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Pool Corporation Reports Record Second Quarter Results

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  • Net sales growth for both Q2 and YTD 2018 of 7%, with 6% growth in base business sales
  • Q2 2018 diluted EPS increase of 27% to $2.80; YTD growth of 30% to $3.55, each including tax benefits
  • Updates 2018 earnings guidance range to $5.50 - $5.70 per diluted share from previous $5.45 - $5.70 range

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COVINGTON, La., July 19, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pool Corporation (NASDAQ:POOL) today reported record results for the second quarter of 2018.

"We had a solid May and June, following the delayed spring in many of our seasonal markets.  Despite weather challenges and seasonal capacity constraints on the part of our customers, consumer demand remains high and strongly contributed to our record sales and gross profit growth in the second quarter," said Manuel Perez de la Mesa, President and CEO.

Net sales increased 7% to a record $1,057.8 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $988.2 million in the second quarter of 2017.  Base business sales grew 6% over the same quarter of last year, with discretionary products such as building materials and equipment leading our sales growth.  The impact of a weaker U.S. dollar on sales outside the U.S., primarily Europe, compared to the same period last year also favorably impacted our sales growth by approximately 1%.

Gross profit increased 7% to a record $308.7 million in the second quarter of 2018 from $289.7 million in the same period of 2017.  Base business gross profit improved 6% over the second quarter of last year.  Gross profit as a percentage of net sales (gross margin) was 29.2% for the second quarter of 2018 compared to 29.3% for the second quarter of 2017.  Product mix was the principal factor leading to the slightly lower margin.

Selling and administrative expenses (operating expenses) increased 8% to $146.6 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to the second quarter of 2017, with base business operating expenses up approximately 7% over the comparable 2017 period.  While acquisitions contributed to our overall expense growth, changes in certain non-executive performance‑based compensation programs that impact the timing of our expense recognition also resulted in higher compensation expense in the quarter.  We believe our results later in the year, particularly in the fourth quarter, should benefit from this timing change.  Base business operating expenses also increased due to the unfavorable impact of foreign currency fluctuations, which collectively impacted the quarter's expenses by 1%.  As a percentage of sales, base business operating expenses were consistent year over year at 13.6% of sales.

Operating income for the second quarter increased 5% to a record $162.0 million compared to the same period in 2017.  Foreign currency exchange rate increases favorably impacted our operating income growth by 1%.  Operating income as a percentage of net sales (operating margin) was 15.3% for the second quarter of 2018 and 15.6% for the same period in 2017, while base business operating margin was 15.5% for the second quarter of 2018 and 15.7% for the same period in 2017.

Interest and other non-operating expenses, net increased to $6.0 million in the second quarter of 2018 from $4.0 million in the second quarter of 2017.  The $2.0 million increase primarily relates to higher interest rates on our debt and increased borrowings to fund working capital investments and share repurchases, as well as greater realized foreign currency conversion losses compared to the same period last year.

Both Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, which we adopted on January 1, 2017, and U.S. tax reform enacted in December 2017 impacted our income tax provision for the second quarter of 2018.  Our effective tax rate was 25.0% and 37.0% for the second quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively.  We recorded a $1.5 million benefit from ASU 2016-09 in the quarter ended June 30, 2018, compared to a benefit of $1.9 million realized in the same period last year.  Excluding the benefits from ASU 2016-09, our effective tax rate was 26.0% and 38.3% for the second quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively.  As previously reported, we expect our annual effective tax rate (excluding the benefit from ASU 2016-09) for 2018 and future periods to approximate 25.5%, which is a reduction compared to our historical rate of approximately 38.5% due to the impact of the recent U.S. tax reform.

Net income attributable to Pool Corporation was $117.0 million in the second quarter of 2018 compared to $94.9 million in the second quarter of 2017.  Earnings per share increased 27% to a record $2.80 per diluted share for the three months ended June 30, 2018 versus $2.21 per diluted share for the same period in 2017.  The reduction in our effective tax rate from 37.0% to 25.0% as discussed above reduced our income tax expense by approximately $18.7 million, or $0.45 per diluted share, in the second quarter of 2018.

