Residence Depot tops estimates as gross sales surge 25%, however shares fall on worries pandemic features will not final


Folks put on protecting face masks exterior Residence Depot within the Flatiron district as the town continues Section 4 of re-opening following restrictions imposed to sluggish the unfold of coronavirus on August 8, 2020 in New York Metropolis.

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Home Depot‘s fourth-quarter earnings surged previous buyers’ expectations on Tuesday, as shoppers continued to spend money on their houses because of the pandemic and energy of the actual property market.

Shares are down greater than 1% in premarket buying and selling, after the corporate didn’t present an outlook for the yr.

Residence Depot Chief Monetary Officer Richard McPhail mentioned the retailer shouldn’t be certain how lengthy the pandemic will final and the way which will affect client spending. He mentioned if demand from the second half of final yr continues, it might result in barely optimistic same-store gross sales development and an working margin of at the least 14% this yr.

This is what the corporate reported for the quarter ended Jan. 31 in contrast with what Wall Avenue was anticipating, primarily based on a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:

  • Earnings per share: $2.65 vs. $2.62 anticipated
  • Income: $32.26 billion vs. $30.73 billion anticipated

Residence Depot’s web earnings rose to $2.86 billion, or $2.65 per share, up from $2.48 billion, or $2.28 per share, a yr earlier. Analysts surveyed by Refinitiv anticipated earnings per share of $2.62.

Web gross sales rose 25% to $32.26 billion from $25.78 billion a yr in the past, and outpacing estimates of $30.73 billion.

Its U.S. same-store gross sales jumped by 25%. Its total same-store gross sales grew by 24.5%, larger than the 19.2% development that analysts anticipated, based on a StreetAccount survey. The expansion is consistent with what Residence Depot reported throughout the second and third quarter, when it benefited from maintaining doorways open as a necessary retailer.

Residence Depot additionally introduced Tuesday that its board permitted a ten% enhance in its quarterly dividend to $1.65 per share.

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