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Distribution Solutions Group (NASDAQ:DSGR) reported strong cash flows in Q3 2023, with total revenue increasing by $91.8 million (26.4%) to $438.9 million. However, consolidated organic revenue declined by 4.2% due to softness in the Industrial Technologies vertical. Operating income was $12.8 million, reflecting higher intangible amortization and non-recurring items. Adjusted EBITDA grew 26% to $43.7 million, with a margin of 10.0%. Diluted loss per share was $0.03 compared to diluted income per share of $0.42 in the year-ago quarter. The company generated $47 million of cash flows from operations and ended the quarter with $80.5 million of unrestricted cash on hand and $198.3 million of availability under its credit facility. Net debt leverage was 2.9x as of the end of the quarter.
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FORT WORTH, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Distribution Solutions Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:DSGR) ("DSG" or the "Company"), a premier specialty distribution company, today announced consolidated results for the third quarter ended September 30, 2023. This press release is supplemented by an earnings presentation at https://investor.distributionsolutionsgroup.com/news/events.

Third Quarter 2023 Summary (1)

  • Total revenue increased $91.8 million, or 26.4%, to $438.9 million which included $106.3 million of revenue from 2022 and 2023 acquisitions. Consolidated organic revenue declined 4.2% for the quarter, primarily driven by softness in the Industrial Technologies (TestEquity) vertical.
  • Operating income was $12.8 million, reflecting higher intangible amortization from our recent acquisitions and $13.9 million of non-recurring severance, acquisition-related retention costs, stock-based compensation and other non-recurring items as compared to operating income of $22.0 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted operating income excluding these items was $26.7 million compared to $25.7 million a year ago quarter.
  • Adjusted EBITDA grew 26% to $43.7 million compared to $34.7 million in the prior year quarter. Adjusted EBITDA margin was 10.0% in both periods. As anticipated in the early months following the Hisco acquisition, Hisco decreased Adjusted EBITDA margins by approximately 70bps for the third quarter. Excluding the Hisco acquisition, Adjusted EBITDA margin was 10.7%.
  • Diluted loss per share was $0.03 for the quarter compared to diluted income per share of $0.42 in the year-ago quarter on higher depreciation and amortization expenses and a higher share count in the third quarter of 2023. Non-GAAP adjusted diluted earnings per share was $0.17 compared to $0.32 for the same period a year ago.
  • The Company generated $47 million of cash flows from operations for the quarter and ended the quarter with $80.5 million of unrestricted cash on hand and $198.3 million of availability under its committed credit facility. Net debt leverage was 2.9x as of the end of the quarter.

(1) See reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures in tables 2, 3 and 4.
Share and per share data for all periods presented reflect two-for-one stock split.

Bryan King, CEO and Chairman of the Board, said, “We delivered a strong quarter with Adjusted EBITDA growing nearly 26% and a 10.7% Adjusted EBITDA margin excluding the Hisco impact. Revenue grew slightly more than 26% primarily from recent acquisition activity. For the first nine months of fiscal 2023, we generated significant cash flows from operating activities of $74 million, of which $47 million was realized in the third quarter, demonstrating the power of scale, solid margins in each of our business verticals and our focus on working capital efficiency.

"Our third quarter included a full quarter of Hisco results, which we acquired in June. We are well underway integrating Hisco's business into TestEquity and continue to recognize the benefits of building a broader customer base and reach, a larger geographic footprint and an enhanced product offering. While it's still in the early days of integration with the rest of DSG, we are discovering additional opportunities Hisco offers to achieve revenue and cost synergies across the entire group.

"One of our key strengths is that we support a diverse customer base in growing end markets. We are closely monitoring the demand environment in light of the continued tightening monetary policy, as well as fluctuations in customer ordering patterns. While some markets inevitably fluctuate, we continue to strategically invest in initiatives which generate long-term profitable growth and cash flow across the DSG platform. We are proactively identifying margin improvement and cost savings opportunities and are taking steps to sustainably improve our business to mitigate sales and margin risks for the remainder of 2023 and into 2024. Our asset-light business model, combined with our focus on growing operating cash flows and accelerating returns on invested capital, positions us well to enhance long-term shareholder value," concluded Mr. King.

