Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick 7-Eleven delivered second-quarter earnings up 22% at $57.2 million, or $0.45 per share. Excluding special items, earnings came in at $55.3 million, or $0.44 per share. 7-Eleven's sales increased 9.1% to $3.4 billion, while same-store merchandise sales increased 5%, compared with the 7.1% increase it announced the same time last year. Total merchandise sales increased 6.5%, with emphasis on sales of fresh food, hot and cold beverages, cigarettes, and services.
A peek at 7-Eleven's conference call transcript includes a discussion of the company's Retailer Initiative and Model Market Program. We heard a bit about these initiatives -- through which the company uses technology to optimize its merchandise -- when David Gardner interviewed 7-Eleven CEO Jim Keyes for The Motley Fool Radio Show in May.
Meanwhile, fresh foods, which have been one of 7-Eleven's pet projects here lately, continue to do well, with sales in that category increasing 13% during the quarter. Another point brought up in the conference call was that 7-Eleven, unlike many, many other retailers, does not rely on discounting to work its magic. 7-Eleven's all about convenience, and its customers aren't going there looking for bargains. Case in point: Gross margin for merchandise increased 8%. (However, gross margin on gasoline was flat.)
No, 7-Eleven didn't ratchet up its earnings outlook for the year, and that might have disappointed some investors and put off some would-be investors as well. However, despite the high P/E that is afforded 7-Eleven shares, investors might want to give the company that has the corner on convenience some due consideration, given that it continues to drive forth with success from its innovative plans.
For more big-gulp Foolishness, check out:
- Oops, 7-Eleven did it again.
- The convenience chain had a cool May.
- Last quarter was a SpongeBob quarter at 7-Eleven.
- Check out David Gardner's Motley Fool Radio Showinterview with CEO Jim Keyes.
Alyce Lomax does not own shares of any of the companies mentioned.