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POOL 2019-03-31
Part I. Financial Information
Item 1. Financial Statements
Note 1 - Summary of Significant Accounting Policies
Note 2 - Earnings per Share
Note 3 - Acquisitions
Note 4 - Fair Value Measurements and Interest Rate Swaps
Note 5 - Debt
Item 2. Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations
Item 3. Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Item 4. Controls and Procedures
Part II. Other Information
Item 1. Legal Proceedings
Item 1A. Risk Factors
Item 2. Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
Item 6. Exhibits
EX-31.1 exhibit31_1q119.htm
EX-31.2 exhibit31_2q119.htm
EX-32.1 exhibit32_1q119.htm

Pool Earnings 2019-03-31

POOL 10Q Quarterly Report

Balance SheetIncome StatementCash Flow

10-Q 1 pool-2019331x10q.htm POOL Q1 2019 FORM 10-Q Document


UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q
x
QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended March 31, 2019
or
¨
TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from              to             

Commission File Number: 0-26640

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POOL CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
 
 
 
Delaware
 
36-3943363
(State or other jurisdiction of
 
(I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)
 
Identification No.)
 
 
 
109 Northpark Boulevard,
Covington, Louisiana
 
 
70433-5001
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
985-892-5521
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days.    Yes x    No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically every Interactive Data File required to be submitted pursuant to Rule 405 of Regulations S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit such files).    Yes x    No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, a smaller reporting company, or an emerging growth company. See the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer,” “smaller reporting company,” and “emerging growth company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
Large accelerated filer x
Accelerated filer o
 
 
Non-accelerated filer o 
Smaller reporting company o
 
 
 
Emerging growth company o 

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act).     Yes o    No x

As of April 25, 2019, there were 39,749,282 shares of common stock outstanding.






POOL CORPORATION
Form 10-Q
For the Quarter Ended March 31, 2019

TABLE OF CONTENTS

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 






PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION
Item 1.  Financial Statements
POOL CORPORATION
Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data) 
 
Three Months Ended
 
March 31,
 
2019
 
2018
Net sales
$
597,456

 
$
585,900

Cost of sales
422,825

 
419,827

Gross profit
174,631

 
166,073

Selling and administrative expenses
136,245

 
132,532

Operating income
38,386

 
33,541

Interest and other non-operating expenses, net
6,616

 
3,527

Income before income taxes and equity earnings
31,770

 
30,014

Income tax benefit
(802
)
 
(1,279
)
Equity earnings in unconsolidated investments, net
65

 
46

Net income
$
32,637

 
$
31,339

 
 
 
 
Earnings per share:
 
 
 
Basic
$
0.83

 
$
0.78

Diluted
$
0.80

 
$
0.75

Weighted average shares outstanding:
 
 
 
Basic
39,479

 
40,370

Diluted
40,696

 
41,862

 
 
 
 
Cash dividends declared per common share
$
0.45

 
$
0.37


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.

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POOL CORPORATION
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
Three Months Ended
 
March 31,
  
2019
 
2018
Net income
$
32,637

 
$
31,339

Other comprehensive (loss) income:
 
 
 
Foreign currency translation gains
214

 
976

Change in unrealized (losses) gains on interest rate swaps, net of change in taxes of $90 and $(275)
(269
)
 
824

Total other comprehensive (loss) income
(55
)
 
1,800

Comprehensive income
$
32,582

 
$
33,139


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.










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POOL CORPORATION
Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except share data)
 
 
March 31,
 
March 31,
 
December 31,
 
 
2019
 
2018
 
2018 (1)
 
 
(Unaudited)
 
(Unaudited)
 
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
 
$
28,581

 
$
8,803

 
$
16,358

Receivables, net
 
72,352

 
75,889

 
69,493

Receivables pledged under receivables facility
 
240,775

 
238,707

 
138,308

Product inventories, net
 
815,742

 
703,793

 
672,579

Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
16,116

 
23,714

 
18,506

Total current assets
 
1,173,566

 
1,050,906

 
915,244

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Property and equipment, net
 
107,690

 
109,310

 
106,964

Goodwill
 
188,478

 
189,759

 
188,472

Other intangible assets, net
 
11,744

 
12,926

 
12,004

Equity interest investments
 
1,200

 
1,150

 
1,213

Operating lease assets
 
177,293

 

 

Other assets
 
18,379

 
15,615

 
16,974

Total assets
 
$
1,678,350

 
$
1,379,666

 
$
1,240,871

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
 
 
 
 
 
 

Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 

Accounts payable
 
$
472,487

 
$
467,795

 
$
237,835

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
 
47,658

 
45,504

 
58,607

Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt
 
21,734

 
20,786

 
9,168

Current operating lease liabilities
 
55,744

 

 

Total current liabilities
 
597,623

 
534,085

 
305,610

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Deferred income taxes
 
29,368

 
24,947

 
29,399

Long-term debt, net
 
677,243

 
547,324

 
657,593

Other long-term liabilities
 
26,469

 
23,525

 
24,679

Non-current operating lease liabilities
 
122,770

 

 

Total liabilities
 
1,453,473

 
1,129,881

 
1,017,281

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stockholders’ equity:
 
 
 
 
 
 
Common stock, $0.001 par value; 100,000,000 shares authorized;
39,679,157, 40,568,775 and 39,506,067 shares issued and
outstanding at March 31, 2019, March 31, 2018 and
December 31, 2018, respectively
 
40

 
41

 
40

Additional paid-in capital
 
463,522

 
437,878

 
453,193

Retained deficit
 
(227,633
)
 
(182,580
)
 
(218,646
)
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
 
(11,052
)
 
(5,554
)
 
(10,997
)
Total stockholders’ equity
 
224,877

 
249,785

 
223,590

Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
 
$
1,678,350

 
$
1,379,666

 
$
1,240,871

(1)  Derived from audited financial statements.
The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.

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POOL CORPORATION
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,
 
 
2019
 
2018
Operating activities
 
 
 
 
Net income
 
$
32,637

 
$
31,339

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
 
 
 
 
Depreciation
 
6,649

 
6,299

Amortization
 
375

 
470

Share-based compensation
 
3,259

 
3,321

Equity earnings in unconsolidated investments, net
 
(65
)
 
(46
)
Other
 
512

 
681

Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:
 
 
 
 
Receivables
 
(103,122
)
 
(117,377
)
Product inventories
 
(128,206
)
 
(168,518
)
Prepaid expenses and other assets
 
(1,427
)
 
(3,843
)
Accounts payable
 
230,030

 
222,285

Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
 
(11,838
)
 
(18,760
)
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
 
28,804

 
(44,149
)
 
 
 
 
 
Investing activities
 
 
 
 
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired
 
(9,370
)
 
(578
)
Purchases of property and equipment, net of sale proceeds
 
(6,739
)
 
(14,639
)
Net cash used in investing activities
 
(16,109
)
 
(15,217
)
 
 
 
 
 
Financing activities
 
 
 
 
Proceeds from revolving line of credit
 
206,190

 
148,335

Payments on revolving line of credit
 
(253,249
)
 
(170,012
)
Proceeds from asset-backed financing
 
80,100

 
80,000

Payments on asset-backed financing
 
(13,500
)
 
(20,000
)
Proceeds from short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt
 
13,713

 
10,798

Payments on short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt
 
(1,148
)
 
(848
)
Payments of deferred and contingent acquisition consideration
 
(311
)
 
(265
)
Payments of deferred financing costs
 

 
(8
)
Proceeds from stock issued under share-based compensation plans
 
7,071

 
7,808

Payments of cash dividends
 
(17,819
)
 
(15,011
)
Purchases of treasury stock
 
(23,097
)
 
(2,592
)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
 
(2,050
)
 
38,205

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
 
1,578

 
24

Change in cash and cash equivalents
 
12,223

 
(21,137
)
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
 
16,358

 
29,940

Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
 
$
28,581

 
$
8,803


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.

