Best Buy Rides Higher Comparable Sales To Solid Q4

by Trefis Team
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Best Buy‘s (NYSE:BBY) announced solid fourth quarter results, as both its revenue and earnings per share came in ahead of market expectations. In Q4, Best Buy’s revenue grew 14% year-over-year (y-o-y) to around $15.4 billion, largely due to an enterprise comparable sales increase of 9%, which beat expectations of 3.0%. The company benefited from stronger consumer demand across all major categories. The retailer’s online sales grew to $2.8 billion, which is now 20% of its domestic revenue. Best Buy also reported non-GAAP EPS of $2.42 in this quarter, up 25% y-o-y, primarily driven by a lower than tax rate and a higher domestic revenue. The company’s SG&A costs grew 20% y-o-y, due to increases in growth investments, higher incentive compensation expenses, and higher variable costs due to increased revenue.

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Best Buy U.S. Continues To Grow

Best Buy’s domestic segment’s revenue increased 13% y-o-y to $14 billion, as domestic comparable sales grew 9%, partially offset by the loss of revenue from the closure of 18 large-format stores. From a merchandising perspective, the company saw positive comps across most of its product categories, with the largest drivers being mobile phones, gaming, appliances, smart home, wearables and home theater. In the international segment, the company’s revenue increased 20% y-o-y to $1.4 billion, driven by comparable sales growth of 9.9%. This positive comparable growth was driven by growth in both Canada and Mexico.

Future Outlook

For the fourth quarter, Best Buy expects its total revenue to be in the range of $8.65 to $8.75 billion. It also expects domestic comparable sales growth in the range of 1.5% to 2.5%, and adjusted earnings per diluted share of $0.68 to $0.73 for the company. For the full year fiscal 2019, the company expects revenue to range between $41 to $42 billion.

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