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 MSC Reports Fiscal 2015 Fourth Quarter and Full Year Results
   Tuesday, October 27, 2015 7:00:00 AM ET

FISCAL Q4 2015 HIGHLIGHTS

-- Net sales of $727.4 million, flat year-over-year, on continued share gains in difficult market conditions

-- Gross margin of 45.0% reflecting continued stabilization

-- Adjusted operating expenses as a percent of sales just 10 basis points higher year-over-year after cost down measures and increased growth spending

-- GAAP and adjusted diluted EPS of $0.96

FISCAL 2015 HIGHLIGHTS

-- Net sales of $2.9 billion increased 4.4% over the prior year

-- GAAP diluted EPS of $3.74 and adjusted diluted EPS of $3.79

MSC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO. (MSM ), "MSC" or the "Company," a premier distributor of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations ("MRO") supplies to industrial customers throughout North America, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2015 fourth quarter and full year ended August 29, 2015.

Financial Highlights1       FY15 Q4                   FY14 Q4                   Change                    FY15                      FY14                      Change
Net Sales                   $727.4                    $726.6                    0.1%                      $2,910.4                  $2,787.1                  4.4%
GAAP Operating Income       95.4                      99.8                      (4.4%)                    379.5                     383.2                     (1.0%)
% of Net Sales              13.1%                     13.7%                                               13.0%                     13.7%
Adjusted Operating Income2  95.7                      100.9                     (5.2%)                    384.0                     400.5                     (4.1%)
% of Net Sales              13.2%                     13.9%                                               13.2%                     14.4%
GAAP Net Income             59.0                      62.8                      (6.0%)                    231.3                     236.1                     (2.0%)
Adjusted Net Income3        59.2                      63.5                      (6.8%)                    234.1                     246.9                     (5.2%)
GAAP Diluted EPS            $0.964                    $1.015                    (5.0%)                    $3.744                    $3.765                    (0.5%)
Adjusted Diluted EPS        $0.964                    $1.025                    (5.9%)                    $3.794                    $3.935                    (3.6%)
1In millions unless noted. 2Excludes non-recurring costs. 3Excludes the after tax effects of non-recurring costs. 4Based on 61.4 million and 61.5 million diluted shares outstanding for FY15 Q4 and FY15, respectively. 5Based on 62.0 million and 62.3 million diluted shares outstanding for FY14 Q4 and FY14, respectively.

Erik Gershwind, President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "Our flat fourth quarter sales reflected strong execution in the face of a difficult and deteriorating environment. The prolonged impact of the drop in oil prices, the strong US dollar and foreign exchange headwinds are all negatively impacting broader manufacturing activity. We continued our share gains despite these market conditions."

Rustom Jilla, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, added, "Fourth quarter adjusted EPS was above the midpoint of our guidance reflecting continued gross margin stabilization and expense management. Countermeasures such as discount optimization, various freight initiatives, and supplier cost reductions offset most of the headwinds from customer mix and soft pricing. We will continue to implement productivity initiatives and reduce expenses even after investing for growth."

Mr. Gershwind concluded, "As we move into 2016, we remain focused on outgrowing the market and managing those levers within our control. We have historically made our greatest strides during economic slowdowns and delivered disproportionate revenue growth and earnings leverage in subsequent periods. Looking forward, our infrastructure investments have positioned us well to leverage future growth."

Outlook

Based on current market conditions, the Company expects net sales for the first quarter of fiscal 2016 to be between $702 million and $714 million. At the midpoint, average daily sales are expected to decline roughly 3.0%. The Company expects diluted earnings per share for the fiscal first quarter 2016 to be between $0.85 and $0.89.

An explanation and reconciliation of the non-GAAP financial measures contained in this press release to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measures are included in the attached tables.

Conference Call Information

MSC will host a conference call today at 8:30 a.m. ET to review the Company’s fiscal 2015 fourth quarter and full year results. The call, accompanying slides, and other operational statistics may be accessed at: http://investor.mscdirect.com . A webcast replay of the conference call will be available until November 27, 2015.

