Similar to the final quarter a year earlier, the company beat expectations. Shares rose almost 10% on six times average volume on Friday and now trade at a 15-year high.
Fourth-quarter revenue at Ingram -- the world's largest wholesale distributor of information-technology products -- rose 4% to $11.83 billion, just above the $11.53 billion estimate of analysts. Earnings of 88 cents per share were well ahead of the 78 cent estimate of analysts, a nice surprise from Ingram, which is a high-revenue but low profit margin business.
The company's acquisition of mobile-services provider Brightpoint for $650 million in 2012 has been paying dividends. According to Ingram, the deal added 35 cents to earnings last year, a penny higher than what was originally expected.Ingram has been a staple on some of my deep value-related stock screens for several years, frequently trading below its net current asset value (net/net). It was also one of the biggest net/nets in terms of market cap that I'd discovered in the umpteen years that I've researched and written on that topic.