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POOL CORPORATION
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)

 
 
Common Stock
 
Additional
Paid-In
 
Retained
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
 
 
 
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
Capital
 
Deficit
 
Loss
 
Total
Balance at December 31, 2018
 
39,506

 
$
40

 
$
453,193

 
$
(218,646
)
 
$
(10,997
)
 
$
223,590

Net income
 

 

 

 
32,637

 

 
32,637

Foreign currency translation
 

 

 

 

 
214

 
214

Interest rate swaps, net of the change in taxes of $90
 

 

 

 

 
(269
)
 
(269
)
Repurchases of common stock, net of retirements
 
(155
)
 
(1
)
 

 
(23,096
)
 

 
(23,097
)
Share-based compensation
 

 

 
3,259

 

 

 
3,259

Adoption of ASU 2016-02
 

 

 

 
(709
)
 

 
(709
)
Issuance of shares under share-based compensation plans
 
328

 
1

 
7,070

 

 

 
7,071

Declaration of cash dividends
 

 

 

 
(17,819
)
 

 
(17,819
)
Balance at March 31, 2019
 
39,679

 
$
40

 
$
463,522

 
$
(227,633
)
 
$
(11,052
)
 
$
224,877



 
 
Common Stock
 
Additional
Paid-In
 
Retained
 
Accumulated
Other
Comprehensive
 
 
 
 
Shares
 
Amount
 
Capital
 
Deficit
 
Loss
 
Total
Balance at December 31, 2017
 
40,212

 
$
40

 
$
426,750

 
$
(196,316
)
 
$
(7,328
)
 
$
223,146

Net income
 

 

 

 
31,339

 

 
31,339

Foreign currency translation
 

 

 

 

 
976

 
976

Interest rate swaps, net of the change in taxes of $(275)
 

 

 

 

 
824

 
824

Repurchases of common stock, net of retirements
 
(18
)
 

 

 
(2,592
)
 

 
(2,592
)
Share-based compensation
 

 

 
3,321

 

 

 
3,321

Issuance of shares under share-based compensation plans
 
375

 
1

 
7,807

 

 

 
7,808

Declaration of cash dividends
 

 

 

 
(15,011
)
 

 
(15,011
)
Other
 

 

 

 

 
(26
)
 
(26
)
Balance at March 31, 2018
 
40,569

 
$
41

 
$
437,878

 
$
(182,580
)
 
$
(5,554
)
 
$
249,785




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POOL CORPORATION
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)
Note 1 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Pool Corporation (the Company, which may be referred to as we, us or our) prepared the unaudited interim Consolidated Financial Statements following U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for interim financial information. As permitted under those rules, we have condensed or omitted certain footnotes and other financial information required for complete financial statements. 

The Consolidated Financial Statements include all normal and recurring adjustments that are necessary for a fair presentation of our financial position and operating results. All significant intercompany accounts and intercompany transactions have been eliminated.

A description of our significant accounting policies is included in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K. You should read the interim Consolidated Financial Statements in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying notes in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  The results for our three month period ended March 31, 2019 are not necessarily indicative of the expected results for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2019.

Newly Adopted Accounting Pronouncements

On January 1, 2019, we adopted Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-02, Leases (Topic 842) and all the related amendments, which are codified into Accounting Standards Codification (ASC) 842. The adoption of ASU 2016-02 significantly increased assets and liabilities on our Consolidated Balance Sheets as we recorded a right-of-use asset and corresponding liability for each of our existing operating leases. We adopted this guidance using the modified retrospective approach by recognizing a cumulative adjustment to retained earnings on the adoption date, which was not material. Additionally, we elected to apply the practical expedient that allows us to exclude comparative presentation; thus, we did not restate our prior period balance sheets to reflect the new guidance.

We recorded operating lease assets and operating lease liabilities of approximately $175.7 million and $181.6 million, respectively, as of January 1, 2019. The difference between the operating lease assets and operating lease liabilities primarily represents our straight-line rent liability of $5.1 million recorded under previous accounting guidance. Under ASU 2016-02, this liability is considered a reduction of the operating lease asset. We recorded the remaining difference between our operating lease assets and operating lease liabilities, net of the deferred tax impact, as an adjustment to retained earnings. Additionally, we reclassified prepaid rent of $4.9 million as of January 1, 2019 to our operating lease asset resulting in a balance of $180.6 million as of the adoption date.

The adoption of this guidance did not materially impact our results of operations or cash flows. See Commitments and Contingencies within this note below for additional information regarding our adoption of this new guidance.

On January 1, 2019, we adopted ASU 2017-12, Derivatives and Hedging (Topic 815), Targeted Improvements to Accounting for Hedging Activities. This new standard expands and refines hedge accounting for both financial and non-financial risk components, aligns the recognition and presentation of the effects of hedging instruments and hedge items in the financial statements and includes certain targeted improvements to ease the application of current guidance related to the assessment of hedge effectiveness. The adoption of this guidance did not impact our results of operations, statement of financial position or cash flows.

Commitments and Contingencies

We lease facilities for our corporate and administrative offices, sales centers and centralized shipping locations under operating leases that expire in various years through 2032. Most of our leases contain five-year terms with renewal options that allow us to extend the lease term beyond the initial period, subject to terms agreed upon at lease inception. Based on our leasing practices and contract negotiations, we determined that we are not reasonably certain to exercise the renewal options and, as such, we have not included optional renewal periods in our measurement of operating lease assets, liabilities and expected lease terms.

We elected to apply the package of practical expedients available within ASU 2016-02, which is intended to provide some relief to issuers. Electing this option allowed us to retain our existing assessment of whether an arrangement is or contains a lease, is classified as an operating or financing lease and contains initial direct costs. We also elected the practical expedients that allow us to exclude short-term leases from our Consolidated Balance Sheets and to combine lease and non-lease components.

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For leases with step rent provisions whereby the rental payments increase incrementally over the life of the lease, we recognize expense on a straight-line basis determined by the total lease payments over the lease term. To the extent we determine that future obligations related to real estate taxes, insurance and other lease components are variable, we exclude them from the measurement of our operating lease assets and liabilities.

Some of our real estate agreements include rental payments adjusted periodically for inflation. Our lease agreements do not contain any material residual value guarantees or material restrictive covenants.

The table below presents expense associated with facility and vehicle operating leases (in thousands):
 
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
 
March 31,
Lease Cost
Classification
 
2019
 
2018
Operating lease cost (1)
Selling and administrative expenses
 
$
15,070

 
$
14,553

Variable lease cost
Selling and administrative expenses
 
3,259

 
3,021


(1) Includes short-term lease cost, which is not material

Based on our lease portfolio as of March 31, 2019, the table below sets forth the approximate future lease payments related to operating leases with initial terms of one year or more (in thousands):
2019
 
$
38,389

2020
 
50,443

2021
 
39,184

2022
 
29,883

2023
 
18,089

Thereafter
 
17,554

Total lease payments
 
193,542

Less: interest
 
15,028

Present value of lease liabilities
 
178,514


To calculate the present value of our lease liabilities, we determined our incremental borrowing rate based on the effective interest rate on our unsecured syndicated senior credit facility (the Credit Facility) adjusted for a collateral feature similar to that of our leased properties. The table below presents the weighted-average remaining lease term (years) of our operating leases and the weighted-average discount rate used in the above calculation:

 
 
March 31,
Lease Term and Discount Rate
 
2019
Weighted-average remaining lease term (years)
 
 
Operating leases
 
5.21

Weighted-average discount rate
 
 
Operating leases
 
3.5
%


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The table below presents the amount of cash paid for amounts included in the measurement of lease liabilities (in thousands):

 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,
 
 
2019
Operating cash flows for lease liabilities
 
$
14,080


We lease corporate and administrative offices from Northpark Corporate Center, LLC (NCC), an entity in which we have held a 50% ownership interest since May 2005. NCC owns and operates an office building in Covington, Louisiana. As of March 31, 2019, we occupy approximately 60,293 square feet of office space and we pay rent of $97,976 per month. Our lease term ends in May 2025. We recorded rent expense of $0.3 million for each of the three month periods ended March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2018.