The conference call may also be accessed at 1-888-317-6003 (U.S.), 1-855-669-9657 (Canada) or 1-412-317-6061 (international). A replay will be available one hour after the call’s conclusion and until November 3, 2015 at 1-877-344-7529 (U.S.) or 1-412-317-0088 (international) with passcode 10072209.

The Company’s reporting date for fiscal first quarter 2016 results will be January 6, 2016.

About MSC Industrial Supply Co.

MSC Industrial Supply Co. (MSM ) is a leading North American distributor of metalworking and maintenance, repair, and operations (MRO) products and services. We help our customers drive greater productivity, profitability and growth with more than 1 million products, inventory management and other supply chain solutions, and deep expertise from 75 years of working with customers across industries.

Our experienced team of over 6,500 associates is dedicated to working side by side with our customers to help drive results for their businesses - from keeping operations running efficiently today to continuously rethinking, retooling, and optimizing for a more productive tomorrow.

For more information on MSC, please visit www.mscdirect.com.

Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements: Statements in this Press Release may constitute "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, that address activities, events or developments that we expect, believe or anticipate will or may occur in the future, including statements about expected future results, expected benefits from our investment and strategic plans, and expected future margins, are forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated by these forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. The inclusion of any statement in this release does not constitute an admission by MSC or any other person that the events or circumstances described in such statement are material. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those in forward-looking statements include: problems with successfully integrating acquired operations, unanticipated delays or costs associated with expanding our customer fulfillment centers, current economic, political and social conditions, changing customer and product mixes, financial restrictions on outstanding borrowings, industry consolidation, the loss of key suppliers or supply chain disruptions, competition, general economic conditions in the markets in which we operate, volatility in commodity and energy prices, credit risk of our customers, risk of cancellation or rescheduling of orders, work stoppages or other business interruptions (including those due to extreme weather conditions) at transportation centers or shipping ports, the risk of war, terrorism and similar hostilities, dependence on our information systems and the risk of business disruptions arising from changes to our information systems, disruptions due to computer system or network failures, computer viruses, physical or electronics break-ins and cyber-attacks, dependence on key personnel, goodwill and intangible assets recorded as a result of our acquisitions could be impaired, disclosing our use of "conflict minerals" in certain of the products we distribute could raise reputational and other risks, and the outcome of potential government or regulatory proceedings or future litigation relating to pending or future claims, inquiries or audits. Additional information concerning these and other risks is described under "Risk Factors" and "Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" in the reports on Forms 10-K and 10-Q that we file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We assume no obligation to update any of these forward-looking statements.

