LKQ Corporation Announces Results for Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016


  • Annual revenue growth of 19.3% to $8.58 billion
  • Annual organic revenue growth for parts and services of 4.8%
  • Annual net income growth of 9.6% to $464 million
  • Annual diluted EPS of $1.50; adjusted diluted EPS of $1.80
  • Fourth quarter 2016 diluted EPS of $0.28; adjusted diluted EPS of $0.39
  • 2017 annual guidance provided


Chicago, IL (February 23, 2017) - LKQ Corporation (Nasdaq:LKQ) today announced results for its fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2016. Net income for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $86.3 million, a decrease of 9.2% as compared to $95.1 million for the same period of 2015. Diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of 2016 was $0.28, a decrease of 9.7% as compared to $0.31 for the same period of 2015. On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share was $0.39, an increase of 14.7% as compared to $0.34 for the same period of 2015.Net income for full year 2016 was $464.0 million, an increase of 9.6% as compared to $423.2 million for the same period of 2015. Diluted earnings per share for full year 2016 was $1.50, an increase of 8.7% as compared to $1.38 for the same period of 2015. On an adjusted basis, diluted earnings per share was $1.80, an increase of 20.8% as compared to $1.49 for the same period of 2015. Detailed report here: http://investor.lkqcorp.com/investor-relations/press-releases/press-release-details/2017/LKQ-Corporation-Announces-Results-for-Fourth-Quarter-and-Full-Year-2016/default.aspx

On December 19, 2016, we announced the pending sale of our OEM glass manufacturing business to a subsidiary of Vitro S.A.B. de C.V. The results of our OEM glass manufacturing business are reported in discontinued operations for 2016. Although these amounts are not reflected in the continuing operations results, for the fourth quarter and full year of 2016, the OEM glass manufacturing business generated $173 million and $498 million of revenue, respectively.  Our diluted earnings per share from continuingoperations in the fourth quarter and full year of 2016 were $0.31 and $1.47, respectively, while thecorresponding adjusted figures for 2016 were $0.35 and $1.69, respectively.

See the reconciliation of net income and its components and diluted earnings per share to adjusted net income and its components and adjusted diluted earnings per share included with this press release.

In 2016, the Company achieved some major milestones, including surpassing $8 billion in annual revenue, achieving over $1 billion in annual Segment EBITDA for the first time, and expanding our global footprint, that today stands at 26 countries. I am particularly pleased that, despite the headwinds of a mild winter and its subsequent impact on organic growth, Wholesale-North America achieved its highest annual margin levels in the last five years. These results are a testament to the hard work and dedication of our 40,000 plus employees,” stated Robert Wagman, President and Chief Executive Officer of LKQ Corporation. “Parts and services organic revenue growth in the fourth quarter of 2016 was 3.8%, but the Company achieved organic growth of 5.2% on a same day basis, including 3.0% in North America, after adjusting for differences in selling days between the fourth quarter this year and last year. These growth rates are consistent with the 4.8% and 2.9% we achieved company-wide and in North America, respectively, for the full year.”

Fourth Quarter 2016 Reported Results

For the fourth quarter of 2016, revenue was $2.15 billion compared with $1.75 billion for the fourth quarter of 2015, an increase of 23.0%. For the fourth quarter, parts and services organic revenue growth was 3.8% and acquisition revenue growth was 23.5%, while the impact of exchange rates was (3.8)%, for total parts and services revenue growth of 23.5%.

Full Year 2016 Reported Results

For the full year of 2016, revenue was $8.58 billion, an increase of 19.3% from $7.19 billion for 2015. For the full year of 2016, parts and services organic revenue growth was 4.8% and acquisition revenue growth was 19.0%, while the impact of exchange rates was (2.5)%, for total parts and services revenue growth of 21.3%.

Balance Sheet and Liquidity

Cash flow from operations totaled $635 million in 2016 (including $64 million from discontinued operations), of which approximately $207 million (including $24 million from discontinued operations) was invested in capital expenditures. As of December 31, 2016, LKQ’s balance sheet reflected cash and equivalents of $227 million and outstanding debt of $3.3 billion. The unused capacity under the Company’s credit facilities at December 31, 2016 was approximately $1.0 billion.

Other Events

In addition to the previously announced acquisition of Andrew Page Limited and the divestiture of PGW’s OEM glass manufacturing business, during the fourth quarter of 2016, LKQ acquired a distributor of aftermarket automotive products in the Netherlands, a salvage yard in Sweden, a distributor of automotive paint products in Pennsylvania, and three heavy-duty truck aftermarket radiator distributors in the U.S. Also in the fourth quarter, LKQ’s European operations opened two new Euro Car Parts branches in the United Kingdom and eight new branches in Eastern Europe.

On December 1, 2016, the Company acquired a 26.5% equity interest in Mekonomen AB (STO: MEKO) from Axel Johnson AB. Headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, Mekonomen Group is the leading independent car parts and service chain in the Nordic region of Europe, offering a wide range of quality products including spare parts and accessories for cars, and workshop services for consumers and businesses. Mekonomen will remain independent of LKQ’s existing European operations. We will report our share of Mekonomen’s results on a one quarter lag.




Company Outlook


2017 Guidance

Organic revenue growth for parts & services

4.0% to 6.0%

Adjusted income from continuing operations*

$560 million to $590 million

Adjusted diluted EPS from continuing operations*

$1.80 to $1.90

Cash flow from operations

$610 million to $640 million

Capital expenditures

$200 million to $225 million

*Non-GAAP measures. See the table accompanying this release that reconciles forecasted income from continuing operations and diluted EPS to forecasted adjusted income from continuing operations and adjusted diluted EPS.

