The 10-second takeaway
For the quarter ended Feb. 9 (Q2), AutoZone met expectations on revenues and beat slightly on earnings per share.
Compared to the prior-year quarter, revenue expanded slightly. GAAP earnings per share grew significantly.
Margins grew across the board.
AutoZone reported revenue of $1.86 billion. The 17 analysts polled by S&P Capital IQ foresaw revenue of $1.87 billion on the same basis. GAAP reported sales were the same as the prior-year quarter's.
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 $4.78. The 20 earnings estimates compiled by S&P Capital IQ forecast $4.70 per share. GAAP EPS of $4.78 for Q2 were 15% higher than the prior-year quarter's $4.15 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 51.9%, 60 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Operating margin was 17.1%, 40 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. Net margin was 9.5%, 20 basis points better than the prior-year quarter. (Margins calculated in GAAP terms.)
Next quarter's average estimate for revenue is $2.22 billion. On the bottom line, the average EPS estimate is $7.17.
Next year's average estimate for revenue is $9.13 billion. The average EPS estimate is $27.35.
The stock has a two-star rating (out of five) at Motley Fool CAPS, with 383 members out of 548 rating the stock outperform, and 165 members rating it underperform. Among 152 CAPS All-Star picks (recommendations by the highest-ranked CAPS members), 114 give AutoZone a green thumbs-up, and 38 give it a red thumbs-down.
Of Wall Street recommendations tracked by S&P Capital IQ, the average opinion on AutoZone is outperform, with an average price target of $409.15.
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