logo
Plus   Neg
Share
Email

Walmart Posts Higher Q4 Profit; Ups Annual Dividend 18% - Quick Facts

Retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (WMT) reported a rise in fourth-quarter income from continuing operations attributable to the company to $5.61 billion, or $1.67 per share, from $5.19 billion, or $1.51 per share a year ago. On average, 22 analysts polled by Thomson Reuters expected earnings per share of $1.57 for the quarter. Analysts' estimates typically exclude one-time items.

Quarterly net sales reached $127.1 billion, up 3.9 percent from $122.3 billion in last year's fourth quarter. On a constant currency basis, net sales would have increased 3.7 percent to $126.8 billion. Total revenue for the period was $127.9 billion, a 3.9 percent increase year-over-year. Analysts estimated revenues of $128.77 billion for the quarter.

Looking ahead to the first quarter of fiscal 2014, the company expects earnings per share to range between $1.11 and $1.16, while 19 analysts anticipate first-quarter earnings of $1.18 per share.

For fiscal 2014, earnings per share are estimated to range between $5.20 and $5.40, including increased fiscal 2014 costs of some $0.09 per share for e-commerce operations. Analysts project earnings of $5.37 per share for fiscal 2014.

In addition, the board approved an annual cash dividend for fiscal 2014 of $1.88 per share, around 18 percent increase from the $1.59 per share paid in fiscal 2013.

by RTTNews Staff Writer

For comments and feedback: editorial@rttnews.com

Business News

Quick Facts

Editors Pick
Tesla Inc.'s (TSLA) mass-market Model 3 sedan, which will be available in two new versions with dual motors and all-wheel drive in July, has failed to earn a recommendation from Consumer Reports. Department store chain Kohl's Corp. reported financial results for the first quarter that beat analysts' estimates. Meanwhile, off-price retailer TJX Companies, Inc. reported adjusted earnings for the first quarter that missed analysts' expectations, even as its revenues beat estimates. Both the companies raised their earnings outlook for the full year. Shortly after announcing a racial bias training for the staff, Starbucks revealed its changed policy of allowing anyone to use its spaces, rest rooms, cafes and patios even without buying anything from the stores. The new policy will be consistent all across U.S. stores.
Follow RTT