HARDI Distributors Report 33.2% Percent Revenue Increase in March
Heating, Air-conditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) released its monthly TRENDS report ON April 30, 2021, showing the average sales performance by HARDI distributors was an increase of 33.2% percent during March 2021.
The average annual sales growth for the 12 months through March 2021 is 8.7% percent.
“The 33% growth for the month is a new record,” said HARDI Market Research & Benchmarking Analyst Brian Loftus. “The gain in March was helped by an easy comparison and an extra billing day, but the gain would have been in the 27% area with the same number of billing days. Sales growth has been 20% or more for three of the past four months.”
The Days Sales Outstanding (DSO), a measure of how quickly customers pay their bills, remains at 43 days. “The DSO has been faster than normal since June 2020 and that persists,” said Loftus. “This time of year it is normally in the range of 47 to 49 days, and should probably more than 55 now given the record strong demand. We believe the 43 DSO indicates some customers are using their elevated cash reserves for planned replacement instead of waiting for an equipment failure.”
There are other factors supporting the recent strong sales growth at HARDI distributors. “Monthly job gains have been doubling from 233K in January to 468K in February, then 916K in March,” said Loftus. “The job gains and successful vaccine roll-out has allowed Consumer Confidence to snap-back. That enthusiasm is being reflected in strong demand at many segments of the economy. The Vaccine Recovery is here.”
HARDI members do not receive financial compensation in exchange for their monthly sales data and can discontinue their participation without prior notice or penalty. Participation is voluntary, and the depth of market coverage varies from region to region. An independent entity collects and compiles the data that can include products not directly associated with the HVACR industry.
HARDI (Heating, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration Distributors International) is the single voice of wholesale distribution within the HVACR industry.
HARDI members market, distribute, and support heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration equipment, parts and supplies. HARDI Distributor members serve installation and service/replacement contractors in residential and commercial markets, as well as commercial/industrial and institutional maintenance staffs. HARDI proudly represents more than 480 distributor members representing more than 5,000 branch locations, and close to 500 suppliers, manufacturer representatives and service vendors.