MERRIMACK, N.H.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Connection (PC Connection, Inc.; NASDAQ: CNXN), an industry-leading National Technology Solutions Provider of a full range of information technology (IT) solutions to business, government, and education markets, today announced certain preliminary financial results for the quarter ended March 31, 2017.
Connection expects to report revenue in the range of $670 million to $675 million for the first quarter ended March 31, 2017, representing growth of approximately 17% year over year. Gross profit for the first quarter is expected to range between $85 million and $90 million. In addition, for the first quarter, Connection expects to report net income of between $7 million and $8 million and diluted earnings per share from $0.27 to $0.28. Preliminary first quarter results reflect an increase in market share but at lower gross margin due to certain non-recurring large project rollouts.
"During the quarter, we made the decision to take lower-margin project rollouts to benefit our customers and expand our reach, which had a positive effect on revenue growth but led to a decline in gross margin," said Tim McGrath, President and Chief Executive Officer. "This decline was attributed to three factors. First, customer mix, where the majority of our increase in revenues was in the lower-margin Public Sector and Large Account segments. Second, product mix, where we saw an increase in volume for lower-margin products like desktops and notebooks as a result of these large project rollouts. Third, due to the emergence of new technologies, we experienced continued delays in customer purchases of data center and other advanced technology solutions, which generally carry higher margins. We have addressed these challenges by implementing gross margin improvements, and we are pleased to say that based on sales to date, our margin rates have normalized in the second quarter," concluded Mr. McGrath.
The Company will release its first quarter operating results after close of market on Thursday, April 20, 2017. At 4:30 p.m. ET on that date, management will review these results during their quarterly conference call. To access the conference call, please dial 877-776-4016 (US) or 973-638-3231 (International). The conference call will be available to the general public on a live webcast—in listen-only mode—on the company’s website at http://ir.connection.com. To access the replay of the call, please dial 855-859-2056 or 404-537-3406 and enter the access code 10127592.
Connection (www.connection.com; NASDAQ: CNXN), is the combined corporate brand name for PC Connection, Inc., a Fortune 1000 company, along with its subsidiaries: PC Connection Sales, GovConnection, and MoreDirect, reflecting the Company’s mission to connect people with technology that enhances growth, elevates productivity, and empowers innovation. Headquartered in Merrimack, NH with offices throughout the United States, the Company continues to deliver custom-configured computer systems overnight from our ISO 9001:2008 certified technical configuration lab at our distribution center in Wilmington, OH. In addition, the Company has over 2,500 technical certifications to ensure that we can solve the most complex issues of our customers. Connection also services international customers through its GlobalServe subsidiary, a global IT procurement and service management company. Investors and media can find more information about Connection at http://ir.connection.com.
Connection – Business Solutions (800-800-5555), (the original business of PC Connection,) operating through our PC Connection Sales Corp. subsidiary, is a rapid-response provider of IT products and services serving primarily the small- and medium-sized business sector. It offers more than 300,000 brand-name products through its staff of technically trained sales account managers, publications, and its website at www.connection.com.
Connection – Public Sector Solutions (800-800-0019), our GovConnection, Inc. subsidiary, is a rapid-response provider of IT products and services to federal, state, and local government agencies and educational institutions through specialized account managers, publications, and online at www.connection.com/publicsector.
Connection – Enterprise Solutions (561-237-3300), www.connection.com/enterprise, our MoreDirect, Inc. subsidiary, provides corporate technology buyers with best-in-class IT solutions, in-depth IT supply-chain expertise, and access to over 300,000 products and 1,600 vendors through TRAXX™, a proprietary cloud-based eProcurement system. The team’s engineers, software licensing specialists, and project managers help reduce the cost and complexity of buying hardware, software, and services throughout the entire IT lifecycle.
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