MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. Reports Results for Its Fiscal 2010 Fourth Quarter and Year

- Fourth Quarter Net Sales Rise 30.3% to $461.4 Million -

- Fourth Quarter Diluted earnings per share increase 71% to $0.70 -

Oct 21, 2010, 07:30 ET from MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 21 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT CO., INC. (NYSE: MSM), "MSC" or the "Company," one of the largest direct marketers and premier distributors of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations ("MRO") supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States, today reported financial results for its fourth quarter and fiscal year ended August 28, 2010.

For the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter, net sales rose 30.3% to $461.4 million, compared with $354.1 million in the prior year period.  Operating income increased 68.6% in the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter to $70.5 million, or 15.3% of net sales, compared with $41.8 million, or 11.8% of net sales, in the prior year period. For the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010, the Company reported net income of $44.1 million, an increase of 69.5% over net income of $26.0 million in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.  Diluted earnings per share in the fiscal 2010 fourth quarter were $0.70 (based on 62.6 million diluted shares outstanding), compared to $0.41 (based on 62.6 million diluted shares outstanding) in the same period a year ago, an increase of 70.7%.  The Company noted that the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010 had one less sales day than the fourth quarter of fiscal 2009.

For the fiscal 2010 full-year period, net sales were $1.69 billion, compared with net sales of $1.49 billion in fiscal 2009.  Operating income in fiscal 2010 was $241.8 million, or 14.3% of net sales, versus operating income of $204.7 million, or 13.7% of net sales, in fiscal 2009.  Net income for fiscal year 2010 was $150.4 million, compared to net income of $125.1 million in fiscal 2009.  Diluted earnings per share for the 2010 fiscal year were $2.37 (based on 62.9 million diluted shares outstanding), compared to $1.99 per diluted share (based on 62.4 million diluted shares outstanding) in fiscal year 2009.

David Sandler, President and Chief Executive Officer said, "Fiscal 2010 was a year of strong operational and financial execution.  Our team continued to perform at very high levels, taking significant market share and driving sales and earnings growth that culminated in growth in average daily sales in excess of 30% during each month of the fourth quarter.  By investing in our Company throughout the downturn, we have taken advantage of a unique opportunity to grow our business at an accelerated pace as market conditions return to more normalized levels.  Our investment program has produced a large and growing value gap between MSC and our smaller, less well capitalized competitors that has contributed to our momentum and that we will continue to leverage going forward."

Chuck Boehlke, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer said, "We are very pleased with our financial performance in the fourth quarter.  As we look forward, we expect our annual big book pricing cycle to provide for gross margin expansion in excess of 100 basis points in the 2011 first quarter versus fourth quarter levels.  We will increase our levels of investment spending to further support market share gains.  The end result is expected to be increased operating margins as compared to both the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and our recently completed fourth quarter.  The midpoint of our guidance implies that incremental operating margins for the 2011 first quarter should be approximately 28%.  Based on the investment program we have targeted for fiscal 2011 we expect similar levels of incremental margin for the balance of the year.  However, the potential of a firming pricing environment and accelerating market share gains could drive incremental margins higher."

Mr. Sandler concluded, "Throughout this period of economic uncertainty, MSC's strategy has been to invest in the business to capitalize on the opportunities in the marketplace to gain share and grow profitably.  I am pleased to say that our results reflect the benefits of these efforts.  While our recent performance is encouraging, we believe it is only the beginning of a long-term growth story.  Looking ahead, we expect to leverage our advantages in the marketplace to continue to generate strong results for all of our stakeholders."

For the fiscal 2011 first quarter, the Company expects net sales to be between $464.0 million and $476.0 million, and expects diluted earnings per share to be between $0.71 and $0.75.

The management of MSC will host a conference call today, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to review the Company's results for the fourth quarter and 2010 fiscal year, and to comment on current operations.  The call may be accessed via the Internet in the Investor Relations section (under "About MSC") of MSC's website located at: www.mscdirect.com.  A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website through November 4, 2010.

About MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. is one of the largest direct marketers and premier distributors of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations ("MRO") supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States. MSC distributes approximately 600,000 industrial products from approximately 3,000 suppliers to approximately 320,000 customers.  In-stock availability is approximately 99%, with next day standard delivery to the contiguous United States on qualifying orders up until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  MSC reaches its customers through a combination of approximately 22 million direct-mail catalogs, 96 branch sales offices, 973 sales people, the Internet and associations with some of the world's most prominent B2B eCommerce portals. For more information, visit the Company's website at http://www.mscdirect.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995. Statements in this Press Release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any statements contained herein which are not statements of historical facts and that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future, including statements about future expected net sales and diluted earnings per share and expectations as to revenue, earnings and margin growth, shall be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events, actual results and performance, financial and otherwise, could differ materially from those set forth in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements herein. 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, without limitation, current economic, political and social conditions, changing customer and product mixes, financial restrictions on outstanding borrowings, industry consolidation, competition, general economic conditions in the markets in which the Company operates, 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 the Company's information systems and on key personnel, 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 Company's reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K that the Company files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on current expectations and the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)

