O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2019 Results and Announces Additional $1.0 Billion Share Repurchase Authorization

Wednesday, 05. February 2020 22:30
  • Fourth quarter comparable store sales increase of 4.4%, full-year increase of 4.0%
  • 14% increase in fourth quarter diluted earnings per share to $4.25, full-year 11% increase to $17.88

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 05, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. (the “Company” or “O’Reilly”) (Nasdaq: ORLY), a leading retailer in the automotive aftermarket industry, today announced record revenues and earnings for its fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019.  The results represent 27 consecutive years of comparable store sales growth and record revenue and operating income for O’Reilly since becoming a public company in April of 1993.

4th Quarter Financial Results
O’Reilly’s CEO and Co-President, Greg Johnson, commented, “We are pleased to once again report another profitable quarter, highlighted by a 4.4% increase in comparable store sales and a 14.2% increase in diluted earnings per share.  While our comparable store sales results for the fourth quarter were in the top half of our expected range, we continued to see ongoing inflationary pressures in our expense structure, and primarily due to an unexpected surge in health benefit costs, our operating profit for the fourth quarter did not meet our expectations.”

Sales for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019, increased $168 million, or 7%, to $2.48 billion from $2.31 billion for the same period one year ago.  Gross profit for the fourth quarter increased 7% to $1.32 billion (or 53.3% of sales) from $1.23 billion (or 53.3% of sales) for the same period one year ago.  Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) for the fourth quarter increased 10% to $883 million (or 35.6% of sales) from $806 million (or 34.8% of sales) for the same period one year ago.  Operating income for the fourth quarter increased 3% to $442 million (or 17.8% of sales) from $428 million (or 18.5% of sales) for the same period one year ago.

Net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019, increased $25 million to $325 million (or 13.1% of sales) from $300 million (or 13.0% of sales) for the same period one year ago.  Diluted earnings per common share for the fourth quarter increased 14% to $4.25 on 76 million shares versus $3.72 on 81 million shares for the same period one year ago.

Full-Year Financial Results
Mr. Johnson continued, “Team O’Reilly’s commitment to providing the highest level of customer service in the industry, along with our relentless focus on profitable growth, resulted in full-year comparable stores sales growth of 4.0%, a 5.8% increase in full-year operating profit and an 11.1% increase in 2019 diluted earnings per share.  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our Team for their continued dedication, hard work and commitment to O’Reilly’s ongoing success, highlighted by 2019 marking our 11th consecutive year of 10% or greater diluted earnings per share growth.”

Sales for the year ended December 31, 2019, increased $614 million, or 6%, to $10.15 billion from $9.54 billion for the same period one year ago.  Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2019, increased 7% to $5.39 billion (or 53.1% of sales) from $5.04 billion (or 52.8% of sales) for the same period one year ago.  SG&A for the year ended December 31, 2019, increased 8% to $3.47 billion (or 34.2% of sales) from $3.22 billion (or 33.8% of sales) for the same period one year ago.  Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2019, increased 6% to $1.92 billion (or 18.9% of sales) from $1.82 billion (or 19.0% of sales) for the same period one year ago.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2019, increased $67 million, or 5%, to $1.39 billion (or 13.7% of sales) from $1.32 billion (or 13.9% of sales) for the same period one year ago.  Diluted earnings per common share for the year ended December 31, 2019, increased 11% to $17.88 on 78 million shares versus $16.10 on 82 million shares for the same period one year ago.

Mr. Johnson concluded, “We successfully met our goal of 200 net, new store openings in 2019, in addition to converting 20 acquired Bennett stores to the O’Reilly brand.  Also, we closed on our acquisition of Mayasa Auto Parts on November 29, 2019, and we are very pleased to officially welcome the over 1,100 Mayasa Team Members into the O’Reilly family.  The Mayasa acquisition represents O’Reilly’s first expansion outside the U.S. as an international company, and we are excited to work together with the outstanding Mayasa team to build on their history of profitable growth as we enter the Mexican automotive aftermarket.  We continued to enhance our industry-leading distribution network in 2019, as we successfully opened our 28th distribution center in Twinsburg, Ohio, and have two additional distribution center projects under construction in the Nashville and Memphis markets, which will both open in 2020. ”

