The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Aug. 3 (Q2), Lowe's Companies missed slightly on revenues and missed estimates on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped slightly and GAAP earnings per share stayed the same.
Margins shrank across the board.
Lowe's Companies recorded revenue of $14.25 billion. The 21 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see sales of $14.48 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 2.0% lower than the prior-year quarter's $14.54 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 $0.65. The 23 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.70 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.64 were the same as the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Non-GAAP figures may vary to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 33.9%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 9.1%, 130 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 5.2%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $11.92 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.35.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $50.17 billion. The average EPS estimate is $1.65.
The stock has a three-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,159 members out of 2,452 rating the stock outperform, and 293 members rating it underperform. Among 634 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 571 give Lowe's Companies a green thumbs-up, and 63 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Lowe's Companies is outperform, with an average price target of $31.52.
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