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UNITED STATES
SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION
Washington, D.C. 20549

FORM 10-Q

S     QUARTERLY REPORT PURSUANT TO SECTION 13 OR 15(d) OF THE SECURITIES EXCHANGE ACT OF 1934
 
For the quarterly period ended June 30, 2012
 
or
 
£     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: 0-26640
 

 
POOL CORPORATION
(Exact name of registrant as specified in its charter)
     
Delaware
 
36-3943363
(State or other jurisdiction of
 
(I.R.S. Employer
incorporation or organization)
 
Identification No.)
     
109 Northpark Boulevard,
Covington, Louisiana
 
 
70433-5001
(Address of principal executive offices)
 
(Zip Code)
 
985-892-5521
(Registrant's telephone number, including area code)
 
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 ¨

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 Regulations 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 ¨

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 the definitions of “large accelerated filer,” “accelerated filer” and “smaller reporting company” in Rule 12b-2 of the Exchange Act.
 
Large accelerated filer x
Accelerated filer ¨
   
Non-accelerated filer ¨ (Do not check if a smaller reporting company)
Smaller reporting company ¨

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

As of July 23, 2012, there were 46,701,583 shares of common stock outstanding.
 

 
 

 

POOL CORPORATION
Form 10-Q
For the Quarter Ended June 30, 2012

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION
 
     
 
Item 1.  Financial Statements (Unaudited)
 
       
   
1
   
2
   
3
   
4
   
5
     
 
8
     
 
20
     
 
20
   
PART II.  OTHER INFORMATION
 
     
 
21
     
 
21
     
 
22
     
 
22
   
23
   
24


 

 
 

 

PART I.  FINANCIAL INFORMATION

Item 1.  Financial Statements

Consolidated Statements of Income
(Unaudited)
(In thousands, except per share data)
 

 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
 
June 30,
 
June 30,
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
                       
Net sales
$
757,175
 
$
706,423
 
$
1,119,129
 
$
1,019,312
 
Cost of sales
 
534,770
   
494,984
   
792,161
   
716,463
 
Gross profit
 
222,405
   
211,439
   
326,968
   
302,849
 
Selling and administrative expenses
 
114,271
   
113,518
   
212,813
   
204,352
 
Operating income
 
108,134
   
97,921
   
114,155
   
98,497
 
Interest expense, net
 
2,200
   
1,824
   
3,677
   
3,469
 
Income before income taxes and equity earnings
 
105,934
   
96,097
   
110,478
   
95,028
 
Provision for income taxes
 
41,018
   
37,670
   
42,055
   
37,251
 
Equity earnings in unconsolidated investments
 
27
   
150
   
171
   
162
 
Net income
$
64,943
 
$
58,577
 
$
68,594
 
$
57,939
 
                         
Earnings per share:
                       
Basic
$
1.38
 
$
1.21
 
$
1.45
 
$
1.19
 
Diluted
$
1.34
 
$
1.19
 
$
1.42
 
$
1.17
 
Weighted average shares outstanding:
                       
Basic
 
47,142
   
48,231
   
47,330
   
48,546
 
Diluted
 
48,288
   
49,116
   
48,430
   
49,352
 
                         
Cash dividends declared per common share
$
0.16
 
$
0.14
 
$
0.30
 
$
0.27
 


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.
 

 
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Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)


  
 
Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
  
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
Net income
$
64,943
 
$
58,577
 
$
68,594
 
$
57,939
 
                         
Other comprehensive income (loss):
                       
Foreign currency translation adjustments
 
(177
)
 
1,779
   
(331
)
 
1,841
 
Change in unrealized gains and losses on interest rate swaps,
net of tax of $818, $(281), $853 and $(557)
 
(1,279
)
 
433
   
(1,335
)
 
861
 
Total other comprehensive income (loss)
 
(1,456
)
 
2,212
   
(1,666
)
 
2,702
 
Comprehensive income
$
63,487
 
$
60,789
 
$
66,928
 
$
60,641
 


The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.







 
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Consolidated Balance Sheets
 (In thousands, except share data)

 
   
June 30,
   
June 30,
   
December 31,
 
   
2012
   
2011
 
 
2011 (1)
 
   
(Unaudited)
   
(Unaudited)
       
Assets
                 
Current assets:
                 
Cash and cash equivalents
$
50,311
 
$
37,218
 
$
17,487
 
Receivables, net
 
270,089
   
266,032
   
110,555
 
Product inventories, net
 
402,266
   
389,763
   
386,924
 
Prepaid expenses and other current assets
 
8,437
   
7,692
   
11,298
 
Deferred income taxes
 
11,737
   
10,211
   
11,737
 
Total current assets
 
742,840
   
710,916
   
538,001
 
                   
Property and equipment, net
 
45,409
   
38,732
   
41,394
 
Goodwill
 
177,103
   
178,516
   
177,103
 
Other intangible assets, net
 
11,497
   
12,221
   
11,738
 
Equity interest investments
 
1,089
   
1,052
   
980
 
Other assets, net
 
29,076
   
29,113
   
29,406
 
Total assets
$
1,007,014
 
$
970,550
 
$
798,622
 
                   
Liabilities and stockholders’ equity
                 
Current liabilities:
                 
Accounts payable
$
267,990
 
$
247,904
 
$
177,437
 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
 
87,614
   
79,794
   
53,398
 
Current portion of long-term debt and other long-term liabilities
 
22
   
100,033
   
22
 
Total current liabilities
 
355,626
   
427,731
   
230,857
 
                   
Deferred income taxes
 
32,139
   
26,151
   
32,993
 
Long-term debt
 
309,813
   
206,049
   
247,300
 
Other long-term liabilities
 
7,058
   
7,663
   
7,726
 
Total liabilities
 
704,636
   
667,594
   
518,876
 
                   
Stockholders’ equity:
                 
Common stock, $.001 par value; 100,000,000
shares authorized; 46,653,782, 48,253,576 and
47,366,997 shares issued and outstanding at
June 30, 2012, June 30, 2011 and
December 31, 2011, respectively
 
47
   
48
   
47
 
Additional paid-in capital
 
256,973
   
232,676
   
243,180
 
Retained earnings
 
44,804
   
66,478
   
34,299
 
Accumulated other comprehensive income
 
554
   
3,754
   
2,220
 
Total stockholders’ equity
 
302,378
   
302,956
   
279,746
 
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity
$
1,007,014
 
$
970,550
 
$
798,622
 

          (1)  Derived from audited financial statements.

The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.

