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Lowe's revenue meets expectations as it warns of DIY slowdown

By Josh White

Date: Tuesday 27 Feb 2024

Lowe's revenue meets expectations as it warns of DIY slowdown

(Sharecast News) - US home improvement retailer Lowe's reported fourth-quarter revenue that met analysts' expectations on Tuesday, as it fell 17.1% year-on-year to $18.6bn.
Its earnings per share came in at $1.77, outperforming analyst estimates by 6.2%, as it reported a GAAP profit of $1bn for the quarter, down from $1.58bn in the same quarter of the prior year.

Lowe's reported a 6.2% decrease in comparable sales for the quarter, which it attributed to decreased demand in DIY projects and adverse winter weather conditions in January.

It operated 1,746 stores as of 2 February, representing a slight increase of eight stores over the last 12 months.

During the quarter, Lowe's repurchased 1.9 million shares worth $404m, making for a total of 29.9 million shares for $6.3bn throughout the year.

In addition to share repurchases, Lowe's distributed $633m in dividends for the fourth quarter and $2.5bn for the 2023 financial year, amounting to a total return of $8.9bn to shareholders.

Looking ahead, Lowe's acknowledged near-term macroeconomic uncertainty in its 2024 outlook, setting expectations for $84bn to $85bn in total sales.

That fell short of analysts' expectations by 1.3%, indicating a projected decline of 2.2% compared to 2023.

It said it expected a decline of 2% to 3% in comparable sales, while it forecast its operating margin to be between 12.6% and 12.7%.

Diluted earnings per share for 2024 were set to be between $12 and $12.30, with capital expenditure of around $2bn.

"This quarter we delivered strong operating profit and improved customer satisfaction, despite the continued pullback in DIY spending," said chairman Marvin Ellison.

"We remain confident in the long-term strength of the home improvement market, and we are making the right investments in our 'Total Home' strategy to take share.

"We are also pleased to award $140m in discretionary bonuses to our frontline associates in recognition of their exceptional customer service in 2023."

At 0810 EST (1310 GMT), shares in Lowe's Companies were down 0.57% in pre-market trading on the New York Stock Exchange, at $230.00.

Reporting by Josh White for Sharecast.com.

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