Income Taxes

We reduce federal and state income taxes payable by the tax benefits associated with the exercise of nonqualified stock options and the lapse of restrictions on restricted stock awards. To the extent realized tax deductions exceed the amount of previously recognized deferred tax benefits related to share-based compensation, we record an excess tax benefit. We record all excess tax benefits as a component of income tax benefit or expense on the Consolidated Statements of Income in the period in which stock options are exercised or restrictions on awards lapse. We recorded excess tax benefits of $8.8 million in the first three months of 2019 compared to $9.0 million in the same period of 2018.

Retained Deficit

We account for the retirement of treasury shares as a reduction of retained earnings (deficit). As of March 31, 2019, the Retained deficit on our Consolidated Balance Sheets reflects cumulative net income, the cumulative impact of adjustments for changes in accounting pronouncements, treasury share retirements since the inception of our share repurchase programs of $1,449.9 million and cumulative dividends of $512.9 million.

Accumulated Other Comprehensive Loss

The table below presents the components of our Accumulated other comprehensive loss balance (in thousands):

 
March 31,
 
December 31,
 
2019
 
2018
 
2018
Foreign currency translation adjustments
$
(12,208
)
 
$
(6,528
)
 
$
(12,422
)
Unrealized gains on interest rate swaps, net of tax (1)
1,156

 
974

 
1,425

Accumulated other comprehensive loss
$
(11,052
)
 
$
(5,554
)
 
$
(10,997
)

(1) 
In February 2018, the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) issued guidance that allows entities the option to reclassify the tax effects related to items in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) to retained earnings (deficit) if deemed to be stranded in accumulated other comprehensive income (loss) due to U.S. tax reform. We do not have any material amounts stranded in Accumulated other comprehensive loss as a result of U.S. tax reform.











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Recent Accounting Pronouncements Pending Adoption
The following table summarizes the recent accounting pronouncements that we plan to adopt in future periods:
Standard
Description
Effective Date
Effect on Financial Statements and Other Significant Matters
ASU 2016-13, Financial Instruments - Credit Losses (Topic 326): Measurement of Credit Losses on Financial Instruments
Changes the way companies evaluate credit losses for most financial assets and certain other instruments. For trade and other receivables, held-to-maturity debt securities, loans and other instruments, entities will be required to use a new forward-looking “expected loss” model to evaluate impairment, potentially resulting in earlier recognition of allowances for losses. The new standard also requires enhanced disclosures, including the requirement to disclose the information used to track credit quality by year of origination for most financing receivables. The guidance must be applied using a cumulative-effect transition method.
Annual periods beginning after December 15, 2019
We are currently evaluating the effect this will have on our financial position, results of operations and related disclosures.
ASU 2017-04, Intangibles - Goodwill and Other (Topic 350): Simplifying the Test for Goodwill Impairment
Eliminates the requirement to calculate the implied fair value of goodwill to measure a goodwill impairment charge (commonly referred to as Step 2 under the current guidance). Rather, the measurement of a goodwill impairment charge will be based on the excess of a reporting unit’s carrying value over its fair value (Step 1 under the current guidance). This guidance should be applied prospectively.
Annual and interim impairment tests performed in periods beginning after December 15, 2019
We are currently evaluating the effect this will have on our financial position, results of operations and related disclosures.

Note 2 – Earnings Per Share

We calculate basic earnings per share (EPS) by dividing Net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding.  We include outstanding unvested restricted stock awards of our common stock in the basic weighted average share calculation.  Diluted EPS reflects the dilutive effects of potentially dilutive securities, which include in-the-money outstanding stock options and shares to be purchased under our employee stock purchase plan. Using the treasury stock method, the effect of dilutive securities includes these additional shares of common stock that would have been outstanding based on the assumption that these potentially dilutive securities had been issued.

Stock options with exercise prices that are higher than the average market prices of our common stock for the periods presented are excluded from the diluted EPS calculation because the effect is anti-dilutive.


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The table below presents the computation of EPS, including the reconciliation of basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands, except EPS):

 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,
 
 
2019
 
2018
Net income
 
$
32,637

 
$
31,339

 
 
 
 
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
39,479

 
40,370

Effect of dilutive securities:
 
 
 
 
Stock options and employee stock purchase plan
 
1,217

 
1,492

Diluted
 
40,696

 
41,862

 
 
 
 
 
Earnings per share:
 
 
 
 
Basic
 
$
0.83

 
$
0.78

Diluted
 
$
0.80

 
$
0.75

 
 
 
 
 
Anti-dilutive stock options excluded from diluted earnings per share computations
 
65

 
85


Note 3 – Acquisitions

In January 2019, we acquired the distribution assets of W.W. Adcock, Inc., a wholesale distributor of swimming pool products, equipment, parts and supplies adding two locations in Pennsylvania, one location in North Carolina and one location in Virginia.

In November 2018, we acquired the distribution assets of Turf & Garden, Inc., a wholesale distributor of irrigation products and landscape maintenance equipment, parts and supplies with three locations in Virginia and one location in North Carolina.

We have completed our acquisition accounting for these acquisitions, subject to adjustments for standard holdback provisions per the terms of the purchase agreements, which are not material.

In January 2018, we acquired the distribution assets of Tore Pty. Ltd. (doing business as Pool Power), a wholesale distributor of pool and spa equipment in South Australia, with one distribution center in Adelaide, Australia. We have completed our acquisition accounting for this acquisition.

These acquisitions did not have a material impact on our financial position or results of operations, either individually or in the aggregate.


Note 4 – Fair Value Measurements and Interest Rate Swaps

Our assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis include the unrealized gains or losses on our interest rate swap contracts and contingent consideration related to recent acquisitions. The three levels of the fair value hierarchy under the accounting guidance are described below:

Level 1
Inputs to the valuation methodology are unadjusted quoted prices for identical assets or liabilities in active markets.
Level 2
Inputs to the valuation methodology include:
quoted prices for similar assets or liabilities in active markets;
quoted prices for identical or similar assets or liabilities in inactive markets;
inputs other than quoted prices that are observable for the asset or liability; or

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inputs that are derived principally from or corroborated by observable market data by correlation or other means.
Level 3
Inputs to the valuation methodology are unobservable and significant to the fair value measurement.

The table below presents the estimated fair values of our interest rate swap contracts, our forward-starting interest rate swap contract and our contingent consideration liabilities (in thousands):
 
 
Fair Value at March 31,
 
 
2019
 
2018
Level 2
 
 
 
 
Unrealized gains on interest rate swaps
 
$
1,785

 
$
2,451

 
 
 
 
 
Level 3
 
 
 
 
Contingent consideration liabilities
 
$
833

 
$
1,617


Interest Rate Swaps

We utilize interest rate swap contracts and forward-starting interest rate swap contracts to reduce our exposure to fluctuations in variable interest rates for future interest payments on our unsecured syndicated senior credit facility (the Credit Facility). 

For determining the fair value of our interest rate swap and forward-starting interest rate swap contracts, we use significant other observable market data or assumptions (Level 2 inputs) that we believe market participants would use in pricing similar assets or liabilities, including assumptions about counterparty risk.  Our fair value estimates reflect an income approach based on the terms of the interest rate swap contracts and inputs corroborated by observable market data including interest rate curves. We include unrealized gains in Prepaid expenses and other current assets and unrealized losses in Accrued expenses and other current liabilities on the Consolidated Balance Sheets.