 
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Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows
(Unaudited)
(In thousands)
 
 
   
Six Months Ended
June 30,
   
   
2012
   
2011
   
Operating activities
             
Net income
$
68,594
 
$
57,939
 
 
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by (used in) operating activities:
             
 
Depreciation
 
5,559
   
4,470
   
 
Amortization
 
638
   
898
   
 
Share-based compensation
 
4,306
   
4,084
   
 
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation
 
(1,609
)
 
(2,021
)
 
 
Equity earnings in unconsolidated investments
 
(171
)
 
(162
)
 
 
Other
 
1,248
   
(2,798
)
 
Changes in operating assets and liabilities, net of effects of acquisitions:
             
 
Receivables
 
(157,829
)
 
(161,549
)
 
 
Product inventories
 
(13,289
)
 
(40,962
)
 
 
Prepaid expenses and other assets
 
2,612
   
17
   
 
Accounts payable
 
88,946
   
78,192
   
 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
 
34,516
   
42,953
   
Net cash provided by (used in) operating activities
 
33,521
   
(18,939
)
 
               
Investing activities
             
Acquisition of businesses, net of cash acquired
 
(4,429
)
 
(2,637
)
 
Purchase of property and equipment, net of sale proceeds
 
(9,520
)
 
(12,427
)
 
Other investments, net
 
(166
)
 
(113
)
 
Net cash used in investing activities
 
(14,115
)
 
(15,177
)
 
               
Financing activities
             
Proceeds from revolving line of credit
 
345,631
   
345,049
   
Payments on revolving line of credit
 
(183,118
)
 
(237,700
)
 
Payments on long-term debt and other long-term liabilities
 
(100,012
)
 
(125
)
 
Payments of deferred acquisition consideration
 
   
(500
)
 
Excess tax benefits from share-based compensation
 
1,609
   
2,021
   
Proceeds from stock issued under share-based compensation plans
 
7,879
   
7,826
   
Payments of cash dividends
 
(14,223
)
 
(13,074
)
 
Purchases of treasury stock
 
(43,866
)
 
(43,725
)
 
Net cash provided by financing activities
 
13,900
   
59,772
   
Effect of exchange rate changes on cash and cash equivalents
 
(482
)
 
1,841
   
Change in cash and cash equivalents
 
32,824
   
27,497
   
Cash and cash equivalents at beginning of period
 
17,487
   
9,721
   
Cash and cash equivalents at end of period
$
50,311
 
$
37,218
   

 
The accompanying Notes are an integral part of the Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
 
 
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Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements
(Unaudited)

Note 1 – Summary of Significant Accounting Policies

Pool Corporation (the Company, which may be referred to as we, us or our) prepared the unaudited interim Consolidated Financial Statements following U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) and the requirements of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for interim financial information. As permitted under those rules, we have condensed or omitted certain footnotes and other financial information required for complete financial statements.  The Consolidated Financial Statements include all normal and recurring adjustments that are necessary for a fair presentation of our financial position and operating results including the elimination of all significant intercompany accounts and transactions among our wholly owned subsidiaries.

A description of our significant accounting policies is included in our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K. You should read the interim Consolidated Financial Statements in conjunction with the Consolidated Financial Statements and accompanying notes in our Annual Report.  The results for our three and six month periods ended June 30, 2012 are not necessarily indicative of the expected results for our fiscal year ending December 31, 2012.

Note 2 – Earnings Per Share

We calculate basic earnings per share (EPS) by dividing net income by the weighted average number of common shares outstanding.  We include outstanding unvested restricted stock awards of our common stock in the basic weighted average share calculation.  Diluted EPS includes the dilutive effects of other share-based awards.  Stock options with exercise prices that are higher than the average market prices of our common stock are excluded from the diluted EPS calculation because their effect is anti-dilutive.

The table below presents the computation of earnings per share, including the reconciliation of basic and diluted weighted average shares outstanding (in thousands, except EPS):

 
Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
Net income
$
64,943
 
$
58,577
 
$
68,594
 
$
57,939
 
                         
Weighted average shares outstanding:
                       
 
Basic
 
47,142
   
48,231
   
47,330
   
48,546
 
 
Effect of dilutive securities:
                       
   
Stock options and employee stock purchase plan
 
1,146
   
885
   
1,100
   
806
 
 
Diluted
 
48,288
   
49,116
   
48,430
   
49,352
 
                         
Earnings per share:
                       
 
Basic
$
1.38
 
$
1.21
 
$
1.45
 
$
1.19
 
 
Diluted
$
1.34
 
$
1.19
 
$
1.42
 
$
1.17
 
                         
Anti-dilutive stock options excluded from diluted earnings per share computations  
991
   
1,384
   
1,174
   
1,420
 


 
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Note 3 – Acquisitions

In February 2012, we acquired the distribution assets of Ideal Distributors Ltd., a regional swimming pool products distributor with four sales center locations in British Columbia, Canada.  In March 2012, we acquired the distribution assets of CCR Distribution, a swimming pool products distributor with one sales center in Ontario, Canada.

We completed our preliminary acquisition accounting for each of these acquisitions, subject to adjustments in accordance with the terms of the purchase agreements during the one year measurement period.  These acquisitions did not have a material impact on our financial position or results of operations.

Note 4 – Fair Value Measurements and Interest Rate Swaps

Our assets and liabilities that are measured at fair value on a recurring basis include the unrealized gains or losses on our interest rate swap contracts.  We use significant other observable market data or assumptions (Level 2 inputs as defined in the accounting guidance) that we believe market participants would use in pricing similar assets or liabilities, including assumptions about counterparty risk.  Our fair value estimates reflect an income approach based on the terms of the interest rate contracts and inputs corroborated by observable market data including interest rate curves.

We have five interest rate swap contracts in place to reduce our exposure to fluctuations in interest rates on our unsecured syndicated senior credit facility (the Credit Facility).  These swaps convert the variable interest rate to a fixed interest rate on borrowings under the Credit Facility.  Each of these swap contracts terminates on October 19, 2016.  The following table provides additional details related to each of these swap contracts:
 
Derivative
 
Effective Date
 
Notional
Amount
(in millions)
 
Fixed
Interest
Rate
Interest rate swap 1
 
November 21, 2011
 
$25.0
 
1.185%
Interest rate swap 2
 
November 21, 2011
 
$25.0
 
1.185%
Interest rate swap 3
 
December 21, 2011
 
$50.0
 
1.100%
Interest rate swap 4
 
January 17, 2012
 
$25.0
 
1.050%
Interest rate swap 5
 
January 19, 2012
 
$25.0
 
0.990%

We recognize any differences between the variable interest rate payments and the fixed interest rate settlements from our swap counterparties as an adjustment to interest expense over the life of the swaps.  We have designated these swaps as cash flow hedges and we record the changes in the estimated fair value of the swaps to Accumulated other comprehensive income (loss).  If our interest rate swaps became ineffective, we would immediately recognize the changes in the estimated fair value of our swaps in earnings.  Since inception, we have not recognized any gains or losses on these swaps through income and there has been no effect on income from hedge ineffectiveness.

In 2011, we had two previous interest rate swap contracts related to our previous debt arrangements.  We terminated both of these swap contracts in 2011.  For additional information regarding our previous debt arrangements and interest rate swaps, see Note 5 of “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements,” included in Item 8 of our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

The table below presents the estimated fair value of our interest rate swap contracts (in thousands):

   
Unrealized Losses
at June 30,
 
Balance Sheet Line Item
   
2012
   
2011
 
Accrued expenses and other current liabilities
 
$
(2,608
)
$
(1,931
)

Failure of our swap counterparties would result in the loss of any potential benefit to us under our swap contracts.  In this case, we would still be obligated to pay the variable interest payments underlying the Credit Facility.  Additionally, failure of our swap counterparties would not eliminate our obligation to continue to make payments under our existing swap contracts if we continue to be in a net pay position.
 
