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link hidden, please login to view/ -- Genuine Parts Company (NYSE: GPC), a leading global distributor of automotive and industrial replacement parts, announced today its results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023. "Our third quarter performance was highlighted by double digit earnings growth, driven by benefits from the mix and geographic diversity of our businesses as well continued progress on our strategic initiatives," said Paul Donahue, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "Through our One GPC approach, we are simplifying our business while driving productivity and efficiency across our operations. We would like to thank our teams around the world for their continued dedication to serving our customers and delivering solid quarterly results."
Third Quarter 2023 Results
Sales were $5.8 billion, a 2.6% increase compared to $5.7 billion in the same period of the prior year. The growth in sales is attributable to a 0.5% increase in comparable sales, a 1.7% benefit from acquisitions and a 0.4% net favorable impact of foreign currency and other. The third quarter of 2023 had one less selling day in the U.S. compared to the third quarter of 2022, which negatively impacted third quarter sales growth by approximately 1.2%.
Net income was $351 million, an increase of 12.4% compared to net income of $312 million in the prior year. Diluted EPS was $2.49, an increase of 13.2% compared to $2.20 in the prior year period.
Net income of $351 million compares to adjusted net income of $317 million for the same three-month period of the prior year, an increase of 10.7%. On a per share diluted basis, net income was $2.49, an increase of 11.7% compared to adjusted diluted earnings per share of $2.23 last year. Refer to the reconciliation of GAAP net income to adjusted net income and GAAP diluted earnings per share and adjusted diluted earnings per share for more information.
Third Quarter 2023 Segment Highlights
Automotive Parts Group ("Automotive")
Global Automotive sales were $3.6 billion, up 3.9% from the same period in 2022, with a 0.6% increase in comparable sales, 2.4% benefit from acquisitions and a net 0.9% favorable impact of foreign currency and other. Segment profit of $322 million increased 4.1%, with segment profit margin of 8.9%, flat compared to last year. The third quarter of 2023 had one less selling day in the U.S. compared to the third quarter of 2022, which negatively impacted third quarter Global Automotive sales growth by approximately 1.0%.
Industrial Parts Group ("Industrial")
Industrial sales were $2.2 billion, up 0.6% from the same period in 2022, reflecting a 0.3% increase in comparable sales and a 0.6% benefit from acquisitions, slightly offset by a 0.3% unfavorable impact of foreign currency. Segment profit of $283 million increased 16.6%, with segment profit margin of 12.9% up 180 basis points from the same period of the prior year. The third quarter of 2023 had one less selling day in the U.S. compared to the third quarter of 2022, which negatively impacted third quarter Industrial sales growth by approximately 1.6%.
"While our Industrial and international Automotive businesses performed well during the third quarter, the results for our U.S. Automotive business were below our expectations and negatively impacted by one less selling day," said Will Stengel, President and Chief Operating Officer. "Our third quarter results reflect continued improvement in segment margins, driven by strong team operating discipline despite the slower growth environment."
Nine Months 2023 Results
Sales for the nine months ended September 30, 2023 were $17.5 billion, up 5.6% from the same period in 2022. Net income for the nine months was $1.0 billion, or $7.08 per diluted share, an increase of 8.4% compared to $6.53 per diluted share in 2022. Net income of $1.0 billion, or $7.08 per diluted share, compares to adjusted net income of $896 million, or adjusted diluted earnings per share of $6.29, in 2022, an increase of 12.6%.
Balance Sheet, Cash Flow and Capital Allocation
The company generated cash flow from operations of $1.1 billion for the first nine months of 2023. We used $473 million in cash for investing activities, including $350 million for capital expenditures and $211 million for acquisitions, net of $80 million in proceeds from the sale of our remaining investment in S.P. Richards and other investments. We also used $599 million in cash for financing activities, including $393 million for quarterly dividends paid to shareholders and $172 million for stock repurchases. Free cash flow was $733 million for the first nine months of 2023. Refer to the reconciliation of GAAP net cash provided by operating activities to free cash flow for more information.
The company ended the quarter with $2.2 billion in total liquidity, consisting of $1.5 billion availability on the revolving credit facility and $655 million in cash and cash equivalents.
The company is updating full-year 2023 guidance previously provided in its earnings release on July 20, 2023. The company considered its recent business trends and financial results, current growth plans, strategic initiatives, global economic outlook, geopolitical conflicts and the potential impact on results in updating its guidance, which is outlined in the table below.
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Photo caption: Philip Daniele III (left) will succeed Bill Rhodes, who will relinquish his positions as president and CEO in January.
Over the past few months, AutoZone has announced multiple leadership changes at the company.
In late June, AutoZone announced Bill Rhodes’ decision to relinquish his positions as president and CEO effective January 2024. Rhodes will become executive chairman of the board.
The company has selected Philip Daniele III, currently executive vice president merchandising, marketing and supply chain, to succeed Rhodes as CEO in January 2024. Daniele, a 29-year AutoZoner, also will become a member of the board of directors.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I want to thank Bill for his outstanding leadership during his more than 18 years as our CEO, and we are excited and grateful that he will remain actively involved as executive chairman and an officer of the company,” said Earl G. Graves Jr., lead director. “Bill, the executive committee and CEO team have led the company through unprecedented growth while continuing to nurture and evolve AutoZone’s unique and powerful culture. AutoZone is eternally grateful for his many contributions during his almost 30 years of service.”
