Dorman Products Inc.: Dorman Products, Inc. Reports Sales and Earnings For the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 26, 2015

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Contact: Matt Barton, President and CEO, mbarton@dormanproducts.com, (215) 997-1800. Visit our website at www.dormanproducts.com


Dorman Products, Inc. Reports Sales and Earnings

For the Fourth Quarter and Year Ended December 26, 2015

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Fourth Quarter Results:

  • Q4 sales increased 18% to $204.8 million


  • Q4 EPS increased 19% to $0.62 per diluted share


    Full Year Results:

  • 2015 sales increased 7% to $803.0 million


  • 2015 EPS increased 4% to $2.60 per diluted share


    COLMAR, PENNSYLVANIA (February 17, 2016) - Dorman Products, Inc. (NASDAQ:DORM) today announced sales for the fourth quarter ended December 26, 2015 of $204.8 million, an increase of 18% from

    $174.0 million in the fourth quarter of 2014. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter ended December 26, 2015 increased 19% to $0.62 per share from $0.52 per share in 2014.


    Results for the fourth quarter of 2015 include a pre-tax charge of $3.0 million for uncollectible accounts receivable due to the bankruptcy filing of one customer. The results for the fourth quarter of 2014 include $4.6 million in incremental costs associated with our 2014 ERP conversion. Excluding these items, adjusted diluted earnings per share increased 10% to $0.67 from $0.61 last year as noted in the Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Measures table below.


    "As expected, our fourth quarter sales growth rate returned to historical double-digit levels. As previously stated, approximately $10 million of the fourth quarter revenue increase was attributable to lower prior year sales as a result of the acceleration of customer orders ahead of our ERP system conversion in September 2014. The remaining increase was due to higher sales of new products and strong product sell-through rates at most customers," said Matt Barton, President and Chief Executive Officer.


    Gross profit margin was 38.0% for the fourth quarter ended December 26, 2015 compared to 38.3% for the same period last year. The slight decline in the gross profit margin rate was primarily due to increased provisions for excess and obsolete inventory. SG&A expenses increased 14% in the fourth quarter of 2015 to $43.4 million from $38.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2014 as a result of higher variable expenses associated with the 18% sales growth, labor cost increases and increased costs associated with accounts receivable sales programs. The fourth quarter of 2015 includes a $3.0 million provision for uncollectible accounts receivable, while the SG&A expenses in the fourth quarter of 2014 included $3.9 million in costs associated with our prior year ERP conversion.


    For the fiscal year ended December 26, 2015, sales increased 7% over the prior year to $803.0 million from

    $751.5 million last year. Diluted earnings per share in 2015 rose 4% to $2.60 from $2.49 in the prior year.

    Additionally:

    • Revenues from products introduced in the last 24 months accounted for 19% of our fiscal 2015 sales, down from a record high of 22% last year. The decline can be attributed to a shut-down of new product introductions during our ERP conversion and a gradual move towards introducing new products earlier in their lifecycle.

    • Total parts introduced in 2015 increased 30% to 4,852 parts, including 1,495 "Formerly Dealer Only" parts.

    • Gross profit margin increased from 38.2% in 2014 to 38.4% in 2015.

    • Selling, general and administrative expenses include $3.5 million and $3.9 million in incremental ERP conversion costs in 2015 and 2014 respectively; and also include a $3.0 million provision for uncollectible accounts receivable in 2015.

    • Research and development spending increased 6% to $16.8 million in 2015.

    • Operating cash flow increased 54% to $92.1 million.


"This year marked our 15th consecutive year of sales growth. We introduced a record number of new products through our continued commitment to our "New to the Aftermarket" strategy. We continue to make investments in new product opportunities, especially in areas like complex electronics and heavy duty vehicles. Earlier this year, we completed the stabilization phase of our ERP implementation and returned to pre-conversion efficiency levels within twelve months of the system go-live as expected," said Mr. Barton. "I would like to thank all of our contributors for another successful year, and our customers and end-users for their continued support and acceptance of our new products."


The Company repurchased 747,700 shares of its common stock for $35.7 million at an average price of

$47.77 per share during fiscal 2015, and has $73.9 million remaining under its current $150 million share repurchase program.


Dorman Products, Inc. is a leading supplier of Dealer "Exclusive" automotive replacement parts, automotive hardware, brake products, and household hardware to the Automotive Aftermarket and Mass Merchandise markets. Dorman products are marketed under the Dorman®, OE Solutions™, HELP!®, AutoGrade™, First Stop™, Conduct-Tite®, TECHoice™, Dorman® Hybrid Drive Batteries and Dorman HD Solutions™ brand names.


This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, including statements related to the Company's future growth rates. Words such as "believe," "demonstrate," "expect," "estimate," "forecast," "anticipate," "should" and "likely" and similar expressions identify forward-looking statements. In addition, statements that are not historical should also be considered forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on those forward- looking statements, which speak only as of the date the statement was made. Such forward-looking statements are based on current expectations that involve a number of known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors which may cause actual events to be materially different from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to, competition in the automotive aftermarket industry, concentration of the Company's sales and accounts receivable among a small number of customers, the impact of consolidation in the automotive aftermarket industry, foreign currency fluctuations, dependence on senior management and other risks detailed in the Company's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 27, 2014. The Company is under no obligation to (and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update any of the information in this press release if any forward-looking statement later turns out to be inaccurate whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

DORMAN PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations (in thousands, except per-share amounts)


13 Weeks 13 Weeks


Fourth Quarter (unaudited)

12/26/15

Pct.

12/27/14

Pct.

Net sales

$204,834

100.0

$173,981

100.0

Cost of goods sold

127,041

62.0

107,264

61.7

Gross profit Selling, general and

administrative expenses

77,793


43,423

38.0


21.2

66,717


38,106

38.3


21.9

Income from operations

34,370

16.8

28,611

16.4

Interest expense, net

64

0.1

44

-

Income before income taxes

34,306

16.7

28,567

16.4

Provision for income taxes

12,519

6.1

9,911

5.7

Net income

$ 21,787

10.6

$ 18,656

10.7

Diluted earnings per share

$ 0.62

$ 0.52

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding


35,323


35,669

DORMAN PRODUCTS, INC. AND SUBSIDIARIES

Consolidated Statements of Operations (in thousands, except per-share amounts)



Year Ended (unaudited)

52 Weeks

12/26/15 Pct.

52 Weeks

12/27/14


Pct.

Net sales

$802,957

100.0

$751,476

100.0

Cost of goods sold

494,907

61.6

464,275

61.8

Gross profit Selling, general and

administrative expenses

308,050


161,893

38.4


20.2

287,201


146,467

38.2


19.5

Income from operations

146,157

18.2

140,734

18.7

Interest expense, net

Income from continuing operations before income taxes

216


145,941

-


18.2

204


140,530

-


18.7

Provision for income taxes

53,612

6.7

50,543

6.7

Net income

$ 92,329

11.5

$ 89,987

12.0

Diluted earnings per share

$ 2.60

$ 2.49

Weighted average diluted shares outstanding


35,538


36,190

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