MSC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands)
                                                              August 29,   August 30,
                                                              2015         2014
ASSETS
Current Assets:
Cash and cash equivalents                                   $ 38,267     $ 47,154
Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts   403,468      382,784
Inventories                                                   506,631      449,814
Prepaid expenses and other current assets                     39,067       40,410
Deferred income taxes                                         44,643       41,253
Total current assets                                          1,032,076    961,415
Property, plant and equipment, net                            291,156      294,348
Goodwill                                                      623,626      629,335
Identifiable intangibles, net                                 119,805      138,314
Other assets                                                  34,543       37,335
Total assets                                                $ 2,101,206  $ 2,060,747
LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS’ EQUITY
Current Liabilities:
Revolving credit note                                       $ 188,000    $ 70,000
Current maturities of long-term debt                          25,515       26,829
Accounts payable                                              114,328      116,283
Accrued liabilities                                           94,494       96,052
Total current liabilities                                     422,337      309,164
Long-term debt, net of current maturities                     214,789      240,235
Deferred income taxes and tax uncertainties                   131,210      112,785
Total liabilities                                             768,336      662,184
Commitments and Contingencies
Shareholders’ Equity:
Preferred Stock                                               -            -
Class A common stock                                          56           56
Class B common stock                                          13           13
Additional paid-in capital                                    604,905      573,730
Retained earnings                                             1,232,381    1,286,068
Accumulated other comprehensive loss                          (17,252)     (5,054)
Class A treasury stock, at cost                               (487,233)    (456,250)
Total shareholders’ equity                                    1,332,870    1,398,563
Total liabilities and shareholders’ equity                  $ 2,101,206  $ 2,060,747
MSC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income
(In thousands, except per share data)
                                                               (Unaudited)
                                                         Quarters Ended                Fiscal Years Ended
                                                         August 29,     August 30,     August 29,       August 30,
                                                         2015           2014           2015             2014
                                                         (13 weeks)     (13 weeks)     (52 weeks)       (52 weeks)
Net sales                                                $     727,405  $     726,623  $     2,910,379  $     2,787,122
Cost of goods sold                                             400,270        395,437        1,593,804        1,500,866
Gross profit                                                   327,135        331,186        1,316,575        1,286,256
Operating expenses                                             231,695        231,360        937,046          903,072
Income from operations                                         95,440         99,826         379,529          383,184
Other (expense) income:
Interest expense                                               (1,554)        (1,233)        (6,340)          (3,874)
Interest income                                                165            400            771              414
Other (expense) income, net                                    (449)          178            (819)            (199)
Total other expense                                            (1,838)        (655)          (6,388)          (3,659)
Income before provision for income taxes                       93,602         99,171         373,141          379,525
Provision for income taxes                                     34,580         36,358         141,833          143,458
Net income                                               $     59,022   $     62,813   $     231,308    $     236,067
Per Share Information:
Net income per common share:
Basic                                                    $     0.96     $     1.01     $     3.75       $     3.78
Diluted                                                  $     0.96     $     1.01     $     3.74       $     3.76
Weighted average shares used in computing net income per
common share:
Basic                                                          61,283         61,694         61,292           62,026
Diluted                                                        61,413         62,016         61,487           62,339
Cash dividends declared per common share                 $     0.40     $     0.33     $     4.60       $     1.32
MSC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(In thousands)
                                         Fiscal Years Ended
                                         August 29,       August 30,      August 31,
                                         2015             2014            2013
                                         (52 weeks)       (52 weeks)      (52 weeks)
Net income, as reported                  $      231,308   $      236,067  $      237,995
Foreign currency translation adjustments        (12,198)         (627)           (1,984)
Comprehensive income                     $      219,110   $      235,440  $      236,011
MSC INDUSTRIAL SUPPLY CO. AND SUBSIDIARIES
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands)
                                                                                            Fiscal Years Ended
                                                                                            August 29,         August 30,
                                                                                            2015               2014
                                                                                            (52 weeks)         (52 weeks)
Cash Flows from Operating Activities:
Net income                                                                                  $       231,308    $       236,067
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
Depreciation and amortization                                                                       69,729             64,946
Stock-based compensation                                                                            14,195             16,688
Loss on disposal of property, plant, and equipment                                                  1,453              2,361
Provision for doubtful accounts                                                                     6,665              4,629
Deferred income taxes and tax uncertainties                                                         15,035             11,829
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation                                                   (3,956)            (5,480)
Changes in operating assets and liabilities:
Accounts receivable                                                                                 (29,347)           (41,460)
Inventories                                                                                         (59,008)           (30,342)
Prepaid expenses and other current assets                                                           1,268              (6,319)
Other assets                                                                                        (1,354)            1,857
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities                                                            3,803              17,630
Total adjustments                                                                                   18,483             36,339
Net cash provided by operating activities                                                           249,791            272,406
Cash Flows from Investing Activities:
Expenditures for property, plant and equipment                                                      (51,405)           (70,617)
Investment in available for sale securities                                                         -                  (25,023)
Cash used in business acquisition, net of cash received                                             -                  1,434
Net cash used in investing activities                                                               (51,405)           (94,206)
Cash Flows from Financing Activities:
Purchases of treasury stock                                                                         (33,414)           (191,359)