The following represents a summary of certain operating results for each reportable segment and our All Other category (unaudited). See reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP measures in tables 2, 3 and 4.

 

Lawson Products

 

Gexpro Services

 

TestEquity

 

All Other

 

Consolidated DSG

(Dollars in thousands)

Q3 2023

Q3 2022

 

Q3 2023

Q3 2022

 

Q3 2023

Q3 2022

 

Q3 2023

Q3 2022

 

Q3 2023

Q3 2022

GAAP Revenue

$

114,477

 

$

109,418

 

 

$

103,232

 

$

103,749

 

 

$

207,657

 

$

116,709

 

 

$

13,543

 

$

17,275

 

 

$

438,909

 

$

347,151

 

GAAP Operating income

$

10,643

 

$

5,352

 

 

$

7,332

 

$

7,992

 

 

$

(5,027

)

$

7,576

 

 

$

(165

)

$

1,107

 

 

$

12,783

 

$

22,027

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adjusted EBITDA

$

16,721

 

$

9,670

 

 

$

11,552

 

$

12,485

 

 

$

14,298

 

$

10,122

 

 

$

1,132

 

$

2,423

 

 

$

43,703

 

$

34,700

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

GAAP Operating income as a percent of GAAP Revenue

 

9.3

%

 

4.9

%

 

 

7.1

%

 

7.7

%

 

 

(2.4

)%

 

6.5

%

 

 

(1.2

)%

 

6.4

%

 

 

2.9

%

 

6.3

%

Adjusted EBITDA as a percent of GAAP Revenue

 

14.6

%

 

8.8

%

 

 

11.2

%

 

12.0

%

 

 

6.9

%

 

8.7

%

 

 

8.4

%

 

14.0

%

 

 

10.0

%

 

10.0

%

Note Regarding Reverse Merger Accounting

As a result of the April 1, 2022 strategic combination of Lawson Products, Gexpro Services and TestEquity, the Company's financial results are reported under reverse merger accounting treatment as required by generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"). Accordingly, Lawson Products results are included only for the periods following the April 1, 2022 merger closing date. GAAP results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2022 include the combined results of Gexpro Services and TestEquity, and the results of Lawson Products only subsequent to April 1, 2022. GAAP results for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2023 include the results of Lawson Products, Gexpro Services and TestEquity.

Conference Call

Distribution Solutions Group, Inc. will conduct a conference call with investors to discuss third quarter 2023 results at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time on November 2, 2023. The conference call is available by direct dial at 1-888-506-0062 in the U.S. or 1-973-528-0011 from outside of the U.S. The participant access code is 881987. A replay of the conference call will be available by telephone approximately two hours after completion of the call through November 16, 2023. Callers can access the replay by dialing 1-877-481-4010 in the U.S. or 1-919-882-2331 outside the U.S. The passcode for the replay is 49043. A streaming audio of the call and an archived replay will also be available on the investor relations page of Distribution Solutions Group’s website. Presentations may be supplemented by a series of slides appearing on the company’s investor relations home page at https://investor.distributionsolutionsgroup.com/news/events.

About Distribution Solutions Group, Inc.

Distribution Solutions Group (“DSG”) is a premier multi-platform specialty distribution company providing high touch, value-added distribution solutions to the maintenance, repair & operations (MRO), the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and the industrial technologies markets. DSG was formed through the strategic combination of Lawson Products, a leader in MRO distribution of C-parts, Gexpro Services, a leading global supply chain services provider to manufacturing customers, and TestEquity, a leader in electronic test & measurement solutions.

Through its collective businesses, DSG is dedicated to helping customers lower their total cost of operation by increasing productivity and efficiency with the right products, expert technical support and fast, reliable delivery to be a one-stop solution provider. DSG serves approximately 170,000 customers in several diverse end markets supported by approximately 3,800 dedicated employees and strong vendor partnerships. DSG ships from strategically located distribution and service centers to customers in North America, Europe, Asia, South America and the Middle East.

