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First-Quarter Sales Decline For Lowe's

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Lowe’s Companies, Inc. (NYSE: LOW) today reported net earnings of $1.8 billion and diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $3.06 for the quarter ended May 3, 2024, compared to diluted EPS of $3.77 in the first quarter of 2023, which included a gain associated with the 2022 sale of the Canadian retail business. Excluding this gain, first quarter 2023 adjusted diluted EPS1 was $3.67.

Total sales for the quarter were $21.4 billion, compared to $22.3 billion in the prior-year quarter. Comparable sales for the quarter decreased 4.1% as the decline in DIY big ticket discretionary spending was partially offset by positive comparable sales in Pro and online.

“We are pleased with our start to spring, driven by strong execution and enhanced customer service,” said Marvin R. Ellison, Lowe’s chairman, president and CEO. “This quarter we rolled out our new DIY loyalty program nationally, expanded same-day delivery options and took market share in key categories. We continue to gain momentum with our Total Home strategy, reflected in our growth in Pro and online. I would like to thank our frontline associates for their hard work, commitment to customers and disciplined focus on productivity.”

As of May 3, 2024, Lowe’s operated 1,746 stores representing 194.9 million square feet of retail selling space.

Capital Allocation

The company continues to execute a disciplined capital allocation program to generate long-term, sustainable shareholder value. During the quarter, the company repurchased approximately 3.0 million shares for $743 million, and it paid $633 million in dividends.

Lowe’s Business Outlook

The company is affirming its outlook for full year 2024.

Full Year 2024 Outlook:

  • Total sales of $84 to $85 billion
  • Comparable sales expected to be down -2 to -3% as compared to prior year
  • Operating income as a percentage of sales (operating margin) of 12.6% to 12.7%
  • Interest expense of approximately $1.4 billion
  • Effective income tax rate of approximately 25%
  • Diluted earnings per share of approximately $12.00 to $12.30
  • Capital expenditures of approximately $2 billion

Source : Lowe's 

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23 May 2024

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