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MSC Reports Fiscal 2016 First Quarter Results

MELVILLE, N.Y. and DAVIDSON, N.C., Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ —  


MSC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO. (NYSE: MSM), “MSC” or the “Company,” a premier distributor of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations (“MRO”) supplies to industrial customers throughout North America, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2016 first quarter ended November 28, 2015.

Erik Gershwind, president and chief executive officer, said, “Our fiscal 2016 first quarter performance reflected continued share gains, sustained gross margin stabilization, and another quarter of strong expense controls in an increasingly challenging market environment. Ongoing lower oil prices, the strong US dollar with its negative effect on export demand, and the soft pricing environment driven by low commodity prices all continue to negatively impact broader manufacturing activity.”

Rustom Jilla, executive vice president and chief financial officer, added, “Our first quarter EPS was at the top of our guidance range with average daily sales in-line with guidance, gross margins at the top end, and operating expenses at the midpoint. The headwind from a soft pricing environment remains significant, but the execution of our gross margin countermeasures helped offset its impact. We also continued to reduce our operating expenses and our extremely strong cash flow generation was aided by a reduction in working capital, which is usual in this type of challenging sales environment.”

Gershwind concluded, “We have started fiscal 2016 as expected and in-line with our annual operating margin framework. Our fiscal second quarter is nearly always the quarter with the lowest operating margin and we expect a stronger second half. Looking beyond fiscal 2016, I remain confident about our business and its future. Economic slowdowns are the times when MSC makes its greatest strides and we are doing so this time as well. Our share gains are notable in the current challenging market, but we also are improving our cost base, which will result in greater leverage when growth returns.”


Based on current market conditions, the Company expects net sales for the fiscal 2016 second quarter to be between $680 million and $692 million. At the midpoint, average daily sales are expected to decline roughly 3%. The Company expects diluted earnings per share for the fiscal 2016 second quarter to be between $0.76 and $0.80.

An explanation and reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the attached tables.

Conference Call Information

MSC will host a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. EST to review the Company’s fiscal 2016 first quarter results. The call, accompanying slides, and other operational statistics may be accessed at: The conference call may also be accessed by dialing 1-877-443-5575 (US), 1-855-669-9657 (Canada), or 1-412-902-6618 (international).  

A webcast replay of the conference call will be available until February 5, 2016.

The Company’s reporting date for fiscal 2016 second quarter results will be April 6, 2016.

About MSC Industrial Supply Co.
MSC Industrial Supply Co. (NYSE: MSM) is a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products and services. We help our customers drive greater productivity, profitability and growth with more than 1 million products, inventory management and other supply chain solutions, and deep expertise from 75 years of working with customers across industries.

Our experienced team of over 6,500 associates is dedicated to working side by side with our customers to help drive results for their businesses – from keeping operations running efficiently today to continuously rethinking, retooling, and optimizing for a more productive tomorrow.

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Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Statements in this Press Release may constitute “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future, including statements about expected future results, expected benefits from our investment and strategic plans, and expected future margins, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by MSC or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include: problems with successfully integrating acquired operations, unanticipated delays or costs associated with  expanding our customer fulfillment centers, current economic, political and social conditions, changing customer and product mixes, financial restrictions on outstanding borrowings, industry consolidation, the loss of key suppliers or supply chain disruptions, competition, general economic conditions in the markets in which we operate, volatility in commodity and energy prices, credit risk of our customers, risk of cancellation or rescheduling of orders, work stoppages or other business interruptions (including those due to extreme weather conditions) at transportation centers or shipping ports, the risk of war, terrorism and similar hostilities, dependence on our information systems and the risk of business disruptions arising from changes to our information systems, disruptions due to computer system or network failures, computer viruses, physical or electronics break-ins and cyber-attacks, dependence on key personnel, goodwill and intangible assets recorded as a result of our acquisitions could be impaired, disclosing our use of “conflict minerals” in certain of the products we distribute could raise reputational and other risks, and the outcome of potential government or regulatory proceedings or future litigation relating to pending or future claims, inquiries or audits. Additional information concerning these and other risks is described under “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q that we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.












Non-GAAP Financial Measures

To supplement MSC’s unaudited selected financial data presented on a basis consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”), the Company discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, and adjusted net income per diluted share. The adjusted supplemental measures exclude non-recurring costs associated with the Class C Solutions Group (“CCSG”) acquisition and the executive separation costs related to the departure of the Executive Vice President of Sales and related tax effects for the thirteen weeks ended November 29, 2014. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or an alternative for GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. We believe that these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with MSC’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate MSC’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measures. We compensate for the limitations of non-GAAP financial measures by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of Company performance.

In calculating non-GAAP financial measures, we exclude these non-recurring costs to facilitate a review of the comparability of the Company’s operating performance on a period-to-period basis because such costs are not, in our view, related to the Company’s ongoing operational performance. We use non-GAAP measures to evaluate the operating performance of our business, for comparison with forecasts and strategic plans, and for benchmarking performance externally against competitors. In addition, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures as performance metrics for management incentive programs. Since we find these measures to be useful, we believe that investors benefit from seeing results “through the eyes” of management in addition to seeing GAAP results. We believe that these non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by offering:

The following tables reconcile GAAP operating income, GAAP net income and GAAP net income per diluted share (“EPS”) to non-GAAP adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, and adjusted net income per diluted share:

* On a pre-tax basis includes approximately $861 of non-recurring integration costs associated with the CCSG acquisition and approximately $2,706 of non-recurring executive separation costs related to the departure of the Executive Vice President of Sales for the thirteen weeks ended November 29, 2014. The non-recurring costs were calculated using an effective tax rate of 38.4%.