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MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. Reports Results for its Fiscal 2011 Third Quarter

- Net Sales Rise 18.2% to $532.4 Million -

- Diluted Earnings per Share Increase 41% to a Record $0.97 -

Jun 30, 2011

MELVILLE, N.Y., June 30, 2011 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT CO., INC. (NYSE: MSM), "MSC" or the "Company," one of the largest direct marketers and premier distributors of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations ("MRO") supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States, today reported financial results for its fiscal 2011 third quarter ended May 28, 2011.

Net sales for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 were $532.4 million, an increase of 18.2% over net sales of $450.4 million in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.  Operating income for the fiscal 2011 third quarter rose 39.4% to $98.1 million from $70.4 million in the same quarter a year ago.  As a percentage of net sales, operating margin increased to 18.4% in the third quarter of fiscal 2011 from 15.6% in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.  Net income for the third quarter of fiscal 2011 rose 40.3% to $62.1 million from $44.2 million a year ago.  Diluted earnings per share in the fiscal 2011 third quarter increased 40.6% to $0.97 (based on 63.6 million diluted shares outstanding), compared to $0.69 (based on 63.3 million diluted shares outstanding) in the third quarter of fiscal 2010.

For the first nine months of fiscal 2011, net sales increased 21.0% to $1.49 billion from $1.23 billion in the first nine months of fiscal 2010.  Operating income for the fiscal 2011 nine-month period was $255.9 million, or 17.2% of net sales, compared to $171.3 million, or 13.9% of net sales, in the first nine months of fiscal 2010.  For the fiscal 2011 nine-month period, the Company reported net income of $159.3 million, an increase of 49.9% over net income of $106.3 million a year ago.  Diluted earnings per share for the fiscal 2011 nine-month period were $2.50 (based on 63.3 million diluted shares outstanding), compared to $1.67 (based on 63.0 million diluted shares outstanding) a year ago, an increase of 49.7%.

David Sandler, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "I'm thrilled with our performance in the fiscal third quarter and our entire fiscal year 2011 to date.  Coming out of the recession in 2010, we laid out a plan that included accelerated market share gains due to the power of our model and our investment initiatives.  It also included high expectations for earnings growth that would fuel operating margin expansion back towards our 18% annual historical high and beyond.  Assuming we achieve our fourth quarter guidance, we would cross over the $2 billion mark in annual revenues for the first time in company history and expand operating margins by 280 basis points to a projected annual level of 17.1%."

Erik Gershwind, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, stated, "Our third quarter performance was outstanding.  Our core manufacturing business boosted our results, as we benefited from healthy economic conditions and our share gain programs.  We translated high revenue growth to very high levels of earnings growth by continuing strong gross margin performance and leveraging our expense base.  This resulted in an 18.4% operating margin for the quarter."

"Our solid fourth quarter guidance includes 13.5% revenue growth despite unusually large prior-year comparisons and a very tight government spending environment.  It also includes in excess of 20% growth in earnings per share and a contribution margin of 28%, despite temporary, downward pressure on our gross margins primarily due to seasonal mix, and to a lesser extent, slightly lower vendor rebate levels.  Our performance demonstrates the inherent leverage in our business."

Mr. Sandler concluded, "Our company remains focused on executing our strategic plan.  We continue honing our repeatable formula within the Metalworking segment as our highest priority growth opportunity.  We have a unique combination of many years of market leadership, yet a low market share position, due to the fragmented nature of the market.  Our plan is to take that repeatable formula and extend it.  Over time, we will move into other product lines consumed on the manufacturing floor as well as other end markets outside of the narrow band of durable manufacturing that we excel in today.  All of this presents a huge runway opportunity for future, profitable growth in our business."

For the fiscal 2011 fourth quarter, the Company expects net sales to be between $518 million and $530 million and expects diluted earnings per share for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2011 to be between $0.83 and $0.87.  

The management of MSC will host a conference call today, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, to review the Company's results for the fiscal 2011 third quarter, and to comment on current operations.  The call may be accessed via the Internet on the home page of MSC's website located at: www.mscdirect.com.  A replay of the conference call will be available on the Company's website for four weeks.

About MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.

MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc. is one of the largest direct marketers and premier distributors of Metalworking and Maintenance, Repair and Operations ("MRO") supplies to industrial customers throughout the United States. MSC employs one of the industry's largest sales forces and distributes approximately 600,000 industrial products from approximately 3,000 suppliers to approximately 320,000 customers.  In-stock availability is approximately 99%, with next day standard delivery to the contiguous United States on qualifying orders up until 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time.  MSC reaches its customers through a combination of approximately 22 million direct-mail catalogs, 100 branch sales offices, 1,015 sales people, the Internet and associations with some of the world's most prominent B2B eCommerce portals. For more information, visit the Company's website at http://www.mscdirect.com.

CAUTIONARY STATEMENT UNDER THE PRIVATE SECURITIES LITIGATION REFORM ACT OF 1995. Statements in this Press Release may constitute "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. Any statements contained herein which are not statements of historical facts and that address activities, events or developments that the Company expects, believes or anticipates will or may occur in the future shall be deemed to be forward-looking statements. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which cannot be predicted with accuracy and some of which might not even be anticipated. Future events, actual results and performance, financial and otherwise, could differ materially from those set forth in or contemplated by the forward-looking statements herein. 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, without limitation, current economic, political and social conditions, general economic conditions in the markets in which the Company operates, changing customer and product mixes,  risks associated with acquisitions, including difficulties with integrating acquired businesses, competition, industry consolidation and other changes in the industrial distribution sector, volatility in commodity and energy prices, the outcome of potential government or regulatory proceedings or future litigation, 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, risk of loss of key suppliers, key brands or supply chain disruptions, dependence on the Company's information systems,  and retention of key personnel.  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 Company's reports on Forms 10-K, 10-Q and 8-K that the Company files with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.  The forward-looking statements in this press release are based on current expectations and the Company assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT CO., INC.

Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets

(In thousands)



May 28,

2011

(Unaudited)


August 28,

2010

ASSETS




Current Assets:




Cash and cash equivalents

$       136,771


$         121,191

Accounts receivable, net of allowance for doubtful accounts

257,088


221,013

Inventories

321,859


285,985

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

19,612


20,498

Deferred income taxes

26,270


27,849

Total current assets

761,600


676,536





Property, plant and equipment, net

147,649


143,609

Goodwill

272,041


271,765

Identifiable intangibles, net

44,705


48,751

Other assets

5,723


12,662

Total assets

$     1,231,718


$      1,153,323





LIABILITIES AND SHAREHOLDERS' EQUITY




Current Liabilities:




Current maturities of long-term notes payable

$           42


$           39,361

Accounts payable

87,212


81,220

Accrued liabilities

59,355


69,704

Total current liabilities

146,609


190,285

Deferred income taxes and tax uncertainties

75,517


63,158

Total liabilities

222,126


253,443

Commitments and Contingencies




Shareholders' Equity:




Class A common stock

51


48

Class B common stock

16


18

Additional paid-in capital

434,593


378,315

Retained earnings

729,811


675,968

Accumulated other comprehensive loss

(1,930)


(2,660)

Class A treasury stock, at cost

(152,949)


(151,809)

Total shareholders' equity

1,009,592


899,880

Total liabilities and shareholders' equity

$     1,231,718


$      1,153,323




MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT CO., INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Income

(In thousands, except per share data)

(Unaudited)







Thirteen Weeks Ended


Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended


May 28,

2011

May 29,

2010


May 28,

2011

May 29,

2010

Net sales

$      532,366

$     450,381


$     1,488,555

$      1,230,680

Cost of goods sold

280,804

245,499


793,001

671,064

Gross profit

251,562

204,882


695,554

559,616

Operating expenses

153,428

134,481


439,672

388,303

Income from operations

98,134

70,401


255,882

171,313

Other (Expense) Income:






Interest expense

(51)

(248)


(211)

(993)

Interest income

12

43


42

137

Other (expense) income, net

(120)

19


(123)

31

Total other expense

(159)

(186)


(292)

(825)

Income before provision for income taxes

97,975

70,215


255,590

170,488

Provision for income taxes

35,889

25,968


96,255

64,172

Net income

$          62,086

$          44,247


$        159,335

$          106,316

Per Share Information:






Net income per common share:






Basic

$               0.97

$               0.70


$               2.52

$               1.69

Diluted

$               0.97

$               0.69


$               2.50

$               1.67

Weighted average shares used in computing net income per common share:






Basic

63,183

62,790


62,809

62,509

Diluted

63,630

63,320


63,250

63,025

Cash dividend declared per common share

$               0.22

$               0.20


$               1.66

$                 0.60




MSC INDUSTRIAL DIRECT CO., INC.

Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows

(In thousands)

(Unaudited)



Thirty-Nine Weeks Ended


May 28,  

2011


May 29,  

2010

Cash Flows from Operating Activities:




Net income

$        159,335


$         106,316

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:








Depreciation and amortization

21,531


19,250

Stock-based compensation

11,057


10,109

Loss on disposal of property, plant and equipment

3


16

Provision for doubtful accounts

1,949


1,029

Deferred income taxes and tax uncertainties

13,938


5,115

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

(7,336)


(4,531)





Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of amounts associated with business acquired:




Accounts receivable

(34,647)


(49,386)

Inventories

(28,191)


(20,311)

Prepaid expenses and other current assets

1,009


(1,632)

Other assets

6,673


7,829

Accounts payable and accrued liabilities

(30)


35,459





Total adjustments

(14,044)


2,947





Net cash provided by operating activities

145,291


109,263





Cash Flows from Investing Activities:




   Expenditures for property, plant and equipment

(19,491)


(21,516)

   Cash used in business acquisition

(10,073)


--





Net cash used in investing activities

(29,564)


(21,516)





Cash Flows from Financing Activities:




Purchases of treasury stock

(2,719)


(2,211)

Payment of cash dividends

(105,186)


(37,924)

Excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation

7,336


4,531

Proceeds from sale of Class A common stock in connection with associate stock purchase plan

2,316


1,961

Proceeds from exercise of Class A common stock options

37,375


21,856

Paydown of the revolving credit line debt from credit facility

--


(95,000)

Repayments of notes payable under the credit facility and other notes

(39,319)


(38,565)

Net cash used in financing activities

(100,197)


(145,352)





Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents

50


(67)

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

15,580


(57,672)

Cash and cash equivalents – beginning of period

121,191


225,572

Cash and cash equivalents – end of period

$      136,771


$      167,900

Supplemental Disclosure of Cash Flow Information:




Cash paid for income taxes

$        80,938


$        53,771

Cash paid for interest

$               93


$             918




SOURCE MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc.

For further information: Jeffrey Kaczka, Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, MSC Industrial Direct Co., Inc., +1-516-812-1485; Investors/Media: Eric Boyriven or Samantha Cohen, both of FD, +1-212-850-5600

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