4th Quarter and Full-Year Comparable Store Sales Results
Comparable store sales are calculated based on the change in sales for U.S. stores open at least one year and exclude sales of specialty machinery, sales to independent parts stores and sales to Team Members.  Online sales, resulting from ship-to-home orders and pick-up-in-store orders, for U.S. stores open at least one year, are included in the comparable store sales calculation.  Comparable store sales increased 4.4% for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019, on top of 3.3% for the same period one year ago.  Comparable store sales increased 4.0% for the year ended December 31, 2019, on top of 3.8% for the same period one year ago.

Share Repurchase Program
During the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019, the Company repurchased 0.3 million shares of its common stock, at an average price per share of $427.33, for a total investment of $125 million.  During the year ended December 31, 2019, the Company repurchased 3.9 million shares of its common stock, at an average price per share of $369.55, for a total investment of $1.43 billion.  Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter and through the date of this release, the Company repurchased an additional 0.2 million shares of its common stock, at an average price per share of $428.29, for a total investment of $88 million.  The Company has repurchased a total of 76.4 million shares of its common stock under its share repurchase program since the inception of the program in January of 2011 and through the date of this release, at an average price of $160.61, for a total aggregate investment of $12.27 billion. 

Today, the Company also announced that its Board of Directors (the “Board”) approved a resolution to increase the authorization amount under its share repurchase program by an additional $1.0 billion, raising the aggregate authorization under the program to $13.75 billion.  The additional $1.0 billion authorization is effective for a three-year period, beginning on February 5, 2020.  Stock repurchases under the program may be made from time to time, as the Company deems appropriate, solely through open market repurchases effected through a broker dealer at prevailing market prices, based on a variety of factors such as price, corporate requirements and overall market conditions.  There can be no assurance as to the number of shares the Company will purchase, if any.  The share repurchase program may be increased or otherwise modified, renewed, suspended or terminated by the Company at any time, without prior notice.  As of the date of this release, the Company had approximately $1.48 billion remaining under its current share repurchase authorizations.

1st Quarter and Full-Year 2020 Guidance
The table below outlines the Company’s guidance for selected first quarter and full-year 2020 financial data:

     
  For the Three Months Ending For the Year Ending
  March 31, 2020 December 31, 2020
Net, new store openings   approximately 180
Comparable store sales 2% to 4% 3% to 5%
Total revenue   $10.7 billion to $11.0 billion
Gross profit as a percentage of sales   52.5% to 53.0%
Operating income as a percentage of sales   18.4% to 18.9%
Effective income tax rate   23.2%
Diluted earnings per share (1) $4.37 to $4.47 $19.03 to $19.13
Net cash provided by operating activities   $1.8 billion to $2.0 billion
Capital expenditures   $625 million to $675 million
Free cash flow (2)   $1.1 billion to $1.2 billion

(1)  Weighted-average shares outstanding, assuming dilution, used in the denominator of this calculation, includes share repurchases made by the Company through the date of this release.

(2)  Free cash flow is a non-GAAP financial measure.  The table below reconciles Free cash flow guidance to Net cash provided by operating activities guidance, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure:

          
  For the Year Ending
(in millions) December 31, 2020
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 1,815 to $ 1,980
Less:Capital expenditures   625 to   675
 Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation payments   5 to   10
 Investment in tax credit equity investments   85 to   95
Free cash flow $ 1,100 to $ 1,200

Non-GAAP Information
This release contains certain financial information not derived in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles (“GAAP”).  These items include adjusted debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and rent (“EBITDAR”) and free cash flow.  The Company does not, nor does it suggest investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, GAAP financial information.  The Company believes that the presentation of adjusted debt to EBITDAR and free cash flow provide meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors that is indicative of the Company’s core operations.  The Company has included a reconciliation of this additional information to the most comparable GAAP measure in the table above and the selected financial information below.

