Lowe’s (LOW) Surpasses Q4 Expectations with $1.77 EPS
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Lowe’s (LOW) Surpasses Q4 Expectations with $1.77 EPS

Lowe's Q4 2023 earnings beat expectations with $1.77 EPS and $18.6B in sales, despite a challenging market.
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Lowe’s Companies Inc. (NYSE: LOW) disclosed its performance for the fourth quarter of 2023, marking a period of challenging market dynamics but showcasing its resilience and strategic agility.

Lowe’s reported net earnings of $1.0 billion and a diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $1.77 for the quarter ending February 2, 2024. This performance represents an improvement over the previous year’s diluted EPS of $1.58, which included substantial transaction costs associated with the sale of its Canadian retail business.

When adjusting for these costs, the adjusted diluted EPS for the fourth quarter of 2022 was $2.28, indicating a nuanced year-over-year comparison. Total sales for the quarter reached $18.6 billion, a decrease from the $22.4 billion reported in the prior year, partially attributable to the absence of sales from the Canadian retail business and a 53rd week in the previous fiscal calendar.

LOWE Outperforms Expectations in Q4, Comparable Sales Decline

The quarter’s performance reveals a mixed picture when juxtaposed with expectations. Analysts had anticipated an EPS of $1.68 and revenue of $18.47 billion. Lowe’s surpassed these expectations with an EPS of $1.77 and sales of $18.6 billion.

However, the decrease in comparable sales by 6.2% underlines the challenges faced by the company, particularly in the DIY sector and the impact of unfavorable weather conditions. Despite these hurdles, the company’s performance against market expectations highlights its ability to navigate a complex retail environment effectively.

Guidance

Looking ahead, Lowe’s provided guidance for the full year 2024, reflecting cautious optimism amidst prevailing macroeconomic uncertainties. The company forecasts total sales ranging from $84 to $85 billion and anticipates a slight downturn in comparable sales, projecting a -2 to -3% variation compared to the prior year. Moreover, Lowe’s expects an operating margin of 12.6% to 12.7%, underpinning its commitment to operational efficiency and profitability in a fluctuating economic landscape.

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