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SITE earnings call for the period ending September 30, 2021.

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SiteOne Landscape Supply, inc (SITE 1.69%)
Q3 2021 Earnings Call
Nov 5, 2021, 8:00 a.m. ET

Contents:

  • Prepared Remarks
  • Questions and Answers
  • Call Participants

Prepared Remarks:

Operator

Greetings, and welcome to the SiteOne Landscape Supply Third Quarter 2021 Earnings Call. [Operator Instructions] As a reminder, this conference is being recorded.

I would now like to turn the conference over to your host, Mr. John Guthrie, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for SiteOne Landscape Supply. Thank you. You may begin.

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John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thank you. And good morning, everyone. We issued our third quarter of 2021 earnings press release this morning and posted a slide presentation to the Investor Relations portion of our website at investors.siteone.com. I am joined today by Doug Black, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer; and Scott Selman, Executive Vice President Strategy and Development.

Before we begin, I would like to remind everyone that today's press release, slide presentation and the statements made during the call include forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from our expectations and projections. Such risks and uncertainties include the factors set forth in the earnings release and in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Additionally, during today's call, we will discuss non-GAAP measures, which we believe can be useful in evaluating our performance. A reconciliation of these measures can be found in our earnings release and in the slide presentation.

I would now like to turn the call over to Doug Black.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you, John. Good morning. And thank you for joining us today. We were pleased to continue our excellent momentum during the third quarter with strong growth in sales and profits. We have seen demand for professional landscaping products continue to be healthy as we laughed the stronger growth month from last year. In this environment, our teams have continued to perform well, executing our commercial and operational initiatives and delivering superior value to our customers and suppliers for overcoming rapid product costs, inflation, select supply shortages and ongoing freight and labor constraints. As a result, we believe that we are steadily gaining market share on top of the underlying market growth.

Furthermore, our recent acquisitions performed strongly and we added another high performing company to our family during the quarter. Accordingly, we are pleased to once again, be raising our financial guidance for the year. It is clear at this point that 2021 will be a breakthrough year for SiteOne as we continue to build our great company and execute our long-term strategy.

I will start today's call with a brief overview of our unique market position and our strategy for long-term performance and growth, followed by some highlights from the quarter. John Guthrie will then walk you through our third quarter financial results in more detail and provide an update on our balance sheet and liquidity position. Scott Selman will discuss our acquisition strategy, and then I will come back and address our outlook for the remainder of the year before taking your questions.

As shown on Slide 4 of the earnings presentation, we have grown our footprint to more than 590 branches and four major distribution centers across 45, U.S. states and six Canadian provinces. We are the clear industry leader yet we estimate that we only have about a 13% share at the very fragmented $20 billion wholesale landscaping products, distribution market. Accordingly, our remaining growth opportunity is significant. We have a balanced mix of business with 59% focused on maintenance, repair and upgrade; 27% focused on residential construction and 14% on new commercial construction. We are also the only national full product line, wholesale distributor in the market. Our balanced and market mix, broad product portfolio and geographic coverage give us multiple avenues to grow and more ways to add value for our customers and suppliers, for providing important resiliency in software markets.

Turning to Slide 5 while we have come a long way in building SiteOne, we are still developing our full capabilities across all our product lines and so we remain highly focused on our commercial and operational initiatives to build our capabilities and improve the value that we deliver to customers and suppliers. These initiatives are complimented by our acquisition strategy, which filled in our product portfolio, moves us into new geographic markets and adds terrific new talent to SiteOne. Taken altogether, our strategy creates a pure value for our shareholders through organic growth, EBITDA margin expansion and acquisition growth.

If you turn the Slide 6, you will see that our strategy is working. Over the last five years we have been able to deliver consistent organic growth, strong acquisition growth, and solid EBITDA margin expansion while investing heavily in SG&A to build our IP, category management, supply chain, finance, marketing, operational excellence, and acquisition teams, as well as our underlying systems infrastructure, including our digital capabilities. While work remains to be done on building our systems infrastructure, our field support teams are largely in place and each year our teamwork and synergies across SiteOne improve along with our ability to leverage our infrastructure investments. You can see this in our increased market share gains, organic growth, and in the improved operating leverage that we are continuing to achieve in 2021. Going forward, we will build and leverage our capabilities further to accelerate performance for all stakeholders.

You also note that we have now completed 62 acquisitions across the irrigation, agronomics, nursery, hardscapes and Landscape Supply's product lines during the last 7.5 years, with six so far in 2021. We only acquire well-run companies and so all of these acquisitions are already high performing companies before joining the SiteOne. After they join us, we together enjoy the benefits of our combined commercial and operational capabilities. Acquisitions are a key source of new talent and ideas, and therefore they enhance our competitive advantage as we grow. Our acquisition pipeline remains very robust and we have significant potential to continue growing through acquisitions for many years to come.

Slide 7 shows, the long runway that we have ahead in filling in our product portfolio, which we aim to do primarily through acquisitions, especially in the nursery, hardscapes and landscape supplies categories. We are well-networked with the best companies in our industry and expect to continue filling in these markets systematically over the next decade.

