ScanSource, Inc. ( SCSC Quick Quote SCSC - Free Report) reported adjusted earnings of $1.07 per share in first-quarter fiscal 2023 (ended Sep 30, 2022), beating the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $1.05. The bottom line rose 8% from the prior-year quarter’s earnings of 99 cents per share driven by strong demand. On a reported basis, the company delivered earnings of 94 cents per share compared with the prior-year quarter’s 86 cents per share. The company reported net sales of $943.8 million in the reported quarter, up 10% from the year-ago quarter. The upside was driven by solid growth in North America. The top line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $911 million. Excluding foreign exchange impact, net sales were around $944.5 million in the quarter under review. Net sales in the United States and Canada were up 12% to $859 million. International sales declined 4% to $84 million. Specialty Technology Solutions’ revenues increased 15% to $576 million in first-quarter fiscal 2023, courtesy of broad-based demand across technologies. Sales at Modern Communications & Cloud were $367 million in the reported quarter, up 3% year over year, supported by elevated demand across communications solutions. Operational Update
The cost of sales amounted to $830 million in the fiscal first quarter, up 10% from the year-ago quarter. The gross profit totaled $113.5 million, up 11.7% from the year-ago quarter’s $101.6 million due to higher sales volume and higher vendor program recognition. The gross margin came in at 12% during the reported quarter compared with the prior-year quarter’s 11.8%.
Selling, general and administrative expenses rose 12% year over year to $71.6 million. The adjusted operating profit was $39.1 million compared with the prior-year quarter’s $34.9 million. The adjusted operating margin was 4.1%, up from 4.1% in the prior-year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA was up 9.4% year over year to $45 million. Financial Condition
The company reported cash and cash equivalents of $40.5 million as of Sep 30, 2022 compared with $38 million as of Jun 30, 2022. The company utilized $48 million of cash in operating activities in the fiscal first quarter against an outflow of $57 million in the prior-year quarter. The company’s long-term debt was $149.6 million at the end of the first quarter of fiscal 2023, up from $124 million at the end of fiscal 2022.
Backed by strong demand from channel partners across its technologies, ScanSource expects net sales growth of at least 5.5% in fiscal 2023. Adjusted EBITDA is projected to be at least $174 million.
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ScanSource's shares have declined 22.4% in the past year compared with the
industry’s fall of 26.6%. Zacks Rank and Stocks to Consider
ScanSource currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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