GMS (NYSE:GMS) Reports Q1 In Line With Expectations

Radek Strnad /
2024/06/20 6:11 am EDT

Building materials distributor GMS (NYSE:GMS) reported results in line with analysts' expectations in Q1 CY2024, with revenue up 8.4% year on year to $1.41 billion. It made a non-GAAP profit of $1.93 per share, down from its profit of $2.11 per share in the same quarter last year.

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GMS (GMS) Q1 CY2024 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $1.41 billion vs analyst estimates of $1.40 billion (small beat)
  • EPS (non-GAAP): $1.93 vs analyst expectations of $2.06 (6.1% miss)
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 31.9%, down from 32.6% in the same quarter last year
  • Free Cash Flow of $186.7 million, up 98.4% from the previous quarter
  • Organic Revenue rose 4% year on year
  • (0.6% in the same quarter last year)
  • Market Capitalization: $3.58 billion

“We were pleased to deliver solid results for our fourth quarter and full year fiscal 2024, including record levels of net sales for the year,” said John C. Turner, Jr, President and Chief Executive Officer of GMS.

Founded in 1971, GMS (NYSE:GMS) distributes specialty building materials including wallboard, ceilings, and insulation products, to the construction industry.

Building Material Distributors

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Sales Growth

Examining a company's long-term performance can provide clues about its business quality. Any business can put up a good quarter or two, but the best consistently grow over the long haul. Thankfully, GMS's 12% annualized revenue growth over the last five years was excellent. This is encouraging because it shows GMS's offerings resonate with customers, a helpful starting point for our assessment of quality. GMS Total Revenue

Long-term growth is the most important, but within industrials, a half-decade historical view may miss new industry trends or demand cycles. GMS's annualized revenue growth of 9% over the last two years is below its five-year trend, but we still think the results were respectable.

We can dig further into the company's sales dynamics by analyzing its organic revenue, which strips out currency fluctuations and one-time events like acquisitions because they don't accurately reflect the company's demand. Over the last two years, GMS's organic revenue averaged 6.9% year-on-year growth. Because this number is lower than its normal revenue growth, we can see that some mixture of acquisitions and foreign exchange rates boosted its top-line performance. GMS Year-On-Year Organic Revenue Growth

This quarter, GMS grew its revenue by 8.4% year on year, and its $1.41 billion of revenue was in line with Wall Street's estimates. Looking ahead, Wall Street expects sales to grow 7.6% over the next 12 months.

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Cash Is King

Although earnings are undoubtedly valuable for assessing company performance, we believe cash is king because you can't use accounting profits to pay the bills.

GMS has shown mediocre cash profitability over the last five years, putting it in a pinch as it gives the company limited opportunities to reinvest, pay down debt, or return capital to shareholders. Its free cash flow margin averaged 5.9%, subpar for an industrials business.

Taking a step back, we can see that GMS's margin dropped by 1.7 percentage points during that time. Its unexciting margin and trend put the company in a tough spot, and shareholders are likely hoping it can reverse course.

GMS Free Cash Flow Margin

GMS's free cash flow clocked in at $186.7 million in Q1, equivalent to a 13.2% margin. The company's margin regressed as it was 1 percentage points lower than in the same quarter last year.

Key Takeaways from GMS's Q1 Results

It was good to see GMS beat analysts' revenue expectations this quarter. On the other hand, its operating margin missed and its EPS fell short of Wall Street's estimates. Overall, this was a bad quarter for GMS. The company is down 3.6% on the results and currently trades at $86.66 per share.

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