Wal-Mart Beats on Both Top and Bottom Lines

Wal-Mart (NYSE: 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.

Revenue details
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 details
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.

Margin details
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.

Looking ahead
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.

Investor sentiment
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 6,289 members rating the stock outperform and 781 members rating it underperform. Among 1,684 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,553 give Wal-Mart a green thumbs-up, and 131 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 $63.40.

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