“Our cash flow generation was strong again this quarter, bringing the total amount generated over the last twelve months to more than $630 million or nearly double our targeted conversion rate,” said Paul J. Reilly, executive vice president, finance and operations and chief financial officer. “Return on invested capital remains an important metric for us, and we again generated returns in excess of our weighted average cost of capital.”
Global components third-quarter sales of $3.37 billion decreased 8 percent year over year. Pro forma for acquisitions and excluding the impact of both foreign currency and the aforementioned change in revenue presentation, sales were flat year over year. Sales in the Asia Pacific region increased 10 percent year over year, driven by the core business and a rebound in the company’s Ultra Source business. In the Americas sales declined 1 percent year over year due to a weaker overall market as well as customer cautiousness. European sales were down 4 percent year over year in local currency as the macroeconomic environment continues to impact the region.
Global enterprise computing solutions (“ECS”) third-quarter sales of $1.59 billion increased 3 percent year over year. This represents the 11 th consecutive quarter of year-over-year organic growth for the ECS team. On a global basis, solid year-over-year growth in storage and software was offset by continued weakness in the server market. In the third quarter the company saw good performance in the Americas, with sales in the core value-added distribution business in line with expectations in a seasonally slow quarter. In Europe, the team delivered solid results in line with normal seasonality on a local currency basis, even as market conditions weakened somewhat in the region. The company’s matrix expansion strategy remains a key driver of the successes in the region.
NINE-MONTH RESULTSArrow’s net income for the first nine months of 2012 was $331.6 million, or $2.96 per share on a diluted basis, compared with net income of $424.7 million, or $3.64 per share on a diluted basis, in the first nine months of 2011. Sales of $15.00 billion declined 6 percent year over year from sales of $15.95 billion in the year-ago period. Pro forma for acquisitions and excluding the impact of both foreign currency and the aforementioned change in revenue presentation, sales declined 3 percent year over year in the first nine months of 2012.