Saturday, February 3, 2018

Can MSC Industrial Direct Generate Margin Growth?

Given the strength of the recovery in U.S. industrial production, it's reasonable to expect that a highly cyclical industrial supplier like MSC Industrial Direct (NYSE:MSM) would start to perform strongly. In a sense, that's exactly what's happening, as sales growth is now in the double digits, but on the other hand, the company's margin performance has been somewhat disappointing. Let's take a closer look at the company's recent first-quarter 2018 earnings report.

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