Best Buy Co., Inc. (NYSE: BBY) today announced business updates related to the company’s second quarter ending July 30, 2022 (Q2 FY23) financial performance and fiscal 2023 outlook.
“As we’ve said, we entered the year expecting our fiscal 2023 financial results to be softer than last year as we lap government stimulus support and unusually strong consumer electronics industry demand while we continue to invest in our future,” said Corie Barry, Best Buy CEO. “As high inflation has continued and consumer sentiment has deteriorated, customer demand within the consumer electronics industry has softened even further, leading to Q2 financial results below the expectations we shared in May.”
The company expects Q2 FY23 comparable sales1 to decline approximately 13%, with revenue approximately 7.5% higher than pre-pandemic Q2 FY20. This compares to 19.6% comparable sales growth in Q2 FY22. The company expects its Q2 non-GAAP operating income rate2 to be in a range around 3.7%. Additionally, the company expects its Q2 ending inventory balance to be approximately flat to the same period last year.
“As the macro environment continues to evolve, we are proactively managing the day-to-day operations while maintaining our focus on our long-term strategy and growth initiatives,” said Barry. “While our financial results are not where we expected them to be this year, our sales continue to be higher than they were pre-pandemic. We remain a strong, profitable company with a unique position in an extremely innovative, vibrant industry that is more relevant than ever in the lives of consumers. We are confident in our team and our strategy and excited about the opportunities ahead.”
Matt Bilunas, Best Buy CFO, said, “As we contemplate the back half of the year, based on the ongoing uncertainty as it relates to macro-economic conditions and consumer electronics demand, it is difficult to assess the duration of the softer sales environment and the impact on our business. Our current planning assumptions for fiscal 2023 include a comparable sales1 decline in a range around 11% and a non-GAAP operating income rate2 of approximately 4%. This compares to our previous guidance of a comparable sales decline of 3% to 6% and a non-GAAP operating income rate of 5.2% to 5.4%. The primary drivers of our current non-GAAP operating income rate planning assumption compared to our previous guidance is SG&A expense deleverage on the reduced sales outlook, and, to a lesser degree, additional gross profit rate pressure from increased promotional activity in the consumer electronics industry.”
In response to the current sales environment, the company will continue to actively assess further actions to manage profitability. From a capital allocation perspective, the company remains committed to its quarterly dividend of $0.88 per share and has paused share repurchases at this time.
The company will provide additional business updates when it releases its Q2 FY23 results on August 30, 2022.
(1) The method of calculating comparable sales varies across the retail industry. As a result, our method of calculating comparable sales may not be the same as other retailers’ methods. For additional information on comparable sales, please see our most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and our subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, and available at www.investors.bestbuy.com.
(2) A reconciliation of the projected non-GAAP operating income rate, which is a forward-looking non-GAAP financial measure, to the most directly comparable GAAP financial measure, is not provided because the company is unable to provide such reconciliation without unreasonable effort. The inability to provide a reconciliation is due to the uncertainty and inherent difficulty predicting the occurrence, the financial impact and the periods in which the non-GAAP adjustments may be recognized. The most directly comparable GAAP measure may include the impact of such items as restructuring charges; price-fixing settlements; goodwill impairments; gains and losses on investments; intangible asset amortization; certain acquisition-related costs; and the tax effect of all such items. Historically, the company has excluded these items from non-GAAP financial measures. The company currently expects to continue to exclude these items in future disclosures of non-GAAP financial measures and may also exclude other items that may arise (collectively, “non-GAAP adjustments”). The decisions and events that typically lead to the recognition of non-GAAP adjustments, such as a decision to exit part of the business or reaching settlement of a legal dispute, are inherently unpredictable as to if or when they may occur. For the same reasons, the company is unable to address the probable significance of the unavailable information, which could be material to future results.
Estimated Results for Fiscal 2023 and Q2 FY23
The expected financial results included in this press release reflect management’s current estimates. It has provided estimates for these metrics but has not yet completed the closing procedures for the quarter and its independent registered public accounting firm has not yet reviewed the financial statements for this period or the estimates in this press release. Accordingly, the expected results for this period reflect management’s current estimates and are subject to change pending finalization, and actual results could differ materially as the company finalizes such results.
Forward-Looking and Cautionary Statements:
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