The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Nov. 3 (Q3), Kroger beat slightly on revenues and beat expectations on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded and GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Gross margins contracted, operating margins expanded, net margins grew.
Kroger reported revenue of $21.81 billion. The 15 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $21.54 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were 5.9% higher than the prior-year quarter's $20.59 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 $0.46. The 21 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ averaged $0.42 per share. GAAP EPS of $0.60 for Q3 were 82% higher than the prior-year quarter's $0.33 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 20.3%, 30 basis points worse than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 2.7%, 70 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 1.5%, 50 basis points better than the prior-year quarter.
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $23.97 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $0.70.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $96.32 billion. The average EPS estimate is $2.47.
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