Net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2018 increased 7% to a record $1,643.7 million from $1,534.6 million in the comparable 2017 period, with most of this growth coming from the 6% improvement in base business sales. Gross margin was in line with last year at 28.9%.

Operating expenses increased 8% compared to the first half of 2017, with base business operating expenses up 6%. Operating income for the first six months of 2018 increased 6% to $195.6 million compared to $185.2 million in the same period last year.

Our effective tax rate was 20.3% for the six months ended June 30, 2018 compared to 34.2% for the six months ended June 30, 2017.  ASU 2016-09 benefited our income tax provision by $10.6 million in the first half of 2018 and $7.4 million in the first half of 2017.  Excluding the benefits from ASU 2016-09, our effective tax rate was 26.0% and 38.4% for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017, respectively.

Net income attributable to Pool Corporation for the six months ended June 30, 2018 was $148.4 million, compared to Net income attributable to Pool Corporation of $117.2 million for the six months ended June 30, 2017.  Earnings per share for the first six months of 2018 increased 30% to a record $3.55 per diluted share versus $2.73 per diluted share for the first six months of 2017.  The reduction in our effective tax rate as discussed above from 34.2% to 20.3% reduced our income tax expense by approximately $25.9 million, or $0.62 per diluted share, in the first six months of 2018.

On the balance sheet at June 30, 2018, total net receivables, including pledged receivables, increased 9%, while inventory levels grew 12% compared to June 30, 2017.  The growth in receivables and inventory includes growth from acquired businesses, while the inventory growth also includes purchases made in advance of certain mid-year vendor price increases.  Total debt outstanding was $657.1 million at June 30, 2018, a $103.6 million increase from total debt at June 30, 2017.

Cash used in operations was $36.8 million in the first half of 2018 compared to $41.3 million in the first half of 2017.  Adjusted EBITDA (as defined in the addendum to this release) was $172.1 million and $163.8 million in the second quarters of 2018 and 2017, respectively.

"We believe that consumer demand is strong and despite constraints on customer capacity, we should have solid results in the second half of the year.  I am confident in our team's ability to address the many opportunities available as is our legacy and to that end have updated our annual earnings guidance to reflect the $0.04 contribution from ASU 2016-09 in the quarter," said Perez de la Mesa.

We have not projected any additional tax benefit from ASU 2016-09 in our earnings guidance range for the remainder of the year.  Our current earnings guidance range for 2018 includes only the year to date benefit realized as of June 30, 2018.

POOLCORP is the world's largest wholesale distributor of swimming pool and related backyard products.  As of June 30, 2018, POOLCORP operated 358 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia, through which it distributes more than 180,000 national brand and private label products to roughly 120,000 wholesale customers.  For more information, please visit www.poolcorp.com.

This news release includes "forward-looking" statements that involve risks and uncertainties that are generally identifiable through the use of words such as "believe," "expect," "intend," "plan," "estimate," "project," "should" and similar expressions and include projections of earnings.  The forward-looking statements in this release are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this release, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur.  Actual results may differ materially due to a variety of factors, including the sensitivity of our business to weather conditions, changes in the economy and the housing market, our ability to maintain favorable relationships with suppliers and manufacturers, competition from other leisure product alternatives and mass merchants, excess tax benefits or deficiencies recognized under ASU 2016-09 and other risks detailed in POOLCORP's 2017 Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  In addition, this press release includes forward-looking statements and estimates regarding the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which are based on our current interpretation of this legislation and on reasonable estimates and may change as a result of new guidance issued by regulators or changes in our estimates.