 
 
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The carrying values of cash, receivables, accounts payable and accrued liabilities approximate fair value due to the short maturity of those instruments and the carrying value of long-term debt approximates fair value.  Our determination of the estimated fair value of long-term debt reflects a discounted cash flow model using our estimates, primarily those related to assumptions for borrowing rates (Level 3 inputs as defined in the accounting guidance).

 
 
 

 

 
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You should read the following discussion in conjunction with Management's Discussion and Analysis included in our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  For a discussion of our base business calculations, see the RESULTS OF OPERATIONS section below.

Cautionary Statement for Purposes of the "Safe Harbor" Provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

Our disclosure and analysis in this report contains forward-looking information that involves risks and uncertainties.  Our forward-looking statements express our current expectations or forecasts of possible future results or events, including projections of future performance, statements of management’s plans and objectives, future contracts, and forecasts of trends and other matters.  Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this filing, and we undertake no obligation to update or revise such statements to reflect new circumstances or unanticipated events as they occur.  You can identify these statements by the fact that they do not relate strictly to historic or current facts and often use words such as “anticipate,” “estimate,” “expect,” “believe,” “will likely result,” “outlook,” “project” and other words and expressions of similar meaning.

No assurance can be given that the results in any forward-looking statements will be achieved and actual results may differ materially due to one or more factors, including the sensitivity of our business to weather conditions, changes in the economy and the housing market, our ability to maintain favorable relationships with suppliers and manufacturers, competition from other leisure product alternatives and mass merchants and other risks detailed in our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  For these statements, we claim the protection of the safe harbor for forward-looking statements contained in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act.

OVERVIEW

Financial Results

Second quarter sales and earnings were in line with our expectations.  We had much stronger comparative results in both April and May as the season peaked earlier than normal in 2012 due to the unusually mild winter, while June results reflected the shift of sales into the first and early second quarter.  Net sales increased 7% compared to the second quarter of 2011.  Base business sales were up 5% despite a 1% unfavorable impact from currency fluctuations.  Base business sales grew 5% on the swimming pool side of the business and 11% on the irrigation side of the business, with growth attributed to market share gains, higher consumer discretionary expenditures, price inflation and the larger installed base of pools.

Gross profit improved 5% compared to the second quarter of 2011, while gross profit as a percentage of net sales (gross margin) declined approximately 50 basis points to 29.4% in the second quarter of 2012.  The decrease in gross margin reflects a difficult comparison given the benefit last year from the impact of 2011 mid-year vendor price increases, as well as competitive pricing pressures and unfavorable changes in customer mix in the second quarter of 2012.

Selling and administrative expenses (operating expenses) increased less than 1% in the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.   Base business operating expenses were down 2% compared to the second quarter of 2011, as a decrease in employee incentive costs and the impact of currency fluctuations on expenses more than offset a slight increase in other variable costs related to sales growth and higher professional fees and marketing expenses.

Operating income increased 10% over the comparable 2011 period, despite a 1% unfavorable impact from currency fluctuations.  Operating income as a percentage of net sales (operating margin) increased 40 basis points to 14.3% for the second quarter of 2012 compared to the same period in 2011.

Net income increased 11% to $64.9 million in the second quarter of 2012, while earnings per share was up 13% to $1.34 per diluted share versus the second quarter in 2011.
 

 
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Financial Position and Liquidity

Total net receivables increased 2% compared to June 30, 2011 due primarily to higher vendor receivables.  Our allowance for doubtful accounts balance was $5.0 million at June 30, 2012, a $0.4 million decrease compared to June 30, 2011 that reflects significant improvements in our receivable aging trends.  Days sales outstanding (DSO) improved between periods to 29.3 days at June 30, 2012 compared to 30.7 days at June 30, 2011.

Inventory levels were up 3% to $402.3 million at June 30, 2012, with 2% of the increase attributable to recent acquisitions.  Our inventory turns, as calculated on a trailing twelve month basis, increased slightly to 3.3 times at June 30, 2012 compared to 3.2 times at June 30, 2011.

Total debt outstanding was $309.8 million at June 30, 2012, an increase of $3.8 million compared to June 30, 2011.

Current Trends and Outlook

For a detailed discussion of trends, see the Current Trends and Outlook section of Management’s Discussion and Analysis included in Item 7 of our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.  While there have not been any significant changes in these trends, we believe the economic environment remains uncertain given the most recent consumer confidence and employment data in the United States and the lingering debt and economic issues in Europe.

Based on the early peak of the 2012 season and the uncertain economic environment, we have tightened our 2012 earnings guidance to a range of $1.75 to $1.82 per diluted share from our previous guidance of $1.75 to $1.85 per diluted share.  This updated range still reflects expected base business sales growth of 5% to 8% for the year, although we have adjusted expectations for the second half of 2012 with projected base business sales growth of 2% to 4%.

While we had anticipated that gross margin would be neutral to slightly positive for the second half of the year, we currently expect that gross margin will be down from last year due primarily to the difficult third quarter comparison (gross margin improved 60 basis points year over year in the third quarter of 2011, including the benefit related to our inventory purchases in advance of mid-year vendor price increases).

We expect modest expense growth overall for the year, with base business expenses flat or down slightly in the last six months of 2012 due to more modest sales expectations and lower employee incentive expenses.  However, if our sales growth is higher than projected, as was the case in the first quarter, we would logically expect expenses to be modestly higher.

We expect that our effective income tax rate for the full year will be approximately 38%, compared to our more normalized full year rate of approximately 39%.  We expect the third quarter rate will be slightly below the estimated annual rate due to the expiration of the statutes of limitations for another tax year, while the fourth quarter rate should be slightly above the full year rate.

Consistent with our results for the first half of 2012, we anticipate base business results will generate operating profit growth as a percentage of base business sales growth (contribution margin) of approximately 20% for the full year.  We also expect cash provided by operations will exceed net income.

We opened one new sales center location in June 2012 and have five others now scheduled to open in the second half of 2012.
 

 
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RESULTS OF OPERATIONS

As of June 30, 2012, we conducted operations through 308 sales centers in North America and Europe.

The following table presents information derived from the Consolidated Statements of Income expressed as a percentage of net sales:

 
Three Months Ended
 
Six Months Ended
 
June 30,
 
June 30,
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011 
Net sales
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
 
100.0
%
Cost of sales
70.6
   
70.1
   
70.8
   
70.3
 
 
Gross profit
29.4
   
29.9
   
29.2
   
29.7
 
Operating expenses
15.1
   
16.1
   
19.0
   
20.0
 
 
Operating income
14.3
   
13.9
   
10.2
   
9.7
 
Interest expense, net
0.3
   
0.3
   
0.3
   
0.3
 
Income before income taxes and equity earnings
14.0
%
 
13.6
%
 
9.9
%
 
9.3
%

Note:
Due to rounding, percentages may not add up to operating income or income before income taxes and equity earnings.

