Alain Monié, Ingram Micro CEO, commented, "Our teams are doing a great job delivering increasingly rich and innovative products and services to our customers and vendor partners through product and macroeconomic cycles. The results are evident in our second quarter performance, as we grew revenue 5 percent in local currencies, strongly leveraged our cost basis to improve non-GAAP operating margin by 9 basis points and at the same time generated excellent operating cash flow."
Monié continued, "Over the past three years, we have successfully deployed capital to make important investments in acquisitions, building organic capabilities, improving our go-to-market motion and broadening our global presence. And our efforts have been rewarded by increasing profitability and earnings growth. From a liquidity standpoint, we also have sufficient access to capital to run and grow our business, and we will continue to make investments that evolve our model to deliver greater profitability, especially from service offerings. Based on our solid performance and confidence in our ability to deliver our long term targets, we have decided to implement a new capital allocation strategy that targets a return of one-third of our free cash flow to shareholders on an annual basis. This will be done through two vehicles: first, we are initiating a quarterly dividend of 10 cents, beginning this third quarter, which we intend to grow over time. Second, we will fulfill the balance of our new capital allocation strategy through share repurchases, both opportunistically and to offset dilution. Accordingly, our board has approved an additional $300 million, three-year share repurchase authorization."
Monié concluded, "As illustrated by our second quarter results and our guidance for the third quarter, our strategies are working, our performance is increasing and our commitment to deliver on our longer term targets is only stronger."
The Ingram Micro Board of Directors has declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.10 per share of the company's common stock. The dividend payment will be made on September 15, 2015, to stockholders of record at the close of market on September 1, 2015.
Second Quarter Results of Operations
Worldwide second quarter sales were $10.6 billion, down 3 percent in U.S. dollars and up 5 percent on a currency neutral basis. Non-GAAP operating income of $151 million was up 3 percent, or up 12 percent on a currency neutral basis, over last year. Non-GAAP operating margin of 1.43 percent grew 9 basis points over last year.
North America, Europe and Asia Pacific all delivered solid operating leverage, benefiting from increased sales of higher value product categories in the company's core business, including in networking, data security, infrastructure software, unified communications and virtualization. Additionally, operating margin benefited from softer demand in lower margin retail and consumer markets, particularly for desktop PCs in North America and Europe. Strong leverage in North America was offset by lower profit contribution from the mobility distribution business. Latin America profitability was impacted by a greater mix of volume sales from acquired businesses in Peru and Chile, where cost synergies are not expected to be fully realized until the 2015 fourth quarter.
2015 second quarter non-GAAP net income was $88 million, with non-GAAP earnings of 55 cents per diluted share, up 2 percent when compared to the 2014 second quarter, and up 13 percent on a currency neutral basis. Compared to the same period of 2014, the translation of foreign currencies negatively impacted 2015 second quarter non-GAAP earnings by 6 cents per diluted share. This amount was 2 cents higher than the company anticipated when it provided its initial earnings outlook for the 2015 second quarter.
In addition to excluding reorganization, integration and other transition costs associated with the implementation of cost savings plans and recent acquisitions, non-GAAP operating income and non-GAAP earnings exclude a non-cash, pre-tax charge of $116 million related to an impairment of internally developed software, which is covered in more detail below in the business highlights section.
Key 2015 second quarter business highlights
- Cash provided by operations for the 2015 second quarter was nearly $570 million.
- Working capital days at the end of the quarter were 27, a 4 day sequential decrease from the 2015 first quarter and in-line with last year.
- Since the announcement of the resumption of the company's share repurchase program in early May 2015 through July 28, 2015, Ingram Micro has repurchased 4.7 million shares for a total cost of $119 million dollars.
- In July 2015, Ingram Micro began taking actions globally on its previously announced cost savings program, including implementing lean corporate initiatives and further empowering individual countries where much of the actual business motion occurs. These actions are expected to enable the organization to get closer to customers and partners and support more rapid decision making at the country level, while producing additional efficiency and productivity gains. The company continues to expect to deliver annual global cost savings of $100 million in 2016. The company notified the majority of its impacted associates in July and expects to realize approximately $5 million of cost savings in the 2015 third quarter and $10 million of cost savings in the 2015 fourth quarter. Costs associated with these actions are now expected to be in the range of $50 to $60 million.
