Walmart posted its fourth-quarter earnings and sales that surpassed expectations. The retail behemoth also boosted its dividend.
The company’s earnings for the quarter came in at $1.53, beating the FactSet consensus of $1.50.
Revenue of $152.87 billion was up from $152.08 billion, and above the FactSet consensus for $151.72 billion. E-commerce sales rose +1% year-over-year.
Walmart International sales fell -22.6% to $27 billion, impacted by $10.1 billion due to divestitures.
The company’s U.S. comp sales, excluding fuel, rose +5.6% with transactions having increased +3.1% and average ticket up +2.4%. The FactSet consensus forecast for a U.S. comp sales increase of 6%.
Walmart’s projection for the full-year 2023 U.S. comp sales growth is slightly above +3%, excluding fuel, and EPS growth in the mid-single digits. The FactSet consensus expectation for U.S. comp growth is 2.7% and EPS is $6.70, implying about about 4% growth.
Walmart also hiked its annual dividend about 2% to $2.24 per share for fiscal 2023. The first installment of 56 cents per share will be paid on April 4 to shareholders of record as of March 18.