Staples, Inc. Earnings Cheat Sheet: Falls Short of Estimates, Shares Drop

S&P 500 (NYSE:SPY) component Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ:SPLS) reported its results for the first quarter. Staples, Inc. is an office products company with segments of: North American Delivery, North American Retail and International Operations.

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Staples Earnings Cheat Sheet for the First Quarter

Results: Net income for Staples, Inc. rose to $198.2 million (28 cents/share) vs. $188.8 (26 cents/share). A rise of 5% from the year earlier quarter.

Revenue: Rose 2% to $6.17 billion YoY.

Actual vs. Wall St. Expectations: SPLS fell short of the mean analyst estimate of 32 cents/share. Estimates ranged from 28 cents per share to 33 cents per share.

Quoting Management: “Our first quarter results show that we’re making good progress on our key growth initiatives and we’re gaining share in North America, but at a cost to our bottom line,” said Ron Sargent, Staples’ chairman and chief executive officer.

Competitors to Watch: OfficeMax Incorporated (NYSE:OMX), Office Depot, Inc. (NYSE:ODP), Walgreen (NYSE:WAG), CVS (NYSE:CVS), Target (NYSE:TGT), Wal-Mart (NYSE:WMT), Best Buy (NYSE:BBY), Williams-Sonoma (NYSE:WSM), Bed, Bath & Beyone (NASDAQ:BBBY), Inc. (NASDAQ:STMP) and United Stationers Inc. (NASDAQ:USTR).

Stock Performance: Shares of SPLS are down 11.55% this morning from the previous close of $19.65.

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