Customers shop at Best Buy on August 24, 2021 in Chicago, Illinois. Best Buy reported a nearly 20% increase in second-quarter sales as consumers purchased electronic devices to adapt to lifestyle changes related to the ongoing pandemic.
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Best Buy’s sales fell in the first quarter of the fiscal year, but the retailer on Tuesday overcame Wall Street fears of a sharp decline as customers faced hyperinflation for nearly four decades.
The company also entered a spur last year period from Covid.
Shares fell about 2% in pre-market trading after rising about 9% earlier.
Here’s what the retailer did in the three months to April 30 compared to what Wall Street was expecting, according to a survey of analysts by Refinitiv:
- Earnings per share: $1.57, adjusted vs. $1.61 expected
- Revenue: $10.65 billion vs. $10.41 billion expected
Best Buy’s first-quarter net income fell to $341 million, or $1.49 per share, down from $595 million, or $2.32 per share, a year earlier. Excluding items, he earned an adjusted $1.61 per share.
Net sales fell to $10.41 billion from $11.64 billion a year earlier.
Best Buy’s same-store sales are down 8% from the same period last year, a better performance than the 8.6% decline analysts had expected, according to FactSet.
Investors looked for retail earnings for signs of the health of the US consumer with rising inflation. With Best Buy, some worry that the company is particularly vulnerable. It faced tough comparisons compared to a quarter ago of pandemic-driven demand for home theaters, computer monitors and kitchen appliances. This increased same-store sales by 37.3%.
Best Buy also told Wall Street at an investor day in March that sales will be weaker after two years of very high demand. However, Chief Financial Officer Matt Bellonas said the company ultimately expected higher demand from pre-pandemic sales over the next several years.
Walmart and Target heightened investor fears last week. Both major retailers reported sales growth in the first quarter of the fiscal year, but they didn’t miss Wall Street earnings forecasts with higher fuel and freight costs and lower consumer demand at higher margins, and discretionary purchases. In particular, Target CEO Brian Cornell said customers skipped bulky items like televisions and kitchen appliances — merchandise that Best Buy also sells.
The retail trader’s results helped trigger a massive sell-off on Wall Street last week, sending Best Buy stock to a 52-week low on Friday.
Those moderate expectations likely set the stage for Wall Street’s positive reaction to Best Buy on Tuesday morning, even as the retailer lowered its forecast and warned of troubled times ahead.
Best Buy said it now expects full-year revenue to range between $48.3 billion to $49.9 billion, compared with a previous forecast of $49.3 billion to $50.8 billion. It said same-store sales will fall between 3% and 6%, a sharper decline than the 1% to 4% decline previously expected. It expects adjusted earnings per share in a range of $8.40 to $9.00, compared to a previous forecast of $8.85 to $9.15.
CEO Cory Barry said in a press release that the economic backdrop has worsened since the company introduced guidance on Investor Day.
“These trends continued into the second quarter, and as a result, we are revising our sales and profitability forecasts for the year,” she said.
On Monday, shares rose less than 1% to close at $72.59. The company’s stock is down about 29% so far this year and is underperforming the S&P 500 year-to-date by about 17%.
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