Genuine Parts Co.(NYSE:GPC) reports preliminary financial results for the quarter ended 2012-09-30.
Genuine Parts Co. recently reported its preliminary financial results based on which CapitalCube provides a unique peer-based analysis of the company. Our analysis is based on the company's performance over the last twelve months (unless stated otherwise).
Genuine Parts Co.'s analysis versus peers uses the following peer-set: Toyota Tsusho Corp. (8015), LKQ Corp (NASDAQ:LKQ), China ZhengTong Auto Services Holdings Ltd. (1728), Dorman Products Inc. (NASDAQ:DORM), Standard Motor Products Inc. (NYSE:SMP) and SPK Corp. (7466). The table below shows the preliminary results along with the recent trend for revenues, net income and returns.
|Quarterly (USD million)||2012-09-30||2012-06-30||2012-03-31||2011-12-31||2011-09-30|
|Revenue Growth %||1.1||4.9||5.5||(8.3)||3.2|
|Net Income Growth %||2.6||15.3||8.4||(11.1)||0.0|
|Net Margin %||5.1||5.1||4.6||4.5||4.6|
|ROE % (Annualized)||23.1||23.2||20.6||19.1||20.9|
|ROA % (Annualized)||11.0||11.0||9.5||9.0||10.6|
Genuine Parts Co. currently trades at a higher Price/Book ratio (3.1) than its peer median (1.9). Genuine Parts Co.'s operating performance is higher than the median of its chosen peers (ROE of 21.0% compared to the peer median ROE of 14.9%) but the market does not seem to expect higher growth relative to peers (PE of 15.4 compared to peer median of 14.3) but simply to maintain its relatively high rates of return.
The company's median net profit margins of 4.8% and relative asset efficiency (asset turns of 2.1x compared to peer median of 1.7x) give it some operating leverage. Genuine Parts Co.'s net margin is its highest relative to the last five years and compares to a low of 4.0% in 2009.Economic Moat
Changes in the company's annual top line and earnings (11.2% and 18.8% respectively) generally lag its peers. This implies a lack of strategic focus and/or inability to execute. We view such companies as laggards relative to peers.
Genuine Parts Co.'s current return on assets is around peer median (10.2% vs. peer median 8.6%). This contrasts with its higher than peer median return on assets over the past five years (9.2% vs. peer median 4.6%), suggesting that the company's relative operating performance has declined.
The company's gross margin of 29.1% is around peer median suggesting that Genuine Parts Co.'s operations do not benefit from any differentiating pricing advantage. In addition, Genuine Parts Co.'s pre-tax margin of 7.6% is also around the peer median suggesting no operating cost advantage relative to peers.Growth & Investment Strategy
Genuine Parts Co.'s revenues have grown at about the same rate as its peers (4.2% vs. 4.2% respectively for the past three years). Similarly, the stock price implies median long-term growth as its PE ratio is around the peer median of 15.4. The historical performance and long-term growth expectations for the company are largely in sync.
Genuine Parts Co.'s annualized rate of change in capital of 5.0% over the past three years is less than its peer median of 7.4%. This investment has generated a better than peer median return on capital of 15.1% averaged over the same three years. This combination of a relatively low investment with good returns suggests that the company is likely milking its business.Earnings Quality
Genuine Parts Co.'s net income margin for the last twelve months is around the peer median (4.8% vs. peer median of 4.8%). This average margin and relatively conservative accrual policy (2.1% vs. peer median of -1.0%) suggests possible understatement of its reported net income.
Genuine Parts Co.'s accruals over the last twelve months are around zero. However, this modestly positive level is also greater than the peer median which suggests some amount of building of reserves.Trend Charts
Genuine Parts Co. distributes automotive and industrial replacement parts. The company operates its business through the following segments: Automotive, Industrial, Office Products, and Electrical/Electronic Materials. The Automotive segment distributes replacement parts for substantially all makes and models of automobiles, trucks, and other vehicles. The Industrial segment distributes a wide variety of industrial bearings, mechanical and fluid power transmission equipment, including hydraulic and pneumatic products, material handling components, and related parts and supplies. The Office Products segment distributes a wide variety of office products, computer supplies, office furniture, and business electronics. The Electrical/Electronic Materials segment distributes a wide variety of electrical/electronic materials, including insulating and conductive materials for use in electronic and electrical apparatus. Genuine Parts was founded on May 7, 1928 and is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
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