Walmart reports Q3 FY17 EPS of $0.98

Nov. 17, 2016

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  • Diluted EPS was $0.98. Currency negatively impacted EPS by approximately $0.03.
  • Total revenue was $118.2 billion, an increase of 0.7%. On a constant currency basis1, total revenue was $120.3 billion, an increase of 2.5%.
  • Walmart U.S. comp sales increased 1.2%, driven by a traffic increase of 0.7%. Neighborhood Market comp sales increased approximately 5.2%.
  • Net sales at Walmart International were $28.4 billion, a decrease of 4.8%. Excluding currency1 impacts, net sales were $30.5 billion, an increase of 2.4%.
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  • Globally, on a constant currency basis, e-commerce sales and GMV increased 20.6% and 16.8%, respectively, representing continued acceleration. Excluding Yihaodian, GMV increased 28.6%.
  • Consolidated operating income decreased 10.4%. As expected, investments in people and technology, as well as currency exchange rate fluctuations negatively impacted results. Excluding last year's lease accounting benefit of $156 million, operating income decreased 7.9%.
  • Year-to-date operating cash flow was $19.6 billion and free cash flow1 was $12.2 billion, both approximately $5 billion higher than last year led by improved working capital management.
  • The company returned just under $3 billion to shareholders during the quarter through dividends of $1.5 billion and share repurchases of $1.4 billion.
  • (Amounts in millions, except as noted)

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    Key Results

    Q3 FY17Q3 FY16$ Change% Change
    Revenue (constant currency)1$120,321$117,408$2,9132.5%
    Operating income$5,119$5,714-$595-10.4%
    Operating income (constant currency)1$5,253$5,714-$461-8.1%

    Free Cash FlowYTD$ ChangeShareholders ReturnsQ3 FY17% Change
    Operating cash flow$19,644$4,639Dividends$1,549-1.4%
    Capital expenditures$7,459-$764Share repurchases2$1,402220.8%
    Free cash flow1$12,185$5,403Total$2,95147.0%

    1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.
    2 $11.3 billion remaining of $20 billion authorization approved in October 2015. The company repurchased approximately 20 million shares in Q3 FY17.


    The company's guidance for earnings per share for fiscal year 2017 assumes currency exchange rates remain at current levels. Additionally, this updated guidance assumes that the full year effective tax rate will be between 31% and 32%.

    • Fiscal year 2017 GAAP EPS: $4.34 to $4.49 (previously $4.29 to $4.49)
    • Fiscal year 2017 adjusted EPS1: $4.20 to $4.35 (previously $4.15 to $4.35)
    • Comp sales for the 13-week period ending Jan. 27, 20172:
    • Walmart U.S.: +1.0% to +1.5%
    • Sam's Club (ex. fuel): +1.0% to +1.5%

    Walmart U.S.

    Q3 FY17Q3 FY16$ Change% Change
    Net Sales$74,550$72,712$1,8382.5%
    Comp Sales31.2%1.5%-30 bpsN/A
    Traffic0.7%1.7%-100 bpsN/A
    Ticket0.5%-0.2%70 bpsN/A
    E-commerce~50 bps~15 bps~35 bpsN/A
    Operating income$3,999$4,506-$507-11.3%

    Walmart International

    Q3 FY17Q3 FY16$ Change% Change
    Net sales$28,390$29,811-$1,421-4.8%
    Net sales (constant currency)1$30,527$29,811$7162.4%
    Operating income$1,354$1,338$161.2%
    Operating income (constant currency)1$1,488$1,338$15011.2%

    Sam's Club

    Q3 FY17Q3 FY16$ Change% Change
    Net sales$14,236$14,075$1611.1%
    Comp sales (ex. fuel)1,31.4%0.4%100 bpsN/A
    Traffic-0.5%-0.3%-20 bpsN/A
    Ticket1.9%0.7%120 bpsN/A
    E-commerce~60 bps~60 bps~0 bpsN/A
    Operating income$396$539-$143-26.5%

    1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.
    2 Compared to 13-week period ended Jan. 29, 2016.
    3 13-week period ended Oct. 28, 2016, compared to 13-week period ended Oct. 30, 2015.

    Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, nearly 260 million customers and members visit our 11,593 stores under 63 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2016 revenue of $482.1 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.4 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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    Randy Hargrove (800) 331-0085

    Along with this press release, Walmart makes available a recorded call with executive leaders and a financial presentation to review the business results, provide strategic updates, and comment on expectations for the future. We provide that call in both audio form and in a written transcript. Details on accessing the call are as follows:

    • 877-523-5612 (U.S. and Canada)
    • 201-689-8483 (other countries)
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    • MP3 @ stock.walmart.com

    The call is archived at stock.walmart.com.