Whole Foods Market
The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Sep. 30 (Q4), Whole Foods Market met expectations on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded significantly and GAAP earnings per share increased significantly.
Margins expanded across the board.
Whole Foods Market recorded revenue of $2.91 billion. The 24 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ expected to see a top line of $2.90 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 24% higher than the prior-year quarter's $2.35 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 $0.60. The 26 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ predicted $0.59 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.60 for Q4 were 43% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.42 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 35.3%, 80 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 6.1%, 100 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 3.9%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $3.88 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.78.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $13.16 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.90.
The stock has a four-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 4,304 members out of 4,870 rating the stock outperform, and 566 members rating it underperform. Among 1,487 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 1,384 give Whole Foods Market a green thumbs-up, and 103 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on Whole Foods Market is outperform, with an average price target of $103.65.
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