The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Nov. 17 (Q1), AutoZone met expectations on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue increased and GAAP earnings per share expanded significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
AutoZone recorded revenue of $1.99 billion. The 17 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw a top line of $2.02 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 3.5% higher than the prior-year quarter's $1.92 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 $5.41. The 19 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $5.35 per share. GAAP EPS of $5.41 for Q1 were 16% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.68 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%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 18.2%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 10.2%, 30 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $1.89 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $4.69.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $9.20 billion. The average EPS estimate is $27.20.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 385 members out of 556 rating the stock outperform, and 171 members rating it underperform. Among 155 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 112 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 $417.41.
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