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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549
Form 10-Q

(Mark One)
x QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the quarterly period ended April 21, 2018
OR
o TRANSITION REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
For the transition period from ________ to ________.

Commission file number 001-16797
________________________

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ADVANCE AUTO PARTS, INC.
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
________________________

 Delaware
(State or other jurisdiction of
incorporation or organization)
   54-2049910
(I.R.S. Employer
Identification No.)
 5008 Airport Road
Roanoke, VA
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)
    24012
(Zip Code)


 
(540) 362-4911
(Registrant’s telephone number, including area code)
 
Not Applicable
(Former name, former address and former fiscal year, if changed since last report).

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant: (1) has filed all reports required to be filed by Section 13 or 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to file such reports), and (2) has been subject to such filing requirements for the past 90 days. Yes x No o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant has submitted electronically and posted on its corporate Web site, if any, every Interactive Data File required to be submitted and posted pursuant to Rule 405 of Registration S-T (§232.405 of this chapter) during the preceding 12 months (or for such shorter period that the registrant was required to submit and post such files). Yes x No o
Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a large accelerated filer, an accelerated filer, a non-accelerated filer, or a smaller reporting company. See definition of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act. (Check one):

Large accelerated filer x
Accelerated filer o
Non-accelerated filer o  (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company o
 
Emerging growth company o

If an emerging growth company, indicate by check mark if the registrant has elected not to use the extended transition period for complying with any new or revised financial accounting standards provided pursuant to Section 13(a) of the Exchange Act. o

Indicate by check mark whether the registrant is a shell company (as defined in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act). Yes o No x

As of May 18, 2018, the number of shares of the registrant’s common stock outstanding was 74,031,311 shares.
 




 
 
 
 
Page
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 




PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
ITEM 1.
CONDENSED CONSOLIDATED FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheets
(In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)
 
April 21, 2018
 
December 30, 2017
 
Assets
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
639,143

 
$
546,937

 
Receivables, net
620,378

 
606,357

 
Inventories
4,230,473

 
4,168,492

 
Other current assets
127,522

 
105,106

 
Total current assets
5,617,516

 
5,426,892

 
Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation of $1,836,151 and $1,783,383
1,358,397

 
1,394,138

 
Goodwill
993,461

 
994,293

 
Intangible assets, net
583,346

 
597,674

 
Other assets
62,233

 
69,304

 
 
$
8,614,953

 
$
8,482,301

 
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity
 

 
 

 
Current liabilities:
 

 
 

 
Accounts payable
$
2,890,317

 
$
2,894,582

 
Accrued expenses
543,343

 
533,548

 
Other current liabilities
46,479

 
51,967

 
Total current liabilities
3,480,139

 
3,480,097

 
Long-term debt
1,044,755

 
1,044,327

 
Deferred income taxes
310,686

 
303,620

 
Other long-term liabilities
232,752

 
239,061

 
Commitments and contingencies


 


 
Stockholders’ equity:
 

 
 

 
Preferred stock, nonvoting, $0.0001 par value

 

 
Common stock, voting, $0.0001 par value
8

 
8

 
Additional paid-in capital
672,913

 
664,646

 
Treasury stock, at cost
(149,824
)
 
(144,600
)
 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss
(28,812
)
 
(24,954
)
 
Retained earnings
3,052,336

 
2,920,096

 
Total stockholders’ equity
3,546,621

 
3,415,196

 
 
$
8,614,953

 
$
8,482,301

 



The accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements are an integral part of these statements.

1


Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Operations
(In thousands, except per share data) (Unaudited)
 
Sixteen Weeks Ended
 
April 21, 2018
 
April 22, 2017
Net sales
$
2,873,848

 
$
2,890,838

Cost of sales, including purchasing and warehousing costs
1,601,564

 
1,620,154

Gross profit
1,272,284

 
1,270,684

Selling, general and administrative expenses
1,074,043

 
1,090,904

Operating income
198,241

 
179,780

Other, net:
 
 
 
Interest expense
(17,682
)
 
(18,430
)
Other income, net
458

 
4,813

Total other, net
(17,224
)
 
(13,617
)
Income before provision for income taxes
181,017

 
166,163

Provision for income taxes
44,290

 
58,203

Net income
$
136,727

 
$
107,960

 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per common share
$
1.85

 
$
1.46

Weighted average common shares outstanding
73,979

 
73,782

Diluted earnings per common share
$
1.84

 
$
1.46

Weighted average common shares outstanding
74,205

 
74,093

Dividends declared per common share
$
0.06

 
$
0.06



Condensed Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(In thousands) (Unaudited)
 
Sixteen Weeks Ended
 
April 21, 2018
 
April 22, 2017
Net income
$
136,727

 
$
107,960

Other comprehensive loss:
 
 
 
Changes in net unrecognized other postretirement benefit costs, net of tax of $32 and $55
(91
)
 
(85
)
Currency translation adjustments
(3,767
)
 
(788
)
Total other comprehensive loss
(3,858
)
 
(873
)
Comprehensive income
$
132,869

 
$
107,087





The accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements are an integral part of these statements.

2


Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(In thousands) (Unaudited)
 
Sixteen Weeks Ended
 
April 21, 2018
 
April 22, 2017
Cash flows from operating activities:
 
 
 
Net income
$
136,727

 
$
107,960

Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by operating activities:
 
 
 
Depreciation and amortization
71,692

 
77,430

Share-based compensation
7,642

 
12,374

Loss on disposal and impairment of property and equipment
3,208

 
275

Provision (benefit) for deferred income taxes
7,340

 
(7,704
)
Other
672

 
1,699

Net change in:
 
 
 
Receivables, net
(14,012
)
 
(42,207
)
Inventories
(64,369
)
 
(89,384
)
Accounts payable
(2,948
)
 
(36,710
)
Accrued expenses
20,765

 
20,293

Other assets and liabilities, net
(12,747
)
 
(8,945
)
Net cash provided by operating activities
153,970

 
35,081

Cash flows from investing activities:
 

 
 

Purchases of property and equipment
(34,474
)
 
(65,279
)
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment
530

 
947

Other, net

 
193

Net cash used in investing activities
(33,944
)
 
(64,139
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
 

 
 

(Decrease) increase in bank overdrafts
(12,101
)
 
8,490

Borrowings under credit facilities

 
483,500

Payments on credit facilities

 
(453,500
)
Dividends paid
(8,930
)
 
(8,902
)
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock
754

 
1,036

Tax withholdings related to the exercise of stock appreciation rights
(93
)
 
(5,707
)
Repurchase of common stock
(5,223
)
 
(3,121
)
Other, net
(1,164
)
 
(1,924
)
Net cash (used in) provided by financing activities
(26,757
)
 
19,872

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
(1,063
)
 
95

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
92,206

 
(9,091
)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
546,937

 
135,178

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
$
639,143

 
$
126,087

 
 
 
 
Non-cash transactions:
 
 
 
Accrued purchases of property and equipment
$
8,591

 
$
14,524



The accompanying notes to the condensed consolidated financial statements are an integral part of these statements.