Our discussion of consolidated operating results includes the operating results from acquisitions in 2012 and 2011.  We have included the results of operations in our consolidated results since the respective acquisition dates.

Three Months Ended June 30, 2012 Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2011

The following table breaks out our consolidated results into the base business component and the excluded components (sales centers excluded from base business):

(Unaudited)
 
Base Business
Excluded
Total
(in thousands)
 
Three Months Ended
Three Months Ended
Three Months Ended
   
June 30,
June 30,
June 30,
   
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
Net sales
$
739,650
$
703,722
$
17,525
$
2,701
$
757,175
$
706,423
 
                           
Gross profit
 
217,581
 
210,694
 
4,824
 
745
 
222,405
 
211,439
 
Gross margin
 
29.4
%
29.9
%
27.5
%
27.6
%
29.4
%
29.9
%
                           
Operating expenses
 
110,329
 
112,539
 
3,942
 
979
 
114,271
 
113,518
 
Expenses as a % of net sales
 
14.9
%
16.0
%
22.5
%
36.2
%
15.1
%
16.1
%
                           
Operating income (loss)
 
107,252
 
98,155
 
882
 
(234
)
108,134
 
97,921
 
Operating margin
 
14.5
%
13.9
%
5.0
%
(8.7
)%
14.3
%
13.9
%


 
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In our calculation of base business results, we have excluded the following acquisitions for the periods identified:

 
 
Acquired (1)
 
 
Acquisition
Date
 
Net
Sales Centers Acquired
 
 
Periods
Excluded
CCR Distribution
 
March 2012
 
1
 
April–June 2012
Ideal Distributors Ltd.
 
February 2012
 
4
 
April–June 2012
G.L. Cornell Company
 
December 2011
 
1
 
April–June 2012
Poolway Schwimmbadtechnik GmbH
 
November 2011
 
1
 
April–June 2012
The Kilpatrick Company, Inc.
 
May 2011
 
4
 
April–June 2012 and
  May–June 2011

(1)
We acquired certain distribution assets of each of these companies.

We exclude the following sales centers from base business results for a period of 15 months (parenthetical numbers for each category indicate the number of sales centers excluded as of June 30, 2012):

·  
acquired sales centers (see table above);
·  
existing sales centers consolidated with acquired sales centers (0);
·  
closed sales centers (0);
·  
consolidated sales centers in cases where we do not expect to maintain the majority of the existing business (0); and
·  
sales centers opened in new markets (3).

We generally allocate corporate overhead expenses to excluded sales centers on the basis of their net sales as a percentage of total net sales.  After 15 months of operations, we include acquired, consolidated and new market sales centers in the base business calculation including the comparative prior year period.

The table below summarizes the changes in our sales centers in the first six months of 2012:

December 31, 2011
298
 
  Acquired
5
 
  New locations
5
 
June 30, 2012
308
 

Net Sales

   
Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
(in millions)
 
 2012
 
2011
   
Change
 
Net sales
 
$
757.2
 
$
706.4
 
$
50.8
 
7
%

Net sales for the second quarter of 2012 increased 7%, including a 5% increase in base business sales despite a 1% decrease attributed to the impact of unfavorable currency fluctuations.  Our base business sales growth included a 5% increase on the swimming pool side of the business and an 11% increase on the irrigation side of the business.  The lower growth rate for the swimming pool business reflects the shift of some sales into the first quarter due to the unusually mild winter (see discussion of significant weather impacts under the subheading Seasonality and Quarterly Fluctuations beginning on page 16) and the impact of lower base business sales in Europe compared to the second quarter of 2011.


 
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The overall base business sales increase reflects the impact of the following (listed in order of estimated magnitude):

·  
market share gains evidenced by sales growth rates for expanded product offerings such as building materials (12% growth) and higher base business sales growth for the irrigation side of the business;
·  
improvement in consumer discretionary expenditures, including some market recovery in remodeling activity and increased sales of above ground pools (14% growth);
·  
the impact of inflationary product cost increases (estimated at approximately 1% to 2%); and
·  
higher sales of non-discretionary products due to the increased installed base of pools, which we estimate grew 1% over the past year.

Gross Profit

   
Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
(in millions)
 
 2012
 
2011
   
Change
 
Gross profit
 
$
222.4
 
$
211.4
 
$
11.0
 
5
%
Gross margin
   
29.4
%
 
29.9
%
       

Gross margin declined approximately 50 basis points between periods due primarily to a difficult comparison to the second quarter of 2011 and competitive pricing pressures, which we believe intensified in June based on the early slowdown of the 2012 season.  In the second quarter of 2011, our gross margin was up 50 basis points from the same period in 2010, including the benefit from inventory purchases we made in advance of 2011 mid-year vendor price increases.  The comparative decline in the second quarter of 2012 also reflected unfavorable changes in customer mix and lower gross margins from recent acquisitions, with partially offsetting favorable impacts attributable to lower credit and debit card fees as a percentage of sales and continued improvements in purchasing and pricing discipline.

Operating Expenses

   
Three Months Ended
June 30,
 
(in millions)
 
 2012
    2011    
Change
 
Operating expenses
 
$
114.3
 
$
113.5
 
$
0.8
 
1
%
Operating expenses as a % of net sales
   
15.1
%
 
16.1
%
         

Operating expenses were up less than 1% compared to the second quarter of 2011, with higher expenses related to recent acquisitions and new market sales center openings largely offset by a 2% drop in base business operating expenses.  Base business operating expenses declined due to a $2.4 million decrease in employee incentive costs, a $1.1 million impact from currency fluctuations, a $0.8 million reduction in bad debt expense and small decreases in other expense categories including delivery costs.  These expense decreases were partially offset by a $2.1 million increase in professional fees and marketing expenses and slightly higher other variable costs related to the growth in sales, including higher salary costs due to a 3% increase in average headcount excluding acquisitions.

Interest Expense, net

Interest expense, net was up $0.4 million between periods due primarily to a year over year increase in interest expense related to borrowings.  This increase was attributable to a higher weighted average effective interest rate, which increased to 2.5% for the second quarter of 2012 from 2.2% for the second quarter of 2011.


 
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Income Taxes

Our effective income tax rate was 38.72% for the three months ended June 30, 2012 compared to 39.20% for the three months ended June 30, 2011.  There were no significant changes in our estimates related to our income tax provision during the second quarter of 2012.

Net Income and Earnings Per Share

Net income improved 11% to $64.9 million compared to the second quarter of 2011, while earnings per share increased 13% quarter over quarter to $1.34 per diluted share.  The increase in earnings per share included an accretive impact of approximately $0.01 per diluted share from the reduction in our weighted average shares outstanding due to our share repurchase activities during the year and an offsetting impact of approximately $0.01 per diluted share related to unfavorable currency fluctuations.

