"Our focus on execution in the third quarter delivered strong improvements in profitability, as we continued to invest in our strategic objectives," said Alain Monie, Ingram Micro CEO. "Our teams were disciplined in managing growth, which was rewarded with strong year-over-year increases in worldwide gross margin, operating margin and EPS. Consolidated operating margin increased meaningfully over last year, directly benefiting from strong contribution from our acquired mobility business and significant improvements in two businesses that underperformed last year, as Australia made further progress on our goal to exit the year at a profitable run-rate and Brazil delivered good profitability. Our operational and strategic execution continues to build positive momentum in all of the regions and markets we serve, which we expect to accelerate in the typically strong fourth quarter."
Worldwide sales were $10.2 billion, up 12 percent in U.S. dollars, when compared with $9.0 billion in the third quarter last year. The company's 2012 fourth quarter acquisitions of Brightpoint, Inc. (also referred to as the mobility business) and Aptec Holdings Ltd. contributed substantially to the year-over-year revenue growth and the company focused on maintaining pricing discipline in the face of a competitive environment, particularly in North America and Europe.
Worldwide gross profit was $599 million (5.90 percent of total sales), compared with $454 million (5.02 percent of total sales) in the 2012 third quarter. 2013 third quarter gross margin benefited by 63 basis points from the addition of higher gross margin revenue from the company's mobility business, driven largely by its services business.
Operating income was $138 million (1.36 percent of total sales), compared with 2012 third quarter operating income of $93 million (1.03 percent of total sales). 2013 third quarter net income was $79 million, or 50 cents per diluted share. This compares with 2012 third quarter net income of $53 million, or 35 cents per diluted share.
Non-GAAP operating income for the 2013 third quarter was $135 million (1.33 percent of total sales). This compares with non-GAAP operating income for the 2012 third quarter of $103 million (1.14 percent of total sales).
2013 third quarter non-GAAP net income was $83 million, or 53 cents per diluted share, compared with non-GAAP net income of $62 million, or 41 cents per diluted share, in the 2012 third quarter.
Non-GAAP operating income, non-GAAP operating margin, non-GAAP net income and non-GAAP earnings per diluted share are non-GAAP financial measures that exclude the amortization of intangible assets, primarily associated with our acquisition of BrightPoint, and charges associated with reorganization, integration and transition costs and expense reduction programs. For the 2013 third quarter, these non-GAAP financial measures also exclude a benefit related to the receipt of $29.5 million from a LCD flat panel class action settlement and the impact of a $5.0 million reserve recorded for estimated potential charges related to indirect tax declarations in Europe. 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 and a discrete tax benefit recognized in the first quarter of 2012 associated with the write-off of the historical tax basis of the investment we had maintained in one of our Latin American subsidiary holding companies. These non-GAAP financial measures are reconciled to their most directly comparable GAAP measures in the Supplementary Information section of this release.
Further detail can be found in the financial statements and schedules attached to this news release or at www.ingrammicro.com.
Key 2013 third quarter business highlights:
- The company's mobility business was accretive to 2013 third quarter non-GAAP earnings per diluted share by 7 cents, bringing total accretion from the mobility business for the nine months ended September 28, 2013 to 24 cents. The company remains confident it will achieve its objective of 34 cents in accretion to 2013 full year non-GAAP earnings per diluted share.
- Ingram Micro Mobility announced several new logistics services and distribution agreements with leading companies and OEMs, including Telecom New Zealand and BuyCell Wireless Group.
- Ingram Micro Mobility also signed a distribution agreement with a leading mobility OEM for several European countries.
- The company enhanced its cloud offerings and aggregation platform with the acquisition of SoftCom Inc.
- Following the close of the quarter, the company expanded its supply chain capabilities and solutions offerings with the acquisition of CloudBlue Technologies, Inc., adding global enterprise IT asset disposition, onsite data destruction and e-waste recycling services for large enterprise customers, retail customers and OEMs.
- The company launched at the end of the third quarter its new mobility business unit in Latin America.
- Australia's revenue grew for the third quarter in a row and the country reduced its operating loss to less than $2 million, an improvement from the operating loss of $9 million in last year's third quarter and the operating loss of approximately $3 million in the 2013 second quarter.
- The company launched and started transacting in the third quarter its data capture/point of sale business in South Africa.
- Ingram Micro Logistics signed four new customers during the quarter.
- Promark announced the addition of several new vendors to its General Services Administration (GSA) schedule, including Panasonic, Falconstor, Jabra and Whiptail.
For the 2013 fourth quarter, the company currently expects gross margin to be up sequentially by high single digit basis points and worldwide revenue to increase over the 2013 third quarter in-line with historical seasonality.
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Ingram Micro has instituted in the past and continues to institute changes to its strategies, operations and processes to address these risk factors and seek to mitigate their impact on Ingram Micro's results of operations and financial condition. However, no assurances can be given 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 Item 1A Risk Factors of Ingram Micro's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Dec. 29, 2012; other risks or uncertainties may be detailed from time to time in Ingram Micro's future SEC filings.
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