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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)




1.
Nature of Operations and Basis of Presentation:

Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and subsidiaries is a leading automotive aftermarket parts provider in North America, serving both “do-it-for-me”, or Professional, and “do-it-yourself,” or DIY customers. The accompanying condensed consolidated financial statements have been prepared by the Company and include the accounts of Advance Auto Parts, Inc. (“Advance”), its wholly owned subsidiary, Advance Stores Company, Incorporated (“Advance Stores”) and its subsidiaries (collectively referred to as “Advance,” “we,” “us,” “our” or “the Company”).

As of April 21, 2018, we operated a total of 5,044 stores and 131 distribution branches primarily within the United States, with additional locations in Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In addition, as of April 21, 2018, we served 1,225 independently owned Carquest branded stores (“independent stores”) across the same geographic locations served by our stores in addition to Mexico, the Bahamas, Turks and Caicos, the British Virgin Islands and the Pacific Islands.

The accounting policies followed in the presentation of interim financial results are consistent with those followed on an annual basis. Certain information and footnote disclosures normally included in financial statements prepared in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”), have been condensed or omitted based upon the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) interim reporting guidance. These condensed consolidated financial statements should be read in conjunction with the financial statements and notes thereto included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for 2017 as filed with the SEC on February 21, 2018.

The results of operations for the interim periods are not necessarily indicative of the operating results to be expected for the full year. Our first quarter of the year contains sixteen weeks. Our remaining three quarters consist of twelve weeks.

2.
Significant Accounting Policies:

Revenues

Revenue for periods through December 30, 2017 was reported under Accounting Standards Codification (“ASC”) 605, Revenue Recognition, as described in our accounting policies in our 2017 Form 10-K. Effective December 31, 2017, the Company adopted ASC 606, Revenue From Contracts With Customers (“Topic 606”). The results of applying Topic 606 using the modified retrospective approach were insignificant and did not have a material impact on our consolidated financial condition, results of operations, cash flows, business process, controls or systems. We expect the impact of the adoption of the new standard to be immaterial to our net income on an ongoing basis.

In accordance with Topic 606 revenue is recognized at the time the sale is made, at which time our walk-in customers take immediate possession of the merchandise or same-day delivery is made to our Professional delivery customers, which include certain independently-owned store locations. Payment terms are established for our Professional delivery customers based on the Company’s pre-established credit requirements. Payment terms vary depending on the customer and generally range from 1 to 30 days. Based on the nature of receivables no significant financing components exist. For e-commerce sales, revenue is recognized either at the time of pick-up at one of our store locations or at the time of shipment depending on the customer's order designation. Sales are recorded net of discounts, sales incentives and rebates, sales taxes and estimated returns and allowances. We estimate the reduction to sales and cost of sales for returns based on current sales levels and our historical return experience.

We provide assurance type warranty coverage primarily on batteries, brakes and shocks whereby we are required to provide replacement product at no cost or a reduced cost.

Topic 606 defines a performance obligation as a promise in a contract to transfer a distinct good or service to the customer and is considered the unit of account. The majority of our contracts have one single performance obligation as the promise to transfer the individual goods is not separately identifiable from other promises in the contracts and is, therefore, not distinct. Discounts and incentives are treated as separate performance obligations. We allocate the contract’s transaction price to each of these performance obligations separately using explicitly stated amounts or our best estimate using historical data. Additionally, we estimate and record gift card breakage as redemptions occur.

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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)




We had no material contract assets, contract liabilities or costs to obtain and fulfill contracts recorded on the Condensed Consolidated Balance Sheet as of April 21, 2018. For the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018, revenue recognized from performance obligations related to prior periods (for example, due to changes in transaction price), was insignificant.

Revenue expected to be recognized in any future periods related to remaining performance obligations is insignificant.

The following table summarizes disaggregated revenue from contracts with customers by product group:
 
Sixteen Weeks Ended
 
April 21, 2018
 
April 22, 2017
Percentage of Sales, by Product Group
 
 
 
Parts and Batteries
65
%
 
66
%
Accessories and Chemicals
20

 
19

Engine Maintenance
14

 
14

Other
1

 
1

Total
100
%
 
100
%

Recently Issued Accounting Pronouncements

In February 2016, the FASB issued Accounting Standards Update (“ASU”) 2016-02, “Leases (Topic 842).” This ASU is a comprehensive new leases standard that amends various aspects of existing guidance for leases and requires additional disclosures about leasing arrangements. It will require lessees to recognize lease assets and lease liabilities for most leases, including those leases previously classified as operating leases under current GAAP. Topic 842 retains a distinction between finance leases and operating leases. The classification criteria for distinguishing between finance leases and operating leases are substantially similar to the classification criteria for distinguishing between capital leases and operating leases in the previous leases guidance. The ASU is effective for annual periods beginning after December 15, 2018, including interim periods within those years; earlier adoption is permitted. The FASB issued and approved an exposure draft to amend Topic 842 to provide entities with an additional transition method with which to adopt Topic 842. The approved transition method enables entities to apply the transition requirements in Topic 842 at the effective date of that Topic (rather than at the beginning of the earliest comparative period presented as currently required) with the effects of initially applying Topic 842 recognized as a cumulative-effect adjustment to retained earnings in the period of adoption. Consequently, an entity’s reporting for the comparative periods presented in the year of adoption would continue to be in accordance with Topic 840, including the disclosure requirements of that Topic. Practical expedients are available for election as a package and if applied consistently to all leases.

We have selected our leasing software solution and are in the process of identifying changes to our business processes, systems and controls to support adoption of the new standard in 2019. We are evaluating the impact that the new standard will have on the condensed consolidated financial statements. While we are unable to quantify the impact at this time, we expect the adoption of the new standard to result in a material increase in the assets and liabilities in the condensed consolidated financial statements. At this time, we do not expect adoption of ASU 2016-02 to have a material impact on our condensed consolidated statements of operations as the majority of our leases will remain operating in nature. As such, the expense recognition will be similar to previously required straight-line expense treatment.

In March 2018, the FASB issued ASU No. 2018-05, “Income Taxes (Topic 740) - Amendments to SEC Paragraphs Pursuant to SEC Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118”, ("ASU 2018-05"). ASU 2018-05 provides guidance on accounting for the tax effects of the U.S. Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”) pursuant to the Staff Accounting Bulletin No. 118, which allows companies to complete the accounting under ASC 740 within a one-year measurement period from the Tax Act enactment date, which occurred in the financial statements for the year ended December 30, 2017. Until the completion of our 2017 U.S. income tax return in the third quarter of 2018, we may identify additional remeasurement adjustments to amounts previously recorded for the nonrecurring repatriation tax on accumulated earnings of foreign subsidiaries and remeasurement of the net deferred tax liability. We will continue to assess our provision for income taxes as future guidance is issued.



