The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Aug. 25 (Q4), AutoZone met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins increased across the board.
AutoZone chalked up revenue of $2.76 billion. The 16 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $2.80 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 4.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.64 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 $8.46. The 20 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $8.40 per share. GAAP EPS of $8.46 for Q4 were 18% higher than the prior-year quarter's $7.18 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 51.8%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 20.3%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 11.7%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.02 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $5.36.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $9.23 billion. The average EPS estimate is $27.26.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 386 members out of 557 rating the stock outperform, and 171 members rating it underperform. Among 151 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 108 give AutoZone a green thumbs-up, and 43 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AutoZone is outperform, with an average price target of $418.35.
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