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O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full-Year 2014 Results and Announces Additional $500 Million Share Repurchase Authorization

  • 4th quarter comparable store sales increase of 6.3%, full-year increase of 6.0%
  • 26% increase in 4th quarter diluted EPS to $1.76, 22% increase in full-year diluted EPS to $7.34

SPRINGFIELD, Mo., Feb. 4, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. (the "Company" or "O'Reilly") (Nasdaq:ORLY), a leading retailer in the automotive aftermarket industry, today announced record revenues and earnings for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2014. The results represent 22 consecutive years of comparable store sales growth and record revenue and operating income for O'Reilly since becoming a public company in April of 1993.

4th Quarter Financial Results

Sales for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014, increased $143 million, or 9%, to $1.76 billion from $1.62 billion for the same period one year ago. Gross profit for the fourth quarter increased to $912 million (or 51.7% of sales) from $819 million (or 50.5% of sales) for the same period one year ago, representing an increase of 11%. Selling, general and administrative expenses ("SG&A") for the fourth quarter increased to $609 million (or 34.5% of sales) from $564 million (or 34.8% of sales) for the same period one year ago, representing an increase of 8%. Operating income for the fourth quarter increased to $303 million (or 17.2% of sales) from $256 million (or 15.8% of sales) for the same period one year ago, representing an increase of 18%.

Net income for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014, increased $29 million, or 19%, to $182 million (or 10.3% of sales) from $152 million (or 9.4% of sales) for the same period one year ago. Diluted earnings per common share for the fourth quarter increased 26% to $1.76 on 103 million shares versus $1.40 for the same period one year ago on 109 million shares.

O'Reilly's President and CEO, Greg Henslee commented, "We are very pleased to report another profitable quarter and a strong finish to a very successful year. Team O'Reilly's unwavering commitment to providing unsurpassed levels of customer service each day drove our industry-leading 6.3% comparable store sales increase for the fourth quarter, which exceeded our guidance and resulted in a 6% comparable store sales increase for the full year, well above the guidance we set at the beginning of the year. Our unrelenting focus on profitable growth translated these strong top-line results into a record fourth quarter operating margin of 17.2% and a 26% increase in fourth quarter earnings per share, representing our 24th consecutive quarter of EPS growth greater than 15%. I would like to congratulate Team O'Reilly for exceeding our sales and profitability goals in yet another quarter and thank each of them for their continued hard work and dedication to our ongoing success."

Full-Year Financial Results

Sales for the year ended December 31, 2014, increased $567 million, or 9%, to $7.22 billion from $6.65 billion for the same period one year ago. Gross profit for the year ended December 31, 2014, increased to $3.71 billion (or 51.4% of sales) from $3.37 billion (or 50.7% of sales) for the same period one year ago, representing an increase of 10%. SG&A for the year ended December 31, 2014, increased to $2.44 billion (or 33.8% of sales) from $2.27 billion (or 34.1% of sales) for the same period one year ago, representing an increase of 8%. Operating income for the year ended December 31, 2014, increased to $1.27 billion (or 17.6% of sales) from $1.10 billion (or 16.6% of sales) for the same period one year ago, representing an increase of 15%.

Net income for the year ended December 31, 2014, increased $108 million, or 16%, to $778 million (or 10.8% of sales) from $670 million (or 10.1% of sales) for the same period one year ago. Diluted earnings per common share for the year ended December 31, 2014, increased 22% to $7.34 on 106 million shares versus $6.03 for the same period one year ago on 111 million shares.

Mr. Henslee continued, "We finished 2014 with a record operating margin of 17.6% and a 22% increase in earnings per share, which is our sixth consecutive year of 21% or greater EPS growth. Based on our belief in the continued strength of the long-term drivers for demand in our industry and, more importantly, in our Team's commitment to providing consistently high levels of customer service, we are establishing our first quarter and full-year 2015 comparable store sales guidance at a range of 3% to 5%. We remain steadfast in our commitment to profitable growth, and for 2015, we are projecting an increase in operating margin to between 18.1% and 18.5% of sales. I would like to again thank and congratulate Team O'Reilly for our record breaking 2014 results as we look forward to building on this strong performance in 2015."

