Arrow Electronics, Inc. (NYSE:ARW) reported first-quarter 2017 net income of $114 million, or $1.26 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $106 million, or $1.14 per share on a diluted basis, in the first quarter of 2016. Excluding certain items, net income would have been $132 million in the first quarter of 2017, unchanged from the first quarter of 2016. Excluding certain items, net income would have been $1.46 per share on a diluted basis, in the first quarter of 2017, compared with $1.43 per share on a diluted basis, in the first quarter of 2016. First-quarter sales of $5.76 billion increased 5 percent from sales of $5.47 billion in the prior year. In the first quarter of 2017, changes in foreign currencies had negative impacts on growth of approximately $73 million or 1 percent on sales and $.03 or 2 percent on earnings per share on a diluted basis compared to the first quarter of 2016.
“Customers and suppliers are migrating to our platform of online and offline component distribution, on-premise and off-premise software-led solutions, and our sustainable technology solutions,” said Michael J. Long, chairman, president, and chief executive officer. “Our unique approach drove record first-quarter earnings per share and record first-quarter sales that were at the high end of our expectation.”
Global components first-quarter sales of $4.06 billion grew 10 percent year over year. First-quarter sales, as adjusted, grew 12 percent year over year. Americas components sales grew 9 percent year over year. Asia-Pacific components sales grew 17 percent year over year. Europe components sales grew 6 percent year over year. Sales in the region, as adjusted, grew 10 percent year over year. Global components first-quarter operating income grew 1 percent year over year. “Global components sales exceeded the high end of our expectation for the second quarter in a row driven by our differentiated value proposition,” said Mr. Long.
Global enterprise computing solutions first-quarter sales of $1.7 billion declined 5 percent year over year. Global enterprise computing solutions first-quarter operating income grew 3 percent year over year and grew 4 percent year over year excluding amortization of intangibles expense. “ECS’ growth was driven by our industry-leading software solutions, and we continue to believe operating income is the best measure of this business,” added Mr. Long.
“First-quarter cash flow from operations was negative $21 million. While seasonally negative, cash flow from operations improved compared to the prior-year first quarter despite substantial working capital investments to support our growth,” said Chris Stansbury, senior vice president and chief financial officer. “We remain committed to returning excess cash to shareholders. During the first quarter we returned approximately $56 million to shareholders through our stock repurchase program. We had approximately $464 million of remaining authorization under our share repurchase programs at the end of the first quarter.”
“As we look to the second quarter, we believe that total sales will be between $5.975 billion and $6.375 billion, with global components sales between $4.05 billion and $4.25 billion, and global enterprise computing solutions sales between $1.925 billion and $2.125 billion. As a result of this outlook, we expect earnings per share on a diluted basis, to be in the range of $1.50 to $1.62, and earnings per share on a diluted basis, excluding any charges, to be in the range of $1.70 to $1.82 per share. Our guidance assumes an average tax rate toward the higher end of our longer term range of 27 to 29 percent and average diluted shares outstanding are expected to be 90 million. We are expecting the average USD-to-Euro exchange rate for the second quarter to be approximately $1.07 to €1. We estimate changes in foreign currencies will have negative impacts on growth of approximately $110 million, or 2 percent on sales, and $.05, or 3 percent, on earnings per share on a diluted basis compared to the second quarter of 2016,” said Mr. Stansbury. “Based on our strong growth and disciplined operating expense management, we expect second-quarter earnings per share, at the midpoint, to grow 10 percent year over year adjusted for acquisitions and changes in foreign currencies,” added Mr. Stansbury.
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Arrow Electronics (www.arrow.com) is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 125,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 465 locations serving over 90 countries.