The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Feb. 29 (Q2), Walgreen beat slightly on revenues and met expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue grew slightly and GAAP earnings per share dropped slightly.
Gross margins expanded, operating margins dropped, net margins contracted.
Walgreen logged revenue of $18.65 billion. The 11 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ anticipated a top line of $18.44 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.8% higher than the prior-year quarter's $18.50 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 $0.78. The 23 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.77 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.78 for Q2 were 2.5% lower than the prior-year quarter's $0.80 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 28.9%, 10 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 5.9%, 60 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.7%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $18.02 billion.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $72.21 billion.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 2,075 members out of 2,212 rating the stock outperform, and 137 members rating it underperform. Among 534 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 505 give Walgreen a green thumbs-up, and 29 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average price target is $36.60.
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