LKQ Corp. has reported record revenue for the first quarter of 2019 of $3.1 billion, an increase of 14% as compared to $2.7 billion in the first quarter of 2018. For the first quarter, parts and services organic revenue growth was 0.1% and acquisition revenue growth was 18.3%, while the impact of exchange rates was a negative 3.2%, for total parts and services revenue growth of 15.2%. When adjusting for one fewer selling day in the quarter, organic revenue growth for parts and services was 1.3%.
Net income attributable to LKQ stockholders for the first quarter of 2019 was $98 million, a decrease of 36% year-over-year.
“The business performed in-line with our expectations and we continue to make progress with our key productivity initiatives, despite tough revenue growth comparisons in North America, a challenging macro-economic environment in Europe, and the negative year-over-year impact of scrap and exchange rates,” said Dominick Zarcone, president and CEO of LKQ Corp. “I am particularly pleased with the 90 basis points year-over-year improvement in our North America gross margins, a direct result of our ongoing margin enhancement and pricing initiatives to offset inflationary pressures. Additionally, during the quarter, Euro Car Parts continued to make progress towards optimizing the T2 distribution center, which had a positive impact on year-over-year European organic revenue growth and margins.”