The American Supply Association distributor members reported a 2.3% improvement in revenues during the second quarter 2010 as compared to the same time last year.
TheAmerican Supply Associationdistributor members reported a
2.3% improvement in revenues during the second quarter 2010 as compared to the
same quarter in 2009, although year-to-date the plumbing, heating, cooling and industrial
and mechanical pipe, valve and fitting distributors are still behind last year
by 1.4% and behind by 15.2% as compared to 2008.
For the month of June, the wholesalers reported only the
third improved month in the last 18 months over the same periods of the
previous year with a 2.8% improvement, although the month remained 14.1% behind
For the second month in a row, one-third more
distributors reported improved margins in 2010 as compared to 2009. On a
year-to-date basis, there is an equal amount of distributors reporting improved
margins as there are reporting reduced margins. Interestingly, this month
the larger distributors have flattened out in revenue improvements, but the
$10-15 million of revenue distributor is growing at a significantly faster pace
on a percentage of revenue basis than all other PHCP distributors on both the
monthly, year-to-date and 2-year YTD comparative numbers.
Inventories continue to be reduced as another 2.3%
reduction has been achieved as compared to 2009, and 9.3% reduction as compared
to 2008. Account receivable days sales outstanding has also improved for
the distributors as 1.3 days has been taken out since 2009. These two
facts should be providing a strong cash flow boost to the industry as it
appears the industry is rebuilding its balance sheet. And for the second
consecutive year, distributors overwhelmingly have reduced head count, which
will help productivity and the industry income statement.
All of this points to a continued, albeit slow recovery
for the PHCP industry with about two thirds of the distributors reported
improved profitability as compared to 2009 when 83% of the members reported
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