For more information on Distribution Solutions Group please visit www.distributionsolutionsgroup.com.

This release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, that involve risks and uncertainties. The terms “aim,” “anticipate,” “believe,” “contemplates,” “continues,” “could,” “ensure,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecasts,” “if,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “might,” “objective,” “outlook,” “plan,” “positioned,” “potential,” “predict,” “probable,” “project,” “shall,” “should,” “strategy,” “will,” “would,” and other words and terms of similar meaning and expression are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements can also be identified by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historical or current facts. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations and involve inherent risks, uncertainties and assumptions, including factors that could delay, divert or change any of them, and could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from current expectations. DSG can give no assurance that any goal or plan set forth in forward-looking statements can be achieved and DSG cautions readers not to place undue reliance on such statements, which speak only as of the date made. DSG undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to forward-looking statements as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of certain risks and uncertainties. Certain risks associated with DSG’s business are also discussed from time to time in the reports DSG files with the SEC, including DSG’s Annual Report on Form 10-K, DSG’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q and DSG’s Current Reports on Form 8-K, which should be reviewed carefully. In addition, the following factors, among others, could cause actual outcomes and results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements: (i) unanticipated difficulties or expenditures relating to the mergers; (ii) the risk that stockholder litigation in connection with the mergers results in significant costs of defense, indemnification and liability; (iii) any problems arising in combining the businesses of Lawson Products, TestEquity and Gexpro Services, which may result in the combined company not operating as effectively and efficiently as expected; and (iv) the risks that DSG may encounter difficulties integrating the business of DSG with the business of other companies that DSG has acquired or has otherwise combined with, that DSG may not achieve the anticipated synergies contemplated with respect to any such business or transactions and that certain assumptions with respect to such business or transactions could prove to be inaccurate.

-TABLES FOLLOW-

Distribution Solutions Group, Inc.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(Dollars in thousands, except share data)

(Unaudited)

 

 

 

 

 

September 30,
2023

 

December 31,
2022

ASSETS

 

 

 

Current assets:

 

 

 

Cash and cash equivalents

$

80,456

 

 

$

24,554

 

Restricted cash

 

20,703

 

 

 

186

 

Accounts receivable, less allowances

 

238,543

 

 

 

166,301

 

Inventories, net

 

313,337

 

 

 

264,374

 

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

 

36,538

 

 

 

22,773

 

Total current assets

 

689,577

 

 

 

478,188

 

Property, plant and equipment, net

 

111,949

 

 

 

64,395

 

Rental equipment, net

 

26,320

 

 

 

27,139

 

Goodwill

 

397,762

 

 

 

348,048

 

Deferred tax asset

 

55

 

 

 

189

 

Intangible assets, net

 

265,319

 

 

 

227,994

 

Cash value of life insurance

 

18,001

 

 

 

17,166

 

Right of use operating lease assets

 

79,791

 

 

 

46,755

 

Other assets

 

7,194

 

 

 

5,736

 

Total assets

$

1,595,968

 

 

$

1,215,610

 

LIABILITIES AND STOCKHOLDERS’ EQUITY

 

 

 

Current liabilities:

 

 

 

Accounts payable

$

107,140

 

 

$

80,486

 

Current portion of long-term debt

 

32,335

 

 

 

16,352

 

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FAQ

What is the stock symbol of Distribution Solutions Group?

The stock symbol of Distribution Solutions Group is DSGR.

What was the total revenue for Q3 2023?

The total revenue for Q3 2023 was $438.9 million.

What was the consolidated organic revenue growth for the quarter?

The consolidated organic revenue declined by 4.2% for the quarter.

What was the adjusted EBITDA margin for Q3 2023?

The adjusted EBITDA margin for Q3 2023 was 10.0%.

What was the diluted loss per share for the quarter?

The diluted loss per share for the quarter was $0.03.

How much cash flows from operations did the company generate in Q3 2023?

The company generated $47 million of cash flows from operations in Q3 2023.

What was the net debt leverage as of the end of the quarter?

The net debt leverage was 2.9x as of the end of the quarter.

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