Company reports GAAP Q4 FY17 EPS of $1.22 and full-year GAAP EPS of $4.38, Q4 adjusted EPS(1) of $1.30 and full-year adjusted EPS(1) of $4.32

Fourth-quarter highlights

  • Diluted EPS was $1.22, which includes the impact of the discrete items detailed in this press release. Excluding these items1, EPS was $1.30.
  • Total revenue was $130.9 billion, an increase of 1.0%. Excluding currency1 , total revenue was $133.6 billion, an increase of 3.0%.
  • Walmart U.S. comp sales increased 1.8%, driven by a traffic increase of 1.4%. Neighborhood Market comps increased approximately 5.3%.
  • E-commerce growth at Walmart U.S. was strong as sales and GMV increased 29.0% and 36.1%, respectively, including Jet.com and online grocery.
  • Net sales at Walmart International were $31.0 billion, a decrease of 5.1%. Excluding currency1 , net sales were $33.7 billion, an increase of 3.0%.
  • The company generated $11.9 billion in operating cash flow and returned $3.6 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

Fiscal 2017 highlights

  • Diluted EPS from continuing operations was $4.38, which includes certain discrete items detailed in this press release. Excluding these items1 , EPS was $4.32.
  • Total revenue was $485.9 billion, an increase of 0.8%. Excluding currency1 , total revenue was $496.9 billion, an increase of 3.1%.
  • Operating income was $22.8 billion, a decrease of 5.6%. Excluding currency1 , operating income was $23.4 billion, a decrease of 2.9%.
  • The company generated $31.5 billion in operating cash flow and returned $14.5 billion to shareholders through dividends and share repurchases.

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Key results

(Amounts in millions, except as noted)

Q4 FY17Q4 FY16$ Change% Change
Revenue$130,936$129,667$1,2691.0%
Revenue (constant currency)1$133,584$129,667$3,9173.0%
Operating income$6,205$6,642-$437-6.6%
Operating income (constant currency)1$6,414$6,642-$228-3.4%


Free Cash FlowFY17$ ChangeShareholders ReturnsFY17$ Change
Operating cash flow$31,530$4,141Dividends$6,216-1.2%
Capital expenditures$10,619-$858Share repurchases2$8,298101.8%
Free cash flow1$20,911$4,999Total$14,51439.5%

1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.

Guidance

The company's guidance for earnings per share assumes currency exchange rates remain at current levels. Additionally, this guidance assumes the full-year effective tax rate will be around 32%.

  • Fiscal year 2018 EPS: $4.20 to $4.40
  • First quarter fiscal year 2018 EPS: $0.90 to $1.00
  • Comp sales for the 13-week period ending Apr. 28, 2017:
  • Walmart U.S.: +1.0% to +1.5%
  • Sam's Club (ex. fuel): approximately +1.0%

Segment results

Walmart U.S.

Q4 FY17Q4 FY16$ Change% Change
Net Sales$83,747$81,462$2,2852.8%
Comp Sales31.8%0.6%120 bpsN/A
Traffic1.4%0.7%70 bpsN/A
Ticket0.4%-0.1%50 bpsN/A
E-commerce~40 bps~30 bps~10 bpsN/A
Operating Income$4,995$5,123-$128-2.5%


International

Q4 FY17Q4 FY16$ Change% Change
Net sales$31,025$32,682-$1,657-5.1%
Net sales (constant currency)1$33,661$32,682$9793.0%
Operating income$1,513$1,661-$148-8.9%
Operating income (constant currency)1$1,724$1,661$633.8%


Sam's Club

Q4 FY17Q4 FY16$ Change% Change
Net sales$14,978$14,540$4383.0%
Comp sales (ex. fuel)1,32.4%-0.5%290 bpsN/A
Traffic1.2%-1.4%260 bpsN/A
Ticket1.2%0.9%30 bpsN/A
E-commerce~80 bps~80 bps~0 bpsN/A
Operating income$390$426-$36-8.5%

1 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.
2 $9.2 billion remaining of $20 billion authorization approved in October 2015. The company repurchased approximately 120 million shares in fiscal 2017.
3 13-week period ended Jan. 27, 2017, compared to 13-week period ended Jan. 29, 2016.

Net EPS impact of discrete items
The net EPS impact of certain discrete items included in the company's reported fourth quarter and fiscal year results from continuing operations was -$0.082 and $0.062 per share, respectively. The discrete items and the respective EPS impact, net of tax1 , included in the reported results were as follows:

Q4 fiscal year 2017, net of tax1

U.S. discontinued real estate projects and severance -$0.08


Fiscal year 2017, net of tax1

Gain on the sale of Yihaodian in China $0.14
U.S. discontinued real estate projects and severance -0.08
$0.06


During fiscal year 2016, the net impact to EPS from discrete items included in the company's reported fourth quarter and full year results from continuing operations was -$0.062 and -$0.022 per share. [Note: Details provided in press release issued Feb. 18, 2016.]

Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (NYSE: WMT) helps people around the world save money and live better - anytime and anywhere - in retail stores, online, and through their mobile devices. Each week, over 260 million customers and members visit our 11,695 stores under 59 banners in 28 countries and e-commerce websites in 11 countries. With fiscal year 2017 revenue of $485.9 billion, Walmart employs approximately 2.3 million associates worldwide. Walmart continues to be a leader in sustainability, corporate philanthropy and employment opportunity. Additional information about Walmart can be found by visiting http://corporate.walmart.com on Facebook at http://facebook.com/walmart and on Twitter at http://twitter.com/walmart.

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1 Calculated based on nature of item and statutory rate in effect for relevant jurisdiction.
2 See additional information at the end of this release regarding non-GAAP financial measures.