Rhodes has been president and CEO and on the board of directors since March 2005. In June 2007, he was named chairman of the board. During his tenure as president and CEO, the company has roughly doubled the number of stores; grown the number of AutoZoners to approximately 115,000; increased revenues by more than three times, this year surpassing $17 billion; and grown the stock price by more than 25 times. Rhodes also has served on numerous industry and community boards.
“Being an AutoZoner and having the opportunity to help lead this amazing team has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” Rhodes said. “I’m incredibly excited that the board has elected Phil as CEO-Elect. Phil and I have worked together very closely for over 25 years. Phil knows this company as well as anybody and has a passion for this business that is arguably un-paralleled. More importantly, Phil understands AutoZone’s success has been driven by a deep, passionate set of leaders who support great AutoZoners across the globe. He embodies what our founder J.R. Hyde III’s father taught us when he said, ‘No individual builds a business … an individual builds the organization, and the organization builds the business.’”
Newbern, Jackson Promoted
On Sept. 18, AutoZone announced several additional leadership changes in the offing.
AutoZone has promoted Tom Newbern, currently executive vice president, operations, sales and technology, to chief operating officer. Newbern has been with the company for 38 years.
AutoZone has promoted, Jamere Jackson, currently chief financial officer and executive vice president, finance and store development, to chief financial officer. Jackson will continue to lead the finance and store development teams.
Daniele is positioning Newbern and Jackson as equivalents and the senior-most leaders of his leadership team.
Additionally, Bill Hackney, a 38-year AutoZoner, currently senior vice president, merchandising, has been promoted to executive vice president, merchandising, marketing and supply chain replacing Daniele, who previously held the role.
“I’m very excited about these strategic moves, which position us well for continued growth,” Daniele said. “Jamere and Tom are exceptional leaders and having them at my side will be an enormous benefit. Also, Bill Hackney’s promotion to executive vice president reflects the deep strength of our leadership team. All are proven leaders and poised to serve our customers and lead our company for many years to come.”
Finally, three of AutoZone’s other executive committee members will be retiring around the end of the calendar year, consistent with AutoZone’s long-standing succession plan.
Retiring are Grant McGee, senior vice president, commercial; Charlie Pleas, senior vice president, finance and accounting; and Al Saltiel, senior vice president, marketing and e-commerce.
AutoZone said the company will replace McGee and Saltiel, and will be restructuring Pleas’s role.
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MEMPHIS, Tenn., Sept. 18, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- AutoZone (NYSE: AZO), following its Leadership Transition Plan announced on June 26, 2023, today announced additional senior leadership changes. Tom Newbern, a 38-year AutoZoner, currently Executive Vice President, Operations, Sales and Technology, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer (COO). Additionally, Jamere Jackson, current Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President, Finance and Store Development, has been promoted as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) where he will continue to lead the Finance and Store Development teams. Phil Daniele, our Chief Executive Officer-Elect (CEO-Elect), is positioning Tom and Jamere as equivalents and the senior most leaders of his leadership team.
Additionally, Bill Hackney, a 38-year AutoZoner, currently Senior Vice President, Merchandising, has been promoted to Executive Vice President, Merchandising, Marketing and Supply Chain replacing Phil Daniele who previously held the role.
“I’m very excited about these strategic moves which position us well for continued growth. Jamere and Tom are exceptional leaders and having them at my side will be an enormous benefit. Also, Bill Hackney’s promotion to Executive Vice President reflects the deep strength of our leadership team. All are proven leaders and poised to serve our customers and lead our company for many years to come,” said Phil Daniele, Chief Executive Officer-Elect.
Finally, three of AutoZone’s other Executive Committee members will be retiring around the end of the calendar year consistent with AutoZone’s long-standing Succession Plan. “I want to thank and congratulate Grant McGee, Senior Vice President, Commercial, Charlie Pleas, Senior Vice President, Finance and Accounting, and Al Saltiel, Senior Vice President, Marketing and E-Commerce on their stellar AutoZone careers and thank them for their exceptional service and leadership,” said Bill Rhodes, Chairman, President and CEO.
The company has active searches under way for Grant and Al’s replacements which will include internal and external candidates and Charlie’s role will be restructured.
As of May 6, 2023, the Company had 6,248 stores in the U.S., 713 in Mexico and 83 in Brazil for a total store count of 7,044.
AutoZone is the leading retailer and distributor of automotive replacement parts and accessories in the Americas. Each store carries an extensive product line for cars, sport utility vehicles, vans and light trucks, including new and remanufactured automotive hard parts, maintenance items, accessories, and non-automotive products. Many stores also have a commercial sales program that provides commercial credit and prompt delivery of parts and other products to local, regional and national repair garages, dealers, service stations and public sector accounts. We also have commercial programs in the majority of our stores in Mexico and Brazil. AutoZone also sells the ALLDATA brand automotive diagnostic, repair and shop management software through
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