ST. LOUIS, June 14, 2022 — Core & Main, Inc. (NYSE: CNM), a leading specialized distributor of water, wastewater, storm drainage and fire protection products, and related services, today announced financial results for the first quarter May 1, 2022.
Fiscal 2022 First Quarter Highlights (Compared with Fiscal 2021 First Quarter)
- Net sales increased 52% to $1,598 million
- Gross profit margin increased 200 basis points to 26.3%
- Net income increased to $137 million from $27 million
- Adjusted EBITDA (Non-GAAP) increased 101% to $219 million
- Adjusted EBITDA margin (Non-GAAP) increased 340 basis points to 13.7%
- Net Debt Leverage (Non-GAAP) decreased to 2.2x as of May 1, 2022 compared with 2.5x as of January 30, 2022
- Active in M&A during and subsequent to the quarter, closing on the Dodson Engineered Products, Inc. and Lock City Supply, Inc. acquisitions and signing a definitive agreement to acquire Earthsavers Erosion Control, LLC
- Raising expectation for fiscal 2022 Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $710 to $750 million, representing year-over-year growth of 18% to 24%
“We delivered an extraordinary start to fiscal 2022, as we achieved strong growth in both net sales and Adjusted EBITDA,” said Steve LeClair, chief executive officer of Core & Main. "This marks our 25th consecutive quarter of average daily sales growth, with growth in the quarter being driven by strong demand across each of our end markets, higher average selling prices as we passed along rising material costs, execution of our sales initiatives to achieve market share gains, and acquisitions. Inflationary pressures and supply chain challenges persisted through the first quarter, but our execution allowed us to deliver remarkable results. I am proud of our teams across the country who continue to demonstrate resilience in a rapidly evolving environment. Although it is still early in the year, we are encouraged by current demand trends and expect Core & Main to produce another year of record results."
LeClair concluded, "We remained active in M&A during and subsequent to the quarter, highlighting our commitment to drive sustainable growth through acquisitions. We closed on the Dodson Engineered Products, Inc. and Lock City Supply, Inc. acquisitions and signed a definitive agreement to acquire Earthsavers Erosion Control, LLC. Each of these businesses are great examples of what we look for in acquisitions, offering expansion into new geographies, access to new product lines and the addition of key talent. We maintain a large and highly diverse acquisition pipeline, which we will continue to pursue to position ourselves for sustainable growth."
Three Months Ended May 1, 2022
Net sales for the three months ended May 1, 2022 increased $543 million, or 52%, to $1,598 million compared with $1,055 million for the three months ended May 2, 2021. The increase in net sales was primarily attributable to price inflation, representing approximately three-fourths of the net sales increase, and volume growth. The volume increases were driven by strong market growth and share gains resulting from preferred access to products during a period of material shortages, which helped drive growth across all product lines. Net sales growth for pipes, valves & fittings and storm drainage products benefited from end-market growth, acquisitions and price inflation across most product lines. Net sales growth for fire protection products also benefited from end-market growth and price inflation across most product lines. Net sales of meter products grew at a slower pace primarily due to shortages of semi-conductor chips that are components of certain smart meter products.
Gross profit for the three months ended May 1, 2022 increased $164 million, or 64%, to $421 million compared with $257 million for the three months ended May 2, 2021. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales for the three months ended May 1, 2022 was 26.3% compared with 24.3% for the three months ended May 2, 2021, an improvement of 200 basis points. The increase in gross profit as a percentage of net sales was primarily attributable to strategic inventory investments ahead of announced price increases, a favorable pricing environment, the execution of our gross margin initiatives and accretive acquisitions.
Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expenses for the three months ended May 1, 2022 increased $52 million, or 34%, to $206 million compared with $154 million during the three months ended May 2, 2021. The increase was primarily attributable to an increase of $39 million in personnel expenses, which was primarily driven by higher variable compensation costs and headcount from acquisitions, and an increase in distribution costs related to volume and inflation. SG&A expenses as a percentage of net sales was 12.9% for the three months ended May 1, 2022 compared with 14.6% for the three months ended May 2, 2021, an improvement of approximately 170 basis points. The decrease was attributable to our ability to leverage our fixed costs.
Net income for the three months ended May 1, 2022 increased $110 million to $137 million compared with $27 million for the three months ended May 2, 2021. The increase in net income was primarily attributable to higher operating income and lower interest expense, partially offset by an increase in income taxes.
Adjusted EBITDA for the three months ended May 1, 2022 increased $110 million, or 101%, to $219 million compared with $109 million for the three months ended May 2, 2021. Growth in Adjusted EBITDA was primarily attributable to higher net sales, improved gross profit margins, and leveraging our cost structure on the increase in net sales and gross profit. Adjusted EBITDA margin increased 340 basis points to 13.7% from 10.3% in the prior year period.
Capital Structure and Liquidity
Net Debt, calculated as gross consolidated debt net of cash and cash equivalents, as of May 1, 2022 was $1,545 million. Net Debt Leverage (defined as the ratio of net debt to Adjusted EBITDA for the last 12 months) was 2.2x, an improvement of 0.3x from January 30, 2022. The improvement was attributable to an increase in Adjusted EBITDA, partially offset by $57 million of borrowings under our Senior ABL Credit Facility.
As of May 1, 2022, Core & Main had total liquidity of $785 million, consisting of $1 million of cash and cash equivalents and approximately $784 million of excess availability under our Senior ABL Credit Facility, which is net of approximately $9 million of outstanding letters of credit.