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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)




3.
Inventories

Inventories are stated at the lower of cost or market. We used the last in, first out (“LIFO”) method of accounting for approximately 88% of inventories at April 21, 2018 and December 30, 2017. Under the LIFO method, our cost of sales reflects the costs of the most recently purchased inventories, while the inventory carrying balance represents the costs for inventories purchased in the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 and prior years. We recorded a reduction to cost of sales of $20.0 million and $18.0 million for the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 and April 22, 2017 to state inventories at LIFO.

An actual valuation of inventory under the LIFO method is performed by us at the end of each fiscal year based on the inventory levels and costs at that time. Accordingly, interim LIFO calculations are based on our estimates of expected year-end inventory levels and costs.

Inventory balances were as follows:
(in thousands)
April 21, 2018
 
December 30, 2017
Inventories at first in, first out (“FIFO”)
$
4,007,327

 
$
3,965,370

Adjustments to state inventories at LIFO
223,146

 
203,122

Inventories at LIFO
$
4,230,473

 
$
4,168,492


4.
Exit Activities and Other Initiatives

Integration of Carquest stores

We are in the process of a multi-year integration, which includes the consolidation and conversion of our Carquest stores acquired with General Parts International, Inc. (“GPI”) in 2014. As of April 21, 2018, 348 Carquest stores acquired with GPI had been consolidated into existing Advance Auto Parts stores and 423 stores had been converted to the Advance Auto Parts format. During the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018, a total of 2 Carquest stores were consolidated and 1 Carquest store was converted. As of April 21, 2018, the Company had 427 stores still operating under the Carquest name.

We incurred $0.4 million and $1.1 million of exit costs related to the consolidations and conversions during the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 and April 22, 2017, primarily related to closed store lease obligations. These costs are included in Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”) in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations.

Store and Supply Chain Rationalization

During the fourth quarter of 2017, the Board of Directors approved a plan to close certain underperforming stores and begin to rationalize our supply chain costs as part of our strategy to transform the enterprise. As of April 21, 2018, we expect these actions to result in estimated charges of up to $70 million in 2018, which consist of $35 million relating to the early termination of lease obligations, $15 million of inventory and supply chain asset impairment charges, $15 million of other facility closure costs and $5 million of severance.

During the first quarter of 2018, we incurred $1.1 million of early termination of lease obligations charges, $1.5 million of supply chain asset impairment charges, $0.3 million of facility closure costs and $0.3 million of severance relating to the store and supply chain rationalization. These costs are included in SG&A in the accompanying condensed consolidated statements of operations.


6


Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)



Total Exit Liabilities

Our total exit liabilities include liabilities recorded in connection with the consolidation of Carquest stores and restructuring activities described above, along with liabilities associated with facility closures that have occurred as part of our normal market evaluation process. Cash payments on the closed facility lease obligations are expected to be made through 2028 and the remaining severance payments are expected to be made in 2018. Of our total exit liabilities as of April 21, 2018, $18.6 million is included in Other long-term liabilities and the remainder is included in Accrued expenses in the accompanying condensed consolidated balance sheet. A summary of our exit liabilities is presented in the following table:

(in thousands)
 
Closed Facility Lease Obligations
 
Severance
 
Total
Balance, December 30, 2017
 
$
31,570

 
$
1,645

 
$
33,215

Reserves established
 
1,566

 
1,882

 
3,448

Change in estimates
 
1,028

 
(381
)
 
647

Cash payments
 
(5,046
)
 
(1,111
)
 
(6,157
)
Balance, April 21, 2018
 
$
29,118

 
$
2,035

 
$
31,153

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Balance, December 31, 2016
 
$
44,265

 
$
959

 
$
45,224

Reserves established
 
7,940

 
7,927

 
15,867

Change in estimates
 
(1,116
)
 
(699
)
 
(1,815
)
Cash payments
 
(19,519
)
 
(6,542
)
 
(26,061
)
Balance, December 30, 2017
 
$
31,570

 
$
1,645

 
$
33,215


5.
Intangible Assets

Our definite-lived intangible assets include customer relationships, favorable leases and non-compete agreements. Amortization expense was $13.4 million and $14.6 million for the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 and April 22, 2017.

6.
Receivables, net

Receivables consist of the following:
(in thousands)
April 21, 2018
 
December 30, 2017
Trade
$
431,093

 
$
389,963

Vendor
192,152

 
220,510

Other
16,489

 
14,103

Total receivables
639,734

 
624,576

Less: Allowance for doubtful accounts
(19,356
)
 
(18,219
)
Receivables, net
$
620,378

 
$
606,357



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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)



7.
Long-term Debt and Fair Value of Financial Instruments

Long-term debt consists of the following:
(in thousands)
April 21, 2018
 
December 30, 2017
Total long-term debt
$
1,044,930

 
$
1,044,677

Less: Current portion of long-term debt
(175
)
 
(350
)
Long-term debt, excluding current portion
$
1,044,755

 
$
1,044,327

 
 
 
 
Fair value of long-term debt
$
1,083,048

 
$
1,109,000


Fair Value of Financial Assets and Liabilities

The fair value of our senior unsecured notes was determined using Level 2 inputs based on quoted market prices. We believe the carrying value of our other long-term debt approximates fair value. The carrying amounts of our cash and cash equivalents, receivables, accounts payable and accrued expenses approximate their fair values due to the relatively short-term nature of these instruments.

Bank Debt

On January 31, 2018, we entered into Amendment No. 1 to the Credit Agreement dated as of January 31, 2017 (the “Amendment”), among Advance Stores, as Borrower, the lenders party thereto, and Bank of America, N.A., Administrative Agent. The Amendment: (i) provided for LIBOR replacement rates in the event that LIBOR is unavailable in the future; (ii) modified the definitions of the financial covenants (and the testing level relating thereto) with respect to a maximum leverage ratio and a minimum coverage ratio that the Company is required to comply with; and (iii) extended the termination date of the 2017 Credit Agreement from January 31, 2022 until January 31, 2023. We have the option to make one additional written request of the lenders to extend the termination date then in effect for one additional year.

As of April 21, 2018, we had no outstanding borrowings under the revolver and borrowing availability was $888.3 million based on our leverage ratio. As of April 21, 2018, we had letters of credit outstanding of $111.7 million, which generally have a term of one year or less and primarily serve as collateral for our self-insurance policies. We were in compliance with all financial covenants required by our debt arrangements as of April 21, 2018.

