Image: Walmart’s free cash flow generation during the first nine months of its fiscal year has shown a nice jump.
On November 16, Walmart reported third quarter results for fiscal 2024 that showed revenue growth of 5.2% and adjusted operating income expansion of 3%. Adjusted earnings per share nudged up 2% in the quarter on a year-over-year basis. Operating cash flow during the first nine months of the year came in at $19 billion (up $3.3 billion from the year ago period), while free cash flow came in at $4.3 billion (up $0.7 billion on a year-over-year basis). The big box retailer ended the period with a ~$43.2 billion net debt position and has bought back 8.7 million shares of stock on a year-to-date basis. Walmart raised its outlook for the remainder of fiscal 2024, but its targets came in a bit shy of expectations. With shares trading down following the report, we think the market is overreacting. We won’t be making any changes to our $160 per share fair value estimate.
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