CONTACT:
Curtis J. Scheel
Director of Investor Relations
985.801.5341
curtis.scheel@poolcorp.com


POOL CORPORATION
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017
Net sales $ 1,057,804     $ 988,163     $ 1,643,704     $ 1,534,603  
Cost of sales 749,149     698,499     1,168,976     1,091,318  
Gross profit 308,655     289,664     474,728     443,285  
Percent 29.2 %   29.3 %   28.9 %   28.9 %
               
Selling and administrative expenses 146,613     135,478     279,145     258,101  
Operating income 162,042     154,186     195,583     185,184  
Percent 15.3 %   15.6 %   11.9 %   12.1 %
               
Interest and other non-operating expenses, net 5,991     3,952     9,518     7,599  
Income before income taxes and equity earnings 156,051     150,234     186,065     177,585  
Provision for income taxes 39,062     55,654     37,783     60,772  
Equity earnings in unconsolidated investments, net 60     40     106     78  
Net income 117,049     94,620     148,388     116,891  
Net loss attributable to noncontrolling interest     283         294  
Net income attributable to Pool Corporation $ 117,049     $ 94,903     $ 148,388     $ 117,185  
               
Earnings per share:              
Basic $ 2.89     $ 2.30     $ 3.67     $ 2.84  
Diluted $ 2.80     $ 2.21     $ 3.55     $ 2.73  
Weighted average shares outstanding:              
Basic 40,453     41,349     40,413     41,271  
Diluted 41,814     42,985     41,840     42,937  
               
Cash dividends declared per common share $ 0.45     $ 0.37     $ 0.82     $ 0.68  
                               


POOL CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

      June 30,     June 30,     Change  
      2018     2017     $   %  
                         
Assets                      
Current assets:                      
  Cash and cash equivalents $ 42,167     $ 26,666     $ 15,501     58   %
  Receivables, net (1)   135,104       112,802       22,302     20    
  Receivables pledged under receivables facility   269,311       257,483       11,828     5    
  Product inventories, net (2)   606,583       542,805       63,778     12    
  Prepaid expenses and other current assets   17,169       15,514       1,655     11    
Total current assets   1,070,334       955,270       115,064     12    
                         
Property and equipment, net   113,048       106,787       6,261     6    
Goodwill   189,066       186,124       2,942     2    
Other intangible assets, net   12,608       13,430       (822 )   (6 )  
Equity interest investments   1,130       1,158       (28 )   (2 )  
Other assets   18,095       16,367       1,728     11    
Total assets $ 1,404,281     $ 1,279,136     $ 125,145     10   %
                         
Liabilities and stockholders' equity                      
Current liabilities:                      
  Accounts payable $ 300,232     $ 273,309     $ 26,923     10   %
  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   83,271       98,225       (14,954 )   (15 )  
  Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt   21,462       14,901       6,561     44    
Total current liabilities   404,965       386,435       18,530     5    
                         
Deferred income taxes   24,729       28,445       (3,716 )   (13 )  
Long-term debt, net   635,658       538,579       97,079     18    
Other long-term liabilities   25,128       22,418       2,710     12    
Total liabilities   1,090,480       975,877       114,603     12    
Total stockholders' equity   313,801       303,259       10,542     3    
Total liabilities and stockholders' equity $ 1,404,281     $ 1,279,136     $ 125,145     10   %

(1)       The allowance for doubtful accounts was $4.1 million at June 30, 2018 and $3.6 million at June 30, 2017.
(2)       The inventory reserve was $8.4 million at June 30, 2018 and $8.1 million at June 30, 2017.


POOL CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

    Six Months Ended        
    June 30,        
    2018     2017     Change  
Operating activities                  
Net income $ 148,388     $ 116,891     $ 31,497    
Adjustments to reconcile net income to cash used in operating activities:                  
  Depreciation   12,888       11,617       1,271    
  Amortization   938       743       195    
  Share-based compensation   6,481       6,299       182    
  Equity earnings in unconsolidated investments, net   (106 )     (78 )     (28 )  
  Other   1,861       2,122       (261 )  
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:                  
  Receivables   (210,327 )     (199,055 )     (11,272 )  
  Product inventories   (76,286 )     (53,546 )     (22,740 )  
  Prepaid expenses and other assets   2,100       (2,389 )     4,489    
  Accounts payable   55,964       38,673       17,291    
  Accrued expenses and other current liabilities   21,290       37,378       (16,088 )  
Net cash used in operating activities   (36,809 )     (41,345 )     4,536    
                   
