CENTENNIAL, Colo. — Arrow Electronics, Inc. reported third-quarter 2021 sales of $8.51 billion, an increase of 18 percent from sales of $7.23 billion in the third quarter of 2020. Third-quarter net income was $290 million, or $4.00 per share on a diluted basis, compared with a net income of $166 million, or $2.13 per share on a diluted basis, in the third quarter of 2020. Non-GAAP net income1 was $293 million, or $4.04 per share on a diluted basis, in the third quarter of 2021, compared with non-GAAP net income of $162 million, or $2.08 per share on a diluted basis, in the third quarter of 2020.
“Arrow’s unwavering commitment to our customers’ success continues to foster expanding opportunities for our own business in the areas of supply chain as a service, designed and engineered value-enhancing solutions, and secure management of mission-critical software workloads,” said Michael J. Long, chairman, president, and chief executive officer. “The value we deliver to customers and suppliers is inexorably linked to the value we capture for all of our stakeholders, which is enabling us to navigate through the near-term supply challenges. We expect component supply to remain well below demand in the coming quarters and through the better part of 2022.”
Global components third-quarter sales of $6.62 billion reflected an increase of 25 percent year over year and non-GAAP sales increased 24 percent year over year. Asia-Pacific components third-quarter sales increased 16 percent year over year and non-GAAP sales in the region increased 15 percent year over year. Americas components third-quarter sales increased 33 percent year over year. Europe components third-quarter sales increased 33 percent year over year and non-GAAP sales in the region increased 32 percent year over year. Global components third-quarter operating income was $385 million, and third-quarter non-GAAP operating income was $392 million.
“While global components sales were limited by product supply, we were able to attach higher value to those sales than ever before as shown by our margin expansion,” Mr. Long said. “Arrow has never worked harder to help alleviate our customers’ and suppliers’ biggest problems with respect to getting components to manufacturing and products to market.”
Global enterprise computing solutions third-quarter sales of $1.89 billion reflected a decrease of 2 percent year over year and non-GAAP sales decreased 3 percent year over year. Europe enterprise computing solutions third-quarter sales increased 5 percent year over year and non-GAAP sales in the region increased 3 percent year over year. Americas enterprise computing solutions third-quarter sales decreased 6 percent year over year. Global enterprise computing solutions third-quarter operating income was $77 million, and third-quarter non-GAAP operating income was $79 million.
“Demand for complex IT solutions continues to grow, and we expect to see significant upside in this area when near-term project postponements and incompletions resulting from supply chain challenges are resolved,” said Mr. Long.
“We are taking advantage of the current environment to enhance the returns profile of our business while further solidifying our balance sheet. Our return on invested capital increased year over year for the sixth straight quarter, and our leverage ratios are at the lowest levels in ten years,” said Chris Stansbury, senior vice president and chief financial officer. “Our strong profitability, positive cash flow from operations, and the effective management of our balance sheet enabled us to deliver on our commitment to return cash to shareholders through the repurchase of approximately $250 million of shares for the second consecutive quarter. Our current repurchase authorization stands at approximately $413 million.”
1 A reconciliation of non-GAAP financial measures, including sales, gross profit, operating income, net income attributable to shareholders, and net income per share, to GAAP financial measures is presented in the reconciliation tables included herein.
FOURTH-QUARTER 2021 OUTLOOK
- Consolidated sales of $8.55 billion to $9.15 billion, with global components sales of $6.35 billion to $6.65 billion, and global enterprise computing solutions sales of $2.2 billion to $2.5 billion
- Net income per share on a diluted basis of $4.19 to $4.35, and non-GAAP net income per share on a diluted basis1 of $4.37 to $4.53
- Average tax rate of approximately 23.5 percent compared to the long-term range of 23 to 25 percent
- Average diluted shares outstanding of 71 million
- Interest expense of approximately $32 million
- Expecting average USD-to-Euro exchange rate of $1.16 to €1; changes in foreign currencies to decrease sales by approximately $15 million, and earnings per share on a diluted basis by $.01 compared to the fourth quarter of 2020