I will now discuss some of the third quarter performance highlights as shown on Slide 8. We delivered 25% net sales growth in third quarter with a nice balance of 15% organic daily sales growth and 10% net sales growth added through acquisition. As expected, we saw our organic volume growth level off against the very high-volume growth that we experienced in the third quarter of last year. Accordingly, our organic sales growth in the third quarter was driven mainly by price inflation as we worked with our suppliers and customers to pass through the extraordinary product cost inflation that has occurred in the market. We have seen this trend of lower volume growth and significant inflation continue in the fourth quarter so far and we expect inflation will remain higher than normal through the first half of next year, due to ongoing product constraints and rising manufacturer input costs.

On top of the market growth, we believe that we're gaining share in all of our product categories as we execute our category management, operational excellence, salesforce performance and marketing initiatives. We're especially pleased with our progress in attracting new, smaller, and mid-sized customers to SiteOne and increasing market share among Hispanic customers. These segments are growing faster with us than our average, and they offer tremendous growth opportunities for SiteOne over the next several years. Overall, our initiatives are improving our product portfolio, customer service, partnership value, and our customers' awareness of our capabilities. As a result, we are now attracting new customers and gaining wallet share with existing customers on a more consistent basis.

Gross margin improved 310 basis points to 36.4% in the third quarter, as we've benefited significantly from our proactive inventory management during this high inflation period. And as we earn higher supplier incentives with strong year-to-date organic sales. As we work through our inventory during the remainder of the year and as inflation normalizes in 2022, we expect this dynamic to be less pronounced. However, we are confident in our ability to continue executing our commercial and operational initiatives and expect to drive further improvements in gross margin over the next several years.

On the SG&A side, our operational achievements and disciplined cost management were more than offset by higher variable compensation expense as our teams work very hard to service our customers and achieve strong sales and profit results for the quarter. Accordingly, SG&A as the percent of net sales increased by 70 basis points to 25.1%. We continue to achieve cost efficiency benefits from mobile pro and from our new transportation management system or TMS, which we began rolling out in 2019 and 2020. These two deployments highlight the power of investing in new technologies to achieve customer service, benefits, and increase operating leverage. We will continue to broaden the use of mobile pro and TMS across SiteOne while making more of these types of investments to our operational excellence teams in the future.

The combination of strong organic sales, impressive, gross margin improvement and good contribution from acquisitions allowed us to deliver adjusted EBITDA growth of 46% for the third quarter and improve our adjusted EBITDA margin by 200 basis points. As mentioned on our second quarter earnings call, we expect to surpass the 10% adjusted EBITDA margin milestone this year. We have significant capability to further improve our EBITDA margin in years to come and expect to provide some new longer-term targets when we report our fourth quarter results. In addition to mobile pro and TMS, we continue to make progress on our other important investments during the third quarter to build our capabilities for the future.

During the third quarter and into October, we established our fourth major distribution center in Dallas, Texas to support our growing company and continue achieving competitive advantage with our world-class supply chain capabilities. The Dallas PC will support our business in the middle of the United States and help optimize our overall inventory and freight management strategies. During the quarter we continue to see development and rollout of our new salesforce customer relationship management systems or CRM, which will help our over 400 outside sellers to increase value to our customers and drive new business for new customers and increased share of wallet. We continue to make progress with siteone.com as we use the learnings gained from our Tampa, Florida; and Los Angeles, California pilots to further improve the content, features, and service capabilities of our eCommerce platform. We are seeing the usage of siteone.com start to ramp up at a higher rate in these select markets and we look forward to expanding the rollout of these improvements to the rest of SiteOne in 2022 and beyond.

At the same time, we are continuing to connect directly with our larger customers to facilitate their ability to secure jobs and easily order from SiteOne. We will continue to invest and ensure that SiteOne is the digital leader and the professional landscaping services market. Lastly, we made further strategic investments in marketing during the third quarter to increase awareness of SiteOne, and to drive organic sales growth in our targeted customer and product segments. The marketing team also initiated a complete review of our partner's program to further improve customer benefits and loyalty in the coming years. Overall, through our strategic investments, we remain focused on providing world-class tools, processes, and technologies to deliver value to our customers and suppliers and help our associates be more productive so that they can better help our customers to win.

On the acquisition front, we completed the acquisition of Green Brothers Earth Works during the quarter, bringing our total company's added year-to-date to six. These six companies are all high performers and provide us with excellent new talent and capability for growth in their respective markets, while adding approximately $100 million in trailing 12-month sales to SiteOne. Our development teams remain active with several attractive target companies and we expect to complete additional deals during the remainder of the year. To ensure that we continue to drive attractive acquisition growth as we've become a larger company, we recently expanded our development team under Scott Salmon, including the addition of a senior leader focused solely on integrating our new companies. We plan for our expanded teams to drive even higher growth through acquisition in the next several years. With an experienced team, broad and deep relationships with the best companies, a strong balance sheet and an exceptional reputation, we remain well-positioned to grow consistently through acquisition.