Six Months Ended June 30, 2012 Compared to Six Months Ended June 30, 2011

The following table breaks out our consolidated results into the base business component and the excluded components (sales centers excluded from base business):

(Unaudited)
 
Base Business
Excluded
Total
(in thousands)
 
Six Months Ended
Six Months Ended
Six Months Ended
   
June 30,
June 30,
June 30,
   
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
2012
 
2011
 
Net sales
$
1,090,447
$
1,015,387
$
28,682
$
3,925
$
1,119,129
$
1,019,312
 
                           
Gross profit
 
318,856
 
301,751
 
8,112
 
1,098
 
326,968
 
302,849
 
Gross margin
 
29.2
%
29.7
%
28.3
%
28.0
%
29.2
%
29.7
%
                           
Operating expenses
 
205,019
 
202,820
 
7,794
 
1,532
 
212,813
 
204,352
 
Expenses as a % of net sales
 
18.8
%
20.0
%
27.2
%
39.0
%
19.0
%
20.0
%
                           
Operating income (loss)
 
113,837
 
98,931
 
318
 
(434
114,155
 
98,497
 
Operating margin
 
10.4
%
9.7
%
1.1
%
(11.1
)% 
10.2
%
9.7
%

In our calculation of base business results, we have excluded the following acquisitions for the periods identified:

 
 
Acquired (1)
 
 
Acquisition
Date
 
Net
Sales Centers Acquired
 
 
Periods
Excluded
CCR Distribution
 
March 2012
 
1
 
March–June 2012
Ideal Distributors Ltd.
 
February 2012
 
4
 
February–June 2012
G.L. Cornell Company
 
December 2011
 
1
 
January–June 2012
Poolway Schwimmbadtechnik GmbH
 
November 2011
 
1
 
January–June 2012
The Kilpatrick Company, Inc.
 
May 2011
 
4
 
January–June 2012 and
May–June 2011
Turf Equipment Supply Co.
 
December 2010
 
3
 
January–February 2012 and
  January–February 2011
Pool Boat and Leisure, S.A.
 
December 2010
 
1
 
January–February 2012 and
  January–February 2011

(1)
We acquired certain distribution assets of each of these companies.

 
 
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For a more detailed explanation of how we calculated base business results and a summary of the changes in our sales centers since December 31, 2011, please refer to page 11 under the heading “Three Months Ended June 30, 2012 Compared to Three Months Ended June 30, 2011”.

Net Sales

   
Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
(in millions)
 
 2012
 
2011
   
Change
 
Net sales
 
$
1,119.1
 
$
1,019.3
 
$
99.8
 
10
%
 
Net sales for the first half of 2012 increased 10%, with an increase of over 7% in base business sales and close to a 3% increase related to recent acquisitions and new market sales center openings.  Our base business sales growth included a 7% increase on both the swimming pool side of the business and the irrigation side of the business.  While base business sales grew 9% for our North American swimming pool business, this growth was partially offset by a 1% decline from unfavorable currency fluctuations and the impact of lower base business sales in Europe.  In local currencies, net sales in Europe declined 4% compared to the first half of 2011.
 
The overall base business sales increase reflects the impact of the following (listed in order of estimated magnitude):

·  
market share gains evidenced by sales growth rates for expanded product offerings such as building materials (see discussion below) and an expanded customer base (7% growth for our retail customer segment, which is a strategic priority);
·  
the gradual improvement in consumer discretionary expenditures, including some market recovery in remodeling activity and increased sales of above ground pools (18% growth);
·  
the impact of inflationary product cost increases (estimated at approximately 1% to 2%); and
·  
higher sales of non-discretionary products due to the increased installed base of pools, which we estimate grew 1% over the past year.

Sales of building materials, tile and packaged pool products grew by over 17% compared to the first half of 2011, although collectively these products only accounted for approximately 12% of our total sales in the first half of 2012.  Chemical sales grew 6%, with a small benefit overall from price inflation despite some lingering price deflation for certain chemical products.  Sales for parts products increased only 2% compared to the first half of 2011, reflecting a potential consumer shift from repairing to replacing swimming pool equipment.

Sales in 2012 also benefited from favorable weather conditions through May, with an unusually mild winter and record warm spring temperatures driving a higher first quarter base business sales growth rate and the early peak to the 2012 season.  However, June sales were negatively impacted by unfavorable weather conditions compared to the same period in 2011.  See discussion of significant weather impacts under the subheading Seasonality and Quarterly Fluctuations beginning on page 16.

Gross Profit

   
Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
(in millions)
 
 2012
 
2011
   
Change
 
Gross profit
 
$
327.0
 
$
302.8
 
$
24.2
 
8
%
Gross margin
   
29.2
%
 
29.7
%
       

Gross margin declined 50 basis points between periods due primarily to difficult comparisons to 2011 (when our gross margin was up 60 basis points from the first half of 2010) and also due to competitive pricing pressures, which intensified in the latter part of the second quarter of 2012.  Going into the 2011 season, we made greater early buy inventory purchases in advance of year-end vendor price increases, which benefited our first quarter 2011 gross margin.  We made more modest early buy inventory purchases going into the 2012 season, in part because we made additional bulk inventory purchases in advance of mid-year 2011 vendor price increases.  These strategic purchases benefited our gross margin in the second and third quarters of 2011.
 
 
 
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Other impacts to comparative gross margin were largely offsetting.  Favorable impacts included continued improvements in purchasing and pricing discipline and lower credit and debit card fees as a percentage of net sales, while unfavorable impacts included higher inventory obsolescence adjustments and unfavorable changes in customer mix.

Operating Expenses

   
Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
(in millions)
 
 2012
    2011    
Change
 
Operating expenses
 
$
212.8
 
$
204.4
 
$
8.4
 
4
%
Operating expenses as a % of net sales
   
19.0
%
 
20.0
%
         

Operating expenses were up 4% compared to the first six months of 2011, with a modest 1% increase in base business operating expenses attributable to the following:

·  
a $2.0 million increase in professional fees and marketing expenses;
·  
higher salary costs due to a 3% increase in average headcount excluding acquisitions; and
·  
increases in other variable expenses related to the growth in sales.

These increases were partially offset by the impact of currency fluctuations on expenses, a $0.9 million reduction in bad debt expense (driven by significant improvements in our past due receivable aging trends) and small decreases in other expense categories including employee incentive costs.

Interest Expense, net

Interest expense, net increased 6% between periods due to higher interest expense related to borrowings as average debt levels were up 8% compared to the first half of 2011.  The weighted average effective interest rate was up slightly between periods to 2.5% for the first six months of 2012 compared to 2.4% for the first six months of 2011.

Income Taxes

Our effective income tax rate was 38.07% for the six months ended June 30, 2012 compared to 39.20% for the six months ended June 30, 2011.  The decrease in the effective rate between periods includes the impact of a $0.7 million reduction in our estimated annual provision for income taxes recorded in the first quarter of 2012.  While this was a routine accounting entry related to previously uncertain tax positions recorded upon the expiration of statutes of limitations for our 2007 income tax returns, the timing was non-routine because we postponed the filing of these returns from September 2008 to January 2009 in accordance with the extended deadline set by the Internal Revenue Service due to Hurricane Gustav.