We recognize any differences between the variable interest rate payments and the fixed interest rate settlements from our swap counterparties as an adjustment to interest expense over the life of the swaps. If determined to be effective cash flow hedges, we record the changes in the estimated fair value of the swaps to Accumulated other comprehensive loss on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.  To the extent our interest rate swaps are determined to be ineffective, we recognize the changes in the estimated fair value of our swaps in Interest and other non-operating expenses, net on our Consolidated Statements of Income.

We currently have three interest rate swap contracts in place, which became effective on October 19, 2016. These swaps were previously forward-starting contracts that were amended in October 2015 to bring the fixed rates per our forward-starting contracts in line with current market rates at that time and extend the hedged period for future interest payments on our Credit Facility. As amended, these swap contracts terminate on November 20, 2019. In the first three months of 2019, we recognized a loss of $0.2 million as a result of ineffectiveness.

The following table provides additional details related to each of these amended swap contracts:

Derivative
 
Amendment Date
 
Notional
Amount
(in millions)
 
Fixed
Interest
Rate
Interest rate swap 1
 
October 1, 2015
 
$75.0
 
2.273%
Interest rate swap 2
 
October 1, 2015
 
$25.0
 
2.111%
Interest rate swap 3
 
October 1, 2015
 
$50.0
 
2.111%

For the three interest rate swap contracts in effect at March 31, 2019, a portion of the change in the estimated fair value between periods relates to future interest expense. Recognition of the change in fair value between periods attributable to accrued interest is reclassified from Accumulated other comprehensive loss on the Consolidated Balance Sheets to Interest and other non-operating expenses, net on the Consolidated Statements of Income. These amounts were not material in the three month periods ended March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2018.


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In July 2016, we entered into an additional forward-starting interest rate swap contract to extend the hedged period for future interest payments on our Credit Facility to its maturity date at that time. This swap contract will convert the variable interest rate to a fixed interest rate on borrowings under the Credit Facility. This contract becomes effective on November 20, 2019 and terminates on November 20, 2020. The following table provides additional details related to this swap contract:
Derivative
 
Inception Date
 
Notional
Amount
(in millions)
 
Fixed
Interest
Rate
Forward-starting interest rate swap
 
July 6, 2016
 
$150.0
 
1.1425%

Failure of our swap counterparties would result in the loss of any potential benefit to us under our swap agreements. In this case, we would still be obligated to pay the variable interest payments underlying our debt agreements.  Additionally, failure of our swap counterparties would not eliminate our obligation to continue to make payments under our existing swap agreements if we continue to be in a net pay position.

Our interest rate swap and forward-starting interest rate swap contracts are subject to master netting arrangements. According to our accounting policy, we do not offset the fair values of assets with the fair values of liabilities related to these contracts.

Other

The carrying values of cash, receivables, accounts payable and accrued liabilities approximate fair value due to the short maturity of those instruments (Level 1 inputs). The carrying value of long-term debt approximates fair value (Level 3 inputs).  Our determination of the estimated fair value reflects a discounted cash flow model using our estimates, including assumptions related to borrowing rates (Level 3 inputs).


Note 5 – Debt

The table below presents the components of our debt (in thousands):
 
 
March 31,
 
 
2019
 
2018
Variable rate debt
 
 
 
 
Short-term borrowings
 
$
13,714

 
$
12,263

Current portion of long-term debt:
 
 
 
 
Australian credit facility
 
8,020

 
8,523

Short-term borrowings and current portion of long-term debt
 
21,734

 
20,786

 
 
 
 
 
Long-term portion:
 
 
 
 
Revolving credit facility
 
503,073

 
388,762

Receivables securitization facility
 
175,100

 
160,000

Less: financing costs, net
 
930

 
1,438

Long-term debt, net
 
677,243

 
547,324

Total debt 
 
$
698,977

 
$
568,110


Our accounts receivable securitization facility (the Receivables Facility) provides for the sale of certain of our receivables to a wholly owned subsidiary (the Securitization Subsidiary). The Securitization Subsidiary transfers variable undivided percentage interests in the receivables and related rights to certain third-party financial institutions in exchange for cash proceeds, limited to the applicable funding capacities.

We account for the sale of the receivable interests as a secured borrowing on our Consolidated Balance Sheets. The receivables subject to the agreement collateralize the cash proceeds received from the third-party financial institutions. We classify the entire outstanding balance as Long-term debt on our Consolidated Balance Sheets as we intend and have the ability to refinance the obligations on a long‑term basis. We present the receivables that collateralize the cash proceeds separately as Receivables pledged under receivables facility on our Consolidated Balance Sheets.


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Item 2.  Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations

You should read the following discussion in conjunction with Management’s Discussion and Analysis included in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  

For a discussion of our base business calculations, see the Results of Operations section below.

Cautionary Statement for Purposes of the “Safe Harbor” Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

This report contains forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties.  Our forward‑looking statements express our current expectations or forecasts of possible future results or events, including projections of earnings and other financial performance measures, statements of management’s expectations regarding our plans and objectives and industry, general economic and other forecasts of trends, future dividend payments and share repurchases, and other matters. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this filing, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur.  You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historic or current facts and often use words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “intend,” “believe,” “will likely result,” “outlook,” “project,” “may,” “can,” “plan,” “target,” “potential,” “should” and other words and expressions of similar meaning.

No assurance can be given that the expected results in any forward-looking statement will be achieved, and actual results may differ materially due to one or more factors, including the sensitivity of our business to weather conditions, changes in the economy and the housing market, our ability to maintain favorable relationships with suppliers and manufacturers, competition from other leisure product alternatives and mass merchants, excess tax benefits or deficiencies recognized under ASU 2016-09 and other risks detailed in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  For these statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

OVERVIEW

Financial Results

We produced solid results in the first quarter of 2019 despite wetter and cooler conditions throughout most of the quarter in some of our major markets. Our team’s strong execution, coupled with modest top line growth, delivered favorable results in the quarter.
Net sales increased 2% to $597.5 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $585.9 million in the first quarter of 2018, while base business sales grew 1%. Cooler and wetter weather, particularly in the western United States, combined with a later Easter holiday adversely impacted first quarter sales. Pool openings and normal spring early buys from customers in seasonal markets are influenced by the timing of the Easter holiday. In addition, sales were negatively impacted approximately 2% by the loss of a selling day compared to the first quarter of 2018 and 1% from unfavorable foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.
Gross profit increased 5% to $174.6 million in the first quarter of 2019 from $166.1 million in the same period in 2018. Base business gross profit improved 4% over the first quarter of 2018, including a negative currency exchange impact of 1%. Gross margin increased 90 basis points to 29.2% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 28.3% in the first quarter of 2018, reflecting benefits from our strategic inventory purchases in 2018 and lower customer early buys in the first quarter of 2019.
Selling and administrative expenses (operating expenses) increased 3% to $136.2 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018. Base business operating expenses were up 1% over the comparable 2018 period including a 1% currency benefit. As a percentage of net sales, base business operating expenses increased to 22.6% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to 22.5% in the first quarter of 2018.
Operating income for the first quarter of 2019 increased to $38.4 million, up 14% compared to the same period in 2018. Operating margin was 6.4% in the first quarter of 2019 and 5.7% in the same period in 2018, while base business operating margin improved 90 basis points from the prior year to 6.7% in the first quarter of 2019.
We recorded an $8.8 million tax benefit from Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2016-09, Improvements to Employee Share-Based Payment Accounting, in the quarter ended March 31, 2019 compared to a tax benefit of $9.0 million realized in the same period of 2018.