As a final recent achievement, we are excited to share our 2021 ESG report that was published in early October. In this report, we share our vision to become a true company of excellence, which we define with five objectives. These objectives are: one, be a great place to work for our associates; two, deliver superior value to our customers; three, be the distributor of choice; for our suppliers; four, deliver attractive performance and growth to our shareholders; and five, be a good neighbor in our communities. The 2021 report includes expanded disclosure of our team's progress across these objectives. And we look forward to updating you on our progress annually and continuing to enhance our disclosures going forward.

In summary, I'm very proud of our team as we are keeping everyone safe, serving and supporting our customers and delivering outstanding financial results in this extraordinary environment. We remain excited about both the short and long-term opportunities to drive excellent performance and growth for all our stakeholders.

Now, John, we'll walk you through the quarter in more detail. John?

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thanks, Doug. I'll begin on Slide 9 with some highlights from our third quarter results. We reported a net sales increase of 25% to $936 million in the quarter. There were 63 selling days this quarter, which is consistent with the prior year period. As a reminder, I want to highlight that we will have 61 selling days in the fourth quarter, which is four fewer than the 65 days we had in the fourth quarter of 2020. This translates into roughly $41 million in reduced sales for the fourth quarter of 2020.

Organic daily sales increased 15% in the third quarter, compared to the 11% we saw in the same quarter last year. Our organic daily sales benefited from the continuation of the stay-at-home trend as consumers spend more on maintaining and upgrading their outdoor living spaces. In addition, organic daily sales benefited from price inflation resulting from rising product cost. Prices increased 15% for the third quarter and 9% year-to-date, as we saw supplier cost increases across all major product lines. Irrigation products were significantly impacted by increases in PVC pipe and plastic resins resulting from the supply disruption caused by winter storm, Uri and Hurricane Ida, as well as strong industrial demand.

Agronomic products were significantly impacted by costs increases in fertilizer and grass feed. Urea, the primary ingredient in fertilizer, has increased from approximately $450 per ton at the beginning of the third quarter to over $700 per ton currently. This higher energy cost and strong demand from the agricultural markets has driven up prices. All products have also been impacted by increased freight and shipping costs. Fortunately, our strategic initiatives in supply chain has helped mitigate the impact. We're managing through the cost increases and the market is passing the increases through in higher prices. We do not see the product cost inflation abating anytime soon and as a result, we are increasing our full year price increase forecast to 10% to 11%.

Organic daily sales for landscaping products, which includes irrigation, nursery, hardscapes, outdoor lighting, and landscape accessories was strong again, this quarter increasing 14% compared to the prior year period. Organic daily sales for agronomic products, which includes fertilizer, control products [indecipherable] and equipment was also strong and grew 19% for the quarter. Landscaping and agronomic products benefited from the stay-at-home trend and price inflation. Geographically, all regions were up with the greatest growth in the Sunbelt market. While price played a large role in the growth for the quarter, we were pleased that the sales volumes were maintained despite the tough comparison with last year, when we saw sales volumes increase following the reopening of our markets. We have also seen stronger growth this year with our target professional contractor, compared to the DIY consumer.

As Doug mentioned, we expect organic daily sales costs to remain healthy for the remainder of fiscal 2021. Acquisition sales, which reflect the sales attributable to acquisitions completed in both 2020 and 2021 contributed approximately $74 million or 10% to the overall third quarter growth rate. We are pleased with the performance of our acquisitions. Scott will provide more details regarding our acquisition strategy later in the call. Gross profit increased 36% to $341 million for the third quarter and gross margin, increased 310 basis points to 36.4%. The gross margin improvement reflects the execution of our supply chain initiatives or favorable pricing and increased supplier incentives.

With regards to the supply chain initiatives, we have benefited from the previously mentioned freight initiatives, as well as the strategic inventory purchases and higher inventory stacking levels ahead of the supplier costs increases. Selling, general and administrative expense or SG&A increased 28% to $235 million for the third quarter. SG&A as a percentage of net sales increased 70 basis points to 25.1%. The increase in SG&A as a percentage of net sales, primarily reflects increase incentive compensation resulting from our strong performance. Without the increase incentive compensation, we would have achieved SG&A leverage again this quarter.

For the third quarter we recorded income tax expense of $19.1 million compared to $13.8 million in the prior year period. The effective tax rate for the quarter was 19.3% compared to 22.3% for the prior year period. The decrease in the effective tax rate was due primarily to an increase in the amount of excess tax benefits from stock-based compensation. For 2021, we expected our effective tax rate will be between 25.5% and 26.5% excluding discreet items, such as excess tax benefits. We recorded net income for the third quarter of $80 million compared to $48.2 million for the prior year period. The improvement was primarily driven by our strong sales growth and gross margin improvement.

A weighted average diluted share count for the third quarter was 45.8 million compared to 44.6 million for the prior year period. This increased with primarily attributable to our August 6, 2020 equity offering. Adjusted EBITDA, for the third quarter was $128 million compared to $88 million for the same period in the prior year. Adjusted EBITDA margin, reflecting our gross margin improvement increased 200 basis points to 13.7%.