Earnings Conference Call Information
The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, February 6, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. Central Time to discuss its results as well as future expectations.  Investors may listen to the conference call live on the Company’s website at www.OReillyAuto.com by clicking on “Investor Relations” and then “News Room.”  Interested analysts are invited to join the call.  The dial-in number for the call is (847) 619-6396; the conference call identification number is 49267105.  A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company’s website through Friday, February 5, 2021.

About O’Reilly Automotive, Inc.
O’Reilly Automotive, Inc. was founded in 1957 by the O’Reilly family and is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional service provider markets.  Visit the Company’s website at www.OReillyAuto.com for additional information about O’Reilly, including access to online shopping and current promotions, store locations, hours and services, employment opportunities and other programs.  As of December 31, 2019, the Company operated 5,439 stores in 47 U.S. states and 21 stores in Mexico.

Forward-Looking Statements
The Company claims the protection of the safe-harbor for forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  You can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as “estimate,” “may,” “could,” “will,” “believe,” “expect,” “would,” “consider,” “should,” “anticipate,” “project,” “plan,” “intend” or similar words.  In addition, statements contained within this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, such as statements discussing, among other things, expected growth, store development, integration and expansion strategy, business strategies, future revenues and future performance.  These forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions and are not guarantees of future events and results.  Such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, but not limited to, the economy in general, inflation, tariffs, product demand, the market for auto parts, competition, weather, risks associated with the performance of acquired businesses, our ability to hire and retain qualified employees, consumer debt levels, our increased debt levels, credit ratings on public debt, governmental regulations, information security and cyber-attacks, terrorist activities, war and the threat of war.  Actual results may materially differ from anticipated results described or implied in these forward-looking statements.  Please refer to the “Risk Factors” section of the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018, and subsequent Securities and Exchange Commission filings for additional factors that could materially affect the Company’s financial performance.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

  
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O’REILLY AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share data)
       
  December 31, 2019 (1) December 31, 2018
  (Unaudited) (Note)
Assets      
Current assets:      
Cash and cash equivalents $ 40,406  $ 31,315 
Accounts receivable, net   214,915    192,026 
Amounts receivable from suppliers   79,492    78,155 
Inventory   3,454,092    3,193,344 
Other current assets   44,757    48,262 
Total current assets   3,833,662    3,543,102 
       
Property and equipment, at cost   6,191,427    5,645,552 
Less:  accumulated depreciation and amortization   2,243,224    2,058,550 
Net property and equipment   3,948,203    3,587,002 
       
Operating lease, right-of-use assets   1,928,369    — 
Goodwill and acquisition intangibles (2)   936,814    807,260 
Other assets, net   70,112    43,425 
Total assets $ 10,717,160  $ 7,980,789 
       
Liabilities and shareholders’ equity      
Current liabilities:      
Accounts payable $ 3,604,722  $ 3,376,403 
Self-insurance reserves   79,079    77,012 
Accrued payroll   100,816    86,520 
Accrued benefits and withholdings   98,539    89,082 
Income taxes payable   —    11,013 
Current portion of operating lease liabilities   316,061    — 
Other current liabilities   270,210    253,990 
Total current liabilities   4,469,427    3,894,020 
       
Long-term debt   3,890,527    3,417,122 
Operating lease liabilities, less current portion   1,655,297    — 
Deferred income taxes   133,280    105,566 
Other liabilities   171,289    210,414 
       
Shareholders’ equity:      
Common stock, $0.01 par value:      
Authorized shares – 245,000,000      
Issued and outstanding shares –      
75,618,659 as of December 31, 2019, and      
79,043,919 as of December 31, 2018   756    790 
Additional paid-in capital   1,280,760    1,262,063 
Retained deficit   (889,066)   (909,186)
Accumulated other comprehensive income   4,890    — 
Total shareholders’ equity   397,340    353,667 
       
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity $ 10,717,160  $ 7,980,789 

Note:  The balance sheet at December 31, 2018, has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by United States generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.

(1) The Company adopted Accounting Standard Codification 842 - Leases (“ASC 842”) during the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, using the additional, optional transition method, which does not require prior periods to be restated.

(2)  Includes goodwill and other intangible assets related to the acquisition of Mayasa Auto Parts as part of the preliminary purchase price allocation.


