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Lowe’s (LOW) earnings Q3 2023



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An exterior view of a Lowe’s residence enchancment retailer. Lowe’s Firms, Inc. experiences quarterly earnings on Tuesday, Might 23, 2023. 

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Lowe’s on Tuesday lowered its full-year gross sales outlook, after prospects spent much less on do-it-yourself initiatives and prompted its fiscal third-quarter gross sales to tumble almost 13% yr over yr.

The house enchancment retailer stated it now anticipates gross sales will whole about $86 billion for the fiscal yr. It had beforehand anticipated a spread of $87 billion to $89 billion. It initiatives comparable gross sales will drop by about 5% this fiscal yr, worse than a beforehand anticipated a decline of between 2% and 4%. The corporate expects adjusted earnings per share to be about $13, decrease than its beforehand anticipated vary of $13.20 to $13.60.


In a information launch, CEO Marvin Ellison stated the corporate felt a “greater-than-expected pullback” by prospects on discretionary initiatives and big-ticket purchases. But he stated its gross sales to residence professionals, that are accounting for a rising share of its income, rose within the quarter. These execs drive about 25% of its enterprise.

He stated the corporate, which sells Christmas timber and decorations, will subsequent give attention to “providing worth and comfort this vacation season.”


Here is how the corporate did for the fiscal third quarter ended Nov. 3:

  • Earnings per share: $3.06, it was not instantly clear if it was corresponding to the $3.03 analysts anticipated, in line with consensus estimates from LSEG, previously often called Refinitiv
  • Income: $20.47 billion vs. $20.89 billion anticipated

Lowe’s, like its bigger rival Home Depot, faces cooling demand as Individuals’ big, pandemic-fueled urge for food for residence enchancment moderates and better mortgage charges inject extra uncertainty into the housing market.

Ellison warned on an earnings call in August {that a} pullback in spending on DIY initiatives can be “the general theme of how we see the second half of the yr.” However he burdened that long run, the house enchancment market had vibrant prospects due to restricted housing inventory and older common age of properties throughout the U.S.


Within the third quarter, Lowe’s web revenue was $1.77 billion, or $3.06 per share, in contrast with $154 million, or 25 cents per share in the year-ago period. That quarter included a $2.1 billion impairment cost as the corporate left the Canadian market.

Web gross sales fell from $23.48 billion a yr earlier.


Lowe’s competitor, Residence Depot, beat Wall Road’s fiscal third-quarter earnings and income expectations final week, even as its sales fell 3% year over year. Residence Depot stated prospects are nonetheless fixing up their properties, however seen for the previous a number of quarters that extra of them are taking over smaller and fewer expensive initiatives.

Residence Depot Chief Monetary Officer Richard McPhail also said “the worst of the inflationary atmosphere is behind us.”


Shares of Lowe’s have risen about 3% thus far this yr, however have trailed the roughly 18% positive factors of the S&P 500. The corporate’s inventory closed on Monday at $204.44, bringing the corporate’s market worth to just about $118 billion.

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