Golf Clap for Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart (NYS: WMT) reported earnings on Aug. 16. Here are the numbers you need to know.

The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended July 31 (Q2), Wal-Mart met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.

Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share grew.


Gross margins contracted, operating margins were steady, net margins were steady.

Revenue details
Wal-Mart notched revenue of $113.53 billion. The 17 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected revenue of $114.89 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 4.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $109.37 billion.

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 $1.18. The 27 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $1.17 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.18 for Q2 were 8.3% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.09 per share.

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 25.1%, 10 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.9%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.5%, about the same as the prior-year quarter.

Looking ahead
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $114.42 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.06.

Next year's average estimate for revenue is $472.22 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.93.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 6,257 members out of 7,043 rating the stock outperform, and 786 members rating it underperform. Among 1,655 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,518 give Wal-Mart a green thumbs-up, and 137 give it a red thumbs-down.

Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Wal-Mart is outperform, with an average price target of $67.64.

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