Anixter International Inc. Reports Fourth Quarter 2013 Results

GLENVIEW, Ill.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Anixter International Inc. (NYSE: AXE) today reported sales of $1.60 billion for the quarter ended January 3, 2014, a 3.5 percent increase compared to the year-ago quarter. Organic sales, which excludes the impact of the following two items, increased by 4.7 percent year-over-year:

  • $9.9 million from the unfavorable effect of copper pricing
  • $8.7 million from the unfavorable effect of foreign exchange

Operating income in the current quarter of $95.6 million increased by 148 percent compared to year-ago results. On an adjusted basis, operating income increased by 12.1 percent, driven by the strong performance of our OEM Supply segment and improved gross margins in all three segments. Operating margin of 6.0 percent increased by 10 basis points sequentially and increased by 50 basis points year-over-year, on an adjusted basis.

Net income from continuing operations of $58.2 million compares to $5.2 million in the year-ago quarter. The adjusted net income for the current quarter of $53.4 million compares to the adjusted net income for the prior year quarter of $42.8 million, an increase of 24.8 percent.

“While we experienced gradually improving market trends in all of our segments and geographies, we were especially pleased to achieve significant sales and profit growth in our OEM Supply segment, reflecting the results of actions we have taken to reposition the business for profitable growth. The performance in this segment fueled double-digit sales increases and strong growth in profits in our European geography,” commented Bob Eck, President and CEO.

“As we enter 2014, we believe we are well-positioned for global growth in all of our segments. In addition to a gradually improving economy, we have strategic initiatives, which we believe will enable us to gain market share and exceed market growth across our business. For the year, we expect mid-single digit organic growth, compared to a 0.5 percent decrease in organic sales for 2013.” Eck concluded, “We have taken aggressive measures to align our cost structure with the current economic environment, while continuing to invest in our strategic growth initiatives, including security, emerging markets, industrial communication and control, in-building wireless and e-commerce. As companies continue their relentless focus on managing expenses, our business model, which is based on helping our customers lower their supply chain costs and reduce execution risk across the globe, is of even greater value.”

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