Share Repurchase Program

During the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014, the Company repurchased 1.2 million shares of its common stock at an average price per share of $152.05, for a total investment of $179 million. During the year ended December 31, 2014, the Company repurchased 5.7 million shares of its common stock at an average price per share of $150.86, for a total investment of $866 million. Subsequent to the end of the fourth quarter and through the date of this release, the Company repurchased an additional 0.1 million shares of its common stock, at an average price per share of $183.20, for a total investment of $9 million. The Company has repurchased a total of 46.4 million shares of its common stock under its share repurchase program since the inception of the program in January of 2011 and through the date of this release, at an average price of $91.16, for a total aggregate investment of $4.23 billion.

Today, the Company also announced that its Board of Directors approved a resolution to increase the authorization amount under its share repurchase program by an additional $500 million, raising the aggregate authorization under the program to $5.0 billion. The additional $500 million authorization is effective for a three-year period, beginning on February 4, 2015. Stock repurchases under the program may be made from time to time, as the Company deems appropriate, solely through open market repurchases effected through a broker dealer at prevailing market prices, based on a variety of factors such as price, corporate requirements and overall market conditions. There can be no assurance as to the number of shares the Company will purchase, if any. The share repurchase program may be increased or otherwise modified, renewed, suspended or terminated by the Company at any time, without prior notice. As of the date of this release, the Company had approximately $770 million remaining under its current share repurchase authorizations.

4th Quarter and Full-Year Comparable Store Sales Results

Comparable store sales are calculated based on the change in sales for stores open at least one year and exclude sales of specialty machinery, sales to independent parts stores and sales to Team Members. Comparable store sales increased 6.3% for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2014, versus 5.4% for the same period one year ago. Comparable store sales increased 6.0% for the year ended December 31, 2014, versus 4.3% for the same period one year ago.

1st Quarter and Full-Year 2015 Guidance

The table below outlines the Company's guidance for selected first quarter and full-year 2015 financial data:

For the Three Months Ending
March 31, 2015
For the Year Ending
December 31, 2015
New store openings 205
Comparable store sales 3% to 5% 3% to 5%
Total revenue $7.6 billion to $7.8 billion
Gross profit as a percentage of sales 51.8% to 52.2%
Operating income as a percentage of sales 18.1% to 18.5%
Diluted earnings per share (1) $1.89 to $1.93 $8.20 to $8.30
Capital expenditures $400 million to $430 million
Free cash flow (2) $675 million to $725 million
(1) Weighted-average shares outstanding, assuming dilution, used in the denominator of this calculation,
includes share repurchases made by the Company through the date of this release.
(2) Calculated as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures for the period.

Non-GAAP Information

This release contains certain financial information not derived in accordance with United States generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). These items include adjusted debt to earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization, share-based compensation and rent ("EBITDAR") and free cash flow. The Company does not, nor does it suggest investors should, consider such non-GAAP financial measures in isolation from, or as a substitute for, GAAP financial information. The Company believes that the presentation of adjusted debt to EBITDAR and free cash flow provide meaningful supplemental information to both management and investors that is indicative of the Company's core operations. The Company has included a reconciliation of this additional information to the most comparable GAAP measure in the selected financial information below.

Earnings Conference Call Information

The Company will host a conference call on Thursday, February 5, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. central time to discuss its results as well as future expectations. Investors may listen to the conference call live on the Company's website at www.oreillyauto.com by clicking on "Investor Relations" and then "News Room." Interested analysts are invited to join the call. The dial-in number for the call is (847) 585-4405; the conference call identification number is 38538167. A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website through February 4, 2016.

About O'Reilly Automotive, Inc.

O'Reilly Automotive, Inc. was founded in 1957 by the O'Reilly family and is one of the largest specialty retailers of automotive aftermarket parts, tools, supplies, equipment and accessories in the United States, serving both the do-it-yourself and professional service provider markets. Visit the Company's website at www.oreillyauto.com for additional information about O'Reilly, including access to online shopping and current promotions, store locations, hours and services, employment opportunities and other programs. As of December 31, 2014, the Company operated 4,366 stores in 43 states.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Company claims the protection of the safe-harbor for forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify these statements by forward-looking words such as "estimate," "may," "could," "will," "believe," "expect," "would," "consider," "should," "anticipate," "project," "plan," "intend" or similar words. In addition, statements contained within this press release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements, such as statements discussing among other things, expected growth, store development, integration and expansion strategy, business strategies, future revenues and future performance. These forward-looking statements are based on estimates, projections, beliefs and assumptions and are not guarantees of future events and results. Such statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including, but not limited to, competition, product demand, the market for auto parts, the economy in general, inflation, consumer debt levels, governmental regulations, the Company's increased debt levels, credit ratings on public debt, the Company's ability to hire and retain qualified employees, risks associated with the performance of acquired businesses, weather, terrorist activities, war and the threat of war. Actual results may materially differ from anticipated results described or implied in these forward-looking statements. Please refer to the "Risk Factors" section of the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2013, for additional factors that could materially affect the Company's financial performance. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they were made and the Company undertakes no obligation to publicly update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by applicable law.