- The company began its program to deploy a new global ERP system 7 years ago. Over that period, the business has significantly diversified and new technologies allow legacy systems and diverse applications to easily be connected in a modular way, which allows these legacy systems to be part of a flexible, powerful and efficient solution. After careful evaluation, the company has concluded that this combined systems strategy is more flexible and economical and better aligned with its evolving business model than a single global system. Accordingly, the company has stopped its global ERP deployment and recorded a non-cash, pre-tax charge related to an impairment of internally developed software.
- Ingram Micro continued its expansion into the Middle East's high growth IT market through the acquisition of a 75 percent interest in the business assets of Arabian Applied Technology, the largest value-added technology solutions distributor in Saudi Arabia. The addition is expected to contribute revenue of approximately $200 million on a full year basis and the partial contribution this year is expected to be modestly accretive to Ingram Micro's earnings in 2015.
- Ingram Micro continued to broaden its mobility services expertise with the acquisition of CANAI Group and Clarity Technology, adding services including retail, carrier and web-based trade-in processes, sustainable recovery, and reuse and recycling of electronic products, reverse logistics, repairs, parts and accessory management and diagnostics and repair avoidance. Revenue and earnings from these acquisitions are not expected to be material in 2015.
- Ingram Micro significantly expanded its global cloud presence in Europe and Asia Pacific, launching its latest cloud marketplace in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Spain and Sweden. The company's automated Cloud Marketplace is now available for vendor partners and customers in 13 countries worldwide. The Ingram Micro Cloud Marketplace is an ecosystem of buyers, sellers and solutions that empowers channel partners and IT professionals to configure, provision and manage cloud technologies with confidence and ease. The Cloud Marketplace enables efficient management of the complete end-customer cloud subscription lifecycle from a single, automated platform, and offers an end-to-end portfolio of vetted cloud solutions that covers all major business categories including infrastructure, security, communication and collaboration, business applications and platform, and cloud management services.
- Ingram Micro companies received a number of vendor partner and industry awards including:
o Ingram Micro's Aptec business in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa received the VMware Distributor of the Year Award.
o Ingram Micro's Promark Technology business, one of the premier value added distributors in the United States, was named the 2014-2015 Distributor of the Year by Nutanix.
o Ingram Micro Canada earned two distinct honors from Staples, Inc. for its service excellence and new business contributions around the Staples Advantage Marketplace and Mobility: The Staples Advantage Technology Vendor Award and Staples Category Development Award.
o Additionally, Ingram Micro was named a multiple 2015 ChannelPro Readers' Choice Award winner, receiving four gold awards in the categories of Distributors for Best Cloud/MSP Service Offerings, Best Financing Options, Best Sales Support, and Best Training Programs; as well as one silver award for Best Hardware/Software. The wins represent the fourth consecutive year Ingram Micro has outperformed its competition to capture top honors across multiple categories.
The following statements are based on the company's current expectations for the 2015 third quarter and exclude the amortization of intangible assets, charges associated with acquisition-related costs, reorganization, integration and transition costs and charges associated with expense reduction programs and the impact of foreign exchange gains or losses related to the translation effect on Euro-based inventory purchases in Ingram Micro's pan-European entity. These statements are forward-looking and actual results may differ materially.
For the 2015 third quarter, Ingram Micro currently expects consolidated sales in the range of $10.5 to $11.0 billion. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share for the 2015 third quarter are expected to be in the range of 60 to 68 cents, which includes a negative impact of 6 cents related to currency movement, when compared with the third quarter last year. The company also said that it expects to generate approximately $700 million in cash flow from operations for the 2015 full year.
In addition to GAAP results, Ingram Micro is reporting non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share. These non-GAAP measures exclude charges associated with reorganization, acquisitions, integration and transition costs, including those associated with the company's previously announced cost savings programs, and the amortization of intangible assets. These non-GAAP financial measures also exclude a charge related to an impairment of internally developed software in the second quarter of 2015 resulting from the company's decision to stop its global ERP deployment. Non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share also exclude the impact of foreign exchange gains or losses related to the translation effect on Euro-based inventory purchases in Ingram Micro's pan-European entity. Non-GAAP earnings per diluted share for the thirteen weeks ended July 4, 2015 also reflects the impact of 3.2 million common stock equivalents that are excluded from GAAP diluted weighted average shares because they are antidilutive with respect to the GAAP net loss.