Now, I'd like to provide a brief update on our balance sheet and cash flow statement as shown on Slide 10. Networking capital at the end of the third quarter was $715 million compared to $710 million for the prior year period. The increase in net working capital is attributable to higher receivables resulting from our strong sales growth and our decision to operate with higher inventory levels given the supply chain disruptions and the strong sales environment. The increase in receivables and inventory was partially offset by less cash on the balance sheet as we have deployed the cash for acquisitions and debt reduction.

Cash provided by operations increased to $67 million for the quarter compared to $62 million for the prior year period, the increase was primarily driven by our increased profitability, partially offset by the increase in working capital. We've made cash investments of $15 million for the quarter compared to $31 million for the same quarter last year, the decreased in cash investment request left acquisition spend this quarter compared to the prior year period. Net debt at the end of the quarter, was approximately $208 million compared to $195 million at the end of the prior year period.

Leverage at the end of the third quarter, decreased to the 0.5 times for trailing 12 months adjusted EBITDA compared to 0.8 times at the end of the third quarter of 2020. This lower leverage reflects our improved profitability. Our target net debt to adjusted EBITDA leverage range at year end is one to two times. We expect to be at or below our target leverage range, depending upon the amount of acquisition investment in the fourth quarter. At the end of the quarter, we had liquidity of $522 million, which consists of $158 million of cash on hand and approximately $364 million in available capacity under our ABL facility. As a result of our strong operating performance, low leverage and disciplined financial policy, Moody's upgraded our corporate debt rating to BA2 this quarter. This follows a similar upgrade from S&P to a BB rating earlier this year.

In summary, a priority from a balance sheet perspective, it's just to maintain our financial strength and flexibility without sacrificing long-term growth or market opportunities.

I will now turn the call over to Scott for an update on our acquisition strategy.

Scott Selman -- Executive Vice President Strategy & Development

Thanks, John. As shown on Slide 11, we acquired one company in the third quarter bringing our total to six year-to-date, with the combined trailing 12 months, net sales of approximately $100 million. Since 2014, we had acquired 62 companies with approximately $1.2 billion in trailing 12 months, net sales added to SiteOne.

Turning to Slide 12, you will find information on our most recent acquisition. On August 23, we acquired Green Brothers Earth Works strengthening our landscapes supplies and hardscapes presence in the Atlanta market.

Summarizing on Slide 13, our acquisition strategy continues to create significant value for SiteOne. Our pipeline remains strong and growing with three handshake deals, 10 active negotiations, and over 20 additional companies and early discussions. We expect to have a strong finish this year and have good momentum going into 2022. We are humbled that so many entrepreneurs are choosing SiteOne as the new home for their family business and are continuing to grow their companies with us. We provide them with the resources and flexibility to pursue both their personal and professional passions and we are excited to have over 50 former owners today helping to drive our growth. These innovative leaders bring new ideas to SiteOne and help us realize our vision of being stronger together.

We are also excited, as Doug mentioned, to be expanding our strategy and development team to enable both greater acquisition capacity and increased leadership for world-class integration. Providing an outstanding integration experience for the newly acquired companies delivers two very powerful outcomes. First, it accelerates our ability to create value for our customers and suppliers. And second, it creates many motivated and passionate ambassadors for SiteOne who help us attract other high performing companies. I want to thank the entire SiteOne team for their passion and commitment to making SiteOne, a great place to work and for welcoming the new teams when they joined the SiteOne family. I am confident in our ability to deliver value to all of our stakeholders through further acquisitions in 2021 and beyond.

I will now turn the call back to Doug.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks, Scott. I'll wrap up on Slide 14. As mentioned, we are seeing a strong organic sales growth that we experienced in the third quarter continue in October. October represents approximately 50% of our fourth quarter sales. And so, we now anticipate healthy sales growth for the fourth quarter in total. Keep in mind that the weather was particularly warm last year in November and December and our organic daily sales growth for the fourth quarter last year was very strong at 12%. Accordingly, we have built some moderation of sales growth into our forecast for the last two months of the year. In terms of end markets, we are currently seeing solid demand trends in all our end markets, maintenance, repair and upgrade, and both residential and commercial new construction. Our contractors remain busy and have strong backlogs to carry them through the remainder of the year and into 2022.

Taken all together, we expect to achieve helping organic daily sales growth in the fourth quarter and record sales growth for the full year 2021. Additionally, we will continue to execute our commercial and operational initiatives, which we believe will yield good, gross margin improvements and SG&A leverage for the full year leading to solid adjusted EBITDA growth and margin expansion exceeding our 10% milestone for adjusted EBITDA margin in 2021.

In terms of acquisitions, as Scott mentioned, we currently have a very strong pipeline of high-quality companies and look forward to adding more of these to the SiteOne family before the end of the year. Our acquisitions are performing very well and we continue to improve our ability to integrate them into our company. Accordingly, we expect acquisitions to contribute strongly to our performance and growth in 2021 and the years ahead. With all of these factors in mind, we are raising our fiscal 2021 adjusted EBDA guidance to be in the range of $380 million to $400 million, which represents year-over-year growth of 46% to 54%. This range does not factor any contribution from unannounced acquisitions. This compares to our prior estimate of $335 million to $365 million.

