Walmart Announces Strong Start to 2018, Grows Revenues $5.1 Billion

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Thu. May 17th, 2018 - by Robert Schaulis

BENTONVILLE, AR – After making arrangements to acquire one of its largest international e-commerce rivals in Flipkart this month, Walmart has announced robust first quarter results including significant revenue and net sales increases.

Doug McMillon, President and CEO, Walmart

"We delivered a solid first quarter, and we're encouraged by the continued momentum across the business," said Doug McMillon, President and CEO, in a press release. "We're transforming to better serve customers. We are changing from within to be faster and more digital, while shaping our portfolio of businesses for the future. Our strong cash flow and balance sheet provide flexibility to do so. I want to thank our associates and our leadership team for the choices they're making, their strong sense of urgency and the actions they're taking. Our people make the difference, and I'm proud to work with them."

Highlights from the company’s Q1 report include:

  • Total revenue was $122.7 billion, an increase of $5.1 billion, or 4.4%. Excluding currency, total revenue was $120.7 billion, an increase of $3.2 billion, or 2.7%
  • GAAP EPS declined 28% and Adjusted EPS2 increased 14%
  • Walmart U.S. comp sales1,2 increased 2.1%, and comp traffic increased 0.8%
  • Sam's Club comp sales increased 3.8% led by comp traffic growth of 5.6%. Tobacco sales negatively impacted comp sales by approximately 140 basis points
  • Net sales at Walmart International were $30.3 billion, an increase of 11.7%. Excluding currency, net sales were $28.3 billion, an increase of 4.5%. Eight of eleven markets posted positive comp sales, including our four largest markets
  • The company generated $5.2 billion in operating cash flow

According to a CNBC report, the company bested Wall Street’s expectations for both earnings and revenue, bolstered by a 33 percent increase in online sales and strong sales from Sam’s Club—particularly in the realm of fresh food.

Walmart storefront

The company also noted that it divested from banking operations in Walmart Canada and Chile and also sold controlling interest in its U.K. subsidiary ASDA to Sainsbury, this quarter, in exchange for cash and approximately 42 percent of the combined company.

On May 9, 2018, Walmart signed definitive agreements to become the largest shareholder in Flipkart, pledging $16 billion to acquire roughly 77 percent of the e-commerce platform pending regulatory approval. The investment in Flipkart is expected to negatively impact fiscal year 2019 EPS by approximately $0.25 to $0.30—though the company will wait until Q2 to update its full year guidance.

Click here to read more details from the retailer’s quarterly report.