Connect with us

Distribution

AutoZone Second Quarter Same Store Sales Increase 4.3 Percent; EPS Increases 17.8 Percent To $5.63

Net income for the quarter increased $16.6 million, or 9.4 percent, over the same period last year to $192.8 million, while diluted earnings per share increased 17.8 percent to $5.63 per share from $4.78 per share in the year-ago quarter.

Advertisement

MEMPHIS, Tenn. – AutoZone has reported net sales of $2 billion for its second quarter (12 weeks) ended Feb. 15, 2014, an increase of 7.3 percent from the second quarter of fiscal 2013 (12 weeks). Domestic same store sales, or sales for stores open at least one year, increased 4.3 percent for the quarter.
 
Net income for the quarter increased $16.6 million, or 9.4 percent, over the same period last year to $192.8 million, while diluted earnings per share increased 17.8 percent to $5.63 per share from $4.78 per share in the year-ago quarter.
 
For the quarter, gross profit, as a percentage of sales, was 52.1 percent (versus 51.9 percent for last year’s quarter). The improvement in gross margin was attributable to higher merchandise margins and lower shrink expense, partially offset by the inclusion of the recent acquisition of AutoAnything (20 bps). Operating expenses, as a percentage of sales, were 35.2 percent (versus 34.7 percent last year). The increase in operating expenses, as a percentage of sales, was primarily due to the timing of advertising costs (22 bps).
 
Under its share repurchase program, AutoZone repurchased 404 thousand shares of its common stock for $200 million during the second quarter, at an average price of $495 per share. Year-to-date, the company has repurchased 1.082 million shares of its common stock for $492 million, at an average price of $454 per share. At the end of the second quarter, the company had $727 million remaining under its current share repurchase authorization.
 
"We are pleased to report our 30th consecutive quarter of double-digit earnings per share growth. The credit for this accomplishment goes to our passionate and dedicated AutoZoners across the globe who always put our customers first,"said Bill Rhodes, chairman, president and CEO. "During our second quarter, much of the U.S. experienced extreme weather conditions, and those weather patterns accelerated our growth in certain failure related hard part categories while our deferrable maintenance categories were challenged. We are continuing to test a variety of initiatives focused on improving inventory availability. One of the key initiatives is in the implementation phase, and while it is very early, we are pleased with our progress to date. The other tests are ongoing and it will take several more quarters before we determine our next steps. We are very excited about these tests as they are providing us with great insights. While our operating expenses, on a percent to sales basis, were higher than in previous quarters, our investments were purposeful and focused on improving our reputation for delivering trustworthy advice and providing the best parts at the right price. We remain committed to our disciplined approach to growing operating earnings and utilizing our capital effectively."
 
 

Advertisement

Advertisement

POPULAR POSTS

Sponsored Content

Warn Your Customers About Water Pump Failure During the Summer

Connect
aftermarketNews