In closing, I would like to sincerely thank all our SiteOne associates to continue to amaze me with their passion, commitment, teamwork, and selfless service. We have a tremendous team and it is an honor to be joined with them as we deliver increasing value for all our stakeholders. I would also like to thank our suppliers for supporting us so strongly and our customers for allowing us to be their partner.

Operator, please open the line for questions.

Questions and Answers:

Operator

Thank you. At this time, we'll be conducting a question-and-answer session. [Operator Instructions] Thank you. Our first question comes from the line of Ryan Merkel with William Blair. Please proceed with your question.

Ryan Merkel -- William Blair -- Analyst

Thanks, and good morning, everyone.

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Hi Ryan, how are doing?

Ryan Merkel -- William Blair -- Analyst

So, a lot of good news in this report, I wanted to focus on gross margins. Can you break out the impact of supply chain price and supplier incentives in terms of the year-over-year impact? And then can you speak to sustainability kind of focusing on 4Q right now, but also supply chain, how much more margin expansion. Do you expect to see from that?

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

So, we would say it was roughly kind of one-third of the improvement year-over-year would be-probably the quarter was due to incentive with the remainder of kind of supply chain early buys combination driving that. And what was your follow-up question then Ryan?

Ryan Merkel -- William Blair -- Analyst

Just the sustainability into 4Q in terms of gross margins. I think seasonally, it usually goes down a little, should we expect to see that?

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes. Well, we would still expect we're forecasting continued positive growth in gross margin in the fourth quarter we think it be another strong quarter. We expect the pricing that we're seeing now to carry through the fourth quarter. And so, it'll be another good quarter also with regards to gross margin.

Ryan Merkel -- William Blair -- Analyst

Got it. Okay. And then pricing up 15% that was a little bigger than I was thinking for the quarter. What was the big surprise fertilizer in the quarter or was there something else? And then how should we think about the next few quarters on price? I know you're not giving guidance, but I'm just curious how it sort of trends if you can help us there? And then have your suppliers raise prices yet for 2022?

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

So, we're following the market, so similar to what we're seeing with other competitors. So with regards to the quarter, we think in general, I would break it down the following ways. We think kind of this current increase with fertilizer, PVC pipe, those increases that really kind of accelerated in really August and September. We think those will carry through at least through the first half of the rest of this year and through probably the first half of next year. With regards to when we start comping the higher ones then there may have some commodity component, there may be some fluctuation with regards to that. We know also in the beginning of 2022 there are some suppliers who haven't put in the full cost increases that they're seeing in their raw materials. So, we do expect a second wave to kind of come through at the beginning of next year of price inflation, from our suppliers. So, in general, at least for the foreseeable future, we expect price will be on a historical basis, relatively large.

Ryan Merkel -- William Blair -- Analyst

All right. So, putting that in my own words, probably strong double-digit price, at least through first half of 2022, and then there's still inflation, suppliers are still going to raise prices. So still above normal for second half 2022 based on what we know right now?

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Well, obviously we'll be comping this year in the second half of 2022, but certainly through the first half, I think, that's fair what we're seeing right now.

Ryan Merkel -- William Blair -- Analyst

Great. Thanks for the comments. Great quarter. I'll pass it on.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Stephen Volkmann with Jefferies. Please proceed with your question.

Stephen Volkmann -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Hi, good morning, guys. Thanks for taking the question. I'm going to stick with the gross margin topic, if that's all right, because I'm not quite sure if I understood sort of how to think about maybe 2022 and 2023, because on the one hand you talked about further opportunities as you work through your internal initiatives. But at the same time, I think, there is probably some temporary benefits here relative to some of the trends that you mentioned. So, should I think about 2022 sort of pulling back a little bit, but then longer term it can still expand or where you actually trying to say that 2022 could actually see expansion?

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Well, I think, as John mentioned, we've got a commodity component, which is the PVC pipe, fertilizer, put seed in there, that's driving a little under half of the inflation. And commodity component will likely at some point in 2020 come off and may actually revert back, right, or go negative. At the same time, you have the rest of the inflation, which is more kind of keeping up with costs on all the other products, it also includes freight. That's more sustainable. And as John mentioned of the manufacturers really haven't passed all their costs through yet and so we expect another wave on that piece. And let's call that a little over half. And so, in 2022, you have the dynamic of what's called the standard inflation continuing to move upward. You have the commodity inflation that may tail downward sometime through 2022. And so, the mix of those, you still end up with positive inflation in 2022, a stronger first half, not as much in the second half, and that's the dynamic we expect. Obviously, a lot can happen between now and then, but that's basically the trend. John, you want to add?

