AutoZone Inc (NYSE: AZO) is in the green this morning after the car parts and accessories retailer reported market-beating results for its fiscal fourth quarter.
AutoZone Q4 earnings snapshot
- Net income printed at $810 million versus the year-ago $785.8 million
- Per-share earnings climbed significantly from $35.72 to $40.51
- Sales jumped 8.9% on a year-over-year basis to $5.35 billion
- FactSet consensus was $38.51 a share on $5.16 billion in sales
- Same-store sales were up 6.2% – sharply above Street estimates
CEO Rhodes’ remarks
AutoZone attributed the strong quarterly performance primarily to its commercial business that was up 22%. In the earnings press release, CEO Bill Rhodes said:
We believe our initiatives will drive growth in the new fiscal year. We remain steadfast in our long-term, disciplined approach to increasing operating earnings and cash flows while utilising our balance sheet effectively.
Including the response to the retail news, shares of the Memphis-headquartered company are now up roughly 10% versus the start of 2022.
Other notable figures
Other notable figures in the earnings report include inventory that went up 21.5% while gross profit as a percentage of sales sunk 73 basis points in the recent quarter. CEO Rhodes added:
The investments we have made in both inventory availability and technology are enhancing our competitive positioning. We’re optimistic about our growth prospects heading into our new fiscal year.
AutoZone spent $1.0 billion on stock repurchase this quarter and still has authorisation for another $1.058 billion buyback. Wall Street has a consensus “overweight” rating on the AutoZone stock as well.
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