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Genuine Parts Company

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Genuine Parts’ first-quarter 2015 earnings per share increased year over year, but were in line with the Zacks Consensus Estimate. Revenues increased from the first quarter of 2014, but marginally missed the Zacks Consensus Estimate. The year-over-year improvement in the top line can be attributed to benefits from acquisitions and increased sales, partially offset by currency headwinds. However, intensifying competition and macroeconomic uncertainties pose considerable threats. In addition, the company faces challenges in the Electrical/Electronic Materials segment. Meanwhile, Genuine Parts undertakes share repurchases and acquisitions along with dividend hikes to boost shareholder value.

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