The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 1 (Q2), Rite Aid met expectations on revenues and exceeded expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue dropped slightly and GAAP loss per share contracted.
Margins grew across the board.
Rite Aid reported revenue of $6.23 billion. The five analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected a top line of $6.21 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 0.6% lower than the prior-year quarter's $6.27 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 -$0.05. The three earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast -$0.08 per share. GAAP EPS were -$0.05 for Q2 versus -$0.11 per share for 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 27.5%, 120 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 1.5%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was -0.6%, 90 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $6.20 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is -$0.01.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $25.29 billion.
The stock has a one-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 814 members out of 982 rating the stock outperform, and 168 members rating it underperform. Among 140 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 99 give Rite Aid a green thumbs-up, and 41 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Rite Aid is hold, with an average price target of $1.66.
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