Net Income and Earnings Per Share

Net income improved 18% to $68.6 million compared to the first half of 2011, while earnings per share increased 21% to $1.42 per diluted share.  Earnings per share for the first half of 2012 included the following:

·  
a benefit of approximately $0.02 per diluted share related to the reduction in our estimated annual provision for income taxes recorded in the first quarter of 2012;
·  
an accretive impact of approximately $0.01 per diluted share from the reduction in our weighted average shares outstanding due to our share repurchase activities during the year; and
·  
an unfavorable impact of approximately $0.01 per diluted share due to foreign currency fluctuations.

 
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Seasonality and Quarterly Fluctuations

Our business is highly seasonal. In general, sales and operating income are highest during the second and third quarters, which represent the peak months of both swimming pool use and installation and landscape maintenance and installation. Sales are substantially lower during the first and fourth quarters, when we may incur net losses. In 2011, approximately 67% of our net sales and over 100% of our operating income were generated in the second and third quarters of the year.

We typically experience a build-up of product inventories and accounts payable during the winter months in anticipation of the peak selling season.  Excluding borrowings to finance acquisitions and share repurchases, our peak borrowing usually occurs during the second quarter, primarily because extended payment terms offered by our suppliers typically are payable in April, May and June, while our peak accounts receivable collections typically occur in June, July and August.

The following table presents certain unaudited quarterly data for the first and second quarters of 2012, the four quarters of 2011 and the third and fourth quarters of 2010.  We have included income statement and balance sheet data for the most recent eight quarters to allow for a meaningful comparison of the seasonal fluctuations in these amounts.  In our opinion, this information reflects all normal and recurring adjustments considered necessary for a fair presentation of this data.  Due to the seasonal nature of our industry, the results of any one or more quarters are not necessarily a good indication of results for an entire fiscal year or of continuing trends.

(Unaudited)
 
QUARTER
 
(in thousands)
 
2012
 
2011
 
2010
 
   
Second
 
First
 
Fourth
 
Third
 
Second
 
First
 
Fourth
 
Third
 
Statement of Income (Loss) Data
                                 
Net sales
$
757,175
$
361,954
$
270,422
$
503,584
$
706,423
$
312,889
$
241,426
$
455,020
 
Gross profit
 
222,405
 
104,563
 
80,835
 
147,906
 
211,439
 
91,410
 
73,567
 
130,869
 
Operating income (loss)
 
108,134
 
6,021
 
(14,343
)
40,913
 
97,921
 
576
 
(16,783
)
37,047
 
Net income (loss)
 
64,943
 
3,651
 
(10,115
)
24,169
 
58,577
 
(638
)
(11,805
)
22,784
 
                                   
Balance Sheet Data
                                 
Receivables, net
$
270,089
$
201,792
$
110,555
$
160,647
$
266,032
$
173,787
$
101,543
$
155,252
 
Product inventories, net
 
402,266
 
462,810
 
386,924
 
337,698
 
389,763
 
438,791
 
347,439
 
306,609
 
Accounts payable
 
267,990
 
319,462
 
177,437
 
120,221
 
247,904
 
303,395
 
169,700
 
127,995
 
Total debt
 
309,813
 
299,011
 
247,300
 
268,700
 
306,049
 
280,157
 
198,700
 
231,200
 

We expect that our quarterly results of operations will continue to fluctuate depending on the timing and amount of revenue contributed by new and acquired sales centers.  Based on our peak summer selling season, we generally open new sales centers and close or consolidate sales centers, when warranted, either in the first quarter before the peak selling season begins or in the fourth quarter after the peak selling season ends.

 
 
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Weather is one of the principal external factors affecting our business.  The table below presents some of the possible effects resulting from various weather conditions.

Weather
 
Possible Effects
Hot and dry
Increased purchases of chemicals and supplies
for existing swimming pools
 
Increased purchases of above-ground pools and
irrigation products
     
Unseasonably cool weather or
Fewer pool and landscape installations
extraordinary amounts of rain
Decreased purchases of chemicals and supplies
 
Decreased purchases of impulse items such as
above-ground pools and accessories
     
Unseasonably early warming trends in spring/late cooling trends in fall
A longer pool and landscape season, thus positively impacting our sales
(primarily in the northern half of the U.S. and Canada)
   
     
Unseasonably late warming trends in spring/early cooling trends in fall
A shorter pool and landscape season, thus negatively impacting our sales
(primarily in the northern half of the U.S. and Canada)
   

Our first quarter sales benefited from the unusually mild winter in 2012.  Record warm temperatures across the Northeast and Midwest spurred an early start to remodeling projects and new pool construction, resulting in a shift of some sales into March from the second quarter.  Temperatures were also much higher than normal across the Southeast and Southwest, resulting in incremental sales of certain maintenance products as many swimming pool owners opened their pools earlier than normal and swimming pool use increased in year-round markets.  In our North Texas and Oklahoma markets, this favorable impact was largely offset by a tough comparison to the first quarter of 2011 when we realized higher sales from repair and replacement activity for freeze damaged pool equipment.  Weather did not have a significant impact on our first quarter sales along the West Coast, where temperatures were close to historical averages and similar to the same period last year.  These weather impacts were apparent when comparing our base business sales for the swimming pool side of the business as California, Texas and Arizona were up 7% in aggregate in the first quarter, while Florida and all other markets were up 18%.

Favorable weather trends continued in April and May with much higher than normal temperatures across the United States, excluding the Pacific Northwest.  The three month period between March and May 2012 was the warmest on record both nationally and for 31 of the 37 states east of the Rocky Mountains.  The unusually mild winter and record warm spring accounted for the shift of sales into the first and early second quarter and resulted in the earlier than normal peak of the 2012 season.  In addition to some sales being pulled forward, June sales were also negatively impacted by weather due to below normal temperatures across the Southeast and cooler temperatures compared to 2011 in most other states excluding California and the Southwest.


 
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LIQUIDITY AND CAPITAL RESOURCES

Liquidity is defined as the ability to generate adequate amounts of cash to meet short-term and long-term cash needs. We assess our liquidity in terms of our ability to generate cash to fund our operating activities, taking into consideration the seasonal nature of our business. Significant factors which could affect our liquidity include the following:

 
 ·
cash flows generated from operating activities;
 
 ·
the adequacy of available bank lines of credit;
 
 ·
acquisitions;
 
 ·
scheduled debt payments;
 
 ·
dividend payments;
 
 ·
capital expenditures;
 
 ·
the timing and extent of share repurchases; and
 
 ·
the ability to attract long-term capital with satisfactory terms.

Our primary capital needs are seasonal working capital requirements and other general corporate purposes, including acquisitions, dividend payments and share repurchases. Our primary sources of working capital are cash from operations supplemented by borrowings, which have historically been sufficient to support our growth and finance acquisitions. The same principle applies to funds used for capital expenditures and share repurchases.

