PC Connection, Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
PC Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCCC):
PC Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCCC), which through its subsidiaries provides a full range of information technology (IT) solutions from design through deployment to business, government, and education markets, today announced results for the quarter and year ended December 31, 2011. Consolidated net sales for the fourth quarter of 2011 were $553.2 million, compared to $555.6 million for the fourth quarter of 2010. Net income for the quarter ended December 31, 2011 was $7.4 million, or $0.28 per share, compared to net income of $6.9 million, or $0.26 per share, for the corresponding prior year period.
Net sales for the year ended December 31, 2011 were $2.10 billion, an increase of $129.1 million or 6.5%, compared to $1.97 billion for the year ended December 31, 2010. Net income for the year ended December 31, 2011 increased 25.4% to $28.8 million, or $1.07 per share, compared to $23.0 million, or $0.85 per share, for the year ended December 31, 2010.
Quarterly Sales by Segment:
Quarterly Sales by Product Mix:
Overall gross profit dollars increased by $5.4 million, or 8.6%, to $68.7 million in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to the prior year. Consolidated gross margin, as a percentage of net sales, increased to 12.4% in the fourth quarter of 2011 compared to 11.4% in the prior year quarter. Each of the segments generated significant increases in gross margin.
Total selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter increased year over year by $5.3 million, or 10.3%, and increased as a percentage of net sales to 10.3% for the fourth quarter of 2011, from 9.3% for the fourth quarter of 2010. The dollar and percentage increases were attributable to investments in solutions sales capabilities, increased variable compensation associated with improved gross profit, and the inclusion of ValCom’s operating costs for the quarter. The total number of sales representatives was 646 at December 31, 2011, compared to 615 at December 31, 2010, and 636 at September 30, 2011.
During the quarter, the Company paid a one-time special cash dividend of $0.40 per share. The total cash payment of $10.6 million was made on December 7, 2011 to shareholders of record on November 25, 2011.
“I am pleased with our overall performance in 2011. PC Connection achieved record annual sales while attaining the highest annual gross margin in over a decade,” said Timothy McGrath, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We remain committed to making the investments necessary to continue to grow our business and improve operating performance. We believe the strategies we have put in place will position us well to gain market share and enhance long-term shareholder value.”
About PC Connection, Inc.
PC Connection, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company, has four sales subsidiaries: PC Connection Sales Corporation, MoreDirect, Inc., GovConnection, Inc., and Professional Computer Center, Inc. d/b/a ValCom Technology, headquartered in Merrimack, NH, Boca Raton, FL, Rockville, MD, and Itasca, IL, respectively. All four companies can deliver custom-configured computer systems overnight from our ISO 9001:2008 certified technical configuration lab at our distribution center in Wilmington, OH. Investors and media can find more information about PC Connection, Inc. at http://ir.pcconnection.com.
PC Connection Sales Corporation (800-800-5555), operates the original business of PC Connection, Inc. serving primarily the small- and medium-sized business sector, and is a rapid-response provider of information technology (IT) products and services. It offers more than 300,000 brand-name products through its staff of technically trained sales account managers and telesales specialists, catalogs, publications, and its website at www.pcconnection.com. As a result of a merger of two subsidiaries, this subsidiary, beginning in 2012, also serves the consumer and small office users under its PC Connection Express brand (888-800-0323) at www.pcconnectionexpress.com and is, under its MacConnection brand (800-800-2222), one of Apple’s largest authorized online resellers at www.macconnection.com.
MoreDirect, Inc. (561-237-3300), www.moredirect.com, provides corporate technology buyers with best-in-class IT solutions, in-depth IT supply-chain expertise, and access to over 300,000 products and 1,600 vendors through TRAXX™, a cloud-based eProcurement system. Backed by over 500 technical certifications, MoreDirect’s team of engineers, software licensing specialists, and project managers help reduce the cost and complexity of buying hardware, software, and services throughout the entire IT lifecycle.
GovConnection, Inc. (800-800-0019) is a rapid-response provider of IT products and services to federal, state, and local government agencies and educational institutions through specialized account managers, catalogs, and publications, and online at www.govconnection.com.
Professional Computer Center, Inc. d/b/a ValCom Technology (630-285-0500), www.valcomtechnology.com, provides technology services to medium-to-large corporate organizations utilizing its proprietary cloud-based IT service management software, WebSPOC™. Through its experienced technical service personnel ValCom Technology provides network, server, storage, mission-critical onsite support, installation, and hosting of lifecycle services.
“Safe Harbor” Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the impact of changes in market demand and the overall level of economic activity and environment, or in the level of business investment in information technology products, competitive products and pricing, product availability and market acceptance, new products, fluctuations in operating results, and the ability of the Company to manage personnel levels in response to fluctuations in revenue, and other risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those detailed under the caption “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the year ended December 31, 2010. More specifically, the statements in this release concerning the Company’s outlook for 2012 and other statements of a non-historical basis (including statements regarding the Company’s ability to grow revenues, improve gross margins, and increase market share) are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include the ability to realize market demand for and competitive pricing pressures on the products and services marketed by the Company, the continued acceptance of the Company's distribution channel by vendors and customers, continuation of key vendor and customer relationships and support programs, the ability of the Company to integrate the operations of ValCom Technology, the ability of the Company to gain or maintain market share, and the ability of the Company to hire and retain qualified sales representatives and other essential personnel. The Company disclaims any obligation to update the information in this press release or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of any new information, future events, or otherwise.
William Schulze, 603-683-2322
Vice President and Corporate Controller
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