August 28, 2010

(Unaudited)

August 29, 2009

ASSETS

Current Assets:

Cash and cash equivalents

$        121,191

$        225,572

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

221,013

165,368

      Inventories

285,985

246,649

      Prepaid expenses and other current assets

20,498

17,169

      Deferred income taxes

27,849

27,956

Total current assets

676,536

682,714

Property, plant and equipment, net

143,609

131,885

Goodwill

271,765

271,765

Identifiable intangibles, net

48,751

55,766

Other assets

12,662

15,417

Total assets

$     1,153,323

$     1,157,547

LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY

Current Liabilities:

Revolving credit notes

$                 ---

$           95,000

Current maturities of long-term notes payable

39,361

59,105

Accounts payable

81,220

55,345

Accrued liabilities

69,704

46,388

Total current liabilities

190,285

255,838

Long-term notes payable

--

39,365

Deferred income taxes and tax uncertainties

63,158

56,808

Total liabilities

253,443

352,011

Commitments and Contingencies

Shareholders' Equity:

Preferred Stock

--

--

Class A common stock

48

47

Class B common stock

18

18

Additional paid-in capital

378,315

336,092

Retained earnings

675,968

577,321

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(2,660)

(2,068)

Class A treasury stock, at cost

(151,809)

(105,874)

Total shareholders' equity

899,880

805,536

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$     1,153,323

$     1,157,547

MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share data)

Quarters Ended

Fiscal Years Ended

August 28, 2010

(13 weeks)

August 29, 2009

(13 weeks)

August 28, 2010

(52 weeks)

August 29, 2009

(52 weeks)

(Unaudited)

(Unaudited)

Net sales

$     461,361

$     354,097

$    1,692,041

$    1,489,518

Cost of goods sold

254,038

195,144

925,102

801,673

Gross profit

207,323

158,953

766,939

687,845

Operating expenses

136,817

117,146

525,120

483,127

Income from operations

70,506

41,807

241,819

204,718

Other (Expense) Income:

Interest expense

(147)

(417)

(1,140)

(3,629)

Interest income

28

110

165

820

Other (expense) income, net

(47)

(13)

(16)

31

Total other expense

(166)

(320)

(991)

(2,778)

         Income before provision for income taxes

70,340

41,487

240,828

201,940

Provision for income taxes

26,283

15,493

90,455

76,818

Net income

$           44,057

$          25,994

$         150,373

$        125,122

Per Share Information:

Net income per common share:

Basic

$               0.70

$              0.42

$               2.39

$              2.01

Diluted

$               0.70

$              0.41

$               2.37

$              1.99

Weighted average shares used in computing net income per common share:

Basic

62,225

62,054

62,438

61,798

Diluted

62,643

62,559

62,930

62,362

Cash dividend declared per common share

$               0.22

$              0.20

$               0.82

$              0.80

MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT CO., INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

For the Fiscal Years Ended

August 28, 2010

(52 weeks)

August 29, 2009

(52 weeks)

(Unaudited)

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:

Net income

$        150,373

$        125,122

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash

   provided by operating activities:

Depreciation and amortization

26,049

26,950

Stock-based compensation

13,525

10,904

Loss on disposal of property, plant, and equipment

18

--

Provision for doubtful accounts

1,892

4,247

Deferred income taxes and tax uncertainties

6,456

4,389

       Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

(4,774)

(1,782)

Changes in operating assets and liabilities:

Accounts receivable

(57,884)

45,877

Inventories

(39,748)

72,868

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

(3,359)

1,932

Other assets

2,126

263

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

55,183

(5,322)

Total adjustments

(516)

160,326

                      Net cash provided by operating activities

149,857

285,448

Cash Flows from Investing Activities:

   Expenditures for property, plant and equipment

(30,304)

(22,740)

   Proceeds from sale of property, plant and equipment

--

448

Net cash used in investing activities

(30,304)

(22,292)

Cash Flows from Financing Activities:

Purchases of treasury stock

(48,244)

(1,206)

Payment of cash dividends

(51,726)

(49,879)

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

4,774

1,782

Proceeds from sale of Class A common stock in connection with associate stock purchase plan

2,598

2,644

Proceeds from exercise of Class A common stock options

22,803

6,123

Borrowings under revolving credit line commitment from credit facility

--

4,000

Paydown of the revolving credit line commitment from credit facility

(95,000)

--

Repayments of notes payable under the credit facility and other notes

(59,109)

(43,729)

Net cash used in financing activities

(223,904)

(80,265)

Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

(30)

(162)

Net (decrease) increase in cash and cash equivalents

(104,381)

182,729

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period

225,572

42,843

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

$       121,191

$        225,572

Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:

Cash paid for income taxes

$         77,682

$          65,911

Cash paid for interest

$           1,030

$            4,044

SOURCE MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.



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