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PC Connection, Inc. Reports Second Quarter Results

07/28/10

MERRIMACK, N.H., Jul 28, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- PC Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCCC)

SECOND QUARTER SUMMARY:

  • Q2 net sales: $477.5 million, up 27% year over year
  • SG&A: 9.9% of net sales, improved from 11.2% last year
  • Operating income: $8.5 million, or 1.8% of net sales
  • Diluted earnings per share: $0.18 per share

PC Connection, Inc. (NASDAQ: PCCC), a leading direct marketer of information technology (IT) products and services, today announced results for the quarter ended June 30, 2010. Net sales for the three months ended June 30, 2010 were $477.5 million, an increase of $100.3 million or 26.6%, compared to $377.3 million for the three months ended June 30, 2009. Net income for the quarter was $5.0 million, or $0.18 per share, compared to net loss of $6.5 million, or $0.24 per share, for the corresponding prior year period.

The quarter ended June 30, 2009 included $12.1 million of special charges related primarily to the write-off of a software development project that reduced earnings and earnings per share. Pro forma net income, excluding these special charges, for the quarter ended June 30, 2009 was $1.1 million, or $0.04 per share. The Company did not record any special charges for the second quarter of 2010. A reconciliation between net loss on a GAAP basis and pro forma net income for the three months ended June 30, 2009 is provided in a table below immediately following the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

Net sales for the six months ended June 30, 2010 were $885.8 million, an increase of $182.3 million or 25.9%, compared to $703.5 million for the six months ended June 30, 2009. Net income for the six months ended June 30, 2010 was $7.5 million, or $0.27 per share, compared to net loss of $8.1 million, or $0.30 per share, for the six months ended June 30, 2009. The six-month period ended June 30, 2009 included special charges that reduced earnings and earnings per share. Pro forma net income, excluding these special charges, for the six months ended June 30, 2009 was $71 thousand, or substantially break-even on a per share basis. The Company did not record any special charges for the six months ended June 30, 2010. A reconciliation between net loss on a GAAP basis and pro forma net income for the six months ended June 30, 2009 is provided in a table below immediately following the Consolidated Statements of Operations.

As noted in last quarter's earnings release, the Company formed a new sales company, PC Connection Express, Inc., to focus on the specialized requirements of the consumer and small office/home office ("SOHO") markets. This new company began operations in mid-January 2010. Prior to its formation, consumer and SOHO sales were reported within the Company's small- and medium-sized business (SMB) segment. In order to facilitate comparison with current period results, 2009 revenues and gross margins for the SMB segment have been restated on a pro forma basis to exclude consumer and SOHO sales.

Quarterly Sales by Segment:

  • Net sales for the SMB business segment increased by 26.1%, to $190.7 million compared to the second quarter pro forma sales of 2009. Sales to small- and medium-sized businesses experienced significant growth across most product lines and market sectors as the IT demand environment remained strong, similar to this year's first quarter.
  • Net sales for MoreDirect, Inc., the Company's Large Account segment, increased year-over-year by 36.2% to $149.4 million, representing this segment's largest quarterly sales performance. Large account customers substantially increased their IT spending due to the release of pent-up IT demand and PC refresh. New customer acquisitions also contributed to the year-over-year increase.
  • Net sales to government and education customers (Public Sector segment) increased year-over-year by 32.8% to $120.6 million, representing this segment's largest quarterly sales performance. Sales to both federal government and education customers increased for the third straight quarter by double-digit percentages primarily due to increased contract sales made to federal government and higher education customers.
  • Net sales to consumers and SOHO customers by PC Connection Express were $16.8 million in the second quarter of 2010, compared to $25.5 million of comparable sales in the second quarter of 2009, which were previously reported within the SMB segment. This company's new website, www.pcconnectionexpress.com, was launched in mid January, and expanded efforts continue to increase customer visits to this site.

Quarterly Sales by Product Mix:

  • Notebooks and PDAs sales, the Company's largest product category, increased by 59% year over year and accounted for 18% of net sales in the second quarter of 2010 compared to 14% of net sales for the second quarter of 2009. Higher unit sales for the quarter, associated with the PC refresh and pent-up IT demand, drove the year-over-year growth as average selling prices, or ASPs, experienced a slight increase year over year.
  • Desktops/servers sales increased by 36% year over year, accounting for 16% of net sales in the second quarter of 2010 compared to 14% of net sales for the second quarter of 2009. Desktop sales grew as a result of increased unit sales associated with the PC refresh and pent-up IT demand. Server sales grew as a result of increased unit sales and higher ASPs.
  • Net/com products sales increased by 28% year over year, accounting for 10% of net sales in the second quarter of 2010 and 2009. Net/com sales benefitted this past quarter from increased investments in IT infrastructure.
  • Memory and system enhancement sales grew 43% year over year and accounted for 4% of net sales in the second quarter of 2010 and 2009. The large increase was driven substantially by the year-over-year increase in desktop and notebook sales experienced in the second quarter of 2010.