Referring to the 2017 earnings per share guidance, Nick Zarcone, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of LKQ Corporation stated, "Our continued focus on our North American productivity initiatives coupled with the strength of our diversification strategy into Europe and Specialty, which today combined account for over 45% of our global revenue, we project solid EPS growth for 2017 with the mid-point of our guidance representing a 10.0% increase over the comparable 2016 EPS results.” 

Guidance for 2017 is based on exchange rates for the pound sterling, euro and Canadian dollar holding near current levels. Changes in these figures may impact our ability to achieve the full year earnings and cash flow guidance.

Non-GAAP Financial Measures

This release contains and management’s presentation on the conference call will refer to non-GAAP financial measures within the meaning of Regulation G promulgated by the Securities and Exchange Commission. Included with this release are reconciliations of the difference between each non-GAAP financial measure with the most directly comparable financial measure calculated in accordance with GAAP.

Conference Call Details

At 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (9:00 a.m. Central Time) members of senior management will host a conference call and Webcast to discuss the Company's results. To access the investor conference call, please dial (877) 201-0168. International access to the call may be obtained by dialing (647) 788-4901.

Webcast and Presentation Details

The audio webcast and accompanying slide presentation can be accessed at (www.lkqcorp.com) in the Investor Relations section.

A replay of the conference call will be available by telephone at (800) 585-8367 or (416) 621-4642 for international calls. The telephone replay will require you to enter conference ID: 48305196#. An online replay of the audio webcast will be available on the Company's website. Both formats of replay will be available through March 9, 2017. Please allow approximately two hours after the live presentation before attempting to access the replay.

About LKQ Corporation

LKQ Corporation (www.lkqcorp.com) is a leading provider of alternative and specialty parts to repair and accessorize automobiles and other vehicles. LKQ has operations in North America, Europe and Taiwan. LKQ offers its customers a broad range of replacement systems, components, equipment and parts to repair and accessorize automobiles, trucks, and recreational and performance vehicles.

Forward Looking Statements

Statements and information in this press release that are not historical are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of such Act.

Forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding our outlook, guidance, expectations, beliefs, hopes, intentions and strategies. These statements are subject to a number of risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors including those identified below.  All forward-looking statements are based on information available to us at the time the statements are made. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

You should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Actual events or results may differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. The risks, uncertainties, assumptions and other factors that could cause actual results to differ from the results predicted or implied by our forward-looking statements include the factors set forth below, and other factors discussed in our filings with the SEC, including those disclosed under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2015, as well as our future filings, including our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2016 and in our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. These reports are available on our investor relations website at lkqcorp.com and on the SEC website at sec.gov.

These factors include the following (not necessarily in order of importance):

  • changes in economic and political activity in the U.S. and other countries in which we are located or do business, including the U.K. withdrawal from the European Union, and the impact of these changes on our businesses, the demand for our products and our ability to obtain financing for operations;
  • increasing competition in the automotive parts industry;
  • fluctuations in the pricing of new original equipment manufacturer (“OEM”) replacement products;
  • changes in the level of acceptance and promotion of alternative automotive parts by insurance companies and auto repairers;
  • changes to our business relationships with insurance companies or changes by insurance companies to their business practices relating to the use of our products;
  • our ability to identify sufficient acquisition candidates at reasonable prices to maintain our growth objectives;
  • our ability to integrate, realize expected synergies, and successfully operate acquired companies and any companies acquired in the future, and the risks associated with these companies;  
  • the implementation of a border tax or tariff on imports and the negative impact on our business due to the amount of inventory we import;
  • restrictions or prohibitions on selling certain aftermarket products to the extent OEMs seek and obtain more design patents than they have in the past and are successful in asserting infringement of these patents and defending their validity;
  • variations in the number of vehicles manufactured and sold, vehicle accident rates, miles driven, and the age profile of vehicles in accidents;
  • fluctuations in the prices of fuel, scrap metal and other commodities;
  • changes in laws or regulations affecting our business;
  • higher costs and the resulting potential inability to service our customers to the extent that our suppliers decide to discontinue business relationships with us;
  • price increases, interruptions or disruptions to the supply of vehicles or vehicle parts from aftermarket suppliers and from salvage auctions;
  • changes in the demand for our products and the supply of our inventory due to severity of weather and seasonality of weather patterns;
  • the risks associated with operating in foreign jurisdictions, including foreign laws and economic and political instabilities;
  • declines in the values of our assets;
  • additional unionization efforts, new collective bargaining agreements, and work stoppages;
  • our ability to develop and implement the operational and financial systems needed to manage our operations;
  • interruptions, outages or breaches of our operational systems, security systems, or infrastructure as a result of attacks on, or malfunctions of, our systems;
  • product liability claims by the end users of our products or claims by other parties who we have promised to indemnify for product liability matters;
  • costs associated with recalls of the products we sell;
  • inaccuracies in the data relating to our industry published by independent sources upon which we rely;
  • currency fluctuations in the U.S. dollar, pound sterling and euro versus other currencies;
  • our ability to obtain financing on acceptable terms to finance our growth;
  • our ability to satisfy our debt obligations and to operate within the limitations imposed by financing arrangements; and
  • other risks that are described in our Form 10-K filed February 25, 2016 and in other reports filed by us from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Detailed report can be foundhere:http://investor.lkqcorp.com/investor-relations/press-releases/press-release-details/2017/LKQ-Corporation-Announces-Results-for-Fourth-Quarter-and-Full-Year-2016/default.aspx



Joseph P. Boutross- Director, Investor Relations, LKQ Corporation

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