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Net income was $32.6 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $31.3 million in the first quarter of 2018. Earnings per share increased 7% to $0.80 per diluted share in the three months ended March 31, 2019 compared to $0.75 per diluted share in the same period of 2018. The benefit from ASU 2016-09 increased diluted earnings per share by $0.21 and $0.22 in the first quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively. Excluding the impact from ASU 2016-09 in both periods, earnings per diluted share increased 11% to $0.59 in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $0.53 in the first quarter of 2018.
References to product line and product category data throughout this report generally reflect data related to the North American swimming pool market, as it is more readily available for analysis and represents the largest component of our operations.
Financial Position and Liquidity

As of March 31, 2019, total net receivables, including pledged receivables, remained flat compared to March 31, 2018. Our days sales outstanding (DSO), as calculated on a trailing four quarters basis, was 29.8 days at March 31, 2019 and 30.1 days at March 31, 2018. Our allowance for doubtful accounts balance was $5.6 million at March 31, 2019 and $4.0 million at March 31, 2018.

Net inventory levels grew 16% compared to levels at March 31, 2018. The increase of $111.9 million in inventory reflects strategic inventory purchases we made in the second half of 2018 in advance of greater than normal vendor price increases, inventory from acquired businesses and normal business growth, as well as the slower start to the season. The inventory reserve was $8.5 million at March 31, 2019 and $7.4 million at March 31, 2018. Our inventory turns, as calculated on a trailing four quarters basis, were 3.1 times at March 31, 2019 and 3.5 times at March 31, 2018.

Total debt outstanding at March 31, 2019 was $699.0 million, up 23% compared to total debt at March 31, 2018 primarily to fund business driven working capital growth, acquisitions and share repurchases over the past 12 months.

Current Trends and Outlook

For a detailed discussion of trends through 2018, see the Current Trends and Outlook section of Management’s Discussion and Analysis included in Part II, Item 7 of our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  

As a result of the additional tax benefits realized from ASU 2016-09 in the first quarter of 2019 beyond what was included in our initial earnings guidance range, we are updating our 2019 earnings guidance to a range of $6.09 to $6.39 from $6.05 to $6.35 per diluted share. Other than the additional $0.04 per diluted share tax benefit, our earnings expectation for 2019 remains unchanged.

Consistent with our original 2019 projections, we expect base business sales growth of approximately 7% to 9% for 2019 and expect gross margin will be similar to 2018. Unfavorable weather impacts, the loss of a selling day and a later Easter holiday in 2019 led to delayed pool openings, lower customer early buys and lower construction and remodeling activity. We believe these factors negatively impacted our first quarter of 2019 sales by an estimated $30.0 to $45.0 million but will lead to increased sales growth later in the year, depending on customer capacity and weather.

We expect a slight improvement in our gross margin in the second quarter of 2019 as we sell through the strategic inventory purchases we made in the second half of 2018; we expect margins to decline in the fourth quarter of 2019 in comparison to the same quarter in the prior year due to a difficult comparison.

We expect base business operating expenses will grow at a rate of approximately 60% of gross margin growth for the year, which will enable us to achieve operating margin improvement of approximately 20 to 40 basis points for the full year of 2019 compared to 2018.

As discussed further in Results of Operations below, our average outstanding debt for the three months ended March 31, 2019 increased 31% over the same period last year, and given the increase in the 30-Day LIBOR, our effective interest rate increased approximately 70 basis points between periods. Based on these trends, we expect Interest and other non-operating expenses, net will increase for the full year of 2019 compared to 2018.

We expect our annual effective tax rate (excluding the benefit from ASU 2016-09) for 2019 will approximate 25.5%, which is consistent with 2018 and a reduction compared to our historical rate of approximately 38.5% due to the impact of U.S. tax reform.

Our effective tax rate is dependent on our results of operations and may change if actual results differ materially from our current expectations, particularly any significant changes in our geographic mix. Due to ASU 2016-09, we expect our effective tax rate will fluctuate from quarter to quarter, particularly in periods when employees elect to exercise their vested stock options or when restrictions on share-based awards lapse. We recorded an $8.8 million tax benefit from ASU 2016-09 for the three months ended

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March 31, 2019. Additional tax benefits could be recognized related to stock option exercises in 2019 from grants that expire in years after 2019, for which we have not included any expected benefits in our guidance. The estimated impact related to ASU 2016-09 is subject to several assumptions which can vary significantly, including our estimated share price and the periods in which our employees will exercise vested stock options.

Excluding the impact of timing differences from our strategic inventory purchases made in the second half of 2018, we expect cash provided by operations will approximate net income for the 2019 fiscal year. We anticipate that we may use approximately $150.0 million to $200.0 million in cash for share repurchases in 2019, subject to additional authorization by our Board of Directors.


RESULTS OF OPERATIONS
As of March 31, 2019, we conducted operations through 369 sales centers in North America, Europe, South America and Australia.

The following table presents information derived from the Consolidated Statements of Income expressed as a percentage of net sales:

 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,
 
 
2019
 
2018
Net sales
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
Cost of sales
 
70.8

 
71.7

Gross profit
 
29.2

 
28.3

Operating expenses
 
22.8

 
22.6

Operating income
 
6.4

 
5.7

Interest and other non-operating expenses, net
 
1.1

 
0.6

Income before income taxes and equity earnings
 
5.3
%
 
5.1
%

We have included the results of operations from the acquisitions in 2019 and 2018 in our consolidated results since the acquisition dates.

Three Months Ended March 31, 2019 Compared to Three Months Ended March 31, 2018
The following table breaks out our consolidated results into the base business component and the excluded component (sales centers excluded from base business):
(Unaudited)
 
Base Business
 
Excluded
 
Total
(in thousands)
 
Three Months Ended
 
Three Months Ended
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,
 
March 31,
 
March 31,
 
 
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
 
2019
 
2018
Net sales
 
$
587,320

 
$
582,822

 
$
10,136

 
$
3,078

 
$
597,456

 
$
585,900

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Gross profit
 
171,706

 
165,334

 
2,925

 
739

 
174,631

 
166,073

Gross margin
 
29.2
%
 
28.4
%
 
28.9
 %
 
24.0
 %
 
29.2
%
 
28.3
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating expenses
 
132,548

 
131,250

 
3,697

 
1,282

 
136,245

 
132,532

Expenses as a % of net sales
 
22.6
%
 
22.5
%
 
36.5
 %
 
41.7
 %
 
22.8
%
 
22.6
%
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Operating income (loss)
 
39,158

 
34,084

 
(772
)
 
(543
)
 
38,386

 
33,541

Operating margin
 
6.7
%
 
5.8
%
 
(7.6
)%
 
(17.6
)%
 
6.4
%
 
5.7
%

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In our calculation of base business results, we have excluded the following acquisitions for the periods identified:


Acquired
 

Acquisition
Date
 
Net
Sales Centers
Acquired
 

Periods
Excluded
W.W. Adcock, Inc. (1)
 
January 2019
 
4
 
January - March 2019
Turf & Garden, Inc. (1)
 
November 2018
 
4
 
January - March 2019
Tore Pty. Ltd. (Pool Power) (1)
 
January 2018
 
1
 
January - March 2019 and
January - March 2018
Chem Quip, Inc. (1)
 
December 2017
 
5
 
January - March 2019 and
January - March 2018
Intermark
 
December 2017
 
1
 
January - February 2019 and
January - February 2018

(1) 
We acquired certain distribution assets of each of these companies.

When calculating our base business results, we exclude sales centers that are acquired, closed, or opened in new markets for a period of 15 months. We also exclude consolidated sales centers when we do not expect to maintain the majority of the existing business and existing sales centers that are consolidated with acquired sales centers.