Overall gross profit dollars increased by $11.6 million, or 26%, in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the prior year quarter due to higher revenues. Consolidated gross profit margin, as a percentage of net sales, was 11.7% in the second quarter of 2010 compared to 11.8% in the prior year quarter. Higher software referral agency fee revenues largely offset lower invoice product margins in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the prior year quarter. Both the SMB and Large Account segments improved gross profit margins in the second quarter compared to the prior year period, however, consolidated gross profit margin was largely unchanged.

Overall annualized sales productivity increased by 33% in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the second quarter of 2009. Sales productivity in the Public Sector, SMB, and Large Account segments increased by 35%, 36%, and 37%, respectively, in the second quarter of 2010 compared to the prior year period primarily due to the year-over-year revenue increases. On a consolidated basis, the total number of sales representatives was 588 at June 30, 2010, compared to 603 at June 30, 2009, and 583 at March 31, 2010.

Total selling, general and administrative expenses for the quarter increased year over year by $5.4 million, or 12.8%, but decreased as a percentage of net sales to 9.9% for the second quarter of 2010 from 11.2% for the second quarter of 2009. The year-over-year dollar increase was primarily attributable to the increased variable compensation associated with increased operating results. The year-over-year decrease in SG&A as a percentage of net sales was due to the higher level of sales in the second quarter of 2010 and improved expense management.

"We are pleased by the continued improvement in our overall sales growth and performance," said Patricia Gallup, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. "During the quarter, the Company experienced the second largest quarterly sales level in its history, and achieved significant increases in both operating income and earnings per share. We believe we can continue to increase market share and, as the economy improves, grow our business and enhance long-term shareholder value."

About PC Connection, Inc.

PC Connection, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company, operates through four sales companies: PC Connection Sales Corporation, MoreDirect, Inc., GovConnection, Inc., and PC Connection Express, Inc., headquartered in Merrimack, NH, Boca Raton, FL, Rockville, MD, and Portsmouth, NH, respectively. All four companies can deliver custom-configured computer systems overnight from PC Connection Services' ISO 9001:2000 certified technical configuration lab at its distribution center in Wilmington, OH. Investors and media can find more information about PC Connection, Inc. at http://ir.pcconnection.com.

PC Connection Sales Corporation (800-800-5555), the original business of PC Connection, Inc. serving the small- and medium-sized business sector, is a rapid-response provider of IT products and services. It offers more than 180,000 brand-name products through its staff of technically trained sales account managers and catalog telesales representatives, catalogs, and publications, and its website at www.pcconnection.com.

MoreDirect, Inc. (561-237-3300), www.moredirect.com, provides corporate technology buyers with a comprehensive web-based e-procurement solution and in-depth IT supply-chain expertise, serving as a one-stop source by aggregating more than 300,000 products from the inventories of leading IT wholesale distributors and manufacturers. MoreDirect's TRAXX(TM) system is a seamless end-to-end interface that empowers clients to electronically source, evaluate, compare prices, and track related technology product purchases in real-time.

GovConnection, Inc. (800-800-0019) is a rapid-response provider of IT products and services to federal, state, and local government agencies and educational institutions through specialized account managers, catalogs, and publications, and online at www.govconnection.com.

PC Connection Express, Inc. (888-800-0323) is a rapid-response provider of computer products and consumer electronics to home, home office, and small office users. Customers can purchase the best-known brands in the industry online at www.pcconnectionexpress.com or order by calling a trained sales specialist. The subsidiary includes the MacConnection brand (800-800-2222), one of Apple's largest authorized online resellers at www.macconnection.com.

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"Safe Harbor" Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995: This release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, the impact of changes in market demand and the overall level of economic activity and environment, or in the level of business investment in information technology products, competitive products and pricing, product availability and market acceptance, new products, fluctuations in operating results, and the ability of the Company to manage personnel levels in response to fluctuations in revenue, and other risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those detailed under the caption "Risk Factors" in the Company's Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission for the quarter ended March 31, 2010. More specifically, the statements in this release concerning the Company's outlook for 2010 and other statements of a non-historical basis (including statements regarding the Company's ability to grow its business and increase market share) are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties. Such risks and uncertainties include the ability to realize market demand for and competitive pricing pressures on the products and services marketed by the Company, the continued acceptance of the Company's distribution channel by vendors and customers, continuation of key vendor and customer relationships and support programs, and the ability of the Company to hire and retain qualified sales representatives and other essential personnel. The Company assumes no obligation to update the information in this press release or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of any new information, future events, or otherwise.