 
O’REILLY AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
 
  For the Three Months Ended  For the Year Ended
  December 31,  December 31, 
  2019  2018  2019  2018 
   (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Unaudited)  (Note)
Sales $ 2,482,975  $ 2,314,957  $ 10,149,985  $ 9,536,428 
Cost of goods sold, including warehouse and distribution expenses   1,158,391    1,080,642    4,755,294    4,496,462 
Gross profit   1,324,584    1,234,315    5,394,691    5,039,966 
             
Selling, general and administrative expenses   883,081    806,275    3,473,965    3,224,782 
Operating income   441,503    428,040    1,920,726    1,815,184 
             
Other income (expense):            
Interest expense   (35,288)   (31,468)   (139,975)   (122,129)
Interest income   732    683    2,545    2,521 
Other, net   2,366    (4,098)   7,033    (1,489)
Total other expense   (32,190)   (34,883)   (130,397)   (121,097)
             
Income before income taxes   409,313    393,157    1,790,329    1,694,087 
Provision for income taxes   84,397    92,800    399,287    369,600 
Net income $ 324,916  $ 300,357  $ 1,391,042  $ 1,324,487 
             
Earnings per share-basic:            
Earnings per share $ 4.29  $ 3.76  $ 18.07  $ 16.27 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding – basic   75,713    79,826    76,985    81,406 
             
Earnings per share-assuming dilution:            
Earnings per share $ 4.25  $ 3.72  $ 17.88  $ 16.10 
Weighted-average common shares outstanding – assuming dilution   76,495    80,636    77,788    82,280 

Note: The income statement for the year ended December 31, 2018, has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by United States generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.


 
 O’REILLY AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
 (In thousands)
  For the Year Ended
  December 31, 
  2019  2018 
  (Unaudited) (Note)
Operating activities:      
Net income $ 1,391,042  $ 1,324,487 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:      
Depreciation and amortization of property, equipment and intangibles   270,875    258,937 
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs   3,916    3,470 
Deferred income taxes   21,396    20,160 
Share-based compensation programs   21,921    20,176 
Other   7,529    9,895 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:      
Accounts receivable   (15,577)   18,138 
Inventory   (239,912)   (163,367)
Accounts payable   213,423    177,676 
Income taxes payable   (20,139)   22,903 
Other   54,005    35,080 
Net cash provided by operating activities   1,708,479    1,727,555 
       
Investing activities:      
Purchases of property and equipment   (628,057)   (504,268)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment   7,118    4,784 
Investment in tax credit equity investments   (33,781)   — 
Other, including acquisitions, net of cash acquired   (142,026)   (34,818)
Net cash used in investing activities   (796,746)   (534,302)
       
Financing activities:      
Proceeds from borrowings on revolving credit facility   2,708,000    2,414,000 
Payments on revolving credit facility   (2,734,000)   (2,473,000)
Proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt   499,955    498,660 
Payment of debt issuance costs   (3,990)   (3,923)
Repurchases of common stock   (1,432,791)   (1,714,013)
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock   60,206    72,146 
Other   (191)   (2,156)
Net cash used in financing activities   (902,811)   (1,208,286)
       
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash   169    — 
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents   9,091    (15,033)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year   31,315    46,348 
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year $ 40,406  $ 31,315 
       
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:      
Income taxes paid $ 394,931  $ 311,376 
Interest paid, net of capitalized interest   134,634    117,938 

Note: The cash flow statement for the year ended December 31, 2018, has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by United States generally accepted accounting principles for complete financial statements.