We generally allocate corporate overhead expenses to excluded sales centers on the basis of their net sales as a percentage of total net sales.  After 15 months of operations, we include acquired, consolidated and new market sales centers in the base business calculation including the comparative prior year period.

The table below summarizes the changes in our sales center count during the first three months of 2019:

December 31, 2018
364

Acquired locations
4

New locations, existing markets
2

Consolidated location
(1
)
March 31, 2019
369


Net Sales
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
 
 
March 31,
 
 
(in millions)
 
2019
 
2018
 
Change
Net sales
 
$
597.5

 
$
585.9

 
$
11.6

 
2%

Net sales increased 2% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018, with base business sales up 1% for the period. Cooler and wetter weather, particularly in the western United States, combined with a later Easter holiday adversely impacted first quarter sales. Pool openings and normal spring early buys from customers in seasonal markets are influenced by the timing of the Easter holiday. In addition, sales were negatively impacted approximately 2% by the loss of a selling day compared to the first quarter of 2018 and 1% from unfavorable foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

The following factors benefited our sales (listed in order of estimated magnitude):

inflationary product cost increases (estimated at approximately 2% above our historical average of 1% to 2%);
strong demand for discretionary products, as evidenced by improvements in sales growth rates for product offerings such as building materials (see discussion below);
acquisitions; and
market share gains, particularly in building materials and commercial products (see discussion below).


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We believe that sales growth rates for certain product offerings, such as equipment and building materials, evidence increased spending in traditionally discretionary areas, such as pool construction, pool remodeling and equipment upgrades. In the first quarter of 2019, sales for equipment, which includes swimming pool heaters, pumps, lights and filters, remained relatively flat compared to the same period last year. These products collectively represented approximately 30% of net sales for the period. Sales of building materials grew 8% compared to the first quarter of 2018 and represented approximately 13% of net sales in the first quarter of 2019.

Sales to customers who service large commercial swimming pools such as hotels, universities and community recreational facilities are included in the appropriate existing product categories, and growth in this area is reflected in the numbers above. Sales to these customers represented approximately 6% of our consolidated net sales for the first quarter of 2019 and increased 2% compared to the first quarter of 2018.

Gross Profit
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
 
 
March 31,
 
 
(in millions)
 
2019
 
2018
 
Change
Gross profit
 
$
174.6

 
$
166.1

 
$
8.5

 
5%
Gross margin
 
29.2
%
 
28.3
%
 
 
 
 

The increase in gross margin between periods primarily reflects benefits from strategic inventory purchases in the second half of 2018 and lower customer early buys in the first quarter of 2019.

Operating Expenses
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
 
 
March 31,
 
 
(in millions)
 
2019
 
2018
 
Change
Operating expenses
 
$
136.2

 
$
132.5

 
$
3.7

 
3%
Operating expenses as a % of net sales
 
22.8
%
 
22.6
%
 
 
 
 

Operating expenses increased 3% in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018, with base business operating expenses up approximately 1% compared to the same period last year. This increase is largely due to growth-driven increases in labor expenses and increased facility costs offset by a 1% benefit from foreign currency exchange rate fluctuations.

Interest and Other Non-Operating Expenses, Net

Interest and other non-operating expenses, net for the first quarter of 2019 increased $3.1 million compared to the first quarter of 2018. The increase mostly reflects higher debt levels and higher interest rates between periods. Our weighted average effective interest rate increased to 3.7% for the first quarter of 2019 from 3.0% for the first quarter of 2018 on higher average outstanding debt of $674.6 million versus $515.9 million for the respective periods.

Income Taxes

Our effective income tax rate was a 2.5% benefit for the three months ended March 31, 2019, compared to a 4.3% benefit for the three months ended March 31, 2018. We recorded an $8.8 million tax benefit from ASU 2016-09 in the quarter ended March 31, 2019 compared to a benefit of $9.0 million realized in the same period last year. Excluding the benefits from ASU 2016-09, our effective tax rate was 25.1% and 25.7% for the first quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively.
 
Net Income and Earnings Per Share

Net income increased 4% to $32.6 million in the first quarter of 2019 compared to the first quarter of 2018. Earnings per diluted share increased to $0.80 in the first quarter of 2019 versus $0.75 per diluted share for the comparable 2018 period. The benefit from ASU 2016-09 increased diluted earnings per share by $0.21 and $0.22 in the first quarters of 2019 and 2018, respectively. Excluding the impact from ASU 2016-09 in both periods, earnings per diluted share increased 11% to $0.59 in the first quarter of 2019 compared to $0.53 in the first quarter of 2018.

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Seasonality and Quarterly Fluctuations

Our business is highly seasonal. In general, sales and operating income are highest during the second and third quarters, which represent the peak months of both swimming pool use and installation and irrigation and landscape installations and maintenance. Sales are substantially lower during the first and fourth quarters, when we may incur net losses. In 2018, we generated approximately 62% of our net sales and 81% of our operating income in the second and third quarters of the year.

We typically experience a build-up of product inventories and accounts payable during the winter months in anticipation of the peak selling season.  Excluding borrowings to finance acquisitions and share repurchases, our peak borrowing usually occurs during the second quarter, primarily because extended payment terms offered by our suppliers typically are payable in April, May and June, while our peak accounts receivable collections typically occur in June, July and August.

The following table presents certain unaudited quarterly data for the first quarter of 2019, the four quarters of 2018 and the fourth, third and second quarters of 2017.  We have included income statement and balance sheet data for the most recent eight quarters to allow for a meaningful comparison of the seasonal fluctuations in these amounts.  In our opinion, this information reflects all normal and recurring adjustments considered necessary for a fair presentation of this data.  Due to the seasonal nature of our industry, the results of any one or more quarters are not necessarily a good indication of results for an entire fiscal year or of continuing trends.

(Unaudited)
 
QUARTER
(in thousands)
 
2019
 
2018
 
2017
 
 
First
 
Fourth
 
Third
 
Second
 
First
 
Fourth
 
Third
 
Second
Statement of Income Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Net sales
 
$
597,456

 
$
543,082

 
$
811,311

 
$
1,057,804

 
$
585,900

 
$
510,183

 
$
743,401

 
$
988,163

Gross profit
 
174,631

 
160,442

 
235,003

 
308,655

 
166,073

 
145,398

 
216,606

 
289,664

Operating income
 
38,386

 
25,970

 
92,337

 
162,042

 
33,541

 
17,259

 
81,928

 
154,186

Net income
 
32,637

 
16,811

 
69,261

 
117,049

 
31,339

 
25,665

 
48,783

 
94,620

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance Sheet Data
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Total receivables, net
 
$
313,127

 
$
207,801

 
$
287,773

 
$
404,415

 
$
314,596

 
$
196,265

 
$
262,796

 
$
370,285

Product inventories, net
 
815,742

 
672,579

 
609,983

 
606,583

 
703,793

 
536,474

 
484,287

 
542,805

Accounts payable
 
472,487

 
237,835

 
204,706

 
300,232

 
467,795

 
245,249

 
209,062

 
273,309

Total debt
 
698,977

 
666,761

 
580,703

 
657,120

 
568,110

 
519,650

 
564,573

 
553,480



We expect that our quarterly results of operations will continue to fluctuate depending on the timing and amount of revenue contributed by new and acquired sales centers.  Based on our peak summer selling season, we generally open new sales centers and close or consolidate sales centers, when warranted, either in the first quarter before the peak selling season begins or in the fourth quarter after the peak selling season ends.


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Weather is one of the principal external factors affecting our business.  The table below presents some of the possible effects resulting from various weather conditions.