Fiscal 2022 Outlook
"We are raising our expectation for fiscal 2022 Adjusted EBITDA to be in the range of $710 to $750 million, which reflects our confidence in the stability of pricing and demand despite the current macroeconomic backdrop. We are confident in the long-term growth prospects of our business, including the undersupply of housing and ongoing demand for non-discretionary municipal repair and replacement activity," LeClair continued. "As we enter our summer selling season, we remain focused on our operating priorities and delivering a best-in-class customer experience."
Conference Call & Webcast Information
Core & Main will host a conference call and webcast on June 14, 2022 at 8:30 a.m. EDT to discuss the Company's financial results. The live webcast will be accessible via the events calendar at ir.coreandmain.com. The conference call also may be accessed by dialing (844) 200-6205 or +1 (929) 526-1599 (international). The passcode for the live call is 525828. To ensure participants are connected for the full call, please dial in at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the call.
An archived version of the webcast will be available immediately following the call. A slide presentation highlighting Core & Main’s results and key performance indicators will also be made available on the Investor Relations section of Core & Main’s website prior to the call.
About Core & Main
Based in St. Louis, Core & Main is a leading specialized distributor of water, wastewater, storm drainage and fire protection products, and related services, to municipalities, private water companies and professional contractors across municipal, non-residential and residential end markets nationwide. With approximately 300 locations, the company provides its customers local expertise backed by a national supply chain. Core & Main’s 4,100 associates are committed to helping their communities thrive with safe and sustainable infrastructure. Visit coreandmain.com to learn more.
Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements
Certain statements contained in this press release include “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Examples of forward-looking statements include information concerning Core & Main’s financial and operating outlook, as well as any other statement that does not directly relate to any historical or current fact. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as “may,” “will,” “could,” “should,” “forecasts,” “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “projects,” “outlook,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” “preliminary,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable, we can give you no assurance these expectations will prove to have been correct. These forward-looking statements relate to future events or our future financial performance and involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause our actual results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements to differ materially from any future results, levels of activity, performance, or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements.
Factors that could cause actual results and outcomes to differ from those reflected in forward-looking statements include, without limitation, declines, volatility and cyclicality in the U.S. residential and non-residential construction markets; slowdowns in municipal infrastructure spending and delays in appropriations of federal funds; price fluctuations in our product costs, particularly with respect to the commodity-based products that we sell; our ability to manage our inventory effectively, including during periods of supply chain disruptions; our ability to obtain product; general business and economic conditions; risks involved with acquisitions and other strategic transactions, including our ability to identify, acquire, close or integrate acquisition targets successfully; the impact of seasonality and weather-related impacts, including natural disasters or similar extreme weather events; the fragmented and highly competitive markets in which we compete and consolidation within our industry; our ability to competitively bid for municipal and private contracts; the development of alternatives to distributors of our products in the supply chain; our ability to hire, engage and retain key personnel, including sales representatives, qualified branch, district and region managers and senior management; our ability to identify, develop and maintain relationships with a sufficient number of qualified suppliers and the potential that our exclusive or restrictive supplier distribution rights are terminated; the availability and cost of freight and energy, such as fuel; the ability of our customers to make payments on credit sales; changes in supplier rebates or other terms of our supplier agreements; our ability to identify and introduce new products and product lines effectively; the spread of, and response to, COVID-19, and the inability to predict the ultimate impact on us; costs and potential liabilities or obligations imposed by environmental, health and safety laws and requirements; regulatory change and the costs of compliance with regulation; exposure to product liability, construction defect and warranty claims and other litigation and legal proceedings; potential harm to our reputation; difficulties with or interruptions of our fabrication services; safety and labor risks associated with the distribution of our products as well as work stoppages and other disruptions due to labor disputes; impairment in the carrying value of goodwill, intangible assets or other long-lived assets; the domestic and international political environment with regard to trade relationships and tariffs, as well as difficulty sourcing products as a result of import constraints; our ability to operate our business consistently through highly dispersed locations across the United States; interruptions in the proper functioning of our information technology systems, including from cybersecurity threats; risks associated with raising capital; our ability to continue our customer relationships with short-term contracts; risks associated with exporting our products internationally; our ability to renew or replace our existing leases on favorable terms or at all; our ability to maintain effective internal controls over financial reporting and remediate any material weaknesses; our substantial indebtedness and the potential that we may incur additional indebtedness; the limitations and restrictions in the agreements governing our indebtedness, the Second Amended and Restated Agreement of Limited Partnership of Holdings and the Tax Receivable Agreements (each as defined in our Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the three months ended May 1, 2022); increases in interest rates and the impact of transitioning from LIBOR as the benchmark rate in contracts; changes in our credit ratings and outlook; our ability to generate the significant amount of cash needed to service our indebtedness; our organizational structure, including our payment obligations under the Tax Receivable Agreements, which may be significant; our ability to sustain an active, liquid trading market for our Class A common stock; the significant influence that Clayton, Dubilier & Rice, LLC ("CD&R") has over us and potential conflicts between the interests of CD&R and other stockholders; and risks related to other factors discussed under “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended January 30, 2022.
Additional information concerning these and other factors can be found in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. All forward-looking statements attributable to us or persons acting on our behalf are expressly qualified in their entirety by the foregoing cautionary statements. All such statements speak only as of the date made and, except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update or revise publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.
VP, Investor Relations and FP&A