Debt Guarantees

We are a guarantor of loans made by banks to various independently owned Carquest-branded stores that are our customers totaling $26.3 million as of April 21, 2018. These loans are collateralized by security agreements on merchandise inventory and other assets of the borrowers. The approximate value of the inventory collateralized by these agreements is $65.8 million as of April 21, 2018. We believe that the likelihood of performance under these guarantees is remote.


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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)



8.
Warranty Liabilities

The following table presents changes in our warranty reserves:
 
Sixteen Weeks Ended
 
Fifty-Two Weeks Ended
(in thousands)
April 21, 2018
 
December 30, 2017
Warranty reserve, beginning of period
$
49,024

 
$
47,243

Additions to warranty reserves
10,251

 
50,895

Reserves utilized
(13,259
)
 
(49,114
)
Warranty reserve, end of period
$
46,016

 
$
49,024

  
9.
Earnings per Share

The computation of basic and diluted earnings per share are as follows:  
 
Sixteen Weeks Ended
(in thousands, except per share data)
April 21, 2018
 
April 22, 2017
Numerator
 
 
 
Net income applicable to common shares
$
136,727

 
$
107,960

Denominator
 

 
 
Basic weighted average common shares
73,979

 
73,782

Dilutive impact of share-based awards
226

 
311

Diluted weighted average common shares
74,205

 
74,093

 
 
 
 
Basic earnings per common share
$
1.85

 
$
1.46

 
 
 
 
Diluted earnings per common share
$
1.84

 
$
1.46


10.
Share-Based Compensation

During the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018, we granted 147 thousand time-based restricted stock units (“RSUs”), 69 thousand performance-based RSUs and 36 thousand market-based RSUs. The general terms of the time-based, performance-based and market-based RSUs are similar to awards previously granted by us.

The weighted average fair values of the time-based, performance-based and market-based RSUs granted during the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 were $117.49, $116.82 and $130.88 per share. For time-based and performance-based RSUs, the fair value of each award was determined based on the market price of our stock on the date of grant adjusted for expected dividends during the vesting period, as applicable. The fair value of each market-based RSU was determined using a Monte Carlo simulation model.

Total income tax benefit related to share-based compensation expense for the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 was $1.8 million. As of April 21, 2018, there was $53.9 million of unrecognized compensation expense related to all share-based awards that is expected to be recognized over a weighted average period of 1.9 years.


9


Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)



11.
Condensed Consolidating Financial Statements

Certain 100% wholly owned domestic subsidiaries of Advance, including our Material Subsidiaries (as defined in the 2017 Credit Agreement) serve as guarantors (“Guarantor Subsidiaries”) of our senior unsecured notes. The subsidiary guarantees related to our senior unsecured notes are full and unconditional and joint and several, and there are no restrictions on the ability of Advance to obtain funds from its Guarantor Subsidiaries. Certain of our wholly owned subsidiaries, including all of its foreign subsidiaries, do not serve as guarantors of our senior unsecured notes (“Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries”).

Set forth below are condensed consolidating financial statements presenting the financial position, results of operations, and cash flows of (i) Advance, (ii) the Guarantor Subsidiaries, (iii) the Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries, and (iv) the eliminations necessary to arrive at consolidated information for the Company. Investments in subsidiaries of Advance are presented under the equity method. The statement of operations eliminations relate primarily to the sale of inventory from a Non-Guarantor Subsidiary to a Guarantor Subsidiary. The balance sheet eliminations relate primarily to the elimination of intercompany receivables and payables and subsidiary investment accounts.


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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)



Condensed Consolidating Balance Sheet
As of April 21, 2018
(in thousands)
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
23

 
$
566,915

 
$
72,228

 
$
(23
)
 
$
639,143

Receivables, net

 
581,914

 
38,464

 

 
620,378

Inventories

 
4,054,181

 
176,292

 

 
4,230,473

Other current assets

 
124,909

 
2,715

 
(102
)
 
127,522

Total current assets
23

 
5,327,919

 
289,699

 
(125
)
 
5,617,516

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation
95

 
1,348,844

 
9,458

 

 
1,358,397

Goodwill

 
943,359

 
50,102

 

 
993,461

Intangible assets, net

 
538,939

 
44,407

 

 
583,346

Other assets, net
3,177

 
61,744

 
489

 
(3,177
)
 
62,233

Investment in subsidiaries
3,661,050

 
457,062

 

 
(4,118,112
)
 

Intercompany note receivable
1,048,789

 

 

 
(1,048,789
)
 

Due from intercompany, net

 

 
305,689

 
(305,689
)
 

 
$
4,713,134

 
$
8,677,867

 
$
699,844

 
$
(5,475,892
)
 
$
8,614,953

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$

 
$
2,680,822

 
$
209,495

 
$

 
$
2,890,317

Accrued expenses
1,746

 
526,215

 
15,484

 
(102
)
 
543,343

Other current liabilities

 
47,722

 
(1,220
)
 
(23
)
 
46,479

Total current liabilities
1,746

 
3,254,759

 
223,759

 
(125
)
 
3,480,139

Long-term debt
1,044,755

 

 

 

 
1,044,755

Deferred income taxes

 
296,295

 
17,568

 
(3,177
)
 
310,686

Other long-term liabilities

 
231,297

 
1,455

 

 
232,752

Intercompany note payable

 
1,048,789

 

 
(1,048,789
)
 

Due to intercompany, net
120,012

 
185,677

 

 
(305,689
)
 

Commitments and contingencies

 

 

 

 

Stockholders' equity
3,546,621

 
3,661,050

 
457,062

 
(4,118,112
)
 
3,546,621

 
$
4,713,134

 
$
8,677,867

 
$
699,844

 
$
(5,475,892
)
 
$
8,614,953



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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)



Condensed Consolidating Balance Sheet
As of December 30, 2017
(in thousands)
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
Assets
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current assets:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
23

 
$
482,620

 
$
64,317

 
$
(23
)
 
$
546,937

Receivables, net

 
567,460

 
38,897

 

 
606,357

Inventories

 
3,986,724

 
181,768

 

 
4,168,492

Other current assets

 
103,118

 
2,063

 
(75
)
 
105,106

Total current assets
23

 
5,139,922

 
287,045

 
(98
)
 
5,426,892

Property and equipment, net of accumulated depreciation
103

 
1,384,115

 
9,920

 

 
1,394,138

Goodwill

 
943,359

 
50,934

 

 
994,293

Intangible assets, net

 
551,781

 
45,893

 

 
597,674

Other assets, net
3,224

 
68,749

 
554

 
(3,223
)
 
69,304

Investment in subsidiaries
3,521,330

 
448,462

 

 
(3,969,792
)
 

Intercompany note receivable
1,048,700

 

 

 
(1,048,700
)
 

Due from intercompany, net

 

 
332,467

 
(332,467
)
 

 
$
4,573,380

 
$
8,536,388

 
$
726,813

 
$
(5,354,280
)
 
