, coupled with the improving demand environment, we are pleased to update our outlook for the balance of the year. Our increased revenue outlook is reflective of our confidence to capitalize on the improving industry trends using our robust SKU assortment to further enhance our Customer Value Proposition to say ‘Yes’ more often and win with our customers. We remain focused on cost control and dedicated to delivering additional margin expansion and free cash flow during the remainder of the year.”

The Company provided the following update to its full year 2018 outlook:

Share Repurchase Authorization

On August 8, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors authorized a $600 million share repurchase program. Under this new authorization, the Company repurchased 720 thousand shares of its common stock for $119.9 million during the third quarter. At the end of the third quarter, the Company had $480.1 million remaining under the share repurchase program.


On November 7, 2018, the Company’s Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share to be paid on January 4, 2019 to all common shareholders of record as of December 21, 2018.

Investor Conference Call

The Company will detail its results for the third quarter of 2018 via a webcast scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Eastern Time on Tuesday, November 13, 2018. The webcast will be accessible via the Investor Relations page of the Company’s website ( www.AdvanceAutoParts.com ).

For individuals unable to access the webcast, the event will be available by dialing (844) 877-5989 and referencing conference identification number 6209039. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website for one year.

About Advance Auto Parts

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider that serves both professional installer and do-it-yourself customers. As of October 6, 2018, Advance operated 4,981 stores and 139 Worldpac branches in the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Company also serves 1,229 independently owned Carquest branded stores across these locations in addition to Mexico, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, British Virgin Islands and Pacific Islands. Additional information about Advance, including employment opportunities, customer services, and online shopping for parts, accessories and other offerings can be found at www.AdvanceAutoParts.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

Certain statements in this report are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, may be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements address future events or developments, and typically use words such as “believe,” “anticipate,” “expect,” “intend,” “plan,” “forecast,” “guidance,” “outlook” or “estimate.” These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, key assumptions for future financial performance including net sales, store growth, comparable store sales, gross profit rate, SG&A, adjusted operating income, income tax rate, integration and transformation costs, adjusted operating income rate targets, capital expenditures, inventory levels and free cash flow; statements regarding expected growth and future performance of the Company; statements regarding enhancements to shareholder value, strategic plans or initiatives, growth or profitability, productivity targets and all other statements that are not statements of historical facts. These statements are based upon assessments and assumptions of management in light of historical results and trends, current conditions and potential future developments that often involve judgment, estimates, assumptions and projections. Forward-looking statements reflect current views about our plans, strategies and prospects, which are based on information currently available as of the date of this release. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements. Please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2017, and other filings made by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission for additional risk factors that could materially affect the Company’s actual results. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements. Therefore, you should not place undue reliance on those statements.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

The Company’s financial results include certain financial measures not derived in accordance with GAAP. Non-GAAP financial measures should not be used as a substitute for GAAP financial measures, or considered in isolation, for the purpose of analyzing our operating performance, financial position or cash flows. We have presented these non-GAAP financial measures as we believe that the presentation of our financial results that exclude (1) non-operational expenses associated with the integration of General Parts International, Inc. (“GPI”) and store closure and consolidation costs; (2) non-cash charges related to the acquired GPI intangibles; and (3) transformation expenses under our strategic business plan; and (4) nonrecurring impact of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), is useful and indicative of our base operations because the expenses vary from period to period in terms of size, nature and significance and/or relate to the integration of GPI and store closure and consolidation activity in excess of historical levels. These measures assist in comparing our current operating results with past periods and with the operational performance of other companies in our industry. The disclosure of these measures allows investors to evaluate our performance using the same measures management uses in developing internal budgets and forecasts and in evaluating management’s compensation. Included below is a description of the expenses that we have determined are not normal, recurring cash operating expenses necessary to operate our business and the rationale for why providing these measures is useful to investors as a supplement to the GAAP measures.

GPI Integration Expenses - We acquired GPI for $2.08 billion in 2014 and are in the midst of a multi-year plan to integrate the operations of GPI with Advance. This includes the integration of product brands and assortments, supply chain and information technology. The integration is being completed in phases and the nature and timing of expenses will vary from quarter to quarter over several years. The integration of product brands and assortments was primarily completed in 2015. Our focus then shifted to integrating the supply chain and information technology systems. Due to the size of the acquisition, we consider these expenses to be outside of our base business. Therefore, we believe providing additional information in the form of non-GAAP measures that exclude these costs is beneficial to the users of our financial statements in evaluating the operating performance of our base business and our sustainability once the integration is completed.

Store Closure and Consolidation Expenses - Store closure and consolidation expenses consist of expenses associated with our plans to convert and consolidate the Carquest stores acquired from GPI. The conversion and consolidation of the Carquest stores is a multi-year process that began in 2014. As of October 6, 2018, 354 Carquest stores acquired from GPI had been consolidated into existing AAP stores and 423 stores had been converted to the AAP format. While periodic store closures are common, these closures represent a significant program outside of our typical market evaluation process. We believe it is useful to provide additional non-GAAP measures that exclude these costs to provide investors greater comparability of our base business and core operating performance. We also continue to have store closures that occur as part of our normal market evaluation process and have not excluded the expenses associated with these store closures in computing our non-GAAP measures.

Transformation Expenses - We expect to recognize a significant amount of transformation expenses over the next several years as we transition from integration of our Advance Auto Parts and Carquest US businesses to a plan that involves a more holistic and integrated transformation of the entire Company, including Worldpac and Autopart International. These expenses will include, but are not limited to, restructuring costs, third-party professional services and other significant costs to integrate and streamline our operating structure across the enterprise. We are focused on several areas throughout AAP, such as supply chain and information technology.

U.S. Tax Reform - On December 22, 2017, the Act was signed into law. The Act amends the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 by, among other things, permanently lowering the corporate tax rate to 21% from the existing maximum rate of 35%, implementing a territorial tax system and imposing a one-time repatriation tax on deemed repatriated earnings of foreign subsidiaries. During the third quarter of 2018, and in conjunction with the completion of our 2017 U.S. income tax return, we identified certain adjustments to amounts previously recorded for the remeasurement of the net deferred tax liability and nonrecurring repatriation tax on accumulated earnings foreign subsidiaries.

Store Information:

During the Forty weeks ended October 6, 2018, 18 stores and branches were opened and 81 were closed or consolidated, resulting in a total of 5,120 stores and branches as of October 6, 2018, compared to a total of 5,183 stores and branches as of December 30, 2017.

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CONTACT: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

Investor Relations Contact:

Elisabeth Eisleben, 919-227-5466



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SOURCE: Advance Auto Parts, Inc.

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