Walgreens Drops 4% Despite Better-than-expected Q3 Earnings

Shares of drugstore chain Walgreens Boots Alliance, Inc. (WBA) are down more than 4% Thursday morning at $39.32, as its profit for the third quarter declined despite beating estimates.

Net earnings decreased 73.8 percent to $289 million from $1.1 billion in the year-ago quarter. The company said the decline reflects the opioid settlement with the State of Florida.

Adjusted EPS was $0.96 in the third quarter, that beat the average estimate analysts polled by Thomson Reuters of $0.92 per share.

EPS decreased 73.8 percent to $0.33 compared with $1.27 in the year-ago quarter.

Sales for the quarter declined to $32.597 billion from $34.03 billion last year. The consensus estimate stood at $32.06 billion.

Looking forward the company has reaffirmed its full-year adjusted EPS growth of low-single digit.

WBA has traded in the range of $38.57-$55 in the last 1 year.

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