$
8,482,301

Liabilities and Stockholders' Equity
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Current liabilities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Accounts payable
$

 
$
2,657,792

 
$
236,790

 
$

 
$
2,894,582

Accrued expenses
1,134

 
511,841

 
20,648

 
(75
)
 
533,548

Other current liabilities

 
50,963

 
1,027

 
(23
)
 
51,967

Total current liabilities
1,134

 
3,220,596

 
258,465

 
(98
)
 
3,480,097

Long-term debt
1,044,327

 

 

 

 
1,044,327

Deferred income taxes

 
288,999

 
17,844

 
(3,223
)
 
303,620

Other long-term liabilities

 
237,019

 
2,042

 

 
239,061

Intercompany note payable

 
1,048,700

 

 
(1,048,700
)
 

Due to intercompany, net
112,723

 
219,744

 

 
(332,467
)
 

Commitments and contingencies
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Stockholders' equity
3,415,196

 
3,521,330

 
448,462

 
(3,969,792
)
 
3,415,196

 
$
4,573,380

 
$
8,536,388

 
$
726,813

 
$
(5,354,280
)
 
$
8,482,301





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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)



Condensed Consolidating Statement of Operations
For the Sixteen Weeks Ended April 21, 2018
(in thousands)
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
Net sales
$

 
$
2,775,903

 
$
152,119

 
$
(54,174
)
 
$
2,873,848

Cost of sales, including purchasing and warehousing costs

 
1,551,041

 
104,697

 
(54,174
)
 
1,601,564

Gross profit

 
1,224,862

 
47,422

 

 
1,272,284

Selling, general and administrative expenses
4,811

 
1,054,389

 
30,582

 
(15,739
)
 
1,074,043

Operating (loss) income
(4,811
)
 
170,473

 
16,840

 
15,739

 
198,241

Other, net:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest expense
(16,078
)
 
(1,604
)
 

 

 
(17,682
)
Other income (expense), net
21,257

 
(2,993
)
 
(2,067
)
 
(15,739
)
 
458

Total other, net
5,179

 
(4,597
)
 
(2,067
)
 
(15,739
)
 
(17,224
)
Income before provision for income taxes
368

 
165,876

 
14,773

 

 
181,017

Provision for income taxes
1,263

 
40,452

 
2,575

 

 
44,290

(Loss) income before equity in earnings of subsidiaries
(895
)
 
125,424

 
12,198

 

 
136,727

Equity in earnings of subsidiaries
137,622

 
12,198

 

 
(149,820
)
 

Net income
$
136,727

 
$
137,622

 
$
12,198

 
$
(149,820
)
 
$
136,727


Condensed Consolidating Statement of Operations
For the Sixteen Weeks Ended April 22, 2017
(in thousands)
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
Net sales
$

 
$
2,801,854

 
$
172,004

 
$
(83,020
)
 
$
2,890,838

Cost of sales, including purchasing and warehousing costs

 
1,577,273

 
125,901

 
(83,020
)
 
1,620,154

Gross profit

 
1,224,581

 
46,103

 

 
1,270,684

Selling, general and administrative expenses
14,797

 
1,067,656

 
24,402

 
(15,951
)
 
1,090,904

Operating (loss) income
(14,797
)
 
156,925

 
21,701

 
15,951

 
179,780

Other, net:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Interest (expense) income
(16,290
)
 
(2,159
)
 
19

 

 
(18,430
)
Other income (expense), net
31,784

 
(7,352
)
 
(3,668
)
 
(15,951
)
 
4,813

Total other, net
15,494

 
(9,511
)
 
(3,649
)
 
(15,951
)
 
(13,617
)
Income before provision for income taxes
697

 
147,414

 
18,052

 

 
166,163

(Benefit) provision for income taxes
(1,743
)
 
57,446

 
2,500

 

 
58,203

Income before equity in earnings of subsidiaries
2,440

 
89,968

 
15,552

 

 
107,960

Equity in earnings of subsidiaries
105,520

 
15,552

 

 
(121,072
)
 

Net income
$
107,960

 
$
105,520

 
$
15,552

 
$
(121,072
)
 
$
107,960


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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)




Condensed Consolidating Statement of Comprehensive Income
For the Sixteen Weeks Ended April 21, 2018
(in thousands)
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
Net income
$
136,727

 
$
137,622

 
$
12,198

 
$
(149,820
)
 
$
136,727

Other comprehensive loss
(3,858
)
 
(3,858
)
 
(3,767
)
 
7,625

 
(3,858
)
Comprehensive income
$
132,869

 
$
133,764

 
$
8,431

 
$
(142,195
)
 
$
132,869



Condensed Consolidating Statement of Comprehensive Income
For the Sixteen Weeks Ended April 22, 2017
(in thousands)
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
Net income
$
107,960

 
$
105,520

 
$
15,552

 
$
(121,072
)
 
$
107,960

Other comprehensive loss
(873
)
 
(873
)
 
(788
)
 
1,661

 
(873
)
Comprehensive income
$
107,087

 
$
104,647

 
$
14,764

 
$
(119,411
)
 
$
107,087




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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)



Condensed Consolidating Statement of Cash Flows
For the Sixteen Weeks Ended April 21, 2018
(in thousands)
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
$

 
$
142,408

 
$
11,562

 
$

 
$
153,970

Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Purchases of property and equipment

 
(34,153
)
 
(321
)
 

 
(34,474
)
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

 
486

 
44

 

 
530

Net cash used in investing activities

 
(33,667
)
 
(277
)
 

 
(33,944
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Decrease in bank overdrafts

 
(9,790
)
 
(2,311
)
 

 
(12,101
)
Dividends paid

 
(8,930
)
 

 

 
(8,930
)
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock

 
754

 

 

 
754

Tax withholdings related to the exercise of stock appreciation rights

 
(93
)
 

 

 
(93
)
Repurchase of common stock

 
(5,223
)
 

 

 
(5,223
)
Other, net

 
(1,164
)
 

 

 
(1,164
)
Net cash used in financing activities

 
(24,446
)
 
(2,311
)
 

 
(26,757
)
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

 
(1,063
)
 

 
(1,063
)
Net increase in cash and cash equivalents

 
84,295

 
7,911

 

 
92,206

Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
23

 
482,620

 
64,317

 
(23
)
 
546,937

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
$
23

 
$
566,915

 
$
72,228

 
$
(23
)
 
$
639,143



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Advance Auto Parts, Inc. and Subsidiaries
Notes to the Condensed Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)



Condensed Consolidating Statement of Cash Flows
For the Sixteen Weeks Ended April 22, 2017
(In thousands)
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
 
Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Non-Guarantor Subsidiaries
 
Eliminations
 
Consolidated
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
$

 
$
55,378

 
$
(20,297
)
 
$

 
$
35,081

Cash flows from investing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Purchases of property and equipment

