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Best Buy Reports Slight Dip in Q4 Revenue with Eyes on Future Growth

Bruno T
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February 29 2024 4:14AM

Best Buy (NYSE:BBY) disclosed its financial results for the fourth quarter, revealing a marginal 0.6% decrease in revenue year-over-year, totaling $14.7 billion. The electronics retail giant also saw a slight downturn in its profitability metrics, with diluted earnings per share (EPS) dropping by 5% to $2.12, compared to the same quarter last year. The company’s net earnings followed a similar trend, decreasing by 7% to $460 million, while operating income saw a 6% decline, settling at $561 million.

The annual figures for 2024 further underscored the challenges faced by Best Buy, with total revenue for the year falling by 6% to $43.5 billion compared to the previous year. Earnings per share also took a hit, dropping by 10% to reach $5.68. Despite these setbacks, Best Buy’s Chief Financial Officer, Matt Bilunas, remains optimistic about the future. He highlighted the company’s expectations to enhance its gross profit rate by approximately 20 to 30 basis points in FY25, leveraging the benefits accrued from adjustments made to its membership program in prior years.

Looking ahead to 2025, Best Buy has set its revenue projections in the range of $41.3 billion to $42.6 billion, with EPS estimates positioned between $5.75 and $6.20. The company anticipates that the performance in the first quarter of 2025 will align closely with that of the same period in 2024, suggesting a stabilization in its financial outcomes.

The market reacted positively to Best Buy’s financial disclosures and future outlook, with the company’s shares experiencing a 2.91% uplift in premarket trading following the announcement. This response indicates a level of investor confidence in Best Buy’s strategic initiatives and its ability to navigate through the current retail environment, marked by rapid technological advancements and changing consumer behaviors.

As Best Buy continues to adapt to the evolving retail landscape, stakeholders will be closely monitoring the company’s progress towards achieving its stated financial goals and the effectiveness of its strategies in fostering long-term growth and profitability.