Food distributor Sysco turns bullish as Q4 EPS tops view
Aided by lower food prices, the food product distributor Sysco Corporation (NYSE: SYY) posted a 10% growth in the fiscal 2016 fourth-quarter revenue, compared to the similar period last year. The earnings also topped the Wall Street estimates by $0.03 per share. Considering the three fold y-o-y increase in the quarterly net earnings, we believe that the share price of Sysco, which closed at $52.09 on Tuesday, would remain bullish.
The Houston, Texas-based company’s fourth-quarter revenue of $13.65 billion was not only in line with the analysts’ estimate, but also above the $12.40 billion revenue reported in the fourth-quarter last year.
It should be noted that the quarter ended July 2, 2016 had 14 weeks, against the 13 weeks in the quarter ended June 27, 2015. On a comparable (13-week) basis, the fourth-quarter’s revenue was $12.67 billion.
The Broadline segment reported 1.5% y-o- y rise in revenue to $10.02 billion. The SYGMA segment posted revenue of $1.53 billion, up 4.5% compared to the similar period last year. Other segment’s revenue grew 6.9% y-o- y to $1.52 billion. The segment revenue for comparable periods (13 weeks) is provided here.
For the fourth-quarter, Sysco reported net earnings of $216.67 million or $0.38 per share, up from $73.03 million or $0.12 per share in the corresponding period of 2015. Excluding items, the adjusted net earnings for the Q4 2016 was $366 million or $0.64 per share, compared to $309 million or $0.52 per share in the Q4 2015. The quarterly adjusted net earnings surpassed the Street’s estimates of $0.61 per share. On a comparable basis (13-weeks), the fourth-quarter adjusted net earnings were $339.55 million or $0.60 per share. Sysco also paid a quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share.
During the fiscal 2016, the operating cash flow increased to $1.93 billion, from $1.56 billion in the full year 2015. The non-GAAP free cash flow for the fiscal 2016 climbed to 1.43 billion, from $1.04 billion in the previous year. Thus, considering the strong rise in the earnings and healthy financial situation, the investors can be expected to push the stock price further upwards.
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