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Well, I would add. Well, we're not totally giving guidance right now, but I would-I think if we were to characterize the queries there is probably some temporary component on gross margin. There was also a temporary component on SG&A that somewhat offset, the longer term we believe, kind of the initiatives are driving kind of performance which will we believe long-term, we'll take it. So, we're not giving EBITDA guidance or 2022 guidance today, we'll give more at the end of next quarter. But I'll just say there'll be puts and takes next year. And we still are positive on the outlook.

Stephen Volkmann -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Great. Now that's good color. I appreciate it. And then one thing I was a little surprised that you didn't talk too much about, because we've been hearing it everywhere else is just bottlenecks with respect to availability of product. So maybe that's not as big a deal for you guys, but I'm thinking about that in terms of, do you think you'll be able to add in sort of your normal fourth quarter inventory build maybe even a little bigger than normal given what's going on with inflation? Just talk about that dynamic, if you would, as we sort of shift into 2022?

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

All right. So yes, we've been facing the supply chain issues and bottlenecks and delays really for the last two years. Luckily, we have a great supply chain team, the strength of ours. We have the three distribution centers in Georgia, California, and Pennsylvania, we noted that we're putting in the fourth in Dallas, Texas, which gives us significantly more square footage. And through that supply chain team, and those DCs and our over 600 branches, we do plan to continue to go heavy on inventory. We did that this year and it insulated us a lot from a lot of the supply chain challenges. And so, we're going to continue that strategy going forward, and we have even more capacity to execute that strategy going forward. You have constraints in nursery and hardscapes that don't go through the DC, but there again, our teams stay out in front of the market and we've been able so far to battle our way to keep stock and be able to supply our customers. And we feel will continue to be able to manage the supply chain shortages in both those DC-related products and locally procured products on into 2022.

Stephen Volkmann -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Great. Thanks, guys. I'll pass it on. Appreciate it.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from line of Matthew Bouley with Barclays. Please proceed with your question.

Matthew Bouley -- Barclays -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, everyone. Thanks for taking the questions. So, sticking with the pricing topic I know you called out sort of the commodity component versus the more sticky components of your different categories. In that scenario that you just mentioned, Doug, where commodity prices if you saw normalization, I'm just curious how the mechanics would work in such a scenario. Would you still see gross margin percentage expansion as kind of an offset to the dollar headwind? Is there a working capital benefit? How does that all come together if you did see that type of scenario? Thank you.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Good question. Obviously, we follow the market. We remain competitive in the market as commodities go up and as commodities go down. And so, we're always working to make that at a minimum gross margin, neutral in terms of how we pass that on to the market. And then obviously, as a working capital, if you are having higher inflation, it's going to make your working capital a little higher. And if that drops down, your working capital will be a little lower, so will sales. And so, those are the dynamics. But we have very good teams, we have great relationships with our customers and we're able to work through those ups and downs and still maintain our gross margin. And then of course, we have our initiatives that are designed to improve our gross margin with that as a basis.

Matthew Bouley -- Barclays -- Analyst

Got it. Okay. No, that's helpful color there. And secondly, the commentary on gaining market share, it sounds like you are both taking wallet share and winning new customers. Obviously, a lot of the investments you're making alongside that, any specifics to potentially call out that you're doing to kind of hold on to those share gains, as we think about 2022? Thank you.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Well, we're going to continue to focus on the smaller customers where we had last year and we do with our larger customers, of course, we serve all our customers and are focused on wallet share. We are making gains there. In terms of market share, overall market share is 13%. It tends to be more toward the 20% to 25% of the larger customers, more 6% to 8% with a small customer. So, we have a long way to go with small customers in terms of gaining share. We're feeling good about our progress this year, just as a specific our overall customer count on the base is up 5.2%. So, with all the moving parts, we are winning new customers and we feel like we're winning when your wallet share with the larger customers. So, we're going to continue to stay focused. We do this really by improving the customer experience. We've got our operational excellence teams, we've got TMS, we've got MobilePro, we've got siteone.com, those are tools we're using to do that. We focus our marketing efforts on the smaller customer, on the Hispanic customer, on those groups. And then with our salesforce, we're continuing to work on our salesforce performance. We have a new CRM that we're rolling out across our salesforce, and that's really designed to gain more wallet share with those medium to larger customers. We can also hook in directly with our larger customers digitally, and that helps us to provide stickiness and gain wallet share with those larger customers. So, we have multi-initiatives going after the same thing, which is we want to win new customers and keep them, and we want to earn greater wallet share and keep adding. And we feel like we're making progress. The measurement of that is always tricky, but the information we're getting back from our suppliers and what we kind of see and can measure in the field, tell us that we're gaining market share more consistently than say we would have two or three years ago, and we aim to continue that going forward.

Matthew Bouley -- Barclays -- Analyst

Great. Well, thank you, Doug. And good luck everybody.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Quinn Fredrickson with Baird. Please proceed with your question.

Quinn Fredrickson -- Baird -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, guys. Thanks for taking the question.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Good morning.

Quinn Fredrickson -- Baird -- Analyst

Good morning. Wanted to start off with a question on our opex and just what you see is transitory. I know you mentioned the variable compensation, but just with the strong sales results, labor inflation, and then the new Dallas DC, I guess is the right way to think about the variable comp portion of that is more transitory and then the rest kind of the opportunities to leverage the growth over that level of expenses, is that the right way to think about it?

