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Genuine Parts' (GPC) Q3 Earnings Beat, Sales Miss Estimates

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Genuine Parts Company (GPC - Free Report) reported third-quarter adjusted diluted earnings of $1.63 per share, surpassing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.48.

Markedly, higher-than-expected revenues from the Industrial Parts segment resulted in this outperformance. Revenues from this segment came in at $1,409 million, beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1,367 million. Moreover, the bottom line came in higher than the year-ago quarter’s profit of $1.39 per share.

This Atlanta-based automotive replacement parts supplier reported net sales of $4,370 million, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $4,459 million. Moreover, the top-line figure comes in lower than the year-ago quarter’s $4525 million, marking a 3.4% decline year over year. This downside resulted from the 1.8% decline in comparable sales and a 4.2% impact from divestitures. These negatives were partially offset by a 1.3% benefit from acquisitions and a 1.3% net impact of foreign currency and other.

Genuine Parts did not issue any guidance for 2020 amid the coronavirus crisis.

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Segmental Performance

The Automotive segment’s net sales, which have the highest contribution to the company’s revenues, totaled $2,960 million in the reported quarter, up 6% from the prior-year quarter’s $2,792.5 million. The segment’s comparable sales rose 2.2% during the third quarter. The segment’s operating profit increased to $266.1 million in the reported quarter from the year-ago quarter’s $222.6 million.

The Industrial Parts segment’s net sales dropped 18.6% from the year-ago quarter to $1,409.7 million. The segment’s comparable sales declined 9.2% during the reported period. Resultantly, operating profit fell to $125.6 million from the year-earlier quarter’s $137.5 million.

Costs & Cash Position

Total operating expenses edged down 1.34% during the September-end quarter, primarily due to decline in selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses. SG&A expenses during third-quarter 2020 slid 3.01% to $1,140.2 million from the $1,175.7 million incurred in third-quarter 2019.

Genuine Parts had cash and cash equivalents worth $900.1 million as of Sep 30, 2020. Long-term debt decreased to $2,700.6 million from the $2,795.9 million recorded in the year-ago period.

Zacks Rank & Other Stocks to Consider

Genuine Parts currently carries a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). Shares of the company have declined 4%, year to date, while the industry has witnessed a fall of 9.3%.

Some other top-ranked stocks in the same industry are LKQ Corporation (LKQ - Free Report) , Dorman Products (DORM - Free Report) and SPX Corporation (SPXC - Free Report) . Dorman Products and SPK Corporation currently carry a Zacks Rank of 2, while LKQ Corporation flaunts a Zacks Rank of 1 (Strong Buy), at present. You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank stocks here.

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