We prioritize our use of cash based on investing in our business, maintaining a prudent debt structure and returning money to our shareholders. Our specific priorities for the use of cash are as follows:

 
 ·
maintenance and new sales center capital expenditures;
 
 ·
strategic acquisitions executed opportunistically;
 
 ·
payment of cash dividends as and when declared by our Board of Directors (Board);
 
 ·
repurchase of common stock at Board-defined parameters; and
 
 ·
repayment of debt.

Capital expenditures, which historically have averaged 0.5% to 0.75% of net sales, were below and at the bottom of this range between 2008 and 2010 due to lower capacity expansion.  In 2011, capital expenditures increased to 1.1% of net sales since we began purchasing rather than leasing new vehicles and forklifts.  Going forward, we project annual capital expenditures will be relatively consistent with 2011 and average approximately 1.0% of net sales.

Sources and Uses of Cash

The following table summarizes our cash flows (in thousands):

 
Six Months Ended
June 30,
 
 2012
 
2011
Operating activities
$
33,521
 
$
(18,939
)
Investing activities
 
(14,115
)
 
(15,177
)
Financing activities
 
13,900
   
59,772
 

Cash provided by operations for the first half of 2012 reflected the $10.7 million increase in net income and a more normal seasonal cash flow cycle compared to the first half of 2011.  In 2011, cash used in operations included an unfavorable timing impact from purchases and payments related to our tactical inventory purchases made in advance of mid-year vendor price increases.  Cash used in investing activities declined slightly between periods as a decrease in purchases of property and equipment offset an increase in cash paid for acquisitions.  Cash provided by financing activities decreased during the first six months of 2012 due to lower net borrowings on our debt arrangements, which reflected the year over year improvement in cash provided by operations. Higher cash dividend payments reflected the $0.02 per share increase in our quarterly dividend in the second quarter of 2012.  Share repurchases on the open market were relatively consistent between periods, with $42.1 million repurchased in the first half of 2012.  The activity for proceeds and payments on our debt arrangements included the payoff of our $100.0 million Floating Rate Senior Notes at maturity on February 12, 2012.
 
 
 
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Future Sources and Uses of Cash

Our unsecured syndicated senior credit facility (the Credit Facility) provides for $430.0 million in borrowing capacity under a five-year revolving credit facility and includes sublimits for the issuance of swingline loans and standby letters of credit.  Pursuant to an accordion feature, the aggregate maximum principal amount of the commitments under the Credit Facility may be increased at our request and with agreement by the lenders by up to $75.0 million, to a total of $505.0 million.  The Credit Facility matures on October 19, 2016.

At June 30, 2012, there was $309.8 million outstanding and $117.5 million available for borrowing under the Credit Facility.  We currently have five interest rate swap contracts in place that reduce our exposure to fluctuations in interest rates on the Credit Facility.  These swap contracts convert the Credit Facility’s variable interest rate to fixed rates of 1.185% on notional amounts totaling $50.0 million, 1.100% on a notional amount of $50.0 million, 1.050% on a notional amount of $25.0 million and 0.990% on a notional amount of $25.0 million.  Interest expense related to the notional amounts under these swaps is based on the fixed rates plus the applicable margin on the Credit Facility.  All five swap contracts will terminate on October 19, 2016.  The weighted average effective interest rate for the Credit Facility as of June 30, 2012 was approximately 2.0%, excluding commitment fees.

Financial covenants on the Credit Facility include maintenance of a maximum average total leverage ratio and a minimum fixed charge coverage ratio, which are our most restrictive financial covenants.  As of June 30, 2012, the calculations of these two covenants are detailed below:

·   
Maximum Average Total Leverage Ratio. On the last day of each fiscal quarter, our average total leverage ratio must be less than 3.25 to 1.00.  Average Total Leverage Ratio is the ratio of the trailing twelve months (TTM) Average Total Funded Indebtedness plus the TTM Average Accounts Securitization Proceeds divided by the TTM EBITDA (as those terms are defined in the Credit Facility).  As of June 30, 2012, our average total leverage ratio equaled 1.66 (compared to 1.78 as of March 31, 2012) and the TTM average total debt amount used in this calculation was $269.3 million.

·   
Minimum Fixed Charge Coverage Ratio. On the last day of each fiscal quarter, our fixed charge ratio must be greater than or equal to 2.25 to 1.00.  Fixed Charge Ratio is the ratio of the TTM EBITDAR divided by TTM Interest Expense paid or payable in cash plus TTM Rental Expense (as those terms are defined in the Credit Facility).  As of June 30, 2012, our fixed charge ratio equaled 3.59 (compared to 3.40 as of March 31, 2012) and TTM Rental Expense was $52.3 million.

The Credit Facility also limits the declaration and payment of dividends on our common stock to no more than 50% of the preceding year’s Net Income (as defined in the Credit Facility), provided no default or event of default has occurred and is continuing, or would result from the payment of dividends.  Further, dividends must be declared and paid in a manner consistent with our past practice.  Under the Credit Facility, we may repurchase shares of our common stock provided no default or event of default has occurred and is continuing, or would result from the repurchase of shares, and our maximum average total leverage ratio (determined on a pro forma basis) is less than 2.50 to 1.00.  Other covenants include restrictions on our ability to grant liens, incur indebtedness, make investments, merge or consolidate, and sell or transfer assets.  Failure to comply with any of our financial covenants or any other terms of the Credit Facility could result in penalty payments, higher interest rates on our borrowings or the acceleration of the maturities of our outstanding debt.

As of June 30, 2012, we were in compliance with all covenants and financial ratio requirements.  We believe we will remain in compliance with all covenants and financial ratio requirements throughout 2012.  For additional information regarding our debt arrangements, see Note 5 of “Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements,” included in Item 8 of our 2011 Annual Report on Form 10-K.

We believe we have adequate availability of capital to fund present operations and the current capacity to finance any working capital needs that may arise.  We continually evaluate potential acquisitions and hold discussions with acquisition candidates.  If suitable acquisition opportunities arise that would require financing, we believe that we have the ability to finance any such transactions.
 
 
 
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As of July 23, 2012, $26.1 million of the current Board authorized amount under our share repurchase program remained available.  We expect to repurchase additional shares on the open market from time to time depending on market conditions.  We plan to fund these repurchases with cash provided by operations and borrowings under the Credit Facility.

CRITICAL ACCOUNTING ESTIMATES

We prepare our Consolidated Financial Statements in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), which require management to make estimates and assumptions that affect reported amounts and related disclosures.  Management identifies critical accounting estimates as:

 
 ·
those that require the use of assumptions about matters that are inherently and highly uncertain at the time the estimates are made; and
 
 ·
those for which changes in the estimate or assumptions, or the use of different estimates and assumptions, could have a material impact on our consolidated results of operations or financial condition.

Management has discussed the development, selection and disclosure of our critical accounting estimates with the Audit Committee of our Board of Directors.  For a description of our critical accounting estimates that require us to make the most difficult, subjective or complex judgments, please see our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.  We have not changed these policies from those previously disclosed.