O'REILLY AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS
(In thousands, except share data)
December 31, 2014 December 31, 2013
(Unaudited) (Note)
Assets
Current assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 250,560 $ 231,318
Accounts receivable, net 143,900 131,504
Amounts receivable from suppliers 69,311 66,619
Inventory 2,554,789 2,375,047
Other current assets 48,418 30,713
Total current assets 3,066,978 2,835,201
Property and equipment, at cost 3,993,509 3,606,837
Less: accumulated depreciation and amortization 1,334,949 1,181,734
Net property and equipment 2,658,560 2,425,103
Notes receivable, less current portion 13,349 13,066
Goodwill 756,384 756,225
Other assets, net 45,030 37,613
Total assets $ 6,540,301 $ 6,067,208
Liabilities and shareholders' equity
Current liabilities:
Accounts payable $ 2,417,167 $ 2,056,521
Self-insurance reserves 64,882 57,700
Accrued payroll 78,442 65,520
Accrued benefits and withholdings 62,946 41,262
Deferred income taxes 17,258 20,222
Other current liabilities 189,836 181,718
Current portion of long-term debt 25 67
Total current liabilities 2,830,556 2,423,010
Long-term debt, less current portion 1,396,615 1,396,141
Deferred income taxes 85,164 80,713
Other liabilities 209,548 201,023
Shareholders' equity:
Common stock, $0.01 par value:
Authorized shares – 245,000,000
Issued and outstanding shares – 101,602,935 as of December 31, 2014, and 105,939,766 as of December 31, 2013 1,016 1,059
Additional paid-in capital 1,194,929 1,118,929
Retained earnings 822,473 846,333
Total shareholders' equity 2,018,418 1,966,321
Total liabilities and shareholders' equity $ 6,540,301 $ 6,067,208
Note: The balance sheet at December 31, 2013, has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date, but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.
O'REILLY AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF INCOME
(In thousands, except per share data)
For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
For the Year Ended
December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
(Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Unaudited) (Note)
Sales $ 1,764,178 $ 1,621,234 $ 7,216,081 $ 6,649,237
Cost of goods sold, including warehouse and distribution expenses 852,071 801,934 3,507,180 3,280,236
Gross profit 912,107 819,300 3,708,901 3,369,001
Selling, general and administrative expenses 609,095 563,540 2,438,527 2,265,516
Operating income 303,012 255,760 1,270,374 1,103,485
Other income (expense):
Interest expense (14,079) (12,912) (53,290) (49,074)
Interest income 613 532 2,301 1,992
Other, net 560 517 2,797 2,539
Total other expense (12,906) (11,863) (48,192) (44,543)
Income before income taxes 290,106 243,897 1,222,182 1,058,942
Provision for income taxes 108,428 91,550 444,000 388,650
Net income $ 181,678 $ 152,347 $ 778,182 $ 670,292
Earnings per share-basic:
Earnings per share $ 1.79 $ 1.43 $ 7.46 $ 6.14
Weighted-average common shares outstanding – basic 101,640 106,898 104,262 109,244
Earnings per share-assuming dilution:
Earnings per share $ 1.76 $ 1.40 $ 7.34 $ 6.03
Weighted-average common shares outstanding – assuming dilution 103,330 108,738 106,041 111,101
Note: The income statement for the year ended December 31, 2013, has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date, but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.
O'REILLY AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
(In thousands)
For the Year Ended
December 31,
2014 2013
(Unaudited) (Note)
Operating activities:
Net income $ 778,182 $ 670,292
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization of property, equipment and intangibles 194,205 183,180
Amortization of debt discount and issuance costs 2,086 2,054
Excess tax benefit from stock options exercised (49,150) (30,811)
Deferred income taxes 1,487 1,919
Share-based compensation programs 23,095 21,722
Other 5,592 7,405
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (19,271) (16,937)
Inventory (179,742) (96,876)
Accounts payable 360,646 127,178
Income taxes payable 32,158 24,777
Other 41,142 14,123
Net cash provided by operating activities 1,190,430 908,026
Investing activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (429,987) (395,881)
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment 2,880 1,731
Payments received on notes receivable 3,705 5,396
Net cash used in investing activities (423,402) (388,754)
Financing activities:
Proceeds from the issuance of long-term debt 299,976
Payment of debt issuance costs (2,967)
Principal payments on capital leases (72) (224)
Repurchases of common stock (866,484) (933,028)
Excess tax benefit from stock options exercised 49,150 30,811