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

That's right. If we hadn't had kind of the incentive comp for our associates, we would have actually achieved SG&A leverage this quarter. With regards to that we achieved good leverage on the traditional kind of our operations. Basically, the only things that we did were kind of things that were one-time last year if you will, healthcare a little bit more travel and expense, but relatively minor amounts. And those were weren't significant contributors to our overall opex. So, we still will very good about what we're doing and achieving the leverage. Obviously when we have a big quarter like that, we want to reward our associates and that's what you're seeing on the opex side.

Quinn Fredrickson -- Baird -- Analyst

Okay, makes sense. And then secondly, just on demand specifically within the commercial side and it's interesting to hear the strength there. Would you say that's mostly maintenance and upgrades versus new construction, or is it pretty broad based there? And just what verticals are you seeing the most strength within a commercial?

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Yes. So I would call it broad based and you can see that really reflected in the ABI index, which is going up. We see that in our own project services group, which are bidding on, and those would be primarily new commercial construction projects that bidding has accelerated really in the fall this year. And so, I would say it's broad based, we have our typical maintenance and upgrades on commercial properties, but the new commercial construction seems to be robust and it's really the type of commercial that follows residential, retail, education, et cetera, those types of commercial projects and some of it also is kind of apartments and those types of properties are really quite strong right now, which is interesting. But I think it reflects the strength and residential, and the fact that you've got now with folks kind of working remotely and companies go into hybrid scenarios, that supports more neighborhood growth on the outskirts of the metro areas. And when you put in a neighborhood, you need to put in shopping, and grocery, and gas stations and other commercial properties to keep up with that growth. And that's what we're seeing.

Quinn Fredrickson -- Baird -- Analyst

Thank you very much.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Judy Merrick with Truist Securities. Please proceed with your question.

Judy Merrick -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

I think it's Judy in for Keith Hughes. Most of the questions have been asked, but is there anything else that you can add from the positives that you saw from either a customer mentioned someone smaller customers or any of the impact from expanding private label?

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Well, we didn't talk about private label, but we are achieving a lot of success there. We have our LESCO brand, which is our private label agronomics brand, which we've got a lot of new products out with LESCO. We're driving more or LESCO equipment, spreaders, sprayers, et cetera. And so, we're just excited that the growth of the LESCO brand is very healthy. And we're excited about progress there. PRO-TRADE is our other private label brand that's more for lighting, and tools and landscape supplies. And PRO-TRADE has seen significant growth. And so, with private label products obviously are great in that they bring us expanded margins and they allow us to kind of grow and take real share. And so, we are quite happy with the progress on private label and we're going to continue to push that going forward.

Judy Merrick -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Okay, great. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from the line of Mike Dahl with RBC Capital Markets. Please proceed with your question.

Mike Dahl -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hi, thanks for taking my questions. Also, just a couple of cleanup ones. First with respect to the DC, can you just give us any more detail on how to think about the financial impact, whether it's on costs with the ramp or any associated topline benefit, just how should we be thinking about that over the next couple of quarters?

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

I'll touch on it. I mean essentially, we're adding a DC in Dallas, it's a larger DC, but 340,000 square feet. We're also expanding our distribution in Georgia we're adding 130,000 square feet to that. So, if you take our overall, what we had prior, which was about 600,000 square feet of space, we're now creating a significant capacity for the future. We lease the facilities and we have a third-party operator, the DC, so that the ramp cost is pretty reasonable. We'll spend about $2.5 million in Dallas and about a $1.5 million in Fairburn, Georgia, with that expansion. That really goes, some of that is capital. And then some of that goes into the, kind of the gross margin cost of goods, when we're managing the DC, those costs would go into the ultimate product costs and be more of an effect on gross margin. But we expect the Dallas DC to ramp up nicely this year and be a contributor in 2022. So, our overall success, John, anything?

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Yes, to additional things and we'll get more guidance at the end of the quarter for next year's numbers. It's not a significant contributor to either expense or gross profit. You would probably see maybe a couple million dollars of additional capital this year. But really kind of justification of why we're doing it and we've gotten now a significant enough size where historically kind of the Texas market, a lot of that product actually is coming from the west coast. So, if you will, you think we shipped-it comes from let's say California it's shipped all the way across to Atlanta, and then we have to ship it back to Texas. We've now got sufficient volume with our growth as a company where instead of shipping it and shipping it back, we will actually achieve freight savings by shipping it to the Dallas market directly. In addition, this is kind of keyed as inventory and stocking. It will just enable us overall to be able to service those markets better, quicker. We will be able to get product to market faster. So, we're just real excited about kind of now that we've grown large enough to kind of justify the additional costs, the benefits that we'll see going forward.

