Results include 35 new locations from a joint venture formed in 2012 with Carrier Corporation in Canada, which Watsco owns 60% and Carrier owns 40%. The results also reflect a 10% greater ownership interest in Carrier Enterprise LLC, a U.S. joint venture formed with Carrier in 2009. On July 2, 2012, the Company exercised an option to purchase an additional 10% ownership interest in Carrier Enterprise for cash consideration of $52 million.

Fourth Quarter Results

Earnings per share, on an adjusted basis, increased 5% to 41 cents per diluted share (4 cents on a GAAP basis) compared to 39 cents per diluted share for the fourth quarter of 2011, and net income increased 10% to a record $15 million in 2012. Operating income increased 3% to a record $33 million with an operating margin of 4.4%. Same-store operating profit was $29 million with an operating margin of 4.2%.

Revenues increased 19% to a record $766 million and increased 7% on a same-store basis, reflecting a 5% increase in sales of HVAC equipment (62% of sales), a 6% increase in sales of other HVAC products (33% of sales) and a 31% increase in sales of commercial refrigeration products (5% of sales).

Gross profit increased 14% to a record $183 million with gross profit margin declining 100 basis-points to 23.9%. On a same-store basis, gross profit increased 1% with gross profit margin of 23.6%. SG&A expenses increased 16% to $149 million and as a percentage of sales declined 40 basis-points to a record low of 19.5%. Excluding new locations, SG&A increased 4% and as a percentage of sales declined 50 basis-points to 19.4%.

Mr. Nahmad added: “The sales growth rate for residential HVAC systems improved during the fourth quarter and revenues for complimentary HVAC supplies were up strong double-digits. We are seeing this momentum continue during the early part of 2013, and although it is a bit premature to make a solid prediction on growth rates for the year, we believe recent trends are positive in terms of a recovery of the residential HVAC market.”

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