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July 11, 2014
11:15 EDTGWW, FAST, HDSFastenal tumbles after reporting earnings, announcing store closures
Shares of industrial and construction supply retailer Fastenal (FAST) are lower after the company reported plans to close 45 stores in its second quarter earnings release. WHAT'S NEW: Fastenal's Q2 earnings per share of 44c matched analysts' consensus estimate, while its revenue of $949.94M narrowly missed analysts' consensus of $952.45M. The company said, "Our growth in net sales was impacted by slight inflationary price changes in our non-fastener products and some price deflation in our fastener products, but the net impact was a drag on growth." WHAT'S NOTABLE: During the company's earnings conference call, Fastenal announced plans to close 45 stores in the second half of this year. The company feels "very good" with what it has done in terms of sales so far this year and believes vending opportunity will be a "big part" of the company's future. Fastenal says that it has very good sales momentum and has "great momentum" overall for the company going into the back half of the year. The company says it will to continue to work hard on its margins and hopes to structurally improve them. Overall, Fastenal said that there is "plenty of room" for the company to improve gross margins over time. The retailer aims to continue to invest heavily in distribution infrastructure and vending. During 2013 and 1H14, Fastenal incurred some short-term debt to fund CapEx and dividends. This was expected and is expected to continue throughout the remainder of FY14 and possibly FY15. OTHERS TO WATCH: Other industrial products distributors include W.W. Grainger (GWW) and HD Supply (HDS). PRICE ACTION: During morning trading, shares of Fastenal slipped $2.16, or $4.5%, to $45.99. Shares of W.W. Grainger and HD Supply are down 1.7% and 0.9%, respectively.
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07:33 EDTGWWGrainger cuts FY15 EPS to $12.25-$12.95 from $12.60-$13.60, consensus $12.89
Cuts FY15 sales growth to 1%-4% from 3%-7%, consensus $10.31B. The updated guidance reflects changes in new sales representatives and slower macroeconomic growth.
07:32 EDTGWWGrainger expects to add 400 new sales representatives in 2015
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07:32 EDTGWWGrainger CEO Jim Ryan: This was a challenging quarter
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07:31 EDTGWWGrainger reports Q1 adjusted EPS $3.10, consensus $3.11
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07:16 EDTGWWGrainger intends to buy back $3B in common stock, increase dividend
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10:14 EDTFASTFastenal cites added store workers as reason for Q1 growth
The company said it added 1,000 workers between 3Q14 and 1Q15, with majority of the workers coming in the last half of Q1. Comments taken from Q1 conference call.
09:13 EDTFASTOn The Fly: Pre-market Movers.
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06:52 EDTFASTFastenal reports Q1 daily sales $15,132; Reports Q1 daily sales growth rate 8.8%
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06:51 EDTFASTFastenal reports Q1 EPS 43c, consensus 41c
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