Arrow Electronics Reports Revenue of $165 Million in Q4 2016


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Arrow Electronics, Inc. today reported fourth-quarter 2016 net income of $165 million, or $1.81 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $158 million, or $1.69 per share on a diluted basis, in the fourth quarter of 2015. Excluding certain items, net income would have been $182 million, or $2.00 per share on a diluted basis, in the fourth quarter of 2016, compared with net income of $182 million, or $1.94 per share on a diluted basis, in the fourth quarter of 2015. Fourth-quarter sales of $6.44 billion decreased 5 percent from sales of $6.75 billion in the prior year. In the fourth quarter of 2016, changes in foreign currencies had negative impacts on growth of approximately $91 million or 1 percent on sales and $.04 or 2 percent on earnings per share on a diluted basis compared to the fourth quarter of 2015.

“Our digital transformation and IoT solutions spanning from sensor to sunset helped drive record full-year sales and earnings per share,” said Michael J. Long, chairman, president, and chief executive officer. “Our customers value our comprehensive portfolio of electronic components and embedded computing, datacenter, cloud, and reverse logistics solutions.”

Global components fourth-quarter sales of $4 billion grew 9 percent year over year. Fourth-quarter sales, as adjusted, grew 10 percent year over year. Americas components sales grew 4 percent year over year. Asia-Pacific components sales grew 22 percent year over year. Europe components sales declined 1 percent year over year. Sales in the region, as adjusted, grew 2 percent year over year. “Global components sales exceeded the high end of our expectations and were propelled by our investments in customer-facing sales and engineering resources,” said Mr. Long.

Global enterprise computing solutions fourth-quarter sales of $2.45 billion declined 21 percent year over year. Sales when compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 were unfavorably impacted by approximately $250 million due to a later calendar start to the fourth quarter of 2016, and by approximately $250 million from a decrease in hardware sales offset by an increase in software sales, which are recognized on a net basis. “Full-year 2016 global enterprise computing solutions operating income grew 4 percent year over year, and we believe this is the best measure of our business,” added Mr. Long.

Full-Year Results

Arrow’s net income for 2016 was $523 million, or $5.68 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $498 million, or $5.20 per share on a diluted basis, in 2015. Excluding certain items1, net income would have been $610 million, or $6.63 per share on a diluted basis, in 2016 compared with net income of $592 million, or $6.19 per share on a diluted basis, in 2015. In 2016, sales of $23.83 billion increased 2 percent from sales of $23.28 billion in 2015. In 2016, changes in foreign currencies had negative impacts on growth of approximately $202 million, or 1 percent on sales, and $.08, or 1 percent, on earnings per share on a diluted basis compared to 2015.

“We delivered record results in 2016, and our business is increasingly differentiated from the competition. We have a built a solid foundation for 2017 and into the future,” said Mr. Long.

“Cash flow from operations was $356 million in 2016 approximating our cash flow target,” said Chris Stansbury, senior vice president and chief financial officer. “In the fourth quarter we reduced net leverage and we returned approximately $49 million to shareholders through our stock repurchase program. In 2016 we returned approximately $200 million to shareholders through our stock repurchase program. We had approximately $520 million of remaining authorization under our share repurchase programs at the end of the year.”

1 A reconciliation of non-GAAP adjusted financial measures, including sales, as adjusted, operating income, as adjusted, net income attributable to shareholders, as adjusted, and net income per share, as adjusted, to GAAP financial measures is presented in the reconciliation tables included herein.

Guidance

“As we look to the first quarter, we believe that total sales will be between $5.375 billion and $5.775 billion, with global components sales between $3.775 billion and $3.975 billion, and global enterprise computing solutions sales between $1.6 billion and $1.8 billion. As a result of this outlook, we expect earnings per share on a diluted basis, to be in the range of $1.18 to $1.30, and earnings per share on a diluted basis, excluding any charges, to be in the range of $1.37 to $1.49 per share. Our guidance assumes an average tax rate in the range of 27 to 29 percent and average diluted shares outstanding are expected to be 91 million. We are expecting the average USD-to-Euro exchange rate for the first quarter to be approximately $1.07 to €1. We estimate changes in foreign currencies will have negative impacts on growth of approximately $70 million, or 1 percent on sales, and $.03, or 2 percent, on earnings per share on a diluted basis compared to the first quarter of 2016,” said Mr. Stansbury.

About Arrow Electronics

Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and enterprise computing solutions. Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 125,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of more than 465 locations serving over 90 countries.

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