While Genuine Parts
For the quarter, the company earned $126.1 million, or $0.75 a share, up 5.5% on the net income line from the $119.5 million, or $0.70 a share, for the same quarter of the prior year. The company's sales increased 3.3% to $2.6 billion in the December 2007 quarter.
Genuine Parts' biggest segment, automotive, recorded a 2% increase in sales and a more than 11% increase in its contribution to the overall operating profit, while the industrial group saw its sales climb by more than 7%, only to check in with a 1% drop in operating profit. Office products was down on both the sales and operating profit lines, while the small-contributing electrical/electronic materials unit achieved a greater-than-5% sales increase, along with a 32% hike in operating profit.
For the most part, the somewhat loosely confederated automotive parts manufacturing and distribution business has been solid of late. In addition to Genuine Parts' steady, if unspectacular, performance, Tenneco
Nevertheless, I'm not particularly enthralled with Genuine Parts' chart or the "hold" rating it's gotten from two-thirds of the analysts following the company. At the same time, its 3.7% dividend yield just might cause me to keep an eye on its progress.
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Fool contributor David Lee Smith lives in a city with possibly the world's largest collection of auto parts stores. Nevertheless, he doesn't own shares in any of the companies mentioned, but he does welcome your communications. Genuine Parts is an Income Investor recommendation. The Fool has a well-tuned disclosure policy.