Payments of regular cash dividends                                                                  (98,828)           (82,607)
Payments of special cash dividend                                                                   (185,403)          -
Payments on capital lease and financing obligations                                                 (2,290)            (1,851)
Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation                                                   3,956              5,480
Proceeds from sale of Class A common stock in connection with associate stock purchase plan         4,285              3,998
Proceeds from exercise of Class A common stock options                                              11,119             20,447
Borrowings under financing obligations                                                              530                1,353
Borrowings under Credit Facility                                                                    336,000            135,000
Payments of notes payable and revolving credit note under the Credit Facility                       (243,000)          (77,500)
Net cash used in financing activities                                                               (207,045)          (187,039)
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents                                (228)              117
Net decrease in cash and cash equivalents                                                           (8,887)            (8,722)
Cash and cash equivalents - beginning of period                                                     47,154             55,876
Cash and cash equivalents - end of period                                                   $       38,267     $       47,154
Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:
Cash paid for income taxes                                                                  $       122,988    $       128,558
Cash paid for interest                                                                      $       5,843      $       3,087
Non-GAAP Financial Measures
To supplement MSC’s unaudited selected financial data presented on a basis consistent with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP"), the Company discloses certain non-GAAP financial measures, including adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, and adjusted net income per diluted share. The adjusted supplemental measures exclude non-recurring costs associated with the Class C Solutions Group ("CCSG") acquisition, the co-location of our corporate headquarters in Davidson, North Carolina, and executive transition and separation costs, and related tax effects. These non-GAAP measures are not in accordance with or an alternative for GAAP, and may be different from non-GAAP measures used by other companies. We believe that these non-GAAP measures have limitations in that they do not reflect all of the amounts associated with MSC’s results of operations as determined in accordance with GAAP and that these measures should only be used to evaluate MSC’s results of operations in conjunction with the corresponding GAAP measures. The presentation of this additional information is not meant to be considered in isolation or as a substitute for the most directly comparable GAAP measures. We compensate for the limitations of non-GAAP financial measures by relying upon GAAP results to gain a complete picture of Company performance.
In calculating non-GAAP financial measures, we exclude these non-recurring costs to facilitate a review of the comparability of the Company’s operating performance on a period-to-period basis because such costs are not, in our view, related to the Company’s ongoing operational performance. We use non-GAAP measures to evaluate the operating performance of our business, for comparison with forecasts and strategic plans, and for benchmarking performance externally against competitors. In addition, we use certain non-GAAP financial measures as performance metrics for management incentive programs. Since we find these measures to be useful, we believe that investors benefit from seeing results "through the eyes" of management in addition to seeing GAAP results. We believe that these non-GAAP measures, when read in conjunction with the Company’s GAAP financials, provide useful information to investors by offering:
- The ability to make more meaningful period-to-period comparisons of the Company’s on-going operating results;
- The ability to better identify trends in the Company’s underlying business and perform related trend analyses; and
- A better understanding of how management plans and measures the Company’s underlying business.
The following tables reconcile GAAP operating income, GAAP net income and GAAP net income per diluted share ("EPS") to non-GAAP
adjusted operating income, adjusted net income, and adjusted net income per diluted share.
                                                                            Thirteen Weeks Ended
                                                                            August 29, 2015
                                                                            (in thousands)                                                                        Margin
GAAP Operating income                                                       $                                                                          95,440     13.1%
Non-recurring costs                                                                                                                                    236
Adjusted Operating income                                                   $                                                                          95,676     13.2%
                                                                            Thirteen Weeks Ended
                                                                            August 30, 2014
                                                                            (in thousands)                                                                        Margin
GAAP Operating income                                                       $                                                                          99,826     13.7%
Non-recurring costs                                                                                                                                    1,108
Adjusted Operating income                                                   $                                                                          100,934    13.9%
                                                                            Thirteen Weeks                                                                        Thirteen Weeks
                                                                            Ended                                                                                 Ended
                                                                            August 29, 2015                                                                       August 30, 2014
                                                                            (in thousands)
Net sales                                                                   $                                                                          727,405    $                                                                          726,623
Cost of goods sold                                                                                                                                     400,270                                                                               395,437
Gross profit                                                                                                                                           327,135                                                                               331,186
Operating Expenses                                                                                                                                     231,695                                                                               231,360
Income from Operations                                                                                                                                 95,440                                                                                99,826
Non-recurring costs                                                                                                                                    236                                                                                   1,108
Adjusted Operating income                                                   $                                                                          95,676     $                                                                          100,934
                                                                            Thirteen Weeks Ended
                                                                            August 29, 2015
(in thousands, except per share amounts)                                    $(after tax)                                                                          Diluted EPS