Net proceeds from issuance of common stock 69,620 69,350
Net cash used in financing activities (747,786) (536,082)
Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents 19,242 (16,810)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of the year 231,318 248,128
Cash and cash equivalents at end of the year $ 250,560 $ 231,318
Supplemental disclosures of cash flow information:
Income taxes paid $ 416,458 $ 362,596
Interest paid, net of capitalized interest 51,203 46,760
Note: The cash flow statement for the year ended December 31, 2013, has been derived from the audited consolidated financial statements at that date, but does not include all of the information and footnotes required by accounting principles generally accepted in the United States for complete financial statements.
O'REILLY AUTOMOTIVE, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES
SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
(Unaudited)
For the Year Ended
December 31,
Adjusted Debt to EBITDAR: 2014 2013
(In thousands, except adjusted debt to EBITDAR ratio)
GAAP debt $ 1,396,640 $ 1,396,208
Add: Letters of credit 47,861 51,715
Discount on senior notes 3,385 3,890
Six-times rent expense 1,578,168 1,529,352
Adjusted debt $ 3,026,054 $ 2,981,165
GAAP net income $ 778,182 $ 670,292
Add: Interest expense 53,290 49,074
Provision for income taxes 444,000 388,650
Depreciation and amortization 194,205 183,180
Share-based compensation expense 23,095 21,722
Rent expense 263,028 254,892
EBITDAR $ 1,755,800 $ 1,567,810
Adjusted debt to EBITDAR 1.72 1.90
December 31,
2014 2013
Selected Balance Sheet Ratios:
Inventory turnover (1) 1.4 1.4
Inventory turnover, net of payables (2) 21.8 10.7
Average inventory per store (in thousands) (3) $ 585 $ 570
Accounts payable to inventory (4) 94.6% 86.6%
Return on equity (5) 37.6% 33.2%
Return on assets (6) 12.0% 11.1%
For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
For the Year Ended
December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Selected Financial Information (in thousands):
Capital expenditures $ 112,830 $ 96,370 $ 429,987 $ 395,881
Free cash flow (7) 94,646 91,808 760,443 512,145
Depreciation and amortization 50,690 47,109 194,205 183,180
Interest expense 14,079 12,912 53,290 49,074
Rent expense $ 67,005 $ 63,987 $ 263,028 $ 254,892
Store and Team Member Information:
For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
For the Year Ended
December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Beginning store count 4,311 4,135 4,166 3,976
New stores opened 57 32 207 195
Stores closed (2) (1) (7) (5)
Ending store count 4,366 4,166 4,366 4,166
For the Three Months Ended
December 31,
For the Year Ended
December 31,
2014 2013 2014 2013
Total employment 67,569 61,909
Square footage (in thousands) 31,591 30,077
Sales per weighted-average square foot (8) $ 55.76 $ 53.64 $ 232.22 $ 223.95
Sales per weighted-average store (in thousands) (9) $ 403 $ 387 $ 1,678 $ 1,614
(1) Calculated as cost of goods sold for the last 12 months divided by average inventory. Average inventory is calculated as the average of inventory for the trailing four quarters used in determining the denominator.
(2) Calculated as cost of goods sold for the last 12 months divided by average net inventory. Average net inventory is calculated as the average of inventory less accounts payable for the trailing four quarters used in determining the denominator.
(3) Calculated as inventory divided by store count at the end of the reported period.
(4) Calculated as accounts payable divided by inventory.
(5) Calculated as net income for the last 12 months divided by average total shareholders' equity. Average total shareholders' equity is calculated as the average of total shareholders' equity for the trailing four quarters used in determining the denominator.
(6) Calculated as net income for the last 12 months divided by average total assets. Average total assets is calculated as the average of total assets for the trailing four quarters used in determining the denominator.
(7) Calculated as net cash provided by operating activities less capital expenditures for the period.
(8) Calculated as sales less jobber sales, divided by weighted-average square footage. Weighted-average square footage is determined by weighting store square footage based on the approximate dates of store openings, acquisitions, expansions or closings.
(9) Calculated as sales less jobber sales, divided by weighted-average stores. Weighted-average stores is determined by weighting stores based on their approximate opening, acquisition or closing dates.

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