In Q1, the net income of Walmart was $2.73 billion. This increased the earnings per share by 97 cents.
The retail giant Walmart Inc (NYSE: WMT) reported its earnings for Q1 which surpassed estimates. If the results are anything to go with, the company has a bright outlook for the year ahead. Additionally, its shares grew by 2.33% to trade at around $142.
Driving Factors for Walmart Performance in Q1
The company accredited the stellar performance to the prevailing status of the Covid-19 pandemic. The company’s overseers noted that increased vaccination rates coupled with the reduced Covid cases have significantly prompted shoppers to use their stimulus checks in their physical store and online purchases. As consumers returned to their normal schedules, online sales grew by 37%.
In an interview, Walmart Chief Financial Officer (CFO), Brett Biggs, noted that the company is experiencing a surge in demand and hopes the situation remains the same for the longest time to come. He also noted that the items which were in demand, like printers and bicycles, when the pandemic was at its peak, are still popular among shoppers.
The director however noted that the demand for some forgotten items like teeth whiteners has started growing, which can be attributed to the need of removing their masks. The trading giant looks forward to high single-digit growth in operating income and earnings per share. It also targets the growth in low single-digit for Sam’s Club sales, net of fuel and tobacco.
Walmart CFO was quoted saying that Stimulus checks helped in the first quarter, and due to that we had increased revenue guidance and profits. He additionally noted that the company’s outlook has been boosted, thanks to the already good results they’re posting in the second quarter. Below is a sneak preview of Walmart’s actual and expected results, for the trading period ending April 30.
Adjusted earnings per share were $1.69. The expected earnings per share were $1.21. Actual revenue was $138.31 billion while expected revenue was $131.97 billion.
In Q1, the net income of Walmart was $2.73 billion. This increased the earnings per share by 97 cents, in the previous trading period EPS increased by $.1.40. According to Refinitiv, financial analysts expected Walmart’s shares, net of items, to earn $1.21. However, the trading giant’s shares earned $1.69.
Revenue grew from $134.62 billion to $138.31 billion, which is an impressive 3% gain. The revenue figure surpassed Wall Street’s forecast of $131.97 billion. In America, sales of Walmart’s same-store had a 6% growth, which was higher than the predicted 0.9% predicted by StreetAccount. Walmart noted that the increase was boosted by its grocery sales which resulted in increased market share. Despite the 3.2% decline in transactions, the average ticket rate grew by 9.5%.
The company’s sales for its subsidiary, Sam’s Club, grew by 7.2%, contrary to the 1.2% expected growth rate. On top of that, the club’s membership attained an all-time high. On the international front, the global net sales were $27.3 billion, an 8.3% decline which could be a result of diversification of their global affairs. However, global E-commerce sales rose by 49% in the same quarter. The retail chain disposed off one of its supermarket chains in Britain, Asda, and also sold its stake in Seiyu, a Japanese retail outlet.