CONSOLIDATED SELECTED FINANCIAL INFORMATION
At or for the Three Months Ended June 30, 2010 2009

(Dollars and shares in thousands, except operating
data, price/earnings ratio, and per share data)

% of
Net Sales

% of
Net Sales

%
Change

Operating Data:
Net sales $ 477,546 $ 377,262 27 %
Diluted earnings (loss) per share $ 0.18 $ (0.24 )
Gross profit margin 11.7 % 11.8 %
Operating margin 1.8 % (2.6 )%
Return on equity (1) 8.4 % (11.2 )%
Catalogs distributed 2,247,000 2,822,000 (20 )%
Orders entered (2) 331,700 333,900 (1 )%
Average order size (2) $ 1,777 $ 1,413 26 %
Inventory turns (1) 27 23
Days sales outstanding 49 47
Product Mix:
Notebooks & PDAs $ 86,145 18 % $ 54,336 14 % 59 %
Desktops/Servers 73,021 16 53,735 14 36 %
Software 62,335 13 56,765 15 10 %
Video, Imaging & Sound 53,044 11 46,322 12 15 %
Net/Com Products 49,001 10 38,335 10 28 %
Storage Devices 38,960 8 31,010 8 26 %
Printers & Printer Supplies 38,867 8 32,008 9 21 %
Memory & System Enhancements 18,483 4 12,905 4 43 %
Accessories/Other 57,690 12 51,846 14 11 %
$ 477,546 100 % $ 377,262 100 % 27 %
Net Sales of Enterprise Server and Networking Products (included in the above Product Mix):
$ 178,129 37 % $ 144,211 38 % 24 %
Stock Performance Indicators:
Actual shares outstanding 26,721 26,864
Total book value per share $ 9.06 $ 8.48
Tangible book value per share $ 7.19 $ 6.63
Closing price $ 6.06 $ 5.25
Market capitalization $ 161,929 $ 141,036
Pro forma trailing price/earnings ratio (3) 12 21
(1) Annualized
(2) Does not reflect cancellations or returns
(3) Earnings calculation is based on the last four quarters and excludes special charges.
REVENUE AND MARGIN INFORMATION
For the Three Months Ended June 30, 2010 2009

Net
Sales

Gross
Margin (%)

Net
Sales

Gross
Margin (%)

(Dollars in thousands)
PC Connection Sales Corporation (SMB) (1) $ 190,661 14.4 % $ 151,254 14.2 %
MoreDirect (Large Account) 149,411 10.5 109,674 10.3
GovConnection (Public Sector) 120,639 9.5 90,851 9.6

PC Connection Express (Consumer/SOHO) (1)

16,835 8.7 25,483 10.8
Total $ 477,546 11.7 % $ 377,262 11.8 %

(1) 2009 results are pro forma due to the launch in early 2010 of new Consumer/SOHO sales company.

CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Three Months Ended June 30, 2010 2009
(amounts in thousands, except per share data) Amount

% of Net
Sales

Amount

% of Net
Sales

Net sales $ 477,546 100.0 % $ 377,262 100.0 %
Cost of sales 421,564 88.3 332,920 88.2
Gross profit 55,982 11.7 44,342 11.8
Selling, general and administrative expenses 47,501 9.9 42,118 11.2
Special charges - - 12,064 3.2
Income (loss) from operations 8,481 1.8 (9,840 ) (2.6 )
Interest expense (95 ) - (152 ) -
Other, net 35 - 160 -
Income tax (provision) benefit (3,398 ) (0.7 ) 3,373 0.9
Net income (loss) $ 5,023 1.1 % ($6,459 ) (1.7 )%
Earnings (loss) per common share:
Basic $ 0.19 $ (0.24 )
Diluted $ 0.18 $ (0.24 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 27,116 26,819
Diluted 27,156 26,819
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS
Six Months Ended June 30, 2010 2009
(amounts in thousands, except per share data) Amount

% of Net
Sales

Amount

% of Net
Sales

Net sales $ 885,808 100.0 % $ 703,483 100.0 %
Cost of sales 781,175 88.2 617,530 87.8
Gross profit 104,633 11.8 85,953 12.2
Selling, general and administrative expenses 91,975 10.4 85,407 12.1
Special charges - - 12,955 1.9
Income (loss) from operations 12,658 1.4 (12,409 ) (1.8 )
Interest expense (194 ) - (286 ) -
Other, net 110 - 359 0.1
Income tax (provision) benefit (5,117 ) (0.6 ) 4,258 0.6
Net income (loss) $ 7,457 0.8 % ($8,078 ) (1.1 )%
Earnings (loss) per common share:
Basic $ 0.27 $ (0.30 )
Diluted $ 0.27 $ (0.30 )
Weighted average common shares outstanding:
Basic 27,136 26,819
Diluted 27,175 26,819

A RECONCILIATION BETWEEN GAAP AND PRO FORMA RESULTS

This information is being provided so as to allow for a comparison of our operating results without special charges.

