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Genuine Parts Q4 sales $4.6 billion

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Staff Writer | Wednesday February 20, 2019 6:25AM ET
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Genuine Parts   Net income for the fourth quarter was $186.7 million

Genuine Parts Company announced sales and earnings for the fourth quarter and twelve months ended December 31, 2018.


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Sales for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2018 were $4.6 billion, a 9.4% increase compared to $4.2 billion for the same period in 2017.

Net income for the fourth quarter was $186.7 million and earnings per share on a diluted basis were $1.27.

Before the impact of certain transaction and other costs incurred primarily related to the Company's acquisition of Alliance Automotive Group ("AAG"), adjusted net income was $198.4 million, or $1.35 per diluted share.

Total sales for the fourth quarter included 4.6% comparable growth, approximately 6% from acquisitions and an approximate 1.2% negative impact from foreign currency translation.

Fourth quarter sales for the Automotive Group were up 11.4%, including an approximate 4% comparable sales increase, an approximate 9% benefit from acquisitions and an unfavorable foreign currency translation of approximately 2%.

Sales for the Industrial Group were up 8.7%, including an approximate 7% comparable sales increase and 2% from acquisitions.

Sales for the Business Products Group were up 1.6% consisting primarily of comparable sales growth.

Sales for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018 were $18.7 billion, a 15% increase compared to $16.3 billion for the same period in 2017.

Genuine Parts net income for the twelve months was $810.5 million and earnings per share on a diluted basis were $5.50.

Before the impact of the transaction and other costs primarily related to AAG and the attempted transaction to spin-off the Company's Business Products Group, S.P.

Richards, net of the favorable impact of a $12 million termination fee received, adjusted net income was $836.1 million, or $5.68 per diluted share, for the twelve months ended December 31, 2018.

The Company is establishing its full year 2019 sales guidance at up 3% to 4%, or up an adjusted 4% to 5% before an expected headwind from currency translation of 1%.

Genuine Parts's guidance for diluted earnings per share is $5.75 to $5.90, or an adjusted $5.81 to $5.96 before the impact of the 1% currency headwind.

Genuine Parts currently expects a tax rate of approximately 25.0% in 2019.

 

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