The non-GAAP measures noted above are primary indicators that Ingram Micro's management uses internally to conduct and measure its business and evaluate the performance of its consolidated operations and operating segments. Ingram Micro's management believes these non-GAAP financial measures are useful because they provide meaningful comparisons to prior periods and an alternate view of the impact of acquired businesses. These non-GAAP financial measures are used in addition to and in conjunction with results presented in accordance with GAAP. These non-GAAP financial measures reflect an additional way of viewing aspects of our operations that, when viewed with our GAAP results and the accompanying reconciliations to corresponding GAAP financial measures, provide a more complete understanding of factors and trends affecting Ingram Micro's business. A material limitation associated with these non-GAAP measures as compared to the GAAP measures is that they may not be comparable to other companies with similarly titled items that present related measures differently. The non-GAAP measures should be considered as a supplement to, and not as a substitute for or superior to, the corresponding measures calculated in accordance with GAAP and may not be comparable to similarly titled measures used by other companies.
Reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP financial measures for the periods presented is attached to the press release.
Conference Call and Webcast
Additional information about Ingram Micro's financial results will be presented in a conference call with presentation slides today at 5 p.m. ET. To listen to the conference call webcast and view the accompanying presentation slides, visit the company's website at www.ingrammicro.com (Investor Relations section). The conference call is also accessible by telephone at (877) 869-3847 (toll-free within the United States and Canada) or (201) 689-8261 (other countries).
The replay of the conference call with presentation slides will be available for one week at www.ingrammicro.com (Investor Relations section) or by calling (877) 660-6853 or (201) 612-7415, conference ID "13611356."
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The matters in this press release that are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act, including statements relating to the expected benefits from acquisitions and our ability to enhance earnings power and the impact of foreign currency rates, are based on current management expectations. Certain risks may cause such expectations to not be achieved and, in turn, may have a material adverse effect on Ingram Micro's business, financial condition and results of operations. Ingram Micro disclaims any duty to update any forward-looking statements. Important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements include, without limitation: (1) changes in macro-economic conditions, including from currency movements, can affect our business and results of operations; (2) our acquisition and investment strategies may not produce the expected benefits and our cost reduction programs may not produce the anticipated benefits, each of which may adversely affect results of operations; (3) failure to declare and pay our quarterly dividend as planned; (4) we are dependent on a variety of information systems, which, if not properly functioning, and available, or if we experience system security breaches, data protection breaches or other cyber-attacks, could adversely disrupt our business and harm our reputation and net sales; (5) failure to retain and recruit key personnel would harm our ability to meet key objectives; (6) we operate a global business that exposes us to risks associated with conducting business in multiple jurisdictions; (7) our failure to adequately adapt to industry changes could negatively impact our future operating results; (8) we continually experience intense competition across all markets for our products and services; (9) termination of a key supply or services agreement or a significant change in supplier terms or conditions of sale could negatively affect our operating margins, revenue or the level of capital required to fund our operations; (10) substantial defaults by our customers or the loss of significant customers could negatively impact our business, results of operations, financial condition or liquidity; (11) changes in, or interpretations of, tax rules and regulations, changes in the mix of our business amongst different tax jurisdictions, and deterioration of the performance of our business may adversely affect our effective income tax rates or operating margins and we may be required to pay additional taxes and/or tax assessments, as well as record valuation allowances relating to our deferred tax assets; (12) our goodwill, identifiable intangible assets, and other long-lived assets could become impaired, which could reduce the value of our assets and reduce our net income in the year in which the write-off occurs; (13) changes in our credit rating or other market factors, such as adverse capital and credit market conditions or reductions in cash flow from operations may affect our ability to meet liquidity needs, reduce access to capital, and/or increase our costs of borrowing; (14) we cannot predict the outcome of litigation matters and other contingencies that we may be involved with from time to time; (15) we may become involved in intellectual property disputes that could cause us to incur substantial costs, divert the efforts of management or require us to pay substantial damages or licensing fees; (16) our failure to comply with the requirements of environmental regulations could adversely affect our business; (17) we face a variety of risks in our reliance on third-party service companies, including shipping companies, for the delivery of our products and outsourcing arrangements; (18) changes in accounting rules could adversely affect our future operating results; and (19) our quarterly results have fluctuated significantly. There are additional contingencies associated with each of the above identified risks. For example, in connection with our acquisition strategy, we risk failing to realize the anticipated benefits of an acquisition due to, among other things, the unsuccessful integration of an acquired business. Despite its global presence, Ingram Micro may fail to proactively identify and tap into emerging markets and geographies. We have historically instituted, and will continue to institute, changes to our strategies, operations and processes in an effort to address and mitigate risks; however, there are no assurances that Ingram Micro will be successful in these efforts. For a further discussion of significant factors to consider in connection with forward-looking statements concerning Ingram Micro, reference is made to our SEC filings, and specifically to Item 1A-Risk Factors, of our latest Annual Report on Form 10K.