June 30,

Three Months Ended Six Months Ended
(amounts in thousands) 2010 2009 2010 2009
GAAP net income (loss) $ 5,023 ($6,459 ) $ 7,457 ($8,078 )
Special charges (after tax):
Software development write-off and related charges - 7,378 - 7,378
Management restructuring - 195 - 771
Total special charges (after tax) - 7,573 - 8,149
Pro forma net income $ 5,023 $ 1,114 $ 7,457 $ 71
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS June 30, December 31,
(amounts in thousands) 2010 2009
ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents $ 49,820 $ 46,297
Accounts receivable, net 229,170 218,095
Inventories 67,243 67,391
Deferred income taxes 3,746 3,386
Income taxes receivable 667 935
Prepaid expenses and other current assets 3,849 2,750
Total current assets 354,495 338,854
Property and equipment, net 11,092 12,420
Goodwill 48,060 48,060
Other intangibles, net 1,856 1,279
Other assets 358 482
Total Assets $ 415,861 $ 401,095
LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Current maturities of capital lease obligation to affiliate $ 824 $ 780
Accounts payable 127,736 125,120
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 23,923 20,441
Accrued payroll 10,306 8,843
Total current liabilities 162,789 155,184
Deferred income taxes 4,561 3,849
Capital lease obligation to affiliate, less current maturities 2,407 2,830
Other liabilities 3,980 3,966
Total Liabilities 173,737 165,829
Stockholders' Equity:
Common stock 274 274
Additional paid-in capital 97,645 97,213
Retained earnings 148,571 141,114
Treasury stock at cost (4,366 ) (3,335 )
Total Stockholders' Equity 242,124 235,266
Total Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity $ 415,861 $ 401,095
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENT OF CHANGES IN STOCKHOLDERS' EQUITY
Six Months Ended June 30, 2010 (amounts in thousands)

Common Stock

Additional Retained

Treasury Stock

Shares Amount Paid-In Capital Earnings Shares Amount Total
Balance - December 31, 2009 27,375 $ 274 $ 97,213 $ 141,114 (527 ) ($3,335 ) $ 235,266
Stock-based compensation expense - - 743 - - - 743
Repurchase of common stock for treasury - - - - (208 ) (1,399 ) (1,399 )
Nonvested stock awards - - (368 ) - 58 368 -
Issuance of common stock under Employee
Stock Purchase Plan 23 - 135 - - - 135
Tax shortfall from stock-based compensation - - (78 ) - - - (78 )
Net income and comprehensive income - - - 7,457 - - 7,457
Balance - June 30, 2010 27,398 $ 274 $ 97,645 $ 148,571 (677 ) $ (4,366 ) $ 242,124
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS
Six Months Ended June 30, (amounts in thousands) 2010 2009
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income (loss) $ 7,457 $ (8,078 )
Adjustments to reconcile net income (loss) to net cash provided by operating activities:
Non-cash portion of special charges - 11,625
Depreciation and amortization 2,891 3,536
Provision for doubtful accounts 1,177 1,233
Deferred income taxes 352 (2,638 )
Stock-based compensation expense 743 646
Income tax deficiency from stock-based compensation (78 ) (103 )
Loss on disposal of fixed assets 3 15
Changes in assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable (12,252 ) 15,734
Inventories 148 2,923
Prepaid expenses and other current assets (831 ) (2,599 )
Other non-current assets 124 (111 )
Accounts payable 1,853 596
Accrued expenses and other liabilities 4,959 2,277
Net cash provided by operating activities 6,546 25,056
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Purchases of property and equipment (1,380 ) (4,369 )
Net cash used for investing activities (1,380 ) (4,369 )
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Proceeds from short-term borrowings - 1,545
Repayment of short-term borrowings - (1,545 )
Purchase of treasury shares (1,399 ) (178 )
Repayment of capital lease obligation (379 ) (340 )
Issuance of stock under Employee Stock Purchase Plan 135 138
Net cash used for financing activities (1,643 ) (380 )
Increase in cash and cash equivalents 3,523 20,307
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period 46,297 47,003
Cash and cash equivalents, end of period $ 49,820 $ 67,310

SOURCE: PC Connection, Inc.

PC Connection, Inc.
Stephen Baldridge, 603-683-2322
Sr. Vice President of Finance & Corporate Controller

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