Investing activities                  
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired   (578 )     (3,296 )     2,718    
Purchases of property and equipment, net of sale proceeds   (24,620 )     (34,495 )     9,875    
Other investments, net         3       (3 )  
Net cash used in investing activities   (25,198 )     (37,788 )     12,590    
                   
Financing activities                  
Proceeds from revolving line of credit   554,536       606,623       (52,087 )  
Payments on revolving line of credit   (545,574 )     (641,752 )     96,178    
Proceeds from asset-backed financing   177,500       156,600       20,900    
Payments on asset-backed financing   (60,000 )     (20,100 )     (39,900 )  
Proceeds from short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt   13,957       22,609       (8,652 )  
Payments on short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt   (3,330 )     (8,813 )     5,483    
Payments of deferred financing costs   (8 )           (8 )  
Payments of deferred and contingent acquisition consideration   (265 )     (199 )     (66 )  
Purchase of redeemable noncontrolling interest         (2,573 )     2,573    
Proceeds from stock issued under share-based compensation plans   9,383       7,502       1,881    
Payments of cash dividends   (33,194 )     (28,108 )     (5,086 )  
Purchases of treasury stock   (38,876 )     (8,672 )     (30,204 )  
Net cash provided by financing activities   74,129       83,117       (8,988 )  
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents   105       726       (621 )  
Change in cash and cash equivalents   12,227       4,710       7,517    
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period   29,940       21,956       7,984    
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period $ 42,167     $ 26,666     $ 15,501    


ADDENDUM

Base Business

The following table breaks out our consolidated results into the base business component and the excluded component (sales centers excluded from base business):

(Unaudited) Base Business Excluded Total
(in thousands) Three Months Ended Three Months Ended Three Months Ended
  June 30, June 30, June 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017   2018   2017
Net sales $ 1,043,685     $ 982,511     $ 14,119     $ 5,652     $ 1,057,804     $ 988,163  
                       
Gross profit 304,242     287,939     4,413     1,725     308,655     289,664  
Gross margin 29.2 %   29.3 %   31.3 %   30.5 %   29.2 %   29.3 %
                       
Operating expenses 142,261     133,552     4,352     1,926     146,613     135,478  
Expenses as a % of net sales 13.6 %   13.6 %   30.8 %   34.1 %   13.9 %   13.7 %
                       
Operating income (loss) 161,981     154,387     61     (201 )   162,042     154,186  
Operating margin 15.5 %   15.7 %   0.4 %   (3.6 )%   15.3 %   15.6 %


(Unaudited) Base Business   Excluded   Total
(in thousands) Six Months Ended   Six Months Ended   Six Months Ended
  June 30,   June 30,   June 30,
  2018   2017   2018   2017   2018   2017
Net sales $ 1,618,795     $ 1,527,995     $ 24,909     $ 6,608     $ 1,643,704     $ 1,534,603  
                       
Gross profit 467,217     441,355     7,511     1,930     474,728     443,285  
Gross margin 28.9 %   28.9 %   30.2 %   29.2 %   28.9 %   28.9 %
                       
Operating expenses 270,399     255,636     8,746     2,465     279,145     258,101  
Expenses as a % of net sales 16.7 %   16.7 %   35.1 %   37.3 %   17.0 %   16.8 %
                       
Operating income (loss) 196,818     185,719     (1,235 )   (535 )   195,583     185,184  
Operating margin 12.2 %   12.2 %   (5.0 )%   (8.1 )%   11.9 %   12.1 %


We have excluded the following acquisitions from base business for the periods identified:

Acquired   Acquisition
Date
  Net
Sales Centers
Acquired
  Periods
Excluded
Tore Pty. Ltd. (Pool Power) (1)   January 2018   1   January - June 2018
Chem Quip, Inc. (1)   December 2017   5   January - June 2018

 
Intermark   December 2017   1   January - June 2018

 
E-Grupa   October 2017   1   January - June 2018
New Star Holdings Pty. Ltd. (Newline)   July 2017   1   January - June 2018
Lincoln Aquatics (1)   April 2017   1   January - June 2018 and
May - June 2017

(1)  We acquired certain distribution assets of each of these companies.

