Wal-Mart Stores Earnings Preview: Get Ahead of the Analysts

Wal-mart Stores (NYSE:WMT) will report earnings before markets open on Thursday, August 15th. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. operates discount stores, supercenters, and neighborhood markets. The Company’s discount stores and supercenters offer merchandise such as apparel, housewares, small appliances, electronics, and hardware. Walmart’s markets offer a full-line supermarket and a limited assortment of general merchandise. The Company operates nationally and internationally.

Here is your Cheat Sheet to Wal-mart Stores Earnings:

Earnings Expectations: Analysts expect earnings of $1.25 per share on revenues of $118.70 billion. Currently, the company’s P/E ratio stands at 15.22.

Analyst Trends:

Analysts have a neutral outlook for the company’s next-quarter performance. Over the past three months, the average estimate for next quarter’s earnings is a profit of $1.17 and has not changed. For the current year, the average estimate is a profit of $5.31, which is worse than the estimate ninety days ago.

Earnings Trends:

Here’s how Wal-mart Stores has been performing on an annual basis:

Fiscal Year 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 405,607 408,214 421,849 446,950 469,162
Diluted EPS ($) 3.39 3.70 4.47 4.52 0.00

Next, our CHEAT SHEET investing framework asks us to drill down to the recent quarterly data:

Quarter Apr. 30, 2012 Jul. 31, 2012 Oct. 31, 2012 Jan. 31, 2013 Apr. 30, 2013
Revenue ($) in millions 113,018.00 114,296.00 113,929.00 127,919.00 114,187.00
Diluted EPS ($) 1.09 1.18 1.08 1.67 1.14

Past Performance:
Wal-mart Stores has beat analyst estimates 3 times in the past four quarters. Shareholders could expect a boost if the company beats estimates.

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(Company fundamentals provided by Xignite Financials. Email any earnings discrepancies to earnings [at] wallstcheatsheet.com)