 
 O’REILLY AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 (Unaudited)
  For the Year Ended
  December 31, 
Adjusted Debt to EBITDAR: 2019 2018
(In thousands, except adjusted debt to EBITDAR ratio)      
GAAP debt $ 3,890,527 $ 3,417,122
Add:Letters of credit   38,870   35,148
 Discount on senior notes   3,515   4,294
 Debt issuance costs   16,958   15,584
 Six-times rent expense   2,032,182   1,903,698
Adjusted debt $ 5,982,052 $ 5,375,846
       
GAAP net income $ 1,391,042 $ 1,324,487
Add:Interest expense   139,975   122,129
 Provision for income taxes   399,287   369,600
 Depreciation and amortization   270,875   258,937
 Share-based compensation expense   21,921   20,176
 Rent expense (i)   338,697   317,283
EBITDAR $ 2,561,797 $ 2,412,612
       
Adjusted debt to EBITDAR   2.34   2.23

(i)        The table below outlines the calculation of Rent expense and reconciles Rent expense to Total lease cost, per ASC 842, the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, for the year ended December 31, 2019 (in thousands):

    
    
Total lease cost, per ASC 842, for the year ended December 31, 2019$ 398,294
Less:Variable non-contract operating lease components, related to property taxes and insurance, for the year ended December 31, 2019  59,597
Rent expense for the year ended December 31, 2019$ 338,697


         
  December 31, 
  2019 2018
Selected Balance Sheet Ratios (1):        
Inventory turnover (2)   1.4   1.4
Average inventory per store (in thousands) (3) $ 631 $ 612
Accounts payable to inventory (4)   104.6%   105.7%


              
   For the Three Months Ended  For the Year Ended
   December 31,  December 31, 
   2019 2018 2019 2018
Reconciliation of Free Cash Flow (in thousands):            
Net cash provided by operating activities $ 218,803 $ 385,536 $ 1,708,479 $ 1,727,555
Less:Capital expenditures   146,850   153,807   628,057   504,268
 Excess tax benefit from share-based compensation payments   12,933   1,729   25,992   34,703
 Investment in tax credit equity investments   15,793   —   33,781   —
Free cash flow $ 43,227 $ 230,000 $ 1,020,649 $ 1,188,584


         
  For the Three Months Ended  For the Year Ended
  December 31,  December 31, 
  2019 2018 2019  2018 
Store Count:        
Beginning domestic store count  5,420  5,190  5,219   5,019 
New stores opened  19  29  202   206 
Bennett stores acquired, net of stores merged (5)  —  —  20   — 
Stores closed  —  —  (2)  (6)
Ending domestic store count  5,439  5,219  5,439   5,219 
         
Mexico stores (6)  21  —  21   — 
Ending total store count  5,460  5,219  5,460   5,219 


             
  For the Three Months Ended  For the Year Ended
  December 31,  December 31, 
  2019 2018 2019 2018
Store and Team Member Information (1):            
Total employment   81,223   78,882      
Square footage (in thousands)   40,227   38,455      
Sales per weighted-average square foot (7) $ 61.15 $ 59.99 $ 254.81 $ 251.06
Sales per weighted-average store (in thousands) (8) $ 452 $ 442 $ 1,881 $ 1,842

(1)  Represents O’Reilly’s U.S. operations only.

(2)  Calculated as cost of goods sold for the last 12 months divided by average inventory. Average inventory is calculated as the average of inventory for the trailing four quarters used in determining the denominator.

(3)  Calculated as inventory divided by store count at the end of the reported period.

(4)  Calculated as accounts payable divided by inventory.

(5)  O’Reilly acquired 33 Bennett Auto Supply, Inc. (“Bennett”) stores after the close of business on December 31, 2018, which were not included in the December 31, 2018, store count, as they were not operated by the Company for any portion of 2018. During the first quarter ended March 31, 2019, O’Reilly merged eight of the acquired Bennett stores into existing O’Reilly locations, and during the second quarter ended June 30, 2019, O’Reilly merged an additional five acquired Bennett stores into existing O’Reilly locations.

(6)  O’Reilly acquired Mayoreo de Autopartes y Aceites, S.A. de C.V. (“Mayasa”), headquartered in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, after the close of business on November 29, 2019.

(7)   Calculated as sales less jobber sales, divided by weighted-average square footage. Weighted-average square footage is determined by weighting store square footage based on the approximate dates of store openings, acquisitions, expansions or closures.

(8)  Calculated as sales less jobber sales, divided by weighted-average stores. Weighted-average stores is determined by weighting stores based on their approximate dates of openings, acquisitions or closures.

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