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Pool Corporation Reports Record Third Quarter Results And Tightens 2013 Earnings Guidance Range

Highlights include:
  • Record third quarter and year to date results
  • Q3 base business sales growth of 9%
  • Q3 diluted EPS of $0.68, up 15% over adjusted diluted EPS for Q3 2012
  • Revised 2013 diluted EPS guidance range of $2.03 to $2.08

COVINGTON, La., Oct. 17, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pool Corporation (Nasdaq:POOL) today reported record results for the third quarter of 2013.

"As the 2013 season came to a close, we realized solid sales and gross profit growth, leading to record third quarter results. We are encouraged by the strong demand for discretionary products in both our seasonal and year-round markets, as weather returned to more normal conditions in the third quarter. Although we saw some improving margin trends in the quarter compared to earlier quarters, customer, product and geographic mix changes continued to adversely impact gross margins," said Manuel Perez de la Mesa, President and CEO.

Net sales for the quarter ended September 30, 2013 increased 10% to a record $578.2 million, compared to $528.0 million in the third quarter of 2012, with base business sales up 9% for the period. As weather normalized in the third quarter, sales growth of 7% in our seasonal markets more closely aligned with sales growth of 11% in our largest, year-round markets. Irrigation product sales were up 12% consistent with the recovery in the housing market. Net sales for the third quarter of 2013 also benefited from one additional selling day versus the third quarter of last year.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2013 increased 7% to $162.6 million from $151.5 million in the same period of 2012. Gross profit as a percentage of net sales (gross margin) declined 60 basis points to 28.1% in the third quarter of 2013. The lower gross margin in the quarter continues to reflect a shift in consumer spending to lower margin, discretionary products such as pumps, heaters, lighting products, irrigation systems and landscape equipment, all of which experienced double-digit sales growth rates. This growth outpaced our sales of higher margin, non-discretionary product lines generally associated with basic pool maintenance and minor repair activity. In addition, the higher sales growth rates in our lower margin year-round markets continued to negatively impact gross margins.

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