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Home Depot Reports Fourth Quarter Amid Rising Exogenous Headwinds

publication date: Feb 28, 2020
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Image Shown: Home Depot Inc has had plenty of success building off of and expanding its ‘Pro’ ecosystem as it relates to generating nice comparable sales growth. Image Source: Home Depot – 2019 Investor and Analyst Day IR Presentation

On February 25, Home Depot Inc reported fourth quarter and full-year earnings for fiscal 2019 (period ended February 2, 2020) which matched top-line consensus estimates and beat bottom-line consensus estimates. What really caught the market’s attention was Home Depot’s strong comparable sales performance, which was up 5.2% overall and 5.3% in the US during the fourth quarter on a year-over-year basis (for the whole fiscal year, Home Depot’s overall and US comparable sales rose by 3.5% and 3.8%, respectively, keeping in mind the firm has locations in the US, Canada, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands). This strength is at least partially why management pushed through a 10% sequential increase in Home Depot’s quarterly dividend, bringing it up to $1.50 per share or $6.00 on an annual basis. Shares of HD yield ~2.6% on a forward-looking basis as of this writing.

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