Safeway Beats Analyst Estimates on EPS

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Safeway (NYS: SWY) reported earnings on July 19. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended June 16 (Q2), Safeway met expectations on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased slightly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.


Margins contracted across the board.

Revenue details
Safeway tallied revenue of $10.39 billion. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw sales of $10.33 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 1.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $10.20 billion.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

EPS details
EPS came in at $0.51. The 20 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.48 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.51 for Q2 were 24% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.41 per share.

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Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.

Margin details
For the quarter, gross margin was 26.3%, 70 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.4%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.2%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $10.26 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.44.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $44.42 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.96.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 350 members out of 427 rating the stock outperform, and 78 members rating it underperform. Among 116 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 94 give Safeway a green thumbs-up, and 22 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Safeway is hold, with an average price target of $20.84.

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