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LKQ Corporation Announces Results for Third Quarter 2019

  • Revenue growth of 1% to $3.15 billion
  • Parts and services organic revenue increased 2.3%; 0.9% on a per day basis
  • Net income from continuing operations attributable to LKQ stockholders of $152 million (up 13%); adjusted net income of $189 million (up 6%)
  • Diluted EPS from continuing operations attributable to LKQ stockholders of $0.49 (up 17%); adjusted diluted EPS of $0.61 (up 9%)
  • Operating cash flow of $965 million (up 85%) year-to-date September 30 and free cash flow of $800 million (up 129%)
  • Repurchased 3.9 million shares for $101 million in the quarter and paid down $109 million of debt
  • $500 million increase to stock repurchase program announced, raising the aggregate authorization to $1 billion
  • 2019 annual guidance updated

CHICAGO, Oct. 31, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- LKQ Corporation (NASDAQ:LKQ) today reported revenue for the third quarter of 2019 of $3.15 billion, an increase of 0.8% as compared to $3.12 billion in the third  quarter of 2018. For the third quarter of 2019, parts and services organic revenue increased 2.3% (0.9% on a per day basis), and acquisition revenue growth was 0.8%, while the impact of exchange rates was (2.3%), for total parts and services revenue growth of 0.8%.

Net income1 for the third quarter of 2019 was $152 million, an increase of 13% year-over-year. On an adjusted basis, net income was $189 million, an increase of 6% as compared to the $177 million for the same period of 2018. Diluted earnings per share1 for the third quarter of 2019 was $0.49 as compared to $0.42 for the same period of 2018, an increase of 17%. On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share for the third quarter of 2019 was $0.61, an increase of 9% as compared to $0.56 for the same period of 2018.

Dominick Zarcone, President and Chief Executive Officer of LKQ Corporation, stated: "Our focus on profitable revenue, margin expansion and cash conversion continued to yield positive results this quarter. Despite soft macroeconomic conditions in Europe and declining scrap prices, the Company was able to generate Segment EBITDA expansion, driven by a 60-basis point improvement in our North American segment. I am particularly pleased with the ongoing growth in cash flows as the Company added $327 million in operating cash flows this quarter."

On a nine-month year-to-date basis, revenue was $9.5 billion, an increase of 7.0% from $8.9 billion for the comparable period of 2018.

Net income for the first nine months of 2019 was $400 million, a decrease of 10% as compared to $444 million for the first nine months of 2018 owing to the non-cash impairment charges in the first and second quarters of 2019. On an adjusted basis, net income for the first nine months of 2019 was $569 million, an increase of 5% as compared to the $539 million for the same period of 2018. Diluted earnings per share for the first nine months of 2019 was $1.28, a decrease of 9% as compared to $1.41 for the same period of 2018. On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share for the first nine months of 2019 was $1.82, an increase of 6% as compared to $1.71 for the same period of 2018.

1 References to Net Income and Diluted earnings per share, and the corresponding adjusted figures, in this release reflect amounts from continuing operations attributable to LKQ stockholders.

Cash Flow and Balance Sheet

Cash flow from operations totaled $965 million on a nine-month year-to-date basis, up 85% from a year ago. Free cash flow totaled $800 million, up 129% year-over-year. The Company paid down $109 million of borrowings during the quarter, and as of September 30, 2019, the Company's balance sheet reflected net debt of $3.5 billion. Net leverage as defined in the credit facility decreased to 2.6x EBITDA.

During the third quarter of 2019, the Company repurchased 3.9 million shares of common stock for a total consideration of $101 million. Since initiating the share repurchase program in October 2018, the Company has repurchased 13.2 million shares for a total of $352 million. On October 25, 2019, the Board of Directors authorized a $500 million increase to the repurchase program, raising the aggregate authorization to $1 billion and thus making available an aggregate balance of $648 million for potential additional repurchases anytime through October 2022.

Company Outlook

We updated our guidance for 2019 as set forth below.

  2019 Updated Guidance 2019 Previous Guidance
Organic revenue growth for parts & services 0.25% to 1.0% 0.5% to 2.0%
Net income attributable to LKQ stockholders (1) $526 million to $546 million $540 million to $565 million
Adjusted net income attributable to LKQ stockholders (1)(2) $718 million to $738 million $718 million to $743 million
Diluted EPS attributable to LKQ stockholders (1) $1.69 to $1.76 $1.73 to $1.81
Adjusted diluted EPS attributable to LKQ stockholders (1)(2) $2.31 to $2.37 $2.30 to $2.38
Cash flows from operations $950 million to $1.0 billion $800 million to $875 million
Capital expenditures $240 million to $260 million $225 million to $275 million

(1) Amounts reflect continuing operations.

(2) Non-GAAP measures. See the table accompanying this release that reconciles the forecasted U.S. GAAP measures to the forecasted adjusted measures, which are non-GAAP, for further details.

Our guidance for the full year 2019 is based on current conditions (including acquisitions completed through October 31, 2019), and assumes no material disruptions associated with the United Kingdom's potential exit from the European Union. The guidance for the full year 2019 is based on scrap prices remaining at current levels and exchange rates for our primary currencies holding near current levels. Changes in these conditions may impact our ability to achieve the guidance. Adjusted figures exclude (to the extent applicable) the impact of restructuring and acquisition related expenses; amortization expense related to acquired intangibles; excess tax benefits and deficiencies from stock-based payments; gains and losses on debt extinguishment; impairment charges; and gains and losses related to acquisitions or divestitures (including changes in the fair value of contingent consideration liabilities).