 
(64,978
)
 
(301
)
 

 
(65,279
)
Proceeds from sales of property and equipment

 
947

 

 

 
947

Other, net

 
(253
)
 
446

 

 
193

Net cash (used in) provided by investing activities

 
(64,284
)
 
145

 

 
(64,139
)
Cash flows from financing activities:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Increase in bank overdrafts

 
6,625

 
1,865

 

 
8,490

Borrowings under credit facilities

 
483,500

 

 

 
483,500

Payments on credit facilities

 
(453,500
)
 

 

 
(453,500
)
Dividends paid

 
(8,902
)
 

 

 
(8,902
)
Proceeds from the issuance of common stock

 
1,036

 

 

 
1,036

Tax withholdings related to the exercise of stock appreciation rights

 
(5,707
)
 

 

 
(5,707
)
Repurchase of common stock

 
(3,121
)
 

 

 
(3,121
)
Other, net

 
(1,924
)
 

 

 
(1,924
)
Net cash provided by financing activities

 
18,007

 
1,865

 

 
19,872

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash

 

 
95

 

 
95

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents

 
9,101

 
(18,192
)
 

 
(9,091
)
Cash and cash equivalents, beginning of period
22

 
78,543

 
56,635

 
(22
)
 
135,178

Cash and cash equivalents, end of period
$
22

 
$
87,644

 
$
38,443

 
$
(22
)
 
$
126,087



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ITEM 2.
MANAGEMENT’S DISCUSSION AND ANALYSIS OF FINANCIAL CONDITION AND RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

The following discussion and analysis of financial condition and results of operations should be read in conjunction with the audited consolidated financial statements and notes included in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 30, 2017 (filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on February 21, 2018), which we refer to as our 2017 Form 10-K, and our unaudited condensed consolidated financial statements and the notes to those statements that appear elsewhere in this report.

Certain statements in this report are “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 (the “Securities Act”) and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the “Exchange Act”). The SEC encourages companies to disclose forward-looking information so that investors can better understand a company’s future prospects and make informed investment decisions. Forward-looking statements are usually identified by the use of words such as “anticipate,” “believe,” “could,” “estimate,” “expect,” “forecast,” “intend,” “likely,” “may,” “plan,” “position,” “possible,” “potential,” “probable,” “project,” “projection,” “should,” “strategy,” “will,” or similar expressions. These statements are based upon assessments and assumptions of management in light of historical results and trends, current conditions and potential future developments that often involve judgment, estimates, assumptions and projections. Forward-looking statements reflect current views about our plans, strategies and prospects, which are based on information currently available as of the date of this report. Except as required by law, we undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date of such statements. Forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, many of which are outside our control, which could cause actual results to differ materially from these statements. Therefore, in evaluating forward-looking statements, you should consider these risks and uncertainties, together with the important risks, uncertainties and contingencies described in our 2017 Form 10-K and other documents filed with the SEC, and you should not place undue reliance on those statements. We intend for any forward-looking statements to be covered by, and we claim the protection under, the safe harbor provisions for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Management Overview

We generated diluted earnings per share (“diluted EPS”) of $1.84 during our sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 (“first quarter of 2018” or “Q1 2018”) compared to $1.46 for the comparable period of 2017. Comparable store sales were down 0.8% in the first quarter of 2018. While Q1 2018 sales have experienced sequential growth and top-line sales performance continues to improve, the decrease as compared to the first quarter of 2017 was driven by weather-related impacts in our Northeastern and North Central markets due to unfavorable weather conditions present in the last five weeks of Q1 2018.

We have completed a number of transformation actions over the last several quarters, including the restructuring and reduction in number of Advance Auto Parts (“AAP”) and Carquest US (“CQUS”) store regions, implementation of more pricing discipline in our stores and reduction in inventory. Despite stronger performance in certain markets, we experienced softness across many of our markets as a result of the extended continuation of extreme cold temperatures, with above-average levels of precipitation through March and April 2018. Partially offsetting the softness in our AAP/CQUS business was the performance of certain aspects of our Professional and Canadian businesses, which grew their sales during the quarter.

Our gross margin expansion for the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 was primarily driven by the positive impact to long-term productivity of past investments in our business and a reduction in material costs and shrink and defectives. This improvement in margin was partially offset by increased supply chain costs due to higher fuel prices, as well as distribution center costs related to the new locations opened in the second half of 2017.


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When adjusted for the following non-operational items, our adjusted diluted earnings per share (“Adjusted EPS”) for the first quarter of 2018 were $2.10 compared to $1.60 for the comparable period of 2017:
 
Sixteen Weeks Ended
 
April 21, 2018
 
April 22, 2017
GPI integration and store consolidation costs
$
0.02

 
$
0.11

GPI amortization of acquired intangible assets
$
0.12

 
$
0.10

Transformation expenses
$
0.12

 
$

Other income adjustment
$

 
$
(0.07
)

Refer to “Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures” for further details of our comparable adjustments and the usefulness of such measures to investors.

Summary of First Quarter Financial Results

A high-level summary of our financial results for the first quarter of 2018 includes:
 
Total sales during the first quarter of 2018 were $2.9 billion, a decrease of 0.6% as compared to the first quarter of 2017, which was primarily driven by continued extreme winter weather in certain markets in the last 5 weeks of the first quarter of 2018 and comparable store sales decline of 0.8%. These decreases were partially offset by the benefit of favorable weather in the first eleven weeks of the first quarter of 2018.
Operating income for the first quarter of 2018 was $198.2 million, an increase of $18.5 million as compared to the first quarter of 2017. As a percentage of total sales, operating income was 6.9%, an increase of 68 basis points as compared to the first quarter of 2017, due to continued material cost improvement and a reduction in shrink and defectives, partially offset by increased supply chain costs and a decrease in comparable store sales.
Inventories as of April 21, 2018 increased $62.0 million, or 1.5%, from inventories as of December 30, 2017, as compared to a 2.0% increase in the same period of last year. This increase was due to the first quarter being typically our highest inventory growth quarter due to seasonality, partially offset by our inventory optimization efforts.
We generated operating cash flow of $154.0 million for the first quarter of 2018, an increase of 338.9% as compared to the first quarter of 2017, primarily due to a focus on managing working capital and an increase in net income.

Refer to “Results of Operations” and “Liquidity and Capital Resources” for further details of our income statement and cash flow results.

