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GMS' Q2 Earnings & Net Sales Surpass Estimates, Decrease Y/Y

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GMS Inc. (GMS - Free Report) reported better-than-expected results for second-quarter fiscal 2024 (ended Oct 31, 2023), wherein both earnings and net sales surpassed their respective Zacks Consensus Estimate.

However, both metrics declined on a year-over-year basis, owing to a steeper-than-anticipated decline in steel pricing and softness in single-family demand.

Shares of the company lost 3.49% on Dec 7, following earnings release.

John C. Turner, Jr., president and chief executive officer of GMS, stated, “In the near term, we anticipate the backlog in multi-family construction to drive continued growth in this end market through the end of fiscal 2024, albeit at declining year-over-year rates. Despite some potential headwinds from tightened credit conditions, our commercial demand is expected to continue its current pace of activity over the next few quarters. Additionally, we are optimistic about improving single-family activity, as the very recent easing of mortgage rates, limited supply of existing homes for sale and favorable demographics seems to be setting up improved conditions, particularly as we look out to fiscal 2025.”

Quarter in Detail

GMS reported adjusted earnings of $2.30 per share, which beat the consensus mark of $2.24 million by 2.7%. The figure, however, declined 17.6% from the year-ago quarter’s level of $2.79 per share.

GMS Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

GMS Inc. Price, Consensus and EPS Surprise

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Net sales of $1.42 billion beat the consensus mark of $1.39 million by 2.5% but decreased 0.7% year over year. Solid demand in commercial and multi-family construction drove volume in Ceilings, Steel Framing and Complementary Products, which were offset by a marked price deflation in Steel Framing, reducing net sales by $85 million for the quarter.

Organic net sales decreased 3.1% from the prior-year level. Wallboard volume grew in the United States, backed by 17% growth in multi-family and 6.5% in commercial, offset by single-family volume decline of 11.4%.

Segment Discussion

Wallboard sales inched up 0.1% from a year ago to $585.2 million. Organically, sales were down 0.3% year over year.

Ceilings sales increased 9.9% year over year to $175.3 million for the quarter. Organically, this segment’s sales rose 7.22% from the year-ago quarter.

Steel Framing sales of $232.1 million fell 16.6% from the prior-year level. Organically, the segment’s sales declined 17.4% year over year.

Complementary Product sales grew 4.8% from the prior year to $428.3 million. Organically, sales fell 1.4% from the year-ago period's actual.

Operating Highlights

Gross profit decreased 1.3% year over year, mainly due to deflationary steel prices. Gross margin contracted 20 bps to 32.3% year over year.

Adjusted selling, general and administrative expenses — as a percentage of net sales — grew 170 basis points (bps) to 20.6% for the quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA of $167.6 million decreased 14.3% year over year. Adjusted EBITDA margin of 11.8% contracted 190 bps from a year ago.


As of Oct 31, 2023, the company had cash and cash equivalents of $76.5 million, down from $164.7 million at the fiscal 2023-end. Long-term debt (less current portion) amounted to $1.03 billion at October-end, down from $1.04 billion at fiscal 2023-end.

Cash provided by operating activities was $124.7 million in the first six months of fiscal 2024 versus $102.9 million in cash used in operating activities a year ago.

During the second quarter, GMS repurchased 688,717 shares of common stock for $44.3 million. In October, the company authorized a new share repurchase program to buyback up to $250 million of its outstanding common stock, replacing the previous program. As of Oct 31, 2023, it had $241.3 million of share repurchase authorization remaining.

Zacks Rank & Recent Releases

GMS currently carries a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

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