FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
POOL CORPORATION REPORTS YEAR END AND FOURTH QUARTER 2022 RESULTS;
PROVIDES 2023 EARNINGS GUIDANCE
•Record annual net sales of $6.2 billion, up 17% from 2021
•Operating income of $1.0 billion, up 23% from 2021 with a 90 bps improvement in operating margin
•Record 2022 diluted EPS of $18.70, an increase of 17% over 2021 or an increase of 21% to $18.43 without tax benefits in both periods
•2023 diluted EPS guidance range of $16.03 - $17.03, including an estimated $0.03 tax benefit
COVINGTON, LA. (February 16, 2023) – Pool Corporation (Nasdaq/GSM:POOL) today announced full year and fourth quarter 2022 results.
“I am proud to present another year of record results with annual sales growth of 17% to $6.2 billion, nearly double our 2019 sales. The relentless focus of our highly talented team on capacity creation and their dedication to serving our customers drove our operating income for the full year up 23% to a record $1.0 billion on top of 79% growth in 2021. We leveraged our strong capital position and operating capabilities to invest in inventory ahead of challenging supply chain and inflationary conditions to serve our customers and bring new products to the market in a dynamic environment. Our results speak to the strength of our team who work collaboratively with our customers and suppliers to make POOLCORP such an incredible business. We celebrate our successes over the past year and remain well-positioned to execute our long-term growth strategy and grow our industry-leading position,” commented Peter D. Arvan, president and CEO.
Year ended December 31, 2022 compared to the year ended December 31, 2021
Net sales increased 17% to a record $6.2 billion for the year ended December 31, 2022 compared to $5.3 billion in 2021. Base business sales increased 12%. Net sales benefited approximately 10% from inflationary product cost increases and were aided by solid consumer demand for outdoor living products throughout the year. Net sales were also unfavorably impacted 1% from currency exchange rate fluctuations, 1% from softness in our European markets and generally less favorable weather conditions on a year-over-year comparison.
Gross profit reached a record $1.9 billion for the year ended December 31, 2022, a 20% increase over gross profit of $1.6 billion in 2021. Gross margin improved 80 basis points to 31.3% in 2022 compared to 30.5% in 2021, reflecting benefits from acquisitions, increased pricing and supply chain management initiatives to address inflation. These increases were partially offset by $13.0 million recorded within Cost of sales in the fourth quarter of 2022 related to increased duties and tariffs for certain imported chemicals. Given supply chain improvements through the latter half of 2022, we do not expect to import a significant portion of this product in 2023.
Selling and administrative expenses (operating expenses) increased 16%, or $123.3 million, to $907.6 million in 2022, including a 1% benefit from currency exchange rate fluctuations. As a percentage of net sales, operating expenses declined 10 basis points to 14.7% in 2022 compared to 14.8% in 2021. Our operating expenses have generally increased in line with sales growth to support our business, including recent acquisitions.
The following information was filed by Pool Corp (POOL) on Thursday, February 16, 2023 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.