Business Update

We continue to make progress on the various elements of our strategic business plan, which is focused on improving the customer experience and driving consistent execution for both “do-it-for-me”, or Professional, and “do-it-yourself”, or DIY, customers. To achieve these improvements, we have undertaken planned transformation actions to help build a foundation for long-term success across the entire company. These transformation actions originally initiated in 2017 include:

Completed the roll-out of our common catalog across all four banners - AAP, Carquest (“CQ”), Worldpac (“WP”) and Autopart International (“AI”). This expanded catalog leverages our enterprise-wide assortment to all of our customers and is fully enabled through each banner’s point-of-sale system. This capability also provides the customer more flexibility in originating orders across banners.
Development of a demand-based assortment, leveraging purchase history and look-ups from the common catalog, versus our existing push-down supply approach. This technology is a first step in moving from a supply-driven to a demand-driven assortment.
Progression in the early development of a more efficient end-to-end supply chain to deliver our broad assortment.
Continued movement towards optimizing our footprint by focusing on evaluating the entirety of our assets by market in order to drive share, repurposing of our in-market store and asset base and optimizing our distribution centers.
Creation of new DIY omni-channel capabilities to reach our customers in the manner that is most desirable for them, including the launch of our enhanced website and future launch of a mobile application.

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Entered into a strategic partnership with Uber as their aftermarket auto parts supplier, which we expect will not only drive more traffic into our stores, but will also foster stronger relationships with new and existing customers to help drive long-term success.
Acceleration of Worldpac branch openings in 2018 to drive Professional growth while investing in online and digital to drive DIY improvements.

Industry Update

Operating within the automotive aftermarket industry, we are influenced by a number of general macroeconomic factors, many of which are similar to those affecting the overall retail industry. These factors include, but are not limited to:

Fuel costs
Unemployment rates
Consumer confidence
Competition
Changes in new car sales
Miles driven
Vehicle manufacturer warranties
Increasing number of vehicles 11 years and older
Economic and political uncertainty
Deferral of elective automotive maintenance and improvements in new car quality

While these factors tend to fluctuate, we remain confident in the long-term growth prospects for the automotive parts industry.
Stores and Branches

Key factors in selecting sites and market locations in which we operate include population, demographics, traffic count, vehicle profile, number and strength of competitors’ stores and the cost of real estate. During the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018, 7 stores and branches were opened and 15 were closed or consolidated, resulting in a total of 5,175 stores and branches as of April 21, 2018, compared to a total of 5,183 stores and branches as of December 30, 2017.

Results of Operations

The following table sets forth certain of our operating data expressed as a percentage of net sales for the periods indicated:
 
 
Sixteen Weeks Ended
 
$ Increase/(Decrease)
 
Basis Points
(in millions)
 
April 21, 2018
 
April 22, 2017
 
 
Net sales
 
$
2,873.8

 
100.0
 %
 
$
2,890.8

 
100.0
 %
 
$
(17.0
)
 

Cost of sales
 
1,601.6

 
55.7

 
1,620.2

 
56.0

 
(18.6
)
 
(32
)
Gross profit
 
1,272.3

 
44.3

 
1,270.7

 
44.0

 
1.6

 
32

Selling, general and administrative expenses
 
1,074.0

 
37.4

 
1,090.9

 
37.7

 
(16.9
)
 
(36
)
Operating income
 
198.2

 
6.9

 
179.8

 
6.2

 
18.5

 
68

Interest expense
 
(17.7
)
 
(0.6
)
 
(18.4
)
 
(0.6
)
 
0.7

 
2

Other income, net
 
0.5

 
0.0

 
4.8

 
0.2

 
(4.3
)
 
(15
)
Provision for income taxes
 
44.3

 
1.5

 
58.2

 
2.0

 
(13.9
)
 
(47
)
Net income
 
$
136.7

 
4.8
 %
 
$
108.0

 
3.7
 %
 
$
28.8

 
102

Note: Table amounts may not foot due to rounding.

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Net Sales

Sales decreased 0.6% during the first quarter of 2018 compared to the same period of 2017 driven by decreased performance in comparable store sales. Comparable store sales were down 0.8% for the quarter as a result of softness in our Northeast and North Central markets due to the extended continuation of extreme cold temperatures, which was partially offset by the performance of certain aspects of our Professional and Canadian businesses, which grew their sales during the quarter.

Gross Profit

The increase in the gross profit rate for the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 was driven by a reduction in material costs and shrink and defectives, partially offset by increased supply chain headwinds related to transportation costs due to higher fuel prices, as well as distribution center costs related to the new locations opened in the second half of 2017.

Selling, general and administrative expenses (“SG&A”)

The decrease in SG&A for the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 was primarily driven by continued progress in expense management initiatives during the quarter, including third-party fee reductions and lower travel costs, partially offset by higher utilities, maintenance and repair costs and rent expenses.

Income Taxes

Our effective income tax rate was 24.5% and 35.0% for the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 and April 22, 2017. The decrease in the effective tax rate was primarily related to the reduction of the federal tax rate from 35% to 21% due to the enactment of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in December 2017, which favorably impacted the results for the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 by $25.3 million or $0.34 per diluted share.

Reconciliation of Non-GAAP Financial Measures

“Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” includes certain financial measures not derived in accordance with accounting principles generally accepted in the United States of America (“GAAP”). Non-GAAP financial measures should not be used as a substitute for GAAP financial measures, or considered in isolation, for the purpose of analyzing our operating performance, financial position or cash flows. We have presented these non-GAAP financial measures as we believe that the presentation of our financial results that exclude (1) non-operational expenses associated with the integration of GPI and store closure and consolidation costs; (2) non-cash charges related to the acquired GPI intangibles; and (3) transformation expenses under our strategic business plan, is useful and indicative of our base operations because the expenses vary from period to period in terms of size, nature and significance and/or relate to the integration of GPI and store closure and consolidation activity in excess of historical levels. These measures assist in comparing our current operating results with past periods and with the operational performance of other companies in our industry. The disclosure of these measures allows investors to evaluate our performance using the same measures management uses in developing internal budgets and forecasts and in evaluating management’s compensation. Included below is a description of the expenses we have determined are not normal, recurring cash operating expenses necessary to operate our business and the rationale for why providing these measures is useful to investors as a supplement to the GAAP measures.

GPI Integration Expenses—We acquired GPI for $2.08 billion in 2014 and are in the midst of a multi-year plan to integrate the operations of GPI with AAP. This includes the integration of product brands and assortments, supply chain and information technology. The integration is being completed in phases and the nature and timing of expenses will vary from quarter to quarter over several years. The integration of product brands and assortments was primarily completed in 2015, which our focus then shifted to integrating the supply chain and information technology systems. Due to the size of the acquisition, we consider these expenses to be outside of our base business. Therefore, we believe providing additional information in the form of non-GAAP measures that exclude these costs is beneficial to the users of our financial statements in evaluating the operating performance of our base business and our sustainability once the integration is completed.