GAAP net income                                                             $                                                                          59,022     $                                                                          0.96
Non-recurring costs*                                                                                                                                   149                                                                                   -
Adjusted net income                                                         $                                                                          59,171     $                                                                          0.96
* On a pre-tax basis includes approximately $236 of non-recurring executive transition costs related to the planned retirement of the Company’s Chief Financial Officer for the thirteen weeks ended August 29, 2015. The non-recurring costs were calculated using an effective tax rate of 36.9%.
                                                                            Thirteen Weeks Ended
                                                                            August 30, 2014
(in thousands, except per share amounts)                                    $(after tax)                                                                          Diluted EPS
GAAP net income                                                             $                                                                          62,813     $                                                                          1.01
Non-recurring costs*                                                                                                                                   702                                                                                   0.01
Adjusted net income                                                         $                                                                          63,515     $                                                                          1.02
* On a pre-tax basis includes approximately $29 of non-recurring relocation costs associated with the Co-Location of the Company’s headquarters in Davidson, North Carolina and approximately $1,079 of non-recurring integration costs associated with the CCSG acquisition for the thirteen weeks ended August 30, 2014. The non-recurring costs were calculated using an effective tax rate of 36.7%.
                                                                            Fiscal Year Ended
                                                                            August 29, 2015
                                                                            (in thousands)                                                                        Margin
GAAP Operating income                                                       $                                                                          379,529    13.0%
Non-recurring costs                                                                                                                                    4,507
Adjusted Operating income                                                   $                                                                          384,036    13.2%
                                                                            Fiscal Year Ended
                                                                            August 30, 2014
                                                                            (in thousands)                                                                        Margin
GAAP Operating income                                                       $                                                                          383,184    13.7%
Non-recurring costs                                                                                                                                    17,349
Adjusted Operating income                                                   $                                                                          400,533    14.4%
                                                                            Fiscal Years Ended
                                                                            August 29, 2015                                                                       August 30, 2014
                                                                            (in thousands)
Net sales                                                                   $                                                                          2,910,379  $                                                                          2,787,122
Cost of goods sold                                                                                                                                     1,593,804                                                                             1,500,866
Gross profit                                                                                                                                           1,316,575                                                                             1,286,256
Operating Expenses                                                                                                                                     937,046                                                                               903,072
Income from Operations                                                                                                                                 379,529                                                                               383,184
Non-recurring costs                                                                                                                                    4,507                                                                                 17,349
Adjusted Operating income                                                   $                                                                          384,036    $                                                                          400,533
                                                                            Fiscal Year Ended
                                                                            August 29, 2015
(in thousands, except per share amounts)                                    $(after tax)                                                                          Diluted EPS
GAAP net income                                                             $                                                                          231,308    $                                                                          3.74
Non-recurring costs*                                                                                                                                   2,794                                                                                 0.05
Adjusted net income                                                         $                                                                          234,102    $                                                                          3.79
* On a pre-tax basis includes approximately $1,081 of non-recurring integration costs associated with the CCSG acquisition, approximately $2,706 for non-recurring executive separation costs related to the departure of the Executive Vice President of Sales, and approximately $720 of non-recurring executive transition costs related to the planned retirement of the Company’s Chief Financial Officer for the fiscal year ended August 29, 2015. The non-recurring costs were calculated using an effective tax rate of 38.0%.
                                                                            Fiscal Year Ended
                                                                            August 30, 2014
(in thousands, except per share amounts)                                    $(after tax)                                                                          Diluted EPS
GAAP net income                                                             $                                                                          236,067    $                                                                          3.76
Non-recurring costs*                                                                                                                                   10,791                                                                                0.17
Adjusted net income                                                         $                                                                          246,858    $                                                                          3.93
* On a pre-tax basis includes approximately $2,614 of non-recurring relocation costs associated with the Co-Location of the Company’s headquarters in Davidson, North Carolina, approximately $11,763 of non-recurring integration costs associated with the CCSG acquisition and approximately $2,972 for executive compensation for the fiscal year ended August 30, 2014. The nonrecurring costs were calculated using an effective tax rate of 37.8%.

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