Walmart Delivers Strong Performance in Q4 and Acquires Vizio

Walmart's Q4 shines with impressive sales and a strategic $2.3 billion Vizio purchase.

Walmart Delivers Strong Performance in Q4 and Acquires Vizio
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To round out the end of 2023, Walmart delivered a performance to remember. The retail giant's fourth quarter results were nothing short of stellar, fueled by price-conscious consumers gravitating towards its cost-effective offerings. Amidst this success, Walmart also announced a bold move to acquire smart-TV maker Vizio for $2.3 billion.

Quarterly Highlights:

Walmart's fourth quarter was a parade of positives:

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  • Sales Boom: The company reported a 4% increase in total U.S. comparable sales, excluding fuel, comfortably eclipsing LSEG's 2.91% estimate.
  • Earnings Beat: Adjusted profits reached $1.80 per share, outperforming the anticipated $1.65.
  • Stock Success: Shares reached an all-time high of $181.35, buoyed by an optimistic annual sales forecast and the largest dividend rise in over a decade.

The cornerstone of Walmart's appeal has been its emphasis on keeping grocery prices low, a strategy that has not only retained but also attracted a broader customer base, including those from higher-income households.

Walmart's Canoo Electric Delivery Vehicles. Image Source: Walmart

E-Commerce Milestone & Vizio Deal:

2023 was a landmark year for Walmart, with the retailer surpassing $100 billion in global e-commerce sales for the first time. This achievement was bolstered by improvements across its physical and digital storefronts, alongside an expanded array of pickup and delivery options.

The acquisition of Vizio represents a strategic enhancement to Walmart Connect, the retailer's rapidly growing advertising business, which has already been generating $3 billion in annual revenue. With this deal, Walmart not only gains access to valuable viewership data but also strengthens its advertising reach directly into consumers' homes.

Looking Ahead:

For the fiscal year ending January 31, 2025, Walmart anticipates consolidated net sales growth of between 3% and 4%, a forecast that slightly surpasses analysts' expectations. This projection is seen as conservative by some investors but reflects a prudent stance amid fluctuating economic conditions.

Source: Reuters | Walmart

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