Interest Rate Risk

There have been no material changes from what we reported in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011 that affect fiscal 2012.

Foreign Exchange Risk

There have been no material changes from what we reported in our Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.


The term “disclosure controls and procedures” is defined in Rules 13a-15(e) and 15d-15(e) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (the Act).  The rules refer to the controls and other procedures designed to ensure that information required to be disclosed in reports that we file or submit under the Act is (1) recorded, processed, summarized and reported within the time periods specified in the Commission’s rules and forms and (2) accumulated and communicated to our management, including our principal executive officer and principal financial officer, as appropriate to allow timely decisions regarding required disclosure.  As of June 30, 2012, management, including the CEO and CFO, performed an evaluation of the effectiveness of our disclosure controls and procedures.  Based on that evaluation, management, including the CEO and CFO, concluded that as of June 30, 2012, our disclosure controls and procedures were effective.

We maintain a system of internal control over financial reporting that is designed to provide reasonable assurance regarding the reliability of financial reporting and the preparation of financial statements for external purposes in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles.  Based on the most recent evaluation, we have concluded that no change in our internal control over financial reporting occurred during the last fiscal quarter that has materially affected, or is reasonably likely to materially affect, our internal control over financial reporting.
 

 
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PART II.  OTHER INFORMATION


As previously disclosed in our Form 10-K filed on February 29, 2012, a number of purported anti-trust class action suits have been filed against us in various United States District Courts.  The cases were transferred and consolidated before the Judicial Panel for Multidistrict Litigation, MDL Docket No. 2328, and are presently pending in the Eastern District of Louisiana. On June 14, 2012, indirect purchaser plaintiffs, purporting to represent indirect purchasers of swimming pool products in Arizona, California, Florida and Missouri, filed an amended class action complaint. On June 29, 2012, direct purchaser plaintiffs, who are current or former customers, filed a consolidated amended class action complaint, which added three defendants, Hayward Industries Inc., Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc. and Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.  The amended complaints seek unspecified compensatory and enhanced damages, interest, costs and fees and other equitable relief.  We believe the amended complaints are without merit and we intend to vigorously defend ourselves.

We are subject to regulation under federal, state and local environmental, health transportation and safety requirements, which govern such things as packaging, labeling, handling, transportation, storage and sale of chemicals.  In the second quarter of 2012, the Office of the District Attorney for the County of Riverside, California, made a monetary demand upon us for civil penalties, alleging noncompliance in the past with local and state hazardous waste handling, storage and transportation laws, fire and building code regulations and California Business & Professions Code Section 17200, primarily relating to liquid chlorine and muriatic acid.  We are engaged in discussions with Riverside County regarding resolution of these matters, but we are unable to predict the outcome. Based on information currently available to us, we do not expect this matter to have a material adverse effect on our financial condition, results of operations or cash flows.

 
There have been no material changes from the risk factors disclosed in Part I, Item 1A “Risk Factors” in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011.


 
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The table below summarizes the repurchases of our common stock in the second quarter of 2012:

           
Total Number of
 
Maximum Approximate
   
Total Number
     
Shares Purchased
 
Dollar Value of Shares
   
of Shares
 
Average Price
 
as Part of Publicly
 
That May Yet be Purchased
Period
 
Purchased (1)
 
Paid per Share
 
Announced Plan (2)
 
Under the Plan (3)
April 1-30, 2012
 
167,900
 
$
36.53
 
167,900
 
$
61,223,984
May 1-31, 2012
 
607,198
 
$
36.42
 
600,000
 
$
39,370,946
June 1-30, 2012
 
365,639
 
$
36.24
 
365,639
 
$
26,119,960
Total
 
1,140,737
 
$
36.38
 
1,133,539
     

(1)
These shares may include shares of our common stock surrendered to us by employees in order to satisfy tax withholding obligations in connection with certain exercises of employee stock options or lapses upon vesting of restrictions on previously restricted share awards, and/or to cover the exercise price of such options granted under our share-based compensation plans.  There were 7,198 shares surrendered for this purpose in May 2012 and no shares surrendered for this purpose in April or June 2012.

(2)
In May 2011, our Board authorized a new $100.0 million share repurchase program for the repurchase of shares of our common stock in the open market at prevailing market prices or in privately negotiated transactions.  This program replaced our previous share repurchase program.

(3)
As of July 23, 2012, $26.1 million of the authorized amount remained available under our current share repurchase program.


Exhibits filed or furnished as part of this report are listed in the Index to Exhibits appearing on page 24.




 
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned, thereunto duly authorized on July 27, 2012.

   
POOL CORPORATION
     
     
     
     
 
By:
/s/ MARK W. JOSLIN
   
Mark W. Joslin
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and duly authorized signatory on behalf of the registrant


 
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Incorporated by Reference
No.
 
Description
 
Filed or
Furnished
with this
Form 10-Q
 
Form
 
File No.
 
Date Filed
3.1
 
Restated Certificate of Incorporation of the Company.
     
10-Q
 
000-26640
 
08/09/2006
3.2
 
Restated Composite Bylaws of the Company.
     
10-Q
 
000-26640
 
08/09/2006
4.1
 
Form of certificate representing shares of common stock of the Company.
     
8-K
 
000-26640
 
05/19/2006
 
Certification by Mark W. Joslin pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
X
           
 
Certification by Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa pursuant to Rule 13a-14(a) and 15d-14(a), as adopted pursuant to Section 302 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
X
           
 
Certification by Manuel J. Perez de la Mesa and Mark W. Joslin pursuant to 18 U.S.C. Section 1350, as adopted pursuant to Section 906 of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002.
 
X
           
101.INS
+
XBRL Instance Document
 
X
           
101.SCH
+
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Schema Document
 
X
           
101.CAL
+
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Calculation Linkbase Document
 
X
           
101.DEF
+
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Definition Linkbase Document
 
X
           
101.LAB
+
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Label Linkbase Document
 
X
           
101.PRE
+
XBRL Taxonomy Extension Presentation Linkbase Document
 
X
           

+
Attached as Exhibit 101 to this report are the following items formatted in XBRL (Extensible Business Reporting Language):

1.  
Consolidated Statements of Income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2011;
2.  
Consolidated Statements of Comprehensive Income for the three and six months ended June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2011;
3.
Consolidated Balance Sheets at June 30, 2012, June 30, 2011 and December 31, 2011;
4.
Condensed Consolidated Statements of Cash Flows for the six months ended June 30, 2012 and June 30, 2011; and
5.
Notes to Consolidated Financial Statements.
 
 
In accordance with Rule 406T of Regulation S-T, the XBRL related information in Exhibit 101 to this Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q is furnished and shall not be deemed to be “filed” for purposes of Section 18 of the Exchange Act, or otherwise subject to the liability of that section, and shall not be part of any registration statement or other document filed under the Securities Act or the Exchange Act, except as shall be expressly set forth by specific reference in such filing.

 
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