When calculating our base business results, we exclude sales centers that are acquired, closed or opened in new markets for a period of 15 months.  We also exclude consolidated sales centers when we do not expect to maintain the majority of the existing business and existing sales centers that are consolidated with acquired sales centers.

We generally allocate corporate overhead expenses to excluded sales centers on the basis of their net sales as a percentage of total net sales.  After 15 months of operations, we include acquired, consolidated and new market sales centers in the base business calculation including the comparative prior year period.

The table below summarizes the changes in our sales center count in the first six months of 2018.

December 31, 2017 351    
Acquired location 1    
New locations 7    
Consolidated location (1 )  
June 30, 2018 358    

Adjusted EBITDA

We define Adjusted EBITDA as net income or net loss plus interest and other non-operating expenses, income taxes, depreciation, amortization, share‑based compensation, goodwill and other non-cash impairments and equity earnings or loss in unconsolidated investments.  Adjusted EBITDA is not a measure of cash flow or liquidity as determined by generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP).  We have included Adjusted EBITDA as a supplemental disclosure because we believe that it is widely used by our investors, industry analysts and others as a useful supplemental liquidity measure in conjunction with cash flows provided by or used in operating activities to help investors understand our ability to provide cash flows to fund growth, service debt and pay dividends as well as compare our cash flow generating capacity from year to year.

We believe Adjusted EBITDA should be considered in addition to, not as a substitute for, operating income or loss, net income or loss, cash flows provided by or used in operating, investing and financing activities or other income statement or cash flow statement line items reported in accordance with GAAP.  Other companies may calculate Adjusted EBITDA differently than we do, which may limit its usefulness as a comparative measure.

The table below presents a reconciliation of net income to Adjusted EBITDA.

(Unaudited)   Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
(In thousands)   June 30,     June 30,  
      2018     2017     2018     2017  
Net income $ 117,049     $ 94,620     $ 148,388     $ 116,891    
  Add:                        
  Interest and other non-operating expenses (1)   5,991       3,952       9,518       7,599    
  Provision for income taxes   39,062       55,654       37,783       60,772    
  Share-based compensation   3,160       3,296       6,481       6,299    
  Equity earnings in unconsolidated investments   (60 )     (40 )     (106 )     (78 )  
  Depreciation   6,589       6,060       12,888       11,617    
  Amortization (2)   275       242       551       471    
Adjusted EBITDA $ 172,066     $ 163,784     $ 215,503     $ 203,571    

(1)       Shown net of interest income and includes amortization of deferred financing costs as discussed below.
(2)       Excludes amortization of deferred financing costs of $193 and $136 for the three months ended June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017, respectively, and $387 and $272 for the six months ended June 30, 2018 and June 30, 2017, respectively.

The table below presents a reconciliation of Adjusted EBITDA to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities.  Please see page 6 for our Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows.

(Unaudited)   Three Months Ended     Six Months Ended  
(In thousands)   June 30,     June 30,  
      2018     2017     2018     2017  
Adjusted EBITDA $ 172,066     $ 163,784     $ 215,503     $ 203,571    
  Add:                        
  Interest and other non-operating expenses, net of interest income   (5,798 )     (3,816 )     (9,131 )     (7,327 )  
  Provision for income taxes   (39,062 )     (55,654 )     (37,783 )     (60,772 )  
  Other   1,180       275       1,861       2,122    
  Change in operating assets and liabilities   (121,046 )     (113,510 )     (207,259 )     (178,939 )  
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities $ 7,340     $ (8,921 )   $ (36,809 )   $ (41,345 )  
 

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