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Store Closure and Consolidation Expenses—Store closure and consolidation expenses consist of expenses associated with our plans to convert and consolidate the Carquest stores acquired from GPI. The conversion and consolidation of the Carquest stores is a multi-year process that began in 2014. As of April 21, 2018, 348 Carquest stores acquired from GPI had been consolidated into existing AAP stores and 423 stores had been converted to the AAP format. While periodic store closures are common, these closures represent a major program outside of our typical market evaluation process. We believe it is useful to provide additional non-GAAP measures that exclude these costs to provide investors greater comparability of our base business and core operating performance. We also continue to have store closures that occur as part of our normal market evaluation process and have not excluded the expenses associated with these store closures in computing our non-GAAP measures.

Transformation Expenses—We expect to recognize a significant amount of transformation expenses over the next several years as we transition from integration of our AAP/CQUS businesses to a plan that involves a more holistic and integrated transformation of the entire Company across all four banners, including Worldpac and AI. These expenses will include, but not be limited to, restructuring costs, third-party professional services and other significant costs to integrate and streamline our operating structure across the enterprise. We focused our initial transformation efforts on our AAP/CQUS field structure in 2017 and are reviewing other areas throughout the Company, such as supply chain and information technology.

We have included a reconciliation of this information to the most comparable GAAP measures in the following table:
 
 
Sixteen Weeks Ended
(in millions, except per share data)
 
April 21, 2018
 
April 22, 2017
Net income (GAAP)
 
$
136.7

 
$
108.0

SG&A adjustments:
 
 
 
 
GPI integration and store consolidation costs
 
2.2

 
12.9

GPI amortization of acquired intangible assets
 
11.7

 
12.3

Transformation expenses
 
11.9

 

Other income adjustment (1)
 

 
(8.4
)
Provision for income taxes on adjustments (2)
 
(6.5
)
 
(6.4
)
Adjusted net income (Non-GAAP)
 
$
156.1

 
$
118.4

 
 
 
 
 
Diluted earnings per share (GAAP)
 
$
1.84

 
$
1.46

Adjustments, net of tax
 
0.26

 
0.14

Adjusted EPS (Non-GAAP)
 
$
2.10

 
$
1.60


Note: Table amounts may not foot due to rounding.

(1) 
The adjustment to Other income for the sixteen weeks ended April 22, 2017 relates to income recognized from an indemnification agreement associated with the acquisition of GPI.
(2) 
The income tax impact of non-GAAP adjustments is calculated using the estimated tax rate in effect for the respective non-GAAP adjustments.

Liquidity and Capital Resources

Overview

Our primary cash requirements necessary to maintain our current operations include payroll and benefits, inventory purchases, contractual obligations, capital expenditures, payment of income taxes and funding of initiatives under our strategic business plan. In addition, we may use available funds for acquisitions, to repay borrowings under our credit agreement, to periodically repurchase shares of our common stock under our stock repurchase programs and for the payment of quarterly cash dividends. Historically, we have funded these requirements primarily through cash generated from operations, supplemented by borrowings under our credit facilities and notes offerings as needed. We believe funds generated from our expected results of operations, available cash and cash equivalents, and available borrowings under our credit facility will be sufficient to fund our primary obligations for the next year.

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Analysis of Cash Flows

The following table summarizes our cash flows from operating, investing and financing activities:
 
Sixteen Weeks Ended
(in millions)
April 21, 2018
 
April 22, 2017
Cash flows provided by operating activities
$
154.0

 
$
35.1

Cash flows used in investing activities
(33.9
)
 
(64.1
)
Cash flows (used in) provided by financing activities
(26.8
)
 
19.9

Effect of exchange rate changes on cash
(1.1
)
 
0.1

Net increase (decrease) in cash and cash equivalents
$
92.2

 
$
(9.1
)

Operating Activities

For the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018, net cash provided by operating activities increased by $118.9 million to $154.0 million compared to the comparable period of 2017. The net increase in operating cash flows compared to the prior year was primarily driven by an increase in net income, lower growth in inventory despite the first quarter being typically our highest inventory growth quarter and lower cash outflows associated with accounts payable in line with our focus on working capital management.

Investing Activities

For the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018, net cash used in investing activities decreased by $30.2 million to $33.9 million compared to the comparable period of 2017. Cash used in investing activities for the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018 consisted primarily of purchases of property and equipment, which was $30.8 million lower than the comparable period of 2017 primarily driven by lower investments in new stores and the impact of disciplined capital expenditure policies implemented last year.

Our primary capital requirements have been the funding of our new store development, maintenance of existing stores, and investments in supply chain and information technology. We lease approximately 84% of our stores. Our capital expenditures were $34.5 million for the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018.

Our future capital requirements will depend in large part on the number and timing of new store development (leased and owned locations) within a given year and the investments we make in existing stores, information technology and supply chain network. In 2018 we anticipate that our capital expenditures related to such investments will be up to $250.0 million, but may vary with business conditions. During the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018, we opened 5 stores and 2 Worldpac branch compared to 12 stores and 3 branches during the comparable period of last year.

Financing Activities

For the sixteen weeks ended April 21, 2018, net cash used in financing activities was $26.8 million, a increase of $46.6 million as compared to the sixteen weeks ended April 22, 2017. This increase was primarily a result of lower utilization of bank overdrafts and no borrowings against our credit facility in the current year.

Our Board of Directors has declared a $0.06 per share quarterly cash dividend since 2006. Any payments of dividends in the future will be at the discretion of our Board of Directors and will depend upon our results of operations, cash flows, capital requirements and other factors deemed relevant by our Board of Directors. On May 15, 2018, our Board of Directors declared a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.06 per share to be paid on July 6, 2018 to all common stockholders of record as of June 22, 2018.


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Long-Term Debt

On January 31, 2018, we entered into Amendment No. 1 to the Credit Agreement dated as of January 31, 2017, which (i) provided for LIBOR replacement rates in the event that LIBOR is unavailable in the future; (ii) modified the definitions of certain financial covenants; and (iii) extended the termination date of the existing credit agreement. This amendment is further described in Note 6, Long-term Debt, to the condensed consolidated financial statements included in this Form 10-Q.

As of April 21, 2018, we had a credit rating from Standard & Poor’s of BBB- and from Moody’s Investor Service of Baa2. The current outlooks by Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s are both stable. The current pricing grid used to determine our borrowing rate under our revolving credit facility is based on our credit ratings. If these credit ratings decline, our interest rate on outstanding balances may increase and our access to additional financing on favorable terms may become more limited. In addition, it could reduce the attractiveness of certain vendor payment programs whereby third-party institutions finance arrangements to our vendors based on our credit rating, which could result in increased working capital requirements. Conversely, if these credit ratings improve, our interest rate may decrease.

Critical Accounting Policies and Estimates

Our financial statements have been prepared in accordance with GAAP. Our discussion and analysis of the financial condition and results of operations are based on these financial statements. The preparation of these financial statements requires the application of accounting policies in addition to certain estimates and judgments by our management. Our estimates and judgments are based on currently available information, historical results and other assumptions we believe are reasonable. Actual results could differ materially from these estimates.