Weather
 
Possible Effects
Hot and dry
Increased purchases of chemicals and supplies
for existing swimming pools
 
Increased purchases of above-ground pools and
irrigation products
Unseasonably cool weather or extraordinary amounts of rain
Fewer pool and irrigation and landscape installations
 
Decreased purchases of chemicals and supplies
 
Decreased purchases of impulse items such as
above-ground pools and accessories
Unseasonably early warming trends in spring/late cooling trends in fall
A longer pool and landscape season, thus positively impacting our sales
(primarily in the northern half of the U.S. and Canada)
 
 
Unseasonably late warming trends in spring/early cooling trends in fall
A shorter pool and landscape season, thus negatively impacting our sales
(primarily in the northern half of the U.S. and Canada)
 
 

Weather Impacts on 2019 and 2018 Results

Wetter and cooler-than-normal temperatures to begin the year hindered our first quarter of 2019 sales growth. Much of the western United States, particularly California and Arizona, experienced cold to record cold temperatures in January and February. The latter half of March benefited from warmer weather throughout most of the country and provided some relief from the slow start earlier in the year. The first quarter of 2018 experienced similar, though less significant, unfavorable weather in certain markets, leading to adverse conditions in 2019 compared to 2018.





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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Liquidity is defined as the ability to generate adequate amounts of cash to meet short-term and long-term cash needs. We assess our liquidity in terms of our ability to generate cash to fund our operating activities, taking into consideration the seasonal nature of our business. Significant factors which could affect our liquidity include the following:

cash flows generated from operating activities;
the adequacy of available bank lines of credit;
the quality of our receivables;
acquisitions;
dividend payments;
capital expenditures;
changes in income tax laws and regulations;
the timing and extent of share repurchases; and
the ability to attract long-term capital with satisfactory terms.

Our primary capital needs are seasonal working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes, including acquisitions, dividend payments and share repurchases. Our primary sources of working capital are cash from operations supplemented by borrowings, which have historically been sufficient to support our growth and finance acquisitions. The same principles apply to funds used for capital expenditures and share repurchases.

We prioritize our use of cash based on investing in our business, maintaining a prudent debt structure, including a modest amount of debt, and returning cash to our shareholders through dividends and share repurchases. Our specific priorities for the use of cash are as follows:

capital expenditures primarily for maintenance and growth of our sales center structure, technology-related investments and fleet vehicles;
strategic acquisitions executed opportunistically;
payment of cash dividends as and when declared by our Board of Directors (Board);
repayment of debt to maintain an average total leverage ratio (as defined below) between 1.5 and 2.0; and
repurchases of our common stock under our Board-authorized share repurchase program.

Capital expenditures were 1.1% of net sales in 2018 and 1.4% of net sales in both 2017 and 2016. Our higher capital spending in 2017 and 2016 related to expanding our facilities and purchasing delivery vehicles to address growth. Over the last five years, capital expenditures have averaged roughly 1.0% of net sales. Going forward, we project capital expenditures will continue to approximate this average.

Sources and Uses of Cash

The following table summarizes our cash flows (in thousands):
 
 
Three Months Ended
 
 
March 31,
 
 
2019
 
2018
Operating activities
 
$
28,804

 
$
(44,149
)
Investing activities
 
(16,109
)
 
(15,217
)
Financing activities
 
(2,050
)
 
38,205


Cash provided by operating activities increased $73.0 million during the first three months of 2019 compared to the first three months of 2018 primarily due to payments for pre-price increase inventory purchases in 2018 ahead of the 2019 season, which resulted in decreased inventory purchases in the first quarter of 2019.

Cash used in investing activities for the first three months of 2019 increased compared to the first three months of 2018 primarily due to the acquisition of W.W. Adcock, Inc. which we completed in January 2019.
Cash used in financing activities increased for the first three months of 2019 compared to the first three months of 2018, which reflects a $20.5 million increase in share repurchases as well as a $16.2 million decrease in amounts provided by net borrowings.

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Future Sources and Uses of Cash
Revolving Credit Facility
Our Credit Facility provides for $750.0 million in borrowing capacity under a five-year unsecured revolving credit facility and includes sublimits for the issuance of swingline loans and standby letters of credit.  Pursuant to an accordion feature, the aggregate maximum principal amount of the commitments under the Credit Facility may be increased at our request and with agreement by the lenders by up to $75.0 million, to a total of $825.0 million.  The Credit Facility matures on September 29, 2022. We intend to use the Credit Facility for general corporate purposes, for future share repurchases and to fund future growth initiatives.
At March 31, 2019, there was $503.1 million outstanding, a $4.8 million standby letter of credit outstanding and $242.1 million available for borrowing under the Credit Facility.  We utilize interest rate swap contracts and forward-starting interest rate swap contracts to reduce our exposure to fluctuations in variable interest rates for future interest payments on the Credit Facility.  As of March 31, 2019, we had three interest rate swap contracts in place that became effective on October 19, 2016. These swap contracts were previously forward-starting and were amended in October 2015 to bring the fixed rates per our forward-starting contracts in line with current market rates and extend the hedged period for future interest payments on our Credit Facility. Now effective, these amended swap contracts convert the Credit Facility’s variable interest rate to fixed rates of 2.273% on a notional amount of $75.0 million and 2.111% on two separate notional amounts, one $25.0 million and the other $50.0 million, totaling $75.0 million. Interest expense related to the notional amounts under these swap contracts is based on the fixed rates plus the applicable margin on the Credit Facility. These interest rate swap contracts will terminate on November 20, 2019.
In July 2016, we entered into a forward-starting interest rate swap contract to extend the hedged period for future interest payments on our Credit Facility to its maturity date at that time. This swap contract will convert the Credit Facility’s variable interest rate to a fixed rate of 1.1425% on a notional amount of $150.0 million. The contract becomes effective on November 20, 2019 and terminates on November 20, 2020.
The weighted average effective interest rate for the Credit Facility as of March 31, 2019 was approximately 3.5%, excluding commitment fees.
Financial covenants on the Credit Facility include maintenance of a maximum average total leverage ratio and a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio.  As of March 31, 2019, the calculations of these two covenants are detailed below:
Maximum Average Total Leverage Ratio. On the last day of each fiscal quarter, our average total leverage ratio must be less than 3.25 to 1.00.  Average Total Leverage Ratio is the ratio of the trailing twelve months (TTM) Average Total Funded Indebtedness plus the TTM Average Accounts Securitization Proceeds divided by the TTM EBITDA (as those terms are defined in the Credit Facility).  As of March 31, 2019, our average total leverage ratio equaled 1.80 (compared to 1.72 as of December 31, 2018) and the TTM average total debt amount used in this calculation was $646.7 million.

Minimum Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio. On the last day of each fiscal quarter, our fixed charge ratio must be greater than or equal to 2.25 to 1.00.  Fixed Charge Ratio is the ratio of the TTM EBITDAR divided by TTM Interest Expense paid or payable in cash plus TTM Rental Expense (as those terms are defined in the Credit Facility).  As of March 31, 2019, our fixed charge ratio equaled 5.17 (compared to 5.33 as of December 31, 2018) and TTM Rental Expense was $57.8 million.

The Credit Facility also limits the declaration and payment of dividends on our common stock to no more than 50% of the preceding year’s Net Income (as defined in the Credit Facility), provided no default or event of default has occurred and is continuing, or would result from the payment of dividends.  Additionally, we may declare and pay quarterly dividends notwithstanding that the aggregate amount of dividends paid would be in excess of the 50% limit described above so long as (i) the amount per share of such dividends does not exceed the amount per share paid during the most recent fiscal year in which we were in compliance with the 50% limit and (ii) our Average Total Leverage Ratio is less than 3.00 to 1.00 both immediately before and after giving pro forma effect to such dividends. Further, dividends must be declared and paid in a manner consistent with our past practice.
 