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains, and management's presentation on the conference call will refer to, non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Included with this release and in the earnings slide presentation are reconciliations of each non-GAAP financial measure with the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call Details

LKQ will host a conference call and webcast on October 31, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Time (7:00 a.m. Central Time) with members of senior management to discuss the Company's results. To access the investor conference call, please dial (833) 236-5754. International access to the call may be obtained by dialing (647) 689-4182. The investor conference call will require you to enter conference ID: 4994316#.

Webcast and Presentation Details

The audio webcast and accompanying slide presentation can be accessed at ( in the Investor Relations section.

A replay of the conference call will be available by telephone at (800) 585-8367 or (416) 621-4642 for international calls. The telephone replay will require you to enter conference ID: 4994316#. An online replay of the audio webcast will be available on the Company's website. Both formats of replay will be available through November 14, 2019. Please allow approximately two hours after the live presentation before attempting to access the replay.

About LKQ Corporation

LKQ Corporation ( is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements and information in this press release that are not historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of such Act.

Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our outlook, guidance, expectations, beliefs, hopes, intentions and strategies. These statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors including those identified below.

All forward-looking statements are based on information available to us at the time the statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

You should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. The risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual events or results to differ from the events or results predicted or implied by our forward-looking statements include the factors set forth below, and other factors discussed in our filings with the SEC, including those disclosed under the captions "Risk Factors" and "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2018 and in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These reports are available on our investor relations website at and on the SEC website at

These factors include the following (not necessarily in order of importance):

  • changes in economic and political activity in the U.S. and other countries in which we are located or do business, including the U.K. withdrawal from the European Union (also known as Brexit), and the impact of these changes on our businesses, the demand for our products and our ability to obtain financing for operations;
  • increasing competition in the automotive parts industry (including the potential competitive advantage to original equipment manufacturers ("OEMs") with "connected car" technology);
  • fluctuations in the pricing of new OEM replacement products;
  • changes in the level of acceptance and promotion of alternative automotive parts by insurance companies and vehicle repairers;
  • changes to our business relationships with insurance companies or changes by insurance companies to their business practices relating to the use of our products;
  • our ability to identify sufficient acquisition candidates at reasonable prices to maintain our growth objectives;
  • our ability to integrate, realize expected synergies, and successfully operate acquired companies and any companies acquired in the future, and the risks associated with these companies;
  • the implementation of a border tax or tariff on imports and the negative impact on our business due to the amount of inventory we import;
  • restrictions or prohibitions on selling certain aftermarket products through enforcement by OEMs of intellectual property rights;
  • restrictions or prohibitions on importing certain aftermarket products by border enforcement agencies based on, among other things, intellectual property infringement claims;
  • variations in the number of vehicles manufactured and sold, vehicle accident rates, miles driven, and the age profile of vehicles in accidents;
  • the increase of accident avoidance systems being installed in vehicles;
  • the potential loss of sales of certain mechanical parts due to the rise of electric vehicle sales;
  • fluctuations in the prices of fuel, scrap metal and other commodities;
  • changes in laws or regulations affecting our business;
  • higher costs and the resulting potential inability to service our customers to the extent that our suppliers decide to discontinue business relationships with us;
  • price increases, interruptions or disruptions to the supply of vehicle parts from aftermarket suppliers and vehicles from salvage auctions;
  • changes in the demand for our products and the supply of our inventory due to severity of weather and seasonality of weather patterns;
  • the risks associated with operating in foreign jurisdictions, including foreign laws and economic and political instabilities;
  • declines in the values of our assets;
  • additional unionization efforts, new collective bargaining agreements, and work stoppages;
  • our ability to develop and implement the operational and financial systems needed to manage our operations;
  • interruptions, outages or breaches of our operational systems, security systems, or infrastructure as a result of attacks on, or malfunctions of, our systems;
  • costs of complying with laws relating to the security of personal information;
  • product liability claims by the end users of our products or claims by other parties who we have promised to indemnify for product liability matters;
  • costs associated with recalls of the products we sell;
  • potential losses of our right to operate at key locations if we are not able to negotiate lease renewals;
  • inaccuracies in the data relating to our industry published by independent sources upon which we rely;
  • currency fluctuations in the U.S. dollar, pound sterling and euro versus other currencies;
  • our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms to finance our growth;
  • our ability to satisfy our debt obligations and to operate within the limitations imposed by financing arrangements;
  • changes to applicable U.S. and foreign tax laws, changes to interpretations of tax laws, and changes in our mix of earnings among the jurisdictions in which we operate; and
  • disruptions to the management and operations of our business and the uncertainties caused by activist investors.

Joseph P. Boutross
Vice President, Investor Relations
LKQ Corporation
(312) 621-2793

Unaudited Condensed Consolidated
Statements of Income, with Supplementary Data
(In thousands, except per share data)

  Three Months Ended September 30,
  2019   2018        
      % of
Revenue (1)
      % of
Revenue (1)
  $ Change   % Change
Revenue $ 3,147,773     100.0 %   $ 3,122,378     100.0 %   $ 25,395     0.8 %
Cost of goods sold 1,930,146     61.3 %   1,925,180     61.7 %   4,966     0.3 %
Restructuring expenses - cost of goods sold 17,298     0.5 %       0.0 %   17,298     n/m
Gross margin 1,200,329     38.1 %   1,197,198     38.3 %   3,131     0.3 %
Selling, general and administrative expenses 892,124     28.3 %   879,150     28.2 %   12,974     1.5 %
Restructuring and acquisition related expenses 8,929     0.3 %   6,614     0.2 %   2,315     35.0 %
Impairment of net assets held for sale (3,601 )   (0.1 %)       0.0 %   (3,601 )   n/m
Depreciation and amortization 71,513     2.3 %  
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