Walmart reports Q3 FY17 EPS of $0.98

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%. 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%.

Walmart expects full-year GAAP EPS of $4.34 to $4.49, Adjusted full-year EPS of $4.20 to $4.35. Diluted EPS was $0.98. Currency negatively impacted EPS by approximately $0.03. Total revenue of the retailer for the period 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%.

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.