The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ending Nov. 30 (Q1), Walgreen met expectations on revenue and missed on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded, and earnings per share grew slightly.
Margins dropped across the board.
Walgreen logged revenue of $18.2 billion. The 18 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ predicted a top line of $18.3 billion. Sales were 4.7% higher than the prior-year quarter's $17.3 billion.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Dollar amounts in millions.
EPS came in at $0.63. The 23 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.67 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.63 for Q1 were 1.6% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.62 per share.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods. Figures may be non-GAAP to maintain comparability with estimates.
For the quarter, gross margin was 28.1%, 40 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5%, 50 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.1%, 20 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Source: S&P Capital IQ. Quarterly periods.
What does the future hold?
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $18.8 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.84.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $73.3 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.78.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,033 members out of 2,156 rating the stock outperform, and 123 members rating it underperform. Among 553 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 528 give Walgreen a green thumbs-up, and 25 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Walgreen is outperform, with an average price target of $38.18.
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