Motion Sales Increase 19.6% in 2Q

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Genuine Parts Co., the parent of Motion — what GPC calls its “industrial parts group” — on Thursday reported that the distributor’s second-quarter sales of $1.6 billion were up 19.6% year-over-year and represented 33% of total company revenues.

The increase in sales reflected a 16.4% increase in comparable sales, a 2.4% favorable impact from foreign currency and a 0.8% benefit from acquisitions. Segment profit of $150.4 million was up 38.1% and the profit margin was 9.5%, up 130 basis points from 2020.

Genuine Parts (NYSE: GPC) reported companywide sales of $4.8 billion, a 25.1% increase compared to $3.8 billion in the same period of the prior year. The improvement is attributable to a 19.5% increase in comparable sales, a 4.1% net favorable impact of foreign currency and other and a 1.5% benefit from acquisitions.

Net income from continuing operations was $196.5 million, or a diluted earnings per share of $1.36. This compares to a net loss from continuing operations of $363.5 million, or $2.52 per diluted share in the prior year period. The company’s adjusted net income from continuing operations was $252.6 million, an increase of 33% as compared to $190.5 million a year ago. On a per share diluted basis, adjusted net income from continuing operations was $1.74, an increase of 32% compared to $1.32 per diluted share last year

“We are pleased to report a strong financial performance driven by the consistent execution of our strategic priorities and the ongoing recovery in the global markets,” said Paul Donahue, chairman and CEO of Genuine Parts. “The second quarter was highlighted by strong sales trends, gross margin gains and improved operational efficiencies that drove margin expansion and record quarterly earnings. In addition, we effectively deployed capital for growth and productivity investments, bolt-on acquisitions, the dividend and share repurchases.”

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