Best Buy Co Inc. (NYSE:BBY): Reports Better Than Expected 1Q15 Earnings

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Dallas, Texas 05/23/2014 (FINANCIALSTRENDS) – Best Buy Co Inc. (NYSE:BBY) recently posted its 1Q15 financial results with adjusted earnings of $0.33 per share from continuing operations. The earnings were much better than Zacks Consensus Estimate of just about $0.19 per share and marginally better than earnings of $0.32 per share posted for 1Q14. The company was able to post better than expected earnings despite soft top-line sales, mainly aided by its consistent cost containment program “Renew Blue transformation.” Including onetime items, 1Q15 earnings were reported at $1.31 per share, considerably up from earnings of $0.29 per share reported for 1Q14.

Financial Highlights:

However, Best Buy Co Inc. (NYSE:BBY)’s total revenue fell 3.3% year over year to $9,035 million during 1Q15 and also fell short of 2.16% or $200 million as compared to the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $9,235 million. Comparable store sales also decreased 1.9% during 1Q15 as compared to a decline of 1.4% in 1Q14. Gross profit fell 6.4% year over year to $2,020 million during 1Q15. The decline in gross profit was largely attributed to soft top-line performance and was partially offset by lower cost of goods sold. The company reported decline of 70 basis points in its 1Q15 gross margin which was reported at 22.4%. Adjusted operating margin for 1Q15 was reported at 2.3%, increased by 30 basis points.

The Way Forward:

Best Buy Co Inc. (NYSE:BBY) announced that its cost containment program helped achieve an additional $95 million worth of annualized savings during 1Q15 which accounts to $860 million worth of total annualized cost reductions. During prior-quarter’s earnings release, the company raised its cost reduction target to $1 billion. The management is now making investments in mobile, online and the multi-channel approach and also announced new vendor partnerships to capture incremental revenues. The company announced to have partnered with Samsung and Sony Corp. (ADR)(NYSE:SNE) for new home theater stores within-a-store.

Stock Update:

On Thursday, the stock of Best Buy Company closed at $26.22, gaining 3.43% from its previous close.

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