Genuine Parts (NYSE:GPC) Misses Q1 Sales Targets

Anthony Lee /
2024/04/18 7:00 am EDT

Auto and industrial parts retailer Genuine Parts (NYSE:GPC) missed analysts' expectations in Q1 CY2024, with revenue flat year on year at $5.78 billion. It made a non-GAAP profit of $2.22 per share, improving from its profit of $2.14 per share in the same quarter last year.

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Genuine Parts (GPC) Q1 CY2024 Highlights:

  • Revenue: $5.78 billion vs analyst estimates of $5.84 billion (0.9% miss)
  • EPS (non-GAAP): $2.22 vs analyst estimates of $2.16 (2.5% beat)
  • Full year EPS guidance raised to $9.88 at the midpoint vs. previous midpoint of $9.80 (1.0% beat)
  • Gross Margin (GAAP): 35.9%, up from 34.9% in the same quarter last year
  • Free Cash Flow of $202.6 million, up 85.2% from the same quarter last year
  • Same-Store Sales were down 0.9% year on year
  • Market Capitalization: $20.09 billion

"Our performance in the quarter highlights the value of our business mix paired with our geographic diversity as our teams delivered profits that were ahead of our expectations," said Paul Donahue, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

Largely targeting the professional customer, Genuine Parts (NYSE:GPC) sells auto and industrial parts such as batteries, belts, bearings, and machine fluids.

Auto Parts Retailer

Cars are complex machines that need maintenance and occasional repairs, and auto parts retailers cater to the professional mechanic as well as the do-it-yourself (DIY) fixer. Work on cars may entail replacing fluids, parts, or accessories, and these stores have the parts and accessories or these jobs. While e-commerce competition presents a risk, these stores have a leg up due to the combination of broad and deep selection as well as expertise provided by sales associates. Another change on the horizon could be the increasing penetration of electric vehicles.

Sales Growth

Genuine Parts is one of the larger companies in the consumer retail industry and benefits from economies of scale, enabling it to gain more leverage on fixed costs and offer consumers lower prices.

As you can see below, the company's annualized revenue growth rate of 4.7% over the last five years was weak as its store footprint remained relatively unchanged, implying that growth was driven by more sales at existing, established stores.

Genuine Parts Total Revenue

This quarter, Genuine Parts's revenue grew 0.3% year on year to $5.78 billion, falling short of Wall Street's estimates. Looking ahead, Wall Street expects sales to grow 4.2% over the next 12 months, an acceleration from this quarter.

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Same-Store Sales

Same-store sales growth is an important metric that tracks demand for a retailer's established brick-and-mortar stores and e-commerce platform.

Genuine Parts's demand within its existing stores has generally risen over the last two years but lagged behind the broader consumer retail sector. On average, the company's same-store sales have grown by 5.9% year on year. Given its flat store count over the same period, this performance stems from increased foot traffic at existing stores or higher e-commerce sales as the company shifts demand from in-store to online.

Genuine Parts Year On Year Same Store Sales Growth

In the latest quarter, Genuine Parts's year on year same-store sales were flat. By the company's standards, this growth was a meaningful deceleration from the 8.7% year-on-year increase it posted 12 months ago. We'll be watching Genuine Parts closely to see if it can reaccelerate growth.

Key Takeaways from Genuine Parts's Q1 Results

It was good to see Genuine Parts beat analysts' gross margin expectations this quarter. We were also glad its full-year earnings guidance exceeded Wall Street's estimates. On the other hand, its revenue unfortunately missed analysts' expectations. Zooming out, we think this was still a decent, albeit mixed, quarter, showing that the company is staying on track. The stock is up 2.4% after reporting and currently trades at $147.44 per share.

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