Phoenix, Ariz. - Avnet, Inc. (NYSE:AVT) today announced results for the third quarter fiscal year 2016 ended April 2, 2016.
- Sales for the third quarter ended April 2, 2016, decreased 8.3% year over year and 6.9% in constant currency to $6.17 billion, organic sales (as defined later in this release) declined 8.6% year over year and 7.2% in constant currency
- Adjusted operating income of $205.2 million decreased 10.9% year over year and adjusted operating income margin of 3.3% decreased 10 basis points year over year
- Adjusted net income of $132.6 million decreased 7.6% and adjusted diluted earnings per share of $1.01 decreased 2.9% year over year
- Cash generated from operations was $212.9 million in the March quarter and $596.5 million for the trailing twelve months
- The Company repurchased approximately 3.7 million shares during the third quarter representing an investment of $145.7 million, bringing its fiscal year to date purchases to $331 million, or 8.1 million shares
Rick Hamada, Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Our sequential revenue decline was slightly below our normal seasonality given an expected drop in high volume supply chain engagements in our Asia region of Electronics Marketing (EM) coupled with weaker than expected demand in certain legacy technologies at Technology Solutions (TS).These combined impacts led to an overall sequential revenue decline of approximately 10%. Despite these elements of softness, we did experience stronger than typical sequential gains in our western regions at EM and notable growth within areas of our TS portfolio. Enterprise gross profit margin increased 44 basis points year over year to 11.9% with contributions from both operating groups. This improvement in gross profit margin was offset by the decline in revenue as adjusted operating income dollars declined 10.9% year over year and adjusted operating income margin decreased 10 basis points. Given the overall trends through our March quarter, we have initiated incremental, focused expense management where we have gaps to our expectations while continuing to invest in clearly identified areas of current and future growth. With our strong competitive position at the center of the technology supply chain, we will continue to leverage our broad range of resources and financial strength in expanding new markets, including the Internet of Things, embedded solutions, and third platform technologies."
Avnet Electronics Marketing Results
Mr. Hamada added, "In our March quarter, seasonal growth in EM's core business was offset by the expected decline in our select high volume supply chain engagements in Asia as EM global revenue declined 2% from the December quarter. Revenue grew 17% and 6% sequentially in our EMEA and Americas regions, respectively, while our Asia region declined 18%. In addition to strong sequential growth, our EM EMEA team grew revenue 9.4% year over year in constant currency, which represents their 12th consecutive quarter of organic growth. As a result of the typical seasonal Q3 growth in our western regions, EM's operating income dollars grew 5.3% sequentially and operating income margin increased 30 basis points. We were encouraged to see our book to bill ratio return to at or above parity for the quarter in all three regions. Our sequential increase in inventory was driven by investments in specific profitable growth opportunities and preparation for an ERP implementation in our Americas region. These investments coupled with the ongoing commitment to enhancing our digital platform, tools, and design resources will position us to grow faster than the markets we serve, leading to continued progress toward our financial targets."
Avnet Technology Solutions Results
Mr. Hamada further added, "TS's revenue came in at the low end of expectations as all three regions experienced weaker than expected demand in select areas of legacy data center products. As a result, organic revenue decreased 14% year over year in constant currency with all three regions experiencing double digit declines. Operating income declined 18.5% year over year and operating income margin was down 11 basis points as an increase in gross profit margin and a reduction in operating expenses offset some of the negative impact of the revenue decline. Given the increasing rate of decline in certain legacy technologies, we will be reducing annualized operating expenses by approximately $25 million, while continuing to redirect our investment into higher growth technologies. We are already seeing the benefits of existing investments as our All Flash Array storage business grew over 40% year over year and our converged infrastructure product offerings increased nearly 20%. Our recently introduced Avnet Cloud Marketplace, which offers a growing portfolio of solutions from cloud service providers, flexible payment options, and a powerful cloud management toolset, is gaining traction with our partners as they and their customers embrace new consumption models to drive business results. With our accelerated investments in next generation technologies, we are confident we can optimize our portfolio to capitalize on second platform growth segments, as well as provide seamless support to our expanding community of partners for the transition to third platform technologies.
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