Connection (CNXN) Reports First Quarter 2019 Results
Connection (PC Connection, Inc.; NASDAQ: CNXN), a leading technology solutions provider to business, government, and education markets, today announced results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019. Net sales for the quarter ended March 31, 2019 increased by 1.3% to $632.9 million, compared to $624.9 million for the prior year quarter. Our average daily sales during the quarter increased by 2.9%, compared to the prior year quarter. During the quarter, there was downward pressure on net sales growth, because a greater portion of our software sales were recognized on a net basis. Net income for the first quarter ended March 31, 2019 increased by 12.6% to $12.7 million, or $0.48 per diluted share, compared to net income of $11.3 million, or $0.42 per diluted share for the prior year quarter.
Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, adjusted for stock-based compensation expense and restructuring and other charges ("Adjusted EBITDA") totaled $108.1 million for the twelve months ended March 31, 2019, compared to $98.6 million for the twelve months ended March 31, 2018.
Quarterly Performance by Segment:
Quarterly Sales by Product Mix:
Selling, general and administrative ("SG&A") expenses increased in the first quarter of 2019 to $81.2 million from $80.9 million in the prior year quarter, but decreased 11 basis points as a percentage of net sales.
In addition, the first quarter 2019 results include $0.7 million of restructuring and other related costs associated with severance and other exit costs associated with the closing of an office facility.
Cash and cash equivalents were $93.5 million at March 31, 2019, compared to $91.7 million at December 31, 2018. In January 2019, we paid a $0.32 cent per share special dividend to shareholders, which totaled $8.5 million. During the first quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased 42,537 shares of stock for $1.3 million.
"The Company achieved record gross margin this quarter. We saw strong demand in mobility, software, cloud and security solutions. We are pleased with the growth in our Enterprise segment and in our retail and healthcare vertical markets," said Tim McGrath, President and Chief Executive Officer. "Our increased productivity and improved execution allowed us to deliver a 12.6% increase in net income," concluded Mr. McGrath.
Conference Call and Webcast
Connection will host a conference call and live web cast today, May 2, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. ET to discuss its first quarter financial results. To access the conference call (audio only), please dial 877-776-4016 (US) or 973-638-3231 (International). A web-cast of the conference call, which will be broadcast live via the Internet, and a copy of this press release, can be accessed on Connection's website at ir.connection.com. For those unable to participate in the live call, a replay of the webcast will be available at ir.connection.com approximately 90 minutes after the completion of the call and will be accessible on the site for approximately one year.
Non-GAAP Financial Information
Adjusted EBITDA, Adjusted EPS and Adjusted Net Income are non-GAAP financial measures. This information is included to provide information with respect to the Company's operating performance and earnings. Non-GAAP measures are not a substitute for GAAP measures and should be considered together with the GAAP financial measures. Our non-GAAP financial measures may not be comparable to other similarly titled measures of other companies. A reconciliation to the most directly comparable GAAP measure is available in the tables at the end of this release.
PC Connection, Inc. and its subsidiaries, dba Connection, (www.connection.com; NASDAQ: CNXN) is a Fortune 1000 company headquartered in Merrimack, NH. With offices throughout the United States, Connection delivers custom-configured computer systems overnight from its ISO 9001:2015 certified technical configuration lab at its distribution center in Wilmington, OH. In addition, the Company has over 2,500 technical certifications to ensure it can solve the most complex issues of its customers. Connection also services international customers through its GlobalServe subsidiary, a global IT procurement and service management company. Investors and media can find more information about Connection at http://ir.connection.com.
Connection - Business Solutions (800-800-5555), (the original business of PC Connection) operating through our PC Connection Sales Corp. subsidiary, is a rapid-response provider of IT products and services serving primarily the small- and medium-sized business sector. It offers more than 300,000 brand-name products through its staff of technically trained sales account managers, publications, and its website at www.connection.com.
Connection - Enterprise Solutions (561-237-3300), www.connection.com/enterprise, operating through our MoreDirect, Inc. subsidiary, provides corporate technology buyers with best-in-class IT solutions, in-depth IT supply-chain expertise, and access to over 300,000 products and 1,600 vendors through TRAXX™, a proprietary cloud-based eProcurement system. The team's engineers, software licensing specialists, and project managers help reduce the cost and complexity of buying hardware, software, and services throughout the entire IT lifecycle.
Connection - Public Sector Solutions (800-800-0019), operating through our GovConnection, Inc. subsidiary, is a rapid-response provider of IT products and services to federal, state, and local government agencies and educational institutions through specialized account managers, publications, and online at www.connection.com/publicsector.
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