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WESCO (WCC) Q3 Earnings & Sales Beat Estimates, Rise Y/Y

WESCO International, Inc. WCC reported third-quarter 2021 adjusted earnings of $2.74 per share, reflecting growth of 65% on a year-over-year basis. Also, the bottom line surpassed the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 7%.

The company reported quarterly net sales of $4.7 billion, up 14.2% year over year. Also, the figure beat the Zacks Consensus Estimate by 0.4%.

Top-line growth was primarily driven by a strong performance by three business units and contributions from portfolio expansion.

Top-Line Details

The company operates under three business units, namely, Electrical & Electronic Solutions (EES), Communications & Security Solutions (CSS) and Utility & Broadband Solutions (UBS).

EES (42% of net sales): Sales in the segment were $1.98 billion for the third quarter, up 19.9% from the year-ago period’s level. This was driven by a solid momentum across the company’s construction, original equipment manufacturer and industrial businesses. Also, benefits from Anixter merger were other positives.

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CSS (31% of net sales): Sales in the segment were $1.49 billion for the reported quarter, which increased 7.2% in the year-ago period. This was attributed to the well-performing security solutions and network infrastructure businesses and Anixter merger contributions.

UBS (27% of net sales): Sales in the segment were $1.26 billion for the reported quarter, up 14.4% from the year-ago period’s reading. This was driven by robust utility and broadband businesses. Also, the Anixter merger contributed well.

Operating Details

Gross margin was 21.3% for the reported quarter, which expanded 170 basis points (bps) from the year-ago period’s level.

Selling, general and administrative expenses were $721.8 million, up 28.4% from the year-ago quarter’s reading. As a percentage of net sales, the figure expanded 170 bps year over year to 15.3%.

WESCO’s adjusted operating margin was 5.9%, which expanded 110 bps from the prior-year quarter’s level.

Balance Sheet & Cash Flow

As of Sep 30, 2021, cash & cash equivalents were $251.8 million, down from $287.9 million as of Jun 30, 2021.

Long-term debt was $4.57 billion at the end of the third quarter compared with $4.30 billion in the prior quarter.

WESCO reported operating cash flow of $69.9 million in the third quarter. It used $17.7 million of cash in operations in the previous quarter.

The company generated $85 million of free cash flow in the reported quarter.


For 2021, management expects sales growth of 11-13%. The previous guidance for the same was 10-13%. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for 2021 sales is pegged at $17.9 billion.

Adjusted EBITDA margins are now expected between 6.4% and 6.5%. The previous guidance for the same was 6.1-6.4%.

The company lifted its guidance for adjusted EPS from $8.40-$8.80 to $9.20-$9.40. The Zacks Consensus Estimate for earnings is pegged at $8.77 per share.

Zacks Rank & Stocks to Consider

Currently, WESCO has a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).

Some better-ranked stocks in the broader technology sector include Advanced Micro Devices AMD, DXC Technology DXC and Mimecast Limited MIME, each carrying a Zacks Rank #2 (Buy). You can see the complete list of today’s Zacks #1 Rank (Strong Buy) stocks here.

Long-term earnings growth rates for Advanced Micro Devices, Mimecast and DXC are currently projected at 46.2%, 35% and 27.3%, respectively.

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