DXP Enterprises, Inc. (DXPE - Free Report) reported mixed third-quarter 2016 results with earnings beating expectations and revenues missing estimates. The company's earnings of 2 cents per share compared favorably with the year-ago loss of $3.64. The Zacks Consensus Estimate was of a loss of 2 cents.
The company’s third-quarter 2016 sales came in at $230 million, down 24.1% year over year. The top line also missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $243 million. The downside stemmed from weak sales from all the three segments of the company.
Cost of goods sold plunged 23.5% year over year to $166.2 million. Gross margin also contracted 60 basis points (bps) to 27.7%. Selling, general and administrative (SG&A) expenses were down 21.6% year over year to $58.9 million. Operating margin was down 100 bps year over year to 8.2%.
Revenues at the Service Centers segment declined 23.7% year over year to $152 million.
Revenues at the Innovative Pumping Solutions segment plummeted 35.2% year over year to $39.8 million.
The Supply Chain Services segment’s revenues dipped 9.8% year over year to $38.2 million.
Exiting third-quarter 2016, DXP Enterprises had cash worth $3.4 million compared with $1.7 million at the end of 2015. Long-term debt came in at $203 million as against $298.7 million as of Dec 31, 2015.
In the first nine months of 2016, the company generated $35.5 million cash from operating activities as against $74.8 million accrued in the year-ago comparable period.
DXP Enterprises aims to boost its business on the back of lower costs, productive labor force, reduced debt and greater innovation.
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