G&K Services, Inc. (NASDAQ: GK) today reported operating results for the second quarter of its fiscal year 2013, which ended on December 29, 2012. Second quarter revenue grew by 5.6 percent to $229.2 million, up from $217.1 million in last year’s second quarter, driven by solid growth in both rental operations and direct sales. Second quarter net earnings per diluted share grew 33 percent to $0.68, from earnings of $0.51 per diluted share in the prior-year period. The company’s quarterly operating margin improved to 10.0 percent, up from 7.8 percent in last year’s second quarter, reaching the highest level in ten years.
“Achieving our 10 percent operating margin goal is a tremendous accomplishment for our entire team,” said Douglas A. Milroy, Chief Executive Officer. “We have now more than doubled the company’s operating margin since we initiated our game plan. We’re as excited as ever about G&K’s future and continue to see opportunities to drive further operating margin expansion, earnings growth, and improvements in return on invested capital.”
Income Statement Review Second quarter revenue from rental operations grew 5.6 percent to $207.9 million, up from $196.8 million in the prior-year quarter. The rental organic growth rate, which adjusts for the impact of currency exchange rate differences, acquisitions and divestitures, was 4.5 percent. The impact of currency exchange rate differences and acquisitions added 1.1 percent to rental operations growth during the quarter. Second quarter direct sales grew by 5.4 percent to $21.3 million, from $20.2 million in the prior-year.
Operating margin expanded to 10.0 percent, a 220 basis point improvement from the 7.8 percent margin in last year’s second quarter. The operating margin increase was primarily driven by increased operating leverage from revenue growth, productivity improvements in rental production and delivery, and improved direct sales gross margin. Selling and administrative costs were also lower as a percentage of revenue than in the prior-year. These improvements were partially offset by an expected increase in rental merchandise expense.