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For the three months ended June 30, 2017, Fastenal's sales rose 10.6% to $1.12 billion compared to sales of $1.01 billion in Q2 2016, primarily driven by unit sales. The gain in unit sales resulted from improvement in underlying market demand, growth in the Company's industrial vending business, and growth in new and existing Onsite locations. Fastenal's revenue numbers surpassed analysts' estimates of $.11 billion.
For Q2 2017, Fastenal's daily sales of fastener products, which represented 36.1% of sales in the reported quarter, grew 7.9% in total, of which 3.6% were attributable to the recently acquired Manufacturers Supply Company (Mansco). The Company's daily sales of non-fastener products, which represented 63.9% of sales in Q2 2017, grew 12.2% on a y-o-y basis.
Fastenal's gross profit, as a percentage of net sales, improved 30 basis points to 49.8% in Q2 2017 compared to 49.5% in Q2 2016. Changes in product and customer mix continued to adversely impact gross profit, as well as the inclusion of Mansco in the reported quarter. The Company's operating income, as a percentage of net sales, improved to 21.2% in Q2 2017 from 20.6% in Q2 2016. This improvement was attributed to a 30 basis point improvement in gross profit margin, in conjunction with a 20 basis point improvement in its operating and administrative expenses. Fastenal's operating and administrative expenses, as a percentage of net sales, were 28.6% in Q2 2017 compared to 28.8% in Q2 2016.
For Q2 2017, Fastenal's net earnings were $148.9, reflecting an increase of 13.2% when compared to Q2 2016. The Company's diluted net earnings per share were $0.52 during the reported quarter compared to $0.45 during the prior year's same quarter. Fastenal's earnings numbers exceeded Wall Street's expectations of $0.50 per share.
During Q2 2017, Fastenal signed 4,881 industrial vending machines, reflecting an increase of 0.3% on a y-o-y basis. The Company's installed device count on June 30, 2017, was 66,577, an increase of 14.1% over June 30, 2016. Fastenal signed 68 new Onsite locations during Q2 2017 compared to 44 signings in Q2 2016, an increase of 54.5%. The Company had 486 active sites on June 30, 2017, which represented an increase of 45.9% over June 30, 2016.
For Q2 2017, Fastenal signed 51 new national account contracts (defined as new customer accounts with a multi-site contract), and revenues attributable to national account customers represented 47.8% of its total revenues in the period. Sales to the Company's national account customers grew 13.2% in Q2 2017 over Q2 2016.
Balance Sheet and Cash Flow
Fastenal produced operating cash flow of $293.3 million in H1 2017, an increase of 15.7% compared to H1 2016, representing 103.6% of the reported period's net earnings versus 98.4% in the year ago same period. The improvement was mainly attributable to improved net earnings growth. The Company invested $52.8 million in property and equipment, net of proceeds from sales, during H1 2017 compared to $85.7 million in H1 2016. Fastenal has increased its net capital expenditures expectation to approximately $127.0 million in 2017 compared to $119.0 million previously, due to higher anticipated spending on supply chain and information technology.
During Q2 2017, Fastenal purchased 1,300,000 shares of our common stock at an average price of approximately $43.62 per share.
At the end of Q2 2017, Fastenal's total debt on balance was $445 million, or 18.3% of total capital, compared to $430.0 million, or 18.7% of total capital, at the end of Q2 2016. The Company's accounts receivable were $613.5 million at the end of Q2 2017, an increase of $76.1 million, or 14.2%, over Q2 2016. Inventories were $1.04 billion at the end of the reported quarter, reflecting an increase of 6.0% on a y-o-y basis. Fastenal's accounts payable were $141.2 million at the end of Q2 2017, a decrease of $17.5 million, or 11.0%, from Q2 2016.
On July 11, 2017, Fastenal announced that its Board of Directors declared a dividend of $0.32 per share to be paid in cash on August 23, 2017, to shareholders of record at the close of business on July 26, 2017.
On Monday, July 17, 2017, Fastenal's stock closed the trading session at $42.50, marginally down 0.89% from its previous closing price of $42.88. A total volume of 3.36 million shares was exchanged during the session. Shares of the Company have a PE ratio of 23.29 and have a dividend yield of 3.01%. The stock currently has a market cap of $12.38 billion.
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