Wal-Mart Beats on Both Top and Bottom Lines
Wal-Mart (NYS: WMT) reported earnings on Thursday. Here are the numbers you need to know.
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended April 30 (Q1), Wal-Mart beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share increased.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins were steady, and net margins were steady.
Wal-Mart reported revenue of $112.27 billion. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $110.11 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 8.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $104.19 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
EPS came in at $1.09. The 26 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $1.04 per share. GAAP EPS of $1.09 for Q1 were 12% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.97 per share. (The prior-year quarter included -$0.01 per share in earnings from discontinued operations.)
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 24.6%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.7%, about the same as the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.3%, about the same as the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $114.53 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $1.16.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $470.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $4.89.
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Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Wal-Mart is outperform, with an average price target of $63.40.
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