Under the Credit Facility, we may repurchase shares of our common stock provided no default or event of default has occurred and is continuing, or would result from the repurchase of shares, and our maximum average total leverage ratio (determined on a pro forma basis) is less than 2.50 to 1.00. Other covenants include restrictions on our ability to grant liens, incur indebtedness, make investments, merge or consolidate, and sell or transfer assets. Failure to comply with any of our financial covenants or any other terms of the Credit Facility could result in higher interest rates on our borrowings or the acceleration of the maturities of our outstanding debt.

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Receivables Securitization Facility
Our two-year accounts receivable securitization facility (the Receivables Facility) offers us a lower cost form of financing, with a peak funding capacity of up to $295.0 million between May 1 and June 30, which includes an additional seasonal funding capacity that is available between March 1 and July 31. Other funding capacities range from $95.0 million to $280.0 million throughout the remaining months of the year.
The Receivables Facility provides for the sale of certain of our receivables to a wholly owned subsidiary (the Securitization Subsidiary). The Securitization Subsidiary transfers variable undivided percentage interests in the receivables and related rights to certain third-party financial institutions in exchange for cash proceeds, limited to the applicable funding capacities. Upon payment of the receivables by customers, rather than remitting to the financial institutions the amounts collected, we retain such collections as proceeds for the sale of new receivables until payments become due.
The Receivables Facility contains terms and conditions (including representations, covenants and conditions precedent) customary for transactions of this type. Additionally, an amortization event will occur if we fail to maintain a maximum average total leverage ratio (average total funded debt/EBITDA) of 3.25 to 1.00 and a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio (EBITDAR/cash interest expense plus rental expense) of 2.25 to 1.00.
At March 31, 2019, there was $175.1 million outstanding under the Receivables Facility at a weighted average effective interest rate of 3.3%, excluding commitment fees.
Compliance and Future Availability
As of March 31, 2019, we believe we were in compliance with all covenants and financial ratio requirements under our Credit Facility and our Receivables Facility.  We believe we will remain in compliance with all covenants and financial ratio requirements throughout the next twelve months.  For additional information regarding our debt arrangements, see Note 5 of “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements,” included in Part II, Item 8 of our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
We believe we have adequate availability of capital to fund present operations and the current capacity to finance any working capital needs that may arise.  We continually evaluate potential acquisitions and hold discussions with acquisition candidates.  If suitable acquisition opportunities arise that would require financing, we believe that we have the ability to finance any such transactions.
As of April 25, 2019, $49.2 million of the current Board-authorized amount under our share repurchase program remained available.  We expect to repurchase additional shares on the open market from time to time depending on market conditions.  We plan to fund these repurchases with cash provided by operations and borrowings under the Credit and Receivables Facilities.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES
We prepare our Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), which require management to make estimates and assumptions that affect reported amounts and related disclosures. Management identifies critical accounting estimates as:
those that require the use of assumptions about matters that are inherently and highly uncertain at the time the estimates are made; and
those for which changes in the estimates or assumptions, or the use of different estimates and assumptions, could have a material impact on our consolidated results of operations or financial condition.
Management has discussed the development, selection and disclosure of our critical accounting estimates with the Audit Committee of our Board.  For a description of our critical accounting estimates that require us to make the most difficult, subjective or complex judgments, please see our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  We have not changed these policies from those previously disclosed.

Recent Accounting Pronouncements
See Note 1 of “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements,” included in Item 1 of this Form 10-Q for detail.

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Item 3.  Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk
Interest Rate Risk
There have been no material changes during the three months ended March 31, 2019 from what we reported in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K. For additional information on our interest rate risk, refer to “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk” included in Part II, Item 7A. in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Currency Risk
There have been no material changes during the three months ended March 31, 2019 from what we reported in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K. For additional information on our currency risk, refer to “Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures about Market Risk” included in Part II, Item 7A. in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

Item 4.  Controls and Procedures
The term “disclosure controls and procedures” is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Act).  The rules refer to the controls and other procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in reports that we file or submit under the Act is (1) recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Securities and Exchange Commission’s rules and forms and (2) accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.  As of March 31, 2019, management, including the CEO and CFO, performed an evaluation of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures.  Based on that evaluation, management, including the CEO and CFO, concluded that as of March 31, 2019, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective.
We maintain a system of internal control over financial reporting that is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.  Based on the most recent evaluation, we have concluded that no change in our internal control over financial reporting occurred during the last fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.

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PART II.  OTHER INFORMATION

Item 1.  Legal Proceedings
From time to time, we are subject to various claims and litigation arising in the ordinary course of business, including product liability, personal injury, commercial, contract and employment matters. While the outcome of any litigation is inherently unpredictable, based on currently available facts we do not believe that the ultimate resolution of any of these matters will have a material adverse impact on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.
Item 1A.  Risk Factors
There have been no material changes from the risk factors disclosed in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” in our 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K.
Item 2.  Unregistered Sales of Equity Securities and Use of Proceeds
The table below summarizes the repurchases of our common stock in the first quarter of 2019:
Period
 
Total Number
of Shares
Purchased (1)
 
Average Price
Paid per Share
 
Total Number of
Shares Purchased
as Part of Publicly
Announced Plan (2)
 
Maximum Approximate
Dollar Value of Shares
That May Yet be Purchased
Under the Plan (3)
January 1 - 31, 2019
 
116,946

 
$
147.77

 
116,946

 
$
52,498,367

February 1 - 28, 2019
 
28,513

 
$
152.25

 
22,019

 
$
49,200,474

March 1 - 31, 2019
 
9,401

 
$
156.98

 

 
$
49,200,474

Total
 
154,860

 
$
149.15

 
138,965

 
 
(1) 
These shares may include shares of our common stock surrendered to us by employees in order to satisfy minimum tax withholding obligations in connection with certain exercises of employee stock options or lapses upon vesting of restrictions on previously restricted share awards, and/or to cover the exercise price of such options granted under our share-based compensation plans.  There were 15,895 shares surrendered for this purpose in the first quarter of 2019.
(2) 
In May 2018, our Board authorized an additional $200.0 million under our share repurchase program for the repurchase of shares of our common stock in the open market at prevailing market prices or in privately negotiated transactions.
(3) 
As of April 25, 2019, $49.2 million of the authorized amount remained available under our current share repurchase program.

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Item 6.  Exhibits

Exhibits filed as part of this report are listed below.
 
 
 
 
 
 
Incorporated by Reference
No.
 
Description
 
Filed/ Furnished with this
Form 10-Q
 
Form
 
File No.
 
Date Filed
 
Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company.
 
 
 
10-Q
 
000-26640
 
8/9/2006
 
Amended and Restated Bylaws of the Company.
 
 
 
8-K
 
000-26640
 
2/8/2019
 
Form of certificate representing shares of common stock of the Company.
 
 
 
8-K
 
000-26640
 
5/19/2006
 
Certification by Mark W. Joslin pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Certification by Peter D. Arvan pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d‑14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Certification by Peter D.Arvan and Mark W. Joslin furnished pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
101.INS
+
XBRL Instance Document
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
101.SCH
+
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
101.CAL
+
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
101.DEF
+
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
101.LAB
+
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
101.PRE
+
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
 
X
 
 
 
 
 
 
+ Attached as Exhibit 101 to this report are the following items formatted in XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language):
1.
Consolidated Statements of Income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2018;
2.
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and March 31, 2018;
3.
Consolidated Balance Sheets at March 31, 2019, December 31, 2018 and March 31, 2018;
4.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and
March 31, 2018;
5.
Consolidated Statements of Changes in Stockholders’ Equity for the three months ended March 31, 2019 and
March 31, 2018; and
6.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.













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SIGNATURE

Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized on April 30, 2019.
 
 
POOL CORPORATION
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
By:
/s/ Mark W. Joslin
 
 
Mark W. Joslin
 
 
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and duly authorized signatory on behalf of the registrant








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