Mike Dahl -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay. Yes, that's great. Very helpful. And then my second question is just one more back on the 4Q guide when you talk about kind of the healthy, embedded daily growth but some of the dynamics continuing in terms of price versus volume. Any further quantification you can give us on how to think about volume, I guess if it was flat in the quarter in 3Q or flattish, is it flat again on a daily basis in 4Q or are you embedding actual declines off the tougher comp?

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

We would expect similar performance. I mean, volume, we will lose a week of sales, so that will impact of volume and sales in general. The exact split between price and volume what we're seeing right now and through October is very similar to what we saw in Q3.

Mike Dahl -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Got it.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

I guess the one thing that we're to look at is December, was especially warm last year. Even in northern markets the business continued on, we're not certain. So, when the winter shutdown comes, if you will, that could cause some quite a bit of variability with regards to sales in the fourth quarter. So, I guess that would be their call out with regards to our fourth quarter.

Mike Dahl -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Right. All right. Okay. Got it. Thanks John, Doug.

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes from line of Jeff Stevenson with Loop Capital Markets. Please proceed with your question.

Jeff Stevenson -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

Hi, thanks for taking my questions and congrats on the strong quarter. My first question was just on the M&A environment. So, the pipeline continues to stand strong, but the pace of acquisitions is a little slower than we've seen from you guys in the past. Is this primarily a timing issue? Is there anything else we should take note of?

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, Jeff, it's exactly a timing issue. As we noted the pipeline is very full and we don't see anything structurally within the markets that would cause us to believe anything different in terms of our ongoing ability to acquire companies. So, we still feel very confident about that.

Jeff Stevenson -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

Okay, great. And then just a quick question on DIY versus professional, have you seen DIY demand kind of moderate back to kind of closer to normalized levels as shelter and place benefits have decelerated here this year?

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

I wouldn't say it's gone back. It's still at an elevated rate. What we have seen though is kind of last year was it was really hot if you will. And on the general, what we've seen is a stronger recovery this year of the professional contractor. So, last year, I would say it was more heavily weighted to the small customers and the DIY this year, our growth on a relative basis is probably what we're seeing is our target customer, the professional contractor is really in a strong position right now.

Jeff Stevenson -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

Very helpful. Thanks, guys.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Our next question comes of Damian Karas with UBS. Please proceed with your question.

Damian Karas -- UBS -- Analyst

Hey, good morning, guys congrats on the solid execution.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Thanks Damian.

Damian Karas -- UBS -- Analyst

First thing, obviously you've covered a lot of ground. Just a follow-up question on the organic daily sales growth being driven by kind of mid-teens price and more flash volumes. I'm just wondering if you get the sense that some of this price inflation is starting to have an impact on incremental demand, do you just think that the industry is kind of maxed out now in terms of capacity?

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, it's more the latter. The labor constraint, is still very real, you read about it every day in the news and our contractors are really struggling to keep their crews full and to hire new associates. And so, what you see is that they still have very strong backlogs, but have a challenging time getting to them. And we really feel that's the constraint. Price inflation is high, but you have to keep in mind that when you look at it a landscaping project, the majority of that is labor. And the material cost ranges from 10% to 20% of that overall job. Labor and equipment and other costs are going to be more drivers. Now, there has been labor inflation for our customers, and they are passing that through to the end user. But we really haven't perceived a fall off or a negative effect on demand. There's always a limit to, to everything, right. So, we're keeping an eye on that. But so far, the demand seems to be very robust for our customers. They're just having hard time getting to it at this point.

Damian Karas -- UBS -- Analyst

Got it makes sense. And you did mention the backlog carrying over into 2022. Just curious if you could offer any more visibility into that, whether through the spring or possibly even kind of through all of 2022, how much visibility do you have into that project backlog?

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Yes, we would rather wait until we report our final results to talk specifically about 2022, but suffice to say our customers are busy and they have good backlogs. So, certainly we would be optimistic at this point about next year based on what we see. But we'll get into more specifics when we report our fourth quarter and we we've got better visibility.

Damian Karas -- UBS -- Analyst

Understood. Appreciate the color. Thanks, guys.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Great. Thank you.

Operator

Thank you. Ladies and gentlemen, this concludes our question-and-answer session. I'll turn the four back to Mr. Black for any final comments.

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Well, thank you again for joining us today. We appreciate everybody's interest in SiteOne. And as you can tell, we're excited about our long-term growth and performance ability as a company. But we appreciate your interest. We hope you all have a safe and happy holiday season. We look forward to speaking to you again in February with our fourth quarter and full year report.

Operator

[Operator Closing Remarks]

Duration: 62 minutes

Call participants:

John Guthrie -- Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer

Doug Black -- Chairman & Chief Executive Officer

Scott Selman -- Executive Vice President Strategy & Development

Ryan Merkel -- William Blair -- Analyst

Stephen Volkmann -- Jefferies -- Analyst

Matthew Bouley -- Barclays -- Analyst

Quinn Fredrickson -- Baird -- Analyst

Judy Merrick -- Truist Securities -- Analyst

Mike Dahl -- RBC Capital Markets -- Analyst

Jeff Stevenson -- Loop Capital Markets -- Analyst

Damian Karas -- UBS -- Analyst

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