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Home Depot says its Q1 2022 financial report suggests that consumers are still willing to spend money on home renovations and repairs.
The Home Depot Inc (NYSE: HD) released its Q1 2022 earnings report on Tuesday, which surpassed analysts’ expectations. For the first quarter, the leading American home improvement retailer posted a total revenue haul of $38.91 billion, versus $36.72 billion expected. In addition, earnings per share (EPS) clocked in at $4.09 versus the consensus estimate of $3.68 per share. The report also showed that EPS and net income of $4.23 billion for the period ended March 31st is substantially higher year-over-year (YoY). A year earlier, the figures were $3.86 in earnings per share with a net income of $4.15 billion.
Home Depot’s laudable Q1 2022 outing was spurred on by the company’s strong first-quarter sales on record. This positive outlook even extended to Home Depot stock which advanced 4% during the premarket trading session.
CEO Weighs In on Q1 2022 Report
Commenting on the latest report for Q1 2022, Home Depot chief executive Ted Decker noted that it was even better than 2021’s “historic growth”. In a statement Decker said:
“The solid performance in the quarter is even more impressive as we were comparing against last year’s historic growth and faced a slower start to spring this year.”
Furthermore, the company CEO also acknowledged operational synergy as the prime reason for the positive results. As Decker put it:
“These results are a direct reflection of our associates’ continued ability to effectively navigate a challenging and dynamic environment. I would like to thank them and our many partners for their hard work and dedication to our customers.”
The end of Q1 marks Decker’s first one at the helm of Home Depot, previously serving as chief operating officer. The longtime veteran only inherited his current position during trying times in the industry.
Home Depot Banking on a Profitable 2022
Home Depot has now raised its outlook for the year owing to the strong performance. According to the Atlanta-based home improvement giant, it is now looking at a 3% sales growth and EPS growth in the mid-single digits.
Home Depot’s new optimism comes amid rising inflation in the US which threatens to impact consumer renovation projects. In addition, the unsavory fiscal outlook in the country could also cripple the lucrative housing market and subsequent home improvement plans. Notwithstanding, the leading home improvement retailer points to Tuesday’s results as a strong indicator that consumers are still willing to spend money on their homes. In addition, Home Depot maintains that this consumer inclination to home-renovating and repairs will likely last for the foreseeable future.
Home Depot currently operates several big-box format stores across North America. These include the US and its unincorporated territories, Canada (all 10 provinces), 32 Mexican states, and Mexico City.
In addition, Home Depot also owns repair and maintenance wholesale distributors, The Home Depot Pro. The subsidiary has 70 distribution centers in the US.